Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Just call me Stella, cause I'm getting my groove back.

Run
Photo courtesy of Creative Commons - Saurabh_B

I used to love working out. I was a big fan of weight lifting and kickboxing and was in pretty good shape prior to the Crohn's diagnosis. When I started to really get sick, I remember struggling through my kickboxing workouts but sticking to it anyway. Then after diagnosis the medication I had to take really knocked me down. I gained a bunch of weight from the steroids and lost a bunch of my strength. I thought steroids were supposed to help with that?? Oh wait, wrong steroids. After I came off of all the meds in the winter of 09 I'd get in a workout here and there but never quite found my motivation again. The workouts felt great and I knew I could rebuild my old strength easily, I just didn't do it. I read a ton of healthy lifestyle blogs and saw all these girls getting in their runs and their body pump classes and yoga and spinning and I kept thinking, girl you've got to get it together! We had a Biggest Loser challenge earlier this year at work and I started out great with it but quickly slid backwards.

Then I met B and he's big into working out. Sometimes you just need someone there to give you that kick in the butt to get you going. He really wanted us to workout together and I was all for it, yet he'd get up in the morning and say "I'm going to the gym, you coming?" And I'd roll right back over and go to sleep. I've always been more of an evening person for workouts anyway and I did start joining him on his after work workouts. We'd do the standard workout that I've been doing for over 10 years, 20-30 minutes of the elliptical and then weight lifting. I was into it, and got some good workouts in, but it was the same old boring thing.

When he told me that he wanted to get back into running and asked if I wanted to run with him my first reaction was Hell Freakin NO! I hate running. I've never been a runner. My youth soccer days came flashing back, ace bandage on the knee that never worked properly, dragging my butt up and down that field, feeling like I was going to die. I have always hated running! Then we went to New Balance to get him a decent pair of running sneakers and the sales guy told us that they are sponsoring a 5K in September and we should go. "We." Ha. I'm not buying sneakers my friend. You can keep your 5K. I don't want any part of that insanity.

But then I started thinking, it's only 3.2 miles. If the contestants of the Biggest Loser can run a marathon then I can certainly get through 3.2 miles. And I definitely could use a change of scenery when it comes to my workouts. I tell B that I wanted to do it. Let's run. I can do this! He says, ok, let's go to the gym, we're going to run there. Well, let's just say that first run didn't go so well. I need a different approach than just going outside and hitting the pavement until I die. In the back of my mind I had been thinking of the Couch to 5K program. Later that week I downloaded the training calendar and set off on week one. Last night I finished week one. I mapped it out on gmaps and I'm doing just over 2 miles in 25 minutes. Clearly that's not fast at all but if I can get through that in week one, I have no doubt that by week nine I'll be doing great. The 5K is September 25th. That will be week 10. I can totally do this!!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Summer is going by way to fast!

Plymouth

Is it really already mid July? One week from today I'll be counting down the minutes until it's time to go home because I'll officially be on vacation for 10 days. We are heading down to the Cape for the week and I am SO excited! I've been prepping a list of GF friendly places and number one on my list is Chatham Fish & Lobster Co. I heard about them on tv, maybe Phantom Gourmet? And ever since I've been dying to go. Fried scallops, here I come!! We also have plans to bring the bikes down and hit the Rail Trail, have friends down to visit, but mostly I'm looking forward to just plopping my butt on the beach with a book and wasting away. It's going to be great.

Today I went through my Flickr feed looking for an appropriate photo for this post and I was reminded of how much great food I've made over the years. Lately my diet has become pretty boring. I tend to eat the same things over and over again. Part of the problem is the cafe at work. I can only eat a few things so I tend to eat those same things because I'm too lazy to shop and the food at work is cheap. The other thing is that I'm never home. Between work, the boy, summer adventures, etc, I can't keep food in the house because it goes to waste. I really would like to be able to focus more on cleaning up my diet again. Of course, starting that a week before vacation is kind of moot. Then it'll be August and summer will almost be over, so why not enjoy the rest of the summer and clean it up in September? Yeah.. that's how I do things.

I did start training for a 5K yesterday though so I'm really hoping that goes well. I'm using the Couch to 5K training program and had my first run yesterday. It was a pretty basic workout and even at that, I was afraid I'd struggle, but I finished it strong and felt great. Today I actually am noticing that my legs feel awesome. Usually sitting at a desk all day my legs get swollen and achy but today they are doing very well. The boy was the one that wanted to start up running again and when we went to get him new sneakers at New Balance they told us about the 5K coming up in September. I've always wanted to run one myself but never found enough motivation. My former roommate is a big runner and completed the Boston Marathon this year and she always inspired me to run, but I just never did it. It would be a huge accomplishment to run a 5K. I know it's not a long race but I've always told everyone how much I hate running and with my bad knees and ankles I just figured I'd avoid it forever. But secretly I've always wanted to do it and now that I have a running partner, I guess it's now or never!!

I will definitely post all about my training progress and my vacation recap, and I also have a post coming with a cookie review. See ya soon!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

b.good serves Udi's buns!

B.good

Today I had kind of a rough morning and was looking for some comfort at lunch time. I was sick of the same old stuff, sushi, salad, boring. I went on the b.good website to see if they had any gf info, figuring I'd probably just get a bunless burger. But what did I find? They are now serving Udi's GF Hamburger buns!!!! I immediately logged off my computer and jumped in my car. Before ordering I asked if they did in fact have the buns and sure enough, they did. I was so excited! I ordered my burger with a side of fries and waited for my order to be ready. The cool thing is, you can see the prep area and watch them prep your burger. If you are highly sensitive I would watch carefully, this is still a fast food restaurant and gluten filled burger buns and crumbs are all over the place. Make sure they prep your burger safely! I was satisfied with mine so I took it out to the patio and dove in. It was delicious and definitely satisfied my craving for comfort. I didn't get to have a burger on the 4th so this really was awesome. Thanks b.good!!