My journey into weight loss, healthy eating and the world of running.

Monday, December 5, 2011

So I think I'm addicted to my gym.

I've been going to the Y about a month now and I've been going more and more regularly, usually 5 days a week, and I love the people, the facilities, everything.

I'm in that new gym honeymoon phase.  I go at 6:30 in the morning and the clerk at the front desk greets me with a smile and a cheerful hello.  Every one already working out is quiet and pleasant and someone is always already watching Bravo so I can pick a machine in front of Millionaire Matchmaker and be happy as a lamb.  Well as happy as a sweaty lamb can be.

I walk downstairs and say goodbye to the cheerful clerk, say good morning to the people I pass starting their workouts and they say good morning back!  It's like a community gym!

I find this fascinating.  I'm kind of in love with the whole concept.

What's your favorite thing about your gym?

Friday, December 2, 2011

I'm writing this from my death bed.  I have the bubonic plague.  Or something similar.  If my Z-pack doesn't work soon I have no doubt I'll be dead by my own hand.  Until then here's some web link fun I plan on utilizing when I can breathe without hacking up a lung.

Get  - You know I love Jen.  She's got great hair, great abs and a great workout ethic.  Remember I'm all about .

These exercises will help .  I have a bum knee.  I screwed it up playing on the tennis team in high school and the more I run the more it starts to hurt.  Now that I run 3 miles 3 times a week I really need to toughen up the lame knee.

Here's some ways to.  I've been sick for almost a week so I haven't been working out or watching what I eat.  I'll definitely be taking advantage of these tips when I'm well.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I rarely get sick.  I hate being sick.  I'm a horrible patient.  I've been sick for almost a week.

I've finally turned a corner and I feel like I'm getting better.  So let's talk about how unhealthy I've been while sick.

1) I ate a lot of carbs.  Lots of pasta and potatoes.  Comfort food for my sick immune system.

2) Ice cream.  To soothe my sore, raw throat

3) Hamburger.  In my sick, exhausted, drugged out state I became convinced the only thing that would make me feel better was a hamburger.  So I ate one.  And it made me feel better. 

Of course it's also possible that my antibiotics finally kicked in.  I don't plan on eating meat regularly again, I'm not sure why I had the urge to eat it then, but I know I was too exhausted to cook and it hit the spot.

4) Spongebob Squarepants.  I'm 29 years old and I have 4 variations of Nickelodeon on my cable package.  I've seen every episode of Spongebob Squarepants 6 times.  I love that kid.

5) Baths. For several days the only time I felt relatively healthy or normal was sitting in a steaming hot bath.  The hot water relaxed my achy joints and the steam cleared my pore lungs of congestion.  I just wish I had a bigger bathtub to soak in.

What are your sickly bad behaviors?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

We used to have this tradition at my house.  Pops would put the tree together (never real, the firefighter Pops refused) then Mems and I would decorate while he watched.

When I was younger and easily distracted by shiny objects (well more distracted than I am now) I never noticed Mems' OCD with the tree.  I'd put some ornaments on an then wander around while Mems finished. 

As I got older I realized I'd put an ornament on the tree and then Mems would move it literally minutes after I hung it.  Eventually I refused to help decorate the tree.   I'd just sit in the living room with Pops while Mems did it.

Then Pops died and Mems didn't even want to put a tree up the next Christmas.  So I did.  I went and got the tree out of the barn and wrestled with it till it was up and fluffed in the living room.  I left the ornaments out and waited for Mems to go Southern Living on the tree.  It didn't happen.

So I channeled Martha Stewart and went balls to the wall with the tree.  Hanging every single ornament we had on the tree.  Mems never helped that year, but she finally got some Christmas spirit going and next year she was all for getting the tree out.

I put it up and started decorating while she was in the living room with me.  That's when she started moving the ornaments after I hung them again.  So I forbid her from helping me decorate.  I alone am in charge of the tree.  She's in charge of the rest of the house and picking the theme.

Pink and White

All red with black & white paper.

My favorite: Black & White

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Victorian.  Complete with little people
I've decided next year I want the tree to be Barbie pink.  Mems just laughed at me.

Monday, November 21, 2011

I give up.  Well, kind of.

You see I've been vegan almost a year, minus a few slip ups, and it's been pretty good at keeping my platelets in check, but it's stopped working.  In the last 4 months my platelets have dropped in half, still okay but not good.

So the vegan thing isn't working like it used to.  Not surprising, this is the 3rd experimental treatment I've done that stopped working, so while I hunt for something new to try I'm going to give myself back cheese. 

I'm sticking to the other vegan-ness of my diet.  I'm not going back to meat, milk, butter, etc.  I'll be mostly vegan, with cheese.  My body is craving iron and protein anyway since my blood is crazy-thin again. 

I've been taking my vitamins, iron and extra vitamin C religiously.  And I'm so sick of spinach I could vomit. But the body needs what it needs.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Fun Friday links

I'm addicted to favoriting tweets on twitter.  So here's another installment of my current fave links.

  • Sticking to workout as it gets colder.  It's really hard to drag my ass out of bed at 6am for my morning workout... and now that it's getting colder it's even harder.  So Health.com has this helpful blog:  Personally I've been making my hour trip on the elliptical by taking my weekly book club pick.  I can read about 1/3 of the book in one hour on a cardio machine.
  • Advice on losing weight by making simple changes to meals that can cut hundreds of calories.  It sounds to good to be true- but it's not!  Fitsugar has some diet changes that are easy and won't compromise flavor: .  I save calories by drinking mainly vodka, I also get more fun stories by drinking vodka.
  • Let's be honest, beyond the health benefit the main reason any of us want to be in shape is to look good naked.  Or maybe that's just me.  I'm really superficial.  Thankfully Instyle compiled a list of ways to make your self look better in the buff. . 
And now the best link of all.  Kermit the Frog and Jason Segel (my boyfriend) in a very special video they made to convince Amy Adams to star in the new Muppet movie.  You guys have no idea how much I love the Muppets.  .  It's adorable.  I've had plans for the Muppet movie for months now.  I'm going with my best child friend and her parents who are some of my favorite grown ups.  It's going to be epic.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Slacking Off

I took all my vitamins today.  I also took my special vitamin C boost for my blood and took all three of the Omega 3 pills I'm supposed to take.  I bragged about this to Mems the other day and she yelled at me. 

"Why the hell don't you do that all the time?"  She yelled as I was mid-brag about eating spinach salad for an iron boost to thicken up my watery blood.  She was right.  I was playing catch up to take care of my blood after my latest trip to the doctor showed that my blood is shit again.

I admit I slacked off.  I stopped taking my vitamins all the time, I cheated on my diet.  I just got tired of being good.

But look at it- I've had this fucked up blood disease 10 years now and I go back and forth with experimental treatments that work and don't work, doctors that can't predict what my blood will do or why my platelets rise and fall like Kirstie Alley's waistline.   So I slack off.

I decide to eat and drink without worry and for a little bit not worry about a random nosebleed or a bruise that turns into a hemorrhage.  Just be a normal pretend healthy person. 

But that time is over for now.  Bring on the experiments and the vitamins.