Day two of my training plan is down in the books.

As you can see, it went well! You’re supposed to see my thumbs up but apparently I can’t take quality pictures of myself.

I’m hoping I keep up this momentum because I’m feeling really good whenever I run. I get the excited/slightly nervous feeling which is what I assume I would feel before a race. Ah, I can’t believe I signed up for a race!

Speaking of, Ryan’s race is in two days!!! He says he’s kind of nervous but not in the “I’m scared I won’t finish” kind of way but more in the “this is something exciting I’ve never done” kind of way. I’m excited/nervous for him!

Thankfully, I won’t be by myself for watching the race. One of my bridesmaids will be with me to cheer him on. From how the race is set up, there aren’t really any good spots to spectate besides the beginning and the end, unless if we drove somewhere. Considering this race has 30,000ish people running…I doubt I will brave the traffic. I’ll be there at the end though!

I’ve stalled enough. I need to pack! See you in Indy.

Question: Ever participated in a race? How many?

I have a bunch of things to ramble about today so…hope you’re okay with that 🙂

1. I started my training plan for running a 5K today! I was actually supposed to start yesterday, but I got out of work late and we had Bible study last night so I didn’t have time. It’s only 3 days a week so it’s easy to fit in. First run, done!

2. I did my run after the hardest Body Pump class I’ve ever taken. Yeah, I’ll be sore tomorrow.

3. Dinner tonight:

Tuna salad lettuce wraps. It was supposed to be Potato Chowder but since it got to like, 80 degrees (!!!) today I just couldn’t do it. Tuna salad made with dijon mustard, plain greek yogurt, pickles, relish, salt and pepper. Mmm.

4. I’m really excited for this weekend. We are driving down to Indy for the mini marathon. It’s Ryan’s first so it will be exciting! I bought poster board tonight at Wal-mart…I’m thinking of referencing margaritas to motivate the runners since it’s Cinco De Mayo 🙂

5. I’m starting to get more emails wanting more information on Integrative Nutrition. Would anyone be interested in an info post about it?

6. This knucklehead won’t stop staring at me tonight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maybe he knows that we are leaving?

7. We aren’t taking Murphy with us this weekend since we are staying at a hotel so he gets to go to doggie day camp at Camp Bow Wow. Almost 3 full days of playing with dogs non-stop. He’s gonna loooove us.

8. Time for me to do some laundry and watch Glee (since Ryan is playing softball….).

Question: Have any ramblings for today?

Making pulled pork seemed somewhat scary at first.

My dad always made pulled pork on his smoker but uh, we don’t have a smoker.

And you don’t have to have a smoker either! All you need is a crock pot.

Yes, a crock pot can cook almost anything!

I actually feel a little silly posting this recipe because it’s only 2 ingredients. Yes, TWO.

I seriously don’t understand how only two ingredients can make such a succulent meal. I swear, the crock pot is magical.

Crock Pot Pulled Pork

Ingredients:

  • 32 oz beef broth
  • 3 lbs pork shoulder

Add pork shoulder & beef broth to crock pot. Set on low setting for 9-10 hours.  Top with your favorite barbeque sauce.

Could dinner get an easier? I don’t think so.

Question: What’s your favorite recipe to make in the crock pot? I love getting new ideas!

Good evening!

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Another productive Sunday for the books. It’s funny, because before I graduated college I would basically use the weekends to do absolutely nothing (besides be a typical college student 😉 ) and then freak out Sunday evenings about all I had to get done. Now, I use my weekends to catch up on organizing and cooking so the weekdays are easier. Oh, how times have changed.

This morning we headed to church and then immediately came home to accomplish our separate tasks. Ryan’s: Run 8 miles. Brittney’s: Cook & clean.

I’m really liking Sundays to prepare several meals to eat throughout the week. Today I made pulled pork in the crockpot (easy recipe that I will share later!), homemade macaroni & cheese, Cowboy Potato Chowder & homemade peanut butter.

Probably the best mac and cheese I have ever made. Definitely one you’ll want to bookmark once I post!

Mmmm. Another great Sunday dinner.

I doubt this will happen every Sunday. Actually, I know it won’t because the next two Sundays we are out of town but some of these meals I’m freezing since I know we will feel lazy after travelling. No preparation = failure!

Other to dos of today was to catch up on my IIN work and wedding stuff. I failed at doing anything wedding related. I’m in a rut and I just can’t motivate myself to do anything with it! Four months to go…

Another task I accomplished…signing up for this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes. I signed up for a race. A running race. Granted, it’s just the 5K, but…I can barely run for 5 minutes let alone a 5K! They say signing up for a race serves as motivation. Here’s to hoping!

I plan on doing the Couch to 5K program as my training plan. It feels slightly ridiculous to have a training plan for running 3 miles, but you gotta start somewhere. The plan is running 3 days a week, so my goal is to run once on the treadmill and twice outside to get my legs used to running. Don’t worry, I’m not giving up my beloved Body Pump though! I still plan on going to all the usual classes I go to and just squeezing in the running somewhere in between.

I convinced Ryan to run it with me so I’m not dying running it by myself. He will at least serve as motivation for me to keep going.

So that’s my Sunday. Off to finish the weekend relaxing!

Question: How do you like to spend your Sundays?

P.S. So close to launching the new design of the site!!!

So, this title makes it seem like there were multiple bloggers at this meet up. However, it was just Alysha & me (and our significant others, of course).

After interviewing me for an article Alysha was doing, we decided we had to meet in person. Yay local bloggers!

I raved about El Beso to Alysha and since they had only had drinks and appetizers there I had to introduce her to the chorizo. Oh my goodness, the chorizo. So GOOD! Unfortunately, we were all talking so much that I forgot to take a picture. Trust me, it was delicious 🙂

This morning I took a yoga class again at the same place I did last weekend. I like starting out Saturday with a yoga class. It starts the weekend off on a peaceful note. For whatever reason, today’s class seemed to flow more quickly than the previous. Maybe because we all weren’t newbies? Not sure, but I do know I worked up a sweat!

I decided to stay for the Mat Pilates class after as well. If you can remember back to my first Pilates class, it was not similar at all. We used a weighted bar (ouchie) and a piece called the “Magical Circle (pictured below)”

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We did not do this move, but kept it in between our heels for the majority of the class.

Though it wasn’t as challenging as the previous pilates class, it was still a good workout.

It’s another gloomy day here so I’ve been snuggled up inside catching up on IIN work and cleaning the house. Ryan is being my hero by going to the grocery store for me, so I better make something extra special for dinner!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

P.S. Check out my guest post on Carrots N Cake!

Ryan is pretty much obsessed with this recipe. You see, when we first started dating, he told me how he makes a really good chili. He was committed to being the maker of all chili in our house and I never complained. I enjoy his version of chili. But when I saw this Sweet Potato Chili on Andi’s blog, I knew we had to make it.

Our love of sweet potatoes is somewhat disturbing. We could eat sweet potato fries (or anything sweet potato for that matter) several times a week and not get bored so that’s how I knew this recipe would be a winner.

Our intention was to have a chili cook off and taste them side by side, but that never happened. After making this the first time, this is the only chili we’ve made since….I’d say I won 🙂

The best part of this recipe? It’s a set it & forget it kind! Aka, using your crockpot. I know you all love your crockpots. And if you don’t, then you are truly missing out. And kind of weird.

The second best part? Easily adaptable to be vegetarian/vegan! A winner for all indeed.

Sweet Potato Chili

Recipe via Can You Stay For Dinner

Ingredients:

  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 14 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1” pieces
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 15 ounce can kidney beans
  • 15 ounce can black beans
  • 1 lb italian sausage (optional)

Directions: Combine all ingredients into your slow cooker for 8-10 hours on low setting. Top with shredded cheese, greek yogurt or avocado. Or any other toppings you desire!

Question: What’s your favorite kind of chili?

Evening!

Another dreary day here. What happened to the 70 degree weather we had in the beginning of  March?!

I ended up staying later at work than usual and then realized I wouldn’t have time to go to the gym before Ryan’s softball game. Turns out, Ryan’s softball got cancelled so I kind of skipped the gym for no reason. Oh well. I’ll be back at it tomorrow!

Speaking of, I took my second Body Combat class yesterday. My first class was almost a month ago at the launch release! That class. So killer! I don’t think my heart has ever beaten that fast for such a long period of time. I love it and it goes by so quickly too! Definitely keeping this class in the rotation.

Dinner tonight was a play on the old classic spaghetti. We have had lentils in the cupboard and I decided to throw some in the mix of spaghetti sauce & italian sausage to make it a bit healthier and to give more of a protein punch.

Served alongside some kale chips and garlic bread.

I bought a different type of kale this time, dinosaur kale to be exact. Not sure if it’s the kind of kale or if I just baked this batch too long but I was not a fan. It was okay, but I’ve made better!

I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday. Love how fast this week is going! We have big plans of meeting Alysha over at She’s On The Run at El Beso Friday night! It’s been too long, El Beso…too long.

Night!