Thursday, February 20, 2014

Here Come the Food Photos

I have definitely been slacking on reporting my daily eats, but no worries, I have been documenting them.  I just had so much to tell you about my healthy Fayetteville trip and the great eats at The Depot.

The picture above is a SWEATER for my mama nalgene that my wonderful friend, Devon, bought me.  I love it.  How cool is that?

So, like I said in last night's post, I am currently down 15 pounds, and although I have been tired this week, I'm still moving forward.  I always feel a little resistance from my body and my mind when the habits I'm trying to make aren't new and exciting anymore, but they haven't quite taken hold.  So, I'm pushing through that and focusing on eating super healthy and keeping up my half marathon training.  I will say that I will be excited to cut my running miles back a bit.  I'm working on a fitness schedule for March, and I'm really excited about it.


Along with the nalgene sweater, Devon left some snacks in our room when we stayed with her this weekend.  There were 2 larabars, which were really good.  I have not always been a fan of these, but I very much enjoyed this flavor.  So, I had it for a snack Monday afternoon before hot yoga.

Breakfast Smoothie:  2 scoops vanilla protein, frozen strawberries, 1 tbs chia seeds, coconut milk

Lunch Smoothie:  2 scoops chocolate protein, frozen blueberries, 1/4 c rolled oats, mixed greens, water

Yoga was great.  I had the realization that night that I could fold into child's pose without crushing my tummy.  I felt that was a pretty major victory.

I rewarded my leaner tummy with a roasted sweet potato topped with the last of my eggplant curry.  I had a few corn tortillas on the side to soak up all the yummy flavors.  Of course, I'm obsessed with collard greens right now, so I threw some of those on top too.


I kept forgetting to bring my almond snacks, so I settled for this fruit cup brought by our lunch and learn crew.  I'm not a fan of fast food fruit cups, for the most part, because the fruit just looks sad.  These were ok.  My smoothies were the same as Monday.

Tuesday, I was supposed to go for a 4 mile run after work, but I think all the activities of the weekend really caught up to me, and I was exhausted.  So, I headed to Kroger to stock our house with healthy food, then I spent the rest of the night relaxing.

I kept dinner super simple.  I reheated a sweet potato from Monday, cooked some kidney beans in dried cumin, and sauteed some collard greens in coconut oil.  Simple and perfect.


Wednesday, I got a little adventurous with my smoothies... I added spirulina to much lunch mix!  Spirulina is incredibly high in protein (5 grams for a spoonful!) and contains all necessary amino acids.  Also, it makes your smoothies a bright shade of teal, so that's fun.

Breakfast Smoothie:  2 scoops chocolate protein, frozen strawberries, 1 tbs chia seeds, coconut milk

Lunch Smoothie:  2 scoops vanilla protein, frozen blueberries, 1 tbs hemp seeds, 1 tbs spirulina, mixed greens, 1/4 cup rolled oats, water

I had a very taxing afternoon, and I was out for a meeting, so I decided to stop off at Fresh Market for some kale chips.  I usually forget to shop here, even though it's close to my office, because it seems way overpriced.  I popped in, though, and snagged a small bag of kale chips and my favorite probiotic drink.  I know kale chips are stupid expensive, and I love making them at home, but I really wanted something nice.  I suppose I was using my fatigue and stress as an excuse for a "treat," which is something I am really trying not to do, but people slip up.  Plus these are raw and are well within my food goals.

When I got home from work, I was pretty tired.  I just haven't had a pep in my step this week.  I slugged in the front door and started complaining to Josh, but he wouldn't have any of it.  He told me to lace up, we were going running.  I knew he was right, and that I would feel better.  So, I did just that.  Once I got out there, I felt better, and I ended up running a little over 4 miles.

I just finished Eat and Run, and in the words of Scott Jurek, "sometimes.. you just do things."  I highly recommend that book, by the way.  I have been a little into reading about ultra-marathoners lately, and Eat and Run was great, because the whole book had a heavy emphasis on plant based fitness.  I actually listened to the audiobook on my drive to and from Fayetteville, and I very much enjoyed it.

I had vanilla protein powder and a little water after my run, because I told myself if I go over 1 hour I have to have a recovery shake.  It has really helped curb the crazy eating that usually comes after my runs.  I still managed to eat a bunch for dinner, but it was because it was pretty tasty!

For dinner, I had loaded the crock pot in the morning with a chickpea and rice mixture, so it was ready when we got home from work.  I topped it with an amazing salad, which is probably Josh's favorite thing I've made in a long time.  Stay tuned tomorrow for the recipe for both.

Josh wanted something sweet, so we mixed up two scoops of chocolate protein powder with almond milk and shared, although I let him eat the bulk of it.


I made it to bed early last night, so today I was much more refreshed.  Smoothies were same as yesterday, except I scooped a big spoonful of almond butter into the lunch one.  I'm really digging the spirulina, and the color is crazy.

Oh almonds, how I love you...

I went to intermediate/advanced yoga tonight, and when I got home, I wrapped up the chickpea/rice mixture in collard green leaves, steamed them, and topped with the salad.  Then, I made ANOTHER salad for the side.  Yum!  Remember, I'll give you the full recipe tomorrow.

I am just dressing my salad with lemon now, and I love it.  It's wonderful, because you get to taste all of the vegetables instead of whatever dressing.  Nice and light!

I was still dragging my feet after work today, but I pushed myself to go to yoga anyway, and I'm so glad that I did.  The class was slow, challenging and invigorating.  An hour and a half of deep breathing and stretching really reset my head, and I feel much better.

On the agenda this weekend is studying, a 10 mile training run, and maybe a yoga class.  Get outside and get moving!


  1. I LOVE Eat and Run. And that "sometimes you just do things" line is what I tell myself when I'm too tired to run or when I'm running, and I feel like stopping. (Of course, that's when I can actually run....but that's coming back soon!! Almost injury free!).

    Congrats on the weight loss! That is awesome.

    1. It was such a good book! I am really glad you are healing! :) my half marathon is next weekend, and I just keep telling myself to not get injured!!

    2. It was such a good book! I am really glad you are healing! :) my half marathon is next weekend, and I just keep telling myself to not get injured!!


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