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Weekend Recap + Weekly Plan

Can you believe it? The last weekend of 2013 is almost over. Needless to say, I went out with a bang. Lets recap shall we?

Friday:

I love early morning workouts on Friday. It puts me in a great mood and sets the mark for a great weekend to come. I did a 10 min walk / run on the treadmill, but my knee feeling rather weak from a spinning the day before, so I hopped on the elliptical and finished another 15 mins of cardio. After, I headed up stairs for my favorite class, Body Pump.

ImageAh, never gets old. I went light on the leg track though and focused on upper body since my knees were being weird. After, I hopped in the shower, got ready for work real quick, then sprinted to Starbucks to try a new drink I combo I heard about.

Stuft Mama’s Starbucks Drink

Basically it is a green tea soy latte, no syrup, 2 pumps sf vanilla, two shots of expresso, extra hot. I basically died and went to heaven and have been craving one ever since…

The rest of the day was spent at work then home to clean and do laundry while preparing for a friend to come the next day:

Saturday:

Well, the morning started off great. I woke up early, finished cleaning, and made it outside for my marathon training day #2 plan of 7 miles.  It was a little slower then I wanted, around 1:02 but I blame the harsh wind, my runny nose, and having to stop to tie my shoes on the extra minutes.

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Afterwards, I quickly hopped in the shower and headed to Trader Joes to do some grocery shopping for my meal prep Sundays.

Sadly, on my way home from TJ I was sitting at a red light and the car behind me was slammed into causing him to hit me and me to hit the car in front of me. The car is slightly damanged and I spent an hour waiting for the police to not show up because they were “short staffed”, a pounding headache that is still there, and in desperate need of a drink.

Finally, I got home and hurried to get dressed for my friend to arrive. We went to college together and it was nice to finally catch up with someone that I have things in common with :)! We went to a local mall that has a dine in movie option that allows us to have drinks / dinner while watching the movie! I had a drink or two while seeing Anchorman, but kept my eating clean with an order of their hummus and veggie app and a few bites of chicken nachos that he ordered. After, we went to a Mexican restaurant and decided it would be smart to get a picture of margarita mix. We literally finished 1/2 and decided it was way too sweet to drink. I am glad I only had 1/4 of it and again kept my eating clean with a fajita salad.  Later, we went back to my apartment complex and went to the bar that is inside. Its awesome to have a bar that is walking distance from my house. I had a vodak soda and then called it a night with drinking. I am very proud of myself for not indulging in bad food like I normally do when I drink….guess that makes up for the bad drink choices I made :).

Sunday:

Sunday was spent like my typical Sundays. I woke up, had my coffee and made my grocery list for meal prepping. Said goodbye to my friend and scarily drove my car to the grocery store despite it being damaged from the accident. I know that was dumb, but I literally had 0 food and would be in such a bad mood if I wasn’t able to meal prep for the week. I also had guilt for not going to the gym to “burn drink calories off”, but as part of my NY 2014 goals, I need to listen to my body….and my body said REST after my 7 mile run / knee acting up. So I  spent it meal prepping, watching too much Netflix, going on a grocery run for my sick roommate, making a bomb dinner, and making a bomb dessert (quest cookies and protein ice cream).. It was a pretty successful day in my book. I am glad I took that rest day because I know I have a weird week coming up with it being new years and all / dealing with insurance and car issues.

Okay, I think I have talked too much…. here is my weekly meal / fitness plan!

Meal Plan:

* First, I consider Sundays to be a clean eating day so I can use Friday nights as a less strict day if I want too 🙂

Sunday: Baked coconut crusted salmon, roasted Brussels sprouts and broccoli, sweet potato
Monday: Zoodles with my pretty new sprializer santa brought me + speg squash mixed in + TJ turkey meatballs + side salad or leftover roasted brussel sprouts
Tuesday: NYE sushi / veggie stir fry with aunt
Wednesday: same as monday
Thursday: Stir fry
Friday:  TJ Salmon burger with sprializer sweet potato fries
Saturday: TBD

Fitness

Sunday:  Off
Monday: 50 min fasted elliptical cardio / Fitness blender 450 rep workout / 15 min strength HITT
Tuesday: Marathon training 3.1 mile run + 30 min stair stepper
Wednesday: Marathon training 4 mile run + arms ab work
Thursday: Marathon training 3.1 mile run + 30 min stair stepper or
Friday:  Body Pump
Saturday: Marathon training long run

Talk to you soon!

How was your weekend?

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2013 Goals

Hey Everyone!

Sorry for the long delay, I had the flu the second I got home from DC for Thanksgiving and have been recovering ever since.

The flu I had was very strange though. I guess its the “strain” that is going around this year. I didn’t get sick or have bad bowel movements like you usually do. I had sharp, and i mean SHARP, stomach pains, fever, aches (I was super sore for no reason), weakness, nausea, and tired all the time. Yeah, I know it sounded like MONO to me too, but after fighting the flu for 5 days then finally sucking it up and going to the doctors… she told me it was the 7 day flu.

Anyways, I am all better know and just trying to gain my strength back and getting into my weekly work routine! Sadly, with the flu it caused me to lose a few pounds….not eating much will do that to ya, so my body has been out of wack this whole week. I have been snacking and craving carbs like no other. Which is good because when I went to the doctors my BMI / weight was actually recorded as underweight…so I am trying to gain at least 10 pounds. I know…. what women in their right mind would want to gain weight? Me my friend, right over here. However, I want to do it the healthy way….maybe even try to add some more muscle weight instead of fat weight! We will see which comes first as one of my goals of 2014 :)!

Speaking of goals, I thought it would be fun to reflect on the ones I set in 2013 to see how far I have come…or didn’t come!

13 goals of 2013 

  • Run a 5k – Ran the St. Pattys Jingle with a friend on St. Patrick’s day.
  • Run a 10k – Unofficial but I count it because I ran 6.2 miles without stopping
  • Run a half marathon – Sadly, I signed up for one to do when I came back to college after my internship in early Spring… but after training for it on a treadmill all winter, running outside gave me shin splints real fast. So I had to cancel the Athens half marathon. However, I unofficially ran 13.2 miles in October, so I am checking this off my list too.
  • Squat my weight – Still working on this one. Im only around 105 squat weight. Almost there!
  • Gain semi-ish abs – Done! I didn’t want the full on 6 pack, that just doesn’t look right to me on a women. Good for you if you have a 6 pack though, thats such a hard thing to accomplish as a women because we carry much more fat then men! However, I achieved the sculpt look I wanted late 2013… of course not during bikini season.
  • Swim a mile – This was accomplished when I got shin splints and took on some cross training until they went away. I took on swimming because it was the 2nd best form of cardio I know. I used to swim a lot when I was a lifeguard, but just got back into it during my shin splint time. It took me a few weeks, but I was finally able to do it! Boy, was it tiring and super hard to do…for me at least.
  • Reduce my bulk running leg look – I should just accept the fact my legs will always be “bulky”. I have runners legs and I am proud…ish. Aka not accomplished in 2013
  • Eat Clean / Paleo – I started this journey when I got my first job after college and could afford more groceries and clean eating foods. I tried to “eat healthy” as much as I could in college, but typically frozen healthish meals and vegetables were all the fit the college budget. Now, I have made many paleo or clean meals and am loving every minute of cooking and trying new things!
  • Try cooking more meals / eating out less – Again, accomplished after college. I am loving making meals at home….then again I also love finding “clean” / paleo / vegan / raw restaurants around Columbus and getting take out.
  • Run a marathon- Honestly, I think I could accomplish this if I wanted too… but I think it is rediclious the amount of my money they charge to sign up for a marathon. All you recieve is a t-shirt and a medal… That is not worth 150$. I would however pay for a special marathon like Disney Princess or Rock and Roll because there is much more to it! Sadly, you need to sign up a year + in advance to get into those. Ugh
  • Eat less sugar / sweets –  I think I need to accept the fact that sugar and sweets will always be somewhat in my life. I did the 21 sugar detox and still avoid things like stevia or dairy that I use to regularly have in my coffee / greek yogurt. That was doable for me. But, the whole giving up FROYO / mugcakes / sweets at work parties was just too hard. I love having FROYO on saturday nights. Yet, I know it sparks a sugar rush in my body because I have is to rarely and I tend to have a bunch of treats beyond my froyo…. but hey one of my goals for 2014 is to gain some type of weight so maybe I’ll take the guilt away for a while and no care as much. I really need to accept that If I eat 80% clean (which I normally always do), then 20% of the time I can have what I want, aka sweets. There’s another goal for 2014.
  • Try new types of workout classes – I guess I can say I accomplished this one lol – I’ve tried yoga, hot yoga, barre, rowing (yes its a class), body pump, rpm, and cross-fit. All were awesome types of classes. I wish I made more money where I can make them regular things I do… One day.
  • Take personal time and work on being more happy- This again will always be a journey for me. I am the type of person once I reach a goal, I make a new one right away. I have accomplished so many goals above that  I should be happy about and even celebrate. However, I haven’t celebrated my accomplishments as much as I should.  Not only fitness and health related but socially, professionally, and academically, this year was the biggest change of my exsistance. I went from an internship, to graduating a year early, to moving to a city on my own, to starting my first real job.  I should be so happy with myself, but here I am already making new goals for myself to be better. I can’t say its a bad thing I am like this, but I really need to stop and be happy for where I am. I think I am going to schedule a massage or a whole bottle of wine to myself something to celebrate. Maybe even schedule a vacation when I get more vaca time at work :).

 

Since this post is already long enough, I will stop there. Reflecting on my 2013 goals was a great thing for my personal self. My blog is not only about sweats and sweets, but the self part is a huge aspect too. We should all focus on ourselves just a little more…. if we aren’t mentally or psychically happy how can we make the ones we love around us happy? Just some food for thought!

 

What were your 20113 goals? Did you accomplish any? Are there some you still need to work on for next year?

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Cross training

Hey everyone! Welcome to my blog! Today I wanted to focus on my current struggle, shin splints.

Gosh, it all started in January when I began my internship and the only equipment the “free” gym offered was a treadmill, stair climber, some elliptical, and a free weight section that the men lived at. After purchasing my polar watch (my favorite workout equipment ever) I noticed that my typical “elliptical slave workout” burned so little calories then I thought it did! So, I tried running. At first i started slow, maybe a jog and walk, but within a week and the help of Pinterest running interval workouts, I was to get a high calorie burn!

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So this went on until the end of Marchand I finished my internship allowing me to go back to college and run on the nice outdoor bike paths we had. From my training I was able to run distance with no problem! I felt great and accomplished like no other.

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Maybe it was because I increased my mileage so quickly, or because I didn’t update my running shoes after 300ish miles, but I began to feel a weird pain in my shins. Better known as a runners worst enemy, shin splints.

At first,I ignored the weird pains and kept running. Then it got to the point where the pain hurt every time I started to jog so I introduced some swimming, tabatas, kettlebell workouts, and more rest. However, the pain never really went away…

Forward to this week when I finally decided to see a running specialist about my problem! Gosh were they ever so helpful! First I was told about compression socks (pictured above as the black things around my legs) which literally hug your calves so tight the pain goes away! I was also introduced to my new love, a barefoot style running shoe. I will do another post on this later with a full review because I’m still testing them! But let me just tell you not only have the socks and new shoes have helped but cross training has been key to my recovery. Low impact swimming, barre, Pilates, and elliptical have all been on the agenda (see sweat log) and my shins have been loving it! I am so happy my pain is finally going away!

Sorry for such a long post. Ps here’s a sneak peak of my new running shoes :).

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