Tufts 10K and a Busy Week

You guys! I have the busiest week. I haven’t had a week like this in so long.
Thank goodness I didn’t have to work on Monday but I did run the Tufts 10K for Women! Pre-baby, I ran all. the. time. and was in super good shape. Now I am lucky if I get in a 3-4 mile run a couple times a month. Needless to say, I wasn’t trying to win the race! I was still surprised with how hard the 10k was. Around mile 3 I was huffing and puffing but I refused to stop. And I didn’t! I finished with a time of 51:43 and 8:20 min/miles. Honestly, I was happy with that. To me, the Tufts 10k is so much more about the event, the women, doing it with my mom and friends and getting out a running. Maybe one day I will get my speed back but until then I am siked with a finish.

Tufts 10k 2017
I had just seen Emerson and my dad as I was starting the race!

The rest of the week is crazy busy. I have to leave the house before 7 all week, which never happens. That means, Vinnie is on daddy duty full-time.
Today I am at a photo-shoot and will not get home until after Emerson’s bedtime [tear]. Tomorrow I have meetings all day and then the USSA Gala at night to help raise money for the US Ski Team which means I will also miss bedtime.
Friday I agreed to sub a yoga class at 6:15am which is going to be serious jult to my system and make it so I won’t see Emerson in the morning. I am going to need some serious cuddles come Friday night!

Luckily, with such a crazy week, this past weekend was nice and relaxing. We went up to Vermont for a wedding, saw all 4 grandparents and celebrated my dad’s birthday. We to go to Vermont all the time but we have not been in a really long time so it was nice to get up there and enjoy the mountains, foliage and quiet.Fall Wedding in Vermont

Fall Wedding in Vermont

This coming weekend we are heading back up to Vermont for some more family-time, Gala’s and fun. Twice in two weeks, woo-wee!

Last thing…I really want to fit in some workouts but I just don’t know if it possible. I hate not working out. I always feel better getting in something quick even if it’s just a quick 10 min video to get my body moving and sweat a little. But, this week, I am letting it go. I have too much going on. If I fit something in, great! If not, I will pick it back up next week.

I hope your week is off to a good start! I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday.

Finally Friday

I am so happy it is Friday and a long weekend! We are heading up to Vermont for a wedding and then I am running the Tufts 10k on Monday with my mom, aunt and lots of amazing women. It will be so nice to have some extra time with family and friends.

I am a little nervous about the Tufts 10k. I have not been running much at all and when I do, it is very slow and steady. However, I did manage to get an evening run on Wednesday which was so nice. I have found that I literally need to change into my workout clothes before picking up Emerson from Daycare. That way, once we get home, I just grab the stroller and we run. If I go into the house, I will never leave. I have to be dressed and go. You gotta do what you gotta do!Strong As A Mother

On another note, I have made 3 of the 10 recipes I posted on Tuesday. The Cinnamon Apple Quinoa was really good. Adding the cinnamon made a huge difference. I modified it a little and will definitely be making it several times this fall. The Apple Baked Oatmeal was ok, not great. I love oat bakes but this one is not a favorite. I also made the Applesauce in my slow cooker. It was so easy and so easy and so good! The best part is now I have applesauce to use in my healthy baking!  I still have so many apples! I am going to try to make the Pumpkin Apple Muffins this weekend because those look so good. Apple Foods All Week

My food for work has literally been everything apple. Today it is the Apple Oat Bake topped with yogurt and a drizzle of peanut butter. Lunch is a bed of lettuce and arugula with the apple walnut quinoa and chicken sausage with an apple for dessert.

It’s safe to say I might be sick of apples soon!

I hope you all have a great weekend!!! Can’t wait to read all about them!

10 Simple and Easy Apple Recipes

10 Simple and Easy Apple Recipes

My all-time favorite Fall activity is going apple picking. It brings back so much nostalgia from my child-hood, from the smell of the cider donuts to the cool brisk air. It’s a great excuse to bust out your fall gear, spend quality time with family and friends and make delicious apple recipes!

This past weekend, we ventured up to Applecrest Farm Orchard and spent the morning apple picking. It was SO much fun. I was so happy and literally am already making plans for next year… we have to arrive right when it opens to avoid the crowds, I need to wear my Bean boots and I might have to have Emerson get her face painted!Apple Picking 2017 Applecrest Farm2

We came home with a giant bag of apples. We will never be able to eat them all, so I was googling fun and easy recipes I could make. There are so many!! I decided to compile a list of the 10 most simple, easy to make apple recipes I found. I don’t know about you, but I do not have a ton of ingredients on hand and I also do not have a ton of time so when I look for a recipe it has to have minimal ingredients, be easy to make, require very little time and taste delicious. I mean, I’m not asking too much, am I!?

For instance, I don’t have apple brandy, I don’t have arrowroot, and I definitely don’t have any of those special extracts. But I do have cinnamon, vanilla extract and lots of apples!10 Simple and Easy Apple Recipes

Here are the recipes. Enjoy!

  1. Applesauce in the Slow Cooker [never done it. have to try. plus, then I can use it in other recipes listed below.] via The Kitchn
  2. Homemade Apple Cider [because what’s better than a hot cup of cider on a cool fall day.] via All Recipes
  3. Baked Apple Stuffed with Oatmeal Brown Sugar [anything single serving is a win in my book. #portioncontrol]via The Kitchn
  4. Apple Pie Bites [had to include some sort of apple pie treat] via the Blond Cook
  5. Cinnamon Apple Quinoa Salad [I figured I needed to throw in some real food. not just desserts and treats] via Love and Zest
  6. Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal [oat bakes are the best breakfast for a working mom on the go; the feed both mom and kid, perfect!] via Five Heart Home
  7. Apple Pumpkin Muffins [because Minimalist Baker and muffins are two of my favorite things!] via Minimalist Baker
  8. 5 Ingredient Apple Crisp [give me all the 5 ingredient recipes you can. This mom is all about ease and convenience!] via Carrots ‘N Cake
  9. Crock Pot Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal [it meets all the requirements. Crock pot = easy, apple = duh, Oatmeal = yum] via PB Fingers
  10. Apple Cinnamon Blondies [these just look like the ultimate treat and I have to try them.] via Bakerita

What is your favorite apple recipe!? Please share! Maybe I will try to make that too 🙂

It’s a Catch 22

A little while back, I posted about wanting to spend more time on the blog. I committed to taking time at night to open my computer and chip away at my goals. Welp, I am here to report… I have NOT done it AT ALL. Life got away from me. I get home from work and the last thing I want to do is open my computer. But then I sit at work and I am like, this is the last place I want to be. I want to be blogging. It truly is a Catch 22.Work From Home Its A Catch 22

I know not to compare myself to others but is SO hard. I find old blog friends on Instagram with thousands of followers or click through on Pinterest to a blog I used to follow and it’s beautiful and I think about what I could of had if I just stuck to it and committed.

Honestly, it’s the same problem I have with my diet and nutrition.  I can’t commit to anything and give up after a few days. Between my blog and my diet, you’d think I would want to figure it out. Instead, I choose other things like family-time, relaxing, and socializing [which is ok!]. Maybe one day I will figure out how to have both. I am trying. I guess that’s why this blog is called Comfy & Confident. It’s about finding that place where  you ar. Enduring the journey. Accepting the Challenge. It shouldn’t be a Catch 22. I should be able to find my passion and pursue it. I just need to remind myself of that.

It won’t happen over night. It will take time and patience; two things I am not very good at. But, if it gets me to my goals, it’s worth trying right!?ONe Day Or Day One

So as I was writing this, I went on Instagram and one of my favorite people, Katrina Scott, from Tone It Up, posted a mantra about finding your path… it is so fitting. Here is what she wrote,”

“‘you can not travel the path until you’ve become the path itself’…there really is no way to move forward and into the life you want until everything that yo do, breathe, and love is on that path. You have to visualize yourself on it and become exactly what you dream. You can manifest anything as long as you put your full heart and self into that life and let go of everything else that doesn’t serve you. Remember you are capable of so much more than you could ever know!”

This is exactly what I know I need to do. I need to visualize myself on the path I want and just do it. Put blinders on and forget what anyone else might think or do. I need to let go of the what if’s holding me back and take a leap of faith. I will figure it out. My family will be ok. My path can be found.

I need to let go of the Catch 22 and just walk down my path.

Balancing Life, Work and Family

I have so many things I want to do. For some reason, I just can’t commit and spend time on any of them. Instead of picking one thing I have five and none of them are getting the attention that they truly need. Rather, I’m working a full-time job, that I really don’t like, and it’s just dragging me down. I get emails from work and I just want to ignore them because I don’t care, I get home from work and I’m so deflated that I just want to sit on the couch and watch TV. I feel lazy and unmotivated which I hate.

I don’t mean to complain. I hate to be negative. But I’m just feeling tired and discouraged and like I have no real path.

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The one thing I do know is I love my family and I want to spend as much time as I can with them. I just don’t know how to do that, have an income, and not feel like I’m just going through the motions.

Here is a thought: If I spend a half an hour on each end of the day I might be able to do some of those things I like to do while still working my desk job until I can figure out my next move. Hmmm… I think that’s gonna be my plan. I’m gonna try and get up a half an hour earlier to work out every day and then at night I’m going to try and spend a half an hour working on a passion projects whatever that may be, maybe it’s this blog maybe it’s a Podcast idea, maybe it’s becoming a health coach. But I’m gonna spend a half an hour at night, a couple times a week, trying to figure out what I truly want to do. To be fair to myself I’m going to try and do it 3-4 days a week so that I don’t put so much pressure on myself to do it every single night. I know that’s unrealistic and if I miss one night, I am the type of person who would just give up and say it’s not possible.

Balancing Life Work and Family

Hopefully this will help me feel like I’m doing more for myself and making a plan for my future doing something I truly want to be doing. It’ll make me a happier person and in return a better wife and mother which is ultimately all I want.

Here’s to giving it a try! I will let you know how it goes 🙂

 

Blueberry Lemon Breakfast Oat Bar

I am always trying to find quick, easy meals I can prepare in advance so I can just grab ‘n go in the morning as we are rushing out the door to daycare and work. I love making egg muffins or oat bakes because you just have to mix up the ingredients and throw it in the oven.

This week, I was lazy and didn’t do any meal prep on Sunday. I woke up on Monday morning bummed I didn’t have anything ready for the week so naturally I decided to start meal prepping at 6am. I quickly threw together this recipe and I am super happy with how it came out. It is moist, but not too moist, and sweet, but not too sweet. It is filling and easy to make and it will last you all week which means it meets all my criteria!

Blueberry Lemon Breakfast Oat Bar

Emerson even ate it for dinner last night which is an added bonus. I love when we have meals prepped that the whole family can enjoy!

This breakfast was inspired by Tone It Up Blueberry Lemon Zest Muffins. I added some protein and took out some sugar. You can drizzle with maple syrup or top with a dallop of peanut butter. Both would be amazing additions to this berry delicious breakfast!

Blueberry Lemon Breakfast OatBar

Blueberry Lemon Breakfast Oat Bar

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Serving Size: 6

Calories per serving: 140

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole grain oats
  • 1 scoop Tone It Up Vanilla Protein
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 lemon, juiced (save the rind for zest at the end, optional)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • coconut oil spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven at 350 degrees
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl
  3. In a separate bowl, combine all the wet ingredients (except blueberries)
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix together
  5. Fold in the blueberries
  6. Spray a baking pan with coconut oil spray and add mixture
  7. Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
  8. Sprinkle with lemon zest
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4th of July Weekend 

For the 4th, we headed up to Vermont to spend time with family and take advantage of the beautiful lake and mountains. We spent the days outside, soaking in the vitamin D!

I did a pretty good job of following my own tips for staying healthy on the 4th of July. I enjoyed myself but didn’t overdo it too much! I went on long walks or ran every day which was a huge accomplishment! However, I am on a serious kick to get back in shape, clean up my diet and feel better about myself because things have gotten a little out of control…

4th of july lake rescue ludlow vt

It was Emerson’s first time on a boat. She did great, except really wanted to run around, which just isn’t possible!

4th of july ludlow vt
Every July 3rd, the locals put on a firework show on the lake. We all go out on the boats and watch the show from the water. It is such a fun tradition.

4th of july ludlow vt

My mom and Emerson had matching shirts on. My mom was super excited!

4th of july ludlow vt

Vinnie and I met up with some friends and went strawberry picking. Emerson LOVED the strawberries. They were super fresh and juicy. I can’t remember if I have ever been strawberry  picking but it was really fun and family friendly. And cheap! I love apple picking in the fall but it’s always so expensive for a bag. We got 2 large pints of strawberries for $4.50… score! 🙂

douglas orchard and cider mill shoreham vt

douglas orchard and cider mill shoreham vt

I hope you had a great 4th!

5 Tips to Feeling Good This 4th of July

To me, the 4th of July marks the height of Summer. A chance to spend time on the lake, soak up the sun and be surrounded by family and friends. It also means lots of day drinking, BBQing and treats. It is easy to fall off your normal schedule and throw caution to the wind. There is nothing wrong with that! But, if you want to try and have a balanced weekend where you have fun, enjoy some treats and cocktails but don’t totally sabotage all the hard work you’ve done, below are 5 tips to feeling good this 4th of July.

Five Tips For Feeling Good This 4th Of July

1. Drink water.
On the 4th, typically you are out in the sun, lounging by the water which makes is easy to get dehydrated so it’s extra important to drink water. My dad always says, “One drink. One water.” That’s how you can last all night, and feel good in the morning. I try to stick to this as much as I can, especially on weekends were we are drinking and celebrating a lot. Staying hydrated also helps to keep you feeling full, debloated and looking bikini ready.

2. Eat a good breakfast with lots of protein and fat.
The food you eat first thing in the morning typically sets the ton for the day. I find if I have a bagel, I want sugar and carbs all day. If I just eat fruit, I am hungry in an hour. Since there will be a lot of process foods, sugar and BBQ treats around all day, try to start your day with a good breakfast that is high in protein and fats. I love having scrambled eggs and avocado with a side of strawberry or watermelon.

3. Make sure to eat a meal.
Don’t snack through meals. Often times, especially on long weekends or holiday’s I find myself snacking a ton and then I’m like, “I just ate so many chips and cookies, I don’t need lunch.” So I skip it. But then 2 hours later, I am hungry and start snacking again and end up eating way more calories, way worse food, and feeling shitty. Whereas, if I just sat down and made myself a big salad or light sandwich with healthy fats, protein and carbs I would be so much more satisfied.

4. Move your body.
Don’t stress too much about getting a killer workout in, but try to move your body at least for 30 minutes (preferably in the morning). I find that when you move, you feel better about yourself, you feel lighter and it helps you make better decisions through out the day.

5. Don’t over think it.
Sometimes we can get so caught up in “staying on track” that it is all we can think about but that makes it so much worse. Not only does it make it hard to enjoy yourself, it makes you feel guilty every time you have something “you shouldn’t”. And then you just say “F* IT” and dig into the treats making you feel more guilty, bloated and discouraged. Try to avoid this cycle. Enjoy yourself, let go of all the pressure you put on yourself and spend time with family and friends (preferably on the water, and not around the snack table!!)

I hope this helps! Remember to have a fun 4th of July and enjoy yourself.

What are some tips you are going to try to practice this 4th of July?

Desk Job vs. Passion Job

I made it through my first week at my new job. Success!!

Desk Job vs. Passion Job
I have to admit, going into it, I was not very excited. I was putting it “out of sight, out of mind” and didn’t really even acknowledge I was taking on a new job. Honestly, I was not excited about just taking another job, in another office because I truly want to find a way to pursue health and fitness as my career. That is my passion. That is what I really want to be doing every day.

I listen to a million podcasts that all tell me what I should be doing…. “if you’re not doing what you love, you need to figure out what it is and do it… “work all day and then work on my dream job/passion job at night”… “if it is really my passion, I will find a way to make it my job”… “do both jobs until you get your passion job to a sustainable place.”

That is all well and good (and admirable), but do those people have a 1 year old at home, a mortgage to pay, mouths to feed? Ha! Also, in my opinion, there is something to be said about the comfort of a desk job, knowing what to expect, showing up, doing your job and then turning off and going home at night to your family/life. Clearly that reason, right there, is why I have taken this new job, why I have not dropped everything to pursue my passion. I am comfortable with a steady paycheck and the certainty of my daily schedule.

Desk Job vs. Passion Job

I also want to come home and be able to relax a little. As it is, with prepping for the next day, cleaning bottle and Tupperware, and making dinner, I barely get to sit down before 9pm anyway. Then I have to open my computer and start working on my passion job? No thank you, not right now.

Well this is not where I thought this post was going to go :). I started to write thinking I would share about my new job, the routine, the people, the actual work, but my stream of conscious clearly brought me down a different path. I will leave that other stuff for another time.

Have a great week!

15 Minute Total Body AMRAP Workout

Before Emerson, fitting in my daily workout was a huge priority.  I obviously had a lot of other things that I cared about and prioritized, but working out and running was top of the list. Now, there are a lot of other things that take precedence which has been a hard thing for me to come to terms with, but also just a fact of life. I am working hard to fit in my workouts but sometimes that extra half hour in bed or moment on the couch is too good to pass up!

This morning, I had to drum up motivation to workout from all aspects of life including scrolling Instagram, looking at the #tiuteam hashtag, running on the treadmill for 10 min (then stopping because I had to go the bathroom #momlife) and doing the new Tone It Up Beach Ballin’ workout. Nothing really got me excited or sweaty so I made up my own AMRAP (as many reps as possible) workout inspired by Jayme [@fit_n_clean_mama].

15 MIN TOTAL BODY AMRAP WORKOUT

This did the trick. Put me up against a clock and I’ll get to work! I made it through 4.5 rounds with about 20-30 second breaks between each set. Try it out and let me know many sets you complete!

My nutrition has been off lately and it 💯 affects my energy and drive to workout. I needed a good workout this morning to help me reset. Because I refuse to let a couple bad days completely throw me off. I refuse to give up on my goals. I refuse to quit.

This journey is not easy. I feel like every step forward ends up with 2 steps back but I keep chipping away. I truly believe one day I will reach a place I am happy with and embrace that lifestyle whole-heartedly.  I just have to stay positive, never give up, and follow my own path and my own heart. Too often I let what others think affect how I act and make decisions. Only I can get myself to where I want to be.