Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Purification Success Story - BN

Initially, I was just doing the detox because my wife was doing it.  I knew I’d probably be eating like a rabbit for 21 days anyway so why not take the plunge?  Now, looking back on it I’m glad I did.  The positive effects are noticeable almost from the very start.  Higher energy, clearer thinking, better BM’s to name a few.  But the biggest reward from the detox is that it is habit-forming.  We are now a month out from the end of the cleanse, and still tending towards salads for lunch, snacking on fruits and vegetables throughout the day, and chugging water like it is going out of style!  21 days of sobriety was pretty awesome too!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Purification Success Story - AM

I did the detox in May and haven't looked back. I didn't go into it looking for weight loss but as of today am 15 lbs lighter and not missing my old eating habits one bit. I have two children and a dedicated meat and potatoes husband. So it can be done! I started the detox at the same time as my marathon training and thought it would be rough but to my surprise, it's helped my speed and endurance. I feel great and have hardly veered from the original detox plan. I have found a new love for foods I never thought I'd enjoy. I sleep better and haven't taken an Alegra or Excedrin since I started. To say its the best choice I ever made is an understatement.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Run Dirty 10K

This past Sunday, I ran the Run Dirty 10K trail race at Lemon Lake.  When Misty first started this race, I swore I would never run it.  For one, I said I would never run a race period. (Look how that turned out!)  The most recent excuse was that I didn't want to get hurt, and I didn't think after 4 knee surgeries, this would be a "smart" race for me to run.  If I were being honest, I would have just said I was terrified of trail races.  The uneven terrain, the tree roots, the holes...so many "obstacles" that could leave me face down in mud puddle or limping across the finish line.  I don't know what possessed me to sign up this year, it just kind of seemed like the natural thing to do to support Fleet Feet and the Boys and Girls Club.  But as the day grew closer, I became more and more apprehensive and wasn't sure I would even show up.

The bell sounded and I started my first ever trail run.  Sometime after mile 4, I remember thinking, "this feels a lot like the last mile of the Indy mini".  I was exhausted, my entire body hurt, and I didn't know how my legs were still working.  Just as I was about to call it a day and finish the race by walking, I would hear someone yell, "Yeah Dr. B!  Way to go!"  This happened multiple times throughout the race and I can't begin to describe the kind of "push" it gave me.  I would find myself picking up my pace, or dare I say, smiling.  I believe I even gave a couple of fist pumps and thumb ups during parts of the race.  I have never enjoyed a run more than I did on Sunday.  The course was challenging, exciting, at times even a bit scary.  I almost bit it twice, I twisted my ankle once, and my legs itched from the drying mud.  I will never complain though...that was a race I will never forget.  I pushed myself and overcame my fear of trail running.  What I learned is that fear is just not knowing what to expect and overcoming fear is probably the most rewarding experience one could ever have.  I think I smiled the entire drive home.  In fact, I'm smiling just thinking of this race.  The Indy Mini was my first race...the race I proved to myself that I can run.  Run Dirty is the race that I proved to myself that I could run anything.