The reason I’ve been MIA

I haven’t posted in quite some time.  I have received many messages asking how things were going. Here is the reason why I have been MIA for a good portion of the last year and a half 🙂

Meet my baby:

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And Here she is at 1 month old:

 

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Baby’s first vacation at 5 weeks old

 

If you guys are interested I can do a post on how what my new exercises are and how I lost 47 pounds in the 4 months following her birth.

Thank you guys for all of the concern about my absence and continued support!

 

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Spring Break

Most college students go away on spring break to somewhere sunny and at least 75…. Not me !  I spent most of my time working, catching up on homework, and getting things done around the house.  I’ve been busting my buns working on getting back into the gym most days of the week.  Some days are harder than other.  I work every day anywhere from 4 hours to 14 hours.  This week wasn’t too bad since I didn’t have school at all.

Progress pic, I am finally getting back to where I was pre-surgery 🙂

Monday-Casino shift 7 hours-Ran 4 miles

Tuesday-Casino shift 7 hours-rest day

Wednesday-Bartended 9 hours –rest day

Thursday– Bartended 8 hours / pizza date-Ran 2 miles

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This pizza was huge. It was so large that I could only eat one piece!

Friday-Volunteered-home work out

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I volunteer a few times a month at a food distribution center for needy families within my community.  Today there was a variety of FRESH foods for them.  Yay!!!!  As a Dietetic’s student I LOVE when there are fresh produce items for people to choose from.  A lot of times items are canned or highly processed.  While making sure everyone in the community is fed, I wish there were better food options for them….

Saturday-Double 14 hours-morning run planned!!

Sunday-bartend 8 hours-long run planned , 6 or 7 miles

 

Staying on top of my work outs is my goal for March!  What is your goal for March?

Chicken Taco Soup

I spent my Saturday morning drinking coffee out of a spring mug (wishful thinking!), snuggling my baby, and making soup.  

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My cute little spring mug I found at HomeGoods.
Hurry up spring!

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The baby 🙂

Chicken taco soup on a cold Saturday definitely hits the spot.  This soup has a great flavor, is packed with veggies, and is very healthy!  

 

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Ingredients:

1 -2 Jalapenos (finely chopped and seeded)
1 can black beans (rinsed)
3 10 oz. cans diced tomatoes (I used organic, could use rotel instead)
1.5 cups uncooked quinoa-rinsed
1 package of Mrs. Dash taco seasons
1 pound chicken breasts, boiled and chopped
1 large green bell pepper chopped
16 oz. bag frozen corn
1 small chopped onion
16oz water

Throw all ingredients in the crock pot, mix well, and cook on low for 8 hours.

*I added fresh mushrooms to this batch; normally I don’t, but they were on clearance and about to go bad.  They were a nice addition to the soup 🙂  You can add more corn or beans if you want.  I threw in what I had around the house.  The chicken breasts can be put uncooked in the crockpot with all other ingredients, shred after cooking.

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Healthy foods like this help me toward my summer bod goals!  I always feel great after an intense work out and a day of eating healthy.

DAYS 1 and 2 of cutting out candy :p   My guilty pleasure.

Valentines Day xoxo

I have had the flu all week and fell behind in work, school, and running 😦

Now that I have had a couple of days to get it all together, I will share my Valentine with you.  he is such a cute little BRAT!

 Isn’t he a cutie pie? I got him his easter clothes the other day…

My handsome man surprised me with these after working a 12pm to 2am on Saturday.  He promised me we were not doing anything for each other.  When I got home these were waiting for me on the counter.

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He is the best!

I couldn’t even force myself to eat anything from Monday-Wednesday.  Thursday I was feeling a little better and my man had made some chicken and veggies over rice.  I tried to eat some of that.

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Thursday and Friday I survived off of these:

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 Saturday I worked a double between both of my jobs and was ravenous by the time I got off at 2am.  All I could find around was pizza.  Sunday and Monday I finally got a real appetite back and didn’t have to work doubles.  I spent all of my time catching up on sleep, studying, and spending time with my handsome man (we managed to pack in 3 dates in two days).  We both work two jobs and sometimes don;t get to spend enough quality time together….  I am always glad for the days we get to snuggle and relax 🙂

 Clearly, this is so not a good workout week of healthy eating week for me.  Starting with the flu and ending in a pizza gorge. I start my healthy eating plan and workouts tomorrow to make up for last week.  I am rested and my fridge is well stocked with all HEALTHY foods. YUM!!

Just a Mile a Day!

After injuries the past few months and a busier than ever schedule (working 3 jobs and taking classes) I am getting back on track!  Running is a great outlet for me; it reduces my stress and anxiety.  I like running outside best, but I do sometimes run on the dreadmill.  I usually shoot for 4 or 5 miles at a time.  However, if all I have time for is 2 than that is better than none!  I used to run 5 miles every morning as soon as I work up, now I run when I can squeeze it in.  After evaluating my mileage records from the past few months and years, I noticed a considerable gap this year.  I am trying to make 2016 my best year yet for a lot of things.  School, work, blogging, and running are all of my top priorities.

I found an interesting article Runners World posted about the benefits of running a mere 5 miles per week.  You can find this article at: http://www.runnersworld.com/newswire/new-research-big-benefits-from-running-5-miles-a-week

“In other words, it takes only about 4 to 5 miles a week of running at 11:00 to 12:00 minutes-per-mile pace to gain considerable benefit. The authors state: This study may motivate healthy but sedentary individuals to begin and continue running.”

who knew that all you needed was a mile a day!

My most recent run on Sunday:

My running splits have been significantly better in the past, but it gives me something to work toward.  My old average mile time was 7:29 min/mile.

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All of my February runs have been outside 🙂

 

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I am making a better effort to keep up on the things I enjoy and me less stressed out than I was last year.  Running helps me relax and refocus my thoughts.

 

How many miles do you run?

Why do you run?

Are you a morning, noon, or night runner?

 

 

Back to School Snacks

Well it has been a busy year with personal things that have happened.  Now I am back to school for the fall semester!!  I am finally a Dietetics Student and working toward my verification statement! I am happy to be back and keep my mind busy.  I am taking a few classes on campus this semester, but I am there 3 days a week in addition to working 6-7 days a week.  I am not home often which means I need to be prepared with healthy snacks.  I always have a healthy snack in my purse.  Always having something small to eat saves me money and calories because I am not impulse buying crappy processed foods. I have created a list of my favorite travel friendly go-to snacks for you guys 🙂

My favorite snack list:

Carrot sticks, zucchini, celery, cherry/grape tomatoes with Nonfat plain Greek yogurt

Lara bar- I love them all!

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Quest bar-my favorite is the banana muffin

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Kind bars

Hard boiled eggs

Celery sticks and peanut butter

Banana

Fruit container

Sliced apple with nut butter

steel cut oats (instant)- you can find a bowl, spoon, and microwave in the student center

I hope you guys enjoy these snacks as much as I do !

 

 

 

 

I have a thing for eggs lately…

I have been eating vegetables and eggs at least once a day (sometimes for every meal) for two weeks! I chop up a bunch of different vegetables at the beginning of the week. Then, when I get hungry I throw some veggies in a pan and fry up an egg or two with it. I like to incorporate anything I have left over in the fridge too! I love leftover baked potatoes and mashed potatoes with eggs.   I don’t know how I ever ate eggs without them.  Healthy doesn’t get any easier, more convenient, or delicious than this. Not to mention this is inexpensive and a great way to use up leftovers!

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*Please excuse my fine china… I’m moving and don’t have my dishes yet!
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I mix and match a bunch of different foods.

Vegetables:

Green peppers, red peppers, yellow peppers
Spinach
Mushrooms
Zucchini
Tomatoes
Jalapeños
Mashed potatoes, baked potatoes
Sweet onion, red onion
Black olives

 Proteins:

Ground turkey (or with taco seasons)
Black beans
Chicken
Turkey
Ham

Some of my favorite combos are (I always make two eggs):
-ground turkey with taco seasons, onions, green peppers, black beans, salsa
-green pepper, onion, potatoes, mushrooms
-green pepper, onion, mushrooms, zucchini
-tomatoes, green peppers, onion, mushroom, skim cheddar cheese
-mashed potatoes, purple onion, green pepper, red pepper, ground turkey

I have been busy working on final projects for college and moving all week. My time has been very limited, but I have managed to take breaks to squeeze in runs and walks with the pup! I may not be getting out and about, or out of my sweat this week… I will be eating great!

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My closet is coming along swimmingly.
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