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Breakfast Burrito and Training Schedule

24 Jun

While some may love their oats for breakfast, I love my eggs for breakfast. I wish I could say that I get bored with these sometimes, but I just don’t. How can one go wrong with so much protein, greens and complex carbohydrates in the morning.

Now that I’ve been training so much I’m eating more calories, so I’ve added an extra egg to my breakfast burritos. Check out this baby:

Breakfast Burrito

Breakfast Burrito

From the bottom up:
Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Tortilla
1/2 cup organic baby arugula
1 slice Trader Joe’s Beef Bacon (I promise it’s under the eggs)
2 eggs over easy
1 TBS Frontera tomatillo salsa

I’m about to complete my third week of half marathon training and this is what the schedule’s looked like this week:
Sunday Warrior Dash
Monday 100 minutes of power walking in fat burning zone with intervals on treadmill
Tuesday Running outside 50 minutes
Wednesday Boot camp
Thursday Personal training session, focusing on core
Friday Day of rest, stretching and foam rolling
Saturday 6 mile run day

My body hurts, I don’t think there’s a single muscle on my body that isn’t sore. It’s great that today is rest and stretch day. My trainer told me today that I need to stretch and foam roll as much as possible so I don’t get sick. I had never heard that before. He told me it won’t necessarily prevent illness, but helps with recovery process and therefore helping prevent injury and illness. I also see this is as another reason to get enough sleep and eat as well as possible.

Does anyone else have a breakfast obsession? As much as I love my breakfast burritos I do like to try new things.

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Breakfast Burritos are Back

17 Jun

Have you missed these? I know I have. Now that I’ve discovered Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Tortillas the breakfast burritos have made a major comeback and will be here for a while.

Here’s today’s beauty.

Breakfast Burrito

Breakfast burrito

From the bottom up:
Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Tortilla
1/2 cup organic baby arugula
2 eggs over easy
1/4 diced organic cherry tomatoes
1 TBS Trader Joe’s Tomatillo Salsa

Tonight I am going to enjoy Chicago’s nightlife in honor of one of my oldest and dearest friends for her bachelorette party. I can’t tell you what we’ll be doing in case she reads this, it’s a surprise.

Also this weekend I’m doing another race, the Warrior Dash. It’s an 3.3 mile obstacle course with fire, planks and a mud pit. I can’t wait to share all of the photos. I love doing mud races, they are so out of character for me and so much fun.

Have any of you ever done any mud races? Would you?

Breakfast Burrito Perfection and a Party

10 Dec

Good morning everyone. A breakfast burrito is the perfect thing to wake up to on a cold winter morning. Warm eggs and warm turkey bacon wrapped in a warm tortilla with some hot tea on the side, perfect. I’ve been making these for breakfast as least a few times a week for the last year and I have yet to get sick of them. Probably because the combinations of healthy options are endless. I think this is the best one yet.

Breakfast Burrito

Breakfast burrito

From the bottom up:
Spinach tortilla
Homemade arugula pesto
Organic baby spinach
1 slice of turkey bacon
2 eggs, over easy
Avocado slices
Valentina hot sauce
Toasted flax seeds

Later tonight I will be attending the holiday office party. I hear that there will be an amazing buffet and an open bar. Looking forward to it.

Breakfast Burrito is Back

5 Nov

Good morning everyone, I’m going to keep this one short and sweet. Tomorrow is race day and I have plenty of resting, stretching and carbing-up to do before Saturday. I’m also going to be doing some baking tonight. My brother’s and my dad’s birthdays are tomorrow and I’m  making three dozen cupcakes for the party. Hope everyone has a great weekend, I’ll be sure to let you know how the race goes.

Breakfast burrito

Breakfast burrito

From the bottom up this one has:
Red chili tortilla from Whole Foods
Spinach
2 farm fresh eggs, over easy
Green salsa from Trader Joe’s
Flaxseed
Pine nuts
Raw goat’s milk cheese

Has anyone been inspired by these? Have you started to make your own? Or do you have a version of your own?

Meal Planning & Breakfast Burrito

17 Sep

Good afternoon, to everyone. I’ve been eating like a queen this week and I owe it to stepping up my meal planning game this week. But before I get into the details of that, here is today’s Breakfast Burrito:

Breakfast Burrito

Breakfast Burrito

From the bottom up:
Whole wheat flaxseed tortilla from Trader Joe’s
Chipotle chili pepper hummus
Raw organic baby spinach
2 farm fresh eggs, sunny side up
toasted flax seeds
Part-skim mozzarella cheese

So about meal planning, every week I make a rough outline of what I’m going to be eating during the week. I decide what will be eaten for breakfast, for lunch and for dinner. I incorporate seasonal ingredients and at least one recipe I have never tried. Once I decide on the menu then I make the shopping list. It’s very simple and usually I leave a couple days open for miscellaneous cooking inspiration. The problem that I’ve had with this method is I end up with extra produce that I sometimes have to throw away. It breaks my heart to see food and money go to waste.

Last weekend I created a menu for my entire week with zero gaps and I used carrots and coconut as a theme. It all worked brilliantly on many different levels:

01 Once I made the list I didn’t have to think about what I was going to eat,
just look at the list and prepare
02 Looking at the list it gave me something to look forward to each day
03 Nothing went to waste this week!
04 I spent less money on the ingredients

Here are a couple highlights from the week, both of these are the new recipes I had never made before (both are from Clean Eating Magazine):

Coconut curry shrimp

Coconut curry shrimp

This one looks awesome and the shrimp tastes amazing. The shrimp are battered and baked in a single egg and a mixture of flaxseed meal and coconut flakes. I wasn’t crazy about the sauce, it called for Stevia, and I really should have known better. I only like sugar and raw honey as sweeteners, should have gone with my gut. I’ll make this one again and modify slightly.

Carrot ginger soup

Carrot ginger soup

This soup is AMAZING! Mostly I followed the recipe, it called for silken tofu, instead I used light coconut milk for creaminess. The only thing I would do differently next time is make more.

Tonight I will be making Spinach, Mushroom and Chicken dinner crepes. I can’t wait to get to the gym and get back home.

Daily Actions, Day 18
• Logging my food intake everyday — done
• Doing my workouts and logging them everyday — done
• Getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night — done
• Ask at least one person per day one of a few questions: –  done
What are your dreams? What do you like about your life? What are you grateful for?

In addition to the daily actions I will take some other miscellaneous actions:
(These won’t get a check mark until I do them later in the month, but I’m keeping them here as a reminder)
• Host a ‘Clean’ dinner party at my home once a month — Hosted 1st party Sunday 8.29
• Get a Sub Max test
• Clean two closets — one closet is clean
• Paint bedroom walls

Breakfast Burrito and Following my own Advice

11 Sep

Good evening! It feels like I was just sitting at my kitchen table eating breakfast and already I am on the train on my commute home. It was a loooong day, sure there was a mountain of work to do today, but that’s not why it was such a long day. Before I get into that, here’s this morning’s breakfast burrito:

Breakfast Burrito

Breakfast Burrito

From the bottom up this one has:
Whole wheat flax tortilla from Trader Joe’s
Raw organic spinach
2 eggs
Part-skim Monterrey Jack cheese
Valentina hot sauce
1 TBS toasted flaxseeds

So, on to the topic of having a loooong day. It started off poorly when last night I didn’t go to bed until 1am knowing I had to be up at 7am. That’s 6 hours of sleep, one hour less than I know I need. I of course didn’t fall asleep right away, so it was probably more like 5.5 hours.

I’m going to demonstrate exactly why you should get enough sleep by describing what happens to me when I don’t. So use me as a bad example and learn. 🙂

For starters, it was so difficult to crawl out of bed this morning. All day my head has felt very fuzzy, like I couldn’t focus on anything. It’s taken me twice as long to complete simple tasks. I got about half of the work I wanted to get done today. My body has been aching, not like when I was sick, but all the soreness from the gym and poor posture has been kicked up a few notches. My mood has been very pissy and crabby. I ended up going to Starbuck’s to get coffee, normally I don’t do that. If I want coffee I make organic coffee at home and drink it with raw honey and raw milk. (They don’t have those kinds of ingredients at Starbuck’s) We were working on a very cool, very fun project at work and I was crabby about that too. Also, I am way too tired to workout today, so now I am going to be skipping the gym. You see, not sleeping enough leads to all kinds of mischievous behavior, body pain and a bad mood.

I have a lifetime, well from age 12 to 29, of going to bed late and not getting enough sleep. For me, this is a habit to break. I have to treat it as such. I’m going to try something new:
all electronics off at 10.45pm. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Are you like me with having a habit of sleeping too little? Or are you someone who gets your 7-8 hours per night no matter what? I’d like to hear from you both.

Daily Actions, Day 18
• Logging my food intake everyday — done
• Doing my workouts and logging them everyday — done
• Getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night — not done, bad
• Ask at least one person per day one of two questions: –  not done, as a result of above
What are your dreams? What do you like about your life? What are you grateful for?

In addition to the daily actions I will take some other miscellaneous actions:
(These won’t get a check mark until I do them later in the month, but I’m keeping them here as a reminder)
• Host a ‘Clean’ dinner party at my home once a month — Hosted 1st party Sunday 8.29
• Get a Sub Max test
• Clean two closets — one closet is clean
• Paint bedroom walls

Being ‘Dress Ready’

3 Sep

This weekend I’m going to two weddings. As with any wedding, I had to find a great dress for the occasion, and did I ever. I’ll post some photos after the weekend but that’s not what this post is about.

The wedding weekend had me think about a common thing that women say and do before weddings. Have you ever heard a woman say or maybe you yourself have said,  “OMG! I have to start working out so I can fit into my dress.” I know I have. Or if you’re a man, you have said or thought something along the lines of, “Better hit the gym ‘cuz Cabo is coming up in three weeks.” I’m going to use the example of the dress in this post, but this is applicable to both genders.

I have found myself in the past thinking I had to crash diet and workout extra long to be able to look good for one night. I’d proceed to eat fewer meals, hit the gym for twice as  long and immediately when the event was over, going right back into my old habits. This is totally not a healthy practice. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that there’s anything wrong with cleaning up your diet and stepping up your workouts a few weeks before any event, be it a wedding, vacation or a day at the pool.

I do think that there is an underlying issue that leads to this type of behavior. When I would crash diet and crash workout, the context I had for my body image was that it wasn’t good enough as it was, in some way I was inadequate the way I was and had to take some drastic measures to try to get myself to some imaginary place that would be good enough. That’s quite a mouth full, but the bottom line was I didn’t have a positive relationship with my body.

At the time I wouldn’t think to myself about my self-image and adequacy, I just wanted to look good in a dress or a vacation. I think that for everyone there is some value in taking a look at the way you relate to your body and notice if it’s a positive relationship or negative. Is it nourishing or is it abusive? Maybe it’s detached or unacknowledging.

I’d like to propose a revolutionary idea: Being Dress Ready (or if you’re not someone who wears a dress, Being Beach Ready).What if, instead of trying to get your body to look some particular way for an event you could have your body ready for any event. All there would ever be to do is kick things up a notch in a way that doesn’t drastically alter your eating and training  habits. Imagine, each and every day you treat your body like the temple that it is, feeding it, nourishing it, moving it so that when the occasions come up, it’s ready for you. 🙂

Sounds like a much more relaxing experience to me. There’s already so much emotion when it comes to weddings, vacations, special events why not give yourself a break beforehand?

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