"A compassionate heart creates the necessary space for positive change" (Unknown)
10 days later.. I did not blog because I was an emotional wreck! So here is the positive side of it.
First - Food.
I am back on track tracking... Thanks to some sparkfriends - I will hold on accountable...
- No binge.
- Think HEALTHY... and on track.
- Stay away from trigger food ... just say NO!
After travelling to attend and participate in a conference, which led to eating too much, way too much, I got back home thinking: "I like my food - home food"Ö On that note, when I came back from Ottawa, the salad I had on the train was nice... and was my inspiration for my sweet potatoes (yams) left over...
I made a cold salad with Yams, Seven Grain Medley and Cranberries - with splash of Cider Vinegar as dressing.
I actually had this salad as a side dish for dinner and because my kids donít really like yams, I had a couple of servings as leftover: Perfect for lunch!
Over the weekend, I like to use leftover and make nice creative lunches - the kids prefer the hotdog or breakfast version so I basically look after myself and I donít mind! I used my leftover Maque-chou (see previous blog) and added it to my eggs to create this omelet topped with salsa verde.
I made this salad Tuesday night for a quick dinner with my daughter - I had a bad day and this made me feel good - it was like sunshine in a bowl: avocado, tomato, tuna and sweet potatoes with balsamic vinegar
I really enjoyed my lunch today: Egg white, spinach, sweet potatoes (yeah, sweet potato again, I had to use it or it was going to go bad, and I don't like to throw away food)... fresh dill and chipotle sauce.
I made a nice dessert - Hummingbird Cake Bagatelle (a left over cake light version) with homemade custard... (a full serving like in the picture 240 cal - I split mine with my daughter!)
So far, I am doing great - I am hoping to see each day in May as one more day on my streak (and from the +10lbs I was May 1st, I am now at +5lbs... Carrying 10 lbs extra on race day would not be ideal ... if I don't make it to Goal Weight, I don't mind but I can't be at +10!) I know what to doÖ I just have to stick to the plan and eating good stuff like this:
Second - Training
I am happy to say that I completed my marathon training.
Week 15 (28 Apr-4 May) was really not a good week. My time away for duty, the lack of sleep and work really interfered with my energy level. I ran only once that week. I swapped my other runs for cycle, swimming and walking. I also started golfing! Kinda!!! It is a nice way to go for a long walk with my DH... and be close to nature
... like this porcupine ...
My goal by the end of the season is to be able to send my ball over this pond!
I have been invited to swim to represent the Canadian Forces at the Master Swimming Championship. I decided to decline for now. I am just too tired and the meet is one week after the marathon - that would mean too much travel. Goal me next year!
Week 16 - I did my last long run before marathon - 22.5 miles (3 hours 01 min 30 sec).
It was a nice morning and I went thinking that I just want to do the distance - to build confidence.
I left from home at 0600 AM (it was freezing outside -1Celcius) after having an early breakfast at 0500AM (oatmeal, english muffin and peanut butter). I ran "to work"... Jeff pick me up after 15 km at the junction of the country road and the highway... (just don't want to run that portion for obvious safety reasons)... I did my first segment at 4:52/km pace. Not bad... but I have to say that I am finding it difficult. I use to find this an easy pace... I think my body is telling me that I need a break- and I will take one at the end of this month!
I had a short break in the car and drank a chocolate milk and had a cliff bar. I changed shirt because I was wet and the temperature had climbed to a high +8 Celcius! He drop me up at the trail (paved) at the entrance of the Base.
At this point, I only had a
left!I like this trail, it is quiet and peaceful. I love the birds (saw a few blue jays, a wild turkey and some chickadees) and I saw a snake too (a little one). The path is very safe - I know that if something happen, I can get help - and almost flat! Perfect for training.
My first 5k on the trail felt like the WALL. I focus on breathing and it got easier. After that I started thinking about work - I have to say that I did not see that 5k but I had to think about something else because I want my run to be
The last 10 were "mindful" running - thinking about my form, my stride... my breathing and my mantra was : "I am not a quitter!". Wohoo! DONE!!!
Third: Sleep and Recover
I need sleep and I am making some progress with this. Here is the proof. I am almost getting 6hours average.
Finally: Looking forward...
1) I will catch up with sparking - getting backt o my sparkfriends because reading their blogs/post and notes is making a real difference. Thanks.
2) I will continue to blog - this is my way to cultivate positive attitude and focus on the memories
3) I have a nice week coming up - I am going away to Hawaii - Jeff is attending a convention so I tag along as the spouse!
" Compassion for others begins with kindness to ourselves." ~ by Pema Chodron
Tonight, I look back at the 10 days... and I am thankful for my family, my friends (including virtual friends) for the support that they provide. I am not alone; I look forward to the next few days and this month will bring a lot changes...
Please note: This is not beer or wine (as in my previous blogs!
) it is a cup of calming tea.