You are not a dog

Some Mondays I dread more than others. It is always hard to get back into the work week after a fun weekend, but I was particularly not looking forward to today because I had been summoned for jury duty. Until today I have never had to report for jury duty, but from what I gathered by talking to those who had, it didn’t sound like a fun experience. I was at the Hall of Justice bright and early this morning armed with two books and my computer to help keep me busy and entertained while I waited to see if I would be selected for a jury.

While I was serving my jury duty, I spent some time searching for a quote to use for this weeks Monday Motivation and during my search I stumbled upon this quote:

Dont reward yourself with food quote

I started laughing as soon as I saw it because I do this all of the time.

Run 6 miles and enjoy a huge plate of french toast from Cody’s La Jolla (which, by the way is the best french toast I have ever had).

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Go for a hike and enjoy a large ice coffee with vanilla powder from The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.

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Complete a strength training workout and enjoy a bagel and cream cheese with bacon (this also happens to be my cure for hangovers).


And I can go on and on. To be honest, sometimes when I have a reward in mind it helps motivate me to push through a challenging workout or is my incentive to do something active on the weekends instead of sitting on the couch. Although I think the quote is funny, it is something that I obviously don’t follow in my own life. I don’t think there is anything wrong with rewarding yourself with food as long as you are thoughtful about it. The key is to find a balance and strategy that works for you.

The first time I trained for a half marathon I used food as my rewards for completing runs a little too often, which I think was the culprit for why I gained a few pounds while I trained. This time around I am still using food as rewards during my training for the La Jolla Half Marathon, but only for completing  long runs and I am incorporating other types of rewards in as well.

Like getting a pedicure.

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Or treating myself to a Stitch Fix…check out my cute leggings from a recent fix.leggings


Sometimes my reward for working out hard or challenging myself is just knowing that I pushed myself and I made it through. Last Saturday Ray and I ran 9.5 miles and I completed it in one hour and thirty minutes, which is an awesome pace for me. We ran the middle part of the La Jolla Half Marathon course, which included the Torrey Pines Monster Hill (~1 mile at a constant 10% grade – and this is just one of the hills featured in the La Jolla Half Marathon).

This is a picture of the start of the Monster.

Torrey Pines Hill

When I finished I couldn’t help but think about how far we had actually run and how far I have come since we first started training. Just the idea of running up the Torrey Pines Monster Hill made me nervous and was enough of a reason for me not to do the race.  With a little time and work I have started to tame the Monster and I am feeling confident that I will be able to run the entire half marathon at my desired pace.

warm up quote

Previous Monday Motivation Quotes:

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Monday Motivation Better Late than Never

Well hello there! The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of travel and I am just now getting back into my normal routine. In the last two weeks, Ray and I traveled to San Fransisco to celebrate a friend’s 30th birthday, to Chicago for a work trip for Ray (which I tagged along for), and to Malibu for a camping/surfing adventure.

We got back into San Diego last Wednesday from Chicago and we only had a few days in town to recover from our previous trips and get ready for our camping trip. Even with all of our traveling, I still managed to set aside some time to workout and fit in a few strength training sessions, a couple of runs, and a CorePower Yoga class in Chicago.

However, my diet in the last few weeks has not been as stellar as my workouts.  I am a total foodie, and I love to eat! Sometimes after I eat dinner, I actually get sad because I am done eating for the day and start thinking about what I will eat for breakfast the next day. My love of food can make it hard to make healthy eating choices when I am eating out and especially when I am traveling. In fact, one of the things I love most about traveling is eating at new restaurants and trying new types of food.

When I am traveling I know I will not be sticking to my typical eating habits, will be enjoying richer foods, and will be taking in more calories than normal. In order to off set some of the extra calories, I try to squeeze in a little exercise if I can. If I can’t, I don’t stress about it and I hit the gym a little harder when I get home. It is all about finding a balance that works for you. For instance while Ray and I were in Chicago I knew we would be going out to some fantastic restaurants and that the meals would be on the heavier side, so I made it a point to try to eat healthier meals for breakfast and lunch that were more in line with my normal eating habits.

This quote always makes me laugh and I thought it would be the perfect quote for this week’s Monday Motivation (even though it is Wednesday) given the poor state of my diet lately!

Last Thursday Ray and I both were sick of eating out and we were craving something on the healthier side for dinner. Earlier in the day I was reading the blog, The Fitnessista, and I stumbled upon a recipe that had an interesting and new twist for chicken salad. The recipe used avocado as the base for the chicken salad mixture instead of mayo.

The recipe was easy to follow and our dinner of avocado chicken salad sandwiches and a side salad come together in no time at all (especially since I used the store-bought whole roasted chicken instead of cooking chicken breasts myself).  I had my avocado chicken salad in a whole wheat wrap and Ray had his on whole wheat cracked sourdough.

avacado chicken salad

Ray made the right call by putting the mix on sourdough bread. The crunch of the bread was a better contrast to the avocado chicken salad than my wrap. The meal was simple, easy to put together, and helped get my eating routine back on track.

Previous Monday Motivation Quotes:

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Monday Motivation

Happy Monday! Here is another dose of Monday Motivation!

excuses quote

I used to be pretty good at making excuses for why I didn’t have time to exercise.  When I lived in Boston my go to excuses were – it is too cold outside or I missed my bus and it got too late to go.  When I first moved to California I didn’t have to depend on public transportation to get around and San Diego has great weather year round, so my top excuses for missing the gym no longer applied. Although I was easily able to come up with new excuses, I decided to spend less time finding excuses not to workout and just to go and do it.

A few of the easiest ways I incorporate exercise into my weekly routine are to take an exercise class, plan to meet a friend or Ray for a workout, or make an appointment to workout out my calendar. By scheduling my workouts (not always sure what I will do) makes me treat them like any other appointment on my calendar – one that shouldn’t be missed.

In the next month, I have some fun trips planned – San Francisco to celebrate a friend’s 30th b-day, Chicago to keep Ray company on a business trip, Malibu to go camping, and Scottsdale for a girls weekend with my college friends. With all of my upcoming travel I will have plenty of excuses of why I don’t have to time exercise. Even thought it will be harder, I am going to do my best to make exercise a priority and find the time in my schedule to fit my workouts.

Previous Monday Motivation Quotes:

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Monday Motivation

I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend and Valentine’s Day. Ray and I continued our Valentine’s Day tradition and had a great sushi dinner at home. This year we stepped it up a notch and made our own spicy mayo (so easy just mix 1 tablespoon of mayo with 1 teaspoon of Sriracha sauce) and chocolate fondue with strawberries and bananas for dessert.

Here is another dose of Monday Motivation!

small changes quote

This quote is so true. It can be very frustrating when you don’t see a change in your body or the number you want on the scale, even though you are exercising and/or being mindful of your diet. It took me a few months of working out 4 to 5 days a week and making small changes to my diet to see any real results.  I might not have seen major changes in my body or a huge amount of weight loss those first few months, but I had lots of other important victories. For instance – I had more energy and confidence, my clothes felt like they fit better, and I was getting stronger.

Losing weight and getting back into shape is a process and takes time.  You have to put the time and the work in to get real results!

Previous Monday Motivation Quotes:

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Monday Motivation

Happy Monday! I hope you had a greet weekend! Mine was filled with a Friday date night at Craft & Commerce, a little exercise, Super Bowl, and lots of great food and drinks!

Yesterday, Ray and I hosted a Super Bowl party at our house.  Even though the game wasn’t too exciting to watch, it was still fun to see the commercials, hang out with our friends, and snack on great food.  I am glad I snuck in a little cardio and a Pilates class in the morning because we had quite the spread of food yesterday – tri-tip steak from Cardiff Seaside Market (which was out of this world), mac and cheese with mushrooms and spinach, pizza, hotdogs, chili cheese dip, spinach artichoke dip, homemade salsa, cheese and crackers, wings, and cookies. Not to mention beer and Moscow mules!  To be honest, I think I am more a fan of eating the food that goes with watching the Super Bowl than I am actually watching the game!

 I had a bit of a food coma after our party, which must have carried over to this morning because I had an extra hard time getting out of bed to get ready for work. I wasn’t the only one who struggled to get up this morning!

sleepy dog

I think Cooper must have also had a food coma from yesterday. I am pretty sure he got everyone at the party to give him some food from their plates as well as took care of any food that fell on the floor.

Sometimes you just need a little extra motivation or push to get yourself going. When I was trying to get back into shape, I cannot tell you how many times I said,  “I will start on Monday.” It took a lot of Mondays coming and going before I actually decided to make the commitment to get myself back in shape. Beyond just trying to lead a healthier life, it is always easy to say you are going to do something or even to start a new project/adventure, but actually doing it, sticking with it, and finishing it can be another story.

In honor of my “I will start on Mondays” attitude, and just in case, like me, you need a little extra motivation to work towards your goals, to keep your new year’s resolution, to finish that project you started, or to try something new, I will be posting some of my favorite quotes on Mondays.

I saw this quote on Pinterest this weekend and I thought it would be very fitting for my first Monday Motivation Quote.

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