Showing posts with label diet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label diet. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


I've been feeling really down these past several days.  My back has been getting better but it still hurts.  I ran on Monday night for the first time in a week: three slow miles.  When I was done I felt achy pain but nothing sharp so I went home and stretched and iced it.  My understanding of the situation is that my psoas muscle (which connects from the lower back to the top of the thigh bone) is really tight on the right side which is causing my SI joint in my pelvis to be out of whack, which led to the ligament sprain.  Essentially everything that is connected to my pelvis is in some way irritated - a domino effect.  All the muscles around my lower back are tight and sore.  Grrrr....

The good news is that yes I KNOW it could be a LOT worse.  The bad news is that it is making me feel depressed anyway.  This whole experience of getting back to "normal" after having a baby has been quite a journey.  I feel like this must be in some ways what it will feel like when I'm getting up in years...struggling to be strong and to prevent injuries like this.

On another note, I am still sticking to the sugar-free and gluten-free diet.  This is miraculous, considering how sad I have felt.  I did eat an entire bag of tortilla chips the other day though...yes they are free of sugar and gluten but they are not healthy.   I have to laugh about it though - sometimes food is comforting and eating large amounts of it is comforting!  I weighed myself on Monday and there were no changes, up or down.  Since I was sick and didn't get any running in for a whole week, I am calling it a success that I didn't gain any weight.  I'm feeling good about my food choices and letting the tortilla chip binge slide.  No need to kick myself while I'm down!

Here's to a better week this week...and to picking myself back up, emotionally and physically.  It is a beautiful day and there is much to celebrate and be thankful for.  I'm going to focus on the sunny side of life today and try my best not to eat another entire bag of tortilla chips :o)

Monday, April 25, 2011

training of another sort

Giving up sugar is NOT easy...but it's after 8:00pm on day one for me and so far, so good.  I've had cravings today but haven't caved to them.  After I eat my dinner every night I usually seek out sugar like I have some sort of microchip in my body that can sense where to find it in my house.  I am not thinking or if I do become self-aware in the moment I brush it off and convince myself that I deserve it or it is no big deal, I'll try again tomorrow.  Sometimes it is very easy for me to find the sugar - cupcakes or cookies easily at hand on the counter - or sometimes it is harder and I eat something like graham crackers or the leftover Valentines candy that the kids brought home from school back in February (seriously, they got a LOT of candy from their classmates, ugh!).  Sometimes I treat myself to a handful or two of Enjoy Life! vegan chocolate chips (I love them).  But tonight when the sugar cravings hit I reached for a juicy plump ORANGE.  It was actually really satisfying and while let's face it not as sugary-sweet as a cupcake or a cookie it was worth it because I had NO guilt AT ALL over eating it.

I feel good about my food choices for today.  I'm happy that I can say that, because those are not words I would have said yesterday or the day before that or really in I don't know how long.

At least for today, I found that the best way for me to look at this was as an exercise in training my mind and my body.  I persevered through the hard parts, moments when I felt like putting it off another day, and I kept my focus.  You see, I am a FIRM believer that we can train ourselves to create healthy habits. Whether it is eating better or exercising more or whatever, our minds are powerful and the relationship between our minds and our bodies is not to be doubted or underestimated.  If you are a runner, you KNOW this.  When your mind is telling you to quit, your body WILL listen.  When your mind is telling you to keep going, your body WILL listen.  This does not just pertain to running!

One day at a time, I am going to train my mind until my body gets the message and bad habits become distant memories.  Who knows, maybe I will start craving fresh fruit every night.  That is the idea, anyway.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

weekend miles & setting a goal

Yesterday morning my sister Jodi and I completed an 11 mile run at a 9:37 average pace.  This was a whole minute-per-mile faster than last weekend's long run of 12.75 miles (I averaged around a 10:30 pace for that run).  The route was different - there were definitely more hills last weekend - but still, a whole minute faster?  This leaves me wondering about consistency and how much I should/could push myself on my runs.  Especially my shorter runs during the week.  When I run long I don't worry too much about my pace (especially since having my baby 3 months ago).  I make sure I'm comfortable and steady and just sort of GO.  For my shorter runs though, especially as I am trying to regain my fitness and strength, I think I need to be pushing myself and increasing my speed.  Perhaps it is time for a little speed play?

Today I needed to run...I felt like I had to shake some things off.  I ran 3.5 miles and averaged a 9:19 pace.  It was so nice to sweat it out.

Total mileage for the week was 26.5. Getting closer to my goal of 30 miles per week by June 1st.  Woot!

Speaking of goals...

I am still a good 10 pounds heavier than I was before I got pregnant last spring and I cannot fit into my pants yet.  I'm getting a little tired of wearing yoga pants all.the.time.  My baby will be 12 weeks old this week and I think it is time to get serious about losing these extra LBs.  I eat a pretty healthy diet and honestly love healthy fruits and veggies.  I have been a vegetarian for a loooong time and have eaten a mostly vegan diet for the past 3 years.  My problem is SUGAR.  And portion sizes (whoa, man can I eat A LOT).  This doesn't usually bother me too much except that I have weight to lose and it is really getting to me.  Summer is around the corner and I want to (A) feel good in my own clothes, possibly a bathing suit! and (B) run faster.  I need to lose this weight.  I think this blog can help me be accountable, so I am going to chart my progress here and tell you how it is going.

Starting RIGHT THIS MINUTE I am going to do the following:

  1. take processed sugars out of my diet.  When I have a sweet tooth, I'm reaching for a piece of fruit (or 10 if that is what it takes!).  
  2. reduce my consumption of gluten. For a long time I have believed that it messes with me - mainly my digestive system and my brain.  I love other grains like rice and quinoa so I think this will not be too hard, especially since a lot of foods with processed sugars also have gluten in them.
  3. watch my portion sizes and think twice before I have a second helping...Am I hungry for more, really? ... I need to be more self aware when I am eating.
  4. make sure to drink at least 8 full glasses of water a day.
I'm going to take it one day at a time, but am setting a goal to be able to stick with this at least through the month of May.  My hope is that with these changes in my diet and my mileage increasing, I'm setting myself up for success.  I owe it to myself to stick with this...

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