Saturday, November 21, 2015

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {11/22}

Hey friends! I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend and are getting everything ready for the Thanksgiving holiday coming up. I'm definitely looking forward to some time off from work and extra time to spend with my family.

I also have my first Advocare mixer coming up on Tuesday and I'm hoping it goes well. I haven't gotten a lot of responses from people, so hopefully, I'll get a lot of last minute "yeses". I'm really looking forward to sharing the health and wellness that Advocare has to offer to people.

We've had a busy day running all over and tomorrow will be spent trying to get as much ready the the mixer ahead of time as I can, plus, my regular meal prep. Gotta boil some eggs and get my dinners all lined up for the week!  Here's what I have planned:

Menu Plan:

Sunday - Grilled Hamburgers
Monday - Grilled Italian Chicken
Tuesday - Grilled Turkey Brats
Wednesday - Dinner with my Parents
Thursday - Thanksgiving Dinner
Friday - Grilled Turkey Patties
Saturday - Leftovers/Contingency Day

Fitness Recap:

Sunday - 3 Mile Recovery Run
Monday - 21 DF Upper Fix
Tuesday - 21 DF Lower Fix 
Wednesday - 21 DF Plyo Fix
Thursday - 21 DF Total Body Cardio
Friday - 5 mile run
Saturday - 7.1 mile run

I'm hoping to get a couple more runs in this week, since I have a few extra days off from work. Fingers crossed the weather holds out!

I hope you all have a great week!

So long for today...

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

2015 Sweet Tea Half Marathon Recap

Well, I did it!! This past Saturday, I finished my first Half Marathon. I added a half marathon to my bucket list a while ago. I'm so excited that I can finally cross it off!!

Honestly, I don't know what finally made me decide to start training and go through with it. But on a hot, sunny day in August, I started increasing my run distance thinking that maybe I would try to train for a half marathon. I talked to my cousin about whether it was possible to train for a half marathon by running just on the weekends. Once he assured me I could, I went for it. I was very lucky that there was oy one weekend where the rainy weather kept me from getting my long run completed. I really enjoyed those long runs. I had so much time to think and plan, which I love to do!

I wasn't even sure which race I was going to do until a few weeks beforehand. I had three I was trying to choose between...the Thinder Road half in Charlotte, the Savannah half and the Sweet Tea half.  When we ended up constantly on the go for weeks on end, I decided it would be best to do the Sweet Tea half. 

I waited until the next to the last day to register. I was so scared that once I finally took the plunge and signed up, that I would blow out my knee or sprain and ankle. I'm so thankful that neither of those things (or anything similar) happened!

We packed up the kids and headed to the  hotel to spend the night before the race. We had dinner with family and did a little shopping the night before as well. I had been keeping an eye on the forecast for the day and was not looking forward to the chilly temperatures they were calling for at the start of the race. I bought some long running pants and made sure to pack my jacket. Thankfully, the race t-shirts were long-sleeved as well.

The race started on time at 7:00. I was feeling pretty good. I was running around a 9:00/mile pace for most of the beginning. It wasn't until mile 6 that my foot started to hurt. (I'd been dealing with some foot pain during my training, but nothing that severe.) I pushed through and was still able to stay at the same pace. Between mile 9 and 10, I started having some pretty severe knee pain. It didn't feel like a pain in my muscles. It honestly felt like my bones were hurting. I had no choice but to back off. So, the women that I had been pushing myself to keep up with kept getting further and further ahead of me, until I could no longer see them. I was averaging around a 10:00/mile pace at this point. I was disappointed, but started taking pictures of the mile markers and texting them to people.
I pushed myself right to the end and even sprinted across the finish line. I never had to walk, which I was relieved about. 

My official time was 2 hours, 4 minutes and 41 seconds, which I was VERY happy about!! My GPS app said my distance was 13.33 miles and after talking to others that ran the race, I'm pretty sure it was definitely longer than 13.1 miles. My final average pace ended up at 9:21/mile, which this first time was ecstatic about!! I was so emotional crossing the finish line. I guess it was just the fact that something that I had been working so hard and so long for, was finally over. 

Seeing my family at the finish line was one of the best sights I have ever seen!!

So now, the race is over and I'm faced with the decisions about whether to stop with this one, or continue on and try to beat my time next year. We'll have to see about that one. What  looking forward to the most at this point, is the massage that I have scheduled on Friday!! I can't wait!!

So long for today...

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {11/15}

Hey everyone!! I want to start off by sharing my thoughts and prayers for Paris and all of the other cities around the world that have been rocked by the horrific events this weekend. Paris is very near and dear to our hearts since we have good friends that live in France and used to love very close to Paris. It's such a beautiful city and it heartbreaking what has happened there! Thankfully, our friends are all safe, but we are still sending our thoughts and prayers to all of France right now.

My weekend has been absolutely exhausting! But, I guess that is to be expected when you run a half marathon!! It was so much fun! I'm pretty sore this evening, even after taking my Epsom salt bath, but hopefully, a good night's sleep with help me to feel as good as new again! 

I'll do a full recap for you all on the half marathon later in the week, but let's talk about my menu plan for the week and my workouts for this past week:

Menu Plan:
Sunday - Grilled London Broil
Monday - Grilled Honey Lime Chicken
Tuesday - Grilled Hamburgers
Wednesday - Grilled Turkey Patties
Thursday - Chick fil A (School event)
Friday - Out to Dinner
Saturday - Birthday dinner for my nephew's birthday

Fitness Recap:
Sunday - 21DF Cardio Fix
Monday - 21 DF Upper Fix
Tuesday - 21DF Lower Fix
Wednesday - 21 DF Total Body Cardio
Thursday - 21DF Dirty 30
Friday - 21DF Yoga Fix
Saturday - Half Marathon!!

I hope you all have a great rest of your weekend! I'm going to be an absolute party animal and call it a night!!

So long for today...

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {11/8}

Hi there!! I'm writing this post from Edisto Island, SC. We took another weekend camping trip and have had such a good time. The weather has been so beautiful, but it's a good thing we are headed out in the morning because there is a good bit of rain forecasted for tonight and tomorrow. It did start sprinkling this evening, but not enough to chase us inside. 

Hopefully, it will be a pretty laid back week for us, until next weekend. I have my half marathon on Saturday!! I have trained really hard for this and am really looking forward to it. It's a little scary to me that I did my shorter taper run today. I feel like I should have kept my distance up since the race is next week. But I'm trusting what others have told me :-)

Here is what we have planned for this week's menu:

Menu Plan:
Sunday - Crockpot Chili
Monday - Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken
Tuesday - Grilled Shrimp Skewers
Wednesday - Crockpot Salsa Chicken
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Dinner Out
Saturday - TBD

Fitness Recap:
Sunday - 3.57 mile run
Monday - 21 DF Total Body Cardio
Tuesday - 21 DF Upper Fix
Wednesday - 21 DF Lower Fix
Thursday - Kill Cupcake Workout
Friday - 21 DF Dirty 30 
Saturday - 6.60 mile run

I hope you all have a great week! I hope to check in again soon before my race!

So long for today...

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {11/1}

Hey there!! Happy All Saints Day!! I hope you all had a safe and Happy Halloween!  How did Novemeber sneak up so quickly?! Now that Halloween is over, I guess we'll just head straight to singing Christmas carols and putting up the Chistmas tree, right?! Seriously, it drives me crazy that everyone just goes straight to Christmas. I love Thanksgiving! It's always been a pretty special day for our family and it's so sad that society wants to skip right over it. One of our favorite quotes I. My family is, "Let the turkey have his day!" Lol!

This past week was definitely not what I had planned. It started with either a stomach virus or food poisoning, not sure which one. It hung on for longer than the virus usually does. Definitely not a good way to end last weekend and start the new week. Then, the week ended with feeling like I was going to get strep of something similar. I got my long run in yesterday though. It wasn't pretty, but I consider it a huge success that I even completed it, given the fact that I had dealt with two different illnesses. Yesterday was my last long run and now I taper back for my training. Can't believe the half marathon is so close now!!

Here's what I have planned for the week:

Menu Plan:
Sunday - Pumpkin Baked Ziti
Monday - Grilled Chicken
Tuesday - Turkey Tacos
Wednesday - Crockpot Salsa Chicken
Thursday - Leftovers/Contingency Day
Friday - Grilled Steaks
Saturday - Grilled Hamburgers

Fitness Recap:
Sunday - Rest
Monday - Rest
Tuesday - Upper Fix Extreme
Wednesday - Lower Fix Extreme
Thursday - Plyo Fix
Friday - Pilates Fix Extreme
Saturday - 13.1 mile run

I'm starting a round of 21 Day Fix today! Wish me luck!!

I hope you all have a great week!

So long for today...

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Mummy Pizzas

Hey everyone! I hope you're all having a great week! I'm so glad the week is almost over! I'm really looking forward to this coming weekend. We have a pretty busy Saturday planned including my long run (I should hit my 13.1 this weekend!!), visiting friends and some trick-or-treating. It's going to be a pretty busy day, but so much fun!! 

In keeping with the Halloween-theme, I made these mummy pizzas a couple of weeks ago. They're cute, easy and delicious! They were a pretty big hit with the kids, too! I'll give you the recipe for one and just multiply it by however many you need to make.

Mummy Pizzas
Servings: 1
Points+: 4

1 piece of high fiber bread
1 T. pizza sauce
1 piece part-skim mozzarella cheese, cut into strips
2 mini turkey pepperonis

Spread pizza sauce over bread. Arrange cheese strips on top of sauce to resemble a mummy. Place pepperoni for eyes. Place in toaster oven or under broiler just until lightly toasted and cheese starts to bubble.

You can also use sliced black olives for the eyes. But I knew my family would like the pepperonis better.

I served these along with some hearty soup one Sunday evening. That recipe will be coming soon, too. So be on the lookout.

I hope you all have a great day! What are you or your kids dressing up like for Halloween?

So long for today...

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {10/25}

Good morning friends! For some reason, coming up with this week's meal plan was tough for me! I'm planning on starting the 21 Day Fix November 1st. So I'm trying to save all my super clean eating dinners for that. I wanted to keep things on the healthier side, but still get some yummy hings in that won't be Fix-Approved. The rest of the family is still in bed and will be getting up any minute, so let's get to it. 

Here what I have planned:

Menu Plan:
Sunday - Baked Pumpkin Ziti
Monday - Crockpot Beef Roast
Tuesday - Breakfast for Dinner
Wednesday - Crockpot Chicken Parmesan
Thursday - Leftovers/Contingency Day
Friday - Mongolian Beef 
Saturday - Dinner Out

Fitness Recap:
Sunday - 12.01 mile run
Monday - Yoga Fix Extreme
Tuesday - Plyo Fix Extreme
Wednesday - Upper Fix Extreme
Thursday - Pilates Fix Extreme
Friday - 12.50 mile run
Saturday - Rest

I hope you all have a great week. I'm hoping to get a new recipe posted very soon, so be on the lookout for that!

So long for today...