Friday, November 7, 2014

getting back together with weight watchers

after several months of being unsuccessful with calorie tracking, i've jumped back on team weight watchers. when i lost a bunch of weight two years ago, it was weight watchers that got me there. i think it's most effective for me because it keeps me from becoming obsessive about calories, like calorie tracking does. i toyed with the idea of weight watchers for about a month before diving in on monday. so far it's been an uphill battle getting back into tracking, but i've got to start somewhere!

my main goals for going back on weight watchers are two fold: 1) i want to get back down to racing weight. when i can competitively run again, i want to be back at the weight where i was last summer. i was starting to find a lot of speed at this point and was running very strong. i'm dreaming of getting back to that point again. i also am hoping that losing weight will take off some of the load impact on my back, thus reducing injury. 2) i want to look like a BAMF in my wedding dress. i mean, if that isn't motivation, what is? ;)

the one thing that is tough for weight watchers is that i can only use it when i'm trying to lose weight (duh). if i tried to use it for maintenance, i could only continue to use it until i started to get into peak of running. when i'm at my peak of training, i need to be consuming 300-400 grams of carbs a day. put that into the weight watchers points calculator and i don't even want to know how many points it would give! i'll worry about what i will do with tracking once i get to that point in my athleticism again, but it is something looming in the back of my mind. it's the one reason that weight watchers hasn't been a long term solution for me. of course, if anyone has any solutions to this, i'm all ears!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

kickstarter: low fodmap protein bars

i've shared many a time on this blog my struggles with ibs, and one of the ways i try to help alleviate some of my symptoms is through a low fodmap diet. fodmaps have now become a guiding factor in how i decide which fruits, veggies and sugars to eat.

there's a company called nicer foods that has launched a kickstarter campaign to produce a low fodmap protein bar. i wasn't asked to promote this campaign or company in any way. i happened to stumble upon them on twitter and now i want nothing more than for this bar to be produced. the struggle with protein bars is real for folks with food sensitivities and/or ibs. if a bar doesn't contain one ingredient you can't eat, you get excited, but then sure enough, it is almost guaranteed to have at least one other sensitive food product as an ingredient (in my experience this has always been true).

nicer foods is working to create a low fodmap protein bar that is safe and healthy for your gut;  corn free, dairy free, soy free, gluten free and fodmap friendly. how amazing is that? it's a huge goal to work towards, but i am excited to be a supporter and hope this bar can come into full production!

check out nicer foods on kickstarter to support their campaign and make sure to  visit their website! this could be a game changing product for someone like me who struggles with food intolerances and their related effects on the body.

this image is from the kickstarter campaign

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

i ran a mile! woop woop!

so my last post was pretty... pessimistic. thanks to those that pointed out that optimism and positivity can actually go a long way in the healing process! ;) 

last night, i took moose girl out for a walk/run. we did about a mile and a half with intervals and i was feeling pretty good. after taking moose home, i decided to go out and try for a mile on my own. it was a perfect fall day; crisp, cool air with gorgeous fall colors on the trees. i had my new oiselle wazelle black long sleeve (which is the perfect black long sleeve, by the way - so sleek and slimming) and it just felt like a good time to try for a run.

i felt pretty good a half mile out, but a little cautious that the pain might come back as soon as i tried to pick up the speed a notch. i gradually got faster until the last quarter mile when i realized i had picked up the pace quite a bit. not having any pain, or any twerks on a longer stride, i decided to sprint as best i could the last tenth of a mile. 

it was no where near my fastest sprint, or fastest mile, but for that last stretch, i finally felt like i could push my body to perform, to achieve. it felt hard. but it felt awesome.

it's moments like this i have to remember on those days when everything seems hopeless and impossible. i might not be able to do much right now, but that little bit of something i could do made my day!