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Since working on my intuitive eating, I sometimes question my workout mode.  I have problems with anxiety.  I think it is one of my main triggers for overeating (that and doing things I don’t want to do as a close second). A good workout helps with anxiety for me.

I struggle with what a normal workout is. If you pay attention to any health and fitness news you will see that the popular workouts that are out there are pretty extreme. I know, I used to partake in them all, so my views of normal exercise are somewhat skewed at times.

I have always admired a former athlete.  She retired from professional sports a while back but still puts herself out there now and then.  She is always committed to health and fitness, or is she?

I have read that she will workout for two to five hours a day.  Is this disordered? It was a shock to me. Am I admiring a person that abuses exercise? I know everyone’s fitness level will vary.  Maybe this type of commitment is just normal exercise for her and would be too much for me?

I guess why I wonder is because I have decided to up my game.  I am training for an up coming running race (I know me and every other blogger out there).  I am not telling you this for yay me, look how virtuous I am etc. I just felt like I needed the challenge and peace of mind it can bring for me.

I was getting a bit bored with my normal workout routine and the thought of this race really excited me.  After having gone through physical therapy almost a year ago (due to a muscle imbalance exaggerated during pregnancy) I feel like I am ready.

My daughter has recently started school.  I am not the most social creature. I think I could (I know I could) be defined as an introvert.  Her entrance into school brings all sorts of anxiety for me.  I am not worried about her in this department, she does great, its me.  I have to go to birthday parties, school functions, and help out in the classroom.  These are all fun things that I enjoy when I am doing them, but they do bring on anxiety big time for me.  Running helps me manage it a bit.

I don’t want to trade one disorder for another.  I think as long as you are excited and happy to do something (not feel like you have to), can take days off when needed (sick, injured, etc), and don’t feel exhausted afterward it is okay.

Is my fitness idol disordered? I guess she can only answer that. I have to remember it’s all about me.  No comparisons. Which brings me to another small thought.

On my idols website she has a guest post about a woman that lost weight and gives her “secrets” about weight loss. One of the points was to find friends or surround yourself with people that are thinner than you. Really?! How awful! First of all you don’t know how they got thin or remain thin.  They could have a major eating disorder, and you are admiring them for it and basing your friendship on their appearance!

So maybe I should not admire my former role model. That hurts.  It goes way back to the mid 90’s, but I do like my new perspective.

Keep your filters on people, don’t buy in to all the diet/crazy exercise hype. Just keep it light and fun for you.

Have a good one 🙂

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What is healthy living?

To me its a balance of everything.

People I have admired have a fantastic physique but is achieving it by working out 2-5 hours a day, six days a week healthy?

If they are a retired athlete and they still keep it all up is that still healthy?

I ask because I wonder how much is too much.  If I worked out 2-5 hours a day for six days a week my family would think I had a problem, but if a retired athlete does it its ok?

I have had problems with my IT band for a very long time (four years and counting).  I did see someone about it two years ago without any results. I am seeing a new physical therapist (I wish I had done this years ago!).  He has determined that yes I do have a tight IT band, but it’s not from overuse like I thought.

It’s due to a weak glute on my left side which causes the IT band to do all the work.  My leg on that side does not fully extend either so its like I am walking in a squat position on the left side eternally.  Things would get sore! It’s also creating patellar tracking issues.  When I walk I look completely normal! It’s just slight enough to cause problems.  He said I have probably had this for a very long time and pregnancy just brought it out (extra weight, carrying a baby and toddler on that side etc.)

With strengthening and stretching it should get back to normal.  He thinks there is no reason why I should not be able to run once everything is worked out.

So it all makes me wonder.  I have been very limited with what I have been able to do for exercise for the last year.  I thought my issues were due to over use. It’s not.  When I am all healed I still want to have balance.  I have worked very hard to get to where I am with intuitive eating. Is running a marathon ok? Do people who run marathons abuse exercise?

I just think its funny how a ton of exercise for some people (famous fitness gurus) makes them seem noble, and for others  (the rest of us) they are seen as disordered.

Where do you draw the line?

I decided to try the Vitamix for part of my dinner last night.  A Mandarin orange salad sounded good and I had a recipe for an orange vinaigrette in the book that came with the new mixer.  

This thing cracks me up.  I have made similar  vinaigrette’s in the past and used orange juice in the recipe.  Nope, just peel the orange and put them in!  In with the green onions too!  Don’t bother dicing either.  🙂

Bird’s eye view of dressing in the making:

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The finished product:

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Very good!  Just the right amount of sweet and kick!

For those of you that have been folowing my intuitive eating, it’s still going well.  Very well!  I would say I am doing the best I have been yet.  

This is where it will get tricky.  I start feeling well when I am eating well, my weight drops (partially thyroid related, it’s been low for 10+ months) and I like what is going on and start to get more strict with my eating because I see results.  I am really trying to combat this.  

So eating wise, I am  trying not to change a thing.  I want to keep up with having “fun foods” throught the day.  It’s just little things like having a granola bar, fun items on a salad (chow mein noodles, goldfish crackers, etc.), other treats, and so on.  I am eating healthy, but it does not have to be all Kale and brown rice.  

Intuitive eating works!

Eating mostly healthy requires work!  I spend a considerable amount of time, planning, chopping,preparing, cleaning, and so on.  One small meal in my tiny kitchen makes it go from clean,

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to completely trashed! (Excuse the half and half, stainless steel and white in the kitchen, we are in a transition period.  :)) 

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It’s worth the effort.  I think I would keep it up even if I worked.  I have the time now, but when I worked before we ate allot of pizza.  🙂

For my exercise I am still doing the PT exercises 2-3 times a week and strength training MWF.  I do cardio T TH S (walking lately) and take Sunday off.  

I am on week 6 of my rehab plan and it seems to be working.  I am not completely pain free but it is soooo much better than it was at week 1!  I think I may have to continue this to week 8 and go from there to see if I can start running again.  If I do go back to running.  I may not for a couple of reasons.

I know of two people recently that were big runners and trained for marathons that have injuries similar to mine. They are younger than me and they are now in there thirties and all the running is catching up with them.  One of them might need pins put in!  Yikes!  If I do go back to running it will be small amounts.  

So I don’t want anymore injuries and exercising normaI amount’s, I think has helped my eating.  Not burning a ton of calories keeps my hunger more manageable.  I can eat normal amounts of food and feel full (I think if I stepped it up again, I would be able to adjust.  I have really learned my hunger and fullness cues lately).  I am still exercising to be healthy, but not to the extreme.  In my 20’s I was a machine ( which my dad always told me I was not, smart dad!).  You don’t think it will happen to you, but it did (running injuries) to my friends too.

I know lot’s of people can run insane numbers of miles and are still ok.  This is just what I think will work for myself.

Have a great day! 

As part of my new years resolution I have vowed to get back into ceramics.  For years I have looked at the kiln and the wheel and have had specific projects in mind, I just never got around to actually doing it.  My daughter is getting older (almost 4!) and I am able to do more things.  This is something she enjoyed watching and learning how to do too.  That always helps!

I have been needing some coasters (drying them on the rack helps them do so more evenly).  So, I decided that I would hand build them using a slab technique.  I liked adding some texture to them as well.  I made a few more for an upcoming mothers day gift for my mom.  Who can’t use a few coasters?  🙂

I have a few other projects in mind.  I am going to work on a tile/wall art type thing for my dining room.  After that I am going to work on one that will involve imprinting man-hole covers.  It may not be a new idea, but I thought my daughter would enjoy going to different parts of our township/city and finding different patterns.  If you really pay attention to them, there are some pretty cool designs!  It will give my project an industrial edge.  I’m excited about that.

This is all in response to me not being able to run or workout like I like to.  It is keeping my mind happy.  Running and working out do that for me.  It’s nice to have a back up.  I am enjoying it, so I want to keep it up even when the exercise can return.

My knee is still not great.  It’s way better than when I started this new approach to healing my knee.  I am giving it time.  Every time I see a runner I am secretly jealous.  🙂

I hope you all had a great day!

Talk soon. 🙂

I love granola!  I love it with milk, on yogurt, straight out of the container, you get it.  I especially love granola that is crunchy with big clusters in it.

I have been on a hunt for a clumpy, crunchy granola recipe for quite some time.  Usually I get some recipes that do not clump at all, don’t have much flavor, or seem too oily.  I also like making my food when I can.  Especially stuff that normally comes in packages.  If I can replicate it, I am happy.

I have been working with one recipe for a long time that I felt had potential.  I tweaked it some more this last time I made it with some great results.

Look!  I made clumps!

They are fairly decent in size!

The trick to the clumps, I found in applesauce!

Here is what I did:

  • 4 C rolled oats
  • 1 C almonds smashed
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 C natural applesauce
  • 1/2 C honey
  • 3/4 C brown sugar

Have a toddler mix all the ingredients in a very large bowl.   Dump it all out on a baking sheet and throw it in a 250 degree oven and stir it every 15 minutes.  It took me about 1 hour and 45 minutes.  It’s trial and error.  I stopped about 15 minutes early to let it cool (put it on two to three sheets to cool it) and it was not as crunchy as I like, so back in the oven it went!  I was a bit heavy-handed with the apple sauce so that would make a difference too.

Now I have some for the pantry!

I have been loving to eat it out of a bowl with dried tart cherries!  I recently read that tart cherries are good for reducing inflammation.  I enjoy eating them so if they help with my knee then even better!  (I am ignoring the fact that they have sugar in them which I do know increases inflammation.  :))

My knee is still not feeling great.  It’s not as bad as it was just after I tried my marathon schedule for a few weeks.  I have been doing my Gabby Reece Tabata workouts three days a week and on the other three days I have normally been running.  Last week I did not even attempt to run on my scheduled days.  I just did stretching, icing, yoga etc.  I did run a bit this week and so far it went ok.  I could not go very far and I did more of a walk run.  One minute of walking to one minute of running for about 25 minutes or so.  I read that doing it that was is a good way to get back into it.  I have never tried it before so why not give it a go!

If you have ever had IT band issues and have had success with anything whether it’s stretches, exercises, supplements, or anything else you think helped (other than not running :)) I would love to know.

I think I may have found something that will help me.  I was doing hip drop exercises and my left hip (the bad one) was incredibly tight when doing this.  I never thought I had an issue with flexibility. In fact, one doctor told me I had great flexibility in my hips.  I guess I do for most exercises, but when I tried this one it was not easy to do.  This gives me hope.  If I work on this area in addition to the other stuff I am trying, it just might work!

That’s enough rambling for the night.  Let me know if you try making the granola and how it worked for you.  I am so proud of this batch!

Have a great night everyone!  I’ll talk to you soon.  🙂

Hi there!

This morning was beautiful!  Mid 50’s again but sunny and crisp!  I started the day out with some cereal.

Uncle Sam (original and strawberry mixed 50/50), frozen banana, frozen blueberries, and pecans.  I poured over a mix of unsweetened almond milk and skim milk. (50/50).

I know I have told you before but it all freezes and makes a soft serve like combination in your bowl.  You have to chop it up and it’s thick and wonderful!

I took everyone for a one mile walk.  I dropped the dogs off and took my daughter in the jogger for a three-mile run.  It was super slow, but I’ll take it. Not really any pain, just stiffness in my hips.

For lunch I had something similar to yesterday.  It was my chick pea mix on top of a bed of baby spinach leaves.

I also had the last of my giant Ginger Gold apples.  I need to find more before there are no more for the season.  Maybe that is part of the allure!

That’s it so far.  I’m not sure on dinner again.  My husband is working today so I am going to get cleaned up from the run and take my daughter to the park.

I am feeling very well about my eating lately.  This happens to me often.  Just when I think I have this intuitive eating thing down, something happens and I get off track.  I really think if I keep up being full on real food (then I don’t have room to go crazy on sweets), and exercising moderately (If I exercise a ton, it makes me want to eat a ton!) I will be ok.  I hope I just did not jinx myself.  🙂

Have a good rest of the day!

Hello!

I started off the day with a bowl full of steel-cut oats.  They are growing on me!  I topped it with banana, walnuts, and some maple syrup!

My parents came over since I did not have a car due to my husbands being in the shop.  With them here I got to go for a run by myself!  I did four miles.  🙂

For lunch I was not all that hungry so I ate a huge apple and some cottage cheese.

Later I got hungry and decided to eat a sandwich (not pictured).  I made it quickly (sliced chicken, aged white cheddar, lettuce and tomato) and ate it quickly because my husbands truck was finished.  My dad took me over to get it.

For a snack later I had some dates.  Not walnut stuffed this time.  🙂

Dinner was awesome.  Sometimes you just need a burger and fries.  I made a lean ground beef burger with aged white cheddar, carmelized red onion, lettuce, tomato, and pickle.

I can’t tell you how good it was.  Paired with my oven sweet potato fries (coconut oil, red sea salt, and fresh grated ginger-Gabby Reece recipe), it was the best!

That’s my eats for the night.  I don’t plan on eating any more today.  I like how I have been eating lately.  I have about four larger meals with a small snack or two if I need it instead of snacking through the day (wich is what was going on there for a while).

Have a great night!