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Failed New Year’s Resolutions (and why that’s ok)

30 Dec

I’ve found a trend in the healthy living blog-o-sphere lately, and that is the non-resolution. Several blogs I read are bucking tradition and opting instead to focus on little changes. I totally get it, because statistics show that only 8% of people who make resolutions stick to them! New Year’s resolutions have gotten to be some what of a joke, and I myself have fallen into the trap of planning big on December 31st only to fall flat by March.

Image source: http://ideas.time.com/2013/12/30/new-years-resolutions-are-bad-for-you/

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However, I do feel there is something to be said for New Year’s Resolutions, even if you don’t always stick with them. If you’ve read this blog before (or you go back in the archives) you can see that one of my resolutions last year was to run 600 miles. Well, to make a long story short: I didn’t. However, I did run a lot more than I would have if I hadn’t made the resolution. You see, somewhere around June, my priorities changed and it didn’t seem as important — I joined Crossfit, and I wouldn’t change that experience. My fitness interests wax and wane, and now that I’m no longer a member of a Crossfit box, I’m more focused on running and yoga — and I’m enjoying every minute of my fitness pursuits.

Another New Year’s resolution I had last year was to run another half-marathon, shooting for a PR. Another failure, but again – I’m ok with it. I saw my opportunity to run a half-marathon this year come and go, and I think I made the smart decision to abstain this time. I hadn’t trained properly, and although I probably could have finished the 13.1, I wouldn’t have gotten a PR and I might have aggravated my IT Band injury from 2012.

So despite these failed resolutions, I’ve still progressed. And both of those goals are still within my reach, and here are three reasons why:

1. I got a treadmill!

<3 <3 <3

My awesome husband got me this baby as a Christmas/Birthday present and it’s wonderful having it in the house. It’s so much easier to hop on the treadmill if the weather is bad, and if I just don’t feel like working out, it’s easy enough to hop on and try it out. Usually I’ll just end up finishing a mile or two and that’s better than nothing. I’ve set my yoga mat out right next to the treadmill to remind myself to always stretch afterwards!

2. New shoes!

Hello, lovely.

Hello, lovely.

I love these shoes. They are the Asics Gel Nimbus 15, which is the same model I got last  year, but these feel so much better somehow. The man at the running shop really showed me how they will bring my knees in and help with my IT band issues.

3. The biggie — I did this this weekend:

flying pig

My first out-of-town half marathon! This could be the PR that I’ve wanted for so long (2:00 or under) — although I’ve heard it’s hilly! I’ve got some friends (including veteran marathoners) who I’m training with and we’ve already started (we’ve got 19 weeks). I’m super stoked to be doing this.

I guess the moral of the story is this: Even though you may not reach your goal by December 31, 2014, don’t give up on it. The other moral of the story is: Don’t be afraid to fail, because you might learn something if you do.

Question of the Day:
Do you make New Year’s Resolution? Why or why not? What’s your resolution for 2014? 

I Got it Right

2 Apr

Yesterday I was complaining about not being able to balance my morning responsibilities with a new puppy, but today I got it right.

But let’s back up for a second. After work yesterday, Zach and I had to go to the Sprint store to finally get me off of the family plan with my family and on to our own family plan. It’s about time! It seems like every time I step foot into the cell phone store, I’m there for at least 45 minutes and yesterday was no exception, so by the time we got home it was already after 6. I really wanted to get a run in, and I knew we had to have dinner soon, so I dashed off to the gym. Because I didn’t have a ton of time, and I knew I wanted to get those miles in, I decided to run as fast as I could:

fastest yet

…and I ended up running the fastest 5k I’ve done since my injury in November! I was pretty proud of myself.

So, still on a bit of a running high this morning, I was planning on getting up early and hitting the gym again. However, the puppy was not having it. When I got up to put on my running clothes, he was whining away and I felt bad leaving him with a still sleeping Zach, so instead we got up, played and ate breakfast.

Then we napped:

nap time

Well, they napped. I drank coffee and watched the news. I had to capture the above photo, because it’s pretty huge that those two were napping so near each other.  Tuscany is not a fan of the new puppy.

After the morning nap, it was play time again, so I dumped him into bed with Zach with some toys while I showered, and then after I got dressed I took him outside and then alternated playing with him in the living room and cooking breakfast. It was actually pretty funny, and I think I got a morning workout in anyway, as I was dashing from the stove to the living room to play tug-of-war with Frank.

I’m pretty proud of my desk breakfast today:

quesadilla

…a scrambled egg quesadilla! I basically just scrambled two eggs, and then filled a low-carb tortilla with the eggs and some cheddar cheese and grilled the whole thing. The cheese allowed the egg and tortilla to stick together, so I had a totally portable and dippable (into salsa) breakfast! Yum!

In short, having a puppy is hard work. I’m sure once he’s a little older and more independent, I’ll be able to get back into morning workouts, but for now I think I’m just going to have to skip them. It’s just not fair for me to ask Zach to get up at 5:30 when that’s just not his thing. He’s happy to watch the pup in the evenings while I hit the gym, so for now that’ll have to do! This is good practice for when (if) I’m a mom!

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In other news!

logo_girlsontherun

I attended a benefit on Saturday that I just had to talk a bit about. There is a group of ladies trying to bring Girls on the Run to the Cabell County/Wayne County area. In case you don’t know, Girls on the Run is a program for school aged girls (3rd – 5th grade) to learn self-confidence, teamwork and to believe in themselves. From the GotR website:

One girl put it this way, “I learned that I am the boss of my brain.” Helping girls take charge of their lives and define the future on their terms. You can also think of it as Can University—a place where girls learn that they can. No limits. No constraints. Only opportunities to be remarkable.

How do we do it? 

Lots of ways, but we start with helping the girls get a better understanding of who they are and what’s important to them. Then we look at the role of teams and healthy relationships. And, finally, we explore how girls can positively connect with and shape the world.

And remember, we believe that life-changing experiences can be fun too—for everyone—the girls, coaches, families and other volunteers. So don’t be surprised when you hear laughter along with self-reflection and see beaming smiles across the beautiful, confident faces of our girls.

I’m super excited about this! As the coordinator said, this program is less about running and more about learning self-confidence and awareness, and basically that girls can do anything! The girls work as a team to train for and complete a 5k race. Again, from the website:

Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-15 girls, we teach life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games. The 24-lesson curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run® coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large.

I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to coach a team once it is a reality, but first we need to get the chapter up and running. It’s a very time consuming and costly process, so the steering committee is organizing quite a few fundraisers in order to get the program off the ground. On Saturday, I was lucky enough to attend a fundraiser at Brown Dog Yoga, which is located in Heritage Station in Huntington.

cropped-brown_dog_yoga_small

Despite the fact that my next-door neighbor is an instructor there, this was my first visit to Brown Dog Yoga. The studio is beautiful! The waiting room is bright and cheery, with lots of hooks for your things and cubby holes for your shoes, and the studio itself is so welcoming with its wood floors and amazing exposed brick wall. The cost was $30 per person for an hour long session with the chance to win some pretty cool door prizes that were donated by local businesses.

I haven’t done any yoga at all for a while (bad Kristy!), so I was looking forward to a good stretch after a rough Crossfit session that morning. I wasn’t quite prepared for what I got! The instructor, Katrina, started the class by powering up the heaters on the ceiling and it instantly got quite warm in the studio. Then Katrina led us through a rigorous vinyasa flow that challenged me quite a bit. I even had to take a few rests in child pose because I was so sweaty and breathing hard. It was a great workout! I didn’t end up winning any door prizes, but there was a little bit of food for us afterwards (including the best orange I’ve ever eaten — seriously!), and I left with the satisfaction of a good yoga session and knowing I’d supported a great cause.

If you are a Huntington local, I strongly suggest you visit Brown Dog Yoga! I was quite impressed.

Question of the Day:
Tell me about your morning routine

Back from the Dead

13 Mar

Oh man, did I get sick this weekend.

I rarely get sick beyond a sniffle and a scratchy throat, so when I do, I’m a big baby about it. This sickness made me feel terrible, and it did not help that we have been extremely busy at work this week. One of the larger ongoing projects that I work on had some applications due this week, and they are a bit complicated. Unfortunately, this is a busy time at my work, so I wasn’t able to start working on them until Monday, so when I got sick on Sunday things were a little tough. There was no way I could take time off work with these applications looming, so that meant me at work, sick, miserable and unhappy! Boo!

Luckily, I started feeling a little better yesterday, and today I’m almost 100%! Yay for a healthy immune system!

I’ve managed to run over 7 miles in the past two days and go to Crossfit — I’m making up for lost time 🙂

yesterday

That first mile was a struggle, but I was feeling strong the longer I ran!

That first mile was a struggle, but I was feeling strong the longer I ran!

I’m getting really sick of the treadmill, but these 7.39 miles are dedicated to The Bachelor. I was dying to see how it all ended and as of this morning, I’m almost caught up.

SPOILER ALERT! Stop reading now if you don’t want to know. 

I knew he would pick Catherine! I really like Lindsey, too, but I could just see a spark between Sean and Catherine. I know these Bachelor romances never work out, but I’m a romantic and I hope that they make it. Catherine is adorable, and Sean seems sincere. It’s just so weird to me that you can be totally in love with two people and then the next thing you know, you’re engaged to one of them. I think I agreed with Sean’s mom when she told him that he didn’t have to get engaged to either girl.

Soooo, back to fitness! I wanted to get a good amount of miles in because I’ve signed up for two Crossfit classes in the next two days, and I probably won’t get to run much. The last time I did Crossfit on two consecutive days, I was so sore for days. However, I feel like I’m not getting as sore now that I’m doing Crossfit more regularly, so hopefully I’ll be ok 🙂

Sorry for the quick fitness update! I’m still super busy at work, so I need to get to it.

Question of the Day:
How are your workouts going? Are you getting them in? 

I Can’t Control My Eyebrow!

8 Mar

Happy Friday!

I woke up at 6:00 this morning and truly thought it was Saturday. Whomp whomp: What a bummer, right?! But that means I still have a full weekend to look forward to!

Here are some random things I’d like to talk about:

The sun came out to play today!

sunshine

 

I just love these big, giant windows outside of my office! After two dreary, grey days, the sun has finally decided to grace us with its presence. It’s still pretty cold, but at least there is sunshine. Also, the weather forecast for the weekend looks like this:

weekend

 

…which means there is at least 1 outdoor run on my agenda this weekend!

In less exciting news, I think I may be coming down with a little cold. I’m definitely a little sniffly this morning. Hopefully it stops there!

Speaking of running, I’ve been really good about getting my miles in this week. I’ve done a 2 mile, 3 mile and 4 mile treadmill run so far this week. Yesterday’s four-miler is thanks to the ABC app on my phone and catching up with this week’s episode of The Bachelor: The Women Tell All.

tierra

Holy wow. Now, I just started watching The Bachelor this season, and I definitely see the appeal. It’s like a trainwreck! It’s so awkward to me. Sean will be on these intimate dates and the whole time I’m thinking, “He’s doing this with x other women….” — I just can’t see the appeal of being on that show! Watching it, however, now that’s a different story.

How about Tierra, huh? Could that girl be any more delusional? Before watching this episode, my favorite Tierra quote was:  “I can’t control my eyebrow! I can’t control everything on my face all the time!” – but now it’s, “I didn’t call you a liar, I said you lied to me.” and when someone explains to her that it’s the same thing, she says, “See? Everything I say is WRONG!” — oh man. I think it explained a lot when she said she was Little Miss Nevada when she was a child. Now we know what happens to Toddlers and Tiaras when they grow up!

I only watched through Tierra’s part and covered about 4 miles. I’m excited to finish it off, can’t wait to see what Ashlee has to say to Sean!

run walk

 

I noticed when I was walking back from the gym how bright it still was outside! It was almost 7 pm! After we turn our clocks forward this weekend, we will have so much daylight left in the evenings! Yay!

shade

 

My Shade order arrived this week and I’m loving what I got. For how inexpensive everything was, I’m loving the quality. I wore the top above to work yesterday (sorry for the awkward selfie, I’m still working on it) and I got a lot of compliments on it. I love the trendy chevron pattern.

Ok, that’s enough random for one day!

I hope you have some nice weather this weekend wherever you are!

Question of the Day:
What are you most looking forward to this weekend? 

 

I <3 Pancakes.

5 Mar

Yesterday was not a good day! I mean, it wasn’t a terrible day, but it wasn’t good either. Work was a bit stressful and non-stop (the auditors are here this week, too, which puts everyone on edge), and I didn’t drag my butt out of bed in the morning for a run, so I didn’t even have the endorphins to carry me through the day!

Zach and I had plans to go out in the evening, so I prepped a crockpot dinner while we were home for lunch in the hopes of getting a run in before we headed out for the evening. The sun was shining, so I thought I’d be ok to get a run in outside. NOPE! After about half a mile, my nose was running and my fingers were frozen. I turned around and ran right to the gym to get on the treadmill. I ran a little over a mile on the treadmill before it was time to get home and scarf down dinner and head out. So, not the best run, but 2.25 miles is better than zero!

Also, I had a bit of trouble getting out of bed for Crossfit this morning. I was the very last person to show up to class, and I swear I wasn’t even awake until we started the WOD, which was rough:

4 rounds for time:
10 tire flips
20 kb swings (35 lbs)
30 reverse ring rows
40 med ball squat jumps (12 lbs)
50 sit ups

I finished in exactly 30 minutes, and my heart was racing. It took quite a while for my heart rate to come down and start breathing normally. As rough as this workout was, it wasn’t as bad as it looked when I was looking at it before the start.

As usual after Crossfit, I was starving, so I made some new pancakes for breakfast:

pancakes

So good! I had some cottage cheese in the fridge, so I decided to experiment with cottage cheese/oatmeal pancakes. These have 2 egg whites, 1/4 c. cottage cheese, 1/4 c. oats, 1 whole banana, sliced, 1/2 t. baking powder, 1/2 t. vanilla  and a little whole wheat flour to thicken up the batter. They cooked really well, and I topped them with butter, sliced strawberry and a little maple syrup. Really, really yummy — and quite healthy!

I don’t know if you noticed, but I love pancakes. I am constantly making them — protein pancakes, buttermilk pancakes, crepes, etc. — I just don’t know of a better breakfast than a stack of pancakes. This is a new development for me, as I used to be a strictly savory breakfast food person. Now, every weekend I’m trying to talk Zach into pancakes for breakfast (he likes savory breakfast).

After breakfast I was still starving, so I broke into my morning snack:

graze

 

It seems that shipping my Graze box to work is the way to go, because I got this weeks box yesterday morning, right on time. I love their dried fruit packs, but this one was a little too heavy on the coconut flakes. I like them ok, but not that many of them.

Speaking of Graze, I just wanted to talk a little bit more about it. One thing I really love about this box is that every snack has some health benefit to it:

more graze

This is a bit hard to read, so click on the image to see the full sized version.

..and that chart kind of speaks for itself! Again, I don’t know if Graze is worth the price. $5/week seems pretty steep for 4 snacks that aren’t very large. I think if they added a snack to the box or maybe gave you two servings/snack, it would be worth it!

I mentioned in my first Graze Review that I would try to get an invite code for you. This one should work:

ticket

In order to redeem your free box, go to http://www.graze.com then enter the invite code above (LK612JZD).

In other news, I’m publicly pledging to attend the 7:00 PM yoga class at the gym tonight, so if I come back here tomorrow and I didn’t go, you all have permission to publicly chastize me! My muscles have been very tight lately, and I need yoga in my life!

Question of the Day:

Are you a sweet breakfast or a savory breakfast person? 

#600in2013 Update

1 Mar

Welp, it’s March 1st. I swear, 2013 is going by faster than most years because it knows I have a wedding to plan.

This morning, I ran the slowest 3 miles ever. I just could not get into it, I kept stopping or taking walking breaks:

treadmill

..it was rough. I can’t wait to run outside again, but the first weekend of March looks like it’s going to go right along with that whole “In like a lion…” thing (hopefully March will stay true to the end of that saying as well):

weather…yuck. Can I please just have some sun!? I don’t mind running in mid-to-high 30’s weather as long as there is some sun!

I’m also signed up for a Crossfit class tonight, so two workouts equals two breakfast (science, people). I made some more matzoh brei and then had  bowl of cinnamon Life cereal with almond milk while I sat at my desk:

cinnamon life

 

Cinnamon Life tastes like my childhood. It was always our favorite cereal growing up.

So. It’s time to update my #600in2013 graphic! Woo!

600 miles in 2013 February

..for grand total of 92.92 miles. I’m about 7 miles short of my goal, but I’m not worried about it. When I’m able/willing to run outside again, I’ll be doing more long runs on the weekends, so I’ll make that up in no time. For now, 93 miles in 2 months is pretty good! When I was looking at my Daily Mile profile to add up my miles, I noticed that I was logging about 5 runs a week in January (when I went over my goal of 50 miles), but only logging about 3 runs a week in February, when I fell a little short of my goal. To me, it is clear that I should be shooting for about 4 runs/week to meet my 50 mile/month goal. It can be tough when I’m doing Crossfit 2x/week to do that, but I’ll give it a try this month and see how it works out.

And finally, for something completely random that I just had to share!

I was pretty excited when dry shampoos started showing up on store shelves, because it’s pretty common knowledge that it’s not terribly healthy for your hair to wash it every day. I’ve always longed to be one of those girls whose hair looks better on the second day, but I’m just not. If I don’t wash my hair exactly every 24 hours, it’s an oil slick and it looks terrible. So, when dry shampoos started coming onto the scene, I was super excited. However, I’ve had the worst time finding one that actually works on my hair. The Tresemme brand makes my second day hair look worse if that is even possible.

Anywho, I recently purchased this:

dry shampoo

It actually makes my hair look better on the second day than it did the first! It makes it look clean and even a little textured, which I need considering my hair is so fine.

Question of the Day:
How often do you wash your hair? 

 

Lifting Heavy and Two Recipes

26 Feb

If you’re interested in fitness and keep up with current fitness trends, I’m sure by now you realize that the old myth of girls “bulking up” if they lift heavy is just that — a myth. Unless you’re lifting for hours a day, or taking testosterone supplements, you’re not going to get big and bulky from lifting weights.

When I was following my own lifting plan, I thought I was going heavy, but now that I’m doing Crossfit, I’m learning what lifting heavy really means! Since I started the Crossfit classes 4 weeks ago, we’ve been working on elements of the Clean and Jerk, which starts with a deadlift. Today’s WOD looked like this:

Stretch & Roll

Skill: Jump Shrug to Hang Clean

10 minutes EMOM (every minute on the minute)
KB snatch (I used a 25 lb plate)
30 double unders (I did 90 regular jump ropes)

Deadlift: 5 sets of 5

I want to talk a bit about the Deadlift. There were 3 girls in class today, so we buddied up on one bar. We started with 95 lbs, which I thought was heavy. My friend Sarah was talking about adding weight, but I really thought 95 would be the most I could do. So, I did 5 reps of 95 lbs and it was pretty hard. Then we added 10 lbs (to make it 105) and I did 5 reps. Once I started gaining confidence, it wasn’t so bad. I added 10 lbs to the bar each set, and maxed out at 135 lbs! I honestly did not think I was capable of that, so I’m pretty pleased with myself this morning! I even think I could have gone a little heavier, so next time we do that, I will start at 105 instead of 95, and go up from there.

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Now, let’s talk a bit about food, because that’s the natural progression after workouts, right? I’ve been pretty adventurous in the kitchen lately, so I want to share a couple recipes with you:

Last night, Zach had to work late so I was on my own for dinner. After a pretty decent round of the Pick a Card treadmill workout:

Really? I couldn't have gone that 0.02 miles to make it an even 3.75?

Really? I couldn’t have gone that 0.02 miles to make it an even 3.75?

I decided a large bowl of pasta was in my future. I’ve been wanting to make peanut noodles for a while, but I don’t like springing something exotic that I haven’t even tried on Zach, so I thought it would be a good time to try it.

Thai Peanut Noodles with Peas, Carrots and Chicken

yummm

Note: I didn’t actually do much measuring while I was making this, so these measurements are guesses. Just taste your peanut sauce as you go to see what you need to add. 

1 serving whole wheat noodles of your choice (I used thin spaghetti)
1/2 c. frozen peas and carrots
1 knuckle of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
2 Tbs natural peanut butter
1 tsp sesame oil
1 Tbs plus more to taste Lite Soy Sauce
1 Tbs plus more to thin hot water
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
Crushed red pepper (optional)

Put a large pot of water on to boil, adding salt and oil if desired. Boil the noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, heat the sesame oil over low heat and add ginger (you could also add scallions or onions if desired). Saute until fragrant. Add peas and carrots, and saute about a minute more. Add peanut butter, soy sauce, hot water and salt and pepper, and cook, stirring often, until smooth and thick. If it’s too thick, add a bit more water. Taste the sauce and add more soy sauce, salt or pepper to taste. Toss with spaghetti noodles. Set aside. In the same pan you cooked your peanut sauce, turn the heat up to medium and spray with cooking oil. Salt and pepper both sides of your chicken breast (or use 7-2-1 spice) and cook on each side for about 3-4 minutes, or until cooked through. Slice. Sprinkle your noodles with crushed red pepper if you wish and put the sliced chicken on top. Enjoy! 

This turned out to be a really great dinner! Feel free to tweak the ingredients and play with the amounts. Let me know if you try it!

The next recipe I want to share is what I made for breakfast this morning. After Crossfit, I like to have something high in protein to help my muscles repair themselves. I wasn’t feeling like having eggs this morning, and protein pancakes didn’t sound appetizing either. Although, regular old fluffy, buttermilk pancakes did! So, I decided to make a protein-buttermilk-pancake hybrid:

Cream of Wheat Buttermilk High-Protein Pancakes

pannycakes

3 Tbs. Cream of Wheat Cereal
1/4 c. whole-wheat flour
3 Tbs. liquid egg whites
1 whole banana, smashed
1/4 c. almond milk mixed with a splash of apple cider vinegar
Optional: Cinnamon, Pumpkin Pie Spice, chopped nuts, dried or fresh fruit

In a small bowl, smash your banana well. Add the egg whites and smash the banana a bit more. Add cream of wheat and almond milk/vinegar mixture. Stir in whole wheat flour. Add any add ins you wish. 

Preheat a griddle or frying pan over medium heat. Spray with cooking oil. Scoop about 1/4 c. of the pancake mixture into the pan and cook until bubbly. Flip and cook until golden. Repeat. Top pancakes with butter and jam or syrup. 

This will make 3 large pancakes or 6 smaller ones, so this can be 2 servings or just one. The nutritional information is here:

nutritional

My Fitness Pal is the best for getting nutritional information for recipes!

I ate the whole recipe this morning because I was starving from my workout, but I would cut it in half for a lighter breakfast. Either way, you’re getting 7 grams of protein/serving, which is pretty good, and you’re still getting that yummy, thick, buttermilk pancake flavor! Of course, this recipe isn’t for the carb-o-phobes! If you wanted to cut down on the carbs, you could make them with just the whole wheat flour, but I really enjoy adding in Cream of Wheat to my pancakes.

Question of the Day:
Do you ever experiment in the kitchen?