Happy Almost Thanksgiving!

Meet Doug the Pug.. from the Doug the Pug Facebook page. How cute!

Meet Doug the Pug.. from DougthePug.com How cute!

It’s Wednesday and hope everyone is gearing up for a super great Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow! I finally solidified my plans for dinner, and will be going over my Aunt’s to have dinner with her family and my dad.. and of course my husband is coming too!

Pre-dinner activities will include a Turkey Trot 5K with my husband and my friends, followed by a breakfast over at my mom’s afterwards. I’m glad I get to spend a little bit of time with everyone… but I’ll definitely be eating more than my fair share. Meh… that’s kind of the point with this holiday though, so not going to beat myself up over it. It’s one day.

I have been keeping that in the back of my mind however, and have planned this week accordingly. First lets take it back a bit.

A couple weeks ago, Mike and I drove up to his hometown of Farmingdale NY to visit with friends and family. We stayed Wednesday (Veterans day) to the following Monday. We hadn’t been up there since last Christmas, save a quick weekend trip to celebrate my mother-in-law’s 60th birthday. Plus, we were planning on spending this Christmas at home in MD, since we’ve never done that in the 7 years we’ve been together.Β  It was a great little vacation, filled with some relaxation, and a little rushing around to see everyone. But it was also filled with food, and while I tried to prepare myself as much as I could (brought hard boiled eggs, salad fixings, greek yogurt, Kashi, some fruit and healthy snacks) I still couldn’t avoid the bad stuff the whole time. Most of the time the food was healthy, but I way overate my portions and couldn’t always follow the 21DF plan. I DID work out just about every day I was there, doing some pretty killer bodyweight HIIT workouts involving lots of plyo. But exercise can only take you so far when you’re not eating your best.

Anyways.. I decided that instead of replacing the S90D workouts I would have done, that I would just “re-do” that whole week when I got home. So I did. As of yesterday, I finished day 30 of the program. Quite happy to officially be 1/3 in! I haven’t measured any progress yet, because for the past 3 days, in anticipation of Thanksgiving and all the eating that goes with it… I’ve been following the 3 Day quick fix part of the 21DF plan.

So what is the 3 day quick fix? Basically, it’s a 3 day meal plan designed to be done at the end of a round of the 21DF to give you a little extra boost in your efforts, and help break through some plateaus. I’m doing it in preparation for Thanksgiving, but it can be done whenever you want a little edge up. The plan is pretty easy and tells you exactly what to eat- 6 small meals over the course of the day.

Breakfast is egg whites, coconut oil, and oatmeal. I cooked 4 egg whites in the coconut oil, and then made some plain oatmeal, adding a little Truvia and cinnamon. I do have to admit, I had my cup of coffee w/ fat free half and half.. not giving up the coffee. Sorry.

21DF 3 day Quick Fix breakfast

21DF 3 day Quick Fix breakfast

The next four meals rotate between chicken and fish with steamed vegetables. Some of which have coconut oil. The way I did it was I got some Perfect Portions chicken breasts and some individually portioned fish fillets (salmon and tilapia) and cooked a bunch of it to put in lunches. The chicken I cooked in the coconut oil, but the fish, I did not. One chicken meal was to be accompanied by yams, so I cut up and steamed some sweet potatoes. I also got some steamed broccoli to eat with the other chicken dish, and some Green Giant frozen vegetable mix to eat with the fish meals. The sixth meal was ground turkey, coconut oil, and steamed vegetables. I simply cooked the ground turkey in the coconut oil, then used the same pan to saute some spinach and tomatoes. This meal I ate after my workouts.

Four out of 5 of my remaining meals

Four out of 5 of my remaining meals

I’ve been pretty good sticking to this 3 day plan… my mantra has been..”It’s only 3 days… It’s only 3 days.” I miss yogurt and avocado and fruit and grains, and the occasional sugar. This plan is not sustainable for me beyond the near term.. thus.. only three days.

I do feel that I’m less bloated (not that I was a ton bloated to begin with) so I guess that’s a positive.. but I don’t like eating this often.. it feels strange to me to eat a regular meal every 2-3 hours.. especially when I come home from the gym. I’m usually craving something sweet and eat my Quest bar.. not ground turkey. I will say that although I’ve been kind of dreading my meals.. they’ve also been pretty good, so I don’t feel unsatisfied at the end… just.. doesn’t fit my cravings in the beginning. Guess that’s not a bad thing… but just kind of boring.

Anyways, today is my last day doing this.. so tomorrow I’ll take some measurements and see how I’ve done for this month. Looking forward to getting the next month going!

 

Dopey Training Week 22

Week 22

Week 22

Week 22 was a big one. I had it highlighted on my schedule because it was my first big Dopey trial. 4 days of running, each day with progressively higher mileage, culminating in a 20 miler. Yikes.

Most of the week, I took it pretty easy. I did minimal cross training, but that was mainly because Thanksgiving was thrown in the mix. Probably not a bad thing to make sure I rested up this week. I did squeeze in two HIIT workouts and a yoga class. I would have done a HIIT workout on Wednesday morning, but I had a follow up metabolism screening, and they don’t want us to exercise up to 9 hours before. Tuesday, I did my easy treadmill run, as scheduled. Wednesday I wanted to rest.. I knew what was ahead of me.

Thursday, Day 1 of my Dopey trial, my husband and I ran our local turkey trot. It was a cold morning, but not nearly as cold as last year. Lots of people came out, as usual, and it was fun to see all the families and Thanksgiving costumes. (More pics from that on my Facebook page if you care to look!)

Turkey Trot!

Turkey Trot!

After the race, we cleaned up and had Thanksgiving dinner in PA with my mom’s boyfriend’s family. Much better than just cooking for the two of us… although we had to leave Zeus behind and he didn’t get a plate this year.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Zeus’s Thanksgiving- 2013

Friday was Day 2 of my Dopey trial. My schedule had me walking 4 miles, but I wanted a more authentic test and up-ed it to a 5 mile run/walk. All went pretty well, although it was a bit windy at times. I felt pretty good, but decided to be proactive and took a nice Epsom salt bath anyways.

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Saturday, my husband was scheduled for 5 miles (his longest run ever!) and I was scheduled for 10. I invited Dawn to come run with us so she could get her day 3 in as well. She showed up with her boyfriend Tony and their dog Brooklyn. We all set off to do the first 5 miles together. My husband soon learned the power of running with friends.. the conversations are distracting and makes the time go by! He was tired by the end of it, but didn’t think it was as bad as he anticipated. I think he’ll do just fine in the 10k! Dawn and I took Brooklyn and ran our second 5 miles together. I have to say, I was looking forward to the end of the run. My legs were fatiguing somewhere between mile 7 and 8, and I was starting to dreadΒ  Day 4.

After the run, we all cleaned up and My husband and I met up with Dawn at the theater to see Mockingjay, followed by some Don Pablo’s for dinner. The movie was good, the food was better, and I was trying to get into the mindset of what was to come the next day.

Day 3, 10 miles!

Day 3, 10 miles!

I didn’t sleep very well. I kept feeling my legs throbbing. They weren’t really that bad, but I was worried all the same. The last time I trained for 20 miles, I hurt myself. It was not a fun run either.. it was hard, grueling and painful.. and I hadn’t run all 3 days leading up to it either. I just kept trying to convince myself that the 8/18 miler went pretty smoothly, and just to take it slow and listen to my body.

I was tired after the first 10 mile loop- tired, but not hurting too bad. I really just wanted to skip the rest.. get back in my car and go home to eat.. but alas, I had paid a crazy amount of money to run Dopey.. I had to do the work. Once we got back out there, we started counting our mileage down instead of up. It’s so much easier to say.. only 9 miles left! only 6 miles left! I also started associating our mileage with where we would be on the course at the time. Mile 14, we’re leaving Animal Kingdom. Mile 18, we’re in Wide World of Sports. It was a fun little game and kept the conversation going.

At 20 miles, I felt pretty beat up. My left knee was hurting, my right calf was hurting, my quads were mush. But I had made it. All the pain I had felt like general training pain, I had made it through injury free. My first ever injury free 20 miles. I honestly don’t think I would have made it without the 90-90 intervals. Maybe if I hadn’t run 14 miles in the previous 3 days, but not for Dopey, at least not for me. I also can’t fathom how I’m going to make it another 6.2 miles (not to mention, I didn’t run the race distances the 3 days before) but I know there will be a little magic involved πŸ˜‰

Day 4- 20 miler! Wore my lucky marathon shirt from 2013... only 5 weeks left!

Wore my lucky marathon shirt from 2013… only 5 weeks left!

Total mileage in Week 22: 42.24 miles (8 hrs, 52 minutes of running!)

Total Dopey training miles: 330.48

Week 22 Activity Report:

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Week 22: Total workout time: 10 hrs 19 minutes. Cross training workout time: 1 hr 27 minutes.

I have two cut-back weeks, then I get to do a second Dopey trial and go a little further. Hoping these two weeks will heal me up good and I can make it through the next one!

Run For Your Turkey!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I started off mine with our local Turkey Trot. I ran this with my husband.. this was his 2nd Turkey Trot and his 4th ever 5K. The weather was sunny.. but a very cold 20 something degrees. When we found out it was going to be so cold.. we took advantage of our Amazon Prime membership and bought ourselves some cold-weather gear. I’m no stranger to cold weather running.. I trained for my first half and my first full marathon in the fall/winter time. I actually prefer running in the cold vs the heat.. you can warm up after a while when it’s cold.. heat and humidity is unbearable and you can’t really escape from it. But Mike doesn’t really run as often.. and usually only under the best weather conditions. So he wanted some extra warmth. We got Turtle Fur neck warmers, new Polar fleece hats (I didn’t own a hat.. so figured it might come in handy) and I bought him some Asics gloves (he wanted to wear his snow gloves.. um… no.) and a pants base-layer.

race bibs!

race bibs!

we were really cold!

we were really cold!

So we got there early (because I thought the race was at 8.. turned out it was 8:30.. oops) and stood around in the cold a while. Once the race started..the feeling came back to my toes and felt much better. I kept running ahead and at one point he says “I thought you were running this with me.” Sigh.. yeah, ok. We only stopped to walk twice.. and we managed to come in under 35 mines- 34:50, an new PR for him!

After we got home and showered.. we started dinner. We were hosting only my dad.. but that didn’t stop us from making way more food than necessary. I prepared our 14 lb turkey with Italian spices and olive oil, and stuffed it with garlic, pearl onions and half an orange. I mixed brown sugar and orange juice and placed it in the bottom of the roasting pan, and basted every half hour or so. The recipe I used is HERE.

makin' the turkey

makin’ the turkey

done!

done!

I also roasted garlic for the mashed potatoes and onions for the peas and carrots, made cheddar garlic biscuits (Recipe HERE), and made spiced wine cranberry sauce (recipe HERE– I used all brown sugar, since I didn’t have molasses.. and just substituted that for the white sugar. Make sure you use real maple syrup.. not the synthetic kind.) Mike, who told me he only eats cranberry sauce from a can.. couldn’t rave enough about the stuff.. definitely the best I have ever made.

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roasted garlic and onions

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cranberry sauce

I made homemade mashed potatoes: boil potatoes (I used small redskin potatoes, unpeeled) in chicken stock. Once cooked, do not drain- but mash them into the remaining chicken stock. I added the roasted garlic, a cup of reduced fat sour cream and chives. Made for a pastier mashed potatoes than desired.. but it tasted really good!

fantastic meal

fantastic meal

peas and carots and Mike's stuffing

peas and carrots and Mike’s stuffing

Mike made his stuffing with Italian sausage.. pretty self explanatory. and we also had some peas and carrots- which I cooked in a pot until tender, then added about a tablespoon of Land O Lakes Light Butter with Olive Oil, some garlic powder, and the roasted pear onions from earlier- pretty simple too.

happy Thanksgiving!

happy Thanksgiving!

We had dinner, (even made Zeus a plate.. took him all of 2 minutes to wolf it down,) cleaned up, then showed my dad some professional wedding photos he hadn’t seen yet, some photos from the honeymoon (Bahamas!) and parts of our wedding video. A very successful.. albeit small Thanksgiving day. I am now a proud 3 year veteran of the turkey.. and I didn’t even have to chase it down πŸ˜‰

Happy Thanksgiving!

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