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!

img_1551

It was clear and bright, and cold!

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

img_1550

As the scale has not moved down in quiteย 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!

img_1556

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

Have a healthy happy weekend y’all! ๐Ÿ™‚

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 andย 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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!

half marathon plan

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Morning Workout and Half Marathon Decision!

Happy Monday to all!

rocknroll

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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 Skinnytasteย 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! ย 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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!

0A83EB5F-151B-4A07-A87D-A012D5CB7246

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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:

IMG_1065

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.

IMG_1075

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!

IMG_1066

Plus pancakes are always a good idea. ๐Ÿ™‚

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!

Wicked 10K

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!ย He ran the whole thing. Around mile 5 I could tell he was fighting through it, which makes me all the more proud. ๐Ÿ™‚

Garrett

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!

Halloween

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

10k

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

Halloween

And we carved pumpkins. My owl pumpkin was the cutest for sure!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Owl

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!