Are you fit?

Fitness is subjective. Are you fit when you can run a 5K? Run a marathon? Hold a plank for five minutes? Is it a number on the scale?

I started on a journey for fitness and good health after being diagnosed with Graves Disease.
From the Mayo Clinic:

Graves’ disease is an immune system disorder that results in the overproduction of thyroid hormones (hyperthyroidism). While a number of disorders may result in hyperthyroidism, Graves’ disease is the most common cause. 

The only cure is irradiating the thyroid, that typically leads to hypothyroidism, which is then regulated with medication. It generally leads to a life with a slow metabolism and weight fluctuations.

Nearly two years after taking the radioactive iodine, I am lucky to still have some thyroid function. It may even be enough to have a normal metabolism or to stop taking medication for it.

After the diagnoses, I knew that paying extra attention to how I eat and moving everyday would be essential. It has become part of my life and I feel better than I did before.

Fitness for me is not numbers on the scale or pants size. It is the strength I feel after a hard workout. The power I feel after running a distance that would have been impossible a year ago. It really is knowing that you can live with a health setback and it can make you stronger.

How do you define fitness?

Has exercise helped overcome or live with a health issue?

Life As I See It [Fitness, Health and Happiness]

Present to myself

I had a hard time getting my butt outside for a run today. It might be the heat or just general laziness but I was finally able to convince myself.

It was hot. It was sticky. Halfway through UPS brought me a present that was perfect for a hot, sticky run.

Bondi Bands!

I ordered three from Tina at Carrots’N Cake through Open Sky. Not only does my hair get in my face while I run, I am a heavy sweater and there is nothing fun about sunscreen dripping into your eyes.

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After my run. (Yes, I am awesome at taking pictures of myself. Look how hard I am concentrating)

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Worked like a charm and would highly recommend.

Sadly, during my run I started to get a pain in my foot and a slight twinge in my knee. Decided to call it and book myself a date with this guy.

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I have not used it in awhile and I should be using it.

I think I may need new shoes.

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Have you gotten any new running accessories recently?

Weekly Workouts 7/12/11

Sunday: Elliptical 30 Minutes & Upper Body Strength

Monday: Rest (I have a meeting with county DEC after work.)

Tuesday: Run 45 minutes at an easy pace

Wednesday: Jackie Warner Power Circuit Training Full-Body

Thursday: 1 Mile warm-up at followed by 3x hill repeats at 8min/mile with a 1 mile cool-down & Abs

Friday: Elliptical 30 minutes or more & Lower Body Strength

Saturday: Long Run at easy pace of at least 4 miles

Goals:

Get more sleep. I end up getting into bed at a reasonable hour most nights but often end up watching TV in bed. Terrible I know!

Be positive. I have a tendency to focus on the negative and really want to work on that.

Keep being creative with healthy meals that J will eat.

Keep my mileage going up. I am kind of in a rut with my running workouts. It has been difficult to get passed 3.5 miles. I do not know if it is the heat or a mental issue but with half training starting at the end of the month, I really need to get there.

What are your plans/goals for the coming week?

Week-end

Saturday started with a bang. I was actually able to get out of the house before noon to get my run in. I have the best intentions every Saturday but am so slow in the morning, especially when I do not have to be somewhere (like work).

After my run, a little over three miles, I had to jump in the shower and drive in to Orlando for my hair appointment. Of course, there was tons of Disney traffic. Of course, my hairdresser was not at the salon when I got there. I ended up waiting around for 45 minutes until she texted my back and told me I could go to her house and she would do it for free.

J was craving seafood and Ocean Prime is newish, so we decided to check it out.

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They have an amazing outdoor area, that I did not get any pictures of, but would totally love to get a drink out there.

I started with Berries & Bubbles which is: Belvedere Citrus Vodka, Marinated Blackberries, House made sour mix, and Domaine Chandon Brut. It also had dry ice in it so it smoked. I never order cocktails but this one was delicious.

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J took a sip.

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To start we had the white truffle caviar deviled eggs. I do not even like deviled eggs but these were yummy. Creamy, salty, and truffley rolled into each mouthwatering bite.

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We also had Oysters. Being Connecticut natives, we can rarely turn down an appetizer from a raw bar.

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J had the wedge salad.

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I had the Prime Feature (Crab Crusted Blue Tilapia, French Beans, and Fingerling Potatoes). It was very good including the sides.

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J had the filet with béarnaise sauce. He thought it was really good for a seafood place.

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Ocean Prime was very good if not a bit over priced but the food was tasty and the service prompt. We will definitely eat here again.

How was you week-end?

A Few Things for Friday

1. Pinterest. Not sure if I am late to the party here but I just got an invite and am blown away by the beauty an inspiration on the site. It is a collection of boards where you can pin (get it?) items from the internet and group them together. It can be anything from clothes you like to inspiration for decorating your home.

There is also a social component in which you can follow other peoples boards and look at what they are pinning. At this point, you can join by signing up and waiting or getting an invite from someone who is already a member. If you would like an invite, please leave me a comment here with your email address and I can send one your way. If you are already pinning away, you can follow me here.

2. The Runner’s Kitchen wrote a post that is really thought provoking about the idea of exercising so you can eat a piece of cake (or ice cream or a donut) and not have guilt about eating “bad” foods. It is the combination of guilt and exercise that is teetering on disordered eating.

Exercise (especially running) makes me feel empowered, strong, and helps with stress. I do not do it for vanity (even though I would rather look toned than not) or so I do not feel bad about myself if I snack or eat dessert. If food was my sole motivation for working out, it would be difficult to continue to do it.

Do you agree that this type of motivation with food is borderline disordered or is this a factor for you in working out? 

3. Fitness Friday. A collection of exercises to target areas where I need it most.

Triceps

Biceps

Hips

 What area’s are you focusing on?

Life As I See It [Fitness, Health and Happiness]

Fashion Running and a new challenge

Runner’s World has an article in the August issue about the trend of super cute women’s running clothes. At a time when more women than men are entering races, a market has opened up for fashionable while still being functional and high-tech running clothes.

From dresses:

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To skirts:

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GymGirl_Skirt

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Decorative Tops:

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Lululemon_Top

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Accessories:

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CEP_Socks

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Is fashion or function more important to you in running clothes?

I think it can be empowering to wear bright colors and cute clothes while pushing yourself in training or a race. If the budget allowed, I would definitely pick-up a few fashionable pieces.

I stumbled upon an AB Challenge that is right up my alley. There are prizes, videos, and a jumbo spread sheet where you can track your progress.

I joined at the end of week one but did get my 100 in for today.

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Weekly Workouts for 7/3/11

Excuse the late start but planning my workouts last week was so helpful, I want to make sure I continue to do so.

Sunday: Elliptical 40 minutes & Pilates DVD 20 Minutes

Monday: Easy Run 3.4 miles in 50 minutes

Tuesday: Power Circuit Training with Jackie Warner 40 Minutes  

Wednesday: Hill Repeats x 3 & Easy run for 2 miles

Thursday: Nike Training Club & Core work

Friday: Rest (and eat for Subway Friday)

Saturday: Long Run for 5 miles & Core work

My core is an area I want to focus on. It is weaker than other areas and can use a good toning up. A few ideas to add to the rotation from around the internet.

No Crunch Abs from Oxygen Magazine

Jamie Eason’s Abs Workout from Oxygen Magazine

Lola Jones’ Core Workout from Runner’s World

John Lythe Core from DistanceCoach.com

Do you have an awesome core routine you would like to share?

Do you have a specific area you are working on?

Heather from Dietitian on the Run is hosting a July Yoga Challenge. I will be participating because I do not do yoga frequently but would like to. Doing exercises outside of your comfort zone not only keep things fresh but help you stay in shape.