On Location

Hello friends!

Thanks for coming back again! Being away from home riiiight before the big 5k day should be interesting indeed. I just downloaded the Map My Run app and I’m hoping to find a manageable, decently nearby trail to hit up, but we will see. (Also, there is an elliptical machine here, but it DOESN’T WORK. I was so bummed when I made that discovery because the machine itself is on the back porch with a BEAUTIFUL view. So sad.

Due to that unsuspected snafu in my workout plan for this morning, let’s talk about food instead. Breakfast was delicious and filling. Oatmeal with fresh peaches and a pinch of brown sugar plus a Raspberry Chobani! (I don’t think I’ve ever tried the raspberry before today, but it was just as enjoyable as the rest of them are.)


Peach Oatmeal Breakfast So the food portion of this meal was perfect. It was seasonal and fresh and delicious. The COFFEE, on the other hand was a disaster and a half. I’m not entirely sure what went wrong, but the only coffee pot on hand here is one of those cup-by-cup Keurig machines (which I swear are cooling in theory than they are in actual practice). Anyway, we also don’t have any milk or sugar yet, so it was too strong to begin with and I had NOTHING to dilute it with! Ick. Better luck tomorrow I suppose!

And for lunch…

This is one of my very favorite staple lunches that is SO easy to make! Nothing more than sliced avocado and tomato on whole wheat bread! A banana on the side makes it even more filling. This was so summery and delicious I was a very happy camper.

So, I suppose that’s all for now my dearest readers. I will be back with more tonight! Hopefully with some ridiculous story about how I rigged the elliptical up to my car and managed to get it working. Only not really.



RESILIENCE! (And How the Highest Calorie Food in NYS Almost Wrecked Me…)

Good news friends! This morning, I sprung out of bed at 8, headed to the gym and did the FULL 30 minute Couch-to-5k run for today, came back home and made it through a killer ab routine (has anyone tried leg lifts with a weighted ball? I tried it today, but unfortunately the only medicine ball I have is EIGHT pounds. It nearly killed me.) Anyway, for those of you who read yesterday’s post, you’ll be happy to know things were much brighter THIS morning 😉

But that lead to a realization. Could it be the fact that I attempted this “long” run outside yesterday that was slowing me down so much!? I sure hope not, because that would be very sad and also would NOT bode well for the upcoming race (although I’m VERY glad I went for a very short race with no time chips. Very laid back.)

So realization part 2 involves a confession (ha. I see a theme cropping up here…). Two nights ago, I partook in the consumption of THE HIGHEST CALORIE FOOD IN NEW YORK STATE. That’s right kids, a garbage plate. And the worst part about it is that this is the SECOND time I’ve done that this summer! Granted, I only ate a FRACTION of it, and it had a grilled cheese, salad and french fries (really not a heck of a lot more than a typical fast-food dinner), but something about just feels…dirtier. (Perhaps the fact that it’s called a Garbage. Plate ???) Annnnyway, what IF the reason I had such a strugglefest of a morning yesterday was because the plate was busily clogging my arteries, confusing my brain and slowing down my limbs! Entirely possible.

They look happy enough for all of us!

All of this started one night when we tried to go to a trivia night downtown. We ended up getting there much too late (apparently all of the *real* nerds get there early to make sure they can get seats and answer cards. We still have some work to do…) anyway, when they discovered that I had never had a garbage plate, they were outraged and we immediately went to correct that. Both of these girls are leaving town very, very soon so it seemed fitting to revisit the scene before they left which is how I landed there THIS time. I must say, it was actually quite tasty, but I’d say twice a year is MORE than enough!

On a healthier note, I’ve gotten a few questions about chia seeds. a) yes, those *are* the things that you spread on your terra cotta Scooby Doo when you were a kid to make him grow hair b) yes, they are edible c) no they don’t have any flavor really! and d) the texture is actually a little bizarre. They’re about the size of sesame seeds and when they meet any sort of moisture (like yogurt, which is where I usually put them), they form almost a gel-like coating. I’m not really sure where I first heard about them, but it’s sort of a new super food/ health-kick thing that is cropping up in stores now! (Although they aren’t really new. According to the back of this package (I have the Spectrum Essentials brands), they’ve been used for health since prehistoric times…) Again, as I’ve said time and time again, I’m not a doctor, I’m not a nutritionist, I’m not a dietician, a personal trainer, an ANYTHING, really. Before you start adding any weird supplements to your diet, you should always talk to someone who knows a thing or two and adding weird supplements to your diet! (i.e.: a health professional!) Evidently they are a good source of Omega-3 (the stuff in healthy fish) and Fiber. Interesting, eh?

I will “see” you all again tonight!

PS: I love how the picture of the chia seeds in yogurt is 40 times bigger than the one of me and my friends…I’ll figure this picture-sizing thing out someday  😉

A Very Rocky Start to an Otherwise Lovely Day.

Well friends, it’s bound to happen. Sometimes even your BEST laid workout plans completely fail and you feel like a fool, give up and go back to bed   move on with your day and hope things run smoother tomorrow.

So this is how I *planned* for this morning to go: I would wake up at 8, head to the gym for an hour or so (just enough time for my Couch-to-5k run for the day and hopefully squeeze in some legs and arms). Then I figured I’d get ready for the day, head to Starbucks and work on my responses for an application for a little while before work which wasn’t until 1:30. Sounds fantastic, right?

Well here’s what actually happened. I woke up at 8 (got that part right). Got alllllll ready for the gym and went to head out the door. But wait. Where were my keys? NO WHERE to be found. Searched high and low, called my mother at work after convincing myself that they were in her car (which wouldn’t have helped me a stitch anyway because she works about half an hour away). Decided to just run around the block instead. (Planned run = 25 minutes long, Brittany’s run = 6.5 minutes long (at a staggering .0005 mph pace with flailing arms and bad posture)…legs hurt, arms hurt, soul hurt, life hurt. Came home ENTIRELY annoyed. Many minutes later, FINALLY located the AWOL keys, made it to the gym, jumped on the elliptical with an interval workout in hand. Couldn’t for the LIFE of me get the SPM (strides per minute) up to the suggested pace, felt like a failure. Finally made it back home and decided to call it a quits for the day.

On the bright side, the elliptical still assured me that I had burned about 350 calories which is promising. Also, it seems highly unlikely that TWO workout mornings in a row could *possibly* go that wrong (so things are looking up for tomorrow!)

On the other bright side, the breakfast I had when I returned was quite a treat. Vanilla greek yogurt with chia seeds and a crumbled peanut butter cookie on top. (Although, might I point out that on my way home from the gym this morning, I stopped at the grocery store to grab a couple of Chobani yogurt cups ONLY TO LEARN THAT the local Chobani supply is very, very short. Evidently the Chobani people decided to open a new, closer plant, but it didn’t open in time to supply the ENDLESS DEMAND fueled by Chobani’s sponsorship of the Olympics! Very sad. I KNEW CHOBANI BEFORE IT WAS A FAMOUS. I had to resort to Brand X, but even despite my complaining, it was very delicious 😉 )

So moral of today’s story my dear readers. Sometimes workouts suck. Sometimes MORNINGS suck! They don’t go the right way, everything feels wrong and you can’t find your keys. Give yourself a break and don’t let it muddy up your day. As it turned out, the weather was lovely and I had a perfectly nice day at work so all is well that ends well.

Until tomorrow…