Race Week: Beast Mode

Time to get serious. The week working up to the race means I basically have a to-list of things to make sure I get done and ready beforehand. Not all these things can be done the night before either, so I have to be ready right from the get-go. I am actually considering doing a blog post on my race day prepping. If you would be interested in that, let me know.

Monday: Morning miles Monday! I’m glad that I did it to because during the day I noticed how my rings had moved. It was a great feeling. Race prep: Hydration was completely off on this day. Face palm.

Tuesday: My alarm went off and I was planning on getting my workout done in the morning, but……since I normally get my runs done in the afternoon, I decided that I would just do a run later in the day. I talked myself out of morning miles. I should have gotten up and did a walk and then ran later in the day, but no. But it’s okay because I went into beast mode that afternoon. I had an amazing 5k run with a warm up before and a cool down after. Great thing to because I have a race this Saturday. Race prep: Hydration was great and the workout was wonderful! Gold star!

Wednesday: No workout. I know that this is my active rest day, but that doesn’t mean no workout. I guess every once in a while is okay, right? Also, something I have noticed from last week and this week is that I am struggling. A lot. My mind is in twelve thousand directions. I haven’t been doing morning miles and I haven’t stayed on track with planning. It’s messing with me. I can tell. Like I mentioned last week, I don’t think I did a single morning workout last week and this week hasn’t been great either. As far as planning, I finally did get a good planning session in this week, which is much needed. All these things that I need to plan and keep track of are amazing things. Blessings. Answered prayers. I love every one of them. I just need to figure out how to keep it on paper in my planner rather than filling my brain.

I have mentioned the ‘Good Morning. Good Life’ book by Amy Landino before and it has been very informative. I believe it was in the very beginning of the book, Amy said to just try it. Just try a morning routine. I have before, but this year was a different morning routine. Since I have a treadmill, morning miles are easier to manage, so I tried it and it made a difference. She said try it. Just try it. So now I have tried it and it works great. I have also back tracked and stopped and it has been a struggle. So….like I said before I regret it when I don’t workout in the morning and it’s just not the same, so I am going to need to dig deep this next week and use that for motivation to get me back on track.

Thursday: An amazing run in the evening. This was also my last workout before the race. I pushed myself and got another good workout in, which I am super happy about. Race prep: A great workout!

Friday: No workout. Getting ready for race day. The plan was to carb load all day, drink lots of water, and get rest for the next day. Now let me be honest, I did not go to bed as early as I wanted to, but it’s okay. Also, I will end up posting a what I eat in a day that will show you all the foods that I carb loaded on throughout the day to prepare. It was wonderful. 🙂 Race prep: Outfit laid out. Playlist made. Carb Loaded.

Saturday: Race day!! Alarm went off at 4:45. Got up right before 5 I believe. I had gotten all my clothes and Momentum Jewelry ready for the race the night before as well, so getting ready was much easier. Made sure I had my AirPods because let’s be honest, those are very important. I have raced without them before and it’s just not the same. But two bumps in the road happened. One, I forgot to eat a piece of toast as a pre-race food. I totally forgot this until we were on our way to the race. Really? What I think made me realize it was the hunger that I was feeling, so what I did was dig through my purse and found a small chocolate bar that my co-worker got me. It’s all I had. Maybe not the best, but it worked. The other bump in the road was that I thought that packet pick up was at 6:30 to 7:30. Nope. 6-7. Therefore, I worried about getting there on time to even get my packet. Oy vey. Also, I had one hick up the night before when I realized that the starting line and packet pick up location were farther away than what we had planned, so we actually had to get up earlier than planned. I am so glad I discovered that when I did. The struggle is real sometimes.

Sunday: Planning on doing morning miles because I have a very busy day planned. We have church in the morning, lunch, cleaning the fellowship hall, and Bible study with the youth that night at church. It’s going to be a very, busy, but amazing day!

Now, time to start training for the next race in two weeks. Hope you all have a great week coming up. Stay positive. Stay motivated. Stay happy.

Until next time.

Romans 12:11 KJV Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Sunday Eats

Happy Friday! I hope that everyone has had a wonderful week so far. I know that it has been an interesting two weeks for me. My mind is so busy and I haven’t been doing my morning miles and I am just struggling. But…..it’s okay. I am doing better now with workouts, so things are looking up in that department. Also, the race is Saturday and I have start getting everything ready for that as well. I am actually thinking about doing a post about that, which I honestly think would be pretty cool. Race days are not just a day-of event. It’s a process. A journey. I think it would be fun to share my process and thoughts. Just let me know if you would be interested in that. But for now, here’s a what I eat in a day and I hope that you enjoy it!

For breakfast, I had part of a lemon poppyseed muffin from a local coffee shop that I absolute love and my coffee of course. Then we head to church and afterwards, we went to a local bbq restaurant and they honestly have the best Brunswick stew in my opinion. Wonderful!

During the afternoon, I usually find my self finishing up the Bible study for the evening’s youth class, working on some planning, and finishing up my blog post. Also, on this day, I had a bit of coffee because why not, right?

For dinner, now I know that some might be thinking that this post isn’t healthy, well, not actually, but it is real and it is a Sunday so just go with me on this one. 🙂 I had some water with lime this time. I use to drink lemon in my water and for some reason I stopped, but I picked up some limes and thought I would give it whirl. Not bad. Not as strong as the lemon. As I am tying this, I remember I have stopped drinking both again. Face palm. Tomorrow. If I remember, I will try to start back. Deal? But for dinner, I had macaroni and cheese. Now, this is the best macaroni and cheese that can be microwaved, unless you are microwaving the real deal. To me, this macaroni is just so cheesy and fabulous. It’s not healthy, but I haven’t had it since, so that’s good, right? I actually don’t eat these all the time because I know how bad they are, but every once in a while to treat myself. Yes, please.

Not a whole lot to report on this one, but it was a good day of some tasty food. I can say that. Let me know in the comments what you all have been up to or eating lately. Let’s chat!

Until next time.

Philippians 4:7 KJV And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

My Arms Feel Like Noodles

Monday: I had a very chilled weekend. I slept in Saturday and Sunday, but I did get a speed workout in on Saturday and an hour long walk on Sunday so I didn’t completely chill. But….when I was suppose to get back on my morning miles, I just didn’t want to get up. What I did do was a strength training session. I am more of a runner rather than a weight lifter, but I do know how important it is to runners, so I do try sometimes. That’s a very big sometimes. I have probably said this before, but I will get going with core and weights and I’ll feel great about it and then stop again. I just need to figure out how to stick to it. Any thoughts please share. 🙂 My thought after this workout was that my arms felt like noodles. Haha. Good times!

Tuesday: No morning workout on this day either. I just can’t get back into the swing of things fully. I did walk in the evening though so that’s good. I was feeling like I needed to workout and I wanted to workout, so that’s a good sign. That’s the feeling that I need. Also, a feeling I wasn’t having was the feeling in my toes. It was so cold in the garage that I couldn’t feel my toes at first. Just thought I’d share that. On Monday, my arms felt like noodles and on Tuesday, I couldn’t feel my toes. Interesting start to this blog post.

See this is why I want to do these updates daily instead of all at once. They are so much more real and detailed and I remember little details that happen each day. Just makes for a better post in my opinion. 🙂

Wednesday: I hate to say this, but once again, no morning miles. I just have time in the evening to get it done, so I just decided to get some shut eye instead. Is that okay? Please tell me it is. 🙂 I did get a workout in this afternoon, but I hate to say this, I did struggle to get started. I got it done though and it actually wasn’t so bad. Usually the hardest step is the step to start. Who’s been there before?

Fun note: I found a funny show on Netflix to watch while working out. It’s called ‘The Crew’. It has it’s moments, but there are also a lot of funny moments. But let’s be honest, if Kevin James is in it, it’s probably going to be hilarious. Am I right?

Thursday: This has honestly been an interesting week. I have yet to do any morning miles. All afternoon workouts. Now, at least I am doing something in the day, but it’s still not the same as morning miles. There are days when I just don’t want to workout, but I didn’t in the morning so I need to that afternoon. I miss the feeling of knowing I have already worked out for the day. It’s such a wonderful feeling. I need to get back to that. It frees up time in the afternoon and it’s wonderful. It’s crazy how working out in the morning can change your whole day.

Oh!! I don’t think I told you all this, but I entered to win a free race ticket for a 5k and guess what? I am one of the two who won! I am so excited about it. That’s saves me money which I am happy about, but hey, I won! I’m so happy about it and well, had to share. Okay. I’m done now. 🙂

Friday: I hate to say this, but there was no workout on this day. 😦 I ended up not doing any morning miles and then I had catch up time with my cousin at an amazing coffee shop that evening. We also watched a scary movie later as well. Much needed girl time.

Saturday: I did a walk/run in the morning. It actually was pretty good. I ran a good bit to try to prep for the race next weekend. I also played tennis with my cousin later in the day which was wonderful. I hadn’t played in a while and I missed it. I love tennis. I may not be great at it, but I do enjoy it.

Sunday: I did workout this morning for a little bit. I didn’t get the full workout in this morning, so I may do a few weight and core workouts in the evening to finish it off. I am telling you this last week has been a struggle. I didn’t do any morning miles until this morning and even then I struggled. I have to get back on track this week. It’s a must.

Let’s hope that next week’s post has more morning miles. Please feel free to leave me some motivation in the comments because apparently I need it. 🙂

Until next time.

3 John 1:2 KJV Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

What I Eat in a Day

Happy Friday! Ready for another ‘What I Eat in a Day’? I hope so! This is basically a normal work day eating plan. Nothing fancy on this day. Just normal things.

For breakfast, I had an egg sandwich with coffee. Guys! I love my egg cooker. I mentioned it a few posts back, but I am loving it even more now. It was definitely worth what I paid for it. I recently used the omelette feature on it and wow! I mixed my eggs with salt and pepper, poured them in the tray, and before you know it’s done! At first I was thinking it was just over 5 minutes, but now I am pretty sure it’s at least less than 10. Crazy! Also, it’s the perfect egg sandwich size. I just toasted an english muffin, put the egg and a piece of cheese or sprinkle some cheese on the egg and top it. It’s wonderful. Forget the boring breakfast. I am just saying.

I am trying to be healthier and save money at lunch. So instead of going out almost everyday to get something, I am bringing my lunch. On this day, I had a salad with thousand island. It’s honestly not the most exciting thing in the world and I honestly don’t always love it, but I try to force myself to eat them because I know it’s good for me. I know forcing myself doesn’t sound great, but for some reason, I just can’t make myself love the ones I make. What am I doing wrong?? Also, I had water to drink as well.

My snacks on this day were a Starbucks Skinny Vanilla Latte because some days call for more caffeine and later, I had my yogurt with strawberries, almond butter, and chocolate chips. I know I have said this before, but almond butter in yogurt is so amazing. I look forward to eating my yogurt because of the almond butter. No joke.

Okay, soooo dinner was not entirely healthy. I am just being honest. I had my favorite Sunday chicken with honey mustard, pinto beans with chow chow and cornbread, and carrots. I think I also ate a biscuit as well and water to drink. At least some of it was healthy, right? To my defense, I had a salad for lunch so I needed substance. Does that count? Just say yes. Please. Haha. We also stopped at the grocery store after dinner and look at these lovely flowers!! Yes, made me so happy, I had to take a picture. What can I say? I love sunflowers and I love taking pictures!

Short and sweet, but to the point. Hope you all enjoyed this post. If you did, let me know by leaving a comment, liking the post, and giving me a follow! I would greatly appreciate it. Also, if you aren’t already, please give me a follow over on my instagram and twitter @FitandFabYou1.

Until next time.

Romans 12:1-2 KJV I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

February: Week 2

I’m starting to wonder if these posts are becoming repetitive and mundane. Maybe I’m wrong. I sure hope so because I honestly enjoy writing these. It keeps me up-to-date with how things are going and what works and what doesn’t. I hope that these posts help someone else too.

Monday: Morning workout. I didn’t run any like I had planned to do. I really do need to work on that. I also thought about doing an afternoon workout on this day, but I didn’t. :/

Tuesday: I woke up on this morning thinking my alarm was about to go off, but it didn’t for what may have been hours. This is a good thing when you’re sleeping though, but what’s interesting is I fell asleep and woke back up one minute before my first alarm was to go off. I wonder if I am getting use to the wake up time? I guess I am almost half way to the 90 days, so maybe that’s apart of the journey. These small things that I have noticed along the way are interesting. This is one reason why I like doing these blog posts. It makes me notice the little changes and the small things that happen from maybe day to day or week to week.

Wednesday: Today was suppose to be an active rest day, but I definitely took that term a different route. I actually got the rest part in in the morning by sleeping until my regular time and then got the active part in by doing a happy amount of running in my workout in the afternoon. Not exactly what active rest means, but it’s okay. I walked Monday and Tuesday, so doing this bit of running on this day is great. I really need to do more in the morning so that I can get more training in.

Thursday: Morning miles because I had plans in the evening. Nothing much to report on the workout, but we did get a good bit done on our Sunday school class bulletin board that evening. Only a few things left to do, such as, order some more pictures, get them up on the board, and place more caption pieces. Yay!

Friday: No morning workout on this day. I ended up sleeping until my normal time and then getting more miles in in the evening. I was able to catch up on my Youtube videos while getting a workout done. Anyone else do this? Youtube? Netflix? Anyone? Later, I just ate dinner, watched Heartland (Any fans? Please comment down below. I love this show!), ordered more photos, and worked on blog stuff. The plan for Saturday is to do a good run. I need to get my training in before race day!

Saturday: Pretty chilled day, but I did some speed work on the treadmill for my workout. I honestly didn’t want to workout, but I am glad I did. I think when I don’t have that much to do, I lose motivation, but when I am busy, I get more done and am more motivated to workout. If you know me, you know I am not the kind of person who likes to relax. I like to keep going and doing. Anyone else like this?

Later, I went grocery shopping, picked up the photos that I ordered, and got dinner. We also finished the next two seasons of Heartland that were on Netflix. I almost forgot to put this in, but I did lose a little bit more when I weighed, so that’s a good thing. That’s something positive. 🙂

Sunday: Did an hour walk on this day. To be honest, I didn’t want to, but I did anyway. I’m telling you whatever slump I am in, I must get out of it. Not a fan at all. I am thinking about making some sweet potato fries later just as a snack. For some reason, I am craving them.

Well, that’s it. Hope everyone has a wonderful week coming up. If you’re in a slump like me, I hope that you remember your why and find motivation to stay on track.

Until next time.

1 Corinthians 15:58 KJV Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

What I Eat in a Day

Happy Friday! Hope everyone has had a wonderful week and is looking forward to the weekend. What is weird is I am typing this up before the week has even begun, but that happens sometimes I guess. This post is coming from a Saturday where we were celebrating my Dad’s birthday. Here’s how it went:

I slept in on this day because I felt I needed some rest to get myself back on track for the next week. For breakfast, I started the day off with some Special K blueberry cereal. I had never tried this one before, but it’s really yummy. I recommend it. Of course, I had some water and coffee as well. I ate breakfast and chilled just a bit to let it settle before I hit the treadmill for a 5k. Trying to get my training on point because there’s a race coming up soon.

The plan was to go grocery shopping and get some budgeting done on this day, but I didn’t get to that so I moved it to the next day. After getting ready, we hit the road. We had a few stops to make before our big, birthday dinner plans. On the way, I ate some almonds just as a snack to hold me over and then we stop for a small lunch. I ended up eating only half a french dip sandwich and some potato salad with a huge cup of water. It was very good. 🙂 I feel like when I am running and getting in the workouts, my meals become more intentional (is that the right word?). They become more meaningful and I enjoy them more.

Oh, I haven’t said this yet, but I did a weigh in on this day and guys, I lost some more. Small victories. Well, actually it felt more like a big victory. It’s been irritating for a little while because the scale wasn’t doing too much, but on this day, I just was so happy that it was actually in the loss column. Yes! Like I stated in one of my previous posts, a co-worker did comment and say that I looked like I’d lost weight. I honestly have noticed it in my face sometimes and I do feel better at times as well. One step at a time can lead to great results.

For dinner, we had some interesting meats. We first got an appetizer with antelope, buffalo, and venison plus a spinach dip. The buffalo was probably my favorite on that dish. It was just so flavorful. For the main course, I had an Elk loin with a ginger demi glaze and veggies and mashed potatoes. It took some time to get use to the Elk, but it got better with time. Now, the haricots verts were wonderful. They were just so tasty. Sometimes they just don’t have the wow factor, but these, I could have eaten more. I think I need their recipe. 🙂

After we left dinner, we stopped at one of my favorite coffee shops. I ordered a medium sized, hot, sugar-free dark chocolate and strawberry coffee with sugar-free whip cream. Also, a small piece of birthday cake because we were celebrating. 🙂

Overall, it was a pretty great day. I got a workout in and celebrated my Dad’s birthday at the restaurant he has been wanting to go to for a while. I would say it was a day well spent. Let me know in the comments what you have been up to!

Until next time.

John 16:24 KJV Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

Get To. Not Have To.

Turn the ‘have to’ mindset into a ‘get to’ way of thinking. A few years ago, I was so sick that I could barely walk. I couldn’t get up and down the stairs without help and I couldn’t run like I could before. I remember seeing a track where I use to workout and got very emotional. When you get to the point where you can’t run, it changes your perspective. One day, it just hit me that it isn’t just a have to anymore. It’s a get to. It basically made me realize that it is a blessing that I can run again. I feel like I’m always saying ‘I have to run today’ or ‘I have to workout today’. That makes it sound like a chore when in actuality it’s a blessing. It’s life-changing, literally.

I have been working out more consistently since the beginning of the year and I have noticed changes in the way I feel and the way I look. Once you start feeling better and seeing the changes, you’ll want to workout. You’ll want to eat better. You’ll turn that have to into a want to as well. Getting to that point takes determination and dedication. It takes discipline. It’s not easy. I can tell you that, but what I can also tell you is that it is well worth it.

Today, right now as you’re reading this, let’s create that mindset of ‘I get to’ and ‘I want to’. Just reading that with emphasis makes me feel blessed. I get to workout. I am able to get up and workout. Let’s not take these opportunities for granted. Also, let’s remember ‘why we want to’. Why do we want to workout? Why do we want to start eating better? Why? Let’s find that why, shall we?

Running and working out and living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t just start by doing. It starts by creating that mindset. Telling yourself that I want to do this because I want to be happier, I want to feel better. It’s a mental thing, not just a physical thing. You need to make up your mind that you want to do something in order to drive your body to do something. Let’s be honest, how many times have we been able to workout, but our mind gives us 12,000 reasons why we don’t have to or why we shouldn’t? I know all about it! I can completely relate. But once you create a mindset of why you do something, it will give you the motivation and determination for doing what you need to do. Knowing the why behind what we do makes it all make sense. You now have something to drive your workouts.

Like I’ve said before you have to want to workout. You have to make up your mind to do so. But sometimes we start to say I have to workout today. I have to eat this. That makes it sound more like a punishment than a privilege. What’s the fun in that? Just remember when you start feeling that way and thinking that way, remember why you started? Remember that you’re doing this because it’s good for you and you’ll be glad you did. Either you workout or you regret it! That’s just that and I know because I’ve been there. Find out why you want to work out. Find out why you want to eat better and live healthier. Once we figure out the why, we give our journey more meaning and purpose. We must find a why that drives us. I have a why, but I also have a deeper why.

My first why. Why do I want to workout? To be healthy and happy. To be a consistent runner.

My second why that I recently discovered. Why do I want to workout in the morning? Working out in the morning makes me feel so much better throughout the day. I don’t have to feel regret of missing out on those morning miles. It also frees up my afternoons and evenings to do other things. Spending time with family and friends, planning, cooking dinner, and other fun things I enjoy.

Your challenge this week is to find your why. You can share it in the comments. You can share it in a journal. You can share it with your friends and family. I would love to hear your why if you would like to share it. Let’s be honest, it might motivate others. That would be wonderful! That is all for this post. I hope that you all have a great week and I will see you next time.

Until then.

February : Week 1

We have made it through one month of my new fitness plan and I would say it’s going pretty well. This week, I am in competition with my best friend to see who gets the most steps. Let’s do this!

Monday: I worked out twice on this day. I got up around 5:52 to get my morning miles in, but yes, I struggled as usual. I actually woke up around 5:50 and went to my phone (I really should stop doing this), then I got up. Worked out for thirty and then got ready for work. If you follow me on Twitter, then you already know this, but if you don’t (you should), but….I actually registered for another race Sunday. This will be my first one in 2021. Exciting stuff I know. So Monday afternoon, I actually did a second workout which consisted of a walk/run combo to help me get ready and trained up for the race. That makes two workouts on a Monday. Great start to the week, right? They say don’t skip a Monday. 🙂

Tuesday: Struggle bus pulled up again. I debated once again to get up and workout in the morning or wait until the evening. Well, the morning miles won. I honestly think I found my why to get me going for these morning workouts. It’s pretty amazing. I am currently reading ‘Good Morning. Good Life’ by Amy Landino. I know I have already told you about this book, but guys, she talks about morning routines and tells you to find your why. I already had a why and my why was to be fit and healthy, but that doesn’t really motivate me to workout in the morning. Basically, just to workout in general. It should get me going at some point in the day, but not necessarily in the morning, so what is my why? Well, I think I finally realized what my why was when I regretted not working out in the morning a few weeks ago. This is crazy. Who knew?

But one thing Amy mentioned in her book was to just try it. Just try it. I have tried before and it just didn’t stick. It’s hard to wake up in the morning and workout, especially to go to the gym. I am just saying, but I think having a treadmill just makes life so much easier. It’s the convenience of it. But the real reason that I am able to do it is because God has given me this ability. I am not joking. If you’ve read my blog post about my story, there was a time when I could barely walk, much less run. So being able to run again is a blessing.

Wednesday: Active rest day. No morning workout. I decided that I would get some extra sleep and do an evening workout. I think that works well for my active rest day. I ended up doing a walk on the treadmill while dinner was in the oven. Kind of multitasking here, but it worked. For dinner, I had salmon and roasted veggies. This is actually a different recipe than what I posted last Wednesday. This one will probably go up later in the month. Side note: Have you checked out the salmon recipe that I posted? If not, check it out!

I also thought about doing maybe a 7-minute core and weights workout every night. Thoughts? I am wondering if that would help me stay on track with my strength training? I am not sure if I have actually mentioned this before, but I am not a big strength training fan. I am a runner and that’s my thing, but strength training, eh, not so much. I know as a runner, weights and core workouts are very important. I just have hard time sticking to them. I will get going for few workouts and then back to zero again. Any tips on how to stick to it? I am thinking maybe the 7-minute daily workouts would help. Please let me know in the comments if you have any ideas or thoughts on this. Thank you in advance.

Thursday: Woke up thinking it was nice and warm and contemplating an evening workout. But…I got up and worked out this morning. I forgot what else I was going to say here. Oh! Someone at work said I looked like I lost weight! Yes! That made me so happy. I have been trying, but the scale is just not going very far and so hearing someone say that just helps me so much. Also, today wasn’t the best as far as healthy eating goes. Breakfast was fine, but then I had cake for someone’s birthday and we went to get Mexican for lunch. We also had cookie cake that I had been eyeing a while and finally ate a few bites. For dinner though, I had mostly cauliflower veggie pizza and some regular cheese. If you have never had cauliflower crust pizza, you should definitely try it. We have a local pizza place that makes it and I got it once and I was sold. Tastes the same and has a thin crust which I love.

Friday: Morning miles. This morning workout situation is hard, but so rewarding. I highly recommend it. This week I was trying to work on going to bed earlier and I did pretty well. I didn’t go to sleep as early on some nights, but I am totally okay with it. I know one night, I went to bed at 9:30. I even screenshotted it, but I didn’t get fully in bed and all until 9:31. I tried really hard that night. For Saturday, I am planning on doing a good run because I need to work harder on my training for the race that is coming up. Next week, that is what I am going to focus on. Going to try to get runs in in the morning, but if I do just walk in the morning, I can get a run in in the afternoon. On good days, I can do two runs in a day if I want to. I was feeling pretty good about this race, but now I am getting nervous. I hate being nervous for a race. I have been there. It’s not the best boat to be in. I had a race a few years ago and I was so nervous about it that I was making myself sick. They do say if you don’t throw up then you’re not doing it right or something like that. I am not super sold on that, but I also get it. To be honest, I’d rather not throw up or be sick. It’s not fun.

Saturday: I slept in big time on this day. I woke up around 7:30, but didn’t get up. I finally got up around 9:30. I normally don’t sleep in period or sleep in that much, but I felt I needed it. Once I did get going, I ate some Special K cereal for breakfast and did a 5k on the treadmill. I am hoping to get some good training in this next week and lower my 5k time so that I can get a decent time on my race coming up. Positive note: The scale dropped a smidge. Yay! Small victories!

Sunday: Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like working out in the morning gives such clarity. I am pretty sure that’s an actual thing with others though. My alarm went off this morning and I thought, ‘Aw man. That’s my alarm.’ But I changed my alarm to 7:15 and I was going to wait until then to get up hopefully, but things changed and I got up a few minutes after my first alarm. What’s interesting about this is that I was totally awake. I felt such clarity and energy. What? Did that have anything to do with the fact that I slept in the day before or maybe it was something else? Either way, it was an amazing feeling.

Side note and motivation for the week: We had a Bible drill during Sunday school this morning and I gave them Hebrews 3:6 to find and this verse was one of two that really resonated well with me.

Hebrews 3:6 KJV But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

What I get out of this verse is that we are all God’s children and if we are saved and have accepted Christ as our person Lord and Savior, we are the house (our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit) and Christ is over us. The last part brings to mind the mansion that we will have in Heaven if we hold fast (remain secured) to Christ and the confidence that we have in Him and also, the joy of His promises and faithfulness.

I hope that you all take that verse with you throughout this week and let it speak to you as well. Have a great week! Until next time.

What I Eat in a Day

Good Evening! Welcome back to another ‘What I Eat in a Day’! It’s been a while since I’ve posted one of these, but honestly, I love seeing these and others do too, so here goes.

Last Wednesday was my active rest day and here is how it went.

Breakfast: First, I had 8 oz. of water. I try to do this before I even begin to drink coffee. It’s a habit that I have been pretty well sticking to for quite some time now. After I get ready, I’ll fix my breakfast and coffee. On this morning, I had a boiled egg and a piece of toast with spray butter. Now, I have mentioned my egg cooker before I’m pretty sure, but I love it. I honestly don’t think I could rave about it more. If you don’t know what I am talking about, I will insert a picture below, but this little gadget is wonderful. I purchased it at Target a few weeks ago and if you have busy mornings, you will love this thing too. I have actually gotten a few co-workers interested in it as well. It only takes about 17 minutes or so to cook a hard boiled egg. Now, let me explain. I know that is longer than it probably would take the other way, but what is so great is that you can set this up and walk away until it goes off. No babysitting it until the water boils. Just pour in the water, punch holes in the eggs, and cover. Wait for the beep and done. I love it. Spray butter is also something that I am currently loving. No calories and it’s fabulous. So two things that you all should invest in right now. Go ahead. I’ll wait. 🙂

Lunch: Broccoli cheddar soup that I had meal prepped earlier and froze. No joke. One crock pot of it lasted for about two-three weeks. Now, I was mainly, if not the only, person eating it, but still. This seriously saved me money at the grocery store. When you budget only so much for the month and you get towards the end of the month and realize you are running low, it’s nice to know that what you meal prepped isn’t gone just yet. I am surprised at how far it went. I actually finished it up on this day, so I will be making some more probably in the next couple weeks. I may be sharing that recipe here on the blog as well.

Snack: In the morning, I had another round of coffee, but no food snacks. In the afternoon though, I had my yogurt because I was peckish. My yogurt consisted of vanilla yogurt, strawberries, almond butter (life changing), and chocolate chips. Love this combination. Makes me happy. Of course, I had water throughout the day as well.

Dinner: Teriyaki Salmon with roasted potatoes and carrots and a piece of bread with spray butter. Water to drink.

Snack: I had a few bits of sweet cajun trail mix and two chocolate Brazilian nuts because for some reason I was craving chocolate. I also had a little bit of water in the evening.

I honestly think that I did pretty well on this day. I also did workout on this day as well. I actually did an evening workout while dinner was in the oven. 🙂 Multitasking. Well, that’s all for today. Hope you enjoyed it and I will see you on Sunday for my next weekly update/fitness motivation post.

Until next time.

1 Corinthians 9:26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:

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Mediterranean Salmon

Happy Wednesday! Time for a new recipe! I have been obsessed with salmon recently. I actually bought some more today so that I can cook it for dinner next week. I have two separate salmon recipes that I will be sharing. One today and one maybe in a few weeks. So let’s get started!

You’ll need:

Mediterranean Herb Salmon from Aldi (I love Aldi so much!)

Rice (I picked up Long Grain & Wild Rice, but you can choose anything you like)

Carrots and Potatoes to roast as sides

Olive Oil

Veggie Seasoning (I used this one from Marshall’s that I have been using for quite some time. It is truly my favorite.)

Lemon

Directions:

First, I preheat the oven to 425 degrees and prepare two baking sheets. Place a piece of tin foil in each pan and spray with PAM. Place the salmon on one baking sheet and that’s it. Add a few slices of lemon if you would like and when the oven is ready, cook the salmon for 15 minutes and then switch to boil for about 2-3 minutes.

We have two ovens, so I preheated the other oven to 450 for the veggies. I cut up the veggies and coated the potatoes with oil and seasoning and the carrots with honey and oil. When the oven is ready, roast them for 30 minutes. Coating the carrots with honey was amazing and I will definitely be doing this more in the future.

The rice cooked about 25 minutes, so this recipe cooks all together and finishes all together. That’s actually pretty great to be honest. You could do a tabata workout while waiting. I didn’t, but you could. I just thought I’d throw that in this post to be funny, but actually, it’s not a bad idea. I may try it next week. If I do, I’ll put it in my post. 🙂

Finished product:

Doesn’t it look amazing!? If you aren’t a big salmon fan, you may enjoy this one. My mom doesn’t care for salmon, but she did like this one.

If you try this recipe, please let me know in the comments what you thought. Share your pictures too if you would like. I am actually planning on cooking salmon again for dinner tonight and yes, I am excited about it. That recipe will go up probably later in the month, so look forward to that.

Well, that’s all for today. Hope everyone has a wonderful week. Don’t forget to check out my weekly workout update and my What I Eat in a day post on Friday. Until then.

1 Corinthians 10:31 – KJV Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.