Week In Review

Week In Review: 11/23/2014-11/29/2014

The holidays are officially here. And with that comes a lot of blown diets. I know I blew mine for sure. The good thing is that I stuck to my workouts for the week, even though I was still feeling under the weather.

Manchester Road Race

Ready to run!

I also ran my first ever Manchester Road Race Thanksgiving morning. My dad had been after me for years to at least come walk it and now that I’m running, I decided to give it a try. It’s about 4.7 miles and I figured my time would be around 47 minutes… Part of me hoped I’d squeak in under 45 minutes to seed for next year. Little did I know what running with 15,000 other people was like. This is a race to enjoy and burn some calories before you stuff yourself with turkey, not a race to worry too much about your time. I enjoyed it (and was also frustrated by it) but the verdict is out on whether I will do it next year. Continue reading

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Fit Fav Friday

Fit Fav Friday – FlipBelt: Not Your Grandma’s Fanny Pack

Sometimes it’s the smallest things that keep me from doing something. For the longest time, I was resistant to transitioning to running outside because I just didn’t know how to carry my stuff. I know it’s just as simple as buying an armband or a running belt, but for some reason every time I looked for them in the store, I either didn’t like what I saw or got confused over my choices.

Maybe it was just a front for some lingering fear of failure. My previous attempts at running outside were pretty sad and I was doing well on the treadmill. But then I signed up for my first 5k and realized I needed a way to carry my freaking key fob.

Browsing online for a solution, I somehow came across the FlipBelt. It was sleek. It was easily concealed. And it was new! I excitedly ordered one.

FlipBelt - taking a picture of your own torso is tough

FlipBelt – taking a picture of your own torso is tough

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Mid-Week Break

Mid-Week Break: Thankfulness

At yoga last night, the instructor asked us to think about something we’re thankful for. She also reminded us that every day is a day to reflect on what we’re thankful for, not just at Thanksgiving. That is something I need to work on more. It’s easy to get caught up in the negative – a bad day at work, lack of money, the jerk who cut you off.

But focusing on, and being thankful for, the good things in your life helps you become a more positive person. And that’s what I want for myself.

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Recipe Monday

Recipe Monday – Sweet Potato Chili – No Bean and Bean Style

Like many trying to eat healthier, I turn to SkinnyTaste.com for healthy recipe ideas. It’s one of the best recipe blogs out there, in my humble opinion. I recently tried the No Bean Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili recipe because sweet potatoes are on my list of foods to learn to like. Other than in fried form, of course – I’ve already got a taste for that down.

While I really enjoyed the chili made as directed by the recipe, I found myself missing the beans. So I decided to try making it again, plus kidney beans. I also threw in a green pepper for good measure (I still have a hard time getting enough vegetables in everyday). I have to say – it turned out excellent.

Colorful meals are more fun

Colorful meals are more fun

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Week In Review

Week In Review: 11/16/2014-11/22-2014

I wanted it to be a better week than it was. I was super excited to launch my blog, had a theater afternoon planned with my Dad and his wife on Sunday, and was looking forward to a friendsgiving Saturday night. So I had a lot of nice things to look forward to. And I ended up with a horrible cold. It came on Sunday afternoon while I was at the theater seeing The Circus In Winter. It seemed like all of sudden I had a massive headache and bad sore throat.

Pies

My beautiful (and not healthy) fudge pies

Monday I was in denial about being sick, so I did my strength training at the gym in the morning and went to power yoga in the evening. I felt weak and was having a rough time moving through my vinyasa. Tuesday was a rest day, so I was able to sleep in later (and I worked from home, so extra sleep instead of commuting time!). I didn’t realize how bad I was feeling Monday until I was feeling better (but still bad) on Tuesday. Continue reading

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Fit Fav Friday

Fit Fav Friday: MyFitnessPal

Breakfast - yum!

Breakfast – yum!

On my first Fit Fav Friday, I have to give a shout out to one of the tools I use every single day to keep on track – MyFitnessPal.

The first time I attempted any sort of serious weight loss was when I was in college. I had read that keeping a food diary and tracking your calories were the best way to succeed. My tools were a pen, a notebook and google. I manually calculated everything I ate. It worked, but it was time consuming.

We sure have come a long way when it comes to tools for counting calories.

Now, I can just type in or even scan the bar code on whatever I just ate and MyFitnessPal calculates it for me. It’s easy to input and save recipes for dishes that I’ve made. It helps me keep track of my protein, fat and carb intake. I track my daily exercise (and try very hard not to eat back those calories). Continue reading

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Mid-Week Break

Mid-Week Break – Gentle Thoughts

One of the biggest things I’ve been working on lately is being kinder to myself. Most of us are our own worst critics. I know I am. I mentally beat myself up when I don’t meet the expectations I set out for myself. And I’m harsh.

Why am I so harsh? After all, I get up every day and continue on my journey towards a healthier self. If I make a detour here and there, shouldn’t I just enjoy it? Continue reading

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