Winter Wonderland

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Workout – total trash run today.  I threw it away.  had to just let it go.  and I was ok with that.  It just started making me feel really bad about how really bad the run was.  Was like I lost all ability to even run.  that bad. I made it 5 miles, 36 min. ish.  and it was torture.  onthe basement ancient mill.  and 25 min on stairmaster speed intervals.  here’s the thing – if your mind is not in the run, it makes it hard.  if your mind and your legs are not in the run, it makes it really hard.  If your mind and your legs are not in the run and your three kids are bouncing off the walls around you – give it up.  try again tomorrow.  what added to that was that I had it in my head that I really wanted to do 9 or 10, and it was supposed to be a speedwork day.  It was just a disaster from the start.  I really can only do the speedwork at the track, or the gym treadmill.  it doesn’t work for me at home.  lesson learned.  on we go. 

And we all know today is Wednesday – which did not fail to disappoint in it’s longevity, craziness (much like this post) and all around is it bedtime yet feeling.  But, much like Monday – there were actually a lot of good things about this Wednesday. 

For one, it was my daughter’s winter concert at school.  Which was kind of funny because it ended up being like 60 degrees out today and they were singing Frosty the Snowman and other crazy cold songs.  silliness.  those kindergartners. 

not sure whether to smile or cry. just smile sweetheart. it's just mommy.

Another really good thing is that today is day 3 of our cleanse.  We have moved past the cleanse drink and on to the shakes/salads.  yay.  we get to eat.  kind of.  in the form of blended shake food.  this is really fun.  so the other highlight of my day was getting this in the mail.  FINALLY.

handsome couple. I now have more pictures of me with food than with my family. I think.

PlantFusion Protein powder – Totally plant based!  These are the ingredients:

PlantFusion Amino Acid infused protein blend – Pea protein isolate, Artichoke protein, Organic Sprouted Grain Amaranth Powder and Organic Sprouted Quinoa Powder. <—— This is the new and improved formula – same nutrition information as on the label below.  

PlantFusion™ Infused
Proprietary Amino Acid Blend:
Providing 4,500 mg BCAAs (L-Isoleucine, L-Leucine and L-Valine) and 3,350 mg L- Glutamine

the details

 
 
My thoughts on the matter- I’ve already had TWO shakes with it, and the hubs had one.  You better believe I busted that thing right open and popped it in the blender.  I waste no time.  here’s what goes into my GREEN SMOOTHIE.  creature of consistency, so it never changes.  ever.  sometimes.

minus that whey protein. sub the plant protein. and you're golden.

 
1c. unsweetened almond milk
1/2c. frozen raspberries
2TBSP flaxseed
handful ice cubes
1 scoop protein powder
1/2 banana
Handful spinach – maybe 1cup?
1/2c water
BLEND 
 
Love at first drink.  LOVE.  This is in no way similar to a whey protein, but it’s pretty darn good.  It is very a very fine powder, but has a slightly gritty taste when it’s blended, like any other plant based protein, but not as bad as some of them I’ve tried.  This is probably the fourth one I’ve tried.  Hands down the best. 
 
My husband took the first drink of his shake, and said “wow, this is really good!”  He hasn’t really said that yet about any of the shakes I’ve made.  No, it didn’t have anything to do with the fact that he has been eating rabbit food and crazy cleanse drinks for 3 days.  he really did like it.  and I didn’t tell him I had switched the protein.   I call that a GREAT review.  This is a keeper.  and I’m so happy it’s plant based.   
 
I got it at Lucky Vitamin.  I think it was around $24 for 2 lbs.  this is more expensive than most whey proteins, but MUCH cheaper than some other awful tasting plant based proteins or brown rice proteins.   
 
Still another really good thing that happened today is that the grocery store still had raspberries stocked up, meaning my mom didn’t get to them.  I never learned how to share and since they are on sale – they are all now in my freezer. 
 

is that obnoxious? because there's more hiding under that broccoli. hope I don't get sick of them. I do the same thing with almond milk. I have 3 gallons in my fridge now:-)

 
sorry mom.  get a raincheck.  🙂
 
The good just keeps coming – I love that I don’t have to cook dinner while we are on this cleanse because it’s just shakes, but I do kind of have to “cook” or make lunch.  Today I had an epic fail at roasting vegetables.  we aren’t going to even talk about it.  it just didn’t work out for me today.  which was super disappointing because I really wanted them on top of my salad.  sad.  my run and my veggies were in cahoots to try to ruin my day.  it almost worked, but not quite.  because my daughter asked me to make SPINACH bread.  for lunch.  how can I say no to a child asking for spinach?  she did ask for spinach.  little time consuming, but they all scarfed it down.  and I made them eat it for dinner too.  double points for mommy.  I will put up pics and the recipe of the spinach bread tomorrow. 
 
To finish off the neverending Wednesday, we enjoyed the beautiful weather and went to the playground.  I figured I had to get them outside while it was nice out.  we could be under 2 feet of snow next week.  you just never know around here. 
 
So as crazy as the days may be, and as bad as the run sometimes is – it’s all worth it because I get to hang out with 
 
THESE
 
 
CRAZY

don't look right into her eyes. scray things happen.

 
 
CATS

there's nothing wrong with hanging a child from a door in a grocery bag. nothing.

 
ALL DAY.
 
Thanks to my super hard working hubster.  love ya.    
 
 
 What are you most thankful for TODAY??
 
What was the last thing you tried to cook that you totally failed at? 
 
How are the workouts/runs going this week?  because mine are not so hot!  Here’s to hoping for a better day tomorrow. 
 
 
 
 
 
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About msfitrunner

I am a 29 year old stay at home, hardworking mom to my three little loves! My oldest little darling is 5, little sis is 4 and baby brother is almost 2. I have been married to my Mr. Wonderful for almost 7 years (ahhh!). My faith and my family is my rock, and I have a newfound LOVE for running. Maybe it's more of a necessity at this point - to maintain household peace and my own sanity, but whatever it is, it's working for me and I'm loving the racing. The vegan world has been calling my name, so I am testing out those waters as well! That's a tough one with three little picky eaters at home, but I am having fun coming up with new recipes and trying out new things. Follow along as I chronicle this crazy running life, and ALL the craziness that goes with it!

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