Coo Coo for Coconut: A Recipe!

What do I love more than Sundays?

Sunday morning Breakfast of course! It’s usually the day of the week that I have more time to spend cooking up a yummy, quality breakfast, and today I tried these super yummy Coconut Panacakes! I found the recipe in the Weight Watchers, “Love it, Eat it, Cook it!” Cook Book.

At 7 pts per serving (with 3 pancakes per serving) It’s felt like a lot of pancake happiness on my plate! They are very light, sweet, and probably my new go-to gluten free pancake recipe!

I decided to be a bit creative and added dried coconut to the recipe to make it a little more special. I enjoyed the addition, but you can totally remove it, and still have an awesome stack for breakfast.

Enjoy!

Coconut Pancakes

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I haven’t quite mastered the golden brown pancake yet… It’s a work in progress!

7 PointsPlus Value
Prep time:5 min
Cook time: 7 min
Serves: 4 (3 pancakes per serving)
love it cook it eat it WW cookbook page 52

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup(s) coconut flour   
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder   
  •   4 item(s) egg(s)   
  •   1 cup(s) fat free skim milk   
  • 1/4 cup(s) packed light brown sugar   
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract   
  • 1 tsp coconut oil   
  • 1/4 cup(s) sweetened coconut flakes   

Instructions

  • 1.) Whisk together coconut flour, baking powder, and salt in small bowl. Whisk together eggs, milk, brown sugar, vanilla, & 1 tablespoon coconut oil in medium bowl. Whisk in flour mixture. Let batter set 5 minutes to thicken.
  • 2.) heat heavy skillet or griddle over medium heat. Brush with remaining coconut oil. working in batches, pour pancake batter by scant 1/4 cupfuls in pan. Cook until pancakes are very brown on the bottoms and tops begin to set, about 4 minutes. Flip pancakes and cook until other side is browned, 2 to 3 minutes more; pancakes will be difficult to flip if tops aren’t firm, so don’t rush. Lower heat it pancakes brown too quickly and brush pan with more oil between batches as necessary.
  • 3.) Top these delicious gluten-free pancakes with your favorite fruit: fresh berries, sweet sliced bananas, or diced peaches are ideal. If you’re trying to avoid gluten in your diet, remember to check that your baking powder is gluten-free some product may contain small amounts of wheat starch.

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Summer Freeze…I Mean Breeze.

This summer has been a pretty hot one so far, but I live in a pretty awesome place with a great climate…(which I am going to miss greatly in a few months.) So yesterday when I headed out to Brazen Racing’s Summer Breeze, I was pleasantly greeted with overcast skies and a lovely breeze blowing in from the bay side trail. Summer Breeze is one of my favorite summer races because of this. This race is unofficially named “Summer Freeze” because it’s usually pretty cool in temps even though it’s always in August!

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This is another race I went to solo, now that I’ve done it a few times it’s getting a little easier, but I still miss having someone with me. But it wasn’t long before I found a few friends to chat with before the race started. We were all excited because this race would host Brazen’s 100,000th finisher! For a small race company, this was a huge deal. We each had kind of hoped it would be one of us to win this awesome title, because it came with 10 free race entries! Unfortunately no one I knew won, but to the kid that did – I hope he really enjoys it.

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Before I knew it, the 10k was starting, and I was in the corral still going back and fourth as to if I should run 10, or quickly change to the 5k. I wasn’t in the mood to run any distance! But I sucked it up and told myself I needed to stick with the 10k. I didn’t have a plan as far as how I was going to tackle the seemingly too-long-distance. When the horn blew, I just decided to take it easy like last week and go at a slower pace, because it was a longer distance, I chose to take 1/10 of a mile walk breaks after every full mile.

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For some reason this completely pancake flat course felt harder to run then last weeks hilly Bad Bass course. It was humid, and there was a lot of wind from every direction, so that may have made it feel harder. (even though I enjoyed the nice air conditioning!) But after a bit of time, I kind of fell into my rhythm and just enjoyed the course. It took me a long of positive self talk and motivation to keep the pace going, but I figured the positive thoughts I kept having to repeat in my head with each step was probably good for me.

Every race I have run on the course, I have PR’d at. I knew that wouldn’t happen this year – but I was pleasantly surprised to see that I was only about 9 minutes off of my fastest time on that course. Considering I had to slow down purposely, but that I was able to run almost all of the 6.25 miles really made me happy. It felt good to know that I was able to run the distance at a 12 minute pace, and run for the amount of time I did – It’s essentially the longest distance I’ve run consecutively with the shortest amount of walking breaks! I consider this another milestone. So, even though the PR wasn’t officially on the clock – it still felt like one inside!

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After I crossed the finish line, I happily grabbed myself a super sundae ice cream bar and headed home.

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My next race is at the end of August and its a 5k, so I am looking forward to it.

Lessons in Love.

Sundays.

Everyone knows by now that I love Sundays. It’s usually the day I have all to myself, the least busy, the last day off before another work week begins. As of late – it’s also my weigh in day at Weight Watchers. It’s kind of like, my clean slate day…

Today’s weigh in, just like the last 3 weeks, resulted in another gain. It was small, but the small adds up over time. I am not in the dark as to why this is happening. I am perfectly and well aware that it is a culmination of my lack of motivation, non-existent activity levels, and over indulgence in all things food.

wpid-f91f991bd131926918693d78ae9f379e.jpgI am going to throw in the fact that my stress levels have been extremely high, and although it really isn’t a good excuse – it has really taken it’s toll in all aspects mentioned above.

My vacation this last week really dd help in lowering my stress levels over all, but it did not help my diet or exercise. Vacationing is fun, but it usually means that all dietary rules go out the window. I think what made it worse this time around, was that instead of going out to eat (which is already hard, but seems a bit more controllable…) we stayed with family…namely parents – and were pretty much at the mercy of whatever they made for us. Everyone loves good ol’ home cooking, and it usually means more than one helping of moms meatloaf or dads fried chicken and mashed potataoes…AmIrite?!

To make it worse, we usually opted for a nap after hanging with our families, and didn’t make it out for any walks.

Although I wouldn’t take any of it back, I did cringe a little when I saw the number on the scale this morning. I went through the same ‘ol song and dance in my head – getting mad at myself for all of my poor choices, and for being so darned lazy. Coincidentally today’s Weight Watchers meeting was about self love. I am great when it comes to showing my love towards others, but am actually horrible when it comes to being just as good to myself.

Weird, huh?

So, this blog post is basically just a reminder that it’s important to really love, care for and respect yourself – in the same ways you do others. I mean seriously, think about the things you tell yourself when your not so excited about the way something looks like in the dressing room. Would you ever tell the things you tell yourself, to your best friend?

Most likely…no.

I think if I was more positive in my thinking, it may turn into motivation to keep on track.

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So, this morning I had to think about all the negative thoughts, and then replace them with positive ones. Also. I am really wiping my slate clean this week. All the bad food, and poor choices I made the last 3 are done and gone. All I need to do is focus on this coming week. I will take it one meal at a time, and I will do my best to make the right decisions. I took appropriate steps when I got home from my trip.  I went shopping and bought healthier foods. I also went through cookbooks, and picked out a few new recipes. Yes, this is similar (if not the same) to all the other times I attempted to restart my healthy lifestyle. But, I think it’s important to remember that it is much better to keep starting over than it is to give up.

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A Short Get Away!

Part of the reason I haven’t really posted much this last week, is because I was away for a short vacation. This pretty much meant that I did nothing active, with the exception of a short run the Sunday prior to leaving. It was extremely sweaty, and far from easy! But I was actually surprised by my pace, considering I have been so lazy the last few weeks.

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Last Sunday afternoon my boyfriend and I left for a trip up to the more Northern areas of California to spend a few days away from the hustle and bustle of the SF bay area. Starting in a Small town north of Truckee, we stayed with my parents and enjoyed the mountain scenery, water, and air.

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it was nice because we went with the intention of making no, or very loose plans. We started our trip with a detour to Reno, and has sushi at the Atlantis Hotel/Casino.

wpid-imag8508.jpgI was slightly disappointed because I had heard so many good reviews about this place. Although the sushi wasn’t bad, I wasn’t all that impressed. The pieces were skimpy on the fish, and heavy on the rice. Living where I do, this is not the norm. But oh well, It was all you can eat, so I guess that made up for it. We did gamble a bit afterwards, but I don’t think I need to tell you that I didn’t walk away with any grand jackpots or anything. It was still fun though!

After getting back to our cabin, we drove around the lake, and although it had more water than I had expected – it was sad to see how low it’s gotten. The California drought is real folks, and it’s scary!

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The following day, I took it back old school and went target shooting with my Mom and Dad. For some reason, my aim was really off – but I still managed to hit a few bullseyes!

We then headed to our next destination, which was Chester, Ca and Lake Almanor. In Chester we enjoyed old fashioned milkshakes an old fashioned soda fountain.

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I had a peppermint milkshake. Not only was it super pink, but it was delish! And also, so huge that I couldn’t even finish it! We continued on our way along the feather river, headed over to see visit his family. It’s Salmon season here, so they released all the fish from the hatchery.

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We also went to a wild life rehabilitation center. And I learned that this is how bears sleep…

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I also learned, that they do in fact snore.

The next day we went to Lake Oroville to go fishing. If any lake has shown signs of the drought, its this one. It is literally dropping 8 inches per day. There is only one boat ramp open because its just too low to warrant the others.

The water usually goes just below this bridge...

The water usually goes just below this bridge…

We went fishing, and actually caught a fish! It was a kehoe salmon weighing in a 3.12 lbs! wpid-imag8553.jpg

I love being on the water in a boat. It’s one of my favorite childhood past times, and always makes for a good day.

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I had a great vacation, I was able to disconnect from everything stressful here and just enjoy the time spent on relaxing things. We even had time to take a few naps, which was awesome!

Although the vacation felt a little too short, I was super thankful to be able to spend the time with my loved ones. Now…I have to try my best to get back on track with my diet and exercise! Hopefully the quick reset to refresh, will help with that.

It’s All About That Bass…

One of my absolute favorite Brazen Racing Races is the Bad Bass Trails Run held every July. Not only is it held at my absolute favorite park, but it’s a bit sentimental to me. Bad Bass is the first ever Brazen Race I participated in way back on July 11th 2011.

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Pulled from the archives! Bad Bass 2011.

I remember that day, and how blown away I was by all things Brazen! The courses, the aid stations, the post race buffet, and of course the It’s-It’s! But most of all, the amazing race directors and fellow runners that make up the Brazen Family. I’ve participated in every one of the bag piping, fish chasing, Scottish themed races since 2011, with the exception of 1 and plan to continue with it.

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Back to the present… yesterdays start line!

The difference with yesterday’s race, is that it’s the first time in all the years that I went to it by myself. In all the years past, I had my main running buddy with me, as well as friends who joined in on the fun. Unfortunately over the years my running circle has both grown, and shrunk! Being a Brazen Streaker, I met many new people, so anytime I go to a Brazen race, I run into someone and never feel completely alone. But my close running group has pretty much dissipated into nothing. My cousin stopped running a few years ago and admitted that it was never really her thing. (Although truth be told, I really feel like she could have excelled as a runner if she hadn’t stopped running once she met her current boyfriend…) My sister kind of fell out of love with the sport after streaking last year.

(Insert super sad face here.)

Admittedly doing just shy of 30 races in one year does cause major burnout, on top  of that she has been busy with other adult life things like buying a home and stuff. Hopefully soon, she will be running again once she gets settled into her new town/home. My friend had her first baby last year and has to adjust to her new life as a mommy. She does make it out with her daughter and the baby jogger on weekends, but races are just a bit too early still! Another friend is super busy with her kids baseball and soccer schedules, and lastly another friend is currently packing up all her things and preparing to move all the way to Oregon!

(Insert another super sad face here.)

Even my life is getting ready for some big changes in the next few months, but I am confident that i can continue running with Brazen and on weekends with the group.

Anyway, back to the recap: It’s kind of funny, because it seems like every time I run this race, the night before is a rough one. This year wasn’t any different. I ended up with a migraine that hurt so much, I couldn’t even lay down. I ended up staying awake until 3am feeling miserable! When my alarm went off at 5:30am, I actually felt a little better, but was looking forward to my post race nap,  more than my race itself.

I got to the park, and was surprised at how many people have caught on to the fact that you have to arrive super early to get the best parking. Luckily I still found great parking. I went through the packet pick up routine that Brazen makes so incredibly easy, and then waited to find other friends that were running, which didn’t take too long.

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Brazen friends, photo courtesy of Brazens Photo albums.

All my friends were running the 10k or half. I chose to stick with the 5k because the course is pretty hilly, and the 10k course ends up on trail with a hill that is pretty much a mile of UP. My foot still doesn’t handle hills well, and I just didn’t think it would be the best thing to do right now. After my migraine from hell…the 5k was a blessing.

I saw my friends off at their races, listened to the bag pipes and set off for my own race. In my hast to get out the door on time, I forgot my Garmin, which meant I couldn’t use the timed run/walk feature that I have been using. I decided, since I was at my favorite place and running along the paved part of the trail (the uneven terrain of dirt trails causes more movement in my foot that causes pain these days) I would just run a long at a leisurely pace, until I had pain or couldn’t breathe – whichever came first.

I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed my run yesterday from start to finish. The weather was absolutely perfect, cloudy, overcast, and cool! I found a good place on the trail that didn’t feel too crowded. And best of all, I just ran for the fun of it! I didn’t feel any pressure (from myself!) Everything felt good, even though there were a few times I apparently forgot how to breathe. I just went with it, and I was able to run the entire course, which happened to be 3.35 miles as opposed to the normal 3.10 distance!

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I came in with a time just over 39 minutes. This was incredible because it was the farthest distance/time that I was able to continuously run without pain since my injury happened. Even more awesome, was that I was running on pavement – and not the cushion of a treadmill! When I made it to the finish, I had a feeling similar to the one I experienced the very first time I crossed a finished line. Pride, gratitude and amazement for what my body allowed me to accomplish. I didn’t PR. I didn’t even beat my old Bad Bass times – and it didn’t even matter! It still felt like the best race to date!

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I happily picked up my medal and promptly went home so I could take my post race nap, which ended up being 2 hours long. I totally felt like I had earned it though. I have another Brazen run next week, and I am looking forward to it, since it’s on a completely flat course!

Recipe Time!

Happy Sunday lovelies! I hope you are well and enjoying your day. I am sitting here trying to soak up the last day of my vacation, and also trying to catch up on all my blog posts! I decided to share this recipe for Mango Lime Coucous because a friend asked for it, and I got some pretty good reviews from those who tried it when I made it. This isn’t gluten free, unless you can find the gluten free version of coucous which is made from corn maze!
Also pictured below is Citrus Ginger Chicken which is gluten free and super delish! They actually paired well together.
Happy Eating!

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Mango Lime Coucous

Prep time: 15 Min
Cook time: 5 min
Serves: 6
WW Points Plus Cookbook page 242

Ingredients

  •   1 cup(s) cooked whole wheat couscous   
  •   2 cup(s) reduced sodium vegetable broth   
  • 3/4 tsp table salt   
  •   1 item(s) mango(es) or 1 can Dole Diced mangoes in light sauce, drained and rinsed. 
  •   1/4 cup(s) sweet red bell pepper(s)  chopped
  •   1/4 cup(s) (chopped) uncooked red onion(s)   
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro finely chopped  
  •   1 small jalapeño pepper(s) diced
  • 2 tsp olive oil   
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice   
  • 1/2 tsp lime zest   

Instructions

  • 1.) Bring broth to boil in medium saucepan. Add couscous and salt, cover, and remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes, then fluff with fork.
  • 2.) transfer couscous to large bowl; stir in mango, bell pepper, onion, cilantro, jalapeno, oil, and lime zest and juice.
  • 3.) to make the couscous more colorful – and for added crunch – add 1/4 cup of chopped green or yellow bell pepper.

Citrus Ginger Chicken

Prep time:15
Cook time:15
Serves: 4
The healthy gluten free life page 112

Ingredients

  •   4, 4 oz uncooked boneless skinless chicken breasts   
  • 1/2 cup(s) fresh orange juice   
  • 1/3 cup(s) fresh lemon juice   
  • 1 Tbsp honey   
  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger root   
  • 2 (medium) garlic clove(s)   
  • 1 tsp black pepper   
  • 1/2 cup(s) fat free chicken broth   
  • 1 tsp Mustard, Classic Yellow   
  • 1 tbsp San-J Soy Sauce, Tamari, Organic, Gluten Free   

Instructions

  • 1.) heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and brown on both sides.
  • 2.) in a medium bowl, whisk together sauce ingredients. 3.) Add sauce to the pan, making sure to scrape the pan and get all of the yumminess off the bottom! Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Turn chicken once during cooking and baste with sauce occasionally.
  • 4.) remove lid during the last 5 minutes of cooking to help thicken the sauce a bit.
  • Options:
  • 1.) for a Make-Ahead meals, in a large zip top bag combine sauce ingredients.
  • 2.) add chicken breasts to the sauce bag and seal.
  • 3.) freeze until needed.
  • 4.) To use, thraw in fridge overnight, place in a glass baking dish, and bake in a 375 degree oven for about 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through base chicken with sauce a few times while baking.

Another not so great week(s).

Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.

Marie Lu

The last three weeks have been catastrophic when it comes to healthy eating, exercise and general focus. I haven’t been able to pinpoint what is causing me to mentally derail in so many areas at once. Not feeling well might have a lot to do with it, but I still think even if I am not up to working out, I should be able to stick with a better diet and not sabatoge myself with extremely poor choices.

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I know my weigh in tomorrow is going to be a non-victory-type.

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In keeping with my goal of trying to find the positives even in not-so-good situations, I had to really look at this one. The only real positive I could find was that…I can start all over again this coming week. With Sunday being my weigh in day, it wipes the slate clean. All my point values with WW drops to zero ready for me to begin a new week, so that’s exactly what I am going to do.

I will forgive myself for what was last week (and if i’m being honest with myself, the 2 weeks before too) and just start anew. I am hoping that making better food choices will help me feel better overall, since I haven’t been feeling well in general. It might help increase my energy levels so that I can do something besides lay on the couch and look at Pinterest, Facebook, or Instagram.

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It’s going to be difficult though, because I am going on a mini vacation…but fingers crossed it does me some good.

A Dirty Saturday.

Well…I must report that this last week, was much like the week before. With the exception of an intense Nike Training club workout (that caused an asthma attack…) on Monday, I did nothing.

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A whole cheesecake.

And that wasn’t even the worst of it.

I don’t want to talk about it though… What I do want to talk about, is the Brazen Race I ran today.

photo from Brazens photo page.

photo from Brazens photo albums

Today was Brazen Racing’s Dirty Dozen 6 and 12 hour endurance races. During which they simultaneously host the Dirty 5k and 10k twice (during the longest day of running ever) for those of us that aren’t feeling all endurancey. The course is the same for all the races, a 3.37 mile loop around Point Pinole Regional Park. Loop courses are my least favorite, mostly because seeing the same views more than once can get very…annoying. This park is a pretty one, with bay views, eucalyptus groves, and dirt trails. It does have a few hills, but they are not that bad and few and far between.

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also from Brazens Photo Albums

What I like/dislike about this race is the start time. Both the 5k and 10k start together while the 6/12 hour races are going. The Morning races start at 10:30 am and the evening races start at 4:30 pm. I like it, because I have been incredibly lazy lately and getting out of bed early these days feels impossible. I dislike it because running at 10k at 10:30am in July in California is ALWAYS hot. Even with the constant bay breeze and tree lined trails – there are spots on the course that are HOT and uncomfortable.

But Brazen makes up for that by offering all runners free BBQ at this race. It’s pretty fantastic.

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I originally signed up for the 10k a few months ago, with the hopes that I would be a bit further along in my road to recovery. But when I woke up this morning a 10k felt like 9.5k too many. I went to this race solo, so I knew that it would automatically feel longer because I had no one to chat with along the way. As I drove to the race, I had many conversations in my head about what I should do today. I told myself I should do the 10k since the week had gone so poorly. Then I told myself I should do the 5k…because the week had gone so poorly. You can just imagine how the rest of the inner-conversations went. I was still completely undecided on the distance at the start of the race! I did intervals to be safe (running 2:30 minutes and walking 3 minutes.) My foot felt okay…the rest of me did not. It was honestly a miserable run…my lower back and hips ached badly, I was tired, my lungs still hurt, by mile 4 I was chaffing (in a major way!) due to the new running skirt I was wearing, I was sunburnt, had a blister from my inserts, a cut on my ankle and a headache that made me want to vomit.

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burnt…see all my tan lines from different running tanks?

When I got through the first loop, I contemplated running through the finish and straight to the race directors to tell them to change my distance. There was a course monitor at the 10k split who foiled my devious plan at the last possible second! He directed me towards the shoot all sly like (not really, he was just, you know – monitoring the course) to start my second loop…I looked at the shoot, I looked at the finish, I looked at the shoot…and headed in that direction.

Decision Made.

6.74 miles and an hour and 40 minutes later (insert eye roll and groan here…I miss my old 10k times!) I was honestly thankful when the run was done.

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6.74 miles is the longest distance I’ve gone since I started running again, and although I stayed with the smaller running intervals – I was thankful that my foot did so well. Running on trails is a lot harder now. The uneven terrain, although softer then road running, is actually a lot more work for my foot to navigate. But today, my foot did exceptionally well. Over all, even with the not-so-fun parts (hello chaffed thighs) I had a great time as always. Being out on the trails with the friends I have made through running with brazen makes up for a crappy week every time!

It was a dirty day – but so fun.

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Trail Running = the new sunless tanning solution.

Recipe time!

I haven’t posted nearly as many recipes this month as I did in June. I am still cooking at home, and trying new things – but I admit I have to go through my cook books and find some new things to try! Have no fear fellow bloggers and readers, because here’s one that I tried this week. I’m a true fan of turkey burgers. They are a healthier alternative to beef, super easy to cook, and seem to really take on flavors well when combined with spices and things. With these, I savored the intense flavor of the garam masala and the way the cool yogurt blend balanced with it. The crunch of the cabbage, combined with the cucumber and tomato was a refreshing finish!

I am sorry, but I do not have photos to share of this recipe. I’ve been lazy and haven’t taken any.

#bloggerfail.

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Unfortunately, this recipe is not gluten free. I haven’t found a gluten free pita pocket yet, but I think It would work well with a gluten free bun, or even wrapped in lettuce.

Indian Spiced Turkey Burgers

PointsPlus Value
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Serves: 4
WW Points Plus cookbook page 56

Ingredients

  •   2 cup(s) shredded uncooked napa cabbage   
  •   2 medium uncooked scallion(s), chopped   
  •   1/2 cup(s) fat-free plain Greek yogurt   
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice   
  • 1/2 tsp table salt   
  •   1 pound(s) cooked 99% fat-free ground turkey breast   
  • 1 tsp garam masala   
  • 1/4 tsp table salt
  • 4 item(s) whole wheat pita(s)   
  • 1 cloves Garlic Cloves   

Instructions

  • 1. Stir together cabbage, scallions, yogurt, lime juice, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt in large bowl.
  • 2. Combine turkey, garam masala, garlic, and remainng 1/4 teaspoon salt in medium bowl, mixing just until combined. With damp hands, shape mixture into 4 (1/2 inch-thick) patties.
  • 3. Spray large nonstick skillet with non-stick spray and set over medium-high heat. Add patties and cook until instant read thermometer reads 165 degrees F. 6-7 minutes on each side.
  • 4. Cut top third off each pita and discard. Stuff each pita evenly with burgers and cabbage mixture.
  • 5. Stuff the pitas with sliced cucumbers and tomatoes along with the cabage mixture and sprinkle with paprika.

This Could Be A very Negative Post…

Confession time.

Last week sucked. Like...really sucked.

I am not sure what happened, but I hit the proverbial wall – and HARD.

On Monday I woke up and just felt like sh*t. During my run on Sunday my chest really hurt, but since I do have asthma, I attributed it to that. Until Monday morning when I woke up and my chest hurt a lot, along with everything else! I had no energy at all, my nose was a little stuffy and all of that combined was enough for me to call in sick. I don’t do that very often, but I am glad I did because I pretty much slept all day. Little did I know, that kind of set the tone for the week. With the exception of a slow 2.5 walk Monday night, I did absolutely nothing all week. Everything was such a struggle!

Work was a struggle, Food was a struggle. Being active was non-existent.

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The entire week, I just felt blah. I should probably add a pinch of guilt to my Blah too.

Blah, and guilty, and irritated with my decisions.

Ya…that was my week in a nutshell.

Yesterday I woke up and still felt completely unmotivated. I stayed in bed way too long, which ultimately threw off my entire day.

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After finally getting up, It took me another 2 hours to get myself out of the house. I was determined to try and turn my “off” week around by going for a run. But, I had to argue with myself, because instead of getting excited about going, I actually felt dread. I finally made it to the gym, and even then I still felt major hesitation. To my surprise, the first mile was actually easy. I enjoyed the music on my play list, and just kind of got lost in my run. It was nice, and the plus side was my chest felt a little better. After my run, I felt well enough to go to the pool party I was invited too.  I am glad I did, because I had fun and got to see people I haven’t seen in a while. It was a nice way to celebrate the 4th of July.

Today was my weigh in day at Weight Watchers, and I was actually a little scared to weigh myself. I even thought about skipping my weigh in all together. I knew that my poor food (and excessive wine) intake would most likely reflect on the scale.

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I normally go to the earliest morning meeting, but today I overslept. When I finally got up, I decided it would be better to go to the gym first then go to my meeting. Once again, It took me everything I had in me to get myself out of the house. My run wasn’t that great, in fact – it pretty much sucked. I was tired, and mentally  just not into it. My legs felt like lead, and I wanted it to be over. The first mile (unlike yesterday) seemed to take forever to reach! But, after everything I’ve gone through this last year, I try to remind myself that even the bad runs are good in their own special way. I only had enough time to run for 35 minutes, but I tried to make the best of it and was happy to at least fit in 5k plus some.

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This last week just felt overwhelming negative, so I am going to end this post with a few positive things:

  • I made it to my meeting, and to the dreaded weigh in. Thankfully I did end up losing 8/10th’s of a pound. It’s a small amount, but it’s better than going in the opposite direction.
  • This is my 5th consecutive week of loosing weight.
  • When getting ready for the pool party, I tried on multiple swim suits. I was able to fit into a Billabong bikini that I have had for at least 3 years. It never really fit before, so this is a pleasant surprise.
  • Even though i had a bad week when it came to food choices, ultimately, I only ate out one time the entire week – and when I did go out I actually planned my meal, and stuck to it.
  • I was able to run two days in a row, each day pushing myself a little harder than I have in a long time. And each day running for longer segments then I have done in a long time, and my foot/ankle is surprisingly – okay.
  • Today’s run, even though it felt off – was actually the fastest average per mile pace I’ve had in a long time at 11 minutes. (See – find the good with the bad.)

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Hopefully I can turn this next week around.