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Healthy Options when you’re on the go!

When I went back to school this spring I had a small idea of how busy I would be, but no idea of how it would affect my eating choices. Mondays I worked from home and went to school at 5:30, Tuesday I worked at the office until 1 and went to school at 4:30, Wednesday I had Derby committee meetings for the Junior League, and one Thursday a month I had a Junior League members’ meeting. Throw in there work, going to the gym, and getting together with friends and my evenings flew by.

Working 45-minutes from where I live doesn’t really bother me except for how it affects my fitness. By the time I get home, or to a gym near my house, I have lost all motivation to work out. Am I the only one that gets really tired from driving and dealing with traffic? I purposely go to a gym that is about 5-minutes from my work so that I have no excuses! I can go during lunch or I can go after work and miss out on all of the lovely rush hour traffic. I also joined a Junior League chapter closer to my work so that I could be sure to get there on time and make friends that work in the same area I do! With doing everything closer to my work than my house, I find myself eating out and grabbing quick foods more than I’d like to. Fortunately for me, and my waist line, I have found a few ways to make healthy choices on the go.

I’ll start with the obvious.

1. Pack your food! This can be as elaborate as packing another meal to take to work or as simple as some almond butter packets, fruit, trail mix, and/or veggies with hummus!

2. Good choices earlier leads to good choices later! I have found that the better I eat throughout the day, the less I cave to cravings later in the day. If I start off right, I’ll typically end the day right.

3. Find healthy options at your current favorites! Sometimes I am strong enough to pick a salad with chicken over a big juicy cheeseburger at a restaurant, but usually with fast food I am only going there because I am craving it. I never would have thought to pick a salad at a fast food restaurant because I am already skeptical of ordering salads in general. Will the veggies be fresh? Was everything washed? I am completely shocked and blown away by Wendy‘s salad options!

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Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas opened the first Wendy’s restaurant in 1969 grounded on the premise that “Quality is our Recipe®.” For more than 45 years, Wendy’s has been invested in bringing customers the quality ingredients that differentiate us from others in the industry. In every Wendy’s restaurant, employees freshly chop vegetables every day, starting with full heads of iceberg and romaine lettuces and other veggies like cucumbers and tomatoes.

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You can see the speedy story of a single head of romaine lettuce as it travels from farm to drive-thru.

I’m not much of a barbeque sauce fan but something about the Wendy’s BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad. I suspect it was the word “ranch.” I’m a sucker for ranch. This salad had fire-roasted sweet corn, freshly diced tomatoes, light and lively spring mix combined with Applewood Smoked bacon and grilled chicken drizzled with savory BBQ sauce, topped with creamy Simply Dressed® BBQ Ranch Dressing.

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All of the veggies were really fresh in my salad and the best part was the crispiness of the lettuce. I’m really into crispy lettuce so this just made my day. They come in full size and half size and my big eyes opted for the full. Should’ve gotten the half. I ate that sucker for lunch and dinner!

Have you tried Wendy’s salad? I highly recommend them!

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Am I the Only One?

Good Wednesday to you all!  I hope your day is treating you well so far.  Mine was off to a good start and continuing nicely along that trajectory.  Just a few random thoughts today… as if my random thoughts yesterday weren’t enough!  A lot of “anyone else?” questions below!

So this morning I woke up at 7:30.  Not bad except I’d prefer to wake up at 7:15. My dream time is 7.  But no matter what I do, no matter how much I prepare and set myself up for success the night before, I wake up at 7:30.  I think it’s because I know I can still be on time if I wake up at 7:30, even if I wake up at 7:45… or 7:50 as has happened before.  I’m on time, but I’m rushed, and I don’t get to do everything I want to do… like a little eye makeup and play with bling.  Any tips on how to actually wake up?  Let me say that my alarm goes off at 6:40 and I’ve tried a variety of noises.  I do wake up, I just hit snooze-a-looze and go back to sleep.  Who else has this problem?

So far so good on the healthy train.  Yesterday I DID NOT want to run.  It was on my schedule to do a 2 mile run after work and I just wasn’t feeling it.  My head was allergy foggy all day, I had a twinge in my back, I was feeling like I had a little bit of cramps, and most importantly, I just didn’t want to.  As always, I turned to the friend for guidance and butt kicking.  Here is a quick summary of the texts following this one…

Me: my plan today was to run 2 miles.  I’m still so foggy.  Run or no?
Friend: brisk walk if that’ll feel better?
Me: I don’t like to walk lol.  I prefer to run.

Insert lots of complaining here…

Me: [coworker] just told me it’s spitting out.  That means I shouldn’t
Friend: It’s not raining here.  Go home and run.

I did not appreciate that suggestion.

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Does anyone else have a friend like that? (Mags is her dog btw)  Mine is the best.  I didn’t want to do it, was pretty convinced I wasn’t going to run, and I was so, so, so happy I did.  I surprised myself with how much I was able to do and felt so good even though I hurt so bad.  I used my free interval app on my phone and set it for 60 seconds run 10 seconds walk.  Every 5 intervals or so I walked for 10:60:10.  I was able to do it and banged out 2 miles pretty quickly, but I think next time I’ll give myself a 15 second walk and hopefully I won’t have to take the extra long walk.  Do you like running through the woods?  I feel like part wood nymph, part Katniss, and part latin dancer due to my Pitbull songs.

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After running my stomach kind of hurt.  Am I the only one who gets stomach aches after running?  Maybe I ate my banana too soon after.  When I got home the Mumsie had prepared a yummy chicken and veggie meal and I inhaled that.  An hour later I was still hungry so I satisfied my incredibly weird, always present post-run craving: an egg and avocado sammy.

Maybe I’m really just craving protein and fat?  In any case, I fried up two more eggs for lunch today.  I.Can.Not.Wait.  Do you have weird post-run cravings?

Please tell me I’m not the only one!

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Back in the Saddle

This week I made my official return to training full speed ahead for the Runner’s World 10k in October.  Wednesday I set out around 7pm to do run 3.1 of the Couch to 10k app and when I was done I realized that it is now September.  I can no longer say that the 10k is months away.  It is only a month away.  And that scared me a bit.  It also, combined with my success in completing 3.1 somewhat painlessly, motivated me to get moving and I decided to jump ahead to run 5.1 for Friday.

On Thursday night, during a bought of insomnia, I fished out a calendar my Grandma got me as a housewarming gift last year.  I used to have it hanging in my kitchen in my old apartment to hide an ugly spot and every time I looked at it it reminded me of this wonderful lady.

And now it is my workout calendar.  I have it hanging right next to my bedroom door so that every time I walk in and out of my room, I see it there and it reminds me to get my ass in gear.  I wrote in pencil my training plan and hung a bright marker with the calendar that I’ll use to excitedly confirm the workout I did that day.  So far, for the two days it has been there, it’s been working and it still reminds me of my Grandma.  :-)

The success on my Wednesday run was a huge eye opener for me.  I realized that in order to be successful in this training runs I have to set myself up for success.  I can’t run in the middle of the day with full sun, or when it is 90 degrees outside, or without eating and drinking enough.  I basically have to plan for the run all day and I’m not used to putting so much devotion into something.  Completing these runs makes me feel like such a rock star because it shows me that I have done everything right.

So for Friday I wanted to make sure I was just as successful so I returned to the dreaded gym.  I like going to the gym to lift weights and take classes, but I hate doing cardio at the gym.  I have turned into a lover of outdoor running.  The sights, sounds, smells, the motivation in realizing how far you’ve run… you can’t get that at the gym.  Well… you can get some sights, sounds, and smells but they are not nearly as pleasant if you know what I mean.  The 5.1 consisted of a 5-minute warmup, then run 3 minutes and walk 2 minutes thirteen times for a total of 73 minutes.  I didn’t think I’d have that much trouble with it.  The Couch to 5k program had me running intervals of 3 and 2 so I thought it would be a breeze.  But the difference is the 5k program only had me running for 30 minutes at a time and this was 73 minutes.  Intense.  That’s all I can say.

Running on the treadmill was just as boring as I remembered.  Enough to make me want to quit several times.  I was bored, dripping sweat, bright red, my hips were starting to hurt, I felt like I was getting shin splints, people were staring at my funny, and I forgot my Nook to read during the walks. It was like a broken record of negative thoughts spinning insistently in my head.   I refused to listen.  At one point I even said “one foot, one foot, one foot” with each step I took to drown out the sound of my voice in my head.  Guess it worked because I dominated that run.  I might have looked a mess in the end, and I might still be in pain, but I won!

How do you plan for success in a run?

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