Saturday, December 27, 2014

WW Week 8

Wow - well, I'm definitely better now.  Not 100%, but definitely better, and for that I am very, very grateful.  I took the last of the antibiotic yesterday, and this morning I took the last prednisone.  So glad to be done with both of them.  I also stopped the cough perls as of last night and will rely now on my asthma inhaler.  Hopefully I won't have to use it too much.  If I do, I'll get the cough perls back on board.  Their name is actually tessalon perls.  Of course I have the generic version, though.

I had no idea what to expect on the scale this morning.  I've been on a major antibiotic since Monday, and also on prednisone since Monday, and one of the things that prednisone usually does to me, is make my body a human swimming pool full of water.  I could tell that as the dose started to lessen (the short-course of prednisone goes 6-5-4-3-2-1 over the course of six days), my body started to release fluid.  I had no exercise whatsoever this past week, and in fact spent most of it propped up so I could sleep while attempting to recover from a nasty case of bronchitis.  I went one over my Weekly Points, so seeing a pretty substantial loss this morning was very welcome.

I have gone every week to WW since I started again on November 1st.  Sometimes I didn't stay for the meeting, but I went and I weighed.  I've worked with the weekly reader question(s) every week.  I slacked off on the Success Handbook, but picked it up again today because  I was up to the chapter about exercising, and my exercise has been off for most of the past two months.  I'm really happy to have done as well as I have without consistent exercise, and that's an area that I'm looking at as we move into the new year. 

I still have my two sessions a week scheduled with my trainer - those are early morning (5:30 a.m.) at the club on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  In the past, I was getting up and walking on the treadmill in my basement on the other days.  I have fallen out of that habit in the past year.  I had started up again but found that the treadmill aggravated the plantar fascia of my feet.  Since I want to avoid ever having plantar fasciitis again, I stopped and did as much of my walking outside as I could.  Now, it's getting colder here in Chicagoland, and snow will be on its way again soon.  I'm going to start very slowly on the treadmill again - and I'm not going to increase my speed much - that seemed to be the trigger last time.  Faster equals more pounding and that gave me a scare with foot pain.

So, I'll be crafting a plan this next week to see how I can do.  I'm not ready to start today only because I'm still recovering from bronchitis and I'm not willing to push myself too hard at the moment.  My ultimate goal, however, is to eventually get back up to 10,000 steps a day.  Some days I can do that (usually my workout days because we do a lot of walking there), but some days I don't get close.  I know that I feel better when I can exercise regularly, and I also sleep better.

Here's the Check In:

Weight:  -4.4
Daily Points:  32
Weekly Points:  49 (ate 50)
Activity Points:  Earned 0 (ate none)


Michelle said...

I often get 10,000 steps a day but not 30 minutes of aerobic exercise, so my goal for the new year is to get on the treadmill in the evening to chalk up whatever is needed to top that 30 minutes. It would probably make more sense to get up earlier and get in those 30 minutes at the git-go, but I'm not there yet. You're doing GREAT, and I'm so glad you're feeling better!

A :-) said...

Michelle, I'm not counting steps toward Activity Points until I go over 10,000 in a day. I know that my own normal day garners me about 8,000, so I figure that anything over 10,000 can count toward earning Activity Points.