Friday, March 07, 2014
Things have been going well since I got back on SP. I haven't eaten gluten since February 23, and I'm giving up sweets for Lent. I've been good with sweets. I'm getting all my steps in and going for runs 3 times a week. I'm drinking Slim & Sassy (SparkMail me if you want more info, otherwise I'll have a blog post in the future) in my water and it is really helping with cravings. It's great!
Then on Tuesday we were doing sprints in my running and jogging class. I must have started wrong or something, because my upper left thigh was killing me. Throughout the day, I couldn't walk down stairs like a normal person and just using that leg at all hurt. I couldn't ice it as much as it needed because of my schedule, but I got a little in. Mostly, I made sure to use my Deep Blue essential oil blend where I had the most pain. This blend helps diminish pain and promote healing.
I woke up the next morning with sore hamstrings and left hip flexor, but that spot on my thigh felt fine! I could do stairs no problem! My main issue was that the sore hip flexor made it difficult to lift that leg. I was able to ice more today, and I alternated applying lemongrass EO to promote healing and Deep Blue to help with the pain and promote healing.
I woke up Thursday with no pain. I was able to run a 5k and wake up today with no soreness. That. Is. Insane. New favorite post-workout and injury product! Hands. Down.
I just wrote a blog post about this oil, even before this happened. Now I'm even more sold. Read the post here: www.howweflourish.com/2014/03/07/ess
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Wow...It's been 8 1/2 months since my last post. Since I was last active on SparkPeople. That makes me very sad. I love this site and the motivation it brought me. I left last summer because it was too hard to track all of my meals. I was on an elimination diet and I was not repeating meals. I felt it would have taken too much time to input all of the recipes I was making. The diet was really good for me, though. I really worked on my self control. I ate whenever I was hungry, yet I lost quite a bit of weight. I was at my goal weight and I looked and felt great! Most importantly, I learned that nightshades were causing the awful eczema I had last year. I am now avoiding tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and all pepper derived spices.
However, without SparkPeople or access to a kitchen, I slid back hard when returning to school. I ate poorly and didn't exercise - I gained back all the weight I lost over the summer, plus a few more pounds. I felt awful about myself, but I didn't have the motivation to do anything about it.
Then the new year started and I went abroad for a month. I walked a lot, but I ate in restaurants every night and just felt crummy about myself. I needed support to control myself if I was going to lose the weight I had gained. I needed motivation from streaks to get me to the gym. I also decided to cut out gluten, since wheat products tend to be a problem food for me and eating nothing but pasta in Italy for two weeks made me feel awful.
So I got home, returned to school, and got back on SparkPeople. I've been tracking my food again for about a week, taking shots of Slim & Sassy from doTERRA ( www.mydoterra.com/howweflourish/ ) to help with my cravings, and I'm feeling much better about myself and my body.
The biggest leap forward for me was signing up for a running/jogging class and not dropping it. I read through my old blog posts about how great running made me feel, and I want to feel that again. On our first day, we had a timed mile and a half and it took me 17:58. I had a horrible side cramp and was having trouble breathing. I had to walk too much of it. Then we did intervals and I could barely jog the running part. It's been 8 months since I've run regularly and that is not okay.
I want to be back where I was, so I'm going to keep up with this class. I'm going to eat well. I'm going to be proud of myself again.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
I didn't realize how long it had been since I posted! Things have been really busy. I had final papers and exams, then I had to move back home from college. I have gone on an elimination diet to cure my eczema and teach myself to eat more clean food. I'm learning a lot about real hunger and what makes me feel good. It is nice to have a strict diet for me, where if I mess up I have to start all over from the beginning. It keeps me from eating things I shouldn't be eating ever, let alone on this diet.
Because I've been so busy and so focused on nutrition, I have been neglecting exercise. I at least go for a walk every day, but I'm losing a lot of my progress from no longer doing yoga, strength training, or running regularly. Tonight I am going to karate, though, and I am very excited!
Sunday, May 05, 2013
Today I ran my second 5k. It was hard, I was tired, sore for some unknown reason, and I may have not waited long enough after lunch. I really wanted to go at 8 this morning, but the gym doesn't open until noon on Sundays. But I pushed through and I did it in...
That is 2:05 faster than my time back in March when I ran my first 5k. I only walked one minute and I picked up the pace after that. I was really hoping to get below 34 minutes, and I did. I'm very proud of myself!
Where to from here? I'm not sure. The school year is almost out, so I'm going to keep running for that. But until I know where I'm going to be and what my running options are for the summer, I can't really draw up a training plan. But I have a few ideas floating around waiting to be put on paper. I'm thinking training for a 10k as a means of helping increase my endurance.
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