Saturday Weigh In, Eat Good Feel Good!

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Happy Saturday everyone!

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Saturday Weigh In post so I thought I would update you guys. This morning I weighed in at 154, which is 1 lb less than last week. Yaaaay! 🙂 My goal is still to weigh around 135 and I haven’t gotten any closer to that goal in months. But I can say that I have kept off all the weight I’ve lost (about 20 lbs) so to me that is certainly a win. My short term goal is to be 149 or less by Thanksgiving, which for me is an attainable goal if I stay consistent with my workouts and nutrition.

I do have a bit of a confession, though. My goal originally was to count my calories using My Fitness Pal every day for a year. While I did keep that up until about 3 weeks ago, I have since only used My Fitness Pal to look up calories or to add them up for a recipe I have made. It was beginning to feel more like a chore and less helpful. I still have a vague calorie goal for each day, and I DO count my calories in my head. I can do that now because I have a very firm grasp on how many calories are in the food I eat, and I have finally created a habit to choose healthy foods over less nutritious ones without even thinking about it. Since I have stopped calorie counting, I also feel like I can listen to my body more. I am constantly asking myself “Am I hungry, or bored?” and “Am I full, or do I just want to finish what’s on my plate?” Eating mindfully is really important, and it’s something that I have always struggled with. But I’m getting better all the time! 🙂

If you are thinking about counting calories I would highly recommend it. If I hadn’t counted, there is no way I would have been able to lose the 20 lbs I have lost. Apps like My Fitness Pal also have things like sugar, fiber, protein, and vitamins so you can see how your nutrition measures up to what it should be. I would also say that over time it gets much easier to choose low calorie more nutritious food. Now I am really not satisfied by a meal that doesn’t have fruit or vegetables in it. I have realized that more nutritious foods fill me up faster, and leave me feeling more energetic and happier! I am a firm believer in “eat good, feel good” because it’s true! Not to mention the fact that these foods make you look good too!

Have a healthy happy Saturday y’all! 🙂

Don’t Be Afraid of Plyo!

This morning I got in a pretty tough sweat sesh: 21 Day Fix Plyo. Plyometrics are short bursts of energy involving tons of jumping! What I love about it is that it’s strengthening  and cardio. Plus it’s super quick! The goal of plyos is to increase speed and strength, so they’re perfect (and challenging) for runners. 

I must admit at first I was scared of plyos thinking I couldn’t possibly keep up! My motto has been do the best you can, and modify when you need to modify. But don’t quit- make it through the workout and you will feel awesome and be so proud of yourself! 

One warning though: a shower afterwards is not optional, as evidenced by my post workout selfie!

 

Fiesta Pasta Salad!

This morning I got in a really nice 3 mile run- I’ve noticed my speed has really improved since I pick up running again! I did some foam rolling afterwards because I’ve been starting to have a little knee pain again, ugh!

Here lately I have been really craving peanut butter and chocolate. Such a tasty combination, but also very high calorie! To curb this I have been eating this snack:

Snack

Slice apples, 1 tbsp peanut butter, and 1 tbsp mini dark chocolate chips. I just heat the peanut butter and drizzle over the apples, and then sprinkled on some dark chocolate chips! Yum! I’ve definitely been craving Reese cups but this snack fills me up more, and is way healthier for me!

I tried a new recipe this week, and my husband (shockingly) really liked it! Generally if I make something meatless he wants no part in it, but he really enjoyed it!

Fiesta Pasta Salad

This pasta salad would be good paired with grilled chicken, I think! I found the recipe here, and made some changes to it to suit my own tastes.

Fiesta Pasta Salad

  • about 8 oz bow tie pasta
  • 2 roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 small frozen bag of corn
  • 1/2 can black beans
  • crushed red pepper (optional)

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup hot salsa
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 2 tbsp light mayonnaise
  • 1/2 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • salt & pepper to taste

Boil your pasta according to package directions, drain and rinse with cold water. Toss pasta with all the veggies. Stir all dressing ingredients together, and pour over salad. Give it a good toss again, and garnish with crushed red pepper if you like! I thought this was good with a lot of heat, and I LOVE spicy food! 🙂 Enjoy!

Sunday Hike!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Sunday was a pretty cold day for October here, the high was about 50 and it was super windy, but I got in a hike anyway with my mom, sister, and Sadie (it’s hard getting Sadie in a picture, but you can see her on the left side, haha!) Fall is the perfect time to get outside. Sadie just couldn’t stand all the creeks and such we walked by and HAD to jump in one… that was a fun car ride home  -_-

Hike!

This was my pre-hike breakfast:

Breakfast

Half a whole wheat bagel with reduced fat cream cheese, 2 boiled eggs, sliced strawberries, and cran-raspberry juice! I have been obsessed with this juice lately.

Juice!

I’ve been drinking it with my breakfast and I have been making home made MammaChia drinks. If you’ve never had them, it’s basically just chia seeds soaked in juice. So simple!

Homemade Mamma Chia! 2 tbsp chia seeds, add juice of your choice. Shake it up and let soak over night!

It’s super refreshing plus it’s more like a snack than a drink. Chia seeds are so good for you, so I try to sneak them in my diet whenever I can.

Home Made MammaChia

  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • juice of your choice (I used Cran-Raspberry)

I used a MammaChia bottle but you could use anything! Pour chia seeds and as much juice as desired into container, and give it a good shake. Place in refrigerator, and shake again in about 30 minutes to get all clumps out. Let seeds soak overnight, or even several days. Then enjoy! 🙂

Cashew Noodle Salad

Happy Saturday! I’ve got another awesome new recipe, that is husband approved!

I got a recipe for a noodle salad here, and it is similar to a dish I eat at Vietnamese restaurants often and have a hard time recreating… until now!

Cashew Noodle Salad

My husband and I prefer to eat this dish cold, but you could certainly eat it warm if you prefer. I love all the different tastes and textures- fresh veggies, shredded chicken, creamy sauce, and noodles!

Cashew Noodle Salad

The best part is this recipe is super simple and quick. But most importantly, tasty and satisfying!

Cashew Noodle Salad

  • 1 pkg rice noodles, cooked according to package directions
  • about 2 cups fresh mixed veggies (I used baby spinach and chopped purple cabbage)
  • 2 chicken breasts, boiled and shredded (or grilled, however you prefer!)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cashews

Sauce ingredients

  • 1/4 cup cashew butter
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup water (or more depending on desired thickness)

In a large bowl, toss the first 4 ingredients and set aside. In separate bowl, stir together sauce ingredients adding water a spoonful at a time until desired thickness is reached. Pour sauce over salad, and enjoy immediately or refrigerate and eat once everything is cold.

I loved this dish so much because it’s so simple, but full of flavor! Plus it really gets you out of a rut eating the same thing over and over, it’s fun to try new things! 🙂

Pumpkin Protein Smoothie!

Happy Friday everyone!!!

Lately I have been really lacking inspiration for recipes. I know, I know! Fall is the perfect time for inspiration for tons of things, and believe me I have been gettin’ my run ON. I have been running my little butt off, and so has my husband! On Sunday we ran 4 miles together, I am so proud of him! We’re training for a 10K on Halloween so I am super pumped about that.

I have been back to my regular routine working out 7 days a week. Believe me, no one is more surprised than I am that working out every day of the week works for me. A couple of months ago I would have told you it was crazy! But it actually helps me balance eating the things I want and keeping my body active and healthy. Plus it gives me a little extra “me” time that I would normally have just spent sleeping anyway!

This morning I tried this pumpkin protein smoothie, and even my husband liked it! (He hates my healthy smoothies, haha!)

Pumpkin Protein Smoothie

Y’all, this is like drinking pumpkin pie without the crust. It is SO delicious, I think I’m going to keep pumpkin on hand all the time for when I get a hankering for it again!

Pumpkin Protein Smoothie

Pumpkin Protein Smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup plain 0% greek yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • pinch Truvia
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (I also sprinkled a little extra on top)
  • 1/4 tsp pumkin pie spice
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 5 ice cubes

Blend everything until smooth, about 2 minutes. You can easily change this recipe to suit your needs- add protein powder or use skim milk for more protein. Add more ice if you want this thicker, add more milk or water if you want it thinner. My smoothie came to 330 calories! The original recipe said this makes 2 servings or one monster smoothie… I think we can all agree I am the monster smoothie type!!

Have a healthy happy day!

Update and Caesar Chicken Salad! 

Hey guys! Sorry for being MIA here lately, my sister’s wedding this weekend took a lot of my energy the last couple weeks, haha! That paired with straining my quad in one of my legs mysteriously has left me having to take the last 2 weeks off workouts… And man, did I miss my workouts! Unfortunately I seem to be a very all-or-nothing kind of girl because when I’m not working out, I slack in the healthy eating department too.

However, I did have an awesome chicken Caesar salad today!  This salad had: baked chicken from my amazing dill chicken sandwich, romaine, green pepper, fresh grated Parmesan, Caesar dressing and Italian bread!

Yesterday Garrett and I had a glorious 3 mile run, it was a perfect fall day! Of course, I totally forgot to take pictures. Also I’m a bit sore from the run since I haven’t ran hardly any lately, which is something I haven’t experienced in a LONG time! We’re gearing up for a 10K on Halloween in Virginia Beach, and we can’t wait! Though we definitely need to spend some time training before then, we only have a few weeks!

I apologize for the lack of posts, there will be awesome fall inspired ones soon. 🎃

Sometimes life gets in the way of our plans, haha!