21 Day Fix Challenge! Let’s Do This!

So i decided that I needed to get on a challenge for December so I can kick start my healthy eating & fitness goals.  I made the decision to try out the 21 Day Fix by Autumn Calabrese through Beachbody.

I am now 2 weeks into the 3 week program and I absolutely love it! Here is how the program works:

You have workouts for everyday of the week but they are only 30 mins long and totally doable! Plus there is also a couple extra workouts you can add in!

You will receive portion control containers that are color coded so you know what you can eat and how much of it you can have during the day.

On my third and last week I am going to double up on my workouts and really finish this workout with a bang! I can’t wait to share with you how how last 3 weeks worked for me!

Greek Marinated Chicken

The husband and I made this with the Greek Style Potatoes and it was absolutely delicious!!!  Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain yogurt (i used greek yogurt)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 medium lemon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • freshly cracked pepper
  • ¼ bunch fresh parsley
  • 3½ to 4 lbs chicken

Directions

  1. To make the marinade, combine the yogurt, olive oil, minced garlic, oregano, salt, and some freshly cracked pepper in a bowl. Zest the lemon into the bowl and also add the juice from half of the lemon. Chop a big handful, or about ¼ bunch, of parsley and stir it into the marinade.
  2. Add the chicken pieces and marinade to a gallon sized zip top bag. Remove as much air as possible, close the bag tightly, and massage the bag to mix the contents and make sure the chicken is well coated. Refrigerate the bag for at least 30 minutes but I like to do this overnight
  3. You can either grill or bake the chicken after marinating for 30 minutes (grilling comes out better IMO) 
  4. To bake the chicken, place the chicken pieces in a large casserole dish (9×13). Bake the chicken in the preheated 375 degree oven for 45-60 minutes, or until golden brown on top.

Greek Style Sweet Potatoes

Hubs and I made this dish to go with some Greek Marinaded chicken and it was the BOMB!! We made so much I had some more for lunch and I have to say it was even better..I think the lemon flavor came out more the next day!! Enjoy 🙂 

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Ingredients

3 Sweet Potatoes in Large Chunks

1/3 cup lemon juice

6 heads garlic, chopped fine

7/8 tablespoon oregano (dry is fine)

7/8 to taste olive oil(a good amount)

7/8 to taste salt

Parsley Added for taste

 

Directions

Set oven to 375 degrees. Cut up all the sweet potatoes and put them in a glass baking dish.  Mix all other ingredients and pour into baking dish.  Place in oven for about 40 mins or until crispy

Races and more Races!! GAAH!

So i decided that if I am going to keep myself motivated I need to sign up for races throughout the winter!  The reason why its soo important for me is because last winter I got incredibly depressed. it was very awful and I felt incredibly alone. Just Isolated from the world. I felt as if noone wanted to hang out with me or really even cared that I existed. It was a really awful time in my life.  To be honest..I don’t even want to relive that.

I have known for awhile that I am clinically depressed but I guess its something I never wanted to deal with.  It’s a hard thing to manage if I don’t workout i have come to find out.  I never really noticed it long ago because I was constantly getting into my happy place from dancing, running, crossfit..you name it!  So I have made the decision to be more active, which in turn will make me happier and then I can focus on other aspects of my life that are important to me. I hate feeling sad and not being able to get out of that  – its like you are locked in one position and there is no light at the end of the tunnel to get out of it.  Depression is a big deal and I never want myself to go down a rabbit hole that I can’t get myself out of.  I have learned that being proactive and healthy is the only way to manage that.

So I found this City Park Winter Series that has a race once a month until March 2015.  Ummmm….where do i sign up!? So of course I am signed up for all of the races (10Ks) that come in that package along with the Rock n Roll 10K, Pumpkin Pie 10K & will be signing up for the Hot Chocolate 15K.  Its alot..yes I am aware..but hey its fun! Also, winter is hard..it snows, its cold! So if I am signed up for something I know it will keep me going!

So what keeps you going during the winter?

My first workout!

Well Monday I was actually supposed to workout and instead we decided to do the food portion and go grocery shopping! It was an expensive trip but we will be good for awhile!

This morning was my first run to start off my training! I went 2 miles and went as fast as I could for as long as I could. Being that I used to run 11 min miles (which still isn’t fast but whatever) I wasn’t THAT far off and now I have somewhere to go from! My goal is to get down to 10 minute miles so I have a bit to go! So my average minute per mile was 11:47.  Now I know where to go from!

 

I feel really great today especially after having a full day of eating healthy! Woohoo!!

Yesterday’s Meal:
Breakfast: 2 eggs with mushrooms & hot sauce
Lunch: 2 small pieces of chicken and Salad with cucumber, red onion, pine nuts, sun dried tomatoes, mushrooms and red bell peppers. Lemon and Olive oil for dressing.
Dinner: Salad with a light balsamic dressing, grilled chicken about half of a corn stalk.
Booze: I drank about 3 glasses of wine with dinner. My plan is to reduce my drinking slowly….it’s just hard because I naturally just drink liquid quickly whether it be water, soda, booze. So my goal is to be more conscience of it.

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Colfax Half Marathon!

So who is gonna sign up? It’s official! I signed up today! It’s May 17th 2015 and just one out of three half’s I will plan to do next year as apart of my training!

I will officially start my training on Monday and I am really excited about it! I want to get things prepped this weekend and not go to crazy about jumping into it because I could hurt myself! Which I have done in the past! No bueno!!

The last run I was signed up for was the Hit n Run 5K and it was soo much fun! It’s basically a 3 mile wipeout! I decided that I need to sign up for more ‘fun runs’ next year to make my training more exciting and different so I don’t get tired of it!

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A Healthy Week Long Meal Plan

When training its soo important to eat healthy! Now I am not going to go through everything just yet…let me ease you into it all! 🙂 So we are just going to start with an easy meal plan that will show you what is important to eat.

 

I am starting officially on September 1 to train for the Marathon & Century Ride so I need to get food prepped.  What I have learned throughout my extensive research on nutrition is that you need to eat meat, veggies & a fat in every meal, that way you are getting a nutrient dense meal every time you eat and those cravings for chips, candy, processed foods, etc. will eventually melt away just like that extra fat on your booty! Also a post work out meal is vital so you can recover faster and you get fitter from recovery! Woohoo! It also helps with soreness 🙂 I have created a Meal Plan just for one week for myself and for anyone who feels like it would be beneficial for them 🙂

 

Week Meal Plan

Day 1 

  • Breakfast: 3 Eggs with Mushrooms & Avocado –  I like to throw on some hot sauce as well. Franks Red Hot is one of my fave!  (So i like to eat my breakfast at work normally and I will usually microwave the eggs with the mushrooms together)
  • Lunch: Chicken Avocado Salad on Cucumber Slices
  • Dinner: Steak with Asparagus Grilled in Olive Oil

Day 2 

  • Breakfast: 3 Eggs with Mushrooms (or any veggie) & Avocado
  • Lunch: Grilled Chicken Breast over a large salad,  Olive Oil & Lemon as dressing
  • Dinner: Burger without a bun (I like to use portabella mushroom or lettuce to make it more of a wrap)  & Grilled Veggies

Day 3 

  • Breakfast: 3 Eggs with Mushrooms (or any veggie) & Avocado
  • Lunch: Leftover Burgers & Grilled Veggies
  • Dinner: Beef Chili with lots of Veggies and no Beans

Day 4 

  • Breakfast: 3 Eggs with Mushrooms (or any veggie) & Avocado
  • Lunch: Grilled Chicken Breast over a large salad,  Olive Oil & Lemon as dressing
  • Dinner: Baked Salmon with Asparagus & Capers

Day 5

  • Breakfast: Paleo Pancakes with Strawberries
  • Lunch: Leftover Baked Salmon with Asparagus & Capers
  • Dinner: Leftover Chili that was Made on Day 3

Day 6 

  • Breakfast: Sausage & Sauteed Broccoli
  • Lunch: Grilled Chicken Breast over a large salad,  Olive Oil & Lemon as dressing
  • Dinner: Paleo Shepherd Pie (Use Butternut Squash instead of potato)

Day 7 

  • Breakfast: Sunny side up eggs with salsa, Parsnip Hash
  • Lunch: Leftover Paleo Shepherd Pie
  • Dinner: Beer Can Chicken  & Grilled Veggies

Remember to drink LOTS of water (La Croix works as well).  Also limit your alcohol intake, that is just unnecessary calories!

I have some recipes up already and I will get those linked for you.

Couch to Marathon

It is amazing to me how close 2015 is coming upon us!  I plan to run 2-3 Half Marathons as part of my training program to get up to speed and ready for the Full Marathon in 2016.  So I found this training program that is a year long for the marathon!

 

It starts out pretty easy but it has sprints in there which will really help me a lot! Here it is…

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Total
Week #1 2A Off 2A Off Off 2A Off 6
Week #2 2B Off 2B Off Off 2B Off 6
Week #3 2C Off 2C Off Off 2C Off 6
Week #4 2D Off 2D Off Off 3E Off 7
Week #5 2F Off 2F Off Off 3G Off 7
Week #6 3G Off 3G Off 2F 3H Off 11
Week #7 3H Off 3H Off 3G 4I Off 13
Week #8 3H Off 2 Off 3H 4I Off 12
Week #9 2 Off 3J Off 2 5K Off 12
Week #10 2.5 Off 3J Off 2.5 5K Off 13
Week #11 2.5 Off 4L Off 2.5 5K Off 14
Week #12 2 Off 3 Off 2 5M Off 12
Week #13 3 Off 4N Off 3 6* Off 16
Week #14 3 Off 4N Off 3 6* Off 16
Week #15 3 Off 4N Off 3 7* Off 17
Week #16 3 Off 4N Off 3 7* Off 17
Week #17 3 Off 4N Off 3 8* Off 18
Week #18 3 Off 5O Off 3 8* Off 19
Week #19 3 Off 5O Off 3 9* Off 20
Week #20 3 Off 6P Off 3 9* Off 21
Week #21 3 Off 6P Off 3 10* Off 22
Week #22 3 Off 8Q Off 3 10* Off 24
Week #23 3 Off 6P Off 3 12* Off 24
Week #24 3 Off 6P Off 3 12* Off 24
Week #25 3 Off 6P Off 3 13* Off 25
Week #26 3 Off 6P Off 3 13* Off 25
Week #27 3 Off 4 Off 3 14* Off 24
Week #28 3 Off 4 Off 3 14* Off 24
Week #29 3 Off 6R Off 3 12* Off 24
Week #30 3 Off 6R Off 3 15* Off 27
Week #31 4 Off 6R Off 3 15* Off 28
Week #32 3 Off 6R Off 3 16* Off 28
Week #33 3 Off 6R Off 3 16* Off 28
Week #34 4 Off 6R Off 4 12* Off 26
Week #35 3 Off 8Q Off 3 17* Off 31
Week #36 3 Off 8Q Off 3 17* Off 31
Week #37 3 Off 8S Off 3 14* Off 28
Week #38 3 Off 8S Off 3 18* Off 32
Week #39 3 Off 8S Off 3 18* Off 32
Week #40 3 Off 8S Off 3 19* Off 33
Week #41 3 Off 8S Off 3 19* Off 33
Week #42 3 Off 8S Off 3 16* Off 30
Week #43 4 Off 5 Off 3 20* Off 32
Week #44 4 Off 5 Off 3 21* Off 33
Week #45 4 Off 5 Off 3 22* Off 34
Week #46 4 Off 5 Off 3 22* Off 34
Week #47 4 Off 6 Off 4 18* Off 32
Week #48 3 Off 6 Off 3 23* Off 35
Week #49 3 Off 6 Off 3 24* Off 36
Week #50 3 Off 6 Off 3 18* Off 30
Week #51 3 Off 6 Off 3 12* Off 24
Week #52 3 Off 3 Off Off 3* Race (26.2) 35.2

INSTRUCTIONS

*Jog 1 mile and walk 1 minute until you’ve completed the prescribed distance.

A: Warm up with a 5 minute walk, then jog 30 seconds and walk 60 seconds until you’ve gone 2 miles.

B: Warm up with a 5 minute walk, then jog 60 seconds and walk 90 seconds until you’ve gone 2 miles.

C: Warm up with a 5 minute walk, then jog 90 seconds and walk 90 seconds until you’ve gone 2 miles.

D: Jog 90 seconds and walk 60 seconds until you’ve gone 2 miles

E: Jog 90 seconds and walk 60 seconds until you’ve gone 3 miles

F: Jog ¼ mile, walk ¼ mile – repeat 3 more times for a total of 2 miles.

G: Jog ¼ mile, walk ¼ mile – repeat 5 more times for a total of 3 miles.

H: Jog ½ mile, walk ¼ mile – repeat 3 more times for a total of 3 miles.

I: Jog ¾ mile, walk ¼ mile – repeat 3 more times for a total of 4 miles.

J: Run 1 mile, rest 3 minutes – repeat 2 more times for a total of 3 miles.

K: Jog ¾ mile, walk ¼ mile – repeat 4 more times for a total of 5 miles.

L: Run 1 mile, rest 3 minutes – repeat 3 more times for a total of 4 miles.

M: Jog 1 mile, walk ¼ mile – repeat 3 more times for a total of 5 miles.

N: Run 2 miles, rest 3 minutes – repeat 1 more time for a total of 4 miles.

O: Run 1 mile, rest 2 minutes – repeat 4 more times for a total of 5 miles.

P: Run 2 miles, rest 2 minutes – repeat 2 more times for a total of 6 miles.

Q: Run 2 miles and rest 3 minutes – repeat 3 more times for a total of 8 miles.

R: Run 3 miles and rest 3 minutes – 1 repeat 1 more time for a total of 6 miles.

S: Run 4 miles and rest 3 minutes – repeat 1 more time for a total of 8 miles.

 

Courtesy of  https://www.digitalrunning.com/couch-to-marathon-training-plan/

 

So this program seems to be great for adding in cross-training so I can prep for the Century Ride in 2015 as well. I am very excited! I will let you know how it goes!

Am I that crazy to do this? Let me tell you my story…

I was browsing Pinterest…as I do…and I came across this quote.  This could not be more spot on if it tried.  Food can really change everything, there are foods out there that can make you feel depressed, unhappy, groggy, heavy, fat and so on.  I think its because of all the crap that is put in foods these days..but I digress.  I was recently told by several doctors that I suffer from IBS…which now completely makes sense with how food has affected me soo badly for the past 3 and a half years. Something that I have noticed about myself that maybe you notice as well about yourself is that if I eat like complete crap I really have no desire to go workout.  Then once you keep eating terribly you end up replacing your ‘antidepressant’ with food instead of something healthy like going for a walk or a bike ride.  It then spirals out of control and all of a sudden you see yourself in the mirror and think ‘where did that extra weight come from?’  It SUCKS! I have been there and I am working on getting out of that mode now.  I hate how I am if I don’t workout or eat healthy, I am depressed, not nice and I cry alot. I can tell you that my husband really hates to see me in these depressions because  he loves me and wants nothing more than for me to be happy and it just makes him sad when I am not. I have battled a mild case of depression over the years and have learned that if I don’t workout I can spiral into a depression filled world. And seriously…who on earth wants to live that way? Don’t you want to be happy not only with yourself but with others? I know I do!

So THIS is why I am doing this challenge of the Century Ride and the Marathon. I need to jump start my life and find my happiness.  For me, exercising is a big part of me being happy and I am sure most people feel the same way which is why I want to share my journey, the good, the bad and the ugly. All of It.

I hope that you find this blog helpful and encouraging! I will be planning to post everything that I am doing, not just working out or eating healthy.

 

And to make you smile …. here is a picture of my awesome greyhound Ace! I am sure he will be on here alot 🙂

 

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Will Sweat for Wine & Pizza T-Shirt! Get Yours Now!

So I decided that if I am going to start this blog I need to have some awesome shirts for it! I just got them created! Please go check out the site and pre-order yous today! 🙂

Go to http://teespring.com/willsweatforwineandpizza

 

 

 

 

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