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Early Friday morning the power went out in almost our whole county. It was awesome having the house completely dark, until the carbon monoxide sensor starting beeping every minute. The power was still out when I was getting ready for work and you would think that my biggest concern was that I couldn’t really style my hair, but no, it was how the hell was I going to get my coffee?! Thankfully I live about 15 minutes away from Vermont and was able to stop at a gas station with the freshest coffee in the whole world. The coffee line was ridiculously long!

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It took me about 15 minutes but I was able to snag 3 large coffees to share with my co-workers, I was kind of a hero. We don’t close the salon just because we don’t have power. We work by the light coming from the huge windows and do what we can. It’s kind of fun/ exciting but I was super happy when the electricity came on around 10. We literally cheered. It ended up being a really long day for me, I was there until almost 9. My last client was so much fun and wanted something really bold.

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She loved it. She especially loved that depending on where the part was the colors could just peek out or they could be big bold chunks. I foiled blonde and red into small triangle sections, alternating the colors and where the tip of the triangles lay. I was pleased with how it came out.
Saturday was a little frustrating because I had people cancel or forget their appointment all together. I was able to take a walk-in though that was a really fun cut to do so it all worked out. I’m loving how fashionable men’s haircuts are lately. I got to work on fading and did a lot texturizing to the top. When I asked him if he liked it he long paused and then said it was the best cut he’s ever had. I was definitely sweating during that long pause! But I was so glad he liked it.

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I left work early to go to a Zumbathon. The event was part of our local relay for life and it’s the fourth time they’ve held dancing in the street. We literally take over part of Main St. and dance for an hour and a half. It was the perfect opportunity to bust out my Urban Decay electric palette.
I did some rainbow bright action on my eyes. I had a co-worker give me a Mohawk-like updo and it was awesome!

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So far we’ve raised over $12,000 and we have a few more weeks to hopefully raise even more. After the event one of the crew members held a party for everyone and their significant others and children. It was a great night with great food and even better people.
Sunday morning was gorgeous and it was the first morning I got to sit on my porch and drink my coffee. I really
need to get some new sunglasses so I don’t have to steal Matt’s hat. I kind of like wearing his stuff though.

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I made 3 fried eggs topped with guacamole to fuel me for my long run.

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My sister joined me for the run. She's also running in the half next week and we both wanted to run the trail that the race will be on. This was brutal for me. So many things went wrong for me. I literally had a meltdown and a cry during this run. I don't know how I would have made it through without my sister's encouragement.

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I’m nervous for the race but I’m confident that I will finish it. This was such a great week-end and I’m so sad that it’s over.
How was your week-end? Did you have any challenging runs or color your hair a funky color?

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Hey guys!  How’s your week-end going so far?  Mines been great.  I worked yesterday, like I do every Saturday, and then went to dinner at a Hibachi place for a friend’s birthday.  It was so much fun and I can see Matt and I going often.  We had fruity rum drinks and our food cooked right in front of us.  I was drowned in sake and got squirted by a little boy water pistol thing.  It was a blast!  I ate so much food!  It was really dark so I didn’t take many pictures but I had a small salad with a ginger dressing, crab ran-goons,  fried rice, shrimp, chicken and loads of veggies.  Then I came home and ate the ears off one of my chocolate bunnies.  I was terrified that I would feel like death today after trying so many non Whole30 foods, but I actually don’t feel bad at all.  I slept for like 9 hours and drank a ton of water before bed so I think that probably helped me quite a bit.

These rum drinks totally brought Matt and I back to our honeymoon in Jamaica.

These rum drinks totally brought Matt and I back to our honeymoon in Jamaica.

My drink was really sweet so I was only able to drink about half of it before I called it quits.  I never would have done that pre-Whole30!  I’m pumped for this week’s dinners.  We’re going to do some grilling later and we have a bunch of new recipes to try.  I’m also going to try to do more prepping today to make dinners quicker this week.  I have class all day tomorrow so I have to work Tuesday and it’s hard to get everything done with only one day off.

Meals

Sunday~ Shrimp skewers and steak on the grill

Monday~ shrimp and steak salads (from Sunday’s leftovers)

Tuesday~ roasted salmon with green bean, apricot and pistachio salad and tarragon tomatoes

Wednesday~ spicy pork lettuce cups and citrusy carrots

Thursday~ caramelized Brussels sprouts and chorizo with baked sweet potatoes

Friday~ easy crockpot chicken fajitas

I have come to the conclusion that I need new running shoes.  My feet were killing by the end of even three miles.  I took this quiz on runners world to help me figure out what I should be shopping for and got lucky with a sale on Zappos for the Asics Gel Cumulus15.  I can’t get over how quickly Zappos delivers!  My shoes were seriously here in less than 48 hours!  I can’t wait to test them out today and fingers crossed they keep my feet smiling.

Asics Gel Cumulus15

Fitness

Sunday~ 10k run

Monday~ 5/3 mile run (depending when I get out of class) + Zumba

Tuesday~5/3 mile run (depending on what I run Monday)

Wednesday~ Pilates DVD and Zumba

Thursday~ 3 mile run and weight session

Friday~ REST

Saturday~ 20 min Pilates DVD

Unfortunately the forecast is calling for a lot of rain this week so I think I’ll be spending some time on the treadmill.  I only have a few weeks until the half so training must go on rain or shine.  I had some hard runs last week and I again find myself needing to reset my mind and focus while running.  I am truly lucky to be able to run.  It doesn’t matter how fast or slow I go, only that I’m doing it.  I really beat myself up last week and now I know how silly it was.  It doesn’t make me a better person if I can run faster or longer.  It doesn’t even make me a better runner.  It does give me something to work on though.  When I was running my 3 miles on the treadmill I decided to work on my speed.  I increased the speed every minute and I was able to run at 6.4 mph for a minute.  That’s fantastic for me!  It made me realize how far I have come in just the past few months.  I only have to keep at it and I’ll get better.  I have to stop comparing myself to everyone else.  I’ll only ever be me so the only person I should be comparing myself to is me.  (This applies to more than just running.)  Sometimes this is easier said than done but it’s something that I’m going to consciously keep working on in all aspects of my life.

I have lots of house work to catch up on and that 10k to run so I’m going to end my ramble now.  Have you ever been unnecessarily harsh on yourself?  What did you do about it?  I wish you all a healthy and happy week!


I have one more day left of the Whole30!  I am being seriously tempted with yummy bunnies sitting on my kitchen table.  So far I’m holding strong but I am giving a lot of thought as to when is the best time to test out sugar again?  I am terrified that as soon as I eat a little bit the sugar monster will come back full force.  It’s been so nice to not have to deal with that beast and I really don’t want to invite it back in to my life.  On the other hand, it’s really unlikely that I’ll go the rest of my life without eating added sugars.  I’m thinking that the best way to handle this situation is to completely change when and how I eat it.  No more sitting on the couch watching TV and not even tasting the deliciousness that I ate.  And no more treats that aren’t absolutely worth the risk of the sugar monster.

Today was a pretty typical Monday for me.  I had some leftover breakfast from yesterday.  It’s an insanely delicious egg sausage hash thing that I made up.  I’m so sad it’s all gone now so I’ll be making it again for sure and maybe even share the recipe.

 

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Whole30 hash with a side of Oxygen Magazine

So remember how I ran outside for 2 hours yesterday?  I didn’t even think about the sun and completely forgot about sunscreen.  I got a nice sunburn going on my face and shoulders.  So dumb of me!

Sweet face sunburn.

Sweet face sunburn.

I had a pretty busy day at work.  I was kind of jealous of everyone coming in and telling me how gorgeous it was outside, especially because it’s supposed to be raining tomorrow and get colder on Wednesday.  It was awesome motivation to get outside for a run as soon as I got out.  I’m mad at my running app because it decided to pause itself so now I have no idea what my pace was.  There’s nothing I can do about it though so oh well.  It felt pretty slow.  It seems like there’s no rhyme or reason to what my pace will be.  I just have to keep pushing myself and keep on trying for better.  My legs just feel like dead weight sometimes, I’m not really sure what I should do about that?  Any and all running tips are appreciated!  I hope you guys got to enjoy the fabulous weather!

 


I love when Easter is on a gorgeous spring day like today. I feel like you can officially wear sandals now. But first I have to polish my toes. Running definitely ruins my pedicure, small price to pay.

The Easter bunny was very good to us this year. Matt got a basket filled with grilling supplies.

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That fabulous bunny left me a pot filled with herb seeds, gardening tools, cinnamon bears and 2 chocolate bunnies from a local chocolate shop. One is their plain chocolate, which I got last year and it’s the best chocolate bunny I’ve ever had. The other is a toffee bunny. I’m a freak for toffee. I don’t know how long I can wait to eat them!

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I did my 10 miler today. It felt good to be out running in the sun. I was slightly faster than last week. I was hoping to be more in the 10 1/2 min pace but it was in the 12 min range. I felt alright until about 7 miles and then my right hip started to hurt. I tried to stretch it but it didn’t really help. So I did the best I could.

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I took a little cat nap when I got home.

 

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Who can say no to snuggling with this pretty kitty?

Matt was busy while I was out running. He filled my raised bed with soil so I could plant my seedlings.

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He was also busy getting the smoker going and cooking our pork tenderloin. He made us the most fantastic Easter meal, smoked tenderloin and ribs and roasted Brussels sprouts. It was excellent! I’m a lucky lady to have such a great guy.

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Now we’re watching an old movie, Easter Parade, starring Fred Astaire and Judy Garland, which so far is amazing. I hope you guys had a great and relaxing Easter!


Happy Easter!

 

I hope you’re all enjoying your Easter holiday.  Matt and I are staying home and enjoying a smoked pork tenderloin.  Matt is the master smoker in our home, of meats anyways.  Since I was so lazy last week I am on my game for this week.  I seriously felt so lost!  I know, I’m ridiculous.  My Whole30 ends on Tuesday which means I get to eat some cheese on Wednesday!!!  I could also technically eat some ice cream but I’m going to avoid anything super sugary for as long as possible.  For some reason  I crave cake hardcore and it’s not even something that I like all that much, so even though I don’t have intense sugar cravings at night I think it’s best to not rock the boat.  So I’m planning on eating some dairy on Wednesday and then eating Whole30 style until Saturday.  Fingers crossed that I don’t have any side affects!  Then on Saturday I’ll test out non-gluten grains. This is timed perfectly because we’re going to a Hibachi restaurant Saturday night for a friend’s b-day and I don’t know how I would avoid rice, or alcohol.  I’m equally excited and terrified to try out the eliminated foods.  It’ll be nice to ease up on the ingredients we can use but I really don’t want to be bloated and foggy headed and feel gross.  I really do want to know what foods don’t agree with me so I can avoid them.

 

I’m pretty excited for the meals we have planned this week, mostly because they’re tried and true favorites. (TACOS!!!)

Meals

Monday~ Easter dinner leftovers

Tuesday~ Orange Brown Butter Shrimp over Salad

Wednesday~ Tacos in Lettuce Wraps with Cauliflower Coconut Lime Rice

Thursday~ Baked Garlic Mushroom Chicken Thighs with Green Beans coated in Coconut Oil and Slivered Almonds

Friday~ Italian Wedding Soup

Saturday~ Hibachi

Sunday~ Grilling Skewers (if the weather allows)

You can find all these recipes on my “Healthy Eats” board on Pinterest.

I was the biggest slacker when it came to exercise last week.  I just didn’t feel like doing anything, so I didn’t.  I think sometimes it’s good to take a little break and let your body chill.  I ran 5 miles on Monday after work and shaved some time off of my pace.  It was a great run!  Then the weather turned colder and it snowed and my motivation died.  I went to Zumba on Wednesday and I haven’t done anything since.  So now I’m missing my weights!  I want to do two strength workouts a week in addition to running 4 times and my weekly Zumba class.  I think that should be a good balance.

Fitness

Sunday~ 10 mile run

Monday~ 3 mile run and compound workout

Tuesday~ 5 mile run

Wednesday~ 3 mile run and Zumba

Thursday~ workout at PFit

Friday~ rest/ possibly do Pilates DVD

Saturday~rest

Matt just pulled a beer bread out of the oven so that’s my cue to go do my run. 😉  Wish me luck!  What are your fitness plans?  Do have any strength workouts that you’d like to share?


Holy cow I finished an entire Body for Life program! (and I actually enjoyed doing it)  I really set my mind on planning my workouts each week and pushing myself a little harder than the week before.  I would love to say that my body is rock hard and I’m ready to wear my bikini fearlessly but that just isn’t the truth.  Even though I worked hard in the gym I was a major slacker in the kitchen.  Until I started doing the Whole30 my eating was a hot mess.  I drank my coffee light and sweet and I was inhaling chocolate late into the night.  I was sabotaging myself.  I really feel like I’m in a good place right now.  I feel much stronger  and more focused.  I really feel like I’ve gotten my fitness and nutrition on the right track thanks to Body for Life and the Whole30 and I look forward to growing stronger and becoming healthier.

Sunday April 6, Run

I went on a 3.1 mile run with my sister, OUTSIDE!!!  It was a gorgeous day and I was so happy to be in the fresh air instead of on the treadmill.  Unfortunately for me this was an insanely hard run.  I felt so incredibly winded and tired.  And I saw a squirrel run into a car and die.  So yeah, that was a memorable run.

Monday April 7, Upper Body

chest press machine: 12X @ 55#, 10X @ 60#, 8X @ 65#, 6X @ 70#, 12X @ 55#

dumbbell flyes: 12X @ 25#

lat pulldown: 12X @ 40#, 10X @ 45#, 8X @ 50#, 6X @ 55#, 12X @ 40#

cable pulley rows: 12X @ 25#

shoulder press machine: 12X @ 30#, 10X @ 35#, 8X @ 40#, 6X @ 45#, 12X @ 30#

front raise: 12X @ 10#

bi-cep curl machine: 12X @ 35#, 10X @ 40#, 8X @ 45#, 6X @ 45#, 12X @ 35#

hammer curl: 12X @ 10#

tri-cep press: 12X @ 30#, 10X @ 35#, 8X @ 40#, 6X @ 45#, 12X @ 30#

This was the first time I used the tri-cep press machine and the weight I used was way too light.

tri-cep overhead dumbell extension: 12X @ 20#

Tuesday April 8, Lower Body, Abs and Treadmill Run

leg extensions: 12X @ 55#, 10X @ 60#, 8X @ 65#, 6X @ 70#, 12X @ 55#

seated press: 12X @ 130#

seated leg curl: 12X @ 70#, 10X @ 75#, 8X @ 80#, 6X @ 85#, 12X @ 70#

dumbbell deadlift: 12X @ 25#

squats: 12X @ 20#, 10X @ 25#, 8X @ 30#, 6X @ 35#, 12X @ 20#

wall sit: 1 1/2 min

stability ball twist: 12X, 10X, 8X, 6X, 12X

lower ab crunch: 12X

I had another crappy run, this time on the treadmill.  I blame the awful wifi signal at the gym.  I like to listen to Pandora while I’m running.  Well, during this run the music kept coming in and out and it was so annoying that I couldn’t even run the last mile.

Wednesday April 9, Run and Zumba

I woke up this morning determined to have a good run.  I was set to give it my all and just have fun with it.  I told myself I could take walking breaks whenever I needed them.  This run felt great!  I did take some breaks and that’s ok, I did 5 miles!  I really enjoyed my run.  And I always love Zumba!

Thursday April 10, Upper Body

chest press machine: 12X @ 55#, 10X @ 60#, 8X @ 65#, 6X @ 70#, 12X @ 55#

flye machine: 12X @ 55#

dual pulley lat pulldown: 12X @ 20#, 10X @ 27.5#, 8X @ 35#, 6X @ 42.5#, 12X @ 20#

cable dual pulley rows: 12X @ 20#

shoulder press machine: 12X @ 30#, 10X @ 35#, 8X @ 40#, 6X @ 45#, 12X @ 30#

side raise: 12X @ 15#

bi-cep curl machine: 12X @ 40#, 10X @ 45#, 8X @ 50#, 6X @ 55#, 12X @ 40#

hammer curls: 12X @ 15#

cable pushdown: 12X @ 30#, 10X @ 35#, 8X @ 40#, 6X @ 45#, 12X @ 30#

cable overhead extension: 12X @ 30#

I am so proud of myself for doing this.  Now I’m going to focus on training for my half.  I don’t want to lose the muscles I’ve worked so hard to build so I’ll continue to lift but in the interest of saving time I think I’ll be doing more compound workouts and maybe try some HIIT workouts as well.  Also, the yoga classes I used to go to in the fall are supposed to be starting back up and I can not wait to get back into it.  I’ll keep you posted on what I’m up to.  Any workout suggestions?

 

 


I should have posted this last week because it’s all pretty much a giant blur to me.  Luckily I jot everything down in my handy dandy notebook.  (Yeah that was a Blue’s Clues reference.)  Work has been pretty slow because Williams College has been on spring break so lots of my clients go away.  I took advantage of those easy work hours and did my long run on Saturday after work.  It was really nice to wake-up on Sunday morning and get to relax with Matt.  It was even better that I didn’t have to go to the gym because we went car shopping and that always takes a lot of time.  I was shocked that I found a car!  I’m the proud owner of a 2013 Subaru Impreza.  Every single car that I’ve owned has been blue.  It’s weird how your sub-conscious works.  I was just happy it wasn’t red.  I don’t know what the hell I have against red cars but they just don’t do it for me.  This week I was also able to get outside for my first outdoor run of the year.  I literally felt like skipping and singing the entire time.  Except for the times when my legs felt like lead and like I was running through molasses.

Saturday March 29

8 mile run on the treadmill in 94 minutes.  I didn’t take any breaks until 4 1/2 miles in.  I was pretty proud of myself.  However when I got home I felt sick for a few hours afterwards.  I was so hungry and I think I might have inhaled my food instead of eating it and then my stomach was angry with me.  I’m also wondering when I should start adding a little bit of fuel during a long run.

Monday March 31

3 mile run on the treadmill in 34 1/2 minutes.  I don’t know why these shorter distances seems so much harder for me but the entire time I’m running all I’m thinking is how badly I want this to be over.

Tuesday April 1, Lower Body and Abs

leg extensions: 12X @ 55#, 10X @ 60#, 8X @ 65#, 6X @ 70#, 12X @ 55#

glutes machine: 12X @ 50#

leg curls: 12X @ 65#, 10X @ 70#, 8X @ 75#, 6X @ 80#

leg press: 12X @ 120#

stability ball bridges: 12X, 10X, 8X, 6X, 12X

wall sit: 1 1/2 minutes

twisting crunches on stability ball: 12X, 10X, 8X, 6X, 12X

standard crunch on stability ball: 12X

 

Wednesday April 2, 4 mile Run and Zumba

I can’t tell you how happy I was to be outside in the sunshine running.  I didn’t even care that my legs were really tired.

 

Thursday April 3, Upper Body, Lower Body and Abs

dumbbell press: 12X @ 25#, 10X @ 30#, 8X @ 35#, 6X @ 40#, 12X @ 25#

fly machine: 12X @ 60#

lat pulldown: 12X @ 20#, 10X @ 27.5#, 8X @ 35#, 6X @ 40#, 12X @ 20#

dumbbell rows: 12X @ 25#

seated shoulder press: 12X @ 10#, 10X @ 15#, 8X @ 20#, 6X @ 25#, 12X @ 10#

side raise: 12X @ 10#

bi-cep curl machine: 12X @ 35#, 10X @ 40#, 8X @ 45#, 6X @ 50#, 12X @ 35#

hammer curls: 12X @ 15#

tri-cep cable pushdown: 12X @ 25#, 10X @ 30#, 8X @ 35#, 6X @ 40#, 12X @ 25#

tri-cep overhead extension: 12X @ 25#

I did the exact same lower body and abs routine from Tuesday.

 

I literally have one more upper body workout to do and then I”m done with my Body for Life training plan.  I’m looking forward to switching up my routine.  It has been really nice to have a formula to work off of these past few months though.  Hopefully I’ll be back tomorrow with my final week.

 

 



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