Thank goodness it’s Friday!  I have a packed day, but I’m really looking forward to my packed weekend.  šŸ™‚

 

I woke up to a delicious breakfast:

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I made two Hodgson’s InstaBake whole wheat waffles with a little dash of cinnamon added in.

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I topped my waffles with 1/4 cup Oikos yogurt, maple syrup, and strawberries.  Yum!

 

After breakfast, I did some parts of the C&K 10 Minute Strength Routine, including:

 

  • 30 Push-ups
  • 100 bicycle crunches
  • PT knee strengthening moves
  • 10 10-second wall squats

 

In other news…. My college bestie Bethany and her boyfriend Justin donated to my Team in Training efforts.  Thanks!

 

Interview With My BFF Lauren

 

A few weeks ago, I described how one of  my friends, Lauren, sat me down in college and had a life-altering "intervention" with me about my unhealthy habits.  Lauren continues to motivate me with her athletic habits, and she’s even flying from New York to participate in the Disney Marathon with me in January! 

 

Lauren was one of my bridesmaids and is a great friend.  Here’s Lauren at my wedding (she’s on the left).

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What’s so impressive about Lauren is that she works a CRAZY schedule (Sound familiar? Now you know why we’re such good friends!) at a high-powered Wall Street job.  Lauren’s traveled the world for work and even lived in India for several months.  Despite how busy she is, she manages to stay in shape.  Here’s how:

 

  • Question:  You are training for a long-distance triathlon right now, and you work a crazy-busy job.  Tell me readers what a typical training/work day looks like for you.

 

Lauren:  Training is a bit extreme right now because I am competing in an Olympic distance triathlon in five weeks.  I’m preparing for that by alternating swim/run days with bike days, and then a long bike and a long run on the weekend.  I usually do all my workouts in the morning and swim after work.  This gets tricky though because I need to coordinate around 12-15 hr work days.

  • Question:  How do you find time to do it all?!?

 

Lauren:  Lucky for me I require little sleep.  :)  Seriously though, it definitely helps to have a goal as motivation.  Plus, I eat healthy and really do try to make sure I get enough sleep so I have plenty of energy for my workouts!

 

  • Question:  Why do you like to participate in triathlons or races?

 

Lauren: The number one reason is I love competing.  I’ve been a runner and an athlete most of my life, but when I started working it was tough to find a team I could play on where I could actually make practices or games on a regular basis, etc, so I started running competitively.  That eventually led to triathlons, which I just started last year.  There is really no greater feeling than running down the home stretch to the finish line, it’s elating!

  • Question:  How do you stay motivated to work out when you work so much?

 

Lauren: It can be hard, but working out is like reverse inertia.  Once you stop it’s really hard to get started again, but once you start it’s almost impossible to stop. Sure, some nights swimming laps seems like a chore, but most nights it’s something I really look forward to.  Working out can be very therapeutic for me, I feel really great and positive after workouts.  Knowing how great I’m going to feel after a workout is great motivation to keep me going.

 

  • Question:  What’s the hardest part of a triathlon?  The bike, run, or swim?  Any tips?

 

Each leg definitely presents its own challenges, but I would actually say the run is the hardest, and I’m a runner! Going in to my first triathlon I severely underestimated how tired I would be after biking and swimming.  My advice would be not to take the run for granted because once you get to the run you’re going to be pretty beat, make sure you find a balance in your training between all three sports.  My advice would be to stay positive and to break up the race into smaller "finish lines".  Think of each leg as its own little race and then the whole thing doesn’t seem so overwhelming.

  • Question: How do you eat healthy with such a busy schedule?

 

I will admit I did fall off the "healthy eating"  wagon when I first started this job, but that was because I was never prepared and found myself getting very hungry and then overeating or ordering take out to the office everyday. I noticed my mile time was getting slower and I wasn’t feeling that great. Now, I map out all my meals on Sunday and prepare most of my dinners Sunday night also so I have them for the rest of the week.  I pack a full day of meals and take it to work with me, that includes breakfast through dinner plus snacks.  My diet is high in protein, lots of fruits and vegetables, whole wheat products, and very low in fat.

 

Do you have a friend who motivates and inspires you?

{ 38 comments }

 

  • healthy ashley July 10, 2009, 4:43 am

    I've heard you mention Lauren so many times- it's great to here more about how she handles fitness with a busy schedule. Love the interview!

  • Kathy July 10, 2009, 4:56 am

    This is so motivational for me because I plan on working in wall street too, and I'm just so worried about the work/life balance!

  • Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) July 10, 2009, 5:01 am

    It's so great to have friends that can motivate you like that. šŸ™‚

    Loved the interview!

  • runnerskitchen July 10, 2009, 5:06 am

    Great interview! My boyfriend is a triathlete and his crazy long bike rides really impress me. He's planning on riding 80 + miles this Saturday. He's inspired me to try cycling šŸ™‚

  • whitsgettingfit July 10, 2009, 5:08 am

    Wow what an inspirational friend! I really enjoyed reading her answers and tips on healthy eating. Thanks Caitlin!

  • leslie July 10, 2009, 5:13 am

    thanks for the interview, i really enjoyed it! i can't believe she works on wall street and is training for a triathlon – she's a rock star! but you know, it's nice to see people who enjoy and look forward to exercise. that enjoyment is the reason it should be a priority, rather than the calorie burn. i can see why she was motivating to you!

    i have a very close friend who has always been in great shape and the became vegan last year. a couple years ago i thought she was just obsessive working out 6 days a week and eating healthy – now i realize that she just loves it, and i've become the same way. it's made us closer!

  • healthymadison July 10, 2009, 5:14 am

    All of ya'll (awesome bloggers) inspire and motivate me! Really, you do! When I feel like I should hide myself in a bowl of chocolate, I come on here and get motivated!

    My best friend, Melissa, inspires me with her relationship with Christ. I just feel like I should be a better person when I am with her. She is the kindest person in the entire world, if you ask me. šŸ˜‰

  • Diane, Fit to the Finish July 10, 2009, 5:21 am

    Wow! Very motivational, and you are blessed to have a best friend like that! She is amazing, both with her dedication to work and fitness.

  • Miss HoneyDew July 10, 2009, 5:33 am

    You always have the best looking breakfasts!!!

  • dailygoods July 10, 2009, 5:36 am

    what a fun interview šŸ™‚ its so great to have friends that push you further than you thought possible. my motivator is actually my boyfriends mom. she is a personal trainer and runs marathons all the time. she inspired me to sign up for my first 10k and then to sign up for my first half! she's going to be running it with me in sept šŸ™‚

  • brandi July 10, 2009, 6:02 am

    what a great interview and a great inspiration! I couldn't imagine doing races like that and working that much, so that is just amazing to me.

  • nicoleishappy July 10, 2009, 6:09 am

    she seems super sweet and an awesome motivator. great interview

  • Peanut Butter Swirl July 10, 2009, 6:09 am

    delicious looking waffles girlie!!
    I love when you do inspirational interviews šŸ™‚ I love hearing how busy ladies stay fit and healthy on the go!

  • Hi! I'm Erin July 10, 2009, 6:14 am

    100 bicycle crunches? *dies* I can only do about 15 each side right now. I know they are good for me, though, so I'll keep working on them!

    Lauren sounds really driven! Sometimes I wonder how much more time I'd spend working out if I didn't feel like I was abandoning my husband….

    My friend Holly inspires me. She's been through a lot in her life but she just keeps plugging along. To go from ACL replacement surgery to running half-marathons (one with ME in less than two weeks!) just amazes me every time she posts about running. And she just did a track meet where, even though she wasn't the fastest one there, she still had a great time and didn't let that deter her in any way. If only I could be that confident!

  • Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn July 10, 2009, 7:11 am

    Hey Caitlin!

    I was actually surprised to hear her say that running was the hardest part of the triathlon- it's definitely an eye opener!

    I'm a very weak swimmer and am intimidated by it, but would love to get there one day.

    That was an awesome post!
    -Mel

  • Danielle C. July 10, 2009, 7:12 am

    I do have a friend (and former boss actually lol) that inspires me, she's competed in full Ironman triathalons! She even celebrated her 40th birthday with a full Ironman in New Zealand, how cool is that?

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) July 10, 2009, 7:20 am

    What a great friend to have for support!! Loved reading the Q&A — thanks šŸ˜‰

  • K from ksgoodeats July 10, 2009, 7:26 am

    What a great interview!! That's so inspirational she does tris!

  • Special K July 10, 2009, 8:00 am

    I love the idea of interviewing friends. One thing on my to do is to do this with 10 people….Thanks!

  • Matt July 10, 2009, 8:13 am

    Good interview! It is nice to find someone who can still find motivation to workout despite such a busy job!

  • skinnyrunner July 10, 2009, 8:25 am

    what a great interview and inspiration!

  • Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now July 10, 2009, 8:27 am

    Great interview– very inspirational!

  • emily July 10, 2009, 8:36 am

    this is slightly off-topic but your bridesmaid dresses were AMAZING!

  • katherine (the runner wife) July 10, 2009, 8:54 am

    Great interview!! I really like the idea of planning and making most meals on Sunday so you don't have to think about anything during the week.

  • Amanda July 10, 2009, 8:58 am

    Hi!
    I'm sure you've posted this before but I looked through your old posts and couldnt find it…what do you add to the Hodgson Mills Insta-bake mix to make your pancakes/waffles? I wasnt sure if you followed the recipe on the box or if you did your own thing because usually the instructions are for 4 servings and I usually just need one serving!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point July 10, 2009, 9:14 am

    amanda – i split the recipe on the back in half, and then the husband and i split that. today the husband was gone, so i made two extra waffles and froze them for later!

  • Katie July 10, 2009, 9:16 am

    Lauren is quite an inspiration!

    My SIL motivates me. She's diligent about working out and eating well. I love chatting with her about new foods or exercises that we've tried. One of our favorite things to do together is a visit to the farmer's market!

  • just me July 10, 2009, 9:45 am

    what an inspiring friend! i def have friends like that: you and meghann!!!

  • Sarah W. July 10, 2009, 10:05 am

    Thanks for sharing – super motivational! I agree that preparing your meals on Sunday for the week is KEY.

    I personally (and I'm sure others) would love to see a "typical" week of eating for Lauren including maybe a play by play for the day? altho, with her crazy schedule, she probably wouldn't have time to track something like that for your readers..

  • Ellen S. July 10, 2009, 10:34 am

    I understand the point of the interview(i.e. motivating all of us to make time to work out, as even she can make time). However, as an attorney who is no stranger to working long hours at times, I have discovered that consistently working 60-80 hours per week is not the road to health and balance in my life. I am just trying to figure out what a typical day's schedule (hour for hour) would be for your friend…I don't know many people could sustain that level of activity/work over any period of time.

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point July 10, 2009, 1:19 pm

    ellen – i dont think her schedule is the ideal schedule for her, but she would rather stay active than not. i work 60 – 70 hours a week too, and i find time to squeeze in what i can. it's up to the individual. what works for me or lauren might not work for you.

  • Niki July 10, 2009, 4:10 pm

    Great interview! It was so motivational! I would say my bloggy friends are very inspiring to me!

  • Rebeca @All Vegged Out July 10, 2009, 9:26 pm

    This is the friend you told me about? She sounds even more amazing! Totally inspiring… no more excuses for this girl šŸ˜€

  • Julia @ www.britbride.com June 1, 2010, 8:25 am

    Very impressive!

    Julia
    http://www.britbride.com

  • Laura April 18, 2011, 6:23 am

    Hi Caitlin!
    I know this post was a while ago, but if you can and its not too much trouble, it would be amazing if you could quiz Lauren as to what she eats to sustain that level of exercise. I’m not training for a triathlon (I mean, wow!) but I’m training for a few 5Ks and 10Ks in the next month and also do weights 3-4 times a week. I also work about 50 hours a week and do my Masters degree at night, so I guess that brings it up to about 70 šŸ™‚ I’ve got the exercise part slotted in nicely, but I’m struggling to find good meals I can make early and take to work! I’d love love love to hear what Lauren’s routine is! Thank you!

    • Caitlin April 18, 2011, 7:13 am

      I sent her an email! šŸ™‚

      • Caitlin April 18, 2011, 9:54 am

        She says:

        Ha, I have no idea, that was a while ago. I think there answer is “i ate everything”. I mean, I was doing two a days multiple times per week, I need all the calories I could get : )

        Sorry, not a great answer, but I really don’t remember. I generally don’t watch what I eat. One tip is that power bars or protein bars are great mid work out, I distinctly remember them giving me the extra boost I needed.

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