Sick Leave

15 10 2009

Hey guys, sorry that I haven’t posted my recap yet.  I’ve been sick and have been confined to the couch with the remote and my blankey.  I woke up the night before last with this “bug” that has hit me like a ton of bricks which = no work, no running :(, no blogging, and lots of sleeping.

Hopefully I’ll have a post up in the next few days, with a video that my hubby put together last night!

I’m going back to bed.

Dayna 🙂


I caught a case of lazy ass.

11 10 2009

Okay, maybe not lazy ass….more like my body decided that I needed a day to lay around and recover from the week.

After I got done training this morning, the plan was to come home get changed, eat my pre-run snack, snag up the hubby and head out.

The weather sucked today.  It wasn’t raining, but it was cloudy and gloomy.

This is what it looked like minus the big yellow thing in the sky.

58* F

This is what it looked like today, minus the big yellow thing in the sky.

It was the kind of day where you just want to cuddle up on the couch with a blanket, the kitties, and some good blogs.

I was feeling super, super tired and fatigued this morning and when I got home the challenge of running 17 miles seemed almost impossible due to the way I was feeling.  So, I said “eff-it, I’m going tomorrow”,put on my sweats and decided to take a rest day.  This is what I did.

Recycled picture

Recycled picture

Took a much needed nap after chatting on FB with the cuz for a while and catching up on my blog reading.

When the hubby came home from doing whatever it was that he was out doing, I decided to go to my favorite little health foods store and get us some lunchy.

I wasn’t planning on blogging today so I didn’t take a pic of the food I got.  DOH! (note to self: start taking pics of food anyways so your posts aren’t so lame)

I got a gynormous salad from the organic salad bar as usual.  Nomnomnom!  On my plate I had:

  • Spinach
  • red and yellow peppers
  • carrots
  • mushrooms
  • beets (my fav!)
  • roasted tofu
  • peas
  • corn
  • kidney and black beans
  • yummy chicken curry on the side
  • pita chips
Marlene's Salad Bar (this pic does it no justice)

Marlene's Salad Bar (this pic does it no justice)

This salad was freakin delicious!!!  I ate it 4 hours ago and I’m still full!  That says a lot for me since I’m pretty much always hungry.

I got the hubby a ham and turkey sammich on wheat bread with lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles (on the side), and swiss cheese.  He’s not a huge fan of the health food store and thinks that the food I eat has no taste, but he loved this sammich!  That made me happy.  🙂  Oh, and I got him a slice of carrot cake too.  I may or may not have had a few bites, and it may or may have not been the best carrot cake I have ever had!!

After our nummy lunch I decided to get off my lazy ass up and do some chores around the house.

I am now back to my regularly scheduled lazyness and loving it!  The hubbs and I are about to watch a movie and just enjoy our Saturday night.

I have a meeting at the studio tomorrow morning, and then we’re going to head out so I can do my run and hubby can join me on his bike.  I’m so excited that he’s going with me…good times for us!  Woohoo!

The forecast for tomorrow looks a lot more promising than today, which is why I didn’t mind pushing my run back one more day. (I’m a poet and didn’t know it.)

54* F

54* F

Even though it’s supposed to be colder today than yesterday (due to the lack of cloud cover), the sunshine always gives me an extra boost of energy.  Getting to sleep in tomorrow morning isn’t a bad thing either. 😉

Well, I’m off to watch the movie with the hubs. Wish me luck on my 17 miles tomorrow….that number is really daunting.  Having him there with me will definitely keep me focused though.  I’ll be posting a recap as soon as I can peel myself off of the couch tomorrow night.

Have a great Saturday night!!

Dayna 🙂

A fast week and an awesome prize!

9 10 2009

Hey bloggies!  Happy Friday!!

How’s your week been?  Mine has been pretty good besides a few speed bumps here and there.  Like, stepping on my clients glasses and crushing them on Wednesday morning, and making a few scheduling errors.  No biggie though, I’ve since recovered.  🙂

I’ve had some pretty fantastic runs this week.  Last week I was super fatigued and tired, and  I could really feel it in my runs.  After using the process of elimination to try and figure out why I was feeling so crappy, I looked at my marathon training plan and saw that I was coming off of two really high mileage weeks.  My body was telling me that I needed a break and really needed to slow down and rest.  Thank goodness that my long run was “only” 11 miles last Saturday.

Here’s the training plan that I’m doing, which was color coded and dated by my cousin so that I can stay on track.

I'm already in week 10 of my marathon training!!

I'm already in week 10 of my marathon training!!

After taking last weekend to rest, after running my 11 miles of course, I feel so much better and it really showed in my runs this week!

I set a PR on every run that I did this week and can’t believe how strong I feel and felt afterwards!  It’s such a great feeling to know that all of my hard work is paying off!!  I’ve got this marathon locked down and I’m gonna rock that shit!

Here are my stats for this weeks runs:

Tuesday: 4 miles

Mile 1: 8:26

Mile 2: 8:22

Mile 3: 8:44

Mile 3: 8:17

Total:  33:53

Wednesday: 8 miles (usually on my runs longer than 5 miles I average between a 9:15 and 9:30 pace, my average on this run was 9:08!)

Mile 1: 8:45

Mile 2: 9:05

Mile 3: 9:13

Mile 4: 8:57

Mile 5: 9:08

Mile 6: 8:56

Mile 7: 9:09

Mile 8: 8:58

Total: 1:12:19 (fastest “long” run yet!)

Wednesday: 4 miles (these are usually a pretty slow run for me because I am tired from the higher mileage of the day before, but I rocked this one and beat Tuesday’s time!)

Mile 1:  8:20

Mile 2: 8:23

Mile 3: 8:40

Mile 4: 8:09 (wholy crap!! that was a fast ass mile!)

Total: 33:39!!

I’m having a little bit of a dilemma with yesterday’s run though, and I’m not really sure if I should count it as a PR.  The reason is because I ran a route near my house and got stopped at two really long traffic lights.  Like, I had to wait for almost 5 minutes at one of them.  I feel like that was a pretty good amount of time to recover and regain my energy and maybe that’s why I was able to beat my previous time even though I was pretty tired.

So, what do you guys think?  Should it count even though I had two small breaks due to being stuck in traffic?   What do you do in these situations?

Today, I’m not running obviously since it’s a rest day.  My rest days are active though, and after I’m done with this afternoon’s clients I’m going to go to the gym for a good and intense CrossFit workout so that I can get my strength training in.

So, I mention in my title…I got an awesome prize this week!

The owner of the studio where I work has such a big heart, and treats me so well!  There are only 3 trainers there (including me), so Kristi and I spend a lot of time there working together with our clients.  She sees me like the daughter that she never had, so she is always surprising me with little gifts and treats or prizes as she calls them.  She is always wearing such cute work out clothes and has matching shoes and jewelery for every outfit, I try to do the same because there is no reason that you can’t look cute even if you’re in workout clothes all day long.

She has a client that makes jewelery, and since I wear a lot of pink and black she surprised me with these!





How freakin cute are these earrings!

She also knows that I’m training for my marathon, and how passionate I am about running.  She’s not a runner, but fully supports my efforts and is always bragging about my to her clients and asking me for advice to give her girls that run.

She was shopping the other day and happened to stumble upon this awesome Adidas running jacket and bought it for me!  Running jackets (and clothes for that matter) are NOT cheap, and when I saw this I was literally jumping up and down with excitement.  I can wear it for work and for my runs when it gets a little colder this fall and winter.

Love it!

Love it!

So Comfy!

So Comfy!

The coolest thing about this jacket…and the main reason that Kristi bought it for me, is this label on the upper left hand corner…

Boston Marathon!

Boston Marathon!

Kristi got this for me because she knows how dedicated I am to my running and knows that someday I hope to run in the Boston Marathon! How awesome is that!?

Not only is this jacket super cute, but it has a mesh lining on the inside, and pockets on the sides and the back so that I can carry my key, gu, etc.  The Adidas stripes are also bright yellow and reflective so I will be more visable to cars when running (another reason that Kristi got me this jacket).  I can’t wait to wear it on a run…it just hasn’t been cold enough yet so I’ve been wearing it to work.  AWESOME!!

Well, I’m going to go get ready to train my afternoon clients and then hit the gym for my workout.

I have my first 17 mile run tomorrow and the hubby is going to go with me and ride his bike so that I don’t get too bored and have a good supply of fuel and water.

Look for a recap of my run and our adventure, as it should be up some time this weekend.

Have an awesome weekend ladies!!!

Dayna 🙂

Wah, Wah, Wah (insert whining sound here)

1 10 2009

(I had originally named this post “BFL Day 2 – Complete Fail”, but after reading this, I realized that it’s a total bitch fest so I though it was only appropriate to change the name.)

So, I’m a healthy eater.  I am aware of the types of lean proteins, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats that I need to have in my daily diet.  I count my calories, and I also make sure that I am eating every 2.5-3 hours to make sure that my metabolism and blood sugar stays up.  But dayyummm, this Body For Life challenge certainly lives up to it’s name (well the challenge part anyways), and it’s a lot more challenging that I thought it would be.  I didn’t realize just how high my carbohydrate to protein ratio was, and just how many carbohydrates I actually eat.

Meh….I’d be lying if I said that I’m not a little discouraged with this today.

Although I have made healthy choices, and all of my foods have been BFL friendly they have just been really sporadic and heavy on the carbs.

I was scheduled to do a 7 mile run this morning, and my plan was to go around 8:30am when I finished up with my morning clients, but it was sooooo cold so I chickened out and came home.  (yeah, I was being a big baby, it was only 55*)  I ended up pushing back meal #2 (which was my pre-run fuel) and was starving by the time I got home, so I had a small bowl of Kashi Go Lean with some almond milk to get me through the next few hours until I went for my run.

When I was finally ready to get my lazy ass bootie out the door, I realized that I needed my pre-run snack or I wouldn’t make it through my 7 miles, so I had an Orowheat Sandwich Thin (sorry, I had an off day and completely forgot to take pics of my eats) with a tbsp of almond butter.  I usually have 1/2 of a banana with the AB, but ran out so I subbed it with the sandwich thin.  I think this is where I went wrong.  It didn’t give me the energy I needed, on top of that fact that I have been feeling “off” all day anyways, and when I set out on my run I could feel it.  I knew within the first mile that I wasn’t going to make it the whole distance today.  Usually I have those thoughts and I just say to myself, “Quit being a baby, after a few miles you’ll feel just fine and be happy to be out here.”  It always works, but not today.  I had to stop after 4 miles because I literally couldn’t pick up my feet anymore, my body was exhausted and begging for a break.  For some odd reason, my blood sugar also dropped about half way through my run which made it real hard to function.  I think that subbing the sandwich thin for the banana was the culprit.  **mental note: must make sure I always have bananas in the house before a run**

So, here’s where I think the problem began with my food today.  I had fueled for a 7 mile run when I only did 4, and my carbs to protein ratios were all messed up.  Because my plans had changed it threw my meal planning off and I kind of ate whatever I had available.  I won’t go into the eats for the rest of the day because I’m pretty sure you guys are tired of listening to my whining, but that incident pretty much threw off the rest of my day.  I got discouraged and just kind of called it a fail and decided to eat as healthy as possible, and get back to the BFL guidelines first thing tomorrow.

Okay….enough of my whining and complaining.  Thanks for “listening” to my rant.  I kind of went into the challenge thinking that it would be super easy.  Yeah, maybe not super easy, but easy none the less.  Hello wake up call!  I may be discouraged, but I’m not gonna quit!  Tomorrow is a new day and it will be great!  Oh, and I went grocery shopping tonight so I have lots of yummy BFL eats in the fridge and new meals planned out for the week.  I’m making pumpkin soup tomorrow, and will be sure to take pics and share the recipe with you guys!

So, here are some questions….for you you fellow BFL’ers like this chick, and this chick too (or any of you out there that have tried similar challenges).  Have you ever had a total “off” day that left you discouraged and ready to give it up?  What do you do when your protein and carb percentages are not where they need to be and you’re not sure if you can fix it?  Do you try to make up for it, or just call it a day and try to do better tomorrow?

Thanks for “listening” to my bitching and moaning.  I got it out of my system not and tomorrow is going to be a new and totally awesome day!!

Speaking of awesome….I’ll leave you with a pic of my babies.

The Hubby, Spike and Molly

The Hubby, Spike and Molly in a kitty sammich

Nighty-Night!  Dayna 🙂

Body For Life!

29 09 2009

Hey everyone, happy Monday!

So, I have been reading a lot of new (to me) blogs lately and there are two ladies in particular that have really inspired me to start my own 12 week Body For Life challenge.  I have read Janetha and Therese‘s blogs inside and out in regards to their body for life challenges and I really feel inspired to do this.  It’s not that I don’t know how to eat healthy, I mean I council my clients on proper nutrition for goodness sake!  But, I am human too and I need a little push and a little motivation, and something to look forward to.  I have my marathon to look forward to of course, but I also want to become a better, faster and stronger runner.  In order to do that, I need to get super serious about my nutrition.

So, I started my 12 week challenge today, but I’m going to have to do the workout portion a little differently than the plan calls for.  Because I am training for a marathon, that consists of 4 days of running for me and some days I don’t have the time or energy to do my strength training.  On the days that I do get into the gym to work out (or stay after my clients leave and work out at the studio), I do CrossFit workouts because they focus on full body movements and building endurance which is super important for me right now.

I’m not sure if I’ll be posting every day’s eats because I’m a creature of habit and sometimes eat the same stuff every day.  I will however be keeping a food journal so I can keep track of my eats.  How boring would that be for you guys to have to look at the same meals day in, day out?  But, I do have a little bit of a dilema….I’m also wondering if I’m going to be able to follow this exactly, meaning that I really only crave or, have the desire to eat complex carbs (whole grains, oats, etc) in the morning and early afternoon.  If I eat them too late in the day, they sit like a rock in my stomach.  My dinner staples are chicken and veggies usually, and that works just fine for me.  I do log my food into a calorie counting data base, which tracks my percentages of carbs/proteins/fats so I can at least make sure I end the day somewhere around the 40/40/20 percentages.  I’m gonna give this a whirl and see how it goes!

So, I am going to have hubby take pictures of me so I can track my progress, but I’m not sure if I have the guts to put them on the blog.  To be honest, I’m a little embarrassed/shy about putting pics of myself in a bikini on my blog page for all to see.  I don’t even like to wear one in public.  What do you guys think I should do?

So, here are my meals for day 1 of the Body For Life challenge:

Meal 1:



Protein oats with about 1/4 of a banana on top.  Much better than my pumpkin oats from a few days ago!

Meal #3



This was freakin delicious!!!  Tuna with a little bit of light mayo and mustard rolled up  in put in romaine lettuce leaves with slices of carrots and celery.  This kept me full for about 3 hours too, I was really surprised!

Meal #3

Snack before heading into the studio to train clients

Snack before heading into the studio to train clients

1 apple and a table spoon of almond butter.  Almond butter is a serious weakness of mine…so.damn.delicious!

Meal #4

I had a Zone Perfect Fudge Graham bar, sorry forgot to take a pic before I ran out the door but I’m sure you have all seen one before.  It was good, but not great.  I was between clients and literally had about 2 minutes to eat, so this did the trick.

Meal #5



This is pretty much what I eat every night.  Grilled chicken breast with a crap load of steamed vegetables.  I mix it up a bit, but tonight I had yellow squash, zucchini squash, brussels sprouts, mixed peppers, carrots, and lemon pepper.  It’s so easy tastes good, so I just stick with it.  I’m also kind of lazy with cooking lately and haven’t really felt like venturing into making new things.  Trying new recipes actually intimidates me a bit but, I’m trying to get over that.  I’m sure I’ll get sick of this soon and start making new meals.

Usually I’m a bottomless pit, but I really have not been hungry today.  Like, the thought of food just wasn’t appealing, so there’s no meal #6 today.

K, there’s day one!  Woohoo!!

Question for you guys:

How many of you out there follow Body For Life?  How has it turned out for you?  Have you been in the position where you have to deviate a bit from the plan and still had results?

Have a great night!!

Dayna 🙂

Fueling for a long run

27 09 2009

So, I’m doing experiments right now with different types of fuel for before and during my long runs.  I was thinking to myself this morning that since I have been trying different products, it would be a god idea to share with you guys what I have tried, what I think about those products, and how they effect me during my runs.

I only take gel’s, gumies, or beans etc. (no “real” food) when I’m on my long runs, as I’ve discovered that I don’t need to refuel until I’ve hit the 55-60 minute mark.  Like I mentioned before, I have insulin resistance/type 2 diabetes, and need to make sure that I keep my blood sugar up and stay hydrated while on my runs.

So, in my water I always drop 1 Nuun tablet to help me stay hydrated.  Nuun is “a complex electrolyte drink that recharges your salts, but is refreshing and more efficiently absorbed than water alone or most sports drinks on the market.” (source)  I can really tell the difference in how I feel if I haven’t had my electrolytes in my water during a run.  I always feel a lot more refreshed afterwards.

Because I’ve had a few issues with dehydration on previous runs, I always bring my water bottle with me for any distance longer than 4 miles.  I have tried several different types of hydration systems, and by far this is my favorite and I couldn’t be happier with this product!!

Nathan Thermal Quick Draw Hydration System

Nathan Thermal Quick Draw Hydration System

On my past few long runs, I’ve taken two packets of Clif Shot Gel to keep me fueled through my runs.

My favorite flavor is Chocolate!  Nom, Nom, Nom!

My favorite flavor is Chocolate! Nom, Nom, Nom!

But, my only problem with these (and other gel’s), is that they are really hard to open and eat while running, and I end up getting it all over my hands and making a complete mess.  Or, I have to stop to eat it (which sometimes isn’t always a bad thing).  Has anyone else had this problem, or am I just a complete klutz? I also noticed that I was starving within about 10 minutes of eating one of these…when you have 5+ miles to go, that’s no bueno.

So, on Friday I went to REI to try some new fuel and hopefully find something that would work better for me.  I asked one of the guys that was working if he had tried the different types of gels, bloks, beans, etc and if he had any recommendations.  He recomended a few different things to me, but was all about this stuff….(like jumping up and down excited about how well it works.)

HEED = Bleh!!!

HEED = Bleh!!!

I purchased one single serving packet so I could try it instead of committing to a big ole container, and I am so glad that I did.  This stuff was TERRIBLE!!  Blehhhhhhh!!  It tasted like a cream sicle, which taste good when you’re eating ice cream…not drinking an electrolyte replacement drink.  It gave me a really upset stomach (I had to stop 4 times in my first 5 miles due to stomach issues), and I think actually dehydrated me a bit.  I couldn’t stomach the stuff and actually had to find a water fountain on our route so I could pour it out and put regular water in my bottle.  I will NEVER buy this stuff again.  Nasty!

The other product that I decided to try were GU Chomps.

See my container of Nuun in the background?

See my container of Nuun in the background?

The flavor that I got was cranberry/apple.  Eight chews come in one pack for a total of 180 calories, and I have to say that these things were good!  They did exactly what I needed them to do, and fit perfectly into the little zip up pouch on my water bottle holder.  They were easy to pop out of the package and into my mouth and didn’t make a mess at all.  Better yet, there wasn’t the weird Gu-like texture.  I will be buying these again!

So, all together….here’s what I took with me on my run:

Long run necessities

Long run necessities

The banana was actually part of my pre-run snack that I ate about 30 minutes before we headed out.



I had a sandwich thin with 1/2 of a banana and 1 tbsp of almond butter!  Perfect pre-run fuel, if you ask me!

My run went really well dispite the stomach issues that I was having, and the fact that the HEED made me want to vom!

I’ll share my experiences on my 15 miler with you guy in my next post. 🙂


What different types of electroite replacement drinks/chews/gel’s have you tried?  Which ones were you favorites, and which ones did you dislike the most?  I’m still on the hunt to try new products.

Have a great Sunday!!!

Dayna 🙂

I really thought this would be good…..

25 09 2009

I am so disappointed right now.  I’ve read tons of posts in blog world about pumpkin oats and how delicious they are, so when I woke up this morning and I wanted something different, that’s what I decided to make.  I have the morning off, and when I don’t have to jump out of bed at 4:45am to be at the studio by 5:45 I try to be a little creative with my breakfast and have something other than the usual protein oats (which I absolutely love, but eat every damn day), or my bowl of Kashi Go Lean with berries and Almond Breeze.

So, I got a can of pumpkin on sale the other day at the grocery store and was trying to think of creative ways to eat it, besides in my cottage cheese like I always do.  Have you tried that Janetha?  It’s more savory than sweet…I don’t really like my cottage cheese sweet either (unless I add mixed berries to it).

I have been addicted to my morning oats lately….I go through phases with stuff and if I like it, I’ll eat it every day until I just can’t look at it anymore.  That’s how it’s been with my protein oats, and I just wanted something different for a change

So, I decided to make Pumpkin Oats.



In the mix:

  • 1/2 cup of quick oats
  • 1/4 cup of pumpkin
  • 1/8 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • a crap load of cinnamon
  • water

So…..I was so disappointed!  This didn’t taste like anything…at all.  There was really no distinctive taste that came to me when I was eating this, and it was just really freakin bland.  Honestly, if I wasn’t so frugal and not a huge fan of wasting food, I wouldn’t have eaten this.  I imagine that if the oats were sweetened, they would have tasted better, but I don’t put sugar in my food, and don’t have any Stevia….so unsweetened it was.

It’s a good thing I had my regular Hugh Jass (shout out to Mrs. LovIN) cup of joe to give me a little bit of morning satisfaction.

My cup is the color of my oats....hmmmmm

My cup is the color of my oats....hmmmmm

I know one that was definitely missing from my oats was protein, which means that I’ll probably be hungry in about an hour (actually now that I think of it…my tummy just start rumbling).  Bleh, what a waste of a meal.

So, my question for you guys is…..what did I miss?  How can I re-create this meal again and actually make it taste good?  What are your favorite combinations to put in your oats?  I’m looking for some new ideas.

Thanks for reading my breakfast rant.  🙂

Dayna 🙂