This blog is an accounting of my personal journey to find fitness. All the content on this blog should be read as a biographical piece of literature, not a medical resource. I am a physician, but I am in no way giving medical advice or establishing doctor patient relationships with my readers. I am simply keeping a diary. If you are starting a diet or exercise program or require medical evaluation or advice, please see your own family physician.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A New Day

After my grumpy post yesterday, I am doing much better. Scale still says I'm up, but I am working to change that. Despite my initial thoughts of, "Dear God, please don't make me, " this morning, I got up and got on the treadmill. Can I just say that no running for 5 days + illness + fat chick= HARD!  But I made it through week 2 of C25K AGAIN. I'll complete this thing if it kills me. My speed is still better than before, but man I can't wait until I can run a long time without feeling like I might croak.

Yesterday wrapped up pretty well. I went to TKD despite my general poo of a mood and the fact i still felt dizzy from ear fluid and wheezy from asthma. I made it through class with very few mishaps considering. Yeah it was hard, but I just love going there. I learned how I can break someone's arm, should the need arise. I feel so powerful. Hee hee. Too bad I didn't know this stuff during residency when I had to stay all night in the pysch hospital and help with disruptions...scary sometimes.  I got wobbly with my 360 back kicks and the spinning, but I left tired and sweaty and proud I made it through despite nearly wimping out.

My calories yesterday were good, 977.  Not necessarily on purpose low, but I wasn't hungry enough to justify more food so I skipped it. Man I feel better forcing myself to catch up on the water. It amazes me how much I miss it when I don't get it done.

Today has been better still. After my work out with the running, I made myself do some extra stretching because my thighs are sore, TKD of course. I also forced myself to do some plank as I hadn't done it in awhile and it's just good for you. I managed a minute which I feel is good considering. Patrick reminded me with his "how long can you?" Thing a while back and for some reason he just popped in my head this am when I was on the floor exercising. (Is that weird?) Anyway, I don't care because it reminded me not to forget my core. Besides trainer dude expects me to do this frequently and I always get the disapproving, "You haven't been doing your core routine at home" guilt trip when I slack.

I'm off now to a long and boring Board Meeting. Boo! But, I'm taking my healthy snacks. Yeah!

Please leave a comment. They just make me happy. Unless your a crazy person or......selling something in which case..... bug off!


  1. Glad you're feeling better, Dr. F. I'm amazed at how you got back to your exercise plan. It shows your dedication to this process. The scale will show it too, now that you're on the mend!

  2. I think you show amazing dedication and resilience. Keep it up, Doc.

    P.S. Am I a crazy person? We're always the last to know! ;-)

  3. Gosh, 360 degree kicks? No wonder you got dizzy! Great to hear you're feeling better, and those pounds are going to slink right off again.

  4. You did a great job getting back on track! I've been struggling with flu/cold/sore throat and being sick with kids is the worst! I don't feel like I can really take the time I need to recover, so I just keep feeling run down.

  5. I just found your blog. I'm working through the C25K program as well and looks like our weight is about the same. Glad I found you.

  6. LOL...here's your comment! Glad you're feeling better and able to exercise. Sadly, the crud is just starting to show its ugly face at our house. Two of the teens are coughing and miserable and I feel like someone is standing on my chest. I'm considering wearing my inhaler on a ribbon around my neck; a sort of lifesaver necklace.

  7. Ya know, i don't even care about hearing how many calories you had anymore... I just like hearing about TKD.


  8. "Too bad I didn't know this stuff during residency when I had to stay all night"

    Reading that brought up my own residency TKD images - not of subduing psychotic patients, but wanting to subdue out-of-control ob/gyn residents with no respect for women or abusive attendings with no respect for students, residents, or even other attending physicians in other specialties.

    Whew, now that angry picture is gone...

    I'm glad your ankle is back on the mend. You CAN do this day-to-day reality of "food management", "way of eating" (pick your favorite phrase). Look how well you have been doing for almost 8 months! Remember the Stages of Change Model says it takes a minimum of 6 months for behavior change to start to become part of one's life. I think for a behavior that is part of one's existence (like eating) the length of time is much, much longer, and the maintenance phase as defined in that model probably doesn't start until we really do hit weight maintenance. I'm here rooting for you as we both head downward!!!

  9. Glad your feeling better. I think every pound off is a victory. You already know I am slow and steady. But, what I don't write about, and this is why I do not weight in but weekly or bi weekly, is how the scale fluctuates up and down. It is like I teeters on the edge of a new weight for two weeks, before my body actually believes it is less. Weird. But, I am not perfect either.

    When I am feeling blah, I love to look at Gilda Radner's youtube videos. You may be too young for her, but she always chippers me up.

  10. @Jan-Oh yeah, I can TOTALLY imagine a few attendings I'd like to clobber. Like that plastic surgeon a-hole.....nice day dreams

    @Michele-I'm old I remember Gilda Radner and she was pretty gang funny

    @ Alan- ummm...yep. Eagle's fan=crazy person. Hee hee.

  11. You gotta stop hanging out with sick people all the time. I think they're bringing you down.


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