Friday, August 03, 2012
So, if you read my "Deal or No Deal" blog, you know I was stressing a bit about figuring out a way to get my weight going in the downward direction and finding a way to begin to control my diet a LOT more than I have been recently.
I reached out to a good friend who is pretty knowledgeable in this nutrition business, as well as to a friend who is a registered dietitian (for an expert's second opinion). Both agreed that the plan could be helpful for me.
So, the plan is...3-4 protein shakes during the day (for a total of about 800 calories) and a healthy meal for dinner. This is only for about 3-4 days and the idea is to hopefully kick start a little weight loss and, more importantly, kick the cravings and get my body used to a smaller number of calories.
I was a bit skeptical, thinking that it sounded a little like some fad diet...but I figured, "Hey...it's just 3 days...might as well give it a try. If it doesn't help, it doesn't help." And my dietitian friend assured me that my body would still be getting all the carbs and protein it needs and that I should remember to keep hydrated as well.
Another reason I worried is because I have the world's fastest gag reflex and that reflex is triggered by a) smells and b) bad tastes. Even if something DOESN'T taste bad, I have a hard time with anything that is even just a bit off. This is why I have difficulty with a lot of alcohol and absolutely cannot take shots.
So, today was Day 1 of the Protein Shake Experiment. To say I was nervous would be an understatement.
Shake #1 at 8am was a Green Monster
1 frozen sliced banana, 1 Tbsp Peanut Butter, 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/2 cup Chobani Vanilla Greek Yogurt, 4 cups of spinach.
This shake took me an entire 1.25 hours to drink. It was really thick. But, not awful. I didn't necessarily LOVE the taste per se...but no gagging! And it was VERY filling. This one was 350 calories.
Shake #3 around 11am was Blueberry Cheesecake
1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 cup skim milk, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1 Tbsp dry Sugar Free Fat Free Jello Pudding (cheesecake flavor).
This one was DELICIOUS!!!!! I sucked that puppy down super fast! This one was also filling. And it turned my tongue blue! I believe this one was about 250 calories.
Shake #3 around 2pm was Chocolate Peanut Butter
1 frozen sliced banana, 1 cup skim milk, 1 Tbsp peanut butter, 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, 1 Tbsp Ghirardelli Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
I had not felt hungry between the other two shakes, but this one was a result of some munchies and wanting to snack.
This shake was much yummier than I anticipated! This one was also 250 calories.
So, all three shakes were a total of 850 calories (in case you have trouble with adding...haha).
For dinner (sorry, no pics b/c I devoured it!), I made lemon chicken, sautéed kale and a humongous dinner salad. I can tell you now that food tasted better than it's ever tasted before! I was SO excited for dinner!
I think a part of this plan is that it really helps you appreciate real food...as in whole, healthy food...like vegetables, etc. Also, it wasn't so awful having a bunch of shakes during the day because I knew I was going to have dinner in a few hours. So it didn't feel like a huge sacrifice. And...the fact that it's only for a few days also made it not feel like I was "depriving" myself. Plus...with all that protein PLUS water...I really wasn't hungry.
I don't know if it will have any effect on my weight, but I only ate a total of 1350 calories today, so I'm hoping it will by the end of the week.
I did about 50 minutes of weights and strength training during the Olympics broadcast last night and felt really great about that...I intend to do that tonight as well. Wasn't sore at all this morning.
So...I'll report back on Day 2. I wonder if it will be more difficult or still be pretty easy like today?
Friday, August 03, 2012
A friend sent me a link to this one-minute Nike TV ad. It is quite possibly the most awesome ad I've ever seen from the company (and not just because the narrator sounds like my personal fav, Jude Law). If you've got an extra minute, I encourage you to watch.
In a world where people are fighting over chicken, this is a ray of light that will make you think about the greatness that lies within YOU. It's perfect for us here on Spark. I know you'll enjoy it like I did!
Thursday, August 02, 2012
I was SO scared walking into that ortho office today. I mean, I really got myself all worked up. They brought me back to the doc's office and I waited and waited. The longer I sat there in that silent room, the more my imagination went wild and my stomach had a huge knot in it.
Finally, Dr. Reeves came in and sat down and said he had the results of the MRI. I was half closing my eyes, half looking at him...just waiting for the fateful words. These words would decide so much of my near future...and I wasn't sure I wanted to hear them.
The next few minutes felt like that game show "Deal or No Deal". It was like Dr. Reeves was Howie Mandel and I had just selected Case #6 (because that's my number).
Howie: Open up that case, Svetlana!
*Svetlana opens case (while craftily displaying cleavage)*
Howie: Ohhhh!!! September 8th Bloomingfoods 5k.
*Groan from the audience. And from me.*
Howie: So, the September 8th 5k is off the table. Wait...the Banker is calling with a deal for you.
*Silence in the Audience*
Howie: OK, here is what the Banker is willing to give you if you will agree right now...
NO OCD (chipped cartilege injury)
4 weeks in a walking boot
Non-weight bearing course of treatment
*Audience is booing and shouting, 'No deal! No deal!'*
Water Treadmill and Pool Therapy
Return to Running Program with physical therapist
*Some audience members get excited and start to cheer*
And the final piece of the Banker's offer...October Half Marathon as planned
DEAL? OR NO DEAL?????
Contestant (aka me): Well, let's see here. This is a major decision. I mean, this is going to be a HUGE investment of time at the P/T office and in the pool and let's not even THINK about the cost of this treatment. Am I truly an athlete??? Or am I just a gentle jogger? I probably should decide this before I begin any multi-thousand dollar course of treatment. Am I really serious about this sport? Am I a runner...or a jogger?
Howie: You have 30 seconds to decide. DEAL OR NO DEAL?
Well...come on now...are you really on the edge of your seat? If you are, then you don't know me very well, do ya?
Of course I TOOK that deal!!!
Doc said, "Ok...I gave you the best possible course of treatment. Now it's up to you to do the hard work for the half marathon."
Trying not to think about how much work it's actually going to be...but I am pretty excited about one thing...I won't have to buy new shoes for at least a month!
P.S. A serious word on the bruised bone - this all happened because of my excessive weight. My talus bone in my ankle simply could not handle the force of my fibia constantly pounding it. I also have mild osteoarthritis in my ankle, which contributed to this apparently. This is definitely a wake-up call for me about my weight...although I have done a great job so far and lost weight using running as my primary method of calorie burn, I have got to get more strict with my diet and make sure I use my pool time to the max. I've been struggling the past couple of days to eat right. I don't know why it's been so hard for me...but I have GOT to do this. I NEED to get some weight off before October. This is going to take some serious mental toughness. Quite honestly, I am nervous and scared and doubting myself at times. This is the time to switch into athlete mode. If I say I'm going to train as an athlete, I need to begin to walk that walk and not just talk the talk. It's going to be hard.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
So I've got this awesome son. But he's not actually my son. He's in college here in Bloomington. P.S. I am NOT old enough to have a kid in college, thankyouverymuch!
This young man is named Kaleem and he is the sweetest, most driven young man I've met in a long time. He just joined SparkPeople last night (KRMCGILL1). He already has 3 blogs. Talk about my little protege! Haha.
Here is a bit of his story (hilarious blog title, btw):
Please go add my buddy and give him all the wonderful support you have given me!
Monday, July 30, 2012
OK, first things first...yesterday I did the Olympic Workout, Day 2. I actually stayed up for the entire prime time broadcast last night and ended up getting a total of 50 minutes of strength training in. Here's the breakdown of what I did between 8pm and 11pm:
60 seconds high knees
30 tricep dips
20 mountain climbers
30 bicep curls
20 reverse crunches
3 (yes, THREE) 60-second planks (UGGGHHH!!!)
45 second wall sit
30 seconds of punches
I was pretty beat by 11pm. In fact, I snored all night because I slept so heavily (my husband had to keep shaking me awake). HAHA!
This morning you KNOW I was feeling it! I had to get up early, though, and head to physical therapy.
This therapy session was specifically for my posterior tibial tendon, which my ortho says is too weak to support my running. I met with my good old Physical Therapist, Tom (who taught me how to walk for the second time after my awful accident two years ago).
Honestly, I had considered skipping this appointment today because I thought, "Surely, there is nothing Tom can do for me until the MRI comes back Thursday. This will be a waste of time."
SO glad I went. Tom is just BRILLIANT, folks! He taught me more about my body and running in 20 minutes than I've learned in the past few weeks as I've devoured over 40 issues of Runner's World Magazine!
I was really touched at how very excited he was to hear about my running and my weight loss. He was genuinely proud of me and he told everyone else in the office how well I was doing and reminded them of my accident two years ago. It was very sweet. And it made me feel pretty great. He also helped me to understand how my body absorbs the shock of my extra weight when I run. And, I can't believe I never thought about this...but, as I have an extra 80 lbs or so on a normal runner, I am obviously going to break down running shoes faster. He suggested I purchase a new pair, with guidance from the experts at the running store. I could have been offended, but honestly...it was like, "DUH!!! Of COURSE my extra weight is going to affect my shoes more." Just this one piece of information was SO HELPFUL!
Then, he showed me how my right ankle does not have the range of motion that it needs to run correctly. I was, frankly, shocked. I hadn't realized there was so vast a difference between the work my left and right ankles were doing during a long run. Wow.
He showed me two stretching exercises that will help me gain more motion in my right ankle and will make my tendon and smaller muscles stronger so I can run with less pain.
Oh man...I could have kicked myself, you guys! Why? Because my wonderful trainer (ON2VICTORY) has been telling me to do these exact stretches for MONTHS now! And I didn't listen to him!!! Geez!
I got the all clear from Tom to do any exercise except running (or anything that involves my foot pounding on the ground) and I am scheduled to go back a few times for follow-up and functional strengthening. As he walked me to the check-out desk, we passed my ortho and Tom said to him, "I think we're gonna win this one!" I can't even tell you how encouraging that was to hear!!! I could have cried!
So, now I have the MRI on Wednesday and will meet with Dr. Reeves on Thursday to discuss the findings from that.
But that's not all!!! I immediately left that office and went to the gym and cranked out 30 mins on the elliptical (harder on my quads than I remember...good workout) and 30 minutes on the stationary recumbant bike (now THAT was a killer workout!) Burned about 300 calories and felt wonderful getting a good sweat going. Not the SAME as running, obviously...but it was nice to be able to DO something.
I'll be doing the Olympic Workout again tonight. I am in much better spirits now and I am a little in awe of the fact that I am now doing MUCH MORE exercise now that I'm injured than I was doing before...when I was running 20 miles per week. I'm pretty sure I'm going to mark that as a success!!!
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