Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
(1 serving) Mix together:
2 or 3 oz. of grilled chicken breast, cubed
1/2 stalk celery, chopped
1/4 of an apple, chopped
A few grapes, halved
A few walnuts, chopped
1-2 Tablespoons of Miracle Whip or Light Mayo
Put it in a whole wheat pita. It's only about 250 calories and it's really good and filling! I love it.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Running increases self-confidence more than anything I've done in my life. When you've been running for 10 miles and your body is begging you to stop, but your mind keeps you going to the end, you feel like you can do anything. I've been surprised at how much of running is really about mental strength and endurance, not just physical. The thing I have loved the most about running is the opportunity it has given me to prove to myself that I can do hard things. In everyday life, I don't get a lot of opportunities like that. I guess that's because I avoid things that are hard. :)
I hope that I keep setting goals with running, so that I don't ever stop being active. I think I will sign up for a 10K after this Half-Marathon. And then maybe I'll do another Half-Marathon next year.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Friday, May 6, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
These are the ones that I am deciding between:
Sat, July 30
Anacortes Art Dash Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Sat, Aug. 6
Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon
Sat, Aug. 6
Grand Ridge Trail Half Marathon, 50K & 5-Mile Run
Sat, Aug. 13
Cougar Mountain Trail Running Series Half Marathon
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Summer is coming soon (ish?) and I don't want to spend another summer avoiding my swimsuit like the plague. I want to enjoy life and feel confident. I know what I need to do. I just need to actually do it. And I will.
In other news, Jessica Biel is awesome.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
3 egg whites
1 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp dry yellow mustard
2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp chipotle pepper spice
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp garlic powder (2 cloves minced)
1 small onion (finely chopped)
2 celery stalks (finely chopped)
Spray muffin pan with canola or olive oil.
Mix all your ingredients together in one large bowl.
Roll the mixture into balls and place in muffin pan. Muffins should be about the size of a racquetball.
If you're real fancy you could put spinach and mashed potatoes on top. But if you're eating clean, sweet potatoes are a better option than regular potatoes.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
For the past 10 days or so, I've been really diligent about eating clean and working out almost everyday and I feel grrreat!
At the gym I either speed-walk at an incline or jog for 30 minutes, and then I do about 45 minutes of weights and toning exercises. I am seeing changes already and it's the best feeling.
Eating clean is not easy. Actually it's pretty difficult. "Clean" foods are so different from the things most of us are used to eating, (ie. processed foods, lots of sugar and fat, large portions, etc.). Eating clean means eating natural, unprocessed foods like fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, nuts, you know... the healthy stuff that God made for us.
I'm not trying to force everyone to eat clean, but I just want you to know that it's the only way to find real happiness in life. Ha ha ha. But really, it's a great way to eat and it makes me happy. I know I've talked about it many times before, but here are the clean eating basics, if you're interested:
Eat small meals, five to six times a day. This will help satisfy hunger, plus leave room for another small meal in two to three hours. Your metabolism will be on high all day! As a tip, try to keep each meal between 300 and 400 calories and read nutrition labels to give you a hand.
Combine right. Eat lean protein (e.g., fish, chicken, turkey, egg whites, etc.) and complex carbohydrates (e.g., whole grains, fruits, vegetables) together at every meal. This super-charged combination keeps metabolism balanced and insulin levels in check.
Portion control. The golden rule: Getting clean food is just part of the full clean eating picture – you have to apply the basic principles of serving sizes, too. A protein serving should be the size of your palm; complex carbs from whole grains and starches is the amount you can hold in a cupped hand; and complex carbohydrates from fruits and veggies is the amount you can hold in two hands cupped together.
Drink lots of water. It keeps everything running smoothly and you just feel good when you're well hydrated.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
“If you had told me a year ago that I would be on Miami Beach in a bikini with a photographer, I would have thought you were out of your mind!"
For some, it’s alcohol and cigarettes. For me, it was fast food and TV. I remember making more trips to fast food restaurants than to the gym and I was literally on a first name basis with the girl that worked the lunch shift at the burger place on the corner.