Wednesday, July 09, 2008
I haven't blogged for a long time because I seemed to be saying the same things over and over and I was even boring myself with all my whining about not being able to stay on the wagon.
I'm not only on the wagon again - I'm driving it.
I was at my wit's end trying to figure out how to eat nutritiously, get enough fuel for my runs without feeling exhausted all the time, and not constantly fall into the night binge trap.
I met with a dietition and nutritionist last week. I was afraid I was going to get the standard diet sheet and be told to eat 1200 calories per day and do some exercise.
Fortunately, the nutritionist is a runner, and she totally understood how I was feeling. She told me that it isn't normal to feel ravenously hungry on the amount of food I was ingesting. I'm a vegan, and my diet has always been reasonably healthy as far as getting something from every food group. I don't eat any animal products of any kind so I thought I just had to eat more of the good stuff to keep fueled. Oh man, was I wrong...lol
The upshot of the meeting was 10 day's worth of meal plans. I can switch the order of the meals, but no substitutions are allowed from the listed foods. ALL grain products have been removed from my repertoire. That means no rice, no wheat, no kasha, no quinoa. I can have 2 servings of oatmeal per 10 day cycle.
Apparently grains have been playing havoc with my blood sugar, so that was the first thing to go. We'll re-evaluate at the end of 10 days, but I already know what the answer will be. Since I've been loading up on beans, vegetables, and low glycemic fruits I feel SO much better. No hint of any kind of urge to binge.
I'm no longer exhausted after my runs - I don't crash mid-afternoon, and the stress of working long hours on the weekend didn't send me off to buy candy.
I'm sure we've found the secret key. It makes it very difficult to eat out, but we don't do that much anyway so it shouldn't be a huge deal.
I'm almost feeling like I could start training for another half marathon.
Thursday, May 01, 2008
It has been over a month since I've blogged. I'm finally beginning to feel like myself again, and it's time to get back at it.
This winter was particularly difficult for me - mentally. My depression was exacerbated to the point where I asked my doctor to increase my medication. She told me to wait a few weeks until I could get outside in the sun and she was right. A few days of warm weather made me feel SO much better I can barely believe the depth of my cabin fever.
I'm a very competitive person, with a high drive to succeed. In my attempt to be the perfect exerciser, perfect runner, perfect eater - I started to fail at all. I was pushing myself so much with running that I was exhausted all the time. I made myself get out every day to do something and it wasn't doing me any good. I was so tired and run down that I was hungry all the time which led to a lot of night bingeing.
A few weeks ago, my partner Reg decided that he wanted to try running. I told him that if he was serious I would go through the couch to 5k program with him to keep him company. I did the first week with him and really enjoyed it. I still did my own runs on the days he wasn't going.
When the second week came along I decided to let him go off by himself (on the same path) and I would do my own interval runs. It meant that I was running a lot more than he was, but we were out together and I was actually running faster, but putting less time in.
Now, into his third week, I'm only running on the days he does, and the extra time off has contributed immensely to how I feel. I'm sleeping better, my weight has started a downward slide again, and I look a lot less tired.
This is a case of 'less is more,' I plan to keep it up until I see an obvious trend in one direction or another and I'll re-evaluate. Once I get back into half-marathon training mode I'll add one long run per week, and keep the other 3 runs relatively short.
I haven't had any junk of any kind for 8 days. Big deal huh? For me - it is. Over the winter I was eating all the sugar I could get my hands on. I'm a strict vegan - no animal products of any kind - but sugar and starch and fried food were fair game to me and it's also poison to me.
I'm feeling much brighter about this coming year - and I feel confident that I can reach my weight goal by December. Having put it in writing I will do my very best to ditch the weight I gained over winter and get myself to where I want to be.
That is all.
Monday, March 10, 2008
We've all heard the expression about making lemonade when life hands you too many lemons.
When mother nature hands us way too much snow, some enterprising students from the college near my house got creative with it.
The photo speaks for itself. It made me laugh out loud and I saw several other drivers laughing too. It may not be tasteful, but it sure got me thinking about why I need to use what I have available and quit whining about winter.
This is the start of a new week and a new attitude.
Saturday, March 08, 2008
This is the day we set our clocks ahead an hour so we have more light in the evenings. It used to happen in April, but now it's a month earlier. I'm used to having it happen when it's actually Spring. We're far from it.
This photo was taken from my driveway a few moments ago. 6 inches fell overnight and it's still pouring down. The plows aren't out because somebody at city hall doesn't think it's necessary on a weekend. Sunday night they might get to it.
I'm not running.
I have backed out of the marathon I was going to run in Niagara Falls in October and I'm seriously thinking about giving up on the Half in April. I'm not ready and unless this white stuff all melts overnight I won't be ready.
I'll lose my entry fee for the Half - but at least I'll get a nice jacket.
My eating is out of control.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Yesterday couldn't have been more perfect for me. It was freezing bitter cold outside, but the sun was shining and that makes all the difference in the world. I ran 4 miles in the morning, and spent the afternoon with aching legs because I haven't been running regularly. It was a good ache though.
After dinner, we got out our lawn chairs, planted them in the snow on the patio, put on our heaviest woolies, grabbed some blankets and hunkered down to watch the lunar eclipse.
People pay $100 for a ticket to a half decent play or concert. This show was free, and it was spectacular!! I feel sorry for people who don't take the time to enjoy the wonders of nature. Only a few centuries ago there would have been dire consequences for someone when the moon eclipsed. We've come a long way baby.
The photo isn't great - but not bad for a cheap digital camera.
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