Sunday, May 29, 2011

never let it rest, until you good is better and your better is the BEST!"

7 days into doing this detox I can still say "I love it"  I feel better, eat better (that's for sure) and have more energy,  At the same time I 've realized that I've started to slack some in areas, So I've set up some guidelines for myself for the next week. 
1.  If I have  semi-cheat day (treat myself to a Gluten Free Cupcake possibly) then I should consume only fluid meals the next day.
2.  Remember that the "soupier" the soup is, the better. 
3. It take 10-14 days for the intestines to heal so I need to be more patient. 
4. I need to drink a lot more than I do.
5.  Make sure and take "me-time" everyday to relax and destress

Besides just a few rough places I've done well.  Here are some food pictures and then you can be looking forward to 2 race reports in my next blog

at Chilli's waiting for our meal to arrive

Goodies from Eleanor's Bakery - they weren't all for me however I would have enjoyed it if they had been

Mango, Apricot Smoothie - with Jarro Formulas Berry Protein Powder added

name less salad - can't remember where I when I ate this but, any ideas???????

Friday, May 27, 2011

I'm finally Official

Forget the whole "Clean Program" deal, I've got more important news....... I'M A CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER!!!! That's right I took my NCSF exam yesterday and PASSED!  I can't tell you have relieved and ecstatic I am. All the hard work I've put into studying and working with clients over the past 18 months has paid off.  Jadon now refers to everything I do or drink or eat as being certified.  I drank a "certified smoothie" this morning, and as soon as I finish writing this I'm going to go for a "certified run"  - yes, he's pretty excited for me too! 

here's the proof - notice: "Satus: Pass"
Yesterday was a great day in general.  Taking my exam meant we had to go to Salt Lake City for the day.  So of course we took advantage of the lower elevation and ran and spent ample time at Whole Foods.

Lunch at Whole Foods - I wish I had their salad bar in my house
The exam took a little over 2 hours - which is quite long for my attention span.  By the end of it my brain was fried.  Most of this week has been spent with my head in my PT Text Book so after 2 hours of intense testing to top it all off I felt zapped. 

Supper was a carton of Butternut Squash soup while we drove home.  I gotta admit, the stuff I make is 10x's better.  But since I was a stove and my food processor this did the trick. 

I decided to throw the "Clean Program" out the window for one evening and treated myself to the most amazing Gluten Free Coffee Cake that I discovered at Whole Foods.  Sorry there's no picture, I was too excited to eat to stop and find the camera.   

I'm back on board with the program today though.  This will be day #5.  In the past 5 days my allergies I've only taken allergy meds 1 time - which is almost unheard of for me; and my stomach has felt better than it has in years.  I'm liking this! 

I have a weeks worth of life to catch up on today since all I did is study all week - later!

p.s. - thank you Whole Foods for large tubs of freshly ground Almond Butter to replenish my supply

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Clean Update!

Thinking that I would blog about my progress EVERY day while doing the Clean Program was a bit over-zealous of me.  In all actuality, I'm more likely to blog about it every other day or maybe even 3x's a week.  I don't how people manage to blog every day.  My life is too busy for that. 

So here is my every other day update on how "detoxing" is treating me.  Day 1 was great, I had lots of energy, no allergies or any other complaints.  On Day 2 however my body said, "what in the world are you doing to me?"  I felt tired & sluggish (which may have had something to do with the pouring rain that lasted all day) My digestive system also decided to quit on me for the day.  It's not used to processing the massive amounts of fiber I'm giving to it and it decided to rebel out of retaliation to the extra workload.  I survived though now on day 3 everything is up and running again - much to my relief :-)  Today I feel like myself only with some EXTRA energy.  I have no complaints about that.  I've also been insanely thirsty all day.  According to the book that's part of the process, so I've been drinking Lemon Water (shout out to Moncia!!!!!) by the bucket full.  Yesterday I drank 92 oz. of water, that's over 11 cups, you'd think I'd be drowning.  I'm only half way through the day today and I'm already at 54 oz.  Needless to say bottled water is on the grocery list. 

The one change I've made to the program is that I'm eating a small (very small for me) snack before bed.  I typically workout in the morning and so not eating anything past my 6:00 p.m. supper and expecting to be able to run more that 1 mile in the morning is unrealistic.  So since I never actually take a bite of breakfast till around 8:00 a.m., I figure a small snack at 9:00 p.m. won't sabotage the whole program.  It's better to make the program work for me rather than becoming a slave to it and simply ENDURING the 3 weeks. 

Yesterday I started the day with another  Blackberry Avocado Smoothie, only this time I added a scoop of Vega Sport Performance Optimizer. I would attribute my running in the freezing cold rain afterwards to this added boost.  Lunch was  grilled turkey burgers (minus the bun) and  honey glazed butternut squash.  Dinner was a Carrot and Mushroom Bisque.  I actually have no idea what the difference between Bisque and Soup is, but Bisque makes it sound so much more gourmet so I'm going with it.  My "perfect bed-time" snack has been 1 smallish pancake (with some sort of berries added) smothered in Almond Butter.  This hits the spot and I fall asleep content :-)  The hardest part has been figuring out what to snack on between meals if I'm hungry.  Since most grains are no longer an option and dairy is a no-no, I've ended up eating Almond Butter by the spoonful.  I need to make some "Clean-Program-Friendly-Treats", but since I'm too busy to do that till Friday, I'll just continue to keep the spoon by the jar of Almond butter.
I didn't take a picture of anything I ate yesterday but I did manage to remember today.  Here's some of it.
AUD'S CREATION SMOOTHIE: blackberries, peaches, avocado, cinnamon chia pudding, almond milk, ice, stevia

Salad w/ roasted butternut squash, mango, leftover turkey burger and fresh avocado dressing: it was pure delightful salad insanity!

Jadon's salad - he didn't get the memo about dressing going on top of the salad not under all the goodies.
 Dinner is supposed to be split pea soup if I get around to making it.  Well that's all the time I have to write about it now. Bottom line...I'm feeling great and so far I'm super glad I'm doing this.  Now it's off to study for my NCSF Certification Exam, which is tomorrow - YIKES!!! better check out of blog world.

Monday, May 23, 2011

3 weeks to CLEAN!

I'm starting something new and exciting today.  I'm starting Alejandro Junger's "Clean Program".  It's a three week  program to detox and restore your body so that your body has the ability to heal itself and function properly.  I read the entire book yesterday and decided today is the day to start.  I've had horrible allergies this year as well as some digestive upsets.  I truly believe that our bodies were designed to heal themselves, and we need to take a ton of medicine to get over allergies, deal with digestive issues, or cope with many other healthy problems.   Alejandro Junger's program is all about fueling your body in the best way possible so that it has the ability to rid itself of toxins.  There are toxins everywhere and it's impossible to avoid all of them, however cutting out the vast majority of them will make a world of difference. 

Some detox programs are very intense and often deplete the body of needed vitamins, minerals and nutrients.  The Clean Program however is all about giving the body EVERYTHING it needs and at the same time eliminating toxins so that the body can heal itself.  I love that approach since I'm not about to give up running at the expense of being short on calories or lack energy because I'm depleting my body.

I figured I would document my journey through this program for a few reasons: 1. It will help me keep track of the ways this is benefiting my overall healthy 2. It'll be more fun that way 3. It might help some else. 

I'm may not get a chance to blog about it every day, but I'll do my best.  Here are the basic guidelines of the program.
1. Breakfast - liquid meal
2. Lunch - solid meal
3. Dinner - liquid meal
4. Don't eat anything after dinner.  Dinner and the breakfast the following morning should be 12 hours apart.  This allows your digestive system time to detox and heal
5. Take probiotics every day
6. Eat a balance diet: 55% Carbohydrates, 30% Healthy Fats, 15% Protein
7. Follow an "Elimination Diet" - that means avoid common food allergens (gluten, corn, soy, dairy, eggs, nightshade plants) Avoid caffeine, alcohol, carbonated drinks, sugar & additives. 
8. Get plenty of rest
9. Drink 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil at night (this keeps things "moving")
10. Drink at 2 qt of water or more each day

See, it's not so bad.  The rough part will be having to cook more (since I'm avoiding food additives and I'm making smoothies and pureed soups) and skipping my morning cup of coffee.  But I'll survive and I believe I'll feel so much better for having endured a few short weeks with no coffee.  Here are few pictures of my yummy food from today. I'm sure I'll never capture it all on camera - Life is too busy for that.

Blackberry Avocado Smoothie - simply incredible, the Avocado makes it SO creamy

Baked Halibut with Zucchini & Olives - fish is hiding somewhere under that pile of zucchini
Cucumber Lemon Water - very refreshing
So far I've felt incredible today. No allergies! Tons of energy! No stomach issues! Great!  I'll let you know tomorrow how I'm faring.  I'm headed out the door for a good workout and lots of sweating - that'll give my detoxing an extra boost. 

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Representing WY in KS

It feels good to win a race in Wyoming, it feels great to win a race in Utah, & it feels incredible to win a race in Kansas!  I know distance from home has nothing to do with running speed or winning, but for some reason winning on someone else's turf is very satisfying.  I mean we all know it's important to win the Home Game, but, MAN does it feel good to beat someone on their own turf. 

Of course we had to fit a race in during our trip to Kansas, it's just the right thing to do. After searching all race databases we decided that our best option would be to run the "Step Up For SIDS 5K" in Wichita on Saturday.  Patrick agreed to run with Jadon and I even though running hasn't been at the top of his to-do list, (considering his wife just had twins, that makes a ton of sense) 

The race started at 8:30 a.m. at the Cessna Stadium in Wichita, we arrived with plenty of time register, take multiple trips to the restroom (at least I did) and take a few pre-race pictures. 

Patrick & I

Jadon and I
There were over 150 people there to race as well as many families doing the 1 mile "Memory Walk"  - it made for a full football field and track to warm up at.  Jadon and I did a 1/4 warm-up which I usually never do, but I did want to try and place so I figured I better. 

3 minutes into the race I realized there were no other females to be seen (that's a good thing if you are a girl)  I didn't dare turn around to see if there were any gaining on me, I would just push it hard and hope that no other girls caught up to me. 

Me and all the guys at the front of the race pack

guys are not fans of being passed by a girl but that doesn't stop me

There was one point in the race where the course did a little loop.  We seemed to have time our pace just right with Patrick's pace and we were able to wave in passing

Patrick is one of those runners, take your best guess at which one
I managed to stay in the lead the entire race and beat all the other girls with a 3 minute lead :-) 

Sprinting towards the finish

5K - 20:52 minutes

Jadon finished right behind me, he stayed back a little to take that picture (yes, he's amazing!)  Patrick met his goal and finished in 27 minutes!  It was a great race, flat, plenty of oxygen, winning, what more could a girl ask for?.......Oh, a post-race massage! - that'll complete the package!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

we all need saving

I'm not someone who usually cries during movies.  However there is one "typical scene" that ALWAYS makes me tear up in a movie.  It's the scene where someone gets saved or rescued.  I'm not sure why but when that happens, I bawl my little eyes out.  I remember sobbing at the end of "Behind Enemy Lines" when  Owen Wilson (I forget the character's name) is rescued.  Here's the movie clip

Maybe somewhere deep inside me I'm wired to wish/dream/desire to be saved.  Subconsciously I relate to feeling lost and alone and desperately needing a Saviour.  Actually I believe all of humanity has this craving to be saved, but often we drown it out with other things (relationships, possessions, status, busyness etc.) 

I believe if we are willing to stop and pay attention to our heart, we will recognize the deep desire for a Saviour.  Tonight I was reading Psalms in "The Message" version and underlining the parts that stood out to me.  I realized that I gravitate toward the "rescue" Psalms as well.  The phrases about calling for help and being rescued pull at my heart.  I read the first 25 Psalms and I want to share with you the phrases/verses that stood out to me.  Perhaps you will remember how desperately you desire to be saved as well. 

"But if you make a run for God you won't regret it"

"I stretch myself out, I sleep.  Then I'm up again - rested, tall and steady."

"Real help comes from God."

"Once, in a tight place , you gave me room; Now I'm in trouble again: grace me! hear me!"

"He listens the split second I call to Him"

"At days end I am ready for sound sleep. For you, God, have put my life back together."

"Treat me nice for a change, I'm so starved for affection."

"At last God has heard my sobs.  My requests have all been granted, my prayers answered."

"God! God! I am running to you for dear life."

"God is a safe-house for the battered, a sanctuary during bad times."

"Be kind to me God, I've been kicked around long enough."

"God where are you when I need You?"

"God's Grace and Order Wins!"

"I've already run for dear life straight to the arms of God.  So why would I run away now?"

"He's in charge, as always, his eyes taking everything in."

"Quick God, I need your helping hand."

"Long enough God, I've carried this ton of trouble, lived with a stomach full of pain...I've thrown myself headlong into your arms - I'm celebrating your rescue."

"Without You, nothing makes sense."

"I'm staying on  your trail; I'm putting one foot in front of the other. I'm not giving up."

"Keep your eye on me"

"I sing to God, and find myself safe and loved."

"A hostile world! I call to God, I cry to God to help me.  From his palace he hears my call: my cry brings me right into his presence - a private audience."

"Every day I review the way he works; I try not to miss a trick.  I feel put back together, and I'm watching my step."

"Keep me from stupid sins," - those are the ones I need help with the most :-(

"God answer you on the day you crash."

"That clinches it - helps coming, an answer is on the way, everything's going to work out."

"the day we call, give us your answer."

"If you don't show up soon, I'm done for - gored by the bulls, meat for the lions."

"Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I'm not afraid when you walked at my side. Your trusty shepherd's crook makes me feel secure."

"God is at their side; with God's help they make it."

"If I keep my eyes on God, I won't trip over my own feet. Look at me and help me! I'm all alone and in big trouble."

"Keep watch over me and keep me out of trouble; Don' let me down when I run to you."

"Use all your skill to put me together; I wait to see your finished product. God give your people a break from this run of bad luck."

Did any of those verses pull at  your heat?  Can you relate to the desire to be saved?  Are you also comforted by knowing that Jesus hears, answers, & comes to the rescue? I sure am! 

Friday, May 13, 2011

Haviland Trip To See The Twinsies

I've been home from vacation for 4 days and I still can't seem to get into the swing of every day life. It hasn't helped that I upon arrival home I promptly got sick. All week I've been wanting to blog about the trip, but I've been too sick to even want to type. I think I'm on the tale end of the sickies though and I finally feel up to entering the blog world again.
So since being on vacation to see Jadon's family was far more exciting than my current status I'll stop piddling around with boring info about post-trip-blahs.

Jadon and I headed out to Haviland KS (where he grew up) at 2:00 a.m. on Monday morning. Ya, 2:00 a.m. is craziness, but so is trying to fit a 14 hour drive into 1 day. So if we're going for crazy, we'll just go all the way. I actually slept for the first 5 hours of the trip while Jadon tore through more miles than was probably legal. No cop-stops though, so all was well. We made it to Fort Collin by 7:15 a.m. where we stopped at Starbucks for coffee to go with our breakfast. Once I was awake we stopped much more frequently as my bladder is about the size of a pea.

post-run, no need for make-up yet, I'll put that on 15 minutes before we arrive at the in-laws

We made it to Colby by 12:00 where we stopped for a "sanity" run. 14 hours of traveling requires this. 4 miles in the blasting wind and we were both ready to get back in the Tahoe. At this point though the trip got L..O..N..G.. Finally at 7:00 p.m. we pulled into my in-law's driveway - relieved & exhausted.

my amazing wonder in-law's beautiful house - one of my favorite places to be

It’s crazy how tired sitting on your butt all day can make you. You’d think I’d be itching to run a marathon, but all I wanted was bed. After a good night’s sleep though, running was all I wanted to do. My hips and legs were stiff & sore by morning -  begging to be stretched out.

The weather in Haviland was amazing. It's still winter in Wyoming, so I took full advantage of the heat and ran 3 times on Tuesday. Jadon and I also decided to do a new Body Rock workout. After run #2 we went outside to do the workout in the grass. Now, I don't know if 7 months without green grass had made us allergic to the stuff or what, but after only 30 seconds of laying in the grass doing crunches and we both jumped up yelling (well, actually only I was yelling) Our skin was red and burning and itchy. I honestly couldn't get into the shower fast enough. A cold shower, Benadryl, and a ton of hydrocortisone cream and Jadon and I were back to normal. I now refer to that grass as "Toxic-Grass"

ready to head out the door for run #3

I never have to think about my route in KS because it's all flat and it's all in squares - love that!
Enjoying the extra oxygen that comes with not running at 7,000 ft
running into Haviland
Twin bro - Aaron, showing me his mad climbing skills

the "rolling burpee" - a favorite
"No Amanda, he can't do it the easy way, I'll come show him how again!"

post-workout lounging - they were all pretty wiped out
Three of my siblings also live in Haviland so in the afternoon we headed into town to spend some time with them. Talking and laughing was great, but the best part was getting to go rock climbing with my brothers and then put them (2 brothers, one bro-in-law) through a Body Rock workout that Jadon and I do. I got to play "Personal Trainer" with them and really kick their butts in a workout.

Jadon has tons of family in Haviland as well, so after hanging with the siblings we went to spend some time with Grandma and Grandpa Ross. It was so good to see them :-) Grandma Ross told us stories from all of their worldwide travels, I had no idea they had gone so many places and done so many things. She's even been to the Copper Canyon in Mexico where the Tarahumara Indians live and knew all about how they are amazing runners long before "Born to Run" hit the shelves - Grandma has one up on Chris McDougall.

In between gallivanting around to see different family Jadon pulled a little schneekiness on me. He drove up to this house and pointed to a bike outside and said, "see that bike, do you want it?" What in the world? Come to find out he and Denny (aka - Papa Ross) had been scheming all afternoon & had found an almost new road bike for me! I tried it out and loved it but decided to think it over for the evening before buying it. Later that night Jadon & Denny showed up with the bike in the back of Denny's truck. Saying, "I could try it out in the morning to make sure I liked it.....and try it for the rest of my life, cause it was MINE!!!!! WOOHOO!!! I was SUPER STOKED!!!!


The next morning I got to see my sister-in-law, Jeannie! I think we're the 2 crazy additions to the Ross family and so we get along pretty well :-) After that I started to feel YUCKY - apparently I somehow ingested some gluten, because I was sick for the rest of the day. Honestly though I didn't really mind, I got to lay around on the in-law's comfy recliner, catch up on some TV watching & get lots of love & sympathy. By evening I felt much better and so Jadon and I picked up our neice Kaitlin (whom we hadn't seen yet) and headed to check out some puppies we'd heard about and get some groceries. The puppies were at a so called "Flea Market" a few miles from Haviland. It was definately transitioning from Flea Market to dump though -  I think I should notify Hoarders. The puppies were cute, but not exactly puppies - they were already 6 months old. If we get another dog, I don't want to miss the ULTRA CUTE PUPPY STAGE - I would have felt jipped to get 6 month old dog.

the Flea Market, looks like I could have a gotten a few bikes here as well. Shall I call Hoarders????

On day 3 we headed to Wichita to see Jadon's sister, Janeen, her husband Patrick, their son, Micah and their 2 newborn TWINS!!!!(Isaac & Malachi) I'm a twin so obviously I think they are the BEST! Malachi (the little girl) weighted 4lb.6oz. which is exactly what I weighed when I was born, so that was extra special. I've been praying for these 2 little miracles for a long time and so holding them in person was truly amazing. We spent the afternoon, holding babies & talking. Honestly there is nothing else I would have rather done. That evening Patrick made California rolls for supper (he's a pro) and then we all headed to Orange Leaf for dessert.

Jadon holding Isaac, Me holding Malachi

a "twin moment"

I'd never heard of Orange Leaf till last week. I discovered these awesome tiny little spoons in my mother-in-law's silverware drawer and asked where she got them. She said they were from a frozen yogurt shop called Orange Leaf. I have this thing with spoons. I hate big spoons and I love little spoons. They also have to be the right shape though. Eating a meal with an awkward spoon could ruin the whole experience. So... I knew I had to try out Orange Leaf, for their spoon if not for anything else. The frozen yogurt was as good as the spoons, so I was a happy camper.

These bowls are a little large considering a serving of ice-cream is 1/2 cup....FAIL on serving sizes Orange Leaf!

Me, Jadon and Janeen (Jadon's sister, whom I gladly claim as my sister as well)

Micah & Patrick - I'll claim them too!

The next day started with a short run and a Starbucks date!!! - my personal favorite combination.

A few hours of reading, journaling and talking, along with a few Americanos and my day was off to a perfect start! Things kept getting better too. We discovered an amazing health food store and I shopped my little heart out! Have you ever noticed that every single health food store smells the same? Why is that?

Later that afternoon Janeen and I went and got pedicures :-) I was told by the girl who did mine that I have beautiful, soft feet, but that I clip my big toenail too short - whoops! didn't know my nail-clipping skills would be called into question. So, that's something I'll be working on!

my feet are the ones with the extra short toe-nails

Race posing picture with Micah - I'm proud to be a factor in his interest in running!
Holding Mally again - I don't know when I'll see her again so I had to make the most of my time

There is a FLAT paved trail behind Janeen and Patrick’s house which was begging me to come out and rollerblade on it (since there is an absence of flat trails in Wyoming and I haven't learned to stop on my rollerblades) So I gave in and did 7 loops (almost 8 miles) on the trail - it felt wonderful to be zipping along in the Kansas heat! Rollerblading is definitely therapy to me.

Micah ran his first race a few weeks ago and had been asking to race "Aunt Audrey & Uncle Jadon" (After his race he called us to tell us that he ran so hard that a little piece of his heart burst out. That cracked me up! I think I know the feeling though) Never one to stop someone from getting on the "running band-wagon" Micah, Jadon and I headed outside for a race after dinner. Of course Micah won - as all kids do :-) At the end though he informed me that I might have been able to beat him if I hadn't been heel striking...WHAT? Where did he learn that? Someone has been listening in to my running conversations with Patrick. Just so you know, he was wrong. I was running in my vibrams and I'm sure my form was perfect ;-)

We finished the evening with watching videos of Jadon when he was about 3 or 4 years old...hilarious! Ask him to show you how he can "boogy, boogy, boogy" or whether or not he uses an old toothbrush.
Well, there is only one day left to blog about but I'm saving that for another blog. It'll be a good one!