So, I started a Whole 30…

Ever since I originally read It Starts With Food and did a full Whole 30 I’ve wanted to do it again.  But, with long distance running, I have never been able to keep it up, and get in the right amount of fuelling.

When I admitted I was injured and started brainstorming how to keep myself busy (and sane!) one of the first things that popped into my head was doing a Whole 30.

Not only is it ‘good’ timing with not running, and not traveling.  Yes, we’ve cancelled our Colorado/Utah road trip in June.  Wahhhhh.  But, it’s also something I think I need since I’ve really been struggling and stuck with my weight swaying between 163 & 171 lately.  It’s sad how fast my weight creeps back up when I’m not paying attention.

My favourite thing about Whole 30 is that reminds you of the good habits, and once you’re immersed in good habits, it’s wayyyyy harder to fall off the wagon.

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No Fooling this April Fools – It’s Diet Bet time!

Whenever I talk about my weight; my weight struggles/successes/setbacks, the views on my blog soar, and I’m overwhelmed by comments from friends and strangers alike that are reaching out, saying they understand, they struggle too, and that it’s a life long battle for many of us.

And while I do agree that for me I will never had a super model’s body, and be able to eat whatever I want, whenever I want, I don’t necessarily agree that it has to be a full cycle.  Every time I lose weight substantially, I chip away a little bit more, and get a little bit closer to my goal weight, or goal size for those of you who don’t like to just have body image discussed in lbs.  I’ve never gone all the way back to where I started, and I take pride in that.  Yes, I’ve fluctuated up and down, but it’s still closer to the down than to the up.

I still have faith that one day I’ll reach my goals, and I still have faith that even though I have fluctuated, that I’m still at a much more comfortable place than I was at 10 yrs ago, 5 yrs ago, and 3 yrs ago.  1 year ago, I was the lightest I’ve ever been, so I’m not as comfortable as I was then, but I’m back on the track to being back there.

This is a really long post, about my weight struggles, and how I’ve had some success in the past, and how I think I can help you if you’re struggling right now.  Nothing is worse than feeling like you’re treading water in the weight loss game, and you’re tired, and you feel like you’re close to letting go and sinking.  Hopefully some of these thoughts and tips can help throw you a life raft for right now.

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Wednesday – Weight Check In

Last week I blogged about my weight, how it was up, and how in general I felt a bit like an oompa-loompa.  Ya, ya, I know 10 lbs isn’t the end of the world, but I also know when I don’t feel right.  So, I decided to make some changes and commitments to get back into my regular, healthy habits.  I joined a DietBet that officially started on Saturday, but I was able to weigh in on Thursday, so that’s always a bonus getting an extra couple of days momentum going into the challenge.

And after a couple of solid days last week, I didn’t want to ruin everything on the weekend, so I went into the weekend being smart.

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5Peaks Ladies of the Trails – Spotlight on…Brandi!

Last night, we held our second 5Peaks Ladies of the Trails evening run, and from our small & mighty group of 4 last week, we doubled to 8!  And the best part was, while the ladies from last week weren’t able to attend, we ended up with 7 brand new ladies!  And, I only knew (in real life) two of these, my girlfriend Melissa & my momma bear. **YES, momma is back running!!  Her ankle is feeling quite good, and she’s so happy to be able to run again!**

Our group last night :

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Of the new ladies who came out, I had met & run with 1 during the KneeKnacker, I had passed another during Squamish50, 2 were total randoms, and a “friend” from Twitter.

As we were heading back to the parking lot after a wonderful 1:15 on the trails, we were chatting with Brandi about her crazy weight loss story, and how she had discovered running.  The wheels in my brain started turning, and I came up with the idea of showcasing a different member of our running group every week.  Everyone has a story of how they ended up on the trails, and I personally relish hearing these stores.

First up, is Brandi!

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