Monday, August 25, 2014
Trying to keep it short and sweet. My main goals for the week is to exercise every day (even if it is just a short walk) and to make good food choices at every opportunity.
Not so Positive:
Another weekend in the bag, another without the structure that helps me to maintain my fitness/eating plan. I still struggle with eating too much or having too many drink calories when I do anything outside of my normal weekday routine. It's a problem because the fun parts of life are usually the weekends, and that's the part that in not in my regular routine! I'm also a little bit nervous because we'll be going to my in-law's house this weekend, which I'm sure will have the same food and drink temptations that all of my weekends seem to have.
DH asked when I wanted to sign up for another half marathon! (although the one in Richmond mid-November would be great, the cost is really high because it's so soon (and x2), so I'm leaning towards VA Beach on St. Patty's Day, or even a re-run of the one we did in OBX last April).
We're going to finish the Fitnessblender.com 5 Day Challenge this week
I watched a documentary called Tiny (it's on Netflix right now) and am working on decluttering the house/our lives. I don't want to live in a tiny house, but the documentary has inspired me to work on having less stuff.
Really working on trying to view food as fuel
Finally have a lull in travel for work! Planning for some backpacking in September (haven't been since the end of April )
Actively working on finding things to do with my friends that don't involve eating or drinking (going for a walk and talking vs bottle of wine, or playing disc golf after work instead of happy hour, etc.)
Have an 8k race in a little less than 2 weeks!
Happy Monday sparkfriends!
Friday, July 18, 2014
So after posting exciting photos for everyone, I kind-of promised a workout/food blog was coming. As usual, it's easier for me to post a blog when I have something exciting to say.
Unfortunately for you, today is not that day
Since getting back from Vegas, I've actually been eating really well. Weíve made dinner every night and packed lunches for the next day. Lots of salads and lean protein. Itís great. Iíve kept my carbs way down (like, lowest %s ever- in the 25-40% range), and have stayed within my calorie limit. I've been eating pretty high fat, but I have noticed I'm much more full from the food I'm eating than I am when I have a lot more carbs.
**Side note** DH got an internship while I was in Germany! Jobs have been really hard to come by since he went back to school (finished last May), so the internship is awesome for him to get experience in his field. He actually goes to work before I do, which is totally new for us (and totally awesome mwahaha). The internship is only till the end of the summer, but hopefully, it will help him get his foot in the door here, or look good enough on his resume to get his foot in the door elsewhere. Fingers crossed!
I've done 3 workouts in the past week, which is a huge improvement from ZERO. We're leaving after work to spend the weekend with the in-laws. Planning to get a run in on Saturday morning, and probably some yoga or an abs video on Sunday.
As of Wednesday afternoon, I'm going to Niagara Falls next week for work. I've never been there before, so I'm excited to see the falls. Hoping to have time to cross the border and see them, as I've heard the view is much better from Canada. We will see. Same work travel plan as usual. Try to get some exercise in every day, make the best food choices possible while I'm out and drink plenty of water.
Happy Friday Sparkies!
Monday, July 14, 2014
Sorry Iíve been MIA for so long! I do have a smartphone now (yay!), but it didnít work in Germany and I wasnít really on it when I was in Las Vegas. Life recap for the past month:
I LOVED Germany! The food was great, the wine and beer were great, and I got to walk to do things, which is something I canít do where I live now. Running was awesome, because I constantly had new things to look at. I actually gain zero weight while I was in Germany because of all the walking and running I did. I was surprised at the zero weight gain because I ate so much bread while I was there and had a drink most nights with dinner. At some places, I was hard pressed to find non-pork to eat (I donít eat any meat except chicken). Another major difference I noticed was that they donít have a ginormous alcohol selection at each place, like they do in the states. And there is also no major rush. I have a lot of restaurant work experience in the US, and people always get mad about how long things take (drinks, food, menu, whereís my server etc.). In Germany, everyone was so much more relaxed. It was a nice change of pace.
Oh, I also worked while I was there, but that only took up 9-12 hours of each day
After a run to the top of Humberg Tower
Stained glass by Marc Chagall in the Metz Cathedral
Romer Square in Frankfurt
View of downtown Frankfurt from my run along the Main
Getting out there was a disaster. Our flight was delayed 3 times and then cancelled. Of course there were no more flights out within 300 miles of where we were until the following day (The 4th, which also happened to have a hurricane headed towards us). We made the executive decision to drive to DC to catch our connection for the following morning, lest our flight from Norfolk get cancelled and we miss the entire trip!
We had friends fly in from GA, VA, NJ and OR waiting for us. We did a lot of drinking and eating, but it was worth it. I think the last time we were all together was when Jimi and I got married in 2011! I borrowed a dress from my sister and felt like a rockstar when we went out Saturday night.
My 2 BFFs and me
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