Let’s Talk Breakfast

It shocks me how many people eat such horrific breakfasts. Within the hour of your body first waking up is the prime time to jump start your metabolism for the day. It’s also the best part of the day to eat complex carbohydrates and proteins to prevent hunger and lack of energy throughout the day. People eat nothing at all, or worse just coffee (Yes I am a coffee hater, sorry not sorry). Sugary pop-tarts and overly processed diet bars are equally useless to your nutrient craving body. Breakfast is the one meal of the day I never stray from my new lifestyle choices, and a healthy breakfast has long been a part of my morning routine.

So what do I eat for breakfast? Well I eat 2 breakfasts everyday!

Sometime around 7-8am: Green tea, 16 oz cold water, 1 Egg , complex carbs (usually shredded wheat), and FRUIT!

Sometime around 10am: Tea, water, 2/3 cup of 0% fat plain greek yogurt and FRUIT!

Complex carbs – Eat them in their natural form. The label on whatever grain you choose should have that as the only ingredients, for example: whole grain oats or whole grain wheat. That’s what makes the product clean.

Yogurt – Many people don’t like plain yogurt but plain 0% fat greek yogurt is the only yogurt that is considered clean – lucky for me it’s the only kind of yogurt I like!

Eggs – I try to mix it up on weekends, but during the week I eat ‘baked’ eggs. On Sunday evenings I put my oven at 350 degrees, crack open my eggs into a slightly greased (spray or butter) cupcake tin, bake for 15 minutes or until the whites are firm and VOILA. I store the egg muffins in the fridge for the week and pop them in the microwave for 30 seconds each morning and top them with OLD BAY of course – I am from Maryland and I am eternally grateful to my big Geraldine for mailing me Old Bay because you can’t buy it here.

Tea – drink it. It is an amazing thing. It has more caffeine then coffee, it’s better for your vocal cords, revs your metabolism, and doesn’t stain your teeth. It also doesn’t require gross sugar or creamer.

Water – DRINK IT. Most people live in a constant state of dehydration. Drinking 8 glasses a day minimum will change your life. I promise.

FRUIT!!! – All the colors of the rainbow! I eat 5 – 6 pieces of fruit a day and I try to eat at least 3 different colors of fruit everyday. The different colors of fruits and vegetables are associated with different vitamins, nutrients, and health benefits, so you should incorporate all of them into your eating habits!

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This morning’s delicious breakfast #1!

20130228-090407.jpgThe new green tea leaves my parents got me in Puerto Rico!!! SO DELICIOUS!!! 20130228-090449.jpg

Today’s fruit selection. Granny Smith Apples, grapes, and grapefruit are everyday staples. Oranges, kiwi, and pomegranate are in the other fruit weekly rotations. 20130228-090528.jpg

This is the label of my shredded wheat. Vitamin E isn’t considered an artificial preservative (I’m pretty sure). The goal of clean eating pre-packaged foods is to have less than 6 ingredients. Success. 20130228-090633.jpg

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New Shoes.

Woah it’s been a whole 6 days since I last blogged. That does not mean I’ve been taking a vacation however. 

This past weekend my dad came to visit!!!! He’s awesome and I love spending time with him, we had so much fun!! We ran a 5k on Saturday morning, where I showed him the Bear Trail. And that afternoon we walked ALL over Austin, which was definitely a decent workout on its own. On Saturday night we went to Lululemon and I got a new running top AND he helped me get my new running shoes. Shout out to Texas Running Company – amazing fitting, great service, and awesome selection. I am now running in Saucony Guide 6. Definitely lighter, still some cushion. I broke them in tonight. Love. Thank you dad ❤ !!! 

Last night Sean and I went to the gym!!! I lifted and did legs, roouughhhh. Then I shared some of my therapy ab moves and it was awesome. Today I ran. Now I am le tired. Bedtime. 

Mileage – 2.5 miles, abs, stretch 

QOD – Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.

The Treadmill

I have blogged many a time about my hatred for the treadmill. I get bored, it bothers my joints, there are a myriad of issues I have with treadmills. Today I realized my biggest qualm, they make me feel weak. I can run 10 miles outside but for some reason just one mile at even my slower pace is an uphill battle for me on the machine of death.

It was thunderstorming when I got to the gym this morning and since it hadn’t stopped by the time I was finished lifting, I stared at the treadmill warily. I hopped on and ran a mile at my 5k pace. I decided it wouldn’t be worth it to try for the mileage I would outside. So I cranked the incline to 15. Alternating walking and minute sprints while gradually decreasing the incline and increasing my sprint speed I managed another 25 minutes on the monster. I didn’t like it, but it was killer on my legs so it was worth it.

Moral of the story: I just need to sac up and do it.

Mileage – 3ish miles, lifting, abs

QOD – The five S’s of sports training are: Stamina, Speed, Strength, Skill and Spirit; but the greatest of these is Spirit.

Hangout Workout

Tonight Chelsea and I hit the gym, which is great because I had a serious sweet tooth. It was a cross training day for me so we climbed the Eiffel Tower on the stair stepper and DAMN that thing hurts. It was a serious workout and we helped each other through it when we wanted to just stop and get on the bikes. At first I would have rather been on a treadmill than that machine – we all know how much I loathe treadmills – but by the end I was kind of used to it. My legs were not used to that at all and I think it could become a new thing for me to do on running rest days sometimes! 

Also, I like doing things with friends that don’t always involve food. It’s nice to be able to hang out and also being doing something good for yourselves. It’s fun to go out for dinner and drinks for sure and I’m still a primarily solo fitness person, but I think incorporating healthy things like a gym session, hiking, or walks into friendship helps everyone out. 

I like this quote because it reminds me that right now I’m starting over, and in the long run, not giving up would have been worth it to me. 

Mileage – lifting, 20 min stair, 30 min cycle 

QOD – Never, never, never, never give up. 

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Delicious Day! (PLUS my first epic food fail)

Last week was a 25 mile week. WHOOP! Improvement. 

Now for some pictures of my most recent culinary creations. Which are never QUITE as pretty as their pintrest or cookbook counterparts, but I’m sure are every bit as delicious. 

1) Chicken Sausage and Bell Peppers with Quinoa (the chicken was organic and clean from a local farmer at the farmer’s market!) 

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2) My Ash Wednesday Dinner! Grilled Salmon with Avocado, Red Pepper, and Lime “salsa”

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3) Clean BBQ Turkey Meatballs, Homemade BBQ Dressing and Baby Romaine 

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4) Homemade Tomatillo Salsa! I’m really proud of this creation because it was my own recipe!

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AND MY KITCHEN CATASTROPHE. 

My first two attempts at making homemade baked chips turned out…mediocre. The potatoes were decent, but the cucumbers were a little soggy. So this time I bought a mandolin. I think this time I sliced the zucchini too thin. I think I properly salted, aired, rinsed, and dried them though. But apparently something went wrong because my zucchini came out of the oven charred to the pan like this: 

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Mileage –  5 miles, abs, yoga 

QOD – Anybody can be a runner. We were meant to move. We were meant to run. It’s the easiest sport. 

Long Run… Longer Than Expected.

My plan for an 8 mile run today was all set into action last night. Early to bed, woke up today and mapped out a brand new route through the “Baylor Bubble” (one of the safe areas to run in Waco) and along the Brazos River Trail! Then I was off.

Nice. And. Slow.

About 2.7 miles along my route I come to a construction halt on the river trail. Fabulous. I instantly know this will add mileage to my already longest distance since October 6th. But I was determined to finish. My speed had been increasing as I felt more comfortable with the distance, so I certainly wasn’t being overly cautious. I wrapped around the construction up on the main roads and found my way down to the trail again in some roundabout fashion. Ran until the turn around point and it was there that I picked up my real runner’s high (so about 4.3 miles-ish? in) and kicked up the pace a little. I ran all the way back home, ever increasing my speed, which I didn’t really notice until I did my usual last quarter mile sprint.

At this point I look down at my Nike+ watch (note: I don’t run in the shoes, but I have a little pocket to attach the reader) and it says I ran 7.26 miles at 11:26mpm. OH HELL NO. I know my paces and that wasn’t possible. So I gingerly, and angrily, walk up my apartment stairs and instantly MapMyRun it. 8.75. Yeah that sounds much better. This is the most recent in a long string of issues I’ve had with my Nike+ in the past few weeks, which I’ve had for almost 2 years now. It has served me well and it was one of the best gifts I received for my birthday that year. So I think it might be time to switch over to Garmin.

Anyone have any other suggestions???

Currently my hip flexors are on fire so I’m going to spend awhile stretching and making my poor legs hurt so good.

Mileage – 8.75, abs, yoga

QOD -Struggling and suffering are the essence of a life worth living. If you’re not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you’re not demanding more from yourself – expanding and learning as you go – you’re choosing a numb existence. You’re denying yourself an extraordinary trip.

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Speed Demon?

I’m not sure what happened, but since my fast run on Sunday, I’ve stayed well below my usual pace. I felt like I completely cruised through my 5 miler yesterday and 4 miler today, which was after a long day of nursing a hangover (no, alcohol isn’t clean but remember I refused to sacrifice it). 

I’d love to keep this speed up for shorter runs but I’m definitely going to have to pull back on long runs so I don’t hurt myself or push too far. I know I’ve talked about hills for speed…but I have to find some hills in Waco first haha. I’m aiming for 25 miles this week and despite being overwhelmed with recording an audition tape I think I will not only make it happen, but logging the miles might preserve my sanity. Tomorrow this recording will be done and I will be SO relieved. 

Also, it was 45 degrees on my run tonight and it felt like perfection. The weather finally got the winter memo. 

Mileage – 4 miles, yoga

QOD – Ask yourself “Can I give more?”, the answer is usually “Yes”. 

Decision Made

It was a very fast run today. I ran with an acquaintance and he ran at an 8:30 pace. I know I even slowed him down a a little. It was a hard workout, but speed is good for me. Also it put me at an almost 23 mile week. Whoop! Progress!

Mileage – 4.8 miles

QOD – Running is real and relatively simple…but it ain’t easy.

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Hot Chocolate 5K!

Yesterday I ran the Hot Chocolate 5k in Dallas with my friend Chelsea. Despite her not training for the race, we did well, finishing in under 40 minutes. I had a lot of fun running a race with someone else, I’ve never run a race with anyone except my dad before! 

After the race we thought we just got hot chocolate, but actually runners received a bowl-mug thingy with hot chocolate and some melted chocolate to dip a banana, pretzels, and a marshmallow in. It was DELICIOUS. Not the most nutritious but hey, it’s alright to have a treat sometimes. We also got really great sweatshirts! I did a Photobooth session with mine on. I attached my favorite haha. 

Preparing for Lent means I’ve got to find a lot of clean seafood recipes to add to my kitchen repertoire and some that I have found look absolutely delicious! 

Mileage – 3-5 miles (haven’t decided yet haha) 

QOD – No matter who you are, no matter what you do, you absolutely, positively do have the power to change. Image