Music & Pinball

Have you guys ever used the stair master at the gym, the one that looks like actual stairs??? Holy hell it’s no joke! I’m up to 20 minutes at level 8, and even that is a struggle!

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I’m working my way up to 30 minutes, wish me luck!

I experimented a little Saturday morning with some breakfast “hashbrowns.” I used half of a cooked and forked spaghetti squash, mixed with 2 eggs, oregano, salt and pepper. Next, I cooked it just like hashbrowns (I like mine a little crispy) then topped with a little shredded sharp cheddar. OMG so good and very low carb! Win/win right there 🙂

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Lookie what we found at the store ♡

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This past weekend was definitely one for the books! Friday started off with dinner at Sante, a local restaurant with quite a few organic options, but to be honest, the menu was a tad intimidating, a lot of it is french. So I decided to “when in Rome” it and ordered the escargot.

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I was pleasantly surprised, it was delish 🙂 Next we went to the Knitting Factory to see The Devil Makes Three. If you’ve never heard of them, they are pretty much bluegrass, there is even a chic that plays cello!

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The night was full of fun! Thanks Jim!!
Saturday, I headed to grandma and grandpa’s house for her 74th birthday party. I brought my chicken cauliflower chowder, I’ll share the recipe later 😉

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How could you not love these faces?! Saturday night, my girlfriend Shivaughn and I were invited to the 10th annual Pinball Bash, as the “Ms. Pinball’s.” We had such a blast! I can’t believe we actually got paid to hang out, drink good beer, and play pinball!!

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Such a fun group of guys!! Sunday, was a gym day followed by a dinner with my girls! 

Healthy Shenanigans

First things first, I got all signed up for Partners in Pain! This is a 5K that is happening here in Spokane on February 13th, chances are there will still be snow on the ground, hence the name. It starts at the East Central Community Center and is an out and back run. I have done this with my sister in law for two years, this will be the third.

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So, I’m proud to say that I have been on track this week! If I’m being honest, the #1 thing that motivates me to workout/run is being registered for a race! There is something about having a goal and being afraid to fail that really pushes me mentally and physically. What motivates you???

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Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly.
We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.     –  Aristotle

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Here I am at 6AM getting it in! There is something so classy (aka convenient) about having a treadmill in your kitchen! Here is what the week looked like:

Monday: 2 treadmill miles and light weights

Tuesday: Spin class at the Y followed by the core express class

Wednesday: Yoga at the Y, 20 minutes cycling

Thursday: Rest day

Friday: 2 miles walking/running intervals on the treadmill

I have some fun plans for the weekend that I will share later 🙂

But, on a serious note, have you tried this Okami Chinese Chicken Salad from Costco? If not you are seriously missing out! I’m pretty sure I could eat this everyday! Its so delicious and easy to whip together. And, I haven’t done this yet because I’m constantly trying to watch my carb intake, but I think this would be to die for in a wrap.

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So, I officially gave up coffee. It was messing with my anxiety/nervousness levels and doing exactly the opposite of what I want in life right now, to become rich! HAHA kidding, to be more calm and at peace, DUH!! So I have been increasing my water and tea intake. And the tea part helps with my disease called ALWAYS BEING COLD ughhh

Getting my drank on…

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So, long story short…Drink More Water!!! water

**Have a fabulous weekend everyone ❤ **

 

 

 

Weekend Recap: FUN!

My top priorities for weekends are to stay active and to have fun! And this last weekend was no exception! Friday started out amazing, not only because I had the day off of work, but because I got to spend it with my sister in law on her birthday, as well as both my brothers and a few other close friends for a fun filled/bruise inducing day on the slopes! Followed by a day of R&R, and a night of bartending.

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Saturday, some of the fam came over for some food and football. I’m not much on football, but I do love me some food! I want to share a recipe I used for my shrimp ceviche, especially for my friend Sarah who wanted a good appetizer!

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I used:

  • 1lb cooked shrimp
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • Juice of 3 limes
  • 1 cup pico de gallo
  • 1 large avacado
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp ketchup, as I like mine with a hint of cocktail

Mix everything together, being careful not to mash the avacado, chill for an hour, and enjoy with tortilla chips!

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If I were to make this again, I would chop the shrimp into smaller pieces making it easier to scoop up on a chip 🙂 I have made this using white fish before. In this case, you squeeze the lime over the fish and let it sit overnight, this cooks the fish. Then add everything else the next day! So good, and good for you!

Sunday was a much needed day of Faith. The Sis in Law and I checked out a new church, Real Life Ministries (the old Gold’s gym on the North side). I don’t want to critique it just yet, as the head pastor was out of the country for other ministry related duties. But it is a beautiful church and I like the way the day care is run, they actually teach there rather than just color and play 🙂

Next up was the Roller Rink with these cuties…

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My arms are still sore from pulling them around! Then, somebody got a bright idea to buy some temporary tattoos out of the quarter machines (It may have been me… maybe 😉

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I’m still laughing, and saying my prayers that they are temporary… Since I’m currently at session 3 of having my “tramp stamp” removed… UGHHH

All in all, fabulous weekend. I love my family and friends way more than I actually tell them, something I may need to work on ❤

 

5 for 5

I have been easing back in to fitness, the past few months life got the best of me and my running endurance is the price I have paid. But that’s the beauty of running… and life. Sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn’t, but you can always start over, ALWAYS!

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This week I am happy to say that I have been on the treadmill every morning!  When I start over, I usually tend to do the run/walk/run thing until I can get back up to where I can run a few miles without stopping, and without wanting to punch everyone in the face ha!

I made one of my all time favorite salads for lunch yesterday! Bacon, blueberries, avacado, and bleu cheese. Kind of an odd mix, but it works!20160105_115826.jpg

Maks has been with her Dad since yesterday, and I’m really looking forward to seeing her! She is the light of my life ❤ And I am absolutely loving this 6 year mark! So much fun! She has so much character, makes me die laughing daily, and inspires me to be the best Mommy that I can be! I want to give her the world…

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Now, off to Silver Mountain for some boarding and $12 lift tickets!!!

Starting the year off right

As I reflect on 2015, I find myself a little disappointed. I had many goals set for myself, many of which were accomplished, yet many left untouched. As I regroup and think about what happened, I remind myself that this is a new year, as well as a new beginning so I’m not going to dwell, I’m going to move forward and start fresh in 2016!

A few goals for the new year:

  • Make more time for my Grandparents. They are the best, I want my daughter to know and remember them, and I want to know everything about them that I possibly can, after all, they have been here longer and are much wiser than I. And lets face it, they are not going to be here forever, so I need to be with them, and be in the moment. Ask them about everything!
  • Get my health back in check ( obvious and cliche, I know). Of course I ran and worked out in 2015, but I could definitely step up my game. I plan on signing up for a few races of which includes a half marathon as well as a sprint tri-athalon. Mixed with a variety of fun runs my daughter can do with me!
  • Meditate. I get anxious, stressed, upset etc just like any other person, but I think taking time to calm your mind and body is so important. I plan on getting back to my Yogi roots and attending yoga at least 2 times per week.
  • Spending more time on learning. Whether this be working on my Spanish, guitar, research, or reading, I plan on enriching my life as well as my daughter’s life as much as possible.
  • Travel. Someplace new. There is so much to do, so much to see, and so much culture to absorb it seems silly that this is not on everyone’s list of things to do!
  • Replace coffee with Matcha! There are so many health benefits to matcha, and it tastes AMAZE!

 

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Some health benefits to Matcha include:

  • High in antioxidants (60 x  more than spinach!)
  • Increases energy without the nervousness that coffeeprovides
  • Boosts concentration and memory
  • Helps with weight loss
  • Detoxification

Not to mention, if you like green tea, you will LOVE Matcha! I love to add it to my protein shakes.

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I know some people are anti new years resolutions and I can see their point, I mean shouldn’t we be living like this daily? But the reality for me is that life happens, and the new year is a great time to appreciate the past, realize who you want to be, and make it a reality ❤

All registered for a FULL MARATHON! This really happened! & Go Hawks!

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Well, after several fun runs, a few triathalons, and a handful of half marathons, naturally the next step was to tackle the full marathon. 26.2 miles. I think I’m half crazy. But carpe diem, this is definitely the year to check it off the list.  Thank God my friend Steph is also half crazy, so naturally we registered together!

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It has been below freezing here, and basically an ice rink outside. I don’t mind running in the cold, and sometimes I actually like it. Crazy again, I know. Not as crazy as some people I like to snap photos of on the way to work though…

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But I’m not trying to get any injuries so I bought this tiny little thing back from my cousin.

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Running outside > Treadmill running, it really really tests my patience. Its monotonous, boring, and it gets really hot. I like to listen to music, attempt to read magazines, and am about to set up a DVD player and attempt some movie watching to pass the time. I’m hoping it will get more enjoyable. Steph is a little faster than I am, so I’m trying to get on her level so we can stick together for the marathon. 4-5 hours of running solo is pretty good motivation!

wpid-DSC_0365.jpgApparently, I have some work to do hahawpid-storagesdcard0DCIM100ANDRODSC_03702.jpg.jpgI always support local. I’m not necessarily a huge football fan, but I love it when our home teams bring home the win! And the Seahawks definitely annihilated it this year!

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wpid-DSC_0356.jpgMy mini and I had to get outside! As much as I can hate the snow, I also love it with all my heart. We need to enjoy it before its gone! Snow is the best thing about winter, why else freeze our asses off?? So we were in a girly girl type mood and decided to get crafty…

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Week in review:

Sunday: 5 miles, treadmill

Monday:Crossfit

Tuesday: 3 miles intervals, crossfit

Wednesday: 3 miles easy, crossfit

Thursday: Crossfit

Friday: 4 miles at pace, crossfit

How do you beat boredom on the treadmill??

Have a happy week!

A Run & Some Random Stuff

Beautiful Run Along the River
Beautiful Run Along the River

Yesterday was a fabulous day! The bad part was that the bestie Cancelled on me for church, but this meant I got to spend more time with my Mom and daughter! So once the afternoon hit, I decided to take Makenna to my favorite part of the Trail for a run with the jogger.

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I’m not sure what it is, but five miles outside is WAYYYY more fun than five miles on the treadmill! For me, running can very much be a mental game. I play that game so much better when I have scenery to look at rather than watching a clock tick on some display.  Mind you, there are times when a treadmill is more appropriate, or even necessary. When safety is an issue (i.e. darkness), when weather conditions make outdoor running dangerous, or when you are doing specific incline or speed training, the treadmill can come in handy. But I would rather bask in the sunlight if at all possible! There is something so cleansing and refreshing about getting outside, especially this time of year when you’re constantly cooped up. Plus, I’ll take every bit of Vidamin D that I can get!

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Something that I’m loving right now is protein pancakes!

DSC_0318Super quick and easy breakfast with only 280 calories and 36 grams of protein. I mix one scoop of protein powder (I use vanilla), an egg, a splash of unsweetened almond milk to get the desired consistency, and blueberries. Mix everything except the blueberries, pour into a sprayed pan, sprinkle the blueberries evenly, and Voila!

My daughter has got to be the sweetest girl I know. I think she knows it’s marathon season, and after losing 3 toenails last year, she wanted to take advantage of the full 10 that I have going on right now… while they last haha She’s pretty talented 😉

Pedi from my 4 year old <3
Pedi from my 4 year old ❤

I love her more than anything XOXO

Something else I’m totally loving right now, especially while being on a reduced calorie diet is this combo

DSC_03291 cup SF Chai + 1 cup unsweetened almond milk= Bliss I like to warm it up, and its only 30 calories to boot!

Any low cal recipes you would like to share with me?

Juicin’

For the last year I have been dreaming of juicing. There has been a voice in the back of my head telling me to just do it. So, after Christmas, Macy’s had 40% off all juicers, and, well, Carpe Diem!

This Bad Boy
This Bad Boy

There are so many mixed reviews on juicing. One of the biggest turn-ons for me is the nutritional benefits. There is no way I would eat carrots, beets, sweet potato, jicama, kale, an apple, a lime, a peice of ginger, and celery in one day. However, with juicing it just seems so much more attainable. With this juice I add Vitamins A, C, B-complex, E, K, beta-carotene, iron, folate, niacin, copper, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium… You get my drift. It is great for cleansing the liver, the skin, cell function, the eyes, increasing energy, the list goes on and on.

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After I buy produce, I like to give it a good bath. I fill the sink with cool water and add 1/4 cup vinegar. This kills 98% of bacteria and rids most pesticides. Hey, you never know where it has been before it makes it to your home!

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A little slice of heaven right thurrr
A little slice of heaven right thurrr

Not to mention, after you drink this, you just feel like a better citizen haha As for the cons, some say juicing is bad because you throw away so much of the fruit/vegetable. The part that comes out of the juicer that is not the juice is mostly comprised of fiber AKA pulp. I agree, I always think it is a good idea to eat the whole food.

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I suggest throwing your pulp into the crock pot with a chicken breast and some organic low sodium chicken stock for a healthy dinner. This has a very different taste that some might not be in to. Pinterest has some creative ideas! What to do with leftover juice pulp,  I definitely want to try the muffins!

What juice recipes do you love?

Cutting Glass!

Holy BRRRR!!! So Saturday morning, it sounded like a good idea to run to the gym, and then workout at 8 AM. Well, apparently I have been in hibernation because it was still dark after the time I got up and got the running gear on. I forgot how late the sun rises! On a mission to get the first long run done on my marathon training plan, I bucked up!  Here is the view, just in case you missed it

BRRRRRR!
BRRRRRR!
Frozen Branches!
Frozen Branches!

And yes, that’s right,sometimes I pull double duty and take pics while I run… I’m talented like that haha

The hardest thing about running when it’s literally freezing outside is getting started. After a few minutes, you warm up and the cold is actually refreshing. AS LONG as you have the proper gear on! Here are a few key items I never forget when it’s cold out:

  • GLOVES!
  • Hat or ear covers of some sort (Target has one right now with a hole in the back for your pony tail, genius!)
  • Thicker than your average gym sock. Most running shoes have some breathable fabric, allowing colder air in
  • long sleeve shirt with a running jacket over it (I love my Marmot brand, keeps me warm without overheating,  has an inside pocket with a sneaky headphone outlet, and it’s bright and has reflectors for safety)
  • Running pants that are a little thicker or lined
  • Some extra tissues, my nose runs like crazy in the cold!

I made it!

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I'm not super fast, but I get the job done!
Got it done!

Made it to the 45 minute class, and SURPRISE it just so happened to be a cardio day…. FML!!! Well, whatever doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger right?

Well, off to bed. Gotta get my run on tomorrow 😉

Love me some Ryan Gosling
Love me some Ryan Gosling

Sunday: Rest day/Yoga day

Monday: 45 minute Crossfit class at Physzique and 2 mile treadmill run after, alternating speeds

Races I’m signed up for: Partners in Pain 5K on 2-9-14

Are you training for anything right now?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Never Say No to a Challenge

As of January 13th, my 12 week weight loss journey begins. There is a gym here locally called Physzique that is hosting a 12 week challenge for anybody ready to commit to losing weight and basically morphing  into some sort of workout junkie/health nut. Challenge accepted!!

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I liked the idea of this gym because they focus on overall health. We weighed in, took measurements, have to turn in a weekly food journal, and attend three classes minimum per week. The trainers pretty much make death threats about cheating with any kind of diet pills, or weighing yourself on an at home scale, or pretty much anything else unnatural like cheating on the program!

I want to be the best role model that I can possibly be for my 4 year old princess. Children learn from our actions, not from our words

So, I have decided to be completely honest here, as honest as eating my feelings haha. I have put on a few pounds in the last couple months and since some of the purpose of this blog is to hold myself accountable, here it is:

Height: 5’7″ Weigh: 151.5lbs  Bicep 10.2″5 Chest 29″ Waist 34″ Hips 40.5″ Thigh 20.25″ Calf 14″

So my calories need to be between 1222-1422 per day to achieve my goal weight of 125 lbs. Also being able to do a pull up and having healthier skin through healthier eating are on the agenda 🙂

I met the SIL (Sister in Law) for an 11AM workout. Lets just say there were A LOT of burpees, high kicks, and planks! It felt good to be done, so good I could barely taste the beet carrot jalapeno juice I had waiting for me at work. The best part is that afterward, the SIL, whom I adore, brought me the best protein shake at work! Chocolate with strawberries and unsweetened almond milk. YUM!

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Dinner was this beauty:

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Cod, organic romaine, jicama, radishes, orange baby bell peppers, 1/2 of an avacado, and some light champagne vinaigrette which is pretty much my new obsession!

What are you eating for dinner?