Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Listening and Resting

Today my leg/ankle is still not feeling 100%. The pain has improved drastically from yesterday. I think the combination of rest and pain killers really helped minimize my discomfort today. It is still a no-go on cardio exercise since I can’t put much weight on my leg. I am taking it day by day because I want to heal fully in hopes of a full recovery by November. I have already registered and paid for the City of Oaks half-marathon in November that I was really looking forward too!

Being sidelined with an injury is no fun. Unfortunately, it happens to me often due to a weak ankle that I sprained years ago. My exercise focus right now is recovery and strength training. I love running and getting a good cardio workout so having to rest and elevate makes me a bit irritable.

 One thing I know I can control is my diet. Hoping to take this rest time to focus on my relationship with food and fueling by body with nutritious foods. Looking back at my YEARS of dieting I have learned that I tend to eat my emotions. Happy, sad, stressed or even bored have some emotional tie in with food. My relationship with food is something that I have been striving to work on these past few months. I don't want it to rule over me and fill me with regret and sadness. I want to be comfortable with enjoying what my body craves not what I feel like I have to eat.  Exercise has been my saving grace for not gaining 50+ pounds due to my emotional eating. With exercise taken away, it is the perfect time to focus on nutrition and not make it a diet but a lifestyle change.

I love that this little blog is a space of my own and can change as my goals refocus. Look forward to more healthy recipes and nutrition tips coming your way as I learn along my journey.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Weekend Rewind

Joe and I kicked off the weekend with a perfectly scary night out with friends at Darkside Haunted Estates. Having never been to a haunted farm before I had no idea what to expect but was impressed (terrified) by the theatrics and props used for the maze of haunted houses. The estates had countless dark and winding houses to explore each with different terrifying themes. Our group's favorite was a creepy Christmas themed house and a pitch black maze complete with terrifying music and black lights. Surprisingly I slept soundly that night with zero nightmares. 

Saturday we headed with friends to the NC State Fair. I love that we are so close to so many fun things to do since we moved to Cary. My favorite part of the fair is always grabbing breakfast at one of the local church buildings and visiting the beautiful gardens. A close second is enjoying my yearly cup of NC State Ice Cream. 

The boys enjoying Apple Slushes 

Campfire Ice Cream from NC State Creamery 

I put all that good carb loading to use Sunday morning at the Bull City Race Fest. I ran the half-marathon with a group of friends from church. I planned on running this race for fun and that is just what I did. The hills in Durham are no joke and after almost every turn there was another hill to conquer!!

Unfortunately, the hills got the best of me and I ended up straining my Achilles tendon and it started to get inflamed around mile 8. I was running with a friend which really helped me power through the last few miles. We ran up until mile 10 and then alternating walking hills and running down hills and flat stretches. We crossed the finish lie at 2:40 and I made my way straight to the recovery tent. Thanks to a great therapist my leg was rolled and stretched out to help with recovery. 

Afterwards, we checked out the food truck rally that was waiting at the finish line! My leg was still bothering me a lot so after browsing we skipped the food trucks and opted for a sit down dinner. 

My restaurant of choice was Tribecca Tavern which is quickly becoming our favorite Cary restaurant. After resting and recovering from the morning race, we spent the afternoon enjoying delicious seasonal drinks and baked brie poofs while watching some football. 

Talk about a weekend! I am still not 100% today from the race yesterday but am hopefully on the way to recovery. We have a short week ahead because Friday we are heading to the mountains to celebrate Joe's birthday! To wrap everything up here is a sneak peek at this week's meal plans.

Weeknight Menu

Tuesday: Dinner w/ Parents

Friday: Grilling at the Cabin & S'mores 

Hope everyone had a great weekend! I'll be back tomorrow with an fitness update and my plans for the next few months. 

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Five

It’s already Friday again! This week just got away from me and I truly need to get better about planning posts ahead of time. There is no excuses it is just that life happens.  I have been enjoying this taper week and getting in lots of long walks with Charlie. The parade of homes really sparked our interest in looking into more neighbor hoods nearby so after work we have been exploring new to us areas as a nightly ritual. Since it’s Friday, here are a few things I am loving this week. 

{One} Watching. Sometimes it is hard to find a new tv show that both Joe and I enjoy watching together. We have had good success with huge hit favorites like Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Lost and Homeland. But often when  we find a new fall series it gets canceled after the first few seasons.  Prime examples are Alcatraz and Last Resort. We often  joke that we should not get attached to a tv show because it will be canceled. I am hoping that Gotham is not one of those shows. I am not a huge comic fan but am really enjoying watching it with Joe and letting him fill me I on the development of certain characters. There is a good mix of action and drama each week which for me makes it a great couple’s show.

{Two} Drinking. It has officially turned fall here in NC and the cooler weather is here to stay. I get cold very easily so I always like to have a hot beverage on hand. My favorite is Trader Joe’s Vanilla and Cinnamon Black tea. It’s aroma is rich full of cinnamon notes. Black tea has the highest caffeine content compared to green or herbal tea so I enjoy it as an afternoon pick-me-up.

{Three} Wishlist Worthy.  I have been lusting after a scuba hoodie from Luluemon for years (think 5+). This is currently my incentive for myself to keep my diet on track. I am hoping I can eventually use some of my earnings from Pact to help purchase it! I earn about $1.50 a week so I have a ways to go! 

{Four} Currently Loving. Halloween costumes are popping up everywhere right now. Although we will not be dressing up this year I would die to see Charlie in this adorable costume!
Puppy Ewok

{Five} Coming Up. This weekend is packed to the brim with activities and fun times! I am excited to go to the State Fair Saturday and will be taking the chance to do a bit of carb loading for my race Sunday!! My go to every year at the fair is NC State university ice cream. I know this weekend will be a bit cold but am still looking forward to savoring every creamy bite! 

Linking up with Lauren ElizabethClareKarliAmanda & April .

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