CPRESSON's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CPRESSON CPRESSON's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ A look back and looking forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576826 2013 was not a bad year at all. I officially became an Army Reserve chaplain, ran two half marathons and several shorter distance races and got to play in a few ice hockey games. I got to preach in chapel services for my unit several times and had good fellowship with soldiers during drills but especially during our AT in February as we were gearing up for deployment to Afghanistan, a mission that ended up being off-ramped. I performed my first wedding, for my youngest brother (which was awes... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 15:01:35 EST Surgery (again!) :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526588 So I am facing another surgery (the second one in 5 months!), this time on my left shoulder. I've been ordered to stay away from ice hockey and soon will have to give up running for a while. It's got me reflecting on things. <BR> <BR> So many things have happened to me in the last couple of months, some good and some bad. I've tried to stay on track for the most part with my nutrition through it all. It helps that I am accountable on a weekly basis to a registered dietitian and on a monthly ... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 14:12:49 EST Carb Cycling Experiment - 1 month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460956 Well, one month results from BodPod: <BR> <BR> After one month of carb cycling 2x/week (up to 200g carbs on Wednesdays and Saturdays, my heaviest training days) as well as adding more protein and calories to my daily schedule, the results are mixed. I did gain 2.5 lbs of lean body mass (muscle), which was my primary goal since I had lost muscle during the 2 months after surgery. However, somehow (this is weird to me) I also gained almost the same amount in body fat for a total weight gain of... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 11:33:07 EST Carb Cycling Experiment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444976 So I've been on a low carb diet since March, per doctor's orders. During that time, I've dropped about 5 lbs, lowered my fasting blood glucose, lowered my LDL, and raised my HDL. But then I had knee surgery in mid May and have been at a weight loss plateau since then, despite increasing my activity levels again in July. I met with an RD a week and a half ago and she suggested carb cycling (100+ grams carbs every 3-5 days) to maintain healthy thyroid levels. Lifting heavier weights with less r... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 08:55:22 EST Recovery, training & low carb http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429719 So in the last week, I've had a couple of doctor's appointments and a few physical therapy sessions. <BR> <BR> Recovery from knee surgery is going well, although it could be better if I wasn't trying to get back into half-marathon training. I'm trying to do what the orthopedic doctor and physical therapist suggest but it's hard to want to back off some of the training when my knee feels so much better than before surgery. My GP put it in perspective today, though, when he talked about how th... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 18:43:20 EST Surgery! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381629 So, an update. On May 4, I ran my second half marathon. For the first 7+ miles, I was on pace for a PR, running about 10:20/mile. However, knee pain set in and became pretty severe the last 2-3 miles, forcing me to alternate between walking and running to finish. I had an appointment to see a sports medicine orthopedic doc on MOnday, May 6. He took x-rays and immediately saw what the problem was--traumatic damage to the kneecap and cartilage from an apparent "dashboard-type" injury. Well, I k... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 15:34:13 EST Low Carb/Ketogenic Diet Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335419 Near the end of January this year, I had a weight loss accountability session with my GP (it wasn't good; I had gained 5 lbs since the last visit) resulting in him putting me on a strict no sugar, low carb, moderate protein diet. I go in to see him periodically (since October 2011) for accountability in working towards my weight loss/body fat % goals. Labs from December showed elevated blood glucose (pre-diabetic level) and cholesterol numbers that needed to come down. <BR> <BR> Due to issue... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 14:45:14 EST Time to re-focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227897 So I had a visit with my doc last week to discuss weight loss. He has been helping me with my weight and body fat goals by keeping me accountable on a regular basis since Oct 2011. Up until this visit, I had been doing pretty well and the doc was happy with my progress. However, this time I was up a few pounds and I had new BodPod body fat % numbers that indicated things weren't quite as good as they could/should be. We also discussed my blood glucose number, which happens to be in a pre-diab... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 22:12:58 EST It's a new year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5183223 It's a new year. 2012 was mostly a good year, filled with completing a lot of personal goals, especially academically and in my Army career. But I also met several physical goals. Here are the highlights: <BR> <BR> * Finished my MDiv with Liberty University <BR> * Became ordained with my church <BR> * Received ecclesiastical endorsement for chaplaincy <BR> * Graduated with honors from the Army's Chaplain Basic Officer Leadership Course <BR> * Ran my first half marathon <BR> * Obtained ... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 07:12:12 EST Changes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5112470 It's been a busy summer and fall. I've been training for my first half marathon since May. I ran the Columbus Half Marathon last Sunday and it was pretty awesome. I loved the bands, crowd support, and Nationwide Children's Hospital heroes I encountered along the way. Getting high fives from kids in the crowd was a major highlight and I gained a lot of energy from that. I finished at the pace I hoped and a few minutes sooner than the overall time I expected. I also finished working on my MDiv ... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 12:50:42 EST I did it!! Time to set new goals... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4978045 Today I officially hit my weight loss goal of 140lbs. I had a visit to the doctor to discuss weight/fat loss and get his feedback on my current workout schedule and daily carb/fat/protein ratios. After the visit, I went for a 4-mile training run and when I weighed myself after, I was at my goal weight. So now it's time to set a new goal :) <BR> <BR> My new goal is to lower my body fat % to 20 or less, which would correspond to a body weight of about 130 or less. Doc was totally on board with... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 16:07:44 EST 1/2 Marathon Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4894396 So after a week of no running and going back to basic rehab exercises, I started a Half Marathon training program last week, running 5 days/week. I wasn't sure how my knee would handle the challenge (recovering from partial ACL tear), but so far, it is doing well. I hope the knee keeps getting stronger since I'm pretty jazzed with training again, this time with a group and coach. <BR> <BR> Had a visit with my doc on Monday and he is happy with everything (weight loss, BP, cholesterol) and f... Wed, 23 May 2012 10:46:48 EST Attitude adjustment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4875641 I tend to be an impatient person. In fact, as I write this, even though I've been advised to take a couple weeks off of running, I have a deep urge to throw on my running shoes and just go. Forget the consequences. I just want to do what I want to do. Maybe that's my rebellious streak showing through :) <BR> <BR> I also tend toward depression at times. When I let it get me, it can overwhelm everything and thwart everything positive I need to do or intend to do. I'm learning to recognize when... Thu, 10 May 2012 14:04:59 EST Hockey Blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4864996 Orthopedic doc gave me a cortisone shot in the knee today. He thinks it will fix my ACL-related pain. I hope that's all it takes but I have to go back in 2 weeks if I'm still experiencing problems with my knee. I need a good strong knee to withstand 7 weeks of military training in July and August so hopefully the shot will do the trick. <BR> <BR> On the other hand, he gave me a serious talking-to about giving up ice hockey. He's forbidden me to play for now (which is no big deal since it's t... Thu, 3 May 2012 15:49:10 EST Acceptable pain? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4847855 What level of pain is acceptable when it comes to an ACL injury? I've always been told that you shouldn't run when you're experiencing pain, but then I've also been told that my partial ACL tear may never completely heal. So should I run with ACL-related pain? I wish I knew. <BR> <BR> High frustration level. I have very specific fitness goals and plans to reach those goals but the ACL thing doesn't fit in very well. Time to go back to the orthopedic doc for a consult, I guess. I haven't seen... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 10:21:36 EST Coming to terms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4842439 Today I believe I've finally come to terms with my ACL injury. I sustained a partial ACL tear in my left knee last October during a hockey game. After three months of rehab, I was allowed to resume full activity and did well for a short time, starting training for a half marathon and playing hockey again. After going down on the knee during a hockey game a few weeks ago, I started experiencing some of the same problems I had previously with the partial ACL tear. On Tuesday, I had a discussion... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 11:21:51 EST