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Hi friends! Hope you’re having a splendid day!

Another rather sluggish day over here since my pump was acting up again last night and I wasn’t getting any insulin. Not good! Hopefully the issue is fixed as I’m rather sick of feeling so lethargic.

I grabbed a Clif bar and an iced coffee for breakfast and packed a lunch for work…a huge salad that I got sick of eating before it was gone! Loaded with veggies…romaine, carrots, tomatoes, cucumber slices, ham, and croutons. I used some of the honey mustard that I left at the office.

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Finding the Balance: Fitness

I thought I’d talk a little about how I started working exercise into my daily routine (well, almost daily :)). I was pretty active in high school, never really a runner but I played field hockey and was pretty active with school, extracurricular activities, and work.

(Source– Not me, just a random picture :))

After high school, though, my workouts were sporadic at best. It was around this time that I was diagnosed with Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes and taking charge of that aspect of my life took priority. Once my blood sugar levels were under control and I started using an insulin pump, I was able to meet with an exercise physiologist (who specialized in diabetes care) to put together a workout schedule. We decided that I would exercise 3-5 times a week. That lasted for a little while but I never made it a priority.

Some friends of mine had ran a half marathon and I was really impressed and considered it a major accomplishment. Running was not something I did very often nor particularly enjoyed so I never thought that it was something I would do. After looking up some races, I bought a pair of running shoes and started pounding the pavement. I followed Hal Higdon’s Novice Half Marathon plan, pretty strictly too. If it said to run 5 miles, I ran 5 miles.

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Picking a half marathon as my first race was not the smartest choice, as I came to find out when I was sidelined a few weeks before the race with a stress injury in my tibia. It wasn’t quite a fracture but it was still too painful to run. I didn’t let it deter me, though, and after a few months off (rather sedentary months, I might add) I started training again. I took things a little easier and went on to run two half marathons (recaps here and here) and multiple 5ks.

After a while I started to burn out on running. I still loved it but just didn’t find it as enjoyable when it was my only form of exercise. I started adding in some strength training but didn’t really stick with it. I recently stopped running so much and started doing the P90X training program. I liked it a a lot, but as with running, I started to get sick of it after about 9 weeks.

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I tell you these things to bore you to tears to show how I came to find a balance with the fitness side of healthy living. While some people run, and only run (or swim, bike, etc.), I’ve found that I need to mix things up to keep up with this side of the equation. After too much of one thing, I get bored and stop. Your body also usually responds well to change in your exercise routine.

I’ve finally found what works for me, and that is: no strict training plans/programs, planned (and unplanned) rest days, and variety. The last point is key. I still love running but I also love strength training, walking, Zumba, kickboxing and spinning. Why pick just one? I still try to exercise 3-5 days a week but rather than having a specific plan, I do what I’m feeling each day. I’ve found it to be much less stressful and therefore, enjoyable! I look forward to my workout most days…most. 😀

Do you stick to one main form of exercise or do you switch it up?

Top Three Tuesday- What are the top three places you have visited?

  • Hawaii (Our honeymoon)
  • France/Spain (that counts as one, right?)
  • Barbados

And in case you didn’t see it in the comments section of yesterday’s post, the answer to the Mad Gab riddle was Jack of all Trades. 🙂

Hi guys! How is the week treating you so far?

Today was cold and drizzly but I still managed to get out of the house for a 6 a.m. workout. We completed P90X Cardio X and it was great and sweaty. Since we are getting kind of sick of doing P90X everyday we’ve decided to throw some runs in there to change things up a bit. Tomorrow we will head out on our first jaunt! I’m excited! 🙂

And I really need to get more mileage in if I want to come close to setting a new PR (personal record) in the upcoming 5K I signed up for. I’m a very slow runner and I really want to pick up my pace…I struggle with speed and sometimes get down on myself about it. But I try to appreciate the fact that I’m even able to run, and even walk! So much to be thankful for.

I was feeling rather ambitious this morning and put a pot roast in the crock pot before heading off to work. It was the perfect day for it! It smelled amazing when I got home and I couldn’t wait for dinner! 😀

Tonight’s meal was the epitome of comfort food…roast beef with creamy horseradish sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, and some random pickles (dill).

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I cooked the roast with some carrots, potatoes, and onion with some water, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, beef base and I think that’s it…I kind of forgot about the veggies and nibbled on a few after we were done eating. My roast was pretty dry but still tasted yummy! I’m not going to share the recipe because I think it could use some improvements.

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‘Twas perfect for warming us up on this chilly evening!

I skipped my coffee this morning and my head is feeling it now! It may be an early night…aren’t I just the life of the party? 😀 One Tree Hill is on tonight!

My chocolate bunny might be missing another body part…

Beginning the Balance: Try to eat fruits and vegetables when they are in season. Living in New England I know this isn’t always possible but you will find that fresh produce tastes so much better! Tomatoes, for example, I find are grainy and bland if I buy them in the winter but fresh out of our garden, I could eat one like an apple! And nothing beats fresh strawberries in the summer and crisp apples in the fall.

Good morning!

I have the day off so I was able to sleep in a bit before heading to workout at 8. We did P90X Core Synergistics and it was fabulous! Really sweaty. 🙂 I feel like I’m getting stronger and am able to complete more of the workout now, though still not 100%. I think we’ve decided to add a week on for 14 total so next week will be the halfway point! We may need to take some photos to compare to our ‘before’ pictures.

I was really hungry by the time I got home since we sat around and chatted for a bit so I quickly threw together some breakfast. Are you sick of eggs yet? I’m not! 😉

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Two cage free eggs, a pile o’ strawberries, and a slice of toast (I’m trying to tame my carboholic ways, slowly).

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Delicious and filling. I sipped this tea instead of coffee…Moroccan Mint Green Tea! I love the ingredients but I will admit that I would like it a little sweeter. 🙂 It’s sweetened with honey so I may add a little more…otherwise, the flavor is great!

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And I’m off! Enjoy your morning!

Beginning the Balance: Before you go grocery shopping, plan out some meals for the week, including breakfast and lunch, then make a shopping list. This will help you to stick with healthier choices when junk food or not-so-healthy options are calling to you (what? this doesn’t happen to you?). It will also save money since you’re not impulse shopping and buying things you might not need/use. I don’t plan a meal for each specific day, I just make a list of dinners and pick one as I go! Flexibility is key for me! I also make sure to grab enough fruit for the week for a healthy snack.

Hi guys! Today has been a great day so far! We kicked it off with some P90X Kenpo this morning (kickboxing…pun intended ;)). I missed this workout last week so this was my first time trying the full workout. I love it and it may be my favorite of the bunch! We finished it off with Ab Ripper and called it a day.

Breakfast #1? You guessed it! Bread with peanut butter.

Breakfast #2

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Two cage-free eggs over-medium and some kalamata olive and rosemary bread that I picked up from the farm market yesterday.

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It has whole olives in it and is amazing!! I can’t wait to try the other flavors, like flaxseed and sweet red pepper and cheddar! Sounds dreamy!

An iced coffee was also enjoy, with vanilla soymilk and sucanat, also picked up at the market.

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I decided to try sucanat after reading Annie’s post on Strong, Healthy, Fit about different “raw” sugars. It’s the least refined form of sugar cane so it has a very strong molasses taste and still has some nutrients. Just something new to mix things up and to be consumed in moderation! 😀

I decided to grab lunch on my way home from work and stopped at Twelve Pine in Peterborough, NH. I grabbed some sort of wild rice salad with spinach and vegetables tossed in a vinaigrette.

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It was majorly lacking in the greens department so I dished some out onto a bed of spinach at home.

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Eh, it was just ok…not very flavorful and I probably wouldn’t get it again. This is the only thing I haven’t liked from there, though! Everything else has been delicious. I also grabbed a cup of fresh fruit but ate it on the way home…I was starving! 🙂

Another iced coffee was also purchased…I added soymilk and sucanat when I got home! I’m sure to be up all night.

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I have pulled pork brewing in the crockpot as we speak! Can’t wait! It smells delicious…

Beginning the Balance: Make small changes to your diet but don’t cut something out completely, especially if it’s something you enjoy! This will only make the cravings worse and can lead to binging. Enjoy those sweet (or salty) treats…in moderation, of course! I love chocolate so I keep a bag of small pieces (like Dove) in my freezer and enjoy a few at night after dinner!

Today was a #fail in terms of healthy eating…until this evening anyway! I was in a rush this morning (the snooze button was hit a few too many times) so I gulped down a bowl of cereal and grabbed an iced coffee on my way out…Reid’s cousin has been in Guatemala for some time and brought us some coffee to try from there. Whenever he brews a pot I refrigerate the leftovers! Win win! 🙂 And it’s really yummy…

So that’s not so bad but once I got home from work I was starving…and proceeded to eat half a sleeve of crackers, topped with pepperoni…yup. That was my lunch. Oh, and I topped it off with a caramel oat bar. 🙂

After that nonsense I tried to get motivated for a run but just wasn’t feeling it. I put my gym membership on hold for a few months since we were supposed to start P90X today (the DVD’s haven’t arrived yet) so that isn’t an option for the time being. I rolled out the yoga mat and did Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred on demand…it was only level one but was still a pretty good workout. I only have 8 pound hand weights so it was tough at times…I’m a wimp! 🙂

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As I was stretching at the end I finally got the urge to go for a run…the Shred is only 20 minutes longs so I suited up to compliment that with a 2.25 mile loop around the neighborhood. I “unwired” for this run…no Garmin or iPod. The only thing I brought along was a package of fruit snacks, just in case my blood sugar dropped suddenly. I always try to run with some sort of sugar, just in case. Thankfully I didn’t need to eat it!

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I’ve missed running so much! Even though I spent most of my time dodging slush puddles and sniffling, it was awesome!

Now on to dinner…Reid called to say he was going to be late so I had to come up with something for one, and quick…because if you didn’t know, crackers and pepperoni don’t hold you over for very long! I snacked on a pear as I pulled veggies out of the fridge.

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Chicken Stir-Fry for One

 

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Ingredients

  • 2 ounces whole wheat pasta
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • one chicken breast
  • one carrot, julienned
  • 1/4 red bell pepper, julienned
  • a few broccoli florets, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon hoisin sauce
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • crushed red pepper (optional)

Prepare pasta according to directions. Set aside.

In a nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Cube the chicken breast and add to the hot skillet, cooking until only slightly pink inside, about 3-4 minutes. Add the carrots, red bell pepper, and broccoli and sauté until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds.

Add the hoisin sauce and soy sauce, stirring to coat. Add the pasta and red pepper flakes (if using) and toss to coat. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

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This was delicious! So quick (it took about 20 minutes) and easy, yet full of flavor! The crunchy veggies were the best part and I would probably leave out the chicken next time as it didn’t really add much flavor to the dish. Added protein, at least! I used organic pasta, chicken and vegetables. I’ll probably whip some up for Reid when he gets home since it was so good!

Tomorrow is going to be a busy day! I have my first large cupcake order to fulfill for a bridal shower! I’m excited! 😀

Beginning the Balance: I really struggled with portion control for a while and found that using portioned containers or measuring out my food helped me to recognize proper portions on my own. Use a smaller plate. Putting snacks into a bowl rather than eating from a bag helps to control mindless eating. Try to focus on your food rather than eating while working, watching TV, reading, etc.

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