Things I’m Loving

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I’m loving protein pancakes for breakfast.  I’ve been mixing the banana,egg white, protein powder mixture ahead of time and keeping it in the fridge to make in the morning.  Chocolate is delicious! Picture is from my Instagram.

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The healthy dinners I’ve been making at night.  I’ve been getting better at really planning ahead and this one was my favorite.  Black bean burgers (recipe here) and brussel sprouts.  I’m SO in love with brussel sprouts lately!

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My first attempt at protein cookie dough balls.  They started off very dry and were falling apart, but after I put them in the fridge they were great.  I want to try a different recipe and see what I like the best.  They taste great and I’ve been pinning recipes on my Pinterest board found here.

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Orange banana vanilla smoothies!  1 orange, half a banana, vanilla protein and vanilla almond milk.

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Loving that I didn’t completely freak out over this.  I must not have put the lid on the whole way and I turned it up too much, hit start and the lid blew off.  Hot tomato soup everywhere! I was okay and most of the soup survived.  My favorite tomato soup recipe found here.

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I’ve been setting my alarm 30 minutes earlier every weekday to workout.  Nothing crazy, but yoga or some of the Tone It Up videos that aren’t going to get me too crazy sweaty!  I shower, but hate to wash my hair in the mornings!

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I keep my yoga mat, 5 lb weights and iPad in my bedroom so I just roll out of bed and workout right there.  Colby has been getting up early in the morning to swim or ride his bike trainer to train for his Ironman.  I bought the Tone It Up Beach Babe 2 DVD and I love the 9 workouts.  I got the digital copy, so it is on my iPad and there is a mixture of 20, 30 and 40 minute workouts. The one HIIT intense 40 min. workout is tough and I did it yesterday for the first time.  I really liked it, but I’m not sure I could get myself to do it in the morning!

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I was going to run a 5K race yesterday, but it snowed and I didn’t want to risk falling.  I ran a quick 2 miles Thursday afternoon outside before teaching BODYPUMP.  I forget how great it feels to run outside… because the weather has been so bad lately!!

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Last thing, I love that my hair is getting longer and I can do more with it!  I cut it above the shoulder a year ago and I didn’t realize how long it would take to grow back out!  I liked it short (I’m a long hair girl!) but I felt like I could only keep it straight.  I love playing with different size curling irons and I’m really happy with my medium length hair!

Christmas Break and Happy 2014!

Hello!  I didn’t post over my holiday break, but I really enjoyed some time off from work and spending time with family.  We ended up going away the day after Christmas with my parents and had a mini vacation in Myrtle Beach, SC.

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We saw this in 3D before Christmas and it was great!

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Two good 5 milers before Christmas!  The one above was with Amy and the one below was with Colby Christmas Eve morning.  I am trying to push myself to run outside in the cold more often.

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My favorite … sushi when we were on vacation.  It was so good!

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I bought this spiral slicer at William Sonoma on vacation because I found this zucchini noodle recipe.  I made it with sauteed onions, mushrooms, chunky tomato sauce and turkey meatballs.  It was amazing and was like ratatouille pasta!  I’ll be making it again soon and post how I made it.

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I felt completely gross after vacation, so I’ve been trying to eat healthier and this has always been my favorite salad.  Spinach, roasted beets, avocado, pistachios, goat cheese and balsamic vinaigrette.  So good.

2014 Goals

  • Run more often – (only 460 miles in 2013, I want it to be higher this year!)
  • Get AIM 1 certified in BODYPUMP
  • Eat Clean – less processed food
  • More fruits and vegetables – especially beets, avocados, kale, spinach and raw ginger root
  • PR at Nike Half – again???

I’ve been looking at juicers a lot and borrowed my friend’s this week.  I’m not sure if I want one yet, because they are kinda big and I already have a Vitamix.  I think the Vitamix could handle raw beets and ginger, so I might give it a try in the blender too.  I found this on Pinterest on juicing with a blender.  I know it’s not the same, but I think it would be okay for me.  I watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead over the break and thought it was great – but I won’t be juice fasting.  Just adding the fruit and veggie juice in it in, especially between meals. Beets are high in iron too, which I worry I don’t get enough of because I’ve never eaten red meat.

Other Things of Interest…

Tone It Up “Love Your Body” Series started today – 100 mile goal by Valentine’s Day (run, bike, group fitness)

I’ve been on Pinterest non-stop. Lots of new pins on my boards!

GlassesUSA – 75% off first time customer – I LOVE my prescription sunglasses for running

My favorite tomato soup recipe from Runner’s World – I make this ALL the time!

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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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! :)

Favorite Summer Breakfasts

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Overnight Oats

As soon as the weather starts to warm up, I crave these oats!  When I first started reading running and healthy living blogs, I couldn’t understand how these bloggers ate cold oats soaked in yogurt!  Now I crave them and it is my favorite way to eat a big breakfast.  Don’t let the small bowl fool you!  If you are watching calories, you could easily get to 500+ calories in this tiny bowl… or else that is just me because I put so much peanut butter on top!  Here is my favorite mix…

  •  1/2 serving of So Delicious Blueberry Coconut Milk Yogurt
  • 1/4-1/2 cup Silk Almond Milk
  • 1 serving oats (usually 1/2 cup)
  • Tbsp Chia Seeds

Mix that up at night (I usually make two at a time because I split the yogurt container) and stick it in the fridge! In the morning I add…

  • Banana (or sometimes blueberries or strawberries)
  • Way too much White Chocolate Wonderful – Peanut Butter & Co (cheaper at Target)  This is my absolute favorite PB

 

My Favorite Smoothie

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I am blessed with a beautiful Vitamix blender and I use it daily.  It is great for hot soups in the winter, sauces for dinner, chopping veggies and of course, smoothies!  Above are the ingredients I use, except I forgot to take a picture of my huge container of fresh spinach.

Here is my favorite variation and this is the order I put it into the Vitamix…

  • 1 cup vanilla or original almond or light chocolate soy milk (depends if I want extra chocolate)
  • Powder mixes (Usually 1 scoop chocolate vega protein, but I’ll add a scoop of Colby’s chocolate Recoverite if I just did a crazy workout or run)
  • Chia seeds and PB2
  • Tons and tons of spinach… seriously like 2 and 1/2 cups
  • Banana
  • Frozen berries (usually strawberries because they taste so good in this smoothie!)

The frozen berries and banana weigh down the spinach.  I feel like everything blends the best in this order.

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Not the prettiest color, but it is delicious!!