weekly update

My weight is back up…ugh!  The roller coaster of this is craziness!  I know part of it is eating…we had chocolate in the house this week…bad news.  But I also think part of it is muscle, because my body fat percentage is still low…and I can see definition of muscle.

EITHER WAY, my goal jeans are crazy crazy tight right now, and whether I need to lose the fat or the muscle (likely a combo)…it needs to be done.

My plan of action is to do 30-45 minutes of cardio 6 days a week and 30-45 minutes of weights or other exercise 6 days a week.

I am also going to follow the Quick and Clean Diet book by Dari Alexander for the next 2 weeks.  I think it will help me stay on track with clean eating.  When I do well with clean eating, my body notices.

And as always, I know that keeping my inside clean, as in spiritually, kindness, bettering myself as a person, is far more important than the vanity of the outside, so I have been trying to be better about longer devotional times, more genuine prayers and have been reading a bunch of awesome books that I will post about when I am finished.  I have about 10 going right now, a page at a time, so it will be awhile before they make it to the book review page, but we will get there.

Anyone who wants to can join me…we can keep each other accountable.

weekly update

I can see my stomach again!  🙂  After a couple months of the back and forth with my belly (and the rest of my body) and food reactions, I can see the muscles and my waist again.  I know it has to do with avoiding specific foods, but I think another part of it is that I have to record my food now to turn into my allergist.  No one wants to turn in a list of a million calories a day.  😉

So…I ventured to the scale.  My BMI is back up to 20.6…which is not where I want it to be…my goal is still to have it below 20.  BUT, in light of everything that has been going on with my body, I will take it.  It had been above 21 not too long ago.  I am not ready to try my body fat measurements yet…but will get there soon.

The latest on the allergy front is that my doctor thinks it could be food dyes.  I am wondering if anyone out there is allergic to more than one color of food dyes, because it seems as though I would have to be if that is the connecting factor.  Only time will tell.

As usual, any helpful info is always welcome.  🙂

weekly update

I am finally feeling better…yay!  I was able to get back into a more normal lifting and cardio routine this week.  I have survived 2 Christmas parties since last weekly update and I am still at my 20.4 BMI.  While my goal is taking longer than I initially intended…I am excited that I am still remaining the same or slowly losing, especially in light of all the food around these days.  😉  We will have Christmas and then Christmas #2 and hopefully I won’t have as much food temptation after that.  Be back next week.

The Goal

The Good News: This was my last long run before the half marathon.

The Bad News: It was a horrible long run.

The Good News:  My goal is to finish the half in under 2 hours (from the starting line…I will be quite a distance from there).  Even if I run as poorly as I did today, my time would still put me under 2 hours.

The Good News: This weekend is not race weekend…7 days to go.

I do realize that there are runners who will likely  complete the full marathon before I finish the half.  That’s okay.  I do realize that if I don’t make my goal, that is okay too.  But it is always fun to meet and beat personal goals, so even if I am under by one hundredth of a second, it would be fun to be under 2 hours  To do this I need to run a 9 minute mile or less.  For my 10 mile runs I have been averaging 8 1/2 minute miles, so hopefully the last 3 miles won’t raise that too much.  Today, on my horrible rotten run where I walked some (gasp)…I was still under 9 minutes.  So here is hoping to a successful time next week.  🙂

The Really Good News: I am blessed to be able to run.  Not everyone is able to.  I am blessed with the health to do so.

The Really Really Good News: No matter what happens next week I have awesome family and friends that love me and know I am doing my best and love me despite my finish time.

The Really Really Really Good News: I have The Lord and Savior who loves me even more than this and died for me so that I could live for Him and with Him.

In a world that is filled with tragedies and sorrows, it is nice to  be able to put things in perspective.  In perspective, this race is not a big deal.  Even though it is challenging and a big deal to me, it is far down on the scale of life’s concerns.  It is fun to blog about, though, and assuming/hoping/believing I will finish…it will feel good to have accomplished it.