Tuesday, November 11, 2014

San Luis Obispo Marathon 2015

I mentioned before that I had some exciting news...

I was chosen to be a race ambassador for one of the most beautiful courses in California. If you have never been to the Central Coast you are truly missing out. I am so looking forward to partnering with the SLO race team and running this race in April.

I had originally planned on running the full marathon- my FIRST full marathon. But because of some IT band issues, I've decided I need to work on strengthening my glutes and hips before I commit to a full marathon. The amount of pain I was in as I finished my half marathon last weekend was NOT pleasant and theres no way I could have "pushed through the pain" for another 13 miles. 

So- in April 2015 I'll be running the SLO half marathon along with several other of my BNBrunners and hopefully I can find a few others to run with between now and then. Its truly a gorgeous town and the views on the course can't be beat. 

I grew up (and continue to) vacation in San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay and so I know the area pretty well. I will be running a few times in the area between now and then and I'll be sure to share pictures. 

If you are interested in this "Small Town, BIG race"- visit the website:

{There is something for everyone with a 5k, half marathon and marathon distance all being offered}

Monday, October 20, 2014

Guess who's blogging again?!

Is there anyone out there still?

I know its been like 6 months since I last posted but thats about to change.

My schedule is more open than its been in awhile and I've got some exciting things coming up in the near future that I can't wait to share with you (both running related and not)

If you don't already follow me on Instagram- you should! I usually update multiple times a day  (Instagram: RunThisWeigh)

I'm currently in peak training for a trio of half marathons before the years over. I ran the first of the trio 2 weeks ago and the next 2 are coming up in the next month. And if thats not enough running to make you go crazy- as soon as my half marathons are over I'm jumping directly into marathon training. Yep you read that right, marathon training. I'm registered for my first full marathon in April 2015 and can't wait to share more about that in the very near future.

I feel like I'm in the best shape of my life and I'm loving where I'm at with both my fitness and weight loss journey. I'm not at my goal weight/size yet but I can honestly say I'm happy when I look in the mirror. I don't automatically gravitate towards my imperfections. I can appreciate and respect the perfectly imperfect girl that I see looking back at me. I feel great because I treat my body the way it should be treated. I workout, I eat well, I sleep well. Just because I'm happy with where I'm at doesn't mean I'm not still working towards my goals though. I am an never-ending work in progress. I will always strive to be better than I was yesterday.

Another exciting thing that has happened since I last posted is that I've joined an awesome running group called BNB (Bad News Bears). If you are friends with me on Facebook or Instagram I'm sure you've seen the multiple pictures we post each week and how much fun we have. Its been the biggest blessing to be a part of this group and its taken my running and racing to a new level. Not to mention I've made some really awesome friends. Thats the best part!

So if you are still out there- thank you for sticking around! I look forward to blogging again.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Whole30 DONE!!!

Ok I know I totally failed at blogging my Whole30 journey but in all honesty, I just cant devote time to sit down at the computer each day. I like using Instagram because its quick and its like a dairy/journal for me. I'm not giving up on blogging at all, but I'm not promising how often I'll post. Sorry!

Ok, moving on.

Last month I set a goal for myself to complete Whole30- 30 days of eating nothing but protein, eggs, fruits, vegetables, nuts and healthy fats. NO grains, NO dairy, NO sugar of any kind,  NO legumes, NO alcohol and most of all...NO cheating. 

In all honesty, I wasn't sure I'd be able to finish the whole 30 days. Of course I didn't admit that to anyone, but deep down I wasn't sure I'd be able to do it. I always cave and lose all self-control after a few days of "restricting myself" and end up bingeing. So I was a little nervous that this would lead to binge eating. I am soooooo glad that I stuck with it and didn't cheat because I am so proud of reaching this goal I set for myself.

First things first, cause I know the biggest question in everyones mind is always "How much weight did you lose?"  I'm gonna be real honest and tell you that I almost didn't even weigh this morning. I have finally severed that unhealthy relationship with the scale and I worried that weighing myself would bring all those feelings of failure back. I knew I'd see a loss, but in my mind, its never good enough. I'm always disappointed in myself (I have crazy high expectations for myself. Its a blessing and a curse). Anyway, I weighed after about a week and a half into whole30 and was thrilled to have lost 6.4 pounds. I told my husband I would be completely content if I didn't lose another pound for the remainder of the 30 days. By losing those 6 pounds, I finally broke through that plateau and am so much closer to my all time low weight in 2012. When I weighed this morning, I was actually up a pound. I'm expecting my period anyday, and I always weight a few pounds more this time each month. I'm not using that as an excuse, but its definitely contributing to the gain because I can feel the bloat. So if I had to give a number as to how much weight I loss during whole30- I'd say between 6-8 pounds. And thats something I'm extremely proud of and happy with. I'm not going to compare myself to others or think of all the things I could have done differently. I will add that I only worked out a handful of times during the 30 days (due to a super hectic schedule, my foot still recovering and just general "blah-ness" during the first week or so).

Here is my before/after picture. Not HUGE differences to the "public" eye, but I can see changes that I"m happy with.

Ok, on to the must more important results and the ones I'm choosing to focus on and celebrate!

Things I noticed improvement with:
-No More Bloat- by day 7, my stomach was SO much flatter. I'm not kidding even a little. My stomach looked the same at the end of the day as it did when I got up in the morning. My clothes all fit looser and I just feel like I look slimmer.
-Skin- this is probably one of my favorite things. I have always struggled with acne, uneven skin tone, blotchiness and big pores. I haven't changed the products I use (cleanser/moisturizer/makeup) and yet my skin truly is clearer and brighter than I've ever seen it. The only facial makeup I wear now is tinted moisturizer, whereas before I wore concealer, foundation and powder. Its amazing. I feel so much more confident now that my face doesn't look like a puberty-stricken teenager. 
-Sleep/Energy- I fall asleep as soon as my heads the pillow and wake up feeling refreshed when my alarm goes off. I don't hit snooze multiple times anymore and I feel awake as soon as I'm out of bed. Which is great since I gave up coffee due to the lack of creamer I was able to consume. It hasnt been bad at all! 
-Stomach/digestion issues- I am lactose intolerant and also have IBS. If you've dealt with IBS, you know how crappy it is (haha...crappy...get it?!). I am telling you the honest truth- my stomach aches and digestion issues are gone. Like completely. 
-Headaches- Also, GONE! I tend to get headaches due to lack of sleep, unhealthy eating, stress, lack of exercise, too much sodium, etc. All the reasons everyone else gets headaches. I got one headache in the beginning and I think it was because my body wasn't used to eating only 3 times a day. I was used to snacking and wasn't eating enough at each meal, so I was hungry. Besides that, my headaches are gone and my head feels so clear. No brain fog. If you struggle with chronic headaches, I urge you to clean up your diet. Really clean it up. It will make a difference, I guarantee it! 
-Relationship with Food- this is another important one for me. I no longer look at food the same. I used to plan my day/life around my next meal. It would determine my mood. Now, I truly look at food as fuel. Yes I'm still excited to eat, but its solely to nourish my body. I look forward to loading up on veggies and protein because I know that it makes me feel good. I feel stronger and happier when I feed my body right. I haven't had the desire to cheat or binge, mainly because I know the repercussions just are not worth it at all. I think back to the feelings I use to get after overeating or eating bad food and I know that its just worth it. Nothing tastes good enough to ruin how I feel. Thats major people. 

I think its also important to note that I am a CARB-a-HOLIC. Like I could go to an Italian restaurant and eat 2 entire baskets of bread and butter before my pasta dinner came out and I would be a happy camper. But after the initial carb cravings left, I was fine. I can pack the kids lunches and resist the urge to swipe a few goldfish or Fritos or Ritz crackers. I can make pilaf for my family and be content not having any. I can have a sandwich without bread (wrapped in lettuce) and feel satisfied. My body gets enough carbs from all the vegetables that I'm eating and while bread and pasta still sound delicious, its just kind of meh. Not something I just have to have. 

The only thing I did not notice a change in, something that everyone raved about....was the energy burst in the afternoon. No more mid-afternoon slump. That just didn't happen with me. I still got it. I still felt nappy (I am a napper, I love napping, I could nap every day. So...its not a surprise haha). I also work with 5 & 6 years old all day long so by 3:00 my brain is tired and wants a break. I'm not sure the food I ate could change that ;) 

Future Plans:
Lots of asked if I plan to continue eating this way and the answer is Yes and No. Whole30 is very restrictive and isn't meant to be followed 100% for the rest of your life. Some do, and thats great. For me, I'm going to be realistic. I'm not giving up wine forever. I need my sugar free gum after lunch. I want fro-yo on our monthly date night. I need a loaded baked potato every once in awhile after a long run. My plan is to shop and cook to follow the Paleo diet (google it if you aren't sure what that is). I don't miss dairy, grains or legumes much at all so giving those up isn't all that hard for me. I will indulge on special occasions if I feel like its worth it. I want to enjoy life. I have so, so, so enjoyed not measuring or counting calories. I've been an avid calorie-counter for the better part of 5 years so this was really stepping out of my comfort zone. But I'm glad I did it. Its very freeing. I'm kind of on the fence about plain green yogurt. I miss my daily Chobani but when I saw the sugars added to it, it kinda turned me off. I miss the convenience and protein punch from a cup of greek yogurt. I might try adding that back in and see how my stomach reacts. The no dairy has made a huge difference and I don't wanna mess that up. I would love to just add a handful of frozen berries to a half cup of greek yogurt and be good. Also- whole30 "rules" state that you need to eat 3 times a day. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. While that works for some people, I am much more the "eat 5 small meals a day" kind of person, so I will be making my meals a little smaller and adding snacks back in. I think an afternoon snack helps my energy slump (protein and fat, no sugar).

So whats my big splurge today, now that whole30 is over? Sorry to disappoint you with my boring answer but....nothing? I really can't think of anything I just have to have. I might have a glass of wine with dinner but besides that, I love eating real, whole foods. I already planned out tomorrows meals and they are 100% whole30 compliant. I didn't try and do it that, I've just gotten into the routine and like eating this way. 

If you are on the fence about trying your own whole30 but wondering if its worth it or you are strong enough to do it...you can! Make sure to start at a time when you don't have any upcoming vacations or engagements that you know you won't be able to stick to. Even though you could definitely go on vacation and eating a whole30 diet, its easiest not to set yourself up for failure when you are trying something new like this. I have meal ideas on my Instagram, and if you search the hashtag #whole30 there are thousands of others. You'd be surprised at how easy it is, and you really don't have to be that creative (also- 90% of the dinners I served my family were the same thing I was eating and they all ate without complaints)

Thank you so much to all my blog and IG friends for all your support and encouragement this past month. You guys are the best!!!!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Whole30, Day 5

So I kinda sucked again at taking pictures of my food again today. I have almost no appetite for some reason. I'm hungry but nothing sounds good. Everything I ate has been Whole30 compliant, but I know I didn't eat as much as I should have and I'm severely lacking in the protein and veggie department. Tomorrow is a new day.

Breakfast: Applesauce and an apple with almond butter

Lunch: Larabar, banana, baby carrots

Dinner: sliced chicken breast with 1 tbsp mayo & mustard, plantain chips

Snack: apple, strawberries

I'm not sure if its that "carb flu" that you apparently experience, but I've just been headachey and kinda blah all day.

I do have to confess, I weighed this morning. I know I said I wouldn't wait until June 21 when my summer challenge was over. BUT, my husband weighed me on Day 1 of Whole30 and wrote down the number (I didn't look, I promise). I had him weigh me again today, 5 days later and again, I didn't look. Although I don't know the number on the scale, I do know I've lost 2.4 pounds so far. And I'll take it.

Tomorrow the kids have their first baseball game so I'm trying to get everything laid out and prepared for the day. I should be home at all meal times so that makes it easier. I'm hoping my appetite comes back cause I kinda miss eating ;)

How are the rest of the Whole30 girls doing? Staying on track? No slip ups?

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Whole30, Day 4

So I basically forgot to take pictures of all my meals today (I know, I know- you're disappointed!) but here's the gist of it:

Breakfast: diced sweet potato pan fried in coconut oil, ground turkey/apple concoction like the past 2 days

Snack: a couple almonds 

Lunch: TJ Tuna (1 can) with TJ mayo (whole30 compliant- eggs, oil, vinegar and lemon juice), olives, carrots & applesauce 

Snack: all natural sliced chicken breast dipped in a tiny bit of mayo/mustard mix, plantain chips

Dinner: sautéed cabbage and mushrooms with shredded chicken. This ended up being gross and I couldn't gag it down, so I picked the chicken out and ate an apple with almond butter about an hour later 

All in all, I'd say today was my best day so far. The afternoon slump didn't hit me til about 4:30 and that was probably only because I allowed myself to sit down and rest before tackling dinner, baseball practice, bath and bedtime routine! 

I'm still not craving anything or having symptoms of withdrawl at all- which I'm so thankful for.

In the daily email from Whole30 today, they talk about cravings vs. hunger and what you should do to distinguish between the two and then how to fix it. Basically when the Sugar Monster hits you, you brain is just begging you for sugar- in any way. It can't tell the difference between sugar from pineapple versus sugar from a Twinkie. So the trick is to satisfy that hunger with something besides sugar...and the perfect solution is a combo of protein+fat (I had lunch meat dipped in mayo). That seemed to work really well. I've been getting less and less hungry each day. 

So Kara over at Two Ton Teacher gave me a nice shout out on her blog today, as well as left me a novel worth of questions so I thought is just answer them here real fast :) Love ya friend!! 

What do I sauté my food in? 
Coconut oil. I can also use avocado or grapeseed or olive oil, but I've been having fun experimenting with coconut.

How do I roast my broccoli?
I chop it into even size pieces, place it on a foil lined baking sheet and then drizzle with olive oil and sea salt. Bake at 350 for 20ish minutes, depending on how crunchy or soft you like it.

Do I have a hard time stomaching carrots and green beans for breakfast? I add clarified butter as my fat for the meal and umm...I could drink that stuff #innerfargirl. Seriously, it's the only thing that makes it bearable lol

Where do I buy my boneless skinless chicken breasts?...hahahaha JK!!! ML fan club joke :)

She mentioned she didn't think she had the willpower to do this. The truth is- I don't think I do either. I'm doing it to prove to myself that I can. That I'm stronger than that voice of temptation telling me to EAT.ALL.THE.JELLY.BEANS

So there ya go! Day 4 is a wrap and I'm still alive and happy! (But I'm kinda dying for a glass of wine)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Whole30, Day 2

Another day completed!

I felt much better and less hungry today. Still no crazy withdrawal symptoms or uncontrollable cravings.

I did have 2 snacks which I'm sure had something to do with it. I get up at 6:30 to get the kids ready for school and if I eat my breakfast then, I'll be ready for lunch by 9:30am. So instead of having my breakfast then, I had a banana with a little almond butter and then had my actual breakfast about 9:00. That worked out nicely.

Here's the rest of my food for today:

{ground turkey with diced apples and cinnamon and nutmeg, carrots and green beans with clarified butter}


{same as yesterday- chicken sausage, diced tomatoes, carrots and green beans}

Mid afternoon snack:
{fresh pineapple and plantain chips}

{chicken cooked in coconut oil and herbs and spices, roasted broccoli and sautéed cabbage and onions}

Last night I was starving before bed, like I could have eaten a horse. But tonight I feel good. I'm satisfied. 

I got out of the shower this morning and saw my full length reflection in the mirror and was shocked to see how much bloat has gone down in only 24 hours. My stomach is visibly smaller which makes me get my hopes up really high for my 30 day results. I promised myself I wouldn't be disappointed, despite what the scale says. My goal is to lose 7-8 pounds, we'll see! 

I go back to work tomorrow so I'll have to plan my meals a little better but it shouldn't be too bad. 

I'm loving see everyone else's whole30 project, don't forget to use the hashtag #whole30club if you are on IG!

Whole30, Day 3

Short and sweet tonight cause I'm exhausted.

Breakfast was the same as yesterday (ground turkey with diced apples, cinnamon and nutmeg)

{chicken sausage, sweet potato pan fried in coconut oil, steamed carrots}

{pork chop, apple slices and zucchini}

This morning I had a banana with almond butter for a snack, and this afternoon I had a handful of plantain chips. I still hit that afternoon slump around 2pm and feel like I need to hibernate. I hope that goes away soon.

My skin is looking brighter and more clear. My stomach is so much flatter so I was a little disappointed when my pants still fit the same. Yes it's only been 3 days . I'm the most impatient person, seriously. I am getting super anxious to know if I've lost weight this week but I know I'm not supposed to weigh. It is SO hard to break that addiction!