A long walk

Ahh the joys of having your period.  I want to eat everything, I get pissed and cry a lot, I want to eat a lot.

Last night I kind of had a mini-meltdown and then low and behold got my period today.  Luckily I have some wonderful people in my life who listen, and provide support and care when I need it.  I am lucky to have my friends and family.

Tonight I went for a walk with my friend around Greenlake.  We actually lapped the lake twice, which is just over 5 1/2 miles.  It was a really nice end to the day. We also stopped at Road Runner and I got some Gu, a water bottle, and new headphones. Yea!

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I’m going to go eat a truffle that I made (I will post the recipe soon) and maybe (or maybe not) clean my house.

Amber

 

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Shore Run Report

Has wordpress been acting up for anyone else? I have been having some issues lately 😦

Yesterday I ran the ShoreRun 5k. The scenery was beautiful, but I am still not a fan of getting up early on a Sunday.

My running buddy was sick, so I ran this race alone.

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I really pushed myself and ran the entire first mile without stopping. I beat last month’s time by 3 minutes, finishing in 34.16.

Unfortunately I have shin splints so I am trying to lay off running for a bit. I have gotten to a point that I actually look forward to running now, so it’s going to be a bit of a challenge to cross train.

The boyfriend and I went canoeing yesterday (it was hard, I have no arm muscles) but it was fun, we didn’t tip over, and we rewarded ourselves with what else..fro yo!

I am now off to the gym for some elliptical and weight training.

Have a healthy night!
Amber

Sunny Saturday

Ah, Saturday at last.

I have been tired the past few days and I am pretty sure it’s due to allergies. I took a Claritin today and used my neti pot but have felt tired for most of the day.

Tomorrow I am running another 5k, but I still ran today- I’m training using C25k because I can’t run the entire 5k without stopping.  My hope is that I continue to get faster and each run becomes easier and more enjoyable.

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Seattle was sunny and beautiful today, so the boyfriend and I also went to the Botany greenhouse at UW to see an Agave parryi (a native plant to Arizona and New Mexico).

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You can see it behind us here

After our walk we went to Yogurtland (my absolute favorite) and got fro yo.  

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You can guess which one was mine 😉

I hope you had a fun and relaxing day!

Amber

Yoga

Last night the boyfriend brought me Bubble Tea and Chipotle. I stuffed my face and we watched Back to the Future. It was totally awesome. Today I am back on track with eating, but I will admit at lunch I wanted to shove all the carbs in my face. I aim for 80/20 and looking at the big picture so I can indulge every now and then.

I started my day off with Day 1 of a 30 Day yoga challenge (Here is the video).  The fact that 1.  I did this at 6:30 a.m. and 2. I finished the video is proof that anyone could do this video. I’m going to keep going and do all 30 days.  

Today is a rest day for me.  I think I pushed it too hard without taking a break the past couple of weeks and my legs are sore.  So I am sticking with yoga today. 

How do you balance your eating habits? Any tips you care to share about maintaining balance?

Have a sunny and relaxing afternoon!

Amber 

 

Giving up

Today has been one of those days that I want to eat all the things.  I woke up hungry and have been hungry all day.giphy

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I’m staying strong!

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Eating Healthy

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Giving up is for quitters!

Even when I feel like this

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Buddies

I try to surround myself with positive people that are goal oriented, work hard, and find ways to better themselves on a daily basis.  My mom, my sister, my boyfriend, and my friends are all inspire me to be my personal best.  The people you hang out are very likely to influence you-positively or negatively.  Proof. 

Recently the boyfriend got me into Reddit.  I spend most of my time on Loseit, which is a subreddit dedicated to weightloss. 

Recently a group of women and I have joined up to form BTFC, Blazing Tornados Fitness Club. We started today and are checking in via Google hangout and text.  I have to say, the gal that put this group together is incredibly organized.  She created a google form for us, and then compiled all of our data and made a fitness and meal plan. Amazing!

I also found a fitness buddy in Seattle and we’ve been texting back and forth.  I really like accountability to other people. It’s nice to be inspired by people with similar goals and don’t mind hearing about 5k’s and compression socks, and booty workouts, and on and on. 

Today I did a combo workout including a bubble butt workout. I am not gonna lie, it was hard and I had to pause it a couple of times.  I also worked out on the elliptical and did part of the 1000 workout, but had to stop because it was way hard. I’m planning on keeping up with it so I improve.

Have a happy Monday night.  I highly recommend you make room in your meal plan for fro-yo as I did today.  Yum!

6.5

Yesterday I managed to run/jog/walk 6.5 miles! 

I don’t think I have run that far in over 5 years and I definitely wouldn’t have done it without my running buddy. The best part was that is was so beautiful out today and we ran mostly by Lake Union.

Today I ran around Greenlake and managed the inner loop (2.86) in 31 minutes. That means I was running/walking under 11 minute miles!

Sometimes I feel like I don’t give myself enough credit for what I am capable of.  I have seriously been considering a half marathon and I do feel that if I give myself enough time and train properly I’ll be able to do it.

This weekend has been fun and relaxing.  I also stocked up on some groceries from Trader Joe’s.   A few of my favorite things right now are coconut water, zucchini and hummus, and coconut milk and oatmeal to make overnight oats with dried cherries.

I also picked up coconut sugar and medjool dates, so I am going to try to bake a bit this week. I found this recipe for Salted Date Caramels that I want to try out.

Have a super Sunday night!

Amber

 

Another one down

Babystepstoabetterlife isn’t just about health, it’s about all around wellness including financial wellness.

Today I paid down another credit card! I am down to one line of credit and one credit card!  I should have both paid off by the end of summer.

I will be the first to admit that it is very difficult to balance paying for the things I want to do or have and paying down my debt.  It is really important for me to 1. focus on my goal and 2. remember that the more I spend now, the longer it will take me to pay off my debt.  

After the last $1000 of my 40,000 is paid down, I plan on paying towards my student loans and sticking more money into savings.  I really hate my student loans, but I do love the job I have because I went to graduate school. When I went to college I understood very little about scholarships, loans, and life in general.  Now working at a University I know a lot more than I did as a college freshman and sometimes get frustrated about the amount of loans I still have.  What I will say is that you can’t change the past and there is no point on dwelling on it.  Know better, do better.  

Also, life is meant to be lived and it is all about balance.  Moderation is an extremely difficult concept for me to master but I can practice everyday.

I am on call and last night and part of today were pretty stressful.  I am going to to my best to practice some self care tonight and tomorrow I get to hand off the duty phone to another Resident Director and enjoy the rest of my weekend. This too shall pass.

Hope you have a relaxing and restful night!

Amber

A Twenty Minute Run

Confession: I feel guilty running on the treadmill when it is nice outside.

Today I really wanted to get a workout in during lunch because I didn’t think I would have time between work and the BBQ we are having tonight.  It’s also challenging to run outside during my lunch hour because either I go down a huge hill and run on a trail that is swarming with bicycles and then huff and puff back up the hill, or I run right off campus on Greek row/near student housing which is frankly kind of irritating.  I compromised by running on the treadmill, which I actually don’t mind because I can control my pace and follow C25K pretty easily.

I started my C25K app but thought I might be able to run for 10 minutes without stopping at a slower than usual pace. Once I hit 10 minutes, I thought I would be able to finish the mile.  After I finished the mile I was at about 15 minutes and knew I could run for 5 more minutes.  Instead of running intervals like usual I ran the whole way.

I really need to invest in a good sweatband and I am definitely getting fitted for contacts during my next eye exam because the sweat-in-eyes situation is truly out of control.  Also, my bangs are in the weird growing out stage so they just flop everywhere, which truly is not fun. I’ve been checking out Sweaty Bands and Bondi Bands but haven’t purchased either yet.  Any advice on a stay-put headband that works for you?

I hope you had a great workout today.  Tell me about it in the comments!

Peace and Love,

Amber

A trip to Costco and Coconut Blueberry Chia Muffins

Let me tell you about this little store called Costco I discovered…

Costco is both amazing and  dangerous.  By the time I hit the checkout line I guarantee that I have at least $100 in my giant shopping cart (I have asked the boyfriend to push me in the giant carts, and sadly he has denied my requests).  Costco is great because you pay so little per item, but not so great because unless you are the Duggars or the Gosselins who is going to need a 3 pound tub of mayo?

I went to Costco this weekend looking for a fitbit and a comforter and found neither one (the fitbit flex does sell at Costco, but they sell out fast).  I did however come away with a 5 lb. tub of coconut oil, coconut flour, sugar snap peas, 2 giant tubs of Metamucil, a kick ass gel foam pillow, and raspberries.  All and all a successful trip.

I had no idea what I was going to do with the coconut flour-it was a total impulse buy.  I did however have everything needed to make the blueberry muffins on the back of the package.  OMG. They were amazing. I will continue to experiment with the coconut flour, but I am pretty crazy about the coconut oil, flour, and O.N.E. coconut water.  They all just taste so great to me.  

I am inspired to start baking healthfully, which can be quite the challenge.  I have some ideas, and I hope that I have some success. I love baking so much, but see the negative consequences of sugar and white flour. I always want to eat what I bake, but that is a treacherous road. 

Here is the recipe from Nutiva.  It’s not on their website, but I would recommend checking it out because there are many other amazing recipes there. 

Coconut Blueberry Chia Muffins

Gluten and Dairy Free

Makes 12 muffins

1 C. coconut flour

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 + 2 tbsp raw honey (I just used regular honey)

1 cup coconut milk

6 eggs (yes, 6…coconut flour soaks up a lot of liquid)

4 tbsp coconut oil, melted

4 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup blueberries

Preheat oven to 350. Sift the coconut flour, salt, and baking soda in a bowl.  

In a separate bowl blend together honey, coconut milk, eggs, coconut oil, and vanilla (if you have an immersion blender, break that bad boy out.

Gently stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix in the chia seeds.  

Fold in blueberries.

Spoon into 12 lined muffin tins.

Bake for 25 minutes or until muffins begin to turn golden brown and are baked through. 

These were so great, and by my estimation have about 236 calories per muffin.