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Pep talk!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

I am having SUCH a hard time adjusting to my new work schedule. My eating is totally off - making really poor choices with food, and having a hard time with a meal/snack schedule. And I definitely feel it. I'm tired, I have to work really hard to stay positive, and I just feel *off*. Plan plan plan. I MUST prioritize the planning part of my new job. And I MUST get in the habit of drinking MUCH more water at work. My water bottle needs to be full and in view at all times. I've come too far to fall back! And I start marathon training in a little over a month - I need to be ready for it!

I'll keep giving myself a pep-talk in my blogs.

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BRAINYBLONDE5 6/13/2014 8:43AM


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New job brings new challenges

Thursday, June 05, 2014

First, I'm very excited to be working full-time again. It's a relief to have some income and some breathing room with our bills. However, I need to figure out how I will keep up my healthy eating and work it into my day. I am so used to eating at home, having hubs cook healthy meals for me or leaving easy-for-me-to-cook meals in the fridge. My job has me working in an administrative office, and one challenge I have is finding food to being that can go in the fridge and is easy to prepare/no prep.

Unfortunately, the last week and a half has been filled with WAY too many pastries. I tell myself "it's vegan!" but really, I know that's not okay. The problem with eating processed sugar is that it's hard to stop. Truly addicting stuff! So I'm a little frustrated with myself because my weight has crept up. Nothing unmanageable, but still disappointing since I was doing so well with my nutrition. I guess it doesn't help that I recently increased my running miles by a pretty significant amount and I seem to be hungry ALL THE TIME.

Runners, how do you deal with this? Does it even out at some point?

Off to get ready for my day... meeting, work, and then teaching. It's going to be a long day!

- water
- make healthy eating choices
- stay productive when I can

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CFMOSS 6/5/2014 8:27PM

    Encouragement to you....not so much answers because they usually involve balance and I'm not so good at balance right now....encouragement...encouragemen will find a way.

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MUFFIY831 6/5/2014 1:11PM

    Like others have said, I'm a fan of batch cooking. Personally, I don't mind eating the same thing for lunch 4-5 days in a row, but some can't handle the monotony. I always bring breakfast and lunch to work with me. If you have access to a fridge and microwave, your opportunities are only limited by your imagination. It's a habit, though, and it takes time to build.

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JAMIRBLAZE 6/5/2014 9:25AM

    I usually make a dish to bring to work for lunch. Portion it out, and then throw in the microwave, if necessary. Some weeks, it's PB sandwiches with a veg and a fruit and some weeks, it's more elaborate.

I didn't notice a huge increase in my hunger when I increased my mileage. After long runs 8+ miles, I generally do allow myself an indulgence on the weekends. I did increase my eating a bit though - filing veggies, protein and more whole grains.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 6/5/2014 8:45AM

    I usually make extra food at dinner and bring the same thing for lunch the next day.

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FITWITHIN 6/5/2014 8:23AM

    Prepare you meals in advance for that week. Pack your food and snacks for the day. Keep healthy snacks at your desk along with you water. You've worked to hard to go back to square one. emoticon emoticon

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A new plan for snacks

Monday, May 19, 2014

One of my biggest challenges in keeping up with my Sparked self is motivation. Or rather, keeping my motivation up during the entire day. Evening is the hardest time for me, especially with my eating. I get SO hungry and just eat whatever. My excuse is usually "well, I ate healthy all day and it wasn't really that much." So my plan to combat this evening eating thing is to eat more during the day; maybe add some snacks in, fruit and almond butter, guacamole...

Overall I feel pretty good. I woke up at 5:15 today (not with an alarm, I just got up!) and decided to have a good breakfast and head out for a walk. What a great way to start the day - walking for an hour. This may become part of my daily routine on non-running days.

- drink all my water
- track my food
- have an awesome yoga class!

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CFMOSS 5/19/2014 9:45AM

    Good doable plan. Have a wonderful day.

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BRAINYBLONDE5 5/19/2014 9:05AM

    I love getting something in before my day starts! yoga, a walk SOMETHING just starts my day off right! to keep my motivation at night, I plan my favorite meal for dinner and make it as healthy as I can so that I stay on track! I also make my breakfast as filling as possible to get me through my morning so I dont want to stuff my face for lunch and save those calories for my dinner! Water with lemon is my favorite thing to get me through my day, too. It gives me flavor without having to eat! I hope you have an awesome yoga class, too! Namaste!

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GEORGE815 5/19/2014 8:51AM

    Sounds like a working plan!

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Goin' to a shower... again!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

I think it's funny that the last time I wrote a blog, I was headed to a shower. Today's shower is for my best friend, and much less work than the last one. I don't have as much to do; I think this MOH has a better planning system than the other one.

I am headed to the gym in a little bit. Yesterday was a run day, today is a strength training day. Then it's off to pick up the food and a couple last minute shower things... it's going to be a busy morning!

Yesterday's run was awesome. I had my best pace yet - a 5-mile run with an average pace of 9:12 minutes per mile. I guess whatever I'm doing must be paying off! I have my 10-mile race in a week, my first race since last May's half-marathon.

- drink tons of water
- mindful eating (which shouldn't be too hard - I think everything at the shower is going to have meat or cheese in it, so the only thing I can eat is going to be the stuff that I bring)
- work hard at the gym

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PATSYB7 4/27/2014 10:56AM

    Nice job on your run! Keep up the good work!

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CFMOSS 4/27/2014 7:52AM

    Enjoy the shower.....enjoy the workout...Glad you had a great run yesterday. Here's to a good race next week....eeeks.

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Goin' to a shower

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Today I'm going to a bridal shower for my future SIL. It is up in the area where I used to live, so I'm traveling today. I'm one of the bridesmaids, so I've done a lot of preparation for today. I also know what the food menu is going to look like. I have my work cut out for me - I am determined to stick to my healthy eating. I've worked really hard to get where I am, and I feel great. I don't really want to leave the shower today feeling bad about my choices.

I think I kind of forget that the whole world doesn't eat like I do. For me, my food choices are so second nature that I can't imagine anyplace *not* serving vegan meals, or not having an abundance of fruits and veggies as snacks. Need drinks for today? Soda and coffee. Of which I drink neither. I guess it will be easy to stick to my water. But food? That's a different story. There will be chips and pretzels, small tea sandwiches, cupcakes, and a few other little snack-y things to eat. For me, it's easier to eat NONE than it is to eat ONE. The tea sandwiches all have meat in them, so that's no problem. But the chips and pretzels? That is my challenge for today. I will definitely be stocking up on the fruit and veggies that are going to be there. I already ate a big bowl of hot cereal so I can prepare myself.

But really, the most important thing for today is to enjoy myself and have a good time. I think as long as I keep my goals in the back of my head and my Fitbit in view, everything will be fine. (My Fitbit is a great visual reminder not only to walk a ton, but also to eat and drink to support my goals.)

- tons of water
- eat up those fruits and veggies!
- have fun!

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MUFFIY831 4/14/2014 9:28AM

    I can so relate to this. Not eating meat and dairy does make things easier sometimes, but those damn chips!

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 4/12/2014 7:56AM

    Have a great day!! :D

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