Sweet Potato, Kale and Quinoa Fritters

I know, I know. I haven’t done a great job at keeping this updated. I also haven’t done a great job of working out as hard as I have wanted to either. I am reaching a really frustrated point, where even in the good weeks the scale isn’t tipping. I am not happy about that at all. But, there’s nothing I can do but keep looking forward.

I have ordered (and will receive tonight) a FitBit, which I am hoping will be another tool to remind me to be active, measure calories burned, and a nice motivator to get things back on track. I have not been diligent this year, even borderline complacent, when it has come to diet and exercise so it is time to change that.

Last night I decided to use the food I already had in my house to try a new recipe, and I am pretty happy with how it turned out. I needed to use the huge bag of kale I had (which I always end up wasting a good portion of) and some sweet potatoes. So, to Pinterest I went! I started with this recipe from Yes, More Please and adapted a little – I didn’t make the dipping sauce. Instead of regular oil, I used coconut oil — which made the house smell delicious and also (I think) made them a little more healthy — or at least closer to paleo-compliant. The coconut also played REALLY well with the sweet potato. I served the cakes over a little mix of salsa, black beans and corn that I simmered while the cakes fried. While fried food isn’t the best way to get back on track – these little buggers were light in calories and delicious. I probably should have had some fruit with this (mostly for color on the plate), but I need to get to the store today.

I still need to do a little recap of the kickass Nike Women’s half marathon from a few weeks ago. Maybe I will do that this week.

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Race Expo Day!

I finally got my butt out of bed this morning and hit the treadmill for a little 3 mile run. With the race on Sunday, that’s all the plan called for. I pushed hard and ran my best 3 miles of the year, so I am happy about that. I am hoping that’s going to send me right into a PR on Sunday. 

I am going to head down to the race expo today to get that out of the way. Nike does their expo different, in that it is an “Expotique” and they don’t sell anything there. Most of the displays are Nike products. You can get a little swag by showing that you use their products and training plans, etc., see new gear, get fitted for sports bras and shoes. They also have makeover stations — the whole women’s marathon bit. I’m sure Nuun will be there so that we can try the different electrolyte water flavors and Luna bars. I love race expos, though this one is not quite the same experience. Image

I am also hoping they do the traditional wall with all the runners’ names on it – that’s probably one of the coolest things! It sorta makes it official when you see your name listed there with the other THOUSANDS of runners! I am getting excited for the race and am hoping for a really good day!

Tired

Ok, so I think that working out every.single.day. might have been a little ambitious. I am exhausted! So, I have officially declared today a rest day.

Monday I went to the gym after work. Rowed for a few minutes. Got bored. Biked for a few more minutes. Got bored. So, after 25 minutes of that nonsense I went to a Zumba class for an hour. It actually stretched my very sore triceps from the previous Friday, so that was really good. Yesterday, Tuesday, I decided to try to work out at lunch at the office. I did 20 minutes on the elliptical and then various machines for another 15 minutes and then changed to get back to my desk. While it wasn’t an intense calorie-busting session, it was a good way to get in a little activity in the middle of the day. It also made me feel not as guilty for having a hot dog at the Nationals game that night! Image

After getting home late last night, getting up early this morning just wasn’t happening. I realized that I am totally exhausted. Tonight I have book club and tomorrow I have to go to the race expo to pick up my packet, so I am just going to take today off and rest. Tomorrow morning I will do a short run to stay in motion for Sunday’s race.

I realize these posts are boring – I will work on that!

So Far, So Good

Well, I’ve not been great at making sure I post here every day, but I’ve been keeping up with the working out. Friday I got my booty kicked in a class at the gym. My triceps are still sore!

Saturday morning I had planned to do my long run, but I was so sore that it wasn’t going to happen. But, I did get a 45 minute elliptical session in before heading out wine tasting. I suppose I over-indulged in the cheese and sausages, but at least I’d been active!

Today, Easter Sunday, was a beautiful day. I woke up early to go for a run but decided to relax a little longer and then run some errands. I went down to the Nike store to check out all the half marathon gear for next Sunday’s race. I ended up buying a neon yellow running tank top. It’s a little bold, but I figured it would be good for marathon training this summer and fall.

I took a nice little nap this afternoon with the agreement with myself that I would go for a run after. So, this evening I set out for a long run. I don’t care for long runs at the end of the day because I prefer to run on empty and in the morning, but I went out and did it. Eight miles on the National Mall. It was a perfect day, except for the wind. I didn’t plan very well and ended up running into the wind the last 5 miles or so, which sucked. It also slowed down my time a little bit, but I feel good that I got out there and put in the miles.

Here we go with another week. Race on Sunday, where I’m hoping to knock out a PR. I’m going to have to really push myself. Then I’ll be on the road for a week – where the challenge to eat well and workout every day will be tough.

Pictured: The view on my way back on the bridge back from Arlington. If you look closely you can see Lincoln, Washington Monument and Jefferson!

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Cancun!

Well, as of Wednesday night we have plane tickets! Our vacation destination has been decided – Cancun, Mexico! We are all very excited. With that excitement comes some extra motivation to get my butt to the gym each day! I’ve had success so far. I ran on Wednesday night – four miles, still not as fast as I wanted but getting there. I am hoping race adrenaline will carry me next Sunday. Last night I decided to change it up and I biked 9.5 miles for about 45 minutes — so not a terribly grueling pace or effort, and then did some ab work on the machines.

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As I mentioned, I had been doing a lot of research and thinking about motivation. I decided yesterday to not focus on the ultimate weight goal, but rather to break it down to my goal for this trip — then set a new goal when that is achieved, and so on. I weigh myself “officially” on Friday mornings – and I am down a little over a pound in the last week. Now that I am full time back on this plan, hopefully the pounds will start to shed again more rapidly. At two pounds a week or so, I should be right on target to meet my vacation goal in advance of the trip. Baby steps!

With all the Easter candy lurking around the office (and my house as I prepared gifts for people), it has been difficult to resist – but moderation is always key. I am easing back into this plan. The remainder of April will be focused on basic calorie counting and working out. May will bring something a little more strict. I am considering giving up all alcohol for the month. We will see how that pans out.

I have to get one last long run in this Saturday morning early before the race next Sunday. We’re going wine tasting Saturday afternoon – so working on building up that calorie deficit before we go!!

Boston Strong

After spending all day yesterday thinking about ways I should motivate myself — I looked at weight loss jars, charts, inspiration boards and a host of other things — I got home and almost fizzled out! I was tired, the temperature had dropped dramatically and so I was soaked from the rain and cold … but then I saw a news piece on the Boston bombing anniversary and realized I needed to put my shoes on and run.

So, I put on my gear and headed to the dreaded apartment basement gym. It’s always a little too hot in there and lacks the stimulation I need to really enjoy the run. Luckily for me, the three shared televisions were all on – and none tuned to Fox News!runforboston

ESPN was doing a special on the Boston marathon survivors, so that provided a nice distraction. One of my good friends also came down to run, which helped as well. So, as I watched a little tv, I powered through a quick three miles– all the while thinking of those who were injured and killed in Boston and might not be able to run just yet. I am blessed that I am able to hop on that treadmill or the streets any time I want.

While my pace wasn’t as great as I wanted it to be, it was good to be active.

Dinner was a whole host of roasted veggies – red potatoes, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower and asparagus – brown rice and a veggie burger. I went to bed full and happy that I went through with my commitment. Today is a new day!

66 Days

The time has come. Last year was a good year – I was very motivated to get fit, lose weight and run many miles. But, somewhere along the way I lost some steam. strong

While I’ve not gained back but a few pounds, I can feel it and I am not happy with the progress, or lack thereof. I’ve spent days, weeks, and even some months making excuses or half-assing my approach to diet and exercise. Well, this morning I have decided enough is enough. No more excuses. I have 30-60 minutes every day to do something active. I have proven to myself that I can make healthy eating choices, despite what others around me are doing (temptation).

I don’t want to play the “coulda, shoulda, woulda” game, but the reality is that I could be a lot closer to my goal if I would have just stayed on track. But, alas, I am where I am – and must push forward.

The timing for this little coming-to-jesus with myself is perfect. Our book club is going on vacation this June, just 66 days from now. This is just in time for my 31st birthday. That is just enough time for me to get very serious and make more strides in reaching my ultimate goal weight. If I plan to run a full marathon this October, which I do, I need to be a lot closer to my goal weight than I am right now.

So, with this new goal of 66 days of working out and no excuses also comes a goal of blogging the journey every day – even if just a few thoughts. It’s time to get back on the right path!