Friday, July 15, 2011

My New Personal Trainer

I have a goal - Lookin and Feelin Great by 48. To that goal, I've lost 25 lbs. I have 15 - 25 more to go.  The thing is, I've been stuck at 25 down for about 8 months...I go up when I travel and back down when I get home. I have been eating 1,000 - 1,400 calories a day, work out 6 days a week (60 min cardio).....but I deal with Hashimotos and so my metabolism is sluggish and I simply am not going to lose a lb a week. LOL 

I've learned I have to set goals other than weight loss. I really can't control what my metabolism will do. I CAN set new goals with diet and  exercise and reach them. 

I've been told NOT to run due to my knee...but I've lost 25 lbs and I'm ready for a workout that is a bit of fun and different. I love my walks, but they don't make me sweat. High impact aerobics lead to swollen knees by evening. Enter C25k - Couch to 5 K. I figure it's light enough to start off that it may not blow out my knee....and I may slowly build up to 5 K. This may be a mid-life crisis. I want to run again. The runners in the house are great cheer leaders.  I'd love to be able to run 5K next time in Korea - for our regional conference. I may settle for brisk walking and jogging...but's something.

I finished week one today. That means I can jog for 8 minutes and do a brisk walk for 22 minutes.  I do the elliptical on the off days. I'm considering doing 30 min of elliptical after the 30 min of  "wogging" to keep my workouts at 60 min. The nutritionist and trainer from GAFB all assure me with my thyroid induced sluggish metabolism and age I need to do 45 - 60 min of cardio 6 days a I'm a bit leery of  this 30 min run thing.....but we shall see.

Things I learned this week:

  • In high school you can get away with skipping the stretching. A middle aged female should stretch. 
  • My knee is NOT swollen and doesn't really hurt....just sort of feels "off" 
  • Don't do this every day and be prepared to stay at the wogging stage if the knee can't handle running. 
  • My knee may be able to handle this is I build up GRADUALLY (ala C25K) and now that I've lost a significant amount of weight. 
  • I may reward myself with an armband for my ipod so I can have music cues, watching for potholes, keeping my eye on the tiny second hand, and avoiding snakes is getting a bit scary. 

In addition, I've hired Zander as my Personal Trainer. He's currently obsessing about fitness. I tend to go with his obsessions....what else is an aspie mom to do? This means I'm doing bridges, planks, and all manner of strange stretches..... This a.m.

Zander: "Mom, do this...."

Me: "Why, what is it good for?"

Zander: "It's a bridge, I don't know - but it hurts. Do it."

As I do push ups  - which I would not do except for the little nazi at my side.....

Zander: "GREAT you've done 10 - I bet you can do 18 more."

Me: "You have GOT to be kidding!"


Me: "Why am I doing this again?"

Zander: "It hurts so it's a good one to do a lot of."

Zander: "Mom, I love you."

Oh - hearing him say that still sends me over the roof when I think of him sitting and rocking......

Me: "I love you more."

Zander: "I love you most."

I'm hoping he will see me working on something really hard and be motivated to continue working on that blasted, elusive phonics. He's smart as a whip and will get this reading thing soon. Meanwhile I continue to feed his mind with great science books which I read to him - because he LOVES science.

One last tidbit  - I'd been in the midst of a sugar/chocolate fast in March and never reported. Earthquakes and tsunamis have a way of changing one's focus. I continued for 3 months. It wasn't that tough. I began eating more refined treats when we went to the states in May.....I need to cut way back again. I'm not sure if I'll go to a fast again or just to a once a week treat. We shall see.  I need to do some praying on it.

Choosing Joy!
©2011 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Search for a New Family Member

We continue to look for a dog that will be fun, but not CRAZY jumping excitable.....small enough for a trailer -as Mike evidently plans to live in a travel trailer when he retires- but not a toy breed, not a lot of hair, provide companionship.....good with kids - though it would appear our youngest is about to be 6 and so good with "older kids" will work fine.  Michael seems to be averse to poodles or dogs that may EVER show up with a cute bow in their hair. ::snort::  Care to see what we found as we searched the internet last night?

We looked at Shiba Inus....but here they are a bit arrogant and tend to socialize with one owner....Mike is also concerned about the size.....I think most we've seen are mixes and therefore bigger...because the sites say Shiba Inus are not much more than 18 inches.  These are still in our minds....or most of our minds.

Beagle - which keeps coming up as a match for us - and I know they do I. ::snort:: 
American Hairless Terrier - so ugly he's cute and I'm drawn to him - but I appear to be in the minority.
American Hairless Terrier


Bedlington Terrier - OMW
Bedlington Terrier

Rasta dog - Mike was adamant this one is not for us. ::snort:: 

We've been trying to find one on base - they mostly seem to have "shiba mixes".....we started looking for breeders but then are not sure they will ship HERE.... and what IS the difference between a breeder and a puppy do we tell? 

We're trying to decide if we "settle" for what we can find here, because 2 years after the loss of our Beatrix we are all finally ready to find a new dog to smother...really ready.....or do we wait until we are in the states and can buy a beagle..... Beatrix was a corgi/basset/something else mix according to vets. 

It is NOT hard to leave Japan with a dog. Japan is rabies free. No one hassles you when you bring a dog from Japan to their country. It is HARDER to move to Japan with a dog...but now we fly directly from Seattle to Misawa and so even that is easier.  Maybe we should look for a breeder in Seattle and see if I could hop over, pick up the dog and hop back the next week.....

The Sheba would be a bit of Japan to carry with us......but the hair and the arrogance...since most we see are older, the personality would be set....

Choosing Joy!
©2011 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Arachnid War of Summer 2011

Every morning, EARLY (4:00 - 5:00) I tryst with the Love of my soul here......and EVERY morning for the past month I've been joined by another one of God's creatures.  

I take the web down. It's back the next a.m......I was told you must kill the spider to get rid of the web. Yesterday, the boys had some friends over to hang out and they FOUND the little guy.....and took him out. 

  It's a pity you can't see how truly impressive he was....they got to him before I got a photo of all eight legs waving around in the air....I went to bed with the happy knowledge that THIS morning there would be no one but Jesus and I on the porch........but someone was busy in the night...flies don't just HANG in the air in Misawa....

The epic Arachnid War of Summer 2011 continues......

Choosing Joy!
©2011 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...