Thursday, May 08, 2014
Last Saturday I did a new race length. Five miles. It was great to feel ready for something longer.
The temp was around 70 and there wasn't a cloud in the sky, it was perfection!
My time was 1:10. I finished 31 out of 39 for females 40 - 44. And I was 394 out of 453 runners overall.
Know what? I am THRILLED with that. 15 months ago, I wouldn't have been running at all, so even though I'm slow, I am out there busting my ass and doing my best.
Next month I'm going to do a 10K ... 6.2 miles. Working my way up to that first half marathon in September. Whoo Hoo!
Monday, April 21, 2014
I have decided that sugar is the devil.
When I say sugar, I am referring to all caloric sweeteners. Sugar, HFCS, turbinado, honey, agave, fructose, sugar alcohols, etc.
The obesity crisis in America really took hold when the low fat craze started. Why? Because food manufacturers had to add sugar to the food to make it palatable. When you take out all of the yummy fat, the food tastes like cardboard.
The problem is, fat wasn't the problem!
All these low fat, fat free "foods" are horrible for you. And most of them are full of sugar.
Why is sugar so bad? There are lots of reasons, actually, and I won't go into all of them here. However, sugar spikes your blood sugar. Then it rapidly crashes, and then you are starving. So you eat something with sugar, and the cycle starts again. When I weighed almost 300 pounds and I ate lots of sugar every single day, I was hungry all the time. I'd finish eating and before long I would be thinking about what I was going to eat for my next meal.
Now, deep, insatiable hunger is gone.
I used to think "oh my sweet tooth isn't that bad, I don't eat that many sweets" but there is so much added sugar in almost all the processed foods that we eat that even if you think you aren't eating much sugar, you are probably eating far, far more than you realize.
I sweeten my coffee with EZSweetz (liquid sucralose aka Splenda) and I know many of you will think that's horrible, but I'm not giving it up. I've tried other alternatives like Stevia and I didn't like the taste, and I enjoy my sweet creamy coffee too much to stop. From all of the research I have done, I believe that the EZSweetz is far better than the powdered business because it doesn't contain the fillers. It is certainly better than sugar.
Recent studies have shown that sugar lights up the same pleasure centers in the brain as cocaine. Cocaine! You can't tell me that sugar is not addictive. And sure, you can say "well it is ok in moderation." The problem is that sugar cycle that makes you want more and more which makes moderation very, very hard. It's easier and better to just skip the sugar from the get-go.
The one time in the last few months that I splurged on sugary treats, I regretted it so much the next day. I was tired, I had a headache, I was nauseous, and all I wanted to do was lay in bed. That is the most convincing argument to me that our bodies are not meant to consume such quantities of sugar. At least mine isn't.
I know this is a topic that people tend to feel very strongly about, so I welcome your comments both for and against.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
I know I have gone pretty quiet over the last couple of weeks.
I've been incredibly busy with my two jobs, and Thanksgiving, and getting ready to move next month, and coping with the loss of my dog, Lucy.
Not running and not CrossFitting is killing me. Especially the first week when I was coming down off of all those endorphins--I was a big weepy mess.
My weight has been kind of stuck and I've been lazy about tracking my food. I'm traveling on business this week but I've really been doing a good job of staying away from the carbs. I'm also getting tons of steps, which I haven't done in a few weeks because of the hip injury.
The next 4 to 6 weeks are going to continue to be quite stressful, but I'm going to do my best to continue to do whatever exercise I can and to be better about my tracking.
Also, I've started a Facebook page about my weight loss journey called "Christina Can Change." I'd love you to come "like" my page if you are interested!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Goodbye sweet Lucy.
I remember the day we found you at the pound, and we were filling out your paperwork and a family came up to the desk to ask about "the little black and white dog in the back." I was quick to point out that she was already MINE. If we had showed up at the pound five minutes later, we might have lost you.
Then the vet told us you had distemper, but we could just take you back to the pound and get another dog if we wanted to. But of course we couldn't do that. We knew they would just put you to sleep and you were already ours and we already loved you. We kept you and you pulled through, and it was the best decision we ever made.
You loved to lick us all to death! You especially loved to lick the top of Bob's head.
You were always so patient and tolerant, even letting babies pull on your fur without complaint.
You slept next to us for so many nights. I remember when you had a run-in with a skunk and you came inside before we realized it, and ran straight to our bed and rolled around all over it! You had to sleep outside for a couple of nights until we got rid of the skunk smell -- and neither of us liked it when you slept outside.
You gave us almost 11 years of love, joy, and devotion. You were a priceless gift to our family and we will miss you always.
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