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NYC Shape Half-Marathon Recap

So, I am a little late getting this out there to you all, but with a stomach bug, and recovery, and going away on a super fun weekend to Burlington, VT, and #BrunchWeek, well….I am late but not forgetting that I need to recap my race for you all!

half marathon

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It was fun- Lots of firsts for this race:

  • The biggest race that I have ever done. There were 7, 000 women there, as it was a women-only race.
  • And it was my first ever time to Central Park. If you didn’t know, Central Park is so beautiful! And hilly. There are lots of hills. Well, not so many, but when you go around a couple of times they seem to keep going in the way that hills do. Crazy as I am, I actually like hills. Running on a flat plain seems to hurt my knees, but hills are where I always make up some speed and just enjoy myself a bit.
  • My first time running a race with a friend. Seriously. I have no idea why, but it seems I need more runner-friends! It was so nice to chat for the first few miles and have some company during and after the race. That has never happened before, and I think I want to make a point of doing it like this more often.

I have to say, I have done some low-entry very small races that still had good swag and nice medals…I was a bit disappointed with my medal. Sort of cheap looking:

Shape Half Marathon

Sort of cheesy right?

…and the swag was minimal. I hate to say anything negative about the race, since it was very organized, the water stops were great, and the course really fun…but I know we all like to keep our medals and when you have done a bunch, you would know what I mean! There were no goo-sticks either. Just Gatorade and water. So there’s that .

Overall, here is my take:

The 5 good things:

  • Central Park
  • Women Only
  • Well Organized
  • Did it with a friend
  • Beautiful running weather!
  • I actually had a great race, good pace

The 5-ish bad things:

  • No goo or energy sticks or gels
  • No Advocare Rehydrate, just Gatorade
  • Low-end Swag
  • Low-end medal
  • Umm. Not much else!

I brought my Advocare O2 Gold mixed with Rejuvenate and Biocharge for my run in my own bottle anyway, so I was feeling great right up to the end. I started the race, worrying about how I would do, since I had had a chest cold the week prior-  I felt really good and continue to feel motivated to run, which is great leading into summer, where I would love to sign up for some more fun races.

half marathon

Seriously. a little toothy right?!

What are you running this summer? Any  half-marathons? Do you run for bling? Do you get your mojo back after a race or lose it?


Linking with: 

Friday Five 2.0 with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness, and the Weekly wrap at HoHo Runs 

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Easy Cabbage Saute & Advocare 24-Day Challenge Meal Plan

fast and easy cabbage sauteI thought since, I have been following my Advocare® 24-Day Challenge (affiliate link) all week, that I would share my meal plan for the week along with a super yummy, and vegetarian dish to make, Cabbage Sauté. This is a go-to side dish that I make a lot, but particularly now on the 24-Day clean eating plan. You will love it as a side dish too, but you can add some brown rice and a protein like tofu (or chicken) and this is a complete and delicious meal.

cabbage saute is easy and fast!

Easy Cabbage Saute

Easy Cabbage Saute

Under 5 ingredients, and minimal chopping make this a great vegetable to serve up for a weeknight dinner!

Ingredients

  • 1-2 Tbsp.olive oil (or coconut oil)
  • 1/2 head of green cabbage
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 1/2 to 1 Tbsp.Bragg Liquid Aminos or Coconut Aminos*
  • 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a large saute pan over medium heat.
  2. Rough chop the cabbage into chunks. Add to the pan.
  3. Peel and shred the carrots. Add to the pan.
  4. Peel and dice the onion. Add to the pan.
  5. Add the aminos and pepper and cover, continuing to cook until wilted and lightly caramelized, for about 10 minutes, stirring half way through.
  6. If you need to, continue to cook with the lid off for 5 additional minutes until done.
  7. Serve.

Notes

*Bragg's Liquid Aminos and Coconut Aminos are soy-sauce alternatives. You can certainly use soy-sauce, or tamari if you prefer.

**Make it a meal: Serve with grilled chicken or tofu, and rice.

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This is a good go-to recipe, because, even if you don’t plan for it, cabbage keeps in the refrigerator for a really long time, and everyone has carrots and onions around most of the time. I like this recipe for breakfast with an egg on top, or if I add Addell’s chicken sausage with apple (no dairy). Or for dinner, if I am eating only this, I would add grilled chicken, or the chicken sausage, or tofu and whatever leftover rice I have. I like that it is great to just have around so I am not worried about what to make. It is perfect for clean eating, Whole-30, Advocare, or Paleo eating.

Now some background on eating while doing the Advocare® 24-Day Challenge (affiliate link), because they want you to eat every 3-4 hours. That is 3 meals, and 3 snacks. Lots of food, so you have to be ready to know what you can eat!

The basic dietary suggestions of the challenge are the following:

Eat More:

  • Veggies: salads, steamed, roasted
  • Fruit: fibrous and low glycemic choices (apples, grapefruit, berries)
  • Healthy Fats: avocado, nuts/seeds, olives/olive oil
  • Clean Proteins: feed muscle and reduce appetite (tuna and salmon will aid in cleansing: eggs/chicken/beef would be secondary options; stay away from processed lunch meats)
  • Clean Complex Carbs: rice, hummus, oatmeal, sweet potato

Avoid or Minimize:

  • Fried foods, refined sugars, corn or white starches
  • Refined wheat products: bread, crackers, etc.
  • Dairy: cheese, yogurt, milk, white sauces or dressing
  • Alcohol: you’re on a cleanse…hold off if you can
  • Coffee or soda: drink water or SPARK

And without further ado, I give you an easy to follow plan for the first week of the Advocare® 24-Day Challenge (affiliate link):

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I try to keep it planned ahead, keep it as simple as possible, make a lot of food ahead of time:

  • hard boiled eggs
  • brown rice
  • cut up veggies for snacking
  • buy lots of fruit
  • grill a bunch of chicken breasts
  • make a pot of soup

Great condiments:

  • salsa
  • hummus
  • Coconut aminos
  • Oil and Vinegar
  • Rice cakes

Simplicity and planning ahead are key when following any eating plan, and this is the same idea. I use some recipes that are crockpot, and some make-aheads for say, salads. I do a big grocery shop for all the pantry items and basics (like chicken breasts or lettuce) so I am ready for the week. Let me know if you have any questions, and I will be 100% honest. If I don’t know the answer, I will direct you to someone who does!

What do you think? Would you follow a plan like this?  I put the supplements and Advocare® products in bold in the plan, so you could still follow it as a clean eating, protein-strong, small meals throughout the day type of plan no matter if you use the products or not!

Have a great rest of the weekend, my friends~ and consider joining along for next week’s eating plan too, for days 8-14!

cabbage saute is easy and fast!

I am sharing today’s post with fitness and food over at Ilka and Angela’s blogs and including it in tomorrow’s Meatless Monday posts with Deborah and Ann Marie. Go check these bloggers out!


Disclaimer:  I am not a nutritionist, doctor or expert and everything I share in this post is my experience or links from others also sharing their experiences.  I am a distributor for Advocare® and this post does contain affiliate links, so if you order from any links here, your costs NEVER change, but I will receive compensation.  Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

Advocare 24-Day Challenge: Join Me?

advocare intro 24 day challengeHello there my friends. Happy March! How are doing with your goals for the year so far?

“Goals? What goals?” you say? Yep. Me too. I am starting my month off with a bang as far as my reading goals, as you may have been reading here on the blog. But honestly, I never set ANY other goals for myself this year. I know. I was busy. I didn’t prioritize it. Sort of like  all the other things, that should do for myself, that sort of go by the wayside as life rushes past. I know you feel me here.

Between eating my face off over the holidays and Super Bowl snacks (Thanksgiving for Football) and finally being sick and only eating Ramen Noodles and cinnamon toast….well, let’s say, I am sick of feeling awful.

Why I need a reset

Since I seem to need a little self-care, I think it’s time for me to address making my health a priority. While I didn’t set any “goals” for fitness or health… I have addressed some things: I got my annual physical, got a mammogram, set up follow-up appointments with specialists for little things, got my teeth cleaned…and now I have decided to stop eating all the food, and finally get myself healthy from the inside, out: My eating and nutrition. To do that, I  need a plan to follow and really more to help with accountability. Some of my friends love Beach Body, or Whole 30 (you can read all about my experience here) and some love eating vegan and clean. I am a balance in all things person, who loves the 80/20 rule of thumb: Eat great 80% of the time, and then the 20% is for letting myself off the hook a bit.

Why I chose Advocare

So full disclosure- I signed on to sell Advocare when I decided to do the challenge. I must tell you this, since the links in this post are affiliate links. But I gotta tell you- your price won’t change.

My background in diets has never been good, but as a lifestyle of eating healthy, I kind of do it automatically at this point- not super gross, and not super clean and strict. The perfect path for me seems to be common sense eating. However, like the approach with Advocare. Whatever, I may miss, the Advocare makes up for. Sort of like an insurance policy that I am getting all the things I need:  My own food, and eating an 80/20 plus working out moderately and taking supplements. Because, I I have decided to take on an Advocare 24-Day Challenge.

Advocare 24-Day Challenge

The reason why I decided to sell these products:

  • I did the 10-Day challenge pre-Christmas, and I felt awesome. My jeans fit without pain or problem buttoning.
  • The 10-Day challenge was so easy- I felt, and my husband felt, like we weren’t even following a plan. We normally eat sort of clean, but not strictly. This plan just put in place a more structured routine to the way we were eating.
  • The discount of course! When you sign up to sell Advocare, you pay either $20 or $60. The Preferred Customer plan for $20, means you get 20% off everything you buy! The Distributor plan (what I am doing) allows me to sell Advocare myself to anyone, anywhere (like here), and then I can get 20-40% off my orders with them…and earn a commission too.

For me, the hardest part of doing a plan like the 24 Day Challenge is…making a plan. So I will be doing a lot of the work for you here on the blog, and showing you everything that I ate for the full 24 days. Not because I know you like to see what I am eating- I am showing you how much food you will eat (they want you to eat frequently!) and this very gentle re-entry of good food into your body and getting rid of some bad habits- like eating all the food off your kids’ plates. echem.

The Advocare supplements are just the support around your good eating. A probiotic, an amino supplement, a fiber boost in the morning, an omega (the good fat- hearth healthy), and  an herbal fiber boost at night. My absolute love is Spark® the amino supplement drink that is my new coffee.

Advocare 24 Day Challenge

Could you be healthy without Advocare? Yes of course! But I love the way I feel and felt when I did my 10-day in December. It is quite honestly amazing that I don’t miss my coffee- but I don’t- not even a little bit. I guess that means I didn’t really need it too much. I look forward to sharing my experience over the next 24 days with you- so stay tuned, and check out all the products just to see what they are about- It’s not all trim and slim there. There are performance products for building muscle, recovery, general wellness and more.

And then check out my site, if you want to join me in the 24-Day or 10-Day Challenge!

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I will be posting bits of Advocare eats on Instagram, so you can follow me there if that is where you are! If you bought the Healthy Eating Made Easy course from Jessica Fisher, about half of my dinners are from that protein-packed meal plan! It is a stockpile of recipes that are clean-eating and easy to make for families during the week. Stay tuned and see you here soon!