Find what makes YOU happy

Sometimes too much time passes before I write. Life gets busy for everyone and lately it’s been a little hectic but wonderful at the same time!

Work

Trying to put together a race is a lot of hard work! Advertising for this race has been even harder. But I know it will be such a fun race!

Stoplight 5K for Valentines Day! 

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Our store is moving to a new location. The process of everything is blowing my mind. I am learning so much and am so grateful for this opportunity. Being in charge of choosing paint, carpet, and design is a little stressful but it’s fun!

Eats

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  • Meal prepping has been my favorite activity lately. I definitely go through phases but what wont change is my love for planning the meals out and especially the grocery shopping. Almost everything about it. Minus the dishes.
  • I eat a lot of salads. It is my favorite way to get my greens in!
  • Meat lately has not been my favorite. Seafood on the other hand- – keep it coming!
  • There’s to my phases theme again. I’ve loved my veggies though!
  • Sugar cookies have been getting my through my long runs. The thought of enjoying one after my run makes the 3 hour runs worth it!
  • I have finally decided (after 3 trips) which place has the best sugar cookies (between Swig & Slurp) The winner is Slurp! Both are great though!
  • I try to keep my eating to be 85-90% clean and 10-15% indulgent! It is what makes me happy!
  • I know this seems cliche but I don’t eat healthy just because. I actually enjoy the foods I am eating.
  • If I am craving something then I’ll eat it! i.e. the bagel from Einsteins.
  • Leo will not leave me alone when I am eating. It drives me nuts! I always give in and give him something and I know that won’t help him learn.
  • Having a stocked fridge makes me extremely happy!
  • I know what I can and cannot have in my fridge and pantry.

List of can NOTS:

  1. Cereal
  2. Nut Butters
  3. Frozen Yogurt
  4. The desserts I make even though they are healthy: I make them so I can have 1-2 then I give them away! It’s a win win right?

Workouts:

My week typically looks like this in preparation of  my marathon. I need to get back to my weekly speed training. I’ve actually missed them! Never thought I would say that.

  • M: Cycle and arm/back workout
  • T & Th: Pump class twice a week then 3 miles before class and 3 after
  • W: Cycle class and tone it up workout schedule
  • F: Yoga or Spin
  • S: Long runs

The pump classes have changed everything! I absolutely love going to them and my arms are already seeing a lot of change. I love working my back and this class really involves the back with every other body part. The classes work my legs without getting too sore for my long runs. It is a hard balance to lift and excel in long distance running. Thursdays’ pump class always kick my butt! Then I always follow the Tone It Up workouts! I joined a few years ago and I love the community. You are a life time member and it is definitely worth it to me!

Life

I am learning so much about myself. I’m all for analyzing my behavior and actions. I try to be and do better each day. I love making goals and accomplishing them. Of course I struggle with some of the goals like every other human being. I am far from perfect and that is important to recognize. I don’t try to show myself as a perfect person. It is hard since I can be a perfectionist. I am slowly learning to love myself for who I am and focus on the things I can change and not on the things I can’t. This is still hard for me to realize and I still struggle daily. Brown haired boy helps me a lot and I can’t imagine a day without him.

The biggest thing is the fact that keeping a positive attitude goes a long way. I am the type of person who cannot hide my feelings. It shows all over my face. I’ve always distinguished myself and probably a little too proud of is being “Real” but I have now realized that it is possible to take it too far. There is a time and place for that whereas the idea of, “faking it until you make it,” is necessary sometimes. As much as I don’t like that idea its just what grown ups have to do sometimes! I am almost 25, and I know that is far from old but there are some grown up things that I do need to apply to my life.

The things you admire most about others usually are your weaknesses. I always admire how the positive attitudes of some of the people I meet. That is my weakness. I am not saying I am not positive. I just struggle, when things are hard, to keep smiling. That shows lack of gratitude and I would hate it if that was  considered a characteristic of mine.

I am grateful. For my Husband, family, my faith,  job, friends, and especially for the power of forgiveness and the ability to change.

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Lets Talk: Thoughts on Paleo

Oh the controversy of Paleo. . . I’ve been wanting to write about this for a while now but it is hard put everything down in a way that you don’t offend anyone. Then I realized that no matter what I will probably offend someone in some way. Before I get into it I would like to disclaim that I am not against Paleo. It’s definitely changed how I view food and I’ve learned so much about myself.

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For 2 years now I have been on the Paleo Train. It was not 100% Paleo but more like 80/20. I did plenty of Whole 30’s and 2 Sugar Detox’s at the level 3. I almost started another one on January 6th but realized it wasn’t for me right now. I had just done one and wasn’t ready to do another. Plus I didn’t think I needed it. What I really needed is a balance. A balance that is right for me.

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With the new year I definitely had some goals in mind. Regardless of a new year, I am already a goal oriented person and constantly re-evaluating how I do things. Which is why I welcome Mondays more than any other day. It has taken me a while to feel like myself again. I lost it for a while. I thought doing challenges like the 21 day sugar detox or whole 30 would get me back to where I was. But I needed was to re-evaluate that mind set. The realization that eating this way this last year hasn’t put me where I want to be goal-wise freaked me out a little bit. I thought I was content with Paleo defining me but in reality I had a lot of ups and downs mentally and wasn’t completely happy with myself or my body. When I am not happy with myself it intervenes in the other areas of my life and that is not fair to myself or my loved ones.

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What I needed was a change. You can’t out run a bad diet. Trust me I’ve tried. I know you hear that all the time but it is true. I wish I could have 2+ tablespoons of nut butter a day and stay lean but that is not going to happen. Through eating Paleo I have learned that I know my body and what foods sit well and what doesn’t. I know what I can or can’t have in my fridge and pantry. The point and key is to actually listen to yourself.

I definitely do well on a eating low-carb but not high fat.  When I am running a lot I can’t preform my best on low-carb or high in healthy fats. Paleo is not designed for long distance running. There are a lot more sweet potatoes and kabocha squash involved with higher mileage and that can leave me feeling ridiculously bloated. I have learned a lot on this clean eating journey over the years and feel like I have been through it all.

Learning that what works for others might not work for you is extremely important. I do not like bacon for breakfast each morning. I like eggs and turkey bacon though. I will not eat oatmeal for breakfast every morning. I can eat pancakes every morning though. The thought of drinking protein shakes after every workout just makes me gag regardless of how good my protein powder is.

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My Changes

As of Late I have learned:

  • I do better with smaller meals every 2-3 hours. This isn’t really the way of Paleo eating.
  • I tend to over eat if it has been longer than 2-3 hours.
  • I don’t get hangry while eating this way nor do I think about food 24/7.
  • Keeping my workouts during the week to an hour leaves me happier and with more energy.
  • Enjoying my rest days and taking more than one a week has kept me injury-free.
  • Workouts on the weekend are usually longer and I look forward to them.
  • Interval running, body weight exercises, and pump classes keep me lean.
  • I’ve been enjoying small amounts cheese and greek yogurt, hummus, quest bars and brown rice tortillas which is definitely not Paleo.
  • I am no longer craving Paleo-desserts on a daily basis. Or over eat the desserts I do make.
  • Keeping my meals at home as simple and clean as possible works for me.
  • I am back to eating clean 85-90% of the time. The other 10-15% is reserved for chocolate.
  • I still have a Paleo-eating mindset in terms of eating real and whole foods and I always will.

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The take away is I learned a lot from eating Paleo. I think everyone should try it out for at least a week and you will learn so much. The lifestyle is not for everyone! But I will not be labeling myself as Paleo anymore. This does not mean I will not be eating Paleo meals or stop pinning Paleo Recipes. I have realized what makes me happy and that has always been my main goal. I did see a lot of results when I first starting eating Paleo; however, for the goals that I have right now I will not see the result that I want unless I change. The changes that I have implemented I am already seeing results.

 

What works for you? 

Have you tried eating a diet similar to Paleo? 

I’d love to hear what you guys think! The good and bad! (hope I don’t regret saying the bad)

Half way through 21dsd

Being half way through definitely has its pros and cons. Pro: I am so close to being done. Con: I am only half way through. This cleanse has been more than necessary mentally and physically. However there has been a lot of dishes  but the fact that I’ve been in the kitchen making new recipes makes it worth it. Finally utilizing all the resources I have is money well spent. Not wasting money makes me and the husband happy.

Speaking of the Husband it was his birthday this week. The fact that I made a cake full of dairy, sugar, flour, and shortening without even tasting the frosting was a gain. Usually it is hard not to taste what you are cooking/baking. I wasn’t tempted to because the ingredients did not sound appetizing. . . except for the chocolate. The buttermilk made it smell amazing though. In the end the cake turned out great and everyone loved it!

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After making Brown Haired Boy’s birthday cake I wanted chocolate in a bad way. I added a few Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips to my microwaved green apple topped with almond butter combo. Oh man it was worth every single bite. I’ve done that on 2 different occasions so far. Do I feel guilty about it? No I don’t.

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The reason is that  before my thought process would have been: “Well I cheated, give me something else, let’s make some Paleo chocolate chip cookies.” Then I end up snacking on the dough and having two cookies with almond milk. Real Life.

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Feeling: There have been more good days than bad. I had a few bad days due to work and added everyday stresses. I was a little worried about my digestive system. I expected to be very consistent during this detox. It’s not like I’m not going but before I was going a lot more. I really shouldn’t complain. I think that my water consumption has been lacking so once I start drinking more things should be better.

I am ready to take my exercise up a notch this week but if I were to do that last week I probably wouldn’t have been able to have any energy. I still managed to run every day at least 6 miles with a spin class thrown in there. But I could not wake up at my normal hours it was frustrating. I found myself choosing sleep over my usual exercise time. My body just wanted to sleep all day. I was fighting a cold flu that my little brother had and I could feel my body fighting against it. Luckily, I didn’t get it nearly as bad as he had it. 

Hopefully this week will go by fast especially Thanksgiving day. That will be tough. I want cranberry sauce smothered over everything I eat. But I can’t think like that or else I am screwed. I will definitely be bringing my own eat to the in-laws. There will be nothing there for me to eat I can promise you that.

Instead of sharing boring pictures with descriptions I thought I would share my grocery shopping list with pictures. 

Dinner/Lunches:

Sweet potato Shepherd’s Pie- My absolute favorite and lasts me all week

Plantain Bun Grass-fed burgers with zucchini chips

Grilled chicken with Kale or Broccoli Slaw

Chicken & Egg Muffins 

Homemade Ketchup

Breakfast:

Eggs with Applegate Turkey Sausage or Turkey Bacon

Pumpkin Pancakes– For Pancake Sunday

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Veggie Omelets with Yams

Kabocha Bowls

Snacks: 

Bananas with coconut butter or almond butter

Green apple with almond butter

Kombucha

Pumpkin microwave muffin

Pumpkin Spice Thumbprint Cookies

Un-pictured grocery stop:

  • Ground turkey
  • Franks Buffalo Sauce
  • Local Eggs
  • Pumpkin

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I will be going to Trader Joe’s tomorrow and will share my 21 day sugar detox friendly grocery list next time.

Have you done a detox before? If so which one? 

Eats and Menus

I am a planner. I have a love/hate relationship with this trait of mine. Not sure when this exactly happened but it was heightened once I got married. Brown Haired Boy is not exactly a planner when it comes to food, working out, or extra curricular activities. After 2 years I have accepted that we are both wired differently.

I love making lists anywhere from menus, workouts, and To dos. Sunday is definitely my mental prep day for the week ahead. I thought I would share some eats from last week and menu for this week.

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I go through phases often. However I cannot kick my pancake and waffle kick. It’s what I want to for breakfast every day. If it was appropriate I would probably eat it for every meal. I usually make a weeks worth of pancakes or waffles on Sunday so it is just easy to heat up in the morning. The topping possibilities are endless. This waffle is my go to recipe. I topped it with Chobani, Peanut butter- Pb Crave, strawberries, and coconut nectar. Always gluten free.

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Left overs:: We had some friends over for dinner. I made Cheesy Spinach and Chicken Enchiladas. I Didn’t use all the corn tortillas that the recipe called for. It turned out amazing and you better believe this will be in our rotation. http://mangiablog.com/2012/06/18/secret-recipe-club-reveal/

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My bananas started to smell. They were extremely brown. At first I didn’t want to make banana bread but I knew it was inevitable. I usually make the same recipe but this time I changed it up. It hit the spot and made me want to listen to Jack Johnson the rest of the day. I decided to make french toast with it this morning. Topped it with some greek yogurt and strawberries. If you can’t tell already but breakfast is my favorite meal. Now if I could only get BHBoy to eat breakfast.

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This masterpiece came together in five minutes when the craving for a chocolate chip cookie hit. I created my own version of a Gluten free & dairy free mug cookie. I didn’t measure anything this time. But when I make it again, which is probably tomorrow, I will definitely measure.

Ingredients used:

– Kerry gold unsalted butter

– Coconut flour

– Unsweetened Almond milk

– Coconut palm sugar/ coconut nectar

– Egg yolk

– enjoy life chocolate mini chips

Menu for the week. I am trying hard to not go to the grocery store until Thursday.

Sunday: Crockpot BBQ Chicken drumsticks with side salad

Monday: Cauliflower pizza crust with left over BBQ Chicken

Tuesday: Goat cheese stuffed Grass-fed burgers with baked sweet potato

Wednesday: Veggie Frittata with baked yam chips

Thursday: Tuna cakes over zucchini chips (Grocery Day)

Friday: Out

Saturday: TBD – Date night

Next I will be reviewing Black Sheep Cafe