Lunch was SO good today!
To make Sneaky Protein Pizza, I mixed 1/4 cup (measured dry) cup cooked lentils with 1/4 cup pasta sauce, slathered it on top of a Flat Out Wrap, topped it with cheese, and baked it for about 10 minutes at 350.
Truly a fabulous and quick dish (especially if you have the lentils pre-cooked like I did), and I will definitely make it again!
Plus, broc on the side:
And something sweet to end it with:
Check out the cute Operation Beautiful supplies I bought last night — including a marker that attaches to my keychain! Now, I’ll never be without my Operation Beautiful supplies!
I wrote myself a new motivational note and stuck it on my computer screen. My previous notes were old and I was looking past them instead of actually reading them.
How I Started to Run
Thanks for your positive feedback on my Race Diary video! I’m glad some of you found it interesting and motivating. :) A few of you asked if I could explain how I went from ‘couch potato to runner’ in 3 months.
I started to run in Spring 2006 after my BFF Lauren (Hi, Lauren!) had an intervention with me about my unhealthy habits. She is very blunt and something about the way she told me to shape up or shut up really affected me (in a great way; I owe her so much for her honesty). This is me and Lauren back in the day:
She was training for a marathon at the time and I decided to go on a few runs with her. I could barely run 1/4 a mile when I first started. I remember heaving and quitting within three minutes of that very first run.
I’ve always been super goal-oriented. If you tell me I cannot do something, I want to do it even more. So, I started to run on a regular basis almost immediately after the "intervention."
I ran before work on the treadmill at the gym, doing the Galloway Method (walk/run/walk/run) and gradually decreasing my walk time. I signed for a 10K race within four weeks of starting to exercise, and I raced 8 weeks after that. I finished in 1 hour and 1 minute and honestly… I don’t think I’ve ever been as happy as I was at the end of that race (except my wedding, of course!).
And that was it — I started to run, and I was hooked. Sure, it was hard (really hard!), but I kind of liked that it was hard because I could really see improvements in myself. My eating cleaned up the more I ran because I could tell how eating crappy food affected my runs. I also began to calorie-count (I don’t do this anymore) and portion-control my food, and I lost 10 pounds over the course of a year or so!
The whole point of Healthy Tipping Point is that I am everywoman. I am not especially fast. I was not born especially athletic. I did not play sports in high school. I just try hard and put my best foot forward. If you want to run a 5K, a 10K, a Half, or even a Marathon, you can DO IT if you put your mind to it! Seriously, if I can go from couch potato to runner, anyone can!
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Thanks for telling your story again. I've been having 'I can't do it' moments lately regarding my upcoming 5K, and this had reminded me that actually, I CAN!