5K:W3

First things first. I officially quit my job today! AKA holy moly!! It was an awkward moment between my boss and I, but I think he understands. Either way, its official. I am leaving this place and moving on up West.

Secondly, I meant to post my third week schedule and second week recap of my 5K training yesterday, but then I got sucked in to watching a Lifetime Movie that basically took over my evening.

Last weeks 5K training went okay, but as I think I’ve mentioned I missed out on my “long run.” By long I mean 2.5 miles, which I know there are so many of you out there training for marathons and here I am complaining about the demands of my 5K training, but with only so many weeks left here in DC, I am feeling a bit overwhelmed, especially since the race I was hoping to run is the day before I leave for California, but more on that later, here’s how it went overall last week:

Monday: 2 miles
Tuesday: 15 minute run + Strength training
Wednesday: Interval walk/run (3 minute warm up; 3 mins @ 5.8 + 1 min @ 3.8 until I hit 2 miles plus 3 minute cool down.)
Thursday: 20 minute run
Friday: Off
Saturday: 2.5 mile run 20 minute run + Strength training
Sunday: Off 2(ish) mile walk

See, okay. But nothing to write home about. At least I added in some strength training (mostly upper body + abs.)

As a reminder, this is the plan I am loosely following. So this week will hopefully look something like this plus two days of strength training thrown in:

Monday: Off
Tuesday: 20 minute run
Wednesday: Run/Walk intervals
Thursday: 25 minute run
Friday: Run/Walk intervals
Saturday: Off
Sunday: 2.75 mile run

Overall, every time I run, I do feel better. I do however need to run outside more, which hopefully I can start doing now that it’s getting a little cooler out. Back to the date of my 5K though. When I first started this plan I committed to running a 5K no matter what on September 17th. Well, now as fate shall have it, I am leaving for California just 2 days after. I have a feeling my work will want to throw me a happy hour on the 16th, meaning I am not going to be up to running on the 17th?

Bottom line: I do not want to set myself up for failure. I still want to run it on the 17th like I said, but I want to run it and run it well. I feel like so many things on this blog that I have committed to have not worked out as planned + while I realize that is what this blog is about, finding my way to this new lifestyle of balance. I am not going to lie. I have been frustrated. With myself. I have a feeling once I get back to California and get settled, I am going to feel 100% better in regards to health + happiness. I just know. So should I wait until I get back to run a 5K? Maybe on the 2nd of October and bump it up to a 7K race? (There is one that day in San Francisco!)

What do you all think? I would appreciate any opinions you have! So please, help a sister out!! I am a little lost and have a lot to do before I leave here in 3 short weeks!

What would you do?

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Yesterday, I really wanted to have an overall really good day after my weekend of a little fun. However, as I said, I started my day on the wrong foot by forgetting my breakfast + lunch AND by getting pulled over!

I decided to swing by Subway and get my faithful egg white patty + veggies sandwich. At around 300 calories, I really think its my favorite breakfast on the go. (Although I prefer to make them at home, if you can actually believe that!

Lunch was another on the go, but this time I hit up Whole Foods for their salad bar, and two grab a few things for dinner!

I love WF salad’s bar. I always seem to go for a Mediterranean themed salad. And it never leads me stray. I tried the Garlicky Kale for the first time too. DELISH!

Dinner was baked BBQ chicken, roasted asparagus + some whole grain rice on the side. Perfectly simple, but so good. It really hit the spot.

I’ll try not to get sucked into any lame movies tonight and make it back for today’s meals! Hope you are all having a great Tuesday!

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I Hope You Don’t Mind.

ETA: I know the formatting is so bad, but I keep trying to fix it and fail. Help? Anyone?

I hope you all don’t mind, but over the next 27 days (yes, I said 27 days) I will probably be chatting your ears off about moving to California. I will try not to bore you all though. Promise.

I did some quick research yesterday to set my mind at ease, including:

  • Different routes I can take  –>  I think I have decided to do more of a Northern route as oppose to Southern.
  • If I will be liquidating my assets or shipping via a pod or moving service –> Seriously considering liquidation…it’s not like all my things are Restoration Hardware status.
  • When I will be officially leaving –> Monday, September 19th it is!
  • Whether or not to push back my 5K since its 2 days before I am leaving –> Planning on still running it! It will be good to get some exercise in before sitting in a car for a week.
Obviously I have a lot more to work out + plan, but I am actually feeling okay and know it will all get done and that I will get to California! 😀
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Yesterday, I got up and did something I haven’t done in a while: run. After last’s week missed workouts, I knew that I needed to start getting my workouts done in the morning. Now let me tell you, I hate waking up early + I love sleep. It’s also really hard for me to go to sleep before 11:00pm. So 6:00am wake ups to work out, well, they are rough. But yesterday (and today too) I woke up and got ‘er done. I headed to the gym and jumped on the treadmill warming up for a few minutes and then running my schedule 15 minutes @ 5.7, with a short cool down. Quick workout, but it was what was planned + it was freaking early, and that’s what counts in my book.
5.7 seems to be what’s comfortable for me right now on the treadmill (or 10:31,) which to be honest is fine by me for now. My goal for my 5K is to run it all, have fun + finish my first race. If I can run it in approximately 30 minutes. I will be a happy camper. You have to start somewhere, right?
Anyways, after my workout I headed back to my apartment and had a few gulps of a new concoction I made.
This is seriously awesome. Basically I bought a bottle of Kefir (which is basically just more liquidy yogurt if that makes sense) and added about 1/3 of a cup of Chia Seeds to eat. Well first I had to take a few sips, but then I added the Chia Seeds. It’s like Chia Magical Tapioca Pudding, although that doesn’t make it sounds as good as it is. Anyways. Try it. Tell me what you think!
After a quick shower, I made the second half of my breakfast.
One slice of Ezekiel 4:9 Bread with Almond-Peanut Butter, 1/2 a banana, and Chia seeds (I’m obsessed.) Plus the other half of a banana with a little more APB.
Lunch came around and a co-worker offered to take me to lunch, since I had picked him up some Stevia at Trader Joe’s over the weekend. I never say no to pho, or sort of free lunch, so I agreed to go along.
We shared an order of summer rolls to start, and then I ordered a small bowl of the shrimp pho. So delicious!
(I opt out of publishing the summer roll pic, I was holding it in my hand, and it just looked awkward. They look like this if you are curious. Moving on…)
It was actually cooler out yesterday, especially in the AM and in my office, so it was nice to actually want + enjoy a nice hot, bowl of soup!
Approximately 20 minutes after I got back from lunch, the ever famous East Coast Quake happened! At first, I thought no big deal. I’ve been in my fair share of earthquakes after all, but all of a sudden there was a big old jolt and for a split second I thought the building was going to crumble! It didn’t. And I am fine, but it wasn’t fun at all to say the least. Maybe its the West Coast’s way of welcoming me back to California 😉
I got home from work and needed a glass of wine to shake off the feeling (no pun intended.) I eventually made myself a simple + easy dinner. An Amy’s Burrito topped with non-fat Greek Chobani, a little Guac Hummus, salsa and hot sauce!  Plus steamed broccoli on the side for something green.
Amy is always there for me when I am feeling lazy and don’t want to actually cook. Thanks Amy! 🙂
I’ll be back later for today’s eats. I had this catch up thing! But yesterday I decided to #fitblog instead of blog! And let me tell you, it was worth it! See ya later, alligators!

I’m Going Going, Back Back…

… To Cali, Cali!

I’m sure if you follow me on twitter, you have probably guessed by now that I decided to take the leap and move to San Francisco!

I am excited, scared, anxious, happy, overwhelmed but ready to take this head on.

Oh and by the way, I need to be out of my apartment by September 20th!!! While this is so soon, its okay because that means I will be home by my birthday (September 30th) and that means I am going to be started my 27th year off fresh and focused in the state I want to be it. And that has to be a good sign.

I have a lot to do in less than a month, but I know I can get it done. Probably the only thing I know for sure as of this moment is that I will be driving. Hopefully this is my last cross country road trip ever because it is definitely not my first.

I will keep you all in the loop as I go, but I just want to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all of you who had the nicest words of encouragement to say to me. I appreciated them all so much and they really did give me that extra push to make this decision.

So with all that being said, here goes nothing!! California here I come!

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It was so nice yesterday to be able to make lunch in my own kitchen. I think this is my new dream. Making lunch at home everyday. I am going to try to live as close to my new office as possible (you know when I get my dream job after I land in SF next month) so I can walk home for lunch.

I whipped up a pretty tasty salad complete with lettuce, onion, cucumber, feta (fat free,) hummus guacamole, a slice of turkey + a strip of turkey bacon. I also put a little Trader Joe’s Fat Free Balsamic on top. First time having this + I loved it!

A little while later I had a snack of banana + Dark Chocolate PB + chia seeds. Yum, yum + more yum.

A little while after my snack I headed to the gym for my 2 miles that I needed to make up for after missing it this weekend. And you know what? It felt so good. I think with all my news, I just needed to run! I warmed up and planned on running 1 mile, doing a breather and then doing the other, but at 1 mile I knew I could do more so I kept on running until I was at 2 miles. It felt pretty good! I cooled down, and did some upper body strength work (lat pull downs, rows, chest press + some ab work) and called it a workout.

I made a quick + easy dinner afterwards of whole wheat pasta, zucchini, mushrooms, onions, garlic + chicken sausage with some olive oil on top. Oh + a sprinkle of freshly grated parmesan. 🙂

I also had a I’m-moving-back-to-California-celebratory glass of wine, + I ended my night with one of these.

Have you ever driven cross country? Favorite route? I think I know which way I’m going but I probably won’t share until I get to CA! (Safety first!)

Leap of Faith.

Holy crap. Just writing leap of faith as this posts’ title is almost giving me an anxiety attack. As some of you may be aware, I decided a while ago that a big move needed to happen in my life. A big move, cross country, to San Francisco. My timeline was to originally move either by the end of the year (when my lease was up) or when I got a job.

I have been very open and honest about this with my roommate. If I got a job earlier than our lease being over I told her I would have continued to pay my rent until it was up, and since my mom + sister live in the city, I have a place to stay while I am in transition.

Well, last night, my roommate told me that if I move by the end of September or so that one of her friend’s would be willing to do a sublease with me for the remainder of my lease. Meaning I would have no financial ties to my apartment, meaning I could move earlier without a job lined up. But holy crap. Could I do this? Could I pull it off?

While I have been applying to jobs and do have a few strong leads, the process of finding a job when you are not living in the city is hard! A number of times I have had great phone interviews but when they find out I’m not on their coast, I can hear the discouragement in their voices.

My heart is telling me to just do it. Take a leap of faith. I can stay with my mother while I find a job (so no rent,) I am sure I can at least find a waitress job very fast while I am looking for a full-time job, and I know that this is what I want. But its fast! Nothing is for sure. And this would be the biggest leap of faith I’ve ever taken.

Am I crazy to think this is a good idea? Am I crazy to just go? Because I am thinking this is a crazy, good idea that if I don’t do I will regret. I know if I work hard, pursue all the leads I have and budget well, I can make this work. I am going to speak with my roommate tonight to make 100% sure that her friend is 100% committed, and then make a final decision soon. Soon as in like tomorrow! AHH.

What would you do? 

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I decided that with all this news and the fact that I did not sleep much at all because of this news and my brain working triple time, to take a personal day. I had a long weekend anyways, so I think it is definitely justifiable. 🙂 Don’t tell on me!

Since I was actually home this morning and had time to make something tasty for breakfast I decided to make an egg sandwich. Yum!

It was fast, easy, and most importantly delicious. I made a the egg patty out of 1 egg + 2 egg whites plus spinach with a small piece of pepper jack cheese and a piece of turkey bacon on top. Placed in the middle of a sandwich thin, it was an awesome breakfast. A plum on the side, that I didn’t actually eat. I was full!

Today I am going to get organized, see if I can figure out this big move and get my butt to the gym!

Have you ever taken a leap of faith?