Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Back on the Wagon

Have you seen the pictures of Jennifer Hudson recently? What a HOTTIE! Not only that, but what an inspiration. As the "new" spokesperson for Weight Watchers she was one of the first to trial the new PointsPlus program. I have done WW before (and done well) but this program is by far the best! Now fruits are zero points (meaning you can eat them without using any of your daily allowance!) Finally, a program to help you lose weight that fruits are a large part of. The new calculation of points takes into account more than just calories....which is great, since not every calorie is equal.

So last week, on a random Tuesday I decided I was going to jump back on the wagon. The best part is that despite indulging in birthday cake this weekend and a few cookies, I am not hungry and I have lost 4.2 pounds!It has been an easy change into a new lifestyle, and I have been making new meals mostly everyday. They are all full of flavor and taste great. I am looking forward to trying new and yummy meals now, and it is fun to try new things with my family.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Dancing My @$$ Off

I am just not up to running right now. After a year of focusing on running I have needed a break. I think my back yelling at me was my body's way of saying it needed something new. So on an impulse today I bought "Dance Party 2" for the Wii. WOW! After 35 minutes of rocking it I was drenched in sweat. It was so much fun. I only did 3 different songs (a few times each) since the Munchkin was doing it with me, but it felt SO good!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Could Be Quite A Year!

Last year I didn't think I would be running a marathon in 2010....In fact, I ran two! In addition to that I ran 3 half marathons and only a few scattered 5 and 10k's. While training I ran (and sometimes walked) over 1,000 miles! So what do aspire to in 2011? I am leaning towards doing a triathalon. My skills in swimming though are, well how do I say, suck. In fact, they are nearly non-existent. I will be the one out there with a life jacket screaming on the shore that the water is scaring me. Ok, maybe not THAT bad.

Due to walking like a weeble for a week after the marathon, I threw my back out. So badly in fact that my right side is about 1-2 inches longer than my left. I have bought myself a few weeks in physical therapy (again) to help strengthen me back up. And whether it is a blessing or a curse, I was told not to run until it is feeling better. My hope is to last long enough that it feels amazing to be back on my feet and not rough and crappy. Corrine (my PT) is now helping me get the back strong and help out that piriformis. She has also brought me from about 80% to about 97% sure that I am going to get my bunion taken care of on my right foot. Apparently this can be throwing everything out of whack and causing the additional pain. What is the problem? There are a few....

1st- I can actually remember the horrific pain I was in after having my left foot done. Imagine if an elephant stepped on your big toe, while you were in labor with no anesthetic and multiple that by 1000. I WISH I was exaggerating. It was literally the WORST pain I have ever been in.
2nd- the surgeon I want to use in being deployed with the Army. Hello, doesn't he realize I have a life altering decision to make here!!!
3rd- It requires at least 3 months off my feet. Which means no running :( Plus unless I find a good no foot involved exercise method, no exercise. Unfortunately, my jeans can not handle my butt getting that big!

Tough choices. The upside....no work for 3 months. (Oh yeah....no paycheck either) And this time I won't be chasing after a 1 year old through recovery. But my toes might look a lot cuter in those open toed shoes this summer!