by Melanie

Clean Eating + Elli Quark Cheese + a Cute Visor + Running is Hard

February 24, 2015 in 3 Months No Crap, Family Life, Meal Ideas, Product Review by Melanie

Happy Monday y’all!

I’m about a week into my “3 Months, No Crap” plan and it’s going great!  For the most part it hasn’t been too hard.

It kind of reminds me of going on a “long run” instead of a sprint.  I like to think of it as a “slow and steady” way to lose weight, get in shape and improve my overall health.  I’m also hoping to form some long-term lifestyle habits.

Sooo, because it’s a long-term plan and not a “get fit quick” kind of thing, I’m trying to celebrate the little triumphs.  For example…

  • Kev and I went out to Texas Roadhouse on Friday night.  I got my typical 6 oz. sirloin with a plain sweet potato and a side salad.  We skipped the rolls and I always order water with lemon as a drink.  I love Texas Roadhouse because I can eat well and I don’t feel deprived!  I didn’t take a pic, but here’s a picture I took a while ago of the exact same meal (salad not pictured)…

Steak and Sweet Potato from Texas Roadhouse

  • On Saturday, we took the kiddos to see the movie Big Hero 6 at the dollar theater.  It was a dang cute little show!  I really enjoyed it, my kids loved it AND I loved paying only $2.00 a ticket!  Score.  Anyway, we bought some popcorn and treats and I didn’t have any.  Yay me.

Big Hero 6

  • On Sunday, we had dinner at Kev’s aunt and uncle’s house.  I skipped the homemade rolls and dessert.  It was tough, but I stuck to my guns.  :-)

So, there are just a few examples of some of my triumphs.  It’s nothing major, but I know those small choices can add up to big results over time.

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I also received a very fun package in the mail the other day that I want to share with you guys!

Package of Elli Quark cheese

It’s a box full of Elli Quark cheese (more like a “new and improved” Greek yogurt) and I love it so much!

Elli Quark is actually CHEESE, but the flavor is less sour than yogurt and it doesn’t have that “yogurty” taste.  It has less calories and more protein than typical Greek yogurt and it’s sweetened with natural sweeteners, erythritol and stevia.  Awesome.

Elli Quark infoElli Quark information

I’m a big fan of Greek yogurt and I am so excited about Elli Quark!  I LOVE the taste and LOVE all of the yummy flavors…

Elli Quark Cheese flavors

So far I’ve tried the Cherry, Blueberry, Peach and Mint Chocolate flavors.  I’m kind of hoarding all of the “dessert flavors” and saving them for last.  Hee hee.

However, I did eat the Mint Chocolate one very first because I just couldn’t resist.  I love MINT and CHOCOLATE so much!  It was the perfect post workout recovery snack after I got home from the gym the other night…

Me with Chocolate Mint Elli Quark Cheese

You can locate a store near you that carries Elli Quark by clicking here (in Utah, you can find it at Whole Foods stores.)  You can also purchase it on the Elli Quark website and it can be delivered fresh to your door!

You can find more information on their website, www.elliquark.com.

YUM!

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I also wanted to share some of the other yummy things I’ve been eating lately.  This has been my breakfast obsession this week…

My latest favorite breakfast eggs and protein pancakes

It’s one whole egg + 2 egg whites scrambled with onions, peppers, mushrooms and spinach and topped with salsa.  I also had 2 Chocolate Protein Pancakes on the side topped with natural peanut butter and berries!

SOOOO yummy!

I calculated this entire meal to be just over 400 calories.  Woo hoo.  It fills me up forever too!  One of the wonderful things about eating clean, is that I really don’t even pay attention to the calories.  Clean food is naturally lower in calories, yet full of so much nutrition.

When you eat clean, the body functions so much better!  Cravings subside, the blood sugar stabilizes and it’s easier to differentiate between actual hunger and things like stress, fatigue and emotional eating.

I love it.

I also threw some chicken in the Crock Pot the other day that turned out good!

Chicken in the Crock Pot

I followed my basic Crock Pot Chicken recipe, but I added some more spices, garlic and lemon juice to it.  I don’t know if I loved the lemon juice in there or not.  I’ll keep experimenting and if I come up with something super awesome, I will share it with y’all.

I ended up making some gravy out of the juices though and I loved it!  When the chicken was done, I just strained the juices out of the Crock Pot, heated it on top of the stove and thickened it with a little cornstarch mixed with hot water.

It turned out great!  I also made some brown rice and broccoli to go on the side.

My Chicken, Brown Rice and Broccoli

It was a simple, satisfying, yummy meal.  I enjoyed the leftovers for days afterward…

My leftover brown rice broccoli and chicken

Can you believe how GREEN that broccoli is????  I’d run out of leftover broccoli, so I just grabbed some raw broccoli that I had in the fridge and steamed it in the microwave for a few minutes and mixed it with my leftover rice and chicken.

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I have a few other random things to share…

After we took the kids to the movie on Saturday, we ran over to Scheels, a GIGANTIC sporting goods store that I LOVE SO MUCH!

It’s a little bit frightening how much $$$ I could spend in that store.  They have EVERYTHING and everything is so dang cute!  They also have a fun giant Ferris Wheel that the kiddos love riding on.

On the Ferris Wheel at Scheels

On the Ferris Wheel at Scheels with my kiddos

And there’s Kev and the baby CLEAR down on the ground below…

Kev and the baby at Scheels

He’s a sweetie.

It’s such a fun store.  Amazingly, we left the store without too much damage done…I just bought myself a fun Under Armour visor

Me in my new Under Armour hat from Scheels

It’s called the Under Armour Gotta Have It Visor and I think it’s aptly named…I just had to have it, lol!

You can’t really see the cute band too well, but it IS very cute.  I’m starting to ramp my running up to prepare for my half marathon, so I decided I needed a cute running incentive.

Oh, and Kev and I went to the gym together on Saturday morning.  We went to my old very favorite KILLER class that I used to go to all the time!  I hadn’t been to that class since I had the baby, so I was very excited to go.

We got there 10 minutes early and it was a madhouse!  It was so crowded that Kev and I couldn’t even be together (sniff, sniff.)

I snapped this stealthy picture so you could all feel my pain.  I’m the dork in the corner taking the picture and Kev is the cute man that I circled with my mad Photoshop skills…

Kev and I at our Saturday morning class at the gym

Ya know, after looking at that picture and the Ferris Wheel pic, I’ve decided I should call this post “Hangin’ out with my husband, but not really.”  Ha ha.

Oh, and would you believe that our instructor wasn’t even there!!!!???!??!  Ya, we had a sub.  It was still a good class, but I was disappointed.

When I got home, I ran 3 miles on the treadmill and it just about killed me.

Yes, I’m scared that I’m supposed to be running 13.1 miles in 87 days and I can’t even hack 3!!!  Eeee.  I’m worried.

I think my run felt extra hard because I went to that muscle class a couple hours before and my muscles were fatigued.

And because I’m out of shape.
And because I still want to lose about 20 pounds.
And because I just had a baby……6 months ago (I guess I can’t use that excuse any more, dang it.)
And because I’m sleep deprived.
And because I just turned 39.
And because I’m just kind of a wuss.  Hee hee.

And, I need to go to bed!  So that’s all I have to say tonight.  Have a great night.  Yay, Monday is OVA (a.k.a over.)

**I received the complimentary Elli Quark Cheese, but the text and opinions are, as always, my own!”#EatClean #GetYourQuarkOn

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South Beach Good to Go Bars, Homemade Larabars and other Healthy Stuff

February 20, 2015 in 3 Months No Crap, Baby, Goals, Meal Ideas, Product Review, Uncategorized by Melanie

Happy Friday!  I love FRIDAYS so much!  Who doesn’t?

I have a bunch of random things to share with y’all today.

First off, I got some fun things in the mail from South Beach Diet the other day that I want to share.  They recently came out with a new line of “Good to Go Bars” and they are fabulous!

South Beach Good to Go Bars

They come in varieties such as Soft Baked, Extra Protein, Extra Fiber and Gluten Free.  They range from 120-150 calories, are high in protein (6-10 grams), high in fiber (5-9 grams) and don’t have any artificial sweeteners or flavors.  Yay!

They also taste great!  I LOVE all of the yummy flavors like Chocolate Chip (Extra Protein), Dark Chocolate (Extra Fiber), Chocolate Brownie (Soft Baked) and Dark Chocolate Raspberry (Gluten Free.)   Hmmmm, can you tell I love chocolate!??!  They also have a lot of other non-chocolate flavors as well, just so ya know!

They are the perfect snack to stash in the purse for “emergencies.”

South Beach Good to Go Bars in my purse

I love South Beach Diet and I love companies that make good products that help us all stay on track. ;-)

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I’m also really loving my “3 Months, No Crap” plan so far.  Yes, I’m only 4 days into it, but I can already tell a huge difference!

Here’s the deal….I lost about 10 pounds with Whole 30 and I definitely felt thinner and leaner.  It was awesome.  But, the two weeks following Whole 30, I ate whatever the heck I wanted.  It was seriously so much fun, but I felt giant!

It was kind of crazy how quickly my body blew up!  I know most of it was water weight and a result of my body adjusting to all of the sugar and carbs I was feeding it, but it was freaky nonetheless.  I could seriously feel the jiggle when I walked.

BUT, after about 36 hours of following my “3 Months, No Crap” plan, I felt my body adjusting back to “normal.”  I started peeing A TON (TMI, I know), but that is the quickest indicator to me that my body likes what I’m doing; it doesn’t cling on to water!  My clothes also started to fit better again and I didn’t jiggle when I walked anymore!

Huge plus!

I’m still up about 2 pounds since I ended Whole 30, but I have a feeling those 2 pounds (and hopefully many more!) will be gone very soon.

I also LOVE the food I’m eating!  It’s a very reasonable lifestyle plan, which I love.  I’m missing chocolate for sure, but I’m grateful I can eat some of my other favorite “healthy chocolate” foods.  I’ve been loving my Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal the past few mornings…

My Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal

I know that picture doesn’t look particularly appetizing, but it’s so good and satisfying.  It also fills me up for HOURS!

I also happened to notice that my Hershey’s Cocoa now says “100% Cacao” on it.  Hmmmm.

Hershey's Cocoa

Maybe that’s always been there, but I’ve never noticed it before.  It cracks me up because “cacao” is definitely a health food buzz word, much like chia, flax, kale, quinoa, Greek yogurt and all of the other trendy health food stuff out there

I just thought it was interesting….and probably smart on Hershey’s behalf.  I definitely felt healthier knowing my cocoa was “100% cacao.”  Ha ha.

I’ve also been LOVING my favorite Chocolate Protein Pancakes again!!!!!  So much!!!!

My Chocolate Protein Pancakes with berries and PB

I had them topped with peanut butter and berries and loved them so much!  I have a bunch of them in my freezer and I love to pull one out, put it in the toaster and top it with peanut butter.  It tastes just like a peanut butter cup to me!

One of the many things I learned on Whole 30 was to not add sweeteners (natural or artificial) to anything!  It really seemed to train my taste buds to not need as much sweetness.  So I’ve stopped adding additional sweeteners to my protein pancakes, protein shakes, oatmeal and anything else I used to add additional sweetness too!

I’m sure there will still be things I’ll add sweeteners to, but I’m trying to be more aware and get used to things not being as sweet.

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My sister introduced me to a wonderful recipe for German Chocolate Fudge Bites that I love so much!

Homemade Larabars

Yes, I know they look just like deer poo, but I love them!  They’re from Chocolate Covered Katie and they are seriously so good.  I also love that the only sweetness/sugar comes from dates.  That’s it!

When I was doing Whole 30, one of the few processed things I could eat was Larabars.  They were not supposed to be eaten on a regular basis, but rather used as something you could stash in your purse for emergencies.

Lara Bars

I have to say I wasn’t a fan.  I thought they were gross.  Ewww.  It was nice to have something quick and convenient I could eat though.

Anyway, when my sister introduced me to the German Chocolate Fudge Bites I noticed that the recipe said it was inspired by Hot Fudge Larabars.  All of the ingredients were “Whole 30 legal” except for the Vanilla Extract.

AND, the only reason Vanilla Extract isn’t allowed is because of the alcohol content.  Seriously??!??!

Here’s exactly what it says about extracts on the Whole 30 website…

Honestly, we think this ruling is kind of silly (nobody uses vanilla extract for the buzz), but we must be consistent with the guidelines to avoid confusion. The vast majority of vanilla extracts you can purchase for home use (in-store and online) contain alcohol, and the rest contain sugar alcohols. And, since we ask you to exclude alcohol and all forms of sugar from your Whole30, vanilla extracts are non-compliant. (If you see vanilla extract listed as an ingredient, you can count that product out for your Whole30, too.)

Here’s the deal; I don’t drink alcohol at all…ever.  Never have, never will.  And, since I NEVER drink alcohol and I’ve never craved extracts (ha, ha), I decided extracts were just fine for me on my Whole 30.  My vanilla extract didn’t have any sugar in it either, FYI.

Maybe that means I failed at Whole 30, but I felt okay about it. ;-)

I also decided I would much rather eat these homemade “Fudge Bites” instead of Larabars any day.  The Larabars were overly sweet, IMO.  So with that being said, I love this recipe (FYI, I added 1-2 Tablespoons of water to the recipe.)

You basically just mix all of the ingredients in a food processor, roll them into balls and that’s it.  They take less than 5 minutes to make.  Oh, and I like to keep them in the freezer.  It makes them taste extra good!

I also want to say that I’m not a huge fan of dates, at least not by themselves.  I don’t love the texture and I just can’t get over how much they look like the cockroaches from Fear Factor.  Ya.

Dates and cockroach

BUT, when you mix them up with a little vanilla extract, salt, cocoa, unsweetened coconut, nuts and water, they turn into a heavenly treat.

Fudge Bites

A treat that look just like deer poo.  From cockroach to deer poo, LOL!  Yum?

Well, I’m getting ready to head out to a movie with my cute husband.  I will leave y’all with some cute pics of my favorite baby.  I also posted these pics on Instagram yesterday, so if you follow me, you probably already saw them!

Cute Baby C

I love you all!  Have a wonderful Friday night!

South Beach Diet sent me the complimentary Bars and goodies, but the opinions expressed and text are entirely my own! #SouthBeachDiet #SnackHappy
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Our Trip to Arches National Park + My New Healthy Eating Plan and Exercise Schedule

February 17, 2015 in Uncategorized by Melanie

We just got back from a wonderful weekend spent at Arches National Park in Moab, Utah!

We had a FANTASTIC time!  I was a little worried about traveling and hiking with all the kids, including the baby, but they seriously did so great.

First off, I have to say that we have had the BEST winter ever here in Utah.  I have loved it so much!  We’ve had very little snow in the valley (where we live), but plenty of snow in the mountains.  We haven’t had a major snow storm since Christmas Day!  Crazy, huh?  We’ve had so many sunny, unseasonably warm days and I LOVE IT!

I also need to say that I’m so sorry to all of you New Englanders who have been bombarded with SNOW!!!  I cannot believe how much snow is goin’ on around there!

We lived in New England (RI and NH) for 6+ years and I know how severe the weather can be.  We lived through many Nor’Easters, ice storms, crazy snow dumps and sub-zero temperatures (-40 with the windchill), but we never saw this much snow!  I’ve been amazed by all the snow pics I’ve seen in my Facebook and Instagram feeds.

I think it’s crazy that New England is having one of the worst winters ever while Utah is having one of the best?  Interesting how that works.

Anyway, since our weather has been so warm, we decided to take a road trip to Moab (about a 3 hour drive from our house.)

I just want to mention that this post will be quite long because I’m going to tell you guys ALL about our trip, including a bunch of pictures (this is partially so I’ll have it for my own records), so if it’s too long and/or too boring, feel free to scroll to the end if you want to hear about my new “healthy plan” instead.  Mmmmkay?

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Soooo, we got to Moab on Saturday morning and decided to do the Devil’s Garden hike.  I’d never done that hike before, but I LOVED IT SO MUCH!

It’s now my most favorite hike in the world and I doubt it will be trumped any time soon.  The hike ranges from ~4 to ~7 miles depending on where you want to go.  We hiked about 5 miles and it was just perfect.  All of the kids loved it so much and NOBODY complained the entire time (that’s a first for us!)  Even the baby did great.

The ENTIRE hike is absolutely gorgeous and there’s something breathtakingly beautiful to look at the entire time.  There are eight major arches to see and one monolith (Dark Angel) along the hike, although we only saw four of the arches and skipped the monolith.

We first saw Landscape Arch, which is Ahhhhh-mazing!  The arch is ~290 feet long, which makes it the longest natural arch in the world.  This picture doesn’t do it justice at all.

The kids at Landscape Arch

The rest of the hike was a bit treacherous and I was quite nervous at times.  It can still be a safe hike if you are CAREFUL and if kids know to respect the trail/cliffs/heights, etc.  I made sure my kids KNEW that they could fall to their deaths at any moment and I told them to not be overly confident!  I also made sure that one of us had a hold of my littler boys hands at all times!

As I type this, it sounds like I’m a crazy mom to even take my kids on this hike, but we were very careful.  Kev and I decided from the beginning that if we ever got to a place we weren’t comfortable taking the kids, we would head back.  There were a few spots that worried me a bit, but we kept on going and were just fine.

Thankfully, my daughter is just as paranoid as me, so between us and Kev we had it covered. ;-)

The scariest part of the hike was when we had to climb on top of and across a giant rock fin, which was majestic, but FREAKY!  My big boys gave me a small heart attack when I saw them confidently perched on the edge of the cliff!

The boys on the Devils Garden Trail cliff Arches

The fin was wide enough to walk across safely, but it was unnerving to see sheer cliffs on both sides!

Walking across a fin at Arches

The view from the top was unreal.  I loved  seeing all of the rock fins in the distance.  It was so cool!  Again, this picture does not do it justice.

Me and the kids on the Devils Garden Trail Arches

The next arch we saw was called Partition Arch and it was gorgeous.  We asked a random man take our family picture and sadly he cut off the top of the arch so you can’t see how cool it is!

The fam at Partition Arch Arches

Here’s a pic I found on the internet of Partition Arch

Partition Arch

The next arch we saw was Navajo Arch and I loved it!  It was like a big shady cave.

Kev and the kids at Navajo Arch Devils Garden Arches

We thought the pine tree (farthest right) was very cool because the needles were only growing on one side!   The other side was completely bare.  Weird.

After Navajo Arch, we made our way to see Double O Arch and it was so cool too!

The fam at Double O Arch on Devils Garden Trail Arches

The reason it’s called Double O is that there are two arches on top of each other.  The big arch is easy to see, but if you look closely you can see the second smaller arch underneath it.

There were a lot of people there who had climbed up on top of the big arch and were walking across (you can see some of them on the side of the arch waiting to cross in that picture.)  We would have been tempted to try that as well, but we worried we were running out of daylight and wanted to head back.

At this point in the hike, you can either head back the way you came or take the “Primitive Trail,” which loops around to the beginning.  I’d read that the Primitive Trail is even more treacherous (and it’s a little bit longer), so we opted to just go back the way we came.  Kev and I said we’d love to come back again when we don’t have small children and do the whole thing!

On the way back, I took this darling picture of my two “best friend” boys.  LOVE THEM!

B and J on the Devils Garden Trail Arches

The next day, we decided to take the fam on the hike to see Delicate Arch, one of the most famous arches in the world.  I have to say that the hike to get to Delicate Arch isn’t nearly as fun or beautiful as Devil’s Garden, but we still had a good time.

I was very grateful for the 60ish degree weather we had because it made the hike a lot more pleasant.  It’s only 1.5 miles (each way), but it is quite steep and there is NO SHADE the entire way.

The fam hiking to Delicate Arch

The kids got quite tired on this hike, so we had to stop and rest a little bit…

The fam on the way to Delicate Arch

Kev was “hard core” and carried the baby in the backpack and our 4 year old on his shoulders most of the way!

Kev and the kids hiking to Delicate Arch

Quick note:  Our four year old is very much a “home body.”  He loves to be home and whenever we go anywhere for too long he always asks when we’re going home.  Well, while we were on this hike he told me, “I love Moab!”  “I wish we could just stay here forever.”

Woah.  I was floored to hear that from him.  We really did have such a fun time though.

When we finally got to the arch, it was just breathtaking!  We’d done this hike before (about 4 years ago), but the arch was even more beautiful to me this time!

The Fam at Delicate Arch

Notice how my daughter is holding onto both of her little brothers??  Yes, she was a basket case….rightfully so!  I was very grateful for her help the entire time.  Afterward, she told me she would have enjoyed this hike so much more if she didn’t have all of her crazy brothers (2 little ones and 2 dare devil ones) with us!  Ha ha.

I will say that this hike is “mostly safe.”  Near the end, the trail winds along the edge of the mountain, with a cliff all along one side, but the trail is quite wide and naturally leans toward the mountain.

However, when you finally get to the arch, it is very freaky!  There is a huge “toilet bowl” type cliff thing that you have to cross to get over to the arch.

I took this picture, but it’s a LOT more daunting in real life.

Cliff next to Delicate Arch

That’s why you see a lot of people just sitting on the edge.  I think they are too freaked out to get any closer.

We carefully made our way over to the arch and took some pics…

Our Family at Delicate Arch

Our family underneath Delicate Arch

B doing a backbend at Delicate Arch

I loved being there and wished we could have stayed longer!  The baby was getting quite tired and fussy, so Kev carried him all the way back down…he slept the whole way.

Kev and the kids hiking back from Delicate Arch

We had such a fun time at Arches National Park!  I LOVED it so much!

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I must say that I didn’t eat particularly well on this trip!   Eating healthily while on vacation takes a little planning and a lot of commitment…..well I didn’t plan too well and I wasn’t feeling particularly committed.  Oy.

Ever since I finished Whole 30 (I’m planning on writing a post all about that this week, I promise!) my life seriously fell apart.  I told you guys in previous posts that I had sick kids, got very little sleep and had a crazy, crazy schedule.

That sounds like a bunch of excuses, I know, but believe me….it just about did me in!

I also had a birthday, Valentine’s Day and this vacation mixed in, so my whole life and all of it’s healthiness pretty much went kaput!  It was rough.

I’m sure my body was thinking WHAT in the HECK is going on!???!  It suffered from some serious whiplash, lol!

I don’t mind taking a few days off from healthy living here and there, but when those “few days” turn into “weeks,” it’s not very fun anymore!

Sooo, I told myself that when I got home from our trip, I was going to get back to work!

I strive to live a healthy lifestyle all the time, but I’ve learned that making specific “goals” and “challenges” really helps to keep me on track and motivated.  I don’t do as well when I just say “I’m just going to try to eat well.”  I like to identify some “rules” and be more specific.  So, I decided to devise a plan.

Side note:  I really, really loved Whole 30 and learned so much, but it was a tough lifestyle to keep up.  I know some people like to eat that way all the time, but I am NOT one of those people.  I’ve also learned that I have the most success if I stick with a “healthy challenge” for a long period of time.  It seems like when I take days off, it is SO HARD for me to get back to healthy again.  Sooo, I decided to make it a 3 month plan.

So, with that being said, here’s the plan I came up with.  I started it today….

3 Months No Crap take 2

Yes, I affectionately named it my “3 Months, No Crap” plan.  Ha ha.

It’s pretty straight forward; no refined sugar, flour or artificial sweeteners.  It’s pretty much your average “clean eating” plan….lots of veggies, fruit, nuts, seeds, lean meat, cottage cheese, plain yogurt, whole grains like oats, brown rice and quinoa, beans and that’s about it.  I may add a little bit of cheese to my meals and I’m going to limit my grain consumption to two servings per day.

After doing Whole 30, this “plan” sounds like a piece of cake!  I’m very excited.  I’m very ready to get rid of ALL of my baby weight once and for all and I’m planning on getting in the best shape of my life before my next birthday….the big 4…0!

I also devised an exercise plan!  I’m running a half marathon on May 16th and I’m so excited!  I haven’t run a major race in a very long time and I’m looking forward to the challenge!

I looked online for a half marathon training plan, but most of them we’re unnecessarily complicated and included running 4-5 days a week!???!

Uhhh, no.

I’m not a lover of running….I’m a liker of running.  Sooo, I looked for a plan that included running only 3 days a week and cross training the other days (I’m a lover of strength training and group fitness classes!)

Believe it or not, a 3 day a week half marathon training schedule was hard to find!  Here’s the best one I could find…

half marathon training schedule

This is one of Hal Higdon’s plans and he’s a very reputable source.

I’m planning on running three days a week; Monday, Wednesday and either Friday or Saturday depending on the length of the run.  I really like this plan as a whole, but I don’t like that the longest run is only 10 miles.  If I get a chance, I’m going to devise my own plan, but for now I’ll follow this one!

Oh, and FYI I have 13 weeks until the race, so I’m going to repeat week one twice.

I have 3 great classes at the gym that I plan to go to on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  They are amazing classes that push me to my MAX each time!  My Tuesday night class is a tough cardio/HIIT type class, my Thursday is a Boot Camp class and Saturday is mega weights.  I love them all!

I know there will be weeks that I don’t get all my workouts in, but I’m going to try really hard to get all my runs in!

Well, it’s getting late AND this post is WAY too long, so I’m going to wrap it up.

I think my life/stress/sleep depravity is calming down, so I’m looking forward to hitting it hard, sticking to my 3 month healthy eating plan and seeing some great results!  Woo hoo.

Just in time for spring/summer.  Yay.

I hope you all have a wonderful night!

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