A Macro View

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Good afternoon!  I woke up around 7:45 and immediately cursed myself because I forget my sneakers at home.  No one else was awake, and the hotel gym was empty… but running on the treadmill in stilettos or sandals doesn’t work!


Around 10:30, we went to brunch:


It was a cute little restaurant.


I had eggs, an English muffin, some hash browns, and a fruit cup.


After breakfast, I drove about 3.5 hours back to Orlando and had a really late lunch:


I had brown rice, Alfredo sauce, and kidney beans.  And sugar snap peas:


I was suppose to go on a run today, but I’m tired and crunched for time.  I also need to pack for my POM Wonderful trip – I leave for Fresno, California tomorrow!


I’m trying to take a more macro view of my workout schedule and eating habits. I used to track everything on a day-to-day basis.  So, one day was ‘good’ and the next might’ve been ‘not so good.’  I’m transitioning my thinking to consider my lifestyle in terms of weeks.  Instead of thinking, “Oh, I skipped my workout today,”  I’m thinking, “I worked out three times this week and ran 17.5 miles.”  It’s the long-term that counts, right?  No use freaking out over one skipped run if the last seven days were decent.  🙂


Off to get ready for our wedding re-shoot.  10 months later, we’re getting “remarried!”



  • Estela @ Weekly Bite October 18, 2009, 3:36 pm

    It is a bummer when we miss a workout… especially went it was on accident. I think looking at workouts/eating on a week to week basis is a great idea!

    You brown rice/bean combo looks really tasty 🙂

  • *Andrea* October 18, 2009, 3:36 pm

    aww love the cute mug! iagree 100% with your ‘macro’ view. when i used to see a nutritionist even she told me that if i missed veggies one day or even 3, i could make it up the rest of the week. she told me to stop being so ocd and think more ‘big picture.’ because 24hrs is some arbitrary way that we think of time 😉 you looked so pretty int he blue dress at the wedding by the way! your mom too!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 18, 2009, 3:43 pm

    I can’t wait to see your new pics!

  • Diana October 18, 2009, 3:47 pm

    That breakfast looks good! And that macro view makes a lot of sense. Good for you!
    Good luck on your photoshoot 🙂 I’m sure you’ll have some great photos, I really liked that photographers’ work.

  • Paige @ Running Around Normal October 18, 2009, 5:31 pm

    The brunch looks so cute:) And I think the macro view is a good idea. It may bum you out for sipping now, but 5 days later after clocking in a couple more runs, you won’t even be bothered by it, right?

  • Alyson October 18, 2009, 5:36 pm

    I completely agree with taking a macro view, it helps one to stay sane and not obsess or beat yourself up while also enjoying life’s little treats. Have a safe trip tomorrow!

  • Madeline @ GreensAndJeans October 18, 2009, 5:36 pm

    Have fun with the photographer! Taking in the big picture as far as working out and eating healthy is really the only way to go, otherwise you will drive yourself nuts!

  • Jenna October 18, 2009, 5:37 pm

    i can’t believe your going to san fran!

  • Evan Thomas October 18, 2009, 5:44 pm

    I think taking a macro view is a great idea. I’m going to try to start thinking about my own work out and eating habits like that. Somedays I get bogged down if I can’t run as far as I want, but I should know I can always run further the next day

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) October 18, 2009, 5:54 pm

    I think a macro view is awesome. It’s how I’ve been thinking about my workouts, if I get three trips to the gym and the past seven days have been decent, then I dont’ worry about it. If it’s a plannedrest week and no trips to the gym were taken, then I don’t worry about it – it’s planned!

  • Sara October 18, 2009, 5:59 pm

    I really struggle with that! If I miss a work out I am often stuck with thinking about how bad it is that I missed a day. The macro view is an awesome way to look at it!

    Have a good photo shoot! I am sure they will be beautiful!

  • Susan October 18, 2009, 6:07 pm

    ooh, alfredo with rice sounds fantastic! I know what it’s like to forget running shoes – that sucks! I totally agree with the macro thing. I also used to look at my food and exercise on a day to day basis, but I feel so much more normal when I look at it by the week. In the long term, the little things aren’t that bad 🙂

  • Stacey October 18, 2009, 6:12 pm

    I missed a workout today and felt a little guilty at first, but then I thought: I’ve worked out 4 days this week! And that’s good enough for me 🙂 Have fun getting remarried! Haha 🙂

  • Marisa (Trim The Fat) October 18, 2009, 7:22 pm

    That’s a great way to look at it!

    Have fun at the reshoot!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) October 18, 2009, 7:45 pm

    That macro idea is great. I tend to beat myself up if I don’t exercise one day and then it turns into two which turns into far to many. I need to look at more like a total like you say. I think it will help with my mood.

    Have fun with the “wedding” and getting ready for your trip. I can’t wait to see your posts about the POM tour.

  • Adriane October 18, 2009, 8:06 pm

    Have fun at the reshoot!

  • maria October 18, 2009, 8:12 pm

    Great thinking on the “macro” view. It is the long term that matters more than the day to day. Every day can’t be killer, unfortunately!

  • Peanut Butter Bliss October 18, 2009, 8:14 pm

    mmm your lunch looks fantastic 🙂 love me some beans!

    I wrote a paper for my english class about the paradox of beauty – how its empowering and debilitating at the same time, but we need to find acceptance within ourselves to find happiness 🙂 I thought you would be proud! haha

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat October 18, 2009, 9:10 pm

    Yummy food! And I love your new view of exercise 🙂 The long term is what matters the most, not missing or having a less than ideal day here and there.

  • Lauren October 19, 2009, 2:38 pm

    I love your idea about taking a “macro view” approach to your workouts. What a timely topic for me to read! I’m pretty accustomed to working out 6 days a week, and between several unforeseen events that transpired last week, I only got 4 workouts in (perfectly acceptable, I know, but unusual to me!) However, instead of fixating on my off-days and getting down on myself for not working in an extra run or yoga session, I realized that 4 days of good workouts is absolutely nothing to feel badly about–and it won’t compromise my fitness in the least. This was kind of a revelation to me! I was surprised by how comfortable I was about my 4, as opposed to 6, workouts. To me, that’s progress. And, frankly, sometimes we have more important things going on in our lives than a 5-mile run. Running will ALWAYS be there. There are times when family, friends, or even just that extra hour of sleep are far more essential to your health and happiness. Take care!

    • caitlin October 19, 2009, 6:29 pm

      truth – life happens!!!

  • Nikka @ HealthfulGirl October 19, 2009, 5:43 pm

    I just recently started blogging about my workouts via a weekly schedule and I love it! I am new to exercise, well, healthy living in general. I kept getting bogged down b/c I wouldn’t work out for one or two days. When I started looking at what I had accomplished overall for the week, I could see what my routine is, where I can improve and what habits I have. So I say, GO MACRO!

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