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My stride was causing shin splints!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ok, first off I just want to say My husband is amazing. For someone who never had will power and was always in the "mass building" phase, he has stuck to his P90X routine for79 days and has lost 15lbs, but has gained a LOT of muscle! I'm so proud! I have never seen him do anything like this before. He used to just lift weights and never change his diet, but he loves the P90X. All the while I have lazed around after I injured my shins walking in May to the point I could hardly walk. It was heartbreaking! I thought I'd heal up for a week or two and ended taking the WHOLE summer off - not walking - not eating healthy...I'm ashamed! Just the thought of being in horrible pain within 5 minutes of walking, was enough to keep me off my diet. But my hubby has lost his gut, is lean & look'n like Ken but I'm not Barbie, so I figured I'd better get back out there.

I tried at one point to try the P90X but since my lower back was broken in the 80's, & I have fallen arches & shin splints, it was literally impossible for me to make it through his routine. I guess I have to do what works best for me. Besides I have never liked standing in front of a TV and working out in the house anyways. I prefer being in nature...even when it's 90+ degrees! It's good for the soul, clears my mental fog & grounds me - but the pain makes it hard.

So anyway, this wonderful husband of mine went along for my first walk in months for moral support. On the way we were talking about how when I walk by myself I walk faster and I have awful shin pain because of it, and when I walk with him I never have shin pain. I showed him my normal pace as we were talking and he pointed out that he noticed my stride was significantly wider, and suggested that the stride was the source of my shin pain and not my pace. He suggested that I take regular steps, but just go faster. I think he's on to something, because when I tried walking faster, at my regular stride, I felt the muscles on the outside of my upper thighs and in my behind, instead of in my shins. Amazing! I came home with absolutely no pain after 2 miles & 20 minutes of walking. Before, I would have awful pain after the first 5 minutes, and by the end of the walk my shins would go from pain to numb, and then I would be stiff & in pain for the rest of the day. This change in stride was causing the entire problem! I can't wait to get out there tomorrow. I have always loved walking, now I won't have to tolerate pain when I walk anymore. Just thought I'd share that in case it will help anyone else with shin pain.


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BLAIRWT 8/24/2010 2:03PM

    Your welcome - I actually googled "shin splints, stride" and there are several articles talking about this very thing...wish I would have known sooner! Even my chiropractor, who taught me how to stretch for shin splints didn't mention it.

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SILLYHP1953 8/24/2010 1:39PM

    Very interesting...I'll be checking my stride cause I was feeling pain in my shins last week, but I don't walk anywhere near as far as you do.

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SHORT_KAKE 8/24/2010 11:33AM

    Thank you so much for the tip on walking and shin splints, I'll keep it in mind when I walk from now on!

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Husband's finally on board! Whoohoo!

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

My husband has been just as much of a yo-yo dieter as I have been through the years. But he has taken it to a whole other level. Since my experience with Redux (Phen-Phen) back in the early 90's, I've known that there is no magic pill out there that will make me skinny...just portion control & hard work - which I have yet to master. However, I can't tell you how many pieces of work out equipment and $$$ worth of supplements my husband has bought over the years, not to mention fitness magazines. There should be some law against the way those magazines advertise their supplements & pills.

He's always been on the "mass building phase" as he calls it. Eating lots of food, taking the supplants and lifting weights. Never on the cutting phase. This has lead to quite the healthy appetite over the years, with not much improvement in the muscle mass area and a spare tire around the middle.

I think he's been in denial about how bad it was. However, after figuring out that he had a 41% body fat ratio the other day, my husband was shocked and decided to give a healthy lifestyle a try. We sat down last night and went through lots of recipes on Sparks. We chose them first by the number of positive reviews, second by the calories/fat content, and third by the amount of ingredients/ease of the recipe.

We started walking 2 miles a day again and bought & prepped lots of fruit & veggies today. During dinner prep he said that he would help me with dinner every night from now on. That's fantastic! The best thing was that our first Sparks recipe dinner was delicious and a boost for his ego.

I think we may actually be on the right track this time, and I'm excited about it. It will be a lot easier since he is on board and I can cook the same for everyone instead of making 2 meals.

Oh, and his $250 worth of supplements arrived today...some things never change! ; )

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MUPP1970 6/8/2010 10:07PM

    Having support from you husband is wonderful! Bravo to the both of you!

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ADAMARIE50 6/8/2010 9:55PM

    Woo Hoo! I am happy for you. Great blog. emoticon

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Stress Eating

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Well, I figured out what triggers my bad eating habits...stress! I was doing great all week, walking and eating right until Friday morning came along. My close friend has a cake business, but also has a day job too. I assist her with the cakes as a creative outlet on the weekends, and we are booked through the summer...God help me! Last week we just decided to stop taking any more cakes since we both have careers and they are taking up a good portion of our lives. They are normally 3D, and seem to be getting bigger by the month. This week it was a 3D Disney style castle cake. You can check out the photo of the castle cake we just did and the website below.

I spent 2 days working on hand-made fondant windows, doorways, castle turrets & more. I didn't have time to eat or exercise. I eat, sleep & breath cake when we have a big project. Honestly though, you would think that with all the cake, frosting, fondant & rice crispies I'm around while making a cake that I'd be nibbling on it all, but I didn't have a bite! Thank God I don't like cake that much....I just like to sculpt it!

I just ate Total in the mornings and went without food throughout the day, surviving on coffee. It was the evenings that killed me because when I came home I was famished. I ate nachos last night - pepper jack cheese, real sour cream, homemade chips & salsa. I was dreading the scale but when I woke up this morning I had lost more weight.

Anyway, my life basically stopped for 2 days for this cake. My husband was stressed because I wasn't making his meals, my house was trashed when I woke up this morning thanks to my kids, and I was exhausted from all the mental creativity & hours it took to make this cake. I looked around at my house this morning, and thought of all the time and energy that I wasted that could have been used towards exercise & diet & taking care of stuff at home, and I got so stressed that the next thing I knew, I was in the kitchen eating one thing after another. At first I tried to make healthy choices, but then I was craving cookies so I made some! It didn't help that we had some restaurant cookie dough in the fridge ready to go. In the end I ate 2 tbsp peanut butter, a turkey sandwich on diet wheat bread, chips, and about 5 cookies. I guess it wouldn't have been too bad if there weren't cookies involved.

The cookies put me in a food coma and I slept for 4 hours. It was awful. I feel better now, but I can see what triggers the bad eating patterns. I need to figure out a way to stop it before I walk in the kitchen. I am sure that if I would have taken a morning walk, it would have stopped all this crazy behavior. I ate a bowl of total for breakfast & skipped dinner tonight because I felt so bad about the cookies.

I've got some serious mental eating issues that I need to figure out how to take care of now because I've got 2 cakes due next Sat ( 4 tier sweet 16 cake, and a 3D Monkey baby shower cake), and my husband's UFC fight party (at our house) next weekend to prep for. All this with normal job/life stuff in the mix. So does anyone have any good tips for how to control stress eating? How do I get through this? I don't want to do good all week, then stress eat on the weekends! Seems like a vicious cycle.

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SPARKANN 5/23/2010 11:03PM

    Wow! That cake is amazing! Don't focus on the negatives. So you had a bad weekend... Those will happen. What's important is what you do after your bad weekend. It's not the end of your fitness journey--unless you let it be. You've done a great job of identifying your triggers. I'm sure you can do a great job of figuring out how to manage them in the future! Best wishes! emoticon

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HONORINGGOD 5/23/2010 11:01PM

    thats an awesome cake. emoticon

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Started off hard but got easier

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Well, today is #3 for me with the diet and walking 3 miles every day. Yesterday I threw in a 30 minute circuit training session after a 2 mile walk, and then walked another mile in the evening. My husband said I was pushing it and I was going to wear myself out, but I did it anyways.

Then this morning it hit me. 7AM came way too soon and I was exhausted. I was so relieved that it was my husbandís turn to take the kids to school, and I went back to sleep. I didnít wake up until 9:30AM. I was a walking zombie but I had some coffee, read some blogs & team messages & got motivated again.

My husband just started working out with P90X again, so he didnít join me. This time I took my dog Baby, who is Ĺ Great Dane & Ĺ English Mastiff, on my 2 mi walk. This was actually the first time I have walked her in this neighborhood since we moved in January. She was amazing. At first she was so excited about walking again that she started tugging me along, but was easily corrected, and by the time we were Ĺ a mile into the walk she was in perfect unison with my stride, to the point that I could twirl the slack in the leach like a jump rope. It turns out this neighborhood is full of dogs, but she didnít bark once, even though all the other dogs barked at us.

By the end of the walk, my energy level was up and I was feeling great so I went to the gym for another 30 minute circuit training session. Then later this evening, I walked another mile around a different neighborhood while my kids were at the swim teem practice. I felt wonderful, and proud of myself that I didnít sit there waiting for my kids like all the other parents. The day started off slow & hard for me to get motivated, but after my first walk, it changed my energy and attitude. I just need to remember that for next time Iím tired. If I can just push through it and walk even though I donít feel like it, it will have a tremendous effect on my attitude and how much energy I have for the rest of the day.

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SEARCH4BALANCE 5/19/2010 2:29PM

    You are establishing some good habits. Keep at it!

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ITSINTHESTARS1 5/18/2010 10:51PM

  That's great! I have a German Shepherd that I've been trying to walk. She's 9 months old and usually walks with my teenage son. He walks much faster and farther than I do. She's learning, though, that I'm slower. Keep up the good work!!!

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Chasing Fireflies

Saturday, May 15, 2010

This is my first blog entry and the beginning of my lifestyle change. It's been a fabulous day, and I am very glad that I took a step in the right direction today. I went to the farmer's market with my daughter and showed her how to pick ripe fruit & veggies. It was a great opportunity to talk about health. Then we went to the store to buy some lean meat & some veggies they didn't have at the market.

While we were in the store we walked buy an obese woman on one of those motorized carts, who was accompanied by what looked like her daughter. As we passed her we could her here instructing the child, who wasn't any older than my daughter, to grab some items on a shelf that she couldn't reach. It made me sad and it made me think. I want to stop the cycle now, and not only eat healthy for myself, but so my children will grow up healthy too. I never want to be the obese woman in the motorized cart.

Later, when my husband returned home from work, he opted out of the healthy dinner and at a plate of hot dogs & chips instead. He said he'd start dieting tomorrow. I'm proud of myself for not giving in to his whims, and making a healthy meal for my family instead. I'm also proud that when he broke out the ice cream, I had a piece of cantaloupe.

After a 15 minute walk, we returned when it was turning dusk and noticed the fireflies in our backyard. We just moved downtown and our yard is heavily treed, so this is the first time that we have had the chance to see them. My daughter and I were so excited that we ran around the yard chasing blinking lights for the next 30 minutes. We never caught one, but it sure was fun.

In stead of feeling deprived, I had a fabulous day and don't feel hungry at all. But I also didn't watch more than 15 minutes of TV. TV is boring to me, and I find myself eating if I'm watching it, so I am going to try to avoid it as much as possible.

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MS-MURDER 5/16/2010 12:15AM

    What a wonderful day! It sounds like you're starting off with a healthy mindset and made some great choices today. emoticon emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/16/2010 12:15AM

    Welcome to SP. Best wishes for success.

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KEETAK 5/16/2010 12:00AM

    WELCOME to Spark! :)

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