Amber’s Fitness Journal

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Hey! I’m Amber. Welcome to my Fitness Journal.

This is just going to be a bit of an introduction to me and my fitness past. Also what I’m currently doing. I’ll describe the actual journal more below with a detailed list of information that you will find here.

Let’s go way back to the beginning… No, I don’t mean when I was born! I just mean the fitness beginning. I was always an active kid. I’m one of those people with a ton of energy, who talks fast, and I’m a bit high strung. Being active was a way to wear myself out, I loved it, and I preferred to be busy. When I was younger, this was achieved through swimming. I swam daily, and as a natural blonde, that also lead to chlorine green hair. Obviously I had other pursuits, as most kids do. I ran, I loved it, I wanted to go as fast as I could because running seemed to make everything else fall away. I roller-bladed, because well, it was the 90’s, who didn’t? Later, at about Jr. High, I roller-skated for hours every week, because it was what my friends did, and where I hung out. As I said, a varied past of an active lifestyle.

I’m not exactly sure when that stopped. I could probably pinpoint it to me falling down a hill (No, really. It happened.) and fracturing my ankle in three places. I got taken out of PE and put into choir for the remainder of the school semester. Sure I had PE after that, but it was never quite the same. I’d lost some of my oomph and to be fair, my interests changed.

Now to fast forward up to about 2006. I moved to the absolute boonies, in the middle of a national forest and there was nothing here. A gym was at least 30 miles away and who wants to waste the gas? So I started walking my dirt road, which lead to running my dirt road, which lead to trail running… I’m sure you can see where I’m going with this. I kept that up as my way of being active until 2009. You’ll find out more about that time period because there are some things of note I’ll discuss as fitness topics.

2009 was when my weight started to fluctuate. Part of this had to do with being told I was losing too much weight. Another part had to do with my grandma thinking I was too skinny and bringing me everything chocolate she could find. (It’s hard to say no to grandma.) I stopped working out for a while. That was the point also when my signification other at the time, joined the Army. When he went off to boot camp, I started working out again. It was a way to keep myself busy and distracted. I was also starting college that Spring.

I’d joined a support group forum for military SO’s, and they were all into Jillian Michaels workouts. I fell in love with her 30 Day Shred. Ended up doing two rounds of it, as well as owning multiple workout DVDs of hers and then somehow got hooked on Wii Active. Then moved on to Wii Active two. If you’re not sure what that is, don’t worry!! I’ll post links for everything at the bottom for reference. The SO came home, then was promptly sent off to Germany, and then deployed. Dealing with a full load of college, and due to the stress of him being deployed, eventually our parting ways, as well as very likely my wisdom teeth extraction, I dropped probably 30 lbs in a matter of 2 months.

Know what happens when you lose weight fast? You also gain it back fast, plus more. Oddly enough that wasn’t the case for me. Yes, I did gain it back, but it took about a year for it to even start coming on. Now, I want to note that I’m only 5 foot tall. So keep that in mind when I say this. My scale hit 150 and I freaked out. I decided I had to do something, I just didn’t know what. I didn’t even know where to start. On a complete accident, and I swear it was a fluke, I stumbled upon The P.I.N.K. Method. It was on Dr. Phil, which I just so happened to have on TV that day. A show I don’t watch, and more to the point, I rarely even watch TV. Anyway, I digress!

The P.I.N.K. Method is a program created for, and tailored to, women, by a female nutritionist and with exercises that were also tailored to the female body. I started it, and my weight started melting off. Good food, moderate exercise and I seemed to be set. By the time I was to Phase 2, I’d gotten back to 126. My goal was 120, if that tells you anything. I still had to make it through Phase 3. (I can explain more about the program in detail if anyone is interested.) I actually kept at the program for a few years, on and off, while throwing random Beach Body programs in that I was interested in.

Finally I moved on to Buti Yoga, and found my soulmate workout. I kept that up for almost a year. Then the big kabang struck. I got sick, I got tired, I got completely run down. I wasn’t sure what was wrong with me, but I couldn’t get out of bed. I was sleeping 16 to 18 hours of the day, having rampant migraines and just generally could not function normally. I would eat and my ears would buzz, I would feel sick, and then I’d get sleepy. You would think, because of that, I’d have lost weight, right? No, instead I gained 20 lbs. That took me to the highest weight I’d ever been in my life.

This went on for a few months and finally I went to the doctor. The first thing that became strikingly obvious was that my A1c had sky rocketed. The second thing we figured out was that my RF (rheumatoid factor) was almost into the triple digits. The third thing was that my thyroid had nodules on it.  I was told I was pre-diabetic and due to how I’d been feeling, needed to go on diabetes meds. They also informed me that I’d been that way for years, every time I’d been tested. How in the world did I not know this? Know that P.I.N.K. Method I mentioned above? Because of the diet and how I ate, I was controlling the diabetes that I would have already had, had I not been doing it. My doctor was surprised I hadn’t already been diagnosed as diabetic instead of pre.

To this point. I’ve been tested for everything under the sun (or so it feels like it), and they cannot find a single thing wrong with me. Yes, my RF is still high, but, my A1c has come down, I’m off the medication for it. How did I manage that? I had to lose that 20 lbs, plus another 10 on top of that. I’m still working on losing weight, and I know it’s going to be a constant battle. I have to keep an eye on everything that goes into my mouth, or I go back on medication.

That brings us to this journal. The idea for it came up when I was asked to contribute with health articles. Losing weight is never easy, and frankly, it’s not fun… especially when you have to lose it. Sometimes it’s like pushing a boulder up a mountain and just waiting for it to roll back over you. The thing is, it doesn’t have to be complete torture either. So, through my trials and tribulations, I hope to share that with everyone. Also add some humor to a topic that is a bit stressful for most people.

Some things you’ll find here:

  • Daily Updates (Hopefully!! As close to daily as I can keep them.)
  • Workouts
  • Humor (Because if you can’t laugh at yourself, no one else can either.)
  • Mentions of articles that will be out every Friday.
  • What I’m eating and possibly how to cook it.
  • Recipes (You’ll find them on the recipe page.)
  • Challenges I’m taking part in.
  • Probably my dog, he’s my sidekick.
  • What I’m using, where to find it.
  • My weight, current goals, possibly measurements.
  • Anything else that comes along, crops up or if people ask about it. (I’m likely forgetting something that isn’t the kitchen sink.)

Above all else, this journal is a way of staying accountable to not only myself, but a community. I don’t look at this as writing just for myself, but for others. Sometimes knowing that others struggle with the same things, makes you feel less alone in the process.

Curious about anything I mentioned? Links and references are below! If you have any questions at all, feel free to ask.

     
     

The P.I.N.K. MethodNote: You can no longer by the DVDs off the website. It’s all online! You can still find the DVD sets on Amazon, however. Which is why both links are provided.

Buti Yoga – There is a huge Buti Yoga group on Facebook. Most of the Buti workouts are online, you can find free ones on YouTube. There are DVDs also, for those interested. Everything goes through the website.