Feelin’ Good

One of my oldest friends is hosting a fitness challenge via Facebook. She was probably one of my first friends ever! For February, it’s about heart health and we’re checking in each day with our heart rates both resting and during exercise. I’ve not been able to work out every day, but the challenge is giving me great motivation to try to do at least half an hour of some kind of activity each day.

Wednesday: I wanted to work out, and I was just itching to run, so I geared up and drove to the nearby borough at about 9 PM to go for a quick run. There’s free parking, it’s quiet, and there’s not a lot of traffic so I can run on the road if I have to, which I did, because I guess some people don’t clear their sidewalks too well. Only had to misstep once to feel that slippery feeling under my feet, and I took to the street. Once around the block is .84 miles. I don’t know the neighborhood too well and it wasn’t the right time for exploring, so .84 miles was good enough for me. My lower back really started to bother me towards the end. Not sure what’s been going on with that, although I am guessing it’s because I put some weight on in the past few months since Gary’s dad was really sick.

I had a physical yesterday and lots of work to do, so no workout for me. I saw a different doctor than last time, who was much more awesome. I had an EKG, which was super weird, since I’ve never had one before, but they said all was normal, so that’s good. Apparently, I have strong lungs and a strong heartbeat. The doctor told me I had gained a little weight in the past two years, and I told her that I do work out regularly but the routine had gone a little haywire in the past few months since my father-in-law passed away. She was like, “why did you stop running? are you depressed? do you need medication?” …um, nope, I’m good. She also said she would give me a referral to a nutritionist, and I told her I didn’t want it. I said, “I know what I would need to do to lose weight, sometimes I’m better at eating healthy, sometimes I’m not. If I gave up soda and switched to water, that would probably make a big difference, but I run and I like it, and I don’t want to change.” She seemed shocked. In the end, I told her she could give me the referral so if I changed my mind I could call. While I was checking out, the receptionist was gathering the doctor’s notes, and I could see pages with information about “OBESITY” and I was like, “you can keep them.”

I went into this appointment telling myself, “I am going to stand up for myself and be strong and tell them that there is nothing wrong with the way I am. I will not let them bully me.” See, they checked my vitals and everything was totally normal, and if there is nothing medically wrong with me, don’t tell me to change anything. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! I understand that there could be problems in the future due to being overweight, but I am fully aware of how my decisions affect me and I am happy with who I am.

I got home from work later that night to find that my husband had bought a treadmill! As the winter drags on and ice covers the world, I become so despIMG_3255erate to run that I consider going back to the treadmill.  and the one he got is WONDERFUL. We set it up tonight, threw on Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring) and I ran a mile and a half. I am in love. I can see this totally changing my workout game.

 < Me with the new treadmill after its inaugural run!

On a completely unrelated note, I’ve decided to walk (& run) to Mordor. Yes, the choice of workout entertainment might have slightly influenced that decision. Thanks to Eowyn Challenge, I’ve got my road map. The whole trip is 1779 miles from Hobbiton to Mount Doom, but I’ll start with the 458 mile path from Hobbiton to Rivendell. It’s kind of a tall order for me but I’m going to pad my mileage with long walks on the treadmill watching Lord of the Rings, and I’ll start tracking mileage hiked while geocaching. So far, 7.08/458.

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6 thoughts on “Feelin’ Good

  1. Fun idea! I always set a mileage goal, but choose the number pretty arbitrarily. Adventuring to Mount Doom sounds much more purposeful!

    • After really sitting down and looking at how much I will need to run for the first leg of the journey, I realize I may have given myself a really tough challenge! This is my first mileage goal ever and I don’t know why I waited so long to set one!

  2. Well done for standing up for yourself with the doctor! If you are happy with who you are, and you are healthy, then who are they to tell you otherwise?
    Have fun getting to Rivendell! 🙂

  3. I know it requires a gym membership at this time of year, but swimming is a good alternative to running if you’re having back/joint pain. Cross training is great because it forces you to use all the supporting muscles that you might forget about or don’t hit in the weight room, and it helps reduce the chance of overuse injuries.

    Some doctors don’t take the time to look at the whole patient. Nutrition isn’t all about losing weight. For athletes (you!), nutrition is about balancing what you take in, like making sure you’re eating enough protein vs. carbs, or getting your nutrients from the sources that are most efficient. For example, if you eat mostly carbs, you won’t have the building blocks to repair your muscles. It varies based on your workout goals and your body, but you can work out the formula that gives you the most energy and best recovery.

    Only nazi’s completely avoid junk food (I pretty much always have Cheetos on hand, and I hate plain water), but items like water can be made more appealing by adding things like sliced strawberries or tea when you really need it. All in all, it’s about what makes you feel the best and keeping that beautiful smile on your face!

    • There’s a gym at TCNJ that I might be able to use, so that’s something to consider. The back pain cleared up – I think it was a result of having put on a few pounds while we were getting settled in the house, but now that I’m back into a pretty good running schedule and I’ve been trying to do more bodyweight strength training, I probably dropped the extra fluff.

      It’s also the first or second time I’ve ever seen this doctor, so they really don’t know me, my diet, my workout schedule, etc – in fact, none of them have ever asked me about nutrition or working out. They get like, half an hour with a person, so they have to make some quick assumptions. I should try to cut them some more slack.

      I do probably eat mostly carbs but over the past few months I’ve become really more aware of my diet and what changes I should be making – I’ve been trying to add more proteins and vegetables. I usually fail pretty horribly when it comes to lunch because it’s so busy at work I rarely have time to stop to eat, but at least it’s on my mind.

      I’m a HUGE fan of lemon and lime in water, and I don’t even hate plain water – strawberries in water sounds like it would be really good, I’ll have to try it. The more I drink plain water, the more I get used to it, and the less I drink soda, the less I crave it. Cheetos are one of Gary’s favorites! For me, it’s all about chocolate- I usually drink chocolate milk after running.

      Thanks for commenting and for all the information!

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