Friday, January 30, 2015

Is the Whole 30 right for me?

 I feel like I am back and forth with my nutrition, I do great and then get bored and hit the snacks (massive amounts of PB, granola, etc) and add in the wine and birthday crème brulee and I need to get back on track! I’m not one to completely limit desserts and treats, heck I did that 20 years ago and the results were not great. I want to be healthy, eat to perform and fuel my body with good quality foods. I want to show O how to eat healthy and how to make good choices as she gets older but still enjoy the treats within reason.

Over the last few months I spend most of my days tired despite sleeping, exercising and being healthy. I mean so tired by late afternoon that I’m nearly falling asleep! I just had labs checked on Wednesday and so far everything is normal even my sodium for the first time in forever (barely normal but it’s there!), just waiting on my vitamin D level. Plus O has continued to have GI issues, complains of headache and tummy aches on a nearly daily basis despite us removing dairy. I wonder what more could be going on, luckily today we head for her 5 year check up. Then there is Matt who is reverting back to his childhood eating habits.

Sorry that got to be a long background to say I’m going to do (okay 95% sure) the Whole 30 starting Monday.

The Whole 30 is a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system. - See more at:

So most of it doesn’t scare me, but I love my quinoa and oats which aren’t on the list. No gluten, dairy, sugars, grains (yikes!) are allowed. Luckily on the vegetarian version pure protein powders are allowed. 30 Days isn’t that long, right? I can go without a few treats for a month, right? Have you done the Whole 30? What did you think? Share your favorite recipes.

I decided on the Whole 30 after looking at a bunch of options and knowing I need real food (okay we all do!), I need real calories, fat and protein. Plus I am marathon training and strength training and this seems to fit with a realistic plan during training. I’m hoping it may benefit my training, fix this nastiness in my lungs and increase my energy.

But first one final birthday celebration for O on Sunday with a vegan, gluten free carrot cake and some wine! What are you weekend plans?

Linking up with Jill for Fitness Friday

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Happy Birthday O!

5 years ago my world changed as my stubborn, independent girl decided to make her appearance (on her own time 8 days late!)! She calmly entered the world, no tears at first but that soon ended. The energy started and has yet to calm!

O despite your stubborn and independent personality and the struggles we have it is all worth it at the end of the day. Your strong will (like your mother) will only prove to benefit you in the future. I wish you could share some of your high energy with me some days! I love your hugs and cuddles and how caring you are. Always making sure others are okay and happy. 

Pink and Purple are your favorite colors and you love playing with Legos, American Girl Doll, anything Frozen and games. You are always seeking out knowledge and love the outdoors and animals, traveling has taught you so much. Your favorite sports are gymnastics (and your tiny size is perfect), dance, soccer, swimming and running (we will run a 5K together this year!). Your career ambitions vary and you may end up scooping ice cream and saving mommy and daddy lots of $ or if we get our way you'll pick one of your career ambitions requiring college. Today those goals are being a chef, bone doctor or delivering babies.

You are my sidekick in the kitchen and know all the tools and tips, I can't wait to let you loose one day and see what meal you make. Your favorite foods are sushi, hummus and PB toast!

Happy Birthday O! I can't wait to see what the next year: kindergarten, our travel adventures (Disney Land and ?) bring, how much more you improve in your activities and the friends you are growing with.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Marathon Monday: My Week in Training

After a frustrating mid week I think I am back to where I need to be. Some weird foot pain caused me some anxiety and moments of panic but it seems gotten a little better. Still mildly aches with barefoot walking but feels fine running so I’m thinking maybe a mild PF? My calf is super tight so I think it is all related to that.

Monday: P90X Back/Chest/Abs and Spin 30 min Kickboxing
Tuesday: AM- Plyometrics Sleep and PM-Intervals: 10 min easy, 4x1200 at 6:35 6:35-6:45 pace, 10 min easy 6.5 miles total
Wednesday: P90X Legs/Back/Abs and kickboxing
Thursday: Tempo Run: Skipped due to foot pain and 1 hour elliptical instead
Friday: P90X Shoulders/Arms/Abs and easy 3 mile run in 40 degree weather!
Saturday: Long Run: 12.5 miles 1:46:14
Sunday: Yoga/Abs
Remember last week's sunny long run, well what difference being home makes!

Week 3 of marathon training is here and the warmer weather is sticking around a few more days. One more week of mileage building then a recovery week already. Plus my baby girl turns 5 this week! Wow where did that time go?
Monday: P90X Back/Chest and 3 mile easy run (45 degrees this afternoon I can’t resist!)
Tuesday: AM- Core and PM-Intervals: 10 min easy, 6x1600 at 6:45 pace, 10 min easy
Wednesday: P90X Legs/Back and kickboxing
Thursday: Tempo Run: 1 mile easy 7 miles 7:30 pace 1 mile easy and Core
Friday: P90X Shoulders/Arms and Spin
Saturday: Long Run: 13-14 (I have a weird thing about running even miles!) miles
Sunday: Yoga

I have also decided I need to get back to non fitness plans/goals for the week so here are mine for the next 7 days…

  • Unpack from vacation
  • Finish everything for O’s birthday party by Saturday
  • Get back to organizing the house 1 room per week
  • Stick with meal plan
  • Foal roll calf daily

What are your goals this week? Best workout last week? Remember Marathon Monday? It has been a awhile but I’m planning to bring back the Monday link up starting next week so join me…Any kind of training post, any distance (Marathon Monday sounds better!). Have a great week!

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Good, The Bad and Some Uncertainty

Where do I start…The Good, The Bad or The Uncertainty?

The Good: I’m getting a brand new treadmill for my home and even better I got a great deal on it thanks to a store sale and a corporate agreement with my work! This baby will be my new winter running partner starting on Tuesday!
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The Bad: The foot! Seriously it has been fine until Wednesday night and then out of no where the pain returned but to a new area. What is this about? The most frustrating part is that I took 6 weeks off, eased back into running very slowly over 4 weeks and have now gotten to 3x week. Last week I ran 21 miles (1/3 of what I used to do). Tuesday I ran intervals pain free, Wednesday I did kickboxing and P90X lower/back/abs in the morning. That night I sat on the couch and when I got up to go to bed there was the pain.
I smartly skipped my tempo run yesterday for 1 hour on the elliptical but the pain remains. I’m thinking the worst and freaking out. Last night when I got home I was nearly in tears thinking the what ifs. Time to ice and roll and hope it is gone.

Uncertainty: I know it is early but my marathon plans this year are so up in the air! I want to run Chicago but not exicted about spending that amount of $ to not run a race. Deep breath and time to stay calm, do not overreact.

And finally Another Good: I have been accepted as a FitFluential Ambassador! So excited to join this great group.

Linking up with Jill for Fitness Friday. What are your good and bad this Friday?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Back to reality after a great vacation at Sandos

Like I said on Monday I was gone on vacation last week in warm, sunny Mexico. One of my requirements for living in the frozen tundra is a week of warm vacation every winter. After my adventures in Costa Rica in 2013 I have been cautious of foreign resort travel and opted for a cruise last winter since I knew Royal Caribbean could easily accommodate gluten free. Anyone with celiac (or a food allergy) knows it can be really tough to travel. We pack a suitcase of food looking like we are traveling to a place without stores, kitchens or food of any kind!

Last spring I began researching gluten free resorts and was thrilled to see the list is growing and reviews are good on most. We came across a resort I had never heard of and it seemed perfect…Sandos Caracol EcoResort in Playa Del Carmen. A resort striving to be eco friendly, living with animals on site, growing food on site and more.

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Before we left I was in contact with the resort and they quickly sent me all their menus and told me to obtain and letter to show the buffet restaurants when I arrived. Simple process and I was given a “tour” of safe food at each buffet and it was plenty!

Beyond the food we loved it…sun and warmth. Swimming in the cenote, playing on the beach, hiking on the trails past the Mayan ruins, ocean kayaking and more. O loved the kid’s water park and this was perfect so we could relax and let her just play. On site the resort had cats, dogs, donkeys, birds, deer and more. Such a fun learning experience for O. The only complaint (out of the resorts control) was the massive amounts of smokers!
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Now on to planning 2016 vacation…Have you been anywhere great lately?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Week 2 A New Kind of Marathon Training

Week 1 of marathon training was interesting on a few levels; mentally I’m having a tough time with the lower mileage but am convincing myself that I need it, I ran on vacation in weather that was 60 degrees warmer than I’m used to (sorry that’s why I was pretty scarce last week) and I managed to injure myself during my long run on dry ground!
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Despite being on vacation I think I managed to get my workouts in and eat pretty healthy, just forget about those glasses of wine, mojitos and margaritas! I also had no GPS so all runs were by time which I have a tough time mentally with.

Monday: P90X Back/Chest/Abs and 1 hour hiking
Tuesday: Intervals: 10 min easy, 8x 1:30 hard run 0:45 easy 10 min easy and Yoga
Wednesday: P90X Shoulder/Arms/Abs and 1 hour hiking
Thursday: Tempo run: 10 min easy 25 min harder 10 min easy and P90X Plyometrics (just 30 min)
Friday: P90X Legs/Back/Abs and hiking
Saturday: Long Run: 1:30:00 complete with my epic trip and fall!
Sunday: Rest
Scraped knees, hip and arm, ouch!

My well deserved post-run margarita on the  beach!
Now it is on the Week 2 and back to reality of work, grad school (yep that starts again) and colder temperatures. I’m off to buy a new treadmill today Any suggestions? Here are my plans for the week and I enter week 2 marathon training and week 3 P90X…

Monday: P90X Back/Chest/Abs and Spin
Tuesday: AM- Plyometrics and PM-Intervals: 10 min easy, 4x1200 at 6:35 pace, 10 min easy
Wednesday: P90X Legs/Back/Abs and kickboxing
Thursday: Tempo Run: 1 mile easy 5 miles 7:30 pace 1 mile easy and Yoga
Friday: P90X Shoulders/Arms/Abs
Saturday: Long Run: 12 miles
Sunday: Yoga

As I’ve said before I’m really excited to see what this new type of plan can bring my way in terms of running. I’m just hoping this knee pain from the fall is nothing and gone by Tuesday so I can hit the treadmill. Since I’ll be running a lot of treadmill runs I’m in need of new music, What’s on you workout playlist?

Monday, January 12, 2015

And it begins...Week 1 marathon training

This is it Week 1 of marathon training, #27 here I come and for some reason I’m feeling much different about this time. I’m doing everything different and feel good about it. My plan is written and is much different than before with less running and a lot of cross training and strength…

Monday: P90X Back/Chest/Abs and either swim or bike
Tuesday: Intervals and Yoga
Wednesday: P90X Shoulder/Arms/Abs and cardio
Thursday: Tempo run and P90X Plyometrics
Friday: P90X Legs/Back/Abs and Yoga
Saturday: Long Run 10 Miles and Stretch X
Sunday: Yoga

My goals are to stick with my plan and nutrition and see how I feel.

In my nonfitness life I start my 2nd to final semester of grad school today and ready to get this done! I also need to get everything planned for O’s 5th birthday and wait for the final info on kindergarten! Yikes when did she get so old?

What are your plans for the week? Who else is marathon training?

Friday, January 9, 2015

Picking the best running plan

I get a lot of questions on choosing a marathon (or half marathon) training program. How do you know what is best for you with so many programs out there. There is not a one size fits all program. Which is why I believe it is all about personalizing to best meet your life, goals and needs. So how can you pick the right program when a personalized program is not an option?

What is your goal? Is it just to finish, then a simple beginner plan is great, minimal speedwork is needed and the ultimate goal is to build the endurance to finish. Is it to PR or BQ, then there is a need to push beyond your comfort zone, add more speedwork, higher intensity and probably more strength training (if you aren’t already).

How much time can you commit? Are you a busy mom like me who needs to workout early and can’t commit hours daily like I used to. Look for something that has less running days and more flexibility. If not then opt for more training days and longer workouts.

How much running can your body handle? Are you injury prone or invincible? Remember we all need rest days no matter what. I have learned over the years that my body can’t do back to back run days so plans like Hansens are out. I perform best with a day of other activity in between but can handle cross training intensity on nonrun days. Also do you need extra stretch/yoga work? Make sure there is room for these.

What other time commitments do you have? Will you be running a lot on the treadmill and can you handle 5-6 days a week of this. Think about when you can run and the place you will be running. What can you do with this. Is it possible to run hills or speedwork.

How long and how much have you been running? If you are a new runner don’t grab the 5-6 days of running with high intensity right off the bat. You are asking for injury. Aim for a reasonable plan, incorporate walk breaks if needed. If you have a strong base then opt for a higher level plan. Look for a plan that doesn’t increase your usual mileage too fast and too intensely.

What are you tips for training plans? Or what questions do you have?

Check out Fitness Friday for other fitness posts of the week…

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

WIAW, getting back on track! Chickpea Wild Rice Soup Recipe

The focus this week is healthy eating so why not join up with What I Ate Wednesday and share my recent eats and a new recipe. My goals starting this week are to make everything possible from scratch that means soaking and cooking beans, making hummus, granola, snack bars, breads, etc. What do you make at home?

Marathon training starts next week and after the holidays I want my nutrition to be back on track for the 16 week training cycle. This time I am doing everything “right”! No excuses, no taking the easy route, I’m going to make this my year, get myself the race times I have been striving for and the strong body I’ve been lacking. Now this doesn’t mean I won’t indulge at times or have some wine, the 80/20 rule will be my friend.

Banana protein oats (my go to breakfast 99% of the time)

Lunch (usually salad or leftovers)
Roasted beet and arugula salad with pecans and balsamic
Chickpea wild rice soup

Potato bean gnocchi with spinach pesto topped with peppers
Beyond Meat Chickenless Strips

Veggies and hummus (homemade)
Pumpkin Spice Granola (homemade)
Roasted chickpeas (just made my first batch)
Chia pudding with berries

Here it is the soup recipe....

Chickpea Wild Rice Soup
1 onion diced
4 cloves garlic
1 cup celery chopped (3-4 stalks)
1 cup carrots chopped (2 carrots)
2 cups rice (I used 1 ½ cups wild rice and ½ cup brown rice)
3-4 cups cooked chickpeas
2 cups veggie broth
4 cups unsweetened almond milk (could sub any milk)
2 tsp sage
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp rosemary
Salt/Pepper to taste 1-2 tsp

Add all ingredients to soup pot and bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer about 45 minutes until rice is cooked. Can saute veggies first and add with 10-15 minutes remaining but I’m usually looking for easy cooking! Taste and add additional salt/pepper if needed.

What have you been eating lately? Check out others at WIAW.
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Monday, January 5, 2015

Weekly Goals and I Finished A Triathlon!

This week things are a little different, it is my last week before marathon training starts so no real plans or goals other than to start P90X (Day 1 done!) and increase longest run to 6-7 miles. My main focus is nutrition this week after the holidays of treats and wine! Instead I’m sharing my accomplishment last week…

I finished a triathlon!
Okay so it was an indoor tri but still this nonswimmer got herself in the pool! It was actually kind of fun (after the swim was over).

10 Minute Swim= 325meters, I’m not a fast swimmer and somehow this short duration knocks me out! I know I need to do it more but just can’t seem to convince myself to get in the pool.

Quick 10 minutes to change into dry clothes and grab my bike shoes, a little water and get the bike adjusted (the worst part of indoor tris is not having your own bike).

30 Minute Bike= 9.8miles (19.6 mph!). Looks like my months of injury have helped the bike!

Quick 5 minutes to change shoes and get to the treadmill, a few leg stretches and we were off running.

20 Minute Run= 2.86miles (6:59 pace)! I was thrilled! It looks like the 6 weeks off and strength have benefited my speed. Now to focus on keeping this speed with longer runs. Luckily I had a good view of the woman running ahead of me and wanted to keep my pace faster, yes I’m slightly competitive.

I actually had fun and am considering a real outdoor triathlon again!

What are your goals this week? Any advice for a swim hater for a triathlon?

Thursday, January 1, 2015

2015 This will be my year!

2014 brought many changes and new adventures into my life, some great and some not so good but times to learn. I have gained a lot of insight and know it will make me a better, stronger runner, a better mom and better in life. So here’s to an amazing 2015!  So far 2015 is off to a great start, O let us sleep in (6am was wonderful!) and now a relaxing morning watching Sleeping Beauty with my girl.

Fitness Goals
  • Sub 3:30 marathon (okay actually 3:15 is what I really want)
  • Run 2015 miles just for fun
  • Write marathon plan with 3-4 days of running, don’t run without purpose
  • Complete P90X and P90X2
  • Finish a triathlon
  • Stay injury free!!

My NYE prseent! Signed up for a 2015 race: Eau Claire Marathon

Life Goals
  • Focus my blog on my life and trials, write 2-3 times weekly
  • Finish grad school!
  • Plan a fun girls weekend
  • Grow my Thirty-One business with 1-2 parties monthly (Email if interested in online party)
  • Have fitness/nutrition challenge groups monthly (next one starts Jan 5th for 1 week to kick off 2015 right, email or comment if you want in)

  • No dairy while marathon training
  • Meet with nutritionist to address best plan for training nutrition
  • Plan meals weekly with one new meal each week
  • Garden this summer and grow our own veggies

  • Monthly dates with O
  • Monthly dates with hubby
  • Make friends a priority as life gets busy: coffee, runs, etc.
  • Help O transition to kindergarten
What are your big goals for 2015?