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Food log for Thurs!

Breakfast:

  • HUGE Quinoa bowl-
    • about 1 1/2c cooked quinoa
    • 1/2c almond milk
    • 1 fried banana cut into sllices
    • spoonful crushed pineapple
    • tsp vanilla
    • pinch of cinnamon
    • pinch of nutmeg
    • pinch of salt

heated in microwave for a couple minutes…HOLY YUM. so filling, so tasty

oh and coffee…

Luncherz:

Went to City MArket with Carly. and FEASTED!

  • Tuscan Bread Salad: mesclun greens, fresh mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, tomato, cashews, red onion,bread, and a balsamic vinaigrette
  • Bowl of Veggie Chili
  • 16oz Iced Tea
  • Came home and decided to have a few bites of quinoa, a few bites of leftover spaghetti and a spoonful of peanut butter. I’m weird…

Dinner:

  • veggie burger on whole wheat bun
  • side salad
  • bunch o beers
Categories: Breakfast, Food

a brighter day

I felt so good today! I woke up feeling good and fresh and awake this morning for the first time in like a week! Which is surprising because I had such a bad last few days, have been eating like crap, am battling spring allergies like crazy, and didn’t even sleep very well last night. But i feel great! motivated, confident, happy…

Back to business, I need to get back to my workouts and my healthier eating habits.

This morning I managed 20min of core as well as a teeney strength routine consisting of:

  • 3×30 lunges
  • 3×15 pushups (on my knees)
  • 3×30 hip extensions

My room is full of clutter because I am in the process of moving so this workout was confined to a very small space that i cleared. 🙂 I really appreciate doing these short routines, especially in the morning. I need to remember how good it makes me feel to get moving and sweating a little bit early in the day. I have not been consistently working out for a few weeks, and I need, need, NEED to get back to running and general fitness-ing. I sometimes lose sight of all of the benefits of working out and moreover, the necessity of it. My body is used to the energy and stamina that I get from excercising; I literally cannot function properly without working out. Everyone gets to that point once in a while where you say “Why am I doing this? I’m tired, I don’t want to work out, it’s my life, I can do it later…etc” But the problem comes when I realize I’ve been saying this for over a week and am starting to feel the effects. My appetite for healthy food goes out the window. I end up eating and eating and eating crappy food and then not burning nearly as many calories as I do when exercising, so the food makes me lethargic, tired, and hungry for more an hour later. As a result I wake up tired and spend the day trying to compensate for lack of energy with coffee and energy drinks (something I was able to give up completely when I was working out consistently). I never feel fully awake or energized which makes it even harder to get back into a workout routine. bad. must turn it around. starting today.

I’m going to try and keep up with my food log as well. As best I can. I’m hoping it will help hold me accountable and keep me from mindlessly snacking. Which I do…all day….it’s bad. I seriously don’t know how I’m not severely overweight. It’s a miracle.

Soooo breakfast today:

  • Oatmeal with almond milk. Added some chai spice, 1/2 banana, and some chia seeds. yumm. chai and chia…such similar names!
  • Coffee with cream and sugar from the gas station. I always drink my coffee black, I don’t know why I thought it was a good idea to test out the french vanilla creamer today. I didn’t really like it so I added some sugar to compensate, but I still didn’t like it…ah well, reaffirming my taste.

For lunchy:

  • English muffin with almond butter and 1/2 banana
  • Laaaarge orange. so big and juicy!!

4:00 in the afternoon:

  • Fruit bowl from the gas station (LOVE these…kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, and blackberries)
  • a TON of granola. I should have just bought a bar and not the whole bag. but I wanted granola with my fruit so I just bought the thing. aaaand ate almost the whole thing…ingredients including butter, brown sugar, regular sugar…this stuff was decadent, way too rich. I was very full. hah good thing I had 3+ hours to digest before hitting the gym with Sara! I’m glad to have  a workout buddy to get me back in action.

Post workout late dinner:

  • quinoa with asparagus stir fry veggie mix
  • banana with chai spice for dessert

Joined the gym downtown after work! Planet Fitness! Where all of the machines are purple! This gym will be way more convenient than going to the campus gym. Only 20 bucks a month too! 24hrs, tanning, hydrotherapy massage (im VERY excited to try this), unlimited guests..yeah this’ll be good.

My evening workout:

  • 3mi walk/run on the treadmill. About 35min. This HURT. bad. My inner right thigh was twinging and feeling really really tight again. My hip started aching. I need to keep foam rolling and icing more…
  • arm strength…can’t remember exactly but it went something like this:
    • 3×15 bicep curls #10ea
    • 3×15 tricep extensions #10ea
    • 3×15 bent over rows #10ea
    • 3×15 arm raises straight out front #10ea
    • 3×15 push stright up from shoulders #10ea
    • 2x30second planks

We did some other things that I can’t remember specifically, and I don’t know the names for some of the sets we did do (obviously) but I just wanted to get it down so I remember the workout for next time. Much love! today was an amazing day 🙂

Categories: Breakfast, Food, Running, training

badness

I’m in a bad place…I am far too new to this blogging thing to consider it a safe space for all my thoughts/ issues even though no one reads it, haha. But lets just say I am having a bad week and a worse last few days. Old habits are creeping back with a vengeance that I thought I had gotten a handle on. Just goes to show that even though you’ve made positive changes, those bad habits are always there and require consistent attention and effort to keep away. I think I need to figure out where my issues stem from because I am fueling a new bout of depression that I will NOT be able to handle while moving and dealing with other changes in my life. I want to grow, I want to learn and progress, move forward. I DO NOT want to backslide anymore, I can’t. I cannot let this happen, it took so much to get past it the first time…

Categories: Uncategorized

weekly recap

Last weeks workouts…pretty sad again…

Mon: 20min core, 3.5mi run

Tues: rest

Weds: 20min core, 3.5 mi run

Thurs: 3mi run w/ dad

Fri: rest

Sat: rest, helped Paul move

Sun: 2mi run

bad bad bad. something has happened to me as this half marathon creeps closer. Less than 2 weeks away now…I seriously think I may forgo the thing completely. I have basically given up. I didn’t train properly. I ended up trying to overtrain 5 weeks from the race resulting in super pain in my hip/groin which still has not gone away and comes back with a vengeance  when I run more than 2 miles. Not good when you’re attempting 13…I feel like I will be in so much pain if I attempt it, or I won’t finish, or I will really injure myself. I’ve never run anywhere close to that distance before. Maybe I’m just scared, but I really feel unprepared. I would rather keep running for fun and maybe train for a different race later in summer, while I have time to train properly…

It makes me really depressed to think about telling Jill I’m not doing the race with her and to think about how excited I’ve been about it. I just don’t know…I’m going to attempt a long run (9-10miles) sometime later this week and see how that goes..

Breakin records! The weather that is…we’ve had record highs all week in Milwaukee. 81 today! I can’t believe it’s March and it has felt like summer all week. Of course I am stuck at work all day, but I have the door propped open so I’m getting a little fresh air!

I always set my alarm to get up early on Wednesdays to work out but since I don’t get home from work until 11PM on Tuesday nights, it never happens. I miss working out in the mornings, I want to get back into that routine because going to work for 10 hours and THEN working out doesn’t seem to happen very often for me. If I get it in beforehand though, I’m good to go and can lounge all I want after work without feeling guilty! I did squeeze in 20min of core this morning and some foam rolling. I am still mad sore from the work that the chiro did on me yesterday but I feel okay.

I’m excited for tomorrow! My dad is coming down to visit and get lunch with me and he asked if I wanted to go on a short run with him! He used to be an avid runner and he’s been getting back into it lately which is awesome, I would love love love to have my dad as a running buddy. I told him we should sign up for a short race together in summer and he said “how about a 1/2 mile.” haha, so since he is just getting into running and the chiro told me to go short, slow, and easy, a leisurely run with Pops tomorrow may be just what I need.

As for tonight, I’m itching to get my sweat on and WORK. But I am trying to follow doctors orders and she said to keep running and any cross training, like biking or elliptical, light and short. And I’m afraid if I run or bike tonight, even though I feel like i could, that I’ll be hurting tomorrow on father daughter run. Sooooo I’m thinking the ‘ol upper body could use a circuit workout and maybe some leg work too. I am really in the mood to get down with some cardio, though…I just can’t make up my mind what to do!!

Maybe I’ll try to run the stairs by my house….My street has this HUGE hill in the park down the street and there is an epic set of stairs that wind up the whole thing with the most amazing view of the city at the top (SUPER bonus). I think my max was like 3x I ran them up and down before my legs felt like jello on fire…The best part is someone spray painted about halfway up the words “You own these stairs!” Amazing right? Okay…done rambling…

Categories: Running, training

meh and meh

Feeling pretty …meh…not great not awful, just one of those days…blahhdy blah

Well, I did my run last night! A bit of a fiasco…I was hoping for a treadmill or indoor track run because I think uneven ground has contributed to my problems, but when I got to the gym it was locked! “Limited Spring Break Hours – closing at 6:00.” What the hell, so I furiously drove home, pissed about the waste of time, and threw on my running clothes for some outdoor action. It was beautiful out, in the 70’s…in March! so I couldn’t be too annoyed. Long story short, the run was FANTASTIC. It felt SO good to get back on my feet after over a week of no running. I did 3.5 miles in who knows how what time (I lost my watch) and my hip really started to ache and twinge around mile 2 but I didn’t care. I felt so strong otherwise and so happy, I sang out loud and went faster than I probably should have but whatever right?

Man oh man though did I wake up sore…went back to the chiro and she worked really deep in my stomach and hip, all the muscles that make that area tight and tender. My whole right side is now tender to the touch but maybe that’s a good thing? She showed me some specific foam roller stretches and gave me one of those little balls (I forgot what she called it) for working on myself.

After my appointment I was going to try and fit in a core workout before work but I was sore and hungry so I watched 30 rock and ate soup, oatmeal, trailmix, and bread…don’t even know what I was thinking, I am STILL super uncomfortably full 6 hours later! man when I am hungry there is no stopping me, I swear…

In other life news, the apartment hunt is not going well and me and manfriend are getting quite stressed. I just want to find a place! We have looked at so many it is getting ridiculous…maybe our luck will improve this week. Here’s hoping!

Categories: Uncategorized

Out of commission!

Wow, I have been a bump on a log for like A WEEK. Not cool.

I went to the sports chiropractor Friday and she told me that my hip/groin pain was probably just a muscular issue from overworking myself rather than impending doom via debilitating injury. whew! I felt better after some ATI treatment on my right side, and she didn’t even tell me that I couldn’t run! Which was such a relief! Actually she told me to go for a short run over the weekend and see how I felt. Which I didn’t do…I was all excited that I was “allowed” to run, but I didn’t go. I think I really burnt myself out fitness-wise and dealing with this pain and the anxiety that accompanied it put me over the edge into a week of depression and self pity. I used my need for rest as an excuse to basically stop working out which was not a good idea this close to the race. I knew that I could still be doing strength workouts and cross training no problem. I can’t believe myself sometimes…i allowed my motivation go right out the window and just wallowed on the couch eating junk food on my days off. Now its back to work for the week and I have less time to dedicate to getting back on track…but I’m determined to do it!

Here’s the sad wrap up of last week’s workouts as I can remember them:

Monday: 30min elliptical, 20min bike hill intervals (pretty much my only good workout of the week)

Tues: 20min core

Wed: rest or 20min core (I can’t remember!)

Thurs: attempt at a run but only made it about a 1/2 mile before the pain set in and I gave up

Fri: 30min elliptical, 10min bike hill intervals

Sat: Rest

Sun: Rest

So yeah…not good. I am going back to the chiro tomorrow so I’m going to do my short running attempt tonight after work. God I hope I feel okay. Aside from my hip issues I’m nervous that I may have lost a lot of muscle and fitness from taking so much time off from running and strength workouts. Or maybe I’ll feel rejuvenated and ready to go! We shall see. I met a friend of a friend on St. Patty’s Day and she was telling me that she did a half marathon and that it sure hurt but if i can fit in two 4milers and one 10miler before the race I’ll be able to do it. Granted she knows nothing about me or my training, but she really gave me some confidence. I like talking to people who have been there since I am not really friends with many runners who can give me words of advice or just swap stories.

Also, while getting comfortable in my sad state of boredom, wallowing, and Amazon browsing, I decided that I deserved a Garmin 405 since I lost my regular watch…What are tax returns for right? Well maybe there is something to be said for the power of new gear to get you motivated and moving again…

So a minimum 3mi run is on the agenda for this evening. I woke up with some soreness back in the same spot even though I’ve been resting for so long, so I really hope it doesn’t flare up into full blow pain again. I am determined to have a good workout tonight making it a solid kickoff to a solid week.