Rambling, Realizations, and Whatever…….

I know this flu bug and the cold virus is going around really bad. It jumped on me a couple of weeks ago. There were a few people at work who were sick but didn’t tell anyone. I felt it in the back of my throat as a tickle and was like……oh no. So when I got off work, I took my remedy for sickness and went to bed. When I got up, I took another dose and worked out like crazy. I did Zumba for 30 minutes and made sure I did routines that made me really sweaty. Then I got on the elliptical for 45 minutes and pumped my poor legs and created even more sweat. I was going to sweat that sickness out of me. And you know what? It kind of worked. I only had a mild headache for a day or two and the tickle in my throat went away. 

When I workout, I turn the heat off because the heating vents are in the ceiling and directly hit me. The people in my household were freaking out today because the place was getting noticeably colder as I was working out. I, of course, felt great. And also me being me, I found it to be quite hilarious that everyone else was getting cold. I told them to cover up and I’ll turn the heat back on when I get done. I guess it didn’t help that it was 52 degrees yesterday and a winter storm passed through and dropped the temp down to 9 degrees with the wind blowing at 22 mph. But the heat is back on now. 

People have been asking me when I was going to put a picture of myself on my blog. I’m not. At least not right now. I mean I don’t really have a following and I don’t have any before and after pictures because…….well I’m still looking like before. I lost another two pounds so that puts me at losing about nine pounds all together. I’m happy about it because it is some sort of progress. I’m still not eating like I should (my sister’s chocolate chip cookies just wouldn’t shut up). But the holidays are over with and my cravings for such things are slowly going away too. I’m finding that I’m starting to crave healthy stuff ( what’s wrong with me) instead of a candy bar or fast food. That, right there, is progress for me. 

There are a few things that make this weight loss journey a bit hard for me. Every injury I’ve ever had in my life wants to start hurting for some reason. Mostly in my feet and knees and occasionally my tailbone. I have conversations with my body to let it know, we are going to exercise no matter what. I found out about a year and a half ago I’m allergic to chicken. While it’s a great relief to finally know what the hell was making me so sick over the years, it also sucks. I happen to love chicken. There are just so many ways to eat it. And it goes so well with everything. Now that I can’t eat it, I see it everywhere. Salads, casseroles, as a light snack, great to use on your weight loss journey.  I also have to be careful when it comes to meat fillers. For example, hot dogs and baloney. They are made with pork and chicken. If a place is serving hot dogs, I now have to ask if they are beef hot dogs. I have to be careful with sausage because it too can be made with chicken. So my food choices have been cut down because of chicken.  I feel like that’s what chicken does to me.

Another thing that makes my weight loss a bit of a challenge is that I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). There’s a lot of things this disease (there’s no known cure for it) can do to a person. But one of the biggest challenges it creates it that it is hard to lose weight. It seems that sugar and anything that can turn into sugar (starches) affect it. And there are other complications that would take too long to explain that go along with this syndrome. The bottom line is that at least I understand what it I’m dealing with when it comes to my body and I’m slowly working it out.

PCOS is an endocrine disorder affecting 5% to 10% of reproductive age women. PCOS is characterized by high levels of androgens (male hormones such as testosterone) from the ovary and is associated with insulin resistance. Tiny cysts, hence, poly cysts, usually but not always, surround the ovaries appearing upon an ultrasound as a strand of pearls. The cysts are actually a result of hormonal imbalances not the cause of them.

I was thinking about getting a gym membership so that I can get a personal trainer. I want to tone up my body as I am losing the weight. The biggest thing that bothers me about losing weight is having a lot of loose skin hanging on me (vain, I know). I know that skin loses elasticity the older a person gets. Plus I’ve been this size for about 24 years. I read about things that can help with loose skin so I want to try and get a handle on it now if I can. I don’t want to get anything surgically removed. I’ve read about that too. 

Well, I’m sure I’ll think of other things to ramble about later, but this post is long enough. Let me get back to finding good things to eat and better ways to exercise. There were just some things that had been running around in my head. Until next time.

Workout Gear

I’ve been seeing different posts from people who workout talking about their workout gear. I’ve never thought about it because I just wear whatever. I put on a pair of shorts that are loose so have I moving room. A loose shirt that’s not going to cling to me. Ankle biter socks so that they aren’t bothering me (socks suck). I wear Sketcher shoes because I have flat feet and no arches in my feet. My whole foot touches the floor. Sketchers are the one shoes I’ve found that doesn’t bother my feet as much.

When I first started working out on the elliptical, I wore flip flops because I really didn’t like shoes. But when I started doing Zumba, I had to start wearing shoes. I tried doing Zumba without shoes………and……..yeah. That didn’t work well. I only wore shoes when I went to work or something because my feet were swollen most of the time. Now since I’ve been exercising, my feet have gone down to make shoes tolerable.

So here are my one of my shirts and shorts …… It’s a cheap Hanes shirt from Walmart that I got for maybe $5 or so. And the shorts are DANSKIN NOW and they were about $7.

 My shoes are a bit worn but they get the job done. I had gotten them from the Sketcher’s outlet mall for about $22 or so a couple of years ago. I asked a few people what they wear to workout and I got some of the same responses. Shorts, a loose shirt, and cross trainer shoes.

The bottom line is to wear what’s going to work out for you. It’s already a challenge to just get moving. It shouldn’t be a challenge to figure out what to wear. Unless you really need motivation, then, by all means, go out like this……….. hahahahahahaha.