Week 4 of C25k Begins!

It feels like forever ago when I was doing c210k and running for 5 minutes straight was easy peasy. Man, how things change in a year. But, it’s getting easier and I am down 4 pounds from when I started Saxenda. I was never a binge eater but I have noticed I’m eating MUCH less than before and I haven’t felt too weak to workout like I did when I was doing Intermittent Fasting. I think this is because Saxenda is supposed to slow digestion and decrease your appetite so I’m still getting the fuel I need to workout. I don’t feel faint or anything otherwise I’d stop using this drug.

After a 4 pound weight loss I am cautiously optimistic. Once the weight loss is in the double digits, I’ll feel better. 

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Genetic Testing – Makes sense…

So, as previously stated, I’m 40 now. In my continuing efforts to get and stay healthy, I asked my doctor for a genetic test to not only determine my colon and breast cancer risk but to finally see what may be lurking on my father’s side of my DNA (since nobody knows who he is). The lab was frantically calling me and I thought “Oh shit. What’s wrong with me?!” What was wrong? Getting insurance approval for the test.

Okay. We go through what I know of Ma’s side of the family in terms of cancer and since it wasn’t breast cancer or anything that is classified as genetically related, the insurance won’t pay for the test. It will cost me $2,500.

After an interesting few moments of no heartbeat, I tell the nice woman I want the test because I literally have no clue what 50% of my DNA is. I can’t afford that. Of course there’s a payment plan or whatever but isn’t that interesting? “Hey, my genetics are a mystery and I would like to know my health risks. We don’t know enough about your genetics to qualify for insurance to pay for a test to determine your health risks and we will financially punish you for that.”

Lovely…

I need to know so, I guess I’ll just have to sell more books and stuff to make up the money.

Yay, American healthcare… 🙄🙄🙄

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Weight Loss Journey – Yeah, this again…

Over the course of lockdown, I lost some weight. No, it’s not bragging because in order to deal with the stress of a global pandemic, reduced income, wondering if I’ll stay employed at all… Basically the low-level underlying fear everyone had been going through; I was running up to an hour a day trying to make my way through Couch to 10k. 

Then we all got back to work and the weight came back. I didn’t have time for hour long workouts anymore. What I was doing is using my lunch hour to workout then eating lunch while I worked. If I felt spicy, I did an extra workout before bed. Going back into the library meant that no longer happened.

I’ve been trying to keep up with as much activity as I can. I got one of these: 

And if I’m not running, I use this for 20-40 minutes while I moderate programs at work. I restarted Couch to 5k to get my stamina back up and the workouts are shorter. I counted calories all over the place, cut out booze, increased my portions of vegetables, limited salt… And nothing.

I had previously discussed percription weight loss options with my doctor because while everyone tells me I look fine, I don’t feel fine. I did my annual blood test and all my bloodwork is perfect. My doctor was really impressed. So, I broached the idea again because I turned 40 this year and the older I get, the more likely my weight will start to affect my health.

And part is ego because I have some nice clothes I wanna wear and I’m too broke to replace my entire wardrobe.

This time, my doctor did recommend something to me: Saxenda. My insurance company gave me the OK and I started it last week weighing in at 230 pounds.

This week I’m down to 228.

Not gonna lie, I had some side effects. Mainly nausea but a couple of pepto tabs took care of that. I can aboslutely tell I feel less hungry. I’m on MyFitnessPal so keep track of what I eat. Feel free to friend me there if you want.

I’m really nervous to share this since I’m concerned I’ll make this public only for this to fail. But, here we are. Hopefully, I’ll hit my goals this time!

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30 Day Challenge Day 30

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Mission completed! Not only the race but the entire 30 days.

Today was another bike day. I didn’t feel up to running after moving some furniture to clean out clutter and pushing a desk up into the attic. I didn’t want to mess up my back for future workouts.

But that’s it! I did it. 30 days in a row of workouts. Now, I’m going to scale it back to 3 runs a week and weights or bike on alternating days. I’m impressed with myself that despite the unusual circumstances and several serious cases of “I dunwanna” I still made it through. I probably won’t ever do this to myself again. I decided just to try the 5k trainer with the Zombies Run chases on. That should be interesting.

In the end, I went from 220 pounds with 42% body fat to 216 pounds and 39% body fat. Not bad, if I do say so myself. I didn’t even do this to try and lose a bunch of weight but I did. I hope I don’t gain any back now that I won’t be pushing so hard. And the blog will go back to mostly book reviews with occasional fitness stuff.

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30 Day Challenge Day 29

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Since my completionist nature is flaring up, I’m going back into season 1 to complete the race missions. It’s easier because the app allows you to complete the mission in more than one session so I hopped on the bike and did a 40-minute session.

Technically, I did 4 miles but I’m not gonna quibble or mess up my running stats by changing the mission results. I’m fine with leaving it as is and I need more lower impact cardio in my life.

30 Day Challenge Day 28

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From the sound of things, it looks like this will be the last Home Front mission and I’m sad about that. I really like these. I’m hoping they continue them in some form even though lockdown seems to be ending in some places.

A new thing for me in this session was the wall sit. I don’t do that or even think to do that in my regular routine. I didn’t have to hold the sit long so my knees seemed to tolerate it. I may have to start doing wall sits regularly. I’ll just have to make sure to use a timer to see if I make any progress.

As to why I’m not running as much? Honestly, I haven’t been up for it. Mentally, I’m trashed with all the terrible things happening in the world right now. I need a news detox or to just force myself on that treadmill no matter how I feel. I’m almost done with c210k so I might as well give that final push to finish it.

30 Day Challenge Day 27

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This time, I followed the mission exactly with some extra barbell moves thrown in. I also did some high knees and leg lifts in-between sets in the mission.

These types of workouts don’t feel as intense as running until the next day. Then I’m wondering why my arms feel like noodles. But it is worth it because I can see the change in the way my arms look already. Not so much in my abs yet, though but I know that will take a lot more than just 30 days to see results.

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30 Day Challenge Day 26

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Today was supposed to be another c210k but I did not have the stamina for it. As I’m doing this challenge, I’m also doing intermittent fasting using the Body Fast app. I was supposed to fast until 4pm (starting from 8pm the night before) but I ran around 1. I just couldn’t make it six miles when I was struggling at mile 2.

In the future, I’ll make sure to time these long runs better. I know running on a full stomach is a bad idea but still. I had zero energy and shitty form. Not doing this again.

Later on tonight, I’ll add some arm workouts before bed. Only my legs hurt after a run so I have no problem taking on 15 more minutes or so at the end of the day.

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30 Day Challenge Day 25

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I guess it’s logical to assume that since I suck at push-ups, I can’t stay in a plank position very long. Every fitness video or article I’ve come across about your core says to do them so I made the attempt.

It lasted… Maybe 10 seconds? Just yikes. If this challenge has shown me anything is I have a long way to go.

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30 Day Challenge Day 24

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I have to admit to cheating a little on this one. Instead of more leg hops, I kept up with the push-ups to strengthen my arms. I also pulled out my kettlebell and the 5-pound weights to do some tricep kickbacks, bicep curls, and stuff like that.

I also threw in some crunches to work on my abs so the calorie burn was totally off in my fitness diary. I think I’ll live with that, though. It’s also Memorial Day weekend so I’ll just have to watch what I’m eating so I don’t undo all this work.

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