Good morning y’all and happy Friday!! Who is ready for the weekend? <raises hand!>
This weekend is the MS Blues Marathon in Jackson, MS, so Nick will be coming to town because his brother is flying in to do the half-marathon as well as a team leg in the Marathon. So I’ll be up bright & early tomorrow morning heading out to the race! I don’t have many plans the rest of the weekend other than to spend time with Nick and my sisters, who will also be coming into town on Saturday. Before I dive in to what I’ve been up to this week, let’s talk about breakfast! Last August when I did the Health Starts Here Challenge with Whole Foods, I discovered the most delicious & healthy breakfast on the planet, well it made a slight disappearance from my life the past few months, but I’m excited to say it’s returned with a bang! I cannot get enough of this Cinnamon Raisin Ezekial bread toast with 365 Peanut Butter, Bananas, Honey, and Cinnamon! Pair that with my favorite cup of coffee & I’m in heaven!
Try it, it will change your world!
The past few days have good, yet somewhat unproductive. I always start a week off really good with staying on top of things, then Netflix takes over… but I’d like to believe that the first full week of 2015 has been really great for the blog! So even though I didn’t get some of the posts out that I wanted too, I still had a great week!
The other night, I was delighted by some peanut butter & apple slices… they just literally hit the spot! If you follow me on Instagram then you saw!
Then yesterday at work, we had a nice surprise because one of the Rep’s came in with coffee for all the staff ladies on our side. It was a thoughtful gesture and one we were not expecting at all! I believe I was pretty productive after this.
I’ve mentioned it a few times, but I’ve been having trouble during my marathon training the past few weeks due to some sporadic knee pain when I run. I decided to see a Chiropractor and I’m so glad I did! Hopefully this treatment will get me back up and running within the next week, but I had a mile long list of issues with my back, neck, and hip. When you’re able to pop your lower back by just tightening your legs…. clearly something isn’t right. Now he’s asking me to NOT pop my back if at all possible while he’s working to get me re-adjusted. I admit, it’s been like Chinese Water Torture, where you’re so frustrated that you think it might literally drive you insane. I never realized HOW OFTEN I try to pop my back. I’m on the healing route though, hopefully and will be back to it by mid next week. My training plan will not go as far as I’d like, but with this and the Engine 2 Challenge I’m about to start, I think I’ll be fairly healthy & ready to race come Feb. 22nd.
What is the Engine 2 Challenge?
Last night, me and 2 of my co-workers attended the Engine 2 Challenge Orientation at Whole Foods. It’s very similar to the Health Starts Here Challenge I did last August. I’m excited about cleaning my eating back up and pushing out dairy & processed foods for a healthier and happier body! The Challenge begins Monday and it’s a nation wide challenge so we will have people from all around US participating at their local Whole Foods as well – if you’re near a Whole Foods, CHECK IT OUT! Mary Lindsey was kind enough to meet with me separately about some additional requirements on the diet with my marathon training, but it’s encouraging to hear from another healthy eating specialist out in South Carolina who has trained for major races while on the E2C with great success! My co-workers are really excited about it too and up for the challenge. I’ll start out going all in, while they will more than likely choose the path that phases you to the full challenge. I’ll do some more indepth posts on the challenge over the coming weeks.
I’m excited to get started on meal planning for next week and I already have one item ready for my Favorite Things #2 post in the next few weeks because by golly, I tried the most amazing salad dressing at the orientation and immediately went down stairs to buy some afterwards!
Well I better get off to work, hope y’all have a great weekend and I’ll check back in sometime between now and Monday!
- What’s your favorite healthy breakfast?
- Have you done the Engine 2 Challenge or plan to do it with the rest of us this time around? I’d love to know who you are so I can keep in touch!