Friday, April 18, 2014

90 Days till Summer Challenge- 30 day check in!

So TECHNICALLY the 30 day mark is on Sunday, but I wanted to chat about my progress thus far.

It's kinda been non existent, lets be honest.

I fell into a binge spiral, came out a few (10) lbs heavier and now I am working on losing those plus more. BUT there is still PLENTY of time to go. on Monday I am starting T25 which I think is going to be awesome. It is 70 days so I will finish it about a week after the start of summer which is perfect for me. I am also training for my half marathon so if I get all my workouts and runs in, I know I can turn things around.

My eating plan right now is to eat healthy and not restrict myself. Obviously using portion control and common sense, but definitely no hard restrictions. This is what works best for me I have found, and now that I have all the containers from 21 Day Fix, I know what a portion size looks like.

Oh! And we bought a grill! I am so excited for grilled meat! We had steak on it last night and it was fantastic. Steak and sweet potato fries :D

I hope all of you are doing well! If you need a kick in the pants, you are welcome to join me in doing T25! It is going to be awesome :D

So where are you at? Link up with us!




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Thursday, April 17, 2014

"No Plan" Meal Plan- Survey time!

Well, today we are doing something a little different for the "No Plan" Menu Plan! Ginny and I wanted to give you a chance to tell us how we are doing! If you need a plan for this week, head back to one of our previous plans and try a recipe you haven't tried yet! I am listing the previous weeks of meals here - along with some of my favorite recipes from those weeks:

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ALL THE MENU PLANS

Week 1 - featuring THE best homemade salsa!
Week 2 - it's all about the shredded pork!
Week 3 - pesto love!
Week 4 - featuring the easiest homemade spaghetti sauce - three ways!
Week 5 - this week includes my FAVORITE pizza dough recipe!
Week 6 - featuring the perfect summer salad (for the whole week!)
Week 7 - a no-prep week!

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT A RECIPE AND BE FEATURED!

Now, please fill out this little survey! Let us know what your favorite dishes are - and what you want changed in the future! We can't wait to get your feedback. Can't see this form? Fill it out here!
Thank you for your feedback! We will pick one person who filled out the survey to win a $10 Target Gift Card!!! We appreciate you taking the time :D

We will pick the winner next Wednesday night! 

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I love GOOOOALS

Said like this.

I used to be a goal setting fiend and now I am just a goal setting enthusiast. I love goals because they give you a place to go toward. And I have a lot of big things coming up (Bikini challenge, half marathon, 10K, Summit, etc) so I am gonna set some goals. 

  • Follow my Half Marathon training plan to a tee. So far so good. 
  • Start and FINISH T25 (starting 5/5 if you wanna join me)
  • Do the Ultimate Reset for a final push at the end of the 90 Days till Summer Challenge. 
  • Go to Boot Camp at some point... (I bought a living social deal and I have yet to go...) 
  • Go to Boot Camp at LEAST every Saturday. Lets start there. 
  • Comfortably wear my 14's to my husband's birthday dinner on 5/3
  • Meal plan and prep every weekend.
  • Not skip a Sunday long run. And up our distance... 
I think these should keep me going! 

Do you have some goals set? Do you love goals like goldmember loves GOOOOOOLD?

Me too :D


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I've got the bug.

Oh man. Now that half marathon training has officially begun, I have caught the race bug.

I love races. The excitement, the energy, the t-shirts. I love all of it. The only thing I don't love is the price sometimes, but I get that they are supporting a charity or providing some entertainment so it is worth it to me :D

Now that it is race season, I have a bunch I am looking forward to!

1. The Earth Day Virtual 5K- April 22nd. I have fallen in love with the company putting on my half, Vacation Races. They are awesome, and they also do virtual races! But what is COOL is you get a shirt AND a metal! HELL YEAH! So I am 99% sure I am doing this one next Tuesday. I need to show some boob convince my husband that its worth $30, but other than that I am in!


2. BolderBOULDER 10K- May 26th. This is a HUGE race around here and I am TOTALLY doing it this year. It will be my first 10K and my goal is to finish it in 1:30 which is roughly a 15 min mile. It is FAST- faster than I ever have, but I have 6 weeks to train. I have never done a 10K, but I have run almost 5 miles so I am going to up my long run distance and work on that pace :D I feel good about it! 


3. Some kind of 10 miler in July. I am still looking, but I want to run a 10 miler about 3 weeks before my half. I think it would be a great boost in my confidence and hopefully make 13.1 feel less unattainable. I will let you know which one I pick :D

Of course I would love to run a couple more 5K's while I am at it, why not right! What races are on your radar this year? I wanted to do the Color Run but it is the same day as my half  :( Ah well.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Marathon Mondays- It's time

If you stalk me on social medias, you saw that I got the email.

The "it's time to start training for that half marathon you registered for" email.

I am excited, and I was nervous before I saw the plan. The first 4 weeks look TOTALLY do-able and I am not freaking out anymore.

I have said this before, running is 100% mental. When I ran my first mile, I just kept pushing and pushing through the mental barriers. It was hard but I DID it. I know running this half is going to be the exact same way. The first mental hurdle was deciding to sign up. I decided to do it about 4 months before I actually registered. It took a lot to shell out that fee, knowing there was no turning back now.

The second hurdle has been training. Lets be honest, I have been dragging my feet with this whole training thing. I guess I was thinking that if I didn't face it it would go away? Clearly thats not happening, it's gonna come whether I am ready for it or not. Back when I signed up I opted for them to send me a training plan for beginners when I needed to train. I kinda forgot about it until I got the email this weekend. That was when reality set in for me. It is go time.

And now instead of feeling scared or intimidated, I feel READY. I am ready to stop holding myself back and to prove that I CAN do this! I CAN run a half marathon! I CAN feel good about my body in Vegas. I CAN do whatever I set my mind to! The sky is literally the limit!

I have been in a fog. I now can see. Lets be honest, I will probably be in a fog again at least 10 more times before I run this damn thing but all I can control is right now!

And so far I am kicking ASS on this training plan!


:D

Lets see how things are going with Pokey. 

This marks week 5 of C25K and I think I'm actually going to graduate this time!  This is the longest I have ever stuck at working out, especially running.  I haven't kept 100% to my days, but I haven't given up, which is a big deal.  

And I'm really enjoying the running, my feet hurt more when I walk (weird right?) and I think I've finally found a pace that suits me.  I'm not running much faster than I can walk, but I am really finding myself more aware of keeping a consistent pace and the workouts are getting that bit easier, because I'm not running out of steam too soon.

I'm going to actually register at the start of May (I've been in the process of moving, so didn't want the pack going to the wrong house).  That will make it official and fund raising will begin in earnest.  I'm surprised already at the number of people who genuinely believe this can happen, even if I'm not so sure.  But each day is a bit better.  :D

So over all a great running week for us! Tell us about yours! 




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Friday, April 11, 2014

90 Days till Summer check in!

I have this weird habit of holding myself back. I don't know if I get scared or intimidated or what, but whenever something awesome is about to happen, I pull back.

But yesterday I kind of had a breakthrough. I was driving home after having a TERRIBLE day, and I was planning on running to Walmart to get a big pizza for dinner. And as I was driving, my cooler head got a word in edgewise and said "when are you going to stop self destructing EVERY time you have a bad day?"

Well I don't know random voice of reason. Where the hell did you come from?

It must have been "Fit Jess" on my corner, while "Fat Jess" was like PIZZAAAAAA!!!!

ANYWAY

It made me think. When AM I going to stop? The last time I had a bad day I found myself in the Krispy Kreme drive through with a box of 3 doughnuts. This is definitely a pattern.

Then Fit Jess yelled "NOW YOU FRUITCAKE!"

Good call Fit Jess.

So she reminded me of a picture my friend Dara posted for dinner the other night of Salmon and Brussels sprouts and decided that is what we were having. I promptly drove to sprouts, picked up the goods and left for the same price as a pizza.

When I got home I got right to cooking and didn't feel like I needed to ruin my day anymore. I felt at peace with it. And holy crap it was delicious.


And now that you all think I am schizophrenic, my point is this. I am the person standing in my way. I am the one holding myself back. I just need to get out of my own way and start listening to Fit Jess more often, and I feel like I can actually meet my goals. 

Tell me I am not the only person who has this problem. And tell me I am not the only one craving those damn brussels sprouts again from looking at this picture! 

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

"No Plan" Meal Plan- Week 7!

Woo! Ginny and I are giving you the weekend OFF with this meal plan! NO PREP REQUIRED!! :D LOVE that!!

Plus- I hear the Aztec Chicken is THE BOMB. I can't WAIT to make it!


Here's the way it works. 

1. No more than 20 ingredients ever. I like simple things, and if a recipe has more than 7 ingredients, I am not gonna make it. I think you are all like me, and like simple, budget friendly dinners, so here they are. 

2. 5 dinner recipes, ready to go. Does your family have Pizza Fridays? Or do you always go out to eat on Wednesdays? Cool! 5 dinners allows for flexability, and since they aren't assigned to days, you can always eat what you WANT, not what you wrote down 2 weeks ago :D

3. 4 cook time options. Have to go to basketball practice at 6? No problem! There are dinner options for 10 minutes, 30 minutes, an hour and all day with the crock pot.

4. 3 healthy food groups.  Nutrition is important, and so is eating a balanced meal. All of our dinner recipes will include a Protein, a Vegetable and a Grain. Simple nutrition for you and your family.

5. 2 servings. I am a family of 2, so I don't need more than 2 servings. You have a family of 4? Cool bro- double it. Serving 8? Do the math :D Having the recipes serve 2 allows for easy modification for whatever you need :D

6. Just one easy prep time. The days of slaving away in the kitchen for hours a night are OVER! Once a week you will spend about an hour, maybe less prepping for the week. The prep guide is ON the menu plan, so it literally is EASY PEASY.

Just a few more notes:
  • Don't like chicken? Me either. There are substitutions listed for most recipes. :D
  • Don't like ____? Me either (kidding, I like ___) The optional ingredients are listed. Adjust accordingly :D
  • Each meal plan will be posted on Thursday, give you Friday and the weekend for shopping and prep. 
  • Each week you only have to print out ONE THING! It's all there on the one sheet of paper. You are welcome :D


Think your recipe for ____ is awesome and want it to be featured? Submit it here


Without further ado: This week's menu plan! (Click on the pic below for it to show up :D)




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