November 30, 2013

Runners' Edge Mock 5k

Today was the end of the fall clinics at Runners' Edge , our local running store.  I got to sleep in a little, since our usual Saturday runs are at 8:00am.  Registration was at 9:00am.  I thought my bib number was pretty cool.

We started a warm-up at 9:30, and the race was at 10:00.  Part of the warm-up was to run around the plaza where the store is located.  It wasn't very far, but I walked about half of it, not because I was tired, but because I wanted to save my legs for the run!

After the warm-up, we walked to the plaza across the road to start.  We ran behind the stores, then a loop back to the store.  The first part of the run was pretty cold, with a bit of a wind in our faces, but it was much better when we made a turn.  Then, it was beautiful.  I even had to take off my gloves and push up my sleeves.  The last stretch had a bit of wind again, but it was bearable.  My IT band was giving me a little grief, and I had to stop to stretch with about 1.5k to go.  At first, the stretch seemed to make it feel worse.  I had to really focus to keep pushing through, but I did it! My time was 49:24, which was about what I expected. 

So, what's next?  I need to keep going to the weekly runs through the winter, as much as possible.  We need to get the treadmill set up again for the days when the weather is too bad.  I'm afraid I am not a hardy as Jim, but then again, I just might surprise myself!  I really should set some goals for the new year. 

We have not used any of our chiropractor coverage this year, so I think I should make an appointment to get this leg taken care of.  I have a couple more massages this year, but with $500 available for chiropractor, I could afford to even go a couple times a week if I need to.

Lily's quilt is just about finished.  All I need to do is put the binding around the edge.  If I have time, I may go back and do a bit more detail on the quilting, but it would also be fine with the amount I have done.

Pub Run tonight!  And turkey dinner at our friends Dawn & Joe's tomorrow!  MMMmmm!!  :)

November 29, 2013

Last Run for Learn to Run and Small Victories

Last night's run wasn't bad.  It wasn't as cold as I was expecting it to be, although my legs didn't seem to want to cooperate.  I just felt kind of clumsy for a good part of it.  But, I hung in there and completed the 40 minutes, and finally made it through a run without pushing a wrong button on my watch!  There have been a few times when I hit the stop button instead of the lap button.  Jim always has his, though, so I can download his info to my Garmin Connect page.  Total covered for the 40 minute run portion was 4.05 km.  Tomorrow is the final run of the Learn to Run clinic.  We are going to Queenston Heights for the Mock 5k.  It is supposed to be sunny and above freezing, so it should be good. 

I'm still trying to figure out my sugar readings.  Wednesday, after the Tuesday night run, I woke up to a 3.3 and had a few other lows through the day.  Last night, I took only 5 units of insulin, instead of 10.  It was 5.0 this morning, although that was at 5:20 am, and Wednesday it was at 7:45 am.  Would it have been low if I had slept longer?  Who knows!   

I can clearly see the benefit of exercise on blood pressure.  It was great after the run and again this morning. 

I have a ton of clothes that were just a little too small.  Close enough to being wearable that I didn't want to donate them or buy new clothes.  Yesterday, when I was getting dressed, I decided to try on a pair of jeans that had been too tight.  I wasn't near doing them up in the summer.  A couple weeks ago, I could do them up, but would have been way too uncomfortable wearing them all day.  Now, I could definitely wear them!  They are still just a little snug, but that could just be my age.  Twenty years ago, I probably would have  worn them the way they fit two weeks ago! 

Lily's quilt is coming along.  I had to do a bit of clever piecing for the backing, but it is now ready to put together and then do the machine quilting.  I am very pleased with how it is coming along. 

November 27, 2013

Running in the Rain

I was a little concerned about last night's run.  The weather forecast indicated that it might be pretty sloppy in the evening.  Thankfully, it was warm enough that it was just a light rain.  It wasn't really cold, in fact, I over-dressed a little, but when you are wet, it just feels colder. 

The run was ok.  My legs were dragging a little, but I pushed through, and after we turned around at 20 minutes, I felt better.  Maybe it was just the fact that I knew we were headed back to the store!  We did the route that involves a hill for about the last .5 - .7 km or so.  I hate it, but it does feel good to be able to dig deep and conquer it!  We didn't hang around to stretch, but did it at home instead.

I met up for lunch yesterday with a former co-worker at Boston Pizza.  It was really nice to catch up with her.  We used to have lunch together every day.  I was laid off at the end of March and have been meaning to get together with her, but it just never happened.  I got a great salad with chicken breast on top that was very good.  When we were done, the waitress asked if we had left room for dessert, in particular, the "Chocolate Explosion".

Description from the menu: Ultimate decadence. Creamy chocolate mousse with chunks of cheesecake, caramel, toffee, pecans and almonds on a chocolate crust.

I said to her, "That thing has about 900 calories!"  She laughed and said that she doesn't look at that information!  LOL  On a side note...I have had that dessert in the past, and it IS absolutely decadent...I did share it, so it was only 450 calories.  :S  Honestly, I don't know how anyone could eat the full slice, it is SO sweet and rich.  Needless to say, I passed on the dessert!  :)  It always feels great when you eat out and make good choices!!

November 25, 2013

Monday Weigh-in and Some New Recipes smells good in here!  We had turkey last night, and I put the carcass in the slow cooker overnight to make stock.  I think I will use some of it to make some turkey soup! 

But first, I was thrilled with my weigh-in this morning! 

That is down 4.8 lbs!!!  I've been chasing that elusive 230 for months, and finally broke through!  I was really trying hard this week to stay paleo, and it worked!!

Last night, we had turkey dinner.  I had two turkeys in the freezer, and one had been there for a long time, so I wanted to use it up. 

I tried two new recipes:  Maple Bacon Pecan Roasted Butternut Squash  and a breadless stuffing .  Both were delicious! 

Maple Bacon Pecan Roasted Butternut Squash
I'm off to make my turkey stock and then get to the sewing machine.  I am hoping to get Lily's quilt top finished today.
I guess first, I should check the job bank!

November 23, 2013

Beating Down Those Voices!

It was a tough run this morning.  The temperature itself wasn't bad, except when the wind picked up.  Part of the run was protected, and I actually had to remove my gloves, but it was pretty cold on the last leg home. 

My left leg was a little tight, but I knew that before I headed out.  I'm glad I have a massage booked for Wednesday.  The hardest part was wrestling with the negative voices in my head.  It's true that running is mostly a mental game, and the voices were trying to pull me down for almost the whole run.  They were telling me, "It's too cold.  You don't want to be out here.  You can't run through the winter, just do it on the treadmill."  Then, on the way back, "This leg is getting tighter...maybe you should stop and walk the rest of the way.  You'll never make it all the way back.  Forget about the idea of a half marathon".

And so it went.  The whole way, I was telling them to shut up!  I AM a runner.  Even if *I* decide to take walk breaks, it will be because I want to include them in my training, NOT because I am giving up!  A lot of people use the run/walk method.  I have a book written by a woman from Oakville, who lost over 100 pounds and qualified for Boston doing a run/walk program. 

The last kilometre was a case of picking something and running to it, like the next driveway, the next lamp post or tree.  When the 35 minutes were up, we were about halfway across the bridge that goes over the highway.  I said to Jim that I was going to run to the end of the bridge.  It wasn't very much further, but it was like a final kick in the butt to those voices!

I WON!!!! 

November 22, 2013

Feeling Off

I haven't been feeling great today, well, the last couple days.  I get lightheaded when I stand up.  Sometimes I feel like my sugar is low, but it is fine, other times I feel ok, but when I check before a meal, it is low.  Before lunch today, it was 3.3.  I am going to make a doctor's appointment on Monday.  I have also asked a friend for the name of her naturopath.  I kind of have a feeling that maybe, since I have lost some weight, been exercising and eating better, my drugs may need to be adjusted.  Also, at almost 52 years old, my periods have finally stopped!  It has been 4 months, and before that, it was 8 weeks.  I take an iron supplement and the blood doctor told me several years ago that I may need to stop the supplements when my periods stop.  I adjust my insulin doses myself.  The endocrinologist said, if I am getting lows, to reduce my insulin and see if it helps.  Tonight, I took only 5 units.  I did get up at 5:00am this morning, so I am really tired.  Time for bed!

The weather forecast doesn't look too bad for tomorrow's run.  It is supposed to be 0, with a wind chill of -6 and only 20% chance of precipitation. 

I made some progress on Lily's quilt.  I got one row finished and all of the pink squares pieced. I am hoping to get the top finished this weekend.

I tried a recipe for "Cauli-fredo Sauce".  It was not bad, but not great.  We decided that, next time, we should add some garlic.  We had it over spaghetti squash with chunks of chicken breast and asparagus. 
Good night! 

November 21, 2013

Wet Run

Our run tonight was damp.  It's a good thing the temperature was good.  It was a 35 minute run and I actually did 35:46 (hey, every second counts!), and I covered 3.8 km.  It's hard to believe we are at the end of the clinic.  I love to look back and remember how hard it was to do 6 repeats of walk 1 minute, run 2 minutes.  Then, I look further back to when I did the 10k's and know that I will get there again...maybe even a half marathon next year!

More Paleo baking today.  I wanted to use up the pumpkin and mashed bananas that I had in the fridge, before they had to go in the compost bin.  I only had a little coconut flour, so I found a banana bread recipe that used almond flour.  I added a handful of blueberries, and just had a slice after my run.  It is very good...nice and moist.  I printed the recipe but think I saved it on the other computer.  I will have to post the link later.  Maybe a recipe tab would be a good idea.  I 'm still figuring out this blog thing!  :)

Then, I also made the pumpkin loaf that I made last weekend.  It ended up being 3/4 almond flour and 1/4 coconut flour, instead of half and half, but it also turned out good.  I added some coconut and raisins to that one. 

I really want to try making French toast with one of them.  I would like something different for breakfast, instead of eggs almost every day.
Yesterday, I made lazy cabbage rolls in the slow cooker.  They turned out well, but I think next time I will brown the ground beef first.  It cooked into a big hunk that I had to break up with a spoon.
I got started on Lily's quilt today.  I should be able to get it done in time to take it to Halifax with us for Christmas.  I think it is going to be very pretty.
Time for bed.  I'm getting up early to take Jim to work.  Then, when I pick him up in the afternoon, we will stop at Commisso's in Niagara Falls for some groceries.  We've been a couple times now.  It is nowhere near as big as Whole Foods, but they do carry a good selection of healthy foods. 

November 19, 2013

Monday Weigh-in and GO HARD

I need to get away from the daily (and sometimes multiple times daily) stepping on the scale.  I have been to Weight Watchers countless times over the years and I have always liked Monday to weigh in.  It helps me to stay on track over the weekend, with that in the back of my mind.  Whatever helps to keep up the motivation!  So, I was up a bit since Friday, but I guess it's a new starting point. 

When we started the Whole 30 on June 24, I was 256.8.  On July 25, I was 235.6.  Since then, it has been up and down between there and 230, but we had become a little lax on the paleo eating.  The highest I ever weighed was 323, probably around 15 years ago, but that is another story that will be in the "About Me" tab, when I can get to it.

Tomorrow, November 20, is Globally Organized Hug a Runner Day!  So don't forget to hug your favourite runner!  :)  My run tonight went really well!  It was 35 minutes, and I covered 3.7 km.  A turtle's pace, but I was happy!

I'm getting to be a real Betty Crocker!  Yesterday, I did make another recipe of the Paleo Pumpkin Banana Bread, only I baked it as muffins, rather than a loaf.  This time, I added some unsweetened coconut and 85% dark chocolate, chopped.  They turned out good, but maybe just a few minutes overcooked.

Then, for dinner, I had found a recipe for Spaghetti Squash Crusted Quiche to use the spaghetti squash I had.  I had some cooked chicken breasts that needed to get eaten up, so I modified the recipe to use that, instead of the pork breakfast sausage called for. 

This was wonderful!  I will definitely make it again.  PaleOMG is an awesome site.  I have several recipes on my list that I can't wait to try and I have barely scratched the surface.  I would highly recommend that you check it out, even if you are not following a paleo diet.

Have a great day tomorrow and don't forget to GO HARD!! 

November 17, 2013

Lowering My Insulin

I had 3 incidents today of low blood sugar (<4.0).  I also had one yesterday and one Friday, so I am going to take a lower dose of insulin tonight and see what happens.  This happened back in June/July, when we were doing the strict Whole 30 Paleo diet.   I got off the insulin completely for a few days (on the advice from the Diabetes Centre).  But then Sarah was here for 3 weeks.  I was still eating pretty well for the most part, but was eating more carbs, in the form of breads and treats.  So, currently, I have been taking 30 units of Lantus long-acting insulin each night.  That is still an improvement from the beginning of the year, when I was taking 60 units each night. 

Tonight Josh's girlfriend had dinner here for the first time.  Sharon is a really sweet girl, and I hope he hangs on to her.  They are both 27 and, I think, looking for someone to settle down with.  They seem to be a really good fit for each other.  Dinner was meatloaf, asparagus and mashed carrots/turnip.

I also finally got to try a recipe to use up some of the pumpkin I had leftover from the smoothies yesterday.  I got a recipe from Paleo Diet Lifestyle for Pumpkin Banana Bread .  It was the first time I have baked with almond flour and coconut flour, and it turned out REALLY good.  I added chopped pecans and raisins to the batter.  It baked while we ate dinner, so we got to enjoy it warm out of the oven with a little bit of butter.  MMMmmm!  :) 

I forgot to take a picture before I cut it!
I still have some pumpkin and banana left, so am going to make another one tomorrow.  I might make it into muffins, so they will be easy to grab on the run.  I thought I could add some unsweetened coconut and/or a little chopped 85% dark chocolate this time.
We had a few things to get at Costco this morning and found out that they now carry coconut flour!  Quite a large bag for $7.99.  I will definitely buy it there if I find I like baking with it.  For now, we just buy small quantities at Bulk Barn.
We also stopped at Fabricland to get some fabric for a quilt for Lily.  A couple weeks ago, I finished the afghan I was working on for Emma.
When they were here in the summer, I asked Lily what kind she would like.  I said I could also sew her a quilt if she would like that better, and she chose that.  The night; before they left to go out east, Sarah slept with the quilt I had made several years ago.  I told her to take it with her.  She likes to wrap up in it when she is not feeling well.  She says it feels like a hug from home.  :)  Lily also likes to cuddle up in it. 
I got some gorgeous, bright fabric for Lily's quilt.  I chose a simple pattern and it won't be too large, so I hope I can get it finished to take with us at Christmas.
The fabric has been washed, so tomorrow will be a cutting day.  I just hope my rotary cutter and mat aren't buried too badly down in the basement!  :S


November 16, 2013

Memories of Halifax

I decided I have too many pictures on my memory card, so decided to move them to the external hard drive.  SURPRISE!!!  I had a bunch of pictures from Sarah's visit here in July and my trip to Halifax in September that I hadn't downloaded yet!  I had some good memories as I looked through them.

We will see them again in 5 weeks, when we go for Christmas.. I can't wait!

Today was a 30 minute run with the group.  What a gorgeous was perfect!  Sunny and cool, so it felt great to be outside.  But, when we headed out, I felt sluggish.  I realized that this was probably due to the fact that I hadn't eaten before running.  A car can't go on no fuel, and neither can our bodies.  So, next Saturday, I will have something small (a banana, perhaps) when I get up.  Tuesday is 35 minutes.  Just two more weeks until the Mock 5k. 

I have had a can of pumpkin in the pantry for quite some time, and have been wanting to try a recipe that I got from one of the Paleo sites, for Pumpkin Pie Smoothies.  It was a very easy recipe...just throw it all in the blender.

They tasted OK, but not great.  Maybe it's just because I like pumpkin, but I'm not a huge fan of it.  I'm not sure if I would make them again.  So, now I have a bunch of pumpkin left, but found recipes for grain-free pumpkin bread and  pancakes. 

After supper, we had a bit of ice cream.  It's definitely not Paleo, but I didn't consider it a "cheat".  I've been eating really well lately, and it was a small amount.  I even took more than half of the amount Jim had scooped out and put it back.  I just wanted a small taste, so about 1/4 cup, with fresh berries on top. 

It's funny, though.  Just that little bit of sugar got my cravings going and now I am feeling kind of "snacky", made worse, I think, since I am the only one up.  Jim went to bed about a half hour ago.  I think I will put in the movie "Elf" and work on knitting William's slippers.  If I get really hungry, I will have my go-to snack...carrot sticks and almond butter. 

That's it for now.  Goodnight!

November 15, 2013

Coming out of Hibernation

I'm peeking my head out of my shell again. 

We got my mom settled in to her apartment.  It is a wonderful retirement home.  She didn't want to be there at first, but that is to be expected, after almost 50 years in one house.  She is very happy there now, getting involved with activities and socializing. 

The running is going well.  I joined the Learn to Run group at Runners' Edge.  We are on week 11, running 30 minutes.  Tuesday, I covered 3.07 km, and Thursday, 3.24 km.  Another 30 minute run tomorrow morning.  Next week is 35 minutes, then 40 minutes, ending on November 30 with the Mock 5k run.

I'm really getting excited about running again, even looking for a run to do on my birthday, since it falls on a Saturday!  We might go to Seneca Falls, NY, for "It's a Wonderful Run".  It is part of a whole weekend of festivities about the "It's a Wonderful Life" movie.  You run over the bridge where George Bailey is thinking of jumping off; and it is at dusk, so it is a pretty run through town, with all the lights.  Here is a uTube clip from last year. 

I've been eating well again this week.  We weren't doing bad.  We still don't keep any grains in the house, but have indulged sometimes when eating out, and had some bread here when William (grandson) spent the weekend.  I had lost around 25 lbs in June, when we did a very strict 30 day Paleo diet.  Since then, we've been mostly maintaining, going up and down with about 4 or 5 lbs.  This morning, I weighed in at 231.1.  I REALLY want to get below that elusive 230 mark, and would love to be down to 225 by the time we go to Halifax for Christmas.  I'm feeling very positive about it.

That's it for now.  I'm going to try to keep up with this.  I follow several blogs and feel like I know a few of the bloggers.  I would like to be a part of this community and not just a spectator.  Kind of like my running, I guess! 

Turtle in Hibernation

I haven't given up on my blog.  I am just kind of going crazy at the moment.  Mom will be moving into the retirement home in two weeks, and there will be still lots of work to do until her house sells, but it will be easier, once she has the stuff she wants in her apartment and does not have to be around while the rest of the stuff from the house gets taken care of.

A bit of job searching.  I have two questionnaires to complete before I go to a Career Assessment workshop on Friday.  I hope that will help me decide what direction to go, as far as returning to the work force.

Started back with the Learn to Run group at Runners' Edge .  It is going well so far.