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Cross-Training Is Simple

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Since I'm a 'runner', most of my workouts well... are... running. But with this injury (Injured Again - Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome) I'm turning to cross-training. And I don't mean just a temporary thing to do until I can run again. 

Seriously, I don't plan to 'just run' ever again. I think this injury has really made me stop and think about my health goals. 

As I said in a previous post, I don't plan to do anything back to back. And, when I can run again, I plan to either rest before running again or cross-train. 

And, I'm finding that in the past, I made cross-training more complicated than it had to be. I considered it less important than running. When the reality is, in my opinion, I think it should be just as important as running. It doesn't have to be an activity to fill time until you can run again. Instead, it can actually be enjoyable. 

And trust me, I never thought that I would say that! 

Sabotaging Your Diet

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First of all, let me say I am not a doctor, and I don't have any type of nutritional degree, I'm simply sharing with you my personal experience. And what may or may not work for me doesn't mean that it will or will not work for you.

That being said, I'm doing the biggest loser / get fit challenge at a local gym (Are You Still Running?) My first week official weigh-in after the starting weight, I lost 3.8lbs. I was very pleased. The second week I didn't lose as much, and I knew that I wouldn't. But I did lose 1.8.lbs. So far, I've lost a total of 5.6lbs 
Using MFP (since it's basically required) and utilizing tips from the dietitian, I am making progress.

Yet I was still puzzled how some days were easy. Some days it felt like it was almost impossible. Why????

So, I took a closer look at my food log in MyFitnessPal to see if I could find any clues why some days were so much harder than others.

Trusource Protein Product Review

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Full Disclosure: I received products free of charge for the purpose of providing a review. My opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

*** Giveaway has ended*** 

Let me say that I believe you should get the majority of your nutrients through real food. But, with that being said, there are times that I like to supplement (when I don't have time for a meal or a snack, before or after a work out, on-the-go or sometimes just variety to mix things up).

Trusource Protein Products offers not only protein powder, but also protein water, and protein java! I should also mention that one of the protein powders (Protein + Energy) also contains vitamins along with caffeine. I enjoy drinking this as an alternative to my coffee some days that is when I'm not drinking a protein java! But I do like the added vitamins along with the lower sugar that is in the Protein+Energy.


Injured Again - Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

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So.... over.... this..... No, really, I'm over being injured. I looked back and from my very first Half marathon in 2011 (where I wound up with 3 stress fractures in one foot from that race and didn't know it) I have been injured every year in the fall/winter since then.

I am serious. Tendonitis one year, a calf tear another year, a hamstring injury, and now this... Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tendonitis with a touch of Plantar Fasciitis for a little more fun. My right foot is a mess.

Thankfully (at the moment) the pain is bearable. But when the urgent care diagnosed me

Are You Still Running?

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When the first question the doctor asked me was "Are you still running?" because he saw my weight.. let's just say my heart sank. I'd gained 15lbs since my last Dr visit. Silly, I know... but I cried when I got in the car. I can't say that I've been 'giving it my all' to try to lose weight, but it's been a battle lately where the only thing that I'm losing is.. well my motivation to keep trying! The scale has not been my friend.