I am doing another 5k, The Tour De North St Paul on Saturday Sept 21st. Come and join me.
Here is the end of my first 5k. I slogged (slow jogged) the ENTIRE 5K today!!! I even sprinted (don't think fast) to the finish. My trainer Courtney Raney(evidently I am trainable) took me from taking 35 minutes to walk a mile on the track 11 months ago to this. She is pretty unbelievable. She is also crazy because I just started jogging and have only slogged a mile previously and today she puts me in a 5K (3.1 miles). Thank you for all the support Courtney, Melinda Myers (another coach), my wonderful husband who went along to support me and gave me good advice and cheered me on and Michael Myers who cheered us on at the end. I literally could not have done it without all of your energy and encouragement.
I am doing another 5k, The Tour De North St Paul on Saturday Sept 21st. Come and join me.
I was a three sport athlete in college, swimming, gymnastics and track and field (discuss, javelin, hurdles and relays). I was in tip top shape. When I left college I was 5'9" and 135 pounds of solid muscle. I will try to come up with some pictures to share at a later date. The work out that I had with Courtney Raney yesterday was the hardest one I can ever remember. I was whimpering and my body was shaking. Thanks coach!! If you ever need a person trainer she is great! She pushes you but not to do more than you can do. Plus she is always concerned, caring and encouraging! It certainly was a blessing when she popped into my life!
I have been at this lifestyle change for a little over 9 months and certainly see changes, and so do others. I do feel much better. I have lost over 30 pounds but have been a little disappointed at not losing more. I know that I have been losing inches . I gave away 8 pairs of shorts, went to the shorts that were too small for me and had to have them taken in, some of them 6 inches or more. Now I hope that there will be a summer so I can wear them. lol
When I was at the Mayo Clinic for a routine check up a few years ago I was aghast when I was told that I was over 50% fat!! I don't remember exactly if it was 52%, 56% but it was over 50%. Really? Wow!! Several months ago I went to Max Muscle to have them check the % of fat that I had in/on my body. I was really hoping to be below 50%. I was pleased to find that I was at 32%. Yesterday I went again and was euphoric to discover that I was 26.8% which is excellent for my age!!! Yeah!! That means I have lost around 30% of the fat that I had to drag around with me all the time. I guess what I am doing is releasing the fat and replacing it with muscle.
Come work out with me sometime.
Well, believe it or not, I actually hate food. I don't want to prepare it, eat it or even sit at the table and eat. For me food has always been associated with hate and fear. I always ate "food" that was quick and that I could eat mindlessly. I get frustrated because I know what I should do and more importantly how I should feel about food but...... I can't make myself feel that way! It is like I have tools set out in front of me but I just can't force myself to pick them up and use them.
I have been trained in nutrition and health and could tell you how you should take care of yourself but........ when it comes to me, I find myself incapable of practicing what I preach. I worked with Lisa Freitag, a nutritional coach, and was surprised that this path was fraught with emotional land mines. I cried for at least 10 of our first sessions. Oh I get it nutrition and health may have an emotional aspect. Duh. I still believe that I should still be able to do what was right and damn the torpedoes. It still doesn't work that way for me.
Now since I last left you I have been able to get out of the cave and sit by the road. Tonight I had Mary Dorr do some EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) with me and I got on the road and even am walking down it. I will continue to release the anger and sadness that I felt about not doing the right thing about my nutrition but as I said before I believe that I am on the right track. My question is why is this so hard?
Blog June 6, 2013
This part of the journey has been very difficult to write about. I suppose because it is, and has been, such a long story with many intertwining, frayed, convoluted, knotted, unseen and un-foreseen emotional and physical threads. I was not even sure that I wanted to delve further into the depths of this relationship yet I knew that I needed to. My relationship with food looks like several, different colored balls of yarn that have been played with by many joyful cats. One could not reproduce the condition or disarray in that jumble of yarn but would be pretty sure that it could never be rolled up into nice, neat, separate balls of yarn again.
I was pondering my food history when I met with Ann Peyton. I had been feeling like I was standing at the entrance of the cave, looking out into the sunshine and a road that meandered through the forest. I could feel the cold and the dark behind me. It was not a place I wanted to be but I seemed unable to step back out onto the road and into the light. Interestingly enough, I was able to leave the cave and float above the forest in the clouds, almost at will. When I no longer concentrated on floating, flying and being free and at peace I seem to be drawn back into the cave. I had been feeling a general condition of malaise that seem to have no origin.
In our session I was relaying some of my history and food story. Ann and said something that was profound. Something along the lines that we do not have to be our past, our history, that we can and should create a new story, a new chapter in our life. We should envision and then produce the story that we desire. Ahhhh, I see now that I was to make some new yarn, knit, then wear a new cloak of nutritional health. Not just where it but incorporate it into my body mind spirit.
Before the workout
When I started going to the Mayo Clinic for my yearly check ups many years ago my doctor, Doctor Warren Thompson, said that being healthy is all about strategies. It made sense but took me a while to find a plan of attack that would work for me. I found a wonderful nutritionist who I will talk about later. I then found Courtney Raney at the North Saint Paul Community Center. I am now working with her 3 times a week at the Maplewood Community Center.
When I told my husband that I was going to work with a personal trainer he asked me why I would do that. He said that I was a three sport athlete in college, I was a Physical Education and Health teacher, I coached athletics and I had a Master's degree in Holistic Health Studies from Saint Catherine University. My response was: "And how is that working for me?" He shrugged his shoulders and walked away. I had the knowledge; I needed a strategy. I needed something or someone who would get me up and to the gym.
Today Courtney informed me that she would be on vacation for two weeks. She said that she really wanted me to to continue a tough regimen while she was gone. I said that would probably not happen. She said that she would email me work outs. I said I am sure it won't happen. She looked very disappointed because she has seen the changes that have occurred. ( My chiropractor, Dr Heidi Salonek, the other day even said: " My goodness you are sculpting your body!)
I usually walk a mile or so after my work out with Courtney and I began to think about what tactic I could use to get myself working out when she was gone. Then it came to me. I know Melinda Myers and could work out with her. I have those days set up already.
It is not always easy to come up with a strategy, if you get stuck ask someone for ideas. I was even going to post on facebook that I wanted someone to work out with. I still may do that too. I am looking to do exercise one or two more days a week.
So what strategy are you going to use today to make yourself healthier?
Do you see any changes in the last 7 months? The picture above was taken in New York on the castle wall in Central Park. The following two pictures were taken today, May 6 2013, with my personal trainer Courtney Raney at the Maplewood Community Center. She's tough, caring, encouraging, and kicks my butt! She never pushes me harder than I can go, but harder than I think I can. Last Friday she worked me even harder than when I was on the swimming, gymnastics and track and field team at Mankato State.
I couldn't have made these changes without the help and encouragment of many people. It took me a long time to get to where I was, and it will take awhile to get to where I want to be. Who could you ask for support in your life today? We are all in this together.
So I have decided to share some of my healing, eating, exercise journey with you. In August of last year I decided to strategize ways to get healthier. Three people have greatly helped me on this voyage: Phil McMonagle (He has helped with trying healthier foods and has given me boatloads of encouragement. Then there is the loving me no matter what!!), Courtney Raney who is my Kick A** personal trainer and Lisa Freitag my nutritionist. (I'll bet she can figure out what she does.) I will fill in other parts later but I have lost over 30 pounds and sculpted my body. I am stronger, healthier and feel better.
The genesis of this post is that I had an epiphany at Bruegger's. I don't have to like cooking!!! I don't have to be good at it. A friend Ann Peyton) in my Herbology Class at Saint Catherine University told me that I did not have to be good at all parts of being an herbalist. I was frustrated by not liking to find, grow, harvest or prepare the herbs but was very good at coming up with healing formulas. She said that was ok. HOW FREEING THAT WAS!! So I just decided that I do not have to like cooking. I am still working on totally changing that energy and accepting that idea, but I will get there.
I would like this blog to be interactive. Any thoughts let me (us) hear them.