Conspiracy Theory

I have a theory.  A conspiracy theory.

I am starting to believe that there are unseen forces at work to keep me from exercising.  Sprites…gnomes…gremlins…I’m not 100% sure what form they’ve taken, but they are definitely out to get me.  First it was shin splints.  Then a weak hip.  Then a broken toe.  Most recently?  A stupid cough.

It’s always something, right?

Six weeks ago, I got an upper respiratory infection of some kind (viral), and the cough lingered forever.  I had to take four weeks off from exercise, since any small movement – getting up, sitting down, breathing in general – sent me into a coughing fit.  I finally got back to my aerobics two weeks ago, and even though I could only give about 90% effort at first, it felt good to be active again.

We’ll see how long it lasts before the next sprite-ly attack occurs.

My family fell prey to the potpourri of winter ailments, too.  Double ear infections, strep throat, fever…the usual January/February stuff.  But I think we are all on the mend.

We’ve had a few warm days recently, and even though I LOVE winter, I have to admit the warmer temps are nice.  With the pending time change next month, I hope I will be able to get back outside for walking/jogging/running.  I love being outdoors!  Exercising to an aerobics video in my bedroom is good, but getting fresh air and walking past my beloved cow-spectator-friends in our neighbor’s fields is way more fun!  Tonight, I compromised.  Aerobics in my bedroom with our balcony door open.  :)

open door

Such a pretty day!

Despite not being able to exercise for most of January, I did lose about five pounds – yay!  Mostly just because I was no longer stuffing my face at holiday parties.  No weight lost in February, sadly.  But it’s good to be back on a “normal” (read – “busy”) routine with Spring just around the corner.  Our Spring Break starts in 18 days.  Can’t…get here…soon enough….

I mentioned in a previous post that my 20-year high school reunion is this summer, and the committee recently announced that it will be in July.  What a motivator to get back in shape!  I’m not under any delusions that I can ever reclaim my high school size, but I would like to look somewhat healthy when I reconnect with my old chums.  I can’t wait to see how everyone has changed!

Well, that’s about all the news I have for now.  I hope you are sticking to any New Year’s goals you set for yourself.  I recently heard on the radio that the first week of February is when most people give up their New Year’s resolutions.  Here is a link to some fun facts about how people did with their resolutions in 2015:

Whatever goal you’re working toward, don’t give up!  :)

Healthy as a Horse

Yikes!  It’s been over a week since I took some time to blog.  As I have mentioned before, I work at a local university, and the first few weeks of classes are absolute madness.  This fall semester has been no exception!

There is a universal guideline associated with every exercise or weight loss program I’ve encountered, and I’m sure you’ve seen it too.  It usually goes something like this: “Please consult a physician before starting this or any program.”  Sounds pretty wise to me.  I probably hadn’t had any blood work done since I had my gallbladder taken out six years ago.  I very rarely get sick, so I assume that I’m a fairly healthy person, but I figured it would be a good idea to have some baseline tests run.

So two weeks ago, I went to have a physical at my doctor’s office.  I’m pretty sure the last time I had a physical was when I was playing softball in high school, which has been…um…some years ago.  I won’t say how many.  I wanted to visit with my doctor about THE PLAN to make sure it is solid and sound.  She said she thought I was on the right track, and we discussed developing healthy habits.  Because I was still having those awful shin splints at the time, she also suggested I take two weeks off from running.

Earlier this week I got the results from my blood work, and everything looks good!  My blood sugar was great and all my metabolic results were within normal ranges.  Today marks the end of my two-week hiatus from running, and I can’t wait to put on those new running shoes again and get back to my walking/jogging routine!  I hate that I missed two weeks due to shin splints caused by poor shoes.  My doctor advised going back to square one and increasing my running gradually, and I will follow that advice.  I don’t want to end up hurting again!

In other random news, I ate at Tropical Smoothie Café today.  Things have been so busy at work that I have not eaten there in over two weeks.  That’s a new record for me.  I usually eat lunch there once a week, then have a light dinner that evening.  It’s worth the splurge every time.  :)  I love that as long as I’m exercising, I can eat Tropical Smoothie and still lose weight.  Makes this whole “new lifestyle” thing a cinch.

tropical smoothie

Stay tuned for more posts this weekend…it’s County Fair time and I cannot wait to go with some dear friends tomorrow night!  There is a funnel cake and a caramel apple with my name on it!  Yeehaw!  :)