Sunday, November 11, 2012
I proposed that today I'd write up the nutrition for runners seminar I attended yesterday. The instructor was interesting and passionate and most of what she said about eating before, during, and after running is similar to what I've read on SP. She fixed us a smoothie with almond milk, frozen banana, chia seeds, and lots and lots of baby spinach. Not bad. Then she had us try the same smoothie that had Old Fashioned Oats (uncooked) and slivered almonds that had set in the frig for 12 hours. Again, not bad. She then had a chocolate oatmeal with raw peanuts which also had some of that same smoothie in it. I regret that I failed to get the exact recipe. She had them there, I just neglected to pick it up.
After the seminar I went to the bookstore and bought the book Eat to Live, which the presenter has recommended to me several times. I've read the first chapter and skimmed it. I will say it makes me feel better about the food plan my nephew is following as it is very similar. Just not sure about it for me, though. I'll read it and think about it and maybe later I will try this food plan. We'll see. Right now I'm focused on my half marathon on the 18th and not going to risk changing anything right now!
I bought a disposable camera because there were no pictures of Gwen since Easter and I just haven't decided on a digital camera yet. I didn't do very good photography, but at least my mom can see that Gwen has grown. She has a beautiful smile I did not capture, but she's so cute (yes, I'm biased) I'm just glad to have them. Natalie is quite photogenic, but I have two sets of professional school pictures of her since Gwen had a picture at all. Yes, I should have remembered to take a picture of my remodeled kitchen since SparkFriends had asked, but I forgot. Sorry. Maybe soon.
Gwen holding Natalie's hand:
Gwen channeling Chopin:
Gwen and Natalie on couch:
Gwen jumps on bed with Natalie helping to keep her safe:
Natalie on back porch (sideways??)
Hope all the little kids in your life have recent pictures!! Eat well! Feed the kids well! It's a challenge, but definitely worth it.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
I ran with a different group today, four women in their 30's and 40's. We ran 5 miles at a very comfortable pace. They made me feel great, calling me an inspiration! I do think it is kind of cool to be kind of old and kind of fit!!
(I'll probably write up the nutrition for runners seminar tomorrow. I'm still reading the stuff.)
Friday, November 09, 2012
I'm trying to help/inspire/enable/support my 27 year old nephew. He was recently hospitalized due to ketoacidosis and was diagnosed with diabetes. He spent several days in the Trama ICU, so this was a serious incident. On the good side, he is testing his blood sugar frequently and keeping it at a good level. My sister (his mom who is diabetic but now lives half a continent away) gave him an easier to-use blood tester and lots of test strips. He has chosen a non-mainstream eating plan that is vegan and very low fat. I'm not sure it is a good plan for a diabetic, but it doesn't matter because he is totally committed to it, and I don't think anything I could say would make a difference.
He is willing to use Weight Watchers (SparkPeople does not appeal to him) to try to manage portion control. He lost 30 pounds with WW back in 1999 when we went together and our leader is still the same person! In his first week on WW he didn't lose any weight, even gained a bit. He didn't seem discouraged, which I guess is positive. He has given up meat, milk, and eggs totally. He's reduced his sugar intake dramatically. Clearly he is willing to make drastic changes, and I hope they get him to the health he wants.
Bottom line is I can't do it for him. I know a lot about weight loss for an older woman, but it may not relate to a young man at a very different weight. I don't know much about diabetes, and not much about vegan eating. And even if I knew exactly what he should do, he is a grown adult with strong opinions.
I'm hoping just to love him and encourage him, and so hoping that he can find the strength and motivation and wisdom to embrace healthy living.
PS I took today as day of rest for me. Counting down: nine days until my first half marathon!! I run short tomorrow morning with my Galloway group.
Thursday, November 08, 2012
I want to thank all my SparkFriends who are brave enough to detail their food struggles in their blogs. You know who you are! And I love those "back on track" blogs. It really helps me understand that I am not alone, helps me accept who I am, and helps me accept that after living overweight for decades it is not surprising that occasionally I slip. Accepting and forgiving is an important part of my maintenance.
Right now I'm feeling strong, physically and mentally, including dealing with food. Yesterday was an excellent eating day and my scale showed the lowest weight I've had in 10 days. I am very thankful for the strength I feel right now.
I try to focus on "progress, not perfection." I'm sure you've heard that saying over and over again, but it is one that truly speaks to me. After years of binge eating, my "binges" are now much smaller, much healthier, and much, much less frequent.
I am still 3.4 pounds over what I consider my ideal weight. I believe if I could give up my occasional unplanned eating I would weigh exactly what I want to weigh. I believe I will get there.
I don't always biog it when I slip. Sometimes it seems to help to confess and sometimes it seems better to focus on non-eating areas in which I am succeeding. But again let me say a BIG thanks to you who are willing to face the food issues head on!
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
I'm being a little obsessive I suppose trying to avoid illness and injury in the last 11 days before my first half marathon.
Little Gwen (2 years old) climbs up into a chair and helps me put her in the crib. When she is feeling cooperative she'll get into the stroller, the high chair, the car seat, and changing area with very little help. I'm being extra patient, encouraging, and not just grabbing her up when I want to go somewhere. I am trying to spare my back.
My hubby has pneumonia. I kiss him on top of the head when he's sitting or laying down. I carry around hand sanitizer. I'm am trying hard to stay well.
I must admit I've slacked off on strength training to avoid soreness and potential for injury. I promise I'll get back to it with intensity after I have this HM in the bag. I've been extra careful to stretch just a little and not push any stretches.
Today I went 5.11 miles walking for 75 minutes on the gym treadmill. Felt good. Not at all tiring. Ran yesterday about 3 miles. Will run tomorrow, maybe 2 miles and walk about 2. Saturday I'll run with a slow group 4-6 miles. Next week I'll do 2 slow short runs to prepare. Got to start nailing down what I'm going to pack.
I've been training since June 4, 2012, specifically for this half marathon. That puts an awful lot of pressure on this one event. However, I'm feeling pretty confident and prepared.
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