Sunday, April 14, 2013

At goal and Paleo!

I feel like I haven't blogged in ages!  It's only been a few days, but my last post was pretty lame due to technical difficulties.  What a week. If I could have a redo, I certainly would.  Jules was sick from Monday night until Friday!  And hubby was not feeling 100% either.  I was okay (knock wood) which surprises me since I cleaned up most of the vomit/diarrhea! Besides the constant illness and the anxiety that I feel when my little guy is not feeling well, I had the worst week of running I can remember in a long time.

I only look happy because my ordeal is over!

Out of the five runs I did this past week, I was only dry during two. Yesterday and today!  And I'm used to running in the rain.  But running in the rain, with strong winds when the temperature is hovering at 0C is trying on even my best days. It was raining sideways in my face for Pete's sake. I think I'm pretty tough and I don't balk at a 6K run, but the 6, 7 and 8K runs I did in the pouring rain felt like the longest runs ever!  I was soaked to the skin when I got home and needed to strip down at my front door.  That's how drenched I was.  I honestly think I would have rather run in the sub zero temperatures than repeat the week of running I did last week!  Anywho, moving on.

Friday started out like a fine enough day.  Hamilton didn't get hit with the bad winter weather that Environment Canada had promised.  I was fine with that.  It was just wet and raining and cold.  I headed out to Peterborough and the driving was fine.  The roads were wet, but I didn't feel like they were slippery at all. I took my time and made my way up the 115.  Peterborough was not as blessed as the Greater Toronto area.  The trees and ground were covered with a pretty thick layer of ice.  As I'm driving along, I felt my car jerk a few times.  Then just as I make it into Peterborough, my engine light goes on and the entire dash lights up.  I have just enough time to pull over before the car just stops.  Now I'm on the side of the road, and it's freezing rain.  I call CAA and although they put me as a priority and I was supposed to get service within 20 minutes, it takes about an hour for Bob's towing to get to me.  Incidentally when my car broke down in Peterborough last spring, Bob's towing picked me up then too.  That time it was Jake who helped me, this time it was Ken.

My car on the back of the flat bed:(

It sucked to be me on Friday!  Not only did I have to cancel with my client for the second time that week (the first was Tuesday when I stayed home with sick Julien), but I had to be towed from Peterborough to Scarborough.  Once I made it to the garage, my mechanics were able to tell me what was wrong with the car (frayed wires to something), but couldn't get the parts there on time because it was 3pm on a Friday afternoon.  That meant I had to leave my car there and hop on the Scarborough LRT to Kennedy Station then head on over to Union Station and grab the Go bus to Hamilton.  I hadn't eaten since breakfast and had no food on me because I was supposed to have lunch with my client in Peterborough.  I ended up buying an apple and almonds in Union Station which tided me over until I made it home.  Once I got home I made salmon cakes and broccoli for dinner.

It's been a while since I was on the subway.
The new cars are just one very long car.
You can walk from one end of the entire train
to the other.

So I have officially switched over to a Paleoish diet.  It's similar to Dr. Poon's, but cleaner.  No artificial sweeteners, no dairy, nothing processed, no legumes (including peanuts).  Lots of lean protein, fish, seafood, vegetables, fruit and nuts.  I'm making a couple of concessions.  I'm not giving up cream in my coffee, and I'm still eating natural peanut butter before long runs.  It gives me the energy I need and I digest it well.  So there you have it!  I's easy and structured and I pretty much eat that way anyway.  No more treats on weigh-in days, and that's okay.  It was all processed and artificial anyway, and I don't need it.

I don't think I'm going to go back to the clinic to get weighed anymore.  I'm going to monitor my weight myself.  I'll continue to weigh in bi-weekly and just record it here.  I weigh-in every other Wednesday with a group of women at work anyway.  I'll just keep doing that and record my results on my blog and Facebook Page.  I wasn't feeling the love the last time I was at the clinic and don't wish to receive the stern "I think you're not being truthful with me" look from Dr. Stephen again.  I don't really need any negativity in my life.  And since I feel good about all my food choices and my diet overall, I don't need to be accountable to anyone else but me!

Thank goodness this happened right at the end of my run.
I had to wait 15 minutes for the train to pass!

Yesterday I had a pretty packed day.  I got up and ran 8K pretty early in the morning.  My run was pretty solid until the end when I was delayed by a train.  That sucked, but it only cut half a kilometer off my total run time.  Afterwards, I met a couple of old college friends for lunch in Toronto.  I hadn't seen them for about three years. Man the time passes quickly.  They both look the same to me as they did in college.  Young and beautiful as ever!  Happily, I do not look the same.  I was probably at my heaviest for a time when we were in college together.  Sometimes I forget how different I look to people who haven't seen me in a long time.  Old friends and acquaintances usually act differently with me until they see that I've only changed on the outside.  I'm still the same inside.

After lunch, I headed back home for a few hours, then I was off to dinner with Dawn and Monica. Since our half marathon clinic finished back in March, we don't see each other as much.  I've still been running on weekends with Monica, but Dawn is training for her 200K Ride to Conquer Cancer. We went to the Bean Bar, had some good eats (grilled chicken with asparagus and a glass of red wine) and caught up.  I'll be seeing much more of Monica starting this week.  Our 10K clinic that we are co-instructing starts this Thursday.  This means I'll start running a couple of evenings a week again.  I'm gonna miss my morning runs!

This morning I had to get in my long run for the week.  I'm in week 11 of my half marathon training for the Niagara Women's Half Marathon on June 2nd.  Monica was going to do my long run with me, but she had a crappy sleep last night and wasn't able to make it.  So I was solo for my 16K. This is the furthest I have ever run alone.  I ran up the escarpment and continued to follow the path right to the end.  It  let me off in a parking lot somewhere on the Hamilton Mountain, but I have no idea where I was.  I had to run down a huge hill before the path ended which pissed me off.  I had just run up the escarpment for 6K, ran on flat ground for about 1.5K, then ran down a pretty steep hill for about 500m.  I cursed the whole way down because I knew I would have to turn around and run right back up the damn hill again.  I had never run to the end of the path before and it was exactly 8K from my front door to the end of the path.

The end of the path. No idea where Arbour Road is.

When I got home I was starving.  I stretched and had a tablespoon of natural peanut butter and a hard boiled egg before cleaning myself up.  I made a recovery lunch of salad with oil and vinegar dressing and salmon and  another hard boiled egg.  It was pretty boring but filled me right up and I felt much better after eating.  I felt light headed once during my run and did have a couple of energy gummies.  I'm sure they are not Paleo, but I need that shit when I'm doing long runs!  My toes cramped again at 13K.  I am counting the days until I get my orthotics.  There is nothing more frustrating than having to walk out toe cramps.  It really messes with my pace!

After lunch I went to my girlfriend Elin's place for a glass of wine and to show her and her hubby how to make the sauteed cabbage I eat constantly.  Julien is feeling good again, so he wanted to play with Elin's son and the boys had a good time outside on this lovely and sunny day!  Tomorrow it's supposed to be 19C.  I'm glad it's a rest day.  I have no spring/summer running gear.  Thank goodness I get the very generous employee discount at the Running Room.  This will be the last time I'll be retiring running gear because it's too big for me. I'm officially calling myself at goal!


  1. Curious what you hydrate with on your runs (especially long runs). Maybe your electrolytes are out if balance and thus the cramps. Or maybe you're a high sodium sweater? I love Nuun for long runs. It's probably not Paleo but it's low calorie and you can buy it at MEC.

    1. I just drink during the run and eat the electrolyte gummies when I start to feel sluggish. I drink tons leading up to a long run to make sure I am properly hydrated. The crampy toes is because I have recently been diagnosed with Metatarsalgia. I need orthotics to correct it.

  2. Well done - At Goal!!!! I think a paleoish diet will suit you well. In my opinion I wouldn't stress too much about peanuts or any other little thing as long as it is not bowls full! It is all about clean eating and you can do that. What a journey you have been on, well done - good luck for maintenance, I think with your attitude you will be fine.

  3. Nice!! So looking forward to the day I can say that! You have worked so hard to get to this place ... well done :)

  4. It sees like forever since you posted last. We missed you. Thought maybe you changed your name to Forest, Forest Gump and started running and just kept on running and then bought a shrimp boat with a guy named Bubba. :) Another interesting and inspiring blog post. With every distraction last week, you kept going. Most of us would have taken a break, but not you. You inspire so many of us Leigh. It's too bad your car didn't run as well as you do. Please keep posting and being our motivational and inspiring hero. I count on you and your blogs. Sorry about your negative experience with Dr Stephen. I am going to research the Paledish diet too. Hope everyone is feeling better now. Enjoy your week. Stay Calm and Run On.

  5. Good move (not going back to the clinic). If it's one thing I can't stand it's someone insinuating something totally false-ugh!.

    P.S. Thanks for the encouragement.

  6. Yay!!! I think Paleo/Primal style of diet is underused for transition and maintenance. Not only for weight maintenance, the whole template has brought me to my best health ever!!! Awesomness.

    Once your peanut butter is gone, would you be willing to try almond butter or sunflower butter as a replacement? Lower inflammatory, or so they say....

    Ask any questions you have as you go. Also, the responses you are getting at the clinic on weigh ins are automatic due to all the people who go way off plan at goal weight. Consider still weighing in and working with them. After a few weigh in's, they will probably get the picture. You are for realz! Does it cost to weigh in?

    1. Hey Karen! Love reading your blog and your insight on Paleo/primal. You are one of my inspirations to moving to Paleo for sure. I would use another nut butter, but I get the natural peanut butter only when it's on sale. I got a great deal here a few weeks ago and since I only use it once per week, I'm okay with it being my long run fuel. The other nut butters are just too expensive and I'm very frugal (read cheap:). I know I can't go back to the clinic for regular weigh-ins because it is in Pickering (1.5 hours from my house) and the only reason I still went is because I could coordinate the visits with my Peterborough client visits. I'm closing that client at the end of this month. There will be a Toronto clinic opening in May. I'll likely have my file switched over and weigh-in monthly again. It doesn't cost anything to weigh-in or be on this diet. It's covered by our provincial health plan. Thanks for your on-going support:)

  7. Congrats on being at goal. You and maintenance will be a winning pair. :) You already know you'll just continue to do what you've been doing for quite a while now. Awesome!

  8. FANTASTIC!!! I am so proud of you girl! You just ROCK! :) :) :)

  9. well done and great job on the diet!

  10. Hooray for being at goal! And regarding artificial sweeteners, those are off my list now as well.

    Paleoish seems like the way to go :) You look awesome!

  11. Congrats on goal! You have worked hard for this and I know you will maintain it. I am so impressed you were able to resist all the temptation at the train station and just buy an apple and nuts. This is especially hard when stressed. Car problems drive me crazy.

  12. Yay- I love hearing you are calling goal. You are a HERO- I would have used the rain & son's illness as an excuse to take it easy, but not you.

  13. Congratulations on goal. I am happy for you. I'm also glad you didn't give up peanut butter. I was considering it, but if you can reach goal and not give it up, there's hope for me too.