Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Consistency is key . . .

I think the best developments in my running have come this month. I have built up to 12K with absolutely no taxing my system at all and it has come through consistency. I have stuck to the plan and haven't been missing any runs. I have also become a little more consistent in other avenues of my life - keeping my medication schedule fairly stable and eating smaller, more frequent snacks/meals. The only thing that has suffered is housework, as Stella likes to tear up paper lately. I have just resorted to cleaning one room at a time and just pick up the paper as it falls. With the snow melting and the mud being tracked in with three dogs, what's the point of mopping every day?

Speaking about the dogs - last night, while I was sleeping, the dogs started jumping around at the foot of the bed, either wrestling or fighting over spots and the foot of the bed collapsed, which led to the head of the bed breaking through the floor air vent. This woke me up in a hurry and it is just so stressful to be standing in the middle of the night, looking at the destruction that happened in just a few short moments. I tried to go back to bed on a collapsed bed, just for the remaining few hours, but I couldn't sleep on such a steep angle. I tried to put the mattress on the floor, but the steel centre bar of the bed was the only thing that didn't collapse, and this is what was keeping the mattress off the ground, but led to the mattress dipping to the right or the left if there was pressure put on those sides.

Fine. I was up. I took a nap on the couch in the living room, but was just too tired to go to work. Exhausted. Drained. Eventually, I got enough energy to tackle the bed, to see if it could be salvaged and put back together, or else throw out the bed and put the mattress on the ground. I slowly took everything apart and discovered the foot of the bed was weaker because it was put together wrong. I straightened out some of the bent bolts with a hammer, and put the bed together properly (while taking frequent rests since I was too tired to concentrate and got frustrated). After it was all together, I took another long nap.

I slept in the bed last night and everything was fine. But fighting and fooling around are no longer to be tolerated by doggies in the bed.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Wonderful run today . . .

What a great day for a run! Work was busy and quite intense today and I didn't get to leave the hospital for my run until almost 1600. Once I was out there though, the weather was beautiful and sunny, at a high of +10 C. My run was good, but my legs were still quite sore from my long run on Sunday. I felt really slow, but picked up the pace in a couple of places just to get the cobwebs off the legs. All in all, best run during work yet. The snow is melting fast. I want spring to start soon.

The pain is bad lately on my VNS surgical site. I can see a lot of adhesions that have formed and are pulling in the surface tissue. Advil and Tylenol #1s is trying to keep it at bay, but my gut hurts too. These next couple of days off, I'm going to totally lay off the pain killers and hopefully settle the stomach.

Friday, March 13, 2009

March has been beautiful so far . . .

It's been a successful month so far. I've hit or exceeded all my running goals so far with ease. Things are getting easier and my confidence is building. I ran to Best Buy today and got an iPod Nano and an iPod Shuffle today to replace my old iPod Classic 5th-generation, which died last week. I have really missed walking and running with music and everyday tasks around the house. I am looking forward to getting back into the groove.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Weight loss thoughts to date . . .

I posted something similar on my journal on Running Mania (http://www.runningmania.com) and I really should take credit for the hard work I've been putting in. I hope I can inspire others to either take up or continue improving their own health and fitness to become the best person they can be, for the benefit of themselves and others.

I am getting ever so closer to the 90 lbs lost since January '08 - right now, at 85 lbs lost. I have lost exactly 10 inches off my waist, 8 inches off my hips, and 9 inches off my chest (gulp!). The ultimate goal is Bettie Page's 36-24-36, which is the reason why I am using BPs pics as my avatar on Running Mania all the time (if anyone really wanted to know). Her weight was 128 lb, and my ultimate goal is 130 (I am also the same height that she was).

At the rate I am going, I still have a lot more work to do, but it is now nice to know that it's not just a pipe dream. The measurement I am most proud of - I have lost 17% of my body fat! No private gyms, nobody monitoring my diet, all real world, no private trainers, no TV cameras - all me, all the time. No surgery, just moving my ass - first walking, then running since last May.

The work is still ongoing. I still have a lot of work to do and it has been fun so far. I know that, along with losing all this weight and improving my fitness, I have made a positive life change and there is no going back. I just feel better - more vitality! What running does to your self-esteem is amazing! If you can complete that distance, run up that hill, there is nothing that can stand in your way!

The journey continues . . .

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

???

Could it be? Could it be that the elusive thing called "spring" might be around the corner?

I went running this afternoon and I was dressed - TOO WARM . . . could that be a sign? I also don't want to jinx anything, but on my Weather Network jiggy on my laptop, it says that Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday are all going to be above zero. Wonderful!

Seizure on March 1st. Nasty one too. I blame the pharmacy for delivering my Keppra 3 days late. They always make it sound like this is the rarest drug on the face of the earth. NO ITS NOT STUPID PHARMACY PEOPLE!!! Do your job. Idiots.

Spring is coming! Everyone jump for joy!