Marathon Nerves

The sun has set on the 9th day of March. And I am 10 days away from my marathon! 😬😬

It’s getting a bit scary but also so excited to think about.

I get asked A LOT, why I’m even bothering with running a marathon. In fact I’ve even had people tell me I shouldn’t or flat out tell me not to.

I know it can seem so strange to someone else who is looking at my journey from the outside, but that’s ok. I know nobody else will get it.

Because I do this for me.

This journey is just for me.

So when I am in pain, sore, my feet hurting, my back hurting, I feel like my whole body is stiff and I can’t bend at the knees. I remember WHY I’m putting myself through this torture.
Because I want to see what I can do when I put my MIND to it.

I remind myself that,

Running a marathon is a test of what you can accomplish if you want to…if you are willing to take the time and don’t quit. Sure there are lots of other ways you can test yourself, but doing a marathon is one of the most challenging I have found. When it comes right down to it, you have to do it by yourself. You may be running with hundreds or thousands of other people, but it’s still up to you, the individual, to do it. There is an element of finality to it. There is a start and finish, and in between you just run. That’s when you find out who you are and what you’re made of. Most people don’t even give themselves that chance.

How-To Get Rid of an iPhone Pop-Up!

I made this for my mom after she sent me a text message saying she couldn’t get rid of a safari pop-up on her iPhone, but I figured there are other people who might benefit from my little tutorial.

She sent me a screen grab of her iPhone Pop-Up and it looked exactly like a pop-up I had several months ago.

Her pop-up was a much more obvious scam, most people are wary of ‘sure win’ or ‘congratulations you’re a millionaire’ type stuff, but my pop-up was something someone less familiar with Apple and iPhones (someone like my mom) would believe.  
A few months ago I got an annoying and relentless pop-up that said I had been selected by Apple to win an iPhone 7 (which I knew there wasn’t such a thing, at least not yet. Big red flag.) and the pop-up wouldn’t disappear without my pressing the OK button. So I decided to power off and then back on. Luckily that was enough for me to be able to open safari pop-up free so I could google “iPhone 7 pop-up scam” to see if anyone else got this annoying pop-up too. And I found this article on an Apple discussion thread.

Apparently (from what commenters were saying) the pop-ups are (usually) from downloading a new app that has some bad-ware hijacked to it so you unwittingly download that bad-ware. I’m not sure if this was what happened to me in my case, but I decided to do what several commenters suggested (just in case).

First I double clicked the Home Button:


Then I slid the Safari page UP:


  
Next I went to Settings and to Safari and cleared my history and website data:



After all that I powered off my iPhone, then restarted:



Voilá! You’re done!

I haven’t had ANY problems with a pop-up since. It has been 6 months and two iOS updates since my pop-up. ☺️

Good luck! I hope this helps you!

Getting Back To Normal

Leading up to Summit Adam and I were hard core eating healthy and working out!

We managed to trim way down and I was delighted that I could wear crop tops to Nashville. This was the first time in my life I felt comfortable showing a sliver of stomach! Hallelujah. Heehee.

I felt AWESOME! 

I had done the 21 Day Fix Extreme program using the Countdown to Competition eating plan and I really noticed a difference in the flattening of my tummy. 

  
  
  

But then we came back from Summit and we had several days of cheating and fun, then we had a week long vacation that we completely relaxed and let ourselves have way too much fun. Before we knew it we had out funned all our hard work. *sigh*

What made it worse was the Holiday season was coming up and the typical weight gain over the last few months of the year was looming over me. I was a bit concerned I would gain on top of the weight I had.

I was disappointed I let it get that far, but I was confident in my ability to whip myself in shape again. Once you’ve done it it is much easier to do it again. Your mindset is so different than when you are starting for the first time.

So I set out to do something I never thought I would do, Insanity!

I truly truly never ever ever saw myself doing Insanity. It just didn’t look like fun. I had finally reached a point in my fitness where working out was actually enjoyable so the thought of doing something that would intentionally be the hardest thing you could ever do… Well that was not something I’d ever do.

But I all of a sudden just decided to go for it. I have no idea what I was thinking or how I even got it in my head that I could do it, but I told myself it would be a good challenge and I was scared. I was afraid I would, in fact, be unable to do it and I didn’t want anyone to see me fail.

I felt deep down that maybe it was time to push myself to something harder (mentally) and try to expand my idea of what I can do.

Scary?! You bet! 

But I believe in over coming obstacles and challenging myself, to grow as a person.

So here I am, finally doing INSANITY!!! 

What Is Clean Eating?

“What is clean eating?” —I get this question a lot.

Basically to sum up clean eating in one sentence it is this:

Clean eating is about eating whole foods, or “real” foods — those that are un- or minimally processed, refined, and handled, making them as close to their natural form as possible.

That means eating foods that are whole foods!!  Food that grows out of the ground.  A tomato, a handful of green beans.. those are whole foods.

Whole foods are single ingredients. So if you pick up a box and read the ingredient label, it should say things like:

WATER, DICED TOMATOES, DICED ONION, LIME JUICE.

Not things like:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CORNSTARCH, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA AND/OR CALCIUM PHOSPHATE), SALT, SOY LECITHIN, VANILLIN – AN ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, CHOCOLATE.CONTAINS WHEAT, SOY.

The above is actually the ingredients of an Oreo cookie.

If you cannot grow cornstarch in your backyard, pick it, bring it inside to rinse off and eat it just like that… then it is not a whole food and shouldn’t be eaten.

Boxed or ‘made’ items that have as few whole food ingredients are best. Think ‘One Ingredient’ foods! Eat an apple or some carrots.

If you are hungry, eat a vegetable. If you can’t eat a vegetable then you are not really hungry.

 

So when you go grocery shopping, try to stick to this plan:

  •  Nothing white. No sugar, no white flour (bread, pasta, etc), no white rice. This includes enriched wheat flour. That is just another way of saying white flour that has had some brown added back in to make it look healthier. If it’s white, and it’s not a vegetable, I don’t eat it. (This requires lots of ingredients list reading!) If I eat bread I eat sprouted grain bread.
  • No Alcohol. Just a small amount of red wine every once in awhile is ok.
  • Healthy Sources of Fats. Be sure that all fats you are consuming are from healthy sources. Fats such as olive oil, coconut oil and nut oils are wonderful.
  • Lots of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean meats. If you really think about it, this is a HUGE variety of foods. You should NEVER feel hungry or deprived while eating clean. If you’re doing it correctly, you’ll constantly be satisfied, and after a couple of weeks, you won’t get all those bothersome cravings that you used to get. (Although, occasionally a treat is perfectly okay.)

Simply add lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and lean meats such as chicken breasts and fish to your fridge. Also consider frozen fruits and vegetables, just be sure to read the ingredients. Some frozen produce (especially fruit) will sometimes have added sugar. It’s great to stock your freezer with lots of clean eating foods so you’re not constantly having to run to the store for the fresh stuff.

 

I get so many people who want to eat clean but don’t know where to start.  “How many servings a day!”  “What is a complex carb, is Corn a vegetable?”  So hopefully this will clear the air just a bit!

Tosca Reno the author of the Eat Clean Diet calls her meal plans, cooler plans!  She has different cooler plans based on the type of results you want to get.  So today I am focusing on Cooler plan #2, which is for steady weight loss and maintenance once you goal weight is reached.  So this is basically the plan I stick to year round at this point!  This will give you a good idea of what to eat and when!

What is it?  This IS EATING CLEAN!  Do this year round for steady, healthy weight loss.  But this plan can also be used for maintenance.  Here’s why:  when your body begins to approaching its set point (its genetically predetermined healthy weight) you will find that weight loss will stop or slow.

The occasional treat (glass of wine, piece of chocolate, ect) is permitted in limited amounts.  Unhealthy sugars and fats are not recommended.

How it works:
Follow the eat clean principles as listed below
What to do:

  • Eat more- eat six small meals each day.
  • Eat breakfast every day, within an hour of rising.
  • Eat a combination of lean protein and complex carbs at each meal
  • Eat sufficient (two to three servings) healthy fats every day.
  • Carry a cooler packed with clean foods each day.
  • Depend on fresh fruits and vegetables for fiber, vitamins, nutrients and enzymes.
  • Adhere to proper portion sizes.

What to Avoid:

  • Avoid all over-processed foods, particularly white flour and sugar.
  • Avoid all chemically charge foods.
  • Avoid foods containing preservatives.
  • Avoid artificial sugars.
  • Avoid artificial foods such as processed cheese slices.
  • Avoid saturated and trans fats.
  • Avoid sugar loaded beverages, including colas and juices.
  • Avoid or do your best to limit alcohol intake.
  • Avoid all calorie dense foods containing little or no nutritional value. I call these anti-foods.
  • Avoid super sizing your meals.


Complex Carbohydrates from Fruit and Vegetables:
6 portions each day.  A portion is:

  • 1 cupped handful or a piece of fruit such as berries, grapefruit, melon, apples and mangoes.
  • 2 cupped handfuls of vegetables including broth based/vegetable puree soups.

Complex Carbohydrates from whole grains and starchy carbohydrates: 
2-4 portions each day.

A portion is:
1 scant handful of high-protein, sugar-free cold cereals, such as clean muesli or granola.
1 handful of cooked cereal
1 piece of whole grain bread or wrap (Sante Fe tortilla wraps from Costco are a great option)
1 handful sized serving of sweet potato, yam, banana, corn, carrots or squash

Lean Protein
6 portions each day.  A portion is:

  • 1 cup or handful of dairy products such as low fat soy, almond, hemp, rice, or skim milk, cottage cheese, kefir, yogurt cheese or plain fat free sugar free yogurt.
  • Shakeology has great sources of lean protein
  • 1 scant handful of raw, unsalted nuts (also a healthy fat)
  • 2 tablespoons of all natural nut butters such as almond or peanut butter (also a healthy fat).
  • 1 palm sized portion of lean meats
  • good quality, sugar- and chemical- free protein powder (hemp, soy or whey).

Beverages:

  • 2-3 liters per day of fresh water with no sodium
  • Clear herbal tea (unsweetened)
  • Black coffee in moderation
  • Green/Black tea

Sweeteners:  Use in moderation.  Avoid Artificial Sweeteners.

  • Agave Nectar 
  • Maple Sugar Flakes
  • Rapadura Sugar

 

 

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