I’m Back…

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In November, I ran this huge race called New York City Marathon.  It was not the performance I would have liked, in fact, I was very, very, very disappointed with it.  A few months prior to the race, I started noticing a pain in my hip.  I took time off, and the pain didn’t abate.  A few weeks prior to the race, I could not stand, sit, or do anything without extreme discomfort.  I went to a massage therapist to loosen what I thought was a tight muscle to no avail.  The race was expensive.  The race alone was almost $400.  We had pre-paid our hotel, pre-paid our airline tickets, and my parents cleared their schedule to come up and visit with the kids while we enjoyed New York.  I was not going to “not” run it because of an injury.  It was a once in a lifetime race.  I had waited literally years to run this race.

I got back from NYC, and went to the doctor.  Long-story short, I was told I would never run again, and was risking my long-term health by running.  I listened to the doctor long enough to call my mom and bawl.  I decided I would run again.  I went to a physical therapist and wonderful spine doctors, who told me that the doctor was WRONG, WRONG, WRONG.  My goal race in 2016– probably my last race was NOT in jeopardy.  I was going to run again.

The weather in Florida is not ideal for running during the summer.  I ran outside when I could tolerate the heat, I spent the rest of the summer on the treadmill.  I supplemented my training with walking, and doing Jillian Michael’s Body Shred.  I started to rebuild my base.  My long run was 4 miles, my short run was 2 miles.  In August, I signed up for a Sprint Triathlon.  Signing up for that gave me a goal to work for, besides the June goal of Grandma’s marathon.

Today I ran, and it was a huge milestone.  I ran 10 miles.  This was my first double-digit run since November of 2014.  It was not a hard run either.  It felt easy.  I ran it a 9:30 min/mile, which is the same pace I was training for Georgia Publix (my PR marathon).  Granted, I was inside, and on a treadmill, it felt comfortable.  It was fun.  I was smiling the entire time!!!  My weight is starting to come off again.  My weight had gone up since my dad passed in June, and now I have 9 pounds to lose before I reach my goal weight, and everything today seems so achievable.  What’s more, I just got an e-mail from a client!  She got my number from another runner, and I may be working with a high school soccer star on his endurance and running.

Isagenix Day 25: Another day in frustration…

So far I have two strikes on appointments.  Yesterday, it was my daughter’s dental appointment.  Today it was my back appointment.  I had gone to the wrong address, and additionally, the doctor’s wife was sick with the flu and he needed to pick up the kids at school.  So they had to reschedule my appointment for another 10 days.  The PT worked my back pretty well today, and it is quite sore.  I also ran-walked.  I’m doing a 5 mile walk every day.  Today, I added a 1 mile run.  Tomorrow, I’m upping the running distance to 1.25 miles.

Weight: 141

Early AM: Ionix Supreme, Accelerator, water
Breakfast: IsaLean Shake
Lunch: Polenta
Snack: IsaLean Shake
Dinner: Light Creamy Chicken Pesto with Gluten Free Pasta
Snack: Chocolate wafers
PM: Water and Flush

Activity: 60 minute abdominal workout, 2 mile warm-up/1 mile run/2 mile cool-down

Isagenix Day 24: I wanna eat!

Today, was a day I really wanted to eat.  I did fall off the diet a little bit, but I didn’t fall off to the point where I am regretting the decisions I made.  My daughter was supposed to have surgery today, but due to a scheduling mix up on the part of the clinic, the surgery didn’t happen.  This was the first time I wanted to eat my frustration at the situation.  My daughter was so nervous about the appointment, and I felt guilty that she couldn’t just have it done and over with.  Now, she has another appointment that she will get worked up over.  Tomorrow, I have my back appointment.  I get to find out what is going on with my back.  My bursitis is doing well.  The swelling is going down considerably.  I have decided that I am just getting old.  As the pain from my knee is subsiding and the swelling going down, my back is getting considerably worse.   I am sore from Monday’s therapy session, the physical therapist really worked on my back.  I’m hoping tomorrow I will get a soft tissue massage.

Weight: No weigh in

Early AM: Ionix Supreme and water
Breakfast: Vanilla shake with cocoa
Lunch: Grilled Chicken Nuggets, 1/2 order of Chick Fil A fries, and Medium Fruit Bowl
Dinner: Shephard’s Pie (400ish calories), wine

Activity: 5 mile walk on the treadmill (no running)

Isagenix Day 19: Urgh…

That’s all I have to say about today.  I had almost no activity today.  Both my daughter and I have a slight stomach bug, and it’s just been that kind of day.  I did get scheduled for oral surgery in February.  I am having some teeth pulled, and due to my experiences as a child, and when I was pregnant with my son, I am very, very, very nervous.  In March I will be getting invisalign.  I had braces when I was a child, but I was not a good girl, and didn’t wear my retainer.  My teeth returned to their original crooked position.  When the book gets published, I don’t want my head shot be of me with crooked, and stained teeth.

Weight:  No Weigh In This AM

Early AM: Ionix Supreme water, and Accelerator
Breakfast: Shake
Lunch: Isalean Bar
Dinner: Frozen Meatloaf meal (I don’t really recommend this, but my desire to cook was zero)– 230 calories
Water

Activity: None

Isagenix Day 18: Wallowing in misery and frustration…

My knee bursitis is not getting any better, so I’m going to take a few days off of running.  I hate taking time off of running.  I’m a VERY active person.  For those that just started reading this blog, I need to point out a very personal fact about me, unless you went digging through the multitude of blogs I have written, you may not realize this.  I am a diagnosed Aspie.  What the hell is an Aspie, you may ask?!  Well, I’ll answer you– I have Asperger’s Syndrome.  I was diagnosed about three years ago.  Part of my Asperger’s symptoms is the inability to sit still.  Even though Isagenix and getting rid of some of the toxic foods I have been making a mainstay in my diet, and many of the symptoms have been stymied by this, I still have the unbelievable desire to move.  I am not one to just sit still on my couch with my leg up, and ice.  I am incredibly restless.

That being said, I haven’t really been focusing on my writing, or my blog for quite some time.  I am almost done editing the first part of my debut novel, but that has gone to the wayside, because my house is in chaos right now.  We are working on doing some minor home improvement projects.  So this is what I am working on currently (please excuse the mess in the pictures):

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Before,  Coat One, Coat Two

One of my biggest pet peeves is things that don’t match.  Ironically, I was in the Air Force where the service dress was the awful combination of black and navy blue.  So one of the things in my home that didn’t match for three years was our bathroom cabinets.  Instead of replacing them, I decided on a whim (kind of) to paint them.  I still have to finish the doors, but I have new drawer liners, and they are now a very dark (almost black) brown.  So that’s what I have been doing the last three days to keep my mind off of the fact that my stupid f(#*ing knees are not behaving (sorry for the curse words).

Weight: 141 (yay I am going back down :)).

Early AM: Ionix plus accelerator
Breakfast: Shake
Late AM: Snack wafers
Lunch: Shake
PM Snack: Apple + Accelerator
Dinner: Salad with Lemon Dressing, 4 ounces of Roast Beef, and grilled Vegetables (approximately 450 calories)
Bedtime: Water + Flush

Activity: PT plus deep tissue (youchy) massage