Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Stress = Heart Flutters = Exhuastion

I talked to my wonderful cardiologist yesterday, he is awesome and gave me the results over the phone rather than making me go in and pay a co-pay for our chat :)

The good news is that my mitral valve will be good for years to come and I don't have to quit any physical activities!  I did have some extremely high heart rate spikes during sand volleyball but he said they coincided with the activity I was doing and the extreme heat/humidity.  It's up to me if I want to feel miserable for an hour during volleyball ;)  The only changes we made are my appointments, instead of seeing him every two years I will see him every year to keep an eye on the mitral valve.

I did have some flutters that were recorded, I kept a record for myself of when the flutters occurred and if anything was going on in my life at the time.  They did happen during "higher stress" situations and that was it.  He told me to stay away from high stress, that's the only way to help with the flutters.  I had to laugh out loud a bit at that, although I've been doing very well at keeping my stress level down and will continue to do so.  The flutters are what wear out my heart and me, I've had great energy and have been feeling good and plan on continuing keeping on this path.

As for my am workouts, haven't started them yet, oops.  We ended up playing nine games of volleyball Sunday, it was a cool 85 degrees and cloudy.  As my brother said, I was playing the best volleyball of my life on Sunday.  I had five kills, FIVE!!!!  Too bad we only get one more Sunday to play together, at least we'll go out on a really good note and I finally have my confidence back to be the great hitter I always was :)

Needless to say I was extremely sore Monday morning so I wasn't wanting to work out and last night I stayed up way too late glued to the tv watching the Olympics and so I just slept this morning :)

Friday, July 27, 2012

I'm Free!!!

Today I got to put my heart monitor back in it's box and ship it off, woo hoo!!!!!  A month of wearing that thing was a long time, but I am so, so happy they had me wear it for so long.

Sunday night doubles volleyball in 100+ heat sucked, the pads just melted and the only thing holding them on was my sports bra.  But man did that monitor beep like crazy while we played so I know it was getting some hits.  The past two days wearing it I had some big flutters too, I was thrilled.  That may sound weird but I was worried I wouldn't have any flutters while wearing it and that was one thing I really wanted recorded.

There were some things that had me stressed out quite a bit and that was when I had the flutters, it just proves that high stress situations are something I need to try my hardest to stay away from.  Time to be selfish in this life and make sure my biggest worries are about myself and my own little family.  Of course I'm always there for anyone that needs me, absolutely, but I won't throw myself into others situations 100% anymore.

Started back slowly with exercise, Ab Ripper X is mainly what I've done, plus volleyball of course and I count the nights of scooping horse poop as a workout.  It is HORRID doing that in 100+ heat, seriously, it is so a workout! :)

Kyle and I will be starting AM workouts next week, I may not be doing a fitness show this year but my Halloween idea requires me to be very fit and it will be nice to get in great shape so next year it won't be too hard to get ready for the show when I really do it!!!!!!

Monday, July 2, 2012


I've got the heart monitor and will be wearing it until July 27, that is a long time!  I'm glad though, this way they will be watching me for a month during all activity and see if anything pops up.

Last night for volleyball it was about 97 degrees and HUMID!  It was so hot the sand burned my feet and gave me some blisters.  It was good though, the heart monitor stayed clipped to my shorts really well, the connectors however did not stay on my body very well.  I'm a very, very sweaty girl when I work out, with that kind of weather it was horrid.  The gel on the pads literally melted off and the only thing holding the pads to my skin was my sports bra.

I'm still feeling the same, tired, but working through it.  Maybe it is just some phase I am going through, who knows.  There will for sure be no fitness show for me this year, even without having to have heart surgery, Kyle doesn't want to train me for the one in October, he is too worried still.

But I'm back to normal workouts I did Ab Ripper X on Saturday and then Zumba.  It has been so long since I've done Zumba, I'm still in love with it :)