Sunday, September 27, 2009
I'll tell you what is better - 1.9 pounds gone this week! Wahoo! I knew that I hadn't been eating as much and that I've been drinking a LOT more water, but I didn't know it would benefit me so much! My Invisalign braces have forced me to only eat when I'm actually hungry. Each time I take them out and eat, I have to brush my teeth and the braces before I put them back in. This has made me really aware of when I'm actually hungry. My routine was that I'd eat a protein bar after school. Even if I didn't really want it. So now I'm eating three times a day instead of 5-6. I think the change is just what my body needed to get off the plateau. Maybe someday I'll go back to eating 5-6 times a day, but my body is really liking this.
I also am back at the gym. Wahoo! My stitches are out, biopsy results are normal, so I can go back to working out. I'm using the elliptical - doc is keeping me off running for a while until my muscles are stronger in my legs. I'm working on strengthening my hamstrings - my quads were a lot stronger than my hammies, so I was hyperextending my knees. Hence the knee pain when I ran. Got some insoles and am noticing a difference. Hopefully I'll be back to running soon!
I am in a super good mood. Chili smells good, Eagles are winning, and I'm feeling lighter today.
Off to add the beans. Happy Sunday!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I have been drinking so much water today and this past week. My mouth is really dry from my braces, and I can't have anything but water when I have them in. The good news about them, though, is that I lost .6 pounds this week! And that was without being able to run (stitches and doctor's orders) or go swimming. In fact, I hadn't been to the gym at all in that time where I lost .6 pounds.
So after I got over the initial excitement, I thought "well, I guess this means I have been slacking off in the nutrition department." I started taking a mental inventory of what I have been eating and came to the conclusion that I was falling back into the old habit of "well I go to the gym so I have to eat 5-6 times a day." Even when I wasn't really even hungry. A protein bar after school even when I'm not hungry adds up! At 200 calories a pop, that's an extra 1000 calories a week. In food I don't even really want! No wonder I was at a plateau. So maybe I'm getting ahead of myself in celebrating my small weight loss, but I think it's just what I needed as a kick in the rear.
Tonight was elliptical and upper body at the gym. The elliptical is growing on me... I still don't love it, but I'm getting used to it.
Got "Superfeet" at the local running store (they are insoles) this afternoon. Put them in my sneaks and immediately noticed a difference in the way I stand. I really *wasn't* getting enough arch support! Tomorrow I'm going to see if my doc can get me some orthotics for my regular shoes (old lady inserts or not, I want my feet to be happy!) so I can have this wonderful feeling in my feet with my work shoes. Until then, I may invest in some more Birkenstocks so I can give my sandals a chance to breathe.
The insert made my heel feel a lot better - I think I may have bruised that foot muscle (plantar faciitis). Bleh. No more cheap shoes for me. I am done with these aching feet! Every time I see a pair of cute shoes staring at me, I will remember what my feel feel like right now and resist. I'd rather be able to run again than wear cute, but painful, shoes.
SO excited for Friday tomorrow. Wahoo!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I have to admit, I was a little skeptical about visiting the chiropractor. I wasn't sure exactly what would happen - I've heard so many stories about people going once and getting roped into going again and again.
Friday afternoon the doc did the Graston technique on my leg. It is still bruised, and I thought "If this is all he's going to do, I'm not going to keep going." Last night I went again - and had a wonderful experience! He worked with me for over an hour - figuring out exactly where my leg hurt, taking foot scans, doing movement exercises, balance exercises... by the end of the night, we determined that my arches have fallen a bit. Not flat feet, but definitely enough to warrant looking at orthotics (old lady alert!).
He also determined that my hamstrings and inner thigh muscles need to get stronger - I hyper-extend my knees. That's where the downhill running pain comes in.
Everything he said made perfect sense! My gym routine needs to include the elliptical, and not so much the treadmill. I can run short distances outside, preferably on the track where it is flat. And, most exciting, my Penguin-ness is going to come in handy! I am supposed to run slow. I said "you don't need to worry about that!"
Last night I came home and was in SUCH a good mood. There is hope for my running career!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
I feel like I'm falling apart! My braces hurt. My stitches hurt. My knee is sore. Ugh.
Yesterday was my first chiropractor appointment. He did this crazy "Grastin technique" on my right leg. OOOOWWWWWWWWW. It was the most painful thing ever!!! He told me he has a lot of success using that technique with people whose IT band is giving them problems. We'll see!
I think the kiddos are finally catching up with me. My throat hurts a bit, my nose is stuffy, and last night I slept from 7-10 on the couch and then went to bed at midnightish and slept until a little after 8:00. Bleh. Today is going to be a couch day with some laundry and dishes thrown in so I don't feel totally lazy.
It's breakfast time. I seriously need some coffee this morning. I love to sit around and be lazy in the morning and drink my coffee. Ahh.
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