Lent Day 15: Running Fool

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Why have fake flamingos when you can have real ones?  Unfortunately, flamingos smell awful, otherwise I would really like one in my yard!  I think it’s the shrimp they eat that turn them pink.

It was warm today.  We hit 80 degrees this afternoon, and I went for a run outside.  I was hesitant to run, there was thick fog throughout the day, but by the time I got home from the grocery store, most of the fog had burned off, but it came back later on after my run.  I had my last session of physical therapy.  Dr. Cory thinks because I am a marathoner that I should be able to do extremely hard workouts.  It was a worthy torture session.  I’m going to miss going to him, but I really hope I don’t end up needing his services.  I’m going to start training for next year’s marathon early.  I was going to return to Cross Fit this next week, but I think going to the gym and doing the workouts that Dr. Cory recommended rather than doing Cross Fit.  Cross Fit is too intense, and I think I could use something a little bit more specific.  I have actually considered hiring a personal trainer.  Which seems oxymoronic, because I am a personal trainer.  It’s harder to design a training plan for yourself, because you really can’t look at yourself in the mirror doing various movements and correct those movements.  So maybe having a second set of eyes looking at my form would help with running.  As of right now, the doctors and physical therapist agree that this is primarily caused by a muscle imbalance in my core, upper legs, and butt.

Lent Day Six

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This is not a rock formation, rather it is roots of a cypress tree that long has fallen.  The creek shapes the tree roots when the water is high.  When the water goes down, the tree roots make these twisted root formations.

I ran the longest run today since the marathon.  I ran inside, because it rained off and on all day.  I’m getting nervous for the  surgery.  I did manage to get an appointment on Wednesday for the doctor to look at my mole.  I don’t know what I’m more nervous about– the mole or getting my teeth out.  I also have my first physical in forever.  When you have a child with autism lots of things go by the wayside.  My health care is one of those things that gets put off for him than anything else.  I don’t go into the hospital unless it is life or death.  If I am completely non-functionally sick, I will see the doctor.  If my teeth hurt so badly that I can barely eat, I will see a dentist.  It’s hard to justify seeing a doctor when my children are not 100% taken care of.

March is coming quickly.  And March is always a busy one.  The first week of March, I’ll be getting the mole removed and a few other doctor appointments to get myself back on the bandwagon.  The second week of March, I’ll be getting my Coach’s certification re-upped.  I had a certification when I was in college, and I let it go after I was no longer going to be an education major (in the 1990s).  I decided that with my personal training certification, and running certification, I can maybe restart a coaching business.  I love writing, so I think I’ll write training and nutrition plans and publish them on Amazon.  The third week of March, we will be in Orlando for Spring Break.  When we get back, it will be Easter week.

Lent Day Three: Why 15,000 steps???

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This cheeky little fellow lives in a grove of trees in our front yard.  He teases my dogs…

One of my goals during Lent is to walk or run 15,000 steps a day.  This comes out to around 7.0-8.0 miles a day.  I normally do much more than 15,000 steps, because I just can’t sit still, and I don’t have much better to do during the day.  When I finished running NYC marathon, I knew I was injured.  I knew I was injured the around 5 weeks before the marathon, but I felt I had to do it. I tried running the first part of it, and was doing very, very well.  I was set to finish at around 4:10 hours, but by mile 19, I was beginning to feel my back.  I walked from mile 19 to around mile 23, then ran off and on the rest of the way to the finish.

I stopped running, but was not able to get in to see the physical therapist until after the New Year.  By the time I was able to get back into physical therapy, I had gained 15 pounds, and topped the scales around 152.  I started walking.  At first, I walked 10,000 steps, which is around 4.5-5.0 miles.  When the therapist cleared me to run.  I would run around 1 mile during 4-5 mile walk.  I am now up to running 4-5 miles, and walking a few miles here and there.  A few weeks ago, I upped my step goal from 10,000 steps to 15,000 steps to make it somewhat more challenging.  Since doing this I have lost around 18 pounds, and started to lift weights. The biggest improvement has been in the number of inches I have lost.  This plus adding a healthy  diet, and giving up alcohol, by the end of Lent, I should be down an additional 15-20 pounds.

Isagenix Day 26: The Light At The End!

There are only four days left until the end of the first 30 day challenge.  I’m starting to plan for the next 30 days.  So far I have lost nine pounds, and even though I wish it were more, I’m incredibly happy with the success I have had the last 26 days.  I had my first piece of candy in 26 days, and now I realize what the value of food is.  I had four gummy worms.  Those 4 gummy worms were 140 calories!  Just four small pieces of candy were that many calories!  I ate a LOT today.  I burned over 600 calories, and today was the first day I felt truly hungry.  I also measured EVERYTHING…

So here goes:

Weight: 141

Early AM: Ionix Supreme and Accelerator
Breakfast: Shake
Lunch: Shake and Salad
Snack: Four Gummy Worms
Dinner: 1/3 Cup Chili Con Carne with 1 Cup of Rice, 1 oz shredded cheese, 2 TBSP Sour Cream
Snack: Sugar-Free Pudding with 2 TBSP of whipped cream

Activity: 3.50 mile walk, 1.5 mile run, another .50 mile walk (total burn) 600 calories

Isagenix Day 22: Not much change from the previous week…

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Before, Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4

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Before, Week 1, Week 2, Week 3

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Before, Week 1, Week 2, Week 3

There has not been much change between weeks 2 and 3, because I haven’t lost much weight.  I have started doing My Fitness Pal this week.  I’m hoping to lose another 3-4 pounds.  I am down a total of 10 pounds, and am really happy with my progress on this so far.  My goal is another 15 pounds.

Weight: 140

Early AM: Ionix Supreme, 16 ounces of water, Accelerator
Breakfast: Isalean Shake
Lunch: Prime rib, salad
Snack: Apple
Dinner: Chicken Thigh, Ratatouille, and wine
Late PM: Water and Flush

Activity: 4 mile walk/1 mile run/Jillian Michaels Video, total burn: 719 calories

Isagenix Day 14: Two weeks down, two weeks and two days to go…

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My running buddy is in need of prayers.  This morning we discovered our 6-year-old Siberian Husky is bleeding from her rectum.  Right now, she is the emergency vet clinic waiting diagnosis.  It could be anything from an infection to cancer.

Weight Loss

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From Left To Right Day 1, Day 7, and Day 14

The only physical difference I have seen is more definition in my abdominal muscles.  Other than that I don’t see much of a difference.  I have lost 10 pounds total.  I have been alternating between 9 and 10 pounds since my last cleanse day.  I didn’t weigh myself this morning, because I want to give myself a few extra days.  I added a few new routines to my workouts.  My bursitis has gone away completely.  I am still sore, but not as much as I was when my knee was really swollen.

Weight: No weigh-in today

Early AM: Ionix Supreme
Breakfast: IsaLean Shake
Late-AM snack: IsaLean Shake
Lunch: Sante Fe Salad
PM Snack: Apple
Dinner: Sicilian sausage and polenta
Splurge: Red Wine

Activity: 2 mile run, additional 2.5 mile walk, 35 sit ups, 35 cross over sit ups on right, 35 cross over sit ups on left

Isagenix Day 11: Last Cleanse Day! WOOHOO!

Today is my last cleanse day for another 19 days, then I’m going to reassess and decide how many cleanse days I plan on doing the next few weeks.  I really like cleanse days, not during the cleanse itself, but afterwards.  The cleanse itself can be painful at times, because there is no denying that you are hungry, and by the end of the day– water, tea, and the very little nourishment I allow myself gets old after 48 hours.  I am Catholic, and I used to use marathon training and blood sugar as an excuse not to fast, and surprisingly, I’m actually going to be able to fast come Easter.  Really fast, not the pussified version of fasting many Catholics do– aka eat a hearty breakfast in the morning, eat a light lunch in the afternoon, and pig out at suppertime (as a fast is sun up to sun down).  Instead I’m going to do a cleanse on fasting days over Easter :).

My weight has stagnated a little bit, but I have a sneaking suspicion I know why, and it will be confirmed shortly.  That being said, this AM I am again down 9 pounds over my starting weight, and I am pleased with that progress.

I went to Physical Therapy today, and confirmed the bursitis on me IT Band (this is the ligament that runs from your ankle to your knee to your hip.  I am sore, but I will probably be able to run again on Friday or Saturday.  After my knee surgery, when my knees swell, I get terrified.  I don’t want to be told I can’t run ever again.  I have lots of years of living left, and this would just lower my quality of life significantly.

Weight: 141

Weight: I didn’t weigh myself this AM

Early AM: Ionix Supreme and 16 ounces of water

Cleanse 1: 7:30 AM

Snack 1: 8:45 AM

Cleanse 2: 10:45 AM

Snack 2: 12:00 PM (Fruit)

Snack 3: 1:30 PM (Chocolate snack)

Cleanse 3: 3:00 PM

Snack 4: 4:30 PM

Cleanse 4: 5:00 PM

Flush: 8:00 PM

Activity: Rest day.