Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Wow! Last week was like a nightmare that I couldn't seem to wake up from. I am feeling better now and I wondering if I was not getting enough of some nutrients. I am doing a 5k program that is a bit more intense than I normally run and I had cut back on the whole wheat bread I normally ate.
So, I started to add more grains in the meals I prepared and now I feel better. I have not been tracking my food, but I think I better get back to it. I am going to use this program called Diet Power - it is one I can use offline and it tracks the micronutrients as well as the macronutrients and offers advice on what to eat if I am lacking in one, plus it takes into account the exercise I eat over time and advises how many calories I should be eating on a day by day basis.
Arby's has a billboard that says "Good Mood Food Ahead" - not that I'd agree that Arby's is a healthy or even good choice (we knew someone who worked at a meat packing plant and said that the "meat" used was the undesirable stuff - whether or not that is true, I don't know but I do know that I have often felt sick after eating there) Back to my blog - I think there is a connection between what we eat and how we feel.
Here is something I experienced one time, I got into an argument with one of my daughters and it left in a bad mood, I was angry and I could not shake it. Then I went to get my sister for our weekly walk and I was in such a bad mood that I suggested before we started our walk I "needed" to get some chocolate. So, we went to the store that had the good stuff, you know like $17.00 per pound. I bought 2 pieces, ate them and actually felt something in my brain and guess what?! Instant mood change.
Coincidence? I don't know. But to me, it is a testimony that the foods we eat can make a difference in how we feel.
Saturday, September 03, 2011
Just got back from my morning run and I enjoying the fact that I jogged about 1 mile without thinking my legs hurt, my hands are numb, my shoulders are tight, I can hardly breathe etc.
I love it when I just sort of zone out and then when I come back to reality I realize how far I went.
Friday, September 02, 2011
Weight this morning is: 125.0 pounds I had listed 125 pounds as my goal weight because I am maintaining my weight and I went below the original number and because I have the ticker on my page I kept getting an error message, so I listed 125 so I would not drop below it. But, today I actually reached it and I was not really trying to reach it.
I have reached this twice in my adult life and it feels good to me. I attribute this to my not eating as many processed foods. In August, I went on a no candy bar challenge, I ate some candy a couple of times, but noticed that when I managed to get by without eating any for a week, my running improved.
I started focusing more on eating foods as close to the natural state as possible following principles I learned from reading Joel Fuhrman and John McDougall's books. I started to add more potatoes to my diet and found that I am actually craving sweets a lot less now.
My hubby made some chocolate covered walnuts the other day and I took a small bite - months ago I would have had a hard time stopping, but I did not really like the chocolate that was on them. Wow! Me not liking chocolate!!!
I am definitely learning that the more I change my diet and lifestyle, the more I benefit. I remember back when I started my weight loss journey and dropped the first 15 pounds, my husband commented on how much lighter I seemed on my feet as I walked. Now, I am able to run a 5k without stopping to walk if I put my mind to it. I am running a longer distance than I was a year ago.
Yeah, me, a runner. I was on the high school track team and I couldn't run fast enough to compete so I went to throwing the discus instead. I always hated running, now when I get frustrated, I like to go and run off some of the negativity.
This new lifestyle is so .
Please, feel free to comment on my blog and tell me how the change in your lifestyle has benefited you.
Monday, August 29, 2011
I am on week 3 of 30 Day Fastest 5k training plan and today was shadow runs. This is where I picked a starting place and then ran for a 5 minutes and then rested and then turned around and ran back to the starting point. The goal was during each of the run segments to get back to where I started before the 5 minutes was up as if I was racing my shadow.
I enjoyed this run and my average speed during the runs ranges from 6.0 to 6.6, which was great since I misjudged how far I thought I could run when I picked my starting point and ended up going down this hill, which meant that when I turned around I had to run up the hill.
This particular hill had taken me over a year to run up without stopping, but I decided to go for it and much to my surprise, I found that not only was I able to run up the hill but I was able to adjust my pace and keep on going once I got to the top. In the past, whenver I made it up the hill I had to stop and catch my breath before I could continue.
The shadow beat me on the uphill runs, but only by 15 seconds. On the fifth run, I was tired but instead of wanting to quit and walk, I thought I want the full time to rest and so I ran hard to get to the finish spot by the time the 5 minutes were up. I cannot recall if I actually made it or not, if not then it was only by a few seconds.
I am finally seeing some improvements in my running!!
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