A Day of Food: Sick Day

I have a confession to make……I really enjoyed talking about food with all y’all last week.

I’m glad I decided to do a WIAW post because it really showed that what I thought my feelings were about sharing my food, weren’t actually my feelings about sharing my food. Did that make sense? Maybe?

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Anyway before I even posted my food last week, I was already taking pictures of what I ate when I was home sick. See, I’m approaching this whole posting food on my blog thing as a way to show how I eat for different days: sick days, running days, lazy days, etc.

While I’m a super boring eater, I do eat differently depending on the day and my hunger levels (and sometimes I even remember to take pictures!) and while I would never claim to the healthiest person out there, I do think it’s important to show how I fit food into my day.

Typically, when I’m not feeling well, I revert back to being a six year old. White bread and easy carbs for me please 🙂

Breakfast

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You would need to pry coffee from my cold dead hand for me to give it up. Yes, even when I am sick. Sorry, not happening.

(Shout out to Ann for the kick ass mug for my collection!!)

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Instead of my usual green smoothie, oatmeal sounded pretty much perfect to my feverish and dizzy body.

These were amazing. Seriously amazing. I’m so glad I picked them up and I can’t wait to eat more of them! ❤

Snack

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Mmmmm. Nuts. <–TWSS

That is all.

Lunch

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I popped over to the store to buy….something? I think it was zucchini for dinner, anyway, I saw bagels and I just knew I was going to be shoving a bagel into my facehole for lunch.

I love bagels so much, but rarely eat them and I appreciated every bite of this one – topped with dill cream cheese. So yum!

Snack

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Cheese and crackers will always be the most perfect snack. Always.

Dinner

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This pan of amazingness is all thanks to Amy. When she posted about sweet potato, zucchini and runny eggs I knew I’d be making it sometime soon. It just sounded like healthy comfort food to my sick body. I even branched out and sprinkled nutritional yeast on it to give it a cheesey flavour. Who am I?!

Tell me: What do you crave when you’re feeling under the weather?

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 I’m also going to link up for What I Ate Wednesday for the second week in a row!

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The Leg Bone’s Connected to the Shin Bone

I’m pumped to (cautiously) say that I think my peroneal tendonitis has been mostly cleared up!

A huge shout out to Kelsey at Spine Guys and Dr Hayer at Back and Body Health for getting my body back to normal. Ish.

Last Tuesday I went to my chiropractor for an adjustment and boy, did my body ever need it! After my Tuesday adjustment I noticed a huge difference in my running on Wednesday. So much so that I think a lot of my leg issues have to do with my hips being uneven.

For years I’ve battled with my left hip rolling up and in, basically shortening my left leg and the left side of my body.

I’ve also dealt with shin splints and peroneal tendonitis on my right side as well as my right ribs slipping out.

So in my completely not-a-doctor opinion, I’ve decided it’s all connected. I’ve used my epic skills in MS Paint to draw a diagram which will hopefully help with my explanation. If not? It’s still a totally epic drawing.

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I hope my drawing and summary makes sense.

After my adjustment last Tuesday and my speed work on Wednesday I had zero pain in my right leg. Seriously. ZERO!

My chiro instructed me to do some work to get my body used to being even (confession: I may have made a zillion trips to the bathroom mirror on Tuesday and Wednesday to check the alignment of my hips) so I’ve been doing squats, lunges, bridges and leg lifts to help isolate my glutes and convince my left side to start engaging.

And? Here is where I eat my words from last week. I said I don’t post mini-workouts on my blog and now I’m going to post one for you. I suppose that’s a perk to this being my blog – I can change my mind if I so choose 🙂

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I try to complete this workout after every run, it takes about 4 minutes. How do I know it takes four minutes? Well, when I make tea I set a time to steep it (otherwise I’d completely forget) and in the time it took my tea to steep I was able to complete my workout 🙂

Amanda also has a wonderful post on overcoming quad dependence and strengthening glutes here

I also found an excellent workout from the NTC app I spoke about last week. It’s in the Get Focused section and is the Perfect Alignment workout by Gabby Douglas. The first time I did this I thought I was going to die after 10 minutes, so I guess that means it’s working, right?!

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The five exercises above are repeated three times for 15 minutes (go math!!) and, guys, it’s hard.

Note: since the NTC app is a free app and not a paid program or a workout prepared by a personal trainer I decided it’s okay to share on the blog. If you don’t have the app already, seriously – get it! 🙂

My hope is that by strengthening the weaker areas of my body (core and glutes) I’ll be able to teach my left hip to stay put and that will help prevent (or, at the very least, reduce) any injuries in the future.

Tell me: What are the weak areas in your body? What do you do to strengthen them?

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Let’s Talk Cross Training

I think by now, after me posting many (many!) weeks of running and workout plans, y’all can see I’m fairly good at running (provided I’m not sick or injured) but I’m absolutely awful at fitting in cross training.

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I really really want to change that, but I really struggle with the want to pick up weights after going for a long run.

I have no problem making myself run on the days where I may not exactly want to run, but for some reason I’m awful at applying that same mentality when it comes to cross training.

I’m not exactly sure what the answer is, but I do think making it easy it key for me. No fancy equipment, no crazy, “I will work out six days a week” plans.

Simple.

In. Out. Done. <– That’s what she said. Heh. 😉

So starting this week I’m using the Nike Training Club app on my phone for workouts. I’ve had this app for nearly two years and every time I use it I remember why I absolutely love it.

Some of the workouts require very little equipment, many of them ask for dumbbells (which I own), a stability ball (own one too!) or a resistance band (own that too!) so it’s pretty darn easy for me to do it in my living room.

My condo also has a full gym that I can use, so, not much room for excuses there!

I set myself up with a 4-week plan (new in the last update of the app) with the goal of “get toned”. The NTC app has three goals: get lean, get toned, or get strong and in each of those you can select beginner (me – for now!), intermediate or advanced. There are also 15 minute quick fix workouts that include abs, yoga, stretching and focused workouts.

My plan for the next four weeks is to complete my three strength workouts M/W/F and also do a 15 minute ab workout 3x/week as well. I know my core is really week and that definitely makes running a challenge, so to help with that, abs it is!

I’d like to include yoga, but I really don’t want to get too crazy with my plan here. If it works, I’ll do yoga 2-3x per week, but if not, I won’t beat myself up over it.

I also hope this will help strengthen my legs so I can stop dealing with lower leg issues.

Tell me: How do you motivate yourself to cross train?

Move. Nourish. Believe.

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I recently found out I was accepted/appointed/whatever it doesn’t matter because it’s awesome as a Sweat Pink Ambassador.

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WOOOO.

Wait. What’s a Sweat Pink Ambassador you ask?

We believe that kicking ass is best done in pretty shoes. We’ve learned that real women sweat, and sweat hard. We know that assertiveness, strength, and ambition are the ultimate feminine qualities. We concede that sometimes it takes hours to get ready, but we’re also no strangers to just rolling out of bed and going. We’re convinced that we run faster in pink shoelaces. We believe in pushing ourselves, and we believe in giving ourselves a break, too. We’re all about the rush of endorphins and the thrill of the challenge. We’re all for looking great and feeling even better. We’re committed to finding our best fit, and making it stick. We sweat pink.

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That sounds pretty awesome to me! 😀

From February 3 – February 21 the Sweat Pink Community and Lorna Jane are holding a Move Nourish Believe Blogger Challenge.

Here’s how it works:
1. Each day throughout the month there is a new challenge. Conquer the daily challenges and post a picture of yourself doing so on Twitter or Instagram. Tag @LornaJaneActive & @FitApproach along with #mnbchallenge #sweatpink #lornajane
2. At the end of each week, recap your successes on your blog and/or Facebook page. Each blog post equals five bonus entries! Share the blog post on Twitter and tag @LornaJaneActive & @FitApproach. 
**In order to win the $1000 shopping spree, you MUST participate in all 21 of the daily photo challenges.

What are the challenges, you ask? (another great question, by the way!)

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I don’t know about you, but I’d surely love to win $1000 of fitness clothes, so you’d better believe I’ll be participating in the challenge – and you can too! Just head on over to the Facebook Event and join – don’t forget to post your pictures each day!

You should also check out the Move Nourish Believe website for inspiration and daily challenges.

I’m super pumped that this is my first official challenge as a Sweat Pink Ambassador – I’m already loving the community, and the pink shoelaces are just a bonus! 🙂

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Yes, that is 15 pairs of shoelaces 🙂 I made sure to get enough for my Orlando and SeaWheeze running pals!

I’ll be posting to Instagram and Twitter daily throughout the challenge and will also be recapping my week here on Sunday’s. Don’t forget to join the Facebook event and leave me a comment if you’re also going to participate!

Tell me: Will you be particiapting in February’s Move Nourish Believe challenge?

If you’re looking for more inspiration (I know!) you can also check out the Move Nourish Believe featured bloggers:

Angela from Happy Fit Mama
(http://happyfitmama.com/)
Jill from http://jillconyers.com/
Laura from Fit Running Mama
(http://fitrunningmama.com/)
Astrid from Better Believe Fit
(http://BetterBelieveFit.com/)
Katie from Healthy Heddleston (http://www.katieheddleston.com/)
Maddie from Fit Approach
(http://fitapproach.com/)
Debbie from Live from LaQuinta (http://livefromlaquinta.com/)
Shannon from Badass Fitness (http://www.badassfitness.com/badass-blog/)
Jenny from Jenny Hodges is Metamorfit (http://metamorfit.org/)
Danielle from It’s A Harleyyy Life
(http://itsaharleyyylife.com/)
Kalee from Sorey Fitness
(www.soreyfitness.com)
Lynda from Fitnessmomwinecountry
(http://fitnessmomwinecountry.com/)
Lindsay from Fit & Awesome
(http://fitandawesome.com/)
Marcia from Marcia’s Healthy Slice
(http://marciashealthyslice.com/)
Giselle from My Healthy Happy Home
(http://myhealthyhappyhome.cim/)
Presley from Run Pretty
(http://runprettyblog.com/)

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Link Love: 1/25

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Once again it’s Saturday! I hope you partied last night and slept in this morning 🙂

I most certainly did not party last night. I was in bed before 9pm (yup, on a Friday. I’m a party animal, I tell ya!) because I was exhausted. If I didn’t make dinner, I probably would have been asleep by 7pm.

I have a TON of awesome posts to share with you again today. There are a lot. This leads me to believe a) I read too many blogs (probably true) and b) I read blogs written by awesome bloggers (also true).

I hope you’re able to find an awesome post or two in here.

Images (source, source)

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Popular This Week

Running Lately

Thinking Out Loud: 1/23

2013 in review

My Motto

My thoughts on dieting and calorie counting

Link Love

Why I Won’t Apologize For My Body via Lift Me Up Fitness <– read this. Then read it again. And maybe again. This post was awesome and I really needed to hear these words this week.

How To Know If You’re A Controlling Person via Storyline Blog <– this post came to me at just the right time. I’ve been questioning the actions of someone in my life for a while, to try to understand them so I can predict the outcome, just as mentioned in the post. It was a good reminder that I’m responsible for my life and to live my life in the best way that I can (something I’ve really been focusing on for the past year) and I can’t do a dang thing about what someone else does – even if it’s frustrating as all heck.

Crossfit: A Love, Hate Relationship via The Little Honey Bee <– Amy does a great job articulating my issues with crossfit – namely if it isn’t strength training and Paleo, it’s bad.

Blogger Etiquette: Commenting via Sprouts and Squats <– I love this honest post from Jan. Like Jan, I don’t comment on every blog I read, but if you comment on my blog, I always try to visit your blog and leave a comment AND I try to respond to comments (I’m just not sure how the notification works in WordPress….do you guys actually get my replies? Bueller?)

Why Tracking Calories or IIFYM Isn’t For ME, (but it may be for you!) via Life Me Up Fitness <– dang, Janine is NAILING me with her posts this week. I LOVE THIS one 🙂

Removing The Perfect Life Perception via The Big Man’s World <– I do my best to be real here, without divulging too much infomation about certain personal situations. I don’t do it to be secretive, but because I respect the privacy of people in my life. I no way try to appear perfect, but I do try to keep the whining and pity parties to a minimum.

Enough Is Enough via Lift Me Up Fitness <– this post kills it. Truly!

How Big Is Your Penis via Buzzfeed <– I, uh….think the quiz might be, err, rigged.

Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Get Married to Save Money via Long Drive Journey <– take this to heart kids, your life does not begin when you get married, so make sure you’re living it now.

A Double Standard via Nutty for Life <– what are you thoughts on the messages from magazines?

11 Facts Everyone Should Know About Orca Captivity via Buzzfeed <– after watching Blackfish I’m a little passionate about this (if you haven’t seen Blackfish and The Cove, watch them!)

I Wish I Could Stop via Keep It Up David

Body Love vs. The Desire To Be Thin via Honey I Shrunk The Gretchen <– this is such a great post. I think it’s so true that a lot of times we’re stuck because being told to love our body and seeing pictures in the media saying we must be thin to be worthy. Love love love Gretchen! (Also, read Terra).

#YOLO: How to Live Life to It’s Fullest via Feminine Muscle <– I LOVE the points Taylor makes in this post.

Q&A Part 1: Blogging and Biz via Fit Foodie Finds

My Love/Hate Lululemon Relationship via Read.Bake.RUN.Repeat <– yeah, Krista said it with far less profanity than I would have. Actually, if you want to know how I feel, just read my Twitter stream or my comment on her blog because OH.MY.GOSH. what a clusterfuck Thursday was. My tolerance for bullshit is all of about zero on a good day so all this #unicornhappyyoga bullshit about did me in.

27 Truly Magnificant Peanut Butter Desserts via Buzzfeed

Why Companies Should Eliminate the Popularity Contest via RunWiki

Tell me: What’s a post you loved this week?

How How I Feel Affects My Body Image

Ugh, what a totally awkward post title, but I’m assuming y’all understand what I mean 😉

It’s no secret that I’ve been not 100% healthy for a little over a month. I’ve done my best not to whine about it, but not being able to run, cross train and go to yoga has really started to affect me.

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Last Wednesday I had an absolutely crap-tastic treadmill run. I set out to do an easy 10k and 5 minutes in I knew it probably wasn’t going to happen. I kept trying to stay positive and set a mini goal of making it to 30 minutes and then evaluating from there. Well, at 23 minutes I stopped running and walked the remaining 7 minutes.

Crap-tastic, indeed.

What I noticed after the run, is I started feeling bad about my body.

I started picking at how my pants fit, at how I’d gained (a small amount of) weight over the Christmas break.

Pick. Pick. Pick.

I know that feeling unwell and not being able to do the things I know I capable of doing affects how I feel about myself – this was a perfect example.

Gaining 4-6 pounds because I’ve been sick for, oh, roughly six weeks, and survived off alcohol and sugar for a week over Christmas is hardly significant. Like, barely.

My clothes all fit the same(ish), and I don’t feel all wibbly-wobbly (mostly) when I move.

But –

I don’t feel healthy.

Running, yoga, cross training: these are all things I include in my life because they make me feel better. It’s one thing to choose not to run because I have other commitments, it’s another to be unable to run because I’m not well.

I’m perfectly fine making a choice to take a day or two off from running when it’s my choice, but I really do feel like my body is betraying me with this dang cold because right now?! It’s not my choice.

I made the decision to take last Thursday off from running because my run on Wednesday made me feel worse. <– dumb.

I have no issues running through a cold (the sinus infection was completely different) but I’m not willing to push my recovery to healthfulness back just so I can get a few runs in, especially if those runs top out at 20 minutes because I can’t continue.

Can we also talk about how frustrating it is to run for 20 minutes and then have to take a freaking shower because I may have only ran for 20 minutes but I’m still a sweaty beast and needed (seriously, needed) to shower. How freaking stupid.

It’s certainly been eye-opening for me to see the distinct connection between how I feel health-wise and how I feel about my body.

Tell me: Does how you feel health-wise correlate to how you feel about your body?

[recipe] Spinach, Bacon and Sweet Potato Salad

As promised, here’s the recipe that’s been making my lunches this week somewhat more kick-ass than usual.

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I found this recipe in my much-loved (already) Runner’s World Cookbook, but did make a few modifications to the recipe as well.

Spinach, Bacon and Sweet Potato Salad

(adapted from Runner’s World Cookbook)

  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite size pieces
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 slices thick cut bacon (I used 4 because that’s what I had)
  • 1 red bell pepper cored and chopped (totally forgot to include this)
  • 1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced (I dislike red onions, so I used white)
  • 1 tablespoon peeled and minced fresh ginger (I used store-bought salad dressing so this was omitted)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin (I used store-bought salad dressing so this was omitted)
  • Juice from 1 orange (I used store-bought salad dressing so this was omitted)
  • 1 pound fresh spinach

I didn’t bother peeling the sweet potatoes before roasting them – I scrubbed them well and don’t mind the peel so much, so I took the lazy route and cut them up and roasted them at 400 for 30 minutes.

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While the potatoes were roasting I cooked up four slices of bacon and hardboiled four eggs (one of my tweaks to the recipe).

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After the bacon was cooked, I drained off the fat (but didn’t wipe the pan) and added 1 yellow onion and one container of sliced cremini mushrooms (tweak #2) and cooked those until slightly softened.

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To assemble for work, I put the spinach and egg in one container, the sweet potatoes, mushrooms and onions in a second container, and the dressing in a third.

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Here’s what the three containers look like when I’m getting ready to eat.

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And here’s what it looks like all assembled.

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Runner’s World has the calorie count, but since I don’t count calories, I don’t much care 🙂

Tell me: What kind of lunches do you take to work?

Why You Should Run SeaWheeze

In 2012 I found out about SeaWheeze about a month before the race, and it was most certainly sold out at that point, so right then and there I decided I’d be running SeaWheeze in 2013.

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I wasted no time in signing up for the 2013 SeaWheeze race even though I had no one to go with. No matter, I was able to meet up with my friend Lexie and we had the most amazing time together (you can read my recaps here, here, here and here).

Now with just 15 days to go before 2014 SeaWheeze registration, I want to encourage you to sign up so you can run it with me!

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For SeaWheeze 2013 I strayed from my tried and true Running Room plan and used the Lululemon provided plan and I think it worked out pretty well for me, considering I PR’d and all 🙂

Right now I believe there are 4 (including me) awesome ladies from Calgary coming, my friend Lexie from Vancouver (and her sister, I think?) and (hopefully!) a from Victoria. In my perfect world, we will rent an amazing suite close to the start/finish line (unlike my looong walk last year!) to maximize awesomeness (killer hotel room and location! location! location!) and minimize the cost.

So, I want to convince you to sign up for SeaWheeze to run it with me! (Just register after I do, so I get my spot, okay?!).

Never ran a half marathon before?

Don’t worry about it. The race is 7 months away. Let me tell you, seven months is more than enough time to get training. Seriously!

SeaWheeze doesn’t really focus on being competitive, as there are no age group awards, the idea is just to run and have fun while doing it! Perks also include exclusive Lululemon gear (sorry credit card), free massages, an awesome brunch, yoga and a concert.

Not sure how to train?

That’s where the Lululemon training plan and I come in!

You may not know this, but I spent years coaching speed and synchronized swimming and, although I’m not certified, I really want to be your coach/cheerleader/person to inspire and motivate you to run SeaWheeze!

If you’re in Calgary and are planning to run SeaWheeze – let me know! I want to connect with you – maybe we can go on runs together, or we can meet for coffee, or email back and forth about how you feel your training is going. You can also download RunKeeper (it’s FREE!) for your iPhone (and Andriod, I think?) so we can keep up with each other’s training – you just need to friend me here.

I’ll be updating my blog with the training plan once it’s released and I hope to do a weekly training post as well to answer any questions, address any training issues and just keep people motivated!

Still on the fence about it?

Leave me a comment below or send me an email through my contact form with any questions or concerns you may have. I had so much fun in Vancouver last year (Vancouver is one of my most favourite cities in the world) that I plan on running SeaWheeze every year!

Are you a guy and thinking about running SeaWheeze? Not to fear! About 10% of the people last year were guys – and you’ll be surrounded by a sea of females all in Luon, it’s a can’t lose situation!!

Tell me: Will I see you in Vancouver in August?

Weekly Plan: 1/6-1/12

Well, geeze, it sure has been a long time since I’ve done one of these, hasn’t it?

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Since I plan on being healthy and getting back into running, meal planning and reducing my grocery budget, I might as well get right to it, huh?

Exercise

Monday 14km run (to make up missing my run on January 1)
Greatist WOD
Tuesday Off
Wednesday 10km run
Greatist WOD
Yin Yoga
Thursday 11km run
Friday Greatist WOD
Saturday 8km run
Yoga Sculpt
Sunday 13km run

I’ve lucked out a bit in that this is a rest week from what was supposed to be hardcore training (week 10 per my training plan) so I’m confident I’ll be able to complete my runs as I did run 10km without any issue on December 30, I’ll just need to pay close attention to my intensity and make sure I’m getting enough rest. I’ve also taken a break from my Vega supplements, and I’ll be introducing those as I would like to minimize muscle soreness when recovering from my runs.

Breakfast

After taking a 2 week break from my smoothies, I’m pretty pumped to be consuming them on a daily basis. My break consisted of a lot of cinnamon buns and toast with PB. Oh, hello carbs.

I really like starting my day off with a green smoothie as I know I’m giving my body the nutrients it craves right off the bat (how’s that for some HLB talk?!). Seeing as I had a day or two where I consumed, oh, one serving of fruits and veggies, I’ll be super happy to up the fruits and veggies.

Lunch

One big reason I purchased the Runner’s World Cookbook was because I’m always lacking in lunch ideas. That’s probably why for the past few months I’ve been living off baked sweet potatoes and crockpot cream cheese chicken chili. It’s time to change things up a bit!

This week I’ll be eating Spinach, Bacon and Sweet Potato Salad (recipe to come later this week!). Since I already have a love affair with sweet potatoes (and who doesn’t love bacon?!) this seems like a great lunch for me.

Snacks

After my crazy Costco run, I’m stocked on trail mix, and I’ll be pairing it with apples, bananas, and greek yogurt for fuel.

Dinners

I currently have a spinach and peanut curry in my fridge that I’ll pair with naan and coconut rice one evening for dinner (possibly on a weekend as I might be spinached out after having it twice a day for breakfast and lunch) and I’ve been loving wraps with chicken and salad, with extra salad on the side! I also have some frozen salmon and a butternut squash.

I never quite know how much energy I’ll have after work, so I do like to play dinner by ear sometimes and I know I’ll end up cooking for friends, or going out, once a week or so as well, so I try not to plan my dinners too closely – I just make sure I have sufficient food in my fridge/freezer and go from there.

Tell me: Do you have a plan for the upcoming week?

2014 Fitness Goals

Oh. Goals.

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My focus on 2013 was mainly on running. Running and dealing with a whole bunch of personal shiz-nit that didn’t ever really make it onto the blog. Now that that stuff is kinda sorta mostly dealt with (ish), I’m looking forward to 2014 and what I hope to accomplish fitness-wise during this upcoming year.

1. Keep running

My 2013 running goals were as follows, run SeaWheeze (this was decided way back in 2012) and run a marathon. The marathon goal was one I went back and forth on, but I’m so glad it worked out for me to do it, even with all my crazy busy summer weekends.

Right now my 2014 has two races on the calendar: Glass Slipper Challenge in Disney World in Feb, 50k Ultra in Calgary on June 1 (six months!!) and SeaWheeze in Vancouver in August. I’m not yet certain if I want to sign up for any more races yet (I love traveling to races, but my bank account does not. I’m also traveling to the US two (maybe 3) times between July and October, so 2014 may be a light running year).

Even if I don’t have a bunch of races on the calendar in the fall, I’m planning on keeping my momentum with Run This Year. The idea is to complete 2014 miles OR kilometers OR your own goal in 2014. If you’re looking for some motivation and maybe want to win a prize or two, check it out and sign up!

2. Do more yoga

I did a ton of yoga in February and March of 2013 and then it kind of just fell off. My focus was running and I’m not always super keen on hot yoga in the summer. That said, yoga has done amazing things for me physically and mentally and I want to keep it up.

I’d also like to complete a 30-day yoga challenge at some point this year. I’ve signed up for three of them in the past and never finished, so I’d love to be able to check that off the list. My yoga studio has a 30-day challenge starting on January 13, but considering that’s just 5 weeks before Disney, I’m thinking this probably isn’t the best of ideas……Instead I’d like to go to yoga twice as week, once on Tuesday for a Yin class and once on Saturday for a yoga and weight class. I have 14 classes left on my card, so twice a week that will take me to Disney and I’ll see how best to incorporate yoga into my ultra training.

3. Cross train

It’s become pretty obvious that my abs are super weak and I know doing strength training will help with my races and keep me from getting injured. I’ve really enjoyed the Greatist WOD’s so I’d like to start the 3-day a week program, so I’ll be doing strength training Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The great thing about these workouts is they only take 20-30 minutes, so I really should be able to fit them into my day, unless I’m feeling super lazy.

4. Get a gym pass

Depending on how running goes and what (if any) races I sign up for in the fall, I’d like to get back into going to gym classes on a semi-regular basis. When I moved from the ‘burbs to downtown in 2009 I left my favourite gym and there were no longer any locations convenient to downtown, so I stopped going to the gym on the regular. Now my favourite gym is opening a location downtown in the Spring and I’d love to get a pass so I can start attending some more group exercise classes.

5. Try spinning

There’s a spin studio a block away from my condo and it looks awesome. I’d thought about trying spinning this fall, but I kept running instead. If/when I take a bit of a break from running, I want to try spinning. I’m not sure I’d be able to do a 30-day challenge like I want to do with yoga, but I would like to buy a 30-day introductory pass to give it a shot and see how I like it.

Tell me: Do you have any fitness goals for 2014?