Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sunny Days!

Today was pretty uneventful though productive.

I was supposed to meet with one of my kids for a therapy session but his Mom canceled, so I made it a point to make today all about homework!  Of course I had to start the day with a workout.
Jason and I went to the gym, and started off with a little cardio.  I decided that instead of trying to go super speedy on the T.R., to try to slow it down but add some incline to make sure I still got a work out in.  I did 6.5 speed and went all the way up to 5.0 incline over the course of 25 minutes, finishing with 2.75 miles.  I went and joined Jay doing some weights. 
He had to leave for work, so I stayed and decided to try a little more running to see how my knee felt, because it did not bother me at all during the first run.  I did the same thing but inclined it faster, and finished 47 minutes, at a 6.5 speed, at one point going up to a 6.0 incline.  I think it was a little more than 5 miles at the end.  Boy was I a sweaty mess!  Ended with some stretching.. and foam rolling.

I went home and made a smoothie, with pineapple, soy milk, vanilla protein and frozen peaches.  Yummy. Also had an apple, yogurt with crumbled soy joy after showering.  Soy Joys aren't my favorite but my dad gave us a big bag of them so we have a ton.  Might as well use them.
I do have pictures but I am at a cafe doing homework right now.. so I don't have my cord to transfer them.
Now at a little coffee shop, just finishing up a mock FBA report for a school report (which I officially hate doing, but it might be a lot easier if the kid I did it on actually had problems rather than just doing it on a friend's little sister, who I had to make up problems for).  I had a yummmy cinnamon honey latte while sitting in a sunny window.  I wish that they had electrical plugs outside so I could have really enjoyed the beautiful weather.. 66 degrees!!  I love spring!

I managed to make an appointment for tomorrow afternoon with a chiropractor.  People repeatedly are telling me to see one to see if I have some structural problem that is causing all my knee/hip problems with running.  I am a little afraid.  When I was little, I saw a chiropractor and I would leave each appointment crying because he hurt my back so much. Jay went to see this chiropractor once after hurting his neck, and hasn't had any problems since so I am hopeful.  Also because maybe I won't have to go through with surgery and be able to run the marathon. Which by the way is in 2 weeks!!

I was planning to run the Nashville Country Marathon on April 30th.  So excited because they have so many concerts and musicians there.  I also planned to meet my sister who I haven't seen since Christmas.  She moved out to Oregon in September.  Her friends live in Knoxville and we are all going to meet up in Nashville.  I would be so sad if I wasn't able to run!

Ok will update this later with some pictures.  About to leave and meet up with Jay at home.  He wants to go find some live music to go to tonight.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Lazy Day..

I recently began a new job and have been adjusting to changes in schedule.

I was previously working in a school at a low paying job which was consistent but very thankless.  I graduated with my master's degree over the summer and was constantly looking for a new job that would equal all the hard work that I had put into graduate school.  I finally got a new job, and as it is a contractor position for the first 90 days, I have to wait until some cases come through.  This is my last week of 'laziness' where I do not have a lot of extra time on my hands.  I have been pretty busy though, as I have been getting up early in the morning to fit in my work outs, and coming home later, due to grad. school and having meetings with my kids/families in the evening.
So today I should be doing some grad school work but have little motivation and feeling a lot of lazy.  Does not help that its rainyish outside, and warm inside.
So I have been sitting on the couch, watching tv, playing with blogs, cuddling with my kitties,
...and not moving much.  My plan is to meet Jason at the gym after he gets done with work, and I don't have much else to do.

The thing that I find when I have a lazy day is that I just eat and eat.. I try to become more aware of my eating habits but.. it is hard.  This is when my "guilt monster" comes up.  It is something that I am trying to over come slowly but surely.  These healthy living blogs have been helping me and giving me the ability to learn about others and their ways to stay healthy.

Fun Facts

  • My parents nicknames me Hannah Banana because I loved to eat banana's, but my entire life I can only remember hating them (something about the smell/texture disgusted me!).  It was until I was 22 that I tried banana's again  and LOVED them.
  • I was born in the Netherlands
  • I HATE being late and am always obsessively early
  • Love taking pictures of food and random things
  • Studying to become a school psychologist
  • Have a younger sister
  • Dating my boyfriend from high school

Who I am..

Hi, my name is Hannah and I am a twenty five year old trying to find my place in the world. I am currently in grad. school in the midst of earning my specialization in school psychology. I also work with kids with autism and behavioral diagnoses during the day.  I also have a huge interest in health, nutrition and fitness.

I grew up in the middle of nowhere Pennsylvania, living a pretty active and healthy life with my family.  My family always went on hikes, walks, camping, and enjoying the outdoors.  We didn't watch TV, never ate fast food, and ate many vegetarian options.  At different times during my childhood, I participated in swimming, dance, soccer, and field hockey.  Upon entering high school, I decided to stick with field hockey and continued to play all four years.  I also experimented with track but HATED it.
I entered my first year of college at a small school in the suburbs of Philadelphia.  Upon entering college, I decided that I did not want to continue field hockey.  But after being there and meeting girls on the team, I decided that I would join in, and began taking part in "spring training".
I was not extremely active during the first part of my freshman year, but would occasionally go to the gym.  I fell into the college life style of eating foods that I had never been able to at home ( pizza every night etc.)  I had always been thin and always ate what I wanted to without having an problems with my weight.
During my freshman year, not only was I adjusting to college life, new food, new people but I had also gotten out of a serious three year relationship.  I ate my emotions.  I gained the "Freshman 15", and everyone noticed.  I began to try to solve the problem in an unhealthy way by using laxatives and binge/purge.  My parents pointed out my weight gain out, and had me go to a nutritionist.  The summer after my senior year, I stopped drinking, became very devoted to my nutrition, and exercise (pretty much obsessed!).  I also discovered a love for running during this time.  I lost much of the weight during that summer, and continued throughout my sophomore year.
I began to feel better about my self, began a new relationship, but still continued to obsess about my food and exercise.  I managed to loose all the weight, in a healthy/unhealthy combination.  (It did not help that my roommate was in the same vicious cycle that I was).
Come to my junior year.
Spring of my junior year, I studied abroad in Australia and it was almost like we were freshman all over again.
I went there not knowing anyone, but quickly made friends with my roommate.  The dorm that we lived in was all first year students.  The food options were not generally healthy either, but I was had more information about healthy foods.  I also decided to become a vegetarian at this point, as I never really craved or loved meat.  I never really at red meat before.  However, I could not and will never be able to give up seafood!!  I did utilize the gym often while studying abroad and we walked everywhere.  I still managed to gain some weight but was able to loose it quickly.
During my senior year, I began dating my high school boyfriend again, and was feeling a lot more settled with myself.  I still continued some of my unhealthy habits but did go to some therapy to deal with these issues.  I ended up telling my mom about my disordered eating habits, but never went through with an serious therapy.  I did however find out a lot of information about eating disorders through my senior thesis "The Strive of Perfectionism in Athletes" which was centered around eating disorders in athletes.

As I have entered the work force,  I have struggled with finding time to work out, challenges of treats at work & grad school, sleep deprivation etc.  I have managed to adjust to living with my boyfriend.  I still continue to struggle with my eating habits and sometimes exercise obsessively, feeling that "I am too fat" "Not good enough" and all those other mantras that go along with eating disorders/disordered eating.  I have become more aware of it and living with my boyfriend has helped me relax with it.

Since college I have completed some races and love to run, but am currently struggling with an injury while in the process of training for a marathon.

I recently began reading healthy living blogs and became inspired to create my own to take control of my own life and connect with others with the same goals!