Saturday, February 28, 2009

Week 1 down, 8 to go!

Last week was Week 1 of the Couch to 5K program. The first day was a little rough because I hadn't gotten any physical activity since the beginning of the month, and even then it was just a Bollywood workout DVD that caught my eye at Target (and it's super fun, too). Tomorrow I start week 2, and I'm excited to start it off. I know that rest days are essential but sometimes I feel like I should just be doing something anyway. Instead, I force myself to take it easy for now. Once I finish the program I plan on running 5k two days a week, doing a longer distance, like maybe 10k or more one day, and two other days a week I'll do some speed drill type stuff just to change it up a little bit.

I've been keeping a food diary and writing everything down that I've been eating, even if it's just "half a cookie" or something along those lines. Everything negative and positive is being written down so I can understand truly what my relationship with food is like. I planned on just eating like I normally do, for the most part, for a week or two and seeing where I should be making my cuts. I've already decided that I will not eat food within 3 hours of my bedtime, even on my overnight shifts at work, I stop allowing myself food after 6:30 AM. I've also cut soda and other caloric drinks out, too. I think the only exception will be if I get another cold and my throat is as sore as it was the last time I was sick, I drank a lot of OJ because I needed to get the calories and the vitamin C!

Anyway, since October I've kept off 12 pounds, and while the number could easily be bigger, I'm looking at it in an optimistic light. Hey, 12 pounds lighter in 4 months is better than being the same amount the whole time.

I've also been taking my blood pressure 2-3 times a week. I've been right around the normal range for the most part. The highest it's been over the last couple of weeks was 122/83. The lowest was something like 118/73. I can't recall the lowest exactly, and I don't have the chart I've been keeping track of it on with me at work.

Anyhow, tomorrow starts week 2 of the Couch to 5k program, and I'm super motivated!

Mom was also telling me about a gym in the Clovis area where you pay $15 a month and get to use it as much as you want. I'll have to look into that for future strength training purposes!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Couch to 5K

I'm going to be starting the Couch to 5K program later on today after I get off work (at 8:30 AM) and get a small nap. I've been relatively sedentary since high school and I'm done with being in my own way on the path to physical fitness. I'm done making excuses or putting up reasons for why I can't be physically active and I can't eat properly. Granted, I'll never go on a "diet," instead I will take positive suggestions from other diet plans and find what works best for me. In general I've noticed that when I say "I'm going to go on a diet," and become super restrictive of what I can and can't eat, after a week or two of doing well, I end up binge eating everything I see that can fit in my mouth. I'd rather instead make healthier decisions.

For example, because of the most recent course of antibiotics I've been on, the doctor told me not to have dairy 4 hours before or after taking it. I used to have ice cream or some other type of dessert (i.e. brownies) a couple of hours before bed. Because of this course of antibiotics I haven't had a completely unhealthy snack before bedtime. The closest I get is I've had a rice cake with peanut butter on it, or a handful of Reese's pieces (which isn't completely unhealthy in moderation). Since the beginning of the year I've lost 7 pounds, and I'm not sure if it's entirely related to being sick or if it's also related to the last week and a half or so that I've been on these pills and haven't been allowing myself to have super fattening snacks before bedtime.

Speaking of being sick, I don't feel as sick anymore. I feel about 85% better. If you had asked me how I felt the day I went to the doctor, I would have told you 5-10%. On top of being sick, I was depressed because I was sick. I feel so much better aside from some occasional uncontrollable coughing.

I'm only partially embarrassed to mention this, but at the moment I weigh 260.5. I say "only partially embarrassed" because I'm motivated to fix it. The highest I've been in my life was last year when I hit 272 in October. I'm not really setting an ultimate goal, but my preliminary goal is 158. I'm setting it as such because that would put my BMI at 24.9, which would be in the healthy range. (Healthy BMI is 18.5-24.9, which would put a healthy weight for my height at 121-158. I know I'd look awful at 121 because of my frame, so I figured I'll aim for the high side of the healthy range until I get down to it. Then I'll see if I want to lose a little more or just aim to maintain that weight.) I think I will set minor goals along the way, but for now I just want to see how much I can lose in an average week by just being more active and eating better.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Busy busy busy!

Starting the new job tomorrow! So I'll be working M-F 2:30-6 PM at the school, and Thursday nights to Sunday mornings at the group home! Busy busy busy!!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Three and counting

In the last six months or less, I've been fingerprinted three times. Once for my job at Core Conditions (the group home), once for the credential program at CSUF, and once for this potential new job at St Anthony's. I had my last fingerprinting session on the 10th, and I'm waiting to hear back from the lady who would be my new boss. I really hope that everything is alright and that I did get the job! Wish me luck!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

This new year is going to kill me if it keeps this way...

This year has already proved to be quite difficult.

-We discovered our old house was broken into. They actually didn't get into the house, just the storage shed out back. But they ransacked everything and took a lot of our belongings, and destroyed some as well.
-My car was acting up so I took it to the shop and discovered it has an expiration date. I must get a new car by March 2010, because the catalytic converter is shot and the car won't pass it's next smog check.
-I broke up with Steve. It just wasn't working and it felt like it was all one sided and that I was doing all of the work. So instead of pretending there was something there, I cut it off like a dying limb.
-I started the credential program at CSUF but I determined that wasn't really what I wanted to do, so instead, I dropped out and got information about applying to the masters program in the Fall. I figured it would be best to pull out of the classes now so it appeared I didn't take any classes this semester, instead of trying to stick with it and ending up with "F" or "W" marks because it wasn't what I really wanted to do. So I'm figuring out what I need to get in order to apply to the CSUF masters program for Geology. (My goal was to be able to teach at a community college level, and you don't need a teaching credential for that. Minimum required is a masters degree!)
-On my way to an interview for a second job on Wednesday, I got in a car accident. I was rear-ended on Herndon between Cedar and Milbrook in Fresno. Oh, it was fun. (Not really.) The good thing to come out of this is that there is no major damage to my car, just a bit of scratches and fractured paint.
-I woke up the following morning with a horrible sore throat. I've been off-and-on feverish, and it's been difficult to eat because my throat hurts that bad. Stupid me, I don't have health insurance, but what's the most they could do? Give me cough syrup with codeine? Big deal. I can just suffer and wait for it to get better!

Things I hope to get sorted within the next handful of months (or however long it takes me):
-Ensure that I have the second job (I was told to call on Monday if I was interested). It's for an after school program.
-Finish paying off my credit card.
-Get health insurance.
-Get a new car.
-Get my own apartment.

I hope to have all of the above completed by August of this year. So wish me luck!!