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Health Quest – I Lost Another 2lbs!

Health Quest – I Lost Another 2lbs!

16lbsDownHi all!  Well, it’s a few weeks past our Whole30 challenge and I thought I’d give an update to you all on how things are going.  Just because we finished our challenge, we have not gone right back to our old habits.   Instead, we have adopted a lot of the ideas and techniques we learned in our challenge.  I can honestly say I’m feeling amazing!  I’ve not had any bread (which, you all know I LOVE) for the last 9 weeks, nor have a I brewed a cup of coffee.  I have lost a total of 16lbs since we began our challenge and I don’t feel starved, hungry, or deprived, in fact, I feel totally satisfied.  I have enjoyed some yummy treats in the past few weeks too – Mother’s Day we went to my favorite Mexican restaurant and I enjoyed a few tortillas, chips and salsa, and cheese!!  It was heavenly, but I really noticed that a little bit went a long way.  We also had company over last week and since you all know my obsession with brownies – I did find a flourless brownie recipe that tasted amazing – you must check it out here from the blog, Running With Spoons: Flourless Double Chocolate Brownies  I’m hoping to lose another 14lbs in the coming weeks and months – that is my goal, but for now I’m loving how I feel!

For the  most part, we are still eating Whole30 – at least 80% of the time.  I’ve allowed a little more flexibility for the kids while trying to keep my diet stricter.  We are still very limited with our sugar intake, but a few snacks have made their way back into our rotation.  When the kids have special occasions at school or birthday partiesFitBit to attend, they can now partake, we just don’t eat sugary treats at home on a consistent basis anymore.  A great friend of mine gave me a spiralizer and I love it!  It makes preparing veggies super quick and easy!

My husband, and I, have started working out 4-5 times a week doing T25 and are loving that early morning time together before the kids get up!  I now own a FitBit and LOVE it!  I challenge myself daily as I try to get at least 10,000 steps in and today am proud because I’ve already put up 15,000 thanks to the lovely weather and 3 mile run I was able to do with my youngest son!  If you don’t own a FitBit or any sort of exercise/activity tracker, consider one, they are fun and a great way to stay motivated!

I know another huge part of my health success is due to the supplement that I take on a daily basis.  If you are looking for a high quality supplement, then make sure you find one that activates Nrf2 and is reducing your oxidative stress levels, while repairing your body on the cellular level.  Ok, so who has heard of Nrf2?  I promise I’m not crazy and that if you have not heard of Nrf2 yet, you will soon!  It’s something that you absolutely need to look into and do something about.  I have written an ebook all about Nrf2 that you can download if you want to axioknow more – plus I plan to write a post about it soon!  Download my Nrf2 eBook NOW.

Now back to what I was saying about supplements.  I take Protandim (I love the science behind  Protandim and the personal results that I’ve had with it, that I’m also an Independent Distributor for all the LifeVantage Products), and I love knowing that I’m not only reducing my oxidative stress by 40%, but that I’m also repairing all the years of cellular damage that I’ve caused my body with all the over-the-counter pain medications I used to take for the migraines and headaches I would get every day.  Protandim has helped me sleep better and preform better with all of my athletic workouts I do.  Today I went for a 3 mile run and I love how Protandim helps me recover quickly orthodicsand reduces overall inflammation in my body.  I’ve combined my healthy eating with AXIO, an all natural energy drink, and love the guilt-free energy boost!  I’ve even replaced my morning coffee with AXIO and love it!  I know it’s not the same as that warm cup of coffee first thing in the morning, but after all this work I’ve done, I love knowing that AXIO is actually helping me in the long run – there are studies to show it helps with cognitive brain function and it really does give me a mental clarity for the day, as well as an energy boost.  The best part of AXIO is there is never a caffeine/sugar crash!

Another great part of my overall health success is the continued support from my favorite chiropractor – Dr. Carrie Wolf from Wolf Chiropractic.  If you live near Parker, Colorado, she is AWESOME!  Carrie has not only helped align my spine from recurrent adjustments, but she has continued to do acupuncture treatments on my leg muscles and feet and along with using RockTape to hold my feet in place, has really helped make the nerve pain in my feet to disappear.  Carrie has helped me find custom orthodics that we are working hard to make perfect for my stubborn mechanical feet and today after my 3 mile run I finally feel like we are getting my orthodics right!  The doc who is making my orthodics is wonderful and between him and Dr. Wolf, they have FinishedRunnot given up on me and have continued to refine and fix my orthodics.  My orthodics look hilarious actually!  They are nothing alike – having a normal foot and a mechanical foot make for some crazy differences, but I love that my docs won’t give up on me!  Today I was able to run with minor nerve pain and my toes did NOT fall asleep!  This is awesome!

I’m planning to stick with my new routine and continue on with the awesome success I’m having!  If you have any questions on anything I’ve learned in my journey to better health, please let me know!  I’d love to know what you have tried and what has worked for you as well!

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May 21, 20150 commentsRead More
Health Quest Part 3 – Big Changes Ahead

Health Quest Part 3 – Big Changes Ahead

As you read from the previous post I suffered greatly running my 2nd half marathon – my attempt to try to feel normal again and pretend that my body was healthy again after all. WRONG! After that race I took it easy and gave my body a chance to recover – I didn’t run or exercise at all for a couple weeks, but I noticed that my feet were still really hurting, even when I’d just go for a walk around the block.  I decided to take it easy and give my feet time to heal.

accupunctureA couple months later, I was introduced to an all-natural supplement that reduces oxidative stress by 40% after taking it for only 30 days. I had no idea what oxidative stress was at the time, but I started taking it and have seen some cool things happen with my health. When I first started taking it I was really hoping that this supplement would give me back my energy, and although that is not what happened, I did start sleeping much better at night (which I really needed) and my everyday headache was gone. This really helped my mood each day – having struggled with my sleep and every day, annoying migraines for years, this was huge for me! Ok, so great, now I’m sleeping better and my headaches are gone, why am I still so tired? And why are my feet and back so sore? And why can’t I lose any weight? The day I had thyroid surgery my surgeon warned me that for the rest of my life I would have to work 10 times harder than the average person at losing weight or keeping it off – even if my blood levels say the half of my thyroid I have left is functioning at its optimum level. Yippee.

A few months ago I met a chiropractor, by accident. I never considered that a chiropractor could actually help me with anything; I just thought if I ever had a stiff neck then I would call a chiropractor. Well, after talking more with her, she told me that she’s had some great results helping people who have foot pain through the use of acupuncture. I decided to give it a try – that one acupuncture treatment has completely changed my view on my health. I’m sure you all are thinking – uh, sure Katrina, acupuncture? Really? How could that possibly change your life? Well, over the next 5 weeks of being treated I’ve had a remarkable change in my foot pain (also she introduced me to Rock Tape – stuff is amazing!), no more numbness in my toes and I’ve begun to dream again of all the races that me and my husband will get to run in the futurrocktapee.

She’s also been treating my whole body – checking all my aches in pains in my back and shins, and neck (mostly from running) but just overall from not taking care of myself. She’s helped me understand that the body is a whole unit – God designed it to be intricately connected and that each part has its purpose. I’ve heard this so many times before, but never really saw it play out in my own life. We need all our body parts to work together correctly, and function the way God designed them to, in order to feel good. She has helped me understand that something as small as foot pain can just be a symptom of a bigger problem, and it’s representing itself as a glimpse into the larger picture of your body’s overall health.

I truly do have a foot pain, but it’s a side effect of my foot surgery and the lack of proper healing, which contributes to my back pain, excess weight, shin splinwhole30Gheets, fatigue, headaches, etc that I experience when I’m trying to run and get healthy again. It’s a terrible vicious cycle that I’m stuck in. I love to run (and I know I’ve said that a million times already), but it’s doing more damage than good because my feet needed help and my body needs to be nourished with the correct healthy foods from the inside out.

My chiropractor has helped me feel so much better, not only in my feet, but my whole body. She’s opened my eyes to the big picture – that you can’t just fix the little thing, like toe numbness, that is bothering you, it’s just a small piece of the big picture and you need to see the whole picture to really get healthy. I’m more thankful than I can possibly write in words, and it’s just made me think about my health and how something as trivial as toe numbness, is connected to my entire body – not just my toe.

I now so badly want to get off medications, even simple pain relievers and simply heal my body naturally with use of supplements and whole foods, and even some essential oils when necessary. I want so badly to feel well all over and work on my preventative health – not just fix stuff when it’s broken. I want to examine my whole body and get to the bottom of the things that cause me pain and fatigue and change them – finally. I’ve continued taking my supplement through all of this and am so thankful – I feel like it’s the only thing that is keeping me going right now, but I know if I want to see some major changes in my life and my health then I need to get an entire body overhaul. It’s a little over 2 years post surgeries and I’m sick of feeling fatigued, fat, and tired all the time. I’m ready for a total change and it starts tomorrow.

I have decided to do the Whole30 challenge and thankfully my entire family is on board with me as well. My husband is ready for a change as well and is happy to see me, working on me, and hoping that I’ll be “me” again soon. My kids may not love this next 30 days, but besides me needing to get healthy, so do my kids. We really eat too much sugar. I don’t even like sugar that much, but am shocked just how much we are eating each day – it’s in everything! So we are doing the Whole30 and I’m hoping to see these changes:

For Me:

  • Weight lossshoppingcartwhole30
  • Increased energy
  • Decrease in my seasonal allergies
  • Decrease in my overall aches and pains
  • Continued healing in my foot pains and numbness
  • Increased athletic ability and stamina in my running
  • Decrease in illnesses and colds

For My Kids:

  • Increased attention span and focus
  • Decrease in illnesses and colds
  • Easier to fall asleep at night
  • Overall increase in mood

Stay tuned…I’ve read the book It Starts With Food, by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig and have purchased and spent hours prepping my food for this first week … I’ll be blogging often about how it’s going, what I’m learning and just how hard it really is. Who knew getting healthy was such a journey huh, and I’m only at the beginning…oh jeez..this is going to be quite a journey!


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April 5, 20152 commentsRead More
Health Quest – Part 2 – The Pain Of A Changed Body

Health Quest – Part 2 – The Pain Of A Changed Body

As you read in my previous post, Health Quest – The Beginning, I had a really hard year, about 2 years agocostcocartride when I faced 2 major surgeries back to back.  After both surgeries were complete we were in the dead of winter and nearing the holidays and I just had no energy at all.  Rylyn, my youngest, had his second birthday and I barely had the energy to have a family party for him (this coming from the mom who LOVES to throw fun home parties).  By the time Christmas rolled around I had been living on my couch for months resting my foot, and my neck, eating any type of food that my friends and family were happy to bring over, and being pumped full of all sorts of over-the-counter pain medications.  Thankful for God’s provision, I had a non-stop revolving door of friends and family helping me with my kids and driving me all over to run errands.  I even had to use those “special” motorized carts whenever I would go grocery shopping…that was actually fun, but so frustrating and slow!  I wasn’t able to do any sort of strenuous activity for close to 6 months and I felt like my body lost itself, and got a lot bigger in the process.  Talk about frustration.

I actually enjoy exercise and love to run more than anything.  I have vivid dreams fairly often about being an amazing runner, it’s to the point of being silly – I’ve also had dreams lately of being a Duggar…yes, I’m totally serious – I dreamed I was one of their 19 kids.  I really do love to cook and try new recipes – but I also love to eat.  Lots of eating and no exercise don’t mix well, I’m sure you can guess where that left me.  I know being fit is hard and I don’t mind hard work, but I despise hard work when I don’t feel good, or when I’m tired.  I was all of those things, tired of being tired, feeling lazy – but not wanting to be lazy, feeling boot_Kenzoverall just crummy and on top of it all – fat, and there was not a lot I could do about it.  I was beyond frustrated.

At the 6 month mark I was allowed to start exercising again, but told to take it easy.  I slowly worked in running again, but my foot took more than a year to work back into any sort of shape that I could run on it.  I had no idea just how totally changed my foot was from surgery, and the race my husband and I chose to train for was doing more damage than good.  As one month ran into the next, I was still tired, still fat, and still easily stressed out.   I kept telling myself that I’m just recovering, that my body still needs time to heal and get better post surgeries.  I think my docs liked that excuse too, because they all kept saying the same thing – you’ll feel better, just give yourself time.

In August of last year (put me at 1 year post foot surgery) my husband and I decided we needed to run our 2nd half marathon.  I think I did it because I so badly wanted to feel normal again, and to prove to myself that I just needed to will myself to be better and just get over it.  We trained all summer and we never missed a workout – we get really into it – we do a very intensive 12 week training schedule and I love every minute of it.  It’s hard, but so worth it.  During training a new symptom showed up – numbness in my toes on my surgery foot.  This started about half way through training and was terribly painful – I would hit mile 5 and my toes would be completely numb.  I visited my foot doc and his only solution was to do cortisone shots in the nerves or I could once again have surgery to remove the dead nerve.  I cried – mostly out of pure frustration.  I was mad at God – I mean a bunion of all things – the least I could have done was have a much more glamorous injury like breaking my foot while trying to save a puppy or something?!!!  To see how far reaching that bunion was in my body…my goodness!

I got cortisone shots and continued on with my training and tried to “champ” my way through it.  The daymarathon2 of our race dawned and I was excited, but nervous.  I felt good, knew I had trained long and hard, and was ready.  Oh my gosh, it was TERRIBLE!  Our first race was AMAZING!  We had so much fun, I felt great, and I ran my full 13.1 miles without stopping even once.  We crossed the finish line hand and in hand and celebrated like we were royals!  This second race, I got altitude sickness at mile 4 (which I have never had before) and thought I was going to throw up.  By mile 6 my feet were starting to hurt so bad.  By mile 7 I was begging my husband to run ahead of me and I would walk (like a good man, he stayed with me and pushed me along).  By mile 9 I was in tears, and the rest of the race was a complete blur of wailing, screaming, anger, tears, and so much pain and numbness in my feet that I thought nothing could be worse than what I was going through!  I’m not a quitter, but oh did I want to quit this race so bad, it was complete torture!
I’m happy now to say I didn’t quit, I did finish that race, kicking and screaming, but I finished.  Besides knowing that I really disappointed my husband,  I also knew that unless something changed, there was no way I’d be running any more races.  I knew I needed to figure out what was going on and finally get healthy, or so I thought…..

Stay tuned…I’ll unfold more later this week.  Next Monday, April 6th, is the beginning of our change!

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March 31, 20150 commentsRead More
Health Quest – The Beginning

Health Quest – The Beginning

denverhalfmarathonIt’s been a very rough 2 years for me and my health.  Some major stuff has happened and some silly stuff, and now two years down the road, I’m still not totally back to normal and am absolutely sick of it.  My husband and I got to spend a ton of time outside this weekend with the kids enjoying the sunshine and fresh air and we talked a lot about the state of my health and how we both are ready to see me being “me” again.  The me of two years ago loved to be outside ALL the time, I loved to run and had no problem training for half marathons (never a full one – but maybe someday), working out 5-6 days a week and still chasing my three young kids around all day.  I didn’t feel the need to take a nap every single day to just get through my days, and was always able to handle a lot of activities and chaos without getting a stress headache and or blowing up at my kids.  Today, I’m the icky person I just described.  I’m tired even after a full 8 hours of sleep.  I feel the need to take a nap every day to just get through the day, and if I don’t, then I’m a mean, crabby lady at 5pm.  I get stress headaches on occasion, but feel like I get them even when I’m should be able to handle my stress.  I don’t get 5-6 days of exercise in because I’m usually just too tired, and sometimes when I do workout, it makes me so much more tired that I know that I’ll for sure need a nap that day to get through the full day with my kids.

I’m sure you are asking, what happened 2 years ago? Right?  Well, 2 years my kids were ages 1, 4, and 6,legoland and we were planning a surprise trip to Legoland, California for the 2 oldest to celebrate their birthdays (which are only 15 days apart).  We planned this trip on a whim and we had such an AMAZING time!!!  It was their first time on an airplane and their first time seeing the beach.  Was truly awesome!  We had a great time on this trip, but my foot started to hurt on the trip.  So totally odd how it just started to hurt all of a sudden.  I didn’t injure myself that I can recall, but as soon as I got home I called a podiatrist.  Upon evaluation it was discovered that I had a bunion.  I know, gross, right?!  Ewww!!! I thought that only old people got bunions – not me, I was only 32 – how in the world did that happen???  Well, it was sort of a freak thing because it was not there before our trip and was mysteriously there after our week long trip – and it was big – and it really hurt.  I had no other option but to let it grow or surgically remove it.  I opted to get rid of it as soon as possible.

I scheduled surgery for a couple weeks later, and I honestly had no idea how bad this surgery was going to be on my poor body – I’m still glad I did it, but it was so much worse than I thought.  Before I could be approved for surgery I had to have a doc give me a full physical to make sure my body was in good enough shape for the actual surgery.  I figured it was just a formality and that I would be approved an on my way quickly.  I had just finished my first half marathon a few months earlier and was feeling fine.  I didn’t even have a GP (General Practioner) doctor – I had only been to my Gynecologist in the past 5 years when I was having kids!  I just didn’t have a reason to go to a doc.  So, it was a huge surprise to me and my family when I went to my GP for my surgery approval physical and she finds a very large mass in my thyroid.  I went to the doc for a quick physical for my FOOT surgery and came out of there needing to go to a whole bunch of new appointments to try to figure out why I had such a huge mass in my thyroid.  Great.  Help me Lord.

bootNow I was in a whole new world of scary.  I was given a great doc to go see about my thyroid who specialized in thyroid surgeries, but of course, I had to a wait a few months for my first appointment with him.  In the mean time they did an ultrasound on my thyroid and it confirmed a very large mass on one side and a couple smaller ones on the other side.  I was starting to get scared, but I had my foot surgery to deal with.  Despite my thyroid issues, I was approved for my foot surgery and it went ahead as planned.  It truly was awful.  Foot surgery is really hard to deal with, especially when you have little kids and a 1 year old that likes to get into everything.  I couldn’t drive, I was in a huge boot – it was hard enough to even walk, going down the stairs was comical.  I had a giant boot on my leg for 8 weeks and it was terribly uncomfortable.  I did get through it though and now I have a few extra pins in my foot and some stiffness, but I had no idea how totally differently my foot would operate and function from the other one.  I have run another half marathon since surgery and that is a whole other story for another time (needless to say, it was AWFUL).

I recovered, and after meeting the thyroid doctor I was told I needed to have immediate surgery to remove the mass that they feared might be cancerous.  Yes, CANCER.  Freak me out.  They told me to get into surgery as soon as possible and they would know as soon as they cut me open if the mass was cancer or not.  Talk about scary!!!  I got the boot off my foot the weekend of my birthday in October and the following week I was having thyroid surgery.  I wasn’t scared, because I knew the Lord had my life and my health all in His plan.  I went into surgery without fear.  My husband knew before I woke up from surgery that the mass was NOT cancerous!  Praise the Lord!   This surgery being only a few months from the last was exhausting, but much easier to recover from – as a result I do have a nice 2 inch scar right over my throat though.  J  My surgeon did a wonderful job and a week later I was feeling a ton better.  I followed up with an endocrinologist and have been told that even though my thyroid is half gone, that it still functions just fine and that I don’t need to be on any medication.  Now 2 years later, I’m a totally different person than the day I was wheeled down the long white hall to my surgery room.  I’m tired – and for a while I thought that was just because I went through 2 majors surgeries back to back, but after 2 years, I can’t use that as my excuse anymore.

About 6 months ago I met a lady who has really changed my life and caused me to look at my health in a totally different way and over the next couple months I’ll unfold more of my health story and my journey that I’m preparing to go on.  Stay tuned, I’m hoping for some great things to come of this!

During this process I’m clinging to this verse, this is who I want to become again!  I can’t wait to laugh again at the unknown!  “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.”  – Proverbs 31:25

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March 22, 20150 commentsRead More
Are You A Stress Eater?

Are You A Stress Eater?

browniesI love to run. I’m not great at it, but I love it.  I also love to eat, I love food so so sooo much – I love mexican food, salsa and chips, hamburgers, sourdough bread and most of all, BROWNIES!  When I have a really stressful day, either with my kids, or with work, I have a choice between eating a huge, chewy, chocolate brownie (which I love more than you will ever know), or jumping on my treadmill and running a couple miles.  I hate to admit it but, more often than it should, the brownie wins.

It’s so crazy because I’ll catch myself pulling a box of brownie mix from my stockpile whenever I’ve had an unexceptionally stressful day.  It’s like I’m on auto pilot; if I have a misunderstanding with a good friend, or too many arguments with my oldest son over his homework, or if my youngest (who is potty training), has repeated accidents, I automatically reach for a box of brownies to fix it and make it all better. That’s how I know that I’m absolutely a Stress-Eater.

Yesterday was one of those days where it seemed like every corner I turned I was putting out a fire or getting frustrated at my kids. I was trying so hard to be patient and “super-mom” all at the same time and I failed miserably!  Me and the kids has just spent the last hour trying to make glitter-snow playdough that left cornstartch all over the kitchen and the all over the kids, and don’t even get me started with where the glitter ended up.  By 5pm I Kat_Run2was about to chow down on every Christmas cookie that I could stuff into my mouth! I was exhausted and totally ready for a break.  I was stressed to the max and ready to indulge! But, You would be proud, I laced up my running shoes and hopped on my treadmill and ran a couple miles instead.

I’ve just recently been able to recognize that one of my poor food habit triggers is stress.  Now that I know this, I’m trying to replace the desire to eat something that I may regret later, with an activity that can relieve my stress instead. Tada! Running is perfect for this! It’s a great was to melt stress off my body and it’s great for my mood!  It’s not rocket science, but it’s hard to make a good choice when you want that instant gratification that comes from indulging in a yummy treat!  I’m trying to be better at this and recognizing my triggers is the first step!

What are your triggers? How do you deal with stress?  If you are anything like me and tend to turn to food when you are stressed, tired, exhausted, or emotional then consider these tips before you take your next bite:

  • Identify your triggers
  • Make a list of your top triggers
  • Find some type of exercise that you enjoy – walking, running, dancing, zumba, exercise video, karate, etc.
  • Make a list of the exercises you enjoy
  • Hang that list on your refrigerator where you can see it every time you are about to “stress-eat”
  • Actively choose one of exercises from your list next time you are stressed instead of indulging in a treat

It sounds really simple, but it’s actually really hard – for me at least! But I know you can do it!  Let me know how it goes! Good luck!



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December 22, 20140 commentsRead More
Exercise Is Hard

Exercise Is Hard

Fact: Exercise is hard.

I totally agree. I don’t wake up every morning and bound out of bed because I’m so excited to kick my butt and get all sweaty. Nope. Not at all. Every time my alarm goes off, I’m 100% tempted to stay in bed and I have all sorts of ideas going through my head about how I can get out of exercising. No joke, it’s a total mental struggle I have – every single morning. I try to reorganize the day and figure out how I can work in my exercise to some other part of the day like right before dinner when the kids are screaming at me because they are hungry. Perfect timing right? Uh, no. That would never happen! But it sure sounds tempting at 5:45 in the morning when I’m still tired from getting up in the middle of the night – twice – because my potty-training son had to go poop (who does that in the middle of the night? I think he just wanted some candy…oh well).  ExerciseIsHard

I am not one of those super-fit chicks, you know, the ones who can do one-handed handstands and have abs of steel (and they do these on the beach, I can’t even do that against a wall, let alone the beautiful beach…)? Deep down I wish I were. Really, I wish I was, and at one point in my life, right before I got married, I was probably the fittest I will ever be. I look back at those pictures fondly – and I reminisce about how great my arms looked in sleeveless shirts (I was really proud of my arms and shoulders – so silly of me, but I was – just being honest). I was also in my early 20’s, in my last year of college, and had tons of time on my hands to worry only about me. There was no late night feedings of a baby, there were no diapers to change, there was no school pick-up line to sit and wait in – three times a day, there was no daily dinner to cook to for five people, there was no grocery shopping trips with a toddler, or piles and piles of laundry to do every week. I had time back them to devote to myself and work on my appearance, and the funny thing is, back then I thought I didn’t have any time at all to do anything! I thought I was “soooo” busy! Isn’t it funny how we think, how our reality changes?

Now my everyday reality is that I’m getting older, have had three kids and my weight has gone up and down and up and down since the day I said, “I do.” I know one thing about myself; I’m a very planned person. I’m regimented and organized, I make lists and I really do follow them. When I decide something, I go for it, and I have an uncanny ability to stick with it and complete the job no matter how hard or how long it takes to do it. This proves why I can train for a half marathon for 16 weeks without missing even one workout. I know it’s only a half marathon, but it was so hard – oh let me tell you. But that’s another post in itself that I’m sure I’ll write about soon.

Back to my reality – so, as I was saying, I’m a fairly organized person that likes to compete with myself. This is helpful when dieting and with exercise, because I won’t quit, I’ll see it through, and I’ll stick to the plan. Throw in everyday life, kids, potty-training toddlers, sickness, and the fact that I had 2 surgeries last year, I know I’m just not the same person I was 15 years ago. I’m trying to accept my new reality and give myself a break. When you have a bad day and you don’t get up early like you had planned to exercise, it’s not big deal. It’s not going instantly make you gain 5 pounds instead. If you are a control freak like me, it’s tends to totally ruin my day – I will beat myself up for not getting up when in reality it’s just one day. Give yourself some grace. Who knows, maybe you will find the time later that day to exercise.

Some days, you just need a break too. Which was my day today. The hubs and I had totally planned to get up early like we always do to do T25, but I woke up with a pounding headache and he was just plain exhausted. Needless to say we skipped our workout. Instead of going back to sleep though, I got up and made a cup of coffee and curled up on the couch with my Bible and spent the next 30 minutes with the Lord. Was an excellent way to start the day even though I didn’t get to exercise. It’s a huge step for me to not beat myself up and realize that tomorrow is another day and another opportunity to exercise. Hopefully tomorrow morning is better and I’ll be right back to my routine.

See what I mean? Exercise is hard.

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