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You know how people say....

Sunday, February 27, 2011

You know how people say that it gets easier to wake up early every morning to workout once you get used to it? It hasn't gotten easier.

You know how people say that once they stop eating fast food for months, they stop craving it and it stops tasting good? It still tastes amazing every. single. time.

You know how people say their body starts craving fruits and vegetables rather than unhealthy snacks? I have yet to start drooling for carrots rather than nachos.

You know how people say you just have to find an exercise you enjoy doing and you will want to do it everyday? It is still an internal fight every time I workout.

It would be REALLY nice if any of these things could start falling into place. I fight with myself for every meal, for every run, for every squat and for every snooze of the alarm clock. I am starting to think that while my body doesn't hate fruits and veggies, it likes cheeseburgers and pizza even more. They taste just as good (if not BETTER) than they did before I even started trying to eat better. It feels GOOD to feel really full and not be left wondering, "okay am I full or am I just thirsty or do I need protein or maybe I'm just stressed, or maybe I am really hungry?"

Yeah sure, it feels good to slide right into my jeans and lose the love handles and see definition in my thighs. But sometimes I think... maybe those cheese fries taste even better.

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LMLOPEZ 2/27/2011 3:54PM

    That's the hard part-tricking your brain into thinking that the fruits and veggies taste better all the time. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't.
Guess you just have to trick your brain into realizing that fitting into your jeans and the good feeling you get with putting good fuel into your body beats fueling up with sludgy junk food-every time. It's tough, but I hear it can be done.
Keep at the struggle, find something you love to do, and if you don't want to work out in the morning, don't. Just change it to another time but MAKE SURE YOU DO IT!! emoticon

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A very nice Sunday (with some pics!)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

So I haven't blogged in a while.... so beware, this may be long!

I've run two 5Ks and a 5 Mile race since my last blog. Both of the 5Ks were PRs for me... 31:40 and and 31:20. That 31:20 kicked my ass, and I had been hoping for sub 30.... I guess the stars were not aligned that day. I recently took a quiz on Runner's World about which distance is best for me, and it said I am better off running middle distances (10Ks and halfs). I definitely agree with this... I don't really hit my stride until I am a few miles in. The effort of a 5K really tires me and I am obviously not a fast runner, so those races are not where I will shine. I will definitely keep running them for a few reasons: 1) there's so many of them 2) I run them with my mom 3) they're cheaper (plus I will eventually get better/faster). But I think I'm going to take the plunge and register for a half marathon in October.

I ran 6 miles today without walking (except for a twice - my parent's neighbor was driving by and pulled over to ask me who I was... um, I've lived here my entire LIFE until I moved out in May. And besides, it's a free country, if I didn't live around here, would you tell me I can't go running here?! It irked me. And then again, these two huge black labs came running after me. I'm not afraid of dogs, but I didn't want them to think I was afraid by running away from them. This was rather annoying because their owner was NOWHERE to be seen.)

This week I am house and dog-sitting for my parents. It's gonna be rough because they live about 45 minutes without traffic from work... and there is ALWAYS traffic. Plus, I don't pay to park at work because I walk, so I will really be driving that long to my apartment and then walking the .25 mile to work... this is really gonna extend my commute... bleh. Luckily, since tomorrow is Valentine's Day, my brother is taking over so I can stay home and celebrate with my boyfriend. My brother is actually also taking over on Thursday, because it's my boyfriend's birthday. Preparations for these two days while being away has been a bit stressful! Which leads to our first pic...

Lookie what I made! These are going to be waiting for Taylor (my boyfriend) when he gets home from work tomorrow. I'm going to run them upstairs to our apartment when I get there in the morning (thus making my commute to work even LONGER... told you it was stressful). Not to mention I have to lug my necessities (makeup, running shoes, etc.) each time I switch homes. I really hope I don't leave something somewhere when I need it.

Thursday I am just going to make Taylor dinner. I get home from work kind of later than most people (6:30 usually), so I am going to prepare some things ahead of time, like the mashed potatoes he asked for. Guess that's something else I'll have to bring with me from my parent's house!

Friday is actually our 4 year dating anniversary (I KNOW, this week is always insane for us), but we're just doing dinner. He's going to pick me up from work, and we are going to drive up to my parents to let the dogs out and feed them. Then we're going to grab dinner somewhere up there. No presents or anything - he actually already got his birthday gift (a Kindle) because he saw the Amazon box!

Now onto some food talk. I have been a little out of control with eating lately. Last week, I ate pretty healthy but I was always STARVING it felt like. So even though I didn't eat "bad" foods, I overate good ones. I really want to get a handle on that again. Today has been okay... McDonald's Egg McMuffin and coffee for breakfast (not the best, but not the worst... I had just dropped my parents off at the airport (WE LEFT AT 6 AM!!!) and then had errands to run and I was starving.) Then for lunch I had a spicy shrimp summer roll from Wegman's (it's like an egg roll that is not breaded/fried) and a smoothie (see pic!) I have been envious of all the smoothies I see people posting on here but I don't have a blender. Well, my parents do! It was AWESOME.

In it was spinach, frozen blueberries/strawberries/raspberries, half of a banana, a scoop of greek yogurt, and a splash of soy milk. YUM!

Thennnnn later I was feeling snacky. Luckily there's nothing unhealthy here (chips, etc.) to snack on. I had picked up some sweet potatoes that morning because I wanted to try and make my own sweet potato fries. I don't like sweet potatoes normally, but I tried the fries once and YUM!

They turned out really well... I paired them with a leftover Angus burger on a sandwich thin (not pictured) and was soooo full.

So I am avoid studying (I am taking a licensing exam that is somewhat work-related) by blabbing on and on. I am actually getting laser eye surgery next Wednesday (YAY!/EEK!) so I will not be working out for FIVE days after that - I am not allowed to sweat. I'm kind of bummed and not looking forward to being totally bored for those five days. But I am excited to wake up and open my eyes and be able to SEE THINGS! I haven't known what that's like since middle school. Wish me luck!

So that is my day (er, month?). I hope everyone has a Happy Valentine's Day (remember, only a couple chocolates, not the whole box! Now let's see if I follow my own advice...)


Oh I'll indulge just this once... twice... ten times!

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Just because you had a 7 am meeting and everyone went out for breakfast after doesn't mean the calories in the hash browns don't count. Just because it's a Friday doesn't mean you can eat out for every meal. Just because the bagels are free doesn't mean you have to eat one (or two!). Just because you had a long run this morning doesn't mean you get to eat twice as many calories afterward. And just because there is leftover Chinese food doesn't mean you have to eat it all at once just to get rid of it! IT WILL catch up!

There are so many EXCUSES for me lately! I'm okay with going over on calories once in a while, but now staying IN my range has become the rare treat! BLEH! This really needs to get under control NOW. Not tomorrow, not next week, RIGHT THIS SECOND.

There is a work Christmas Party this weekend, for which I will indulge a little but that is IT. I will eat a huge egg white omelette that morning with spinach and a small potato. I will drink gallons and gallons of water. I will NOT drink. I will run my 5K the next morning as fast as I can, and afterward, I will have another HEALTHY breakfast. This Christmas party is the only thing in the near future that I can forsee myself "excusing" the diet for, but if anything else comes up... TOO BAD. Eat your apple, drink your water, and suck it up. NO EXCUSES.

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JELLEN726 12/8/2010 2:57PM

    Thank you for the post- it is great advice and very true! Thanks for the Spark motivation.

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4DOGNIGHT 12/8/2010 11:00AM

    I know what you mean. I have six parties in the next week and a weekend away. Blah. At least you are exercising.

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Turkey Trot 5K

Friday, November 26, 2010

To start it all off, it was rainy and COLD. I layered up and actually, once we got started, I really didn't notice the rain. It was a different story when I stopped running - it was FREEZING! But so fun, and I'm glad I got out there and did it despite the weather!

MAN was this course hard. Luckily I had no idea how hard it was, or I don't think I would have made it. I ran with my mom, who said she only remembered "one bad hill" from the year before. So every stinking time I went up a hill, I thought, "Oh THIS one must be the one bad one, it's gonna get easier." UM, NO! There was hill after hill after hill. I try to run hills on the treadmill because it's flat where I run and that's the only way I can really hill-train. To top it all off, the last leg was UPHILL. And it got steeper closer to the finish line! Why are they so mean!? Why did they do this to us?! I almost thought I was gonna throw up at the very end because I was trying to push it through the end (because the clock said something like 33:20! Slower than last time, eek!!) But I made it, and I ran the entire way - always my #1 goal!

Official race times got posted today and we're not on it!! I am very upset. I'm giving myself at least 30 seconds off my time for actually crossing the start line so I'm gonna say my unofficial time on this race is 32:50. I guess we will never know. I emailed the timing company to see if there's anyway to find it out, but I can't imagine that they just forgot to post my time or something.

I have to admit, I'm slightly disappointed my time wasn't faster than my last 5K. But then I have to remind myself - Michele, it was freezing, raining AND much hillier than anything you're used to. Kudos to me for even doing the whole thing!

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ROCKYCPA 11/26/2010 7:07PM

    Congrats on doing your 5k - even in the cold rainy weather. Good for you. Hope you find out why your time was not posted.

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There is no such thing as a bad run.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

I have been repeating taht to myself since last night's.... less than stellar run. It was hard. I didn't want to go to begin with. I was tired from the beginning. My legs felt like they weighed a thousand pounds. I couldn't get into a good stride. I felt a slight ache in my shins (!!!!). Ok, I decided to alternate with walking. I never let myself walk because I know I don't need to. No hills, either. What if I'm getting shin splints?!?!

Now I'm stressing. I had a poor run and I'm afraid of an injury coming, and I have a race in a week. I'm going to follow my plan of rest for today and tomorrow and then see how my "long run" on Saturday goes. I'm going to spend extra time warming up (inside) before I go out. And if I get out there and it hurts, I'm stopping. I'd rather run the race slower than I wanted then not be able to run it at all. I will ice my shins tonight and tomorrow just in case. I will ice them on Saturday even if I don't feel any pain. I have 3 races in the next month - I have no time for injuries!

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ADKONKLE 11/18/2010 10:12AM

    Better to back off a little then hurt yourself. Usually a couple days rest cures what is hurting you.

You can usually get a gentle walk in to keep yourself moving without setting you farther back.

Good Luck

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RUNNINGLIFE 11/18/2010 10:08AM

    I have had to learn that as well. There's no bad run, as long as you're out there doing it. I run about 5 days a week and sometimes rearrange my off days due to soreness or what have you. I spend extra time stretching as well but found that I require ibuprofen on some days more than others. Listening to your body (as you are), is the best protection one can have against injury. Keep up the good work.

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MNCYCLIST 11/18/2010 10:04AM

    I'm more into cycling than running, but the rule I've been taught to live by is "when in doubt leave it out" where "it" is that one extra training ride or what have you. It's important that we listen to our bodies, so I think you're on the right track with your thinking.

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