December Hard and Soft Limits

December

Happy December 1st everyone! I love winter for so many reasons… Scarves, boots, snow, skiing, hot apple cider, holiday parties, giving gifts, receiving gifts, food, holiday treats.

Since the marathon is behind me and I don’t want to let me myself get too far off track celebrating this holiday season so I decided I’m going to create some boundaries for myself. This year I’ve done Juice Cleanses, Vegetarian/Vegan Diets, Paleo, Protein/Carb Diets and I think I’ve finally learned what my body needs to be healthy and to stay fit. Excuse the “fifty shades” example, but I just love the idea of a contract with hard and soft limits so that is what I’m going to do for myself for the month of December. I’m going to start this tomorrow and go until the 21st of December. The evening of the 21st starts my “christmas vacation” with louis CK tickets with friends and then I’m off work and doing fun holiday things until the 31st so I’ll give myself a 10 day break to enjoy the holidays without feeling guilty before starting on the new years with new resolutions and plans.

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HARD LIMITS (absolutely no)
gluten
dairy
sugar
beer or brown liquor
white potatoes
beans
soy products
peanuts/peanut products
processed foods/Juice

SOFT LIMITS (limited)
fruit
grains such as quinoa, brown rice, lentils
almond butter
corn products
red wine, clear liquor
almond milk/rice milk
protein smoothie/fresh juice in place of meal only at breakfast or lunch
dark chocolate

MUST INCLUDE IN DAILY DIET
protein
vegetables
eggs
sweet potatoes
coconut/olive oils
avocado
tea
water

Of course, Along with this diet I will have an exercise plan. I’m still working this out, but my plan as of right now is to work out 6 days a week, including 2 days of hot yoga, 3 days of cardio and 5 days of strength training. How I will split this up or what i’ll do for cardio/strength training I have yet to decide. But after I get a solid week or 2 down of the same routine I’ll let you know what I’m doing.

I’m off to spend my last night without hard or soft limits with my boyfriend. We are going out to dinner and to the movies. And not that I plan on going overboard with pastas, desserts and popcorn, but I do plan on enjoying one last meal guilt-free, prepared however it’s prepared and enjoying every bite.

Anyone up for the challenge? I’d love to have some people to do these 20 days with! And it’s the perfect way to stay in healthy and fit during a month full of temptations, plus I’m giving you 10 full days to not fill guilty about what you eat if you can accomplish the first 20.

Water, Thursday Night Cardio Sesh, Protein Muffins

After my post on Tuesday, I decided I needed a goal if I was going to increase my water intake. I decided 100oz of water a day would be my goal. 20oz in the AM before work out, 20oz with breakfast, 20oz before lunch, 20oz before dinner and 20oz before bed. Yesterday, I got all 100oz in before dinner and drank another few ounces before bed time. I didn’t drink any other liquids yesterday besides water and I can already tell it’s making a difference. Today, 140oz and it wasn’t even a challenge!

Thursday nights are becoming quite the work-out. I woke up this morning and it was raining so hard I just couldn’t find the motivation to go run in it so I decided to try my luck and wait til the evening to see what the weather was going to do. On my way home it was sunny and perfect condition for an outdoor run, but something told me to take it indoors. I haven’t had much time to do cardio in the gym with all my running and classes so I thought I’d take advantage of the hour I had before hot yoga. I did 10 mins on the stair stepper, 3 mile run on the treadmill (7.0 speed, 24 mins) and 1 mile on the elliptical incline at max 20 and resistance at 10. Since thursday AM is usually my core class, I decided to go through the washboard abs workout out I stole from youngmarriedchic. I could barely make it through the last crunches in the air my abs hurt so bad. Got done with perfect timing for hot yoga. There is something really rewarding about going to Hot Yoga after your exhausted and sweating from a good gym work out.

I’m now icing my legs and ready for my rest day tomorrow. I leave you with the Peanut Butter Protein Muffins recipe I made last night that are absolutely delicious! I also want to talk about the Bourbon-Agave Glazed ribs I made the boy last night, but I’ll save that for another post 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
MINI PEANUT BUTTER PROTEIN MUFFINS
Seriously, so excited about these. They are delicious, healthy, gluten-free, made without processed sugars, only 100 calories each, loaded with protein and fiber, super easy to make and did I mention super cute! I got the recipe from dashing dish, but changed it a little. I added almond milk instead of dairy and my advice for next time is to ground up the oats in a food processor before adding them to a blender. My blender didn’t want to mix the thick batter and I think it was a little due to the oats not being grounded.

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup cottage cheese (non-fat) *next time going to try almond greek yoghurt (dairy free)
1/2 cup applesauce (organic, sugar free)
1/4 cup Justin’s Natural Honey Peanut Butter (microwave for 30 seconds)
1/2 cup egg whites (going to try and find a vegan sub next time)
1 3/4 cups bob’s gluten-free oats
1/4 cup vanilla protein powder (i use a gluten-free, vegan brand)
1/2 cup stevia baking blend
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup almond milk (or milk of your choice)
1. Preheat over to 350 and spray or use foil liners on 12 mini cup cake holders. I just dabbed a little vegetable oil on a paper towel and it worked perfectly.
2. combine all ingredients into a blender and mix
3. once mixed into a thick batter, scoop into muffin tin and bake for 20 mins, check to make sure top is starting to brown

here’s to drinking more water…

I don’t know if anyone else struggles with drinking water, but for me it seems to be such a chore and one thing i’ve noticed with my clean eating and running program is how IMPORTANT drinking LOTS of water is. I am guilty of not enough water and my body is very aware of it. I am assuming that a lot of my aches, joint pains and cramps are coming from not drinking enough water. I also know its a fact that if I drank more water between meals I would be less hungry and feel better when I eat. What I don’t understand is how fully aware I am of these facts and yet I’m still forcing myself to drink water. It seems that I have a really hard time drinking more than few sips at a time. When I do think about it and I try to drink a lot it makes me feel nauseous. I’m learning that a lemon can go a long way and really help digest the water more. But yet i’m writing this and I’ve only drank maybe 8oz out of my 20oz bottle since I woke up this morning at 5:30am with a workout, breakfast and juice already finished. (not enough)

So here’s to drinking more water! I’m going to hold myself accountable by posting it on here and trying to stay focused on how much water to drink. My goal is to drink 20oz of water with lemon every morning when I first wake up and then again before every meal. So after my workout, by noon and by 6pm. I’ll post my progress, even when I fail as I hope that will help motivate myself and maybe you as well if you struggle with water intake as I do.

Update on my training: Week 1 is done! only 22 more weeks to go..
Week 1 total milage: 17.97miles, Total time: 2 hours and 39mins
I miss my normal gym routine, but other than that the running has been going well. Crossing my fingers that this week continues to go well. I signed up for the Rock N Roll half marathon in 19 days so that is my new motivation for my weekly runs!

My juice this morning was a little bizzarre, but still pretty tasty if you like grapefruit.

Grapefruit-Beet Juice
2 Grapefruit (peeled)
1 Beet
1 Orange (peeled)
2 Organic Carrots
1 Cucumber
1 Pint Strawberries
1 Apple
1 Green Pepper