7.25 | high five for friday!

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(ONE)  i’m trying out some new recipes this week.  i already made some summer rolls i found on pinterest and a tortellini summer salad from the july issue of southern living.  they were both delicious!  i ate on those two meals for a several days this week.  i have to work on my spring/summer roll wrapping technique though.  i still have yet to try an asian edamame salad (from the july women’s health magazine) and the sweet tea and lemonade cake (from the august southern living magazine)  they both sound awesome.

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(2)  i had a come to jesus moment with myself about my health this week.  i’ve been making excuses because it’s summertime and i’m not technically working right now and i’m dating someone new.  excuses don’t matter.  i need to make my health a priority again.  my accountability partner and i renewed our goals and set the reset button.  we played some tennis this week, and i got in some other great workouts.  in other words…it’ll be fine.

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(three)  i spent three hours out at the pool on wednesday because i have that kind of time.  and miraculously, i didn’t get sunburned (except for one spot on my legs).  thank you, sunscreen!

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(4) i got to see some live music this past weekend.  one was an amazing local band {strangetowne} and the other was stoney larue.  both shows were fun, in different ways.  my cousin and i got to mess with stoney after his concert.  don’t have a big head and expect us not to call you out.  :)

fun with friends

left: my friend brin, my cousin lauren, and me at the stoney larue concert | right: me and my friend kat at the strangetowne concert

here’s one of strangetowne’s songs… 

(FIVE)  my friend kat got some baby chicks for her new backyard chicken coop.  on thursday, i went over to visit them.  the chicks are so adorable!  i definitely got my baby animal fix that day.

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WOW 7.23 – getting back into kickboxing

WOW with {a tattooed teacher in texas}

i’ve been slacking off.  there i said it.

i just didn’t realize it until my accountability partner admitted the same to me this week.  i started reflecting on myself and discovered i have been too.  it’s a horrible feeling to know that you’ve lost weeks of possible progress.  yeah, it’s summer and i’m schedule-free, but that’s no excuse. i haven’t gained any weight, but i’ve gotten soft and that’s just as annoying.

but it is what it is…

it’s time to get focused again.

so i needed a little push this week back into a routine.  i chose kickboxing to do the job.

i just love kickboxing.  it makes me feel powerful, like i could kick some serious ass.  and it’s a great workout.   i was turned on to a new youtube channel by lindsay from broke and bougie.  i love this guy!!  he does everything with you (i hate it when trainers don’t do the work too) and he explains everything well.  his workouts are non-stop so be prepared to be sweating buckets and completely out of breath by the end.

this 45 minute workout is tough.  it’s the last video in a series, but i didn’t know that until after i’d already done it.  i picked it because it was the most recent one.  there’s a quick cardio warm-up followed by a stretch portion.  then, there are four circuits of unique moves.  it ends with a quick cool down and stretch.  i’ll definitely be doing this one again!

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a little summer reading

each summer, i have grand plans of reading a ton of books.  and each summer, i pretty much fail.  but this year, i actually did get some reading done.  and boy did i have some hits.  here are the six books that i really connected with:

favorite summer reading 2014

gone girl – this thriller kept me up at night reading chapter after chapter.  just when you think you have it figured out…you totally don’t.  it’s a battle of the wits between a husband and wife.  i even had a “what the eff” moment when it was over though.  be prepared for it to frustrate you, anger you, and baffle you.  i can’t wait for the movie!

wild – so as part of grieving her mother and a failed marriage, a woman goes on a long hike up the pacific coast trail.  right up my alley!  i cried when this one was done.  it moved me in so many ways.  i related to so much of what she described.  i didn’t understand some of her decisions.  but she made me reflect.  boy, did she make me reflect.  again…can’t wait for the movie.

to kill a mockingbird – this is an absolute classic.  it’s the story of a girl growing up in a small southern town in the 1930s.  you see her father’s fight against injustice through her eyes.  i’ve read it probably four times before.  it’s great every time i read it.  it’s just an amazing story that never gets old.  i think everyone should read this book because it will teach you about empathy, courage, and love.

master your metabolism – i struggled through this one, but i learned so much from it.  jillian michaels walks you through how to eliminate bad foods and add in good nutrition.  i know that i won’t be able to do everything in the book, but i can take a few baby steps at a time.  as long as i’m headed in the right direction with my fuel and fitness, that’s what matters.  {i wrote THIS POST focusing on this book earlier this summer.}

daring greatly – i’m not finished with this one, but i had to put it on the list.  this book is very eye-opening.  it’s a self-help book, which i’m normally not into.  but this one is so interesting.  it’s teaching me that opening myself up is a good thing and that vulnerability does not equal weakness.

dark places – another thriller from gillian flynn.  does this lady have psychological issues?  just kidding.  i loved this book just as much as gone girl.  basically, a woman tries to figure out who killed her family when she was a child.  the main suspect was her brother, but she’s not sure.  the thing with these books is that there is a twist around every corner.  the story is revealed through each and every chapter.  you don’t always like the characters.  in fact, they are all intensely flawed.  but that makes for a super interesting story.

 

7.18 | high five for friday!

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(ONE) i’ve been doing some major purging of my apartment this week.  it’s very therapeutic.  i didn’t realize how much crap i had accumulated.  i went through a bunch of stuff.  if i hadn’t used it in the past year or didn’t like it anymore, it lost a spot in my life.  i now have a big pile of things to donate and some more openness in my apartment. i thought i might hate doing all of that, but it’s been a great thing.  i’m only a six months late on my spring cleaning…

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(2)  i got back into the groove with my fitness this week after being on vacation.  i dragged my feet though.  it was a mental game there for awhile.  i just need to suffer with it for a few days before it feels like routine again.  i’ve been eating out too much, but i’ve made that okay by sticking with clean eating when i’m at home.

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(three)  my july birchbox was amazing!  i love the cynthia rowley lip stain and the naobay lotion.  the whole box is like a spa in a box!  i used the beauty protector hair mask this week and it’s amazing.  i’m going to try the real chemistry peel and the skyn iceland eye gels this weekend.  {interested in birchbox?  click HERE.}

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(4) i had a pleasant surprise on my instagram the other day.  i tried one of kate’s (from the small things blog) hairstyles and hashtaged my instagram photo a couple of weeks ago.  and she “liked” it.  i was actually wearing the same hairstyle the day she liked it.

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(FIVE)  i had coffee with a friend this week, a long walk with another friend and her dogs, a little time with my mama, and a visit with my cousin and niece.  i needed some girl time, and i got it.  i also got to spend some time with the guy i’m dating.  as my mama says, he makes me smile and that’s all that matters right now.  :)

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i am enough.

until recently, i was on a {mostly} self-imposed dating strike.  i didn’t put myself out there.  i was scared.  of getting hurt, of failing, of being rejected, of falling in love.  i didn’t want to take the risk – good or bad.  both were terrifying.  i’m not sure how i really got to that point, but i just realized i was there this summer.

i cried over it.  i avoided it altogether.  i got pep talks and reprimands from friends.  but nothing really worked.  i wanted a relationship, but i was not interested in doing what i needed to do to get what i wanted.  i think i was almost to the point of giving up.  i was apathetic and {seemingly} content.

and then all of a sudden, i met a nice guy who showed interest in me.  he was a stranger.  i knew nothing about him.  and yet, i felt a pull in his direction.  a little voice told me not to be scared, to go for it.  and i did.  it’s early still, but he continues to show interest and so do i.

be someone who makes you happy

i’m still scared though.  sometimes when i get a text or call from him, i expect him to say he met someone else {read: someone prettier, smarter, or more easy} or it’s not working.  it’s happened before.  why wouldn’t this time be different?

but this time is different. yes, he’s been wonderful so far and doesn’t push me in any way, which is not what i’ve experienced in the past. but i am different now. yeah, i’m frightened about the future and what could happen, but i’m doing it.  i’m putting myself out there for whatever might happen.

i think even if he breaks my heart into a million little pieces, it’ll be worth it because i will have learned something.  i will have pushed myself into the unknown.  i will have taken a chance on happiness. i will have some good memories.

i am enough

so who knows what the future holds… i define self-image with the inside and outside.  i still have bad days, but i have more good self-image days now.  bottom line: i know that i am enough.  all the work that i’ve done on myself has mostly paid off.  i know i am worthy of love because i love myself and accept my flaws.  because after all, you can’t make yourself or anyone else happy if you can’t love yourself.

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i’m done with “diets”.

i’ve watched a few very interesting documentaries on netflix recently, food inc., knives over forks, and hungry for change.  i would recommend all of these documentaries.  they all had great points about the food industry.  they kind of shook me up a little bit.  since watching them, i’ve thought about what i was/am doing to my body and about the effects of my food choices.

i would say that i’ve been on a “diet” since i was seventeen.  i’ve counted calories, restricted my food intake, and eaten “diet” foods since that time and maybe even before.

i’ve been doing it all wrong.  i’ve been eating the wrong things while thinking that they were the right things.  i just went with what other people said or what i read in women’s magazines.  i bought into the whole “fat free” thing (along with just about everyone else).  i ate prepackaged diet meals because i was too lazy or ignorant to do better.

i used to hate food.  i used to hate my body because it wouldn’t do what i wanted it to do quickly enough.  but i’m learning to accept that food is not the enemy and it’s not the best friend.  it’s an ally that helps fuel your body.  it is scientifically built to protect me.  it’s the only body i’ll ever have and need to feed and nurture it.  that’s not to say that i don’t have bad body image days.  they happen all the time and sometimes i beat myself up about it, but the difference now is that i try not to dwell on it.  i don’t live in that space anymore.

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i’m trying and making major changes.  i actually read the ingredients of products that i buy now.  i am more conscious of the meat and other animal products that i buy.  although i don’t think i can ever give up dr. pepper forever, i don’t really drink any cokes or diet cokes anymore.  i’m eating more veggies.  i’m meal planing more and making conscious decisions instead of just “winging it”.  i’m becoming more adventurous with my food choices and trying new things.

i know that i am making good, solid choices for myself.  some people give me shit about it, but i can take it.  they’re annoyed by my “pickiness”.  now, it’s not like i’m forcing anyone else to do it.  i don’t refuse food at restaurants or people’s houses.  i don’t turn my nose up at anything, and i don’t make things difficult for anyone else by myself.  so i can take the comments and rolling eyes.

the thing that those people probably don’t know is that i’m also skeptical of everything i read and see.  i look at both sides of the coin.  often if i just think about the company’s motives and read the ingredient list, i can make a good decision for myself.  it’s not easy.  and it’s not cheap.  and i can’t go full throttle on eating organic and naturally.  i know that i will still want to eat processed foods every once in awhile.  i will eat out at restaurants.  and there will be times when i won’t have a choice.  but i’m interested in making myself better so i’ll do whatever i need and want to do to make that happen.

7.11 | high five for friday!

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(ONE) so i spent the past week in new mexico.  the cooler weather alone was wonderful.  but i love being surrounded by mountains.  there’s something calming about it.

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(2)  i still got in quite a bit of exercise while still on vacation.  that’s pretty shocking to me.  i went hiking (along with a little running) every morning and took a long walk each evening.  i love the challenge of climbing up the side of a mountain, even if it took me a day or two to stop gasping for air from the change in altitude.

at the top!

at the top!

some pretty sweet peas i saw on my hikes.

some pretty sweet peas i saw on my hikes.

(three)  i finished reading “wild” by cheryl strayed this week.  i had to read the last chapter through tears!  she had such an incredible journey full of emotional pain and physical struggles, but she made it.  the story touched me so much.  it made me want to do it to see what i would learn about myself.  i’ve already done a solo road trip.  why not a solo hiking trip?

"wild" by cheryl strayed

(4) while in santa fe one day, i visited the bataan memorial museum (also known as the new mexico national guard museum).  it is a small museum, but i had always wanted to visit it because it got good reviews and it’s an interesting topic. it doesn’t take long to get through the museum, but there are so many interesting stories along the way.  we also watched a short film while there that i learned a ton of information about world war ii in the philippines.  it’s a piece of history i definitely won’t forget.  if you go to santa fe and you’re a history buff, definitely stop by.

bataan memorial museum in santa fe, nm

left: my granddaddy pointed out the patches he wore in the army, including the “screaming eagle” | right: shorts made by a soldier in the POW camp out of any material he could find.

(FIVE)  i had the chance to celebrate my grandparents’ 57th wedding anniversary and my granddaddy’s 80th birthday with them.  can you imagine?  57 years with the same person and still in love.  80 years on earth and still (relatively) healthy.  i hope i get that much out of my life.

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7.4 | high five for friday!

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(ONE)  happy independence day!  this is definitely one of my favorite holidays.  fireworks, patriotism, beer, and barbecue?  what’s not to love!  i am spending the evening with one of my friends and her amazingly fun family.  should be a blast!  i’m going to make some of these easy little things for a dessert/snack…

chocolate dipped oreos

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(2)  i hung out with an old friend on wednesday.  we started with coffee and ended up sitting outside the coffee shop for five hours!  we had to catch up.  and one of the many reasons i like her is that she humors all my ideas and stories.  for example, she doesn’t think my tiny house obsession is weird at all.  :) it was time well spent.

coffee with friends

(three)  i had a great workshop on monday about document based writing.  even though i have been to similar trainings before, i found this one fascinating.  i’ll definitely be using the info.  it was weird to use my brain for the first time in a month, but it was also good for me.  i don’t ever like to be too far away from my nerdiness.

(4)  i’m heading out to new mexico next week to hang out with my grandparents.  it’ll be so nice to breathe in the cool mountain air and escape west texas for a few days.

me and the grands.

my grandparents and me last year in NM.

(FIVE) i went on a real-life big girl adult date for the first time in a long while.  i don’t know where it’s headed, but it felt good to spend time with a man who listened to what i was saying and made me laugh…for four hours straight.  i’d say that was a successful first date.  :)

some stories

love this quote.

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WOW 7.2 – back to normal, whatever that is.

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i had some slip-ups over the weekend, but nothing too crazy.  i’m starting to incorporate some old workouts back into my routine.  i’m still doing my couch to 5k and strength training.  the running is getting rough though.  i’m not enjoying it at all.  so i’ve been doing more kickboxing and started back at some HIIT.  i’m worried about overworking or hurting my wrist again, but i also want to get back to normal workouts, whatever that is.  i think this is just something i’m going to have to deal with and work around.

i’m slightly concerned about next week because i’ll be out of town.  but, i’ll be in the mountains in new mexico so i’ll have opportunities to do some different things like hiking and cross country walking/running and maybe some tennis. i remember last year i was really focused and did something active each day.  that’s my goal for this trip, too.

this 40 minute video is brutal but great.  there are four sections: warm-up | HIIT section (about 15 minutes) | cardio burnout section (about 15 minutes) | cool down.  i’m not going to sugarcoat it; it is hard.  but maybe that has something to do with the fact that i haven’t done a HIIT workout in a long time.  gotta be honest though…i kind of liked it.  afterwards, i felt great.  tired but great.

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measurements and goals | july 2014

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reflections on june:

things i did well in june:  clean and healthy eating.  counting calories and hitting the mark nearly every day. completed the first half of the couch to 5k program.  staying motivated.  not eating out but just a few times.  only drinking alcohol once a week.  solid workouts.  hydrating.

things i still need to work on:  choosing healthy and small snacks.  not pushing my wrist before it’s ready.  eating enough calories each day because there were days that i didn’t.  doing well when i go out of town.

here’s my measurements from july 1st:

july measurements

here are the changes in inches from mid-june to july:

  • chest = 0
  • bust = 0
  • waist = +.5
  • arms = +.5
  • midway = +.5
  • hips = +.5
  • thighs = 0
  • knees = 0

*i use the measurement chart from this post.

::: NEW MONTHLY GOALS :::

eating | more and different veggies.

drinking | lots of water!

practicing | more yoga and pilates.

mastering | running for five minutes without dying.

learning | more about google + and how to incorporate it more at school/home

trying | to make healthy and flavorful salads.

playing | games with friends.  i am in need of a real game night.

finishing | my scrapbook from last summer.  seriously…it’s time.

reading | “daring greatly” by brene  brown.  it’s making me think about myself and my journey.  also, “wild” by cheryl strayed.

remembering | that the road to health is a long one.

enjoying | my summer off.  i want to do more each week.

feeling | carefree and happy.

hoping | for healthy and happy relationships.

wearing | my workout clothes all day erry day.

cooking | more vegetarian meals.

working | on some school ideas for the next year.

traveling |  to santa fe, new mexico to spend a week with my grandparents.  can’t wait for some hiking in the mountain air!

needing | more education on nutrition and more recipes.

wanting | summer to last a little longer!

*i found the idea for this list from katrina @ sotaissexy.com.  i think i’ll keep it for my monthly updates.  and check her out!  she’s hilarious.

gratitude for my grandparents

i went to my family reunion on saturday.  i didn’t know half the people, but recognized their last names.  i looked at a ton of pictures and listened to stories from my mama, aunt, uncle, cousins, and great aunt.  it made me miss my maternal grandparents.  i wish they could have been there to tell me the real story behind some of those fascinating pictures.  i wish they could have given me a hug and told me they loved me.  they were both extremely interesting people, and i didn’t have enough time with them.  they’ve both been gone for over ten years, and i still miss them.  and i’m still a little angry that they were taken from me and my sisters and my cousins so soon.

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my handsome grandad

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my great-grandparents

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some of my nonnie’s paintings at the local museum.

i’m lucky that i still have my paternal grandparents.  in fact, today is my granddaddy’s 80th birthday.  as a part of his birthday, my grandmother asked everyone to write him a letter to recall a favorite memory.  i wrote about our time in santa fe last year.  even though my relationship with them can be difficult at times, i’m looking forward to spending some time with them.  i’m grateful for the time with them, especially after this past weekend.  time is precious, and we can’t waste it.

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6.27 | high five for friday!

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(ONE) my fitness-and-fuel have been on point this week.  i tried some new recipes like the zucchini lasagna i posted about on tuesday and this greek yogurt chicken salad recipe.  i’m down about one pound for this month, but that’s okay.  i had a lot of catching up to do from my mistakes in may, and i’ve been kind of killing it lately.  ain’t nothin’ to be ashamed of.  :)  i’ve been keeping up with my couch to 5k program and am now running five minutes straight, which is kind of a miracle for me.

real food

(2) this quote from a women’s health magazine article.

shailene woodley quote from "women's health"

(three) i have a family reunion with my mama’s side of the family tomorrow.  i haven’t been since i was a kid so it’ll be fun to spend time and catch up my long lost family members.  i’m looking forward to the stories.  i’m always up for some stories.  :)

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(4) i finished “gone girl” this week.  holy crap.  what an incredible book.  i could hardly put it down.  and when i finished it at midnight, i literally said, “what the hell?” out loud.  i could barely sleep because i couldn’t stop thinking about it.  i can’t wait to see the movie.  i hope they do a decent adaptation of it.  i’ve heard that the author of the book wrote the screenplay too so there’s a good chance it’ll be a great movie!

gone girl by gillian flynn

(FIVE)  my grandfather is turning 80 on monday.  he’s an amazing man.  as part of a surprise, all of the family members wrote him a letter. i’m meeting him and my grandmother in two weeks in santa fe, new mexico again.  i’m looking forward to the fresh air and memories.  you never know how many more you’ll get…

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me and my grandparents in santa fe, nm |summer 2013

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WOW 6.25 – ways to make running suck less for the beginner

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first off – i’m not a runner.  i hate it.  running sucks for me.  i envy those people who “enjoy” running and pass me about a million times at the park.  but i’m challenging myself to run this summer three to five times a week for at least thirty minutes.  i’ve done it before and got decent at it at one point.  but i am absolutely no expert.  and i don’t claim to be.  i don’t know anything about special socks or special shoes or special strides.  i just run.  slowly, but i run.

i’ve run before, but put it on the back burner last summer.  so i started off this summer with the couch to 5k program and i’m currently on week four.  if this makes sense…it’s getting easier, but definitely not easy!  i’m enjoying my time in the park in the mornings though.  it is a good time for me to think.  over these past few weeks, i’ve figured out a couple of things to help me make running suck less.

1.  music – i have to have my tunes.  depending on my mood, i usually pick an artist for the run and shuffle.  this week, i’ve been listening to ed sheeran’s new album.  last week, it was iggy azalea and miranda lambert.  i’m all over the place, but i have to have good music.

2.  intervals – especially with me just starting out, i have to do intervals of running and walking.  the app that i use does everything for me.  it vibrates my phone and tells me when to start running/walking.  eventually, i want to get to the point when i can do sprints/jogs/walks.

3.  run outside – i used to be a hamster on a treadmill like the rest of those girls in the gym.  it’s so boring.  and there’s research out there that says running outside does more for you because of the instability of the ground.  it makes your body work harder.  i just like the fresh air and sun.

4.  get a good app to start – i use this app.  it’s essential to me.  if left to my own devices, i know i would walk more than i should.

5. speed – running faster or slower might help.  at the end of my run, i run faster.  i’m not exactly sure why.  maybe because i know that it’s almost over or because i’m more warmed up.

6.  warm up – a quick five minute warmup is a good thing.  you can do a five minute walk or some dynamic stretching.  whatever works for you.  it gets your body moving without putting too much stress on it.  i’ve tried to skip it before and it only makes things worse later on.

7.  increase the distance – on days that i don’t feel like running too much, i will increase my distance and decrease my speed.  in most cases, if you’re pushing yourself and walking fast, it is just as good as running.  i don’t do it too often, but sometimes a long brisk walk is just what i need.

8.  don’t push too hard too soon. – know your limits and listen to your body.  if something hurts and you know you don’t need to push it, don’t.  an injury can set you back weeks or even months.  trust me on that one.  just take a step back and then push when you feel comfortable.  that being said, don’t wimp out and call it “listening to your body”.  you can do it!

9.  cool down –  this is super important.  a good slower cool down and stretch are vital.  this will help your body adjust and begin the recovery process.

10.  recovery – you can’t push yourself and run every day.  i’ve definitely learned to mix it up with some different workouts (kickboxing, barre, zumba, strength training, etc.) and incorporate rest days.  your muscles and the rest of your body need the rest in order build back up for your next go.  if you don’t give yourself time (again, i’m speaking from experience), you’ll get an injury.  so don’t see it as weakness.  see it as giving your body time to heal and become even better.

**if you have some useful tips for a new runner, click on the little speech bubble at the top of the post and leave me a comment!  they would be greatly appreciated.**

this new video from jessica smith about running is interesting too…

The Hump Day Blog Hop

easy zucchini lasagna.

in the past few years, i’ve become increasingly more interested in eating less meat.  it’s not that i don’t like meat.  for the most part, i love it.  the flavors can really make or break a dish.  i rarely eat red meat or pork.  i still mostly like chicken and turkey, and i eat fish a few times a week.   but it’s becoming more and more apparent to me that i don’t feel comfortable eating it so much anymore.

it’s a typical story.  nothing exciting.  a lot of it is the texture of the meat.  some of it is the feelings i have after watching a few choice documentaries on netflix.  and a little bit is due to the high cost.  i’m not dramatic about it or an activist or anything like that.  it’s just something i feel is best for me: less meat, but not necessarily the elimination of it.

one of the things i like about it is that it makes me be more creative with my cooking, which is something i’ve been exploring this summer.  new flavors, new combinations, new foods, and old foods in different ways.

i found this recipe on pinterest the other day, and i thought it looked soooo good.  plus zucchinis are in season right now so i knew they would be on sale.  i think if i were to make it again (which i think i will), i would add mushrooms for some more flavor and “meatiness”.

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i adjusted a few things in the recipe so here’s what i did:

easy zucchini lasagna | 4 generous servings | 324 calories per serving

  • 3 zucchinis, sliced about ½ to ¼ inches thick
  • 1 ½ cups of spaghetti sauce (i used Newman’s Own Marinara)
  • 2-3 cups of roughly chopped spinach
  • 1 cup of cottage cheese
  • 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup of parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • italian herbs (i used a bit of basil, oregano, and rosemary)
  • ¼  tsp. of garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. of ground pepper
  1. place the zucchini slices on some parchment paper on a baking sheet and “dry” them out in the oven for 6-8 minutes at 425ºF.  (this will reduce some of the excess liquid from the veggies.)
  2. mix together the cottage cheese, egg, herbs, garlic powder, and pepper in a small bowl.
  3. cover the bottom of a 9×9 baking pan with sauce.
  4. layer: zucchini | spinach | sauce | cottage cheese mix | mozzarella (do this until your ingredients disappear.)
  5. top the lasagna with extra cheese, parmesan cheese and herbs.
  6. cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes at 350ºF.
  7. remove the foil and bake for another 15 minutes until bubbly and golden brown.  enjoy!

what i learned from “master your metabolism”

"Master Your Metabolism" by Jillian Michaels

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y’all… it was not easy to get through, but i finally finished “master your metabolism” by jillian michaels.  i’ll be honest – it was kind of boring.  HOWEVER, it was super informative, i learned a ton of new information, and i reaffirmed things i already knew but hadn’t quite accepted.  the book is outlined with three concepts: remove, restore, and rebalance. there is an intro, three large chapters for these concepts, and then some resources in the back of the book.

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so here are a few things that really stood out to me that i wrote down in my journal:

  • the entire journey to health is about power.  you give up your power when you fail to make the necessary changes.  or you can gain back your power by learning how to make the changes happen.
  • the average american woman has tried to lose weight at least ten times.
  • genes are 30-70% responsible for obesity, but it is more about how your genes express themselves and your overall health.
  • nature has provided us the cure for almost every health issue.
  • you cannot cut out entire food groups and macronutrients (carbs, proteins, and fats).
  • yo-yo dieting creates a dangerous pattern which makes you 3x more likely to be overweight, usually ends up cannibalizing muscle tissue, and completely screws up your metabolism.
  • processed foods are not recognized as real food in the body.  we as humans have not evolved as quickly as “food” has.
  • portion sizes have increased 500% since the 1970s.  these huge portions are poisonous to the body.
  • “if it didn’t have a mother and it didn’t grow from the ground, don’t eat it.”
  • calories DO count, but eating real food counts too.
  • going organic does matter in some cases.