March 2018 Goals | Fitness Friday

Hello March!!! How did February go for you? I gotta say, February went pretty well for me.  I’ve felt the most focused than I had in a long time! I know starting Whole30 has been a big help, but more on that later because I still have a few days left and I need to recap week 3 + 4! My training runs have been consistent, albeit slower than I want but I'm happy to be running again, so I won't complain.  I totaled 40 miles in Feb. which is also lower than I like, but I'm happy to be running at all!  I've been enjoying my gym classes once a week. I've been alternating between a Sandbag Class and Body Pump.   I'd forgotten what it was like to feel sore! 

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Now, on to my goals for March! 

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Running consistently makes such a huge difference in being ready for a half marathon.  I learned that the hard way when I didn't train properly and injured myself during the Arizona Rock n Roll Half.  So, I plan to stick to my running schedule in March. I would like to work on speed once a week, but didn't make it a goal, just yet. Since I'm feeling pretty good about my running consistently and ready to add 1 more day of cross training to my weekly schedule! It may just be 30 minutes at home doing HITT, a kettle bell workout, or Pilates, but it will help me become a stronger runner! Sticking to my paleo diet is a must too.  I'm not gonna lie, I still want/need to lose some weight to be back to where I was when I felt my best and my clothes fit! UGhh the struggle is real, friends! I've tried other "diets" but I know Paleo works best for me and it's something I've been able to maintain.  I know I'll have a few non-Paleo meals this month and I'm ok with that.  It's important for me to have balance and focus on the whole picture and not just a few meals throughout the month.  What I need to work on is self control and not turn a cheat meal into a cheat weekend! Who else can relate? 

Here's to a successful new month full of happiness, making memories, and staying active!   XO

Whole 30 | Week 2 Recap

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Week 2 on Whole30 went really well.  I've been cooking a ton, which means I'm also cleaning the kitchen a ton! I'm also eating a lot of eggs, but I don't mind. So far, I'm really enjoying putting my meal plans together for the week.  The family has really enjoyed eating new meals for dinner.  Whole30 has challenged me to try new recipes and get out of making the same kind of meals each week.  I'll admit I've had a few days where I went off plan, nothing major, just like not making a juice for breakfast and having eggs instead.  Like I said, cleaning is such a pain and that juicer takes like 10 minutes to clean out! 

On week 1 I made a large pork shoulder in the slow cooker, carnitas style and had enough to freeze.  So, when the hubs got sick with a cold, I took it out and made a yummy carnitas soup for him that totally hit the spot, was easy to make, and was Whole30 compliant! BOOM! 

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My favorite meal this week was a bacon wrapped pork tenderloin by Paleo Running Momma. I made it with a side of roasted cauliflower + broccoli.  So delicious! 

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I finally made it to one of my favorite classes at the gym this week, Sandbag Xpress.  Such a great full-body workout! I also ran 3 days! Super happy I got 4 days of workouts in for the week.  Halfway through and I seem to have a bit more energy and I'm still feeling pretty good! I'm ready to finish the last 2 weeks strong and reset! 

Whole 30 | Week 1 Recap

Well, here we are week 1 of Whole 30 is in the books! Jason and I are doing the plan and we're modifying it some for the kids.  This isn't my first time trying to do Whole 30, both other times I ended up cheating or quitting for some reason or another. This time around, though I feel really good about it and I'm optimistic that I'll finish strong!  If you aren't familiar with the program, you can read more HERE but it's basically a plan to get you back to eating real whole foods, nothing processed and you eliminate certain foods, such as sugar, grains, legumes, and dairy. 

The week prior to starting the program I knew it was going to be a busy weekend and I figured, I'd eat ALL the foods not allowed on Whole 30, so come time to weigh in on Monday I had a few extra pounds to lose on top of the ones I already needed to lose!!! OOPSY, maybe not the best plan! But, all that overindulging really had me feeling bloated and yucky, so I felt great all week eating according to the program.  I made my meal plan for the week based on recipes I found on Pinterest and Instagram (love the feature on IG where you can save a post! It's great for recipes!) 

I won't share my entire meal plan(shoot me an email if you want it and I'll send it to you!)  for the week but 2 of our favorite recipes are:

1. Fish Taco Bowls from 40aprons.com  - it's been a family favorite for a while now, so I knew I had to include it in our first week.  The kids have them with corn tortillas instead of the cauliflower rice. This is not a difficult recipe at all, but there are a lot of components and it's time consuming.  I've skipped the mango salsa and cauliflower rice before and just ate the fish over the red cabbage and I have no complaints! Still bomb. 

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2.  Egg Muffins - I make these on a weekly basis and we all love them! They go in the fridge and are perfect for grab and go!  The kids will even take them to school for lunches sometimes! They're super versatile too so you can get creative with what goes in them! The recipe doesn't call for spinach but I felt like adding a little bit of green to them this week! 

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By the weekend I will admit, I was craving something crunchy! Anything would do: crackers, tortilla chips, potato chips! I also missed eating popcorn during movie night with the kiddos, but I survived and when I got on the scale this morning for my weekly weigh-in, I was happy with the results.  I know the plan says not to weigh yourself for the full 30 days but I just had to know if it was working! Sorry to any Whole 30 purists out there! I also ran 3 times last week, but didn't get my gym class in so I need to make sure I hit those goals this week too! I have to remind myself that in order to achieve my goals, I need to remain consistent and I have to make sacrifices. Here's to a successful week 2!! 

What are you working hard for this month? Any Whole 30 peeps out there with some advice or recipes to try out? Please share in the comments!! XO