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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Putting it out there.

I don’t think I have mentioned this before, but long story short, I went through a very hard break-up at the end of last year. Dating for over three years, lived together, the works. But the relationship did not work out, and I was in a not-so-great place for quite a few months. I set big goals for myself, immediately after the break-up, including the goal of running a half and making over my life to be healthier and happier. But I was just not mentally in a state to tackle these goals yet. I needed time to heal, and I needed to do it in my own time.

I started this blog as part of my journey to find a healthier, happier balance when it came to eating, fitness and my overall lifestyle. Me starting this blog was a breaking point for me. I was finally feeling ready to actually accomplish the goals I had wanted to begin to tackle, but had not yet had the energy (mentally) to do so, which brings me to now.

While I am not significantly overweight, I definitely need to find my happy weight, (which to me means loosing some weight,) which I want to do in a healthy way. How much weight? That I don’t know, exactly, because it will be my feel good weight, and I do believe my body and myself will just know when that happens. I want to adopt a lifestyle that allows me to make good eating choices, or habits if you will, at ease, and to develop a love for running, as well as other fitness activities.

I really believe that I have begun to makeover my eating habits. I consciously think of the choices I am making and, while I do splurge at times, (I don’t like to think of it as cheating…,) I really have changed the way I eat.

I have incorporated fitness into my schedule, and usually end up getting in activity of some sort, whether it be cardio or strength, at least four to five times, if not more, a week. And let me tell you, before I started this blog, I was lucky to get one day of some sort of fitness in each week.

I have had setbacks, I know that. With my toe surgery, I had to stop running for over two weeks, and limit my movement overall. This pretty much made it impossible for me to even attempt to run the half marathon I had registered for back in January (which is scheduled one month from today,) because I did not begin training soon enough, and I made a goal for myself that really should have been done in steps (5k, 10k, etc,) and most importantly decided in a better frame of mind.

Even with my toe setback though, I really have began to develop a love for running, for making fitness a part of my weekly routine. I still would love to run a half, I just know that I have to run my race, and that half is not the half for me. I know that I will not be prepared, that I will not be able to finish and that I very well could hurt myself. Something that I do not want to happen. I will run a half. It just won’t be in one month. I mean hell, a 5k in one month’s time, now that would be a better goal.

Where does all of this lead to? While I have had setbacks, I have made changes. Significant changes even, but with these changes, I really don’t feel like my body has changed much. My stomach does feel somewhat smaller, and I do feel healthier, but the scale hasn’t moved, and, if I am being honest here, I really want it to.

While I am eating healthy, perhaps, I need eat differently during this stage where I want to lose weight rather than maintain weight. And while I am running, I need to have better, stronger plans that I can work towards.

I guess what I am saying is, I need to create new goals for myself. Goals that are realistic and that have a timeline that is achievable. Training for a half in 10 weeks, when you haven’t even run a mile in months years – not realistic. Am I right?

I need some advice, and I’ve decided the best way to ask for it, is to write it down, and see what advice I get back. 

What advice do you all have for me? For me to find my happy weight, and to continue my running with realistic goals.

For running, I am thinking a 5k in about 6 weeks. Does that sound like a good goal? For eating, what do I need to do? What advice have you used in the past to be healthy while finding that happy weight?

This was clearly long and long-winded, but I needed to put it out there. Hopefully you guys will have some words of wisdom for me! Thanks for reading if you got this far. I have loved joining this blogging community, and I really do love this journey I am on.

New Plan.

With my toe leaving me benched so-to-speak with my running, I obviously need a new plan. Two weeks of no running means I have no excuse not to start a strength training program, so I am glad that I ordered The New Rules of Lifting for Women book a few weeks ago. I have only read some of it, and plan on reading more tonight, but basically its a 6-month strength training plan, that you do 3-days a week, so it will keep me busy for a while! I’ll review as I go 🙂

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I plan on walking and doing strength training over the next two weeks while my toe heals up to keep me on track fitness wise. This week’s fitness schedule includes:

Monday
60 minute walk

Tuesday
NROLFW Stage 1 Workout A

Wednesday
60 minute walk

Thursday
NROLFW Stage 1 Workout B

Friday
60 minute walk

Saturday
60 minute walk
NROLFW Stage 1 Workout A

Sunday
5 mile “easy” hike

Hopefully my toe will hold up okay. The walks will only be as fast as I can go. No pre-set miles, just nice long walks to help stretch my toe and keep the blood flowing! The hike on Sunday is with some friends, and they assure me its an easy path and very pretty, so I am excited! I love hiking!

For breakfast this morning I was running late! My alarm went off at 7:00 and I turned it off, and then promptly fell back asleep. I woke up at 8:00 and had 30 minutes to get out the door! I grabbed some breakfast essentials, cereal, fruit, chia seeds, and knew I had a container of Greek yogurt at work and a Kashi Frozen meal in the freezer that I had been meaning to try, and ran out the door. Luckily I had showered the night before, or I would have been late, late, late!

When I got to work I was starving since I normally eat breakfast around 7:15 and it was now 9:00 so I threw my breakfast together quickly and chowed down. It hit the spot. Normally I use milk with my cereal but the Greek yogurt was really good!

In the mix:

  • 1/2 serving Kashi Cinnamon Harvest
  • 1/2 cup Kashi Go Lean Crunch
  • 5 oz non-fat Greek yogurt (Honey Flavored)
  • blueberries
  • banana
  • chia seeds

all mixed up

Blueberries are so good right now. Perfectly plump and sweet. Breakfast left satisfied and content until almost 1:00pm when I decided I should eat some lunch. I’ve had this frozen Kashi meal (theme of the day?) in my work’s freezer for a while in case I forgot my lunch or was too busy to run out for something. Well, today I was just being stubborn, so I decided to try it.

I know it doesn’t look that appetizing in this photo, but it was actually pretty good for a frozen meal! Lots of spinach, and the chicken didn’t taste like plastic which is always a good thing in my book 🙂 Plus, it left me full! I was planning on having a piece of fruit on the side, but I just couldn’t do it! I’ll save the fruit for later! No problem there!

My toe seems better today as well. I’ve been keeping it nice and bandaged, but think tonight I will let it ‘air out’ for a while after my walk and shower. I feel good now that I have made a new plan and know exactly what I will be doing for the next few days while I recover.

Hope you are all having a wonderful Monday!

 

Finding a healthy, happy balance…

…That’s my tagline, right? The key word being, ‘finding.’ Yet for some reason, like I always do, I try to take on too much. I try to do everything at once. I try to sprint my way to the finish, instead of viewing it like a marathon (or a half-marathon in my case,) and end up getting overwhelmed and quitting.  Slow and easy finishes their first race, right?

When I started this blog is was because I knew I had to make changes in my life. I knew it was because I wasn’t as happy as I could be and because I wanted to find a healthy balance that allows me to lose some weight, and leads me to feeling better both physically and mentally. But I was sprinting to get there. And this my friends, is going to take some time. And I need to take it one day at a time, to ensure that my healthy habits stick, that I get through different challenges I am bound to face, and most importantly, to ensure I do not get overwhelmed and I do not quit.

I love reading, and get so motivated by, so many of your blogs out there. So many of you have found that healthy, happy balance that I want in life. But I need to realize that well you guys are motivation, that I am not that yet. I am not even close to being there, but I will get there one day soon.

So while my goals of running a half-marathon and following a healthy, realistic diet plan are not bad goals in themselves, I think the the way I am approaching them is ultimately setting myself up for failure.

While both Hal Higdon’s plan that I based my training plan off of, and the Abs Diet are great plans, they are just that, plans. They are other people’s plans. This is suppose to my journey to my plan.

With my half-marathon coming up sooner, rather then later, I know I want to run it, but I know that my main goal is to finish it. No matter how much I run and how much I walk. Do I want to run the whole time? Absolutely. But my goal should be that. Running. I know that I am not an expert here, but I know that running is the majority of what I should be doing to prepare, and something that I am not even totally comfortable with at the moment. So while I think the distances in Hal’s program to follow each week are definitely a good way to do it, running is what I am going to be focusing on at first, and once I will comfortable doing that. Then I will add in strength, cross-training, etc. This doesn’t mean that I won’t do yoga, or go for walks when I am feeling it, but it does mean that I need to start learning how my body and brain work, and take it day by day, stride by stride.

With the Abs Diet, yes it’s a sensible diet plan, with lots of great ideas and food choices. But again, I need to be figuring this out for me. One day at a time. And while I can take pieces from the diet and work them in one by one, two by two, etc, I want to figure out what works best for me. And if I am struggling to eat enough snacks, etc, I know that this isn’t working for me, and that I should do what’s best for me and not what the book says to do word by word.

I haven’t blogged for 2 days, and during that time I really took into account what my day to day life is and how I need to figure out what works for me, because this is what’s going to work best long term, not just right now.

So while I promise my journey to finding a healthier, happier me won’t be perfect, I promise you it will be real. And maybe you will even get a few laughs along the way. Just like me, this blog will change day by day. And I am confident, that both me and my blog will come together, just the way we are suppose to. (Yes I just said ‘we’ as in my blog and me. I suppose I have become attached 😉 )

Anyways, I just want to be honest and put everything out there because that is the only way I am going to benefit from this blog and from my journey of finding a healthier, happier me.

Happy Friday & long weekend!!

Setting Myself up for Success.

As I mentioned yesterday, my lunchtime plan was interrupted by a lunch I was expected to attend, and as it turned out, so were my dinner plans. Two of my close colleagues that work in The Sudan are in town for the week, and when they invited me for drinks and dinner after work, it was something I felt like I couldn’t say no to. While I planned on going home and making a nice dinner, I knew that going out with them after work was something that I really had to do. So I again, had to adjust my plan.

We ended up going to the same place we had gone for lunch, Harrington’s Pub & Kitchen, because my two colleagues decided it was the” best bar near their hotel.” I had originally planned on staying for one glass of wine, but as the peer pressure piled on and a game of bar trivia started (I love trivia) I decided to have a second glass before changing to water. Now let me tell you, I have been known in my day to drink more than two bottles glasses of wine in my time, so me stopping at two was a success in itself (that sounds bad, but hey, if I can’t be honest here where can I be.) We ended up winning the trivia competition which was actually really fun and I finally convinced them that this girl needed food immediately – and somewhere else then where I had eaten lunch. I know, such a diva.

We ended up at a restaurant called, Ketchup, just a block or so away, and I ordered a Crab Spinach Salad, as I thought it was the best option for me on the menu.

Crab meat, spinich, pecans, goat cheese, tomatoes & dried cranberries

It was alright, but nothing I would write home about. I need to remember to ask for dressing on the side, because it was slightly overdressed. Luckily it was just a vinaigrette, so not too many extra calories 😉

Adjusting is something that I have to get used to doing smartly, because its something that we as people have to do every few minutes day. Normally, if I ended up having one, never mind two, unplanned events come up in one day, I would have just given up all together on my diet and would have said, I’m starting tomorrow. But this isn’t about tomorrow. This is about right now and making a commitment for the long run with my health.  Adjusting to a new health lifestyle is not going to be easy, but if I adjust the decisions I make one at a time, I will be well on my way. There will always be “bumps” in the road, but hopefully they get smoothed out over time, right?

Yesterday I played my adjustment cards the best I could in regards to eating, however, I do not think I set myself up for success in the exercise department. I woke up yesterday morning without a clue on how I was going to tackle my first day of training – “Stretch & Strengthen.” I planned on figuring it out that morning but when I woke up, I hadn’t slept well and thought to myself, I will just figure it out when I get home from work.

Well I didn’t get home from work until 10pm, so clearly my planned session did not happen. I definitely need to plan my strength sessions out better, so what I did today is research a few books I’ve seen making their way around other blogs I read and decided to order The New Rules of Lifting for Women: Lift Like a Man, Look Like a Goddess.

It’s suppose to come next week, so until then I will have to think of a different alternative. This time I will plan more in advance. 🙂