New workout gear and slightly OTT excitement about vegetables

LAST WEEK

I only ended up completing two runs last week but the second one was an improvement, I ran the same amount each time (5mins) but was able to drop the walking down to 1min and I did a total of 25mins running rather than the Monday run of just 20mins.

Sunday was a pleasant walk around Hagley Park with a friend.

SNACKS

I’ve been trying to make at least one healthy treat for work snacks each week, my go-to lately has been muesli bars, but I found for a good month after having my wisdom teeth removed the big crunchy nuts were a bit too much. This week I went back to bliss balls. I started with Dr Libby’s Brain Balls recipe but as I do with most things, I tweaked it. I replaced some of the walnuts with almonds, swapped out the dates for prunes (had a pile to use up), swapped half of the sunflower seeds with pumpkin seeds, and added in some maple syrup because my mix wasn’t sticky enough and I liked the extra sweetness to compensate for the strong cocoa taste.

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New Workout gear

I really wanted some new workout gear (most of the winter gear I have currently is a little too small at present…) and I have been getting emails about Lorna Jane sales. The latest one was a sale on the sale items (BARGIN!) so I thought I’d finally give some of their gear a go. I’m not one for buying clothes online as I have trouble with clothing in general not quite fitting right but this lot turned out really well 🙂

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We had a Quiz night Tuesday night but we managed to squeeze a run in beforehand. It was rainy and cold, I don’t mind this once I’m already running but getting out the front door and started is always hard. It’s also getting darker (was getting pretty hard to see by the end of the run) won’t be long before I have to dig out my head torch! I stuck with run 5min/walk 1min but got my running up to a total of 30mins.

I think I got slightly too excited over fruit & vegetables this week… We have these co-operatives around Christchurch which supply a pack of in season local produce each week for $12. Ever since I stumbled upon this months ago I’ve been meaning to sign up but just never got around to it. Last week I received my first pack, this is what I got this week 🙂

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This has changed my view on meal planning slightly as I have been in the habit of planning meals in the weekend and doing the groceries on Sunday. You don’t know what that pack will contain until the day beforehand which might make me be a bit more creative with dinners again (not a bad thing). I’ll still need to buy other vegetables because we go through LOTS of them and I like a good variety in each dish so I’m thinking this will mainly be at the weekend farmers markets.

Where do you buy your fruit & vegetables?

What are your go-to healthy snack options?

BAD BLOGGER ADMISSION

I feel like since I changed the name of my blog I really haven’t given it much effort, missing months at a time. Honestly it comes down to pure laziness and lack of motivation for things that relate to my blog: running, strength and healthy habits in general. Not focusing on these things in my everyday like has meant that I didn’t feel like I had anything to blog about.

*Insert the vicious cycle here*

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ALL THAT STOPS NOW

Sometimes it’s almost impossible to do things you know you should be doing until something clicks. Over the weekend I think that something did FINALLY click back into place and has helped me to focus on getting back on track. First goal is to get back running and to hold myself accountable I have entered the Half Marathon at Queenstown International Marathon being held in STUNNING Queenstown on the 21st November 2015.

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Last year was the inaugural race and a couple of crazy minded friends and I had agreed that it would be our first Marathon. With most of these ladies getting side tracked with injuries/surgeries and me just purely struggling to get my motivation back to run long story short it just didn’t happen.

I chose Queenstown because it is far enough away that I can begin to gradually build my running base back up and it’s not a ‘road race’ as 70% is hard packed trails, it’s ever so slightly downhill most of the way (can you even get an easier half marathon than that??) and I’ve got 32 weeks to train almost from scratch (first few weeks will include periods of walking). I also found on my running journey so far I’m just not that into road running. I love being out in nature, having to watch where I’m going, differing inclines – it just turns it into an adventure!

But seriously look at this picture – how does that NOT make you want to go IT’S JUST SO PRETTY!!

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WEEKLY GOALS (AKA keep it simple this week)

EARLY MORNINGS: To help me get back into my morning routine before the brunt of winter rears it’s cold & ugly head WHEN IT’S SO MUCH HARDER I’m making myself get up before 6am. For now that’s it but over the next couple of weeks I will start to add back in some short yoga/stretching sessions.

DAILY GRATITUDE: Each evening I will fill out a little card with one thing I’m grateful for and pop it into my gratitude jar.

RUNNING: I say running but the reality will be super slow turtle speed with some walking breaks. But I have to be realistic with it and considering it’s been about 10 months since I was running regularly I’ve accepted it’s going to be a tough month or so getting back into it all.

FIRST RUN!!

Last night I ticked off run one of three for the week (Yuss!). It was a horribly cold 7°C (44.6F) drizzly evening so I knew I was going struggle with my breathing, I need to practise breathing through my nose, it’s one thing I have never managed to master! My first 5mins (ran 5min/walk 2min x4) hurt to breathe because it was cold but thankfully got much better and by the second half of the run I felt like I was enjoying it and could keep going longer . Because we had a time restraint I ran out and back at Travis Wetlands which is somewhere I haven’t really explored yet running wise.

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I did get to try out my new polka dot running tights though, they just really need pockets! Why do running tights NEVER seem to have enough pockets?!

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Getting up before 6am Mon? TICK!! Tues? TICK!!

Are you a morning person?

How do you stay motivated?