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Girls weekend at the beach

Thursday, August 02, 2012

We're leaving later tonight (after traffic) to go to the beach for the weekend! My mom's best friend is in town from California and we've been doing lots of fun east coast activities. We're staying at my friend's beach house for the weekend.

Food and fitness-wise, I hadn't planned to have to deal with a lot of my trigger foods in the house. My sisters are now coming too, so there will be tons of bread, chips, etc lying around. Luckily, my little sister is the athlete of the family! I asked her to bring running clothes so we could get some morning runs in before we head to the beach. I don't usually run with her, so hopefully I will be embarrassed to stop and run further than usual. I'm running in an 8k mud run next weekend, and need to be running longer than 3 miles!

I've packed healthy breakfast, lunch and snack items, so hopefully that will help keep me in check. We are probably going out to dinner 1 of the nights, and I will probably go over my limits (the place we had my wedding catered from is at the beach... BEST FOOD EVER!).
I am also making a plan to not start drinking during the day just because I am at the beach. I brought tons of seltzer and limes so I can still feel like I'm having an "exciting" drink.

  
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CLPURNELL 8/7/2012 7:18PM

    Hope it was awesome!

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AMSTERDAMAND125 8/2/2012 4:42PM

    Good job on the planning -- and the seltzer plan is great. I wish I were leaving for the beach!!!! Have a great time.

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KYLAR_STERN 8/2/2012 3:59PM

    Sounds like fun! You seem to be doing great at being able to have that fun without blowing your food and fitness goals as well. True skill

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TAMPATINK67 8/2/2012 3:05PM

    Sounds Fabulous!

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Back from camping, not back in the swing of things yet...

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Well I'm back from vacation! We left Tuesday night and drove until we got to the campsite in NH (arrived at 7am). We were just outside of Lincoln, NH. This was my first camping experience where it was a 10 minute drive to get to gas/ice/food etc. We usually camp in remote areas, so it was kind of weird. Another weird thing about NH is all of the chipmunks! They were so cute!
I didn't eat very well over the camping portion of the trip. I attribute this to a severe lack of sleep and the fact that I hadn't seen my best friend in almost a year. I ate things like boxed mac n cheese and poptarts and fruity snacks (aka things we NEVER have at home!). We hiked up to a waterfall near the campsite (6.75mi round trip). The water up there is so much colder than river water in VA.


On Friday, we drove to Boston. Traffic was ridiculous! We got off the highway and ended up in a 4 lane wide roundabout with no lane markings! Needless to say, we went around it twice trying to get out onto the right road. I was crying laughing and Jimi was mad. Either way, welcome to Boston! We stayed at a hotel in Cambridge right across the water. We did a lot of walking to get to bars/restaurants/site-seeing etc. We did take the subway to the Sam Adams Brewery for a tour Saturday morning, which was awesome! We followed most of the freedom trail, stopped in a few shops, had lunch in a park, drank Sam Adams beer that you can't get in VA, and took touristy pictures. All in all, it was a fun trip. I don't think I'll be doing another road trip anytime soon though. I love my friends, but that was a lot of constant hanging out!

I havenít had an official workout since before we left for the trip. We did 2 hikes and walked around the city a lot. Itís so hard to get back into the swing of things! I am also eating a lot more out of boredom. I think using some of my time as gym time will allow me to get some workout in and also curb my insatiable appetite!

I plan on getting a run in at the gym tomorrow and resuming the bodyrock challenge. I have a little over 2 weeks until the 8k mud run Jimi and I signed up for! My mom's best friend is flying in from CA tomorrow for 2 weeks, so I have a lot more hanging out, not-normal schedule ahead of me. We're picking blueberries on Satruday and going to a few wineries on Sunday. I haven't seen her since I was 5, so I'm pretty excited too!

  
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CLPURNELL 7/30/2012 5:37PM

    Sounds like an amazing trip!!! Glad you had such a good time!

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Jumping off the wagon, be back Sunday!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Super busy this week. I'm not gonna lie, I technically have time to get a workout in today, but I'm too excited about our trip to do anything but get our stuff together!
Jimi got out of work for tomorrow night, so we're leaving right when we get home. We're driving to DC to pick up my 2 best friends (1 flew in from Portland!) and we're heading up to New Hampshire to go camping! After 2 days of camping, we're driving to Boston to drop my Portland friend off for her brother's wedding. The rest of us are staying the weekend in Boston. We plan to check out the museum of fine arts, sam adams brewery, harpoon brewery, the MIT museum, Boston public garden etc. It's going to be awesome!

So yeah, I'm jumping off the spark wagon until Monday. We plan to do a lot of hiking and swimming in New Hampshire and a lot of walking in Boston. I don't have a smart phone, so I'm not even going to attempt to log food/exercise while I'm gone.

I did all the shopping and food prep for the trip and definitely packed a lot of healthy foods (and some not so healthy foods requested by others, but I don't know anyone who has died from poptarts or mac n cheese :) And I packed seltzer to cut down on my alcohol consumption.

Time to put all of my spark knowledge to the test!

  
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CLPURNELL 7/18/2012 6:24PM

    Hope you have a great time!!!

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MOGOONTHEMOVE 7/17/2012 7:01PM

    I grew up in NH and go to Boston all the time, I'm so excited for you - you're going to have a blast!!!! Perfect time of the year to go too. You will be so active in NH and Boston has no shortage of walking opportunities (hello Freedom Trail!!!)

There are lots of great restaurants in Boston with delicious reasonable options (which is making me now crave decent seafood!!), you'll do fine. Just chug your water and listen to your body's signals.

FUN!!! Have a Harpoon for me!!!!

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FITMOMMYFORLIFE 7/17/2012 10:32AM

    Sounds like a busy week! Have a BLAST! =] We'll "see" you when you get back! =]

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KYLAR_STERN 7/17/2012 7:58AM

    Alright, have fun!

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    Enjoy! emoticon

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PINKNFITCARLA 7/16/2012 7:48PM

    Have fun!

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I am a runner? I am a runner!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

During my run after work yesterday, I decided that I am a runner. I go running. And I like it! Even when I'm trailing behind my husband and asking him to slow down so I can keep up- yep, still a runner! I like pushing myself. I like running further and faster than I have before. It is empowering.
I ran 2.8 miles without stopping yesterday- .2 miles away from my next reward! I didn't see this happening so soon, so I may need to switch up rewards- I don't need new shoes yet! It's amazing how much more endurance I have compared to April when I started running. I could barely run 1 minute without getting winded!


Anyways, I feel like I've been slacking on healthy eating lately. It always seems to happen when I start to get satisfied with my progress. Even when I'm not hungry, if I have 250 calories left in my budget, I'll eat anyways! Who does that??

We're leaving for our roadtrip/camping in NH/Boston trip Tuesday night! So excited! I haven't seen my best friend since my wedding (last September) and it's going to be awesome!

  
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CLPURNELL 7/12/2012 5:35PM

    Congrats on Being a Runner!!!! I am not there yet i am still a runner in training!!!!

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IGSBETH 7/12/2012 2:06PM

    Way to go! Woo-hoo!

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 7/12/2012 2:02PM

    I'm so happy for you for realizing you are a runner!!! I only run about one minute at a time, and I call myself a runner because I run. =)
Have a WONDERFUL time on your trip!!!!

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Weekend away- tossup about winning food/ drinking battle

Monday, July 09, 2012

Went to visit the in-laws in OBX this weekend. IT WAS HOT! Jimi and I went for a morning run Saturday (he now believes me that I ran 2 miles straight!). I went to a baby shower for his sister at a restaurant for lunch. I had vegetable quinoa over mixed greens with grilled chicken added. It was awesome! Not too many choices for me at a seafood restaurant, but this was really good. I had a glass of wine with lunch. And a piece of carrot cake...

We went to the beach afterward. The water was so clear and very refreshing with all that heat. I drank seltzer with lime at the beach (and water!). Jimi made us some drinks with lemonade, watermelon juice (yes, he squeezed the juice himself!) and vodka- amazing! I also made the same drink with seltzer in place of vodka.
I'd definitely consider this weekend a win in the Christy vs social drinking battle. I turned down 2 glasses of wine and some mixed drinks and drank 0 beer down at the beach.

I'd say it was a tossup on the food. I did have a lot of carrot cake, but turned down a piece of pie that I made (you were right Hannah, it felt awesome!). I ate a ton of vegetables and maybe 1 serving of chips over the whole weekend. I also got out of eating lasagna for lunch because I don't eat beef. I had leftover chicken over a salad.

Sunday we went to the beach for awhile before lunch. It was so hot that after getting out of the water, you'd dry up 5 minutes. After 10 or so minutes in the sun, you would be so sweaty that you would look like you just got out of the water! I drank a ton of water yesterday!

I weighed the same this morning as I did Friday morning, which is good. I usually gain something over the weekends.

Heat is finally down this week! Jimi and planned a run this afternoon in the park when I get off work. We need more practice having endurance in the heat (Grand Canyon trip is in 2 months!). We're parking closer to the trailhead at the park so I actually have a chance of finished the loop without stopping (2.6 miles).

  
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JUSTRY2 7/12/2012 2:51PM

    I saw your blog: "I'm a runner? I'm a runner!" scroll past on the Team Stream and laughed out loud. I don't know if I can claim the second half of that title yet, but definitely the first. I just did Week 2 Day 1 yesterday and I'm still asking myself, "Who is this person that signed up for a 5K??" I love the way you integrate your food and running progress in your blog, and it's quite inspiring that you went from winded in a minute to enjoying 2.8 miles in such a short period of time! Sounds like you're doing great.


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FITMOMMYFORLIFE 7/9/2012 11:50AM

    Rock on turning down a piece of pie! So glad you had the same AWESOME feeling that I get from turning treats down! Obviously I don't do it ALL the time.. (last night I had two smores =p Sometimes you just gotta! haha) but when you have loads of events going on like it sounds you do frequently, flexing that will power is an amazing thing! And making ONE self disciplined choice usually leads to another, and another and adds to the awesomeness! =]

Proud of you girl!!! You ROCK =D

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ERICADAWN1986 7/9/2012 11:31AM

    Sounds like you did pretty darn good. Social drinking used to kick my butt almost every time but it's getting better. I know how difficult it can be though to always be the lame sober one lol.

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