Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Last year, I "jokingly" set a goal to be able to complete a real pull-up... Today, I did it!
BTW - this is my second pull-up! I didn't record the first one, but after completing it and being so excited, I tried again for the camera!
Saturday, June 08, 2013
It's been a month of gluten free for my daughter and I'm very happy to report that it's been a great help! Her stomachaches and gas issues are practically non-existent! Another improvement has been her nails and skin!! She has always had eczema and severe dry skin problems, but she pointed out to me yesterday how soft the skin on her hands felt (I can't tell you how many different lotions and creams we've tried in the past, so this is HUGE!!)
We've been very strict with her diet over the past month and have learned lots! We even learned how to take a family vacation and accommodate her needs (it was a lot easier that I thought it would be!) Starting today, we're going to slowly let her try back some foods which we eliminated due to possible "cross-contamination" (i.e., the nature valley bars that are made with oats that might be gluten-contaminated).
The changes over the past month have been worth every extra dollar and minute spent researching and shopping!
Sunday, May 19, 2013
For the past 3 months I've been training for my first half-marathon. Since I enjoy trail running, I chose to run the Silver State 50/50 trail half-marathon (which claims to be one of the most challenging trail runs on the West Coast). My training was definitely put to the test on this course!
The course started at an elevation of 4625 ft and our first surprise was a very muddy road through a pasture (oops... someone forgot to turn off the water ahead of time - oh well, the soaked and muddy feet would quickly dry).
The trail runs I had been training on were nothing compared to this course. Most of the race was on very rocky, single-track trails. And a couple of the climbs were so steep that just walking up them was quite a feat!
It took me 1 hr and 30 min to run/walk/hike the 7.6 miles to the summit of 6125 ft. But, next came my favorite part of running trails - the downhill part!
A couple of the hairpin turns were so fun that I found myself yelling "yipee" as I sailed around them.
It felt so good to be running and making up time from the long, steep ascents. Oh ya, did I mention it was rocky? As much as I hate to slow down when going downhill, parts of the course were so treacherous, that I would have been foolish not to walk or risk taking quite a tumble. Then just before the 10.5 mile check point, I found myself sprawled out on the trail. One moment I was running great, then next moment I was on the ground... I lost focus for just a moment and tripped. Luckily no one was behind me to fall over the top of me. I picked up my phone (and immediately checked to make sure my RunKeeper app was still working - and it was), so I got up and kept running. My left knee got skinned up a little and my right hand will take a day or two to return to its normal size - but other than that, I was ok.
The fall made me more cautious for the remaining 2 and a half miles and slowed my pace down a bit. After that, I didn't care so much about my finishing time or place - I was just ready to be done.
My goal was to finish in less that 2 hrs 30 minutes and my finishing time was 2:27:25! Not too bad for a total climb of 2175 ft.
Of course the best part of the run was seeing my family at the finishing line! (My son even chose to miss his tball game just to cheer me on at the finish line.)
Reflections from the race: This was indeed a very challenging course. It was well marked and the volunteers were great! My vote is undecided if I'll run this race next year... But I did prove to myself that I could handle a race of this caliber and that my goal of running the Robie Creek half-marathon next spring is doable. In the meantime, though, I would like to try a "normal" half-marathon race just to see how it feels...
For the time being, I'm returning to my "easy" trail runs behind our house and getting back to my kettlebells that I've been neglecting for the past couple of weeks.
Thank you to all of my family and SparkFriends for all of your support and encouragement! It really helped during the race!
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Things are going really well for my daughter and her new GF diet.
For Mothers Day, she helped me make a GF banana nut bread which was AMAZING! Everyone loved it and couldn't believe it was gluten free! Later that day, we went grocery shopping and she picked out all kinds of GF items, and so far, she's loved everything that we bought! Finally, for dinner on Mothers Day, we picked up pizza and she got to have her own GF pizza - which she really liked (and felt pretty special to have her very own pizza)!
Stomach-wise, she hasn't had any stomach pains since Friday
Today, she's going on a field trip to the local ballpark to see our hometown "Aces" play! I'm chaperoning, and will do my best to not have a repeat of any "embarrassing mom" moments like I did at her class party last week....
Thank you everyone for your words of encouragement and advice! I REALLY appreciate it!
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Rough gluten-free day yesterday for my daughter.
Yesterday was a party in my daughter's class, so I sent her with some GF treats for her to eat (hoping it would help her not feel "left out"). Instead of feeling left out, she felt "singled out". Next time, instead of sending her with her own personal treats, we decided we'll make enough for her to share with the whole class. Hopefully, that will help her feel more included in the party.
Later in the day, we visited grandma who had just bought a new package of oreo cookies. Of course, my daughter was bummed that she couldn't have any while her little brother and sister each had a couple. Luckily, we still had a leftover GF cookie from her party - but she still felt bad.
Finally, we're still struggling with a decent bread replacement for her sandwiches... The breads we've found are ok for toast with lots of peanut butter, but not so good for sandwiches. We're going to try making some homemade bread this weekend - so if you have any bread recipe recs, please pass them along!
To make matters worse, tummy aches were pretty bad yesterday, so I think she's feeling discouraged with her food-limits. (It's hard being patient as a 9yr old - she wants to feel better, now!)
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