What I Ate Wednesday

I decided to wait till tonight to post my What I Ate Wednesday instead of my usual morning post. I was still getting over my flu bug yesterday and I didn’t think you would be interested to see photos of saltines and sprite! Well lets get on with it.

7:30 AM Breakfast: Cereal, milk, and an apple.


10:30 AM Snack: A wasa cracker with peanut butter, banana, and honey.


1:00 PM Lunch: A Flatout Bread Pizza with pizza sauce, cheese, red pepper, red onion, cherry tomatoes, black beans, salsa, and avocado.


3:30 PM Snack: A smoothie with blueberries, pineapple, mango, strawberry, banana, orange juice, and almond milk.


5:15 PM Dinner: Pulled Pork on a whole wheat bun and steamed asparagus.


I’m on my way out the door to head to a meeting for work but I plan on having some popcorn while I watch Modern Family tonight!

Eat Like You Mean It

I saw a billboard that looked very similar to this photo during my preschool drop off this morning.


This photo makes me sick to my stomach just by looking at it. I couldn’t help but  think the caption should have said, “eat like you want to die a premature death.”

I try not to make a habit of eating fast food. I can’t say I never eat at these chains but if it is in any way, shape, or form possible to eat somewhere else, I do. I can see how easy it would be to fall into the fast food trap. You’ve had a long day, you are tired and hungry, the kids are in the back seat screaming for food and you happen to drive past those yellow arches on your way home. Without even getting out of the car you could have dinner ready in less than 10 minutes. I get it. We are all busy and many of us (namely me) don’t like to cook or we feel there is not enough time in the day to make healthy meals.


Don’t these photos look much more appetizing than the nasty, sloppy, processed junk in the first photo?

I have plenty of days when I just don’t feel like cooking. The thing that motivates me to get in the kitchen and make something is thinking about all the CRAP that goes into fast food. This is a list of ingredients that is in JUST the bun and sauce of a big mac: Big Mac Bun: Enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), water, high fructose corn syrup and/or sugar, soybean oil and/or canola oil, contains 2% or less of the following: salt, calcium sulfate, calcium carbonate, wheat gluten, ammonium sulfate, ammonium chloride, dough conditioners (may contain one or more of the following: sodium stearoyl lactylate, datem, ascorbic acid, azodicarbonamide, mono- and diglycerides, ethoxylated monoglycerides, monocalcium phosphate, enzymes, guar gum, calcium peroxide), calcium propionate and/or sodium propionate (preservatives), soy lecithin, sesame seed. Big Mac Sauce: Soybean oil, pickle relish [diced pickles, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, vinegar, corn syrup, salt, calcium chloride, xanthan gum, potassium sorbate (preservative), spice extractives, polysorbate 80], distilled vinegar, water, egg yolks, high fructose corn syrup, onion powder, mustard seed, salt, spices, propylene glycol alginate,sodium benzoate (preservative), mustard bran, sugar, garlic powder.

I don’t know about you but I can’t even begin to pronounce about 90% of the items on that list. I find it best to stick to food items that either DON’T have a food label at all (i.e. fruits, veggies, fresh meats) or foods with less than 5 ingredients on the label. I promise if you skip the fast food in favor of a nice home cooked meal, you will FEEL so much better.


I often look at this cute little face and I can’t imagine polluting his pure little body with fast food! The Journal of the American Dietetic Association says, “French fries are the most common type of vegetable children eat. Fries account for about one-quarter of children’s vegetable intake.” Thank you fast food chains. NOT.

Let me clarify, I am in NO WAY claiming to be perfect, and yes, my children have eaten French fries from fast food chains. I am merely trying to bring awareness to my readers.

My number one tip for making time to eat healthy meals at home is: PLAN AHEAD. Make a meal plan and grocery list at the beginning of the week and stick to it. Make some muffins, a big salad, and cut up all your fruits and veggies on the weekend when you have a few extra minutes. Bake a big batch of chicken or throw it in the crock pot on Sunday so it is ready to eat during the week when you’re short on time.

Make you and your family’s health a priority. Challenge: Between now and Thanksgiving DON’T eat ANY fast food. You can do it!

Tossed my Cookies after Ragnar

I seem to have been hit with a streak of bad luck these last few weeks. Ragnar Las Vegas was SO fun and I had the best time running and getting to know the girls in my van. Half way through our last day running one of the girls in the van started getting sick. Her stomach was giving her problems and she thought she was car sick. I also started getting a headache about an hour before my last run but I figured it was due to a lack of sleep. I got a burst of energy during my last run, and in spite of my stomach cramps, I finished my last 7.6 mile leg strong.


While I was running the sick girl in our van started throwing up. As soon as my run was over the exhaustion hit and was in bad shape. I knew I didn’t feel well but I again, I figured it was because I was SO tired. We finished the race, returned our rental car and went to Five Guys to celebrate with burgers and fries. I had about 2 bites of my burger when I realized it was not sitting well in my stomach. We went back to the hotel and I showered and went to bed ASAP. I woke up a few hours later because I had the stomach flu. It was NOT fun. I spent the rest of the night on the bathroom floor until the alarms started going off at 3:30AM. The other girls had a 16 hour drive to get home and wanted to get an early start. Thankfully I was able to sleep most of the way home and I didn’t puke in anyone’s car!

I was incredibly happy to see my kids and husband and to take an nap in my own bed.  The flu bug at the end really put a damper on things. I was just thankful that I was able to run all my legs BEFORE I got sick. I am already looking forward to my next Ragnar with team “Any Excuse For a Girls’ Night!”  Hopefully next time I won’t toss my cookies at the end! Smile

I will do a full race recap when I get all the pictures from my teammates.

Ragnar In The Making

Ragnar Las Vegas started yesterday morning at 7:30am and we have about 10 hours till we finish. Or those of you who don’t know, Ragnar is a 197 mile relay. our team has 12 girls and we separate into 2 different vans. while the other van is running we can stop and pitch a tent to sleep for a few hours till its our turn to run again.
The girls in my van have been so much fun! My first 2 legs were awesome and I’ve been averaging 8:20 miles. In Ragnar when you pass someone it’s called road kill and the teams tally their total number.

I was super pumped before my first run but I was immediately humbled by a steep incline and 30 mph headwind. Luckily the last 3 miles of my 4 mile run were downhill and with the wind. My last two miles were 7:42 and I don’t think I’ve ever run that fast! It was SO fun and I ended with a huge endorphin rush. I was ready for more!

We made a pit stop at Chili’s around 7pm to grab some real food before heading back to our hotel to catch a couple hours of sleep before our night runs.

My night run was 3.5 miles straight uphill and it began at 3:30am. It was such an awesome experience to be running on a deserted road in the middle of the night. It was one of my favorite runs of all time!

We have a few hours to kill before heading back to run our last leg. There’s nothing better than trying to sleep in a suburban with 5 other people. Sweet dreams!

Thursday Thoughts

My kids both decided to get up at 5:20AM. I don’t prefer to get up at this hour but at least they BOTH woke up early. Maybe this means they’ll both sleep in tomorrow. We all know this is just wishful thinking. Both kids have their milk and a cup of cheerios and are currently content. I’m sure their happiness will only last as long as the cheerios.


I made the most delicious turkey sandwich yesterday. I generally do my best to eat healthy fats like nuts & nut butters, olive oil, and my favorite, avocados. Yesterday I had a craving for a turkey sandwich with a big slice of cheese and I indulged! I forgot how great deli meat and cheese pair together. This sandwich was completed with some lettuce, tomatoes, and spicy hot mustard. It was epic.


I  had to go out yesterday to pick up a few last minute items in preparation for Ragnar. I really only needed a reflector vest and snacks for the road but, while I was at the sporting goods store, I spotted a really cute running skirt. it is impossible to see something cute and NOT try it on, so into the dressing room I went.Well what do you know, the skirt fits perfectly! I brought this beauty home with me and will be wearing it for one of my 3 runs in Vegas. Yes, I’m breaking the first rule of racing: don’t wear anything new on race day. I fully expect this skirt to ride up and cause lots of chafing. I kid. I’m wearing it for a 3 mile run and don’t foresee having any problems during the 30 minutes I have it on!


Why yes, there is a picture of Ludwig Von Mises on my phone cover. It came free with the phone from my Dad. He is super into politics and homeboy Ludwig is a famous, and super smart economist that my Dad thinks is the bomb dot comb. Don’t be too jealous. We can’t all have super cool phone covers like me!

I’m leaving at lunch time today to head to Las Vegas!!! I’m not sure what the internet situation will be so I don’t know when I’ll be updating the blog. You can follow me on twitter and instagram @bri_red. I plan to update those as much as possible.

Now it’s off to finish my last minute packing!

The Big News!

I am SUPER DUPER excited because I get to run in the Las Vegas Ragnar relay this weekend!  I have always wanted to participate in Ragnar so I jumped at the chance when a friend asked if I’d like to take the spot of her injured teammate. I am beyond pumped to do this race and am so happy for the opportunity. For those of you who don’t know what Ragnar is, it is a 200 mile relay race that goes on all day and NIGHT. We have 12 members on our team and we each run 3 legs. While we aren’t running we follow our running teammate in vans and try to sleep when we can! I’ve been told not to expect to get more than a few hours of sleep during the race.

I just found out I would be running the race yesterday and we are leaving to drive to Vegas tomorrow. It has all happened very quickly but I think I’m ready. I went out this morning to pick up some snacks and a few other things I needed for the race. I wasn’t really sure what to bring to an event like this but I did a bit of googling and I think I’ve come up with a good list. I’m told you don’t want to bring too much stuff because it starts to get crowded in the van, but I also didn’t want to leave out something that I would really want during the race.


Here is my packing list for Ragnar:

  • 3 complete running outfits packed in gallon size Ziploc bags. (I hear the best way to keep the stinky BO smell out of the van is to put sweat clothes in sealed bags!)
  • Reflective Vest
  • Running Jacket
  • Fuel Belt with water bottles
  • Running Shoes (some people suggested bringing 2 pairs in case 1 gets wet from rain but the forecast is clear this weekend so I’m only bringing 1)
  • IPod, Garmin, ear buds
  • Sunglasses
  • Visor/Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sweats to wear between runs
  • Face/body wipes since there won’t be anywhere to shower between runs
  • Flip flops
  • Pillow
  • Sleeping bag
  • Blanket (this is in case I want to try to sleep in the van)
  • FOOD/sports drink
  • Toiletries
  • Check book or cash (to pay friends for gas, van rental, etc.)

I’m all packed and ready to leave tomorrow and kick some butt in Vegas!


I have some other BIG NEWS. Everett can now throw away his own diapers! Halleluiah. Smile

Do you have any big plans this weekend?

Sunday’s Eats

Good Morning and Happy What I ate Wednesday. A big thanks to Jen from Peas and Crayons fro doing such a great job hosting WIAW!

It really just plain sucks having an injury and not being able to do my normal workout routine. The good news is I have zero pain this morning and I’m pretty confident I’ll be back to normal by tomorrow. This will be just in the knick of time because I have a huge, super exciting announcement to make this afternoon!!!  Luckily the awesome news has kept my mind busy the past 2 days and I haven’t dwelled on the fact that I couldn’t run!


I made some No-Bake Cookies last night and I ate one for breakfast this morning. I find that when I’m not working out I have a harder time eating clean. I feel like the 2 things go hand in hand and when 1 isn’t working out I just throw the other out the window. I’ve got to figure out a way to change this way of thinking. Eating and nutrition is 80% of the healthy living battle. Eating plays a much bigger role in weight management and overall health than exercise. I’m absolutely not telling you forget about working out; we NEED both good nutrition and exercise to be healthy. What I am saying is, even if I’m out of the exercise game for a period of time, eating clean will keep my body healthy and help to get it right back to its previous level of fitness when I can return to my normal workouts!

Okay tangent over! Back to WIAW. I’m going to share everything I ate on Sunday. Don’t know why I chose Sunday, it just seemed like a good day!


We started the morning with some delicious whole wheat waffles and strawberries. I went very simple that morning and just topped my waffles with plain old maple syrup. YUM!


I should know by now, I need a bit of protein and fat in the morning to keep me full. 2 hours after breakfast, I was hungry again. I had a sliced green bell pepper dipped in hummus.


Kelly did the grocery shopping last week when I was feeling under the weather. I put quinoa on the list and he came home with pasta made from corn and quinoa. Smile In his defense, the boxes look very similar. I made my Apple Chicken Pasta Skillet for lunch and it really hit the spot. You can see the steam coming out of the bowl. I was too hungry to wait for the steam to stop before I took the picture! The great thing about this recipe is you can use whatever veggies you have on hand! This time I used bell pepper, mushrooms, onion, and corn.


After church on Sunday we came home and made some pork chops with brown rice and green beans. This is a childhood favorite for Kelly and we hadn’t made it in at least a few months. It tasted really good.


I finished out the day with the other half of my chocolate dome from Saturday’s adventures!

I have tons to do today to prepare for my big news! Everett and I are going to drop Dax off at Preschool and then head to Wal-mart to pick up some supplies. Be sure to check back in this afternoon to read the BIG NEWS!!!

My First Injury

I was SO excited after last nights run! I had planned on doing 6 miles with a few sprints thrown into the mix. About half way through the day I decided I wanted to do a tempo run and see just how fast I could go. I took off around 4:30 this afternoon. I went out and did the first mile in 8:25. This felt comfortably hard. I was breathing heavily but my legs felt great and I felt like I could maintain that speed for a while longer.  Mile 2 was 8:18. I didn’t realize I had picked up the pace but once I finished this mile I was feeling pretty tired so I slowed it down a bit. I ran mile 3 in 8:34. I was able to zone out a bit during this mile and was feeling pretty good. There is something about the half way point that gives me a boost of energy. I’m always excited when I get to start heading back towards home.

Miles 4 (8:14) and 5 (8:06) were tough but I was happy I only had 1 mile left. I was really tempted to walk that last mile since I had pushed so hard for 5 miles. In hindsight, I probably should have walked the last mile. I’ll tell you why in a minute. I just kept thinking, “You only have a mile to go. Don’t be a quitter, push hard and finish strong!” I did just that. I ran my last mile in 8 minutes flat. I was MORE than ready to walk a bit to bring my heart rate back down. I walked about a half mile to get home feeling so proud of what I had just accomplished. I even posted my time on Facebook!


There was not one point during my run where something felt painful or unusual. If that had happened I would have slowed my pace significantly. Once I walked into the house I immediately started stretching since my hamstrings felt a bit tight. This is when I started noticing that my groin was sore. Things only got worse from there and within half an hour I was in a lot of pain! I iced and took some ibuprofen but the pain was not letting up. I text my brother who is running his second marathon this weekend so he knows a thing or two about running. He informed me that groin injuries are good and bad. Good because they usually only need a few days to heal but bad because there is not a lot you can do about it besides rest and ice. 


I held the frozen green beans between my legs while I ate dinner! I had a side salad and a bowl of whole what spaghetti with turkey meat sauce.  Everything was eaten on the couch because it hurt too much to move.

I went through a few hours where it was quite painful. The ibuprofen kicked in and really seemed to help. I was really temped to go to my scheduled spin and yoga class this morning. I have decided to be smart about this injury because I don’t want to risk being out any longer than a few days. I’ve gotten used to getting my daily endorphins and the thought of not being able to workout for weeks on end is devastating. I’m feeling much better this morning but I’m still going to take 2 full days off. No more injuries for me.

My brother thinks my injury came because I did too much speed work too fast. I agree. I probably shouldn’t have done 6 miles at such a fast pace. My normal, easy runs are about 9:45 so this was 1:30 difference. I think I would have been fine if I did a 1 mile warm up followed by 4 miles at race pace with a 1 mile cool down. Lesson learned. I will not be pushing myself TOO hard again. I REALLY don’t want to get injured. I’ve come to love my runs too much!

Have you ever been injured? How did you deal with missing workouts?

Errands and New Fuel

After dropping Dax off at Preschool this morning, Everett and I headed out to run errands. It is so much easier to get shopping done with only 1 kid instead of 2!


We managed to get a lot done. We got all our groceries for the week, went to TJ Maxx, Old Navy, and Sports Authority.


I was so excited when we got to the grocery store this morning and I saw Mom’s Best cereal on sale. My kids LOVE cereal and when they eat it, half ends up on the floor so we go through it quickly! I got 10 boxes of cereal for $0.99 each. What a steal!


I picked up a few different chews and gels to try as energy during my long runs. Thus far my stomach does not seem to be very sensitive and I haven’t reacted badly to anything I’ve tried. I just decided to experiment with a few different fuel sources to see if I like one more than the other. I don’t bring fuel unless I will be running for more than an hour. During my long runs I take some sort of fuel every 45 minutes and a few big swigs of water every mile.  I will be doing a review of the different gels and chews after my long runs to let you know how they work for me.


I went all paparazzi and took a picture from my car of Dax on his way out of Preschool. I love our Preschool for many reasons but one is the traffic circle. There is no parking and getting out of the car. We just pull up and Dax is escorted by a teacher out to the car. The teacher even helps him into his car seat and buckles him up. It is especially nice on days like today because Everett was asleep and I didn’t have to wake him up!


Poor Everett was exhausted from our outing this morning. He usually wakes up when I get him out of the car seat, but today he just put his head on my shoulder and went back to sleep.

What is your favorite fuel for endurance activities?

What is your favorite cereal?

It used to be Lucky Charms but recently I’ve been enjoying Honey Nut Cheerios!

Relaxing Sunday and Workout Plans

We had a nice relaxing Sunday that started with waffles!  We had an extra hour from day light savings (and when you have kids you don’t get to sleep!) so we made waffles from scratch.


We don’t go to church till 1:00 PM so we had plenty of time to lay around the house. Daddy and the boys spent their time reading!


The boys both got tired and took naps around 10. In a very strange and unusual turn of events they both ended up sleeping for 3 hours! That NEVER happens. It was glorious but it meant we were late for church.

Everett was super stoked to carry his Cheerios and leave a trail everywhere he went. I swear I spent more time picking up Cherrios than I did listening to the lessons!  At least he was quiet. Smile

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I planned out my workouts for the week last night. I have 25 miles running planned this week plus a few weight training sessions, and 2 yoga classes. It’s going to be an awesome week for workouts!

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We’re starting the Christmas traditions early this year beginning with putting on some Christmas PJ’s and watching ELF!


Notice there is a blanket stuffed into our TV stand? That is because last week one of the kids shoved a toy into the DVD slot of the Playstation. We were unable to get it out and had to surrender to the professionals. $40 later and we are trying to figure out a way to keep the kids from messing with it. The blanket seems to be working. Out of sight, out of mind.

Do you plan your workouts in advance?

  • Lately I’ve been planning my week of workouts on Sunday night. This has worked well for me.