Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Marathon Training & Weight Loss

In January, I started training for the marathon. Along with my goal of running 26.2 miles I also set a goal to lose 20lbs.  Well, let me share a little secret-  long distance running and weight loss do not go together. You would think that burning over 2,000 calories on a run would have you shedding weight. Not so at all!

My body holds onto all those precious fat stores for energy and recovery after each run. After a hard long run, I am typically not hungry for a big meal until late afternoon. By the afternoon, I am ravenous and can't get enough carbs! I have tried several different "diets" and strategies these past months to try and lose a few pounds. I tried keeping carbs low during the week and increase them on the weekend. This left me exhausted and grumpy during the week and eating everything in sight during the weekend. After a few weeks I decided to stop focusing on weight loss and focus solely on marathon training.

Post marathon, I have not gained any weight but I have not lost any either.  I am slowly learning to love my body no matter what the number on the scale or the size of my pants. Not everyone can say they have ran a marathon and I need to appreciate the endurance my body has. Now that marathon training is over, I am looking forward to trying different workouts and get back to eating clean. Can't wait to try more Pure Barre classes soon!

What's your favorite way to exercise? I'd love to try new workouts!


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Setting Sail

Today I'm headed off on a mini vay-cay in the sun! I can't express how lucky I am to still get a chance to enjoy spring break thanks to working in the school system. Our mother daughter cruise is setting sail out of Ft. Lauderdale this afternoon and will be headed toward Key West and Cancun. On my must see list for Key West is a visit to Mallory Square, taking a tour on the Conch Train and enjoying some key lime pie! In Cancun we will be exploring some Myan Ruins! The remainder of the cruise I hope to be soaking up the sun enjoying a few cocktails.

While I am gone, I have several posts scheduled to keep you entertained since I cant pack you in my suitcase. I hope you all enjoy. I am going to try my best to bring back the warm Caribbean sunshine with me when I return.  Here is a sneak peek at the week ahead:

Monday: DIY Juice Cleanse

Wednesday: Marathon Training & Weight Loss

Friday: Five on Friday


Friday, April 18, 2014

Five on Friday

I do love a short work week. I am so excited for spring break and vay-cay that is just around the corner! You know no Friday is complete without doing my 5 on Friday! Enjoy your weekend, friends and I'm going to make sure to keep you entertained while I'm away next week. 

{One} Drinking Lately. After an indulgent weekend, I was craving cookies for breakfast and sodas instead of water. To help reset my taste buds and get ready for the cruise, I completed a mini one day cleanse this week. Since I have my own juicer I made everything at home.  I'll be sharing my thoughts and tips next week

{Two} Snacking On. 3 Ingredient Cookies. I have trying to stop relying so much on packaged bars for snacks. So I whipped up these simple cookies for an easy snack. They are pretty delicious and very healthy. I  wouldn't serve these to guests (unless they were huge health nuts like me) but they are good for my lunch snack.

{Three} On my wishlist. Bourbon & Boweties. These bangles have been on my lust list forever. I love that you can mix and match the different bracelets to make unique stacks. Here's to hoping I can snag a few soon! You can check them out on Facebook!

{Four} Currently Reading. Sass Yourself Slim. I picked up this book since I am doing a major diet overhaul post marathon. The plan features mix-and-match healthy recipes that allows you to create your individual diet. I am really enjoying the easy, fresh recipes!

{Five} What's up next? Spring Break! Today marks the start of my spring break. My mom is coming into town today and then we are heading out on a girls cruise Saturday! I'm just thinking of it as a very non traditional Easter celebration. We are heading out on a short 5 night cruise on Celebrity Constellation. We are sailing out of Ft. Lauderdale and stop at Key West and Cozumel.

What's your plan for this holiday weekend? 

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