The Wrong Foot

Wednesday wasn’t looking too hot as of 8AM this morning.  Last night I fell asleep on the couch while watching It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 6 and woke up a little before 3AM with too much on the brain.  I didn’t fall back asleep until 4:30AM, which made getting up at 6AM a total pain.

For whatever reason, I just could not get out of the door this morning.  I thought I was doing good on time but I didn’t leave the house until 7:50AM, which meant I had to drive to work instead of metroing…

and then I hit DC traffic…

And then even more traffic.  It took me 1 hour and 40 minutes to get to work today.  Lets just say that my day did NOT start out on the right foot. 

There was a beautiful rainbow over DC though once I got to work, which was pretty beautiful!  I also had Panera for lunch, which was a total treat!  I ordered the Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich, my favorite!

Pesto, red onion, cucumbers, tomatoes, feta and lettuce.  YUMM-O!

Wednesday, October 19 – Food Journal

  • Breakfast – 2 cup of coffee, 1 sandwich thin, 1 egg, 2 slices of turkey bacon, and 1 slice of cheese (homemade breakfast sandwich)
  • Lunch – Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich from Panera Bread
  • Snack- banana
  • Dinner – Leftover lentil pilaf, peas and corn, chicken breast, and a side salad

When all was said in done, I…

  • Ate 1 serving of fruit and 6 servings of vegetables (7 out of 9 servings)
  • Did not work out (day off)
  • Drank 8 glasses of water (8 out of 8 )
  • Took a multivitamin and vitamin D

Tonight I’m planning to watch the World Series, do a little graduate work, and then snuggle up with these babies

My plan is to be to bed early, that way I’m well rested and ready for the 4 mile run Neal and I have tomorrow morning.

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Effects of Living in a Healthy City

Washington, DC is a beautiful city and although it is often known for its wild traffic, it is also one of the healthiest cities in the United States according to the 2011 American Fitness Index report.

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The top 10 healthiest cities, according to the 2011 AFI report:

  1. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Boston, Mass.
  4. Portland, Ore.
  5. Denver, Colo.
  6. San Francisco, Calif.
  7. Hartford, Conn.
  8. Seattle, Wash.
  9. Virginia Beach, Va.
  10. Sacramento, Calif.  (source)

When I moved to Washington, DC in 2004 I quickly noticed how healthy the city was.  The city was full of beautiful trails, like the WO&D trail, 4 mile run, and Capital Crescent trail, which citizens took full advantage of.  Friends were invested in cycling, running, yoga, crossfit, frisbee golf, and NAKID kickball, all of which were new to me.

Running along the Potomac River

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The fitness lifestyle of those living in DC was the polar opposite of what I had lived in San Antonio, Texas.  I can’t even tell you were a trail exists in San Antonio, aside from the sidewalk along the Riverwalk. This is not to say that San Antonio doesn’t have citizens looking to live a healthy lifestyle, it’s more that the city doesn’t scream fitness and healthy living.

When I lived in Texas, social gatherings were centered around food.  Mexican food, Texas BBQ, 24 hour fast food, and gallons of sweet tea.  I was by no means happy with my body weight when I lived in Texas, but the city I lived in did not support my desire to lose weight.  Washington, DC on the other hand motivates me to lose weight, to be healthy, and to try new fitness programs.  Instead of meeting up with friends at 10AM for breakfast tacos I am meeting up with friends at 7AM to go for a run and follow it up with an iced coffee.

A well known 24 hour fast food restaurant in San Antonio

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You can also visually see the difference between Washington, DC’s citizens and those in San Antonio and even Las Vegas.  I was shocked when I arrived in Las Vegas a few weeks ago and to see vast amount of overweight people living in the city.  I had forgotten how fit DC was compared to other US cities.  It’s easy to compare myself to others in DC, as it is a very fit city, but I have to remember where I have come from and how much weight I have lost already.  I grew up in a city where obesity was acceptable and a part of the culture.

Now I will say that I often see the negative effects of living in a healthy city.  Yesterday morning in spin class there were 2 women who could not have weighed more than 100 pounds.  They were so incredibly skinny and struggled to keep up with the instructor.  There is also another woman I see at the gym every morning, who works out on the elliptical for hours at a time.  One morning I arrived and she had 92 minutes clocked on the machine and continued to work out for the 40 minutes I was on the machine.  It makes me sad to see these women who feel the need to lose that much weight or who work to maintain such a low weight.

I have learned that living in a city that embarrasses fitness is extremely important to me, but I also want to be as healthy as possible in my quest to be fit.  It is tough to live a lifestyle that isn’t openly accepted by those around you, as it takes a lot of willpower to go against the norm, so I commend those who live in cities like San Antonio and live a healthy lifestyle!

What city do you live in and how would you rate its fitness level?  Does the city you live in affect your fitness and lifestyle?

In Cod We Trust

Yesterday was a great day.  Started the morning out on the elliptical and with a little weight lifting.  As hard as it has been to get out of bed lately, darn you snooze button, I always feel FANTASTIC after a morning workout.  I’m thinking, “I’ve got to live closer to a gym in the future” because the hour train ride to the gym/work is just too much.

Work day was busy, but with only two more days left at my current job, I’m starting to get excited!  But the best part of the day came after work…

One of my favorite parts of summer is meeting up with friends for dinner after a long day at work.  There’s just something about the sun still being out at 5PM, meeting up at a restaurant around DC, and enjoying some summer eats!  Last night I met up with my friend Becky at the Tackle Box.

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The Tackle Box is a super cute seafood restaurant.  The menu is huge, with grilled and breaded fish options, lobster, oysters, various rolls, fish tacos, tons of sides and LOTS of yummy beers and cocktails.  I wanted to try a little of everything!!

You really feel like you’re on Cape Cod when you’re at the Tackle Box and the food was fantastic.  It’s somewhat like Panera in which you order, take a buzzer, and then pick up your food when it’s ready.

I mean come on, how cute is that lobster buzzer?  Becky ordered a grilled fish with a side of mac and cheese and cornbread.  I ordered two fish tacos and Neal ordered breaded cod and a side of mac and cheese.  Becky and I also ordered their white sangria (a little weak if you ask me).

I loved the fish tacos, and half price Wednesdays made them even better!!

Today is my last full day in my current job and I’m getting SO excited!!  I think I’m also just really excited about dinner tonight… I’m having dinner with my long lost love, Randy.  Randy and I worked together a few years back and he just moved back to the area.  I ADORE him!!  Neal is going to meet up with us too, and I just can’t wait for Neal to meet Randy.  He is a great friend and I just couldn’t be happier to be in the same city as him.  Don’t you just love good friends?  They change your life!

Back in the day!

Big day ahead… but it’s all down hill from here.

  1. Work today
  2. Dinner tonight
  3. Pack for Vegas
  4. Work half day tomorrow
  5. Leave for Vegas (to visit my brother)

Can I get a WOOP WOOP??