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Healthy Habits I’ve Kept, and Healthy Habits I’ve Lost

27 Mar

After I lost the majority of my weight, I became obsessed with having as many ‘healthy habits’ as I could in order to maintain my weight. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve gained a bit of weight back. So, I thought I would highlight some of those healthy habits that I’ve kept and which ones I’ve lost in the past year or so. I would like to get most of these healthy habits back, so I’ll say it, then I’ll do it!

Healthy Habit I’ve Kept: Eating a healthy breakfast.

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I’m actually great about eating a healthy breakfast. I always manage to get a good balance of protein, carbs and fat, and I always get some fruit and/or veggies in there as well (definitely try peas on your eggs if you haven’t already). Unfortunately, it’s usually lunch and dinner when I fall off the wagon. I haven’t been very good at bringing snacks with me to work, so by lunch time and dinner, I’m starving and I end up eating way too much. I can definitely improve in this area by snacking smart.

Healthy Habit I’ve Lost: Taking the stairs

My office is on the third floor, and I used to be religious about taking the stairs every single time. Well, I’ve definitely lost this healthy habit. Starting today, however, I decided that I’m banned from the elevator. I think I can improve here by giving myself some sort of stair related reward. A star chart in my office? A weekly stair climbing goal? I’ll think on this, but in the meantime if you have any suggestions, I’ll take them.

Healthy Habit I’ve Kept: Running

So grateful for this one!

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I’m training for the Flying Pig Half Marathon in Cincinnati, and I’ve been pretty great about sticking to my training plan. I’m definitely going to stick with it! I’ve also purchased two five-class passes for a local yoga studio, so I’m definitely getting my yoga in. The only thing that is suffering fitness wise is weight training. I have no interest in doing even a short body weight or free weights exercise lately. I don’t know what my deal is. I can improve here by making a workout plan each week that includes a yoga class, running and one or two strength sessions.

Healthy Habit I’ve Kept/Lost: Counting Calories

This one is a toss up. Although I’ve been logging my food religiously, I’ve gotten in the habit of ignoring things like cocktails and sugary creamer in my coffee.

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Green beers on St. Patty’s Day

I know these things add up – to a lot – but I’ve been having trouble tossing them and not logging them at all is absolutely terrible. I can improve here by logging these things so I can see the damage I’m doing to my healthy lifestyle, and hopefully cutting back on these things.

Healthy Habit I’ve Lost: Walking

It’s been a long winter, huh?

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I used to walk Frank every morning and walk home from work every evening — and that was the very least amount of walking I would do every day. Since we’ve moved to the new house, I haven’t been walking to or from work because it’s a bit farther. But, as I learned during some nice weather we had last week, it’s not too far to walk. It turns out that it is exactly 2 miles from my office to our front door, and it’s a nice walk through the park and everything.

As for walking Frank, I’m going to commit to start walking him in the mornings again. The reason that stopped is mostly winter. It’s been dark until after we leave for work, and the evenings have been cold. I walk him when I can — but I need to do it more often. We both need the exercise. While I’ve kept up very long walks on the weekends (we usually do 3-4 miles most weekend days), he deserves a walk every single day.

Healthy Habit I’ve Kept: Drinking water all day

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I have a water glass at my desk that gets filled every time it’s empty. I’ve kept up with my all day drinking water habit, although I tend to slip a little during the weekends. Although I’ve kept up this habit, I could definitely improve.

I think, overall, I can see where I’ve been slipping in these healthy lifestyle habits. I need to keep up with these things in order to stay healthy and happy. I mentioned my weight gain at the beginning of this post, but really I just want to keep my healthy habits up so I can live my best life. I do feel that I became a little obsessed with these habits after I lost the weight, but now I feel like I’ve become too complacent with them. I’d like to find a happy medium. As I’ve mentioned before, I am perfectly content with my body right now.

Do you commit to healthy daily habits? Which areas can you improve on? Which habits are you keeping up with?

Photo Diary of the Past Couple Weeks

22 Aug

Well, good morning and happy Thursday! I’m heading to the beach on Saturday morning for my annual beach trip with friends. I’m pretty excited about the trip, but it’s come at a hectic time in my life, so it’s hard to not be stressed about everything I’m leaving behind — wedding planning, getting the new house together, and work. But, I’m going to try to relax and enjoy the trip! If you’ve been reading for a while (or you know me), you’ll know that this trip is when Zach proposed to me last year, so it will be fun to celebrate the one year anniversary of our engagement at the beach before our wedding next month (!!!).

Here’s what I’ve been up to lately:

Eating

I’ve been loving the fresh produce available in the summer time. This morning I had the most perfect peach ever on the side of my usual breakfast of a sausage/egg scramble, tomato and coffee:

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That sliced tomato wasn’t too shabby either.

Last weekend, after the Crossfit competition, Zach and I went to the first “Rails and Ales Festival” here in Huntington. This is the first time they’ve had a beer festival in downtown Huntington, and it was so fun! When we entered, they gave us a tiny beer mug to sample all the beers. There were also tons of food vendors around, and we couldn’t really decide what to eat until we ran into a friend who had a brat sandwich on this amazing looking bread from the local bakery. We hightailed it over there, and it was one of the best sandwiches I’ve tasted. It had kraut, hot pepper jelly and was served on this amazing homemade cheddar bread. Yum!

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The other evening, Zach had a late meeting for work so I was on my own for dinner. Our cupboards are kind of bare right now because we are going on vacation, but I had two frozen Tilapia fillets in the freezer and decided to whip up some fish tacos:

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I’ve never made these before, but after I tasted them, I instantly decided that this would be what I made for everyone at the beach (we all take turns cooking dinner). Holy amazing and easy to make!! I basically just brushed the fish with butter and sprinkled it with my favorite spice blend (Bobby Flay’s 16 spice rub — minus the cinnamon and brown sugar) and broiled it until it was flaky. Then I threw a couple tortillas under the broiler for a few seconds on each side, chopped up some tomatoes, avocado, lettuce and cilantro and served. No salsa necessary (although a nice creme fraiche would probably be nice on top) and it was amazing. I didn’t have any corn tortillas, but next time I’ll use them instead of whole wheat. Yum!

Moving

We finally moved into our new home!

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Last Thursday, we rented a Uhaul and loaded up our little crowded apartment, and with some help from friends (Thanks, Mandee and Susie!!) got everything in and our apartment cleaned out in two days.

Zach had to drive the Uhaul and smile when I took photos.

Zach had to drive the Uhaul and smile when I took photos.

I took the two days off of work (we only paid 1/2 month rent at our apartment, so we had to be out by last Friday), and we worked for probably 20 hours those two days. It was quite a workout! But now we’re all moved in and slowly unpacking:

View from the front door. You can see a couple freeloaders have made themselves quite at home.

View from the front door. You can see a couple freeloaders have made themselves quite at home.

I really like the house! I love having a porch, I’ve been drinking my coffee out there every morning:

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Another thing I love, love about the house is the fact that we are on the very top of a hill, so we have an amazing sunset view:

Seriously, every evening! I'm going to miss this when I come home from work after it's already dark.

Seriously, every evening! I’m going to miss this when I come home from work after it’s already dark.

The one thing I’m not too crazy about is the lack of sidewalks around my neighborhood. Frank and I are big fans of our morning walk, and it’s kind of dicey because a lot of times we have to walk in the street because of the lack of a sidewalk. It also turns out that our street is way busier (especially in the morning) than we thought it would be, because we are right behind the hospital and it seems that the people who work at the rehab center behind the hospital use our street as a through way to get to work. That wouldn’t be so bad, but they go a little fast. I’ve already found myself getting very angry at people who speed up our hill in the mornings. I’m possibly going to contact somebody to see if there is something we can do about getting people to slow down on our street. Maybe that seems silly, but eventually we will have kids, and I would like to walk our kid to school (the elementary school is just down the hill). Right now, it’s a little too dangerous to do that. Does anyone have any suggestions how to go about getting people to slow down in a residential area? 

However, the one thing I do like about walking around our neighborhood is the hills! We are definitely getting more of a workout during our morning walk because of all the hills. I just wish the neighborhood were more walk-friendly.

Lifting Heavy

I’ve definitely been inspired by the Crossfit Competition I participated in last week to really push myself to up my weights at Crossfit. This morning we did the second Open WOD for the WV Crossfit Championship (which I’m not registered for, but it’s still fun to try the WODs).

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Hang clean squat thrusters are a complicated lift to do very heavy, so I decided to start kind of light. Usually I stick with about 45-55# for this lift, so I started with a 35# bar only and worked up from there. The workout was only 5 minutes long, and we had to reload the bar between each lift so I wrote down my planned weights to keep the flow:

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I ended up getting through the 9 lifts at 75#, which was very tough for me. That’s the most I’ve ever done for that lift, and I was proud of my performance. Oh, and in case you are wondering, the 10-9-8….3-2-1 was for burpees, sit ups and push ups. That was a tough one!

Like I said, next week I’ll be at the beach, but I didn’t want to take a full week off of Crossfit, so I scheduled a drop in at the local box in Ocean Isle. Despite being new to Crossfit, I knew it was common to “drop in” to a box if you’re visiting somewhere, so I took a chance and located the local box. I contacted them and they were super nice and welcoming! It cost me $15 to do a drop in class at 9:00 AM on Monday, so I’ll be sure to report back how it went.

Question of the Day:
Are you the type of person who works out while you’re on vacation? 

I personally love to work out while I’m on vacation. It’s a fun way to see the sights and since I’m not working, it is easier to find the time to get a workout in! 

 

Crossfit Update and Big News!

13 Jun

A quick Crossfit update: I’ve attended my second On Ramp class, and I’m even more excited about Crossfit now than I was when I posted about my first class. I took the initiative to go early on Tuesday to get a run in before class — I know if I want to commit to Crossfit, I’m going to have to fit my running in when I can — and it was a hot and sweaty run! The class was a little more fast paced this time, and I had barely stopped sweating from the run before we were completing our WOD:

8 minutes AMRAP
6 KB swings
8 air squats
10 Abmat sit ups

I loved this workout! After I had started my second round, Coach Zach called 1 minute in and right there I decided to try to complete 8 full rounds — and I ended up completing my goal plus more! Woo hoo! That’s one of the million awesome things about Crossfit — it is more than a workout, it’s like playing a game. I love that!

In other news, I have some very, very big news: Zach and I have found a house! I wanted to wait to post too much about this until we were further into the process, but we’ve crossed the Home Inspection hurdle, and it’s looking more and more like this isn’t going to fall through, so I’m going to tentatively announce that we have found our house!!

The back deck

The back deck

One of the main things that have been bothering me about apartment living since the weather has gotten warm was the lack of outdoor space. It’s kind of a bummer when Zach and I are sitting around in our apartment when we could be relaxing on a porch. Our new house not only has a front porch, but also a back deck! The wood is weathered, but our home inspector assured us that the frame was solid so we can eventually replace the boards.

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…and look at that yard! Frank is excited just looking at it 🙂 Not to mention, the current owners have a dog and they have installed a doggie door in the basement that leads right out to the yard. Frank will be in heaven!

I’ll refrain from posting pictures of the inside of the house because the current owners are very much still living there, but I’ll tell you it is perfect for us. The first floor has a semi open plan, newly updated kitchen, hardwood floors, two bedrooms, a full bath and even a “bonus room” that the current owners are using as a bar area (we’re considering doing  the same). The second floor is all ours in the form of a master suite — bedroom, sitting area (could double as a nursery for a newborn — not that we’re there yet), full bath and huge walk in closet! It’s really more than I could have asked for in our price point. I’ll keep you updated on the progress of our closing.

Question of the Day:
Are you a homeowner, or do you rent? What are the pros and cons of each?

Snapshots from the Weekend

10 Jun

Sometimes I feel like the weekend is over before I can blink, but when I go back and look at the photos on my phone, I am surprised at how much I did. So, let’s recap, shall we?

I stayed home from work on Friday to be with little Frank. He was neutered on Tuesday, so Zach and I took turns staying home with him to keep an eye on his incision. He can’t play with other dogs or do a lot of jumping, so needless to say I had a very bored puppy on my hands:

Can we please go for a walk?

Can we please go for a walk?

I did take him for a few walks, but a mere walk is not enough for this pup. I can’t wait until he can play with his puppy cousins and get back to the dog park! When Zach got home from work, I hit the treadmill to do a quick run to keep up with the Runner’s World Run Streak, then went to Crossfit, where we did a fun and quick WOD followed by a partner ab workout:

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…and then on Saturday I got to attend my first 2 hour Boot Camp Class of the season! This is something that is put together by two of my favorite group fitness instructors at the gym, they do it a few times in the early and late summer, and it’s so fun! We start at 8:00 AM on Saturday, and we run from the gym to the park, where we go through a bunch of exercises, then we run to another location to do some exercises, and we repeat that cycle in a big two mile loop that ends up back at the gym for hour two, which is indoors. It’s a super intense and fun workout that I get excited for each time we do it. Unfortunately I didn’t get any photos of it, but trust me, it’s a blast!

Later on Saturday, Zach and I decided to take the pup for a nice long walk to get out some of his puppy energy:

Photo Jun 08, 8 20 30 PMHe had a blast, and so did I. There isn’t much I like more than taking long walks with my two favorite guys 🙂

Sunday was a pretty lazy day. Despite trying to stick to the Runner’s World run streak, I felt like my body desperately needed a rest day after two pretty intense workouts on Friday and Saturday, so I took one! No shame in that. Zach and I did some cleaning and I whipped up some chili.

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I guess most people don’t see chili as a summer food, but I’m very into a nice veggie chili in the warm weather, especially on dreary and rainy Sundays!

Despite all of my seemingly healthy choices this weekend, I still overdid it a bit in the eating department. I fear this month’s Diet Bet won’t turn out as well as the last one did, but I’m back on track today!

Question of the Day:
Do you have trouble making healthy choices when the weekend rolls around?

 

Staying Healthy when your Routine is Disrupted

5 Jun

Sure, it’s easy to stay healthy when you get into a routine, but what do you do when your routine is disrupted?

Today I’m at a work meeting about an hour away from home and I’m finding a brief moment to blog about how I keep a healthy routine.

We broke for lunch and I had an hour and a half. I noticed that there was nothing but fast food nearby, and a shopping center. I decided to take a nice long hike to the other end of the shopping center to hit up the grocery store.

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I was able to not only get in about a 20 minute walk, but also get a pretty healthy lunch of seaweed salad, a pre-peeled hard boiled egg (delicious together, by the way), a peach and (not pictured) a Lara bar. I had to get the frozen yogurt so I could use their table to eat 😉 – but I only used fruit toppings!!

I got all of that food for about $10, about the same as fast food and I was able to save back one egg and half the Lara bar for a snack later. I even had time to hit up a local discount store, where I scored a new workout outfit that will inspire me to hit the gym when I get home this evening!

Question of the Day:
How do you stay healthy when your routine is disrupted?

I’m Back! (sort of)

11 Apr

Well, hello there! Long time no talk to.

I have a pretty good reason for not blogging for over a week, I promise! But, I’ll get to that in a minute. First, I want to tell you that I haven’t been slacking on my workouts. Last week, I ran over 10 miles, which was good for me, and I’ve been going to Crossfit. Frank the puppy has been making getting the workouts in challenging, but we’re adjusting, and I’m walking him like crazy so hopefully the walks count as exercise.

Plus, we play lots of tug of war!

Plus, we play lots of tug of war!

 

But the reason I’ve not been blogging as consistently as before is pretty exciting: I got a promotion at work! I know I’ve mentioned that I had been taking classes in Accounting here, but recently the Business Manager at the library where I work resigned, and despite the fact that I haven’t actually finished my Accounting degree, my boss has agreed to give me a shot at the job, and it’s a pretty good move up for me. I’ve been so terribly busy lately adjusting to the new job and still covering my old job while they hire someone that I just haven’t had much time to blog. However, I promise that I’ll be back on Monday. I just need a few more days to get my ducks in a row.

Question of the Day:
Will you promise to still read my blog if I take a few more days off? 

Wacky Wednesday

3 Apr

I don’t have much to post about today, but here are a few quick things:

– Yesterday I got a call that there was an opening for my Crossfit class in the evening, so I jumped on the chance to go. I knew that there was a benchmark workout on tap for today, and I really wanted to try it out:

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For time:
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Hang Clean
Ring dips

I went with 65 lbs for the hang clean and it huuurt, but I ended up finishing with a super quick time: 4:21. I also used a band for the dips. I love benchmark workouts because I really can’t wait to see how I improve on this. I’d either like to do it quicker, or with more weights and eliminating the band (which I really don’t think I needed anyway).

After the WOD, we had a 2 minute sit up challenge. We’ve done this before, where your partner holds your feet while you do sit ups for 2 minutes and then you switch. Last time I did it, I did 53 sit ups. This time I did 57. Love seeing improvement!

– Tonight, Zach and I are meeting up with a bunch of friends for:

Aziz!

The Keith Albee theater is literally steps from my office, and the restaurant we’re meeting at beforehand is just across the street, so Zach and I have secured a puppy sitter and we’re making an evening of it. If you haven’t heard of Aziz Ansari, he’s probably one of my favorite comedians right now. He’s been in a ton of movies, including Funny People, I Love you Man, and 30 Minutes or Less and he’s in the television show Parks and Recreation. His stand up is hysterical, though, so when Zach saw a Facebook update from him that he would be in our town, he immediately scored us some tickets. Super excited for a fun evening out!

– I’m getting my hair cut! I know this isn’t breaking news or anything, but I have been on a kick of growing my hair out for almost 2 years now, and despite the fact that I swore I wouldn’t cut it until after the wedding, I’m just sick of it! The wedding isn’t for 6 months and I’m sure I’ll get a little length back by then, and honestly, who cares? I’m sure I’ll look nice no matter how long my hair is. The (slow) emergence of spring just makes me want to have a really cute hair cut! Here’s the picture I sent to my stylist:

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I’ve been seeing a lot of cute bobs lately and I love the longer pieces in the front of this one. It’s been a while since I’ve had enough hair going into a haircut to have options, so I’m excited!

– I scheduled my haircut for the middle of the day on Friday because I have a surprise day off of work! Woo hoo! It turns out that the library where I work is getting all of the pipes replaced and they need the library to be shut down for one day to do the majority of the work. That day is Friday, and I’m pumped to have a day off. I have a bunch of things that need to be done (my house is a mess!), and the weather is supposed to be great, so this couldn’t have come at a better time.

Question of the day:
Tell me something you are looking forward to!