May Goals Review and June Goals

Today was a “meh” day, mostly because my nausea is back. The good thing is that it comes and goes, so when it’s gone, I can enjoy my Saturday. When it’s back, all I want to do is sit and stare blankly until it passes.

It isn’t fun, but these withdrawal symptoms reminds me that it’s best not to be on any medication unless you absolutely need it. After getting off a medication I’ve been on for years, I can feel my body try to manage itself again after not exercising control on its own. Lesson learned!

Sometimes when you feel totally crappy, brushing my hair is what I need to feel a teensy better.

Trying my best to manage an “I’m okay, really!” smile.

Continue my success in healthy eating. Slowly add in exercise, paying great attention to injury prevention.” 

DONE! Weight: Land in the neighborhood of 125-126 lbs. It’s not much, but I’m taking in consideration that I may not be able to work out hard enough to lose weight. If I lose, great! If not, I’ll be happy if I maintain.
Result: I ended the month weighing 124.3 lbs. I think that speaks for itself!
Mostly Done Food: Eat smaller meals, supplement with snacks if needed.
Result: Most of May I ate smaller meals that I used to, but they still filled me up to the point where snacks were not necessary, so the cutback was not enough.
DONE! Cardio: Get back into it slowly.
Result: I took a lot more days off than I wanted to, but my leg needed it. It paid off though, because towards the end of May, I was able to walk more than 2 miles on back to back days! Win.
Not Done Strength Training: 2 exercises/day (Day 1: Lunges, Plank, Day 2: Squats, Crunches)
Result: Zilch. Sometime in May I decided that I needed to mostly focus on rehabbing my leg so that it was well enough to walk. ST might have been overboard.
Not Done Flexibility Training: 3/day (Forward Bend, Down Dog, Pretzel)
Result: None. 😦
Not Done Bloggy Stuff: Write up the About Me page
Result: Oops.

  • Waking up early again. While skipping workout after workout benefited my leg greatly, sleeping in was a luxury that started to interfere with my productivity, and eventually, made it difficult to get going on the days I wanted to work out. Now that I’m working out more frequently, it’s a teensy less difficult to roll out of bed to do my thang.
  • Workout selfie. Erhm, yes. If I didn’t so this every time I worked out, I would be rushing out the door and underappreciating myself for enacting the discipline to do what I need to do. The selfies force me to take a moment and think about what I am doing and it makes me want to pat myself on the back for it.

  • Skipping flexibility training. Now that I am working out more, my muscles are tight! Plus, I need those few minutes to zone out and just breathe before the craziness starts in my day.


Although goals were not reached, I consider May a great month. For one, I took a lot of days off after workouts for my leg to heal; when I started doing so, my leg started healing at a faster rate. Second, I lost weight! And third, I finally broke down and plunked $$$ on a new pair of kicks that is not only motivating for me to wear and workout, but is so much better for my body than my old, crumbling pair of Brooks. These were the goals I most wanted to accomplish for they are actual steps toward my goals. So I’m happy.


Slowly build mileage, strength, and flexiblity while paying great attention to how my leg feels.

  1. Weight: I would love love LOVE to see 122 lbs… Or even 121 lbs!
  2. Food: Eat super small lunches and an afternoon snack during the week.
  3. Cardio: Reach 3.5 miles per walk.
  4. Strength Training: 2 exercises/day (Day 1: Superman, Plank, Day 2: Squats, Crunches)
  5. Flexibility Training: 3/day (Forward Bend, Down Dog, Pretzel)
  6. Unofficial Goal: Get a massage

Ohh-Emm-Gee it was difficult to get out of bed this morning. I still don’t know how I did it! Dawn and Saturdays do NOT mix.

There. I did it. I woke up at dawn o'clock on a Saturday to workout. Medal, please.

There. I did it. I woke up at dawn o’clock on a Saturday to workout. Medal, please.

Unfortunately, my 2.85 mile walk today killed my leg today. I should have known something was up before my workout, because while walking around the house I could feel tightness in my calf. I figured that whatever I was feeling must have been my imagination (because my bed was soooo cozy), so I ignored it. I went on my walk and within five minutes of starting, the tightness developed into a soft, dull ache. I ignored it again, thinking that it was just my leg needing a longer warm-up. Finally at 0.75 miles, the ache escalating into a pain and by the 1.0 mile point, I was almost limping home. Eek!

So it looks like my immediate plans to go on that 3.0 mile walk needs to be postponed a bit until my calf heals from all the walks from last week. I am so close though, I can taste it! I just need exercise a little more patience.

Since I was forced to DNF my walk, I decided that I should at least take a stab at accomplishing my new workout goals, so I completed the following:

Strength Training:

  • 2 x Superman at 30 seconds
  • 2 x Plank at 30 seconds

Flexibility Training: 

  • Forward Bend
  • Downward Dog
  • Pretzel

Although the pain experience during my walk was alarming, I am glad I did it because I got to learn how my leg is doing in the rehab process. Plus, it felt great to be outside so early in the morning when everyone is asleep! No regrets.

Tomorrow is a rest day, and I think my calf is going to be very happy about that. 🙂


6/7/14

Beverages

  • Coffee
  • Silk soy creamer
  • Water

Breakfast

  • 2 McDonald’s Egg White Delight with no cheese

Lunch

Um, I almost never crave burgers, but today I had to have one.

  • Turkey burger with lettuce, tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms and onions, and Thousand Island dressing on a sesame seed bun
  • Side salad with a sprinkle of Italian dressing

Dinner

And this evening I had to have Mexican food. Bad idea, because I ended up being way.too.full. Another reminder that big meals make me feel terrible.

  • Asada salad (lettuce, rice, beans, carne asada, guacamole)
  • Chips
  • Salsa

 

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