Clean Eating Challenge

Hey guys! The past two weekends have been filled with family and fun, but mostly with food….heavy, fatty, deliciously bad for you food.

It was also filled with great memories like this…

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Between taking in a baseball game, kayaking, taking the pups for walks, and eating my favorite deconstructed sushi, my eating needs a BIG overhaul.

For the next two weeks, I will be starting a clean eating challenge.

During this time I can eat as much lean protein and produce as I want. That’s right. No. Counting. Calories. Literally as much as I want. Now obviously, the aim is to pack my tummy full of delicious produce, but the protein will help aid recovery for workouts (which I am good to start back up full force!!) and give me the energy to make it through my day.

Tack in unlimited water (hopefully 8-10 glasses per day, minimum) and just a little low-fat dairy, whole grains, and healthy fats and I should be on my way to kick starting a long-term healthy eating plan!

Simply put, less of this

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And more of this

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Want me to share my daily menu? Leave me a comment below!

GWC DAY 47/48/49 – injuries suck

Hey all! Sorry I’ve been absent the past couple days! I’ve been nursing a hurt left ankle…

On Friday, I went out for a run with the baby I watch and after about 2.5 miles, my left ankle started to ache to the point that I felt as if I could not run without hurting myself. I also postponed my Day 12 BodyRock workout since Saturday and Sunday were labelled as “active rest days” on my schedule. The way I saw it, resting my ankle for a day should’ve been enough to get it back to where I could run.

(Cue ironic laughter here…) I should’ve known better.

When I got up on Saturday, my ankle was still achy enough that it made going up and down steps uncomfortable. I decided that I would go for a nice, slow walk to get in my miles. No excuses for missing miles!!! When I got to my usual running start point, I decided that I would at least attempt running to see how I felt. Needless to say, I felt little pain so I ran the whole 3.1 miles that I had scheduled. I felt fine and was proud of myself for pushing myself to run in the end.

That is, until I stopped to go inside. I don’t think it has ever taken me so long to climb 12 stairs…I was hurting. I iced my foot/ankle with a bag of frozen edamame (yum!) but vowed to get an ankle brace for it Sunday.

So today I grabbed a firm (walking) and medium support (running) ankle brace. I’ve been pretty sore all day, but still the pups on our 3 mile walk. I’m going to be completing the Day 12 workout just replacing the jumping/cardio sections with weight training to give my ankle a low-impact workout.

Phew! That’s a lot of storytelling! Anywho, morale of the story: injuries suck, especially when you were just getting into a niche of comfortable/enjoyable running! This week I will be running as much as I can and hiiting my workouts hard and have a clean dinner planned for each night! Wish me luck for a quick recovery!

GWC Day 31 – PB Cup Brownies

Hey guys! Today I decided to do things a little different and give my legs a rest for one day since my race is coming up in 4 days and my knee was giving me grief at the end of my 5.5 miles yesterday.

So instead of running, Today’s workout included arm circuits with my resistance band. I also did a few sets of back strengthening stretches and resistance bicycles to increase my core strength.

And what did I do to reward myself for sticking with my workout for a whole month and in celebration of my race coming up? I made myself some brownies. Rich, fudgy, chocolate brownies.

And that’s not even the best part. They’re Peanut Butter Cup Brownies. Peanut butter + chocolate? Get in my belly NOW!!!

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Now before you go all “Lisa. this is why you aren’t losing weight!!! Fatty….” you need to know that my brownies are healthy. Like Raw Food, clean eating healthy!

These brownies are Full of fiber and protein and still manage to be deliciously chocolatey. Here’s the recipe:

Raw PB Cup Brownies (modified from Scaling Back)

Ingredients
1.5 cups walnuts
1/2 cup oats (any kind will do)
1 cup raw, unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon Sea Salt
16 oz. fresh dates, pitted (I found mine at Trader Joes for under $5)
2 Tbsp. All Natural Peanut Butter (only peanuts and salt in the ingredient list if possible)
Optional: Melted Peanut Butter to drizzle on top

Directions
1. In a food processor, pulse walnuts and oats until they form a fine powder.
2. Add in cocoa powder and sea salt and pulse to combine.
3. With the food processor running, drop in the pitted dates, one at a time, until all are added and mixture is crumbly, but presses together when pinched (think playdough consistency)
4. Add in peanut butter and mix to combine.
5. Line a square baking pan with wax paper or nonstick foil and firmly press brownie mixture evenly into pan.
6. Refrigerate overnight or freeze for 1 hour to help it firm up. This makes slicing them waaaaaay easier, trust me.
7. Remove brownies from pan and cut into 12-16 squares. These are really rich and decadent so you won’t want them much bigger!
8. If you would like, drizzle melted peanut butter over the top before serving. Refrigerate for 10 minutes to help the PB firm up.

Before

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After

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Way better, right? Yes is the only answer to that rhetorical question…

Please, please, please try this recipe ASAP! Coming from a picky eater, these are AMAZING and well worth the effort (if you can even call it that…)

Let me know what you think!

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GWC Day 20 – Side Effect Sun Tan

Morning Weight – 145.1
Pounds to Goal – 20.1

Workout – 5.07 mile interval run around the neighborhood. With views like this, it went fast, but the heat got me a bit in the end.

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So I’ve realized a few things over these past 20 days:
1. The body is an amazing thing. Although I haven’t lost much weight, my legs feel and look stronger, I’m not constantly tired (unless the pups wake me up at 3 am…cough*they’re-lucky-I-love-them*cough), and my cravings have gone down significantly

2. The clothes I workout in have a big impact on how hard I try. When I first started, old shirts and shorts were my outfit of choice. I walked a lot. I didn’t push myself. I didn’t see results.
Today, though, I wore a cute new top and a pair of running shorts and it made me feel like a real runner….you know, like those cute, size 2 girls who always have adorable workout gear running like they are gliding on a cloud while I’m over here stomping the ground praying that my knees don’t give….anywho, since I felt cute and “official looking”, I tried to push myself to keep running when my body/mind said to stop, even if it was just a few more feet. The cars passing me by or watching me at stop lights helped me keep going too…don’t want to look like a slacker!

3. There are some awesome side effects to running outside when you live in a warm-all-year-round climate like I do: I’m getting an awesome golden tan!!! Yep! You heard me! ME, the red-haired, fair skinned, never tans without burning to a crisp first girl is getting a golden tan! Yippeeeeeee!

4. My diet really makes all the difference. Although I am happy with my slow progress so far, if I were eating as clean as I should be, I’d probably be a lot further at this stage. I think that because I know I only need to lose 2.2 lbs a month to reach my goal of 125 by December 1st, I’m letting myself eat some splurge foods, like, you know, the 25 baked tater tots I had with dinner instead of the baked sweet potato and cauliflower I had planned.

side note: I’m blaming Jeff for the tater tot thing. He was the one who bought the 4 lb bag months ago…who needs to have 4lbs of tater tots in the house for 2 people?!?!

All in all, I’m happy and healthy and motivated to keep trucking, so that’s all I can ask for…oh and for the dogs to let me sleep for a full 8 hours, but that’s just me dreaming 🙂

Gnight ya’ll. Put in some miles tomorrow. It’ll be worth it 🙂

Building my Dream Bedroom

So it’s starting to hit me. I’m moving to Cali in 14 days!! That’s 14 days closer to being able to decorate the whole apartment and post pictures!! In celebration of this momentous occasion, I’ve decided to post my inspiration for the master bedroom.

Current Furniture – Espresso Queen Bed & Two End Tables (like one on left)

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Main Color Scheme – Key Words: Clean, Organic, Blush

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Linens – crisp white linens with light gray throw

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Curtains

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Lighting

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Throw Pillows

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Decor – a collage of our wedding photos

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