Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The post about an upset stomach, a good 10K and running with my physio dude.

Feeling good after my 10K tempo this morning.

It's been a busy couple of days.  Yesterday we purged my basement.  I got rid of A LOT of clutter and chaos.  I feel lighter already.  Hubby made two trips to the local thrift store to drop off donations.  I do not have one piece of clothing that is too big for me anymore (except for my "before" pants).  I held up a pair of size 16 Gap jeans and they looked so big to me.  I remember when I got them two winters ago and was so thrilled I could squeeze into them at that time.  Every time my hubby folds the laundry, he has something to say about my pants.  Mostly that they are tiny and he can't believe I fit in them.  Thank you, I think!

We also got rid of two loads of garbage.  Broken stuff, old paint, crap that I wasn't even sure what it was. My basement looks barren.  Barren and creepy.  I live in a pretty old house (circa 1890).  My basement actually has a dirt floor.  the only good thing about that is that it doesn't flood because the water seeps back into the ground.  The bad news is that it is perpetually damp down there. My father, who is 83 in December, single handedly cleaned up that basement.  He would barely let me do anything.  That man is like the Energizer Bunny.  I'm sure he's ADHD.  It's all good.  My basement (and yard) are clean, and he's happy because he got to keep busy.  I'm forcing him to rest tomorrow morning, then we're going to head out to Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls for the afternoon/evening.  Julien's so excited.  He loves Niagara Falls.

I decided to have a bit of a cheat day eating wise today, and I'm paying for it now.  I ate Greek salad with feta and tzaziki sauce with my souvlaki.  My tummy is not feeling great.  I guess dairy and I don't do too well. This is a good deterrent.  I'll have to remember this for future reference.  It is a good feeling to carry with me the next time I am consumed with cheese cravings.  So not worth it, and I clearly can't handle it!  Back to my safe eating place tomorrow.

My recovery meal after my 10K this morning.  Left over roast beef,
Carrots, avocado, tomatoes.

Although this was delish, next time I will be eliminating the feta and tzaziki.

Today's run was good.  I was slotted to do 10K tempo (faster than comfortable pace), but by the time I got out the door, I could only get 8K in because hubby had to leave the house by 9:15am.   That sucked because I was feeling really good during my run and really wanted to get the 10K out of the way.  Half way through my 8K, hubby texted me to say that his appointment had been cancelled so I could run longer if I chose to.  I did!  Got my 10K out of the way and felt like a million bucks the whole time.

Yesterday I saw my physio dude Graham.  We talked about my running form and he wants to really see me run.  So next week, I'm running to physio (6.1K from my house), and we're going for a run together so he can really look at my form.  He doesn't believe watching me run on the treadmill is going to give him an accurate assessment of how I run.  He pointed out, and I agree, that I would run differently on the treadmill. He also wants to see me fatigued, hence the reason I have to run to physio.  Since we're going to work on changing my running form, this is where we're going to start.  Talk about going above and beyond!  My physio dude is actually going to run with me.  Awesome!

My eats from the past two days.  Too much sweet potato ingested yesterday.


  1. Purging unnecessary clutter feels AMAZING, doesn't it? Makes it so much easier to go about day to day!

  2. It's amazing how we are so used to eating just certain foods and try something from way back when and it does not agree with our system anymore.

  3. I never really realized it before but have learned in my weight loss journey that there is a correlation to the clutter in my house and how I react around food. I have actually found a book on the subject by Peter Walsh called "Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?" I can pretty much tie a bunch of my weight gain to this and slowly organizing my house has really helped (now if I can get my 3 kids to quit dumping stuff all over the place!) Anyway, sounds like the basement clean-up will help you too!

  4. Hi Leigh, I've also been getting rid of very big clothes and clutter of my house. Lately, it was random dishes that went to the thrift store and sweaters that don't look good on me. And a suit with, what teen daughter calls a "nun skirt." The best part--you never have to tidy discarded stuff again! :D

  5. I've been doing some major cleaning as well, but you're so lucky to have your dad helping you out. I know my father, when he hit his late 70s, felt useless. The last time he came to my house before he passed away, I had all sorts of little handyman projects lined-up for him and he felt really proud of himself when the jobs were done. I made him rest after too!
    Have a good time at Niagara, hope you have good weather !

  6. If the thing you eat too much of is sweet potato, I think you're doing pretty good.

    Congratulations on your awesome results.

  7. I have been thinking about the avocado I bought yesterday all morning, now looking at your recovery meal, I am starving and ready to go to lunch early. :-)

  8. Doesn't de-cluttering feel great?! :)
    Your post-run recovery meal looks so good!