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Jump Start

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

There's that motivational saying that goes, "If you're tired of starting over, stop giving up" or something like that...

Sometimes it feels as though I'm stuck on the same cycle of starting over, and starting over, and starting over... and I don't think it's ever been that I've "given up"...but that I had to stop the trajectory for some reason or another.

Recently, I have been struggling with a respiratory issue. It is likely something "simple" - like allergies, or maybe even an imperceptible acid reflux - something that I could very easily resolve. However, for the past two months, I haven't been able to make head or tail of this thing. And the worst part is that I've had to forego exercise - the kind of exercise that could really affect the results toward which I've been working.

Now, a person could look at this as a huge set-back - and, at times over the past few months, I have felt that way. This whole experience has been really mentally (as well as physically) challenging for me.

However, I was able to find something GOOD in all this. I realized how much I really like working out...and that I really LOVE running! I really WANT to get back to it! And not only that, but I'm making plans to run a half-marathon before the end of 2014, and in March of 2015, I plan to run my first-ever marathon here in Los Angeles. I couldn't be more excited and thrilled!!

But I still can't seem to breathe. Hrm. And the numbers on the scale have gone up... by at least 8 pounds. Well...that's not terribly motivating, is it? What can a girl do?

I've decided to concentrate on my nutrition and get my body back into balance through a cleanse - specifically, Dr. Oz's Two-Week Weight Loss Cleanse. From what I've gleaned from my nutrition education here on SparkPeople, it actually looks pretty reasonable: there's plenty of protein, there's plenty of fiber and good fats, and there's a limit of carbohydrates (which makes me raise a small eyebrow, but if it's only for 2 weeks - and exercise is restricted during that time - then I might not need more than what's naturally occurring in the unlimited veggies and the 1/2 cup of brown rice per day.) I look at it as a "jump start".

I'm also hopeful that this re-balancing might even suss out the breathing issue. Wheat is a big no-no on this diet/cleanse. And while I've never felt or noticed any kind of wheat/gluten allergy in the past, there's always the possibility that too much wheat in my diet could be the source of the imbalance and the breathing concern.

So... here I go again. Once again into the breach! Steady, all...we shall persevere!!

For more information on the Dr. Oz Two-Week Rapid Weight Loss Plan go here:

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