Marathon Help!

So lately I have been reading recaps upon recaps of marathons, half marathons, hat trick races, 5K’s, you guys know what I am talking about. Now don’t get me wrong I am not complaining in the slightest bit (my wallet might be though), but it has sparked an interest in me! Thinking back it has been two years since my first half marathon. I loved training for it, well the small bit of training that I did do. I also played soccer in college, and I loved practice and working towards a goal. Right now I workout. I go to the gym and I lift weights, then I do some cardio and don’t get me wrong it makes me feel good! But I miss working towards a goal. I want to train for something. To follow a plan for a reason. So that is why I am pretty set on taking the next step in my running journey. I think after contemplating for a year I want to embark on the marathon!

After reading up on marathon training I think I have the year of prep work under control. I have been running consistently for a year, although lately my mileage has gone down I feel I have about 20 miles a week. But I need your advice! I have read so many of you experiencing the marathon, but I am not sure what is right for me! How long do you train? What is a good program to follow? Any good races you have heard of in Ohio? Have any further advice, like how many pairs of shoes will I need to invest in? Or any good gear suggestions?

I know this is a huge commitment, and obviously I am not wanting to run a marathon in the winter in Ohio so I am shooting for the spring! So let me have it! I would really appreciate your thoughts!

WIAW: Remembered!

It has been forever since I remembered to get my photos for a WIAW, but finally I remembered!

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So here are my eats from Tuesday! I have started to light weights again in the mornings. I am one of those crazy weird kids who like to workout on an empty stomach so I usually don’t eat a pre-workout snack, I choose two breakfasts after. Although I don’t think it is necessary to include protein powder in your diet I find it so much more convenient than making some type of protein. I have been drinking skoop protein powder. It has a cake batter type taste and although I have just been mixing it with water for work it is so nice to make a nice smoothie with the trader joes cherry blend!

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Breakfast #2: One hardboiled egg and one egg white with a side of roasted spinach and peppers

For awhile I had been not eating the egg yolks. I am not a huge fan of the taste but after coming home from work in need of some food due to my lack of fat content in the beginning of the day I decided it was time to add some healthy fat! So the yolks have been a staple in my diet and the taste is definitely catching on!

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Lunch: Brown rice, chicken and broccoli and the remaining egg yolk mixed with some apple cider vinegar, mustard and sweetener.

I have been loving brown rice lately! With the temperatures getting colder outside I have been wanting to switch up my usual salads to something more comforting and warm and switching to rice was great it tasted like chicken and rice soup just without the broth.

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Afternoon Snack: Rice cake with sugar free syrup, half of a black forest yogurt, and two mini pumpkin muffins topped with peanut butter.

I found a wonderful protein pumpkin muffin recipe online and decided to double it to make muffins, well what do you know I only have a mini muffin tin at my house, so mini muffins they are! They are so good, and sadly I missed the link of the recipe I got them from :(

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Dinner: Egg whites with go veggie cheddar cheese, roasted sweet potato and roasted spinach, peppers, and onions seasoned with chopped garlic.

I have been having lactose problems, my digestive system just seems to hate everything good haha but I finally broke down and bought some go veggie cheddar cheese and my oh my it is delicious!

And since I am in love with nighttime snacks I am sure I will have one but I am calling it a night for social media related things for now, so sorry I won’t be sharing (since I type my posts the night before). With rain pounding it is time for some tea, netflix and entertaining this guy! Have a great Wednesday everyone :)

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Manitoba Hemp Hearts Review

Today I have a great review for you guys. Through my ambassadorship with Sweat Pink I was given the opportunity to try Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts. For the review I was given a nice little bag of hemp hearts. When I had first heard of the product hemp, my first thought was “isn’t that what bracelets are made of?” I had never actually heard of people eating them, nor did I know they were such a super food! So I wanted to start off with a little background on them before I shared the wonderful recipe that I came up with that turned out great with the addition to some hemp hearts!

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So what is hemp? Well hemp is not only food, but as the website states it can be used as “clothing, rope, paper, building materials, animal bedding/herd, plastic, paint, fuel – the list of hemp applications goes go on and on.” So as many of you are probably impressed with hemp being so versatile. But since Harvest Hemp Hearts focus on the nutritional aspect I want to focus on the comparison of hemp hearts to really show what a super food they are. First of all the taste. Hemp hearts have a nutty taste which if you add nuts to everything like I do will make a great addition to your diet! They are a great source of omega with 10 grams per 30 gram serving. They are also a great protein source for vegetarians or anyone as they are a complete protein all on their own. Hemp hearts are also great for getting your magnesium for the day, with 181 mg for 30 grams. The best part is they are completely natural, a raw and whole-food, which is what we should aim to keep in our diet most the time.

If you are interested in learning more about hemp hearts you might love to hear the comparison between them and our beloved chia and flax seeds. I know I learned a lot through the comparison and was pleasantly surprised. Hemp hearts provide a better source of protein with 10 grams, while chia and flax only contain 4 and 5 grams. They are higher in omega with 10 grams compared to 8 grams in flax and 6.5 grams in chia. And for those fitness junkies watching their carbs hemp hearts are low in carbs with only 3 grams while flax seeds contain 8 grams and chia contain 12 grams.

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I absolutely loved the hemp hearts and after browsing their website I can’t wait to try out the protein powder they have. If you are interested in purchasing some check out the website using this link. And lucky for us Harvest Hemp was generous enough to offer all of my readers a 20% discount on all products using the code: HHSweatPink but make sure to jump on this opportunity as it expires November 30.

And now for my recipe! I have been loving those energy balls, and who wouldn’t with the base of peanut butter. So here is a peanut butter cup version!

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1/4-1/3 cup peanut butter
1-2 T hemp seeds
1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
2 REAL peanut butter cups, chopped finely
1 T vanilla protein powder

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Mix together, make into desired sized balls and then either stick in the freezer or the fridge.

Changing Up Your Routine

Do you guys ever get bored of your weekly routine? You know you wake up at x time everyday, you workout at x time everyday, you eat at x time everyday, you go to bed at x time everyday? Part of living a healthy lifestyle is about planning and sometimes that means having a routine to make sure you are prepared. But how often do you hear about someone losing weight and exercising and next thing you know they have gained all the weight back and more? Quite often. Part of that reason is because their routine became boring. One day they woke up at the same time to head to the same fitness class they do everyday and thought hey I don’t feel like going, why don’t I just sleep extra today. Then they are sitting at dinner with that same grilled chicken and veggies and see a commercial for tv. So why not just get the pizza from Papa Johns tonight, because I know I can’t stand to have chicken and veggies one more day. Without variety we become bored. Once we are bored we eventually will have to change our routine or we get stuck in a rut. So take today to change it up.

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Here are some tips that I have used in order to change up my routine and make life more interesting.

  • Try out a different workout. Although I do love attending Saturday morning spinning class, sometimes I just need a break. I love finding a good workout on all of your lovely blogs to try out for a change of pace. Here is one from The Fitnesstia that I tried out last week.
  • Try out a new recipe or restaurant for a change. And listen to your cravings! In the long run your body will thank you!
  • Try working out with a friend. Whether you try out a new fitness class with them or just running with a friend this will help not only with accountability but also change it up. What’s more fun than hanging out and getting fit with your best friend!
  • Try out a challenge. We see them everywhere, T-25, Squat Challenges, you get the idea. This can lead to a finding a whole new support system and making new friends :)
  • A change of scenery. This is my favorite. Running can become tedious, but once you change the location you instantly fall in love all over again. So whether this is changing up where your working out, eating, or even just hanging out, change it up and go somewhere new.

There are many ways to change it up, just don’t let yourself fall off track because you get bored with routine! Keep things interesting and don’t forget, don’t be afraid to try something new.

Take Time To Smell The Roses

Lately I have been feeling like spending less time rushing and more time just enjoying the moment. I have spent most of my short life always in anticipation for what comes next. When I was younger I was always wanting to be in a grade higher, another year older. When I hit 16 and could finally drive I wanted to be 18, for the freedom. Once I hit 18 I wanted to be 21, so I could drink and have another right. When I was half way through college I wanted to be graduated and onto the real start of my life.

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But now I am here and my mindset has finally changed. Now instead of striving to be another year older or on to bigger and better things I find myself wanting to go back. Back to high school. Back to college. I want to go back and time and redo the things that I wish I would have done now. But seeing as I can’t I have decided to live in the moment. To stop rushing my workouts. To stop rushing to work. To stop speeding through life like I am chasing something. I have decided to stop and smell the roses. To enjoy what I am doing the moment I am doing it. Whether that be working on a project at work, working out, walking Benny or making dinner, I want to slow down. Enjoy life in the now. Life is far to short to be wishing you were somewhere else in life.

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Snap Shots Lounge and Bar

This weekend I got the treat of eating at one of my favorite local restaurants, Snap Shots Lounge and Bar. Snap Shots is located in Granville, Ohio. The restaurants style is considered causal aesthetic.

They serve delicious sandwiches, fresh salads and gourmet desserts. The food is mostly geared towards a great lunch spot but they are also open in the evenings with appetizers and a chef special for the day. The appetizers include truffle oil popcorn, oven roasted rosemary grapes, bacon wrapped smokies and more. With a full bar it is a great place for a late evening snack.

Now to start with the food. Their sandwiches are pressed on specialty bread, grilled to perfection. Salads are full of fresh greens and veggies of variety. They also have an extensive kid friendly menu. But the desserts are where its at. With traditional cheesecake, chocolate fudge brownies, vanilla ice cream pecan treat and freshly made cookies topped with ice cream you can’t really go wrong.

The food in my opinion is amazing, but the atmosphere is what stole me over. It is tucked in a secret location, behind a coffee shop. It is a small and intimate setting. Lights dim, with candles around for lighting. It is the perfect place to have a relaxing evening or mid day lunch.

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I went on Friday afternoon with my mom for a lunch date. Although we love the atmosphere inside it was such a gorgeous day, and Benny wanted to come of course so we sat outside. We started with the truffle oil popcorn, my mom is a huge fan of popcorn in general and wanted to try it out! It was definitely a great amount for the price! The popcorn had a slight hint of the truffle oil, it was the perfect balance between not enough and just enough in order to give you the flavor. I loved it! Not to mention it was so addicting, but what popcorn isn’t! We also had plenty of leftover to bring my dad some home.
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For the main course I ordered the simply veggie salad. It came with carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, scallions, mushrooms, red onion, black olives and roasted red pepper on a bed of spinach and arugula. I also added some oven roasted chicken breast to it, you know a girls gotta have her protein! It was so good! So good I didn’t even need the dressing. The salad was so fresh like I just picked the ingredients out of the garden. The chicken was flavorful with hints of rosemary and thyme, and perfectly juicy.
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And I am linking up for MIMM due to this marvelous meal! Head on over to the link to check out all the Monday fun! And have a great Monday!

 

Digestive Help To The Rescue

Today I wanted to talk about a specific product I have recently discovered. This product may sound weird or unusual but it is great for digestive help and it helps with hydration with just about a teaspoon a day it has really helped show me results! This is herbalife Herbal Aloe Concentrate.

aloe concentrateSo what is aloe concentrate? Well have you guys ever used aloe for a sunburn or dry skin? Well aloe concentrate comes from the same plant! I am sure the next question is so why and what is the purpose of drinking it? Well aloe concentrate is known to have similar benefits of being able to heal and soothe the exterior of our skin, internally. Aloe concentrate can help decrease inflammation in the stomach lining, decreasing blot and irritation. Aloe concentrate can also help with increasing the good gut bacteria, just like yogurt can.

So why do I love it so much? I haven’t had digestive issues since I started using it. Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be a pain in the butt (for those of you who suffer from it I’m sure you can account for it). But after using the aloe concentrate I haven’t been having my normal symptoms. Aloe can work as a natural laxative just like coffee has been known for as well. I like to add mine to a warm cup of water with lemon and a mint leaf in the morning before I head off to work. It comes in a natural flavor and a mango flavor as well. It gives a more refreshing taste to your water as well, in turn helping you to drink more water for better hydration. I would definitely recommend trying it out!

CrossFit Workout

Hey guys its me again with another crossfit review workout! This workout was an endurance workout rather than strength so in reality it was right up my alley. So I will get right into the workout itself for you guys!

800 m run
30 push-ups
30 sit-ups
20 Deadlifts
20 Lunges

This workout was a killer let me tell you. We did this one for time obviously. Thanks to my running abilities it took me 36:31 to finish the workout completely. I warmed up with some light stretching and deadlift practice. The running was the easy part for me. I didn’t mind it too much, but those push-ups were definitely one of the worst parts for me, with deadlifts being the first. We did the push-ups like tricep push-ups and with 30 I did mine girl style (or on my knees). Our deadlifts were bent-leg deadlifts. You have to touch the ground for each rep. Lunges were counted as 10 on each leg. I have to admit by the time I was done I wanted all the water! But it was a good workout for your legs, back of the arms and lower back.

Well that’s it for today! Hope everyone enjoys their day!

Marvelous In My Monday- Celebrating The End of Summer

Happy Monday! I know you are all so excited to start another week, but I am sure if you are like me you are already counting down to the weekend. This past weekend I had such a fabulous time because to celebrate the end of summer! For a lack of time todays post will be dedicated to just pictures! I am linking up for MIMM too because well it was a good weekend!

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Thinking Out Loud #I am going to find out!

Ok to answer the question you are probably thinking about the title of my post, I just wanted to display my lack of organization these past couple weeks. I have been missing linking up for Thinking Out Loud Thursdays so finally I am taking the time to just let out a big brain fart and get the clutter gone! So that is all I am doing for an introduction so I can just get into this probably ridiculously long list of complaints haha. Thanks to the wonderful Amanda for hosting this glorious day.

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1. First of all since I just got to work I wanted to talk about TRAFFIC. I just did a Current post for September yesterday, if you missed it check it out here. But I was totally wrong about the Current Bane to my Existence. TRAFFIC. Yes this is the big one! I never knew how much traffic was created with school being back in session. But I guess when I think about it, not only did high school and below start which creates all the bus and teacher traffic but so did the colleges, which creates a whole other world of students and professors. It now takes me a good extra 20 minutes to arrive at work! It is just plain awful let me tell you. But as long as I do not get hit I guess I should not complain!

2. My hunger has been out of control lately! I feel like I eat pretty well throughout the day and when I get home from work so does the hunger! I sit in my kitchen for a half and hour just snacking on anything and everything! I am not complaining but my bank account is haha.

3. Money. This seems to be the main focus all the time. Can I afford this, should I buy this, should I go to this. Don’t you guys ever wish that money was not the main focus on life. That money was not one of the things we needed to survive I know I sure wish it wasn’t because worrying about having enough to pay bills and buy groceries and finding a job to support a lifestyle is ridiculously stressful!

4. So you all probably know I am a schedule person. Well this whole three jobs things is not working with my whole schedule mentality. I like structure, but without it, I am so so worn out. I feel like I have to write everything down because every day is different! Well hopefully I will find something more permanent in the future so I can get back to my normal schedule self!

5. Crossfit. Yes I headed over and did another crossfit workout. I want to save this for another post but it was endurance based and although I am a runner I am pretty dang sore from it! I just love the community of it and having people to push me to go faster and be better!

6. Fall is approaching people! Only four days left of summer! I am so excited to be able to walk in the store and have pumpkin special edition everywhere, but I wanted to do a challenge to try a new pumpkin product each week! So who is with me?! It is only around for a couple months after all!

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Well I think that is all my brain can muster after my morning yoga and cardio and that dreaded drive. I hope you all have a fabulous Thursday! And don’t forget to go check out everyone’s else brain explosions !