Getting Stronger And A Little Depressed

Todays post I just wanted to give a quick update on my progress.

As I said in a previous post, I have a goal of 215 to reach by May 15. Here we are only a little under a month away and I am at a stand still. The weight is not coming off. Today is one of those days where I just want to quick and binge on pizza and doughnuts…mmmm doughnuts.

However, I went to the gym in the office a couple of days ago and did not chest and back. When I looked in the mirror I saw this…

Do you see those shoulders? Are you serious? I never had muscles like these just sticking out before. I was a little depressed about how I was looking and the pics from the Spartan Race this past weekend were less then flattering. It showed me that I am on the right track and mine might be a little slower then everyone else but I will get there.

I have went up on the amount of cardio I do every week. I am now running on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and on Monday and Friday afternoons around 3 miles. I am going to continue to do the training routine my coach has provided me but also throw in some target area session four times a week.

As far a nutrition is concerned. I am going to start carb cycling next week. I have been doing a lot of research on this and I am going to just dive in a give it a go. I have nothing to loose but 20 pounds of body fat.

That is my plan and I hope to fill you in as I go. Have you ever fell in the dumps about not loosing any weight? A trainer once told me it does not matter how much or how fast you loose it is that you never stop trying.

Meal Prep Is The New Way Of Life

Well I have to say that I am on a mission and that is to be lean. How lean? Lean enough to where I can get rid of those crazy love handles.  I have come to the conclusion that I may never have six pack abs and I am ok with that. What I want is to be healthy by any means I see fit.

I never thought that this blog would be mainly a fitness blog. When I started to blog a  few years ago, I never thought that a few years later I would be writing about fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. I just find it amazing how life’s twist and turns lead to a better you. On that twisted road I found how to meal prep.

When I was approached with the idea of making my entire meals for the week in one day, I thought it was crazy. I mean how are you suppose to do that? Is it expensive? How much time was it going to take? Will the food spoil? These were just a few of the many questions that were going through my head.

Like anything I do in my life, I researched the hell out of it. What kind of meals to make, the best meals to make, the easiest meals to make were all burning questions that I needed answered. I found this great little website call Youtube, where people like me were making videos on how to meal prep. After hours of watching these people cook I decided to give it a try.

#1 I had to decide what meals I was going to make.
I decided go with this meal below as my alternate meal. I have another one listed below. 

For breakfast, I got a great egg white muffin recipe from one of my crossfit friends. Here is a recipe that is almost just like it.

I love to snack and I love something sweet after good healthy dinner. It takes everything I have not to go on a massive Oreo bendeR, SO I found a recipe for some amazing protein energy bites that are out of this world. Click here to get that.

#2 Grocery Shopping

I am cheap when it comes to buying groceries  I mean look at the name of this blog. It’s called The Thrifty Running Dad for a reason!  I have had a lot of people tell me that eating healthy is expensive, which is why so many people don’t do it. Are they right? NO! 

Healthy food is way easier to get then the other kind. The trick is to know where to look. I am a huge fan of Harris Teeter. My local Harris Teeter knows me by name when I walk in with my blue coupon binder on my shoulder. They know that this guy means business and he is about to rob them blind. Even my fellow ear crossfit peeps know I will skip a WOD if that mean saving big. It’s a skill and a rush at the same time. Couponing is better then sex. True story. Anyways, I recently discovered a new store to save big on some expensive items and that is Aldi. Where has this store been all my life? Surfing my most recent trip I manage to walk out with a buggie full of stuff and I only spent $40. Here are some things I found:

1. Ground turkey -$3.29 a pack ($5.99 at Harris Teeter)

2. Chia seeds- $3.99 a pack

3. Flaxseed- $2.49

4. Almond butter- $4.99

5. Coconut oil- $4.99

If you ever shopped anywhere else but Aldi you know these are the most expensive health foods out there. 

So all and all I managed to score two weeks of meal prep food for $100, which is exactly what my budget for food every two weeks! 

#3 Get the right equipment  

It’s hard to meal prep when you don’t have everything you need. For example, containers to put the food in ūüėä. So I found these great containers on Amazon for around $10. You get seven complete with a lid and they are on Prime so you get the two shipping. Well worth the price. Check them out here.

Now I was ready to start cooking. This past week made turkey burgers, brown rice and broccoli. Here is how it went. 

TURKEY BURGERS

2 packs of ground turkey

1 cup of diced jalape√Īos (Save time and buy the jar)

4 tablespoons of minced garlic

Salt and pepper to taste. 

I measure my patties with a 1/3 measuring cup and then I push down to make a 90 gram patty. When I did this I got 12 patties out of the two packs of ground turkey. Melt 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a pan on medium heat. Once hot place your burgers on the pan and cook each side for about 3:30 minutes. This recipe was given to me by my two good friends Kristy and Brian Helms. Best burgers you will ever have! 

BROWN RICE

2 cups of brown rice

3 1/2 cup of water

1 tablespoon of coconut oil

Put rice in the pot along with the water and coconut oil and cover and bring to a boil. Once at a boil, stir the rice and cover and let it cook until all the water has been cooked out. I usually add an additional 3 to 4 cups cause I like my rice extra soft. I usually measure about 100 grams of rice per meal which is a little under 1 cup. 

BROCCOLI 

2 or 3 broccoli crowns

Cut the florets off the crowns and throw them in a pot of water. Cover and cook until the broccoli is tender. Drain water and place back in pot. Add a tablespoon of coconut oil and let it melt. Once melted toss broccoli around. 



There you have it. Meal prep is easy. After prepping my breakfast and lunches and snacks. I can say that it only took me about two hours to complete it. Well worth it to not have to fiddle around in the mornings to find something to eat. 

Let me know if you try any of the recipes and how they turned out for. I love hearing feedback from others and if you have any tips for me please leave the, in the comments section below. 

The Last Day Of My Twenties!

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Well we are finally almost here. The day before I turn 30. I never thought I would get here and for 365 days I have been dreading it. I have no problem getting older. I am excited to see what the next chapter of my life will bring but I can’t help but look back on highs and lows of my twenties.

  1. Turning 21- That was a fun night or what I remember was.
  2. Graduating College- Met some great people and worked my butt off for that degree.
  3. Falling in love- It happened a lot and I learned so much.
  4. My first “Big Boy” job- I hated every minute of it but Wells Fargo taught me a lot.
  5. Meeting my wife- Went in with pink eye and left with a date.
  6. My first apartment- Miss that Bachelor Pad including the smell and noisy neighbors.
  7.  Loosing my job- The best thing that ever happened to me.
  8. Finally getting my dream job- I love working in Advertising!
  9. Getting engaged- Still can’t believe she said Yes!
  10. My Dad died- I miss him everyday.
  11. Getting Married- The best day of my life.
  12. First time flying- Scary but fun.
  13. First time in another country- Mexico was the best honeymoon
  14. The birth of my kids- No words can describe how amazing this was
  15. Buying a house.
  16. Getting Fat- Pregnant wife + McDonalds= 300 pound me.
  17. Loosing 80 pounds– Working out+ no McDonalds= 220 pound me.
  18. Running my first 5k- Came in 3rd in my age division.
  19. Completing my first half marathon.
  20. Completing my first whole marathon

I am sure I am forgetting so other amazing moments of my twenties but these are the ones that mean the most to me.

I am excited to see what happens in the next 10 years of my life. I look forward to watching my kids grow up and getting closer to my wife. I also can’t wait to see where my healthy lifestyle takes me.

Here is to being 30! Lets do this!

Running Makes Me Look Good

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So this past week I have made it my choice to be a little more active and attempt this fad called a “healthy lifestyle”. This has been¬†surprisingly easy cause watching what I eat is already something I do. I already eat a lot of veggies and drink tons of water so the only thing left to adjust was to only one plate and not go back to the counter for seconds. Also if you eat light for lunch you can eat a little heavier for dinner. These are the rules I now live by.

This new lifestyle has changed a lot of different things in my life. Now that I am more active my back does not hurt anymore. This is because during my breaks and lunches at work I go walking around my building. It gets me outside and away from my desk. Everyone needs fresh air once in a while. Since straining my lumbar muscle a few weeks ago, its been very hard to just sit around and wait for it to heal and muscle relaxers make me too loopy so I read that being a little more active can help defer back pain. So far this article was right.

Here is my schedule for my new lifestyle.

5:30 AM -Wake up

5:31-6:30 AM- Get dressed, make lunch, make coffee, start crock pot dinner

6:30 AM- Leave for work

7:23 AM- Arrive at work and have breakfast

8:00 AM- Work

10:00 – 10:15 AM- Break time! Walk around building

10:15 to 12:00 PM- Work

12:00 PM- Eat prepared lunch which is always a salad.

1:00 PM- Lunch time! Walk around the building

1:30- 3:00 PM- Work

3:00- 3:15 PM- Break time! Walk around the building

4:30 PM- Time to head home

5;30 PM- Arrive at home, feed and get K-Dub ready to get into the bed before 7.

6:30- 7:30 PM- Gym time

7:30 PM- Dinner and shower

8:00 PM- TV and talk to the wife.

10:00 PM- Bedtime

That is the new routine at the FUN house. As you can see I am trying my hardest to stay active. The last change is that my wife is very supportive of what I am trying to do. She knows that the better I feel and look the more she can rip the benefits from it. Thats¬†right, She can’t keep her hands off me. I would be lying if I said I was not enjoying it cause I am a guy first of all and second I am madly in love with my wife. In a marriage sometimes you need to switch things up to keep things interesting with you partner. Anyways, so now that I am working on myself, I could always use some tips so please fee free to comment below.

(#9) Running For Apps Sake!

As many of my readers know I have begun a quest to shed some pounds and I have found that this is not the easiest thing to do. My story that I am about to share after the challenge declaration a few weeks ago is both awesome and disappointing. Please still continue to come by the blog and please don’t be mad at me. I can at least I can say that confession is both true and honest.

I was so excited about this challenge and I could not wait to get started. i had the gym membership, the workout gear, and my awesome new water bottle (It’s awesome cause it has a filter. Beat that Propel!). I decided to go to the gym Monday morning at 5AM. This seemed easy to me cause that was the time I went when I was in college. I was pumped and ready!

That morning my alarm clock went off and I bounced out of bed with the quickness. I brushed my teeth and put on my shoes and workout gear and headed for the door.

Once I arrived at the gym I met my brother and his friend and decided to workout with them. I started out with a very slow jog for about 10 minutes and then I started to struggle. I could not breathe and I had to slow down.

After we finished that I was done and ready to head to bed. I felt defeated. This was going to be a lot harder than I thought. We started to weight lift. I have never done this before cause I was never that athletic in high school. We worked on our back and I sure did feel the burn.

I left the gym barely walking. I was so sore. I knew then this was going to be a challenge.

As the weeks went by I did not go to the gym as much as I should have been. I kept telling my wife I would go the next day and that turned into the next day. I was loosing my commitment that I set myself.  I felt really bad about it.

I started to look on the net for some great apps to help me with both my cardio and weight lifting adventure. I found a great app called Nike+ for running. it tracks how far I run and helps me set goals and pushes me every mile.  Go lift is the app I found to give me an introduction to weight lifting. It sometimes is hard cause I have to learn the proper form in order to successfully perform the exercises but i like it.

Now that i have these apps it makes completing this challenge a little easier and I can’t wait to knock this number off my list. I told you that you might be disappointed in me and I am sorry. I am new to this whole fitness thing and I have learned a lot. I am still struggling with the whole food thing. I am not always sure what to eat and how much of it to eat. Any tips you may have, please send them my way.

Thanks Everyone!