2011 Recap

Hey everyone! I can’t believe there are only two days left in the year. Time has been flying at light speed for sure. After reading recaps all over the blog world, I figured I ought to do one, too, since I’m a conformist and all (peer pressure at its finest).

Thankfully, the Facebook timeline makes it a snap to stalk myself over the past year 😀 This is probably going to be quite a long post. Without further delay, here’s my year in review (I’ll link up to anything I actually blogged about, but it’s not much since I started in October):

In January, I won my first awards trip from work, did a lot of snowboarding, and changed my tail light all by myself for the first time. (If only I looked this badass.)

February is the month that turned my world upside down in the best way possible. I broke up with my boyfriend of (nearly) 3 years, which started me down the path of happiness I’ve been on ever since. It was freakin hard, and I was in a maddening rage for a few weeks, but it’s the best thing that has happened to me so far without a doubt. I also got to take my reward trip to Park City, UT and visit some amazing restaurants for Denver Restaurant Week.

Due to the main event that went down in February, March was spent doing a lot of partying and working out. I started seeing my personal trainer, and boy did he make me realize how out-of-shape I’d become, especially on my happy hour and alcohol diet.

April was absolutely amazing because I treated myself to a trip to Barcelona, Spain! If you’ve never been, I highly recommend you go. It’s beautiful, the food is delicious, and there’s such a romantic feel to it.

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I went on my 2nd rewards trip with my company in May to New Orleans! It was a blast, but I got heart burn for the first time in my life from consuming too many fried foods and sugary drinks.

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I took a step back in June and kept it more low-key for the start of summer. Lots of dinner parties, mimosas by the pool, and casual nights out with my favorite girls. I also took a stab at online dating, and it was way too much for me.

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Most of July was spent doing typical summer things in Denver: happy hours on warm patios, Jazz in the Park @ City Park, and heading to the mountains to cool down from the summer heat. I summited Mount Bierstadt, my second 14’er (peak over 14,000 ft) with a group of friends and went camping with Mochi the Mini Mountain Goat…he actually like hiking and climbing up and down rocks.

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The biggest events in August were the 5-year anniversary of my Delta pledge sisters in Denver and Glenwood Springs, CO and going to Vegas for my good friend’s bachelorette party! (lots of photos)

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We celebrated the beautiful bride’s wedding in September, but I don’t have many photos because I was in the wedding. I also got to see The Script at the Ogden Theatre.

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October saw the humble birth of Fit on the Rocks, the start of my journey as a runner, and, of course, Halloween!

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November is always such a special month for me because it’s my birthday! This year I celebrated my big 25th birthday with dinner at Linger and a birthday bash at Japoix. I also went snowboarding with my sister for the first time during Thanksgiving weekend.

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And I can finally wind down to December. This has been quite a year of change, discovery, and peace…all of which I had been lacking for some time. I’m so happy to end this year with so many positive notes, and can’t wait to see what the new year will bring me.

Although not all in December, I registered for 3 races (Surf City Half, Cherry Creek Sneak 10 miler, and the Portland RnR Half), joined an awesome cookie exchange, completed my first double digit run, and spent some quality Christmas time with family.

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I hope that you had a great year overall, and wish you the best in planning for the next! I’ll put together a New Year goals post over the weekend.

Question of the Day: What was your favorite moment of this year?  Link to your posts if you recapped!

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Running on Auto-Pilot

Happy Hump Day! It feels like Monday today since I was out sick yesterday. I’m glad that several of you could relate to the nausea that I felt after my run. Not glad that you have to experience it, but happy that I’m not alone.

I’ve decided that I’m not meant to workout at 4:30am, I need to stay more hydrated, and I need to eat healthier this week. I think I can handle that.

For those of you who have to work this week, I hope you’re being more productive than me. I’m getting what I need to get done, but my brain is totally on auto-pilot. I feel like I’m in a bit of a fuzzy state of mind because it feels weird having two holiday weekends in a row (and 3 short work weeks). Plus, so many people are off of work that it’s been really quiet (and OOO auto-responses are in plenty).

I’m trying to put together some sort of end-of-year post, so keep your eyes peeled. Unfortunately, I won’t have many recaps since I just started blogging in October. Anywho, here’s a snippet of what I’ve eaten today since I haven’t been posting much food lately.

Breakfast- Oatmeal w/ ChiaCharger + SoBe Coconut Lifewater

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Snack- Fage 2% Strawberry + Cuties

Lunch Part 1- Rice with my mom’s yummy spicy chicken (it looks a lot spicier than it really is)

Lunch Part 2: Salad monster from Cooks Fresh Market downtown (spinach, baby spring mix, artichokes, cucumbers, beets, broccoli, shredded carrots, black beans, egg, and turkey)

I was going to make a small salad, but I’ve been craving veggies like crazy, so I opted to make a huge one and get my veggie intake back to where it should be. Cooks Fresh has a decent salad bar with plenty of options, but I would rather go to Green Fine Salad any day.

My belly is nice and content because I didn’t eat nearly enough yesterday due to the nausea I was experiencing, and my runner’s appetite was in full force this morning. I’m going to hit the gym for a BodyPump class, so at least I’ll be fully fueled for my workout. It’s been over a month since I last went to BodyPump, so I know I’m going to be struggling today. Wish me luck!

Question of the Day: Have you been eating tons of extra veggies this week to make up for the holiday weekend?

Holiday Food is Trying to Kill Me

Hey, everyone~ Even though it’s Tuesday, I hope your week is off to a great start 🙂 Today was supposed to be my first day back at work, but my holiday ‘hangover’ decided it wanted to try to kill me instead.

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I didn’t have much to do last night, and I was a bit tired, so I went to bed at 8:30pm. Looks like the old lady in me wants an early debut! Anyway, I woke up at 4:30am and decided to get in my scheduled 3 mile run before work so that I couldn’t push it off.

I ran over to my apartment gym, demolished my 3 miles, and then got off the treadmill to head home. Just at that moment, I was suddenly graced with the awesome presence of nausea and dizziness. I didn’t run harder than normal, so I was really confused and in a state of craptasticness (I’m allowed to make that a real word for this). After a bit of dry-heaving, I made it back home, drank some water, and jumped in the shower. Enter my awesome friends from before 😦

I took the fastest shower of my life, dried my hair, and then curled into a ball on my bed. After the puke feeling went away, I drank a glass of chocolate milk, but felt completely drained of life. I didn’t think I would be able to drive to work, so I told my manager I would come in after lunch and passed out for 4 HOURS. WTH? Being the nerd that I am, I Googled exercise-induced nausea and geeked out for an hour reading articles and forums. The best I could come up with was my crappy diet during the extended weekend home.

While I ate quite a bit of healthier Korean food, I also ate a boat load of ice cream and not a lot of veggies. I’m going to blame the holiday food on my near-death experience. Once I finally woke up from the grave, I forced down a bowl of oatmeal and an apple so that I had enough energy to work. (I actually took the time to cut my own apple to eat…haha.)

I saw that my manager messaged me and said I could work from home since I had my stuff, so that made me feel better. Call me dumb, but around lunchtime, I had a second burst of energy and the weather was nice. I decided to head out for an outdoor run and covered 7.2 miles, making my daily total to 10.2. Not bad, eh? I’ve experienced the nausea on two other occasions, both of which were also on the treadmill, but never when I’m running outdoors (minus my crappy 10 mile run after eating fire-hot Thai food).

It’s hard to explain the sensation because I go from feeling great to feeling like death incarnate faster than a Bugatti goes from 0-60. This morning was the worst. The last time it happened, it went away on the short walk to the water fountain. No. Freakin. Clue.

At least now I’m semi caught up with my training schedule and know that my body can no longer handle copious amounts of food like a tank. Aging is a bitch. I’m off to get some stuff re-heated for dinner before Quynh gets here from the gym. More photos of food to come tomorrow.

Oh, on a pleasant note, I just received the cutest save-the-date card from one of the most down-to-earth couples I know. Wedding season is just around the corner!

Question of the Day: Have you ever felt completely nauseous after completing a workout? What did you do that helped?