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Week 1 Half Marathon Training: In Review

13 Jan
My two months of couch-potato days are over!

My two months of couch-potato days are over!

I’ve got things moving in the right direction this week, here’s the damage:

Monday Arms:

  • High Rows 8# x20
  • Bicep Curls 8# x20
  • Tricep Press 16# x20
  • Push Press 8# x20
  • Pushups x20

Tuesday/Thursday Core from

Wednesday: A missed leg workout

Friday: A missed run

Saturday: 1.83 miles. I stuck to the 3/2 Jog/Walk program of my half marathon training. It was hilly and it sucked.

Sunday: 3.66 miles in the park. My average time was 14:22 with my fastest mile being 13:27. I don’t mind the time, but it’s nice to track it. My legs and ankles hurt, I hate that I’m starting over, but it is better than when I started out initially.

Next week, same plan, just no missed workouts this time. I met a wonderful lady in the laundry room this weekend who would like to workout together.  I’m concerned about that prospect. I love inspiring others to get going, but I don’t want to be held back. I will stay optimistic about it though.

You can’t even imagine the delicious food that’s been prepared in this house today: Tamales, Pad Thai, Scrambled tofu, Sauteed Kale, Brussells Sprouts, Roasted Carrots, Jamaican Peas and Rice, two kinds of rice,  yellow lentil daal, Apple Pie Quinoa, Peach Pie Quinoa. All vegan and gluten free, we having a feast around the world this week. I can’t wait to get started!


Blah weather, Blah workouts

17 Dec

No workouts were had last week *facepalm*


It’s that time of year, isn’t it?  No excuses.

What I have been doing with my time is eating healthy and sleeping (a lot!).  My boyfriend has moved in (yikes!holymygodwhatishappeningtomylife?&$#%!) and requested Indian food this week so we have:

We are still gluten free and going strong, some of the recipes have substituted ingredients. I am kind of impressed at my will-power lately to be honest.  I am so glad I have gotten to a place where I can look at dessert or bread and realize it’s not worth it! Also, I keep my secret weapon in the freezer for emergency sweet cravings. Last week I had hit the 30 lbs mark for weight loss, but looks like I’m back up by 2 since I have been sans workouts.  A friend of mine has suggested a half marathon in April that I am considering.

The goal for workouts is the same:

  • 3 weight-training sessions with my Skilz Sandbags
  • 2 Core workouts
  • 3 Jogs

The only difference will be due to Christmas traveling on Friday. I am going to try to jog today, Wednesday, and one day over the weekend. Weight lifting Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Core workouts with RandomAbs on Tuesday and Thursday.

 What do you do to keep yourself motivated when the weather is blah?

1st Day

29 Oct

Today was my first day of the new job.  If I were to recount the events of the day it would be pretty boring, but I still loved it.  Tomorrow I get turned loose on patients and I have been stalking the medical histories of all of them all evening.


Now for confessions: I didn’t get my cardio in.  Two reasons and both are excuses, and we all know excuses are like buttholes: everyone has one and they all stink (you can thank my high school basketball coach for that analogy).  At any rate, my two excuses: I got 4 hours of sleep last night and it’s freezing cold.  I need to locate the code for the fitness room door.  I have it here somewhere. I have committed to a pretty simple lifting program this week so I will double up tomorrow.  I cannot have a repeat of last month and I already know getting back into doing cardio is going to suck.  Time to get started!

And a little something fun, I can’t get enough of this song. Enjoy:

While we’re being random, I need to share my favorite breakfast right now.  I think I have shared it before, but seriously, get you some. You could do this with sweet potato too:

Pumpkin Parfait

Roasted Pumpkin

Pumpkin pie spice

Agave nectar

frozen banana

1/4-1/2 cup almond milk (or your preferred milk or milk substitute)


Pumpkin Seeds and Sunflower seeds (optional)

Roast your pumpkin in the oven until it’s soft.  Puree with pumpkin pie spice and agave nectar to taste. Put that to the side and clean out your food processor.

Slice up the frozen banana into food processor and turn on.  Add milk slowly until banana is smooth but still kind of thick. (this will be the exact consistency of soft serve ice cream.

In a small dish layer 2 tablespoons pumpkin, chopped walnuts, banana mixture. (I do pumpkin, walnuts, banana, pumpkin). Top with pumpkin and sunflower seeds or more walnut.  Enjoy.  It’s unreasonably good and filling!



8 Oct

Today I decided to do a mile out and back for time. Went out a mile in 11:29 (and then died). Phenomenal time for me. Turned around to go back and was dead. Had all thoughts of quitting like a quarter in. Got through the mental block and about 1.6 miles in and my legs wanted to collapse. I checked my pace…still 11:46. Ok, I feel like shit, but I am still doing it! I get to 1.86 and I am dead. I can’t breathe, my stomach is cramping, I get a side stitch….it was over. Sometimes I look back at a time or distance and think I could have done better or I could have kept going. Even though there was only .14 of a mile left…I really feel like I would have passed out. This is the direct result of two things: no warm up and poor breathing.

The total damage: 1.86 miles, 11:39 averagr pace.

Moving Forward

18 Sep

You ever have one of those days?  Of course you have, we all have.  Let me tell you about mine.  First of all it’s important that you know how much I love sleep.  I mean I LOOOOOOVE sleep. I work 10 hour days with an hour workout stuck in the middle so sleep is very important.  Last week I was starting to feel a bit under the weather and then Sunday night I couldn’t sleep.  I tossed and turned for an hour and a half without much luck.  My right SI joint was aching and I couldn’t get comfortable.  I looked at the clock, it’s midnight.  Shit just got real.  No ma’am, I will not stay awake any longer, time to take an Aleve.  As I sort through the medicine cabinet, I happen upon some Nyquil from my last cold. Perfecto, I down two pills, lie down on a heating pad, I’m asleep in like 20 minutes flat.  My alarm went off at 6am, my eyes open, and my brain does not turn on.  I can’t describe the type of fog I was in, I have never experienced that before, but I will never take another nyquil.  The fog didn’t lift until around 10am and two cups of coffee and then I realized I didn’t bring my gym bag 😦  So I say all of that to say…I missed a workout yesterday.  It was raining by time I got home so I couldn’t run then either.  I will make it up though. 

So…I am quickly approaching what I affectionately call a “F-ya moment”.  It occurred to me that these are things I have in my head that I haven’t shared.  A F-ya moment is when I accomplish a mile marker along my journey that isn’t necessarily a goal, just a step towards my goals.  Moments when it occurs to me how much I have accomplished and it motivates me to push a little harder.  So here, in random order, are what I currently consider my F-ya moments

  • Every 20lbs of weight loss (F-ya)
  • When I’m able to run for a full hour (F-ya)
  • When the guys in the gym tell me how good I’m looking (F-ya) (this has happened, they are awesome, and every time they say something I think “F-ya”)
  • Every time I crave a workout (F-ya)
  • Every time I convince someone to join me for something (F-ya)
  • Getting under 200lbs (for the first time as an adult) (F-YA!)

That’s it for now. 

I did some reflecting while lying awake in my bed and was thinking a little bit about goals.  Everytime I have set out to accomplish something big there seems to be things I think I can accomplish, and things that seem a little too far out of reach.  For example, I was the first in my family to go to college.  When I first started out I thought going to college was a huge accomplishment, and just going and getting through was about all I could muster.  Sometime during the course of my education I felt like graduating with honors and going to grad school was suddently attainable when it hadn’t been in the past.  (was THAT an F-ya moment?  hmmm….)

Anyway, when I first started out, I only really wanted to run a 5K.  A direct quote from my mouth “I would never want to run more than a 5K.”  And even my weight loss goals (180lbs, 68lbs of weight loss) seemed doable, but just a very far off goal.  Now it seems perfectly reasonable to me that  I can run for an hour straight, finish a 10K and even in the deepest, darkest places in my mind….a half marathon?  F-ya I can do that.  Why not?  All goals seem too lofty until you start closing in on them because no, today I cannot go out and run 13 miles…but why not within the year?  All I have to do is get another step closer everyday. 

So motivated. So proud. I hope you guys take a step closer to your goals today. I know I will!

Eat Yourself Skinny!: Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Cereal

13 Sep

I made my own version of this Eat Yourself Skinny!: Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Cereal and it is delicious! Here’s my version:

1/2 cup uncooked quinoa

1tsp vanilla

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 medium apple

1 T coconut oil

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp apple pie spice

2 T Agave syrup

Warm a pan over med-low heat with coconut oil.  Add chopped apple and cook 5ish minutes until softened.  Sit aside.

Meanwhile, rinse your quinoa two or three times.  Add quinoa and 2/4 almond milk to a pan.  Bring to a boil, reduce, and let simmer 10 minutes until quinoa is cooked through.  Remove from heat, add remaining almond milk, agave, and spices.  Fold in apples.  Enjoy!

Nutrition for my version: 183 Calories, 24g Fat, 10g Fat, 3g protein


Sunday Funday (again)

9 Sep

Do you have an app that you use to track activity?  I was introduced to Skimble recently.  It allows you to track your activity, as well as provides workouts.  It has a social aspect in that you can acquire points and compete with others. It gives you something kind of fun to do with your workouts.  Only problem is while I love the concept, the app itself sucks.  Tonight it failed to track half my workout 😦  If you have one you love specifically for activity, let me know in the comments please!  Here’s what I did today:

2.48 out and back run.  It took me 30 minutes.

New route was nice on the way out, but I knew it would be hell on the way back because of one very large, very long hill.  Anyway, it’s done with.  To be honest, this past week was a bust.  I got in 2 crappy runs and 2 weight training sessions.  Hardly enough when the goal was to have 3 and 3.

Next week:

  • 3 runs and 3 weight training workouts (seriously this time, Gina, seriously)
  • Stick to the menu (I have stopped tracking b/c of the food I’m eating is hard to enter, takes forever, but I will do my best)
  • Keep in mind: just two over two weeks before my birthday and I intend to hit the 20lb weight loss mark by then.

Food I have prepped:

Breakfast: Oatmeal w/ fruits, Scrambled tofu, Green Smoothie

Lunch: Have to finish up the Nutrisystem food taking up space in my pantry.  I will have one entree with a salad everyday.

Dinner: Bang Bang Cauliflour, Black Bean Bowl, Lentil Tacos, Nino Envuelto (I make mine w/ meat substitute).

Snacks: Fruit Salad w/ Ginger, Tea, Carrots and Hummus, Nuts, Treat (only one/day), Apple w/ PB, Orange

Treats: Raw coconut cream bites, Date Bites, and Cinnamon Cookie Dough Squares (maybe)

All of these treats are no sugar added, vegan, gluten free, and soooo yummy!

Grand Adventure

18 Aug

Typically I would wait to post about goals, but I’m going camping, so it was necessary to prepare ahead of time.

Camping plans:

Saturday: 2-mile morning run before we head out.

Dinner at the campfire: BBQ tofu, veggie kabobs, fire baked potato.  Alcohol will be served with this meal, there’s no way around it. Happy off day 🙂


  • Breakfast Smoothie
  • hike with the girls
  • S: Protein bar
  • L: Veggie wrap
  • S: Banana and PB wrap
  • White water rafting
  • D: on the town
  • Head back home

Weekend goal: Stick to the plan!


Goals for this week:

  • Increase distance by 10%, but focus on non-stop running for at least 2 miles straight for 3 runs
  • Add in legs workout on weight training days
  • Add in core workout on cardio days
  • 1300 calories daily
  • Vegan diet

Food for this week:

  • Breakfast: Oatmeal w/ fruit, Smoothies, Scrambled tofu w/ veggie sausage
  • Lunches: Fennel and Potato Soup, Lentil tacos, Mushroom Rissotto
  • Dinner: Chana Masala, Veggie Wraps, Salads, Pasta y Fagioli soup
  • Snacks: Vegs w/ hummus, fruit, protein shakes, Soy chips, baked sweet potato


Uphill struggles bring downhill bliss

23 Jul

I love running down hill.  I’m going at a fast pace, wind in my hair, I can feel for that brief moment that I have done it.  I have accomplished my goals.  I’m a runner.  Then I hit flat surface, or even worse, a hill, and that all goes away.  But for that short time I can feel it.  That being said, here’s my run for today.  Same course as last week except I ran it backwards and I went on a short out and back side trail to make it a little longer:


As for my diet today…well…let’s not talk about that.  Truth is, I don’t really know what I have eaten today.  I didn’t really have any meals, I just mindlessly snacked and any attempt at trying to remember what I had and in the correct portions would be feeble.  Let’s just say it was a failure.  Instead I will share with you my favorite pre-workout snack:

Energy Bites!

I’m sure you’ve seen these little morsels of goodness around the internet. They are very yum and filling.  Two little bites pre-workout and I’m good to go.  That’s important for me because of my schedule. Here’s my daily:

7am: Wake up ( try my best to shoot for 6 but in reality, I don’t roll out of bed til 7 most days)

8:15am: Arrive at work and have breakfast

10am-ish: Sneak to the back for a morning snack when I can

1pm: Finish up paperwork and then I can leave for the gym (I like to have a little bite of something while I finish up paperwork)

1:15ish-2:30: Workout time

3pm: Lunch time

6ish: Evening snack, usually a protein shake

7pm: off work

Dinner around 8-9pm.

I wouldn’t say this is ideal for nutritional excellence, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles.  I’m glad I have a mid-day time to workout, it keeps me on track. I’m not a morning person and in the evening it’s easier to make excuses. So that’s that!

Here is my recipe for energy bites:

1cup steel cut oats

1/2 cup flax meal ( ground flax seeds)

1/2raw  unsalted sunflower seeds

1/2 raw unsalted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

1/2 cup raisins

1 cup unsweet coconut

a dash of cinnamon and ground ginger

1 TBSP Organic, local honey*

1/2 cup raw peanut butter

1TBSP cacao nibs (what i had left in the pantry)

1 tsp vanilla

*A note about honey: without getting into the long story about honey off the shelf, I will just say, if you’re going to use it, use organic local honey.  It’s got great enzymes, and helps with allergies as well whereas honey off the shelf is just pure sugar and nothing else.  If you don’t have access to local organic use something else like agave nectar or a little liquid stevia.

Heat a pan until very hot.  Add oats and toast until fragrant.

Put sunflower seeds, pepitas, raisins, coconut, nibs in a food processor and pulse until it’s all about the same size.  Combine with oats, flax meal, cinnamon and ginger and toss.  Add vanilla, honey and peanut butter and mix.  The mixture should be firm enough to roll into balls and not fall apart.  If it’s falling apart add a little more PB. If it’s too wet and is sticking to your fingers and forming balls that flaten out when you lie them down add a little more oats or coconut.  Roll into balls that are about an inch or so in diameter.  Place balls onto a cookie sheet so that they are not touching or barely touching.  Freeze until solid.  After frozen you can put them in a ziplock and enjoy! Makes 25-30 bites, depending on the size you make them (and how much of it you eat while you’re making it).