Giant Cheeseburgers and A New Start

My coworkers were making fun of me yesterday for writing a “healthy living” blog when all I’ve been posting lately is basically lackluster junk food. At first I was kind of in denial, then I realized it was definitely true.

Then, I went for a run today. And I crashed. Hard. The culprit? Nutrition. Wanna know what I ate today? 7 Oreos, a bag of chips, a peanut butter & jelly sandwich, a bowl of cereal, and a giant cheeseburger and fries. I had two diet sodas. I felt like garbage all day. And I had absolutely NO energy for my run.

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I’ve talked about this so much on the blog before, but I really think good nutrition is the key to how we feel, how we act, how we look, and how much energy we have. It’s not about weight. It’s about fueling our bodies properly for the demands we put on ourselves.

Lately it seems I’ve forgotten this. I have the dangerous mindset that “I’m training for a marathon, I can eat as much junk as I want.” Not only is this false, it’s also just plain stupid. If I’m going to be training for months to prepare my body for this crazy endurance event, I should be giving it good fuel to keep going, not asking it to run for miles on sugar. Duh! (P.S. I did run 4 miles today- at least I’ve still be running! haha) Image

So, what’s the point of my tirade? You’ll see tomorrow. Muahahah. Tomorrow I’ll be rolling out a new challenge and I hope you’ll join in. It’s not for weight loss- it’s for health and energy to get us through the rest of the dark, cold winter. I’m super excited about it and hope you will be, too!

Sweet dreams of tubs of broccoli 😉

 

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Sunday Breakfast

Hi friends 🙂 Hope you’re having a lovely Sunday ❤

After a crazy busy week I decided to unplug for a few days and enjoy my weekend without the internet. It’s been glorious and I highly recommend it. 

I did my long run yesterday morning (7 miles) then picked up my wedding dress! It was so fun to finally see the finished product after months of waiting and now I simply cannot wait for June 9th to come.

The rest of the afternoon was spent shopping, having lunch, and of course eating fro-yo. My camera was dead and I ate everything too rapidly to photograph, but by now you should be getting the hint of what my frozen yogurt creations look like 😉

I’ve been staying at Andy’s parent’s all weekend and this morning when I woke up I had waffles on the brain. I made a batch of pumpkin waffles from a delicious Trader Joe’s mix Andy’s mom had.

We enjoyed our waffles with sausage, eggs, and lots of coffee and it was the perfect Sunday morning treat

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I removed some of that butter after the pictures were taken. I guess I got a little carried away 😉

Now we’re off to a bridal shower for Andy’s cousin’s lovely fiance, then I’m heading home to Akron.

Enjoy your day!

Taco Chicken & A Great Run

First things first: taco chicken.

I first made this for my big’s baby shower this summer and it’s been on our weekly dinner rotation since. It’s so easy- put your desired amount of chicken in the crock pot, add taco seasoning and water, and cook on low for 8 hours.

I usually use a pound of boneless/skinless chicken breast and taco seasoning we got in bulk from Sam’s Club, but you can use any brand or make your own. I add around 3/4 cup of water and that seems to be just enough.

When you get home from work or school, simply shred the chicken with a fork or tongs and use it however you want- we love it in tacos, burritos, and I love making taco salad.

A pound of chicken lasts us at least two meals, so it’s a great money-saving meal that’s easy and so, so delicious.

As you may know, I try not to eat very much meat. I’ve been eating chicken a few times a week lately because I’m craving it for some reason… Anyway, this is a really great way to eat it once and awhile 🙂

I paired my tacos with some fresh veggies for a little nutrition.

Cooking in the Crock Pot never, ever gets old. It’s so nice and comforting to come home to a hot, home-cooked meal at the end of a long day. Even though I was home all afternoon 😉

I got home from work around 12 and all I could think of was cereal for lunch. Strange, I know.

I had a mix of Quaker and Kashi cereals, topped with a banana and peanut butter. This definitely satisfied my cereal craving 🙂

After lunch I went for a run then did a yoga DVD. I actually had a fantastic run and my time was faster than I had even hoped. I’m kind of glad I ended up taking yesterday off!

Yoga felt amazing after running. I need to commit to more yoga during marathon training- I think it will definitely help.

Well, I’m off to bed. Have a great night 🙂