For those of you who run and race, have you ever had the day-to-day ups and downs during training? Well, that is what my training has been like during this half marathon prep. I know there are going to be bad training days but it seems like I have had a too many. One thing I have learned during these days is that these types of runs are what make me stronger. It is so frustrating having a bad run, but I learned this weekend that it motivated me more to go out there and try again.
This weekend’s training was supposed to be 8 miles on Saturday. It was a beautiful spring day, not a cloud in the sky, and this happened.
I only got in 4 miles. I was sluggish and tired. I did not sleep well the night before so I knew ahead of time it was going to be tough. I finished this run with a little stretch and told myself I will not give up. I immediately planned on running the next day and wow what a difference a good sleep will make.
Another beautiful day and my run was strong. I totally got my confidence back and feel like I am right on track. After this awesome run yesterday, I sat by the lake and enjoyed the peace and quiet.
Now on to the yum yums. I do the best I can to avoid processed foods especially when I am training for a race. Whole foods give me the energy and nutrition I need. After my run I was craving a green drink but I wanted something besides just spinach as my base so off to Earth Fare I went. The kale was beautiful and on sale. I got a bunch of kale and then I thought about dinner and found these Natural Beauties 🙂
I decided I wanted roasted sweet potatoes for dinner, so while thinking of what I wanted to go with my lovely potatoes, I made my kale drink and headed to the porch. There is nothing like a gorgeous Sunday afternoon sipping on a kale drink. Hale to the kale! 🙂
I can say the weekend training was a success even with the bad run on Saturday because it only made me stronger! Dinner was baked chicken with roasted sweet potatoes and broccoli on the side.
To prepare these beauties, I just gave them a good wash, chop, and tossed them lightly with EVOO, sea salt to taste, and sprinkled with fresh rosemary, then roasted at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes. Simple and delicious.
What’s on your dinner plate when training for a race?
Dinner last night was prepared in 5 minutes. I mixed 1/3 cup of water with a packet of Grill Mates Zesty Herb seasonings (you could use italian seasonings) with 2 tbsp olive oil and 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar. I place chicken breasts in a pan and snuggled some asparagus and carrots around the edges. I then drizzled the herb mixture on top of the whole dish. Ready to go into a 375 degree oven for about 30 minutes or until chicken is done. Quick and healthy 🙂
This pasta salad has to be one of the best tasting salads I have ever had. The best part, it is simple. These are the ingredients I used.
Of course boil your pasta. I was looking to find brown rice penne but the store I went to does not have it, so I used whole wheat penne. Place arugula, chopped onion, feta, a jar of marinated artichokes drained, and a jar of sun-dried tomatoes in oil drained in a large bowl. I did not measure ingredients I just eyeballed how much I wanted. I made a large bowl of salad because I want leftovers. It is best when all the ingredients marry each other if you know what I mean 🙂 Add cooked pasta and drizzle with a little olive oil, sea salt and pepper to taste and it is done. So flavorful!!!
What is on your plate today?
Well we have all heard the saying “abs are made in the kitchen”. I would say I am in pretty good shape. I eat healthy, train hard and overall, take good care of myself. I started doing The Cellulite Project again just to stay on track with healthy eating and eliminating processed food completely from my diet so I will feel energetic and strong. I know I do not need to lose weight and that is not my goal if that is what you are thinking. However, I am not going to lie. Even though I am a thin person, I would like to see some cuts and definition in my abs and arms. I believe “abs are made in the kitchen” . I have a very strong core, but my hard work in the gym is hidden by some junky food effects from earlier this summer. I will put this theory to the test 🙂 I will continue my daily workouts along with following The Cellulite Project over the next 22 days and then I will snap another photo to show my progress. This is a photo of me and my abs taken yesterday.
It is on again! The Cellulite Project! Look above at the tabs, click on The Cellulite Project button to get an overview of what I am doing. This time I will do this for 24 days. A little over a year ago I followed this program which I developed and not only did I get leaner, diminshing some dimples on my thighs and buttocks, but most of all I felt incredible. I slept better and had so much energy.
So it is that time again when I feel some serious measures need to come in to play. Overall I eat very healthy and make great choices but the processed food has been creeping around in my diet over the past month. It is time to take control.
I started today so the next 23 days I will be following the project again and this time I will be regularly posting all of my healthy non processed foods on my blog, my facebook page, twitter and instagram. So if you would like to see what I am up to, just go check them out. By the way, my main goal is to continue to be healthy and inspire others to live a healthy lifestyle, but I still want a defined midsection and less dimples on my rear 🙂 Just keeping it real. So with that being said, I suppose I will do a before and after photo of my abdominal area and we will see what happens. If you want to see all this craziness just follow me on IG and twitter at @nthefitzone or my facebook page (click the FB link at top) to get all updates quick. I will also be posting as much as I can on this blog.
This is what I ate for dinner tonight 🙂 A lovely salad with grilled chicken drizzled with a tsp EVOO and lemon juice (salt/pepper to taste). It was leftover from last night. I suggest preparing more than you need at the moment so you will have leftovers, easy to prepare so you will not be tempted to go for the crap fake food.
I also paired the salad with these little nuggets. Brussel sprouts with a touch of EVOO, fresh lemon juice, sea salt and pepper. Yes I did 🙂
Wish me luck and follow along if you like 🙂 So what is in your fridge?
This blog is written by me. I describe my own experiences and opinions. Consult your own physician before starting any new nutrition or exercise program.
This is a post that I have on the yoga blog at www.myYogaspacebook.com . Some of you may have seen this, but I know a couple of people who are interested, so ignore it if it bores you:) It was a little experiment I did with myself called The Cellulite Project. For 21 days I only consumed non-processed foods to see what the effect would be on the cottage cheesy look on my thighs. Well I can tell you, it does work. I followed the program almost perfectly except for a couple of weak moments with a graham cracker,
but overall it was not that hard. Now keep in mind I eat alot of whole foods anyway so it was not that difficult for me to take out the junk that I was eating. And anyway, 21 days is not forever right?
So go on over and take a peek at www.myYogaspacebook.com and click on The Cellulite Project under the labels. Let me know if you have questions and I sure appreciate your comments too:) Thanks Y’all!
You know the old saying “You are what you eat”? Have people forgotten about that? In today’s world everyone is in a big hurry and we want everything now. Our lives have become so busy. Everyday people are driving fast, eating fast, preparing low quality foods fast, sleeping less, and moving less. Convenience is top priority for most these days. I admit, I am guilty of a couple of these and I want to change it.
When did washing an apple and eating it as a snack become such a pain in the a**? I never really see anyone walking in the park or an outdoor mall just snacking on an apple or any other whole food. People ask me many times what are some healthy snack ideas? It puzzles me a bit. Have they forgotten that grocery stores sell fruit and vegetables and many more wholesome foods. I tell them a few whole food ideas and they often reply “I don’t like that.” Really? The more I have talked with people about this, the more I realize that these days going to the store or the farmers market, buying some fruit and veges, taking them home, washing and cutting them up for snacks is a pain in the a** for some folks. Well here is the deal, let’s all slow down, start going to the farmers markets, shop the perimeter of the grocery store for fresh whole foods, actually prepare them for cooking, cook them and sit back and enjoy them. Do your body good:) You might find that you feel better and are less cranky. You might just start to enjoy these healthy foods.
Whole Foods vs Processed Foods
Whole foods are foods that come naturally from their source whether it is a plant or animal. Whole foods contain all of their original ingredients. Whole foods will provide you with all the vitamins and minerals your body needs. These foods have a short shelf life, they are full of flavor, have bright vibrant colors and are rich in texture. Whole foods contain antioxidants and fiber.
Processed foods have had many of their natural nutrients removed in order to be used in other products. Many processed foods contain added artificial ingredients, preservatives, sodium and sugar. These ingredients are put into food to extend the shelf life, enhance flavor and/or color, and maintain food consistency. There are still questions on the effects that these additives may have on our bodies. Why chance it with these foodstuffs? Do you think it is easier on the body to breakdown whole foods with their natural nutrients or processed foods with all of these creepy ingredients?
So what was your snack or lunch today? I would love to hear your thoughts:)