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So today I went and bought my first pair of running shoes. The running shoes I was wearing previously were Wal-mart brand, so I wouldn’t consider those running shoes technically. Thanks to the helpful staff at Brainsport,with their knowledge of feet, the guy that helped me looked at my feet and measured them, went to the back and selected three different pairs of shoes. I tried on the first pair and they felt great, the second ones were still good but I was still liking #1 more, and then the 3rd pair I tried on were Brooks, and just like Cinderella, they were the perfect fit, I couldn’t imagine anything more comfortable than that! I was honestly amazed, and lucky me they were having a sale so they were 20% off.

Check these baby’s out!

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And of course Daisy had to inspect and approve first.

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I can’t wait to run a couple miles in these puppies.

 

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Friday night I made biscuits, baked chicken drumsticks, and quinoa for supper. And I made a special dessert, an Apple Rhubarb bake. My first post here is the same thing I did but this time I added apples. I used up the rest of the rhubarb I had in the house and sliced up 3 macintosh apples, I whipped up the remaining gluten free pancake mix I had. Poured it all over the fruit and very lightly stirred it. I set the oven to about 300F-350F, and baked it for about 40 minutes. It came out delicious!

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Saturday tickets went on sale for John Mayer in April. I got some pretty sweet floor seats for Ryan and I. I am excited, I can’t wait.

Yesterday I set up the Christmas tree just with the lights to test to see what the cats will do, if they will destroy it and knock it down. First night went good, nothing was wrecked and it is still standing!

Today started out with breakfast which consisted of 2 slices whole wheat toast with natural peanut butter. Snacks today were Christmas oranges, and a S’mores Luna bar.

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Late lunch today at like 4pm consisted of Badass Jacks and Tim Horton’s. I had an Asian Box with egg noodles, chicken and honey garlic sauce. From Tim Horton’s with both got Large Decaf’s with cream and sweeteners. It really hit the spot, so warm and tasty. I hadn’t had a decaf coffee since I don’t know when!

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Grey Cup is on tonight so that will be what I will be doing for the remainder of the night! Go Riders!

 

I have been researching a lot about the Raw Food diet, I’ve been reading a lot of Gena’s blog and how she used to have IBS and being a Vegan Raw foodist helped. I didn’t know that Gena! So my next thing to try will be a detox and high-Raw diet. See what improvements I see and so on.  My diet has been fairly clean so the transition shouldn’t be too difficult for me, the hardest thing I think at first would not be able to have dairy, although I am sure I will still have it on occasion. I don’t eat much meat as it is, the occasional chicken/turkey or fish/shellfish. So also that part of the transition will be easier for me.

I am very excited to start a Raw Food detox and hopefully start feeling better. If this is my cure then I would be the happiest person alive! It will definitely take some getting used to, a lot of patience and experimenting, but I am okay with that especially if it really benefits me.

I will have to do more research and planning before I officially start. But as soon as I have a bunch more info I will be starting it and updating everyday on how it is going.

 

If anyone has any great tips I would love to hear them.

Its Saturday! Which means Ryan is at his painting class, which means I get free range over the condo today and get to clean, clean, clean! bahaha.

Its funny because I read Ange’s Post about getting back on track after indulging. And I thought that was funny, because yesterday I kind of pigged out on a bag of microwave popcorn and we ordered a pizza for supper. And I just regretted putting it into my body after having such a good week. And so today I was determined to get up, clean up the house, keep moving and eat right! I have 2 days of rest for exercise now, but I don’t want to feel lazy. I don’t have wheatgrass or anything and I don’t like tea, But I did start my morning off with a Green Monster!

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The pill I take each morning religiously is Acidophilus, I should be taking my multi-vit, calcium/magnesium, and Vitamin D. Maybe I will make a pact to myself and start doing it.

I went to Wal-Mart today because I needed to get a new items (cat litter and deodorizer mostly) BAD BAD idea, it was so busy, I hate Saturdays at Wal-Mart, especially getting close to Christmas. But I did pick up a cute little rug for decoration in front of the fireplace.

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And still being silly, I figured I would go to the mall and go to the dollar store, where I bought a bunch of Christmas stuff. My favourites are the little reindeer and the snowman plates! I am definitely getting into the Christmas spirit now!

 

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I cleaned up the living room very nicely, I rearranged a little bit so that I can decorate completely for Christmas. I need the mantle for my decorations, and as you can see in the picture, there is a television in front of the fire place. And yes there are TIRES in the middle of the living room. And then Voila! It magically appears, and its cleaned out and decorated as well. I’m not sure if we can actually light a fire in it, so I set up some candles in there, to at least get the nice glow. I also stuck a mirror in the back to help reflect the light.

 

Before:

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After:

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I would have to say, I am pretty impressed with the results. Now all I need to do is finish the Christmas decorations.  I might wait until December 1st though, the usual tradition. That way there is less time for the cats to destroy everything.

I have been on my feet ALL DAY. I haven’t had much of a break, other than right now writing in the blog. I have barely eaten today either. So I think I made up for yesterday’s bad eating. I can’t wait to rest this evening and just enjoy those candles in the fireplace.

So today AGAIN, for the 4th time this week, which is like my record, I got up and was off to the gym for my cardio session. I did 15 minutes on the tread climber and then 30 minutes on the treadmill, most of which was walking at 14% incline. I burned over 400 calories this week. Woo!

As soon as I got home, I instantly made a Classic GM and started running a bath with Epsom salts, I could feel my muscles were crying out for it. So I hopped in the bath for awhile, and also been sipping on some Strawberry Lemonade flavoured PowerAde for that extra electrolyte boost.

 

I am taking 2 rests days now, give my body a break from the intense cardio. But I already can’t wait for Monday to come around and hit that treadmill and see how long I can run for at a time. Previous time was 4 minutes straight, maybe I can make 5?

 

I know I haven’t talked much about IBS, so today I will talk about it a little bit. I don’t want to give too many details, because those aren’t very pretty. IBS is just so unpredictable, I can be feeling great in the morning, but by supper time I want to crawl in a hole and die. And vice versa. It interferes with a lot of things in my life, which often leads to stress and just plain being unhappy. I haven’t really figured out my triggers foods, but I think I have found a few things I need to avoid, such as fats, I basically cut out meats, except for chicken and fish on occasion. I have been exercising a lot more lately, so I am hoping that will also aid in making me feel better. I drink WAY more water than I have ever before, at least 32oz a day. I used to drink like zero and drink diet pops. I have completely cut out my diet pop, and I have definitely limited the amount of sweeteners I put into my body. Too much sugar gives me headaches, so the alternative is sweeteners, I am trying to not use either as much as possible. My eating habits are definitely improving as I go on this journey, and I think that eating more whole foods is a definite benefit to all aspects. I keep a journal of what I am eating on a daily basis and the way I am feeling, and recording my attacks. That way I am able to look back and maybe see what might have caused that specific attack.  But still whenever I go out, I am still worried that I will have an “attack”, even if I have been eating carefully. IBS really has a mind of its own, and its definitely hard to handle some days. I am looking for alternative medicines or anything that may relieve my symptoms. I have been going through this for over 10 years, and I have my ways of dealing with it, but sometimes I can’t even go out. And still through all of my experiences, I stay strong. I am still depressed deep down and still have “bad thoughts” but I try to keep them from surfacing, I am trying to cope and forget about all that bad stuff and try and be happy with the way that I am. And believe me, its extremely hard. But I am strong.  If you know of any medicines or alternatives for healing IBS , please let me know!

 

Ok I feel like I am writing a novel here, that will be it for today!

 

Let’s end on a happy note:

 

Daisy cuddling with my hot water bottle (I keep it in a Powerpuff Girl pillow case, got a problem with that?)

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Lily on Halloween nibbling on some pumpkin.

 

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Aren’t my kids just the cutest?

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s Playlist:

Spice Girls – Move Over

Spice Girls – Who Do You Think You Are

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Last night was the worst ever, I was trying to sleep but was having serious painful menstrual cramps. I woke up at like 9:30am and was just feeling like complete crap. I showered and changed into my work out clothes and sat with the hot water bottle on my lower ab for awhile. I was debating whether or not to go to the gym for an easy workout. I debated for awhile, then I decided, well I need to go put gas in my truck so I might as well go do that and then go to the gym. So off I went! Gym was great, I felt so good after. I just did 14% incline walking on the treadmill and a walk on the tread climber. Totalled 25 minutes today, yay go me. As soon as I got home I made a Classic Green Monster. I rested for awhile and then I figured I should do my yoga! It was TOUGH! But it felt good to be challenged and pushed just a little.

After that I did 10 minutes of stretching.

Here’s the yoga mat, and Lily, she’s always watching.

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And can’t forget the GM! Yum.

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My cramps don’t seem half as bad anymore since I’ve been staying more active throughout it rather than just curling up on the couch, even though that is very appealing to me.

 

I also did my strength training, which consisted of squats, shoulder press with band, row with band and sit ups.

 

Supper tonight was pretty simple, we made chicken quesadilla’s topped with sour cream, green onion and salsa. The filling was chicken, mushrooms, onion and cheese. It was quite tasty. Forgot to snap a picture though!

 

So all ‘n’ all today wasn’t too shabby, got a few decent work outs in which made me forget the cramps and crappy feeling. Since the evening where I have just been kind of sitting around, I have been feeling worse. Hopefully I’ll sleep well tonight.

 

 

 

Today’s Playlist:

If you’re going through hell – Rodney Atkins

Things people say – Lady Antebellum

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198 days left!

Today I slept in, uhg, but I didn’t take long to get ready and head off to the gym. It was an intense cardio workout, ALOT of sweat! And then after I rewarded myself with a Green Monster.(http://greenmonstermovement.com) Today mine consisted of about 2 cups spinach, 1 cup skim lactaid, 1 banana, and a couple handfuls of mixed fruit, I added more strawberries than anything that’s why its not really “green”. I feel so energized today from working out and having a huge vitamin boost from the Green Monster.

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Daisy wanted in on some Green Monster action as well.

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Supper was pretty basic today, Chicken Caesar wraps. But still exceptionally tasty and healthy. I had two of these.

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I bought an Acorn Squash to try because they were all out of my favourite Butternut Squashes *sad face*. I baked it in the oven for over an hour with butter, brown sugar, and maple syrup. It had a good taste, but should be eaten fresh out of the oven and not heated up, I found this out by my own error. However never underestimate the squash!

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For the evening we just hung out in the living room, watching Seinfeld, House and Canada’s Worst Driver. We also played some Mario Kart Wii.

 

 

Had a breakthrough idea tonight. I will be participating in my first marathon ever in 2010. It will be a 10k on May 30th, 2010.  It gives me lots of time to prepare and train, and it also gives me something to look forward to when I am doing my runs. Woo!

http://www.saskmarathon.ca/

 

 

 

 

Today’s Playlist:

Shakira – She Wolf

Ram Jam – Black Betty

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