All Aboard the (mostly) Healthy Train.

I was SUPER sore after the HAT 50k and I pretty much sat on my behind and ate for an entire week straight.  I know that my body needed a rest and it was nice to not have the “pressure” of fitting in a daily workout.  I also decided to just let go and eat whatever I wanted for a week.  This mostly meant that I snacked on candy and other treats and ate a few meals that I normally wouldn’t (like a chicken sandwich and fries from Chic Fil A).  So, after a week of pretty much doing no activity and eating a bunch of crap food, I was more than ready to get back on the healthy train.

Here are some of the meals I ate to get back on track!

  • I actually meal prepped on a Sunday and made enough chicken and veggies for lunches for the week.  It was really nice to just reach in the fridge and grab a container and be on my way.

 

  • I also made a batch of “egg muffins”.  Egg muffins are pretty simple…

  


1.  Sautee spinach and a clove of garlic in coconut oil.

2.  Add a spoonful of spinach into the bottom of each muffin.

3.  Spinkle mozzarella cheese on top of the spinach.

4.  Mix together 4 eggs and 2 egg whites, season with salt and pepper, and pour on top of the spinach and cheese.

5.  Bake until set.  🙂

  • Love Grown Oats Power O’s .  This cereal is made with beans!  While they don’t taste like Honey Nut Cheerios, they still taste pretty good!

 

  •  Sweet potato (cover in coconut oil, wrap in tin foil, and bake until soft…thanks for the tip Janae) topped with turkey, mixed veggies, and cheese.

 

  • Chobani Greek Yogurt with Oats

 

  • Ground turkey (cooked with some onion, garlic, and taco seasoning) tacos topped with black beans, cheese, and tomatoes.

 

  • Mahi Mahi with green beans…and a french baguette from Panera Bread (it would just be wrong to let it go to waste!)

 

  • Turkey, string cheese, and raw veggies (carrots, cucumber, and tomato)

I actually went a full 4.75 days without dessert or any other after dinner treats.  I treated myself with fro yo on Friday night and then my healthy train fell off a cliff on Saturday evening through Sunday.  What did this train wreck look like?  It looked like french toast and bacon, robin’s eggs, fish tacos, sangria, Cadbury Mini Eggs, cookies, ice cream, and popcorn.  Wow, that was just gross.  It looks like I have two speeds….uber healthy or just sit me in a pool of chocolate, cookies, and candy.  Something to work on in the future…

Anyway, I hope that you find some of my healthy meal choices helpful!

Workouts, eats, and sweets.

And another weekend has come and gone… I wish I could say that I did something really fun or exciting this weekend, but I only really left the house to go to the gym and I didn’t wear anything but sweats and pjs. Anyway…here’s a recap of my workouts, eats, and sweets.

Workouts!

Friday

10 mile treadmill run – Miles 1-4 at an 8:35 pace, miles 5-10 alternating between 7:35 and 8:35.

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Saturday

I didn’t have a lot of time, so I did a 27 minute Fitness Blender cardio workout (I can’t remember which one it was now).

Sunday

6 mile treadmill run at an 8:35 pace

15 minutes stair climber on fat burner level 14 (this was not fun)

15 minutes elliptical on random setting level 13 (hard effort using more arms than legs)

Eats!

Friday morning pancakes…blueberries inside and strawberries outside.

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Fun fact: Annabelle LOVES blueberries and she will eat an entire container in one sitting if you let her.

Working from home = pjs and Starbucks (Chris is nice enough to always go get me one :))

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Chicken salad with almonds on a pretzel roll…bbq chips on the side.

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Annabelle’s dinner: chicken, strawberries, and cucumbers

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Sweets!

Well, after lunch on Friday lots of candy happened. I probably ate about 8-10 Hershey’s Hugs and one Resse’s Peanut Butter Heart. I think this may have attibuted to my tummy troubles during and after my 10 mile run that evening.

And it wouldn’t be a weekend in my life without some of the good stuff…this bowl was filled with two kinds of Ben and Jerry’s (Milk and Cookies and Half Baked).

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Random Weekend Pics

We finally got a decent sized snow storm. It started around 10 am on Saturday and didn’t stop until sometime during the night.
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The weather was beautiful on Sunday…sunny and close to 40 degrees. 40 degrees compared to sub zero temperatures = summer time. Everyone was out and about without coats on. I even got my chai latte iced to celebrate the day. Don’t worry, we are back to winter tomorrow with a low of 1 degree. Awesome.

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My love 🙂

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What was the best thing you ate this weekend?

Best workout?

Are you watching the Oscars tonight?

A fridge full of candy and my toddler is OUT OF CONTROL.

Happy Friday! I don’t know about you guys, but I could really use a glass of wine and a pint of Ben and Jerry’s.

It’s a list kind of day…

1. I’m actually SUPER busy at work and I am not used to such things! Things should slow down once January is over…I hope.

2. Our refrigerator doesn’t have much in it, but we have enough Christmas candy to get us through the zombie apocalypse.

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3. I ran with Jeanette yesterday! She had an accident and has been recovering for a month. It was so great to enjoy a (treadmill) run with her.

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I ran 6 miles and it was a tough one.

Mile 1 9:13-8:35 pace
Mile 2 8:00 pace
Mile 3 7:47 pace
Mile 4 7:41 pace
Mile 5 7:35 pace
Mile 6 8:35 pace

4. We discovered an indoor play place close to our house. We will be spending the entire winter here because Annabelle loved it and it tired her out.

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5. Speaking of Annabelle…wow, this week has been a struggle. She will be 2 on Tuesday (I still can’t believe it.) and she is in a very difficult stage. I blame us for some things that we didn’t end before they started, but we def have a few rough weeks ahead as we try to change some behaviors. Parenting is hard, very rewarding, but hard.

She fell asleep leaning against the window yesterday afternoon. 🙂

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6. She still loves selfies.

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7. Working from home = Chris brings me breakfast. 🙂

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8. Go Ravens! I can’t wait for tomorrow!

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9. I want to go to dinner and a movie. I haven’t been to a movie since last November (like November 2013). A date night is much needed.

10. I miss them.

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On a scale from 1 to 10, how has your week been?

Moms…any encouraging words would be great. This toddler stage is tough!

A few words per picture.

Happy Friday! It’s been a long week and I’m happy to welcome in the weekend. 🙂

I can’t get enough pancakes…

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Oatmeal…

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and this loaded sweet potato meal. It really is sooo good.

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Last night’s dinner…do you like Brussels sprouts? Annabelle does not.

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Our first snowfall of the season.

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First hot chocolate and marshmallows of the season. 🙂

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It’s been 2 weeks since Halloween and I had my first piece of candy this afternoon. It started with a mini Twix and a mini Milky Way. Next up were these babies…

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I ended the candy eating binge with a full size Twix bar. Ugh.

Once I was done working for the day, I spent an hour with Jillian Michaels to balance everything out. Maybe all of that candy will be good fuel for my 20 mile run tomorrow morning???

What’s the best thing you ate today?

Who else is getting up to run in the freezing cold tomorrow? Please come run with me!

We had an exciting night.

So, I usually get home between 5 and 5:30 and there is time for us to play outside with Molly until it gets dark. Thanks to daylight savings time, it was very dark at 5:30. :-/ I’m thinking of attaching my blinking tail light from the Ragnar race on Molly’s collar so I can see her running around in the dark.

Dinner was simple, but it hit the spot. I eat a lot of these Perdue Simply Smart Chicken strips lately…it’s just easier to make the same thing for me and Annabelle.

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After some playtime and some reading, Annabelle went to bed at 8:30 and I spent some time with Jillian Michaels. Her 30 Day Shred Level 3 is no joke. It’s only 30 minutes long, but it’s a great workout.

After I showered, I sat down to watch some TV. I landed on The Red Band Society…does anybody else watch it? I also consumed a stale brownie because a stale brownie is better than no brownie at all. 🙂

I didn’t feel like blow drying my hair before I went to sleep, so I decided to sleep in braids. Look at my mad braiding skills.

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I was hoping for a nice and wavy head of hair in the morning, but that just wasn’t the case. Womp womp.
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In other news…

AB was the cutest pretty little pirate ever.

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She loves to be like mommy now. It makes my heart melt.

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Spinning and running. I haven’t taken spin in a long time and my butt is sore! I wish I could say this run felt easy but it did not. :-/

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My favorite breakfast this week. Whole grain waffles topped with almond butter, banana, and agave nectar.

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Playing with her Halloween candy = pure joy.

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Favorite breakfast this week?

Do you blow dry/style your hair everyday?

Umm, no. But I should.

Annabelle’s First Halloween

I don’t know about you, but I think she is the cutest baby unicorn…ever. 🙂

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1st trick or treating: we went to an outdoor mall but got there late=no candy. It was still so much fun to carry her around in her costume.

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2nd trick or treating: we went to an indoor mall and it was super crowded and we got some great candy. AB even picked some out by herself and she always went for the good stuff…Twix, Reeses, 3 Musketeers.

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We got a professional picture taken too. 🙂

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3rd trick or treating: we went to a get together at my neighbor’s house and ate awesome food, handed out candy, and stuffed our pockets full of candy.

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Annabelle’s “aunts and uncles” (my cousin and second cousins :-)) came over to visit for a little while last night. They adore Annabelle and it is so cute.

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I’m still a little under the weather so I haven’t done any running since Monday! I hope you all were able to get a run or workout in before going into a candy coma. 🙂

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What was the best part of your Halloween?