An Exciting Development

TGIF!

This week flew by because we were so, so busy- but I’m super excited it’s the weekend, none the less!

Like I mentioned yesterday, we had our annual work Christmas party last night.

It was a huge success, a lot of fun, and everything just looked gorgeous!

There was some incredible food.

A fully stocked bar.

And loads of very happy people in attendance! It was a great night, for sure.

Needless to say, I’m feeling very sleepy today. Not to mention my feet are killing me- I wore such cute shoes yesterday (black suede pumps, about 5 inch heels) but MAN did they ever do a number on my tootsies.

Yow.

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In other news, I was extremely excited to find this waiting for me when I got home last night.

I was especially excited when I saw that it was their New Years issue! WOO!

Can you guess which “Resolution” I was the most interested in?

(Hint- it’s one of these…)

Well, if you guess “Run Your First Half Marathon”- then you guessed right!

Running has always been something that I’ve longed to be good at. After a couple failed race attempts earlier in the year, I vowed never to sign up for another race again…until I had solidly trained and knew without a doubt that I could do it.

So, I’m working backwards a little bit. I’m going to train for the half marathon…and then sign up for it.

Tricky, huh?

I’ve wanted to tell people that I was running a half for sure this spring, but I held back on this exciting little development until I knew for sure I had the guts to follow through with it!

As far as which race I’ll be running, I’m going to sign up for the Prairie Fire Spring Half Marathon that will be happening here on May 4th.

I’m feeling especially excited about it because after I run it (which I will!) I can say that I ran a half marathon before I got married!

I have no idea why this is important or exciting to me- but it is.

Go figure.

(Fun fact– my little cousin, Chad- who really isn’t so little anymore as he’s a freshman in college- ran the Fall Prairie Fire half marathon and won his age group. Talk about impressive.)

So, in preparation for my race, I’ve downloaded a new app to help me with my training.

Yes, I know it says it’s a 10k training app.

That’s because I have a good 5-7 weeks before I actually need to start the training for the half. That being said, I feel like I should at least be able to run 5-6 miles without stopping before attempting to run 13.1

Just a thought.

Snazzy, right? This thing is great. I plan on trying it out on Sunday- I’ll be sure and let you guys know how it goes!

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Scenes from the Weekend

Gooood morning! I hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend- we certainly did! It was jam packed, but full of family and great food and Dunkin coffee and weddings- all very fun things.

We are currently in the car heading home, and I am thrilled because we finally brought out our Christmas music! Now that Thanksgiving is over and its officially December, I feel like I can fully embrace the Christmas season. First up, a little Michael. Screenshot_2013-12-01-09-29-18-1

We are hoping to get our tree and our outdoor lights up today, too. Yay!

So since I’m in the car and typing on my phone is less than favorable, I thought I’d try my hand at a “Scenes from a Saturday/Sunday” post for this weekend. Hope you enjoy!

 

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IMG_20131130_134106_065My first ever Bloody Mary. Very Spicy. Very delicious.

IMG_20131130_232241_912 Plaza Lights!

That will about do it for this post I think. We did so many things this weekend, and truthfully I forgot to bring my camera out for most of it. 😦 Sorry guys. Still getting used to this whole blogging thing! But hey, its only been a week. 😉

Have a very Healthy Holiday

 

The holidays are busy. Sometimes, our health an take a back seat. I wanted to throw together a post on some of my current strategies on how to keep my health a priority this holiday season while still enjoying myself! With Thanksgiving coming up tomorrow, I figured now was as good a time as any to share this with you guys:

Here they are- my top 6 tips for a healthy holiday!

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Be Picky-Full disclosure- I am not a picky eater. I never have been. Even when I was a baby, any food that was put in front of me would be consumed easily. However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve discovered that there are some advantages to being a somewhat picky eater. Now, of course this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t eat your peas. (Although depending on what was used to make it, you might want to steer clear of the green bean casserole…) What it does mean, is that there are some holiday foods that are worth indulging in a little, and some that aren’t.

My rule of thumb- if I can have it any other day of the year, then I probably won’t reach for it as a holiday “treat”.

I never get to have a slow roasted turkey, and I don’t really ever have dark meat. I also never get real, homemade cranberry sauce. And while I do splurge from time to time with the sweet potato fries I love so much….I never, ever get to have them whipped up with butter and cinnamon and sugar and covered with caramelized pecans. I’ll pass on the bread, the green bean casserole and likely the stuffing and the cheese and cracker appetizers because to me, the other stuff is way more exciting.

You might be a stuffing and mashed taters kind- then that’s where you should indulge a little! Just be picky everywhere else.

Guzzle Water- This is really very simple- drink water. Lots of it.

I try and drink at least 60oz a day, but sometimes I’ll drink as much as a gallon. Yes, extra trips to the bathroom are a no brainer- but it’s worth it.

You’ve probably heard that you should drink 1 glass of water for every cup of coffee and every alcoholic beverage- that’s definitely a great starting point!

Stay Active- This also might seem self explanatory, but hold on one sec. When I say “stay active” during the holidays, I don’t just mean “make sure you still fit your workouts in”.

I know people get busy, myself included, and sometimes an hour long workout or even a 30 minute workout can feel like too much.

Staying active isn’t just about going to the gym- it’s as simple as pacing when you’re on the phone, playing tag with your nieces and nephews, playing football in the backyard, cleaning the house for holiday guests, walking the dog- heck, even Christmas shopping is staying active with all that running around from store to store!

If you’re really feeling ambitious, try doing a single circuit move for every commercial break during a TV show. Every time the commercial changes, switch moves. It gets tough! It can also get embarrassing, so warning your TV buddy might be essential.

Plan to Indulge- This particular tip is one of my favorites, because it can mean a number of different things. Planning to indulge can be anything from planning meals ahead of time, to making sure you get in some exercise, to eating a light but filling meal (like eggs and avocado, oats with a little protein powder or greek yogurt with fruit) the morning before a big meal is going to be served, or even as a snack an hour or so before attending a Christmas party. By filling up early, you’ll fend off hunger longer and prevent sweets laden or carb heavy binges.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving: for example, you might want to get up a smidge early and get a quick workout in- as little as 20 minutes of activity first thing in the morning is enough to boost your metabolism AND help you make healthier choices later on. After that, have some yogurt and fresh fruit or a banana with some PB.  When the big meal is served, you won’t be ravenous, and you’ll have already done something active!

Lighten Up- Don’t blow all your hard work off because you overindulge once. Okay, so you had 2 (err 2 ½) helpings of your Aunt’s amazing sweet potato casserole (I’m lookin’ at you, Aunt Pam) and now your sweet tooth is on the loose. You figure “Oh well, I’ve already eaten more than I should have…why not go all out and eat that entire pie?”

*Insert Buzzer Sound Here*

Believe you me, I am the queen of this type of go big or go home thinking when it comes to blowing a healthy eating streak, especially on holidays. One thing I have found after years and years of yo-yoing between strict as you can get, I’ll-just-have-a-carrot-thanks dieting, and binging on pizza rolls and cookie dough- it is never, ever worth the “food hangover” later. What’s worse? I never fail to feel miserable, let down and just all together BLEH afterwards. Don’t let one minor indulgence turn into an all day/all night feeding frenzy- lighten up, and realize that an “all or nothing” attitude is just not going to cut it all the time.

Enjoy the Moment – The holidays are about food, yes, but they are also about family.

I’d say they are mostly about family.

I know in the past, I’ve viewed big family get-togethers as an excuse to stand by the snacks and just pick and pick until I’m full- and then the big holiday meal is served. With so much great food, it can be easy to get overwhelmed and just want to try everything asap. (My cousin has an amazing palette for wine and cheese, and she always has the best pairings…it’s dangerous.)

But we can’t forget to enjoy all of the great company as well. I know we’ve heard it all- make a plate and leave the kitchen, don’t stand by the buffet, refuse all food offered (a little extreme if you ask me), ect. For some reason, those haven’t seemed to work real well for me.

This year, my game plan is to have a couple nibbles of whatever looks best (top 2 things on the table, most likely) then make myself a cup seasonal tea (hellooo, sugar cookie sleigh ride!) and sit down.

Sipping on hot liquids always distracts me from false hunger, and will allow me instead to focus on the people around instead of the food- all while getting in some much needed H2O.

Curing the Monday Blues

Happy end-of-Monday, folks! I hope everyone had a great day.

I apologize in for the severe lack of photos going on in the posts from today. I found myself completely forgetting to take photos, except for this photo of the seasonal tea that I am totally digging lately.

So even though it has nothing to do with the rest of the post- here

OKAY– onto the good stuff!

I don’t think anything cures the Monday blues like a great workout. I know that sounds cliche, but truthfully, I always feel better afterwards. Never fails.

So even though I didn’t make it this morning , I did manage to get to the gym after dinner tonight.

Workout

Today was leg, glute and ab day (my personal favorite), so I did my lifting circuit of glorious all-thing-legs around the gym for about 40 minutes.

When it came time for abs, my program called for a new-to-me ab move using one of the cable machines I normally use for tricep push downs. They’re called kneeling cable crunches, and they are awesome!

I rounded out my workout with 10 minutes of HITT on the treadmill. <——-I alternated every other minute between sprinting at 7mph/8.5mph for 25 seconds and walking at 3.5mph/ 4mph for 35 seconds– all on a small incline.

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Then, I added 35 minutes of a step mill workout that looked very similar to my 40 min. routine. Instead of doing 4×10 min. intervals, I did 6×5 min. intervals (at the same levels as before, only shorter) + an extra 5 min. tacked onto the end as a cool down. It felt great!

 

 

I do still feel a little weighed down from the weekend. Hopefully all the water I drank today will help with that!

Meals

Meals for today were very, very boring. Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Breakfast- egg whites
  • Meal 2(Second breakfast—and I just revealed something extremely nerdy about myself)- 4 oz. chicken and peppers
  • Meal 3(Lunch)- 4 oz. chicken and kale (+ veggie lite muffin!)
  • Meal 4 (Dinner)- 4 oz. turkey wrapped in 1/2 a low carb tortilla + spicy mustard, a little shredded mozzarella and some sliced bell peppers

Note- normally, I don’t eat 4 meals. On this macro breakdown, however, I do. I gotta say, I don’t love eating chicken at 10:30 in the morning. But a girl’s gotta do what her trainer asks what a girl’s gotta do. Technically, today was my “high carb” day. Tomorrow’s meals will look nearly identical to this- minus the veggie muffin and the tortilla. 😉

Well, that about wraps it up for me today. Fingers crossed I get my booty outta bed early enough tomorrow so I can have that workout review ready tomorrow afternoon!

Sunday Fun day

Well, here we are again another weekend gone, another Monday morning looming ahead. I hope everyone had an amazing weekend! I got to see Hunger Games TWICE, so mine was golden. 🙂

So, if anyone read my post from Saturday night, then you saw my brand new food scale (!!!) which I am clearly very excited about! Well, I needed it for what is printed on this little piece of paper right here.

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That, darluns, is the macro nutrient breakdown that my trainer created for me. It lists the amount of carbs, fats and protein that I need to eat per day to reach my specific goals. It is super snazzy, but requires a bit of work. (ie, weighing my protein and measuring out enough veggies, almonds and PB to last at least 3 days at a time).

Exhibit A

Exhibit A

I got this macro breakdown a month ago, but really haven’t gone all out and followed it the way I should have been. So for the next 2 weeks, I am going to attempt to follow this nutrition program to a “T” (along with the custom training program he created for me) and see what changes I can make. The entire program is actually 6 weeks long, but I did the first 4 weeks without following the macros. :/ Needles a to say, I am really excited to use my food scale and see what meal prep can really do for me!

Exhibit B (sorry for the blur!)

Exhibit B (sorry for the blur!)

SO- in light of me making a “fresh start” tomorrow, so to speak, I wanted to implement a little thing into the blog here that I learned from a favorite of mine, Monica – Sunday Setups.

It might be easier for me to just show you what Sunday Setups are, rather than explain it and THEN show you!

Sunday Setups

Monday- A.M.  fasted cardio/ P.M. legs, glutes and abs

Tuesday- A.M. fasted cardio/ P.M. chest and triceps

Wednesday- A.M. fasted cardio/ P.M. glutes and abs

Thursday- A.M. back, biceps and 40 min. cardio

Friday- (whenever there’s time) shoulders, calves and 35 min. HITT

Saturday- A.M. glutes, abs and 20 min. HITT

Sunday- rest

So that’all about do it for me this Sunday Setup- time to hang back and watch some Walking Dead 🙂 have a great night!