Goals, Goals, Goals: 45 Day Challenge Remix (AKA May Goals)

So I may have been a little over zealous and lacking in foresight when I set up my 45 day challenge back in mid-April. I didn’t really account for marathon training (taper) and recovery. 21 runs is highly unlikely, and even the 14 bike rides are precarious. On top of that my the tendonitis in my right wrist flared up immediately after posting my challenge which made push-ups pretty much suck. Once I realized that I was going to (most likely) fall short on several goals, I pretty much gave up on the whole challenge.

So I’ve decided to scrap that challenge all together and take a different approach for May keeping a few things in mind:

  1. My excuse for food and drink free-for-all is gone as of Saturday. It’s time to get back to tracking everything and sticking to my points.
  2. I don’t really know how much recovery time I will need post marathon.
  3. I’m taking at least two weeks off running after Saturday, but I’m not taking two weeks off of fitness.
  4. I would like to get the extra pounds I gain during marathon training off by the end of the month

With this things in mind, I’ve decided to take a cue from Laura and her April Challenge, I’m going to be setting weekly goals. I’m sure some goals will stay the same week to week (e.g. tracking), but other I expect will change each week (e.g. pretty much anything fitness/ workout related.) I plan to set an average of 3 – 5 goals per week, and goals will be posted each Tuesday.

So, my first week’s goals are pretty much focused on getting myself ready for my marathon on Saturday. I don’t have many fitness goals since it’s taper week.

  1. Track 6 out of 7 days (I’m more or less giving myself marathon day off tracking.)
  2. Eat clean/ limit eating out to two meals (preferably post-marathon)
  3. Drink 100 – 150 oz of water daily.
  4. Gentle stretching/ restorative yoga two times
  5. Create/ Find marathon check list and pack up by Thursday night.

I’ll be back next Tuesday with a review of this week’s goals and a whole new set of goals for next week!

April Foodie Penpals

After months of seeing Laura and other blog friends post the awesome treats they were getting and hearing them talk about the awesome people they met through Foodie Pen Pals, I decided to join up for the April round. I had considered participating a couple of months ago, but I missed the sign up deadline and it sort of fell off my radar for a bit. I am so glad I finally decided to go ahead and join!  I’m not sure which task I had more fun with: shopping for the box I sent to Elizabeth at Four and Twenty Blackberries or opening the box I received, tasting all my goodies and writing this post!

This month I was paired up with Leah, who doesn’t currently have a blog but is thinking of starting one soon with a friend. She asked me about my likes/ dislikes and what I’d like to receive. I told her I would really love desk friendly, healthy snacks, and oh boy, did the girl ever deliver!
My box o goodies contained granny smith Apple chips, dried fruit, ginger thins (swoon), cinnamon sugar pumpkin seeds, roasted edamame, some dark chocolate covered passion fruit jelly, and some Power Bar Energy cheese which she included because they’re her favorite running fuel. (I mentioned I was still looking for a running fuel I love.)
I was so interested in the cinnamon sugar pumpkin seeds I tore into the bag before even taking pictures. These little guys are SO.GOOD. They remind me of those cinnamon roasted almonds that they sell all over the place around the holidays. Surprisingly the bag did make it to my desk at work, but it didn’t survive very long.

I was also extremely excited by the Ginger Thins. I love ginger cookies, but Nik doesn’t so I rarely buy them. (Ya know, to avoid eating the whole package myself – like I did with this one.)
I was definitely a little leery of the passion fruit things, but I gave them a try, and they were pretty okay. I’m not sure I loved them enough to seek them out (like those pumpkin seeds…Leah, where did you get those anyway?!?) but I certainly didn’t spit them out.

Overall my first Foodie Pen Pals experience was an awesome one, and I am definitely looking forward to participating again next month. Are you interested in participating yourself? Check of the details below

-On the 5th of the month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. Contact your penpal as soon as possible to get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies, dietary restrictions, and/ or preferences.
-Fill a box with $15 worth of fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats!  The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box to a fun recipe.
-Get your box in the mail no later than the 15th of the month.  (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes when you go to ship your items!)
-On the last day of the month, you post about the package you received from your penpal!
-Foodie Penpals is open to bloggers and blog readers in the US & Canada. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you will write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received.

For even more information, or if you’re interested in participating for May, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

You must submit your information by May 4th as pairings will be emailed on May 5th!

Operation Grab and Go Freeze Meals

When it comes to breakfast and lunch recently, I’ve been going out to eat far too often. And if we’re being really honest here, that’s really just a nice way of saying I have been supremely lazy.  The worst part is that the meals I’m buying (especially breakfast) aren’t even very good!  It’s 100% laziness/ convenience.

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In order to (hopefully) remedy this problem, I’ve decided I am going to spend a day (this Sunday) stocking my freezer with quick and easy options. I’ve never really done any sort of batch cooking or frozen meal prep before, so I’m pretty much flying blind here.  Rather than jumping into the deep end to sink or swim, I’m attempting to create a plan of attack.  I will be sure to report back next week on my success (or lack thereof!)

SO…My goal: make the six recipes below on Sunday afternoon.  I have no idea if this is a realistic goal or not, but I’m going to give it the ole college try.

Breakfast Recipes
Heat and Eat Quiche Breakfast Sandwiches also from Cassie
Green Monster and Smoothie Quick Packs inspired by Samantha at The Peanuts Gang (I also want to make her French Vanilla Banana Muffins at some point, but I’m not sure if those will make it to the freezer!)
Steel Cut Oats

Lunch Recipes
Freezer Black Bean Burritos from Cassie at Back to Her Roots
Freezer Black Bean Burgers from Mom on a Mission
White Chicken Chili (I believe one of my Weight Watchers cookbooks at home has a recipe.)

The Plan:

As it stands right now, I’ve got a grocery list, and I’m planning to shop sometime tomorrow.  This way, I can make the black beans for the burgers and burritos in the crock pot overnight on Saturday, and the steel-cut oats can cook in the crock pot during the day Sunday while I cook the rest of the stuff.  Hopefully once I’ve got all my ingredients and work space in front of me, I can come up with an efficient way to make everything quickly.

Other Thoughts:

I considered making waffles to reheat in the toaster and pancakes for the microwave, but those aren’t quite as “grab-n-go” as the sandwiches.  I also thought about of casseroles and pasta dishes as they generally freeze very well, but getting dinner on the table in the evening isn’t usually much of an issue for me. I really love cooking, and most of the time it’s a de-stresser for me so when I’ve had a really rough day is often when I look forward to cooking really complicated meals. (I’m sick; I know.)

Breakfast is a big issue for Nik since he doesn’t give himself time to make and eat breakfast before leaving. He needs options he can heat up and eat on his way out the door. I struggle more with lunch especially when I don’t have leftover to take. So pre-portion breakfast options that Nik can warm up in the microwave on his way out the door and lunch options I can reheat in the microwave at work were my priority, and unfortunately casseroles and pasta dishes don’t work super great for either of those meals.

If this works out well, I can definitely see it becoming something I do regularly.