Monday, October 14, 2013
This morning was a new low for me for the year, 197. Still borderline overweight for my height according to BMI, but pretty much back to where I was in Dec of 2012, before all the hysterics.
Amazing what cutting out gluten and dairy and eating buttloads of nuts and fruit and beans and stuff will do. I'm sure I'm eating more fats and maybe more calories even, but it's just different stuff.
Anyway - this past weekend I was kind of "hostessing" for a group of runner friends visiting to do a race. Pals from the Runner's World Online Forums that I then REALLY got to know when everyone migrated to facebook after the forums just got awful.
Soooo much fun. SO MUCH FUN! I was "pacing" a friend of mine - she had a goal to run the full race and we were thinking a 12:30-12:45 per mile pace seemed reasonable. But she got a really bad side stitch at the turnaround that persisted a while, kind of went away, and after a speed up initiated by trying to get to a portajohn quickly it came back full force. Just not the ideal day! Nature stop happened at mile 11 ish, I went on to finish strong. My right hip is a little sore, I've been having some problems in the past week with my SI joint feeling stuck on that side, going to a chiro. Went twice so far, going again Wednesday.
But otherwise I feel the race went fairly well for me. Not an improvement over my races thus far this year, but I wasn't really trying for one that much. Our goal time was 2:45 (last race was like 2:52?) and ended up with a 2:53:29 - but although I wasn't feeling perfect, the point was that I was sticking with my friend. Yesterday's race wasn't about me. I feel like it was a harder effort from myself than I would have liked it to be, but it hasn't got me like a race sore (other than my hip feeling a little wonky) more like a LR. So that seems good.
A couple of pictures from the race:
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
So, I should probably do a little catch up. :) My weight hasn't been dropping as dramatically as it did when I started the elimination diet, I haven't started tracking again yet either.
I'm under 200lbs again. WOOHOO!!! I've consistently weighed around 198-199 for about a week now, so I'm pumped about that. FINALLY. I'm closing in on my pre-off birth control, pre-all this nonsense weight.
Now I can keep the momentum and keep treating myself well and I'd love to get even lower to help my running, etc.
Speaking of running, my heel is MUCH better - I ran two half marathons in the last two weeks and I made it through them without hurting my heel. They weren't great by any means, I wasn't trained back up enough to race, I was just kinda running them long, but I made it through both, didn't have to DNS or DNF for any races I've registered for this year, and I have two (three) new medals to show for it. I got a medal for doing a pirate themed 5K a little while after my last blog post. :P hahahaha.
Here are a few pictures from my races just to keep things interesting:
Pre-Pirate 5K - temporary tattoo on the shoulder, skulls headband of course
Pirate race SWAG:
1st Come back half - Maple Leaf Half Marathon:
Pre-race outfit shot - lost the armwarmers after mile 1.
Super cool glass medal from a local glass blower:
2nd come back half - Charlotte Covered Bridges Half Marathon
Me running up to the bridge where I rolled my ankle and fell. :P I'm fine.
By the way I SUUUPER duper love that running skirt - it's the SkirtSports Happy Girl skirt. I thought the Gym Girl was long enough to stay put on me, but it doesn't do as well in less humid than AL climates. The Happy Girl works perrrrrfectly. And that color is so great!
P.S. - bonus running skirt shot since that one is so far away - this is kind of a mix between my two race outfits, too. Tank I made, skirt from 2nd race:
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Day Four: Get Ready on the Inside
"How much time do you spend getting ready each day? Today use the same amount of time to get ready on the inside. Meditate, write in your journal, or perform an act of service."
This was completed on Sunday and I was teaching a young kids sunday school lesson as a substitute (ages about... 8) I got dressed and ready quick as a flash, and then spent a good amount of time spiritually preparing and studying the lesson I was supposed to cover during class. I didn't even put on any makeup - but I did feel great.
Day Five - Tune out the Media - no TV, movies, magazines, and internet surfing.
uhhhh I didn't do this. I'm not going to derail the challenge for it, but I will have to plan a day for this in the future. I'll still do it! But I didn't do this on day 5.
Day Six - Self-Talk
"Pay attention to your thoughts today. Ask yourself, how do my thoughts make me feel? Is what I'm thinking really true? Practice challenging your negative thoughts and replacing them with more truthful ones."
Oog. I had a rough day yesterday with negative thoughts. I had to work really hard to be truthful with myself and not just get down in the dumps. I spent a good hour crying talking about something tender with a friend - it was needed, the emotional gutting wasn't. I took myself there with negative thoughts. I'm usually SUPER great at positivity, but this was overwhelming me, and I got overwhelmed. And then I got better. :) Same with another thing - I started a job recently that turned out to be different than expected. I tried to stick through training to be sure if I might like it ok after all, but I decided to cut their losses and go ahead and quit. I HATE being a quitter. Oof. I feel like I should've known - but not wanting to be a quitter is a horrible reason for staying in a situation that is not beneficial. After letting go, I felt so much better.
TODAY'S CHALLENGE - Body Kindness.
"Be kind to your body. Refrain from talk about weight or shape of self and others. Be aware of how often you compare yourself to others, and evaluate how this makes you feel.
WHY: The obsession with weight, shape and appearance continues among women partially because we encourage it in each other. We have made it unacceptable for a woman to be at peace with her body. Refraining from speaking about weight and shape -- positively or negatively -- allows us to focus on a person's real value and worth. Your body is the vehicle that will carry you to your dreams -- treat it with kindness and love. We must cherish our bodies as God-given gifts.
Journal prompt - How difficult was it to avoid fat talk?
I will come back for more thoughts on this later I think - but I already talked about my weight today (in a positive way) to some people. I'm finding a lot of positive physical results from my new elimination diet and it's hard not to be caught up in the process. The real importance of this to me is to become healthier, to feel stronger and more like myself again. Not the number on the scale - although that is something that will move as I feel more and more "normal" again, it's not the goal. I read a part of the original 10 day challenge and it was to give 10 compliments to others that are NOT based on appearance. That seemed like a hard challenge! I am going to be mindful of this stuff tonight as I go to my Young Women activity so I will be speaking and thinking in a mindful way about our true worth as individuals.
Saturday, August 03, 2013
So I actually did the exercise yesterday, but I'm doing the prompt today. And I'm not gonna beat myself up about that! :D KINDNESS! hehehe.
Here's the challenge:
THE CHALLENGE: Exercise for fun—choose a form of
exercise that you enjoy, a form you wouldn’t normally
choose because it calls attention to your body.
WHY: Exercise is necessary for health, but we have turned
it into a duty, obligation and punishment--something we do to
“make up” for the food we eat. Women are bombarded with
media messages that tell us we can’t run, swim, do yoga, or
any number of things unless we have the “perfect” body. We
must stop waiting to achieve perfection and live our lives to
the fullest—taking risks, trying new things, and utilizing the
unlimited potential of our bodies.
JOURNAL: How did your body feel during and after your
exercise? Reflect on the blessing of being able to move.
So I hula hooped at a church dance for the youths. I was asked to be a chaperone and was bummed because chaperoning dances SUCKS unless you have someone with you. I thought about bringing my new LED hoop, but I worried about drawing too much attention to myself. Well I did it anyway. And I hooped and danced in front of all the kiddos. And I took breaks and watched them dance and tried to be a good chaperone as well. It made the whole evening very bearable and fun.
How did I feel? I felt fantastic. I really enjoyed myself and let loose and tried different things. It was good practice for the time I'm gonna go do a kind of hoopjamesque performance in September with the Green Mountain Hoop Troop in return for a free yoga class. :D I may not be exactly as healthy as I want to be right now, but I can still move really well and I love it.
Friday, August 02, 2013
Today's challenge is 10 things I like about myself - both for appearance and other qualities.
Let's start with appearance:
1. My eyes are big and blue and pretty!
2. I used to not like how tall I am, but now I love it
3. My feet aren't huge for how tall I am
4. My legs are nice and long
5. My hands look pretty, long and lean
6. My hair grows fast, thick, and fine.
7. I like my long neck!
8. I like my jawline/chin - it's strong enough. :)
9. I like how small my chest is - I think it's attractive and is nice for buying clothes.
10. I like the bone structure of my face and the fact that it allows me to carry of a variety of hairstyles well, especially my favorite - the pixie. :)
1. I am optimistic - always looking at the positive.
2. I have a natural faith - I question a lot, but I am able to move forward and believe and trust fairly well.
3. I forgive quickly and easily - I tend toward resolution
4. I have a great musical talent
5. I am a natural rower
6. I love to learn
7. I'm pretty good with little kids
8. I am pretty good at teaching people things
9. I am good at drawing and other artistic things
10. I love to laugh!
So the journal prompt also asks about which list was harder or easier to come up with. I am not sure! They were very similar for me. I was good for about 5-7 things on each list, but after that I had to think hard. I think appearance was a LITTLE easier just because it's finite and you can think across your body if you're stuck. :) With the inner qualities, it could be anything! So when I was stuck it was harder to think of more. I think I feel more strongly about the inner qualities though. They are each more meaningful and give me so much more to appreciate and enjoy in life than anything about my outward appearance.
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