What to Eat Wednesday- 1 Pan Meal

Hellooooo!

Yep, I missed my Miles Monday post because I didn’t run a single mile last week. Not one. Nor did I do a single crunch, push-up or squat. I took a break to focus on resting my body and mind, in addition to having so much homework throughout the week it wasn’t even funny. But, no worries, I am definitely paying for it. I felt pretty terrible last week as I really do get so much energy and happiness from working out. I also had a horrible ‘first run back’ yesterday, so a full week of rest is certainly not on my radar anytime soon.

So I wanted to share one of my favorite recipes with you today! I am a huge fan of meals that take zero prep and time. I also love meals that require very little clean up. Therefore, this dish is absolutely perfect for me. Here’s a picture to keep your interest:

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Yep, steam and all.

I take 1lb of ground beef and cook it in a pan with 1/2 of an onion and garlic powder to taste. Once the burger is almost done, I add mushrooms and broccoli (chopped up into smaller pieces).

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Once the veggies are cooked, I add about 1/2 of a cup of salsa. This really takes it to the next level, so don’t skip this step!

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Once the veggies are cooked, I add a mountain of spinach.

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Okay, so I lied because I also cook a pot of brown rice at the same time, so it’s a two pan meal. Spoon the ground beef and veggie mix over brown rice and enjoy!

It’s such an easy meal and you can really tailor it to whatever veggies and meat that you want. You can sub ground beef for ground turkey or quinoa for rice, get crazy with your bad self!

It’s even better when you eat it on the living room floor while watching The Bachelor. These b’s are straight crazy this season. It’s like watching a train wreck and I just can’t look away.

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Only one rule for the meal: If you try it you have to let me know how you like it!!

Bon appétit!

5 Favorites Friday- Comfort for the Win

It’s Friday!! That means it’s almost the weekend AND you get to see my 5 Friday favorites! Aren’t you lucky!

Last week I showed you my picks for my 5 favorite running related gear. When I’m not running I’m either working, in class or studying. I know, it’s a very thrilling life ;). As soon as I finish a long run on the weekend I (reluctantly) shower and change into sweats as quickly as possible. I love comfortable clothes. I even have ‘nice’ sweatpants, which I will argue are acceptable for running errands and just generally going out in public. Bear will argue otherwise (rude!). Either way, I pretty much live in them when I’m not at work or school. I consider myself an expert of comfort, so here are some of my favorites:

1- Albion Fit Summit Leggings

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These leggings are a recent addition and I love them because they’re the perfect mix of fashion and comfort. I’ve worn them with a long tunic and boots and then as pajamas.

2. TBV Apparel Oh Kale Yes! Shirt

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I love this shirt not only because it feeds my love of kale, but it is so comfy and loose. I can’t stand tight shirts, so this one is perfect.

3. Cabela’s Short Toe Moccasin

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A friend bought me these for Christmas and they are so comfy, soft and incredibly warm. Like, feet sweat warm.

4. Threshold Microplush Blanket

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We got this blanket as a wedding shower gift and I probably have used it every day for 3 1/2 years. It’s amazing. I got the king size so it’s extra long and actually covers my legs!

5. Victoria’s Secret PINK Tee

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Again, I’m not one for tight tees, so these are great. They’re comfy and can be worn around the house or dressed up with a scarf and jeans to run errands.

There you have it. My 5 comfy favorites. Because, who are we kidding, real pants suck. 😉

Happy Friday!

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What to Eat Wednesday- Raw Veggie Challenge

So I’d like to devote Wednesdays to be about all things food related. I like to experiment with new recipes when I have time, so I’ll share those along the way.

I do not love veggies. True story. I can eat carrots and cucumbers all day long, but I gag thinking about raw broccoli (even though I LOVE it cooked) and have hated tomatoes all my life. I know that I NEED to start incorporating more veggies into my daily meal plans, so I’ve decided to challenge myself for the month of February. I’m hoping that this will help me learn to like some of the things that I hate. Hoping. I have a large Tupperware container that I plan to fill with veggies each morning and my goal is to finish it by the end of the day. Easy enough, right? Well, I started on Sunday and literally gagged after eating a cherry tomato. I would rather have challenged myself to run 100 miles a day because that seems much less torturous to me.

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Wish me luck, because this isn’t going to be pretty!

Have a great day & go eat your veggies!

Weekly Recap & Miles Monday #2

Hey there!
Well, the weekend came and went in the blink of an eye and it’s Monday AND February.

Last week was OK workout-wise, but this weather is really starting to mess with my motivation!

Monday- TIU workout
Tuesday- 5 mile run
Wednesday- TIU workout
Thursday- OFF
Friday- 2.5 mile run
Saturday- OFF

My Friday run didn’t go as planned AT ALL. I ate a huge lunch, which I didn’t let settle, and had a stabbing pain while I was running. It wasn’t good and I’m lucky I even made it as far as I did. =\ Oh well, lesson learned there!

I am SO excited because I finally mustered up the courage to sign up for the two fall races that I’ve been eyeing for the spring. I’m not sure where the motivation came from, but I took a leap and am so excited and nervous and about a million other emotions!

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I will be running the Gazelle Girl 1/2 marathon on April 19 and the 5/3 Riverbank Run 25K on May 9. Let’s just take a second to think about this. A 25K. As in 15.5 miles. As in my longest run to date. Eek! I think it will tell me whether or not I have it in me to run another 9 miles for a marathon in the fall (after a LOTTTTTTT of training). If I complete both races I get a double down medal (bottom picture) in addition to the other two finisher medals. Gotta love the race bling!

I love running and I really love pushing myself and challenging myself to reach my full potential. I cannot wait to start training! It’s not always easy but it is so worth it.

I hope you have an amazing Monday!