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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?

 

 

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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!

GREEN PEPPER, SWEET ONION, POTATO, MUSHROOMS, 2 EGGS
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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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Weekender Work-out and BBQ Chicken Potatoe Skins

St. Patrick’s Day was very busy for me, just as Friday. I ended up working 16 hours Friday evening, a few promotions Saturday and Sunday, then 10 hours Monday. Tuesday I glued my self to the couch, for the entire day. It felt AMAZING to sit; I never get to sit around like that (the cats were in heaven). Granted I was catching up on homework, paying bills, contacting agencies, making signage requests, witting approval letters, signing contracts, scheduling, and mapping out my course requirements for the next year and a half.   Then Wednesday and thursday both slipped away from me too.  I am now finally posting this Friday evening (LATE).   Team no days off. On a side note, my final proofs came back from a photo shoot I did for a spray tanning company!

Kahuna Bay Tanning

Kahuna Bay Tanning

Anyway, I didn’t go to the gym I did my workout’s at home this week/weekend and ran outside.

Weightly work out:
12 squats
12 lunges R Leg
12 lunges L Leg
15 R Leg Lifts (Rear)
15 L Leg Lifts (Rear)
10 squats holding weights
10 sumo squats holding weights
10 lunges R Leg (side)
10 Lunges L Leg (side)
15 R Leg Lifts
15 L Leg Lifts
*Repeat 3 times. Pair this work out with a 2-4 mile run and your booty will be whipped into shape in no time.

Vitacost is amazing for finding great deals on almost any healthy food.supplement. I order supplements here and there, pre-work out for the days I need an extra lift, and finding organic goods.  I received my order, standard shipping, only 3 days after ordering!  Now that is what I call excellent service.

Vitacost Treasures:

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I am currently addicted to these chicken potato skins, after having them at one of my accounts a few weeks ago.  Of course they were fried and greasy where I had them, so I made a healthier version.  No oil or butter here!

BBQ Chicken Potato Skins

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Ingredients:

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Grilled Chicken
Barbeque Sauce
Veggie Cheese or Skim Cheddar Cheese
Red Skin Potatoes

Bake potatoes on 375 for 30-45 minutes, or until done.
Cut the potatoes in half and Scoop out most of the in-sides.

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Fill in the halves with chicken, bbq sauce. and “cheese.”
Broil for 5 minutes.

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These are the definition of perfection.  I just love them.  I realize that barbeque sauce is high in sugar… oh well.  My husband does not like barbecue sauce, so I make him these sans sauce. If you want to dip them in something, plain Greek yogurt or Greek yogurt mixed with dry ranch dressing mix tastes awesome.

*I save the left over potatoe insides, mix them with non-fat plain greek yogurt, garlic powder, chives, and Mrs.Dash. I love pairing that with either grilled chicken or broiled salmon.