A week’s worth

I’ve got big plans for myself this week which include:

-Tracking my workouts and food intake in a new journal (I’m trying to coordinate what/when I eat and how my body feels/needs).

-Re-organizing and personalizing my room (I love to decorate, but have a limited number of my things here in Chicago.  I thought I would be ok with living with the bare necessities only, but I was wrong.  I deserve to be inspired every morning!)

-Drinks with girlfriends, no explanation necessary.

-Study, Study, Study (you’re jealous I know)

-A date?  And hopefully wearing this outfit

Source: hanneli.com via Annie on Pinterest

Super Fast Friday

Friday already?? Not that I am complaining, but I feel badly that I haven’t posted since Monday….what’s been going on here:

-Chicago is experiencing some GORGEOUS weather. Evidence here

-My run/walk is now up to 4 minutes jogging, one minute walking!!
-I got my first test grade back in OB, let’s just say the reality of the semester has not hit.
-Tried my hand at cooking salmon….success!

TGIF!

In the Moment

What do you do when you feel overwhelmed and like you can’t possibly get everything done that you have to?  That’s how I have been feeling the last couple of days, but yesterday I think I found a solution – TAKE A BREAK!  That’s right, step away, take a breath and try to live in the moment, even if only for an afternoon.  It was a fabulous Sunday and I feel ready to take on the week.

This view was the reward after a short road trip to the Indiana Dunes on Lake Michigan and a hike through these beautiful woods.

 

Feeling refreshed and full of vigor I decided to go for a “wog” along the lakeshore.  I am now up to 2 minutes walk/3 minutes jog!  It was perfect, no pain and again just what I needed to get myself centered, focused and feeling good.

Happy Monday!

 

 

Late night brain food

I have my first exam of the semester on Friday, which means this week includes some late night brain food.  Of course I try not to eat to close to hitting the hay but, when you’ve been studying for 4 hours and it’s 10pm, sometimes your brain needs a little energy  to keep you going.

Currently, I am obsessed with anything I can pair with peanut butter.  (Peanut Butter seems to be a common love among healthy bloggers out there :)) And have you ever tried mixing your peanut butter with a little Nutella? Amazing right?  Here is a great little snack:

Take these and dip….

 

….into a mixture of ……

…and voila, perfect snack!

Falling for fall

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Can you feel it?  The slight chill in the air while the sun still warms your face.  I long for that feeling and it seems I don’t have to wait any longer.  The first day of fall was officially on Friday and I have been celebrating all weekend with Pumpkin Beer, walks in the leaves and by donning a scarf around my neck!

Fall just also happens to be the perfect season for running.  You can get by with shorts and a long sleeve tee, the perfect balance to fend off both chills and getting too warm.  The trees along the lakefront path are beginning to turn and getting to actually run beneath them is magnificent.

How are you enjoying the season?

Splendor in the grass

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First week of my run/walk program is complete and I am pain free!!!  There has been lots of icing, foam-rolling and stretching and most importantly proper fueling.  Baby steps….and in three weeks I will be be running continuously for 30 minutes.

I’ve got my eye on this prize, an early winter 5k.  Sounds like no big deal right? But believe me after two years of rehab and re-injury there will likely be tears at the finish line.  Anyone have suggestions for races in Chicago or San Francisco?

Real Food Defined

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I recently came across this blog and am considering taking their 10 day pledge.  I have noticed myself relying more and more on convenience foods lately and coincidentally have been experiencing some digestive issues…I am curious if the two are related.  I am not an advocate of diets, but I think this qualifies more as a lifestyle change.  It would definitely be difficult long-term, but could be a way to introduce some new healthy habits.

Here are some of their convincing reasons to cut out processed food:

  1. Cutting out processed foods could lead you to experience a variety of personal health benefits such as having more energy, losing weight, improving regularity, or just feeling healthier overall.
  2. Rather than counting calories, watching fat grams, or reducing carbs for “healthy eating”, simply eat whole foods that are more a product of nature than a product of industry. It certainly is less complicated.
  3. It just makes plain old sense to fully understand what you are eating, be able to pronounce everything on the list of ingredients (if there is a list), and know exactly where that food comes from…don’t you think?
And the rules:

What you CAN eat:

  1. Whole foods that are more a product of nature than a product of industry
  2. Lots of fruits and vegetables (we recommend that you shop for these at your local farmers’ market)
  3. Dairy products like milk, unsweetened yogurt, eggs, and cheese
  4. 100% whole-wheat and whole-grains (find a local bakery for approved sandwich bread and check theUnderstanding Grains post for more info)
  5. Seafood (wild caught is the optimal choice over farm-raised)
  6. Only locally raised meats such as pork, beef, and chicken (preferably in moderation)
  7. Beverages limited to water, milk, all natural juices, naturally sweetened coffee & tea, and, to help the adults keep their sanity, wine and beer!
  8. Snacks like dried fruit, seeds, nuts and popcorn
  9. All natural sweeteners including honey, 100% maple syrup, and fruit juice concentrates are acceptable in moderation

What you CANNOT eat:

  1. No refined grains such as white flour or white rice (items containing wheat must say WHOLE wheat…not just “wheat”)
  2. No refined sweeteners such as sugar, any form of corn syrup, cane juice, or the artificial stuff like Splenda
  3. Nothing out of a box, can, bag, bottle or package that has more than 5 ingredients listed on the label
  4. No deep fried foods
  5. No “fast foods”

Can you get drunk on endorphins?

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This my friends is the face of victory🙂

Today was the first time in months that I strapped on my running shoes with the intent to actually attempt a jog/run or as I like to call it a “wog.”  My sports medicine doc and physical therapist both gave me the green light to slowly start running again, and boy they weren’t kidding on the slow part.  But I am willing to do whatever it takes, as slowly as prescribed, as long as it will get me back in my Brooks and back on the trail.  I never thought I would be so happy to complete 4 minute walk/ 1 minute jog intervals!!

And the best part….no pain!!!  I am on cloud nine, hence my post title – can one really get drunk off endorphins???  I’m feeling pretty darn good at the moment🙂