Powercat Paint Run

I’m embarrassed to say I have not been eating healthy lately! It was Daniel’s birthday on the 12th and his best friend’s mom baked him the most amazing chocolate cherry cake! I probably ate a good third or half of it…. whoops.

Then my parents bought him cupcakes and a mini german chocolate cake. I also had more than my fair share of those.

And then I saw oatmeal cookies for 99 cents at the store! It came with 10 and they’re 90 calories each. So of course I’ve eaten 6 of them in the past few days.

I have a problem.

But I ran the Powercat Paint Run that I mentioned a couple weeks ago. It was me, Daniel, his friends Robert, Mercedes, and Kory, and my classmates Alyssa, Trista, and Will. We all ended up splitting up right at the beginning. Some how I kept track of Daniel and Robert in the chaos. They were nice enough to keep a slow pace with me.

Here’s Daniel and me pre-race.

color run

Here is us with Robert at the water station. We had run through 2 color stations by then. Blue and Green. Clearly I had more blue powder thrown at me. I also had a little purple thanks to Trista who bought extra color to carry around and throw at people.

color run!

Here’s us after the race. In all our colorful glory. Notice Daniel’s blue face. Apparently people like to throw color at your face. I was lucky enough to avoid that. But I did have some blue stuck in my ears for a couple days after…

end of color run

I did have to learn my lesson though and keep my mouth shut as we ran through the color stations. Otherwise you end up with blue teeth… or whatever color it happens to be that time. But I learned pretty quick after the first station. Let me just say–it’s hard to run and hold your breath!

Regardless, the race was so much fun! I had a lot of pride at the end when some lady in a pink tutu slowed down and I decided to sprint past her to the finish. Woot! Finished in 32.05! Not bad for only running a handful of times before it. It ended up being really close to a 10min/mile pace.

Here’s the MBA gang post-run

MBA post-race color run

Alyssa, Trista, Will, Me

Will actually ended up first in his age group! I’m pretty sure his time was less than 25 minutes. He’s fast!

I was 21st in my age group 😛

Since then, I haven’t ran at all. But surprisingly Daniel has gone a few times! He’ll go with his friends, but not me =( Haha oh well. I’m just proud of him for making the effort finally!

I don’t have much of an excuse for not going except that I’ve been busy with projects, tests, and essays (Economic essays–which are the worst kind if you didn’t already know).

I did however get a good workout in Saturday from helping my sister and her hubby move into a new apartment. They needed more space so they found a 2-bedroom townhouse a block away from their previous one bedroom apartment. They lived on the 3rd floor… and for some reason I forgot to change into my tennis shoes so I ended up wearing flip flops the whole time.

Needless, my calves have just finally recovered as of today! Soreness and knots galore. My foam roller helped a bit and I made Daniel massage them for me too. I also tried to stretch them really well.

The men carried most of the heavy furniture so Sarah and I didn’t really have to do much except transfer over clothes and little things to the new place. But all of those stairs are what got me.

At least we got to meet this cutie:

pet pig!

I don’t know his name but that’s his owner’s feet behind him in case your were wondering. He’s 3 years old (the pig, that is). They were going for a walk by the new place and we just had to say hello. Apparently he’s well behaved and very attached to his owner so he doesn’t need a leash.

He enjoyed nibbling on the grass.

pig pig

After some pig petting they went on their way and we continued the moving process. Since the two locations were so close we finished in less than 8 hours.

My Fitbit said I went over 11,000 steps that day!

After the move we went to Target and bought ice cream. So, you know, you win some you lose some. I think it all balanced out in the end.

I’ll be back with more updates later! Just for a hint– I met Aziz Ansari! (Just kidding–but I was only like 100ish feet away from him at his show, so that’s good enough)

Food Coma…

Ok, I think I’m just getting old and senile because I’m having a hard time remembering everything I eat. I should probably just write it down instead of trying to remember it the next day.

Breakfast: I started out with 3 strawberry muffins that I made the night before and I enjoyed them while in class. I’ve started to not eat breakfast until after I leave the house. I’m not a morning person so it’s hard to wake up early enough to give myself enough time to eat breakfast before I leave. That’s why I’ve been having a lot of smoothies for breakfast lately. And now muffins.

Lunch: Leftover breaded tilapia, rice, and asparagus!

breaded tilapia

In the afternoon I was craving something sweet and I’m pretty sure I ate another muffin, and some marshmallows with semi-sweet chocolate chips.

It took me a while to get into the mood of working out and even when I did it didn’t go very well. I just didn’t have the energy or the motivation.  I followed more Blogilates videos but they were challenging and I didn’t make it to the last one for the day. The day focused on Arms & Abs.

Dinner: Daniel and I enjoyed 50 cent tacos again at the local bar & grill, Porter’s. I don’t think I’ve had them since the fall semester. They were delicious! They are simple beef tacos with lettuce, cheese, and salsa. I also ordered a small cup of queso but shared it with Daniel. It’s only about 2 oz probably.

I think that’s all I ate? Probably more strawberry muffins. Those things are addictive!

I’m in a food coma right now and it’s late on a Friday night so it’s time to snuggle with my man and go to bed. He’s watching a documentary on Bobby Fischer right now. Nerd.

Have a good night!

Successful Day!

It’s a very dreary day here in Kansas. The bright side (haha), is that the rain/mist seems to have eliminated the allergens in the air temporarily. I just now sneezed for the first time today at 4:30! That’s a record.

Yesterday was pretty successful overall for meals and exercise. I am super sore today to prove it.

What I ate:

Breakfast: I was running late for class so I made a fruit smoothie to-go: banana, strawberries, blackberries, spinach, almond milk, and orange juice.

Lunch: I made a tasty spinach salad with cucumber slices, strawberries, almond slices, feta, and raspberry vinaigrette. Daniel made me two scrambled eggs as well for a little protein.

spinach and fruit salad

Later before he went to work he sweetly drove me to Starbucks so I could get a Grande Soy Iced Chai Latte and he could get his much needed Americano. Apparently the non-drowsy allergy medication I gave him was making him rather drowsy.

For my workout I tried to mix it up a bit. I found suggestions online for Blogilates so I decided to give her videos ago. She has a youtube channel and blog with some really great workouts! I did this video first:

At the end she recommends other videos to go along with it. I guess it’s part of her monthly schedule she has set up on her site. So I followed along with all of them except the last one for the day. My butt was on fire and I sure as hell wasn’t doing another butt video especially when it’s called “Super Butt Workout!” They are definitely some great videos though. Here’s the page with the videos I followed from Blogilates.

After that I decided to get my run on. I went 2.5 miles again. This time I decided to track it with Endomondo on my phone but I started it a little before I started running and stopped it during my walking/cool down so it doesn’t quite show my full distance. At the end of my runs I like to pick up the pace, as you can see by my max speed. 5:38 woot woot!

endomondo running recap

After my run, I refueled with a chocolate protein shake from Shakeology by blending the protein powder with a banana and some almond milk.

Dinner: I made a stir fry with white rice, cucumber, carrots, yellow squash, onion, and spinach. For flavor I added soy and teriyaki sauce. You can find my super easy stir fry recipe here.

stir fry

So I feel pretty accomplished about yesterday! Hopefully I can make good decisions today too. Though I may cut out running since it’s chilly and misting still. We’ll see!

Monday?!?

Ah, Monday came quickly. I wish weekends were longer. Here’s my food update from Sunday:

Green tea with coconut milk

String cheese X 2 {that’s the last of my stock so no more for me from now on =( }

A handful of grapes and cantaloupe

Some veggie pasta with the left over cheese-less Alfredo sauce

veggie pasta with cheese-less alfredo

It’s a serving of veggies for each portion! Score.

Veggie pasta

And then my parents took me and Daniel to Famous Dave’s for dinner. I ordered with the Cedar Plank Salmon with steamed broccoli and pineapple. They were the suggested sides in the menu for a “light” meal because each side is 100 calories or less. I ate half the salmon, all of the broccoli and cornbread muffin, and half of the pineapple. The rest I saved for leftovers.

cedar plank salmon Famous Dave's

Then later that night I had a bowl of cereal with coconut milk. It was the off-brand fruity pebbles. Not super healthy but it hit the spot.

For exercise, Daniel and I walked around town since it was so nice out. We probably went at least a couple miles. I think we walked for about an hour. It was nice to get outside and we enjoyed observing the houses and discussing which ones we liked or didn’t and what we’d want in a house some day. Definitely a big front porch! We’re both a fan of bungalows.

Alright, this is a rushed post because it’s my bed time. Goodnight!

New Outlook

Alright, time to get back into this thing! I’m pretty excited because now that I posted My Confessions, I’ve actually been doing a lot better about exercising and eating healthier! (Minus some pizza I had Friday night and some Burger King I had last night….)

Here’s what I’ve been doing lately:

I’ve been trying to exercise every day by either doing a Jillian Michaels video or cardio. She’s hardcore! I’ve been alternating between her 30 Day Shred Level 1 video and her Six Weeks Six Pack video. They are great! I’ve also been trying to get in some running. Usually it’s just been a couple miles a week–one mile a day just to get me back in to it. I don’t want to cause any injuries by having too many miles too soon. I did go 2.5 miles yesterday and it felt great! I think I’ll do a couple miles for another week and then up it to three and so on.

For food I’ve decided to take a new approach. I liked documenting everything I ate from each day but finding the calories and posting it was a lot of effort–especially if it was something obscure that MyFitnessPal didn’t have in their database or if it was a strange portion size. So I will continue to post everything I eat but I will not be adding the calorie content. To lose weight it’s all about calories In VS. calories OUT. But I think as long as I’m eating a relatively “clean” diet and exercising regularly, I should be able to reach my goals without calorie counting. By “clean” I mean lots of fruits and vegetables to fill out my diet with limited process foods.

I’m going to miss string cheese so much–and dairy in general, but there are so many sources of calcium elsewhere so I’m sure I’ll reach the recommended daily intake of 1000 mg. Here are a couple articles I found on plant-based sources: Non-Dairy Foods With Calcium and 18 Surprising Dairy-Free Sources of Calcium. So many possibilities! I think I will still have the occasional greek yogurt, but I’ve pretty much eliminated them from my smoothie making regime. Lately, I’ve been digging the Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Smoothie over fruit smoothies. I mean, helloooo chocolate! I’ll have the occasional shredded cheese on a taco and feta on my salad, but I won’t be including it into my every day diet. Whole foods in, processed foods out!

Now, what am I going to do about that sweet tooth of mine? I think I’m going to stock up on some dark chocolate Toblerone again and allow myself to have a piece or two a day. That used to be enough for me, and really helped me stay on track by keeping my cravings in check. I don’t want to end up binge eating later on sweets by restricting myself when I have a little craving. It’s all about moderation.

So here’s my day in review of yesterday:

Made some iced green tea with some vanilla coconut milk mixed in. It was yummy!

Worked out by doing TWO 7-minute workouts I found on YouTube. My friend Ashley told me about an app you can download for the 7-minute workout but instead I found several that demonstrate it online. I did both on them back-to-back with a short rest in between. They are very similar but I like the second one better because it’s an actual person going through the motions with you.

Then I made the Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Smoothie linked above. I didn’t feel like that was enough for breakfast so I cooked up two eggs with some dried parsley, garlic powder, and paprika sprinkled on them.

Later, I was over at my mom’s catching up with her and we each drank a bottled Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino. I had forgotten how delicious those are.

For a snack, I ate a few grapes and some carrots and cauliflower with some hummus.

Then Daniel and I went for a 2.5 mile run. It was so nice out I even wore shorts and a tank top. Spring has arrived! I made sure to stretch well afterwards.

For dinner, Daniel and I made this tasty looking dish—>

Cheese-Free Alfredo Alternative Spaghetti SquashIt is spaghetti squash with a cashew-based “Alfredo” sauce and sautéed veggies. It was delicious! The sauce recipe is a mashup of several I found online. It has white beans, cashews, garlic, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, white wine, and water in it. It didn’t really taste like Alfredo but it was a nice creamy sauce! It made quite a bit so I have extra to make with pasta today.

Then Daniel and I had some friends over and I drank these:

mang-o-ritasExcuse the poor picture quality and my chipped nail polish. I really like this flavor! And of course I had to use my fancy margarita glass. Those are reusable ice cubes in the glass in case you were confused. I found them at Bed Bath & Beyond. No water-downed drinks for me!

I had a few of them…. So I’ll be cutting back on alcohol for sure. Unnecessary calories! I only want to put food in me that will fuel my body.

So then drunk munchies lead to Burger King chicken tenders and fries. Oops.

I hope you had a fun, albeit more healthier Saturday too!

Day Twenty-One ~ Vegan Challenge

Day 21
Eat Drink
Wake Up 8 oz of water
Breakfast Oatmeal with a variety of toppings OR 2 pieces of whole wheat toast topped with a nut butter of your choosing and a side of fruit (apple orange or banana) 8 oz of water
Morning 8 oz of water before lunch (I always keep a water bottle handy)
Lunch Leftover Kale With Tomato Risotto 8 oz of water
Afternoon If you're hungry any time throughout the day have an apple or celery with 2 Tbsp of nut butter (I like almond or peanut butter) 8 oz of water before dinner
Dinner Easy Stir Fry 8 oz of water
Exercise At least 16 oz of water after exercise to rehydrate

For exercise I continued on to Day 2 of the Five Day Workout Plan with some 10 lb weights.

Five Day Plan Day 2

And then I made sure to stretch really well afterwards.

Day Twenty ~ Vegan Challenge

Day 20
Eat Drink
Wake Up 8 oz of water
Breakfast Oatmeal with a variety of toppings OR Vegan Pancakes 8 oz of water
Morning 8 oz of water before lunch (I always keep a water bottle handy)
Lunch Leftover Roasted Spaghetti Squash with a side of steamed broccoli 8 oz of water
Afternoon If you're hungry any time throughout the day have some Baked Zucchini Chips OR an apple/celery with 2 Tbsp of nut butter (I like almond or peanut butter) 8 oz of water before dinner
Dinner Kale With Tomato Risotto (it should make enough for two and lunch tomorrow) 8 oz of water
Exercise At least 16 oz of water after exercise to rehydrate

The vegan pancakes are delicious! I had mine with sliced bananas. Next time I’d like to throw some strawberries or blueberries in them. If you don’t have all of the flours you can just use All Purpose (AP). I had AP flour and Spelt but no Flax Meal so I replaced it with Almond Meal. They turned out great! Check out my action shot =)

vegan pancakes

Up close and personal now.

Vegan Pancakes

Fluffy and oh so good!

Vegan Pancakes

Yeah, I’m pretty much an advocate for these babies now. Go Vegan Pancakes!

The Kale with Tomato Risotto was delicious as usual! I didn’t take a new photo so here’s the old one. I used white rice instead of Arborio again. Either one works but Arborio will make it creamier!

Kale with Tomato Risotto

And then it was time to start the Five Day Workout Plan all over again!

Five Day Workout Plan Day 1

Followed by some Yoga =)

Day Eighteen ~ Vegan Challenge

Day 18
Eat Drink
Wake Up 8 oz of water
Breakfast Oatmeal with a variety of toppings OR 2 pieces of whole wheat toast topped with a nut butter of your choosing and a side of fruit (apple orange or banana) 8 oz of water
Morning 8 oz of water before lunch (I always keep a water bottle handy)
Lunch Leftover Quinoa Pesto with Vegetables 8 oz of water
Afternoon If you're hungry at any time throughout the day have a handful of almonds and some grapes 8 oz of water before dinner
Dinner Black Beans and Rice from My Whole Food Life. This makes a huge amount so it should still give you plenty for two and lunch tomorrow(and possibly the next day!) 8 oz of water
Exercise At least 16 oz of water after exercise to rehydrate

Now get ready to feast your eyes on my new favorite VEGAN DESSERT!

vegan chocolate chip cookie dough

It’s AHHHH-mazing. I’m working out the details still but recipe will come soon. I wish I could eat it every night. In fact, I’ve made it a few times already…

I’m not for sure how vegan the chocolate chips are though. I bought Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips that don’t have any milk or milk products in them but they are made in a plant that processes those items so the package said “may contain milk.” Use at your own discretion!

But I have a confession. I cheated. I was at a potluck and couldn’t resist trying some desserts….

My shameful dessert plate

I shared some of this with Daniel but I mostly ate it. It was amazing and I don’t regret it though I’m sure there’s some egg and milk in that cake doughnut and probably some in the lemon bar in the back. As for the Indian dessert up front, I have no idea what’s in it but it was tasty and probably the only vegan dessert out of the three. But everyone needs a cheat day. If you don’t, you’re my hero!

I actually didn’t make the Black Beans and Rice for dinner since we went to the Potluck but it was part of my meal plan for that day. So if you need a dinner idea, I highly suggest it.

For exercise I followed Day Five of the Five Day Workout Plan.

Day 5 Five Day Workout Plan

And I did more stretching! It’s SUPER important. So do it!

Day Seventeen ~ Vegan Challenge

Day 17
Eat Drink
Wake Up 8 oz of water
Breakfast Oatmeal with a variety of toppings OR 2 pieces of whole wheat toast topped with a nut butter of your choosing and a side of fruit (apple orange or banana) 8 oz of water
Morning 8 oz of water before lunch (I always keep a water bottle handy)
Lunch Sandwich with whole wheat bread; spinach; slices of cucumber; tomato; yellow squash; and white bean pesto dip spread on each slice 8 oz of water
Afternoon If you're hungry any time throughout the day have a Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Smoothie or a larabar 8 oz of water before dinner
Dinner Quinoa Pesto With Vegetables from My Whole Food Life 8 oz of water
Exercise At least 16 oz of water after exercise to rehydrate

We had our neighbors over for dinner so we went all out! Our dinner consisted of a spinach and fruit salad for an appetizer, the Pesto with Vegetables for the main course, and a homemade Larabar for dessert.

This time for the pasta we used the same macaroni noodles from before but we roasted the tomatoes first. We loosely followed this recipe. Well, we just added dried basil instead of fresh for the tomatoes, so I guess that’s the only difference. They were so good! Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures from that night so here’s an old one.

pesto pasta and vegetables

It was a fun night! And luckily our guests enjoyed the dinner. I wish could have made a more spectacular vegan dessert, but those homemade Larabars sure are tasty.

For exercise I followed Day Four of the Five Day Workout Plan.

Day Four Five Day Workout Plan

I used 10 lb weights. Feel free to bump it up if it’s starting to get too easy. And remember to hydrate afterwards!

I followed this video for stretching. She does a lot of my favorites which have recently been hamstrings, shoulders, and neck.

Day Fifteen ~ Vegan Challenge

Day 15
Eat Drink
Wake Up 8 oz of water
Breakfast Oatmeal with a variety of toppings OR 2 pieces of whole wheat toast topped with a nut butter of your choosing and a side of fruit (apple orange or banana) 8 oz of water
Morning 8 oz of water before lunch (I always keep a water bottle handy)
Lunch Leftover Easy Stir Fry 8 oz of water
Afternoon If you're hungry any time throughout the day have Zucchini Chips or fresh veggies and 2 Tbsp hummus 8 oz of water before dinner
Dinner Black Bean Veggie Burgers from My Whole Food Life 8 oz of water
Exercise At least 16 oz of water after exercise to rehydrate

For breakfast I opted for toast with peanut butter and banana slices and lunch was left over stir fry.

The black bean veggie burgers were so good I had to make them again. They turned out delicious! I ate it with some ketchup and a side of steamed broccoli (my new favorite).

Black Bean veggie burger

For exercise I did the second day of the Five Day Workout Plan.

Five Day Plan Day 2

 Afterwards I made sure to have another good stretch and followed this video.