06-28-2013

My Favorite Healthy Recipes

Happy Friday everyone! One more week until 4th of July weekend! Who’s got any exciting/fun plans?

Today, I wanted to write about my favorite recipes that I have blogged about individually before, but you may have missed. A lot of recipes I have posted are things I make on a regular basis and love to eat…so why not share? :)

Let’s jump right into it!

{Protein Pancakes}

As you know, I made this recently and LOVE it. SO fluffy and delicious.

{Taco Salad}

This is a weekly staple for us and so quick & easy to make. You can add so many different toppings and try to make your own Chipotle burrito bowl ;)

{Chicken Mozzarella with Spinach & Chickpeas}

Another staple…and another quick one to make. It’s delicious with the cheese melted on top and with spinach or mixed greens. I had this yesterday actually, but had cannelini beans instead of chickpeas…you could use whatever you want as toppings!

{Green Smoothie}

This is my go-to smoothie recipe. I use water or almond milk, spinach or kale, whatever fruit I have, and almond butter. Soooo delicious and creamy!

{Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf}

I actually haven’t made this in a while but I need to start again! A great, healthy variation to normal meatloaf.

Do you have a favorite recipe? A go-to? Please share, I love trying new recipes!

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06-26-2013

Health/Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

It has been thunderstorming every afternoon here in NJ this past week…anyone else? I personally love summer storms…as long as I don’t need to run outside to get to my car or anything! :-P

Here are your health links for today:

What’s your favorite meal of the day?

 

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06-25-2013

Cardio + Strength Workouts

For the past three weeks, I have been challenging myself with cardio/strength workouts in place of running. I needed a break from running before starting marathon training next week.

I got inspiration from my friend Courtney, who does small group training every week. I have gone a few times and those workouts are hardcore!

I made three different workouts that I would do for three weeks, and track my progress. I did 2-3 sets of each exercise for 1 minute and counted how many reps I could do with good form. It was a total body workout with cardio worked in to really get my heart rate soaring.

Here’s an example of the workout I did on Mondays, and finished up yesterday. Only two more workouts to go this week then it’s back to running! As you can see, I did progress! Though other workouts have more progress, but I will post a wrap-up at the end of the week.

I also increased my weight for this past week which is why some numbers are a bit lower, but they are still close to my beginning numbers! After each workout, I was literally dripping in sweat. Loved it! Sad I will have to cut back on these once training starts.

Here is week 1 and week 2:

 

And here are yesterday’s results (week 3):

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I want to do a workout video with one of these workouts because those reverse lunge jumps are killer, along with other moves I’ve done as well!

Have you ever done HIIT/crossfit/cardio&strength type workouts? Do you like that or lifting heavy better?

 

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06-24-2013

Motivational Monday!

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Sorry for the delayed post today! It’s been a crazy day so far and as I write this I’m sitting in the DMV waiting for my number (29) to be called…and they’re only on 15. Awesome!

Anyways, this quote is currently my background. I love it. It reminds me that no matter what you want, you need to work hard. My friend and I are starting a healthy eating challenge today because our goals are to lower our body fat. As hard as it can be sometimes, you need to work at it to achieve your goals. Same with working out, running…whatever it is!

What will you be working hard on this week?

06-21-2013

Marathon Training Starts in 1 Week!

And I am so nervous!!

I started laying out my training plan last night and was getting excited. I should probably get in a few runs this week…

Also, my mom and I will be canning starting tomorrow at our local grocery store. We did a lot of this in 2011 to fundraise for Team Reeve, and this time around we are doing it for Team DetermiNation of the American Cancer Society!

 

For the most part, people are very generous…sometimes you get some crazy people who just like to get angry for no reason.

I’m incredibly nervous for marathon training to begin because I will be trying to run 6 days a week. At least for the first 5 weeks, I get 2 off days per week, which will be nice because one of those weeks I will be in Myrtle Beach!

How many days do you usually train for a marathon?

Anyone else running the New York City Marathon?

I’m so pumped and excited for this race, and really, REALLY hope that it will be better than 2011. I love that my mom is doing it with me and that we can share this experience together, from fundraising, to training, to actually running the race!

If you would like to make a donation to our team, please do so here! We greatly appreciate any amount, large or small! Our fundraising goal is $3,000 :)

Thank you everyone and happy 1st day of summer!!! (and happy Friday!!!)

 

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06-19-2013

Thinking Out Loud: Can You Be “Fat” But Fit?

So I posted this link on my Facebook a few weeks ago, called “Can You Be Fat But Fit?” I have meant to write something about it for a while but just never got around to it.

Then, I read Cori’s post (she blogs at Olive To Run) about accepting your weight for what it is, and it got me thinking.

PS – Go read her post (linked above), it is a lot more inspirational than my short blurb about it!

Anyway, it got me thinking about how I have been stressing a bit about my weight. After half marathon training ended, I gained a little bit of weight because I let myself slack in terms of eating. I have not been happy with my body, but I’m working to get back on track.

The article I mentioned by Yahoo discusses this issue of being “overweight” or have a bit extra body fat, and whether or not that means your healthy or not.

You would think it would mean that you aren’t as healthy as someone who is thinner, right? Wrong.

 ”What we’re learning is that a body that exercises regularly is generally a healthy body, whether that body is fat or thin,” says Glenn Gaesser, PhD, a professor of exercise and wellness at Arizona State University and the author of Big Fat Lies: The Truth About Your Weight and Your Health. “The message should really be that if you are exercising regularly, you shouldn’t necessarily be looking at the scale to determine how healthy or fit you are,” Gaesser says.

I know this from first-hand experience. When I went to get a check-up, I told my doctor about my concerns. I was a few pounds heavier. My body fat percentage is on the higher end. But she took all my vitals, did extensive blood tests…and they all came back fine. In fact, my HDL levels (good cholesterol) are high, which is really good for my heart health.

So what does this mean? Ignore the scale! You may feel like you have weight or inches to lose, but don’t let that negativity overshadow the positivity of what you’re doing. You’re running. You’re lifting. You’re lifting heavy. You’re cycling. Think of all that next time you bring yourself down when looking in the mirror.

Also, let’s just not forget that the number on the scale means nothing in general because you may have gained weight but in fact it is muscle weight. I prefer to use body fat percentages and tape measurements to track progress.

While I may be a few pounds heavier than I have been in the past, and my body fat percentage is higher than it should be, I AM fit. I am able to run miles upon miles…I am able to lift and do yoga…well…kinda…

And I need to remember all of this next time I start to get negative.

Do you sometimes let the number on the scale affect you? What do you think about this?

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06-19-2013

Health/Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

I seriously can’t believe next week is basically the end of June. Does anyone else feel like this summer is flying by??? I’m going on vacation in July, so that can’t come soon enough, but at the same time I don’t want summer to end!

Here are your health links for today:

Do you exercise outdoors during the summer? What’s your favorite activity?

 

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06-17-2013

Motivational Monday!

Happy Monday! New week…new opportunity to get after your goals.

I mentioned in my marathon training post that I will be doing a new training plan…and I’m terrified! No, seriously, as I was reading about this plan, I had a knot in my stomach of nervousness. But I knew it was the right thing to try…so now I’m scared…and excited at the same time.

I found this quote and really found it relevant:

il_fullxfull.249645986Whatever it is your pursuing this week, it may scare you, but it’s worth it in the end. My goals will be lifting 3x this week, running 2-3x, and eating healthy all week AND into the weekend (unlike this past weekend). But still nothing has scared me more than starting this new marathon training plan in 2 weeks. Will I be able to do it? Will I finish NYC Marathon in under 5 hours, which was my original goal in 2011 before everything went wrong? Will I get sick of running along the way? I hope not…

What scares you currently? How are you “saddling up?”

 

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06-14-2013

Trying A New Marathon Training Plan

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I have been putting off finding a marathon training plan…mainly because there are so many options and so many theories that I knew coming up with my own plan would take time.

Randomly, I stumbled across a blogger who used the Hanson’s Marathon Method.

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I had obviously heard of the Hanson brothers before, and was intrigued. Her post described how the plan was challenging and helped her PR…and only had a long run of 16 miles.

Wait, what???

Yup. 16 miles.

But that is not the main point of the training plan. The Hanson’s believe in cumulative fatigue when it comes to marathon training. They want you running every day (and a decent amount ranging from 6-10 miles) so that your legs are always somewhat fatigued. Taking a day off (according to them) before a long run won’t help you in the marathon. They prepare you for the last 16 miles of the race, not the first 16.

The reason the long run is around 16 miles is because so many plans say don’t make the long run half of your weekly mileage…yet for us mere mortals, running 20 miles in one day probably IS half our mileage. They want you to stick to the 25-30% rule…so if you run a decent amount then yes, you will still have your 20 milers.

For me, this is a good premise because I am not the fastest runner. I am on the road a lot longer than someone running 7 minute miles (if only).

Also, I know that to improve I need to run more. Period. I usually run 4 days a week and this clearly hasn’t cut it for longer distances. Despite nailing my long runs in half marathon training, I still bonked in the actual race.

So what does the quote at the beginning of this post have to do with? Well, I’m terrified! This plan calls for 6 days of running with 1 day off. I’m scared because I’ve never ran this much (except for high school cross country) and because I’m scared of hurting my shins. But I am trusting it because half of the runs in the plan are easy and recovery runs, which should be run at a way slower pace. Though that will be hard in and of itself!

I know this will be challenging, but I’m excited at the same time. It will require some blood (hopefully not), sweat, and tears (of joy?). It will be the most I have run (peaks at 57 miles per week) and also the most I will be running on a daily basis. But I am DETERMINED to not totally bonk at NYC Marathon again like I did in 2011. That was awful.

I highly recommend reading their book as it explains everything in way more detail and offers the science behind it all.

We’ll see what happens! I start training July 1 so I guess I should get in a few runs in before then since I haven’t ran since May 18 lol.

Who’s running a fall marathon? What kind of training will you be doing? How many days per week do you usually run in general?

06-13-2013

New Workout Playlist!

Decided to switch up the design of my playlist. I’ve been loving Jason Derulo’s new song lately…as well as the Time Flies song!

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Do you have a song that you won’t get sick of no matter how many times you listen to it?

 

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