Monday, March 16, 2015

3.92K, a birthday, and current restriction

The 5k was yesterday...while I started off at the front of my "yellow" wave, I ultimately brought up the rear (this was expected). It was a rainy day, even by Pacific Northwest standards...and quite chilly. At first when we started the race I noted to my walking partner that there was a problem. Whichever muscle is responsible for flexing your foot up (so that you don't drag your toe when you walk) just stopped functioning on my right side. At this point I had been standing outside in the cold and wet for over an hour....I'm not sure why it seized up but it could have been from the cold. In any case, I told her it was fine because I was compensating with the two crutches and was not in danger of falling, but it did slow me down a bit.

About 2K into the track all the other yellow-wavers had passed me and the cops were up my butt trying to clear the street to pick up cones...so I actually cut over to the returning side of the track, took a stretch break (which TOTALLY helped the weird toe thing) and headed back (i.e., I CHEATED), cutting just a smidge over 1k off the total race. I'm disappointed...I would have liked to finish it...but I felt SOOOO self-conscious having the cops behind me already and I was only going to get slower. I think I will sign up for another one in warmer temperatures and try again. I'm thinking Color Run in May???

Note my awesome decorative ribbons on my crutches. :)

Sadly I don't have a photo at the finish line. I thought there would be more pomp and circumstance there...but there was nothing. So anti-climactic...even for my cheating ass. LOL

My step-kids ran the 1k "Leprechaun Lap" and did AWESOME. It was there first race, too...and they both ran the whole thing. I'm super proud of them.




 

My birthday was Friday and I ate cake. While I can say for sure that the supplementation previously discussed hasn't turned me off sugar completely (bummer), it has decreased my drive for eating it with reckless abandon....I can say this because not only did I have cake options for Friday but opted to wait till Saturday...but also, even once the cake was cut, I still only ate one piece a day, and never once felt this frantic need to "eat it NOW". This is so not like me at all...I can down 4 servings in one sitting...easy. So...the supplements may be helping.

My current fill level may be helping me as well. Now 3 weeks since my last fill...I'm feeling definitive restriction. I just now got stuck on a bag of Quest protein chips...it's definitely working. Now...if I can just stay away from bad choices...I could do something with this.

Food last week sucked toward the end of the week. Exercise days last week SUCKED more. I don't know what my problem was, but I got NOTHING in between Tuesday and Saturday. I'm counting the 3.92K as exercise for Sunday...and currently my plan is to leave work today and go home and do a full HIIT routine. Just gotta NOT talk myself out of it...which I'm prone to do. I'll try to be better with both food and exercise choices this week.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Hello March

 
So February has come to a close...and while it wasn't my greatest month for exercise consistency, it did end on an upswing in the last week.
 



But then Sunday March 1...holy sugar-binge from hell! I don't even know why I did it...and this seems to be a running theme for me. It feels truly like an addiction...sugar calls me...beckons me...whether I'm hungry or not. I actually drove out of my way LOOKING for girl scout cookies the other day. WTH?

So I'm attempting some new supplementation to see if it helps anything. I'm doing this based on some research online, mostly centered around the book "The Diet Cure" by Julia Ross. I found this while researching food addiction and ways to combat addiction issues and also based on a tidbit heard on the
Weight Loss Surgery Podcast episode with Dr. Thomas Clark (Weight Loss is a Process not a Project ) where he mentioned using chromium with a prescription weight loss drug to fight carb cravings.

My protocol for the next little while looks something like this:

Morning: L-Tyrosine (500 mg), L-Glutamine (500 mg) and Chromium (200 mg)
Mid-Morning: L-Glutamine (500 mg)
Lunch: Chromium (200 mg)
Mid-afternoon: L-Glutamine (500 mg)
Dinner: Chromium (200 mg), L-Tryptophan

If you are interested in taking some quizzes to see if any supplements might be recommended for you, check this website out: http://www.dietcure.com

I'm into my second day of doing this...and so far so good. Unfortunately, I can't HONESTLY say if it is the supplements, a placebo-effect or the latest fill that is making the difference. But...I don't really care...something at this very moment is making me NOT want to run over to the nearest candy bowl for a hit of chocolate. I have felt seriously out of control over chocolate or sugar for a while now and the last two days I have not. So...I will keep this up for now.

From what I've read this supplementation isn't intended to be permanent...1-2 months at most. So I'm willing to give it a shot for a while.

My birthday is coming...there will be cake.

:)