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Detox Day 2 + Dessert!

Things are getting interesting. I’m feeling a lot better than I was yesterday, so that’s a plus. I got about 10 hours of sleep last night which helps! I’m still not feeling quite well enough to workout though. I’m hoping tomorrow evening I’ll be up for a run. Unfortunately, I am fiercely craving chocolate today and I’m well enough to get off the couch and get it. I won’t, but feeling better makes it easier to think about. This detox diet I’m sticking to has been a lot easier than I thought it would be. Beside the chocolate cravings, I’ve felt very satisfied and enjoyed what I’ve eaten. Today, I had almost the same foods that I had yesterday:

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Wow, weird lighting thing going on… Sorry about that. You get the gist.

Salad, peppers and hummus, a Larabar, and almonds to bring to work. And I made another smoothie this morning. This one was a green peach smoothie with ground up cashews, Bolthouse Farms’ Green Goodness juice, a frozen banana, and frozen peaches. I ended up putting in too many peaches and had to add more juice so it was a 20 oz smoothie instead of a 16oz. I ended up being so full from my late breakfast that I never ate the pepper and hummus, almonds, or Larabar I packed! Dinner was another baked red potato with refried beans, cumin, and guac. It was so good last night  I had to have it again!

Since I skipped my snacks and had an early dinner, I made myself a good, filling dessert. Yes, I had dessert during my detox! I found this recipe online and modified it to work within my diet. Here’s my modified recipe:

Baked Apple Detox Dessert

Ingredients:
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 small apples, sliced (I used Fuji)
1/2 cup no sugar added applesauce
1 tbsp real vanilla extract
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/3 cup chopped nuts (I used a combination of peanuts, walnuts, and cashews)

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1. Melt coconut oil in medium sauce pan over medium low heat. Add apples and stir to coat apples in oil.
2. Add apple sauce, vanilla, and cinnamon and mix together. 
3. Simmer, stirring frequently for about 10 minutes or until apples are soft.
4. Remove from heat and mix in nuts. 

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This made 2 servings (275 calories each in case you’re counting). I had initially thought I’d want to eat the whole pot when I saw how small my serving would be, but I was stuffed after eating just half of this recipe. I’m learning that I eat a whole lot less when I’m not consuming empty calories!

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Like I said before, this detox thing really isn’t so bad. I’ve had to be a little creative, but everything I’m eating tastes so good. There are a lot of things I was planning to make and still haven’t (like veggie chilli and southwest stir fry). I might actually keep this going all week! We’ll see how tomorrow goes.

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Switching It Up (No, Not My Job)

It’s days like today that I wonder how I ever did it all when I worked full time. Holy cow things were busy! I had to bring my car in to get a nail taken out of one of my tires and a patch applied, I finished the laundry, cleaned the kitchen, took out all the trash in the house,got groceries, made a scrumptious dinner, and even worked for a couple hours. Whew!

The scrumptious dinner was a recipe I made up. Meatloaf marinara, herb roasted red potatoes, and green beans. All this for 434 calories! Yes!

Meatloaf marinara, herb roasted red potatoes, green beans.

Meatloaf marinara, herb roasted red potatoes, green beans.

This morning I had my typical cereal for breakfast and sandwich for lunch. For a snack, I had an Annie’s White Cheddar Single Serving Macaroni and Cheese cup. Even after all that, and subtracting 100 calories for overeating yesterday, I still had enough calories left over (with 4 to spare!) to eat the rest of my flurry from last night. I am full full right now. It’s so satisfying to lose weight at a slower pace. I’m eating more, working out regularly, and getting plenty of sleep. I highly recommend it!

This morning, I got in a good workout at the gym. All week I had been planning on going to the gym today because it was supposed to rain all day. The rain had passed by the time I made it out of the car shop and I could’ve ran outside, but I decided the gym would be a good break from my normal neighborhood run. After a 1/4 mile walking warm up, I ran 2 miles on the treadmill. 3/4 of a mile at 7 mph, then next 1/4 mile at 8 mph. And repeat. It was faster than I would have challenged myself to outside and it was really hard, but I’m glad I did it!

While I was at the gym, I wanted to do a few things that I couldn’t do at home. So after my run I spent 15 minutes on the stair machine. That’s about when I realized how out shape I had gotten in my month or so of slacking. I’ll get there! Next was weights, I did a few leg machines, really focusing on slow movements. A few minutes of abs and my workout was complete. All together, I burned 440 calories (net) in my hour at the gym today. I’m glad I moved my workout indoors today. It was a nice change in routine!

Anyone else move their workout indoors today? How’d it go?

Small for Small

On my way home from work this evening, I was getting really hungry. I started day dreaming about Junior Mints and wondering how many calories were in them (11 calories in each mint, btw). I knew that the plan for this evening, when my husband got home from work, was to go to our local ice cream walk up and get some quality soft serve. Dairy Belle opened just yesterday and we had been anxious to have some all winter, even despite the crazy cold weather and snow. I happened to eat a late breakfast today, about 10:30 so I knew I could save up some extra calories so that I could have a treat too. I ended up having 711 calories left after breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Plenty for a little ice cream treat!

Giant M&M Flurry

Giant M&M Flurry

I ordered a medium not remembering how huge their portions were. I should have known that if I want to be small, I need to order small!  It took a great deal of self control, but I only ate 2/3rds of it. I put the rest in the freezer for later. I’m guessing I probably ate about 900 calories of flurry. So I’m going to cut 100 calories out tomorrow and Friday to make up the difference. That’s the best part of watching a weekly calorie deficit, there’s plenty of room for error and flexibility. I’m only weighing myself once a week, so why stress about the everyday?

My workout today went well, I laid in bed reading through Facebook too long this morning and only had time to run 3 miles. It was a good three miles though. I feel better every time I run now! The whole asthma, running slow, having no endurance thing must have just been because I wasn’t used to running outside after all these months of gross weather! I ran at a “pushing myself” pace for over 2.5 miles. I did stop and walk but only for .1 miles, then ran the rest of the way home. My overall time was 27:54 with an average pace of 9:17 per mile. Way better than Monday! I didn’t have any knee pain today either, but some occasional pain in my ankle/foot. I think it’s my shoes. I know they need replacing soon. I’ve had then for 6 months now, I’d guess just over 300 miles on them. Regardless, it felt great to get a good easy run in.

How are you adjusting to outdoor running? Anyone else getting some good mileage in with this nicer weather?

Vacation Recap Part 4 (AKA: The Grand Finale)

Or the Grand Finally. However you choose to read that.

Here we are at the end of my little trip to San Diego. After a long day of walking in Balboa Park (that counts as exercise, right?) we went back to our hotel to put on warmer clothes and wander around Pacific Beach for a while. Don’t feel too bad for us, it wasn’t too cold, just a little chilly (like low 60’s) when the sun started to set each day. When we were walking back from dinner Saturday night we passed this great gourmet ice cream sandwich shop called “The Baked Bear“. It was a cute hipster dessert joint with a reclaimed barnwood wall, white subway tile, and a few industrial touches. Right up my alley.

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Custom Ice Cream Sandwiches from The Baked Bear San Diego

They had the most delicious cookies and ice cream sandwiches. It was kind of like the Chipotle or Subway of ice creams sandwiches really. You chose your bottom cookie, your top cookie, and the ice cream you wanted in the middle. They also had waffles, brownies, and cookie bowls. There was even a double decked sandwich option which I’m surprised my husband didn’t order. He’s kind of obsessed with cookies.

Truth.

Truth.

My husband got a red velvet cookie, a chocolate chip cookie and mint chocolate chip ice cream. I got an M&M cookie and a funfetti cake cookie with cookie dough ice cream. Calories don’t count on vacation. That’s what I’m sticking with at least.

Sometimes I take really great pictures of inanimate objects.

Sometimes I take really great pictures of inanimate objects.

After enjoying some hipster music and ice cream, we walked to the end of the Crystal Pier. This pier is actually a hotel. There are several cottages right on the pier that can be rented out and lived in. Literally over the ocean. Someday I’d love to stay there. We took a few pictures and head back to the park on the cliff by our hotel that over looked the ocean.

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Ocean through a small hole on Crystal Pier

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Wide open ocean at the end of Crystal Pier!

We watched the sunset one last time. I was determined to take in all of the warmth I possibly could! I got a few more shots of sunset with my fancy pants camera this time. It just got prettier and prettier the lower the sun fell.

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After sunset, we went back to our hotel room to decide on a restaurant for dinner. We ended up going back to the same restaurant we went to on the last night of our Honeymoon a year ago. Po Pazzo in Little Italy was so perfect last time, we knew it was a great dinner, good service, and cozy atmosphere. Guaranteed. I put on the long sheer skirt and another new top I got from Forever 21 on Saturday, did up my hair and makeup too. I felt beautiful. It had been a long time since I pulled a nice outfit together (even had a place to wear a nice outfit for that matter) and feel like I looked as good as I felt.

 Sorry for the poor quality. They were so accommodating and even turned the lights up for us to take a picture!


Sorry for the poor quality. They were so accommodating and even turned the lights up for us to take a picture!

Back at the hotel, we packed and hit the hay early because we had an early flight out. (I thought I’d have to work Wednesday and wanted to be home on Tuesday! Go figure!) Getting to the airport went a lot smoother than getting out of the airport Friday night, thank goodness. Our flight was very on time and I felt like we hardly had to wait at all at our terminal. The flight home was awesome. We had the best crew of flight attendants I’ve ever had on a flight. They were making all kinds of jokes and even complimented my Ironman shirt. When we took off from San Diego, the last thing they said was “Good -bye sun”. Arriving in Chicago they announced “Welcome to Chiberia”. They made the transition home so much more bearable. Props to you Southwest Airlines!

All in all, one of the best vacations I’ve ever had. We were intentional about savoring every minute of it, enjoying all the sunshine and warmth we could possibly wrangle. We didn’t eat super healthy (or super bad either, our portions were reasonable), nor did we workout much. That’s okay though. I did all the hard work here at home so I could truly relax and enjoy vacation. And I did. Since this is a fitness blog, I feel I should also mention that while I was still 4 lbs over my goal weight, I didn’t gain a single ounces on vacation. I think the key was enjoying food in moderation, being active when I could be (running the morning I wanted to run, walking everywhere), and not stressing about it. 

I guess it’s really back to real life now! Soon, there will be regular posts about regular things. It will be awesome! Stay tuned.

33/21-22+REST

It’s been a couple busy days. Sorry for the lack of posting!

First, the diet. My less sugary eating plan has been going well and I can see a huge difference. The first day was really rough, I was so tired. My body wasn’t used to being on that little sugar after a few days of overindulging. But now I’m feeling great and I look a lot less bloated. The best part I’ve come to realize is that my desserts get to be especially large because they’re mostly fruit. Yesterday, I had a lot of calories left at the end of the day so I had a 230 calorie dessert.

All that for 230 calories! It was delicious.

Workouts. I am so sick of the treadmill. I’ve been trying to switch things up this week to avoid it. Workout 21 on Monday was 3.5 miles on the treadmill, 20 minutes on the elliptical, and then 10 minutes of abs. Tuesdays workout was 30 minutes of weights and abs, and a treadmill workout that I thought would be easy, but then I went and ran it a little faster than I would have before I started my 35 workout commitment. I ran 4 minutes at 6mph, 3 at 6.5mph, 2 at 7mph and 1 at 7.5mph. And then I repeated that 4 times! I stopped twice for a minute each time, but my normal “comfortable” running pace is around 6.3mph. Still a great workout!

I don’t know how anyone can run this fast!!

Tonight, the plan was to go to cycling. But then Polar Vortex 11 hit (I may be exaggerating slightly, but it snowed AGAIN!), and I didn’t want to drive out to the LA Fitness that has the class at a convenient time. and I didn’t want to go home and have to go back out in this weather to go to a later class at my local LA. And then I saw a picture of Rachel, who won this season’s Biggest Loser last night. I’m sure a lot of you have seen this, but I need to speak to it a minute.

From NBC News

4.5 months ago Rachel was 260 lbs. Yesterday she weighed in at 105. She lost almost 60% of her body weight in 4.5 months. Her height of 5’5″ puts her BMI at 17.5; the lowest end of a “normal” BMI for women is 18.5. I’m not here to judge, just to give my thoughts. I wonder if the same mentality that led her to gain weight, was the same that caused her to lose too much. I’m guilty of this thinking for sure. When I was gaining weight, I overate because I had obsessive compulsive thoughts about food. I had no control over anything in my life, and food made me (temporarily) feel less out of control. Drinking in excess caused me not to care about having control in the midst of my chaos. I have to remember that although I’ve come a long way from that, and I look like it, I’m still the kid of person that has the potential to take things too far. I can take self comfort too far, and I can also take calorie counting and exercising too far. It’s the same thing.

So tonight, being a little burned out on the gym and weather and remembering my potential to obsess, I decided not to go to the gym tonight. It doesn’t mean I’m giving up, it just means I know exercising isn’t my everything. This magic number I’m trying to hit isn’t as important as my mental health. So with that, I’m going to make some popcorn (a little butter, a little salt) snuggle under a blanket and read for a while.

Anyone catch The Biggest Loser last night? What did you think? Do any of you struggle with weight obsessive thoughts? I know I can’t be the only one.

3/Cabin Fever

My 35 workouts have been off to a rocky start. When I woke up this morning, the expressways were still closed and police were still giving out fines for drivers out on the roads. My husband ventured outside to see if we could get either car moving and it was a no go. With an actual temperature of -16 and a wind chill reading somewhere around -40, I wasn’t going to have him kill himself (literally) spending his morning digging out his car for me. He was off work so he didn’t need to go anywhere, and my car was in the garage, but the alley hadn’t been plowed yet. I made an executive decision to call off of work. I told them I might try to make it in later. My husband didn’t manage to get his car out of the spot it was stuck in down the street until about 3pm; I obviously never made it into work. Which means I also didn’t make it to the gym. Two days in a row – it’s killing me!

Since the only activity I had today was a short walk to and from Walgreens 4 blocks from our house, I’ll need to work out everyday the rest of this week, although I might pull a double on Saturday. (Is that the right term? Pull a double? Correct me if I’m wrong…) Saturday morning we running the Chicago Polar Dash. My husband will be running the 5k and I’ll be running the 10k. Luckily it’s supposed to warm up before then and there’s actually a chance of rain! I would still have time to make it back in time to hit up the Bodyworks plus Abs class at LA. I’d burn 625 calories at the race, and another 300 at Bodyworks.

Bundled for our walk. Yes, he scared people.

My eating has stayed on track so far which is really a relief for me. I have the tendency to binge eat, especially when it comes to chocolate. Not like normal girl enjoying chocolate binging, like eat the whole bag of M n’ M’s in 30 minutes binge eat. Today I finished up last week’s meals: Apple Raisin Pancakes, Thai Basil Meatloaf with brown rice, A rice cake with a TBSP of almond butter, 140 calories worth of dark chocolate chips, and two Eggplant Rollatini (I added a lb of chicken to this recipe) for dinner. While we were at Walgreens were rented Brave and I made a little snack bowl to nibble on during the movie: 1/3 of an Alt Bar, 2 york peppermint patties, a few dark chocolate chips, and a few cherries. It was yummy and satisfying!

Alt bar, cherries, York Peppermint Patties, dark chocolate chips: 235 calories

 

Anyone else get snowed (or colded) in? How did you spend your day home? Anyone get a workout in?