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Friday, September 29, 2017

Weekly Progress Report: September 24, 2017

Well, I finally got sick of being sick and went to the doctor, and lo and behold, I had a sinus infection. Antibiotics kicked in right away and I feel so much better! It feels so good to be able to breathe again. 

Wednesday I was able to get out and go for a run. It felt so good to be back out on the trail! I basically started over with my intervals, but I did cut back my walk time and I added two runs, so it was :30/3 x 10. I decided to run out and walk back, which ended up being 4 miles and I was dragging ass that last mile. We are enjoying our typical 80+ degree September weather and I forgot to take water with me, so that didn't help. The Big Red Dog was wiped out, too.

I, however, chose not to roll in the wet sand to cool off.

Thursday evening I did a thing I have been wanting to do again for five years...I took a stand up paddleboarding lesson! It was so much harder than I remembered. Of course, I am much heavier and more out of shape than I was last time (the first time I was in the middle of marathon training). I just wasn't prepared to spend more time in the water than on the board. My 75 year old mom and my 14 year old daughter came with me, and they both rocked it. It really was every bit as magical as I remembered it, and I will definitely be doing it again soon. I just wish I hadn't waited until the end of the season to do it. 

Sunset on the water - I could do this every evening!

I didn't stick to my meal plan very well this week. Most days I just couldn't get motivated to cook. We ate out three nights this week (twice at Chipotle and once at Chili's, where I opted for a double serving of steamed broccoli but also ordered a margarita). Kind of frustrating that I get off my butt and get active, and then my energy takes a tanker for the rest of the day.



No meal plan for next week - I am going to try and make the meals I didn't make this week! I'd like to find 8-10 recipes I can put into rotation to make things easier on me, and I'd also like to start banking some freezer meals. 

Overall, another good week. I got my exercise mojo back, I tried something new and found out I really love it, and I lost 3 pounds! After so many years of feeling stuck, it is so nice to see the scale moving!

How was your week?

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Weekly Progress Report: September 17, 2017

This cold or whatever I have is still hanging around and kicking my butt. It's been over two weeks since I have been able to run or ride. I thought I was finally on the mend, but yesterday everything started all over. I think it's time to go to the doctor.


The Big Red Dog wasn't feeling guilty about not running - he was
perfectly happy to keep me company in bed!


This popped up on my Timehop this week from five years ago. It seems a lifetime ago that I was training for my marathon! It's a little frustrating to see how far I came and to know I am back where I started, but I am choosing to let it motivate me to get back to that place. I don't know that I will ever run another marathon, but I am definitely still in love with running and hopefully won't be taking another five year break any time soon ever again!




I am so happy that despite my utter lack of physical exertion, I still managed to lose 3 pounds! I joined Lexi's Sweatember Slimdown on DietBet one week ago today, and honestly was pretty nervous to weigh in since I've been such a slug. I guess eating right really is the most important thing, but I still can't wait to get back out on the trails!

Tobacco Trail - Am I lucky to have such beautiful trails in my town or what? 

I am super proud of myself for sticking to my meal plan this week. I didn't actually get to the grocery store until Wednesday, so before that things were pretty ugly. We had been expecting Hurrican Irma to head our way, so we prepared with canned food we could eat cold in case we lost power (lots and lots of mini ravioli) and ramen which we could cook on our camp stove. 

Starting Wednesday, I cooked all the dinners I had planned and had plenty for leftovers for lunches. I have to give a lot of credit to my health coach, Dr. Anna Garrett, because she encouraged me to be accountable by texting her pictures of all my meals. That was a pretty strong motivation to actually make them healthy!

(I hired Dr. Anna as my birthday gift to myself and she is awesome - I will devote a post to my experience soon!)


CHEATS: I wouldn't be completely honest if I didn't admit that I had some lapses this week, and pretending they didn't happen isn't doing myself any favors. I am not expecting perfection from myself - I know there are going to be times that I fall into old habits, fail to think before I put something in my mouth, or even just decide that I'm ok with a little slip. The important thing is to keep them few and far between. 

I did have a few sodas last week, mostly late at night when I should have been in bed. That's actually when most of my unhealthy eating happens, because I am tired and my will power has long since been used up for the day. I shared a Starbucks fox cookie with my daughter because they are soooo good, I just couldn't watch her eat it without taking a bit (or three). She also tempted me with a Reece's PB cup, which of course I had to chase down with a some cold milk. 

Overall, I think I am off to a pretty good (fresh) start. I am excited about this coming week. I am taking a stand-up paddleboarding lesson with my mom on Thursday evening! I took a lesson five years ago and loved it so much, but I haven't done it since. I hope I don't make a fool out of myself by falling in! I will definitely make an effort to at least go on some walks, even if I am not feeling up to running. 

Oh, and stepping completely outside of my comfort zone, I created a page here to track my weight loss with pictures! I never took pictures of my journey last time, and I'm not making that mistake again!

Have a great week!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Meal Plan: Week 38


meal-plan-week-38

1. Avocado Baked Egg ~ Six Sisters Stuff
2. Classic Meatloaf ~ McCormick
3. Garlic Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower ~ Peace Love and Low Carb
4. Pan Fried Italian Chicken ~ Barefeet in the Kitchen
5. Paleo Sloppy Joes ~ My Natural Family
    with Paleo BBQ Sauce
6. Zucchini Lasagna Rolls ~ Recipe Runner
7. Spanish Bean Soup - The Noshery
8. Rotisserie Chicken (shopping/food prep day)




Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Getting Back on Track



I am finally kicking the annual "back to school funk" that knocked me down last Monday. After an entire week of sinus pressure that left me feeling like someone had inflated a balloon inside my skull and then hit me in the face with a frying pan followed by a few days of an ugly cough just for good measure, I am back to feeling almost human.

Now I get to start my running program all over again - yay! Not only having to go back to super short runs followed by l-o-n-g walking recovery intervals, but also overcoming my default mode of inertia, peeling myself off the couch, and getting back into a "get out the door and get it done" mindset.

Thankfully, one thing that really helps me get out the door is knowing that I need to go take care of my horse every morning, so I just wear my workout clothes and don't let myself stop back at home before hitting the trails.

The other thing I need to do is get back to eating healthy, something I have completely failed at for the past several months. Seriously, I can count on one hand the number of times over the summer that I actually went grocery shopping, and on the other hand I can count the number of times I actually made a meal. It was pretty much all eating out, all the time. Even my kids are sick of it.

So enough is freaking enough. It's time to get my shit together - I mean, I do want to win some DietBet dollars, right?! I am not holding myself to a perfect standard - I know that sugar free, dairy free, and grain free is ideal and I definitely feel great eating that way. I also know that right now I need to start with some baby steps and get some wins under my belt, so my immediate goal is to get into the habit of weekly planning, shopping, and cooking, even if the meals aren't perfect.


Breakfast


Breakfast is the hardest meal of the day for me. I love eggs and bacon. I do not love to cook eggs and bacon when my ass is dragging in the morning. Planning to keep it easy this week!

1. Eggs & bacon
2. Banana pancakes & sausage
3. Baked oatmeal


Lunch

Leftovers all the way!


Dinner

1. Pork chops with green beans
2. Honey dijon garlic chicken
3. Unstuffed cabbage rolls
4. Spaghetti squash with meatballs
5. Rotisserie chicken with parmesan roasted carrots


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Day 1 (Again)



Today I weigh 277.3 pounds. That is 100 pounds more than I weighed just under seven years ago. I worked so hard to get to that point back then, and I have spent a good deal of time and energy beating myself up over the years as the pounds have piled back on.

Today I am starting over. I am recommitting myself to my health, fitness, and happiness. 

Today is the last day I will weigh this much. 

Today I challenged myself by joining Fatgirlfedup's Sweatember Slimdown over at DietBet.com. I know I should be motivated by improving my health, reducing the cocktail of drugs I currently take, and avoiding the serious complications I could face if I don't get the weight off, but what can I say? Money talks, and I am determined to win some!

Here we go. It's gonna be a wild ride.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Day 24: Off the Rails



Well. Things seem to have gone a little awry around here. I started out with the best of intentions, but being Paleo(ish) on a budget has proven to be more difficult than I anticipated. Mainly the budget part. And also, the part where I have to cook...a lot.

Things have really gone off the rails since my race a few weekends ago. I haven't run once since then; in fact, my schedule has been so busy that I haven't exercised at all. Before that, I worked my entire schedule around my morning workout. It was also easier to be more motivated about eating the right things all the time when I was "in training." 

So, where does that leave me? I'm not sure. My goals as far as eating healthy and being healthy have not changed, but I am finding that I just don't want to be so militant about it all. I don't want to beat myself up every time I put something "illegal" in my mouth. 

One thing I will continue no matter what is trying to stay gluten-free. As I've mentioned, I've struggled with hypothyroidism since my early teens, but I was very recently diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis which ups the ante a little since it is an autoimmune disease. Funny thing, though, as soon as I got that diagnosis and I had a real, medically sound reason for avoiding gluten...guess what my brain started craving? 

My busy week of morning appointments is coming to an end, so I am going to commit myself to once again devoting my mornings to exercise starting on Monday. I'm not sure yet if I'm going to keep running or take a break from that and enjoy some nice fall hikes. Hopefully getting back into a routine will help other things fall into place.

I must be doing something right, though, because those pants...they could use a belt these days!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Day 17: Feeling Cranky

I don't have much to say today. I am feeling cranky ~ it's been a rough week and I have not been eating right. I'm feeling stressed and having cravings, which I thought I had sailed right past in the beginning. 

The past few days I have been eating a Lara bar for either breakfast or lunch, which really is no better than grabbing something gluten-y and sugar-y. It doesn't do much for my hunger, and it leaves me craving something sweet. I have been reaching for the Lara bars because I just flat out haven't planned well enough for meals or I just haven't felt motivated to actually make anything.

Frustrating. Leading to cranky. And also, feeling like this...


I just have to remind myself that this is a process, and there is a learning curve. I am switching to a very different way of eating, which includes learning skills I do not possess, and doing it all on a budget. This calls for some "chunking," as my daughter's teacher calls it. I'm all about the small steps, so maybe I need to take a small step backward and set a few specific, achievable goals for myself. This is so me...I get all revved up about something and want to do it all at once, yesterday in fact, and perfectly the first time, OF COURSE. But I do know that setting and reaching small goals leads to an avalanche effect, so if I can concentrate on getting a few little things right, I can build on that.

Well, I do feel a little better having worked that out, and rest assured, there are no cookies in the house to tempt me, so I am safe from my inner Cookie Monster!