Some Updates

I feel like a million bucks!


Here are some updates:

Tummy Stuff

Ok, so making the decision to attack the H. Pylori with natural products was the best decision yet.  I wake up in the morning and feel like a normal person for the first time in years.  Yes, years!  I’m still taking the Mastic Gum every morning before any food.  Then I add the probiotic when I eat breakfast.  I don’t know if it’s killing the bastard bacteria but I feel so much better, and even if the bacteria is still there, it’s not making me sick on a daily basis.  I hope and pray that the bacteria is on it’s way out though.  I don’t want to deal with this crap anymore.  One thing that I’ve learned from all of this is that I’m converted to taking probiotics daily.  Not only am I feeling better but I also have less bloating and regularity (graphic…I know!).  Check out this article on probiotics-  Food Matters : 6 Healing Benefits of Probiotics.  Some studies suggest that probiotics aid in weight loss and staying at a healthy weight as well.  Plus there are lots of other benefits to taking probiotics.  I’m sold!  And the tummy troubles seem to be ending (knock on wood).  YES!

Back and Hip Issues

I’m still in love with my chiropractor.  There was a time when I would go to the grocery store in the morning and run a few other errands and by 9pm I was popping pain pills, stuck on the couch.  I wasn’t even doing anything strenuous!   I’m also slowly gaining some mileage with C25K and when I’m done for the day I’m feeling strong instead of crippled.  I’m noticing a major difference in such a short time that I’m forever a fan of the chiropractor.  It gives me hope that I’ll be able to complete that half marathon (with enough training) without a lot of pain.  The chiropractor is focusing mainly on my back issue and it seems to be helping my hip as well.  I went for a run on Saturday and twisted mid stride to look over my shoulder which kinda tweaked my hip but I was able to recover pretty quickly.  In the past something like that would have meant a few days off trying to recover.  I’m really happy with the way things are going.

Couch to 5K

Week one is complete!  I had a few moments of “I don’t wanna!” already but I pulled myself together and got the runs done.  Sure, there have only been three workouts so far but I’m feeling good.  I was really nervous about doing my runs outside but it turns out that I like outside much more than the dreadmill.  To feel the wind on my face and sunshine beaming down is refreshing.  When the distances get longer, that will be the real test.  It will be a test of whether I still enjoy running outside and it will be a test to see if the chiropractor is in fact working.  Also, I’m enjoying the hills in my neighborhood.  They are tough but I feel like they are helping me get stronger, faster.  Since I’m going for 2, sometimes 2.5 miles right now, I think the hill challenge is doable.  Once that distance increases I’ll probably seek flatter areas so that I don’t tire out too quickly.  Stuff to look forward to!  😉  I originally started with a Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule but have decided to switch it up to Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday workouts.  I figured that I should do one day a week when the kids can join me.  I’ll be doing my Tue/Thur workouts while the kids are at school but the kids can come along on Saturday.  My daughter actually asked to go the other day so I want to foster that.

Food Tracking with MFP

Yea, this is going really well again.  Like any human, I’ve missed a few items but overall I’ve been doing really well tracking my food intake.  I’ve been saying it all along, but the food tracking is key.  When I track I’m reminded of what I put in my mouth.  I make conscious decisions about what to eat and it gives me pause before I reach for something.

Gratitude Journal

I’ve definitely missed a few days on this but I’ve done more reflecting than not.  I’m enjoying the reminder that there is always something to be grateful for.

Gratitude Journal:  I’m grateful for the beautiful weather right now.  It’s still cool enough to be outside without being burned to a crisp but warm enough to enjoy some of the sunshine.  This weather is making it easier for me to lace up my shoes and get out there for a workout.  I’m also excited about starting my own vegetable garden and I hope that this weather will help my little sprouts. Yay!


April Goals

Here we are again. Another month is upon us. Can you believe it’s April already? I don’t want to believe it.

As part of my little “2014 Monthly Goal” experiment I had promised to myself that I would set some monthly goals come rain or shine. Last month was a disaster in achieving those goals and the month prior to that wasn’t great either, but I’m still hanging on by a tiny threat so I’ll continue.

Here it goes:

– Back to tracking with My Fitness Pal. If I do nothing else this one is non-negotiable.  I’ve slowly been working on tracking everything, all the time.  I plan on being really good about this during the month of April.
-I started my C25k/Turbo Fire hybrid yesterday. My goal is to stick to the schedule I set for myself for this month.
-Continue with my gratitude journal either along with a daily blog post or on its own if I don’t write a post. I’ve been loving the journal so far. It reminds me to look on the bright side even when things are awful.

Since this is kinda a new beginning for me, I wanted to post my re-start stats.

-Weight:  187.4 (gained a few 😦 )
-Waist:  37
-Hips:  42
-Thighs:  L: 22  R:  22
-Arms:  L: 12 1/2   R: 12 1/2

*I gained weight but I lost inches.  Interesting!

I also took pictures for myself so I could see progress but I don’t think I’ll post them here until I have a comparison photo to add to them. Stay tuned for that and hope progress appears. Otherwise I’ll just have a bunch of fatty pics on my phone that no one should ever lay eyes on.

Gratitude Journal: I’m thankful that no matter what happens in life it’s never too late, too far gone or too “over” to try again. You can always pick up the pieces and move forward. Things in the past are in the past. You will never be able to change those things (unless you meet Doc and Marty McFly). They may be mistakes or things you wish had never happened but in all honesty they did teach you something about life and yourself. I would never trade my experiences. They have made me who I am today and I happen to like myself. Mostly!


A Little Product Heavy

So I hit up the Vitamin Shoppe yesterday (because Sprouts didn’t carry the stuff I wanted to try) and I picked up three things to test out on my resident gut bacteria. Ugh!



That little trio of stuff cost me $60!!!!  I almost passed out when I got the total but like I’ve mentioned, I’m ready to try anything so I anted up the money and took my little bag home.  I started taking the probiotic last night but waited until today to try the Mastic Gum.  You have to do the Mastic Gum on an empty stomach so it was better to try it this morning.  It’s way too early to say if this combo is going to help anything but I’m being optimistic and hopeful.

I also consulted a good friend who’s mom is very knowledgeable (Hi Steph!) in herbal/natural/holistic stuff.  I couldn’t find the probiotics she suggested so I had to go with the one in the pic.  She also suggested the liquid ACV which I already have but that stuff burns like crazy going down.  When I researched ulcers and ACV the info said it’s better not to do ACV if you have an existing ulcer. I don’t know for sure if I have one, but in case I do, I’m going to try and heal everything first before I try to adjust my tummy PH on a regular basis.  But I was happy to read some stuff about how ACV can help with weight loss and blood sugar control.  That seems to be promising so I’m excited to see what happens with that.  I opted to get the tablets and I’m looking forward to trying those.

We shall see where I’m at in two weeks, one month, this summer.  If I start to feel better you can bet your bottom dollar that I’m going to continue with the holistic stuff.  I’m going to visit my doctor in about a month as well and just ask them to test for the h. pylori again.  I’m anxious to see if what I’m doing will clear up any evidence of the bacteria.

Moving on…

I’m getting antsy about my C25K start this Monday.  I feel like I’m not ready!  Then again I’m probably just lazy.  Ha!  I recruited my daughter and son to do the workout with me so that should help.  I have a post coming up tomorrow talking about everything I’m nervous about when it comes to running and I think I have valid excuses.  I think you’ll agree!  In the end I do know that I have to do this.  Running the half marathon in February 2015 won’t happen if I keep making excuses.  Getting to a healthy weight (and healthy tummy) and completing that half are two of my top priorities right now.  I will succeed!

I’ve set a goal of completing the C25K program in the next 8 weeks.  As a reward I plan on saving up for the Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS watch to get me through the 10K bridge and Half Training.  I originally wanted to get the Nike+ watch but they recently gave Michael Vick an endorsement deal so I can’t go there.  Ha!  The Garmin watch is actually pretty awesome as I looked at it more closely.  Some of the cool features:

  • tracks distance, pace, and heart rate (super cool!)
  • live tracking which would be awesome for my family to keep track of where I’m at during longer training runs and races
  • works on a treadmill (I’ve heard the Nike watch has issues with this)
  • integrates with the online software (Garmin Connect) to keep track of your training stats
  • and…it’s super cute!

Forerunner® 220

Garmin Forerunner 220

I also want to save up for a new pair of shoes which I will need after the 8 weeks is up. I currently run in Nike’s but I don’t think we are going to be long distance friends.  They will probably carry me through my 5K training but I need something more supportive and running friendly beyond that.  I’ve heard good things about Brooks and Mizuno from serious runners.  I’ll have to hit up my running store to see which would work for me.  Two things to look forward to if I can get to my goal!!

In other news, I’m slowly getting back to tracking on a regular basis with MFP.  It feels good to be back into that routine and have some control over my eating habits.  I’m not weighing myself on a regular basis but I did hop on the scale the other day and noticed I was down another .6.  I thought for sure that my weight would have gone up significantly in the last few weeks.  I guess not eating and stress will keep you in a maintaining space.  Who would have thunk it?  I’ll post an official weigh in and measurement update at the beginning of April along with my monthly goals.

Gratitude Journal:  I’m thankful for technology.  I know…shallow!  But I really do love my various techy items.  My phone does everything for me and keeps me on track.  I love to read books on my Kindle (yea…I don’t care about actual paper books…sorry, not sorry). And my laptop/internet is my sanity.  I can find anything I need to find on it, entertain myself for hours (Hi, Pinterest and Bloglovin) and keep in contact with family/friends far and wide.  I love technology!

February Goal Wrap Up and March Goals (also WI results)

I’m not even kidding when I say I have had the worst month of February EVAH!  Seriously.  I can’t even begin to tell you how much the last month has sucked.

I’m so stressed I can barely breathe.  I don’t eat.  I don’t sleep.  I barely have the will to get up in the morning but somehow I continue to live and move about.  I don’t necessarily want to, but I do it because there is no other choice.

I don’t even honestly know what my goals were for the last month.  I had to look back on the post to see what promises I made to myself and here is the outcome:

  • Track everything I eat/No fast food
  • Turbo Fire as scheduled
  • Work through PUSH

Considering that I have had the month from hell it’s really surprising to me that I actually completed most of the goals I had above. Imagine that!!!!  I’m actually a bit shocked myself.  I can’t say that I consciously completed the tasks but in one way or another I got it done.  I ate out 3 times that I can remember and the restaurants didn’t have a drive through so I guess that’s win?  I tracked most everything and most of the time.  I know I missed some stuff here and there but I did track pretty regularily.  I mentioned it before but I’m now on My Fitness Pal instead of Weight Watchers.  Saving those Benjamins!!  Or not…I don’t think I’ve even know what a hundred dollar bill looks like in real life.  Ha!  Moving on….

I’ve been doing TF on a regular basis.  I took a few days off last week because I was having problems with every body part and organ I house and therefore decided I was just going to take a break for a bit.  I got back to it today.  Didn’t want to but ended up burning 400 calories even though I barely tried and took it fairly easy.  I’m disappointed by that because I really am a perfectionist but I guess it is what it is.

I’m nearly done with PUSH.  Loved the program and I learned several new things while going through it.  If you implement the program I can see it getting you to your goals whatever they might be.  That said, I worked through the program and did the assignments but I can’t say that I have implemented or stuck to plan.  Maybe another time, right now I’m just thoroughly defeated and I can’t imagine adding anything to my plate at this time.  Unless it’s an In n Out cheeseburger.  That I could add to my plate!

So there we are.  That’s February in a nut shell!  And what do I have to show for it you ask?  Well….here are my results for February:

  • Current Weight: 185.6 (Yes I’m listing it because I just don’t give a shit anymore)
  • Loss: Around 5 pounds.  I say “around” because I don’t have any idea what my weight was at the beginning of February (and the info is hostage on WW) so I can’t give an accurate measure for the month of February.  I’ve been so all over the place with tracking days and locations that I don’t even know anymore.  I do know that I have hit the lowest weight in about 7-8 years with that number.  Yay! *eyeroll*  Somehow that’s not impressing me.

I won’t officially do any progress pics or measurements until the end of this week so that will be a separate post.  I’ve definitely lost inches though and I know that because pants I haven’t fit comfortably in forever seem to be big.  We’ll see!

Now comes the most difficult part for me.  Figuring out my goals for the month of March.  I have a lot of personal/life goals at this point such as “try to survive this hell you are living” so it makes it difficult to focus on health but I decided never to give up so I’m going to throw some shit up here because I have to.  Boom!

Goals for March 2014 (all previous goals continued plus):

  • More fruits and veggies and keep up the water intake!!
  • Minimum of 2,400 calories burned a week via exercise.
  • Keep a daily journal listing what I’m thankful for on that particular day.

Previous goal reminder for myself:  track, no fast food, TF, finish PUSH.

And that’s it!