Back is still acting up but I was able to get my HIIT in this morning on the exercise bike. It’s not uncomfortable but the soreness is just there. Tomorrow morning I’m going to go on the treadmill and get some incline walking in. Might be the last exercise for the weekend as we are going away to my parent’s cabin for our anniversary. A well deserved break from it all, especially with what happened today.
We had a couple of inspections done on the house today. The first was a pressure test for the plumbing and that past with no problems. The second was a house inspection and we had a couple of flags come up. I heard about it from work and my stress level went up. We’ve been trying to close on this house for 6 months and it is just crazy how many roadblocks come up. I feel like I’m fighting for my life to get things done and then we wait and wait for others to do there part and then it comes back on us again. After a few phone calls to get our carpenter here and to straighten out some people on why we can’t close on the house on the bills we owe them, I felt some relief. They’ve been sympathetic and understand we’re doing all we can and facing a government system that is just broken. If there was a bag of chips in the house, I don’t know what would have happened to them. So grateful that we had a soccer game to go to and other things that helped get my mind off all the stress of life around this house. I’ll just be glad when it’s over.
It got me thinking about something regarding my exercise. I’ve probably found a lot of comfort with my exercise because it’s something I can control. Something I can do to fix things. Does it fix everything? No. But I see results, in the mirror and on the scale. I’m stronger. It might be why I’m getting more focused with work. Not putting in more hours since there is a cap to the 40 hour week but concentrating on my work. These are something I can control to some degree. It also helps me take a step back and look at this whole house situation. Even with the struggles, I see that we put a great effort into this great house and were able to concentrate on all the details of putting it together. We’re not done yet but it is quite an accomplishment when looking at the big picture.
Yesterday was such a fun day. I really took in the accomplishment of reaching that 40lb mark and reflected what I’ve gone through the last 4 months and where I was 6 months ago. I was remembering how uncomfortable it was to sleep, how much less room I had in the driver’s seat, how tight big clothes felt on me, how I was aware that people might be looking at me because of my weight. Now I’m sitting in my chair in my bedroom with plenty of room on the sides, wearing a shirt that I haven’t worn for 6 years and it fits great, resting after finishing my first 6 mile run in preparation for my 10K that I will run in August. I feel strong physically and mentally. I’m learning that it’s ok to treat myself with some food because of how I’m working out. I need the energy, just as long as I keep the processed stuff in check. Last night I grilled some burgers, eating one along with some potato chips that we made ourselves. We included the skins which has enzymes that helps breakdown the starch that is in potatoes which I’m re-learning can be a healthy food when prepared properly. It felt good to see the scale had not changed this morning after that good meal last night.
I was sore yesterday from yesterday morning’s workout, especially my knees. I went for a walk last night pushing my daughter in the stroller, having the puppy on the leash, and letting my son bike in front of us. It was just 2 miles but I was feeling it afterward. Had to have a soak last night because I really wanted to get things loosened up for today’s run. Woke up less sore but I’ll probably feel it later today. I’ll just take it easy on the knees for the rest of the weekend. If I do exercise, it will be on the exercise bike or an actual bike.
It just feels great to be at this moment. I think I’m going to break down my goals now to 10lb goals. No rewards. The feeling of accomplishment is reward enough.
As the day as gone on, my back has gotten a lot worse. I think I have to be really careful with stretching before and after these longer runs, probably with the shorter runs too. So glad I have a day off tomorrow.
I struggled today with snacking. At work it was a creamy salsa dip with veggies and tonight it was Lay’s B-B-Q chips. Did I binch? No. Just ate more than I should have. I did great with the sweets, just half of a protein bar after this morning’s workout but the chips got me today. So now the why. I think it’s the house stuff. We’ve been trying to close for the longest time and today we heard that a couple inspections MIGHT get us the loan we really want/need. I’m pretty good at hiding how much this is bugging me on the outside but it got me on the inside today. Pretty sure I kept close to my calories as I missed some of my scheduled snacks due to a busy day and then I made up for it with my exercise. It’s just the idea that I let it take control of me like that. I don’t like that at all.
Workouts felt great today. My muscle workout before the HIIT went really well as I added some harder variants to the mix. For my HIIT I did 8 reps and felt very strong. This evening was a little more difficult. I had the kids tonight while the wife went out with the girls as she most deserves to do after being here all day with them. I thought I could sneak a workout in while they were up but I learned better 5 minutes into it. So I started a little later than I wanted to. I wanted to have Wednesday night be yoga night ( a thank you to my sister, Ingrid, for getting me into this) My butt got kicked the first time I did it 2 weeks ago and we were going to share a DVD with my sister-in-law but it hasn’t come yet. So I burn 700 calories in 42 minutes on the exercise bike. Yes, that is my final calorie count after taking 50 calories off the total. I really sweat good when I work out on that bike. Hopefully we’ll get one of our own when I reach my goals and use that for maintenance. I’ve been told that the treadmill is taking too much abuse from me. =)