Month: May 2015

Confession Time … and a Meal Plan

It’s Friday! I am actually excited about the weekend since I don’t have to work. I guess there are some good things about having an injured knee. My bank account isn’t too happy though. No paycheques + tons of physio = not so much money. Even though I only work one or two days a week, I am missing that little bit of extra cash I am bringing in, plus physio isn’t cheap. My parents did help me out a lot with paying for all the physio appointments (thanks guys!), but I didn’t expect to still be going. I am hoping to only have a couple more sessions left. I will miss it though, it is super relaxing.

Josh and I don’t have much on the agenda for this weekend. I think we will end up doing a lot of chores around the house, and in our backyard. We are currently working on landscaping the yard because, embarrassingly, it looks like this at the moment:

backyard

I also need to work on getting the house clean. It is pretty messy right now since I have been working at resting my knee when I am not chasing after Lochlyn. Josh’s mom is coming to visit in a week, and I don’t want her to have to stay the mess that is our home. I also need to clean out my truck because the inside hasn’t been cleaned since before Lochlyn was born. I guess it is confession time or something.

Anyways, happy Friday, and I hope you all enjoy the weekend. Here is my meal plan for the week!

lochlyn orange almond pudding

Breakfast Ideas

  • 5-minute Oatmeal Power Bowl
  • Apple pie Chia Seed Jam Parfait
  • Lot’s of eggs – I am normally a sweet breakfast person, but last week I found that all I wanted in the morning was savoury and eggs have sounded amazing! The two sweeter breakfasts I planned for last week are on this week’s plan since I haven’t got to the yet.

Lunch Ideas

Dinner Ideas

 

What are you up to this weekend? 

How often do you clean out your vehicle? I have actually never cleaned out my vehicle before. Josh used to do it for me, and I guess now no one does it. Time for me to learn!

Dreary Thursday Thoughts

I haven’t really posted much lately (okay, I realize that was a bit of an understatement), and I feel like I have so many things I want to chat about on this little blog. Linking up with Amanda for a Thinking out Loud post seems like the perfect opportunity to unload a little bit. Here are some of my thoughts on this dreary Thursday morning … I hope it’s a little less dreary where you live!

thinking out loud

1. Lochlyn is walking! I am so excited about this. She took her first steps almost two weeks ago, and every day she is more steady on her feet. I am still surprised to see her come walking around a corner instead of crawling, but I am starting to get used to it. My baby girl is no longer a baby, but a full-fledged toddler. I am a proud mama

2. My injured knee is getting better every day.I am dealing with Patello-femoral pain syndrome along with some bursitis. It is pretty painful and means I can’t run, or bike, or even walk for very long periods of time. I went to the gym yesterday and limped my way through the exercises and stretches that the physio gave me. I also tried hopping on the bike at a super low intensity for ten minutes, but I think that may have made it worse. I can’t wait to run again. I miss it so much!

3. Okay, back to Lochlyn because she is my little favourite. I took her to the Dr. last week since she has had a cough for a long time and it just isn’t getting any better. She doesn’t seem sick at all, so I wasn’t too worried, but I really want her to get better. The Dr. thought that her cough could be caused from her being so chubby. The Dr. said that all the extra fat around her neck may be making it harder to breathe – like how sleep apnea is more common in overweight people. She is at the 98th percentile for weight, and steadily climbing. I am hoping that she will lean out a bit now that she is walking. I don’t actually care how big she is as long as she is healthy, but she is growing out of all her clothes way too fast! The Dr. also thought that her cough could be from allergies. I am kind of hoping it is from her chubbiness – I don’t want her to have to deal with allergies!

lochlyn blowing bubbles

4. I took Lochlyn to the beach for the first time ever on Tuesday. She absolutely loved it. Her favourite was sitting in the shallow water at the lake and playing with the dirt, sand, and rocks. I had to keep a pretty close eye on her so she didn’t eat everything and drink all the lake water. We had such a good time together!

lochlyn playing in sandmom and lochlyn at beach

5. I want to train to run another half marathon. Can you see a pattern with this Thursday thoughts post? I seem to be all about Lochlyn and running lately. I live in a colder climate which means that I can’t run in the winter, so I would have to plan to run in the fall or early spring next year. I would love to run in the fall, but I am not sure that my knee will be up for it. I don’t want to push it too hard. The other thing is that Josh and I originally were planning to start trying for another baby in the fall, which would mean I wouldn’t be able to do that half marathon.

6. Speaking of another baby, I just don’t feel ready. I love my life with Lochlyn and I am not in any rush to get pregnant again. At first I thought that this was because i want to keep running and I don’t know if I will be able to run much at all while pregnant. The thing is, I just don’t have the desire for a baby yet the way I wanted Lochlyn so bad. I think it will come with time, but I’m not in a rush, and I think I want to wait on the whole baby thing until I am ready to be pregnant again! Josh is a different story. He is quite a bit older than me, and ready to have another one anytime now. Unfortunately he isn’t the one that has to carry it around for 9 months, so he is going to need to wait.

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10. I have one more thing to share about Lochlyn and then I am done, I promise. Lochlyn’s favourite toys are her stuffed animals. She plays with them stuffed animals by herself and it is the cutest thing to watch. She makes them wave to each other and clap. She loves cuddling them and kissing them, and making them cuddle and kiss each other. She also loves petting them and brushing their fur. My absolute favourite part of watching her play like this is the voice she uses when she talks to her stuffed animals and makes them talk to each other. Her voice gets very high-pitched and it is so soft and gentle. I especially love her little “hi” that she says while making her stuffed animals wave. So adorable.

lochlyn stuffed animals

11. I am going to cut it off here. I could ramble on forever about my baby girl, but I think that is enough for today.

Have a great Thursday everyone!

 

What is the weather like where you are? It is cloudy and rainy here. The perfect day to get some cleaning done!

 

 

 

Intuitive Eating Journal

As I promised yesterday – I want to a day of food journalling with you. Since I am sharing my eats, I am linking up with Jen over at Peas and Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday. Be sure to check out the link-up!

what i ate wednesday

I don’t journal all my eats on a regular basis, but I have noticed that lately I haven’t been eating as intuitively as I would like to. The week leading up to my half marathon I was trying to pay more attention to what I ate, and wanted to cut out sugar and less nutritious foods. This didn’t really work. I find that when I restrict myself I end up eating whatever I tell myself I shouldn’t eat. Now this past week I have been stuck at home injured, and I think that I was eating to comfort myself a little bit.

I think that food journalling is a great way to remind yourself to eat mindfully since it forces you to take the time to think about what you are doing. When I journal my eats, I don’t keep track of calories, or macros, or anything like that. I more try to pay attention to how I am feeling before and after I eat, and how hungry I am.

Below is an Intuitive Eating food journal template for those of you that are interested. I haven’t actually tried it since my printer isn’t working, so let me know if you give it a go! I would love any feedback you can give me to make it better.

intuitive eating journal

Alright, so after that long intro, let’s jump right to my day of eats yesterday.

ricotta egg scramble Sorry for the blurry photo!

  • 8:45 am
  • Hunger Level: 2-3
  • Feelings/mood: Impatient with Lochlyn. She was really hungry and clinging to my legs while I was trying to make breakfast.
  • What do I want?: Something salty. Eggs. I have been craving eggs for awhile now.
  • What did I eat?: An egg scramble with sautéed veggies and ricotta cheese and a piece of toast.
  • Where/distractions: At kitchen table while feeding Lochlyn breakfast. My mom called as I was finishing so I was a bit distracted at the end.
  • Fullness Level: 6
  • Satisfaction/Comments: I liked this breakfast and I did feel satisfied after.

I tend to eat my main meals with Lochlyn, so I follow her schedule more than my own. If I am not very hungry I just eat less and know I can always have a snack later. Lunch time came pretty early yesterday.

quinoa black bean salad

  • 11:00 am
  • Hunger Level: 5
  • Feelings/mood: My knee was really sore at this time. I was also feeling ambitious with the big “to-do” list I had in my head
  • What do I want?: Nothing really, I’m not very hungry yet.
  • What did I eat?: Cumin Lime Black Bean Quinoa Salad
  • Where/Distractions: At the kitchen table with Lochlyn. I kept catching myself bringing my phone out to distract me. I need to keep this in another room when we are eating!
  • Fullness level: 6
  • Satisfaction/Comments: The dressing on this was really yummy, I wish I had made extra! I am getting tired of black beans though, so I didn’t enjoy this as much as I could have.

After lunch and some household chores, it was nap time! This is usually my “me time” and I often find myself craving something sweet. Yesterday was no exception

  • 12:35 pm
  • Hunger Level: 6
  • Feelings/mood: tired, don’t want to do knee exercises
  • What do I want: candy/something sweet

I didn’t actually eat anything at that point as I recognized I wasn’t hungry and just wanted a break. I had been on my feet almost all morning so I took this time to rest my knee, do some strengthening exercises, and watch a movie. My movie of choice? Nanny Diaries! I had never seen this before and I really enjoyed it. It definitely touched my mama’s heart a little bit.

I had plans to take Lochlyn to the beach when she woke up so I made sure to make myself a snack before the movie was over.

chocolate cherry smoothie

  • 2:10 pm
  • Hunger Level: 4
  • Feelings/mood: happy, rested, excited for the beach
  • What do I want?: something cold and sweet
  • What did I eat?: A chocolate cherry smoothie inspired by this one. Yum!
  • Where/distractions: In front of computer, watching a movie
  • Fullness Level: 6
  • Satisfaction/comments: This was delicious, and I think I would have enjoyed it more if it wasn’t in front of a movie. I found myself wanting that candy again once it was gone.

After Lochlyn’s nap we went to the beach and then came home to shower and make dinner. On my way in the door I found myself craving that candy again. Third times a charm, I guess, since I grabbed a handful on the way upstairs to shower.

gummy shark candy

  • 4:50 pm
  • Hunger Level: 4
  • Feelings/mood: happy, rushed to shower and get dinner ready
  • What do I want?: candy! Weird as I don’t usually crave candy.
  • What did I eat?: Gummy shark candy
  • Where/Distractions: While walking to the shower.
  • Fullness Level: 4
  • Satisfaction/Comments: This was yummy! I found myself wanting more, but then I thought about dinner and realized I actually would rather have that. I knew if I ate too much candy dinner wouldn’t sound appetizing anymore so I held off.

After a quick shower with my little one I got dinner on the table. Not the easiest task with a toddler chasing the cat around. She is obsessed with pulling Eeyore’s tail at the moment.

edamame stir fry

  • 6:20  pm
  • Hunger Level: 4
  • Feelings/mood: tired, happy that Josh is home
  • What do I want?: Something crunchy with lots of veggies
  • What did I eat?: Speedy Veggie ‘n’ Brown Rice Noodle Bowl, and more candies for dessert
  • Where/Distractions: At the kitchen table with the family
  • Satisfaction/Comments: This was so yummy, I wish I made more. I found myself not really satisfied after dinner. I could have gone for seconds, but I wanted to save some for Josh to take for lunch tomorrow, so I reached for more candies instead.

After dinner Josh and I tidied up the kitchen and then I went upstairs with Lochlyn to finish the laundry. By the time Lochlyn was in bed I my knee was starting to get really sore again so I decided to read in bed for awhile and then go to sleep early. I felt pretty hungry before bed but I decided that sleep sounded better than food, so I didn’t eat anything else.

Areas to improve: One of my biggest weaknesses with intuitive eating is taking the time to enjoy what I am eating. I often let distractions get in the way, and yesterday was no exception. Today I plan to keep my phone in another room at mealtime, so I’m not tempted to pick it up.

I was really craving those candies yesterday, and I think part of it is because I have been trying to limit them. I know for myself that when I tell myself a certain food is “bad” or “unhealthy” I tend to crave it and eat it even more. That being said, I haven’t been binge eating them, which is something that I would have done in the past, so I know I am making some progress.

I also found myself leaving the dinner table not really satisfied. I need to work on making bigger servings for our family, or making a side that we can have along with dinner so that we are full after.

Exercise notes: no exercise yesterday unless you count the strengthening exercises I did to help my injured knee.

 

Thanks for sticking around to read all that! If you are new to intuitive eating, you should check out my intuitive eating page! It will explain what I am going on about, including all the different categories in my food journal.

 

Do you find that you crave foods more when you put them “off limits”?

 

My First Ever Half Marathon … Sorta…

I know it’s Tuesday, which means it is time for Intuitive Tuesday, but I am going to switch it up today and talk about the half marathon I ran over a week ago. I have been wanting to get this post up for awhile now, and here it finally is! For those of you that don’t know, I was signed up to run the Woody’s Half Marathon in Red Deer on May 17th.

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Last Sunday I was signed up to run my first ever half marathon. I have been training since January, and this was a big deal for me. I put my heart and soul into running, and was so excited for race day.

pre race half marathon

I did everything I could possibly think of to prepare. A few days before the race I started paying attention to what I was eating. I tried to eat mostly healthy foods that I didn’t think would upset my stomach. The night before I made my usual pasta dinner that I had practiced eating before long runs. I packed my race bag, which contained a change of clothes, body glide, and extra hair elastics. I laid out my race-day clothes, and filled up my fuel belt and some extra water bottles for before and after the run. I also made sure that I had my favorite Gu gels in my fuel belt and packed an extra one just in case. I studied the course map, and charged my cell phone.

I was as ready as I could be.

I have talked about it a bit on the blog in the past, but I have been seeing a physio about a  running injury that I developed during training. The physio has had me stretching every 90 minutes to prepare for race day. I have also been doing hip strengthening exercises, and tons of foam rolling.

On the morning of the race, Josh and I woke up bright and early and drove into Red Deer. It was really chilly, and we had to move around to keep warm. With 10 minutes until the start time I visited the port-potties. I also downed a Gu gel to fuel my first few miles and took an ibuprofen just in case my knee started to hurt.

tying shoe at race

 

I guess I also re-tied my shoes!

All that was left to do was run. I wasn’t even nervous. I was excited, pumped, and ready to do this. After the countdown, we all were off. I think there were about 800 people registered for the race. We ran close together the first for the first bit, down a road and onto the trail system in Red Deer. It was perfect weather once we started moving, it was beautifully sunny outside. I was feeling great. My pace felt good, and I made sure to constantly remind myself not to go too fast. My goal for the race was just to finish. I didn’t want to worry about time, since I was recovering from an injured knee. I made sure to pay extra attention to my form, and whether I was running up or down hill. At the one mile mark, they had someone yelling out times, and I was shocked that I was running just over nine minute miles. I felt like I was going at an easy pace, but I slowed down even more.

half marathon 3 km

Not too long after the one mile mark, I started to notice that my form was off. I was running with a bit of a limp. My right knee felt tender and slightly sore. It has felt this way pretty consistently for the past few weeks and it wasn’t unbearably painful so I didn’t think much of it. I decided to slow down even more just to be safe.

My limp kept getting worse, and worse, and I started to feel quite a bit more pain in my knee. By now I had reached the 5km mark. I downed another Gu gel, and tried to keep running, but it didn’t feel right. I stopped to walk and stretch out my quads a bit before running again. My knee was consistently getting worse, and I couldn’t force myself to run without a limp.

This was when I started to realize I physically wouldn’t be able to run 21.1 km. I contemplated pushing through the pain and injury, but it was feeling more and more impossible with every step. I slowed to a limping walk and called Josh to let him know what was going on. I intended to ask him for advice, but once he was on the phone I knew that it was over. I explained the situation the best I could, while trying to hold back shaky tears. After calling Josh, I phoned my mom. My parents were babysitting Lochlyn, and had planned to watch me cross the finish line. I let her know that she didn’t need to come, and that I wasn’t going to be able to do it.

I limped my way to the 6km mark. There was a porta-potty stop, and some fans cheering on the runners. I stood waiting for Josh and watched all the other runners pass by. It occurred to me that I should cheer them on, but I didn’t have it in me. It took everything I had to fight the tears that threatened to pour down my face at any moment.

After waiting about 15 minutes, I saw Josh walking towards me. As soon as he was close enough, I grabbed onto him so tight, and let the tears come. We attempted to walk back to the car, but at this point I couldn’t put any weight on my injured knee at all. The car was too far away, so he left to go get it. I sat down in the wet grass, and watched the rest of the runners pass by. I started out closer to the front of the pack, and by the time I left, I am pretty sure I saw every last runner, down to the ones that planned to walk the entire full or half marathon distance.

Some younger runners that participated in the earlier 10k event started talking to the spectators that were close to me. The first one had won and set a new PR. The second had won first place in the female category for 10k. It was hard not to feel sorry for myself while listening to them, but I also felt inspired by their enthusiasm and their stories.

Finally Josh came back with the car and we drove home to ice my knee. I am pretty sure I cried most of the way home, both from pain, and from disappointment.

At home I was greeted by my parents, and my little one. Everyone took amazing care of me. My mom massaged my calf and made sure I was icing lots, Josh constantly fetched me everything I could need, and my dad kept me company. Of course Lochlyn also gave me plenty of cuddles.

I parked myself on the couch, and didn’t move for hours. My knee didn’t seem to be getting better at all, and I started to get worried. Josh ended up taking me to emergency at the hospital just to make sure everything was okay.

About three hours later I was leaving the hospital on crutches, with a Zigglar splint for my knee. Turns out my knee is nothing serious or permanent. I am still dealing with the same Patello-femoral pain syndrome injury I had before, I just made it a lot worse. I also have developed some bursitis in my knee. My calf muscle is damaged from running with a limp for so long, but that should heal quickly.

zigglar splint

The rest of the evening was spent on the couch, eating sushi, and trying not to feel guilty about my injury.

I think the hardest part of the day wasn’t not being able to finish the half marathon. The hardest part was not being able to take care of my baby girl. I can’t walk without crutches, and I wasn’t able to put any weight on my right leg at all for quite a few days. I couldn’t carry Lochlyn, lift her up, get her things, chase after her, or hold her hands and help her walk. It broke my heart.

playing on floor in room

I have an awesome family. Josh has been waiting on me hand and foot. Now that he is back at work my mom is here helping out with Lochlyn. I don’t know what I would do without them.

I obviously won’t be running for awhile. That makes me sad, but it isn’t that big of a deal compared to having the use of my right knee. I am so thankful that I don’t have a serious injury, and that it will heal and be back to normal. That is so much more important to me than being able to run a half marathon.

That being said, I am not giving up on running. I plan to let this injury heal and pick out a new half marathon to conquer when my body is ready!

3 km half marathon

 

Stay tuned for a WIAW post tomorrow featuring my Intuitive Eating Journal!

Meal Ideas for May 25th – 29th

Wow I haven’t been around for a long time. I need to get this computer fixed, as right now, it makes blogging a little bit unpleasant. I have had a crazy week, and I need to tell you guys about it, so expect a little explanation post coming soon. Also expect a recap of my first half marathon ever. I can’t believe I haven’t shared that yet.

lochlyn mom swing

Here is the meal plan of the week. My oven died a few days ago, so this meal plan is doesn’t require anything to be baked. Good thing we have the barbecue going. I already miss my oven a ton!

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

This meal plan is a little late, but better late than never right? Happy Monday everyone!

 

What are your favourite grill recipes?

A Veggie-Filled Meal Plan

Here is my super ambitious meal plan for the week. It is ambitious because the lunch recipes require a little more work than I am used to, but I am going to give it a go. I am getting bored of my usual salad, or eggs, or hummus wrap for lunch, and wanted to switch it up a bit. I ventured over to Peas and Crayons to find some recipes, and was inspired by all the colourful veggies.

I am also hoping to get some baking done this week. Josh is going on a guy’s camping trip next weekend and I would love to send him with some treats. My parents will be visiting while he is gone, and it would be nice to have a little extra on hand to offer them too. Here is hoping I get to it! I am thinking muffins, or banana bread, or something else equally delicious.

Breakfast Ideas

Lunch Ideas (brought to you by Peas and Crayons!)

Dinner Ideas

Snack Ideas

 

That’s it for this week. My weekend plans include resting, relaxing and extra foam rolling. Why? Race day on Sunday! Happy long weekend everyone!

 

What are your plans for this weekend?

Forced to Exercise Intuitively

Be prepared for a bit of a whiney Intuitive Tuesday Wednesday post today. I apologize in advance for my complaining, but it does have a purpose!

intuitive tuesday

I have mentioned it a couple of times on the blog – but I am having some knee problems. This is disappointing as I am signed up to run my first half marathon this weekend. I have been training since January, and I would be so disappointed if I couldn’t do it. Right now my knee hurts pretty consistently, and is made a lot worse by running.

icing at the computer

After trying to run a couple times last week and having to stop almost right away and walk, I decided to visit a physio. The clinic that I went to specializes in sports -related injuries. The physio I saw focused my treatment around preparing me to run this weekend, which I thought was awesome.

My suspicion was confirmed that I have patello-femoral pain syndrome, or “runner’s knee”. My kneecap isn’t aligning correctly in the knee joint. The repetitive pounding it has taken from running is causing irritation under my knee cap.This isn’t the worst news. It is something that can heal over time, without any long-lasting consequences.

The reason that I have this misalignment is that I have a weak right hip. I also have a really tight IT band. Both of these things are pulling my knee off to one side when I run, or squat, or walk, or .. well you get it.

The physio showed me how to do a low-impact hip strengthening exercise and instructed me to do it daily up until my race. She also told me to do standing quad stretches every 90 minutes, and foam roll my IT band once or twice a day. While I was at the clinic she did some deep tissue massage to loosen up my right quad, and used an electrode machine (I don’t know it’s actual name) to help with the pain (it feels so weird!). She also taped my knee with KT tape, but unfortunately that already peeled off.

I have another appointment scheduled for tonight. My physio is hopeful that I will be able to run this weekend, but I will have to take some time off afterwards to allow my knee to heal. This is kind of sad news, but I am also excited to correct my muscle imbalance so that when I start running again I will be even stronger and hopefully won’t get injured!

Going in to half marathon training, I thought it would be very difficult to exercise intuitively. I had my training plan all laid out, and throughout I would have to stick with it in order to be successful on race day. I was very wrong.

Since I started running, I think I have exercised more intuitively than ever before. With a race goal in mind, I have had to pay extra attention to my body and how it is feeling. I have missed some shorter runs or cross-training days so that I would be well-rested and ready to run on my long run days. I have missed workouts because I was sick, or because my little girl was sick, or teething, or just plain needed me.

lochlyn cuddling me

I have learned that sometimes rest days are more effective than running days. I have learned that my body is different than everyone else’s, and the plan I am following wasn’t written specifically for me. Sometimes my body may need more rest, or a different type of workout than the what is written on the schedule. If I stuck with the plan 100% of the time, I wouldn’t be able to run this weekend. My knee would be shot, and my body would be too tired. I actually wish I had followed the plan even less, and given myself a few more rest days, or easier running days.

I am also learning to be okay with not exercising. By the time I hit race day, I won’t have run more than two miles in exactly two weeks. I actually won’t have run at all in ten days. The cross training that I have done during that time has been pretty minimal. Even riding the bike seems to make my knee feel worse. My body needs rest right now more than it needs cardio. My knee needs a chance to recover so that it is ready to go on race day.

The competitive nature in me is a little disappointed. I had a time goal I wanted to hit on Sunday, and I have had to let that go in favour of the goal of simply finishing.

I think that this is all for the best as I now can go into the race and simply have fun and enjoy it without worrying about pushing myself.

If training for a race didn’t come with challenges it wouldn’t be such a big accomplishment!

 

What has taught you the most about exercising intuitively and listening to your body?

Ever had an injury affect your training? How did you deal with it?

Indoor Playground and Meal Plan

It’s the weekend everyone! I would celebrate except that I have to work until after 10:00 tonight, so I am not the most excited. Weekends tend to be busier for me than the week. It is nice to have Josh around more though, since he has the weekend off.

Yesterday Josh, Lochlyn, and I drove to Calgary for a quick visit my father-in-law. He was visiting family in Lethbridge, and flew into Calgary and was renting a car and driving to Lethbridge to visit them. We decided to take advantage of him being so close, and made plans to meet up with him.

Josh and his dad are always joking with each other. For real, they rarely ever have a serious conversation. Josh is like that with a lot of his friends, and probably the worst with his Dad. Josh made plans to meet his dad at an indoor playground called Treehouse, so that Lochlyn could play for a bit after being in the car for so long. I guess Josh’s dad thought that Josh was joking about even this. After my father-in-law’s plane landed he texted us to let us know he had made it and asked where Josh was meeting him. When I and told him we were almost at Treehouse, he was so confused. Maybe Josh needs to emphasize when he is actually being serious since he is ALWAYS joking.

josh juggling

 

Pretty sure the play areas is supposed to be of toddlers only Josh!

When Josh and I were dating, I had such a hard time telling if he was joking or not when he was texting me. I totally know where his dad was coming from.

Treehouse turned out to be so much fun. It is a 12000 foot play space and cafe, with tons of different sections to discover. We mostly stuck to an area called the “toddler room” that had a big ball pit, tons of different toys, and a play area that Lochlyn could climb, with a big slide. We also visited another room that had different activity tables and a reading corner full of books. It also had a giant chalk board to draw on.

treehouse slide

It was fun watching Lochlyn interact with other kids, and discover the new environment. I love watching her in these type of situations because she acts differently than she does at home. In new situations she is very cautious, and likes to watch and observe others before she joins in the fun. She sounds a bit like her mama I think!

treehouse rocking snail

It was great seeing Lochlyn’s grandpa too. It is hard having family live so far away (they live in Brandon, Manitoba). We only get the chance to see them a few times a year.

jim walking lochlyn

Today the only thing I planned to accomplish before work was to make today’s meal plan. And I guess I need to shower and brush my teeth! I was up at 7:00, so I had plenty of time. The meal plan is almost an exact repeat from April 3rd’s meal plan. The reason being – it’s half marathon week! Sunday is when I actually run, but this week I wanted to stick with the meal plan I used before my 10k. It was easy, and delicious, and I didn’t have any stomach issues.

Breakfast Ideas

Scrambled eggs with spinach and sweet potato
Egg white pancakes
Egg Sandwich
Banana Egg White Oatmeal

Lunch Ideas

Turkey Sandwich with tons of veggies
Bean/grain salad
Hummus wrap
Egg salad sandwiches

Dinner Ideas

 

Hope you have a fun and relaxing weekend!

Running with Injuries

I have some rambling thoughts about running that I want to share with you guys today. Since it fits with the theme, I am going to be linking up with Amanda for some Thinking out Loud Action.

thinking out loud

I think my body is revolting against the fact that I have a half marathon planned in 11 days. My knee has been giving me a pretty hard time the past few weeks, and last weekend it was at its worst. I had to work on Saturday, and I ended up calling Josh and asking him to bring me different shoes half way into my shift. I work on my feet all day, and even standing was painful.

I woke up feeling pretty good on Sunday morning, and like the crazy person that I am, I decided to try heading out for my long run. I went out thinking I would only run 6-8 miles depending on how my body was feeling, but brought enough fuel for the 10 miles that I had originally planned just in case. About 3 miles into the run I decided to run the full 10. There were a few painful moments on that run, but overall I felt pretty good.

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My run on Sunday

Now, I don’t feel so good. I tried running on Tuesday, but I only made it about 2 miles before my knee was bothering me more than usual. I turned around and tried to run home, but I couldn’t ignore the pain, and ended up walking instead.

On Tuesday night, my left calf started really hurting. I think it is weird that it didn’t start while I was running or right after, but by Wednesday morning it was pretty painful to walk on it.

So frustrating! I have 10 days to go until race day, and I feel like I haven’t gotten a really good run in for awhile since my body hasn’t been 100%. Now I have this dilemma about how I should finish up my training.

I see my options as being…

a). Try to run as planned, but stop if it gets really painful. Also, do my usual cross training on the bike, and strength-training for the next week (I would ease up on leg work though), and then start a more dramatic taper than I had originally planned.

b). Take it really easy and let my body recover. Lay off the strength training, cross training, and especially running until I am feeling back to normal, which may mean no more workouts until race day.

Option b seems like the responsible thing to do but it freaks me out a little bit. Everything that I have read says that a two week taper is perfectly okay for a half marathon, but I feel like a getting a couple more short and fast runs in would help to boost my confidence. Also, is a ten day, super-dramatic taper okay? I was planning to reduce my workouts more gradually.

Running has required me to listen to my body. I heard an interview the other day, with a very experienced running coach, and he was talking about how he creates training plans for his clients. He explained that he doesn’t typically plan far in advance, and sometimes he only makes plans a week at a time. He always keeps the athletes’ goals in mind, but even more importantly, he pays attention to their bodies and how they are feeling and writes plans based off of that.

I am such a planner. One of the things I have loved about half marathon training is planning my schedule out months in advance. Maybe I need to allow for some more spontaneity so I can listen to my body better. I thought that exercising intuitively would be really hard while training for a half marathon, but it turns out that it is necessary. Your body takes a lot, and if you don’t listen to it, or treat it well, it is going to be really hard to finish your race without come race day.

happy swing

I guess a pretty dramatic taper wouldn’t be the worst thing ever. It would mean I get to spend more time with my favourite little one!

 

Are you good at listening to your body when it needs a break? Nope, but I am working on it!

 Runners – any tips or advice for me? How long do you taper for a half marathon? How much do you taper?

It Is Possible

Would you believe me if I told you that it is possible to stop being so obsessed with food?

it is possible

You may believe me when I say it is possible for other people, but the thing is, most of us don’t believe that it is possible for ourselves. You aren’t an exception. I promise you that if I can stop obsessing about food, anybody can. Even you. Especially you.

Since I started intuitive eating, I am learning that…

It is possible to not think about everything that you are going to eat during the day ahead of time and plan it all out.

It is possible to stop fantasizing about food when you aren’t even hungry.

It is possible to not spend hours a day looking at pictures or recipes of delicious food.

It is possible to love your family, friends, and even hobbies more than food.

It is possible to quit studying different weight loss tactics and eating regimes.

It is possible to watch food advertisements on TV without feeling guilty for wanting to taste all the amazing-looking food. It is also possible to watch them and have no desire to taste it at all.

It is possible to stop thinking of food as bad, or good, but to think of it as simply food.

It is possible to trust yourself around your most favourite “bad” foods. It is possible to buy them and keep them in your cupboard and not eat them all within two hours. You may not believe me, but it is.

It is possible to eat a serving of that favourite food and then put it away, and feel 100% satisfied. It is also possible to eat three servings of that same food and not feel mad at yourself afterwards.

It is possible to stop thinking about that favourite food after you satisfied your craving. It is even possible to forget about that food altogether.

It is possible to eat what you want, when you want it, without overdoing it.

It is possible to stop seeing food as an enemy.

It is possible to eat without guilt, or shame, or disgust, or self-hatred.

It is actually possible to eat with satisfaction, and enjoyment, and to love yourself while doing it.

It is entirely possible to stop being obsessed with food. And to be happy about it.

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Thanks for stopping by for Intuitive Tuesday!

New to this series? You can learn more about it here.

Been reading for awhile? I so appreciate your support with my intuitive eating journey. Thanks for following along!

 

Your turn! If you have tried intuitive eating what is something that it has made possible for you?

Or … what is one thing that you would like to stop obsessing about when it comes to food?