Get Your Sh!t Together September!

Following Ash’s lead, welcome to the first day of September which will now be referred to as “Get Your Shit Together” September (#GYSTS)!

GYSTS14Its the first day of spring here and summer is fast approaching, so its a perfect time to get your shit together! Plus this is the month that I run my FIRST HALF MARATHON – can you feel the excitement? The nerves are certainly kicking in!

So how am I getting my shit together?? Here is how:

1. Run – Run your day your way. I am taking this literally, by running A LOT. Also I am going to be in charge of my days/weeks and month by running my day and staying in check with all my goals.

while you were sleeping i was running2. Breathe – Don’t sweat the small stuff. I am going to not stress out about things that are totally beyond my control.

enjoy the little things3. Listen – Listen to my body and rest when I need to, but also listen to the advice from my support group as well. This is something I take for granted. I need to listen and take other people’s advice sometimes!

4. Health – Looking after my body and my health. Running looks after my fitness and body but I also need to watch what I eat. After my 21days no cheats experiment I realise how often I crave unhealthy food and how I need to curb these cravings by eating the right food at the right time.

5. Happiness – After my 21km, Rob and I are taking some time off work to have a bit of a holiday and relax at the end of September so this will be a great reward to look forward to. My happy place is with him.

So how what are you goals this September?

 

 

 

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Currently {Link Up}

Sarah Sincerely recently did a “currently” post, it looked like fun, so I thought I’d join in. You can link up with Sarah here.

Current Book

Like Sarah, I haven’t picked up a book in a while, I need to get back into reading I just feel like I have too much on the go lately!

Current TV Show

Absolutely LOVE Nashville, I love all the singing, Hayden Panettiere is gorgeous and the inner country star in me loves belting out to the music in the show!
nashville-TV series

Current Excitement

I am going to become an aunty/godmother to a beautiful nephew in October, I just came back from the baby shower in Durban this passed weekend. Cannot wait to meet the little Peanut!

aunty megzCurrent Nail Color

Natural, I actually really need a mani quite badly, my nails are all sorts of lengths and really quite shocking!

 Current Exercise

Running, have I mentioned today that I am training for a half marathon? LOL. Running is in my blood baby!

running-cheaper-than-therapy-squareCurrent Bane of My Existence

Lack of sleep. Meh, I am not getting a lot of good nights sleep lately and I am someone who needs 8hrs of Zzzzz’s to be fully functional and at my best!

Current Food

During winter I crave cheesy saucy pasta but lately I have been have been trying to stay in check and so I am trying new recipes like this and this and this – YUM. Eggplant, Butternut, Mushrooms, Spinach – I could eat it all day long!

Current Drink

H20 and my protein shake – thats it basically!

Current indulgence

I have given up sugar as part of my 21 day no cheats, so my currently indulgence is dried fruit!

Dried Fruit Mix

Current Outfit

Anything with boots! I love winter because it means I can wear my fave outfit – jeggings and boots with a coat!

Current Photo

Here is me with crazy static hair (thank you Jo’burg winter) in my fave outfit

crazy hair fave outfit

What are some of YOUR Current Favorites?

 

Week 5 of 12 of Half Marathon Training

Another month has flown passed, can you believe it’s already August!?

Before I recap my July goals and chat about my goals for August, how did this weeks training go? Short answer – epic! 🙂

Monday: Bodypump class
Tuesday: 3km hills run, plus an indoor cycling class
Wednesday: rest day, but I bought my new shoes (new balance, strong promotion shoe – review on these to follow shortly)
Thursday: 10km hills run and Grit Plyo (intense HIIT class)
Friday: RPM Cycling class
Saturday: rest day ( got my hair done and chilled with the family in Durban!)
Sunday: 12km in Durban humidity… sometimes I impress myself! I didn’t run fast, check sometimes I just walked but I was still happy I got out there and did it!

Total of 25km running done, together with some strength and HIIT training. It was a good, productive week.
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How did July go?
Well I have run over 90km this month! That’s a record for sure! I increased my workouts and now have a very clear workout schedule and I am training 5 days a week, with 2 days training twice! I feel unstoppable!

I weighed myself and I have lost 3kgs and 11cm overall! So I am feeling and looking fabulous too!

I am sticking to eating healthy, some new changes to come this week, stay posted!

I did a girls night, had a braai and lots of get together with family, got to go down to Durban to see my lovely family, so I am feeling happy about all of that.

All in all it was a good month and I am feeling great! August I plan to maintain these goals and keep training so that I am ready for my first half.

What are your goals? New month new challenges?

New Recipe: Stuffed Butternut

This recipe is a must try! YUM-O! Its not super healthy but it is super tasty, and for a cold winters eve – it warms the tummy.

1. Take a butternut and cut it length ways in half. Scoop our the seeds and brush with a bit of oil. Place halves in a roasting pan with a bit of water and bake at 200C for 45min or until soft.

IMG-20140707-WA00032. While the butternut cooks, chop a punnet of mushrooms up (small peices); and 100g of baby spinach. You can add anything into the filling but thats what I used. fry the mushrooms, add the spinach and fry few a few minutes.

spinach mushrooms cream3. Take off the heat and then add the cream. Yip. Cream. and 30g of parmesan cheese. YUM!

spinach mushroom cream4. Once the butternuts have cooled slightly, scoop out the flesh and add to the spinach/mushroom/cream mixture.

IMG-20140707-WA00015. Then stuff the filling back into the butternut shells. sprinkle with a bit of parmesan cheese and bake for 20-25minutes or until golden brown.

IMG-20140707-WA0002We made this with a rather large butternut so we only had half, the other half was put aside for lunch.

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This was edited slightly from this recipe. Go on, try it and tell me what you think?

New Recipe: Baked Eggplant

In the spirit of trying new recipes and find low carb/starch recipes I stumbled across this recipe for a Healthy Baked Eggplant. I have always been a bit scared to try recipes that involve eggplant, they always seem like a bit of a mission. This is anything but! It was so easy – and so flipping tasty!

Like all recipes, I adapted this one too 🙂

Put the oven on at 200C. Then I cut the eggplant in half and shoveled out the inside. Then I brushed it with a bit of oil.

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Then I put Onions, and garlic into a frying pan, with chopped green pepper and half a tin of chopped tomatoes. Let that simmer and fry… mmmm yum

onions, tomatoes, green peppers and garlicThen in a separate pan, with the eggplants facing down, I fried them for about 5min, then flipped them and fried for another 3minutes.

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In an oven proof dish, I placed the eggplant in, and put the filling inside the shells. Cover it and back for 20min.

IMG-20140701-WA0008Then I added a bit of cheese to the top and baked for a further 10min…. So delish! definitely a must try!

cheesy baked eggplant

Goals for July

I don’t wanna bore Ya’ll with my weekly updates, so with the new month starting tomorrow, I bring you….. MEG’s MONTHLY GOALS.

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“Meg the Happy Healthy Monster”

Get Fit Training schedule looks like this:

  • At least 4 workout sessions a week – Body pump, Runs, Races, Super circuit, Gym, anything that gets me sweaty and losing weight, toning and getting FIT!
  • I have two races planned for this month – Pirates 10km and the Kaya FM 67km Relay for Mandela Day (just doing 6.7km)

Get Happy Goals:

  • I will be carrying on with my YOU Challenge each week for July.
  • I want to try and plan to see friends more often – have more braai’s and dinners.
  • Photography
  • Craft projects around the house – thanks to pinterest I have plenty!

Get Healthy Goals:

  • Keep trying new healthy recipes
  • Cutting out/ limiting the bad food
  • Drink 4 x 750ml water a day
  • Pack a  healthy Lunch with Protein Shake for work each day
  • No Starch meals for dinner at least 3 times a week

What are your goals for July?

New Recipe: No Bake Granola Bites

Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love to bake. I love being in the kitchen and I love trying new recipes. When I was  kid (and sometime still do) I talk to myself while I am making a meal or pudding as if I am on my own Talk show… “And now we are going to add the milk” – Yup, I told ya, I am a tad weird!

Anyhow, I found this recipe through a blog I follow, and decided it seemed like a healthier alternative to my standard Oats Cookies (which are so yummy but packed with so much sugar and butter… so good tho!).

I used raisins instead of craisins. I am sure you could probably find craisins in SA, but they would probably  be ridiculously expensive!

Right so its a pretty simply recipe, you add all the ingredients into a bowl.

no bake granola bites

Then mix it all up, I used my hands – so much easier but a little messy (*licks fingers after*)

no bake granola bitesThen form into balls. I made 20 balls but I think I could have made them a bit smaller because they are super rich and yummy that I bite is all you need (mine were like 3 bites worth!)

no bake granola bitesHave you tried any healthier options for sweet treats? If you have please share!