Start Where You Are

Happy New Year! I hope the 2nd day of 2017 has you feeling all sorts of motivated and excited for the year ahead.

I have never been particularly keen on new years resolutions but after a few years of feeling held back in the pursuit of some of my biggest goals, I am happy to jump on the band wagon date to renew focus and look ahead with anticipation for big things this year. 

And with that…

On the first day of 2017 I dove head first into my goal of getting to a start line healthy and confident.

After 4 years away I am officially signed up to toe the line again. Hitting that registration button didn’t come without fear. I went through the whole registration process 3 times before I finally put in my credit card information, took a deep breath and hit “Register”. 

So why am I so scared?

  • I am scared because in the back of my mind I have wanted this for the past 3 years and every year an injury has popped up that has kept me from racing. It has been heartbreaking and how can I be sure I will stay healthy this year?
  • I am scared because in 2013 I was in the best shape of my life when I raced both of the races I want to do again this year. I fear that I will not live up to my internal expectations to do better than I did before.
  • I am scared because fear is not a default setting for me. I am scared because I am scared.

I’ve come to the conclusion that I can’t keep looking back. This is where all my fear is coming from. I can’t possibly be the best I can be today if I keep comparing myself to who I was yesterday, a week ago, a month ago… years ago! The only way I can move forward is to start where I am at. As an athlete I am committing to training where I am at. No more looking back, no more comparison to times, weights or training schedules.  I’m structuring my training as though I am building from the ground up. I’m choosing to move forward with anticipation of discovering what this new year holds.

I’ll be sharing my weekly training, highs, lows and hopefully some other fun stuff here if you’d like to follow along. 

  • Today I am starting where I am at with a rest day. In my former athletic life I would go weeks without a rest day. While that was OK then, it took me months and months of weekly rest days to get to that point. And so today I rest because I know my body needs it. And I will keep taking weekly rest days because that is where I am at right now.
  • Today I am starting where I am at by bringing some focus back to my daily nutrition. While I consistently eat fairly well, I don’t feel nearly as motivated with nutrition when I am not “in training”. It is not something I plan on doing forever, but in order to accomplish this goal I am recording my daily nutrition for the next couple weeks. For me, I know that this is a good way to take note of where I am doing well and what I need to work on by bringing some extra attention back to this area. 

Whatever your goals may be, what is one tangible way that you can start where you are at today? Any other fun new years “resolutions” to share?

 

Healthy Regards,

Hayley

 

 

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Maple Roasted Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprouts

Maple Roasted Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprouts is a staple in my holiday cooking. This simple side dish isn’t only delicious but it’s healthy too! 
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I am not a traditional holiday food gal. Turkey, stuffing, ham, cranberries and any type of casserole that includes marshmallows or green beans is easy to pass up. That is not to say though that I do not love holiday meals. My holiday recipes make me happy. Sweet potato gnocchi, roasted veggies, a phenomenally festive salad and some “Hayley” dessert fill my plate when it comes to the holidays and I look forward to an excuse to make these recipes every year. 

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This past weekend I attended a Friendsgiving with a lot of people I don’t know that well and I spent a good portion of the week stressing about what to bring. While my family and close friends have always at least pretended to appreciate my untraditional holiday recipes, I am not sure that strangers would be as good of sports. 

Do I try to make something traditional that I have never made before and am not a fan of? Or do I take a risk because not everyone loves Hayley recipes and make one of my favorites that isn’t as traditional? What if people don’t like brussels sprouts? Or sweet potatoes (they would have to be crazy)? These are the things that keep me up at night, people. I decided in the end to make something that I am comfortable with because I knew I could eat the whole recipe if necessary. 

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Maple Roasted Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprouts
Serves 10
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds sweet potatoes peeled and diced
  2. 2 pounds brussels sprouts halved and trimmed
  3. 1 cup chopped pecans
  4. 1 cup dried cranberries
  5. 1/2 cup coconut oil
  6. 1/2 cup maple syrup
  7. salt
  8. Balsamic glaze (you can make your own but I just get mine from Trader Joe's)
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 415 degrees
  2. Toss brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes with maple syrup, coconut oil and salt
  3. Spread your veggies on two well greased baking sheets in a single layer
  4. Roast for 40 minutes, at 20 minutes toss with chopped pecans
  5. You will know the veggies are done when the sweet potato is fork tender and the brussels are crispy
  6. Top with cranberries and balsamic glaze
Notes
  1. *This recipe is also delicious with goat cheese and pancetta or bacon
Healthy Regards, Hayley http://www.healthyregardshayley.com/
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 The good news is: I didn’t have to eat all of it! People actually liked it! And asked me for the recipe! And by the time I got up for seconds there was none left! 4 exclamation points worth of excitement! (now five). 

And now, here I am sharing it with you all! (six)

 

P.S. This is recipe is extra good with goat cheese and bacon or pancetta. I made it without this go around so any vegetarians or non-cheese lovers that I have never heard of could still enjoy. 

 

Healthy Regards,

Hayley

 


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Are you a fan of the traditional holiday food?

What is your favorite holiday recipe?

 

 

 

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Weekly Training Recap 11/14 -11/20

Hiiiii friends! Happy Sunday and Thanksgiving week! This post is brought to you without any pictures because my iPhone touchscreen is not working so well right now😀😀😀😀  !! 

Monday

Rest day

Tuesday

AM: Strength 1 hour + Elliptical 50 minutes

PM: Straight swim 20 minutes

Wednesday

AM: Swim 1 hour 

PM: Bike 1 hour 50 minutes w/ 1 minute efforts 

Thursday

AM: Elliptical 1 hour, strength 30 minutes

Friday

AM: Masters swim 1 hour

PM: Bike on trainer 1 hour easy

Saturday

Masters Swim Practice 1 hour 10 minutes followed by 3 hours on the bike 

Sunday

3 hour bike followed by 10 minutes easy run

Totals

Swim: 3 hours 30 minutes
Run/elliptical: 2 hours
Strength: 1 hour 30 minutes
Bike: 8 hours 50 minutes
15 hours 50 minutes

 

 

 

 

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WIAW – Recipes I’ve Been Loving Lately

Cooking is one of my favorite hobbies. I love finding recipes, planning, grocery shopping and putting it all together. Sitting down to delicious home-cooked meal is just the cherry on top of a process I love.

With a few big job changes, moving and dealing with a long commute I fell out of the habit of cooking “real” dinners during the week. I usually spent some time on the weekend roasting and preparing veggies, making some sort of grain and a few different proteins but didn’t have much of a plan for the week ahead. Most weeknights consisted of throwing together the stuff I had already prepared on the weekend. All of this was fine, I was eating healthy and it was easy however I found that I wasn’t enjoying my food as much as I used to. I was always eating the same things and was less satisfied after meals. 

A few weeks ago I was determined to get back in the cooking game. While there are still days where I throw together a hodge lodge of leftovers, I have been consistently trying 3-4 new recipes a week/revisiting some of my favorites. Taking the time to make “real” dinners has definitely improved my dinner enjoyment and reminded me just how fun this cooking thing is. 

Here are some of the recipes I have been loving lately:  

Lentil and Butternut Squash Chili 

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Soups and stews are one of my favorite things about cooler weather. I especially love how easy it is to make and re-eat throughout the week or freeze and store for longer. Add in some squash and I am sold. The lentils, beans and squash in this vegetarian chili make it very filling. I made about half the recipe and got 4-5 meals out of it. 

Clean Eating Creamy Sun-dried Tomato Chicken  img_2765

Guys, this recipe is so good! It is rare that I get excited about chicken but this has been my favorite recipe from the last couple weeks. SO GOOD (you really don’t need to know much else). I am already planning on when I can make it next. If you are looking to spruce up your usual chicken, this is a delicious way to do so. I made the chicken with roasted brussels sprouts and barley. 

High-Altitude Bison Meatballs from Run Fast. Eat Slow

I received the Run Fast. Eat Slow. cookbook for my birthday in October and have made at least one recipe from the book every week since. While all the recipes have been great, this is by far my favorite. I served the meatballs with roasted veggies and sweet potato. 

Maple Soy Glazed Salmon from Skinny Taste img_2840

Skinny Taste is one of the blogs I can always count on for recipes. I know that if the recipe sounds like something I would like, I end up loving it. This Maple Soy Glazed Salmon recipe is super easy and doesn’t lack flavor in the least. I served mine over a kale salad with roasted brussels sprouts and carrots (Yes, every dinner consists of some sort of roasted veggie). 

 

Healthy Regards,

Hayley


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What is one good recipe you have been loving lately? I am always looking for more!

 

 

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