Days Off Are Love!

Perk to working in a school- days off ūüôā

I love days off.  Today was no exception.

I slept in till 8am (score!), went to a dr. appt, ran errands, spent time with friends and worked out! Whew!

My first stop, for the second time in two days was at this place:

I have an addiction to Target.  Big time.  I am there at least once a week, if not more.  You name it, I can find it at Target!  I went last night for one thing and walked out with twelve things.  And the one thing I needed, I forgot.  Of course.  So I was back there again this morning.  Luckily for my wallet, I was on a time crunch and had to grab and run!

I had lunch with my friend Monique at this gem:

Three chicken tacos later and I was a happy (and super full) girl.  I never knew I had two of these so close to where I live.  I will definitely be making many more visits here!

After lunch I drove down to Delaware (bout an hour from me) to visit one of my best friends:

This is an old photo from a mutual friends birthday in 2008 (I forgot to snap one today) and it is one of my favorites.¬† This is very true of our friendship and how close we are.¬† I don’t see Sarah much because we both have busy lives but when we get together it is like no time has ever gone by and I always look forward to our time.

Then I went to Pilates:

Unfortunately, and annoyingly, the instructor never showed.¬† Seriously, is there anything more annoying than wasting time waiting??? I wasn’t going to let myself off the hook though.¬† I took my lemons and made lemonade by coming home and doing a 30 minute session on my own.¬† I had to squeeze in a super small spot that wasn’t covered in boxes and it was not nearly as good as a class but still something is better than nothing!


Overall, it was super productive day and further proof that one can never have enough days off! ūüôā

Week In Review- 1/11-1/17

Welcome to all the new readers. ūüôā ¬†I wish I had a cool name for you all (Like TallMom’s Bloggy Pack!) but until I think of something clever, you are all just my bloggies ‚̧¬† I have been diligently updating my reader adding the¬†OneLittleTriGirl newbies to get to know all of you! ¬† If you are a reader, don’t be afraid to say hello ūüôā

Week In Review; 1/11-1/17

Training:

  • Running–¬† 8.2 miles for the week.¬† Wednesday: 3.7 miles on treadmill @ 10:20 pace.¬† This was my first AM run since before the New Year.¬† I love¬†early morning work outs but it was tough getting back into the swing of things.¬† Saturday: 4.5 miles on treadmill @ 10:22 pace.¬† I really should have run outside because it was pretty nice out (40 degrees is nice in winter in NJ) but I wanted to get a strength and abs session in so the treadmill it was.¬† Good run although my shins were acting up and required a nice icing later in the day.¬† So far (hope I am not jinxing it) my knees have held up really well.
  • Biking Rode the stationary bike (boooorrrrriiinnnggg) for 30 minutes.
  • Strength training– 1 hour of pilates, 30 minute strength session- arms and chest.
  • Abs challenge– 500 for the week.
  • Cross training– 40 minutes on Elliptical- 20 minutes on Monday and 20 minutes on Sunday.

Weekly High: I found my camera charger!!¬† It was hiding in a bag with some of my Christmas gifts.¬† I was so very happy to find it because I made it a 2010 life goal to take more photos.¬† My battery is happily charging as I write ūüôā

Weekly Low: I didn’t make it to spin class.¬† I had a TT Board Meeting (I am secretary of my club) and the class was at the same time.¬† I just couldn’t fit in any of the other classes.¬† And I am bored to tears by the stationary bike!

Notes:

  • I really feel myself getting faster.¬† I can tell by my times that this is true and it has a been a major confidence boost!
  • I am going to be participating in¬†Casey’s virtual 10k this Saturday the 23rd.¬† This will be my longest training run in 2 months (since the Philly Half) and I am looking very forward to it!
  • Morning workouts always make me feel so ready for my day.¬† I hydrate, eat and overall feel better all day after a good morning workout.¬† Plus I always sleep better at night when I have had a morning workout.¬† Clearly I need to stick with this plan!
  • I am now calling the sit-up challenge, the abs challenge.
  • I am still getting used to the elliptical…I don’t feel 100% comfortable and I feel like I look ridiculous.

Life: One week until I move and I have almost nothing ready.¬† I am slacking big time.¬† Also, school starts this week…my last semester (I hope) and I am not looking forward to having more on my plate.¬† One of the classes is an elective which I am looking forward too, but the other is one I am dreading because it will entail a lot of boring reading.

Three things I am grateful for this week:

  1. Opportunities to sleep in.  My neighbor was away this weekend (double yeah) and I went to bed early Friday and woke up at 8:30am!!!  10+ hours of glorious sleep! And yes, 8:30am is totally sleeping in for me!
  2. All of you!¬† My blogversary is fast approaching (and I have big things planned!) and I cannot imagine my life without all you wonderfully supportive bloggies!¬† Lately I have “met” many new bloggers and I look forward to getting to know you all ūüôā
  3. Pretty much everything right now.  The devastation in Haiti is almost too much to bear and my heart goes out to everyone who has been affected by this in any way.

Quote of the week: In the end, people either have excuses or experiences; reasons or results. They either have what they wanted or they have a detailed list of all the reasons why not.

Let’s Call A Spade A Spade

O.M.G. Taco Bell is marketing a “drive thru” diet??

Please hold on while I throw up.

Those of you who read my blog (whether you eat fast food or not)¬†are probably just as disturbed by this “diet”.¬† And anyone who is serious about nutrition already knows better than to take their diet advice from a fast food chain.¬†¬†¬†The problem is that the people who need to read this probably won’t…and the people who need this information most are people who probably¬†aren’t serious about nutrition.¬† And with obesity climbing at an alarming height in America, this is scary.

There are so many things wrong with this, it is hard to know where to begin.  Here are the four biggest gripes I have with Taco Bell promoting anything as a diet:

  • Results not typical- The girl on the commercial says “Results are not typical but for me they worked.”¬† By not typical she means they won’t work for you.¬† And by you, I mean everyone.
  • The small print- If¬† you have super fast reading eyes you can catch their disclaimer on the commercial but you can also¬†look on the Taco Bell website where it¬†reads: “The Drive-Thru Diet is not a weight-loss program.¬† The Fresco menu can help people reduce¬†their calories, but it is not a low-calorie food. (You don’t say!) For a healthier lifestyle, pay attention to total calorie and fat intake and regular excercise”¬† Now THAT’S the spirit Taco Bell!
  • Nutritional Value- They do not give you the nutritional value.¬† They are promoting their Fresco “healthy choices” but won’t list their nutritional value.¬† Um, lil¬†fishy dontchathink??
  • Drive-Thru Oxymoron- In addition to calling fast-food a diet, they suggest the¬†drive through (as opposed to, I don’t know…say, walking into).¬† I suppose this is the excersise program that goes with the diet.

When¬†questioned about the validity of¬†the “Drive-Thru Diet”, Tom Wagner, the VP of Taco Bell’s Consumer Insight¬†had this to say: “We mean ‘Drive-Thru-Diet’ to be¬†a noun, not a verb. It’s not intended to be¬†marketed as a weight-loss program.”¬† So you call it a diet but don’t intend for it to be marketed as a weight-loss program.¬† Ah, semantics.

So basically, the drive through diet is not a diet at all. This is just the corporate world¬†playing off of¬†people‚Äôs fears about their weight; promoting¬† products as ‚Äėhealthy‚Äô when in reality, they‚Äôre anything but.¬†¬†I¬†made a choice long before I even got into fitness and nutrition to not eat fast food.¬† I do not like how it makes me feel.¬† And I would not recommend it to anyone.¬† But if you¬†have a fast food meal every once in a while, and for the most part make healthy choices, you‚Äôll be fine.¬† It doesn’t have to be black and white.¬† ¬†Just don‚Äôt¬†kid yourself that you can eat this stuff regularly and your overall health won‚Äôt suffer.

What do you consider “fast food” and do you eat it?

Surprise Give-A-Way :)

I have been blogging almost every day since the New Year began (sick of me yet?!?) which was one of my blog goals for 2010.¬† Blogging is a definite commitment and I am sure when school starts up again my posts will be fewer, but I hope to keep up more frequently as I have because writing for me is very cathartic. ūüôā¬†

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A few days ago in this post, I asked for some song suggestions for my new playlist.  It needs a make-over and I was looking for some songs I might not have thought of.  Thanks to those who came through and as promised, one reader is being rewarded. 

A few months ago the wonderful people at LaraBar¬†sent me some bars to try and give-a-way.¬† I ‚̧ Lara bars (cashew cookie is my favorite) and highly recommend them!¬† Lara Bars are gluten, dairy and soy free.¬† Super healthy and very tasty!

  • I listed the contributors on an excel page so that each bloggy had a number.
  • I asked¬†a random student in my office to give me a number between 1-8¬† (good odds!!!)
  • He picked number 7!

Congrats to Jill from JillWillRun

Jill send me your address and I’ll get the bars out to you ūüôā

 

Is anyone else thinking TGIF for tomorrow already???¬† I know I am- three day weekend¬†ahead! ūüôā

Balancing Act

It seems lately with the new year and new goals, everyone is talking about time and balance.  Balancing life in general is tough enough but then adding in a training schedule makes it even tougher.  But the thing about time is this: we all get the same amount every day. 

One of my favorite quotes is “Don’t say you don’t have enough time.¬† You have the same number of¬†hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo daVinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein.”¬† -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Each week I work 40 hours.  When I am in school, that is 6 hours a week and homework can take anywhere from 6-12 hours a week.  Right now my training looks like this:  run 3x a week, spin 1x a week, cross-train, strength train and take Pilates.  It will get even heavier come spring when I add another bike and two swims a week.  In addition to work, school and training, I have a social life too.  Shocking, I know.  But, each week I also set aside time for the important relationships in my life.   

I often get asked how I keep it all together and fit it all in.¬† The easy answer is, that I just do.¬† But the more truthful answer is that I work really hard.¬† I make a genuine effort to budget my time.¬† And sometimes¬†I make sacrifices.¬†¬†And the more truthful answer is that sometimes I don’t keep it all together.¬† But things happen and I have learned to forgive myself.¬†¬†Some days feel like they will never end but some¬†days¬†I even still find time to watch TV and take naps!¬† I imagine that those of you with kids (I don’t know how YOU do it!!) can identify with all of what I just said, except for the nap part.¬† I would be jealous too ūüėȬ†

  Four things that make me the ocd type-A person I am help me with balance are:

  • Having a schedule-¬† I write and re-write schedules constantly.¬† There is always a schedule of some type on my fridge.¬† Even if I don’t follow it to a T, it is there to remind me of what I am accountable for each week.¬†
  • My planner/calendar- My schedule would be nothing if it weren’t for my planner and calendar.¬† I keep everything written down to keep me on track.¬† Otherwise, I would never know what was going on!¬†
  • To-Do Lists- The first thing I do each day is write out my list.¬† I have been known to have to-do lists for my to-do lists.¬† But, it always feels good to get things checked off throughout the day and even better, the week.
  • Two-A-Days- My favorite!!!¬† Does this make me crazy?¬† Cause I am serious.¬† The last thing I want to do after work is spend 2+ hours at the gym.¬† Breaking it up into a morning and afternoon workout makes it so much easier.¬† Usually I will hit the gym in the morning and then do an outside work-out (bike or run) after work.¬† As an added bonus, if I can squeeze enough in, sometimes it gives me an extra free day during the week.

When it is all said and done, it comes down to one thing for me: Am I happy?¬† Do I enjoy what I am doing with my time?¬† I work to pay my bills and I go to school so I can have more money to pay more bills.¬† Those are things I have to do.¬† But I¬†workout, train and race¬†because I want to.¬† I don’t always love 5am wake up calls or having to skip out on fun plans because of training, but I do it because in the end I get to reap the rewards.¬† I take pride in my hard-work whether it be at work, school or in training.¬† I train hard because I want to and I race and volunteer because I want to.¬† When it stops being fun, when it stops being a “want”,¬†I’ll know.¬† And¬†if/when that happens, I¬†probably won’t be as willing to give up so much time for training.¬†¬†But for now…it is all worth it.¬† And the bonus is, I am a better person because of it all.

How do you find balance in your busy life?   What keeps you motivated to keep going?

PS- Song Suggestions for my new playlist are being taken here¬†and one lucky blogger will be rewarded¬†tomorrow sometime before the end of the day ūüôā

Three Things Tuesday

Three Things Tuesday

Kind of¬†lame this week, my apologies…crazy busy is onelittletrigirl world!

Improvising- I didn’t¬†have time¬†to do laundry over the weekend so on Monday I was out of luck for a long-sleeved shirt.¬† Given that the high has averaged¬†about 31 degrees, this was not good.¬† Luckily, my Champion long-sleeved running T’s look dressy when under a black cardigan.¬† Score!

Buying- RunningWarehouse.com has (my very very favorite) Balega socks 3 for $21.  Given that in stores they are $10 a pop this is a huge score.  And while I was there I may or may not have bought some other work-out gear.  Must. Stop. Shopping!

Packing- Um, I hate packing.  I am trying to keep my head together but moving during the beginning of a semester while trying to train for a half-marathon is insane!  This move is not ideal but I am really trying hard (and it is tough) to look on the bright side.  I can take this time to save some serious cash while looking for the most perfect place for me.

Ok…now I need three things from you¬†this week too bloggies!!¬† I am putting together a new¬†training playlist and I am looking for some song suggestions.¬† I pretty much listen to all music so suggest away!!!¬† It is appreciated, and without saying too much…you might even be handsomley rewarded for your efforts ūüôā

Week In Review; 1/4-1/10

Yeah- first week in review for 2010!!!

Instead of just rambling along about my week I am trying out a new format…there are 52 weeks in a year so I am sure this may change, but having a more formatted Week In Review is a blog goal of mine for 2010.¬† I have taken ideas from different blogs (because you are all awesome!) and tweaked them to make them my own.¬† Hope you like ūüôā

Week In Review; 1/4-1/10

Training:

  • Running- 7 miles for the week; broken down into two runs.¬†¬† Saturday: 3 miles on treadmill @ 10:21 pace.¬† I really hate the treadmill, but this one¬† at my new gym is so different.¬† It was the best run I ever had on a treadmill.¬† Sunday: 4 miles on treadmill @ 10:25 pace.¬†¬† For the first time EVER, I chose to run on the treadmill!¬† It was too cold (23 degrees) and there was a basketball game on that I could watch if I ran on the treadmill.¬† Score!¬† These past two runs really have my confidence up!¬† Both were really strong!
  • Strength training- lifted 20 minutes/arms; 15 minutes/back
  • Sit-up challenge- 200 for the week.
  • Cross training- Elliptical 15 minutes.

Weekly High: My run Saturday.¬† For as much as I hate the treadmill, which is a lot…I loved this run.¬† The treadmills there are awesome and the run was strong.¬† And I got to watch a basketball game on my own private TV which hooked to my IPOD so I could listen too.¬† That made the time fly and made me want to run longer.¬† It was pretty much a repeat Sunday so that was actually a high too!

Weekly Low: Being sick for sure.¬† I missed pilates, spin and didn’t run for seven days!¬† SEVEN!¬† I also did not complete 500 sit-ups.¬† Not working out brought be down emotionally too.

Notes:

  • The above cross-training on the elliptical…yeah, that was the first time ever that I was on one.¬† They always intimidated me for some reason but I decided this year would be the year I try it out.¬† I didn’t love it- actually I was quite bored (even with the TV)- but I am going to continue to give it chance.
  • I decided against the push-up challenge after hearing so many horror stories and realizing it would take WAY too much commitment.
  • Clarification on the sit-up challenge: they are not all JUST sit-ups.¬† It is a mixture of planks, crunches and other ab exercises.
  • The weather man says we are coming into a warm front…warm=40degrees???…I do not think so!!¬† But hey, after the past weeks of 5-20degree weather, 40 probably will seem warm, so I’ll take it!!!
  • Today at the gym, a guy dropped his phone and when he picked it up, he kissed it.¬† He kissed his phone.¬† New L.A. Fitness…same idiots.

Life: I got my renewal lease in the mail and decided not to sign.  This year has been hell because of my upstairs neighbor and my landlord has done nothing about it despite my many requests.  I did not find a new apartment so I will be moving home (temporarily) in February.  I will post fully about this later.  

Three things I am grateful for this week:

  1. My health- feels so good to feel good!!!  I am still not 100% but I say I am at least 90% and that is so much better than where I was!
  2. My job- I don’t love it, but I have one.¬† This week two people I know were laid off and one of my friends lost her benefits.¬† I am so lucky to have a secure job with great benefits.
  3. My office assistant- I am so lucky to work closely with someone who has my back.  He is always willing to step up when needed and he convinced me to take a day off this week which I really needed.  That is just one of the many ways he is there for me.

Quote of the week:

  • The Six W’s: Work will win when wishing won’t. -Todd Blackledge


So bloggies, whatta ya think of the new week in review layout??   How is the weather in your neck of the woods??

Amazing New Gym and The 500 Mile Club

The new L.A. Fitness by my house opened and let me just tell you, it is Ah-MAZZZZE-ing!!!!!!¬† I am sure as far as L.A. Fitness is concerned it is the same crap and before long there will be plenty of scantily clad girls with bad make-up and dudes roaming around looking for a girlfriend.¬† BUT…the point is, it is awesome!¬† Not only is it seven minutes from my house AND on my way to/from work but there were so many other great things!¬† The treadmill was seriously the best treadmill ever- besides the fact that each one has its own TV and I could watch basketball during my whole workout, it is so ridiculously state of the art.¬† The run was so smooth I could almost forget I was even on a treadmill (except you know, I wasn’t moving and it was inside!) and I really enjoyed it.¬† Plus, it tracks everything!¬† My longtime readers know I really detest the treadmill, but I must say, my hatred it lessened after my run today.¬† In addition to all that, they have much more equipment than my old gym AND it is more spread out so I don’t feel like I am sitting on someone’s lap when I am lifting.¬† And the last bonus is that the pool is HUGE!¬† Yeah, I am loving this gym!

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This year I joined Robin’s 500 Mile+++ club.¬† The idea is to commit to¬† running 500 or more miles and donate extra change to a charity of one’s choice.¬† Check it out…she is still taking members!!

My running goal for the year is 650 miles (as you can see on my ticker countdown) and now I have even more motivation to get there!

My charity of choice is Back On My Feet.¬† I am already participating in their 20 in 24 relay this July and I will be raising money for them in the fall for the Philadelphia Marathon.¬† Robin suggested we have fun with saving and I love the idea.¬† Here is my savings plan:¬† I love the number 3; it is my favorite number and I want to incorporate into my plan.¬† So for every mile I bike I am going to donate 3 pennies and for every mile I run I am going to donate 3 nickels.¬† I will do this at the end of each week.¬† Now that might not seem like a lot in small portions, but small change adds up fast.¬† If I meet my miles for the year it will equal almost one hundred dollars and it’s almost a dollar a week just for my two spin classes!¬† That doesn’t include any of my other bike training or the chance I could go over my goal miles.¬† I am so excited for this journey!

I also took Robin’s advice and have a special jar for saving.¬† It was once filled to the brim with change and given to me as a gift from my parents to help me pay for my first race bike.¬† It has a picture of a bike on it and I have since added some other stickers.¬† I use it when I am saving for random race items but now it will be for this challenge.¬† I wanted to post a photo but I can’t find my camera charger anywhere!!!!!¬† As soon as I find it, and charge it, I will post a photo.

And The Winner Is….

I put all the names in a bowl…

One of my wonderful co-workers picked out a winner…

And the winner is…

Lacey from Lacey’s Objects and Events!!!!!

YEAH!!!¬† Lacey- Send me your info and I will get it out in the mail ūüôā

Thanks to everyone for playing ūüôā

Other give-a-ways to check out:

Victory Is FinishingРBrian is a friend of my who is starting up his motivational blog.  Brian is a 2 time IronMan (he completed his first one just days after being hit by a car!!!) and one of my teammates!  Check him out and enter to win a Total Immersion Swim DVD!

Running Circles Around the Turtles– I am new to her blog but I love it already.¬† She is having a GREAT give-a-way that I want to win…but because I am nice I am also spreading the word ūüôā