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I kinda blew up.

5 Feb

Let me tell you how I “blew up” last week. I ran another half-marathon January 26th. I lifted the next day and then I decided to give myself a break. I weighed myself that Monday and I had gained 8-10 pounds. I didn’t totally freak out because I did just run 13.1 and I knew it was all water weight. I am not going to lie to you and say that this didn’t get me down a bit. I decided to treat myself to a massage. She worked miracles and I decided this will be my prize after every half. Because I deserve it. Damnit.

Tuesday. Wednesday. Thursday. It was Friday and I still felt like a water balloon. I was driving my husband crazy. I was becoming a major pain. Whining and whining. I admit it. I was a big baby. I am very in tune with my body and I tend to get obsessive. So, after 5 days of feeling like crap I decided to go on a cleanse. A cleanse created by me.

This cleanse consisted of lots of water, Shakeology, Click Protein, lots of veggies, and lots of fruit. That’s all the details I am giving because I don’t want to sound like I know what I am talking about and have you try and then you end up as crazy as me. Three days later and 12 pounds lighter I hit that workout room feeling like a brand new girl. Whew.

Since I have 12 more races to go I need to adjust some things with my training and fueling. It will be trial and error. I going to amp up my fruits, veggies, seeds, and nuts. I have a few more weeks until my next half. I’ll figure it out. Don’t you worry your pretty little heart. And if I don’t, I’ll be a big, whiny baby again.

My plans for training this month involve running of course, P90x, TurboFire, and Les Mills Pump. Sounds fun right!?

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The list.

11 Sep

How many times in your life have you tried to lose a few pounds? I know I’ve tried several times. I failed in the past because I didn’t educate myself or ask for help. 80 pounds later, I feel like I can dish out some advice.

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  • Identify your WHY. Why do you want to lose weight. Write down the top 5 reasons and keep them close to you. If you ever wonder why you started this or you get discouraged, just take out your list and that will revive your ambitions.
  • Set short and long term goals. They can be monthly, quarterly, and annually. This way you always feel like you have to look forward to something. This will also keep you from setting unrealistic goals because as your body changes month to month your goals will change. Trust me.
  • Pick out a workout program. Find something that you will LOVE. You need to look forward to doing this every day. Don’t get something that you will dread doing. Pick something that inspires you.
  • Go shopping! Picking out a new workout shirt or shoes is a fun way to reward yourself. I find that I’m more excited to workout when I have a something cute and fun to wear.
  • Designate a special area. I am fortunate enough to have a room I can set aside as a workout room. If you do not have this advantage, no worries! Use your living room, bedroom, garage, etc. Any place will work. Just make it your own!
  • Weigh and measure. I do not stalk my scale. But, when you first begin, you need to weigh yourself. Don’t go overboard and weigh in daily. Your weight fluctuates too much and this can cause confusion and frustration. Weigh once a week or once every two weeks. Measurements are what you need to look at. Measure each arm and leg, your butt, chest, hips, and neck. Record this in a notebook so you can look back and see how much you improve every week. This is very motivating.
  • Track your nutrition. This is key. If you think you can get out of this one, think again. Go online, use an app. Do whatever it takes. You need to see where you are every day. Not only should you be creating that caloric deficit when you are trying to lose, but you need to look if you are getting the proper nutrition and fuel your body needs.
  • Identify your weaknesses. Is it sweets? Salty snacks? Get them the heck out of your house. If they’re not in there you won’t eat them. If you are tempted to eat junk-just picture me yelling at you.
  • Educate yourself. Subscribe to a fitness magazine. Read a book on nutrition. We all know that knowledge is power.  I look at it like this: If I had to take care of something very special, I would want to know everything about it, treat it right and love it.  You are special. You need to treat yourself right and love yourself. Put yourself on a pedestal. It’s time to take care of yourself. Our bodies need to move and be fueled with the proper foods. If you want to live long and healthy that is.
  • Support. Surround yourself with supportive family and friends. Let them know what you are doing. They need to be considerate of your goals. They might want to join you! Always keep in mind when temptations arise that you are in control and you know and will do what is best for your body. If some people can’t see that or don’t care, then you may want to do some weeding…

I hope this list of mine will be of some help to you. Whether you are on your journey or you want to start tomorrow. Don’t wait until another Monday rolls around. Screw that! Start now!

If you have any questions about this list, need some guidance or help picking out a workout program please comment below or email me at sweetsnsweat@gmail.com

Banana Bread Oatmeal

18 Jul

Did you see my post on Facebook this morning? My yummy Banana Bread Oatmeal? I made it ALL by myself and it turned out delicious!

1/2 cup oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill 5 Grain Rolled Hot Cereal)

1 cup Almond Milk

1 teaspoon Nutmeg (to taste)

2 teaspoon cinnamon (to taste)

1 tablespoon vanilla

Banana

Mix all ingredients except for banana in small pot and heat until oats are cooked through. When it is to the consistency you prefer take off heat. Pour in bowl and cut up a banana and place on top. Enjoy!

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I ran this morning before work. After I run I ALWAYS have Shakeology. It’s important to replace lost minerals and nutrients. It also re-energizes and reduces muscle soreness. There are so many more reasons why I still drink this every day. I could go on and on. Want me to? Later? Ok.

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Anyways, about an hour after I drink my shake I make my breakfast and it’s usually oatmeal. Peanut butter oatmeal is one of my favorites, but I decided I was in a banana bread mood. Hence, the new recipe.

About once or twice a week my husband and I do our own things for dinner. That’s when I make something I know I love and he doesn’t. Then I can eat it all! I found a zucchini (a huge zucchini) sitting in my garden today. I decided to chop it up and just roast it with a bunch of other root veggies like beets, carrots, and onions. I doubled the batch so I can I have left overs tomorrow. I made some quinoa to go along with it. They pair nicely.

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Tomorrow is my Friday. Tyrell informed me that he hates when people say that. He’s just jealous. I’m getting excited for the weekend. It’s our class reunion (10 years). We had such a small class, only 13 of us, so it will be fun to see and visit with everyone. I better start looking for something to wear now…

Miracle Sauce

23 May

Workouts:
Sunday-P90X 2 P.A.P Lower
Monday-Treadmill run
Tuesday-P90X 2 P.A.P Upper
Wednesday-P90X 2 P.A.P Lower

I am getting back into my groove! I am so freakin’ sore, but that’s a good feeling though. According to the scale I am 60 pounds lighter than I was last year before I got a brain and started taking care of myself.

Cooking has been fun this week because I can make what I want. Still keeping it healthy and as clean as possible. I am back to having my beloved Shakeology for lunch again. SO happy about that! I have been making them with almond milk, water, ice, PB2, and a quarter of a banana.

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I have been eating fresh fruit for breakfast and snacks. Except this morning, I had oatmeal. I was in the mood for something warm, so I switched it up a bit. Because I’m crazy like that.

Dessert last night.

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I was prepping for supper and I was thinking about all the work that goes into cooking a healthy meal. Now, it doesn’t bother me, but I can see how it can discourage people, especially if they are not big on cooking. My biggest tip is organization. After you come home from the store wash all of your produce and store on the shelves in your refrigerator. I like to put the foods I use the most in a basket. I usually use onions, peppers, carrots, zucchini, and cucumbers in almost every meal I make. So I have all of these in a basket and I can just grab it and get to work. I don’t have to dig around in the crisper and search through all the plastic bags. This is much more efficient and fun. Plus, it makes your fridge look fancy inside…

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Tonight’s dinner was somewhat of a miracle. I made homemade spaghetti sauce. I made a separate batch for Tyrell with some meat. The sauce had zucchini, green and red peppers, mushrooms, garlic, onion, and carrots. All over organic whole wheat angel hair pasta. I also made a big spinach salad.

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The miracle occurred sometime around 5:30 pm. My son, I repeat, MY son, ate this meal with me. If you know Maddox, you know he is the pickiest eater ever. The best part, he kept picking out the tomatoes and zucchini. Moms, you have to understand where this excitement comes from. May not seem to be much to some, but to me, it was a miracle! Keep it healthy. Amen.

Ultimate Reset: Day 19

17 May

2 more days!
I loved my breakfast this morning. A peach, pear, kiwi, and an orange. I am THE breakfast girl and I give this one two thumbs up. I highly recommend starting your day off with a big plate of fruit. God didn’t give us some sugary, processed cereal. He gave us beautiful fruit, so eat it!

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Lunch was a gigantic spinach salad topped with avocado, red peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers. So good. What are your favorite salad toppings?

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Dinner was quickly thrown together. I cooked up some tempeh, steamed some spinach, threw some tomatoes on my plate, and sliced up some avocado. Quick, easy, healthy, and delicious.

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My challenge group begins Monday, so if you want in, then speak up now!

Ultimate Reset: Day 14

12 May

Last day of week 2! No more stinkin’ detox!!! I can not begin to tell you how happy that makes me.
I have all of my groceries bought for this coming week. So, my fruit plate this morning was extra delicious. A green apple, pear, peach, and some blueberries.

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We had to go to a wedding today, so that meant planning ahead more. I made a double batch of roasted root vegetables (onions, beets, and carrots), edamame and roasted corn succotash, and quinoa. My favorite meal yet. I love, love, loved it. What made it even better was I ate my lunch while watching Singin in the Rain. I have a crush on Gene Kelly. He’s so dreamy…

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Oh yeah, here’s my food…

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Look at all the colors in that meal!

Dinner was the same as lunch. I just heated it up, scarfed it down, then watched everyone else eat at the wedding supper. Didn’t bother me one bit. Even with all those cupcakes. My sweet tooth was well behaved.

I have lost 8.5 pounds so far. I have gained a much greater appreciation for real food. I love planning what I will be having a week ahead. I enjoy chopping and prepping my meals. I enjoy the feeling real food gives me. I am so glad I am doing this. This has been life changing for sure.

Ultimate Reset: Day 13

11 May

Day 13! Today started off with an usual breakfast. Chickpeas, avocado, kiwi, and grapes. I was actually craving this. Weird. It was tasty.

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Lunch was simple. Just another microgreen salad. I don’t put any dressing on my salads. I let the veggies do the talkin’.

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Dinner was late tonight. I was out of town and didn’t get home until later. I had a green apple on the way home to hold me over. It was a GOOD apple! Something new on the menu tonight (forgive me, I am so dang tired right now I can barely remember what it was called) squash with a tahini garlic filling, steamed spinach, and green beans. I really liked it. Super filling! First time I didn’t clean my plate.

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Once that little man of mine falls asleep I am done for the day. I…am….pooped.

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