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Your Body Is A Gift

It was like I had a major light bulb moment. I mean for the last 6 years, weight loss has always been a goal along with getting more physically fit and stronger. And I've heard people say that you only have one body, and you need to take care of it blah blah blah...

But it's like I felt this on a personal level - like WAKE UP GIRL! You have ONE BODY. It's YOUR responsibility to take care of the GIFT that you have been given. I experienced this while I was in bed with pain in both of my feet. My right foot was throbbing from the arthritis, and my left foot was in as much pain from my plantar fasciitis. In that moment it didn't take a genius to figure out that my body is really dealing with a lot of inflammation. And that I had been eating more for fun than for healing and nutrition.

It was definitely another nudge for me to really work on focusing to eat with a purpose. Oh, another highly processed cookie, another scoop of ice cream, another handful of marshmallows re…

It Can Still Be My Year Of Health

I have a lot of nervous energy right now. With Lil Man going to school full time, plus other family dynamics changing, I've been doing a lot and I mean a lot of nervous organizing. Yep, when I get overwhelmed I organize (sometimes clean). But it's mainly been organizing. I guess because I can't control other things I try to control what I can.... which is getting rid of clutter. Clutter drives me crazy. It really does. I take it as long as I can (because it doesn't bother others in my family) and then it just has to be dealt with. So this past week I organized a lot of areas in my home probably to the point of borderline obsessive.

But I am SO glad that I was able to get out and MOVE this week. Yep, I took the boot off last weekend, and on Monday I went for my first run in 4 weeks. I didn't know what to expect. I was actually pretty nervous that I'd feel a lot of pain. My foot felt weird. It was still swollen and definitely off  - but no major pain.

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My Very Brief Experience With IIFYM

Ok, let me start off by saying I am NOT a doctor. I do NOT have medical knowledge, and this is MY PERSONAL experience only.

Now that we have that out of the way, I considered trying IFFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) previously this year. But at the time I just wasn't really committed to giving it my 100%. But previously this summer, I decided to give IFFYM another try.

For me, it was like calorie counting on steroids. Not only do you need to stay within a calorie range but now you need to stay within a certain range of macros. I thought it would be super overwhelming, but it really wasn't all that difficult to come pretty close to the macros. I never hit them perfectly each day. But I felt that I was coming close enough. For the first 3 days I was doing ok, but then well.. you know.. that thing called life... and I didn't have my planned food available... so I ate what was available... and then I went over... and because I went over... well why not... and before I knew it... …

Injury Update - YES The Doctor Told Me To

Just wanted to give a quick update for anyone who might not have already heard. I went last week for a follow-up. I was actually in a lot of pain, as much pain as when the injury began. The x-ray did not show any fractures, BUT I was told that I could still have a fracture. I will need a bone scan or MRI to completely rule out any fractures. What did show up, however,

How I'm Handling Being Sidelined

For anyone who has been injured, you know what it can feel like to have your friends continue on with their goals while you sit on the side lines. But the reality is, you don't necessarily have to sit on the sidelines. You can still DO SOMETHING, and although your plan may have been altered, it doesn't mean it's over. (FYI, for you non-runners out there, this can apply to other aspects of life. I have had my share of disappointments and blessings.)

So, most of you know, running (or a massive sweat session) is a major stress reliever for me. Well that was unexpectedly yanked out from under me, and it left me well... duh... super stressed. ha. So I've been working on alternatives to help during this time, and well to be honest, so that I had another way to help me deal with stress. And lately I've felt very frazzled, so I started taking some time to do some deep breathing. You'd be amazed at how much just taking a few moments to take some deep breaths can really…

PowerIce Have You Tried It?

I have been compensated in the form of a gift card/money/coupon and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. All opinions expressed are mine and honest in nature. This post contains affiliate links.

Below is a review that I did a few years ago. We were cleaning out the freezer today, and I found some PowerIce that someone had shoved under some other things in the freezer. It was a happy surprise for me :)  But I thought this review was worth re-sharing. This really is a great product, especially on those hot steamy days! 

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My New Take On Cross Training

This injury sure is redefining my idea of cross training because this boot is making what was an easy task before injury now a workout.

Vacuuming for instance now works up a sweat! Sure carrying a vacuum cleaner up and down the steps wasn't necessarily easy before, but now, it's especially difficult to maneuver with the boot.

Also, I should mention that my washer and dryer are also in the basement. So this means multiple trips up and down the stairs doing laundry. So needless to say, household chores are now a workout. Today, it was getting up at 6am to get to the grocery store so that I could make it home before Hubby went to work. I wanted help unloading the car! 
I have at least 2 more weeks in the boot before I go back to the podiatrist. I don't have my hopes up that I will be out of the boot by then, but I am hoping that it's healing. And the thoughts of possibly at least riding a bike in a couple of weeks is encouraging. 
But I wanted to share with you a workout …