And Thus Begins Marathon Training

I’ve been doing an awful lot of CrossFitting the last five months, because I love it…the social, physical, mental, and competitive aspects of it.  This being said, that means I have not been leaving much time for running, what now I think is my second physical activity love. This wouldn’t be a problem except for the fact that before the new year I signed up for a marathon in June, and today is the official start to my marathon training!  Yikes!

This will be my second marathon. My first marathon I had a training partner for the long runs.  As of late she has had some personal things to take care of, so I will be doing my long run training on my own, unless I can con some other friends into the task.  As sad as I am that I won’t be able to regularly run with someone, I am excited for the challenge. I think CrossFit has really toughed up my mental game from where it was 15 months ago when I ran my first 26.2.

Another thing that will be different this time around is my diet.  Although I can’t seem to go 100% paleo, I would say I am about 70/30 , aiming for an 80/20 balance.  Even at 70% paleo, I know my body will be running on completely different fuel than what it ran on the last time I tackled this feat.  I am excited to see how my body responds while running on a much better diet.  Last marathon my body crashed, I did not have enough fuel, because my body could not stomach the sweet Gatorade and Snickers bars I was fueling with…yes, I know, what was I thinking?!

So, here goes nothing…marathon training #2.

One Month Resolution Check In

In my last post, I posted my goals for the new year.  This year my goals were different from any other year; this year, these are things I really want to happen.  In the past I have wanted things to happen, but have never had my heart in them.
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So what does progress look like with my 2014 resolutions?

  • Marathon training will officially begin next week, so I am excited to start tackling the first goal on my list.
  • The CrossFit Open begins at the end of February, this kid will be signing up soon!  My coaches have been encouraging me to do this for a while, so I am really excited to get going.  My strengths: pistols, pull ups, Olympic lifting. My weaknesses: toes-to-bar, push ups, handstand push ups (I can do 5 with one ab mat…strength, weakness, or somewhere in between I’m not sure). I have been nailing all bullet points on this goal, which I am very proud of and has really been showing through on my skills.
  • Paleo has been tough with some recent travel, Super Bowl parties, and just life.  However, I am always thinking about paleo and when I make a poor decision, it is a conscious decision, which I would count as progress because it’s not mindless eating.  For the most part I have been doing a good job preparing breakfast and snack items on the weekends. Leftovers don’t seem to last too long in this household, so I still opt to make meals each night rather then prep at the beginning of the week.
  • Without even thinking about it, I have been doing about 15 minutes of organization/cleaning each afternoon when I get home.  I feel like I can just never stay on top of things, so baby steps are the only way.
  • So far I have been leaving my savings alone…boom.  Now to keep it going for the next 11 months of the year.

Hello 2014

WODs ❤

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Buffalo Cauliflower * Coconut Tortilla * Honey Mustard Chicken

Cauliflower Chicken Soup * Coconut Brownie

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Paleo Challenge #2

Paleo Challenge

Fun with friends!
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Trip to Michigan for a conference and the only two pictures I have to show for it are from sitting in traffic during the big crash near Michigan City and a quick snapshot of the  Hyperfit box I visited in Ann Arbor.  #phoneproblems
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Even though we live in Wisconsin, we love it down south, so up goes the Mardi Gras tree!
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And last, but not least, 2014 goals!  I will touch more on these in an upcoming post.

 
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My Two New Go-To Paleo Recipes

A quick little Runcember update, before I get to the recipes. As I mentioned last time I was challenging myself this month to get back out there and run, I had been getting lazy with my running and only ran a handful of times in November. Well so far I have been running three times a week anywhere from 3-6 miles at a time. This seems very elementary, but I am trying to do this safely to avoid injury. My running has been split in half between running on the treadmill and running outside since the temperature dropped…last week was bitterly cold sometimes barely making it to zero, brr! I plan to continue the same distances, but add in an extra run to make it four runs a week to get my base mileage to 20 miles a week consistently. Okay enough about running…

I scored big time with the two recipes I tried out this weekend! One quick lunch or dinner time meal and one mouth-watering dessert…

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Please note this is the first time my picture of a recipe has looked anything like the original bloggers it actually looks appetizing!

3 eggs
3 c coconut flour
1 Tbsp oregano
1 Tbsp basil
1 Tbsp thyme
3-4 lb chicken breast

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut chicken into 1″ strips. Separate egg yolk and whites. Beat egg whites with 2 Tbsp of water in a bowl. Toss around chicken and ensure they are covered. Combine dry ingredients in another bowl and mix. Add coated chicken into spice mixture and cover fully. Pace chicken on parchment paper and bake for 10-12 minutes then flip over and bake for 8-10 more minutes. Remove and let cool.

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1 c unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 c almond flour
1/4 c cocoa powder
1/4 c pumpkin purée
1/4 c honey
2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of salt

Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Add in pumpkin, honey, coconut oil, and vanilla, and stir well until all ingredients have been evenly incorporated. Use a medium cookie scoop or tablespoon and scoop round balls onto a plate or cookie sheet. Place in refrigerator for at least an hour to solidify. Store in refrigerator or freezer and serve cold.

I cannot tell you how addicting these macaroons are! I could hardly wait for them to solidify before I ate them. I recommend make a double or triple batch, I only got about 9 balls out of this recipe. This recipe is the perfect testament to skeptics that paleo can still be delicious!

Rough Day for a Paleo Wannabe

Trying to eat paleo for Thanksgiving is a tough thing when your family doesn’t eat that way. I pretty much planned for the holiday to be a bust, within reason of course,  but I  figured I would arm myself with at least one dish and one dessert.

So here you have it…

Smoky, Lemony Shredded Brussels Sprouts

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This dish was the first one to disappear on the buffet line! Check the recipe out here.

Coconut Love Pumpkin Pie Bars

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I got to come home with some leftovers of these,  but what can you expect I suppose when there’s many delicious choices starring at you on the dessert table. This is a yummy,  simple,  cold dessert recipe.  Look here to find this recipe. 

I was able to come away from the table without doing too much damage. 

Since Thanksgiving there have been a lot of good WODs, some shopping, and movie watching. I am heading to Catching Fire in a couple hours with my cousin,  I’ve heard it’s awesome,  so I can’t wait!

Hoe was your Thanksgiving weekend?

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Pacer and Paleo Applesauce

This is a busy week for me, both professionally and personally.

Professionally I am putting on, for the second time, a 5K/10K race as an alcohol alternative at the university where I work. I love racing and race directing is super fun too, but it is a lot of work no matter how large or small the event is. So Saturday will consist of a 4:30am wake up call so I can get my butt to work and get things going for the 9am start time. Wahoo!

Personally I am acting as a pacer for the first time in my life….For the Biggest Loser Half Marathon! This will not be my first run-in with Biggest Loser, a couple years ago I met Patrick the winner of that season.

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I am very nervous because I haven’t raced in a few months and I have never run at an 11:30 pace. I am typically a 9:15 pace, but I’ve been working on slowing things down…which lets be honest when I do long runs I should be running much slower than I actually do to gain the physiological benefits of anaerobic exercise, so practicing a slower pace is a nice wake up call for me. The other thing that makes me nervous is that I have never run 13.1 miles nonstop, but I am confident I can do it at this much slower pace. I need to just get to the start line and let my leg take over and listen to my body.

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Now for the good stuff! Paleo applesauce! If I haven’t mentioned it before, I will tell you that I’m not much of a recipe creator, I’m a recipe tester and I make little modifications here and there. This applesauce was awesome and tasted just like my mom’s growing up, but the nutritional stats are much healthier, sorry mom.

Paleo Applesauce
6 medium apples (I used apples from my aunts apple tree, not sure what kind they are exactly)
3/4 cup water
2 Tbsp honey
Dash of cinnamon

Prepare apples by peeling, cutting and dicing them. Heat the water on medium high in a medium pot. Then add apples, honey, and cinnamon. Cook 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Take pot off burner and mash apples until desired consistency. Store and cool in refrigerator. Bon appetite!
**This only makes about 4 half cup servings, so plan accordingly if you want more…and you will want more.
{This recipe is from Cave Girl in the City}

Q/A: Have you ever paced a race? Any tips?

Paleo Bread + 3 Ingredient Bar Recipes

As promised yesterday here are the two recipes!

Paleo Bread 

2 cups blanched almond flour

2 Tbsp coconut flour

1/4 cup flaxmeal

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

5 eggs

1 Tbsp coconut oil

1 Tbsp honey

1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place all dry ingredients into a food processor and pulse ingredients together. Pulse in wet ingredients.  Pour batter into a greased 7.5 x 3.5 bread pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Serve and enjoy!

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Note: This is my first time making paleo bread so I did not know what to expect.  If you are trying paleo bread for the first time know that this will not taste like your traditional, squishy, soft bread. It is more grainy and dense, but delicious when served warm topped with homemade jam and almond butter or coconut oil. 

{This recipe is from Elana’s Pantry}

 

3 Ingredient Bars

1 cup nuts (I used almonds)

1 cup dried fruit (I used dried cranberries)

1 cup dates, pitted

Combine all ingredients into food processor.  Pulse a few times, separate as needed.  Process continuously for 1-2 minutes or until a ball is formed, scrape sides as needed.  Once ball is formed in processor, press into a thick square in a 8 x 8 pan covered with wax paper. Chill for at least one hour.  Cut chilled bars into desired size and wrap individually for an easy to grab snack/dessert.

{For different combinations and the original source of this recipe check out theKitchn}

P.S. My pictures for this recipe were accidentally deleted, so click the link above to see how delicious they look!

Changes Since Beginning Paleo Challenge

Since beginning the Lurong Living Paleo Challenge, my diet has cleaned up significantly!  I was always that person who was apparently healthy and worked out regularly, so no one has ever questioned me and told me I need to get healthier…except my boyfriend.  Now don’t get me wrong he is not trying to get me to lose weight, in fact he would prefer I gain a little weight, however, we have had many discussions about him cleaning up his diet and losing some weight, but have never focused on me since my weight is at a healthy level.  Recently he has pointed out that I don’t help in his weight loss/get healthy journey.  For example, I always do the cooking, so many nights I would just make macaroni and cheese or lasagna, I love my comfort food.  So with his help I realized that just because I am at a reasonable weight, does not mean that I am healthy.  No, I never had a health scare to help me realize I need to clean things up and I’m happy that I am being pro-active, rather than responsive in my journey.  We just both want to be around to spend many years together, so we’re in this together.

Jed and I

 

Since I have begun my Paleo Challenge journey I have made a number of small changes that have made a big difference in my diet and my health…

  1. Eat three food groups at breakfast. First of all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it is one that I have always loved.  I used to be a bread or oatmeal eater (note: I still don’t think oatmeal is “bad” for you and after my challenge I may bring it back in my regular breakfast rotation) for breakfast, but I never got a good variety in my meal.  The majority of my breakfast was always carbs, which did not leave me full for very long.  Now I try to make sure my breakfast includes protein, carbs and healthy fats.  For example fruit, eggs and paleo bread. 
  2. Meatless Monday. Prior to this journey I did not eat a lot of meat, now I eat much more.  I have conflicting feelings on this based on a number of research readings I have done, but for now I continue to have meat in my diet.  I do like to have one day a week that is meatless though, primarily because meat is fatty and I cannot afford to buy the best of the best paleo approved meat that is lower in fat/hormones/other junk.  On these Meatless Mondays (or which ever day works in any given week) I like to make vegetarian meals like spaghetti squash lasagna or veggie stir fry.  
  3. Fill half your plate with produce.  This has been one of the biggest changes for me, bulking up my meals with fruit and vegetables rather than processed carbs.  Eating produce as my carb source I leave the table feeling satisfied, but not sluggish and bloated.  Filling up on produce rather than processed carbs helps keep my body healthy, reduces inflammation, and helps control my blood sugar better so I don’t experience any “crashes” during the day.  And an added bonus, as you fill up on produce it leaves you with less room for high calorie sides and desserts.
  4. Get more calcium. My normal sources of calcium- milk, cheese, yogurt – are out of the picture during the challenge, so it is important to me to continue getting enough calcium to keep my body in balance.  Some of the sources that I focus on now to get my daily calcium dose are spinach, kale, okra, salmon, and broccoli.  It is definitely more challenging, but it also forces me to make conscious decisions about my diet, no more mindless eating.
  5. Upgrade salad greens. We used to buy the bagged lettuce, but especially for the purpose of calcium, we have begun purchasing darker, more colorful greens.  Darker greens provide more fiber, calcium, vitamin c, and iron.
  6. Ditch the packaged diet food. Ditching packaged, processed food is the basis of the Paleo lifestyle.  I used to think if I was getting “healthy” grab-and-go bars or low-calorie snacks I was being healthy.  I realize now that choosing fresh fruit or homemade fruit and nut bars is the way to go.  Again by eating these I feel fuller, longer and do not experience cravings for more sweet stuff.  A bonus… you don’t ingest ingredients that you can’t pronounce or recognize on the back of the package.
  7. Redefine dessert. Since I have cut out processed carbs, I do not crave sweets, it’s amazing!  If I have a cheat meal, I instantly crave a luscious, indulgent dessert to follow it up, but when I eat clean I don’t feel the need.  I like to make 3 ingredient bars and eat fruit for dessert now.  I haven’t played around with paleo dessert recipes as much, but I have seen a number of yummy things I would like to try out.

I will be sharing the paleo bread and 3 ingredient bar recipes that I mentioned above tomorrow, so be sure to stop back!

Flipping Fail

I gave my first go at some paleo pancakes, and it was a flipping fail….like literally the flipping did not work out.
Notice how dark they are, yeah that’s because it took me a while to figure out how the heck I was going to flip them…in the end I just gave up and did the best I could manage.

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I used this recipe and flavor-wise it was delicious, but it was so runny they were a mess to try to flip.

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I think next time I’ll do a little beefing up, I’m not sure with what yet though…any suggestions?

Today is going to be a very active day for me, I love those kind of days! I went out for a five mile run this morning already and will be playing in a sand volleyball tournament this afternoon. This is definitely a good thing since I have a couple potential cheat meals coming up tonight and tomorrow night for birthday dinners.

What are your weekend plans?

Paleo Challenge

As a fitness professional you may think I don’t need to work on my diet, but let me tell you pizza and macaroni and cheese are my best friends! My crossfit box is part of a national challenge, Lurong Living Paleo Challenge, and when I heard about it I knew I had to sign up.

I didn’t know if I was going to be able to commit to 100% paleo but that wasn’t my goal. My goal for this challenge is to clean up my diet and see the world of food from a different light. I am in week two of the challenge and was faced with challenges right off the bat…a wedding. Not only attending a wedding, but being in a wedding so it was a three day long thing! It was a blast, but I did sacrifice my diet a little…but in the grand scheme of things, I don’t want to stop living, and enjoying things I used to, I just want to be more conscious of what I eat. So although it was a challenge, I made much better choices then I would have otherwise.

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So what all does this challenge entail?

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Diet stats obviously. These are tracked just by entering whether each meal was clean or a cheat. Clean meals are worth +2 and cheat meals are -3. At the end of each day you login and enter this data, if you have a busy week you have 5 days to get any single day entered in.

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WODs. There are 10 WODs to do throughout the challenge. There were three in the first two weeks, and then there after it will be one per week. You can do these anytime you want, but they have to be done at a box and are supposed to be supervised by a coach. Along with the WODs you also have to get basic measurements done at your box by a coach.

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Goals. They have a list of goals you can pick from, some are very specific, like “I want to do a handstand push-up with 1 mat” , and some are very general, like “I want to workout 5times a week”. You choose, you conquer.

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Food Adventures. This is an area in which you can enter recipes you have tried and liked. I will definitely be sharing some of my favorites over the remaining 6 weeks of the challenge.

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And the final cool feature of the challenge is you can see where you stack up against other participants at your gym and across the nation in you WODs and diet.

Each of the above mentioned things has a point value designated to it. Throughout the challenge they give out prizes for various achievements and do random prize drawings, so it gives you some incentive to eat clean and workout hard.

So far I’ve really enjoyed my experience, next challenge up…my birthday weekend is this weekend! Wish me luck with all my lunch/dinner dates I have.