Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015 - Keep on Moving

So 2015 has passed and I am still on hiatus from blogging as I continue to fight for my health.

2015 Races:
I have to tally the list but here is what I have so far:

EmbRACE Life 2.5 Miler January 2015
(will find photo to post)

LBJI Memorial 5K February 2015

CHP Appreciation 5K February 2015
(will find photo to post)

HH 5K April 2015

Biggest Loser Half Marathon May 2015
(will find photo to post)

Shawshank Hustle July 2015

Through talking with several doctors throughout 2015 as I continue to gain while training and running and eating right, November 2015 was my very last race.  They told me I was killing myself with running.  HUH?  They said I now have adrenal fatigue, and my body is not liking the endurance running.  *SIGH*  You have got to be kidding me.  I exercize.  I eat right.  I rest.  I train.  But MY body doesn't like it?  

I can't win.  Regardless I am done running for now until I can get my adrenals addressed.  Here is to 2016.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Final Race Tally 2014

2014 RACES (added after 2014 ended, just to keep them together)

New Year (at Midnight) 1 Mile 1/2014

Polar Dash 1/2014

Transcend 5K 2/2014
(Will find photo to post)

RR4R 5K 3/2014

St Judes Country Music 1/2 Marathon 4/2014

Fallen Warrior 5K 5/2014
(Second Place Age Division)

Biggest Loser Half Marathon 6/2014
(Dan Evans from BL Season 5)

Rock N Roll 5K 7/2014

Rock N Roll Half Marathon 7/2014
(Double Medaled At This Race)

Foam Glow 5K 9/2014

I'm Perfect Fitness Challenge 11/2014
(Will Find Photo To Post)

Reindeer Racer 5K 12/2014

So I only got in 3 half marathons this year, but I am proud of the traning I have done, to continue to try to heal myself.  Here's to next year's races!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Last Post For A While

It's been a while.  I had so much going on since my last post!  I am excited to say, I did my first half marathon in Nashville, TN.  It was a great success.  I wasn't sure if I was going to make it, but I did.  This past weekend, I did my second half marathon in Illinois.  I achieved a 20 minute PR (personal record) too boot!  My next one is in July, and I am hoping to get another PR at that one as well, even if only a small one).  We will see.

I haven't been juicing much, with everything going on, from my son's graduation to traveling to half marathons, to having family come in and stay, etc.  But I did start back yesterday.  I have decided that I am not going to juice 100% of the time.  I will juice and blend in the morning, and then eat a salad or something for lunch and something like quinoa/bean salad for dinner with another juice perhaps.  My goal is to just go gluten free and maintain my vegan lifestyle.

Below is a mint/fruit/almond blend I just made in my magic bullet.  It was yummy!!!  That is the best thing about making juices or blendies, you can put just about anything in them and cater them to your personal tastes!

I'm heading out for a salad lunch with a friend, and then off to do a 3 miler.  Gotta get that training in so that I can get a new PR at my next half in one month!  I am going to take a break from blogging for a bit to get things in order.


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Falling Off The Wagon

Ok, so today, I begin again.  I took a week off, only juicing occasionally, and ended up going off the deep end, for real.  I had chinese food, and other naughty things, and ended up gaining 5 lbs lol, so I just wasn't ready to go back to "real" food yet.  I need to juice until I am satisfied with GOOD foods such as fruit, veggies and no carbs (gluten free, thats another story) is good enough for me.

SO.  I started again today.  I even have my hubby doing it with me this time.  I feel good today, surprisingly enough.  I think because my AM sugar was 97, compared to 1 week ago AM it was 116.  It is going down, and I am excited.  I did gain 1.5 inches back, too, so it really is not a good thing to eat gluten.  I had a bagel, several english muffins, etc over the week.  And I will tell you, once you go off gluten, your skin, hair, overall health/wellbeing is sooo much better (at least for me).  You don't really notice any changes, as far as OMG I SEE THE DIFFERENCE!... but I tell you this, the minute I started eating it again, I felt HORRID.  I mean it wasn't 20 minutes after my first batch of gluten, that I felt like I was going to throw up, for over an hour.  It was awful!  So what did I do?  I promised myself NEVER AGAIN.  But nooooo the very next day I had an english muffin (with vegan butter no less) and omg I felt horrid.  Every single time I ate gluten products, pasta, breads, etc) I felt like I had the flu.  So I definitely know that the gluten was the cause, because I never went back to dairy.  I will take that back, I went to see God's Not Dead with my children last weekend, and had popcorn with butter... big mistake I know... but I didn't feel too bad afterwards, not like when I eat gluten.  So I am DEFINITELY realizing that gluten and I don't get along, even though my doctor  said I didn't show signs of intolerance, with my one single blood test.  Plus I did gain 5 lbs back JUST from eating gluten products.  That is enough inspiration for me.

I have had enough testing... just to see if that was the cause, and sure enough it is.

Ok I have had a line of preparation today, with hubby washing  and cutting up carrots, cabbage, etc, my daughter washing grapes, kale, spinach, etc, and me washing and dicing bell peppers, and making runs to the store for gallon sized baggies, for storage, etc.  I am going to head back to the store for smaller containers though, these are too big.  Hubby wants to just make one juice to drink on all day long, but I don't know if he will get burnt out too soon that way or not.  I need variety.  Maybe he doesn't.  We shall see.

:)  Here's to day one... AGAIN!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Post Coffee Troubles

So since I drank 2 cups of coffee, for the first time in life (ew, did I mention I never drink it, that I despise it???) I was up all night long.  Not going to the bathroom, just withdrawing from the caffeine overdose.  EW.  I woke up this morning (my "official" weigh in day since day 1) from what little sleep I did get, and my tummy was still rumbling.  Still is, actually.  But on the good news side, I lost 1.2 lbs, and I am SO happy.  So, that makes my total for the week 7.4 lbs from juicing.  And my total for the month of March (for now) 18.2 lbs.  I also measured today and I lost 2.75 inches since last Saturday.  So even though 7.4 lbs may not seem like a lot (hey, that IS over 1 lb a day you know lol)... I did lose inches and that is what counts.   I also took a fasting blood sugar this morning and it was 116.  Bet it would have been lower, had I slept better.  But its a good place to start.  I am going to do a fasting sugar every Saturday now, to see if my numbers go down.  I really want them to.  My goal is to wake up with a number, UNDER 100.  :)

I have a long long long trip today, so I need to go make some juice for my trip.  But overall I am happy with what I am seeing today.  I am sure things will look even better, with next weeks weigh in.  Wow, my stomach sure doesn't feel very good.  I need to investigate what is going on.

Will check in later.  :)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Juicing Update

I'm down another half pound.  Last two days have been difficult, as I haven't gone to the bathroom since the beginning of the week.  So I had a salad last night with balsalmic vinegar on it, in order to get things "moving" again.  I really needed that.  Because yesterday I didn't lose anything (and in all honesty, gained .2 lbs, so...)  But I ended up going a little bit last night and that made me feel better and a little less bloated.  I am bloated this morning too, but at least I am losing again.  So I am officially down 17 lbs since March 1.  I will take it.  :)

Decided I will do this for 2 weeks instead of 1.  I can do it.  Its hard, yes, but I can do it.  If you are going to take this one, the best way is to do it with a friend.  It makes it so much easier.  I don't think I could do this without my friend, who's doing it with me.

Made 68 ounces of juice last night for today's long work day.  I am going to just keep on sticking to it and see where it gets me.  Current issues: skin is dry, lips are bumpy (like sand?) and hair is dry... I haven't had these symptoms all winter, so not sure which type of mineral I am low in.  I have been craving salt and protein.  ESPECIALLY yesterday.  It was a hard day, for sure, especially yesterday afternoon.  I was ready to just eat anything salty or with protein.  Very weird.

Tonight my tummy was hurting VERY badly.  I would attribute it to the fact that I just couldn't go to the bathroom.  Haven't been all week.  Ok a tiny tiny bit last night after eating a salad for some roughage.  So my fasting friend and hubby both recommended I drink some coffee.  (EW! I HATE COFFEE).  It was soooo gross.  But I downed 2 cups, fighting all the way.  And one hour later I had water coming out... no joke and since I am blogging everything just for me to remember, it smelled exactly like the juice I have been drinking.  So I know there was just a backup of juice.. somehow.  I am not sure how that all works.  BUT I did get to go finally.  My stomach feels really yucky after the coffee.... gonna be a long night.  But I am so glad I finally got to go this week.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Juicing Day 4

Day 4.  Lost 1.3 lbs yesterday.  I don't care how slow my weight loss is, remember I had 5 doctors tell me I would never lose weight without gastric bypass surgery.  So I am THRILLED with how much I have lost thus far!  I decided with my friend last night (the one who is juice fasting with me) that we would have a few new mantras.  I AM satisfied.  I AM NOT hungry.  I CAN have it, but I DON'T want it.  And we will NEVER gain this weight back.  Not in so many words.  Last night was tough.  I couldn't sleep.  I was thinking about getting up and having something to eat, when I wasn't even hungry!  I tossed and turned for 4 hours, and finally went out and watched TV until around 2AM.  I just couldn't sleep for anything!  Once I wound down with a new show on Netflix I was finally able to drift off and sleep until almost 8AM.

Very busy day today.  Then the inlaws are coming this afternoon, so I better get running.  I am not as tired feeling as I was yesterday afternoon, so we shall see how it goes.  I may have a just-fruit juice before they arrive, to pick up any thoughts of being tired.... I will need some energy, so I don't look sleepy.  :)