02-28-2013

Whole30 Update

As I mentioned on Monday, I wanted to try the Whole30 challenge, and I’m still kind of doing that.

What do I mean? Well after 3 days I was hungry a lot! So I have modified it a little to allow for snacking. You’re technically not supposed to snack, you’re supposed to eat meals but I am still hungry all the time. Yesterday I had 4 meals before 4 pm and was still hungry! I have no idea why…

So I’m letting myself have small snacks if I am really hungry. I am always on the go during the week so I need to have snacks ready just in case. Such as fruit (bananas, strawberries, apples) and nuts. Also, I will be eating hummus occasionally because before I started this I bought a huge thing of hummus that expires on March 10. So it’s a small rule I am breaking (eating legumes) but I think in the grand scheme of things will that really effect me? I am all about eating whole, clean, nutritious foods. And organic hummus is that! Other than that, I will follow all of the rules (no grains, no other legumes, no dairy).

March 27 will be 30 days…so we’ll see how it goes! It’s been hard this week to stay motivated to not eat certain things (cereal, chocolate) mainly because I’ve been eating not that great for the past few weeks, but I know it will get better.

Has anyone successfully finished Whole30 or a Paleo challenge? How did you feel?

02-27-2013

Health/Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

It’s been such a busy week that yesterday, I thought yesterday was Wednesday. I have a personal training client on Wednesday mornings, and actually texted her asking her if our session was still on…and realized it was Tuesday AFTER I texted her. Good thing her phone was on silent and I didn’t wake her up!

Anyway, it’s been a crazy week but in a good way. Do you ever have hectic weeks but you love everything you have going on, so you don’t mind?

Well, in case you have some downtime, here’s some healthy info for you today!

Have you tried kale? What are your favorite kale recipes?

02-26-2013

Beef & Veggie Stir Fry

IMG_3775This was a totally spur of the moment meal. I needed to make something that was “Whole30 compliant” so I figured I could do a stir fry with a bunch of veggies I had in the fridge. Here are my ingredients (minus the radishes I didn’t end up using):

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I put the beef in the pot first and browned it. Then I added in the mushrooms:

IMG_3773After that, I added in the crushed tomatoes, garlic, celery, and sweet peppers. I let those simmer for a while before adding in the broccoli last. IMG_3774

I used crushed tomatoes instead of tomato sauce because of all the added ingredients found in tomato sauce. I definitely plan on making some homemade tomato sauce this weekend!

This whole process probably took me 30-40 minutes. So easy! Here’s the full recipe/steps (which served 4 people):

Ingredients:

2 packets of beef squares

8-9 sweet peppers

1 stalk of celery

1 teaspoon of chopped garlic

1 container of crushed tomatoes

1 head of broccoli

1 pack of chopped mushrooms

Steps:

1) Brown the beef. When it is basically almost done, add in the mushrooms. Let the mushrooms cook/simmer for a few minutes. Add garlic and stir.

2) Add crushed tomatoes, peppers, and celery. Let simmer for 10 minutes.

3) Add broccoli. Let simmer for 5-10 minutes (until broccoli is cooked to your liking) before serving.

Enjoy!

Feel free to let me know if you try this!

What are your favorite quick-and-easy dinner recipes?

02-26-2013

Trying the Whole30 Challenge!

The past few weeks I have not been good with my nutrition. I seem to have lost motivation and stopped tracking what I was eating. For the most part I still ate well, probably 60/40 ratio as opposed to 80/20. Though I will admit to having one too many cookies this weekend…

Anyway, I knew I needed a fresh start. I have “gone paleo” before and saw great results both physically and mentally. Which is why I am doing the Whole30 Challenge. For 30 days, I will eat only health, whole, nutritious fruits, and stay away from grains, legumes and dairy. I actually don’t eat much of those anyway because I have a sensitive stomach…so this shouldn’t be too hard! My sweet tooth is what will get me ;)

Yesterday was Day 1. I ate perfectly! I am hoping I can keep this up for 30 days without any cheats as they mention, and then continue to eat healthy after the 30 days are over. I really felt I needed to reset myself and recapture my goal. I know eating healthier, and eating only whole foods will help me achieve my goals, and also help me have more energy for all of the activity I do.

Each week I will post a recap of what I ate as meals in case you’re curious! As an example, here is what I ate yesterday:

Meal 1: 2 eggs + kale and 1/2 a banana smoothie + green tea

Meal 2: 2 turkey sausage links + a ton of mixed greens, alfalfa sprouts, and tomatoes

Meal 3: celery, tomatoes…other 1/2 of banana and handful of cashews. (Ran out of eggs)

Meal 4: Beef stir fry with a ton of veggies. I’ll be posting this recipe later today!

Not bad at all. On workout days I plan on adding an extra meal, since the plan advises you have a pre and post workout meal. I usually don’t have a post-workout meal, as I just wait for dinner, but this will help me get in the habit of replenishing protein and carbs after workouts.

Have you tried the Whole30 challenge? Or done something similar like paleo/primal? Please share some meal ideas!

02-25-2013

Motivational Monday!

Yesterday I watched Miracle with my sister…one of my favorite sports movies. It is so inspiring and motivating. It’s about pursuing your dreams, even when others, and even yourself think they are impossible. I found this quote which went along with this theme:

No matter what your dreams are, believe in them. Even if others don’t get them, or think it’s unrealistic, believe in yourself. Recently, I’ve been “dreaming” about this year in terms of my long distance running. I want, more than anything, to break my PRs in the half marathon and marathon. Mainly, I want to come back with a vengeance and take on New York City after a lackluster performance in 2011. These are my dreams. Sometimes others think I’m crazy, or tell me to stop running because of my shins, or tell me it won’t be possible because of my shin issues…but I believe in my dreams and goals. I have a good feeling 2013 will be a good year =)

What are your dreams for 2013? Do you “believe?”

 

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02-24-2013

Third Time’s A Charm

FINALLY was able to get in my 6 mile run yesterday. After trying on Tuesday and Friday (and failing), I tried one last time on Saturday. I really wanted to get in a 6 miler because my group will be doing 7 miles this Tuesday.

I wasn’t able to complete the runs the 2 times previous because my calves kept burning and getting tight…it felt like lactic acid buildup. I’m not sure why this happened, but I googled it and one of the reasons is possible dehydration? So Friday night I made sure to drink a ton of water before attempting another run on Saturday.

I started off feeling fine but was nervous that once I got further into the run I would start to fade. Surprisingly, I felt great! There were a few hills I was able to climb no problem (thanks to my hill workouts I’ve been doing on the treadmill probably!).

There were 2 times I had to stop for a few seconds to stretch out my calves, but overall it was a good run. I got new Mizuno sneakers too so that helped. Time to ice and do tennis ball rolling up until 7 miles on Tuesday! I can’t believe we have built up to 7 miles again…I don’t think I’ve ran more than 6 since training for the New York City Marathon. Hopefully it goes well!

Here are my splits for my run. I tried to maintain an easy, consistent pace…but wanted to pick it up for the last mile a bit. I like ending a little faster :)

Do you ever have off days, or multiple off days in a row? How do you deal with the frustration?

02-22-2013

Beyond Frustrated

Just a random post I’m writing as I stretch at the gym.

I’m beyond frustrated right now. I attempted six miles again today since I didn’t finish it on Tuesday. Yet again I couldn’t complete it. Barely could do three. My calves started burning and getting tight again.

I seriously have had enough of my shin and problems. I don’t know what to do anymore! It is just so frustrating because I feel great while running minus my calves. I’m not sure why this is happening this week. I need to train for this half marathon yet can barely finish three miles.

Sigh. I just wanted to vent. I’m not sure this problem will ever go away. I have tried everything in the book for shin issues. Nothing.

Rant over.

02-21-2013

Off Days

Some days, you just have off days.

On Tuesday, I met with my half-marathon training class. We had 6 miles planned for the intermediate group, and 4-5 for the beginner group. I really wanted to do 6. Welp…that didn’t happen.

Around 2 miles I started struggling. My calves/achilles area was burning (felt like lactic acid buildup?). I had to stop and stretch a few times but it would come back after a few minutes. This then led to my shins hurting, especially my right one. I ended up turning back early, and did 4.2 miles. Sigh.

I was really disappointed. I hate days like those. Days where everything seems to be working against me. It’s disheartening and frustrating. I’m surprised I even got 4 miles done! I resolved that I would run 6 miles on my own later this week.

Some days I feel awesome. No shin pain, no nothing. Other days, my calves are on fire and my shins feel like they are super tender. It’s really hit or miss. I am so lucky that didn’t happen at the NYC Marathon in 2011…or I’d be furious!

So now I have to run 6 miles on my own…and I better not have any pain! I thought this quote was fitting:

I will need to do this run on my own, but I will get it done. I will push myself when no one else is around. I could easily just do a longer run next week with my group again, but I want to get this done.

Some days you just have off days. But you need to work past them, and remember those days you feel great. I guess not all days, whether it’s running, lifting, etc., can be perfect workout days.

How do you feel when you have an off day?

02-20-2013

Health/Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

Middle of the week! The weekend can’t come soon enough…I have a crazy packed week. Class, work, Social Media Week in NYC on Thursday (ok, this will be fun), and graduate intern interviews all day Friday. So close…

Here’s some great health info for you to check out!

What makes you happy? 30 miles makes Dorothy happy…for me completing my 1st marathon made me happy, and I already have an adrenaline rush thinking of NYC again this November =)

02-18-2013

Alter-G Treadmill Experience

A month or so ago, I won a free assessment at Finish Line Physical Therapy courtesy of Jess from Fit Chick in the City. I was really excited to head into NYC and find out what I can improve/do to be a better runner.

I told my PT about my shin splints and how they never go away. First, he had my run on a treadmill to do their Optojump Gait Analysis. Unfortunately, their cameras weren’t working right (though they got them up and running for my mom so I got to see how they work), so he had to just eyeball it. He told me I am a bit of a heel-striker and that could have an impact on shin splints. For me, the jury is still out on whether I think heel striking is truly bad or if everyone should just run their own natural way. He showed me how to run so I land on my mid-foot, which I actually tried during my run yesterday. Didn’t feel bad and no shin pain…hmmmm….

Then he had me take off me shoes and socks to do different movements, such as walking, walking with toes out, walking with toes in, taking as big of steps as I could, and more. He told me my hips are a little tight which could also cause shin splints. He showed me different stretches which I am excited to try because they are dynamic. Also, they stretch the hip in a lateral plane as well, not just front and back, which I didn’t know I should be doing! He showed my mom more stretches too since her hips are WAY tighter than mine.

And finally…I got to run on the Alter-G Treadmill!

It was awesome. It’s an anti-gravity treadmill that either elite runners use or you can only use if you are getting physical therapy. It’s great if you have injuries because you can lessen the load on your joins when you’re running.

You put on special pants then step into this bubble thing that inflates. You can adjust the percentage of your body weight you want to be running with (100% is obviously as if you were running normally). I set it to 70% and it felt so cool! I was able to run a lot faster without any shin pain at all. I ended up doing 1 mile and did it at 7:30 pace! I wish I could own one of these!

What do you think of heel striking/changing your running form? Have you changed your form?