Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Simple & Clean

This morning when I opened my reader and discovered Bobbi's May Challenge to lead the Simple Life, I was excited because not only have I already been doing most of these things, but because for the past month I have been slowly transitioning myself into eating very simply and cleanly.

And I must say, I have been doing a fabulous job!

For me, my figure and weight loss are always looming in the front of my mind as I would still like to drop 5 to 10 pounds. However, leading a simple life in the way of what food I eat doesn't really have any bearing on the fact that I want to lose some weight. I know the only way I am going to lose any weight is by adding another component to my exercise regime because I already eat pretty healthy.

So, the way I see this Simple Life Challenge is just a way to further my own agenda of not only putting pure/simple/clean ingredients into my body but by also adapting this idea to other areas of my life.

I have posted before about my thoughts on healthy eating and I sometimes mention what I eat throughout the day, or I may post occasional recipes of meals I particularly like. You probably remember my posts on eating healthy on a budget. But this blog wasn't started to be a food journal and I don't intend to make it that.

But I do intend to further explore the things I love which is of course running and exercise, but also healthy eating, fresh ingredients, organic foods, sustainability, and easy ways that normal people can achieve a healthy balance.

After my first marathon is over on Saturday (!) I can quit thinking about my training for a minute and really start looking at whats next for me, whether that be another race in the fall, a new exercise activity to help me reach my goal weight, or simply a fresh outlook on my life. I think it's definitely due time! I have been stuck in a rut for a while and it's high time I do something about it.

So! Here are a few things I have been chomping down on this week in order to prepare myself (the best way I know how) to be nutritionally sound come Saturday morning.

First off, I have been eating Green Smoothies almost every day since last week! I honestly love them, and I really love all of the nutrients I am eating with my greens. I usually eat them for breakfast with some sort of whole grain for me to "chew" on. I think I am up to using almost 2 to 4 cups of greens, 1 cup of milk (soy or whatever else), 1 T ground flax, 1 spoonful of chunky natural PB, 1 banana and some ice. I haven't strayed too much from this, and have been primarily using kale.

I also made a big batch of dried lima and black beans Sunday night that I have been sitting in our cupboard for a while (probably too long) and have been incorporating them into my lunches and dinners this week. (Which is a very cheap and easy way to add some protein to any meal.)

I have also been eating veggie & protein packed salads and wraps for lunches.

Drinking tons of water as well as coconut water (as I can afford it) after my workouts and during the day.

And the number one thing I have been working on, is not to eat anything after dinner! This has grown increasingly more difficult for me lately and last night I finally said enough is enough! And I feel much better today :)

That's all I have for now, but here is a bit more about Bobbi's Simple Life Challenge and please head to her site for more information and to sign up!

The Simple Life Challenge from Bobbi at NHerShoes

"How about a SIMPLE LIFE challenge that will get you to save money and eat healthier?? I don’t know about you, but I need to save some money and get back to the more simple pleasures of life.

The challenge comes in three parts!

First part give up eating out for the entire month of MAY!!! I know a lot of you wanted a challenge to get that bikini body, well this is a great way to get there.

Second part, Health Commute Challenge!! Ride your bike at least three times a week(or more) to work or to the store, or taking public transportation, walking, shoot even running!

Third part, Being Simple & Green. Here is a list of ways that you can get simple, and I would love to hear more of your ideas as well.

  • Having a date night out at the park
  • Inviting friends over for dinner instead of going out, have everyone bring something.
  • Do your own pedicure and manicure
  • Instead of buying that cup of coffee every day, make your own at home, or shoot give up coffee all together.
  • Make all your own breads instead of buying them
  • Have a garage sale and make some extra money!
  • Read the news online instead of buying the newspaper.
  • Do a cloths swap with your BFF’s
  • Making a gift for someone instead of buying them something, which is always better anyway.

This May challenge is keeping life in it's RAWIST and SIMPLEST form. I understand that some of you can not bike to work or take public transportation, but what about carpooling or riding your bike to the grocery store??Do you need to simplify your life and get clean inside and out, then this challenge is for you"


  1. Looking forward to the challenge too!!

  2. gluck with the challenge! I could never give up eating out for a whole month, I think my b/f would cry!

  3. YEAHHH for bobbi's challenge. I think it's a great reminder to us all, even if we are doing a pretty good job that we can still make small changes.

    wow your race is saturday, good luck!! Personally, I always hated yoga but have finally fell in love with it and think it is the perfect complement to running

  4. You are doing a fabulous job!

    I adore that coconut water-- it was in my water bottle during the marathon!

  5. Coconut water sounds unique. I knew that TFH drinks it.

    I'd like to drop 10-15's hard during training since I'm hungry all the time =).

  6. Good luck on your Simple Life Challenge!! And wow, one more week until NC Marathon!! Good luck! :-)

  7. Almost there! I hope your weather is good for Saturday, I hear it's a little warm in the more southern parts of the country!

  8. I'd be a big ol' fail for part one. I need the occasional dinners out!

  9. Best of luck on your challenge! You can do it!

    (And obviously, Best of luck on your MARATHON! YAYAYAYAY!)