Monday, April 21, 2014

Weekend Recap

This weekend flew by!! MMA, soccer, Easter and riding lessons! What a blast!

Friday night Honey and I went to happy hour sushi. $132 later we left. lol We had tickets to go watch some MMA. Yes, I know. I totally like it! We lasted through 8 matches (there were 16 total) and then I was too tired!  I had gotten up at 4:20 to run that morning so after a big dinner and a few cocktails, I was done.

Speaking of running, last week I ran a marathon between Monday and Friday as a part of a fitness challenge. 
 Saturday it was soccer time! Unfortunately the Hot Tamales lost this game.

Later we grilled out. Ribs and chicken and I made carrot cake cupcakes from Christina over at Carolina Charm - YUM!

Sunday Sofia raced to find an Easter basket just jam-packed with candy and treats: Sunglasses, flip flops, beach towel, bathing suit, monogrammed running shorts and some nail polish!

Later we headed out to riding lessons. She is getting SO good at posting her trot! So proud of her!

After riding lessons, we went to pick out new soccer cleats and headed off to watch Rio 2. Cute but basically the same as watching the first Rio. Not very original. 

That's it! What's on tap for your week?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Workout Wednesday

The plan this week is more miles and more calorie deficits. My workouts for the week are:

Monday - AM - done

Monday - PM - done
60 minutes of elliptical trainer at they gym (with Gossip Girls)

Tuesday - AM - done

Tuesday - PM - done
70 minutes of elliptical at the gym (with Gossip Girls)

Wednesday - AM - OFF
Wednesday - PM
20 minutes of HIIT on the treadmill (alternate between 3.5 and 10.0 speed)
50 minutes of elliptical

Thursday - AM
Run 5 miles
Thursday - PM
Run - 5 miles

Friday - AM 
Run 6.2 miles
Friday - PM
60 minutes of elliptical 

Saturday - AM
Run 10 miles

Sunday - OFF

Total Miles for week -  36.2

Also important is insuring a BIG calorie deficit each day, while still consuming enough clean calories to fuel my workouts. This is always a work in progress for me.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Workday Eats - What's for lunch?

It's lunchtime! What are you having?

This week for lunch I'll be having a turkey burger patty (recipe below), 1/2 cup of roasted broccoli and 1/2 cup of sweet potato. (don't mind the 2 bites I took of my burger)

I bring my lunch for the whole week on Monday and hope no one takes it! Fingers crossed!

What are you eating this week? Do you mind eating the same thing each day? For me it keeps me on track. I know how many calories I will have each day. Easy. 

Even I can admit turkey burgers can be a smidge bland. So I turned to Pinterest (of course) and found this yummy recipe.

Ranch Turkey Burger Recipe

- 1 lb lean, ground turkey
- 1 packet of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Dry Mix
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
In a bowl, combine all the ingredients. Form into 4 patties. Spray a frying pan with cooking spray. Cook the patties until done. Serve on hamburger buns or wrap in iceberg lettuce for a carbohydrate free hamburger recipe version.
NOTE: Serving with hamburger buns will add additional points to the recipe – make sure to factor that in!
Entire Recipe makes 4 servings
Serving size is 1 patty
Each serving = 3 Point Total

Monday, April 14, 2014

Weekend Recap

Oh my goodness, the weekend flew by! While I love a fun-filled weekend, I also rather enjoy a lazy, slow day. Well, there simply was no time for lazy or slow this weekend!

Friday night I hit the gym after work then headed over to Sofia's school for her cheer club performance. Sofia had 3 little friends spend the night. Honey and I ate random dinner and just watched tv.

Saturday morning I started the day with an 8 mile run, made pancakes for all the little friends and then we rushed out the door to soccer!

This is Sofia's first year to play up on the 10-14 yr old soccer team. I was a little worried she might not get as much play time as last year. Well, that worry was wasted as she played the entire game and came very close to scoring a goal. The coach loves her hustle and endurance! Never mind she's the smallest one on the team! Their team name is the Hot Tamales and they won their first game!

And this is how Honey enjoys soccer games. 

After soccer, we headed home to prep for Sofia's Easter party and egg hunt with her neighborhood pals. They dyed eggs and then had a hunt. I highly recommend the Kool-Aid for dying eggs! It smells so good! The shaving cream technique is fun but not as successful as I thought it would be.

Saturday night, Sofia slept over at a friends house and Honey and I headed out for dinner. We went to Pomo Pizzeria and it was SO yummy! They cook the pizza in a 905 degree oven so it takes less than 2 minutes to cook each pizza. The crust is thin and crispy ( I hate thick crust) and the sauce tastes amazing. If you are in PHX and looking for pizza, this is the place to go!

 This guys job was to put the pizza in the oven, spin it around and then take it out. They all spoke only Italian and were very interesting to watch.

After pizza, clearly we needed dessert so we headed to Rita's Ice Happiness for gelato/custard. Y'all I have never had this but it was amazing! They put a little custard in the bottom of the cup, add in your choice of gelato (I chose mango) and then top it off with  more custard! The combo is heavenly! Honey had his blended together like a blizzard but it was not as good as mine!

On Sunday we had our standard riding lessons, house cleaning and errand running. I went to Walmart and decided I needed these (in red):

The dispenser is glass and the 32oz cup is plastic. I already have the smaller cups but wanted this bigger version for work. It keeps me on track with my water consumption for sure!

Aladdin has SO many products at Walmart. You can check the out here.

Sofia had a great riding lesson! She is getting so good with her posting during trotting. She had zero corrections yesterday and that made her beam from ear to ear!

I think that about wraps it up! I crashed at 9:30 last night and started the day at 4:20 this morning with a run. I'm already tired!

Do you like busy weekends? Hope your week is fantastic!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Workout Wednesday

Happy Workout Wednesday! What are your fitness plans for the day?
 I'm not that fit, and I hate the initial pain of running, but I can't resist the aftermath of a good run, that pleasant fatigue sensation known as "the runner's high".

My day started at 4:20am with a 6 mile run. My pace is far from where it needs to be, but still under 9 minutes per mile.

I can only get that 'Runners' High' by smoking pot before I run, and then not actually running.
Later today, I'll  head over to the gym to do a little more cardio and work upper body. I've brought the scale back into my bathroom. Now I know the scale isn't the only sign of success, but I do know (for where I am at right now) it will help keep me on track. I love seeing day to day success or slip-up. I'm using Fitness Pal to track my calories and that is working well too!

I have a goal right now of losing 15.6 lbs. I can do it!

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

What I'm Eating this Week

It's no secret I'm continuously changing my eating and workout plan up. I struggle with portion control and just trying to fuel my body with the right stuff.

Here is what I know:

  • Whole30 and/or Paleo works for me. 
  • On that same note, Atkins or very low carb works for me.
  • BIG calorie deficits work for me.
  • I'm impatient!!!
  • I work out hard - but maybe not hard enough.
So knowing all these, I've devised a plan that sorta incorporates it all.

Going forward:

  •  I'm using Fitness Pal to count my calories every day (good and bad).
  • I'm upping my running to 25-30 road miles per week.
  • I'll do 3 HIIT workouts per week at the gym on the treadmill.
  • I'll do 3 weight sessions per week at the gym or at home with my own equipment.
  • I'll be eating 1200-1500 calories per day and adjusting accordingly for long run days.
  • I'm eating Whole30 style Monday-Friday lunch. Friday night dinner and Saturday and Sunday i will allow myself more freedom. Not crazy freedom but I refuse to believe I can't enjoy social settings that involve food going forward. 

I also know I like routine. Even with my food. So this is what this week's breakfast and lunch look like:

Breakfast (along with iced coffee (from my house) with 2 Splenda and sugarfree creamer):

 Now, I know this might not seem perfect for everyone, but this type of breakfast works for me. I'll be monitoring how my weight responds each week.

Lunch this week:

Grilled chicken breast, roasted green beans and also a serving of fruit.

I'm working on which snacks I consume. I was abusing my raw almonds so those are out!

It's a work in progress. I'm just trying to be more patient. Oh and don't worry, I have no trouble hitting my calories each day - even if these meals don't look like much!