Friday Favorites: September

standard September 30, 2016 Leave a response

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Cooler weather and falling leaves brings comfort foods and thought-provoking reads this month. There have been so many intriguing stories and cozy meals, so grab a cup of coffee and dig into these favorites from around the web.

Neat:

  1. What You Should Really Bring Someone Who Just Had a Baby // Great suggestions here that most people don’t think of, but are so true and helpful.
  2. Working from Home: Finding Your Own Work Flow // Comparison is the thief of joy. Find your own best routine.
  3. Gardening as a Kid Indicates You’ll Eat More Fruits and Veggies as a College Student // Go out and garden with your kids!
  4. The Secrets of Happy Families // A must read for families. This changed my way of thinking about a lot of common issues.
  5. The More of Less // A concise assessment of how to get started minimizing your life. It does not have to be daunting or hard!

Nutritious:

  1. Cheesy Cauliflower Rice and Broccoli Bake // Childhood comfort food.
  2. Walnut Butter Oatmeal // Super simple and easy, perfect for a busy morning.
  3. Miracle No Knead Bread // As someone intimidated by bread baking, even I am excited about this recipe. So easy! So good!
  4. Spicy Vegan Chocolate Chili // A smoky, flavorful spin on a classic for a hearty weekend feast with friends.
  5. Pumpkin Protein Balls // A delicious and healthy way to fulfill those pumpkin cravings.

Have a relaxing and delicious weekend!

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Weekly Menu: Best of Fall

standard September 26, 2016 Leave a response

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Happy FALL!!! I am SUPER excited for one of my favorite seasons, even though Texas hardly gets an actual “fall.” BUT, the temperature today is supposed to drop below 70 degrees! Praying really hard this lasts…

In honor of the change in weather, here are my all time favorite cool-weather, seasonal meals. I make these on repeat every year as the produce pops up, and I start to crave heartier meals.

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  1. Pumpkin Hazelnut Granola
  2. Pumpkin Pie Oats // Minimalist Baker
  3. Root Vegetable Hash with Avocado Cream
  4. Roasted Vegetable Salad with Herb Vinaigrette
  5. Rustic Tomato Kale Soup // Healthy Happy Life
  6. Seven Vegetable Soup // Oh She Glows
  7. Butternut Spice Risotto
  8. Easy Chickpea and Vegetable Curry with Quinoa // Julia’s Album
  9. Pumpkin Dal
  10. Sweet Potato Lentil Curry

I am super excited to be able to finally make and enjoy some of these meals. Hallelujah for an appetite slowly returning!

Enjoy a delicious, festive, Fall week!

Run Austin: Fall Racing Plans

standard September 23, 2016 Leave a response

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WAYYY back in January of this year, I signed myself up for my next marathon. Before Austin. Because we had grand plans for 2016 training and racing. And because the price was crazy cheap. I thankfully had the foresight to purchase a refundable registration that I can cancel with a note from my OBGYN. Yet, I also already have my eyes on a fall or winter 2017 race, because, you know, annual marathon tradition and all. Plus, motivation.

In the meantime, I am focusing on staying moving forward as long as I can. Weeks 6-10 of pregnancy were horrible in terms of nausea. And for me, running only made it worse. Then, illness and a toe issue derailed me a few more weeks. Today, I managed a happy, slow, solid 4 mile trek, and am so grateful to be able to keep running, at least for the time being.

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On paper, Miami Marathon training starts next Thursday. And even though I am going to be canceling my registration (because Zika. And travel restrictions. Don’t worry. I was crazy enough to try to figure out how to still go for a while. Sometimes you just need friends to tell you you’re crazy), I am still determined to see how much of my training plan I can complete. Without goals, I do nothing. I need a game plan, even for the every day. So why not use the one I already made, with a few modifications? Here’s how it’s going to work.

  1. Walk. Yes, walk. Run/walk methods have been my friend ever since I first started running, and they work. This will force me to slow down, enjoy the process, prevent injury and issues.
  2. Decrease mileage. I can guarantee you I won’t be doing a 16 miler anytime soon.  By decreasing a few miles out of a training day, opting for a walk day instead of always running, or rethinking speed workouts, solid training can happen safely and happily.
  3. Rethink running. Some runs will turn into elliptical sessions at the gym. Some speed days will turn into cross training with strength and Pilates classes. But miles will be done. Activity will be completed. And we will both be healthy and happy.

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So what about racing? Yes, I’d LOVE to keep racing this fall as the weather cools down. I have refused to sign up for anything until the last minute in case I cannot complete the race. I’d rather pay more and know it’s feasible, than sign up in advance at a cheaper rate and feel pressure to run it even if it doesn’t feel right. Right now, I am looking at the Run Free Texas 80’s 8k, Run for the Water 10 mile (or 5k), and the annual Turkey Trot with my family.

None of this may work out the way I want it to. But having a plan gives me a focus, a start, a joy in continuing something I love despite limitations.

Anyone else running through a pregnancy? Would love to hear your stories and tips!