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Janurary is HERE!

Saturday, January 05, 2013

and I guess that means my free pass is over. It wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. It took about 3 days of antibiotics for my appetite to return and probably about 5 days of careful medication to fight the infection enough that my pain levels weren't skyrocketing as much. Which means I happily didn't take the vicodin for as long as I thought I would. YAY!

Since substance abuse is a little common in my family narcotics were on my evil frown list. I'm going to have to take it again, and the antibiotics too, but for now I'm mostly pain free if I continue taking the ibuprofen regularly. I was taking the Tylenol regularly for months so I'm undecided if I should switch back to it in a few weeks. I'm just going to be happy I'm not taking the vicodin right now.

I was worried about issues with swelling or extra blood flow bringing the pain back but I jogged a 10 minute mile yesterday. Oh yeah! In high school I was able to run the mile in 7m45sec without trying hard. About 3yrs ago I decided to try running and check my one mile time. It took me over 15 minutes and I cried the entire final 3 blocks because I was over my goal time and I was struggling so badly. I was just broken hearted but I didn't want to quit and never know so I finished it with tears all over my face.

Well yesterday I went out for the first time in weeks because it is just COLD in Wisconsin and some people do not shovel the snow *GRRR*. But I did it in 10 minutes! I was out of breath for 10 minutes after I finished but it felt GOOD!

So to challenge myself I joined the 30 day Cardio Challenge that my friend sent me a flyer for. #30DayCC with Mr Shut Up And Train. I'm NERVOUS! It starts Monday morning Jan 6. You have a workout to do each day and you are expected to eat clean and no alcohol. I spent a few hours investigating this "Eat Clean" program. The only person I know who does this doesn't eat anything white- no added sugar, no processed food. My first vision was only salad? and my second vision was OMG! No bread, sandwiches, ice cream, milk, potatoes, yogurt. Please kill me now. I can't live without atleast having bread, milk and yogurt! Isn't the lack of chips and potatoes hard enough without stealing the DAIRY!!!! From what I have read I don't have to eliminate everything. I already drink skim, and I would need to add my own berries to the yogurt but I can try it for 30 days (and you get 3 cheat days!)

Don't think I will "Eat Clean" forever. I would like to incorporate some of the better habits into my regular nutrition but I have tried restrictive diets to lose weight and it doesn't work for me. What has worked is making smaller changes and adapting things to fit the life that I want to have in the future. While that life is unlikely to ban a 79 cent box of dinosaur macaroni- I can atleast make a concentrated effort to stop adding so much added sugar and sodium in the foods I buy from the grocery store. Since I live in the real world were the cost of groceries is ever rising- small changes are easier on my budget too! 80/20 is good enough for me.

Wish me luck. It is going to take a weekend of planning of make sure I am eating correctly. I have adjusted to having greek yogurt. I'm not going to like giving up my instant oatmeal for regular oatmeal, and adding my own toppings. I'm more likely to just make eggs. I'm not 100% clear on the rules on fat and meat yet. But I do have shrimp and salmon in the kitchen as well as chicken breast and multigrain bread. AND I made a turkey last week so I can carve a few slices for sandwiches and it isn't the prepackaged one with all the salt and preservatives. . . gonna be a few hours of research and planning for me. But I could honestly use the time to destress.

Pete ran over a tire on the highway and it is going to cost $2000 out of pocket to fix the car. So we basicly have no working car and was using a rental to get to work all last week. Only can come up with about $800. Talk about bad timing. Right after Christmas has taken most of our money and our daughters birthday is Feb 1st. Need to file my taxes asap if I want things to stay on track. Oh yes, exercise is my friend right now!
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  • DDHEART
    Oops, I'm way behind again reading your blogs but hope that you are making good progress with this challenge that you are doing. So much has changed in the past couple of years! Enjoy the change!
    2594 days ago
  • PLATINUM755
    LOL, we think it's difficult to make certain changes and then we get sick and nothing appeals to us and we do just fine. Think of you next step to cleaner eating the same way, it will help.

    Sorry to hear about your car situation. I live where public transportation isn't really available, so I will send prayers that you're able to find the funds to do what you need to do without sacrificing your little one's birthday.

    Hang in there! emoticon emoticon and good luck with the challenge. emoticon
    2608 days ago
  • VANICIS
    Hey! You know you can find some awesome deals on Hip2Save.com if you need to find something to get your daughter!! I hope everything turns out ok. Just stay positive!
    2609 days ago
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