Thursday, July 11, 2013
This has been my first blog entry in over a year!
But I vow to get back to personally reflecting on my spark journey and blogging more often. This past year has been a "holding even" year for me, but I have not been happy with the status quo....so as of this past Sunday I started the South Beach Gluten Free Diet. And am feeling great about that.
My weight this morning was 153.7. At the beginning of this year I weighed around 155. At my lowest point this year (before I started doing a lot of business travel) I was close to 150. I traveled for 28 days in May and June and July on business---to places like Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Phoenix AZ, and Seou, Korea. I got home on the 4th of July....and have finally recovered from jetlag.
Once again, I am training to run in the Portland Marathon on October 6, but this year has been full of challenges. I've had a nagging Achilles heel problem since November. It isn't going to go away until I really take a break from running for a few weeks. But that is not in my plans. So, I've been managing it. Which means icing my heel after my weekly long runs, stretching, daily rolling using a foam roller (best $30 I have spent in a long time). And taking it easy when I need to. Not running uphills too much, substituting a studio cycling day for a running day when the heel is too much of a problem. Getting frequent sports massages. Doing core / flexibility / strength training sessions when I can....
And being realistic about what I can achieve while traveling. I'm happy that I was able to do my long weekend runs when I was in Seoul. 2 hours on a treadmill is no fun. Especially in hot, humid conditions. But I took plenty of walk breaks. And that was just OK.
This Saturday is our 25k benchmark run with the Portland Fit running group. My slow-paced Red running group starts at 6:15 a.m. Good grief! My expectations are that I will be able to finish in about 3 hours. I would like to go faster than that. But if I have to do some walking, I have to do some walking.
I bought a new pair of running shoes yesterday and hope to break them in for 3 short runs before this run. That *should* be enough as they are the same style and size of shoes that I had been wearing. But my old shoes were really worn out. Wish I'd figured that out last week. But I didn't. So I had to make the tough choice between wearing shoes that had started to bother me for 15 miles, or to wear some relatively new shoes for 15 miles. Not an easy choice. But I bought the new shoes and am committed.
And once again, I'm back at taking an active stance towards my weight management and exercise. It isn't enough for me to eat and just assume that running will keep the weight off (it doesn't). I also know that my big bugaboos as far as weight control and feeling good are glutens, carbs from breads and crackers and pastas, and too much nuts and snacking on junk calories. I am happy to say that with the South Beach plan I can pretty much go on auto pilot after I buy the right foods to eat. Plenty of veggies, lean meats. No sugars. No sweets, really...and no fruits for the first two weeks.
I'm only breaking that routine on my long weekly run day...where I'll have to eat a cereal and carb breakfast (and yes, that banana), have to eat Gu for energy during my 3 hour run, and have to replenish with some carbs (I'm planning on a gluten free energy bar and some fruit) after my run. Then, it is back to the South Beach plan.
So...once again, I am on the path to losing weight. I have 19+ pounds until I reach my goal. Here's to focus and sticking with a plan!