Guide to Food Prep – Part 2 (Recipe Ideas and Tips)

Happy December!  I hope that everyone had a terrific Thanksgiving!  This post is the second in a three post series on food prep.  If you missed the first post, don’t worry, you can view it here.  The last post provided an introduction to food prep.  In this post I’ll share some of my favorite sources for recipe ideas and tips.

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Guide to Food Prep – Part 1 (Introduction)

I’ve shared a little on social media recently about my relationship with food and the food lifestyle I have now.  I’ve received some great questions and I realized some of those questions sparked excellent ideas for blog posts!  This post is the beginning of a three part series I’ll be doing about how my husband and I prep our food.  Don’t feel like you need to prep your food the way we do.  Do what works for you!!  If you are at all curious about food prep, hopefully this series will give you a few ideas.

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Check-in/Food Goals

Happy November!  Two months have flown by since I started my goal of being more comfortable and confident in my own skin.  I’ve loved my workouts but noticed that I am still struggling with figuring out my food goals.  After I spent (what felt like) most of October being sick, I decided to take a deeper look at my diet.

One of my friends changed her diet and experienced fantastic health benefits.  She suggested I check out a 28 day gut reset and replenish challenge run by Aviva Romm.  Honestly, the suggestion could not have come at a better time!  I’m on day 7 of the challenge and although it’s pushed me out of my comfort zone, I am so excited to make changes that will benefit my physical and emotional health.

I gave up sugary foods/desserts over 4 years ago and it’s made a world of difference for me.  You can read more about that here.  It was a personal choice and I’m forever grateful that I made it.  I’ve known for a while that I struggle with white flour.  I’ve tossed around the idea of removing it from my diet but never fully committed.  After a few recent experiences, combined with the courage and encouragement of the gut reset, I have committed to trying to stay away from white flour for 30 days.  I started on Monday…

It hasn’t been easy.  Honestly, one of the hardest parts for me is being true to myself and honoring my decision instead of worrying about what other people think.  I worried about the same thing when I first cut out sugar but when I realized that was something I truly needed to do, it got easier.

A friend posed a great reminder on Facebook today that really spoke to me: “I can’t control everything in life but I can control what food I put in my body.”  I’m not sure where this journey will take me but I’m excited to find out!  Thanks for your support!

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It’s fall … new goals for new season!

I hope that you’ve had a great summer!  As awesome as summer is, fall definitely wins the prize as my favorite season.  I am SO excited for sweaters, soup, pumpkin dishes and the leaves to change colors.  Seriously, I have a bunch of soup recipes that I can’t wait to try as soon as the temperatures drop a bit.  I just have a hard time eating soup when it’s still above 90 degrees outside…

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I’ve Got Butterflies … on my SLS3 Compression Socks!

Have you tried compression socks?  I’ll admit, when I initially read about them on running blogs and in running books my first thought was, “Compression socks?  I thought only old women wore those…” Continue reading

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Legs and Booty Workout

Hello, everyone!  I hope you are having a great week!  I wanted to share my legs and booty workout from last week.  It moved pretty quickly and I worked up quite a sweat!

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Super Shoulder and Abs Workout

Lately I’ve tried to focus on adding supersets and/or compound sets to my workouts.  Supersets are a combination of two or more exercises that do not use the same muscle group, performed right after each other with little or no rest.  Compound sets are a combination of two or more exercises that use the same muscle group performed (yes, you guessed it!) right after each other with little or no rest.  Continue reading

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Morning Time-Saving Products

Hello, everyone!  A few weeks ago I did a post sharing my tips for successful morning workouts.  If you missed the post, you can check it out here.  In keeping with that theme, I wanted to share three products that help save me time in the mornings when I’m getting ready for the day after working out. Continue reading

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Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette Review – It’s Just Peachy!

I’ve read about Too Faced eye shadow palettes on other blogs and seen rave reviews on YouTube of Too Faced’s Chocolate Bar palette and Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette.  The colors looked amazing but since I don’t do sugar, the thought of a eye shadow palette in the shape of a chocolate bar (and that smelled like chocolate) was something I just couldn’t do… Continue reading

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The Runner Awakens … the medal!

Hi everyone!  A little while ago I told you about Level Up Virtual Runs and an upcoming race called The Runner Awakens.  If you missed the post, you can read it here.  As I mentioned in the previous post, virtual runs are a great way to add races to a busy schedule since you are in control of the when and where of the race.  I chose to run my race outside using a GPS watch to keep track of my distance.  You can also run inside on the treadmill – whatever works best for you.

My race medal arrived and it’s fantastic!!

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Be sure to check out Level Up Virtual Runs’ website for upcoming races and other fantastic medals!

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