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Meal Plan and Other News

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Other news first:
I haven't run since last Monday. I'm not sure what my problem is. I just don't want to! I have been doing exercise videos, so I am exercising, but not running. Which is bad because my half marathon is next Sunday! I'm not sure why I'm deliberately sabotaging myself here. We're doing a 12 miler tomorrow after work though. Last long run before the race. I have also been over my calories all but one day for the past 3 weeks. I'm way out of control for some reason.

Meal Plan:

I would like to note that this is my first meal plan in like a month. Small steps...

Monday: Honey lime chicken skewers with siracha brussels sprouts

Tuesday: Grilled tofu and grilled asparagus

Wednesday: Avocado chicken salad. on a salad

Thursday: not sure

Friday: going to obx, so eating something when we get there. My MIL is going to be out of town, so it may be pizza. My FIL can barely make toast.

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SDLEE514 4/10/2013 7:49AM

    that chicken salad does sound amazing, and easy!! I was just thinking of what to have for dinner on this second day of HEAT! love it. even though we skipped spring

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CLRWILLIAMS25 4/10/2013 7:43AM

    Well, we were out of propane for the grill so we decided to make the avocado chicken salad for dinner last night. OH MY GOSH. I think I found my new favorite food. I've never had "regular" chicken salad because I have a mental block against all things mayonnaise, but this chicken salad is honestly so awesome! We added like 3T of salsa and sauteed the onion mixed with chopped celery for a few minutes on the stove to they wouldn't be crunchy. J also mixed in some chopped pickles. So yummy and so refreshing on a hot day like yesterday. All of you should try it out.

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CLPURNELL 4/8/2013 10:15PM

    Hope you get back on track. I am sure you will still do well in the Half! Maybe this break is what your body needs!

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SDLEE514 4/8/2013 9:21AM

    Small steps is something! Looks like a great meal plan. Best of luck on your runs!

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CLRWILLIAMS25 4/8/2013 8:43AM

    Thanks for the support! I'll definitely follow your advice and do some 3 milers this week before we leave for the beach.

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STRIVERONE 4/7/2013 8:46PM

    If I were in your shoes I'd do the long run, but not go crazy. Maybe do a little speed-work Tuesday. After that I'd just do a couple easy 5Ks with one on Saturday morning. That is in fact what I did last week. Take a look at my SparkBlog from yesterday for some insight and maybe inspiration.

The most important thing is that you enjoy your race Sunday and come away injury free.

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DONDAIN 4/7/2013 7:56PM

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Just DO IT!!!!

Good luck in your race!

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April Goals and March Goals Recap

Monday, April 01, 2013

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.
*dedicate 45 minutes to abs each week (can split up if needed)

I'm still doing my 10 minutes daily exercise streak! For the past 2 weeks, I've been having trouble with getting out to run, and covering my mileage while running. I've missed a few runs and had a really bad run Wednesday and even worse run Saturday. I've been doing well incorporating strength training, although I haven't been in the gym much (doing more videos). I've also been doing some ab videos online and in the gym , so I think I've met my 45 minutes goal (or at least made a huge leap towards it!). Food-wise, I've been all over the place. I haven't been within my calorie range in about 2 weeks. Seriously, that long. I've also had quite a few days in the past 2 weeks where I haven't tracked. Of course, were are my worst days too! I have tracked pretty religiously for the past year, so not tracking is pretty bad for me.

April Goals:
*Continue 10 minutes of daily exercise streak.
*Download new music for ipod.
* Find new running routes, videos, workouts etc.
*Dedicate 45 minutes to abs each week
* 15 pushups per day (450 for the month).
* 15 squats per day (450 for the month).
*Dedicate time to eating each meal. Stop multitasking and just eat (no tv, work, computer etc).
*Track all food daily.

My plan for the month is to like exercising again! I do not want it to feel like a chore. I also want to put a larger emphasis on tasting my food, not just scarfing it down. I'd like to eat my lunch outside if it's nice or turn off my monitor at work and concentrate on the my meal. And plan my meals! I honestly eat much less when I plan my meals.

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STODD251 4/2/2013 11:33AM

    I should probably start doing something like your 15 a day pushups and squats. I am so bad about exercising daily. I did really well for the first week of January and then that's all gone down the tubes since then...,

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PMRUNNER 4/1/2013 6:26PM

    Sounds like a good program!

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SDLEE514 4/1/2013 3:31PM

    Thats so great you're still keeping your 10min streak up! Every little something counts, I know you've suggested that to me before so maybe I really need to consider it. Otherwise, awesome goals!

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    With the weather changing, I think it will help you start enjoying your workouts again. If nothing else, you can go for a long walk and enjoy the sounds of spring around you.

It is hard to like it long term, I've found that I have to change things up pretty continuously to not get bored. I know you'll be able to get back into your groove!

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KCLARK89 4/1/2013 11:11AM

    Awesome! Don't stress about bad/missed runs. Just focus on what you have ALREADY accomplished :)

Downloading new tunes and finding new places to run are probably 2 of my favorite things about running! It never has to be the same run twice, even if you are running the same number of miles!

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Where I'm at

Friday, March 29, 2013

I really didn't over-do it with food, but man I drank a lot. There is literally a bar like every 5 feet in Charleston. We walked a lot (one day we walks probably 3 miles in rain boots). My feet weren't happy, but I'd rather walk in rain boots than have wet feet and wet jeans. I only got one run in while we were there, but better than zero. I almost got blown over a few times because I ran along the harbor (they had wind advisories on gusting to 45mph!).

I had my interview yesterday for the new job mentioned in last week's blog. I have mixed feelings on how it went. On the positive side, it would entail maybe 5% of my time going towards aircraft noise and the rest doing things I like (sweet!). It sounded like I would have to take a pay cut, though, as they described me as "changing careers" and becoming "entry level." Of course that's speculation on my part. I should hear something back by Tuesday.

I went for the worst run ever on Wednesday. J and I set out to run the bike path at the park near our house, which is a 5.3 mile loop. I stopped around mile 3, tried to run a few times after that, but was just dying. I've run this loop many times before, so I'm not sure what the deal was. Lots of mental anguish and lots of cramping. I'm attributing it to improper fueling for the previous 4 days... (body does not run on alcohol...).
I think I need a major overhaul on my workout schedule. I need to branch out. I'm definitely in a rut. I'd really like to get back into HIIT, but every time I say that, nothing happens. I will be incorporating it into my plan after the 1/2 marathon (April 14th!). I don't want to mess anything up with that. I had a dream that I was running so slow that I got kicked off the course. We can probably interpret some Freudian reasoning for that dream, but I'm not going there.

Again, all over the place. No meal plans in sight. Ok, maybe a little dramatic. We did plan breakfast, lunch and snacks on the trip, so I did get some healthy food into me. Planning to plan something out for next week so I get some semblance of stability in my life. I definitely need to plan dinners for when J is working. I grazed ALL night last night! From the time I got home until I went to bed. I think I would be more satisfied with a meal.

Geez, that was really whiny. Sorry! I needed to get that out...

Let's end this on a positive note:
I have a job
I have been eating mostly health foods
I have been seeing/ talking to my friends more often
I'm seeing my family this weekend
I'm still within my "normal" weight fluctuation
Pandora radio is free :)
Today is FRIDAY!!

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CLPURNELL 3/30/2013 11:17PM

    The run performance was probably due to dehydration. You muscles will cramp up if you don't have enough water in your system.

Congrats on the interview hope you get the new job!

Have an awesome Easter weekend!!!

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    I think you're doing great, we all have bad workouts (whether you're running, riding a bike, doing sprints, etc) here and there, it is part of the process.

I love HIIT, I have recently become hooked on It's worth checking out, once you're done training.

You're doing much better than you're giving yourself credit for. Keep at it!

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SDLEE514 3/29/2013 11:22AM

    lol not whiny. best of luck to you in the job search, I know how that is and how difficult it is at that level. seems like people only want to hire people with at least 5-7 years of experience!

I'm feeling like I need a major workout overhaul as well. with all my knee issues I'm cutting back on my high intensity fitness dvds but I need to do SOMETHING. I hope you find new things you enjoy, or rediscover your love of running.

it will all come together. another positive: I THINK we've hit a turning point and spring is actually around the corner... emoticon

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FOXYPHAEDRA 3/29/2013 11:10AM

    You are cute! It seems to me that you are doing pretty great as well! Maybe minus the alcohol, but hey, that was a special circumstance, and it sounds like it didn't do too much damage!
Sorry you had a bad run, but I hear that happens sometimes! I agree that alcohol probably contributed to your pain and I'm sure you will bounce right back once properly fueled and hydrated!I am so impressed that you are running a half marathon in a couple of weeks. Seriously, wow! That is hardcore.
I think getting paid to do something you enjoy sounds fantastic. It would be a bummer to take a pay cut, but it might be worth it to be happy and satisfied in your job! Whatever happens, you are counting your blessings and I admire that immensely.
You rock, girl! Don't doubt it for a second.

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SHMARA 3/29/2013 10:17AM

    Pandora is awesome. Sounds like you are doing great to me!

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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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