Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Looking Forward: March 2012 Goals

I am still really enjoying setting monthly goals this year.  A lot of these look similar to January and February but I have a feeling that March is going to be more hectic than the first two months of the year have been thus far. 

During February I stopped using WW to track my food/points.  Since then I’ve noticed that I’ve been doing a lot more snacking while sitting on the couch watching TV or while on the computer so I’ve made it a goal for March to eliminate eating in the living room and at the computer desk.  I’ve decided that if I am hungry or need/want a snack then I should sit down at the table to eat it.  I’m hoping this will help me better determine if I’m snacking because I’m actually hungry or if I’m snacking because I’m bored or it’s something I’ve always done {when watching TV or on the computer}.

I haven’t gained nor lost any significant amounts since I stopped counting my points but I have noticed that I’ve been enjoying more “cheats” than normal.  Ideally I’d like to limit my “cheats” to 1x per week without too much indulgence.  I don’t want to feel deprived so I’m sure this will continue to be a battle for me. 

Workout Goals

  • Continue to run 4-5 times per week
  • Cross Train 2x per week
  • PT Exercises 3x per week
  • Strength Train 2x per week
  • Yoga 1x per week
  • Continue Plank-a-day {plank, side plank, and bridge}
  • Continue Pushups but only 3x per week {try to do some on my toes / work on form}

March Pushups

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  • Start the March Madness Legs Challenge {I adapted it below but changing the rest day to my long run day and by adding lunges twice a week --- we’ll see how long my legs can handle this and I’ll make adjustments as needed}

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Non-Workout Goals

  • Create a cleaning schedule for March
  • Re-start using the De-Clutter Calendar
  • Get up to date and stay on track with reading the Bible {using this calendar}

Weight-Loss Goals

  • Continue “No Ice Cream” until end of Lent
  • Eat out no more than 3 times this month
  • Reach 10% loss {from starting weight} + an additional 1%
  • NO snacking in the living room or at the computer desk
  • NO fruit snacks other than for pre-run or mid-run fuel
  • Aim for only 1 cheat/free day per week

Races this month

  • 5k on Saturday March 3rd

 

Do you have any specific goals for March?

Updated 03.01.12 8am

WIAW #5

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This month Jenn has challenged the WIAW’ers to VEG-ify our posts.
{Talk about our favorite vegetables, share our go-to cooking/prep methods for veggies, talk about how to eat more veggies/fruit, or any other veggie-centric topics we can think of.}

Today’s photos are from Wednesday February 22nd.

So far I’ve shared my favorite vegetables and tips for eating more veggies {and fruit}.  This week I thought I would share my go-to cooking method for ZUCCHINI.  I love zucchini but I don’t like to eat it raw … unless it’s dipped into some yummy goodness like ranch, or hummus, or … anything.  Just not raw {unless it’s on a salad smothered in dressing!}.  I do, however, really enjoy to eat cooked zucchini.  Here are some of my favorite ways to cook it:

  • grilled on the BBQ
  • sautéed with some olive oil and sea salt
  • broiled

Yum, yum, yum!

What is your favorite way to enjoy zucchini?

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Breakfast:  Coffee, pear, and a banana with soy nut butter
Snack:  Green Monster smoothie {vanilla soy milk, OJ, spinach, frozen banana, and frozen blueberries} and 1/2 apple, carrots, celery, and grapes
Lunch:  Tomato Soup and Corn Thin with Mock Tuna Salad 
Snack:  String Cheese, Pretzel Sticks, and 1/2 grapefruit
Snack:  Welch’s Fruit Snacks x2
Dinner:  Salad with carrots, zucchini, and radish topped with homemade ranch dressing with asparagus and BBQ Chicken Rolls
Dessert:  Cinnamon Sugar Wontons {I used up the leftover wonton wrappers from dinner – baked with cinnamon & sugar sprinkled on top}
Nightcap:  Margarita x2

 

Thanks to Jenn at Peas & Crayons for hosting!

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Training Tuesday – Streaking, Planking, and Pushup’ing

You may not know but at the beginning of the year, actually on the last day of last year, I started streaking.

My goal = at least 1 mile per day of running or walking.

I’m currently on Day 60 and I’ve covered over 240 miles!

Some days I’ll run and walk; some days I just run; some days I just walk.  Walking is a BIG part of my almost daily life because of the puppy, Lucy.  She needs her exercise too and I make it a priority to make sure she gets to go on a daily walk.  Plus, I enjoy walking and being active, especially outdoors.

Another streak I started at the beginning of the year is daily planks.  I’m currently on Day 59.  My Plank-a-day includes a regular plank {or several regular planks to get as close to 2:00 as possible}, side planks, and bridges.  I’ve been to several Injury Prevention Clinics and one thing that is always a reoccurring topic, regardless of who is leading the clinic, is the importance of a strong coreI built my plank time up slowly since the beginning of the year.  Once I progressed beyond 1:00 it became evident that due to my lower back and sciatica issues that I can not always hold a plank beyond 1:00 without a rest {the recommended plank time is 2:00} so I have recently begun to break my plank up into two, or more, planks to get as close to 2:00 total.  I perform my side planks with my knee bent on my bottom leg and my top leg hovering just above the ground.  And for bridges I make sure my glutes are activated during the entire time {2:00}.  I’m hoping as time continues to pass that my planking will continue to evolve and progress.

At the beginning of February I started a Pushup Challenge.  There are two days left {I haven’t done my pushups for today yet} and I’m looking forward to continuing pushups into March, but not daily.  I definitely feel like they have gotten easier and while I began the month with some of the reps on my toes, I’ve regressed back to doing all the reps on my knees. 

In addition to my streaking, planking, and pushup’ing I’ve been seeing huge improvements in my running.  I worked really hard to build up my speed, stamina, and endurance last summer and fall and then I got injured.  When I returned to running I was worried about how long it would take me to get back to where I was.  While I still have a ways to go, I’m continually impressed with how good I’ve been feeling and how much improvement I’ve seen in only two months.  I’m running more than I ever have before {4-5 days a week} and I’m staying mostly diligent with my PT Exercises.  I’ve made cross training a priority and I’ve incorporated easy recovery runs the day after my long slow runs.  I’m still sticking with a run/walk for my long runs and I’m really looking forward to my next half marathon on April 1st. 

 

Have you done any streaking before? 
This is not my first time streaking.  In 2010 I went 25 of running and covered over 88 miles.  In early 2011 I made it 53 days of running and/or walking and covered over 168 miles {before having to take a break for shin splints}.

Do you plank?  Have you ever done a pushup challenge? 

What is your most recent running accomplishment? 
Last Saturday I ran 10 miles, my first double digit run of 2012 :)

Weekly Recaps {02/13-02/19 & 02/20-02/26}

Yikes, I got behind on my weekly recaps so here is two weeks worth for my future reference :)

No photos and only the first day of the first week listed below has any type of description so please skip this boring post, especially if we are friends on Daily Mile and you’ve already seen all my workouts posted there.  I like to keep a weekly recap on the blog so I can go back and see my training week-by-week. 

These were both solid weeks and my running is continually progressing and evolving. 

I linked all my workouts to my Daily Mile logs if you really want to read about them. Are we friends on Daily Mile yet?!?

Weekly Recap {02.13.12 – 02.19.12}

Monday 02.13

Even after staying up late watching the Grammy’s on Sunday night, I woke up early on Monday feeling so much better than I did any day last week.  I decided to “seize the day” and got my plank-a-day and pushups done right away … as well as my PT Exercises and a series of suck less workouts too. 

The husband had the day off work so he decided sleep in and when he finally got up we headed out for a 5k run around our neighborhood in the rain for the Team Gab Virtual Race :)

Run:  3.11/35:00/11:15 avgTeam Gab Virtual Race
Warm-up:  0.24/5:33
Cool Down:  0.36/6:52

Walk:  1.99/39:21

PT Exercises

Pushups – Day 13

Suck Less Workout

Plank-a-day #44

Tuesday 02.14 ~ Valentine’s Day --- 10 Things I LOVE About Running

Walk:  2.35/49:18

Spin Boot Camp – 55min

Strength Training – 23min

Pushups – Day 14

Plank-a-day #45

Wednesday 02.15

Run:  3.10/33:45/10:53 avg
Overall:  3.61/44:12
Warm-up:  0.23/5:02
Cool Down:  0.28/5:22

Pushups – Day 15

Plank-a-day #46

Thursday 02.16

Run:  4.56/51:00/11:11 avg
Overall:  5.03/59:50
Warm-up:  0.22/4:19
Cool Down:  0.25/5:40

Walk:  1.64/32:33

Spin Class – 55min

Strength Training – 20min

PT Exercises

Pushups – Day 16

Plank-a-day #47

Friday 02.17

Walk:  2.27/44:03

Yoga {Video:  http://youtu.be/9lUqo5Qceh0}

Suck Less Workout

Pushups – Day 17

Plank-a-day #48

Saturday 02.18

Run:  8.0/1:33:38/11:42

Walk:  1.41/27:45

Pushups – Day 18

Plank-a-day #49

Sunday 02.19

Run:  2.40/27:17/11:22 avg
Overall:  2.88/37:56
Warm-up:  0.24/5:43
Cool Down:  0.24/4:54

Pushups – Day 19

Plank-a-day #50

Total = 32.89

Running = 21.17
Walking = 11.72

 

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Weekly Recap {02.20.12 – 02.26.12}

Monday 02.20

Run:  5.28/1:00:43/11:29 avg
Warm-up:  0.25/5:27 
Cool Down:  0.23/5:00

Walk:  1.64/34:15

PT Exercises

Suck Less Workout

Pushups – Day 20

Plank-a-day #51

Tuesday 02.21

Run:  4.0/42:42
Ladder Workout:  400 {2:14}, 800 {4:34} , 1200 {6:57}, 800 {4:42}, 400 {1:55}

Walk:  2.09/40:01

Spin Boot Camp – 50min

Strength Training – 35min

Pushups – Day 21

Plank-a-day #52

Wednesday 02.22

Walk:  1.66/32:01

PT Exercises

Pushups – Day 22

Plank-a-day #53

Thursday 02.23

Walk:  1.05/25:58

Spin Class – 55min

Strength Training – 25min

Pushups – Day 23

Plank-a-day #54

Friday 02.24

Run:  5.21/55:25/10:38
Warm-up:  0.27/6:00
Cool Down:  0.22/5:00

Walk:  1.95/37:20

PT Exercises

Suck Less Workout

Pushups – Day 24

Plank-a-day #55

Saturday 02.25

Run:  10.0/2:00:12/12:01 avg

Walk:  1.65/33:01

Pushups – Day 25

Plank-a-day #56

Sunday 02.26

Run:  2.36/27:01/11:25 avg
Warm-up:  0.27/6:00
Cool Down:  0.24/5:00

Pushups – Day 26

Plank-a-day #57

Total = 38.37

Running = 26.85

Walking = 11.52

Monday, February 27, 2012

Meal Plan Monday {Feb 27}

Every week starts with the best of intentions --- creating a meal plan, grocery shopping, cleaning & chopping veggies and fruit to make healthy snacks easily accessible.  But even the best laid plans can easily get derailed.  Last week is a really good example.  We had a solid meal plan in place but we ended up eating out two times.  We also enjoyed a bottle of wine, several beers, and margaritas.  Not to mention the pudding snacks, candy, and Girl Scout Cookies.  I started the week, like every other week, with the intention of being mindful of what I was eating and limiting the indulgences.  But, like I said, even the best laid plans can easily get derailed.

I’m hopeful that this week will be different.  I’m plan to “detox” and avoid alcohol, candy, and cookies.  As well as stick to the meal plan.  Eating “clean” will be a priority this week.  Besides, I’ve got a 5k race on Saturday and it’s important to remember that food is fuel and I need to properly fuel my body for running.  It’s a FACT that if I eat junk, then my running suffers.  {I’ve learned this the hard way!}

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Monday ~ Lentil Tacos

This is one of the meals we skipped last week.  I’m going to make a big batch so we can have leftovers on Tuesday night after our group track workout.

Tuesday ~ leftover Lentil Tacos

Wednesday ~ Dirty Quinoa

I’ve had this recipe saved to try for a while now.  I’ll be using ground turkey instead of ground beef because I have some leftover from the Enchilada Casserole from last week.  I’ll be serving this with some roasted zucchini. 

Thursday ~ leftover Dirty Quinoa

Friday ~ Pasta with marinara sauce and turkey meatballs

Saturday ~ Marsala Chicken and Mushroom Casserole 

We really enjoyed this a few weeks ago when we had it and I’ve been looking forward to having it again. 

Sunday ~ leftover Marsala Chicken and Mushroom Casserole

 

What’s on your menu this week?
Do you meal plan? Why or why not?
Got a favorite recipe that I’ve got to try? Please share :)
Don’t forget to check out the links … you never know what you might discover! There are some GREAT food blogs & recipe websites out there :)

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Weight in {02.27.12} = 137.6 lbs
Loss/Gain from previous week = +1.8 lbs

Friday, February 24, 2012

Thankful – Wk8

It’s all the little every day things that make life so extraordinary and this year I want to make sure I am appreciating and focusing more on them.  In an effort to remember to slow down, let the little things go, and enjoy every moment of this life I am going to share what I’ve been thankful for each week.

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This week I’m thankful for …

    • My cousin Judy for her insightful help this week
    • Overcoming my shyness and meeting new people
    • The possibility of new opportunities
    • National Margarita Day on Wednesday, just when I needed to “relax” :)
    • A bad run on Monday, because the bad runs make the good runs that much better!
    • The power of positive thinking and prayer
    • My husband for always believing in me <3

 

What are you thankful for this week?

{Thanks to Sam at Fitness Food & Faith for this wonderful idea … I’ve enjoyed reading her thankful posts ever since I discovered her blog!}

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Three Things Thursday

1.  Wait.  What?  It’s Thursday?!?  Ahhhhhhh. 

2.  Today was a busy day.  I got up early, went to Spin Class, had a mid-day appointment, took the dog for a walk and got caught up chatting with a neighbor for almost an hour, then had to rush to an evening event.  It’s 8:10 p.m. and I haven’t eaten dinner yet.  We’ve got take-n-bake pizza is in the oven because I never got a chance to pre-cook my lentils today for lentil tacos.  In other news --- my favorite pair of black dress pants are too big and although I’m happy about this, I’m also sad because those pants cost me almost $100 in 2005 and are still in excellent shape.  I’m hoping I’ll be able to have them taken in.  {Pssst … I had on my black pants because I had a job interview today!  It went well but I’m trying not to get too optimistic because I know they are doing a lot of interviewing for the position.  Wish me luck!}  Tonight I got the chance to attend a mixer for a local women’s organization that I am thinking about joining and I met some really great people that I’m excited to get to know more!  It was a busy day … but a good day :)

3.  Ali from Running with Spatulas posted today about healthy eating and is searching for some tips.  If you got any advice you’d like to share about making healthy lifestyle changes to your eating habits leave a comment and I’ll pass on the info :)

 

Happy {thirsty} Thursday!  I’m going to go enjoy a cold beer with my pizza :) 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

WIAW #4

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WIAW is hosted by Peas & Crayons

This month Jenn has challenged the WIAW’ers to VEG-ify our posts. 
{Talk about our favorite vegetables, share our go-to cooking/prep methods for veggies, talk about how to eat more veggies/fruit, or any other veggie-centric topics we can think of.}

Today’s photos are from yesterday, Tuesday February 21st.

Last week I talked about my favorite vegetable … and declared that I couldn’t pick just one!  This week I want to share my tips for eating more veggies, and fruit.

    • Tip #1 ~ Salads.  A salad is a great way to get in some extra veggies.  Start with your favorite greens and pile on your favorite veggies.  Top with some dressing and you will have easily added some veggies to your day. 
    • Tip #2 ~ Plan your snacks.  If you pre-plan your snacks for the day it’s easy to pack up some carrots and celery or a banana or an apple to have has a snack. 
    • Tip #3 ~ Pre-prep.  When you get home from the grocery store clean and prep your veggies.  That way you’ll be more like to reach for some celery if it’s already cleaned and cut. 
    • Tip #4 ~ Hide them.  Add veggies to pasta sauces or soups.  Blend up some spinach in your favorite smoothie.  Get creative. 
    • Tip #5 ~ Roast them.  Clean and chop up your veggies, pile them onto a cookie sheet, and roast them in the oven.  So yummy!

What are your tips for eating more veggies, and fruit?

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Breakfast:  Coffee, 1/2 a banana, and a yogurt bowl with greek yogurt, raw oats, cinnamon, & raisins
Post Workout #1 Snack:  Green Monster smoothie with fresh spinach, vanilla soy milk, OJ, a frozen banana, & frozen blueberries
Lunch:  Mock Tuna Salad* on Corn Thins and 1/2 an apple, carrots, celery, & grapes
Snack:  String Cheese, 1/2 grapefruit, the other 1/2 of my banana from breakfast
Pre-workout #2 Snack:  Welch’s Fruit Snacks
Dinner:  Salad with carrots, zucchini, & radishes topped with homemade ranch dressing with Spinach Tomato Orzo Soup and milk

*Mock Tuna Salad modifications:  I used greek yogurt, celery, salt & pepper, tomato, onion, and dijon mustard.  So yummy :)

Thanks to Jenn at Peas & Crayons for hosting!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Meal Plan Monday {Feb 20}

The husband was off work today for the President’s Day Holiday so we’ve been busy all day long!  We went for a 5 mile run, deep cleaned our kitchen, took the puppy for a walk, and made dinner.  I’m looking forward to relaxing with him on the couch, drinking some wine and watching a movie when I’m done sharing my meal plan for the week :)

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Monday ~ Spinach Tomato Orzo Soup {new recipe} + salad

This recipe made a huge pot of soup {16 cups total and I reduced the amount of water from 2 qts to only 1 qt} so we’ll be enjoying leftovers tomorrow for dinner, later this week for lunches, and we’ll be freezing some for future meals :)

There are a lot of mixed reviews on the site for this recipe.  I think it turned out great but here are the changes I made:  only 1 quart of water; only 3/4 lb of orzo pasta; added salt, pepper, & dried basil; added 1 small can of tomato paste to “thicken” it up a bit.  Also, I think I would reduce the amount of orzo even more next time if I make this again as it bulks up a lot. 

Tuesday ~ Leftovers + salad

Wednesday ~ BBQ Chicken Rolls {new recipe} + asparagus & salad

Thursday ~ Lentil Tacos + salad

These tacos were so good when I made them a couple of weeks ago that I knew I would be adding them to my meal plan again soon.  I had accidentally cooked my lentils too long and the end result made the mixture more like refried beans and DELICIOUS.  Besides needing to cook the lentils {which only takes about 25 minutes} this recipe comes together quickly and is both satisfying and filling :)

Friday ~ Pasta with semi-homemade marinara sauce with turkey meatballs

Last week I used up some leftover polenta in our pasta dinner.  I cubed up the polenta and crisped it up in a hot skillet with a little bit of olive oil.  It was really yummy.  This week we’ll be using turkey meatballs {from Trader Joe’s} but I think we’ll be using polenta again soon :)

Saturday ~ Enchilada Casserole {new recipe}

After I had my recipes picked out for the week and my meal plan all created I was going through a Taste of Home cookbook I own and saw this exact recipe that I had dog eared the page on previously so I’m excited to be making it this week :)

Sunday ~ Leftovers

 

What’s on your menu this week?
Do you meal plan? Why or why not?
Got a favorite recipe that I’ve got to try? Please share :)
Don’t forget to check out the links … you never know what you might discover! There are some GREAT food blogs & recipe websites out there :)

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Weigh-in {02.20.12} = 135.8 lbs
Loss/Gain from previous week = +0.4 lbs

I am taking a break from WW and I’m not tracking points but I’m still weighing in each Monday morning, as I always have since 2007 when I was at my highest weight ever.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Confessions, V3

I’m currently running my weekly long run.  8 miles planned for today.  But last night I was thinking about a few random things and decided to share … confessional style.  Enjoy :)

Confession #1 – Remember that sneaky spider that took a shower with me a couple of weeks ago?  Well, his sneakiness and creepiness has provoked me to obsessively check my towel, wash cloth, shower curtain, shower head, and water handle before turning on the shower or getting in every single day since.  Thankfully, there have not yet been any more spiders. 

Confession #2 – We are {still} currently using our guest bathroom because I’m still working on removing all the old mildew covered caulk from our master shower so we can re-caulk it.  Thankfully we recently picked up some new razor blades and the process will go much quicker now.  But, that means I’d actually have to spend some time working on it … and I just haven’t.

Confession #3 – I didn’t apply for a single job this week.  Yes, I know I can’t get a new job if I don’t apply for any jobs.  Sometimes I get so fed up with the whole job hunting/applying/receiving rejection after rejection that I need to step away from it to regroup.  Being {unwilling} unemployed is very stressful and emotional.  I urge you to be thankful for the job you have, if you do, regardless if you love it or not.  Times are tough.

Confession #4 – We live well beyond our means.  We are fully aware of it.  I constantly think about money.  Being unemployed sucks.

Confession #5 – One of the main reasons that I feel like I need a break from WW is that I miss cooking anything I want for dinner instead of tried and true recipes that I’ve already calculated the points for.  I love cooking and dinner is my favorite meal of the day :)

Confession #6 – I’m terrified that my portion control will be non-existent without a structured “diet” program to follow.  I have the knowledge and experience and I know what I need to do to maintain a weight loss so now I just have to DO IT. 

Confession #7 – I haven’t followed the 30 Day Cleaning Schedule or the De-Clutter Calendar in weeks.  I’m cleaning on a whim and the clutter remains for now. 

Confession #8 – I’ve been secretly searching for a 50k to run this year … in addition to the two full marathons I’m planning on completing.  Eeekkk! 

 

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Saturday!  Rock your long runs, races, or workouts :)

Got anything you want to confess?!?

Friday, February 17, 2012

Thankful – Wk7

It’s all the little every day things that make life so extraordinary and this year I want to make sure I am appreciating and focusing more on them.  In an effort to remember to slow down, let the little things go, and enjoy every moment of this life I am going to share what I’ve been thankful for each week.

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This week I’m thankful for …

    • Feeling better and the sickies are all gone :)
    • My body and that it is capable of running and handling multiple workouts in one day!
    • Running with the husband and being able to share my love of running with him :)
    • A perfect Valentine’s Day at home cooking dinner together, drinking champagne, and eating chocolate.
    • Getting our taxes done and finding out that we don’t owe this year!!!
    • Talking to my niece on the phone :)
    • The feeling of welcomeness at the new church we are attending.

What are you thankful for this week?

{Thanks to Sam at Fitness Food & Faith for this wonderful idea … I’ve enjoyed reading her thankful posts ever since I discovered her blog!}

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Three Things Thursday

1.  I saw this photo on Pinterest recently and then I read this post and it finally clicked.  The post talks about muscle vs. fat and the common misconception that muscle weighs more than fat. 
“… it makes me think of that riddle from my childhood, “what weighs more, a pound of bricks or a pound of feathers?” The answer is that they weigh the same. A pound is a pound.”
“So let’s clear up this common misconception. A pound of muscle takes up LESS SPACE than a pound of fat. That much is true.”
“So as you exercise, lose fat and build lean muscle (as your body composition changes), YOU will take up less space (your pants will fit better, you will “lose inches”), even if you are not seeing a change on the scale. This is why the scale should NOT be your sole indicator of progress!”
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Seriously, I read the post and saw the photo above in my head and had an “ah-ha” moment. 
The post goes on to discuss reasons why you may not be loosing weight even if you are exercising.  Go read it.  It’s common sense stuff but maybe you’ll have an “ah-ha” moment too.

2.  Since I’m already talking about weight loss … I’m not tracking my food via WW this week, nor did I most of last week.  Honestly, after not tracking last week while I was sick I just felt like I needed a break from it.  I’m still measuring everything I eat but I’m just not calculating the points.  I love the WW program but I think I need a change.  It was beginning to feel like a “chore” and more like a “diet” each day.  And that’s definitely not how I want to feel. 

3.  I saw this video today and was compelled to share it.  I am totally loving all the “Sh!t … say” videos!  Please tell me I not the only one.  I have not yet seen one that I didn’t find hilarious!


Other random updates:
  • The sickies are almost all gone, except for a lingering runny nose.  I started to feel 100% normal again on Monday.  Then, I woke up with a scratchy throat this morning.  I’m hoping it’s related to the runny nose and not a new round of sickies.
  • Today I feel a little crazy.  I went to the gym at 7:30am and did strength training for 20 minutes, then took an hour spin class, then drove home and changed and headed out for a 5 mile run.  I’m now exhausted.  Spin class kicked my butt but RUNNING is my first LOVE and I wanted to RUN so RUN I did :)
  • Last night after getting our taxes done I really wanted to go out for Froyo to celebrate that fact that we don’t OWE this year … then the husband reminded me that we gave up ice cream for February.  Boo. 

That’s all I’ve got.  Do you have any randomness to share today?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Team Gab Virtual Race

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On Monday the husband was off work so I convinced him to run a 5k with me for the Team Gab Virtual Run.  It didn’t take too much convincing since he was going to go running anyways.  {You know, to keep up his streak --- he’s over 50 days of running every day at least 1 mile.}  Since it was his day off he slept in and we headed out to run around 9am. 

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It was a rainy day on Monday but that didn’t stop us.  We geared up in our water proof running jackets and headed out to run a loop around our neighborhood.  I wore my Zensah compression sleeves under my capris and socks because I don’t like water getting on my legs when I’m running in the rain.  Pink and yellow totally go together, right?!? 

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My Garmin was under my jacket so I couldn’t see it.  This ended up being good for me since I wanted to keep the pace “easy” since this run was my 5th day of running in a row.  Thankfully it wasn’t really raining very hard, just steady and light.  I actually enjoy running in the rain, especially when it’s just a little sprinkle.  Since it was later in the morning, a “holiday”, and raining there was no one else out running or walking in our neighborhood and traffic was light.  {Not that we have a lot of “traffic”.}

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Mile Splits:  11:15, 11:26, 11:16, last 0.11 = 1.02 {9:23 pace}
Overall:  3.11/35:00/11:15 avg

We ran a big loop around our neighborhood and finished up nearby our house and walked home for a cool down.  We talked about grabbing some fuel and going back out for another couple of miles but decided it was probably best that we didn’t.  We were both ready to get warm and spend the day lounging around the house.  {The sun ended up coming out later in the day so we took Lucy for a walk.}

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Cancer knows no boundaries.  It shows no preference to age, color or ethnic background.  It strikes the rich and the poor, the old and the young.  Chances are that cancer has touched your life in some way or another.  It’s touched mine, more than once. 

Cancer is a word, not a sentence.  ~John Diamond

If I lived in So Cal I would totally be joining Team Gab and running the
PCRF Cinco de Mayo Half Marathon for the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation

GO TEAM GAB :)

"Cancer continues to claim the lives of more children than any other disease.
This statistic has not changed in more than 20 years."

 

Visit 365 Days of Awesome to learn more about Gabby and her diagnosis
You can learn more about Team Gab by clicking HERE.
You can donate to Team Gab by clicking HERE.

WIAW

wiawloveyourveggiesmonthbutton2 WIAW is hosted by Peas & Crayons

This month Jenn has challenged the WIAW’ers to VEG-ify our posts. 
{Talk about our favorite vegetables, share our go-to cooking/prep methods for veggies, talk about how to eat more veggies/fruit, or any other veggie-centric topics we can think of.}

I was sick last week and didn’t post a WIAW, nor did I take any photos of a day of eats.  So, today’s photos are from Thursday February 2nd. 

I definitely eat my fair share of fruit and vegetables, as you can see by my photos.  My favorite vegetable is … ???  I’m not sure I can pick just one.  I really love zucchini, even though I prefer it cooked.  Fresh tomatoes from my garden or the Farmer’s Market in the summer are amazing.  I love to add mushrooms to anything.  Asparagus is super yummy and so is broccoli.  Carrots are tasty and crunchy as well as is celery.  Radishes and cucumbers are always great, especially on salads.  Spinach is tasty and makes a great green smoothie.  Eggplant makes a great addition to a pasta sauce when roasted and pureed.  I could go on and on.  Corn, peas, green beans.  Cauliflower, bell peppers, artichokes, beats, garlic, leeks, lettuces, onions, potatoes.  The only vegetable I’m not fond of is … brussels sprouts.

What is your favorite vegetable?

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Breakfast:  Coffee and a yogurt bowl with greek yogurt, raw oats, 1/2 a banana & Trader Joe’s Honey Apple Butter
Snack:  Water, Pear, 1/2 banana, 1 hard boiled egg & 1 hard boiled egg white with salt & pepper
Lunch:  Green Monster Smoothie & String Cheese and Carrots, Celery, Grapes & 1/2 an apple
Snack:  Grapefruit & mini Chocolate Chip Clif Bar
Dinner:  Salad with lettuce, zucchini, carrot, radish, tomato with homemade ranch dressing and a rice bowl with brown rice, kidney beans, salsa, and two tortillas with milk and water
After Dinner Snack:  Key Lime Flavored Sparkling Water and mini pretzels with Soy Nut Butter

 

Thanks to Jenn at Peas & Crayons for hosting!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

10 Things I LOVE About Running

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I saw this idea on the #RunChat blog and in the spirit of Valentine’s Day today I decided to participate and ‘spread my love of running’ especially since I enjoy talking about running all most as much as I enjoy running :)

Ten Things I LOVE about Running …

10.   The tranquility of an early morning sunrise, running in the rain, or the peacefulness of a quiet trail 

9.     Exploring new places

8.     Time alone with my thoughts OR time to shut down my brain and zone out

7.     Setting, and then achieving, goals --- big, small, mental or physical

6.     The challenge … every run is always different and unique

5.     The way I feel after I finish a run … strong or defeated, good or bad, beat up or rejuvenated … but mostly ALIVE

4.     It’s always there whenever I need it; anytime, anyplace, any weather

3.     The amazing people I have met and the camaraderie I feel with fellow runners

2.     Sharing my love of running with my husband and spending quality time with him pounding the pavement :)

1.     “Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.” –Oprah Winfrey

 

What do you love about running?  What would you miss the moss if you couldn’t run anymore?

Monday, February 13, 2012

Recipe: Breakfast Cookies

I was up early this morning and looking around on Pinterest and discovered this Breakfast Cookie pin.  I decided immediately that I wanted to make these today and quickly wrote down the ingredients and directions and headed to the kitchen to whip them together.  I knew they would be the perfect breakfast post run.  Unfortunately, the pin doesn’t link to the original source :(

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Breakfast Cookies
Original Source Unknown

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of oats
  • 2-3 ripened bananas
  • 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce
  • handful of craisins
  • dash of cinnamon

Directions

  1. Mash the bananas in a bowl.  Add the remainder of the ingredients and combine well. 
  2. Spoon onto a baking sheet and bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees.

*I didn’t have craisins so I used raisins.  I only used 2 bananas; one really ripe, one not so much.
*I suggest lining your baking sheet with parchment paper or using a silicone baking mat – my cookies stuck to my cookie sheet.

Not only were these super easy but they come together really quickly with minimal dishes. 
BONUS --- they are super yummy and #healthyonabudget

 

Do you have any simple recipes like this to share?

If you know the original source for this recipe please let me know so I can link to it.  Thanks!

Meal Plan Monday {Feb 13} + WW {Wk39}

I’m excited about this weeks meal plan.  An old favorite, a new favorite, some new recipes to try, and VALENTINE’S DAY.  What’s not to like?  I’m not one of those girls that dislikes Valentine’s Day.  While the husband and I don’t need a “special day” to show our love for one another, I’m still a romantic and I enjoy this “special” day anyway.  We’re celebrating with exchanging cards, candy, and drinking champagne with dinner :)

Do you and your spouse/significant other celebrate Valentine’s Day?

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Monday ~ Sloppy Jose Supper with baked polenta

One of our favorites meals!  I’ve got some leftover pre-cooked ground turkey in the freezer that will make enough of this dish for two servings.  Traditionally the recipe calls for cornbread for serving but I’ve found that we enjoy it served over some crispy baked polenta rounds :)

Tuesday ~ Valentine’s Day ~ Steak, Asparagus, Homemade Bakes Sweet Potato Fries, and Champagne

I really enjoy Valentine’s Day.  We are keeping it very low key this year and will be making a steak dinner and enjoying a bottle of champagne that we picked up at the grocery store on sale :)

Wednesday ~ Lentil and Black Bean Stew 

This stew has quickly become one of my new favorite meals!  It’s so quick and hearty, I love it :)

Thursday ~ Chicken Fajitas in the Crock Pot

This is a new-to-us recipe that I’m excited to try this week.  I love fajitas and I’ve never attempted cooking them in the crock pot before.  I’m anxious to see how it turns out.

Friday ~ Pasta with marinara sauce and crispy baked polenta

Nothing new here.  We had a supply of canned/jarred sauces that we have been using up the last several weeks until finally last week we were out.  So, I made a batch of my semi-homemade marinara sauce.   I added in some mushrooms last week to bulk up the sauce and ended up with enough for three meals.  I sealed up the leftovers in a jar and dinner for this night will be quick and easy --- boil noodles, heat sauce!  We won’t have used all the polenta on Monday so we’ll enjoy the leftovers with our pasta :)

Saturday ~ Cheese & Green Chile Enchiladas

Another new-to-us recipe from the March 2012 Everyday with Rachael Ray Magazine.  My grandma gifts me this magazine every year and I really enjoy receiving it each month because it always make me think of her :) 
I love Rachael Ray recipes and over the years I’ve tried several.  It’s been quite a while since I’ve made enchiladas and I’m excited about this cheese & green chile recipe.

Sunday ~ leftover enchiladas

Leftovers on Sunday?!?  My new favorite way to end the week.

What’s on your menu this week?
Do you meal plan? Why or why not?
Got a favorite recipe that I’ve got to try? Please share :)
Don’t forget to check out the links … you never know what you might discover! There are some GREAT food blogs & recipe websites out there :)

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Weight Watchers Week 39 {02.05.12 – 02.12.12}
Weigh-in {02.13.12} = 135.4 lbs
Week 39 Loss/Gain = –1.4 lbs
Total Weight Loss = –14.8 lbs
Starting Weight {05.16.11} = 150.2 lbs
I earned 38 activity points.
*I started the week tracking, but I didn’t track the entire week.  If I’m being honest, I’m a little sick of tracking and I feel like I need a break from it.  I haven’t yet decided what I am going to do about this. 
*Previous
WW recaps can be found HERE.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Weekly Recap {02/06-02/12}

Ugh.  I came down with the sickies and spent most of this week suffering from fevers, body aches, chills, and a stuffy nose.  Once I started to get better, mid-week, my stuffy nose decided to stick around and has evolved into some congestion.  Which means lots of middle-of-the-night and first-thing-in-the-morning {or right in the middle of Church} coughing!  Thankfully, I’m on the mend and I am feeling so much better.  Since I was sick I stayed away from the gym and skipped my runs on Monday & Thursday.  I was on the mend towards the end of the week I was able to run Friday {for the Maine Mom on the Run Runniversary Virtual Run}, Saturday {for the Virtual Run in memory of Sherry Arnold} and Sunday {an easy recovery run with the husband & puppy}.  Even though I didn’t spend any time at the gym and I was suffering from the sickies I still feel like I had a pretty good week.  Um, except that I slacked off on my PT Exercises {again} and I didn’t do any yoga.  I am looking forward to getting on track and back to the gym next week.

I linked all my workouts to my Daily Mile logs if you really want to read about them. Are we friends on Daily Mile yet?!?

Weekly Recap 02.06.12 – 02.12.12

Monday 02.06

Today was suppose to be a run day but due to my sickies I only did the bare minimum – a 1 mile walk to keep my streak alive.  It actually felt good to get out of the house and into the fresh air to do a short walk in the evening with the husband after spending the day sleeping off my flu symptoms.  After the walk I did one 60 second plank and my 7 pushups for the day.  Then I promptly laid back down on the couch until I needed to help prep dinner.  The husband went to the store and got me some DayQuil and NightQuil because the Theraflu I had been taking wasn’t helping.  I slept much better Monday night than I did on Sunday.

Walk:  1.03/22:18

Pushups – Day 6

Plank-a-day #37

Tuesday 02.07

I was feeling so much better on Tuesday than I did on Monday.  I spent the day not knowing if I was going to go to the group track workout or not.  By the evening I was feeling ok and so I decided to go.  I had a good workout and felt like maybe sweating was going to help me get rid of the sickies.  We did 10x 40 second sprints with a 2:20 RI.  I really didn’t intend to push it so hard but I was feeling really good so I just went with it.  I definitely feel like I my running is improving with each run and my endurance is building back up.  I probably need a scaled back week after the last few weeks of lots of workouts so I guess being sick does have its one advantage. 

Run:  3.14/43:45 --- track workout
10x 40 second sprints {sprint paces = 7:34, 7:32, 8:01, 7:06, 7:30, 6:28, 6:30, 6:51, 6:28, 5:54}

Walk: 1.03/21:27

Pushups – Day 7

Plank-a-day #38

Wednesday 02.08

After feeling so much better on Tuesday, I woke up on Wednesday feeling worse again!  I spent the majority of the day laying around resting but I did manage to get outside mid-afternoon for a walk.  Boo sickies, boo. 

Walk:   1.66/34:30

Pushups – Day 8

Plank-a-day #39

Thursday 02.09

I woke up on Thursday and felt like the worst of the sickies has passed.  No fever, just lots of nasal congestion and early morning coughing.  I knew I was going to skip my run today so I planned on a long walk with the puppy instead.  It was such a beautiful day and the fresh air and warm sunshine felt glorious. 

Walk:  3.13/1:01:09

Pushups – Day 9

Plank-a-day #40

Friday 02.10

Thankfully I am feeling better and better each day.  I still have a lot of morning congestion but overall I am feeling much, much better. 

Run:  2.57/30:00/11:40 avg --- Maine Mom on the Run Runniversary Virtual Run
Overall = 3.12/41:40
Warm-up = 0.25/6:00 
Cool Down = 0.30/5:38

Walk:  1.98/38:07

PT Exercises

Pushups – Day 10

Plank-a-day #41

Saturday 02.11

I woke up with a lot of congestion but by the time I left to meet with my running group I was feeling much better.  It was perfect running weather --- overcast and temps in the 50s!  I started slow with a run/walk for the first 3 miles and then keep my pace easy for the last 4 miles.  And I dedicated every single mile, every single step, to the memory of Sherry Arnold.

02.11

Run:  7.0/1:20:03/11:26 avg --- Virtual Run for Sherry Arnold

Walk:  1.94/38:00

Pushups – Day 11

Plank-a-day #42

Sunday 02.12

Feeling better and better each day!  Ran an easy 2 mile recovery run with the husband and puppy in the early morning before attending Church.  It was foggy and chilly and quiet around our neighborhood.  I felt sluggish when we started but by the end I felt like I could have kept going for another couple of miles. 

Run:  2.0/23:12/11:36 avg
Overall:  2.51/34:01
Warm-up:  0.26/5:41
Cool Down:  0.25/5:08

Pushups – Day 12

Plank-a-day #43

Total Miles = 26.54

Daily Mile Stats:
02.06-02.12