Carpe Run

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.”

guava

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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Battling the 5k and Days 27-32

I know I’ve talked about this on the blog before, but me and 5k’s don’t really get along.  Last night was the Tidewater Striders Memorial Scholarship 5k at Norfolk Botanical Gardens.  I’ve been participating in the Summer Series races since the first summer after I started running, 2011, and it is always a great time!  The Memorial Scholarship 5k is the last in the series of races and it is a chip timed 5k with all the pizza, beer, and fruit you can eat for $10.  I repeat, $10.  Doesn’t get much better than that!  Furthermore, it is a super chill and fun environment with awesome raffle prizes for a good cause.  I was even more excited this year since my sister and Dad ran as well as my friend Lauren.  Ben was off work and able to join in the fun as well, as seen in this ghostly image below, he was trying to photo bomb but didn’t quite make it.  Creep.

Banana hoarder.....

Banana hoarder…..

As usual, I had my internal struggle between pushing hard and not wanting to be in pain.  I read recently that if you aren’t extremely uncomfortable during a 5k (barring actual injury), you aren’t pushing hard enough or giving it all you have.  That’s how a 5k has to be run, and I’ve yet to master it.  I was telling myself this last night but I just couldn’t get it together.  I didn’t even think of a PR since it is summer, but I actually only missed it by 2 seconds.  Time = 28:48 **Kicks self in the ass because I totally could have picked it up the last mile**

I don’t know my exact splits at the moment but I know my first mile was sub 8:30 and my 3rd was a little over a minute slower.  I am positive with more work on the short distance speed and a little more push I can do 3 8:30 miles easily.  I am looking for a race that I can PR in the fall and the ultimate goal is to Beat the Ball at this year’s New Year’s Eve race.  Lofty, but not out of the realm of possibility if I work for it.

80 Day Weight-Loss Challenge

Day 27:  Does your family support you in your weight loss?

Definitely!  I think a lot of the time I have to be the motivator in the group but they motivate me as well.  My family (definitely myself included) loves food so there is always that challenge, but at the end of the day I have to be accountable for my own decisions and actions.

Day 28:  What is your favorite type of snack?

I snack pretty consistently, once at 10:00 am and once around 3:00, and my current fave is my afternoon cottage cheese with some sort of veggie.  Right now I am dipping baby carrots in it.  I also really enjoy celery and salsa or hummus.  Morning snack is almost always greek yogurt or usually, a banana.

Day 29:  Write your current weight. Have you lost anything in the past week? If not, what are your plans for this week?

Excited for this one!  My weigh-in this weekend was once again a success!  Last week I predicted that I wouldn’t see a big loss again like last week, and that was true, but I still lost nearly a pound (.9) and that was before my super sweaty long run on Sunday LOL.  159.2 this week and chugging along towards vacation GOAL!

Closer to 155 vacation goal!

Closer to 155 vacation goal!

Day 30:  Are you a vegan or a vegetarian?

I honestly don’t think I could ever go vegan.  I respect that lifestyle and those who chose to follow it but it is too intense for me.  I love my eggs first of all and don’t think I could give up dairy either.  I did go vegetarian for a while in college, and I’m still not a huge meat eater.  I eat a lot more now than I used to since I am putting an emphasis on protein but I can go several meals without and not miss it at all.  I definitely did the vegetarian thing all wrong in college and ate lots of carbs, which lead to weight gain.

Day 31:  What are your favorite workout clothes you own?

I have a few lululemon pieces that are nice, but given the price I don’t think they are that worth it.  Most of my gear is either Nike, which is definitely my favorite for the fit and style/colors, but I also love Old Navy’s active collection!  The compression capris are awesome and they are my go to for my big marathons or halfs when it is chilly.  Just tried the running shorts out this summer too and love them!  Shoes are Saucony all the way.

Day 32:  Try a new fruit today. Learn how to cut/eat it and enjoy! How was it?

I am headed to the store after work and plan to pick out a new fruit!  I will have to head straight for the tropical/exotic section since I am a heavy fruit eater anyway.  Will update tonight or tomorrow!

Finally, meals from the weekend…

Friday night cookout at home:

BBQ chicken, grilled fresh corn, roasted carrots and grill eggplant strips

BBQ chicken, grilled fresh corn, roasted carrots and grill eggplant strips

Sunday Fish Dinner:

Grilled lime cilantro tilapia with brown rice and peppers and grilled fresh green beans

Grilled lime cilantro tilapia with brown rice and peppers and grilled fresh green beans

Excited to fire up the grill again tonight for a couple of my best friends and former college roomies 🙂

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Catching Up: Days 18 – 26

80 Day Weight Loss Challenge

Day 18: Try to use as little salt as possible today or maybe even none! Don’t buy microwave meals and don’t eat foods high in sodium.  Day 18’s total sodium intake was (estimated) around 1800 mg….opps!  That sounds pretty bad but I guess it isn’t awful.  I try to be mindful of sodium intake and it is definitely something I monitor on my food logs.  I don’t usually eat frozen meals anymore so that is one big plus.  Soup days always get me because canned soups (which I love when it is cold…or when it isn’t) are often full of sodium.  This particular day’s biggest offenders were the pre-packed Mediterranean salad I had for lunch which contained 700 mg of sodium and the cottage cheese for my afternoon snack at 440.  According to this article from the CDC, the average American consumes a whopping 3,436 mg a day, so I guess comparitively speaking I am doing okay!  The maximum recommended daily allowance is 2,300 mg while 1,500 mg is sufficient for most.

Day 19: Are you losing weight the healthy (<2lbs/week) or the unhealthy (>2lbs/week) way?  Healthy!  My goal is to lose 2 lbs per week until vacation for a total of 10lbs and then slow down to 1 pound a week until I’ve reached ultimate goal.  It would be virtually impossible for me to lose more than 2lbs a week anyway, I would have to literally starve myself!

Day 20:  Who is your biggest weight loss inspiration and why?
I really struggled with this question.  Many members of my family and I worked to become healthier together, so maybe we inspired each other?  I am always inspired by stories of successful weight loss, from people who lose a ton of weight to those like me who finally learned how to make it work for good!

Day 21:  Do you focus more on getting “lean and mean” or “tiny and fragile”? The terms “tiny and fragile” make me think of a little old lady.  Who would have that goal?  I think this question is weird but maybe that’s just me.  Lean and mean fo sho!

Day 22:  Write your current weight. Have you lost anything in the past week? If not, what are your plans for this week?
Oh Sunday morning weigh-in, I’ve been waiting for you.  I actually did really well last week but not as good as I could have.  I expected to lose 1 lb instead of 2, but was SHOCKED by what the scale said.

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I refused to believe that I lost that much weight (4 lbs) so I ran to my other scale to get a second opinion.  The physical scale usually weighs 2 lbs heavier than the Wii, and its voodoo magic told me I weighed 161.2.  WHAAAAAT?  Don’t know what I did last week but I think maybe it was all the sweating from the intense heat.  I’ve also been walking at work during lunch again.  My plan for the upcoming week is to keep eating healthy, meeting my calorie goals, and staying on track for vacation weight loss!  I think things may balance out some this week.  I celebrated my Sunday morning weigh in with a delicious pancake breakfast 🙂

Egg Whites & Chicken Sausage + Whole Wheat Pancakes

Egg Whites & Chicken Sausage + Whole Wheat Pancakes

Day 23:  How much water do you usually drink in a day?
My goal each day is around a gallon, or 128 oz.  I almost always meet this goal on the weekdays as I am really good about constantly drinking at work.  Some of my coworkers think I am funny for having so many different water bottles/vessels.  The weekends I really have to stay on myself when I am go go go!  I sometimes drink more (closer to 150 oz) if I am sweating or exercising a lot.  I also eat a lot of hydrating fruits and veggies.

Day 24:   Have you ever had an eating disorder?
Although I haven’t always had healthy eating habits, I don’t believe I’ve ever had an eating disorder.  Even when I’ve been stuck in a rut of bad eating, I always have the ability to make changes and get back on track and I think that is part of the difference.

Day 25:    Today you will try a new smoothie. Find a new healthy recipe online and mix & match fruits and veggies and enjoy! But it must be totally new and adventurous!
I didn’t do this yesterday, but I would like to this weekend!  I guess I am lazy in that I am always in a hurry to and from work and other activities and dragging out the blender is annoying.  I do enjoy smoothies but only usually make them on the weekend.  I will concoct something and post it soon 🙂

Day 26:    Do your friends know about you wanting to lose weight? Do they support you? I know this is a weight loss challenge, but I would say most of my friends know about my commitment to a healthy life style, not just losing weight.  Although I am trying to get to final goal, I am more interested in making these choices a lifestyle.  I can say that I have a lot of support, but there are always temptations or those who will say “it won’t hurt you” or “just skip your morning run”.  I know they don’t mean to bring me down or discourage my goals, but it is always my responsibility to do what I need to do for my health anyway.

Off to do some speedwork and Body Pump, which should be interesting considering I haven’t been in a month!  I’ll leave you with some recent summer eats!  Clearly we love the grill 🙂

Skinnytaste Naked Turkey Bruschetta Burgers

Skinnytaste Naked Turkey Bruschetta Burgers

Favorite Summer Salad Combo

Favorite Summer Salad Combo

Winner Winner, Steak and Grilled Brussels Sprout Dinner!

Winner Winner, Steak and Grilled Brussels Sprout Dinner!

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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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Weekend Weigh-In and Mo Veggies Please

Happy Monday morning….or not.  Trying to be optimistic about the week here!  I’ve been blissfully ignoring the scale lately and it is certainly starting to show.  I did a lot of dumb things over the past few weeks eating wise and I’d like to share, but first here is today’s number:

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Not too bad, but definitely creeping back up, which is obviously the wrong way.  Basically, I think I can blame a number of different things for this.  A) The bulk of my longest runs were in the past few weeks and I was insatiable hungry all.the.time.  Not an excuse to go crazy though! B) I tried to do a “cleanse” that turned out all wrong.  After seeing/reading lots of good things about Advocare on different blogs, I thought I might give it a try.  I was super skeptical of the products (and any like them for that matter) but I started seeing it crop up on blogs I consider trustworthy and gave the Herbal Cleanse a try.  I’ll be honest, I did all the recommended eating and followed the nutrition to a T and had to quit on day 4.  The fiber drink was awful, the horse pills I had to take at night made me gag and literally throw up in my mouth once, and I felt like ASS the entire week.  I had horrible headaches at work and random moments of nausea.  Without giving TMI, I also didn’t have a…ahem…movement for 4 days!  I did some research online and Advocare claimed these could be normal side effects of the “toxins” leaving your body, but I just couldn’t function at work or feel good enough to get in good runs, so I quit.  Anything that puts me THAT out of wack just isn’t worth it for me.  By the way, I boomeranged after that and ate like I just came out of starvation.  Weight gain source #2! C) I just like food, a lot and tend to swing back to old habits and get carried away sometimes.

All that said, I’ve made a commitment this week to getting back on track and making my body happy.  No more restrictive eating, just giving myself what I want and staying close to my goal intake for the day with lots of fresh fruits and veggies!  I already eat pretty healthy at meal times and take in 100-120 oz of water a day anyway, so why I thought I needed a cleanse to fix me I’m not sure.  I just need to buckle down and go back to doing what worked for me when I lost the weight in the first place and what always works without fail, eat right and work hard at the gym!  Rocket science, yes I know.

I also challenged my parents, sister, and aunt to start making this commitment with me this week.  We’ve all gotten a little complacent with our eating and the cold weather has been keeping us indoors, and we have to change that!  We all weighed in together yesterday to start the week with accountability.  I made myself this big old omlette blob of eggs with lots of veggies towards my goal of eating more of them, and we also had a great meal last night that was full of them!  We made Skinnytaste Buffalo Turkey Burgers with Broccoli Slaw and they were delicious!  The burgers themselves had shredded carrots and onions in them which you hardly noticed but added extra veggies to the meal.  The broccoli slaw on top, roasted sweet potato wedges and giant salad on the side pumped up the nutrition too.  It was a super satisfying and filling dinner I’m looking forward to enjoying leftovers of today!

1 egg, 2 whites and red peppers, green peppers, tomato and spinach

1 egg, 2 whites and red peppers, green peppers, tomato and spinach (beautiful blurry shot)

Buffalo Turkey Burger with Broccoli Slaw, Roasted Sweet Potato, Salad & Beer

Buffalo Turkey Burger with Broccoli Slaw, Roasted Sweet Potato, Salad & Beer

I’ve been keeping up with Bodypump and can definitely tell a difference in my arms especially! I also got my first swim workout in for the week and man, it really takes it out of me. I’ll finish off today with a photo of Halligan sitting on our couch like a human with demon eyes. He is so lazy, but a stunner none the less.

halligan human

Workout: 4 miles (Treadmill) + Abs

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A Not the Weekend Weigh In

First things first, dinner last night was lazy, quick and easy but pretty good!  I had bought a frozen Stouffers Chicken and Rice with Vegetable bake a while back for nights when Ben may or may not be eating at home so I could pop it in the oven or keep frozen if we didn’t need it.  I baked it last night and rode my elliptical/watched Monday’s episode of the Bachelor while I waited for Ben to arrive. Before I went home to cook dinner, I also hit up a 5 mile run during which NONE of the pain from Monday’s run resurfaced and I felt awesome.  I conquered a new bridge I haven’t done before and got to the top at the peak of sunset!  It was beautiful and as much as I wish I had taken a picture, I was too lazy to take my phone out of my armband plus I was trying to pay attention to oncoming traffic.

Chicken and Rice Bake with Side Salad

Chicken and Rice Bake with Side Salad

I followed dinner up with a delicious Navel Orange that was super juicy.  Getting to my weigh-in, which as mentioned yesterday I did not do this past weekend, it went really well!  I weighed in this morning before an early spin class and the scale blessed me with this number:

Gotta paint those toes ASAP

Gotta paint those toes ASAP

This number means I managed to kick 2 more pounds but the downside is that i am .7 lbs away from my Dietbet goal and getting my winnings for the month of January! I still technically have until Thursday night for the final weigh in but I’m not sure if I’ll make it. Again, regardless of the outcome I am just happy to have been motivated by this challenge and lost a few pounds towards my final weight loss goal! The ladies (and guys) were great about posting and sharing motivation and I think this is a great way to lose weight if anyone is interested. I would recommend it and Roni is starting a new game on Thursday if anyone wants to join!

Speaking of challenges, the Chilly Challenge I’ve been participating is also coming to a close on tomorrow.  It has been super fun and motivating and helped me to get outside those nights when I wanted to stay bundled up on my couch!  I’m closing in on 100 miles which will also help me reach my monthly goal, which I’ll talk about more in the next couple of days.

Hope everyone has a lovely day, I’m hitting the gym again tonight for a short run and Body Pump….two a days baby!

Workout: 50 Minute Group Cycle, 3 Mile Run (Treadmill), Body Pump

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Weekend Weigh-In

I weighed in Sunday morning on both mediums, the Wii and my new scale. Losses were comparable even though I’m still partial to the Wii since it was a bit less. Wii results:

Don't hate on my Mii

Don’t hate on my Mii

-1.1 pounds from last Saturday for a weight of 153.0:

This is disgustingly blurry...

This is disgustingly blurry…

The new scale had not so similar results from a weight taken last Monday after I ate WAY too much food on New Year’s Eve. Down 2.6 pounds by this scales measurement for a weight of 155.4. I was probably a lot more bloated Monday morning. I had only weighed 157 on this same scale the morning before.

I should probably paint my toes.

I should probably paint my toes.

All in all, I’m happy with that! Less than 4 pounds to go before the end of January to make my Dietbet challenge weight. These pupusas enjoyed Saturday afternoon after my race with friends definitely didn’t help, but they were delicious!

Cheese and Squash Pupusas with Salvadorian Slaw....YUM!

Cheese and Squash Pupusas with Salvadorian Slaw….YUM!

I got new running kicks this weekend so I’ll be back to chat about that as well as a topic I never finished tackling last week, what to do with race stuff!

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Weekend Weigh-In & A New Challenge

Happy New Year’s Eve! Before I get to the weigh-in I have a few meals to document and a new obsession to talk about! I love fresh pineapple but I hate cutting one up, or at least I’m usually too lazy to do it. We had so much delicious fresh pineapple in Costa Rica that this new tool was the perfect prescription for my addiction:

Amazingness

Amazingness

I got this for Christmas and will never go without fresh pineapple again! After it cores it it also slices it into chunks if desired and it was fabulous. When I first woke up Saturday morning it was dreary and pouring so I cheered myself up by making a smoothie after cutting up my pineapple. I added a few cubes of ice, 3 oz of plain Chobani greek yogurt, half a frozen banana and a cup of fresh pineapple to the mix.

Smoothie with Pineapple, Banana & Greek Yogurt

Smoothie with Pineapple, Banana & Greek Yogurt

It was pretty delicious and I followed up with an egg white spinach English muffin with cheddar and the best breakfast sausages ever, chicken apple maple!

Best. Sausage. Ever.

Best. Sausage. Ever.

The rain didn’t clear out until late afternoon so my long run didn’t go as planned, but I did manage to get in 7 easy miles before the sun set. Sunday morning’s breakfast was another English muffin with leftover Christmas ham, egg whites, and cheese plus a plain greek and fresh pineapple mix. Dinners this weekend have left some to be desired…but it is time to get moving this week!!!

Sunday Morning Bfast

Sunday Morning Bfast

Getting to the scale, my weight back before vacation and after the Thanksgiving onslaught was 151.0. My post vacation and Christmas weight was…

154.5!

I’ll definitely take that! A 3.5 pound gain with all the rice I ate was definitely not too shabby. I actually think I lost a pound of that this week but I am starting over in a sense because I bought a new scale! I’ve done some research and although I will continue to track my weight on the Wii Fit as well, I’ve read that it can be somewhat inaccurate, especially because ours is on carpet. My new scale said 157 this morning which I didn’t get discouraged by since I know all scales read different. I’ve also heard that the Wii usually weights lighter than typical scales, so no biggie.

New scale weigh-in

New scale weigh-in

The other main reason I bought this new scale is because I need it for the January challenge I’ve accepted with other readers from Roni’s Weigh with Dietbet.com!  The way this is going to work is that all participants put $20 into the pot so to speak, and those who “win” by losing 4% of their total body weight by the end of the month get a share of the pot!  I think it is a fun way to kick some of those last lingering pounds I’m holding on to.  You are required to take a picture of a digital scale so I thought this would work better and be more accurate for the challenge.  By the way how weird is it that I never owned a scale before my Wii?  Don’t answer that.  I can’t wait to see if I am up to the challenge and can have fun doing it!  Initial weigh-ins are still going on and it doesn’t official begin until the 2nd so join up if interested!

I hope everyone has a fun AND safe New Year’s Eve!  I’ll be running into the New Year and a race recap for that will be coming up later in the week.  I’m also running another race at 10:00 AM on New Year’s Day that I haven’t done before so that will be interesting too (I know I”m crazy).  New Year’s resolutions coming atcha tomorrow 🙂

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Weekend Weigh-In

Stopping in quick during the Redskins game and before I get immersed in a final homework project to report this week’s weigh-in!  I was actually pretty surprised with this week’s result as I was expecting to stay the same or not lose much.  I didn’t do horrible this week but I wasn’t able to get in the gym as much as I wanted to.  Without further ado, here it is:

151.0

A 1.2 pound loss from last week and back at pre-Thanksgiving weight!  I’ll take it 🙂 Even though I didn’t work out in the traditional sense as much as I should have and I indulged a bit, I improvised throughout the week.  I did 2 mid-workday stairwell workouts during lunch this week, one that really burned my calves and glutes up!  I also hit the elliptical at home a few times and made some adjustments to my diet.  Still, I had my indulgences and didn’t expect that loss!  This week it is on like donkey kong with less than seven days until we jet off to somewhere that I will be wearing a bikini.  Gotta get crazy with the abs and cardio this week.  I’ll be back with a race recap from an always fabulous J&A holiday race ran this weekend but until then, I’ll leave with a photo of a delicious breakfast made my my sweet Benjamin since I may or may not have indulged a bit much last night and wasn’t feeling 100% this morning.  Off to watch the rest of the game, go to bodypump at the gym, and do marathon homework all night…

Egg White Whole Grain Muffin with Cheese and Jeannie O Turkey Bacon

Egg White Whole Grain Muffin with Cheese and Jeannie O Turkey Bacon

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