Sunday, February 27, 2011

My Body Post-13.1 Miles

Considering I just ran 13.1 miles one week ago, I'm surprisingly not-too-pleased with the shape/size/appearance of my body lately. For some reason, I gained almost 10 lbs the week and a half before the race. NO idea what was going on there. Nothing had changed in regard to my eating, and I highly doubt my tapering/reduced mileage could do that much damage. I chalked it up to water weight and PMS and tried to ignore it as best I could.

Things didn't improve when I got to Austin, but that's probably because I was eating out 3 times/day every day and eating lots of melted cheese (aka queso). Since returning to NYC, I've decided enough is enough. I'm tired of feeling bloated and overstuffed, and I'm also going to return to my beloved Tuesday Night Happy Hour. In order to help get back on track, Roomie 1 and I headed to Trader Joe's to stock up on some health eats.  I got TONS of fruits and veggies: bananas, clementines, 3 BAGS of brussels sprouts...

I have a couple of lunches and dinners scheduled this week, but aside from that, I plan to stick to light lunches, homecooked dinners and absurd amounts of fruits and veggies.  My body needs it! 

I'm also having a hard time adjusting to a complete lack of training schedule.  I had a rather painful two mile run on Thursday night and did Jillian Michaels' SHRED dvd yesterday.  I want to step up my game and include a great deal more strength training than when I was training for the Half.  Today (Sunday) I plan on hitting the Chelsea Equinox for some weights and a (hopefully much more pleasant) run.  Bonsoir, mes amies!

What are your favorite healthy go-to meals?  How do you fit in your fruits/veggies?


Globetrotting Cacti said...

That shopping basket looks great (except for the brussel sprouts!).

Fruit - I eat for breakfast and snack on throughout the day (apple, satsuma etc mid-morning/afternoon).

Veg - tend to have as a side on my main meal or in soup but I find these harder to include

Well done again of the half-marathon.

Analiese said...

Hey girlie! Congrats on the half-marathon! That is such a HUGE and amazing accomplishment. It was so much fun to follow your progress throughout your training.

I totally hear you on the healthy eating front. It's a constant challenge, but you're on the right track. Filling your kitchen with fruits, veggies, and other healthy fare is a great tactic. I find that when I have plenty of healthy choices to reach for, I don't feel deprived. For me, it also helps to clear out the foods that tempt me.

And on this topic, I just launched my new holistic health coaching website ( and I'll be blogging there with lots of healthy eating tips!