No Excuses Summer!

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(I didn’t go grocery shopping yet, so lots of smoothies! This one is light chocolate silk soy milk, chocolate Vega protein, PB2 powder, frozen strawberries and banana.)

Colby and I just got back from Disney World!!  We had an amazing 8 day trip to the happiest place on earth and it was great!  Since he just finished his half Ironman on June 9th, he was really looking forward to this vacation.  I was a little nervous thinking about this trip and how we decided to go with the meal plan, but I ate really healthy most of the time (besides the desserts that came with every meal!) and we did TONS of walking! I even wore my Garmin a few days and was shocked to find out we walked probably 7-9 miles almost every day! I’ll post more about Disney later and how to survive it without gaining weight because I think I even lost a pound or two.  Who would have thought??

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(These watches are getting a workout this summer!!)

While we were in Disney, Colby and I talked about our fitness plans non-stop.  He is ready to get back to his triathlon training right away and has a sprint tri coming up in 3 weeks.  I decided I have NO EXCUSES not to exercise all the time and eat healthy this summer!  Besides private music lessons and teaching BODYPUMP, I have a very free schedule and I should take advantage of all that time!  I really want to run more often, even if it is short mileage.  I’ve ran 3 miles the past two days and I’ve been trying to memorize the new BODYPUMP 86 choreography. I also took a 30 minute spin class followed by CXWORX at the gym before our trip and loved it so that is on my schedule too!

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More about Disney World later… ahh it really is the happiest place on earth!   :)

Triple Workout Day

Summer has officially begun for me and I am loving it!  Colby did his half Ironman this past weekend and rocked it!  I will post tomorrow all about his race.  We got back yesterday and I only ran 3 miles on the treadmill at the hotel once.  I had plenty of time today to workout… so that is what I did!

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(PM workout)

I asked Colby to run 3 easy miles with me outside.  His legs were sore but he was okay going slow with me.  We walked a little too.  Tonight, I did something I haven’t done in a longgggg time… I went to a SPIN class!!  Two years ago I tried to get into spin, but I just couldn’t.  My new gym has all  RPM (Les Mills spin class) and they have a 30 minute class two times a week.  Tonight they had the 30 minute class and CXWORX was right afterwards.  I really loved it!!  30 minutes was just enough, because I’m not sure I could have done much more tonight.  Spin is just so hard when you aren’t used to it!  I loved that it was in a separate spin room and it just had such a cool atmosphere.  I really liked the instructor too!

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I made an awesome smoothie this morning after my run.  I haven’t made a smoothie in a few weeks so it tasted great.  Chocolate Vega protein, Silk almond milk, PB2 powder, spinach, frozen banana, frozen strawberries and chia seeds! YUM!

Big Ironman review tomorrow! :)

Making a Smoothie With an Old Blender

Don’t worry about me! Just because you might not hear from me everyday does not mean that I have fallen off the exercise train! I have been very good about getting to CXWORX/BodyPump classes on a regular basis at the gym.  I haven’t been running a lot lately because of those itchy legs and rashes I was getting from running outside.  I have been going for walks a lot and using the elliptical at the gym for a nice change.  As soon as the fall weather comes, I know I will really want to run outside. I’ve also been eating very healthy meals and I try to change up my breakfast each morning.  I usually rotate between smoothies, eggs and cereal.  Smoothies have by far been my favorite this summer and I don’t even have a good blender!

Even though I dream of the Vitamix, I use this VERY old and crappy blender for my smoothies and it might take a little longer, but it works.

 

A few weeks ago, the nice people at Zico sent me a bunch of their coconut water to try out.  I’ll be honest, for some reason I have been scared to try it! I don’t know why!! I like coconut stuff, but for some reason I didn’t think I would like it… but I do! I’ve been putting it in my tropical smoothies and it is great!  I’ve been using the My Fitness Pal iPhone app ever since I finished my spring marathon to get my eating back in shape, since I wasn’t going to be running 30-40 miles a week over the summer and didn’t need to eat a box of pasta everyday! I’m always low on potassium when I log my food, so coconut water is great to get extra in for the day.

Here were my supplies for my tropical smoothie this morning.  An 11.2 oz box of Zico coconut water, my awesome Vega tropical tango smoothie protein mix, chia seeds, 1/2 a banana (that bag has 2 in it… I like to freeze a bunch of them at a time), spinach and strawberries.  I promise you can’t taste the spinach at all.  Put it in your smoothies!  I know that is a weird “healthy living blogger” thing that everyone does, but it really has no taste.  I put at least a cup in my smoothies.

To get things started in this dinosaur of a blender, I rinse the spinach in my salad spinner and then put it in the blender first.  I cover it with whatever liquid I’m using.  Today was the coconut water, but I also use Silk’s Pure Almond Milk in Unsweetened Original  (30 calories).

 

 

Then I add my dry ingredients. Today was the Vega Tropical Smoothie mix and chia seeds.  I forgot about chia seeds for awhile and I’m trying to bring them back!

 

Then I add my frozen berries.  After trying different things out this summer, I realized I think frozen blueberries get kinda watery in smoothies, so I haven’t been using them as much.  I like frozen bananas and strawberries.  I just buy frozen strawberries in a huge bag at the grocery store.  For my bananas, I buy a bunch of 6 or so and cut them up and put two bananas in every ziplock bag and keep them in the freezer.  I hate to run out of bananas!

 

By then, everything is looking pretty gross because of the spinach (I promise you can’t taste it) and the smoothie is usually green.  I use crushed ice from my fridge – this blender can’t handle whole cubes… I’ve tried.  The ice definitely makes the smoothie bigger and a little thicker.  I put it in last, and have to take a spoon and mix it into the smoothie.  Then I get frustrated and have to keep stopping it and mixing it around with the spoon so it will all mix.

 

Then the smoothie is done! Today I had a lot so I put it in one of my large mason jars.  I really like how much smoothie this makes and it takes awhile to drink all of it!  This one is about 300 calories and really keeps me full.

 

Ugly color, good flavor!

Also…

My Mom and I went to look for a dress for her to wear to my wedding in October.  We ended up going to the shop where we got our bridesmaids dresses.  I tried on Colby’s sister’s dress because they just came in and was so happy! I love them! I love the scoop neck and how comfortable the chiffon is to wear.  We didn’t get to actually see this exact dress when we ordered it because the store had sold their last one off the rack.  The girls had tried on the strapless version of it and we just had to hope that it would work out!  Love it!  The purple dress hanging in the background is the dress my Mom picked out to wear!  We are going to have it shortened so it is about the same length as the bridesmaid dresses.

Woo hoo!  A little sneaky peak of my dress with my shoes! Ignore the green toenails please! I tried it on the other day too.  I ordered the one pair of Badgley Mischka shoes I had on my Pinterest wedding board and they are 5 inches tall!!!!!! I can do 4, but 5?  I’m just barely 5’5” so these shoes put me around 5’10”! I love feeling tall, I just hope I can walk! Good thing Colby is over 6’2”!  The shoes are so tall that the  dress doesn’t need hemmed and is at the perfect length!  :)

Allergic To Running?

Am I allergic to running? Or does my body just forget what it is like to run outside?  The weather this week has been so nice and I’ve really had the “itch” (pun intended) to run in the cool rainy weather.  In the past, when I was new to running or took a long break and would try to go for a run my legs would sometimes get really itchy while I ran.  It usually happened more in the summer and would go away if I ran a few more times.  I found this article a while ago that says it should go away after you start running more and it is just caused by “capillaries and arteries inside our muscles rapidly expanding because of the demand for more blood” and this can make you itchy.  So this has happened a few times this summer, but something worse happens…

Rash!! YUCK! I’ll have a rash on my legs or sometimes the side of my stomach for a few days! It looks like broken capillaries and this has happened a couple times over the past few weeks.  I’m not sure if it is because I’ve been doing other exercises that don’t make my heart rate go up as high like BodyPump/CX, yoga, walking, etc. but this needs to stop!  The rash might be from the scratching I do like a crazy person outside my house.  Pink Runner needs to run more often to make this stop…

 

On a happier note, Colby and I decided to go see Legally Blonde the Musical a few nights ago.  I’ve seen it before and have the soundtrack memorized so I’ve been obnoxiously singing the songs for the past few days.

 

You might have noticed a lot of Tweeting from me a week ago about Vega Smoothies and they were (still are?) having a contest.  Yesterday, I got all this awesome stuff from them in the mail!! I got a bag, recipe book, chocolate coconut protein bars (so good) and three smoothie protein powders!! I LOVE THE CHOC-A-LOT! It is awesome in a banana pb smoothie and tastes like a milkshake :)

 

 

Love you Vega! Thank you :)

Congrats to Cherie for running her second 13.1 !