Getting to Know You – Part 1

Hey there,

So I figured it was time to answer some questions so you all can know a bit about me.  So here is the first in a series of posts to Get to Know Little Red.

First off my name is Kelsey!

I pulled the questions from this site.

We start with the Favorites category

  1. What was your favorite food when you were a child?  My grandmother would always make me a baked chicken breast, baked potato, and broccoli as a kid.  I still crave it as my comfort food today.
  2. What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?  Apparently it is Save A Horse Ride A Cowboy.  Not what I would have guessed.
  3. What is one of your favorite quotes?  “It’s always darkest just before they turn on the lights” – Moon, in Anything Goes
  4. What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity? Indoor: dancing, Outdoor: running
  5. What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Dishes.  I should consider just switching to paper and plastic but I also try and do my part for the environment.
  6. What is your favorite form of exercise? Dancing or running.
  7. What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year? Time for the first sip of coffee/Thursday because the weekend is almost there/October, because I love fall (not because of my birthday I promise)
  8. What’s your least favorite mode of transportation?  Flying. My mom is a flight attendant so I should be better at flying but I had one bad trip once and I can’t shake it.
  9. What is your favorite body part?  I get complimented on my behind a lot and I have to say I am proud of it.  Sometimes the comments are a little much though.
  10. What sound do you love?  Gentle rain against the windows.

So there you go.  There will be more to come.

Keep it favorites & fierce!

-Little Red

Answer one of the questions above!

 

St. Patrick’s Day + RunDisney Wine & Dine Registration

*Note: this was supposed to publish on St. Patrick’s Day, but ended up a draft due to technical difficulties.*

 

First up this is my second day of Paleo.  Yesterday was great if a little lacking in energy by rehearsal that evening.  Of course we were working the big dance number Ugh A Wugg so I was bound to be tired.

Here’s the trouble spot: I woke up this morning feeling like I had no energy at all.  I immediately scarfed down a banana, made some hot chocolate (not strictly paleo), and ate an apple with almond butter.  About an hour later I was back to normal.

My theory is that I didn’t eat enough calories yesterday.  Not having grains makes that harder.  My potential solution will be to track my calorie intake better just to make sure I am getting enough.

Moving on to part 2:

Today at noon, so like now since my computer is being slow, registration opens for runDisney’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend.  This year the event will be November 6-7, 2015.

This event has a special place in my heart since it was my first half marathon ever!  And after running the Jingle Jungle 5k that morning. And with a broken finger from my attempt to learn to ride a bike.

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While I don’t plan on running it in 2015 I highly recommend the race.  Really both races, because the Jungle Jungle 5k is honestly a blast! (Not to mention it was my first time ever seeing Animal Kingdom…. pretty cool way to experience a new park for the first time.)

Let the onslaught of pictures begin:

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Wine & Dine Half Marathon

There is simply no way to describe running through the Osborn Lights.  Maybe one way, magical!  But you just have to experience it for yourself.

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Oh forgot to tell you I managed to convince my dad to run too.  I think he is looking forward to just the 5k of Expedition Everest Challenge.

So what are you waiting for?  Register for the Wine & Dine today! (oh, and hit me up if you want to guest blog about your race.)

Keep it running & fierce!

– Little Red

Planning to run the Wine & Dine Half or Jingle Jungle 5k?

 

Silent Saturday

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Ran out of prep time at home between work and rehearsals and needed to eat out.  First polish meal out!

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Headed to the bookstore and came across these gems.  More details on the blog soon.

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We do staff meetings right!  It had been almost a month since our last one since everyone’s schedule has been different.  (I totally indulged and had one cookie!)

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This little guy is on the ceiling at one of the schools I teach a Broadway dance class in.  I keep looking up afraid he is gonna fall on my head.  At least I am 90% sure he isn’t real.

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We can’t seem to keep the letters on the restroom doors in my work building, but these handy dandy pictures showed up randomly!

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It was stage combat day at rehearsal, followed by the first full run of the show.  I rewarded myself with some Jameson.  The countdown to Peter Pan has begun.

Speaking of which its time to get back to memorizing all those lines.

Keep it (somewhat) silent & fierce!

-Little Red

What is your favorite random thing that has appeared at work?

 

Graves’ Disease & Starting Paleo

No clever title here.  Remember how I was saying I had been feeling super tired, gaining weight, general health stuff, etc. Yeah? Well it all proved to be true but not for the reasons I was hoping.

First I’ll catch you up a bit.  About a year ago, after my first physical in a few years I was diagnosed not only with a thyroid issue but one that resulted from an autoimmune disease.  Specifically I was diagnosed with Graves’ Disease which causes hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid gland.

There are pretty much three options for treatment:

1) Take anti-thyroid drugs to control the thyroid stimulating hormone.  With a list of symptoms long enough and potentially severe enough to scare anyone.

2) Treat with radioactive iodine which will target and kill parts or all of the thyroid gland.  9 times out of 10 this results in hypothyroidism which means you will then take a thyroid replacement pill for the rest of your life.

3) Surgery to remove the thyroid.  This also leads to permanent hypothyroidism and pills the rest of your life.  In addition, for an actor/singer the surgery comes awful close to your vocal chords.

Luckily, my case was minor enough to start with the anti-thyroid drugs with blood tests every month to monitor not only thyroid levels but also risks of the scariest side effects. (liver failure and the like)

Things were going great! Every time I took a blood test it was lower.  My doctor had very high hopes that in February when we retested the marker for Graves’ it would be low enough to take me off medication and I would be in remission.

You see where this is going… right?

Not so.  While my thyroid levels were all in safe range, the Graves’ disease marker was at 233% !!!! More than when I was first diagnosed. Not gonna lie, I started crying cause that just sounds scary.

So I left the office with knowing I will have 2-3 more months on the medication at the same dosage and the impetus to try something/anything new to change this.  I really want to avoid being hypothyroid the rest of my life.  My endocrinologist mentioned some people had found success going Paleo or Autoimmune protocol paleo.

I’ve wondered about this diet before so I figured I would give it a try for these 2-3 months.

COMPLETE HONESTY: I plan to follow a modified paleo plan.  If I have a crazy craving I will give in and get quickly back on the wagon.  If my schedule gets really busy I will take a mostly paleo meal rather than McDonalds. Compromise people!

Step 1: Read up online and grab some recipe books.

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Step 2: Clean out pantry, fridge, and freezer.

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Step 3: Realize you have nothing to eat and it is lunch time.  Quick research online leads to a walk to Tropical Smoothie and a Blimey Limey minus added sugar.  Delicious! (Note: Tropical Smoothie Gift Certificates greatly appreciated!)

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Step 4: Grocery shopping to stock up on delicious Paleo friendly foods!

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Step 5:  Relax before starting nice and strong the next day.

Which is today.  I started with a delicious egg scramble and coffee (so glad coffee is allowed!)

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Followed up with a good workout, cycle/chest/back, including Peter Pan line work of course.

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And a post workout snack of apples and almond butter.  MMMMMmmmmmm good!

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Keep it paleo & fierce!

-Little Red

Have you ever tried the paleo diet?  Please share your favorite resources and recipes!

 

Favorites – Food Edition

I am slowly getting back in the game.  Fitness wise, planning wise, eating wise, mental wise…. yep all the wises.  And hopefully, blogging wise.

So to start anew again here are the foods I am loving lately.

Terra Chips– these have to be my new favorite find.  A director I was working with had them around all the time and they are crazy addictive and delicious.  Amazingly good with guac or pico.  Although, to be honest they have a be a treat cause at just under $5 a bag they are pricey. IMG_2419

Thin Mints – I have had this box in my freezer about a month before digging in.  Plus if they are paired with fruit that makes them healthy, right?IMG_2420

Hot Chocolate – Speaking of chocolate and dessert, this is one of my favorite treats during the winter.  Yes, it is March, but given we have 4 inches of snow outside I’m claiming winter.  And again calcium and antioxidants, where can you go wrong?

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Outshine Fruit Bars – One of the best things to help with a sore throat is a popsicle.  Or ice cream.  But at only 35 calories and deliciously wonderful these popsicles win hands down.IMG_2423

Cereal – more specifically Cheerios.  I always love Multi-Grain, but had a coupon for the new protein and have to say they both make for an awesome breakfast when I need something quick and easy.

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Coffee – It’s no secret this is my favorite breakfast food.  If I have nothing else I need my coffee in the morning, and my Keurig makes it super easy.   Once again a coupon led to an awesome discovery.  Chock Full’o’Nuts has these awesome smaller pods with less plastic and an actual filter at the bottom.  I cannot stress my love for these enough.  More environmentally friendly, no grounds in coffee because a whole isn’t punched in the bottom, and every time you open the box you get that wonderful “wake up” real coffee grounds smell.

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Apples & Peanut Butter – Last but absolutely the best.  I sweat this is my comfort food addiction.  It is slowly replacing chocolate as a craving.  It  is just so darn satisfying!

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Keep it delicious & fierce!

-Little Red

What’s your favorite food currently?  Do you have a Keurig?