Tuesday, January 27, 2015

#NoExcuses #SweatPink Challenge Week 3

Have you been doing the #NoExcuses challenge with me? We're already in week 3!! Whoo hoo.

What's your excuse? #NoExcuses

I joined this challenge to help me stay motivated in January. I ran marathon #4 in Nov and then ran the #RWRunStreak from Thanksgiving to New Years, so I knew that I needed to cut back on running in January. My body needed some recovery time. My mind, too.

Strength training and yoga are never my go-to workout choices, so I've been using this challenge as a way to keep me at least somewhat focused on exercise this month.

I'd love to say that I've been 100% with it, but to be honest, I haven't. There have been a few days that the excuses still crept in.

Work has been super busy and stressful. I know I should work off that stress with some sweat, but well, you know, I HAVE NO GOOD EXCUSES! :-(

Despite a few hiccups, the challenge has motivated me, and I have done more strength and yoga workouts this month than I probably would have.

And there's still time for #NoExcuses.

What are your favorite ways to make #NoExcuses?

And just as a reminder... :)


Monday, 1/26: Stop, drop and breeaatheee...5 minute self-meditation
Tuesday, 1/27: 90-second wall sit
Wednesday, 1/28: Jumping jacks during the commercials of your fave TV show
Thursday, 1/29: Grab a partner & sweat together for at least 20 mins
Friday, 1/30: #FREEFriday - choose something to share and tag #NoExcuses
Saturday, 1/31: Share your favorite healthy eating “cookinghack” in the kitchen
Sunday, 2/1: #SundayZenday: show us how you get your zen on!
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Workout Recap + Jan 25 Meal Plan

It's been another stressful week. This time not because of Sallie (thank goodness!), but because of work. I was working on developing a training program and up against a deadline, which resulted in staying late a few nights. Which zapped my energy. Making it difficult to find the motivation to workout and to make a proper dinner.

So, here's to a better week next week!

Workout Recap

Sunday: 3-mile run.

Monday: W/U: jumping jacks, high knees, arm circles, butt kickers, mountain climbers (30 sec each). Weight-Free Arms (pin). 10-min abs/core (pin).

Tuesday: 20-min Lengthening & Opening Yoga (YouTube).

Wednesday: REST

Thursday: The Excuse Proof Workout (pin).

Friday: REST

Saturday: REST

I got a complimentary month to ClassPass, so I'm hoping to take some classes around town next week. Hopefully that will motivate me to get back my workout mojo. While my workouts weren't terrible last week, they definitely weren't as good as I'd have liked.

What's for Dinner?

What's for Dinner? Week of Jan 11th

This was a Bountiful Baskets weekend, so my fridge is nice and stocked with some yummy produce. And I think I've got a pretty good plan to use it all. Except the coconut. I didn't actually snap a pic of the one I got, but it was one like this.

This is difficult to admit, but just in case anyone else out there is like me, I thought I'd share my story.

This didn't look like a regular coconut with the brown fuzzy shell, so I foolishly didn't realize that this still needed to be cracked open. I thought it was the actual coconut meat, so I attempted to shred the shell.

It didn't work very well. Obviously. Though it wasn't at the time.

I expressed my frustration to Jeff, and he mentioned that you still had to crack through the shell. What?! So, I hit up YouTube, and found this very helpful video. Easy-peasy. Now I have a container of coconut water and one of coconut meat in my fridge, and no real plan to use them this week. So, I need to still figure that out this afternoon. Leave me a comment or let me know on Twitter your favorite ways to use fresh coconut.

Here is what I do know that I'll be cooking up this week.

Sunday: SW Bean Wraps

Monday: Homemade Vegetable Soup

Tuesday: Leftovers

Wednesday: Pasta & Garlic Bread

Thursday: Baked Chicken Chimichangas

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: Jalapeno Poppers Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Carrot Almond Bread
Scrambled Egg Wraps with Bell Peppers

Roasted Jalapeno Soup

Carrots and Bell Peppers with Hummus
Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies

Sunday Prep:
Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies
Cut veggies for soup

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.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Hello, Las Vegas. Introducing... ClassPass

Hello, Las Vegas. Introducing... ClassPass

I first heard of ClassPass a few months ago and was bummed that it wasn't yet in my city, so I was beyond excited when they contacted me to help promote the launch here in Las Vegas!

In case you haven't heard of ClassPass before today, here's the skinny.

For one monthly price, you can take unlimited classes at various studios. What a great alternative to a regular gym membership! You could build a workout routine full of variety by visiting studios of all types like barre, yoga, pilates, indoor cycling, bootcamps, martial arts, or strength training!

I can't wait to try out some new studios. I'm generally a solo workout girl, but taking a class now and again can be fun, and the flexibility of ClassPass makes it even better!

There is a limit of 3 classes/studio each month, but if you discover a favorite, just wait for the next month to start and you can visit that studio once again! Plus with so many studios available, I don't think you'll have any worries about running out of classes to take.

For those of you not in Vegas, ClassPass is also available in these other cities. NYC, Boston, San Francisco, LA, ChicagoWashington DC, Seattle, San Diego, Portland, Dallas, Austin, Miami, Denver, Philly, Atlanta, Charlotte, Columbus, Houston, Minneapolis, Phoenix.

You can use it in ANY city. Perfect if you travel a lot.

If you're interested in getting your own ClassPass, here's a link for you to skip the wait list and sign up today!

Membership does automatically renew, but there is no annual or long-term commitment. You can also put your account on-hold for $19/month, which still allows you to take 1 class per month.

The thing I love about ClassPass the most is the flexibility! I received a complimentary month subscription, so be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram as I explore new studios in Las Vegas! 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

#FrostyVoxBox Review

It's been a couple of weeks since I unboxed my #FrostyVoxBox. In case you missed the unboxing, you can watch it now.

Since then, I've been enjoying all of the fun products that I received complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Let's check them all out.

NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum - $1.99
I LOVED this lip color and would definitely recommend it. The color is perfect, and it's so creamy when you put it on. I also loved the smell. I don't know why, I just did. This lip color definitely perked me up and made me feel pretty. Plus it lasted for hours. Maybe not all day, but definitely from morning into the late afternoon. Love it! #SugarPlum

NYC Expert Last Lip Color in #SugarPlum

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner - $4.49
If you're looking for a bold, black eyeliner, this is a great one. It goes on smooth, but I did find it a little tricky to get the right amount of application. It was easy to make it a little too dark for the work day. I did think that it lasted throughout the day well. Unless you apply it to your waterline. I loved the effect of it on my waterline, but it was pretty much gone by lunchtime. It also comes in other colors, which I'm excited to try. I'm hoping that a lighter color might be easier for me to work with. #Rimmel

#Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner

Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover - $7.49
Another winner. However, since this is gentle, it didn't work quite as well when removing the Scandaleyes eyeliner. I had to scrub a little harder than I would have liked when removing the waterproof eyeliner, but this worked really well for my regular eye makeup. The biggest plus to this eye makeup remover is that it is non-oil based, so no oily residue. Yay! I also used this for touch-ups on those mornings when my makeup just wasn't working. #Rimmel

EcoTools Hair Brush - $10.99
I'm now a hair brush enthusiast. Well, that might be going a bit far; it's still my only hair brush. :-) I love that it's got a tangle-free design, and you can use it on wet or dry hair. I think it helps control the frizzies when combined with my blow dryer. Plus, who doesn't love a little head massage in the morning? #LoveMyEcoBrush

EcoTools Hair Brush #LoveMyEcoBrush

Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Tea
I think this was my first experience with green tea. Not sure I could tell a difference between it and any other kind of tea. I did enjoy the tea, though. The candy cane flavor was mild enough to be enjoyable without being too overbearing. They didn't have any at my grocery store, but I'll have to remember this flavor for next winter. #CelestialTea

Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Tea #CelestialTea

McCormick Gourmet All Natural Thyme - $4.79
After trying this, I really think that everyone could use a little more thyme in their lives. :-) I tried this in pasta as well as infused in my water. It's really fragrant, and I love the earthy taste. #McCormickGourmet

Fruit Vines Bites Strawberry - $1.79
Yum! Enough said. :-) lol. Seriously, I'm a big licorice fan, and I love FruitVines. These bite-sized versions are super fun, too. It's a perfect little treat when you're craving something sweet. #SweetSide

Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED - $29.99
The sample I received wasn't really enough to try it out for 2 weeks to see how well it works, so keep that in mind. :-) I did like the lightness of the product. It smoothed on really well, and even though it suggested using it with a moisturizer, I didn't feel like it was necessary. It's not at all sticky, but left my face and neck feeling light and fresh. #GetADVANCED

Which of these products would you most like to try?
If you've tried any of these products, what did you think?

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Workout Recap + Jan 18 Meal Plan

This hasn't been stellar blogging week for me. Instead, it was a pretty stressful week with a couple trips to the vet to try to figure out what was wrong with our Sallie girl. Of course, it turns out, it was NOTHING. Blood work came back good, and the x-rays were fine, too. Ugh. So, my theory is that she had a terrible case of gas. Ouch!

She is getting much better now - if not a bit spoiled. She still won't eat her regular food, but is gobbling up the canned dog food.

Despite the stressful week (or maybe because of it), I'm really happy with how well I stuck to my workouts AND meal plan. :-)

Workout Recap

Sunday: 3-mile run.

Monday: Beach ISO Attack Workout (pin).

Tuesday: 3-mile run.

Wednesday: 10 Burpees. 20 min stretching/yoga (YouTube).

Thursday: 20 squats. Erase Arm Flab - Fast (pin). Miley Cyrus Ab workout (pin).

Friday: 25 min Restorative Yoga w/ Sebastian & Gillian (YouTube).

Saturday: REST

What's for Dinner?

What's for Dinner? Week of Jan 11th

I did pretty good with using up the veggies from our Bountiful Basket. We did get a pineapple that ended up rotting before I got around to cutting, so that kinda sucked. I did use all the broccoli (which I normally never do) and all the zucchini.

Since we only get a basket every other weekend, and try to only do grocery shopping the same weekends, this week's menu is using ingredients we already have on hand.

Sunday: Soup and Cheese Roll-ups

Monday: SW Bean Wraps

Tuesday: Beans & Rice Dip

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Chicken Stir Fry

Friday: Pizza Pasta

Saturday: TBD

Scrambled Egg Wraps with Bell Peppers

Tomato Cucumber salad
Canned soups

Carrots with Hummus
Bell Pepper and Cucumber Slices with Hummus
Yogurt Parfait
Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sunday Prep:
Chocolate Chip Cookies

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

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

Monday, January 12, 2015

Happy Monday + #NoExcuses SweatPink Challenge

Happy Monday!!

I just finished a super sweaty workout, and my legs are going to be screaming at me later. :-D

Have you heard about the #NoExcuses SweatPink Challenge?

New Year, New You #NoExcuses SweatPink

Well, it officially started TODAY with a 30 sec plank.

And just for fun to kick it all off, here's a little Fill-in-the-Blank Mad Lib type letter.

Hey 2015, it’s me Clarinda.

This year I would like to run faster, run in every state on our road trip, and run a 30k trail race.

It would also be super duper awesome if I also did a sub-25 min 5k this year. It’s not a resolution, though, just a reminder to myself to try and have the best year yet because I'm totally worth it.

The thing I am looking forward to most this year is having fun.

I’ll use the one thing that truly gets me out of bed in the morning which is having time to get my workout in before work to help me get up, get MOVING (verb) and get after my #NoExcuses 2015.

Speaking of excuses (ahem), my very favorite excuse is I'll do it after work and I have used it to get out of doing a run and yoga on more than 1,000,000 (number) occasions.

I vow to move my body and be more healthy this year even if it means I have to wake up earlier.

Even if my alarm clock gets eaten by the dog in the middle of the night, I'll still workout. I will stop blaming the husband [ex: kids, dog, husband] for eating the rest of the cookies when everyone knows it was really me.

My husband [job, hair, car, husband, kids] is not the reason I make excuses. I will show my husband [same as before] who's boss this year and get my run [type of sweaty activity] on.

I know that strength training [type of workout] is better than running alone [noun].

I will reward myself by relaxing every now and again.

No Excuses 2015 has just begun and already I am imagining myself a winner. I can’t wait to rock a tank top (article of clothing) from Augusta Active. I can’t wait till my sweaty friends are jealous of how fresh, clean and glowing (adj) I am between workouts with help from ShowerPill body wipes. I can see myself rocking crow [yoga pose / workout move] in new leggings [article of clothing from Actio926] from Actio926 and looking fit and fly while doing it. And of course, I’ll be taking my workouts to the next level and improving my speed [noun] with my new ActivMotion Bar to help me train for my next 10k [distance] race with Sasquatch Racing.

Oh, and let’s not forget how amazing my shorts [article of clothing] will smell in my / during my run [favorite type of workout] after washing with some WIN Detergent. And lastly, I’ll keep rocking my 2015 with clean eats and nutrition from Beaming with Health!

That was super fun! Now, it's YOUR turn! What are you most looking forward to in 2015? I'd love to read your fill-in-the-blank letter. Just fill in some of the blanks in the comments below OR if you posted to your blog, leave me the link in the comments.

Here are the WEEKLY PROMPTS for this first week of No Excuses!

Monday, 1/12: 30 sec. planks (any variation)
Tuesday, 1/13: Run or walk for at least 1 mile
Wednesday, 1/14: 10 burpees (any variation)
Thursday, 1/15: 20 squats (any variation)
Friday, 1/16: #FREEFriday - choose something to share and tag #NoExcuses
Saturday, 1/17: share a healthy snack or recipe

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Workout Recap + Jan 11 Meal Plan

It's been kind of a stressful morning. My Sallie-girl wouldn't eat her breakfast this morning, and she NEVER turns her nose up a food. And then, her tummy started making all kinds of gurgling, crazy noises. Poor girl.

We finally gave her some Pepcid and got her to eat some soup. She seems to be doing much better now, so hopefully she's on the mend and won't require a trip to the vet.

It's heartbreaking, but on to some better news. I feel like I did really good with my workouts this past week! I only took one unplanned rest day, and I'm OK with that.

Workout Recap

Sunday: REST

Monday: Thigh sculpting workout (pin). 2 rounds. Could really feel this this next few days.

Tuesday: Yoga for Runners (YouTube) 25 min.

Wednesday: REST

Thursday: Yin Yoga with Yoga Nora (YouTube) 35 min. Didn't care for this video. :(

Friday: Melt Fat, Build Muscle Dumbbel Blast (pin) Really enjoyed this one, too. Only did each circuit 2x, though.

Saturday: REST

Despite feeling pretty good about my workouts this week, I still had a feeling fat kind of week. Does this happen to anyone else? The first week of strength training = feeling fat? I like to think it's something to do with the growing muscles pushing out the fat, so that the mirror betrays me. I could be making all that up, though.

What's for Dinner?

What's for Dinner? Week of Jan 11th

I think I've got a real good plan for dinners (and food in general) this week.

Sunday: Cheesy Vegetable Chowder

Monday: Broccoli Chicken Cheese Roll-ups

Tuesday: Leftover Soup

Wednesday: Zucchini Pizza Boats (for me) and Pizza Wraps (for Jeff)

Thursday: Baked Potatoes with Chili

Friday: Soup and Cheese Roll-ups

Saturday: TBD.


Caramelized Pear Upside Down Cake
Apple Crisp

Sunday Prep:
Upside Down Cake

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

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