Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Morning Rant on Media vs Obesity and a really cool weather app!!

Ok, normally I don't  pay attention to the major amount of unrelated-to-weather stories appearing on the Weather Channel's Facebook Page (unfollowing them shortly).  In fact, I've been getting my weather-checking fix by using several different and cool apps on my iPhone....but more on this later.  This is the image and headline for this morning:

Why does the media - or anyone else for that matter - think it's ok to run around and take pictures of people who are overweight and just use their bellies or butts to support whatever story they are doing.  Are they getting consent from all of these random folks?  Or is it not necessary because you can't identify their facial features?

This bothers me.  First of all, when I was at my heaviest and struggling to find a way out of my situation, it was my worst fear that I would turn on the news, local or national, and have my butt or belly on the screen.  There are real people attached to these bodies that have lives and people in them that love them.  They have strengths and talents, and along with that, many people carry so much shame about their situation.  I know this first-hand.  I so wanted to manage my stress and emotions in a healthy manner, but I couldn't, and I didn't know why.  I was successful in so many areas of my life, but why couldn't I figure this out?  Maybe the Weather Channel knows...

Is it so hard to treat others with respect?  Regardless of their faults and trials and tribulations?  Last time I checked, no one is perfect.  Helping one another and building each other up should be the foundation of our society and not tearing each other down.

Now that I'm off my soapbox - if you'd like to check out probably the best weather app I have found, and I LOVE my weather apps, especially as it gets closer to a long run or race; search out Dark Sky on the App Store.  I believe it costs about $4 or so, which is down from what it was when it first came out.  I actually got it on a Starbucks free download, and it has turned out to be such a great resource - and looks so cool.  It will pinpoint where you are and you can set your home address, so that when there is weather in the area, it will send you push notifications depending upon the sensitivity setting.  My kids are in awe every time we hear the alert signal, and look outside, and sure enough, this app is spot-on.  Living in Northern Minnesota - this is no small feat.  Our weather can turn on a dime and most of the time, it isn't for the better!!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mind over Matter

I started out this week with renewed commitment to healthy eating.  I had no residual surgical pain, I could get to the grocery store and if I can't exercise at the intensity level I did pre-surgery - what a great time to dial in the diet and get back to basics.

I dubbed Monday, October 20th as "No Crap Monday" and put that as my Facebook status for the day.  I linked a picture of my healthy breakfast (I was not originally thinking I'd put this on my blog, so the picture quality from my phone is less than stellar, but you get the idea). 
Egg white scramble with a small bit of oatmeal in a mug made in the microwave.  A few of my friends cheered me on, and another few jumped on my bandwagon.  As I navigated my way through the day, that little label and announcement on Facebook put healthy eating in the forefront of my mind, and every time during the day I thought about popping some little bit of food in my mouth for a taste - I stopped.  Told myself and others around me, no - this is No Crap Monday.  It was the first perfect day of clean eating in a while.

So, to perpetuate the goodness, I tried to think of something for Tuesday.  I had many suggestions from the peanut gallery on my Facebook page, and ultimately settled for "Tough Love Tuesday."  Another suggestion was Tossed Salad Tuesday, so I made this a priority as well - find or make the best possible salad I could.  I had a lunch meeting at Va Bene, a great local place owned by a superb family and was able to drink lots of water, say no to the most delicious homemade focaccia bread, and order the Nicoise salad. 

Much to my surprise - another great day - no cheats and no BLTs (bites, licks or tastes).  My husband brought back some amazing chocolate from Belgium and offered me a piece.  I politely declined (don't worry, I had several pieces before the surgery...) and he says, "oh yeah, it's no shit Tuesday."  Well, not exactly the wording I used, but the sentiment was most certainly there. 

The post-surgical bloat came off in earnest over the past couple of days, and I'm sure a good portion of it has to do with eating to fuel; not eating for entertainment.  I got out for a 4 mile walk on Monday, and a 2 mile walk yesterday.  I have a sick kid at home today, so I'll have to carve out some time later when the hubby gets home in order to get outside, or head down to the treadmill.

I think today's label will be "Water Wednesdays" as I've been slacking in the hydration department for awhile.  For the first time in awhile, getting back to my pre-plastic surgery happy place (140-145) looks like it is achievable.  I seemed to put on 10-15 pounds pretty quickly after surgery, and it has just been difficult to get the scale to move in a downwards direction.  Here's to continued success for me and everyone else this week! 



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Long Road

A view from my recent walk...and a metaphor for so many reasons.  This has been a difficult year for me, yet - when updating this blog - I realize despite not completing the races I did the way I wanted to; I accomplished quite a bit.

The highlight of 2013 was participating in a Ragnar Relay (10/4/13) from Cumberland, MD to Washington, DC with the ladies from Another Mother Runner and 23 other ladies I had never met from all across the country.  I trained hard, ate clean and was ready to rock it.  Unfortunately, from a running standpoint, it was hot as Hades that weekend, and just getting it done was enough for each leg.  I conquered my fear of running by myself, at night, and through a cornfield.



A few short weeks after the relay, I was scheduled to finally have some plastic surgery to remove the sagging skin leftover from losing 135 pounds and having three children by C-section.  It was a difficult surgery (7 hours on the operating table to be exact) and a difficult recovery.  I had a hard time knowing how hard to push it when I was given the green light by my surgeon to resume my normal activities.  He was well aware of the intensity I put into my workouts, and was fine with a stepwise approach to returning to my normal baseline of activity and strength training.  I struggled with where I was before the surgery (in damn good shape) and where I was after the surgery nine weeks post-op (still in pretty good shape), and unable to pick up where I left off.

It has been a year of one step forward and two steps back.  Just this past week, I underwent another surgery; this time to fix a couple of incisional hernias.  I had the umbilical one at the time of my surgery last year, but it was determined to be safer to address it at a later date.  In the meantime, I developed another one near the incision of my tummy tuck scar.  In fact, it was not from the plastic surgery at all, but rather one of the original incisions from the c-sections.  I finally feel like my body is ready to go, but if I've learned anything over this past year, it is to respect the healing process and check my ego at the door.  I'll be walking regularly, at a brisk pace, for awhile and ramping up my strength training slower than this past go-around, in hopes that 2015 will be the year of pain-free training and finally get that sub-2 half-marathon PR that I so desperately desire.

Monday, October 20, 2014

An Update and Recomittment to Blogging

More to come soon - need to get out for a walk (and not a run for now....).  I did however, update my runs this year, moved my past runs to their own page and fixed a broken link.

-Michelle