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4/27 Meal and Fitness Plan

Hey guys!  How’s your week-end going so far?  Mines been great.  I worked yesterday, like I do every Saturday, and then went to dinner at a Hibachi place for a friend’s birthday.  It was so much fun and I can see Matt and I going often.  We had fruity rum drinks and our food cooked right in front of us.  I was drowned in sake and got squirted by a little boy water pistol thing.  It was a blast!  I ate so much food!  It was really dark so I didn’t take many pictures but I had a small salad with a ginger dressing, crab ran-goons,  fried rice, shrimp, chicken and loads of veggies.  Then I came home and ate the ears off one of my chocolate bunnies.  I was terrified that I would feel like death today after trying so many non Whole30 foods, but I actually don’t feel bad at all.  I slept for like 9 hours and drank a ton of water before bed so I think that probably helped me quite a bit.

These rum drinks totally brought Matt and I back to our honeymoon in Jamaica.

These rum drinks totally brought Matt and I back to our honeymoon in Jamaica.

My drink was really sweet so I was only able to drink about half of it before I called it quits.  I never would have done that pre-Whole30!  I’m pumped for this week’s dinners.  We’re going to do some grilling later and we have a bunch of new recipes to try.  I’m also going to try to do more prepping today to make dinners quicker this week.  I have class all day tomorrow so I have to work Tuesday and it’s hard to get everything done with only one day off.

Meals

Sunday~ Shrimp skewers and steak on the grill

Monday~ shrimp and steak salads (from Sunday’s leftovers)

Tuesday~ roasted salmon with green bean, apricot and pistachio salad and tarragon tomatoes

Wednesday~ spicy pork lettuce cups and citrusy carrots

Thursday~ caramelized Brussels sprouts and chorizo with baked sweet potatoes

Friday~ easy crockpot chicken fajitas

I have come to the conclusion that I need new running shoes.  My feet were killing by the end of even three miles.  I took this quiz on runners world to help me figure out what I should be shopping for and got lucky with a sale on Zappos for the Asics Gel Cumulus15.  I can’t get over how quickly Zappos delivers!  My shoes were seriously here in less than 48 hours!  I can’t wait to test them out today and fingers crossed they keep my feet smiling.

Asics Gel Cumulus15

Fitness

Sunday~ 10k run

Monday~ 5/3 mile run (depending when I get out of class) + Zumba

Tuesday~5/3 mile run (depending on what I run Monday)

Wednesday~ Pilates DVD and Zumba

Thursday~ 3 mile run and weight session

Friday~ REST

Saturday~ 20 min Pilates DVD

Unfortunately the forecast is calling for a lot of rain this week so I think I’ll be spending some time on the treadmill.  I only have a few weeks until the half so training must go on rain or shine.  I had some hard runs last week and I again find myself needing to reset my mind and focus while running.  I am truly lucky to be able to run.  It doesn’t matter how fast or slow I go, only that I’m doing it.  I really beat myself up last week and now I know how silly it was.  It doesn’t make me a better person if I can run faster or longer.  It doesn’t even make me a better runner.  It does give me something to work on though.  When I was running my 3 miles on the treadmill I decided to work on my speed.  I increased the speed every minute and I was able to run at 6.4 mph for a minute.  That’s fantastic for me!  It made me realize how far I have come in just the past few months.  I only have to keep at it and I’ll get better.  I have to stop comparing myself to everyone else.  I’ll only ever be me so the only person I should be comparing myself to is me.  (This applies to more than just running.)  Sometimes this is easier said than done but it’s something that I’m going to consciously keep working on in all aspects of my life.

I have lots of house work to catch up on and that 10k to run so I’m going to end my ramble now.  Have you ever been unnecessarily harsh on yourself?  What did you do about it?  I wish you all a healthy and happy week!

Reunited and it tastes so good

I finished up my Whole30 reset yesterday so that means I got to start reintroducing some of the eliminated foods.  I decided to start to with dairy because that’s what they recommend in the book “It starts with food”.  The one food that I really missed was cheese.  I wasn’t craving it or anything but there were quite a few meals that we ate and I would think to myself this would be so good with some cheese on it.   For breakfast I fully intended to have some yogurt but I was so full from my bowl of Whole30 Hash that it had to wait for lunch.

Fage with banana and blackberries

That first bite was complete and utter bliss, but the after taste was a bit off.  I’m not sure if it was the berries or what but it just didn’t taste right.  The yogurt wasn’t sour or going bad, it just had a different after taste than I’m not used to.  I managed to eat most of it though.  I had really wanted to eat some skyr from a local farm that’s owned by one of my client’s family but the health food store was out when I went shopping.  I also had some left over salad with orange brown buttered shrimp.  This dish was fantastic and we will without a doubt be making it again.  Matt has all sorts of plans to grill it next time.

Orange Brown Buttered Shrimp over Salad

I actually did some Pilates today!  My brother bought me Mari Winsor’s DVD set for Christmas and I’m ashamed that it took me this long to use it.  I had the VHS tapes years ago and I used them so much that it wore the tape out in spots and would get all those lines running through it.  Did I just date myself? :p I remember it being so HARD!  I was pleasantly surprised that I could do most of it.  There are a few moves that I just couldn’t manage but I know that that will just motivate me to keep at it.  It felt so good to work my entire body and to really focus on my core.  I keep reading that core work is really beneficial to running and you know how much help I need with my running.

Best pilates DVD

After my Pilates session I did a bunch of house cleaning and finished up removing some icky flooring in the dining room.  I think we just need to sand down the hard wood and we can finally start using that room!  I have been working on that dining room since the first week we bought the house almost 6 years ago.  Why can’t DIY take a half hour like it does on HGTV?

Brownie Bites

I was pretty hungry about an hour before Zumba and I’ve been wanting to try to make my own energy bites ,so this afternoon I finally made it happen.  These are so yummy, like a larabar but fresher.  I found the recipe on Pinterest.  Here’s the link to the recipe.  They’re simple to make if you have a food processor.  My one mistake was eating four of them in about 15 minutes plus munching on mangoes and pineapple that I was chopping up.  About a half hour later I had a headache.  I’m pretty sure it was sugar overload.

For dinner we had tacos in lettuce cups and I FINALLY got to eat some cheese!  My taste buds were singing and I may have moaned in bliss.  I was too excited to dive in to even bother taking a picture but I’m sure you guys know what a taco looks like.  I freshly grated some raw cheddar cheese from Grafton Village, which is only about an hour away.  It says it was aged for two years.  I figured if I was going to eat some cheese I had better make any potential pain worth it and go with the best stuff I could find.

So far my stomach feels just fine.  I’ll be eating Whole30 style for the next couple of days and I’m really hoping that I don’t have any inflammation or any other reactions to dairy because I really enjoy it.  I probably won’t eat it as much as I did in the past and when I do it’s going to be high quality.

Did you guys try any new recipes or bring back an old staple?

Whole30 Hash

This was so yummy that I had to make it again this morning and I thought it was just mean not to share it with you.  It’s a little time intensive for a week-day morning so it might be better to make on the week-end and possibly re-heat during the week, if it lasts that long.

Whole30 Hash

Whole30 Hash

Serves 6

1 Tablespoon Ghee

1 Butternut Squash, chopped into one inch pieces

1 Yellow Onion, chopped

1 Pepper, chopped (I used an orange but any color pepper would work),

1 lb Paleo Sausage (see instructions below)

6 Farm Fresh Eggs

1/2 Teaspoon ground Cumin

1 Teaspoon Herbamare (or Sea Salt)

1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder

Paleo Sausage (adapted from this recipe)

1 lb Ground Pork

3/4 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

1 Teaspoon Dried Sage

1/4 Teaspoon Dried Rosemary

1/4 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg

1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

1/4 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes

1 Teaspoon Herbamare (or 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt)

1 Teaspoon Fennel Seeds

 

To Make Paleo Sausage

In a medium bowl mix all ingredients together really well.  Yup, it’s that simple!

 

Whole30 Hash

1. Melt Ghee in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add squash and cook until soft, about 10 minutes.

2.  Add the onion, pepper, cumin, and garlic powder to the skillet.  Cook for 5 minutes and remove vegetables from skillet to a large bowl.

3.  To the skillet, add sausage and break up into small bite sized pieces.  Cook the sausage thoroughly.

4. Add the cooked vegetables back to the skillet with the sausage.

5. In a small bowl beat the eggs with Herbamare.  Pour into the skillet and stir continuously until the eggs are cooked through.

Whole30 Hash

My only regret with this recipe is that I didn’t make it from the very beginning of my Whole30 journey.  You don’t need to be on a Whole30 reset or even eat a Paleo diet to enjoy this.  It’s super filling and sustained me for my 10 mile run without feeling heavy in my stomach.  I think you could also eat it for lunch or dinner but for some reason eggs just scream “Breakfast!” to me.  I hope you try it and like it as much as we did!

 

 

It’s the final countdown

I have one more day left of the Whole30!  I am being seriously tempted with yummy bunnies sitting on my kitchen table.  So far I’m holding strong but I am giving a lot of thought as to when is the best time to test out sugar again?  I am terrified that as soon as I eat a little bit the sugar monster will come back full force.  It’s been so nice to not have to deal with that beast and I really don’t want to invite it back in to my life.  On the other hand, it’s really unlikely that I’ll go the rest of my life without eating added sugars.  I’m thinking that the best way to handle this situation is to completely change when and how I eat it.  No more sitting on the couch watching TV and not even tasting the deliciousness that I ate.  And no more treats that aren’t absolutely worth the risk of the sugar monster.

Today was a pretty typical Monday for me.  I had some leftover breakfast from yesterday.  It’s an insanely delicious egg sausage hash thing that I made up.  I’m so sad it’s all gone now so I’ll be making it again for sure and maybe even share the recipe.

 

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Whole30 hash with a side of Oxygen Magazine

So remember how I ran outside for 2 hours yesterday?  I didn’t even think about the sun and completely forgot about sunscreen.  I got a nice sunburn going on my face and shoulders.  So dumb of me!

Sweet face sunburn.

Sweet face sunburn.

I had a pretty busy day at work.  I was kind of jealous of everyone coming in and telling me how gorgeous it was outside, especially because it’s supposed to be raining tomorrow and get colder on Wednesday.  It was awesome motivation to get outside for a run as soon as I got out.  I’m mad at my running app because it decided to pause itself so now I have no idea what my pace was.  There’s nothing I can do about it though so oh well.  It felt pretty slow.  It seems like there’s no rhyme or reason to what my pace will be.  I just have to keep pushing myself and keep on trying for better.  My legs just feel like dead weight sometimes, I’m not really sure what I should do about that?  Any and all running tips are appreciated!  I hope you guys got to enjoy the fabulous weather!

 

Easter 2014

I love when Easter is on a gorgeous spring day like today. I feel like you can officially wear sandals now. But first I have to polish my toes. Running definitely ruins my pedicure, small price to pay.

The Easter bunny was very good to us this year. Matt got a basket filled with grilling supplies.

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That fabulous bunny left me a pot filled with herb seeds, gardening tools, cinnamon bears and 2 chocolate bunnies from a local chocolate shop. One is their plain chocolate, which I got last year and it’s the best chocolate bunny I’ve ever had. The other is a toffee bunny. I’m a freak for toffee. I don’t know how long I can wait to eat them!

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I did my 10 miler today. It felt good to be out running in the sun. I was slightly faster than last week. I was hoping to be more in the 10 1/2 min pace but it was in the 12 min range. I felt alright until about 7 miles and then my right hip started to hurt. I tried to stretch it but it didn’t really help. So I did the best I could.

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I took a little cat nap when I got home.

 

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Who can say no to snuggling with this pretty kitty?

Matt was busy while I was out running. He filled my raised bed with soil so I could plant my seedlings.

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He was also busy getting the smoker going and cooking our pork tenderloin. He made us the most fantastic Easter meal, smoked tenderloin and ribs and roasted Brussels sprouts. It was excellent! I’m a lucky lady to have such a great guy.

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Now we’re watching an old movie, Easter Parade, starring Fred Astaire and Judy Garland, which so far is amazing. I hope you guys had a great and relaxing Easter!

Meal Plan 4/20

Happy Easter!

 

I hope you’re all enjoying your Easter holiday.  Matt and I are staying home and enjoying a smoked pork tenderloin.  Matt is the master smoker in our home, of meats anyways.  Since I was so lazy last week I am on my game for this week.  I seriously felt so lost!  I know, I’m ridiculous.  My Whole30 ends on Tuesday which means I get to eat some cheese on Wednesday!!!  I could also technically eat some ice cream but I’m going to avoid anything super sugary for as long as possible.  For some reason  I crave cake hardcore and it’s not even something that I like all that much, so even though I don’t have intense sugar cravings at night I think it’s best to not rock the boat.  So I’m planning on eating some dairy on Wednesday and then eating Whole30 style until Saturday.  Fingers crossed that I don’t have any side affects!  Then on Saturday I’ll test out non-gluten grains. This is timed perfectly because we’re going to a Hibachi restaurant Saturday night for a friend’s b-day and I don’t know how I would avoid rice, or alcohol.  I’m equally excited and terrified to try out the eliminated foods.  It’ll be nice to ease up on the ingredients we can use but I really don’t want to be bloated and foggy headed and feel gross.  I really do want to know what foods don’t agree with me so I can avoid them.

 

I’m pretty excited for the meals we have planned this week, mostly because they’re tried and true favorites. (TACOS!!!)

Meals

Monday~ Easter dinner leftovers

Tuesday~ Orange Brown Butter Shrimp over Salad

Wednesday~ Tacos in Lettuce Wraps with Cauliflower Coconut Lime Rice

Thursday~ Baked Garlic Mushroom Chicken Thighs with Green Beans coated in Coconut Oil and Slivered Almonds

Friday~ Italian Wedding Soup

Saturday~ Hibachi

Sunday~ Grilling Skewers (if the weather allows)

You can find all these recipes on my “Healthy Eats” board on Pinterest.

I was the biggest slacker when it came to exercise last week.  I just didn’t feel like doing anything, so I didn’t.  I think sometimes it’s good to take a little break and let your body chill.  I ran 5 miles on Monday after work and shaved some time off of my pace.  It was a great run!  Then the weather turned colder and it snowed and my motivation died.  I went to Zumba on Wednesday and I haven’t done anything since.  So now I’m missing my weights!  I want to do two strength workouts a week in addition to running 4 times and my weekly Zumba class.  I think that should be a good balance.

Fitness

Sunday~ 10 mile run

Monday~ 3 mile run and compound workout

Tuesday~ 5 mile run

Wednesday~ 3 mile run and Zumba

Thursday~ workout at PFit

Friday~ rest/ possibly do Pilates DVD

Saturday~rest

Matt just pulled a beer bread out of the oven so that’s my cue to go do my run. 😉  Wish me luck!  What are your fitness plans?  Do have any strength workouts that you’d like to share?

Planning to Fail

I’m more than 2/3 of the way through my first Whole30.  I was really expecting this to be super hard and I continue to be surprised by how doable this program is.  I had my biggest challenge over the week-end, I attended a bridal shower that was serving a delicious brunch menu.

I was blown away by beautifully the bridal party decorated with birch wood, tulips and burlap.

I was blown away by beautifully the bridal party decorated with birch wood, tulips and burlap.

I was nervous that there wouldn’t be anything for me to eat so I had a really filling breakfast at home.  I was right, all I had to eat was fruit.  That’s ok, I sipped on decaf coffee and I brought a larabar to tie me over.  It was a great shower for a wonderful lady and I was so happy to be there and proud of myself for sticking with the Whole30, especially since everyone at my table wanted to talk about what I wasn’t eating.

Sunset over the Hoosic river during my long run.

Sunset over the Hoosic river during my long run.

By the time I got home from the shower I was STARVING!  I did my long run the night before and banged out 9 miles.  I’m not going to lie, it was tough.  My feet were killing me the entire time and the second mile was a huge hill that I mostly walked up but it was still a happy run for me.  I finished strong and with a smile on my face.  I think this was why I was so hungry though.  It’s hard to eat enough carbs after running long distances and by only getting your carbs from fruits and veggies.

The rest of Sunday was spent cleaning and doing random errands and I was to tired to meal plan or plan my workouts.  This made grocery shopping a lot more challenging and it took a lot more time.  This was definitely a “Fail to plan, plan to fail” situation.  I only bought healthy, Whole30 approved foods but I think I bought way more than we can eat in a week!

Before shopping

Before shopping

After shopping

After shopping

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This doesn’t include all the fruits and veggies that don’t go into the fridge and sit on my counter.  Now I have to figure out how we’re going to eat all this food and where I’m going to chop it.

The other problem with shopping without a plan is the amount of money you spend.  I don’t know why I was so shocked at the price, but I was floored.  Most of what I bought was on sale and I had some coupons but I was stocking up on staples so I guess it just all adds up.

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I will absolutely be planning our meals next week!  I also need to find some workouts and schedule them as well because other than running and Zumba I haven’t planned on doing anything and it looks like I won’t be getting any lifting in this week.  Here’s the fly be the sit of my pants meal plan.

Monday~ Fish tacos and coconut lime cauliflower “rice”

Tuesday~ Baked chicken and roasted sweet potatoes and beets

( I totally burnt the beets 😦 )

Wednesday~ Proscuitto wrapped spinach and artichoke stuffed chicken with roasted Brussels sprouts

Thursday~ Steak with mushrooms and onions and green beans with coconut oil and slivered almonds, and baked sweet potatoes

Friday~ Crock Pot Cinnamon Pork tenderloin with apples and turnips

Not too shabby of a meal plan.  I’m really looking forward to Friday’s tenderloin, I love walking into the house after a long day of work and smelling cinnamon and apples and general yumminess.  And not having to wait to eat is pretty awesome too.  I better go eat some fruit and veggies before they start to go bad!


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