Shakeology Cleanse Day 3–the Rematch!

I’m nearly done with day three of my Shakeology cleanse rematch, and this time around, I have a confession to make…I didn’t follow the cleanse instructions 100 percent. I did eat clean all three days, but I had sushi for dinner on day two and I mixed two of my shakes on day three with soy milk. Overall, I feel like I followed the spirit of the Shakeology cleanse even if I didn’t follow the exact rules. 😉

Now for the weight loss after two days of the Shakeology cleanse, I’m down another 1.5 lbs for a total of 6 lbs! Only 1 lb more and I’ll be back at my pre-binge weekend weight.

Gotta go. Need to go chug some more water!

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Shakeology Cleanse Recap–the Rematch!

One day down, two more to go. I struggled with hunger a bit yesterday. I think it was from coming off the food-fest and then going straight to such a low calorie, clean diet. It worked though. I peed like 20 times yesterday and flushed all that retained water right out! Also gone are 4.5 lbs! Whew. Still have 2.5 lbs to get back to my pre-binge weekend weight though. 

Shakeology Cleanse Rematch!

I had an amazing weekend with family. And like with many families, our reunions revolve around food. Lots and lots of food. I need to flush out all the junk ASAP. My face is breaking out. My stomach hurts. I can tell I’m overloaded on sugar, fat and toxins. YUCK!

Shakeology 3-Day Cleanse is on starting tomorrow. I’ll be blogging my experience again. 

Fave Snack Ideas for Weight Loss

I’ve shared here before that getting my food under control is my biggest struggle in living a healthy and fit lifestyle. I’ve done Weight Watchers, I’ve done South Beach, I’ve done Primal, I’ve yo-yo’d, I’ve given up, and I’ve moved on. What I’ve learned is that food is fuel. Food fuels my body and gives it the power to perform. Crappy food fuels crappy performance. Good food fuels good performance. And in my life, performance means being a productive, energetic mother, runner and writer.

I stumbled across this listing of 30 snack ideas with fewer than 100 calories, and thought it was too good not to share.

What’s your favorite among this list? What are you going to try that’s new

Strawberries and chocolate: Dip 4 or 5 (depending on their size) strawberries into 2 squares or melted dark chocolate.

Mini quesadilla: Melt 1 tablespoon of cheddar onto 1 small corn tortilla. Top with shredded cabbage or diced tomato if desired.

Chocolate banana: Dip one-half of a banana into 2 squares of melted dark chocolate.

Greek yogurt with honey: Mix one teaspoon of honey into half a cup of plain, nonfat Greek yogurt.

Cinnamon apple: Sprinkle an apple with cinnamon for a treat that tastes more decadent than it is.

Bitter chocolate: Enjoy 1 large block or 3 small squares of dark chocolate.

Hot chocolate: Mix 2 teaspoons of chocolate syrup with 6 ounces of nonfat milk.

Almost apple pie: Try 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce with a hint of cinnamon.

Jicama: Chop one and a half cups of jicama and add a splash of lemon juice and a pinch of salt for a tangy, refreshing treat.

Café Au Lait: Enjoy 8 ounces of skim milk with a shot of espresso.

Carrots with hummus: Crunch on 9 or 10 baby carrots with a side of 2 tablespoons of hummus.

Nuts: A handful of 25 pistachios, 14 almonds, or 16 peanuts will provide you with the protein and fat your body needs.

Eggs with guacamole: Hard boil an egg and replace the yolk with 2 tablespoons of guacamole for a protein-packed snack.

Edamame: Boil or steam one-half cup of unshelled edamame with a pinch of salt for a fiber-rich snack.

Mediterranean tomato: Dice one medium tomato and top with 2 tablespoons feta cheese and a pinch of salt.

Bell peppers with balsamic vinegar: Drizzle 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar on top of 2 cups of sliced bell peppers.

Eggs with spinach: Scramble 3 egg whites with one-half cup of raw spinach and 1 tablespoon of feta cheese.

Corn with garlic: Coat one-half of an ear of corn with a 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 1 minced garlic clove. Grill until tender.

Santa Fe black beans: Combine one-quarter cup black beans, one-quarter teaspoon of salt, and 1 tablespoon of nonfat Greek yogurt for a hearty snack.

Tuna salad: Mix together 2 ounces of water-packed tuna with 1 tablespoon of fat-free mayonnaise.

Sweet potato: Enjoy one small baked sweet potato plain or with a pinch of salt.

Caprese: Top one ounce of mozzarella cheese with half a cup of cherry tomatoes and 2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar.

Popcorn: Munch on 2 cups of all-natural popcorn.

Olives: For a salty snack, enjoy 9 kalamata olives.

Watermelon twist: Top 1 cup of watermelon with 2 tablespoons of crumbled feta.

Peanut butter: Even on its own, peanut butter makes for a protein-rich treat.

Cottage cheese and melon: Combine three-quarters of a cup of melon with one-quarter cup of nonfat cottage cheese for a sweet dessert.

Strawberry and spinach salad: For a savory and sweet salad, mix together 1 cup of baby spinach with one-half cup of sliced strawberries. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar.

Shakeology: Mix one-half serving of your favorite flavor of Shakeology with water.

Monumental Marathon 2012: Do I?

Notice that little tagline up top in my blog header–marathon mom wannabe. For months now, I’ve been toying with the idea of completing my first marathon this fall. I’ve only been running a year, and I’ve got only two half marathons under my belt. Some may think it’s crazy or foolish to run a marathon so soon into one’s running journey. But those people also probably would have told me there was no way to go from not being able to run 2 miles to running 13.1 in just 6 months. And, last year, I did just that.

So, that leaves me with no excuses really. I keep asking myself, why not? Why not now? What am I waiting for here? I have a feeling that one year from now, I’ll have another 12 months of miles on my feet, but the same fears holding me back.

I’ve scoped out the Monumental Marathon in Indianapolis as my potential race. If I do a marathon this fall, this will be it.

For those who’ve run a marathon, what helped you  decide to go for it? What fears did you have going into the training?

Whitmore Classic Race Recap

I have to admit, I wasn’t very excited about this race. It was a smaller, local race just a few weeks after the big Illinois Marathon weekend. It offered a half marathon and 5 mile race, and I decided to go for the 5 mile since I wasn’t sure how my legs would hold up to back-to-back half marathons.

I arrived at the race early, and marveled at the beautiful weather. Sunny, upper 60s and just gorgeous spring weather! I signed in and picked up my race swag. Instead of the typical t-shirt, this race provides microfiber running shorts. They ran out of my requested size (M), so I got XL instead!

The race began and for the first mile or so, the half-ers and the 5-milers ran together. Shortly after the half-ers turned off for their course, the 5-mile course started to get hilly. And when I say hilly, I mean HILLY! Ok, so maybe it wasn’t too bad, but considering I haven’t done any training on hills since last fall, I was feeling it. In a bad way. The sun was also beating down on my shoulders, and I realized this was my first real “warm” weather run.

I didn’t wear my Garmin, so I was running blind, so-to-speak. It was a weird feeling especially since i had set a goal to finish close to 50 minutes or under.  By mile 2-3, I was passing several runners, as is typical for me in races. I tend to start slow where others tend to go out too fast.

In the last mile, I was really pushing it because I had no idea how long I’d been running and  I was realizing how much I really did want to beat 50 minutes. The last mile was also flat, which helped. When I saw the finish clock, I started to sprint (well, sprint for me…it’s not that terribly fast). I was so focused on running hard that I forgot to look at the finish time when I crossed the finish line. D’oh!

I cooled down and enjoyed a delicious post-race breakfast of chocolate chip pancakes. I think it was the best post-race food I’d had so far. I hung out for a bit and chatted with running buddies, but then decided to leave before they announced the race results. As I was driving away, I realized I couldn’t find my cell phone, so I went back to the park pavilion to see if I left it there.

I didn’t, but while I was there, someone told me I won 2nd place in my age group! That never happens because, let’s face it, I’m slow. 😉 I picked up my awesome wood plaque, and set off, for the second time, for home. (And my phone was in my car, hiding between my seat and the center console.)