Countdown

We’re within 2 weeks of vacation so I decided that it was time to tighten up my health habits. Here are the primary changes:

  1. No beer until the trip. This will be challenging considering I live a stone’s throw from at least 20 breweries, including one I can see from my office window. Realistically, I’ll restrict it to one beer a week and it’ll be a light beer instead of my usual heavy stouts and porters.
  2. I’ve been tracking my calories through my FitBit. I discovered that for most of last week I’ve been eating way under my calories. Due to this info I’ve been trying to keep my calories more balanced. According to the FitBit I need to be eating about 1800 calories a day (calories in, not net). A few days I was just over 1200.
  3. Working out daily. Even if that just means taking a 30 minute walk on the treadmill after work. I tried to get back to running last week but was sidelined by my stupid shin splints. I modified my workouts by using the elliptical, which was somewhat helpful. The splints still bothered me today when I went running with DH. I made it literally 10 seconds in before I was in pain.  So instead of doing a ~3 mile run/walk, we walked almost 5 miles. I did a couple of brief jogs though to try and troubleshoot why I got shin splints again. I asked DH to watch me run and DH noticed that I ran with my feet pointed out (my natural stance), in addition to an issue with how my feet struck the pavement. My stride is much better when I sprint but in terms of running longer distances I still need to figure out how to fix my form.
  4. I’ve also been working on increasing my water intake. This weekend I drank about 72 ounces of water daily, which is about 60 ounces more than I’d normally get. It’s tough to get enough water during the week, especially since the water cooler is a good distance from my office and the bathroom is even further away. I’ll try to keep up the water intake though this week.
  5. Portion control! Besides the beer, this is where I get in trouble. We bought deeply discounted Easter candy but I’ve been measuring out my serving sizes. It feels weird but has increased my mindfulness when eating.

My goal is to lose about 5 pounds before our trip so hopefully these steps will get me close to that.

Advertisements

Well, Then

So I think this blog is going to shift more towards health and fitness stuff versus baby things.

I’m just over it. I had to basically harass my doctor’s office for a referral to a reproductive specialist since they couldn’t be bothered to do it. It’s unfortunate because my doctor is wonderful, but the front staff is incompetent.

The referral is now sitting about a foot away from me but I haven’t called to schedule an appointment. Not sure I’ll follow up with the referral because I don’t know if it’d be worth going through the poking and prodding again for nothing. My doctor’s words still ring in my ears; if after 2 rounds of Clomid nothing happens, then the odds are getting pregnant are greatly reduced. Pregnancy odds are already small; I think they peak at 30-35%.  Anyway, I haven’t talked to DH yet about the referral. He’ll support whatever I decide to do but I know how much he wants to be a father. I guess at the very minimum I’ll schedule a consult. But after our upcoming vacation.

Speaking of vacation, we’ll be gone in for about a week soon. I’m pretty excited because it gives me something to look forward to and it feels like DH and I need to physically get out of town for us to not over-schedule ourselves. In the mean time, I was hoping to lose about 10 pounds prior. It’s not impossible, but it’ll be more of an uphill climb since I lost about a week of exercise due to my period (fatigue, back pain) and side effects from my allergy meds (increased back pain). I got back into the swing of things this week though and ran a 5k (on a treadmill! -first time!) by accident. How did that happen, you ask? Well, I figured out a new strategy to keep me going while running on the treadmill. When listening to music, I go slower during the verses, increase speed during the bridge, and full tilt during the chorus. When I was about ready to finish running, I noticed that I was only 3/4 of a kilometer from a full 5k. That was the first time I had run since the 5k and I actually beat my race time by about 5 minutes. My legs were dead afterwards but I was proud of myself for my accomplishments. I’m considering running 2 5ks a week leading up to vacation since I proved to myself that I can do it.

My current fitness strategy is to work out a certain area (e.g., arms, abs, legs) for about 10-15 minutes, then run 1-2 miles. My goal is to work out 4 times week. As far as diet goes, that’s still a work in progress haha.