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Back to Tracking!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Well -- I'm apparently not quite ready to be without tracking so I'm going back to it again. Who knows for how long.

I know I have made the statement before that if I need to track for years and years so be it. And I really do believe that. It's a hard reality to face, but it's the truth. Being fit and healthy is more important to me than being free from tracking. I would LIKE not tracking to be an eventual reality for me, but I don't NEED for it to be. What I DO NEED is not to be overweight or unhealthy.

I feel good about my time without tracking - learning about my tendencies and exploring emotional issues that I didn't realize were there because they were being minimized (so much so that I barely realized I had any!) by tracking. However, yesterday the scale hit my WARNINGWARNINGWARNING number so the calories are going back in the books.

I AM still going to make a strong effort to work on some of these things.

And there is one big reason I think I have been struggling again -- eating on the couch in front of the TV. YEP! You haven't heard me mention eating at the table for a while now, have you??? That's because I stopped. I said - screw this I'm lonely and uncomfortable sitting over here and this is stupid I'm going to eat where I want to eat!

But apparently being "where I want to eat" for a long time made me uh.. .eat. more. HAHAAHA. *sigh* I get the feeling I will eventually graduate to a no-TV-during mealtimes eater...

But for right now, I'm going to go back to my original parameters of no food on the couches in front of the TV unless it's like popcorn or hot chocolate. And I'm not buying anymore hot chocolate this go around to the store that's for sure! :) And I will strive to be mindful of my emotional eating tendencies etc. - but I will still go back to tracking because I cannot tolerate my weight climbing. Just not gonna happen.

I have a lifetime to work on my emotional/boredom/stress eating issues - I want to at least remain at a healthy weight while doing so.

It's SO HARD to do this because it feels like failure, but I think the real failure would be to ignore the signs and keep making the same mistakes when I know there is something I can do to fix it. I talked to DH about this all yesterday and he was very supportive. :)

As for right now -- I'm gonna go run. Probably not very far... today is usually a rest day and I want to stay on the rest of my running schedule this week (tue-thur, Sat, sun) If possible - Sunday was going to be an evening run and when I went to check the temps I just got completely deflated of motivation.

95 with a feels like of 105. At 6pm. And not getting much cooler. The middle of the night low was 76. YEAH. Soooooo I said sCREW THAT CRAP I'M STAYING HOME! hahahaha. But now I've gotta face the music.

  
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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 6/16/2010 7:20PM

    I think you are showing signs of tremendous inner growth. It's hard to face the truth but it's the only way we heal.

You may or may not track forever but I would bet money that you are going to stay at a healthy weight and be amazingly fit until you are no longer breathing!

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 6/16/2010 12:03PM

    You said it: "real failure would be to ignore the signs and keep making the same mistakes when I know there is something I can do to fix it." And thanks for the reminder because after 7 days of vacation and not tracking a few weeks before that to "try it on my own" has given me two extra pounds!!!

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SKYFYRE 6/15/2010 11:21AM

    yeah, I have been tracking the last couple of days, too. Good to face the truth, and reasons for not meeting my goals. I really like that you are looking on the bright side and realizeing that you are doing good for yourself, and that, my friend, means self respect! Good on ya!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 6/15/2010 9:28AM

    We are having the same heat wave here, it is craziness!

Listen, I say you do whatever you need to take care of yourself and keep yourself healthy, Dana! Like you said, if you have to track forever, so what? Better than being unhealthy!

I highly recommend eating dinner at the table. I have started being better about really working on the presentation even when it is just Jake and me, but that is because I have tons of time this summer, so might as well enjoy it while we can. I do eat pretty much every other meal in front of the computer (often while sparking) I know that isn't good, but I swear it makes me slow down, whereas if it was just me and the food? I think I would eat too fast, I don't know?

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SEEHOLZ 6/15/2010 2:57AM

    I think you are brave to try to do what's best! Truthfully, somewhere in the back of my mind, I'd like to be free of tracking, too, but realistically, I feel like I've done too much damage to myself over the last 9 years- mainly year 2 and 3) that I can't make the past (my anorexia, my extreme binging, all that eating/noneating crap) go away and I've come to terms with the fact that tracking does keep me from going off the deep end completely. To me, it's just something I do know, not something I think about too much, which is not good either, because oftentimes it does not face me that I eat too much... as in yes, it bothers me, but I still do it, so the tracking does not necessarily keep me from it like most other people. In that sense, the tool is kind of broken. That said, I'm learning a lot about my STRESS eating. Now, that I'm on vacation, my eating is a LOT better! Granted, I'm exercising less ( but walking a lot, so staying active) and that has definitely something to do with it, as well. But, it's something that I need to break through if I want to keep my weight under control.
My point is that this is an IMPORTANT topic to me and that I can really relate to what you are saying... deep down. As I said, tracking is completely nonthreatening to me, like brushing teeth. If I put it into perspective and on that level, I really wished I didn't have to bruth my teeth either and at least the truth is that I can stop tracking while I can't stop brushing my teeth without negative consequences, so there is more hope with regards to tracking and hence it's even less threatening, you know.
As for eating infront of the TV, that's a problem for a lot of people- my son has an issue with just mindlessly snacking infront of the TV, so not tread it. Anyways, keep working on figuring out what works, what makes you happy and also realize that hard core exercise IS going to make you a lot more hungry!
Thinking of you!!!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 6/14/2010 10:47PM

    Eating in front of the TV is a huge thing. I can see where that makes a big difference. If you eat away from distraction, it reduces the chance of mindless eating.

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KJNE8O 6/14/2010 9:47PM

    Som many great comments already. All I have to add is my own knowledge of myself that I will need to track again and again and again because when I stop I gain weight no matter how active I am. I like to eat. I like food... not, take that back - I LOVE to eat and I LOVE food. So there you have it - we need to track and that doesn't make us failures, just very wise :)

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KNH771 6/14/2010 7:31PM

    It's SO HARD to do this because it feels like failure, but I think the real failure would be to ignore the signs and keep making the same mistakes when I know there is something I can do to fix it.

So true! I think it takes more courage to admit that something is not working than to stubbornly look away.


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SWEETZMIX 6/14/2010 7:30PM

    Much work to do indeed. We all do, but every day there is a little progress. Things we realize that we never realized before. We are now more willing to face the truth. Things will get better on this front...no worries.

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SWEATONCEADAY 6/14/2010 6:52PM

    yikes it is HOT out there. take care of yourself on your run. tracking can be good too. in a perferct world we wouldn't need to but this world is so not perfect lol. i track most days now too again. i guess i didn't track for a good 20 years of my life so it is something that may take just as long to learn??? i hope not. ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!

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TELERIE 6/14/2010 6:18PM

    Thanks for keeping it real always, Dana, and you're right, it IS a small price to pay to keep at the weight we desire! I have a way to go still to get to my goal, but I agree with what CJ says below - I think of this as a forever PROCESS and not and EVENT. I imagine I will keep on tracking always (at least sporadically) - especially when I have new food/new portions/new meals that I rarely eat. Most days I have the same breakfast/lunch and can skip tracking those. Awareness, acknowledgement and honesty - that's what tracking does for me. emoticon

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PRINCESSNURSE 6/14/2010 6:02PM

    I wish I could get to a place where I don't have to track my calories and don't have to think about my food/micromanage my food consumption constantly, but the sad truth is I really think that in my case I will need to do this for the rest of my life to achieve and maintain my health goals. Do I wish it were different? Yes. Does wishing make it different? No. I think just being able to admit that we need to track is a big thing-we will succeed!


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CJROMB 6/14/2010 5:51PM

    So...last time I had a seminar about how I lost 50 pounds (which I hold specifically to make sure I keep that 50 OFF)...someone complained about the effort they have to put in for the rest of their lives, and how bored they are with all the exercise and tracking...

And I got this HUGE ah-ha, immediately, like a bolt of lightning. The truth is, for those of us who've struggled with weight, it's not a CHOICE and it's not an EVENT. We don't get to CHOOSE whether or not to struggle with our weight. We only get to CHOOSE if we win or not. And it's not an EVENT. It's a process. A life-long process, a forever habit that we must adopt.

Because the truth is, underneath it all, I'd sure rather spend all that time being bored with tracking and all the other stuff it takes to KEEP it off, over spending all that time begin bored (and disappointed) that I have to track and do all that other stuff to get it off AGAIN.

Maintainance isn't fun. But going back to overweight is the middle circle of the nastiest hell I can imagine.

Thanx for sharing this blog. And thanx for the inspiration to get my hiney out today, to run on the trail in the heat, even though it's a bit boring and I'm crazy tired. I needed the reminder of how important it is to keep up those habits I know work.

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KEAKMAN 6/14/2010 3:38PM

    "It's SO HARD to do this because it feels like failure, but I think the real failure would be to ignore the signs and keep making the same mistakes when I know there is something I can do to fix it. "

Failing would be stupidly insisting that you don't need to track when you know that you do. Makes me think of my dad after his accident and he would insist that he could do it by himself and would land on his head trying to get out of bed, or nearly crash the wheelchair getting out of the van. Sometiems we need help. End of story.

I NEED to track and weigh and measure my food. I HATE it. But I NEED it. TIme for me to quit falling out of bed on my head, too!

Happy running my friend - I'll send you some cool weather if you want...

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DECIWOMAN 6/14/2010 3:11PM

    I don't think that going back to tracking is a failure. That you had the courage to try it without is amazing to me. I know that if I wouldn't track I would gainwhat little I lost right away. So I think what you did was amazingly courageous and then having the courage to admit that you are not ready yet to do without ... you have my respect!!!

I know you can do it! And just think of what you have done already! Thanks for sharing!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 6/14/2010 2:20PM

    Please, please, please don't consider yourself a failure. I admire so much of what you have done. I want to do it too and not feel like it is hopeless.

If you went back to the weight you came from that MIGHT be failure. But learning to maintain is success. You are doing it. You have accomplished so much. Now you just have to learn how to do what it is going to take to stay at a healthy weight.

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MBSHAZZER 6/14/2010 2:07PM

    Dana, I don't believe going back to tracking is a failure at all. In fact, I think it's a HUGE success. Failure would be to ignore your warning signs and to continue to gain weight. I also don't think you will be "stuck" tracking calories forever. Getting a handle on your relationship with food and the underlying emotional issues is not something that happens overnight. If you need to track while you are exploring these issues, that's fine! Like you said, before hand, you were not really aware of the issues because you were tracking. Now that you know what you need to work on, you can use tracking as a great tool to stay in control while you work on the issues.

I am sooooo with you on the heat! It's oppressive! 82 degrees here at 6am. GAH! Stay cool!

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GRYFFINSONG 6/14/2010 11:49AM

    I agree with you that the real failure would be to ignore the signs and continue with less healthy habits. Good on ya for recognizing the danger signs and re-committing to the tools that will help you keep on track.

You're a brave, gutsy, beautiful woman, and you deserve a brilliant, healthy future!!!

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WAVEDANCER7 6/14/2010 11:17AM

    I think that its the way you look at tracking. I track about 4-5 days a week. Monday thru thursday, and usually during the day on Friday (dinner rarely makes the cut). BUT by doing so, i have gotten good at knowing what i can and can't eat and how much. So on the weekends, although i'm not tracking, i'm still in the "proportion mode" and know how to control it. I don't look at tracking as a restriction, or else it would be tedious and i'd resent it. Instead I look at it as just a daily activity (quick thing i do at work) just like filling up the water bottles, packing lunch, doing the dishes, or working out. Its not FUN persay, but its not terrible either.

I think you'll do really well tracking and getting back on... track. ;) Its not a punishment, its just a tool to put some numbers with that food. Don't sweat it girl, you'll regain all the control again in no time!

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RDARLING 6/14/2010 10:24AM

    You can do this! I also need to be more committed to tracking. I think I know how much I am eating but I honestly have no idea!

Hope you had a great run today!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 6/14/2010 9:51AM

    Yay tracking.

I'm struggling with the slide into my old habits, and don't like the results, either.

At least we know what works and that we can go back to it. Sticking with it seems to be an issue for me at the moment.

About the hot chocolate, there *is* a kind I've found that is less dangerous - Nestle makes a fat free hot cocoa mix with 20 calories per envelope. It's not always easy to find in the local stores, so I sometimes order it from Amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/gp
/product/B000EMPNCE/?tag=manifo
lds-20

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KARVY09 6/14/2010 9:10AM

    Have a good run! Tracking's not that bad. Figure 10 minutes a day, right? What's that versus your health?

Good luck with your no food on the couch goal!

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An EARLY Saturday morning!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

I decided to take advantage of the fact that I had to get up early to go to work and just get up EARLIER to go run out of the heat today. So up at 5AM and got running by about 5:40 for alllmost 4.5 before work. WOOT! My Average Heart Rate (including warmup and cooldown) was 155 and I actually spent 40min of about an hour (including warmup and cooldown) IN MY TARGET ZONE! That's like - massive. Because sometimes when I average just within, I still spend sooooo much time just above the top of the range it's crazy. So anyway - I did also notice the numbers as I was going so my warmup/cooldown didn't throw the average TOO much - I was seeing 160 a lot. Max was only 177 and that was definitely on a hill. (mostly a very flat route though)

Anyway - feels sooooooo good to get that done and checked off for the day so soon! I'm aiming for 5-6 tomorrow. 5 would put me at about 18.5 miles for the week so I'm looking at being at least there, maybe up to 20... we'll see.

So now I'm at work... waiting for the time to pass. This is my last Saturday here! WOOHOO! :D 4 more days of work! Off Monday! YEAH BUDDY!

DH is doing great working on his dissertation - I'm so proud of him.

Today should be a nice relaxing laundry day with possible entertainment of some Netflix Movies (Ninja Assassin, Astro Boy, ... I don't remember the other one...), World Cup, and the NCAA Track Championships! :D Woot.

I made a DELICIOUS dessert last night as inspired by... maybe dietitianontherun.com I think. Someone. I've been looking at a lot of runnerfood blogs lately. :) haha. Anyway -- greek yogurt+frozen fruit in a food processer, then a drizzle of agave nectar = HEAVEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D SO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I didn't measure the agave but really I barely drizzled any on and the greek yogurt and fruit divided by 2 is only like 100 cal per serving. I will definitely be doing that again! :)

  
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RUN_LIFT_EAT 6/15/2010 9:24AM

    That dessert sounds so refreshing! Perfect for summer, thanks for sharing that one :).

I need to start getting up super early and running, it has been hot as blazes here so the treadmill has been calling my name :(, boo treadmill!

Congrats to your hubby, it can be hard to stay focused, I know you will keep him on track :)

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 6/14/2010 12:18AM

    That dessert sounds AMAZING! Out of curiosity, what are your favorite runner food blogs? Although I follow several awesome food bloggers, none of them are runners. I'd love to add some runners to the rotation!

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SKYFYRE 6/13/2010 11:46PM

    Yum, I had frozen yogurt tonight, actually with raspberries and a little captain crunch sprinkled on the top of it! (PINKBERRY, you gotsta try it if you ever see one!)

Yay on the rocking target heart rate run! Way to go! I am jealous of your nice TV day planned ahead!

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CLOVERR1 6/13/2010 4:56PM

    Race to consider: Sept 25 Women's Half Marathon in Nashville TN? :)

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KJNE8O 6/13/2010 11:54AM

    My daughter loves Astro Boy! YAY the run!

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KEAKMAN 6/13/2010 9:15AM

    Great work on the run AND keeping your HR so average! (heehee - isn't it funny that we strive for average?!?)

Try not to dance around too much during your last week of work....they might figure out that you are glad to be moving on!

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DABINEXIAN 6/12/2010 5:13PM

    Awesome job! Good for you getting up early and getting your workout over and done with.

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JOHNBABJR 6/12/2010 4:02PM

    Great job on your run, Dana! You rock!

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KARVY09 6/12/2010 3:58PM

    I've had that dessert before! So good!

Glad you had a great run!

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MARLIE13 6/12/2010 3:51PM

    You just reminded me that our blender is on the fritz. Lemme rephrase that...my hubby's blender that is "suPeeeeerior" to mine is on the fritz. My blender is still out in the garage as it never made it's way to Goodwill. Long story short, last time I made the greek yogurt frozen fruity desserty...didn't go over well but tasted nummers. Should try it again now that my blender can easily surge into the front as a leader in the kitchen.

You didn't really need to know all of that did you?

Moral of the comment is, GOOD RUN, WOOHOO on the work being almost done, and NOM NOM NOM on the dessert!

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MBSHAZZER 6/12/2010 11:59AM

    OMG, that dessert sounds really good!

I have been doing the same thing w/ my running... doing my long runs on Fridays because I have to get up ridiculously early to beat the heat... may as well do it on a day I need to get up for work anyway. Great job - it sounds like a really successful run!

Enjoy your last week of work!

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TRACYZABELLE 6/12/2010 11:45AM

    You are awesome!

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CECINOAKLAND 6/12/2010 11:14AM

    i so cannot motivate to work out before work, but i can imagine how good it feels to get it out of the way early. anyway, that dessert sounds devine!

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SWEETZMIX 6/12/2010 10:08AM

    It does feel great to get your workout done bright & early before work. I get up early 4x a week before work and get it OUT OF THE WAY!! Enjoy your Saturday!

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Running shoes in hand... :)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

That is how I finished my run today!

So -- I ran about 2 miles today, took 5 min of that walking warmup - did some hip flexor stretches at home to see how that felt - felt good. Nearing the end of my run I took of my shoes and went for it. It's a paved path - some asphalt some concrete - and at the end that I did barefoot I had also a bridge with wide smooth wooden boards and a short set of stairs. :) FUN! It felt really good. I think I will incorporate more and more on my shorter runs. I'd like to get some vibrams just so I'm not totally barefoot, but I have to admit it was pretty convenient to just slip my shoes off, pick em up, and keep on rolling.

I don't think I will ever run barefoot all the time, but we'll see. I do believe it will at least be a good tool in my basket of tools! :)

Then the shoes went back on for my Freestyle Training - while I love the idea of running in the grass, the only place I'd feel comfortable doing that is also in places where people walk their dogs. And I'm not loving the idea of accidently running in poo. And I don't want to go on ground that's more brambly. The path was good for me today, but where I was setting up my Freestyle Trainer was in dirt and twigs and dry grass tufts or whatever the heck and yeah - I wasn't getting my feet in on all that. HAHA :D

Freestyle Trainer workout was good today - so fast, can move from exercise to exercise so easily... if something is too hard you merely adjust your body angle to make it easier and continue (or vice versa) - so no delays of changing out weights etc. I just love it. Today I started with some assisted piriformis/glute stretches, then assisted squats, back extensions into overhead rear delt presses, rows, chest flies, bicep curls, tricep presses, standing oblique twists, and a couple of single arm rows w/ a twist. I think that's everything... yeah and that took 15 min with two sets of 10-12 for each item.

Looking at the river and the trees w/ the breeze blowing - who couldn't love that?

Last night was a bit of crazy eating. My DH - trying to be sweet and lovely - brought me dark chocolate and licorice and I ate it ALL. I mean, YES I love those things. YES I sometimes want it more during TOM. Could I have had the control to eat some and stop? Yes. But I didn't. I chose to eat it all. I know there was a part of me saying - if you eat it all, then it won't be around to tempt you anymore. SO STUPID. That reasoning is ridiculous. If I can remember that I will be able to have more later, I can have some now and it's no big deal, why should it bother me that there is some there that I am not currently eating?

The questions are still there, but I don't want to never have certain foods in the house. I have successfully had chocolate and licorice in the house before and portioned it perfectly. At the time I was tracking my food and fit it in my ranges. I need to learn how to transition that kind of mindfulness into a non-tracking setting. If I can learn to do this it will literally FREE me. I will be able to travel, go to parties, eat out, etc. and not overeat. And what better place to learn than at home? So no, I am not going to scold my husband and tell him never to buy me treats. It's not like he got me something ludicrously unhealthy like a Krispy Kreme bun bacon burger that's been deep fried or something. He didn't get some crazy processed foodwannabe abomination. That I would have just been like - uh, why? hahaha. :) FOOD is not bad. Eating is not bad. Overeating of any kind of food is detrimental to my physical and emotional wellbeing.

So moving on - this morning I had a lovely breakfast of greekyogurt w/ oats (that I left in the fridge to soften while I ran and ...trained) w/ a cut up nectarine and agave nectar. Then I had some PB and pretzel sticks.

Then I stopped.

:) YES! I DID IT! HAHAHA. A little voice inside said, you could go get more PB and pretzel sticks... you could keep eating... and another voice said - yes, but am I hungry? And there was no answer. So I pondered and waited and the answer was no. I am good. I am satisfied. THE. END.

So I was very happy with that success this morning! :) I know I ate a reasonable amount of food - I covered carbs, protein, healthy fats, and fresh produce.

So my affirmations again!

I will eat mindfully.
I will treat my body well.
Food is good!
Eating is good!
I will recognize my hunger and satiety.

  
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RUN_LIFT_EAT 6/15/2010 9:22AM

    Again, going back in time, I now that you decided to stick with tracking for awhile, whatever works! I feel like we are in psy-ops all the time being surrounded by enticements to eat all the time, and not to eat real food, but junk.

I just finished some oats with greek yogurt, yum!

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SWEATONCEADAY 6/11/2010 1:36PM

    splat. sharon saying about slipping in the poo made me laugh. sounds like you had a great workout!!! woo hoo for trying something new. i am glad you are enjoying your new trainer. i can't have absolute favorites in the house or i have no control. i can have chips in the house and be ok but if they are one of my 2 favs then they are gone in a few seconds lol. like a drug addict with crack.

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JOHNBABJR 6/11/2010 11:35AM

    I'd like to try barefoot running, too, Dana. I've heard many good things about it.

I love the affirmations! Have a great weekend!

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SKYFYRE 6/11/2010 7:29AM

    You did it!! How long was the barefoot run do you think? REI has Vibrams, but I want to try them on before I think I really want 'em! Way to be mindful of a free future! \PS, Licorice? My mom loves it, I can't stand it! Ha! Isn't it funny how different we all are?

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TRACYZABELLE 6/11/2010 5:55AM

    I love black licorice (the good stuff not twizzlers) and dark chocolate..hmmm maybe I ought to dip licorice nuggets in dark chocolate...

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DDOORN 6/11/2010 4:26AM

    Those vibrams sure sound like they would be SO cool...!

Just LOVE being outdoors and soaking it up, YES!

And have I ever "been there, done THAT" re: eating up ALL those tempting foods so I don't have to obsess about 'em being around the house...talk about shooting ourselves in the foot...lol!

Great thoughts...thx for sharing!

Don

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 6/11/2010 2:20AM

    Glad you got a chance to try out barefoot running today! You'll have to keep us updated on how barefoot running is treating you.

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250STRONG 6/10/2010 9:30PM

    Sounds like a great day!

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JOPAPGH 6/10/2010 8:11PM

    I know the feeling. I lost the battle to Dunkin Donuts yesterday but I'm still winning the war!

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TELERIE 6/10/2010 5:14PM

    Way to go on barefoot running! I would have run in the grass myself! :)
And way to go on your attitude - I am with you on not wanting to "ban" any kind of food, and I have managed to have opened packages of treats lasting more than a week, which isn't too bad in my book. Keep practicing at home and I am sure it'll get better!

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MBSHAZZER 6/10/2010 4:32PM

    AWESOME progress, Dana! It is HUGE to realize that just because the food is there, you don't have to eat it! It's sooooo freeing to have chocolate in the house and to choose to eat it or not! Nice job! And good on you for realizing that what happened last night was last night and has absolutely ZERO bearing on today!

BTW, I think that stepping in dog poop while running could be like slipping on a banana peel!

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Blog with words!

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Haha.

I had like 5 min to post those pictures before I had to run to work - basically me trying on some clothes in stores that I didn't buy but I really want that white jacket...

AND... me and my sister...

AND .. last - my "haircut" which didn't take off much length just kinda got rid of some dead ends, added some layers... not the most model perfect picture of me ever but I felt it was a genuine smile and pictures like that make me happy. :)

Ran this morning. 4.6+ miles, butt hurts, wahwah.

Reading "Born to Run" and it is very inspiring. I'm not converted to complete barefootism yet but I do think I would benefit from doing a bit of barefoot running to help learn some more bioefficient form and strengthen my feet. So many amazing runners run in shoes, but they either naturally know how to run in a perfect bioefficient way or they learned it with someone coaching them or they themselves do some barefoot running. Either way I'm convinced it could help me.

Should have tried a bit this morning, was thinking about it before I got going, even a ways into my run I kept thinking, I could try it for the last little bit of my run but by that point... I forgot. HAHAHA. :) Oh well. I did concentrate on trying to have a good form though - up until close to the end when I got impatient with it all.

TOM has reared it's ugly head and I feel wretched. I feel bloated and crampy and all that awful crap. :P BOO!

My upper body is nicely sore from yesterday's freestyle trainer mojo - actually, my triceps are really the main thing. WOW! :D Watching some videos on that move really helped me to make it more effective.

So I'm thinking so far this week I've covered about 7 miles - if I do 2-3 tomorrow and then a total of 10 this weekend I'm close to 20 again. Since my long run has been around 7 miles this really takes the pressure off my run tomorrow. :)

I think I'm gonna aim for getting a consistent 20 mile week for a few weeks before tweaking too much.

Born to Run is also inspiring me yet again to eat naturally (meaning close to the earth - less processed, more plants, etc.). It's probably good for me to read something like that every so often to get the good food thoughts running through my head. I don't think it's realistic for me to eat like that 100% of the time but I think I can try to be more consistent with it than I have been and try not to go in cycles of laziness. :) haha. I need to learn how to make that way of eating VERY VERY LAZY so that when I do get in a lazy cooking cycle I can turn to THOSE defaults instead of processed food defaults.

I think it was MBSHAZZER who turned me onto nomeatathlete.com through a comment on someone else's blog/page... and that site had so many references to Born to Run and the food stuffs in there it got me to finally read the book that I had checked out from the library once and returned unread and then checked out again and was waiting it's turn behind some other book. haha. :) Now I'm nearly through it, I'm sure I'll finish it today and I read most of it yesterday. Haha. So, THANKS CHICA! :D

I may never be vegan, because I still don't like excluding anything entirely, but I do think it would be best for me to really decrease my meat consumption.

I really do like a steak every now and again. Honestly.

But I can also go without meat for a long time I think without going nuts. Or while going nuts (as in almonds peanuts et.cHAHA I'm so funny). But seriously, I was sharing with someone on here recently something from my religion regarding food and healthy lifestyle. YES! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (aka Mormons) actually has a scriptural set of guidelines for a healthy diet! Can you believe it? :)

The guide is found in the book called the Doctrine and Covenants which is a set of revelations given primarily to the Prophet Joseph Smith during the early days of the organization of the church (in the like, 1830's). I understand it is somewhat controversial to claim modern day revelation and modern day prophets, and also to reference such as scripture, but that is what I believe.

I personally do believe these guidelines to be a revelation from God, but I hope that others can read them even if they disagree and keep an open mind to the insights that are contained within those words from 1833.

"5 That inasmuch as any man drinketh wine or strong drink among you, behold it is not good, neither meet in the sight of your Father, only in assembling yourselves together to offer up your sacraments before him.
6 And, behold, this should be wine, yea, pure wine of the grape of the vine, of your own make.
7 And, again, strong drinks are not for the belly, but for the washing of your bodies.
8 And again, tobacco is not for the body, neither for the belly, and is not good for man, but is an herb for bruises and all sick cattle, to be used with judgment and skill.
. . .
10 And again, verily I say unto you, all wholesome herbs God hath ordained for the constitution, nature, and use of man—
11 Every herb in the season thereof, and every fruit in the season thereof; all these to be used with prudence andthanksgiving.
12 Yea, flesh also of beasts and of the fowls of the air, I, the Lord, have ordained for the use of man with thanksgiving; nevertheless they are to be used sparingly;
13 And it is pleasing unto me that they should not be used, only in times of winter, or of cold, or famine.
14 All grain is ordained for the use of man and of beasts, to be the staff of life, not only for man but for the beasts of the field, and the fowls of heaven, and all wild animals that run or creep on the earth;
. . .
16 All grain is good for the food of man; as also the fruit of the vine; that which yieldeth fruit, whether in the ground or above the ground—"

Just kinda the basics - the full thing can be found here:
scriptures.lds.org/en/dc/89/

So yeah to sum up - we don't drink or smoke, we don't do coffee or tea (except herbal teas.. and we do hot chocolate). Most LDS people will follow those concepts and some even extend the admonition against "hot drinks" - interpreted as coffee and tea - to exclude all caffeinated sodas as well. I don't drink soda like... almost ever. So that doesn't really come into thought for me.

But I don't think many others pay attention to the rest of it -- like most people most of the time we pay attention to the SHALL NOTS and not enough of the SHOULD DO's. You know what I mean?

I don't think there are many LDS people out there that take to heart the advice to only eat meat sparingly and in times of cold or famine. I personally believe this may refer only to "fowl and land beasts" and not to fish. *shrugs* I suppose I could pray for further guidance.

But it's interesting - the advice against tobacco was given LONG before anyone in the medical community was advising against tobacco and the advice to eat mostly plants and little meat seems to be gaining strong ground these days now as well. I really feel it's about time to listen. With all of the ecological impact that providing meat, the medical impacts of eating a largely plant based diet vs. one with a lot of animal products and meat, and then the spiritual aspect, how could I go wrong? :)

LONG BLOG. :) Congrats if you made it this far....

OH I forgot some of the best parts - my favorite promise for if you live with the guidelines given:

"18 And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones;
19 And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures;
20 And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint."

Run and not be weary! :) I need that! :D

  
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RUN_LIFT_EAT 6/15/2010 9:18AM

    Hi Dana,

I love that nomeatathlete blog! Although when that dude recently mentioned wanting to try a cleanse I wanted to stage an intervention, but whatever.

I need to read that book, I am looking for some good summer reading, and anything that has you sitting at work thinking about running seems like a good call.



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CLOVERR1 6/13/2010 5:07PM

    You're Mormon? Didn't know that; hope i've never said anything stupidly anti-religious to you! (As I'm ,to quote the movie Oh Brother Where Art Thou, "Currently Unaffiliated" when it comes to religion.)

Don't know if I could wear Vibram five-fingers, but have been thinking about trying them out. Am leaning more towards minimalist shoes though these days.

TOM...don't you just hate being a girl sometimes? I'm really peeved about not being quite post-menopausal yet, and REALLY not happy about starting up again right now. I hope that it's a short, light period this time around---as I'm running long trail races three days in a row next weekend!

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SKYFYRE 6/9/2010 11:09PM

    Yes, this prophecy, if followed, will have you running and not weary! Thanks be to God! Seventh Day Adventists also eat with restriction to processed food, alcohol, red meats, caffeine, and pork. They also live some of the longest lives. Have you read anything about blue zones? They are areas where clusters of humans live on average longer than their counterparts due to lifestyle choices such as diet and exercise. Interesting :)

Barefoot running, I say try it on grass to start! A rock to the heel strike would just be evil! I ran today, everything is upset with me! Hahaha! Ellie however, is too tired to be mad!


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LAFTERSFREE 6/9/2010 8:09PM

    have u thought of those shoes "vibrams" for running? a friend of mine has them and loves them. they are expensive though, but supposed to feel very natural.

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MISSY_MAGOO 6/9/2010 8:02PM

    I agree with you with clean eating. I try to do it as often as possible- but I'll never be 100%- probably never be 90%. But I try as much as I can :)
And okay- I've never heard of barefoot running (except on the beach) But my interest is peaked. I may have to read that book someday. I have been wanting to do a bit of running form research- I'm thinking my time could greatly improve if I knew more then one foot infront of the other.
I was catching up on a few of your blogs- the photos were great. LOVE the white jacket! All the clothes are cute- but that white jacket is SOOOOOO cute!
Growing up my best friend in Jr High was morman- I remember her feeling so guilty after drinking a Pepsi at my house. She called her mom and confessed to it to clear her conscience :)

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SWEATONCEADAY 6/9/2010 5:25PM

    thanks for the great blog dana. i am off to look at your pics now!

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KSGROTHE 6/9/2010 5:18PM

    I love your blogs! Thanks for the lesson on the guidelines for eating and drinking in your religion.

I also like the pictures you posted. Your haircut looks nice, and I'm impressed that you did it yourself!

Keep up the good work!

- Karen

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 6/9/2010 3:55PM

    LOL. Reminds me of Psalm 63, the part that says, "My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness"

Talk about something to put on the fridge to stop emotional eating! hehehe

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KARVY09 6/9/2010 3:53PM

    Thanks for some insight on your religion. I often wondered where the restrictions on alcohol and caffeine came from and now I know! I find the other SHOULD DOs very interesting.

I think you should buy that white coat. It looks great!

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MBSHAZZER 6/9/2010 3:52PM

    Thanks for the shout out to nomeatathlete! I actually got the link from RUN_LIFT_EAT! I love that site!

Way to go on closing in on your running goals. You will be where you need to be soon enough.

Interesting about the "food rules" from your religion. I don't know much about religions but I did take a comparative religion class in college. We had to attend a service of a religion that was not our own, so I went to a 7th Day Adventist service - one of their things is vegetarianism. I don't think it's "required" but I believe they eat meat sparingly, kind of like what you posted from Mormonism. I am not vegan - I don't like to exclude items either. I'm not even veg, although I will go months and months and months without eating meat. However, I like to follow a "first, do no harm" approach to eating. Eating more grains and beans just makes me feel better. As for drinking, alcohol is toxic, which is not to say I never do it! But if I drink more than one or two drinks, my body rebels!



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RUN_LIFT_EAT 6/15/2010 9:20AM

    You need to buy that jacket, Dana! I saw in a later blog (it is as if I am going back in time) that you are still thinking about it, that is one of my "tests" with clothes, whether or not they haunt me after I leave the store, plus it looks AWESOME on you! GET IT!!!!!

Your hair looks fabulous, lady! I cannot believe how long it is! I suppose there is hope for me that as a short hair I can one day grow it out :)

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JOHNBABJR 6/10/2010 10:19AM

    Dana, you're looking more and more like a speedster every time I see a new pic posted.

Thanks for sharing these! Have a great day.

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SKYFYRE 6/9/2010 11:11PM

    Gorgeous hair! It is a travesty that the white jacket is not in your permanent possession. There I said it... on the other hand, it is JUST stuff. I am trying to get away from the consumption of the unnecessary!

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SWEATONCEADAY 6/9/2010 5:27PM

    hmmmm. i like the white jacket but i think the black one looks great on you. hair looks great.

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FITTYTIF 6/9/2010 4:30PM

    Yes that white JAcket it YOU!!!!

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ZORAHGAIL 6/9/2010 3:01PM

    Super cute!

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CECE0330 6/9/2010 2:59PM

    Wow-your hair grows fast! Cute jacket!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 6/9/2010 2:37PM

    Very cute. Looking good. emoticon

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KNH771 6/9/2010 2:29PM

    Love the white jacket! I could never pull that one off.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 6/9/2010 2:25PM

    Dang girl. You are Badass!

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MBSHAZZER 6/9/2010 2:08PM

    Fabulous!!! I love the photos in the white jacket - so "Vogue"!

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KARVY09 6/9/2010 2:05PM

    Simply marvelous!
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KALYAS 6/9/2010 1:53PM

    you look great

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