Factory Reset: Be Healthy

January 28, 2013

Before we knew it, an entire month had gone by since we finished our 15k race. The saying is true, time really does fly when you’re having fun. Tons of fun celebrating our marriage, a few major holidays– and with lots of cheese and great craft beer. Somehow, in the middle of it all, we managed to convince ourselves that we were logging some serious miles.

Only we weren’t running. Not at all.

After a few clusters of migraine headaches, I knew it was time to come clean. So on this brisk January morning, I had to suck it up and perform a factory reset. My reset always happens at 5am, with week four of the Couch to 5k training program. The workout is difficult enough to get my heart pumping, but helps me ease back into a routine without injury.

You got me. This was not my first reset.

But I would really like it to be my last.

Things I know: Running helps me channel my stress and anxiety. Yoga helps me to stretch and breathe deeper. Eating a clean, plant-based diet keeps me feeling energized, full, and focused. And cheese is still so damn good. 

Today I will move forward with a plan that includes more intense workouts, increased veg, and a little bit of cheese for good measure. For my own accountability and to share some tips, I’m going to begin posting some recipes and workout plans each week. Now is the perfect time to be healthy again!

This week’s workout: Week four of C25k and Jillian Michaels’ Yoga Meltdown.

On the menu: Spaghetti squash with homemade marinara; kale and eggs; ginger chili stir fry; and chipotle butternut squash soup.

What does your week look like? Leave it in the comments!


This post is part of the One Word project and my “Be Awesome in 2013” series. If you need some fitness motivation, check out Ed Cabellon and the #SAfit community to keep you moving!

January 28, 2013 @ 9:13 pm

I’m not sure I’ve ever made the connection between my stress & anxiety and my diet & exercise…Doh.

Looking forward to some healthy recipes from you! Especially if it means I can keep some cheese and craft beers.

    January 29, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

    I know sometimes I can be in denial about my stress levels– being more active shows me the difference. We’re hoping to post some of our recipes soon, we’ve embarked on a “weekday vegan” diet. Yikes.

January 30, 2013 @ 9:19 am

I’m right there with you, lady.
After the Diamonds I took the whole month of December off exercise- the longest I’ve gone without a work out in years. I noticed the time I was spending at the gym and on the pavement was making me miserable instead of happy. It was time to take a break. Now I’m working back into the groove, but instead of dreading my daily workouts I look forward to them. Reset is the perfect word for it.

January 30, 2013 @ 10:37 am

On my agenda for the week: kick into gear with more intense workouts. I started Monday and will continue tonight, tomorrow, and have Friday and Saturday off before starting week two of the workout plan. However, I haven’t slacked on my days off either. Instead of doing intense workouts I’ve made sure to talk a walk or something else that keeps me moving. Food wise – it all depends on the dinning hall. :/ Unfortunately it’s been a struggle to find healthy meals there, without continuously eating salad, sandwiches, or pasta. I’m staying motivated and trying to be positive though. I look forward to see what you come up with.


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