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Starting Over....Yet Again


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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Ugh...well, wouldn't you know it? The DAY after my last blog entry (you know...the one where I was super thrilled because I was two weeks into my half marathon training plan and so proud of myself for making it happen?) Yeah...that one. THE NEXT DAY...that little pain in my shin that I mentioned turned into a much bigger pain. A friend messaged after reading my blog and cautioned that the symptoms I described could possibly be a stress fracture, which can take months to heal. So, I immediately made an ortho appointment and got an MRI. As it turns out, I did NOT have a stress fracture....BUT there are levels of impact injuries that come BEFORE a stress fracture and I guess I was just one more level away from it becoming one. Sad face. No race.

But, I thought on the situation and I knew I couldn't skip the race entirely. My childhood best friend, who I have not seen in 22 years, and I have re-connected on Facebook and she is flying out for 4 days to hang out with me and run the Indy Mini. I couldn't just leave her to fend for herself! So, even though I couldn't run, I signed up to be a Race Volunteer and pass out pretzels and fruit at the finish line. I'm actually VERY excited about this development because I have never been on the volunteer side of things before. But, I tell you what...a runner sure does appreciate every single one of those volunteers during a race. I am ecstatic to be able to see every single one of my friends finish and to help hungry runners feel satisfied after a fun/exciting/difficult/painful
/perfect/record-setting race.

Truthfully, without running, I have been floundering. I took quite a bit of time just contemplating what I am going to do with all these injuries. It seems all of them have been brought about by my obesity and extra weight putting too much repetitive pressure on my bones and joints in my knees, shins and ankles. My ortho says I could correct a lot of it with proper running form and technique...and I have no doubt this is true. However, I've had to take a step back and re-evaluate my entire view of training and racing, Especially in light of my issues with time (or lack thereof).

I have come to a decision that might disappoint some...but it just feels right to me. I am stepping away from long distance running for awhile. Half marathon is not my distance right now. I'm going to focus on swimming, weight training and shorter races (10k being the longest I run...but mostly sticking to 5k). How long??? Well, until I am able to get rid of some more of this weight. I would like to lose about 30 lbs or more before I focus on long distances again. I really think it would make things much easier on my body and on my bones. And I will feel less disappointed in myself if I set more realistic goals for myself. With shorter distances (and swimming just for the fun of it), I feel like I would still have incentive to train, but not feel like I need to be so hardcore all the time. I need to make my workouts a regular routine fun part of my life, get my diet in order and get on the right track weight-wise before I plan any really difficult races.

As for the diet, that has slipped over the past few months...VERY BADLY. In fact, I will openly admit I've gained back 10 lbs. Ugh! But I am hoping to reverse this with the coming of Spring/Summer and weekly trips to the Farmer's Market. I also admitted to the fact that I need help with this area. I am the WORST when it comes to stopping for fast food or eating at restaurants when I don't feel like cooking. It's even worse now that I have weeks where I'm single. It isn't good for my budget, but I rationalize by saying, "I'm just one person. How expensive can it be to eat out by myself?" No more.

I found a Groupon for a site called eMeals.com. I guess it's pretty popular and Oprah has featured it on her show. The Groupon was $29 for 12 MONTHS of meal plans and grocery lists. That is 7 dinners per week planned out for you with recipes and a shopping list. That is PERFECT for me, a very busy single mom who works full-time. There are several plans you can choose from and I selected "Natural & Organic". I am going to take advantage of my Farmer's Market and my local co-op grocery membership. I am starting this week and I can't wait. It seems like a no-brainer, easy way for me to assure that at least ONE key meal per day is going to be healthy and good for me.

I have to believe that if I can find an exercise schedule that works and that I can replicate, and if I can stick to my meal plans, things are going to start moving in the right direction with my weight. I don't care how long it takes...I'm on this journey for life. I'm all about changing my habits right now...and actually making them habits. Eating for freshness and taste and exercising for fun, stress relief and enjoyment. And, really...if I never lose another ounce of weight, isn't that still a pretty great plan? Yeah...I think so too.
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OFGREENGABLES 4/25/2013 9:42AM

    thanks for sharing! you are inspiring me to plan meals better!

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GRIZ1GIRL 4/25/2013 9:36AM

    You can do it! You can do it! You can do it! 'Nuff said. :)

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IDICEM 4/25/2013 9:27AM

  You've taken your situation and turned it into positives. Excellent!
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WORKNPROGRESS49 4/25/2013 9:22AM

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SHOAPIE 4/25/2013 9:19AM

    emoticon Not starting over just re-evaluating and plan changing.

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LEWILL1982 4/25/2013 9:03AM

    Way to listen to your body, that is so important. Good for you!

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DJSHIP46 4/25/2013 8:58AM

    You're doing SO GREAT, how could anyone be disappointed in you. Taking care of yourself is job one and I think your plan is terrific!

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ROCKYCPA 4/25/2013 8:57AM

    That is so important - listening to your body. Keep up the good work!

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GINGERHAWK 4/25/2013 8:37AM

    Good for you for listening to your body and reassessing what is best. Though I'm sure it wasn't easy, it sounds like you have a smart plan mapped out. I would love to hear what you think about the meal plans along the way - it sounds interesting!

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MOMMY445 4/25/2013 8:29AM

    congrats on deciding to step back for a while and to not give up. you made the right decision. have a wonderful day!

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SEATTLE58 4/25/2013 8:11AM

    emoticon Good for you for planning! That will make you feel better too along with taking care of yourself. emoticon And just think, you have bright, sun shining days ahead for you to get all better! emoticon

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LIFETIMER54 4/25/2013 7:42AM

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DIANNEMT 4/25/2013 7:39AM

    So sorry about the pain in your legs. Good luck with the home cooked meals. I love cooking for just me--easy and good for me!!

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GOOSIEMOON 4/25/2013 6:51AM

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SHANNONY84 4/25/2013 6:51AM

    You can do this! You are focused! Just achieve!

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BESSHAILE 4/25/2013 6:44AM

    You couldn't possibly disappoint a real friend by making smart healthy good for you decisions. Heck. You couldn't disappoint an acquaintance with that choice. Hard core is just not necessary for healthy you. Try it all. diet, swimming, meal plans, explore all the ideas out there - because a combination of them is what will eventually work for you.

but you're smart. you already knew that.

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root root rootin' for you. So glad your friend will be with you for a few days.



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ROBB1N 4/25/2013 6:41AM

    Sounds like you're finding the healthy way to achieve your goals.

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LSPIZZA 4/25/2013 6:25AM

    Hi
Thanks for sharing. I have missed your blogs.
Sounds like a wonderful plan. I have had to dial back on distance running since my surgery and am enjoying the 5K right now. Make it fun and doable! All the best.

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KLMEIRING 4/25/2013 6:19AM

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PENOWOK 4/25/2013 6:17AM

    You sound so positive despite these setbacks...I have confidence that you can and will do it!!

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SUNSHINEGB 4/25/2013 6:11AM

    I love the plan you have for your meals, it sounds like a really good one. And stepping back on the runs is a good idea for now.
You're doing good!
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NASFKAB 4/25/2013 6:07AM

  good luck hugs all the best

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NEWTINK 4/25/2013 6:04AM

    Sounds like you are on the right track ... I wish you great success and less pain emoticon

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TRYINGHARD54 4/25/2013 5:47AM

    im glad your taking time to take care of your body.. You only have one.... ;-)

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MONGO2TEN 4/25/2013 5:11AM

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Sounds like you have a good plan. You can do it!

~Nancy

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SANDYCRANE 4/25/2013 5:03AM

    Keep up the good work. Sounds like you made a wise decision.

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LRSILVER 4/25/2013 4:55AM

    Great plan. Running is not for everyone. Keep moving.

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SHERRYBETH84 4/25/2013 4:54AM

    You ROCK! Look at ALL of the changes you have made, and when you hit a wall, you either climb over, dig under, or smash the darn thing! I am so impressed with everything you have accomplished, and are overcoming . I am lucky to walk even one mile a week, and you blow me off the street! Your ability to change inspires me to keep plugging along and not give up. I am my own worst critic, but through sparkpeople I am learning to be more confidant in myself and start learning to have faith that this journey will not end in gaining back all of the fat I burned off - I have done that so many times in the past. Lead on, trailblazer.

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NCSUE0514 4/25/2013 4:50AM

    Don't worry about disappointing others. Know what is right for you.

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PHOENIX1949 4/25/2013 1:12AM

    Being a volunteer at the race is a great example of 'making lemonade when life hands you lemons.' Great attitude toward your entire lifestyle evaluation.

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FEMISLIM 4/24/2013 11:57PM

    Great going. You can do this!

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GOING-STRONG 4/24/2013 10:58PM

    I think stepping back from running is the right decision for now...but maybe do some walking. I can walk almost as fast as I can run so not really a big stretch for me lol. Oh... late last year I signed up for a meal plan service from "Slender Kitchens". She plans out the week and also gives a grocery list. I have really enjoyed it and some of the recipes are killer! You can check her out at www.slenderkitchen.com

Enjoy
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COCK-ROBIN 4/24/2013 10:41PM

    You're doing great. Keep it up!

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MT-MOONCHASER 4/24/2013 10:12PM

    Looks like you have come up with a much more workable plan. I love your idea that exercising should be fun...

Go for it!

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DALID414 4/24/2013 9:58PM

    Good luck with everything emoticon

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MANDELOVICH 4/24/2013 8:39PM

    Great blog. I love that you are making some more manageable and realistic plans for yourself. Exercising because it feels good, instead of in a way where you are injuring yourself is wonderful. And any way to make cooking/shopping healthier and easier is fantastic. I love how you are making this way of life a more manageable way of life for yourself. And I also love that you are taking the long view, and focusing on the health benefits instead of merely the weight loss.

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LINDAK25 4/24/2013 8:26PM

    Good to hear from you. I was thinking about you. Just keep doing whatever it takes to be healthy!
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GRUMBLEGIRL 4/24/2013 8:13PM

    You've had so much going on. Good for you for figuring out a new plan!!! Best of luck.

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ROSES4ME1 4/24/2013 7:32PM

    I so admire you for your flexibility and determination. I have yet to run my first 5K (without walk breaks) so I think what you have accomplished is AMAZING! I agree that losing weight will take significant stress off your joints (my knees are proof this is true) and I have no doubt you will keep modifying your eating and exercise plans until you fins the perfect fit. I'm will be here rooting for you when you cross the finish line! emoticon

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KARENLEIGH32 4/24/2013 7:32PM

    Its good that with a small setback you are not giving up! emoticon

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1FARMER 4/24/2013 6:16PM

    Leah you have had a tough time these past months. I think you are to hard on yourself.
Your journey isn't going to be perfect so emoticon emoticon take a deep breath and continue.
We are all here to cheer you on. emoticon Jeanne emoticon

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REGILIEH 4/24/2013 6:12PM

    Good luck! emoticon

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ON2VICTORY 4/24/2013 5:56PM

    You know Leah? I have been thinking along the same lines concerning myself. I so badly want this weight loss phase to be over that it seems like I mentally bypassed it and moved on to ''the life after loss'' I am seriously considering not doing any events next year and just focusing on me and finishing this.

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DESERTJULZ 4/24/2013 5:43PM

    Sorry to hear you're injured. Glad to see your awesome attitude about being a volunteer for the race. Have fun volunteering and especially, seeing your friend!

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BEECHNUT13 4/24/2013 5:39PM

    Maybe try a weight lifting program? I'm using New Rules of Lifting for Women and it has been great, I'm getting good results, without running. The New Rules fo Lifting for Life is good for people who have injuries, etc... as well. Running wasn't doing anything for me. Weight lifting can help strengthen your bones and the muscles that support them. I don't mean tricep kickbacks and bicep curls using 10 lb weights either. I deadlift, do (real) squats, and the like.

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JUNEAU2010 4/24/2013 5:33PM

    Thank you for sharing where you are now. Such honesty is refreshing and encouraging. I think you are very wise to scale back on the running and tackle some other areas of your new fit lifestyle. Being practical and pragmatic is nothing to be ashamed of, to apologize for and certainly nothing to turn into a club and beat yourself up with it. Far from it!

Celebrate the decision! You are in control! You are taking care of yourself in a wonderful way.

Enjoy the long weekend with your friend! Times like that are so precious!

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 4/24/2013 5:26PM

    Congrats on stepping back and evaluating the situation. Sometimes your body screams out - as yours is - and tells you "wait a minute!". I'm glad you recognized this and had things checked out before they got worse. No one should judge you on your decisions. You have to do what is right for you at that moment in time. Your body needs to heal and this will help. I know it's hard but you will get through this and hopefully not have any more injuries.
Good luck on your "new" journey.

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