Friday, February 29, 2008
5 Weigh-In: More Rest and Some Weight Gain
Just checking in for a quick "Hello!" Hope you are all doing well!
Not much to report on the running front, as I haven't exactly been doing much of that lately!;-) The lungs are still giving me a run for my money & am still struggling to get better. And since the last running effort seemed to make things feel worse & not better, I'm resolved to take the advice of many of my fellow runner-bloggers (Abi, Steve, Eric G., Blaine, Tim, Dave G., et al) & not run until I'm physically/mentally ready & feel 100% better. Will probably go for a walk at some point, but right now it's my prerogative to milk the rest period for all it's worth!
Weighed myself a few days ago (i.e., around 4 days ago or so) & not surprisingly, all the weight I lost during my sickness has, of course, returned, & then some. Using the figures from my last weigh-in on 2/3/08, I've gained about 4.4 lbs. Yikes! Thankfully, my BF% hasn't skyrocketed along with that, which is, of course, the good news. It's still relatively low. Only up by a mere 0.6%, which is a bright spot in this otherwise "cloudy day" of a report. ;-)
I'm still well within a healthy weight according to the usual standard height & weight charts, but it's still no picnic. OK, bad choice of analogies there. ;-) Nonetheless, you get my point.
I'm going to put a stop to the weight gain & have made up my mind to nip that little issue in the bud before it gets out of control. All the same, I have to cut myself some slack because I've been sick for weeks, and haven't exactly had a lot of energy for moving. (Well, now that's an understatement. Actually, I feel like a two-toed sloth or a slimy, slow-moving little slug. But enough dramatizations, let's get down to business.....)
Still, I can't continue in this direction, because it'll ultimately be my un-doing.
Am eating mostly healthy foods, but of course, it's the lack of moving that's killing my weight maintenance. Am finding that it's been helping to drink lots of fluids, & eat fibrous foods (i.e., lots of veggies!) to fill up faster. That way, I don't reach for the sugary or carb-laden snacks as much. For some reason, I've been craving steamed vegetables (i.e., cauliflower, steamed cabbage, etc.) a lot lately. Been gravitating mostly towards steamed versus raw veggies because, when sickness ravages your throat & lungs, it's easier to eat/digest the steamed stuff. Goes down more easily.
All in all, am finding that it can certainly be a challenge when the appetite returns but the energy doesn't! ;-) Not that I magically expect the energy levels to return all on their own, but I'm going to do my best to try not eat more than I can burn off. Or atleast if I'm not yet able to run, then I'll need to make an effort to walk, move, or do something to get going again. It's not so much of a problem with inertia or motivation per se, it's actually my lungs, which are still not clear. I've still got a cold & a little bit of a cough I'm try to beat as well. If these issues don't get better by next week, I'm going to go to the doctor, to see what can be done about it. In the meanwhile, I've formulated a "plan of attack," which consists of trying to garner my strength & fortify my immune system. In addition to just "taking it easy," have started up with the battery of vitamins & Airborne again, so hopefully that -- combined with rest, lots of fluids, and healthy/nutritious foods -- will do the trick. Am absolutely sick of being sick! ;-) Can't wait to feel better, & am excited for the spring weather to arrive!