Fitness, My Weekly Workouts

Fit Foodie Run Training Update + Weekly Workouts

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A couple weeks ago I mentioned that I had been selected to be an ambassador for the Fit Foodie Run in October. There is a 5k and 10k option and I’ve decided to do the 10k which is 6.2 miles.

If you’ve read my blog for awhile you know I mostly run long distances like half marathons/ marathons so doing a 10k is something very very different for me.

For this race I’m really going to challenge myself to get outside my comfort zone! I know I can run 6.2 miles BUT can I do it fast? Ehhhhhhhh probably not.

Sprints, cut down runs, running at actual “race pace” are very scary concepts for a slow and steady runner like myself.

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Desserts, Food, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips

4 Ingredient Healthy Vanilla Ice Cream

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Today is apparently the first official day of fall.

Well… it hardly feels like fall here in San Diego. It’s been HOT, humid and the rest of the week suppose to be sunny with temperatures in the high 80’s.

I’m not complaining…actually if it could be 80 and sunny every single day of the year I’d be happy.

BUT  when I looked at my September blogging schedule I realized I was suppose to do a post featuring DIY Ginger Tea today….uhhhh nothing sounds worse than hot tea as I’m sweating writing this than hot tea.

Instead I decided to whip up my favorite healthy ice cream to share with you all. As much as I love “healthy” ice cream brands like Arctic Zero and Halo Top even those still contain sugar alcohols, binders and other creepy ingredients. As you know from this post on reading a nutrition label I really hate putting things like that into my body and try to stick with whole food ingredients.

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Breakfast, Food, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips, Snacks

25 New Ways To Use Protein Powder

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I have a very love/ hate relationship with protein powder.

After I run or lift weights I always have a protein shake to help my muscles recover and build themselves back stronger than ever. I truly see a huge difference in my work out progress when I regularly consume protein powder BUT drinking the same shake over and over again can get old.

Until very recently I hadn’t even thought to mix things up and instead of drinking a boring shake maybe using some protein powder in things like cookies, pancakes, muffins, energy balls…etc.

But after receiving a couple of requests on ways to incorporate protein powder into your diet without making a shake/ smoothie I was very intrigued to broaden my protein powder horizons.

To provide you all with the most ideas possible I reached out to my fabulous friends in my blogging community for a little help.

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Healthy Living, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips, Quick Tips

How To Read A Nutrition Label

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I mentioned on my blog before that I use to work at a weight loss clinic. The program I helped clients do had 3 parts: weight loss, transition then maintenance. Basically, I helped people lose weight using pre portioned diet food then taught them how to transition back into eating real food to keep their weight off for good!

In this maintenance phase I covered topics like how to approach the grocery store, what your plate should look like, what proper serving sizes look like and most importantly how to read a nutrition label.

Instead of boring my clients to death breaking down a nutrition label into every single teeny tiny part I would always highlight the 5 things I personally thought were the most important to check.

I believe it is so incredibly beneficial to know what to look for on a nutrition label and hope you find this post educational!

Please feel free to weigh in and discuss your thoughts and opinions on this very important subject and just remember these are my personal thoughts and opinions–I’m not a doctor. 

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Fitness, Running Tips, San Diego Spotlight, Things To Do

The Fit Foodie Run 2016 + Running Update

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Just when I thought I was going to take a little break from running to let my body heal from my marathon and completing the Triple Crown this past year I get an email that I’ve been selected to be an ambassador for the Fit Foodie Run here in San Diego. Looks like the running isn’t stopping any time soon.

I’ll be honest ever since completing my last half marathon in August I’ve really been enjoying not having to train for anything. I’ve still be running a couple times a week but it’s 3 miles here, 5 miles there…noting too crazy. Really, it’s just enough to keep me sane. I wasn’t planing on doing any other races this year but this race just sounds too delicious to pass up on!

This year the Fit Foodie Run gives you the option of running a 5 k (3.1 miles) or a 10 k (6.2 miles). I’m going to do the 10 k and really use it as motivation to focus more on speed work. For the past 2 years my training has been for half marathons and marathons so all my runs have been slow, long, trail runs with very little speed work. I HATE SPEED WORK! But, I truly think for me to improve as a runner it’s necessary to incorporate it into my training.

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Breakfast, Food, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips, Quick Tips, Snacks

3 Ingredient Avocado Pudding

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Avocado lovers…boy do I have a treat for you today!

After seeing avocado pudding recipes all over social media and even on the Kardashian’s I knew I had to try it myself to see if it really lived up to the hype!

Well spoiler alter…IT’S DELICIOUS and so incredibly easy to make!!!!!

Avocado pudding is meat to be a healthy, filling breakfast but I have loved having it as a snack too. Actually I’m currently sitting on my couch watching NFL Red Zone eating avocado pudding as dinner cooks in my crockpot. Holy hell am I 90 years old?

Quick football tangent…How on earth did the Chargers lose that game?!?! I’m still upset! Maybe I’ll have another bowl of avocado pudding to make it better—-yep!

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Fitness, Fitness Tips, Quick Tips, Workouts

Why Rest Days Are So Important

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Most people look for any excuse NOT to workout.

Me, I go through my day trying to find any excuse TO workout and sometimes even how I can workout twice.

Which mentality is better? The answer is neither!

A couple weeks ago I was talking with a friend about our current exercise routines. We both work out 6x/ week admittedly to almost an obsessive level where we feel guilty taking days off fearing that it will hinder our progress. 

Are we crazy? Yes, probably!

Is skipping 1 workout to go to happy hour with friends really going to make you gain 10 lbs? Absolutely not!

In fact sometimes taking a rest day can be more beneficial than forcing a workout! Rest days are so important to allow your body to recover and build itself back stronger than ever! Skipping necessary rest days can actually lead to very harmful side effects and dramatically increases your risk for developing an injury!

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Dinner, Food

The Only Chicken Parmesan Recipe You’ll Ever Need

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I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend.

I know I sure did!

Friday and Saturday were spent relaxing then on Sunday my family and I went to the Del Mar races and Ballast Point 20th Anniversary beer festival to celebrate my dad’s birthday.

There were over 80 different beers at the festival…most of which have never left the tasting room. Some of my favorites were the Cucumber Longfin, Mango Dorado and the best Peach Sour mmmm!

Now I’m currently enjoying every second of this Monday off by writing this post poolside relaxing and recovering.

Life is gooood!

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Fitness, Fitness Tips, Workouts

7 Tips For Surviving Your First Hot Yoga Class!

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Hot yoga can be a hot mess if you’re not prepared!

I’ll never ever EVER forget my first time trying hot yoga. I had a Groupon to try hot yoga that was about to expire and figured I might as well try it figuring it couldn’t be that different from the yoga classes I had been taking at 24 Hour Fitness. 

I showed up in baggy cotton sweat pants, a t-shirt, no water, no towel, a cheap $5 mat from Target 10 minutes before class started and it all went downhill from there.

Within minutes I was dripping in sweat, my clothes were soaked, I was slipping all over my mat and started panicking because of the intense heat. I vividly remember getting to the point where I thought I was going to pass out so I ran out in the middle of the class and laid on the cold tile floor in the bathroom to cool off. 

I stayed in the bathroom until class was over, got my mat and didn’t go back for months! 

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Food, Nutrition Tips, What I Ate Wednesday

What I Eat To Reset My Body After Falling Off The Wagon

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I normally live a very 80/20 lifestyle.

80% of the time I’m working out and eating healthy but that other 20% well… that’s drinking IPAs, eating cookies, partying in Pacific Beach until 2:00 am and ending the night making my Uber driver go through the Taco Bell drive through so I can get a crunch wrap with extra nacho cheese.

After 3 weeks of birthdays, friends in town, family visiting and just summer shenanigans let’s just say I feel a little off balance.

More of a 50/50 lifestyle if you would!

I feel bloated, sluggish and just uncomfortable. It’s time to get my diet and life back on track!

So today..which is Monday I’m going to bring you all along to see EXACTLY what I eat in a day when I’m trying to detox and reset my body.

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