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.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Random thoughts......

Random things that I'm thinking about today:

  • I really did NOT want to go to the gym this morning. I had the little war in my head and guess who won? I DID. I went to the gym and I RAN despite not wanting to. I WILL finish this C25K. I WILL!
  • Attention young woman on the treadmill in front of me: Your boobs were screaming in agony the whole time you were running today. I heard them myself through the gym noise AND the headphones. For goodness sakes...GET a better bra...... Today.
  • Isn't it weird how you get in a routine and you just do things out of habit? I use the same locker at the gym every time. I use the same shower stall. Today, MY shower was taken. Screwed up my whole shower mojo. Almost forgot my shampoo!
  • I'm about to take my little beautiful nearly 6 year old going on 40 girl OUT.  We're having issues with being polite and respectful.  So last night she comes in my room. I had got the girls their dinner and then ran to my room to set the Tivo for the Cowboys game.  She walks in, puts her hand on her hip and says in a very snotty tone, "AND....WHY did you not get my MILK?"  Uh hem......deep breath.....I simply looked at her and then went back to what I was doing. I completely ignored her until she caught on, apologized and then asked SWEETLY if I would please get her some milk. Oh lord. Imagine what 13 is going to look like.
  • I attended my first TKD class today in 2 weeks. I was out a week on vacation and then last week I had strep. Wooo doggies. My buns hurt from all those kicks. AND the Master decided we needed to do EXTRA crunches and push ups. Someone please pass the Motrin.
  • Contrary to your belief, no matter what your uncle, brother, cousin, next door neighbor, OR your next door neighbor's 2nd cousin thinks, you may NOT need that medication that they take and just because you come in my office and ask for that medicine doesn't mean it is medically indicated.  I'm a doctor, not a drug dealer.
  • I'm really overwhelmed trying to figure out which new TV shows are worthy of my attention and which are not. Any recommendations are welcome.My Tivo is working overtime.........BTW.....I love you Tivo!
  • Attention Cowboys: FOUR bad snaps in ONE game is pathetic and, quite frankly, painful to watch.  I know your receivers are young (Thank you, Jerry for no depth in the roster) but for the love of GOD, it is NOT that hard to know where to line up. AND...Felix Jones.....the point of running the ball when you're ahead and there are just under 2min in the game is to RUN OUT THE CLOCK. Running out of bounds STOPS the clock. And finally.....I'm glad you won.....now do it again......that is all.
  • Eating that fiber bar yesterday for lunch seemed like such a good idea at the time. I mean...I wasn't very hungry and I wanted something simple. And then there was the FIBER part and the resulting trips to the BR. Nuff said.
  • It really annoys me when they cancel a show you really love before they finish the dang story line. How annoying. Similarly, there are a LOT of bloggers that just disappear one day. One day they are blogging and I'm enjoying getting to know them and commenting and they're commenting on my blog and it's awesome and then....they are gone. It is disturbing. Do. Not. Do. That......Please.
  • There are a lot of people reading my blog (THANKS, BTW!) and I'm not sure who all of you are. If I'm not reading your blog yet, please leave me a comment. I love finding new blogs.  Why? Unfortunately, please see above statement. PLUS, the more I read about you guys and comment on your blogs, the less I want to eat. It's all about me, you know?

Monday, September 26, 2011

Bring your A-game!

What! How could it possibly be Monday already?!?!?!?  I swear sometimes I just don't know where my weekends go. Of course, it could be that we've been traveling so much lately. I haven't had a weekend at home in like a month!

Saturday we got up, ate breakfast packed a bag and headed to Norman for the OU game. I have to say that I was less than impressed with the way my Sooners played on Saturday against Missouri. I really expected more after their amazing performance at Florida State. And yesterday when the rankings came out and we dropped to #2, I think we saw that most everyone agreed.  Maybe that will be a slap in the face and they'll wake up and realize that just winning isn't good enough. You have to play your best game every time if you want to be #1.

This got me thinking about my weight loss game.  Just eating right and exercising most of the time isn't good enough to get the results I want. I know this. But, over the last few months I've gotten lax about my focus on the scale. It's easy to lull myself into getting comfortable with how far I've come and forget where I'm trying to go. Just doing well is not enough. Unless I'm getting the results on the scale I want, I'm not winning. I'm playing a good game, but I want to see that scale move and it takes more than I've been giving lately. I've said this before and I am frustrated and embarrassed  to be writing it again. NO I haven't had a major slip. I haven't gained. But, I haven't seen the weight loss I did before.

I am feeling a bit frustrated with myself since I didn't get to work out all last week being sick with strep. I'm ready to get back in the game this week and I have my gym bag packed for a trip to the gym today at lunch.  I also got lax about tracking on vacation and then last week being sick I didn't track everyday. That just will not do. There's no excuses this week. None. I am resurrecting my inner drill sergeant and getting back to being hard on myself. There is nothing wrong with expecting the best from yourself. There is nothing wrong with being hard on yourself.

There's a lot of talk around here about mistakes and how to respond to them. There are a lot of people who were here when I started this blog and are no where to be found now. Truth is, I got to be this weight by not being hard enough on myself.   There are a lot of posts lately about trying to find motivation and wishing about getting back on track. Most of these posts are followed by comments which at first glance seem to be encouraging. Things like "you've come so far"  or "you're doing so well" or "at least you didn't eat the WHOLE pizza".  (these are not direct quotes from anyone's blog).

I understand wanting to be supportive and helpful. I do the same thing, but I also know I have a tendency to minimize my mistakes and short comings. We all do. For a long time I fooled myself into thinking that I looked good and I was healthy. Then I really took a look at where I was and realized I had to stop that. Sometimes I think we should do the same with others around here. There's a line between being supportive and being codependent and  a facilitator. Do we tell others "it's OK" when they slip because we don't want to admit our own mistakes?

Should we feel like a failure when we make mistakes? No. Should we let mistakes overwhelm us and lead us to quit? Of course not. BUT, don't fool yourself. That little taste, that one cookie, that "just for today", that "It's my Birthday and I deserve it" mentality is what got us here.  Being hard on yourself is a good thing. Being disciplined and expecting the best from yourself is a good thing.  There's a difference between being driven and focused and being overly critical of yourself.

Today stop and think about where you are with your weight loss game. Are you giving it your all? Are you playing your best game? Do you have more you can give? Where do you want to be? What are your goals?  Are you doing everything you can to get there every day?

Nobody's perfect, but there is nothing wrong with trying. I always tell my kids that if they do their very best, it's OK not to get an A. If they tried their HARDEST, and can't get an A, I'm OK with it. I had to ask myself if I was doing my best and I would have to say, not EVERY day. I can do better.   What about you?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Ugh......... and Yeah!

Just a quick post today. I'm not feeling great. I did a strep test on myself and it's positive. Boo!  No wonder I feel bad and my throat is sore. I got a big shot of penicillin in my booty and it hurt, but I hope to feel better quickly. I haven't had a fever, thank goodness so I've been able to work. I really cannot afford to be off considering I was just off all last week.

I had a happy thing yesterday when I weighed in. I was 189. Yeah! Finally I'm in the 180s. I have been eating only chicken soup all week as I can't get much else down, so I'm retaining water from the sodium. Plus I haven't been able to drink my water because my throat hurts too much. I really think I'll be down a nother pound or two when I can drink more and move more.  I'm glad to see the scale moving, no matter how slowly. I haven't felt like working out this week. In fact, I pretty much get through work, take a nap at lunch and get through work and go home and collapse into bed. I'm super tired, but I'm hoping the antibiotics will kick in soon. I'm on call this week and generally that is no biggie, but last night I got 3 calls in the middle of the night. Sigh.....

I hope I didn't offend anyone with my last post. I really was just expressing my sadness and frustration to see so many people doing things to hurt themselves. It's so sad to me and frustrating. On the bright side, I saw a patient this week who had been in about 3months ago and noticed my weight loss. I guess my weight loss inspired her because she was down 15 pounds. That makes me so proud.

I'm way too tired and feel way too bad this week to be inspiring with my posts. I hope you all are having a good week and I'll hopefully be back to myself soon. Take care!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

WAKE UP! GET UP! Do something!

Hello Everyone!  I made it home from Orlando in one piece, despite the GI bug and the lightening storm and the fatigue from 6 amusement parks in 9 days. It was a wonderful trip. The kids had a blast, despite being sick for a few days. We arrived home late Sunday night, early Monday really, around midnight.  The kids had slept on the plane, despite the turbulence, but were still really tired yesterday when time for school. We made it through the day yesterday anyway.

Unfortunately, my allergies are hay-wire and I have a really sore throat. That's ok, I'm making it. But, I have to be careful when I get overly tired as I tend to get sick. That combined with my breathing issues means no workout for a few days for me. Maybe tomorrow if today goes well.

The good news came when I weighed yesterday. I weighed in at exactly what I weighed the week before. Really good news considering the trip and I know I am retaining some water just from the travel. That means that in the next day or two as I shed that extra fluid, I will be down a pound or two. That means I went on vacation for 9 days and didn't gain any weight. In fact, I will likely have lost weight. Really good news. I know in the past I have easily gained 10 pounds on a vacation. This means I have learned something.

I know I wasn't perfect with my eating on the trip. I didn't manage to track everyday, although I tried. But we walked and walked and walked ALL DAY. And I did make some good eating choices. Plus, I just plain cannot eat as much as I did before. That's good news. It is just another testament that what I'm doing is working and I have made true lifestyle changes. It was so nice to be able to get on rides and not worry about fitting or seat belts buckling.

It really was a great time and a great trip. I'll try to find a few pics I can post although most of them are of the kids, naturally.  I am sad to say that I must now have a rant.

It was absolutely unbelievable and frankly disgusting to observe the numbers of people on scooters at every park we visited. Some of these people were morbidly obese. Some of these people were not. The vast majority of these people looked obese and lazy. They didn't seem to have any medical reason to be riding a scooter.  Now I realize that you can't always tell, but it was ridiculous. These people would motor everywhere.  They would park and get on rides and seem to walk just fine. They would motor up to the front of every line. This is bull. If you are too lazy and too obese to walk around the park, you shouldn't be there. The best thing you could do is WALK around. You might find you feel better.

These were not older people with obvious arthritis. Some of these people were younger than me. They were just fat. I found myself getting more and more irritated. What is wrong with our society that it has become so common place for people to be this overweight. I don't think that obese people should be treated badly, but REALLY, riding your scooter into the food line to order a double cheeseburger, fries and a shake is irritating to me. Maybe if you got off the damn scooter and walked a little and ordered, perhaps, a single cheeseburger even, you might be able to MOVE.

I am by no means saying obese people should be judged. I am still fat. But at least I am making an effort to be healthier. I shudder to think what some of these people will look like in 10 years, assuming they live that long. I saw several whole FAMILIES who were obese and all riding scooters, some of them with small children in their laps.  What are they teaching these children? It just plain made me ill to think about.

I am almost afraid that our society has gotten so used to the idea that most people are obese that it is ok now to be obese. Again, I don't think that obese people should be treated unfairly. I don't think making fun of them helps anything. Lord knows I suffered being a fat kid and teenager, and even sometimes as an adult.  BUT, it isn't ok for your health to be obese. It isn't. It will kill you. It will kill me. It will kill my kids if I let it happen to them. Anyone who doesn't think so is fooling themselves.

Can you be fit and fat? Yes. I feel like I am. I walked and sometimes ran all over the place, carrying a huge back pack and sometimes a kid on my shoulders, that's like 60 pounds. No shortness of breath, no trouble at all. But, you are kidding yourself if you think a fit and fat person is as healthy as a fit and normal weight person. Being overweight increases your risk for all sorts of problems from heart disease to diabetes to cancer.  And that is why I am determined to change my health and my weight.

Should you judge someone on their size? NO. But, you can judge them on their actions. Riding a scooter because you are too lazy to walk is embarrassing to all of us fat but fit or fat and trying to be fit people.  It just solidifies the idea that thin people have that fat people are lazy and disgusting and eat all the time. I hate the fact that people look at me still and see obesity. I am obese, but I won't be forever.

I refuse to be this way forever. I will be healthy. I will do something to move toward that goal. Every. Single. Day. I just want to scream at these people, "STOP IT! WAKE UP! You are killing yourself. You are killing your kids. GET UP! Do something!" But, of course I can't.

Instead I'll keep the focus on me. My behaviors. My family. My exercise. My diet and MY GOALS. And maybe by example someone will notice. Maybe they will see it CAN be done and in turn they will get off the damn scooter and move. Are you with me?

Then let's get busy!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

New mobile app! I love toys!

I am posting this from about 30,000 feet. We're on the plane headed to Orlando. I love technology and all my toys. I did get my iPad and so far I love it. Of course the girls have used it as much as I have so far since they have been watching videos since we got on the plane.

The moon was lovely this morning as we drive to the airport. I didn't realize it was a full moon this weekend with the anniversary of 9-11.

My godmother received some news this week that the pathology report shows microscopic invasion of her cancer. So far it seems it shouldn't change the plan for treatment with radiation but we're still waiting on some more special tests and a PET scan. I'm praying age won't need chemotherapy. But, she's doing very well after the surgery so far.

Lots on my mind today.

Oh and here's something no parent wants to hear six hours before leaving for the airport: Mom, sister threw up. Nobody panic

Great. So I spent two hours cleaning up the child and the mess. So far she seems fine. Fingers crossed. It's no fun to have a sick kid on vacation.

Gotta go as we're beginning our descent. Good day all!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Love Your Family.

We are off to Florida early tomorrow morning. No. I am not packed yet, but I will be. The kids are excited as am I.  I have remained on track with food and exercise this week. Tonight I'm going to TKD class with the kids. I do not know whether I'll be blogging this week. It will be busy with Disney World and all the other associated stuff. I am planning to track all my food. I am taking some healthy snacks. I know we'll be doing tons of walking. I'm even planning to bring my polar so I can track my calories I burn.

This weekend we are remembering 9-11. Ten years. Hard to believe.  The kids placed flags in the ground at school today and wrote letters to firefighters and policeman to thank them for their service. It was really touching to see all the little kids and the huge field full of flags.  I suppose tonight we'll have to have a discussion about what 9-11 means. We all remember where we were that day. A horrible day. As someone who lost family in the OKC bombing, I know exactly how those families feel as they remember. My prayers and thoughts go out to them.  I am thankful, so thankful for everything those that keep us safe do for us.

I was sick that whole week of 9-11-01. We had just gotten back from San Francisco that Sunday before. I was running a high fever, like 104, and it was the only time in my life I threw up on a plane. I was so so sick. I had strep throat and it took all week to recover. My husband was in Boston on business that week so I was home alone with my then 3 year old son. Sick. My mom called and told me to put the news on. I immediately panicked because my husband was scheduled to fly home later that day, which of course didn't happen. It was terrifying. I remember being glued to the TV. All day, all night.

And then the memories of OKC coming back, nightmares, anxiety, panic attacks. Just being so thankful my husband had a late afternoon flight that was then canceled. Then paranoid about how he'd get home. The airports shut down. No way home. He ended up renting a car with a co-worker and driving home to Texas. 

My girls are too young to know much about that day. My son was too young back then so I kept him away from the TV. Now that he's older we've talked about it a lot. We watched a great program recently on the memorial they are building and the new building on Discovery channel.

War is a very hard thing to explain to children. Well....to anyone. It is just not something that is easy to understand. Why one human would do terrible things to another. But it is our responsibility to remember that day. What it means for our past and our future. To honor those lost and those that survived. To remember and do everything we can to be sure it never happens again.

Love your family. Tell them everyday what they mean to you. I have learned that you will never regret saying "I love you" and you will never regret spending time with those you love. I will be doing just that this next week. I'll check in to read and comment when I can. I will blog if I can and if not I'll see you when I return. Take care.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

I'm a proud Mama!.......and other stuff.........

This week is flying by. So so busy in the office. I haven't started packing yet for our trip to Orlando. The kids are absolutely ecstatic. I didn't think I'd get the girls to sleep last night because they were talking about princesses. My youngest wasn't even 2 last time we were there and I can't wait to see her react to the place. If you've never been, you really must go.

So yesterday for a few seconds I finally saw 189 on the scale. then it popped back to 190. Sigh. I do not understand why I lose weight so slowly. The math is there. I'm tracking and eating right, but still waiting. I know I've gained muscle and in the long run that will help me with weight loss. I'm so strong now. I'm really proud of the things I can do. I just wish the weight would drop some more. I will not give up!  I'm absolutely committed to tracking on the trip next week. There's just no excuse for not doing it considering I use my LoseIt app on my iphone and I have it with me all the time.

Speaking of iphones.......my son had his stolen last week. Boo. Hiss. He swears it was locked in his football locker and he came back from practice to find all his stuff dumped out of his backpack. I'm bummed for him. The only reason he had one is because his dad had one, but recently switched to an Evo. Now today I have to run and get him a new phone, not an iphone this time. Maybe next year before high school. I am thinking about upgrading to the iphone 5 this fall when it comes out. I just love my iphone. I use it for everything.

I'm thinking of getting an ipad. Any users out there? My cousin has one and loves it. Now that my office software is compatible it makes sense from a business standpoint. We're getting ready for a big software conversion soon. I'm excited because the new version has so much more capability.

My legs are so super sore today. All the kicking on Tuesday really got my hips sore. I hadn't had class in over a week as the gym was closed the week of labor day. It's amazing how quickly your body gets stiff when you don't stretch. Has me thinking I should follow Shelley's lead and get to yoga. If only I had time. I really want to try it . Maybe I'll check the class times when I get back from vacation.

Earlier this summer I actually WON a giveaway from Tami at Nutmeg Notebook. I won a gift card to Tom Thumb to try their new product line, Open Nature. These are all organic, no chemical products. I finally got around to using the card and trying some products. I have to say they are very good. I got the lunch meats and their hummus. Both are very good. I also tried the ice cream. It's a bit much calorie wise for me at 140cal for 1/2 cup, but it is very yummy. The kids loved it! It's cherry vanilla and there are lots of cherries! Thanks Tami!

And now I must brag. My son is playing football again this year. He worked hard all summer exercising and lifting weights. He slimmed down and is SO much stronger this year. Here he is in his scrimmage last week.
He's #72
He's playing defensive line. He loves that. Notice in this pic how the other team has THREE guys on him trying to stop him from getting through the line, which he did anyway, but I missed that shot with the camera. He had 1 sack and several near sacks and this was just in a 20 min scrimmage. So proud of how well he's doing. He's so much more confident this year. He's growing up too fast. Sniff. Sniff.
He's the one in the center of the picture holding his own against 3 other helmets on the line of scrimmage.
I am super proud of him for learning already that exercise and fitness is so important to our lives. Tonight after work I have TKD class with the girls. Then we'll head home and after dinner I have to start packing for our trip. How are you helping teach your kids or others around you about fitness? Do you find it stressful or a lot of pressure to have people "watching" and learning from you OR are you like me and use it as motivation to stay the course? How have you gotten your kids and/or other family involved in your healthy lifestyle? It's absolutely key for us AND them that they join us on this journey.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Weekend Wrap up and More Vacation pics!

We had a great Labor Day weekend. It was busy, but that's my life. Friday night I took my son to the high school game here in town. He was invited with the other 8th graders to run onto the field for half time as future players at their school. It was hot and muggy. Of course my son didn't want to sit with mom so I sat by myself and enjoyed watching the game. I love football of all kinds.

Saturday morning we packed up and headed to Norman for the OU game. Luckily it was an evening game because it was still pretty hot outside. We did our usual long walk and lots of standing. I was proud of myself for tracking my food all weekend. Even though I overate some, I wrote it all down. I think it helped a lot because I came home without gaining any weight. We stopped on the way to the game and I got a grilled shrimp salad at Fuzzy's Tacos. It was very good. Next time, though, I'll have them hold the cheese. There was too much. At the game I did well and drank a lot of water and only ate a few peanuts.

Sunday, we went to church with my family and then after we went to Pizza Hut. I had a salad and 1/2 a veggie mini pizza. Then we did a little shopping. I visited with my godmother who is doing well after her surgery for breast cancer. Afterward, we headed home. The drive was good and little traffic, so much better than traveling on Monday as we usually do.

Arriving home on Sunday afternoon means that we had all day Monday here at home to do a few things and spend some time together. It was a lovely day with highs in the 80s. It was windy. We grilled some steak and corn on the grill and we got to swim a little. It was a bit cold for me so I spent time in the spa instead.

Today I was back at work with a super busy schedule. I stopped at the gym this morning and did week 2 day 1 of C25K.  Then at lunch I went to TKD class. Now my legs are a bit sore, but I think I just need to stretch a little more. Tonight after work I had to head straight to my son's football scrimmage. It was hot, but not too bad. Now I'm here trying to finish the work I didn't have time to get done.

Food today was good. I had a small zucchini-pineapple muffin(cupcake). They are fabulous! The recipe is here.  I had it without the icing. The whole family loved this treat and for under 200 calories! Along with the muffin I had my coffee and an orange. I had cherries for snack. At lunch I had tuna and salad with some melon on the side. Tonight I ate just a peach, carrots and hummus and a cup of the lentil soup my Nanny made. I had some more melon. My calories are at 1077. I burned 908 with exercise today.

I have only 3 more days until our Florida trip! I'm so excited and ready to go. The kids cannot wait. So......here's the last of my August vacay pics!
SAC Museum in Omaha. Too fun with all the planes and such!

Hydrogen bomb.

This is what happens when your 6 year old takes your pic.
SR-71 Blackbird
The flooding at the Missouri river from the Lewis and Clark Memorial park in               Council Bluffs, IA 
Cute Monkey at the Omaha Zoo.

How I feel now.
If you are ever in the vicinity, make sure you see the Henry Dorley Zoo in Omaha. It really is one of the best in the country, and I've seen a LOT of zoos! 

OK, that's all the pics from my August trip....finally. I hope I didn't bore you all with them.  How did you do through Labor Day? Are you staying on track? If not, what's your plan for getting back on track? Do you like visiting zoos and museums? What is your favorite?

Yawn....goodnight all!

Friday, September 2, 2011

HAY........Have a Great Weekend!

Labor Day weekend and a long one for many of us. I am looking forward to the weekend and the trip to Oklahoma. We have a football game to attend and there is nothing I love more than football and my Sooners!  The season looks to promising. We're ranked #1 right now. Of course the pessimist in me would prefer they be ranked 3-4 and move up. But, it's nice to have a great team.

The travel is always an issue and I am determined to avoid pitfalls and do a better job than I did on my longer vacation earlier in August. Of course it's only a few days so that makes it easier. I plan to exercise on Sunday morning as I am due to start week 2 of C25K.  Should be no problem for me to get out and run that morning.  Food wise there is always a big question mark as we never know exactly where we will be eating. I have planned to take a few healthy snacks such as jerky and almonds and even a protein bar for emergency purposes.

This morning I went to the gym before work. It's so much more crowded in the morning and there is a totally different crowd. There are a lot of people that clearly don't have anywhere to be because there is a lot more chatting and laughing and slower pace vs the lunch crowd which is usually people alone, getting their workouts done and getting out. I prefer that crowd myself. Today there was a group of ladies on the treadmill just laughing and talking so loudly I could hear them over the gym buzz AND my headphones. Kind of annoying really. But, I got my C25K done and that means week1 is officially done. Again. I sis some great stretching afterward because I am sore from the weights I did yesterday.

Food yesterday was good and my calories were 1199. Guess I could have had a celery stick to make it an even 1200. Last night, we had a zucchini stuffed chicken breast which was fabulous. Not too many calories.  I had it with asparagus and salad. It was very satisfying. You can find the recipe here. I just love this blog! Some really great easy recipes there.

Work today has been busy, not too bad considering it's a Friday before the long holiday weekend.  On the way to our satellite office I was behind a huge truck hauling hay. I promptly began sneezing my head off, and quickly put the air on re-circulate. The stuff was flying EVERYWHERE.  Welcome to Texas.
I don't think you can see, but hay was flying EVERYWHERE!

And look at my car after. Looks like it's chewing hay......
Just cracked me up...

I'm wearing my new breast cancer shirt. I think it is awesome. I got one for my godmother and mailed it to her before her surgery.
I took this and then realized you can't read it in the mirror. Duh.
I loved the words and it just really spoke to me. These are words that mean so much to me in this journey........not that I'd compare my struggle with weight to breast cancer. I'm so lucky to be healthy. Fat, but healthy. The only way I'll stay that way is stay the course and lose this weight!

I hope all of you have a great holiday weekend. I'm off to pack and get ready for our trip in the morning. I'll see you all Monday or Tuesday depending on when I get time to post next.

Do you have inspirational clothes you wear?  What about quotes and such? How do you use them in your getting healthy routine?

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Exercise fiend?

September is here. Where did the summer go? Hard to believe that fall is on the way considering it was 104 degrees last night at 6pm. SOOO tired of this heat. I swear it is making people so irritable and bordering on psychotic.

Thanks for all your encouraging thoughts for my godmother yesterday. The surgery went as expected. She did very well and it looks like the cancer was contained and all removed. We'll know for sure when the final pathology report is available.

Yesterday I ate great, I ended with 1250 cal. At lunch I went to the gym. I did C25K Week 1 day2. I started over when my iphone had to be reloaded and my settings were lost. It is getting easier and I am doing better on speed this time through. After my walk/run, I lifted some weights. My trainer was happy to see me in the gym so much this week. I explained that TKD is closed this week so I've had extra time. He wants me to do the gym 3-4 times a week, but with TKD 2-3 times a week that's generally not in my schedule. Now that the kids are in school maybe I can do more. I'm sure enjoying the extra workouts this week.

So yesterday as I was having to wrap up my workout to get back to work I realized something amazing. I love working out. I want to do it more. I'm pretty sure if I had the opportunity I could spend hours in the gym everyday. Between cardio, weights and swimming and even yoga classes which I have yet to try due to my schedule.   I wish I had more time in my day to spend just doing all the exercise I want. That is SO weird for me. In March 2010 when I really got busy on this healthy track I could barely force myself to walk 30 min a day. Now I'm pissed off if I only have time for a 30 min workout. WHO am I?  I don't know, but I like it. Today I will be doing elliptical and some weights and my plan is to swim laps for a bit as well. If there is time, I may even hop in the hot tub. I have a little extra time today since work is slow today. I think people are getting ready to go out of town.

I'm trying hard not to weigh everyday. The scale calls to me and I tell him to wait. I'll weigh on Monday. I have a football game this weekend. I'll have to watch for the usual traps. Especially the trap of not drinking enough water and having alcohol. That just makes me bloat so badly. I rarely if ever drink and I don't drink much when I do. But, it is amazing to me how little it takes to bloat me.

I went to Kohl's this morning and checked on the clearance racks. I just hate paying money for clothes these days. I found some cute cheap shirts for fall and a couple of pants. None of them were more than $10. Plus I had my 15% coupon. SCORE! I love bargains.

I have just a few more vacation pics to share........
After Mount Rushmore, we drove to the Badlands National Park. So different from anywhere I've ever been. Beautiful in a very unique way.

Me in my Sturgis hat
Then we drove to the famous Wall Drug
My picture on the famous Jackaloupe

Then we stopped in Mitchell, South Dakota at the famous Corn Palace.  All the murals are made from corn!

So.....where are you with your exercise routine? Are you getting it in? Are you getting enough? What is your FAVORITE exercise? What time of day do you usually exercise and how do you fit it into your schedule?

Progress to TouchDown and GOALLLL!!