I’m still doing well on my self prescribed health plan, and living high on the power of music again this week. For inspiration to get back on that elliptical after a minor ankle tweak, I changed up my exercise play list, which got me digging around in my music library.
I happened upon one of my favorite songs.
As I have said, everything means something different to me since dday, especially song lyrics. Who knows what I thought when listening to Stay before, but I know what I think now. I want to stay with my husband. I want him to stay with me. I want him to do the work. We are working together now to get us both really healthy, mentally and physically. This line kind of takes my breath away:
If you dare, come a little closer.
Blue Eyes takes my breath away. I think this exercise “thing” is working on me. It is bringing some life back into these old bones. Exercising gives me energy and cranks the endorphins into high gear. I’m going to keep doing it!
I added Stay to the “cool down” portion of my workout, but I added Rihanna’s S&M to the “get moving” portion. Something about that song really gets me going, it’s the beat… it’s the beat!?!
So, like I said, we are tackling our health goals together. Blue Eyes has about 15 pounds he wants to lose and I, of course, have my own weight goals, but more than weight on the scale, we want health, both mental and physical. We are both doing our share of communicating, attending therapy appointments, he has 12 step and Buddhist meditation, I have support groups and calming exercises. I still want to incorporate yoga. As far as eating and exercise, we are getting into a groove. I finally activated the new Fitbit I received as a gift from Mr. & Mrs. Smiley. Not sure I will be able to keep up with them, but I will give it my best shot. Even though the weight on the scale this morning didn’t really move much, I am feeling great. The rest of my scores are improving nicely. I have one more week at home before my marathon travel schedule commences. Traveling will make things more difficult, but certainly not impossible. I am already making plans for how to stick with my goals.
Numbers for the week:
Average Daily Calories: 1428 (A little high, not bad, but I would still like to average 1300. All those calories were good nutritional options)
No sugars/No red meat/limited dairy/got in all my fruits and veggies.
Average Daily Fiber: 29g
Average Daily Steps: 6952 (I struggled earlier in the week with bone spurs on my left heel no doubt prompted by my first intense tennis lesson in over a year. I also tweaked my right ankle on some stairs. I have a torn meniscus in my right knee, so I favor it sometimes and I can be off balance… nothing major though. I am back up to over 10,000 steps for the past couple days. 10,000 steps is my new daily goal).
Average Daily Exercise: I averaged one exercise per day Saturday through Thursday, Yesterday I was back on schedule with 35 minutes on the Elliptical and a 4.6 mile walk. The weather has been amazing, which helps with the long walks, my favorite. We live right next to a forest trail, so I guess some of my walking could actually be considered hiking).
Average Daily Sleep: 8 hours
Blood Sugars: 2/14-141, 2/15-153, 2/16-136, 2/17-n/a, 2/18-155, 2/19-167, 2/20-131, 2/21-121
Average Blood Pressure: 122/71, resting heart rate: 56
Weight: 191 (1 pound loss, 4 pound loss total)
I feel better! For this week I want to keep my calories at 1300 and start to cut back on the grains, even though I am eating only whole grains, I plan to try a Whole30/Paleo Diet once we are home for a full 30 days. That will be April, but it doesn’t hurt to be better prepared.
See you again next week. 🙂