Monday, March 31, 2014

Pampered and Refreshed

Happy last day of March!

I was feeling inspired to do something different with my hair this morning. I took a picture to share with you, of course!




I am feeling great today! My ritual of doing nothing on Sunday so that Monday will be wonderful, has not let me down. I'm lucky enough to have a husband that did the dishes, the grocery shopping and picked up dinner so that I literally didn't have to do a thing yesterday.

Who am I kidding? I didn't do much on Saturday, either.




My friend and I got spa pedicures on Saturday. We had a great girls day together! We drank wine, picked up subs and salad for dinner and watched girl movies. My weekend was pretty darn great!





I put those painted tootsies to work this afternoon. I went for a walk outside with my new Brooks sneakers for 30 minutes during my lunch. The sun was shining and it wasn't too cold. I smiled the entire time. Smiling and walking for 30 minutes a day should be the cure for just about anything. If only, right? My plantar fasciitis was hurting during and after my walk, so I made sure to do "towel stretches" and iced once I got back to the office.

Since I had a lot of pampering this weekend, I feel super rejuvenated and ready to attack the month of April! I hope my plantar fasciitis is ready to hit the road, because I want to start running again, soon! I am going to spend some time this evening thinking up my goals for April.

How did the month of March treat you? Are you ready for a new month?

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Oh Ball Review

I am literally counting down the days until I can start running again.

Nine more days until I can give my new running shoes their first run. Just in case you have forgotten what they look like between yesterday's post and now:



I may or may not be carrying this picture of my new running shoes around on my phone, showing it off to my friends as if it were a picture of my first born child. Don't judge.

Along with taking a two-week-break from running, daily ice therapy, wearing a plantar fasciitis boot at night, and doing plantar fasciitis stretches; I have also been using something called the Oh Ball to help relieve the pain from my plantar fasciitis. 


Source

Before I was even officially diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, the Oh ball was one of the only things that took my foot pain away. It was an instant relief, at that! The last time I was able to run, I had significant foot pain. I stretched and used the Oh Ball for about 10-15 minutes immediately after running. The pain was gone instantly after using the Oh Ball. It has been a lifesaver as my plantar fascia heals!

The instant pain relief isn't the only reason why I have enjoyed using the Oh Ball. It is portable, and easy to use. I can take it with me anywhere I go! I often use it at work or while I am visiting family and friends. I even used it once while I was waiting at the doctors office! The multi-position handles that come with the Oh Ball make it comfortable for me to use while I'm standing or sitting.

I received my Oh Ball in exchange for writing my honest review of the product, today. However, after using this product for instant relief of my foot pain for many weeks now, I can honestly say that it's well worth the price found on amazon.


Thank you Kipp, the inventor of the Oh Ball. It's been a lifesaver for me! I look forward to using this product even after my fascia heals. It's an amazing foot massage, like no other!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Addicted to Achilles Running Shop

Okay, I know we still have two days left in March, but I am ready for a recap.

March Challenge:

Lose 10 lbs. from 237 to 227:
I didn't quite meet this goal, but I made it half way there! Today I weighed in at 232 lbs. 5 pounds down in the month of March! Woo hoo!
Post weekly exercise and meal plans:
Done, done, done and done. I think it's officially become a habit for me!

I am anxiously awaiting April. Could you tell by my premature March recap? It  might have something to do with the fact that I believe it will magically become sunny and 60 degrees all day, every day. That would be my ideal April. I hope I'm not setting myself up for disappointment. Wink wink.

It's a dreary morning here in Erie, Pennsylvania. No sun, just grey. Just a bummer day so far. Don't worry though, that's about to change. My friend and I have spa pedicures scheduled for 1:30 p.m. That's bound to brighten up my day! Just thinking about it makes me smile.

Something else that makes me smile, are my new running shoes.




It's been 5 days since my podiatrist appointment where he gave me the bad news of my first running injury. Plantar Fasciitis. He told me not to run for two weeks. This was hard for me to swallow. All I wanted to do after hearing the doctors orders, was run. Tell me I'm not allowed to do something, especially running, and all of a sudden it's all I want to do. Anyways, I thought my need for running was bad these past few days, but it was nothing compared to the need I feel now that I bought my new running shoes!




My podiatrist recommended that I get fitted for running shoes. I followed the doctors orders and went to three different running stores in the area. Meeker Marshall, Walk Rite and Achilles Running Shop. For Erie area readers, I'll give you a little scoop on these stores:

Meeker Marshall:
If you're looking for running shoes, don't expect a big selection. They are married to New Balance and they only had two different styles of new balance to show me for my specific needs for Plantar Fasciitis. I really liked the salesman, but the shoes weren't for me. I wanted to try on more than one brand of running shoe.

Walk Rite:
Don't go there thinking you can just walk right in and ask to be fitted. The store is small, and mostly carries orthopedic shoes. They had one running shoe on their wall that I could see, and told me I'd need an appointment to get fitted (even though there were no other customers there at the time). I wasn't impressed and moved on quickly.

Achilles Running Shop:
This was the last place we stopped; because after stepping foot in the store, I wouldn't dream of going anywhere else. As soon as we walked in the door, I felt like I was in the right place.

Source

Achilles Running Shop took time with me. The salesperson, Aaron Rowe, was very knowledgeable and took my needs seriously. He analyzed my shoe size, how I stood, squatted and jogged. He pulled a pair of shoes for me to start with, which actually ended up being the shoes that I left with. He was right on target with all the shoes he pulled for me. It was so hard to choose!

Once he found that the initial pair of shoes that were a good fit, size and otherwise; he pulled two other choices from two different brands. He let me take my time with the shoes. I would walk around in one pair for a little while, and then with one type of shoe on one foot and another type on the other. He helped me narrow it down to two choices, and of course to my final choice. He wasn't pushy; he was genuine. He was nice and helpful.

I am so happy with my purchase, and my experience, that I will be bringing my husband and friends back to this store for their running shoes! I am already dreaming of my next pair of running shoes. I am officially addicted to Achilles Running Shop!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Give and Take

Yesterday was my sister's 18th birthday. I got a text message from my mom in the afternoon, letting me know that we were all going out to dinner to celebrate. Therefore, I did not stick to my meal plan yesterday. However, I did stick to my meal plan on Tuesday:

Tuesday night's dinner.

I'm all about focusing on the positive right now.

For instance, I am positively certain that I didn't sleep a wink with my new plantar fasciitis boot on during my first night with it. I am also positive that I was being sarcastic about this being a positive thing. I finally kicked the thing off at 3:30 a.m. I slept HARD from 3:30 until 6:00 a.m. Then, I continued sleeping until 6:30 a.m. because I just couldn't will myself to open my eyes. I felt like I weighed twice my weight when I woke up. I was tired and delirious.

Last night went a little better with the boot. Mostly because I didn't sleep with it on as long. Is it really possible to sleep all night with a boot on? Please help me.

I called my podiatrist yesterday, and he confirmed that while I am restricted from running these next two weeks, I can instead use the elliptical or bicycle. I don't have either of those machines, but I can use them at the high school during open gym Monday-Friday from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. I'm hoping to get there tonight to make up for my lack of cardio, last night.

It's all about balance! I took a little last night by not exercising and eating out. Now it's time to give a little today by exercising and sticking within my nutrition ranges.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

No Running for Two Weeks

I write to you with my foot on top a bag of frozen peas. I had my first podiatrist appointment yesterday, and I have received an official diagnosis.

Plantar Fasciitis with the start of a bone spur.

Even though my podiatrist was the one who gave me the bad news, I still really like the guy. He took me seriously when I told him I'm a runner. For some reason, I still pause for reaction when I tell somebody new that I am a runner. It might have something to do with the fact that I am overweight and don't look like a runner. He believed me anyway, so I instantly like him.

The appointment took a while. I had to get an X-Ray of my foot. Just in case you were wondering what my foot bones look like, of course I'll show you:



I added the words for dramatic effect. Or maybe I added the words to make it look more like an award. I haven't quite decided yet.

Is it weird that I am kind of excited to have my first running injury? It's like a battle scar, almost. The pain stinks, of course, but I feel like I'm finally "in the club". The runners club. More like the running injury club. Yeah, that's what it is.

So, it turns out plantar fasciitis is going to be a pain in my foot for the next few weeks. I have a lot of work to do in order to heal. Running, unfortunately, is not one of them.

Doctors orders:

60 minutes/day of ice therapy (bag of peas works like a charm)
-- 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off, 20 minutes on

Sleep with a plantar fasciitis boot on every night until pain is completely gone

Towel stretches each morning before I get out of bed daily
-- 3 reps of 30 seconds with each foot, increase to 45 seconds over time

Runners stretches daily (basically stretching the calf)
-- 3 reps of 30 seconds with each foot, increase to 45 seconds over time

Get fitted for appropriate running shoes

NO RUNNING FOR TWO WEEKS

Is it weird that I felt a twinge in my stomach and a tear in my eye when the doctor said "no running for two weeks"? I have gone two weeks without running before, but this is different. It's kind of like that feeling you get when somebody tells you that you can't eat chocolate for two weeks. What do you think you'll be craving, then? Chocolate.

I have to call today to schedule my follow-up appointment. I've got about three weeks of icing and stretching ahead of me. I'm planning on sticking to the doctors orders so that I will be healed just in time for some outside running and (fingers crossed) warmer weather.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Seriously Try this Recipe

I know that I've said this before, but I can't say it enough. If you haven't tried this recipe yet, you must!




Pepperoncini pot roast was a hit for dinner, again! It's so simple, too. The recipe include a jar of pepperoncinis and a roast. Cook on low for 8 hours, and it's done!




My main goal for this week is to follow both my dinner and exercise plans for the week. My goal was definitely met for Monday. I made pepperoncini pot roast for dinner and did my cardio as scheduled.

I had to do a quick workout because my foot was extremely painful. I had to do intervals of running and walking and only lasted about 20 minutes.

.25 miles at 5.5 mph
.25 miles at 3 mph
.25 miles at 5.5 mph
.25 miles at 3 mph
walk until 20 minutes have elapsed

Thankfully, I am going to see a podiatrist after work today. I am looking forward to finding out the cause of this pain. My best guess is plantar fasciitis. My worst nightmare would be a bone spur.

Since I have had to wait a couple weeks for this appointment, some things that have been helping me function include stretching, ice and this magical thing called the Oh Ball. I plan on giving a full review of the Oh Ball, soon! After only 10 minutes of using the Oh Ball, my foot feels better. It's truly wonderful.

Have you ever tried the Oh Ball?
What's your favorite way to make pot roast?

Monday, March 24, 2014

Follow Both Plans

Happy Monday, readers! How was your weekend? Mine was great!

My husband and I had a lot of time to relax this weekend. We also had time for fun! We went bowling on Saturday with family, and I went shopping with my sister and cousin on Sunday. After I got back from "fun" shopping, I went out to go grocery shopping.

I was excited to see cantaloupe on sale this week. It's been a while since I've had cantaloupe in the mix for my daily snacks at work!




It's been a little while since my last March challenge update. So here's what's going on:

March Challenge

Lose 10 pounds (237 to 227)
- Currently at 233 lbs.
Post weekly meal and exercise plans
- Nailed it! Plans are below.


Dinner plans for the week:

Sunday: Buffalo Chicken Salads (Recipe for Buffalo mixture)
Monday: Pepperoncini Pot Roast (Recipe)
Tuesday: Chicken with Sweet Potato Fries and Veggies
Wednesday: Turkey Burger with Salad
Thursday: Shrimp with Noodles and Veggies
Friday: Cheese Pizza
Saturday: Dinner with friends


Exercise plans for the week:

Sunday: Rest
Monday: Cardio
Tuesday: Strength
Wednesday: Cardio
Thursday: Strength
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Cardio

I have had some struggles in March, and some success. I seem to either have a really great week following my meal plan, or a really great week with following my exercise plan. This week, my goal is to follow both plans!




Last night, with the help of my George Foreman Grill, I made buffalo chicken salad for dinner. The buffalo mixture I use is so delicious. I just can't get enough! I had to portion it out for myself and my husband, that way we didn't go overboard with the stuff.




This morning, I put a roast in the crock pot and covered it with pepperoncinis. The house always smells so delicious after a day of that mixture cooking, so I am really looking forward to getting home for dinner tonight! Before I dig in, though, I am planning on getting my cardio in for the night. I always have a better chance of doing my cardio, if I get it done before dinner.

When is your favorite time to do cardio?
What's for dinner tonight?

Friday, March 21, 2014

With Just Two Shakes a Day

First of all, please forgive my bummer blog post from yesterday. I was freaking out, majorly.

Turns out, I was worried for no reason. (A special thank you to the readers who commented and tried to ease my worry. I'm a worrier by nature, and I thank you for your kind, reassuring words!) My root canal went perfectly. I try not to use the word perfect too often, but this was truly the case. I don't think you can ever have enough good reviews of a root canal out on the internet, so let me share with you my experience.

I was honestly frightened when I arrived at the office. They gave me papers to sign, which only made me more nervous. There were risk factors listed that I hadn't even thought of. That only made me worry more. By the time I got back to the exam room, my body was literally shaking. My legs were shaking, my arms were shaking, my lips were even shaking.

The first thing the dental assistant did was take an xray of the tooth in question. The doctor examined the xray and the tooth itself. He tapped it, and felt around the area to see if there was any swelling. I was lucky, and had little to no swelling and pain at the time. He gave me shots of novocaine, in which I did not feel. He numbed the area with a topical gel first, which really helped. He went out of the room for a few minutes, to let the area heal. He tested the area to see if it was numb enough, and then he began his work.

The doctor was very gentle, and kind. He would give me updates on what he was doing, and I felt at ease. It was over before I knew it. It took a total of 45 minutes from the moment he began, until I was checking out. I felt no pain during or after the procedure. It's the day after the root canal now, and it feels like nothing even happened. Granted, I haven't tried to eat on that side of the mouth yet, but I will be limited in doing so until I get my permanent filling.

The bottom line: root canals are not as bad as I thought. I had a wonderful experience, and I'm so glad that I went through with it!

As for my breakfast this morning, I drank a liquid breakfast.




Please know that just because I am using Slim Fast as my meal replacer after my root canal, that I am in no way an advocate of Slim Fast as a long term solution for losing weight. I don't believe that with just two shakes a day, I will lose weight and become the healthy person I want to be. I actually have a beef with any and all "quick weight loss" products.

As you can find in the "My Program" tab above, I believe that if you are looking to start a weight-loss program, you should gain as much information as you can. Information is a powerful thing.

Something that I have learned throughout my weight-loss journey is that I am not willing to make any changes to my diet that I am not able to maintain for the remainder of my life. I am not willing to drink two shakes a day or give up carbs. Knowing this has saved me a lot of time and money. How did I come to this very fine and basic conclusion? It was by gaining information from the experiences of others. For example, when Suzy did something drastic to lose weight quickly; she gained the weight back just as fast once she returned to her normal lifestyle. By gathering this information, I learned that I didn’t want to be on a diet for the rest of my life. Rather, I wanted to lose weight by practicing a healthier lifestyle.  

I have learned that you should eat lean protein at breakfast, and I have learned what foods were considered lean protein. Through information gathering, I have learned that the amount sleep that you get in a night effects weight-loss; that you really should be drinking at least 64 ounces of water a day; and, that it is possible and could be potentially harmful to drink too much water in a day. I continue to learn new things that help me reach my weight loss goals, everyday.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Dental Work Stinks

I will be so happy once my root canal is over.

My appointment is at 3:30 p.m. and it's all I can think about. I am worried about complications, during and after. I have been anxious all day, and I just can't wait to rest.

Speaking of rest, today is my rest day. I have been doing well with sticking to my exercise plan this week. My food intake could use some help. When I am anxious, I eat. I eat a lot. I have been eating more than I should be, mostly at and after dinner. I think that after this procedure, I will be able to have more self control. Anxiety is a big trigger for me, and I am trying to work on it.

I have read all of your comments about tips for what I should do after my root canal. Thank you for commenting, readers! I did buy some slim fast shakes after work yesterday, and I plan on having one for dinner tonight, and one for breakfast in the morning.

I don't have much information from my actual doctor yet, I'm assuming I will get directions and/or a packet of instructions after the procedure. I am assuming that I won't be able to chew on that side of my mouth, at least until the permanent filling is in place.

Speaking of the permanent filling, that's just another reason why I am dreading this procedure. It's a procedure that requires follow-up. More shots in my mouth, more pain. I'm not a fan.

Dental work, stinks. Wish me luck.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Quick Workout and Deer Sausage

When I got home from work yesterday, I immediately started getting ready for a workout. I changed, filled up my water bottle, grabbed my sneakers and headed upstairs to our home gym. I did a quick workout on our treadmill, consisting of intervals:

.25 miles at 5 mph
.25 miles at 3 mph
.25 miles at 5 mph
.25 miles at 3 mph
walk to reach total of 20 min.


Me, after my workout yesterday.

It was quick, but effective. I felt great afterward! I stretched, then went downstairs to make something new for dinner.

My husband helped me make deer sausage with gnocchi and mixed vegetables. I don't really enjoy cooking meat, so my husband (thankfully) took that over. The deer sausage was from a deer that my grandpa got this winter. It was a spicy sausage, and it tasted good. That's about all the further I want to think about that.




The gnocchi was from a frozen bag. It was Rizzo's brand. It turned out perfect! Gnocchi is so delicious. It's really filling, too!

My husband and I bought a new item at the grocery store this week. We decided to try a huge bag of frozen mixed vegetables. I usually enjoy getting fresh produce, but this seemed too easy and inexpensive not to try.



We steamed the vegetables, and seasoned them with garlic salt. They also turned out great!

Our Monday was really wonderful. Working out as soon as I get home really helps me stay on track for the rest of the night. It also gives me the second wind that I sometimes need to get dinner made, and dishes cleaned.

How was your Monday?
What did you have for dinner?
What's on your plate for tonight?

Monday, March 17, 2014

Finally Paying Off

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I started off my day with a big bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch. It was amazing. Sometimes, I just have to eat like a kid in the mornings. I'm not a big breakfast eater, so anything to get me excited to eat breakfast, is a great thing.




My husband and I had a busy and wonderful weekend. We had friends over for a delicious seafood feast on Friday, and then went out to dinner with friends on Saturday. Getting together with friends and family usually revolves around food and drink. This weekend was no different. In knowing this, I weighed myself before the weekend festivities began, and I plan on not weighting myself again until this Sunday.

March Challenge Update:

Current Weight: 233 lbs.
- 4 lbs. down, only 6 more to go!
Weekly meal and exercise plans
- 3 out of 4 weeks done so far!

This week's dinner and exercise plans are as follows:

Dinner:

M - Gnocchi and Deer Sausage with Mixed Veggies
T - Turkey Burger with side Salad
W - Shrimp with Mixed Veggies and Noodles
T - Soup (getting a root canal this day)
F - Soup (anticipating recovery)
S - Peach and Salsa Chicken with Sweet Potato Fries and Mixed Veggies

Exercise:

M - Cardio
T - Strength
W - Cardio
T - Rest
F - Strength
S - Cardio

I am getting a root canal this week, and I am not looking forward to it. I'm not sure what I will be able to eat, and how long I will have to adjust my diet. I'm thinking soup would be a safe bet for dinner as I'm recovering.

In other news, I have an update for my 6 by 26 Challenge. The challenge ended when I turned 26 last month, however; I am about to complete another one of my goals! Better late than never. Tonight, when I get home, my husband and I will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day by paying off our credit card. It took a little over a year of dedication and self control to get to this point, but it is all paying off now! Literally.

What are you doing to celebrate St. Patrick's Day?
What is your favorite kind of cereal?

Friday, March 14, 2014

What Success Looks Like

If you follow my instagram account, then you might have already seen my new favorite picture of success.




While there may be a few people whose success story looks like the picture on the left, please be warned that my story is definitely similar to the one on the right. Scribbles upon scribbles upon scribbles.

Some days are great, some days I could do better. Yesterday, I could have done better. Wednesday and Thursdays are always hard for me. My husband has night class on those nights, so I am usually alone. When I am alone, or out of my element, it’s a trigger for me to overeat. 

Since yesterday was not that great, it’s even more of a reason for today to be great.

For breakfast this week, I have been treating myself to a McDonald’s egg white delight sandwich. (Not the healthiest option for breakfast, but it has been a treat!) The time change has been hard for me to adjust to this week, so a quick stop at McDonalds for a 250 calorie breakfast sandwich has really helped. Something else that helps is that the egg white delight is 2 for $3.00 this week, so I only had to stop at McDonalds a couple times this week; saving one sandwich in the fridge to be reheated the next day.

This week, I have been having Progresso soups for lunch. I try not to do this very often, because of the sodium content, but the light soups are tasty, quick and low in calories.

As for dinner tonight, our friends are coming over for a seafood feast! Our local grocery store had a sale on seafood, so when we went for our usual grocery trip last Sunday, we stocked up on crab legs. I haven’t made crab legs in a while so I’ll have to search the proper way to cook them.

I stepped on the scale this morning, and I was happy to see some progress, even despite overeating last night. Sticking to my strength training must have something to do with this. I really enjoy the arm workout I've been sticking to lately. I'm hoping to share it with you, maybe by video, soon!

Have you ever made crab legs?
Do you like seafood?
Do you prefer strength training or cardio workouts?
-Since my possible plantar fasciitis started to flare up, strength workouts have been my saving grace!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Held Hostage by Work

Yesterday was something else. I was held hostage by work and was a slave to the vending machine.

For those of you who don't already know, I work as a Paralegal for a Child Welfare Agency. I go to Court a few times a month. Yesterday, was a long day in Court. I arrived at the Courthouse around 9 a.m. and didn't leave until about 4 p.m. I had one break to go to the bathroom, and around 2:00 had a 30 minute break for lunch. I didn't anticipate this happening. I had nothing with me except for my notes, a pen and my cell phone. No money, no lunch, nothing else. Typically, 30 minutes would be enough time for me to run back to the office, but it also happened to be a blizzard outside. No exaggeration. I was stuck.

My co-worker ended up lending me a couple dollars, for what I'm going to go out on a limb and say will be my most unhealthy lunch all week; a bag of chips and half of a twix peanut butter bar. (Note to self: twix peanut butter bars are not very good. Definitely stick with the original twix. The other half of the bar went to my co-worker.)

Needless to say, I left work late due to Court running over, and returned home extra late because of the blizzard. I prayed my way home last night; the weather, visibility and road conditions were horrible. Since I was "severely" dehydrated from drinking no water today and on the verge of "starving", I immediately went to the fridge when I got home. I had reheated leftover pork tenderloin and had a great big glass of water. Neither food nor drink has ever been more appreciated by myself.

I have received a referral to a podiatrist and their next available appointment is Tuesday, March 25th. Two more weeks until I get an answer about my plantar fasciitis. I am a little bummed, but have been doing stretches routinely, in hope that I'm helping my foot heal.

I received an email yesterday from the inventor of a product called the Oh Ball. Has anyone ever tried this product for treating plantar fasciitis? What are your thoughts? I checked out the website, and I am interested in giving it a try!

Source

Here's what the website outlines as benefits for the Oh Ball:

  • Multi-position handles allow you to have pinpoint control over your therapy. Get a handle on your foot pain today.
  • This product is made in the USA, by a veteran-owned family business, providing jobs in our community.
  • This product is remarkably portable! It will fit unnoticed in a purse or backpack, and can be used in a waiting room, on an airplane, on a boat or with a goat.
  • In the event of a zombie apocalypse or other such notable event, this device is multi-purpose and doubles (or triples) as a survival implement and a medieval weapon*
  • The single most effective device for relieving pain in the arch and heel, due to such ailments as Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Spurs, and various others
*This was the icing on the cake for me.

If you've used the Oh Ball, let me know what you think about the product. Right about now, I'm willing to try anything to help heal my foot and get me back to running again!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

I Think I Love You

Last night's dinner was ah-mazing. Amazingly simple, and amazingly delicious.

Amazingly simple as in, throw pork tenderloin in a crock pot, season it with garlic salt and pepper, slow cook on low for about 8 hours, transfer to a baking dish, slather with barbecue sauce, then bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. My house smelled great when I walked in the door after a long day at work.

Slow cooker, I think I love you.


If you're wondering why my fries are orange, its because they are "sweet potato" fries. They, were also amazing.

Since I have been stressing out a bit about my possible plantar fasciitis, I did not do any cardio last night. My workout plans for the week have changed. I did my arm strength training routine, instead. It actually worked out well because since the weather was so nice on Monday evening, my husband and I went for a walk. So, technically, I'm just swapping my days around. (But we all really know my possible plantar fasciitis is to blame.)

Readers, give me some more hope, please. Will this pain ever go away? I need some more success stories for life after plantar fasciitis and/or heel spurs.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Possible Plantar Fasciitis

I know this is unusual, but I have been keeping something from you.

Usually, I tell you everything that happens, as soon as it happens. Well, this particular thing has been happening for about 4 weeks now. I guess it's about time I finally admit it to you, and myself.

I have an issue. A foot issue.

This is a huge reason why my running has been put off to the side. I am frustrated, and a little depressed that I'm injured. I have seen my chiropractor about my foot twice, and I think it's finally time to be referred to a podiatrist.

My chiropractor thinks that I may have plantar fasciitis. 

Source

According to www.webmd.com, plantar fasciitis is caused by straining the ligament that supports the arch of your foot. Repeated strain can cause tiny tears in the ligament. These can lead to pain and swelling. This is more likely to happen if:
  • Your feet roll inward too much when you walk
  • You have high arches or flat feet
  • You walk, stand or run for long periods of time, especially on hard surfaces
  • You are overweight
  • You wear shoes that don't fit well or are worn out
  • You have tight Achilles tendons or calf muscles
Most people with plantar fasciitis have pain when they take their first steps after they get out of bed or sit for a long time. 

No single treatment works best for everyone with plantar fasciitis, bu there are many things you can try to help your foot get better.
  • You can give your feet a rest. Cut back on activities that make your foot hurt. Try not to walk or run on hard surfaces.
  • You can try putting ice on your heel. Or take an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen.
  • You can do toe stretches, calf stretches and towel stretches several times a day, especially when you first get up in the morning.
  • You can get a new pair of shoes. Pick shoes with good arch support and a cushioned sole. Or try heel cups or shoe inserts. Use them in both shoes, even if only one foot hurts.
I'm not completely sure if I have plantar fasciitis, as I haven't been diagnosed by a podiatrist. I have a call in to my chiropractor for a podiatrist referral. When my husband rubs my feet (which has turned in to an every night occasion since I'm in so much pain) I can feel a lump move around, and it is extremely painful. I'm hoping I do not have a heel spur, because that sound just so much worse.

Readers: Have you ever had plantar fasciitis or a heel spur? What helped ease your pain? Can it be cured for a long period of time, or is it recurring? 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Weekly Plans and Favorite Chili

For the month of March, I have given myself two goals to focus on.

March Challenge

  1. Lose 10 pounds (237 to 227)
  2. Post weekly meal and exercise plans

So far, I am 2 lbs. down, with 8 more to go!
My dinner and exercise plans for the week ahead are as follows.

Dinner plans:

S - Mindy's Turkey Chili (done!)
M - Cheese Pizza with salad
T - Pork tenderloins with sweet potato fries and broccoli
W - Turkey burger with salad
T - Turkey burger with salad
F - Seafood feast with friends
S - Out to eat for friends birthday

Exercise plans for the week:

S - Rest
M - Strength
T - Cardio
W - Strength
T - Cardio
F - Strength
S - Cardio




Yesterday, I had my in-laws over for dinner. I made my personal favorite chili recipe, "Mindy's Turkey Chili", and I heard some good reviews from my family!

What's your favorite kind of chili? Turkey, beef, chicken?

Sunday, March 9, 2014

A Day of Food in Pictures

As promised, yesterday I took a picture of everything I ate for the day.



I started off my day with a breakfast burrito.



I did my arm strength training routine, and had a protein smoothie for lunch.


Before my husband and I went to our tax appointment (how romantic!) we went and got a coffee.



After taxes, the real romance began. We went out to dinner, just the two of us, to Olive Garden. I had salad, a bread stick, a bit of a tortellini appetizer, and cheese ravioli.






After dinner, my husband and I went and saw The Great Gatsby at the Erie Playhouse.


We enjoyed the show, and had a great night!

How was your weekend?
What are your plans for the week ahead?

I'll post my plans tomorrow. Check back soon!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Accountability is a Huge Motivator

Happy Saturday, readers!

I weighed myself today, and I am two pounds down from last weekend (237 to 235); even after having a cupcake for breakfast and chinese take-out for lunch, yesterday. I had been relatively "on-track" with my exercise plans and nutrition ranges for the better part of the week. This is just proof that one slip up, or a couple slip ups, is never a reason to give up or give in.

Today is going to be a great day! My husband and I are going out to dinner and then we are going to see The Great Gatsby at the Erie Playhouse. It has been a while since we have had a date night, "just the two of us". We are both looking forward to a nice, fun and exciting night!


We started the day off right with a homemade breakfast burrito. Must husband loves to make breakfast on Saturday mornings. He makes eggs like nobody else. They are fluffy and cheesy; oh-so-good! This morning's breakfast burrito consisted of eggs, bacon, cheese and hot sauce!

I have decided that since today is Saturday, I should do something different. I am going to take pictures of everything I eat today. I'll post the pictures tomorrow! This will help me stay on track today, especially when eating out for dinner tonight. Accountability is a huge motivator!

What motivates you?

Friday, March 7, 2014

Feeling Vulnerable

My muscles hurt!

I only have free weights consisting of 3 lb., 5 lb. and 8 lb. weights. Somehow, the 8 lb. weights have made me sore. for. days. That may seem impossible since 8 lbs. is not a very high weight, but when you add rep after rep after rep... it really does a number on your muscles!

Today was a total eat-a-cupcake-for-breakfast and order-chinese-take-out-for-lunch kind of day. It was wonderful at the time, but now I just feel bloated and gross. I am in for a very small dinner tonight and a big workout. I have to make up for my poor choices at work today. I guess you could say that I was feeling very vulnerable at the wrong time (i.e. cupcake day and take out for lunch day).

Since I have been sore for days from my arm strength routine, I decided to skip my strength training for last night. I did some cardio instead. I took my two beautiful pups for a walk at the park. The sun was shining and the temperature was almost above freezing. It was a nice brisk walk!




Our walks are only going to get better, the warmer the temperature gets. Today, it is nearly 45 degrees outside! I hope the temperature stays for a little while, that way my husband and I can enjoy a walk together after work!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

My Motivation Soul Mate

Pinterest readers: do you ever pin something and forget that you had pinned it and then fall in love with the pin all over again when you scroll upon it? Yeah, me too.

Sometimes Most times, in order to motivate myself to start a workout, I scroll through my motivation board on Pinterest. Last night was no different. As I sat on my yoga mat, scrolling for some motivation, I stumbled upon this awesome quote:

Source
This was it. The one I had been looking for; my motivation soul mate. You know it's a good quote when it has the ability to bring you to your feet.

Last night, I completed my scheduled strength training and my belated cardio session from Monday. I burned 150 calories by walking with an incline on my trusty treadmill and stayed within my calorie range for the day. I am feeling good this morning (and when I say good I mean I am feeling a little sore).

Tonight, I am scheduled for another cardio session. I am thinking about doing some Zumba.

What are your workout plans for today?
What motivates you to start your workout?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Never Fail Until You Stop Trying

I need to get it together. Yesterday, I overate and did not exercise.

Question: How is that going to help me with my goals for March?
Answer: It's not going to help, at all.

March Challenge

  • Lose 10 pounds (237 to 227)
  • Post weekly meal and exercise plans

Dinner plans for the week:

S - Dinner with friends (done)
M - Peach and salsa chicken over rice (not done)
T - Steak salads
W - Turkey burger with salad
T - Shrimp with rice and broccoli
F - Calzones
S - Date night

Exercise plans for the week:

S - Rest (done)
M - Cardio (not done)
T - Strength
W - Cardio
T - Strength
F - Cardio
S - Strength

Last night, I was suppose to make peach and salsa chicken over rice. I bought a whole chicken for this recipe, and decided I would slow cook it all day.

This is my first time ever cooking a whole chicken, and I think I did a pretty good job. I seasoned it right, I slow cooked it on low for 8 hours, and it smelled great when I walked in the door after a long day of work. I only did one thing wrong. I forgot to remove the bag of organs.

Dinner ruined. It turns out that melted plastic is not one of the ingredients for the peach salsa chicken recipe. Who would have thought?

I am not going to lie, I was a little frustrated with myself. Instead of throwing a big fit, I only threw a little one. Then I put on my big girl pants and made something different for dinner. I really wanted to just call and order some take out for dinner, but I decided to make a cheese stromboli, instead. I used the ingredients we had on hand for calzones on Friday. Two dinner plans changed for the week, all because I was silly and didn't know there was a plastic bag of organs in the chicken.

Homemade cheese stromboli with side of edamame.

The homemade stromboli was higher in calories than I had planned for the day but, it was better than the alternative of ordering out. Since I had gone way over in calories for the day (2,163) it would have been a great idea to get in my planned cardio. However, I was spent by the time dinner was done. My husband and I watched a rental movie, instead.

To make up for yesterday, I am planning on staying within my calorie range today and will fit in both my cardio and strength training this evening.

Truthfully, I was really motivated throughout the day on Monday, but when something went wrong and threw me all off, I felt like I had failed. However, with the freshness that a new day brings, I have come to realize that yesterday was just a setback. After all, according to Albert Einstein, "You never fail until you stop trying..."

Sunday, March 2, 2014

March 2014 Goals

As part of my new years resolution for 2014, I resolved to holding myself accountable to a monthly challenge. It's a new month, and I'm ready for a couple of new goals!

March Challenge

Lose 10 pounds (237 to 227)
- This may seem like an aggressive goal, but call me crazy... I still believe in myself.
Post weekly meal and exercise plans
- This goal always helps me to stay on track

With only two goals for the month, I am trying out the method of "less is more".

On the first day of March (aka yesterday) my husband and I did some "spring cleaning" in our basement. We filled 6 garbage bags full of things we were willing to part with. It is crazy to think of how much stuff we have accumulated in 26 years. I dropped a large glass candle on my foot, and now it's swollen. Other than that, I am really glad with the progress we've made in the basement. Looking forward to when we will have the time to continue sorting and organizing.




After our "spring cleaning" my husband and I went out to the lake. We try to go to Lake Erie at least once in the winter. It's beautiful when the lake freezes over. I am always nervous to walk on it (especially when you hear and see the ice cracking) but we weren't the only ones venturing out yesterday.




There were people playing hocking, ice fishing, and ice skating on the lake. It was a beautiful day at 30 degrees. After the cold month we've had in Erie, 30 degrees is a heat wave.


My mom, my sister, me and my nana.

My husband and I went out for dinner a lot this weekend. We went out to dinner with family on Friday and then out to dinner with our friends last night. This definitely contributed to a 2 lb. gain for myself. However, I have a plan to get back on track this week!

Dinner plans for the week:

S - Dinner with friends
M - Peach and salsa chicken over rice
T - Steak salads
W - Turkey burger with salad
T - Shrimp with rice and broccoli
F - Calzones
S - Date night

Exercise plans for the week:

S - Rest
M - Cardio
T - Strength
W - Cardio
T - Strength
F - Cardio
S - Strength

My plans for the day include some laundry, grocery shopping and then a trip to visit a friend out of town.

What are your Sunday plans?
How was your weekend?
Have you ever walked on a frozen lake?