Thankful for a new workout routine!

For three steady weeks now, at least my upper or lower body has ached in a way that is unfamiliar to me. I consider myself to be a lifelong athlete and a fitness junkie. A daily jog for me is no less than eight (8) miles, and sometimes I feel guilty about that. I know- I am often told that I have issues and I’m in agreement. Self-awareness is good for the spirit. Denial is what’s harmful.

If you’ve read previous posts, you are aware that in June of this year, I was diagnosed with a severe case of runner’s nightmare aka plantar fasciitis. July and August is when I run at least six days per week. I’m not working and have the time to run longer distances without time constraints. So going an entire summer without running was more painful than the plantar fasciitis! Seriously!

Doctor prescribed steroids, the lack of exercise, and an increased intake of bud lime lights while floating in the pool (believe me the “light” didn’t make a difference), gave me a dose of reality!

By September my body responded by saying,

“So you think you’re all that? You’re over the 40 hump and your metabolism has slowed down dummy! Yeah, yeah, yeah, before you couldn’t gain a pound! Ha! Ha! The jokes on you! You just gained nearly 20 pounds.”

Reality set in when I returned to work and attempted to wear my professional attire. Yikes! Over a dozen pair of slacks and skirts came to a screeching halt just at the thighs! No amount of persuasion or work could get my pants or skirts to move beyond my hips. I was not a happy camper. Pure frustration!

Missing the Atlantic City Marathon in October and the weight gain was the wake up call that I needed! Although my body is conditioned and I kick out 13 miles with ease, I really need to evaluate my fitness routine. All running and nothing else is a recipe for a disaster. I badly needed strength training and more diversity to my program.

Speaking of recipes… I’m pretty good about eating a balanced meal; however, my diet needed revamping too. Below are pictures of some of my new daily treats.

Spinach, can tuna (in water), dried cranberries, cherry tomatoes, fresh black pepper, crushed red peppers, and lime juice

Sample morning snack: fresh spinach, a turkey chop, & a chopped orange bell pepper. Yummy!Spinach, can tuna (in water), cherry tomatoes, dried cranberries, lime juice with fresh ground pepper & crushed red peppers

About a month ago I decided to give myself an overhaul. I joined a gym and I’m now working out with Lisa, an excellent personal trainer. She is the perfect match for me. Lisa is fit and sets a good example of total body and mind fitness. While she has pushed me beyond what I thought were my limits and it’s only been three weeks, I am feeling stronger and better with each workout.

Lisa and I talked about my fitness goals and my daily diet. Immediately she saw nutritional deficiencies. She recommended, Eat Clean by Tosca Reno. I like this book. No, I LOVE the book. It is exactly what I need right now. The book compliments my attitude and committment toward food and proper nutrition. Eat Clean really clicks for me and connects new information with what I already know about good nutrition. The book is educational and is not a diet book. Dieting has never been my thing. It is about eating healthy for life, which works for me.

Since I’ve made some changes in diet and starting hitting the weights, I’ve noticed at least three positive changes:

1. I am drinking less coffee. Not because the book says, so but because I’m eating a high protein & complex carbohydrate breakfast at 5:30 a.m. The nutritious breakfast is providing a natural source of fuel so my body is not craving the caffeine like before

2. The midafternoon desire for a siesta has completely disappeared. Driving to pick my son up from school, I feel more alert than ever.

3. Even without a six or seven-day intense workout, I lost three pounds. Amazing!

I am a believer that a positive change or effect can always evolve from a negative situation; the outcome depends on each individual. In my case, it took a foot injury (negative) to force me to change my fitness routine (positive) and a better nutrition plan (positive). I already knew that my fitness program was due for a change and lacked strength training, but I kept putting it off. Ultimately a higher power saw fit that the change take place. I am thankful that I embraced the change.

If you have thoughts about working out, losing weight, or just eating better, I highly recommend the book.  For some the book will require or inspire you to give up a lot of unhealthy foods that you eat daily.  And for others, the book will enhance what you’re already doing.  Either case, it’s practical and worth the read.

A new laundry trend

I can’t speak for all women, but for many of us, there’s something special about putting on a pair of high heels.  Strapping on your favorite pair of heels has a way of making you feel particularly good.  No, I know what it is!  It’s a cool feeling of sexiness.  That’s it.  Heels instantaneously put a little more pep in my step and more of a feminine swag to my walk.   Lol! 

Today I found myself doing my laundry in heels.  Say what?  Yep!

Due to my passion for running, I am suffering from a foot condition (plantar fasciitis).  To speed up recovery, my doctor told me to stop walking bare feet on the hard wood floors, stop wearing , flip-flops –my summer favorite, and to wear a shoe or sneaker at home  that provides more support.

Last month, I started wearing an alternative shoe/sandal, but they don’t work; I’m still experiencing foot discomfort.  I switched to sneakers, which helps; however, my running sneakers are grungy.  In our home, shoes that are worn outside are not worn in the house.  I can compromise and wear my sneakers on the main floor of the house, but I refuse to wear those nasty shoes upstairs in the bedrooms and the master bath. 

So yesterday I rummaged through my closet for suitable footwear that has not yet been work outside.  Ta-da!  I found the perfect pair!   

They’re sandals so my foot can breathe.  They have a little heel and they are extremely comfortable.

I slid on my sandals this morning and didn’t think much of it.  Mom commented twice, “Hmm… you look nice!”   “Hmm… You look really nice today!”  Laughing to myself I thought, “What’s the big deal?!”  Even hubby was taking second and third glances with eyebrows up.

When I saw a reflection of myself from the basement glass door carrying a laundry basket full of sheets and towels, I started cracking up.   Not bad old girl!  I thought, “When was the last time I laughed this hard or got this much attention from the family while doing laundry.”

Doing laundry is such a long and drawn out chore, but strutting through the house in my comfy heels is making the chore more enjoyable.  I’ve decided to start a new trend at home—laundering in heels!   At the top of my to-do list:  Buy comfy sexy heels to do next week’s laundry.  Lol!

Plantar fasciitis has me down

It’s been nearly two weeks since I’ve gone for a run and I’m going nuts!  I just don’t know how much longer I can do this. 

Plantar fasciitis has placed my running addiction on hold.  I’m hating every minute of it!  This is the time of year when I can run more often and for longer distances.  Tomorrow…that’s what I said yesterday, I’m going to engage in another form of physical fitness.  I need to do more strength training and have no excuses. I have a cool fitness ball that’s just sitting in the garage collecting dust.  I have free weights, an elliptical machine, and a stationary bike, but I shun them all in the summer months–shame on me!

You know what they say, “everything happens for a reason.”   Perhaps not being able to run is my body’s way of saying, that it (my body) needs work in other areas.  It’s true too.  In October, I plan to run the Atlantic City Marathon. At the least, I will run the half marathon, but wanted to take a shot at the full marathon.  My hams and quads need strength training for the run and I’ve been putting it off but I have no excuse now.  Okay so maybe tonight…  actually, when I finish this post, I’m going to rinse the dust off of my fitness ball and do something (interactive) with it.   

Tomorrow I am going to hop on my bike and ride a few miles; hopefully the ride will tentatively replace the 8-10 mile run.