Half Marathon Training Week 12 & Race Results

As you all know, the¬†half marathon that I’ve been training for was this past Sunday and it went really well! I didn’t hit my 2:15 goal but I did run it in 2:19 which is 4 minutes faster than when I ran in 2014…three years older and 15 pounds heavier ūüôā ¬†I took the week of the race pretty easy so that I had fresh legs on Sunday. ¬†Below is a quick recap:

Monday – 1.25 mile easy run on the treadmill + 10 minutes on the bike

Tuesday – Rest

Wednesday – Rest

Thursday – 20 minutes on the bike + 5 minutes of rowing

Friday – Rest

Saturday – 3 mile shakeout run with the Oiselle team. ¬†This run was supposed to be at an easy pace but those girls are speedy so I ended up running faster than usual at a 9’56 pace with the 1st mile at 9’12! After the run Mike and I took Winnie to the Salt River to show her the water. ¬†She wasn’t too sure about it but got in waist deep and absolutely loved being outside and the new terrain. Ended the day with pizza and beer…carb load perfection!

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Sunday – Race day! 13.1 miles at an average of 10’32/mile pace. ¬†Finished in just over 2 hours and 19 minutes.

Overall it was a pretty good run. ¬†I felt solid until mile 10 when I slowed down quite a bit. ¬†Miles 10 and 11 were tough physically and mentally but as soon as I saw the 12 mile marker I picked it up and finished strong. ¬†It helped knowing that Mike was waiting for me at the finish line with a bottle of water and a hug ūüôā So happy he was able to finally see me run a half marathon! He was so proud and treated me to a yummy lunch of crab legs and oysters. ¬†The Oiselle team was amazing as well. ¬†They provided motivation and support along the course and encouraged me to keep going. ¬†Like I mentioned, most of those ladies are speedy so they were all standing near the finish line cheering on the rest of us as we came by. ¬†They definitely¬†inspire me to keep training and working hard to reach my goals.

I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to sign up for the Mesa/Phx half marathon on February 25th. ¬†My calves are pretty sore so I’m going to see how the rest of the week goes before I sign up. ¬†I know one thing is for sure…I’m not going to stop running anytime soon! I’ve seen my pace pick up over the last few months and my heart rate decrease.¬† I feel like I’m just starting and still have a long way to go. ¬†I was never an athlete growing up and I feel like this is my time. ¬†This is the time to prove to myself that I am capable of so much more than I ever imagined. ¬†That I am an athlete. ¬†That I am strong.

I started day 1 of this 12 week plan running 2 miles at a 13’38/mile average¬†and ended it with 13.1 miles at a 10’32/mile average. ¬†This is a great reminder that all good things take time. ¬†You will get faster and stronger if you put in the work.

Half Marathon Training Week 6

We’ve hit the halfway point! ¬†6 weeks into my training and my pace is getting better but¬†my weekly mileage isn’t as high as I would like. ¬†It feels weird not running as much as I normally would when I train but I don’t feel burnt out so I think I’m doing something right ūüôā

Monday (Strength Train) – went with an oldie but goodie! Jillian Michaels Body Revolution¬†workout 1. ¬†This is a great 30 minute DVD that’s perfect for when you don’t feel like driving to the gym.

Tuesday (Run) Р3.15 miles @ 11:09/mile average pace.  This was a great 5AM run around our neighborhood.  Sucked it up and went out in the cold and survived thanks to gloves and ear warmers.

Wednesday (Rest)

Thursday (Strength Train) – Jillian Michaels Body Revolution workout 2

Friday (Run) – My stomach wasn’t feeling the greatest and I didn’t have much energy but I was SO tired of sitting so I ran a slow 1.35 miles @ 12:27 pace

Saturday (Long Run) – 5.11 miles @ 10:58/mile average pace.

Sunday (Rest)

Weekly Mileage – 9.61

On a side note, Winnie is doing great ūüôā Her brat puppy personality is starting to come out but she’s so cute we can’t stay mad at her for long. ¬†She’s completely potty trained which is awesome! She likes to test me by chewing on our new couch to see if I’m paying attention and take off with my pj’s every once in awhile. ¬†Overall she’s been an awesome pup and we love her so much ‚̧

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Half Marathon Training Week 5

Happy Sunday! Hope you’ve had a great weekend. ¬†We got a puppy yesterday!!! Gilbert (our city) was having an adoption event at one of the local parks and we found the sweetest little pup…it was love at first sight. ¬†Her name is Winnie and she’s 3 1/2 months old. ¬†She’s a Cattle Dog mix, definitely has some lab in her. ¬†I can’t wait until she gets a little bigger and can start running with me! She’ll be the perfect running partner. ¬†Right now all she wants to do is lay on the sidewalk and eat her leash ūüôā

This week I¬†did pretty good and stuck to most of my training schedule. ¬†Didn’t strength train at all so I’ll try to be better about that next week.

Monday –¬†Started to feel¬†like I was getting sick so I used an extra rest day

Tuesday – 3.2 mile run @ 11’00/mile pace

Wednesday – 3 mile run @ 11’00/mile pace

Thursday – no excuses, just lazy

Friday – Rest day

Saturday – 6k run at the adoption event. ¬†Did much better than I expected (10’46/mile average). ¬†After the run I walked 1.64 miles down the street. ¬†So all together got in 5.37 miles.

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Sunday – Active rest day. ¬†We’re going to try to take Winnie on a little walk and see how she does. ¬†I have a feeling we’re not going to get very far.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your Sunday and have a great week! I think I’ll finally do some Christmas shopping ūüôā

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Confessions of a Runner

As I sit down to write this I’m a little embarrassed. ¬†I have a confession to make, I don’t think I’ll be running the half marathon I’ve been telling you about for months. ¬†Well I don’t know if I am, I need your help!

Here’s the thing, my training sucked this time around. ¬†When I trained for the 2014 half marathon I stuck to my training plan for the most part and woke up early on Saturday mornings to get my long run in…no excuses. ¬†When race day arrived I had absolutely no doubt in my mind that I’d finish and that I’d be able to run most of it. ¬†My hard work payed off and I finished with a 2:15 PR. ¬†It was such an accomplishment.

This time around I’ve come up with every excuse in the book! I mentioned before in The Struggle is Real¬†that I’ve been having a really hard time with running. ¬†My legs are stiff, my lungs hate me, and my brain won’t turn off. ¬†I KNOW that all of this will go away if I ran more consistently but I just couldn’t bring myself to get in the long runs. ¬†¬†The longest run I got in was when I ran the 10k (a little over 6 miles) and that was more of a run/walk with a 12:30/mile pace in October. ¬†The last real long run was in August and that was only 5 miles! I know to many of you 5 miles seems like a lot, and it is, but how do I plan on running 13.1 on Sunday if I can’t even get past 5. ¬†Now don’t get me wrong, I still love running and will never give it up but I think the days of long runs are behind me. ¬†Or at least long runs that are timed. ¬†I had a lot of fun at the 10k but that’s because I didn’t care when we finished, I was doing it for fun.

To be honest I think that’s one of the main reasons I’ve been struggling so much. ¬†Back when I started running (you can read about it here) I gradually built up my distance and my pace and it was so rewarding. ¬†I enjoyed running because it calmed me, relieved stress, gave me confidence, and so much more. ¬†Now I run because I feel like I have to. ¬†The simple joy of just lacing up my shoes, throwing in my ear phones, and heading out the door has been taken over by frustration that I’m not at the pace I want to be at and that I’m not able to easily run as many miles as I used to. ¬†I almost wish I wouldn’t have signed up for the half 7 months ago because it got in my head. ¬†Had I ran just for the pleasure of it and not because I was “training” I may have got in more runs and definitely more enjoyable runs.

So here’s my question to you, should I attempt to run the half on Sunday and take the chance of not finishing or worse hurting myself, or should I take it as a loss and accept the fact that I failed my training?? ¬†I really have no idea what to do, I’m so torn. ¬†If I don’t run I’m afraid I’ll feel like a failure not only to myself but to all of you but at the same time I don’t want to push my body beyond what it’s ready to do especially 30 days before my wedding.¬†I know one thing is for sure, I won’t be signing up for anything over a 10k anytime soon!! I want to find my love of running again. ¬†I’d rather run 3 miles and enjoy it than run 8 and be miserable.

On a side note, I’m doing great with my strength training program! On day 30 of 60 ūüôā ¬†You win some you lose some.

New Month, New Beginnings

Can you believe it’s already the last day of January?!? Where has the time gone?? What’s even more shocking is that I’m getting married in 34 days!!! I am so ready for the big day to finally be here. ¬†13 month engagements are great for financial purposes but crappy for those of us that are impatient ¬†ūüôā

How has your 2016 been so far? Did you stick to your new year’s resolutions? ¬†I’ve done pretty great thus far and don’t plan on stopping! I fell off the wagon one week but promptly jumped back on. ¬†If you have broken your resolution, don’t worry you can start over tomorrow! Pretend February 1st is January 1st, your body doesn’t know the difference. ¬†I’m starting an online bridal bootcamp tomorrow for brides to-be, bridesmaids, and family/friends of the bride! It’s a free group to help motivate each other and provide extra accountability. ¬†If you’d like to join comment with your email or shoot me over an email at lovecookrun@gmail.com.

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This weekend has been super productive yet relaxing and enjoyable.  Friday night Mike and I went out to one of our favorite restaurants and enjoyed oysters, wine, and charcuterie.  We had a gift card from Christmas so it was nice to have a little date night without spending a ton.

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Saturday morning Mike made me breakfast while I cleaned up the house a bit and got some work done. ¬†He showed up with this when I got out of the shower…

He truly is the best! We headed over to Men’s Warehouse to get him fitted for his tux then went down to the beach for a nice long walk and lunch. ¬†Since hurting my foot a few weeks ago when I fell down the stairs I haven’t been able to wear a shoe that covers the top of my foot. ¬†Yesterday was the first day that my foot didn’t hurt and I was able to put tennis shoes on!! When we got down to Newport Back Bay it was sprinkling but we still got in a great walk and had some fun in the mud while we were at it. ¬†I absolutely love being outdoors and was seriously craving fresh air and beautiful scenery. ¬†Newport Back Bay has a few different trails you can choose from and is one of my favorite spots to stroll with Mike.

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We finished the day with dinner at home and a movie. ¬†A perfect day in my books. ¬†Today was less fun but more productive. ¬†Four loads of laundry, grocery shopping, meal prep, work on my business, workout, and got a little reading done. ¬†I’ve been reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and I highly recommend it!! ¬†Today starts week 5 of Hammer & Chisel. ¬†Halfway done with the program and I still love it as much as I did in the beginning. ¬†I feel stronger, leaner, and accomplished. ¬†4 weeks to go!

 

A Week’s Worth of Meals

Happy Saturday!! Anyone have any fun plans this weekend?? It sounds like everyone has Monday off but me ūüė¶ ¬†This weekend should be pretty fun though. ¬†Going to a party tonight and they are having the Lime Truck cater…yummmm!! They won the first season of Food Network’s The Great Food Truck¬†Race and have a restaurant here in Orange County. ¬†Such a treat! Tomorrow I’m meeting up with my fantasy football team to watch a game and pass out the winnings for the season. ¬†Besides that just working out and working on my business. ¬†I apologize for not posting this week. ¬†Here’s a quick recap:

Monday – my week didn’t start off so great. ¬†I fell down a flight of concrete stairs on my way to work! Thank God I didn’t break anything, seriously so blessed. ¬†I scraped up my right foot pretty bad and my body was sore but it could have been MUCH worse. ¬†My foot was in a lot of pain all day but I still got in my workout (Max Hammer Strength)! I just modified a bit so that I didn’t put too much pressure on my right leg.

M1: My daily breakfast.  Vegan Chocolate Shakeology with 1/2 banana, 4oz coffee, and 4oz water

M2: Organic small apple with tsp peanut butter (I prefer Almond Butter but it’s so expensive and we’re on a tight wedding budget)

M3: Taco salad.  I meal-prepped 4 of these bad boys on Sunday so that Mike and I had lunch made for two days.  So easy and so good.  Use toppings of choice.  I put the lettuce in the bowl first then topped with the brown rice and ground grass-fed beef and other goodies.

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M4: Organic 2% cottage cheese with 1/2 avocado. I used a whole red container of cottage cheese (21 Day Fix/Hammer & Chisel meal plan).

M5: Chicken stir-fry. ¬†It was too spicy for Mike so I saved his and ate for lunch on Wednesday. ¬†I have a much higher spice tolerance than he does ūüôā ¬†This meal is super simple. Cut up a few organic free-range chicken breast and cooked with a pre-made container of Asian Vegetable stir-fry from Trader Joe’s. ¬†I added red pepper flakes and tamari.

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Tuesday – after work we had to go give our wedding DJ more money and we went out to dinner. My foot still hurt pretty bad so I used Tuesday as my rest day.

M1: Chocolate Shakeology with 1/2 banana, 4oz coffee, and 4oz water

M2: organic small apple with tsp peanut butter

M3: taco salad

M4: organic 2% cottage cheese with 1/4 avocado

M5: an arugula salad from Spin Pizza.  The salad was so simple but so good.  It had a very light dressing of olive oil and lemon.  Spin Pizza has the best gelato so I treated myself to a small scoop of banana pie gelato and a glass of red wine.

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Wednesday – Chisel Agility complete.

M1: Chocolate shakeology blended with 1/2 banana and 8 oz water

M2: organic small apple and tsp peanut butter

M3: leftover chicken stir-fry from Monday night

M4: organic 2% cottage cheese and 1/4 avocado

M5: build your own pita pocket night! Whole-wheat pita pocket with fillings of choice.  I used lettuce, chicken, green & black olives, onion, avocado, hummus, and a drizzle of sesame oil.

Thursday – Hammer Power complete.

M1: the usual, Chocolate Shakeology blended with 1/2 banana and 8 oz water. I tossed in some pumpkin spice coffee grounds and cinnamon for an extra boost of caffeine and spice.

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M2: apple and tsp peanut butter

M3: lettuce and tomato salad topped with a veggie patty and dressed with EVOO and herbs. ¬†Dr. Praegers makes the best veggie burgers! I get mine at Trader Joe’s.

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M4: The New Primal grass-fed beef jerky and pre-workout

M5: my sweet fiance made me the most delicious dinner! Salmon, calamari, and a roasted tomato and spinach salad. ¬†He cooked it all with just a little bit of EVOO, garlic, herbs, and lemon. ¬†So much flavor and deliciousness without tons of butter like most restaurants use. ¬†And a glass or two of wine ūüôā

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Friday – Chisel Balance complete. ¬†I gotta say, I was pretty proud of myself! I haven’t stayed in and worked out on a Friday night in a loooonnngg time. ¬†Fridays have always been my rest days. ¬†Normally I will come home and either make dinner with Mike while having a cocktail or we’ll go out to dinner. ¬†It actually felt really good to get my workout in and then just relax. ¬†Mike went out with the boys so I had the house to myself ūüôā

M1: Still have money left on my giftcard so I made a quick run through Starbucks on my way to work.  Grande cappuccino and reduced fat turkey bacon and egg white breakfast sandwich.

M2: cup of hot tea

M3: Subway 6″ veggie sandwich on wheat bread. ¬†All the veggies and avocado.

M4: a few dark chocolate covered almonds and a piece of chocolate peppermint bark.  It was too good to resist!

M5: a glass of red wine and the most delicious homemade protein ice cream! A friend of mine shared this trick with me.  You mix a scoop of post-workout recovery (I use Beachbody Chocolate Recovery), 1/2 frozen banana, about 12 ice cubes, and enough egg whites to get the blender going (I used two eggs and tossed out the yolks).  Blend in a high powered blender until ice cream consistency.  I made it then put it in the freezer while I rinsed off after my workout.  An hour later or so I had a slice of whole-wheat pita bread dipped in an oil and balsamic mixture.

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For those of you following the 21 Day Fix or Hammer & Chisel meal plan I’m going to try and go back into the past few posts and label with the food container colors. ¬†I’ll work on it tomorrow and this week. ¬†I know this would be super helpful and I’m here to make life easier for you ūüôā

 

Weekend in Review

Welp, here we are…Sunday night already. ¬†Where did the weekend go?? This was my first full weekend on my workout/nutrition plan and I’m pretty proud of myself. ¬†I didn’t eat quite as well as I should have but I definitely tried to make smart choices when it came to dining out. ¬†I had a great weekend catching up with friends and spending time with Mike. ¬†Here’s a quick recap.

Friday – woke up feeling even sicker than I had earlier in the week. ¬†Had to go to work two hours late because I seriously COULD NOT STOP SNEEZING…it was awful!!! I think I sneezed about 50 times, my body hurt so bad. ¬†Slowly started to feel better towards the end of the day but I didn’t want to chance an intense workout and get worse but I did want to get a little exercise in so I went for a mile walk around my neighborhood. ¬†This little head cold was the weirdest thing. ¬†It almost felt like really really bad allergies. ¬†Strange. ¬†Anyway, since I didn’t have a long workout after work Mike and I went to dinner. ¬†He loves Olive Garden (I’m not a fan) but we went because I love him ūüôā ¬†After dinner we watched The Revenant which was really good but super intense. ¬†Nice little relaxing date night.

M1: The usual.  Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with 1/2 banana.

M2: Grapes and string cheese

M3: Grilled chicken breast with roasted veggies (carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and onions) and an apple.

M4: Simply Almonds, Cashews, and Cranberries. ¬†I love these little trail mix bags from Trader Joe’s! Perfect little snack. ¬†Three dark chocolate kisses…whoopsie.

M5: Olive Garden. Minestrone soup, side salad without croutons, one breadstick, and one beer (Peroni…yummm). ¬†Should’ve skipped the breadstick because it honestly didn’t taste as good as I thought it would. ¬†Could’ve definitely lived without it.

Saturday –¬†workout complete! 43 minutes of Total Body Hammer plus 5 minutes of abs. ¬†Seriously great routine!!

M1: Banana with a tablespoon PB and a drizzle of honey. Dip the banana in the PB and it’s soooo good

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M2: Hard-boiled egg and Energize

M3: Lunch with my friend Nicole to catch up on life and have one of my all time favorite salads.  The Village Salad with Lamb from Olive Pit Grill.  Sooo yummy and so good for you. Cucumbers, tomato, onions, capers, kalamata olives, and more. Topped with lamb, tzatziki, and pickled onions. Only had one of the pita slices.

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M4: Met up with my friend Maggie for some girl time and cocktails.  Had a drink similar to a margarita but without all the sugar.  It had tequila, grapefruit juice, soda water, and chile.  Had two of those with two glasses of water.  It was really nice to catch up and talk about both of our wedding plans.

M5: Gyu-Kaku again with some friends.  Had one glass of wine, a few meat dishes, spinach, one dumpling, and a small bowl of kimchi

Sunday – workout and meal prep complete! 35 minute cardio routine. ¬†I’ll share a little more about meal prep tomorrow.

M1: One egg

M2: Pita bread dipped in an olive oil and balsamic mix

M3: 1/2 flatbread grilled cheese and 3 fried green tomatoes from Green Tomato Grill

M4: Recover shake blended with a banana and PB. ¬†Please excuse the super sweaty picture below. ¬†I couldn’t wait to have my shake! It keeps me from getting super sore and refuels my body after a tough workout.

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M5: Nothing as of yet. My Recover smoothie after my workout has kept me full

We just had a small earthquake…eeeeekkkkk!!! Ugh I hate them. ¬†Gonna go crawl in a ball now on the couch and not move. Enjoy your evening!

 

Chicken Cauliflower Rice Bowl

A strange thing happened to me today, I got excited to come home and workout…weird. ¬†Plenty of times I’ve been anxious to get off work to go for a run but that’s because a good run can clear my mind and reduce my stress like nothing else. ¬†But I’ve NEVER looked forward to a strength training day. ¬†I hate lifting weights, I’m not good at it. ¬†Why would I look forward to doing something I’m not good at. ¬†I guess that’s a clear sign that this program is doing something right! It might be all in my head¬†but I can already tell I’m getting stronger after only 5 days. ¬†And as much as I hate to admit it, I’m starting to enjoy strength training. ¬†I can’t wait to see how I feel and look in 50 days from now!

Today’s workout routine focused on slow, isolated moves followed by 10 reps at a fast¬†pace while still keeping proper form. ¬†It was fun to go from 10 reps really slow to 10 fast reps, it made the time go by really quickly. ¬†And I got to stare at a hot man for 25 minutes ūüėČ

I had another great meal day today (pat on back).  One of my co-workers had given me a Starbucks giftcard from Christmas so I made a quick trip on my way to work but I still did my best to stick to my plan.

M1: Grande non-fat cappuccino and an egg-white, spinach, feta wrap

M2: An orange and organic light mozzarella string cheese

M3: Vegan chocolate shakeology with a banana, spoonful of peanut butter, and 8oz water

M4: Tomato slices with EVOO and balsamic vinegar

M5: Chicken cauliflower rice bowl with broccoli, snow peas, and carrots, topped with homemade Thai peanut sauce.

  • Mike made a great healthy dinner tonight. ¬†He planned on using brown rice as the base but I had already had my carb allowance for the day¬†so he used cauliflower rice instead. ¬†He made this delicious Thai peanut sauce by mixing small amounts of peanut butter, tamari, fresh ginger, red pepper flakes, fresh garlic, rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil, and almond milk together. ¬†He only used a splash of each and it created a dressing to drizzle over the rice bowl. ¬†Great job babe!!

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Rest Days and Refueling

Thank God for rest days!! According to my plan, today was a rest day and I welcomed it with open arms. ¬†I¬†unfortunately still feel a little under the weather and I know my body needed rest. ¬†Even though I didn’t have a workout to complete I did my best to eat within the plan and get my necessary macros. ¬†Mike and I went out to dinner since neither of us felt like cooking and it’s always nice to get out of the house every once in awhile. ¬†Plus I was craving spicy kalbi soup on this cold rainy day! If you haven’t had kalbi soup you have to try it!! It’s similar to egg drop soup but with beef short rib and mushrooms in it also. ¬†And it has a little spicy kick to it. ¬†I’ve only had it from Gyu-Kaku (Japanese BBQ) but I believe it’s a pretty popular soup. In addition to soup I knew I still needed to consume two more servings of protein today and Gyu-Kaku was the perfect place to do that. ¬†If you haven’t been to Japanese BBQ it’s a lot of meat!

Since starting this program I’m realizing I don’t normally eat half as much protein as I probably should. ¬†I’m more of a fruit and veggie girl with protein for dinner. ¬†The nutrition program that goes along with my workout routine¬†suggests I get at least 4 servings of protein a day and I’m surprised at how difficult it has¬†been for me. ¬†I definitely feel a lot more full¬†throughout the day¬†which is great and haven’t had any sweet cravings.

Anyway, below¬†was my meal plan for the day. ¬†You’ll notice I eat a lot of the same items throughout the week. ¬†It keeps the grocery shopping list down¬†which means I’m spending less money and less time making food. ¬†As I mentioned the other day, I made a large portion of the tuna salad on Sunday so that Mike and I could eat it for a few days. ¬†Less work the better!

M1: Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with 1/2 banana, 4oz coffee, and 4oz water. ¬†I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Shakeology is amazing!! It’s packed with vitamins, protein, prebiotics, probiotics, greens, and more. ¬†It keeps me full for hours, provides energy, and keeps me “regular” (TMI?), while also preventing cravings. ¬†One cup wonder.

M2: Tomato & Cucumber salad (same as yesterday)

M3: Tuna Boats (same as Monday)

M4: Grapes & String Cheese (same as yesterday)

M5: Cup of kalbi soup, 2 oz new york strip steak, 2 oz bistro hanger steak, 2 oz mahi mahi, cabbage kimchi, and about 2 tablespoons of bibimbap rice (I could’ve eaten the whole bowl it was so good). ¬†I kept all my portion sizes small so that I could still enjoy everything without overeating.

Tomorrow it’s back to getting my a*s handed to me so until then I’ll be on the couch ūüėČ

 

 

Build Muscle, Not Excuses

Hello Friends! Well today was day 3 of my 60 day program and I of course woke up feeling sick. ¬†I was dizzy, sick to my stomach, sore throat…the whole shabang. ¬†I was super bummed that I may not be able to get my workout in. ¬†Luckily after a ton of water and my Shakeology the dizziness and stomach issues subsided. By 5:00PM when I got off work I was down to sneezing, runny nose, and sore throat. ¬†I could have EASILY used my head-cold issues as an excuse to lay on the couch and not workout but I wasn’t about to let this cold or allergies (whatever it is) get the best of me. ¬†I drank my pre-workout¬†and got busy and I’m so glad I did. I honestly feel so much better now. ¬†Autumn kicked my butt as usual but I’m already feeling stronger and call me crazy but I’m actually looking forward to sore buns tomorrow ūüôā ¬†Sore buns = tighter, stronger buns…and who doesn’t want that?!?¬†Fingers crossed that I wake up feeling 100% in the morning.

Meals Today

M1: Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with 1/2 banana and 8oz water

M2: Grapes and Organic Light Mozzarella String Cheese

M3: Tomato & Cucumber Salad with EVOO and Balsamic and a Small Cup of Chicken Noodle Soup

M4: 1/2 of the Tuna Boats from yesterday

M5: Leftover Extra Lean Ground Beef from last night, Asparagus, and a Cabbage Salad with EVOO and Balsamic.

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Note: Everything in me wanted tomato bisque soup for lunch but broth based soups usually have 1/2 the calories and fat as creamy soups.  Most soups (unless homemade) have a ton of sodium so they are not always the greatest of options but a small cup of broth based soup is a good way to fill up with less calories than other options.