Sunday, October 14, 2012
Today I ran for the first time in probably a year. I have been exercising indoors recently (about 2 weeks), using an elliptical or the 30 Day Shred video. I woke up this morning, and was on facebook. I saw a status that someone posted, that they were going to run for the first time today since an injury. I thought in my head, "I want to go running." I used to go running a lot a few years back. I was really into sparkpeople, and my healthy lifestyle. At one point, I ran 6-8 miles a day. It's been a while, but sometimes I get this urge to go running.
I got changed, found my HR monitor, hooked the dog's leash up to her, and headed out the door. We walked for a few minutes, until I got warmed up, and began running uphill. I kept running. I told myself that I would run for 20 minutes, then turn around and walk back. When 20 minutes passed, my legs were already getting tired from the hills, but I instead told myself no! I live out in the country, on a very hilly, windy road. I got to the end of the road where I decided I would turn around. I ran the whole way back home too. The entire 45 minutes. I am so proud of myself for doing that!
I have been doing pretty well with the eating part of a healthy lifestyle to. I do not deprive myself, but stay within my calorie range for the most part. It is somewhat difficult for me to eat low calorie right now, because there are a lot of low calorie foods I cannot eat. I have Crohn's disease, and am currently trying to follow a lower fiber/lower residue diet. I have a lot of inflammation in my ileum (small intestine), though I'm not experiencing many symptoms from that. A CT scan showed the major inflammation a couple weeks ago. A lot of fiber/ roughage is like sandpaper to my intestines. I was prescribed prednisone and imuran at that time, and decided that I need to be healthier to counteract any side effects from these medications. I used to eat a lot of fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, and whole grains to stick to a lower calorie diet but now a lot of that good food is bad for me and off limits.