Friday, April 24, 2015

Ragnar Trail Zion - Pre-flight

Good morning from the glorious Zion Ponderosa Ranch. I'm just a few hours out from starting Ragnar Trail Zion 2015.

We left Vegas around 5pm last night and arrived at the most spectacular vacation home EVER around 10-10:30.

Good luck double rainbow on the drive
This is some serious GLAMPING we'll be doing. I took some virtual tour videos, but I'm not sure how well they turned out (never tried this function on my phone before). My phone is charging now, but I'm sure I'll take more pictures later. Be sure to follow me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or G+ for more updates throughout the weekend.

Here are a few pics of the house aka The Sanctuary (yes, that's the name of the vacation house; pretty fitting, right?).

Wide open kitchen

View from the living room

Upstairs TV area
Seriously, I think this vacation home is bigger than any house I've ever lived in. :) The mudroom/laundry room is the size of a pretty large bedroom. There is a huge living room (with a fireplace) on the ground floor as well as a master suite and a large bathroom.

The upstairs has a master suite with a jacuzzi bathtub, TV area (pictured above), 3 more bedrooms, and 2 more bathrooms.

There's even a hot tub outside, which we may or may not have already indulged in last night.

Now THIS is the way to do Ragnar Trail. Like I said, 100% unadulterated glamping is going down this weekend.

And maybe a little running, too. ;-)

While I'm out running and relaxing in this amazing house, feel free to read my recaps from 2013 and 2014.

2013: The Experience
2013: The Running
2013: A Few Other Things
2014: Here I Come
2014: The Recap

I'm excited to see what changes/improvements they made since last year. Prior to getting cancelled to the snow last year, the Ragnar staff had really made some great improvements to the transition area and courses, so I'm curious about what's changed for this year.

Have you ever run a race multiple years in a row, and noticed significant changes?
Who else is racing this weekend?
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

How do you Recharge?

Happy Tuesday!! Who else is happy for Monday to be over? :) Actually, it wasn't too bad of a Monday. This week.

It's a short work week for me this week because I've got Ragnar Trail Zion this weekend. It really snuck up on me. I'm not sure I've even mentioned it on the blog at all!

More on that later...

In the meantime, let's Dish the Fit.

How do you RECHARGE?

This week's topic is HOW DO YOU RECHARGE?

Here are 9 ways I wish I recharged.

Read a book.
Write a blog post.
Go for a Run.
Enjoy a walk.
YOGA!
Bask in the sun on our patio or at the pool.
Soak in the hot tub.
Get a mani/pedi.
Meditate.

While I do enjoy many of these things, I don't necessarily recharge from them.

In reality, I zone out to a LOT of TV and movies.
And I try to get plenty of sleep at night. Or catch-up on sleep on the weekends.
I <3 naps.

This just made me laugh!
This cracked me up!

So, there you have it. I recharge with TV and sleep. :)

How do you recharge?


Be sure to check out our hosts Jill Conyers at JillConyers.com and Jessica Joy at TheFitSwitch.org to see how everyone else recharges.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Workout Recap + Apr 19 Meal Plan

Wow! I can't believe how quickly April has FLOWN by! And that it's been a month since I last shared a meal plan/workout recap post. :(

It's kinda too bad, too, since I've had some really great workout weeks. I'm only going to recap this past week in detail, but here are a couple of clif notes for the weeks I missed.

March 30th, I decided to start my own Morning Wakeup routine - jumping jacks, squats, incline push-ups, sit-ups. I started with 10 and worked my way up to 25. I also started doing sun salutations every morning, starting with 1 and working up to 10.

April 1st I joined the #RockYourCore challenge. It's been super fun taking pictures and videos of the core pose/exercise of the day!

April 13 I started the #BikiniSeries. I feel really good about week 1. Whoo hoo!! I followed the exercise plan pretty well, but I know that food in my weakness in getting bikini ready.

Those are pretty much the clif notes, so here's how it broke down last week.

Workout Recap


Sunday: 10 Sun Salutations and Morning Wakeup (23 reps) in the hotel room at the Grand Canyon.

Monday: 10 Sun Salutations and Morning Wakeup (24 reps). Added :30 sec side planks (each side) to the Wakeup routine for #RockYourCore. Bikini Cardio - 4.3 miles for the #BikiniSeries. Sunkissed Abs.

Tuesday: 10 Sun Salutations and Morning Wakeup (25 reps). Added Russian Kicks to the Wakeup routine for #RockYourCore. The Mermaid Workout (#BikiniSeries).

Wednesday: 10 Sun Salutations and Morning Wakeup (25 reps). Added V-ups to the Wakeup routine for #RockYourCore. Bikini Booty (#BikiniSeries).

Thursday: 10 Sun Salutations and Morning Wakeup (25 reps). Added Bicycle Crunches to the Wakeup routine for #RockYourCore. Bikini Yoga and Bikini Arms (#BikiniSeries). 3.3 miles (9:15 pace).

Friday: 10 Sun Salutations. Insane Cardio (#BikiniSeries).

Saturday: #BikiniSeries Booty Workout. 10 Sun Salutations.

After getting to work later than usual every day this week, I decided on Friday that I might have to shelf my Morning Wakup during the #BikiniSeries Challenge. It's just too difficult to fit it all in. :)


What's for Dinner?


What's for Dinner? Week of Feb 22nd

Last week, there was a pretty nasty windstorm, and our power was out for more than 20 hours. Which meant most of our fridge had to be thrown out. It was SO hard to do! But ultimately, we decided to heed the recommendations of foodsafety.gov. After all, our health is more important than $100, right?

Yesterday morning, I picked up our bi-weekly Bountiful Basket. The veggies seemed a little light this week, but we got lots of delicious fruit! I already made a yummy fruit salad that will hopefully last a few days.

We got 2 spaghetti squash, which meant a visit to Pinterest for fun, unique ways to use that up. I made the most delicious dinner last night - Garlicky Broccoli & Spaghetti Squash.

Here's what I've got planned for the week.

Sunday: Pizza with Spaghetti Squash Crust

Monday: Bacon Spaghetti Squash Fritters

Tuesday: Leftovers

Wednesday: Broccoli Cheese Roll-ups



Thursday: Ragnar Trail Zion

Friday: Ragnar Trail Zion

Saturday: Ragnar Trail Zion

Breakfast:
Smoothies

Lunches:
Salads

Snacks/Dessert:
Fruit Salad
Cucumber Slices
Yogurt with Hemp Hearts

Sunday Prep:
Prep salads for this week's lunches
Make yogurt

What are you cooking up this week?
How were your workouts last week?


Be sure to stop by Laura @ Mommy Run Fast and Jill Conyers to check out what everyone else is cooking up this week.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Favorite Quick Workout

No fault but my own, I know, but I've missed the past couple of weeks posting with The Fit Dish link-up.

No excuses this week.

Favorite QUICK WORKOUT

But, I'm still going to kind of cheat on this one. I just looked up the topic last night, and don't have a lot of time to come up with something new.

So, here are two quick workouts that I love.

One, I just shared on Friday, but it's my current go-to workout to get my heart-pumping in the morning. I call it my Morning Wakeup.

Morning Wakeup routine - Jumping Jacks, Squats, Jumping Jacks, Incline Push Ups, Jumping Jacks, Sit ups

I'd suggest a minimum of 10 reps for each exercise. I'm currently doing 25.

Two, I originally shared this back in August. It's a little morning yoga routine you can do without even leaving your bed.

Morning Yoga

It only takes a few minutes, but feels so good! I need to do it more often. :)

What's your favorite quick workout? Be sure to check out our hosts Jill Conyers at JillConyers.com and Jessica Joy at TheFitSwitch.org to see what everyone else's favorite quick workouts are. I bet there will be some really fun ones!

Friday, April 10, 2015

5 For Friday - April 10

It's been a very, very long time since I've done a 5 for Friday type post. I've been feeling unmotivated and uninspired lately when it comes to blogging, but I've got a few exciting things going on that I wanted to share.

1. We are headed to the Grand Canyon this weekend. Neither of us has been before, so we're pretty excited. We're making a mini-weekend of it. We'll drive out Saturday morning and drive back Sunday afternoon/evening. I'm not sure why I decided it was important to go in April! Maybe it will be less crowded...?

Note: Deciding if it should have been "neither of us has been" or "neither of us have been" resulted in a long grammatical discussion before deciding that has been is correct. It still sounds weird, but according to Purdue Online Writing Lab, neither is singular and should use a singular verb - even if it sounds wrong. lol. So, there's your grammar lesson for the day. You're welcome. :-)

We're staying the night at the Yavapai Lodge - just one mile from the South Rim. I can't wait to, of course, see the beauty of the Grand Canyon, but also to do some trail running/walking/hiking. And maybe some outdoor yoga. It's going to be chilly, but I still can't wait!

2. I went shopping. To prepare for our chilly weekend at the Grand Canyon, and Ragnar Trail Zion in 2 weeks, and for a little retail therapy, I bought 3 pairs of running leggings at Walmart yesterday afternoon. Plus a few warmer tops. I needed a little color and a little fun for the cooler temps that I don't usually have to deal with here in Vegas.

3. I tried beets. I got 2 beets in our Bountiful Basket last week, and I kind of freaked out. Thank goodness for Pinterest! I ended up roasting them in a little olive oil/S&P to use in smoothies, of all things. The smoothies were delicious! Tangy, sweet, and probably very nutritious. Right? Right?



Waste not, want not. Instead of tossing out the stems and greens, I used them to make these delicious quesadillas.



The pesto was perfect. So savory! And combined with the squash and beet stems. SO GOOD! Of course, Jeff thought it was one of the most disgusting things he'd ever put in his mouth. MORE FOR ME!!

4. I started a new routine. Back on March 30th, I started a new morning routine to get me moving in the morning and to ensure I get at least some exercise every day.

I've been starting each day with this Morning Wakeup routine - Jumping Jacks, Squats, Jumping Jacks, Incline Push Ups, Jumping Jacks, Sit ups

I started with 10 and have been adding 1 rep every day. I'm now at 21. I'm going to keep increasing until I hit 25, and then I'll stay there for a couple weeks (probably through the end of April).

In addition, I've also been doing sun salutations every morning. I started with 1, worked up to 10, and will stick to 10 for a couple weeks now. Or until May 1st.

To keep me on track, I've also started using DailyMile again. If you're on there, we should totally be friends. :)

5. I joined the Tone It Up Bikini Series challenge.

Tone It Up Bikini Series - 8 week program to get beach ready. It's going to be the best summer ever!

It starts this coming Monday, and I'm kinda excited about it. Or at least hopeful for some good results. It's an 8 week program and sounds like it will be a really good one! I know I'll get out of it what I put into it, so I'm hoping I'll be able to give it my all. For real. I've been feeling very self-conscious and unhappy with my midsection lately, so here's to getting bikini ready!!

Well, that's all I have for now. Hope you all have a fabulous weekend! I promise it won't be another 17 days before my next post. :)

Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon?
Anyone else doing the Bikini Series?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Recipe: Easy Breakfast Lettuce Wraps

Hello, Fit Fam!

You may or may not realize that I used to have a recipe blog with one of my sisters. It kind of fizzled out, as life got in the way.

So, when Jill posted that the topic for this week's Fit Dish link-up was healthy recipes, I knew it was a great time excuse to resurrect one of the recipes I'd posted over there.

As I was surfing through my archives, this breakfast recipe looked so good!

Easy Breakfast Lettuce Wraps
Scrambled eggs smothered with chopped tomatoes and shredded cheese in lettuce leave. A deliciously healthy way to get some protein into your diet. So simple and easy!
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients
  • 2 leaves butter lettuce (or any other leaf lettuce)
  • 2 slices tomatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • shredded cheese
  • Frank's Red Hot (optional)

Directions
  1. Rinse and dry lettuce leaves. Chop tomato slices.
  2. Scramble eggs over medium heat, season with salt and pepper.
  3. Divide scrambled eggs evenly over lettuce leaves. Top with shredded cheese and chopped tomatoes. Shake on Frank's Red Hot, if desired.
I can't wait to get some butter lettuce to eat this again! And it would be super easy to dress this up a little by adding more veggies - onions, peppers, etc. Sky's kinda the limit. :)

Now, it's time to #dishthefit and check out all the other delicious AND healthy recipes that other bloggers are sharing today. Check out our hosts Jill Conyers at JillConyers.com or Jessica Joy at TheFitSwitch.org.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Workout Recap + Mar 22 Meal Plan

I'm really loving this month's challenge - Muscle Up March with Tera at Girl Gone Healthy. I think might even inspire me to craft a challenge for April. I'm thinking of something with yoga, lower body, and a few days of upper body. It's all just in my head right now, but would any of you be interested in joining me for a month long challenge?

I've got a 10 more days of this one! And I know I'm going to finish this one STRONG!

Workout Recap


Sunday: 3 sets of 12 reps: Dumbbell Extensions, Dumbbell Triceps Extensions, Dumbbell Bench Press + 40 squats

Monday: 3 mile run (negative splits. whoo hoo.)

Tuesday: REST

Wednesday: 3 sets of 12 reps: Alternating Dumbbell Curls, Bent Over Rows, Overhead Shoulder Press + 50 squats + Strong Stride (1/2 of Program 1)

Thursday: 3.6 mile run (with a few hill repeats) + 3 sets of 12 reps: Triceps Kickback, Shoulder Fly, Weighted Arm Raise

Friday: REST

Saturday: 3 sets of 12 reps: Dumbbell Extensions, Dumbbell Triceps Extensions, Dumbbell Bench Press + Strong Stride (1/2 of Program 1)


What's for Dinner?


What's for Dinner? Week of Feb 22nd

Nothing too crazy this week - falling back on a few tried-and-true recipes + one new recipe to use the daikon radish that we got in our bountiful basket this week. Hopefully it turns to good.

Sunday: Leftovers

Monday: Chicken Asparagus Stir Fry

Tuesday: Leftovers

Wednesday: Chicken Broccoli Bacon Daikon Casserole



Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Chicken tacos

Saturday: Leftovers

Breakfast:
Overnight oats (for real!)

Lunches:
Salads
Leftovers

Snacks/Dessert:
Bell peppers with ranch dressing
Celery with peanut butter
Fruit slices

Sunday Prep:
Prep salads for this week's lunches
Slice veggies and fruit for snacking
Overnight oats

What are you cooking up this week?
How were your workouts last week?


Be sure to stop by Laura @ Mommy Run Fast and Jill Conyers to check out what everyone else is cooking up this week.