Sunday, September 02, 2012
So, in my last blog, I promised to share a week by week summary of the Vice Busting Diet. I wanted to make sure I mention that the book I am following is written by Julia Havey. I am currently in Week 5, but each day I will talk about the first 5 weeks until I am caught up to my current week, and each week after that I will share the current week I enter.
So, Week 1 of the Vice Busting Diet simply involves drinking more water! Pretty straightforward, and easy to achieve. Recommendations are to buy a good supply of water bottles, I purchased some reusable bottles that have a built in filter so I will have great tasting water wherever I go. I also bought a terrific item at a local fair to carry my water bottle in. It is kinda like a purse, you have a strap to wear it over your shoulder, and it holds my water bottle. Having this water bottle handy at all times is your task for week 1. The point behind adding water to your day is to Bust Soft Drinks. I was drinking tons of diet soda at that point, and even though it has no calories, it is horrible for my health. I thought I would really miss having it each day, but when I had a diet coke recently, I couldn't even finish it! The book provides a formula for how much water your body needs, and according to this formula, I need to drink 14 cups of water a day. I am able to do this most days. It involved a lot of washroom breaks at first, but that has tapered off somewhat. Also, there is a daily affirmation that you must read twice a day for this week. It basically just opens up your mind to positive changes. At the end of Week 1, which includes reading in the book each day about how water is important, and about visualizing where you want to be in terms of health and fitness long term, you do an evaluation answering questions in your journal about how you did for Week 1. There is definitely a focus on self evaluation and getting your mind into where you want to be for this program. I found Week 1 went okay, it really isn't hard for me to drink water, it is a habit I have always incorporated into my lifestyle. Tomorrow, Week 2!
Saturday, September 01, 2012
On Wednesday, July 25, I started a 12 week program called The Vice Busting Diet. Here is how I found out about it. In the spring of this year, my husband joined The Biggest Loser Challenge at his work, and asked if I could participate. The company nurse agreed that she would offer me her support during weekly check ins, but I wouldn't be eligible to win any of the cash prizes, hence it would be free! She gave me some printouts of the first week or two of a diet called The Vice Busting Diet. I went through and answered a lot of the questions and read some of the info, but never followed through on getting the rest of the program. Also, she gave me info on a product called PGX Daily. It is a fiber supplement which keeps blood sugar consistent and helps reduce hunger by filling you up with fiber. I started using it, but also tapered off with that. At the end of the Biggest Loser Challenge, I believe I had actually gained weight.
Since then, I started using PGX again, and when I went to buy a new bottle, there was a bottle with the book for The Vice Busting Diet attached to it for free. So, I bought it, and started implementing it into my days. The whole goal of this program is not to track calories in and out, but to change habits that have been affecting you negatively into positive replacements. You have to determine what one habit is really being detrimental to your health. I did some soul searching and decided that the Vice I need to replace is chocolate. I will talk about the program week by week in separate posts, but this is just a small intro to what I am working on right now to try and lose weight.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Well, it has been 2 months since my last post, and a lot has changed. I developed pneumonia again, I'm not even sure of the dates. I have started walking again a little bit in the last couple weeks, up to a 20 minute walk 3 days a week. Also, I was able to get my hands on the full 12 week program for the vice busting diet, and have been following that for 6 weeks. I will go into more detail about it in another blog. I redid week 4 since I didn't complete enough of the tasks on enough of the days. My focus for this week, week 5 is to add one fruit or veggie to my day. I am not giving up on my weight loss, but I am going to take some time slowly getting back to running and only run for 1 day a week for quite a while.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Well, the run went very well on June 10, I completed the entire course running. The 5K distance is actually only 4.6, but gosh was it hard! So many hills! My time was 45:34 with my average pace being 15:59/mi. The temperature was very high, and my average heart rate was 167 bpm, and it was impossible for me to get it out below Zone 5 for most of the event. My kidlets went with me and cheered me on. The event was set up on a course with laps, each lap being 2.3K, so I saw my kids as I passed them starting out, then on my second lap, and at the finish line where they were ready to record my time and cheer me to the finish. I told them after the race that I was grateful they came to cheer me on and support me. If they weren't waiting for me to pass them on the second lap, I would not have been able to finish. I really was ready to throw in the towel after the first lap, and knowing that they were waiting to see me and encourage me, really motivated me to keep going so I wouldn't disappoint them. They behaved so well for me and I can't thank them enough for their support. The entire Learn to Run group(except for one lady who had to stop 4 or 5 weeks in due to injury) was also running the event, and seeing them throughout the course also really made the event memorable. My running coach was running too, and she inspired me to give it my all. It is my first event in my new running life, and it will always be a joy to remember.
Since then, the next program started with my running group. The 4 of us who completed the 5K program have moved on to train for 10K, and the lady who got injured last time has come out to try again for the learn to run program. There are a few new folks at the learn to run as well, so there is quite a lively turnout of people along with about 20 youth members one night a week. I have never been part of such an energetic group of folks, and it is terrific to see so many active and heathy people to inspire me and everyone else too. We are in week 3 of the training, and running 3 days a week. Our long run has been 5K for the last two weeks, and this week it goes to 6K for 5 weeks. We go to 4 days a week next week for 5 weeks and then bump up to 5 days a week before adding in hills the week after that. I am nervous about all of the changes and increases in days and intensity, but ready to give it my best.
Monday, June 04, 2012
I signed up, back in March, for a learn to run program at my local running store. Saturday past was scheduled to be 5k run with no walk breaks, or walk breaks if, when necessary. I had missed the last two long runs for health reasons and due to being on vacation, so I was worried about this run. The kidlets had friends over on Friday night for a sleepover, so Saturday morning was not going to be possible to run with the group. I intended to run later in the day, but that did not happen. So, on Sunday, we headed to the in laws for dinner. I was excited to create an opportunity to run in a different setting while the kids hung out with their grandparents. On the way there, it started to rain, but when we got there, it was sunny still, so I headed out. 18 minutes into the run, the skies opened up! I had run my route in a way that I was right near the house when this happened, so I made a run for it, not wanting to get wet. So far at that point, I had not taken any walk breaks, but I had only completed 1.12 mile. I waited for 45 minutes and the rain finally blew over, so I headed back out to finish up. At first I thought the break was going to do me in, but I stuck with it. I managed to finish up the distance in 49:35. Not bad, definitely glad I was able to complete it with no walk breaks. I look forward to next weekend participating in a local run with a 5K distance. My group leader is going to be there, I am interested to see what it is like to attend a race where I know other runners ahead of time. Some of the folks in our learn to run group might even be there.
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