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Food

Making good choices

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I’ve been on a health kick lately trying to rehab my knee after tearing it in a game, and just give my body the nutrients and exercise it needs. It all comes down to choices. In every thing. I also realise how important exercise is for me to keep my depression at bay. It’s amazing the difference it makes in my day. It’s the one thing I always recommend to anyone who suffers from depression. Even a walk makes a difference. I take the dogs on a 1.5 mile walk in the morning, and another one in the evening, and then try to get a workout in at least 5 times a week, if not more.

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Making the right food choices is my biggest battle though. I love food. Taralynn has been a huge inspiration for me recently and I’m eager to take part in her August fitness challenge starting tomorrow. She posts some great recipes and is constantly active!

As part of keeping on track I’m back on MyFitnessPal and I highly recommend it for tracking your calories. I don’t recommend becoming too obsessed with it, but it is immensely helpful in seeing how much you are actually eating every day. Tying it into my Runkeeper app I can also make sure that the calories I burn are accounted for. Eating too far under your calories is just as bad as eating over your calories. I’ve also recently started using CharityMiles making every walk and run I do feel like it is doing more good than just burning my fat. You earn money for the charity of your choice for every mile you run/walk.

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One of my staples for breakfast is oatmeal. I am addicted. A little honey, cinnamon, almonds and some fresh fruit – yum! That said, I’m all about some balance as well and every so often indulging. Last night I finally went to Moo & Brew. I’d been dying to go since I’d heard about it, and it did not disappoint in the slightest. I don’t even want to know the calorie count, but it was delicious and worth it. You have to still enjoy things in life, otherwise what’s the point, right?

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I hope to start sharing more of my journey to health and fitness here. If nothing else, it will be a nice archive of where I started and how far I end up going.

Travels

Derby Trip to Charleston

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Over the weekend we headed to Charleston. On Saturday the All-Stars played the Low Country High Rollers. It was a tough game, but we were thrilled to pull out a win! Yayness!

Unfortunately after my camping trip I had a severe allergic reaction to some sand flea bites. It was horrible, and painful. I’m still on medication and the marks are all still there, but at least the itching and burning has subsided. Although we were already in Charleston Saturday morning (we got in late Friday night), we didn’t have too much time to enjoy the sights. We spent the morning looking for compression socks for me so that I would at least minimize the pain when putting on skates and playing derby later that evening. We did wander around downtown a little though and grabbed a delicious panini lunch at this little cafe just off of Meeting Street.

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We then wandered down to the Charleston City Market to kill some time and walk off lunch. I mostly appreciated the shade and small bits of AC in the market.

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Charleston is such a beautiful city, but I’m not entirely sure I could deal with the high humidity. I was sweltering most of the time, and the bites on my legs were not happy. It was still lovely to see all the pretty streets, and of course the occasional awesome dog.

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We had to cut our venturing short to get to the bout. Like I said, that was a tough game, but we pulled a strong win and I was super chuffed with my team! We were thrilled! The after party was a ton of fun as well. Including some “lady-and-the-tramping” burger (a mac n’ cheese burger, btw) eating with Rita and Brad. Haha!

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Sunday we slept in and then headed downtown to grab brunch at The Watch. SO delicious.

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We started with a couple of mimosas and then I had the eggs benedict with cheesy grits. I can’t even begin to tell you how great this food was. I was utterly stuffed, and I just kept on eating because it was so good. I’d definitely recommend them.
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The view was pretty stunning as well. It was the perfect way to end the weekend!

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