Remember when I used to post my meal and fitness plans on Sundays? Yeah, I used to pretend to be organized. I’m hoping that I’ll get back on track this week-end. Anyways, I was kind of at loss at what to eat because I kind of loss my appetite after finishing the race. I’m supposed to be starving right? I guess I fueled properly? So it took me a long time to decided on our meals. Now I’m psyched because we’ve got some new recipes and a really yummy repeat.
Monday~ BBQ chicken and green beans with slivered almonds
Tuesday~ Paleo Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles
Wednesday~ Honey Spiced Glazed Chicken and Roasted Parsnips
Thursday~ Coffee- Chipotle Pork Chops with Asparagus
Friday~ Caramelized Brussels Sprouts and Chorizo
As far as fitness plans go I’m also kind of lost. I don’t have any plan that I’m following for the first time in four months. It’s freeing and terrifying! I took yesterday as a rest day to give my legs a break and now I’m a little scared to run. Is that dumb? I’m making myself go for a short run later tonight though. I know that the longer I wait the more likely I am to just stop running all together. I want to find a half in the fall just so I have to stick with running.
Sunday~ Steel Rail Half Marathon ( I finished in 2:24:24)
Tuesday~ 2 mile run and yoga
Wednesday~ speed workout and Zumba
Thursday~ back and ab workout
Saturday~ 2 mile run (if I can get my butt out of bed early enough!)
Now that I have everything all planned out I feel so much better about this week. Do you have any races lined up? Did you lose your appetite after a race?
So yeah, I know it’s the 7th and not the 4th but sometimes things are better late than never. Plus I was busy throwing my niece a birthday party. Also, I was really indecisive and couldn’t figure out what I felt like eating. It happens sometimes. I made a lot of poor nutrition choices this past week and need to get back on track because this is week I have a Zumbathon and next week is my first half-marathon. So I have some intense training to fuel up for!
My runs continue to be so-so. Some are great and feel effortless and others feel like I’m running with lead shoes and like my bones are made out of jello. I’m pretty sure this means that I’m overdoing it. I’m really looking forward to the race being over and having more balance in terms of exercise. I felt like when I was doing the Body for Life program I was really focused on weight lifting. Then when I did the Whole30 my nutrition was spot on. Now with the training for the half I’m like the cardio queen. Once this is over I need to find how to balance these three areas.
I caught a glimpse of myself in my car windows after a recent run and almost died at how gorgeous my hair looked. I’m pretty sure I used to do this on purpose when Saved by the Bell was on TV.
I’m starting to test out non Whole30 foods to see how my body reacts to them. For breakfast this morning I had a bowl of ancient grains sprouted maize flakes with raw milk, fresh mangoes, banana and coconut flakes. It was filling and delicious.
I also indulged in a cup of vanilla coffee with whipped cream and a caramel drizzle. It was fantastic and gave me a raging headache exactly five minutes after my first sip. I’m hoping I’ve learned my lesson and can abstain from sugary coffee beverages.
My meals for the rest of the week aren’t sugar shock headache inducing.
Wednesday~ Meatloaf topped with BBQ sauce and baked sweet potatoes
Thursday~ Jerk Chicken with roasted Brussels Sprouts
Friday~Cinnamon Chili Pork Tenderloin with Apple Salsa
Sunday~ 5 mile run (in the wind and cold)
Tuesday~ 5 mile run/walk (with a super beastly hill in the middle) and Yoga!!!
Wednesday~ Run and Zumba
Friday~ pilates DVD
Saturday~ 1 1/2 hour Zumbathon
Sunday~ 12 mile run on the rail trail
How do you maintain balance with healthy eating, weight training and cardio? I would love to hear any and all suggestions!
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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!!!)
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
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.
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
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?
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 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.
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!
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.
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!
We’re gearing up for week 3 of the Whole30 and my LAST week of Body for Life! This is huge for me. I have a hard time following fitness plans all the way to the end, especially if they’re 3 months long. I’m really looking forward to being able to change of my routine and maybe even taking more of my workouts outside. I had my first outdoor run of the year and it was glorious! Slow, but glorious. Oh sun, how I have missed you. Thank-you for returning to my life. My nutrition has really clicked with the Whole30 eating plan. So far I’ve stuck to the rules 100% and I’m pretty confident that I can see this through to the end. I’m almost at the half-way point. I do have a bridal shower brunch to attend this week-end and I’m a little worried that I won’t be able to eat anything. I suppose that I can just eat a nice big breakfast at home and try to avoid eating at it at all.
Last week I made a huge pan of Apple Bumpkin Breakfast Bake that I’ve been working on for breakfasts all week. I topped it with coconut butter and it is absolutely delicious! I needed a break from eggs every morning but I think this week I’ll be bringing them back.
Monday~Baked Mustard Lime Chicken
Tuesday~ Spicy Shrimp and Butternut Squash “Rice” with Tomatoes
Wednesday~Prosciutto Wrapped Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Chicken
Thursday~Chicken Nuggets and Sweet Potato Fries (made these last week and we’re in love!)
Friday~ Italian Wedding Soup
Saturday~Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs
If you’d like to make any of these dinners all the recipes can be found on my Healthy Eats board on Pinterest.
Sunday~ 5k run (OUTSIDE!!!)
Monday~ Upper Body
Tuesday~Lower Body, Abs and 3 mile run
Wednesday~ 5 mile run and Zumba
Thursday~ Upper Body
Friday~ Rest day
Saturday~ 9 mile run
So it’s shaping up to be a pretty fun week. Matt and I are ripping up some yucky linoleum flooring in the dining room today and using the grill for dinner. I’m so excited to see the hardwood underneath! What are you guys up to today? Any crazy house projects or long runs? I’ll keep you posted on the how the floors come out.
Hey guys! I’m almost done with my first week of Whole30 and I’m feeling great! My sugar cravings are gone! I’m not sure if that’s because I’m really not craving them or if it’s because I’ve been going to bed earlier but it’s working and I couldn’t be happier! It gives me a lot of encouragement to keep with this plan. I have started to get a little bored with eggs and avocado in the morning so I’m branching out this week with a yummy looking apple egg baked thing. I’ll let you know how that goes.
Sunday~ Chocolate Chili
Monday~ Baked Garlic Mushroom Chicken with Green Beans
Tuesday~ Cilantro Lime Shrimp with Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Wednesday~ Meatloaf Cake with Baked Sweet Potatoes
Thursday~ Chicken Fingers with BBQ Sauce and Sweet Potato Fries
Friday~ Crockpot Curry over Cauliflower Rice
Saturday~ Apple Dijon Burgers topped with Caramelized Onions and a Fried Egg
Breakfasts~ Apple Bumpkin Bake
I found all of these recipes through Whole30 recipe searching. If you want to try them out you can click on them on my “healthy eats” board on Pinterest.
Saturday~ 8 mile run (CANNOT believe that I did this!!!)
Sunday~ Rest day (really enjoying my lazy morning)
Monday~ 4 Mile run (hopefully outside if the weather co-operates)
Tuesday~Lower Body and Abs
Wednesday~ Upper Body, 3mile run and Zumba
Thursday~ Lower Body and Abs
I’ve found it’s really tough for me to run after a long day at work. I try to switch out to flats for the last few hours to try and preserve my legs but my calves and my feet are pretty tired after about a mile. I was really lucky this Saturday because after lunch I had appointments where I pretty much sat the entire time which NEVER happens. It was so beautiful out all day and I kept hoping that I would be able to run outside but as soon as I was leaving work it started to rain. Oh well, hopefully that was my last long run on the treadmill! I’ll be back later today or tomorrow with a post on my Whole30 eats.
What have you got planned for this week? Trying any new recipes or running new distances?