Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Beach Weekend!

This past weekend was spent at the beach! We were there with Andy's family and it also happened to be Hayden's 9th birthday! We had so much fun...but the weekend went by way too fast! We enjoyed several evening walks on the beach, I ran both mornings on the beach, and we wore ourselves out swimming! It was the perfect end to our summer! School starts back in 3 weeks here. I hope you enjoy our weekend in pictures! :-)

QOTD: What is your favorite thing about the beach?

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Weekly Chase #82!

We had such a fun weekend!!! We spent the weekend at the beach with Andy's family. And Sunday was my Hayden's 9th birthday! We had a fabulous weekend celebrating! I just love the beach and am so blessed to live here on the Gulf Coast!

Now it's time for another Weekly Chase! I'm ready to tell you all about my goals for this week! I hope you will link up your own goals with me too! And feel free to use the badge below in your post too! You can grab the badge HERE! :-)

Road Runner Girl

Here are my goals from last week!

  • Goal #1: Run every day! Yes! The streak is still alive!
  • Goal #2: Roll and stretch daily. Yes! I really stepped it up with this this past week since my hip starting hurting. Hopefully I can keep the tightness under control.
  • Goal #3: Log and stay under all my calories this week. Yep!!! Even while I was on vacation! :-)
  • Goal #4: Pack for our beach weekend! Yes! And we had an amazing time!
  • Goal #5: Shop for Hayden's birthday! Yes! And I think Hayden was pretty happy with all of his birthday presents! :-)

Here are my goals for this week!

Goal #1: Run every day! I'm still hoping to keep my run streak alive this week. Hopefully the sore hip doesn't get any worse and lets me still streak.

Goal #2: Roll, stretch, ice daily. I'm adding in the ice this week. I need to roll and stretch consistently especially since I have a sore hip. I'm also adding ice into the mix.

Goal #3: Log and stay under all my calories this week. So far I'm doing great with this. Gotta keep it up so I can lose the weight I need in order to win money from my DietBet! It's not too late to join my DietBet so sign up HERE!

Goal #4: Prepare for my TV interview. Yes people! I'm going to be interviewed on one of our local television stations! They want to interview me regarding my blog, weight loss, and DietBet! I'm super nervous but also excited! :-)

So that's the plan for this week! Good luck with your goals this week too!

QOTD: What are your goals for the week?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Runner Spotlights #96

Hey everyone! I hope you are all having a great weekend! I am spending my weekend at the beach with family and we are having a blast! Today is also Hayden's 9th birthday! I can't believe my baby boy is growing up so fast!

It's time for another runner spotlight...my favorite time of the week! I love reading other runners' stories about their running journey! If you are interested in being spotlighted on my blog please email me at mindy@roadrunnergirl.com! I'd love to spotlight you! You don't have to have a blog to be spotlighted...you just have to be a runner! ;-) And I'm running low on spotlights so now's your time to shine!!!

Today I'm spotlighting Smitha from Running With SD Mom! She's a California girl...I'm jealous! Keep reading to learn more about her and her running journey!!!

Name: Smitha
State: California

When and why did you start running?
I started running March 26, 2013 because I could no longer sit comfortably on the floor with my kids and play.  My body just felt big and yuck!

What is your favorite race and race distance? 
I like the 10 mile distance but my favorite race to date is the San Diego Women’s Half Marathon.  The positive female energy is outstanding and it is a smallish race.

What is your race day routine? 
I use the facilities!  As soon as I wake up, I am not leaving the house until I have done my business.  I am NOT ending up on the internet with poo running down my leg!  (My biggest nightmare!)  Then I make sure to have a Luna bar about 1 hour before running and then a Vega Pre Workout energizer about 20 minutes before.  Then during the run, I carry Nuun in my Nathan Speedbelt and Clif Shot Bloks in Margarita flavor!

What is your most favorite piece of running gear? 
This is like asking me to pick my favorite kid!  Hmm…I love my North Face Eat my Dust skirt but I also love my Headsweats visors.  Oh and my Hoka shoes…see?  How can I pick?

Do you follow any diet or take any specific supplements that complement your running? 
I should be on a more Paleo friendly diet but I love my carbs!  I do take Vega Pre and Post workout supplements to reduce the soreness!

What do you wish you’d known when you first started running? 
That there would be bad days and good days.  Even if you steadily get better, you will still have days that make you question why you stuck with it.  But if you don’t quit, a good day is peeking around the corner!

What is your fondest running memory? 
Crossing the Finish Line at the Carlsbad Half marathon.  Because really, before I started running, I thought only super humans could run 13.1 miles STRAIGHT!

What is one thing that most people do not know about you? 
I was a long jumper and triple jumper in high school but I HATED to run!

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
I am a big champion for Epilepsy Research and Awareness and fundraise for the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County!

Here are all the different ways you can connect with Smitha!

Thanks so much for sharing with us Smitha!!!

QOTD: What did you do this weekend?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Fitness Friday...July 25th Edition!

Happy Friday! We are headed out today for a weekend at the beach! It is also my Hayden's 9th birthday on Sunday! Lucky boy gets a mini vacation for his birthday! ;-)

We've had a pretty low key week. It has rained several times and that has put a damper on things. We did get to eat lunch with my sister Christy this week. After lunch we went to Michael's Crafts to get my Sawyer some new Rainbow Loom bands (he's obsessed). They had their collage frames on sale 50% off! I bought this really neat one for some of my San Francisco pictures! I can't wait to get it put together and hung on the wall!

I also got new running shoes this week! My hip started hurting and that's my sign that it's time for a new pair of shoes. I got the same model Asics that I always get...the GT 2000 2! I LOVE my Asics! I've worn them for years and they are the only shoe that works for me so I keep on buying them! I liked the neon yellow so much last time that I got that same color again! :-) Here they are all set with my Lock Laces (which are amazing if you have trouble with your laces coming untied mid run) and Shubeez!

My sister Christy and I went to a Young Living Essential Oils class last week and my sister bought some oils. They came in this week so we experimented with a few! I wanted to use one on my sore hip. Panaway was the first one that came to mind but the directions said to dilute it and Christy didn't have another oil to dilute it in. So instead I chose Frankincense. And it definitely helped! I may be looking into these oils more. Does anyone use them?

Now it's time for Fitness Friday! I'm ready to tell you all about my runs this week!

  • Friday- 1.55 mile run in 13:35 average pace 8:46
  • Sunday- #plankaday 1:15, 1.55 mile run in 13:34 average pace 8:45

  • Monday- #plankaday 1:05, 3.11 mile run in 27:35 average pace 8:52

  • Tuesday- #plankaday 1:10, 1.56 mile run in 13:19 average pace 8:32

  • Wednesday- #plankaday 1:10, 1.60 mile run in 14:20 average pace 8:57

  • Thursday- #plankaday 1:06, 3.11 mile run in 28:09 average pace 9:02

Weight loss this week: 1.3 lbs.
Weight loss total: 25.8

The running went great this week! My legs have felt really strong this week. But...my right hip started hurting a little after my fast 5K on Monday. I think it's time to slow down some since I've started officially training for my next half marathon. I also looked at my shoe mileage and it was time for new shoes. So I got those ordered asap and received them on Thursday. Hopefully they help the hip calm down some. My hip always hurts around this time every year...it's so weird! Usually new shoes help. I'm not ready to stop streaking yet but if the hip gets worse I will listen.

The weight loss went great this week! I'm right on track with my 1 pound a week goal! My DietBet started this week too! I need to lose 5 pounds to win money! 5 more pounds will also put me at my goal weight! So I'm hoping the DietBet helps me lose these last few pounds! You can still join in! DietBet accepts players until day 14 so join HERE!!! The pot has gotten pretty high too! :-)

I'm running my long run tomorrow at the beach! My training plan calls for 5 miles but I may do 6 depending on how I feel. 

I hope everyone has a great weekend!!!

QOTD: What was your best run or workout this week?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Healthier Snacks for a Healthier You!

On my weight loss journey I've had to rethink my snacking. In the past I've always gone towards the unhealthy snacks....cookies (Oreos are my favorite), chips, candy (Blow Pops and Rolos), soda. But when you are trying to lose weight those snacks don't cut it. So I had to start choosing healthier snacks for a healthier me.

These are some of the snacks that I choose on a regular basis!

You can never go wrong with fruit! I love it! And my body actually craves fruit now over sugary snacks. My favorites are strawberries, fresh pineapple, and fresh peaches. I do most of my fruit shopping (and veggie shopping) at a local farmer's market. The fruit tastes so much better and I love supporting the local farmers in my area.

Tip for buying fresh Pineapple! Cutting a whole pineapple is a lot of work and already cut up pineapple is expensive. A cheaper alternative is buying the pineapple core. The outside of the pineapple is already cut off. All you have to do is take the core out and cut up the pineapple yourself. The hardest part is already done for you! It's about $3 cheaper to do it this way.

This is like heaven in a cup! Yogurt is good for you anyway but when you choose Greek yogurt you get the extra protein in there. My favorite brand is Yoplait Greek 100 calorie cups. My favorite flavors are key lime, lemon, strawberry, strawberry cheesecake, and apple pie! And when you freeze them it's a whole other experience! So yummy!

I don't eat nearly as much cheese as I used to. But every now and then I would like some. The regular string cheese that I buy has 70 calories in it. They also have low fat versions that probably have less calories.

I know it's weird but I don't like apples. So that's one fruit I don't eat and never have...unless it was in a pie! But I've always loved applesauce! And my boys love it too. You can buy regular or natural applesauce. The natural has about 50 calories per serving and the regular has 90 calories per serving. We also like flavored applesauce like cinnamon and strawberry.

I love these cereal bars! The strawberry and blueberry ones are my favorite. There are only 90 calories in each bar. I eat these for breakfast sometimes, before runs, or as a snack.

These are one of my favorite snacks! There's something about peanut butter on a cracker! This snack has 180 calories in it so I don't eat it every day. It is one of my treat snacks.

Raw broccoli, cauliflower, and cherry tomatoes (I know they're technically a fruit) are my favorites. Carrots are good too...my boys love them raw but I don't like carrots at all. My boys like to dip the veggies in ranch dressing but I like to eat them by themselves or dip them in hummus.

Sorry this picture isn't the best...I told you we loved our raw veggies! ;-)

Hummus is an absolute treat around here! I love it but don't have it all the time because I could eat way more than the portion says lol! I used to dip crackers and pretzels in hummus but now I usually dip veggies.

So those are a few of the snacks I'm eating. I find different healthy snacks all the time! I love exploring all the foods that are better for my body than chips and cookies! :-)

Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist, doctor, or expert in any way. I am simply sharing the things that have worked best for me and my weight loss experience. 

QOTD: What food is a staple in your refrigerator or pantry?



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