Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Five

Alright, I made it through my first full week with students. Settling into my role has been interesting this week but overall I am enjoying it. My commute has been cut down to 15 minutes and I can make pit stops at Sheetz whenever I am having a rough morning. It’s a little easier on my wallet than Starbucks. They offer fair trade coffee and a variety of healthy options for snacks including fresh fruit and vegetable packs.

{One} Drinking. I am still loving Trader Joe’s Sparkling Water. (I shared my new find Monday.) Looking forward to trying all their flavors!

{Two} Munching On. The chicken and sausage casserole I tried this week for dinner was a hit. I eliminated mushrooms from the recipe and added broccoli. It ended up tasting a lot like a broccoli, chicken and cheese casserole. I am glad I put my fears of casseroles aside and gave the recipe a try.


{Three} Wishlist Worthy. Suede Tassel Booties. I have resisted purchasing booties for years now because I thought it was a trend. But it looks like this style is here to stay for a while. Also, I am in dire need of new shoes since mine are 3+ years old and walking on concrete floors daily has worn the soles out.  A bonus is the tassel embellishment on these shoes. Love em.

{Four}Currently Loving. I found this adorable print yesterday while reading la petite fashionista's blog. It has me singing "These are a few of my favorite things.."

{Five} Coming Up. Hip hip horay! Bring on the three day weekend. I am headed to Wilmington to help out with sorority recruitment.  I was a Delta Zeta at UNCW. My husband and I actually met through Greek life. A lot has changed since I went through recruitment (ahem, social media). However, I still enjoyed a laugh from this post- Akward situations that happen at rush every year. Now that I am a mentor I completely see it through completely new eyes.

Linking up with Lauren ElizabethClareKarli & Amanda

Hope y'all have a wonderful weekend!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Race Update

I realized that I have been talking about my running but never shared what I am training for. Whoops.  I am training with a small group at Fleet Feet this fall to push my pace. Since finishing my first marathon this spring I really wanted to work on my speed. I am planning on running two half-marathons this fall. Hey, two halves equal a full right? In October, I will be running the Bull City Half-Marathon. The race features a food truck rally afterwards with  a ton of local NC food trucks.

In November, I will be running the City of Oaks half.  Raleigh’s nickname is the City of Oaks. I have talked to many runners and they all have said that the City of Oaks is their favorite course. The course starts at NC State University and then takes you all around historic downtown. You finish the last mile on Hillsborough Street.

My goal for this training season is to push my pace and learn to run faster. Ultimately, I want to run a sub 2 hour half. I think with good training this fall that I could do it in the spring. For these races I want to have fun and stay under a 2:10 for my finish time. Honestly, I am ready for some redemption after my miserable Marathon race this spring and hope that shorter distances and cooler weather is the key.

Do you enjoy running races? What pushes you to beat a goal?

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Weighing In Wednesday

Happy hump day y’all. Every Wednesday picture the camel from the Geico commercial yelling “Hump Day!” either you hate it or you love it and I love it. I'm not the only one :)

As I mentioned in my post yesterday, I have been really sticking to my diet this past week. I think it was in part to having healthy options readily available in my fridge and also to the Pact I took to track my food. I blogged about the Pact app a few weeks ago and then decided to give it a try for myself. You create the goal of how many days you want to track your meals on My Fitness Pal. If you skip a day there is a $5 penalty and if you meet your goal there is a small reward.  I realize that tracking calories is not for everyone and that’s perfectly okay. For me, tracking my meals help me realize when I am eating too much or too little. I have found that when I am eating too few calories that I will indulge and overcompensate with unhealthy choices.

I have been watching my carbohydrate intake this week along with my calories. A low carb diet has been found to force your body to use your fat for fuel instead of carbohydrates.  I also think that it is important to switch up your diet every once in a while to avoid boredom. The majority of my diet this week has been protein and vegetables. Honestly, I have not been hungry thanks to all the protein I have been eating. The main thing I am missing is being able to enjoy more than one piece of fruit.  I will eat higher carbs the night before a long run to avoid bonking out due to lack of energy.  My weight this morning was 124 which makes for another two pounds down!

Do you enjoy trying new diets?

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