Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Wow, I love living on an island in South Carolina! There are so many opportunities to work out all year around. I take my dogs to the beach several times a week and get to walk them every day. I have a wonderful YMCA and can swim several times a week. It is amazing how much better I feel with these new changes! I have NOT weighed myself and I don't think I plan to. I am relying on body change markers to figure out where I am. My hip bones are more prevalent and certain aspects of my body are noticeably slimmer. Being able to get fresh, organic produce for really low prices has also helped me tremendously. Seafood here is also delicious and cheap- the first two weeks that my husband and I moved here we had shrimp every day but two! I adore this place and I truly feel like I found a home where I can live a healthy, wonderful life with my husband. So happy to be so blessed!
Monday, July 01, 2013
So I am attempting my third try at Marathon training-- the last two times I became injured and had to halt until I healed. My neighbor, God Bless him, is a 68 year-old marathoner who runs circles around me. In an effort to get me up to his running pace, we always push the envelope and do way too much mileage too quickly. Going from running 15 miles to 40 miles in a week's time span did a number on my foot and I have a recurring problem now. Unfortunately, my sweet neighbor is injured as well, but that gives me the opportunity to go at my own pace-- which I have taken from marathonrookie.com. I ran 15 miles this past week, and I am scheduled to do 16 this week. So far this year I have run 138 miles- my goal being to run 1 mile for every day of the year with one to grow on. I am behind, but this training schedule will easily surpass my goal of 366 miles this year.
I got the book "Running Injury-Free" (For Dummies) from the local library. I am trying hard to stick with all the information. I just feel uncertain on how to eat. I am not used to ever eating this many carbs and I get frustrated because I am stalled at only doing 3 miles so I dont get injured. I ran 13.2 miles in one session on a treadmill earlier this year, so running a 5k on hills a couple times a week is a cake walk.
The good news is, my muscle memory has already kicked in and my strength is significantly increasing. I am constantly flexing my calf muscles because it is good to have them after almost 30 years of not having any! I guess the only thing to do is to keep at it and follow the schedule, and it will work out all right in the end.
Wish me luck!
Monday, May 13, 2013
This is an odd venue for this blog, but I really don't know where else to write about it. Last night, I had the strangest dream and I still don't know how I feel about it.
I dreamt that my best friend Hena, who died of cancer three years ago, was alive. I was living somewhere else and she came to visit me. She was doing well, still doing chemo, but was moving around and getting along. Even when we became good friends, she wasn't in that great of shape healthwise and it was great seeing her move around and do things. Her hair was also longer too :) Not like it was after chemo. She was very confident and hopeful-- like she was when she was doing the clinical trials. Then I woke up, and I was really happy because in my sleepy stupor- I thought she was alive.
I fell back asleep and it was like when I left on that business trip in real life three years ago-- she took a turn for the worse and Hena was dying again. Hena slowly wittled away again, her hair was short and her body mass slowly became skeletal. She was telling me that she wanted to die. She wanted to just let go, even if she had to "help it along". She had a strange plan that barely came out in a whisper about how she could make herself have a stroke and just "slip away". In my dream, I talked her out of committing suicide and I held her, and she died in my arms. In my dream, I felt her last breath. In real life I was with Hena the day she died, but not with her when she died, because I felt her immediate family should only be there. I woke up with this overwhelming sense of saddness, because I felt like I had lost her again. My heart hurt so bad. I feel like I just lost her every day when I sit in my office and look at our picture on my desk. I know she is watching over me and I wasn't sure if that was her way of telling me it was okay for her to let go? I dont know. All I know is she is the fuel to my fight against cancer and I will do whatever I can to let people know about ways to prevent cancer-- especially focusing on non-GMO foods and healthy, organic vegetables in our diet, as welll as regular excercise. I know this is a completely weird thing to put on a sparkpeople blog, but I really dont have another outlet right now. Maybe I need grief counseling, but I think I need to fight for Hena more- so that she is not forgotten and so that nobody else has to lose their best friend.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
I used to be the girl that said, "OMG I need a ribeye slathered in mushrooms and a sweet potato smothered in butter!" It is strange how the better I treat my body, the healthier my cravings are. My meat craving is completely gone and I am not big on dairy anymore either- it kind of grosses me out, which is strange since I used to eat fage greek yogurt and raisins every day for breakfast and would go through a gallon of milk in about 2-3 days by myself. I do like to cook mushrooms and onions-- sauteed in water-- and put them on salad, but I almost get grossed out by meat. I know I have problems with anemia, so instead of craving a steak around a certain time of the month, i now crave leafy greens and raisins. Is this because my body is trying to say it does better absorbing non-heme iron? I dont know, but I love my energy levels and all the changes so I am going to stick with it.
I do know that ever since I did a 10-day juice fast last year a la Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, I can read my body perfectly to a "T". If I eat more than one cup of rice, I literally feel a buzz because of the chemical reactions occuring with my body. It makes me dizzy, like I had a beer. Same with drinking beet juice-- I can easily get "drunk" on it from all the sugar. It's so bad that I dont drive for an hour afer drinking beets, and I wouldnt drink them at all if it wasn't for the wonderful things it does for my body-- and they also taste soooo good (which is weird, because cooked beets make me want to gag!)
I strive to have my meals be at least 51% raw so leukocytosis doesnt occur, and that will make me a healthier Heather! I really feel my new lifestyle will make immense changes to my poor health. I have resigned myself to the fact that I will probably get lung or breast cancer from the radiation I received, if the after effects of chemo doesnt get me first, but I am going ot try my darndest to live a healthy life so that I can live!
Sunday, May 12, 2013
What a beautiful morning here in sunny Pennsylvania! Many great things to report-- I have lost a total of 8 lbs, dropped my BMI by one whole point (24.1 to 23.1), and last night I put on a size 8 dress! I am very happy right now. The Wii measured me at 170.1, and when I get into the 160s, my BMI will be in the 22's. The Wii calculates that I would be a healthy weight at 162, which I agree, but I feel my best around 150-155. Now I am focusing on more strength training, so the pounds aren't going to count as much when I start gaining muscle. As much as I try not to put such an emphasis on the numbers, it does make me feel good when they are in my favor!
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