Hilary Duff, anyone? I miss the original Laguna Beach. There, I said it.
ANYWAY – it’s been a few days. A few hard days. Last week, as I got to work .. the retail job I work MAX three days a week, that I started one month ago, that I LOVE in every possible way .. I was laid off. Disappointing, disheartening, and discouraging. My meager income was still necessary, and right now I don’t have anything and I’m feeling pretty lost about my future (which I was to begin with, but I had been counting on moving up in the company).
Enter upsetting weekend spent being a sloth in my bed, when I wasn’t pounding out the pavement with my frustration. In fact, one day I was so desperate for my run that I made a mistake. My mom had taken my car .. with my sneakers in it .. and I wasn’t sure when she would be back. Well, I thought to myself, I’ll just pull out my Asics from high school.
No, self, not ok. I don’t think their worn out-ness led to my semi-injury as much as the fact that they were not the right model for me to be running in then (perhaps one reason I hated cross country?), but they definitely are too small now too. Whose feet grow past 18?!?!
Soon after those 6.5 miles (How? WHY?), the outer sole of my right foot started hurting when I walk. After a couple days, one of rest, lots of icing, and one low-impact elliptical workout, it’s feeling a lot better, but not 100%. Thankfully, I’m pretty sure I didn’t do anything serious – just maybe strained it a bit.
Speaking of running, lately I’ve been running 5-6 miles a few days a week – pretty much my highest milage totals ever. Too much cardio. Not enough strength, although I have been doing more yoga too. In addition to my habitual hilly six-milers, I haven’t been taking in enough fat or protein in my diet. Long story short, I’m not looking or feeling my healthiest. A year ago my health goals were weight loss. Now I’m switching to weight gain. Less cardio and exercise overall, more snacks, nuts, avocado, and protein.
It felt good to get that out. Here are some recent eats:
Salad Monster with romaine, broccoli, shiitake mushrooms, cucumbers, snap peas, shrimpies, and sesame ginger dressing. Doused in red pepper flakes post-photo.