Lately…

Happy Saturday everyone!

Half Marathon training has been going well for the most part. I had to rearrange my runs a lot this week due to the truly awful weather we’ve been having! 70 degrees and sunny one day, 30 degrees and snowing the next. Welcome to North Carolina, haha!

That being said I did get in a great 2 miles this morning!

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It was clear and bright, and cold!

Lately my favorite breakfast has been boiled eggs, berries, and honey.

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As the scale has not moved down in quite a while, I have been trying to cut down my calories a bit in breakfast. In addition, I am totally cutting out snacking after dinner. The rest of the day I am great at making healthy choices. But once dinner is over, it’s like my brain goes “Hey, let’s eat the rest of what’s in the house. Whaddya say?!” So I am shutting that DOWN. After my run, I did a quick 10 Minute Abs 21 day Fix video, and MAN that had my abs burning!!!

After my workout, I had a pineapple green smoothie!

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My lastest obsession: coconut water. Yeah I know I’m late to the party, but seriously they make smoothies taste SO much better! It adds flavor and plenty of healthy goodies like potassium!

Have a healthy happy weekend y’all! 🙂

Avocado Breakfast Sandwich and 12 Week Half Marathon Plan!

Yesterday morning I had this amazing avocado breakfast sandwich:

It is a super simple recipe anybody could make! I got it from my new Skinnytaste cookbook but you barely need instructions to make this! It’s funny how I used to HATE avocados and now I absolutely love them. Plus they’re so good for you, with tons of healthy fats. You do need to be careful how much you eat though, as they are quite high in calories as far as fruits go.

Avocado Breakfast Sandwich

  • 2 egg whites, beaten
  • 2 tbsp chopped scallions
  • 2 tbsp chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 tbsp chopped and seeded tomato
  • 2 slices whole wheat toast
  • 1 tbsp butter (optional)
  • 1/4 sliced avocado
  • salt & pepper to taste

Heat a medium sized pan to medium heat, and spray with cooking spray. Throw in scallions, bell pepper, and tomato, season and cook about 1 minute or until slightly tender. Lower heat to medium low, pour in egg whites, season and cook until set (about 40 seconds for me). Using a spatula, fold over half of the eggwhites to a crescent moon shape. Cook for a few seconds, then fold again. Assemble sandwich with buttered toast, egg mixture, and sliced avocado. Enjoy! 🙂

The original recipe doesn’t use butter, but I just knew I wouldn’t like it unless it had a little! I’m from the south, what can you do?!

I am so excited about starting half marathon training Sunday! I have been going over training schedules this week and, after taking the best parts of several of them, I have made my own. Feel free to use it, or not!

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fr=foam roll, mi=mile, m=meter, I used abbreviations to save space!

I am not a professional but I can say that last year I did a schedule very similar to this and everything worked out just fine for me. No, I do not have any scheduled rest days, that is pretty much what my yoga/stretch day is for. No rest days just works better for me, I find that I eat better when I don’t take a rest day. I know it’s all psychological, but it works for me!

My sister thinks I’m a nut for being excited about training, but I really truly am! I am SO looking forward to those long runs with nothing to do but spend quiet time with my iPod! Have a healthy happy day y’all! 🙂

 

Morning Workout and Half Marathon Decision!

Happy Monday to all!

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Yes, ladies and gents, I finally made a decision on my half marathon. I will be taking part in the Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon in downtown Raleigh on April 10th! Woohoo!!!!!! I will also be doing this with 2 friends, because 13.1 miles is so much more fun with friends! 🙂

In the future I will be posting my workout schedule and tips for running a half marathon! This will be my second one, and will be pretty hilly so I’m going to be including lots of hill workouts in the next few weeks.

This morning I got up early and did the 21 Day Fix Total Body Cardio video. I hadn’t done that one in a while, and I loved it!! I will definitely be doing some 21DF videos during my training because they are great for strength training and cardio. After my workout I made protein oatmeal with hidden greens, and it was awesome!

Have a healthy happy week y’all!

Slow Cooker Santa Fe Chicken and Yoga!

It’s Friday, it’s Friday!!! *sings*

I’m so happy it’s almost the weekend! Going back to work after break for Christmas is hard… adulting is hard in general, haha!

Since I am definitely signing up for a half marathon soon, I am trying to get rededicated to healthy eating and working out on the regular. I think I’m going to try a bit stricter diet and have a “cheat meal” once a week. I’ll let you know how it goes! 🙂

This morning I got in an awesome yoga video. This one is 45 minutes long, and will have you sweating in no time! This one actually has some cardio in it so it’s perfect for me! I really love yoga because it stretches you out while also strengthening your muscles. In addition it’s a great stress reliever, along with most other exercise I think.

Last night I tried another Skinnytaste recipe and surprise surprise… Garrett and I loved it! It’s Santa Fe Chicken, and it’s super easy and very versatile. Plus it’s a slow cooker recipe, which I love because I can put everything in the crockpot in the morning, and when I get home from work I have a delicious meal waiting for me!

You eat this as a stew (which I did) topped with chopped scallions and a little plain Greek yogurt.

You can have it over brown rice with lime juice (which I also did!) if you want a bit heavier meal. She also suggests it as an enchilada filler, which I will certainly try at some point!  1 cup is only 181 calories, which makes this a total winner to me.

Slow Cooker Santa Fe Chicken

  • 1 can (14oz) chicken broth
  • 1 can (14 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes with chiles
  • 3 chopped scallions (plus some extra for topping)
  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

Put all ingredients except chicken into crockpot and stir. Season chicken with salt and pepper and place in crockpot. Cook on low 10 hours. About 30 minutes before serving, shred chicken in crockpot. Serve as a soup topped with scallions and Greek yogurt, over rice, as enchilada filler, etc. The possibilities are endless! 🙂 I added slightly more chicken broth to mine, because I wanted it to be soupier (um, it’s January and freezing!).

Have a healthy happy weekend y’all!

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Pancakes and a Run!

This morning I got in my first run since Halloween, which is kindof a long time. I had planned on just “getting through” 2 miles because I knew my run would probably not go so well… I was actually totally wrong!

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The weather was so nice I didn’t want to go in, so I ran 4 miles! They were very slow, but I did them and felt awesome afterwards! Plus I was rockin’ my Wicked 10K shirt. I don’t know about you, but I am always happier when I like what I’m wearing! 🙂

In my last post I talked about having a rough two weeks with health and fitness but this week I have gotten back into my usual rhythm and I’m feeling much better and more optimistic… working out and eating healthy will do that to you!

My favorite snack this week has been:

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A fruit parfait with banana and mango! I flavor 1/2 cup plain 0% Greek yogurt with a little vanilla and stevia, throw in some sliced mango and banana, and top it with 1/4 cup granola. Yum!!

Last night for dinner (and this morning for breakfast…) I made some zucchini chocolate chip pancakes.

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This was a new one for me, and I got it from Chocolate Covered Katie (one of my favorite food blogs of all time, PLEASE check it out). I had originally planned on using the zucchini for chocolate protein oatmeal but decided to try something new!

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Plus pancakes are always a good idea. 🙂

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Pancakes

  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • pinch stevia
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (may need more)
  • 1/3 cup finely grated zucchini
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp rolled oats
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp mini chocolate chips

Whisk together all wet ingredients in a small bowl. Stir together all the rest of the ingredients in a medium bowl. Pour wet into dry, and whisk until combined. You may need to add more milk to the batter, but start with 1/4 cup and add more gradually to thin the batter. Let sit in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Grease a frying pan and set to medium heat. Once the pan is hot enough, pour batter onto pan in small batches and cook until the edges begin to look dry and there are bubbles in the middle. Flip and cook an additional minute. Serve hot with syrup!

I’m not sure how many servings this is supposed to be, but for me it was 2. I made 4 medium sized ones and ate two with some eggs for my post workout breakfast, and it was perfect!

Have a healthy happy weekend everybody!

Wicked 10K

Happy Saturday everyone!

Let’s skip over the fact that I have been MIA for the last 2 weeks and focus on the awesome, amazing, wonderful 10K race I did on Halloween!

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This was the first ever race I ran with my husband. He is not naturally a runner, and this was really difficult for him. We did train together for about a month before the race, but it was still quite a challenging distance for him. I was so proud of him! He ran the whole thing. Around mile 5 I could tell he was fighting through it, which makes me all the more proud. 🙂

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I think my favorite thing about this race is that everyone is dressed in fun costumes and the entire race is so entertaining- everyone is in such a fun mood! This guy won Halloween for sure… how amazing is that costume? He ran with that house too! I love me some Disney!

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Plus at the end they give you beer and soup on the beach… does it get any better than that?!

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After the race we had a small Halloween party with friends!

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And we carved pumpkins. My owl pumpkin was the cutest for sure!! 🙂

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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!

 

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  -_-

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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! 🙂

Day 1 of 21 Day Fix!

Happy Thursday!

I had originally planned on starting 21 Day Fix yesterday but that didn’t happen. Instead I had the opportunity to go the gym with Garrett, which NEVER happens.

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I absolutely LOVE working out with Garrett and I’m glad we got the chance to do that together! I did 30 minutes of intervals on the elliptical which worked my glutes and quads to death. I am seriously feeling that from yesterday. Then I did some upper body work on the weight machines. I coach Garrett on his running, and he helps set me straight on weight lifting. 🙂

I did the Total Body Cardio video this morning, and happily marked an X on day one of my 21 DF calendar! Only 20 more days to go, haha! In an effort to jump start my body getting healthy and losing weight (I still have a goal of losing about 20 lbs) I have been eating super clean lately, and will try to keep that up for the remaining 20 days. My post workout fuel this morning was:

Post workout fuel

Grapes and half a banana drizzled in honey, with 2 boiled eggs. Often I really try to think of food as “fuel” instead of just food, because that’s exactly what it is! If I think about the fact that the food I eat affects the way I feel and the way my body performs, I’m more likely to choose healthy options.

Here’s to choosing healthy options! Have an awesome day! 🙂

Weekend Recap with Yoga Detox

This weekend was full of wedding excitement and girly time! It was SO fun, and SO exhausting, haha!

Saturday night we had a lingerie shower for my sister, who is getting married in October. She does not like having all the attention on her, and she gets embarrassed really easily. A perfect mixture for the funniest EVER lingerie shower!!

Lingerie shower!

We played games, wore coconut bras, laughed by the light of tiki torches! Such a fun night. Then yesterday we had a shower at church that was considerably more subdued, haha! Needless to say, I am totally exhausted today. Sunday morning I woke up with my tummy not feeling very happy at all… could it be from the delicious cupcakes and candy from the night before?! I was very short on time, but I knew I wanted to get a workout of some sort in so I cruised YouTube and found the perfect workout!

This video gets your heart pumping while giving all your muscles a nice stretch and helping your digestive track along with several different abdominal twists. I highly recommend it, and will probably be doing this video over and over again!