Tuesday, November 11, 2014

San Luis Obispo Marathon 2015


I mentioned before that I had some exciting news...

I was chosen to be a race ambassador for one of the most beautiful courses in California. If you have never been to the Central Coast you are truly missing out. I am so looking forward to partnering with the SLO race team and running this race in April.

I had originally planned on running the full marathon- my FIRST full marathon. But because of some IT band issues, I've decided I need to work on strengthening my glutes and hips before I commit to a full marathon. The amount of pain I was in as I finished my half marathon last weekend was NOT pleasant and theres no way I could have "pushed through the pain" for another 13 miles. 

So- in April 2015 I'll be running the SLO half marathon along with several other of my BNBrunners and hopefully I can find a few others to run with between now and then. Its truly a gorgeous town and the views on the course can't be beat. 

I grew up (and continue to) vacation in San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay and so I know the area pretty well. I will be running a few times in the area between now and then and I'll be sure to share pictures. 

If you are interested in this "Small Town, BIG race"- visit the website:

{There is something for everyone with a 5k, half marathon and marathon distance all being offered}



Monday, October 20, 2014

Guess who's blogging again?!

Is there anyone out there still?

I know its been like 6 months since I last posted but thats about to change.

My schedule is more open than its been in awhile and I've got some exciting things coming up in the near future that I can't wait to share with you (both running related and not)

If you don't already follow me on Instagram- you should! I usually update multiple times a day  (Instagram: RunThisWeigh)

I'm currently in peak training for a trio of half marathons before the years over. I ran the first of the trio 2 weeks ago and the next 2 are coming up in the next month. And if thats not enough running to make you go crazy- as soon as my half marathons are over I'm jumping directly into marathon training. Yep you read that right, marathon training. I'm registered for my first full marathon in April 2015 and can't wait to share more about that in the very near future.

I feel like I'm in the best shape of my life and I'm loving where I'm at with both my fitness and weight loss journey. I'm not at my goal weight/size yet but I can honestly say I'm happy when I look in the mirror. I don't automatically gravitate towards my imperfections. I can appreciate and respect the perfectly imperfect girl that I see looking back at me. I feel great because I treat my body the way it should be treated. I workout, I eat well, I sleep well. Just because I'm happy with where I'm at doesn't mean I'm not still working towards my goals though. I am an never-ending work in progress. I will always strive to be better than I was yesterday.

Another exciting thing that has happened since I last posted is that I've joined an awesome running group called BNB (Bad News Bears). If you are friends with me on Facebook or Instagram I'm sure you've seen the multiple pictures we post each week and how much fun we have. Its been the biggest blessing to be a part of this group and its taken my running and racing to a new level. Not to mention I've made some really awesome friends. Thats the best part!

So if you are still out there- thank you for sticking around! I look forward to blogging again.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Whole30 DONE!!!

Ok I know I totally failed at blogging my Whole30 journey but in all honesty, I just cant devote time to sit down at the computer each day. I like using Instagram because its quick and its like a dairy/journal for me. I'm not giving up on blogging at all, but I'm not promising how often I'll post. Sorry!

Ok, moving on.


Last month I set a goal for myself to complete Whole30- 30 days of eating nothing but protein, eggs, fruits, vegetables, nuts and healthy fats. NO grains, NO dairy, NO sugar of any kind,  NO legumes, NO alcohol and most of all...NO cheating. 

In all honesty, I wasn't sure I'd be able to finish the whole 30 days. Of course I didn't admit that to anyone, but deep down I wasn't sure I'd be able to do it. I always cave and lose all self-control after a few days of "restricting myself" and end up bingeing. So I was a little nervous that this would lead to binge eating. I am soooooo glad that I stuck with it and didn't cheat because I am so proud of reaching this goal I set for myself.

First things first, cause I know the biggest question in everyones mind is always "How much weight did you lose?"  I'm gonna be real honest and tell you that I almost didn't even weigh this morning. I have finally severed that unhealthy relationship with the scale and I worried that weighing myself would bring all those feelings of failure back. I knew I'd see a loss, but in my mind, its never good enough. I'm always disappointed in myself (I have crazy high expectations for myself. Its a blessing and a curse). Anyway, I weighed after about a week and a half into whole30 and was thrilled to have lost 6.4 pounds. I told my husband I would be completely content if I didn't lose another pound for the remainder of the 30 days. By losing those 6 pounds, I finally broke through that plateau and am so much closer to my all time low weight in 2012. When I weighed this morning, I was actually up a pound. I'm expecting my period anyday, and I always weight a few pounds more this time each month. I'm not using that as an excuse, but its definitely contributing to the gain because I can feel the bloat. So if I had to give a number as to how much weight I loss during whole30- I'd say between 6-8 pounds. And thats something I'm extremely proud of and happy with. I'm not going to compare myself to others or think of all the things I could have done differently. I will add that I only worked out a handful of times during the 30 days (due to a super hectic schedule, my foot still recovering and just general "blah-ness" during the first week or so).

Here is my before/after picture. Not HUGE differences to the "public" eye, but I can see changes that I"m happy with.



Ok, on to the must more important results and the ones I'm choosing to focus on and celebrate!

Things I noticed improvement with:
-No More Bloat- by day 7, my stomach was SO much flatter. I'm not kidding even a little. My stomach looked the same at the end of the day as it did when I got up in the morning. My clothes all fit looser and I just feel like I look slimmer.
-Skin- this is probably one of my favorite things. I have always struggled with acne, uneven skin tone, blotchiness and big pores. I haven't changed the products I use (cleanser/moisturizer/makeup) and yet my skin truly is clearer and brighter than I've ever seen it. The only facial makeup I wear now is tinted moisturizer, whereas before I wore concealer, foundation and powder. Its amazing. I feel so much more confident now that my face doesn't look like a puberty-stricken teenager. 
-Sleep/Energy- I fall asleep as soon as my heads the pillow and wake up feeling refreshed when my alarm goes off. I don't hit snooze multiple times anymore and I feel awake as soon as I'm out of bed. Which is great since I gave up coffee due to the lack of creamer I was able to consume. It hasnt been bad at all! 
-Stomach/digestion issues- I am lactose intolerant and also have IBS. If you've dealt with IBS, you know how crappy it is (haha...crappy...get it?!). I am telling you the honest truth- my stomach aches and digestion issues are gone. Like completely. 
-Headaches- Also, GONE! I tend to get headaches due to lack of sleep, unhealthy eating, stress, lack of exercise, too much sodium, etc. All the reasons everyone else gets headaches. I got one headache in the beginning and I think it was because my body wasn't used to eating only 3 times a day. I was used to snacking and wasn't eating enough at each meal, so I was hungry. Besides that, my headaches are gone and my head feels so clear. No brain fog. If you struggle with chronic headaches, I urge you to clean up your diet. Really clean it up. It will make a difference, I guarantee it! 
-Relationship with Food- this is another important one for me. I no longer look at food the same. I used to plan my day/life around my next meal. It would determine my mood. Now, I truly look at food as fuel. Yes I'm still excited to eat, but its solely to nourish my body. I look forward to loading up on veggies and protein because I know that it makes me feel good. I feel stronger and happier when I feed my body right. I haven't had the desire to cheat or binge, mainly because I know the repercussions just are not worth it at all. I think back to the feelings I use to get after overeating or eating bad food and I know that its just worth it. Nothing tastes good enough to ruin how I feel. Thats major people. 

I think its also important to note that I am a CARB-a-HOLIC. Like I could go to an Italian restaurant and eat 2 entire baskets of bread and butter before my pasta dinner came out and I would be a happy camper. But after the initial carb cravings left, I was fine. I can pack the kids lunches and resist the urge to swipe a few goldfish or Fritos or Ritz crackers. I can make pilaf for my family and be content not having any. I can have a sandwich without bread (wrapped in lettuce) and feel satisfied. My body gets enough carbs from all the vegetables that I'm eating and while bread and pasta still sound delicious, its just kind of meh. Not something I just have to have. 

The only thing I did not notice a change in, something that everyone raved about....was the energy burst in the afternoon. No more mid-afternoon slump. That just didn't happen with me. I still got it. I still felt nappy (I am a napper, I love napping, I could nap every day. So...its not a surprise haha). I also work with 5 & 6 years old all day long so by 3:00 my brain is tired and wants a break. I'm not sure the food I ate could change that ;) 

Future Plans:
Lots of asked if I plan to continue eating this way and the answer is Yes and No. Whole30 is very restrictive and isn't meant to be followed 100% for the rest of your life. Some do, and thats great. For me, I'm going to be realistic. I'm not giving up wine forever. I need my sugar free gum after lunch. I want fro-yo on our monthly date night. I need a loaded baked potato every once in awhile after a long run. My plan is to shop and cook to follow the Paleo diet (google it if you aren't sure what that is). I don't miss dairy, grains or legumes much at all so giving those up isn't all that hard for me. I will indulge on special occasions if I feel like its worth it. I want to enjoy life. I have so, so, so enjoyed not measuring or counting calories. I've been an avid calorie-counter for the better part of 5 years so this was really stepping out of my comfort zone. But I'm glad I did it. Its very freeing. I'm kind of on the fence about plain green yogurt. I miss my daily Chobani but when I saw the sugars added to it, it kinda turned me off. I miss the convenience and protein punch from a cup of greek yogurt. I might try adding that back in and see how my stomach reacts. The no dairy has made a huge difference and I don't wanna mess that up. I would love to just add a handful of frozen berries to a half cup of greek yogurt and be good. Also- whole30 "rules" state that you need to eat 3 times a day. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. While that works for some people, I am much more the "eat 5 small meals a day" kind of person, so I will be making my meals a little smaller and adding snacks back in. I think an afternoon snack helps my energy slump (protein and fat, no sugar).

So whats my big splurge today, now that whole30 is over? Sorry to disappoint you with my boring answer but....nothing? I really can't think of anything I just have to have. I might have a glass of wine with dinner but besides that, I love eating real, whole foods. I already planned out tomorrows meals and they are 100% whole30 compliant. I didn't try and do it that, I've just gotten into the routine and like eating this way. 

If you are on the fence about trying your own whole30 but wondering if its worth it or you are strong enough to do it...you can! Make sure to start at a time when you don't have any upcoming vacations or engagements that you know you won't be able to stick to. Even though you could definitely go on vacation and eating a whole30 diet, its easiest not to set yourself up for failure when you are trying something new like this. I have meal ideas on my Instagram, and if you search the hashtag #whole30 there are thousands of others. You'd be surprised at how easy it is, and you really don't have to be that creative (also- 90% of the dinners I served my family were the same thing I was eating and they all ate without complaints)

Thank you so much to all my blog and IG friends for all your support and encouragement this past month. You guys are the best!!!!



Friday, April 25, 2014

Whole30, Day 5

So I kinda sucked again at taking pictures of my food again today. I have almost no appetite for some reason. I'm hungry but nothing sounds good. Everything I ate has been Whole30 compliant, but I know I didn't eat as much as I should have and I'm severely lacking in the protein and veggie department. Tomorrow is a new day.

Breakfast: Applesauce and an apple with almond butter

Lunch: Larabar, banana, baby carrots

Dinner: sliced chicken breast with 1 tbsp mayo & mustard, plantain chips

Snack: apple, strawberries

I'm not sure if its that "carb flu" that you apparently experience, but I've just been headachey and kinda blah all day.

I do have to confess, I weighed this morning. I know I said I wouldn't wait until June 21 when my summer challenge was over. BUT, my husband weighed me on Day 1 of Whole30 and wrote down the number (I didn't look, I promise). I had him weigh me again today, 5 days later and again, I didn't look. Although I don't know the number on the scale, I do know I've lost 2.4 pounds so far. And I'll take it.

Tomorrow the kids have their first baseball game so I'm trying to get everything laid out and prepared for the day. I should be home at all meal times so that makes it easier. I'm hoping my appetite comes back cause I kinda miss eating ;)

How are the rest of the Whole30 girls doing? Staying on track? No slip ups?

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Whole30, Day 4

So I basically forgot to take pictures of all my meals today (I know, I know- you're disappointed!) but here's the gist of it:

Breakfast: diced sweet potato pan fried in coconut oil, ground turkey/apple concoction like the past 2 days

Snack: a couple almonds 

Lunch: TJ Tuna (1 can) with TJ mayo (whole30 compliant- eggs, oil, vinegar and lemon juice), olives, carrots & applesauce 

Snack: all natural sliced chicken breast dipped in a tiny bit of mayo/mustard mix, plantain chips

Dinner: sautéed cabbage and mushrooms with shredded chicken. This ended up being gross and I couldn't gag it down, so I picked the chicken out and ate an apple with almond butter about an hour later 

All in all, I'd say today was my best day so far. The afternoon slump didn't hit me til about 4:30 and that was probably only because I allowed myself to sit down and rest before tackling dinner, baseball practice, bath and bedtime routine! 

I'm still not craving anything or having symptoms of withdrawl at all- which I'm so thankful for.

In the daily email from Whole30 today, they talk about cravings vs. hunger and what you should do to distinguish between the two and then how to fix it. Basically when the Sugar Monster hits you, you brain is just begging you for sugar- in any way. It can't tell the difference between sugar from pineapple versus sugar from a Twinkie. So the trick is to satisfy that hunger with something besides sugar...and the perfect solution is a combo of protein+fat (I had lunch meat dipped in mayo). That seemed to work really well. I've been getting less and less hungry each day. 

So Kara over at Two Ton Teacher gave me a nice shout out on her blog today, as well as left me a novel worth of questions so I thought is just answer them here real fast :) Love ya friend!! 

What do I sauté my food in? 
Coconut oil. I can also use avocado or grapeseed or olive oil, but I've been having fun experimenting with coconut.

How do I roast my broccoli?
I chop it into even size pieces, place it on a foil lined baking sheet and then drizzle with olive oil and sea salt. Bake at 350 for 20ish minutes, depending on how crunchy or soft you like it.

Do I have a hard time stomaching carrots and green beans for breakfast? I add clarified butter as my fat for the meal and umm...I could drink that stuff #innerfargirl. Seriously, it's the only thing that makes it bearable lol

Where do I buy my boneless skinless chicken breasts?...hahahaha JK!!! ML fan club joke :)

She mentioned she didn't think she had the willpower to do this. The truth is- I don't think I do either. I'm doing it to prove to myself that I can. That I'm stronger than that voice of temptation telling me to EAT.ALL.THE.JELLY.BEANS

So there ya go! Day 4 is a wrap and I'm still alive and happy! (But I'm kinda dying for a glass of wine)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Whole30, Day 2

Another day completed!

I felt much better and less hungry today. Still no crazy withdrawal symptoms or uncontrollable cravings.

I did have 2 snacks which I'm sure had something to do with it. I get up at 6:30 to get the kids ready for school and if I eat my breakfast then, I'll be ready for lunch by 9:30am. So instead of having my breakfast then, I had a banana with a little almond butter and then had my actual breakfast about 9:00. That worked out nicely.

Here's the rest of my food for today:

Breakfast:
{ground turkey with diced apples and cinnamon and nutmeg, carrots and green beans with clarified butter}

Lunch:

{same as yesterday- chicken sausage, diced tomatoes, carrots and green beans}

Mid afternoon snack:
{fresh pineapple and plantain chips}

Dinner:
{chicken cooked in coconut oil and herbs and spices, roasted broccoli and sautéed cabbage and onions}

Last night I was starving before bed, like I could have eaten a horse. But tonight I feel good. I'm satisfied. 

I got out of the shower this morning and saw my full length reflection in the mirror and was shocked to see how much bloat has gone down in only 24 hours. My stomach is visibly smaller which makes me get my hopes up really high for my 30 day results. I promised myself I wouldn't be disappointed, despite what the scale says. My goal is to lose 7-8 pounds, we'll see! 

I go back to work tomorrow so I'll have to plan my meals a little better but it shouldn't be too bad. 

I'm loving see everyone else's whole30 project, don't forget to use the hashtag #whole30club if you are on IG!

Whole30, Day 3

Short and sweet tonight cause I'm exhausted.

Breakfast was the same as yesterday (ground turkey with diced apples, cinnamon and nutmeg)

Lunch:
{chicken sausage, sweet potato pan fried in coconut oil, steamed carrots}

Dinner:
{pork chop, apple slices and zucchini}

This morning I had a banana with almond butter for a snack, and this afternoon I had a handful of plantain chips. I still hit that afternoon slump around 2pm and feel like I need to hibernate. I hope that goes away soon.

My skin is looking brighter and more clear. My stomach is so much flatter so I was a little disappointed when my pants still fit the same. Yes it's only been 3 days . I'm the most impatient person, seriously. I am getting super anxious to know if I've lost weight this week but I know I'm not supposed to weigh. It is SO hard to break that addiction!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Whole30, Day 1

Day 1 is in the books! I feel like I did really good. I wasn't tempted by much and I didn't have to struggle to come up with meals that sounded good. 

I will have to say though, it's difficult for me to just have 3 meals a day. I'm a mini meal girl. I like to eat several small meals throughout the day. I know there is research that shows benefits to both (snacking vs no snacking) so I don't think there's a concrete right or wrong way. I'm going to attempt to abide by the "try not to snack" rule but if I get too hungry I'm just gonna have something small (carrots, an apple, banana, etc). The 'no gum' thing is really hard to adjust  too as well, but it's not impossible. 

I picked up several new things from Trader Joes today that I'm excited to experiment with. Maybe I'll post some of my goodies tomorrow. All I know is, clarified butter is my life to stay. I'd never had it until tonight and I'm in love! 

So here are my meals for today:

Breakfast:
{scrambled eggs with chicken apple sausage, green beans}

Lunch:
{sliced chicken breast, carrots, banana with a little almond butter. That's one of the "use sparingly" food items but a little goes a long way}

Dinner:
{all natural chicken sausage with diced tomatoes, green beans with clarified butter and sea salt, pineapple}

I also had a cup of unsweetened hot tea tonight because I was really hungry. It helped a little but I'm still hungry. I think I need to eat bigger meals tomorrow and see if that helps. I don't know how many calories I consumed (you don't count) but I would venture to say it's less than usual. 

I have my meals planned out for tomorrow and breakfast and lunch are already made. I've got this!!


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Week 1 Meal Plan

I was supposed to spend the day cleaning my house and getting ready to host Easter tomorrow but instead I spent quite a bit of time on Pinterest and google finding recipes for the first week of Whole30.

I have quite a bit of meat and seafood on hand (chicken apple sausage, ground pork and ground beef, pork chops, chicken breasts, salmon, tilapia and shrimp) so the bulk of my grocery list is produce and extras (oils, nuts, etc).  I'm planning on making a few big things to last me multiple meals and days, and I'll make separate meals for my family (which I'm not a fan of, but I'm not going to make them eat this way if its not their choice- we already eat gluten free and pretty healthy to begin with, so their diet is fine).

Breakfasts:
Frittata with shredded chicken and veggies
Scrambled eggs with ground beef and onions, mushrooms and zucchini
Chicken apple sausage, sauteed cabbage and diced apples
(I will repeat each breakfast more than once as I'll have plenty of leftover ingredients)

Lunches and Dinners:
Baked chicken, roasted broccoli, sweet potato
Ground pork, diced tomato and green beans (plus seasoning)
Ground beef, spinach, olives and tomatoes (plus seasoning)
Chicken apple sausage, sauteed cabbage and onions, diced apples
Salmon and asparagus
(I will repeat each meal twice)

I will have a piece of fruit (banana, apple, berries or pineapple) and a handful of nuts when needed. You technically aren't supposed to "snack", you're supposed to eat three meals a day. I may also just eat the fruit with breakfast or right after dinner. It will just depend on my hunger levels I guess.

I don't want to snack because its "snacktime" or because my body is craving sugar or carbs. Thats eating out of habit and not to fuel my body. If I'm truly hungry then I'll eat a snack.

I am not so sure how drinking black coffee is gonna go, so I'll give it a shot and if I can't handle it, I'll just switch to hot tea. Thats much easier to drink without sweetener. Coffee isn't a HUGE thing for me to give up, its more of a routine thing than a caffeine requirement. I like waking up and having a cup of coffee in my big comfy chair while I check Instagram and Facebook. Totally pathetic, I know.

I'm going to weigh myself on Monday morning, but since I promised myself I wouldn't step on the scale til the end of the 90 Days of Summer Challenge on June 21, I'm not going to look at the number. My husband is going to look and write it down for me. Then on May 20 I'll weigh again and have him write that number down so I know exactly how much I lost during the 30 days, but not the number on the scale. I don't have a big goal in mind, but it'd sure be nice to see at least 6 or 7 pounds. Thats probably a long shot but maybe, just maybe, this is what my body needs to jumpstart the weight loss process again.

Ok, back to cleaning. The bathrooms aren't gonna clean themselves apparently!







Friday, April 18, 2014

Whole30

I know it's been awhile since I blogged- I'm sorry!!

First things first- My foot is healing great. I'm allowed to do the stationary bike for now and hopefully I'll be released to start wearing my regular shoe and walking for exercise on May 2nd (my next appointment). I'm walking/hobbling without crutches now but I still haven't gained full use of my whole foot and am unable to put full weight on the ball of my foot. Sunday will be one month post op so I'd say I'm doing well! 

If you follow me on Instagram, you most likely saw that I'm going to do the Whole30 program, beginning Monday (April 21). I have several girls who are interested in completing this with me and I'm really looking forward to exchanging recipes & whining together ;)

If you are unfamiliar with Whole30, it's a 30 day commitment to eliminating ALL added sugars (table & artificial), dairy, grains, legumes and alcohol. Your diet will consist of protein (animal, fish, eggs), vegetables, fruits, nuts and other healthy fats. Basically the Caveman or Paleo diet. Yes I'm going to miss my gum, Greek yogurt, coffee creamer and PB2. But I'm pretty sure I'll survive!

The program is designed to reset your body, rid your digestive system of toxins, boost your immune system & reduce inflammation throughout your body (inflammation is what causes headaches, stomachache, fatigue, skin issues, sleep issues, crankiness, congestion, etc). Those are just a few of the physical benefits that you're supposed to experience. The psychological changes are just as significant. Whole30 teaches you how to deal with your cravings, it fosters a healthy relationship between your brain and food & it strengthens your self control and discipline. Those are just a few benefits that I'm looking forward to, weight loss is also on my mind and will inevitably happen once I've rid my body of all the crap and start nourishing my body the right way. 

It's not an extreme diet or a fad diet. Yes it seems strict but only because we are so used to eating so many unnecessary (but delicious!) foods. I am in no way committing to eat this way for the rest of my life. I'm simply doing this to remove all the junk from my diet and attempt to alleviate my stomach issues (I suspect dairy since I've already removed gluten) and my lack of energy in the second half of the day. I also need to reset my brain to know when to STOP eating. I plan on reintroducing the eliminated food slowly after the 30 days so that I can identify how each makes my body feel. I've said adios to gluten for good (best decision ever) so that's something I definitely won't be adding back to my diet. Dairy & legumes are up in the air since I'm sure one of those is the culprit to my tummy/digestive issues.

I just finished reading "It Starts With Food" written by the creators of Whole30. I highly suggest this easy read to anyone even remotely interested, but definitely for those who plan to participate. I got so much from the book and I'm still trying to absorb it all!! If you are thinking this would be something you'd like to do, read more info on the website (www.whole30.com) and let me know if you decide to fully commit! I'd love to follow alongside your journey as well, for motivation and support. The program is FREE. All the details and guidelines are laid out on both the website & in the book.

I'm giving myself the weekend to prepare & then I will be fully on board starting Monday morning and ending May 20. I will try and get some meal ideas posted this weekend. 

TGIF friends! ❤️

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Post-op, Days 9 & 10

Saturday: 

Sorry I didn't post last night, I kinda forgot ;)

Wayman had a volleyball tournament all day so I was stuck (literally) at home with the kids all day. It was a gorgeous day and they were full of energy. My parents must have knew I was feeling "stuck" and they drove out to see us. We took the kids to the park, went to lunch and ran a few errands
It was the longest I've walked around and I felt good, but tired.

We came home and I laid down to rest while the kids played in their room. When they came out a couple hours later, my youngest had very visible pink eye and complained his ear hurt. The complaining quickly turned into tears :(

He ate a small dinner and took some Tylenol and ended up falling asleep on te couch in the playroom. Bella was there to make him feel better :)

Sunday:

A little #ootd for ya
Found these shoes for a dollar on clearance!!
Today we woke up, got ready and headed straight to urgent care. I knew he needed to be seen immediately. Almost 3 hours later, we had our prescription and were off to the pharmacy. 

We also did grocery shopping at Target & Costco so I was on my phone literally all day. It felt pretty good!! I definitely tend to favor the side of my foot, instead of the heel where I'm supposed to be walking so I need to work on that. 

Once the kids were in bed I decided I need to workout. It's been 10 days. I feel jiggly, out of shape and just not my energetic self. I did a 10 minute dumbbell and body weight circuit (push-ups, sit ups, modified planks, bicep curls, shoulder presses, leg lifts, squats, tricep extensions, hammer curls) and had planned on doing it 3 times but only made it through twice. I was a bit discouraged but I know I need to build my strength and endurance back up slowly. 

That smile means I burned calories! Only 100, but better than 0. 

After I took a shower I changed my bandage and it's looking really good. I wish I could scrub the ink and dried blood off. Soon enough!! I'm very happy with the way it's healing though.

That's about it! My days are pretty boring so I'm surprised anyone wants to read!! Thanks for sticking around, I appreciate it!!!









Friday, March 28, 2014

Post-op, Day 8

Whew am I glad it's Friday!! That means 2 days with other people in the house!! I get sooo lonely by myself all day. I cannot wait until I can get out and walk and drive again. Even a run to Walmart for toilet paper sounds exciting. And if you know me, you know how much I HATE Walmart!!

Friday is my weigh-in so as soon as I hobbled out of bed I jumped (ok, lightly stepped) on the scale....3.4 pounds LOST!!!! No exercise all week- whatsoever. Really goes to show that weight loss really does happen in the kitchen. My eating was on point all week, I was very proud of myself. Anyway, that made my entire day and I've been on cloud 9 all day (scale obsessed much?!)

I feel a little jigglier and flabbier than I did at this same weight a year or so ago (backstory: lost 70, gained back 25...so now I'm working to get those off, plus a few more). It's probably due to the fact that last time I was at this weight I was running like a crazy woman (and loving it).   Not being able to run much these past 4 months has resulted in some seriously jiggly thighs. But I do notice my stomach slowly flattening out. Without clothes on, well that's another story. 
Laid around with my foot up and got some computer work done and some bills paid. Then before I knew it my little guys were home from school!
He keeps reminding me he's gonna be 8 this summer. I keep reminding him that's not allowed. 
Shower tonight led to an unplanned bandage change cause my protective sandal and wrap got wet (whole in bag??) so I had to send my hubby on a late night Walgreens run for more bandaging. Oops. 
It's bruised on several places, pretty sore but more tender. The thought of setting my foot flat on the ground makes me wanna vomit. I just can't even imagine that happening an I'm scared my doctor is gonna make me try next week. 
It's bad lighting but it still looks about the same. The dark blue marks are ink from where the surgeon marked me up. I obviously can't scrub that off yet ;) but the incision looks completely closed and like it's healing well. 

Anyone have any fun plans for the weekend?? Goodness knows I don't! I'm gonna attempt a Costco trip on Sunday if I feel up to (on crutches, obvs) other than that, lots of playtime with my boys!!! 




Thursday, March 27, 2014

Post-op, One Week!!!

One week!! I made it past (hopefully) the hardest part. I have an annoying cough and my back is sore from laying around, so I haven't felt that hot today. Luckily I have a pretty cute snuggle buddy.
I took my protective sandal off for a minute at lunch time and realized my
Toe and foot are starting to bruise.
Of course that led to spending the next 2
Hours on google. I read several blogs of others who had the same surgery that they also experienced this bruising (which by the way is one of the main reasons I'm documenting everything, so others looking for info can read firsthand) 
I just felt blah and kinda light-headed and dizzy when walking around so my sweet boys played all afternoon while mama layed down. I never actually went to sleep but stretching out in bed was nice. 
All week I've made it a point to get up each day, get dressed and make the bed. I lay on the couch or in the recliner, not in bed. That would just make me feel helpless and screw with my sleep cycle. 

Tonight my parents picked the boys and I up and took us down the street to Wayman's game (he coaches high school Volleyball) let me tell you- it was ALL I could do to make dinner, feed the kids and keep them out of trouble (oh the fighting. Please let it end!) and get dressed to go- I was wiped out. That's more than I've done in awhile.
I don't really have any foot pain near the incision, that feels bruised and tender but not painful. The sore part is the outside and heel, from overcompensating when I walk. After my stitches are out, and the dr finds that I'm healing as I'm supposed to, I'll have to start "re-learning" to walk. Heel to toe. Since the bone that was removed provided stability and movement of the big toe, this will be interesting. I physically can't move my big toe, my brain tells it to move, but it just doesn't. It's not numb whatsoever, but it's like non-functioning! Weirdest thing ever! Anyway, the rest of my foot hurts from bearing all the weight since I can't put any weight on the ball. 

I seriously second-guessed going toyje game but I knew he would want me there and I like being there to support him. So I sucked it up. 
I laid on my bed til the absolute last minute!

Besides having to walk across the high school campus (totes my #stopandgivemethirty...I worked up a sweat girls!!). Walking on crutches, holding a purse and trying to herd two
Little boys was no easy and it took a lot out of me. 
And now it's bedtime!!! I am going to take it super easy tomorrow cause I feel like I overdid it today. So...yay for being on Instagram and Pinterest all day tomorrow!!!





Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Post-op, Day 6

Tomorrow makes one week since my sesamoidectomy. I'm doing great besides being bored (hence the 5x a day posts on Instagram, run_this_weigh if you don't follow me) if you do follow me, most of these pictures you've already seen ;)

Breakfast: scrambled eggs with 2 oz ground turkey, Udis GF toast with zero calorie spray butter and fruit
After making the bed, picking up and starting a load of laundry, I retreated to my home away from home. This is my daily view from the couch
Would you believe that besides a few nighttime sitcoms (on the DVR) I have not watched any TV? I don't even turn it on!

I did get a cleaning bug an decide to sweep and mop the floors (just half the house). Mainly because my 7 year old wiped his muddy feet ALL OVER last night in attempt to "clean them off". Umm...where's the common sense kid?? Anyway, I made him clean it up last night but of course it didn't live up to my OCD standards (I did not tell him that) so I cleaned it up when he went to school. Much better. Oh, and he's grounded. Obvs.
I drank 108 ounces of water. And made hourly trips to the potty.

I found this on Pinterest and hopefully with the doctors OK next week, I'll be able to start this (modify the planks, push-ups on knees) and HOPEFULLY he'll let me start walking, even 10 minutes at a time!
Dinner: cabbage and kielbasa! Recipe on Instagram if you want it. SO yummy!!!
And I got brave and had Wayman change my bandage tonight after my shower. No fainting! Pretty dang proud of myself ;)
Yes, I have fat little feet lol. 
I didn't look at it up close this time, but Wayman said it looks about the same as Sunday. I'm not sure why that disappointed me, I guess I was expecting some miraculous healing. 

Anyway- all is well! And tomorrow is a whole lotta the same thing ;)








Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Post-op, Day 5

Another good day!!! Same morning routine when the kids and hubs left- made the bed, washed the breakfast dishes, made a protein shake and then cleaned up a few quick messes around the house. It's sounds like a lot for someone who's supposed to have their foot up and elevated round the clock, but in reality it only took me about 20 minutes to do all of that. 

To throw a little transformation Tuesday here, I noticed my stomach felt flatter and less flabby today than it has recently. It's not due to working out obviously, so I have to attribute it to eating a little less than normal (1350 instead of 1500), eating minimal processed food (besides things like QuestBars) and drinking a crap ton of water each day (100+ ounces) SO anyway I took a quick belly shot as I was changing this morning (sorry for the panties!) and compared it to my January 1 pic. I was pleasantly surprised!!
There's probably about a 10 pound difference, I'll know for sure when I weigh on Friday. But i can definitely see a difference and that makes me happy :) the lighting is much better in the 2nd pic but you'll have to trust me that there really is a change ;)

(Who am I?! Posting half naked selfies 2 days in a row?! This won't continue. Promise. Modest Melissa is back. And she will keep her clothes on!)

My future sister in law came over and hung out all afternoon which made the time on the couch pass quickly. My brother did gooooood. Love her to death and she treats him better than I could
Hope for. She is a VERY welcome addition to our family!!

Dinner was a quick shrimp and snap pea stir fry over a little brown rice and about a tbsp of pesto. So good!
And then...I got to get out of the house and go to my version of Disneyland: Target!

Not being able to drive sucks. So my kind husband kindly agreed to drive me and tag along. And I got to scoot around on the electric cart. I felt slightly "special" but wouldn't have been able to walk around obviously 

Target is my happy place. 
And now I'm home, kids in bed, ready for Greek yogurt and strawberries while catching up on shows with my hubby.