Goal attained.

TGIF.

First off, I’d like to say that Wednesday was a wonderful day of eats. However, I caught the lazy bug and didn’t snap a single picture the whole day. You win some, you lose some.

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Aside from Wednesday, Thursday wasn’t all that bad so let’s dive right in.

Breakfast – 7:15 am

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Two pieces of Ezekiel toast + Barney Butter almond butter on one & PB&Co. White Chocolate PB on the other + nanner slices + chia seeds + coconut

This is a recycled photo (my camera battery was dead) but you get the jist of it.

IMG_4310Annnd who would I be without my morning cup of Joe? Cranky with a killer headache around 3 pm.

Workout – 8:50 am

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If you don’t already know, I’m training for my first half-marathon in Charlottesville, VA on April 6th. Accidentally, I began my training plan a month early (whoops!) so the past few weeks I took a break from long runs.

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Well, yesterday I decided to get back into training with a 10 miler. Before starting my run I knew if I could do 10 miles then I would be able to do the extra 3.1 on race day. IMG_4707

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Surprisingly enough those 10 miles went by way faster than expected and I felt great the whole way through. My goal was to stay under 9 minutes per mile and just finish. Goal attained.

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During my run I stopped for water every time I ran past my car which ended up being three times and then I nommed on some Sports Beans at miles 3 and 7.

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On my next run I think I’ll switch back to Honey Stinger’s chews. They were a lot easier to eat during my last long run.

Running is almost completely a mental sport. It’s not about how fast you go or how far you it’s just that you go. My mind is in total control of my body when I run; if my mind is in the right place then my body will follow suit.

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As soon as I got home I downed a pineapple coconut water to replenish my electrolytes — tasty tasty — and then got to work on lunch.

Lunch – 11:45 am

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Roasted veggies, yes please!

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Jennie-O turkey burgers have been quite the popular protein choice ’round these parts lately.

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Spring mix + roasted zucchini, grape toms, sweet tater with rosemary + Jennie-O turkey burger + goat cheese + red onion + balsamic reduction 

I wish I could have this salad again…right now. Darn Lent and Fridays.

Snacks 

Not a single snack was photographed yesterday. My apologies! But I did graze a little throughout the day with a Peanut Butter Cookie Luna bar, some mixed nuts, and an orange. All very satisfying.

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Sophie can fill in for the lack of snack pics. Look it! So cute! 🙂

Dinner – 6:30 pm

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Slice of Ezekiel + TJ’s cookie butter microwaved for 10 seconds

A serious craving for bread — specifically buttered rolls from O’Charley’s (Oh, how I love those things.) — struck as I was fixing dinner.

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Three egg white scramble with shredded carrots + spinach + shredded mozzarella + ketchup

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Before I dug into my egg white scramble I realized I had to crumble the remnants of Cheesy Garlic Bread Lays on top. Seriously, I had to.

I mean, I ran 10 miles after all. 😉

Dessert – 8:00 pm

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Dark chocolate chips

Of course, I couldn’t end the night without a taste of dark chocolate.

The rest of my night was spent being a college student with some awesome girls out in Ttown.

Hope every one has a great weekend! I’ll holler at cha laterz.

A Gruesome Workout

Good morning all!

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Today is the day I take my chemistry final…wish me luck.

I’m praying I do my best. 😀

Yesterday morning I attended CrossFit class numero duos and, of course, it was beast. I’m naturally a sweater (it’s actually pretty ridiculous) so it was to no surprise that I walked out of the box completely drenched. Not to mention it was also raining so that just added to it.

But before I got my sweat on I fueled up with this lovely little meal called breakfast.

1/3 cup old fashion oats + 2/3 cup water + 1 smashed banana + 1/2 cup blueberries + an unGodly amount of almond butter

Oh yeah.

Here’s what yesterday’s WOD (workout of the day) looked like…

Since it was Tara’s nineteenth birthday, we did AMRAP (as many reps/rounds as possible) for 19 minutes. My first WOD on Monday was killer and it only lasted 12 minutes so I knew those extra 7 minutes were going to be brutal.

I ended up finishing everything but the 150 m run on my seventh round once time was called. I wasn’t able to Rx (complete as prescribed) this WOD since I’m new to these type of workouts so instead of using the 53 lbs, yes you read that right – 53 lbs kettlebell, I used the measly 8 lbs kettlebell and it was STILL a gruesome workout. So much that I could hardly raise my arms to wash my hair in the shower afterwards. I can’t wait to build my strength and be able to Rx a WOD. You bet I’ll feel beast after that. 😉

The crazy thing is I should be totally pumped to go home for Christmas break but I can’t stop thinking about how I’m going to miss going to CrossFit! Scottsboro doesn’t have a box and the closest one is in Huntsville which requires a $150 two week intro course before drop-ins are allowed. 🙁

Guess I’ll have to a) ask for an early Christmas present or b) utilize some of Tina’s at home WODs.

After CrossFit, I knew my muscles took a beating so I helped them out a little with some protein so they can rebuild stronger and leaner!

1 scoop vanilla Show Me the Whey whey protein powder + good ole water

All shook up and waiting for me in the fridge upon my return. Yum.

Please note the nasty weather Tuscaloosa had yesterday. No good. Thankfully it stopped raining later in the evening just long enough for me to take a quick 3 miler before starting up again. All this nonstop thinking about CrossFit almost made me forget I’m suppose to be training for a half-marathon!

Now I’m off to by the grace of God ace this chemistry final and then wait on a very special visitor to arrive!

See you tomorrow with a little What I Ate Wednesday! 🙂

A Day with Mom

Hey hey look at me. Two posts in two days. Give me some butter because I’m on a roll.

*laughs*

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That was really cheesy, sorry…but I had to do it.

😀

Shortly after my mom arrived yesterday morning around 11ish we headed to Tuscaloosa’s River Walk for a run.

I broke in these bad boys with a 5 miler.

Mom and I stayed together for the first 2 miles and chatted. Actually it was more like me blabbering about who even remembers now and her replying with the correct yeah, uh hum, oh really?, and so on.

I may not be as fast as I once was, but that run sure felt good. It was one of those hurt so good kind of feelings when I finished. The Garmin said I burned 925 calories. Not too sure I believe it but hey…it was a good excuse to have lunch at Jim ‘N’ Nick’s. 😉

I know I mentioned lunch at Five yesterday but after Mom suggested Jim ‘N’ Nick’s I just couldn’t say no to the cheddar biscuit-muffins. Ohmigah, and don’t even get me started on their smoked chicken. Ok ok moving on.

Look at those babies.

Now for the star of the show main course. The cool thing about Jim ‘N’ Nick’s is there isn’t one freezer in the whole restaurant. Everything is fresh and scratch made. How neat?

As we were eating I spotted my neighbor. Remember him?

He’s quite the cutie and hopefully he’ll still be around by the time I move in across the street. If he’s smart he’ll stay because I’ll feed the little guy! Speaking of feeding him…Mom was curious as to what groundhogs ate so she googled it and this is what we found:

Answer:I am a groundhog owner. And my baby groundhog either eats bananas, apples, any fruit really. Any type of rabbit food, leaves, lettuce, bark, and roots. But mostly fruit. 
their diet includes: leaves, bark, roots, seeds, saplings, dandelions, cresses, violets, plantains, raspberries,blueberries, apples, cherries, pears,watermelon, beechnuts, hay, clover, alfalfa, corn, beans, grass, snails and insects.

Sounds like a diet I would approve! Minus the snails, insects, and bark…

The rest of our day included: taking measurements of the townhouse, furniture browsing, Target, Starbuck’s, sushi dinner, and some R&R.

And that concluded our day. Hope everyone is having a good Wednesday so far. I have a Tacky Christmas party to attend later this evening.

It’s gonna be a good ooone! 😉

Bit of News Numero

Hey there and happy Tuesday!

Sorry I’m a day late with my two bits of exciting news…I literally spent all day yesterday thinking it was still Sunday. 😕

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But we’ll get to that later. First, let’s talk weekend.

On Friday, Stephen and I made a trip to Earthfare for lunch and to pick up some ingredients that were suppose to be Saturday night’s dinner. And because, ya know, I wouldn’t be me if I opted out on an opportunity to go to Earthfare to just look at everything and then jack a few goodies out of the bins. 😉

Doesn’t it look heavenly?

I couldn’t even tell you everything I put in my salad. Among my favorites (that I can remember) would include veggie chips (that I grabbed from a sample at the check out line), roasted brussels, feta cheese, and grilled chicken. All those in one bite rocked my world.

Stephen enjoyed his salad also, which I can bet was comprised of about a third of olives. Ew.

Saturday was a super lazy day but we did manage to fit a little sweat time in…

Ah yes. Stephen and I went for a run. I won’t go into very many details but the boyfriend probably hasn’t gotten his heart rate up for longer than three minutes at a time so I was really proud of him for 1) agreeing to go with me and 2) completing the run with minimum complaining.

After we got back Stephen got his taste of endorphins and was all hyped up with energy. Now you see why I like to be crazy and exercise. 😉

Before I share my news I’d like to share a few cute faces I got to see over the weekend…

B-rock – quite the studmuffin.

TB – Mister Spaz.

And Cale – with his nostril talent.

I also got to hang out with one of my dear best friends, Kelsey, on Saturday night. Love you and so glad we got the chance to hang!

Ok ok. Time for the news already, right?

Bit of news numero uno:

Yesterday officially began my first day of training for my first half-marathon!!! If the bolded font and the extra exclamation points didn’t get my emotion across then let me just tell you – I’m PUMPED! 😀

My mom has always been a runner and has completed a few half and full marathons so when I was asked to join her and her friends in Virginia for the Charlottesville Marathon hosted by Miller Lite I couldn’t not say yes!

I’ll definitely keep you posted on how training goes. This is the schedule I’ll be following for the most part and I’m super pumped because it’s going to be like cross-country season all over again. Of course, I’ll adjust to whatever my body feels. In other words, if I’m too sore from a run/workout and need another day of rest that’s exactly what I’ll do.

Annnd bit of news numero duos:

So I’ve been looking into doing some blog revamping (i.e. personalized header, fresh layout, and things of that sort) so when I heard about Laura from Courtney a few days ago I knew it was a God sent. Hello – problemo solved!

As quick as my mouse mouse could possibly move, I scrolled over the LauraLikesDesigns.com link and immediately started browsing her work and then one thing lead to the other and well, you guys…

She’s gon’ help make Health Nut the real dealio! Woohoo! Now, it will be a process but nonetheless I’m so excited to be working with her! Y’all – she’s super sweet and seems to really know what she’s talking about. Anyways, I hope you’ll be anticipating the makeover as much as me! (Actually, that’s impossible – no one is more excited than I am! :D)

That just about does it for the day.

WAIT! I almost forgot…

What would a Health Nut post be if it didn’t include breakfast?! Gasp. Can’t believe I nearly said bye without first sharing this beautiful bowl of banana bread oatmeal and a mound of Justin’s Maple Almond Butter to go with.

Nooow that’s all I’ve got for today. My mom should be arriving in town around lunch time today so there’s most likely a delicious lunch at 5 along with a 5 mile run in my near future. 🙂

Have a great Tuesday y’all!