Gym Session #1 + Cookies + Gym Session #2

Happy Halloween!

I will be glad when this holiday is over. ~ Too much candy corn and other sweet treats for me to stick my hands into at the Y throughout this week.  Most weeks I would have no problem passing it up, but when stress levels are HIGH, as they were this week, then it is much more challenging for me to steer clear.  I crave sugary, not-good-for-you things when I am stressed….which is why I prefer to live in a stress-free state (but that sometimes is just NOT possible).  I had several co-workers say “Are you going to eat that?!” this week at the Y as I stuck a piece of candy corn or a gummy eyeball in my mouth.  They could not believe I was openly eating junk-food at my desk (…and neither could I!!).  

Even though I had some junk this week, I also had my fair share of healthy eats!! Including this tasty Friday evening dinner:

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Baked Salmon + one LARGE & in charge Salad!!

This morning was an early rise and shine for a 5:45AM gym session before final preparations for the Y’s Annual Monster Dash 5k Run/Walk got underway.  It was a combination of miles + strength training:

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After the gym session, I had to high-tail it to the locker room to shower and prepare for the Monster Dash.  Amongst all the hustle and bustle of the morning, I made a HUGE mistake and ate nothing before or after the gym session (HORRIBLE IDEA!!).  I believe it was nearly 11:00AM (after the race had come to an end and clean-up had begun) before the first bite of food hit my mouth.  Want to know what it was?  4 banana halves (so two full bananas) + 6 or 8 (I lost count…but I’ll go with 8 to weigh on the high side) of these sandwich cookies, both of which were left over from the post-race snacks:

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And THAT is why you should NOT (ever) go without eating for 6 hours after you rise and rise, especially when there is a workout stuck in the mix.  Because when you do finally get to eat, you will eat WHATEVER is in sight (and regret it soon thereafter).

After Monster Dash wrapped up, it was home for a bit of relaxing followed by a healthy salad.  The afternoon flew by, but guilt continued to plague me from eating those damn cookies.  I know you cannot outrun (or out exercise) your eating habits (I know, I know, I know!), but today I was willing to try for peace of mind. 

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A slow, steady, enjoyable 7.0 miles on Treadmill #5.

My intentions heading back to the Y were just simply to put in 4 comfortable miles on the ‘mill.  Less intensity would help burn off the fat from those cookies!!  I put my headphones on and started singing to my favorite tunes (literally out loud at times, since I was the only one in the gym!!) and before I knew it, I had seven enjoyable miles under my belt.  Mission accomplished…and then some!!

Note to self:  Do NOT expect to ever outrun your fork — in order to not have to try, just stick to HEALTHY EATING!! 

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Well, there you have it.  KT’s UNHEALTHY eats for the week and for Halloween.  Yes, I struggle with my eating habits at times just like you.  The main thing is that you don’t let it become a routine occurrence – that is why I am ready for a fresh, new day tomorrow that will entail ONLY healthy selections. 

Until next time…

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KT

 

Hills, Valleys, Miles, and No Motivation.

I like to view life as a bunch of rolling hills.  The peaks of the hill tops being the high points in life, and the valleys between the low points.  I consider the hill-tops the times when all things in my life are balanced (Life is Good):  work, relationships (friends & family), fitness, faith …they all feed off of one another.  The valleys (Life is Not-so-Good) tend to be when a negative comes into one area throwing off the balance, which often trickles into another area, which affects another area….and pretty soon you are just like “I WANT TO BE BACK ON THE HILLTOP!  WHAT HAPPENED?!”  Ever been there? 

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Well, I have been in a valley recently and I am ready to start climbing the next hill.  Life here on the ranch (I don’t really live on a ranch!!) has been unbalanced the past several weeks (sad-face inserted here) — I have been trying to put together the pieces of the puzzle that will balance it back out.  It is a work in progress.  I won’t go into details, but just know that even though I try to keep to the positives in my blog…my life is not always ‘all positive, all the time.’  When one area is hurting, it usually has a negative spin on every part of my life…including my fitness habits & motivation.  Hints why I have been MIA for several weeks now – LACK OF MOTIVATION!!

But on to a positive note:

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I am seeing a little change in my core since I designated October as “Bring the Six Pack Back” month.  Even though I have not stayed on track like I planned, I still have one week to make progress!  That means, it is “crunch” time (HAH!).

After battling sickness all last week and severe fatigue along with it (or from it?), today was the first day I seemed to have nearly 100% energy back.  I took advantage of it, too:  4.7 beautiful miles around Ferdinand after church

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followed by a 1 mile warm-up before a tough sweat session in the gym with the strength training partner. 

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The miles felt amazing.  It was a perfect day for a road run…well, any run, really.  I do NOT want these fall days to end. 

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Tasty post-workout lunch salad loaded with protein (grilled chicken + 2 eggs, hold the yolks)

I cannot do anything but be outside when the weather is 65 and sunny like today, so I opted to spend the afternoon on the golf course.  Played a quick nine holes in perfect conditions.  Great way to wrap up Sunday FUNday.

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Grilled Chicken in baked wonton wraps with a (LARGE) side of veggies!!

I am off to set my goals for the week, plan the workout schedule, and read up on some fitness methods (my friend hooked me up with TONS of fitness-related reading material in time for winter…I AM PUMPED!!).  I have become lazy on meal prep the last few weeks, which in turn leads to lazy on my eating habits (sad-face here…again).  One goal is to hammer down this week and get back to routine meal prep & planning for the entire week.  It makes all the difference in how I fuel my body.  Why wouldn’t you meal prep?!  I mean, you are setting yourself up for success! (<—that was more because I just needed to hear that, but I knew it would benefit you to hear it, too!).

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Until next time, keep your eats healthy and your workouts sweaty. 

~KT