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Seizing the day (and the run) one day and mile at a time!

It’s Okay to Miss a Run and Days 33-38

First things first, I have to rave about last nights dinner and consequently, the leftovers I had for lunch today.  It is no secret that I love Skinnytaste recipes, I mean seriously, they rock.  I try to find recipes all over the place but I am always coming back to her site when I want something different and flavorful.  9 times out of 10 she has made a skinny version of what I’m looking for and it is excellent!  We were craving fresh crab cakes this week, and while normally we buy them from the butcher/seafood counter at the store already made, I wanted to make my own.  Enter these delicious bad boys:

Skinnytaste Baked Lump Crab Cakes with Red Pepper Chipotle Lime Sauce (not pictured) plus Wild Rice and Turkey Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

Skinnytaste Baked Lump Crab Cakes with Red Pepper Chipotle Lime Sauce (not pictured) plus Wild Rice and Turkey Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

They were SO divine.  I can’t wait to make them again for company.  Speaking of company, I thoroughly enjoyed cooking for my former roomies last week, and we had a great time catching up and hanging out.  It is ALWAYS so great to see them!  I grilled some chicken and pineapple, put together a quick salad and baked some sweet potato wedges.  Easy peasy!

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Flashback to last week’s post, when I was tasked to try a new fruit.  Since Lauren and Emary were over, I decided they could try with me muahaha.  I shopped around the exotic fruit section and came across Guava, which the description listed as “Guava pulp may be sweet or sour, tasting something between pear and strawberry, off-white (“white” guavas) to deep pink (“red” guavas), with the seeds in the central pulp of variable number and hardness, depending on species.”

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It also said something about honey.  I was sold, and it smelled so good!  In my mind after that description I was expecting a sweet tasting fruit.  I cut it up after dinner and brought it out to give it a try.

Looks like baby watermelons

Looks like baby watermelons

I was hoping Emary, who is of El Salvadorian decent, would have tried it before since she has had a lot of different tropical fruits. I wasn’t so lucky, and it was an adventure for all of us.  I googled after tasting, and it was recommended to try them with vinegar or even soy sauce.  Many people supposedly eat them with salt and pepper.  We tried it all ways and the common consensus was that while we didn’t hate it, it was weird and we didn’t love it either.  The seeds are SUPER hard and really couldn’t be chewed either, but you felt awkward swallowing them LOL.  Anyway, apparently guava is better used for a base for fruit juices or smoothies.  The verdict, tried a new fruit (YAY!), better luck next time (BOO), haha.

Sunday’s scheduled 10 miler….did not happen.  I was too set on relaxing and just being lazy and hanging out for the day, and I also ate like it was my last day for meals on Earth.  I wanted to beat myself up for missing it, but I was basically okay and decided it wasn’t the end of the world.  I can pick back up with a 10 miler this weekend along with scheduled speed work, and my 11 miler isn’t until next weekend anyway.  Crisis averted. Sometimes you just have to chill out and not let the training stress you out!

Poolside!

Poolside!

Quality Nephew time :)

Quality Nephew time 🙂

80 Day Weight Loss Challenge

Day 33: Are you on a diet or are you making this a lifestyle?

I guess technically right now, I am on a diet.  I already make a point to eat healthy foods and move my body, so that is my lifestyle now.  I drink water like it is going out of style on the regular, and I don’t think that is ever going to change.  I am focusing on a certain weight loss goal right now and being extra careful to meet my calorie goals, so I think that qualifies as a “diet”.

Day 34: Do you take your meals from home to work? If so, what do you usually prepare?

Yes!  Every day.  I think I’ve posted about taking lunch to work before.  I always take leftovers from dinner if we have them first to make sure they are used up.  If we don’t have leftovers, it is usually a big salad with chicken or turkey, cottage cheese, yogurt, and carrots or cucumbers.  I rarely make sandwiches but sometimes get in the mood for them.  I also do tuna with crackers from time to time and lots of soup when it gets cooler.

Day 35: Have you ever fasted? What was the reason for it?

Once, for a church thing, but that was symbolic and in support of world hunger, not because I just felt like not eating food for a while.  I don’t doubt that there are healthy ways to fast, but it just isn’t for me.  I get really grumpy when hungry, and tend to go off the deep end when I finally get my hands on food, so it is NOT a good thing for me to try or make a habit of.

Day 36: Write your current weight. Have you lost anything in the past week? If not, what are your plans for this week?

159.0.  I slipped up a lot last week, and was lucky to lose any at all!  I did lose .2 and I am now exactly on track for my vacation goal, no more wiggle room y’all!  My plan for this week has been cracking down on unnecessary snacking and sweets and hitting the gym hard.

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Day 37: Have you ever purged? If so, how did you feel afterwords?

I am glad to say no on this one.  I will be 100% honest and admit and there were times in college when I ate something disgusting or way too much and thought about it, but I could never do that to my body and the thought repulses me now for sure.  I realize that this is a serious problem many people deal with, so I won’t go on about how disgusting it is but I am thankful I’ve never been plagued with the issue.

Day 38: Have you ever binged? If so, what is your binge food?

Honestly, yes.  I know everyone has different definitions of binging but I have on multiple occasions eaten ridiculous serving sizes of not healthy foods (or healthy ones too) even when I wasn’t hungry.  I am a stress eater, and I’ve also noticed that for some reason I feel that sometimes I have to finish something that I really don’t need or want to.  This is something I still struggle with and I am working on.  It feels so good when I take control and remind myself that I don’t need that (blank) or any more of (whatever) and I lock the self control down.

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Day 17 and Summer Running Fun

Summer running….fun?  It can and so far, has been!  I’ve read an article in a few places lately that talks about how long/how many runs it takes outside in the summer heat for your body to acclimate.  I think the past two summers of my running adventures I have given up before I gave my body that chance, and I’m doing my best to push through this year.  I can honestly say after two long runs and many weekly runs outside, I am feeling much better already!  This afternoon the heat index is above 100 but I am ready to tackle a fun run at Norfolk Botanical Gardens!  I’ve been doing the Tidewater Striders Summer Series (with my Dad and sister this year, YAY!) and we have a 1 mile random relay scheduled tonight.  They pair you up with 2 other randoms, and you relay for a mile each!  So fun 🙂  Last week was 4, 2, or 1 mile countdown with the goal of everyone finishing at the same time.  You would start your distance (4 for Dad and I) when the clock is at a point in the countdown where it will be at or near zero when you finish.  Dad and I finished within 5 second of zero, SO cool!

Last night’s dinner thrown together by my amazing husband!  Cheese tortellini with red peppers, turkey sausage and edamame seasoned with fat free Italian dressing.  So easy and filling paired with fresh spinach!

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We followed up with a nice 8 mile bike ride around town and then the Homerun Derby!

 

80 Day Weight Loss Challenge

Day 17: Do you have a special event/date you want to lose weight for?

Vacation is in 5 weeks!  Although that is definitely in the back of my mind and I would love to feel confident while frolicking on the beach, and I really just trying to get these last pounds off and keep them off, forever!  I’d love to be at goal for my big fall races as well!

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The Weekend, AKA Days 13, 14, 15, & 16

Happy Monday, or not, if you aren’t into Mondays.  I sort of am in a sick way, it’s the best day of the week to regroup and get organized for me.  Picking up from where I left off my making dinner for my family Friday night, the weight loss challenge is still alive and well despite my lack of posting!  It is on my mind and I’m always looking and thinking ahead.  I got up and ran my scheduled 3 miles with Dad and Rachel Saturday morning before we hit up breakfast.  Saturday and Sunday didn’t go well food wise (Sunday was better!) but the good news is there is always another day and my runs have been happening!  8 mile training run was almost a wash as I didn’t get up early enough to get it in Sunday morning, but I pushed out and made it happen last night!  I wanted to stop at miles 4 & then 6 but I basically just kept running further away from home so I would have to come back.  Such a good way to trick myself into just finishing.  Without further ado…

80 Day Weight Loss Challenge

Day 13: What is your favorite type of strength exercise?

It’s a tie!  I love squats for some reason and I’m pretty good at them.  The squat track in Body Pump is always my favorite and I love the burn.  Funny story, but I also love dead-lifts!  I used to hate them with the passion of 1,000 burning suns because I couldn’t perform them correctly to save my life, but once I got them it was love at first burn.  I love the way they make me feel and that I know I am working the hammies and glutes when I pump them out!

Day 14: What is your least favorite strength exercise?

It was hard to choose, but I’m pretty sure I hate bicep curls the most.  Lunges are a close second.  Not much more to say about that.

Day 15: Write your current weight.  Did you lose anything this week?  If not, what are you plans for next week?

Ooops…I didn’t weigh in, which is a shame because I know that I need to.  I don’t think I would have been happy with the result but I may weight in tomorrow morning just to see?  I did resolute and create a plan to lose 10 pounds before vacation in 5 weeks, so there’s that.  I rescaled my calorie intake a bit and hope to see regular weight loss through eating healthy and exercise over the next 5 weeks.  Running on schedule again won’t hurt!

Day 16: Which part of your body do you wish to change most and why?

Ohhh this is a deep one.  I would have to say my thighs.  Even when I was in my best running shape ever this past winter, my thighs were still pretty jiggly and continue to be.  I have strong legs but I store lots of fat in that area.  I know I have to work really hard to improve that!

 

And because I don’t want to be lame and include zero pictures today, here is Halligan trying his best to keep me from sitting in front of the TV to watch the Bachelorette last Monday.  He knew I needed to get up and get a workout in…or he was just being his usually needed self.

Really?

Really?

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Days 10, 11 & 12 and Holy Speed Work!

Way behind on blogging but I wanted to get this post up that was started last Thursday!

Oh hey speed work….I finally got with the program (literally) and did some speed work as scheduled last night.  Ben and I did 400 repeats together, aiming for 2:00 per repeat.  We came in under each time with the fastest at 1:53.  This was extremely hard for me and I was spent after each repeat but it also felt so good!  Ben mentioned that it hurt but it was a good hurt, and I totally agree!  Speed work makes you feel like you want to die in the moment but 30 seconds later you feel like an animal.  In a sick way, I can’t wait to do them again this week.

80 Day Weight Loss Challenge

Day 10: Do you count calories?  If so, what is your daily limit?

Yes!  As I’ve mentioned before, I use Livestrong MyPlate to keep track of my daily intake.  I find that at least for me, this is the best way to see what I am eating and also the breakdown of carbs/protein/fat I am consuming.  Right now my calorie goal falls right around 1400 each day.  I don’t always eat back my exercise calories but if I am hungry and I have them to spare, I will!

Day 11: Cook a healthy meal for your entire family.

I didn’t do this yesterday but I am planning to do it Friday night! I’ve already picked out a recipe and I’m looking forward to doing this one!  Will post about it over the weekend.

**Edited to add, I made Skinnytaste Chicken Enchiladas, a favorite for Ben and I, for my parents and sister.  I served with a fresh romaine and pepper salad and a little bit of beans and sour cream!

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Day 12: What is your least favorite type of cardio?

I don’t have a type of cardio that I hate anymore (used to be running!) but I would have to say at least right now that swimming is my least favorite.  This is mostly for selfish reasons because I’m not good at it YET.  I am thinking of taking some coaching sessions to get better and make this a favorite type 🙂

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Days 8 & 9, Summer Training Schedule and Weighing In

**Posted a day late, didn’t post last night for some reason!

So as promised I weighed in on Sunday and it was NOT pretty.  I can’t say I am surprised based on my down tick of summer training runs in the heat and my out of control eating habits.  I’ll get straight to the weigh-in facts in Day 8 of the 80 Day Weight Loss Challenge.  After Thursday’s poor 5k performance I was determined to get my training runs in no matter WHAT.  I woke up bright and early Saturday morning and rocked out a slow but enjoyable 3+ miles.  It felt good to slow down, not look at my watch and just listen to morning sounds and relaxing music.  We also randomly did a 13.1 mile bike ride Friday night, so my legs were happy to run slow too.  Sunday morning 7 miles were on the docket.  I met up with Dad and Rachel for the first few miles and finished the remaining 4+ on my own.  I managed to run past my elementary, middle and high schools so that was fun and a good distraction from the heat.  It felt great to get that over with early and enjoy the rest of my day.

For Rock n’ Roll training this summer I am trying out the Hal Higdon Intermediate Half Marathon Training Program.  This program goes beyond just finishing and starts to incorporate speed work, which after week four I’ve neglected to do….welp.  I am turning that leaf over this week and conquering some speed work on Wednesday as scheduled!  It also has two days of strength training built in which I think is really important and often overlooked in other plans.  Monday’s are stretch and strengthen days so I would ideally lift on Mondays.  I was planning to do arms and abs today but it is going to be just abs because I literally lifted parts of giant trees in our yard yesterday morning and my shoulders and arms are screaming at me today!

80 Day Weight Loss Challenge

Day 8: Write your current weight.  Have you lost anything in the past week?  What are your plans for this week?

I don’t think I’ve lost anything but my mind.  Seriously thought, I weighed in on Sunday and got a big fat 165.  Up almost 15 pounds since the marathon!  I couldn’t even bring myself to photograph it.  Anyway, moving on and moving forward.  Making changes through getting on point with my training and tightening WAY up on eating.  I’m still eating like I’m running 40 miles a week and it ain’t workin!

Day 9: What is your favorite type of cardio?

First inclination is to say running but indoor/outdoor cycling is a close second!  I may just be saying that because we are in the dead hot of summer 😉

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Days 3 and 4: Getting Back into Routine

Yikes!  I obviously didn’t get around to posting the way I intended to this past weekend, but that’s okay because I had a great time traveling and hanging out with family!  Fitness goals for the weekend went as follows:

Today: 3 mile walk on BWI Cardio Track (as much as time allows!) DONE!

Tomorrow: 3 mile run and arms/abs at the hotel gym DONE!

Saturday: Hard 5k at race pace, early AM NOPE, but LOTS of walking and stairs

Sunday: Easy Run + squats and lunges NOPE, but LOTS of walking

Monday: Hopefully lots of walking! YES!

We got to BWI for our layover to Buffalo, NY at our scheduled time and I went right to work on the Cardio Trail!  It wasn’t as sophisticated as I thought it would be, more or less just marked signs that said “Cardio Trail” on them, no mile markers or anything like that.  I still think it is a great idea since it at least gives people the idea that they could walk between flights instead of just sitting and waiting, and encourages activity!  I actually ended up just walking all three terminals that were past security 3 times at a very brisk pace.  I know people thought I was crazy as I kept passing the same ones, but it didn’t matter and I got a great sweat going!  I also went up and down stairs at each end when possible.

Large sign at the end of the terminal, the back says, "Great, now turn around and go back!"

Large sign at the end of the terminal, the back says, “Great, now turn around and go back!”

I used my timer on my iPhone to track how long I walked and based on my pace, which was basically as fast as I could possibly walk without running or running people over, I think I probably did a little more than 3 miles.

Cardiotrailtime

We got into the hotel in Buffalo pretty late, but I still hopped up at 6:00 ready to hit the hotel gym.  It was not very impressive but did have two treadmills that did the job.  The speed kept decreasing to zero every once in a while which was SUPER annoying but I finished my miles before meeting Ben for breakfast.  I would have loved to have explored and ran outside, but it was pouring out and continued to do so all day on Friday.

Treadmill Love, don't mind my sweat on the machine

Treadmill Love, don’t mind my sweat on the machine

From there, we went to Ben’s grandparents town to stay and I had no gym access and was at the mercy of the weather and finding creative ways to be active. My original plan was to run early Saturday morning, but it was still raining really hard and we were meeting for breakfast at 6:00 anyway, so time just didn’t allow. I ended up walking a lot Saturday anyway at the Lockport Arts and Craft Fair, as well as helping lift and move things. Ben’s family and family friends have been putting on this fair on Main Street for many years and it was fun to see all the work that goes in and be a small help to them! Ben and I also checked out the Eerie Canal locks and did lots of stairs and walking. Good thing, because BOY did I eat a lot as well 😉

Sunday morning’s wake up call was a bit later with breakfast at 7:00, but I’ll be honest, I just didn’t have it in me at that point to get up early, run, and then shower and be at breakfast at 7:00. Ben and I helped set up for Sunday’s fair, and then headed off to Canada to sight see at Niagara Falls! We had a great time and definitely did a lot of walking.

Sexy Poncho

Sexy Poncho

Monday was more delicious food and then getting on the plane to head home.  Some of the amazing Western NY foods and fair foods I ate included Beef on Weck, great Greek and Italian food, fresh cut fair fries, a giant blooming onion fried in front of my eyes, Canadian beer flavored ice cream, cannoli and cream puffs, and a white hot.  Had to have the requisite Buffalo Wings while in Buffalo to top it off.

Wings + Beer = MFEO

Wings + Beer = MFEO

I’m going to try and get back on schedule by combining two days on the 80 Day Weight Loss Challenge:

Day 3: Is your Goal Weight in an “unhealthy range of BMI?

First, I have to say something I think many of us know, BMI is not the end all be all for all body types, but it is a good start.  For a woman of my height (5’8”), the healthy BMI range is generally 125-160lbs!  That is pretty shocking because I cannot imagine looking healthy at 125lbs on my frame.  My goal of 145 is right on the high middle end of that scale, so I think it would be a great weight for me.  I’ve spent most of my adult life on the high end with a BMI of 26 or slightly higher, meaning I was slightly overweight (healthy BMI is 18.5-25).  My current BMI is around or just under 24.

Although I try not to focus on the hard math too much, I think this question is a good one for someone trying to lose weight to consider.  We have to put our goals into perspective and make sure they are reasonable and attainable before working towards them.  Many people pick a number they want to be because it sounds good, but it all depends on your height, body type, and any number of other factors.  To many people my goal of 145 may still sound high, and I’ve experienced that, but for a person of my height it is a great weight for me.

Day 4: Have a vegan day today.  No meat, no eggs, no dairy, no animal products whatsoever.  Give it a try!

Okay.  I wanted to be a good sport and give this a try, but I’ve decided not to for more than one reason.  First of all, I don’t necessarily agree that a vegan diet is inherently healthy, or that it can help with weight loss.  Since that is the point of this challenge, I don’t think that it’s necessary.  I seriously considered doing this, and I started off simply thinking of what I could eat for breakfast.  All things that came to mind were carb heavy and offered little in the way of the amount of protein I like to eat in the morning, or throughout the day for that matter.  I realize there are ways to get protein in while eating vegan, but they are often costly and not worth the splurge for a day of trying it out.  I actually looked up a lot of vegan breakfasts and saw lots of oatmeal, smoothies, pancakes, and  fruit dishes that sounded great, but again weren’t what I look for nutritionally.  I’ve done the vegetarian thing before and know from that experience that it is in no way by itself a recipe for weight loss.  Giving this one a great deal of consideration, but choosing not to follow through!

Ready for an Independence Day 5k in the morning, and super excited that this year I get to run with my Dad!!!

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Exercising While Traveling and Day 2: Dream or Goal Body

No pictures of dinner last night since I was scrambling to cut the grass and pack my suitcase.  I ate a couple of white meat turkey franks with ketchup on whole wheat buns and steamed peas.  Dessert was a Russell Stover Sugar free peanut butter cup.  We are traveling this weekend and as this is the first weekend since I’ve “gotten back to work”, I’m a little nervous about it!  I don’t know exactly what our schedule will be but I’m hoping to get in some morning runs and do a lot of walking.  We are staying in a hotel with a gym tonight so I hope to use that tomorrow morning and there is something else to be excited about today!  We have a layover at BWI this evening around dinner.  Because I am a freak type A about planning I always check out the airport, food options in our terminal and all that jazz ahead of time.  BWI has the most awesome thing, a new “Cardio Track” in the airport terminal!  It is designed for walkers and has mile marker signs to help know your distance.  This is awesome and you know what I”ll be doing while waiting during our 2ish hour layover.  Here are my  fitness plans for the weekend (hope they pan out!):

Today: 3 mile walk on BWI Cardio Track (as much as time allows!)

Tomorrow: 3 mile run and arms/abs at the hotel gyn

Saturday: Hard 5k at race pace, early AM

Sunday: Easy Run + squats and lunges

 Monday: Hopefully lots of walking!

 

80 Day Weight Loss Challenge Day 2:

2.  Describe your dream or goal body.

I remember when I first joined Pinterest.  I don’t see this nearly as much now, but when I would peruse the fitness or health pages, I would see TONS of inspirational photos of bodies that women aspired to look like.  Most of them were totally unrealistic and many of them in my opinion, way too “skinny”.  My body is pear shaped so I will always have curves, but skinny isn’t the goal for me anyway, I want to be fit.  When I think of my dream body, it is still feminine and curvy but toned.  I don’t want to be a body builder either by any stretch of the imagination, nor do I think I have the time or discipline to do so, but somewhere in between.  I think a picture will do the best at describing what my goal body would be:

 

Dayum!

Dayum!

 I think this chick looks great!  I don’t think I will ever get THAT ripped unless I work my ass off but she appears to be a little bottom heavy like me and definitely is not a rail.  I like that when you look at her body your first thought isn’t that you could break her in half, in fact it is the opposite!  She could probably kick my ass 😉

 

Cheers to the weekend, which starts for me today (sorry everyone).  I’ll be popping in with brief posts when possible to do my daily weight loss challenge and update on eats/workouts during the weekend!

 

 

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80 Day Weight Loss Challenge

Do I have a ton of weight to lose?  Not really.  But I’m looking for motivation and consistency so I thought this would be a fun way to stay focused by doing something/asking a question each day that is thought provoking and motivating.  Insert 80 Day Weight Loss Challenge, which I originally found on this awesome chick Daryl’s tumblr.  It has been posted all over and it’s something I feel I can post each day for the next few months and have a little fun with.  Without further ado, Day 1:

1. Write your current stats: height, current weight and goal weight. Why are you losing weight?

I haven’t weighed this week, but last week showed 158lbs, 5’8”.  I have been bouncing around a lot lately.

Goal Weight = 145, I think I can be really happy here.  My lowest so far throughout my weight loss was 151, and I was loving it!  145 is right in the middle of my healthy range.

Why am I losing weight?  This could get deep!  As I’ve discussed on this platform before, I’ve struggled with weight and healthy eating pretty much my entire (not long) adult life.  I had these issues as a child also, in that I ate pretty unhealthy, but they didn’t present themselves until I got old enough for the weight to start packing on.  I’ve already lost between 20-30 pounds from my highest weight, but I want to reach goal and stay there as part of a healthy lifestyle.  I’ve made so many great changes in my life but I still find myself slipping as we all do back to bad habits every once in a while.

More than anything I want to feel as great on the outside as I do inside.  I already consider myself to be a very confident person and I think that shows, but I want to be the best I can be, especially at this point in my life.  These are more selfish reasons, but I am addicted to running, and I compete with myself on a ridiculous level.  Losing that last 10-15 pounds will definitely help my race times and push me to be better, stronger, and healthier.

I also want to be a good example for people I love and care about as well as complete strangers if I can do so, and showing others that this is possible, even those last few pesky pounds, can help me do that I think.

This was fun! I am looking forward to completing all 80 days and hope that I can stick to it!  I had fun making a healthy dinner last night and got fancy with salads.  I wish I had taken a picture of Ben’s because I definitely worked harder to surprise him and make it look pretty, plus his had a few extras that mine didn’t like avocado and egg crumbles (I prefer mine on the side) but these chef salads were delish!  One of my favorite easy summer meals.   Lighting was low so this picture isn’t the greatest…

Baby spinach, romaine, tomatoes, cukes, baby bellas, chicken, turkey bacon and boiled eggs with light honey dijon on the side

Baby spinach, romaine, tomatoes, cukes, baby bellas, chicken, turkey bacon and boiled eggs with light honey dijon on the side

After dinner we fired up the grilled and grilled a couple of peaches! I didn’t take pictures but I grilled 5 minutes on each side and drizzled with honey and cinnamon and they were a delicious way to enjoy dessert. I feel great this week getting back into a healthy routine and I’m determined to continue 🙂

Random side note, for some reason I have always been afraid of cottage cheese.  If I’m honest, I had never tried it but the thought of it freaked me out for some reason.  I’ve been struggling with trying to get protein based snacks in and I knew the dreaded cottage cheese would be a great source, so I bit the bullet this week:

Insert scary jaws music

Insert scary jaws music

Verdict, I like it!  Nerd that I am, I researched ways to eat it first and what tastes best and there are so many ideas out there!  Savory sounded better than sweet to me to start with and so far I have enjoyed with tomato chunks and sliced cucumbers, both of which I liked.  Tomorrow I will try with pineapple or peaches and see how that goes.  Yay for trying new things!

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Letting Go of the Little Things Hurts the Big Picture

There are lots of reasons I stopped blogging for a while, but the title of this post pretty much sums up the result.  Over the past three months I have experienced SEVERAL triumphs, so it hasn’t been all bad, but I’ve let go of a lot of the little things I used to do and it is hurting my fitness and my physical health.  Emotionally and socially I am doing great, but the balance is starting to tip because my performance and fitness are not where I hoped/wanted/thought they would be in the summer months, which is June, which, newsflash, is NOW.

I have a lot to go back and rehash from the spring, and I will during the next week.  I ran the marathon, and my PR list (that I have been updating) is the spoiler alert, but I’d like to flesh it out for my own memories.  I completed my first triathlon, and boy was that an experience.  I had a great spring race wise, but in other areas, not so much.  Since it is June and I wanted to do this at least semi-annually, I’d like to jump back on the train by going back to my annual goals and seeing where I stand:

  1. Run 1,000 Tracked Miles in 2013. Currently sitting at 421.7….Mileage really dropped off after the marathon and I’ve got a LONG way to go.
  2. PR in the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k and 5k Distances.  CHECK, Check, Check, Check.  🙂  More deets to come on these!
  3. Eat MORE Fresh Fruit and Veggies.  Holding on pretty well on this one, but I can always improve, especially at breakfast!
  4. Take a Class in Something New.  Yikes, haven’t done this yet.  Is it silly that this seems like it will take a lot of courage?
  5. Be Green-er.  Failing miserably.  Haven’t been using my fabric bags or my produce bags!
  6. Sign Up for a Triathlon!  Done AND completed!  Details to follow of course!
  7. Purge Unnecessary Crap.  Ongoing process, but not doing too bad! Recently cleaned out of office!
  8. Stick to Weekly Budgets.  Holding this one down, but I never downloaded an app.  Still old fashioned paper and pen.

I’m pretty happy with this list!  I need to do something new for myself for sure, so I need to get serious about that.  There is no excuse for the green resolution, that one should be easy.

Little things I’d like to get back into doing this month and into July:

  • ALWAYS packing and planning my lunch and snacks
  • Being active whenever possible, including breaks and lunch breaks at work and in the mornings before work
  • Weight lifting consistently, have to do it!
  • Weighing regularly
  • Posting here, in a non-pressure doing it for myself not on a schedule sort of way

Be back later in the week with some important race recaps and usual things I used to post, including my current training and race schedule!  Happy Summer!

Summer is for beach running

Summer is for beach running

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How the Treadmill….Helped My Running???!

This post is blowing my own mind, but first, Tuesday night’s dinner.  It was delicious as leftovers for lunch yesterday too!

Baked Chicken Wrapped in Bacon with BBQ Sauce and Provolone with Asparagus and Red Potatoes

Baked Chicken Wrapped in Bacon with BBQ Sauce and Provolone with Asparagus and Red Potatoes

This meal was super easy to make and satisfying.  It packs a lot of flavor punch while keeping the calories in check.  We use boneless skinless chicken breasts, slices of ultra thin provolone cheese, and turkey bacon.  Potatoes and Asparagus are both roasted in a bit of olive oil and salt.  Easy peasy!

Anyway, what I’m about to say is something I never imagined saying out loud in print…EVER.  It’s like when my sister and Mom claim that I said I never wanted to run another marathon right after I crossed the finish line last year….did I really say that?!   You can definitely quote me on this one….the treadmill has VASTLY improved my running this training season.  My dear dear frenemy the DREADMILL has become a close buddy of mine.  How this has happened I’ll never know, but I’m glad we are friends now.  I wouldn’t even mind inviting one into my home in the future….wishful thinking!  Here are some ways I think FOR ME, the treadmill is helpful:

  1. It helps me pace myself at a more steady speed.  When I used to run long distances, I would start out at a good speed and then fizzle out near the end and run REALLY slow miles.  I was able to maintain a relatively steady pace and average 9:55 per mile for the entire 18 miles + at the 30k a few weekends ago.  I NEVER would have been able to do it last year and I think my treadmill running had a lot to do with that.
  2. Mental toughness.  Because I hated running on one so much, doing longer runs on the treadmill really made me more mentally tough.  Enough said.
  3. Fartlek runs. I do random speed work during my treadmill runs by sprinting the commercials on my iPad shows, which are always random.  They don’t come at regular intervals and aren’t always the same length (25-110 seconds long).  I think this work helped amp up my speed a lot!
  4. The treadmill simply made winter training work for me.  One of my biggest downfalls last year was that I didn’t see the treadmill as an option, especially not for longer runs.  This year I sucked it up and did each scheduled run, even the long ones, on the treadmill if the weather outside was iffy.  I let the sun going down early last year keep me from longer Thursday night runs as well but doing them on the treadmill this year helped my training immensely and also made my Saturday long runs SO much less painful.

Speaking of painful, I’ll be back in the stairwell today at work for another round of working out.  Just in case you were wondering, here is the beautiful stairwell I use for my workout:

Dingy says it all.

Dingy says it all.

At least it is well lit albeit non-natural lighting? There is a bright side to everything….pun intended. Tonight is my very last Thursday night longish run on the treadmill before the marathon and I’m a little sad! I’d like to cheer myself up and start Thursday off right with this picture of my beautiful boy who got his hair did yesterday.

prettyboy

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