I have a few guest posts coming up from some lovely ladies too.
So, say you haven’t seen your husband in over seven months. What would you wear to the airport? 😀 😀 😀
Morning friends! Thank you for all of your encouragement on my 2011 goals. I am really really excited! The next few weeks are going to be a wee bit loco for me- I’m heading to Syracuse for work (also known as the land of Tim Horton’s and Wegmans. You bet I will be stopping at both places!) and then at some point I will be spending some time with Bri while he is on leave 😀 YESSSSSSS.
Since I am busy traveling around the state, I figured it is a good time to discuss how we stay healthy while on the road! If this topic looks familiar, it’s because it was also posted on Linzi’s blog (who JUST got engaged- head over and say congrats! Yay Linzi!).
Anyway, I travel quite a bit for work and before my (currently deployed) husband and I were married, I put 40,000 miles on my car in the course of a year and a half making the nine hour trip from New York to Virginia, where he was stationed. I’ve definitely picked up some tips and tricks on how to stay healthy along the way! When we are out of our daily routine, it is easy to throw healthy living aside. However, a little bit of planning goes a long way.
If you’re like me, you have your workouts planned in advance- for instance, I’ll run on Tuesdays and Thursdays, attend yoga on Wednesday and Saturday and do whatever I feel like on Sunday. If you’re traveling, this throws a bit of a wrench into the whole system. Here are some things to consider:
It is easy to fall out of our normal eating habits when we are in unfamiliar territory, be it staying in a hotel away from home or being cooped up in a car for hours at time. Here are some tips that have helped me:
Are there any tips or tricks that you have for staying healthy while traveling? Have a good one friends, I’ll see you on Friday! 🙂
One of the many benefits of having a blog is that it presents a place to document your goals and allows you to hold yourself accountable. It was really beneficial to look back to my 2010 goals post and evaluate what I set out to accomplish. I have some big plans for 2011. Let’s get to it:
Katie’s 2011 Goals
Well friends, those are my concrete goals for 2011. Whatcha think? What goals have you set for yourself this year?
Happy 2011! My year is off to a great start 😀 After a hilarious hot yoga class last night (the room was done up like a disco and the instructors were a weee bit tipsy on champagne), I headed to SUNY Albany this morning to run the local running club’s 3.5 mile race. In addition to the 3.5 miler, there was a hangover half marathon going on- a few of my blogging buddies ran the half (and did awesome!) and it was great to run into them before the race.
To me, SUNY Albany’s campus has always been a bit imposing. Maybe because the only other time I’d been there had been to take the LSAT (shudder). Anyway, driving onto the campus I had no idea where I was going. I saw a car that had a 26.2 marathon sticker on the back of it- I figured that driver was heading to the race so I just followed them. The cars in front of them all had running stickers on them too! Gotta love runners 🙂 If you are lost getting to a race, a good tip is to just follow the 13.1, 26.2 or tri stickered vehicles :p
I got to the race about a half hour before the start and it was BANANAS! I wasn’t expecting it to be so crowded. In the lobby I saw all of my fellow CDNY bloggers- I quickly registered then headed back to the gang to get in the obligatory group shots 🙂
I especially love Melissa in this photo. Thanks for the photos, Jen!
You can’t really go wrong with the price of this race- a mere five dollars! If you are a member of the local running club (I believe $15/year), the races are all free! I think I’m definitely going to join.
The girls and I headed to the start, marveling about the unseasonably warm temps. It was around 45 degrees and I was wearing my running tights with my new coldgear top and I felt great. No gloves, no ear warmers- I wore heavier clothing in Virginia Beach at the New Year’s race last year! I’ll take the nice weather though 🙂
Heather snapped a pic before we started- without fail, I always have the same goofy expression before a race:
Before the race actually started, Jen and Melissa were talking about time goals. Jen said she wanted to finish in under 33 minutes. “YOU DO??”, I asked, thinking that it seemed fast. Then again, Jen is super speedy. I learned this after she smoked me in the squirrelly six mile trail race 😉 Originally I wanted to finish around 35 minutes- a nice ten minute mile pace. I decided to just run as fast as I could.
The race started and we were off! At certain points the path was narrow but there was no bottlenecking. It was a fairly hilly course, which I wasn’t expecting. The hills were rolling and not too tricky, with some nice downhills here and there. At certain points on the course we were running against traffic coming towards us a few lanes over, which was interesting. I pretty much played this song on repeat during the race, interspersing it with “Run this Town” a few times. I tend to find songs I like and play them to death until I can’t listen to them anymore.
Before I knew it there was less than a half mile left! The half-marathoners continued on in the race and the 3.5 mile peeps made the turn to get in the final mileage. As I approached the finishing chute the time clock read 32 minutes with change. Sweet! I kicked it into high gear (seriously- my fastest pace during the last half mile was a six minute mile pace- holy!) and crossed the finish line in 32:37, giving me an average pace of 9:15/mile. YAY! As the runners came in, a race volunteer gave us a numbered slip of paper to fill in. I was the 113th person to finish the race. I saw Melissa and Jen (they finished just under 31 minutes- speedy mc speedersons!) and headed inside to drop off our time slips and get some water. For a five dollar race, I am INCREDIBLY impressed with all that was available after the race. Water, soda, pizza, orange slices, vegetarian soup… I couldn’t believe it!
I grabbed some water and an orange slice while Melissa and Jen went on to run 3.5 more miles (overachievers 😉 ). Before the race I was thinking of joining them; after not so much. I called Heather and Cynthia- they both ran an awesome race! We grabbed starbucks (caramel brulee latte, I love you) to kill some time before meeting up with Melissa and Jen at Cafe Madison.
Cafe Madison was outstanding! It was my first time there and I will definitely be back. The service was phenomenal and the food was delicious. I had a Tuscan omelette but snagged some of Melissa’s strawberry almond stuffed french toast- heavenly! We stayed and chatted for about two hours. I love getting together with other bloggers- there is never a lack of things to talk about!
All in all, it was a great start to the new year :D. The Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club put on a great event and it was nice to meet up with my blends to race and share delicious food.
How was your New Year’s eve? Did you participate in a race today? It’s a great way to kick off the year 😀
Some of you may have your New Year’s eve traditions firmly in place. Until recent years, my New Year’s eve typically involved getting dolled up (fun), heading out to some place with an overpriced entry fee (not fun), and imbibing cocktails with my girlfriends (fun), avoiding the more ridiculous partygoers (perhaps this is why New Year’s eve is snarkily referred to as “amateur night”).
Last year Bri and I did things a little differently. After spending the evening watching old seasons of The Office, we watched the ball drop and promptly went to sleep. We had to be up early to make it to the Hair of the Dog 5k! I felt amazing after that race. It felt really good to start the year off on the right foot- setting a healthy precedent, if you will. That race was my fourth 5k. I’d been running for approximately six months. The farthest I had ever run was 3.1 miles.
On New Year’s Day 2010, I had some big goals for myself. A 14k, a half-marathon, and numerous others. That fourth 5k reaffirmed my commitment to my health and well-being. I felt as though I had turned over a new leaf. Instead of staying up into the wee hours of the night drinking, I made one healthy decision. Which led to some others. Happily, I achieved most of the goals that I set out for myself (which I laid out in excruciating detail in my last post). In part because I rang in 2010 in a new, healthy way. In part because I believed in myself and in my dedication.
This year is no different. Well, health-wise at least. I won’t be spending it with my husband, seeing as how he is halfway around the world. I will, however, be keeping my New Year’s fitness tradition going. On New Year’s eve, the hot yoga studio I belong to is holding a late night “Studio 54” class from 10-11:30 PM. You can bet I will be there 😉 I even conned one of my besties into coming with me (thanks Kristin! 😀 ) On New Year’s day I will be running a 3.5 mile race with some awesome ladies. It feels really good to end the year and begin a new one participating in activities that I have come to love and identify myself with. Cheers to a happy and healthy 2011!
How will you be spending New Year’s eve and day? Don’t worry, I won’t judge if you are out partying. Sometimes that is needed. Though I may call you an amateur 😉
Hi friends! I hope that everyone had a relaxing holiday. Mine was spent google chatting with Bri, eating delicious french toast (now a Christmas tradition), movie watching with Heather (How Do You Know, which , the more I think about, the more I think I didn’t like it), and partaking in an awesome vegetarian dinner.
That, my friends, is an epic vegetarian meal. There was filet for the non-vegetarians, but the main vegetarian course (Cinnamon Lime Quinoa with Apricots and Almonds from Eat Drink and Be Vegan) was bombtastic (in the photo, it is at 12:00).
Of course, there was also a little birthday celebrating for Mr. B, who turned five yesterday.
My little guy is growing up! It goes by so quickly. He definitely enjoyed his birthday cupcake from Sloppy Kisses.
It’s hard to believe that the year is coming to a close. 2010 went by so quickly, yet so much happened! I got married, Bri deployed, I fell in love with Bikram yoga, ran a half-marathon… mostly good things 😀 Last January, I set forth a list of goals that I wanted to accomplish in 2010. I think I achieved most of them 😉 Let’s take a look.
1. Complete at least 50 hours of pro-bono work
a. Well, I definitely didn’t achieve this. I would say I got about 20-25 hours in. The organization that I was doing the work for was fairly unorganized, with a lot of no-shows. I’m happy that I got in what I did but at the same time, I should have been more proactive in seeking out other places to volunteer.
2. Become a better small talker and more confident in social situations where I do not know anyone
a. In my job there are lots of networking events where we put in face time with our members. I am not an outgoing person by nature so when I first started (back in September 2008) I put on a brave front but was often very uncomfortable. I have gotten much better in approaching people and making conversation, but I still have room for improvement.
I definitely made some headway towards this goal! Of course, it’s an ever-evolving process, but I do feel much more comfortable at the events where I am expected to schmooze (hate that word). I will continue to work on this in 2010.
3. Improve my public speaking abilities
a. I think I improved my public speaking abilities tremendously. A lot of it is just getting up and doing it time and again. Of course, there is always room for improvement. Another goal to continue working on in 2011.
Goals: Health and Fitness
1. Complete the Virginia is For Lovers 14k
a. Yay! This race was so much fun. When I first signed up for it last December, the 14k distance seemed huge. I am so happy that Bri encouraged me to sign up and that I got to run it with him:)
2. Complete the Rock ‘n Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon
a. The half marathon is the ultimate distance for me. I really don’t think my body can handle a marathon; I love running but it is hard on the body and I already had hip issues before running came into the mix. If I could run a half I would be so happy! Well, I didn’t run the Virginia Beach Half Marathon (due to a certain someone being deployed 😉 ) but I did run the Hudson Mohawk Half. Yippee! It was an awesome race and such a great experience. It is funny how your goals shift- last year I wrote that I didn’t think my body could handle a marathon…heh I am plotting and one may or may not be on my list for 2011.
3. Attend a yoga class at least once a week in a studio
a. I blew this goal out of the water! After finding the hot yoga studio in April, I have been practicing consistently in the studio. During the summer and half training I went two times a week, and since October it has been anywhere from three to five times a week. And I love it!
4. Run a 5k in under 30:00
a. 😀 I am so happy to have achieved this. I ran a 5k this past summer in 28:13– it was hard but felt so great! Of course, now I have a new goal- sub 28 or bust! 😀
5. Continue overall strength training at least once a week
a. Unless you count Bikram yoga as strength training (haha, I do), I have a lot of work to do in this area. Prior to the wedding I was attending a body sculpting class once a week and doing my own Jillian circuits at the gym. Body sculpt went out the window once I started practicing hot yoga.
6. Complete at least 30 pushups in a row
a. Oops. I definitely did not get to 30 pushups in a row. I am pretty proud that I can do 20 though. Although, if I tried right now I would probably have to stop at 15.
7. Incorporate more veggies into my life
a. I definitely accomplished this. Since I have been eating healthier, my body tends to want vegetables and other healthy items (weird). Sometimes now I have a salad because it sounds delicious, not because I should. I also found a new favorite veggie- eggplant! Going out of your comfort zone definitely yields fun surprises.
1. Cook a new dish at least once a month
a. I have tried so many new recipes this past year. I discovered that I really like to cook and bake, which was a happy surprise. Nicole, one of my besties, hosted a 30 recipes in 30 days challenge this past September and while I didn’t quite reach 30 recipes, it was a lot of fun trying. I’m looking forward to more culinary adventures in 2011!
2. Do more sweet things for Bri
a.I think I achieved this goal (right love? 😉 ) If anything, I am a master package getter-together. 😀
1. Save at least $10,000 to put towards an emergency fund.
a. Well, prior to the wedding I had a nice little cushion going. Hawaii kind of took
most of it all of it. Then I purchased the new car… and yeah, it doesn’t really count as savings if you spend it 😉 Next year 😀
Well, that was quite the list I set for myself last January. Overall I am incredibly happy with 2010. I achieved a lot of my goals and also left room to improve for 2011. Did you achieve the goals you set for yourself this year? Let me know!
I have some fun posts coming up, including how to layer for winter running (I ran in 20 degree windy weather today, brrrr) and goals for 2011. See you soon! 😀
Hi friends! Is everyone ready for Christmas? I still have a few things to get- nothing like procrastination 😀 Speaking of procrastination, I just realized that I never announced a winner of my cookie giveaway yesterday! Wendy, you are the lucky winner! Shoot me an email with your address and I will mail out some delicious cookies for you 🙂
The other night the fan-dam (family) went to
my my dad’s favorite restaurant for my dad’s birthday (thank you for all of the birthday wishes!). My parents let it slip that they got Bailey a zu zu pet for Christmas/his birthday. Have you all heard of a zu zu pet? I think it is meant for kids. It looks like this:
and makes random noises and runs around on these little wheels it has. Basically, it looks like a live hamster.
I guilted my parents into giving it to him early We decided to let him open it when we got home from the restaurant. Bailey went straight ballistic. He is obsessed with this toy. So, dog owners- if you are looking for a gift for your pup, they would love a zu zu pet!
Before I sign off, Tiffany (love her!) tagged me in a fun questionnaire.
1. Vacation: beach or mountains? Surprisingly, I think I would go with the mountains. There was a time when I was beach obsessed. Now, though, I love hiking and the peace and tranquility that comes with the mountains. Hopefully there are lakes nearby though.
2. Luggage: check it or carry it on? It depends on the length of the trip. If it’s a long one (that’s what she said) I typically have to check a bag. Otherwise it is carry on all the way!
3. Bed: make it or leave it a rumpled comfy mess? I always leave my bed unmade. Unless a friend or someone is coming over and I’m trying to impress them with my cleanliness. I love the look of a nicely made bed but it is just impractical! 😀
4. Races: smaller or bigger? I would have to say bigger. The boilermaker had thousands of racers and it was just amazing. I loved the energy and the crowds!
5. Toilet paper roll: over or under? Over for sure.
6. Pancakes: thick and fluffy or thin and crepe-like? It depends- if I’m ordering a crepe I want a crepe. Otherwise it is thick and fluffy with chocolate chips 😀
7. Alarm: get up or hit snooze? I’m sorry Tiffany, but I’m one of the ones you can’t stand- I can’t think of a time that I’ve had to wake up by an alarm and haven’t hit the snooze. Minimum two times. Maximum.. an hour? Or I just hit snooze a few times and then reset my alarm to wake up at the latest possible time- gotta love dry shampoo 😉
8. Name one movie you’d never watch again even if someone paid you. Valentine’s Day was pretty horrible. I had high hopes for that movie. Such a stellar cast! I fell asleep halfway through due to sheer boredom- I never fall asleep at movies!
9. Name 5 fictional characters you want to have dinner with. And TELL ME WHY.
10. Cake vs. Pie: Your pick? Pie for sure. I think cake is overrated. You can’t beat an apple pie.
11. Last meal – what would it be? AND YOU ARE ON DEATH ROW SO MAKE IT CREATIVE. A nice bottle of red wine- either malbec or a meritage, a large cheese plate with sharp cheddar, brie and manchego cheeses, a crusty loaf of bread with olive oil and vinegar, lobster bisque, and either a big bowl of pasta with shrimp in a pink vodka cream sauce or a buttery filet mignon in a gorgonzola cream sauce. Followed by a big ol’ slice of cheesecake.
12. Favorite book to movie adaptation ever? Least favorite? My favorite is definitely The Notebook. I loved the book but love the movie even more- it translated to the screen perfectly and some of the scenes were so beautiful (especially with the swans!) It also solidified Rachel McAdams as my favorite actress. My least favorite is probably Twilight. I love the book (go ahead and make fun) but the movie was painfully awkward.
13. Worst grade-school portrait, described in detail. That would be my second grade picture. It was 1989, so my parents chose the awesome laser lights background. My hair is a mess and my teeth were still growing in so they were all spacey and off. I think I had art class before- my hands are folded and you can see paint stains on my arms. Plus some awesome friendship bracelets.
14. Floss before or after brushing your teeth? OR NOT AT ALL?! . Well, when I do floss, it is before I brush my teeth. If I do it afterwards my gums feel like they are left hanging. Brushing afterwards seals them back in!
15. You have to move out of the country – for the rest of your life. Where do you move? Hmm. Out of all the places I have been to, I guess I would have to say London. The city wouldn’t be too much of a culture shock and if I needed a break there is the charming countryside.
Leave your answers to the questions in the comments! Thanks for the tag, Tiffany 😀
Good night friends- see ya soon!
December 21st is a very special day indeed. No, not because it is the shortest day of the year and sets the benchmark for the longer days from here on out. Rather, it is the day that one of the most special and influential people in my life was born. Happy birthday, dad, and thank you for being the best father a daughter could ask for. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without you.
Thank you SO much to everyone who voted for me and Brian. We received so many votes but fell short at the end. I feel like I won anyway, with all of the support from my friends, family and little online community. Thank you so much 😀
The winner of the lululemon water bottle is comment number 21- Lindsay! Linday, email me at fittowed at gmail dot com with your water bottle selection and mailing address. I’ll order it today. 🙂
Thank you to EVERYONE for your support!
Happy birthday dad! 😀
Hello! I hope everyone had a great weekend! Yesterday marked one year officially blogging for me. A very appropriate day to have a blogiversary, as I spent Saturday evening with a lot of my capital district blends at a cookie exchange hosted by Heather! It was so much fun. Although now I’m tempted to have cookies for every meal 😉
To celebrate the one year blogiversary, I’m hosting a fun giveaway. I hosted something similar last year on my old blog so it’s best to keep the tradition going 😀
I will announce a winner on Tuesday, December 21st at noon. Good luck! 🙂
Also, don’t forget that you can enter to win some delicious cookies by commenting on this post. The cookies are pretty good, y’all.
Thank you for voting and more importantly, thank you for reading. I never expected to gain so much from blogging- the friendships, support and community have been a pleasant surprise. Thank you! 😀
Happy Friday friends! I’m a wee bit tired this morn, as Bikram seriously kicked my booty last night (seriously) and then I spent the rest of the evening baking an itload amount of cookies for Heather’s awesome partay tomorrow. Yay cookies! Which brings me to my next point. My awesome photographer is having a contest on his blog for the favorite winter/spring wedding of 2010. The winner gets a big print of the photo he selected!
If you could head on over to this link and vote for Katie and Brian, I would be so thankful! Leave a comment letting me know you voted for us- I will randomly select a commenter to win a dozen of my delicious dark chocolate mint glazed holiday cookies 🙂 I’ll pick a winner on December 22, 2010. It’s okay if you live near or far- I’ve sent cookies over to Brian in Afghanistan and he and his fellow soldiers reported that they were some of the best cookies they’ve had 🙂 I have a shipping method for freshness down pat 😉
As for the photo JP selected, it is Brian’s favorite 🙂
I would love to have his favorite photo waiting for him when he returns home 🙂 Thank you for voting and I’ll be back this weekend- it’s my one year blogiversary tomorrow 🙂 🙂
Have a great Friday peeps!