Tag Archives: health

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.

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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.

Updating and things

10 Apr

I haven’t been updating much lately for a few reasons.

1. The workouts prepping for that half were dreadfully boring. I’ve been in a little bit of a rut lately. I haven’t lost any weight primarily because I haven’t been paying attention to my diet.  My boyfriend likes to keep cookies and bread in the house so….ya.

2. My computer is dead. I mean, deader than a doornail, man.  It was sudden and abrupt and I haven’t quite gotten over the shock of it all.  RIP Sony Vaio!

So right now, since I’m injured, I’m focusing on getting back to calorie tracking and 1200 calorie days.  It’s hard!  1200 calories used to be so easy for me.  Now I’m struggling.  I’ll get there.  I”m between 1200 and 1500 most days.  Doc says 1500 is likely my maintenance calorie limit and I need 1200 for weight loss.  I’m also doing this 30 day Lunge/Squat challenge on facebook. I only think I can tolerate it with the knee pain, we’ll see.  I’m so mad at my knee right now.  Stupid knee.  When all of that heals up I’m going to return to running, up to 6 miles 3 days a week, intervals for a while. Perhaps I can increase my time.

The good thing that’s come from this marathon is that I have increased my distance dramatically. I was staying aroudn 2 miles before. Now I’m all like oh ya, 6 miles, no sweat.  I love it. I just freakin’ love it.  Shannon, you really area  rockstar for getting us into this, no matter how bad I cussed you at mile 10!

Nearly Derailed

23 Feb

koolaid

I’m about to bust through this weight plateau like a boss! I’ve lost 30lbs and can’t move forward, but honestly, I haven’t been as strict on my diet. A little slip up here and there, something you might fall into in your maintenance zone, but I’m not there yet and can’t really afford to be so passive about my diet.

I haven’t really talked about my goals for the year except to say I want to be down 50lbs by the end of the year. Large, long term goals tend to get lost when you don’t have small manageable steps to work towards them with.  I have my small steps mapped out pretty well. My first hurdle is that I want to be under 200 by my little brother’s graduation on May 11th. Since I haven’t lost anything in January or February, that means I have 18lbs to lose between now and then. Time to get serious. This week I’m doing a pseudo-cleanse.  I say “pseudo” because I don’t really like the connotation that comes with doing a cleanse or detox these days. Most of them tend to be really unhealthy and unrealistic.  I mean, yes, you’ll lose weight if drink nothing but lemon juice for a week, but that’s not healthy and that weight loss can’t be maintained.  When I do a cleanse, it’s simply a time to get all the shit back out of my diet. I also try to eat things that will be easy on my system to digest. I add in things that are healthy for liver and organ detox such as warm lemon water in the morning and apple cider vinegar with water at midday. Here’s a sample menu of one day:

  • At first light: Warm water or green tea with a squeeze of lemon
  • Breakfast Smoothie
  • Snack: mixed nuts and seeds with tea or Apple Cider Vinegar Beverage
  • Lunch: Curried Cauliflower soup (and a fresh veg salad if needed)
  • Snack: Orange with tea or Apple Cider Vinegar Beverage
  • Dinner: Wild Rice with Sauteed Vegs
  • Drink copious amounts of water, at least 2 quarts a day.

The philosophy behind this cleanse is low glycemic index, soups/smoothies that are pureed and easy to digest, and getting adequate nutrition. This has worked for me in the past of breaking weight loss plateaus and also getting over cravings for junk and carbs.

Workouts have been ok, but I’m not doing enough. I’ve been slacking on my weekday workouts which are only strength training and core. Honestly it takes between 15 and 30 minutes to complete and there’s no excuse for not getting it done. It’s probably smarter to get up and do it first thing in the morning, which I am contemplating.  Not being a morning person is extremely prohibitive! I’m pretty consistent in getting my long run in on the weekend, but I’ve been slacking a bit on my 2 short runs.  Also, those are supposed to be interval runs. I’ve just been jogging the whole thing. I think I could do better for myself if I stick to the intervals. So, goals for getting better on track:

  • 5:30am  Tuesday and Thursday Weight training
  • Monday and Wednesday core after or at work (these are my slow days at work)
  • Friday/Sunday Interval runs. Stick to the intervals. I’m not putting a time on these as the weather has been a bit unpredictable and I need to get them done when it’s most pleasant outside.
  • Saturday Long run.

With any luck, I’ll break my weight loss plateau this week and get under 218  and be on my way to being under 200 by May 11. It’s going to take a lot of discipline at this point because it’s essentially 2lbs lost/week.  Wish me luck!

Absenteeism

29 Nov

There’s no excuse for my absence. I need to be better at adapting to change so I won’t attempt to make any excuses, just here to update, finally!

Measurements 7/7/2012 10/27/2012 11/29/2012
Chest 41.5″ 40.5″ 40″
Waist 37.25″ 34.25″ 34″
Hip 50″ 48.75″ 48.5″
Thigh 29″ 26″ 27″
Calf 17″ 16.5″
Arm 16″ 16″ 15.5″
7/7/2012 10/27/2012 11/29/2012
Weight 240 228 222

 

I am still blown away I am seeing these results! I have been very consistent with my lifting program, but not consistent at all with my cardio program. I think I have gone running twice for 30 minutes each time  in the past month. That’s all about to change!

Friday/Saturday/Sunday are my off days and are going to have to be my running days. I realized the couch to 5K program is a little too elementary for me so I am going to start off at 2 mile jog at my current comfortable pace and do intervals for the third mile. There’s no reason I can’t lift Monday-Thursday.

Also, I have my results for my ALCAT Food sensitivity testing. The results weren’t very dramatic. I have a mild intolerance to gluten so I am going to make an effort to eliminate it completely from my diet (not really a large task) and avoid blueberries, romaine lettuce, and walnuts for about 3 months because I have a mild intolerance right now to those as well. The hardest recommendation is food rotations. The ALCAT diet recommends doing a 4 day rotation so that you don’t repeat the same foods earlier than every 4 days.  This ensures that you don’t build up an intolerance and develop food sensitivities that cause inflammation in the body.  I will try that out.  I cook for myself only so I usually have a lot of leftovers.  It may not be realistic for me to eat on a 4 day rotation.  Maybe 3.

I also plan on catching up on my blog reading today, but tell me, how are you all doing?  Meeting your goals?  I hope your life is just peaches!

Hilary Clinton

22 Oct
Hilary Clinton in the night of the midterm ele...

Hilary Clinton in the night of the midterm elections 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“You may not agree with a woman, but to criticize her appearance — as opposed to her ideas or actions — isn’t doing anyone any favors, least of all you. Insulting a woman’s looks when they have nothing to do with the issue at hand implies a lack of comprehension on your part, an inability to engage in high-level thinking. You may think she’s ugly, but everyone else thinks you’re an idiot.” –Hilary Clinton

I simply love this quote by Hilary Clinton.  All she’s saying is “don’t judge a book by it’s cover.”  I have spent a good portion of my life being dragged down by others for one reason or another, often due to my appearance.  For two years in elementary school my mom had me in a school where the kids resorted to physical violence and I ended up with a broken foot for being “fat and ugly.”  Lucking, I was a pretty happy go lucky kid. I spent my time with my head in the clouds looking through rose colored glasses, and that saved me from a lot of heartache in those early years.  It still took me until I was well into my twenties to develop the confidence to feel beautiful despite what anyone else thought.  Even now I am often intimidated to try new things because I don’t fit the mold of the person who usually does that.  Right now I am trying to choose a new gym and I am SO intimidated by the prospects.  Not too long ago I was lifting weights in the gym I have worked out in for the past year and a half.  A personal trainer came up to me (mid rep) and stated he saw me in there a lot and if I would like to “actually start seeing some progress” I should give him a call.  Any trainers out there listening: this is not the way to get clients.  He almost got a swift kick in the….well anyway.  Don’t judge a book by it’s cover, don’t treat people according to their looks, and don’t assume that because I’m overweight that I am unhealthy.  In fact, I just had a physical, here are my stats:

Total Cholesterol: 100

Resting BP: 59

Fasting Blood sugar: 80

In fact, everything they tested for on 3 whole pages of blood work was well within normal range.  My doctor was shocked, she said I’m remarkably healthy.  I assume what she meant was, “you are remarkably healthy for a woman who’s BMI places you in an obese category.” Ya, I get it.  It’s important for me sometimes to focus on these things, to remind myself that it really is about being healthy, not looking a certain way.

Today’s work out: Walked 1.5 miles @3.5, 2 miles @4.0, and another 1.5 miles @ 3.5

I am frustrated I couldn’t run, but again, reminding myself this is really about weight loss, and I got 5 miles in today. That’s around 600 calories burned. I will take it.  My hip feels much, much better, I just don’t want a relapse so I am getting back into it slowly.

I am also undergoing a number of wellness tests with Optimum Health to test a number of things: Digestive, absorptive, and microbiological imbalances, Inflammatory imbalances, Detoxification and biotransformational imbalances, Immune imbalances, Hormonal imbalance and Vascular functioning.  We will call it a 27 year tune up.  I am a true believer in preventative medicine.  I mention it because the test I am doing tomorrow requires a few food restrictions: no caffeine, no garlic, no onions, no cruciferous vegetables.  As someone who’s mostly vegan, I get asked a lot about what I eat.  The answer is caffeine, garlic, onions and cruciferous vegetables!  I suppose I can survive 24 hours though.

Tomorrow is a 30 day Shred day.

Healthcare

17 Oct

Feels like I’m being sabotaged.  I was doing so well with cardio up until now and now it’s one problem after another.  Today my low back and left hip flexors were spasming so badly that I was nauseous and found it hard to walk, sit, stand, bend….well, you get the picture. So after estim, ice, foam rolling, and stretch I decided my 50 minutes of running was out of the question.  I work in a chiropractic office, but I wasn’t even sure I wanted him touching me.  Then I heated the area and walked leisurely for about 20 minutes at work and came home and walked 20 minutes with the dog.  Granted, walking with Ella can hardly be considered exercise.  She does most things at her own pace. Walking requires a lot of stops and A LOT of sniffs.

 

In the end, I did see the chiropractor.  Both my hips were rotated and flared, my sacrum was rotated, my left fibula was out of place, my right knee was out of place, my right ankle was jacked as always, my T1 was stuck and my neck was jacked.  In case you’re wondering….Jacked is a medical term in the chiropractic field. So, regardless of how you feel about chiropractic care, I feel better.  I felt better almost immediately.  The hip is a little stiff in the back still, but I’m confident that will be gone tomorrow and I will be able to get a run in.

October’s Week 3 Plan

14 Oct

Last week wasn’t a total bust, but not a total success.  A couple of things derailed my cardio days and I did not make them up.  Nutritionally speaking…I ate pasta with cream sauce and chocolate filled with caramel (oops).  Lifting went well, though.

Truth is, I haven’t been too focused on weight loss this month at all.  I only have two more weeks before I weigh in and I’m not ready to see no progress so time to make it count!

This weekend I have been detoxing:

  • Shake: Almond milk, berries, spinach, flax seed, chia seed
  • Apple Cider Vinegar Drink: 12oz water, 2T Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar, 2T lemon juice, cinnamon, stevia
  • Green Tea/Water (copious amounts)
  • Soup: Broccoli, Cauliflour, cilantro, curry, onion, garlic
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Green tea/Water
  • Dinner: Vegetable salad with lemon juice (no dressing)

I did this Saturday and Sunday and will probably continue through Monday. Everything good for you, easy to digest, and the Apple Cider vinegar helps regulate blood sugar and gets rid of the cravings.

This week’s goals:

  • Get back to being serious with the diet
  • Don’t miss a workout

Plan

  • 30 Day Shred in the mornings
  • Monday: Cardio: 1 mile warm up, 2 miles for time
  • Wednesday/Friday: 50 minute runs
  • Tuesday/Thursday: Lifting
  • Saturday/Sunday: Just 30 Day shred

Meals: (time to clean out the fridge/freezer again)

  • Breakfast: Oatmeal and Shakes
  • Lunch/Dinner: Spicy Couscous, Falafel, Lentil Power protein bowl, Barley with Mushrooms, Stuffed Cabbage, Soup/Salad,
  • Snacks: Lentil/Squash Hummus, Shakes, Date Bites, Think Thin Bars  (yum, yum, yum), Apples, Oranges.

Wish me luck!

Aside

Sick Day

7 Oct

I do not feel well today. A little sick to my stomach and fatigued so I will keep this short and sweet.

Workouts:

Monday: Paced run for 30 minutes

Wednesday: 50 minute Run (I’m concerned about this distance, but we’ll see)

Tuesday/Thursday: Weight training, same as last week

Friday/Sunday: Just 30 Day shred and some core work

Saturday: 50 Minute Run

Food:

Breakfast: Steel cut oats w/ fruit, Kashi Cereal with Almond Milk, or Morningstar farms breakfast

Lunch: Protein Power Bowl, Barley with Mushrooms, Spicy couscous,

Dinner: Salads, Frozen meals, Soup

Hopefully I feel much better tomorrow and can actually cook those meals.  I’m going to drag myself to the store, but I’m not doing anything else tonight.

Updates shmupdates

2 Oct

Jillian Michaels is really kicking my behind. 6am and a workout? who’s idea was that?  Mine? Oh.

Despite my inability to update, things are going well.

Monday: 30 minutes of treadmill intervals, average 12:29/mile, 2.5 miles

Tuesday: Kettlebell workout, 3×10 of each.

  • This workout didn’t really seem that hard, I wanted to do more, but didn’t.  I had already done Day 3 of the Shred and my thighs are sore.  The workout took 30min and I was sweating so I left it at that.

Slight modifications in the plan because I need to get my hair done Friday before my date (priorities, people!). So I will do Random Abs Friday and get my last run in on Saturday morning.  I’m skeptical about the 30 day shred. It looked easier than what it’s turning out to be (and I’m on level 1!).  On that note, I better go to bed so I can get up for it in the morning.

PS–Two people recruited to do 30 Day Shred, F-ya! (I’m lookin’ at you, Shannon, you go girl!)