Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Coming Down from the Fever

So, the Law Day 5K is over and so is my April 5K Challenge! Here are the results:

The April 5K Challenge


The Goals:

- Get down to 220's
- Develop and abide by meal plans
- Develop and abide by exercise plans

The Deadline:

- April 27, 2013 (Law Day 5K)

The Terms and Conditions:

- Weigh-in's were to be every Sunday morning
- Dinner plans were to be posted for each week
- Exercise plans were to be posted for each week


The Results:

Start Weight: 235.4 lbs.
End Weight: 233.8 lbs.
Total Loss: 1.6 lbs.

Although I didn't reach my weight-loss goal for the April 5K Challenge, I have come to realize that I did lose some inches! My clothes are fitting better! Maybe the lack of weight loss is because I built such awesome muscles in my legs from training for the 5K. Or, it could be from all of the food I was eating, such as pizza and ice cream. Eh... it's got to be the muscles, yeah, I'm going with the muscles are to blame.

To me, the April 5K Challenge was a success. It wasn't about the weight loss as much as it was to get me ready for the 5K Race. As for the 5K Race, I rocked it! Mission complete! I beat ALL of my race goals! You can read more about the race by following this link: http://www.goaloflosing.com/2013/04/5k-fever.html

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It's the week after my 5K race and you may be thinking, what is there possibly left to do now that it's over? Well, since I had a bad case of the 5K fever, I signed myself up for another race (and another)! So, the answer to your question, my friends, is that I will train and train some more. My next 5K race is May 25th. That's only three weeks away! (What was I thinking?)

I am coming down from the 5K fever and I am starting to wonder if I will ever beat my personal record from this weekend. A 45-minute 5K is not something I even thought I was ready for, and I did it! One of the first things I thought of after the race was, "Well, I'm never going to beat that time!" Now, I've got to prove myself wrong (or keep signing up for 5K's until I do).

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For those of you who aren't so much in to running but are in to food, the rest of this post is for you.


Monday night's dinner was fantastic. I have been eating leftovers for days and I can't get enough! Oh pasta, how I have missed you!


As the recipe requires, I made sure to put an entire bag of spinach in this meal, even if it did take a couple tries to get the lid on.


This is a super simple recipe that is vegetarian and fairly healthy for you without losing that "yum" factor!


Skillet White Beans with Spinach and Tomatoes over Linguine. Perfection!

Serves 6
Nutrition per serving: 320 calories; 5 fat; 55 carbs; 13 protein

Ingredients

2 tsp olive oil
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
2 cans diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano (do not drain)
1 can any white beans 

1 package freshs spinach
6 cups cooked linguine
6 Tablespoons Romano or Parmesan cheese (grated)


Directions

1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet.
2. In a separate pan start boiling water for linguine and get linguine cooked while you continue.
3. Add garlic, saute for a minute or so.
4. Add tomatoes and beans and bring to a boil.
5. Cover with spinach, top with lid, reduce heat to low and simmer about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.
6. Spoon tomato/beans/spinach mixture over linguine and sprinkle with cheese.


This makes 6 servings. 1 cup of pasta, 1 cup of sauce and 1 tablespoon of cheese per serving.

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