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I Left You Hanging….

My apologies….

 

But most of you follow me other places, so you already know.

 

As of Thursday morning at 11:00 am, I am a Certified Personal Trainer.

 

That’s right. I got my results as soon as I pushed “submit” and I passed.

 

Then… I had a job interview last night at the gym that I am currently a member at.

 

This whole last year has been a crazy weird dream. I ran my first half marathon, I lost a bunch of weight, I became a personal trainer… and that’s just  the stuff that you can see on the outside. I feel like any minute I’m going to wake up and have to do all of that all over again. It’s very surreal.

 

I’m thrilled, I have worked really hard this last year, and it’s paying off. Not that there’s not more work to be done, but now it’s less books and more hands on learning. And I’m super excited about everything that’s to come. Stay tuned!!!


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Two Days

I am at Code Red today, people.

 

My test is in two days.

 

That’s right. Two days from now I will either be a certified personal trainer, or I will be hiding from everyone and everything I know, bawling my eyes out.

 

Either way, it’s stressful.

 

Everyone keeps telling me I will be fine. People who have been with me this whole journey are SO convinced that I’m going to pass this test. People who have just met me recently are SO sure I’m going to do great. I wish I had the confidence in me that they have.

 

It’s a thing though… Like, you WANT to do well. It’s peoples’ bodies that you’re messing with. Your whole JOB is to help people safely and effectively exercise. Whether it’s to lose weight, or maintain health, or train for an event. It’s your JOB to make sure they’re being safe, and that your programs work. So, I mean… no pressure or anything.

 

It’s fine. I’ve taken a ton of practice tests. So many that I find myself just clicking answers that aren’t the right ones because I’m reading through things too fast, and not thinking about what the question is actually saying. Yeah… I’m at THAT point.

 

It’s time for me to take a step back, breathe, and adjust. Review a little, get some things down, and just go do it. A friend of mine said to me last night “you just have to go DO it. Get in that mentality. It’s like going to a race… you just say to yourself ‘I’m just going for a run. No big deal.'”

 

Oh how true that is.

 

Two days…. stay tuned.


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Eggless Breakfast Is Here

Let’s talk breakfast!

 

I am in LOVE with breakfast. It wasn’t always that way… I used to be more of a brunch girl. I found it hard to get up in the morning and eat, it just wasn’t my thing. Daryl, on the other hand, is a TOTAL breakfast person. He cannot function without breakfast in the morning. So, I had to learn to be a breakfast person.

 

The weekends are great, I don’t have to worry about getting up and making breakfast. That’s a “blue” job (yes, we have blue/pink jobs… it’s a joke, don’t accost me on my own blog). He gets up, makes some sort of amazing breakfast involving eggs, and I snuggle with the kids while he does it. Or I drink my coffee and watch Paw Patrol. Whatever.

 

The weekdays, however, can sometimes be a bit of a struggle for me. During LoseIt (and since) the rule was: Eat within 30 minutes of getting up. The why for that is simple: to get that metabolism moving first thing in the morning. It makes total sense to me; you’ve been sleeping all night, your metabolism is slowed down, you gotta do something to jump start it in the morning. But that doesn’t mean I am fully functional and ready to use a stove/oven that early in the morning.

 

Enter: Overnight oats into my life. I must admit, I was skeptical to try them at first. I mean… I LOVE oatmeal, don’t get me wrong. I cannot eat it all the time, but when I do eat it, I LOVE it. I shy away from packaged oats with all their fake flavors and sugars, and opt instead for some yummy old fashioned rolled oats, or the steel cut variety. I like my oats with a splash of almond milk, a drizzle of real maple syrup (seriously a very small drizzle), loads of fresh fruit (think bananas, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, whatever I happen to have on hand), and some almonds. OMG SO YUM. But it takes a stove to make all that nonsense, because who wants to eat their oats cold? You do. Trust me.

 

Overnight oats are just that… oats that you put in the fridge overnight in a cute little mason jar like you see on Pinterest, or in a boring old container with a lid. They’re soaked with a few other things, and in the morning you open, top, and devour. And trust me when I say you WILL devour them. They’re thick (or thin if you add more milk to them in the morning), they’re tasty, and they’re SO filling. I eat them, and am going strong until lunch. They’re perfect for you working moms and dads who LITERALLY don’t have time to make breakfast in the morning, or you night owls who love to stay up late and are rushed to get out the door in the morning.

 

So, in the spirit of sharing is caring (because that’s what we do in this space): I give you… Peanut Butter Overnight Oats. Oh yes, we did. This morning I added strawberries, blueberries, almonds, and a little bit of almond milk to it and I KID YOU NOT, PEOPLE…. PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY OATMEAL. Holy freaking delicious. It would be KILLER with some cocoa powder and chocolate chips too. OMG. Ahem. Sorry.

 

Here you go! If you’ve never tried overnight oats before, I suggest this recipe. It’s perfect.

 

1/2 c almond milk

3/4 Tbsp chia seeds

2 Tbsp natural peanut butter (you know, the kind that’s just peanuts) or almond butter

1 Tbsp real maple syrup (you could leave this out if you wanted)

1/2 c rolled oats

 

In the bottom of a mason jar (or a container with a lid), mix almond milk, chia seeds, peanut butter and syrup. You don’t HAVE to mix the peanut butter completely in, if you don’t, it leaves these little pockets of peanutty goodness to enjoy. Add oats and stir again, then use the back of the spoon to push down oats and make sure they are covered with the milk. Close up tight, put in the fridge for at least 6 hours… but 12-24 is best.

 

Top with whatever you’d like: bananas, strawberries, almonds, chocolate chips (yeah, I’m doin this next time… probably not, but SOMEONE PLEASE), whatever you want.

 

 

You’re welcome.

 

 


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Balance and Control

Hello, my name is Meghann. And I am a fitness addict.

 

Let’s talk fitness addiction for a minute.

 

I know what you’re thinking; “How could being addicted to something healthy EVER be a bad thing?” And you’d be partially correct in you’re thinking, because being addicted to something healthy is better than something that’s not. HOWEVER.

 

Over training becomes a thing. Injuries, irritability, headaches, emotional sensitivity…. these are ALL signs of over training. And aside from the injuries part, are all also things that I experience when I’m stressed out, which I may or may not be right now (read: my mother is coming to visit in seven days, my test is in nine, and we are property sitting right now). So sometimes it’s REALLY hard to determine if a workout will help me or hurt me.

 

I was unable to make a class last night. And at first, I was REALLY upset by the prospect of not getting my workout in (sign #1 that I’m addicted). Like, on the verge of a panic because I didn’t get the chance to go to that class last week either (though that was my own personal decision, not out of my control), and I really like that class (OMG I LIKE ALL OF THEM). AND, I didn’t do a whole heck of a lot fitness wise on Sunday. So I was itching to get back to getting my sweat (and socialization with persons over the age of 10) on (sign #2 that I’m addicted). So I started thinking about all the things that I could do this week to make up for missing that class (sign #3 that I’m addicted), and I decided that I would skip taking the kid to Striders this week and put in my miles that I need to be doing because HELLO HALF MARATHON IN OCTOBER (sign #4 that I’m addicted). So…. crisis averted. Good thinking, self. Also, I probably could use a day of rest. Siiiiiiiiiiiiigh.

 

All joking aside, I do have to be very careful. I am still working toward some goals, and am feeling stalled because my body is now USED to going at this rate. Four to five classes a week, two runs a week, and volleyball has been really good for me. It’s kept me sane, and less stressed, and very productive, but MOST important is all the FUN I’ve been having. I am a better mother, and wife, because of the commitment I have made to myself. I need to carefully consider upping my workouts to two-a-days some days, and also need to balance that with resting. Lifting heavier, eating cleaner, but making sure I’m fueling my body properly for running long distances. All while balancing home and soon (hopefully) a career.

 

I have to make sure I’m not over training. I have to make sure that the addiction stays under control. Like any other addiction, it’s important to have balance and control. Because the minute you don’t… it takes over. And while fitness is a good thing, and health is important, there is such a thing as too much. And too much of even a good thing can be dangerous.

 

It’s not going to kill me to miss ONE class this week. I am committed to 9 miles tonight (holy wow, I haven’t gone that far in a while… oops). And workouts the rest of the week… I will begin planning my two-a-days VERY carefully, and making sure WATER is being consumed (I AM SO BAD ABOUT THAT), food is on point, and stress is manageable. I will keep the balance in my home, and in my life, and I will rest… maybe… okay, I WILL REST (guys, it’s so hard). I will have balance and control, and remember WHY I started this whole process.

 

And when I miss a class… I will not eat ice cream. Because it is NOT the end of the world.

 

I didn’t. That was a joke. I WANTED to, but I didn’t.


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Let’s Talk Food!

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a LONG time. But with my test date getting closer (GUYS IT IS IN 21 DAYS), I have been burying my head in books and things to make sure I know my stuff before I sit for this test. I don’t wanna fail. So. There’s that.

 

I am ALWAYS asked what things I am eating now a days. And let me tell you, I have some DOOZIES for you. None of them are my own, all of them are from cookbooks or websites of people who are way better at this Paleo thing than I am. And I wanna talk about Paleo for a second.

 

There are a LOT of haters out there. And that’s okay. Because it’s not for them. And that’s cool. This is how I eat. A LOT of people ask me the following:

 

“What the heck is that awesome looking thing on your Instagram that you were eating for dinner the other day?”

 

or

 

“HEY! YOU! Do you have any recipes I can try?”

 

or

 

“What in the heck are you doing? Starving yourself? What are you eating?”

 

 

So. This is for those people. If you’re not a fan of Paleo food, well, maybe try it anyway? I don’t know, you do you. But the following recipes are DELICIOUS, and even my husband has requested that I make them again… and again… and again. So. I thought I would share (with some Non-Paleo ideas… how nice am I??).

 

 

So I went on kind of a PaleOMG kick for two weeks, and found some AMAZING recipes. There was THIS Brazilian Curry Chicken that you make in the crock pot. It was delicious, and I ate it with brown rice. It reheated nicely, and I will be making it again. So freaking yummy.

 

 

There was This Tequila Cilantro Lime Chicken that I ate by itself one day, and over a salad the next. You know how sometimes you marinade stuff and it doesn’t REALLY taste like the marinade? Yeah, that wasn’t a problem here. It was delicious. You could even make this chicken into chicken tacos if you’re so inclined.

 

 

And then there were THESE Herb Spinach Chicken Burgers which I ate with no bun and over sweet potato fries, and holy crap, ya’ll. They were AMAZING! Super easy, didn’t fall apart, and VERY flavorful. You could even top them with feta or goat cheese, and slap them on a whole wheat bun, and man… that would be delicious.

 

 

But then…. then I came across THE BEST RECIPE EVER: BAHN MI LOADED FRIES, and I died. Because you guys? These are AMAZEBALLS. They’re my new favorite “omg this tastes like junk food, how can this even be Paleo” food. My husband requests them every.single.night. They’re spicy, they’re sweet, and they are INCREDIBLE. Yes, they take a little bit, but that’s only because you have to cut up some sweet potatoes. The meat takes next to no time, and the sriracha mayo is now something I have in my house AT ALL TIMES. I use it on eggs, on salmon cakes, on sweet potatoes, every.freaking.thing. OMGJUMPONTHEPALEOWAGON BUT ONLY FOR THIS RECIPE IF THE REST DON’T SOUND GOOD. Ahem, sorry. I’m VERY passionate about this recipe. She’s a freaking genius. Seriously.

 

 

There is also THESE Cabbage Pizza Rolls that I made, and those were really good as well. They weren’t soggy. And they did, in fact, remind me of my beloved pizza. So. You should try those as well.

 

 

 

I have two new cookbooks that I have been cooking out of as well. And at some point, I will post some recipes from them. One of them is written by Juli Bauer (PaleOMG) and it’s got some amazing stuff in it. Easy, amazing stuff.

 

 

And a note on that: eating whole foods is not easy. It’s time consuming and yes, can be expensive. You have to plan ahead, meal prep, think about what you’re doing for the week so that you’re not spending time in the kitchen when you should be somewhere else. But I promise you, if you take the time at the beginning of the week to meal plan, make a list, and then prep (GET YOUR KIDS INVOLVED)… it does get easier. It doesn’t HAVE to be fancy. Sometimes it’s just whatever is left in your kitchen the day before shopping day. But plan for that! Make sure you have proteins and veggies around to cook in a pinch. Our go-to? Turkey burger patties and sweet potato fries. Easy, quick, and still delicious. We top with avocado, or salsa, or homemade ketchup, or MOST DELICIOUS sriracha mayo. So, yanno, there’s that.

 

 

So. I hope this pointed you all to some new things to try. Like I said, I will try and post some recipes from the cookbooks soon. Back to studying I go!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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