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Mind All Over the Place, and Charleston Weekend

Thursday, March 21, 2013

First, the fun stuff: Charleston!
My BFF and I got the travel bug during winter (I'm sure a lot of people did!) and planned a trip to Charleston during her spring break (perk of being a teacher...). Charleston is known for two main things- food and history. I plan to partake in both. I am definitely worried about blurring the line between "indulging" and "over-indulging." We are bringing a lot of our own food with us to cut down on spending (both $$ and calories...).
Our hotel is smack dab in the middle of everything, so we will walk pretty much everywhere while we are there. I've also told her that I need to run on at least 2 mornings while we are there. I'm bringing my computer, so I can track food and also so I can do some workout videos.

Mind all over the place:
I've started the lovely process of looking for a new job. The best time to find a new job is while you have a new job, right? The prospect of having a new job is making me hate my current job even more. I have hopped onto the emotional roller coaster that is "omg this job sounds perfect for me," coupled with the disappointment of not hearing anything back. There is a company interested in me (interview next week), but the position involves 1/2 what I want to do (environmental) and 1/2 what I am currently doing (airfield noise). I'm trying to balance what I want right now versus what I want in 5 years. In 5 years, I don't think I will want to be in the new job either because of the airfield noise aspect. I don't want to be in this same boat in 5 years where I'm not satisfied.

edited: I should also add that the potential job is through the tunnel in VA Beach, so I would have to move or deal with a 1-2hour commute each way. (If you've ever drive to OBX, you know which traffic I'm talking about)

I'm also starting to not like running. It's getting to be more of a chore than a choice. I'm not sure if this stems from my having a training schedule or what. I like the long runs because I'm setting PRs every weekend, but I have to force myself to do the weekday training runs though. I'm usually thinking about trimming off some miles during my weekday runs because I'm just not into it (like yesterday). I also run in the same 4 places, so that may be part of the problem. There's not much I can do about that, though.

I've been doing more yoga lately hoping to wrangle my sleep schedule and combat the stress/anxiety of the job hunt. I really like yoga and I think it has made a big difference in my running too in terms of less soreness and better flexibility. Once I get my life to where I want it (does anyone actually achieve that?), I'd like to join a new gym that offers classes.

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BAMEIBOO 3/27/2013 10:39AM

    Life is a roller coaster and its all about whether you enjoy the ride or not! I hope you make the job choice that will make you happy!

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CLPURNELL 3/22/2013 4:08AM

    Hope you have a great time in Charleston!! Enjoy yourself and have a blast!!

Hope the job search goes well and you find something you really like!

To answer your question does anybody get where they want to be... I would say yes :) You just have to be daring enough to leap for it!

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YOJULEZ 3/21/2013 11:42AM

    I've been on that job rollercoaster. I think it helps to think about what you don't like about your current job... is it the actual work or is it the people, the company, etc. If it's more about who you work with and/or the company and less about the actual work, then a switch to a new job where you're doing similar work may not be such a bad idea. Plus, the new job at least includes half of what you want to be doing. Also remember, nothing is permanent, you don't have to stay at ANY job for the rest of your life. In fact, that's not the norm anymore, most people move around after 3-5 years. I know in my SO's industry (IT), it was considered unusual that he was at his last job for 5 years. At the new one, you would at least be getting some experience in the field of what you want to be doing, which will later help you find a job that's exactly what you want to do.

And, have fun in Charleston :) I've found on vacations where I'm moving around a lot I don't gain any weight, even if my eating hasn't been all that great.

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Meal Plan and a NSV

Sunday, March 10, 2013

NSV first:
I ran 9 miles! This is the longest distance I've ever run! It was awesome. I'll admit I thought I was dying a few times (hilly run...), but I didn't die, so that's the important part.

I should probably try to run more often in places with some variety in terrain. My house is 21 feet above sea level (yep, 21 haha). That makes for some flat runs!

Meal Plan:
today: leftover Thai food (J is working)

Monday: Honey chicken and sriracha lime brussels sprouts

Tuesday: Slow cooker vegetable curry

Wednesday: J is working, so I'll probably have leftovers

Thursday: cajun mac n cheese

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STODD251 3/13/2013 9:05AM

    Cajun mac-n-cheese sounds interesting.... Good for you on the run!

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CLPURNELL 3/11/2013 8:26PM

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Awesome job on the run!!! Great plan!!!

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STRIVERONE 3/10/2013 11:05PM

    A hilly run every now and then makes the level ones seem easy. If you didn't stretch afterward, it's not too late.

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Meal Plan

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Trying to get back into meal planning. I've been pinning a lot of recipes, so hopefully I'll get back on track. From the looks of it, J will probably be working 4 nights a week, so I'll be planning dinner for three nights.

Dinner last night:
me made homemade marinara sauce (followed a recipe, but not very good) and ravioli with won ton wrappers. I bought the won ton wrappers on a whim and then found a lot of comments online about the texture being off for ravioli. We ended up sauteing the ravioli in a pan instead of boiling so we wouldn't have to deal with the mushyness that people had commented on online. I can't remember where I got the recipe for the filling but it was 1 cup of ricotta, 1 egg, s+p and a dash of nutmeg. We also added wilted kale to the filling.

Monday: Orange Honey Mustard Chicken

Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Reduction

Tuesday: We're having friends over for dinner.
Balsamic Roasted Potatoes

Chicken with Feta Cheese Sauce

Also serving with a veggie that has yet to be determined.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday:
J is working, so I'll be making random food for dinner.

Up in the air. We've been trying to get something together to visit friends in Richmond, so we may be home or may be out.

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CLPURNELL 3/5/2013 3:22PM

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STODD251 3/4/2013 9:06AM

    Sounds yummy!

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SDLEE514 3/4/2013 8:28AM

    love the meal plan! everything looks soo good! I've been starting to use Pinterest for recipes a lot more now too to get out of my basic protein + veggie rut for dinner.

And thanks for your comment on my blog, I'm sorry to hear that you've been going through the same issues I have and that we are blog twins, yet again...but I took your advice and although I felt lame for not really doing a whole lot this weekend I made time for myself, did my nails and made some jewelry (blog to come...) so thanks. Hope you do the same for yourself! emoticon

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LAURAAT 3/4/2013 8:18AM

    Yum! Your plans sound really delish. I love the idea of using wonton wrappers to make ravioli. I just saw these at the store last night, too, and got excited to try something with them. I may have to experiment!!

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SPARKFRAN514 3/4/2013 12:24AM

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TERRIPAL1 3/3/2013 8:51PM

    Great idea planning ahead like that all sounds good!

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February recap and goals for March

Thursday, February 28, 2013

February Goals:
*Continue 10 minutes of daily exercise streak
I did really well with this. There were a few days where I had to force myself to do a sparkvideo or a yoga video just to keep the streak alive, but I guess that's kind of the point.
*Follow half marathon training plan without missing a run
I missed one run, but it was to give myself a break before my next long run. I've been really good about getting the long runs in when plans/weather doesn't cooperate on the weekends.
*Incorporate strength training at least 2x per week
This one is a draw. I've been making sure to do strength training, but I didn't give 100% effort to each session. And I've totally neglected my lower body because I've been running so much. Definitely room for improvement.
*Eat mindfully. Taste each bite. Slow down. Realized when I'm full.
Work in progress. It's really hard at work (M-F breakfast and lunch) because I eat at my desk so that I have time to take a walk break in the afternoon. I do stop and think about bites maybe 2-5 times during each meal, which is an improvement.
*3 "treats" per week.
FAIL. I kept reasoning with myself ("I need more fat for the day so I NEED the peanut butter." "Pudding has milk, so I'm getting protein." Lazy day=pizza.) Okay, so not a total fail, but I need to work on it.

March Goals:
*Continue 10 minutes of daily exercise streak
*Follow half marathon training plan without missing a run
*Incorporate strength training at least 2x per week
*Eat mindfully. Taste each bite. Slow down. Realized when I'm full.
*Think before you eat. (Questions to ask self: "Am I actually hungry?" "When did I last eat?" "Should I just go to bed instead of having a snack?" "Is there a healthier option I could have instead of ___?")
*dedicate 45 minutes to abs each week (can split up if needed)

Well... most of these goals look familiar... I really want to hone in on my eating habits this month. And meal plan. I feel like I was really on a great track with meal planning and let it fall to the wayside because of J's schedule. We are both looking to reduce consumption of processed foods, and a little meal planning goes a long way in that regard.

For exercise, I really do need to branch out a bit. I am running a lot, but honestly, I get off work at 4 every day. I have time/energy to do 10 minutes of abs after a run or to do a full 30 minutes of yoga before bed.

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1DERLAND14 3/1/2013 10:49PM

    awesome goals! I've tried to rationalize the milk/protein thing too.... however, you'll get it. Keep working hard. You did an amazing job in Feb... I'm sure march will be just as awesome!

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CLRWILLIAMS25 3/1/2013 2:47PM

    Thanks for the support! I'm hoping the "newness" of a new month gives me the push to tighten the reins a bit!

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CLPURNELL 3/1/2013 2:12AM

On February and sure you will do awesome in March as well!

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LAURAAT 2/28/2013 12:23PM

    I really respect the idea of repeating goals. It shows you really learned last month, and what you need to work on. Great job last month, and great goals for next!

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Hungry for Change

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

We came across this documentary last night on Netflix and decided to give it a go.

Firstly, I am really happy J watched this with me. Sometimes I feel like he thinks I'm crazy and going off the healthy deep end or something ("What do you mean you had too much sodium today? You didn't add any salt to ____." or "If you want it, just eat it. You're too strict with watching calories.").

The documentary discusses secrets and tricks the food and weight loss industries don't want you to know in order to get you hooked on their products. They have a whole slew of scientists, nutritionists and other experts in the fields to explain what happen inside and outside of your body when you ingest these substances. They also explain that you're unsatisfied after a lot of processed foods because your body is still starved for many essential nutrients.

One interesting concept they brought up is the “you can’t out-exercise and unhealthy diet.” Instead of discussing it from the perspective of weight loss, they discussed it from the perspective of increased toxins in the body. A lot of the nasty nasty (the ingredients you can’t pronounce) are fat-soluble and burning fat without decreasing ingestion of these toxins can cause a buildup of said toxins. It was an interesting perspective and further backing to make changes to your diet and then incorporate exercise.

They also really emphasized the concept of our sugar addiction in the US (and elsewhere) and how even if you’re not spooning sugar onto your food, it is lurking everywhere! (Most breads, crackers, yogurt etc) J and I even joked on it because he has seen me get crazy on each of those items searching like a wild animal for sugar (yes, I just admitted that in public)
The only thing I really didn't agree with is juicing. They had a good 5-10 minutes where all of the experts were talking about all of the positive benefits of juicing. J and I talked about it afterwards and even he was interested in juicing! I believe you need some substance/fiber to your meal or you’ll be hungry again. J was pretty sure they were using a food processor (aka food pulp stays in the juice). I’m pretty sure juicing “juices” the food. I did like the mention of adding the green veggies and spices to the juice to help rid your body of toxins (kale, swiss chard, cilantro and parsley were all specifically named)

Either way, I feel like the documentary opened food discussion between us and helped inform him with a lot of the knowledge I’ve gotten through my journey with Sparkpeople. He even showed interest in doing a healthy detox (I HATE that word/concept, but I digress…) of eating only fresh fruit, vegetables and unprocessed meats for a week or two to jumpstart a healthier lifestyle.

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REVIVED 3/7/2013 10:33AM

    I loved that documentary, life changing for me! I will say this, juicing is very very healthy and beneficial. And the reason is because when you're juicing, there's no digesting happening, which requires a lot of energy so all those nutrients that are normally absorbed by the digestion process are able to be streamlined to other areas where they can be maximally effective. We still need fiber. Juicing isn't meant to be the exclusive way that you consume produce. But you'd have to eat a whole lot of greens for the same benefit. So its a great way to supplement. and detox. You should check out Fat,Sick and Nearly Dead.

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CLPURNELL 2/26/2013 6:43PM

    I will have to check that out!

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SHMARA 2/26/2013 5:04PM

    Awesome! My family watched it a few weeks ago, and it also reinforced our good habits. I have been that crazy person refusing to purchase or consume foods with gross ingredients. Glad you and your man watched it! I guess they have an older film called Food Matters I wouldn't mind seeing.

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SDLEE514 2/26/2013 3:22PM

    wow! That's awesome. I really want to watch that now. So glad your SO is on board with you, I love it when that happens (which yeah is not always). I too get the "what do you mean you had too much xxx today" he's dumbfounded when I plan dinner and have it over a bed of greens --what do you mean it's not on pasta??! (dear...if you want pasta, cook it yourself, I'm just having greens).

Thanks for sharing, sounds like some good information there!

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WILLNOTSETTLE 2/26/2013 2:45PM

    That's awesome that he watched it with you! Maybe I'll have it on it the background when me and my boyfriend are watching tv one day...the wheels are turning haha

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STODD251 2/26/2013 12:21PM

    It's great that you're talking about diet and lifestyle changes with him. It can be a difficult conversation to bring up because the other person can feel like you're forcing healthy on him, but it sounds like watching this documentary definitely led to some great conversations! One of my sisters has mentioned doing detoxes, but I have never really wanted to do that. I believe in everything in moderation. It;s served me well so far, so I don't really want to change it, plus I do believe it is healthier than cutting out food groups even if it is for a brief period of time.

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