Tuesday, August 23, 2011
I love my CSA. Every Monday a box shows up on my front doorstep. It is full of beautiful, local produce. It forces me to try new recipes, eat more greens and appreciate what farmers do. I especially appreciate this time of year because not much grows in MN in January.
I have been on a recipe finding, foodie blogging binge the past few days. Since a few of you have asked, here's my recent favorites. I wish I was one of those great food photographers, but I'm not.
I had to buy the mushrooms for this one, and it was worth the trip to the store.
Green Bean Mushroom Sesame Salad
The banana blueberry bread I made last week is from this site. that was super duper yummy.
Fit-Whit posted this recipe last week. It combines two of my favorite things.
Apricot Pistachio Bars
I even resisted the urge to throw in chocolate chips. Go me! And then I took her advice and portioned them out and put most in the freezer. seriously, I'm impressing myself here. Portion control!
Dinner last night: BBQ Chickpeas & Sweet Potatoes
Like she says, when craving BBQ but you don't want anything meaty or heavy, do this! It was very easy. I used Thai spinach from my box instead of bok choy.
Scroll down a bit to find this one. Simplicity. We gobbled this up in lettuce wraps. Bonus: I scooped a little out before adding the onion and my kids gobbled it up too.
What pretty little things have you made?
Friday, August 19, 2011
I woke up this morning with a bad headache. My own fault: not enough water after last night's HIIT class. I was having a little pity party for myself in my PJs when I started surfing around Spark and checking in on some friends. I looked at the clock and gave myself 30 minutes. Your pictures, blogs and stories gave me the motivation I needed to lace up.
5 miles later... I love my city. I run to a cute little lake, run around it and run home. 4.88 miles, but I round up because I'm pushing a double stroller. Don't tell me you wouldn't too! The way home has 3 hills. It's tough. At the bottom of the last one I said, "Alright, last hill. do you think I can do it?" My 2 year old said, "I hope, mom." wow, thanks for the confidence! So I thought about writing this blog and thought about what I would want to say and that made me zoom up that sucker. I'll be honest and say I had to take a 10 count walking break at the top. But I still made it home in 51 minutes.
Now I'm off to a weekend with the in-laws. They are the kind of family that think junk food = love. So I need these images to remind me of what I know is right for my body and my kids.
This is an awesome dessert. Brush a pear with a little maple syrup (the real stuff, not crap!), sprinkle with cinnamon and roast for 20ish minutes. Greek yogurt scooped on top. so nummy and simple.
I'm throwing this in the middle because, well, because.
I'm pretty sure she works hard and eats right everyday. Not 5 good days and a throw away weekend. I will not erase this week's hard work with a weekend full of pizza, ice cream cakes and chips. It's not worth it.
Muscles like these are worth it.
Do something good for your muscles this weekend.
Monday, August 15, 2011
I want new emoticons. seriously.
My Starting Weight: 150.8
My Finishing Weight: 147.6
I was pretty disappointed with this loss until I looked at the other stuff I was tracking. holy moly! Maybe it was a better summer than I thought. Thank you, YOOVIE, for taking the time & energy to create a challenge like this. I would not have seen this stuff in print if it weren't for you. So instead of buying another box of milk duds, I'm going to do 20 push-ups and then make a Sept. plan.
Four Other things I will be measuring during this challenge & their current stats:
1. Running distance
start: 6.4 miles
finish: 10 miles
+ 3.6 miles boom! feel amazing about this.
2. push-ups on toes:
+ 13 double boom! feel pretty special about this too.
start: 8 is baggy, 6 is tight
finish: 6s fit perfectly, NO muffin top. 8s look ridiculous and are falling off. good problem to have, but the bad part is I have no $ to go buy motivational size 4s. rut-roh
difference: one whole pants size! boom? I feel poor.
difference: -o.5 meh.
When I first started this challenge, I thought that I had this whole lifestyle in the bag. I was losing 1-2 pounds a week and had been for months. I was a weight loss master.
That's great and all. But let's not get carried away with ourselves. I've learned that I can't get over-confident and slide on clean eating. I'm not in maintenance. Luckily I realized this 2 weeks ago, tracked food for a week and saw the scale move again.
I already knew that numbers and visual progress motivates me, but now I've learned that stickers and a calendar motivate me even more. I love my calendar.
The thing that I accomplished during this challenge and am MOST PROUD OF is running. unplanned runs for joy, distance runs, speed training, HILLS, oh my! I love it all.
And I'm pumped that I signed up for a marathon next June so I know I'll keep at it.
Something I didn't expect from this challenge was that I would not do as well as I had originally planned. Sometimes you need to fail in order to give yourself a little kick in the pants.
This challenge may be ending, but I am not stopping... I'm going to swallow my fear and set a goal to wear a size 4, 140.0 on the scale, and see beautiful biceps.
Make a statement declaring your commitment to continue:
I know you get it, I signed up for a marathon. I've mentioned it a few 100 times. But that is my commitment right now. It represents a lot to me.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
I need to follow this advice because I threw handfuls of chocolate in my face this weekend. big handfuls.
I ran 10 miles this morning. I didn't hit a wall like I did last week during the 9 miler. My hamstrings felt fine. AND the route was much tougher. Hillsssss at mile 6-8.
I ran 10 miles. I ran TEN miles! A year ago I didn't think I could be a runner. I didn't think I had it in me. wrong!
If you're reading this, you can do more than you think so too. Surprise yourself. man, does it feel good!
1. Drink a least 64-72 ounces of water each and every day. This will bring down your water weight and keep you from overeating or reachin for an effing soda, which (even diet) has the perfect amount of diet-suicide in it.
water is no problem for me. I've been aiming for 80 oz + a day. Then on Th. I bought a Coke zero. I have not had soda in MONTHS. no clue what was in my head. oh, yeah I do. It was the milk duds.
2. Eat no more than ONE SERVING of any sugary snack or treat. This does NOT mean 'one visit to he bag', if a serving size is half a chocolate bar- only eat half- dont be greedy.
fail, fail, major fail. Not only did I buy a box of milk duds and eat the entire 3 servings on Thursday, I did it AGAIN yesterday. ummm, major party foul.
3. Get as close to 7-8 hours of sleep as you can each night- not more.
4. Exercise as often as you can within your normal standards. Any PR breaking could lead to swelling and water retention which would cause the scale to go up on Monday or the measuring tape to measure a bloat!
Besdies my awesome run today, I ran 2.44 miles with the jogging stroller which is crazy hard on Fri. And I went to Bodystep twice and zumba and a yoga routine was in there at some point. It's on my calendar...
Clearly, fitness is not my problem. I've been acting like I'm in maintenance mode for the past month or so and it needs to stop. Clean eating. NO processed foods. None. And when this takes me to 145, I will buy these:
At 140 I get a HRM. But that may be a ways off. I want those shoes NOW!
Anyway, how true is this??
Monday, August 08, 2011
1. At some point this weekend, you will be staring down a workout that you just do not want to do AT ALL.
This happened on Friday. My leg was bothering me and I was making all kinds of excuses. Then I thought about Yoovie's challenge, I read Russelorama's status and comment and got myself ready for the gym. Thank you Spark! I took the kids to Family Zumba and then they went to the daycare and I zumbaed with the adults. so much fun.
On Saturday we played a lot in the backyard. Don't tell me you're too busy to workout! Find ways to fit in fitness.
This may look easy, but when I started running it was tough!
2. Go one step further and Surprise yourself
The weather was perfect & my leg felt lots better on Sunday so we hit a 9 mile run outta the park. 87 minutes! holla!!! We walked across the bridge for a cool down and my husband stopped and pointed out how far we had just run. "Let that soak in for a minute," he said. It felt good!
Last night we went to our first Gorilla Yogis event. They are an awesome group in the Twin Cities that picks a non-profit each month to support. Then they go out somewhere in the urban jungle and give a mass yoga class. People donate to the month's cause. Yesterday it was for an organic food truck that provides free, healthy food to people that need it, no questions asked. There are certainly incredible people doing incredible things.
That's my husband and daughter:
3. Eat beautifully
After the yoga there was a picnic at the park. You can imagine that there was lots of pretty, good for you eats.
This is my fruit sundae. Greek yogurt, cottage cheese instead of ice cream.
It was an awesome weekend and bonus: I'm finally back to what my ticker says.
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