Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Day 16

I lost almost all of last week to either being sick, or caring for sick children.  I only worked out the first 3 days last week, and didn't get back to it until today.  

 waist: 29.5"  (down 1.5" total, .5" since last week)
hips:  37.5" (no change)
weight: 117lbs (up 1 lb from last week)

All told, not too bad.  I could definitely tell that I'd missed a week on the cardio, and I don't think I'm quite back at 100% anyway.  Tomorrow will be better.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Day Eight

originally from howdoigetfit.com

I made it to day 8!  I'm doing well with  meeting my exercise goals: I worked out Monday-Friday last week (yay!), skipped Saturday and Sunday (boo!), and I'm back at it today (yay!).  I'm not having as much success with my diet, but I am doing better with it than I was.  I'm reaching more often for things like carrots, and I have cut back on the sweets a bit.  Here are my stats after my first week of tracking:

waist: 30"  (down 1")
hips:  37.5" (no change)
weight: 116lbs (down 2 lbs)

That's pretty encouraging, after only a week!  This week, I'm going to push harder to work out every day, and definitely work harder at controlling what I feed myself.  Wish me luck for Week 2!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Reviving the Health Blog

Here I am again.  I got lost for a while, but I'm still around, and I still have the same basic goal:

I've been doing better with the depression, which is huge.  I finally got in to see a real psychiatrist, and he seems to have gotten my meds straightened out.  He didn't take me off of the Prozac, but he cut my dosage in half and added Wellbutrin to my daily line-up.  The Wellbutrin has given me a significant energy boost, and I like to think that I've put it to good use.  I started working part-time, as well, and it's helped to revitalize me, to get me moving.  It's a simple thing, really, but it has been so good for me to get out and interact with other adults, and to do something that I know I'm good at.  And, I've actually been exercising intermittently for the last few weeks.  This is where I'm at now:

31" waist
37.5" hips

I've lost a lot of ground since last May, and I wasn't happy with my body even then.   I know that I'm not obese, or really even overweight, but I also know that I could be in much better shape, and that I will be happier with myself and my body when I am.  Not to mention the fact that I do want to have more children, probably in the next year or two, and the more fit I am going into pregnancy, the better off I'll be.  So.  It's time to set down some specific goals.

Goal #1: Work out every day, for 30 days.  
I'm doing 30 Day Shred again, and for simplicity's sake, I'm calling this Day 1.  My goal is not to skip a single day, so that if I do miss one here or there (because life happens) I'll still be working out at least 6 days a week.  I'll be going to a wedding on March 3, and I want to make as much progress as I can in the next month. I even bought a pretty new dress, to provide me with a bit of extra motivation.

Goal #2: Cut down on sweets.
Chocolate is my vice, and my biggest downfall. I know myself well enough to know that if I completely eliminate sweets from my diet, that I'll cave and binge periodically.  So, for the duration of my Shred, I'll be limiting myself to one small serving of sweets daily.

Goal #3: Make healthier meal choices.
More fresh fruits and veggies, fewer fried and processed foods.  This one is difficult, because most of my favorite recipes don't really pass muster, but we're trying.  I'll be posting any good recipes that I find to my recipes page, so if you're interested, be on the lookout there.

Goal #4: Lose at least 1" from my waist by the end of the Shred.
I don't care about pounds, because they're misleading.  Frankly, I don't care whether I gain pounds or lose them, so long as I lose flab and gain muscle tone.  I'll be tracking my waist and hip measurements weekly, to quantify my progress.  My goal is to lose at least an inch from my waist by the time that wedding rolls around.

What are your health goals?

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Every day, I say "tomorrow".  But somehow, I never get to tomorrow.  

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Like a Yo-Yo

     Up and down, and round and round till I'm dizzy.  Warning: this post is something of a rant.
     My experiment with the Celexa was a spectacular failure. I felt worse taking the Celexa than I did on the Prozac, and I was having very vivid, very bizarre dreams.  I went back to the doctor, but my doctor was on vacation (naturally) so I saw someone else.  This someone was nice enough, but it's always hard to do a med-check with someone who doesn't know me or my history, and I wasn't impressed with his manner.  He put me back on the Prozac, which is admittedly an improvement over the Celexa, but he also put me on Trazodone because of the dreams.  I took it only once.  Not only did it not keep me from dreaming, but left me feeling drugged the next morning. And do you know why?  Trazodone is used to treat depression and insomnia.  I am quite the opposite of an insomniac.  I sleep far, far too much.  I told him that.  And yet he gave me the Trazodone anyway.   Fortunately, I had a sneaking suspicion what would happen, and I took it on a Friday night so that Brandon would be around the next morning.  This was a very, very good thing, because I slept until 10:30 and then was worthless for a good while even after I did get up.
     So I called again to try make an appointment with my doctor, only to find that within days of returning from vacation, she'd been transferred to another clinic.  I now have a new doctor to get to know.  Yay.  I'll be seeing her at the beginning of September, so until then, I'll continue on the Prozac.  But, there's good news!
     The last time I saw her, my doctor put in a counseling referral for me.  I've seen my new counselor twice, and already I think that this will be beneficial for me.  When I was there yesterday, he referred me to the clinic psychiatrist so that I would no longer have to worry about being bounced around between doctors when it comes to managing my medication.  If I can get in to see her quickly, then I will just cancel the appointment with my new doc and wait to see her when I have a cold.

     Not surprisingly, I haven't been exercising.  I keep telling myself that I ought to, but then I don't.  I suppose I've kind of put that on hold while I try to get my head on straight.  Here's to being healthy, in body and mind.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Motivation Monday

Because I desperately need to be motivated, and I know it needs to come from within.

I have commitment issues.  You?

Sunday, August 12, 2012

On Again, Off Again

Consistency is a problem for me.  I got in a few days of Shred last week, but I've been lazy the last few days.  I feel like a truck with a bad starter.  I'll work out for a few days, but I just can't seem to get my engine to turn over and fire up so I can keep going.  I blame the depression, my ineffective new medication, and the on-going potty-training drama in the house, but when it comes down to it, it's my fault for not following through.  So, tomorrow, I'll be back at it, and Little Miss had better not pee on the floor while I'm Shredding.