T25 derailment

Well, I took a break from the T25 program.  Not because I wasn’t enjoying myself and feeling like I was getting a good workout.  I took a break because I have been able  to get out and enjoy a nice jog a few times throughout the past two weeks.  Our crap-tastic Ohio weather has varied enough of the last two weeks that I can get outside at least three times throughout the week.

This has allowed me to get in some practice with the jogging stroller.  I’m pretty sure that my kid thinks I’m drunk while pushing her because I don’t seem capable of pushing it in a straight line.  However, I am working on turning the stroller just slightly instead of quick turns (no more hugging the inside corner on turns 😦  ). I also seem to be a bit slow because I’m not sure if there is a safe speed to go while using the stroller. I’m sure I’m just being overly cautious and I will get over that hump, but for now I’m quite the tortoise.

Over the last two weeks I have been able to increase my distance with each run.  I’m still slow, but I’m getting further each time.  I know that once I get enough distance my shorter runs will increase in speed as well.  I can push myself a little bit harder for a 5k once I can run 8 miles at slightly slower speeds.

Taking a look ahead for the week, the weather seems to be cooperating! We may even hit 70 degrees by the end of the week!  I am planning my running days on Monday, Tuesday (weather pending), Thursday and Friday (also weather pending).  I hate that I seem to be a fair weather runner these days, but I can not drag the little one out in the rain.  On the days that I can not get out and run, I WILL put the T25 program into the dvd player and get a good workout in regardless of my excuses.

Hope everyone gets the chance to get out and enjoy the weather, no matter what activity you or your family decide to partake in.  Always remember to stay confident, stay fit and to be you!  I’m cheering for you!!!

PS. Hailey is 8 months old today! In just a few months we can start using the bike trailer as well!!!!

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Gearing Up for a 5k

It’s that time again! Races have started and I haven’t made it to the starting line yet.  That is all going to change on April 4th!  I will be completing my first 5k of the season and my first time pushing Hailey in the stroller.  The past few years I have participated in the Run to Resurrection on the Saturday before Easter. This is a great race because you do three laps around a quiet neighborhood in North Canton.

Apparently I am really good at avoiding the camera.  After searching through the last 3 years, I did not find one picture of me. So, this one of my mom will have to do!

Apparently I am really good at avoiding the camera. After searching through the last 3 years, I did not find one picture of me. So, this one of my mom will have to do!

If you are looking to do a 5k for the first time, then look no further!!!! The fee is practically free!! Simply bring some canned goods or small donation for the food pantry and you are entered!  There are friendly and encouraging faces during the entire race to help you get through the 3 miles (and I’ll be there).

This year, not only will I be pushing little Hailey in the jogging stroller, but I will be jogging alongside a friend of mine to help her complete her first 5k!  I’m extremely excited for her to complete this goal and I am honored that she asked me to join her!

Just a few of the encouraging banners that are at every turn!

Just a few of the encouraging banners that are at every turn!

If you want to try a 5k and have lots of support, then I highly recommend clicking this link and registering today! Whether you walk, run, skip or crawl, you can get across this finish line!!!  I hope to see you there!!!

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Have you clicked the link yet??? What are you waiting for??? Here, I will provide the link again here!  If you don’t think you are ready for the walk/run, then please consider volunteering!  You can contact Greg via the link to register for the race.  Make this your new Easter tradition!

Positive Compliments

This should be a good thing, right?  Well, the person who is giving the compliment is being sincere and obviously feels it is important enough to mention it out loud.  However, the person receiving the compliment could probably take a few lessons.  I am definitely someone that needs to learn how to accept a compliment.

This past week I was walk/jogging with my mom and her friend.  The friend noticed that I had looked a bit thinner in the pesky hip region.  Upon her mentioning that I was “looking good,” all I could think about was what I had been eating recently and how few miles I had been logging.  I said the obligatory “thank you” but provided her with a list of excuses why I didn’t see what she was talking about.  I shared how I had been craving sugar and that I had only run 2 miles that week.  This poor friend got way more information than she cared to receive.

So, how can we look past what we see as flaws ourselves and accept the kind words of others?  Well, for one, it generally takes someone else more time to see your results than it takes yourself.  So, if someone is noticing a change for the better, than you need to take another look in the mirror.  Two, dump the scale.  If you are a slave to the number than you will never see the physical changes occurring over the process.  Finally, just say “THANK YOU” to the person that has paid you an amazing compliment. They have noticed what you are apparently blind to at the moment.

We can all reach our goals!  Stay postive!  Let me leave you with this amazingly uplifting story here!  I hope that gives you the motivation to do anything you want in life! I love seeing people out there doing what others thought they couldn’t do because of a physical disability.

Be confident! Be fit! Be you!

Pregnancy Woes

No, I am not pregnant at this time.  Although I would love a second child, this is not the right time yet.  I’m still learning the ropes with the first one!  I thought I would take a little time to explain my pregnancy and how my weight and self esteem were effected.

I was beyond excited to find out I was pregnant.  We started trying in September and by November, I was seeing a positive!  I know that doesn’t work for a lot of people and trust me I had no plans to get pregnant that quickly.  However, I also was anxious.  I got up to go to the bathroom at 2am and decided that would be a good time to take the test.  Upon truly believing what I was seeing, I went in and woke my husband up with the good news.  Before we started trying I had come up with a million ways to reveal that I was pregnant, but when it came down to it, I just wanted someone to be as excited as I was at that moment.  That night we never really fell back to sleep.  Our minds were already racing!

I knew that I would be able to keep exercising as long as the baby was healthy.  I didn’t push myself too hard and I knew some fitness activities would become more challenging as the pregnancy progressed.  I participated in a few 5K races and even a 4 mile leg of a half marathon with two other prego friends.  By month 6 I had stopped really running (who knew you would lose bladder control at that stage???).  I switched up to walking and lifting weights as best as I could.  I wanted to remain active my entire pregnancy because honestly, I didn’t want to gain weight.  I was always watching what I ate and making sure I didn’t over indulge.  I had worked so hard at losing 25 lbs and maintaining that new weight, that I did not want to see it all creep back up on the scale.

By the end of month 6, my loving husband removed the scale from our bathroom.  He was tired of seeing me check my weight in the morning and sometimes at night too.  I struggled with this for the first couple of weeks.  When I went to the doctor for my check ups and saw the number, I tried not to panick.  The only thing that really kept me in check was the kicks and hiccups that I was getting from the tiny human I was carrying.

Now, most people would probably think I was insane for worrying about weight gain, but I had always struggled with accepting my body.  I workout so that I don’t become despressed and pregnancy didn’t allow for the intense workouts my body craved.  At week 34 of my pregnancy I had gained around 20 lbs. and my offspring was right on track.  At week 36 my little bundle remained at the 34 week growth mark.  During week 37 we did a second ultrasound and determined that everything looks to be functioning properly.  We also did a NST and baby passed that as well.  However, at week 38, baby was still only measuring 34 weeks.  I had stopped worrying so much about what I was eating around week 35.  It was at this point that the doc suggested we do an induction to get the baby out before a problem presented itself.  When we did the second ultrasound, the baby was measuring around 5lbs.

This was on March 5th, 2014 when I was 17 weeks pregnant.

This was on March 5th, 2014 when I was 17 weeks pregnant. 

This was July 30th right before we went into the hospital.

This was July 30th right before we went into the hospital.

On July 30th we went into the hospital to be induced.  At 2:30pm we started Pitocin and I was able to walk around.  I was apologizing to my husband and mom at this point because it was quiet and kind of boring. At 5:30pm the doctor came back to check on me and I allowed him to break my water (I refused earlier because I had never been in labor before and I wanted to see what the contractions were like).  At 7ish most of the family was at the hospital just hanging out in our room.  However, by 8 Jake asked them all to leave because the contractions were getting more intense and harder to breath through.  Just a few hours later at 11:23pm our little Hailey came into this world!  She was 4lbs 15oz and only 17in. long.  She had stopped growing and getting nutrients from me and needed to be out in this world.

 

I feel bad that she was so small and I often wonder if I stopped obsessing about my weight and what I ate if she would have been bigger.  But, I can’t play the what if game.  I need to just live in the moment and savor absolutely every moment I get with my tiny little bug.  (Sorry, I won’t be posting pictures of the little one.  We decided early on in our pregnancy that we were going to keep our children off the internet as much as we can.)

If you need a buddy during pregnancy, or just someone that can listen. Please contact me. I understand struggling to accept weight gain and how the body changes.  I also know that it is not a perminent thing and I will be remembering that with future pregnancies.  Stay confident! Be fit! Be you!

Another meatless meal!

Another week of Lent has passed us by.  I hope that you have stuck to your Lenten promise, whatever it may have been, to bring you closer to God.  Since my child is teething, I’m struggling slightly but really reaching out in prayer.  Other than that, things are going well on the healthy meal front.

So, I took the idea from here (of course found on pinterest).  I originally didn’t have any plans on modifying the recipe, but I didn’t have complete control of the meal.  We were using the peppers as a portion of our pasta dinner and none of the peppers were saved from being on the chopping block.  Therefore, I slightly changed the meal.

Here is my version of “Stuffed” quinoa peppers.

It was actually pretty yummy, despite how it looks!

It was actually pretty yummy, despite how it looks!

I took 2 cups of cooked quinoa and put it in a skillet.  Then I added 1/2 cup of kale chopped, 1 cup of peppers, 1/4 cup of onion, and 1/4 cup of homemade tomato sauce.  Topped it all with some mozzarella cheese and put it in the oven.  Let it cook for about 15 minutes (I was afraid of melting the handle on the skillet since it wasn’t my own).  After letting it cool, we divided it three ways.  It was extremely filling.  I would recommend cooking it slightly longer to soften the peppers just a bit more.  Overall, this was extremely easy to throw together and definitely something I will be trying with my family.  The roll was an added bonus! They are homemade by my mother and extremely delicious!

Hopefully the weather in your area is getting better as Spring approaches! Here’s to warmer weather and getting outside to work towards the end goal, healthy and happy families!

Be confident! Be fit! Be you!

Staying motivated

If you’ve been working out or eating healthier from the start of the year, then you’re already two months in! Congratulations!  I’m sure by now you’ve managed to hit a small goal or maybe even a few small goals! It is much easier to continue towards the healthier lifestyle if you are seeing improvement in all areas of your life.

However, we all have those days and weeks that we just seem to fall off the wagon.  Honestly, I am feeling a little like that myself.  There are times when I work so hard at eating healthy meals throughout the day and getting in at least a 30 minute workout, that I start to feel bored.  I have a set routine of getting up at 5:30am to knock out the workout and then get Hailey up and ready for the day.  I have to be out of the house by 7:30 to beat the school traffic and get to work on time.  So, after so many weeks in a row, eventually my body is just completely worn out.  I end up missing a workout here or there and I crave sugar and completely unhealthy food.

So, how do I beat the workout exhaustion and the sugar cravings?  I realize that it is ok to have one or two days that are out of my normal routine.  I understand that I will not continue down a spiral of unhealthy choices just because I sleep in one or two days.  I physically and mentally can not miss too many workouts.  Even during my pregnancy it was killing me that I was unable to do as much as I wanted.  I know that I need to workout and eat healthy for my own self-esteem.  I’ve known that if I do not workout and try to maintain a healthy lifestyle, I become extremely depressed.  So, I workout hard and often to maintain a happy and comfortable feeling with myself.

All in all, it is ok if you break routine once, twice or even three times.  The whole point is that you get right back into the routine.  You won’t completely go backwards with your progress if you skip one day.  It is when you make skipping your new habit that you lose progress and eventually have an excuse for every day.  Remember to stay confident! Be fit! Be you!  If you need an accountability partner to stay on track, please feel free to contact me! I would be happy to help you reach your goals!

Third Lenten Meal

Well, pasta dinners at our church are a little more busy this year, thus not allowing for much down time in the second hour to whip up my desired dinner dish. Although, I will not complain that I had to eat pasta this past week.  The pasta dinners raise money for the Kentucky Mission Trip that our high school youth group participates in every year.  I did manage to create my dinner the following day for lunch.

Here’s how it went! The original recipe was obtained via pinterest here. I decided to modify the recipe because I felt like there was some unnecessary ingredients that just had calories.  My fritters came out pretty yummy and definitely something easy to whip up. The entire meal took about 30 minutes to put together from start to finish (and I mean the absolute start). I apologize, I am not the best photographer, especially when it comes to food.

Sweet potato, kale and quinoa fritter

Sweet potato, kale and quinoa fritter

Sweet potato, kale and quinoa fritters:
1 Large sweet potato
2 cups cooked quinoa
2 cups chopped up kale
paprika
ginger
pepper

Cook the sweet potato in the microwave until soft (make sure you have it wrapped in a wet cloth).  At the same time, cook the quinoa according to the directions.  You will need about 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa to obtain the desired amount of cooked.  Finally, as that is cooking, finely chop the kale.

Once all of the ingredients are ready to go, put in one bowl and mix together.  You should be able to form patties that stay together without the use of an egg or bread crumbs (this is were my recipe varies).  Then add in a few dashes of paprika, ginger and pepper.  In a skillet, add coconut oil to cook the fritters.  Once the patty is brown on the bottom, flip and cook the other side.  If you are doing multiple in the same pan, make sure there is enough oil.  Also, add oil before starting the next batch.

I was able to make 6 fritters with my scaled back version.  They were yummy and extremely easy to make.  This is a nice protein packed version of a potato pancake!

I hope you enjoy the recipe!  The weather is supposed to be fairly nice this week, hoping to get out and run!!!  As always, be confident! Be fit! Be you!