Getting Back On Track: My Tracker Missed Me

We’ve all done it…taken a little time off and decided that we would get back on track starting next week. Next week can turn into two weeks, then two weeks into a month. Well, I made the decision — I’m starting back today! Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s good to have time-off from the gym/running/working out to avoid burn out and enjoy the things we love (in moderation), but we can’t stay away too long.

wpid-screenshot_2015-01-20-09-04-30-2.pngOkay, you know that photo is hilarious, but it’s seriously time to get back focused! During my marathon training my Weight Watchers took a backseat. It’s tricky when it comes to marathon training and watching what you eat and/or weight loss. Your body needs energy and requires more carbs and other things I wouldn’t normally chew and chomp on; and limiting them can hinder your performance. Carbs are usually one of the first things to go when “dieting”, so we already know where my points would have gone. During that time, I was mindful of what I ate, but I snacked and did not track as consistently as I should have. I love that my WW’s app would send me reminders to track my food almost to say…”Hey, we’re still here!”

I took one week off from all activity after my marathon. I’m really excited that tonight I will be returning to Zumba after months off. I stopped attending class because I wanted to stick to cross-training activities such as: swimming, walking, yoga, or cycling. Well…I’m back and this girl is ready to Merengue and Salsa her bum off!

I’ve also found that writing in a journal or tracking is extremely helpful with staying on track. That’s why I returned to WW’s after so many years. I have so many friends sharing this journey with me — which will help me stay accountable.

How are you staying on track while maintaining a healthy lifestyle?

 

“It’s not a diet. It’s a lifestyle.”

 

 

#TotalFit Challenge

Happy Monday! I just wanted to share a little bit about what I’m doing over the next few weeks. I’m participating in Mr. Shut Up and Train‘s 21 day #TotalFit Challenge! Rahman “Ray” Grayson (aka Mr. Shut Up and Train) is an Atlanta Personal Trainer and he and his team are committed to helping others meet their fitness goals, improve their appearance, lose weight, gain endurance, build muscle and self-esteem.

Mr. Shut Up and Train has created a free challenge to help kick-start you into your fitness goals. You can find the overview here.

So the question is…

What is your why?

My Why is…

I want to be the healthiest ME I can be!

I only get one body and I must take care of it. 

I want to be a better, stronger runner.

Who doesn’t want look good when they look in the mirror?

It’s not about being “skinny”, it’s about being FIT—and that’s what I strive to be!

I’m not getting any younger.

I am “preserving my sexy”!

My legacy starts with me.

Why not?

 

MrShutUpTrain“I am doing the  TotalFit Challenge because I am 100% committed to living a healthier lifestyle!”

 

Baseline AssessmentThe Baseline Assessment reminds me of the Insanity Fit Test. Yes, I completed ALL 63 days  of that insane craziness. Let’s just say the warm-up was harder the most workouts. I’ll be doing this tonight!

 

Sharing is caring! See others via social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest) who committed to the challenge by using the hashtag #TotalFit and #BeTheBestYou.

 It’s time to TRAIN!

 

Lacing Up For Boston 5K, 10K, and Half | Fit, Fab, and Lean

I was so excited when I found out Fit, Fab, and Lean opened back up 50 more spots for the Lacing Up For Boston 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon. I did not want to miss out on this one! Can’t Run One Run For Boston? Here’s another chance to show support!

Boston-medal

Virtual Race starts on Saturday, March 29 and you have through Monday, April 21st to complete your chosen distance.  You can log your miles indoors on a treadmill or outside…your choice!  And you can run the miles; walk the miles; or complete the distance through a combination of running AND walking!

The gorgeous finisher’s medal is polished silver and features a translucent blue sky. Wait until you see it…. it is FABULOUS!  

The virtual run will benefit The One Fund. There are 30 spots left (or less) and going fast! To register, visit here.

You’re welcome and Happy Running!

Rest. It’s Okay!

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“We’re so wrapped up in our running that we’re afraid to take a day off, run less, run slower, or, heaven forbid, take a walk on days our bodies tell us we’re not recovered enough for our “usual” workout. We’re afraid someone will think less of us as a runner; we’re afraid we’ll think less of ourselves. And, backing off at all scares us that we’ll become less of a runner than we believe we are, than we have already set ourselves up to be.”

via Favorite Run

Loved Just The Way You Are…

Me and my Daddy Wee Artneya

Daddy and itty-bitty Artie Cakes!

Happy Father’s Day to an amazing man, father, my Daddy…my Pops! It’s no secret that this time of year is VERY hard for me. My Dad passed away over 9 years ago, but not a day goes by that I don’t miss him. He is so special to my heart. My Mom’s best friend who was very charming, brilliant, handsome, stern with a soft spot for Daddy’s little girl aka Scooby (yes, that’s me!). He always knew how to get me with that smile and showing off those dimples! A true fighter he was. Hard-working, loving, and beautiful being who told me to always believe in myself and push towards my dreams. I’m grateful that God chose me to be his daughter!

♥♥♥

RUNNING IN HONOR OF MY DAD!

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Over the past few weeks I’ve dedicated all of my runs to my Dad! I’m so thankful to Fit, Fab, and Lean for providing a Father’s Day Virtual 5K ~ Half Marathon (including a Finishers Medal) for us to commemorate this special day. I completed 26.9 miles over the past two weeks. Running is truly a great outlet for me. Seeing all of the commercials, cards, movies, and events surrounding Father’s Day can be a bit overwhelming. Instead of me being down or sad, I decided to RUN!  I’m so proud to have had the opportunity to run in my Dad’s honor and memory — Mr. John E. Patterson. I hope he’s smiling down! :-)

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Just a little collage I made!

My Dad was a HUGE Barry White Fan…so I’d be remiss if I didn’t celebrate him with one of his favorite songs!

Happy Father’s Day to every Father out there in the world! May this day honoring you and every day be a special one — you all deserve it!  To anyone who is Fatherless or Father is in heaven, I pray that you are surrounded by love, peace, and sweet memories. They truly keep you going!

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give any person: He believed in me.”

~Jim Valvano

Jalapeño Cheddar Kale Chips

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I made baked, kale chips last week and they were so good! I’ve had them before from my local health food store, but I definitely think making them fresh is the way to go! Most people ask, what do they taste like? They are basically crispy,  kale leaves. It gives you crunch and they are perfect for finger food or served with your favorite sandwich. Kale chips are also a healthy alternative to potato chips. If you’re anything like me, I don’t need a bag of Lay’s potato chips in front of me. I’d have to pray for restraint—which is why I don’t keep potato chips in our house. Just being honest. There are also fun ways to change up the flavor of kale chips. I added my twist by sprinkling jalapeno cheddar popcorn seasoning on them. Trust me it just works!

Jalapeño Cheddar Kale Chips

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Seasoning salt
  • Popcorn seasoning – jalapeno cheddar

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Remove kale leaves from the rib. Wash and thoroughly dry your kale (I used a salad spinner). Tear into one-inch pieces. You can make them smaller if you wish. Place kale leaves in a large mixing bowl and toss with olive oil and seasoning salt.
  3. Place kale leaves on lined, baking sheet then place in the oven. Let kale leaves bake approximately 15-20 minutes, turning them halfway through. Keep a watch out because each oven varies. Serve and enjoy!

Football season is right around the corner.  These kale chips will be a great, healthy addition to game-day snacks!

 

 

 

National Running Day!

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National Running Day is Wednesday, June 5! I’m so excited for many reasons. This is a special day for runners from around the world to celebrate their passion! Running has been so rewarding for me and many others. Not only does it have great health benefits, but it gets you moving! For me, it keeps me active, sane, helps me clear my mind, allows me to help give back, it’s FREE and the list goes on. I never thought running would have grown into such a rewarding venture — one that I would like to keep for a lifetime. I seriously feel like a run groupie because I’m trying to run every single chance I get. Every time a race pops up on my run-radar I get excited! Even on my days off I’m wanting to lace up my running shoes and get a run in. It has brought so much joy and fulfillment into my life. I’ve also had the opportunity to meet some pretty AH-MAZING people! National Running Day is the perfect opportunity to grab a friend and GO!

Here are 10 Ways to Celebrate National Running Day from RunningDay.Org:

1) Declare your passion – People run for millions of reasons, and we want to know yours! Head to www.runningday.org and let the nation know why you run, be it raising money for charity, keeping your waistline in check, or getting to that bagel at the 5K finish line.

2) Bring a “runway” to work – Swap your loafers and heels for sneakers and you’ll be dressed to the nines for National Running Day. Your feet will thank you for it, and it will be that much easier to step out for a short jog during lunch or on your way home from work.

3) Morph your friends into running fiends – Friends don’t let friends just walk on National Running Day! Invite a pal or two—the more the merrier—to hit the road with you. They’ll be hooked in no time!

4) Change Happy Hour to Running Hour – Shake things up by adding a run to your post-work plans. Head out at 5:00 p.m. with some co-workers and relax over miles instead of cocktails.

5) Strike new ground – Seize the day and take the road you’ve never traveled. Who knows? You might find a new favorite running path to spice up your summer.

6) Give the gift of running – Donate to organizations that use running to make a difference in people’s lives, like Back on my Feet or Achilles International.

7) Make running run in the family – They have your eyes, but what about your endurance? Leave the bikes and baseball bats in the garage and run around the neighborhood with the kids. Keep things interesting with a short race to see who is the fastest.

8) Choose a running resolution – Kick off a new fitness goal on National Running Day. It can be anything, including adding five minutes to your next run, running a new distance, or signing up for a road race.

9) Take advantage of the great outdoors – Running outside beats spending all your time on the treadmill. Step out the front door and away from the gym to take in a bit of nature during your afternoon run.

10) Treat yourself like a champion – Set yourself up for success by indulging in your favorite post-run snack, sporting your lucky t-shirt, or helping your feet to a new pair of sneakers.

How will you be celebrating?

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