{Working Mom Tries to Workout}

This blog title was originally Houston Marathon Training-Week #1 until there wasn’t a lot of training to speak of.  The past couple of weeks have been very challenging.  I feel so discouraged because working full time and breastfeeding/pumping and being a mom AND finding time and energy to workout is way harder than I thought it would be.  I made so much progress in August.  I lost 7.5 inches and 6 pounds by 21 Day Fixing and running.  I got to a point in my running where 7 miles felt easy again.  I could feel how much stronger I had gotten in barre class.  When I was home all day with little man it seemed easy (most days) to find 30 minutes to get in a fix and/or to run during a nap or go to a yoga or barre class while the husband was home. So, so much harder when working.

If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably noticed way fewer posts about working out and just in general.  This is usually a sign that life is way busy and probably not in a we-are-doing-so-many-fun-things way.  I seriously don’t know how other moms work, breastfeed, workout and have any time for anything else.  I have so much to learn!


Since going back to work two weeks ago (first week was inservice and getting ready for school) I’ve had little time to workout. My day is jam packed and by the time the baby is sleeping at night I’m so tired.  I was also single momming it Tuesday and Wednesday night this past week since the husband was gone.  Combine that with an early September heat wave and no air conditioning at my house (it has a bad leak and we opted not to replace our air conditioner this summer since we plan to next spring when we also replace the furnace) and you don’t have a lot of motivation and desire to workout.  We are regretting that air conditioner decision now!  Oh, and our dishwasher died, too.  By the way, I’m done complaining now.

Week #1-

Monday-60 minute walk and 60 minute Barre Class. (preheat wave obviously)

We love our Robeez!

Tuesday-nothing

Wednesday-I’m totally counting the National Guard Leadership Development obstacle/mission/team building stations we did at a nearby military base for four hours with my coworkers as my workout.  Our entire middle school staff was divided into teams and we completed ten stations before heading back to school.  Each obstacle required mental and physical effort.  I found some pictures of military soldiers doing the same stations we did (source).  We were obviously not in uniform, but we did have to wear helmets.  If you messed up on the water events, then you ended up wet!

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I was sore after this day from using new muscles and have a sweet battle wound bruise for my efforts (pictured a week later).

  This was a pretty cool way to start the school year, and I’m pretty sure no one will complain about meetings next year. It also reminded me of my complete lack of upper body strength and how much stronger my abs were a year ago!

Saturday-4 mile walk with P and the husband.  Quick 90 minute day date with the husband at a brewery for a late lunch.  Only our second date away from baby other than an overnight once.

Sunday-Does making copies and working on your classroom until 10:30 at night count as working out???  I didn’t want to miss family time so I headed to school after bedtime.

Week 2-

Monday-2.5 mile run and meal prep for the week.

Easiest training update ever when there isn’t much to say.  I’m realizing I’m going to have to get up earlier in the morning to workout (I HATE early morning workouts), but the thought of less sleep seems physically impossible right now.

Pierce still gets up three times at night.  We are working hard at trying to cut out the last night feeding, but with just going back to work I feel like if he’s waking up it’s because he needs to.  I literally see him for 2-2.5 hours a day before he goes to bed at night.  I’m hesitant to put any more on him with all the changes recently. And he’s now napping in his crib with a pacifier 75% of the time (sometimes without a sleep sack even).  Sweet Jesus, it’s a miracle.  This kid would not take a nuk for 4+months. We bought six different kinds and then one day he decides he’s going to do it!! He still won’t every day, but most days.

One thing I did stay on track with was my eating.  I meal prepped and ate clean for most of my meals over the past couple of weeks.  I did say most. I might have had some Wild Berry Skittles at school, enjoyed a day date meal, and we may have eaten Culvers one night, but I’m proud of 90% of my meals.  Now to avoid the candy corn and pumpkins!  They are my favorite.

With 3.5 pounds to go until I’m back to my pre-baby weight I’m determined to figure this whole juggling act out.  Tomorrow is a new day!

21 Day Fix Recipes I Loved The Past Weeks aka Yummy, Healthy Eats–>

Fruity Oatmeal Bake  I put extra fruit in mine.  So easy to reheat in the morning


Chicken Enchilada Soup (Husband made)

Hawaiian Pork Tenderloin This needed a little seasoning, but was good. (Husband made)

I still want to believe I can do this all.  Here’s to a fresh start tomorrow.

Sarah

{IMM Training-Week #5}

This week was my week to get back on track with training and really life in general.  We were done with our road trip and life was going to start to slow down just a bit before it gets crazy with a new school year starting.  This means I will be back to work soon and for the first time since having baby.  The sadness I feel about this is almost too much.  I mean look at how cute he is.


To help distract me from going back to work get both stronger and lose the remaining baby weight I made the decision to start the 21 Day Fix in addition to marathon training.  Often marathon training means letting myself eat extra since I ran all those miles.  It also usually means not so much cross training.  Both of these “marathon habits” are counter productive to my goals so this is where 21 Day Fix comes in.

So far I am loving the 21 Day Fix.  I’m not a coach or compensated by the program in any way.  I love that it encourages clean and healthy eating without restricting any foods.  Of course you can’t eat what you want whenever, but it gives you the control to choose when to treat yourself.  A diet plan with no options for wine is just not going to work for me.  I also love that the workouts are only 30 minutes.  I absolutely have no more time to devote to exercising than what I am already doing.  I do not want to cut back on running or my once a week yoga class. 30 minutes is perfect.

I am going to be completing the 30 minute workouts each day while also remembering to enjoy these little baby moments. Some days I may not have time to run and do a 30 minute fix and that is ok.  I’m following the eating plan loosely.  I moved up a calorie bracket because I’m breastfeeding and also will be eating an additional carb because of the running I’m doing. Maintaining my milk supply is number one.  Losing weight and getting stronger is the overall goal, but not at sacrificing more important things.

The workouts are also perfect for all ability levels and include modifications.  I’m weaker than I’ve ever been since having baby, and I love that I can do these in my own home and can make the workouts more challenging as I get stronger.  I highly recommend 21 Day Fix to others looking to get stronger, lose a few pounds and get back on track with their eating while still having a life.  It is also perfect for runners who often struggle to do anything besides run.  I never can make myself strength train on my own; this is the motivation I needed.

Here’s what this week looked like:

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Monday-3.33 mile run and 60 minute Yoga Barre class

Yoga Barre hurt so good and I was sore for days.  It was a great feeling.

Tuesday-30 minute Upper Fix

Wednesday-5 mile run and 30 minute Lower Fix


Thursday-30 minute Pilates Fix

Friday-3 mile run and 30 minute Cardio Fix

Saturday-30 minute Dirty 30 workout

Sunday-off (family over all day so moved workouts to Monday)

Monday-7 mile run with little man in stroller and 30 minute Yoga Fix 

It was a sweaty workout day Monday, but I swear that it is only sweat. It totally looked like I peed my pants, but I did NOT!

Total Week 5 Miles-18.33

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Another perk of starting 21 Day Fix is trying new recipes.  Ever since getting pregnant I have not wanted to cook.  I’d been lacking motivation in anything to do with preparing meals, grocery shopping and trying new recipes.  I had so many food aversions during the first half of my pregnancy and feel like I’m just starting to like some of those foods again. There are a million recipes that are 21 day fix approved on Pinterest which has motivated me to start cooking again.  The husband and I enjoyed this Mexican Lasagna last Friday.  Regardless of whether you are interested in 21 Day Fix or not give this recipe a try.  I look forward to sharing more healthy recipes with all of you.

Happy Training!

Sarah

{Friday Fab 5-Cross Country, Katy Perry, Chip Free Nachos, Shalane Flanagan…}

You all probably thought I disappeared on you.  And, I guess I sort of did.  With back to school and coaching high school cross country, these 60-65 hour weeks are leaving me with little time to blog or do much else.  Add to it that my iPhone 4s is officially full on the memory front and will no longer take photos…as in ANY, and you don’ t have a good recipe for blogging.  I’ve still been catching up on the blogs I read (drastically behind, but getting there) and today’s day off from school is giving me some time to finally update this here blog.

While I don’t plan to do a Friday Fab 5 every week as I’m just too busy, I do plan to pop in here or there with updates and of course will be posting race reports or anything I feel I want to write about.

So what have I been up to lately…

{#1-Cross Country}
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At the end of August I was contacted by an organizer for David Kuhn to see if I or someone I knew would be able to help David out in reaching his goal or running 11,000 miles around the United States to raise awareness about Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic condition his granddaughter has.  Why would David need people’s help?  David is a blind.  David was in an accident caused by a drunk driver that left him without his vision.  David runs on city trails and tracks and relies on people in the communities he visits to guide him.  I thought this would be the perfect opportunity for our cross country team to learn some valuable lessons about perseverance, determination and overcoming challenges.  The team also learned about Cystic Fibrosis.

One morning before practice I picked David up at his hotel, took him to get breakfast and brought him to join our cross country team. Members of the team took turns guiding David on our 5.5. mile run.  We all ran one mile on the track and then 4.5 miles around our city trail.  The kids had to hold a rope that David held and let him know when dips, bumps or curbs were coming and when upcoming stops were near.  It was a great day for our entire team with many lessons being taken from the experience.  You can learn more about David and his journey on his blog or in this Runner’s World article.

{#2-Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry Concert}
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Lets just say they were amazing.  I’ve always liked them both, but after hearing them live I’m a much bigger fan!

{#3-Color Run Fun}
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A full post is coming about the second Color Run I did a few weeks ago.

{#4-Shalane Flanagan and Sauvie Island}
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I saw this advertisement in the August edition of Runner’s World and it instantly brought back memories of running the Foot Traffic Flat Marathon in Oregon this summer as one of my race all 50 states. I can’t believe Shalane (notice we are on a first name basis 😉 ) often trains on the same route as the marathon. So cool to think I ran in her training grounds. Little things like this remind me of how awesome running a marathon in all 50 states is. The places it takes me and the adventures I get to have!

{#5-Healthier Chip Free Nachos}
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I made these for dinner for the husband and I a few nights ago. Football food made healthier. As I try to keep eating clean as much as possible, I’m on the lookout for new recipes all the time and ways to make foods I love healthier. This dish was perfect for that. My photos do not look near as good as the original recipe creator’s, but I made mine in a glass dish with the intention of eating mine with a fork so it was less messy. The bottom photo shows the bottom of the pan (zucchini alternating with red and yellow peppers.) Some recipe modification I made: I added green onions, onions and jalapenos, made a pound of turkey instead of 3/4 and used an entire zucchini instead of half. This was awesome and would be the perfect healthy take on tailgating food this football season.

Happy Friday!

Sarah

{Pros and Cons of Eating Clean: My Two-Week Plan Recap}

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I’m still around and running. With summer almost ending I’m trying to spend it doing all the things you just can’t do when you are busy teaching and coaching. That sort of means less blogging to make more time for those important things. Back to the clean eats though-the point of this post.
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Over the past two weeks I followed Buzzfeed’s Clean Eating Plan as carefully as I wanted. This means on some days I ate nothing but what the plan described. Other days there were grill outs with friends and rather than being the weird friend refusing to eat what everyone brought, I enjoyed a break from the plan and savored every bite. Rather than blab on and on about what I ate each meal, I will share some photos and describe what I felt the pros and cons were after the two weeks.  I planned to take more photos, but once I discovered how much time clean eating takes I said forget that.

Bottom right photo is pizza I had to make one night when the husband and his friend would not shut up about ordering pizza and eating their pizza in front of me.  I used greek yogurt and a recipe from the side of the Chobani container to make it.

Bottom right photo is pizza I had to make one night when the husband and his friend would not shut up about ordering pizza and eating their pizza in front of me. The crust was a recipe I found on pinterest. I also used greek yogurt and a recipe from the side of the Chobani container to make another version of this during the two weeks. (Tomato-Basil-Ricotta Pizza).

Pros of the plan:
1) I was eating healthier. It felt good to eat lots of fruits and vegetables. I felt full without that tired, sort-of-gross full feeling. After eating a meal I felt like getting sh*t done instead of taking a nap.

2) Making healthy choices became easier. When I fed my body good foods, it wanted good foods later. Now I find myself choosing healthier options more often than not.

3) While eating clean my desire to run came back. Can I attribute this need-to-run, want-to-run feeling to eating clean alone? Perhaps not, but I do feel exercise and eating clean fuel each other. I’m just relieved to have that I want to run/can’t wait to go for a run feeling back. For the past month before I dreaded most of my runs other than my races. I also felt better on my runs.

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4) For the first time in a decade I don’t crave diet soda anymore. Diet Mt. Dew was my vice. We never were without it in the house. I packed it in my overnight bags, extras in the car, kept a case at work, and brought it to family events. I started my day with a can each morning-even before a race. I then enjoyed a can at lunch and with dinner. On rough, tired days throw in another can.

To be fair I had been cutting down my Diet Dew intake earlier this spring and began replacing it with a healthier option-sparkling water (La Croix specifically), but it was hard! Then the end of the school year came and I fell off the wagon. Big time. While on vacation I limited my Diet Dew to one or two cans on most days. Hiking for 4-10 hours on many days helped. I had a few cans the week before my clean eating plan because that was all that was left in the refrigerator, but I still wanted soda everyday.

Now, we haven’t bought Diet Dew in three weeks and I don’t even care. A few months ago no Diet Mt. Dew in the house would signal a tragic reaction from me. Not any more.

Also, it has been nearly three weeks since we’ve eaten fast food and I haven’t wanted it once. We usually only eat fast food when on the road, but once in a while after a crazy day we go through the drive thru. Not once since I cleaned up my diet because I haven’t wanted to. Connection? I think so.

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5) Following the plan got me to try new foods or old foods in new ways. And, I actually liked almost all the meals. I had put kale on pizzas before, but not in salads, sautéed or in smoothies. I found it really was good after adjusting to the texture a bit. I ate chickpeas, unsalted almonds, unsweetened almond milk in smoothies, roasted cauliflower, cucumbers, fresh mint and parsley on salads (I previously said I didn’t like cucumbers and often didn’t use fresh herbs-so much tastier), veggie chili with paprika seasoned greek yogurt instead of sour cream (although, I must admit I hate sour cream and never eat it on top of anything), almond butter on fruit, chia seeds in smoothies and yogurt parfaits, eggs on salads, peeled zucchini and asparagus in place of pasta, and homemade vinaigrettes that tasted so yummy you’d swear you bought it.

So I said I wouldn’t blab on about this, but you guys-I actually liked it all! If your someone who has shied away from some of these recipes and meals because you think you won’t like it, I know how you feel because that was me! I ate safe to me healthy foods in the past and have grown to like most veggies, but this really opened my eyes. At least try a few; I’m confident you’ll surprise yourself.

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Cons of the Plan
1) Eating clean takes a lot of time. Seriously, a lot. Even if you prep in advance every meal requires washing, cutting, dicing, peeling, mixing, measuring, and often cooking, etc. Don’t use this as an excuse though. Sub a meal or two out for clean eating and it is doable.  Plus, the pros and the  investment in your health are worth the time.

2) I still craved processed food/carbs. I was surprised by how much I still wanted processed foods and carbs (pasta, bread, etc.) even after following the plan exactly. A friend of mine who has followed clean eating plans for months has said it can take up to six weeks for this to go away.

3) I was still hungry. Not all the time, but some days it wasn’t enough. On those days I tried to eat low-glycemic foods like nuts or fruit to snack on in addition to the plan. I also didn’t drink enough water some days so that could have been part of it. Some days it took me too long to realize I was hungry and I became hangry. The husband loves when this happens. Some days a runner girl just needs more to eat, too.

4) No alcohol or caffeine. Did I do this? Hell to the no! I drank that huge margarita with my Mexican food. How could you not? I did cut back on alcohol a lot though and, as you already read, cut out soda. I had one cup of coffee each morning. Sometimes it was even decaf! So I did what I knew would work for me. Putting a big fat no on something for me only means I will have double of it!

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4) Eating clean is expensive…when you buy mostly organic. You wouldn’t have to, but I prefer this option. I picked and chose what to buy organic to try to keep costs down, but I still had one expensive grocery bill. It looks like we will still be able to pay the mortgage, but ouch!  I should mention though that buying from Buzzfeed’s week 1 and week 2 lists did last me more than the one week they said it would. I only had to throw away one container of spinach. Not so bad.

Lasting changes from following the plan:

So great, I followed this plan.  Now what?  This plan did exactly what I’d hoped it would.  It got me back on track and eating more fresh and unprocessed foods.  What has stuck with me?

1) No more soda in our house.  Something I thought that would never be possible for me is.

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2) Eating clean meals at least once or twice out of the three meals in a day.  Eating clean snacks at least once per day.  I’ve found myself doing this naturally.  Instead of my typical english muffin for breakfast pre-clean eat plan I’ve stuck with the breakfasts I ate on the plan-smoothies, parfaits, eggs, and overnight oats.  More protein at breakfast keeps me full longer.  I am reaching for fruits and veggies to snack on instead of processed crackers or granola bars.

3) I randomly add more veggies to most foods without thinking about it.  I made crockpot lasagna the other night and knowingly subbed turkey in place of beef and then automatically put in only half the noodles, added double diced tomatoes, and threw in some extra veggies to make it healthier like fresh garlic, onions, zucchini, and fresh basil.  I see small changes like this lasting for good.

4)  I feel the running and eating connection more.  This keeps the healthy circle flowing.

Hopefully this encourages some of you to try eating clean more often.  I knew I couldn’t try a meal or two and make lasting changes.  I needed a longer two-week plan to make lasting change.  Do what you know works for you and your family.  I’m so proud of myself and the changes I’ve made.  I’ve been wanting/trying to do this for so long and I feel like I’ve finally reached a point where it is a lifestyle change.  Will I still drink beer and eat pizza.  Of course…but now I will do so with much more balance in my diet.  Go for it, guys.  You’ve got nothing to lose.

{Friday Fab 5-Navy Pier, Lambeau Field, Eating Clean, Back to School…}

If I had to summarize the happenings of this week it would be meal preparation. I feel like I spent most of the week cutting food, cooking food, prepping food, etc. Eating clean is harder than I thought when you’re on the go and trying to do things like paint your house and organize your closets. Exciting adult stuff happening at my house this week.

Really not so exciting, but life can’t always be awesome everyday. After a super eventful five weeks, it is time to catch up on the mundane and you know, do adult stuff like pay the bills, make appointments, get organized and back on track. Sometimes I just wish I had a secretary. Oh, and a cleaning lady and a chef. That would make life a lot easier. I’d actually have time to read a book or relax with one of the three unread, not-even-opened issues of Runner’s World. July, August, and now September are all begging to be read. I suppose all the traveling was worth the unread issues. 🙂

{#1-Navy Pier Ferris Wheel}
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Last Friday when in Chicago I finally rode the ferris wheel at Navy Pier. For some odd reason it is something I’ve always wanted to do. My husband was not so interested, but I gave him the pretty please eyes and the next thing you know he was in line to buy two tickets to ride. It is was a beautiful view of the Chicago skyline at night and fireworks being launched above Adler Planetarium.

{#2-Lambeau Field}
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After a wedding last weekend we headed to Lambeau Field. It was like a sneak peek football weekend with the Big Ten Network 10k on Saturday and Lambeau on Sunday. I can’t wait for football to sport my new Packer headband, tattoos, and can coozy I picked up from the Packer Pro Shop. Go Pack Go!

{#3-Clean Eats}
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After getting back to reality, it was time to get back on track with my eating. If you missed my two-week clean eating post earlier this week check it out. Remember I’m not a rule follower and will make adjustments to this plan whenever needed. Last night I grilled out with friends and ate a hamburger, and pasta, and tortilla chips with my pinto bean salsa. AND I ate the brownie dessert. This is life, not prison. Eat clean most of the time and enjoy the sweet goodness of processed foods once in a while. Seriously, I can’t believe how good some of the clean eats are, but at the same time my body wants processed food at least once a day. I’m trying and while I have not followed the plan perfectly at all, I’m eating better than I have in a LONG time. That is a success in my book. Perfection is overrated. If only I took my own advice more!

{#4-Back to School}
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I can’t believe I’m even putting this on my blog because I’m so not ready, but there is something I love about buying a new desk calendar and planner. It’s a blank slate to fill in with the upcoming events of the school year. I love a fresh slate each year. And organization. I picked these both up at Target this week and love the design. Having pretty school supplies is a must. End talk of the school year. I must enjoy the last weeks of summer. I must enjoy the last weeks of summer.

{#5-Upcoming Race Plans}
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I know you were expecting some big thing here, but the truth is I don’t know. I don’t even have a clue. In the past the above quote was me to a T. Right now I’m feeling a little over running, a little burnt out. I want to run, but I don’t. I want to fall in love with running and not need to be training for a race. It has been so long since I’ve run that way. I’ve got some fun 5k’s coming up with friends that I’m definitely excited about.

As for my next distance race. I’m just not sure. Funds are low after racing so much the past three months (1-10k, 1-half marathon, 3-marathons and 1-50k), and I just don’t know what I want my next goal to be. PR half marathon? PR marathon? cross off another state? With school starting and cross country coaching officially beginning in a couple of weeks I don’t want to overload myself. We will just have to see. Please tell me I’m not the only runner who has felt this way before?!

Anyone have any big races coming up? A football team you love to cheer for? Tips for race burnout?

Happy Weekend!

Sarah

{Getting Back on Track}

Do you ever have those moments when you feel like you are so off track? It could be about anything-your exercise routine, eating healthy, getting enough sleep, finding time for yourself, cleaning the house or completing that project before a deadline. With being on the road for literally the past four weeks I’m really feeling the lack of structure in my life.

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The last four weeks have been absolutely amazing and I feel so stinkin’ lucky to have gotten to travel all over the country and my home state, but it is time to get back on track. Specifically with eating and getting projects done around the house. Once the school year starts I find very little time to get anything extra done with long work days and coaching.

While during the work week I don’t look forward to Monday’s ever, I currently am seeing today as a fresh start to getting back on track. While being on vacation and on the road for the past month, I did my best to make healthy food choices. While our trip was extremely active (I ran two marathons and we hiked 100 miles of trails), we also did a lot of sitting in the car and eating not so fresh foods. It is hard to take fresh foods into bear country and being miles away from grocery stores is a challenge.

Despite those challenges I tried to balance my foods throughout the past month. When out to eat I ate tilapia, spinach and salads balanced with burgers and french fries. I ate energy bars (Clif bars and Picky bars) balanced with s’mores.  Doughnuts balanced with bananas.  I think you’re getting the idea, but no matter how much balancing I did it just wasn’t like what I eat when I’m home making my own meals. When I think about the last time I really meal planned and made meals that make me feel good and nourish my workouts, months pass by in my brain. It has been too long. Add in sampling local beers pretty much every night and wedding and college get together weekends, and I’ve had a whole lotta extra liquid calories going in the body.

If I listen and look at what my body is telling me, then it is time for me to make a positive change. I feel better when I eat better. I feel stronger and run better when I eat well. My midsection is telling me this. My pants are telling me this. My overall puffiness is telling me this. Now that I’m not training for any particular races (more on this later) I also need to make sure I’m making healthy food choices.
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So today is a fresh start. Pinteresting away while watching my latest obsession, House of Cards, last night I came across a two-week clean eating plan. After reviewing the plan it seems completely doable, manageable and the food looks yummy (most of it). While the plan is identified as a detox plan, I don’t plan to use it for that reason.
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Just like Frank Underwood I don’t believe in following rules. I don’t believe in following strict diets or even clean eating all the time. If I want a coffee I will have one. If I want a beer I will have one. The goal is to limit my intake of these things more and get some control back in my eating and drinking. The plan also is low carb which doesn’t really meet the needs of runners the best, so I will add in carbs if I feel I need them. If I want a treat or something that doesn’t adhere to the plan then I will, but then I will get back to the plan after.

Life is too short to never allow yourself the things you truly enjoy. At the same time, life is so much better when we feel good. We can achieve more and feel better doing it. I can’t wait to feel that way again. Plus with this plan sets you up for success in so many ways.

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The clean eating plan outlines a grocery list, when to prep the foods with a prep list, and what to make for every meal and snack for two weeks including recipes for each (example of prep and recipes). The biggest attractions to this plan for me were that the hard work of meal planning was already done for you and the meals themselves actually looked tasty and easy to make. The plan even tells you when the meal will make leftovers, what kitchen tools you will need, and when you need to prep something the day before. So helpful!

One of my favorite things is the prep list. It reads like a set of instructions for when and how to prep. How easy is this!
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This plan really isn’t a two-week eating plan and then your done. I’m using the two-week plan to get me back on track with meal planning and eating cleaner in general-like the way I used to do when I had routine and structure in my life. I take no credit for creating this plan in any way. I simply thought it seemed easy and yummy and was worth sharing with others.

Are you ready to feel better? Have more energy? Nourish your body? Then take a look at the two-week clean eating plan and join me in getting back on track. You can do this! Your body wants you to do this! I’ll be sharing photos of my eats on Instagram (@sneaksandstilettos) over the next two weeks to hold myself accountable and show that this is really something we all can do.

Happy Monday and Clean Eating!

Sarah

*All credit for meal plan photos goes to Yael Malka for BuzzFeed. Design of photos by Chris Ritter/BuzzFeed. The actual plan was created by nutritionist Dana James, MS, CNS, CDN, of Food Coach NYC, and BuzzFeed Food editors. I take no credit for creating any part of the plan.

{Pour Some Sugar On Me}

With lots of time not running the past few days I spent it doing really important things like finishing all the seasons of Mad Men on Netflix and Pinteresting (now a verb, I believe) my way through future workouts, running gear, and infographics.  I love infographics; the clean lines, information, organization, oh, me and my Type A personality.  Look to see some of my favorites in the next few weeks.

Here is one about sugar consumption (from Forbes.com) something I struggle with all the time.  A dumpster worth in my lifetime!??? EEK!  I fall into that trap of oh, I just ran so I can eat _________ (fill in the blank with your favorite sweet treat).  I’m sure I’m not the only one…right?!  It is easy to forget that what we put into our bodies is equally as important as what we ask our bodies to do. How can we ask our bodies to perform at a high level, when we fuel it with junk? Something to think about anyway.  As I work on this clean eating process, I’m trying to make sure more of my sugar comes from natural sweet things like the amazing strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries we were eating today.  The real thing really is so much sweeter.

nursing-your-sweet-tooth

What is your sugar trap? How do you overcome it?