Monday, January 19, 2015

Week 1 of the #Whole30

I started the Whole30 last week. 


Basically the program cuts out all foods that are allergen causing and/or "trigger" foods for a lot of people. It's 30 days of no sugar, grains, legumes, and dairy. The program consists of eating REAL food -- meats, veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, and healthy fats. 

I'm now on day 8, and I have to say, it hasn't been horrible. I had some small headaches and felt some sluggishness in the first couple of days, but nothing crazy. That's mostly because I eat relatively healthfully already, so this wasn't a huge shock to my system. I did, admittedly, eat boxed macaroni and cheese and 2 cupcakes the night before I started - haha!

So what have I been eating the past week? Here's a little sampling.

Established by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig (of Whole9) in April 2009, the Whole30® is our original nutritional program designed to change your life in 30 days. Think of it as a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system.
Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it.
- See more at: http://whole30.com/step-one/#sthash.b4scbfA7.dpuf
Established by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig (of Whole9) in April 2009, the Whole30® is our original nutritional program designed to change your life in 30 days. Think of it as a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system.
Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it.
- See more at: http://whole30.com/step-one/#sthash.b4scbfA7.dpuf
Established by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig (of Whole9) in April 2009, the Whole30® is our original nutritional program designed to change your life in 30 days. Think of it as a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system.
Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it.
- See more at: http://whole30.com/step-one/#sthash.b4scbfA7.dpuf
Established by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig (of Whole9) in April 2009, the Whole30® is our original nutritional program designed to change your life in 30 days. Think of it as a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system.
Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it.
- See more at: http://whole30.com/step-one/#sthash.b4scbfA7.dpuf
 
Breakfast last week was a veggie hash of sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, and mushrooms. I topped it with some fried eggs and added a side of black coffee and blueberries!
 
 
Dinners this week consisted of one of my all-time favorite recipes: Mustard Glazed Chicken Thighs! The recipe is from The 21 Day Sugar Detox book, but I found it online here. I make this recipe probably once a month! Sides were cauliflower rice (here's a how to for that) and roasted veggies.

 
Snack on days that I was running or working out was a Lara Bar for a little carb boost. 

 
Good news for my fellow nutbutter fans -- Blindspot's Nut'n But Nuts is Whole30 friendly! You can order it online here!

 
I also snacked on apple slices and some homemade almond butter. I just pulsed some raw almonds, a little coconut oil, cinnamon, and vanilla in my NutriBullet until they made butter!
 
 
Last week's lunches were a small salad with oil/vinegar, a blood orange, and Sweet Potato Turkey Chilli. I used this recipe and omitted the beans. I also used beef instead of turkey.

 
One night for dinner I did some butternut squash, asparagus, and white fish sauteed with red curry and coconut milk. It was yummy!!
 
 
On Saturday, I went to Arlington to visit with my college roommates. One of them just had a baby (the cutest baby ever) so we took lunch to them and hung out for the day! My initial plan was lasagna...but that's not Whole30 friendly!! So, we did taco salads. I made a big batch of taco meat and some fresh guacamole. It made it easy to stay on plan while visiting! 

If you're doing the Whole30, what are your favorite meals?
 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cookie Update


Earlier this week, I introduced you to Emily. She is a Girl Scout in the Pittsburgh area who is trying to get donations to send 5,000 boxes to the patients and families at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. So far, Emily has over 1,000 boxes and is well on her way to her goal!!

Just a quick update -- if you'd like to donate you can do so via PayPal! 

All you have to do is:
  1. Log into your PayPal account
  2. Select the "Pay or Send Money" option
  3. Choose "Send Money to Friends or Family"
  4. Send to gscookies4chp@gmail.com - cookies are $4 a box!


Thank you for your help!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Can you help a girl out?

Meet Emily. 
She's a Girl Scout, doing what most Girl Scouts are doing this time of year...selling cookies.
But Emily's not trying to get you to buy a bunch of cookies for yourself.
She wants you to buy cookies to donate to a very special place.

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

This place is also a very special place to me.
You see, Emily's dad (Ethan) was once a patient at CHP. 
He was one of a very small minority of patients at CHP who were actually in their 20s.
Ethan had osteosarcoma,
He also had a lovely young wife named Suzanne.
Ethan, like Isaac, did not get the cure he hoped for.

I never got to meet Ethan, but he and Isaac met at CHP.
Suzanne and her 2nd husband, John, drove all the way from Pittsburgh to attend Isaac's funeral.
I once called Suzanne from the Home Depot parking lot when I was having a rough moment.
She is amazing.
And so was Ethan.
And so is Emily.

So, if you're looking to support the Girl Scouts this year, but you don't want boxes of cookies in your house (like me!) -- help Emily reach her goal of taking 5,000 boxes of cookies to the patients and families at CHP!


She and her brother are coloring in a map of the US and the world as they get donations! Help Emily fill in her map!

Boxes are $4 each. You can email Emily's parents (Suzanne and John) at gscookies4chp@gmail.com and pay through PayPal!

THANK YOU!!!

Monday, January 12, 2015

2015 Word

I've been mulling over my 2015 "Word of the Year" for quite awhile now. I almost decided not to choose one for this year, but as I was praying about it a few days ago, the word popped into my head! 2010 was "rollercoaster", 2011 was "renew", 2012 was "stronger", 2013 was "focus", 2014 was "fierce".

The word that popped into my head for 2015 is...

One of my favorite forms of exercise is yoga. I love the mind/body connection that happens on the mat. Whenever I take a yoga class, the teacher almost always has us take a moment of stillness to "set an intention" for our practice that day.

I like the word "intention" because it combines the idea of doing something with both purpose and focus. The dictionary definition is "an aim or a plan". Intention means choosing something wisely. For me, it means aiming for goals with a reason -- asking myself why -- and not just because they're there.

Now that I've made this whole "running thing" a lifestyle, the way that I approach it is different. I run because I love it, not just because it's exercise. So for me, that means picking some fitness goals this year that are about more than just running.  For example, I've signed up for a Savage Race in June and some of us are looking at forming a Ragnar Relay team for the fall. These races combine running with other elements that will keep me challenged!


Outside of fitness, it means staying focused in my walk with God and being intentional about that. I'm reading the Bible cover-to-cover this year. In the fall, some girlfriends and I started doing a bi-weekly Bible study. My time in the Word was starting to fall under the "if I have time" or "let me get this done quickly" categories. Really, it should be the top priority...the first thing on my to-do list. I'm working on that!



Thursday, January 8, 2015

California Christmas

This post is a little later than I wanted it to be, but oh well. Consider it an extension of Christmas!
This year for Christmas, I flew the friendly skies to sunny Southern California! The advantage of flying West is that my plane left Baltimore at 9:25am and arrived in San Diego at 12:20! Thank you, time change!

My chauffeurs  parents picked me up at the airport and after a brief stop at the motor home, we visited Coronado. I got a kick out of seeing people ice skate in short sleeves with palm trees in the background!

 

I ended the day with a quick 2 mile run. The motor home was stationed on Mission Bay, where there's a beautiful paved path that runs around the bay. Check out that sunset!

For my 2nd day in Cali, we headed out for one of our favorite activities - hiking. My mom and I have both read the book Wild by Cheryl Strayed (the movie version is in theaters now!), so we got a kick out of hiking part of the PCT that Cheryl hikes in the book!
This is what a lot of the hiking looked like. It didn't seem terrible at the time, but was probably not a smart idea 2 days before running a half marathon. Oh well!


Day 3 was a "rest the legs" day, so we just did some driving around and sightseeing. Day 4 I ran the half marathon and saw "Wild" in the theater with my mom in the evening!

Day 5...we hiked again! My one requested activity (besides the race) was to hike to "Potato Chip Rock". Apparently, everyone else in California also thought this was a good idea because the line to take a picture on the actual rock was LONG. I was surprised at the number of people who took on this hike - it's a beast! It's 7ish miles round trip, and it's elevation is intense (see the picture at the bottom)!!


It was a great trip! My legs were definitely tired after 30 intense miles in just a few days. I think they're still tired - haha!!













Monday, January 5, 2015

San Diego Holiday Half Recap

One of the advantages of having parents who are full-time RVers is that you get to visit all kinds of great places! This Christmas, the RV was parked in San Diego with a beautiful view of Mission Bay! I'll have an update with a million pictures about the trip for you later this week, but one of the highlights was definitely the San Diego Holiday Half Marathon! 

I registered for the race with just one month to train, but since I wasn't too far out from marathon training and had recently run a 10-mile race, I was in decent shape for it. The race is a point-to-point course that loses elevation (aka - it's mostly DOWNhill) and ends at Torrey Pines State Park - the beach!!

Let's start with one of my favorite parts of races - the swag - and this race gave awesome swag! The shirt is a long sleeve, red, tech material shirt - love the big palm trees! We also got some Lara bars, a full size Kind bar, an FRS energy drink, a 13.1 sticker, a small drawstring backpack, vitamin samples, and Advil Allergy.

The race start was "freezing" by San Diego standards (it was about 38-40), and I saw people decked out in full cold gear...which made me laugh! The end of race temperature was predicted to be around 60, so I chose my favorite capris (ProCompression) and a tank. I wore my DIY arm warmers (knee socks from Target with the toes cut off) until about mile 3.5 when I threw them to my parents. 
 

 

After one hill at mile 1.5, the course started running along a bike path beside the freeway for about 8 miles. My mom snapped this picture of some runners along the way!
 

The course then continued on the bike path, but the path went through some more "nature" before coming out into the state park. I saw this sign along the way, and it reminded me of my friend Heidi, who says this a lot!



I felt some serious shin/calf pain the first 2ish miles of the race. Hiking a tough hike 2 days before was probably a bad idea!! The pain subsided after a little while and I just ran the best I could. I ended with a time of 02:07:17. I only did "speed" work for a month, so I was pleased with the time! 

If you ever find yourself in the San Diego area in December, definitely check out this race!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Random Updates

Back in November, I wrote a status update that went something like "I'm so glad I don't have anymore double digit runs to do until 2015!!"

Ahhh...famous last words.

I registered for a half marathon in December.

It was irresistible.
I couldn't say no.

I will be in San Diego visiting my parents for Christmas. And there happens to be a half marathon while I'm there. And it's DOWNHILL. And it ends AT THE BEACH.

So, I'm running the San Diego Holiday Half Marathon....which means a few more double digit runs in 2014. Sunday, I ran 10 miles. I was super pleased with a 9:55 pace, on tired legs (I'd raced a 5k the day before) and a hilly route. But really - why does my face look so wrinkled in this picture??


How was your Thanksgiving? Mine was just FABULOUS! Guess who actually got to come home for a day??? That's right, the BF Mark. I mentioned at the end of October that he has been away at some National Guard training. They haven't had much time off (I think they've had 3 days off since October 20th - including weekends). I was super excited to see him on Thanksgiving, and of course decided the best way to spend time together would be running a race - duh. Someone asked if he brought me flowers...he did not, but he ran the Turkey Trot with me at my pace and that's pretty much the runner's equivalent to flowers.

I spent ate my Thanksgiving meal with my surrogate family, the Senfts. Delicious food and great company!

Sunday the 30th was the second race in the York Road Runners Club Winter Series. This was a BEAST. It's a 4 mile race, and I'm not exaggerating when I say the entire last 2.75 miles is uphill. The whole first half mile is DOWN a steep hill, then you spend a little time on flat ground before winding back up again. It was TOUGH. But, I finished in 38 minutes and didn't walk one step - I was proud!
 
Several folks from my school run the series too!

And of course there's always a crew from Gruver Fitness!

So, that's been life lately.