Hitting the Reset Button

6 05 2014

Am I the only one that wakes up on a Monday morning with an overwhelming urge to hit the reset button?  To try and un-do all that was done over the weekend in an attempt to restore order to my life and body?  When I woke up this morning I felt like I needed not only a mental but a physical cleanse.  I just wanted to be kinder to my body and to my mind, and to feel better.  This weekend I drank a little more alcohol than I should have, ate more sugar than I should have, and was in a bad mood almost the entire time.  I am a firm believer that what you put into your body has a direct effect on your mind and your mood.  So, it only makes sense that after an over indulgent weekend filled with sugar, complex carbohydrates, and negativity, I woke up this morning feeling and intense need for change.  I should add that my bad mood perpetuated this bad behavior, which in turn put me in an even worse mood.  So it’s definitely a revolving circle of self abuse.  I used to be so diligent about taking care of myself.  I would eat well always, make time for exercise, get plenty of sleep, and be sure to set aside time for working on my mental health and personal happiness.  Now that I’m a mom, a full time student, and the person in my house who is in charge of making sure that my family is fed and taken care of, I feel like something has to be sacrificed.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my life, but all of this extra stuff hasn’t left me any time for myself and this is becoming an issue for me.  I am a person who needs to feel balance in all aspects of my life in order to feel well and be well.

So, in an effort to purge my life of the things that I don’t want anymore here’s what I plan to do:

* Be good to my body! – Get the refined sugars out of my diet and stop relying on them to enhance my mood and help me feel better.  I used to love having fruit as a treat or desert, but now I find myself always reaching for a cookie, or chocolate, etc.  Sugar is addictive and all this does is leave me feeling like I need more.

Cut back on alcohol! – Get back to just having a glass of wine or two on the weekends, and that’s it.  Same thing with sugar, after one glass of wine, I feel like I want or need another.  Usually that’s not a good idea.

* Start running and lifting again! – This used to be something that was a priority in my life, and pretty much defined me.  Fitness was my career.  I had a my own spot in the weight room and the gym and everyone knew who I was.  But, being sick with my daughter on and off over the past 5 months, and having a very busy schedule with school and being a new mom has really put a halt to my ability to exercise, and in turn has made me very lazy.  I used to go out and run a minimum of 5 miles, 4 times a week as well as find time for strength training.  Now, I’m lucky if I get out for a walk a few times a week.  I miss that part of myself.  With that said, I’m living a new life now and don’t have the the time or the energy to go to the gym and work out for an hour and a half each day, so I’m going to adapt my workouts to fit in with my new life!

I’m really excited for these new changes that I’m about to implement in my life!  This is just in time for summer, and my wedding in July!  Eeeeekkk!!!  I want to go into all of this feeling healthy, happy, and whole!  I also want to stay accountable to myself and all of you, so I’m going to be using my blog as a way to document my healthy eats and exercise like I used to do when I first started writing.  I’m really hopeful about this new journey, and I’m happy that you can all take it with me!!

To kick things off, when I got home from school The Boy (as I have affectionately called him since we started dating) took over baby duty so I could get a run in!  I ran 3.4 miles around the neighborhood in about 35 minutes!  I had some pretty steep hills and a few walking breaks on the way back, but overall I feel great and am happy with my run.  It’s been almost 2 months since I laced up my shoes and got out there, and I’m still riding the runners high!!

When I got home, Amelia was napping so I got cleaned up and started prepping dinner.  When she woke up it was time to eat, and we were all starving!!  I didn’t take any pics of dinner tonight because I was eager to get the food on the table, but The Boy and I had baked chicken (that he prepared while I was gone!), mashed sweet potatoes, and kale salad with avocado and carrots.  It was delicious!!!  Amelia (my 11 month old daughter who still has no teeth!) had little pieces of chicken, avocado, sweet potato, pasta, and watermelon!  She seemed to like the dinner just as much as we did…this kid has an appetite!

So, I’d have to say that I successfully hit the reset button today, and I’m feeling pretty good about it!  I’ll include some pics of my delicious eats and my beautiful runs the next time I give you all an update.  Until then…..here’s a pic of our beautiful daughter last week on her first trip to the zoo!

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Cheers!

Dayna 🙂

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Finals!! One Down, One to Go!

18 03 2009

Well…the quarter is almost over with! Tomorrow is my last day of class and my last final…thank goodness cause I am really ready for a break. I had my psychology final this morning which I am sure that I aced! Actually, I should say that I lucked out more than anything…..we had two parts to this final, a take home portion which consisted of 90 multiple choice questions that were to be turned in this morning, and then the in class short essay questions that we were to do this morning. Well, my professor came down with a terrible illness (I emailed her with well wishes, everyone around here has been so sick lately), and canceled the second part of the final! So, that meant that all we had to do was turn in the take home portion which I worked on with some of my classmates last night! I am almost positive that I got at least 85 out of the 90 points, I will keep you guys posted though.
Tomorrow morning is my biology final…that is another story all together. Let’s just say that I AM not ready for this one at all. There have just been so many projects in this class that I have not had time to study like I usually do. I am just going to keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best.

THE WORKOUT!
When I got home from class today rushed to the gym so that I could get my workout in before my biology study session with Victoria at the Manolin Cafe.
I still can’t run and am getting bored with the same ole stuff so I decided to do a Crossfit workout today. Crossfit workouts are pretty intense and basically aim to get your heart rate up and keep you working in an anaerobic state for the entire workout, and increase your endurance. They are similar to circuit training but way more intense, and requires little to no weights depending on which one you do. You should check it out at http://www.crossfit.com/.
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Okay, so onto the workout!
All of the Crossfit workouts have names, and I am not sure what the name of this one is…my friend at the gym just told me to do it and I forgot what he called it.

5 rounds – max reps of each – not for time of:
65lb bench press (yeah, I know it’s not a lot of weight…but I’m not Arnold or anything)
and band assisted pull-ups

What I did….
Round 1: 20 bench press, 30 pull-ups
Round 2: 15 bench press, 30 pull-ups
Round 3: 13 bench press, 25 pull-ups
Round 4: 12 bench press, 20 pull-ups
Round 5: 10 bench press, 15 pull-ups

…pfew that was hard, but felt good and I know I will be feeling it tomorrow for sure!  Actually, I am already feelin it…which means I might not be able to lift my when I wake up in the morning!  haha
I also did three rounds of leg/hip raises on a weight bench since I always like to get a little bit of ab work in.
When I was done with all of that I hopped on the elliptical trainer for 30 minutes and studied for my final.

Okay….. onto my eats!

I soaked my steel cut oats again last night before I went to bed and they were waiting for me this morning, and ready to be cooked!  I let them come to a boil and then put them on simmer for about 15 minutes.  While they were cooking, I added some cinnamon and a packet of stevia to give them some added flavor!  

I decided to take my homework into the kitchen so that I could keep my eye on the oats and not burn them.  

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I also got an awesome idea for a new way to cook my egg whites from Jenna at http://eatliverun.com/!

Thanks for the tip Jenna!! I took 1/2 cup of egg whites, added some salt and pepper, and stuck it in the microwave for 2 minutes, and they turned out perfect!!  They tasted amazing and were the perfect addition to my steel cut oats.  Sometimes I feel like I don’t get enough protein in the morning and this is a great, quick and easy way to make sure that I can fit it in.  With my busy schedule I don’t really have to time to stick the eggs in the pan and cook them up on the stove.  I digress….

When my oats and eggs were done, they looked like this…

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I decided to cut the egg whites up in cubes and add them to my oatmeal….surprisingly, they tasted great together…..

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and made my taste buds and tummy so happy!!

When I went to the Mandolin to study with Victoria, I had an iced pomegranate green tea, and a salad with mixed greens, chicken, green apple slices, walnuts, dried cranberries and a little bit of honey mustard dressing.  I completely forgot to take my camera!  Darnit!  Oh well, that certainly won’t be the last time that I go there and order that salad, so I am sure that I will have pics for you in the future!

When I got home, “the Hubbs” was making breakfast for dinner….pancakes!  I think he must have been a chef in another life because he was flipping the pancakes on the pan and really looked like a pro!

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I had a few bites of his pancakes…he wanted me to be the taste tester and I was not going to argue, but I decided to have this for snack instead before I headed out to the grocery store.

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A yummy Ruby Red Grapefruit!!  They were only .79 each at the grocery store when I went this morning to pick up kitty food so I couldn’t resist picking a few up! (that and I have a serious grapefruit addition)

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Well, grocery shopping took up a good portion of my night and when I got home, I DID NOT feel like cooking……so, I decided to have one of these….

 

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 Vietnamese Style Chicken Wrap from Trader Joe’s,  I ate it without the dipping sauce and it was just what I needed.

 
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Mmmm, Mmmmm, Mmmmmm.  I really should just make my own wraps more often, I always enjoy these so much and I am sure that I could come up with all kinds of awesome combinations.  **note to self make wraps and eat lots of them**  🙂

“The Hubbs” decided to make himself a supreme french bread pizza (as you can see, he and I have totally different eating habits…but that does not mean that I didn’t have a few bites…hehe).  To be honest, it built me up a lot and let me down, it really lacked in flavor and was waaaay too greasy, sooooo didn’t compare to my wrap!  He wasn’t too pleased with it either, and he is a huge fan of pizza and could eat it every day.  Actually, I could too…if they weren’t loaded with so many calories and so much fat. 

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After dinner I spent about an hour working on the book-keeping for our business and decided to work on my blog for the day since I have been neglecting it over the past week or so.  I hope you all have enjoyed my posts so far!  I really get a lot of joy out of putting this blog together and hope that others get that same joy from reading it…although my day to day life and eats aren’t nearly as interesting as some of you out there.

So far my sweet tooth hasn’t kicked in, so it looks like no desert for me…which is a good thing for sure.

If I change my mind I will be back with a pic to share!

Well, I had a great day and I hope you all did too!!  I can’t wait to start my spring break tomorrow!  Woohoo!!!!

Have a great night everybody and I will check back in tomorrow!

Oh, and here is my cute pic for the day!  I came home to this the other night when I got home from work….hubby and Spike sleeping on the couch.  ZZZZZZZZZZZZ

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It was snowing yesterday, but I did it! (2/11/09)

11 02 2009

Well, my goal was to beat the snow yesterday and get my run done before hand.  I was watching the news and it was snowing up north and hadn’t come our way yet…..until I got out of my car and started running.  So, I got out for my run with an intention of doing about 6 miles and I ended up doing 8, which is my current long run distance.  It was snowing the whole time, which is a first for me.  I don’t know if I enjoy running in the snow, it was cold and wet and a little uncomfortable.  I kind of attribute my being uncomfortable to trying to get back into my running routine, and I think that an 8 mile run in any weather would have been hard for me yesterday.  I am glad that I did it, but let me just say that I have discovered that I am NOT one of those runners that likes to run in any weather.  I don’t care what anyone says, that does not make me less of a runner, it just makes me a cold weather wimp.  Hi, I’m Dayna, and I don’t like running in the rain or snow.  There, I said it.  I did it yesterday, and will probably do it again…but like I said yesterday morning, WHERE ARE YOU SUMMER!?  Anyways, I am glad that I did my long run this week and got it out of the way.  I will be taking the day off from running today and just head to the gym to lift.  My knees and hips are a little sore and I rolled my ankle yesterday so I am going to go to the chiropractor and have him give me a little adjustment.  I haven’t lifted in a while and am really looking forward to it, I just want to feel strong again. 

Well, I am off to school.  I woke up feeling refreshed and ready to start the day!  I am in good spirits this morning and the sun is shining, which tells me that today will be a great day!!  




I think I have finally repaid my sleep debt (2/10/09)

10 02 2009

Good Morning!! Well, I think I have finally shaken this nasty cold and am back to my old self…more or less. There is no school today and I had intended to sleep in, but I woke up refreshed and ready to go at 6:30! It usually happens like that, which is fine actually. I like to get up early and get things done, as long as I have had a good nights sleep I don’t mind. I needed to get a jump start on homework anyways.  

I got back into my grind yesterday and went for a run after school. It was a short 4 miles, but I ran it pretty fast, and it felt good. I have lost some of my endurance, but not my speed, which always seems to be the case.  I know that it’s going to take a few weeks to get back into shape, or at least feel like I am, but I know that yesterday’s run was a good start. Man, it is always so hard for me to get back on track when I have to take time off from running, or if my mileage has been low. I have a love/hate relationship with running. Sometimes it’s so hard, and I just want to say “F-it!” and quit (which is usually in the first three miles while I am warming up), and then I hit that zone and feel like I could run forever. Well, I didn’t have that feeling at all yesterday, and when I am trying to get my “running feet” back, it usually takes a few runs to get to that point. And, since this is my first winter running outdoors, it has been especially hard for me. Not that I don’t get out there and run in 30* weather (which is warm for some of the people I have spoken to), but damn, it’s really hard to get motivated to go outside when all I want to do is curl up by the heater. I guess that’s what separates me (and all of the other runners out there) from people who just work out. I run because I love it, and love what it does for me, and how it helps me heal.  So, even if it’s colder than frozen snot out there, I will still go and run.  I have a gym membership, and could just go in and use the tread mill, which I do when it’s raining, but since i have started running outside, being on the TM is like pulling teeth for me.  Soooo boreing!  Now I just have to get my lazy azz out there and get back on track, because I know that once I get my flow back, I will be in love with running again.
Well, it’s supposed to snow here today…which I am totally over, but I am going to go out and run anyways. It has snowed here a lot this winter, and it would be cool, if it actually snowed enough to stick and make a difference…not just make the roads slushy and ugly.  I hope to get in 6 miles, or maybe more today, so we’ll see.  I am still trying to figure out which route I am going to run.  
Just to show you an example of how damn cold it’s been (especially in our house), check out the cat’s bundling up on Tim’s lap. That doesn’t happen very often, so I had to take a picture.  

Alright, I’d better get geared up and head out for my run before the snow hits.  I’m watching the weather report right now and it looks cold.  WHERE ARE YOU SUMMER!?  I would even settle with Spring….uggg.  Okay, I’m off.  I will report back later with my mileage.  I am also making yummy tofu stirfry for dinner tonight with harvest grains, so I will try and post some pics of my nummy dinner.
Have a great day all.





Getting back on my feet….literally (1/27/09 am)

27 01 2009

Since winter quarter has started, my road miles (and sometimes treadmill, depending on the weather) have declined.  I also fell off the wagon, so to speak, and haven’t been eating that well either.  Even though I am only taking two classes, all of the work is kicking my butt and I am finding myself becoming increasingly more tired day after day, which is really sucking the motivation to work out and go running right out of me.  Wierd, that is so not like me.  I love to work out, and even more, I love to run.  But, during the past few weeks, I have gone out for my usual runs and just thought the whole time….”I hate this, I want to go home, this sucks!”.  Well, this week I am starting anew!  Better nutrition, back to my running, and even more important…I’m going to start lifting again.  My muscle tone is, well….non existant in my upper body.  Okay, yeah I know that’s not physically possible, but it is really not what it used to be.  So, I am trying to find new ways to prioritize my homework and my workouts so that I can get them both in and feel good and have energy again.  Eating better will help too…hopefully my energy levels will go back up.

Yesterday (Monday), I went for my long(ish) run.  It was really nice.  I found a route that I can run by the house so that I don’t have to actually drive somewhere to go running (which never really made sense to me).  We don’t live in the most “runner friendly” area so this is a pretty big deal.  Anyways, I did 7 miles and it was great!  It was about 35* out, the sky was clear, and I had a view of Mt. Rainier on the second half of my run heading back to the house.  Great way to start the week.  My nutrition was good yesterday too…well besides the handful of hot tamales I ate last night.  Oops. 
It snowed last night (WTF), and I am supposed to go to Pt. Defiance for a 5 mile hill run with Claire, so we’ll see if we still do that.  I don’t usually run with other people, I’m am a solo runner for the most part, but it should be fun.  I am kind of a cold weather wimp, I love running in the 30ish degree weather…it’s perfect for me, but anything colder and I am not really that comfortable.  If we don’t go run outside, then **gulp** I’ll go to the gym and run on the treadmill and lift some weights.  I hate the TM lately.  I know it’s a great training tool, and it’s what I started on, but shit….it is so boreing!  Oh well, I WILL get my workout in today and get my homework done!  I’m making my yummy chicken vegetable soup tonight for dinner too, will post a pic of that later.
This is a pic of me and Claire at our turkey trot last November. WooHoo!
Okay, enough of this blogging business, I gotta get to school.
Will report back later.