I have not written about running, food, health, etc. in ages and for good reason, the transition from two children to three children has been exhausting. I am not a bullshitter or a complainer, so writing about making it all work or the alternative, when nothing works, seemed like a waste of time.
Heart Rate Training
A few opportunities came my way and I can now report that with the help of a team, yes a team, I’m getting into a new groove. I started heart rate training with an amazing coach, her name is MK, she is dynamic and smart and has me cranking out 4 -5 runs a week. I joined the Train Like A Mother Training Club that includes a training plan, online coaching and a comprehensive strength training plan. I can honestly say that I have never consistently run this much in my life and I have no injuries. So as Coach MK says “winning.”
Running postpartum is a gift; I get me time, I feel strong and physically capable and yet, this is embarrassing to admit, the baby weight about twenty pounds of it does not want to go. I told myself that it is the nursing, nursing in conjunction with running, the lack of sleep, and/or stress that was keeping the weight on, but the fact is I have no clue. I decided to get serious about the baby poundage and decided to work with some professionals on losing weight and becoming fitter.
My quest to be a better, healthier, leaner me started with a company called Inside Tracker. I was approached by a friend who works for the company about trying their program for a reduced fee and telling everyone my experiences. So on a weekday morning a few months ago, I left the chaos at home and headed to a blood lab for an analysis given to endurance athletes.
Within a few days I had intel on what was going on in my body, while nothing was completely out of range, I had several areas to work on including boosting my iron and ferritin levels and improving my fasting glucose level and cholesterol. Inside Tracker doesn’t just give you your numbers and goals to improve, it also provides a blueprint for improvement by way of food options and supplements. I chose to boost my iron levels by adding lentils and teff to my diet. My Inside Tracker report also suggested that to bring my fasting glucose and cholesterol into optimum range that I should lose some pounds. I’ll be doing a re-test of my blood work in a few weeks and will keep you posted on what they reveal.
After trying to figure out my magic weight loss formula and not having much success, I turned to Ellie Kempton of Simply Nourished Nutrition in Colorado. Ellie rocks, she has given me a roadmap for weight loss while training for half marathon, nursing a babe and managing two bright and energetic grade schoolers. She also gave me plan for preparing the copious amounts of food consumed in my household, that in it of itself was worth the consultation fee. I used to think I could do everything on my own, but age and experience has taught me that I need help and it isn’t failure to ask for it.
If you have any questions about the TLAM club, Insider Tracker or Simply Nourished Nutrition leave me a comment. I received the services of Insider Tracker at a generous discount but the other services I have paid for in full.
There is still time to join me at Run 10 FEED 10 in LA on October 1, 2016. You can also use my code: WHDEMIRJIAN for a discount on any timed, fun or run your own option.