Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Ketogenic Diet and life events

So... how did lent go on the ketogenic diet?  GREAT!

I lost 10 lbs in 40 days.  Then, it was Easter and CANDY!!!!  and WINE!!! (yes, I gave up wine, too)

Then... on the day after Easter, I fell during my morning run (during the walking portion of the Couch to 5K, I was on Week 2 Day 1) and broke one ankle and sprained the other pretty badly.  Crutches and a boot.
Yes, I fell and punctured my dorsal artery! 

Hubby got me home and put ice on!


Right side looked WAY worse than left

Deciding whether to go to ER


I was trying to figure out how to get myself back to work... and my sweet girl was trying to love on me...

So sad her mommy is hurting.

... two more days later, my sweet girl, Cheyenne, went downhill FAST and was suffering, so we had to do the unthinkable and put her to sleep.  it was horrible and I find myself just sitting down and doing the ugly cry when I notice it's 7:30 and I'm "supposed" to be giving her insulin shot, or it's 5pm and her dinner time... or just sitting watching TV and not have her come nuzzle me... or making dinner and notice there's no girl to step over...

She just couldn't hide her pain and suffering anymore...
Needless to say... gaining back 4 lbs was kinda understandable.

So, to end those two horrible weeks, I am going to join KetoDiet's 60 day challenge.

I succumbed and made measurements and took my weight, but have to take "before" pictures.  I've found that doing the photos and taking measurements make it all "REAL".

Will you join me?  I promise to be better at posting recipes I've found and updates, good research I've found, etc.  Promise!!!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Bullet proof Coffee

Good Morning!! 

My Beatles mug from the Skylarks.

 Bullet proof Coffee.  The only way to drink it when trying to avoid dairy and sugar.  Well, not completely avoid dairy.  You see, it has KerryGold butter in it :)  OK... I used what I had on hand and have to admit to not having the quality coffee or oil he used.  However, I remember a few years back... before he trademarked the coffee name and started selling his own brands... the recipe was with coconut oil and MCT (which I MUST go out and buy).  Granted, smart guy that he is, he went out and made it more bullet proof and now sells all ingredients required.  But, when must use what's on hand, one uses organic coconut oil and KerryGold butter.  :)  It's nummy!!

Why start out with coffee with so much fat?  It "breaks my fast" with fat and jump starts my day toward burning ketones.

This morning, I'm heading over to the Vitamin Shoppe to get the recommended morning supplements  that I don't already have(via Maria and Keto-Adapted book) and to refill those I do and already take.  I already took my 1500mg L-glutamine, Beef Liver (yes, grass-fed), Raw B-complex, Ashwaganda, Transitions, 1000mg L-lysine and 44mg Zinc.  (yep, I put in some links... some, so you know what they are and others so you know where you can buy them)

Before I eat my "frambled eggs" (even before it was a craze with a cute name, I've love to crack 2-4 eggs directly into a hot frying pan and let them set slightly, then mix them around.  I love the flavors that aren't completely scrambled together!), I'll take my probiotics.  

Exercise.  Not today.  Probably not this week.  Well, I'll preface that with saying... Yes, I'll still do my hip and arm exercises with my patients.



So.... after writing this... I ended up getting sick to my stomach for the rest of the day.  Ate the chicken bone broth I had in my crock pot and only that... Needless to say, first day on the Keto-Adapted diet didn't go well.  Feeling somewhat better on day two.  Did not take any supplements "just in case" and am only having chicken bone broth again today.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Ketogenic Diet

Cheers!!  Last glass of wine for a month!


Wow!  It's been a LONG while since my last post.  I fell into the "same old... same old" pattern that I see other bloggers fall into once their (and mine) lifestyle becomes commonplace.  What??  Yes.  I got to the point where it was no longer fun, exciting, and/or new to photograph my food and share online.  People stopped remembering me as a fat girl and I became complacent in my "normalcy".  However, jump forward 5 years from my big life changing sickness (remember?  Gallbladder = undiagnosed celiac??) and here I am, back up within 20 lbs of my all-time-highest weight.  Ugh.

So, last winter, my hip started really bothering me more and more.  I went to the doctor and specialists and no one offered anything other than "stop running/walking" and "why won't you get surgery??... Just fix it already!"  Um... no.  Until hip surgeries have better longterm outcomes, I think I'll stay where I am.

I noticed that it's easier for me to gain the weight back if I'm not active.  So, the hubby bought me a Garmin VivoFit for Christmas (2014) and it got put to use!  Nope, didn't make my goal steps every single day, but continued to run 2-3 times a week for most months in 2015.  However, the weight still slowly crept up.  It's amazing to look back at the year and see the horrible steady incline of my weight creeping back on.  Weekly, it wasn't so bad unless I was getting close to or going over a milestone number... you know, starting a new "decade" (going up to the next "0" number) and it really got bad starting in September.

What is going on?  well, increased hot flashes and... ehem... female "issues" started taking up a LOT of my time and... oh, yeah.  I got "let go" at my job in July after returning from reserves and got a new job in September.  You'll notice the two jumps in weight gain in July and the largest one in October to now.  Hmmmmm.

Yep.  There MUST be a food connection.  At the start of 2016 I thought "THAT'S IT!!!  I'm stopping all 'gluten free' goodies, no more potatoes, no more rice!!" and that helped (as you see by the dip).  BUT, there's gotta be more to it than just returning to my 100% Paleo/Primal ways as the weight isn't just dropping off like it did back in 2011.

Yesterday, I opened up an email from PaleoDork and in it was a link to a whole bunch of FREE stuff (only good for 5 more days... that's Feb 11th, so hurry!!)!  Now, I've been around the Paleo block a few times since 2011 and have most of the things in this free bundle.  However, every now and then, I stumble across someone or something that just "clicks" for me.  Yesterday and today, all my reading has been centered on Maria Emmerich's Keto-Adapted book that was included in the PaleoDork giveaway.
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I'm in love.  Her writing really speaks to me.  I've never wanted to give up sugar completely.  I mean, I don't do sugar or anything processed already.  But, I'll add a splash of vanilla syrup to my coffee in the morning (oops) and honey to my greek yogurt or marinades.  I've also taken to eating more carb-laden veggies, starchy potatoes/sweet potatoes, and fruit, fruit, fruit!!  Organic apples, blueberries by the handfuls, organic strawberries, etc.  I mean, they're organic... so, that means they're OK, right?  I guess not.  At least, if my butt and thighs are anything to go by... NO!!!

So, I mentioned health issues... yes, in the last few months, the migraines are back with low-level headaches all the time, and the joint pain is incredible!  I've even developed such pain in my thumb joints that we're looking into rheumatoid arthritis... yes, I know, another autoimmune disease to add to the celiac. I had my thyroid looked at for multiple nodules, and my belly fat is expanding to increase my jean size.  I'm NOT happy.  No, seriously.  Not just unhappy at these changes, but depressed and in a bad mood a LOT.  My poor hubby.  He gets the brunt of it.  I try to keep my mouth shut, but when he asks and asks and asks what's wrong... well.  It's not a pretty picture.
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What to do.  On the Keto-adapted website, there are ways to gain Maria's one-on-one assistance, but being true to myself and with great desire to continue my over-researching ways, I'm going to try this just using her books:  Keto-adapted and the Ketogenic Cookbook (it's coming via Amazon!!).  



I also have a book sitting on my shelf from a dear friend of mine, Erin Whitmer, that she wrote with another mom, Jeanne L. Reither, after struggling for a few years to heal her son from seizures; Fighting Back with Fat.    I also have been online friends with Jaime from Cleochatra.com.  I love veggies, so never really gave too deep of thought to going truly low, low carb.  However, stuff that Maria wrote about in her book, Keto-Adapted, really smacked me in the face of realistic need for change.  I think I also like that she pushes the amino-acids I already take (L-glutamine and L-lysine) with some others that I don't, and teaches all about WHY they're important.  Needless to say, there are a bunch I'm needing to take in the morning that should assist in helping with carb cravings and headaches.  I'm excited to go to the vitamin shoppe (that's where I buy my stuff as it's local and convenient) and buy all the "new" stuff.

So, starting tomorrow... back on my journey to better health!!!  Join me??

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Candida = yeast

These days you can close your eyes while seated at a computer and somehow information on Candida, or yeast, infections... overgrowth... etc. will pop up on your screen.
I wish Candida was this cute!


WHY?  Well... perhaps it's the way of our Standard American Diet.  We've all experienced a small amount of yeast overgrowth when we've been on antibiotics.  Get an upset tummy or runny poop while on the antibiotic?  Yep.  Yeast.  Get a vaginal yeast infection while on an antibiotic?  Yep.  Yeast.


WHY?  Our bodies have a balance between the bacteria and yeast in our body.  ALL of our body.  Yep, up there AND in your mouth AND in your gut... everywhere.  Even our skin.  If we kill one half of that balance off (such as when we take antibiotics, we kill off both the good and bad bacteria), the other side wins.  What do I mean by wins?  Well, it gets to grow without bounds.  Think of the bacteria/yeast relationship like cops and robbers.  If there's less cops, there tends to be more robbers... right?  Well, I think you get what I'm saying.  With less or no bacteria, the yeast have free reign to grow and grow and grow.

So... how do we push down the yeast and get our bacteria back to "in balance"?  A few ways.  But first... you MUST replace the bacteria loss.  We've all heard of probiotics... this is the "good" bacteria.  We really only want to replace the bacteria with the good kind as that bad kind?... it's on everything and we expose ourselves without even trying.  The good kind help keep the bad kind in check... kinda like our yeast/bacteria balance... that's another story.  So... onwards...

9 Signs You Have Candida
http://draxe.com/candida-symptoms/
I could retype all of that, but since Dr. Axe has such a beautiful infographic... why?  Instead, let's talk about how to help NOT get candida overgrowth from the get-go, or how to support a healthy system to get rid of it.  BTW, these are just my notes from reading copious amounts of articles, websites and watching slide shows online.  I noticed these 5 items creeping up again and again, so they're my "rules" now.

1.a  STOP EATING SUGAR.  

Seriously.  Stop eating SO MUCH SUGAR!  Just take every prepackaged food you consume in one day and set the packages aside. Sit down and figure out "If I ate a normal serving for this package... I would consume X amount of sugar grams".  You don't need to measure or weigh what you ate... or cop to cheating and eating more of a specified serving.  Just write down what the sugar content of a single serving was.  Add all those single servings together.  How many grams of sugar did you consume at one meal?  One day?  One part of a meal?  It's eye opening.  We think that just because we don't see "sugar" in the label, it is sugar free.  Not so.  We also think because it's "sugarfree" it has no components of sugar (like carbs... remember, they're just long chains of sugar strung together for later use in your body).  Per the Daily Intake Guide, the average adult should only eat 90 grams of sugar per day.      I say again... 90 grams per day.  

So... say I went to Starbucks for a vanilla latte (click for the .pdf for their drink menu), here's what my run-down would be... just for a morning perk-me-up:
     Grande Vanilla Latte 2% milk = 35 grams sugar
     Venti Vanilla Latte 2% milk = 44 grams sugar

     (typically, I brew Starbucks Morning Joe at home and add just whipping cream = 0 grams sugar
       for a treat after my runs, I'll add a splash of Vanilla Syrup at 10 gr/Tbsp)  

So, after coffee only at Starbucks, "I" would have already consumed 1/2 my daily intake of sugar. 

Most people don't ONLY get a coffee for breakfast, though... so add in one of their special foods... say, I'm trying to "be good" and order a reduced-fat banana Chocolate chip coffee cake... I mean, it's low fat, right??  Yeah.  40 grams sugar.  == full daily sugar total already met at breakfast!!  
40 grams of sugar per serving!!

Anyhow.  SUGAR FEEDS YEAST AND BACTERIA IN OUR GUT.  That's the reason I got onto my tangent regarding daily sugar totals.  We eat WAY more sugar than our body needs for energy, and the excess feeds our yeast and bacteria.  

It's not just added sugars, either.  Your yeast/bacteria don't say "Hey, wait a minute!  That's natural sugar/maple syrup/ripe banana, NOT added sugar!"  It just knows a source of energy and consumes to keep itself alive and multiplying.  

So.  We try to be good and avoid prepackaged goods to avoid the added sugars.  THEN I say, "be careful of adding too many 'good' forms of sugar" too!!  But seriously.  IF you're worried about yeast or bacterial overgrowth... cut your added sugars.  

http://21daysugardetox.com/
When I get my out-of-control sugar cravings, that's when I know it's time for a 21-day Sugar Detox.  I've done the full program twice and done mini versions just to cut down.  LOVE that diet!!  (even if you THINK you're going to be OK on it, it's an eye-opener)  

Yeah... I LOVE Diane Sanfilippo, at Balanced Bites, on SO many levels.  Her books are amazing.  And, No.  I do not know her or get monetary compensation for mentioning her books or website.  I just refer a LOT of my patients, friends and relatives to her as her books are SO easy to navigate, read and remember.  



1.b  ELIMINATE GRAINS!

    Yep... you guessed it.  Grains are carbohydrates and carbohydrates break down into sugar once consumed.  See #1 for my sugar rant.  See the photo?  The only difference between the simple carbohydrate (sugar) and complex carbohydrate (things like grains) is how many of the molecules are linked together... excellent diagram.    



2. "Support your Spleen" 
    This is from the Chinese and from oriental, or Eastern, medicine.  Tried and true medicine that pushes us to eat healthier foods... foods that support body systems, such as the spleen.  So, what foods?  
  • squash, sweet potatoes, butternut, etc.
  • lentils and mung beans (slightly different profile than the legumes we tend to avoid in the Paleo/Primal diets)
  • drink Barley tea (I know from personal experience, I can't do Barley tea... supposed to not have the gluten in it, but it still messes with my stomach)


3.  "Support your Liver"
     - detox!  Not necessarily a huge week long detox involving drinking copious amounts of yucky tasting stuff... just probiotic carrying foods.
  • eat sour foods - kefir, sauerkraut, apple cider vinegar
  • probiotics PROBIOTICS!! 


4.  "Support your Intestines" 
    - eat bitter foods that help support decreasing inflammation
  • kale, arugula, romaine lettuce
  • cinnamon, ginger, turmeric


BONUS:  instead of buying anti-fungals for yeast infections you can see (like on your skin, toenails, tongue, etc.), try some natural alternatives:
  • oil of oregano (also an antibacterial)
  • grapeseed extract
  • garlic

Monday, April 20, 2015

Adult Outpatient Orthopedics and SAD



So, YAY!  I was recently notified that my efforts paid off and the American Board of Physical Therapist Specialties has awarded me my recertification for Pediatric board specialty certification!!

So excited!!!






Sooooooo... what the HECK am I doing seeing ADULTS???






Well, when you live on a relatively small, yet OVERpopulated island... one works in relatively close proximity to where one lives.  The closest Children's hospital is in Honolulu.  If you look, it's "not that far away".  Meaning, only 20.9 miles away.  Mostly highway driving.

However... have you EVER driven in Hawaii?  During rush hour???

It REALLY is this bad!!
Yeah... that's what I'm saying.  21 miles can equal 1 1/2 hours to get to work.  Even though the drivers tend to be nicer and less stressed here than elsewhere (I'm thinking the DC traffic I put up with a few years ago), it's still no fun!

So, I got a job that's 10 minutes away from my house and the only traffic I have to put up with is a few cars heading to drop kids off at school first thing in the morning.

Anyhow.  The clinic is an Adult Outpatient Orthopedic clinic.  They snagged me by putting that they see "all ages" and in the interview pointed out they see "many adolescent athletes".  Yeah... I'm still waiting on that one ;)  But, the point is, I've NEVER worked in an outpt adult clinic EXCEPT my time in the military/reserves.  WHAT a learning process this is.  Not where the patient care is, but in billing and all the various insurance issues that accompanies getting payment for services rendered.  Ugh.  Yes, our system is broke.  I do, however, really enjoy it (just wish there were some kiddos to see!!)

How this equates to my blog, though, is that I am meeting SO many people who, remind me of myself before losing my weight and getting healthy, are sick and tired of being sick and tired.  Oh, and in pain.

Credit: www.changeyourmindbodyhealth.com






I find myself giving information on how to eat an anti-inflammatory diet and giving out information on that and the autoimmune protocol all the time!  Why?  Well, it's that pesky Standard American Diet (SAD)!!  Those who are "trying to lose weight" eat low fat and "healthy whole grains" in their efforts, but are quite obese.









I even had a beautiful, fit lady come in the other day for a consult due to intense pain.  Talking to her, she seemed to be in full-blown inflammatory and autoimmune disease processes!  She'd taken "every test out there" to determine if she had rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, diabetes, hypothyroidism, etc, etc.  All come back negative, or "inconclusive".  When asked what foods she eats, it's the SAD brands.  She DOES eat organic foods and keeps crap out of her diet.  But, beans/legumes and grains all over the place... only those "whole grains", too.  Golly, even her gallbladder is at risk for being taken out.  If they found stones, it'd be gone already.  Sound familiar?










So, after giving this lady and multiple other patients my blog address and information on AIP and Paleo (see photos I use as handouts... they refer the patient to these fantastic websites, too!), I figured it's time to update my blog on what new sites and books are out there to help.  So that not everyone has to listen/read this little run-on-blog about my thought processes for where I work and why I can to the realization that I needed that new information page, I'll put together that page and post separately.





Thanks for reading!!  Next blog will have the information!!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Further workout and thought on sports injuries

So, to keep myself honest, here's the latest installment of my workouts (prior to the bold type is what was on my last blog):

Week 6: Last week
  1. Continue eating well, sleeping at least 8 hrs a night and rising early
  2. Move up to week 3 of the C25K and add in Burst Fit video workouts:
    • Monday (W3D1) - 2.41 miles at avg 14'16"/mi in 34:27 mins
      • Hurrican Ana... not direct hit!
      • Burst Fit:  Abs and Back Shredder 
    • Tuesday (golfing) – 7.6 miles (used push-cart for clubs!) at avg 35’32”/mi in 4.5 hours
      • Burst Fit: Shoulder & Leg shaper
    • Wednesday (W3D2) – 2.37 miles at avg 14’46”/mi in 35:05 mins
      • Burst Fit:  Chest & Arm definer
    • Thursday (walk) – 3.11 miles at 18’01”/mi in 55:55 mins
    • Friday (W3D3) – 2.27 miles at avg 14’56”/mi in 33:50 mins
    • Sat/Sun - hurricane Ana!!!  Stayed inside as it rained ALL day!

Monday morning after the storm... ready for my run!!



















Week 7: This week

  1. Changed shoes to accommodate a heel lift both feet as both Achilles tendons are getting worse pain (left worse than right).  Icing left Achilles bursa post workouts and during day.  Adding 1000mg turmeric daily to regimen for anti-inflammatory nature.  Kinesiotaping left Achilles tendon/bursa. 
  2. Stay on week 3 of the C25K due to worsening nature of Achilles pain and difficulty in doing the run portions last week:
    • Monday (W3D1) – app failed, but ran identical route as last week, so can assume at least 2.25 miles and was gone from house for 32 mins.  
      • Burst Fit: Abs & Back shredder
    • Tuesday (walk) – 3.13 miles at 17’44”/mi in 55:32 mins
    • Wednesday (W3D2) – 2.51 miles at avg 14’38”/mi in 36:44 mins
    • Thursday (walk) – 3.12 miles at 17’48”/mi in 55:36 mins
    • Friday (W3D3) – 2.36 miles at avg 14’53”/mi in 35:04 mins
So... what's up?  Achilles bursitis and tendonitis... both legs :(  

http://www.eorthopod.com/achilles-tendon-problems/topic/29
The hubby, in trying to help, sent me a great link to a runner's website talking about how some runners, once they've switched to newer or minimal footwear begin to have pain in their calves or shins due to the decrease in heel height.  I wanted to scoff at that at first, until... I sat and thought about it.  It makes sense!  One has to look at one's self to notice what's going on and I did spend about 8 weeks in combat boots (which do have a considerable heel on them compared to toe height) and the pain began while doing my last stint in uniform.  

However, I continues to run/walk in my minimalist shoes WITHOUT adding in extra achilles/calf stretches!  Oops.  You'd think a PT would know better!!  I mean, these shoes HELPED me start running and got over my propensity for shin splints!  I don't want to give them up!!  


So, what now?  Well, for the time being, if I want to keep running, I feel the need to give in and wear my "old" running shoes (the ones I bought WAY back when I wanted to run but my shins hurt too bad to do so... so I never wore them).  I love New Balance... they keep my heels and arches the most comfortable for "motion control" shoes.  So, no reason not to wear them and they actually have helped the past two days.  BUT, also must do something else!! 

So, que the roller!!!  Ta-da!!! 

I've been rolling sore muscles for a while and use the roller a LOT with my patients.  It just takes a few minutes and a slight knowledge of where the muscle knots could be related to where your pain is. I've no pain in my calves, just the area of the achilles tendon that connects the calf muscles (gastrocnemius and soleus) to the back of the heel bone (calcaneus).  BUT, one shouldn't roll the tendon as it really is inflammed... look UP.  No, not the sky... up the region of muscle to which the tendon is connected.  THAT is where to focus on the rolling.  There are a LOT of methods for rolling and the one I use involved pushing the muscle (or body part) over the roller, finding the spot that hurts when the pressure is on it (a trigger point) and putting a lot of pressure right on THAT spot - for about 45 seconds.  Then... roll around again, kinda like rolling pie crust, and find a new spot or the same one and place pressure again about 45 seconds.  Repeat this with the entire muscle region.  I've got about 4 to 6 spots that just KILL when I push on them... but they work out with the pressure.  Then I stand up and stretch the same muscle.  

from VHI handouts
WHY roll and not just stretch??  Well, kinda two reasons in this PT's head for that:
1.  self massage
2.  stretching the middle portion of the muscle.  



OK... there are a few ways to stretch... one is to extend the joint/limb to the limit and hold it there (static stretching: like the runner's stretch for the heel), 






Photo credit:  Hosmer Chiro Blog
another is to actively move the limb/joint to the end range over and over (dynamic stretching: such as hip circles and swings), 












but a great way to stretch is to put pressure on the middle portion of the object you are trying to elongate.  That's the goal... make the muscle longer - elongate the muscle fibers, right?  (excuse the hand drawn demonstration!!)




Now... WHY is there pain in that midpoint as we roll it??  That spot is called a trigger point by PTs, massage therapists, physicians, etc.  It is an area within a muscle that is overly irritable and can be felt as a knot or a taut band (kinda like a tootsie roll under the skin).  No one's really sure (there's a LOT of theories, though!) what they are or why they happen... but, one thing is sure... they HURT!!  There are also many ways to treat them, from massage to therapeutic dry needling to stretching, but the basic thing is... YOU have to find out what works best for YOUR body.  As a PT, I enjoy using all of the above as an eclectic way of treating my patients.  Some respond well to massage and stretching, other patients need the dry needling (which is VERY effective), while others need a more conservative approach beginning with modalities like ultrasound.  If you have significant trigger points, or cannot figure out how to stretch your muscles the best, get with a local PT!!  Some states no longer require a referral (however, many insurance companies do... check with yours). 

Anyhow... off I go to roll, stretch and ice some more!!  

Photo from prehabexercises.com



Monday, October 13, 2014

Workouts

image from thepaleodiet.com
So, you read the internet and magazines all about working out and what kind of workouts a person should be doing and for how long?  Yeah.  I know.  There's advice ALL OVER THE PLACE.  (don't forget, I use a TON of embedded links!!!  Click on them!!)

There's the "old" way of thinking:  "calories in - calories out = weight loss or gain" that still causes people to exercise just to burn those stubborn calories and their thighs off.  Then, there's the Paleo camp who say that calories don't matter and that you should just work out a little every day (doing the things our body was designed to do), but that primarily weight loss is from WHAT you eat, not how much.  AND then the ones (who DO make a lot of sense), like Chris Kessler, who talk about how damaging over-working out your body is to your system.

So... what do I do?  Well, you must remember that I still have to do the "Fit 2 Fight" model for the reserves, meaning push ups, sit ups (I still refuse to call them "crunches"), run 1.5 mi/walk 2km and have a slim waist.  At my age, and with all the arthritis and joint issues creeping up on what feels like a daily basis, I have to test every 6 months as I just haven't been able to do a full-component fitness test in yeeeaaaars.  Oh well, keeps me honest.

So... as a PT, what do I do?  I truly do think we need to be moving each and every day.  Personally, I have a hard time running (always have, ask my high school PE teacher...) and doing anything with my arms (weak shoulders).  So, I make sure that's in my program.  Why not just do something else?
link to AF fitness program
Well, I might, but there's that pesky AF fitness test ;)  Plus... it IS a good idea to push oneself in her weakest areas, don't you think?

I returned from a lengthy time away from home and got WAY off track while gone.  I was doing my Couch to 5K program MWF and BurstFit every day but Sunday.  But, after 2 months of just walking and a run every now and then (but not even that far... I had gone to Utah and they're almost 5K feet high!!!), my fitness had gone WAY down.  Not to mention my weight had gone a little up and the flab-factor was reappearing.  So, here's what I've done so far:

1st two weeks home:

  1. Acclimatize to new timezone (4-6 hours behind where I was visiting), but establish a get-up-before-6am routine with 7-9 hours of sleep.
  2. Go back to eating well and eating organic (clean 15/dirty dozen+ rules).
  3. Get unpacked, laundry done, travel paperwork submitted, etc.  Get out from under obligations that keep me up at night.
  4. Focus on my hubby, son and dogs.
  5. Get back into the family routine.
  6. Set workout goals:
  7. Sign up for Color Run
    • Color Run 5K on November 8
    • Fitness test NLT 31 Dec 2014 - NO EXEMPTIONS!  (goal, right??)

Week 3:
  1. Continue above
  2. Begin walking (whatever distance was comfortable to my body) each day upon rising and use my fitness apps to remain accountable to all the "friends" on them.  I use Nike+ (running app, but I like it for walks, too), Map My Run (which has a place from where I can chose to use "walk" instead of "run"), and Runkeeper (why this 3rd one??  Different "friends" that provide feedback on walks and runs than on the other two apps).  
  3. Here's what week 3 walks looked like:
    • Monday - 2.31 miles at 17'28"/mi in 40:29 mins
    • Tuesday - 2.89 miles at 17'31"/mi in 50:39 mins
    • Wednesday - 2.53 miles at 17'42"/mi in 44:50 mins
    • Thursday - 3.13 miles at 17'53"/mi in 56:00 mins
    • Friday - 2.96 miles at 17'54"/mi in 53:05 mins
    • Saturday - rest
    • Sunday - 2.43 miles at 17'29"/mi in 42:30 mins





Week 4:
  1. Continue eating well, sleeping at least 8 hours a night and rising early (6am-ish)
  2. Add Couch to 5K running program back into routine on MWFs and walk other days of the week (you'll notice that I abbreviate that to C25K and the week x day x to WXDX):
    • Monday (C25K:W1D1) - 2.06 miles at avg 14'45"/mi in 30:27 mins
    • Tuesday (walk only) - 3.13 miles at 17'46"/mi in 55:44 mins
    • Wednesday (C25K:W1D2) - 2.15 miles at avg 15'13"/mi in 32:50 mins
    • Thursday (walk only) - 3.08 miles at 17'56"/mi in 55:21 mins
    • Friday (C25K:W1D3) - 2.23 miles at avg 14'43"/mi in 32:54 mins
    • Saturday and Sunday were both rest days as I caught a tummy bug Friday night
Week 5:
  1. Continue eating well, sleeping at least 8 hrs a night and rising early
  2. Move up to week 2 of the C25K:
    • Monday (W2D1) - 2.59 miles at avg 14'47"/mi in 38:21 mins
    • Tuesday (walk) - 3.12 miles at 17'58"/mi in 56:09 mins
    • Wednesday (W2D2) - 2.57 miles at 14'47"/mi in 38:03 mins
    • Thursday (walk) - 3.09 miles at 17'30"/mi in 54:13 mins
    • Friday (W2D3) - 2.57 miles at 14'16"/mi in 36:44 mins
    • Saturday - rest
    • Sunday (walk) - 3.08 miles at 18'00"/mi in 55:36 mins 












Week 6: (this week... so far)
  1. Continue eating well, sleeping at least 8 hrs a night and rising early
  2. Move up to week 3 of the C25K and add in Burst Fit workouts:
    • Monday (W3D1) - 2.41 miles at avg 14'16"/mi in 34:27 mins
      • Burst Fit:  Abs and Back Shredder


Needless to say... I'm a work in progress!!  What a great start!  Yes, working through an achilles bursitis (kinesiotape and rolling help) and the usual hip/knee joint pains, but I'm OUT THERE!  Working out at comfortable paces for MY body and now pushing my strength.  My goal is to do 20 push ups for my AF fitness test in December.  I'll get there!  

Now, GET MOVING!!!