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Compassion and Positive Change

Saturday, May 10, 2014

"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"… 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 don’t 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 don’t 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 do… 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 emoticon 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 emoticon 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! emoticon ) it is a cup of calming tea.
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  • KONRAD695
    There must be something in our brains that tell us sweet pots are a never ending yummy supply of carbs for runners. I could eat about 5 a week when I train a lot.

    You might already know this, but your running is a real goal for me. I would love to have the base and the abilities that go with it like you do.

    Last of all. I wish I would have been here more for your last couple weeks. Sorry, that's not my normal way.
    1397 days ago
    Congrats on your last long run! When is your race? Must be really soon!
    See by your update you are heading to Hawaii too! nice! YOu are doing great and looks like you have a lot of fun lined up for the summer!

    1405 days ago
    Girl, it sounds like you are doing a great job! I just realized that I never made it back to comment on your last blog or two and I am very sorry! My thoughts, prayers and virtual hugs were sent your way... I just regret that I didn't express that at the time.

    Your food looks so good and you have really gotten in the running time! I am a little jealous! I can't wait to feel enough energy again to get back out there and get in the miles!

    Good job on getting more sleep too! That is so important, but also one of my biggest struggles as well.

    I can't wait to hear how the rest of May goes for you! I have a feeling it is going to be awesome! emoticon
    1407 days ago
    I did 20miles on Saturday (run/walk). I decided I didn't want to drive and put down water because that is a 1/2 hour ordeal. I put down water along the route and then park and run the route. So I decided to do a route around my neighbourhood but the most I could map out was 10miles - so I ended up doing it twice. the beginning 5 miles are flat and the other 5 miles are hilly. Now to make you feel better - I was out 2x longer than you. But I have finished long runs (it's optional now). I'm glad too - ready to get out of training. I have plans for a marathon in June. after the run on Sat. I was tired - I managed to do some stretches and sit for a bit in the tub. But the rest of the day, I was drinking water like crazy. Actually, my 1st drink when I got home was a club soda with lime (lots of ice). I napped for about 1.5 hours, then motherly duties started. But later in the evening I just couldn't get cool. I finally went into my son's room -he had the a/c on and it was like below 0 in there and finally fell asleep for the evening. That was around 10p.m. Mentally, it's a relief to not have any of those long runs to do - safety is an issue, social sacrifice and uncertainty whether you'll get out to run and you'll complete the run.

    But the long run is behind us and it's just tidying up and psyching up.

    1408 days ago
    Wow, so much in here to talk about!!!
    I know the feeling about tracking...I need to get back in the habit myself. I am eating everything, but the kitchen sink and the pounds are slowly creeping back up. I have been busy like you, so unless I take the time to plan my meals, I get a little sloppy with my eating.

    Good luck on your upcoming marathon!! I am finally starting to seriously think about training for a marathon. My goal is to run the Boston Marathon in the future!!!!!

    I need to get a few more zzzzz's myself. I think I average about 6 hours of sleep too. I also know when I sleep well, I have. More energy for exercise. So much to do, so little time.

    I have been busy myself, but I am going to make a commitment to check in more often. I miss seeing what's happening in "spark world".

    Happy Mother's Day to you spark friend!!!
    1409 days ago
    Great update! Good luck on your upcoming race!
    1409 days ago

    Have a wonderful time on your trip!

    1409 days ago
  • SHERYLP461
    I am happy to see you back.
    1409 days ago
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    Comment edited on: 5/10/2014 10:50:03 PM
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