Movin’ On Up

Wow,  I’ve had a great last several sessions at the gym.  Earlier in the week, I went in for double-duty (weight training / running), and everything suddenly felt…..light?  My run felt incredibly easy. I had to bump up the weight on NEARLY every exercise in my routine.  Today?  I had to bump up EVERYTHING. It’s always encouraging to see that kind of progress, after a plateau.  The best part?  Yesterday, I did my running class without my knee braces.  Today, I also did the gym without them, and I was able to bump up my leg press to 220 lbs.  While I’m sure the loss of 20 lbs was literally a weight lifted off my knees, I’m glad they are also getting stronger!

Not all is so great in the rest of my health, but I’m determined to fix that.  I got a full blood panel done.  It turns out, I’m low on Vitamins C, D, and Magnesium. I’m also VERY low on Cortisol and DHEA-S.  What that really means is that I’ve been stressed out for such a long period of time, that my immune system has gone bonkers, and my body is basically inflamed from fighting so hard.  Tuesday, my doctor wants to discuss some sort of immune system ‘reboot’ that involves an injection to my thyroid…..????  Ouch.  Otherwise, my solution is to start juicing (but not fasting).  Besides my morning Shakeology, I don’t think I’m really getting enough veggies.  My new juicer should arrive tomorrow. 🙂 I’m also taking powdered and liquid supplements.

In other news, I signed up for two more 5K races.  The next one is July 16 at Teterboro Airport.  Yes, we will actually be running down an airport runway!  Flattest track ever! How many times can you say you’ve gotten to do that?  Although I’m sure there will be more races in between, the other one I signed up for is in November – the Rocky Race in Philadelphia – which begins and ends at the infamous “Rocky Balboa” steps.  This one always sells out, and I’m told is always a lot of fun.  That might make a nice weekend trip, now that I think of it.

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Some Peace In An Ugly World

Wow, sometimes you really just have to let yourself escape.  The last couple of days have been really stressful, both personally, and in the world.   My heart goes out to those in Orlando, as we deal with yet another terror attack.  These things always affect me greatly, and I generally suffer from sleep issues every time they happen.  Either I don’t sleep, or I have nightmares.  It’s been this way since 9/11.

So today, I decided to take my mind off some things, instead of marathon watching the news.  I weight trained AND ran for both days of the weekend, and then this afternoon, Mike and I went for a hike at Tourne Park. It was an absolutely beautiful day for it. I grabbed this top photo on our hike.  I may have to hold a contest and see if anyone can spot the doe in it.  There is one in there.

Just remind yourself that love and peace IS still out there, despite all the ugliness in the world.  Be vigilant, come together, and live your life.  ❤

You Have A Choice

 

 

Introduction:

Welcome to my new blog, “Lace Up”.  Allow me to briefly introduce myself.  My name is Courtenay, and I’m nearly 42 years old.  My inspiration to change my life began with a meme that you see below.

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What do I want to be when I’m an old lady?  I’ve never been married, I have no kids – nor do I wish to have any.  Who’s going to take care of me when I’m 70?

I’ve learned from experience that the answer is that I have a choice.  I have watched so many people  become helpless at an early age, due to life choices.  Chain smoking, alcohol abuse, poor diet, or even just plain laziness.  Although there is something to be said for genetics, some things are a choice.  My family has a history of disposition to stomach and brain cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and respiratory issues.  I’ve already received the “gifts” of hypertension and asthma.  However, I truly believe that if you take care of your body, you can greatly improve your odds of beating or even avoiding these conditions.

In the last year or so, I had been *thinking* about taking up running.  But, I had genetically bad knees and asthma.  A few months ago, a beginners running course became available to me.  And right around this time, I saw this meme, and realized….I HAVE A CHOICE!  It was time to stop making excuses.  Use then inhaler, buy some good knee braces and hit the streets!  I recently ran my second 5K.

It wasn’t enough though.  Needing to lose about 35 lbs, I also decided to change my diet.  But I didn’t know how to cook!  Well guess what?  I’m learning how to cook too!   It’s actually amazing how empowered this makes me feel!  I cut out alcohol, cheese, bread, fruit juices (how deceptive those are!), and pasta.  Two months later, I’m down 20 lbs, and I’ve never felt better.

You will never EVER get a cup of coffee out of my cold dead hands, however.  I’ll take it black, thank you.