Chocolate Fix!

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Sometimes these addiction posts start out with “anyone who knows me knows I am obsessed with….” That’s not true in my case. Well, maybe. lol. Maybe I only think I hide it. The truth is I have an obsession with chocolate. Like, I could sit down and eat 4 regular size, plain hershey bars. Or an entire Cadbury Dairy milk bar. Those things are HUGE.

So, in my quest to lose 1 lb/ week until graduation December 14th, I have decided I will not deny myself chocolate. I will, however, find healthy ways to enjoy it.

Today I made homemade hot cocoa. It’s seriously so much better than anything you can buy and so much more satisfying. This is my recipe. Enjoy!

 

Homemade Hot Cocoa

1 1/2 tbl Saco brand cocoa powder (higher iron content for me but any brand is probably fine.)

1 tbl honey

1 tbl coconut sugar

12 oz almond unsweetened almond milk

dash of salt

1/4 tsp vanilla

1 dollop of pre-refrigerated canned coconut milk (The coconut milk adds the fatty creaminess you would get from regular milk.)

Mix the first 5 ingredients in a pan on the stove top. Stir with a whisk and heat until you see steam coming off the top but not to boiling.

Remove from heat. Add the vanilla and dollop of coconut milk.

Enjoy cozied up in bed on a rainy day or add some coffee for a killer mocha.

 

Goal Update and Chocolate Fix

Hello there!

It’s been a while. I wanted to first update my goals. We are almost half way through the year!

The goals I posted on my last post were:

January – Restart Crossfit at Snake River Crossfit in Nampa. Already signed up! Revamp my paleo lifestyle – which means, basically, cut the crap and start eating like I know works.
February – (Hope I’m not dying from Crossfit 🙂 ) Hire a running coach. I’ve already found one with reasonable prices that is local. This will give me a month to get my diet back in check and get my body back into fat-burning mode.
March – The Pulse Endurance Runs 24 hour run. I’m looking to re-focus my mental strength from school back to these types of events. Hoping to take back my 50 miles. 
April – Weiser River 50k. Hoping to PR this again, although last year was pretty dang good.
May – Sharlie Shuffle – Going for those 40 miles again
June – Rest month
July – Beaverhead. Hoping to PR this course. This will be my 5th year. Also planning a backpacking trip with my friends to Goat Rocks in WA.
August – Harriman 50k. This will give me 4 50k’s for the year in the ITUS series – meaning I can claim another jacket.

I’m happy to say I hit almost all of my goals in the first half of the year. I did not PR Weiser but I did finish it and I did not hit 40 miles at Sharlie Shuffle but I did get farther than last year and I did not remember how tough of a course it is. So far I’m pretty happy with my progress.

Next up: Focus on diet. I have lost about 12 lbs and kept it off but it’s just not good enough. I know I will perform better if I am 30lbs lighter. This is not about being “fat’ but about being the best athlete I can and right now the weight is holding me back. I am supposed to graduate December 14th and I am hoping to lose 1lb/ week until that time. That is super sustainable and gives me something to look forward to.

So for now: How do I get my chocolate fix? 🙂

Watch for the next post!

2019 Goals

One more final down! The last one is tomorrow at 5 pm and barring a total disaster I will have finished the toughest semester of college I’ve ever had with a 3.5 GPA. It’s not all sunshine and sugar though – I’ve literally put on 20 lbs in 12 weeks. There were days I was up at 330 am to study before work, on my lunch and continue into the evening. I’m just so excited to be done and to get back my life!!!!
 
For those of you who don’t know, I struggled the first 26 years of my life to understand my potential. I always thought I was fat, ugly and stupid. I am so confident now. I always say I spent years hating myself – I don’t have time for it now. This doesn’t mean I’m perfect. I still have days where I doubt myself, get stressed out and end up in tears. It just means I don’t live there, I try to solve the issue I’m having or use the coping mechanisms I have developed – typically hours on the trail with friends.
 
2019 is going to be a great year!
Goals:
January – Restart Crossfit at Snake River Crossfit in Nampa. Already signed up! Revamp my paleo lifestyle – which means, basically, cut the crap and start eating like I know works.
February – (Hope I’m not dying from Crossfit 🙂 ) Hire a running coach. I’ve already found one with reasonable prices that is local. This will give me a month to get my diet back in check and get my body back into fat-burning mode.
March – The Pulse Endurance Runs 24 hour run. I’m looking to re-focus my mental strength from school back to these types of events. Hoping to take back my 50 miles.
April – Weiser River 50k. Hoping to PR this again, although last year was pretty dang goo.
May – Sharlie Shuffle – Going for those 40 miles again
June – Rest month
July – Beaverhead. Hoping to PR this course. This will be my 5th year. Also planning a backpacking trip with my friends to Goat Rocks in WA.
August – Harriman 50k. This will give me 4 50k’s for the year in the ITUS series – meaning I can claim another jacket.
September – Crew for someone at IMTUF. I have a couple people in mind but I would like to get a crewing experience.
October – not sure yet. Leaving this one open. I usually am mentally done in October, however, I have been in school the last 3 years so I’m looking forward to seeing what October feels like without that burden

Weiser River 50k

My last post was my 2018 race schedule with goals. Well 2018 started out with a BANG! with the Weiser River 50k. My goal was 8 hours, 42 minutes faster than my finish in 2015. I finished in 7:52. And this girl is happy.

This was my first ultra since the Foothills Frenzy in 2016. That’s right… a year a half ago. I was beginning to wonder if I could even call myself an ultra runner anymore. 2015 and 2016 were tough years. I almost gave up this hobby.

I’m learning as I get older that emotions and feelings don’t always form in my best interest. Most of the time it is better to acknowledge the feeling and continue moving forward. My greatest accomplishments have come when I’ve fought through the urges to stop, to quit, and most importantly, get bored and move onto something else. Ultra-running is not just a hobby. I’ve met some of the most incredible humans on this journey and this sport is what bonds us.

Anyway…. I persevered through training. Rain, wind, snow, super super boring 8th street repeats and got my PR. Next up: Sharlie Shuffle in McCall in 5 weeks. I’m looking forward to the suffering.weiser1weiser2

2018 Race Schedule

April 14 Weiser River 50k, Council, ID, Goal Under 8 hours

May 19 Sharlie Shuffle 12 hour, McCall, ID, Goal 40 miles

May 26 Redfish Lake 1/2 marathon, Stanley, ID, Goal 2 1/2 hours

July 14 Beaverhead 55k, Salmon, ID, Goal Under 15 hours

July 28 Palisades 50 miler, Irwin, ID, Goal: Cross that damn 50 mile mountain finish line!

For those of you that don’t know, Idaho is awesome. I’ll get to see some of the best view in the state! I’m not even running half of the gorgeous races this state has to offer. Check out the ITUS series – Idaho Trail Ultra Series.

These are big goals for me. If I successfully follow through with this plan, I will have my best racing year so far. Looking forward to nailing it this summer.

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Adventure Weekend

My ankle is feeling strong. I planned a big weekend and almost everything went really well. I had a short run planned for Saturday morning, an evening snowshoe with the Pulse Dirty Soles running group to raise money for juvenile diabetes, and then a long 18 mile run in the Snake River Canyon on Sunday. Here are some pics from my super fun weekend.

Honey Stinger

I got in! I am a 2018 Honey Stinger Ambassador! That means I get to use their awesome products while I’m training this year and tell everyone about them. I love the ingredients in Honey Stinger – there’s not a lot of weird stuff to upset my stomach and best of all – the gels don’t have that funky texture. I am super proud to sport my Honey Stinger logo along with the Brooks B Fit logo this year!HoneyStinger_Vert_COLOR