Operation Skinny Jeans: April 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

And I'm Back!

Firstly- THANK YOU to everyone who filled out my survey yesterday! It means a ton to me!

Secondly- if you didn't fill it out, can you go here and do it? Please? Pretty pretty please?

Thanks!

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I am back! In a few ways!

1. The Live Well Colorado Get Movin Challenge! I am so honored that I was asked to be a part of this again this year! Basically how it works is if you live in Colorado, go here to sign up. By doing so you are taking the challenge to move your body in any way for 30 minutes every day in May! You log your activity in Map My Fitness (where we can be friends!) and you can win awesome prizes!


It's free, it's an awesome cause, you can win free stuff, etc. Just do it :D And if you AREN'T in Colorado, do it anyway! Log all your days in Map My Fitness and at the end of the 30 days I will do a giveaway :D 

To be entered to win you must 1. Be my friend on Map My Fitness. My name is Jess O'Connell. 2. Log at least 30 minutes of activity every single day from May 1st (tomorrow) to May 30th. 3. On June 2nd, link up to your name (and MMF name if that's different) only if you did all 30 days, and I will check, and pick a random winner! What will you win? No clue. I just came up with this idea 3 seconds ago as I was typing. I am spontaneous like that. BUT it will be awesome and fitnessy related and you wont want to miss it! Plus it's easy to win, just move your ass! 

2. I am back on with Weigh in Wednesday. Yes, I have an on again off again relationship with the scale. And after I saw a number I didn't like, I vowed to not weigh myself again. Until last week, where I saw a terrible number I was not okay with. 


GAH! I was INCHES from the 220's and now here I am. Real talk- I am eating like crap. Well I was. After I saw this I had a come to cheesus talk with myself and made some changes. 

This morning:


Much better. I mean not better by any means, I am still like 13 lbs more than I was in February, but I accept responsibility for my actions and I am ready to go and kick my ass into gear for summer! I have a plan and a deadline and I am ready to GOOOOOO!

So the plan. Do T25. Started Monday- feeling great. Holy shit Shaun T I kinda love/hate you. Eat Whole 30. Starting Monday (post wisdom teeth removal and Melting Pot reservation) I am going full blown Whole 30. I am beyond excited to get my shit together. Move 30 min every day- duh. T25 is 25 minutes, and I am still training for a half marathon so I have got that down. Get into those gosh darn size FOURTEENS I bought in NOVEMBER by Summit, in June. 

It is a brand new month. Well tomorrow. And I can not let another 6 go by with no progress. Neither can you. Lets DO THIS. 

Linkin up with my girls Ash, Heather and Erin :D



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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

I have a Dream

I think I have named posts this before... so apparently I have a lot of dreams...

Anyhoo. This is one I have had for a while. I have thought and thought and thought about it and now I want to ask you guys.

Ok. I don't know why I am so nervous! GAH!

Ok.

So obviously I am not a small woman. I mean I am short but I am still in "plus sizes". And something that has always bothered me is that there are NO cute workout tank tops for us. We are stuck wearing over-sized t-shirts, not feeling cute or confident. And what workout shirts we do have are too short, so we have to wear a tank top underneath so our stomachs don't show during shoulder presses and it is just a mess of feeling uncomfortable and not so great about ourselves.

PLUS cute workout tanks are like a basic human right. They make you feel cute and sassy, and make you more likely to workout.

But there is literally NOTHING. I fit into the XXL workout tanks at Old Navy (because I like them flowy) but I am a size 16, which is HARDLY plus sized. When I was bigger- nothing. And I love Ruffles with Love. Really, I do. She is such an awesome human being and I recommend her and her store to everyone I meet. But I do not comfortably fit into an XXL in her sizes. I don't. They are not flowy, they hug my problem spots and I wont wear them out of the house.



Excuse my weird faces, they were not meant to be shown lol

So disappointed in the options out there (ie NONE) I decided to do something about it. Or at least think about doing something about it because actually doing something is going to be really involved and expensive but worth it I think. But before I move any further, I want to know if this is something people want, and would buy, or if I am crazy and the only person wishing for this. 

Specifically- cute plus size flowy workout tanks with cute sayings, like the two above. Because apparently the issue is that there are literally NO plus size workout flowy tanks in existence to purchase, I would have to make my own, meaning working with a manufacturer to create my own line. 

So pretty pretty please fill this out so I can decide if I should make this a thing, or let it go live with baby Jesus. It is keeping me awake at night so I need to know lol. 


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Monday, April 28, 2014

Just another Marathon Monday....

Wish it was Sunday.... That's my run day....


Wow took that a bit far.

Anyhoo! Happy Monday!

So as you know, last week I was chatting with you all about how my marathon buddy and I were sweating about the Rocky Mountain half. And I want to thank all of you for your words of encouragement. I know, deep down, that I can do anything I set my mind to. But I also know that if something sucks balls the first time, I am not going to want to do it again. That is the reason I quit on myself the first 1000 times I started trying to lose weight. I don't believe there is any quit left in me, but I know if I ran that race and hurt myself or it sucked or I didn't get to finish because of the time limit- I would probably never run another half again. At least not one for a very very long time.

So almost a year ago, I first expressed interest in running a half marathon. In this post here. And in that post, I specified which race I wanted to run. When it came down to race decisions, my partner, god love her, jumped on registering for the Rocky Mountain half, before we realized that the race I have been wanting to run for a while is the next weekend. I was not sure I was even going to come out of one alive, let alone 2 back to back, so my goal of running the Georgetown to Idaho Springs half went to live with baby Jesus. And I was okay with that.

When we started talking about an alternative half, that one came up. Sure, it is still a mountain half, but it is a lower elevation (almost 2000 feet lower) and it is down hill. And it is really cool to say you ran from one city to another city, in my opinion.  It also doesn't have a time limit at all- it is even open to walkers. It felt really "full circle" for me, and has all the things we are looking for, so we are officially switching races.

Now if you even think of calling me a quitter, save your breath. Quitting would be not signing up for another race 6 days later. Quitting would be not mentioning it and just never following through. QUITTING is something I don't do. I am not a quitter. I am realistic.

So I am excited! I feel a new energy and excitement to run this race and I know that even if it is terrible I can just lay down and roll down it because it is down hill ;)


Obviously no big change in training, just another week to do it I guess. I am still going to train for the altitude because even tho we wont be going up hill at all, we will still be in the mountains. 

Link up your marathon training this week! Or running post. Or anything really- I just wanna read :D




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Friday, April 25, 2014

So you're not losing weight

We have all been there. We think we are going hard and eating perfect but our weight isn't budging. It is frustrating, and it makes us want to quit. I have been there. And I know a few people there right now. And I am sure there are people out there in blog world that I experiencing the same thing so I thought I would offer my best advice.

First- don't panic. Have you been losing inches? The scale is not always the best indicator of change. It sucks because we have been taught that we live or die by the scale, but really there is so much more going on. If you are losing inches, hang in there. You are making progress.

If not tho, here are some things you can try.

1. Track your food. Don't change what you eat, just write it all down for a week. At the end of the week you can look back and analyze. Are you eating a lot of sodium? That can stall your weight loss. Eating lots of carbs? Not eating enough? All of these things can be discovered by writing it down.

2. Try eating more. If you are eating well and not losing weight, maybe you aren't eating enough. Low calorie diets are a terrible idea. Here is a cartoon I just drew in paint to illustrate my point.

1. Girl eats a low calorie diet.
2. She is happy but her body is sad. It is hungry and thinks she is stranded on a deserted island so it stores everything she eats as fat, because it doesn't want to die.
3. Girl doesn't lose weight.
4. Girl unhappy.

Moral of the story- maybe your body thinks you are on a deserted island. Throw it a bone and see what happens.

3. Be honest with yourself.  You have plateaued, which means you are probably grumpy and not trusting the process. So you skip a couple workouts, and have a couple hand fulls of m&ms every now and then. And a soda maybe. And Taco Bell just once. Don't kid yourself! you might be the reason you have stopped losing.

4. Switch it up. Your body is picky. If it gets bored, it wont respond the same to what you have been doing. Muscle memory is a thing. When you stop challenging it, it stops doing what you want to do. Switch it up. Try a new class at the gym, pop in a new dvd, check out a spin class, just do something else. Treadmill and Zumba will get you started, but it wont keep you going. Your body needs a change.

5. There might be something legitimately wrong with you. Not to freak you out, but if you REALLY are working out as much as you say and you REALLY are eating as clean as you say and you have tried eating more and switching it up and STILL no movement- you might want to see a doctor. Take that food journal you made and show him what you have been doing. Have your levels checked. Better safe than sorry.

Most of all, don't give up. This road is not straight. There are bumps and curves and you will get through it. And try not to stress too much! Stress can cause you to retain weight too.


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Thursday, April 24, 2014

"No Plan" Meal plan- Your voices were HEARD!

Thank you to EVERYONE who filled out our survey last week! We are so so thankful for your feedback and you will notice some change! I am excited to announce that Destiny Barker is the winner of the $10 Target Card! We will email you today and get that out to you :D

So last night Ginny and I hung out (on google hangouts) for the first time and it was AWESOME! I knew we would click, but she is hilarious and we work really well together! We talked about the surveys and how we can improve and we did it! We revamped the meal plan and I can't WAIT to share it with you all!


A few changes. 
1. It is now 2 pages. The 2nd page (which you can see by clicking the above or the link below) has the prep, grocery list and key.
2. We made the font a little bigger and therefore (we think) easier to read. 
3. We marked things that are Low Carb (LC), Low Calories (CAL), Meatless (V), and Paleo (P). 
4. We made it a PDF
5. And we added a bonus meal at the bottom. This will be an easy lunch or a dessert or something like that :D
So we are super excited about the new format and hope that you are too! Oh and we had a question about why we put it out on Thursdays. We figured Thursdays were good because people go grocery shopping between Friday and Sunday for the following week. We want you to have your menu ready to go shopping in time for you to do that. So our intention is for this menu to be used Monday-Sunday of next week :D Obviously do whatever you want, but thats why we put it out on Thursdays. 

DOWNLOAD THE “NO PLAN” MENU PLAN WEEK 8



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


Want to get the meal plan by email every Thursday? 
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Dirty Thirty

Well actually its kinda the opposite of that.

Whole 30.

So a few weeks ago I mentioned on Facebook that I was Paleo-curious. That statement was met with mixed reviews so I thought I would explain my thoughts.

I am a binge eater. I have certain trigger foods. This also mean that restriction is kind of the opposite of a good idea for me.

But because I am trying to lose weight, restriction is kinda the name of the game. I have learned moderation, but there are some things that no matter how moderate I go I just don't "allow" myself to have. Cupcakes for example is one of these things.

But the thing is, I LOVE cupcakes. I want to be able to eat them! I want to be able to eat them and not FEEL guilty.

Also a note- I am lactose intolerant. So I severely limit my dairy consumption. It has been tough, but I have spent too many nights with tear inducing stomach cramps at 2 in the morning to justify eating ice cream. And since I started eating healthy, I stopped eating refined carbs pretty much all together. I get hamburgers bun-less. I don't eat sandwiches. I haven't had pasta in MONTHS. These are just healthy changes I have made in my life, and I FEEL better because of it.

So back to Paleo. Basically I already eat mostly Paleo. I don't eat processed junk, I eat meat, fruits, veggies and starches like sweet potatoes. Putting a label on it doesn't mean anything to me. But there is something intriguing about Paleo. All the recipes there are!

I can have cupcakes. Paleo cupcakes. I can HAVE waffles! Paleo waffles. I can eat healthier versions of the foods that I love, which lets me live.

I have a dream. I have a dream that one day I will be able to live my life without counting anything, calories, containers, carbs, whatever. I will be active because it feels good and I will eat what feels good and I wont be messed up in the head about food. I will be recovered. I won’t use food as a coping mechanism. I won’t lose control at a buffet. I will be a happy, mentally and physically healthy Jess.
I see this as a step in that direction. 


And the first step is the Whole 30.


I have gotten off track in the last couple months. Parties and pizza and life have tempted me and I FEEL it. My stomach hurts and I am lethargic and I need to change. So I started researching and I found “It Starts with Food”. A book all about how what we eat impacts our body and how it functions. I am completely fascinated by this. Along with this book, there is a program called the Whole 30. It is 100% free and eliminates unhealthy things (like sugars and refined carbs) from your diet. It brings your body chemistry back to where it should be.

My dear friend and coach Maggie and I are going to do the Whole 30 together starting May 5th and we are looking for a few people to join us. We are only taking 10 people, and there will be a few requirements. We want to succeed as a whole, and so we are looking for people to support us. You will need to obtain the book “It Starts with Food”. I am looking at my local library first. You will also need to commit 100% to the plan. If you have a birthday or pot luck or Memorial Day party coming up, this might not be the best timing for you. Don’t set yourself up for failure. 


So if that sounds like you, lets connect. You can friend request me on Facebook or email me or leave a comment with your email.


And no worries, you know I will talk about this paleo-venture in obscene detail because thats how I do ;)

Are you paleo? Have you tried paleo? Do you know what paleo is? Do you also think of dinosaurs when you read the word paleo? Want to tell me its a terrible idea? Lay it on me :D

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Time Management

Ok so this isn't specifically "skinny jean" related, but good news is, I am not a fitness robot so I am gonna write about it :D

I suck at personal time management. It has always been a downfall of mine. Now work time management- I am a time managing FOOL! I make lists, I get shit done, but in my personal life I can not seem to figure it out! And now that I work when I get home too, it's a hot mess. I am a hot mess.

For example- I blog the day of. Yep. I wrote this about 5 minutes ago. I don't even have post ideas before I start writing. I should work on that...

But even outside of that I struggle with managing my time on the internet. I will start doing something, then stop because of something shiny. Or a facebook message. And I am gone. I am glad I open windows of things I want to look at because if I didn't, I would totally forget about it. I am like Dory! lol

I also struggle with scheduling my workouts. I so so deeply want to wake up early and just do them. But sleep wins every time. So I try to do them when I get home, but so many things can happen that derail that. I know that if it is a priority I will make time. And I do. But I wish I could figure out how to make time before it's 9:30 pm and I am just doing it so I can go to bed. I have the same problem with meal planning. I make it work, but it is by no means a perfect system.

I need a professional organizer to overhaul my life. I need to take time management courses or read a book or something! It is driving me a little bit crazy.

So I am asking you for tips. Websites, blogs, books, guides, classes, exorcism professionals, ANYONE that can help me :D
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Monday, April 21, 2014

Marathon Monday- Marathon musings

Happy Boston Marathon day! I am sending my thoughts and good running juju to all the runners! Maybe one day I will be crossing that finish line with all of you!

Week 1 of training is in the books and it went well! My Tuesday run I did outside and I was able to run 10 minutes straight, which felt awesome. Then I interval-ed the last 10 minutes, but still felt good! My Thursday run was on the dreadmill because of weather (stupid rain) and my Saturday run was outside and it was beautiful! No land speed records, and I forgot to track it on my Map my Fitness app, but luckily I installed a new fancy app called Breeze!

Breeze is cool because it tracks your steps like a Fit Bit except its free. And obviously the people at Breeze have no clue who I am, I just downloaded it (its free) and I love it.


Anyhoo its pretty cool. :D

On that run, I got talking to my marathon buddy and we had a come to Jesus. We picked a really bad first half marathon. TONS of people have told me that. We were kinda ignorant to the options at the time so we kinda jumped on it. But now that we are getting closer to the date, it is freaking us out. 

Reasons we are worried:

1. It is in the mountains. Colorado running is already hard because we are at 5,000 elevation, which means there is less oxygen. This race is in the mountains, meaning we are starting the half at over 11,000 feet and gaining 500 ft of elevation in 3 miles. It's like a hilly run from hell, literally running up a mountain. And by running I mean crawling because lets be honest. 

2. There is a 3.5 hour time limit. This probably sounds like no big deal to experienced runners, but that is a 16 minute mile. Again seems like no big deal, but I currently run about a 17 minute mile (slow as shit, I know) and add 3 of those miles STRAIGHT up a mountain. No let up. No down hill to rest. JUST MORE MOUNTAIN. We are kinda freaking. 

3. Its not a big one. When I first threw out the idea that I wanted to run a half, a good friend suggested running a big one because the crowds will get you through. This is a pretty small race and along those mountain roads there will be parts where we are alone. I remember being the last person to finish my first 5K and it was TERRIBLE! I wanted to die. I wanted to CRAWL because we were all alone. I had lost the excitement by that point. Running a bigger race, there are more people and more of a crowd.

4. It's in August. Now Colorado isn't Texas or Arizona or anything, but it is hot as hell, almost always in the high 90's/ over the 100's. Ew. 

So yeah. We have until June 1st to get our full money back (oh yeah, another one- it doesn't support a charity... ) so we are definitely considering it. The Rock and Roll half is in October, which will be better weather, a better (flatter) race, and has a 4 hour time limit, which we feel is do-able. 

No Pokey update today- she is moving! But she will be back next week :D 

How is your training going? 




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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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