As you may have guessed… I went a bit off the diet wagon recently. Not a whole lot, I was still eating smaller portions but I wasn’t resisting temptations and I also wasn’t exercising a whole lot.. at all really. I’d exercise but it would be during volunteering or house cleaning. I have a bunch of excuses; some legit (had a week long silent migraine that confined me to little movement in a dark room) and some of me just being lazy.
Suddenly, it’s the end of July and my plan to walk at least one 5k a week is down the drain. Since the 4th I’ve been on the treadmill once (and then I got the week long migraine). I’m a bit disappointed in myself. Before, when I was working, I would complain about not enough time. Now I have all day and I still can’t “find time”.
So today I’m jumping back on the wagon. In the mornings I’m going to get up with Dan and have breakfast and take a 1 mile walk on the treadmill. It’s not a lot but it’ll get me moving and that’s good. Then I can do what I want and if I don’t have an interview or something in the afternoon I want to put another mile in OR play my dancing game. I’m rediscovered them the other day when I was complaining about being bored. It got me moving and I played for like an hour and a half.
I’m also tracking my food again. This time without my body media device. I stopped being accountable for exercise and would say “of well that was my exercise” when it was my normal activity. If I find that I’m not seeing results again (since my PCOS is starting to become under control) maybe I’ll use it to help increase my activity. At that point I should get a heart rate monitor but the body media I already have and can be useful.
A lot has happened! From PCOS to being fired from my job, let’s play catch up.
First, I’m officially diagnosed with PCOS. I went to my Gyno and after some blood tests and ultrasounds (not the normal one!) it was officially confirmed. That’s good news, in a way, since we now have a treatment plan. I’m on Methformin and Yaz. It seems to be working and I’m only suffering some of the side effects, they are a bit TMI so I won’t share but that are easily managed with OTC stuff. I’ve seen some good progress with it.
After a month on the stuff I’ve broken my previous weight boundary and I am now down to 214lbs. This is exciting since I’d normally hit 215 and rubber band right back to 220. The even cooler news is this loss occurred during an extremely high stressful time that I wasn’t even working out. So Yay! I’ll but up with a lot of side effects to batter this PCOS beast if it means getting back to a manageable weight.
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Second. I was fired from my job, which was a blessing in disguise. It sucked horrible but in the larger scheme of things it a great thing. It sucks because now I am unemployed and I must figure out a way to pay my bills and take care of myself but it’s great because the position was not a good fit for me and I was not a good fit for the company. Originally, I was apprehensive about this job and unfortunately my fears were justified. I was stressed to the breaking point and that wasn’t helping my weight loss OR my workout. I completely stopped working out shortly after Go Cincinnati. I wasn’t working out and wasn’t losing any weight and had completely stopped my 5k progress. I’m hoping that I find a position with a company that can actually use my skills soon, but in the down time I’m stepping back up my workout routine and focusing on keeping busy to keep myself sharp.
Third! I completed my first 5k! Yeah, after all that talk about how I stopped working out I went and participated in my hometown’s 4th of July 5k. I jogged the first quarter of a mile and then walked the rest. It was completely embarrassing and I took 15 minutes longer then the next person but I completed it in 1hour and 41 seconds. That’s not the worst of it. It was at 8 in the morning the temperatures were already above 80 degrees. It felt like 90+ and the humidity was high. There were no water stations left by the time I got to them (except one guy who was packing up and ran inside for water for me) and my sis-in-law came back to finish it with me after she completed her in about 28 minutes. So… kind of pathetic, but I finished and I even jogged the last 0.11 miles, ha! Now, I have a really awful baseline, but better than that, I didn’t quit. I refused to give up. I felt like I was going to pass out and faint in that heat and those hills. Every step I was thinking about calling someone to get me, but I didn’t give up. I felt great about finishing and now 3 miles in an hour doesn’t sound so hard. With my extra time I think I’m going to walk at least 1 a week (on my treadmill in the A/C, lol). See my race here with Nike+..,