That Time I Signed up for a Half-Marathon

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve updated this little space of mine. Things have been busy with work/travel/and just life in general, but it’s ALMOST summer vacation and I’m ready to focus on one of my passions again.

Since I last checked in I’ve been eating super healthy, but also enjoying life and treats from time to time, getting in great workouts, and in general feeling better than I ever have. I’ve recently derailed slightly (basically just this past week) because I went to Las Vegas, had the BEST time ever and have been having trouble getting back on track since coming back home. The sugar monster is real and I have been eating sugar, carbs, and many things I would not have even considered eating at a couple of weeks ago.

I am someone who can get bored pretty easily when doing the same thing over and over and I decided I needed an extra spark to get motivated again and keep being my best self. Here is where the half-marathon comes in. A half-marathon is something I have thought about on and off for quite a few years now, but I always thought about it for a couple of days and then didn’t think it was actually possible, or the thought of running 13 miles was too much to comprehend. Something came over me last week and I decided to just go for it! I think after traveling to Vegas and seeing one of my co-workers travel to do a half-marathon, it motivated me a little more to use running as an excuse to travel! The half-marathon I signed up for is local, but if all goes well with this one I want to travel and complete more. I am 12 weeks out from the race and am about to begin my training. I am so excited, nervous, and just ready to get going!

Let’s rewind a little bit though and chat about the weekend. Friday night Chris and I went to a Red Sox game with some of our friends and had a great time. Saturday we had a date day which consisted of Dig Inn

My first Matcha Latte

And a Pressed Juicery Freeze

I decided that for my training I needed some new shoes. I went to Marathon Sports and got professionally fitted for a pair of shoes. I am so glad I did because the shoes I was given were shoes I never would have picked out for myself. One of my legs pronate so I need shoes with extra support. I also picked up a running belt and some reading.

The shoes I got are the New Balance 860s and they are so comfortable and supportive!

We ended Saturday with a date night! We are moving to Maine next week so we made our way to one of our favorite South Boston spots, Worden Hall. I enjoyed a bunless burger with brussels sprouts, and maybe some of that pizza as well.

Expect more from me coming up! I am wanting to use this space as a sort of diary for my training and a place to keep me accountable for my food choices!

Any tips for a first time distance runner??

How I Prepare for a Successful Week

Oh Sundays… I love them and I hate them. I hate Sundays because it means the weekend is over and it is time to get back to reality. I love Sundays because it is a great chance to prepare and set yourself up to have a successful week. I have been using my Sundays for preparing for the week only since October when I started following Tone it Up and haven’t looked back since. Here is what my Sunday generally looks like and how I prepare for a successful week ahead.

Meal Plan

On Sundays I wake up, have a great home cooked breakfast, and spend some time looking through my cookbooks and planning my meals for the week.

I don’t do anything fancy while meal planning. I pick on breakfast for the week that I will make ahead for 3 or 4 days and I choose my dinners for every night of the week. I always make enough leftovers at dinner so I have enough food for lunch the next day. This makes prep a little easier for me. After I decide what is going to be on the menu for the week, I make a list of all of the groceries I need for the week.

Set Goals and Intentions for the Week

I always try and take a few moments on Sunday mornings to set 1 or 2 goals or intentions for the week. I look back at goals I have set before, see how I did with them, and also look at the week before and see if there were particular things that were bothering me or things I could do better with. My goals could be related to fitness, food, happiness, keeping the apartment clean, taking the dog for  more walks, or literally anything you want to do better at. This really helps set the tone for the week and is a good reminder to continually improve on things in your life.

Workout

Unless I am doing Orangetheory sometime during the week or it is Sunday I really prefer to get my workout in first this in the morning. On Sundays sometimes I sleep in a little later than usual and am more hungry when I wake up, so I will eat, plan and then workout.

I am currently following the Beachbody Hammer & Chisel program with Orangetheory mixed in and have been loving lifting heavier weights and I am definitely noticing a difference in my body. After the workout it’s time to….

Grocery Shop

I LOVE grocery shopping. I don’t know what it is but I really enjoying looking through all of the produce, perusing the aisles and trying to find the best meats. I love finding things that I haven’t tried before. I usually got to a couple different store. I will start at Trader Joe’s and then go to Whole Foods for anything I couldn’t find at Trader Joe’s.

Meal Prep

I meal prep a little differently from many people I follow online. Since I use leftovers for my lunches throughout the week, and I really enjoy cooking each night, I focus on breakfast during my Sunday meal prep. This week I made breakfast sausage, lemon kale,  fried plantains and a side of fruit. I made enough to last me for 3 days and packaged them all separately. On Wednesday and Thursday nights I will make something for breakfast the next day.

Odds and Ends

I also spend some time doing laundry to make sure my clothes are ready for the week, checking out my planner and making sure I’m all set for the week!

How do you prepare for your week?

 

What I Ate Wednesday

Hello folks! Here is a new episode of What I Ate Wednesday. This is actually what I ate on Tuesday, during our snow day when I was home and wanting all of the snacks. Does anyone else feel super hungry all the time when they have nothing to do? It is hard for me to sit in the apartment all day long and not eat everything in sight. I think I did a fairly good job yesterday, but did get a couple of snacks in there.

I slept in until about 7:30 and woke up ready to get my workout out of the way. I am doing the Hammer and Chisel program from Beachbody and did my scheduled workout along with a little Fitnessblender Abs. After my workout I was super hungry! I sauteed some spinach in ghee and added 2 scrambled eggs, along with some leftover plantain pancakes. I topped off my breakfast with a cup of coffee and a scoop of collagen.

Since it was a snow day I was pretty lazy for the rest of the day. As I said before, it is really hard for me to sit in the apartment all day and not get out. It really does something to my mood. I am currently reading The Shack, so I read that, watched the news, and did some laundry until it was time for lunch. Around 1:00 I put together a plate of leftover brussels sprouts, coleslaw, and some deli meat. I added some Sir Kensington’s Paleo Mayo and Primal Kitchen Ranch to my meat for some healthy fats.

I still felt a little hungry after so I also had an RX bar.

It was more reading, hanging out, watching TV, and doing laundry (I saved it all for today because I knew we were going to get a snowday) until dinner time. Our stomachs started to rumble around 5:30 so I threw together this Sausage Kale Potato Soup from the Whole30 cookbook.

I am not doing a Whole30, but I bought the cookbook because the meals are delicious and healthy.

I ended the night with a piece of Taza dark chocolate. Taza is a local company to Boston and makes stone ground chocolate. Taza was the first chocolate factory in the United States to establish a third-party certified Direct Trade Cacao Certification program. The chocolate is also certified organic and tastes so good. I would definitely recommend!

And of course… a glass of booch!

I didn’t snack as much as I felt like snacking, which I am going to consider a win. Sitting home all day and not raiding the cabinets is hard! By fueling myself with well rounded meals I was better able to control my cravings.

A Breakfast Date and Museum Visit

Happy Tuesday and HAPPY SNOW DAY to anyone in the northeast! It is always such a treat to get a snow day, especially in March which is an incredibly long month for teachers around here. I got in  my workout this morning but now an enjoying a slow and carefree morning. I love being able to take my time to eat my breakfast and drink my coffee. But let’s head back to the weekend with a little recap!

I had plans to make oven baked baby back ribs on Friday night, but when I opened my cookbook around 6:00 PM I realized they were going to take 2 hours to cook. I was too hungry at that point to we decided to head out on a little dinner date. Our date took us to Stephie’s in Southie. I might have said this before but we used to live right across the street from Stephie’s and barely went there to eat, but since we’ve moved out of the city we have found ourselves here SO many times for brunch and dinner.

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