Goals for the year – 2017

Since active seasons in Florida are October – April, I decided I should set my goals accordingly. I reached my 2016 goal in February simply because that was when my races were. So, my top 3 fitness goals are:

  1. Complete the 6 month plan in The New Rules of Lifting for Women

Yea, My plan was to start this yesterday but my dental appointment nixed that one . So, I’ll be starting this today.

2. Run a 2:45 half marathon

St. Pete run fest in November is my current goal race!

This is one that I have been chasing for over 5 years. My half marathon PR is from 2011 and it was a 2:48. I came so close in February but a headwind killed that. I’ll be spending the summer training and getting stronger to hopefully hit this goal by the end of the year/beginning of 2018. This is going to take actual planning and stuff! My goal race is the St. Pete Run Fest in November! Super excited about this inaugural race (and goal race). You should join me!!

3. Stick to eating less sugar

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Ok, we’ve been trying to go sugar free but it is crazy impossible! The hubby and I have decided to go low-sugar, low-carb, less crazy! This means more natural goodies and less processed. It has been an interesting but enlightening experience the past three weeks! Hopefully, I will be able to say we are still sticking to this in 6 months (or more).

Here’s to sticking to focusing and striving towards these 3 goals. Thanking for joining me virtually!

Cruising while dieting

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Ok so I don’t really call what I’m doing a diet. I don’t want to be on a diet. I prefer lifestyle changes or a general lack of “yum”, lol. I started my new weight loss and fitness journey back on December 1. Why did I start a these new choices the beginning of December one of the foodies months of the year? Mainly, because when I decided I was ready to do this I didn’t want to wait until Jan 1.

One thing I didn’t think about was our anniversary cruise in February. On Tuesday, Jon and I will celebrate 5 years of wonderful marriage (times flies kids). To celebrate we did one of our favorite things, a Disney cruise! However, the best part of a Disney cruise truly is the food. I would assume the best part of any cruise is all the food. So, how does someone who is trying to lose weight stay on track with all the temptation?

We did a 3 day/4 night cruise and I’m happy to say that when I got back not only had I lost a pound but I also had another inch in the middle gone. Now I don’t know if these tricks will work for you but here is what I did!

1. WALK EVERYWHERE! I took the stairs every chance I got. I had my vivoactive on the whole time and I clocked lots of steps. Our stateroom was on the 6th floor which meant for food it was 3 flights up. To leave the ship at port it was 6 flights down.

2. STAY ACTIVE – I had planned on doing the Castaway Cay 5K and I did do it. I didn’t skip it because I was tired. Or my bed was comfy. I even ordered room service to be delivered at 6:30am so that we could have coffee and food! I was ready!

3. EAT CLEAN – (Especially leading up to the trip) When I had the choice I ordered everything grilled. Most lunches I choose the fish because it was the cleanest choice at the buffet. I also tracked down the veggies. Which was actually harder than you think but I always had a TON of veggies at lunch.

4. PLATE TRICK – I can’t find the picture I took of the plates but they are HUGE! I remember when I used to fill those plates! However, I noticed the first day that they have a color around the inner outside. So, I never went outside of the white of the plate. This kept me to a normal plate size.

5. INDULGE – I didn’t deny myself anything I truly wanted (hello 2 Grand Marnier soufflés, they are serious like crack to me). Instead of skipping desserts I would split them with Jon. I avoided mixed drinks but did have 2 glasses of wine. We had anniversary reservations at Palo and I even had the most delicious Chocolate Soufflé. I stand by before I die I want to bathe in the Vanilla Bean sauce from Disney! 0509ZW_1496RW2.jpg

I’m glad I enjoyed myself while still sticking to my plan. I don’t feel like I missed out on anything or deprived myself of anything. Also, the gym facilities on the Disney cruise ship are top notch! If I had been on a longer cruise I would have utilized that aspect way more (ok so I didn’t use it at all this time except to go see what was there but no judging)!

I hope this might help anyone heading out on the high seas and trying not to add on 5lbs! However, if you are going to add on 5lbs please make it from the freaking soufflés.

Meal Plan Monday

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So I posted a few days ago that I fell “off the wagon” and was going to get my act together! Insert meal planning and prepping. I posted a couple of those photos on instagram and got a couple of questions on what I was planning. DING DING DING this blog post was born.

I always start meal planning with weekly dinners. They have to be easy enough for my husband to cook since he is the one that cooks dinner. So it either needs to be pre-made and heated up or easy enough for him to cook. So weekly dinners (exactly how they look to him):

Sunday – Chickpea veggie burgers (Kim)

Monday – Black Bean Fajita salad – Racing Weight Cookbook

Tuesday – Leftovers (we are both working out that night)

Wednesday – Crockpot Spaghetti Squash Thai Bowl (look in crockpot)

Thursday – Tomato Basil Tortellini (look in crockpot)

Friday – Stracciatella Soup – Clean Eating Magazine (Jan edition)

 

Once that is planned out I figure out my lunches for the week. I like to make batches. This week is Beef Stew and Chicken Fingers (from Clean Eating).

So my day looks like this:

Breakfast – 1 egg and 3 egg whites, 1 cup sautéed spinach

Morning Snack – 1 protein shake, 1 serving almonds, 1 apple

Lunch – Beef Stew

Afternoon Snack – 1 protein shake, carrots, and hummus

Dinner – See above for whatever day it is

Evening snack – if I’m still hungry I’ll have some strawberries or popcorn. Something simple but I usually skip this one.

What’s everyone else making and eating??

Here we go again

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Yesterday I fell off the wagon, HARD! I didn’t plan for the day. Meetings ran over and I was traveling to drop off flyers around town. To say I was ill prepared would be an understatement. I didn’t realize how much this whole process meant to me until I messed it all up.

I also didn’t realize how gross I would feel falling off. It gave me a SPLITTING headache, made me sick to my stomach, and I was exhausted. Who’d have thought that clean eating was actually a powerful tool!

However, they seem to say that falling off and continuing to fall is the real problem. Today we get back on that stupid wagon! That has always been my problem in the past. I would make some food mistakes and then keep making them until I was back to where I started.

This time it is different! I don’t want to fall again. I like the progress I’ve made and I want to keep succeeding! So here is to spending the weekend doing my workouts, planning my meals, and going shopping so I don’t end up in this mess again! Whew!

The Weight is over

 

Yep, I have switched over to weight training and it started yesterday. I’m sure I will still run occasionally, I mean I do have 2 more races right now. However, my goal this year is ME! I’m focusing on getting healthy and making it stick. 

For the last month and a half I have been learning about diet and a little bit of body weight exercises. After a small break to recover from the marathon we are now full speed ahead with strength!

I’m excited about this new journey. I realized that if I focused on goals of running faster, finishing triathlons, or marathoning, I couldn’t focus on my weight. 

So here goes. Today I am officially down 5lbs and 3 inches gone in the middle! Makes me believe very much that this was the right choice for me. Sometimes it is good to take a step back, regroup, and come back stronger!

Anybody else done this before? Any advice or tips? 

Pantry Challenge

So here it is! We are officially 2 weeks away from having the moving truck here to take all of our stuff to sunny Florida!! This is both exciting and terrifying! Also, I do not recommend moving to anyone. Our stuff just keeps coming and the packing never seems to end!!

Part of this move is trying to save some monies and take as little from the kitchen as possible. So for the next 2 weeks we will simply be eating from what is available at the house. Trying to use up everything and take as little as possible. I’m sure we will still take some dry ingredients but I don’t want to waste any of the food we have.

I will still be hitting the grocery store for perishable items (i.e. salads, fruits, veggies) but no more buying non-perishables. Time to eat what is in the house!

If you are looking to do a pantry challenge, without the whole moving element, there is a great website to check out Goodcheapeats.comPantry-Challenge1