Monday, October 26, 2009

Healthy You (Me)...

Went for my Healthy You visit on Thursday. My cholesterol level is rather high, enough so to warrant the Dr. prescribing a low-dose of a cholesterol-lowering medication. (Thank goodness for generics! I can get my Rx at work for a little over $2, almost $5 less than our insurance copay of $7 for generics.) However, if I am diligent enough with diet and exercise, I won't have to be on the cholesterol med long term.

I am also supposed to start taking Fish Oil 3 caps/day, a fiber tablet, a multivitamin, and Flax Seed (Rouse's sells some kind of "meal" that you can sprinkle on your oatmeal, yogurt, etc....) I intend to follow my Dr.'s instructions, 'cause he knows what he's talking about. And I like that he was very open and honest with me about my cholesterol, as well as my weight and BP. My BP was slightly elevated, but not to the point of needing medication. With diet and exercise, it will be easier to control. As far as actual weight loss, I do qualify for the surgery, but am currently opting to try diet & exercise first. If, in a couple of years, I still haven't lost a significant amount, then I will definitely consider my options! I want to do whatever it takes to be here to watch my babies grow up and have families of their own. But I know if I try hard enough, I won't necessarily need to rely on surgery....

I am also going for my very first mammogram on Dec. 2nd. Our insurance will cover one per calendar year once I turn 35. So my appt is 2 days after my 35th birthday. Nothing to be alarmed about. Nothing was found during the exam at the Dr.'s office. Just a baseline routine screening. :o)

I am proud to say that I am also still going to the gym 4 to 5 times a week. I fully intend to keep it up, because that is pretty much the only "me" time I get! ;o)

Just wanted to give y'all an update on me... I hope everyone has a fantastic week! Robert and the boys and I are looking forward to Halloween with The Toncreys and their other friends. The only drawback to all the fun is that Sunday morning (after partying, trick-or-treating, sugar-filled candy, etc...) is when we set our clocks back an hour. I realized today though that our boys will still be thinking it's an hour later than it actually is, so I am on a wing and a prayer when it comes to being able to sleep in an "extra hour" Sunday am.... LOL!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

It's becoming...

a part of my daily routine now!

I joined the gym last Tuesday, 10/6. I worked out that day and the next, skipped Thursday & Friday, went after work Saturday AND Sunday, even went on Monday, my day off from work, and yesterday afternoon after work. So far, since I joined, I have been 6 days out of 8. Monday I almost talked myself out of going, but I went anyway.

I haven't yet begun to tackle the food issue... Portion size, types of food, etc. But so far I am being consistent with going to the gym. Yay me! And next Wednesday at 4pm, I have signed up to meet with a trainer (included in my $10 membership), who will help me design a workout program that is best suited to meet my needs. Super excited about getting some direction from someone who knows way more than I do!

I also have not set any specific goals yet. But hopefully will do that sometime in the near future. Right now, I am just happy that I am sticking with the workout thing. I was especially pleased with myself on Monday, b/c I REALLY tried to talk myself out of going. But I learned one thing for sure: I personally can NOT work out on an empty stomach ever again! I'm not saying I need to eat a five-course meal or anything like that, but I need at least some nourishment before tackling the exercise thing....

In closing, I know this post may seem trivial to some of you who are going through some really sad times right now. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. If you ever need a friend to listen, I am here!

Amy Beth :o)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Member of the planet :)

Finally joined the gym today! Got a good workout in, so at least that's a start... I want to be able to do more things with my family. And I don't want to be so darn tired every day when I get home from work... If things work out, I am hoping to go at least five times a week, most likely MTW after work, then early afternoon on Sat & Sun... I'll have to figure out what works best and how much Robert is willing to compromise with me. Planet Fitness does not have a child care center, so I will be relying on Robert to take care of the boys while I work out.

Wish me luck as I begin my journey yet again....

Have a great week, everyone!

Amy Beth