December 9, 2010

Christmas List

What is on your Christmas List this year? New shoes? A new iPod? This year my Christmas List consists of three things. Grey’s Anatomy Season 6, a new DVD player and coffee/end tables for my living room. Basically, my list consists of totally unnecessary, material things. I don’t know about you, but I also tend to spend a ton on ridiculous Christmas decorations for my apartment. Every surface of my apartment is covered in snowmen, Christmas lights and other red and green decorations. I even went as far as buying a rhinestone encrusted Hello Kitty stocking for myself. Totally unnecessary.
My new stocking.

I came into work this week to notice a bulletin board full of gifts to donate for the Holiday Gift Drive. To be honest, I normally walk right by Gift Trees and Gift Drives because I feel like I have enough Christmas shopping to do for my family. Selfish, right? Well, today, I stopped just to look. Two of the gifts caught my eye. One was for a Mom and all she wanted was makeup and the other was for a Pre-Teen and wanted manicure supplies. How simple. I can’t even count the number of nail polishes I have sitting in a container in my apartment. As for makeup, I spent a whole $100 dollars on a huge metal tote to put all of my makeup in. Makeup and manicure supplies are staple items in my apartment. For these two individuals, makeup and manicure supplies are luxuries items that they cannot afford. 

I pulled these two names off of the bulletin board this year and I might even grab a couple more. Their wants are so simple and things that I take for granted every day. Why not donate gifts and give the less fortunate their simple Christmas wish? I understand people’s wallets are bare this time of year like mine, Christmas is expensive. Skip that morning latte this week and put that money toward a better cause. I look forward to going out and buying makeup and manicure supplies for these two individuals this weekend. Hopefully these gifts will put a smile on their faces this Christmas :)

Moderation is Your Friend

I have been struggling lately with this concept of moderation. Whether it be with eating or working out, I want all or nothing. If I don't have time to do a 90 minute workout or more, I tend not to go at all. This is an attitude that I have struggled with for a while now and it really needs to change. Lately, every time I go to the gym and workout, I leave in pain. I ran four miles at the gym yesterday and finished off with an hour on the elliptical. Today, my knee feels so weak that it is on the verge of dislocating. Why am I not satisfied with four miles?

I have had a few people ask me if I am going to try to train and run a marathon soon. To be honest, I am so scared. If I don't get this moderation issue under control, I am going to end up hurting myself like I have in the past. I tend to try and "beat" my training schedule. If it says "Run 4 miles", I will end up running 5 just because I can. The point of a training schedule is not to beat it.

My struggle with moderation will not stop me from reaching my goals to be a marathoner. I suppose I need to take each day one at a time and remember too much of a good thing is actually a bad thing.

December 8, 2010

A Kind Gesture

Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day. ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

This week has been a stressful one and it is only Wednesday! Yesterday, I received a delivery every at work. Flowers and a teddy bear with a kind note attached. I find it so amazing how my day can go from sour to sweet within just a few moments. This kind gesture completely made my day and left a permanent smile on my face. Just makes me think, how often do I go out of my day to bring a smile to someones face? I can answer that for you. Not often enough. From now on, I am going make a special effort everyday to bring a smile to someones face.

Have you made someone smile today? :)

Long Time, No Blog

Wow! Time sure flies when you are busy! Life has been full of wonderful changes lately. Since the last time I blogged, I graduated college with a double major in Finance and Economics, I moved back to the city, started a new job and I bought a puppy. Life has been nothing less than fabulous.

I would like to introduce my new puppy. Her name is Sadie and she is a seven month old long haired Chihuahua. I have never had a pet of my own before and never intended on buying a puppy at this age. But once I met her back in July, I couldn't let her go. Five months later and I still think Sadie was the best purchase I have ever made. She is full of spunk and personality and she truly brings me joy.

That is all for now. Life is good :)

April 27, 2010

Raw Food Anyone?

I have this new obsession I must tell you about. Raw food.

I took my finals for winter quarter last month. Finals are stressful. I feel like I eat a ton of comfort foods during finals week to ease the stress. Not sure why I do it because when finals week is over, I feel like a slug. A slug full of over processed, fat foods. Instead of running and working out a little bit more, I tried something a bit more drastic. I did a 21 day raw food detox.

The 21 day raw food detox was A-MAZING. I was able to eat all fruits, vegetables, brown rice, nuts, seeds, juice, tea and soy products. This detox required me to give up bread, dairy and meat. This was incredibly hard for me because my usual diet consisted of bread, dairy and meat.

I started out my day with a smoothie with orange juice, any fruit and chia seeds. Lunch, I ate raw almonds, bananas and brown rice cakes. Snacks would consist of raw fruits and veggies. Dinner was the hardest meal to figure out what to eat. I ate a lot of tofu for dinner as well as brown rice with lots of veggies. I allowed myself to drink coffee and drank a lot of soy milk and water.

This detox forced me to change the way I ate. I began shopping at the Food Co-Op as well as the natural section in the grocery store. Since I was so limited on what I could eat, I stopped looking at the amount of calories in the food, and started looking at the ingredients. Its important to be aware of the calories, but the ingredients are so important! Once I started reading the ingredient list of the back of food, my food options became endless! I don't normally cook 'raw', so I looked to many blogs and websites for help. Also, going out to eat became almost impossible. I had to seek out restaurants that were vegan, or had vegan options. The first week of the detox was the worst. All I wanted was a loaf of bread and cheetos. By the second week, all of my cravings disappeared. I started to have more energy and fewer headaches.

The 21 days are over and I feel amazing. I am a trimmed down, healthier version of myself. Although I don't plan to become vegan, I do want to incorporate more vegan options into my current diet. I have learned how to cook with more fruits and veggies and eat less bread. I know this detox is not realistic for everyone, but I would highly recommend it.

Raw foods to the rescue :)

April 26, 2010

Lost Love

I have not updated my blog in quite some time now. There has been many changes in my life that I should probably update you on :).

To be honest, I have lost my desire for running. I let the people who I surround myself with convince me that I am not good enough, not strong enough and not fast enough. When I signed up for the Eugene Marathon back in November, I thought that I would have tons of support and possibly a running partner, but honestly, nothing changed. I really shouldn't have listened to what other people said and should have looked a running group for support. On top of this, I allowed running to get further and further down on my list to do. Running was once a hobby, my passion, my escape. The moment I signed up for my marathon, running instantly became a chore. Training was something I had to do, not something I wanted to do.

I signed up for the Eugene Marathon when I had a fractured shin. I thought that I would have plenty of time to recover and train for the marathon since it was six months away. Before my shin fracture, I could run an 8 mile minute no problem. After the fracture, I had a hard time running an 11 minute mile. And boom, my love for running when out the door. Running became instantly hard. Getting winded after one mile was horrible. Instead of trying harder, I decided to give up.

I am sad to say, I will not be running the Eugene Marathon this weekend. But honestly, I don't want to run this marathon. I wish they would cancel the marathon so I can get rid of the guilt. But I am happy to say that I am determined to find my love for running again. I am not going to let the excuses above stop me this time. I don't think I will be signing up for another marathon anytime soon, but I can promise, I WILL run a marathon!

In the past few months, I have stopped using Twitter and this blog because I was so incredibly embarrassed about my running, or lack there of. But, I am coming back. Twitter was the one place I could always look to for running advice and support. I am determined to find my love for running, because honestly, life is better as a runner :)