Life Happens

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I thought that I would be writing a blog for you today about how awesome The Great Race 10k was for me. I was going to beat last year's pace. I was going to do a personal best. The reality however is that sometimes life happens. My baby boy woke up sick this morning. The kind of sick where your heart just breaks to hear that little, painful cough. My husband had a work commitment so he couldn't stay with them. I have a wonderful friend who was planning on watching the boys for me, even with one of them sick, but I just couldn't do it. As a mom, I want to always be there for my kids when they need me. So I chose to sit this one out and cuddle on the couch with my baby instead. I won't lie. I'm a little bummed. I feel bad for bailing on my running buddy. But I know it was the right thing for me and my family. There will be other races. I'm just going to do my own 10K next weekend! :)

10K Training
10K Training
Leading up to this weekend, I was actually feeling pretty good with my running. I had a great 5 mile run last weekend. I only got one short one in this week but I feel like I may finally be getting my groove back.  The pace for my 3 mile run last week was much more like where I was when I was injured originally. I have started seeing a physical therapist for my pain. He has informed me that my right hip/glute area is (and I quote) "crap". LOL So I am doing a bunch of painful strengthening exercises to balance my muscles and get me back to 100%. I hate every minute of it but I know it is a necessary evil. :) We have to work on our weaknesses until they become our strengths. That is the quote I think about the whole time I am fighting through my exercises! haha!  I know that if I keep pushing myself, I will be stronger in the end.

PiYo Week 6, Meal Plan, P90 update & 10K Training

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Showing progress
10K Training
Another week has come and gone.  Time is flying! I can't believe we are heading into the last week of September!  Although I will admit that I'm enjoying the shift in weather.  I love running in this cooler weather!  My 10k is next weekend. I'm feeling a little nervous about it.  To say my runs have been hit and miss is an understatement for sure.  I don't know if I'm ready but all I can do is my best!  I had a pretty good 5 mile run last Friday. I was FINALLY able to conquer the one hill that defeats me every time.  It felt awesome! I'm still struggling with an injury from earlier in the summer. I had taken some time off in hopes that it would heal itself, but it has resurfaced with this 10k training.  So I will be going to physical therapy this week to see if they can help me get back to full strength.  I'm saying a prayer that they will able to help me recover!

Focus one day at a time.
PiYo is going great.  I continue to notice changes and find myself getting stronger each day.  I only have 3 weeks left (including this one) until the end of the program.  I haven’t decided if I will do another round.  I really like the flexibility that PiYo is giving me.  I may do a hybrid of PiYo with another program.

Pumpkin Pie Quinoa Breakfast

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Quinoa breakfast is one our favorites and since it is the season of ‘pumpkin all the things’, I thought it was only appropriate to make a new version. :)  I LOVE this recipe.  It also has the added benefit of making your house smell lovely!  I found myself wishing for some pecans for a topping but I added a tablespoon of dark chocolate to make it even more appealing to the boys.  The LOVED it!  Enjoy!

Pumpkin Pie Quinoa Breakfast
Pumpkin Pie Quinoa Breakfast

Pumpkin Pie Quinoa Breakfast

Ingredients: (organic & non-gmo if possible)

1 cup quinoa
1 ½ cups water
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
½ cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie puree)
2 tbsp maple syrup (optional)
1 can coconut milk

Instructions:


  • Combine the quinoa, water, cinnamon, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice in a pot and bring to a boil. 
  • Once boiling, cover, lower heat and let simmer for 15 minutes until you can fluff with a fork. **Cooking quinoa can be a little tricky. Make sure you do a low,slow boil. If you cook it too quickly, it won’t have time to soften and absorb the flavors.
  • When the quinoa is done, turn the heat to low and add the pumpkin puree and maple syrup and stir.  Let it heat for a couple of minutes,
  • Now add your can of coconut milk to a separate pot to warm. I like to sprinkle a little cinnamon in with the coconut milk as well. 
  • While the milk is heating, start to stir with a whisk. You will want to froth the milk the entire time it is heating. This will give it a creamier texture. 
  • After the coconut milk is warm, scoop a portion of the quinoa mixture into a bowl and top with the coconut milk. Serve immediately. 


**Leftovers: Store milk & mixture separately in sealed containers in the refrigerator.
**More Clean Eating Recipes


P90 - It's Your Turn!

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P90 - The gateway program to getting fit regardless of one's age or fitness level!
P90 - It's Your Turn
I’m so excited for this new program to come out from my favorite trainer Tony Horton! He is the awesome creator of the P90X series. P90X3 is the first program that I ever completed start to finish. It was after my back surgery and it was a HUGE accomplishment for me!  But those programs are considered extreme fitness and quite frankly they are tough! LOL Maybe you are looking for something just to get started. Hardcore workouts aren't for everybody. Whether you used to be in shape and feel fitness has now passed you by, or you've never worked out a day in your life, Tony's P90 workout is your easy-to-follow way to lose substantial weight, have the energy to run and play with your kids, and feel better in everything you do—without the agony of high-intensity exercise. It is a great starting point to teach you how to properly introduce your body into a fitness regime.

PiYo Week 5 with Meal Plan & 10K Training

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I love Sundays. They are the perfect time to sit back and reflect over the past week. I try to make note of all of the things that I did well along with those I could work on. My running was a struggle this past week as it has been since I started this 10K training. I find myself getting so frustrated knowing

5 miles around the lake
5 Miles around the lake
where I was when I was doing my half marathon in the spring versus where I am now. It is easy to get into your own head and allow the negative self talk to take control. So this morning, when I headed out to meet my best runner friend for our scheduled 5 miles, quite honestly, I was not optimistic. I was dreading it. I had struggled all week to get through 3 miles and now I was going to do 5? But I went anyway. It was a crisp, chilly morning. These are the kinds of days where I love to run. I like the nip in the air rather than the heaviness of heat and humidity. And much to my surprise and delight, it wasn’t too bad of a run! I struggled during mile 3 when we climbed the biggest hill and some leg/hip pain started. I had to walk for a minute or so but otherwise was able to power through.  My running buddy really helped me keep going.  I don't know what I would do without her! :) I cannot tell you how happy I am after today. This is the first time in many months where I feel like I might actually be getting my groove back! Yay! :) This week I will have two more shorter 3 mile runs and then up to 5.5 miles next weekend. There are only 2 more weeks until the 10K!

Pumpkin Pie Spice

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I like to make my own pumpkin pie spice rather than buying it pre-mixed from the store.  I thought I would share the mixture with you so that you can do the same!  I mix everything together and store it in a jar.  It will make approximately 3 tablespoons.

Make your own pumpkin pie spice.


Pumpkin Pie Spice

Ingredients: (organic & non-gmo if possible)


1 ½ TBSP Cinnamon
1 tsp Nutmeg
1 tsp Allspice
1 tsp Ground cloves
1 tsp Ground ginger

Instructions:

Add all ingredients to bowl or jar and mix.  Store leftover in a sealed container.

What Does It Mean To Be a Coach on Team Healthy Resolve?

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Join our family to help others!


Team Healthy Resolve is a family of people that work together, train together and support each other toward the common goal of helping others! When I first started on my journey, I never could have imagined the impact that coaching would have on my life. Not only have I had the privilege of helping so many others reach their health and fitness potential, I now have this team working with me on the same mission!

What is a Beachbody Coach?



Team Healthy Resolve is a group of people, just like you, that are passionate about health, fitness and helping others. You do not need to be a health and fitness expert to support others in their dreams. We work with our clients to find the best solutions to fit their lifestyle. We support, motivate and provide accountability through private Facebook groups. These challenge groups are my favorite part of coaching. It is where I first started to see success in my own journey, before I became a coach myself. I finally found a place where I felt safe, motivated and accountable to my own goals and I loved the feeling of us all working towards the same goal! The challenge groups serve as accountability and support and in my opinion are the key to what makes our clients so successful. I found even more accountability once I became a coach myself! I wanted to practice what I was preaching, as they say.

PiYo Week 4 Meal Plan & 10K Training

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Think outside of the box when it comes to staying active.  Make it a family affair!
Staying active as a family
I’m still recovering after a busy weekend and heading into week 4 of PiYo. Time is flying by so fast! Last week went pretty well. I stayed on track with my workouts and did much better with my nutrition than I have been up to this point. We spent the weekend helping my parents cut wood for the winter. I used to hate it as a kid when we were forced to do it, but it was fun this weekend working together with my family. I’m so grateful for everyone that came to help. And it was a fantastic workout! There were many sore muscles afterwards. :)

My running is getting better as well. I feel like I’m finally starting to get into my groove again which is good considering my 10k is only a few weeks away! I’m starting to think about what I will do after this race. For me, I always have to have my next goal in mind. THAT is what keeps me pushing. Especially in the winter months when it is cold and snowing and all you want to do is cuddle on the couch! This whole journey for me is about being healthy and fit. The fact that my waistline will shrink as a result is just a happy side effect. :) I’m also starting to plan ways to navigate the season of fall. Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the weather, my anniversary is in October <3 and it is the season of everything pumpkin. My goal this year will be to clean up some of my favorite fall recipes and share them with all of you. There is no reason we can’t still enjoy the flavors of the season without over doing it. Stay tuned!

So on to this week’s plan!

Clean Eating Cookie Dough Yogurt

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I don't know about you, but my sweet tooth can get the best of me sometimes.  I'm always looking for ways to satisfy the cravings while staying healthy.  This treat is both packed with protein and healthy.  As if that wasn't enough, I had my 3 year old try it and he kept asking for more!  Feel free to modify to make your own version but remember to keep it clean. :)  **Scroll to the bottom for an adapted version to fit 21 Day Fix


Clean, healthy and kid approved sweet treat
Clean Eating Cookie Dough Yogurt

Clean Eating Cookie Dough Yogurt 


Simple Fitness. Simple Eating. Fast Results. - 21 Day Fix

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I’m going to be honest with you. I hate tracking calories. You can call it too time consuming or maybe even lazy on my part, but I just hate it. I always start out strong with plans to track my whole day and then the afternoon comes, or dinner time, and those categories are almost always empty. I have tried tracking them ahead of time when I do my meal planning, but that just makes the meal planning process take that much longer. I don’t want to have to remember ⅔ cup of this is one serving and ½ cup of that is another serving. Life is busy. I am lucky that I get to have time to eat when juggling my two little guys. This is just the reality for me. I think that is why when the 21 Day Fix program came out with those fantastic little containers I latched onto it. Counting calories is a pain, however counting colored containers...now THAT I can find time to do! Even better, this program has a special promotion this month!  Read below to learn more about 21 Day Fix and contact me by using the form at the end of this post for more details!

Specially designed portion control containers paired with 30 minute workouts = results!
21 Day Fix Portion Control Containers

What is 21 Day Fix?

Have you heard of the 21 Day Fix? It’s pretty amazing. It is the perfect pairing of easy to follow nutrition along with 30 minute workouts. Everything is listed out for you in the nutrition guide. The workouts are designed to burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time and, if you are a beginner, you can always follow the on-screen modifier for a slightly less intense version of an exercise. If you are more advanced, then you can dial up the intensity to challenge yourself and push harder. Whether you have 5lbs or 100lbs to lose, this program can work for you. It’s simple eating, simple fitness, and fast results!

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