Monday, October 02, 2006

crazy weekend

I went to Indiana this weekend to attend a conference related to my dissertation. It was a great experience and I met a lot of people who were both fun to talk to and good resources for me. Even though I spent about 3 hours driving around lost through eastern Indiana and western Ohio on the way home, it was well worth my time. The job fair part was the only thing that was a little disappointing. I printed 20 copies of my vita, but there were only 4 employers there. But I figure I can use them to apply for jobs I see online. My credentials look much more impressive when they're professionally printed on heavy paper.

Then yesterday I attended a family party with my mom. Her parents both immigrated from Italy when they were children and we have a great big family with cousins, second cousins, great aunts and uncles, all their children and grandchildren... I just kept looking around the room and smiling at it all. Having a family like this is such a gift and I don't see them that often. I was sort of jealous of some of my cousins because I don't look as Italian as they do. I got the thick, dark hair and eyebrows, but I have a very fair complexion. It's obvious that my genetics don't predispose me to thinness, looking around a room full of my relatives. A few of them are thin but mostly the family tends toward short and round. My dad's family tends toward tall and heavy. So I'm medium-height but I definitely have the tendency to gain easier than I lose.

It was a weird food weekend so I'm starting over fresh today. I do fine with my Weight Watchers journaling when I'm home and going to work and doing my normal routine, but I get thrown off track easily when things aren't routine.

I've also backed off a little on my exercise. I have a tendency to get fanatical about the idea that I have to work out intensely every day. But that just isn't fitting into my life right now. I'm walking a lot, doing yoga and strength training, and getting in a run workout 3 days a week. That doesn't sound (or feel) like enough, but when I'm on track with my food plan, it works. When I work out intensely, one side effect is that I get really hungry and actually have a harder time staying on plan, even with the extra points I earn. So maybe it's actually easier for me to lose weight this way, I'm not sure.

I had gotten a little worked up over the idea that I might have diabetes in the last couple of weeks. I saw my doctor for some symptoms: thirst, getting up a lot in the middle of the night, generally feeling tired. He had me do a fasting blood test and also had me use my father's glucometer to check myself 2 hours after a few meals. All the tests came out fine, so apparently I was just getting worked up for no reason. The symptoms aren't that bothersome as long as I know that I don't have The Big D. I have a family history and some people have had some serious complications, so I try to keep an eye on it. That's one reason I want to lose the rest of this extra weight.

So that's me and my life. I'm looking forward to a quieter week!

1 comment:

  1. I'm always worried that I'm not doing enough exercise myself. This past week (to me) felt poor. Swim class for an hour and a half on Wednesday, swim class for a half hour on Thursday, 10 minutes on the ellipitals and then weights (my back was starting to spasm up).

    I don't believe that my exercise is causing me to gain weight but rather preventing me from losing weight; I need to be doing more in my own head.

    I'm glad the doctor said everything was okay!


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