Monday, December 28, 2009

Just another Monday (on vacation)

A blog worth checking out
I read a lot of weight loss blogs. I don't always comment because I don't always have something worthwhile to say or I'm in a rush, but that doesn't mean I'm not reading your blog. Many of you are really great writers with lots of ideas and suggestions on how to be healthy and fit. Even those of you that struggle, you still give me hope because you keep on trying.

Today I came across a blog that's I think is worth mentioning. Oh She Glows written by Angela Liddon, a beautiful young woman that lives in Milton, Ontario.

I have to admit when I first read her "about" story I was turned off because her highest weight was 147 (she's 5' 4"). Fortunately, I kept reading and realized the real difference between Angela and myself is that she figured it all out before she gained another 100 pounds.

I remember weighing 147 pounds. It was when I graduated college. I remember I felt as big as a cow, and how I thought I was so incredibly obese. I was repulsed by my fatness. It's also when I started my obsessive behavior towards food and exercise. An obsession that has continued throughout my life, resulting in me gaining almost another 100 pounds.

Check out Oh She Glowswebsite. Especially some of her older posts. She has a lot to say about society's obsession with beauty and being skinny. She's a pretty amazing young woman, and I like her way of thinking.

About my post-Christmas illness
I feel 100% better today. Thank you for all your well wishes...they must have worked! I really don't know what happened, or why I got so sick. It was scary and horrible.

The more I think about it, the more I think it might be related to having my gallbladder removed about three years ago. I was reading Dawn's post about how she can't eat fatty foods anymore since she had her gallbladder removed.

Normally, even when I overeat I don't eat fatty foods. I eat too many apples or too many grapes or too many ounces of broiled chicken breasts or too many roasted Brussels sprouts. Trust me though, I can easily gain weight from too much good stuff so it's not necessarily a good thing that I overeat healthy food.

Christmas dinner consisted of a lot of foods laden with butter. Real butter. Not the Smart Balance stuff that I normally use, but real, 100% dairy butter. Even the turkey gravy had, heaven forbid, drippings from the turkey, including a lot of the grease (made mother-in-law style).

I suspect that's what caused my "stomach flu" symptoms. Overeating really fattening food. In other words, that was self-inflicted pain. It's something I don't ever want to experience again. Ever!

Plan for the week
Today is just a lazy day. It's noon and I'm still in my PJ's. I often wonder if when I retire someday, if I'll even bother to get dressed. I could be like Hugh Hefner and just wear my PJs all day, every day. :)

I am going to get out of the house and hit the gym soon. I'm going to really make an effort to limit it to about an hour. Also, because of Fatinah's post about 10 health misconceptions, I'm going to change my workout.

I'm going to do a 10-minute warmup on the elliptical, then my strength training for 30 minutes, and then a 30-minute cardio. I've been doing this backwards for months (okay, years). I know it's suppose to be strength first and cardio second, I hate cardio so much I always want to "get it over with" so I do it first. It's time to do it correctly.

I'm also really going to try for muscle confusion. I was watching a P90X infomercial last night (at sleep is really screwed up), and they kept talking about muscle confusion. I'm a creature of habit but I need to mix up my exercises and not do the same blasted exercises every day. I have exercise books and favorite websites so I'm going to try out some new things today.

Wednesday we're going snowshoeing up at Crystal Mountain. We bought snowshoes last spring when they were on sale and haven't used them yet. I'm looking forward to getting outside. I'm starting to feel housebound. A day trip to the mountains is just what I need.

Did I mention I love not working? Totally, completely love it. I don't miss one aspect of it. I'm just sorry I only have six and half more days until I have to return to the grindstone. Yes, I really need an attitude adjustment about work. Something to work on for the new year, among many other things.


Ella Enchanted said...

I read Oh She Glows daily, and I also follow her on Twitter! She is a amazing writer and she has a great sense of humor. I have always wanted to try her Glo bars, but I didn't want to order dozens & have them in my house. :)I am so glad you are able to enjoy a week away from work & I hope you guys have a blast in the snow!

nina rojas said...

Thanks for recommending a nice site (oh she glows), and the best of luck to you in your future "journey". You´ve had super results!

About the love not working thing - I wish I could relax and quit working for a while.

antgirl said...

Glad you're feeling better now.

I'm only 5' 4", too. I feel like a cow at 130.

Did you have a lot of sugar, too? I'm amazed at the freaking side effects of sugar. I didn't realize how much I had cut it out of my diet. I get this major crash like an hour later ... can't stay awake. Makes me feel dopey and almost sick.

Weird what happens when we're not used to eating certain foods anymore. I use Smart Balance Lite, too. Sometimes I get light butter from Trader Joes [same calories about]. I'll use that for baking. Real, total fat butter feels so weird in my mouth these days. Almost alien. LOL

I love working at home. Although, I make myself get dressed. I do sit around a few hours in the afternoon in my workout clothes. I love not wearing shoes. Have fun snowshoing. That sounds like a blast.

bbubblyb said...

I know what you mean about loving being home. I guess we need to just enjoy it to the full extent.

Yea, even my nephew who still has his gall bladder couldn't handle the rich food so you are probably right it was from dinner at your MIL's. Glad you're feeling all better.

Yea, I do my 10 mins of warm-up then do my weight training. Maybe too, get a few weight lifting books from the library and see what you might like to actually buy. The New Rules for Lifting for Women is a pretty good one. I know the Book of Muscle that I use the exercises change every 3 weeks and it includes floor exercises as well as lifting so it does seem when they switch I drop a few extra lbs. Good to keep the body guessing. Lots of info online too though.

sarah said...

You know something, I've seen Oh She Glows but I've never taken the time to read her blog. I'm going to do that now.

Glad you are feeling better. Enjoy your time off. You enjoy it.

Natalia said...

So glad you're feeling better. And you have a great plan laid out in front of you. All the best of luck. And if it makes you feel any better, I can't event remember the last time I was 147. The lowest I've ever been as an adult is 169. Keep up the great work! :)

Graciela said...

I'm glad you're feeling better, Diana. Your sickness sounds just awful. It very well could have been your gallbladder (I know a bit about gallbladders because that was one of my dad's many medical problems).

The liver produces bile and then the gallbladder stores it until it's needed for the digestion of fat. Even though your gallbladder was removed, your liver still produces bile, but without the gallbladder, the bile is not as readily available to help digest the fat. So the liver can become overwhelmed if you eat large amounts of any fats, especially saturated fats like butter. So it's very likely that's what caused your sickness.

So, if you watch the amount of fat you eat, you probably won't have the problem again.

As for the muscle confusion, I've heard it really works. I personally change up my workout because I get bored, not to confuse my muscles. :)

P.S. The last time I weighed 147, I was probably 12.