The Adventures of Now

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


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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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When [will you run]

If running is important to you, then your mind-set shifts from Can I find time for it? to When can I find time for it? You think in terms not of Will I run today? but When will I run today?

– Scott Douglas, author of The Little Red Book of Running via Runners World

That was the quote of the day from Runners World this morning. Which I received after a battle against the snooze button (again) in which it won (again). I knew that I would cranky this evening that I was forced to run after work now that I’ve gotten use to just crashing. But since I skipped yesterdays 2 miles there was no getting out of tonight. Not quite matching the mind-set but getting there…

Opting out of Wednesday morning was fairly warranted – my blood-sugar was over 500 after soccer which I of course over treated and woke up 27. Those are about as bad as it gets on either sides. Of course drenched in sweat and 1/2 asleep I over treated again (yes, a reoccurrence) and woke up in the 300s …which meant no run.

So my excuse for not making up for it Wednesday night? Despite mentioning that stress-management was my daily healthy effort I had a very (very) emotional day at work that left me drained and in bed at 9:30. Why yes, I did lose to the snooze button after going to bed ridiculously early.

Anyways….I had the whole idontwannaaaaa thing going on but after having one too many handfuls of PB Cheerios I told myself I had to be out the door by 8:30. Luckily my sneakers still make me happy and lacing up was a little easier.

When I used to run at night I ran in the East Village where I was always dodging people, running around the Upper East Side is not quite the same and I opted out of running along the river.

RunKeeper was lying to me again, whispering in my ear that I was running 8 minute miles.

I remapped it when I got home and it was 3.75 miles with an average pace of 10:13. I’ll go with it, there were moments I felt like the entire run was uphill but had a really strong finish at the end.

P.S. I love that in NYC I can finish a run, cool down for a block and stop into the grocery store not caring if I’m flushed/sweaty/seen. Freezer is still broken and I was starting to play roulette not icing my knee & groin so I stopped to pick up a bag…and peanut butter b/c 24 hours with out PB is too long.

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Your turn:

Are you a morning or night runner?

 

 


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A 6:30 min mile {lies}

Today was the return of morning runs outside.
After last weeks rough treadmill session plus the fall like weather it seemed like a must.
After a few snooze button attacks I woke up 90 which is perfect but my body felt low.
Mind over matter. 
The perfect am pre-run blood sugar, I just had to trust myself…and fight every urge to go for some gummies or glucose tablets.
I loaded up on some layers – probably too many but I get super cranky in the cold & mixed with pre-coffee crankiness that just didn’t seem smart.
Right from the start the run felt good, light and strong – a reminder of what it’s all about. At first runkeeper told me I was running an 8+ minute mile and I thought no way! but I was on a runners high so I just went with it.
And than it told me I was busting out 5 minute miles and covering 4 miles.
Lies. All lies. 

But I just kept the momentum figuring I was either breaking records or giving it my all.

It ended up only be 2.5 miles (I was aiming for 3 but it’s been so long that I forgot how far I needed to go to reach it). I could have kept on going but had to get back to shower & get ready for work. I didn’t want to let it ruin the endorphins but it kind of sucked that I came up short from my goal and totally could have killed that last 1/2.

Blood-sugars after: 124. {perfection}

Also – this whole trying to figure out strength training thing – I’m feeling it….I still get amazed how sometimes the littlest moves have the biggest impact. Now time to set up something similar for arms.

Time for some quick foam rolling and then must.go.to.bed.

On another note: another lunch out today! This time with the office bestie. We felt like real midtown-ers. I however didn’t feel so hot after my lunch choices.

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Your turn:

Do you eat at the office?
Do you pack your lunch?
Suggestions for non-refrigerate-able ideas??


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{Weekend Recap} : Epic brunch, new finds & strength training

{Today was the first time I went out to lunch with co-workers in the three years I’ve been with my company. And I like my co-workers.  So including doctors appointments I believe I’ve had 5 lunches out of the office in 3 years. I’ve never packed lunch either….a reason why I can’t justify ordering take out at home – it’s delivered each day to work. #juststaying} 

A little recap of the weekend shall we ? 

What was supposed to be accomplished:  30 minutes of crosstraining on Saturday & 4 miles on Sunday.

What was accomplished: neither of those things. Unless brief table top dancing at brunch counts as crosstraining and going up & down 5 flights of stairs several times counts as 4 miles.

Yeah, I didn’t think so. My excuses? Sleep & the most epic birthday brunch that unintentionally lasted all day. Oh and Sunday…all those low blood-sugars I whined about…I overcorrected and woke up too high for a workout in the morning. And then overcorrected again and was too low. ::sigh:: the story of my life. I have my doctor’s appointment Friday, time to put more of a plan in action.

So am I even serious about this? I mean week one and I already missed several runs and had some rough blows.

Hell yeah. Today was strength training & stretching. I woke up low (I know I’m getting sick of saying it too) and knew that that left me with one option : a routine would be done after work. It’s a little easier to manage strength vs. cardio when blood-sugars are awry so no excuses allowed.

Report: done!

Leg Workout App (each exercise 1 min each…total = 10 min )
 -Side leg lift right
– Side leg lift left
– Inner thigh raise left
– Side leg lift left
– Side leg kick left
– Inner thigh raise right
– hamstring curls {with 3 lb weight b/c that’s all I had}
– Quad lifts
– Static lunge right
– Static lunge left
Butt Workout App (each exercise 1 min each…total = 10 min )
– Squat
– Front lunges
– side lunges
– Deadlift (3lb weight…definitely too light)
– Donkey kick right
– Donkey kick left
– Hip Bridge
– Leg Extensions
– Flutter Kicks
– Froggy glutes lifts
1 min wall squat 
10 squats 
1 min plank (x2)
1 min side plank (each side)
Kneeling roundhouse kick (15 x3 per side)

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What made running around all Sunday worth it :

Stocking up on these :    

Finding this    

Snagging a  box of this  

Discovering these  …they remind me of Gushers!

Snack time is complete. Only I make snacks for meals.

Some how it’s almost 11pm …where does the night go???

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Your turn:

What’s your favorite kid snack that you eat as an adult? 


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Friday Favorites: 1.13

This perspective on Be Nice on the Internet week.

I haven’t been to Texas (Austin #2 on my list) but Rachel’s description of Texas being one big crazy family has me wanting to make a stop in Houston.

 I’m loving the song on this winter commercial, but my recent stalking fashion blogger’s archives has me nostalgic for this video summertime

I pulled out my blender for the first time since summer on Monday – and in perfect time b/c I’m now in love with this Cinnamon Oatmeal Smoothie recipe from Eating Bird Food

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I’m trying the sparkles at work look as it’s my best-friend-at-work’s birthday today & one of my co-worker’s last days … tonight is filled with some celebrating.

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Do you celebrate with co-workers?


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Friday Favorites: 12.16

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Cafe Misto with Soy Milk & Nutmeg
(+ chipped manicure – it lasted a day)

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My Team for Kids shirt came in the mail!
This is the first of many to come “this is real” moments.
Time to get serious.

 

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Hand delivered clients out. A few mailings to go. Secret Santa gift under the tree. Heading to holiday party in T-minus 1 hour.

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I demonstrated some serious yoga deep breathing & patience in the holiday crowd.

One of my injuries is already hurting from all the obstacle running around the city I did today. I haven’t put on the heels to start the dance moves yet. I foresee a lot of icing in my near future.

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You never know what someone’s going through | Katy Widrick

I’m not sending out cards this year except for one: Send a Card to Max | PB Fingers

Life is full of decisions. Not all have to be difficult. Love this holiday interactive video from Madewell.

 

 

 

 

 


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Working the Holiday Spirit

Whew. This week has had a lot going on.
And none of it involved exercise.
Which may be why my body is begging for a yoga class
(…or two…or three)
and a good sweat cardio session.

 

Part of all the activity has been various fanfare of holiday arrangements at work.
Client Gifts.
500 of them hand wrapped. With bows. And cards. And labels. 
Company Holiday Party.
RSVP list. Venue guidance. Coordination.
What to wear?!

 

I wanted sparkles.
I mean isn’t that partly what holiday parties are all about??

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 But after a very brief shopping expedition after late nights at the office I decided on this LBD from H&M – it looked good, it felt good…and I’d use it a million times over

 done deal! 

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Plus, the sparkles come in from the belt (that I wore with a LBD last year …. hey if the formula works…) and bling it out with some new earrings. Even sticking with basic black heels. I’m a champ at rushed shopping panics and buying quick cheap things, convincing myself that they work. I didn’t want more stuff that I’d never wear again.
 Going for the fun / no stress look this year. 

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I just had way too many spoonfuls of Chocolate soynut butter.
That’s right : spoonfuls.
The perfect thing to have the night before you wear a super tight LBD.

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Speaking of indulgence… I’ve only had 1 holiday cookie so far this season.
A co-worker brought it in. It was made by her mom. I had to.
I said I would save it…I saved it for about 5 whole minutes.
I had just finished my oatmeal.

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Since I seem to be “confessing” … I wore my compression calf sleeves all day today. Did I mention how I haven’t run all week?
My legs are not happy. IT Bands are down right angry.
I have an appointment with my Orthopedic Surgeon. I have lots to discuss with him.
I hope he realizes that PT is not going to fit into the game plan anytime soon. 

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Some how it’s already 10:30pm. I’m ready to pass out.
First time to put on some Krishna Das and do a few light downward dogs so that my legs forgive me when I put on heels tomorrow night.

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Your turn:

Have you had your company holiday party yet?

Do you enjoy company parties or are they stressful?

Do you wear sparkles during the holidays?