Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The post about the coldest day ever, the run that almost wasn't and my BMI certificate

Left: Water vapor above Lake Ontario yesterday because the water was warmer
than the air. It was -38C/-36.4F with the wind chill.
Right: That cracks me up!

  • This is going to have to be a short post. I have my splint off to type, and I'm sure I'm not supposed to be typing. Hate wearing the splint. That's all I have to say about that.
  • Looking forward to seeing the orthopedic surgeon on Friday morning and hopefully getting some answers.  Although the movement of the hand is getting stronger and I'd have to say it's at about 75%, I need some, okay, a lot of reassurance that everything is going to return to normal.
  • Yesterday was a scheduled 6K steady run. I did not run. It was -38C with the windchill at 5:30am, and since I value the skin on my face and my fingers and toes, I opted to sit that run out. I am not gonna lie. It was a hard decision to make, and it grated on me all day. And I need to give myself a break. I declared yesterday's temperature a near apocalypse. Forgiven!

It's a good thing I looked at the temperature this morning. A -20C windchill?
Piece of cake! Got geared up and headed out at 6:30am!

  • I was stalking the Weather Network on Tuesday night to see what the temps this morning were going to be. It was still bitterly cold when I got home at 11 pm last night. The predicted temps were -33C with the windchill. So I resigned myself to sit another run out. I woke up at 6am because I figured I wasn't running, and I was working in Hamilton for the day. My house did not seem nearly as cold as it was the day before, so I checked the temperature and it was -20 with the windchill! I couldn't get my running gear on fast enough. Got a 5.3K run in, through downtown Hamilton, on a thick layer of very uneven and bumpy ice. Pace was not impressive at 7:12/km, but I gotter done. If there wasn't ice, I would have been much faster just to get back home ASAP. Cold run but I'm not complaining.  I was just happy to run.
  • So according to US News, the Paleo Diet ranks last (#31) on the "Best Diets" list. Jenny Craig ranked #8 because pre-packaged and processed food is super healthy for you. And SlimFast #13? Are your freaking kidding me? So my "whole food" approach to eating is a big crock of shit! That is all I'm going to say about that.

Finally receiving my BMI certificate from Trish! She is the BIGGEST
sweetheart...and a big loser too:) 160 pounds lost! My eyes are so squinty
on the right because I was trying not to cry:)

  • I got home so late last night because I headed out to Scarborough for the Dr. Poon support group. Regardless of the frigid temperatures, there were seven of us that braved the cold. I got to meet Shannen! You know Shannen from a few posts back, who ran her first 5K and sent me the lovely message because her running coach told her to thank the person who inspired her to run on race day. Still my favorite message to date! Also got to hang with the regulars and was super surprised because although I never received my BMI certificate from Dr. Poon, Trish made a special one just for me and got the group to sign it. I'm not gonna lie, I was a little choked up. What an adorably sweet thing to do!  Looking forward to seeing everyone again next month (I hope)!
  • I'm signing off now, I'll leave you with the 19th video in the Anniversary Series entitled, Marvin Gaye and a Tin Leopard. We discuss my husband's favorite song of all time (Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke), as well as bad behavior at the Queen's Landing. I'm off to have coffee with my running gals Dawn and Monica. Good night all:)


  1. Congrats on the certificate AND the cold run, wow!! You are a better woman than I for getting out in THAT cold. And I am right there with you on the thoughts about the Paleo diet being last, coming in well behind Jenny Craig hahahahahaha

  2. Oh dear that's the trouble with some surveys, lists etc. Who would want to eat the processed foods of these so called diet and weight loss companies when you can eat good wholesome food - which for me is plenty of non starchy vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, kale, swede, celeriac, lots of good fats like butter, cheese, avocado, macadamia nuts and protein as meat, fish, eggs. You just can't beat
    great tasting fresh food - even in the current bad weather both in the UK and over your way and beyond ...... we must try to keep our eye on eating good fresh food (although I'm not against frozen vegetables etc in certain circumstances.)

    Hope your arm gets better soon - take care

    All the best Jan

  3. Huge congrats on the BMI certificate.

  4. If you read the list, it appears 'convenience' and 'how easy to stay on a diet' ranks as much if not more value than NUTRITION. Whatever. Screw them. They can all die prematurely. LOL

  5. We had -15 F (-26 C) in Milwaukee. I didn't even want to know the windchill factor. I did have to rescue Keebler whose paws were too cold to get back in from potty in the backyard.

    Congrats on the BMI. You look marv !!!

  6. Wow you truly an amazing inspirational runner,anything can be done if you put your mind into it,well done on the certificate there no person more worthy then you.

  7. I was reading the best diet list too, From what I read it was according to success rate, the ability to lose and maintain the lifestyle and weight loss. Although you are super successful as are many others who have adopted the Paleo lifestyle its all over the internet right now. I think most who are looking to lose weight don't know how to adopt a truly different lifestyle change in place of the word DIET. I think thats where we go wrong in the whole weight loss process. If the media would continue to impose lifestyle change as the connection between weight loss and maintaining that loss and less on "FAD"diets for weight loss. I think most if not all of the whole balanced food diets would work best. I take my hat off to you every time I eat a serving of ice cream and think I just couldn't do it. I could not give up the foods I love. But I am working towards changes in my life that are things I can do for the rest of my life since "DIETING"is not a word in my vocabulary. I do however follow weight watchers plan and my own individual philosophy, of things taken from all the fantastic blogs I read of those who have taken the journey, lost the weight, and learn to maintain. Thats where my THANKS to you comes in again. You motivate me love reading your blog because it isnt the "program" that got you there its the journey. Thanks again for putting yourself out there so that people like me can draw strength and encouragement. And keep Paleoing on !!

  8. Congrats on your BMI, I seriously admire your passion for running :) and I am thankful for the weather here (even if it rains its warm enough to run for me)

  9. Wow! Awesome on your BMI! The east is really hit by the Winter this year eh! Come on over to the West coast-Rain may be better than Snow- :)