Archive for June 2010

Orlando Trip Recap!

June 28, 2010

I’m back from the hot state of Florida!  I didn’t place in my competition (Nutrition Knowledge Test) but it was awesome enough just to be there.  I promised a summary of how I survived eating healthy and exercising on the trip and that is what I’m going to give ya.

Tuesday-

Exercise: 6 miles

Eats: oatmeal with peanut butter and banana for breakfast, yogurt and granola after run, whole wheat mini veggie pizza for lunch, and cottage cheese with the last peach before we left.  I ate an almond butter sandwich, apple, and banana throughout the flight and later snacked on a Luna Bar.  For dinner I had a Salmon salad and an orange.

Wednesday-

Exercise: 3.5 miles

Eats: I had half a Luna Bar before my run and for breakfast I had coffee and oats with milk, the other half of the Luna Bar, and a banana.  I grabbed an apple later and for lunch I ordered a Vegetable sandwich on multigrain bread.  I snacked on a Larabar later and a Naked Juice and a banana.  We ordered pizza and I had two slices of the veggie and some steamed vegetables and a banana.  Later I had a Luna Bar.

Thursday-

Exercise: 30 minutes elliptical, 15 minutes bike

Eats: I had a banana with peanut butter before working out.  Then oats with banana and peanut butter, and coffee for breakfast.  I met my parents for lunch to Seasons 52 and had a fabulous vegetable soup and turkey burger with a side salad.  Later I had a bowl of watermelon,  a peanut butter and banana sandwich, Kashi GoLean crunch with plain yogurt, and a banana before my test.  I had a Larabar on the way to dinner and had a Vegetable Sandwich and a few bites of cucumber salad (it had cilantro, yuck) for dinner.

Friday-

Exercise: went to a “Healthy Start” symposium sponsored by the National Guard in the morning and ran 2 miles afterward.

Eats: banana with peanut butter pre-workout and oatmeal with peanut butter, yogurt, and banana for breakfast.  Lunch was a Salmon salad and two hours later a whole wheat bagel with peanut butter and banana and a glass of milk.  We went to  Magic Kingdom for the day.  I snacked on a Clif bar and had vegetarian chili and 2 packs of apple slices for dinner.  I had a Luna Bar later.  We were out really late and I had a Larabar later too.

Saturday-

Exercise: 4 hours of sleep=no exercise

Eats: the ol oatmeal with banana, peanut butter, and yogurt.  I was very excited to find a nice fruit cup for $3 and also snacked on a Larabar.  I had chicken and vegetable fajitas for lunch.  I also bought a $2 bag of grapes and ate em all.  I crashed once we returned back to the hotel and we went out to dinner when I woke up and I had another of the delicious salmon salads and a big plate of grilled vegetables.  Later I had an apple and Luna bar.

Sunday-

Exercise: 4 miles, bike ride

Eats: banana pre-run, oats with yogurt, banana, and peanut butter after.  I had to eat up the rest of my food so I had the rest of my Naked drink and some cottage cheese with veggies, and coffee.   We had lunch at the airport but the only eats that I could find that I liked was a Clif bar, apple, and mixed fruit.  I also had a Larabar on the plane.  After we landed, I grabbed a Perfect Oatmeal from Starbucks.  Once I got home, we cooked grilled Salmon, potatoes, and broccoli and fruit salad.  After dinner I went on a bike ride with my parents.  And before bed I had a Nature’s Path toaster pop with milk

All in all, I’m very happy with how I did!  I had sooo much water and had carrots to snack on so I didn’t include those in the logs.  I had only 1 larabar leftover so I packed just the right amount!  We were able to go to a grocery store the second day so luckily I had yogurt and peanut butter.  I was never starved nor stuffed.   I didn’t run that much, but we did a ridiculous amount of walking at the parks, I almost wish I wore my Garmin to see how far we walked.  I hope this helps you out for your future vacations!  My final tips would be to pack plenty of bars, drink lots of water, and look for whole grains and veggies on the menu.

And here’s a photo of the adorable Tigger coffee mug I bought! (The only souvenir I bought, it’s huge!  Probably holds 3 cups!)

Leaving to See Mickey

June 22, 2010

Hey all!  I’m leaving in a few hours for Orlando!  It’s for a National HOSA competition, I’m taking a Nutrition Knowledge Test.  I plan to eat as well as I can, if not, I packed tons of Larabars and Luna Bars.  I also hope to run/exercise each day.  I’ll try to take lots of pictures and I’ll have a great post for you all when I return on Sunday.  Have a good week!

How A Busy 18-Year Old Can Eat Healthy!

June 19, 2010

Today has been very busy!  I only have one photo for this post, but I’ll try to be entertaining enough through my writing 🙂

My day started at 6am, haven’t gotten up that early in awhile!  But I’ve gotten up before 7 the past few days so it wasn’t bad at all, especially since I went to sleep at 10pm.  I ate my typical oatmeal with peanut butter and mashed banana, and then we were off to my race!
This is me and my friend Karen, who I also ran cross-country with last fall.

So onto the race, I ran a 10K.  Karen and I started out realllly fast and I knew it.  She left me a bit after the first mile.  The thing with this race is though, at the halfway (3 mile) point, you have to go up this STEEP hill.  The slogan for the race is “The Will.  The Thrill.  The Hill.” so you can imagine how intense it is.  Anyway, I stayed as strong as I could and forced myself not to walk after the hill even though I really wanted to.  I didn’t beat my time from last year and got 4th in my age group (top 3 get medals), but I tried to realize that I just came back from an injury and I did pretty darn good based on that fact.  I”ll post my splits later because right now my Garmin is MIA, I think I left it in my dad’s car…but anyway, my official time was 47:48, but remember that there’s a HUGE hill in the middle of the race!

So after my race, I came home and showered and had a bowl of 2% cottage cheese with blueberries and a chopped peach.  But about 30 minutes later, I was hungry again and had a toasted sandwich thin with vanilla almond butter.  Then my friend picked me up and we went out to brunch.  I had an omelet with swiss cheese, spinach, scallion, and tomato, 2 slices of whole wheat toast, and a little fruit bowl.  Also water and black coffee.

Then I went to a few grad parties.  For the first two, I was still full from brunch so I just drank water, yay free water!  At the next party, I had a sandwich thin with colby-jack cheese and some fruit salad.  Drank more water, it’s really important on hot days to stay hydrated.  I picked at some more fruit at the next party.  Then at the next, I had a baked potato with salsa and steamed broccoli, and some salad that had chopped apple, pecans, and craisins.  At the final party, there once again wasn’t anything that appealed to me.

So I got home and made a personal pizza and am currently drinking a root beer zevia.  I plan to eat my yogurt later, because I just can’t stand NOT to eat yogurt everyday!

So that’s how I managed throughout the day.  Yes, it is very hard to eat healthy when you’re going to grad parties.  My tips are:

  • Eat at least a good snack before you go.  My large brunch helped!
  • There’s always fruit salad and some sort of vegetable.
  • Stay busy by talking and looking at photos, etc.
  • Always have an emergency snack with you just in case, sometimes grad parties can all be a dud with food.

Hope this helps!  Have a great night 🙂

Living a Whole Day Before Noon

June 16, 2010

I was super tired last night, probably due to working 3 days in a row.  I was out before 10pm!  Therefore, I was up at 6:45 this morning, feeling refreshed and energized.  I had a yummy breakfast of oatmeal with a mashed banana, ground flaxseed, and vanilla peanut butter.  This is what I’ve been having for breakfast lately.

Along with coffee, this is the perfect breakfast to get me going into the day!  I wait one hour, and then I’m off on my run.  I did an easy 6 this morning, finishing with a time of 49:49.  I sprinted at the end because I wanted to break 50 minutes!  I came in, stretched a bit, and make a recovery smoothie.

Start with 1 cup of organic skim milk

Add 1 scoop Chocolate Amazing Grass Superfood

side note: I love this stuff!  And it’s so good for you.  It looks like I added a lot, but the scoop is only 1 tablespoon

then…

add a ton of spinach

and blend it up!  then…

add some frozen banana, I usually add 3 of these chunks.  Blend it again and drink up!It usually makes a bit more than 2 glasses worth.  I drank that up and headed off to the gym to do some weights with my mom and some hip strength.  I showered, came home, and was ready for lunch!  I made us some personal pizzas:

Yum!  Now we’re off to do some errands, I have my fingers crossed that we’ll find the new Larabar flavors!

Enough of This Horse Hockey!

June 15, 2010

I was so driven and ambitious when I started this blog two weeks ago, and sadly it kind of faded.  But now it’s back!  I’m really going to try to post as much as I can and really get into the swing of this whole blog thing.

Nothing too exciting has happened lately.  I did a 8 mile run this past Saturday and it went really well!  I’m running a 10K and possibly 5K as well this upcoming Saturday so be ready for that!  I’m just working on slowly building my base to get ready for my college season.

In food news, Larabar announced their 4 new flavors today!  They are Chocolate Chip Brownie, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and Carrot Cake.   Guess they had a new revolution with chocolate chips?  I can’t wait to try all of those, and I plan to go to my local health foods store tomorrow and my wish is to find those on the shelves!

So I WILL be back tomorrow!

Back To My Old Self

June 3, 2010

I didn’t get a chance to snap a picture of my breakfast, so let’s skip to late morning, shall we?

I had a rough time deciding whether to run outside, run at the gym, or do the elliptical.  Spending an hour in the dark basement ellipticalling didn’t appeal to me  (like most of the time) and I finally decided that the rain was going to hold off and I should just run outside!

I grabbed a delicious, perfectly-ripe pear and slathered it in Vanilla Almond Butter before I headed out.

Now, I know you may be wondering “That’s a weird almond butter container”, and in fact it is, because it’s a 5 pound tub!  Since I eat nut butter like it’s my job, we go through a lot, and actually have two more 5 pound tubs of Natural Peanut Butter and Vanilla Peanut Butter.  It’s cheaper per ounce to buy it this way and Naturally Nutty offers free shipping over $80.  Here’s my happy 5 pound triplets:

They pretty much get their own shelf in the fridge.

Back to the run…

It was a perfect 65 degrees with clouds and it gave me a chance to try out a new sports top I picked up from Kohl’s the other day.  It’s been awhile since I’ve done a run as long as 6 miles due to my shin splints so I started at a comfortable pace and decided not to look at my watch so I knew I was going at the speed I could handle.  I felt strong the whole way through, with no leg pain, and felt as though I had the strength to carry on longer when I finished, which is how I should feel after an easy run.  Here’s my splits:

Mile 1- 8:04

Mile 2- 8:15

Mile 3- 8:21

Mile 4- 8:25

Mile 5- 8:21

Mile 6- 7:59 (woo broke 8! haha I obviously was still feelin’ good!)

I got back, stretched, did hip strengthening, iced, and was going to shower, but my appetite told me otherwise, so I held off the shower (home alone anyway) and made some lunch.

Nothing too exciting, just a cheese, spinach, and tomato panini and some more salad.  Finished with a yummy Root Beer Zevia (I’ll do a review on these sometime!)

Sorry that my pictures kind of suck, I’ll get better, I promise!

Well, now I’m just sipping coffee, it’s a big night tonight: GRADUATION!

Oh, and please feel free to comment, I really want to know how I’m doing and I’m not that scary, am I? 🙂

National Running Day

June 2, 2010

Happy National Running Day to all the runners out there!  I had previously planned for a long run today, but unsurprisingly woke up to storms like the forecasts showed (and they were actually right!!)  So I just took it easy and had some nice coffee and breakfast:

This is a breakfast you’ll see on here a lot, as I have it 75% of the time, but I’m trying to mix things up a bit!

This, my friends, is my favorite pumpkin oats in it’s pre-stirred state.  I microwave a serving of oats with skim milk, then I add:

1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder

1/2 cup canned pumpkin

1 TBS ground flax

1 mashed banana

lots of cinnamon

big scoop of vanilla almond butter, as much as I feel like that morning, sometimes a tablespoon, other times it’s closer to 3 tablespoons!

I’ll have to take a post-stir picture in the future, but I don’t think it’d be as photogenic!

So I decided to head to the gym for my workout today, no chance of running or biking outside today.  I had a banana with nuttzo before I left:

At the gym, I warmed up with 2 miles on the track.  I did it in spite of it being National Running Day, but I’m really glad I did!  I felt really good and finished my warm-up in 15:15.  Then I went into the pool and swam some laps.  I’m not a swimmer at all, and was only doing it to try something new, I think I’m a wanna-be triathlete!  Well, maybe one day I will be one for real.

I was more than ready for lunch upon returning home.  I had some mixed greens that needed to be consumed so I threw most of a bag onto and plate and added:

shredded carrots

orange bell pepper

leftover grilled asparagus

scallions

and drizzled 1.5TBS of raspberry vinaigrette

Alongside, I made a yummy sandwich/panini.  (spell check doesn’t like ‘panini’!)

With nutty oatmeal flax Great Harvest bread, I added:

a slice of 2% Colby-jack cheese

leftover sauteed zucchini

leftover grilled brussel sprouts

canned garlic/onion tomatoes

Basically, my lunch was yummy stuff I found in the fridge!

Here’s a side, mid-noshing photo:

Yum!  Very tasty and satisfying lunch!  Off to do random stuff…oh how I love summer 🙂