Friday, April 18, 2014

Austin 10/20: A "Healthy" Bachelorette Option

Last weekend was a bit of a whirlwind for me. My BFF and Maid of Honor, Lindie, flew in to San Antonio on Thursday night and then Friday night we went out on the town to celebrate my bachelorette party! It was so much fun and I just love all my girls who came out and partied with us! :)
Down on the Riverwalk before dinner at the Legendary Dick's Last Resort

A trip downtown isn't complete without a photo in front of the Alamo!
So after all of that fun...Saturday was a bit ummm rough? Mainly we were just tired, but we drove our tired selves up to Austin anyway to prepare for the Austin 10/20 race on Sunday. We stopped by the pathetic small race expo and then checked in to the hotel. I had forgotten to pack my swimsuit (Erik should not be surprised by this as he's always reminding me and I'm always forgetting!) so a quick trip to Macy's later we were ready to relax by the pool and loosen up in the hot tub. Only, the pool was cold and filled with kids (ugh, I know, how dare they!) and the hot tub was not at all hot. In fact, it was very cold. So basically, I bought a new swimsuit to lay in the sun for about 30 minutes, ha! But whatevs, it's still really cute and I'm sure I'll get lots of use out of it this summer. Floating down the river anyone??????

After what seemed like the longest day ever, Lindie and turned in at a respectable 8:30pm on Saturday night. The next morning though, I woke up feeling completely refreshed and full of (nervous) energy! It was my second time doing the Austin 10/20 and I was really hoping for a new PR. However, I had a bit of a mishap the previous Tuesday while playing flag football. And by mishap, I mean some b**** "accidentally" tackled me and I twisted my foot mid-tackle. Additionally, Lindie had banged her knee up about a week prior to race day so we were both feeling a little apprehensive about running 10 miles.

When Lindie and I did our first race together, Diva Dash, I made us the cutest shirts so obviously for bachelorette weekend we had to have fun shirts again!
Our shirts were a big hit, again!
We received quite a few compliments and thumbs-ups during the race and even saw a Bride and Mother of the Bride combo too. One lady commended us on choosing such a healthy way to celebreate a bachelorette party. Ha! I'm pretty sure fried alligator and vodka-cranberries from Friday night weren't all that healthy, but I get it. Most people's idea of a fun bachelorette weekend does not include running 10 miles. I actually got the idea from my sister-in-law Heidi and my friend Katie (2nd from left in 1st photo) because we did a 5K the morning of their joint bachelorette party last year. Read all about it here.

With all of the excitement of race day and the 20(!) bands playing throughout the 10 mile course we were able to run, albeit slowly, for the whole race! I did end up with a new Personal Record, of 1:54:59 with an average pace of 11:21. Last year's time was 1:57:35 so I am very happy to have earned that new PR! Big thanks to Lindie for sticking with my slow butt and helping me run the whole way...without her I probably would have walked and not beaten last year's time.

After the race was over, we enjoyed our hard earned beers we drove back to San Antonio, with a quick pit-stop at the Lululemon outlet in San Marcos (yes, it is really awesome and cheap). But before we could go collapse on the couch, I had a softball game to play in. We got to the softball fields just before the game started only to find out that the other team did not have enough people show up and therefore had to forfeit. We scrimmaged anyway and I tried my best to run with even a smidgen of energy but I'm sure it was pathetic. With all of that activity I ended up with my most active day thus far (according to my UP band anyway).
Nearly 18 total miles & 32k steps...say what!?

All in all, it was a great weekend! I am so blessed to have such an amazing group of girl friends and the best MOH ever!!

Post-race selfie

This was about 9.5 miles in, if you can't tell by my strained smile :)



Tuesday, March 4, 2014

It's a New Blog, It's a New Bod, It's a New Life for Me...And I'm Feeling GOOD

Hello Friends!

Welcome to my new website, Healthy Fit Lindsay! I decided a while back that I needed a new direction; the main focus of Losing It With Lindsay was my weight loss journey. Well....now that I'm getting close to hitting my weight loss goals the title and direction of the blog just seemed wrong. While losing weight is important to me and I'm so grateful for all the support I've received through Losing It With Lindsay, it's time to move on!

Since the majority of my readers seem to be mainly interested in my recipes, I'm going to make that the focus of Healthy Fit Lindsay. You'll still see blog posts (like this one), updates on my Races & Competitions, updates on my weight-loss & fitness journey and whatever else I feel like sharing with you lucky folks!

I've just completed my 2nd DietBet and I'm proud to say that I'm a winner! Here are my results over the past two months:

11 pounds lost in 2 months!
Just looking at the comparisons gives me such an amazing feeling of accomplishment. I've been working so hard lately, it is great to see the results in photographic form! I've been going to Body Pump (weight lifting) classes, Cardio Mix classes, Yoga, Zumba, Spin & Bootcamp. The Bootcamp class has become my favorite because it's usually a small group (less than 10 people) and Carolina, the trainer who leads the class, is always coming up with new and different ways to torture us. But, I've come to like the torture and enjoy the friendly competition between us regular Bootcampers! If anyone in the San Antonio area is interested, the Bootcamp class is at 9:15am on Saturdays at the Gold's Gym on Prue Road. Your first time is free, even if you're not a member of Gold's Gym.

Along with the new "bod" I'm creating, I really do feel like I am creating an even better life. I have tons more energy (everyone always says this, I know, but it's true), I feel confident and strong again, and really, I'm just loving life!! Without getting too sappy, I just want to say thank you to Erik, who has supported me 100% in this journey. Over the past two months I have spent many long nights at the gym, and even when I came home late Erik was always there saying, "Good job babe!" He notices changes in me before I even do and helps to keep me motivated with encouragement and compliments (and who doesn't love being complimented, right?) So, thank you Erik for being there for me, no matter what stage of the journey I'm in. I love you and can't wait for our wedding day when we'll be the happiest, fittest, sexiest, most amazing husband and wife ever!!


I've basically been listening to this song on repeat while writing this blog post! I can't help it, I'm just feeling GOOD!!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Spinach, Mushroom & Parmesan Quiche (Crustless)

This morning I was feeling like eggs, but my normal failed omelette/scramble didn't sound good. So I decided to make a quiche...without the crust because I don't have any pie crusts laying around, I'm not going to make one and I knew it would be much healthier without one! I whipped up this deliciousness in about 10 minutes and then threw it in the oven. BAM! It's amazing and I highly encourage you to make one! :)

Healthy & Delicious Spinach, Mushroom & Parmesan Quiche (Crustless)

1/2 Onion, chopped
1/4 red pepper
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1 tsp olive oil
2 cups baby spinach
1/2 cup parmesan cheese (I used shaved)
3 egg whites
2 whole eggs
1/2 cup 1% milk
Cooking spray

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Saute onion, red pepper and mushrooms in olive oil until slightly tender (they will cook more in the oven).
3. Whisk egg whites, whole eggs and milk in large bowl.
4. Stir sauteed vegetables, spinach and parmesan in with egg mixture, add cracked pepper if desired.
5. Coat a pie plate with cooking spray, then pour in quiche mixture.
6. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, let rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Because it's so low in calories I had two servings for breakfast today

I've added it as a public item on MyFitnessPal, so if you make it with the same ingredients as I just have, search for "Crustless Spinach & Parmesan" and you won't have to enter the nutrition facts manually. Enjoy!

Just out of the oven

1/2 Quiche here, only 271 calories, with 24 grams of protein!


Monday, February 3, 2014

New Year, New Challenges & New Results!

This year is going to be a big year for me. I'm gaining another sister-in-law (yay!!) and Erik and I are finally getting hitched. Although looking good for weddings is certainly a priority, my health and fitness goals for this year are not for short term gain. This is for LIFE people! I am continuing the healthy eating habits I've developed over the past few years and incorporating lots more active time into my life. 

One thing that has really helped me realize the need for more active time is my UP band by Jawbone, thanks to Mom & Dad for the awesome xmas present! According to the Jawbone website...

"UP helps you understand how you sleep, move and eat so you can make smarter choices. The new app displays movement and sleep details from your UP24 or UP band and delivers insights, celebrates milestones, and challenges you to make each day better."

Since I work from home, my activity level is shockingly low throughout the day. On a typical day I only take about 2000 steps, excluding any working out, walking the dog, etc. 2000!?!? that is SO low, and equates to about 1600 total calories burned throughout the entire day. This means that if I eat more than 1600 calories each day and don't work out, I'm packing on the pounds. After realizing this, it has definitely made me more motivated to workout and eat properly. So far, my most active day came this past Saturday, February 1st:


The main reason I spent so much time at the gym on this particular day is because I was trying to finish strong for the DietBet challenge that ended on February 2. The challenge was to lose 4% of your body weight in 4 weeks. I joined the challenge with my BFF and Bridesmaid Jess, and we both hit our goals and won! What did we win, you ask? MONEY!! We each bet $25 that we would hit our goal and we are splitting the pot, which is $11,875, with all the other winners. I don't yet know the number of winners or what our share will be. In fact, I really don't even care. Because I already won!!

6lbs lost in 4 weeks!
I started another 4 week challenge today and I cannot wait to see how much my body has changed by March 3! If anyone else in interested in joining me, click this link: http://diet.bt/1fwONOO

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

I Love Vegetables! Vegetables Are My Favorite!

I'll keep this post short and sweet because sometimes when I'm searching for recipe inspiration on the interwebs I come across a recipe that basically has a novel before it. "Get to the recipe already!" is what I usually think to my self and then scroll to the appropriate section. 

Since Erik went to Florida for work this week I decided to make something for dinner he wouldn't be too impressed by. Don't get me wrong, that man will eat anything, but to him a meal isn't a meal without meat. So if you are like-minded, just pretend this is a side dish instead of an entree. 


Lindsay's Vegetable Bake


Mashed Cauliflower

1 head cauliflower
1 Tbsp 1% milk
1 wedge laughing cow light
1/4 cup grated parmesan

1 1/2 cups baby bella mushrooms, chopped

1/2 medium red onion, diced
1/2 Tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
Salt
Cracked Pepper
1 medium zucchini, sliced thin
1 medium yellow squash, sliced thin
1 cup fat free pasta sauce
1/2 cup shredded parmesan
1/4 cup grated parmesan

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 

2. Chop cauliflower and place in a pot with water almost covering the cauliflower. Bring to a boil and cook until tender. Drain cauliflower and return to pot. Add milk and cheeses and mash until it becomes a mashed potato-like consistency. Set aside. 
3. Heat large skillet over medium-high heat and add coconut oil. When oil is hot add mushrooms, onion, dried herbs, salt and pepper. Saute for about 5 minutes or until tender. 
4. Spread half of the mashed cauliflower in an 8x8 baking dish. Place half of the zucchini slices over the cauliflower. Then evenly distribute half of the mushroom/onion mixture. Next, spread half of the sliced squash over the mushrooms & onion. Spread 1/2 cup of pasta sauce over squash and top with 1/4 cup of shredded parmesan. Repeat the same 6 layers and then top with the remaining 1/4 cup of grated parmesan. 
5. Bake in 375 degree oven for 30-40 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Let rest for 5 minutes and then cut into four squares. 

Nutrition (per 1/4 pan serving):

Calories: 180
Fat: 9g
Saturated Fat: 5g
Cholesterol: 15mg
Sodium: 540mg
Potassium: 557mg
Carbs: 16g
Fiber: 6g
Sugars: 7g
Protein 12g


Not the most appetizing photo ever, I know, but it was so good!!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Where's the Beef? And the Turkey, Stuffing, Pie, Corn Dish...and WHERE IS THE GYM??

Hello there blog readers!! It's been a few (is 4 considered a few??) months since I've posted anything here. Sometimes life just gets in the way and/or the motivation to spend more time on the computer disappears. Here's a brief summary of what's been going on in my life since August:

This happened:


Pretty much anyone reading this blog already has seen lots of pictures of our engagement but I'm still SO excited!!


And this happened: 


Me and Lindie at the finish line--our first Half Marathon!


And then this happened:


(generic Thanksgiving photo)

I actually worked out (yoga) on Thanksgiving morning, but then I continued to eat leftovers and desserts for 3 days without going to the gym. Oops. 

So, after that brief hiatus from healthy habits, I'm back to working out and eating good foods. Additionally, I am doing a 30 day push up and clean eating challenge with my mom and about 40 other ladies!! We're on day three and so far I have done a total of 16 push ups from my toes! Whoop! We're all staying connected through a Facebook group and while there are way too many notifications for my liking, it is sure keeping health and fitness on my mind 24/7! So, in keeping with my healthy eating habits I now present Lindsay's Beef & Vegetable Stew!

I made up this recipe based on this recipe and this recipe, and what was available in my fridge. Since Erik eats as much as three people this recipe makes a lot of food, but you could half it if you have a normal sized family. 

Ingredients:

4 tsp olive oil
2lbs lean stew beef
1 red onion, chopped
1 tsp garlic salt (you could use fresh garlic, but I ran out)
1/2 tsp paprika
1 bay leaf
2 tbsp beef bouillon 
Dash of allspice
12 oz Breckenridge Vanilla Porter
4 cups water

2 cups carrots, sliced
2 cups mushrooms, sliced
2 cups baby red potatoes, quartered
1 cup celery, sliced
1 cup green pepper, chopped
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup water
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tsp stevia
 

Instructions:

1. Heat oil in dutch oven over medium high heat. Add beef and cook until browned. Add next 8 ingredients and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat and simmer for 45-50 minutes. 
2. Add vegetables and cook for an additional 45 minutes or until beef and vegetables are very tender. 
3. In a small bowl whisk flour, water, lemon juice and stevia. Add to stew while stirring constantly. Cook for an additional 3-5 minutes or until liquid is thickened. 

Makes ten 1-cup servings. 

Per Serving Nutrition:

Calories: 279
Fat: 11g
Saturated Fat: 4g
Cholesterol: 42mg
Sodium: 486mg
Carbs: 25g
Fiber: 5g
Sugar: 6g
Protein: 20g





Tuesday, August 13, 2013

In the Saddle, On the Wagon, On Board - Call It What You Want to Call It...I'M BACK!

Greetings Blog Readers!

It's been a LONG time since I have posted anything. What have I been doing, you ask? Well, you know, just living life & going to weddings. First I went to Mark & Heidi's wedding in Denver:

Both the Bride and the setting (Red Rocks Amphitheater) were gorgeous!

Then I went back to Colorado for Mandy & Cody's wedding:

Yet another stunning Bride & location!

Next I went to San Diego for Erik's cousin Desirae's wedding:

Erik, Me, Tata (Grandpa), Cherisse, Mark (Groom) & Desirae (SO beautiful!)

Finally, I journeyed to New Harmony, IN for my cousin Katelyn's wedding:

I neglected to take any pictures the entire time, so here's on from the reception :)

During May and June I kept up a pretty good workout routine, even doing 2-a-day workouts for a lot of June. Then came July which was just jam-packed with celebrations and I completely fell off the workout wagon. I did not, however, fall off the social sports league wagon, winning three championships in three days!

Top: Blood Bath & Beyond (Kickball)
Middle: The Abusement Park (Football)
Bottom: A Bunch of Sexy Pitches (Kickball)

After all the celebrating this summer it's time to get back to business. And by business I mean getting fit. Yesterday was my first day of training for the San Antonio Rock 'N Roll Half Marathon. The race is on November 17 and my dear friend Lindie is flying down to run with me! Today was the first run, only 3 miles, but geesh it was hard. I haven't ran more than a mile since the spring, and it definitely shows. I've got a long road ahead of me (literally) but I know I can do it.

I hope everyone has had a summer filled with as much joy as I have. I keep hearing about & seeing references to the "end of summer" because it's cooling off and school starts soon. But I'm not in school and it sure as hell isn't getting any cooler down here in South Texas! I don't mind though, because my A/C runs like a champ and it means I still have a shot at getting my "bikini bod" this summer!!