Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Ay stomach bug!

A stomach bug has now knocked down my household, and I'm sure my husband is EXTREMELY grateful he's off at training and missed out on this illness.

It all began with a bloodsugar of 501 during the night Monday-Tuesday.  By morning I got my bloodsugar back down, but by 10am, it was up to 500 AGAIN.  I thought my pump site was bad (changed it 3 times) and then thought the tubing was bad.  Nothing worked, so I planned to head home after my students finished their exams at 1pm.  Initally, I planned to return to work after changing out my insulin but by 12pm, my plans completely changed.  I became more and more nauseated and began to wonder if I had a stomach bug.  I did some research online about diabetes and stomach bugs and learned that sometimes our bloodsugar levels can increase while the body begins to fight a virus before the virus symptoms begin.  I managed to make it home before the throwing up (a few years ago I threw up in front of a neighbor because I couldn't make it inside fast enough).  It was a FUN afternoon involving my bloodsugar going low (I managed to get it up by swishing coke in my gums--though the coke itself only stayed in my stomach for about 10 minutes).  Thank GOD I can suspend my pump!  I know that had I been on a long acting insulin, I would have likely had to use the glucagon gun my guardian angel recently gave me (a former student has a diabetic sibling and their mom is a godsend) or I'd have ended up in the ER.  My parents picked up the kids from school for me and my mom stayed the night to keep an eye on them and on me.  Unfortunately, Gavin began throwing up around 2am and is having to stay home with his Poppa today.  Thank God for family nearby!

This morning I woke up exhausted but as the day progresses, I have begun to feel better and better--I even was able to indulge in our school's end of year luncheon from Dickey's.  I am hydrating like crazy to make up for yesterday.  Now I'm wondering how long I will have to take off from working out.  I've done some research and it sounds like you have to wait until you feel 100% and are eating like normal.  Even then it says to start out at 50% and work back up to normal stamina.  THAT SUCKS!  I was doing so well and was planning to run yesterday--obviously that did not happen.  I remember training like CRAZY for cross country the summer before senior year only to get a stomach virus the weekend before we began working out with the team.  I know it took weeks to build back up the stamina.  I had been running around 4 miles, 5 days a week when that happened, and I remember barely being able to do 2-3 after getting sick. 

The one good thing though is that I know this illness could have been significantly worse.  Every other time I've gotten a stomach bug as an adult or kid, I threw up for at least 12 hours.  This time, it was only 5, and the nausea only lasted about 7 hours.  I attribute a lot of this to the fact that I'm physically fit, that I exercise regularly and that I make a point to stay hydrated.  While this is the first stomach bug I've gotten since committing myself to fitness, I have had a few colds/sinus infections and I've noticed that the duration of those illnesses has been cut in half since beginning to work out regularly.  While research already has claimed this, it's nice to experience it myself :).


Friday, May 25, 2012

Workout 103 - Total Body Pilates

Just did Total Body Pilates but had to stop 2 minutes early so that I have time to do my nails and shower before my spray tan at 7pm.  Yep, gotta hurry now!


Workout 102 of 2012 ~ Cardio

Just did 2.5 miles in 32 minutes on the elliptical while watching the next to last Vampire Diaries episode from this season and it claims I burned about 312 calories.  Feeling pretty good right now.


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Workout 101 of 2012 ~ Crunch: Burn and Firm Pilates

I decided to search Netflix for some pilates workouts again and decided to give Crunch: Burn and Firm Pilates with Ellen Barrett.  While I was looking for a workout that did not require shoes, it turns out that this one combines cardio and weights and the majority of it requires shoes.  For about 5 seconds I considered picking a different one, but I really wanted to work my core and know that's what pilates does...

Well, I LOVED this workout.  It was one of the most fun workouts I've done in awhile and will definitely be doing it again.  At one point the music is definitely the same as the 30 Day Shred Level 1 and I got really excited--and had no one to tell, LOL.

I am excited to have discovered this workout and will definitely do it again soon!


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

50% done! Workout 100 of 2012!!!!

Last year I was interested.  This year I'm committed!
I am giddy as can be right now!  I toyed with the idea of going after 150 workouts this year though I was not sure it would be possible.  Then, I decided I had to go for 200, but at first was worried I couldn't stick it out.  Well, May isn't even over and I have just completed workout 100!!!!

For my 100th workout, I decided to do a workout that I love by a trainer who is a positive role model and who recommends a truly healthy mindset for diet and exercise.  Her ideas are realistic and not unattainable--though her workouts can get quite extreme :).  Of course I'm talking about Chris Freytag's 10 Pound Slimdown Yoga workout.

Tonight, it was hard because I haven't been as diligent with my yoga lately.  I could only do chaturanga 3 times and had to go to child's pose instead of flowing twice.  It doesn't matter though because I did it, and I feel AWESOME!


Workout 99 of 2012

Bribed the kids with McDonald's and Dragon Tales to let me do my workout tonight.  I did the C25K Week 2 Day 2 workout while watching episode 3 of Dawson's Creek on Netflix.  My calfs and hips were hurting, but not my knees and ankles :).  I'm so excited to be able to ease back into running.  Maybe I'll be able to do a 5K this fall!


Monday, May 21, 2012

It's time to FIGHT for what YOU want!

Brady is off to training.  I am officially a single parent for the next 12 months and yesterday was an emotional roller coaster... BUT, I worked out 2 times yesterday.  If I can find time to workout, so can you!  Right now I have an easy excuse to explain why I can't reach my goal of 200 workouts.  Well, guess what!  I'm not going to quit.  I'm not going to give up.  I'm going to fight like hell until I reach my goal!

If you are reading this and have been giving up on yourself.  STOP!  You are worth the fight.  You can do this.  So go do it!


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Workout 98 of 2012

Just did Ripped in 30 Week 3 and can I just say, I think I'm destined to be extremely inflexible.  I physically cannot do the table tops correctly because my shoulders will not allow me to do so, and it's the same with the ab hold.  I am still not flexible enough and am not sure I will ever be as flexible as I'd like to be.


Workout 97 of 2012

Today I decided to finally bust out the Sex and the City Season 4 DVD that arrived months ago from Netflix.  I enjoyed the first 1.5 episodes while walking on the treadmill for 2.5 miles in 42 minutes.  During parts of it, I even played around with the incline.

Now to go figure out dinner for the wild ones :).


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Workout 96 of 2012

It was hard but I did Ripped in 30 Week 2. I pushed through and feel pretty good now. I can't believe I'm 4 workouts to 100! I'm so excited :).


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Workout 95 of 2012 ~ On my new treadmill :)

I got my treadmill!  So naturally I had to try it out...  Even though I ran yesterday, I still did the C25K Week 2 day 1 workout.  I actually started out trying to jump to week 3 but was having a tough time staying at 6mph so I dropped down to week 2, though it still took me a few minutes to realize the treadmill had last been used at 4% incline.  This explains why it was significantly harder to run today than yesterday, LOL.  I ended up doing 2.38 miles in 36:41.  I think I need to do some other workouts for a few days before I attempt running again--don't want to overwork my joints.  That doesn't mean I won't get on the treadmill though.  It's my new toy so I may just be doubling up with some walking in addition to something else.


Monday, May 14, 2012

Workout 94 of 2012 - Great Wolf Lodging

Yes, I am counting the two hours I went up stairs to go down slide after slide after slide while chasing down my 6-year-old as a workout.  IT WAS A WORKOUT.  Not to mention the many flights of stairs we went up and down during MagiQuest.  Basically, if you are looking for a vacation that will require you to workout, go to Great Wolf Lodge and do the water slides with your kids as well as MagiQuest.  I promise you will burn some serious calories.


Workout 93 of 2012

Today, I did the Couch-2-5K Week 1, Day 1 workout and I'm happy to say it was too easy.  I did it on a treadmill at Great Wolf Lodge, and I'm proud that I worked out on vacation.  I easily could have justified not working out, but I did :).


Friday, May 11, 2012

Workout #92 of 2012 ~ Pilates

Nothing like a little pilates to wind down before bed.  In case you are wondering if the PM Yoga helped me sleep last night, it did a good job for the most part.  However, my husband had gone back to work to do his sub plans for next week and woke me up at 4:30am when calling to confirm the dogs were inside and not out in the storm.  So overall, the PM yoga helped.  Maybe tomorrow morning I'll try the AM yoga...


Workout 91 of 2012

About an hour ago I hopped on the elliptical and played the commercial game.  While watching The Vampire Diaries' episode from 3 weeks ago, I hid the timer until the 4th commercial break.  At that point I had gone 2.77 miles in 32 minutes.  I finished out for an even 3 miles in 35:45.  I felt great and hope to get in another outdoor run in the next few days.

Now off to do some pilates!


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Workout 90 of 2012 ~ PM Yoga

After the kettlebell workout, I knew I needed to do something that would require me to stretch more.  I did PM Yoga which is a 10 minute stretching workout that is intended to prepare you for sleep.  I am very sleepy now--though I think it's more to do with the time of day than the workout :).  Having not slept well, this week, I am hopeful this workout helps me sleep better tonight.  We'll see...


Workout 89 of 2012 ~ Shred it with Weights level 1

After seeing a kettlebell post on a workout board I frequent, I decided that was exactly what I wanted to do tonight.  I proudly can say I did the entire workout with the 10 pound kettlebell instead of the 5 :).  I know I'm going to be sore tomorrow but it is so worth it!


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Workout #88 of 2012 ~ 10 Pound Slimdown: Total Body

Today I had a late afternoon meeting so I made sure to eat a snack and go easy on the insulin.  Thankfully, I was able to workout as soon as I arrived home without any low bloodsugar issues.  Tonight I did Chris Freytag's 10 Pound Slimdown: Total Body and I'm feeling pretty good.  The second circuit REALLY works your buns and thighs.  I am proud to say, I did not cheat at all in that circuit though it's definitely tempting when your glutes are SCREAMING!

Now off to eat a healthy dinner followed by yoga if my bloodsugar cooperates.  Fingers crossed!


Monday, May 7, 2012

Workout #87 of 2012 ~ Total Body Pilates

I decided to give Total Body Pilates a try and boy did this workout make me even more aware of my hip soreness.  Obviously, I know that pilates work your core, but I did not think about my hips being a part of my core.  Oh well.  Next time my hips are sore, I will remember to not do pilates.


Workout #86 of 2012 ~ Beginner Yoga

I am sooooooooooo sore from running.  My hamstrings and hips are ridiculously sore.  BUT, my knees and ankles are just fine :).  I know that I cannot run everyday--my joints would revolt--but once a week is better than never and I will take it!

Anyways, tonight I did Beginner Yoga because I knew it would give my muscles a good stretch.  I am debating about doing some pilates here in a minute.  We'll see...


A little motivation for Monday, May 7th

If it's important to you you'll find a way, if not you'll find an excuse.

I know I've used it before, but it goes so perfectly for my workouts right now.  I'm doing everything in my power to make running possible.  This includes taking glucosamine chondroitin and icing after cardio workouts.


Sunday, May 6, 2012

Workout #85 of 2012 ~ Ripped in 30 Week 1

Yes, I am crazy.  Yes, I did workout again.  I am behind on my workouts so I was determined to get in 2-3 different things today.  I already got cardio and circuit training (Ripped in 30 Week 1) and hopefully will get in some yoga later.


Workout #84 of 2012 ~ RUNNING!!!!

I have been taking my glucosamine chondroitin for awhile now along with some calcium supplements and finally today could not wait any longer to try to run.  I considered doing the C25K week 1 workout 1 but I was DYING to see just how far I could run without stopping having gotten most of my cardio workouts from the elliptical and circuit training.

At first, it was liberating.  If felt so good to be running.  I remembered why I wanted to do this so badly.  I used a running app called MaypMyRun which uses GPS to track your route.  It lets you know when you complete each mile and tells you your pace.  Mile 1 was not bad.  I was actually surprised at how soon the app let me know I had completed my first mile.  The next half mile was tough and I did walk for about 15 seconds at the 1.5 mile mark but knew how badly I wanted to at least reach 2 miles, so I pushed on.  At the 2-mile mark my pace was 11:24 minute mile.  I tried to keep running at that point but my body revolted.  My knees, ankles, hips, butt were all hurting and I began to have trouble bringing my heart rate down.  I am out of practice having to pace myself and think I was running faster than maybe I should at this point.  So I decided to count my success at 2 miles and walked home (taking a shorter route than I had originally planned).  Seeing as how the final total was 2.7 miles, I now know that my original route was easily over 3 miles--good to know.  My average pace even with the walking was 12:18 minute mile.  I am pretty proud of that :).

I hope to get in a few more outdoor runs before Brady deploys, but plan to do the C25K program with the Ease-into-5K app.  I think my body needs me to ease back into this.

And now to ice my joints.  Otherwise, my plan to continue running will be cut short.


Friday, May 4, 2012

Workout 83 of 2012 - Ripped in 30 Week 1

I haven't been as diligent with my workouts this week.  I have had perfect or low bloodsugar a lot this week, making it impossible to workout.  I know it's an excuse but I can't help it.  Last night I decreased my basal rates and thus was able to workout tonight without a problem :).

Tonight I did Ripped in 30 Week 1,  and I am happy to say that even after a couple of weeks with less workouts I haven't lost too much strength.  This workout was pretty easy--as it should be at this point for me.


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Workout #82 of 2012

Tonight I did 2.75 miles in 35 minutes on the elliptical and supposedly burned 344 calories.  I would have stayed on longer but alas low bloodsugar decided to cut my workout short.

Update: we found out last night that my husband will be deploying in 2 weeks.  We are handling it as best as can be expected.  Thank goodness I can workout.  It helps me work through my worries!