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    MadscienceM reacted to ThyPeace in Anyone have advice on learning to run?   
     
    Thanks, MadscienceM.  I don't think I kicked Butt, but I accomplished some things.  First, I finished!!  And second, I RAN THE WHOLE WAY!  I'm very happy with both.  There was a woman just a little ahead of me who kept a steady pace that I thought I could keep.  I could have passed her toward the beginning, but decided not to.  That was a good choice, because she kept that very steady pace long after I wanted to do something -- anything! -- else.  But she just kept going at her steady pace, and I did my best to keep up with her.  That worked until about mile 4, when my stomach started bothering me and she just kept running. 
    So did I, just slower.  And somewhere around the 5th mile or a bit later, she really picked up the pace and ended up quite a long way ahead of me.  That's okay.  I. Just. Kept. Running.  In the end, it took me 1:07, so a pace of ... 10:47.  Huh.  I hadn't calculated it until just now.  That's pretty good.  (For me.)  No wonder they call it a PR course.  And it was really a nice course.  Flat or downhill most of the way, and because it's on a major road, it was beautifully lacking in side tilts and other things that hurt my various body parts.  By the end, though, my right hip was really aching.  And did I mention my stomach?  Sigh.  My first stop was the port-a-potties.  Next time a race starts at that particular time, maybe I need to remember to have coffee 90 minutes before that.  That usually moves things along relatively well for me.  Heck, before a race I could even try some regular coffee, rather than the decaf I usually drink.  (My family is hypersensitive to caffeine.  We usually don't drink regular coffee.  I learned the hard way in grad school when I was awake for three days after finals ended...)
    Anyway, the race had good and bad points, and there are several things I want to work on to improve.  Mostly, I want to keep getting healthier at running.  By which I mean that I want to improve my form so that I can go longer before it starts to hurt.
    DH also ended up running the race even with his sore foot.  He was debating even yesterday about whether he was going to run.  And this morning he was debating about whether he was going to stick with me and go slow, or strike out on his own.  I knew what would happen once he started running, though, and sure enough, he struck out ahead of me and just kept going.  Several months ago when we signed up for this race, his goal was to run it in an hour.  Today, once he left me, he passed the 1:05 pacer fairly quickly and soon started looking for the 1:00 pacer.  (I passed the 1:10 pacer and no one else, of course.)  He ended up finishing in 1:00:04.  And he also finished in a good bit of pain from his heel and Achilles tendon.  We got some ice from the med tent and he iced it on the train ride back to the start and also in the car on the way home.  And then he dumped his foot in a bucket of ice before taking a shower.  There was more ice, Aleve, and a bike ride to try to ease the pain, as well.  He found out last weekend that the bike ride helped a lot.  I don't know if it'll help the same day as a race; we'll find that out tomorrow, I suppose.  I hope he's not in too much pain.
    Next weekend I'll have a regular jog in the part, and then the following weekend there is an 8K race less than a mile from my house.  I'll probably do that one just for the fun of it, even though it's not really long enough for my Sunday runs. 
    And...the lady I followed for so long today was wearing a shirt that said something like "If it doesn't hurt, you're not doing it right." There was a 13.1 on the tail. 
    ThyPeace, it makes me think about half marathons.  I think I could do one.  And the one that people have recommended to me ends about a mile from my house.  I have run parts of the course already in my usual weekly runs.  Hmmmm.
     
     
     
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    MadscienceM got a reaction from Lucky0507 in Starting Jan 8th, looking for buddies!   
    I made it to Day 24 and through what I can honestly say is no fault of my own, I ate pizza on Day 25 a little after midnight.
    I am a firefighter/Hazmat officer for a local fire department and on Wednesday, there was a hostage situation in one of our prisons. I left my office around noon, after eating my whole 30 lunch. I shortly there after was on scene at the prison for the next 16 hours. I grabbed the little snacks that I had with me, but after being on my feet for 11 hours in the chilly air, I was starving. There were no options for me to to even attempt to find complaint food, so I went ahead and ate the pizza that was provided to us. At the time being fueled to lead my team in a response seemed to be a much more immediate need. 
    Ultimately the situation was ended around 5 am yesterday morning, where one of the hostages was pronounced dead.  It was a very long night, with lots of emotions. I know that going off plan was not a result of a sugar dragon or letting food contorl me, but was due to serious extenuating circumstances. I did go back to healthy habits yesterday and today, because I know its the best way to fuel myself. My plan after this whole 30 was to eat whole30 about 90% of the time, so i am going to return to that now and treat that pizza as par tof my 10%. 
     
    Everyone is doing wonderful, keep up the work. 
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    MadscienceM got a reaction from Pam Baker in Starting Jan 8th, looking for buddies!   
    Still hanging in... happy to report that my workouts are getting much better!!!!
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    MadscienceM got a reaction from Pam Baker in Starting Jan 8th, looking for buddies!   
    Still hanging in... happy to report that my workouts are getting much better!!!!
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    MadscienceM got a reaction from Pam Baker in Starting Jan 8th, looking for buddies!   
    Still hanging in... happy to report that my workouts are getting much better!!!!
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    MadscienceM reacted to ThyPeace in Anyone have advice on learning to run?   
    Thanks, MadscienceM!  That (and making sure that I have shoes that were fitted at a running store, which I have) were the two suggestions I got on MyFitnessPal.  I got several suggestions about types of lacing, and several links.  Lacing patterns designed to reduce pressure across the top of the foot, which can lead to sore spots, blisters, and numbness, seemed to be the right thing.  Those break down into either parallel lacing, where the laces run directly across rather than in a crossover pattern, and a crossover pattern with some eyelets not crossed but just laced to the next one up.  I laced my shoes in the parallel lacing pattern last night.  
    This morning was my walking morning with DH, so I didn't get a full test to see whether my feet feel better, but I think it may be an improvement.  Tomorrow I'll run for 45 minutes, so that will tell me whether it's going to help in the longer term.  Here's a link to a variety of techniques, with videos to show you how to do it.  I found that I needed the video, because even once I got started, it wasn't obvious how to keep going or finish.  There are also a fair number of YouTube videos that are helpful.
    http://www.runnersworld.com/running-tips/alternative-ways-to-tie-your-running-shoes
    I'm kind of glad I didn't run this morning.  Yesterday's strength workout include something called bottom-up squats, where you bend over to touch your toes, then squat, raise your arms over your head, and stand up from that very low squat.  My knees are letting me know that they are not used to that motion today.
    ThyPeace, hasn't had aching knees in a while; this is probably a sign of improvement.
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    MadscienceM got a reaction from Lucky0507 in Starting Jan 8th, looking for buddies!   
    Happy to report that Sleep was good last night, so I woke up this morning feeling better about this round. I really just keep hoping that everything will happen fast, somehow 12 days into this I will be back in time to like 4 months ago... but I know that it takes time.... both with my food and with my exercise....
     
    @Lucky0507 I have always found during all my whole 30s that eating out is never as satisfying as what I am able to have at home... 
    Have a great day everyone!
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    MadscienceM reacted to ABW in Anyone have advice on learning to run?   
    Just found and read through this entire thread! I got worried in the middle that you might have stopped posting somewhere along the way, but so happy to see you are still going!
    Like many who have commented, I would also like to get "back into running." Not that I claim to have ever really loved it, but I dragged myself for a few half marathons several years ago - and I firmly believe you could do one!
    In your first post you said, "I've worked up to the point where I can alternate running and walking for 3 miles in about 38 minutes." Less than 10 days ago, you said, " Okay.  I've run more than five miles five times in my life.  Three times I ran, twice I ran/walked. " And you are doing this in the winter! Just wanted to remind you that you are making awesome progress! And willingly doing Hill Workouts!
    Thanks for sharing; I am inspired!
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    MadscienceM reacted to Lucky0507 in Starting Jan 8th, looking for buddies!   
    So I survived the lunchdate by ordering a bunless burger (no cheese of course), and trimmings - lettuce, tomato, onions, mushrooms. Funny thing was I was STARVING by dinnertime and ended up eating an extra baked sweet potato with ghee and cinnamon (one of my new favorite things since starting this plan). I guess restaurant food can't hold a candle to what I'm making at home to keep me full between meals ..I find this very interesting.
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    MadscienceM reacted to Jennio44 in Starting Jan 8th, looking for buddies!   
    Definitely feeling like "it's not doing anything for me" today, but I remember this from last time, and at the end, I realized it actually was doing A LOT for me. Just have to keep going, and reading all of the success stories. That always helps!
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    MadscienceM got a reaction from evaq in Starting Jan 8th, looking for buddies!   
    been a bit out of touch for a few days, busy and work and at home.
    Sunday was a tough day for me. I went for an 8 mile run with my friend (she is running a half marathon in march) I ate a PWO snack and went for it... but man my legs felt like LEAD 2.5 miles into it. I just couldnt get my body to push anymore. To top it off we were near her fire station when they got a call, so we ducked in and went on 2! calls with full gear, SCBA, and carrying equipment... after 5.5 miles into our run. WE then had another 2.5 to top it off... and I WAS DEAD.. on one of the fire scence I ALMOST drank a powerade, because I felt so depeleted, but I threw down some water and pushed through. All in all, it was one of the WORST runs I have every had.... Even with out the extra fire stuff. I cannot wait for my body to get adjusted (again) to fat burning... this stage was hard my first time around, I just couldnt get myself moving... but once I hit like Day 15-16 I felt amazing... cant wait for that!!!
    Having some Chicken and steamed veggies for lunch, I coated the chicken with some ginger, garlic, salt, black pepper and seared it both sides then finished in oven... so yummy... also have a side of Lizard sauce (Well Fed Website).. Yummmmm
    My run with my friend was way better this morning with 2 minutes per mile faster than sunday... although I was dragging a bit, i pused through 3.5 miles...
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    MadscienceM reacted to Jennio44 in Starting Jan 8th, looking for buddies!   
    Hi, everyone:
    Just wanted to tell you all that I made the walnut pork tenderloin recipe on pg 252 in the Whole30 book last weekend. OMG soooo good ... The secret to the walnuts is chopping them very finely in the blender or food processor, and then patting them into place. I also let the whole thing sit for 1/2 an hour before baking, so the moisture from the pork helped hold the walnuts in place.
    I doubled the recipe, and just finished the leftovers today. Can't wait to make it again!
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    MadscienceM reacted to evaq in Starting Jan 8th, looking for buddies!   
    @Pam Baker  You're doing great - keep it up. I had very similar symptoms my first week - sluggish and non-stop yawning from 2-6 pm. But that subsided for me going into week 2. Make sure you have enough "dense" vegetables with your meals and that you feel satisfied enough that you don't need to snack or feel hungry for 4-5 hours between meals. When I have salads for lunch (which has been pretty much every day for the past 10 days), I make sure they're hearty greens ie. kale, brussel sprouts, radicchio, broccoli etc.
    @MadscienceM Holy cow that was a brutal run. You're a warrior! I can't believe you powered through and survived all of that.
    I think one of the important things for me with this second whole 30 is accepting that these meal templates can look like a lot of food - which contradicts a lifetime of programmed "less is better" portioning. But this is exactly the fuel your body needs and craves. Thus, I have to give myself permission to eat man-sized salads and piles of vegetables with protein.
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    MadscienceM reacted to Pam Baker in Starting Jan 8th, looking for buddies!   
    Still hanging tough! Sounds like everyone is conquering their own. Keep up the work ladies. I'm tired again today. I wake up in the mornings ready to conquer the day and after lunch I'm sluggish. I'm not eating what I shouldn't. Working very hard to stay well in the guidelines. Break fast I had egg muffin and sweet potato hash. Lunch I had leftover roast with salad. No dressing, just lemon and olive oil. And some sweet potato fries I made this morning with the sweet potato I cut up. Dinner will be the leftover spaghetti squash and Ragout I made last night. 
    I need to focus more on the veggies. 
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    MadscienceM got a reaction from evaq in Starting Jan 8th, looking for buddies!   
    been a bit out of touch for a few days, busy and work and at home.
    Sunday was a tough day for me. I went for an 8 mile run with my friend (she is running a half marathon in march) I ate a PWO snack and went for it... but man my legs felt like LEAD 2.5 miles into it. I just couldnt get my body to push anymore. To top it off we were near her fire station when they got a call, so we ducked in and went on 2! calls with full gear, SCBA, and carrying equipment... after 5.5 miles into our run. WE then had another 2.5 to top it off... and I WAS DEAD.. on one of the fire scence I ALMOST drank a powerade, because I felt so depeleted, but I threw down some water and pushed through. All in all, it was one of the WORST runs I have every had.... Even with out the extra fire stuff. I cannot wait for my body to get adjusted (again) to fat burning... this stage was hard my first time around, I just couldnt get myself moving... but once I hit like Day 15-16 I felt amazing... cant wait for that!!!
    Having some Chicken and steamed veggies for lunch, I coated the chicken with some ginger, garlic, salt, black pepper and seared it both sides then finished in oven... so yummy... also have a side of Lizard sauce (Well Fed Website).. Yummmmm
    My run with my friend was way better this morning with 2 minutes per mile faster than sunday... although I was dragging a bit, i pused through 3.5 miles...
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    MadscienceM got a reaction from evaq in Starting Jan 8th, looking for buddies!   
    been a bit out of touch for a few days, busy and work and at home.
    Sunday was a tough day for me. I went for an 8 mile run with my friend (she is running a half marathon in march) I ate a PWO snack and went for it... but man my legs felt like LEAD 2.5 miles into it. I just couldnt get my body to push anymore. To top it off we were near her fire station when they got a call, so we ducked in and went on 2! calls with full gear, SCBA, and carrying equipment... after 5.5 miles into our run. WE then had another 2.5 to top it off... and I WAS DEAD.. on one of the fire scence I ALMOST drank a powerade, because I felt so depeleted, but I threw down some water and pushed through. All in all, it was one of the WORST runs I have every had.... Even with out the extra fire stuff. I cannot wait for my body to get adjusted (again) to fat burning... this stage was hard my first time around, I just couldnt get myself moving... but once I hit like Day 15-16 I felt amazing... cant wait for that!!!
    Having some Chicken and steamed veggies for lunch, I coated the chicken with some ginger, garlic, salt, black pepper and seared it both sides then finished in oven... so yummy... also have a side of Lizard sauce (Well Fed Website).. Yummmmm
    My run with my friend was way better this morning with 2 minutes per mile faster than sunday... although I was dragging a bit, i pused through 3.5 miles...
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    MadscienceM reacted to kirkor in Starting Jan 8th, looking for buddies!   

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    MadscienceM got a reaction from Pam Baker in Starting Jan 8th, looking for buddies!   
    Day 3 here and last night was a challenge. I had a nice chicken breast, veggies, and some red skinned potatoes ready to be eaten, but then I got a fire call, so my dinner ended up being devoured by the kids and my husband. I grabbed 2 hard boiled eggs on my way out the door, but didn't get a chance to eat them until 2 hours later and by the time i got home, I was tired. So this morning I had a nice big breakfast veggie scramble. my husband is making me some meat and spinach muffins from WellFed today (my favorite on the go food!!!) so I will have something good waiting for me at home and something to take when I chaperone my Step Daughter's field trip tomorrow. 
     
    I also made some Lizard sauce over the weekend and am almost out of it!!! I legit use it on EVERYTHING!!!! so yummy.... For everyone who is a first timer I cannot recommend an immersion blender enough... it is a solid investment and I use mine all the time to whip up homemade mayo in seconds and the lizard sauce quickly.... a time saver for sure!!!!
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    MadscienceM got a reaction from Pam Baker in Starting Jan 8th, looking for buddies!   
    Day 3 here and last night was a challenge. I had a nice chicken breast, veggies, and some red skinned potatoes ready to be eaten, but then I got a fire call, so my dinner ended up being devoured by the kids and my husband. I grabbed 2 hard boiled eggs on my way out the door, but didn't get a chance to eat them until 2 hours later and by the time i got home, I was tired. So this morning I had a nice big breakfast veggie scramble. my husband is making me some meat and spinach muffins from WellFed today (my favorite on the go food!!!) so I will have something good waiting for me at home and something to take when I chaperone my Step Daughter's field trip tomorrow. 
     
    I also made some Lizard sauce over the weekend and am almost out of it!!! I legit use it on EVERYTHING!!!! so yummy.... For everyone who is a first timer I cannot recommend an immersion blender enough... it is a solid investment and I use mine all the time to whip up homemade mayo in seconds and the lizard sauce quickly.... a time saver for sure!!!!
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    MadscienceM got a reaction from Pam Baker in Starting Jan 8th, looking for buddies!   
    Day 3 here and last night was a challenge. I had a nice chicken breast, veggies, and some red skinned potatoes ready to be eaten, but then I got a fire call, so my dinner ended up being devoured by the kids and my husband. I grabbed 2 hard boiled eggs on my way out the door, but didn't get a chance to eat them until 2 hours later and by the time i got home, I was tired. So this morning I had a nice big breakfast veggie scramble. my husband is making me some meat and spinach muffins from WellFed today (my favorite on the go food!!!) so I will have something good waiting for me at home and something to take when I chaperone my Step Daughter's field trip tomorrow. 
     
    I also made some Lizard sauce over the weekend and am almost out of it!!! I legit use it on EVERYTHING!!!! so yummy.... For everyone who is a first timer I cannot recommend an immersion blender enough... it is a solid investment and I use mine all the time to whip up homemade mayo in seconds and the lizard sauce quickly.... a time saver for sure!!!!
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    MadscienceM got a reaction from Rkrzywda in Starting Jan 8th, looking for buddies!   
    Jumping in here, this will be my 4th whole 30.... I had been very successful maintaining a good balance for 2 years... then things got food crazy. I stopped being so careful and was very lax about working out. The combination has not worked out well at all. Right now I am trying to get my food and workout habits back in order and am conecntrated on reducing some stress in my life as well. I am a 38 year old female , married with 3 stepkids. I have had lots of stress over the past 6 months and I need to get my groove back. 
    I actually started on the Whole 30 path last week, but knew I was attending a banquet over the weekend, so my true start date is today. Here's to 30 days of no excuses and good food!
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    MadscienceM got a reaction from Rkrzywda in Starting Jan 8th, looking for buddies!   
    Jumping in here, this will be my 4th whole 30.... I had been very successful maintaining a good balance for 2 years... then things got food crazy. I stopped being so careful and was very lax about working out. The combination has not worked out well at all. Right now I am trying to get my food and workout habits back in order and am conecntrated on reducing some stress in my life as well. I am a 38 year old female , married with 3 stepkids. I have had lots of stress over the past 6 months and I need to get my groove back. 
    I actually started on the Whole 30 path last week, but knew I was attending a banquet over the weekend, so my true start date is today. Here's to 30 days of no excuses and good food!
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    MadscienceM got a reaction from Rkrzywda in Starting Jan 8th, looking for buddies!   
    Jumping in here, this will be my 4th whole 30.... I had been very successful maintaining a good balance for 2 years... then things got food crazy. I stopped being so careful and was very lax about working out. The combination has not worked out well at all. Right now I am trying to get my food and workout habits back in order and am conecntrated on reducing some stress in my life as well. I am a 38 year old female , married with 3 stepkids. I have had lots of stress over the past 6 months and I need to get my groove back. 
    I actually started on the Whole 30 path last week, but knew I was attending a banquet over the weekend, so my true start date is today. Here's to 30 days of no excuses and good food!
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    MadscienceM reacted to Rkrzywda in Starting Jan 8th, looking for buddies!   
    Hi! I'd like to join you all too. I've successfully completed a Whole 30 before and also failed once or twice. I'm 40 years old, mother of 2, 25 pounds overweight and struggling to gain some control in my life. 
    I have a lot of excuses. Valid ones, but none of them negate the importance of taking care of myself. I'm not looking for sympathy but want to outline reasons for needing support. I am currently on leave from my career to take care of my husband who is dying from brain cancer. Taking care of him, my kids, and interacting with everyone involved in this journey is depleting me and leading me to comfort myself with junk food. I tell myself that I don't have time to eat healthy or take care of myself. I need to take care of myself. I will not go down with this ship.  So I am in. Starting January 8th. It feels good to take this step.
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    MadscienceM reacted to azcoolmom in Day 31 and beyond; We can Eat.All.The.Things...or can we?   
    Still riding my bike through reintroduction. Today & tomorrow are "back to Whole30" days -which I'm happy about. Yup. Happy. If you'd have told me, a month ago, that I'd be happy about being back on plan after 30 days...I'd have laughed. After my peanut butter debacle set me back, there's comfort in riding my bike back into the safety of foods that don't harm me. Wow...there...I said it. Foods that harm me. Without this program, I might have never found out which foods harm me. As a matter of fact, I started this to prove it WASN'T food that was the root of any of my problems. I have a powerful autoimmune disease-Ankylosing Spondylitis. It can fuse my spine, take my eyesight and damage my heart, lungs and kidneys. Other than that one thing, I'm in excellent health. Perfect cholesterol, blood pressure, triglycerides. I was going to prove, because all those factors were so perfect, there was no way any foods were causing this. I was wrong. What was your main driving factor for starting or completing your Whole30?