Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Progress And Baseline Testing

YAY!!! Tonights workout went MUCH better than the past two. I was jogging at a consistent pace (be it all a turtle pace) and at a higher speed. It wasn't a 30 minute mile but it's certainly not a 13 minute mile either. Lots of work to do, but overall pleased just being 3 weeks into it and having pretty much never run since primary school.

I also waddled from my workout to get baseline labs so I can monitor my progress physically. I plan to get off this insulin pump and get healthy! I'm already seeing some pretty drastic results. I may get off this insulin pump much sooner than I anticipated! Stay Tuned.

"What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger"

Since I've noticed I'm starting to lose weight in my face, arms and chest, I figured I should post BEFORE pictures soon. No better time than now since it's LITERALLY the start of a New Year!  Honesty is the best policy in my opinion and facing reality is simply the only way for change.

So here's to a new chapter in my life. One where God is placed first and my husband and daughter are my inspiration. I've been doing the healthy eating LONG before the New Year. I now have a coach, have been running for the past 3 weeks with the Couch to 5k (C25K) and will be pushed FAR beyond what I think I am capable of.  All I can say is...BRING IT!

Here you'll continue to see the ups and downs and hopefully as "I" start to grow and change physically, emotionally and spiritually, you'll start seeing me come out of my comfort zone and I'll be more active with "little bear" and my husband.

Happy New Year everyone!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Incorporate LESS Meat Into Your Daily Diet

The 9th day of "10 DAYS. 5 WAYS. 1 HEALTHIEST YEAR!" Take a look at this chart. Almost 80% of the American Population dies from heart disease which in most cases can be prevented by a plant based diet. Today's point from my favorite Plant based dietician, is incorporating less meat into your daily diet. Find out some idea's in the video!

Dealing With Inner-deamons

Since I'm finding out a little about myself as I go here, I'm learning that I am a type A personality. I'm a perfectionist. The negative aspect of this is that NOBODY is perfect so in my head, I fail..A LOT! If your like me, it's time to change that mindset. I'll never progress until I let go of the fact that nothing is perfect, things will go wrong in life, there will be times where I WILL fail but it won't be in vein. As Thomas Edison once said, "Our Greatest Weakness Is In Giving Up. The Most Certain Way To Succeed Is Always to Try One More time."

Runner's Knee & Hip Instability

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Hm, this could be good to know. Sometimes I feel it in my knee's. As if I'm not running in proper form. I have a LOT to learn. ((sigh)

Source: Runners World

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Be Mindful Of What Goes Into Our Mouths

"Day 8 of 10 Days. 5 Ways. 1 Healthiest Year!" by Plant-Based Dietitian. Be MINDFUL of what your putting into your mouth. This is something that is actually starting to click with me. What I go to when I'm stressed, how missing someone or something will take me back to eating "comfort food". Now I'm starting to see the Triggers not just that cause the unhealthy eating or binging BUT what foods don't feel so good anymore. I.E. I haven't had a soda in a VERY long time. I usually drink LOTS of water or iced tea with lemon. I hadn't had even a quarter of the soda when I started feeling heart palpitations and couldn't breathe very well. Down the drain went that dollar soda that I wasted money on. Even worse was the feeling I had for HOURS. My body is getting used to the healthier alternatives and is rejecting the junk.

Practicing Meditation. Now some people think as Christians we cannot "Practice" meditation. Isn't that what focusing on God and Scripture really is? That alone time to BREATHE. Close our eyes, focus on Scripture, and as my husband shared with me the other day...Pray SCRIPTURE. Use Gods word to pray over our lives, over others while just taking time to breathe. Release the stressors around us and renew our minds and spirits. WITH Him, FOR us. 

Prevent Disease By Eating Plant-Based!

Dr. McDougall covers topics such as Type I & II Diabetes, Inflammatory Arthritis, Depression (wow, too much sleep causes depression) , Natural Herbs, Alternative Medicines, PMS, Hormonal Imbalances, Collecting Money On Pre-screenings instead of Teaching PREVENTION. How NOT to get sick. Pretty darn AWESOME video in just 20 minutes.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A Friendship Filled With Gods Promises

Someone close to me has blessed me with scripture.  I have two close friends who do this. One is Patti who lives in Idaho and the other is someone I met before I really knew her. It started when I was looking at head stones in the cemetery. We were urged to take a look and see if there was anything that caught my eye.

At the time, I was so broken after the loss of our son that all I could do was just walk through the peaceful place that my son and someday WE would call our resting place. I noticed several things.  1. we were NOT the first to lose a child so young and we probably wouldn't be the last sadly.   2. I found peace there in the quiet. I found love there with those who were no longer part of THIS world.  3. I came eye to eye with my own mortality.  4. I found the headstone that caught my eye.  

While the headstone was "similar" to the one we had made, they were both very different.  Little did I know that the mother of that child would be my good friend. Would be the person everyone told me I should meet at church and didn't until a month or so later.  She has been through SO much, yet she took that anger, sadness and frustration and daily gave it to God where HE used it to build on her strength. The very same strength God had given her to lift her even on days when it has been hard for her to stand.

Now, I'm not going to go into detail about my dear friend. That's HER story to tell if she ever decides to do so. I will say that she has been a HUGE drive for me as I watch HER faith walk just as I have with Patti.  BOTH women have such faith and it really helps me through this chronic fear that I've held onto for so long.  I've been ready to let it go. Read to put down the fear, TRUST GOD and step out of my comfort zone to better my life Physically, emotionally and spiritually.

The last several months I've been praying about where to go from here. I've noticed on my own that  I can't be fully fit without all three in balance. If one is off, there is a HUGE imbalance.  I can be physically fit but what good would it do if I was SO emotionally incapable to LIVE because of the chronic fear and anxiety that seemed to get worse after the traumatic loss of our son?  Furthermore I can be in EXCELLENT shape and finally free from anxiety but without God who brought me here and walked me through the worst experience and best experiences of my life, my life would be...empty. Like a HUGE part of me is missing.

So today I have chosen to LIVE. Not just live but REALLY FULLY LIVE life on purpose! My goal is to get all three aspects (Physical, emotional and spiritual) in balance and in great health. God as my center of course and the rest will come.

Today, as I share a piece of the chapter with you that my dear friend used to encourage MY walk.  I pray that each of you LIVE FULLY.  We only get one life here to live. LIVE it FULLY with God, LIVE It fully with good health in the vessel God has given you and finally, LIVE fully away from Anger, disappointment, fear and judgement. It will only keep YOU from living a life FULL of blessings that YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER Has for YOU! Let go and trust God. There's a purpose for your life!

 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
I will protect those who trust in my name.
 When they call on me, I will answer;
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue and honor them.
I will reward them with a long life
and give them my salvation.”
Psalm 91 Verse 14-16

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Who says you can't be an athlete with a plant-based lifestyle?

Tonya is a little loopy, but she has some valid input. Brenden and Robert have some pretty awesome input and tips as well.  

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A Change Is In The Air...

have been approached by a local coach here in CNY who is meeting with me THIS WEEK. Upon Dr.'s approval (which I plan to get tomorrow) He is talking with a local shop owner to fit me with the gear I need and be my coach. He is also a vegetarian and will help me with dietary needs throughout this journey. We will go over my fitness level (I reminded him it's not much) and what I plan to enter. In exchange for all of this. A thank you and the approval to be an advocate for exercise and health and willing to be in the media. 

Last night I prayed about this and knew as a Stay-At-Home mom, there would be NO WAY for me to afford my dream unless I was chosen by CNN. Gods answer? Oh yes you can! Here I am beginning a journey that will not only get me healthy but will save my life and set an example for my daughter and anyone like me.

Which brings me to the next subject. I think things are going to change in here once again.  I'm going to be blogging about my experience to good health and well-being. I'm also going to blog about my "active" life with our little bear.  My hope is that we'll be able to incorporate HER into our healthy lifestyle and give her a head start to a life filled with good health not just physically, but emotionally AND spiritually. I'm starting to understand that there needs to be a balance of all three.  Maybe there will be someone out there who will benefit from my strengths or even my weaknesses.  I'm going into this knowing that it's okay to make mistakes!  My friend Deanna (a Triathlete herself) has told me the only competition you have is with yourself. NO ONE else matters. You race against your last time. 

Already my journey has been positive. After all, I got off the couch and pushed past fear and anxiety to get to where I am. Without God, none of this would have happened. For that I am grateful!


Waited for Amelia to get to bed to start my first C25K training.  I've been pondering it ALL day. Thoughts of "will I REALLY be able to do this?  What if I let someone down?" started to cross my mind.

By midnight I finally decided to at least TRY this app. I said to Doug, "Who says I have to go the full 25 minutes right?"  WELL GUESS WHO JUST FINISHED THE FULL 25 Minutes of C25K?!  Yup! Little ol' me who has NEVER jogged a day in her life.  Jogged 6 times for 1 minute each and the rest was walking with exception to a 5 minute warm up x 2.

All of a sudden the negative thoughts that went through my mind about being unable to accomplish my dream started to subside with the reminder that "I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength".