V.26 No.9 | 03/02/2017
I'm Back on the Treadmill Again
Back where a splat point's my friend
By Kristi D. Lawrence [ Fri Mar 10 2017 8:48 AM ]
Sing it with me, people! “I’m back on the treadmill again… back where a splat point’s my friend…” It’s week two of the Orangetheory Fitness Weight Loss Challenge and I’ve gotta get back in the groove. I was pretty (awesomely) tired after my trip back east to the Women’s March on Washington, so I took a couple of days to rest. But I had to get my three workouts in so off to Orangetheory Westside I went.
I had more energy than I did during my workouts in Week 1. I hopped on the treadmill and our instructor, Elia, got us going. We spent roughly 25 minutes alternating between our base pace, and doing “pushes” of higher intensity. During the pushes, I kept my pace at a 3.5 but upped my incline to six percent. I could definitely feel it (super heavy breathing) but I hung in there. Once or twice, I’d bring the incline down and up my speed to 4 just to mix it up. I broke a serious sweat and knew I was getting a good workout.
After the treadmill we hit the rowers for a 1000-meter challenge. I was doing pretty well until I hit 461 meters. Yep, that’s when my quads started burning like mofos! Note to self and anyone else who is doing an intense workout – stretch before you exercise!! Yes, I know I’m supposed to. No, I didn’t do it. And I paid. I hopped off the rower and stretched my poor little fiery quads out. Then I got back on to finish that last 500+ meters. Our instructor, Elia, saw me and the next thing I knew, she was on the rower beside me. “Come on Kristi, you can do this! You’re almost there!” she cheered me on. That was pretty awesome. I was the last one to finish, but hey, it got done.
Despite my burning quads, I’m trying to stay focused on “what I burn for.” That’s Orangetheory Fitness’s big question—“What do you burn for?” I burn for preventing myself from becoming a diabetic and having the same health issues my parents now deal with. If I burned for looking like a swimsuit model I would’ve done this years ago. Nope. Health has got to be the motivating factor.
I had a long conversation with my parents about their Diabetes during my recent visit. They told me some things I’d forgotten over the years. And some of it freaked me out. Like, that they weren’t all that overweight when they were diagnosed. I now weigh more than they did when they were told they were diabetic. Crikey.
I asked how dealing with Diabetes has impacted them. Mom said, “It consumes your life. There's not a day that goes by that you don't think about it. There's not a meal you eat that you don't think about it. You never get a day off.”
She said she definitely recommends exercise, because it helps control your blood sugar numbers. This is a HUGE statement coming from her. She and Dad were late to the exercise party. They finally started working out in 2014 at around 70 years old, after my Dad had another heart catheterization. I’m really proud of them for doing it. I get my sedentary genes from them, so I know it takes motivation to get them to the gym.
Mom’s Diabetes is under control, but Dad’s isn’t. His numbers are all over the place. He’ll count his carbs and shoot the appropriate amount of insulin, but an hour or two later his blood sugar can be sky high. He’s working with his doctor to regulate it better.
I finally met their doctor. The infamous Dr. Musselman. He was very nice, and in the brief chat that we had, I asked him how to keep myself from following in Mom and Dad’s footsteps. The look on his face said, “You’re doomed.” Shit! He told me that exercise will help at least delay it (delay!?) and that I should go ahead and lay off eating sugar. “One coke has 30 teaspoons of sugar in it,” he said. “You should try to eat and drink things that have less than eight grams of sugar per serving.” 30 teaspoons?! Less than eight grams? But what about my beloved Malibu and Cokes?
A little freaked, I asked Mom to test my blood sugar. The next morning, on an empty stomach, she poked my finger with a needle. A small prick (get your mind out of the gutter) and a tiny drop of crimson emerged. I held my breath. The meter beeped. “109,” Mom said. “That’s in the normal range.”
Woohoo!!! What a relief! Normal and I want to keep it that way! I am definitely keeping up with this workout thing.
At the end of one of my workouts, Elia shared this quote from Jim Rohn: “Everyone must choose one of two pains. The pain of discipline or the pain of regret.”
I’m choosing discipline. I don’t want anymore regret.
V.25 No.49 | 12/08/2016
The Daily Word in Aleppo, the FBI and ART
By Megan Reneau [ Wed Dec 14 2016 12:07 PM ]
Are you familiar with this real-life national treasure?
Read about diabetic women who skip taking their insulin just to lose weight.
Trump needs to give up ownership of the Old Post Office Pavilion—a luxury hotel leased to him by the US government—according to the General Services Administration.
Did the FBI conspire against Clinton during the election?
A surrender and cease-fire for the area of Eastern Aleppo collapsed between Turkey and Russia earlier this week and the results are terrifyingly bloody.
Here's why you should care about the encryption of cameras.
The case of a woman who disappeared in Socorro County over seven years ago have disappeared forcing the police force to completely renew the investigation.
The Appeals Court gave the go-ahead to A.R.T.
V.25 No.45 | 11/10/2016
We’re Dancing in the Show!
Council gambols through civic issues
By Carolyn Carlson
City Council denied A.R.T. funding contingency plan, updates a law against making threats against public spaces and gives funding to ProView.
V.20 No.42 |
The Daily Word in ICE agents no longer needing warrants, WikiLeaks no longer leaking, and liquor shelves no longer standing.
By E.J. Maliskas [ Mon Oct 24 2011 9:32 AM ]
Libya continues to celebrate liberation as Gaddafi remains unburied.
ICE agent declares "the warrant [came] out of my balls."
Presbyterian opens first full-service hospital in Rio Rancho.
WikiLeaks suspends secret-spilling to focus on making more money.
Woman arrested for stealing a bagel shop cash register that contained exactly one quarter.
6,810 bottles of wine and champagne come crashing to the floor at discount liquor store.
Diabetes is not a joke, but it does make for some amusing billboard graffiti.
Today is going to be a crappy day. Life is full of too many problems.
Get your daily puppy fix.
Mmmm. Pumpkin Monkey Bread.
Some more little known facts.
Does anybody else find these real-life Disney princess pictures sort of creepy?
Thanks to T-fame and N-C-Double-Brown for the contributing links.
V.19 No.47 | 11/25/2010
The Daily Word 11.23.10: North Korea fires, no to full-body scans, HIV-reducing pill
By Adam Fox [ Tue Nov 23 2010 11:03 AM ]
North Korea launches a strike against a South Korean island, killing two. Ruh-roh.
Get ready for National Opt-Out Day during Thanksgiving travel in protest of airline full-body scans.
There’s a new pill that greatly reduces the chance of men contracting HIV.
This actor of “Ugly Betty” fame killed his mother with a samurai sword.
Staten Island is overrun with wild turkeys, just in time for Thanksgiving!
Half of Americans are projected to have diabetes (or be prediabetic) by the year 2020.
Charlie Sheen sues porn star Capri Anderson for extortion.
The FCC may soon allow texting to 911.
A Santa Fe woman wins a $1 million Powerball prize.
Thieves hold up a pizza shop and get away with ... pizza dough.
An NYU arts professor gets a camera implanted on the back of his head.
V.19 No.44 | 11/4/2010
By Whitny Doyle, R.N.
Some diseases, like people, just have a special “it” factor that captures the imagination of the public. For instance, Ebola erupted on the scene with unprecedented dramatic flair. The virus achieved fame by learning to demolish the inner layer of human blood vessels. This little trick causes hemorrhagic death grisly enough to put all those horror-movie faux grotesqueries to shame. Or consider the case of last year’s media darling, the dreaded H1N1 “swine” flu. Like a sadistic serial killer with major mommy issues, this disease made a name for itself by killing off children and pregnant women faster than you could say “front page news.”
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