Redemption 1/2 Training Back On!!
I'm so excited!! Met with my Doc Thursday. He wrote me a prescription for an ankle brace and cleared me for running again!! He also made me step on the scale with which I promptly asked him where he kept the scalpels. Agh! 220 lbs! Are you kidding me? I have been refusing to weigh myself for about 4 years. I knew I was packing on pounds like a Real Housewife packs for a night out, but I really did not know I had put on that much! What an eye opener! He told me I didn't have to look, but it's kind of like a nasty car wreck, you want to look away but you just can't. In any case, after years of fad diet after fad diet and the constant yo yo weight I'm now going to get serious about not only my health but my fitness as well. I went to Soles in Motion on Baker drive and was fitted with a wonderful ankle brace. 1/2 marathon training picks up again tomorrow!
Powered by Plants
On one of my recent training runs with co race director James Penny, I was in awe at how easily he was taking to the long runs. The change in him in one short year has been incredible to watch. As he ran past me almost effortlessly he hollered back "plant power!!" Jimmy has been trying to get me to move to a plant based diet for weeks and well, he's finally convinced me. I'm giving it 30 days. My Doc visit really opened my eyes to just how unhealthy I really am and the 2 week training break I had to take due to the uncertainty with my ankle made me realize that I really need to see if I too can become "plant powered"
I have to say that this past week has been incredibly easy to stick to. I hate beans. The texture literally disgusts me. I was fearful that I wouldn't be able to stick to a nutrition plan that was BEAN based. GROSSE! I gave it a chance anyway. The recipes I found in the "Forks over Knives" cookbook have been easy to prepare, exceptionally delicious and to quote my hisband "bite your face flavourful" ha! Whatever that means? After a week of plant based meals, my family is 100% on board for plant based nutrition! They too are amazed at just how good these meals taste.
I will post my favorites here occasionally during my 30 day plant based trial so if you're interested in trying some of these dishes out yourself, feel free! All recipes were taken from the Forks over Knives Cookbook.
Positively Pink Salad
1 beet raw, peeled and chopped
1 Pomegranate seeded
1 bunch of cilantro chopped
1 cup of frozen corn thawed
1 avocado cubed
1 can of navy beans rinsed and drained
1 box of couscous (about 4 cups cooked)
Combine all ingredients into a bowl and toss
1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1 tsp garlic powder
3/4 cup nutritional yeast
Whisk until smooth
Pour over salad and toss to coat ( not all the dressing is required)
the easiest way to seed a pomegranate is to cut it in half and beat the outside skin with a wooden spoon, the seeds fall right out!
when cutting an avacado cut it in 1/2 around the pit, twist to seperate then chop down on the pit with a sharp chopping knife. Twist the knife to remove the pit. Use a paring knife to slice the flesh while still in the skin. Once it's cubed, use a spoon to scoop out the flesh.
I began my running journey in March of 2009. I began my journey of faith in September of 2012. Running releases stress from my body while my new found faith releases stress from my mind.