Foot Update+Weekend Plans+Running Thoughts

Happy Fri-Yay!  I just realized the title of this post is sort of a mouthful, but I guess I just knew I was going to discuss a couple different things, so oh well!

This week has consisted mostly of me adjusting back to the real world after my vacation, as well as getting back to my regular workout and healthy eating routine.  Not that I ate super unhealthy in South Beach, but I definitely had more cocktails than I typically do and I think just eating out all the time gave me a little bit of post-vacation bloat.

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I’m on it Ryan!  I’ve been enjoying my green protein smoothies for breakfast, which is perfect on these days that feel like it’s 5,000 degrees outside.

Foot Update:  So I’m at the three week mark today of no running and I can feel a noticeable difference in my foot.  I don’t feel any tightness on the top of my foot where the stress reaction is and I don’t feel any pain when I walk.  My podiatrist said to rest it for 3-5 weeks so technically I can start running now, but I think I’m going to play it safe and just rest it for another twoish weeks.  I’m alternating biking and the elliptical, and taking Pure Barre three days a week.  Anyone have any tips for how to safely ease back into running?? I think I get overzealous and don’t want to do too much too soon.  That seems to be a recipe for disaster for me!  And I’m impatient.

Weekend Plans: Brandon and I have some fun stuff on our agenda for this weekend!  I’m taking Pure Barre Saturday morning, then we’re heading to Port City Brewery in Virginia for some brewski tastings.  I also need to go bathing suit shopping–the one I brought to South Beach is basically on it’s last threads and I had to hold the bottoms up when I was in the ocean.  I haven’t gone bathing suit shopping in forever, but I’m thinking I’ll use the money I found at the airport towards a new swimsuit!

ALSO MY LITTLE BEAR IS COMING TO DC SUNDAY!!!!!  Her husband has to come for work and asked if she wanted to tag along!  They’ll stay with us Sunday and Monday night before heading back to Dallas.  I’m so excited to see her again so soon!  Brandon and I actually had dinner with her dad (he lives in Maryland) last night, which was so fun.


Running Thoughts: Yes even though I’m not running I think about it often.  I think about how it’s going to feel when I get back out there and have a lot of ‘what if’s’ in my head. What if I don’t get back to my usual pace?  What if I feel tenderness or pain and my foot never goes back to normal?  What if I can never run again?  I know this all seems dramatic, but I’ve never had to rest from an injury this long and there are moments where it really psychs me out.

Thankfully my Pure Barre & brewery fun should take my mind off of all the running stuff this weekend!  Oh AND fun fact: a new women’s workout apparel store has opened four blocks from me and they sell Oiselle!!  I’m envisioning all the cute running/Pure Barre workout clothes I’m going to buy.

Have a great weekend!

What’s on your weekend agenda? Any runs?  I can live vicariously through you!

Were you a paranoid mess when you returned from an injury?

Why I Decided To Throw Out My Scale

Ok, well I didn’t really throw it out.  I just don’t use it anymore.  And I haven’t in probably at least six months.

Let me start out by saying I have nothing against people who weigh themselves regularly. Brandon likes having a scale in our bathroom to help keep him in check, and because he finds it helpful for him personally, I support it and him.

I think in order to explain why I no longer use a scale, I should start by sharing my fitness journey.  Growing up, I was never ‘overweight’–my weight and height always fell within the healthy BMI range.  But I wasn’t exactly healthy either, especially during my college years and after I graduated.  Sure I’d hop on a treadmill and walk for 30 minutes, but then I’d down some pizza or Spaghetti O’s for dinner and hit up the bar and consume way too many drinks.  Follow that up with late night jumbo slice and some greasy food the next day…you get the idea.  Not good.  But again, I wasn’t overweight by any health standards, and I don’t think there’s really a huge, noticeable difference in my appearance:  The first pic below is summer 2010 before my wedding, and the second is from September 2014.

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I remember starting to really feel frustrated summer of 2013–I actually had started working out more but wasn’t seeing any changes in my body.  My Little Bear told me about Tone It Up and their Nutrition Plan, and I decided to go for it.  I learned a lot about nutrition and how to properly fuel my body.  I dropped a pants size, gained muscle, and loved stepping on the scale to see how much weight I had lost.

But then I found myself all of a sudden tied to a certain number, using it to dictate my mood.  If the number went up, I was frustrated and upset and restricted certain foods the next day.  If it went down, I was happy and congratulated myself on my diligence.  Clearly unhealthy, but I continued this way for a few months.

I didn’t think it was an issue until my Little Bear commented about it one day.  I think I was either complaining about how bloated I looked or was scrutinizing myself in the mirror, and she said she was concerned about it.  I assured her nothing was wrong, but it got me thinking–maybe I did obsess over my weight too much.

I mean, weight fluctuates everyday for so many reasons–if it’s that time of the month, if you’ve had a little too much sodium, if you haven’t had your morning poop :).  It just became too overwhelming for me to keep up with.  I finally decided I’d had enough and needed to kick my scale to the curb.

Since making that decision, I haven’t stepped on a scale in at least six months and have never felt happier.  I honestly couldn’t tell you how much I weigh, nor do I care about the number.  If I indulge, I know how to get myself back on track.  And honestly, I still slip and beat myself up about it sometimes, and I’m in no way perfect.  But I’m at least more aware that it’s an unhealthy trap to fall into, and do what I need to in order to break free from it.

Again, I have nothing against people who do use scales regularly–my point is, do whatever is healthy and works for you.  Everyone is different, but if you find yourself developing some unhealthy thoughts/obsessions related to weight, it may be a sign to take a step back and reevaluate things.  You’re more important, and worth more, than a number!   

Have you ever felt chained to your scale, or obsessed over a certain number?  Share how you overcame it! 

 

 

How to Beat Holiday Bloat

Ok, so I don’t know about you guys, but I have been indulging a bit too much these last two weeks with the arrival of the holiday season.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not about counting calories (I hate math anyways) and I’m all for having sweet treats here and there.

But that’s the problem–my ‘here and there’ mantra had turned into an ‘every night’ mantra.  Wine, pie, cookies–you get the picture.

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That’s a bit of a stretch, but that’s how I’m currently feeling with the holiday bloat.  Thankfully, I have some tips/tricks to get back on track that I thought I’d share!

1. Chug, chug, chug!  Water, that is.  Drink water like it’s your job.  Aim to drink at least half of your body weight in ounces per day.  Many times, I think I’m hungry when I’m actually thirsty.  If I feel a hunger pang come on (and I’ve literally eaten like half an hour ago), I drink water first and then decide whether I’m still hungry or not.

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Look, even P.Diddy makes sure to stay hydrated!  (Is he still even considered cool anymore?)

2. Sneak in those greens!  I love salads in general, but if you’re not a huge fan and are trying to find a way to add some filling greens into your meal, add spinach to smoothies!  It’s my favorite way to get in some greens for the day, and it helps fill me up with important vitamins and nutrients.  I’ve been having green protein smoothies every morning for my holiday detox and am loving it!

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3. Get that protein in your belly.  In addition to hydrating like a champ, make sure you’re getting enough protein throughout the day.  I always add protein powder to my smoothies to help me stay full.  Other great protein sources I eat include Greek yogurt (go for plain and add your own natural sweetener, or look for ones with little/no added sugars), hard boiled eggs, nut butter/nuts, or if I’m on the go and super busy, I’ll eat a Luna bar as a last resort.

4. Spread meals throughout the day.  This has always been helpful for me in general.  Over Thanksgiving break I was eating breakfast in the morning and then would go hours without eating, which led to me overeating in the evenings.  Not good.  To get back on track, I start the day with a green protein smoothie, then have a small snack 2-3 hours after, then lunch, then another light snack, and then my dinner.  I find that this helps keep my blood sugar stable so I never feel famished.

5. Swap the indulgences.  I know, it’s tough.  Especially in the evenings, when my sweet tooth kicks in.

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Instead of having a chocolate shortbread cookie or a piece of leftover Halloween candy, I’ll (try my best) reach for a small square of really good quality dark chocolate.  Or maybe have a mug of my favorite hot chocolate.

Bottom line, don’t deprive yourself.  Don’t think for one second I regret indulging over the holiday because I sure as heck do not.  I simply want to get back into my healthy lifestyle routine because it makes me feel better.  Life is all about balance!

Favorite protein sources?

Are you more of a small meals throughout the day person, or 3 big meals?

Favorite healthy indulgence/swap?