Wanted: Katie

The past two years have been intense.

I have battled obesity. I have battled anorexia. I have battled injury. I have battled mental walls.

It was hard.

It was scary.

But I battled.

Every battle I faced made me stronger.

Then something happened. I tripped somewhere a long the way. I slid down the hill I had been climbing for so long, just a little.

Suddenly the hill became muddy and I no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t climb anymore. I couldn’t even hold on.

Today is April 1. I have wasted three months of 2011.

Today I will climb.

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Finding My Feet

I’m still in flux, trying to find my feet so I’m going to do what I do best: go back to the basics.

My basics:

  • Running
  • Yoga
  • Weight Lifting

Fact: I think strength training in boring.

This is rather unfortunate because strength training has a ton of benefits.

I got out of the habit of doing regular strength training.

I’m not really sure why. I saw results. I felt awesome. Given the funk I’ve been in lately, I’m going to turn to things that I know and love.

My brief hiatus from strength training has given me the kick in the butt I need. I want my guns back!!!

Thank you to Tina for the inspiration to take my strength training into my own hands. Check out her post on how to create strength training plans!

My Plan:

This month I’m going to follow a push/pull/full split.

Push

Pull

Full

Exercise

Reps

Exercise

Reps

Exercise

Reps

Hamstring Curls

3 x 10

Squats

3 x 10

Reverse Lunge

3 x 10

Pushups

3 x 10

Lat Pulldowns

3 x 10

DB Fly

3 x 10

Deadlift

3 x 10

Step-Ups

3 x 10

Bent Over Row

3 x 10

Bench Press

3 x 10

Row

3 x 10

Calf Raise

3 x 10

Overhead Should Press

3 x 10

DB Front Raise

3 x 10

Lateral Raise

3 x 10

Skull Crushers

3 x 10

DB Bicep Curl

3 x 10


Two weeks at 3 x 10, then I’m going to increase the weight and do two weeks at 3 x 8.


How often do you strength train?

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Pretend

The past couple of weeks have been rough for me.

I stopped doing all the good things that I was doing for my body.

It started with a bad run and went downhill from there.

The first bad run seriously undercut my confidence. All of the sudden, I didn’t believe in my body.

As soon as I lost confidence in my running, the one thing that always restored my confidence, I lost confidence in myself.

I stopped treating my body right.

I wasn’t eating as many vegetables (read: ANY).

I was running, but I wasn’t enjoying it. I wasn’t pushing myself.

I wasn’t lifting weights.

I was turning into myself. I didn’t wanted to talk to anyone.

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I felt like I was trapped in a vortex, powerless to stop the downward trend.

I’m not powerless anymore though. I just had to figure out how to believe it.

I can’t spend my whole life trying to figure out how to believe in myself so I had to come up with a game plan on what to do in the meantime.

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Pretend.

Today, pretending will be hard.

Tomorrow, it will be easier.

Eventually, I won’t be pretending.

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Why Wait?

It would be way easier to not put what is in my head into words. Easier because then I wouldn’t have to deal with it. I could just ignore the fact that this week ever happened.

But I don’t want to just sweep bad weeks under the rug anymore because one week turns into six weeks and all of the sudden I’m back where I started. I don’t want to give up control to my ED. So this morning, I am going to write.

This past week has sucked. There’s no eloquent way to put it.

Yes, good things happened but overall, my body feels like crap.

I wasn’t feeding my body properly. I was snacking on cereal rather than fruits and vegetables. I wasn’t eating when I was hungry, but when I was bored. Then my body would feel slow and sluggish and I’d restrict the rest of my meal.

Because I felt slow and sluggish, my running has been off. Luckily this week was a cutback week. I know I haven’t fueled my body properly for a long run this week.

I haven’t been as productive lately. I’ve been more content to watch TV than to do my homework.

I’ve been terrible to my body this week and I’m going to change that today. Who cares that it is a Saturday? Why should I waste the whole weekend waiting for a Monday to start treating my body better?

Today is a new day.

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With Love, A Runner

Dear Dog Owners,

I was inspired to write this letter after a particularly exciting run.

You might be wondering why this run was so exciting and what in the world it has to do with you as a dog owner.

Let me tell you my story.

I am a runner. I try to be a considerate runner by staying off the roads, instead beating the pavement on sidewalks instead. I know that a runner on the side of the road makes drivers do strange things, so I figure it’s best for everyone if I stay on the sidewalk. I realize that I have to share the sidewalk. I have even been known to run in the snow to stay out of your way. I am more than willing to share. But I do not want to share with what your dog left behind.

Don’t worry, I don’t blame the dog. I blame you, the dog owner.

The dog has to go to the bathroom somewhere and honestly, I wouldn’t want to tromp through 8 inches of snow to do my business either. So the dog uses the nicely plowed sidewalk. You allow your dog to do its thing, look around to see if anyone is watching and then walk away. You don’t take one of the doggie bags that are everywhere in the neighborhood to cleanup after the dog like you are legally mandated to do.

While I appreciate the fact that you are trying to keep me on my toes by making me dodge poop piles bag and forth, please stop. I know that picking up dog poop in a little plastic baggie doesn’t sound all that appealing. Hence why I do not own a dog. If you don’t like the rules, you need to hire someone to walk your dog who will do your dirty work for you.

Another thing that I don’t enjoy? You allowing your dog to bound up to me to sniff me and jump on me.

I know you think that your dog is very nice and never does anything bad, but remember, I don’t know your dog from a killer pitbull. I do not want to pet your dog or be anywhere within in snapping distance of your dog. I just want to finish my run without any mauling injuries. When you see me running by, I’d really appreciate it if you could keep ahold of the leash. I promise to run as far away from you as possible, but you have to help me out here.

I really don’t feel like I’m asking for a lot here. Picking up after the dog like you are legally mandated to do and holding on to the leash a little tighter. That’s all.

With Love,

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A Runner

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Daily Mission: Precious Gems 5K

Recently I was introduced to Daily Mile’s daily mission.

Normally I just think about the question. Sometimes I’ll respond via Twitter or like someone else’s response on DM.

But yesterday’s daily mission was different.

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My mind immediately went back to May 29, 2010. My first race.

I showed up 45 minutes early because I didn’t want to miss anything.

Big mistake. It took me maybe 5 minutes to get registered and grab my bib and shirt. I then had 40 minutes to entertain myself.

I wasn’t so great at entertaining myself but I was awesome at psyching myself out.

I went to the bathroom probably half a dozen times. I needed something, anything to do.

I was convinced that I wouldn’t be able to finish. I would have to walk. There was no way I could run that far.

All of these irrational thoughts kept telling me to go home. I didn’t listen.

I lined up at the start line towards the back. I knew if I had any chance, I’d have to find my own pace, not the one chosen for me by the crowd.

The gun went off. The crowd surged forward.

I left my butterflies and self-doubt at the start line.

When I finished, I knew I was hooked. I had never felt so high on life as I did when I was racing.

I haven’t looked back since.

What do you remember about your first race?

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Mini-Goal Monday: Junk Food

I haven’t blogged in almost a week! Has it seriously been that long?!

It’s been so long that it is already time for another Mini-Goal Monday.

Last Week’s Mini-Goal: Eat three servings of vegetables per day.

The Results

Total success! Not only did I have three servings of vegetables a day, but I had NO trouble fitting in veggies.

On Thursday I wound up deviating from my menu and had a veggie-less lunch of oatmeal and an apple-dilla. Up until last week, that was my go to meal and I loved it every time I ate in. But when I had in on Thursday, my body was confused. Where were the veggies? I felt off and a little gross the rest of the day!

It might seem weird to get excited about something like that, but I’m actually really pumped. Getting that negative experience from missing my veggie serving is exactly what will keep me going back to veggies despite the fact that the week is over!

Now that I’ve tackled veggies, I’m going to revisit one of my old goals. Remember my first Mini-Goal Monday?

This week I am going to blow that out of the water!!

Mini-Goal for the Week of February 7: NO APPLES.

Yesterday I went to Whole Foods and bought five Fuji apples.

Less than 24 hours later, they were all gone. No lie. All five apples were gone.

I tend to use apples as a crutch.

Apples are my junk food. I know it seems weird that I consider junk food to be an apple but with the sheer number of apples I eat, it really has become that way.

Sometimes I’m just munchy and I’ll go grab an apple. I’m not even hungry. I tell myself, “Who cares? It’s just an apple!”

Not this week. I am going to go apple-less all week. I’m going to vary my fruit in-take.

Why?

  • Taking in a variety of fruits and veggies ensures that you are getting enough of all your vitamins.
  • Apples are sort of a junk food fruit. What does that mean? In 1997, some students at Rutgers did a Nutrient Density Study that included a lot of commonly available fruits. Apples were dead last when it came to daily value per 100 grams (DV/100 g). What’s so important about that? Daily value per 100 grams is an index of the average precent contribution in nutritive value of each fruit per 100 grams. A kiwi (the top fruit according to the Rutgers study) has a DV/100g of 16%. An apple? 2%. I’d rather get the most bang for my buck with the kiwi, wouldn’t you?

So this week I’m going to do something I haven’t done in ages. My mid-morning apple and PB will be replaced with something equally as awesome!

Seven days. No apples. I can do this!!

What junk food can you not turn down?

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