Wednesday, January 30, 2019

What's for Dinner Tonight: Perfect Grilled Chicken Dry Rub

The other night I remembered about 4:30 that I had pulled chicken out of the freezer for dinner. I normally will marinate my chicken in something and put it on the grill to cook it... (actually Trevon puts it on the grill).  But because I had forgotten that I pulled it out, I didn't have time to marinate it in anything. So I decided to try a dry rub and, oh my goodness, it was amazing. So, of course, I'm sharing it with you.

2 chicken breast
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 Tbs olive oil
1/4 tsp liquid smoke

Cut the chicken breast in half to make it thinner, about 1/4 inch thick.  In a bowl mix the seasonings, the olive oil, and the liquid smoke together. Spread the mixture all over the chicken breast and let set for 30 minutes. Cook on a heated grill for 5-7 minutes on each side.

Some of our favorite sides for grilled chicken are salads (green salad, potato salad or pasta salad), seasoned rice, baked potatoes, twice baked potatoes or grilled veggies and fruit.

Do you plan dinners in advance?

How often do you use the grill?

What is your favorite BBQ side dish?

Monday, January 28, 2019

Better Me 360 Week 4: Emotional Wellness

Emotional wellness is one of the most important parts of being healthy, in my opinion.  And it's one that gets overlooked often. Here are the daily challenges for this week.

Day1: Write a list of 10 things that you love about yourself.
Day 2: Do something for you and only you.
Day 3: Try out some meditation. You can find guided meditation on Aaptiv or even on Youtube.
Day 4: Smile more
Day 5: Have a meaningful conversation with someone.
Day 6: Write in your journal
Day 7: Serve someone

I hope you all really enjoy this week's challenges and find new things that work for you and that help you be happy and healthy!

This week's sponsor is Tiger Tail! I love love my tiger tail roller, I talk about it all the time so you all know that. Because emotional health is taking care of yourself, I partnered with Tiger Tail this week to help one of you give yourself the gift of happy, relaxed muscles! Check in on Instagram, using the #betterme360 and #runninonglife as well as tagging me, to enter! This week's giveaway winner will be announced on Instagram and here on the website on Monday, February 4th.

Because this is the last week of Better Me 360, We will also be announcing the overall winner and the runner-ups next week. I'll be announcing those winners by Wednesday, February 6th, in the same places as the others (here on the website, and on Instagram).

I hope this has been helpful and something everyone has enjoyed. I'd love to hear from you! Questions, comments, feedback! Let me know

Friday, January 25, 2019

Fast Friday

Did this week go by fast for any of you?  It felt a little faster than normal for us, but I think that was because the kids had a couple days off school. Here are some of the things we did!

On Saturday morning we ran some errands and then came home to let the kids play.

After a little play time, they must have started getting bored because V found me foam rolling and decided to try to help out.

So we went to the park instead. We all enjoyed the fresh air and movement.

On the way home, we saw these deer in our neighbor's yard.

Sunday we went to church.

And then V had a picnic lunch in the kid's tent.

And I worked on a project that I've been wanting to start for a while.

On Monday we had a birthday party to go to.

And when we got home, I  got in bed early and started this book.

Tuesday the girls didn't have school and I didn't want to stay cooped up in the house all day again, so we bundled up and went sledding at the park near us. The kids had so much fun and we stayed for almost two hours before V took his gloves off and got really mad that picking up snow made his hands cold.

We only have a baby sled that no one fits in anymore and we didn't want to waste sledding time going to the store to get one, so we borrowed one from my mom, and used an old storage tote lid for the other. I will say I was quite surprised how well the lid worked. 

When the girls went back to school, V got to come run more errands with me. We went to Trader Joes for the first time!

We were running low on time before picking M up from school so we didn't take a long time to look around, but I did see a bag of Kale chips for $4.00. That is something I'll never understand. You can't tell me that you want to spend that much on a kale chip (you can buy a whole thing of kale or two for that price and make twice as much) when you can eat a potato chip. But, I did buy this cute little bouquet of flowers for $4.00, much better use of that money, and it's been warming my house up and reminding me of my grandma. 

My workouts this week were way more laid back.

I took Saturday off from running,
I did a full body workout on Tuesday,
and then I ran 2 miles on Thursday.

My knee was flaring up and I didn't want to cause it more problems. But I'll be back to regular running soon!

I hope you all have a great weekend!

What are you looking forward to this weekend?

What was your highlight of the week?

Do you have a favorite thing from Trader Joes that I need to check out?

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

My Favorite Aaptiv Trainers

You have heard me talk a lot about Aaptiv, I know, but I really do love this app! I use it almost on a daily basis and I've come to find my favorite trainers on there and I wanted to share them with you today.

These are not in any order. They each have something that I love about them.  And I know there are other trainers that I haven't even tried yet, because Aaptiv gets even more trainers all the time, that I will have to check out and let you know about soon.

Rochelle- She was the first trainer I used for running with Aaptiv.  I started really loving her while I was doing the half marathon training. She coaches the half and the full marathon programs and she's awesome at it. Then I started doing some of her strength training classes too and those are also good. She loves 90's pop music and she is so positive when she's training you.  She reminds you to think positive and gives you reminders on your form and breathing too. I also started following her on Instagram, and she has an awesome back story and she recently put out a book about how she recovered from alcoholism. She so inspiring and has darling twin girls.

Meg- Meg also does some running programs which I haven't tried yet but I want to. I started doing Meg's strength training classes and this girl can work! I am always leaving her classes feeling like I've worked hard and gotten in a great workout.  I love that Meg explains the exercises so well that it's easy to follow along.

Ackeem- You guys, he's the happiest/ most positive trainer on Aaptiv. I started taking Ackeem's strength training classes and then I realized he also had treadmill classes and I loved those too! When you're taking his class, it's like he's there with you. Sometimes I feel like he can see through the phone because the timing of his form reminders is right on. You can tell that he really loves what he does and he really wants all his athletes to be successful. He also has fantastic taste in music and has a ton of motivational reminders.

Amanda- She has great meditation classes. She even gave one for kids which have been a big help when mine are feeling extra overwhelmed. She also does some HIIT and strength training classes that are great! I love taking Amanda's classes for my at home workouts and for when I only have a few minutes. She has quick classes that get the job done.

Jess- She teaches meditation and yoga. I can't say I've ever taken a yoga class on Aaptiv, I'm just not much of a Yogi. But I love her meditation classes. Especially to help me get better sleep. When I start feeling that anxiety rising, I can turn on one of her meditation classes as I'm laying in bed and it will help me relax and release my worries so that I can sleep better. She is very calming and empowering.

Benjamin- I do Ben's strength training classes. He seems so friendly. His workouts are also quick and effective. They are perfect for those days where you need a quick boost in your energy and mood or for a great warm-up or something a little extra after a run.  Sometimes I go into a Ben workout thinking it'll be super easy because it's quick and then I realize, again, that he's kind of a beast and I might die haha. Not really, but I think you know what I mean.

There are so many others and some that I haven't even tried. Aaptiv is the perfect app for moms who don't feel like they have the time to go to the gym or who need something they can do at home to help their fitness, mood, and self-esteem. If you haven't checked them out yet, do it now! You can try Aaptiv for free for 30 days before paying for a subscription.

Just FYI, this isn't a sponsored post in any way, I pay for my subscription but I am an Aaptiv Ambassador. Use my link to start your 30-day trial. Also, if you want a chance at winning a free 6-month subscription to Aaptiv, check out the Better Me 360 challenge Here. Aapvit is the sponsor this year and is giving away a free 6 months for one lucky winner!

Have you tried Aaptiv? 

What do you look for in a trainer?

Monday, January 21, 2019

Better Me 360 Week 3: Mental Wellness

There are two more weeks left in our Better Me 360 Challenge! Ready for week 3? This week we are focusing on mental wellness.

A lot of people hear mental wellness and think depression and anxiety. We aren't talking about those things this week though. While they have a lot to do will mental wellness, I felt that it would be better to focus on those during the emotional wellness week since they seem to fit better there. So this week we are focusing on mental strength.

Day 1: Do a Crossword Puzzle
Day 2: Read something today that is NOT on your phone.
Day 3: learn something new about history.
Day 4: Watch a documentary.
Day 5: Write a list of mantras to help you when you're struggling.
Day 6: Teach someone something new.
Day 7: Find a new game to challenge your mind.

This week I will be giving the winner a $25 Amazon gift card! The winner will be announced on Monday the 28th, in the usual places! Check in on Instagram, using the #betterme360 and #runninonglife as well as tagging me, to enter!

Last weeks giveaway winner is: @dreaminstiers! Contact me!
This week I'm excited to hear what you are learning about and what you're teaching others!

What is your favorite way to challenge your mind?

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Fast Friday

Hallelujah, it's Friday! This was a busy week but a good one. Here are a few of the random happenings from our week.

On Saturday I went for a run OUTSIDE! It's been a really long time since that's happened but I'm really glad it did. My chin was the only thing that was frozen when I got back.

We got to go on a date night while our neighbors watched the kids.

We had a relaxing Sunday with church and lots of relaxing and getting ready for the week.

Trevon usually makes Sunday dinner and this time V helped out.

On Monday we started week 2 of the better me 360 challenge! We've been focusing on nutrition this week and it was a bit of a challenge for me. But we made it through and next week we focus on mental health!

One of the hardest days for me was making sure I got 2 servings of fruits and veggies. I started out with an omelet that had veggies, but it turned into scrambled eggs because instead. But it tasted good.

On Wednesday we watched the neighbor kids and during lunch M and V were playing charades and trying to get the neighbor boy to guess what they were being.

Trevon signed up for a Movnat training in April, so he's been working on some of the moves lately to get some practice in. The kids have been enjoying it and they kids called this one "baby sloth" because that's what it looked like when they were hanging on him.

On Thursday I made lots of homemade bread and my house smelled delicious and warm all day. Then I took a few loaves to some neighbors.

Then we played at my sister's house for a little while after school.

This weeks workouts looked something like this:

Saturday- 4.5 miles outside

Sunday- rest day

Monday- foam rolling and stretching. I was so tight from running outside for the first time in a while...does this happen to anyone else?

Tuesday- full body strength training with Aaptiv

Wednesday- stretching/foam rolling/rest

Thursday- nice easy run because my body was still not super pleased about the outside run.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend! 

How was your week?

What are you most looking forward to for next week?

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Homemade Granola Recipe

I have been asked about this recipe several times and today I decided to share it! I was never a big granola fan until I was pregnant with V and suddenly it was one of my favorite foods. I love putting it on yogurt with fruit, I love making trail mix out of it. And my kids like eating it by its self. It's a healthier option for meals and snacking than regular cereal or candy so it's easy to feel good about eating it. So this is my homemade granola recipe!

What you will need:

5 cups of old fashioned oats
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbs PB fit powder (you can sub this with regular peanut or almond butter if you'd rather)
a pinch of salt
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup honey
1 egg white

Pre-heat oven to 300. Mix all your dry ingredients together until the oats are coated.  Melt the butter and add the honey and, if you're subbing the PBfit out, mix the regular nut butter in. Whisk in the egg yolk. Pour the mixture in with the dry ingredients and stir until the oats are all coated. spread onto a cookie sheet. (For easy cleanup, line the cookie sheet with aluminum foil) Bake for 30 minutes. Let the granola cool completely before putting it into a container.

I store it in a glass jar similar to THIS ONE to keep it fresh and it lasts about 2 weeks to a month before it's gone. I've never had it around long enough for it to go bad, so I'm not sure how long it would last for. Like I said before, I love to eat this on yogurt with fruit, but I also love to add seeds and chocolate chips or crasins to it once in a while.

Do you guys have a go-to or favorite recipe?

What is your favorite add-in for trail mix or granola?

Monday, January 14, 2019

Better Me 360 Week 2: Nutrition

It's week 2 of the Better Me 360 challenge!! How did everyone do last week? This week we are focusing on nutritional wellness which is definitely not my strong suit.  I will remind everyone right here, right now that I am not a nutritionist, not even close. I like to follow the 80-20% rule and focus more on intuitive eating more than any kind of diet. But I've never been to school for this subject and I don't focus too hard on this. No one suggest kale to me...everyone knows it's a lie when you say it tastes good (I'm kidding, kind of).

That being said, let's move on to this week's daily challenges.

Day 1: Drink 8 glasses of water today.
Day 2: Eat at least 2 servings of fruits and vegetables.
Day 3: Cut out one unhealthy snack out today.
Day 4: Stop eating before 7 PM tonight.
Day 5: Eat something whole today.
Day 6: Try a new food or recipe today.
Day 7: Treat yourself to any snack you've been craving lately.

The winner of the RooSport giveaway is Kortney Francis! Contact me! If you want to get a RooSport for yourself, you can find one HERE.

This week's giveaway is a blender bottle! Trevon and I have been able to try out just about every blender bottle out there and we are ready to send you one. Check in on Instagram to enter by using the #betterme360 and #runningonlife as well as tagging me. The winner will be announced on Monday, January 21 on Instagram and on the website!

What is your biggest struggle with nutrition?

Friday, January 11, 2019

Fast Friday

Friday is here again and I was a big slacker when it came to picture taking this week. So this is going to be a really fast Friday!

Last weekend was really low key. We hung around the house and played with toys and got random things done.

Last week the kids had a teeth cleaning, and on Saturday I found them playing dentist. This might not be cute or funny to any of you, but my dad's the dentist. So I could clearly see the M was being the dentist or hygienist, J was the patient, and V was pushing the "X-Ray button".

We had church on Sunday and it was full of firsts. Our church went from 3 hours to 2 hours (focusing more on a family-centered, church supported learning). It was also 9:00 church instead of 1:00 church and that was great! Then, we went to my parent's house for dinner on Sunday.

The Better Me 360 challenge started on Monday. This week was all about physical wellness. Don't worry, if you forgot to join in this week there are three more weeks, three more giveaways, and a grand prize. So make sure to join in next week. And don't forget to post on instagram, tag me, and use these hashtags: #runningonlife and #betterme360. 

So my while my daily picture taking wasn't quite up to par, my workouts were. Monday we did pushups 3 times that day for 1 minute each.

Tuesday we did a 15 minute walk/jog/run (plus my regular strength training). We were all really wanting a good treat on Tuesday so we made a cake. The amount of happiness this brought this little boy was pretty amazing. Sometimes you just need cake.

Wednesday was 3 1 minute planks.

Thursday we did 10 jumping jacks every time we stood up, that was tough to remember to do but I did it. Plus I did an easy run that morning.

Friday (today) we are doing as many squats as we can in a minute 3 times today.

On Thursday we decided to go to my sister's house to play for a while. I really love having family nearby so we can visit often.

I hope you all have a great weekend and challenge yourself! I'll be doing the RooSport giveaway on Monday and will announce it on the blog and on instagram!  see you back here on Monday to start week 2! 

Did you start the Better Me 360 Challenge yet? 

Do you live near family?

What do your parents do for a living?

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

How To Be a Better Runner

As we get this new year going, there are a lot of people out there who have made goals to start racing or to PR in a race, including myself. But sometimes it's hard to know exactly what things you need to do to be a better, faster runner.

Getting a PR is always an exciting thing, but sometimes we want it so bad that we forget some of the basic things about running, and working out in general. When I was in high school, I wanted to be a fast runner so bad! I would push myself so hard and be so frustrated when I didn't see results from all that hard work. But my brother ended up teaching me a really great and important lesson about racing. And that was that if you push yourself to your limits every workout, you won't have anything left for race day. Your body and your mind will be burned out and worn down and you won't perform well. You should never be pushing yourself to 100% in your practices.

Along with making sure you're not making every workout hard, you should be taking rest days.  I know that's easier said than done for some. I'm someone who enjoys my workouts and doesn't love the idea of taking many days off. But, if we make sure to take at least one rest day a week, our bodies will thank us later. Even if your workouts aren't normally hard workouts. Rest days are essential to recovery. And when we are working our muscles that hard, recovery is necessary.

When you do get your hard workouts in, make one of them speed work. The only way to become a faster runner is to practice running faster. I used to really hate speed workouts but now I really enjoy them. Part of the reason I like them much more now is that I know that is my day to really push myself. I like trying to get faster than I was with each interval.

Strength training is another really important part of running and racing.  Increasing muscle mass helps you run faster. It also strengthens your body so you are able to avoid injury a little easier. Upper body strength isn't something we think is super important to runners, but runners actually use their upper body and core muscles more than they realize. So don't forget to do some strength training too!

With a balance of running, strength training and resting, you'll get pretty good results with your races! But the most important thing is to make a plan and stick to it because nothing can change for the better without consistency in your prep work.  Working out regularly, having a running schedule that you can stick to, pushing yourself out of your comfort zone once or twice a week, and staying consistent with all of those things will help you to become a better, faster runner.

Who has a running goal for 2019?

What is your goal race this year?

Monday, January 7, 2019

Better Me 360: Physical Wellness

Ok, here's the first week's challenges for BetterMe360! Don't forget to check in on Instagram using the #betterme360 and #runningonlife as well as tagging me (@jennyrunningonlife) in order to be entered into the drawings!

Week one is all about physical health.  This time of year seems hard to get moving sometimes, but we all know it's good for us to exercise. It helps us physically, mentally and emotionally to exercise. It doesn't matter what kind of exercise you do, it helps. And once you start working out it's more likely that you will continue to work out. The hope for this is that after a week of doing little things to help you get exercising, you'll want to continue and add those things on to the next week's things.

Day 1: Do as many pushups as you can in one minute, 3 times today.
Day 2: Go on a 15-20 minute walk/jog/run. 
Day 3: Do a 1-minute plank 3 x today
Day 4: Do 10 jumping jacks every time you stand up today. And don't stay seated just to get out of doing them ;)
Day 5: Do as many squats as you can in 1 minute (with good form) 3 x today
Day 6: Go on a 30-minute walk/jog/run today
Day 7: Stretch for 10 minutes two times today

This week's sponsor is RooSport. I've used my RooSport for several years now and I love it. It is, hands down, my favorite running accessory. You can read more about RooSport HERE. RooSport is amazing and sent me one to send to one of you! This week's winner will be announced on Monday, January 14 on Instagram and here on the website!

I will be doing all of the challenges with you too! So follow me on Instagram, chime in, lets support and cheer each other on, and have fun! 

Which day do you think will be your hardest?