Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Double Doozie

Last I wrote, I was sick sick sick.
I had no idea how sick I was until I finally broke down and sought out some medical attention. You know, being the mom, we put ourselves last on the list of things to take care of. Well, that bit me in the butt because by the time I got to the doc, I had bronchitis and a sinus infection.
The Double Doozie. The two for one special.
Doc said another 2-3 days and we'd be looking at pneumonia.

I'm on day 6 of antibiotics and my lungs are still not back to normal. I cough when laying down, when eating, when talking, just about all the time.
I have a cough medicine with codeine in it that I can take at night and even though it helps me sleep, I'm not a fan. It gives me a headache and I wake up feeling groggy in the morning.

Word to the unwise mama...Take care of yourself!

This past weekend I started to feel more like myself and decided I needed to enjoy the long weekend.
First I went to the gym yesterday morning for body pump (weight lifting). It was my first class in a week! I can't remember the last time I took that long off from the gym. Well, pump kicked my arse but it felt good to be back in the game.

Then when I got home we packed a picnic lunch and headed up here for half a day...


I'm in one tower, looking at the other!

This place is amazing. It's an old cathedral built right into the hills of Wisconsin. We all climbed up to the top of the tower which was super cool and a bit scary for someone who is afraid of heights!


Let me explain something. We climbed 110 steps BEFORE getting to this point. The sign doesn't account for that. Remember that the cathedral is in the mountain, so it takes a while just to get up there from the parking lot. I was wheezing like a granny, but I did it. The view from the top is well worth the climb.

We found a spot to have lunch on the church grounds and enjoyed the gorgeous day. Good thing we did because shortly after we got home the sky got dark and it started to pour! Perfect timing.
I may have overdone it because I was really tired yesterday afternoon and my cough came back with a vengeance. I had to take the cough medicine and go to bed early. Hoping for a good day today!

I loved the long weekend but today it's back to the daily grind. Kids are on their way to school. Hubby is at work. I'm headed to work in a few (making up for the day off yesterday).
The weather has turned to summer and I'm hoping we'll all be healthy from this point forward.

Have a great day and stay strong!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

So Sick AND Starting Over

We've been super busy these past 2 weeks and even though I've thought about blogging almost every day, I just never seem to get around to it.

I had intended to take a moment this week to write about my re-start...the new plan I have in mind to keep me from gaining any more weight and with any luck, to actually lose some. Then I got sick. I'm super duper sick, like I can't even remember the last time I felt like this.
Right now I'm sipping on a protein shake made of pineapple, orange, and carrots in hopes that it will keep me hydrated and help me feel better.

Hack, cough, sniff!

A quick recap for you:

On Mother's Day weekend we drove up to Madison to visit the State Capitol and take a tour of the building. It was a gorgeous weekend and we even got to enjoy some sunshine (which had been missing so far this spring).
After that we went out to lunch and met up with some friends. The friends who live in the Madison area suggested a sushi buffet. They had me at sushi!
I ate all healthy choices and stayed away from the Chinese and American sections of the buffet. BUT, I still ate too much. Even though it was sushi, all good for me, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. I felt awful and actually got sick when we got home. Proof that my stomach is still not back to normal shape yet. I had heard from other Bandsters that it takes about a year, and I didn't think that was the case with me since I'm pretty much always hungry, but it's true. The minute I bent over, food from the top of my stomach came out. Just like the old days. Lovely!
Lesson learned. No matter how long I've been at this and how much I know, buffets are never a good idea for me. Never.

This past weekend we drove up to Green Bay for the marathon. My hubby was running the marathon on Sunday but we went up on Friday and spent the whole weekend. It was a good time, and he did great with the run. He broke his personal record and that's what he set out to do. We're proud of him.

It was also this past weekend that made me set my mind to starting over with the weight loss journey.
There was a pool at our hotel. I put on the bathing suit I wore just 2 months ago in Florida and it barely fit. The bottom was so uncomfortable and looked horrible.

That's it! Enough is enough. Something needs to be done.

I cannot gain all that weight back. I will NOT let that happen. Working out every day is not preventing me from gaining weight. It's certainly helping me stay healthy and develop muscle tone, but it's not beating the battle with the scale.

I remember a woman at my pre-op class who really didn't look all that heavy to me. She said she was diagnosed with Fatty Liver Disease and that her doctor told her "You either do this, or you die". That's why she was having WLS. I keep thinking about that statement from the doctor and have decided that's my new motto. I say it over and over again in my head all day long.
Do it, or die.

You know I have a laundry list of health concerns in my family. We do not list longevity as one of our family traits. Heart disease usually claims my relatives before old age. So, for me this is a do or die situation.

My new plan, which I plan on following to the best of my ability, for as long as possible, is as follows:

Breakfast: Steel cut oats or Fiber One cereal. Both made with 1C almond milk and a banana (250)
Snack: Pure Protein bar (180)
Lunch: Protein shake made with 1 vegetable and 2 fruits (not to exceed 300 calories)
           Pack of almonds (100)
Snack: 5 prunes (100)
           Baby carrots (35)
Dinner: Salad with protein and fat. Choices include tuna, chicken, turkey, hummus, olives, avocado, olive oil, etc. (not to exceed 300)
Misc: decaf coffee and herbal tea throughout the day as needed.

I chose these foods because they're things I like, they satisfy  my need to chew, include a variety of fruits and vegetables as well as a good combination of carbs and protein.
My carbs are eaten first thing in the morning to give me energy for the gym. The rest of the day is protein and fresh produce.
This keeps me around 1,200 calories per day depending on my protein choice with dinner.

I stuck to this yesterday and today and so far, not hungry. I can't say for sure if I have more energy or feel good following this plan because like I said, I'm so sick right now.
I just know that I have to do this for my health. Do it or die.
Also, it sucks the big one that I have a closet full of summer clothes that do not fit! I refuse to buy all new clothes. I will get back into many of them. I might not ever get back into my size 10 skinny jeans, but I'd settle for a comfortable fitting size 12's at this point. As long as I'm healthy and exercising, that's good enough for me.

So, that's my re-cap and re-start for you. Sorry I've been MIA for 2 weeks. I promise to try to do better!

Enjoy this glorious weather that we're having in most of the country today.
Be well!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Fridays Are No Longer Optional

I just got back from the gym where I did a killer kick boxing class with my favorite instructor. Always a great work out.
Until now, Fridays were a sort of up in the air gym day for me. I'd go if I had skipped a day during the week or use it as a 'bonus' day. Many MANY times I'd skip Fridays if I had too much laundry to do or if the house needed a lot of cleaning, etc.

Well my friends, Fridays work out is not optional anymore. I have been to the gym every day this week, and have been killing it. We're not talking wimpy, barely sweating exercise. We're talking sweating like a pig in heat. Every day.
Sore.
And, of course I got on the scale this morning and I am UP again. Mother Heifer! I effing hate that scale. I hate the number. I hate that I eat salads with no dressing like I'm a friggin' rabbit EVERY DAY, and still I gain weight.
I'm so frustrated I could scream.

I decided I have to take the bull by the horns. Even though I think I exercise more than most 'normal' people, I have to do more.
So, Fridays are no longer optional. Friday kick boxing is on the regular schedule for me now. Along with adding a double on Tuesdays.

Want a peek at what my week at the gym looks like??

M: Early morning spin
T: Body Pump and Kick boxing back to back
W: Early morning spin
R: Body Pump
F: Kick boxing
S: Kick boxing -or- Body Pump (depending on our family schedule)
S: Yoga and butt lift videos at home

Each class is an hour long. Even on Sunday when I'm doing my own videos, I try to do about an hour.

I don't eat bread, pasta, rice or cereal. I stick to protein, fruits and veggies. Still, I gain.

I'm thinking of starting to take Hy.d.rox.y---Cut.
I'm thinking about going on liquids for a few days.
I really don't know what to do next.
Spring is here and I have nothing to wear.
I'm at a loss.
Stupid metabolism.

That's all I have for you today my peeps. I hope you're having a fantastic and healthy week.
Be well!