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New shoes, new life.

20 Aug

As of today I have new running shoes and custom orthotics. Perhaps I can start working out again in the near future. This plantar fasciitis really is becoming a pain in the….uh….foot.  I’m updating from the tub. My legs are so achy today I had to soak (tmi? sorry). All I can see is if this is DOMS, that’s one hell of a delay. I haven’t worked out in foreeeeever.  I hate it. I’m getting really tired of it.  I’m ready to run.

I couldn’t resist.

Over the next week I plan to break these shoes in, go for some walks.  My foot still hurts pretty bad. It was nearly resolved, then Sunday I stood up off the couch and felt a pop in my plantar fascia and it’s pretty much back full force.  Awesome. The optimist in my believes it was just scar tissue 🙂  I’m hoping in 2 weeks I can jog a bit.

I’m back to counting calories. It doesn’t help.  I can eat all willy nilly, or I can maintain a strict clean diet of 1200 calories and I maintain weight without a workout.  I feel better when I eat better, though, so it’s time to be disciplined again.

On the next Vegan Master Chef…

1 Jul

Maybe I have been watching too much tv, but I felt a bit like a master chef yesterday. I am doing a soup cleanse this week. I made 4 soups yesterday and they are all phenomenal. I’ll share the green monster with you today.

1 bunch kale
1 bunch spinach
1 large or 2 med (about 1 1/4 lbs) sweet potato
1 onion
2-4 garlic cloves
1 tsp fresh thyme
8 fresh sage leaves
2 cups water
2 cups broth

Saute onion in 1T olive oil 5 min. Turn to low and add garlic and thyme. Stir occasionally for about 20 min until onion caramelizes.

Meanwhile, peel and cube sweet potato, remove ribs of kale. Add to a pot with 2 c water, sage and 1/2 tsp salt (optional). Boil 10 min. Add spinach and and onion mix and cook another 10 min.

Use an emersion blender or puree in blender/food processor until smooth. Top with a squeeze of lemon if desired and serve hot.

I honestly didn’t think this would be good, but yall, it’s amazing! When doing a cleanse of any type it’s important to drink plenty of fluids and use organic ingredients as they are less contaminated with toxins. I got 26 organic, whole food items for $50 so no lame excuses, just do it!

Just a quick update

26 Jun

In my attempt to get back into running I have a new injury: Plantar Fasciitis. Because…why not get every stereotypical running injury known to man in the course of a few months?! Hopefully I see the light at the end of the tunnel with this injury, but I’m apprehensive to jump back into a lot of activity. I was just jogging 2:1 intervals for 3 miles when this flared up. I haven’t lost a pound yet (grrr), but I did take my measurements and I am an inch down in my chest, waist, AND hips since January, so that’s awesome. I still want to eat a pint of ice cream out of frustration over the scale not moving! I have been doing exercises taht keep my feet off the floor with my swiss ball, sandbags, and hand weights. Hopefully…one day….I’ll be a runner again. On my year anniversary (July 7th) I’ll do a full progress update. I wanted to be so much further by now 😦

That felt good!

3 Jun

I couldn’t run yesterday thanks to a thunderstorm so I made it up today after work and it felt good! Stuck with 3:1 intervals which really is too much rest time. I managed 2.5 miles with a 15 minute mile pace. I was sprinting between a 8:45 and 10 minute mile pace and walking much slower obviously. I find it difficult to walk fast, I know some people can walk an 11-12 min mile….ya, that’s not me. Anyway, I felt really really good. When I run at home there is a bit at the end when I top the last hill and the sky is kind of spread out in front of me and the traffic comes in full view, and there must be something about the energy in that place because I have gotten a little choked up right there a couple times. Today a smile spread across my face and my mind sorted through all the good things in life for a brief moment. Life is truly wonderful and I hope you feel it too.

I am hoping to get a new computer soon so I can invest more time and effort into the blog then. Thanks to everyone for the support!

Back in the saddle

2 Jun

My first attempt at running was a sad state of affairs. I was attempting 3miles with 3:1 walk/jog intervals. This seemed like an extremely simple task, but I don’t want to overdo it and have continued problems with my knee. I did pretty well for a mile and a half but at 2 miles I actually had to stop and rest. I was feeling overly hot and fatigued. My only defense is that it was 80 degrees out but even so, I feel pathetic. So frustrating to know where I was in April and compare it to now. I am going to go to another trail today that has a bit more shade and go a bit later. Hopefully things go better.

Goals

22 May

So my love is leaving for Canada and will be back the first week of July. That just so happens to me my one year anniversary of this blog. My goal by then is to be under 200. Right now my weight is fluctuating 215-219. It’s a tough goal, but that’s the one I have! That’ll give me 48lbs of weight loss for the year!  I’m planning my workouts by the week so heres this one: 

  • Monday-Thursday: 30 minute walks at lunch 
  • Friday-Off, we’re traveling
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: 30 minutes weight training and/or plyometrics
  • Saturday-Sunday: 60 minute walks
  • Monday-Off, we’re traveling back

General Rules

  • 1200 Calories (net)
  • No boxed/processed food
  • 30 minutes exercise daily
  • No Sweets (omg, you guys, I’m going to my grandmother’s house!)
  • No bread.
  • No pasta

If all goes well I plan to start jogging intervals next week. I want to get up to 3 miles and start improving my mile time to 10 mintues and then work up to 10 minute mile 10K. 

It’s possible I’ll do some juicing while working for Dtox. I’m pretty exciting about the opportunity. They have asked me to come in and sit down with the owner on Friday before I leave town. I hope she likes me as much as the interviewer did!  I’m kind of intimidated so wish me luck. 

I’m Baaaaack!

20 May

Well, almost. 

I’ve been biking, rehabilitating for this “IT Band Syndrome” and I’m feeling pretty ok.  Today I went on a 2 mile walk so I’m counting that as my return workout.  I guess it’s a long way from 13.1, but I’ll get back there!  Here’s my new favorite workout song: 

“My body tells me no, but I won’t quit, I want more”

So here goes! I plan to walk daily this week for a half hour each day.  I also biked today for a half hour, but that’s getting pretty damn boring.  

Edit: after being offered and accepting a position with Dtox, they failed to send me the necessary information for my start date. When I contacted them by phone my calls were ignored. I have never been on the receiving end of such a gross display of unprofessionalism in my life.

Doctor Visit

13 Apr

I decided I needed professional help for my knee pain. All I really wanted was an X-ray. I didn’t get one. He agreed with me that it’s IT Band Syndrome (yay for my diagnosing skills) and that I just need to continue treatment for a lot longer. 5 weeks, in fact. If I am still having problems 4 weeks in he’ll give me an MRI. I’m not pleased with this prognosis. 5 weeks seems like a lifetime. At any rate, here’s the workout plan:

Saturday, Tuesday, Friday
Arms:
Pushups
Low Row
Bicep Curls
Tricep Ext
Dips
Push Press

Sunday, Wesnesday: Gentle Yoga

Monday, Wednesday: Bike up to an hour, as tolerated.

Everyday I am doing rehabilitation exercises. Every other day I will Ultrasound with an antiinflammatory medication, and do an Iontophoresis treatment with a steroid medication. He gave me a presceiption antiinflammatory, but I usually can’t tolerate those.

I am going to.focus more on.my calorie count and try to continue to lose weight. I have been eating a lot lately. Time to get it under control!

I will also try to get a massage when I can afford it, but funds are low lately. I have a few family trips to budget for, a new computer, and pay taxes. Oy.

1/2 Marathon Complete!

10 Apr

I wouldn’t say it was a complete success, but it is completely over. And I finished!  

The day started like this: 

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5am: Up at at ’em. Getting dressed. I had Honey Nut Cheerios (no milk) and a banana. 1/2 an orange gatorade and 16oz Water. 

6am: Arrive at the Beach! Really, no better place to ruin your day with 13.1 miles. Sunrise was gorgeous.  

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7am: Race starts.  

Shannon and I stayed together doing intervals: 3minutes Jog, 1:30 Walk.  The bad part: My knee pain started immediately (REALLY?! After two weeks of rehabilitation and cross training….really?).  We got to just beyond 6 miles before I started having stabbing pains in my lateral knee that made me start walking.  We went about a mile more before I tried running again.  No go.  The sharp pain came back immediately.  So from here on out we had to walk.  Bless her heart, Shannon stayed with me instead of finishing her run.  I feel really bad, I wish she could have met all of her goals as well.  We finished in 3:38:10. There were exactly 6 people behind us, so we finished and we weren’t last: Goals Accomplished!  Still pissed about not running the whole thing properly, though.

I think I’ll go get an Xray on the knee next week and go from there. I feel like any normal inflammatory condition should have cleared up already or at least started a little later in the race.  I’m itching to run again and my blisters haven’t even healed yet.  I’m tempted to share picture.  I had one on the tip of my 2nd toe that was quite impressive, but I’ll save it. I know not everyone is as entertained as I am by it!  

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Photos courtesy of Shannon. Her camera is way better than mine!  

PS–Zico Chocolate Coconut Water: Worth it!

Getting ready for race day

31 Mar

I’m registered for the race

My hotel is reserved. 

This is happening, I don’t care how bad my knee hurts! 

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For the past 2 weeks my weekday workouts have concentrated on rehabilitating my knee.  Stretching and myofascial release, strengthening of glutes and hips, ultrasound, iontophoresis with a steriod medication, and biking.  Last weekend I jogged 2 miles on new shoes with knee pain and the next day jogged 6 miles with really bad knee pain.  No running this weekend. I’ll jog some at some point this week and see what happens.  If I were my athlete, I would have sent me to the doctor by now.  But we all know we are our worst patients, and I’m not planning on an xray until after the race.  If I have a terrible time with the run I’ll go after that.  I don’t suspect it to be anything more than severe overuse, but I suppose there’s an off chance of a stress fracture. Blah. 

This week will be more of the same. I just finished a yoga workout. I’ll continue my stretching and myofascial release, some light strengthening, less calisthenics. I’ll continue taking Aleve twice a day and do my worst!  I’m excited to be in Florida along the coast, wind in my hair! I’m just going to focus on the positives and forget the 13.1 for a while!  I’m so nervous! 

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