Friday, March 25, 2016

It's Official!

So I've become a vegetarian. Maybe on the way to becoming vegan. It's happening… AGAIN. I was vegan once before from about 2009 to 2011 but it just got too difficult.
Well, I've learned more from reading Omnivore's Dilemma and watching Cowspiracy and I just can't unlearn the things I've read and seen. I won't tell you about it. If you want to know, google it! So. I'm now a full-blown vegetarian!
And you know what, it hasn't been that difficult! I've even made two recipes from scratch this week! Go Catie! I did some Pinterest-ing and found a great sweet potato and black bean burger recipe as well as a delicious mushroom soup recipe. Tuesday night I got busy and cooked my little heart out.

All in all it took about two hours, but now I have all these awesome vegan leftovers I can eat whenever I want. I made so many veggie burgers that we have about six in the freezer. Meal prep at its finest. :)

I was exhausted after all the cooking, but felt so accomplished. I fell asleep feeling great and knowing I can do this whole vegetarian thing.

Anyone else out there a vegetarian? Have any great recipes???

Thanks for reading,

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

We're Getting the Hang of it!

I feel like lately Ryan and I have gotten into the groove of his whole gluten allergy thing. Though at times it can be a hassle, we've been creative with what we buy and what he orders if we go out to dinner. We're getting the hang of it!
It's also made us much more healthy and aware of what we are eating. We can't order any appetizers that are breaded and most fried things involve wheat. So that's a big win in the healthy column!
We've had our ups and downs trying new gluten free products too...
Pancake mix - not so great. Brownie mix - awesome.

It's trial and error - One day at a time :)

Thanks for reading,

Monday, March 21, 2016

Noodle Arms

I wanted to give an update on my personal training. I've had four sessions and I'm feeling good. I've learned so many new exercises- most of them insanely hard. After my third session I could hardly move my arms. They were literally sore for an entire week! I always knew I had no arm strength, but I had no idea to what degree. My arms are little noodles. No muscle! My trainer and I working on building some... :)

Over the weekend I hit the gym in our apartment and after my four mile run I did some of my favorite exercises from my training sessions. I wanted to share with you one of the full body exercises that I learned from my trainer. It's amazing.

Start back on your toes - kind of like child's pose in yoga.
Then, start moving into a push-up position.
Once in a push up position, meet your knee to your elbow. Do this on both sides and go back to beginning pose.
Repeat ten times, three sets total!
And of course, after a great workout - I always want a delicious smoothie! I've begun adding spinach which is a great source of iron and folic acid. You can't even taste it in the smoothie. It's a win - win!

Thanks for reading,