Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A Different Kind of Health & Fitness Journey

It's been a long time since I've felt the need to journal here. Even as I type these first lines I realize that I've missed coming here and sorting out my thoughts. 

So anyway, I've had sort of an epiphany recently and it's leading me down a rather different path on my healthy lifestyle journey. Here it is in a nutshell...

I've been at war with my body since I was about 8 years old. I've dieted for most of my life.  I've tried crazy fad diets....remember Kimkins? I've followed more moderate "healthy" plans...Weight Watchers. The Zone, The Dash Diet.....and on it goes. I've lost weight on every diet I've tried. But I've never had long term, lasting weight loss. So here I sit this morning. My weight is back up to 202 pounds....you know.... The weight that I was never going to see again. 

But here's the thing. I am done being at war with myself. I'm done with diet plans and guilt and trying to follow it all perfectly enough to feel acceptable. My new plan is simply this...
I am going to eat well and love myself. I have to admit that the idea of not dieting is a bit scary for me. But it also feels like the next step in this journey of mine. 

While I'm done with dieting, I'm not done with my quest for a healthy lifestyle. Yesterday we planned our meals for the week. We went shopping and our fridge is stocked for the week's dinners. We are really determined to cook most of our meals at home. 

I've been using Plexus products for a year now. I can tell that these products are helping me to get healthy from the inside out. They will continue to be a part of my healthy lifestyle. 

So that's my plan...eat whole, healthy foods prepared in my own kitchen, continue with my Plexus supplements, enjoy long walks with my hubby, breathe deep, practice gratitude, do some yoga....and live life. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

Friday Morning Weigh In

Weight this morning: 203. That's down 3 pounds since Monday....nice!

I'm still not feeling 100% since my bout with a nasty stomach bug so my food is still sketchy. My calories for yesterday were low as I was hesitant to eat while at work since my insides still feel pretty unsettled. 

In the morning I had a cup of Bulletproof turmeric/ginger tea. It was yummy and soothing. I was so pleasantly surprised by how really yummy this is. And with the high fat low carb content it's totally satisfying.  I'll definitely be making this on a regular basis. 

2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1TBS unsalted grass fed butter 
1/2 Tsp turmeric powder
1 TBS grated fresh ginger
Dash of stevia

Heat the almond milk to almost boiling. Dump everything in the blender and blend until frothy. 
Pour into your favorite polka dot cup and enjoy. 
167 calories
3 gm carbs
16 gm fat
2 gm protein
2 gm fiber
1 gm net carbs

When I got home I wasn't feeling much like cooking so after taking this little guy for a walk...

....I scrounged around in the fridge and found a piece of avocado, some cheese, and a baked turkey wing. I had the part of the wing that doesn't resemble a drumstick. It was simple and satisfying. For my treat I had some peanut butter mixed with heavy cream. 

My totals for the day were:
1057 calories
20 gm carb
86gm fat
52 gm protein
9 gm fiber
11gm net carb. 

My blood sugar this morning is 97
Blood ketone level is .9

Thursday, January 21, 2016

On the mend...

So yesterday, 1/20/2016, I was still feeling quite queasy and the thought of eating caused me to feel the nausea returning full force. So, I just soldiered through eating nothing until afternoon. I sipped on I tried to drink a Keto Chow shake in the afternoon and was able to drink about 1/3 of it. In the evening I had some scrambled eggs with cheese and avocado. I didn't track on MFP because I really didn't eat much. 
This morning my blood sugar is 96 and blood ketones are .3. 
I'll be tracking my intake today. I'm hoping to feel better enough to take a yoga class on Saturday. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Well, that was a rough start....

Within just a few hours of writing my last post I came down with some awful stomach thing. I spent the last two days in bed. (when I wasn't running to the bathroom) I sipped on chicken broth and was finally able to eat a few bites of scrambled egg last night. 
So nothing new or exciting to share on the healthy lifestyle front! I really have to go to work today so hopefully I'll start to feel some strength coming back soon. 

Monday, January 18, 2016

Making a Fresh Start

Here I am, dusting off my old blog and ready for a new start. 
I've deleted all of my old stats from My Fitness Pal so today can be my day one. 
My weight is up to 206. It's time to get serious again or I will gain it ALL back. 

So here's the plan....
I'm following a low carb, whole foods type plan. I am also using Plexus Products to get healthy from the inside out. 
I'll be tracking on My Fitness Pal and sharing my menus, exercise, etc. here on the blog. 
I plan to start running again and taking some yoga classes. 
My weigh in day will be Friday morning and I'll report that here as well. 
I need the accountability of a blog/journal. I need to get myself back to a consistently healthy lifestyle. 

So, new start stats:
Weight: 206
Waist 39
Hips 48
Bust 43
Under Bust 36
Upper Arm 12
Thigh 26
Calf 16

Sunday, February 23, 2014

San Diego Women's Half Marathon

So yesterday a jog/walked the San Diego Women's Half Marathon. I LOVED this run!! 

This was my first non-Disney half marathon and I have to say I enjoyed it so much! It was only a couple thousand runners. So there were enough people to have the air ignited with the excitement of the event but it wasn't insanely crowded like a Disney run. It was well organized and staffed with scads of volunteers who did an amazing job. 

There were Race Guards running the course and just making sure that everyone was okay. One of my friends is a race guard and we walked together and chatted for a bit until my timer beeped and I started jogging and he jogged off to encourage other runners. 

The course was flat and scenic, running along the San Diego harbor area. The course had ample water stops with some having Gatorade and Gu gels. One volunteer even had packets of salt which was a godsend at mile 10ish when my legs wanted to cramp. 

I did the run by myself. I left my house at about 4:45 after assuring Vern that there was no reason for him to come out and stand around for hours to cheer me on. I arrived about an hour before start time parked and found the porta potties :) Then I found my friend Mary Joe (Joe's wife) at the race guard tent and got a hug and some encouraging chit chat before making my way to the start corrals. I watched the sun come up while waiting to start. 

I'm always struck by the hush that falls over the crowd when out national anthem is sung, and it always makes me cry...this time was no different. 

And then we were off!! 13.1 miles of awesomeness. I ran my race. I chatted with a few ladies along the way. I met a gal from one of my Facebook groups. She was faster and the course criss crossed back on itself in several areas so we saw each other several times during the race, high five'ing each other each time. 

I ran my intervals. I thought about my mom and dad. I thought about a lot of things. I stopped to take a couple of photos. I enjoyed the scenery and the warmth of the sun on my face. I even enjoyed the ache in my legs as my muscles worked. At mile 10 it became tough. My legs started to cramp and I realized I forgot to stick a mustard packet in my pocket....that won't happen again! A sweet lady at a water stop asked me if I wanted a salt packet and I almost hugged her!

Those last 3 miles, Jeff Galloway was in my head saying "Just get through it one walk break at a time" and that's what I did. 

My finish time was a personal best for me. 3:11:05....finally under 3:30 and heading toward under 3 hours!! I am sore this morning but my heart is full and proud. 

Next race is St Patricks Day weekend....1/2 marathon.