Thursday, September 13, 2012

Doing Too Much

Back in 2008 I decided to do the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.  This is a two-day, 39.3 mile walk where each walker raises $1800.  A good friend had recently been diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer and I wanted to do something in her honor.   I trained for it and had a great time.  Not long after, a friend told me if I could walk 26.2 miles in one day, I could run a 1/2 marathon.  It seemed like a daunting task since I was not a runner but the race was in Las Vegas so I decided to give it a go.  I started my training and ran a few short races before the big day.  The big day came and I had a blast!  No, I did not run the whole thing but I felt good for finishing.  Through my training my weight stayed the same, no loss no gain.  In the next two years, I ran 4 1/2 marathons, did the Avon Walk every year and still trained in Taekwondo.  What happened the next two years was... I gained 20 pounds.  It crept on slow and steady.  I could not figure out why.  When I look back, I realize that for two years, I was always training for something.  No rest for my body.  I finally got sidelined with plantar fasciitis and took 4 months off from running.  During those 4 months I felt better each month and the weight started to come off.  During this is when I found Paleo and that really helped me learn that my body needs rest.  I was pushing to hard for me.  Now, I have friends who are runners and they are in great shape but I have decided to hang up my hat on the long distance running. It was just too much for my body. I do have several 5k's planned for the fall (Dirty Girl Mud Run- and Color Me Rad) which should be a lot of fun.  I still train in Taekwondo and do Crossfit one day a week.  I usually do take off 2 days each week so my body can recover.  I feel rest and recovery do my body good!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Summer 2011-Summer 2012

It all started with a picture.  I was on vacation and used that as an excuse to eat anything and everything.  I remember feeling horrible the whole trip, bloated, fat and miserable.  When we got home, I looked through my pictures and saw one that just made me cry.  Who was this person?  This was not a healthy, happy person.  I had to do something but what?  I worked out everyday, I ate a "healthy standard american" diet.  Why was I so bloated and miserable?  One day, I came across the Paleo Diet on the internet.  Meat, veggies, healthy fats, some fruits, nuts and seeds.  It seemed so easy but where were the carbs?  How would I have energy for my workouts if I didn't eat bread and pasta?  I started eating less carbs and sugar and then Christmas came and I got lost again.  You see, I am a sugar addict.  For me, there is no such thing as one bite.  One bite turned into months of only eating sugar and feeling sick most of the time.  I finally did Diane Sanfilippo's 21 Day Sugar Detox.  The first two weeks were really hard.  It was almost like I had the flu, now I know I was detoxing from sugar.  After the first two weeks, things changed drastically.  The fog lifted.  I woke up one morning and realized, I am HAPPY!

Getting off sugar and grains was so much more than losing weight.  I feel like a new person and I want to shout it from the rooftops how wonderful I feel.  I want to help others feel the happiness that I feel.  When my 21 days were over, I continued for 90 days.  After the 90 days, I did have a paleo treat or two but I don't have them very often anymore.  I took my before and after 90 day pictures and I could not believe the difference.  I try not to weigh very often because I don't want the scale to dictate my mood.   I now workout harder than ever.  I train in Taekwondo and Crossfit and love every minute.  My energy soars!