A Day In The Life

Woke up today at 6am and then rested in bed for about 15 minutes before getting up for my long run, feeling relatively rested after 7.5hrs of sleep (I usually need 9). I ate a banana and about 4 or 5 baby dill pickles along with two glasses of water. Filled up my fuel belt with another two cups of water and some dates.

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Headed out for a slightly epic run with one of my besties, Grey Robin. I call it epic because I was pushed beyond what I thought was my physical limit as well as my mental limit at this point. We setting out to hit 18km, at what I thought would be my average pace of 7:45-8:25….typically long runs are mostly in the 8 minute or more mark. After 1km, GR took my garmin away from me as I was already starting to obsess over my pace. She directed me to just take it easy and go with how I felt [she should really get certified as a run coach, she really knows how to encourage and inspire]. Fabulous. We took a route on our normal trail but much further south in a part I haven’t been. It was beautiful and slightly hilly dirt trails. At 5km, I was surprised to find out I was only at 37 minutes (40 minutes is my norm. lately) and feeling great. Around where I thought was about 8 or 9km I started trying to push myself a little harder because I thought I might be slowing down, telling Becky I would like to hit 10km in less than 1:18 (norm. is 1:20 lately). She giggled a bit as I was huffing and puffing and fretting about slowing down and told me that I only had 900M to go until 10KM giving me enough time to actually WALK and still hit 1:18. I rolled past 10KM at 1:14!!!! I was actually running at a 7:05 and 7:07 pace for the 9 and 10th KM. WAHOOOOO!!! I couldn’t breath, and tears were welling in my eyes. I am so much stronger than I think I am. We continued along the dirt river-side trails for the last 8KM which were definitely tough mentally. I literally felt like crawling into the grass and going to sleep. Grey Robin pushed me and pushed me and LITERALLY…EVEN PHYSICALLY PUSHED ME and got me to the end in 2:21:53! Major Success. Even if I run 8:15 minute KM’s for the last three on race day, I will PR by about a minute. I seriously have no idea what I would do without GR’s constant support!!=) Through the run I only ate about 3 dates and 3 cups of water. 

After the run I had 25 minutes until church started so I made a mad dash for a cold shower and got ready to arrive at church about 10 minutes late, iced coffee, pickles and a banana in hand. After service the hubbie and I headed home for some relaxation and lunch. We ate leftover lo mein and watermelon. I had 3 glasses of water also.

We spent the afternoon watching episodes of The Mindy Project, which the hubbie is still catching up on while I stretched and foam rolled- seriously painful.

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Around 2:30 we settled in for an afternoon nap as we were both beat. I sleep for about an hour and a half. Woke up, hung around the house, wasted time on the internet snacking on some potato chips and finally decided upon sushi for dinner. [Oh and treated my running chafe while drinking a cherry dr. pepper]

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Now we are just spending the evening at home relaxing/watching TV and probably having an early-ish bedtime! Our simple, boring sunday in a nutshell, and I loved it!

Lo Mein [Gluten Free, Vegan]

Two weeks until the last marathon of the year. This means its time to clean up my diet, and put only good things in. This also means it is time to start introducing a few extra carbs! Here’s a way to do both, while satiating a chinese take-out craving [something that doesn't come gluten-free in my city].

Low Mein [Gluten Free, Vegan]

All Veggie servings are approximate as  you can just use what you have/need to use up for this recipe. I just kept adding until my pan was too full! This recipe takes about 20 minutes start to finish and reheats well.

Makes 4-6 servings

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400g Rice noodles

1 onion, chopped

1 tbsp canola oil

3 cups stir-fry mix (Mine had broccoli, carrots, sugar peas…all pre-chopped)

1 cup bean sprouts, chopped

1.5 cup baby bokchoy, chopped

1 can drained water chestnuts

1 can drained mini corn

2 cups broth (I used vegetable)

2 tbsp corn starch

Sauce

3 tbsp tamari + extra according to taste

1 tbsp minced ginger (I used ginger paste)

2 tbsp raw cane sugar

2 tbsp sesame oil

5 cloves garlic, minced

Heat frying pan over medium heat. Add oil and onion and cook until onions are translucent. While onions are cooking, make rice noodles. Cover noodles in a bowl with boiling water + 1 cup broth, drain once noodles are slightly firmer than al dente. Whisk sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

Once onions are translucent, add stir fry mix and cover with lid. Cook until crisp but tender, aprox 2-3 minutes. Add the rest of the vegetables, including water chestnuts, as well as the final cup of broth. Add sauce. Allow vegetable to soften, aprox. 2 minutes.

Drain vegetables, reserving the sauce. Add sauce back to pan along with rice noodles and corn starch which has been dissolved in a small amount of water. Allow rice noodles to finish softening. Once noodles are soft, toss in vegetable mixture. Heat until sauce has reduced slightly, aprox. 1 minute.

Once removed from heat, drizzle with sesame oil and serve. If you desire more flavour, drizzle with extra tamari.

To reheat, add a few tbsp warm water to a pan with serving, or put in microwave with a cup of water beside dish to retain moisture.

NOTE: If you would like to add some protein, chopped firm tofu, scrambled eggs, or chicken would be best added with onions at the beginning. I prefer to keep it vegan.

Lovin’ Lately

1. BLT’s- I seriously CAN’T GET ENOUGH. I definitely have an addictive personality when it comes to food. I went through a serious mango obsession for about 2 months-I literally only ever wanted mango. Now, I have switched to BLT’s, if only they were actually healthy! haha. I make mine on Udi’s Gluten Free Bread with a little avocado! AH! SERIOUSLY. Get me one right now….

2. Kate Spade Agenda- I ordered and received mine in July and it started last week. I freakin’ LOVE mine and have it all decked out with all my appointments and beautiful washi tape. I love being organized and something about having everything written out so I can check things off as they are accomplished is so fun for me. [Insert crowd laughing at the stationary geek]

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3. The Mindy Project- It took some convincing from my husband to start watching this on Netflix as I didn’t like her on The Office, but from 10 minutes into the first episode I knew I would be obsessed with the show. I love how relatable Mindy is and I also love that it is so light-hearted.

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4. Running Skirts- they have nonslip shorts underneath to avoid the ride-up problem shorts give me, and are just so cute and flattering. I have the lululemon pace-setter skirt LONG variety in purple and black and love them both. I did find that my legs were just too long for the regular length though-I am only 5’6, but I sometimes have this problem in pants as well.

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5. Benadryl Topical Cream- HAHA. I have been attacked my mosquitos and this stuff is a lifesaver. I literally counted 46 bites from just a 4km run last night!

Checking Back To Move Ahead

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About a year ago, I started my journey to good health. My weight was out of control (207lbs, the highest in my life), I had acne, constant stomach pain, digestive issues, eczema, asthma, anxiety (for the first time in my life), infertility, PCOS, hypothyroid and exercise induced anaphylaxis. I was incredibly unhappy.  I started seeing a naturopath who helped me discover my true allergies and intolerances after traditional medicine was failing me-piling on more pills instead of finding a root to the problems(Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, some birch pollen fruits/nuts, Shellfish allergies and intolerances), which was life changing. Through the process (with little effort of my own) I lost aprox. 20 lbs which I have maintained for six months now. I no longer have acne, pain, digestive issues, eczema, anxiety, or exercise induced anaphylaxis AT ALL. My asthma, PCOS and thyroid are all completely under control.

Why do I bring this all up again if I am healthy and thriving? I finally came to a realization. I love my body for what it has done for me. I love who I have become over the past year. Above is a picture comparing me in the first few weeks of my dietary changes and now. While to most the changes probably seem so minor they can barely tell, but to me, the girl on the left was sad, insecure and sick…the girl on the right is now happy, much more confident and thriving. On the left I was 207lbs, and I now weight 186lbs. I have lost about two clothing sizes. While I haven’t been actively loosing for the last 5ish months, my body has been changing and my clothes have been fitting differently. I know that 20 lbs is a drop in the bucket in the grand picture and I know it was a while ago…but it is important for me to review where I was to understand how much my life has changed.

For the next year I hope to continue on the weightless train and break out of maintenance. I believe this will make be a better runner, and healthier overall. I have a long-term goal of 145lbs, but as long as I am healthy and thriving, I am okay with it taking a while. I am just so grateful not to be sick all the time any more. My short term goal is to break into the 170’s by december. I have a few goals to help me achieve this:

photo1. Join a gym-work out three times per weeks. This is besides my usual running.

2. Get to 180 lbs. (and into the 170’s)

3. Stick to our house-buy budget. (Unrelated)

4. Run 5km in less than 35 minutes.

5. Eat out less than once/week.

“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”

“The obsession with running is really an obsession with the potential for more and more life.”

“The body achieves what the mind believes.”

 

 

Sloth Life

****Once again…Can’t get photos to load…..Getting new computer THIS week *pinky promise****

This week I started my 24 days of vacation, and lets just say….I’m loving the sloth life. A ton of sleeping and eating….not a whole lot of exercising. Half marathon in a week and a half and I am no where near ready….nevermind ready to PR.
I am also stuck in glasses for a few weeks-so I feel even LESS motivated (if that were possible) to do anything sweaty. Im just telling myself “You must need all this sleep….right?” Need to get my butt in gear ASAP!

Day 1- Canada Day: Slept all day recovering from nights. Ate at a gluten free burger at Fuddruckers. Walked aprox. 10km according to google maps along the river, leisurely pace. Watched fireworks.

Day 2- Slept most of the day after being awake most of the night-having a hard time getting off of nights. Ran errands. Signed up for Scrubscriptions and Ipsy as well as a trial subscription(free) for honest company. Ordered EE Burito for dinner- amazing gluten free mexican food. Watch The Fall Season 1 (5 episodes) on Netflix with the hubbie-so creepy but sooooo good!Blew off my speed work-it is crazy hot out today, and I slept way too long. Excuses, Excuses.

Day 3- Eat a bunch of cold rolls and fruit for breakfast-all I feel like eating is vegetation and tacos today. Laze around home, including a fabulous mid-afternoon nap before heading for a massage[I've found an amazing gal thanks to a coworker's referrals]. Dinner with Dad at Kongo Cafe[Jamacian Food].I promise I’ll start running every day tomorrow? [I have 18km planned for tomorrow morning...]

 

Epic Fail

Well friends and faithful readers, epic fail is a slight understatement. Crashed and burned is more like it. Today SHOULD  be day 12 of the no sugar, no refined carb challenge I set out to accomplish. Well….lets just say-epic failure. On day 9 was date day- I was inadequately hydrated and inadequately nutritionised (yep, its a word;) )…and I crashed. I was utterly starving by the time our 9:55pm movie started and ended up ordering popcorn (with butter) and a coke. Once we left the movie, I ordered an McFlurry at McDonalds. Did I mention I am allergic to cow’s milk? ;) I spent most of saturday running to the washroom and feeling utterly terrible. Basically, this is how the end of the end started. While I didn’t survive the 30 days, I have cut back my refined carb and sugar intake immense amounts. So in picking myself up and moving on, I am still trying to reduce my sugar and refined carb intake, but I am no longer challenging myself to cut it out completely. This challenge was HARD. So hard. It is incredibly eye opening to see the hold that sugar has on me. I am now more aware of what I am consuming, how much and when I am consuming, and if I am getting enough water. I successfully did a long run(15.18km + 2km walk) on Saturday on which I fuelled with dates and banana rather than chews, and I plan to continue using dried sugar-free fruit to fuel my runs from now on. So, there you have it friends, thanks for supporting me anyways (because I know you all will), and if any of you are sugar and carb free right now-I applaud you. SO so hard.

Week One

NOTE: I APOLOGIZE FOR THE BORING, NO PHOTO POST-MY COMPUTER WON’T LOAD MY PHOTOS FOR WHATEVER REASON!

I am officially one week into my refined carb/sugar free challenge. Overall, it has been great and I have felt great. I had one minor pitfall, but I am back on track. To make up for the pitfall-Im going to do all of June rather than only  until June 29th. I’ve been keeping notes on my phone so I could give you guys the play-by-play on how it is going. I have also been tracking what I am eating on an app on my phone just for curiosity sake to see how my macro-nutrient consumption effects how I feel.

Day One: I was travelling back home from a trip to my parent’s house for my Dad’s 50th birthday. I only ate a little water melon before leaving, so I was starving once I had driven about an hour and a half. I was suprised at how easy it was to find a salad bar in small town saskatchewan for lunch. I picked up a huge salad with chicken and eggs + strawberries + orange juice. On the next leg of my journey I picked up a sugar free coconut water at a gas station and indulged in the strawberries since I didn’t touch them before. I drank 3 bottles of water on the trip. At home I made a big salad for dinner with bacon, chicken, egg, and black soy beans (couldn’t find regular black beans at the grocery store for some reason). I topped the salad with a ‘homemade vegan ranch’….turned out more like a creamy dill sauce. A mango for dessert. I also juiced a cucumber, beet, carrot, ginger and spinach for a snack with a banana later. I felt SUPER full essentially all day. Macro Nutrients: Fats 71g, Carbs 187g, Protein 77g

Day 2: Worked a 12 hour day shift. Felt exhausted pretty much the entire day. Ate one halls candy by accident-didn’t even realize what I was doing until it was gone. Craved chips mid afternoon, craved protein like CRAZY in the evening. Once home from work, the hubbie brought me home a bison burger in a lettuce wrap with tomato, onion, dill pickle and mustard. I also realize I am WAY underhydrated- only drank 1.5L all day-chug some water with the burger and am feeling much more satisfied. Maco Nutrients: Fats 75g, Carbs 167g, Protein 100g

Day 3: Worked another 12 hour day shift. Craving protein MAJORLY all day. Ate another lettuce burger for dinner. More energy today than the last two. Macro Nutrients: Fats 73g, Carbs 163g, Protein 91g

Day 4: Yet again, 12 hour day shift. Super tired from work today. Meet husband for dinner out and completely give into temptation- ate fries and a gluten free bun burger…oh and dairy-cheese dip. I really went off the deep end. After tracking my nutrients I realize I only ate 800 calories throughout the day, no wonder I fell. Need to keep up my nutrition through the day so I go get these little binge moments. Macro Nutrients: Fats 102g, Carbs 233g, Protein 87g

Day 5: Worked a 12 hour night shift. Felt generally okay, a little bloated, perhaps from the carbs. Skin is going crazy today. Made a delicious banana chocolate icecream with frozen banana, dates, cococa powder all blended up in the blender. Good through most of the night- craved salty carbs. Ate a few bananas through the night and felt better. Macro Nutrients: Fats 30g, Carbs 206g, Protein 44g

Day 6: Came off the night shift tired (all nighter, duh.) Made a burger at home (I don’t know why all I want to eat is burgers this week!) and roasted a potato. Potato tasted WAY TOO SWEET so I only ate a few bites. When I woke up from sleeping all day all I wanted to eat was mango. Went to costco and bought two cases of different varieties. Ate 4 mangos for dinner with a TON of water, feeling very satisfied. Realizing I was eating too few carbs maybe? More carbs, less fat maybe? We’ll see how that works out. Macro Nutrients: Fats 70g, Carbs 230g, Protein 61g

Day 7: Slept a LONG TIME. (7 hours yesterday in the day + 10 hours at night) Woke up feeling VERY refreshed. I am a little dehydrated. Guzzle a litre of water and eat 3 mangos throughout the morning….On to week two.