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!


What have you read lately?


Best thing you ate today?

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National Running Day!

HAPPY NATIONAL RUNNING DAY!!!

You know you want to bust out your sweet running kicks and hit the streets!

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I just got NEW sweet running shoes, Mizuno Wave runners 14, LOVE THEM, LOVE THEM!

Running has amazing benefits for your mind and body, it can

Aid in weight loss and maintenance

Has been shown to relieve symptoms of depression

Boosts your immune system and metabolism

Can improve balance and coordination

Releases endorphins so you feel amazing afterward!

Never run before? Not a problem!

Try the coach to 5k program from cool running

OR my personal favorite (that I still use EVERY TIME I run) olympian Jeff Galloway’s Run/walk/run method


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Jeff has used this method to coach his runners to sub 3- hour marathons. It is not wimpy, it is still running, it is amazing for new runners or seasoned runner who want to prevent fatigue and injury (who doesn’t want that?!)

If it’s you millionth run today, or your first, just give it a shot! Believe me you won’t regret it, I sure never did =D

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Peace!

Caitlin

Are you a runner? Are you celebrating today? How did you get into running?

Not a runner? What do you like to do instead?!

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?

Bad Blogger!

I’m so sorry friends, I realize I’m the worst blogger in the world! Truly it’s just been laziness (I believe created by the horrible weather that we’ve been experiencing). So let me break down my last few days for you!

Half Marathon

This past Sunday I ran my first half marathon. it was the Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k.

Me and my mom ran it plus my sister came up from school (she’s an hour from home) with a friend of hers and they ran it too! It was a lot of fun to have so many female, runners together, even for just one night!

I got up at 5:30, got dressed and everything together that I hadn’t the night before. I ate a honey roasted PB and banana sandwich on whole wheat toast and we were out of the driveway by 6am!

We had to park about 1/2 a mile away from the start so we got a good warm up in. The start was right outside of Browns Stadium (<3 Peyton Hillis <3) so we got to use the bathrooms in the stadium before instead of port-o-potties.
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The first 5 miles were on highways and hills. It was fun to run on the highway but I very stupidly took aleve before the race so for this whole time I thought I was going to vomit. Eventually the feeling passed and the second hour flew by, was great and super fun! Especially going over the huge bridge!

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Love the statues =)

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During the race I had water and poweraid at every stop plus to 8 ounce bottle of water and one of gatorade I had with me. I also had 2 GU’s, I normally use beans but after this I am switching to GU’s, they just worked better for me!

My time was pretty slow but not horrible.

Workouts

Monday– 45 VERY EASY elliptical, my quads were on fire, I needed and easy peasy recovery.

Tuesday- 50 min ET, some body weight work. Evening- Total conditioning group class. I went because I LOVE the teacher and PerMa was going, it kicked my butt. I have never done so many jump squats.

Wednesday– 15 min bike intervals, 35 min ET, 30 min core class.

Thursday– CRT (Cardio resistance training) group fitness class. Very fast compound strength moves for an hour so you get a full body and cardio workout.

Food! (best part)


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Whole wheat toast with honey roasted PB, raspberry jam and banana

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Two poached eggs on sprouted grain sesame toast with lettuce and tomato, baby carrots and everything topped with dijon

*baby carrots and dijon=new best thing EVER*


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The other night we made pineapple-tofu stir fry to use veggies up. Green beans, carrots, asparagus, spinach, green pepper, onion, tofu and pineapple all stir-fryed in vegan worcestershire sauce that I found at whole foods, score!!

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I had a small portion because I snacked a lot that afternoon

And fun lunchtime snack plates
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Romaine with hummus, four slice tofurkey slices, leftover roast cauliflower, two pickles and pineapple chunks.

And the other day I tried my coconut milk “yogurt” for a nighttime snack

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Topped with frozen pineapple chunks to make it very tropical. I now love this stuff, too overpriced but so so good!

And for a last note, my grades came out today so I wanted to brag

Total Earned Credits Total Grade Points Term GPA

4.00

12.90

3.225


Course/Section and Title Grade Credits

BIOL*110 01 Human Biology

B

1.00

SOCI*291 01 Contemp Food Movements (WL)

B+

1.00

ENGL*195 01 Brit Lit Hist:Lit Landscap(WL

B+

1.00

IDST*228 01 MLKjr/Quest Racial Just (IS)

B+

1.00

I promise promise promise to get beck to regular blogging, still love you all !!
Peace!
Caitlin
What are your favorite stir fry ingredients?

Favorite vegetable dip/topping?

Anyone a baseball fan? Be jealous of my Indians =D

Shopping Addict

The first thing I always do when I get home (besides hug my bed) is go shopping!

Yesterday I hit up Trader Joe’s and finally today I got to my beloved Whole Foods and Target!

Some of my wonderful goodies

TJ’S

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Did I tell you guys I’ve given up cow’s milk? I’ve had it one time in about two weeks (today actaually, I forgot to ask for soy milk when I went to starbucks after yoga)

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I’m thinking it should be like naturally more? Anyone know?

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Whole wheat graham crackers!! I nearly cried.

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I am a big fan of those chocolate bars!

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And a pretty decent size for 100 calories!

Whole Foods

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Some things I have been excited to try for a while!

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I was way too excited about the bulk products. Medjool dates (YUM YUM YUM) raw cashews to make my own cashew butter, buckwheat so I can make breakfast bakes and nooch. Plus fresh ground honey roasted PB.

I had some of the PB and dates for a snack, it was to die for.

And some other random fun things

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SO HAPPY

And I won’t bore you with everything I got at Target but it was a lot of workout clothes.

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And a pretty sweet new watch

Today PerMa and I went to a power vinyasa class for a pre-race day workout. I’m not sure it was the best idea because my quads and butt were already KILLING from barbell strength yesterday but I guess I’ll just power through tomorrow?? Yikes…

We then went to pick up our race packets, the race shirts are really neat!

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I love my city! =D

I’ve pinned my number on for my first half tomorrow!!

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We had a standard pre-race dinner. Whole wheat spaghetti with mushrooms, artichoke hearts, garlic and canned tomatoes sauteed in EVOO. With a little piece of garlic bread.

Need to get some sleep, see you tomorrow post-race!

Peace!

Caitlin

What’s your favorite grocery store or store in general?

So Much!

I couldn’t think of another title just because I have so much to tell you all! I’ve decided to break it into categories to make it easier on all of us =).

Camera

I made it home from school safe and sound, unfortunately I cannot say the same for my camera. Don’t worry, it’s safe and sound, just in storage in the basement of my dorm instead of in Cleveland (oops). At first I just panicked but then I remembered PerMa has a camera too, yay! 201105131317.jpg

Injury

Is non-existent! Funny story, it was actually never existent. I tried to run yesterday and immediately my feet were screaming. I was incredibly sad and worried but luckily there was a spin class about to start to I headed over there. Oddly my feet kept hurting throughout spin and then my ankles hurt too. I suddenly knew what was wrong. I stopped my bike, untied my shoes and re-tied them looser. The pain instantly went away. My shoes were tied too tight. The whole time. Wow Caitlin.

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Ha. Ha. Ha.

Being Home and Food!

I love being home for many reasons

My gym

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My gym =). I went to spin yesterday and ran a mile in total. Today I ran 2.5 miles and went to barbell strength.

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My TV! And re-runs of Real Housewives of New Jersey =)

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A REAL, stocked, kitchen! Which I cleaned right after I took this.

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And good food! Whole wheat TJ’s tortilla with tofurkey, dijon, lettuce and pickles.

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baby carrots with dijon and frozen pineapple.

I had a wonderful trip to Trader Joe’s this morning but this is already long so I’ll report the goods back tonight!

Peace!

Caitlin

Who has a race coming up? I am SO SO SO happy I can run the half on Sunday!!

What’s your favorite thing about being home?

What’s your favorite Trader Joe’s goody?

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

Source

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?!