Tuesday, August 20, 2013

60 Days in a Nutshell

Last Post 6/26/2013

Today is 8/20/2013

Lots has happened.

  • My Baby Girl turned 4. 
  • Had a great 4th of July with wonderful friends. 
  • Took the girls to see Despicable Me 2 in the theater. 
  • Have stayed soda free since beginning of June. 
  • Husband took a weekend to golf with his friends, mom and girls stayed home and had a great weekend. Spectated at Lifetime Triathlon, went swimming and had quality girl time. 
  • Registered for the Twin Cities 10 Mile lottery and GOT IN! 
  • Went to Fogo De Chao for the first time for my birthday dinner with wonderful friends. 
  • Took an entire 7 days off from work. 
  • Celebrated my birthday over a couple of days - spent an entire day with my best friend having cocktails for lunch and walking the lake. 
  • Took a tour of Target Field on my birthday with my daughter - afterward went to a super fun pool party with some lady friends and then had dinner with most of my wonderful family. Fantastic day. 
  • Had over 100 people wish me a Happy Birthday on Facebook - I didn't even know I knew that many people - loved and appreciated every single message! 
  • Took a spill in early August and used my face to catch myself on our front door. 
  • Left two days later - with a mighty fine shiner - for Boston and Philly to visit some customers. 
  • Spent four days telling people how I fell and smashed my face - my eye turned all kinds of dark purple and green while I was in Boston/Philly. 
  • Attended my 20 year high school reunion (still with a black eye) - got to see and talk to some people I haven't seen in a really long time. It was wonderful and weird all at the same time. It was like no time had passed and also like 20 years had passed all at the same time. 
  • I went to boot camp over 30 times in the last 60 days.
  • So, that is what has been going on. I need to get on the stick and drop some more weight. I am working out consistently - now I am working on getting my eating to be more consistent. I have cut the majority of the processed foods I was eating previously. I have drastically cut the amount of grains and dairy I consume as well. Now, I just need to keep the changes consistent. It's so much harder than it appears. 10K race on Aug 31st - have barely run - but will still rock it. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Oh how I love thee..

I am in love.

With Boot Camp.

Seriously, love it.

Can hardly get enough.

I try to go 5 days a week because I love it. The best part, I love the people that are at boot camp too. We are all there to challenge ourselves and it’s just so much fun. I don’t miss running; hardly ever actually think about running. And you know what; my hips thank me for that. I am going to start running again soon – I have a 10K in August to get ready for. I am going to run the Women Rock 10K with my best friend Melissa.

I really wish that every person I know could come to boot camp with me at least once so they could experience the awesomeness that is boot camp. There are a lot of places out there that offer boot camp and I will say I am pretty confident I have found one of the best ones. Kelly and Jay, the owners of Altman Fitness, are the real deal. They care about their boot campers and treat them like family. Last night some of us got together for some outside of class socializing – it was so great. There are some folks that have been going to Altman for a long time and the connection they all have is so amazing. I can’t wait until I have been there a little longer and develop those kinds of relationships. I have a couple of friends already that I clicked with from the beginning and love to get to know them even better!

I think I am at a place on my healthiness journey where things are clicking again. After the marathons last year I felt really lost. I had accomplished things that I never thought possible but in the meantime lost so much ground on my weight loss. I have started losing again – with the help of boot camp and some diet changes. I am not “dieting” but learning to navigate through eating more whole foods, less carbs (bread, pasta, grains, etc) and sugar.

Most importantly I feel good about where I am at and where I am headed. I am not satisfied, but that is what keeps me motivated. My first goal is to get back to where I was last year at this time. I am trying not to focus solely on the scale, but for now, that is how I am measuring the bulk of my progress. I feel fit, I am able to do a lot of things in boot camp that I don’t think I could have done a year ago.

Bottom line…

I am back…

Determined, focused, ready to fight!

Be Happy and Healthy Friends!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Found a new way to sweat...and I love it!

It's no secret I ran a lot of miles last year - training for two marathons will help with that feat.  I ran and I ran hurt - dumb.  But, earlier this year I sought help at TRIA.  It was determined I had a labral tear in my hip, we treated it with a cortisone injection in February.  I am happy to report that I have been virtually pain free since then.  I have laid off running for several months. 

Here's the thing - I felt all inadequate this winter because I had gained a significant amount of weight back last year (despite training) and just felt defeated.  I took a significant amount of time off from running.  I ran a few miles here and there on the treadmill this winter - but not once did I venture outside like I did last year.  I was pretty faithfully going to the gym for awhile - doing the elliptical, rowing machine, stair climber, some free weights and core exercises.  It just wasn't cutting it. 

I have not lost much weight over the last few months.  But, if I am being honest with myself, I haven't tried as hard as I could have.  I worked out but I also often used that as an excuse to eat stuff that I knew I shouldn't be eating to promote weight loss. 

Back in November, I got a hair brained idea to join my step-mom Sue and my dad at this crazy boot class she had been going to for a few weeks.  They sponsored a workout on Thanksgiving day, you could come work out for free and bring food for the food shelf.  Sue had told me how much she loved it and I hadn't really done a whole lot of anything after the TC Marathon.  So, I threw caution to the wind and went with them. 

That workout was the hardest thing I had ever done - seriously, I think the marathon was better.  They engaged every single muscle and worked us the entire time.  I almost got sick multiple times - literally had to stop and rest!  But, the best part, the best part was the people.  The other participants were great and the instructors and owners were awesome.  They took the time to meet me since I had never been there before and instantly found out we had lots of things in common.  I knew that I would go back at some point.  It was a great workout and they were really cool people too! 

Fast forward two months - I get a text from Sue "Altman Fitness has a new groupon out!".  I debated back and forth because I was in the midst of my whole hip debacle and wasn't sure if I would even be able to do the workouts.  I decided to buy it - it was too good to pass up! 

Fast forward another two months - I realize my super awesome groupon is getting close to expiring so I contact them and get my first workout scheduled.  I opted for the 5:45 AM class as that is what fits best in my schedule with work and the kids. 

I went to my first class and was greeted by the trainer and given a quick run through of class, filled out some forms and made my way to the floor.  I will be honest, I didn't know what to expect, I just knew I didn't want to pass out, puke or have to quit.  My first class was great, it was tough, I didn't have to quit and I felt amazing after class.  I would have never pegged myself for a group workout class - but I fell in love!

Sweaty mess!
Over the next four weeks I went to class 16 times.  The last week I went several days in a row just because I didn't want to miss out on any of the fun!  Becoming a boot camp member takes a good investment so I wasn't sure I was going to be in a spot to dive in fully after my groupon was over. 

Well, it turns out that I have found a way to become an official member at Altman Fitness Boot Camp and I could not be more excited about it.  I really feel like my time put in at the BC gym is so much more beneficial than the time I was putting in at Snap Fitness.  I just don't think I can push myself the same way that the trainers are able to push me at Altman. 

I am thinking about having my body composition tested and tracking my progress over the next 60-90 days to see how things change once I am on a consistent schedule of workouts.  I will write about it here and give updates about boot camp and the other activities I will be doing.  I am going to keep running through the summer and fall - just not crazy mileage - I am going to run for the enjoyment of it.  Geez, who am I!

Be happy and healthy friends!

Monday, March 25, 2013

March Madness!

And I don't mean basketball!  Don't get me wrong, I enjoy me some NCAA basketball - but this madness is my life!!!

I have actually had a really great month.  It started with taking my 5 year old Zoe to the Maroon 5 concert, along with my aunt Jeanne.  It was the best night!  Too many details for a recap entry, I think I will do a whole entry about it, cause it is pretty amazing. 
This picture may help explain a little bit - this pic was taken of Adam Levine with my iPhone - no zoom was used!
We started the evening out in Section 219 - and started the Maroon 5 portion of the concert in the FRONT ROW!  A crew member from Maroon 5 spotted Zoe on the concourse as we were headed to the bathroom and offered us front row seats, because "she is way too adorable to be sitting this far away!".  Amazing.  And she is pretty darn cute! So, her first concert and she gets upgraded to front row - so close to her boyfriend, she was in awe!

We had a great time and she still talks about the concert EVERY SINGLE DAY!  It's going to be a tough act to follow!

At the start of March I started a DietBet - not sure if you have heard of these.  You sign up, bet $20 and then you have 28 days to lose 4% of your body weight.  If you do it, you get your $20 back, if not, see you later $20.  My friend Jen sponsored the DietBet so I had to do it - we are work out buddies too - so it was great motivation to meet Jen at the gym at 5:30AM (let's face it, I need the motivation!).  The DietBet wraps up this week - I am very close to getting to the 4% goal - but, even if I don't make it, it's a step in the right direction. 

Since the last time I blogged I am down almost 10 pounds.  I have been working on my nutrition, getting to the gym as often as I can (just completed a 5 day streak) and just keeping my eye on the prize.  The prize being getting back down to my goal weight and being able to wear all of my spring/summer clothes from last year - I refuse to have to go buy new clothes again!!!  They will fit and I will feel great! 

My hips are feeling pretty good also.  My right hip that got the injection is virtually pain free all of the time - a little IT Band issues, but that's not new.  My left hip was really sore for a bit but a couple of visits to Super Pete (my PT) and that's feeling great too.  He gave me some exercises to help strengthen my glutes and I really think they are helping!  I am looking forward to Spring arriving so I can get out there and hit the pavement running! 

Day to day is my mantra lately.  I still have a lot of stressors in my life - who doesn't - and I am learning to manage them and not let them knock me down.  I have been down this road before and I will get back to my happy place!

Be happy and healthy friends!

Monday, January 21, 2013

New Year, New Focus

Well hello there!  I took a break from writing - not really because I didn't have anything to write about - actually the opposite, I had so much I didn't even really know where to start.  I ended the year not really feeling all that great about where I am in my healthy journey and life in general.  I think I felt a little let down after the TC Marathon - the race didn't go as well as I had hoped, I was hurt, I had gained some weight and just overall was stressed out over life. 

The good news?  I have a great support system and was able to find the courage to reach out and get some help.  I met with my GP the first week of January and feel really good about how that went and our plan of action.  I am not fully prepared to talk about those details - but I will, I promise.  I did have some blood tests done that day and have since found out that I am iron deficient.  My doctor and I have a plan in place to figure out why I am deficient and then to subsequently treat that and get me back to normal. 

The weight gain I think has been the biggest obstacle for me emotionally the last few months.  I think it's hard to look in the mirror, look at the scale and to know you have worked really hard over the last 9-12 months but managed to still gain a considerable amount of weight - 25 pounds to be exact!  It's a real kick in the gut - a confirmation that even though you ran the most miles you have ever ran in one year and finished two marathons - you blew it.  You made decisions that were not the best, not the healthiest.  The good thing is that I am back.  I have screwed my head back on the right way and have already made some changes that have helped me lose about 8 pounds in the last 3 weeks. 

I plan to go back to weekly Weight Watchers meetings the first week of February.  To be perfectly honest, I wanted to get a few of these pounds off before I had to face my leader and face the music.  Cause, you know, it's not really official until you step on that scale in a meeting room, right?  Again, I have the support of my friends and family to get back on track and to get these pounds back off of me.  I know I can do it - I have done it before. 

Another thing I have been dealing with over the last several months (6-9) is my hip pain.  In fact, it's been so bad, I really probably shouldn't have ran the TC marathon in October - but I couldn't fathom not attempting it after I had already signed up.  Hindsight - probably should have DNS'd (Did Not Start) that race - lesson learned.  I have sought the assistance of my ortho doctor at TRIA.  She is amazing and was able to get me in for an MRI a couple of weeks ago.  They put this dye in there so they could see if there were any tears - in deed there were.  I have a labral tear in my right hip - which is actually a very common thing - it all just depends on how much it effects an individual.  The reason I went in was because it was truly messing with my daily life - sitting at work, walking up stairs, etc.  It hurt, all of the time - most days it was that dull, constant ache and then when I would get up from sitting and attempt to walk - I honestly looked like I was a 90 year old woman!  It got to be too much, I couldn't work out because it was too painful.  After the results of the MRI, I met with a surgeon and he went over my options.  We opted to try a steroid injection in my hip - the thinking is, attempt to subside the inflammation and the tear could "heal" on its own - basically be less painful.  So, I had that last Tuesday and so far, so good.  I was able to work out on Friday with zero pain and I was still pain free when I woke up on Saturday morning.  I engaged in more physical activity on Saturday helping some friends out - and the week prior - there was no way I would have been able to do much of that.  I am feeling cautiously optimistic - the injections typically last about 3-4 months.  The hope is once the injection "wears off" that I will still have minimal pain and can avoid repeated injections and surgery. 

There you have it.  The state of the union - if you will.  I am feeling better than I have in many, many months.  My main goal is to get these extra pounds back off, get my activity level back up, start running again and feel better overall.  I don't have any big races on the calendar as of right now.  I was hoping to do the Triple 7K on March 16th but think I will do the 7K instead, start out slow and maybe I will do a half or two in the fall.  It will really be dictated by the status of my hips. 

I also would like to get back to regular blogging.  But, I am going to be realistic - my life is crazy and as beneficial as this forum is for me, sometimes it is just not feasible to get here and post.  I would like to get here at least once a week - to check in, maybe post my weigh ins again. 

Thank you for sticking by me, supporting me and encouraging me! 

Be happy and healthy friends!