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April Goals Check-In

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

April Goals Recap:
**Cut out weekday drinking!
** Go to abs class at the gym on Mondays
** Keep up with intermittent fasting on weekdays
** Exercise outside at least 2 days per week
** Track food and exercise every day

So far, so good. No drinks yesterday or Monday and went to 2 classes at the gym after work Monday. Still sticking with IF, but have yet to incorporate it into my weekend. Iím also having trouble finishing eating by 8pm. A lot of times (especially now that DST has started), we donít start cooking dinner until 7:30, so I end up eating later, but still stopping my fast a little after noon.
I exercised outside Sunday and have plans to run with DH after work today (and hopefully a walk/run with my mom Thursday). I pre-tracked my backpacking food before I left and went back and tweaked it on Sunday.
I'm not sure what happened to me on Sunday, but I ate everything under the sun. We had lunch in Richmond with friends, went home, showered, and then went to meet up with my in-laws for MIL's birthday. I may have been tired from the weekend, but that is still no excuse for the amount of crappy food I ate! I did much better Monday and yesterday, and the scale is down this morning, but I really over-did it!

Thoughts on backpacking (this trip and in general):
The trail notes we found online made the trail sound a bit more strenuous than it was. Day 1 had a lot of rocky trail and a steep descent into the valley toward the end of the evening, but it wasn't bad overall. I actually ate decently and didn't over-do it. Most of the hike out was fine, except the ascent back out of the valley. 1,100 vertical feet in about 1.2 miles of trail. We took a lot of breaks. Thankfully, the views were spectacular with the leaves off of the trees, so it was still nice.
I think we could have curbed a lot of the unnecessary eating from day 2 by drinking a lot more water hiking out. (TMI alert- I think I peed 3x for all of Saturday, which is very infrequent for me). Saturday's hike was more of a walk with a giant backpack for 5ish miles to a river to camp. Not strenuous. Saturday night also involved some drinking, which always lowers my restraint with eating.
I think I need to do a better job of counting calories for my food beforehand and also estimating my calorie burn. Most backpacker websites are geared towards through hikers, and nutrition goals are usually specified in calories per ounce (goal being to have highest calories by weight packed). This mentality works well for multi-day trips, but grossly over-exaggerates my calorie needs for a 1 or 2 night trip. Homemade trail mix is great in theory, but ends up being a calorie bomb on short trips. We're definitely getting better though.
Also, we need new sleeping bags. We've been using our car-camping sleeping bags that pack huge (like, take up half of my 65L bag) and weigh 3x what a backpacking sleeping bag would weigh.

Anyways, hope everyoneís week is going well. Iím trying to blog more often, so feel free to harass me if I donít!

Edit: we suck at packing and couldn't find the camera when we headed out, so no pictures :(

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STFRENCH 4/12/2014 12:01PM

    Good luck with your goals! emoticon
(and forget about Sunday... "Fresh Start" with great goals is the way to go!!)

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Race Report and April Goals

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Remember when I had new goals for every month and reflected on my monthly goals at the end of every month? Yeah, I do too. And it worked well!

Race report!
I ran the Monument Avenue 10k in Richmond this past Saturday. The day started out misty then changed to rain, but temps were nice (55* early, up to 67* later on). My wave started around 8:45am. I was in a seeded runner wave (8:40something pace) , which was totally new to me. Since I have really be struggling to get out for runs, I'm not sure the seeded wave was good for me. I started out running faster than I had originally planned (8:45 pace), as I was keeping up with everyone around me. I knew it wasn't going to be sustainable and settled in to a 9:15 pace after the first mile. I'm pretty sure I was passed by a few hundred runners. I maybe passed 10 the whole time, which for some reason was discouraging to me.
My plan was to run the entire race without stopping. Mile 3.5-4.5 was the hardest and I slowed down to 9:55 pace for a few minutes. Then I saw a guy with a great motivational quote on the back of his shirt: "There will come a day where you won't be able to do this anymore. Today is not that day." I got through the last 2 miles of the race concentrating on my breathing and just running because I can. I got back to around 9:15 pace and then finished the last .2 miles running pretty fast. My Garmin said 6.27 miles in 58:49. Official race time was 58:50. I ran the entire race without stopping and ran sub-10 minute miles. Goals met!

I need some monthly goals here. I've been doing well with eating, but exercise has been a struggle. I keep gaining 3 pounds over the weekend, lose it all by Friday, then gain it all back again. Very annoying! I started another Groupon month-long gym membership on Monday, so I want to utilize that as much as possible this month.

April Goals:
****Cut out weekday drinking! I keep falling into the "I want a glass of wine on the deck because it's spring" mentality, but it is getting a little too frequent. No mas!
**** Go to abs class at the gym on Mondays
**** Keep up with intermittent fasting on weekdays
**** Exercise outside at least 2 days per week (run/walk/hike/anything!)
**** Track food and exercise every day! (Yes, even on the weekend!)

2 exercise goals, 2 nutrition goals and a tracking goal. Nothing is too big of a stretch. Minus the IF, all are things I used to do regularly, but have gotten lazy with. The time for hibernation is over! I will weigh myself and take measurements this week so I have a real starting point to work from.

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IAMZBEE 4/3/2014 12:51PM

    Nice job on the 10k!! That quote is awesome and definitely motivating, especially during the tough time at the race. Love your goals! You can do it!!! Save the wine on the deck for the weekends. emoticon

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IRP1114 4/3/2014 12:13PM

That is awesome about you 10k! Woooohooooo to meeting your goals with it!!! Love the quote that pushed you. I want a shirt like that lol!
I hear you on the 3 pound weekly gain and loss. Boy have I done that way too much! So happy to hear you are feeling focused and ready to set some goals for the month. Let's do it! emoticon

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I Need to Blog More- Episode 2

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Once again, I keep putting off blogging until I have something profound to say, which of course hasn't happened yet lol

So once again, here is my "this is what Christy's been up to" blog...

Last week was a bad week for workouts, but before that, I was working out on a decent schedule and most of the time, DH joined in, or we at least did the same video if we weren't going to see each other that day. Small victory!

I've started easing myself into testing out intermittent fasting. I did one day last week and have done two days this week. If anything, I'm proving to myself that I can easily get past the impulses to eat when I'm bored. I'm a big nighttime snacker and I have a hard time telling myself no, so it has worked out great so far. I'm hoping it is something I can do for the long term, or at least incorporate into my regular routine.

Also, remember when I posted something about the 30 day yoga challenge I found on youtube waaaay back in mid-December? Well, I finally finished it! I actually paused at the beginning of the year to do her 10 day yoga abs challenge, and then it took me the past 3 weeks to do the office yoga video that I had skipped. I pinned my favorite videos from the challenge on pinterest and have already done a few of them again.

In other news, DH turns the big 3-0 this year and we just booked out flights and hotel for Las Vegas! We're planning to have a bunch of friends fly out with us and have a fun-filled long weekend. His birthday also serves as a great future date by which I (and we) would like to see some freaking progress! His birthday is July 4, so we have almost exactly 4 months to work hard and hopefully have some killer abs to show for it :)

I'll be in Missouri next week for work, so I won't have my regular food or exercise plans. I usually use the hotel gym if they have one and do fitnessblender workouts in my room. I'm an afternoon exerciser, so I sometimes end up exercising after dinner since we usually go straight from the base to a restaurant emoticon (The day after daylight savings time starts is a bad time to switch to mornings lol). . Food is always a toss up as I am the most junior person on the trip, so I am at the mercy of a middle-aged Texan who does not share my eating habits.

I'm also running a 10k in about 3 weeks. Excited, but kind of scared, as I have not been training for it like I thought I would. I didn't run much getting into winter, so now my lungs feel like they're bleeding when I run outside when it's this cold. Definitely ready for anything warmer than this!

Well, that's my catch-up blog for ya :) Hope everyone has had a productive week. Do your best to resist the girl scout cookies- those little saleswomen are everywhere right now! emoticon

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GREGGWEISBROD 3/12/2014 1:26PM

    YAYS!!! I just started following your pinterest and suddenly felt like we're legit friends, lol! Exciting, lol. (I'm such a dork.) :P

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STFRENCH 3/10/2014 6:18AM

    Have a good time on your holiday and good luck for your 10K! emoticon

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IAMZBEE 3/7/2014 1:02PM

    Congrats on completing the yoga challenge! And awesome job trying out IF. =)

SO jealous of your upcoming vacation. That'll be so much fun, and a great goal to look forward to. ;)

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IRP1114 3/6/2014 7:43PM

    Lol you are too funny. I am also jealous of the upcoming Vegas trip!! So happy you are experiencing benefits from trying out IF. Exited for what is to come for you with it! Congrats on the yoga challenge. That is awesome! I need to do one too. I am really bad at yoga. I always try to get more in but never enough. Good luck with the upcoming 10k! I am sure you will do great. If you are short on time and can't do longer runs to train before you can always add some intervals/sprint type runs to your training. I have heard it can build up your endurance and of course speed without the time commitment.

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CLRWILLIAMS25 3/6/2014 4:57PM

    My pinterest is under clrwilliams

Comment edited on: 3/7/2014 9:10:20 AM

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SDLEE514 3/6/2014 10:00AM

    Glad to see a blog, even if it's not "profound"! lol Congrats on finishing your yoga challenge!

And I hear ya, I'm on travel for work in 2 weeks. Im lucky that its like a 14 min walk to/from my hotel to the facility, so if nothing else I get that walking in.

Jealous of your Vegas trip! good motivation.

and one more thing, whats your pinterest? i'm on same as this, sdlee514

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These are my confessions

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Yeah, sing it like Usher lol

Ugh, I guess I'll start a the end of last week when everything was going well. I had commented to DH that all week I hadn't really had an appetite. That may be normal for some people, but I am one of those bottomless pit people. Always hungry. Anyhoo, I was at the very bottom of my calorie range every day for the week and exercised almost every day (thank you new garmin lol). I felt good, I felt in charge and I felt like I was in a good position to make good decisions over the long weekend when we had friends over. I went for a short run Saturday morning, showered, and then my friend came into town.

(cue Jaws music here)

I did so great this week, I can have a mimosa.

And pizza! Freaking delicious gourmet, homemade pizza!

And then some crappy 2am pizza!

And lots of wine!

And no exercise!

And I stopped tracking my food!

And here we are on Wednesday and not a lot has changed! I've blogged about this before, and others have commented they get into this mentality as well. The "oh, I'm doing so well, a little bit of fun won't hurt" mentality. The one that turns into the GET IN MY BELLY mentality.

So there. My confessions. Not the end of the world, but surely not how I want my world to be.

Step 1- Do some much needed yoga
Step 2- Track my food for today

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MELLOYELLO01 1/30/2014 10:35AM

    I do this all the time! I do really well for a week or even a month, and then I get into the rewarding myself for being good with crappy food and wine mentality and it all goes to shizz! I hope it gets better for you...if I figure out how to stop it I'll let you know how I do it!

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KUJAYHAWKGIRL 1/29/2014 12:49PM

    Oh gosh, I'm the queen of this as well. At least you have your steps lined out to get back on track.

After reading your blog my brain is like...MMMMMM...PIZZA.... hahaha.

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GREGGWEISBROD 1/29/2014 12:07AM

    My little bit of fun lately has been the pralines and cream ice cream in my freezer. I dump fresh strawberries and blueberries into the bowl and try to pass it off as healthy, lol! :-D It's a good thing I'm running so much right now, or that tub of ice cream would be the death of me! Hope you've had a great week!!!

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1DERLAND14 1/25/2014 3:05PM

    I know that feeling, but I like your attitude "not the end of the world" ...and the steps that you will take to combat this!

You've got it! Keep pushing!!

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CLPURNELL 1/24/2014 7:26PM

I am sure you can get back on track. It is super hard to be social and stay on track trust me i know first hand!

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JODROX 1/23/2014 11:47AM

    Yeah, isn't in funny how we go through those phases? As long as you cycle back to your healthy lifestyle, you'll be fine emoticon

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STFRENCH 1/23/2014 4:34AM

    You are back on track now, so this is not an out of control, downward spiral. You know what happened but, more importantly, you know how to recover from it. Good luck with your goals : yoga and food tracking sound good to me! emoticon xx

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ARUNNINGKAT 1/22/2014 7:29PM

    Oh, I know the feeling well. Far, far too well. But, I know that you are back on track today and will have positive results to report very soon! emoticon

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IRP1114 1/22/2014 6:52PM

    LOL! You are too funny. Looking forward to step 3 tomorrow ; )!

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Getting to Know Me

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Stole this from IAMZBEE. Feel free to steal this and fill it out too!

A is for Age: 27
B is for Booze: Red wine (I've been into red blends lately)
C is for Car: Ford Focus (not cool, but gets good gas mileage lol)
D is for Dad's name: Salvatore
E is for Ego: Yeah, it's big. I'm working on that
F is for Favorite song or music: Always changing. (right now, lots of Lotus, Bassnectar, Primus, Beastie Boys)
G is for Goof off thing to do: Turning on lame pop music and dancing around the house when I'm home alone
H is for Hometown: Manassas, VA
I is for IQ: Not sure
J is for Jam or Jelly you like: Strawberry jam (or really, any homemade jam)
K is for Kids: 2 kitties, Samson and Delilah (they're almost 7)
L is for Living arrangement: renting
M is for Mom's name: Lisa
N is for Name of best friend: Jess and Kelli
O is for Observations: I'm pretty observant. DH would say annoyingly so.
P is for Phobias: I have an irrational fear of getting divorced in like 15 years (statistically, people who marry young will get divorced, and both of my parents have been divorced more than once)
Q is for Quote you like: "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." -Dr. Seuss
R is for Relationship: married
S is for Siblings: 3 siblings- older brother and 2 younger sisters
T is for Talents: I'd say cooking. I can look in the fridge and throw something together and it usually tastes great.
U is for Unique trait: Never ran before (unless forced to in PE), but started in 2012 and ran a HM in 2013
V is for vegetable you love: carrots
W is for Worst traits: Always thinking that I'm right and being impatient
X- is for X-rays you've had: My finger got shut in the door when I was 1, so that was x-rayed, but not broken. All others were routine dental x-rays.
Y is for Yummy food you make: Chicken tortilla soup (always get requests for this for camping)
Z is for Zodiac sign: Sagittarius

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1DERLAND14 1/25/2014 2:51PM

    Chicken Tortilla soup sounds pretty you share the recipe? :)

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SDLEE514 1/22/2014 2:51PM

    Thanks for sharing!! yup, I'm stealing...reminds me of being back in middle school passing these things around to friends (omg, who's your crush!?) :)

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GREGGWEISBROD 1/22/2014 1:26PM

    Yes! There's so much here that totally paints a fantastic picture of yourself. Where does one start?! :-D First of all... Beastie Boys and Primus equals winning... lame pop music and dancing around your house alone equals bloody fantastic... your fear of divorce is absolutely fascinating, but your DH strikes me as a guy who treats you like you deserve - so I'd place that bet, the one that says you'll grow old with your hand in his. This was great!

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BAZOOKABOBCAT 1/22/2014 8:36AM

    I love this!

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IRP1114 1/21/2014 4:28PM

    Love this : )! Thanks for sharing!

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STODD251 1/21/2014 3:30PM

    This is fun! Thanks for sharing! Maybe I'll use it since I'm running out of interesting things to blog about....

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SLIM4LIFE09 1/21/2014 10:16AM

    What a fun way to tell us more about you :) And congrats on the half marathon in 2013- awesome!! And I'm totally stealing this :P

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JODROX 1/21/2014 9:54AM

    That's fun :) Thanks for sharing your factoids!

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IAMZBEE 1/21/2014 9:46AM

    YAY! Thanks for sharing. Hehe-- i'm pretty impatient (and always right! haha) myself. To be honest... i won't go into a fight (or bet) unless I'm 110% sure... you'd think people would learn by now, right??? HAHA. But nope! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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