Wednesday, October 20, 2010


So tonight marks ONE ENTIRE MONTH (besides the one break night per week) that we've been exercising!  I think that's quite an accomplishment.  Here's to eleventy more months!

I had a pretty emotional day the other day and between talking to Mama about it that day and then talking to Sam tonight, I think things are at a better place.  Also, tonight we took progress pics and I must admit that I can see a bit of a difference in my before and after pics which of course cheers me up a little.

Mama offered to "sponsor" us for our first 5K* and even told me about one that's being held in Blythewood this weekend.  As a reward for our month anniversary, I went and paid for our entrance fee to the race just now.  It's called the Flamingo 5K.  So yeah, our first 5K will be Saturday!!  I know it will make us stronger, I just hope it doesn't kill us.  :)


Monday, October 18, 2010

C25K Update

I think the last post took us through Saturday.  So, we walked Sunday night and tonight.  And it's tonight that I want to talk about.  WOW, the voices were loud tonight.  Not so much in the vein of "don't go exercise" because I think I've becoming pretty good at fighting those voices but rather they were loudest when we were outside walking and they said "why are you bothering to do this?" and "you don't look any different, you hardly even feel any different, why are you still doing this?" and "you are going to fail" and "you've eaten pretty badly the past couple of days and you're sick of salad and turkey bacon, now what are you going to eat?".  It's kinda terrible ya'll.

I haven't had a great night anyway.  Besides Sam losing her child support (because John is no where to be found), we also lost two other sources of income in the past week.  I'm the only one working and it's terribly tight on just my salary.  I wanted to sign up for the Governor's Cup race in November and I can't.  We are on a necessities-only budget now and so I can't justify spending the money for that.  And that actually makes me really kinda sad and bummed because I feel like we have to be "training toward" something...  toward some goal or else damnit there's no reason to be doing this.  I mean, it doesn't feel or look like I'm losing weight.  I'm not gaining a whole lot of energy.  So what's the point?  I'm just so down and completely negative tonight.

I'm not winning in the battle with the voices tonight.  We exercised, but jeez.  I just don't know what tomorrow will hold.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

C25K Update

So, I think I left off on Tuesday night.  We walked at the fair on Wednesday and at home on Thurs. We skipped Friday (because it's our scheduled day off) and then walked again tonight.

My eating hasn't been so good this weekend.  But eh.  Whatevs.  I'm kinda tired of salads and apples.

Also, I should say that on Thursday or so, I discovered Zumba on Youtube.  Do you know what this is?  So fun.  Look:

So, Friday morning before work I did two songs.  Tonight after I came in from walking, I did three songs.  I look flippin' ridiculous I'm sure, but I don't care because it's fun and it kicks my ass.

So that's it for the update.  Thanks for checking in!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Progress Pics

The pics as promised:

We walked tonight.  State fair tomorrow, so that'll probably serve as our exercise.  I'mma try to be good with the eating, but I'm not gonna be too hard on myself one way or the other.

Monday, October 11, 2010

C25K Update

Last time I posted was Friday.  We exercised Saturday, Sunday and again tonight.  Just checking in to update you guys.  We haven't really changed anything to report.

Well, wait.  We started listening to music (which helps the time pass more than you'd imagine) and we stopped praying.  I think it has to do with the fact that we are more frequently arguing with one another than not.  Such is life, I guess.  Our life, at least.

One other thing is that we took pictures at the onset of this fitness thing and then we took 2-week pictures on Saturday night.  Sam and Joe could see a pretty substantial difference in their before and afters, but me?  Not so much.  I'm used to it.  I lose weight slower than most people.  I have the slowest metabolism in the world!  Oh well.  Not gonna let it get me discouraged.  They said they'd post their pictures.  I'm not willing to post mine.  I'll maybe try to work on posting them tomorrow.  Tonight I'm kinda tired.

So with that, peace out.  :)

Friday, October 08, 2010

C25K Update

So, I haven't posted for a couple days.  But we've been exercising everyday since the last post except for last night.  I had the chills and a fever.  So we decided to take our break last night.  Which means we'll be exercising tonight.  I don't think anything eventful happened on any of the nights.  My knees have been holding up ok.  They are still stiff.  I've kept on the Mobic because a coworker convinced me that it needs to build over time.  That maybe it's not an instant pain reliever (even though it says "take as needed FOR PAIN" on the bottle...  lol).  I'm still doing the Tylenol big dose in the evening before we go out.  Everything is going ok.  Boring, shmoring.

In other news, we are eating better.  I'm trying to eat a salad with every meal to take up room in my stomach before I fix a plate of whatever we are having.  That way I will eat less of the meal.  Also, I don't think I've mentioned in this blog, but I've given up Diet Coke for as many days as we've been doing exercise.  So more than two weeks now.  That is a feat because, just ask anyone, I was a Diet Coke connoisseur.  I've been drinking water and Crystal Light (the something or other fitness kind that doesn't have artificial sweeteners).  I've been trying to eat breakfast.  Usually something like turkey bacon, a piece of fruit and some yogurt.  Generally we've all been trying to make more healthy choices.  But we aren't calling it a diet.  And if we want something sweet, we eat something sweet.  We eat our same old meals, substituting healthier choices (ie. ground turkey for ground beef) where we can.

As with everything, we'll see how it turns out.

Monday, October 04, 2010

C25K Update

GOOD NEWS, FUH-REAKIN' FINALLY!  I walked without knee pain tonight.  I'm not saying it won't come back.  And I'm not so sure a doctor would advise doing what I did.  But oh freakin' well.  I WIN THIS ROUND, KNEE-PAIN-FROM-HELL!  BWAHAHA.

So, yeah.  I asked the doctor what I could take with the Mobic.  She said Tylenol.  I have in the past taken Excedrin Extra Strength which is 250 mg of acetaminophen/250 mg aspirin/65 mg caffeine.  Three of them to be exact.  I like taking those because the caffeine gives me a boost of energy as well.  But tonight, I started out taking the Mobic about an hour and a half ahead of time.  Didn't do SQUAT.  But I had an idea.  What if the Excedrin wasn't giving someone of my weight enough acetaminophen?  I wouldn't think twice about taking four Tylenol for some other kind of pain.  That's 2000 mg.  So, three Excedrin (250 x 3=750).  I figured I could pretty safely take two regular Tylenol (500 x 2=1000) for a total of 1750 mg of acetaminophen.  So, that's what I did.  Three Excedrin and two regular Tylenol.  I'm going to cut out the Mobic all together because it is SHIT.  Don't even bother fussing at me if you are thinking about it, because a) I'm hardheaded and b) MY KNEES DIDN'T HURT and I NEED TO EXERCISE.  Also, you should know the maximum daily dose is 4000 mg and I haven't/won't take it any other time.  If I have some pain at a different time of the day, I'll take Ibuprofen.

Joe also rubbed some muscle heat cream stuff on my knees.  I think that helped some too.  Oh, and I bought and took a glucosamine chondroitin.  I highly doubt that had anything to do with my knee relief tonight, but I think it will help in the long run.

In other news, we walked again tonight.  The doctor said "don't jog" just like I knew she would.  So I concede.  BUT.  I told everyone tonight, that I will back it up to just walking IF AND ONLY IF, they promised they would start back jogging with me (even if it's just on the staggered schedule I posted a few days ago) once my knees get all healed up.  They agreed.  So it's just walking for now.  I feel pretty okay about that because I was able to walk with some kind of pace considering I didn't have any knee pain.  Before, I was walking so slow (limping, actually) that I didn't even break a sweat.  I felt like I wasn't getting ANY kind of workout.

Okay, so BIG THANKS to everyone who's been following along on our little journey and offering support and suggestions (especially about my knee trouble)!  I just can not adequately express how helpful your comments and suggestions are.  Please continue peeking in on us and holding us accountable if we start to fall by the wayside.  I love you all!  Thanks again!

Sunday, October 03, 2010

C25K Update

I'm going to stop numbering the days because well, I don't update every day.  Friday was mine and Joe's break day.  Sam had to walk because she had her break day on Thursday.  She tells me she did.  Saturday we did the C25K routine even though that was actually wrong.  We were supposed to walk on Saturday and do the routine tonight.  Oh well.  We did it backwards.  So last night's routine went well.  My knees hurt for the first part but didn't hurt much at all into the second half. 

Tonight, however!  Was a different story.  I walked.  I had taken the anti-inflammatory pills that momma gave me beforehand.  Like an hour beforehand (so they had time to start working).  I felt good at the onset of the walk.  But the last half KICKED.MY.ASS.  I'm not even exaggerating.  Not in an "oh this is SO hard kinda way" because it was NOT HARD.  But rather in an "oh my god the pain" kind of way.  Again, more proof that it's better to do the routine every day. 

I got done with the walk and came inside and just bawled.  I just could not stop crying.  Joe fixed me some water and brought me some ibuprofen.  He's sweet.  I guess I cried because it feels like even though I've been pretty successful so far at beating the voices in my head, there doesn't seem to be shit I can do about my knees.  They aren't getting better.  Medicine isn't helping.  I don't have a passel of money to go first to a general practitioner and then to maybe an orthopedic doctor and the followups and the medicine.

It feels like I'm beating my mind but my body's beating me.  Like maybe it's too late.  I'm already too fat, too far gone.