Weekend Recap: Dips, Donuts, & Dancing

Somehow it’s already Tuesday, guys. I sort of remember Monday happening, but at this point I’m not entirely sure it did. Since the week has definitely gotten started, I guess it’s time to recap the weekend. That also flew by. Two sentences per picture works for me.

Oh, you have a salad bar? Great, I’ll take one of everything.

jasons deli salad bar

He couldn’t stop looking at himself in the mirror during his haircut. He really is mine.

haircut

Free coffee for mom. Playground for the kids.

free chick fila coffee

I started out doing one workout, quit, and then started another. I quit that one, too.

workout mat

I forgot what it was like to go out with “the girls”. Can that happen more often?

girls night out

Bonefish has make your own donuts as an appetizer. You’re welcome.

bonefish donuts

I swear every single time we leave the house, we come home with a new Thomas toy. We are suckers.

tj maxx

Mom tip: blow dry the paint between colors so they don’t mix. I’m OCD, I know.

mom tricks

Get ready for another broken record: I am still lacking motivation to complete my workouts. I keep thinking I’ve snapped out of it and then it somehow gets worse. I think it’s 75% due to time-constraints/stress and 25% the crappy weather. I’ll just cross my fingers that, through some miracle, everything goes better in March. That’s a lucky month, right?

You Guys, I’m Totally a Trail Runner Now

Over the weekend, I went on what was probably only the second actual trail run of my life. I am so glad I got out there. You’ll rarely find me writing super cheesy stuff on here, but it was pretty sweet to get out in nature and run around like Bambi. If I have to choose between running in my neighborhood or driving a few miles to hit up a trail in the future, well, you can guess where I’ll end up.

trail run

As much as I wish I could say I had the nerve to attempt this all by myself, I definitely didn’t. Safety in numbers, y’all. Also, you can’t really back out on runs that you decide to do as a group. Always a plus. Am I not radiating happiness in this picture or what? Fine, that’s the sun.

trail running

I became so one with nature during our five-mile loop that I decided to climb a tree for some pull up action. I broke the branch and almost died. I still like the great outdoors, though, I swear.

fail

All of this trail talk is leading up to the fact that I’ll be running my first ever ultra this weekend. Well, ultra relay. I’m still going to claim I finished a 40 mile race. Just let me have that glory. We’re actually splitting the distance up between five of us, so it won’t be bad at all. My leg is dead last and is about 7 miles. I got the easy one, but that also means I’m under pressure to not finish dead last and hours behind every other team. And, even if I do, there’s soup at the finish line so it’s all good.

trail

Now for a few selfish questions: What do I need to do to prepare? What do I do if I get lost in the woods? Am I going to die? Is this a terrible idea? I might be a little nervous.

Focusing on Health + Filling in the Gaps

Can you guys believe January is almost over? I’m still reading a lot of “New Year’s Resolutions” posts, and I hope y’all keep them coming. It’s always so motivational to see people making big plans and then tackling them over the course of the year. While I haven’t set any real measurable goals for 2015, I do want to make sure that I focus on a few things. Like I mentioned the other day, I want to treat myself well and worry less about things that don’t matter. One thing that definitely matters to me is my health and well being.

I was recently asked if I would like to work with Centrum® to try out some of their multivitamins while sharing my goals for the year. I quickly agreed because I trust the brand, I like to incorporate multivitamins into my diet, and I’m always down for a chance to talk about myself. I’m kidding. Sort of.

centrum coupon

Just like I supplement my daily physical activity with organized workouts, I add multivitamins to my diet when I think I need a boost. A complete multivitamin like Centrum® delivers a combination of key vitamins and minerals to help me fill in the gaps in my diet. Just check out that rainbow, y’all. Even though I definitely know that they don’t, I like to think that they match up perfectly in this diagram to each fruit or vegetable they might come from.centrum

As much as I try to “eat the rainbow” every day, there are times where I fall short. I’m getting so much better at sneaking vegetables into my breakfasts, but it definitely doesn’t happen every single day. And I’ve noticed that when I don’t eat them then, I’m even less likely to eat them the remainder of the day.

veggie scramble

A multivitamin is a great thing to have around for the days where your diet consists primarily of bread and cheese. And, if you’re like me, that’s more often than you’d like to admit. I mean, I could legitimately live off of grilled cheese sandwiches. It’s a problem. But, in all seriousness, I think most of us can admit that our diets are not always the picture of perfection. Centrum® multivitamins include the six essential nutrients many people don’t get enough of from food alone: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Magnesium, Calcium.

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To better understand why these dietary gaps exist, Prevention and Centrum® conducted a national survey to assess how Americans perceive key vitamins and minerals.

Nutrient Intake Perception vs. Reality

Over three quarters of Americans (78%) still believe it is fairly easy to get the recommended daily values of vitamins and minerals by eating a healthy, balanced diet, nearly half of those polled (48%) are concerned they may not be getting enough of one or more key nutrients from their current diet.

Looking Beyond Calories and Fat

Three in four Americans look at the nutritional content of the foods they eat and buy (76%). Among these, nearly twice as many look at calories (72%) and fat content (61%) compared to vitamin and mineral types (33%) or amounts (30%).

Nutrient Emphasis is Limited

Calcium, Vitamin D and Vitamin C top the list of nutrients Americans feel are absolutely needed, while Iron, Calcium and Vitamin D top the list of vitamins and minerals Americans are most concerned they may be lacking, among the 48% who are concerned.

Unwilling to Change

Even if they are concerned their current eating habits are not delivering key vitamins and minerals, Americans do not appear to be changing their eating habits to increase the amount of vitamins and minerals in their diet. 60% of Americans have not changed their diet in the past year to increase the amount of vitamins and minerals they get. 74% agree it’s a lot easier to eat unhealthy.

Some of what they found is disheartening, but I’m not at all surprised. Even as someone who claims to care about my health, I’m sure I still make poor or uninformed choices all the time. It happens. I don’t excuse those choices by saying I’ll take a multivitamin, but I’m still glad that I have them around when I eat differently than I should. While I was able to try out the Adult multivitamin, I have my eye on the Women’s as well. They both look like they would work well for me. There are several different formulations, so there’s something for everyone.

Visit the Centrum® website to find the multivitamin that’s right for you and to receive a $4 coupon off your next purchase.

Question: Do you incorporate any multivitamins into your routine? 

I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by Centrum®. I received compensation for this post. While all opinions stated are my own, I make no claims about Centrum® as a product or its effectiveness.

Life is Not a Series of Workouts

I’ve been meaning to get on here and talk about the fact that I’m back to skipping workouts and eating like a drunk college student. I cannot get it together, y’all. I’ll get on a decent kick for a few days and then, bam, something knocks me off-kilter. The most recent event was my household coming down with what I’ll kindly refer to as the plague. Let’s just go ahead and add that to the list of excuses. I’ve blamed the following things so far: the weather, changing jobs, toddler wake ups, sicknesses, and probably several other things I can’t recall now.

running quote

Inevitably, I go through a series of emotions each time I fall back into this rut. I’ll break it down for you, so you can really understand my crazy.

First, I feel lazy because I’m choosing to skip workouts regularly. I could make time for them if I really made it a priority.

Next, I feel guilty because I’m opting out when I’m healthy enough to get up and get moving. Not everyone is that fortunate.

Then, I decide that a month or two of skipping workouts won’t change anything. I should totally relax. I’ll be fine.

Finally, I feel ridiculous for even thinking about any of this that much. It’s not the end of the world, either way.

See what I mean? I’m nuts. The one thought that keeps coming back up, though, is that there is so much more to life than making sure you drown in a pile of sweat every day. Shocking, right? Life is not a series of workouts. And yet, here I am, letting my workouts dictate how I feel about my life. Embarrassing.

life quote

I need to start thinking of more things outside of myself. Find new things to focus on, you know? I’m not saying I don’t want to make my health come first. In fact, I’m saying the opposite. I’m putting too much emphasis on the workouts and too little on my general well being. I should eat more vegetables, move enough throughout the day, and work out when I feel like it. Aside from that, I need to chill out. I’m spending entirely too much time thinking about my fitness levels.

I’ll admit I judge other people when they are hyper-focused on some minute detail of their lives, but I am doing the exact same thing. Newsflash: no one but me cares if I wake up tomorrow completely shredded or having gained a little weight. No. one. cares. You know what people tend to care about? Your health. Your well being. Your happiness. At the end of the day, that’s what matters. As much as this pains me to say, I don’t need visible abs and a nice butt to be healthy. I just don’t. If I could truly get that into my thick, self-centered skull, I’d be a lot better off.

I apologize for this ramble-fest, but it was on my mind tonight. Hopefully, it won’t be on my mind tomorrow. I’m moving on, remember? For real this time, you guys. Don’t even go back in the ol’ blog archives to see how many times I’ve fought this battle. I’ll save you the trouble. It’s a million, give or take a few.

I’ll just leave it at this: Here’s to focusing on being healthy and happy in 2015, whatever that means for you. :)

Eating Cleaner + Urban Remedy Giveaway

Happy Wednesday! I thought I would check in tonight and talk about my plan to eat a few more vegetables and a few less donuts. It’s working out pretty well right now. Instead of going all day eating extremely clean and then blowing it on a oversized dinner and huge dessert, I’m “allowing” myself to have little treats every once in a while. I’m also limiting alcohol to once a week, which is really ruining my daily Netflix + glass of wine plans. I know it’s only been a little while, but swear it’s making all the difference in my energy levels. Eating your veggies is where it’s at, y’all.

Urban Remedy Giveaway

One of the biggest problems I have with eating well all day, every day is the planning. Finding time to sit down and plan meals, prep meals, and cook meals can be a struggle. When Urban Remedy reached out and asked if I would like to try their newest Wellness Kit, I was totally game for it. I’ve mentioned this before, but typical cleanses aren’t for me. I know that some people love them, and that’s awesome. The beautiful thing about Urban Remedy is that they offer juice cleanses, wellness kits, and all sorts of healthy à la carte options. The kit I ended up trying out was the newest one: Cindy Crawford’s Essentials.

I really liked all of the products in the kit, but I absolutely loved the laid-back approach of the plan itself. “Give yourself the gift of 3 full days of the healthiest juices and foods you can find by choosing one item from the breakfast, lunch, snacks, juices and dinner lists. Or, do as Cindy does and follow the sample plan, allowing room for dinners out with family or girlfriends and enjoying the remaining items over the course of the week.” I chose the latter option and grabbed items from the kit as needed. If I needed a quick lunch, Veggie Pad Thai it was. If I was running late for work, I snagged a Mint Cacao Chip shake on my way out of the door. In case you were wondering, those were my favorite meals in the kit and I expected to like them the least. Hilarious. The shake really threw me for a loop, because I was sure they were falsely claiming how good it would be. They are not lying when they tell you that it tastes just like mint chocolate chip ice cream, though. I need more of those in my life, as soon as physically possible.

Urban Remedy Review

Those were just my personal favorites, but the kit definitely has things everyone would like. For a complete list of everything that is included, click here. Seriously, I started writing it all out but it was too much. I ended up spreading the meals and snacks out over the course of about five or six days, because I like eating the same dinner that I cook for the rest of the family. Having healthy pre-made options on hand for when I need them worked better for me, but you can obviously follow it strictly for three days too. It’s up to you!

And now for the awesome part: y’all get a chance to actually try some of this food I’ve been talking about. One lucky winner will receive a wellness kit of their choice.

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This giveaway is open to US residents only. It will run until 1/14 at 12 am. A winner will be announced within 24 hours. Good luck!

Disclosure: This giveaway post is sponsored by Urban Remedy, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.