Eat, Eat, Eat.

How is it already another weekend? The last month has completely flown by! After 3 weeks of long races, I thought I would be looking forward to a race-less weekend and a lot of rest but I’m totally feeling down about having nothing to do! Well, not NOTHING to do, since I’m doing the 5 mile Breast Cancer walk tomorrow but you know what I mean 😉 There is still time to donate if you can!

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So besides a spin class Tuesday morning (my 1st in FOREVER) I didn’t work out all week. It felt pretty great up until yesterday when I was ready to run on my day off, then I slept in until NOON?! I apparently needed 12+ hours of sleep and had no time to fit in a run since I had tons of homework and a CPR class to go 3 hours from my waking time. I am now officially CPR/AED certified so I can begin auditioning for spin positions and possibly save your life if need be! Don’t quote me on that though…

Lack of workouts this week but no lack of delicious food. I figured if I’m gonna be lazy I might as well eat like junk too, right? One week every few months of total laziness is 100% needed (for me) to regroup and get motivated for new goals. Let’s just say I’m looking forward to going back to ZERO dairy again starting Monday. I haven’t had all that much but apparently 2 custards this week are enough to pretty much kill me.

I mean, it’s fall flavor time at Shake Shack… how are you supposed to say no?

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Cinnamon pear cobbler with roasted apples on Monday night. I look possessed and I probably am.

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Candied apple with roasted apples last night. The best thing (or at least ice cream thing) I’ve ever tasted.

I also had some vegetables yesterday! But yesterday was pretty much the only day I had them all week. Oops.

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I should really apologize for this picture but here are the facts: I was running 20 minutes late to CPR class and only had eaten oatmeal and it was 3:30 PM. I ordered this wrap from Tasty Deli, a local in my ‘hood, and CANNOT wait to eat this again. Spinach wrap with grilled veggies (a TON), feta and honey mustard. I ate it on the subway and had sauce all over my face and could not have cared less. WaHi knows their wraps, yo.

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Last night before the custard and after the CPR class (did I mention I can save your life now?) we chowed down at Island Burger. This place has amazing sandwiches and the 2nd best regular fries in NYC (1st for me is Brindle Room). Last night I kept it simple with a BLT minus the mayo and add avocado. The tomatoes on this were so fresh and it totally hit the spot. How can one go wrong with bacon? Ya can’t.

As always, oatmeal for breakfast erryday. Throwing on fall toppings makes it a whole new experience.

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Banana chia oats with cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, honey, PB and apple butter.

NEEDED pancakes for dinner Tuesday night. Used Amanda’s recipe for super fat and fluffy ones.

  • 3 TBSP coconut flour
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp extract of choice (i use vanilla)
  • 1 TBSP greek yogurt (plain or flavored)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 8 drops of stevia

Make sure batter is THICK for the fluffiest pancakes. You can add extra coconut flour if your batter isn’t thick enough. This makes 4 cute little ‘cakes for me.

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Topped them with sugar-free syrup, coconut PB and sides of banana and turkey bacon. Brinner at it’s finest.

Finally got back on the workout wagon this morning with a quick 2 mile HIIT session on the treadmill and 15 minutes of push-ups and upper body work. Short but super sweaty workout! Trying to get in some miles before the breast cancer walk tomorrow morning, but will not do more than 7 miles. Need a little bit of rest from long distance for this week! 🙂

What deliciousness did you eat this week?

Get Your Shit Together

This week has been very odd for me.

Even though the last few months I haven’t been eating 100% clean and healthy, my workouts have still been on fire. Running, spinning, shredding, etc have been on my schedule at least 6 days per week. Even when I felt down and tired, I didn’t neglect having a crazy sweat session every morning (and some nights). This week was different.

I worked out monday and wednesday. That’s it. 4 miles of running and 2 spin classes. For me, that is pathetic. However, I literally did not hear my alarm go off those other days until I needed to have my ass in the shower and leaving for work. That, to me, is a sign that my body needed that full 7-8 hours of sleep badly. I actually felt alive and well each day and looked so forward to my bed every night. Usually, I am stressed out all day and have been dreading a second work out most nights. I don’t want that to be the case as right now I am trying to lose the 15 pounds I’ve gained and the last thing I need to feel is burnt out on exercise! This break and catching up on sleep was for the best, so I can go into this next week with fresh legs, and get ready to get sore again!

I have created a plan for myself for workouts and rest days that I am going to try to stick to as much as I possibly can. On top of this, I am going to start photographing my eats again because that really kept me accountable. That might also help me spruce things up in the kitchen since I’ve been a little boring on that front lately.

My boss wants me to run 8 miles with her tomorrow morning and I am scared shitless. I haven’t ran more than 5 miles in about 2 months. But I keep telling myself, it’s only 3 miles more so it’s really not that big of a deal. The only thing is it’s going to be 20 degrees. I have lots of winter running clothes, but I have been scared to put them to the test. I guess this is my chance! So. Nervous. That will kick off my new workout plan though! It will look a little something like this:

  • Sundays: long run (7-10 miles)
  • Mondays: strength train + spin
  • Tuesdays: strength train + 5 miles
  • Wednesdays: strengh train + HIIT (3-4 miles)+ optional spin
  • Thursdays: spin or rest
  • Fridays: strength train + 5 miles
  • Saturdays: Rest or short run/yoga

I am going to update more frequently and hold myself accountable again so I can shed this weight and tone up! My birthday is March 29th and I am going to look AMAZING! The difference this time around: I will appreciate and respect my body instead of constantly thinking I’m not thin enough and not eating. I was the smallest I could have ever imagined being not to mention toned up and I was always putting myself down and cycling between practically starving myself and binging. Not this time! This is the most depressing time of year and I have definitely been feeling it, but I am in control of how I feel and I am going to stop feeling down and get my shit together. Simply put, that’s what it’s all about.

How do you “get your shit together” when you know you need an ass kicking?