Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Good Choices

Thank you so much for your supportive responses to yesterday's post!  I'm glad that I was able to shed some light on that tragic event, and I hope it helped you shed some light on the events in Boston while we all mourn for those affected.

Now, back to the usual material!

When I posted my veggieed-up boxed dinner recipe on Thursday, I must admit I was a little nervous that it "wasn't healthy enough" to post on the blog.  Then, I read this blog post from Diana @ The Chic Life about being a qualitarian when it comes to food.

It's tough to make the "perfect" choice every time.  No one can eat a perfect diet 100% of the time.  Instead, each time, try to make a better choice.  I read that last Thursday and have been trying to do that ever since.

One example/shameful snack secret:  Sometimes, when I want something crunchy to eat, I'll eat dry Ramen noodles.
It's strange, I know.  I had a craving for some dry Ramen last Saturday.  In an effort to be a qualitarian, I reached for these instead.
These Veggies Straws are quite tasty.  They helped satisfy my crunchy craving while being a lot better for me than the dry Ramen.

It's so much easier (and more realistic) to make a better choice rather than a perfect choice.  I'm so glad I happened across Diana's post!  This new outlook on healthy eating is a positive, encouraging way

I mentioned on Sunday that my goal was to work out right when I got done with school this week.  Well, I'm 3/3 so far!

On Monday, I went straight to the gym and warmed up with a 30-minute elliptical workout.  Tina provided us with the times and suggested exertion levels, and I decided to up the resistance by 2 and the incline by one each minute.  It was a tough one!

I was quite sweaty as I set out to complete Workout A from Best Body Bootcamp.  This work out uses pulses instead of reps to create an intense strength workout!  When I first saw the workout, I thought it'd be a breeze.  I couldn't have been more wrong!  These low pulse lunges especially kicked my butt.
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As soon as I got home from a meeting on Tuesday, I decided to go for a run to honor of the Boston Marathon tragedy, as well as in remembrance of the 32 Hokies killed 6 years ago yesterday in the Virginia Tech shooting.
Race shirt for the Boston Marathon, VT stuff for the 32
I also decided to run 3.2 miles for each of the 32 victims.  Virginia Tech has a 3.2 for 32 Run for Remembrance each year, and so I held my own yesterday :)
Wewii came with me, and as you can see, he was quite exhausted after the run!  He's usually a shadow, but as you can see, he stayed in the kitchen after I finished cooking.

Today, I went straight to the gym after teaching.  I started with a 15-minute incline walk, followed by Workout B from Best Body Bootcamp.  This was a total body workout with 4 supersets of two exercises.  There were squats galore, and I got quite sweaty!

I'm really excited about how well I've done with getting in my workouts this week.  Surprisingly, I feel like I have more time to relax, even though I don't head straight home after school!  Funny how that works.

Well, that's all I've got for you today!  I feel like this has been a week of good decisions!  I feel empowered when I'm actually making good choices for myself.  Maybe these decisions will soon become habits :)

Question for you: What "better choice" have you made for yourself when it comes to food lately? What's your normal workout schedule?


  1. I'm with you on the food. I often think it's not healthy enough, but if it's healthy at all, practical, and easy, I'm down for it!

    1. Exactly! We just have to do the best we can :)

  2. I really like veggie straws. If I can dip them in hummus, I sometimes make a meal out of that! haha.