Today’s been a day where my appetite has been insatiable. I’m not sure if it’s because I ran this morning, because it’s ‘that time of the month,’ or if, maybe - I’m just hungry. It’s hard on days like this, because I feel like it’d be too easy to slip into my old habits. I’ve always worked out (maybe I didn’t push myself as hard as...
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.– Neale Donald Walsch
Once you get into a routine of eating healthy, it hurts twice as much when you...– Carrie Underwood, Women’s Health, October 2010
There’s something about am early morning run that always puts me in a better mood. Today’s 4.5 tempo miles, even though they made me get to work late - ‘cause I was waiting for the sun to rise, cleared my head, made me (perhaps foolishly) think that I might be ready for my next half marathon (in eleven days!), and got my heart rate up. I need to do this more often!
Five Things I’m Grateful for Right Now 1. My sister is joining my gym - while the fiancé and I go to the same gym, I haven’t had any girlfriends to go with (you know, for cardio classes or to do those once in awhile, long, leisurely elliptical gossip sessions). I’m super pumped about this! 2. Fall TV is back on - need I say more? I’m so glad Dexter is back on...
Of course. Even though it’s been overcast all morning, it’s been dry. Obviously, as I pull into my giant work parking lot, it starts to downpour. And I left my umbrella inside my office yesterday. I am seriously considering not getting out of my car this morning.
Off for a 12 mile run. Looking quite ridiculous if I do so say so myself. Sometimes I really should ensure I’m fully awake before I pick out my outfits. Case in point? Today’s ensemble includes knee high compression socks (white with blue trim), black shorts, a green shirt, a pink headband and purple sports bra. Only two weeks until the Boston Half. Eeeeeek!
There may or may not be a bird or bat in my basement right now. I swear it looked like something was flying around and landed on the rafters. Eeeeekkkk! And the fiancé is working late - so he can’t come to my rescue.
I just drowned my sinus headache with potato chips. Now my head and tummy hurt.
lizz2love: Michael Vic, Just because you are starting QB for the eagles this sunday, I still think you suck. I AGREE WHOLEHEARTEDLY. (And I live in Pennsylvania).
It’s only 9:10pm and I’m already in bed. (Ok - I’m reading + watching TV, but I’m still doing it in bed). Yum. These are the times I don’t mind football season. The fiancé can spend time with his boys. I’ll stay here in bed with the puppies.
You know it’s time to do laundry, when: You don’t have any clean sports bras which are appropriate to wear in public. I have this issue right now. Do I a) wear two ill-fitting sports bras (hoping the double bagging technique works), b) dig up a worn, but not-too-stinky one, or c) just wear an old one and apologize in advance to any other runners who notice an inordinate amount of...
If self-worth is measured too much from the outside world, and too little from...– Carla Fry, PhD, Flare, August 2010
It’s 5:15pm and I just left work. Nit super-hectic this week, so I figured why not? Sure, I could slave away on a few projects, getting in enough face time at the office (I usually work until at least six) or I could walk out. Today I chose Option B. I put in nine good hours. It was time to leave!
Every day: I wash, blow dry, and style my hair. Every day: I leave the house with my hair did. Every day: Before 9am, I break out the bobby pins to get the hair out of my face. Every day: Another wasted hairstyle!
Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want.– Tori Filler (via runnyknows)
I have not been eating the appropriate snacks at work. I’ve been starving all week when I get home. Goal for tomorrow - stock up on protein-rich foods to bring to work. I do hate feeling ravenous when I get home (which leads to far too much pre-meal snacking!)
I had to let go (of a lot), because how much more can you accumulate? You...– Jamie Lee Curtis, Good Housekeeping, October 2010
Half-marathon update: Well, I ran it yesterday. I woke up around six, and although it was still dark out, I stepped outside and took note - it wasn’t raining yet. I fed the puppies, took them outside, and made myself some toast with peanut butter. [I’m still debating the merits of this pre-race food, but I’m not the biggest fan of GU - I feel like I need to wash down the...
Ummmmm. It’s pouring. Not raining, pouring. I don’t know if i’m ready to run in this!
Today I: Bathed both dogs (they smell so good! and are so soft!) Re-organized my closet (donating tons of stuff to charity) Read far too many bridal books and magazines Ran tons of errands (went to the post office, dropped off two pair of shoes to be re-heeled, bought a baby shower gift) Gave myself a mani pedi (I’m on a budget now - and trying to get a professional one no more than...
Today we pledge allegiance to moving. To running alone, to running marathons,...– New Balance (via shrinkinginthecity) (via lorilicious) (via fitnfun) Yes. Today I pledge.
Of course. I’m getting sick. I woke up at 3:30 this morning, with an awful headache, sinus pain, ear ache, and tightness in my chest. My nose is clogged and I can’t breathe well. All of this - two days before my race. I’ve stocked up on airborne (hoping to ward off any other symptoms), and I’m taking sudafed and Tylenol to help with the sinus pain. Just my luck,...
I had a wonderful birthday slash engagement dinner with two of my oldest friends tonight. We wined, dined (noshing on small plates of salad with cranberries and walnuts, a mushroom salad with chevere and roasted peppers, margherita pizza, and butternut squash ravioli), and caught up on missed times. It was great to have a mid-week pick-me-up like this, especially with all the work, running, and...
Oh snap. I just told a coworker my ultimate goal time for my half marathon on Sunday. This makes it legit and now I am accountable. Eek! Although - according to those race time predictors, I should be able to do it. I just need to figure out the right balance of pushing myself during the race.
This time of year, when it stays dark longer in the morning - I find it increasingly hard to wake up to run. I always set my clock for 6am, and when I peek out the window, it’s still dark. If it’s dark, I can’t run, right? So I re-set my alarm and go back to sleep. Well, now - with this handy calendar, I can figure out if I have time to run before work, before I go to sleep - and...
They say you should carb load the night before a race, right? I should be golden. I’ve started my carb overload a week before.
After a long weekend filled with high-calorie, feel-good, pre-birthday eating, I wasn’t suprised to weigh quite a bit more this morning than I did on Saturday. I packed my yogurt for breakfast, and figured I would have a healthy day of eating to detox my body from this weekend’s debauchery. My plan’s been foiled already and it’s barely 9am. My wonderful assistant...
Well, since it’s the first week of September, I figure I better set my monthly goals, no? Here’s how I did in August: Lose 8.5 lbs - I lost 6.6lbs. This means I’m still 1.8 away from a new ten pound increment. While I didn’t lose as much as I wanted to, I’m okay with losing 6.6lbs in a month - which included traveling for work twice, and going on vacation for a...
Woo hoo! Even with an awful start to the week (I ate a 600 calorie Starbucks brownie!) I still managed to lose 1.7lbs at this week’s weigh-in.
I am in full-blown panic mode. I just realized my half marathon is next weekend. I swear I thought it was in two weeks. For realz, even my training plan is reflecting a September 18th date. Eeek! The goal is to finish, right?
I really think that kale > spinach in most instances. Although - I still haven’t embraced kale chips.
True love is: When your boyfriend (slash fiance) lets you drink wine, eat triscuits, and read a book - while he cooks dinner. It’s been a rough day, I swear!