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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?

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:

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…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!

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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.

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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

I’m Frustrated

21 Feb

I got a call early yesterday morning that there was an opening in the 6:30 PM Crossfit class, and I jumped at the chance to attend. You see, my gym has Crossfit classes, but isn’t an actual Crossfit Box. For that reason, the space for each class is limited to 10 people, so you have to call early in the morning three days before the class you want to sign up. It’s so popular that many times I haven’t actually been able to get a spot in my desired class. I’ve heard some grumbling about this, but to be honest I think it’s something we’re just going to have to deal with. I’m just happy to be able to do these types of workouts and it’s included in the cost of my gym membership (which is about a third of what our local Crossfit box charges monthly!).

So, I got to Crossfit and looked at the WOD, and I immediately knew I was going to struggle:

WOD

 

Double unders (DU’s) are my nemesis. The thing is, I can’t do them. I’ve tried, again and again. I hate to say I can’t do something, but in this case, it’s a given. Maybe someday in the future, I will be able to, but at this point in my life, I have never once been able to get the jump rope under my feet twice. Jodi, our trainer last night, told us that if we couldn’t do them, we had to triple all the reps for the whole WOD, which was also not happening in the 35 minutes we had left to finish up. I was immediately frustrated.

I think maybe the problem I have is that the jump rope is too long for me. I’ve been instructed how to do DU’s a million times. I know it’s all in the wrist, but no matter how high I jump or how fast I flick my wrists, the rope smacks me in the ankles, missing going under my feet by a split second. I finished the WOD, but only by counting “double unders” that were actually the rope smacking me in the ankles. Sigh. I didn’t even ask for my time, I just put on my coat and left. Hopefully tomorrow evening’s class goes a little better.

The other frustration I have is that I’m not getting my mileage in this month. It’s February 21st, and I’ve only ran 29 miles this month. I could probably get in 50 miles if I would push myself, but after this morning’s run:

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…I was feeling that good old IT band pain again — why is it coming back? I guess that leads to my final frustration: I haven’t done any yoga…well, probably all month!

So, in order to alleviate my frustrations, I will:

  • Stop worrying about getting those miles in. I will run when it’s convenient, or I want to, but I won’t stress that I’m not logging miles. Like I’ve said a million times before, longer days and warmer temperatures are coming up, which will lead to a natural increase in mileage. 
  • Practice Double Unders at home. This means getting a jump rope that is an appropriate length for me. I’ve also heard getting the weighted handles helps. Any tips or tricks for practicing double unders? I don’t want to automatically give up mentally every time I see them on that white board, which is where we are headed at this point.
  • Finally, I will commit to practicing yoga at least once a week. I’ve not been great at doing yoga at home lately, I’ll put the DVD in and stop it after a few minutes because I’m distracted by other things I should be doing. No more. I’ll get to a class or I’ll commit to that DVD.

Question of the Day:
Any recent frustrations you’d like to vent about? 

 

 

Hello, Friday!

7 Dec

Today’s post is going to be a mish-mash of randomness!

You know that feeling you get after a tough weights workout, when the muscle(s) you’ve worked feel like jelly and you just know that you’ll be sore the next day? That happened to me yesterday on leg day. All day, anytime I moved around (yesterday was a crazy day at work, so I was moving around a lot), I felt that jelly feeling. Then, by the time I was cooking dinner last night the first of the muscle ache started to set in. By the time I sat down after dinner, I was in full-on sore muscle mode!

Because of the sore muscles, I was glad to wake up early (even after a bit of fitful night of sleep — sigh) to hit the 6:15 AM yoga class at the gym. I did my Day 23 workout of LiveFit after yoga:

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Back and biceps! I felt pretty strong today, even using 15 lb dumbbells for the hammer curls. I’m definitely upping my weight, and I feel stronger every day. Since I was at the gym a little longer than usual, I had to rush home, shower and cook breakfast super quickly so I could get to work on time. My breakfast turned out great though:

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I basically just warmed up some roasted veggies (sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower) topped with a little cheese, put a slice of turkey bacon on top, and then made a dippy (aka overeasy) egg to go on top. Then I drizzled it with Sriracha, the condiment of the Gods. I paired it with a piece of whole wheat toast. Oh my yum. I wanted to make the egg overeasy so when I cut into it, the yolk would drip down onto the veggies. Good decision. I also ate one of the best pears ever. I used to be all about apples, but lately pears have my heart.

Speaking of breakfast, yesterday’s oats didn’t hold me over long. I was digging for a snack by 10 AM 😦 It’s such a bummer, because I really love oatmeal!

This weekend will be filled with fitness! I have two workouts planned for my LiveFit trainer, but I also plan to hit up my favorite Boot Camp class, which is held every other Saturday at  my gym, and Ashley’s yoga class, of course. I also plan on cheating on my no cardio rule to go for a very easy jog on Sunday if the weather is nice. Afternoon jogs when we’re having cool weather in December just can’t be avoided, I’m afraid!

Today, Haley at the Saucy Apple posted a great blog about how to make your weekend seem longer. This post really struck a chord with me, because I tend to get a little stressed on the weekends. There is so much to do, so little time to do it, and then Sunday comes around and I spend the whole day feeling bummed out that the weekend is over. But recently, I’ve been trying to really live in the moment on the weekends and, as my good friend Ashley said, “Not let my Monday ruin my Sunday”. It’s great advice, and every time I find myself getting the Sunday Blues, I remind myself of that little adage and it helps a lot.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Question of the Day:
I need to make a vegetarian main course for my book club this weekend, any suggestions? 

 

Surprise!

4 Dec

Today was a surprise rest day! I woke up to my 5:25 alarm, got out of bed, put on my workout clothes and sat down with my glass of water, first breakfast…

First breakfast

….and Sportscenter, to jot down my LiveFit Trainer lifting plan for the day. Surprise! Rest Day! All of the days of this plan are starting to blend together, so I guess I didn’t have a firm grasp on when my next rest day would be.

I’ve got to be honest, one of my favorite things (next to more sleep) is being awake super early with nothing to do. I enjoyed my breakfast, which was a piece of whole-grain, flaxseed toast, a thin spread of Sunbutter, some apple slices and a few dollops of peach preserves. It really hit the spot! After I ate, I decided to roll out the old yoga mat and get in a good stretch:

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I did a little 20 minute routine that I found on my Comcast OnDemand — Yoga for athletes. My legs feel great right now! I’m ready to run! Oh wait…

I’m still on the self-imposed running moratorium. I am really getting the itch to run, especially because I recently got some very good running related news. I hate to be that girl, but that announcement is going to have to wait until it’s more real. Luckily, I only have 9 more days of no running! I can’t wait!

Question of the Day:
Do you get up early on rest days anyway? Or do you sleep in? 

Not Quite Ready….

17 Nov

I woke up this morning bright and early, and really wanting to go for a run. I had plans to go to a yoga class at 9, but since I was up and at ’em at 7 am, I thought I’d give it a try.

It was my first true cold-weather run of the season. It was 31 degrees out, so it was quite cold. I was glad I got to wear my hat with built-in headphones. It’s so much better than earbuds, I wish I could wear it all year. It was quite cold, but once I got going it wasn’t too bad (except my hands — I need gloves!)

I decided to do my favorite 3 mile out-and-back, and I felt great until right before I got to the turn around, when my right knee started hurting, in the same place it did last week. I stretched it out at the turn around point, but I couldn’t do too much running on the way back home. It was so much colder when I wasn’t running! I ended up running the last quarter mile or so just to warm up. I guess I’m not quite ready to be running, so I’m glad I didn’t sign up for the Turkey Trot! I’m pretty sure the knee pain is IT band related, so I’m looking up stretches and going to limit my running to a couple miles a day.

It was a pretty morning, though!

After my run, I stretched a bit (but not much because I was heading straight to yoga):

Streeeetch!

Yoga was great! My neighbor Ashley has been teaching a weekly yoga class because she just recently got certified. She’s an amazing teacher, I always feel like I got a good workout after her class.

After yoga, I went ahead and knocked out the grocery shopping for Thanksgiving Dinner, which I’m cooking. Here’s my menu:

  • Roast Turkey
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Stuffing
  • Green beans with creamy shallots and mushrooms
  • Roasted Brussels sprouts with pecans
  • Apple/Pear Galette
  • Apple Sangria

My sister-in-law is bringing the sweet potatoes and my father in law will bring the pumpkin pie. I’m most excited about the apple sangria, if I’m being honest!

Question of the Day:
Are you cooking Thanksgiving Dinner? If not, are you contributing a dish to the dinner you’re attending? 

 

 

 

I’m a Puppy

10 Nov

All of the images in this post were borrowed from Run, Puppy, Run! 

I’ve been very down on myself about the race tomorrow. I haven’t run more than 9 miles in 2 years, yet tomorrow I plan to run 13.1.

I haven’t trained enough. I’m not ready. Why did I sign up for this race anyway?

All of these thoughts have been racing through my mind, and it’s been bringing me down.

Then, something amazing happened.

 

My friend and neighbor, Ashley, hosted a yoga class for some friends this morning. She did a “hip opening” class, and explained that the hip chakra is where we store our emotions. She warned us that this class may release some emotion.

As we moved through our first poses, she told us to pick something that had been holding us back, and let. it. go.

 

I thought about my negativity towards this race. I thought about all the times I told myself, “You’ll never run this in under 2 hours.” — and I decided to let it go.

As we stretched our hips, balanced and sweated through some pretty intense poses, I told myself that it was a privilege to have my strength and I thought about all the people who couldn’t do what I’m doing tomorrow.

 

As we lay in our final relaxation pose, Let It Be played while Ashley read us a passage from a book called “The Little Book of Letting Go” by Hugh Prather.

Underwear on the floor can break up a marriage. But the eyes of a puppy light up when they see boxers or briefs. To them, dirty socks are not a reason for fights, but a reason for play. Obviously, most little animals are hooked on something quite divine. Something within them releases enormous freedom. I suggest that something is simplicity and purity, and that we can experience the possibilities of this natural state as well. 

As she read that, tears popped out from behind my closed eyes. I can blame it on the opening of my hip chakra, but really I was feeling the release of my negative attitude.

 

So now I’m approaching tomorrow with a new attitude: With that of a puppy. How exciting to get to do something as awesome as lining up outside of my Alma Mater, and running 13.1 miles with a thousand other people. How amazing that we will run on a balmy November morning. How lovely that I get to see friends and acquaintances lining the streets of my hometown.

Tomorrow, I am a puppy.

 

On Rest and Recovery Before a Big Race

2 Nov

Happy Friday!

I’m so excited about this weekend. The weather is supposed to be nice, I have a girl’s night planned (Dance Central 3 on Kinect will be involved — YES!), and Zach and I will be celebrating our 2 year anniversary! Woo hoo!

I have been crazy tired this week, and feeling just a little under the weather. After not getting a good night’s rest on Tuesday night, I was completely wiped out on Wednesday night. I ended up in bed at 8:30 pm! I woke up at 2:30 in the morning (that’s what I get), read for a little bit, and surprisingly enough fell back asleep until 8:00 AM, making me late for work! I guess I needed it! Then again last night, I was in bed by 9:30 PM. I was up and ready to go to the gym this morning, though, so I think I got the rest I needed.

At the gym, I took the morning yoga class, followed by a shortened version of Clare’s Tabata Sprints workout.

I took my sprint speed up a bit this time, and boy was I feeling it. I was dripping with sweat!

On my way home, I sneakily took a photo for Grow Soul Beautiful‘s Yoga A Day challenge (a day late!):

Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)

Boy, did yoga feel good this morning! I got really deep into some stretches that I felt like I needed, and when I hopped on the treadmill, I had zero sciatica pain! Woo hoo! I’m feeling really hopeful for a pain-free half marathon a week from Sunday (!!!).

This week has been good for workouts. I’ve done something every day. Since I slept in yesterday, and trick or treat was at 6:00 PM (don’t ask why my town doesn’t do trick or treat on Halloween, because I have no clue), I didn’t have much time to squeeze something in. I did 20 minutes of Pilates, though, and I’m feeling it in my core this morning! On the running front, I’ve done a lot of short distance speed work. I’m setting myself up for a low-to-no running week next week. I can’t promise I won’t go for a little jog if the weather is nice, but I’m planning to stick to lots of stretching and maybe a little pilates to rest/stretch up for the half marathon. I’m still a little nervous, but this morning, while I was sprinting on the treadmill, I realized that fitness-wise, I’m good. I know I can run 13 miles if I need to, and I will. I don’t know if I’ll do it in under 2 hours, but I know I have the capability to do so.

Because I know I have the fitness, and I know I have the capability, this week I’m going to focus on having the mental strength to run 13 miles. I’m also going to focus on getting enough rest, and fueling my body properly (I’ve been struggling with this lately). Wish me luck!

Question of the Day:
How do you prepare for a big race? 

DVD Review: Fit in 5

23 Oct

I had quite a frustrating day yesterday. It seemed like everything that I wanted to do got usurped by something I had to do. Does that ever happen to you? It was frustrating, to say the least and let’s just say that there were tears and leave it at that.

However, a few good things did happen yesterday. I got some goodies in the mail! First of all, the shirt I won from Courtney, over at Sweet Tooth Sweet Life, showed up! (Thanks Courtney, I love it!)

That is a very awkward head angle to get the second picture!

I love it! I got a medium, which is just a tiny bit roomy, but that doesn’t really bother me. I love the hashtag on the back. I also received a workout DVD that I won from a Self Magazine giveaway.

I wasn’t sure what I was getting, but I read the back of the DVD and automatically like the concept. It’s 5 20-minute workouts, pulled from 5 different workout DVD’s. There is a Strength workout (From Weight Loss Cardio Sculpt by Violet Zaki); a Pilates workout (From Weight Loss Pilates with Kristen McGee [My favorite]) ; a yoga workout (from Yoga for Everybody by Hemalayaa); a dance workout (from ); and a cardio workout (from ).

When I woke up this morning and just wasn’t feeling the gym (I want to run today, but the treadmill sounded unappealing. The weather is supposed to be nice tonight, so I can do an outdoor run after work), I decided to try this one out for you.

I did three of the workouts: The strength, pilates and yoga. Luckily, the yoga portion counted for my 3x/a week goal — two birds, one stone.

Strength

I actually really liked this workout. It was strength portions followed by bursts of cardio, similar to a Jillian Michaels’ workout, but not as intense. It was more of a beginner level, although I was definitely dripping the sweat at the end. This is a good workout to do in combination with other workouts, when you don’t want to use everything up in 20 minutes. Although the cardio bursts weren’t as intense as I’m used to, as long as you use heavy enough weights, the strength portions were good.

Pilates

Oh, Kristin! You and your boat pose.

This one was a toughie. It starts out with a cardio portion that you repeat between sequences. There isn’t much to say about this other than you should try a Pilates workout with Kristin. She really works you, and I love the way she explains the poses.

Yoga

I loved this little yoga sequence. It wasn’t your typical sequence and it really stretched me out and made me feel energized. Do you know what lion’s breath in yoga is? Normally in yoga, you breath slowly, in through your mouth and out through your nose. However, lion’s breath (usually paired with cat pose) has you stick out your tongue on the exhale and push out the breath, kind of like a lion roar. At first, I felt a little silly doing it, but Hemalayaa says it is supposed to be a cleansing breath, to let go of any tension you’ve been holding, and while it may have been in my head, but I really started to feel it working. Plus, I loved the relaxing set, with the low lighting and candles.

I still haven’t tried the other two workouts, but I’d recommend this DVD. It’s good for the days when you know you need to workout, but you don’t want to leave your house.

Question of the day:
What do you look for in a good workout DVD? 

 

Wild Wednesday

17 Oct

I can’t believe I haven’t posted since Friday! I’m a huge slacker!

Wild Wednesday: Where I dump all the little details I’ve not posted in the past few weeks.

Well, I went to the chiropractor, and I’m pleased to report that everything in my back, leg, buttocks and foot is feeling a little better. My doctor wants me to come back on Wednesday AND Friday, she says I’m extra tight and need a lot of massages. Who am I to argue? There was definitely a little pain during the appointment, but it was all that good, getting the knots out pain.

I’m also pleased to report that I’ve already done yoga twice already this week, and I have plans for at least two more classes!

I’ve been feeling a little ‘off’ since Friday. I went home from work early due to just not feeling well and a massive headache. I ended up in bed for most of the day with a pillow over my head, and wasn’t feeling up to much of anything until Sunday. I did get my long run in though! 8ish miles. The half-marathon is in 3.5 weeks, so I really need to get the long runs in every week until the week before. I will only get up to 10, though. SIGH.

Are you a competitive runner? If you’re outside and there are other runners around, do you try to pass them? I don’t, and I’m fine with it if others want to, but on the last couple of miles of my long run on Sunday, this girl decided she wanted to pass me:

Which is fine, but every time she passed me, she seemed to slow down. I’m pretty sure I was keeping the same pace, because she would pass me and then I would almost be right on her heels again. So, I passed her back. After two more times of this cat and mouse game, I stopped (that’s when I took this photo) and let her go ahead of me. She obviously wanted to be faster and after almost 8 miles I wasn’t in the mood to challenge her. Has this ever happened to you?

Penny always claims my running shoes after I get home from a run.

When the cooler weather hits, the sun spot becomes the most coveted napping place in my house:

Shortly after this picture was taken, another cat came along, beat her up and took over the sun spot. It’s big enough for three, but they all fight over it. Also, my future sister-in-law (and neighbor)’s Doberman is sporting a sweatshirt:

..and I’m wearing my favorite tights/socks/boots combo:

I got out my one and only Halloween decoration (I have more, but I’ve been too busy this year), and Zach got a new pair of shoes so we had this box in our living room for days until we had the heart to toss it:

And finally, although this is probably from 2 weeks ago, I had to share this yummy breakfast I made:

It’s a play on my typical weekend breakfast. I chopped up two sweet potatoes (usually I use regular in this dish) and cooked them in my cast iron skillet with some olive oil, onions and green peppers (along with salt, pepper, cumin and chili powder) until they were soft. Then I popped the skillet into the oven (about 375) and cracked two eggs on top  and let it cook until the eggs were cooked through. I served it (in case you can’t tell) with some avocado and a whole wheat tortilla. Ho.ly. Cow. was this delicious. Quick and easy too! I highly suggest you try it!

One last thing:

 

Cookie Crisp is on the “Eat This” side of Eat This, Not That Supermarket Edition. How exciting is that?

Question of the Day:
Does your competitive streak ever come out when you’re exercising? If so, when?