Monthly Archives: May 2010

Not your time…

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Last night was one of the more terrifying nights I’ve had. I’ve told y’all about my throat problems, but I haven’t really gone into detail on how it flairs up sometimes. It doesn’t do it very often (Thank God) but when it does it’s quite scary.

Last night I started sneezing quite a bit, which is typically what gets my flairs started. When I sneeze, I think the quick rush of air through my trachea irritates and inflames the scare tissue around my throat. This is just a guess based on what it feels like. I’m not exactly sure how to describe it, except maybe it’s like having a bite that’s a little swollen then you scratch it and it swells up to double its size. Well, when my throat gets inflamed it swells which causes my airway to close off more. When my airway starts closing off more, my body thinks there’s something lodged in my throat and the coughing starts. I do my best not to cough, but the body does what it wants sometimes. The coughing adds another layer of irritation and my trachea closes up even more. Mind you, I’m not even sure what set the sneezing off. But the whole thing is a vicious cycle that feeds on itself.

This happened right as we went to bed. My mother is staying with us for the week so I know she heard me coughing and sounded horrid, but thankfully she wasn’t in the room to witness the whole thing. I could NOT catch my breath. When I laid down it felt like someone sat on my chest, so I sat up. When I sat up my body wanted to cough more and sometimes that coughing caused me to gag. Usually if I can just get myself to calm down, be still, and think of something else the swelling will go down and I’ll be able to breathe better. That didn’t help last night.

I couldn’t talk, I couldn’t hardly breathe and I was starting to panic. Mike asked me if I wanted to go to the ER. I just shook my head no…it’ll go away in a bit. Well, after an hour of breathing through what felt like a coffee stirrer, I started thinking I might have to go to the ER. I didn’t want to go. #1, my mother was with us and I didn’t want her to have to deal with this because she was already having to deal with my Grandmother being very sick; #2, if I went to the ER they would do 1 of 2 things, intebate me or put in a trache. More than likely they would intebate, which would help in the short term but more than likely cause more damage to my throat causing problems down the road. But, just to hopefully help you understand how it fells think of someone choking you to where you were only getting enough air not to pass out completely and holding you like that for an hour or longer. Your throat is constricted, you can’t pull the hands off your neck, and you’re getting slowly more tired and start hoping that you will pass out because maybe then everything would relax and you’d get the oxygen you need.

So, I sat up in bed taking in slow, long, deliberate breaths while petting my dog. The act of petting the dog was comforting and helped me try to take my mind off of what was happening. Eventually I was able to get a little more air in…then a little more. When I was finally able to lay on my side without too much pressure I tried to go to sleep. Thankfully, I slept like the dead from 12:30-5.

This morning I was getting ready for work when Mike asked me how I felt. I told him I was ok. I was tired and my throat was very sore, but I was breathing much better than the night before. Then he said “I thought you were going to die.” I smiled and said “me too”.

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Stop Whining

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Today is a workout day and I’m really not feeling like going. I would rather stay at my office and read. However, I need to get my butt off of my chair and get my workout in. My weight has gone up some because of my eating habits lately. Time to start getting serious about that too. I have 15 lbs to go (give or take…some days 12) before I hit below 200lbs.  That’s it! So, why am I dragging @$$ and not doing what I need to do? 15 pounds…at 5 pounds a month that’s only 3 months. So, let’s do it!

Oh, and I was listening to JJ Virgin’s interview on a podcast where she said the normal “Bank account” way of losing weight isn’t the way to go. It’s not just about calories in and calories out…it’s about where you workout in your fat zone. SUPPOSEDLY, HIIT or burst training is better for you than running/walking daily. She was making fun of people who train for a marathon and then don’t lose weight. “Of course you’re not going to lose weight…you’re body is eating your muscle.” So, I’m not real sure what to think of that…what do you think?

Another 2/2 Day

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Today was my second day of 2 minutes walking/2 minutes running. It kicked my butt this go ’round. I was ready for my last set to be done so I could go home. However, I still felt pretty happy with it. I did have to slow down a little bit, but I gave it all I had. After the intervals were done I walked at a slow pace for about 5 minutes. So, dripping sweat I drug myself to my car, cranked up the air, guzzled my water, and headed back to the office to pick Mike up.

When we got home there was a suuuur-prize waiting in the mailbox!

That’s right, I got my RoadID in! I ordered one for my Mother and Father for their days (mom and pop days) and I got one for myself for races and working out. Mike is normally with me when we get to the race, but he does his thing and I do mine so it’s a good idea to have something like this with me. Mom and Dad go hiking/walking a lot by themselves, so this will be good for them too. Mom’s is purple (an odd watered down grape kool aid color) and Dad’s is red. I decided to go with Pink…the yellow is somewhat nice. Michelle has it, but yellow makes my olive skin look sick! So, my other choices were black, blue, purple, red or pink. So, I decided to show my support for Susan G. Komen and got the pink!

Let's get physical…physical

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Alright, my break after the race is done! I’ve sat on my tush long enough. The weight stayed the same this week, which was expected. I did a walk 4 minutes/run 1 minute interval during my race and did well with that. This week I decided I would try a 2/2 interval to try to get more running in. Since it’s getting sooooo hot outside now, I’m really relying on the treadmill at the gym. This is good and bad. Good because it forces me to keep a constant pace; bad because it’s much easier to run/walk on the treadmill than the road.

Today was the first day of 2/2 and it kicked my tush! I was quite tired when I was done. I wasn’t so tired that I wanted to stop and lay down right then, but I was definitely huffing and puffing when I was done! It felt good though. As much as I wasn’t looking forward to working out, it sure felt good to push my body again!

Yep, that good! I’ll continue with the 2/2 pace this week and probably next week to get used to it. You know what else feels good? My happy hour nightgown fitting much better! *WARNING>>>>SOMEWHAT NAUSEATING PICTURES BELOW*

I was going to wait until I got below 200 to share these pictures, but I can see a BIG difference between the before and now pictures here. Am I embarrassed? You bet. Who wants to look that…um….hilly…in a picture?!

My nightgown is like 3-4 inches longer! Of course, that’s because I have less fat keeping it hiked up. One of the other things I noticed not too long ago, my knees don’t hurt me nearly as much going up and down stairs now. They used to crunch loudly (as in Mike could hear them crunching) and hurt quite a bit. They still crunch, but not as loud, and they are only slightly uncomfortable now. Yeah, I can still feel it in my knees but only as a nuisance. Waahoo!

Pear Run 5K 2010

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Another Pear Run has come and gone. Mike and I drug our butts out of bed at 4:45 and made it to Independence Park by 6:30. There were quite a few people there, but it is still a rather small race compared to some of the others I’ve been to. I kinda like the smaller races because they don’t feel as intimidating, but I like the bigger ones because you meld into the crowd. My nerves weren’t nearly as bad this time as they were at the Rise & Shine 5K. I think I was just too tired to care much! Of course they had medals for top finishers. Aren’t they cute?

They also had door prizes, but I forgot to stick around to see if my bib number was drawn. We lined up on the road for the National Anthem before the starting line.

The race is a fundraiser for the Pearland Police department so there were several cops on bikes making sure that the runners were well protected from cars (the race took place in a subdivision). Instead of a horn or a gun, the race was started by police car sirens. And we were off!

I did the walk/run intervals for the entire run. Even though it didn’t really increase my speed, it didn’t slow me down much either. I often joke with Mike that my running pace is slower than my walk. Well, it’s not much of a joke because it’s not too far from the truth. I’m a sloooow runner. But, I figure the more I do it the faster I’ll get. This year I finished my 5K in 50:04, last year I signed up for the 5K walk which they didn’t time so I’m not sure what the difference is. Mike ran the 10K this year and finished in 47:00. Talk about impressive! He passed me right before the finish line.

It wasn’t a mutt strutt, but there were one or two dogs getting in on the action!

We waited at the finish line for our friend Michelle to finish her 10K, which was a PR for her! She still had a smile on her face, which is staying something!

While I was waiting, I saw an example of how Michelle can decorate her “beast”!

What do you think Michelle?!

All in all, I was very please with how well the race was organized and the outcome of our performance. I’m not sure if I’ll do the Pear Run again next year since it’s so far away, but more than likely I will. Maybe next year I can do the 10K!

Thursday's Grind

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My workout went pretty well yesterday. I didn’t push too hard as I wanted to be fresh for the race on Saturday. I went to my normal treadmill and started my warm-up. As I’m moving along an older gentleman hopped on the treadmill to my right. I’m not sure if he was having back issues or was trying to open a conversation but he kept turning his upper body to face me while still walking forward. It was really a rather impressive feat if I do say so myself. However, I refused to make eye contact because I don’t like talking to strangers while I’m trying to get my workout on.

The plan of attack for this 5K is to walk 4 minutes and run 1. Of course, that will be done as many times as necessary until I finish. Mike and Michelle are doing the 10K, so we should be finishing close to the same time! It’s also supposed to be cooler tomorrow morning than it has for the past few days…thank goodness!

Good luck to rest of you peeps! I’ll let you know how Saturday goes.

Weigh In Wednesday

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It was “that” time again today. Time to groan and moan and step on the scale to see what the damage is for the week. My results?

 I’m down to 212.8! Woohoo! I guess I was retaining some water last week. In just 13 more pounds I’ll be under 200. That means I need to start pushing my butt a little more. I didn’t get any exercise in yesterday because I was tending to a sick child dog. Today I’m not getting a workout in either because the Starbucks Hot Chocolate is not agreeing with my tummy right now. That means tomorrow is my last day for a workout before my race on Saturday. I don’t like to workout the day before a 5K just in case I do something stupid, like hurt myself.

After this weekend’s race, I’ll probably take a couple of days off then get back into the Penguin’s training schedule. The more running I get in, the better my weight loss should be! So, I have 3 months to lose 13 pounds…not bad…not bad at all!