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Long Run and a Winner!

Happy Sunday everyone! How’s the weather in everyones neck of the woods? It was supposed to be sunny and 70 here today but its cloudy, windy and 60 boo!!

At least I could still run!

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Very slowly but 13 miles none the less! I have a BIG issue with starting too fast. I am really bad at pacing myself as well as holding a pace. I bounce between 8:30 min/mile and 10:40 during almost all of my runs, not helpful.

Part of it was actually really exciting! I took my normal path but instead of looping where I normally do I kept running. I know the area from driving but have never run it. I ended up on a muddy path leaping over roots and branches ( I felt super bad-ass) plus it was downhill for almost a mile so I was FLYING! The only bad thing? It really pooped me out and then I had to go uphill on the return… no fun, no fun. Plus I ended up in a not so great part of town, unhappy moment. But at least it was an adventure!

I woke up extra early for this run because PerMa asked me to come to her church with her for the last sermon of the season. It was actually really nice and it was the flower sermon so we came home with some lovely decorations

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Post- run and pre-church I of course had breakfast! Overnight oats are so great for after a long run because right after, I’m starving, thirsty and I don’t want to think or move.

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Peanut Butter Thin Mint OIAJ

1/3 cup raw oats

1 scoop chocolate whey protein

1 stevia packet

enough water to cover

the rest of the PB

Let sit over night

In the morning

1/2 banana

Frozen mixed berries

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The White Chocolate Peanut Butter sounds amazing, I would love to try that.

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Alright my lovies, I must eat and stretch, have a relaxing Sunday!

Peace!

Caitlin

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My Love Story

I have something personal to share with you all. About a year ago, I fell in love, extremely in love. I need my love every morning. I never forget about it, I can’t function without it. 201106050837.jpg

Breakfast, I love you.

I realized how strong my love is when I woke up this morning slightly cranky and tired. I immediately decided to skip early morning yoga and thought I should take a complete rest day. I stumbled downstairs, made a yogurt oatmeal bowl and within 2 minutes of eating felt better and ready to take on the day.

I know not everyone shares my love, but oh I wish they did! I actually have never really been a breakfast skipper however for most of high school and my freshman year of college the options were basically


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Or of course if I are breakfast in the dining hall something like this


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But I also had pizza as an after school snack so there you go.

When I decided to lose weight (initially in the healthy way) the first thing I knew was I had to get breakfast under control. I’d always read about the benefits of eating a good, filling breakfast

  • Breakfast enhances your body’s metabolism.
  • Eating breakfast improves your daily nutrient consumption. Even a simple breakfast can provide you with a great amount of vitamins like vitamin B6, A, minerals like calcium, iron, etc.
  • Breakfast is essential for improving your concentration and productivity throughout the day.
  • It is also observed that eating a healthy breakfast plays an important role in controlling weight gain.
  • Eating breakfast also reduces the risk of heart diseases and is also essential in checking your cholesterol levels.
  • Breakfast keeps you energized the whole day and controls your hunger pangs and snacking urges.

I got into a rotation of either oatmeal of cheerios with skim milk and strawberries, occasionally scrambled egg whites with veggies and on the weekend one big pancake with flavored yogurt and fruit or a whole wheat bagel sandwich with cream cheese and veggies.

This was January of 2010 and I have eaten breakfast every single day since. Obviously my tastes have evolved


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Protein Bakes


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Microwave Pancakes

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AMAZING YOGURT BOWLS


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Breakfast Cookie Dough

And of course


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Oatmeal/ Overnight oats ❤ ❤ ❤

This morning I enjoyed a yogurt parfait, not pictured but it was greek yogurt, oats, rice chex, a banana, truvia, and cinnamon in an almost gone almond butter jar. Delicious =).

Alright, I must decide what to do with my day. Have a great Sunday all!

Peace!

Caitlin

What’s your all time favorite breakfast? Ignore nutrition! All time, ignoring nutrition… either french toast or a big blueberry muffin with sugar on top like from Panera or Starbucks.

Favorite summer time fruit? Cherries!

Pick my workout please! Power walk? Vinyasa Yoga? Zumba?

Starvin’ Marvin

Hello beautiful people! This morning I was flipping through a Christmas present that PerMa got me

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If you are an intense athlete or just like to workout a ton, I highly recommend this book, it has AMAZING information.

In the section on ED’s she discusses the Minnesota (Semi)-Starvation Experiment.

Starvation can mean different things to different people in a mental and an ethical way. This experiment was designed to show the psychological and physical effects on people who were on an extremely restricted calorie diet for an extended period of time.

Obviously there would be controversy as to if someone has access to food they are not actually starving which is why I prefer the title of semi-starvation experiment.

This study was performed on 36 men in 3 sections

“The study was divided into three phases: A twelve-week control phase, where physiological and psychological observations were collected to establish a baseline for each subject; a 24-week starvation phase, during which the caloric intake of each subject was drastically reduced—causing each participant to lose an average of 25% of their pre-starvation body weight; and finally a recovery phase, in which various rehabilitative diets were tried to re-nourish the volunteers.”

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During the recovery phase most men gained back more weight than they had lost, would binge to the point of throwing up and then continue to eat, were in all around mental distress and took on average 5 months to be able to re-gain control of “normal” eating habits.

My point is this, these men ate every day (a little over 1500 k/cal), and yet they were still starving. This can happen to anyone without even realizing it. If you suspect you have an issue with caloric intake look for these symptoms of semi-starvation

  • Increase in coffee and tea intake and excessive gum chewing
  • An extreme pre-occupation with food (wandering around grocery stores, collecting recipes you never make, cooking for others and not yourself, etc.)
  • Constantly thinking about what you’re going to have the next time you can eat
  • Irritability and depression
  • Fatigue or exhaustion

Since I am no longer starving , I have been enjoying a new favorite breakfast almost every day!


201106031538.jpgIt’s super easy but I’ll give you a recipe anyway =) (Oh, btw, I updated my recipe pages from the old blogger site!)

Hot to Cool Oat Breakfast “Cereal”

Ingredients

1/2 cup oatmeal or oatbran

2.5 cups water

3/4-1 cup milk (I use plain soy)

1 truvia packet

Cinnamon (I don’t limit cinnamon)

Any fruit you want as a topping

How To

Combine the oats and water and microwave until creamy and delicious. Stir frequently to avoid overflow! Takes about 5 minutes stirring every 45 sec-1 min.

Stir in cinnamon and truvia

Top with fruit if choice

Poor cool soy milk over the top (add more cinnamon if you like)

It’s so amazing! At the top is with an apple and blackberries


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Here with a banana and raisins

And I didn’t picture it but this morning I had with frozen raspberries and coconut butter, delish!

Peace!

Caitlin

What have you been having for breakfast lately?

Banana’s or apples? (Carrie you’re not allowed to answer!) ❤

Fun plans for the weekend? Twelve miles in the morning and hopefully hitting up the pool sometime!

OH I FORGOT!! Do you guys read Lee’s blog? You should, she’s a ton of fun and today she unknowingly gave MY SUBURB an excellent review! I run on the path she’s standing on all of the time and go to Tommy’s restaurant every single Sunday when I’m at home! I’ll write about it someday but for now check it out over there! (It MADE MY DAY if you can’t tell)


What I… Wednesday

Hello again my loves! I’m getting back into the blogging grove and to celebrate I though I would jump on the

What I Wednesday train!

What I ate


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Oats in almost empty nut butter jar! 1/2 cup oatmeal, a whole apple sliced, cinnamon and truvia with a ton of naturally more left at the bottom!

I knew exactly what I wanted for lunch, so after shopping and galavanting and such I finally got it!
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Almond butter and blueberry preserves sandwich, carrot and cuc with dijon

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Soy milk martini for extra protein

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I also threw some dill on my veg because fun fact about me, it’s my favorite seasoning! Apart from cinnamon =P

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For dinner I whipped out this (it was actually delicious and tasted like pesto) I jazzed it up with cucumber and chickpeas with steamed green beans on the side.

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I forgot to take a picture of my plate so here are the lovely leftovers =).

I also had a small bowl of blueberries and greek yogurt for dessert!

What I Worked

Because my hill run killed me yesterday and I don’t normally run two days in a row I wasn’t planning on it but I had to celebrate national running day! So I did an easy 1.5 miles on the treadmill while waiting for barbell strength to start. I the strengthend with a barbell for an hour!

I normally love the class but it was a teacher I’ve never been to and she left so much downtime between tracks it drove me insane!!

What I did

I have been on a mad hunt for the love of my life’s new perfume

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I’m almost 20 and have MAD Bieber fever, let’s get over it.

This took me to the mall where I discovered that a Forever 21 was put in whilst I was at school, I jumped for joy and cried for my debit card.

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Hello lover


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And the comfiest shorts ever that were less than $5!! WINNING


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Rocked with my fave T. I got PerMa and I matching ones for her birthday =D.

And Finally I stopped at the library

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two parts brain, one part body

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One part silly obsession!

I’ve already started new rules of lifting, I really like it, hopefully look for a review!

I now must watch my other loves dominate the Blue Jay’s!

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So sorry to any Canadian readers!

Peace!

Caitlin

What are qualities you look for in group fitness?


Name some teenie-bopper obsessions you have!


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Best thing you ate today?

Shopping, Gardening and Yogurt

Hello all!! My has it been forever?! I’ve been somewhat busy, my older sister has been home for a total of 5 days in the past 2 weeks before she goes away for the whole summer so I’ve been spending my time catching up with her! We spent some quality shopping time together

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The car that we share

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She always like to drive =)

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We ended up at the best place in the world… TARGET!! Our main goal was shoes

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I made away with some boat shoes. Uggo picture but I promise they are cute!

She’s leaving super early tomorrow morning so we had a fun goodbye dinner tonight.

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Delicious fluffy bread ( I had two)

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All three of us got different salads! Big sis got the falafel (she’s stubborn about her food posing for pictures =P)

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PerMa got the Spinach

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And your one and only fave permanent blogger got the fatoush! Lettuce, cucs, green pepper, tomato, pickled turnips, and pita chips. It doesn’t look like much but the bowl was deep and it was FILLING, I didn’t even finish it. But that’s ok, I needed room for dessert!!

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Menchie’s Frozen yogurt JUST opened near us, of course we had to try it!

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Mine on the left, blueberry yogurt with mango and graham crackers and PerMa’s on the right, chocolate with graham crackers and peanut butter sauce. Again with the stubborn sis but she got mango sorbet topped with blueberries and raspberries (she’s vegan).

Annnnnnd in some other news. I have been running.

10 miles saturday, 4 miles with 2 miles of hills today plus body weight exercises.

Cross training, power yoga on Sunday and total conditioning group fitness on Monday.

And gardening.

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In my running clothes… after my 10 miler, I then took a nap.

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But PerMa did a BEAUTIFUL job!

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And eating lots of oats in a jar

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I AM SO SAD YOU ARE GONE

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Oh, I was also sick one day

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So cinnamon and I hung out

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And watched three twilight movies in a row. I must have Taylor Lautner, I will have him, mark my words.

I think that’s a long enough post for you all! I’ll try to catch you up on everything over the next few days, be back tomorrow with June goals and a may review/telling you how I failed =)

Peace!

Caitlin

Do you have siblings? Do you like to hang out with them?

What did you do over memorial day? Yard work? Pool?

Twilight, yes or no?

Cross Training and Reflections

Today is officially my last full day at school! Definitely bitter-sweet. It has been a ROUGH year but thank goodness it’s ending on a good note.

I spent 3/4 of the year counting calories, avoiding people, going to bed at 8:30 and finishing my homework weeks (or months) before it was due.

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I still love my early bedtimes but I’ve realized I on occasion want to stay up late and be with people! What a shocker I know.

Since spring break I have stopped counting calories, stopped weighing myself, broken most of my food rules (I say most because I still won’t eat trans fat or things with an ingredient list longer than my iTunes library), gotten to a healthy weight and made some amazing new friends. While still managing to keep my grades in check and my workouts where I like them, something my ED told me was not possible (well he can shut the F up, just saying)

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Another HUGE accomplishment that I had was going out to dinner with one of my new “friends” . I didn’t look at the menu online first, I didn’t insist on leaving food on my plate (although I did but only because I was full) and I didn’t insist on demolishing it all because if I don’t clearly I “still have an eating disorder”.

As for running, I’m not even trying right now. I tried last Friday and it did not work. My half is on Sunday *gulp* so I’m gently cross training all week and will try to get through a couple of miles on Thursday or Friday once I’m home to see if I can. My other options are dropping to the 10K or being the best cheerleader ever for my mom and sister =).

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This is why cross training is so important. Not only to prevent injury and boredom but also to keep you fit during an injury. If I didn’t already know about and love cycling and lifting I would have nothing to do at this time.

Benefits of Cross Training

  • Reduces exercise boredom
  • Allows you to be flexible about you training needs and plans (if the pool is closed, you can go for a run instead).
  • Produces a higher level of all around conditioning
  • Conditions the entire body, not just specific muscle groups
  • Reduces the risk of injury
  • Work some muscles while others rest and recover
  • Can continue to train while injured
  • Improves your skill, agility and balance

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I also plan of some good hot yoga classes and a sports massage when I get home! It will be my first one, I’m EXCITED.

Please don’t even ask me what I’ve eaten over the past few days. My fridge currently has cottage cheese, peanut butter, a sweet potato and ketchup in it. I’ve been eating more meals at school so basically it’s been

Cereal

Hummus sandwiches

Peanut butter in whole wheat tortillas

raw oats and cottage cheese

An Amy’s microwave black bean casserole meal

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Vegetables, please come back to me =(.

I’m almost done packing (without any tears!!) and then off to try to entertain myself for the day!

Peace!

Caitlin

How do you cross train?

Tell me about finding balance in your life!

How has your year up to this point been?

Does anyone want to mail me some greens? PLEASE?!

Things I’m Going a Week Without

Because I’m bad at rationing my favorite foods but I promised myself I wasn’t going shopping again.

Bread

Any fresh fruit besides oranges, apples and bananas ( I can get those at school)

Spinach/ lettuce

tomatoes

baby carrots

jelly

avocado

and worst of all…

NUT BUTTER

Why oh why must I eat you so quickly??

I have some frozen food still so I’ll use that for veggie supply and of course I can always get food from school (especially hummus, thank goodness). At least I have some sweet potatoes left!

Also I’m so sorry I haven’t been updating frequently! I’ve been super busy trying to get all of my papers done but I’ll be home next week so we’ll chat more frequently then, promise!

So let’s just go for a quick update

Workouts

Saturday- 45 min Yoga, 30 min power walk, 30 min bike

Sunday- 5 miles tempo run

Monday-2 mile run, 25 min bike, 45 min lift

Tuesday- 65 min bike intervals

Wednesday- .50 run (I’ll explain) 30 min. bike, 45 min lift

Thursday- 65 min bike intervals, 10 min ET

Alright Caitlin, so what’s with the weirdly short runs?

Well my dears I’ve come down with a touch of plantar faciitis =(. Basically fascia is what holds you muscles together and if something is causing it to pull it hurts, a lot. My calves are ridiculously tight so it pulls the fascia in the heel and arch of my feet. The remedy is a bunch of stretching and ice, pretty simple so hopefully I’ll be running again next week!

Some Eats

I need to use pumpkin and yogurt hence, a great amount of pumpkin yogurt


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With the rest of PB2, oats and craisins
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With Ambrosial Museli

And more random meals

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Four egg whites scrambled with salsa, hummus mixed with dijon, baby carrots, pretzels, apple. Can you tell I was rushing?

I also finished the pretzel bag because I need some kind of intervention. I’ve eaten 10 bags in 6 weeks, please don’t judge me.

Must study for bio! I have a date tonight =).

Peace!

Caitlin

What foods do you struggle without? All of the above, it’s a hard knock life

I’m debating nail color, ideas?

Who wants to take my bio final for me?