Category Archives: weight loss

2014 Resolutions

I don’t usually make New Year resolutions. As I’ve said before, if I’ve been doing everything the right way all year, there is no need to force myself to change things going into the new year- calendars can’t boss ME around. 2014 however, is a little different…

Don’t get me wrong, 2013 was an absolutely fantastic year! I started it off by successfully fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for a 3rd time and traveling to Washington DC to run the Nike Women’s Half with Team in Training. Great team, great race, great city, lots of running fun!

2013 Collage

In June/July, we had 3 blissful weeks of relaxing at our Pinecrest cabin, then in August took a family vacation to O’ahu, Hawaii and it was such a great time- who doesn’t LOVE Hawaii?! Kids had a blast! In September we traveled to Martha’s Vineyard to attend a family wedding where my daughter was the flower girl and my son a ring bearer- so fricking cute and so very memorable! Continue reading

Weighty Issues

I should probably write the recap for my last race (and I will, I promise!) but today I prefer to discuss something that has been on my mind a great deal lately with PRs seemingly out of reach and swimsuit season all of a sudden upon us: weight.

I am certainly not the skinniest crayon in the box, and I guess if I were I wouldn’t be as consumed with counting calories or as worried about the level of butt jiggle that occurs when I run on down the road. In my life, I have ranged from a size 4 to a size 14; now, I’ve settled into an average size 8.  And that is just fine, I realize that, but also understand that if I lost just 10 more pounds, I would have a lot more ease when I run as well as when I put on a bathing suit.

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Oakland Adventure Boot Camp

People often ask what got me started down this long road of running and my answer is always the same: Anna and Jennie of Oakland Adventure Boot Camp.  These two women turned me from a body at rest to one in motion- and I haven’t stopped since.

Jennie on the left, Anna on the right (photo credit: Oakland Adventure Boot Camp)

My first day of class with Anna and Jennie was on May 9th, 2007.  My two children were 5 months and 17 months old, I was closing in on the 200 pound mark and knew I had to make a change.  I was already awake at the crack of dawn with the babies so I announced my intentions to hubby, registered for the 6:30am boot camp 3 days a week, bought a set of 5 pound weights, water bottle, and yoga mat at Target and mentally prepared myself for the challenge. Continue reading

Meatless Monday

Happy Monday!  I had such a great weekend!  The kids were with the grandparents so Hubby and I went out for a date on Saturday night to a local wine bar and then had a date day on Sunday at our local Farmer’s Market followed by a feast at the House of Chicken and Waffles- we ate and drank a ton, relaxed a lot.  I did not run once and didn’t even feel guilty about it! Ahhhhhh….

cheers!

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Post-Run, Re-Fuel

4 mile run at 6am this morning, time to eat!  Pulled this out of the fridge-  low fat, healthy, filling, and delicious! Don’t let the size fool  you, it seems big but there’s egg whites in ‘dem ‘dere omlette!

CARAMELIZED ONIONS & GOAT CHEESE OMELETTE

1 teaspoon olive oil

1/2 cup sliced onions

1 egg

1/2 cup egg whites

1 teaspoon low fat milk

1 ounce goat cheese

1 cup baby spinach

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Best Lasagna Ever

I really hate dieting.  I’m not one to deprive myself, hence all my vices; however, I do *try* to follow a sensible diet, allowing some room for “treats” be they wine, ice cream, and/or big-as-my-head bacon cheese burgers.  (Another great reason to keep up that running!)  I also consider myself a foodie (who doesn’t nowadays?) and love to eat and cook.  When I find recipes that are healthy and not only taste delicious, I keep them close at hand, repeating often- here’s one of my favorites.

The only diet I have ever followed is the Flat Belly Diet.  My boot camp instructor recommended it to me, so I picked up the book, did the 4-day 1200 calorie fast and dropped 9 pounds in 4 days and, yes, my belly was much flatter!  The recipes & meal plans that are included in the diet focus on the addition of healthy mono-saturated fats (avocados, nuts, olives, oils, dark chocolate) at every meal and snack as well as top-notch ingredients (read: organic, unprocessed, low fat, low sodium).  Truly scrumptious meals.

6am spin class today leaves me SO HUNGRY, it’s only 9:30am and I am already planning dinner from my Flat Belly Family Cookbook… make this for your family and they will not be disappointed!  Don’t let the tofu scare you- when I make this dish for guests, everyone thinks the tofu is really ricotta!  The kids love it too!

VEGETARIAN LASAGNA with TOFU

 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) no-salt-added basil-oregano-garlic diced onions

1 package (12 ounces) soft silken tofu

6 no-boil lasagna noodles (4 ounces)

1/4 cup pesto

4 cups baby spinach

1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat Italian cheese blend

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1) Preheat oven to 375, coat a 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray

2) Cook the tomatoes in a small nonstick skillet over medium heat until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes

3) Place a strainer over the sink or a bowl and crumble in the tofu, squeezing it dry of excess liquid, set aside

4) Spread one-third of the tomatoes over the bottom of the baking dish.  Layer ingredients in the order: 2 noodles, 2 tablespoons pesto, half the tofu, 2 cups spinach, 1/3 cup cheese, and 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper.  Spread one-third of the tomatoes over the top.  Repeat a second layer: 2 noodles, the remaining 2 tablespoons of pesto, the remaining tofu, the remaining 2 cups spinach, 1/3 cup of cheese, and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon each of salt and pepper.  Place the remaining 2 noodles on top.  Cover with the remaining tomatoes.  Set the remaining 1/3 cup of cheese aside.  Cover the dish tightly with foil.

5) Bake for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbling.  Carefully remove the foil and, with a spatula, gently press down the corners of the noodles to submerge in the sauce.  Sprinkle with the reserved cheese.  Bake uncovered for 20 minutes, or until the top is slightly browned.  Remove and let rest for 10 minutes before cutting.

4 servings, 363 calories per serving
Make it a meal by serving with 2 cups mixed salad greens, 1 cup chopped cucumber, 1 cup sliced mushrooms, and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (total meal, 426 calories) 

Delicious and nutritious!



Today’s Reason: Weight Loss

It’s happening again… it always seems to happen when I’m not looking… my jeans are fitting snug and those drasted belly rolls have reappeared.  Real cute.  While I still have my sights set on a PR for the See Jane Run 5K on June 5th, it was the thought of losing weight that got me out of bed at 6:15 this morning to hoof 4 miles on the treadmill.

On top of it all, I did a little bathing suit shopping earlier this week and while it wasn’t a complete horror show, I still have things that I want to work on, parts of my body I want toned, a few more pounds I would like to drop… et cetera and so on… I was a happy 135 pound size 6 before I had kids- would love to be that again.  I know I can do it, I just need to keep my reasons clear, continue to stay focused, and keep up that consistency, not just with exercise but with my eating habits.  In other words, put the mac n’ cheese down and step away from the table, Laura!

I always say, “I would rather be healthy than skinny!” and I really want to mean it!  Losing a few pounds would not only get me where I was before, but would make me a faster runner AND improve my body confidence.  Something that, with swimsuit season around the corner, may just be a necessity!

The easiest way for me to manage my daily calories is the Calorie Count website.   I just input all my meals and snacks and it tells me what I am deficient in and gives you a *letter grade* for the day.  I loved school growing up so if I see that I am eating at a “B” for the day, I’ll add some raw carrots, an apple, and/or a handful of almonds, until I get an “A”.  Strange motivation for eating well, but hey, whatever works!

Me pre-kids, skinny and oh so zen

Me now, plus 20 pounds but happier than ever!