Sisterhood of the Traveling Necklace

Before I delve into the meaning behind the title, I just have to share with you how awful my run felt today.  Tip #1 in running in cold weather: don’t forget your base layer, even if it is a heat wave as high as 30 degrees. Tip #2 Don’t forget to wear pants with fleece lining or your butt will freeze and fall off like mine did.  Tip #3 If your legs feel like tree trunks, then just embrace it. (Oh, by the way, Fitbit giveaway continues.  Ends 2/3!)

Seriously, my legs felt like they were bricks…or at least a brick/dead body tied to my right ankle.  For some reason I couldn’t get my leg to feel lose and light, just frustratingly tight. I decided to continue with the run anyway, because I was naughty and didn’t run last night.  (In order to get to 30 miles this week, I have to somehow squeeze in 4 miles either tomorrow/Saturday morning/evening before/after the School Mental Health Conference I’m going to.) At least the view of Spy Pond on the run was a highlight, even if the whole run required me to trick my brain into keeping my body in motion.

On top of Dietbet hosted by Jess from Blonde Ponytail (and seriously, the pot is at $2300 at the moment I’m writing this), I’m in a race to the finish in order to look svelte for my bestie, Jody’s wedding.  She is getting married in Tampa next weekend and I have the honor and privilege of being a bridesmaid in her wedding.  I’m doing the best I can to make sure the dress fits with a little room to spare.

I’ve decided to use Tone it Up’s 7 Day Slim Down, although I don’t currently subscribe to Tone it Up, nor am I able to stick to the “plan” (as I understand it) to a T.  It basically makes you:

*drink butt tons of water
*cut out most carbs and don’t consume any carbs after 4 p.m.
*Don’t eat fruit in the afternoon
*Do a morning workout (I can’t)
*Drink some kind of crazy concoction consisting of apple cider vinegar, honey, lemon, etc. (no thanks).
*cut out as much salt as possible
*eat 4-5 CLEAN meals a day
*stick to lean meats and clean vegetables for your dinner
*OK really only eat lean meats, veggies, fruits, and lots of egg whites. Everything else is a no go.
The last time I tried out the this 7 Day Slim Down, I think I did a pretty good job and felt confident for my bestie Baby Snake’s wedding last August.
And now, the reason I titled my post, “Sisterhood of the Traveling Necklace”. Four of my best friends from high school came up with the idea or passing around a journal and a necklace in order to document our dating highs and lows throughout our 20’s.  Now that we have gracefully (or not so much) entered our 30’s, I decided to upgrade the necklace in order for us to use it in the many events we will undoubtedly be a part of in the next several years (i.e., our own weddings, having children, etc.) and I wanted Jody to be the first to be able to wear our traveling necklace during the rehearsal dinner the night before her big day.  I’m so excited to be able to share these moments with them, and am thankful of how we have stayed in touch throughout the years, despite the distance and the difficulties. I’m so excited for you, my dear, dear, friend!
(Necklace by Kate Spade. OH man, its even on sale!!)

A bundle of nerves

Hey, YOU!
You didn’t enter my giveaway yet, did you?

Today was a tough day for me.  Really easy at school, left super early because I needed to run some errands, didn’t have a ton of work by the grace of God. See, look what I bought at Trader Joe’s!! It was a lot of quick and easy foods, because I knew I wouldn’t have time to make meals this week.

Regardless, I was a bundle of nerves throughout the day and couldn’t shake the feeling. The only thing that helped was that as soon as I got home I literally cried into Chris’s shirt (with Chris being in said shirt).  There was ABSOLUTELY no reason for it. Nothing set me off, I just carried this weight in my chest the entire day. Thankfully, that emotional outburst did the trick and I feel better now.
(Oh, you know. Just a little Natalie Dee humor to make the world go round.)
I forced myself to head to the gym and rewarded myself with some TJ’s sushi.  I went with Trader Joe’s instead of a local sushi place because I had a hankering for raw fish, yet didn’t want to indulge in as many calories. Good thinking, Lauren. Anyway, I did a HIIT workout, for everyone’s favorite workout of the week: Speed Work Tuesday.  It was pretty much the same cycle as the last few Speed Workout Tuesdays. However, because running felt so difficult for some reason, I broke up my time at the gym into three parts:

HIIT 1. Run at 7.3 mph for 1 mile,
.5 mile 8.0,
.5 mile, 7.5,
.5 mile, 8.1

STOP. Took some time to do a weight circuit, including some kettlebells.

HIIT 2. Run at 7.5 mph for .5 mile,
               .5 at 8.1 mph,
               .5 at 7.5 mph,
               Cool down mile at 7.4, for a total of 5 miles at approximately an 8:00 overall pace.

PHEW!  It took a lot to get me through that workout, but its done.  I honestly can say that knowing that I had committed to the run only yesterday and complaining that I never get in a perfect training week was the motivation I needed to get the job done.

Thank you all for holding me accountable. You rock.
Let’s Chat:
Did any of you do Speed work today?
Does the cold weather make your anxiety feel worse?  
Here is an article about how cold weather can increase and worsen symptoms of anxiety in some people. I totally TOTALLY believe it. I bet you anything it has to do with the tightness of the air (from what the article suggests) making it hard to breath and fully expand our lungs, causing those predisposed to anxiety, to feel a little panicky.

And on a lighter note, are any of you allergic to cats? 
I am…can’t even touch them. I have to pet my parents’ cat with my elbow and/or foot. Dogs for life!

Monday’s Musings

Well first things first, and if you haven’t heard of or entered my Fitbit Giveaway yet, then you need to get your butt over there and do so right this second!  Contest ends on 2/3!

Today was your typical Monday morning with that good ol’ alarm going off at 5:20.  A funny thing though, I have been so excited about this giveaway that I woke right up and started checking to see who had left comments in the wee hours of the morning.  I was psyched to see 14 of you participate already, given that its my very first giveaway!

Anyway, at school today I was excited to receive my Christmas present from a coworker.  Why yes, it is a month after Christmas but she scrapped the present she originally got me. I was showing her some necklaces I wanted at Baublebar, and then my very good friend went right back to her office to order me the necklace I liked the most! She’s the best (and yes, I’m talking about you, Anh!).

I was also able to sign up for a race that I didn’t think I was originally going to be able to participate in! I typically go home during the first weekend of March to celebrate my sister’s birthday, but she will be in France instead, with her vocal group from college. Yes, I am jealous, but… I’m excited to be able to participate in this year’s Salem Black Cat 10-miler.

It actually works out really well, because its the same day that I had a 10-miler scheduled in my training plan.  The Black Cat race was created as a training run for all of those New Englander’s running that year’s Boston Marathon. Its a fun and motivating way in order to get in your 20 mile training run.  I will be participating in the 10 miler, created as a way to get the rest of us motivated through our training plans for the beginning of race season out here on the Northern side of the East Coast (typically races pick up in April and the majority go until the end of October/beginning of November).

The first 1000 registrants get a long-sleeve tech T, and all finishers receive a race medal (and you all know, that’s the reason I run).  Why don’t you come join me and register today!!

Lastly, friends, I’m seriously aiming for 30 miles this week. This is how I will do it:
Monday- 7
Tuesday- 5/weights
Wednesday- 7
Friday- off (all day conference)
Saturday- off (all day conference)
Sunday- …. long run day… the one that gets me every week…. all I need to do is 6 dang miles to hit 30. I CAN DO THIS!!!!

Let’s chat:
1. What did you have for lunch today OR
2. What was on your agenda for this afternoon?

I was/am/currently….walking out of the building at 3:00. THAT NEVER HAPPENS!

Giveaway- Fitbit One

This weekend wound up being pretty busy with family fun, although I have yet to perfect the art of taking awkward blog photos at every opportunity. I guess you learn how to make it work, when you want people to follow along with your adventures.

I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get in my long run, thus making my total mileage a little lower than I had hoped. 25 for the week, with 7, 6, 7, 6 every other day.  I’m going to throw a party when I get in the perfect training week, because I don’t think I’ve ever accomplished that, in my years of running.

As you all know, I’m desperately trying to 1. BQ and 2. lose weight. No matter what I do, I can never get myself to move out of the same 3 pound range.  I know that losing weight is not necessary for my health or wellness. Science just simply states that the less you weigh (within reason) the faster you go. In order to give myself a little jolt in the butt, I’m signing up for Dietbet that Jess over at Blonde Ponytail is hosting for the month of february.

In this game, all you have to do is lose 4% of your body weight. That’s it.  The catch? You bet $25 that you will be able to complete the challenge. Everyone that is able to do so, splits the pot after the 30 days is up. Simple as that.  Want to join the game that Jess started?  Click me here!, or, try to set one up with your friends.  I have about 5 lbs to lose, but you have no idea how hard that is going to be.
Interested in losing weight on your own and realize that you’re going to need a boost?
In order to help you better your chances, I’m going to host a GIVEAWAY!! 
That’s heard me. I’m going to help you improve your weight loss chances by hosting a giveaway.  The winner gets their very own Fitbit One. No questions asked.
This is a BRAND NEW, never been used, Fitbit one to be given out to ONE lucky winner.
The fitbit is able to track your everyday activity and sleep, in order to help you become healthier and:
-Tracks steps, distance, calories burned, and stairs climbed
– Monitors sleep by tracking the number of hours slept, times woken up, and sleep quality
-Wirelessly uploads through bluetooth to your computer, iphone 4S or later, and other bluetooth devices
* Leave a comment below about your favorite form of exercise 
what makes you feel happy and healthy, that’s it.
*All are welcome, including friends and family.
* Will be randomly selected and announced on February 3rd.
* Is not sponsored by any third party, because I am not cool enough to be sponsored yet. It’s being done through the kindness of my own heart.