Monday, October 27, 2014

66 Days of my "One Thing"

Recently, I read "The One Thing" by Gary Keller. In the book, he states that it takes an average of 66 days to form a new habit. I thought that was interesting because I'd always heard 21 days. Apparently, some of us are slow learners when it comes to certain habits. He says that if you focus on the one thing you can do that will positively impact the rest of your work, life will be more productive. The problem? I have about 574863 "one things". (Have I mentioned that I get bored easily?) So what IS my true ONE thing that I need to focus on currently? Without a doubt, it's EXERCISE.

Being a former college athlete, I know I can do it. I just need to find my "athlete" again. I know that she will re-surface over time, but for now I just need to focus on moving. I loathe the gym lately, as I get sick every single time. So, I printed off my 66 day calendar  and busted out some old "Firm" videos to do at home. They are effective and I can do them without having to interact with anyone, which I like. For an hour each day, it's MY time.

Saturday, I did "Complete Aerobics and Weight Training". Man, I'd forgotten how tough this one is, but boy does it work. The time flies by, which is a good thing. I'm not counting the minutes. I don't have the old school "fanny lifter" (gotta love 90's terminology), so I just use my old step.

Yesterday, I went on a walk downtown with my husband. Anytime I can get him moving, it's a good thing. We went right at sunset and then stopped for some pizza, which was counter-productive, but that's ok. We went together and I was able to get pics of the gorgeous sunset. Sometimes, life is about little moments. It was better than sitting on the couch, watching football.

Today, I went back to the Firm. I did all three sections of Time Crunch Cardio. The first two were excellent. They combined cardio with weights. The last section was strictly a cardio workout. It was dance, which aggravated my knee since I'm on carpet. Plus, it was so repetitive and boring. I'm normally a fan of Allie's, but man...this one was like pulling teeth. I cut off the last few minutes simply because I was so bored. Moving forward, I'll just do the first two and then walk or something. Zzzzzz....

Have you ever tried the Firm? What's your favorite workout from them? 

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Some Answers Finally

Well, my blood work came back & I finally have some answers. In fact, it was so clear that I might even skip my treadmill test. My fatigue, inability to lose weight, headaches, palpitations, joint/muscle pain...all of it is because of one vitamin deficiency, B-12. Yep, I'm anemic. I always thought that was the case, but I figured it was iron. While my iron is technically low, it is nothing like my B-12, which is virtually non-existent. I'm also battling an infection somewhere, but we can't figure that one out. My guess is my sinuses, simply due to history and weather. But the B-12 has been such a revelation for me. Now that I have answers, I can make a game plan to respond. With just two mega doses in me, I already feel lke a different person. Scary to think one little thing can create such havoc in our bodies, especially when I take multi-vitamins. 

On a non-health related note, I am currently reading this book: 

Oh my goodness, talk about life-changing. The author uses humor to illustrate her points and help readers find their voices. The "come to Jesus" moments I have had already have been monumental in dealing with my own issues. (Face it, we ALL have issues.) Having always been an overachiever and unwilling to do what makes ME happy, this line really hit home: 

As a child, everything dear to me, including the love of others and my own survival, depended on me being good. Being good meant not talking about what was really happening.

How many of us who have struggled with our weight can relate to this one? We either starve ourselves to compensate and prove we're "good enough" or we stuff ourselves as comfort. Well, my writing is going to take the place of food from this day forward. Whether anyone reads it or it is just me, I plan on putting my issues on paper, not in my mouth. 

Man, just typing this blog feels good. 

Friday, January 3, 2014

Heart Health

Contrary to popular opinion, I do have a heart. My new doctor confirmed it today, right before she told me it isn't working properly. Before I get to that though, I must brag on her. It was my first visit with her and after having such crappy doctors in the past, I wasn't expecting much difference. But, I knew I wanted a female as I'm so sick of being told move more, eat less and weight loss will happen by some man who doesn't give a rat's ass about hormonal issues. Luckily, I found a new female doctor here and decided to give her a try.

Two minutes into my visit, I knew she "gets it." We discussed my weight, palpitations, working out and stress levels. When I told her I couldn't get my BP down, she mentioned that I'm on allergy meds and they're notorious for fluid retention and raising my BP. Duh, Missy! When I told her I'd gained 30 pounds in a year, despite working out with a trainer, she admitted that she has gained 10+ pounds in the past month after starting crossfit. She pointed out that my clothing size hasn't changed, so it's not fat. She was adamant about me "staying the course." She said, "Honey, I'm 160 pounds and wear a size 4. Please don't go by the scale. In fact, I want you to toss that sucker out the window." She even wrote a "script" for me to do just that. 

Her only concern is the palpitations I've been having. I have been freaking out about them, combined with the weight gain and BP. She didn't seem to think it was anything serious and reminded me I battled arrhythmia when I was younger, too. Again, DUH Missy! Yet, she ordered a stress test and Echo cardiogram, as well as blood work. Part of me thinks she did this just to put my mind at ease, but if she did? She's even more awesome 'cause she "gets me." She told me to get out of my head and breathe. I go for my tests next week and will have a follow up visit at the end of the month. In the meantime, I have to just workout 60 min/day and ignore the scale. She told me to cut out all my supplements and just focus on "being." 

I don't think I have ever left a doctor's appointment with so many tests ordered, yet feeling so positive about my future health. It's so refreshing to have someone who wants me to be me.