Archive | February, 2013

Whole30 Update

28 Feb

As I mentioned on Monday, I wanted to try the Whole30 challenge, and I’m still kind of doing that.

What do I mean? Well after 3 days I was hungry a lot! So I have modified it a little to allow for snacking. You’re technically not supposed to snack, you’re supposed to eat meals but I am still hungry all the time. Yesterday I had 4 meals before 4 pm and was still hungry! I have no idea why…

So I’m letting myself have small snacks if I am really hungry. I am always on the go during the week so I need to have snacks ready just in case. Such as fruit (bananas, strawberries, apples) and nuts. Also, I will be eating hummus occasionally because before I started this I bought a huge thing of hummus that expires on March 10. So it’s a small rule I am breaking (eating legumes) but I think in the grand scheme of things will that really effect me? I am all about eating whole, clean, nutritious foods. And organic hummus is that! Other than that, I will follow all of the rules (no grains, no other legumes, no dairy).

March 27 will be 30 days…so we’ll see how it goes! It’s been hard this week to stay motivated to not eat certain things (cereal, chocolate) mainly because I’ve been eating not that great for the past few weeks, but I know it will get better.

Has anyone successfully finished Whole30 or a Paleo challenge? How did you feel?

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Health/Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

27 Feb

It’s been such a busy week that yesterday, I thought yesterday was Wednesday. I have a personal training client on Wednesday mornings, and actually texted her asking her if our session was still on…and realized it was Tuesday AFTER I texted her. Good thing her phone was on silent and I didn’t wake her up!

Anyway, it’s been a crazy week but in a good way. Do you ever have hectic weeks but you love everything you have going on, so you don’t mind?

Well, in case you have some downtime, here’s some healthy info for you today!

Have you tried kale? What are your favorite kale recipes?

Beef & Veggie Stir Fry

26 Feb

IMG_3775This was a totally spur of the moment meal. I needed to make something that was “Whole30 compliant” so I figured I could do a stir fry with a bunch of veggies I had in the fridge. Here are my ingredients (minus the radishes I didn’t end up using):

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I put the beef in the pot first and browned it. Then I added in the mushrooms:

IMG_3773After that, I added in the crushed tomatoes, garlic, celery, and sweet peppers. I let those simmer for a while before adding in the broccoli last. IMG_3774

I used crushed tomatoes instead of tomato sauce because of all the added ingredients found in tomato sauce. I definitely plan on making some homemade tomato sauce this weekend!

This whole process probably took me 30-40 minutes. So easy! Here’s the full recipe/steps (which served 4 people):

Ingredients:

2 packets of beef squares

8-9 sweet peppers

1 stalk of celery

1 teaspoon of chopped garlic

1 container of crushed tomatoes

1 head of broccoli

1 pack of chopped mushrooms

Steps:

1) Brown the beef. When it is basically almost done, add in the mushrooms. Let the mushrooms cook/simmer for a few minutes. Add garlic and stir.

2) Add crushed tomatoes, peppers, and celery. Let simmer for 10 minutes.

3) Add broccoli. Let simmer for 5-10 minutes (until broccoli is cooked to your liking) before serving.

Enjoy!

Feel free to let me know if you try this!

What are your favorite quick-and-easy dinner recipes?

Trying the Whole30 Challenge!

26 Feb

The past few weeks I have not been good with my nutrition. I seem to have lost motivation and stopped tracking what I was eating. For the most part I still ate well, probably 60/40 ratio as opposed to 80/20. Though I will admit to having one too many cookies this weekend…

Anyway, I knew I needed a fresh start. I have “gone paleo” before and saw great results both physically and mentally. Which is why I am doing the Whole30 Challenge. For 30 days, I will eat only health, whole, nutritious fruits, and stay away from grains, legumes and dairy. I actually don’t eat much of those anyway because I have a sensitive stomach…so this shouldn’t be too hard! My sweet tooth is what will get me 😉

Yesterday was Day 1. I ate perfectly! I am hoping I can keep this up for 30 days without any cheats as they mention, and then continue to eat healthy after the 30 days are over. I really felt I needed to reset myself and recapture my goal. I know eating healthier, and eating only whole foods will help me achieve my goals, and also help me have more energy for all of the activity I do.

Each week I will post a recap of what I ate as meals in case you’re curious! As an example, here is what I ate yesterday:

Meal 1: 2 eggs + kale and 1/2 a banana smoothie + green tea

Meal 2: 2 turkey sausage links + a ton of mixed greens, alfalfa sprouts, and tomatoes

Meal 3: celery, tomatoes…other 1/2 of banana and handful of cashews. (Ran out of eggs)

Meal 4: Beef stir fry with a ton of veggies. I’ll be posting this recipe later today!

Not bad at all. On workout days I plan on adding an extra meal, since the plan advises you have a pre and post workout meal. I usually don’t have a post-workout meal, as I just wait for dinner, but this will help me get in the habit of replenishing protein and carbs after workouts.

Have you tried the Whole30 challenge? Or done something similar like paleo/primal? Please share some meal ideas!

Motivational Monday!

25 Feb

Yesterday I watched Miracle with my sister…one of my favorite sports movies. It is so inspiring and motivating. It’s about pursuing your dreams, even when others, and even yourself think they are impossible. I found this quote which went along with this theme:

No matter what your dreams are, believe in them. Even if others don’t get them, or think it’s unrealistic, believe in yourself. Recently, I’ve been “dreaming” about this year in terms of my long distance running. I want, more than anything, to break my PRs in the half marathon and marathon. Mainly, I want to come back with a vengeance and take on New York City after a lackluster performance in 2011. These are my dreams. Sometimes others think I’m crazy, or tell me to stop running because of my shins, or tell me it won’t be possible because of my shin issues…but I believe in my dreams and goals. I have a good feeling 2013 will be a good year =)

What are your dreams for 2013? Do you “believe?”

 

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Third Time’s A Charm

24 Feb

FINALLY was able to get in my 6 mile run yesterday. After trying on Tuesday and Friday (and failing), I tried one last time on Saturday. I really wanted to get in a 6 miler because my group will be doing 7 miles this Tuesday.

I wasn’t able to complete the runs the 2 times previous because my calves kept burning and getting tight…it felt like lactic acid buildup. I’m not sure why this happened, but I googled it and one of the reasons is possible dehydration? So Friday night I made sure to drink a ton of water before attempting another run on Saturday.

I started off feeling fine but was nervous that once I got further into the run I would start to fade. Surprisingly, I felt great! There were a few hills I was able to climb no problem (thanks to my hill workouts I’ve been doing on the treadmill probably!).

There were 2 times I had to stop for a few seconds to stretch out my calves, but overall it was a good run. I got new Mizuno sneakers too so that helped. Time to ice and do tennis ball rolling up until 7 miles on Tuesday! I can’t believe we have built up to 7 miles again…I don’t think I’ve ran more than 6 since training for the New York City Marathon. Hopefully it goes well!

Here are my splits for my run. I tried to maintain an easy, consistent pace…but wanted to pick it up for the last mile a bit. I like ending a little faster 🙂

Do you ever have off days, or multiple off days in a row? How do you deal with the frustration?

Beyond Frustrated

22 Feb

Just a random post I’m writing as I stretch at the gym.

I’m beyond frustrated right now. I attempted six miles again today since I didn’t finish it on Tuesday. Yet again I couldn’t complete it. Barely could do three. My calves started burning and getting tight again.

I seriously have had enough of my shin and problems. I don’t know what to do anymore! It is just so frustrating because I feel great while running minus my calves. I’m not sure why this is happening this week. I need to train for this half marathon yet can barely finish three miles.

Sigh. I just wanted to vent. I’m not sure this problem will ever go away. I have tried everything in the book for shin issues. Nothing.

Rant over.