Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Spring Is In The Air!

I can’t believe that we are already four months into this year!  The weather here has been so beautiful lately that I’ve been trying to get outside as much as possible.  My current exercise is alternating between walking and riding my bike.  The bike has been killing helping me build up my strength - by that I mean I can hardly walk because my legs hurt so badly.  Still, I haven’t been able to be outside as much as I like.  That’s the downside of working in an office all day.  I am lucky enough that I get to sit by a window at work so I’ve got all the natural sunlight I could want instead of that nasty fluorescent lighting.  It's been so nice here lately that I was positive that summer was on the way.  Then today I was reminded that, no, it is in fact still March.  

I am getting more and more excited about the longer days of summer.  I don't know what it is but I seem to get more accomplished during the day when it stays light out so long.   Also, I seem to be much better at sticking to my goals during the summer than I do in the colder season.  For some reason my energy level and my drive just aren’t as high during the winter.

Tim and I still have our gym membership and we’ve been going on occasion but we’ve forgone the inside of the gym for our activities outside.  I really want to enjoy it as much as possible before it gets super hot outside and I'm forced to go inside to do my workouts.  We've actually made a pretty good effort to keep ourselves active even without going to the gym everyday.

My blood sugars are still pretty high even with the new medication that my doc has me on.  For now he wants me to go on a low carbohydrate diet.  To be honest, I've been having a lot of problems with my stomach lately too.  Ever since I had my gallbladder removed, I seem to have developed an intolerance for dairy and fat.  I'm not sure exactly which foods are causing me the problems so for the next 30 days I will not be eating dairy or fat of any kind.  Then I'll slowly start reintroducing them back into my diet.  My goal here is two fold.  First, I'll be able to wean myself off of all the bad fats and second - I'll be able to determine which foods I can and can't eat.  So for the next thirty days I will not be eating dairy, carbohydrates, or fat of any kind.  Basically I'll be munching on celery all day every day.

All kidding aside, it's not going to be that drastic.  My body has changed, however, and now I have to figure out what foods I can put into my body.  It really couldn't happen at a better time because I've really wanted to go super clean with my eating.  I'm excited to see where I'm at come the end of April.  For now, I'm just going to take it a day at a time.   

Sunday, March 22, 2015

I Got A Brand New . . .

Bicycle!  I got a brand new bicycle!  I have been wanting to ride a bike for so long!  That was my number one go to activity as a kid - I practically lived on my bike.  I'm pretty sure I even had a "Bike gang" when I was in elementary school.  Okay not really, but it was something all the kids in our neighborhood did.

I can't remember when or why I stopped riding my bike.  My guess is it's because we had to leave them behind when my family moved from Idaho to Utah.  For some reason we never replaced them.  We only stayed in Utah for about a year and when we moved back to Idaho my parents had bought a farm and there wasn't anywhere to ride a  bicycle.  Instead I graduated to four wheelers.

I've really missed having a bike to ride around on.  It is something that's pretty special to me because my dad taught me how to ride a bike.  It's one of the best memories I have with my dad.  He'd go bike riding with me and I'd even ride along next to him while he ran.  My dad bought me my very first big girl bike.  The older I got the less Dad wanted to ride with me.  I remember the last time we rode our bikes together I was around fifteen or sixteen.  I had been begging him to go on a ride with me and he finally agreed to do it.  However, by the time we got ready and he got the bikes out of the garage it had started to rain.  It was summer time in Wisconsin so it was pretty warm out.  I still figured he wouldn't want to go.  I was wrong and we went riding in the rain.  We were soaked to our skin within 2 minutes but we rode for quite a while.  It was an amazing day.  Needless to say, I've been missing it.  Last summer I tried to ride one of Tim's bikes but it was just too uncomfortable for me and I didn't even make it down the street before I turned around to head home.  I was so discouraged because I had wanted to do it so badly but it just didn't work out. 

Today we were wandering around Walmart and I saw that they had some bikes on sale.  I was eying a specific one and Tim got it out and made me ride it in the aisle of the store.  It felt amazing and it was so comfortable.  I knew I had to have it.  The only problem was that I had no way to get it home.  I knew it would fit in my car but we happened to have been driving Tim's car.  I would have to go home and get my car and come back to pick Tim and the bike up.  Tim wanted to put it back and run to get the car.  I was petrified that someone else would want it and it would be gone by the time we got back.  So, I made Tim walk it around the store while we got our groceries.  Poor guy, lol.  He was such a sweetie about the whole thing.  We ended up checking out and I ran to get the car while he stayed with the bike.  We live about ten minutes away from Walmart so it was a 20 minute round trip.  By the time I picked up the car Tim called to tell me that he was riding the bike home.  He actually made it about 3/4 of the way home before I met him to pick him up.  I thought that was terribly sweet of him.

I took it on my first ride this evening and it was absolutely amazing.  It was everything I thought it was going to be and everything I've been missing.  I'm sure not the young kid I was and my body is probably twice the size but I loved it anyway.  The great part about the bicycle is that it's a Huffy lady cruiser which is not typically meant for going up hills because there are no gears to shift.  I'm fortunate enough that I live in a very hilly area so I really got my workout in.  The hills almost killed me but I did it anyway -right along side my beau. I was only able to do about 30 minutes today but my goal is to be able to ride all around my neighborhood by the end of the summer.  I'll just have to keep practicing! 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

March Madness!

This has been a crazy month for us!  I literally would try and sit down to write a post but I’d only get about halfway through before I’d have to get up and do something else.  Now I have 15 unpublished, half-written posts.  I’m actually typing this up while I’m at work because, believe it or not, this is about the only time I’ve got to do it. 

Honestly, we just seem to be on the go all the time and when we finally get home at night we drop into bed utterly exhausted.  Then we wake up and do it all again the next day.  For a while there were going getting up early to prep our meals, cook breakfast, and get lunches ready, and then we were off to work.  We’d get home and run to the gym for an hour, sometimes longer, and then come home and cook dinner, clean up, and go to bed.  We weren’t getting into bed until 12:00, 12:30 every morning and then we were up by six to do it all again.  It made for a pretty long day and we eventually just burned out.  Pretty soon we gave up going to the gym and then we gave up cooking at home.  Totally defeated the purpose of what we were trying to do. 

I actually got so burnt out that I took a couple weeks off of work just recuperate.  I spent a lot of time going to doctors and whatnot but I also got to spend some time outside walking our dogs.  We’ve had some really beautiful, warm whether lately so I took full advantage of it and chose to spend my gym time outside.  It was so worth it!  Tim and I actually saw some white tail deer on some of our walks.  Plus the dogs really enjoyed getting to go with us. 
I’m back at work now and we’re still trying to figure out the best way to manage our time.  For now we plan and doing as much food prepping as we can on Sundays so we can just throw stuff together quickly.  We also are taking it easy on the gym.  It’s still a priority but I’m not going to kill myself if I don’t make it every day.  Our short days are Wednesday and Thursday so we go those days and then at least one day on the weekend.  We try to fit in extra time during the week where we can.  We’ve also been walking on a regular basis with the dogs around our neighborhood.

We’re still watching what we eat.  For myself, I’m trying to stay away from carbohydrates.  I try not to eat any simple carbs and I am very strict on the complex carbs we eat.  My blood sugar has been pretty high so I’m trying to get that under control.  We’ve actually found out, recently, that we can’t eat very much dairy without getting sick.  We’ve switched to lactose free milk and we cut out yogurt, cheese, and things like that.  Every once in a while I might eat some cheese but it’s rare.  Tim really wants to start eating fewer meats so we’ve cut back a lot on the red meat.  We eat a lot of chicken, turkey, and fish.  We’ve also been making a lot of meals with no meat – like this Italian Wonder Pot from budgetbytes.com.  Its SOOO good and Tim loves that it doesn’t have any meat in it. 
We still struggle a little bit.  It’s been a process to actually worry and think about what food I’m cooking.  Before it was just mindless – this looks good so let’s eat it and who cares what the effects on my body are.  It’s different now, my body actually rebels if I put something in there it doesn’t want.  We still don’t know what the heck we’re doing at the gym but we keep trying new things.  For now it’s really just about making that extra effort and being more active.  We’ll fine tune our process as we go.  The mistakes we’ve made so far have really helped us in the long run because now we have a better understanding of how far we can push ourselves and what works for us.