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A Good Run

21 Jul

This morning was the first good run I’ve had outside in awhile.  I got out by 10 a.m. and it felt great to run in sunny, low 70 degree weather.  It’s been a HOT summer and running in 80 or 90 degree weather has been tough.  I felt really good this morning and was able to bust out a run that looked like this:

  • Mile 1: 8:24 
  • Mile 2: 9:18
  • Mile 3: 9:12
  • Average Pace: 8:58 min/mile

I finished up with a 1 mile walk/jog to cool down and get myself back home.  Success!

A pretty view makes running a little easier!

After the run, I needed to shower, eat lunch and finish packing.  Thankfully, I was able to make this:

Turn into this:

I’d say that looks pretty good for a 9 day trip overseas!

Lunch

Lunch was a little lame because it turned out there weren’t a ton of groceries in the house.  And by that I mean there was no deli turkey or Wegmans sliced wheat bread to make the same boring sandwich I eat nearly everyday.  Guilty.  I picked at some random food here and there, but eventually rolled with tuna fish on a wheat bagel thin.  I mixed the tuna with a Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese wedge, some salt, pepper and garlic.

Then I packed up some snacks for the trip:

Banana, PB, Kashi granola bars, apple, homemade mini muffins, almonds & a strawberry Chobani.

I doubt I’ll eat it all, but when I travel I get super hungry and I hate to get stuck with nothing to eat or have to settle for crappy airport food that I don’t want.  I’m going to be traveling for 12+ hours with a 5 hour time change, so I want to be prepared!

I’m going to try to blog from London, so see you from across the pond!

Questions for the Afternoon:

  • Do you pack healthy snacks with you when you’re traveling?
  • Have you ever been to London?  Tell me what places I need to see!

Food Rut

10 Jul

Hey hey, how is everyone’s day going?

Before we get into today’s happenings, let’s back up to last night.

After my evening run, I showered quick and was still feeling (somewhat) ambitious around 8:00 p.m..  That ambition led me straight to the kitchen to try my hand at baking some more bread!   I loved my cinnamon walnut bread from last week, but I wanted to try something new.

Whole wheat zucchini banana walnut bread!  I used Courtney’s recipe, but switched up a few things.  The ingredients ended up looking like this:

  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 3/4 cup (6 oz.) plain Chobani yogurt
  • 3/4 cup Splenda
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1-1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup walnuts

I mixed and prepared the ingredients according to Courtney’s recipe and ended up baking the loaf for about 45 minutes.  It’s delicious!  I’ve eaten a ton of zucchini this summer and was happy to be able to incorporate it into a baked good.

This morning started off with another protein pancake with 1/2 a sliced banana, some almond butter, honey and sugar-free syrup on top.  I definitely could have split up the batter, but instead I rolled with a single, thick pancake.  It was dense and super filling.

On the side, I had a cup of fruit salad.  I eat an unbelievable amount of fruit in the summer.  I love it so much!

Next up, a run outside.  I went for a little over 2 miles.  I originally had every intention of doing an Insanity video when I got home, but after the run I just wasn’t feeling it.  The clock was also telling me I needed to get in the shower and get moving or I’d be late to work!  I finished up the workout with Gina’s bedtime ab burner (although it certainly wasn’t bedtime) and some stretching.  Nothing crazy, but at least I got moving!

Some photos snapped of our flowers out front on my way back in the house.

This afternoon, my dad took me on a lunch date to Aladdin’s 🙂

Aladdin’s is one of my favorite restaurants.  They have delicious Mediterranean food and offer many salads, pitas, pastas and other dishes.

I’ve definitely fallen into a “food rut” at Aladdin’s.  At restaurants I like, I’m really guilty of ordering the same thing almost every time I go there!  At Aladdin’s, it’s the Roman salad:

Mixed greens, apples, toasted pitas and goat cheese in a lemon-citronette dressing.  I always have them add grilled chicken on top.  The salad is HUGE and always ensures great leftovers.  Yum!

We were able to enjoy our food right by the water.  It was a beautiful 80 degree afternoon with a breeze.  Perfect for a lunch date with my dad!

A question:

  • Do you fall into a “food rut” at restaurants you like and order the same thing every time?  Do you like to stick with what you know, or do you prefer to try new items on the menu?

Scared to be Sedentary

10 Jul

Hi friends!

How was everyone’s Monday?

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My Monday wasn’t bad at all, but sometimes you just have to complain about that dreaded first day of the week!

I spent today working at my dad’s office.  While working in an office is certainly challenging and thrilling for your mind and brain, I’m realizing more and more how terrible it is for your body.  Eight or more hours spent sitting, hunched over papers or staring at a computer screen?  Not exactly the way we were meant to live.

During the day I do my best to take breaks and walk around, even if its just by getting up to stretch and go to the restroom or fill up my water bottle.  But even when I’m mindful of that, it’s still really hard to move enough.  Two weeks ago I purchased a FitBit (it’s literally the coolest thing ever, I’ll post a review eventually!) and today when I was leaving the office around 5:00 p.m., it informed me that I had barely taken 3,000 steps for the day.  My goal is 10,000 steps per day so I was seriously falling short.

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I knew I’d make up for it with an evening run (I’d rather exercise for one hour a day than be dead, thank you!), but I couldn’t help but think about an article I read recently: “Even with exercise, long periods spent sedentary are deemed a health risk.”  So even if I go to the gym every day and get outside for some runs, it doesn’t matter!?

Well, it certainly still matters, but according to this article:

“Sedentary behavior — sitting for long periods of time — is distinct from physical activity and has been shown to be a health risk in itself. Meeting the guidelines for physical activity does not make up for a sedentary lifestyle,” the ACSM said in the first recent overhaul of its comprehensive recommendations.

Great.  This information should really encourage all of us to get moving more!  It’s not always easy, but according to this article even short breaks (1-2 minutes) to move around every 30 to 60 minutes can help.

Quite honestly, this information is what drove me out the door for a run at 7:00 p.m..  I seriously lose motivation to workout as the day goes on, and this post-dinner run was sounding super unappealing.

I walked for one minute to start, then I told myself I only had to run two minutes before I could walk again.  I was totally feeling an easy walk/run combo just to get through it and get home.  But after those two minutes I was feeling good and I didn’t stop to walk again until after 2.5 miles!  The whole workout was a fairly slow jog with some frequent walking breaks in miles 3 and 4, but I was able to cover 4 miles in just over 41 minutes.

I’ll take that!

Schweaty post- run selfie. Gotta have it!

Even though I dreaded every minute of that run before I set out, once I was on the road with the evening sun on my face and Ja Rule Pandora station in my ears (don’t hate) I was feeling good.  And I felt even better once it was over and I was back in my driveway.

Always true.

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Time for bed over here!  I’m planning to wake up early tomorrow morning to get a workout in before work so I don’t have a repeat of today’s “to run or not to run” debate after dinner time.  See you tomorrow with a new bread baking victory to share!

Some questions for the night:

  • Do you have a sedentary job or lifestyle?  What are your tricks for moving more?
  • Do you lose motivation to workout as it gets later in the day?