Happy Monday!

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday! Today has been going great! I started today with a PB & J smoothie with hemp hearts and have stuck with my eating, just finished lunch. I really need to focus on my eating, big time! Let’s be honest… my food focus has been horrible the past few weeks month. Getting in activity has been super easy despite not running much lately, I’ve been on my bike daily. My right knee is still a little eh, going to rest one more day today and go for a 30 min run tomorrow morning to see how it feels. There is a chance I may have to sit out Sunday’s race… really don’t want to, so we’ll see!

One thing I did this weekend that I never thought I would do was join a DietBet! It’s for May and my friend Tamara is hosting it so I figured… why not?! I need something to help motivate me to get back on track, maybe money will do it, who knows! I’m a little nervous about it, won’t lie lol! The goal is to lose 4% of your starting weight in 4 weeks, seems easy enough but that will be around 9 lbs lol! I used to lose 10-12 lbs per month in the beginning, but after losing over 90 lbs it has slowed down a lot so I will do my best and work my butt off, then see what happens! I really don’t want to focus on weight loss right now but I need focus on my eating so that is a bonus to eating better… weight loss.

This morning I got in a 12 mile bike ride, had a great time! There was some wind heading south that was felt… oh, was it felt! Looking at my heart rate on the ride… it was for sure noticed lol! I’m really anxious to try out some new trails, love the one I go on but it’s getting old lol! So maybe I’ll get the courage to load my bike on the car rack this week and head to Tempe for a ride.

This weekend we killed it in the backyard! We got so much work done, tree’s planted, and cleaned. Almost two years ago we had a vision and started working on the small space food forest for our home, it was hard to see the outcome on most days, some days I regretted even starting this whole project… but now, we are so thrilled with the changes!

Between the two pics we have pulled up about 2-3 rows of brick to enlarge the grow space a bit. Had all the bougainvillea removed, then slowly started to plant in trees little by little. If you have planted fruit trees before then you know how pricey some trees can be! So we did it over the course of a year and a half or so. Our yard is far from done but it’s finally starting to look less like a project, which I love haha!

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday!

This morning I was really hoping to run but my right knee is still on the fritz so tonight and this weekend I plan to ice, ice, and more ice! This makes me glad I have my bike to ride now, I’m still getting in activity and I had no idea you could burn some great calories while riding! Who knew?! Holy leg workout too!

I managed to install the new bike rack on my car this morning and did a couple test drives around (sans bike) to check and see how secure it was in general… it’s solid as a rock! Will add the bike to it this weekend and drive around in the neighborhood to test that next… this part makes me nervous lol!

After I did the whole morning school drop off shenanigans I got in a 13 mile bike ride before lunch. I talked myself out of Taco Bell and made a healthy plate instead, go me! Now I’m fully glad I stuck to my guns, it’s been a rough couple of weeks with eating but I managed to lose 2 lbs this week. I’m at 45 miles this week on my bike! Woot!

I’m beat this week! Tomorrow I plan to rest and ice my knee, also work on a little bike maintenance and plant tree’s in the backyard with Bob. I have no idea how many tree’s need to go in the ground or be repotted, I’ve lost count haha!! He already started cutting out the Texas Sage in the front yard, now it just needs the roots dug out before we can plant our Cherry Plum… I can’t wait to see that tree every time I pull up to the house! It’s my favorite type of tree ever and it makes me so happy anytime I see them around town.

Yesterday was gym day for my weight training… I really didn’t feel like going but I know I have goals to reach so I went anyways! Naturally, I’m glad I went when I was done and I kicked some serious ass lifting lol! After the gym, I took Metta out for a ride and it was my longest distance yet! Creeping up on the distance, I did 12.19 miles and I was aiming for 10 so I decided to keep going since I felt really good.

There are so many ways that biking has changed my life for me in just the past weeks. I got my bike on the 7th and have since ridden her almost 55 miles (10 days). While I know many other riders do like 20+ miles in a day, I’m happy with my mileage! I would love to get longer distances though, just need to take her out to some new trails.

Drink CLICK Review

Drink CLICK Review

A couple weeks ago I wanted to try out this protein powder mix called CLICK! They sent me a free container of the CLICK Active to try out in the flavor of my choosing… I went with mocha since I kept hearing it was the favorite. I’ve been trying this out here and there depending on how much activity I did that day. Like after I had a killer weight training session or after a hard run.

First off, what it is! CLICK is a protein powder base drink mix, like other protein powders except there is an extra ingredient…. espresso! So it’s a coffee + protein mix! Now can you see why it appealed to me?! lol! Each serving has the equivalent of a double shot of espresso.

The carb to protein ratio is pretty good – 7g carb : 25g protein

I have tried this drink in two ways and still want to try it other ways… so far I had it in a shaker bottle mixed with water, wasn’t my favorite, I won’t lie. Then I tried it in my morning PB & J smoothie, I loved this a lot more! It does have a bit of that protein powder chalky taste, but it didn’t bother me in a smoothie at all. I want to try it in a smoothie by itself with almond or regular milk, I may actually do that this morning after my bike ride!

If you like coffee and are looking for protein, I recommend this! You can check out CLICK here. If you want to try it but don’t want to buy a whole container, I saw they have samples to purchase in the “special offers” section of the shop!

** Please Note: I was not paid to review this, I was given a free product to try (per my request) and was asked if I would do an honest review of it

Gnarly Mail + Riding

Gnarly Mail + Riding

Today was a no run day due to my knee still being wonky and swollen, but I did manage to get in a bike ride! I was planning to head to Tempe Town Lake to ride but after hearing that my husband located a Donut Peach tree at Lowe’s near us, I changed my plans to go pick that up (along with a dwarf pomegranate and dwarf lemon). I couldn’t wait to get this tree home, a Donut Peach has been very high on our wishlist.

I got in my bike ride after lunch and it was about 90º out, luckily it doesn’t feel that warm when riding… I mean, I get warm, but nothing like running or walking in that temp. We are supposed to reach 100º on Sunday and Monday, ack! I’m so not ready for the hotter temps yet… it’s only April?! I will be swimming on Sunday though for sure. Anyways, I planned to do just a short ride for 30 minutes and wanted to get in at least 5 miles, I did just that!

This week has been fun with the mail! I got a few new things in the mail today – the book You are a Bad Ass, a cycle cap for my helmet, a phone holder for my bike, and a few other things!

Love the cycle hat, I figure if I’m going to wear a helmet I had better at least make it fun, so I bought a zombie cap. I also needed a visor for my helmet so this was a perfect! I started the book this afternoon but haven’t gotten very far at all… though so far I love it! Love the authors writing style, feels like we are sitting at Sbux having coffee and she is telling me to wake the F up with a slap to the face lol!! I will have to review this book when I finish it! Speaking of reviews, I will be doing a review of CLICK drink soon (it’s a protein powder mix). I will try to have that posted by Friday!

Kick Ass and Repeat!

Kick Ass and Repeat!

Today started out great! My eating has been spot on, water intake has flawless, and I got in a lot of activity before 11 am!

For a while now I’ve wanted to start the habit of doing 30 min of walking on the treadmill (or running) each morning. Monday I had planned to do it but I was super tired and skipped in… this morning I got up at 4:45 so I had plenty of time to wake up and drink my coffee before jumping on the treadmill at 5:30. I almost skipped it again but thought “nope, going to get it done” and I did just that. I spent 30 min on the treadmill with a nice steady walking pace of 17:22 for 1.73 miles. I always watch Netflix when I do walking on the treadmill so I started the new film by Tony Robbins called I’m not your guru… so good! I need to watch this tonight in the bedroom!

I’m planning to do 30 min of walking again tomorrow morning! I may take it easy with running this week due to my right knee. It ended up pretty swollen last night after doing a longer run interval yesterday (pretty sure that was to blame too) so I’m going to lay low with running for a few days.

After I got my day going and the kiddo dropped off at school, I made my way to the gym for weight training. Because my right knee is giving me issues, I skipped leg press and back squats today so it was a shorter 30 min weight training session this morning but I kicked ass and got it done, despite not wanting to go today. After going in, I’m glad I did!

I managed to get in a bike ride before lunch and did my longest distance so far of 10.33 miles under and hour! Woot! I’m getting more and more comfortable with my bike and I love her to pieces!! I’m really glad that I have a bike now for when I don’t feel like running, I’m still getting some movement in my day. My legs are jello today after that ride lol!

I’ve gotten in a little over 14.5 miles on the bike and 2.75 miles of walking/running (miles are going towards the 10k & S.P.E.W. HRC virtual race since we can split up our distances – only 3.45 miles left to do).

Focus, Focus, Focus

Focus, Focus, Focus

This morning I had planned to restart week 3 – day 1 of the FFTFl 1st Mile training… and it ended with just .61 miles under my belt. I was not feeling it at all. Just like the other day I tried to a 90/60 run/walk, I just didn’t enjoy my run whatsoever. With that, I decided to fully pull out of the group and do my own thing like normal. Last week I said I pulled out of the group but then rejoined after someone re-added me to it, I took it as a sign to try again.

I run because I enjoy running and it gets me out of my head for a while. When running turns into a chore, it loses its spark for me… I would rather run my own way than to have it burn me out right now, I can see that happening with each run to so I’m hoping if I pull out of this group training now it won’t push me too far off my running mojo.

After I got back home from that super short run, I decided to change clothes and take my bike out instead. I got in 4.26 miles in about 25 minutes before I left for my eye appointment this morning. That ride felt amazing! It was just what I needed after a rough morning. I wanted to ride for an hour but gave myself a 30 min window so I had time to change and clean up before I went to get my eyes checked. I’m hoping to get back out tonight on my bike or attempt a run on the treadmill this evening.

I finally got new glasses after over 7 years! I was way overdue for new ones, big time! They will be ready in a few weeks and I can’t wait to see clearly again… without massive scratches on my right lens too, my current pair are in the worst shape ever. The anti-glare treatment on my current pair are so heavily scratched and scuffed that it looks like I’m looking through a dirty window 24/7. The wait is going to kill me though, I want the new pair now but since my prescription is a heavy one it’s considered “speciality” so they take longer to get done.

I decided to go with a slightly new look, I’ve been wearing black thick plastic style since Junior High, I love the style of them but it was time for a slight change! I ended up finding these dark brown fade style that I loved. They go with my hair color really well to, just hoping when the right lenses are in I won’t regret them LOL The downside to picking out glasses when you can’t see 3 inches in front of your face… I brought my mom with me to help pick them though.

Accountability: I have been off track with my eating for over a week and a half, no lie. It has been ugly lol! I’m not upset at myself, as life happens. My running lately has been rough and I’m pretty sure my eating habits lately have been the main cause of this. I was on track with my eating this morning until I stopped at Panda Express for lunch… I just have a hard time saying no lately, which is not like me at all.

My focus this week is water intake and making healthy choices! I need to pre-plan out my day so I can stick with what I have my focus on. Just because I had a bad lunch, doesn’t mean today is trashed, I will keep going and keep my focus. I have two more water refills to go till I reach my water goal for the day, if I can finish those I will call today a success within itself!

It’s ok to fall off track, it happens to me and everyone else. The key is to recognize that we haven’t been 100% lately and to find what is hindering us so we can correct it. Also, being honest with yourself is a huge part of it! If your going to lie to yourself, you will get no where fast.

So, my goals right now:

– 100 oz of water daily
– Healthy choices
– Moderation!
– Move more, eat less

Chocolate Bunny 5k Race Recap

Chocolate Bunny 5k Race Recap

It has been a busy weekend, I was hoping to post on the blog yesterday but we were out nearly all day running errands, buying plants, and enjoying the day. I did the Chocolate Bunny 5k on Saturday morning, was the first race I’ve done through Road Runner Sports in Tempe! We got there around 6:30 so I could check in and grab my bib, it was pretty dead until around 7 am. Race was supposed to start at 8 am sharp but we didn’t actually start the race until almost 8:30, normally I don’t mind a late start but I could feel the sun burning the back of my legs and back (I was in a tank top)… I was right too, when I got home I had some new sun burn action.

The course was fairly new to me, though I have ran in that location before. I really liked the in & out course along Tempe Town Lake! It was only around 70º, but with the sun it felt like 90º, it was warm… not going to lie lol!

I ended up reaching a new official PR 5k time – 45:27!! So happy, my late PR at a race was 48:00 on the dot, so I was thrilled to finally get a new chip time PR. If it weren’t for this steep hill I had to climb back up, I think I would have done a sub 45:00 easily. This little climb after mile 2 really slowed me down and I had to catch my breath for an extra 30 seconds walk on my run/walk ratio, which I did a 1:1 the whole race. I’m thrilled with my time though! I had an average pace of 14:40 min/mi and that has been my fastest pace in a live race setting! I even saw I hit a 9:39 min/mi pace at some point today! What?! That is crazy!

The rest of the weekend was pretty chill, we did a lot of plant and home decor shopping. We picked up a few new plants, can’t remember which I already mentioned and what is new at this point, I do know we got a Cherry Plum for the front yard. We did get some indoor plants for the living room though, we needed indoor plants badly. Along with some plants, we picked up a nice water fountain feature for the backyard! It’s been so nice to hear, I have been cracking the patio door so I can hear it in the living room.

We spent Easter at my parents house for lunch. Our mission was to bring a fruit salad… so we made it festive with pineapple, dragon fruit, starfruit, mango, and grapes.

Confession: I have not been eating 100%… not even 50% healthy. I have been so far off track that I don’t even remember the last healthy thing I ate in the past week. Tomorrow I will be focusing on getting back on track, I have a plan to stay active this week as well. Since it’s getting too warm outside to run for me, I’ll be moving indoors on the treadmill… I really hoped the heat wouldn’t bother me this year and I was super determined to run outside at least until the end of May… I just can’t tolerate any warmth on my run. It has been killing my runs and slowing me down pretty bad, not to mention my HR is through the roof on the past few runs due to me overheating.

So, the plan is to jump on the treadmill before I take a shower in the morning. Since I get up at 5 am usually (sometimes 4:30), I will aim to at least go on the treadmill for 30 min at 5:30. I tend to focus on doing a minimum of a 5k on each run though, so I may get on the treadmill at 5:15 sometimes. The goal though is for me to be able to fit more activity into my mornings like bike riding! If I get a run done in the morning, that will free up morning time to ride my bike earlier in the day after I drop off the kiddo at school! We will see how tomorrow goes, I like to run in the morning but not super early so it will be interesting!

One more ride!

One more ride!

Today I was able to squeeze in one more bike ride before the weekend after I got home from the gym (weight training)! I’m taking a day off tomorrow to rest up my legs for my race on Saturday, they are beat. Today I did my longest ride yet, 6.21 miles and I ventured down the south side of the canal trail that I normally run and bike on. Came across lots of farm land, horses, parks, and many ducks swimming along in the canal. Was a great ride!

So far, I have done a little over 20 miles on my bike this week and only 3 miles running (will be 6 after Saturday). Some days I don’t reach my 10k step goal on non-running days, but lately I haven’t cared as long as I’m active on those non-run days (weight training, walking, biking, etc). Like today I’m really low on steps but have done a lot even before lunch… weight training (37 min) and bike ride (6.21 miles)… I think that balances out pretty well! So I’m going to try and not sweat it on my low step days as long as I’m active. Though the day is still fairly young so I hope to get a lot more steps in lol!

When I got home I saw that I got some packages in the mail and it was an epic mail day filled with fun things! I ordered a new stem cap for Metta (my bike) and swapped it out after lunch… it’s a donut!! I got it from Bikelangelo and they have many awesome stem caps! Also, I ordered some new pins from PinCause, a patch from For the Love of Patch, and a water bottle for my bike holder and bracelets from Betty Designs!

My bike journal arrived too! I got one to jot down my rides, notes from the ride, etc. I thought it would be a fun way to document my bike rides. The journal is awesome! I’ve already opened it up to take a peek, it’s filled with drawn illustrations throughout the pages, very scrap booked style. I can’t wait to start using it, I’ll just keep it in my pannier bag on my bike.

I know this started out as a running blog, but I will be talking often about my biking adventures for sure! Sorry, not sorry haha!! I can’t decide what I like more, riding or running… both are equally exciting to me now! It’s still blowing my mind that I haven’t wanted to bike for years but my weight was stopping me… and now I have ridden my new bike every day since I got her. I’m truly grateful to the life I’m living right now.

Finding Balance

Finding Balance

This morning was my last run with the FFTFL 1st Mile group, I love the structure and group but I was losing my running mojo with the training each week. I was very much missing my regular runs, where I do intervals that speak to me. So I decided to pull out of the group but I may be back down the road. This mornings run started out pretty rough, more mental than anything. After I did the repeats of a 90/60 run/walk intervals I switched to a slower interval (30/45) since the heat was really getting to me. My pace was slower than my usually lately but I didn’t care. I wanted to quit early on but after switching my pace I stuck with it and ended up finishing a 5k distance this morning. I put my miles towards my next Stridebadge patch (Nasty Woman)!

UPDATE: I have decided to stick with the 1st mile group and see how day 2 goes this week. Planning to run on Thursday. Maybe I’m just having an off week, we shall see!

The temps suck for sure when running, any other part of the day they are fine. It was 75º out when I went for my run, no wind and all Az sun. Forgot to wear sunscreen this morning and I haven’t looked in the mirror yet… I know it will be bad lol! My Garmin wrist is glowing, it’s pretty funny looking when I don’t have my Garmin on lol!!

I’ll admit, I’ve been hooked with riding my bike so that has been sucking up my morning run time, but I refuse to slip on my running. I know once my running slips, my eating is to follow. It happened just like that last year and I refuse to repeat it! I will be on the treadmill after April is over, trying to stick it out for the rest of the month… if I could get out earlier it would help a ton but I can’t go on a run till after I drop the kiddo off at school so I normally don’t get out there till around 8:30. I hate running at night too, so that is out of the question, I’m much more of a morning runner!

This afternoon I did 4.28 miles on my bike, I couldn’t resist… she was just sitting there in my entry way, staring at me! I only planned on a mile… but ya, right! I have officially named her Metta. The word “metta” means loving-kindness. Also, have I said that I love my new Garmin today?! I adore it!!

I may be obsessed…

I may be obsessed…

I haven’t ran since Sunday… ya. I just haven’t been “feeling” it since Friday’s run and then on Sunday it was “eh”. I’m just in a running slump but don’t plan to stop any time soon, just taking a few days off. I was going to run tonight on the treadmill (I may still) but decided to run tomorrow instead. Between the weather warming up and just feeling “blah”, running hasn’t been on my mind lol!

You know what has been on my mind?! My bike! I’ve ridden her every day since I bought her on Friday and I love her to pieces! Her name is sitting on the tip of my tongue, still not decided, though I really love the name Metta. I’ve been inching farther and farther for my rides, yesterday I did 4.25 miles and this morning I did 5.42 miles. I wanted to go further this morning but I was getting warm with the sun in my eyes and didn’t wear a hat… if I had, I may have stayed out longer (I didn’t go out till about 10 this morning too).

Other than biking this morning I spent 45 minutes at the gym doing weights. I really didn’t feel like going today but made myself go anyways, glad I did. Not sure what it is about this week, just feeling too relaxed I guess haha! I also got to try out my new Garmin with strength training after setting up the custom activity profile… love it! Right now I’m doing a battery test and charged it fully on Sunday, so I’m curious how long it will go till I need a charge with using it so much this week already. It looks to be around 80% charged right now, not bad!

Yesterday I added some patches and pins to my pannier bag, I plan to add a bunch more as time goes on… I can see this becoming a little obsession in itself lol! I may have ordered a few as well last night… and this morning… ya. My plan is to pick up a patch or pin wherever I take my bike, like up to Sedona or Flagstaff, etc. I need to get a rack still for our cars, that is next on the list to get.

I picked up a bicycle magazine along with my Runners World May issue, not sure I will get this magazine again but I plan to use some of the pictures for a collage in our home gym room. A little bike inspiration board or something fun.

So far I have done 9.67 miles on my bike this week and… no running, I need to get on that! I made a goal to do 9 running miles and 12 biking miles this week…. maybe I will jump on the treadmill tonight for a 2 mile run lol!!