Monday, January 11, 2016

Accountability Monday: January 11, 2016

Good morning, friends! It's the first Accountability Monday post of 2016 and I'm excited to keep sharing my progress (and sometimes, regression) here with you!

Totally random fact of the day- 38 days until Jen and I leave for Princess Half Marathon Weekend! Eek!

Thursday- Weight lifting circuit via Women's Running
Friday- 9 miles with Jen, 12:55 pace
Sunday- Treadmill 5k, 11:20 pace

12.1 total miles.

I lifted weights last Sunday and was so sore that I took Monday- Wednesday as rest days. LOL. Seriously, my muscle tone in my upper body is really low and it's been something I've wanted to work on for quite a while now.

Going back through my training journal (thanks, Steph!) from 2015, I noticed that through last winter, I was lifting weights and cross training on a MUCH more regular basis than I am now. I also started the Pittsburgh Marathon (5/3) in arguably the best shape (and weight, 140.2 pounds) of my life. And I remember how damn good it felt!

So what's missing now? Well, I think it's strength training. This plan I've found from Women's Running (linked above) seems really doable. I can do three circuits in less than 40 minutes and still feel like I got a challenging workout. I'm going to stick with this for the next few months and see if I get the results I'm looking for- lower body weight, toned muscles, feeling stronger/better, etc.

Food Find:
I LOVE spinach dip. Like, really, really love it. As we went through the holiday season, I played around with a recipe to make it more "healthy" and Weight Watcher plan-friendly so I could bring it with me to all our social events and family dinners. This way, I knew I'd have a guilt-free option to enjoy. Here's my healthier spinach dip recipe:

2 cups plain, non-fat Greek yogurt (I like Oikos)
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
1 pack of Knorr vegetable soup mix
1 can water chestnuts
10 oz. frozen chopped spinach

Cook the spinach according to package directions. I usually just microwave mine. Then squeeze all the excess water out of it and let it cool. Mix the Greek yogurt, the mayo, the vegetable soup mix and the chopped water chestnuts together. Add in the spinach and refrigerate for at least two hours before serving. That's it! Delicious spinach dip that's lower calorie and lower fat than the traditional version (usually made with sour cream and mayo).

I also use carrots and cucumbers to dip rather than bread or crackers :-)

147.4 as of 1/6/16

Non-Scale Victory:
Running in the public gym with just a sports bra on! It was so damn hot in our apartment gym last night so I took off my shirt and just ran in my Raspberry Zest Enell. There was only one other person in the gym besides me and Matthew, but that still counts as public in my book!

Happy Monday! Make it awesome!


  1. I really hope to meet you at the Princess Half Weekend! We will be heading down Friday and driving back Monday but let me know if you do any meet ups! :) I'm so excited for my first challenge race!!!

    1. Absolutely! I'm pretty sure I'm going to host something on Saturday after the 10k :-) Good luck!!