A Good Day! – With a Side of Sweetness That Can Kill

Today-was-a-2mkomuI had a good day today.  I finally got some much-needed sleep, ate my breakfast and watched the season premiere of Boardwalk Empire season 5.  When the show went off, I was surprised that I simply felt like going to the gym.  I kept my workout rather simple; 3 min warm up walk, 12 minute run, incline ab work, leg presses, and 45 minutes of incline walking.

It’s funny how quickly your body will let you know that you have been neglecting it.  Although my body felt great and was very receptive to working out, my lungs were saying “are you serious right now?”  Lol!  Having asthma really sucks.  It takes me some time to build my breathing up.  Today, at the 10 minute mark of my 12 minute run, it began feeling as though I was breathing through a coffee straw.  My experiences have taught me that it’s ok to slow down, but it’s unacceptable to stop or give up.

After the gym, I had a bit of grocery shopping to do, and soon as I got home, I made a smoothie with celery, kale, cucumber, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, grapes, cherries, strawberries and water.  DELISH!  I just realized that I did not take pictures of it…or my dinner!  Ugh!  Dinner was amazing!  I made a salad with yellow bell pepper, romaine lettuce, cilantro, and chicken that I marinated in a fig and vidalia onion sauce.  To add a bit of crunch, I used a palm size amount of praline almonds-(not healthy, but only a small amount).  I’ve decided to start making my own salad dressing after watching the amazing documentary Hungry for Change.  (I’m working on posts that share interesting facts that I learned from it-stay tuned!).  One thing that stood out to me was when they were discussing food vs food products, and knowing what you’re reading on your labels.  I hadn’t realized that salad dressing are often made of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) (Eeeeek!).  So I made a salad dressing consisting of herb and garlic, rice vinegar-(which I later realized had brown sugar in it), and avocado oil.  Yum!

In case you’re wondering, high fructose corn syrup is very unhealthy and is not natural.  It is an industrialized food product with an unknown method of extracting the sugar from corn stalks, and is genetically modified creating a sweet chemical substance.  Dr. Mark Hyman of drhyman.com shares the following about high fructose corn syrup:

“Regular cane sugar (sucrose) is made of two-sugar molecules bound tightly together– glucose and fructose in equal amounts.The enzymes in your digestive tract must break down the sucrose into glucose and fructose, which are then absorbed into the body. HFCS also consists of glucose and fructose, not in a 50-50 ratio, but a 55-45 fructose to glucose ratio in an unbound form. Fructose is sweeter than glucose. And HFCS is cheaper than sugar because of the government farm bill corn subsidies. Products with HFCS are sweeter and cheaper than products made with cane sugar” (drhyman.com).  corn stalks

“Since there is there is no chemical bond between them, no digestion is required so they are more rapidly absorbed into your blood stream. Fructose goes right to the liver and triggerslipogenesis (the production of fats like triglycerides and cholesterol) this is why it is the major cause of liver damage in this country and causes a condition called “fatty liver” which affects 70 million people.  The rapidly absorbed glucose triggers big spikes in insulin–our body’s major fat storage hormone. Both these features of HFCS lead to increased metabolic disturbances that drive increases in appetite, weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia, and more” (drhyman.com). 

Dr. Hyman continues to share the following “5 Reasons High Fructose Corn Syrup Will Kill You”:

  1. Sugar in any form causes obesity and disease when consumed in pharmacologic doses.
  2. HFCS and cane sugar are NOT biochemically identical or processed the same way by the body.
  3. HFCS contains contaminants including mercury that are not regulated or measured by the FDA.
  4. Independent medical and nutrition experts DO NOT support the use of HFCS in our diet, despite the assertions of the corn industry.
  5. HFCS is almost always a marker of poor-quality, nutrient-poor disease-creating industrial food products or “food-like substances”.

To learn more about HFCS from Dr. Hyman: http://drhyman.com/blog/2011/05/13/5-reasons-high-fructose-corn-syrup-will-kill-you/#close

Invest in yourself and learn more about HFCS.  Start reading the labels on your food, and you’ll be surprised to learn how much of it is present in most food products that we enjoy.  Challenge yourself to find healthier alternatives that do not host HFCS, or any genetically modified toxins.

The decision to become healthy is not an overnight process.  Everyday is a lesson for me.  However the more aware we all become with what we put into our bodies, the better choices we will make and the healthier we become.  A healthy body can help with a healthy mind and will have a ripple effect with everyone we come into contact with.  Choosing to be healthy is not an easy process and requires change in all aspects.  But in the end…your body will thank you for it!

Gym day #2 tomorrow!




I do my best in trying to stay up beat and positive because I believe a positive attitude goes a long way.  Being positive helps me remain focused on my goals, it keeps me optimistic instead of doubting myself or losing faith.  Simply put, being positive helps me to keep my eye on the prize.

But if my journey that I share is going to be a truthful one, it is only fair for me to share my bad days.  Tonight is one of them.

My day started off great, I even had a great workout.  I was pretty pressed for time so I chose to focus on cardio, arms and shoulders.  I limited my ab work to sit ups because I ran out of time.

I came home and showered and that is when things started going downhill.  I bent over to pick up my baby oil gel (I prefer putting it on my skin while it’s still moist).  When I bent over, I had an instant feeling of cramps on the lower side of my left abdomen and shot to the lower left side of my back and down my left leg.  The pain was intense and unforgiving. 

I grabbed my side and quickly realized I was stuck.  I could not stand up straight, when I tried, the pain intensified.  So there I stood in my shower…naked, wet and bent over in pain.

I stood there for about five minutes unable to move until I was finally able to squat down and then stand up. The painful difficulty continued as I tried to dry off and get dressed. 

I’ve spent my night alternating heat and electrodes and have taken pain medication in search of relief.  Two hours after the medication, I’m still in pain.

I am feeling bummed out because as much as I want to move forward in my life, and as hard as I want to train, I feel like the pain of my injury slows me down.  I feel like I live with a constant reminder; almost as though I have someone constantly trying to get in my way of my success.  It feels like I am in a constant battle with my body.

As much as it slows me down, I never let it stop me.  I try to listen to my body.  I know when to rest and when to push hard.  I just miss the days when pain was never an issue.

When I have the pleasure of such a pity party, I often think about the man driving the truck that recklessly smashed into the back of me, shoving me directly into the truck in front of me all because he wasn’t paying attention.

It angers me to know that I can safely assume he has since moved on with his life.  Although my injuries could have been way more serious, or even fatal, I am still living in pain 4 years later.

Despite how I’m feeling, I’m actually laying here trying to figure out how I can workout tomorrow.  I’m trying to consider what routine I can put together and what kind of exercises I can do without injuring myself further.

If this means I can only walk on the treadmill, I will do just that. It doesn’t matter how bummed out I am feeling at the moment, I refuse to lose sight of my goal.  I refuse to allow this pain to become a crutch for me to lean on or to become the excuse preventing my success.

I might be bummed out tonite, but I will be just fine by morning…just wait and see.  😉

Train HARD…Rest easy.