Monday, May 18, 2009


Today I replaced a toilet seat, a faucet aerator and a sprinkler head. I registered for a class at my community college.

And I have our homestudy application ready to mail.

Baby steps.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


I spend a lot of time looking at houses we're not going to buy and researching vacations that we're not going to take.

I wonder what that says about me.

(I couldn't convince Frank to take a cruise on a weeks notice, darnit)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Workout Fail

I went in today to just have a nice stroll on the treadmill. I had an hour, so I thought, okay I'll knock out a few miles and feel energized for the rest of my day.

Not so. I got on and started getting warm. Then I increased my speed to raise my heart rate and started feeling dizzy. Checked HR it was 166. WTF? When I was working super hard last week the highest I could get was 120. I felt somewhat ill and dizzy so I slowed way down. My HR dropped quickly to 109, then refused to rise again even when I was upping speed. I hate medications, I can't trust my own body to respond in a logical way. I felt crappy, was dizzy so only did 30 minutes and then came home. Now I'm not energized, not happy and just ate a bagel. Epic workout fail today. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


The unusual humidity today kind of kicked my ass. I broke a sweat much easier than I usually do and felt kind of sluggish through my whole workout. I did 45 minutes on the treadmill, adding a teeny incline and then a 20 minute circuit.

Resting heart rate was 85 (who knows, it usually is lower, but then again I don't always check it)
Mild exertion got it to 115
Moderate exertion got it to 128
And even when I started getting dizzy I couldn't get it over 130. I wonder if that was the medicine's effect. My perceived exertion level was about 75-80%, so I know I got some benefit, even if the rate didn't go too high.

This post brought to you by my own sense of self importance, no need to for anyone else to read.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


I started a circuit training/fitness class on Friday that lasts for 8 weeks. The first class tests your physical abilities and is designed to show you your progress at the end. I'm the youngest by two decades. Guess who was first up from the wall squats??? ding ding ding. At least I did the most pushups and had the best flexibility. Who knew my legs were so fickle?
I wonder if there is any correlation between the oxygenation of my cells and the meds I'm on. If my medication keeps my heart rate down, then the blood won't ever speed around picking up CO2 and depositing more oxygen. Hmmm, that sounds like an excuse to me.

I will just work around it. I already feel better, although I got a bug this weekend and am just getting ready to back to the gym for the first time since Friday.

S's teacher pulled me aside this morning and suggested I get her tested for some educational delays. :( I have had some niggling doubts for the last few months, but it's always hard to hear that something might be wrong with your kid. My vote is for visual processing issues. I don't think she actually processes what she sees correctly, because if you verbally say the letters she can read a word. It will be interesting to see what the testing shows.

I really want cookies and cake right now, my default eating pattern when I'm stressed. Instead I had chicken soup (made from the roasted chicken leftovers) and now apples dipped in plain yogurt with honey. MMMMMM. It's not cheesecake, but I'll live.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

New Regime

Today is my second day at the gym.
Monday: 30 minutes treadmill and 30 minutes circuit training
Tuesday: 55 minutes treadmill and 35 minutes circuit training

So far only my shoulder are sore and tight, I had the weights a bit high yesterday. I want to work my way into this instead of go gung ho overboard and hurt myself. My plan is to slowly increase the speed on the treadmill. Right now I'm at 20 minute miles, which gets my heartrate to 105 and starts me sweating. I'm alternating a few laps at higher speed then back down. I'm concerned that I won't know if I'm overdoing it because my pulse doesn't go up too much anymore. I felt a bit dizzy when I got off the machine today, but it went away quickly. These medications scare me a little because I don't know how to trust my body anymore.

The circuit training was good, I fell right back into the swing of things. I'm weaker than I used to be, but still fairly respectable. I'm trying to use the highest weights that I can do 3 sets of 10 reps, then do one set of 5 reps at the next highest weight. That's where the shoulder soreness is coming in I think.

I start a circuit training class on Friday, it will track my progress over 8 weeks. I think by 4 weeks I will know if I'll join the gym on a contract, so I'll put off paying the registration fee till then and just use the guest pass I bought.

I'll start keeping track of my weight as well, just to see if this can kickstart some weight loss as well. I know I'll be more careful about food too, I'd hate to sabotage weightloss by eating crap and adding pounds.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Bloglist thingie

I'm working on my list of blogs I read. I figured I could compile them in one place instead of just trusting my mac to always know what I'm thinking of when I type a few letters. So bear with me as I work my way through my serpentine thought processes of what blog leads to what. And you might just find some interesting reads out there.