“Stop Being So Dramatic”

Said my personal trainer to me this morning….and I looked at him and burst out laughing.  He’s so freaking awesome.  And doesn’t put up with my BS.  Props to my trainer… he is definitely what I need for early morning workouts!

That workout felt like eons ago. I’m so tired, it’s been a long day. To be fair, I had a tough workout this morning:

1 mile progressive treadmill run #RWRunStreak (and through downtown Chicago on the Woodway)

Band-assisted pull ups- 3 sets to exhaustion (this was the “warmup”- and also where I began to get a little dramatic…)

Incline bench

Shoulder press

Tricep extensions

Bicep curls

Powerplate crunches

And then, I died.  

After I died, came back to life, and attempted to lift my arms to wash my hair; I shook up Meal Replacement shakes.  Love them, they’re filling and taste great. 

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This morning I sat in on fitness instructor auditions (so fun to watch- and I definitely admire people who teach group fitness, I have zero coordination), then went to sweepings presentations to SGA to support our Recreation initiatives and present healthy campus initiatives.  

Lunch was steamed veggies:

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…and an apple. 

I spent the afternoon in meetings, catching up with vendors that were passing through on their way to New Orleans, and taking care of projects that needed done before I leave tomorrow. 

Headed to the Athletic Business Conference in New Orleans tomorrow.  I’m excited- I’ve never been to this one, I hear it’s a great professional development conference, and I’m super excited about the fitness equipment expo to check out all the new trends!  Should be a good time – although I definitely can’t promise blogging everyday while I’m there.  I’ll do one “super blog” on Sunday recapping NOLA. 

I dropped Laney off with her dog-sitter, one of my students, David.  He’s already calling her “Pup-Chow”- a term of endearment- and she was best friends with him after 3 minutes.  I think when I get back this weekend she won’t want to come back home! 

Dinner when I got home was a tortilla-bean-tomato bake that I totally made up.  It turned out ok, but I was too tired to really try to care. 

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Afterwards got to packing.  I’m terrible at that.  I tend to just not care and everything gets thrown into a duffel bag- then I hope and pray when I get there that I have what I need.  It tends to workout (usually).  At least I’m not the only one stressing about packing… Lo at least has me covered if I need it!

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One more shoutout tonight- one of my former students and brilliant friends helped with my published article by combing through for grammar.  VERY appreciated- thanks so much Gabriel!  

And on that note, I’m exhausted… I’ll take plenty of pictures and do a recap this weekend, but looking forward to New Orleans and seeing good friends! 

Who Brings a Blow-Up Doll to a Bar?

The answer is… these people.  See the doll?  I hope it was some sort of bachelor/bachelorette party last night.

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ANYWAY… met my colleagues at Fermentation Lounge after work – they feature an eclectic atmosphere and serve a wide variety of beer.  

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I decided on this fruity concoction that features blueberry and pear flavors (on a tip from Sydney). It was delish!

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Afterwards I met my cousin at a sushi bar then we went to Wine Loft for a drink (where clearly the night took a turn for the…weird).  

This morning I got to sleep in until 8am- it felt amazing.  Breakfast was something I’ve been wanting to try for awhile- Oats in a Jar. I had an empty jar from a while ago, and added cut-up apple, unsweetened almond milk, and instant oatmeal.  Popped in the microwave for 1 minute, mix all together and viola! Oats in a Jar.

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Later on, went to support one of my Building Supervisors as the Noles Club Softball team took on the Gators.   Megna is President of the club and plays 2nd base.

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They played well but didn’t end up winning the first game.  I left before the second game to go play Ultimate Frisbee with some of the facilities and fitness staff. 

Ultimate teams were pretty evenly matched- and when you add in the level of competitiveness you find from people that work at a gym– well, we ended up playing for a couple hours before someone FINALLY said, “This goal will be Golden Goal!”  (Thank god, I’m def older than the staff and feeling these sprints up and down the field).  Was a blast though and was a great workout!

I worked up quite the appetite with that workout, and ran home for a late Mexican-inspired lunch:

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Time for some grocery shopping- I’m completely out of food! 

Scary Sleep-Walkers and Scary Sleep-Talkers

Funny, we had a conversation at work this morning about sleep walking and sleep talking–then I came across this “How Health Savvy Are You?” Quiz and one question pertains to sleep walking.  I’ve been sleep walking before and locked myself out of a hotel room (little scary).  My personal trainer has been sleep-talking before about killing his roommate (I told him I’d rather he take his fury out on me than that!).  My mother used to perform exorcisms in her sleep (talk about scary!!). Do you have a weird sleep walking or talking habit?

Fun quiz.  I’m at Health Guru status, by the way.  I know, I’m awesome.

This morning required Spark.  And Catalyst.  And Ibuprofen.  I felt like I got ran over by a semi after my workout yesterday.

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Driving into Tallahassee when it’s dark and peaceful is so nice. And our Capitol building was looking festive…

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I told Forrest I had to role out of bed- that’s how much I hurt.  His response (typical): “Well, you’re going to hurt a lot more after this.”

He wasn’t lying.  Extreme circuit today- was awesome and I can’t even recall everything we did but we sure got some of everything: Powerplate, VipR, Total Body, TRX, Kettlebell, etc, etc.  I can’t feel anything right now.  I’m surprised I can type.

Breakfast was a banana and Meal Replacement- Vanilla.

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Busy morning meeting with students and SGA. Luckily I remembered to grab an apple for mid-morning before I started running around like a mad woman.

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When I finally made it back, I had a late lunch of salad (and forgot dressing).  I really didn’t know what to do, but I do have honey in my cabinet, so I figured, what the heck? Why not!

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It was… weird.

After a meeting with Athletic Trainers, I got a tour of the Human Performance Lab at FSU.  Saw the anti-gravity treadmill, the Dexa, and the balance machine.  I love exercise testing, sometimes I think I missed my calling in that realm.

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It’s been a LONG day… looking forward to getting home to my Laney girl and figuring out what dinner should be tonight!

“Run Annie Run” (THAT’S What Killed Me Today)

The Healthy Campus meeting was so much fun.  Everyone had great ideas and is willing to contribute to make our campus healthier.  Exciting!

Right after the meeting, Kellie- our Marketing Coordinator and crazy competitive workout freak of nature (all love, Kel, all love…)- convinced me to workout with her.  1) I had zero plans of working out until my nightly dog run; therefore had zero workout clothes with me and 2) am not even close to the fitness level Kellie is.  I agreed though…

First, we maxed out sets of 5 squatting.  I maxed with 3 sets of 5 at 165 lbs.  I think Kellie was at 220…

Then we maxed out sets of 5 reps bench press.  I maxed with 3 sets of 5 at 100 lbs.  Proud moment…wait for it… Kellie maxed at 80.  I couldn’t believe it…definitely a fluke today if I could outlift her in anything!  

She then showed me how to use the Jammer machine.  I mean, attempted to show me.  Or showed me and I just made a fool out of myself trying to get my form right. 

After our weight session, we got our heart rates up (WAY up!) with “Run Annie Run”.  The exercise consisted of 200 unders in jump rope, 50 situps, one lap around the track.  Come back and descend the ladder- 160 unders, 40 situps, one lap around the track; then 120 unders, 30 situps, one lap around the track (you get the idea).  

By the end of the session I really just wanted to know- WHO is this Annie that I’m cursing and why did she create a program of cardio torture???  🙂  Then I told Kellie we should do that every Monday/Wednesday.  I may have  a little of the Kellie-workout-freak in me. 

On the way out the door our Group Exercise Coordinator gave me one of the old body bars for my office (since yesterday I was in Kellie’s office doing deadlifts with her body bar- in my skirt.  I’m classy). 

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I inhaled a quick salad lunch

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My afternoon was spent doing Supervisor evaluations.  It really just made me so grateful that I have such wonderful and competent student supervisors working for me.  

Afterwards, I went out to the Rez to join the Rec board for dinner

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Taylor’s excited for her food!

My plate…

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My boss’s plate…

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I got all preachy about greasy BBQ just to tease him, but he just grinned and stuck a forkful of pork in his mouth.  So much for that…

Got home to run Laney and make my dinner. I’m going to have to put Laney on an acorn cleanse I think.  She’s addicted.  My dinner was leftover couscous with avocado.  I wasn’t too creative and I did already eat some veggies, so figured I didn’t have to try to hard tonight. 

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And that’s it today…going to make tea!

Starbucks Is My Everest…

Especially when there’s one literally across the street from my office.  It’s all I can do to stop myself from ordering the high-sugar Salted Caramel Mocha (soooo good in my mouth- not so good on my hips!)

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I settled on a Passion Fruit tea instead (still yummy- much less calories and no sugar) to go with my apple mid-morning pick-me-up.

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I didn’t run this morning…. I decided I needed a day off.  I’m rarin’ to go now, though… kind of wishing I got my lazy butt up out of bed to run this morning!  But who can leave this sweet face?  She clearly needed a little more cuddle time.

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I was worried I’d be really sore this morning from my upper body workout yesterday, but I think the nighttime recovery is actually working pretty well- I was only a little sore and have a lot of energy (atypical for a day after a tough weight session)

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Breakfast this morning was banana, pear, muesli, and almond milk.  Was soooo good (don’t worry, my muesli was low sugar, high fiber)

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And off to a Healthy Campus meeting!  (I love my job!)

When Tuesday Feels Like Monday

It may be a 4-day week but it’s going to be a long one.

This morning my personal trainer stood me up (car troubles).  He was there in spirit though- always keeping me on track.

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We communicate most effectively via sarcasm.

I took Catalyst this morning.  Supposed to boost performance and promote better and quicker healing.  I didn’t notice a difference during my workout (which was totally different than what Forrest told me to do, by the way).  Hopefully I’ll notice the difference in the long run…

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Breakfast this morning was a meal replacement shake. Those things really work, I wasn’t hungry until about 11:30!

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My morning got real busy real fast.  Got a new powerplate in- that makes 3!  Tried it out a little, it actually has programmed workouts on this one- depending on what your goals are.  So crazy!  Can’t wait to try it out when I’m not in a skirt.

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Wolfed down lunch while discussing agenda items for a meeting tomorrow, then I finally had a free 10 minutes right now to blog update!  (Ok, I’m also participating in NIRSA’s #RecChat randomly and replying to emails…). The rest of today I’m sure will be just as crazy…

Energizer Bunny

THAT’S the kind of energy I’ve had today.  I have no clue why.

I went into the office to get a little work done and decided I would actually work out.  First, I wanted to get my weight and some measurements.

Day 1: 157 lbs, waist = 31.25″, hips = 40″

Day 12: 151 lbs, waist = 30″, hips = 36.5″

Progress- love it!

I downed an apple for some energy

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My workout started on the Woodway treadmill- their virtual active trainer put me in the California mountains on a run.  I did a quick mile and the entire time felt like I was dodging trees and jumping rocks.  I got a little into it…I’m sure my staff was like, what is she doing on that treadmill?  Was so fun though!

Then I did a leg circuit- squats, hams, quads, calves, stairmaster.  Afterwards found a slice of pumpkin cream cheese roll from Leanne- all my staff has been super supportive of my venture, some just show it a little differently :).  Love it!  I’ll have to try a little later…

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Got home and needed to clean the house.  Always feel better after that. Also pre-made lunches for the rest of the week and got some laundry done.  Then ate a late lunch of chili and a hardboiled egg for protein.

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I still had plenty of energy so took Laney for a run.  We did twice the distance we typically do and I could have gone longer.  So crazy! Typically if I do a long run I’m out the next day so this is very strange behavior for me.  Laney loved it though…. she could have kept going also.

I came back to an adorable picture on my phone- one of my best friends got a bulldog puppy today- she is so precious.  He had a bulldog before and gave it to his mom to look after as he moved coaching jobs, but she didn’t want to give the dog back so he decided to just get another.  She really is so sweet, I can’t wait to see her in person.

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After running I decided to make chocolate chip cookies for one of my friends who’s going through a tough time.  Even though he’s not vegan, I still make them that way :).  I use the recipe on the back of the Ghiradelli semi-sweet chocolate chip bag, then substitute the butter for Smart Balance 50% lighter with flax and the eggs for 1/4 can of pure pumpkin puree. They are delicious but I wasn’t even tempted to eat any.  I’ve felt so incredible by just avoiding processed sugar in the past week that I was able to resist.

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I like to set the mood with candlelight while I’m baking.  Or…maybe one of my lightbulbs in the kitchen went out and I’m too lazy to replace it right now.  You know, either way a little natural light is refreshing.

Dinner tonight was Indian-inspired: couscous with spinach dal and a side of broccoli and avocado.  Yum!

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And I’m off to fold laundry and do my nails before bed…

Welcome To My Life: Obesity Reports, Getting Lost, & “Don’t Let That Bear Getcha!”

My high school track coach- Coach Evans- was famous for this one-liner.  Especially when running the 400.  I hated the 400.  Give me a 200.  Give me a 800 (hell, I went to State in the 800)… but the 400 was a whole other kind of race.  Coach would say this to us when we were 3/4 around that lap at an all-out sprint, lungs burning, just ready to quit.  I hated that line almost as much as I hated the race itself.  

However, now that I’m all grown, that phrase has whole new meaning to me.  Tackling a hard sprint workout, taking on a tough spot during an endurance run…even just in everyday life sometimes I remember good ole Coach Evans standing on the far corner of the track: “April- don’t let that bear get on your back!”  

Needed that line today!

Today was the start of the “next” 14 days of the 24-Day Challenge. I’m done with the cleanse and now have preset strips of supplements/vitamins for the next 14 days. It’s even blonde-proof…tells me exactly when to take each set.  Ha.  

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Breakfast was oatmeal, a spoonful of peanut butter and a pear

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Sunday mornings are typically lazy and my chance to catch up on any current events, research, etc.  Today I stumbled across the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Issue Report: “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2011”.  

The report tackles the issue head-on: ” Obesity is one of the most challenging health crises the country has ever faced. Two-thirds of adults and nearly one-third of children and teens are currently obese or overweight, putting them at increased risk for more than 20 major diseases, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease. It’s not just our health that is suffering: obesity-related medical costs and a less productive workforce are hampering America’s ability to compete in the global economy.”

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The report identifies and focuses on policy as a change-agent for this problem in America… specifically 6 policies that will help people choose health — by strengthening their ability to make healthy decisions, by removing obstacles to healthy choices, and by creating more opportunities to be healthy — particularly for those groups of people whose options have been most limited.

While I found this report extremely interesting and informative, it could be a bit of a dry read if you are looking for entertainment or strictly shock value.  However, to my colleagues in the field, this is yet another worthwhile document to take into consideration with the work we do everyday. 

And so on with my day…

I met my friend Jen for a long run this morning.  When I got to her house I thanked my lucky stars I always carry Body Glide in my purse (who does that?!).

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Jen and I ran about 5 miles together and I decided to keep going for a few more.  Unfortunately, I was in her neighborhood (which I’m not as familiar with) and I have a tendency to get lost easily.  Like, very easily.  And get lost I did. 

I had no idea where I was around mile 6 but just kept going.  I made it to mile 7.5 before I started channeling Coach Evans – that bear was on my back in the form of dehydration and lost-ness (yeah, I make up my own words.  So what?).  Pushed through 8 miles of non-stop running and finally had to break.  Then walked/ran back to the house for probably another 1.5 miles and back to a worried Jen and Gabe (sorry guys!!!).  

Showers never feel so good as either a) after a long camping and/or lake trip or b) after a very long run.  My shower today was amazing.  

Lunch was leftover salad from yesterday’s party + supplements, then was off to spend the afternoon with one of my friends that moved south from Wisconsin.  Different world down here for sure!  We drank some New Glarus then made our way to BWW where I had a black bean burger (minus cheese, heavy dressings and the bun) and a salad.  

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Yum… New Glarus is always good balance 🙂

Wannabe Fruit

Today kicked my a$$.  Seriously, I’m exhausted. Time for a recap (just to get it out of the way- did everyone vote? Yes, I did. Ok, done):

This morning was awesome actually… great workout with my personal trainer.  Got to workout with one of my good friends and mentors too.  She’s getting ready to adopt (baby’s due tomorrow!).  We were excited this morning, talking about names, the process, everything.  We started EARLY this morning- 6am.  

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My building in the dark…so pretty and quiet.

Breakfast this morning:  oatmeal, a spoonful of peanut butter and strawberries.

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I also brought white ayuverdi chai tea this morning to brew.  It’s been cold in my office lately- this was perfect. And the Teavana blend is naturally sweet, so you don’t have to add anything to it. 

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My morning just went into whirlwind mode from there and didn’t let up until I finally got to leave work at 6:15 tonight. 

Lunch was while I was also on an important conference call.  I kept crunching carrots and thinking, well… if anyone hears me at least I’m the Co-Chair of the Health & Wellbeing Commision! Boiled egg for additional protein.  Was a pretty hearty lunch which was good- I didn’t have time for any fruit in between my meals. 

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When I finally made it home, it was cold. For my evening run with Laney, I adorned arm warmers (YES I know I’m a dork.  NO, I don’t care that people think that):

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Laney and I ventured into the chilliness for our run, and I had a plan.  Moved into the street- the left-hand lane- to avoid the constant acorn grabbing.  There wasn’t an acorn in sight.  Ha! April- 1, Laney- 0.   Then homegirl sees s phantom acorn on the other side of me and trips me in the process of sprinting in front of me.  April- 1, Laney- 1.  Well played, Laney, well played. 

After the nightly acorn-running adventure, I needed to stop and grab fruit.  I’ve never gone through fruit so fast in my life.  Found this interesting product at Publix while I was shopping:

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What the hay? Just buy real fruit!  Like, right there, in the fruit section!  Craziness what people will do to trick themselves into eating healthy.  I’ve found even in the past few days just cutting the processed and eating clean allows me to appreciate the flavor of real food all over again. 

My investment in health:

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When I got home I threw together a quick meal (delicious!):

Veggie pasta

Asparagus

Yellow Tomato

Onion

“Sauce”:  1 avocado, mashed; tbls pesto; half lemon, squeezed; salt & pepper to taste

Yum!

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Time to follow some election results!