Monthly Archives: February 2017

Beginner Health Blogger, but not a beginner blogger…

I want to try and make it a habit or practice to blog everyday. I know it is hard to do when you have a busy schedule or you get tired or whatever the excuse is, but I am willing to try my best despite what may come up in my life. Having a health/fitness blog is a new concept to me and I am not used to having my own domain website. I have blogged in the past on other platforms so I am familiar with the blogging concept. I hope that makes sense to my audience of what I am trying to say. I want to blog about my life surrounding my journey as well. I do not want to lose readers so if the title has a fitness or training kind of title then it is more than likely about health and fitness. If it has a different slice of life title for the blog entry then that is what it is. If you do not care and read all my posts then that is great! I am happy either way. I can not promise to blog everyday, but I do want to promise to blog often.

I have plans to link my YouTube channel on this site for videos of when I go on hikes or 5K’s or other adventures. Maybe I might put a slice of life video about my life. This is still up for debate because I do not know if I want people to see me. I am not camera shy, but I do not know if I could handle it if my site or the YouTube channel got popular. Being popular or a web success does come with the cons as well as the pros. No matter what you do and I do not care what anyone else says, but there will always be haters, trolls, and whatever dark things you can imagine. I also have to think about if I can handle those situations too or how to handle them. I mean obviously I can ignore and/or ban people and move on with my life like it is not a big deal. I just do not want to stress about it and then again I want to inspire people so that is one of the big reasons I am blogging. I am not a shallow person and my goal is not to make money off of YouTube videos or my blog. I want to be able to connect with people and meet different types of people, smile, enjoy life, and enjoy laughter. Life is short so make the very best of what you have, do not take things for granted, enjoy what you have and not chase after material things or people, cherish the people in your life, and cherish every moment.

C25K: Week 7 – Day 2…and Dressing up for a Wedding.

Saturdays are always a good day to run and yesterday was perfect. The weather was perfect even if my hands were freezing. I did not attend my dance class this past Friday because I was so exhausted. Also, yesterday I had to drive to see my brother and his fiance because I said I would be there to help her pick out wedding dresses. I was the official photographer and it was fun. Afterward my brother had dinner all ready done and it was delicious! He wants to do a fun run type of 5k and he has lost so much weight doing the “Raw Fitness Diet”. I do not doubt it works, but it is just not for me and also I can not afford it. I am really proud of him I and as I think about that thought he’s probably snacking out of the pantry…ha ha ha…he’s earned it.

I have another reason to drop the weight because they are going to get married in a year and half and I really want to look good in a dress because my future sister in law says I must wear a dress. Can I not just come in a tuxedo…? XD

I hate dresses. I do not think that they are not pretty, but I do not feel comfortable in dresses and therefore I hate them. I think why this is is because of my body size I just feel like a potato wrapped up in tinfoil and served as leftovers. I do not want to be a potato anymore. When I cosplay I am a cute potato, but not as regular fancy dress stuff. I have to lose this weight. When we were kids my brother was a rolly polly like me, and now he’s a string bean…ha ha ha…I still love him though no matter what size because he is family. 🙂

 

C25K: Week 7 – Day 1 and Dance Class

Yes, this was yesterday instead of Tuesday because now I am a day off because of that rainy Saturday. This training session was slightly better, but that is only because I think I paced myself in the beginning instead going for it at high octane speed. I am feeling under the weather for today for personal reasons…you know…female issues. I want to still go to my dance class tonight, but at the same time I just do not want to go. When I am in this mode I just want to drink a lot of water, eat chocolate, and sleep until the cows come home. For some reason though the craving of chocolate goes away the more protein I pack in. This may not work for everyone, but when you are training and on a diet then it is imperative that you do not ruin it with chocolate cravings. Another thing that works for the sweet tooth is fruit, but being diabetic I have to be careful with that so I try to balance fruit and protein. I wonder what other things could work? Because if I eat too much chicken or fish I think I’ll be sick. The only good thing about this time is most times I am not hungry and I actually get nauseous and sometimes dizziness accompanies it, but that is with the worse case scenarios that may occur. I usually give in to all the cravings and eat whatever. I do not want to do that though if I am trying to live healthier. I will figure this out eventually.

C25K: Week 6 – Day 3 (REDEUX)

So it turns out that my running partner did not do day three of week six this past Saturday either due to the torrential desert rain that seemed to turn into monsoon season. We decided on our running day two days ago, on Tuesday, to make it up instead of starting week seven. This throws me off and it throws off my moderate OCD-ness and now we will not end on a Saturday, but a Tuesday with the App.

Today will start week seven and I thought I was going to die doing the last day of week six. My sides hurt, my calves hurt, my feet hurt, and my muscles are still sore from Tuesday. I need to take a warm shower and then a bath to ease my muscles. I know I took one the second week of training because I was not used to it at all. There are only two more weeks left in the training app. This is the final stretch and I have to see this thing through. It is not over until I either puke, faint, or die.

C25K: Week 6 – Day 3…CANCELLED

I did not run this past Saturday due to torrential rain in the desert. I know this sounds like an oxymoron, but it really happened and also I was not feeling well that day. I said I would make it up somehow to my running partner, but I never got the chance to make it up in fear it would screw up week seven and make me unable to bear the first day of that week. The first day in a new week of the training app is always the worst and I did not want to be too tired for it.

I am stepping up on my food intake and what kinds of foods I am letting my body ingest. I decided for portion control to invest in getting small cake plates. The trick is I can eat my meals as long as they fit on the plate and that does not mean make a small mountain either… -_-;

This week I am going to try harder and it is okay once in awhile to take a break from your training routine…just do not make a vacation out of it. ^_^;;

Rest is important for the body too and make sure to drink plenty of water, eat lots and lots of veggies (I can not stress this enough), eat some fruits, and get plenty of sleep. Oh and I need to cut out the caffeine, but I needed it today so I had mom put on a pot of coffee and I made myself a nice 15 oz. of glorious happy battery life giving juice. I am going to be a bit hyper today, but also my anxiety will run higher today and I hope I can manage it as well as the extra energy. Have a happy wonderful Tuesday! ^_^

C25K: Week 6 – Day 2

Yesterday’s workout seemed to just take forever, which made my muscles more tired. It was a five minute warm up walk, then ten minutes for running, three minutes for walking, and then finally ten minutes for running again. Oh and then there is the five minute cool down where I just keep walking, but at a slower pace. My muscles, feet, and sides were paining me. I will reiterate and say that my Saturday runs I enjoy more and it is not as bad. My running partner said it would have gone by faster if I remembered my earbuds for my phone for music. She is right in a way and then I am not looking at my phone constantly to see the countdown of each section. But, the thing is I either forget my Fit Bit or I forget my earbuds and I have to have my steps count.

Tonight I go to my dance class and work on my belly dancing which shapes my stomach. It is raining outside pretty hard. It is a rare sight out in the desert especially in the middle of nowhere, so when it rains it floods, and when it floods no one can get anywhere. Also, there is this thing about people who live in the desert do not know how to drive in the rain let alone if it floods. Hopefully the weather is not too bad so I can get to my class.

C25K: Week 6 – Day 1

I would like to contribute the notion that yesterday’s run was difficult even though for some reason it was almost like the runs at the end of week four, but more like the beginning of week five. I think the main difference is that it is getting warmer earlier in the year. It is not enough to get out the shorts and short sleeved shirts, but when you are running outside or exercising outside then yes, the temperature makes all the difference especially when you live out in the middle of nowhere in the desert. This time my legs were really hurting and I still had to do the grocery shopping afterwards.

When I got home I ate dinner and then twenty minutes there after I passed out literally on my bed around seven and slept until two in the morning. I stayed away for about ten to fifteen minutes before passing out again asleep until ten minutes before my alarm wakes me up at five the next morning.

With that being said, I think my exercise routine is going well and I would like to do a video blog on YouTube. But, I am not sure it will be received well because even this website is still in its baby stage. Mostly if I do blog on YouTube it will be for any hiking adventures or photos and stuff like that. The reason for that is because I can not afford more bandwidth or GB or whatever it is called to hold everything and keep it all up on the site. I know I have 8 GB worth for starters, but as all of us tech people know is that can fill up fast. I hope that makes sense. If money and bandwidth were not an issue I would post videos and pictures directly to the website.

I hope to go on some hiking adventures soon. I do not know when I can make a trip out to some easy going hiking spots, because you have to start out easy and become more physically fit before taking on bigger hiking trails. I am actually excited thinking about it.

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Happy Valenti…NOPE!

…Happy Single’s Awareness Day! Well, actually it is tomorrow officially and then unofficially it is celebrated whenever the hell you feel like in February. I plan on officially celebrating on Saturday. I am having a cheat day and I had ordered fancy cakes from a bakery a few weeks ago to be delivered.  Truth be told though, have been cheating here and there and only lost a few pounds and inches. Imagine if I got rid of all the temptation how really great I would be doing!

I have not faltered from my exercise routine, except last Friday I did not attend my dance class, but this was because it was my uncle’s birthday and I had to cook and stuff. I was told two days before that it was being held at my place. Apparently this is a thing that is done in my family and in itself is a tradition. If this is a tradition you would think I would anticipate it better, but I did not remember my uncle’s birthday. Yes, that sounds horrible, but I have a lot on my plate in life right now.

After this week I am going to really buckle down…you know before Easter rolls around. ^_^;;

The sweets are too good and that is all my brain keeps screaming at me especially when a holiday like this is around makes it worse. This is not just a battle, but this is a war that I must win at all costs. I refuse to celebrate Valentine’s Day since I am single and I have a valid reason for being cynical today. The flowers, candy, balloons, couples PDA, and yes even television betrays me with a plethora of romance films. In these romance films there are five set reused plots that are used over and over again making these movies very predictable. Who ever watches these should get a gold star and a merit badge, because I do not know how they can have the time, brain capacity, or attention span to watch them. If it makes you happy to watch them good for you and all that jazz, but they are not for me and they are not my cup of tea. If by chance someone does not reuse one of the five reusable plots, and does a new love story plot that is not predictable, I would like to know about it and I might give it a watch.

I took a handful of film classes while I was in college and now I can see stuff in film and television that the critics see. This has either ruined watching film/TV for me or it has enhanced it because now I see things differently because of my experiences from those classes. If you are serious about being in the film business or doing television and you either want to learn or take some classes be warned. You’ll never look at film or television shows again in the same way.

Romance is way overrated and being single can be a great thing! You can do whatever you want and when you want! You do not have to worry about considering the other person or compromising. Sure, there are down sides to being single too like being lonely or wanting the touch of another. There are also down sides to being in a relationship too. There are pros and cons with anything. If you are single you have no ties to anyone and can do anything. Love yourself and celebrate it and be grateful and happy about the body you are in. Have fun with being single and if you are with that special someone celebrate and cherish each other everyday and not just on this holiday that was created by the card, flower, and candy companies. Life is short kids…live every moment like it is your last!

 

C25K: Week 5 – Day 2 and 3 combined

Sorry, I didn’t post after day two or three for week five because it was crazy this week. I didn’t think it would change on day three of this week, but it did and totally wiped me out. It was a five minute warm up and then a twenty minute run without ANY walking breaks and then the five minute cool down. I run better in the morning after having slept and I have not had breakfast yet. It was not that horrible, but yet my legs screamed at me later. I am also having a hard time keeping my sugar levels down. I mean they are down, but sometimes they are high. I need to lay off the sweets, but I am so addicted! No one is perfect and after this up coming weekend will be the last of it. Even though I would like to blame Valentine’s Day the real fault is mine and I need to step it up a bit. I have an appointment in March where I get my blood drawn and see the doctor to see where my AC1 levels are at. Wish me luck!

Emotions…and books!

I wanted to do a blog post about emotions and how I am feeling at this point. So far everything is starting to feel better. Exercise and a healthy diet work together to better your physical and mental health, but it is not instantaneous. When people are on any medication or on anti-depressants (and I have been on anti-depressants before when I was younger because my father had passed away.) doctors say you should at least wait six weeks before seeing any changes. I believe that is the same with any new health routine. I am feeling a little bit happier, but I am not perfect and I still have my good and bad days. I do notice that there are changes however small they are and that they are still changes. Slow and steady wins the race yeah?

I think I have mentioned before that I have book ADHD or it is mentioned on my “Bookshelf Life” tab on this website. I am enjoying reading “Heir of Fire” by Sarah J. Maas and “Wild”, by Cheryl Strayed. I am struggling with “Torment” by Lauren Kate even though it is the second book in the series. I like Lauren Kate’s writing do not get me wrong, but she tends to stretch out her stories. Acts one and two when I read them feel like an eternity, but at the same time you really get to know the characters like you really know them. If you read at the pace I do and take longer to read then you will really get invested in the characters. The third act is usually where the climax is and then it is exciting and I get through reading it faster. Another downfall is her chapters are so long (I do not know if it is different in other versions other than the hardcover.) and combine that with the story being drawn out that I wind up stopping in odd places in the chapter. I’m not a fast reader, well I can be, but I would not understand what I have read. Sometimes if I read fast I understand what I have read, but I would not remember it, I have missed a detail, I miss interpret a detail, or I just plain mesh things together. Anyway, I still recommend reading the Fallen series anyway because it may or may not be for you. There are two reasons I’m still reading it is because I collected the series (If I bought one book whether I like it or not I still have a compulsion to collect the rest) and once I start something I have to finish it at some point.

I really highly recommend any YA fantasy novel fan to read the Glass Throne series by Sarah J. Maas. Also, I highly recommend Wild by Cheryl Strayed even though sometimes her writing is literally redundant on occasion, but it is not too bad that it ruins the reading experience. Reading keeps me sane and couple that together with exercise and trying to eat healthy I think is working at keeping me more calm from being anxious.