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exploring the mix of fun, fitness & health…as a diabetic


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{Weekend Recap}: Team Run & NJ

On Saturday Team For Kids had an open house  – including a fun run. I think I need a headband / arm band / t-shirt saying “I’m Diabetic” … it would save me a lot of time. Growing up in a small town where you knew most of your peers since pre-school, I forget that it’s not branded on my forehead for everyone to automatically know.

My approach : my body / my feelings / my disease/ my decisions / my responsibility. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t learn from others and it’s basic courtesy regarding liability for me to inform all of the coaches … plus it’s for my safety.  Not to mention it’s a pretty large part of why I’m doing this! My body & I have had some battles and we’re about to go up against a whole bunch more – training for this marathon (just as important as the marathon itself ) is for my body & mind to prove to each other that it can be done. Diabetes is just along for the ride.

That said, while I made a stupid move and ran my blood sugars high (I couldn’t go low on the first run – how lame would that be!) …it wasn’t the diabetes that dropped me to the last one to finish, it was my stupid hip. .::Sigh::. But moving my way to the back had me getting to know all three coaches. And now I’m even more psyched for training runs.

I ended up running in Central Park (score – a new route!), walking back through it from NYRR office to my apartment and then going back to meet a friend. Triple CP in one day.

That night I limped my way out to a girls night which took a slight detour to a girls slumber party in Hoboken when a friend had an allergic reaction.

That would mark my first stay in New Jersey. Sunday morning we laid out at the park (um Hoboken Park? I have no clue what it’s called) it was pretty looking into NYC and I saw lots of runners around the quad.

When I finally reached home (not to self: always carry extra needles & both insulins) I discovered I didn’t have my keys. After meeting the roomie in the East Village to grab hers I finally got back to the apartment at 6pm (and found my keys on my bookshelf…).

Headed to Target I decided to walk the trip … along the East River.  Definitely got my share of vitamin D and water views this weekend. Being Mother’s Day & summer weather, everyone was out to play and there were a ton of BBQs & block parties that had me smiling.

As I made my way back from Target I realized it was already 7:45pm how did that happen?!  I had one last workout due on my GymPact . My gym closes at 9pm – both locations. And I still had both set of keys. I quickly changed and booked it to the gym by 8:20  – perfect timing to get my 30 min in. The roomie made it back to the apartment at the 20m mark, so I had to hop off the elliptical to let her in. Instead of running back into the gym 10 min before they closed I decided to finish out the pact by running (jogging) a few blocks around the gym. Totally counts!

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Moral of the story: sometimes those #short&sweaty workouts that you cram in between things are the best ones. Especially when you don’t have time to debate it and you go off pure adrenaline rush.

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New Beginnings

Ah life.

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In the past two months I’ve:

– moved apartments

– was let go from my job

– completed my 1st 1/2 marathon 

– joined an outdoor league with my soccer team

– dealt with shin splints, groin strain, hip flexor silliness, IT Band issues & hip pain …. but not a stress fracture

– did early morning runs in Central Park

– ran a 5k on my birthday (in which I was 1st, last & only place since it was my solo birthday 5k).

– had plenty of brunches

– tried plenty of new coffee shops

– went to Hoboken for the 1st time

– exercised some serious self-control in not visiting 16 handles daily despite being closer to it

– put to use the fact that I’m now closer to Target …. but made do with the fact that I’m now further from a Trader Joe’s.

– finally used an oven (it’s only been about 2 years) and have worked on more “real” dinners.

– raised money for Team for Kids (only just begun!)

– started practicing yoga 5 day / week

– baked! (happening.right.now. vitalious chocolate muffin tops in the oven hopefully not sticking/not burning / rising  … all that usual stuff)

– signed up for my 2nd Girls on the Run 5K

– volunteered / will be volunteering at some kids activities with Urban Girl Squad

– met with a nutritionist … and started food journaling again. Sort of.

– learned how many supporters I have, even if it’s easy to forget  … and there’s quite a few!

– donated over 100 items … and got rid of almost as much

– played decorator, handyman & dyi-er … I think I’m most efficient at handyman.

– met new friends, connected with old ones and made fun dates with current ones.

I smell the chocolate tops….that mean it has to come out just as good right?!

– focused on my health … the specifics and the general.

– took a break from my magazine addiction

– started reading books….from the library

– got on the Tone It Up bandwagon (sort of)

– spent time with family

they didn’t burn! off to go see how they taste (I mean I couldn’t have screwed up a prepackaged mix that badly could I?) 

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Triple Threat Tuesday

It’s Thursday.

But let’s talk about Tuesday {as in 2 days ago}.

After my unexpected rest from exhaustion and shin splints last week, I was determined to get back on track with my run Tuesday morning.  I pulled out 4.16 miles in 43 min for an average of 10:20  …. I didn’t die but it wasn’t my best run. I wore my compression sleeves which I normally save for after and it definitely helped.

I also took my first ice bath. Sort of. With the freezer still broken {not anymore!} I haven’t been able to ice properly which is asking for trouble. And since pretty much all major points of my legs hurt, I figured an ice bath would work. Only minus the ice. Instead just really cold water. Really cold. I can’t imagine a full on ice bath. Especially since it was only enough water that a baby would be safe in it. But my shins were happier.

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I also knew that keeping up with yoga is a must these days. Especially since I “iced” but didn’t stretched.

So I went to my first lunchtime yoga class! It was actually my first lunchtime anything class. Or lunchtime gym session. Or lunchtime me time.

Mixed thoughts.

The teacher played music so faintly I didn’t realize that it was on until the 2nd half of class and I’ve discovered that really throws off my practice. I also had a giant clock directly in front of me which was not helpful when I knew I had to get back to the office.

While all the gym classes have mirrors, this one seemed to have twice as many.

So it seemed really hard to focus “on the mat.”

But she targeted hip flexors which was much-needed (even if she did refer to them as protagonists in books…I didn’t get it).

It’s worth it to go back but definitely not my favorite class/instructor.

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I only got 1 foot off the ground at a time {step 1 & 2} but the first time I’ve attempted headstand in a long time. 

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I finished up the night with soccer. In one of our more intense, well-played games.

Last week the other team forfeited and we played each other, everyone in for the entire time. It was actually the most fun game yet  – we have a good group.

So 3 different activities in 1 day … that’s a record. 

I was a little nervous that I would burn myself out after last week but having Wednesday off & being able to sleep in definitely helped.

Can’t say it will be the new routine but it’s possible!

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Your turn:
Do you break up workouts throughout the day?
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Related Links:
8 Ice Bath Dos & Donts

 

 


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Pass me the ball

I played soccer from 7 – 12 grade and intramural in 5th & 6th. 

I spent a lot of time on the bench. 

I broke my arm in 7th grade by “tripping over the soccer ball”
(it was wet, I went to pull the ball back & I went forward).
I strained my MCL in 12th grade
(I shouldn’t have even been in the game, it was the last 10 min & I had been out sick from practice and it was one of our last games. I was turning to catch up with a girl that blew past me headed to the goal) 

A friend & old teammate suggested a league she had joined. Last year I couldn’t fit it in with work but with later games this season I decided to go for it. A little nervous of how competitive / all-star filled it would be , my theory was she saw me in my best attempts & struggles so how bad could it be. Plus I could always just be the benchwarmer for the league.

So when the email went out with details for the first game (last night) & my friend mentioned she couldn’t go my instant reaction:

wait whatttt??? I have to go alone??? I, but, oh no, awkward. 

But I couldn’t back out. Plus I’m 25, not going just because a friend wasn’t going – lame.

So I went. Slightly petrified. And definitely feeling awkward.

But guess what? No major blunders, no injuries & a some fun!

Plus we won.

 

So with late games, I thought that definitely ruled out attempts at Wednesday morning gym sessions.

It wasn’t the later bedtime that ruined it – a 4am low bloodsugar killed that idea on its own. 5:30 rolled around and 1/2 still feeling woozy & 1/2 sleeping led to a lot of snooze button hitting. It’s going to be a little tricky figuring out how to balance insulin, uncontrolled activity & dinner/no dinner situation.

{this would be totally dangerous for me and not be aligned with my #11 goal for 2012 }

The one #success was that I snuck in one round of this :

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Recently discovered that I can save a “pin” to my iPhone camera – pulling it up at the gym even with no service. #awesome

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Your turn:

Did you play sports in high school?

Have you ever joined an adult league ?

Any favorite new exercises found on Pinterest? 


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Getting Involved : Girls on the Run 5K

After reading so much about Girls on the Run from Caitlin(HTP) and being bummed that all the fun was happening after school while I was stuck at an office I was excited to find a way to join in :

 This Saturday I get to be a Running Buddy during the big 5k run – what the girls have been working towards for 10 weeks.

See Caitlin’s recap of the Charlotte 5K (GotR headquarters) here and learn more about the program here

Last night we had an orientation of sorts to learn about the program on a national & local level (NYC is still fairly new but growing tremendously) and what expectations were as our role as a Running Buddy.

My office (& industry) is very tunnel vision and it’s easy to make it the majority of your focus day in, day out.  I miss teaching kids yoga a lot sometimes, while I would never make it my career as a 25-year-old with no siblings or young cousins it’s easy forget how much there is to gain from interacting with kids. One of the coaches said it last night as well as in the video, and as cliché as it is I totally agree : you learn as much from the kids as they learn from you.

Not going to lie, a little nervous that my buddy will smoke me & I’ll be struggling to keep up. But the funny thing is, I’m not the only one with that concern I learned last night.

We had the option to run the 5K last night and while the GotR rep was not afraid of the rain the rest opted to wait to see the course.

I headed to the gym instead.

I have this bad habit of thinking I can walk faster than waiting for a bus or subway.

I can’t.

For the record the idea of standing in the rain sounded stupid so I thought walking would at least make progress – the bus passed me & arrived 10 seconds before I reached the gym.

Story of my life.

My bloodsugar was 88 – if I was coming from the office I would declare it too low & an excuse to skip. However, I just trekked it in the rain with heavy bags – I was at least getting on the bike for some light cardio (skipping a Zumba class so I could control my effort a little more).

Low & behold (ha, is that a pun? I amuse myself) I surprised myself making it through 15 min on the bike feeling fine (downing a few glucose tablets) and then pulling out 30 full minutes on the elliptical.

Score. I haven’t actually been to the gym aside from monday night yoga in a long time so it felt good to get back on the machines.

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Your turn:

Do you work or volunteer with kids? 

When was the last time you surprised yourself doing more than planned for a workout?


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Feasting

Recap on Thanksgiving Fun: 

There’s only one thing that brings me to Worcester … an amazing friend from my senior year in college. She invited me up for her Friendsgiving celebration, not only were we long overdue for a visit, but her friends and family are just as welcoming and fun as she is. I took Friday off from work (still getting use this whole vacation concept but it was much-needed) and we spent the day indulging in girly activities & party planning. She even found decoration inspiration from P (so proud since I convinced her she had to join – she also joined Instagram after seeing me take pictures – I will turn the gang into social media mavens!) 

It was a take-a-break-from-the-city getaway.
Plus I found a cape! In one of those I would have walked right past it unless my friend pointed it out type of way.

Dare I say that the food was even better than my actual Thanksgiving Meal ?

It was most definitely!

It was my second year doing the Montauk Turkey Trot. It’s a total family race (no one wears costumes though! I did see a few hats & shirts…), my stepmom has been doing it for a while & runs it with their dog while my dad cheers us on.

Last year was bitterly cold in the 30s. This year couldn’t have been better – sunny & in the 50s.
I clocked in at 28:56 – a PR!

After the race we stopped by the beach (pretty much required when your parents surf), it was awesome seeing so many people out being active before feasting.

In true #willrunforcoffee spirit, our drive home was a hunt for a coffee place still open. We came across (ok drove past but I made them stop) Jack’s Coffee. I actually worked across the street just after I graduated college, sad that it popped up once I left.

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Not only are they serious about their coffee but the place is awesomely decorated.
Tons of details.

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Afterwards, I stopped by to visit with my aunt & cousins and we went for a walk. I got on the skateboard but was not brave enough to have the dog pull me – instead I had my cousin do it! There was a period when I was about 10 maybe that her & I would skateboard after school with her brothers. She was 5. Pretty sure we were both pulled along back than too.


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My dad makes fun of me for being a NYC’er who wears black all the time (I was in fact wearing all black when I traveled out) but I showed him!
Busted out the fall colors for Thanksgiving.
We had Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant. I’m becoming a fan of this tradition since it’s a small group & we’re all adults. However I wasn’t overly impressed with this place. My parents just did a vegan detox and are adopting a more vegan lifestyle (with tons of flexibility) – the restaurant was owned by the same people who ran the program so they offered a special menu. Nothing caught my eye so I went for the traditional plate : Turkey (eh), mashed potatoes (didn’t even try them), stuffing (the best part – the doughiest I’ve ever had), veggies (over steamed kind). There wasn’t even cranberry sauce! I missed brussel sprouts & sweet potatoes.

Since they forgot our bread basket before hand and everything was nicely portioned out there was no over-indulging. I made up for that the next night …

Funny enough, I used to work across the street from here as well (same company too, just the year before) but always overlooked it. I had no idea it was a vegetarian / vegan restaurant.  There was a bread basket here! Plus warm pita & hummus. I tried scallops for the first time with sautéed spinach, pecans and butternut squash. My dad & I split the vegan carrot cake (my stepmom & I were sorely missing having pie leftovers …she got an apple crumb). I can’t wait to try out more from the menu!

I was feeling the indulgence – I mistakenly wore jeans that night. I was dropped off at my high school best friend’s house since I was crashing with her for the night – I felt like I was 14 again. After we went out for drinks meeting up with my other best friend and our newly engaged friend (!). The was talk about how one who just completed culinary school baked & shared pies …when we got home C & I had one thing in mind – digging in to Tate’s Pumpkin Pie.

I headed back to the city Saturday midday to do some shopping & errands. Meeting up with a friend that evening, I completed my Thanksgiving feasting at Peacefood Cafe. After we split the dumplings (delish!) I got asian pumpkin & brussel sprouts – exactly what had been missing! At first glance the side dish had no hopes of being enough but by the time I finished we had to wait for dessert! Which was gelato from Screme – of course I got pumpkin pie.

So while I haven’t been seeing how many ways I can remix leftovers, I’ve certainly had my fix of culinary delights. And good company!

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Monday Night Yoga: Core Strength & Exhale

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Exhale Slow Flow {taught by Stefanie Eris}

This class is perfect for you if you are just starting out or want to work on improving form and positioning. Exhale slow flow is a dynamic series that will breakdown yoga postures and focus on alignment. Enjoy an experience that can help to deepen your practice, build strength and flexibility, and at a level of challenge that will be determined by you.

I forgot what it’s like to do yoga in a studio.
Dark. Soothing. Quiet.
After spending so much time away from a studio I was intimidated by Exhale, it’s poshness, advanced classes and the devoted cries from Core Fusion.
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Convincing a co-worker of mine to come to a class, the 1x yogi  & I opted for the slow gentle class over Core Fusion.
Even though, I’ve long ago over come any intimidation or self-doubt in yoga practice  (what’s going on on my mat is my situation – what’s going on on yours is yours) I still needed someone to walk through the door with.
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One thing I couldn’t figure out : Do you bring a mat or is one provided? And not in the rent a mat for $2  type way. Answer: They have everything you could need  – props, water cooler, mat, locker room – all provided.

Already tight from skipping the past two weeks and my morning run, I was ready to sink into my muscles and feel the deeper stretch. Oh boy. I forgot how studio instructors will help make adjustments to your positioning. Some people may feel that as invasion of space – I think of it as close to a massage as I’m going to get as they help me reach deeper into the pose.

Lots of hip openers. I’m so use to my IT bands being the cause of attention to my legs. This week it has been every other muscles.

 I should be aiming at one class per week at Exhale.

 So despite the fact that I winced in that #hurtssogood kind of way all Monday morning, I knew more yoga would only make it better.

Lucky for me it was all about the core.

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When I saw that the pose of the day was Boat Pose I sighed with relief, yay nothing crazy for when I was already hobbling. 

Again, little did I know. 

Hello abs, I know you’ve been a little neglected, time to get worked.

Early into the class we were holding planks and the instructor calls out “push through it” only to walk over and play some 80s hip hop “push through it song.” Planks are hard. Planks while laughing are harder. 

And my yoga adventures continue as I have another Urban Girl Squad event at Pure Yoga tomorrow night with a former co-worker.

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Your Turn:

 

 Have you ever been intimidated to take a group class? 

Are you a studio or gym yogi?

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The Domino Effect | Blog Her
Your actions have impact on others – no matter how small they are. 
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