Summer is a time to buck the normal schedules, go with the flow, and have some fun with the kids. A good breakfast is still important. We’ve rounded up some make ahead egg breakfast ideas to make things easier with unpredictable summer schedules.
My favorite tip for saving money on entertaining! You won’t believe what you can get if you go early and check the bakery mark-downs. This is our new favorite money-saving obsession for special occasions, celebrations, trips, and more – and it makes me way more happy than it should!
I’m always searching for easy, make-ahead breakfast ideas. This delicious little cake will have you looking forward to breakfast and ready for your day. Love cake for breakfast with this Pumpkin Sweet Potato Mini Cake!
I’m sharing a tasty recipe that I won’t be eating today because it’s Ash Wednesday, but these Ham Asparagus & Egg White Cups are delicious! They’re also a great way to make a breakfast ahead of time, keep in the fridge or freeze, and have something on hand to grab when you’re short on time in the morning.
This is a way better option than grabbing a protein bar on the go, or *gasp* skipping all together!
I love the idea of adding healthy habits instead of feeling like you need to deprive yourself.
I have the most success and feel like I am in the right track when I focus on adding healthy behaviors. It naturally crowds out the bad habits I may want to fall back on.
So, I put together a list of 25 things we can add to our lives to help us live healthier and not feel deprived.
I’m a complete fan of shrimp for breakfast!
I mean, why not? It’s delicious and there isn’t a much better combination than shrimp, garlic, and eggs. So, when I was trying to figure out what to make for breakfast on Christmas morning I had a eureka moment. I’d combine my egg muffins with my garlicky shrimp and eggs and we would have easy Fancy Mini Shrimp Frittatas.
It was a huge hit!
Whew! The holidays are over and the New Year is beginning!
Does anyone else feel like they just ran a marathon?
I feel like we’ve been running a race since Halloween! We left for Florida the first week of November, I attending a conference in Orlando, we spent a couple weeks helping out my grandparents with a remodel in another part of Florida, returned home on Thanksgiving Day, started the whirlwind of Christmas prep and shopping, had Kohls grant my wellness wish (details coming this week, I promise!) and film the family, hosted Christmas with my husband’s family, and completed all the Christmas festivities with my family and ended with a weekend at the cabin.
Wow! Now wonder!
I do have to give myself a bit of a pat on the back, though. After the craziness of November and the first week or two of December, I did finally remember to take care of myself around Christmas and this past weekend. Here are some things that helped me survive and some that I would like to continue to remember in the New Year.
I got a medal!!!
Before Sunday I had never run more than a 5K… I ran my first 5K last year for the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota, followed by Run or Dye and my second Lupus run. Running on my own I still never even hit 4 miles.
So, why then, did I think I could all of a sudden do a half marathon without one but of training???
When I won the trip to the Biggest Loser Finale from Planet Fitness they offered the entire audience free race eateries for any Biggest Loser Run/Walk.
After a lot of back and forth, I decided to go for the half marathon. Although, after a busy summer with very little running, I realized I would never have a long enough block of time free to train for a half marathon.
I almost considered backing out after not running as much as I had hoped and not planning the trip early enough, but it finally realized that I would regret it.
I kept telling myself, “it’s called the run/walk. You can walk…”
I drove the hour and a half drive out for packet pick up. I loved hearing Bobby Saleem, last year’s runner up, spill all the dirt about the show. Well, he didn’t spill too much, but he was pretty candid and so funny! I was also completely inspired by Jackie Evans who kept talking about her struggle to teach her kids about health and fitness. It really hit home and made me think about my why (a Bobby phrase). I was so happy to be there and know that stealing away for a weekend was for a great reason.
I went back bright and early the next morning, all alone, for my first ever half marathon.
“You can walk, you can walk…”
I started out running when we took off and felt great. I was exstatic at the 4 mile mark because I was keeping up my goal pace and I just passed my longest run ever. I couldn’t believe it when I hit the six mile mark and was still running. I felt like I could go all day!
...and then mile 7 hit. The bathrooms were few and far between so I started to walk more and my legs started getting stiffer and more tired. I walked the rest of the race.
I still finished in a time I was happy with and was SO happy just to finish! The greatest part was when Bobby was announcing and cheering on the runner and looked right at me and said, “great job, Kristin!”
How cool is that!?!
I was out of town and alone for my first half, and Bobby cheering me by name was just what I needed! He is such a great and genuine guy!
It was such a fantastic experience and I’m so glad I did it!
I was sore that day and thought I’d be incredibly sore the next day, but I felt pretty good. I did take the day off from trying to get my Fall Fitness Challenge activity in, but the day before more than made up for it! I also stuck to my warm lemon water each morning without forgetting. I even finally stopped talking about meal prep and spent the day cooking and making up some delicious meals to have on hand when I need them. I made fish, brown rice, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and mushrooms – so good!
Check in with the others participating In the Fall Fitness Challenge:
Nora from Adventures of a Mother-Daughter Running Duo | Kristen K. at Run Away With Me | Ariana at HappyLife.HealthyLife | Brandi at Noteworthy Running | Michelle at Fearless Beauty Fitness | Kathy at MamaMarathoner | Diane at Runnin Rocker | Alicia at NeverEverBeenSkinny
One more thing… I promised a giveaway!
The day after my first half marathon I limped my tired tush down the stairs to wash my stinky running clothes. Luckily I received some WIN sports detergent for review through Sweat Pink.
It did not disappoint! The clothes smelled great! WIN is specially designed to get rid of all the sweat, oil, and odors for athletic clothes. They even offer a fragrance and dye-free green version. After a rough trip through the mail, I got both bottles to try. Thank goodness WIN just redesigned their bottles to handle that kind of abuse!
WIN is offering to send one of my readers two bottles to try as well! You can enter the giveaway below to try your luck!
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I feel like it’s been such a long time since I linked up my Non-Scale Victories with Katie. I guess that’s because I didn’t feel like I had too many victories there for a while…
But my motivation is back and I’m excited again! I can’t lie and say it’s as easy as it was before the holidays… I still am having a huge problem resisting urges for unhealthy snack choices, but I’m doing a lot of things right and will get it together.
I started a DietBet with some of my favorite bloggers, April and Crystal from Two Chics and a Blog and Wendy from A Daily Dose of Del Signore, to build a super supportive group to help each other lose that booty!
We’re aiming to make it a super supportive environment and had our first #LoseYourBooty Twitter party tonight, which was a fun way to talk Heath and Fitness and get some support! All are welcome to mark their calendars and join the Twitter party, and there is still time left to join the bet if anyone wanted too!
With this extra boost to my motivation, I have made some really great changes.
I spent some time last week preparing some meals for the freezer, so I would have so e healthy options to turn to during the weeks ahead. Most of the recipes came from my Biggest Loser cookbook and are all healthier options for our family.
I’ve also taken advantage of an indoor field we have in town to get some runs in. I really wish I had done this more this loooong winter, but it looks like there’s still plenty of time left because we still have snow banks much taller than my kiddos – in fact, I’m pretty sure the one at the end of our driveway is taller than me!
I was really proud if my run on Monday, but RunKeeper was so confused in that done, so I have no idea how I actually did. I know I rant without stopping for just under a half hour and it felt faster than usual. However, Runkeeper was telling me I was at a 5/6 min pace! I’d love to take that, but I average 13 minutes with the stroller. At most, I’d say I may have kept pace for about a 10 minute mile. Either way, it was a great run!
My last non-scale victory for the week: I have learned to love cooked carrots! This recipe for Balsamic Roasted Carrots is amazing! We had some the other night and I actually claimed the leftover for myself, along with some yummy zucchini. I have never been much of a carrot fan. Sure, I love to dip some raw carrots in ranch, but I never ate them cooked. I’m totally converted! These are amazing!
All in all, a pretty good week! What are your non-scale victories?