Back in the end of January I bought new shoes…remember? http://thirteenpointonemom.wordpress.com/2013/01/27/food-tip-new-shoes-and-my-favorite-thing/ There are Brooks Pure Flow 2 (http://www.brooksrunning.com/Brooks-PureProject/pureproject,default,pg.html).
Well it has been about a month and I have to say that I LOVE THEM! I was a little leery of buying shoes online without trying them on, I have never NOT bought my running shoes from a running store after trying on 9 million pairs first. However, I had heard such great things about them and got a really great deal over at RoadRunnerSports.com. So I jumped in with both feet and bought them blindly.
These are some sweet shoes! My whole line of thinking was that I wanted to try a more “minimalist” shoe but was not ready to take the plunge into 5 finger territory. These shoe have just what I was looking for in a shoe. It has a wide toe box that really felt like my feet were not being squished in from all sides. It has a slimmed down heel to promote more of a forefoot strike and I can tell when I run on the treadmill that it’s really helping. My feet make a different noise in these shoes than before. I was definitely more of a heel striker, and hit the ground hard. My husband would comment about how much noise I made when running. Now I feel like my heels don’t have the soreness I used to after a long run and are overall just more comfortable in these shoes. I ordered a half size bigger because when I originally got fitted for shoes the guy who owns the running store advised me that your feet swell when you run and you should order at least a half size up from what you normally wear. I would be curious to try these on in my actual size and see if there is a big difference. So that’s my “review” not sure how much merit it has since I’ve only been running for like a year and 1/2 but…there ya go.
Moving on to counting calories. I have been using My Fitness Pal for quite a awhile. When I first started on this journey I was using another calorie app but found it didn’t have everything I wanted so I switched. Well I know the drill, eat less move more…create a calorie deficit. It’s really pretty simple on the surface. However, once you lose a majority of your weight and starting getting close to that “target” losing can get complicated. Starting around the holidays I had a hard time gaining and losing the same 10 pounds..and I am continuing to struggle. Well through the social side of MFP I got in contact with some people (Thanks to my friend from HS) and figured out that I could be eating too FEW calories. So I have increased my consumption and so far am seeing the numbers go down on the scale. I’m also increasing the lbs on the weights I use during strength training as well, hoping to build some more lean muscle.
Lastly, I saw a friend post a recipie on Facebook for Mexican Chicken in the crock pot and it looked so easy I had to try it. SOOOOOOO GOOD!! If you like Mexican food you have to try it. I made mine with lowfat cream cheese and quinoa, but made regular rice for the hubs. I am so not a leftovers eater but we ate this for 3 days. One night hubby ate it as soft tacos, it really is yummy.
1.5lbs boneless chicken breasts
8oz cream cheese, cubed
1 can black beans, drained
1 can corn, drained
16oz jar salsa
1 package yellow rice
Place chicken, cream cheese, beans, corn and salsa in a crock pot, stir. Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours. Stir once or twice during cooking. Serve over rice. Cook rice according to package directions.
Today was supposed to be a rest day but I had a little virtual 10K going on so I braved the 2 degrees and went outside.
It warmed all the way up to 15 by the time I got home. Have I mentioned how OVER winter I am??? ;) Wore my new compression socks, they were awesome. I ordered the Shamrock pair as well, I can’t wait to get them and start planning my costume for a St. Patrick’s Day 5K I’m going to run. Beer at the end of a race…..YES PLEASE!
Have any easy crock pot recipes to share? Anyone doing a themed race anytime soon?