What I Ate Today

Thursday Sept. 7th 

7:00 A.M. {Breakfast} Cereal 

 

I know, I know, I said I stopped eating cereal in my previous blog. Well, this is one of my favorites, and I purchased it on an impulse last week. I love it drizzled with a little honey, topped with berries and almond milk.

10:00 A.M. {Post-Run Protein Smoothie}

 

I got home from my 9 mile run and the dog was waiting for his morning walk. So I quickly made this smoothie and took it with me on our walk.

12:00 P.M. {Lunch}  Salad

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  • Farro
  • Lettuce of choice – I used a spring mix blend
  • Red Onion
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Feta Cheese
  • Drizzled with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice. sprinkled sea salt and pepper on top

2:00 P.M. {Snack} – Iced coffee & protein bar

 

4:30 P.M. {Pre-Dinner Snack} 

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1/4 of an apple my son was having as an after school snack, 1/2 banana left over from breakfast, and 1 TBSP PB sprinkled with chia seeds.

6:15 P.M. {Dinner} Trader Joe’s Superfood Pilaf

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This was the first time making this pilaf. I wasn’t sure how I wanted to enhance it to make a meal, but I ended up adding a can of black beans. I topped it with a few pumpkin seeds, feta cheese, and tortilla chips on the side. I was going for a Mexican inspired dish, but it was a blend of greek-mexican I guess. It was good but I would think of a different way to serve it next time.

8:00 P.M. {Bedtime Snack} Sonic

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I am generally not an ice-cream person, and it took all my will power not to order mozzarella sticks, but I did have a few bites of my son’s brownie and cookie dough blaster from Sonic. Not going to lie it was pretty darn good!

Hope you had an amazing day! If you like these types of posts let me know. I would like to continue doing them on a weekly or bi-monthly basis if they are interesting….

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Life Happens and it’s name is Harvey

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I have lived in the Houston area 55 days. It has been an adjustment moving from Arizona where I had lived for about 14 years. Anyone who has moved knows it is more work than you think it’s going to be. Selling a house, packing, moving, unpacking, and trying to settle into a new area. Getting my son registered for a new school was quite stressful, and then his much anticipated first day of school came. I was so ready for school to start after the long summer. I wanted to get us back into a routine! All the plans I had of how I was going to spend my time exploring our new town. I was going to get my running routine back, take a yoga class, and maybe even get my hair done! The school year was off and running – for 3 whole days, and then Harvey hit.

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Yes all those wonderful plans I had made were crushed, but that is nothing compared to how devastating the rain and flooding has been on Houston. It wasn’t that actual landfall of the hurricane that was so devastating to Houston, but the rainfall that has lasted for days from the storm. Homes have been destroyed, and streets have been flooded. Both airports have been closed. Even if you wanted to leave the city it is impossible to get out. Stores have been closed, and unable to restock supplies. We have been camped out in our home for 5 days now, and at times I have had a pity party and gotten frustrated at the situation. Then I remind myself that I am one of the lucky ones. I am so fortunate to be sitting in dry clothes and a dry home. People have been forced from their home in the pouring rain, leaving behind all their belongings. It is hard to see any positive in a historical event like this, however the way the communities have come together and supported each other has been profound. IMG_5244

The dark days make the bright ones even brighter. There will be a rainbow after this storm. I’m looking forward to brighter days ahead, but for now I will have faith and patience in the situation and do what I can to support Houston.

Ways you can support those severely impacted by the Hurricane :

Local Fleet Feet running stores are accepting donations of gently-used or new shoes, and also new socks.

More info on Fleet Feet Donations

Monetary donations are the quickest way to support relief efforts. Here is a link to the American Red Cross donation page for more information on supporting Harvey victims.

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In the days and weeks ahead more supplies will be needed, and I’m sure more local communities will collect items to send to Houston so keep an eye out for donation collections in your areas!

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Small Changes for a Big Impact

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I like to continuously work on improving my mind, body and health. Drastic changes are often hard to stick to but little changes can easily become a habit and have a big impact over time. Here are 5 small changes I’ve incorporated into my life.

Push -ups everyday 

Outside of running, I don’t really have a set routine of strength exercises that I do regularly. I try my best to foam roll and stretch, especially right after my run. I also may do a few lunges for warm – up pre-run. However, about a month ago I started doing push-ups everyday. I used to do push-ups here and there when I felt like it, and they were usually always done on my knees. I really hate push-ups so I was unmotivated to do them. They are hard and they hurt, but it’s often the things that we don’t like to do that we probably need to be doing. So I told myself I was going to start doing 3 sets of 10 every single day and gradually work up. I have not progressed to 4 sets of 20 push-ups ALL on my toes. I will keep increasing until I get to 100 total push-ups a day, and I may not stop at that. I can tell I am stronger in my core, arms and back, but more importantly setting aside a few minutes a day to accomplish this goal has made me feel better not only physically but mentally.

Switched out Cereal for Oatmeal 

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I love cereal. Frosted Shredded Wheat is my jam.  I also love Lucky Charms, Life, Cheerios, Cocoa Crispies, oh and the Annie’s Brand of Frosted Flakes are amazing…I love cereal in general. The problem is I can’t eat just one bowl of cereal. I always knew oatmeal was a healthier option, and I should give it try. But there was just one problem, I do not like oatmeal. It’s not so bad in the winter month’s but in the summer it does not appeal to me! However, I knew this was a simple change I could make that would have a big impact on my diet. I stumbled on a brand that I actually do not mind (Better Oats 100 Calorie packets). I miss cereal but I like the way my body feels from the oatmeal. I try to eat a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast 4x a week, and then give myself another option the other days. My other go to breakfast meal is a slice of toast with PB and half a banana.

Saying no to Seconds (& 3rd’s) at Dinner

Dinner is probably my favorite meal of the day. I used to think it had to be the biggest as well. Who wants to stop at one bowl of pasta? However, overeating at dinner was a huge problem for me. Second helpings and even thirds were not uncommon, and neither was going to bed stuffed and waking up full. Once I made the decision to stop at one serving, I  started to feel tons better. I left the dinner table just satisfied, which is not always easy, but at least I wasn’t bloated, uncomfortable and lazy for the rest of the night. Now I wake up hungry which is a good thing!

Becoming a Minimalist

I am a planner by nature due to my Type A personality. I like to meal plan and have a rough plan of what I want to accomplish during the week. That doesn’t mean I’m always efficient in the way I do things, and I can get caught up in daily activities that waste a lot of time.  Quite a few months ago I watched a documentary on Netflix called The Minimalists. I highly recommend it if you haven’t already watched it. It really got me thinking about small changes I could make in my life. Since then I have slowing been transitioning into a more minimalistic lifestyle by eliminating so many unnecessary “things” that are essentially just distractions from what I really care about. By doing this I can spend more time focusing on things I really love and care about! One area I have started minimizing is my wardrobe. I spend less time fussing over what to wear now that my options are narrowed down and organized. The less options the easier the decision! Hard to believe but true.

No Alcohol 

Yeah that’s right, I stopped drinking alcohol. Gasp! And I’m not committing to never having a drink again, but for now I am content without drinking. I’m not suggesting you should quit drinking. I just feel better by eliminating it. I used to drink a glass of wine on most nights, and maybe a few drinks on the weekend. I never felt sick but I didn’t feel amazing either. Life should be fun and enjoyable, and there should be something to look forward to each day. If a glass of wine each night is your treat than that is perfect. My treat is an iced-coffee. I have one almost every afternoon. You can’t eliminate all joy from life so find what really makes you happy and gives you the most satisfaction and enjoy it!

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I’d love to hear what changes you have made in your life that have had a positive impact?

What I Ate Today

Tuesday August 15th, 2017

7:30 A.M. {Morning cup of Joe} with splash of coconut milk

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8:15 A.M. {Breakfast}  Oatmeal

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10:00 A.M. {Pre-Dog Walk & Park with Kiddo} 1 slice of toast w/ PB & 1/8 banana

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The entire banana was bad, this was all I could salvage, usually I would eat half a banana.

11:15 A.M. {Post-Walk / Park} Protein blueberry muffin & Iced-Coffee with Coconut Milk

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I was starving when we got home from the park! I’ve been making these muffins once a month with very ripe bananas. I use the muffin recipe on the Kodiak Cakes box of waffle mix. I substitute out butter and use coconut oil instead. I also use honey or maple syrup instead of brown sugar, and I add in blueberries.

12:15 P.M.  {Snack}  Cottage Cheese 

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Normally I would wait and have lunch around 1 p.m, but I had an appointment today, and then some errands to run. I was already feeling a little hungry and knew by 2-3pm I would be HANGRY if I didn’t eat a snack now.

2:45 P.M. {Lunch} Salad topped with Veggie Burger 

Later lunch than usual, but still my usual go-to salad for lunch. Lettuce blend topped with carrots, beets, avocado, tomato, blue cheese crumbles, raw pumpkin seeds, and a veggie burger. Salad dressing is homemade from the Eat Fast Run Slow Cookbook.

5:30 P.M. {Pre-Track Tuesday Snack} 

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Let’s not pretend, I may have eaten half the box. I also had protein bar. My go to bar before workouts is Health Warrior Chia Bars, and my favorite flavor is Chocolate Peanut Butter. FYI you can use discount code chasing_prs30 for 30% off all products on the Health Warrior Website

9:00 P.M. {Post-Track} Protein Shake

 

Today’s schedule made the time’s I ate at a little off, but I still ate the same food that I typically eat every single day! I keep my diet simple, and like to keep my food options to a minimum. Spending less time worrying about what I’m going to eat and more time focusing on other things. The food I do eat is food I love and actually crave. If I start to feel bored or stop liking the taste of something I bring something new into my routine. By keeping it simple my body knows what to expect. There are no surprises, and I have less stomach issues and discomfort! I love to eat smaller portions more times thru out the day.

Do you follow a routine for meals or do you mix up what you eat each day? What are your favorite snacks, and meals? I love knew ideas!!!

What’s in My Gym Bag

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My gym bag has become my running security bag. It’s where I keep all my essentials to get me thru my run. I keep it stocked with my go-to products, and hang it in the closet next to the front door for easy access. As I head out the door it’s ready for me to grab and go. I’ve come to realize the more prepared I am BEFORE my run, the easier it seems to go. I spend less time stressing about where all my running stuff is, and I can just concentrate on the actual task.  Currently I have to drive to my running spots, so I actually bring my bag, but even if you aren’t going to bring a bag out the door with you, it can be helpful to keep everything you use regularly in one spot.

Here are my gym bag essentials:

• Ipod and Bose Headphones – these two items have recently become a staple on my easy run days. I’ve ipoddiscovered a few podcasts that I really enjoy listening to, and this has been a great motivator on those days that I’m not jumping out of bed to get my run done. I love these Bose headphones because they actually stay in my ears, and the sound is great. A bonus is the case that I can attach to my gym bag so I never forget to bring them.

•  Ultimate Direction Handheld Water Bottle and NUUN Hydration Tablets – This water bottle has been with me for so many runs this summer. I DO NOT like to carry water with me on a run, but this handheld is the best one I’ve found when it comes to comfort. It is super light weight, and breathable because of the mesh. The bottle is a bladder rather than hard plastic, so it collapses as ultimate directionyou drink and it is super light weight. The zipper pocket is another added bonus for keeping keys or a gel. NUUN tablets are my go to for electrolyte replacement during longer runs. I personally like the NUUN Energy with caffeine for an added boost.

• Health Warrior Bars have become my staple snack bar. I not only carry them in my gym bag but I always have one in my purse. These bars are not only great tasting but they are packed with chia seeds and healthy ingredients. Chia seeds are a superfood that have many health benefits! Bonus: on a long run health warrioryou will stay busy picking chia seeds out of your teeth! I love the size of the bars which makes them super convenient to take on a long run.

• HoneyStinger Gel has been my go to gel for quite a long time now. It just works for me. It doesn’t upset my stomach, and it consistently gets me thru my tough speed workouts and long runs. I love the Ginsting with caffeine flavor. It basically tastes like honey with a very smooth, thin consistency. It goes down very easy! honeystinger

 

 

A few other items I often throw in my gym bag, especially during the summer months :

• Sunscreen – I like the spray kind  because it makes for quick application

• Towel – and now that I live in a humid place this is even more essential.

• Water – I like to keep a few extra water bottles in my bag, in case I need to refill my handheld or for drinking on the drive home, it’s never a bad idea to have extra water

• Body Wipes – Never know if I’m going to run a few errands or grab a few groceries after my workout

Having a prepped and organized gym bag helps to make my run go smoother. I know I will have all my essentials ready, and the only thing left to do is run! Do you have a gym bag? What are your running essentials?

 

 

Road Runner’s Craft Classic – 5k & Half Marathon

Here is a link to the October 15th Roadrunner Craft Classic in Fountain Hills, Az. Use code Chasing5k- $5off or Chasinghalf – for $10 off the half marathon.

The San Diego race was a huge hit! The race medal is awesome, and free beer after is always great!

If you are thinking of running a fall half or just need a training run with some hills, check this race out!

http://www.craftclassic.com/phoenix/?doing_wp_cron=1501690302.3608479499816894531250

AZ to TX. I’m moving!

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After almost 14 years of living in The Valley of the Sun my time here has come to an end. My family is relocating to the Houston area this summer. They say change is good so I’m excited to start a new adventure in a new city.

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Arizona has a huge chunk of my heart. This is where I became a wife, mom, and runner. My son’s home state, and many of his firsts were in Arizona. I feel like I know Phoenix like the back of my hand. I’m so comfortable here, and it will be a big adjustment moving to a city I’ve only visited twice!

I’ve met so many great friends while living in Arizona. My bootcamp babes, the Carlson moms, and my Looper family.

I started running because of my bootcamp babe friends. The Scottsdale Women’s half marathon was my first half with those women.IMG_3473

All of my Ragnar and trail running adventures are so special to me and I’m so grateful I have those memories!!

Team DeLancey loopers will be missed so much!! I can’t even think about how I will manage my long runs without the loop. I will still have my running coach, and be a looper and part of the DeLancey team. I will just be looping in another state, and it will certainly take some time to adjust.

The place that captivated me is the Grand Canyon. Out of all my adventures in Arizona this is the one that has my heart. It is such a special place, and I cannot wait to come back and hike the Canyon again. Rim to Rim to Rim is still on my bucket list!

I have so many special memories in Arizona, but I’m excited to start a new journey. If there are any Houston runners out there with tips or advice let me know!