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Clean Eating Challenge: Day 11

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Friday, June 1
Day 11

 

 

 


Breakfast – Green Smoothie #1 – The Easy First Timers Monster posted by Amanda at Run to the Finish

Ingredients:
1 cup PC Organics Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Beverage
2 cups Baby Spinach
1 Banana
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder

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Morning Snack – I was seriously still full from my smoothie this morning, so I just packed a couple of Eat Clean Lucky Ginger Spice Cookies to take with me to the gym for after my 11:30 workout.

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Lunch – Veggies and Hummus – Again I was still feeling a little full from my smoothie, so I opted for veggies and hummus to start – I was going to have a slice of Eat Clean Deep-Dish Chicken Pizza with it, but the veggies seemed to be enough.

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Afternoon Snack – 1 cup of Cherries and a 1/4 cup of Unsalted Mixed Nuts

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Afternoon Snack #2 – It was such a cold, rainy day, Ryan and I decided we needed a little something to warm us up – normally I would have headed over to Starbucks and picked up a Chai Latte, but since I’m Eating Clean, and a Chai Latte has 43g of sugar in it!!! I decided to make us some homemade Eat Clean Hot Chocolate, super yummy and only 17g of natural, not refined sugars. You can find the recipe, as well as many other great Clean recipes over on my friend Meagan’s blog Megified.

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Dinner – 1 serving of Eat Clean Deep-Dish Chicken Pizza

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Evening Snack – 2 Eat Clean Lucky Ginger Spice Cookies theses have to be one of my favourite Eat Clean cookies so far. The are so chewy! I will definitely be making them again very soon, next time I think I will double up on the spices to give the cookies a little more ‘kick’!

Water Consumption:
7 glasses

Sleep:
7 hours of uninterrupted sleep! Now I just need to start getting to bed a little earlier!

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Clean Eating Challenge – Day 3

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Thursday, May 24, 2012
Day 3

 

 

 

 

Breakfast Oatmeal Pancake with Fresh Strawberries

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Morning Snack – Starbucks Protein Platter (I was not prepared to be out of the house as long as we were this morning, so I grabbed the healthiest on-the-go snack I could think of). It was really good, and was only $5.95 + tax….not much more than a chai latte…which I have not had since last Friday  …that’s gotta be a record!

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Lunch – leftover Supperworks Black Bean and Brown Rice Wrap

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Afternoon Snack – 12 almonds and a half cup of raspberries

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Dinner – Eat Clean Chicken, Spinach and Ricotta Quesadillas – again this was another first for me, and although it tastes really good, it took FORVER to make! I ended up making something else for my daughter to eat since I didn’t actually finish making and baking these quesadillas until 8pm! Thankfully it made 8 extras which I’ve put in the freezer to pull out and bake in just 24 minutes!

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Evening Snack – Eat Clean Caramel Coconut Chewy Bars – time to make a new treat, this one is super yummy, but I’m ready for something new!

Water Consumption:
10 glasses

Sleep:
7 hours…unfortunately my daughter has been waking up at 5:30 and coming into our room:( Definitely need to put a stop to that!

8 Week Progress Report

It has now been just over 8 weeks since I started my journey (and this blog)! Here is an update as to where things stand in terms of reaching the 11 goals I set for myself and the progress I have made since my last update.

Goal #1 – My Pre-pregnancy Body Back – So, I’ve pretty much reached this goal. I am back to my pre pregnancy weight, and fit into my ‘goal jeans’, although not quite the way I want. The muffin top HAS GOT TO GO!!

This week marked the mid-point of the Skinny Jeans Challenge which meant measurement time!

I am actually really pleased with my progress so far…I’ve lost a total of 10.4 inches! CRAZY!! I still want to improve on my percent body fat – I’m down almost 5%, but would like to bring it down by about another 2.5%.

Goal #2 – Run a Two Hour Half Marathon – Well, the Half Marathon is only 19 days away and I’m definitely NOT PREPARED!

I’ve still only ran outside 2 times – one fast 5K (which went surprisingly well), and a 16K run a couple of weeks ago with my sister.

Here’s how my training schedule looked over the past 5 or so weeks.

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BodyAttack has taken over my life! I have missed so many runs to get to Attack classes, it’s crazy! I’ve missed a total of 10 runs in the last 5 weeks – 1 hill workout, 3 fartlek workouts, 2 regular runs, and 3 long runs! BRUTAL!

I seriously doubt I will meet my goal of a sub-two hour half. I’m disappointed, but still hoping for a good run.

I guess we will see how things look after my 18K this weekend!

Goal #3 – Improve my Upper Body Strength – I was actually doing well with is goal since starting The 100 Push-Up Challenge last month – that was until I got sick. Since then, I have done NOTHING, and as a result, I am STILL struggling through the Upper Body Conditioning track in Attack 😦 My plan is to start the challenge again…tonight! Anyone want to do it with me and help me stay on track? Please?

Goal #4 – Try Hot Yoga – Still haven’t made it to a hot yoga class, and its not looking like I will be heading there any time soon. Until I get my Attack Certification Video done, I need to go to another Attack class Thursday evenings.

I hope to get my video in by mid-June, so hopefully I will be able to get to a class soon after that.

Goal #5 – Eat Clean – this is yet another goal that has been shoved aside since becoming sick and getting super busy.

I definitely need to get back in track, and fast!

My plan is to check out the latest issue of Clean Eating Magazine over the next few days, and set out next weeks meal plan. After that, I will hit the grocery store and get at it! I still want to aim for at least 2, but hopefully 3 clean meals a week.

Goal #6 – Limit the Amount of Junk Food I Eat – I’m actually not doing too bad at this one, considering I really haven’t been eating clean, I’m not exactly sure what I’ve been eating! My plan of not bringing it into the house is working, and I’m going to continue to keep it that way.

Goal #7 – Limit my Chai Lattes to one a Week – FAIL! HUGE! I’ve actually already had 2 this week! Chai latte is what seems gets me through the day! Although I did choose a Chocolate Banana Smoothie over the latte today:) Might have to stick with it, it’s higher in protein and fibre…sugar too, but I still think it’s the better choice. Agree?

Goal #8 – De-Clutter – Again, this one has been neglected since getting so busy. I did paint my sons room immediately after my last progress report, but unfortunately, it’s not quit finished 😦 I know, I’m brutal!

So, I still need to:

1. Finish painting my son’s room.
2. Clean out the kids toys.
3. Sort through my clothes.
4. Go through our deep freeze and actually see what we have in there!

Goal #9 – Read More – since my last update, I have finished The Help and The Lucky One.

Up next…the Shades of Grey Trilogy… Apparently everybody I know is or has read it. Not sure what to expect…besides turning 50 shades of red!!! Have you read the trilogy?

Goal #10 – Save Money – I am actually doing quite well with this one! Sticking to a bit of a budget has been easier than I thought it would be!

Goal # 11 – Make time for Scrapbooking – Unfortunately this too has been put on the back burner since becoming so busy. Now that the warm weather is coming, I have no idea when I will get back at it. Hopefully I will make it to a Friday night crop sometime soon!

Overall, I am not quite where I was hoping to be at this point. I need to get back into my running and start eating clean again! Really, I need to manage my time better and make healthy living a priority.

How is your journey going?
Do you have any super easy Clean Eating recipes you can share to help me get back on track?

All I Wanted was a Nap!

After a crappy nights sleep (I’m pretty sure I had about 15 minutes of sleep after getting up at 4:30 am to feed Tanner), 7:15 am came way too early. The alarm went off and I just could not drag my butt out of bed. Unfortunalety, with one kid banging on her door to get out of her room, and the other starting to fuss in bed, I had no choice 😦 So, I got up, got the kids dressed, fed Tanner, got Ryan breakfast, and droped her off at daycare. The whole time, all I could think about was having a nap. So, thats exactly what I did….well tried to do…Unfortunately, Tanner had other plans. After hanging in bed for a bit and realizing there was no way he was going to sleep, I got up again, got dressed and headed to the gym.

Today’s workout was 2 x 1 km interval training. After a 5 minute warm-up, I kranked the treadmill up to 7.0 and ran 1 km at a pace of 5:24/km. I then walked for 2 minutes and did it again. After a quick 5 minute cool down I was done. Yay! Now I can head home for a nap 🙂

Oh wait, I have get groceries 😦

After picking up groceries and a Starbucks chai latte, it was time to head home…maybe I can squeeze in a nap?? Nope, gotta feed Tanner.

At least I enjoyed my latte as I fed Tanner his bottle 🙂

Ooh, was that a yawn? I’m sure I just saw him rub his eyes….maybe we can both have a nap?

So, we headed upstairs in hopes of F.I.N.A.L.L.Y having a nap….

SUCCESS! Tanner and I slept for a good two hours. Man, did I ever need that!

Have you ever had one of those days…when all you want to do is nap, but it seems impossible? What did you do to survive?

Cause I’m pretty sure I never would have made it through the day without one!

With the fridge fully stocked, and me fully rested, it was time to make dinner before picking up Ryan. On the menu, Eat Clean Pasta Rolls with Turkey and Spinach.

With all the ingredients ready to go, it was time to get cooking!

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I must admit, this dish took a lot of time to prepare and cook – about a hour and a half. BUT…it was totally worth it! It was delicious!

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Doesn’t look quite as nice as the picture in the recipe…oh well! It was super yummy! And, even after using this meal as my ‘dinner sharesies’, I still have leftovers for a few lunches 🙂 I will definitely be making this one again!

Are you eating clean?
What are your favourite eat clean recipes?