I Am Retiring…

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On June 18th, 2016 I will be officially semi-retired.  I am going to retire from running marathons.  I will be 40-years-old, and I figure if I don’t qualify for Boston by then, I won’t.  I say semi-retired, because I don’t plan on fully retiring.  I am literally working double time to lose weight and put my best foot forward in training for my “last” marathon, Grandma’s marathon.  Grandma’s will be my last 26.2 race, unless I qualify for Boston, then I intend on running Boston Marathon.

I say semi-retired, because I’m not giving up on endurance sports entirely.  Not in the least.  I have one more thing I have added to my endurance bucket list.  I said I would never do one, but I’ve change my mind.  I learned a valuable lesson the last few weeks and months.  I learned that you have one life, and to live your dreams.  Make goals and accomplish them.  Life is short and fleeting.  So I have decided that after I run my last marathon that I am going to dedicate myself to competing in Triathlons.

Not just any Triathlons, but Ironman Triathlons.  I watched one today, and realized that there are many people competing in this kind of sport that most would not see as triathletes.  My first goal after my retirement is to run a few sprints.  I plan on upgrading to Olympic distance, then eventually half Tris.  After I accomplish a few half Triathlons, I plan on signing up for an Ironman.  I hope to accomplish this before I turn 50.

I have no desire to run ultras, so Triathlons.  But first Grandma’s.  I have cracked the diet code.  I have discovered that I do really well eating small meals every few hours.  Everyone has their own body chemistry to overcome. In the last week I have dropped 5 pounds following these simple steps:

1.  Eat small meals throughout the day.

2.  Have 1-2 cheat days.

3.  Give up sweets and sodas (I have not been dedicated enough to give up my worst vice– wine).

4.  Move A LOT…  Today I burned over 1200 calories, and only 300 of those calories were actual running miles.

1.  Here’s my small meal schedule:

Meal 1 (AM): I eat/drink a protein shake*

Meal 2 (AM):  I have a small container of greek yogurt (it seems to help keep my gut in balance– I have a condition called leaky gut, it’s related to IBS)

Meal 3 (late AM): I eat/drink another protein shake*

Meal 4 (PM): A light meal– usually I eat a salad or similar meal.  My favorite is a Tomato Salad.  A friend of mine and I used to partake in these salads when we were both living in Germany.

Meal 5 (PM): A piece of fruit

Meal 6 (PM): A 400-800 calorie dinner

2.  In between each of those I drink a 16 ounce container of water.  In 4 days that I have done this.  I have lost 5 pounds.  Friday and Saturday are my “cheat days.”  I have allowed myself to have a little bit of wine and some additional snacks– tonight I’m going to eat popcorn while binge watching Harry Potter movies :).

3.  With exception of my last two cheat days, I have not had any soda or sweets.  I have found the best balance of fruits and vegetables to quench any cravings I have.  Salty crunchy cravings, I have a salad and add dried quinoa or lightly salted nuts to it.  Sweet cravings, I eat fruit, or dried fruit.

4.  Move A LOT.  Each day, I make it my personal goal to do my 10,000 steps (or 5 miles).  Most days that feat is accomplished through running, and a little bit of walking.  On my rest days, I still walk.  I started with Jillian Michael’s Body Shred, and I’ve found that that workout has help considerably with my strength and endurance.  I rarely sit down.  Today, I spent the day cleaning my room, which I do about once a season.  This morning, I ran 3 miles, walk another 2 miles, and then spent 3 hours deep cleaning.  I took a break cleaning, and did Jillian Michaels workout 4.  At 6:00 PM, I’m finally just now sitting down and relaxing.  I have learned that activity doesn’t just mean “working out,” it means moving.

Hopefully, these steps will help you as well….

* I use Isagenix Pro Natural Chocolate or Isalean Pro Chocolate for my protein shake.  I am no longer doing the Isagenix Cleanses.

Isagenix Day 26: Date Night!

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Oh vey, tonight is date night.  It is a rare occurrence in our family.  I have a 9 and 11-year-old, under normal circumstances I should be able to leave my kids for a few hours to go out and enjoy an evening to myself.  Unfortunately, there is nothing normal about my circumstance.  My 11-year-old is developmentally about 4 or 5 years old.  My 9-year-old is incredibly mature, and she wants to be able to stay at home alone, but I’m just not confident she is ready, perhaps in a few years.  My son’s school is wonderful and does bi-monthly babysitting for kids in attendance.  Tonight we have reservations at the Melting Pot in Destin.  While psychologically it’s great, dietary, I’m a nervous wreck.  I have no idea what I should order.  I ran today, and I’m going to do an extra workout today and tomorrow to make up for what I’m eating tonight.  Furthermore, Sunday is my husband’s 40th birthday party, so I will be “pigging” out again Sunday night.  Next week, I’m starting another cleanse.

Weight: 139 lbs!!! (finally broke that plateau!)

Early AM: Ionix Supreme, Accelerator
Breakfast: Shake
Lunch: Shake
Snack: Apple
Dinner: The Melting Pot

Activity: 5.0 mile walk, 1.5 mile run (700 calorie burn!!!)

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 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 20 and 21: Public Service Announcement and other fun things…

On Thursday, having a little tummy bug was easy compared to the next two days.  I went off the diet today.   Thursday night, Friday morning, my son did not sleep at all.  Insomnia is a little known side effect of autism.  No one talks about it, because with all the other fun things that happen with a child with autism, this is one little symptom that’s often overlooked and underplayed.  Let’s just say he is on THREE medications for sleep and melatonin.  Thursday night he just decided that sleep was overrated.  I heard him talking when I went to bed at 9:00, and when I let the dogs out at 11:00.  He came into my room at 2:30 AM, and I gave him a benadryl (the doctor recommends to do this if the other drugs don’t work, which they often don’t).  He fell asleep for like 10 minutes at 6:00 AM.  I kept him home on Friday from school– partially, because his therapist was sick, and Friday is a one-to-one therapy day.  Anyway, he screamed from 12:00 PM until about 3:00 PM, and then fell asleep until 4:30 PM or so.  Needless to say, I didn’t sleep at all Thursday night.

Today, I got to sleep in, but my dryer broke.  So we ran to Best Buy and bought a new dryer, which was an open box item.  Sad to say the reason it was an open box item was because it was broken too.  On top of that, my husband tried to put the dryer into the car, and it slipped and broke two toes.  We ran back to Best Buy to return the new broken dryer, got a different dryer (by the way, Best Buy was really great about the whole thing, and gave us $120 off of the new new dryer).  So I decided to “eff it” and go off the diet a little bit.  We went to McGuire’s Irish Pub.  Love that place in Destin.  But an unfortunate incident happened, and I wanted to post my little public service announcement:

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I consider myself a local of anyplace I live (even though I am a military spouse and move frequently, I have been in this area over 3 years, and after this assignment I will have lived her nearly 6 years, which is a pretty damn long time for even non-military).  That being said, we live in the community, I volunteer in the community, my kids go to public schools, I pay taxes, and we go support our community.  We sat down to eat at a local restaurant, and my kids were being kids.  Yes, my son has autism and Tourette’s syndrome and can be a little loud, but McGuire’s is a PUB, it has a PUB atmosphere, it is LOUD.  Anyway, a snow bird, decided that she didn’t like the noise, and instead of complaining to the drunk assholes sitting next to us, who were being FAR LOUDER than my kids, she told me that she thought my child was “annoying and being a brat.”  Autism, or not, my son is good.  I know typical families who don’t take kids out, because of misbehavior.  Hell, my own parents wouldn’t go to certain restaurants after my brother and I had gone there, because we were awful.  I remember one place my mom didn’t go back to until we were adults, because John and I had a fist fight over a piece of watermelon.  That being said, here is my PSA.  If you are visiting someplace, respect the people who live there.  These people sent back 18-cent Senate Soup, not once, but TWICE!  Who the heck sends back soup that costs 18-cents!!!!  We work hard with our son to ensure that he can go to places such as McGuires, and most nights we get compliments on his behavior.  Tonight that’s what I was expecting, because I was trying to be respectful, and I told the kids to be quiet when they were getting loud.  I was expecting the lady to turn around and tell me, “hey it’s OK, everyone else is being loud.”  Instead I was told that my kid was annoying.  If you don’t want loud people around here’s a hint– don’t go to an Irish Pub!!!  OK rant over.

Weight: 140 (though that will go up tomorrow)

AM: Ionix Supreme and water
Breakfast: shake
Lunch: Shake
Dinner: salad, 8 oz prime rib, asparagus, glass of wine
PM: Flush

Activity: still resting that damn knee…

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