Tag Archives: Weight loss

Stats Update

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I probably won’t be running until Friday since I was off my inhaler for a couple of days and relapsed into some mild breathing issues. I have also been very tired and coughing due to mucus in my lungs. I just got a refill on my prescription yesterday so it might be up to a week of using my inhaler regularly before I’m 100% again.

I forgot to post the changes from my weight analysis about 1 week ago. The end of June to July saw significant discontinuity in my routine (plus lots of Taco Bell & takeout) but there has been progress nonetheless.

May
Weight:     196 lbs
Body Fat:  41.1%
Muscle:     32.2%

Week 1 of running (June 9)
Weight:     189 lbs
Body Fat:  40.1%
Muscle:     32.7%

July 20
Weight:     184.8 lbs
Body Fat:  38.8%
Muscle:     32.9%

I’m encouraged. I truly enjoy running now. I woke up fighting between my intense desire to go out and run anyway and my worry that I might find myself a mile into the run, alone, without my inhaler and in respiratory distress. So I did the smarter thing and decided to stay in. A big part of me is still itching to go, but I’ll be patient and sit on the sidelines for now.

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Forget the bandwagon I’ll just walk

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My life is currently like this:


There is a lot on my mind as of late. Running helps me to relax and focus. When I’m out running it’s just me, the sound of my footsteps and the music being shuffled on my Zen. The more I run the better I feel but the more frazzled and overwhelmed I feel the less able I am to get up and run. Even though running helps me keep it together. ::Sigh::

This is part of why I started my blog. To be completely honest in tracking my journey to encourage myself and others. Even at my low points I know I want to keep going. I love the changes in my body, the muscle I’ve built and the way I feel physically. I ran today (Thursday) after a two week hiatus (this time involving copious amounts of fast/comfort food). I will make a better running schedule this time. I did 2.3km today, I plan to do 1.6 km tomorrow and then use Saturday and Sunday as rest days. I started out strong with my goals but life happens.

Cooking for myself is also helps motivate me to take care of myself. I can better control what I eat, unlike with takeout, and I find it therapeutic. I made pancakes with a fresh peach sauce instead of syrup for breakfast after my run. It was delicious and definitely helped improve my mood. I love good food! Carbs=happiness. Maybe I’ll start posting a few of my recipes now and then…

On a happier note a few weeks ago I had a complete physical done. My peak air flow was great meaning my maintenance of my asthma has been very good. I also had great cholesterol levels and everything else (!!). Only slight issue was my hemoglobin because I’m anemic. I recently bought different supplements I need so I’m back on my multivitamins and iron. It is important to provide your body with what it needs. Right now I’m keeping it simple, my only other supplement is Calcium+Vitamin D because it is an absolute necessity since loss of bone density is a side effect of my meds.

I’m frazzled but I’m dealing and life is still good. Ciao!

Scaling not Scales

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I was watching a episode of the Big Bang Theory when this exchange took place between two characters:

Sheldon: “This car weighs, let’s say, 4,000 pounds. Now add 140 for me, 120 for you…”
Penny: “120?!?”
Sheldon: “Oh, I’m sorry. Did I insult you ? Is your body mass somehow tied into your self worth?”

I took that comment about tying my self worth to my weight to heart. Whether or not you can tell my weight is still my weight. What I’m doing is not just about lowering the number on the scale. It’s about changing my body from the inside out. Reducing body fat, increasing muscle mass, maintaining bone density (loss is an Asmanex side effect), and lastly losing weight to reduce stress on my heart and lungs. I’m not afraid to share where I am, where I’ve been and where I end up. My progress will be reported holistically once a week (I don’t see the point in weighing myself more often than that). I’ll discuss my eating habits next post.

Starting point (1 month ago)
Weight:     196 lbs
Body Fat:  41.1%
Muscle:     32.2%

Today (June 9th)
Weight:     189 lbs
Body Fat:  40.1%
Muscle:     32.7%

So far I have run Monday, Tuesday Wednesday, Friday and Saturday of this week. I started out with 0.82km (0.52mi) from Monday to Wednesday. On Friday I upped this distance to 1.42km (0.88mi). I’ve been using runningmap to plan out my routes. Next week I hope to increase my distance to 1.7km.

Gotta run!

Learning to Breathe

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Three weeks ago I graduated from Tufts University with a B.S. in Chemistry and asthma. File:Tufts University logo.svg

Having invested all my money (and my health) in college for the past four years I embraced my first school-less summer with excitement. I decided I would have fun (!), enjoy new hobbies (!!) AND take better care of myself (…).

One year ago I learned that I have adult onset asthma. It kind of made my world crumble at the corners. Having an inhaler  was something that I awkwardly idealized as a child (braces too) but as an adult they filled me dread. The thought of being chronically ill, dealing with inhaled steroid medication side effects, and the cost of prescriptions made me miserable. So from September 2011 to May 2012 I did not treat my asthma. In that period of time I got bronchitis, twice, missed about 3 weeks of classes and wheezed my way through winter. It took my older sister warning me of the damage untreated asthma does to the body to get me to start treating it again. I also read up on side effects and spoke to my doctor about them. Taking my meds was a good start but I realized the road to better health would take more effort.

I’m only 21 I should be in peak physical health. I’m not sure why I developed asthma and I may always have it but I do not need to suffer from it. That brings me to the purpose of the blog: to take me, an inactive asthmatic, from a sedentary blob to a 5km runner by the end of this summer. I always hated running for the sake of it. I found it weird and masochistic. But armed with a will to become active, fit and lose weight in a healthy way I am taking running by storm, one kilometer at a time!