Hey friends! Happy Friday!
Thank you so much for your positive feedback about Wednesday’s post all about freeing yourself from the 1200-calorie diet. As a dietitian, I really try to advocate positive nutrition thoughts rather than just telling people what not to do. But it just tugs at my heartstrings every time I talk to a woman who feels so defeated trying to consume so little calories. I’m happy the post resonated with you!
In other news, I wanted to catch up with you with some Friday Chats!
Half Marathon Training
My half is officially in 1 month and I’m chugging along with training. It’s funny to compare my tri training last fall to training for this half because I loved tri training. I thought I would enjoy challenging myself with a half but I’m realizing that I am not a fan of distance running. On the bright side,I think there’s something to be said for following through with a commitment. I’m looking forward to race day!
So far my longest run has been 7 miles. I’m supposed to do 8 this weekend. I am averaging ~14 minute miles, with my earlier miles being 13:30ish and my later miles being 14:30ish. I know my times are slow but I’m not embarrassed to share them… we all have to start somewhere!
Last week I went to my local running store and purchased new shoes. I had developed shin splints and a pretty nice blister on the inside of my right big toe with my old shoes (Mizuno Wave Inspire 11s). The person who helped me at the running store felt like my current shoes were too small, which is funny because I normally wear a size 8 in running shoes and these shoes were already an 8.5. Something else interesting is that I ordered them on Amazon (dups of my previous shoes) and noted in the comments that someone did not think they were real Mizunos. So it makes me wonder if I got fake shoes last fall!
I tried on some new Mizunos, Brooks and Saucony’s and ended up with an updated pair of Mizuno Wave Inspires- the 13s. The person who was helping me encouraged me to NOT be brand loyal (Brooks) and go with whatever felt best on my feet. I’m not crazy about the bright teal color but my feet are feeling good. I also got in some extra rest an incorporated new stretching into my routine, and my shin splints have pretty much resolved. I wore them on my 7-miler last weekend!
Nutrition in the News
I wanted to share this article because it’s something I can really relate to as a 30-something year-old female:
This is probably not surprising but this study found that dining out leads us to consume more empty calories (ie not a lot of nutritional value in our calories), the quality of our meal suffers and it’s also more expensive. The study points to added fats, sugars and alcohol intake as the culprits.
Can anyone relate to this? I certainly can. As a dietitian, it’s kind of a fun game for me to guess the nutritional content of meals when I’m dining out. The fat, sodium and calories of items are always way more than I think they would be- and probably way more than they should be. Restaurants freely add extra things like butter and salt to make meals more appetizing. Is it impossible to eat healthy when you’re always going out to eat? Of course not. But you do have to be more of an informed consumer and be a little more mindful of what you’re ordering.
Trouble with the Pup
I hesitated to post anything about this earlier, but I had a horrible scare with Lily last week. She is 11.5 years old and is considered to be a ‘senior’ dog now. Needless to say, I know she is not getting any younger. I will spare you the long story but I came home from work one day to find her not able to stand up. At one point she was completely unresponsive :( She ended up having a stomach issue that has resolved now, and I am relieved that my girl is doing better. It is actually making me teary eyed just writing this!
The good news is that she had all sorts of tests and scans done, and seems to be fairly healthy now- no cancer, no heart issues and no kidney problems. The whole experience made me think about how grateful I am to have been able to spend the past 11+ years of my life with such a great little companion. It also made me think about the importance of practicing gratitude all the time, not just when something bad happens. (flashback to my knee surgery!)
Private Practice Stuff
Many of you have asked for an update on my private practice. I’m actually planning to post monthly recaps over on the G&G Dietitian page soon. But to sum it up…. so much fun, so much work! If you want to know anything specific then please leave me a comment or email me, and I’ll be sure to include it in my monthly recaps!
If you haven’t already, I’d love it if you joined my private G & G Nutrition Community facebook page. While my business page gets a lot of traffic from people who come across my blog or want to get in touch with me for counseling, this private facebook group is a spot just for you. I’m hoping it will be a safe place to ask questions related to diet and nutrition without feeling intimidated or scared of being judged. I recently did a facebook live and it was fun!
That’s about it for today. I hope you have a great Friday and a fabulous weekend!
Any fun plans this weekend? I think this is the first weekend where B and I don’t have anything planned. We did commit to each other that we would go to Cowfish and eat some tuna nachos, and I plan on following through with that
Do you prefer to eat out a lot or cook at home? I used to eat out all the time when I was younger, and B and I tend to eat more when we get super busy. But I really enjoy preparing simple things at home!