Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Sick and tired

Yeah, that old cliche about being sick and tired of being sick and tired... of course, things don't get to be cliched without being terribly true. I'm tired of not being able to exercise, darn it! I am hoping that my writing (oh, okay, I'll be honest here - whining) about not being able to exercise will help me bust through any excuses I try to come up with when I -am- able to exercise and don't wanna. I'm counting my Points this week and am trying hard to get all my healthy guidelines met - except for the glaring exception of 30 minutes of activity each day. My breathing is such that even light housecleaning is wearing me out this week. *sigh* I'm trying to figure out how much longer I'm going to put up with this before I break down and go to the doctor. With this bout, it doesn't feel "off", so I expect it's either a cold or some other upper respiratory infection. I'm drinking lots of fluids and not overdoing it, so I can't imagine my doctor would be able to do anything else. If it -is- bronchitis, I'm not sure how much good an antibiotic would do at this point. I don't -think- it's pneumonia...

Heck. I just don't know. All I know is that my head hurts (that's hormonal), my voice is still nearly gone (but no sore throat), I'm still coughing (non-productive) and feel like I could sleep for a week. So, tonight, I'm going to write in my pen-and-paper journal and go to bed early. Maybe a good night's sleep will improve my outlook.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Back on Track... I hope

After a release of 3.8# this morning, I must say I'm pretty happy with that. That was with just trying to get my healthy guidelines and just journaling. I kept a weather eye out on my Points, but didn't sweat going over. This week, I am back to faithfully counting my Points, so I can't wait to see how well I do on the scale on 02/02.

I'm so tired of not being able to exercise!!! I'm really fidgety because I have more energy to burn off, but no real outlet. It sucks. Thankfully, house cleaning earns me Activity Points, but it doesn't really use up all the extra energy. This week, though, I need to get into the storage room (which will eventually be the office/guestroom) and get it gone through and de-cluttered. That should burn off quite a lot of my excess energy. :-) Hopefully, the vestiges of the cough will be gone by the weekend so I can start back at the gym. That would be awesome! If nothing else, I'll start lifting weights and go from there.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Still hanging in there

Overall, I'm feeling a LOT better. Unfortunately, I don't have much of a voice and I'm still coughing. Hopefully, the predicted warm-up will have a beneficial effect on my lungs. We are also cleaning around the apartment, which is getting rid of a lot of dust and other allergens, so that should help, too. I've been pondering about exercise. I know that you are not supposed to do serious cardio when you are dealing with respiratory issues. But I wonder if something like Yoga or Pilates would be OK. That way I could get some activity without over-doing. I don't know. I guess I should research it. Failing that, I could try one workout and rely on my body to tell me if it's too much.

I'm still not officially counting Points, but I -am- writing down everything I eat in my food journal. Just the writing it down helps keep me accountable and I'm much more likely to make better choices, even when I'm not counting Points. I expect that, when the grand and glorious days of my maintenance phase comes, journaling will still need to be a part of my plan. I have to wonder if just making sure I get my healthy guidelines in and writing it down would be enough? That's not -official- WW, but... I don't know. For now, I probably need to get back on the wagon and start counting my Points. I'll just be glad when I can actually taste my food again.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I can't seem to win

So, I had Whooping Cough, and couldn't exercise. I finally get over it, and go back on WW. I took a 20 minute walk on Monday (a week ago). Tuesday, I wake up with the flu. Now, it's bronchitis. Gah! I -am- down 2.2#, which is a good thing, and I'm keeping a weather eye on my Points, even if I'm not being really anal about them and am, instead, pushing fluids to break up the chest congestion.

My sister told me about the diet her trainer has her following and she's had really good results with it. I'm contemplating it right now. I may give it a go, but I don't know yet. It involves drinking a lot of protein drinks, and I am not sure I can deal with that. But she said she's lost 15# in 2.5 months, so it is tempting. Alls I know is that I need to get this weight off and I seem to somehow be sabotaging myself or something. I told DH that, if I'm not careful, I'm going to associate WW with getting sick because everytime I've restarted it lately, I've gotten really sick.

Mostly, I'm just over it. And tired. Let's not forget tired.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Official Restart

I officially re-started WW today. So far, so good. I even went and walked for 20 minutes @ lunch. I'd allotted 30, but I'm listening to my body these days, and it said that if I tried to push it too much more, I'd regret it sooner rather than later. So... I can already tell I'm releasing fluid, if you know what I mean. :-) Hopefully that will translate into a downward trend on the old scale.

That's pretty much all the news that's fit to print. Have a good week!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Green for launch

I'm okay to go back to exercising. Finally. Sheesh! Between the lack of forward momentum/progress of my cardiovascular endurance facilitated by regular exercise, and the -backwards- momentum caused to it by the Whooping Cough, I'm decidedly out of shape now. I've also gained back ALL of the weight I'd lost on Weight Watchers, plus some. *le sigh*

And speaking of momentum... that's the name of the newly-launched Weight Watchers program (it replaces "Turn Around"). I don't know the full deets yet, but the info I've gleaned gives me the impression that it's just a combo between the Flex and Core plans, where you still count Points, but eat mostly "Filling Foods" (the old Core list). I believe this to be mostly marketing, because a LOT of people on my WW mailing list have been doing this, calling it Flore. *shrug* There are probably some other minor changes, but since I don't go to meetings, I don't know for sure. Anyway, because WW is a healthy, balanced program and I know I can be successful on it, that's where I'm landing. I'd like to get by the WW center and get a new 3-month Food Journal, as it's the best way for me to stay accountable. I've tried to just write things down on paper, but the actual WW food journal seems to give me the most success. Knowing that, when I go, I should probably just buy a couple at a time. :-)

I hope that anyone who might be reading had a good Christmas/Hanukkah/Yule and is having a great year so far!