About three months ago now, I received pretty devastating news from my doctor. Sweet husband and I had been trying to get pregnant for several months, taking increasing doses of clomid with no resulting hormone surge. The doctor gently told me that in looking at my bloodwork (not just my hormone levels but a full work-up), he did not believe that at that time continuing clomid was in my best interest. He felt like I had insulin-resistant PCOS and that clomid was not going to help us get pregnant. His recommendation to me was to take some medication for my insulin resistance and to exercise and eat better. His hope was that as my body got healthier, I might begin to ovulate on my own.
So. I’ve decided to get healthy.
In the last six weeks, depending on which scale you use and which day it is, I’ve lost between 15-20 pounds. I’ve done that in two ways primarily: I get up every morning and go for a walk AND I’ve quit eating both breakfast and lunch out (which was originally devised to allow me to pay for my new camera but has come in handy in other ways).
This week to move me closer to my goal of improved health, I’ve done the following:
- Gotten up at 5:30 4 out of 5 days to go for a walk of at least 3 miles. On the day that I did not get up and walk, my feet were too blistered to put in my tennis shoes. I did, however, go for a walk that night when I got home.
- At work, several of us have started doing a Walk Off the Pounds program in the afternoons. I participated Wednesday – Friday.
That’s about all I’ve done this week. I haven’t managed to track my caloric intake the way that I should. I have an account on MyFitnessPal (fuzzis if you’d like a pal) but about all I’ve managed to do this week is log my cardio activity. That’s probably because I know that I haven’t eaten as healthfully as I should. We had dinner out with friends one night. And to be honest…I’m a touch on the PMSy side right about now, which does not excuse eating poorly. It just means I want things that aren’t necessary good for me. And I think that the blood pressure medication I’m on combined with the diuretic is making me crave salt. Terribly. I’ve eaten like 12 huge pickles in the last three days. And I normally don’t like the huge pickles. Pickles, olives, pickled green beans, extra salt on my food. Whatever. I need it. I need to figure out how to get back to a sense of equilibrium because I’m come too far to turn back now.
So, with all of that in mind, by the time the next Friday Fitness Round-Up rolls around I’d like to be able to report the following:
- 7 days of exercise, with 3 of those days being the beginning of a Couch to 5K program. I’ve completed a C25K program probably 4 times now. I’m hoping that it sticks this time. On those other days, I’m hoping to get in walks of at least 2-3 miles along the beach each day. Not necessarily just for the health benefits but because the walks along the beach are relaxing and help bring peace and quite to my mind.
- 3-4 days of an at-home cross-fit-style at-home workout. Something like this.
- Tracking my eating and cardio each day
- Remembering to take my vitamins and medication each day as I’m supposed to
Those don’t seem like big things, but I think I’m going to feel accomplished if I managed to get all of those knocked out.
What healthy habits do you hope to establish or continue in the coming week?