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the return of supergirl

This year, for the first time in a long time I’m doing things for myself as opposed to things I feel obligated to do. I prioritize based on what will fuel my hopes and dreams, not what will help other people’s hopes and dreams. That may all sound very selfish. It is. I happen to think there is great virtue in selfishness and no, I do not worship Ayn Rand. I did, however, read The Fountainhead about 8 years ago and it forever changed my outlook on life and all its aspirations.

 

I won’t completely summarize the novel here. Just go out and read it. I will say what I took from it. That in realizing our own potential we give more to society than if we spend our days wasting our best talents in the name of altruism. Of course it’s important to help people. Of course it’s important to be kind, compassionate, and giving. Of course. But if we spend ALL of our time in life giving to others and save no time to focus on ourselves, then we have wasted our God-given talents and that does a much greater disservice to the world, I believe. Think of your heroes. Be they athletes, scientists, artists,  politicians, poets. They are your heroes because they have mastered something. Something that lived within them as potential but they spent their entire lives honing and perfecting. In doing so they have inspired you to hopefully do the same for yourself. That chain of inspiration continues the more we focus on what we love.  

Last night Brad and I were watching The Dark Knight to prep for our upcoming venture to see The Dark Knight Rises this weekend. During the credits I noticed the copyright date said 2008. I was stunned. I said to Brad “That’s impossible! This movie did not come out in 2008. That was 4 years ago!” And he replied “You saw the credits. It came out 4 years ago.”

“Oh my God. What happened to the last 4 years of my life. I feel like someone transplanted me from 2008 to now and I have no memory of the last 4 years. Like someone stole them from me. What happened?”

“Well, two of those years were on the AMC. That’s what happened.”

He was right. Let me preface by saying that I do not regret those two years I decided to give to my theatre company. I regret how frustrated I was. I regret how little I was able to change while on the AMC. I regret that I did not do a better job. I have these regrets because running a theatre company is not actually my God-given talent. It’s not my passion. I spent two years doing it because I love my theatre company and I felt like I should take my turn. I personally believe we should get someone to run Theatre of NOTE who actually IS passionate about all of the nuts and bolts of running a theatre company and only then will NOTE realize its own potential, which is enormous. But that’s a whole different discussion. My outcome on the AMC was lackluster compared to my standards for what that incredible company of artists deserves. I don’t regret doing it. I regret not doing it well. This is what happens when we spend our lives doing things we don’t really want to do. We are filled with regret. Life is too short to let regret get in the way of our passion. We must follow our bliss.

This year that changed. My tenure on the AMC came to a close. I have taken a leave of absence from my theatre company to focus on myself. The results are coming in, and they are positive. Brad and I have made up some huge mileage on the road to Tahiti. (We got so behind last year). I had perhaps the most rewarding creative experience ever working on The Crucible with my good friend Bill Voorhees. I fell in love with acting all over again the moment I met Mary Warren. I’m training harder and faster for the Disneyland Half Marathon and am on my way to a new PR. I joined SAG-AFTRA and can count myself a proud union member. I opened my own Etsy shop and have a new creative outlet for when I don’t get to act. The shop is soaring. I’m so honored to receive so many messages from strangers all around the world who are so excited to wear my hair Whimsy Dos in their weddings, holidays, or vacations. My creations have touched people from Brazil to Jordan to Australia to Canada. I’m honored. I believe the things I am doing are sending positive vibrations out into the universe. I’m more optimistic than ever. I’m kinder. More confident. More proud of my fellow artists. More supportive. And just plain happier. All this because I decided to focus on me for a change.

There is one last piece to this puzzle. Physical fitness. I’m on my way to becoming the best version of myself artistically, emotionally, and creatively. I’m still far from it physically. I had a meeting with a genetic counselor a few weeks ago because breast cancer runs heavily in my family. One of the leading risk factors in developing the disease is being overweight. I won’t have that. I want to live as long as possible. I want to suck the marrow out of this life and I need to give myself the best shot possible. That means being in the best physical condition possible. I want to put myself at low risk for disease. I want to run fast. I want to look good in a bikini! I want to fit in my clothes. I want to go to the doctor and have her tell me “yep, you’re pretty much fit as a fiddle” instead of “you’re really healthy, except you could stand to lose a little weight.” I want to be the healthiest version of myself and inspire healthy eating to as many people as possible. So today, in keeping with the superhero theme, today is called “The Return of Supergirl.”

Last year I embarked upon a healthy eating initiative about a week before the half marathon. For those 8 days I had so much energy, and I lost a couple of pounds. The race came and went, as did the healthy eating initiative. Today is the sequel, and it’s here to stay. Read here to learn about the genesis of the supergirl diet. It’s nothing revolutionary. Just healthy, clean, common-sense eating. Little to no sugar, zero alcohol until race day, no processed foods, lots of fruit and veggies. Today I’m making a promise to do this for myself. Everything else that I’ve started to do for myself this year has been rather successful. This will be too. I’m not doing this for an agent, or Hollywood, or my family, or my doctor, or my readers. I’m not proving anything to anyone except me. Alright Supergirl, take flight.

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supergirl day 4 – 8

Day 4

BREAKFAST

  • 1 packet organic oatmeal
  • 2 tsp raw turbinado sugar
LUNCH
  • mixed green salad w/ cucumber, goat cheese, tomatoes, garbanzo beans and balsamic vinagrette
  • 1 iced tea
DINNER
  • Snacky Foods at the “Wonderlust” opening night party:
  • hummus with pita, 2 slices cheddar cheese, 4 fresh figs, sampling of fresh tropical fruits, and a few itty bitty bites of spinach sour cream dip (I couldn’t resist!)
Day 5
BREAKFAST
  • 1/2 egg white omelet with swiss cheese, spinach and mushrooms
  • a few bits of potatoes
  • 1/2 english muffin with apple butter (no regular butter)
LUNCH
  • mixed green salad with tomato, cucumber, onion, carrots, fresh bean sprouts and balsamic vinaigrette
DINNER
  • 1 Trader Joe’s green chile tamale (again, not like normal fat full Mexican food. This stuff from TJ’s is not bad for you)
  • 1 Trader Joe’s Vegetable Masala burger (amazing!) on whole wheat bread with onion
  • 2 fresh figs
SNACK

  • 1/2 slice Trader Joe’s garlic naan with low-fat shredded mozzarella cheese, avocado and mini heirloom tomatoes
  • raw organic almonds
Day 6
BREAKFAST
  • Organic Instant oatmeal with 1 tsp organic brown sugar and 1 tsp butter (weekend splurge)
  • 1 banana
LUNCH
  • 1 tuna salad sandwich from One Life Natural Foods. Tuna on wheat bread with lettuce, bean sprouts, carrots and somehow-not-bad-for-you mayonnaise
  • 1 serving Terra Exotic Vegetable Chips
DINNER
  • Thai Tom Yum soup from Chan Darae (lemongrass soup. Delish!) with shrimp
  • 1 cup brown rice
Day 7
BREAKFAST
  • Starbucks Cool Lime Refresher
  • 1 serving raw organic almonds
LUNCH
  • Mixed greens salad with tuna, cucumbers, roasted red peppers, red onion, croutons and lite caesar dressing
DINNER
  • Spaghetti with Mama Coco’s basil marinara sauce (this is THE best pasta sauce in the world. Run out and look for Mama Coco’s. You will thank me)
  • 1/2 slice Trader Joe’s garlic naan
DESSERT
  • 2 bites Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey. I caved! I know it’s wrong. Anything with the word “chunky” in the title is NOT on the Supergirl diet. But I only had two widdle bites. I swear! 
Day 8
BREAKFAST
  • 1/2 Vegetable sandwich. Weird breakfast food I know, but I was craving it. I read some good advice once that said don’t feel limited at breakfast time. Just because it’s breakfast doesn’t mean you HAVE to have something sweet or with eggs in it. If you feel like having a sandwich, have a sandwich. Healthy choices are more important than staying in the breakfast box
LUNCH

  • 1 small greek salad with kalamata olives, feta cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, and lemon oregano dressing
SNACK
  • 1 Tuna bistro box from Starbuck’s
  • Trader Joe’s Thai Lime & Chili Cashews. These are to die for. Proceed with caution however, as it’s very easy to eat more than one serving
DINNER
  • Homemade vegetable stir fry, made in olive oil, with 1 cup brown rice and 1/4 cup shrimp
DESSERT
  • 5 dark chocolate covered almonds. Get off my case. Both dark chocolate and almonds are antioxidant rich superfoods, so eat up Supergirl! 

supergirl diet: day 3

BREAKFAST

  • 1 grapefruit topped with 1/4 cup Straus Family Creamery Organic Yogurt
  • 1 packet organic oatmeal sprinkled with 1 tsp raw turbinado sugar
LUNCH
  • Mixed green salad with persian cucumbers, mini heirloom tomatoes, 2 tbsp feta cheese and 2 tbsps Newman’s Own Light Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • 2 tbsp eggplant hummus
  • 15 Mary’s Gone Crackers crackers (it’s becoming clear what I have in my snack drawer at work)
SNACK
  • 15 raw organic almonds
  • 1 donut peach
DINNER
  • Trader Joe’s roasted vegetable enchiladas (enchiladas don’t sound healthy but this version from TJ’s is really good for you. Not fried, low in fat, lots of veggies, little to no cheese)
DESSERT
  • 1/2 c Greek yogurt with honey
  • small bowl frozen blueberries
          I have to say, I feel really frickin’ awesome. I’ve only been doing this for 3 days but I got on the scale today and I lost 1 pound in 3 days. The point of this diet isn’t really about weight loss, it’s about athletic performance, but weighing less will help me run more efficiently (and faster) so I can’t complain about the outcome.
           There is a withdrawal period though. French fries, waffles, ice cream, mac & cheese, beer. It’s like a bad relationship. You end it because you know it’s not healthy for you, but you can’t just wake up the next day and forget all that passion. The memories (and cravings) linger for a little while. You try to stay strong, knowing that time heals all wounds and the cravings will eventually fade. It’s a very strange sensation to not be hungry, but to “want”  food. Eating a super healthy diet has given me tons of energy in just a few short days. I do not feel weak. I do not feel hungry. I feel like I could, well, run a half marathon. But I still “want” bad food. This just makes me realize how dysfunctional my relationship to food has always been. Historically, when I am hungry I just eat what I want or whatever is around even if it’s unhealthy. Then I feel full so I go about my merry way. I’ve fed my stomach and the beast in my head that feeds on crap. Now, I’m hungry so I go out of my way to make special arrangements to eat something supergirl-worthy. I’m full, but it’s harder to go about my merry way. I have not satisfied that evil beast so of course it’s still there no matter how full my stomach is. It’s not about my stomach. To me, this gives scientific proof that there is absolutely no healthy or justifiable reason to eat crap. Your body (which is really the most important thing you own) will NEVER thank you because it’s not your body that you’re feeding when you eat that junk, it’s your addiction. It’s the demonic part of your brain that did not keep up with how rapidly we evolved. Fat and grease taste AWESOME because they last a long time in your body (and on your thighs) and if you’re going to be stuck in a cave for 3 days until that sabertooth tiger finally goes away, you need some extra calories stored up. Get with the program evolution! Now fat costs 99 cents and you can buy it on every street corner in America. Make it taste bad already. I’d like the experience of eating ice cream and the experience of eating beets to swap places.
          Is it wrong to splurge every once in a while? Well, that depends on you. Some people can have a drink every now and then or a cigarette once every 6 months, and others can’t take a sip without drinking a bottle or a puff without taking the pack. You have to figure out what kind of junkie you are.
          I’ve been feeding my addiction and in the process polluting my body. I won’t go so far to say “my body is a temple” but it is my most important piece of real estate. Glad I’m getting to some renovations on this old fixer upper.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

super foods for supergirl

The Disneyland Half Marathon is in 8 days. I know that my training process this year has not been quite as robust as it was last year. What can I say, life gets in the way sometimes. It’s alright though. There is nothing I can do to change the miles I have run before this moment. There are things I know, and things I can control. I know that I’m going to run that race in 8 days despite not having trained as vigorously as I should have. I can control my preparation from now until then. I will not miss any more training runs. I will not freak out. I will meditate. I will breathe. I will go with the flow. I will have a great time, hopefully.

A major factor that I can control and that I believe will have a huge impact on my race performance is what I put in my body. If learned anything from my crisis last weekend it’s that no matter how in denial I am or how hard I plead to the contrary, my body and all its various systems are sensitive. I am not like Brad who can go without food or water all day, throw back a cup of coffee and go run 6 miles. It sure must be convenient to be that resilient, but my body needs a lot more tender love and care. For the next 8 days I am committing to a very strict diet of whole, fresh, healthy, performance boosting superfoods. I’ve never been strict enough about this and frankly I’m curious to see if it changes how I feel on race day compared to last year. 

To keep myself in check, I’d like to share with all of you every morsel that I eat for the next week. I’m not going to count calories as that’s really not what this is about. It’s about listening to my body and only giving it optimal fuel when I need it. It’s common sense that onion rings and a hefeweizen are not going to help me run so it really doesn’t matter how many calories they have, I’m not eating them. Oh, did I mention beer? That leads me to a major point. There are some basic ground rules for the Supergirl diet, one of them being zero alcohol. Oy. It’s going to be difficult, but no No NO alcohol between now and race day.

If I feel great and I run like Supergirl next Sunday then you’ll have a nice little meal plan for when you run your own half marathon some day. Which you will!

*NOTE* I’m a pescetarian (I eat fish, no other meat) so you won’t find any poultry, pork or beef on this meal plan. Hopefully this will also serve as documented proof that you don’t have to eat a ton of meat to get a substantial amount of protein. 

Day 1:

SNACK: 20 raw organic almonds and 5 fresh black cherries
  • LUNCH
  • 1 c spaghetti with marinara sauce (not ideal but I didn’t want to waste the leftovers so I employed some major portion control. Plus, pasta is actually good runner’s fuel and tomatoes ARE a superfood)
SNACK: 2 slices cantaloupe, 2 tablespoons eggplant hummus, 15 Mary’s Gone Crackers crackers
  • DESSERT
  • 1 c Greek yogurt with honey
  • 1 c raspberries
SNACK: 1 Smart Dog Veggie dog
Day 2:
  • Breakfast
  • 1 c oatmeal with 1 tsp raw turbinado sugar
  • 20 raw organic almonds
  • Lunch
  • Mixed green salad with roasted red peppers, cucumbers, black beans, avocado and goat cheese with lite balsamic vinaigrette
  • 8 oz. green iced tea, sweetened with agave nectar
SNACK: 15 Mary’s Gone Crackers crackers, 2 tbsp eggplant hummus, 1 donut peach (not to be confused with a peach donut)
  • Dinner
  • Raw vegan “taquitos” – made out of almonds and bean sprouts. Was actually pretty good
  • 1/2 slice garlic naan with 1 tbsp mozzarella cheese and 1/4 avocado, sprinkled with salt and pepper