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Fat Talk Free Week

Well, I am glad I caught you up on my weekend! If you missed those posts they are here and here. Like I said, I was in bed super early last night so I woke up feeling so rested. More rested than I have in a long time, in fact.

Breakfast was a fat free cappuccino and dark chocolate pumpkin swirl oatmeal.

Oats:

  • 1/3 of a cup of oats
  • 1/3 of a cup of water
  • 1/3 of a cup of fat free milk
  • 1/2 of a banana

Toppings:

  • Pumpkin puree
  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Coco Sugar

The HR department at work started Healthy Monday! This means they come around every Monday giving away something to inspire us to be healthy. This weeks was this popcorn, that I had for a mid-morning snack.

Lunch was a salad. It contained:

  • Spring mix
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Red Peppers
  • Chickpeas
  • Cheddar chesee
  • Goddess Dressing (I was a little too heavy handed with the dressing it was borderline too much 😦 )

For those of you who don’t know, Fat Talk Free Week starts today. I have made a vow to stop Fat Talk this week and hopefully forever! I am getting much better with Fat Talk, but I am not perfect- no one is. This week is a good time to reflect and readjust.

What is Fat Talk?

Fat Talk has many different manifestations, but all along a similar idea. The focus and comments body size of ourselves and others. Do I look fat in this? I feel so fat after eating that? She has a huge butt? She looks so much better; I wonder if she lost weight? All of these are examples of Fat Talk, and most of us are guilty of it. The Delta Delta Delta, sorority founded this a few years ago. They define fat talk as:  “all of the statements made in everyday conversation that reinforce the thin ideal and contribute to women’s dissatisfaction with their bodies.”

I have pledged to stop Fat Talk this week and even made this badge my facebook profile picture for the week.

Do you think you can not Fat Talk for a whole week? Do you accept the challenge?

What are your thoughts in Fat Talk? Do you do it? Do you have people in your life who do it? Do you think you can not do it for a week? Will you join me?

 

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Ashley Joins the 1%

Yesterday afternoon at approximately 12:30 pm, my dear friend Ashley joined that tiny 1% of the world that will complete a marathon!!!

Let’s back up to the beginning, shall we? My alarm went of at 6:45 am and I started to get ready.  I put on my running clothes than covered up with a pair of loose sweats and hoodie and a heavy fleece. It was freezing out and I knew I would be cold waiting. I had a whole wheat and bagel thin with Barney Butter and a banana.

Around 8am, my friends Jill, Belle, and Dan came over and we stopped by our local coffee stop to chat strategy. I had a medium coffee with half and half, but forgot to take a picture. Who am I? Our VERY LOFTY plan was to find our way to mile 14 where I would jump in and run miles 14-20 with Ashley. My purpose and goal was to provide support and encouragement, talk to make the time fly by (Lord knows I can taaaalllkkk) and keep her at a 10 minute mile pace. Knowing Ashley, the later part of my list of tasks would be the hardest. We all knew she would want to go faster. But, we wanted her to conserve energy for the last 10k. As soon as Ash and I took off, the other three were to find their way to mile 20 so that Dan could jump in there and I could jump out. Dan being the speedy guy he is was going to help do a fast last 10k. Then the three of us  were to may our way to the finish line to see her finish.

We found our way to mile 14 pretty easily. We felt like creeps, creeping around this quite neighborhood looking for the mile marker. We don’t look like creeps at all, do we?

We made it in time to see the head runners go by! It was amazing to see how they could hold that speed for such a long distance. I stood on the side of the road and clapped and cheered  from every runner from the first ones on until we saw Ashley. Cheering was making my mouth dry, so I drank a ton of water. Once we got the text from Ashley that she had hit the half way point, I knew I had to pee. There were no bathrooms around, so I had to squat between two cars. Yikes! The things we do for our friends. Once we saw Ashley’s green headband come over the horizon we cheered and screamed. I have never got undressed so fast. I stripped off the street clothes and got ready to run!

The six miles went by fast for me, and I hope I helped them go by fast for Ashley. She was saying that she legs were really sore, but her breathing was fine.  To look at her, you would never know she was in pain at all, she looked calm and relaxed. I talked a little bit here and there, but she got into groves and wanted silence a few times. She was in great spirits and we actually danced our way through a few water stops! She stopped and stretched twice, which I think was a smart move. At times, she would get really fast and I would have to remind her to slow down. Sometimes she did, sometimes she didn’t. I figured it was her race, I would just let her know her speed and let her make the decisions.

Once we hit mile 20, we could hear Belle, Dan and Jill before we even saw them. When they saw us coming they were going nuts. Off came Dan’s tearaway pants (note to self: tearaway pants come off easier when you are wearing running shoes than do regular pants) and they were off. I was excited to leave Ash because I knew she only had a 10k left and that she could do that in her sleep.

I jumped in the car with Belle and Jill and we made out way to the finish, the traffic was a nightmare, we were in a panic thinking we weren’t going to make it! Finally, we parked the car and booked it over the last bridge and into the stadium where the finish line was. We got an amazing spot right next to the finish just in time. Once we saw Dan and Ashley rounding the field, we started screaming like psychos and deafening all those around us!!!

She did it!!!!! She finished her marathon in around 4 and a half hours.

I cried like a baby watching Ashley come over that finish. She has come so far and worked so hard. I remember when she told me, “I don’t think my body can run more than 3 miles, I just can’t get past it.” Well, boy, was she wrong. In May she completed her first half marathon (same one that I did) and 5 months later she completed her first marathon. The guts she showed signing up and training for this marathon are astounding. She and I have shared our love for running as a huge part of our friendship. Watching Ashely cross that finish line made me so proud and inspired. She is a rock star and I love her!

Here we all are with Ashley after the marathon.

Jill, Myself, Ash, Belle and Dan

Me and one of my favorite running partners, best friends and NEW MARATHONER!

After the race, all she wanted was a beer and a burger. Who can blame the woman!? So, the group of us along with her parents, nephew and sister went to Lowell Beerworks for lunch.  Looks like everyone had the same idea and the wait was about 45 minutes. We didn’t waste anytime. We all grabbed menus to check it out.

I started off with a pumpkin beer. I actually had two beers yesterday afternoon.

Cheers to Ashley!

We all agreed that fried pickles were a must as a appetizer. I had about 4, they are my favorite.

For my lunch I got the grilled portabello sandwich. It had a grilled mushroom, roasted red peppers, spinach and goat cheese I asked for no butter on the bun and sweet potato fries.

It was great, but huge- I only ate about half of it.

I spent the evening vegging out.  Having back to back super busy days made me exhausted. My mom made a corned beef, cabbage and veggies for dinner. It is my favorite, so she saved me a plate. I was very excited to go over and receive it! That is what I had for dinner. I topped the veggies (spinach, turnip, potatoes, carrots, cabbage)  with a little earth balance, vinegar and black pepper.

Dessert (the usual):

I was in bed and fast asleep by 9:30pm.

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Hello, there! Well I have am exciting and very productive weekend. I can’t wait to fill you all in.

Friday night after work I headed home, changed in to sweats and got to work. I have a midterm coming up this Wednesday. I had a study group on Saturday morning and  my classmate and I decided to split the lectures up and work on study guides. So I started on mine when I first got home so that I could do it while I was still in “work” mode and that way I could get it done and spend the rest of the night relaxing with Adam and Oscar.

To your right you will see my grande skinny vanilla latte and to your right you will see the nosiest dog in History, Sir Oscar Fornash (hehehehe).

It took me about 2 hours to get the work done, which isn’t too bad. Afterward I was ready to relax a little bit and catch up on the DVR. Adam ordered himself some take out, but I had leftover pumpkin risotto from the night before so I said, “No thanks!” However, I did steal the mini side salad that came with his dinner, once he said he didn’t want it.

Leftover risotto, just as delicious, although not as glamorous looking.

Dessert was two squares of  sea salt dark chocolate. I never get sick of this stuff.

It was great to just lay on the couch and do nothing but watch TV. I am not going to lie, I was in bed with a book at 8:30 and lights out by 9 pm. What a wild and crazy Friday night?!

Saturday morning I was up and at em’ early. I had to meet my study group partner in downtown at 10:30 am and I wanted to get in a workout before then. So, I walked Oscar, got dressed for a run and headed out the door by 7:50 am. Before heading out I at a mini Larabar.

It was in the low 40’s and windy. I was dressed in layers. On the bottom I had on black running pants, on top I had on a sports bra, a t-shirt, a long sleeved shirt and a light running jacket. I felt like I needed all of it. I was also wearing a hat that kept almost blowing off because the wind was so awful!

I ended up doing 2.87 miles in  26:06 minutes.

Splits:

  • Mile 1- 8:57
  • Mile 2 – 9:02
  • .87 Miles- 8:04

I did an out and back to the gym. At the gym I did a 45 minute back to back with minimal breaks strength training workout that worked my: triceps, legs, back, shoulders and abs. I worked my biceps, chest and abs on Thursday.

After the workout, I felt amazing! I had kicked my booty. I love starting my day like that. I showered and got dressed in a flash, made breakfast, packed lunches for later in the day packed my bag and was on the bus.

While waiting for the bus, I had breakfast. I made a whole wheat waffle, Barney Butter and 1/2 banana sandwich. This is easy to eat on the go.

Once I arrived at Starbucks I ordered a grande skinny vanilla latte- I was ready for coffee, I never wait until 10:30am for coffee. While studying we snacked on some strawberries that I brought. I think I ate most of them.

We studied for about an hour and a half. Then the convo turned to running of course. Stacey wants to start running and was asking advice. I told her to check out the couch to 5k plan. I think it is a great plan for people who want to start running. It helps the runner to push him or her self , without pushing too far ans causing injury. Sometimes when training on our own at first we can not push ourselves enough or push to hard. This plan helps to balance it.

I left feeling so much better about the mid-term. I will be doing some studying on my own before study group tomorrow after work.

Once I left study group, I met up with Ashley to go to the Marathon Expo to pick up her number and look around. She invited me because I am such a huge running nerd and she knew no one else would really want to go.

(we are holding hot chocolate samples- it was far to sweet, I took one sip and tossed it)

The expo was great and had so many great running clothes, shoes and gadgets that I wanted but could not buy. Damn you, budget!

Here is Ashley with MARATHON number- ready and excited!

After we drove back and dropped off the zipcar we headed to my favorite frozen yogurt place to get their seasonal PUMPKIN frozen yogurt.

I got a kids size topped with chocolate chips.

We have been waiting allllll year for this to come back.

After the froyo, we stopped in to Whole Foods to get ingredients for dinner. We were both making pasta. Ashely was running 26.2 and I was running 6 in the morning.

I decided to make Jenna’s recipie for turkey meatballs. I followed it pretty closely except I used whole wheat bread crumbs and didn’t use any onions in the meatballs. Adam hates onions in meatballs. Instead I added some garlic. I served it with whole wheat pasta and a slice of whole wheat bread coated with sunflower seeds.

I had a small pour of wine with dinner before hydrating for the rest of the night.

I knew I had an early morning, so I headed to bed at 9 pm.

Staye tuned for Ashley’s marathon recap. 🙂

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