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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. 🙂

To buy a…fat pig? Not quite.

I woke up before my alarm this morning at 7:30, surprising myself as I usually sleep in a little on Saturdays. It was just as well, though, because I had big plans for this morning.

After laying in bed for a little while I got up and got dressed for the gym. I grabbed a banana, water bottle, and my iPod and was out the door in a jiffy.

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I got to the gym at around 8:15, figuring that it would be packed. Not so! I was pleasantly surprised that there were only a few other people there!

I ended up having an awesome workout…I didn’t rush myself and used machines/weights that I might not normally use if more people were there. Sometimes I am too embarrassed to use a new machine or go all out with the free weights when it’s busy…I’m working on it! I just remind myself that other people are busy with their own workouts and not watching to see if I’m using the machines correctly.

I warmed up with 10 minutes on the elliptical and then did a full  body strength session. I was able to up the weights on most of the machines so I was pretty excited about that. I also did a lot more with free weights, though I’m still using a low weight (5 lbs.). I actually used some of the moves I learned in P90X! It really taught me a lot in terms of utilizing free weights, as well as different stretches.

I finished off the workout with some ab work and 20 minutes of spinning (set on random). It took me about 1.25 hours total.

After toweling off I headed out. I grabbed an iced coffee and stopped at a farmer’s market up the street from me. It was a bust, with only about four tables. 😦 I was so looking forward to it, too! I still managed to grab some raspberry jam and some strawberries.

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There are a few other farmer’s markets in our area so I’ll have to check them out some other time.

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The strawberries are really ripe so I figured I better use some up…strawberry protein pancakes for the win! I used this mix that I had sitting around and added half a scoop of protein powder (and upped the milk a little).

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I then diced a handful of strawberries and added them to the batter.

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Enjoyed with some butter and real maple syrup…the perfect weekend breakfast!

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They almost tasted like a muffin, so fluffy with little chunks of strawberry…yum!

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Good to the last bite!

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Do you have a farmer’s market near you? What are your favorite things to buy?

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.

Hi guys! Happy Monday (and Tax Day)! I work at a tax and accounting office so we were wrapping up the season today!

I came home and made a quick lunch…I haven’t had a wrap in a long time and it sounded good today. With ham, cucumbers, romaine, pickles and honey mustard. And an orange for some color.

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It was delicious and very filling. My meals have been really boring lately so it was nice to switch it up a little.

I will probably take a bite out of this chocolate bunny that my boss bought for me for dessert…I think it’s dark chocolate, my favorite!

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She also surprised me with a Vera Bradley tote/weekend bag and a matching curling iron sleeve! I am one lucky lady to be working for her (and not just because of the presents)! 🙂

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I started a second part-time job on Friday and will be working a few days at each starting this week. It’s at a print shop and I’ll be doing the bookwork…should keep things interesting! And busy! I’m actually thinking of holding off on cupcake orders for a while so that I can get settled into my new job and schedule…it’s hard to say no to people though…

We didn’t do P90X this morning and I’m not really sure what we will do going forward…I think we are all a little sick of it. I want to keep up with working out almost everyday so I’ll have to figure something out! My dad and I signed up for another 5K in two weeks so I should probably start running a little more.

How do you stay motivated with exercise? How many days a week do you work out?

Good morning! My day is off to a great start with P90X Core Synergistics under my belt already…I love getting it over with early! It was a great and sufficiently sweaty workout (lots of push-ups).

I grabbed a granola bar before heading out the door earlier and once I got home I quickly put together a protein chocolate milk (1 cup nonfat milk, a tablespoon of chocolate syrup, and a scoop of protein powder). I need to up my protein intake and this really helps…more than 20 grams in one shot! It tastes good too.

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For breakfast I whipped up some scrambled egg whites with mushroom and feta…spinach would’ve been a great addition but I forgot to pick some up. With a slice of this amazing sweet red pepper and cheddar bread…I could easily eat the whole loaf. 😀

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Quite the protein punch to kick my day off! Off to shower and then to work…an iced coffee will probably be consumed.

Do you prefer morning or evening workouts?

I used to hate getting up early to workout…it would sometimes make me sick to be working that hard so early but my body is adjusting! I still like later workouts too though…it’s a different kind of intensity.

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