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Why You Should Try Something New

15 Jul

I did that thing again where I disappear for a few weeks, huh?  I’ve been taking the last week to recharge after 4th of July weekend.  Having an extra day off and a weekend full of festivities sure did feel like a momentum stopper.  The Monday after the holiday weekend, I started a 4 week challenge in a secret Facebook group.  It’s been really fun and honestly I’ve been seeing some really great progress.  Since we have to post in the group 2 pictures of food we’ve eaten during the day, 1 picture of us being sweaty (I don’t post very many of those!  #notphotogenic), and 1 picture of our protein shake.

The group has helped me in a few ways:

1.  It forces me to be accountable.  I would die of boredom if I was one of those bloggers who posted every day about every single thing they ate.  Snooze town, right?  The FB group setting has kind of a revolving door feeling where people just stop by and photo dump, then move on.  It’s a great place to get ideas, encourage others, and also BE encouraged by others in a way that feels like real-time.  It’s like a little positivity bubble!  I think that’s what has made me excited to reach my goals for each day, which are simply:  eat clean, hydrate, and be active.

2.  I’ve upped my water intake to a gallon of water a day.  Yeah.  The struggle is real.  The first week, I’m certain that I wasn’t getting my full water goal in.  I’m not denying that I was hydrated because HOOBOY was I hydrated, but why half ass it?  Based on a suggestion from one of the group members, I replicated her “Water Bomb.”

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3.  I’ve been drinking protein-powder fruit smoothies every morning.  I’d never been all that consistent with protein powder.  If I remembered to drink a recovery shake after a workout, I remembered.  Usually not.  Since this challenge started, I’ve been drinking a fruit smoothie with protein powder every morning.  Having a full banana, a handful of strawberries, and at least 1 large handful of spinach (usually more!) has had DRAMATIC results for me.  I’m getting 2 full services of fruit and a serving of vegetables in 1 drink, not to mention all of the nutrients, calcium, and added protein.  My appetite is much more easy to manage during the day and I have had so much more energy.  Plus, I’m constantly wanting to try different variations based on the group member’s suggestions (tofu & avocado wouldn’t have occurred to me).

I lost 2 pounds the first week!  I can honestly say that I’m really glad I tried this – who knew that posting my pictures to some random strangers/ex-classmates would be what I needed to get through my weight loss plateau?!  It never hurts to try something new!  Don’t worry, I haven’t given up on my Monday Training Overview posts and I hope to be back on the bandwagon this week. 🙂

 

In other news, I dyed the underneath of my head peacock colors:

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I’m kind of obsessed with it.

 

Friday Five: Five Fitness Snapshots

11 Jul

This week’s Friday Five linkup (an awesome weekly event hosted by Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC, Mar @ Mar On The Run, and Cynthia @ You Signed Up For What!) is themed: 5 Fitness Snapshots.  I initially thought this topic would be easy for me, but as I’m looking through photos from the last few week I realized that I don’t have a lot of them!  I work out by myself most of the time, I don’t have a gym membership or go to classes, I don’t even have a DVD player!  I guess I’m an off-the-grid kind of fitness person which unfortunately doesn’t present many photo ops.  Clearly I need to remedy that as soon as possible!

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1.  Walking!  Walking is my favorite form of cross training and I can bring my little Bea Arthur with me.  We walk together every morning to open up the store and sometimes we take an afternoon walk as well.  I seriously just love being a pedestrian – I get to talk to people in my neighborhood, it helps improve my running endurance, it’s FREE, I get to see things that I would miss if speeding by at 30 m.p.h., and I get to enjoy the fresh air.

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2.  Running is obviously my bread and butter, and this chick is my resident running buddy.  Our household has been down to 1 vehicle for about a month, which means tons of running in my own neighborhood with miss Liberty Belle.  It makes me sad to think that we had Liberty for years and I would never walk her or anything because I was so lazy.  She loves pounding the pavement as much as I do and we both reap the benefits – emotionally and physically.   In our house we are the 2 curvy blondes, but by the end of the summer we are going to be 2 sexy ladies!

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3.  A few weeks ago, Christina came home with the most perfect red vintage bike she got me for $40 on Craig’s List.  This is the first bike I’ve owned since I was a kid and I’m so happy to have one now!  A few of my close friends are really into biking, so it’s nice to finally be able to join in on the fun.  There are tons of great trails around my neighborhood, including one that will take me all the way from Pittsburgh to Washington D.C.!  I don’t know how long “Lola” will last because she’s definitely been used a lot, but I am really enjoying the experience of biking for fitness.  (Even if we don’t make it to Washington together!)

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4.  Tabata/HIIT – Since I don’t have a gym membership, I try to make the most with what I have at home.  This usually means throwing my mat down in the middle of the living room and getting in a high intensity interval circuit of one kind or another.  I alternate using my own body weight, this stained chair that we usually stand on when we are painting, a medicine ball, a stability ball, and some free weights.  I have a basic workout that I was given by my trainer, but I also find a lot of my workouts on Pinterest, Daily Hiit, and Daily Burn.  Honestly I try to switch it up as much as I can because the same old circuit gets mighty boring pretty quickly.  I’m thinking about investing in some kettle bells because they look like fun.

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The pets 100% believe this mat is for their enjoyment only and insist on walking all over/lay on it as soon as I put it out. Who doesn’t love a mouth of full of dog hair while you plank?!

5.  Stretching is such an important part of fitness and I don’t take it seriously enough.  You’re supposed to stretch for anywhere between 5-15 minutes after a run.  It can improve flexibility, shorten recovery time, improve circulation, relieve muscle tension/relax you, give you energy, and probably all kinds of other stuff (obviously I’m not a fitness instructor)!  Last year sometime, I stumbled onto this wonderful picture with all kinds of stretches from Heather over at Housewife Glamour.  I snapped a pic on my iPhone and I refer to it almost daily when I’m stretching.  I’ve also been a reader of Heather’s blog ever since!

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I hope you enjoyed this Friday Five linkup, I had fun writing it and I can’t wait to participate in more of them!!

Friday Five: Five Things About Me

27 Jun

This week’s Friday Five linkup (an awesome weekly event hosted by Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC, Mar @ Mar On The Run, and Cynthia @ You Signed Up For What!) is themed: 5 Things About Me.  This is my first week linking up with some of my favorite bloggers, and it just happens to be a perfect theme to introduce myself!

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1.  I love to read, but don’t make nearly enough time for it.  I absolutely refuse to go e-reader.  There is absolutely nothing more pleasurable to me than thumbing my finger along the pages of a brand spanking new paperback.  If they ever stop printing books, I swear an oath to all that right and holy that I will never read another new release!  I will not relent!  Save the printed word!  Anyway…this summer, I bought several new reads and promised myself that I would get through a few of them.  Right now I’m almost finished with Orange Is The New Black (yeah, I’m a bit late to that party!) and I can’t WAIT to sink my teeth into The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman.

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2.  My dream in life:  to run a small urban farmette.  I’m in love with the idea of being self-sufficient, growing my own food, canning, and raising small domesticated animals.  People think of this concept as terribly out of character for me because I’m the type of girl who kind of hates to get dirty.  I make exceptions! 🙂   Eventually I would like to turn my front yard into an edible foodscape and if I can convince my borough that it’s a good idea — get some chickens for my backyard.  I’m pretty sure my cost of living would drop exponentially if I had a farmette.  I need to make this happen!

3.  I am currently training for my first official 10K – Pittsburgh’s Great Race.  I ran 6.1 miles in the Pittsburgh Marathon Relay back in May, so hopefully my training will pay off and I will have an official 10K PR of around 1:05:00 or less.  <– Throwing that goal time out there like it ain’t no thang!

4.  My favorite thing to eat and make in the whole wide world is key lime pie.  I have a very distinct memory of a trip I took to Key West with my grandmother and 2 of my cousins.  I think we ate so much key lime pie on that trip, we were all at risk of turning into key lime pie.  They had it everywhere and in all of these glorious variations.  We even got a piece of key lime pie frozen on a stick.  Heavenly!  I remember making them often in high school and even into college.  I haven’t made one in a long time, though…no time like the summer, right?!

5.  I love what I do for a living – owning a small business has been the most character-building, hard, frustrating, exhilarating, gratifying, terrifying experience of my life.  I have learned so much about myself in the last few years (not all of it is good!) and I’ve also seen glimpses of the person I am destined to become.  Some days I feel like I still haven’t found my niche in life, my passion.  I’m okay with that.  Eventually I will figure it out, but for the last few years it has been such a blessing to develop, launch, and grow a successful company.

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I hope you enjoyed this Friday Five linkup, I had fun writing it and I can’t wait to participate in more of them!!

Training Overview Week 3 #sftsRUNS

23 Jun

Welcome to the 3rd installment of my 10K Training Overview!  This is a weekly series in which I will document my weekly running progress, nutrition, photos, and mileage as I train for Pittsburgh’s 2014 Great Race on September 28th.  If you are on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook – you can also follow along using the hashtag #sftsRUNS.   These overviews are intended not only for me as a way to document my fitness journey, but also as a means to inspire other newbie runners who are ready to move beyond the 5K distance.

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Weekly Overview:

  • Liberty has been accompanying me on more and more – I can tell she really loves it.  I really miss my old running buddy, Hallie the poodle, but Liberty is becoming an old pro.  Except for when she gets distracted by her reflection, or stops to take a shit in the middle of a cross walk of a busy intersection (who does that?!)…or all the times she seems to forget what we are doing, so she basically stops right in front of me.  We’ll get there, Liberty.  I’m also slowly working on training a new little running buddy – Bea Arthur.
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  • The humidity last week absolutely sucked the life out of me.  The air has been so saturated it feels like there’s no oxygen.  Bumping my runs up to the wee hours of the morning has definitely helped this, along with taking way more walking breaks than usual.  The last thing I need is to pass out on the side of the road with Liberty attached to my arm.  I visualize her dragging me onto the train tracks while she chases bunnies into the brush.  That was disturbing.  Moving on…listening to my body seems to be working.
  • As of Friday we are 2 weeks out from the 4th of July!  I am registered for the Brentwood Firecracker 5K – will you be running with me?!

Training Plan:

Planned Mileage:  10

Actual Mileage: 10.45 <— BOOOOOOM!!!!!

Longest Distance:  3.09

Training Miles to Date:  24.28

Weight Change:

Last week I weighed in at 190.9 and this morning I weighed in at 189.2.  That’s a -1.7 lb. loss for the week!!!!!!  If you can read that and say “What’s the big deal, it’s not even 2 lbs.” then obviously you’ve never been fat.  I am ecstatic!!  I haven’t been able to break through 190 all year and I finally did!!!  HUGE HUGE HUGE motivator for me this week.  I want more more more less less less <– however you look at it!

Physical Condition:

No cramping, aching, stiffness, or other physical symptoms.  I felt extremely tired, but I think it’s just the weather.  Despite the fatigue, I stuck to my training mileage and I felt like I gave 100% all week.  I hope I’m being smart.  It’s never easy for me to discern smartness from my own laziness when it comes to running.  I’m terrified of getting injured and I’m basically flying blind with this whole running/training/fitness thing.  I think I’ve found a balance between being cautious and simply not having motivation to push myself harder.  Oh, to have insurance and not be consumed with these things.  That’s a lie, it would still consume me.  Anyway, my only complaint is bike seat butt pain from a long ride on Sunday.

Mental Condition:

Mentally, I’m in a much better place than I was the last 2 weeks.  Things are still complicated and stressful, but I’m not investing too much energy into stressing myself out.  Who knew it was that easy?  We are down to 1 vehicle while the other is in the shop, so I’ve kind of been forced to run some of my old routes around the Homestead/West Homestead/Waterfront area.  Don’t get me wrong, there are endless places to run with no shortage of things to look at.  It’s freaking awesome, BUT…after running the same routes over and over started to make me dread running.  Now that I’m a regular back at my old stomping grounds, it’s cool to see how much I’ve improved since last year and also how much I’m improving day by day.  I’m finding fun ways to challenge myself on my old routes by playing little games with myself and just generally trying to make it more mentally engaging.

Nutrition:

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I hit the grocery store HARD last Sunday and I stockpiled tons of healthy options.  The theme this week was: Eat Breakfast,  Dammit!  I’ve been making it a point to eat breakfast every single day and it truly helps me make better decisions during the day.  Still struggling with chocolate cravings and Lord, do I want BEER.  Nice, cold, refreshing beer on these muggy summer days.

Non-Mileage Training (but still running related):

You can just give me a big “F” in the HIIT column AGAIN this week (- God, what is wrong with me?!)  I did go for an amazing bike ride on Sunday, so I got in my hour of cross-training and then some.  (More on that later in the week!)

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Impact On Real Life:

I am truly loving the whole crack of dawn wake up call thing!  By the time I go to work around 10AM, I feel like I’ve all ready accomplished so much during the day.  I have the type of personality that really thrives in a structured environment.  When I start to get into the swing of a training plan, my entire life becomes more productive.  The dogs are getting more attention, I’m cooking more often, doing meal prep more often, my house is cleaner, etc.  I’m sure this may change as I move into higher mileage training, so I will enjoy it while I can!

Action Plan:

Strength train. Strength train. Strength train.  I may be getting away with not doing it now, but I will pay for it later!  My 5K is just around the corner and I couldn’t feel more ready.

Cue The Slow Clap.

18 Jun

I am honestly having a hard time believing that the humidity was only 48% yesterday, but Siri says it’s so.

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Sure felt like 100* to me!  Suck it mother nature.  I feel groggy, bloated, tired, and generally just disgusting when it’s hot and humid.  I’ve been going to bed earlier and sleeping past my alarm.  And yet, I did the almost unthinkable and forced myself to run after work yesterday.  I only had 2 miles on the books, but I was dreading 2 miles in the muggy misery.  To really dig it in to myself, I opted for a 2 mile trek that included several hills.  Honestly, it was forecasted to be hotter on Wednesday (today) than Tuesday, so I knew if I didn’t get the miles in they would be there waiting for me.  But they would be hotter.

This arrow in the picture below points to the spot where “Yay!  I get to run down hill!” became “Oh…we are going back up hill again.”  I forgot to bring my Garmin with me today to check the actual steepness, but I will make sure to include it in my weekly recap.  There wasn’t anything special about this run – it was probably pretty slow considering I walked a lot because DUH.  It’s really super friggin’ hot.

You’re lucky I love your curves, Pittsburgh.  That’s all I’ve got to say.

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When I got home, I was sans energy.  Sans spirit.  Sans vitality.  I knew dinner needed to be mindless and needed to drag out into lunch for the next day.  So, I grabbed one of my most recent Patak’s Simmer Sauces (swear, they do not even know who I am – I’m really just enjoying trying all the different flavors!) which was Mango Curry and some chicken breasts.  Very yummy and I’m not worried about a little extra sugar after a long, hot run.  I got 3 servings out of the jar, here is the nutrition facts per serving:

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Mango Curry Chicken w/ Coconut Rice:

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Yes, I know there was a startling lack of veg on my plate.  I was too hot and tired to even care.  There was more than enough chicken for lunch today and now I have to figure out how to use the extra coconut rice!  It would make a fantastic rice pudding.  So anyway, there was really no point in today’s post other than I am really proud of myself for getting uncomfortable!!!

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