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Well-Being Wednesday

Evening bloggers and readers!

I apologize for the late post tonight, I had another serious one all typed and ready to go and then my site started to glitch…? or something and everything was lost! I was a bit frustrated and my non-technical self was not able to salvage my work so I will be re-posting it tomorrow when I re-write it 🙂

I have seen several other bloggers have “themed” days according to the week and decided to jump on that bandwagon. On a daily basis, I am making changes and choices toward a healthier future that will benefit me both mentally and physically. As discussed a number of times, fitness and running are a part of who I am, so treating my body the best that I can with proper nutrition, adequate calories, and REST, are goals of ultimate goals of mine to regularly incorporate.

So, I’m calling this post, “well-being Wednesday” and will be having this sort of theme each Wednesday, hopefully posted earlier in the day though 🙂 The idea of this is to use my own knowledge and advice from others to make small changes to better my mind and body. It is my strong belief that if you keep making small changes to your daily routine, they eventually add up and become a normal part of your life and are no longer so scary. For example, I took a rest day on Sunday and although it made my anxiety go through the roof, I did not do any extra cardio/weights that day. Yes it was uncomfortable, but resting one or two days a week is necessary and something I promise to do for myself and my anxiety surrounding this will dwindle!

I am forcing these changes for my WELL-BEING because life is so completely beyond a constant fixation and critique of your body.

For my well-being Wednesday I…

  • Stretched my legs, back, abs, and arms after an intense cardio kick class. *I used to never stretch because in my mind it was a waste of time where I could be doing extra cardio, running, or weights while at the gym…brilliant I know.
  • Bought some of my favorite Caramel Corn from Trader Joe’s that I used to not allow in my room for fear of over eating it, hello let’s try moderation, a handful satisfies me just fine! It’s so delicious, imagine Cracker Jacks but ten thousand times better, give or take a bit hehe

  • Tried something new at the dining hall tonight (roasted fish), knowing it was cooked in oil… crazy stuff! 😉
  • Had a large breakfast- Oats in a Jar again! This means that I not only ate a big breakfast, but that I am actually plowing through my nut butter stash which= fat in my diet which= healthier hair, skin, everything for me!

It’s the same mix as last time: 1/3 cup regular oatmeal, 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk, 1/2 water, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 1 sliced medium banana, lots of cinnamon and sweetener to taste. Stir it up, store it in the fridge overnight or for at least an hour, take it out and try not to inhale it 🙂 Once again, looks like baby yuck food, taste glorious.

  • Contacted a long-lost friend I had not talked to for quite some time…via facebook, but a connection nonetheless!
  • Not entirely sure if this counts but it made me feel better–> put air in my tires by myself! I don’t like dealing with car stuff, I know typical female! I just always hope there is a man or someone with knowledge of cars around if I ever need help. Oh and that’s what Triple A is for haha

Sorry about the odd coloring, but this is my car! Rhonda the Honda 🙂

  • Made some phone calls for summer plans I have been avoiding for a long time, just because I didn’t want to deal with it. This was quite silly, as the calls were no big deal and made me feel more set for the summer!

Like I said, these are small changes but they add up and enable you to make a permanent change toward a life beyond obsessing about your own body, food, what others think, etc.

What well-being changes have you made for yourself today? If none, will you try them tomorrow? Do you like the idea of this weekly post?

Uh oh, it’s pushin past my old lady bedtime of 10:00 pm! Goodnight 😀

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Confession: Granola Bars Are Taking Over My Room

That might be an odd title, but it’s the only one I could think of that truly defines this post! After seeing Freya’s post on this matter, I realized I’m guilty of this as well!

The scary thing is this is only about half of my stash! It seems every time I go to a grcocery store, I can’t help but just look at the bar selection and see if there are any new ones! I may or may not squeel with delight if I see a new flavor or brand 🙂 However, I have officially made a promise to myself after seeing this ridiculousness, that I am NOT allowed to buy anymore until I have eaten some of them!

I do have at least one everyday. They are perfect for a mid-afternoon snack around 4 or 4:30 when I am inevitably hungry and bored during class= deadly combination. Whipping out one of these bars not only satisfies me until dinner, but most are pretty darn tasty.

Favorites: (*I was not sent these, just sharing my faves 😀 )

  • Clif Bar-  Maple Nut, maple is one of my favorite flavor so putting this in a bar, chewy, amazing form is pure perfection
  • Kashi- Pretzel Chocolate Crunch, truly an unbeatable combination
  • Nature Valley- Peanut Butter, yes they don’t have the best ingredient list, but I can’t get over the peanutty crunch, and I like that there are two in the package. Makes me feel like I am eating more 🙂
  • NuGo Free- Dark Chocolate Crunch, these are gluten free (not that I don’t eat gluten but helpful for those who cannot!) and they are pleasantly chewy with a strong dark chocolate flavor that really leaves me satisfied.

What are some of your favorite granola/nutrition bars? After I have eaten a few of mine, I am going to HAVE to seek out more and like I said, am always looking for new ones!

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Favorite Running Products

If you haven’t read my post about my compulsive exercising, check it out if you would like! It is a very important topic to me and one where I must listen to my own damn advice and not just preach about what I SHOULD be doing!

My “career” with running started only a few years ago, when I was 18. As I have discussed on the running and races page, I used to loathe running and couldn’t comprehend how people actually enjoyed voluntarily engaging in this activity for pleasure and fun. To me, running= torture. Not so fond memories of earlier running experiences were in Middle school when we were forced to run a mile on the track as part of a fitness test most kids had to go through.

Well I barely finished the mile but did manage to get 12:30 which I was fairly proud of! The next year when I was 14, I banged it out in 8:45 and figured that was the fastest I would ever go. However, the combination of quitting swimming when I was 18, with diligently building my miles, speed and endurance over several years, I can run a mile a whole lot faster!

From this….

To this! 😀

With the continuous engagement into the world of running, I learned to become particularly attached to a few products along the way that I consider essential for successful runs! *Note- I am not trying to advertise any of these/none were went to me, I just wanted to share what helps me run 🙂

Asics- Kayano 17. It seems I have been sucked into the high-tech shoe craze, but I have to admit, I absolutely love these sneakers! I have bought the same brand and kind for the last three years and these are the only ones that have not hurt me in anyway. I overpronate, which means my foot rolls in too much when every time I come down on my feet. It is ideal to have normal pronation, or the inward roll of the foot and in particular the heel and arch which occurs naturally at the heel strike as a cushioning method. (Source) I know there is much skepticism around whether “minimalist shoes” such as the Vibram Five Fingers are actually the best for a human body, but for now I’m sticking with these. Check out this article from Runner’s World, if you are interested in finding out more about minimalist shoes! And this brings me to my next favorite…

I look forward to Runner’s World every month! I love the tips and suggestions for runners and athletes, but also the quirky articles from various authors, and updated information on all the elite runners out there.

Under Armor’s Cold Weather gear running tights. Trust me, I know these are expensive, but they have been a great investment! Especially this past epic winter when I would sometimes be running in 10 degree weather (that’s my limit), at least my legs stayed toasty warm!

This is a great, inspirational read that I feel every athlete or anyone into fitness should read to give themselves a motivating kick in the butt! The book made me want to ditch my running shoes and go gallivanting into the dessert to simply run! Well that thought crossed my mind only for a second, then I read the perils the group went through!

My iPod, a nano in particular. This is a good size for running/walking because it’s quite small and doesn’t weigh my arm down at all, where I listen to it on an armband during a run. I also have mentioned that listening to books on my iPod is my favorite new thing to past the time! If I am just going for a casual run, it is so nice to zone out to the book I am listening to and like I said, it makes the miles fly by. I am currently listening to South of Broad by Pat Conroy which is amazing so far! Full review when I finish 🙂

The first time I tried these was during my first half-marathon (I know I should have tested them before, newbie mistake!) and I really feel they helped to give me that extra push during the race. I ate two around mile 7 and 11, and definitely felt a bit more energized.

Well these are my favorite running products! I also have a very basic stop watch from target that I use to time myself but would love a Garmin or similar watch. I’m a bit too poor at the moment to buy one though 🙂

*What are some of your favorite running/work out/walking products? I like hearing input from others to maybe incorporate some of their goods into my life!

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Thursday’s Workout and Product Reviews

Thank you all so much very much for your encouraging comments on my last post. These sorts of posts and comments form others is helping me to purge my feelings, and recognize my old, irrational habits, ones I am letting go 🙂

Fitness is an important part of my life, so I want to share my recovery on this blog, but also discuss my workouts, tips and my training toward my Half- Marathon in May. I am re-discovering how much I love working out to make myself FEEL GREAT as opposed to losing weight and diminishing my body. The muscle I am finally developing is a plus too! 😀

On that note, this morning I had a great workout! I woke up at 7:00 and headed over to my school’s rec center. I began with a 15 minute warm-up on the elliptical at an easy pace. I then attended a 45 spinning class where the usual hills and sprints were a focus, and it was a heart-pumping good time!

I was in the mood for a good weight session too, so after the class I completed these two circuits and tried to work each part of my body.

Exercise Set 1: I went through this 3 times:

Squat w/ lateral raise 12-15 reps 15 pound DB
Renegade row 12 rows for each arm 15 pound DB
Plank hold 45 sec- 1 minute Body weight
Kettle ball Swing w/squat 12-15 reps 20 pound KB
Bicep curl in lung position 10 curls for each leg 12 pound DB

After the first two circuits I did a 2-minute cardio blast, to get my heart pumpin! I completed as many reps as possible in 30 seconds then moved on to the next move:

1.     Mountain climbers

2.     Burpees

3.     Squat jumps

4.     Jumping jacks with 5 pound weights in each hand

Once this was done I moved on to this circuit and went through it three times

Scissor crunches 30- 45 seconds Body weight
Chest press 12-15 reps 20 pound DB
Hamstring Roll-Ins 15 reps Body weight on ball
Tricep pull-down 15- 20 reps 40 pounds on machine
Oblique crunches 15 on each side Body weight

I repeated the same cardio blast as above after the first two circuits and did a whole lotta stretchin after this workout.

The gym at our school was built last year and I feel so blessed to have free access to this gorgeous place. It has so many fabulous offerings, such as tons of ellipticals, treadmills, bikes, arc trainers, rowing machines, two weight rooms, an indoor track, and a yummy smoothie bar! There are also three open rooms for group exercise classes, such as cardio kick, spinning, Zumba and others. Here are some pics!

I was oh-so-sexy sweaty after the combination of spinning and this weight routine, and quickly made my way back to my room, showered and had breakfast!

Once again the blogging world rears its influential head for my breakfast :p I had prepped overnight oats before heading to the gym so they were nice and ready by the time I ate them.

Mmm looked like baby food! 😉 The mix included: McCann’s “Quick and Easy” 5- Minute Steel Cut Oats, chia seeds, almond milk, a banana, Trader Joe’s Blueberry Jam, and a small dollop of Peanut Butter and Company- Cinnamon Raisin Swirl… a delicious mix!


It was my first time trying McCann’s Instant Steel Cut Oats, and I really enjoyed them! They maintained the heartier, nuttier texture that steel cut oats have and did not take 20- 30 minutes to cook on a stove top. This type absorbed the liquids nicely and was a tasty new try! I recommend these if you are short on time in the morning, but still like to enjoy this type over rolled or other instant kinds.

The jam from Trader Joe’s was also a great addition. It had sweet blueberries throughout the jam, yet the flavor was not too powerful, a nice fruity touch to the oatmeal!

I have three classes this afternoon and then my friend Danielle is picking me up to go to Whole Foods for Free Sample Night!! Yay for hoarding free food 🙂

I shall be recapping this amazing event later tonight. I hope everyone has an nice day!

Question: Has anyone tried this type of oatmeal before? Or any other interesting kinds you enjoy?

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Thursday's Workout and Product Reviews

Thank you all so much very much for your encouraging comments on my last post. These sorts of posts and comments form others is helping me to purge my feelings, and recognize my old, irrational habits, ones I am letting go 🙂

Fitness is an important part of my life, so I want to share my recovery on this blog, but also discuss my workouts, tips and my training toward my Half- Marathon in May. I am re-discovering how much I love working out to make myself FEEL GREAT as opposed to losing weight and diminishing my body. The muscle I am finally developing is a plus too! 😀

On that note, this morning I had a great workout! I woke up at 7:00 and headed over to my school’s rec center. I began with a 15 minute warm-up on the elliptical at an easy pace. I then attended a 45 spinning class where the usual hills and sprints were a focus, and it was a heart-pumping good time!

I was in the mood for a good weight session too, so after the class I completed these two circuits and tried to work each part of my body.

Exercise Set 1: I went through this 3 times:

Squat w/ lateral raise 12-15 reps 15 pound DB
Renegade row 12 rows for each arm 15 pound DB
Plank hold 45 sec- 1 minute Body weight
Kettle ball Swing w/squat 12-15 reps 20 pound KB
Bicep curl in lung position 10 curls for each leg 12 pound DB

After the first two circuits I did a 2-minute cardio blast, to get my heart pumpin! I completed as many reps as possible in 30 seconds then moved on to the next move:

1.     Mountain climbers

2.     Burpees

3.     Squat jumps

4.     Jumping jacks with 5 pound weights in each hand

Once this was done I moved on to this circuit and went through it three times

Scissor crunches 30- 45 seconds Body weight
Chest press 12-15 reps 20 pound DB
Hamstring Roll-Ins 15 reps Body weight on ball
Tricep pull-down 15- 20 reps 40 pounds on machine
Oblique crunches 15 on each side Body weight

I repeated the same cardio blast as above after the first two circuits and did a whole lotta stretchin after this workout.

The gym at our school was built last year and I feel so blessed to have free access to this gorgeous place. It has so many fabulous offerings, such as tons of ellipticals, treadmills, bikes, arc trainers, rowing machines, two weight rooms, an indoor track, and a yummy smoothie bar! There are also three open rooms for group exercise classes, such as cardio kick, spinning, Zumba and others. Here are some pics!

I was oh-so-sexy sweaty after the combination of spinning and this weight routine, and quickly made my way back to my room, showered and had breakfast!

Once again the blogging world rears its influential head for my breakfast :p I had prepped overnight oats before heading to the gym so they were nice and ready by the time I ate them.

Mmm looked like baby food! 😉 The mix included: McCann’s “Quick and Easy” 5- Minute Steel Cut Oats, chia seeds, almond milk, a banana, Trader Joe’s Blueberry Jam, and a small dollop of Peanut Butter and Company- Cinnamon Raisin Swirl… a delicious mix!


It was my first time trying McCann’s Instant Steel Cut Oats, and I really enjoyed them! They maintained the heartier, nuttier texture that steel cut oats have and did not take 20- 30 minutes to cook on a stove top. This type absorbed the liquids nicely and was a tasty new try! I recommend these if you are short on time in the morning, but still like to enjoy this type over rolled or other instant kinds.

The jam from Trader Joe’s was also a great addition. It had sweet blueberries throughout the jam, yet the flavor was not too powerful, a nice fruity touch to the oatmeal!

I have three classes this afternoon and then my friend Danielle is picking me up to go to Whole Foods for Free Sample Night!! Yay for hoarding free food 🙂

I shall be recapping this amazing event later tonight. I hope everyone has an nice day!

Question: Has anyone tried this type of oatmeal before? Or any other interesting kinds you enjoy?

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