Fitness Friday | Weekly Workouts & Plans for Next Week

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Happy Friday Friends and Happy Halloween! What is everyone doing to celebrate? We are heading to meet up with friends and take our littles trick-or-treating tonight. Tomorrow night we are hosting our annual pumpkin beer tasting party with a small group of friends. So excited- this is my favorite time of the year!

Okay so let’s talk about the workouts this week….

The Goods.

I started back at running this week and let me tell you it feels good but it hurts so bad. I am having to do runs with the kids in the BOB Dualie or get up early/head out late for a run on the treadmill. This week I have only done runs with the stroller and I forgot how much harder it is and I’m feeling sore in a good way. So I have done two runs (Wednesday & Today).

First Postpartum Dualie Run

I have also been going out for a number of walks with the kids and Neil in the evening. We went out for a Sunday evening and Wednesday evening (and tonight we will as well). I also took the kids on a nice long 3+ mile walk Thursday.

The Bads.

No yoga this week. I just didn’t make it this week and I didn’t do any at home practice.

No strength training this week. I didn’t plan for it and now I am wishing I had because I know I need to do more of it.

Only two runs. I would really like to try for three runs per week. P.S. my weeks are Saturday-Friday for the purpose these of these Fitness Friday posts.

Next Week.

Plans –> three runs, (at least) three evening family walks, one yoga class, and two days of strength training.

What are your fitness goods and bads of the week? What are your plans/goals for next week? 

RECIPE | Kabocha Red Lentil Curry

As soon as I start to feel the weather change I become obsessed with all things soup, stew, curry or chili. I love a pipping hot bowl with a side of warmed bread. I mean really what could be more warming and comforting? While the PNW can’t hold a candle to Vermont/New England in the Fall it still does a pretty good job of charming me. If you can’t tell Fall is my favorite season-side note do you say Fall or Autumn?

Red Lentil Kabocha Curry

Lately I have been whipping up a number of tasty bowls of goodness. My most recent creation was my Kabocha Red Lentil Curry. Seriously this recipe is so good and incredibly easy. It’s filling and nourishing and paired with some warmed naan bread it is a perfect meal.

Kabocha Red Lentil Curry
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 1 medium onion, diced
  3. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  4. 1 tablespoon curry powder
  5. 1 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  7. 4 cups diced kabocha squash
  8. 1 cup dried red lentils
  9. 4 cup water
  10. 1-15oz can lite coconut milk
  11. 1 teaspoon ume plum vinegar
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a medium heavy bottom pot. Add the onion and cook for 5-7 minutes until soft.
  2. Stir in the garlic, curry powder, salt and pepper; cook for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the kabocha, red lentils and water; stir to combine.
  4. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cover; cook for 30-40 minutes until kabocha is tender.
  5. Stir in coconut milk and ume vinegar.
  6. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if desired.
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Besides drowning ourselves in warm bowls of soup (and the like) we have also been enjoying a number of Fall activities including evening walks down leaf covered path ways, a trip to the pumpkin patch and of course pumpkin decorating (I made a pretty awesome gold glittered pumpkin).

ThePumpkinPatch-Edith

 

How have you been enjoying the season? This coming weekend we have our annual pumpkin beer tasting and I can’t wait!

FITNESS FRIDAY| Race Training Plans & DietBet Before

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Let’s start this off by saying I did not follow my workout plan schedule at all this week. I did get out for a few good walks with the new BOB Revolution Flex Dualie but otherwise I didn’t go to yoga or do any strength training or running. Let’s call this week a wash and focus on the next. 
BOB REVOLUTION FLEX DUALIE

So now that we have talked about what I didn’t do this week let’s talk about what I plan on doing over the next 30ish weeks. Yes I plan on taking 30 weeks to train for my quarter marathon because when you have only gone on five runs in the past 12 months getting back to running takes time and for me it takes a good amount of time.

I plan on following a hybrid version of Jeff Galloway’s 5k and 10k plans starting with a few extra slow start weeks. Over the next three weeks I’m starting out slow with the goal to get in three 15-20 minute runs in each week. After that I will follow the Galloway 5k plan and then continue into the 10k plan based on where the 5k plan ends.

Along with training for my race I am making the commitment to myself and my yoga practice. I have a 10-class punch pas with only 1 punch out it so at least for the next 9ish weeks I will be going to at least one class per week. In addition to training and yoga I need to get back to a regular strength training routine so that is on the agenda as well. 

Okay so here is the last part of this post…

DietBet Before Photos

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Now I debated telling you my starting weight and maybe I will but honestly I am embarrassed. I know that I need to be kind to myself and remember that over the last three years I have been pregnant twice and am now nursing so this will all take time. Nevertheless the number is not my favorite. That being said I will tell you my 4% that I need to lose to win is about 9lbs so from that if you really want to figure out the math you can figure out my starting weight. 

As I shared on Wednesday my goal and purpose for hosting and participating in this DietBet is to get myself back on track. It’s to work with others to accomplish our health and fitness goals and if I happen to lose the 9lbs I need to be able to win then great. I am not going to be cutting tons of calories or working out for 4 hours a day (not like I have time). Also first and foremost comes making sure that I keep my milk supply up because feeding Alder is my priority. 

So here I go. The journey officially starts on Monday and will last for 28 days. At the end of it I will share with you just how much I did lose and my final photos. Along the way I’ll check in with how things are going and other related things. 

*These are not my official photos that I submit to DietBet. Tomorrow I will take new photos one of me on the scale airport security style and one of the number on the scale with my weigh in word. You can learn more about that here.

Learn more about the RWT DietBet game and how you can join! 

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RECIPE | Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips

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