ESSAY | How Track Saved Me From Depression

If I’m being honest, I’ve probably gone through this in my head too many times to count, but have never had the courage to actually sit and write everything down.  The only reason you’re actually reading this now is because my friend, Brandi, encouraged me to share my story.  This was and will probably be the hardest thing I’ve ever sat down to write.  Here’s your warning:  this post is extremely long.  It’s definitely more of an essay than one of my typical blog posts, but I knew that if I was going to write about this, then I wanted to write about it, including all the gory details that I’ve always been too embarrassed to share with anybody.

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ESSAY | How Track Saved Me From Depression

Tuesday: Getting Sick

mac and cheese

breakfast: I wasn’t feeling too hot so I had box mac and cheese instead of my usual eggs.

Orange Carrot Naked Juice

post-workout snack: I had this Orange Carrot Naked Juice in hopes it would help keep away the cold.

Chicken Corn Chowder

Various Toasted BreadLeftover Rice and Stew

dinner: I bought this Progresso Chicken Corn Chowder on a whim and planned to eat it with various bread, but that plan was a bust. The soup was disgusting. I was feeling pretty crappy by then, so I just had leftover rice and corned beef stew with black pepper (shito).

Also, I only had half of that Krispy Kreme donut.

snack (not shown): a handful of baked fries and honey lemon tea.

Tuesday: Getting Sick

IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH (AND IN HELL WEEK)

These past two weeks have flown by. Between competing in Miami, putting together last-minute travel plans, and dealing with my (hopefully temporary) loss of hearing, I’ve basically been waiting for a weekend to take a breather and get my sh*t together.

Unfortunately, this wasn’t the week for that. I’m heading back to Florida next week for two more meets, which I’m pretty excited about. Until then, I’ve got a ton of errands to take care of (and a movie to watch), but more on all that in a later post.

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IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH (AND IN HELL WEEK)

HOW TO TRANSITION AND STICK TO HEALTHY HABITS

One of the main focuses of this blog is to document my transition to a healthier lifestyle, and how you can, too. So, every now and then I’ve made sure to highlight my goals of trying to eat healthier and how I’ve attempted to lead a healthier lifestyle overall.

As of late, I haven’t mentioned it much because I’ve felt like I took two steps forward and five giant steps back. A few months ago, I had successfully weaned myself off soda, stopped eating candy, and was slowly but surely drinking more water every day. I had my meal planning and prepping down to a science and I felt awesome both physically and mentally.

Fast forward to today, and I’m back to drinking soda whenever I get the chance (i.e. whenever it’s free), have fallen behind in my Sunday meal prep (but I’m working on it), and I’m 90% sure these headaches I keep getting after practice are due to dehydration (oops). All in all, I haven’t gone back to square one, but I’m not where I want to be with my goals. All this means I’m going to start over in getting back into those great habits I was so proud of. So, today I’m sharing with you just how I transition and stick to healthy habits all in 2 easy ish steps!

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HOW TO TRANSITION AND STICK TO HEALTHY HABITS

NOTE TO SELF: STOP UNDERESTIMATING YOURSELF

Last week I officially started my training for the year, and I was surprisingly happy with how it turned out. I came down with a cold on Monday, and I’m just now getting over it today (Sunday).  So, my week definitely started a little rocky.  On Tuesday I had a hard tempo workout, but I was still able to hit the times I was supposed to.  Wednesday was interesting as I got back into the sprint mentality and sped through a few sets of 60m runs.  By Friday I was feeling pretty good about myself.  Friday is our hard workout day, and I went into it feeling both anxious about how it would go, and excited to see just where my body was really at.  My running partner that day was my friend, Maya, and she was pretty anxious, too, but we pumped ourselves up and got after it.

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NOTE TO SELF: STOP UNDERESTIMATING YOURSELF

IS IT REALLY SUNDAY IF YOU HAVEN’T HAD BRUNCH?

Last Sunday I went out to celebrate a friend’s birthday and remembered just how awesome it is not to cook on Sunday. I never truly appreciated the act of “brunching” until I moved to Boston and was presented with a million restaurants offering their own variations of it. Whether I’m making it myself or eating out at some random eatery, I can’t imagine a Sunday without brunch.

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sunday brunch

IS IT REALLY SUNDAY IF YOU HAVEN’T HAD BRUNCH?

GEMMA’S Goals for October 2015

octgoals

Because of how hectic September was for me I couldn’t put together a good post on my goals for the month.  Now that I’m back in Boston, and getting back into a stable routine, I’m jumping back into my monthly goals to keep track of what I want to get out of each month.

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GEMMA’S Goals for October 2015

BRAZZAVILLE WEEK TWO & THE END OF MY OUTDOOR SEASON

My last week at the All-African Games sped by much faster than the first one.  Once Sunday hit, I barely had time to look for WiFi or watch any other event that wasn’t happening at the track.

The 100 preliminaries and semi-finals were scheduled to be on the first day – the first round early in the morning and the second later in the evening.  This was the first day that the temperature outside actually reached a point where I could positively say it was hot.  Even the ever-present fog lifted that day, and left the sun beating down on us during warm-ups…

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BRAZZAVILLE WEEK TWO & THE END OF MY OUTDOOR SEASON

THE ALL-AFRICAN GAMES, BRAZZAVILLE 2015 – WEEK ONE

It’s only been three days since I’ve returned from the Congo, but it still feels like a lifetime ago.  There are things I miss when I get back from bigger meets like this one – the teammates I rarely get to see, meeting so many new people, the feeling of pride that comes with competing for Ghana on an international level – just to name a few.  Overall, my time Brazzaville, Congo was OK at best.  A lot of things didn’t go as expected, but I’ve learned over time to just roll with the punches and make the best of every opportunity I’m given…

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THE ALL-AFRICAN GAMES, BRAZZAVILLE 2015 – WEEK ONE