Monday, June 30, 2014

Shifting Gears

It's Monday - boooo! But it's a short week - yay!

I had every intention of riding the wave of momentum from Saturday's early morning run and getting out the door bright and early again today. I set my alarm for 4:50 am and even laid out my running clothes. (You can probably already tell where this is going...) Like many of my grand plans, this one failed due to a 4 am wake up call from a restless toddler. Normally she'll come into our bed and go right back to sleep. But not today, of course. I'm convinced kids are naturally programmed to wake up whenever mommy and daddy either want to sleep in or really want to get up and get something done.

She didn't settle back in and go back to sleep until about 5, and by then I felt like I needed to close my eyes again (not to mention I was terrified that if I moved a muscle, she'd wake up again). I ended up slipping out of bed at 5:30 after a few "extra" minutes of shuteye and doing the 21 Day Fix Dirty 30 workout.

I got my run on a mere 15 hours later than planned. Out the door just after 8 pm for 5 miles and change.



When I finished up my run, Runkeeper let me know that I set a new PR for most running activities in one month. I ran 19 times in the month of June - nice!

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I know I've been hemming and hawing about it for a while (and some might say over analyzing...), but I've finally decided to shift gears and give up T25 altogether, at least for now. I'm on cardio overload! I'm exercising more and more, and yet it's getting harder and harder to maintain my weight - and I'm getting hungrier and hungrier! And then there's the fatigue... I'm going back to what's worked for me in the past - alternating running days with strength training days using some of my tried and true videos from my extensive exercise DVD library. Stay tuned for some Jillian Michaels and Jackie Warner.... 

What kind of workout did you do today?

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Rise and Shine (and RUN!)

Sunday night? Already?? Another weekend gone by too fast... It was a good one though. Hope yours was too!

Believe it or not, the highlight of my weekend was my 9-mile run on Saturday! I was determined to get up and out the door before the sun came up to get my mileage in, so I started prepping on Friday. I drank a TON of water and made sure I ate plenty of carbs (hello veggie/hummus wrap and steamed veggie dumplings!). I even got into bed before 9:30 pm to start winding down. I ended up not going to sleep until 10:30, but for a good reason - I got a 9:30 call from my very best friend (who I haven't seen in 6 years!!!) and we ended up chatting for nearly an hour. Even though it cut into my sleep time, it was so good to talk to her and my mind felt clear and happy afterward.

Fast forward to Sunday morning... I set my alarm for 5:15 am to give myself enough time to fully wake up and eat something, if needed. I could tell I was mentally in the "rise and shine" zone because I actually woke up 15 minutes before my alarm went off. I laid in bed for about another 15 minutes before getting dressed. I was still comfortably full from dinner the night before, so I didn't feel like I needed to eat anything before heading out. I flipped on the news and did some stretching in the living room, then put on my gear and walked out the door. My goal was to be out the door at 6 - I left at 6:05. Not bad!

It was only 73 degrees outside, but about 90% humidity. Luckily there was a nice breeze. I needed it because I started sweating profusely as soon as I started moving. I kept my pace very comfortable for about the first 4 miles while I continued waking up, and then started to pick it up.


I finished strong and felt great afterward! I had forgotten how great it is to run in the morning. Not just because it's cooler outside, but it's so enjoyably QUIET! I still had my music on, but I had it much lower than usual since there weren't really any noisy cars to contend with.

I was home by 7:30 - plenty of time to get myself and the kiddos ready for 9 am swim class. And let me tell you, being in pool for mommy and me swim class never felt so good! Just what my legs needed after 9 miles. Run, then swim. I need to remember this going forward!

Probably the best part about my early morning run was my nap! I forgot about how great that was too! Running in the morning frees up the noon to 2 pm time slot so I can nap when the kids nap. I only slept for about 45 minutes, but it felt like the most amazing sleep! I foresee many more Saturdays just like this.

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A few other weekend highlights...

Dinner out with the fam

Cherry-vanilla-flax protein smoothie

BBQ tempeh with roasted asparagus - mmm!
What was the highlight of your weekend?

Friday, June 27, 2014

5 Things Friday #5

Hey everyone! I have finally emerged from the foggy state I was in for 2 days with that massive headache. It took an obscene amount of food and some extra sleep to make myself feel better. Extra food and extra sleep - could be worse, right?

Anyway... Here we go with this week's 5 faves:

1) Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Kind Bars - Just discovered a box of these in the snack stash at work today. OMG! So yummy! And unlike many other bars I have eaten, this one actually helped to quell my hunger for a while.

Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt
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2) Half marathons - I am all about the 13.1 right now! In the throes of training for the Hotlanta Half, and I just signed up again for the Atlanta Half on Thanksgiving day. I love this race! The course is a bit tough in the second half, but it's such a perfect day for distance running. Get up early, burn 1,000+ calories, and then stuff your face guilt free. Love it!



3) Getting back to basics - Although I totally failed miserably at taking pictures of most of them, I really did eat some yummy, simple, plant-based meals this week that were free of faux meat. Things like refried bean and black bean tacos - mmmm! Which brings me to the next thing on the list...

4) Food for Life Sprouted Corn Tortillas - Picked these up at Whole foods last weekend. I've been eating Ezekiel bread for a long time, and have eaten the Ezekiel tortillas before, but this was my first time trying these. Delicious! I used them for my tacos, but they would make a great tostada or semi-homemade tortilla chips too. And check out the very short, very clean ingredient list:

Ingredients
Organic Sprouted Corn, Filtered Water, Sea Salt, Lime.

5) Unofficial summer Fridays - We don't really have summer Fridays at work, but today I had everything wrapped up for the week by 3 pm. The sun was shining and daddy took a summer Friday too, so I headed out to start the weekend a little early. Little things like surprising the girls and showing up together to pick them up from daycare are the best! :) We capped off the week with dinner at our favorite Asian restaurant.

All in all, a pretty good week here. Let the weekend craziness begin! Running, shopping, and playdates - oh my!

What are you loving this week?

What are you up to this weekend?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Headaches Make Me Hungry

I don't get headaches very often, but when I do get one, it's always a doozy. And today, I have a massive headache.


I felt fine when I woke up today, aside from being exhausted (what else is new?!). Despite waking up at 3 am to the sound of "Mommmmmmyyyyyy!" on the baby monitor, I started my day at 5:30 with the 21 Day Fix Dirty 30 workout while daddy and the kiddos slept.

My headache came on suddenly around 10:30. Perhaps it's no coincidence that it came on while I was sitting in a meeting with the finance team...? Whatever the cause, I immediately started to feel woozy and a little sick to my stomach - and HUNGRY! Is that weird?? Don't most people lose their appetite when they have a headache? Maybe my body was craving fuel to help fight the headache? At least that's how I rationalized eating something just about every hour. I kept it healthy, but man, I ate and ate and ate.

Back to Basics dinner!
- Portabella mushroom cap stuffed with spinach and marinara, and topped with nutritional yeast
- Side of sauteed summer squash and onions

I had planned to run 6 miles tonight, and thought about scrapping it due to the headache. But I went for it anyway, hoping that the endorphins would help. No such luck. I called it a night after 5 miles (5 miles that were quite a bit slower than the 5 I ran on Monday). I scarfed down a banana as soon as I walked back in the door because I felt a little dizzy.

Here's hoping that a solid 8 hours of sleep will do the trick. Good night!

What did you have for dinner tonight?

Monday, June 23, 2014

Once Upon a Time, I was an Early Morning Runner



It's hard to believe there was ever a time when I consistently got up and out the door before the sun came up. Raun or shine, hot or cold, it didn't matter. I got up and got it done - and it felt great.



These days, it feels like more often than not, I can barely manage to get out of bed in enough time to get myself and the girls ready and out the door on time.

After Saturday's disastrous run, I promised myself that today would be the day that I started getting up early again and running before the heat and daily obligations begin. So I laid out my running gear last night and even got in bed at 9:30. And then my toddler woke up at 12:30...and ended up in bed with us, tossing, turning, and kicking all night long. You can imagine how "rested" I felt when the alarm went off at 4:50 am...

So yeah, that early morning 5 miler? Didn't happen. I got out of bed at 5:30 still feeling very groggy and did 21 Day Fix Upper Fix. That was all I could manage. I seem to have lost the ability to go from 0 to 60 first thing in the morning.

Alas, it will be another evening run for mommy today. And naturally, there's a good chance it's going to rain. Ugh.

Happy Monday.

How did you start your day today?

Saturday, June 21, 2014

One Plus One Equals One

Say what?! I'm talking about my running today. 1 morning run + 1 evening run = 1 planned long run.

I looked at the forecast last night and saw that it was going to be yet another 90+ degree day. So I told myself that I was going to get up before sunrise (just like the good ol' training days) and get my 9-miler done before the heat and humidity took over the day. So did I do it??

Hell no.

With a toddler in my bed by 4 am, it was just not happening. After drinking my coffee and waking up for a bit, I certainly could have headed out the door at 6. But snuggling on the couch with the littlest one is far better than a morning run.

So I lounged around until it was time to head off to the kiddos' swim class. I decided that rather than immediately going grocery shopping after swim class, we'd come straight home so that I could at least get my run completed before noon. I knew it was in my best interest to carry a water bottle today, so I stopped into my favorite running store quickly and bought one of these:

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The guy at Big Peach also hooked me up with a couple samples of Skratch Exercise Hydration Mix. I used the raspberry one for my run today. (The other one he gave me is pineapple.)

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I headed out the door around 10:30 am planning to run 9 miles. Just a few minutes in, I could really tell that it was harder than usual to keep my breathing under control, thanks to the humidity. Plus, the sun was blazing. And it sounds silly, but I felt very aware of the extra energy I was expending by swinging my arms with a full water bottle strapped to one hand. (Bonus arm workout!) I must've switch my water bottle from my right hand to my left and back again about a hundred times. It was awkward and somewhat uncomfortable, but I was certainly glad to have something to sip on!

Around mile 5, I inadvertently stopped my Runkeeper, so I decided I'd go ahead and pause for a minute to catch my breath and take a few extra swigs of my Skratch. As soon as I stopped, I felt a wave of dizziness and nausea come over meet. Damn heat!

I managed to run another .68 miles back to the house. 5.68 miles total out of the 9 I had planned. I was bummed, but it was the right thing to do to throw in the towel. My body was sending me pretty clear signals that it was time to stop.

Flash forward to late afternoon - we had a popup thunderstorm that significantly cooled down the air temperature (although it actually increased the humidity). Once it stopped raining, I immediately started thinking, "Maybe I can go for a second run and complete the rest of my nine miles."

I took the girls for a walk after dinner to get a feel for the temperature. It was a much more comfortable temperature, and there was a great breeze. So, you can probably guess what happened later on...

Back out the door just before 8 pm! I covered another 3.81 miles, and it was actually pleasant!

Overall, I covered 9.49 miles today (just shy of a half mile more than I had planned). And if you add in my evening walk with the munchkins, I actually covered over 10.5 miles on foot. Not bad!

Today was a pretty important reminder that I need to adjust my training schedule to work around the heat. So Monday morning, I plan to get back to my 5 am running schedule that I used to follow way back when I first started running - which means I'll need to be very good about getting to bed before 10.

I also realized today that every race I've ever run has been in cool/cold temperatures. I typically gripe about running in the cold, but it's actually pretty smart, I guess, to only run fall and winter races. I will absolutely be keeping my expectations in check for the Hotlanta Half. It's going to be more important to fuel and hydrate well, and cross the finish line safely than it will be to try and set a new PR.

Looking forward to a rest day tomorrow!!

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Runner friends: do you run with a water bottles or hydration pack regularly?

Friday, June 20, 2014

5 Things Friday #4

It's that time again! Here are 5 things I'm loving this week:

1) Miniature workout buddies! Love that these 2 love exercising with Mommy. :)

Hands on hips, ready to jog in place!

2) New friends! We invited our new neighbors over last night for drinks and snacks. We had a great time chatting, and we had tons in common. I'm not great at initiating, but good things happen when I do! I'm sure we'll be getting together with them again soon.

3) Yesterday's post! I know, I know... Kind of lame to have my own post be one of my favorite things, but I love it because it was spur of the moment and very inspired. The light bulb went off in my head, I stepped away from my desk for about 10 minutes and typed it up fast and furious on my phone. It was literally stream of consciousness. Very cathartic.

4) Fresh berries! One of my favorite things about summer! I pack a container of mixed strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries for snack daily. I usually sprinkle a tablespoon of ground flax on top too. YUM!

Mixed berries
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5) This article from Runner's World on staying hydrated during hot weather runs! It is HOT in the ATL these days! I really should start running early in the morning again, but I haven't yet. I need all the tips I can get to make it through my training runs. So glad I spotted this article on Facebook tonight, on the eve of a 9-miler on what is forecast to be a 90+ degree day. Now I just need to follow these tips...

What are you loving this week?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Aha Moment & Back to Basics Challenge



Despite my posting about focusing on non-scale victories and less on the 3-4 pesky pounds I can't get rid of, I stepped on the scale this morning and was once again disappointed. I've amped up my workouts and diligently logged and controlled my calories, and still those few extra pounds won't budge. What gives?

I turned to my MyPlate app and went back a few months to review what I was eating then vs. now. And that's when it hit me - I've allowed myself to fall into the convenience foods trap.

While I don't consider anything I eat to be "junk food", I have admittedly gotten away from eating whole foods. According to my food log, dinners last fall were typically refried bean and black bean tacos, roasted chickpeas and marinara over whole wheat pasta and spinach, and homemade bean and veggie soups. Dinners these days are all too often some kind of faux chicken tenders or meatless burgers or hot dogs. In a nutshell, too many of my dinners are coming out of freezer packages. (I know I just posted about my love of Gardein products last night. Yes, I am once again throwing what I said out the window...)

I had a similar realization about this time last summer, that I was relying too much on vegan packaged foods. So I resolved to get back to basics, and it's no coincidence that within about 6 weeks I felt better and as a couple pounds lighter.

So here I am, round 2. I'm kicking off my very own Back to Basics Challenge. With the exception of some tofu or tempeh here and there, I'm backing off the meat substitutes and planning meals around staples like beans and rice. As an added bonus, it will help me cut down on my astronomical grocery bills! No coincidence here either that I was spending significantly less on groceries a year ago.

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So...

Who wants to join me in this challenge?

I'll be posting updates once a week on how the challenge is going for me, and what changes I'm noticing. Follow along!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Shaking Up the Breakfast Routine



Guess who actually managed to get out of 5 am when the alarm went off? This Mommy! It's always hard to drag myself out of bed at that hour, but it was totally worth it. I did 30 minutes of pilates in peace in and quiet before everyone woke up. Well, actually - not everyone. My big girl woke up around 5:30 am, whispered something about being excited for today's field trip, and then promptly went back to sleep on the couch.

In addition to getting my butt out of bed early, I decided to shake things up a bit and have something different for breakfast! (This is about as exciting as it gets for me, people. Just play along...)

I picked up this new-to-me product at Publix on Saturday. I've been wanting to try these for a while. I'm a huge fan of the Gardein products (even though their a tad pricey).



I paired it with a couple of Whole Foods 365 brand flax waffles (sooo yummy!), topped with Earth Balance and maple syrup.



I used to eat the Morningstar Farms breakfast sausages all the time. I loved the taste of them, but but I did not love the ingredients. So I stopped buying them.

The Gardein patties, in comparison, have a much cleaner ingredient list:

gardein: water, soy protein concentrate*, expeller pressed/canola oil, vital wheat gluten*, soy protein isolate*, organic cane sugar, yeast extract, modified vegetable gum, sea salt, spices, natural flavors (from plant sources), garlic powder, onion powder, malted barley extract, paprika, pea protein, carrot fiber, beetroot fiber. *non-genetically engineered soybeans and wheat. (source)

In terms of taste though, I didn't love the Gardein patties. They weren't bad, they were just a little too savory for me. There was a spice that was coming on a little too strong for me. It's not called out on the ingredient list, but it tasted like rosemary, and maybe some sage? I much prefer my breakfast foods a little on the sweet side, so I ended up dipping it in some of my maple syrup.

As for cooking method, I put my patty in the microwave for a couple minutes in the interest of time. I don't recommend it. By the time it cooled down enough for me to eat it, the edges were hard as a rock! I'm sure it would have been much better crisped up in the toaster oven.

So, would I buy these again? Not sure. If the hubby likes them on a breakfast sandwich, then probably. But I don't think it's something that will make it into my regular breakfast rotation. Besides, nothing beats my breakfast cookie. :)

What's your favorite breakfast?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Adaptation

Hello from the House of Germs! We currently have 2 kids on antibiotics (one with an ear infection, the other with a respiratory infection), plus Mommy on antibiotic eye drops for bacterial conjunctivitis (AKA pink eye). Be glad that you are reading this from the comfort and "germlessness" of your own home...

So, Saturday's run really left an impression on me. I felt completely miserable when I was done, and barely had enough energy to make it through the rest of the day. Granted, I probably had a touch of sickness, but I really think my T25/running two-a-days pushed me over the edge. Too much of a good thing.

This week, I'm making good on my promise to myself to adapt my workout schedule to avoid burnout. I'm incorporating some 21 Day Fix workouts back in since they are lower intensity and more focused on toning, and I'm only doing T25 on days when I'm not running.

Yesterday was day 1 of the adapted schedule, and I could definitely feel the difference during my run! Even though I didn't make it out the door until 8:45 pm (better late than never!), I ran 5.1 miles and felt good doing it! I didn't run significantly faster than usual (although it was a bit faster), but I didn't feel like I had to work as hard. A step in the right direction (no pun intended).



Here's a recap of my first 2 days of my adaptation, plus my plan for the rest of the week:

  • Monday: 21 Day Fix Upper Fix + 5.1 mile run
  • Tuesday: T25 Total Body + T25 Ab Intervals + 21 Day Fix Lower Fix (lower fix was not originally planned, but since both kids were in bed by 8:30, I figured what the heck!)
  • Wednesday: 21 Day Fix Pilates + 5 mile run
  • Thursday: 21 Day Fix Dirty 30 + 3 mile run
  • Friday: T25 Total Body + T25 Cardio
  • Saturday: 8-9 mile run
  • Sunday: active rest day (walking, etc.)
We are hosting our new neighbors for dinner on Thursday night, so it's going to take some creativity (and some early rising) to fit everything in...

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It's a good thing this blog is primarily fitness focused, rather than food focused like my previous blog because I've been terrible at remember to snap pictures of my meals! I always manage to capture breakfast, but there's only so many times you all can look at pictures of my breakfast cookies and chia oats, right?! I'm a creature of habit...

I did manage to capture today's lunch which was kind of a new meal for me. I've recently discovered unsweetened vanilla coconut yogurt, and I love it!

coconut milk yogurt mixed with rice protein, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and walnuts

What new foods have you tried lately?

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Scenes from Father's Day 2014



Happy Father's Day to all the Dads, especially...

...my dad...

...and my hubby!
We had a fun day today, despite the fact that our 5-year-old has been running a fever for 3 days, and I woke up with a swollen left eye that was completely sealed shut. Yep, pink eye. Ugh.

Anyway... the kids must've known it was a special day because they let us sleep until 7! I couldn't believe it when I opened my one good eye and realized what time it was. I desperately needed that sleep. I was completely wiped out after yesterday's run.

I woke up not feeling very hungry, which is totally unlike me. So I made some smoothies for daddy and me before we got ready to head out for a walk.

Banana, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and vanilla brown rice protein powder. Simple and delicious.
After grabbing some coffee at Einstein Bros. (their vanilla hazelnut is amazing!!), we headed over to the South Peachtree Creek Trail for a family walk. It was our first time walking this trail, and it was just our style - very few people and lots of nature. (Most of our family activities center around being active. My kids definitely already know the importance of exercising. In fact, my almost-21-month-old even knows how to say the word exercise!)

"Look Daddy!"

"Hi Mommy!"
The trail connects 2 parks, so we stopped in the middle of our walk, at the turnaround point, to enjoy the playground for a bit.


We ended up walking for a total of 53 minutes, and had a great time in the fresh air! (Although our 5-year-old whined a little on the way back about all the walking...but that's to be expected.)

Once we got home, the kids ate some lunch, wore themselves out some more outside, and then took naps. I capitalized on nap time, and FINALLY cracked open my personal trainer study manual. Chapter 1 - done! I have a long way to go to prepare for the exam, but I'm excited just to have finally gotten started.


Even though it was my "rest" day, I also squeezed in some gentle pilates and abs during nap time. And I got a little bit more walking in, taking these munchkins up to pool.

Freeze pops!
We capped off the day with this very summery, very delicious vegetarian/ vegan meal, followed by family movie night. Tonight's flick was Dumbo!

Whole Foods veggie dogs, fingerling potatoes, and grilled corn
I hope you all enjoyed the day as much as I did. Back to the grind tomorrow - although it looks like mommy will be working from home with a sick child for the second Monday in a row!

What did you do this weekend?

Saturday, June 14, 2014

T Minus 10 Weeks

I hope everyone is enjoying this Saturday! It was a pretty standard Saturday in this house that went something like this:

- 6:45 am wake up (this was actually a treat to get to sleep this late!
- 9 am swim class
- 10 am grocery shopping
- 11:30 am kiddo lunchtime
- 12 pm little one nap time
- 1 pm big kid nap time and long run for mommy (8 miles)
- veg for the remainder of the day

Tomorrow marks 10 weeks until my half marathon. I'm much farther along distance wise than I was 10 weeks out from my last half. At that point, my long run was still only about 5 miles. My pace still needs some work though to get back to where I used to be (where I want to be).

Can you spot my mid-run hill??
While I was running today, I decided to go back on what I said the other day about continuing to follow the T25 schedule exactly. This was another ugly run for me. My overall pace was decent, but I felt horrible. My legs felt like I was fresh off a half marathon, and despite eating quite a bit in advance, I felt like I had no gas in the tank. It was a struggle the entire way, and there certainly was no runner's high at the end. Just exhaustion.

So I've decided to go back to using the 21 Day Fix as my primary program while I'm training, since it's much more focused on toning, and less focused on intensity and cardio. I'll probably mix in a little T25 as well, but only on the days when I don't run.

Ow, my shins!
I'm hoping after a week of being back on the Fix I'll feel a little rejuvenated. I barely had energy to keep up with the kids this afternoon, and even dozed off on the couch for a bit while they were playing in the living room. I'm tired of being tired!

I don't like quitting things, so I'm trying not to look at this as quitting T25. Just pausing until after my training season. Although that may not be until December since I'm thinking about running the Atlanta Half Marathon on Thanksgiving Day again this year...

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Quick plug for my fundraising page:

I'm running the Hotlanta Half Marathon on August 24 as a member of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's Team Hope. I have a goal of raising at least $500 in memory of my grandma who lost her battle with pancreatic cancer 5 years ago.

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Please check out my page and consider donating to this wonderful organization!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Friday, June 13, 2014

5 Things Friday: #3

TGIF! We made it! Today was not a great day for me overall...so it's a good thing its time for 5 Things Friday. Otherwise you'd be getting a pretty crabby post from me.

Here we go - 5 things I'm loving this week.

1) Oatmeal - every which way! I could eat oatmeal for every meal. There are so many ways to prepare it and dress it up. Delicious and filling.
With mashed banana, flax, peanut butter, and maple syrup. Mmm!


Overnight chia oats eaten straight out of the fridge

Crockpot oatmeal with coconut oil. Doesn't look pretty but I assure you it tasted great!
2) Iced coffee - I'm not sure there's anything I love more than iced coffee on a hot day! And I'm spoiled, working within walking distance to a handful of great little coffee shops and bakeries. My wallet doesn't love the iced coffee habit though...

Morning walk and iced coffee from the bakery

3) Friday night dinners out with the fam - What a great way to end the week! And today in particular, I really needed this. I pulled in the driveway after picking up the kids, daddy jumped in the car, and we headed straight to The Square Pub.

Mommy's workweek wind-down

4) Someecards.com - This is another example of me being late to the party. I've just recently started playing with someecards.com. Basically a collection of all the things you think but never say to people! Haha.



5) theSkimm - Someone at work turned me onto this early this week.

theSkimm is the daily e-mail newsletter that gives you everything you need to start your day. We do the reading for you - across subject lines and party lines - and break it down with fresh editorial content.

I have started sitting in my card for a few minutes after I pull into the parking lot at work and reading theSkimm before starting the workday. All the news highlights I need, without the extra details I don't need - plus a little fun color commentary. Perfect. Check it out!

What are you loving this week?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Oops, I (Over)Did It Again

Hey, you guys (or y'all, for my southern friends). Is it just me, or is the week flying by? It could just be me I guess, since I spent the first 2 days of the week working from home. Anyway...

Let's talk about two-a-days. For those who aren't familiar, two-a-days refers to working out twice in one day, usually once in the morning and once in the evening. I've been doing two-a-days since mid-April, when I started the 21 Day Fix on top of my usual 4 days per week running schedule. (Although on the days that I can't get out of bed, my two-a-day actually ends up being a single mega workout in the evening...) I have always continued to weight train / circuit train while keeping up a running schedule, but prior to the Fix, I usually didn't do both on the same day. Running days were running only.

Two-a-days were working pretty well for me on the Fix, but in my opinion, the Fix workouts aren't very intense (although they are still great toning workouts!). Now that I've kicked the intensity up a notch with Focus T25 and ramped up my weekly mileage, I'm afraid I may have hit the tipping point - the point of diminishing returns. My legs feel burned out almost all the time, and my running pace is very inconsistent, and generally slower than I would like - especially the first mile.

Case in point, tonight's 7:30 pm run after having done T25 lower fix at 5 am:

Totally tanked mile 1!
Do I stick with it, and keep doing T25 while I train for my next half marathon? Or adapt the T25 schedule around my running schedule? Oh, who am I kidding - I'm not a quitter. I'm totally going to finish what I started! I'm either going to have the strongest legs in the world when all is said and done, or I just won't be able to walk at all. One or the other.

So that's the burnout aspect of two-a-days. Let's talk about the appetite, shall we?


Hungry doesn't even begin to describe how I feel on days like today. I'm not even sure that starving covers it. I have been a complete bottomless pit today, and many other days since pairing T25 with running. In the past, I would have been so concerned about keeping my calorie count down, I would have gone to bed hungry. But lately, I've been "feeding the beast" as I like to call it. Stomachs growl for a reason, right? As long as I'm not feeding it junk, why deny? I ate so many different things today, that I finally gave up trying to log it all. (No, I have not quit that bad habit yet. Don't judge.)

Time to go to bed and doing all over again tomorrow!

Today's random, completely unrelated question:
Do you use the term Hump Day?

I'm pretty sure there are only 2 kinds of people - those who say Hump Day and those who do not. For the record, I do NOT! :)