Friday, January 11, 2013

Friday {fitness}

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Chaney in action...

Don't worry, this isn't turning into a fitness blog!  But after my post on Tuesday, I've gotten a lot of questions about my cooking, running, the app I use, how I make time etc. so I thought I would take today to answer some of those questions. :)

These changes started back in September but then in October we really embraced this new lifestyle. During that time I had some health issues and what ended up being diagnosed as fibromyalgia. Even though the symptoms and tests were fairly conclusive I wasn't officially convinced that's what I had going on but either way I knew that I needed to reduce my stress levels, exercise more, and eat better. 

So when I realized last year that we needed to change the way we ate as a family I knew that fell largely on myself. I also felt a tad bit guilty because I hadn't been doing a very good job of setting a healthy tone in the kitchen for the rest of my family. It was up to me to start cooking more healthy and to also make sure we were making better food choices away from home i.e. lunches at work and school.

Now I work full time and so does Steve. Working had previously been my main excuse for not cooking very much. It's tough to work all day and then go home and make a healthy meal, eat dinner together as a family and then clean up the kitchen on top of all the other weekly activities like violin, judo, homework, etc.

That's where once a month/freezer cooking came up and I blogged all about that, including recipes, in this post.

Here's the time management part...

Now that school has started again, this week we have settled back into our weekday routine. I love routine. :) I had been running in the mornings but lately I've been waking up achy with a lead-like body. Some of that is probably because it's been cold in the mornings but I know that as the day progresses, my body feels better. Because I feel better in the evenings I've been running when I get home from work; something I never thought I would do.  If I do happen to workout in the morning I just have to make sure that I'm in bed before 10pm otherwise it's really hard to get up at 5am.

In the evening I get Chaney started on her homework/violin practice and because dinner is already basically done, I have time to run or workout. Steve is awesome and takes care of any side vegetables, etc and keeps Chaney on task while I'm working out. I take a shower and then by then it's time for dinner. Kitchen clean up is super easy and then I have the rest of the evening to spend with my family, read, sew, etc.

I really like this new routine!

Done!  Not too bad... now if it will just stop raining, I'll be able to get off the dreadmill and run outside.

What program am I using?

I'm using the 10K Runner app on my iPhone.  If you have heard of the Couch to 5K program, this one of very similar.  This app also has a 5K, 21K, and even a marathon plan.  I'm really enjoying this program because it eases you into running and for ultra-competitive, don't-listen-to-your-body people like me, it keeps you on a track so that you can minimize or even eliminate injuries as a beginning runner.

I'm running my first race in ten years tomorrow.  Chaney and I are running a 5K together!  She's been watching me and has been asking to start running too.  It really is true that our kids watch us closely and are influenced by our good {and bad} habits.  I'm also running a 10K in February and then I'm running the Portland Half marathon in May... which also happens to coincide with quilt market in Portland.  I love it when things just work out on their own!

I'm running 3 days a week right now and on the other days I do some sort of cross-training, yoga, or weight training.  I take one rest day a week.

How am I feeling since making these changes?

Much better!  I'm sleeping good {for the most part}, I've lost weight, my stress levels are under control, and while I still have days where I don't feel good, they are fewer than before.

Now I've always secretly rolled my eyes at people touting that you always have time for exercise, you just have to make time.  So now you can roll your eyes at me too... because it's true. ;)  

But to limit the eye rolling, I have a separate blog for all this running and such.  It's appropriately named That Girl Runs With Scissors and I think I'm very clever with that name! With this new obsession I've realized that a lot of quilters also like to run/workout so feel free to take a look at my other blog too. :)

Have a great weekend!



9 comments:

Kiera said...

Good for you Jennifer! Lifestyle changes can be hard, but the working out really does help with the fibro! Good luck on your race!

A.J. Dub. (Amy) said...

That is great that you found a plan that works for you and your family. I started a Cto5K this last summer with my 13 year old and we did great until October when I got a nasty shin splint that is just now healed enough to run on. I ran a few times on it in November and paid for it. :) Now I am more careful. The first run this week was really hard and I am super sore. But it was so nice to get out and move!
I am re-reading your freezer meals post. Thanks for sharing all that! I joined your running blog and look forward to reading it.

stitchinpenny said...

I have trigeminal neuralgia - sort of like fibromyalgia of the face and head, I have improved my diet and the flare ups are fewer. I quit work 5 years ago because I couldn't limit my stress in my job. Some things are truly life and death and I couldn't separate myself, but less stress less pain. Exercise is more difficult. Walking, hiking, kayaking and low impact things are all I can accomplish. I am so inspired that you are running/jogging. Chaney does see your efforts and she recognizes the effort you put into health in all its forms.

Kasey said...

Way to go!!! Good luck tomorrow- I'm sure you'll both do great and have fun. I've found sewing/quilting to be the best way to spend a rest day. Keeps me from overdoing it. Again, good luck tomorrow!

Katy Cameron said...

Yay for embracing the changes, and for feeling better! I'm about to have to give up my 1 1/2 mile walk to and from work as I change jobs next month and have to drive to the new one, but I've realised that the new place is right next to one of these indoor 'activity' places with snow slopes, gym and, most importantly for me, a climbing wall with auto-belayers, so I may be able to get back into my climbing again and keep fit during the day

CitricSugar said...

That's just freakin' awesome, Jennifer! I wish you the best of luck for your run tomorrow (Chaney, too!)

And I hear you on the eating better. We've had to make some changes around here, and as I was in charge of feeding my father this past week while my mother was out of town, I went fresh veg crazy. It's been awesome and he's been a very happy camper.

Gail Hollis said...

Jennifer,
I read with great interest your struggle with health issues as I have had similar symptoms and found I had Gluten Sensitivity though DNA testing. I have since removed all Gluten from my diet and feel like a different person. I had experienced significant joint and muscle aches, particularly in the mornings and they improved as I moved around. After removing it from my diet, I noticed improvements within 3 days and by 7-10 days, the joint aches were totally gone. I just couldn't read this and not comment, as it has impacted me so much.
Godspeed, friend..
Gail Hollis
dgail620@tx.rr.com

Carla said...

Good for you! I so wish I could motivate myself to walk at least and be more consious of what I put on the table but after all these years it's really been a challenge for me to change. I'm sure when I go to the doctor Monday he'll be the lawn mower and I'll be the grass.
I'm not a good patient.

Jodie Simons said...

I wonder if one who does this kind of activity will get short of breath if using one of those e cigs.

Jodie Simons

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