Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Closing down...

But not saying good-bye.

I'm afraid this little corner of the blogosphere has run its course. I've been trying to hang on to it for awhile now. Trying to keep it alive. But it's just not working for me anymore.

I find myself more and more letting my blog get me down when I don't post very often or when I struggle to come up with blog ideas. And I hate to admit it, but I find myself comparing my blog to other running / fitness blogs and feel like I simply don't have anything valuable to contribute. My inadequacies insecurities creep to the surface, and that's just no way to live. :)

So, I won't be updating Enjoying the Course any longer.

But I'll still be around on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I'll still be running and enjoying the course / life / adventure / you name it.

And I'm super excited to also announce that Jeff and I will be starting a joint venture - Turtle Vida.

Turtle Vida is all about slowing down the pace, discovering more pleasures, and living an enriched life.
Right now, we're only on Facebook and Twitter (come say hello!), but soon we'll start a YouTube channel as well to branch into the world of vlogging.

We'll be sharing our adventures - both old and new - as well as our dreams for the future. We'll be sharing how we slow down and savor those experiences.

I truly hope that you'll continue to follow along with me - even if this blog is saying good-bye.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Workout Recap + Jun 8 Meal Plan

Will I ever get back to meal planning? I'm not sure.

Tomorrow, I'll recap the full Bikini Series, but let me just say, it turned into a 7-week series for me instead of 8. :(

This is starting out as a downer post, but I really did have a great week last week!!

Workout Recap


Sunday: REST. 1.48 mile run

Monday: 1.53 mile run.

Tuesday: 1.5 mile run.

Wednesday: Yin Yoga (40 min). 3 mile run for #NationalRunningDay.

Thursday: Yoga (40 min). 3.9 mile run with a few hill repeats.

Friday: 1.4 mile run. Yoga (15 min).

Saturday: 1.51 mile run. Yoga (40 min). Walking a little around Lake Mead.

What's for Dinner?


What's for Dinner?

It's getting to the time of year when I do not want to turn on the oven, so I see salads, crock pot dinners, and rice in the future.

Here are a few ideas of what may or may not go down this week:

Breakfast
Smoothies
Granola

Lunch
Tuna salad wraps
Salad

Dinner
Grilled cheese sandwiches
Pasta with red sauce
Chicken and rice
Burritos

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.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Workout Recap + Jun 1 Meal Plan

I'm a day late in posting this. I was pretty wiped out after my half marathon on Saturday and then walking to/from/around a Beer & Tequila Tasting event about 1 mile from my apartment.

I needed Sunday to do NOTHING and rest and recuperate, but I still wanted to get up at least my workout recap from last week.

Workout Recap


Sunday: Slim & Toned Arms. Bikini Yoga.

Monday: 6.4 mile trail run.

Tuesday: Bikini Cardio (aka 4.3 mile run w/ intervals). Bikini Abs. Bikini Arms. Sunset Workout (yoga).

Wednesday: 1.37 mile run. Bikini Kettlebell workout. Under the Sea workout. Lift & Tone Booty routine.

Thursday: Triple Arm Toning Challenge. 3.45 mile run.

Friday: 1.54 mile run. Island Bikini ReadyBikini Booty Workout.

Saturday: Wildland Fire Awareness Half Marathon.

Today started the final week of the #BikiniSeries. I feel like the end is going to be a little anti-climatic, as I was hoping for some more physical changes, but I know that I should have made more diet changes to really see those results. There will be a final check-in next week to recap the entire series and some of the lessons/takeaways I learned throughout the 8 week challenge.

RW Run Streak is still going strong. Despite the rise into the triple digits the past few days.

What's for Dinner?


What's for Dinner?

I don't feel like I should even include this section anymore, since I haven't been doing much along the lines of meal planning lately. :( But I'll keep it in here - for the day when meal planning starts happening again.

Here are a few ideas of what may or may not go down this week:

Breakfast
Smoothies
Granola

Lunch
Tuna salad wraps
Salad

Dinner
Grilled cheese sandwiches
Bean and cheese burritos
Pasta with red sauce

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, May 26, 2015

#BikiniSeries 6-week Check-in

Wow! Only 2 more weeks to go for the Bikini Series! These past 6 weeks have flown by. Maybe because I've been working so hard. :)

You can read my 2-week Check-in here.
And my 4-week Check-in here.

When I look in the mirror, I sure don't see the results that I'd like.

That's why pictures are so awesome!

Wow! Only 2 more weeks to go for the Bikini Series! These past 6 weeks have flown by. Maybe because I've been working so hard. :)
The key to a good transformation pic it to look really
unhappy in the Before pic and be sure to smile in the After.

I can definitely see some progress. Whoo hoo!

They say that numbers don't lie, but I think they kinda do.

Here are the numbers:

StartWeek 3Week 5Week 7
Weight160.4 lbs158.8 lbs161.4 lbs161.0 lbs
Waist37.5"35.5"37"35.5"
Hips42"41.5"41.5"42"
Arms12"12.2512"12"
Thighs24.5"24.2524.25"24.25"

I don't think they tell the whole story. I know that I feel great and that I'm getting stronger, so that's all that really matters, right?!

How am I doing on the goals I set in my Week 2 Check-in?

**Complete a Tone It Up HIIT video without any breaks**
I'm not sure about this goal. Certainly not the HIITy Bitty Bikini workout. That one still KILLS me! Maybe if I try a slightly less intense HIIT...?

**Jump rope for 1 minute without tripping**
Yeah. I haven't really been doing too many jump roping workouts. I've still got 2 weeks, though, so maybe I'll need to be sure to include some jump roping - even if it is just a little warm-up before a run or workout.

**Noticeably tone up my arms and belly**
Judging from the pic above, I think I'm well on my way to achieving this goal. I need to not be so hard on myself. :)

I've got 2 more weeks!! Let's do this!!!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Workout Recap + May 24 Meal Plan

I am super excited that it's Memorial Day weekend, and I don't have to work tomorrow!! :)

Today, we're going to hit up the Anniversary Sale at REI and then head to Red Rock. Can you believe in the 3 years we lived here that Jeff has never been? I'm excited to do a little exploring with him this afternoon.

Plus, we just got a GoPro, so I can't wait to play around with that a little this afternoon, too! I just want to get outside and MOVE.

Week 6 of the Bikini Series went pretty well. There was only 1 day that I didn't do anything, and I'm totally OK with that. We all need a rest day here and there. :)

Or do we... tomorrow starts the Runner's World Summer Run Streak.


I'm going to give it a whirl. Let's see if I can make it at least 1 mile for 41 days.

Workout Recap


Sunday: Sunkissed Abs. Bikini Arms. Bikini Yoga.

Monday: This is It workout. Bikini Arms. Bikini Abs.

Tuesday: Bikini Kettlebell. Bridal Babe workout. Sunkissed Abs.

Wednesday: Bikini Buns & Thighs. Island Bikini Ready.

Thursday: REST.

Friday: Sexy Sculpted ShouldersHIITy Bitty Bikini. Crop Top Workout.

Saturday: Total Body Mermaid. Bikini Body Routine 2. MaliBooty workout.


What's for Dinner?


What's for Dinner?

Keeping it very easy again this week. :)

Here are a few ideas:

Breakfast
Coconut Banana Muffins
Smoothies

Lunch
Tuna salad wraps
Salad

Dinner
Beet and Carrot Detox Bake - didn't end up making this last week
Grilled cheese sandwiches
Pasta with red sauce

What are you cooking up this week?
How were your workouts last week?
Anyone else doing the Run Streak this summer?


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

Friday, May 22, 2015

FroYo 5k Recap

It's was a beautifully cool morning on May 9th. Perfect for a 5k.

The FroYo 5k started at 9AM, but I always worry about parking and race morning packet pick-up, so I wanted to leave early. This was a local race, but it was at a park that I'd never been to before. I'm glad I left early because I *may* have gotten a little lost on the way. And I was *so* close to the park. So close that I was on part of the course. lol.

I finally arrived and there was still plenty of parking. Whoo hoo!

And I was still early enough that packet pick-up was a breeze.

After hanging out and killing time for a bit, George and I met up with some friends.

The whole group. I only knew 2 of these peeps before race day.

An official photo of a few of us. 

As you probably know I've been kind of chasing a sub-25 minute 5k, so in the back of my mind, I was kind of hoping this would be my race.

And then I saw this the day before the race.


You see that elevation profile? Crazy, right?!

I'm sure there are hillier courses out there, and steeper hills as well, but my 5k PR was on a very flat course, so I wasn't holding my breath for a PR.

George and I started with the 9:00 min pace group. The first hill was crazy! I wanted to walk some of it. So. Bad.

But I didn't. Good thing it was at least cool out; I was wearing arm warmers, after all.

I'm kind of a flat running girl. Uphills make it hard to breathe; downhills hurt my knees (and I fear that I'll fall). But after about the first mile, and slowing down too much on the uphills for my liking, I decided that no matter what, I would try to push myself on the downhills at least. Something I rarely do.

It actually felt pretty good! And that I could give myself a tiny break on the next uphill. :-D

There were a few times when I was pretty tempted to walk, but I DIDN'T! I just kept plugging away. Easing back a tiny bit on the uphills and flying (to my mind) on the downhills.

Probably around mile 2.5 or so, I took off my arm warmers. I was cruising! And getting a little warm. lol.

I could taste the finish line ... and the FroYo ... so I kept pushing it and pushing it.

Suddenly, it was within sight.
George: Ready to really push it to the end?
Me: No yet.
Me: But you can go ahead, if you want.
A few steps later...
Me: Okay, I'm ready. Let's do this.
And we took off to finish STRONG! Shortly after, a little kid ran onto the course and almost tripped George. :/

But we kept going, and we finished HARD.

It might not look like it here, but trust me, I was booking it!
After walking around a bit, so I could catch my breath, we headed to the FREE FROYO! That was the point of the race, after all.

I got cheesecake FroYo with a couple toppings (gummy bears and ???). It was good, but maybe not the best FroYo I'd ever had.


So, do you want to know how I did? Did I beat that PR?

No.

But I did come in 54th overall out of 782, so I was pretty pleased with that.

My time was 26:38. Which when you think about it, it's that not that far off from my PR of 26:33. And did I mention the hills?

Of course, the course was a little short, closer to 3 miles than 3.1, but I'm still very happy with how I did at this race.

As we were eating our FroYo, another woman said to me, "I tried to keep up with you at the end. You passed me, and I just couldn't keep up. Great job!"

#BestComplimentEver!

It was a beautiful morning and a super fun race (despite the hills), and I'd probably do it again.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Project: I AM ENOUGH

If you read my post Sunday, you'll know that I was in a bit of a funk.

I was beating myself up for missing a few workouts.
I was judging myself for not giving what I considered my all.
I was holding myself to some unreasonable standard.

So, when I checked The Fit Switch for this week's prompt for The Fit Dish, I knew it was the perfect topic.

Project: I AM ENOUGH

I know I am not alone in this.

There are days when we just feel fat and not beautiful.

Not good enough.

Not just with our looks, but with our family or friends. Or work. Or housework.

Some days there are just so. many. things.
To do.
To be.

But when it comes right down to it, all we can do is all we can do.

And whatever you do, it is enough.

It really is.

I know. It's difficult to believe and accept at times. I'm right there with you.

Like I said, there are definitely days when I just don't feel like I am enough. And it doesn't matter what anyone else says. My husband. My friends. Strangers on the Internet. :-)

I have to know it and feel it MYSELF.

I'm not saying that we shouldn't continue to encourage each other and compliment each other. And share our stories.

But we -- and I mean I -- need to BE OPEN to actually hearing those people. We need to be willing to accept that we truly are ENOUGH.

We need to keep doing what we're doing, take a step back, and BREATHE.

Now, repeat after me... I am enough. I AM enough! I AM ENOUGH!!

That's all I've got. No answers. No magic pills. No advice on how to get to the point where you can confidently say the above.

I struggle with it. Some days are harder than others. Some days I own it.

Ultimately, I know it's true. Deep down.  Even on those days when I simply don't accept it.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Workout Recap + May 17 Meal Plan

Ugh! I'm having one of *those* days!! I ran/hiked a fun 10 miles at Red Rock yesterday, and here I am sitting down to write my weekly workout recap, and I'm kind of beating myself up. My week started out so great, and then the excuses started Thursday. I got in a couple of good runs, but my other workouts really petered out by the end of the week.

Workout Recap


Sunday: REST

Monday: 3 mile recovery run. Sunseeker Workout. KettleToning.

Tuesday: Bikini ArmsBikini Yoga Flow. 2 mile sunset run/walk with Jeff.


Wednesday: HIITy Bitty Bikini. This is it! workout.

Thursday: 5 mile run.

Friday: REST

Saturday: 10 mile run at Red Rock.


With only 3 more weeks of the Bikini Series and a LOT of work to do to meet my goals, I really need to focus on getting to bed earlier this week and not petering out towards the end of the week. And, of course, drinking more water!


What's for Dinner?


What's for Dinner?

So, yeah. My overall mood right now is preventing me from meal planning this week. That's 2 weeks in a row. :(

Here are a few ideas, though:

Beet and Carrot Detox Bake
Salads for lunch
Tuna salad wraps
Grilled cheese sandwiches
BLT sandwiches

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.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Ride the Wind 16-Mile Recap

On May 3rd, I ran a 16-mile race. Ride the Wind.

Ride the Wind 16-mile Race Recap | Las Vegas, NV

It's kind of an odd distance for a race, so automatic PR for me! Whoo hoo!

But wait... It gets better...

I was 4th overall and 2nd female to finish... out of 7 overall and 4 females. :-) Yeah, it was also a super small race.

Since it was so small, I really felt no pressure at this race. Which was good, since it was a last minute decision to register/run this race.

Ride the Wind 16-mile Race Recap | Las Vegas, NV
Ready to hit the trails!

I was just happy to be out there on the trails. It was so quiet and peaceful and gorgeous!

Sometimes you'd turn the bend to a view like this of Red Rock in the background.

Ride the Wind 16-mile Race Recap | Las Vegas, NV

Absolutely breathtaking.

Around mile 2, we passed a couple of girls and a couple of guys that were running one of the Ultra distances. It then became our mission to stay ahead of those 4 for the rest of the race.

About 4-5 miles in was the first aid station.

Ride the Wind 16-mile Race Recap | Las Vegas, NV
Yes, that's a tarantula

Me: Is that a tarantula?
Volunteer: Yes. It was hanging around right over there.
Me: Oh. I thought maybe you'd brought your pet.

After fueling a bit, we took off again. We didn't want to linger, as the girls we'd passed were closing in on us.

The next 5 miles were filled with uphills...

Ride the Wind 16-mile Race Recap | Las Vegas, NV

 And downhills.

Ride the Wind 16-mile Race Recap | Las Vegas, NV

And more gorgeous views.



We were rewarded with a 2nd aid station around mile 10. This station was unmanned, but fully stocked. As we were signing in on the check-in sheet, one of the girls we'd passed early on caught up with us. So much for staying ahead of both of them. We fueled up a bit. I applied a little more sunscreen to my face, just as the 2nd woman we'd passed was hitting the station. We reminded her to sign in on the check-in sheet, and we were off.

Off to face 3-4 miles of a big, relentless hill.

Ride the Wind 16-mile Race Recap | Las Vegas, NV

They warned us about the hill at the beginning of the race, but I kind of didn't believe it until I was out there. Running walking the hill. The hill that didn't seem to ever end.

And then there was the wind...
Ride the Wind? More like Fight the Wind. While I appreciate the breeze, why does it have to be a headwind UP this relentless hill? Would definitely love a tailwind to help push me up the hill instead. :)
At the top of the hill, we had about two more miles to go. I must have looked pretty hot and tired, because George gave him his instant cooling towel that he'd been filling with ice at the aid stations.

Downhills aren't always my best friend, and I knew that George wanted to fly down the hills, so I told him that I was in no fear of not finishing. That he should just run down the hill.

I sucked down one more gel, saw the 2nd girl that had caught up to us at the unmanned aid station rounding the bend, and took off down the hill. There was just no way I was going to let her catch me. :-)

I wanted to take a couple more pictures during those last couple miles, but well, I didn't want to stop even more.

The course was very well marked throughout the race with pink ribbons and sometimes orange arrows on the ground.

Ride the Wind 16-mile Race Recap | Las Vegas, NV

The only spot where I was a tiny bit confused, and almost went the wrong way, was at the very end. I chose the correct way. :)

The finish was a little lackluster, but I can't really complain. There were only a few runners, after all. And the finish support was awesome! They had so much food and a whole cooler of ice.

Ride the Wind 16-mile Race Recap | Las Vegas, NV
Cuz everyone should jump in an ice cooler after a 16-mile race in the desert.

Overall, I really enjoyed this race. It was small, yes, but very well supported. It was a warm morning, but not unbearable.

I would definitely run another race put on by Elemental Running.

Monday, May 11, 2015

#BikiniSeries 4-week Check-in

I can hardly believe that the Bikini Series is already halfway over!

I've been loving this series so much. It's been nice to have some direction for my weekly workouts that I don't have to come up with on my own.

You can read my 2-week Check-in here.

I hate to admit it, but things definitely tended to slide a bit during weeks 3 and 4. I skipped more workouts than I would have liked and didn't seem to give my all to all the rest.

Sure, there were some workouts and some days that were amazing.

But there were more that just weren't what they should have been.

Thankfully, I've got 4 more weeks to get my butt in gear and hit these workouts HARD! No more excuses. If I'm a little late for work, I'm a little late for work. It's not the end of the world. :) Thankfully, my boss isn't very strict about what time I get in.

I'm halfway through the #BikiniSeries!

Here are the numbers:

StartWeek 3Week 5
Weight160.4 lbs158.8 lbs161.4 lbs
Waist37.5"35.5"37"
Hips42"41.5"41.5"
Arms12"12.2512"
Thighs24.5"24.2524.25"

My weight fluctuates SO MUCH! Which is probably why I don't really put too much stock in that number.

Didn't I tell you that I slacked a bit during weeks 3-4? You can tell because I didn't really gain much momentum with losing inches - especially in my waist.

I've got 4 more weeks! Let's do this!!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Workout Recap + May 10 Meal Plan

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!

I did a quick Google search this morning for an image or something, since it's Mother's Day, but instead found this Ed Sheeran video.



Before I get into my workout recap, today is the last day to enter to win a free race entry to Run Laughlin in December. You can enter here.

Workout Recap


Sunday: Ride the Wind 16-mile race. Recap definitely coming this week!

Monday: Bikini Buns & Thighs.

Tuesday: Bikini Yoga Flow.

Wednesday: Mermaid Workout. Pink Flamingo Workout.

Thursday: HIITy Bitty Bikini. itty bitty BIKINI! Tone It Up AB Workout.

Friday: REST

Saturday: FroYo 5k.

I feel like my workouts were a little halfhearted last week. Time to kick it back up for the 2nd half of the Bikini Series!


What's for Dinner?


What's for Dinner? Week of Feb 22nd

I know the key to success with both scale and non-scale victories is to eat right, and doing that usually involves taking time to prepare a meal plan. BUT I just didn't feel like it this weekend. So, we'll be winging it this week. Hopefully, we do all right with that.

It's been a while since we've been able to get Bountiful Baskets, but we'll get one this coming Saturday. It's so much easier for me to meal plan on the weeks we get a basket full of delicious produce.

What are you cooking up this week?
How were your workouts last week?
Any big plans for Mother's Day?


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

Monday, May 4, 2015

Workout Recap + May 3 Meal Plan

I feel like I'm really falling behind on my recaps - visit to the Grand Canyon, Ragnar Trail Zion, Zion National Park and now Ride the Wind 16-mile recap.

If you watched my Ultimate Coffee Date video on Saturday, you know that I have a couple more races coming up this month as well.

So, my goal is to write at least one recap this week. :)

Workout Recap


Sunday: REST

Monday: Hiity Bitty Bikini Workout. #BikiniSeries Abs move of the week. #BikiniAbs.

Tuesday: Bikini Buns & Thighs Routine. Take Me To The Sea.

Wednesday: KettleToning. Foam Rolling.

Thursday: Mermaid workout. Sun-kissed Abs.

Friday: Jump Your Heart Out. Holiday Cocktail Dress Arm Routine.

Saturday: Bikini Yoga ☀ BIKINI SERIESBIKINI SERIES™ Sunset Workout by Tone It UpBeach Yoga with Karena - Tone It Up!

I ended up skipping 2 runs last week, because I knew I was going to be running a 16-miler on Sunday. At least I stuck to all the rest of my workouts. I do think they helped out on the trails yesterday.


What's for Dinner?


What's for Dinner? Week of Feb 22nd

Keeping it very simple this week. I did go to the grocery store on Saturday, but I didn't really go with a great plan. I just picked up some staples and will be making dinners based of what we have on hand. :-)

Sunday: Leftovers

Monday: Turkey burgers

Tuesday: Crockpot Lasagna

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Chicken and Cheese Roll-ups

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: Pasta with red sauce

Breakfast:
Smoothies

Lunches:
Salads
Sandwiches

Snacks/Dessert:
Yogurt with Hemp Hearts
Fruit
Hummus with carrots

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.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Ultimate Coffee Date - May 2015

Good morning!

It is absolutely gorgeous outside this morning as I sip on my coffee and catch up during the Ultimate Coffee Date. The wind is calm, the sky is blue, and the temperature is perfect.

If we were having coffee today... I would tell you about my winning week! I was the Week 3 winner for the #RockYourCore challenge in April, and got a huge box of goodies from Quest Nutrition - protein powder packets, protein bars, and even some protein chips. I also won entry to the Zion Half Marathon next March. Super excited for that!!

If we were having coffee today... I would tell you about all the races I have coming up - starting with a 16-miler tomorrow. A 16-miler that I decided to do last weekend (and registered for on Monday). Needless to say, I haven't really trained or prepared for it, but I'm excited about it nonetheless.

May 3 - Ride the Wind 16-miler
May 9 - FroYo 5k
May 30 - WildLand Fire Awareness Trail Half Marathon
July 31 - Once in a Blue Moon - Shoot the Moon - Three 5ks, One Night
Dec 5 - Run Laughlin Half Marathon

This will probably be it for my 2015 race schedule (unless I get a sponsor or a race sugar daddy) due to financial reasons, but I'll still try to get in as much running as possible. It's what I do. :-)

If we were having coffee today... I'd also mention that I was an ambassador for the Run Laughlin Half Marathon. You should totally join me for a fun #racecation. Use promo code EnjoyTheCourse to save $15 off the Half Marathon or $5 off the 5K. Or enter below to win a free entry!

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If we were having coffee today... I'd tell you about our trip to the Grand Canyon at the beginning of April. It was magnificent - especially the sunset. We definitely want to go back again! I need to write a full post about that trip soon!


Grand Canyon

I'd probably also mention how we spent some time at Zion National Park, coming back from Ragnar Trail Zion last week. Again, another post I need to write.


Zion National Park

Another reason to love living in Vegas. So many national and state parks within a few hours drive. Awe inspiring!!

If you really want to feel like we're having coffee together, check out my vlog from this morning. I talk about the above and more. :-)



Now that we're all caught up, hop on over to the Ultimate Coffee Date hosts (Deb, Coco, or Lynda) to have coffee with a bunch of other fun bloggers!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

#BikiniSeries 2-week Check-in

Good morning, Fitfam!!

I'm going to stray off topic this morning for The Fit Dish to check-in with my progress with the Bikini Series 8-week challenge.



I kind of just jumped right into this challenge with no idea of how it was going to go and no real experience following a plan with the Tone It Up girls.

I'M HAVING SO MUCH FUN WITH THIS CHALLENGE!

I've been pretty good about following their workout plans for weeks 1 and 2.

I'm not so good about following their evening challenges, which are more mindful and less physical. Easier for me to skip.

One of their evening challenges the first day was to write some goals for the 8 weeks.

I drew a blank and skipped the goal setting. I wasn't sure what I wanted to accomplish - other than to look better good in a bikini.

After following along for 2 weeks, here are some goals I've come up with for the remaining 6 weeks.


**Complete a Tone It Up HIIT video without any breaks**

I'm loving all of the HIIT videos I've tried so far, but they are a struggle for me! Especially when they throw in burpees. I would love to be able to HIIT it up without any pause or mini breaks.

**Jump rope for 1 minute without tripping**

I did one of the workouts called Jump Your Heart Out, and I think the best I did was maybe 10-15 seconds without tripping on the jump rope. I definitely want to be a better jump roper. :)

**Noticeably tone up my arms and belly**

This is is my least concrete goal. I didn't want to put a number on it, because dropping numbers on the scale or even losing inches might not get me the overall effect I'm looking for. But I'll know it when I see it. :)

Speaking of numbers, here's what the first 2 weeks got me. I know, I know. I just said it wasn't about the numbers, but numbers can still be fun. :)

StartWeek 3
Weight160.4 lbs158.8 lbs
Waist37.5"35.5"
Hips42"41.5"
Arms12"12.25
Thighs24.5"24.25

I'm really pleased with my results so far after the first 2 weeks, and I'm excited to see how it all comes together by the end!


Now, the actual topic for The Fit Dish today is What Makes a Woman Inspiring? I think it's a great topic, so now that you've read all about my #BikiniSeries progress, go check out our hosts Jill Conyers at JillConyers.com and Jessica Joy at TheFitSwitch.org to read all about how women find women inspiring.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Workout Recap + Apr 26 Meal Plan

I just got back from Ragnar Trail Zion. As always, it was a whirlwind of a weekend with gorgeous scenery, one magnificent run, rain, mud, one not-so-magnificent run, a fabulous house, and a trip through Zion National Park.

It's definitely worthy of a recap (or two) of its own.

In the meantime, let me step back and try to recap my entire week.

Workout Recap


Sunday: 5 sun salutations. 4 mile trail run (Bootleg Canyon).

Monday: 4 mile run (10:19 pace). #BikiniSeries Total Body Mermaid Workout.

Tuesday: Hiity Bitty Bikini Workout.

Wednesday: Jump Your Heart Out Workout. KettleToning.

Thursday: Hump Day HIIT. Bikini Arms.

Friday: Yellow Loop (3.82 miles) and Green Loop (3.75 miles) for Ragnar Trail Zion.

Saturday: REST. And volunteering at the transition tent in the afternoon.

In summary, a pretty great week! #BikiniSeries is going great. Ragnar Trail Zion was amazing.


What's for Dinner?


What's for Dinner? Week of Feb 22nd

There was so much food leftover from Ragnar. No one else from my team wanted it, so I brought it home. I ended up returning home with much more than I left with. lol.

But now, I've got a hodgepodge of food that needs to be consumed, and since it's Sunday evening already, it's unfortunately, going to be a hodgepodge of meals.

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, 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?

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.