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Motivation Monday #6

Hello! It’s Monday again and time for another roundup of healthy motivations to get you through this week! I was just recalling that it’s been about 2 years since I started posting some blog posts and almost exactly 2 years since I signed up for my first Iron Girl! It’s crazy to see how this journey has taken shape over the last couple of years with all the little bumps in the road. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be doing the race again this year though I haven’t signed up yet. My sister and I are still planning on running the Chicago Half Marathon as our first half at the end of September so that’s the money priority at the moment.

In other news, the Summer Corn Chowder is back at Panera! This is the first thing I ever tried at a Panera after going on a date with my mom to see Mamma Mia back in high school. 

Panera Summer Corn Chowder is Back!

Meal Inspirations

I’m currently working on cleaning out my recipe book and reorganizing it into a more useful resource because at the moment, I’m rarely using it and so many of my printed recipes are just hanging around. I follow a good collection of food blogs and I often find some recipes there that I can use or modify to fit my needs. Pinterest is another tool I use a ton but if I’m looking for something a tad more specific, Google search is a great recipe finder. Here are some of the recipes I’ve curated this week!

Smashed Chickpea Avocado SandwichFeasting at Home

DIY Mason Jar Home Salad Bar – PopSugar

Authentic Polish Pierogi with Potatoes and CheeseInnocent Delight

I made these pierogies last week and my kitchen was a gorgeous mess by the time I was done. I left out the cheese and they tasted great but I definitely need some more practice making them and maybe a little bit more help to get it done quicker.

Simple Vegetarian “Meatloaf”Nutrition Stripped

This looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it!

Overnight Oats 3 WaysFive Heart Home

This has been on my list of things to try for a while now but I kept forgetting to make it the night before. I finally made some last night for my hubby and I and we both really liked it! I’m going to share my recipe this week but for now here are a few I think look delish!

 

Workouts

Zumba is still one of my favorite at home cardio workouts and I’ve loved doing it for the last couple of years but variation is good and so is free. Whenever I find a good workout routine, I throw it into a YouTube playlist so I can find them quickly. I tried this Cardio Kickboxing routine the other day and it kicked my butt. Cardio Kick was one of my fitness classes in college so doing this routine was kind of a throwback for me. I like the PopSugar collection because there’s a wide variety of workouts and there’s a timer in the corner so you know exactly how much longer you have in your sweat sesh.

How Beginner Runners can Transition Away From Walking BreaksWomen’s Running

I’m a slow runner and running doesn’t come as naturally to me as it does to someone like my husband so it takes a while to build up endurance. If you’re just starting out for the first time (or the second, or third) I found this to be a pretty useful reference.

Mastering PushupsPopSugar

If you struggle with doing regular pushups, here are a couple of really great modifications to get you ready for the real thing!

The “Everything One Minute Upper Body Workout” PB Fingers

6 Stretches For Anyone With Tight Hamstrings PopSugar

 

Inspirational Quotes

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Your health is an investment not an expense. Although it will become an expense if you don't take time to invest in it.:

Eating "close to the source" is clean eating that eliminates most cans, boxes, and packages. Learning to create health through the foods you eat is life transforming. Learning about herbs is beneficial for both cooking and medicine making! Take control of your health! #quote:

 

What’s motivating you this week? Any big goals you’re working towards?

What are some of your favorite workouts?

Do you find running comes naturally to you?

 

Healthy eating, Motivation Monday, Weight loss

Motivation Monday #5

Happy Boston Marathon Monday! Hope you all had a lovely weekend and a great Easter with your family yesterday.

I spent some time being frustrated because it seems as though the Boston Marathon organizers have sold out and the only way to view the marathon is by logging into NBC Sports with a cable package account. Thanks for making the decision to choose money over everything else that this race is supposed to stand for. 

I’m not bitter.

Anywho. This last week I’ve been dealing with a few aches and pains that have prohibited me from running and even held back my step count for a couple days. I broke a 14-day streak of 10K+ steps per day. I strained a muscle in my hip flexor and though I’m not 100% positive, I’m pretty sure it happened while I was doing yoga. Serves me right for trying to stretch out my stiff body. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to start running again in the next few days as the pain keeps subsiding. 

If you’re currently dealing with an injury and something else that’s keeping you from running, here are a few ideas to keep you fit and going. Do what you can but don’t hurt yourself even more!

I’ve been trying to get more veggies into my diet because not only are they full of essential vitamins and minerals, they’re low calorie and very filling. If you could use some healthy eating inspiration, check out this list of ways you can eat more veggies.

da mo 1721 Daily motivation (25 photos)

For a gallant spirit there can never be defeat.:

Finally, here are a few links to inspire you for the week whether you’re trying to lose weight, keep active, or are just looking for something to inspire you. Happy Monday!

Workout motivation Healthy 4 Life Fitness Training:

 

 

Food, Goal Setting, Goals, Healthy eating, Running, Yoga

Sugar Addiction and February Goals

I had mentioned at the beginning of last month that I was going to try Sarah Wilson’s “I Quit Sugar” 8-week program but she advocates against even fresh fruit because of how our body handles it. She may be right and I really want to try and reset my diet and remember what it feels like to eat more fresh food than processed food but I know that I will make myself feel worse and I won’t achieve my end goal if I’m constantly craving and feeling miserable.

I can’t go on a diet. I can’t blatantly cut out sugar. My goal is to learn to control the cravings, make better choices with food, and eat better portions. I don’t want to cut sugar out for a month or more and then at the end of it be craving all the sugary goodness I can lay my hands on.

So now what? A little back history first. Continue Reading

Exercise, Happiness, Healthy eating, Running, Week in Pictures, Yoga

Losing a friend and my weekend

I’m still in shock. I still don’t have any words to express because I still don’t understand. Yesterday, the world lost a bright star. A young man who was going places. Someone who cared, someone who was respected and loved, someone who no one could say a bad word about. He was a high school classmate who I had literally just seen in church the day before and been up in front of church with him only 2 weeks ago. He passed away in his sleep, likely from underlying health conditions he’s had for a long time.

I’ve dealt with more than my fair share of loss and I don’t know if that makes any subsequent deaths easier or harder but this is the first friend of my age to pass away and I’m shaken. Please pray for his family and close friends who are devastated, and also for our whole church community who is really feeling this loss.

At one point, while I was processing the news, I started to feel angry and I really needed to just go for a run. Brady was having a pretty hard time with the news so we didn’t go right away, but we ended up going a couple hours later, just before dark. We’re still dealing with moderate winter temps so it was about 50 degrees and lightly raining when we started to run. It matched the way we were feeling.

Centennial Lake Loop

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Exercise, Goal Setting, Goals, Happiness, Healthy eating, Life, Running, Uncategorized, Weight loss, Women

My Goals for 2017

We’re almost halfway through January and I’m finally sitting down to write my goals for the new year. Well I actually wrote them down last week but I’m finally getting around to blogging them 😉 Haha. I wanted to focus on some things from different categories other that the traditional, typical, and cliche fitness goals so I really spent some time thinking about the things that would help make me a happier, well rounded person. Since this is the year that *all my health dreams come true*, let’s start with fitness!

Fitness Goals

I’ve spent some time lately thinking about how I wished I’d grown up with more of an appreciation for fitness. I always took it for granted. My mom fed us healthy food, and we were encouraged to spend time being outdoors growing up but it wasn’t ingrained that it was for being fit, it was just fun. I wish I’d started running in high school because I think it’s something I would have really loved back then, even in middle school because I used to outrun all the boys when I was in elementary. Anyways, my point is that this year I’d really like to become a runner. Not just a jogger or I’m training for a tri kind of runner but a “regular” recreational runner.

With this in mind, at some point this year, or possibly early next year, I’d like to run a half marathon. I don’t think I’d ever want to run a full marathon but never say never, right? Continue Reading

Food, Goal Setting, Healthy eating, Life, Meal Planning, Recipes

Apple Picking, Meal Planning, and Calorie Counting

You know how last week I posted about the various bad things that happened all in a row? I was determined to change my fates but not before getting punched a few times first. Apparently I can’t survive without a phone because it tells me everything I need to know, like what the temperature is and how I should dress for the day… so after my phone died, I got a new S7 and while in the process of looking for the right screen protector and case to buy, I dropped it when I was getting out of the car for church and smashed the screen on both top corners of the phone. Sigh. Then on Sunday, I accidentally broke my glasses beyond repair. I mean it was time for new ones but still… now I have to wear contacts until I can get new ones. I don’t love wearing glasses but ever since an eye infection I had in 2011 my eyes have not loved wearing contacts so I rarely wear them anymore. Continue Reading