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The Color Run – Kansas City

The Color Run was so much fun!  If you ever have a chance to do this run, DO IT!

I went with 4 other friends from work: Victoria, Ericka, Jennifer & Tami.  We had such a good colorful time.

Our “Before” Picture! Jennifer, Ericka, Me, Victoria, Tami

We got to the Truman Sports Complex about 6:30 a.m. (for a Saturday, this is way too early, but adrenaline kept me going after my poor night’s sleep last night). It was surprising how many people were already there and we enjoyed seeing the crazy outfits and tutus people wore.

We were near the starting line a few minutes after we arrived. The race was to start at 7:30, but it was 7:45 before they counted us down to the start.  We were in the first wave and Jennifer, Ericka & Victoria started running leaving Tami & I in their dust (haha, I wasn’t ready to run right off the bat).  Here’s a map of our run:

Tami & I had a good walk and after a warm up, we finally ran.  I lasted a minute, but it was more than my 10 step minimum, so I can now say I have RUN in a 5K!!!  Maybe if the Color Run comes back to KC next year I will actually be able to run the whole thing.  The weather actually wasn’t too bad and I think we all appreciated the organizers moving the start time up by an hour to help everybody be done before it got terribly hot.  Most of the time there was a nice breeze, too.

The first color zone was yellow, then we passed through orange, blue and pink.  I was surprised how little color was actually on me when we reached the finish line. But then, we entered the festival area with a color toss every 15 minutes! They had a DJ and lots of fun music to dance to.   I definitely got most of my color in the festival area!

We walked back up to our car and got some other Color Runners to take our after picture.

We were a mess! But with some handy baby wipes (thank you twin mommy Ericka!) we were starting to get slightly clean before getting home.

I was actually surprised how well I cleaned up at home.  A little extra scrubbing power in the shower and I am mostly back to normal.  I followed the shower with a little nap and some lunch… I think I’m going to be relaxing a lot the rest of today!

Here are some more fun pictures for you to enjoy!

Victoria’s best side!

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T-minus 3 hours & counting…

It is less than 3 hours until the Color Run starts!!  Yep, it’s 4:30 a.m. and I am up and almost ready to leave. I’ve actually been awake since 2 a.m. because I am so apprehensive/excited about this morning!

Excited:

  • 1st 5K
  • There will be thousands of people! (get this: every 5 minutes a wave of 1000 people leave the start line.  They do that for an hour… you do the math!)
  • I get to go with some great friends from work!
  • It is THE COLOR RUN – “the happiest 5K on the planet”

Apprehensive:

  • I’m not running in my fancy new shoes, so nervous I will reinjure my knee
  • I want to run some of it, but it’s going to so hot that it may be just 10 steps.
  • I am wearing a tank top and my arms don’t look so toned and fabulous in real life as they do in my head
  • It’s 4:30 a.m. and it’s already 80 degrees outside and I live in the sticks.  What’s the temp going to be in vast concrete of the Truman sports complex?
  • It’s 80 degrees already.
  • Did I mention it’s going to be hot??

I cannot wait to write a big ol’ post later with bunches of colorful pictures – I will have my phone wrapped in a sandwich bag.  So as long as I don’t die of heat exhaustion (actually & seriously, please say some prayers that all the runners are ok today) I will be sharing with you soon!

The Color Run is Coming!

Today was a great day!  I actually got up & went to the gym in the morning!  This has been a hard thing to do this summer.  But here in KC it’s a bazillion degrees and following my evening workout on Tuesday I decided I must run in the morning when I actually have energy.  I am repeating week 1 of C25K (run a minute, walk 90 seconds) and I was able to run in all the intervals (not necessarily one minute, but almost) except the 6th interval I just walked.  I’m pretty happy with that, especially compared to Tuesday – that was just really ugly!

Anyway, I’m not nearly as excited about my workout as I am THE COLOR RUN!!! It is this Saturday & Sunday – yes, KC had so many excited people, they added another one.  And I know I read somewhere this is a record setting Color Run – they have never had so many participants in a Color Run!  Wow!!! Way to go KC!!

Several of my friends from work & I are participating.  I went to pick up our race packets today & got sooooo excited!!  I was the dork taking pictures of everything.  Packet pick-up was at Arrowhead stadium in their club.  Lil man & hubby joined me and we climbed about 10 flights of stairs (or 6 according to fitbit, but with the heat it felt like twice as many!) to get to the pick-up area.

This was at the top of the stairs in the Arrowhead Club – Seriously it’s 105 degrees outside and they have a fire going??????

They were really well organized and efficient. We were in & out in 10 minutes!

It’s official! I have a running bib for my 1st 5K!!

Stay tuned for more exciting updates on my Color Run experience!

Week 24/52: Goals Check-in

It’s been awhile since I have posted a “Goals Check-in” but in order to be accountable I think I need to make this a habit again.  Here’s how the past week went:

  • Log my food & exercise. Check!  This is second nature to me now.  My phone is about to die every night because I’m using the MyFitnessPal app all the time to log what I eat and enter my workouts. (Ok, I also play stalk a lot on Facebook, but I use MFP a LOT!  I need to add more friends – always looking for positive supportive motivating friends, so if you use My Fitness Pal, I would love to add you as a friend – look me (dizzymomma) up by clicking on the “Community” tab and then “Find Members.”
  • Follow my Emeals Portion Controlled plan. Sorta – we had a lot of leftovers in the fridge this last week, but Monday I got my Emeals plan printed and got myself to the grocery store and stalked up on the ingredients needed to follow it this week. Also bought my new favorite Greek yogurt flavor – Dannon Oikos Key Lime.  It actually tastes like Key Lime Pie!  In the past when I have tried key lime yogurts, I thought they tasted like PineSol, blech!  But this is soooo creamy & truly limey.  Like dessert in a cup, but with way more protein & calcium.
  • Eliminate my addiction to sugar. I feel so free with my “Eating More to Lose Weight” approach that I don’t feel like I have to eliminate my addiction to sugar.  Nothing feels “off limits.” Now, I must admit we had a box of Nutty Bars in the house a couple of weeks ago and that truly tested my willpower.  One “portion” of nutty bars packs a whopping 310 calories… and not exactly filling.  So it’s things like that that I need to break my addiction to.  Not feeling deprived though, especially since I track all of my calories.  I can plan around a meal out or eat lighter during the day if I know I’m going to want ice cream for dessert.
  • Exercise 5 days a week. Nope – I did 3 days.  But those 3 days were following the C25K (Couch to 5K) plan!!  Last Monday, lil man & I went to pick up my running shoes at The Running Well Store and I ran my first day of C25K that evening.  It wasn’t pretty and my knee was a little sore after the first workout, but every time I run I do improve, although it’s baby steps. Tonight’s workout just stunk… I felt so good the first 4 intervals (each interval at this point is run 1 minute, walk 90 seconds).  I was able to run the first 4, then decided to walk through the 5th because I knew I was getting tired, but then the 6th I could barely do 30 seconds and then I HAD to walk the last 2 intervals.  My legs felt so leaden that I couldn’t even walk faster than 3.0.  I don’t know what happened – advice from my running friends??
  • Get more sleep. This is happening – but only because it is summer vacation! But last night, I just couldn’t get comfy.  I woke up at 4 a.m. and laid there & laid there & laid there….. and then fell asleep about 2 minutes before my alarm went off, which was about the same time lil man decided he wanted to get up.
  • Blog on my progress of my goals and post my weight. Check out my stats page to see the latest!
  • Lose 52 Pounds in 52 Weeks.  So I am securely in onederland! This week I saw a new all-time low (at least for this weight loss journey) on the scale.  I’m gonna make it official – I have lost THIRTY pounds!  I have been hovering at 28/29 lost for months, so I’m wondering if the running jump-started my body into losing again.  (Totally okay with that by the way.) Now, my next milestone is 32 pounds lost – because I’ve been wanting that since April when my 32nd birthday was approaching. I’m hoping it doesn’t take another two months to lose the next two pounds!  30 pounds down 22 to go!!!!

Now time for you to check in! How has your week been? How are your personal goals going?  I would love to hear from my friend who is training for a marathon!

What I Made Monday

I’ve decided I will never have time to post what I made Monday ON Monday… but that is ok, because I like the title. For all you know, I could have made it Friday! Anyway, I made a very yummy, healthy & super easy recipe Monday.  SO easy.  If you can boil water and turn on the oven, you can make this.  If you trust your kid to handle boiling water, they can even make it.  E-A-S-Y.

I would say the recipe is courtesy of Emeals, but I have made this before I knew Emeals existed, they just put it in my recipe rotation for this week.  (I still love ya Emeals and truly appreciate the recipes you list that are just so easy I can replicate it from memory in the future.)

Baked Ravioli (made by me, re-inspired by Emeals)
1 package of frozen cheese ravioli (or meat filled, I have used both), about 24 oz.
1 jar of pasta sauce (I personally love a good garlicky pasta sauce)
1 package of shredded mozzarella, about 2 C.  If you want to make it skinnier, reduce to 1 C.

THREE ingredients – what is easier than that????

Cook the ravioli according to package directions.  Drain. Place in sprayed 9×13 baking dish.  Open jar of pasta sauce, pour over cooked ravioli.  Open package of mozzarella, sprinkle over pasta sauce.  Stick it in the oven. Bake about 20-30 minutes at 350 degrees or until bubbly.

If you wanted to get all wild & crazy, you could probably sprinkle on some extra Italian seasoning or fresh basil from the garden (which I just remembered we have in our garden… that would have been so good!) or add some chopped green peppers, fresh mushrooms, etc.  But the 3 ingredient version is pretty darn tasty!

I was enjoying making such an easy recipe that I forgot to take pictures until I was pulling the gooey cheesy yumminess out of the oven:

 

I served it with a simple lettuce & tomato salad:

I didn’t enter this recipe into MyFitnessPal to calculate nutrition info, but the entire recipe makes 6 servings and I estimate it to be about 325 calories per serving, depending on how much cheese you use!

Enjoy!

What was for dinner at your house?

Restart!

L-A-Z-Y!

I ain’t got no alibi, I’m lazy, yeah, yeah, I’m lazy!

This would be the cheer to promote how my last few days have gone.  I last worked out (before today) last Wednesday.  Between the sick kiddo and then, a couple days later, sick husband, add in a church function I was organizing and normal day-to-day stuff and I was spread a little thin.  I am sure if I had really tried I could have found an hour each day to workout, but I just didn’t.  And I’m struggling with my plan to pack my lunch & snacks the night before so that I don’t graze when I’m home.  I’m supposed to weigh in tomorrow and I can guarantee you I have gained weight this week. Probably also some uh…. “natural bloating” going on, too.

This morning, I read an inspirational post by one of the bloggers I follow and while I realize she is waaay younger than I without the responsibilities of a kid, husband, house, and full-time job, I was inspired to kick my bootay into gear today. Basically, she is giving herself 10 weeks (I think that’s when her summer vacation is over) to finish her weight loss transformation. I have 8 weeks until I will see all of my co-workers again and I know I won’t be done with my journey, but  I would love (vain as it is) to hear from them how good I look.

I can do this!  I need to start my weekly reflections on my goals again.  NO matter how boring I think it sounds to the handful of you that read my blog.  I started this for accountability, so I must do that again.  Let me just start with today, and then next week I’ll give you the run down of the week as a whole.

Since the hubby was down & out yesterday, today we had planned to celebrate Father’s Day.  But hubby decided to go to the doctor this morning instead.  I still made us a “special” Father’s Day breakfast.  We had cinnamon rolls, scrambled eggs and watermelon… yumm-o!  I’m so glad I decided to make the scrambled eggs because in the past I would have eaten 2 cinnamon rolls, but the eggs really helped to fill me up, so while I wanted a second roll, I knew I wasn’t really hungry for it and didn’t indulge.

After hubby ate & took his good ol’ drugs from the doc (dx: bronchitis, poor guy) he zonked out.  So in a way it was his Father’s Day – an almost whole day to himself while the little guy & I went out running around.  We went and picked up my new running shoes!  These wide-width shoes are the same as what I had before, but fit sooo much better.  And I picked up some fancy (read: expensive) moisture wicking socks by Balega so that I don’t end up with blisters.

After the shoe store, we went out for lunch at Jason’s Deli. If you have kids & you have never been to Jason’s Deli, you need to go!  They have a lot of healthy options, an awesome salad bar and most of the produce appears to be organic.  I’m really not one of those crunchy mommas, but I’ve breastfed, done tried the cloth diaper thing and made my own babyfood.  I just like to know what I’m giving my kid is quality food, especially knowing that I have made some unhealthy choices that resulted in my current predicament. Anyway, back to the deli – so not only did my lil guy get a wholesome turkey & cheese “hamwich” (as he says) with organic carrots and organic apple juice, but after we ordered and I was looking around, I discovered that kids meals are only $.99 on Mondays during the summer – bonus!  I had a delicious Mediterranean wrap with olives, hummus, turkey, tomatoes and fresh fruit on the side (about 350 calories total)… soooo good!  (And friends that follow a gluten free lifestyle, they have a gluten free menu!)

The lil’ guy zonked out on the way home and if I hadn’t been driving, I would have taken his picture – so angelic. While he finished his nap at home, I got my new shoes on and headed to the gym. Nerves struck again, as I decided I was going to tackle the Couch to 5K plan again.  By the time my warm-up was complete my heart was hammering just because I was nervous about running!  I was really cautious not to push myself too much.  And it still wasn’t as easy as I thought it might be.  The plan calls for 1 minute of jogging with 90 seconds of walking, but I did more like 30 seconds of jogging and 2 minutes of walking.  And I even walked right on through some of the jogging intervals. The next time I run I’ll try to make it 30 seconds for all intervals and then hopefully the third day I’ll be able to run closer to a minute.  But, I don’t want to push it.  My knee is a little achy this evening, so I hope it feels better tomorrow!

As I left the gym, I snapped a picture of the quote I posted earlier today. “Be better today than you were yesterday. Do better tomorrow than you did today.”  I was better today than yesterday and I know I can do better tomorrow than today. I have 8 weeks to do better than I have been and to make each day better than the one before.

Now I can’t say dinner was better… we had McDonald’s… however, in the past I would have chosen a quarter-pounder, but tonight I chose a grilled chicken sandwich. But I still ate fries – and it all fit within my calorie allotment for the day. Tomorrow I will do better than I did today!

Do Better!

A new quote I spotted at the gym today:

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Apparently the gym’s manager wrote this one himself. I like it a lot and really fits my workout I had today, which I will tell you about later!

New Favorite

Meet my new favorite snack:

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I never thought I would like it, but I now LOVE peanut butter & apples. And for one small apple and a tablespoon of pb, it’s only about 150 calories. Perfect. And perfectly delicious.

Gluten-free Granola Bars

I have been wanting to make my own granola bars for awhile: they look like a simple thing to do, I would know what was in them and I knew I’d be able to make way more than 6 for $3, which is what I end up spending on some of my favorites. So I scoured Pinterest for something yummy and healthy. The result was a gluten-free recipe with lots of nuts and dried fruits. I just made the recipe for the first time and I can’t wait for them to cool enough to eat! Trust me, I already licked the spoons! That little preview was amazing!

I pinned the recipe on my pinterest profile. Or you can find the original recipe published here. Here’s how I made mine:

Gluten-free Granola Bars
2 cups rolled oats (certified gluten free)
1/2 cup shelled sunflower seeds
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup milled flax seed
1/2 cup quinoa (uncooked)
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup dried cherries
1/3 cup raisins (or any combo of dried fruit to make 1 cup)
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup pure maple syrup (not that fake stuff that’s actually dressed up corn syrup)
4 tablespoons butter (I used Earth Balance soy free butter)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. vanilla

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Mix together all dry ingredients (oats, seeds & nuts) on the baking sheet. Place the pan in the oven and toast the dry ingredients for 10 minutes, stirring every few minutes to prevent them from burning. As soon as the ingredients are toasted, remove the pan from the oven.

While the dry ingredients are toasting, line a 9×13-inch baking pan with parchment paper.

Next, place a small saucepan over medium-high heat and add in the brown sugar, honey, butter, cinnamon and salt. Bring the mixture to a strong boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

Place the toasted ingredients in a large bowl, and stir in the dried fruit. Pour the honey-sugar mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until all the ingredients are moist and well combined.

Using a wooden spoon or silicone spatula, scrape the mixture into the prepared baking pan, pressing down to evenly spread out the mixture. At this point I was ready to ditch the bars, grab a spoon and go to town! Set the baking sheet aside and let the bars cool for 2-3 hours until they are hardened.

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Once the bars are hard, remove them from the baking pan and turn the granola out onto a cutting board. Remove the parchment paper. Cut the granola into bars by pressing straight down with a long knife (don’t saw or they will crumble) – I cut mine into 24. The bars can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature individually wrapped in plastic wrap for up to a week or in individual snack baggies.

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So I tried one… YUMMMMMMOOOO! And I’m looking forward to trying some variations, I’m thinking one with chocolate chips, one with peanut butter & banana chips, one with more almonds… Oooh the possibilities! What would you put in a granola bar?

Nutrition info per bar:
165 calories, 5.1 g fat, 1.4 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 26 g carbs, 4.8 g protein

What I Made Monday

Are you sick of me yet? 3rd post today!  A little late, but here’s what I made Monday.

Be proud of me.  I had to teach summer school Monday, had a headache, an “eh” workout, but I still came home and cooked!

Penne Primavera with Rotisserie Chicken and salad (courtesy of Emeals)

Ingredients:
16 oz. penne pasta (I had rotini so I used that)
2 T. olive oil
1 T. minced garlic
2 green bell peppers, diced
8 oz. sliced mushrooms
4 Roma tomatoes, diced
1/2 C. water (my recipe looked plenty liquidy so I omitted this)
3 T. Worcestershire sauce (forgot I was out of this, so found out soy sauce can be substituted)
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 C. shredded Parmesan cheese

Boil pasta as directed, drain and set aside.  I also made some Gluten Free Penne from Heartland.  Have you ever tried it? It tasted like real pasta! Very yummy.

Saute veggies and garlic in olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until tender.

Add water, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and cooked pasta and heat for 4-5 more minutes.  My skillet couldn’t possibly hold the pasta too, so we just served the veggies on top of the pasta and topped that with Parmesan cheese.

We had the rotisserie chicken (pre-made from the grocery store) and a salad on the side.  I was so hungry, I completely forgot to take a picture of our plates, but it was delicious!

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