My Path to Perth

| June 11, 2014 | 10 Comments

I don't think Mary's outfit from her first Perth Kilt Run will fit this year.... photo by I Tell Stories

I don’t think Mary’s outfit from her first Perth Kilt Run will fit this year…. photo by I Tell Stories

As many of you know, a few months ago I committed to running the Perth Kilt Run on June 21st. And I am not here to say I decided to quit. I am still on track!

I’ve built up to a good 5k now, and will work on the last few kilometers over the next three weeks. I don’t think that I will beat my time at my first kilt race two years ago, but I am glad to be leading a healthier lifestyle again. Not only have I been exercising regularly, but I’ve also adjusted my diet as well. I’d put on about 20 pounds since my last race and that certainly didn’t help when I first started out running again this year. I really felt the extra weight. I had hoped that, as in my past gym rat life, that I’d be able to continue eating whatever I wanted as long as I was exercising a lot. Unfortunately, weeks of running went by and no pounds lost. It was quite frustrating even though I was building up my distance. I got advice from a friend who was taking a holistic nutrition course, and after a careful assessment of my personal situation, she recommended a complete detox from sugar as well as minimizing certain foods such as dairy and wheat.

A sugar detox for a sweet tooth like me seemed out of the question, but after a bad allergic reaction a few weeks ago, I decided I really needed to pay attention to my diet. I also felt it was hypocritical of me to try and enforce a healthy diet on my daughter when I wasn’t doing the same. I was already allergic to dairy, so completely cutting that out again as I did when I was a child seemed prudent. I also minimized wheat, which had the effect of lessening the sugary treats I was putting in my mouth, since most baked goods require flour!

After almost 2 months of running and a week of dietary changes, I was finally seeing the scale number go down. This really affirmed for me the important role that diet plays in the process. Having some restrictions rather than eating whatever I wanted whenever I wanted also helped me be mindful of what my sugary diet was doing to my energy. The more sugar I ate to act as an “upper” after a sleepless night or a stressful work day, the more I needed! It was a situation that was just getting worse and worse.

Neighbours are telling me I’ve lost weight, so the change is now noticeable. Though it’s only about 5 pounds lost, it’s motivating! But what really tells me something about my health is the stabilization of my energy levels and the increase in the distance I can comfortably run. I know that after this year’s run I’ll have to keep going, but now I am back on track to a healthier life. And that’s the most important thing to me. The Perth Kilt Run is helping to re-instill some good habits. Habits that I hope to pass on to my daughter.

Have any of you had to make hard choices about your diet for your health?

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Samantha lives in Stittsville with her husband, Jon, and their daughter, Mary. Samantha works full-time for the federal government and also enjoys writing part-time, including as a writer for Ottawa Parenting Times Magazine. Feel free to check out her website – and follow her on Twitter @I_Tell_Stories

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  1. KD says:

    When I developed Crohn’s disease, I had to eliminate many foods from my diet that were worsening flare-ups. It was not an easy, especially since many of those foods are “healthy” for regular people!

  2. Brenda A says:

    Boy, do I admire you! Way to go! I could use a similar routine but finding motivation issues. A sugar detox sounds even harder to me than a running race! Good luck!

  3. Darlene Wissenz says:

    I don’t know if I could do this any more, at one time I could

  4. Victoria Ess says:

    The progress you’ve made so far is great! I haven’t made any challenge dietary changes, but I have always kept a pretty “clean” diet.

  5. Darlene Wissenz says:

    Run for a cause, why else would you run

  6. Cassey C says:

    I haven’t made any hard choices but I try to eat less junk food and quit eating bread.

  7. kathy downey says:

    I haven’t made any hard choices but I decided to go gluten free in March and that has been tough going

  8. jaimeem says:

    Ive always admired those who go into run for causes, super awesome that you were able to do it! Ive been cutting out sugar slowly over the passed while, and Ive noticed such great changes!

  9. kathy downey says:

    I haven’t made any hard choices,exercise wise

  10. kathy downey says:

    I keep telling myself LESS JUNK

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