Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Whole Foods

I mentioned my trip to Whole Foods Market in Wexford, PA in my "weekly recap" blog on Sunday.  Since I spent nearly 2 hours in Whole Foods, I felt it warranted a blog all it's own!

Whole Foods Market (WFM) is a national grocery chain that provides mostly organic and natural foods.  My local Giant has 2 aisles of this (and a pretty great selection for such a small area), but WFM is an ENTIRE STORE of this stuff!

The closest WFM to me is near Baltimore, about an hour drive away, and it is a tiny market.  I trekked down there a few weeks ago and left the store with barely one bag.  It was also a Saturday, so it was crazy crowded.  The crowd plus such a small store made for a less than stellar trip.

The WFM in Wexford (north of Pittsburgh), however, was similar to some WFM I've been at in the Atlanta area.  It was the size of a regular grocery store.  Since I was in the Pittsburgh area for a conference, I packed myself a cooler and some baggies to fill with ice at the hotel in preparation for my trip!

Whole Foods Wexford

There are a few things I love about WFM - the wide selection of organic produce, organic brands of all kinds of food, and eco-friendly/natural/organic body care items are some of my favorites.  But the 2 things I love most are the bulk bins and the salad bar area.

Buying in bulk is very budget friendly, and WFM as everything from beans to rice to spices to granola to dried fruit to nuts in bulk.  I spent a good 20 minutes just reading all of the info they have about the bulk ingredients and deciding what to buy!  I was really pleased when I checked out to see that I got a good 2 cups of black rice for about $3!  It's a cheap way to try out new things, too!  (see more about my purchases below)

The salad bar at Whole Foods...oh my!!!  There were actually 4 bars at this particular market.  A traditional "salad" bar, a cold bar, a hot bar, and a soup bar.

My bar selections --  Clockwise from top left: kale salad with garlicky sesame dressing, some of cold noodle salad with peanut sauce, a grain (can't remember the name) primavera, curried broccoli, sweet and sour eggplant, mac and cheese (this was unbelievable!!), and sriracha sweet potatoes (must recreate at home!).  I also had some salmon and white bean bisque that was awesome!

And then there's this guy.  Whole Foods also has a pretty awesome bakery.  I chose this "Carmelita Bar".  It was a cookie crumble bar thing with chocolate, caramel, oats, and nuts.  It was so good - and probably not at all low calorie - but it was worth it!

So here's what ended up in my cart at the end of my trip!
Dry goods I came home with
- dark chocolate (Theo mint, Theo cherry, and Chocolove Ginger)
- black rice and sweet brown rice (bulk items in the brown bags)
- Cinnamon Puffins (my favorite cereal. 90 calories a serving - a great snack!)
- bath salts (they sell these in bulk too!)
- aduki beans (I'd never seen these before, I'm enjoying them in salads this week!)
- ginger chunks
- Quest bars (I keep seeing these on blogs and have wanted to try - they're good!)
- a small baggie of blue and red popcorn kernels (also sold in bulk)
- kettle corn popcorn seasoning
- truffle salt (at $50 a pound, I only got about a tablespoon to try!)
- lime salt
- freshly ground honey roasted peanut butter (to DIE for - they have a thing of nuts and you grind it yourself!)

Cold stuff I came home with:
- rainbow chard
- dinosaur kale
- power greens (a mix of baby spinach, baby kale, and baby chard
- Roasted Red Pepper dressing
- champagne mangoes
- cucumbers
- wild caught shrimp (hard to find in regular stores)
- SoDelicious Unsweetened Vanilla Coconut Milk (you know I love my coconut milk, and I've never seen this kind before - but this purchase alone was worth the trip - it is SO GOOD!!!)

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Weekly Recap + Progress Update

 On Monday, my favorite local running store (Flying Feet) hosted a Run For Boston event along with running stores across the country.  There were around 200 people there to run/walk 2 miles for Boston!

 Wednesday morning I hit another scale milestone! 80 pounds lost!  I've never seen the 160's on the scale before - so exciting!!

Friday night and Saturday I was in Pittsburgh with Girlfriend Getaway, the women's ministry team I work with.  We had a great weekend of worship, teaching, eating, and laughing!

Saturday night I spent an hour and 40 minutes at this magnificent Whole Foods north of Pittsburgh.  It was blissful!!  I spent a good 30 minutes in the produce and bulk section alone.  Then I piled a plate with goodies from their salad and hot bar for dinner!  I have a whole blog coming on this trip alone - it was so fun for me!!

Workout Recap:
Mon - 2 runs: 3.06 hilly route with a friend, then 2 for Boston
Tue - strength
Wed - 3.1 in 29:33 (tempo run!)
Thur - strength + 30 min elliptical
Fri - 3 miles
Sat - rest
Sun - 6.2 miles

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Weekly Recap

Happy Sunday!  It's a beautiful, though a little chilly, day here in PA!  I enjoyed the sunshine with a hike this afternoon.  My knee has been acting up this week so I wanted to give it a break from pounding the pavement!  This is the view from one of the areas on my hike.


This week marked the fastest 5k I've ever done!  It wasn't an official race.  This was done on the day of the Boston marathon, when many runners (including myself) did our runs for the day for Boston.

Saturday morning I ran a 5k with some friends.  My "official time" was just over 30 minutes.  However, my RunKeeper app had me at 3.35 miles - so it was .2 more than a 5k!  This was a cross country course, which provided some challenges, but was also a good change from the road.

Today I prepped my salads for the week!!  Last week, I took a salad break.  I ate turkey wraps, PopChips, and cut up veggies for lunch every day.  Today I prepped these bad boys.  Pomegranate Vinaigrette, butter beans, feta cheese, balsamic chicken, cukes, carrots, and spinach! 

This week's workouts:
Monday - 3.1 run
Tuesday - 2.62 (1/10 of a marathon for Boston!) and strength
Wednesday - 3.1 run (intervals)
Thursday - strength + 30 minutes on the elliptical
Friday - rest
Saturday - 5k race + 1 hour boot camp class
Sunday - 3.3 hike

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Roasted Veggie Quinoa Salad

I made this recipe up over the weekend to take to a friend's house, who had a baby in October.  She is eating mostly dairy free due to her son's reflux and her husband is eating mostly gluten free. This recipe is both, and it's delish!

1 cup quinoa (rinsed with cold water - don't skip this, it removes the bitter tasting outer coating)
2 cups water
2 small zucchini, sliced
1 pint sliced baby bella mushrooms
1 pint grape tomatoes
1 tbsp Trader Joe's 22 Seasoning Salute (or any mixed seasoning blend)
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar (more if you'd like!)
1-2 tbsp olive oil
1 lb chicken breast
1/4-1/2 cup Annie's Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette

1. Marinate your chicken breasts overnight or for a few hours.  I marinated mine in a mix of balsamic vinegar (about 1/4 cup), olive oil (a few tablespoons), agave (a drizzle), liquid aminos (gluten free soy sauce, a tbsp or so), garlic salt, and pepper.
2.  Grill the chicken or bake it in the oven.  Allow to cool.
3.  Toss the  veggies with the olive oil, balsamic, and 22 Seasoning Salute.  Roast at 425 until the tomatoes begin to burst and the zucchini is soft and browning.  Allow the veggies to cool.
4.  Rinse the quinoa.  Bring the quinoa and water to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the liquid is absorbed.  (you cook quinoa just like you cook rice)
5.  Mix all of the cooled ingredients together and toss with 1/4 cup of dressing.  Taste the mixture and add more dressing if you'd like.
6.  Salt and pepper as needed.  
7.  Serve topped with crumbled goat cheese.

This is just a basic recipe, but you can really use any veggies you choose!  You could also eliminate the chicken to make this a vegan recipe, or serve as a side dish.  This would work with any dressing, too.  I bet it would be awesome with roasted tomatoes, eggplant, mushrooms, a few olives, and a Greek dressing with feta cheese!  

Basically, try making your favorite pasta salad recipe, but substituting quinoa for the pasta!  You'll get a nutritional boost!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

We Are Runners

The entire running community has been tweeting and posting about Boston for weeks. Not because of tragedy, but because of triumph - because just qualifying to run Boston is a feat few of us will ever accomplish. So yesterday, runners everywhere were watching TV coverage and tracking finish times like NCAA fans do during March Madness.

But, of course, that all changed in an instant. Suddenly, instead of tracking finish times, people were using those sites to locate loved ones. Instead of running towards the finish, people were fleeing in fear.

So today, runners around the world are uniting - we are wearing race shirts and/or blue and yellow to support our fellow runners in Boston. We will run our runs today for Boston.

Running isn't known as a "team sport", but it is. If you're a runner, we're on the same team. We root for each other, encourage each other, help each other, and when we don't know what else to do - we run for each other.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Weekly Recap (4/14/2013)

It's a new week and the weather around here lately has been FANTASTIC!  Seriously - this weekend?!  Can the weather be like this ALWAYS?  It was in the mid-60's with blue sky and sunshine yesterday - perfect running weather!

Last week was kind of a killer though - it was state testing week here in PA!  Some schools split it into two weeks, and are still testing this week, but we did all 6 sessions last week.  It was nice to be back to a normal routine today!

Here's some happenings and my workouts from the week:

My first order from iHerb!  They sell a lot of great organic/natural products online, including some of my favorite nut butters that aren't in my local stores.  They also sell bulk spices, teas, supplements, grocery items, plus tons of other stuff!  Check it out and use the discount code JHM501to receive $10 off! (Plus shipping is free on orders over $40)

Two of my favorite things from this order were the Justin's Vanilla Almond Butter and the Cacao Bliss.  I'm a big fan of Justin's, and the chocolate almond butter they make is one of my favorites.  The vanilla is so good too!!  The Cacao Bliss - OMG...this tastes like an Almond Joy. It's basically cacao flavored coconut butter.  It is high in fat, but REALLY low in sugar (which surprised me because it tastes really sweet).  I've been putting a tablespoon in my Green Monster in the morning and I feel like I'm drinking an Almond Joy.

Made this "Roasted Veggie Quinoa Salad" for lunch with some of my gal pals on Saturday.  It was yummy - I'll post the recipe this week!

One of the fun things about losing weight has been breaking out of my fashion comfort zone.  Purple pants with a mustard cardi?  Wouldn't have done that before.  It's so much fun!!

Ate my breakfast, lunch, and dinner outside on Sunday.  Plus spent a lot of time outside running, mowing, and doing schoolwork!  It was perfect!!

Quinoa for breakfast Sunday.  Seriously, quinoa is awesome.  This breakfast quinoa was a little bit of Justin's vanilla almond butter, cinnamon, craisins, and banana.  I also had quinoa in a burrito for lunch.  I love me some quinoa!!

Monday: 3.1 miles (32:43 - ran on a cross country course for the 1st time, it was tough!!)
Tuesday: 1.2 miles + strength circuit (whole body)
Wednesday: 3.0 miles (the day of the junk food incident - ugh, bad memories!)
Thursday: whole body strength circuit
Friday: 3.25 miles (34:47, ran with my training pals so we could vent our stress from the week!)
Saturday: REST (felt so good!!)
Sunday: 5 miles (50:50 - felt great!)

One of the best parts of the past few days is that I've gotten over 8 hours of sleep the past 3 nights!!!  I love my sleep!!  Here's to a new week!!  Anyone doing anything fun??

Friday, April 12, 2013

Pinterest Recipe Reviews

One of my April goals is to get out of my recipe rut and try some new things.  I've been testing some recipes I've pinned on Pinterest, so I thought I'd share my reviews with you!

from Fitness Magazine via Pinterest
This recipe was really easy to put together, and it tasted awesome!  I loved the mix of spices. I tend to stick to typical savory spices, so it was fun to mix it up with the cinnamon.  I didn't have currants, so I used dried cherries instead.  This was a great dish that I'll definitely make again!

This recipe is AWESOME.  It has that great, comforting, spicy taste of an Italian dish without the heavy carbs.  I used 1/3 pound of grass fed ground beef in mine, because it's what I had on hand.  Also, the recipe calls for 3 TBSP of Italian seasoning but I think that's wrong.  I'd add it a teaspoon at a time and see what you think.  The best part of this recipe is that 1/4 of a 9x13 pan is 295 calories!  Also, it makes great leftovers.  Another winner!

These were so easy and so delicious!!  I was pretty skeptical that just bananas and oats would actually work, but they did!!! I also added a tablespoon of powdered peanut butter and 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips.  These definitely satisfy a sweet craving!

 The dressing that goes with this salad is AWESOME!! I made this mason jar style and used toasted walnuts instead of pecans.  The flavor combination was just delicious.

from Cooking Classy via Pinterest
I made a big batch of these during the weekend and froze them in pairs. I didn't add as much sweetener as it called for, and I'm glad. They'll make a great savory pancake too that I could use for dinner in place of a bread!  They're hearty and packed with whole grains and protein. I'm not sure I'll make these again, but they're definitely more nutrient dense than plain old pancakes!

Thursday, April 11, 2013


Sometimes I think eating junk food is a good idea...

It's almost 90 degrees in April.  I'm running along the trail getting started on a tempo run.  I'm excited because the weather is finally warm.  So warm, in fact, that I'm running in a tank top and shorts.  I'm especially excited about the shorts - because it's fun to be able to run in shorts without chafing (sorry if that's TMI, but I know there are a bunch of you out there who know what I mean!). 

Then I hit about mile 1.5 and my legs turn to lead.  I can feel the junk food sloshing around in my stomach and I am immediately angry at myself for eating it.  And I'm not talking just a handful of junk.  I'm talking 3 donut holes, a handful of M&M's, several Hershey miniatures, pretzels, goldfish crackers, other chocolate, a handful of chocolate covered almonds...I could go on. 

The funny thing is, I used to eat like this pretty frequently.  Gee, I wonder why I weight 250 pounds?!?  But, I haven't eaten like this in a long time and I could feel it!

I'm running along, trying to do a speed workout, and all I can feel is junk food.  Between the heat, my lead legs, and my junk food belly - I just quit.  For the first time since I really started running, I stopped and started walking.  I walked about a half mile of the run - and the more I walked, the angrier I got, and the faster I walked - until I started running again. 

I felt awful and gross.  I was mad at myself because I ate all of that crap.  I was mad at myself because I quit running.  But yet, I also thought about this:  I started running again.  I was running in SHORTS.  I've lost 76.8 pounds.  I had ONE bad day.

Funny, the topic at youth group last night was "choices" - and how the little choices we make add up to big things.  The little choice I made to eat one piece of junk food, and then the little choice to eat another, and another - and before I knew it, I had gone overboard. 

It's true - with every small GOOD choice you make, it gets easier to make GOOD choices.  And the same goes for bad choices. 

So, if you feel like making the good choice is exhausting - it is.  But I promise, with each good choice you make, it will get easier!  And then when you do make the bad choice (hello junk food mania!!), you will feel it...and you'll remember why you started making those GOOD choices in the first place.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The "Kitchen Sink" Bowl

I'm a big fan of the "bowl" style dinner.  Basically, a "bowl" for me is a ton of veggies (sauteed or grilled), a grain of some sort, maybe a meat or beans, and seasonings. 

Bowls make great dinners (or lunches) because:
  • they're super fast and easy
  • they take only one pan (if you have the other stuff pre-cooked)
  • you can put in LOTS of veggies so it makes a huge serving for not a lot of calories
  • it's a great way to use up random things in your fridge- throw in everything but the kitchen sink! (hence the name!)
  • you can put anything that you like in it - make it to suit your tastes and dietary needs!

I made a big batch of quinoa this weekend, plus chopped a bunch of veggies so I was ready to go.  I also wanted to use up some leftover beans and some veggies that were nearing the end of their shelf life.  

Monday night's bowl: garlic, onion, peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, grape tomatoes, Swiss chard (leaves only), chickpeas, black beans, and quinoa sauteed with salsa, cumin, and turmeric.  I topped it with sliced avocado and some cheddar cheese.

Tuesday night's bowl: garlic, onion, peppers, zucchini, Swiss chard (stems and leaves), asparagus, sauteed with cumin, turmeric, pepper, and Trader Joe's 22 Seasoning Salute.  I topped it again with avocado and cheese.

Jen at Peanut Butter Runner is also a bowl fan, check out some of her bowls here!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Salad in a Jar Ideas

I've been making "mason jar salads" nearly every week for the past several months.  I prep them on Sundays and then I have healthy, grab and go lunches for every day of the work week! I get questions about them frequently, so I thought I'd go ahead and answer some of them today!

Do they REALLY stay fresh?
Yes! My Friday salad is just as fresh as my Monday salad.  The ingredients towards the bottom do end up slightly more flavored, because they're sitting in the dressing, but the lettuce doesn't get the least bit soggy!

How do you eat them?
I pack a reusable plastic bowl in my lunch box.  I just dump the salad out and stir! 

Do they take a long time to assemble?
Nope!  I line up my 5 jars, prep my ingredients, and make an assembly line.  I use the baby greens in the plastic clamshell containers from the grocery store, so I'm not chopping and washing lettuce.  I also use pre-shredded carrots. 

Where do you get the jars?
I bought wide mouth Ball jars in the canning section of my grocery store.  The problem is, they only sold them in packs of 12.  But, I used some for Christmas gifts.  Then I use a few for storage, and one I topped with a lid from the MackMade Etsy shop and I use it as my drinking glass at home!  You could always buy a pack and split them with someone!

What do you put in them?
Any salad you like!  I layered this Kale, Blood Orange, and Quinoa salad from Edible Perspective last week.  This graphic shows you some general guidelines for assembly:

Some of the things I've done are:

-roasted red pepper dressing, chickpeas, cukes, peppers, feta, grilled chicken, carrots, lettuce (in that order)
-raspberry vinaigrette dressing, cukes, peppers, goat cheese, Craisins, quinoa, carrots, spinach
-salsa, black beans, quinoa, avocado (chopped and tossed with lime juice), carrots, lettuce (this week's!)
-Caesar dressing, cukes, chicken, Parmesan cheese, romaine lettuce (add croutons when served)
-balsamic vinaigrette, black beans, cukes, peppers, hard boiled egg, cheese, carrots, lettuce

You can really do anything in the jar.  Just put the dressing in first, then the "hearty bits" (beans, cukes, peppers), followed by more delicate stuff, meat, cheese, and then I layer the shredded carrots right before my lettuce to make sort of a barrier.

Try it yourself and let me know how it turns out!!!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Weekly Recap

It was a pretty nice weekend here in Southern PA!  I think we've finally put winter behind us.  It was sunny and in the 50s/60s this weekend!  It was windy, but at least it wasn't snowing!!!

Saturday I did a local 5k with my running pals, Dawn and Laura.  I finished at right around 30:00.  My 5k PR is 29:43, so I was really close!  The course was REALLY hilly, so I'm pleased with that time!

The rest of my workout week looked like this:
Monday: 4 miles (in 39 minutes - a record!)
Tuesday: strength training + 3.17 miles with Barb and Laura (easy miles on a flat trail)
Wednesday: 3 miles (this run was awful - it was so windy!!)
Thursday: strength training
Friday: rest day (I did walk 1.8 miles at a really slow pace, just to enjoy the sunshine!)
Saturday: 5k race (30:00)
Sunday: 4 miles (40:36)

This week, the weather is supposed to be BEAUTIFUL!  I even saw 80 on the 10 day forecast!  Woah baby!  I'm going to try my first real trail run.  Trail running is something I want to start doing to mix it up.  I might take a boxing class at the gym on Friday, too.  

Here's to a new, SPRING week!  What's on your schedule this week?

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Eating Out

One of the things that can be a struggle when you're watching what you eat, or even just choosing to eat clean, is the dreaded restaurant visit.  There are actually very few restaurants I will frequent now.  I used to LOVE Chili's, but I can't even tell you the last time I went there. Somehow the idea of mass produced chain restaurant food isn't as appealing anymore.

Two chain restaurants I will visit are Starbucks, SweetFrog, Panera Bread and Chipotle.  Especially Chipotle - I love me some of that!! (more on that later in this post)

Reasons I like these places...
  • Starbucks: you have control over what goes into your drink!  You can choose the type of milk (though their cow's milk is conventional), amount of sweetener, even the temperature!  I like a tall, soy latte - no foam, kid temperature (not too hot!). It's 130 calories, so it's a great drink that doesn't blow my calorie budget.  They also have easy to use nutritional info on their website.
  • SweetFrog: again, this is about control for me.  I can choose a smaller portion of their awesome frozen yogurt and top it with the fruit selections and a tablespoon of chocolate chips.  It's still a ton of sugar and a good chunk of my calories, but it satisfies the ice cream craving in a much healthier manner than a DQ Blizzard!
  • Panera Bread: Their salads are awesome.  I don't stop here that often, but I do know it's a great "safe" place.  I can get the "you pick two" with a salad and one of their lower calorie soups, and have a great lunch or dinner!  They also have good nutritional info on their website.
  • Chipotle: Oh, how I love Chipotle.  I think I eat there about once a week.  Again - I love the control Chipotle gives you over your order.  Plus, their food is high quality, local and organic if possible. 

How I Eat Chipotle for 315 Calories

I can eat Chipotle without blowing my calorie budget because I've gotten my order down to about 315 calories.  Chipotle has an awesome nutrition calculator on their website!  Now, obviously this information isn't entirely accurate and depends on the amount of food your restaurant slaps into the bowl.

Here's my order: black beans, fajita veggies (I always ask for double), mild salsa, lettuce, guacamole.

I started lowering my calorie consumption at Chipotle by really thinking about what I was actually tasting when I ate there.  The first thing to go was the tortilla shell.  The flour tortilla shell alone is 290 calories!!  The second thing to go was the cheese.  Do you REALLY taste that shredded cheese?  Try it without next time and see.  I found that I didn't.  Goodbye 100-150 calories. 

I do like the rice, and if I have the calories in my day's budget, I'll get brown rice.  Otherwise, I skip it purely to save calories.  Next thing I ditched was the meat.  I traded the meat calories for guacamole.  The guac has a lot of flavor, adds healthy fat, and I don't miss the sour cream because of how creamy their guac is.  If you get a veggie bowl at Chipotle, guacamole is included in the price. 

So that's something to think about when you're eating out.  What things do you REALLY TASTE when you're eating?  If you can't taste something in the food - ask for your order without it! 

I Lived

I recently downloaded the new OneRepublic album and heard a song that had me in tears on the first listen.

I think if Isaac could have written me a song before he died, he'd have written one like this


Hope when you take that jump
You don't feel the fall
Hope when the water rises
You built a wall
Hope when the crowd screams
They're screaming your name
Hope if everybody runs
You choose to stay

Hope that you fall in love

And it hurts so bad
The only way you can know
You gave it all you had
And I hope that you don't suffer
But take the pain
Hope when the moment comes,
You'll say

I did it all
I did it all
I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places, the things that I did
Yeah with every broken bone
I swear I lived

Hope that you spend your days

And they all add up
And when that sun goes down
Hope you raise your cup
Oh, oh oh
I wish that I could witness
All your joy
And all your pain
But until my moment comes
I'll say

I did it all

I did it all
I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places, the things that I did
Yeah with every broken bone
I swear I lived

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

When It's Tough

I was feeling a bit of a funk today.  It is "weigh-in Wednesday", and after a few weeks of being less careful with my food, I was up a half pound.  Now, that's not much - and I know there's a million factors that contribute to it, and I was actually expecting a little more of a gain.  In some ways, it was good to let go a little.  But, I get frustrated by the gains, too. 

Then I went for a run after school.  I went to a local park that has great, paved, measured paths.  The wind was AWFUL.  I was supposed to be doing speed intervals, but I ended up just plain running.  At mile 1, I seriously contemplated quitting.  My legs were tired, I was on my 3rd say in a row of running, but I just kept repeating "the only way you get better is to keep going" in my mind. 

See, this journey isn't just about the times you lose 5 pounds in a week or run the fastest you've ever run.  It's about the days like this - when the scale goes the wrong way and your legs feel like lead and you've picked this day to eat no chocolate.  These are the days that make you or break you.  These are the days where my old self would've stopped at Sheetz on the way home and ordered a burrito and fries, and probably gotten something for dessert too.  But I didn't quit at mile 1, and I didn't stop for fast food, and even though I'm still tired - I'm proud that I made the right choices.  That's what the journey is about - taking one step at a time in the right direction. 

And really - I've come a long way, baby! 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

April Goals

It's hard to believe it's already time for new monthly goals!  2013 is flying by so far!!

Here's a check in with my March goals:
  1.  Get more sleep - I did okay with this for the first two weeks, but then with the "big race" and the time change, I ended up getting about 6 hours of good sleep each night.  I am still working on it!
  2. Consistent weekly runs - The 2 weeks leading up to the half, I did okay with this.  The 2 weeks after the half, I did great!  I ran 3-4 miles several times both weeks.  It felt great!
  3. Stop spending calories on empty food.  I did not hit the chocolate at work for over a week straight!  I'm getting better at spreading my calories across my day more so I don't end up with 300 calories I can use for chocolate at the end of the day.

And now for some fresh goals for April:
  1. PR (Personal Record) in a 5K
  2. Run a mile in under 9 minutes (9:09 is my fastest mile so far)
  3. Weekly speed work runs
  4. Consistent 1400-1600 calorie days.  I've been going towards the 1800-2000 calorie days too frequently and it's slowing my progress.
  5. No TV during the week.  I was great about this all school year but have slacked off a little in the last month.  Skipping TV during the week really helps me stay organized, gives me more time for reading, and I think I sleep better too.
  6. Try more new recipes!  I have so many fun recipes pinned on my Pinterest Recipe board that I want to try, but I've been getting stuck in a rut.  I'm great at making one person meals, but I want to get back to trying new recipes.
Fun hiking at Walnut Creek Park in Charlottesville, VA over Easter with my college pal, Kellie!