A Little More Each Day

One working mama learning to run & to maintain my 100+ pound weight loss!

Weekly Wrap-Up: Home again (temporarily!)

on April 25, 2017

It is so nice to be back home!
HomeI got some much appreciated park time with these guys when I got home Sunday. 🙂

Last week, I had to travel out to Louisiana at the last minute to help my mother coordinate a lot of healthcare issues for my grandmother. It was exhausting, but I’m glad I was able to help move things along a bit. I confess it was also very motivating, in a weird way. My mother’s mother and her brother are both hospitalized with complications of diabetes and high blood pressure that have been drastically worsened by their poor self-care. Right now I am weirdly angry that they are dying and disabled due to treatable, manageable conditions – or what are frequently treatable conditions (I know there are always exceptions). Neither of them ate well, exercised or took their medications. Neither of them got proper medical care. Lots of reasons fed into that lack of care but a big part of it was not believing the seriousness of the conditions or the need for medical treatment. With diabetes and hypertension, you often feel just fine until your disease has progressed to a point where you’re suddenly having end-organ damage and failing. This gene pool is abysmal but it’s mine and it’s a big part of the reason I lost weight and cleaned up my diet in the first place. It’s the reason I looked at the DASH diet guidelines for hypertension again when I finally got home this weekend (here) and the reason I told myself that it didn’t matter how hard it was, I had to pull myself out of this hole of poor food choices. It’s the reason I set my alarm for 5:45 today to head out to run a bit for the first time in ages.

I am happy to report that I DID get in my long walk over the weekend. I walked 7.5 miles in the Dallas airport during my long layover Sunday morning.

Airport walk

I am less happy to report that as I did that in Crocs, I have a blister. 😦 With a 7 mile walk and a 7.5 mile walk behind me, I feel confident that I can get through a 10K and 5K in Cincinatti for Flying Pig weekend.

I’m particularly proud of myself for getting that walk in, even with the very real possibility I’m going to be missing that race weekend for a funeral. It was so tempting to skip the long workout between the fatigue and the lack of proper footwear if there’s a chance it’s all for “nothing” but I suspect that if I’d been just sitting in the airport for hours, I’d have made a lot of bad food and drink choices. Moving helped avoid that.

Goals for this week:

  • Eat lots of fruits and veggies. (Specifically, 5 servings of each a day)
  • Do two run/walk workouts. (More on that specific plan later!)
  • Meditate daily. (I’m overwhelmed, to say the least with all of this family business)
  • Get a 4 mile walk in over the weekend. (Sort of a taper walk, before next week’s races)

Travel fitness tip: Google your airport name and “healthy” or “fitness” to find ideas for healthy food or exercise options in the airport. In the DFW airport, there’s a 0.7 mile walking path in terminal D marked by mosaic tiles like the one I took a picture of above. There’s also a yoga space, with mats and yoga videos on the TV!

What’s your favorite travel fitness tip?

Thanks as always to Tricia and Holly for hosting the wrap up!




8 responses to “Weekly Wrap-Up: Home again (temporarily!)

  1. Margaret B says:

    I am so glad you were able to get your long walk in. Glad you are back home.

    Thinking good thoughts for you and your family. Hugs to you!

  2. Glad you are back home and that you’ve got a solid plan in place for both yourself and for your grandmother and uncle. I’m so sorry that all that went down but I’m glad you and your mom were available to step in and get so much done in so little time. Hang in there. I know this is a stressful time for you and we are here for you! ❤

  3. Jennifer @ Dashing in Style says:

    Your posts are so motivating for me. When I read this, I thought there’s no way I would have done the same in the airport. Walking 7.5 miles in an airport is serious stuff. I’d have been the one to sit there and making bad food choices. And then I caught myself thinking that and thought that attitude is what’s wrong with me! I will be doing a post about it, but I’ll tell you my news now: I signed up for Weight Watchers again. I am waving the surrender flag. After TWO FULL MONTHS of doing what I believed to be all the right things and a surefire way to lose weight (no candy at all save for like 1 piece a week, no snacking at night, staying on track on weekends, more protein and less carbs, very limited alcohol, and tons of activity), I have not lost a single pound! I gained and lost the same 2 pounds for two full months. Clearly I am not doing something right after all. Hoping that WW can help me.

  4. HoHo Runs says:

    Great job on the airport walk, except for the blister. I’ve always enjoyed walking in between flights. Health and fitness is a huge commitment that some people just don’t make, for a huge variety of reasons. Celebrate your commitment and the wonderful role model you are to your family. Thanks for linking, Jessica!

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