Tuesday, September 30, 2014

More Shots and What-nots AND Win $100 of MRM

Ok, you know how it is… I got busy at work and at home and what goes to the wayside first?  You guessed it - the blog.  I have managed to lose another 4 pounds since I last checked in.  I tried the carb-cycling thing as well - more about that in a future post, however, I will say that was one of the reasons for not posting.  With the carb-cycling, I couldn't take leftovers to work the next day, so I had to prepare all the next day's foods the night before plus dinner for that night.  Lots and lots of prep work.  But it seemed to have worked.

I'm including protein shakes in my menu lately because my work schedule is now allowing me to be home during my afternoon snack time.  I love protein shakes!!  What kind of protein powder (if any) do you use?  I use MRM Natural Whey.  This stuff is soooo tasty and not gritty either.  Oh and I was just about to order some more, so I stopped by their website to compare prices on Amazon and check this out… October is "Non-GMO Month"!  Who knew?  Anyway, if you want to stop by the website, you can enter to win $100 worth of product. That's a lot of shakes!!  Here's the link… MRM - USA Non-GMO Month Giveaway

In other news, I got shot #2 last Friday and I think I'm seeing improvement, but I can't be sure yet.  If nothing else, the pain has moved a bit and isn't as intense, so I guess that's something. I snapped this pic on the doc's wall as well.  The typical neuroma is exactly where mine is, only on the left foot instead of right.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Morton's Neuroma Foot Doc Appointment #2 - The First Shot

Injury and pain sure can take the wind out of your sail.  I'm not sure if I was overdoing the exercise or if the pain would've gotten worse anyway.  Either way, this week has been light in the exercise department.  I've even had to stop walking except when necessary.  =(

All this just in time for the podiatrist appointment today.  I was very unsure about getting a shot in the foot again.  I went through a series of cortisone-like shots back in 2008 and that's not a pain I'll soon forget.  But if this alcohol solution thing rids me of pain, I'm willing to try it.

The doc was running behind schedule today (aren't they always?).  After waiting almost an hour past my appointment time and giving me WAY too much time to contemplate the impending painful shot, the doc walks in and apologizes for running behind.  I was somewhat perturbed and responded with "what? it's only an hour".  He may or may not have appreciated that comment.  He did explain why he was delayed and it was completely understandable, so I forgave him and we moved on.  He went right to the shot.  I actually didn't feel that much pain.  Here's how it went.

Doc:  Slight pinch now… <needle inserted>

Me:  <preparing for pain but just feel the pressure>

Doc:  I'm gonna need your help finding the right spot, so tell me when it hurts 

Me:  uh, ok?  so, you actually want it to hurt more?!?!?

Doc:  yep, that way there's an even better chance that this'll work.  So, here?  <as he starts moving the needle around in my foot>

Me:  uhhhh…

Doc:  it'll hurt like hell - how about here?  <moves the needle a few millimeters>

Me:  ow, hurts a little - not like hell though

Doc:  ok, now?  <moves needle a few more millimeters>

Me:  OW!

Doc:  Got it.

I guess you could say it felt like someone stuck a needle in my foot, but… well… he did.  He started slowly pushing the plunger of the needle.  Then he stopped.  Waited a couple seconds.  Tapped the plunger a bit more - I mean like he was barely pushing it.  I felt an ever-so-slight pressure in my foot, but nothing extreme.  And then he pulled the needle out and we're done.

Wow.  I'm so shocked!  I'll definitely go back for the whole series.  It was nothing like the cortisone shots at all.  Oh my gosh I'm so relieved.  I hope this works now - 86% chance.  If you want to see some pictures of this stuff, just do an image search of "morton's neuroma" and you'll get more than you bargained for - I just did.

But here are the ones I took today…

Torture Chamber

Spot of the Shot

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

DietBet Progress check

I am currently participating in two DietBet challenges.  These are a lot of fun!  Support and motivation 24-7.  I can read comments from people who struggle with the same stuff I do and folks who push through the crap and just do it, and those who encourage and inspire.  Awesome stuff!

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Had to work late today, so I was able to go in a bit later.  The plan was to get up at my normal time and workout.  Uh… yeah, that didn't happen.  My bed was way too comfortable - I don't know why I kid myself into thinking I'll get up early if I don't have to - it's just not gonna happen.

Going in late though, messes with my food schedule.  I don't really follow a strict schedule per se, more like a habit - arrive at work, do this, check that and work on this real quick and then eat.  So if I shift my hours, I arrive at work, do this, check that, that over there, get caught up on this other thing and before I know it, it's 9am!  I'm not a happy person at that point.  Anyway, that's what happened again today.  I got most of the plan accomplished though!

Walked 30 minutes 
Total steps 8032
Squat Challenge Day 18
Insanity Day 6

B:  Cheerios w/2% milk & oranges
L:  Leftovers
S:  Triscuits w/ Laughing Cow wedge
D:  Skillet Tostadas <<<<<See recipe

Started checking out Carb-Cycling again.  I haven't committed completely to doing it yet - just checking it out again since so many folks on the DietBet are talking about it.  Bruce lost all his weight using Chris Powell's Carb Cycling Plan.  And in case you haven't seen it yet - Extreme Makeover Weightloss edition is on Hulu (free) and also on ABC's website <<<<Click here to see Bruce's weight loss journey - he rocks!  In the past, I've found the carb-cycling to be a bit confusing, plus I've always avoided "low carb" programs because I LOVE CARBS!!!!  So, after reading more on it, I'm working on a menu for next week to see if I can do it.  I'll share as soon as it's complete and I have a better grasp on the whole thing.

'Til then, I'm off to catch up with my pillow in dreamland. G'Nite!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Turtle Krawl / Weigh-in / The plan

Turtle Krawl 2014 was awesome!  The weather was gorgeous and there were about 2500 people participating.  I finished in just under an hour and walked the whole thing.  My foot was hurting way too much to try to run.  (I'm hoping after the foot doc finishes treating me, I'll be able to start jogging more.)  My son did the 5K too and he came in at just over a half hour.

Token Sweaty Post-race Pic

And here's the 5K course from my Map My Walk app

As for the weigh-in, I lost another 2 lbs this week!  YAY!!

Workout plan is now posted under the "Current Training" page as well…


Sunday Rest day

Monday, Wednesday & Friday
  • Walk 30 minutes
  • 10K steps
  • ***Full Body Bodyweight/Resistance Tube workout (2 sets of 10-12 reps)
  • Squat challenge Day ___
  • Insanity Day ___
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
  • Elliptical, bike or row for 30 minutes
  • Walk 30 minutes
  • 10K steps
  • Squat challenge day ___
  • Insanity Day ___

The menu this week is similar to last week's because of time and simplicity and even taste…

Honey Nut Cheerios w/ fruit & 2% milk

Leftovers from dinner
Salad Kit
OR Lean Cuisine meal

Spaghetti w/salad
Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Chicken & Black Bean Burrito Bowl
Skillet Tostadas <<<<click here for recipe!
BBQ Burgers w/ grilled pineapple on whole wheat buns w/Spicy Sweet Potato Fries
Taco Turkey Casserole (This is new - I'll let you know how it goes)

Quaker Oatmeal Bar
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie <<<< click for recipe on Fit Sugar
Peanut Brittle Protein Shake <<<Click then scroll down to the bottom for the recipe

Today's results:
Walked 30 min / 8807 steps
Full Body workout
Squat Challenge Day 17 (135 squats)
Insanity Day 5

Nutrigrain Bar - Cherry
Chobani yogurt w/mini chips & almond slivers
Lean Cuisine Lemon Pepper Fish w/broccoli & brown rice
Whole wheat Spaghetti w/side salad

Friday, September 12, 2014

Foot Doc Appointment Results

Tomorrow is the TurtleKrawl 5K!!!  Woot!

Today, I had a couple doc appointments.  The first was for my foot.  I've been having a problem with it for a few months now, so I wanted to get it checked out and not do any permanent damage with all the working out I'm doing.  The second was a follow-up on blood work for cholesterol.

After messing around with my foot for a bit, the foot doc did an ultrasound and immediately pinpointed a neuroma.  Apparently they typically treat this with some alcohol-mixed injections - these (non-cortizone) injections have about an 86% success rate.  Yay!  More needles poked into my foot.  Can't wait <sigh>.

With all the doctor's poking and prodding my foot, I've had a tough time walking the rest of the day.  So, in order to preserve my foot for tomorrow's 5K, I chucked the workout plan and opted for a rest day today instead of Sunday.  Hopefully taking it easy today will payoff tomorrow.  I feel like a dope now though after pushing through to workout yesterday and making a big deal out of it.  Ah well, on to the next!

I was curious about "neuroma" and a quick web search.  Wow!  I had every one of the listed symptoms:

  • Pain (sharp, stabbing, throbbing, shooting)
  • Numbness
  • Tingling or "pins & needles"
  • Burning
  • Cramping
  • A feeling that you are stepping on something or that something is in your shoe

That last one really bugs me.  That happens all the time.  The numb feeling is all the time too.  The pain and burning come about 20 minutes after I start walking.  I'm really ready for it to be over.

Ok, moving on to the next doc… The bad news in my cholesterol is elevated (272).  Anything over 200 is bad.  The good news is that it's down from 6 months ago.  And 6 months ago, it was down from the test before that.  There are of course, more numbers involved than that - HDL, LDL, triglycerides, etc.  All of mine are headed in the right direction.  So the exercise and healthier eating habits are working.  The doc says no meds at this point since the numbers are consistently going the right way.  I'll follow up again in 3 months.

Finally, after my doc appointments, I stopped by and picked up our race packets for the Turtle Krawl.  Check out the shirt…  It's very light weight and cool.

Turtle Krawl Tech Shirt for tomorrow's 5K

Rest day

B: Skipped due to running late for 1st doc appointment
Brunch:  Steak Sub near 2nd doc appointment
L:  Skipped due to high cal brunch
S:  Orange
D:  Grilled cheese on wheat and 1/2 cup tomato soup 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Do it anyway

Have you had one (or several) of those days where you just don't feel like doing anything?  Much less a workout?  Today was one of those days for me.

There was a lot to do at work, but unfortunately most of it involved me sitting at my computer typing away the day and realizing I haven't moved in 4 hours.  Water intake was down, I didn't get to walk at all - uggghhh!  That sort of thing leads to me just not wanting to do ANYTHING when I get home.

Today was no different.  I got home from work - ready for dinner as usual.  BUT - if I'm doing Insanity, I've learned I absolutely MUST do it before eating.  I didn't want to.   It pushes me.  I was hungry.  It's difficult.

I did it anyway.

I'm so glad I did.  I know it's only Day 4 and I'm not telling you this so I can say "Look at what I did" or "I'm so awesome because I sucked it up and worked out."  No, this is HUGE.  It would've been so easy to just plop down in front of the TV after a day like today and skip it.  Excuses pop into my head about how I could give myself today off and work harder tomorrow.  And sure I could, but that excuse will inevitably lead to another, and then another, until another year goes by and I still haven't met my goal.  This is it.  On a day like today, this is when we can choose a different path.  I already know what the path of excuses holds.  Now I'm gonna check out the path of just do it anyway.

Only halfway to step goal
Insanity Day 4
Squat Challenge Day 16 - rest

B:  Honey Nut Cheerios w/banana & 2% milk
L:  Leftover Taco Pasta Salad (YAY new microwave at work)
S:  Orange
D:  Chicken and Black Bean Burrito Bowl (it's sooooo good!!!)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Insanity is Insane - but I like it!

With all the working out, I have almost no time to do anything else.  I'm wiped out at the end of the day, but I'm feeling good and stronger at the same time.  Does that make any sense?  So with that, I'm just gonna post the F&F and say goodnight!

Oh but first I have to mention that Insanity is awesome!!!  It's been awhile since I've been able to get my heart rate up where it needs to be to get a good aerobic workout and this does it!  


Walked 30 minutes (10616 steps total today)
Resistance tube workout <<< Click for details
Squat challenge day 15 (125 Squats)
Insanity Day 3 

B:  Honey Nut Cheerios w/fruit & 2% milk
S:  Quaker Choc. Chip bar
L:  Ham Sandwich w/Pringles (hoping for a new microwave at work tomorrow)
D:  Taco Pasta Salad (recipe here)

And the pic of the day is this little guy I saw in the road on the way home from work today…

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