Friday, November 30, 2012

A Wish List

This time of year, it's fun to start dreaming about things you'd purchase if you could (or if someone wanted to buy you a little somethin' somethin'). Here are a few of my latest wants.

Accessories - Necklaces, infinity scarves, fun gloves to wear when it's cold out. I for one, think a necklace is a great purchase for others who wear jewelry because we often buy the major things (shirt, pants, sweater) and leave the sparkly stuff behind. I love the LOFT ones (that go on sale regularly), but I always end up buying clothes instead. I love my new Oiselle Runfinity scarf - infinity scarves are the best.

Massage or pedicure - in the form of gift certificates. This can be a great gift because you're giving someone a pampering that they might not deem necessary, but would truly enjoy. And even if you can't give the cost of an entire service, a $25 gift certificate can put a nice dent into one's bill!

Lululemon Cool Racerback or No Limits Tank - These days I'm really into bright colors with my workout attire - red, blues, pink, yellow and of course white w/ grey stripes (can't deny the stripe love)

Lululemon Wunder Unders - I have the crop version, but can imagine the full length version being great for winter yoga or under a long sweater/top with a pair of boots.
Race entry - I love racing, but lately have skipped races I wanted to do in order to save the $$. Even $25 on the "affordable" races adds up if you're doing a few of them in the matter of a few months!

There are also things I've been thinking about that aren't necessarily about the cost, but simply having the opportunity to enjoy. 

A few of those include:
A day of relaxation activities (fall walk, sipping on hot coffee and munching on a scone in a nearby coffee shop, laughing with friends, DIY pedicure), getting lost in a book for a few hours at the library, crafts with friends/family, grabbing a beer in a cozy bar, and a day spent baking and laughing with a good friend.

The last few years, I've had a baking night with my friend Jenn during the holidays and it's just a fun time to destress, bake some sweets (some to giveaway and some to munch on) and have a drink. Beware: the more heavy handed your drink is, the less productive cooking baking could be. 

What is one thing you're wishing for this Christmas OR an activity/experience you want to do?


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

TEN

Week 10 - can you believe the term went so fast? I sure can't. I have two finals next week and then I'm home free!

This is the final push before I get a month of focusing on just work and some serious wedding planning catch up! I'm starting to have mini nightmares about people showing up to a wedding that has nothing other than food at our location. It would be fine, just not what I'm dreaming of. 

I thought I'd share my observations about school this go 'round...7 years post bachelors degree.

The UP

I actually get a lot of these concepts that have no real use to me in life right now. But somehow, my brain is grasping it.

I'm actually enjoying science. As someone who always despised science, I'm actually learning to like it.

I dedicated the time necessary to reading, studying and doing most of my homework to the best of my abilities.

This is the first time I can say I TRULY got my money's worth out of my text books. I have read at least part if not all of each chapter assigned. I wish not to remember the number of books I barely even opened in college -- gag.

While I'm unable to make it to my instructors' office hours, they know me as a student better than any of my previous instructors did. I blame it on being terrified of instructors at ages 18-22 and going to school at a large university (and therefore some large classes where you were one of many).

I actually ask questions in front of the class. This was a rarity in undergrad, round 1. Again, I blame being young and terrified of the intelligent instructors.

While a lot of my classmates are younger and in different stages of their lives, I am thankful for the diversity and what I've learned from them. None of us are taking the easy road.

The DOWN
Luckily, there are more UPs than downs. 

While I'm taking classes at a community college, they still lack a lot of late afternoon/evening classes, which makes it extremely to juggle a job and going back to school. To everyone who said it was going to be hard, I totally agree. Money does not just fall from the sky to make your dreams easily obtainable. You have to work HARD for the money and those dreams.

I still don't know if I'm headed down the right path.

Just when I think more $ could fix things, I find that time is sometimes more valuable than $. This can be both an UP and a down depending on the day. ;)

More commitments = less time with the manfriend. I'm figuring out how to make more time for him when I have it and he's getting to know all the contestants on The Voice really well.


Ooh, and our tree is up! I made brandy Manhattan's (Pete's family's signature drink), we put on some holiday music and put up our little 4' fake tree on Sunday. I love having Christmas lights on in the house, especially in the early morning.

Happy Wednesday! Has anyone else put up their tree yet? 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Mental Health Monday

Oh hello, Monday... The long weekend was glorious, but it put me in serious "this is Christmas vacation" mode. Jonah Bell (our dog) was even groaning this morning as I got ready for work because she knew it meant she'd be alone all day. The rough life of a dog... 

Thanksgiving morning I headed out in all black for a peaceful run along the river with myself and a little NPR.


On my way to the river is this adorable little farmers market that I have yet to be able to visit. It's only open 10am to 6pm, summer through fall. Someday, I'll make it happen. I just love the look of the building. 


 The river and a little sun has a way of making everything right in the world.


There were several groups of people walking and running early that morning. I have opted not to race the past few years to save a little $$, but I do miss the festivity of a Thanksgiving morning turkey trot. 


I got home with 7 miles under my belt and ready for a Thanksgiving feast!

After I stretched and showered, we headed off to the Oregon coast to see my family. My cousin Brendel's boys are adorable and so well behaved at ages 2 and 3.



National Health Blog Post Month  

I'm participating in WEGO Health's National Health Blog Post Month this November. To read more of my posts, click here.

Mental Health

This was a topic from last week that I didn't get a chance to touch on. Overall, I'm always amazed how much our mental health impacts our physical health. It's so easy in our society to deny that we're over stressed or that said stress could have other effects on our lives.

Often times, if I'm overly stressed, I'll feel a cold coming on within a few days. In addition to maintaining healthy habits (pumping Vitamin C, drinking water, sleeping well), I also try to find ways to naturally destress by way of yoga or walks.

Ideally, I'd never get to this place where I'm sick because of stress, but only because I happen to catch a cold from someone else. As I see stress increasing, I have to be proactive in finding ways to chill out mentally and physically.

And what if you're dealing with something that you alone can't solve? 

In college, I went to a therapist at the University's counseling center for a year or so and it was extremely helpful. From day one, she was my ally and didn't judge me for my thoughts or feelings. She was simply there to listen and provide suggestions as to how to deal with/overcome things.

From that experience, I walked away thinking that everyone should see a therapist, no matter how small or large the things they're dealing with are. My counselor allowed me to feel more confident about myself and my beliefs and fully explore thoughts and issues I was dealing with. Who couldn't benefit from that kind of support?

The manfriend and I are also going to a little pre-marital counseling (which I'll talk about a bit more soon) so that we're best prepared for our journey together. While it's not typical "therapy," it has been a great way to discuss topics or feelings we might not normally dive into. 


What are your thoughts on mental health, staying mentally healthy, etc?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

ThankFUL Thursday

Today is the Thursday of every year that most of us can agree on exactly what we're thankful for in life.

Today, I am thankful for my family and friends whom without, I wouldn't be as happy, as supported, as knowledgeable, as outgoing, as appreciative for this life. Plain and simple - these people are important.

I'm currently sipping on some Trader Joe's Candy Cane Lane green tea and bundling up for a nice little run before heading off to the Oregon coast for Thanksgiving with the grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles, my parents and siblings.

Last night I baked four loaves of gingerbread comparing two recipes. I blame Great Harvest bread that had all kinds of sweet holiday breads for sale when I went earlier this week and left with a loaf of honey whole wheat. I guess I'll be bringing gingerbread to our Thanksgiving feast! ;)

Need something inspirational? My friend shared this What if Money didn't Matter video on facebook last night. It's worth a watch.



Are you looking for a fun little holiday cardio workout? I tried two rounds of Gina's Holiday HIIT workout last night and got my sweat on in just 10 minutes!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

My past Thanksgiving posts include Turkey Stuffer 5K recaps, moderation, Thanksgiving feasts and more.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Alternative Treatments, Regimens & Medicine

I'm participating in WEGO Health's National Health Blog Post Month this November, although not posting on all suggested topics. Check out my other posts this month

Write about alternative treatments / regimens / medicine. What do you support? What is crazy?

I haven't used a lot of "alternative" treatments or medicines, but I do believe they can be worth it. A few of the things I've always wanted to try are: acupuncture, meditation, and maybe reiki (sounds a bit out there, but intriguing).

The things I have tried or use regularly are:

Source Naturals Wellness Formula - herbal defense pills for when I'm feeling a bit weak or like a cold is coming on. These wellness pills contain lots of good things said to boost your immunity, like: Vitamin C, Vitamin A, echinacea, zinc, garlic, ginger root, elderberry fruit extract, etc. Whether it's all mental or not, I feel like these help a bit and occasionally seem to help reroute an oncoming cold.

When I was younger, I would definitely default to Sudafed cold meds if I wasn't feeling well, but now it's more a matter of pumping in a healthy dose of vitamins, water and rest. And if all else fails, then perhaps some Advil to decrease pain.

Yoga - While this may not seem like "alternative" treatment, I often think of yoga as a very natural way to destress, detoxify (hello twisting triangle/warrior III) and focus inward.

Tea - Traditional Medicinals or Yogi Teas offer tea options for colds, a sore throat, detox, helping sleep deprivation, etc. On top of the special benefits of some of the herbs in these teas, most of us can benefit from being a little more hydrated.

Arnica - a topical cream or pellets for sore muscles/bruises. This was first recommended to me by a massage and physical therapist in college when I suffered a bad lacrosse injury two weeks before our regional championships. Rubbing arnica all around my knee, massaging and a good brace allowed me to heal enough to play a week later. I still use it for occasions when I get injured or feel a little more sore than just "oh that was a tough workout" sore. Arnica can be found at a natural foods store or in the natural/organic health and beauty section of many grocery stores. There is also a "pellet" version that comes in small blue tubes at my grocery store. I have used both versions. 

Massage - While I wish I would get massages more often, I think they are really important for those who hold stress in physically, but also for those doing strenuous exercise. For me, the opportunity to relax for an entire 60 minutes + the deep massaging of achy, tight muscles is worth every penny (when I do in fact plop down the Benjamins for one). I'm planning to treat myself to a massage in December once fall term is over... Merry Christmas to me!

What I really like about alternative medicine / regimens / treatment is that they often require you to make a more thoughtful decision about your own health over letting someone else make these decisions for you. Alternative regimens involves us asking what our body needs and wants and going from there. 

As always, before trying something new, do your research and make sure it's right for you before taking the plunge. And of course, check with a doc you trust. 

Holidays!
We had an early Thanksgiving brunch on Sunday at my grandparents'. Sabrina (my brother Kyle's wife) and I perused magazines dreaming of living in some gorgeously decorated homes and ginger molasses cookies.  About 10 minutes later I passed out on the floor in a little food coma.


Spreading the cheer in our bathroom via a few sparkly $.99 sprigs from the craft store...

Did I tell you that I'm already listening to Christmas music? So sue me. Love the Michael Buble Pandora station.

Cheers to a short work week! Does anyone else have a favorite alternative health regimen?

Friday, November 16, 2012

Favorite Face Products

Happy Friday! 

I thought I'd do a fun Facial Friday post since I haven't been too fashionable these days. I guess that's what you get when you throw on the first pair of pants and a sweater that work together and run out the door. 

For a few years now, I've tried to simplify the products that go on my body, finding more basic things with less crap in them, to put it frankly. In that attempt, I've tried to use the Environmental Working Group's database to research products and their ratings when I'm looking to replace an item. I'll be the first to admit that not everything I use is free of toxins, but I'm working on it.

The EWG site is a great resource to find out if a product I'm using is more toxic than I might have thought or if one I'm contemplating purchasing meets my expectations. Keep in mind, they don't have all products fully rated, but it's a good place to start.

My favorite face washes right now: Oil-Free Acne Wash Neutrogena (love the hint of grapefruit) and Burt's Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile

I alternate between the two every day. 


As for face moisturizer, I've fell in love with the "Yes to..." brand that Teri recommended a while back. The blueberry face towelettes are brilliant and leave the face feeling clean and moisturized on those nights when you just don't want to do the whole washing thing.

I like using the Yes to Tomatoes moisturizer before bed and use the Cetaphil Daily Facial SPF 15 for the morning because you shouldn't leave home without the SPF!


I bought most of these items at Tar-get.

Call this my Fashion Friday - for once I was semi coordinated, albeit for a run. Lucky coincidence in my 30 second mad dash to grab running clothes this morning.

Neon yellow Nike shirt paired with my Eugene Marathon long sleeve (love women's fit race shirts!), Nike capris and the Jolly Green Giant Garmin.


I used to be one of those uber annoying "must match my shirt with the piping on my shorts" kind of runners, but now I'm just lucky to have all the necessities with me. The worst is when you have everything BUT a sports bra!


Did anyone else swoon/curse when you opened your recent JCrew catalog? I made Pete hold it open and I told him everything I'd pick if I had an unlimited amount of money. Basically, there were about five items I DIDN'T want.

Oh and in other earth shattering news, I finally got on board with Instagram! I hadn't been able to find a username several months ago so I just got around to picking one. Feel free to follow me!

What's your favorite beauty product in your cabinet?

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thankful Thursday

I know this is late, but I've been wanting to keep up with Thankful Thursday so I thought I'd pop in. As you're more likely to do this time of year, I've been thinking about what I'm grateful for these days.

This week I'm thankful for:

Hot showers - for which I may stand in a bit too long just feeling the hot water beat down on me after a cold day or run.

The manfriend's patience - I'm often stressed out, feeling overwhelmed and busy these days. Pete has the patience of a saint at times and I'm really lucky I found someone who provides such a good balance to my personality.

A full belly - not everyone is able to be lucky enough to have food to eat. That in itself is something to be thankful for. Tonight's dinner was a chicken & bean burrito and beer from Laughing Planet.

Midterms = officially over - Thank goodness. Now just a few more weeks of survival and studying for finals. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

Taking chemistry and biology after debating another degree for 7 years, has made me question just exactly what I want in this next phase of my career. To say I don't have it figured out would be an understatement. Knowledge is such an amazing tool and going back to school has me thinking... "Ooh, I could be a graphic designer, a nurse, a dietitian, a writer..."

What are you feeling thankful for this week? 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Weekend Needed

Hello! I don't know how the weekend goes by as fast as it does, but come Monday I was due for a serious nap. Sitting at a computer most of the day = not the best napping location, fyi. ;)

The weekend was perfect, fun and relaxing all in one. I've been wanting to make a holiday wreath (but not necessarily Thanksgiving or Christmas) for a while now and I finally got myself to a craft store. But of course, Michaels didn't have everything I needed, Jo-Ann's had some of it and I'm still left searching for a few more items. Gah! So much for getting my craft on...ever.

The problem with craft stores is that I always see a million things that I could hypothetically make (if I had all the time and skills necessary) and get a little overboard. For example, I seriously debated buying some fabric until I reminded myself that a) I don't own a sewing machine and b) I barely know how to sew two pieces of fabric together.


I also checked out some burlap to possibly use for table runners for the wedding, but was a little disappointed at how rough it feels to the touch. 

Saturday we went to Costco for paper towels and look what I found! I mean, if you were a kid, how could you NOT want this little dinosaur chair? #Loveatfirstsight


Trust me, it took some restraint not to see if I could fit in it. But no dice, I could tell he was too small.

Saturday was a perfect weekend day in that I was able to do a short run and yoga, the sun came out, and I did errands and spending quality time with the manfriend. Sometimes I forget how good it feels to just let the day happen without filling it with 1,000 things. Weekend, I SO needed you. 

Sunday, I headed out into the chilly morning for some trail love.


Loved the blanket of leaves everywhere...


 The '70s called and they want their big hair back.
My Garmin was dead so I just took the ole Nike watch and did a loop around the base of Mt. Pisgah + a mile or so when I was trying to figure out which trail to take. I took advantage of this long solo run to catch up on a few This American Life podcasts - perfect for zoning out.

Come Monday, those trails had my furnace burning! I was a Starvin' Marvin' all day, which meant the second I got pizza on the brain, there was no doubt that's what we were having for dinner. I'm always amazed at the body's delayed reaction to a hard effort like this.

With the holidays coming up, I'm wondering if any of you are planning to do something unique or creative to celebrate Christmas with your loved ones? For me, I've been thinking more of experiences I want to have rather than things, although there are always things I want.

I'll be putting up a little wish list of my own soon so that's why it's on the brain. Okay, have a happy Tuesday!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Dinner at Heidi Tunnell Catering

So, our dinner at Heidi Tunnell Catering lived up to last year's glory. We conveniently went again on the "bacon wrapped meatloaf night." 

It's rare that I eat red meat, but when I do, I do it up right! Heidi Tunnell uses locally sourced products and knows the farmers she gets her food from. 

Thursday night dinners are held in a small converted church in the little town of Creswell, just south of Eugene. Additionally, they sell baked goods and meals to go throughout the week beyond the catering business. 

                                 

The way it works is you reserve a seat (or several for your group) online and then you pay for the items you want on the menu after dinner. 

Thursday's dinner included: a salmon salad appetizer ($3.50), dinner - salad, ciabatta rolls, mashed red potatoes, sauteed greens and bacon wrapped meatloaf ($15), pumpkin cheesecake with gingerbread crust ($4) and of course beer, wine, coffee options. 

Joel and Danielle

We ordered two bottles of this David Hill Farmhouse Red for the table, which turned out to be pretty decent. 


Dinner is served family style so you pass the big dishes around your table. Luckily, they have "to go" boxes because after salad and rolls, I was getting full. 


After dinner, Danielle and I split a slice of pumpkin cheesecake. No matter how full you are, you can't pass up that kind of dessert. I dare to say the whipped cream on top was almost better than the cheesecake itself!

Let me introduce you to Pedro...

I'm with this guy.

The whole gang
 We met through the local running store.

Our table was right behind a long table of older ladies who had driven over an hour to come to dinner. They were emeritus faculty from Willamette University. Adorable. 

 Stef and I got the stripe memo


And there you have it! We promptly rolled ourselves home. 

This dinner reminded me of Thanksgiving dinner and I'm so ready for it! My grandma's rolls and the mashed potatoes - YUM. I can already feel that Turkey Day nap time coming on. 

The weather has been cold around here the last few days! I've been running in long tights. Winter is definitely on its way. Hope you're having a fabulous Saturday!

My morning included a short run with Lindsey and then a nice yoga class. My balance was kind of off today, but we did some hip openers and glute strengthening, which are ALWAYS needed for me.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

All Aboard the Random Boat!

Thanks you guys for your feedback on my last post. Sometimes, putting your words out into the blogosphere to be read and open for criticism isn't easy. But I'm glad I shared my story. 

Warning: random post ahead

It's been one heck of a week around here. I had my second biology midterm yesterday, which was pretty rough - after all, how is one supposed to study on election night? Yeah, not so much...

Detox week hasn't been as great as I hoped, but better than last week's sugar, junk food bonanza! As usual, I started off strong on Monday and have loosened up as the week has continued. I have bumped up the veggies and protein here and there for more nutrients.

Mix it up breakfast
2 eggs and toast w/ pb, jam, cinnamon and chia seeds

We opted for a quick and easy pizza for election night. There's something about watching NBC do all the predictions and possibilities on the screen that make it completely fascinating no matter the outcome.

Our grocery store had the nerve to stop stocking our local pizza dough so the manfriend snagged Boboli whole wheat. Not the best, but it worked in a pinch.

Presidential Pizza
Pear, caramelized onion, artichoke hearts and goat cheese

Workout wise, I let this be a "step back" week of sorts because of the whole midterm thing. There just didn't seem an extra 30 min worth sparing for sweat > studying/election watching. 

I managed to get in an early run Monday morning and Lifeforce Fitness last night (feels good to be strong and push some weight around).

My feet are also a bit happier thanks to the new pair of Brooks Adrenalines I picked up. Beyond the bunion issue, but left foot pronates more than my right and it just wasn't happy with less support all the time. 

Recycled pic, but I do love clean running shoes. 
Too bad you'd have to NOT run to keep them that way!

Oh and the crazy thing about these midterms is 1) how much you can study and not feel prepared and then 2) how quickly you feel like every ounce of knowledge just got sucked out of your brain in no time. I'm looking forward to the day I feel a bit more confident about it all. 

Overall, I'm shocked that chemistry has been the subject I understand more than biology. So many steps and processes to remember (DNA replication, transcription, translation)... I just want to know when and how much am I actually going to use these tiny bits of info? 

Thankful Thursday - I'm thankful I live close enough to see my family when I want to (& make the time for it). There are several traditions we've kept over the years that I love recreating, like coffee and chats with the ladies.

Three generations
Coffee with my grams, aunt and mom last weekend

I'm also looking forward to tonight's dinner with friends at Heidi Tunnell CateringLast year's bacon wrapped meatloaf and pumpkin cheesecake were delish.

Told you it was going to be random...

What are you Thankful for this week? 

If you didn't get a chance to donate yet to Hurricane Sandy, relief efforts are still underway. Donate today at Redcross.org. Every little bit counts. The manfriend and I both texted our donations last week during the relief concert on tv. So easy!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Dig Deeper

I'm participating in WEGO Health's National Health Blog Post Month and will be posting throughout the month on various health topics/prompts. Feel free to join in by signing up here. You can also join the conversation via #NHBPM.

Today's prompt: A post about a conversation with your doctor.
*I'm swapping today's prompt with one from Saturday.

This seems like a pretty intimate topic and I'd say that a lot of conversations people might have with their doctor are fairly personal. For the sake of #NHBPM, I thought I'd tell my story. After all, I'm not the only female athlete who has struggled with this.

A conversation I've had with my OBGYN a few times is whether or not I'm going to be able to get pregnant when the time comes. Yeah, it's still a few years away, but I want to know because when it's time to have kids, the clock is ticking (I'm turning 30 in a few months) so I'd prefer that things happened accurately as soon as possible.

Background
A few years ago I never got my cycle back after running my third or so full marathon. I had dropped back down to about 25 miles a week and was exercising less and yet still, no period after almost a year post marathon.

Essentially, my general doc had me take a lot of blood tests to make sure all of my hormone levels were accurate and my thyroid was operating correctly. Everything came back normal. So she said I had two options: a) either exercise less and gain weight (I was about 10 lbs heavier than I am now) OR b) take birth control and force the body to have a period and make sure I was getting the necessary hormones each month.

Well, neither solution really gave me peace of mind, but I went with option b) anyway. Asking me to workout less just didn't seem like an option. Endorphins are my insta-happy.

To this day, I wish I had just switched docs right then and dug further. I mean WHY do I need to gain weight and fat when my body had plenty of it already? Just doesn't make sense to me.

When I have my annual visit to the OBGYN, it's inevitable that I ask if she thinks I'll still be able to get pregnant. In turn, she tries to reassure me not to worry about it until the time comes.

After the doctor's less than stellar recommendations, I've yet to see a general doc again. It just seems so hard to find a good one, especially when you're not in need of one at the moment. Let that be a lesson - dig deeper for the sake of your own health.

What have I learned? YOU know your body best. Don't let someone else make major decisions for you. Trust your gut. If you're not satisfied with the answer, keep asking until it makes sense. I still have no idea if I am in fact ovulating... fun stuff!

Want to read more on women's health? I have really appreciated how open bloggers such as Caitlin of Healthy Tipping Point, Faith of Gracefulfitness and Courtney of Sweet Tooth Sweet Life have been about their health, including family planning, overall health, birth control, etc. The more we talk about it, the less stigma there is about discussing women's health issues.


Running front: In other news, my legs are extra sore from Sunday's 7 mile hilly trail run and Monday's 6 am 6 miler. Amazing how fast you lose the build up from those marathon miles!

I'm not a doctor and don't know a ton about OB health, but wanted to share my story. Please see your doc if you have questions or concerns. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Detox

After last week, I feel like I just need a detox in general. It wasn't like I was eating mounds of crap food, but every day I was having Halloween candy, extra snacks and junk in the office and our fridge was getting low on good eats.

So this week, is operation DETOX.

What does this mean? 

  • It means more veggies and fruit. I bought greens, broccoli, green bell pepper, apples and pears yesterday.
  • No candy (other than dark chocolate)
  • Water!
  • Less cereal for breakfast - I buy fairly low in sugar cereal, but I need to mix up my bfast options
  • Minimal dairy - it's easy to get carried away when we have cheddar cheese and ice cream in the house
  • Cut out the extra snacking, random bites, mindless eating while making dinner or sitting at my desk 
  • Green tea - better go get some!
I was reminded the importance of fuel yesterday as I came home famished after a 7 mile trail run with Lindsey, tea and grocery shopping how important fueling well is. 

As most of us are athletes, this isn't anything new, but it's amazing how often my mood or ability to function is directly related to the amount and quality of food I've eaten. 

So if I'm snacking often, it's likely that I need to do one (or all of the following): bump up the protein, eat more veg and fiber, keep my hands and mind busy, and drink more water.

BTW, hours of studying DNA replication can make your brain want to explode and/or go fuzzy. Crazy how complicated such a common thing in our bodies can be!

Nov. 4th prompt - what's in your purse, bag, backpack everyday? #NHBPM
I haven't been carrying a purse lately because I always have my backpack full of chemistry and biology books, my planner, a binder and lots of pens, pencils and a highlighter. It's all about the necessities these days. 

In fact, I went into TJMaxx yesterday looking for a fun holiday decoration and left thinking "how can I buy holiday decorations when I need to pay tuition, buy xmas gifts, save for a wedding?" Practicality, baby. 

Wedding Music
Tell me what one/some of your favorite songs at weddings are - either to dance to, during the wedding or otherwise. I have terrible music taste (for the most part). Thank god the manfriend is a music aficionado. 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Too many jeans?

Is there such a thing?

The manfriend was hanging up several pairs of my jeans after coming back from the laundromat and started laughing. He said something like "I didn't know you had so many jeans!" And then had the nerve to mention that I might not need anymore.


Well, friends, I live by the rule that you can never have enough jeans. Forget that I can't wear them 5/7 days of the week, but don't take away my jeans!

My new favorite jeans? Modern skinnies from the LOFT (on sale)! Fit like a glove.

This morning I counted and I have 11 pair - some lighter "summer" jeans, a few darker, dressier pair, bootcut, skinny jeans, etc. They have different purposes and probably half of them were bought on sale for $30 or so. What do you say? Too many? 

My things are jeans and shoes. The manfriend? He loves himself a plaid button up!



National Health Blog Post Month
A few weeks ago, WEGO health sent me an e-mail about taking part in National Health Blog Post Month. I thought, why not? Essentially, there is a health related prompt for each day of the month. I'm not sure that I'll partake daily, but thought it would be fun to blog about the day's subject if it sounds interesting.

Want to sign up and get the prompts? Click here.

Nov 1st topic: Why I write about my health
I write about my health because it's an important part of my life and one that is now habit. I also enjoy reading other health blogs, getting ideas for workouts, reading fun, healthy recipes and seeing others live healthy, active lives. And I love being part of the conversation.

I write about my health (running, food, relationships, etc) because I'm passionate about it, period.

Today's topic: The weirdest thing about your health
The weirdest thing about my health? I'll be extremely careful about the meat I eat at restaurants (usually only eating organic, local meat), but then I'll go a little crazy with the sweets and essentially overload my system with processed crap from time to time that it doesn't need or want - hello, Halloween.

Obviously, being healthy isn't about being "perfect," but I definitely have double standards that don't always make sense.

On the running front
I totally get when new moms say they don't have time for exercise. Many nights I leave work late and only have a tiny bit of dusk left before it's truly dark. For safety reasons, I run FAST and short so as to get 'er done and get home for dinner (and homework fun). 3-4 mile runs are now becoming the norm, whereas 5 used to be my standard midweek run.

It's been fun to run fast, but I also need to make time for some slower relaxed runs too. That's usually what the weekend is for.

Okay, time to study! I took the day off work to just recharge, study and get caught up on life. With two quizzes and non stop homework this week, there wasn't a lot of time left over. Happy Friday to you!

Anyone doing anything fun this weekend? We may hit up the first Friday art walk downtown Eugene this eve. Oh, and Go DUCKS!