Friday, December 31, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
This is how it's described on their website:
Warrior Dash is the ultimate event for thrill-seeking athletes. This running series is held on some of the nation's most demanding and unique terrain. Participants will conquer extreme obstacles and celebrate their feat with music, beer, warrior helmets and muddy shorts.Of course, being the person that I am, I thought "why not do it in costumes?!" After all, I did complete a half marathon with my bff in matching pink/green get-up including tutus!
Not thinking the other two girls would be into dressing up, I mentioned it to one of my friends. To which she responded "Let's do it! Come up with a fun costume and we'll do it!" After thinking long and hard, this is what I came up with...the Candy Cane Girls!
Yes, those are red/white striped thigh highs and candy cane headbands!
I must say the obstacles added to the 5k make it much more difficult than I was expecting. I'm sad to admit that I was sore the next day, really sore. Amazing how adding walls, rusty cars, planks, rivers, tires, fire, and a mud pit will make you tired after only 3.2 miles!
At the end, we could donate our shoes. Warrior Dash cleans and recycles old shoes. As always, it was a little bitter sweet giving these up. My shoes have so much history, but it's nice knowing they went to a good cause!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
I hope my generation doesn’t forget about our Veterans. They are our husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, best friends, and classmates. To both past and present Veterans, thank you for giving so much of yourselves for our Nation.
I will not forget.
And as a daughter of two Marines, happy belated birthday to the United States Marine Corps. Semper fidelis
Monday, November 1, 2010
The feel of the blog will change tho. In the past I mostly blogged about running, well, I cannot run anymore. I haven't been able to run for a few months now. My knees have reached the point of no return with tendinitis in both knees. More on the knees later.
The blog will be a healthy lifestyle blog. Will include my gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free recipes; posts about boxing; and overall my journey toward a healthier me.
I started this journey 2 years ago. Boxing and I started dating in May 2008 and we added running to the mix October 2008 as I prepared for the Austin Half Marathon in February 2009. In the past 2+ years I've been on a pretty stead lose weight, maintain weight, lose weight, maintain, etc. This is also when I started being more mindful of the food I was eating.
Now that I've been seeing a nutritionist, I've had to put running aside, and I've picked up boxing again, it only makes sense to turn the blog into more of a "healthy living" blog.
A friend from high school reads this and asked me how much it costs to eat the way I do. I let her know that it isn't cheap, but with the proper planning, doesn't have to be super expensive either. I've started adding "budget meal" to the meals that can be made for $15 or less for 4 servings or more.
I hope that you're all ok with the transition of the blog!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
- 14 organic corn tortillas
- 16 oz tomatillo sauce
- 1 lb ground chicken
- 1/2 c diced onion
- 4 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 can organic black beans - drained, rinsed, and dried
- 1 teaspoon organic coconut oil
- few pinches of shredded fresh cilantro
- sea salt
- chili powder
Sunday, October 24, 2010
- 1 1/2 pounds of grass-fed ground beef
- 3 organic roma tomatoes
- 1 organic yellow onion
- 1 roasted poblano pepper (I roasted my own - see below for instructions)
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 1 medium sized russet potato
- coconut oil
- chili powder
- sea salt
- Your favorite GF pancake mix (I chose GF Pantry)
- Fresh, organic orange juice
- 5-6 Fresh, organic strawberries
- 1/2 c Frozen, organic blueberries
- 1 egg (or 1/2 mashed banana for a vegan version)
- Ghee (clarified butter aka dairy-free butter) OR your fav vegan butter
- Olive oil
- Organic coconut oil
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
- 4 large bell peppers (I used red)
- 1lb ground turkey
- 1c cooked brown rice
- 4 slices bacon
- 1 c onion
- 1 tomato
- 1tbsp green onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- salt & pepper to taste
I have some exciting news on the wedding front, it's been a while since I've updated you all on that!
The moment you've all been waiting for...will come AFTER the wedding day in case my fiancé looks at the blog, I don't want to show a photo of my dress! That's right, this modern, unconventional bride, is keeping a few "traditions" alive, we will not see each other until I'm walking down the isle (awwww!).
I will say tho, since my last wedding update, I have found a dress! YAY! I went shopping with my mom and maid of honor back in July and found THE ONE! I was excited to go dress shopping, but never ever would I think that I would care that much about this dress. I went thinking "this will be fun!" but it turned into "OMG, I never thought I'd FALL IN LOVE WITH A DRESS!"
They always say "When you know, you know." Kind of like when you find the one you want to grow old with, but I didn't think I'd ever "know" with a dress. It's a dress for crying out loud. Fabric sewn together...right?! Wrong...it was the 4th dress I tried on and I fell in love with it. For some reason when I tried it on, I just knew that it was the dress that I would say "I DO" in. The dress that I would become a Mrs. in. The dress that I would wear as I walk down the isle to meet the man of my dreams in! I can't wait to show you guys photos!
What I can show you photos of is our save-the-date post cards! I just received the proof from my printer today! I designed these myself, so they hold a very special place in my heart. I wanted a more hip, fun feel to the cards, and this is what I came up with! Wedding logo (seen on the front) was also designed by me.
Here is the back of the cards.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
- 2c cooked organic brown rice
- 1c raw/defrosted chopped spinach
- 1c organic, whole fat, un-sweetened coconut milk
- 1/2c chopped white onion
- 1/4c chopped green onion
- 1 chopped garlic clove
- 1c raw, organic broccoli (chopped into small florets)
- 10oz boneless, skinless salmon
- 1tbsp Chia Seeds
- organic coconut oil
- sea salt to taste
Friday, October 8, 2010
I wanted to drop in and say 'hi' and let you know what I've been up to...
One of the reasons that I've been so busy is because I finally decided to start my own freelance graphic design business! It has been very exciting and busy. If you or anyone you know needs graphic design services (logo design, wedding logo design, print design, etc) keep me in mind! You can view my website and portfolio here: http://adrinahdesign.com.
There it is...short and sweet. I'll be around more often these days!
Hope you all are well!
PS - like the logo I designed for the blog?
Friday, September 10, 2010
I had my third appointment with the most awesome nutritionist ever! If you're in Austin and want one, leave me a comment and I'll send you her info. She's awesome! Seriously...awesome!
10 Day Detox
Good news... I lost 10 lbs on my detox
Bad news... 8 lbs of it was muscle
Reason... I wasn't eating enough. Hear that? I wasn't eating enough! I've never heard that before, but it makes since. My body type* requires a combination diet that is heavier on protein. I wasn't eating enough protein. With the amount of muscle I have, I burn just over 1600 calories a day just doing nothing. That doesn't include working out, walking around, etc. 1600 calories of healthy food is A LOT of food. So I need to tweak my portions a bit by adding more protein to my diet. Easy enough...I think!
Obviously this is the next step and what will probably be the most challenging. You can get through a detox because you know it's 10 days. The next step is maintaining it for life. I am now officially on a dairy free, gluten free, sugar free diet. Luckily, she is giving me 2 freebies a week. This means that 2 times a week (not 2 days a week) I get to eat/drink whatever I want. It can be a bowl of cheerios, cupcake, 5 beers, bowl of queso, whatever. (She's fairly confident that I'll learn my lesson quickly and stick to the healthier freebie options instead of the bowl of queso).
This will be interesting at first. It really means that I'm going to have to be careful what I eat and plan ahead. I have a feeling after the first few weeks I'll get a really good hang of it and it will start to become second nature.
No caffeine (unless it's a freebie) and only 1 glass of alcohol every other day (unless it's a freebie).
The idea is so that I don't feel like I'm dieting. Since this is something that is for life, she believes that I do need to be allowed to have the occasional cupcake or fries. Also, this will limit from the picking (2 chips here, chocolate kiss there, cookie here, you get the picture...)
For the next two weeks, her goal for me is to put 4 lbs of muscle back on (which she says will happen easily if I eat the proper amount of protein) and lose 1.5 more lbs of fat.
I'm going to achieve these goals by following the eating habits I'm supposed to and mixing up my work out. I haven't worked out much since my last run, but I'm starting back up next week. I'll run 3 days a week and lift weights 2 days a week.
Since this dairy free, gluten free, sugar free diet will be for life, I'd like to find some good tips, recipes, or resources. Anyone out there have anything they'd like to share with me?
* Please don't listen to what I say as advice for everyone. My nutritionist is a professional who ran several tests on me to determine what is best for me. What's best for me probably isn't what's best for you. Seriously!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
The nutritionist appointment went really well. She was so cool and easy to relate to. Overall she seemed impressed by my efforts and wants to help me lose the rest of this weight.
We did a body comp analysis. This was pretty cool. It gave me some happy information and some not so happy information – which helped determine what weight my nutritionist wants me to be at. Good news is…I didn’t tell her my goal weight and she came up with the same goal weight for me that I had for myself.
She told me one thing that I already knew and was hoping she wouldn’t say: women can’t loose weight long term by running long distance alone. I know, I know…ugh! (I’ve since started weight lifting, especially since my running is at a slow.)
Good news: I have above average pounds of muscle on my body for my height and weight. Yes, this means I’m ripped!
Not so good news: I have an (on the higher side) average amount of fat for my height and weight.
Our goal is to put me below average (or on the low end of average) for pounds of fat.
The detox actually isn’t what you’d think. She doesn’t believe in starving yourself or filling your body with processed foods. My detox was simply lots of lean protein, lots of veggies, some fruit, detox drinks, and supplements.
The idea is to stay away from grain, processed foods, caffeine, alcohol, dairy, sugar, etc.
Not too bad right? Right! Well, until I traveled to Houston with the fiancé and some friends for the Texas football game. That was so much harder than I thought. Not only could I not drink beer or eat just about anything at the tailgate or game, but eating out was difficult! But, I stayed strong and didn’t cheat once! Not even when the Double Tree gave up warm chocolate chip cookies when we checked into the hotel!
Tomorrow is the last day. After that, I’m not quite sure what my plan will consist of. I have another appointment with the nutritionist Thursday, so I’m anxious to find out.
PS – thanks for all your encouraging words on my post about the Chicago Marathon. As I mentioned, it was a really tough decision, but one I knew I needed to face. It was either deal with it now and save myself from serious injury, or deal with it later after it’s possibly too late.
Friday, September 3, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I’ve blogged several times about my weight loss. I’ve had some success, I’ve also been a little stuck (plateau effect). I lost tons of weight right away and then sort of stopped. I will occasionally lose 5 lbs, but will usually put it back on in a few months. Just back and forth.
Here’s the deal…
I’m always training. Meaning, I’m consistently logging at least 20 miles a week. Usually more like 25+ miles a week (especially when I bumped up from half marathon training to full marathon training).
I eat healthy. I don’t diet and I don’t restrict myself but I do eat very well. My food philosophy is: eat when I’m hungry. Eat veggies, fruits, and lean meats. I eat red meat 1-2 times a week. I don’t crave red meat more than that (I believe that cravings are a sign that your body needs something).
I’m tired of burning thousands of calories a month, eating healthy, and not losing any more weight. I honestly feel like I have 30 more pounds that I could lose, so it’s not like I’m complaining about 5 pounds here.
I have a feeling that while I think I’m eating healthy, I’m probably not eating healthy for my body. Each person needs some foods and really shouldn't have other foods. They are going to be different for everyone…I hope I can find out what’s right for me.
I’ve found a nutritionist and I’m visiting her today for my first appointment.
I am so excited! Today she will take a full body composition (which probably won’t be so exciting – I’ve heard that they are worse than you expect). I’ve filled out a bunch of surveys and questionnaires from her office. This is to help her determine what diet works best for me. (Diet meaning: eating habits).
After researching her and reading some testimonials it sounds like she is pretty awesome. It sounds like her philosophy is about finding foods that are good for you without making restrictions on food you love (but may not be the best for you). She’s all about living a happy, healthy life.
I’m excited to start the next chapter to a leaner, meaner, fightin’ machine!