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Expectations for BLC26

Monday, September 22, 2014

I expect that I will screw up.
I expect that I will not feel like exercising on at least one day.
I expect that I will want to eat chocolate for dinner instead of vegetables.
I expect that I will not see a number that I wanted to see on weigh-in-days.
I expect that my commitment will waver.
I expect that excuses will abound.

I also expect that I will forgive myself for screwing up.
I also expect that I WILL feel like exercising on many other days.
I also expect that I WILL feel like eating vegetables more than chocolate for dinner on most days.
I also expect that while my commitment will waver, it will not disappear altogether.
I also expect that I will not accept my excuses (MOST of the time) and that my team will not accept my excuses either.

The rest? That's gravy.
(fat free gravy of course.)

(I expect they should maybe change the task on this to something other than 'Expectations'... LOL)

  
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JEMLOVA29 10/1/2014 3:18PM

    This is going to help me so much!

I'm back and it looks like you're killing it! You're doing amazing!

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LISACHOSECHANGE 9/23/2014 8:17AM

    wonderful expectations.

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ADARKARA 9/23/2014 5:49AM

    haha! Yes I think "expectations" is a loose term. You can do it, though!

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FORZACHANDMATT 9/22/2014 9:29PM

    Love this!

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I Want To Cut Off My Right Foot

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

For monthsÖ okay a yearÖ Iíve had pain issues in my right heel. I remember the day it started quite clearly. I was walking home from work, the back of my shoe was coming apart and started rubbing on my heel (basically shredding my heel). I started to change my gait to keep it from doing that and was walking kind of funny. I should have got on the bus but instead, I kept walking the rest of the 5k. And ever since then, Iíve had issues with pain in that heel and calf and I think Iíve really messed myself up.

I have a history of plantar fasciitis in my in-step on both feet but not on my heels. Iíve worn orthotics for years and the in-step problem had largely subsided. But for the past year, ever since that day I have had heel pain plantar fasciitis in my right foot and Iím completely to blame for how bad it is now because instead of wearing shoes with orthotics in all summer Iíve been wearing sandals. Not horrible sandals, I mean they were expensive sandals with arch support etc. but they werenít custom orthotics. And Iíve been wearing them almost every day since the beginning of May and now here I am in September and my right foot is just KILLING me. So sore in the morning I can barely walk. Eases up a bit during the day but still a constant ache. I canít do any long distance walking and the running thing is completely off the table now. My calf is so tight now too Ė I guess in relation to the heel thing. So the past couple of days Iíve been begging for the weather to turn so that I could start wearing full support shoes and not be overly hot. All this sun and Iím now begging for overcast and rain.

It seems that no matter how much stretching I do, itís not making any difference. Everything I have read though says that I have to wear those orthotics all the time Ė even in the house Ė and that I need to ice, stretch, ice, golf ball roll, ice, and massage my calf. So Iíve been doing these things for the past few days. So far it hasnít made a difference but other than cutting off my foot, this is my only option. A concentrated effort to heal the heel!

Actually, Iím kind of just a big ball of hurt lately. In addition to the kickboxing 3 days a week Ė which takes a toll on my shoulders, I started in my bowling league last week (Iíve never been in a league Ė Iíve never bowled more than twice a year). And omg I was SO sore by the end of the night and for several days following. My right shoulder, forearm and wrist were all sore and tender. Actually, itís bowling night again tonight and Iím still sore from last week. My team assures me that this will go away after the first few weeks. I sure hope so! I did buy my own bowling shoes (Amazon - $25) so I can at least put my orthotics in those.

Okay, Iíll stop whining now. But I huuuuuuuuuurt.



(Oh - PS - for those that care - I did manage to get through Day 12 of the cleanse. And then had PIZZA. And it was awesome).

  
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LOLATURTLE 10/7/2014 12:14PM

    I hope you're feeling better. UGH PF is the WORRRRRRRST.

For me, foam rolling (like calf massage but way more effective! at least for me!) my calves is the biggest help. Stretching helps a tiny bit, foam rolling my calves helps a TON.

Do you have a splint to wear at night? I've been able to get by without mine for a while, but when my pf was at its worst that + the foam rolling made it start improving much faster.

I have one like this:
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that velcroes around the foot & the lower calf, not the big scary boot one. I got it at walgreens or some such.

Don't the the one with the strap from your toe to your calf, it just cuts off the circulation in your toes and you wake up in an entirely new, though not any better, sort of pain.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 9/18/2014 5:54PM

    I am so sorry that you live with so much pain. You do not deserve it. It's a great thing that you have such an excellent sense of humor because that's a fantastic survival tactic.

Take good care of yourself!

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DREAMINGBEYOND 9/17/2014 10:24AM

    I had a mild case of PF. I also got it from walking all summer with sandals. I just wore shoes in the house, stayed off me feet, swam a lot and used a frozen bottle of water and rolled my foot on it a lot. that was my first case of it though and it never came back it was pretty mild when i started treating it though. Good Luck!

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_BABE_ 9/16/2014 9:26PM

    I feel you about the foot pain because when your dogs hurt ain't nothing right in this world. emoticon

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WISHICOULDFLY 9/16/2014 7:27PM

    PF is a bitch. I've had the injections in my foot and that has helped. It really hurts having it done, but I did get relief.

Do you have "The Walking Company" stores near you? I went there a year ago and they scanned my feet and fitted me with walking shoes with built in orthotics. They are like water shoes with holes for air. I like them because my feet get hot and I like that I can wear these without socks. I wear the NEUTRAL (I have flat feet). Here is a link:
http://www.thewalkingcompany.co
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Oh and uh, emoticon on making it through your 12 Day Detox! emoticon

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LISACHOSECHANGE 9/16/2014 7:02PM

    I am so sorry you are in so much pain. You are still doing alot of exercise but i agree that maybe you should see someone about your foot.

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ADARKARA 9/16/2014 3:31PM

    Not to be Captain Obvious, but have you seen a podiatrist?

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TWESTEN1 9/16/2014 2:36PM

    You are hysterical!!!! I love that you enjoyed your pizza... you definitely deserved it after that cleanse :)

I'm sorry you have to deal with that pain and discomfort. I've got the arthritis in the knees and some days it just pains me so much, but I don't want to stop exercising b/c I know I need it.... I just want to move without pain!

Hopefully the pain from bowling will go away shortly and just leave you again with the foot pain... but maybe that will go away too ~ wouldn't that be awesome?! Hang in there!

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Wild Rose D-Tox Cleanse - Days 6,7,8,9,10

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

I bet you were thinking I quit didnít you? Cause I didnít do a write up for daysÖ. Well you would beÖ. Wrong! But I admit, I certainly came close a few times. Like on Saturday when we went through the McDonaldís drive thru to get my friendís kids some ice cream cones (hot day) and she got a McFlurry for herself and I gotÖ.nothing.

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I feel like the joy of food has been ripped away from me and all my choices are boring and restrictive. But Iíve made it to day 11. So I guess I can make it to day 12 too. What got me through the weekend was realizing that coconut milk was okay and that meant curry was okay. So cauliflower potato curry got me through the weekend. Along with popcorn.

Other than the curry, I didnít try any other new recipes but returned to ones that I could live with Ė the quinoa tabouleh salad and the quinoa and brown rice meatloaf have been the staples. I probably havenít eaten as many vegetables as I could have but I didnít find a salad dressing recipe that I cared for all that much.

My energy returned by day 8 and I was able to make it through boxing on Saturday and even through my entire trainer workout yesterday. But I havenít had an overabundance of energy like everyone claims that I would have. I donít Ďfeel amazing and like I could take on the worldí like everyone told me I would. I feel more back to normal than anything along with a side of slightly deprived and frustrated in my limited choices. Oh and I haven't lost any weight. Like nothing. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada.

So, that being said I donít know if I would do the cleanse again except to say that it did seem to wean me off sugar Ė how permanent that is remains to be seen but the cravings have greatly reduced so thatís good. It might be something I did after the holidays to get the treats out of my system.

I wonít list all the menus from the days I didnít blog but yesterday was:

Breakfast:
Muesli with almond milk
Coffee with almond milk
Raspberries

Snack:
Apple with almond butter

Lunch:
Quinoa and brown rice turkey meatloaf
Quinoa tabouleh salad
Apple

Snack:
Carrots and snap peas with hummus
Almonds
Glass of almond milk

Dinner:
Guacamole with rice crackers
Omelet with tomatoes and green onion
Oat and egg Ďpancakeí with stewed berries

Snack:
Coffee with almond milk

PS. I also think I deserve extra points in life for having done this during sharkweek when all I normally want to do is mainline chocolate and pizza.

  
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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 9/10/2014 6:12PM

    Congratuations on keeping this up! And you really should lose weight. Do you ever have those weeks where you lose nothing and suddenly you wake up one ordinary day when nothing special has happened the day before, and the scale has you down 4 or 5? I hope that happens to you. emoticon

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_BABE_ 9/9/2014 9:38PM

    I agree with Diane. Today I used up some ingredients (to get them out of the house) and was a star at the office. I made chocolate cupcakes with chocolate ganache. I had one.

I was munchie feeling the whole day. Usually lunch suffices but not today...and I do blame sugar.

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TWESTEN1 9/9/2014 7:48PM

    You are doing awesome! And congrats for getting thru the drive thru and ordering nothing!!! That's hard to do :)

If you can stick with the no sugar you will be a happier person :) I did so good for so long b/c the cravings really do go away, but once you start adding it back to the diet - forget about it! The cravings come back with a vengeance.

Again, congratulations!

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SUPERKARA36 9/9/2014 6:32PM

    Yeah You! You can do it!

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ADARKARA 9/9/2014 2:39PM

    I think you're doing fabulously! I wouldn't have lasted as long. I'm terrible with feeling deprived. You are strong and

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WISHICOULDFLY 9/9/2014 11:45AM

    You are a stronger woman than I am. You deserve a medal for sticking with it. I am not one for anything that is too restrictive. It just makes me MORE rebellious and NOT in a good way. And YES, you DO deserve extra points fro doing this during Shark Week. emoticon

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Wild Rose D-Tox Cleanse - Days 4 & 5

Thursday, September 04, 2014

I didnít get around to blogging yesterday because I was running interviews all day and was nowhere near my computer. So this update is for both Day 4 and 5.

Day 4 was okay, starting to get bored of the food. It all tastes so bland. Even though I add herbs and spices! I was even more lazy on that day and frankly pretty irritable. My bus was 40 minutes late getting me home due to a traffic accident and by then I was STARVING and had no intention of going to kickboxing. That was almost a moment of weakness because I wanted food fast and I didnít want to eat another damn apple or any more hummus. But I persevered. I made a Mexican fried rice and beans recipe (with hidden grated brussel sprouts). It was okay, nothing great and I wouldnít make it again. I managed to go to bed without giving in.

Day 5 went by in a blur because I was running back-to-back interviews all day. By the time I got home all I really really wanted was to eat Pad Thai for dinner and M&Ms for dessert. I didnít though. I did get my workout in but instead of 65-70 minute workout I couldnít get through it. I did 55 minutes. I just literally pooped out. Didnít have the energy, muscles were shaky, just couldnít do any more reps of anything. So Iím finding that this cleanse is making me feel a bit weak I think.

No weight change either day.

Yesterday's menu:

Breakfast:
Muesli with almond milk
2 boiled eggs
coffee with almond milk (I miss my coffee cream!!!)

Snack:
Apple with almond butter

Lunch:
Leftover quinoa meatloaf
Leftover quinoa tabouleh salad
Apple

Snack:
Leftover popcorn
Apple

Dinner:
Leftover Mexican fried rice (was definitely a Ďleftoverí day Ė hazards of being single)
Cod filet baked in lemon and butter (I hate fish, so Iím making myself eat it begrudgingly)

Snack:
Popcorn with butter (although this cleanse has a no dairy rule, for whatever reason it does allow butter).

So Iím on day 6. Including today (as it's only morning), thatís 7 more days to go. Itís a lot of work, requires prep and forethought so I donít find myself caught up starving with nothing quick to grab and Iím bored of the food. Trying to get through all 12 days will be a monumental effort I think.

  
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ADARKARA 9/4/2014 3:27PM

    Are you getting enough protein? Maybe that's what's making you want to cave. I know if I don't eat enough I feel like crap.

You're doing great though!

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WISHICOULDFLY 9/4/2014 1:37PM

    " I managed to go to bed without giving in. " - I saw this and LMAO. Sometimes you just gotta go to bed early damn it. You have lasted longer than I would have. I am IMPRESSED. You might as well finish what you started. emoticon

Just think. When you are through this phase, you can enjoy a healthy burger eaten slowly and fully appreciated. emoticon

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TWESTEN1 9/4/2014 1:21PM

    Hey, I'm impressed with how far you've come. And that you are still getting good workouts in... 55 minutes is still amazing! Just make sure you don't push yourself too hard - don't want you passing out during a workout :)

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Wild Rose D-Tox Cleanse - Day 3

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

So day 3 was very much like Day 2. Kinda lethargic, bit achy. I did finally get down to the gym for a workout but it took me all day to get there and I couldnít quite get through the whole 65 minute workout (this is the trainer-designed one that I do 2-3 times a week) Ė I just didnít have it in me. I got to 55 minutes Ė close enough. I also slept horribly the night before so that probably had something to do with it. My cat has feline dementia. Sometimes she goes down to the main floor and howls for no reason. At 2am. And 3am. And 4:30am. And so on. After going down to get her a few times I just gave up and put ear plugs in. It doesnít happen every night but that night was a bad one in particular. Anyway, apparently energy reserves are supposed to be restored into Day 4-5 so weíll see.

Spent a lot of time yesterday prepping food Ė tabouleh salad and quinoa and brown rice meatloaf. Both were yummy Iíd make them again.

Was up 1 lb from the day before.

Meal plan was:

Oat pancakes with stewed berries
Eggs cooked in coconut oil
Coffee with almond milk

Snack:
Apple with almond butter
Almonds

Lunch:
Leftover Indonesian fried rice
Rice cakes with hummus
Bowl of grape tomatoes

Snacks:
Almonds
Guacamole with rice crackers
Leftover popcorn
ľ cup muesli with almond milk

Dinner:
Quinoa and brown rice meatloaf
Quinoa tabouleh salad

Snack:
Apple
Berries
Leftover pancake with almond butter

  
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SUPERKARA36 9/2/2014 8:50PM

    Such a healthy menu, keep up the good work girl! emoticon

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WISHICOULDFLY 9/2/2014 7:07PM

    I am proud of you for sticking with it! emoticon

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 9/2/2014 2:36PM

    Keep it up! You are doing a fantastic job with this daily grind... emoticon

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