Since I first began this journal one month ago, I have been collecting massive amounts of information and inspiration from across the Internets. I can’t keep all this goodness to myself, so I’m sharing it with all of you.
4 Must-Know Restaurants Secrets: Check out this fabulous article with the four restaurant secrets you need to know, including: Don’t get too excited, start small, remember the server is a salesperson and don’t get supersized. (Via For the love of skinny). Make sure you read the section on bargains – not only will this save you from gaining weight, it will also save your wallet!
Catching up on lost sleep a dangerous illusion: According to this article, “people who are chronically sleep-deprived (hmmm, like someone who works at 5am?) may think they’re caught up after a 10-hour night of sleep, but new research shows that although they’re near-normal when they awake, their ability to function deteriorates markedly as night falls.”
Staying up for 24 hours straight is bad enough, but the study shows that if you do that on top of having gotten less than six hours of sleep a night for two to three weeks, your reaction times and abilities are 10 times worse than they would have been just pulling an all-nighter…
…research has shown that staying awake for 24 hours in a row impairs performance on par with legal intoxication with alcohol (for driving), and six hours of sleep per night for two weeks causes a similar level of impairment as staying awake for 24 hours.
The Real Reasons We Eat Too Much: The #1 reason on this list is “you don’t sleep enough.” I can attest to that! Working the shift I do (5am-2pm), you often find yourself eating to stay awake. I used to fill myself with unhealthy, high sugar foods at work to keep me from falling asleep. I know this is not the solution. It’s unhealthy to be eating all those processed foods.
Speaking of sleep… today I picked up an apnea link machine from the sleep center at Community Memorial Hospital.
The apnealink is a screening device for sleep disordered breathing. Basically, this li’l ditty can help my doc decide if I’m at risk for obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). I’ll be sure to take pictures and blog about this experience tomorrow. I can tell you now, I am NOT looking forward to having the tubes in my nose or the stupid machine strapped onto my chest, but whatever. We’ll see what happens.
On Saturday, I joined Anne Munkwitz and Rochelle Van Hart for the Salus Corporate Treadmill challenge, a challenge to run or walk around Wisconsin (held at the RACC Multisport Expo). I saw the tweets and Facebook posts about this challenge and was intrigued but also a bit scared. Anne and Rochelle signed up to run on a treadmill for 2 hours straight. No potty breaks, no stopping to catch your breath… running, on a treadmill, for two freaking hours. I asked Anne for a li’l more info Friday and decided, what the hell. I contacted the organizer and booked a spot next to the other FitMilwaukee gals.
I know what you’re thinking – surely Amy didn’t run on a treadmill for two hours!!!
And you’re right, I didn’t.
Run that is.
I think God made me without certain “fear” receptors in the brain. Sometimes, I just don’t think about things before I do them. I am a li’l fearless like that. I’ve done some stupid things in my life (no comments from the peanut gallery) and I’ve embarrassed myself more times than I’d care to admit. But that’s never stopped me from doing something stupid, or in this case, friggin’ awesome.
Looking back, I’m a little mortified at what I did on Saturday.
I am fat.
I am fat and I went to a FITNESS expo.
I am fat and I went to a FITNESS expo and walked on a treadmill.
I am fat and I went to a FITNESS expo and walked on a treadmill for two hours.
I am fat and I went to a FITNESS expo and walked on a treadmill for two hours, walking a total of 5.6 miles.
What was I thinking? Seriously, what WAS I THINKING? I was on a treadmill facing the expo (thank God they couldn’t see my fat butt) with people walking past me for two hours, seeing me, all 267 pounds of me, walking on a treadmill. Shiz. Two hours. TWO FREAKING HOURS. AT A FITNESS EXPO.
If you follow my workouts on DailyMile, you know that I haven’t walked more than 2 miles since I started this whole thing. The fact that I walked 5.6 miles without a lot of training (and at a very consistent pace of 3.0-3.5 mph) is a huge deal. This alone is evidence to me that I have changed. Sure, there were a few times I wanted to stop, but then I looked to my left and saw Anne and Rochelle running away and I knew I couldn’t stop. In fact, at one point, I even contemplated running for a bit. Yeah, you read that right – I wanted to run. What is wrong with me?
It all seems so surreal… I still can’t believe I did that just 2 days ago.
Thanks to Anne and Rochelle for pushing me and inspiring me to do this. I seriously couldn’t do it without you.
And here’s a li’l video Mike Collins took of us near the end of the two hours (don’t I look hawt?).