Life Plans

It’s been a while since I posted about Dave and I trying to be healthier, for him and for our family. The past 2 months have not gone without any struggles, but the point is that it’s a lifestyle change and not a diet, so I try not to feel guilty about it. Changes are being made and progress is happening. Christmas was hard. Surrounded by family usually means surrounded by lots of snacks and far from low-calorie, low carb foods. And of course, alcohol. How could I say no? I recently was informed by a very quick-witted friend that hard alcohol has no carbs. Hmm. I should consider switching out my wine and sour beers for a bourbon on the rocks…. Something to think about.

Dave will have a repeat hemoglobin A1c in about 3-4 months, then we’ll find out how well we are doing. I wish there was an easier/quicker way to tell if we’re headed in the right direction though.

Dave has been doing much better than I have in the whole eating better and exercising part. But, I’m not too far behind. He’s been pretty good about watching his carbs and for a while we were counting our carb intake just to see if we were able to stay in around 150-200mg/day, which is about 50% of our caloric intake. We really aren’t doing too bad, but I LOVE carbs. I love bagels, warm bread and butter, pasta. This has been much harder for me than Dave, I think. I still have my occasional bagel, but I’m trying to eat more oatmeal and salads, etc. And we switched our regular bagels to the bagel thins, too. We’ve  Dave’s even tried to make cauliflower pizza crust. Ehhh, it was alright. I think it’s really hard to get all the liquid out so that the crust isn’t soggy.

Exercise has gone better than I thought it would. It helps that I have a small workout room at work, which I visit after I finish my night shift as long as I got enough sleep the day before. I’ve skipped a few days here and there because of lack of sleep or bad weather coming through (I wanted to get home before it got too bad out). But, I try to make up for it by doing a routine at home. I’ve recently done a few kettleball routines at home. I did this routine on Nutrition Nut on the Run  and oh my goodness I hurt for days!!! ALL over. I had to roll out of bed because my abs hurt too much to use them while sitting up. And walking up and down stairs? I might as well have crawled.  And I didn’t even do the 5 repetitions. I was only able to muster out 3 with my piddly 5lb kettleball. She used a 25lb one! I’m ordering a heavier (15lb) kettleball on amazon so I’m sure the next time I do this workout, it’ll be even tougher, but I know it works. The kids like it too. Although there have been times they have almost walked in the path of my swinging kettleball and gotten clobbered. So, I have to pay pretty close attention.

Along with healthy changes for our family, I also needed changes for myself. I needed time away from work and home. Time with my friends. Since we don’t live by anyone that we know (everyone is >40min away), it makes spending time with friends harder. For the past few months, I’ve made a point to meet up friends for dinner, or we’ve made playdates, anything to just get out and be with friends. This past weekend, I’ve even had a girls weekend out at a waterpark hotel. It was great and I can tell that I feel better about myself and about life in general. I think it is so important to get out of the shell that parents put themselves in because, lets face it, kids are needy. But I don’t want to be resentful of them, and I could tell that’s where I was headed. In the next month or 2, I’ll have a spa date with a friend, and I am super pumped about it! 

While we were waiting in line for a slide at the hotel, we even made plans to run another half marathon, which will be in November. I’m super excited, because this is just what I need to keep myself in line. I need the training list on my fridge in order to cross out each day that I do what I am supposed to do. I’m such a list junkie. I love the task of crossing out what has been already done.

Now, I just have to work up to a comfortable 3 mile run again….

Anyone else want to join us? It’s a hilly run, but it’s beautiful scenery.

{Just as a side note, my little sister has been working out/eating healthy religiously and I am so very proud of her. She has made some lifestyle changes quite a few months ago and she’s done a great job. I haven’t told her how great she looks recently, but she does. Keep it up, Anka!!  There’s plenty of time to reconsider the half marathon:)}

To run or not to run

It’s been almost 6 weeks since my half marathon and I haven’t put on my running shoes since. Yes, for about 3-4 weeks I had a great excuse: I hurt my knee. I needed to heal up.

But here I am: pain free and a smidge lazy. Now, it’s not like I haven’t been doing other things, such as working, playing with the kids, decorating for Christmas. Throw in a Thanksgiving dinner, birthday parties and some Christmas shopping, and I’ve been anything but lazy. But on the workout front, I’ve been very lazy. Dave has tried to encourage me, but I tell him that I’m perfectly comfortable laying in the couch reading or watching TV for the few minutes that I have a break from the kids. I just don’t have the motivation. I swore to myself that this was going to be my “back on the workout wagon” week. But alas, it was “too cold” to run outside. You’d think that having my jeans feel more snug would motivate me outside…but no.

How do I get myself in gear? The next couple of weeks will be a whirlwind with my long stretch at work and Christmas celebrations. So, I guess I will be the cliche and have a workout resolution. Perhaps I need another run to train for. I did stick to my training regardless of how much my work schedule interfered.

I need a plan….

13.1

A half marathon.

13.1 miles is a long long distance! Considering that the farthest distance I ran was 8 miles in my training because I hurt my knee 2 weeks ago, and I haven’t run since. So, I’m pretty proud of myself for running that distance.

It wasn’t easy. It was far from easy. Especially, around mile 9. Well, 8.5 actually. That’s when I realized that my legs have turned into jelly and my knee was hurt. This last leg was going to be purely mental. And my head hurt and I was cold. This mental stuff was not going to go well for me! Thankfully, I had a tremendous friend at my side, Sara Van Pee. I still would’ve finished, I think, but she kept me going. I tried my hardest to keep up with her and I knew she was slowing down for me. But we finished, that’s all that I wanted to do during this one. And get a medal:)

I don’t care where I placed or what my time was (It was 2:33:some odd seconds). I crossed that finish line hurting and emotional. I gave it all I had. I can now cross this off my bucket list!

Now for next year, I know how to train differently, like some more squats and lunges so my legs don’t give out on me! And I’ll have to work on that knee of mine. Maybe a trip to the physical therapist will be in order.

Thanks to Scott for working for me so that I can beat myself up physically and mentally:)