Thursday, September 18, 2014

It's time for change

I'm starting this blog on Wednesday September 10, but want to wait a week or so to post it.... 

While work is big on healthier choices from food to getting in exercise, it's not really about work (and earning gift cards). It's about me. I need to make a change. And I'm finally ready to do it. Mentally at least. Hopefully my body is ready too. 

Work has helped kick my butt back in gear. Seeing some of my numbers on my recent blood work this year (I've had my blood drawn 3 times) has helped. My total cholesterol is actually OK. I have no idea how that happened. My LDL and HDL could be better. My glucose fasting is on the upper level. It's supposed to be under 99. I'm always borderline, 99, 101, 102. I don't want Type 2 diabetes. I had enough finger poking while I had GD. I just really don't want to do it again. Though I should be following the Diabetes Diet. But that's later. 

Out for a walk
First up, just getting back in the groove. It started with some walks around the neighborhood and on the treadmill. I got the Polar H7 so I could really track my workouts (and um, get points for them.) So I scheduled 10 days of treadmill walking for 30 days. I started on 9/10. 

Thursday 9/11
Treadmill walking went well tonight. The Biggest Loser was on so I watched that. It's always good motivation. If they can push a weighted ball up a steep beach hill, I can manage to hang out on the treadmill and walk for 30 minutes! 

I was intrigued by the shirts they initially wore. They have their weight on their shirt. Can you imagine if we had technology (and a stupid law) to wear such a shirt? We'd be a much healthier and less obese nation. Maybe. Every morning you wake up, put your shirt on, and it displays your current weight. 

For my company, if you have your bloodwork completed and measurements taken, you can earn more points. One of them is having a healthy BMI. I was riding with my coworker and she commented that her BMI is too low and she actually needs to gain weight. (Of course, being a good coworker I offered her some of mine.) While I'm not ignorant to other people's problems, I forget that being underweight is a problem for many reasons too. And gaining weight by eating the right things is just as hard as eating the right things to lose weight. 
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So my general plan is to walk on the treadmill 11 days. I have it on my google calendar. I actually created a new calendar just for workouts. Then I want to start pushing it harder - doing Beach Body programs. Jason and I own almost all of them. I'm going to start with the 10 minute trainer for at least two weeks. I didn't want to write down too much. Just make it through a couple weeks at a time. 

So right now, just work outs. I hope by the beginning of October to be putting more thought into my diet. But I don't want to get burnt out. I also don't have the extra time right now to put a lot of time into planning meals and eating healthier. It's hard work. And I still want to join a few extra Oreos. :)

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So a week later? How am I doing? I managed to get in quite a few walks, one outside. I've missed a few walks too. I've had a recurrent ear and throat thing. It holds me back. It's 8:20 and I'm  about to fall asleep. Luckily, I have an appointment tomorrow with an Ears, Nose, and Throat doctor. I'm dreaming big and hoping to walk out with drained ears and a non-sore throat. However, I imagine it'll be a few visits. I've already had two rounds of antibiotics and I can't imagine what "chemical" cure they have. It's onto the physical things - ice pick in the ear, tube insertion. I was reading about adult tubes, they are usually only kept in 4-6 weeks, unlike pediatric tubes which can be left in up to year.

Diet wise, we've made some small changes. No more ice cream. When I want something sweet, I get an applesauce. Maybe I add some cheerios. Maybe a handful of Triscuits. They have this new flavor - Cinnamon Sugar. SOOOOO yummy!

So hopefully these next few weeks go well. I feel confident that I am ready for these changes, but I know that my sickness is hindering some of my work outs. I just need to get my ears drained and throat clear.

So wish me luck!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Long Time.... again

I am BUSY. My free time? What free time?! 

I pretty much haven't blogged since I started my new job, 6 weeks ago! 6 weeks! And it's going so well. Wait. 7 weeks! I just completed my 7th week. I am accomplishing quite a bit, I actually just finished my Priority To-Do list on Friday morning. I am very glad that I waited to go back to work when I was ready. Had I gone back too soon, I think I would have been burnt out or not as focused. 

Work aside, a big milestone came and went! I have a 1 year old!!! He can feed himself -- but it's not perfect. He is 20 pounds and 30 inches. He actually hasn't grown much in the past month. But he's still on track and eating well. He LOVES daycare! I think it's the Cheerio's. He also gets to paint. I think they paint almost every day. But hey, I don't have to deal with clean up! 

Jason and I have been very busy. We're a good team. I couldn't do it without him, he couldn't do it without me. A few weeks ago we were working on folding laundry when my parents stopped by to visit. Before they got there Jason asked if he thought my dad would help fold. After I stopped laughing and changed my pants (cause you know, I peed them from laughing so hard...) But anyway... yea... I didn't witness dad helping too much. So they visited and Jason & I finished our laundry folding. On the way home Dad commented to Mom that he could have helped more when we (me and my siblings) were younger. 

I am very lucky to have found Jason and for him to help as much as he does. Today we made 44 breakfast burritos. And prepped stuffed peppers for tomorrow. And got dinner together - we had Time For Dinner's Buffalo Turkey Burgers and grilled up the Mojito Chicken for Liam and later. We also grilled a ton of veggies. 

I have the recipe for burritos and some other things to post. When I get time. Like in 18 years when Liam goes off to college. His September birthday means I get to pay an extra year of daycare before he starts Kindergarten. Oh goodie. 

Work is encouraging a lot of healthy habits. They give us all Fitbits. Jason and I each have a Flex now. Here we are taking Liam for a walk yesterday. We try to get in 10,000 steps a day. It's hard. Even with walking on the treadmill and a walk around the neighborhood, I didn't get my 10k yesterday. We took another walk today, and I'm currently at 9,985. I'll get the rest of my steps in a few moments. 

I hope to start working out again soon. Liam goes to bed around 7ish. I'm still having to put him to bed, but my time is getting shorter and shorter. I'm hoping to work out after he gets to bed. But I also want to watch my favorite TV shows as they start back up. Who knows, I might just have to give up all TV. :(