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Marathon Series

I DID IT! 

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Well first before I get into the post, I should apologize for my lack of 5+ months of not blogging. I do have a very good reason though! So right after the holidays I was in search of a workout plan I could follow to help shed those holiday pounds and give me a challenge. I thought about doing Jamie Easton’s bodybuilding routine, taking up a barre membership, and even joining cross-fit. While discussing this with an old college friend, she gave me the advice of training for a marathon. I know right, a MARATHON? 26.2 miles of non-stop running where the most I ever ran was 6-7 miles that included lots of walking and breaks. There was no way, but hey I wanted a challenge and this was it. So, I went for it. 

As of last Sunday, May 18th 2014, I completed my first marathon. 

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It was the one of the greatest experiences and one of the hardest things I have ever had to do in my twenty one years of living. It has only been two days since I crossed that finish line and I’m already searching for my second marathon to sign-up for. 

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So after 18+ weeks of full on training, I thought it would be great to post every week how I accomplished this goal. So I hope you enjoy these and please comment below on what questions you may have on running a marathon and I will answer them in post to come! 

Stay tuned there is much to talk about! 

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2014 Goals

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Can you believe it? Happy Last Friday of 2013!!!! Seriously, so crazy this year is coming to end.

As you saw in my 2013 Goals  , I definitely feel like I accomplished a lot. However, being some who always strives for more and is never satisfied (working on it, I know that’s not a good thing), I have set the bar even hire for 2014. So, lets jump into it!

  1. Run a marathon – If I start this Monday and follow this plan , I could at least train the 16 out of the 18 weeks before running my alma mater’s marathon on April 13th! I know I know I have never even done a half before, but I have ran 13.2 miles before. According to Hal Higdon, if you can run 16 miles….you can run a marathon. I am only 2.8 miles from that. I can do it, but I am just hesitant because last year around this time I tried training for a half and got shins splints from treadmill winter training to pavement spring training and couldn’t be better in time. Welp guess I have 2 days to figure it out.
  2. Become a group fitness or body pump or rpm or spinning instructor – Still researching this one to determine which certification would be most useful / fun / money making to do part-time with my full time job and part time grad school work. I’m thinking RPM and Body pump because you are sponsored by a gym and most likely allowed to get a job straight after where as group fit and spinning most gyms want experience + cert before they will hire you. I’ll get those after I work with Les Mills. 🙂
  3. Host a full on dinner party- Yes, I am talking apps, dinner, dessert, drinks the whole deal. With all homemade recipes by me and of course all healthy and clean! I made half of christmas dinner this year and loved the feeling of my dad and grandpa who hate healthy food going back for seconds of my balsamic Brussels sprouts, vegan carrot cake, paleo blueberry french toast casserole, and paleo cookies.
  4. Take a vacation – Where? Don’t know…. When? Couldn’t tell ya. But its been 2 years and I didn’t do anything for myself after graduating college / getting my first job and deserve it. Ill keep looking at the groupon deals 🙂
  5. Bring the abs back  – If I don’t do the marathon, I am going to focus on less cardio and more lifting to see how my body changes. I’ve never been able to stray away from long cardio sessions, and I would love to see how my body changes and if its true that you do not need all the cardio to achieve the body image you want.
  6. Try something new – I am in a new city and want to find friends that have common interest as me! Maybe a cooking club? Maybe a wine tasting club? Who knows, but I am determined to go out of my comfort zone.
  7. Become closer to my mom – During my college years, I strayed away from my mom. It was hard because she worked during the day and I worked at nights so we never had time to talk when I needed to and my dad always had his phone on him at work so he was easier to reach. Later in the year when we both worked during the day, I talked to my mom more. We have become so much closer since I moved offically away from her and she has truly become one of my best friends. I am looking forward to spending more time with her and trying new things we both love to do. Hello wine country :)!
  8. Stress less, be happy more – I really want to stop taking everything so seriously and learn to laugh off my stress. Life is too short to be stressed out all the time.
  9. Find nice rich boy who loves to cook, workout, have fun without all the excess drinking like most post-grads do, and is serious about their life professionally and socially –  Lol YEAH right, but it would be nice to start dating again….
  10. Go back to school – Yes I am starting grad school this January, but it is just general classes because I am not sure what I want to do. I know I have passions in dietetics, nutrition, fitness, and health / business and unfortunately that major doesn’t come into one. I need to pick a focus and consider my options. Almost all would require me to attend school full time (especially If I am thinking RD). I really miss school…and I am only 21. I can work my whole life, but I don’t think I have the full option to go to school my whole life. Espically,  if I continue my career life or even start a family with out more tie downs being in the way.

Okay okay I’ll stop there! Cause I am sure if I sat here for another 2 hours I would have a list of 100 things. 

What are your 2014 goals? Have you though of them yet? DO you want to do something then the traditional eat better / lose weight?

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Awful Day

Ever have one of those days where you just feel like crying and eating everything in sight? Well that was me today…..at work. Lets just say my day started with an awful meeting causing me to cry quietly at my desk for a solid hour our two followed by our holiday Christmas “sweets and app” party where I had 5 (not kidding) plates of food. Oh, and people also commented on why I had so many plates…..so there’s that. I wanted to scream “I had a bad day month, I need comforting food, but instead I said I don’t like my food to touch and I like to try a little bit of everything…. HA more like a whole lot of everything.

To be honest, since I was sick around Thanksgiving and then having to return to Columbus after, I have been depressed. I was so upset to have to leave my family and go back to a city where I am alone. In college, I loved seeing my family for a weekend then returning back and was never home sick. I guess thats because I had friends, a sorority, parties, and excitment to look forward too. Now, my most exciting part of my day is lifting heavier weights at body pump then I did the time before. Of course, the depression brought on some binge eating when my roommate brought home a cheese-cake and I was feeling low when my “friend” decided to ditch me last minute when I was looking forward to our plans all day. I managed to have pad tie, a protein mug cake, greek yogurt, 1/2 banana / almond butter, quest bar, and more cheesecake all in one sitting. Oh and 2 glasses of wine.

It’s like I start my day off strong with healthy eating and workouts, but one little thing kicks my depression into high gear and I begin to break down. I guess you would say I am very fragile right now. I am second guessing my whole moving away to a city where I know no one / the field I am working in / and keep asking myself why am I not perusing my passions in nutrition and fitness? So when one more little thing happens that upsets me, I get triggered more.  I can honestly say I am not happy, I have over worked myself in the gym, I keep over working myself to battle the binge eating and depression my body is telling me I have, and I am high level stressed at work because of the lack of employees around the holidays  / me being a new employee and not having any time off and having to cover everyone. Also, being the holidays and me not being anywhere but home is adding to my depression. All I want to is to eat and cry. How sad is that?

I’m stuck and I do not know what to do. I have less then 2 months to be considered past my probation period and I can start discussing promotions and advancements at work, but my mental health is extremely low. I have complete passion for fitness and health, and this depression is hurting it at an all-time high. For example, last night after being upset and eating more dessert then I needed too (damn cheesecake), I woke up super early to hit the gym for extra cardio when I need the extra sleep. I also planned body pump for after work, but after eating so many cookies and apps at work today and being extremely upset, I just want to go home and vent to my mom. Yet, I know when I go home I am going to regret that I didn’t hit the gym again to burn those calories off. I know I need to gain weight anyways because it has been extremely low from being sick over Thanksgiving, but I promised myself I would do this the healthy way. Because of this depression, I really have not. I do not have a social life because I graduated early and all my friends are still in college or back home near my family, so that also adds to me being extremely upset where I am. I just don’t know what to do anymore.

Deep down inside I know my all-time dream would be to get my group fitness instructor certification, then personal trainer certification, work part time training and then attend school to be a wellness coach. So everyday when I am at the gym or reading bloggers lives who are living my dream, I ask myself why am I not doing this? Why? I’m scared, I am only 21 and people say I “have my whole life ahead of me”, but frankly I don’t think that is true.

I would love some advice, some comfort to make me feel better about depression / eating too much around the Holidays / having a mid-life crisis.

Thanks for letting me vent,

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How to Stay Healthy(ish) On Thanksgiving

ImageHey Everyone! Happy Holidays! Yes, I realize Thanksgiving is not for another two days, but with traveling tomorrow and celebrating Thursday, this might be my last post for a few days. Saturday, I shared with you a great treadmill HIIT workout to help burn some pre or post calories for Thanksgiving, so today I thought I would share my tips for being healthy(ish) on Thanksgiving.

Note: I am a full believer that on Holidays, it is the time to splurge and eat meals you would not typically try, but to save myself some guilt and not feel as bad, I follow these tips to make my holidays are more successful in the health field. Hey, my blog has the word sweets in it for a reason, you better believe my sweet tooth will be in full gear on Thursday! I cannot wait!

1. Plan extra workouts the week before the Holidays

  • You’ll burn some extra calories, relieve some holiday stress, and feel great going into the holiday!
  • This week I planned a few “two a days” where I do fasted cardio in the mornings, followed by HIIT cardio at night and / or some heavy lifting. For example: Yesterday, I did 45 min on the arc trainer, took a walk on my lunch break, 20 min sprints on the treadmill, and a 45 min barre class. If you plan it right, the little things help burn a lot of calories!

2. Eat greens, then eat the goods 

  • Before you dive head first into all the Thanksgiving goodness, start with a plate of vegetables. No, I am not talking about the butter loaded green bean casserole, I mean a salad or steamed veggies that are almost always served as a side dish. By eating some type of healthy thing before you indulge, you’ll feel better about it later and chances are you’ll eat less from all the fiber vegetables provide you!

3. Eat slow, enjoy your meal

  • Please tell me I am not the only one who eats my Thanksgiving food so fast, I become way overfull an hour later. I promised myself I would not do this this year after reading many articles that talk about how the digestion system at least takes 20 minutes to process to brain that it is full. So, sit back and enjoy every bite instead of shoving the piles in your mouth. Breath, enjoy, and trust me there will be plenty of food still there 20 mins later.

4. Take breaks between courses

  • Nobody ever made a rule that you had to enjoy the food all in one sitting. Save the dessert or seconds, go for a walk outside and let your body digest some of the food you just ate. When you are ready for more (hey we all make second plates), and trust me if you wait a little bit you will not eat as much as your brain thinks you want, then enjoy. Save the dessert for later, or even the next day. It will still be there!

5. Prepare some clean meals for post-Thanksgiving eats 

  • Since I will be traveling back home on Sunday, my weekly ritual (see last post) will not happen. I probably will not go grocery shopping or have time (and energy) to make some meals for the week. So, what did an OCD planner like myself do this week??? I prepped and froze some clean eats to have when I return. I have some butternut squash and pumpkin stew, chicken and sweet potato, and Mexican fish all in the freezer for me to consume next week! I am so happy I will not have to worry about returning to my clean eating when I get back from a long weekend of traveling and indulging.

6. Plan workouts for next week

  • Just like planning some extra clean meals for next week, I also scheudled some classes that will help me burn of the turkey and stuffing! On Sunday, I am going to my favorite cycling studio near my parents house to take their new rowing class they are offering! 45 min row + 15 min stretch and strength = one big calorie burn. I also planned body pump classes and a long run if the weather permits too. I feel much better going into Thanksgiving knowing I have set ways to release the guilt of indulging in food I love to eat, I know you will too!

7. Enjoy! 

  • Like I mentioned before, it is the holidays. This time comes once a year, you are not the only one who will be indulging in wine and great food, so don’t worry. If you want that extra slice of pie, eat it. You will not have this opportunity for great food until maybe….. Christmas. That is one whole month to sweat it out or do what you need to make you feel better about some “naughty” eating. I know the guilt might not go away, but if you follow my tips and still want some extra food, no sweat. We all need those moments to ourselves! So let go  of all the guilty, worry, and stress the holiday’s bring and just let back and enjoy for even one day of the year. I promise you’ll be okay!

So there are my tips! I hope they help! Stay healthy(ish) this Thanksgiving and let me know what your favorite food you are going to indulge in on Thursday. I would have to say mine is sweet potato anything. The casserole, the potato, and the pie are all winners in my book!

Enjoy your time with family and friends!

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Meal Prepping

Since I finally am settled in my apartment and job in Columbus, I have sort-of have a routine on Sundays. It typically goes wake up with some coffee, plan meals for the week, go grocery shopping, workout if it’s not a rest day, then meal prep. Call me crazy, but I love prepping all my meals on Sunday. I literally do not have to worry about it after a long work day and about what I will eat when I get home. My meal prepping allows me to come home, workout, shower, pack my lunch for the next day, eat, and relax all within 2-3 hours. Its awesome. I have tried so many new recipes that are clean and healthy and I actually look forward to eating everyday.

All though my meals typically change based on what I’m craving, I always make the following:

1. Hard boil eggs 
2. Pre-cut veggies packed in Tupperware for easy to pack lunches for the week
3. Pre-washed salad (kale, spinach, romaine) mixed in Tupperware for easy salad lunches for the week
4. Pre-cut apple slices and mixed pb2 / protein powder / coconut milk mix for a pre-workout meal at work.

After I do all that, which by the way takes 30 mins tops, I prepare some meals for the week.

Here are some past meals I’ve prepped / created for the week. If you want the recipes, please comment below so I can make separate post about them! 

Spaghetti Squash Pizza with vegan cheese / sausage / pepperoni 

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Garlic Basil Spaghetti Squash with Tuna Meatballs (Yes Tuna not Turkey)

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Recreated Whole Foods 3 Squash Soup / Pumpkin Soup with Paleo Cornbread

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Mexican Cali-flower Rice, Tortilla Crusted Tilapia, Oven Roasted Fajita Veggies

 

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Typically Thursday or Friday’s are always stir-fry days because I do BodyPump on Thursday nights and am too tired (and can’t lift my arms from heavy weights that class makes me do) to make anything else if there are not leftovers from meals and Friday’s I still consider “clean eating days” (Saturday is my “cheat or splurge” day), so I really not want to cook after a long week . How easy is taking a huge bag of asian veggies ($5.99 for a “family pack” at Aldis), steaming quinoa with seasoning, letting that cook for 20 mins while I shower, and then adding some Trader Joe’s sauces and hot sauce? I’ve had it maybe once a week for the last 3 months and I am still not sick of it! 

 

Literally, I will make 2 meals for the week + stir fry and I have a week of clean eats! It is so easy, saves me money so I am not overspending on “extra” food from not planning my meals right, and keeps me feeling great that I ate healthy all week! 

 

Do you meal prep? If so, what is your go to items each week? 

 

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Welcome Back!

Hey everyone! I am finally back (again) after a long pause. Mainly because, after finally being settled into Columbus and making enough money where I can afford the healthy recipes I want to make / workouts and fitness things I want to try, I can document things I am excited about! Plus so many of my friends and smily have begged me to post my cooking creations and workout tips! So, without further ado, I welcome you back to sweet, sweat, self. I will post eventually about catching up on each aspect of my blog… My recent sweats and workouts, my sweet tooth (which has been on pause for the last 3 weeks because I am doing the 21 day sugar detox….kind of), and my self as I am making my way as a young professional.

However, today I just wanted to update on my weekend plans.
Let’s start back from yesterday.

Friday mornings I always plan to do some type of HIIT cardio to kick off the weekend. I like this because Friday nights if I decide to go out to happy hour or dinner with friends I do not feel guilty about the wine / drinks / heavy food portions because HIIT has you burning calories all day long. Here’s what my workout looked like! (Ps. I realized I spelled HITT wrong, I know its HIIT…it was early and I was only half way through my coffee)

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It felt great! I then came back home, showered, and headed to work early because it was raining and for some reason in Columbus when it rains people drive 10x slower. Work was well work, but I enjoy it more now since I made a stand up desk. Picture to come, but I get weird looks all day….whatever I’d rather be standing then sitting and having my back hurt all the time.

After work, I planned on going out with my roommate for some Mexican (and possibly margs) but I was in such bad traffic it out me in such a bad mood by the time I got home that all I wanted to do was watch Dexter in bed. To relieve some stress I did another HiTT workout for 15 mins. Literally just 1 min of jump rope or jumping jacks and 1 min of plank variations. It felt good and stress was gone! I then proceeded to do some laundry, make a veggie stir fry, and watched way too much Dexter. My life is so eventful haha!

Now it’s Saturday morning and my internal clock once again woke me up thinking it was a weekday and I had a morning workout. I got up around 7:30 made some coffee, read some blogs, and got ready for a long run. I had a slice of gluten free toast with pb2 and protein powder mixed topped with 1/3 banana. I planned on going for another 11 mile run like this one…

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But, the weather was freeeeeeezing and my ankle felt weak, so it turned into a slow 5.25 mile run. Whatever, everyone has off days! Now I’m off to shower and go shopping for some ingredients to make a paleo dessert to take to my uncles in DC for thanksgiving. Anyone have a good recipe I should try??

Talk to you later,

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