It's been over a month since my last post on February 8th. Blog silence is not a good thing. It means I don't have good news. I haven't been keeping my commitment to lose weight. I don't want to bore you all with my pathetic excuses. Most of all, I don't want to discourage anyone. Losing weight and keeping it off is possible.
Monthly Archives: March 2012
Back in 1998, I made the decision to move from Minnesota to Phoenix, Arizona. The catalyst? I have a sinus condition that doesn’t agree with the cold and damp climate that defines Minnesota winters and it caused chronic sinus infections that, quite literally, could not be treated. After one such miserable winter of no relief, my doctor laid out two options for me:
- Experimental (at the time anyway) surgery called “Windows”, where they would insert two tubes into my sinuses. These tubes would hold my sinuses open, but could cause permanent damage to my tear ducts, causing my eye(s) to water continuously, as well as potentially come out with a heavy sneeze. Oh, and the kicker? It wasn’t guaranteed to actually fix the sinus problem either.
- Move somewhere dry and warm. See ya!
So, off to Phoenix I went, to enjoy 11 blissfully sinus-problem-free years.
Now, here we are in Austin, TX. I love this city. Considering we’ve been here only about 9 months, I almost can’t believe how much I love this city. And this state! I have no desire to ever leave Texas and Austin just suits us. There’s just one thing. Since getting here, I’ve had quite a few colds – one after another and they’re fairly unrelenting.
This week, I again feel horrible and can’t imagine exercising. After the horrible food weekend, I was anxious to jump back in yesterday and back into my new Zumba routine. Instead? I spent the day working on the couch, with my laptop on my lap. Eyes stinging and watering, nose running, throat scratchy, coughing. Fabulous. Today? Add sneezing, exhaustion and a bit of dizziness to the mix. Feels like another really bad cold. Sigh.
Am I sick again? Or, am I simply suffering from what so many suffer from here: seasonal allergies? Austin is one of the worst cities in the country for those who suffer from outdoor allergies, and apparently they’re year-round, with differing pollens throughout the year. I have tried taking some over the counter allergy meds, but there are so many different kinds and since I have never suffered from allergies before, I don’t know what to get. They haven’t done much for me, but I don’t know if that’s because I’m getting the wrong kind or if it’s not allergies I’m suffering from.
The time has probably come for me to just break down and go see an allergist, so at least I’ll know, one way or the other.
The good news here? Allergies, unlike my sinus condition, are manageable. So, once I know if (and what) I’m allergic to certain pollens, I can find a way to manage it and get back to living a normal life where I don’t feel tired and rundown all the time – and I won’t have to leave!
If any of you have any knowledge or experience with allergies that you think might be helpful, I’m all ears.
Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later.
This morning finds me waking up with what can only be described as a food hangover. I actually have no idea how many Weight Watchers points I ate yesterday, but I am quite certain I wiped out, and probably exceeded, all my weekly points in one day!
Backing up to Friday, the day was good. Lots of walking as we took Zach to the zoo Friday morning. Then I did my Zumba while he napped Friday afternoon. Then… we waited a bit too long to get dinner started Friday night. We were going to grill some reduced-fat Bubba burgers – yum! Alas… the grill was out of gas. Now, it’s late. We’re hungry. Nothing else is ready to make! These are the times when we waver… and that’s exactly what happened. We ended up going to Taco Cabana for dinner.
Considering where we were, I actually did ok. I just got 2 tacos (5 pts each) with a small side of chips and queso. I did not blow all my points for the week (and I’m not even eating my exercise points), so not all was lost, by any means. Actually, as far as indulging goes, I think that’s exactly how it should be done. Occasionally indulge and practice portion control.
Saturday, other than the fact that I didn’t exercise when I had planned to, was right back to plan. Stayed within my daily points target and ate healthy.
Sunday… oh, boy… Sunday.
Started the day by weighing. Down .8 lbs for the week. Not great, to say the least. Now, I expected the scale to be less than kind, because that’s generally the case when I start a new exercise routine, but even though I knew that, I was overly disappointed with the results. Nevermind everything I’ve posted about the number on the scale not being my worth and the fact that I felt I had a good and obedient week, despite what the scale says. Yesterday was one of those days when I was going to just ignore everything I knew and let my emotions rule the day.
Had a healthy breakfast and headed off to church. That breakfast was the last healthy thing I put in my mouth all day…
Ended up going to Mighty Fine Burger for lunch. Seriously, I could eat this every day. But, the effects were immediate. For the rest of the day, cravings increased and instead of doing anything to curb them, I indulged them. I guess the only saving grace for the afternoon was that the sweets we have around the house are generally Skinny Cow and Weight Watchers brands, so the damage could have been a lot worse. But of course, we weren’t done leaving the house for the day…
Our church, Gateway Church, has what they call “Crowded Houses” the first Sunday evening of every month. Worship and fellowship with others who live in your geographic area. It’s a great model. Of course, we don’t usually eat all the food offered, but last night we did. Two different kinds of lasagna, Hawaiian bread, garlic bread, desserts, lemonade. Blood sugar spikes x10! So, why not stop at Dairy Queen on the way home for a blizzard, since we’ve already blown the day!? At least we got small blizzards… it was still 15 points for that tiny little Mint Oreo Blizzard treat… D’oh…
So, the good news? I slept horrible last night and woke up feeling very sluggish and just blech this morning. Why is this good news, you ask? Because my body told me what I already know – eating like that makes me feel horrible! My body does not like it and other than great results on the scale, there isn’t much else to motivate me to eat healthy!
I have zero desire to eat anything crappy today, because I don’t want to feel like this. I seriously can’t believe I used to eat like this almost every day, giving absolutely no thought to what I was putting in my mouth in relation to how my body would feel.
I only pray that a healthy breakfast, morning snack and lunch will give me the positive fuel I will need to do my Zumba when Zach naps today, because Week 2 begins today!
This week, I had a “Zumba Beginner Recommendation” goal to work out 5 times. Today is the 5th time I should exercise this week, and it’s not looking good for the home team, meaning I’ll end up having exercised 4x this week, not 5.
Of course, being extremely competitive (especially when it comes to myself), my first and initial thought when I made the decision that I am going take a nap when Zach goes down for his nap today, instead of doing my Zumba, was that I failed the week in this area.
Rightfully so, the thought was fleeting. I went right into, “Hey, now wait a minute. I went from exercising ZERO times a week to exercising 4 times this week – that’s not a failure – that’s a success!”
So now I’m curious – how many times (on average) do YOU exercise a week? Is there generally a difference between what you shoot for and what you actually do?
I used to think that a good goal was to exercise 3x/week. With that being said, the Zumba beginners plan calls for 5x and they only go up from there. Is 3x/week outdated and not enough?
I’d love to hear everyone’s thoughts on this one, because until today, I guess I haven’t really given it much thought.
Have a great weekend everyone!