Change Is Good.
It's human nature to fight change. We get used to living or being a certain way, and then boom...stuck right in it. "It" being the proverbial quicksand, rut, or even shit. Clearly I've made some changes to el bloggo, but that's not the only thing I've been changing. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed. You may have even commented or messaged me privately about it. I've been so hesitant to discuss it, but I think I'm ready, because I owe it to myself and to YOU to explain.
When I started training for my last half marathon (Germantown Half Marathon) at the beginning of 2017, I decided to commit. And I mean commit COMPLETELY. I decided to use a realistic training plan and I set what I considered to be a realistic goal for the race. No more flying by the seat of my rogas, half-assing my training, missing runs all over the place.
In addition, I decided to commit to cleaning up my nutrition. It's something I toyed around with numerous times, only to find myself back where I started. This time I decided to take the approach of filling my day with fruits and vegetables, and filling in proteins and fats around that. Nothing would be completely off limits, this would not be an all-in or all-out plan. Along the way I found that this was a completely sustainable way of eating. I craved good, whole foods, and found myself full of energy and vitality that I didn't realize I was missing.
I ended up PRing that half by about 10 minutes. Yes, I knocked 10 minutes off my previous best half marathon time, and that was with a strained abdominal muscle that slowed me down considerably in the last 7 miles. I gained an immense amount of confidence in myself in those 3 months, and I knew I wanted more.
So in addition to that confidence, I gained a new running coach, Katie Taylor, a local running speedster, mom, and all around amazing woman. Despite our differences in running abilities, we have similar interests in nutrition, and well, life. She has taught me to slow down and enjoy the run, and under her training plan, I have set a new 5k PR, gained even more confidence, and made some amazing new friends. In fact, in the 4 months that I've been training with her, I've missed only ONE run. That's inconceivable for me, the runner who used to always be injured. I'm healthy, y'all. Physically and mentally.
Now here's the part I've hesitated to discuss. I've received so many messages about it, and I'm scared to admit it, but after all I've gained, I've lost some things...about 15-20 pounds of things. I guess it shouldn't be a surprise that with consistent running and consistent good fueling that I would lose some weight, but it did. Please hear me out, I am in no way saying that I weighed too much before, but clearly the changes I have made have been for the good because of the overall improvement in my total health and well being. I never once set out to lose weight, nor do I eat to maintain a certain weight. It happened, and I'm going with it. I listen to my body and feed it what it wants...some days it wants a big ole smoothie full of all the goods, and some days it wants a burger.
Now I will tell you, I do make it a point to read labels, as I have found that limiting dairy, gluten, and added sugars makes me feel better. I'm no where near gluten free or dairy free or whole 30 or paleo or keto or whatever. I eat what makes me feel good. I try to buy organic and unprocessed food to fuel myself and my family. But I'm in no way trying to tell you how to fuel yourself, that is unless you ask for my help, which a lot of my co-workers and friends have done. In doing so, I have found that I have a huge passion for nutrition and I would love to figure out a way to incorporate it into my pharmacy practice. In fact, I've coined a term for my lifestyle: The Healthy Living Adventure. Because life's an adventure, right?
So maybe I'm back to blogging now that I've gotten that off my chest. I'd love to be able to share the things that I have found that have made a difference in my life. I also want to thank those of you that have messaged me asking me, "what I've done". You have encouraged me to be honest and open, which is something I've always strived to be.