Halloween Rest Day

Hey Everyone! What a Monday. Oh, and………

This little guy, Domo, cracks me up. Seeing this photo brought a nice smile to my face, and smiles are much needed. Today has been quite a roller coaster ride for me. I’ll say more about why in a later post, but my day was full of high highs and low lows. Every day can’t be a complete winner. At least I had this cute face waiting for me when I got home.

Mochi

Dogs are just the greatest. They don’t care if you’ve left them at home all day and are ready to give you plenty of love when you finally make it back 🙂 Mochi is just the funniest little shadow that I could have asked for.

I started off my day with oats + almond butter + chia seeds as seen in my recycled photo.

Yum

Lunch and dinner were very similar to my dinner from last night since I’ve been short on time and wasn’t in the mood to cook today. Yay for leftovers 🙂 The mix included steamed veggies, leftover rotisserie chicken, and mixed whole grains. I also enjoyed a Fage yogurt to satisfy my sweet tooth.

eats

One of our VPs purchased beer for us again since our team as a whole hit our numbers out of the park today. This was one of the more down moments of my day. There were some snags I encountered, and I didn’t finish the quarter up as well as I usually do. At least I’ll have a head start on the next quarter, right? I tried this lighter version of their classic cider, but only ended up drinking a few sips.

Woodchuck

How much wood would a wood chuck chuck?

After this whirlwind of a day, I’ve decided to take the day off from working out so that I can relax and catch up on some reading. My right foot is feeling a bit tender today anyway, so it worked out. I hope that you all had a great Halloween and start to your week!

Question of the Day: What’s your favorite way to unwind after a rough day?

Slow Songs for Long Runs

Happy Sunday 🙂 I can’t believe this weekend has already come to an end. Time flies when you’re having fun, right?

I happily slept in until almost noon today after going out again for Halloweekend festivities. I kept myself together better than I did the night before, so that’s always good news. Being that I missed working out yesterday and knowing that Sundays are put aside for my longer runs, I made sure to keep the drinking at a minimum (and thankfully succeeded).

Before my run, I had a bagel thin with peanut butter and a banana as well as a serving of the Vega Sport Performance Optimizer to get some extra zip in my bloodstream. No smiley face today.

running fuel

I went out intending to do just 4 or 5 miles, but I ended up covering 6.44 miles! I had a really bad long run last Sunday, and I think a good part of that was due to me trying to run faster than I knew I should. Instead of focusing on enjoying my run, I ended up in a lot of agony both mentally and physically.

Not today! I kept my pace nice and slow to ensure I properly warmed up and made sure to enjoy the views along the way. I didn’t have a route pre-planned, so I decided to do a bit of a community running tour. My neighborhood is a mixed-income community, so there are homes from the low ranges all the way up to the multi-millions. I definitely don’t live in one of the hot shot houses (or a house in general), but I thought it’d be fun to see them all today. Maybe someday, eh?

Baller Avenue

I think one of the biggest reasons I felt so good today was my choice in music. I have the newb tendency to start off too fast and end up pooped. Because of such, listening to house mash-ups and club mixes doesn’t really help since I want to jam out and run fast.

The running gods must have gotten the hint because the first several songs that played during my run were much slower. Listening to the likes of Adele and The Script made me slow down and ease in to the run.

pond

Despite stopping to take pictures and stretch out some muscle tightness, I still finished my run about 10 minutes faster than I did last week. I’ll call that a win for sure. After the results from today, I’ll definitely be revamping my playlist to include more slow songs that I can cruise along to.

Air Force Museum

Air Force Museum

Once I got back, I didn’t have much of an appetite, so I blended up a power protein smoothie to enjoy during my not-so-enjoyable ice bath. Although the run felt great, my left hip felt a little irritated after, and I wanted to make sure I took care of it before it became a problem.

smoothie

Bendy straws make everything more fun, don't they?

I just picked up some new books from the Tattered Cover, an awesome local book store, but I won’t be able to dive into those until tomorrow. I managed to make plans for tonight instead of going to bed early, which is probably a dumb move, so no time for reading.

Anyway, I’m about to sit down to a yummy dinner of Target rotisserie chicken, Green Giant veggie/potato blend, and some Near East whole grains and then get myself together for tonight. Oh, and yes, I ate the skin 😛

I hope that you have an enjoyable evening!

Question: What are some of your favorite songs to run to (especially slower songs)? I can always use a playlist update 🙂

Preventing ‘Puke Face’

Happy Saturday afternoon! I hope that your Halloween weekend started off with a bang.

Being that this is a healthy living-esque blog that follows my life, I try to do the right things for myself all most of the time. Sometimes, my efforts are a major fail, and my body is always sure to let me know that it’s not happy…right away (and that b*h is always right).

Let’s do a quick rewind to dinner last night, which was fantastic and much needed after a crummy day at work. I met Quynh at Kona Grill for happy hour because I was starving. We shared the sliders and chicken satay in addition to our spicy tuna rolls.

satay

After dinner, I was rushing around trying to piece together a costume of some sort. It took a heck of a lot longer than anticipated, so I didn’t get the chance to post. All that I ended up buying was a white dress shirt from the little boys section. I must warn you that I am one of those girls who thoroughly enjoys barely dressing myself as scandalously as possible. I know that it’s stupid and objectifying of women, but I won’t be young and single forever. Plus, it’s just one two nights of the year where I allow myself to leave the house without appropriate attire (swim suits don’t count).

This year, I was both cheap and uninspired, so I decided to use that white shirt I bought to go as “The Morning After Girl”. Classy, I know. My friend is actually Tom Cruise from Risky Business in case you were wondering.

Halloween

Now to get to the point of my post for today: Preventing ‘Puke Face’.

It’s nights like last that I remember why I choose to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle that doesn’t resemble my alchy college days. I’ve been enjoying a cocktail or beer here and there, but I only have one (two if I’m feeling extra edgy lol) and call it a night. That means if I go out on a Friday night, I have a drink, socialize, and leave by 11 so that I can make it to BodyPump at 9am on Saturday morning…alive.

Last night, however, I got too carried away and was a stinkin mess by the time we left. This is not attractive, nor does it make you feel very good. It also leads to what I call ‘puke face’, which is my generic term for how people look post binge drinking, regardless of if they actually puked or not. [For the record: I thankfully did, in fact, vomit. I’m ashamed, but I felt a million times better.]

Being that I had to come into the office today to do some work, I did not want the dreaded puke face for obvious reasons. So how do you avoid the puke face?

Preventing Puke Face

  • Drink as much water as possible before going to bed and after waking up. You need hydration, stat.
  • Shower. Nothing is worse than going in with your pores reeking of alcohol.
  • Brush your teeth thoroughly and gargle several times with mouthwash. I would also suggest keeping mints/gum handy.
  • Drop some Visine into your peepers because dry, bloodshot eyes are kinda scary and will give you away.
  • Pop some aspirin/Tylenol/Advil/whatever because a headache is sure to come.
  • DO. YOUR. MAKEUP. Yes, I know you feel like crap and don’t care to look good, but your face needs all of the help it can get right now.
Those had-too-much nights happen to the best of us (hopefully not too frequently), but following all of these steps helps to keep you from looking as bad as you feel on the inside. I hope that you have an awesome, fun Halloween weekend with only moderate amounts of drinking, if possible.