one week later.

by Holly on March 5, 2011

in African,detoxing,dinner,running

One week ago, I set out a recalibration plan for myself to well…recalibrate.

Sometimes life gets crazy (i.e.¬†this is what I’ve been dealing with at work for three weeks) and seemingly normal actions like exercising, eating healthy, relaxing, writing a blog and watching the latest episode of The Bachelor are not of top priority. Sometimes one’s brain is so jam-packed with a streaming multitude of thoughts there is simply no room left to form coherent sentences much less worry about having to run a 1/2 marathon in less than a month.

Or 21 days, to be exact.

That’s why I hatched this recalibration plan – just some simple, small steps to reclaiming time for myself and that physical sense of feeling strong, fit and fierce that somehow slipped away. Because I am going to need both if I am going to finish this race without passing out with a collapsed lung under Abe’s feet at the Lincoln Memorial.

So, how did I do one week later?

(1) Eat 99% real food.

Check! After an $80 trip to the grocery store, I had an Everythingtarian apartment bursting with fresh produce, fruit, whole grains and all the REAL ingredients I needed to make delicious meals like this one – two slices of locally-made, multigrain bread with avocado, sundried tomato + a drizzle of olive oil alongside kale chips (this recipe) and one coconut macaroon for dessert.

(2) Chow down on 10 servings of fruits + veggies/day.

{Pretty much} check! While I didn’t count everyday, I know the plethora of fruits + veggies I bought and can say that one week later, my fridge is just about empty. Kale, cucumber, a 1-lb. clamshell of organic spinach, bell peppers, apples, oranges, avocado, bananas, sweet potatoes, onion…all gone.

(3) Eat 3-5 servings of fermented foods/week.

Check! I splurged on 3 bottles of kombucha as well as had 7 containers of Chobani + Stonyfield yogurts that are all gone. That’s 10 servings right there. My new goal is to incorporate more miso this next week.

(4) Imbibe a maximum of 1-2 alcoholic beverages/week.

Massive FAIL! Two ginormous glasses of wine on Wednesday, two beers + 1 mixed drink (with yummy rosemary-infused simple syrup) + 1 shot plus the massive fail I had last Saturday night = massivest fail of them all. Whelp, can’t win ’em all…

(5) Closely monitor my sugar intake.

Check! Besides these vegan cookies, which have received RAVE reviews from my non-vegan friends, and the 1/2 doughnut I had yesterday to celebrate a co-worker’s birthday, I really haven’t had many sweets or dessert this week.

(6) Eat out a maximum of 1 -2 times/week.

CHECK! Honestly, I was the most nervous about this part of the recalibration plan. You see, I really like dining out at fun restaurants and enjoying the company of good friends while doing so. But I also know the toll it has taken on my already skinny wallet, so I made sure to spend more at the grocery store to ensure I had yummy meals planned all week, like Mama Pea’s Spicy African Peanut Stew. Come Friday, I realized I hadn’t eaten out even ONCE this week and celebrated by going to Chipotle for lunch.


{Almost} check! Training for a half-marathon in Wisconsin in the winter sucks, for the record. However, I faced the dreadmill for a 7, 3.5 and 4.5 run this week, all of which have gone pretty well. I have a 9-mile run today and a 5-miler tomorrow and definitely feel more in “running shape” than I have in awhile.

My plan for this week?

More running.

Less procrastinating.

More Spicy African Peanut Stew (see above).

Less alcohol imbibing.

Do you have any goals for this upcoming week? As always, sharing is caring!


Paije March 5, 2011 at 10:57 am

That multigrain bread with avocado and sundried tomatoes look sooo good!! And I am obsessed with kale :D
Great job on your goals!!

kathleen March 5, 2011 at 11:00 am

To do yoga. I keep meaning to get up early and do some yoga in my living room. Still haven’t gotten around to it.

Ashley @ 365 things March 5, 2011 at 11:03 am

You’re doing a great job! Keep up the good work.

Funny what we can accomplish with just a lil effort. :)

Now go have a great weekend!

glidingcalm March 5, 2011 at 11:08 am

love you!! that locally made bread looks insanely yummy!!

have a great weekend, mama!

Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) March 5, 2011 at 11:13 am

Great job on all of your recalibration plans! :D

One of my main goals for this week is to stop with the procrastination already. I want to feel accomplished and ahead of the game by the end of the week. As always, thanks for the inspiration! :D

Erica March 5, 2011 at 11:15 am

Whoop! Great job to you- you really hit the majority of your list. I want to try those cookies. Goals for this upcoming week? Just continue to eat well and exercise regularly for me & the babe. So far, I think exercising regularly has made this pregnancy a piece of cake. Have a great weekend

Lisa @ I'm an Okie March 5, 2011 at 11:42 am

GREAT JOB! I bet you feel a lot better after eating all of that fresh stuff. I need to commit myself more to that.

julie March 5, 2011 at 12:50 pm

well i wish this was a goal but it is more of a “have to” and that is to get my thesis lit review done this weekend haha and more specifically half today! so i should probably stop reading your blog and get to writing my papes!


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 5, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Great job! In the upcoming week my goal is to get through ISAT testing with my kids. It’s always a stressful time. I’ve been thinking of you with all that stuff that is going on in Wisconsin. As someone who is in a union (teaching) it is crazy to see everything that’s going on!!!

Lauren March 5, 2011 at 1:46 pm

You did a fantastic job!!!! And I know you’ll do incredible on this 1/2 marathon!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 5, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Wow, Holly, AMAZING job on your week! You lived up to all your goals and expectations and that is just splendid!

Goals for this week = learn my new iphone better!

Katie March 5, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Hooray! I love how you are so honest about your goals. If I make a goal and fail at it…I just pretend like I never made it in the first place. That’s probably why I hate making goals for myself – I just don’t like the pressure. (I just realized I’m kind of a freak.)

Happy running today! Hope the sun shines a little for you!

Sarah @ One Love Sarah March 5, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Well looks like you did pretty well! Enjoy the weekend!

Mary @ Bites and Bliss March 5, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Congrats on meeting all your weekly goals! Some of those were toughies, glad you were able to get through them with no problem. :)

my little celebration March 5, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Good job friend. Recalibrating can be difficult, but I think you’ve done well thus far. (non-alcoholic) cheers to you!

My goals for this week are finish a guest post I’ve been putting off majorly this week.
Run 5 miles at least once.
And hold off on sweets.

Jessica March 5, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Goals for this week: Run 5 miles, finish my Newman’s Own project, and not lose my mind at work. Those cookies are amaze-balls and I plan on making them again. My parents thought they were the best vegan recipe I had made yet.

Low March 5, 2011 at 7:53 pm

The hardest thing for me to cut out when I’m broke (which lately, is always) is eating out. I love discovering a new restaurant and enjoying it with fun people. Just love it. I also love red wine in the evenings. I’ve cut both out lately and I have to say I miss them both severely. Sigh.
Yay for you and your recalibration. You are rocking it.
P.S. Just emailed you. Soooo hope to see you in a few weeks!!!

Jess March 5, 2011 at 9:44 pm

That first picture looks INCREDIBLEEEE!!

Alison March 5, 2011 at 10:03 pm

I was recalibrating this week too…I did awesome until Friday night….but, eh…what can you do. I’m proud of the week I had and will get back on that horse again on Monday. :)

Lauren March 5, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Goal for the up coming week:
-drink less alcohol (not feeling so hot today, after last night)
-run more (as long as my physical therapist allows it)
-give myself a break… allow my body to heal from it’s injuries.

I love your blog and wish you luck on your upcoming run!!! :)

Nikki March 6, 2011 at 5:43 am

I agree with everyone. You’re doing a great job. It’s so cool to watch your progress and see what kind of healthy changes you’re making. Because it gives me ideas for how to make good changes in my own life.

Keep up the good work.

Mackenzie @ Whatever, Gatsby March 6, 2011 at 6:58 am

i lurve this! and need to do this myself. i’ve one too many forays with greasy thai food (my kryptonite) and my tum-tum is out of wack.

oh man, my goal is to SAVE MONEY! i’m starting up a savings account for my big move and picking up 8976 more shifts. :) oddly enough, i’m excited about being a bit stingy with my money!

Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel March 6, 2011 at 7:56 am

your avocado bread meal shows just how delicious real food is, and its not all just big hunks of carrots and celery sticks with some nuts sprinkled on top hehe… but its gourmet food like this, as long as one is willing to be a tad more creative :)


Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum March 6, 2011 at 7:58 am

That African Stew is amazing. Thank goodness for filling meals that are full of flavor … and good for you! And kudos on making most of your goals. :) I should maybe know this if I was reading your blog every day… but what half marathon are you running?? Are you planning to move on to a full? Twin Cities, perhaps??

Maya March 6, 2011 at 10:30 am

Work must be insane for you, kudos to you, Holly. I hope the recalibration continues to go well, and maybe we can met up in DC!

Susan March 6, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Yay for feeling “recalibrated”! You did so awesome on your goals girl. As for the loosey goose, my dad’s doc told him that 1 alcoholic beverage a day (no matter what it is) benefits your heart when paired with exercise. So if you average out this weeks drinks, I’d say you’re good ; )

PS – Mama Pea’s stew is the JAM.

K - Anywhere There's An Airport March 6, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Goals #1: Hang out with new Madrid friends + Goal #2: a happy week without anymore “bastard” run-ins = the making of a good week! Cheers to yours too!!

Teri [a foodie stays fit] March 8, 2011 at 11:10 am

awesome job!!! And I think you should just nix the alcohol thing. Red wine is good for your heart.

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