Falling in Love…with Running

The last few weeks I have been taking a running hiatus. Not because I should, but because I just could not find the motivation/desire/happiness to get out there and run. And with no motivation/desire, running loses all of it’s appeal. It loses it’s ability to make me “happy”. 

I’m sure this will be disastrous on my half marathon time in November, but I will take that consequence time and time again if it brings back my love of running. My Joy. I’ve sort of been gearing up toward this point, but today I woke up and thought “I really want to get out there and run a few miles!” It’s a wonderful feeling, and I’m so happy it’s back.

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Bring on the miles!

Half Marathon in: 66 days

Whoa, life, slow down!

Things have been nuts. Not necessary “I’m busy every second of every day” nuts, but just overwhelmingly overwhelming.

I can’t believe it’s already August. I can’t believe my husband is a 3rd year Medical Student. I can’t believe next year he’s going to be applying to Residency’s (Residencies? I don’t know). I can’t believe in a year and a half we’ll know where we are going for Residency. For the next four years of our lives. For the next four years of this incredibly long journey to becoming a doctor. I’m complaining, but really, being the wife of a med student isn’t hard on me. It’s hard on my emotions. It’s hard on my husband, which makes me sad I can’t help him find more hours in the day, more days in the week, more weeks in the year, more brain room, more study time. It sure sounds (and looks) like trying to be the best doctor you can be is exhausting!

Moving has sucked up all my time. If I’m not physically trying to unpack/organize, I’m thinking about it, worrying that it’s not getting done fast enough, or wishing I was physically doing it. It’s exhausting my brain

Eating lower carbs and running again are exhausting my body. 

Work is exhausting my emotions. Applying for jobs is exhausting my will.

Finances are exhausting my hope. Hope of starting a family in the next year. Hope of affording a much needed vacation when my husband has time off. Hope of making our new house guest-ready. 

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If I’ve learned one thing from Calvin in the last week, it’s that you should always be sneaky. “I’ll just try to push this gate open and combat crawl into the bedroom for some cuddles…”

***Now exiting Complaint Central***

Diet is going well. Exercise is going pretty well. I need some mid-week running motivation. I’m hoping I just *snap* into half-training mode after Saturday, when my training schedule official begins. I can’t wait to get back to 8, 10, 12 mile runs on Saturdays. I miss those days.

I found this recipe for Slow Cooker Pork Riblets. I absolutely adore my slow cooker, so decided to give it a try. Of course all the meat fell off in the process, and the “riblets” because pulled pork (did I cook them too long? Was it necessary to use baby back ribs like the recipe called for?), but it was still delicious! I’ll link back to recipe later, and make a “Recipe Page” when I figure out where it came from!

It’s super easy and there are only 6 ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs pork ribs, cut in half horizontally (you can ask the meat department to do this for you at the grocery store)
  • 1 tbsp garlic-pepper seasoning
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp hot chili paste
  • 3 tbsp molasses
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar

Directions

  1. Spray crock pot. Add pork and season with garlic-pepper. Cook on low 7-8 hours.
  2. Remove pork riblets (or if your recipe turns out like mine, pulled pork without the “pulling”) with a slotted spoon and toss in maple syrup.
  3. Combine all other ingredients. Mix together with ribs. 
  4. Cook riblets on a grill or in a wok for 10-12 minutes.**

*I didn’t do this step because my riblets all pulled apart. I instead mixed all the ingredients with them and put them back in the crock pot for another hour on low.

Two days ago I made some Dark Chocolate Nut Clusters, which are delicious!!

Ingredients

  • Dark Chocolate
  • Coconut Oil (~1 tbsp)
  • Cashews
  • Peanuts
  • Almonds
  • Unsweetened, shredded coconut
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Dark Chocolate Nut Clusters

And that’s all I’ve got for today! I’ll add the nutrition to these recipes later this week. Happy Wednesday!

Knockin’ the Sweet Tooth One Day at a Time

Even with an accidental blogging hiatus, the low carb diet continues. 

And it’s going pretty good!

My sweet tooth is already disintegrating, and turning into a carb tooth.

Bread. Biscuits. Pizza. Cheeseburgers. Pasta. 

Yep, one step closer to carb freedom. A few more days and I should stop these nasty cravings!

I’m not going too low carb or anything. I’ve been trying to just stay below 100g. I finished Friday with 84g, Saturday was 112g (darn Vanilla Iced Coffee from Starbucks – my weakness!), Sunday was 112g (too much fruit), and today finished at 92g. I have lost 5.6 lbs since August 1st, most of that was water weight/bloating from my super-carb day on 7/31. 

I started Saturday with a 4 mile run. The first mile I had a companion:

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Maybe if I follow her around she’ll bring me with…

…and the last 3 miles were solo. I love my new neighborhood, so many hills!

Sunday I ran 2 miles, one w/ Calvin and 1 sweaty, fast mile alone. It felt good!

Tonight was a group fitness class, Arms & Core Crusher, and tomorrow is a 3 mile run, 2 mile walk with a friend, and possibly a fitness class. I’m just piling things on! The more exercise the better!

A friend on Facebook posted a photo of some dark chocolate nut clusters she made today, so I’ll definitely be posting a (super easy) recipe/photos later this week! Think dark chocolate, coconut oil, cashews, peanuts, almonds, and unsweetened shredded coconut? Yum!

…and tomorrow night is a new pork rib recipe. I’ll definitely post that tomorrow night.

Half marathon training official begins on Saturday, things are going to get pretty routine around here!

Life in the form of Bullet Points

I’ve been pretty bad at posting the last few months, but lets do a recap:

  • I LOVE my exercise ball that I use as my desk chair. I sit all day for work as a secretary, and it has been an amazing addition to my day. When I use my old desk chair, I slouch and my back actually hurts after a few minutes. I feel like my posture is 100% better than it used to be!
  • I LOVE group fitness classes. Tonight is my first Tuesday night off of work in a month, so I’m going to try out Cardio Boot Camp and Strength & Tone, and I couldn’t be more excited about it! Bring it on sore abs!
  • The hubby and I have started to eat clean again, as of yesterday, and cut calories to lose our last bit of weight (for me, that’s 40-ish lbs!!) and I’m starving.  One of the worst parts of dieting is waking up hungry, since I like to drink coffee and water and eat breakfast later in the morning.
  • I’m still not in love with running, but I’m not avoiding it as much. I think after my group fitness classes are over I’ll be able to jump back on the running train no problem! (which is good, since my next half marathon is in November)
  • It has been raining every afternoon for about a week in Atlanta, so swimming has taken a back seat!
  • I miss my best friend. She lives in Denver, so we only see each other twice a year at best. This one of those best years, where we will see each other twice! Yay! Come on September!!
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Been my cousin since 1986, been my best friend since 2005 ❤ Only took us 20-ish years to realize we are the perfect pair!

  • I need to work on making food less of a priority in my life. I think about it all the time (when I’m not thinking about exercise or babies or moving), and it’s got to stop. It’s driving me crazy (and making me hungry).
  • Calvin’s boxer BFF had his big boy surgery on Thursday, and now he’s trotting around with a cone on his head. Calvin has decided he hates that cone and whatever is inside it, so he’s barking and growling at poor little Gunner every time he sees him. Cal is such a doofus. I can’t wait til Gunner is free from the cone and he can play with Cal again!

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  • We move in less than a month!! Yay!
  • I’ve been blogging for almost an entire year. Oh My Gosh! Where did the time go? Why am I not done with my weight loss yet?! 

Hope y’all are doing well and enjoying the summer!

Group Fitness Motivation!

Oh…my…gosh. Group Fitness is so fun. And hard. And tiring. And entertaining. And motivating. And I am so awful at it.

This morning I used my 2 mi run as a way to stretch out my sore thighs & butt. Now THAT is awesome.

Mon – Upper Body Blast & Core Crusher

Wed – Pilates // Leg Crusher & Core Crusher

Thurs – HIIT & Absolution // Stretch & Strength

My thighs are so sore. My butt is even more sore. My abs were hurting in places I didn’t even know abs existed from Monday night til Thursday morning. Every single time I get up to walk around I’m in pain. And it’s wonderful. Simply wonderful!

I’m realizing just how out of shape I am. I mean, ask me to run 5 miles and I’m fine. But mountain climbers and burpies and jumping jacks? Kill me now. I am positive that I am the weakest person in the class. My plank lasts for about 20 seconds. I do modified everything. I have to skip certain exercises. I’m in pain during and after class. But this is exactly why I have to keep going back.

ImageIf I ever want to become a better runner, I need to improve all areas of my fitness .. not just losing all my extra weight. I want to be stronger. And faster. And I want to do it now!

Happy Friday Everyone!

Getting My Exercise Groove Back

It’s kind of amazing how when I’m NOT sitting on my exercise ball, my back gets sore. I remember when I first started using this little gem, my back got sore when I was on it for too long!

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Last night I had my butt kicked while taking Pilates and a Lean Legs & Core Crusher class. I have to admit, Pilates was just not very fun. It was definitely hard, and I couldn’t do a lot of the moves, but I just am not entertained by the slower classes like this and yoga. I’m going to keep going, because I know I need to become more flexible and it’s pretty obvious my core and arms are weak…but I need to find a way to stop myself from looking at the clock every 5 minutes. It’s torture!

I feel like I’m finally getting my exercise groove back, it’s so wonderful. I feel motivated to go work out (yay group fitness!), have my runs planned for Friday-Tuesday, and have swims thrown in there throughout the week. I really think I can do this. All I need to do is get my stomach brain on board, to stop craving junk food! Goal weight here I come!

P.S. – I love almond butter.

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image from google
why yes, yes I am too lazy to take a photo of my own almond butter.

P.P.S- Why yes, yes I am too lazy to take a photo of my own jar of almond butter…