Short Fat Girl

The transformation of a short fat girl

Month – February 2012

Going Under The Knife

After a nasty accident at boot camp last week at boot camp, I am going under the knife today to have my hamstring tendon reattached to my pelvic bone.

Last Thursday on Bring a Friend at boot camp, while doing sprints, I was running all out against one of my instructors, I could see the imaginary finish line in front of me when all of the sudden POP!!!! Down I went; a feeling like I was shot in the back of the leg.

After 12 ½ hours in the ER, and an x-ray, and 2 MRI’s it was determined that the tendons from my hamstring was torn away from the bone and would require surgery to reattach them back onto the bone.

What frustrates me the most is I have reached a point where I can feel the changes in my body, I can feel my muscles working to make me a stronger, faster, and on my way to being a really fit person. I’ve finally learned how proper nutrition can help and or hinder my body. I was signed up for several events like the Warrior Dash, the Peachtree Road Race, 2 long bike rides and was preparing for my 4th triathlon.

Because of my injury, it is very difficult to do very simple tasks I’ve taken for granted like sitting on the toilet or getting comfortable in the bed. Now, I rely solely on my upper body strength to help me negotiate the bathroom and getting comfortable on the couch. If this kind of injury would have happened to me in the past, I have no idea how I would have handled these simple task; even now, my shoulders and arms are really sore from the constant demands I have put on them. I know you’re thinking that this probably wouldn’t have happened if I wasn’t running around like a person being chased by a dog, but say that I got hit by a car and broke my leg, there would be no way I would be able to accomplish the simplest of tasks.

So, as I get ready to head out for my surgery, I wanted to stop and say thank you to my peeps at boot camp for getting me to a place where I can rely on my body to help me function in daily life. Boot camp got me to a place where if I was being chased a dog, I have a much better chance of getting away.

Keep your eyes peeled for more posts. My plan is to start focusing on my rehab and managing my weight. Wish me luck everyone.

10 Tips for Healthier Eating

Vegetable Color WheelIt’s no secret eating healthy makes you feel better, gives you more energy, helps maintain a healthier weight, and contributes to an overall healthy way of life.  Here are 10 tips to live (or eat) by.  If you are unable to turn your eating habits around completely, at least try these tips through the week.  5 days of eating healthy is better than 2. 

Eat leafy plants.

Numerous studies point to the benefits of plant-based diets.  A few of these findings include:  improved blood pressure, decreased risk of heart disease, lower cholesterol, and weight control.

Eat protein.

When it comes to meat, poultry, and seafood, you are encouraged to choose sustainably raised varieties, for your health and the health of our environment.  There are vegetarian proteins to choose from, such as, tofu, soy products, quinoa, brown rice, beans, lentils, nuts, and veggie burgers to name a few.

Eat your color wheel.

Each vegetable color reflects a different antioxidant that helps protect against chronic diseases.  Each in a slightly different way, so for maximum protection, have a diet containing as many different colors as possible.

Eat home cooked junk foods.

Make your own french fries or baked chips.  Make your own ice cream recipes, and snacks.  You are in control of how you prepare them, so feel free to reduce the sugar, fat, and sodium.

Eat whole grains.

Minimize your consumption of white or enriched flour products.  Choose grains that are high in fiber.

Stay out of the middle of your supermarket.

Processed food products, located in the center aisles of your supermarket, should be avoided if at all possible.  Fresh foods are located on the perimeter.  Produce, meats, fish, and dairy are your essentials.  Find recipes that use these fresh ingredients and avoid the center aisles.  Doesn’t everyone prefer to eat fresh?

Sardines anyone?

According to health and environmental experts, Pacific or wild caught sardines can be the healthiest food we can consume. These nutritional powerhouses are one of the best sources of omega-3 fats, with 1,950 mg per 3 ounces.  That is more per serving than salmon, tuna, and just about any other food, and they’re packed with vitamin D.

French, Japanese, Italian, or Greek oh my!

Studies suggest that people that follow a diet according to the rules of a traditional food culture are generally healthier than those of us eating a modern western diet full of processed foods.

Limit your snacks.

Americans have conveniently added 500 calories to our daily diet since 1980.  Most of these calories come in the form of processed snack foods loaded with sugar, fat, and sodium.  Consider changing your snack habits to include fresh fruits, vegetables, and healthy nuts.

Avoid Sugar (or artificial sweeteners). 

Food labels list ingredients by weight.  A good rule to live by is avoid any product that has sugar or artificial sweetener listed before any other ingredient. 

 

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