Weight

Weight is a funny thing, isn’t it? Amazing how happy one can be to see a number on the scale on the downward slide, but so very unhappy to see the same number on the way back up.

A number of years ago I set a goal weight, and I have struggled to get there. Now, I was chunky, so my goal weight was really only eight or so pounds away from where I was. But as we all know, I always said I ran to eat pizza.

So although I occasionally lost a pound, my body loves to hold on to each ounce and I never really got to my goal. But at least I stayed even 🙂

Then I had my accident and lost 10 lbs in the hospital–no surprise there. I did gain five back, once I started eating solid food at home. But I stayed there (only three pounds above my goal) for two years. I pretty much cycled through three pounds for those years, but it was consistent.

Then my husband had his heart attack last February. There was stress, of course, and we also drastically changed our diet. He can’t have much salt (oh my, that is high in everything!) or items with a lot of fat. We pretty much stopped eating anything processed. We used to enjoy the “convenience” of frozen pizza, mac and cheese or other frozen dinners several times a week.  We went cold turkey on that. I even make spaghetti sauce each time we have pasta–that would be due to the salt content in commercial sauce. We also were both keeping our portions small in the beginning as well.

Somehow, I lost ten pounds. So here I am seven pounds below my goal!! Whoo-hoooo! Even more odd, I stayed the same weight for several months, not bouncing up and down three pounds like I normally do.

I don’t eat anything really horrible, my desserts are normally ginger snaps, my lunches ricotta and granola and my breakfasts are Zone bars during the week.

So why did I just gain three pounds?????

Part of it is autumn. This is the normal time of year my body craves food and hangs on to all the calories in order to prepare for the deprivation of hibernation of winter. I wish it would realize we don’t hibernate!!! The other part, I expect, is that I relaxed on the “small portion” part. Ooops. And although I am running again, I haven’t been doing very many or very difficult sessions. Double ooops.

Where does that leave me? Well, four pounds below my goal weight. But now my goal is to stay where I was. I have no interest in continuing to gain weight throughout the winter, that will only make my spring harder. And while I really don’t want to go lower than I was, I do want to stay there–I liked it 🙂 So now on to the hard work-less food and more exercise.

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Question

Question of the day: if you are getting dressed for the treadmill when the power goes out, can you still count it as exercise? 😛

Snowy Friday

Seemed like last year during winter, I hit every snowstorm during a commute, whether morning or night. So I am pretty happy the first substantial (early) storm happened on a Friday–which I get off. Maybe this will set a trend for this year?

                                      I think we ended up with about 5 or 6 inches

I am feeling pretty relaxed today, happy that not only do I not have to go anywhere, no one can expect me to go somewhere in the mess out there. What a wonderful day!

I have spent the day alternating between short bursts of cleaning and hanging out with Daisy in front of the tv. I finally decided before lunch that I ought to get on the treadmill.

I had no real plan when I got on, I was vaguely thinking it would be similar to last Friday’s run. So 3 mile-ish.

Since I was in no hurry, I did a warm-up of 1 minute at 3 MPH and 4 minutes at 4 MPH, before running my first mile at 6 MPH. Last week I did my second at 6.5 and my third at 7.0. Today I went straight to 7 for the second mile, with the idea that I would do a slow third mile. But I was running easily, so I stayed at 7 for the third mile too, then did a 7 minute cool down at 4 MPH and 3 MPH, dropping down to 2 for the last minute.

And the point of all this? It felt soooooo good!

I mean, I pretty much took September off due to the knees and only scattered short runs throughout October, and here I just ran 3 miles at a fairly decent pace with no problems at all.

First, I feel ecstatic that my knees seemed to have bounced back. Second, I am rather happy that not all my conditioning had faded.

The worst part of not running was knowing how hard it was going to be to start back up. Ok, that wasn’t the worst, but I did know what was coming (the actual not running and clearing my mind was the worst). I am happy it wasn’t as bad as I thought.

Next day update: Yup, I was a little sore this morning when I got up.  But then we started doing stuff (going out in the back fields to get evergreen tips, carrying wood), and they felt incredibly fine. And my run didn’t hurt at all 🙂

Weekly Rundown

You know, it’s a good thing I make copious notes about everything. These run-downs  are getting further and further away from the week, and I would never remember what I did, much less why I did or didn’t do something.

We went away on Friday and came home late yesterday, so there wasn’t much time for writing, especially since before I was trying to get everything (dogs, horses, luggage) in order before we left. So as I sit here and watch my football team get badly beat, I thought it would a perfect time to do my post.

Monday: off. As usual, although it once more was busy at work so I was happy to rest. Apparently, Monday has become the day to fast and then come in for lab work. Does make the day go by fast.

Tuesday: I made my own workout for the treadmill–it would nice to be able to set it so I didn’t have to pay as much attention to the clock. But not on this treadmill, maybe the next one! I started running 5 minutes at 6 MPH, then alternated 2 minutes at 6 and 2 at 7 MPH. I finished with 1 min at 4 MPH, then down to 3 MPH for another minute; with a total of 15 minutes and 1.46 mile. It would have been great to do more, but there was this thing called work….and Tuesdays are usually busier than Mondays.

Wednesday: I took the night to do yoga while cooking dinner. After a long day, then rushing home (in the dark now) to feed the horses, it is nice to slow down and have a yoga session. It was only 13 minutes, but it was thirteen minutes of deep, relaxing breathing and thinking of nothing but the twist or stretch of my body.

Thursday: I used one of the presets on the treadmill, a 20 minute mile with brisk intervals for walking. And since I am contained to walking in the hospital again-it has been both cold and wet once more-I have started doing stairs again. I went up 8 floors. The hospital only has 4, but I go from bottom floor to roof in one set of 4 flights, then I work my way from the bottom to top with steps scattered throughout the hospital so my legs have a bit of a break in between the stairs. I finished the day with 10 minutes of stretch-y, relaxing yoga when I got home.

Friday: a day off from work, but still soooo many things to do! I took a family member in for a scheduled appointment, and ran all my errands in town for the couple hours it took. I hopped on the treadmill first thing in the morning since I knew how busy the day would be. I did another preset workout, this one running for 30 minutes and a  total of 2.6 miles. It set me up well for the day of running from the car to stores and back again in the rain!

Saturday: I ran again on the treadmill, which was kinda a test for me since I haven’t run two days in a row since the summer. Fortunately it, felt really good! I did a 30 minute run, also 2.6 miles, with different speeds. Then, since the show I was watching still had 10 minutes left, I finished walking those minutes at 3 MPH.

Sunday: the sun came out!
                        Daisy and I had shadows again. And we have never looked so tall!

We did  a brisk 2.13 miles in 36:24. The shadows were a little chilly, but the sun felt wonderful whenever we got back out in it. Afterwards, I put the kids out back while I fixed the fence (someone had broken a middle line, probably by trying to reach just one more bite of grass through the fence). There were thundering hooves and excited kicks, and then those birdbrains tried to follow me back in when I left. It’s nice that they like me that much, but I told them stay out and eat some green grass.  I had to help a bit with stacking wood (otherwise known as weightlifting!), and then I reorganized my library–again. Seems to be an annual occurrence  as I try to squeeze out just a little more space in the same old room.

 

Weekly Rundown

Another week flew by. And a cold week at that.

We went from 70s to 30s with no intermediate temperatures this year. So some are making their (annual dream) plans to move to a warmer clime, while others are pulling the snowmobile logo jackets out!

Monday: off. Thought about yoga when I got home, but no. Some days, even though I know it will make me feel better, I just can’t get up the gumption after work.

Tuesday: Planned on a 2m morning run. But decided to change it since my knees were a bit achy. The fall weather is not being kind to them. So I started with  a 5 minute warm up at 3 -4 MPH, then 1.5 miles at 6 -7 MPH, then a 1 minute cool down. I did a nice yoga stretch session when I got home that night. And the knees survived!

Wednesday: off. I had planned on an evening workout of yoga and weights, but my husband had had a bad day and we ended up talking til it was time to feed the horses– and ourselves.

Thursday: Did a morning treadmill walk preset for 20 minutes, which has several different intensities and equaled out a mile. Short, but I had planned to walk Daisy that night to get a bit more distance. Unfortunately, fall is upon us and it was just too dark. Not that she would have cared, but I did!

Friday: Wanted to do an outside run, but it was windy and cold. So I took Daisy out for a short walk and we ended up doing 2.10 miles  (watching her little ears flapping in the breeze as she trotted along) in 35 minutes . I followed that with 3 miles on the treadmill running at 6 MPH for the first mile, 6.5 for the second and 7.0 for the last. After resting for a bit, I took Charby out in the back field for 26 minutes. But no posting while trotting, as I figured my legs had done enough for the day!

Saturday: Rain. Cold, wet Rain. We finished  our project of covering the boat.  We decided not to shrinkwrap it since we wanted to be able to get in and make improvements over the winter. Ok, my husband wants to get in and play with stuff over the winter. Meanwhile, over the course of Friday and Saturday we built a pole shelter that should be reusable for several years. Although we put so many screws in to make it secure, it may take three days to take down next spring! After all that, I just did an easy 30 minute walk on treadmill. The rain came in shortly after we finished the shelter, so riding was not an option. Somehow, I doubt Christopher Robin was unhappy about that.

Sunday: More rain. Blech.  So it was the treadmill again. I gave Daisy a hair cut and bath–she looks so cute– before getting on to do 32 minutes at 3 to 4 MPH intervals. And then house cleaning. Not exactly a relaxing day, but I felt good about the upcoming week.