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Slow and Steady Run

9 Oct

Today at the gym I decided to do a slow and steady run.  I did a five minute warm up and then ran the rest of the time.  Usually I run for 2 songs on my iPod (averaging about 8:30 a mile) and then I walk for one song.  I love running this way because it makes the time go by so fast and I enjoy it.  Today when I got to the gym, my left ankle and right hip still hurt so I decided to take it slow (I probably shouldn’t have even run, but I wanted to).  I ran at a pace of about 9:40 – 10 minutes per mile and my total distance was 6.4 miles.   Here is my HR monitor’s stats from today’s workout:

  • Time:  1:05:22
  • Calories:  663 (20% fat)
  • Max Heart Rate:  189bpm (98% max0
  • Average Heart Rate:  175bpm (91% max)

When I got home I was starving so I had my flaxseed, chia seed and cranberry + water mixture to tide me over until lunch.  After I got cleaned up, the Husband made us turkey burgers.  I had mine in an Ezekiel pita with, tomato, pickle and lettuce.  Typing that, I just realized why it tasted different, I forgot the ketchup and mustard!  Whoops! 

While I was prepping the vegetables, I snacked on a few Kashi Crackers.


Fresh Chopped Lettuce







Mustard and Ketchup (the Hus was the only one who enjoyed these)


Pita Bread


Burger with cheddar cheese



Served with a side salad


Lettuce sprinkled with chopped pecans, feta and tomatoes.


I used Annie’s Raspberry Vinaigrette


All together now- with water on the side


It was a great filling meal! 

Meal Planning and Grocery List

Here are the meals we will be eating (hopefully) for the next few days

Saturday- Apple and Gorgonzola Salad with Chicken

Sunday- Soup (Lunch) & Tilapia and Potatoes (Dinner)

Monday- Flank Steak Fajitas (Dinner)

Tuesday- Apple and Gorgonzola Salad with Chicken (Dinner)

Wednesday- Feta Nut Salad with Salmon (Dinner)

Below is my grocery list based off the meals we are planning to have and what we already have in the kitchen and pantry.

  • Flaxseeds
  • Chia Seeds
  • Annie’s Garlic Salad Dressing
  • Red Onion
  • Yellow Onion
  • Pepper jack Cheese
  • 4 Chicken Breasts
  • Apples (both red and green)
  • Lemons (2)
  • Celery (1 bunch)
  • Bell Peppers (4- green and red)
  • Mushrooms
  • Parmesan
  • 6 bottles of red wine (you get a discount when you buy 6 at a time)
  • Oatmeal
  • Tomatoes (4)
  • Brown Sugar

I am headed off to brave the packed grocery store with my reusable bags in hand!  I hope you all are enjoying your weekend!

Do you use reusable bags for your groceries?  What do you always buy while grocery shopping?  What are your favorite meals to eat during the week?


Happy Saturday

9 Oct

Hey everyone!  Sorry I didn’t get a chance to post again yesterday.  Friday turned out to be a overly busy day.  Here are a few updates I wanted to post yesterday.

Back and Bicep Workout

Here is my workout I did yesterday morning…I can definitely feel it today.

  • Straight Ball Pull Down- 65 lbs, 10 reps, 4 sets
  • Cable Close Grip Row- 70lbs, 15 reps, 4 sets
  • One Arm Row on Bench- 15lbs, 15reps, 4 sets
  • Back Extension on Hyperextension- 10lbs, 20 reps, 4 sets


  • Bicep Curls 1 Arm- 15lbs, 10 reps, 4 sets
  • Hammer Curls- 10lbs, 10-15 reps, 4 sets
  • Bicep Curls- 10lbs, 15 reps, 4 sets
  • Cable Curls, 35lbs, 15 reps, 2 sets

Friday Meals

Lunch yesterday was a bowl of left over soup.



I snacked on a Ezekiel pita and hummus in the afternoon and for dinner we splurged and ate Chinese food.  There is this little place in town that makes and delivers the best Chinese food I’ve ever had.  All their dishes are so delish!  Here is what we ordered last night.

Thai Summer Rolls


Sesame Chicken


and Orange Beef


I ate a little bit of everything and it was good.  I probably would never order the Thai summer rolls again, they had a weird texture.  I rather order spring rolls or crab puffs for an appetizer instead of these.  It’s always fun to try something different. 

Saturday Morning

This morning, my body feels overly filled with sodium and my wedding rings hardly fit onto my finger.  So, I am starting my day with a big cup of hot lemon water to help flush to salt from my body.  I am sure breakfast will be a piece of Ezekiel bread with PB and a cup of black coffee.  Although a pumpkin spice latte really does sound good!

I squeezed in over half of a lemon!


Since the Husband and I have been eating a lot of salty foods lately (soup and Chinese), today will probably be more of a detox day.  Everything in moderation.  I think we will need to go soup free today. 

We didn’t get around to planning out our meals and never ended up at the grocery store or Costco, so that is one of the first priorities today.  See what happens when we don’t plan out our meals, we order Chinese food!  : )  I will plan on still posting the meals and grocery list once I make them. 

Today’s workout is a running workout!  My favorite!  I’m not sure what time we will head into the gym, but I am guessing around 9 or 9:30.  I can’t wait!

Now onto Morning Meditation

Motivation for the Day:  To be as happy as I can today.  See the joy in the little things.

Three Things I am Thankful For Today:  1.  No Work!  2.  Sleeping in late (6am ha!)  3.  Beautiful weather.

Goal for the Day:  Get my body de-bloated by only eat fresh foods.

Motivational Quote of the Day:  We are what we thin- Buddha

Yesterday I was talking to the Husband and he was telling me a story about one of the gym members having a hard time getting to the gym in the morning.  The Hus said the member actually drove to the gym, sat in his car for a few minutes and decided to turn around and head home.  I laughed at this because I have been there.  I know where he is coming from.  I remember back in Minnesota I would get up at 4:30am, get to the gym by 5am, only to sit in my car and daydream about how good it would be to go back to bed.  I drove home on more than one occasion.  This got me thinking, why is it so hard to walk into the gym on certain days?

 Has this ever happened to you?  What motivation do you use when you don’t want to workout but know you should?