Monday, July 16, 2012

Weekend Recap & Weigh In

This past 3 day weekend went by way too fast, as expected! I have to say though, this past weekend has made me feel defeated and accomplished at the same time - let me elaborate....

I completely feel defeated because Saturday, I went for a run, planning on doing 5K. It's my goal every other day to beat my last time. I made it half way and it was great, the wind was blowing, I wasn't hot, and I was faster than my previous time. It was then that I turned around to do the other half and all of a sudden the wind stopped, it was beyond hot, and like an idiot, I forgot water. I tried so hard to push through and make it 5K, but I was beyond dehydrated. I broke down and called my hubby to come get me. I couldn't make it any further, I had no water and was so dehydrated, I was starting to feel dizzy - lesson learned!

1. Don't go running in the middle of the day in Florida
2. Take water every time I run

Being that I've never ran before now, in my life other than sports, I wasn't really prepared for 90 degree heat to make me dehydrated in literally 30 minutes - again, lesson learned!

I know I don't normally do weigh ins until Wednesday, but I've been loving my scale lately and needed to check it out. I feel accomplished because I lost 10lbs in 14 days!!! I was beyond ecstatic when I stepped on the scale yesterday morning and saw ......

I'm doing it healthy, no starvation, just motivation!

In other news, I got some new kicks and a new running outfit - love them!

My new running kicks

My running gear - I'm official now :)

I've been kind of in a rut lately with food and what I can cook and actually eat, that's healthy and low cal. It seemed to me like I could only cook certain things and that was it, bottom line - not the case. I hit up Google for some low calorie healthy dinners and found some great recipes!

Last night I made chicken & shrimp fried rice - doesn't sound healthy, but it was. It was very filling and delicious. I only had a 1/2 a cup and I was content. If you want to try it, here's the recipe:

Number of servings: 6
Serving size: 1/2 cup
Calories per serving: 135
Total Fat: 4g


1 cup brown rice
0.8 cup raw celery
0.5 cup bean sprouts
0.5 cup water chestnuts
3 large eggs
1lb boneless skinless chicken breast
3oz shrimp
Cooking Spray
Soy Sauce (optional)

  • Start by boiling the chicken breast - boil until no longer pink
  • While the chicken is boiling, pour the bean sprouts in a medium size bowl, dice up the celery, drain and dice the water chestnuts and add both to the bean sprouts, in the bowl and put to the side
  • After the chicken is boiled, cut into small pieces, then put in the bowl with the celery, bean sprouts, and water chestnuts
  • Boil 1 cup (dry) brown rice for roughly 10 minutes
  • Scramble the 3 eggs (I only used the egg whites for a healthier meal)
  • In a large skillet pan, spray with a little cooking spray to keep everything from sticking
  • Cook shrimp in skillet half way and then add all the ingredients in with it (rice, chicken, bean sprouts, celery, and water chestnuts)
  • Add a dash of salt and pepper to taste - mix everything together and cook until the shrimp is done
  • After everything is cooked, put into a serving bowl and add soy sauce (optional)

I modified this a little
  1. I used egg whites, not the whole egg
  2. I did not use water chestnuts, bean sprouts, or celery - didn't have any in our pantry/fridge
  3. I did not use soy sauce (seems too salty for healthy eating)

Finished product - not my picture (thank you Google)

Just for kicks, here are some pics of the boys this weekend at the splash park

Happy Monday y'all!


  1. Congratulations on your success so far ashleigh!! So awesome! Besides running, what other exercise have you been doing? How many calories do you eat a day? I am trying to lose about 30-40 lbs. I have never been a runner but think I want to try it except for the crazy heat in st. Louis right now!!! Thanks for the recipe! I want to try it soon. I'm a pretty picky eater, and that meal sounds so Yummy! Thanks for sharing and again congrats! You go girl!!

    1. Thanks so much!! I try and run at least 3 miles every other day and when I don't do that, then I do the Jillian Michaels 30 day shred. That's more for strength and abs. I eat every 3 hours, starting at 9am with breakfast, 12pm for lunch, 3pm for snack, like granola bar, fruit, pop corn (nothing over 100 calories) and dinner at 6pm. I don't eat more than 1200 daily and keep track of it pretty closely. It's working for me so far, so I'll stick with it until my body stops losing and I'll have to do something different. Thanks again for the encouragement! :)