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5 Thing Friday

15 Mar

I am making one of my Lenten staples later – salmon patties, so today I will be posting another 5 thing Friday. In no particular order, here are 5 random food facts from my week:


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Healthier snacking & eating about five small “meals” during the day (instead of 3 large meals). I’m getting to that point in my training where my metabolism has sped up and I’m physically hungry more than usual. I tend to eat my feelings, so it took me a week or so to figure out if I felt compulsed to eat or if I was actually more hungry. Turns out, I’m physically hungry (stomach aching, rumbling, feeling light headed), so in an effort to fuel myself without binging, I’ve broken my three main meals up into multiple, but substantial snacks. I’ve also been drinking about 3x more water than I normally do.


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Yeah,that’s a shamrock ravioli. Another glorious find from my CostCo haul. They are just cheese ravs, but so festive! St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays because its the one time of year where the entire Irish community is able to celebrate in the streets. Everyone knows that if you’re truly Irish, then you celebrate your heritage year-round. ūüôā Pittsburgh has the second largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the country and its happening tomorrow morning. We are very excited!


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How have I never bought this before? Of course I want delicious coconut sweetness in my coffee. I’ve been drinking my coffee black because its not something that I like to think of as a “treat.” Its more of a survival mechanism. But, hey! This is a better evening option than ice cream or cake or chocolate or cookies or candy bars.


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When I was a kid, I had three favorite sandwiches: PB & Banana, PB & Bologna, and PB & Pickles. If you’re wondering where the root of my chubbiness started…it might have been the PB & Bologna? Who even eats that. Anyway, while I was trying to pack a lunch this morning, I found some bread & butter pickles buried in the back of the fridge. Of course I’m using almond butter these days, but I still love me some nut butter and pickle sandwiches. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it and trust me when I say: avoid using dill pickles for this.¬† Just trust me, k?¬† Also, make sure your pickles don’t have a sell-by date of April 2012 like mine do.


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I’ve also learned to embrace the banana.¬† I’m prone to leg cramps and every few months am woken up in the middle of the night with a wicked charlie horse.¬† Turns out, this is not caused by a potassium deficiency, as many people assume.¬† It can be caused by a lack of sodium and dehydration (researchers don’t have a singular answer for the root of cramping). ¬†¬† You can read more about muscle cramps and how they can be avoided here.¬† Potassium does aid in recovery for runners, though, because it helps your body process sodium and stay hydrated.¬† (source)¬† That being said, I try to eat at least one banana a day, usually after a run or for breakfast.¬† Now if¬† only I could get a fruit to alleviate my restless leg syndrome…

Here’s To Today

10 Jan

Its almost Friiiiiiidaaaaaay!!!

I can hardly stand it.

I thought I would check in while I am waiting for my cloth diapers to dry.

No, silly – I didn’t have a baby. ¬†I have been working all week at Changin’ Time¬†while she‚ô• is running electrical in my kitchen. ¬†You have no idea how long I’ve been waiting for this!! ¬†We are about to be one giant leap closer to being finished with our kitchen and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Speaking of the kitchen, I was beginning to feel a little down on myself because on Tuesday, my food tracker told me I was a little piggy. ¬†Last night I decided to figure out where things went horribly wrong and as it turns out, I mis-logged my portions. ¬†I basically made it look like I had eaten 2 1/2 x what I actually did. ¬†I couldn’t figure out how I could feel so hungry, but have eaten so little.¬† I mean, don’t get me wrong.¬† I’ve got a LONG way to go, but I’m getting there.¬† I’m ashamed to say it, but this is an improvement since the holidays.¬† I was on a cookie binge!

Things were looking much better after that:


Even just keeping track of my meals for 2 days has really helped me figure out what my problem is. ¬†For example, on Wednesday, I knew breakfast was a problem. ¬†After my morning walk, I grabbed an peanut butter english muffin and a banana and headed to my home office to work for a few hours. ¬†Several hours later, but still well before lunch, she‚ô• surprised me with a cup of McDonald’s fruit & maple oatmeal and a black coffee (yes, she‚ô• does read my blog!).


That kind of sent me over the edge.


Insta-regret.  32 grams of sugar = not good.  And the 57g of carbs are racking me full of guilt.  And that was only breakfast.

Another thing I’ve noticed about my eating habits is that I am always feeling ill prepared. ¬†I’m more likely to fall into old habits (like having Subway twice in 2 days!) when I haven’t provided myself with better options. ¬†Taking the time out to pack healthy snacks is critical.

I might have not fallen into the Subway trap at 4:30 yesterday if I had packed something substantial for lunch. ¬†But, falling into old habits as usual, I thought I would try to skip lunch to make up for breakfast. ¬†FAIL. ¬†Of course that would fail, it doesn’t even make sense. ¬†Food is fuel and by 4:30 yesterday, I was running on fumes and coffee.

YOU GUYS, speaking of coffee…

Even though its been less than a week without drinking pop, I swear my caffeine tolerance has bottomed out. ¬†Normally, I’m blowing through coffee, Diet Coke & Sugar-Free Red Bull until I crawl into bed. ¬†Now, I am drinking coffee in the morning and then water the rest of the day. ¬†Last night, I thought I would make myself a cup of coffee for the walk home.


I was completely wired until well after 1:00 a.m. ¬†Thus, me setting my alarm for 8:00 a.m. instead of 7:00. ¬†Lesson learned, peeps, lesson friggin’ learned.
Only in EMERGENCIES will I drink coffee after 3 p.m.


A non-plan and other ramblings…

7 Jan

The snow is starting to melt ever-so-slightly in Pittsburgh.¬† Things are now at a state of either slush or ice.¬† My white, powdery snow has turned into grey and black gush that looks like tar-splatter.¬† The “winter wonderland” euphoria has worn off.

That being said, I dusted off my Asics and walked Liberty for about 2 miles.


A little side note – truthfully, I’ve had these shoes for awhile.¬† At least a year.¬† However, I haven’t logged many miles on them so they will be following me into 2013. If you are looking at this post thinking I know what the heck I’m talking about it when it comes to running shoes – you are mistaken.¬† Sorry.¬† There are double amputees out there that know more about running shoes than I do.

These are the by Asics and they are called RUSH33.

I basically bought them because they are neon.

When I wear them, I basically feel like this:

Own it! ūüėČ

Anyway, luckily I feel all entitled when I wear my neon shoes because the sidewalks were barely shoveled at all.

While I did not fall, I’m sure you can imagine how slowly I maneuvered me and my giant dog over an entire sheet of ice based on some of my previous spills.¬† I’m glad I committed to the route I did, though, because once I got through the icy part, the rest of my usual loop was basically clear.

Now I’m snacking on some cheddar cheese and Sprite Zero, having a panic attack.¬† I know that I need to eat better, but when I think about changing my eating habits I freak out!¬† I know that processed foods are evil.¬† They are for so many more reasons than for your health (I will save that discussion for another post – our food system is one of the main issues I have with life in general).

I’ve tried about every single diet that’s out there.¬† However, I never stick to it long enough to see if it actually works.¬† I have to be true to myself and find out what’s best for ME.

For that reason, I’ve decided that this is my plan:

1. Limit my sugar intake.¬† As adults, we are probably all aware of the fact that most sugar we eat or drink can’t be broken down and our bodies store it as fat.¬† Blah blah blah.¬† Whatever.¬† All I know is that I’ve developed a mean sweet tooth this holiday and a fairly serious pop addiction.¬† (That’s soda for you squares.)¬† Some other areas where sugars hide in my diet are my perfect cup of coffee, condiments, snack foods like chips and pretzels, and cereal.¬† At the store tonight, I will probably buy things to snack on like: whole nuts, eggs to hard-boil, cheese, peanut butter and edamame.

2. Drink TONS of water.  Despite the fact that I know how good water is for me and how important it is that I drink 2.5 liters of water every day, I am the first one to crack open a Diet Coke.  Well, guess what, based on #1 up there Рaspartame is out.

3. Eat intuitively.¬† I was first introduced to this concept by the writer over at RunEatRepeat.¬† You can find a really great description of it here, but its basically a strategy of listening to your body instead of trying to adhere to a set of rules also known as a “diet.”¬† The three things I like about the intuitive eating are A.) learning to respect your body when you feel full¬† B.) learning to respect your body when you feel hungry¬† and C.) learning what your personal satisfaction factor is.

So, that’s my plan.¬† I basically don’t have one.¬† But, I have to throw myself into this lifestyle change like my life is at stake.¬† Because it kind of is.¬† The life that I picture myself having is on the line.¬† I am basically double-dog-daring myself to be accountable for my choices and taking responsibility for my happiness.

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