Monday Check In

It’s Monday check in again!

My regular posts are getting few and far between. I’m just so damn busy!  Between my day job, online job and family obligations I’m exhausted. Any who…I guess once a week is better than nothing.

Thanks for the reminder to post my weigh in, iCalendar!

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That’s right, somehow I stayed exactly the same!  I’m just happy I didn’t gain anything extra.  I do have to say that I ran yesterday and I’m really sore today for some reason (water retention, right?).  Plus Aunt Flo is coming for a visit any day now so there’s that. I’m going to work on a good loss for next week.  Yes, that’s the plan.  If I see a 184 soon (lowest ever) I might pass out.  I want out of the 180’s really bad!

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I got this pretty baby as a Mother’s Day gift for myself.  I’m really getting into this whole running thing and I dream about running clothes, running shoes and running accessories on a daily basis.  Long gone (for now anyway) are the days where I pined after a new Coach purse (but I do kinda have my eye on this really cute Tory Burch one) and name brand clothes.  I’d rather get workout related stuff.  Ha!

Anyway, I finished week 5 of C25K yesterday.  I barely dragged my ass along!  I felt so heavy and tired the entire time, pretty much the first minute in.  I ended up walking for about 30 seconds during the last 6 minute run but other than that I completed the intervals.  I was actually surprised to see a 13 minute mile on the Garmin.  I thought for sure I was a lot slower than that.  That said, I’m going to start week 6 tomorrow.  My days have been adjusting week to week and I know I keep changing it up but I’m getting the three workouts a week in regardless.  They may not be on the scheduled days but they do get done.  Boom!  Week 6 starts out mild enough with R8/W3/R8 then R10/W3/R10 then R20 straight.  Actually, now that I typed that out, that’s anything but mild considering my struggle yesterday.  I better make sure to fuel right and get my rest!  Yowsers!  (PS: I don’t trust the calorie count on the Garmin, it’s about 100 calories less than I get with the same workout on the HR monitor)

Update: I just found where I can adjust my weight on the Garmin. We’ll see if the calorie count seems more accurate on the next workout.

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On Friday after work we went to this park with the kids and played some basketball and softball.  We had a great time!  I was excited that I actually had some energy to participate.  15 pounds ago I would have just sat and watch my kids and hubby play, this last Friday I actually participated and had a blast!  A nice bonus to taking some of the weight off and exercising regularly.

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Favorite meal of the week….BLT sandwich.  I love Bacon!

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Have you checked out Walmart for workout clothes?  Honestly, it’s worth it!  I usually get their tanks and tops there.  They are super cheap (this bubble tank was 5 bucks) and comfortable.  I have gotten a couple of capri’s there as well but they don’t work for me when running.  Most start to fall down so I have to stick with the more pricey options.  By pricey I mean Target.  😉

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Speaking of Target, this is 2014’s bathing suit choice and I LOVE this sucker.  It’s the first bathing suit in about ever that I actually like and feel like I could wear in public.  It was $35 or something like that so it’s totally worth it.  I probably would have spend even more money on it since I love it so much.  I plan on losing another 5-10 pounds and rocking the shit out of this bathing suit all summer.  Yay!

Keep moving people.  Summer is 39 days away!

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Check In Monday

Hi…

It’s Miss Indecisive.

I’ve had some really busy days in the last week.  I’m working more than I want to be (everyone else is apparently out of hours so guess who gets to work for them) and I’ve been simultaneously trying to get my shit together.  We also have family staying with us so the house is full (not to my enjoyment) and there has been nothing but junk food and other crap traveling through the house on a steady basis.  It’s enough to make you scream!

My one saving grace has been getting out of the house for my wogs.  Last week I was able to get out once and I started week 3 of C25K.

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I discovered that the sports park is really nice and flat and that there is a semi good path to jog on.  I even have an option of dirt or pavement which was super exciting.  Except for the fact that the dirt path had some areas that were over watered by the city and were more swamp like than dirt like.  I enjoyed my run at the park nevertheless.  There are a lot of joggers over there and pretty much every single one gave a wave or a “Good Morning”.  I thought that was really amazing considering that most of the time people are so self involved.  Sorry…you know it’s true!  I’m going to use the sports park until I get bored of it.  I honestly don’t think I would have been able to complete the C25K workout as scheduled if I had done it in my hilly neighborhood.  I know hills are good to train on, but come on!  I don’t think they are good to train on if you can barely run in the first place?

Any who, before I knew it the week was over and there was only one work out done.  Woomp Woomp!  I’m not sure what happened there.  I just got really busy with all of the other stuff I had to get done during the week.  Appointments, grocery shopping, kids carpool, cleaning the house, etc. etc.  What can I say, the week just got away from me and I chose not to make time for myself.  I don’t want to fall back into my old habits.  I was doing well putting myself first for once.  It is what it is!

Seeing that it’s Monday today it’s a perfect time to revisit what I need to do this week.  I busted out my little weight loss folder today and discovered that I have not kept track of my measurements or weigh ins at all.  It’s just been really inconsistent and all over the place with the weigh ins. Oops!  I’m pulling out the weight loss tracking sheets and putting them next to my bed. That way they will be visible when I get up in the morning.  I’ve also decided that Monday is going to be official weigh in day for me and I’m only tracking it on my paper journal and here in a blog post (that was the other problem…too many places to update). Put that on the calendar!  We’ll see how it goes.

C25K workouts will continue to be Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays.  One mistake I made last week is that I let others get in my way.  For example, my daughter asked me one day to wait for her so she could go with me after school, long story short, it didn’t go down as planned.  I’ve learned that I’m better at morning workouts.  Not because I’m a morning person but because that way I can get it done and over with and have less time to make excuses all day.

Any who, today’s stats:

  • Weight: 187 (up by about 2 lbs)
  • Bust: 36.5
  • Waist: 37
  • Hips: 42
  • Thigh: L-23 R-21 (WTF?)
  • Arms: L-13 R-12 (again…WTF?)

 

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I also got my Nuun Energy sampler pack.  I’ve tried the Wild Berry and Cherry Limeade so far.  They are both decent but I don’t know if I notice much of an energy surge after I drink them.  I suppose I feel a little more alert but over all it doesn’t seem like much.  We’ll see how I perform during a wog while drinking them since they are meant to be an electrolyte and energy boost for exercise.  The tablets are full of B vitamins and caffeine.  They don’t have very many carbohydrates at all and there is no sugar. That’s pretty much what drew me to them…the no carbs/no sugar aspect.  Check out the details here!

So that’s about it for me.  I’m going to be working hard on getting my ass back on track.  I’m going to watch what I eat with no official “diet” to speak of but trying to keep it as healthy as possible most of the time.  Move my behind like I said I would so I don’t fall off the training wagon.  I know that completing C25K is a must!  If I can’t get this done and have enough discipline for it then I will never be able to complete the half marathon training as planned.  It’s just a fact!

Let’s do it!

Taking It Into My Own Hands

So I got a call today from the endoscopy place regarding my scope appointment for next Monday.  I was told that I would have a $250 co-pay to get the scope done.  This would be fine and dandy if I could be guaranteed some results following the scope.  Unfortunately the track record with conventional medical care has been nothing but crap.  And I’m not just talking about the care during this whole h. pylori nightmare.

I’ve done three rounds of antibiotics at 14 days each.  Each round included 2 antibiotics and an acid reducer.  I’ve tried so many different antibiotics that I’m pretty sure I shouldn’t have any bacteria, healthy or not, left in my system.  Unfortunately each round of antibiotics did nothing but make me feel more sick.  I’m so tired!!  I can’t do another round of anything at this point.  The $250 “co-pay” is also a huge deterrent for me.  Are they going to come back and just confirm that I have h. pylori…still?  Are they going to confirm an ulcer?  I can pretty much guarantee that I can self diagnose both of those issues without paying the exorbitant amount of cash to do it.

Needless to say, my scope appointment is cancelled.  I spend this morning and early afternoon doing some research on my own. Come to find out that I’m not the only one dealing with a reoccurring h. pylori infection.  There is a huge amount of information out on the world wide web and I’m ready to try some of the suggestions.

From what I can gather, there is a magical supplement called mastic gum.  There has been research done by the New England Journal of Medicine which favorably looks at mastic gum as a “killer” of h. pylori bacteria.  Hey…that sounds like a good enough idea to me! I’m going to hit up my local health food store tomorrow to stock up on the magical stuff.  I just pray that I don’t have to order the stuff online if it’s not available in store, I want to get going on the dosages, the last round of antibiotics really did a number on my tummy.  I also found promising info on Apple Cider Vinegar, Maruka Honey, coconut oil and probiotics.  Those are all going home with me tomorrow and I’m going to start pumping myself full of that stuff until I feel better.  Word!

While I was researching my #1 public enemy I also decided to look at some info regarding my back pain and groin/hip issues.  I want to start C25K and train for that half marathon without major problems.  Up until today, nothing my conventional doctors suggested has helped.  Physical therapy made things worse (breaking up scar tissue…no thanks!).  Pain meds just make me tired and groggy. Hell…the orthopedic surgeon can’t even diagnose an actual problem after x-rays and MRI’s, he just wants to send me for cortisone shots.  For what, to treat something that hasn’t been positively identified?  I took to Google again and have come to the conclusion that I probably have a groin strain that keeps re-aggravating itself.  My adductors are all fucked up!

One thing the ortho doc did say is that I have bulging disk in my lower back.  I can’t remember the exact location for that,  I’m thinking it’s either an L3, L4, or L5.

Hey…would you look at that…a bulging disk in the lumbar area could also be related to leg issues.  Fancy that!

As I looked at groin treatments a little closer I found really promising info on chiropractic care.  I’ve always thought of chiropractors as crackerpracters (fun little analogy a friend once told me) ;).  Since my back has been having issues it could be that the whole thing is tied together.  When I stand in what I believe to be a good position with good posture you can visibly see that my left shoulder hangs lower than the other.  My sister has been diagnosed with mild scoliosis.  PT told me that they could see my hips were visibly “off”.  I favor my right side when walking/running and I notice my left food turns in a bit more than it should.  I also found my baby records and from what I can ascertain (the records are in German) I had mild club foot as an infant (hello Forest!).  To top it off, I deal with massive migraines which could also be related to back issues.  Moral of the story, I believe that all of the things I’m dealing with have validity and are somehow related.

Since I freed up my calendar for Monday I went straight to work looking for a chiropractor.  I found one close to home that has had a practice in my area for the last 20 years.  Nothing but excellent testimonials as well.  Plus the office has a massage therapist and acupuncturist in house.  SOLD for a $15 co-pay.  I’ll be going in for a new patient consultation this coming Monday.

I’m not saying that the plans I have made moving forward are going to cure me of all my ailments.  I don’t know that they will, but I’m at my wits end and ready to try something different.  I’m also feeling good about the direction I’m moving in.  I learned so much researching my issues this morning and I feel a whole lot more educated.  I’m done letting doctors tell me what they “think” I should do. It’s time to take it into my own hands!

Gratitude Journal:  I’m proud that I’m smart enough to know when enough is enough.  I’m grateful for the ability to research and find my own answers.  It took me a while to finally say that I’m not going to just “go along for the ride” anymore.  If something doesn’t work, it’s up to me to figure out a different path.  And that is true for all aspects in life.

What it really comes down to is that I have lived in my own body for the last 37 years.  Tuning in to what I believe is happening is more important than what a doctor that looks at me for 10 minutes believes.  I have had other instances in my past medical history were I was misdiagnosed over and over.  When I voiced my own opinion I was dismissed only to discover later that I had been right all along.

I’m so DONE!  If I tell a doctor my concerns and they are dismissed, I’m going to change doctors.  I’m not going to just accept what doctors tell me anymore.  You have to be your own best advocate!

 

Awesome 80’s 5K Recap

I’m reading all of the other blogs and everyone is recapping the New York City Marathon.  Well….I have an even greater treat for you.  I’m going to recap the Awesome 80’s 5K race the kids and I did this past Saturday.  Boom!  Mind blown.

I discovered this race on Facebook when someone posted that this race was free via Active.com.  Well…free is a magic word to me so I rushed over to Active and signed up my kids and myself.  The run promised an 80’s theme and who doesn’t love the 80’s?  The icing on the cake is when I found out that the race had a specific theme of Star Wars.  More specifically Darth Vader!  My 8 year old love Star Wars so what better way to commemorate his first 5K than with a Star Wars t-shirt and Darth Vader medal.  Perfect!

The race had a start time of 7am so we left the house at 5:15am.  I don’t do mornings, but for this, I was willing.  We got to the race starting area around 6:30am, picked up our packets, and pinned on the bibs.  By the time we got that and potty breaks done, it was time to line up.  There were tons of fun costumes.  Luigi and Mario, lots of Star Wars characters, Ghostbusters, etc.  Our costumes were basically the oldest clothes we could find in our closets and side pony tails.  I think that’s sufficient, you?

Moving on…

The race started promptly at 7:03am.  We took off because the kiddos were sure they were going to win this thing and even after I told them to take it easy, they had high ambitions.  After about .74 miles they started to tucker out and started asking if it was almost over.  I heard that a few times from other little ones and I had to laugh.  This was a fun 5k after all so there were a lot of walkers.  We became walkers pretty quickly too.  Both kiddos hung in there pretty good though and in the end we finished at about an hour.

I’m sooo proud of my kids for going for it and not quitting.  They never once wanted to quit, they just complained the entire way.  Ha!

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In Conclusion:  This particular race was smaller than any of the others I had ever done.  The original price for the race was something like $55, which in my opinion is a bit much for a fun run 5K.  The costume aspect was fun and a lot of people really got into it.  I’ve done other fun runs and they usually don’t cover the distance that they promised but this one was spot on according to Nike+.  Nike actually came in a little above 3.1 miles.  The race was well organized (took no time to get our packets) and we were in and out of there with no problems.  Even parking was rather pleasant.  The best part was probably the Darth Vader medal and the fact that my kiddos were sooo stinkin’ proud of themselves for finishing it.  I have to say that I’m pretty proud of them too.  Yay!