Where have I been?

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I know I have been MIA on my blog for over a week and a half.  I promise I will be back this weekend with a new post and updates!  Things got crazy over here with my brother getting married last weekend, then when we got back with work, and now as we are approaching another weekend I am getting ready for a beach getaway with my Aunts!

Sometimes life just happens!

Have you found yourself to be super busy lately?

 

Pumpkin Pancakes :)

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So, my addiction to pumpkin is out of control!! It has definitely helped me to get out of my food rut.  This morning with my eggs I had pumpkin oatmeal, and it was delicious!  I still hadn’t kicked that pumpkin craving by dinner time, so I made breakfast for dinner.  I finally found a pumpkin pancake recipe, and I have been searching for a healthy pumpkin pancake recipe for a while now.  I am so glad that I finally found one!

First, I would like to thank Kim from Running On Good for this delicious recipe!  I have modified her recipe slightly and added it below.  Please hop on over to her page and check out her original recipe!  She also has a to die for pumpkin coffee posted on her page.  Yum!

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Ingredients:
– 1/2 c old fashioned rolled oats
– 1/3 c pumpkin purée
– 2 egg whites
– 1/2 tbsp coconut flour
– 1 tsp baking soda
– 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
– 2 tsp stevia
-1/2 tsp cinnamon (or to taste.  I happen to love cinnamon, so I sometimes I add a little extra) (I added this to Kim’s recipe)
-1/8 tsp pumpkin pie spice (I added this to Kim’s recipe)

Directions:

1) In a food processor chop the oats to make an oat flour

2) In a bowl combine all of your ingredients and mix well.

3) Cook pancakes as you normally would in a frying pan that is sprayed with olive oil (In Kim’s original recipe she uses coconut oil.  I have yet to try this).

Enjoy!  I loved Kim’s idea of topping with almond butter.  This is my favorite way to enjoy these pancakes, because I am not the maple syrup kind of girl.

What is your favorite pumpkin recipe?

Ramblin Rose Triathlon

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Even though today I had an insanely early start- 4:15 am, I can honestly say it was truly worth it.  I woke up before sunrise on a weekend in order to be a Girl’s on the Run volunteer for the Ramblin’ Rose Triathlon in Charlotte, NC.  This triathlon is a very special event, because it is an event that encourages women of all ages and sizes to get active and complete a triathlon.  A very cool organization named Tri It for Life prepares these women for their very first triathlon.  The athletes in the race varied in experience, but I think some of the most inspiring stories I heard were from women that had never competed before.  Some of these women when they started training didn’t even know how to swim and learned to swim in order to compete.  I could not believe this when I heard this.  This is a large feat!

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I know that competing in something new can be very intimidating!  I think it is awesome that Tri it for Life helps prepares women for this event by hosting practices and sessions.

Today, as a volunteer I helped mark the athletes before the race, direct the athletes during the race, hand out medals at the finish line, and hand out refreshments after the race.  I was inspired by all of the female athletes who competed today.  All of them did an amazing job.

As a volunteer today, I learned a lot about an event I never thought about competing in until recently.  It was awesome to see such strong women competing in swimming, biking, and running.  In fact, I think next year I am going to sign up for Tri it For Life and compete in my very first triathlon at the Ramblin’ Rose Triathlon in Charlotte.  One thing that I am afraid of for a triathlon is the transition.  The idea of doing three different events in one day is mind boggling.  I am not quite sure how my body would react.  I know if I train for it I too could one day compete.

Congratulations to all the athletes who raced today!

Food Rut

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Yay!  Saturday is finally here!  Last night, I was so exhausted, I literally got home from work and personal training, plopped down on the couch, and zonked out completely.  This morning it was nice not to have to wake up to an alarm clock!  I even woke up in time to go to boot camp!  It has been a couple of weeks since we have went, and boot camp is always a nice way for me to switch up my work outs.  I was really glad we went.  We then came home to watch some Penn State football, and I am glad we did!  The boys looked much better today!  Lets go STATE!

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No More Chicken!!!

Now on to the real reason for this post, I am sad to admit it, but I am in a food rut.  I am a creature of habit, and I tend to recycle the same meals over and over again.  I am so sick of chicken that it is not funny.  This is not good, because a lot of my diet consists of eating chicken.  I am in desperate need for some new recipes!  I am open to any suggestions, because if I make any more chicken with montreal chicken seasoning on it, my body may not let me eat it.

So today I went out on a recipe hunt and found a few fun ideas on ways to change up some things for this week.

The first recipe was suggested by Vega for my morning oatmeal.  Crock pot oatmeal!  You can find two fall oatmeal crock pot recipes here.

The next was an article from Fitness RX for Women for some switch ups to make in your diet to get you out of that food rut. I swear this article was written for me.  The article suggested switching asparagus for broccoli, switching turkey for chicken (we are definitely doing that this week!), switching kale for spinach, and switching peanut butter for almond butter.  If you would like to read the article you can find it here.

I would love for you to share any of your awesome recipes with me!  Help me get out of this food rut please!

What is cooking in your kitchen?

A day in the Life

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Tonight I am going to take you through a day in my life.  Today wasn’t too exciting, but this is my life!  This post is part of a link up hosted by shecookscraftsrun.

4:45 am: Wake up, cook my normal breakfast of 2 eggs, 2 egg whites, and 1/2 cup of oatmeal.  Get ready for work, make my lunch, and try and get out out the door before the clock hits 6 am.

6:30 am: Arrive at work, rush to get last minute copies, and set up my classroom for the day.

7:15am: Start of the teaching day!  I teach two classes of Honors Biology back to back, and the students in these classes are absolutely wonderful.  I could not ask for my better kids!  Today we talked about cell specialization and bioenergetics!  Somewhere during second period I managed to sneak in meal two really quickly.

10:24 am: Beginning of planning period.  Today we had the biology PLC meeting, I wrote a few lesson plans, and I attempts to lessen that never ending pile of assignments that need to be graded and entered into the gradebook!

12:00 pm: Lunch!  Today was some delicious leftovers! 4 oz of chicken, half a plain baked potato, and a spinach salad!  I have been loving baked potatoes and roasted potatoes lately.  I think I exhausted sweet potatoes to the point that I am no sick of them, so the potato kick makes sense.

12:45 pm: Last block of the day.  This block and I got off to a rough start.  The kids are always crazy in the afternoon, and I think we are finally starting to settle in a little bit.  We are just working on chattiness.

3:00 pm: Head home.  Today I was so exhausted I had to take a cat nap.  Then I ran to Harris Teeter really quickly to pick up some supplies for dinner!

6:00 pm: The hubby got home, and we made dinner together! Gluten free pasta with ground turkey and tomato basil sauce with a side of green beans.

7:00 pm:  It is been another long week, so my husband took me for an ice cream.  They didn’t have my favorite flavor-mint chocolate chip, but they did have a brownie ice cream!  YUM! What a wonderful treat after a week of clean eating!

8:00 pm: I needed to do some form of physical activity today, but I did not want to do too much since I am meeting with my trainer tomorrow.  My husband and I did some p90x ab ripper x.  This is the only work out from P90x that I use, and I go on and off of doing these ab exercises.  Once I get bored of it, I will switch it up to a different ab work out for a little while.

10:00 pm:  Its been a long day!  Bed time.  So excited that tomorrow is Friday!  Hello weekend :).

What does a day in your life look like?

Struggling to drink enough water

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So on my nutrition plan that I was given about a week ago, I was told I needed to drink a gallon of water a day.  That is a lot of water!  This past week, I have really been struggling to drink that much water.  Half the time I get so busy at work that I forget to drink water or all the water has me literally running out the door between periods to use the bathroom.  Drinking this much water and being a teacher doesn’t always mix.

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I try and at least drink the entire water bottle while I am at work.

These are the steps I have taken to remind myself to drink water:

-I have a glass of water while I cook my breakfast in the morning.

-I bring an 18 oz Brita Water Bottle to work along with a half gallon water bottle to work filled with water and ice.  When my smaller water bottle runs out, I refill it from the 1/2 gallon water bottle.  I can’t exactly be running to the water fountain with classes in session.

-I have an app on my Window’s phone that reminds me to have a glass of water through out the day.  The app is called water reminder and is free for Window’s phones.  This helps especially when things get a little crazy at work!  However, if my phone is no where near me I do not see the reminder on my phone.  Whomp.

-Once I get home, I always get myself a glass of water and keep refilling it through out the night.

I still feel like I am coming under my 1 gallon a day, but I am getting better with this.  The hardest part is ensuring I am drinking water all day at work, especially when things get a little crazy.

How do you ensure you drink enough water?

Journaling

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I was a busy bee at work today.  Its five o clock, and I finally am having a chance to sit down for the first time!  It feels great to finally sit down after being on the run and on your feet all day.  The peace and quiet at home is quite wonderful.  I am so glad that Monday is over with for another week!  There is something about going back to work on Monday that is just such a drag, and I am pretty sure it is my alarm sounding at 4:45 am to get up and eat breakfast!

After the incident last Monday with me collapsing at work, my trainer and I decided it was a good idea for me to start journaling my fitness journey of my work outs for the week including rest days, the meals that I eat, and how I feel after each meal.  The idea behind this journal is to make sure I am living a balanced life style while still meeting my training goals.  The logging of the meals and how I feel after them is to make sure that I am getting enough calories and the proper nutrition while I continue to train for a figure competition.

ImageThe ultimate goal behind the journal is to make sure that I do not nearly faint ever again like last Monday.  I have been known to do this in the past, and I did go to the doctor last week as promised to get myself checked out again for fainting.  I was basically told by the doctor that I was healthy, but I have a trigger that seems to cause these near fainting spells.  The doctor used a fancy science word vesovegal syncope which basically means my body overreacts to a certain trigger that causes my pulse to slow down.  Since I already have low blood pressure, it causes my blood pressure to drop low enough where I feel I am going to pass out.  This feeling is due to the fact that my brain is receiving reduced blood flow.  The trigger seems to be heat, so I am supposed to prevent the trigger from happening.  Well, I live in South Carolina, so I can’t avoid the heat.  However, I can make sure that I stay fed and hydrated to keep my blood pressure at a healthy level! So, the journal idea was thrown out there to help me prevent my fainting and near fainting episodes.  My trainer liked the idea, so we are running with it.

ImageImageSo far it has been working very well.  I just have to make sure I set aside a few minutes a day to document everything in a journal.  It is also nice to have all your training stuff in one place!  Makes it quick and easy to grab.  It also makes it easy to see progress, make adjustments, and see habits that need to either be continued or discontinued.  My trainer is checking it each week to further help me develop my nutrition and training plan.

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Do you keep a training journal?  How do you ensure you keep up with it?