Monday, January 14, 2013
Quick Pumpkin Protein Pudding and Some Training Plans...
I feel like there is so much to say! Where to begin???

So, it's been a month exactly since I last posted here. Time has flown by. How have you all been? I've been making the rounds reading and commenting when I have some time. January seems to be flying by already. I really wish it would slow down a bit though...

What have I been up to? Well, I'm working on my new business plan. I'm going to offer online personal training and fitness nutrition consulting. I have some clients already that do this, but I'm working on getting my site going as we speak since I want to do more. I have some other stuff that I'm working on, but I need to iron out the details before I get into it too much. With the excitement of new projects comes the stress of getting things done quickly and seamlessly. I have lists upon lists going right now and I'm hoping to have things organized and moving in the right direction soon.

With being busy comes easy eats and treats! I have some work I need to do on the recipe development side of things, so I will be spending a little more time in the kitchen very soon. I miss my kitchen! However, when I don't have much time for cooking and baking, it makes me a little more creative in the quick eats department! I had this tasty treat the other day right before heading to the gym to train a client.

Quick Pumpkin Protein Pudding

1 cup fresh roasted pureed pumpkin
2 TBSP vanilla protein powder (I used 10 grams Plant Fusion Vanilla)
1/2 tsp chia seeds
2 TBSP vanilla almond milk
pumpkin pie spice

This is thick, rich, velvety and so easy to make! I'm always looking for quick protein snacks since I can't do cheese or yogurt. This completely hit the spot.

The other thing I've been up to. Well, Tony and I have started a little 1/2 marathon training. Since I started running last May, Tony got a bit of the bug to get healthier in June. His job is completely sedentary and he was really feeling it. We have been running together since then and 3 weeks ago, out of nowhere, Tony mentioned wanting to train for a half. I've been working with him on diet and workouts since he started in June and there has been a HUGE difference in his strength, endurance and energy level. The thing is, Tony ate healthy to begin with. The biggest change for him was actually eating more. I also adjusted his macronutrients and we have definitely hit a good mix for him. He's lost 20 pounds since he started! He hates getting his picture taken, so the documentation I have are only older pictures (in which I force him to take a picture with me)...




The most I've run on a long run is 7 miles (on a treadmill). We completed 5 miles on Saturday outside! Trust me when I say, do both treadmill and outside. They are completely different runs! Both good, but very different. This was Tony's first 5 mile run ever and he was a champ! I swear, the inspiration I get from others that push to achieve their goals pushes me even further to reach mine. We ran the whole thing outside and it felt great! It helped too that it was 68 degrees outside (although muggy as crap), so the weather was perfect for a January (???) run! The picture above was after we showered and refueled for the day! The changes I see in him mentally and physically are amazing. 

I will be sharing bits and pieces from our training. It's different for me do have a fixed plan, but I kind of like it right now. I go back and forth with plans and doing whatever I feel like doing. It keeps me from getting bored. 

Tell me, do you have a plan for your fitness routine (or life/work in general) or do you just go with the flow? I'm not sure how much to share here about our training. Let me know if you're interested. I won't be sharing our time because our runs are ours. We are doing this to do it together and not as a competition. We will definitely be signing up for a race, we're just not sure which one yet. I do know we're doing a 5k for the ASPCA in March that I'm really looking forward to since it's the one we got Luke and Leia from! 

So, anything new?

I will be sharing this recipe on Slightly Indulgent Tuesday and Allergy-Free Wednesday. 

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 5:00 AM  
  • At January 14, 2013 at 7:45 AM, Blogger Cotter Crunch said…

    you both look awesome, not only healthy but HAPPY! and i so so happy for you. You deserve the best, you work hard, and the fruit of your labor is showing! GO FOR IT!

  • At January 14, 2013 at 8:05 AM, Blogger Heather Iacobacci-Miller said…

    SO happy for you friend. Love this new venture!! And you know I'm super excited for you and Tony to do this 1/2 together. Such a great goal. And look at those arms hot hot hot!

  • At January 14, 2013 at 8:16 AM, Anonymous Lee said…

    That's awesome that you are doing a half-marathon! You should do the Publix one. It's a bit hilly at parts, but it goes through some cool areas of the city. It's at the end of March.

  • At January 14, 2013 at 9:07 AM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    How did I miss that you're training for a half?!?!?! That's so exciting! And way to go, Tony!

  • At January 14, 2013 at 9:07 AM, Blogger Kristina @ spabettie said…

    I love the photo progression - you both look fantastic!

    so happy for you and your new plans - very exciting times ahead. also? happy birthday... XO!

  • At January 14, 2013 at 11:07 AM, Blogger Tony Shasteen said…

    Hello old friend! (I mean my beard)

  • At January 14, 2013 at 12:46 PM, Anonymous Jess said…

    AW!! I LOVE that your husband is taking your advice and has dropped some weight and is feeling better overall, how awesome are you guys?? I also love, love LOVE that you two are training for a half marathon together. AHHH love! You know what they say about couples that run together... ;-) Excited for you guys!!

  • At January 14, 2013 at 1:04 PM, Blogger lynn said…

    congrats on everything!!! very exciting.

  • At January 14, 2013 at 3:07 PM, Anonymous Purelytwins said…

    girl this is all amazing news!! you both look so good - happy, healthy~ best of luck with everything, we know you will do great


  • At January 14, 2013 at 7:41 PM, Anonymous Alisa said…

    Look at you and those toned arms! So happy for you and can't wait to hear more about your new biz :)

  • At January 14, 2013 at 11:12 PM, Anonymous Paige @ your trainer paige said…

    Wow, Sarena! You certainly have been up to a lot. So exciting :) I absolutely love online training. It's so cool to be able to affect someone's goals with living healthier and happier - all virtually.
    And half marathon training?! Also exciting. Have fun with the training, friend :)

  • At January 15, 2013 at 8:37 AM, Anonymous Anna @ On Anna's Plate said…

    Aw, I love it that y'all are running together. Seriously, any time I ask Ryan (okay, bug Ryan) about running a longer distance with me (1/2 marathon, etc.), he flat-out REFUSES. We've actually gotten into a couple of fights about it, ha.

    Have fun training!!

  • At January 15, 2013 at 12:37 PM, Anonymous Lisa said…

    Wow---half marathon! That's awesome!
    The pudding looks yummy as well :-)

    I try to plan things out for my life, but I'm not so great with the fitness part. I don't have specific fitness goals so I just take the approach of being active most days and feel good about that!
    How exciting about your new projects for training/nutrition online!

  • At January 15, 2013 at 3:22 PM, Anonymous Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table said…

    Tony looks good... but can we just talk about your arms?! Holy gun show in the 2012 pic!

  • At January 16, 2013 at 1:06 AM, Anonymous STUFT Mama said…

    Ahh.... I'm so excited for you! The running, the new stuff your doing with online training, well, just about everything. Eeekkkk!!! Love the photos. You are one good looking couple. I want to give you a giant hug right now!!!! Tell me more about your plan!

  • At January 16, 2013 at 8:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Good luck on the half! My hubby decided to run with me in one this year as well. Can't wait to start training! Hope he'll run with me :-)

  • At January 16, 2013 at 2:58 PM, Blogger LizNoVeggieGirl said…

    Seriously, you both look BEYOND amazing!!!! Rock on! You know I'm cheering you on in your training plans and everything else. Keep up the great work :)

  • At January 16, 2013 at 6:37 PM, Anonymous Weekly Bite said…

    You and your hubby look amazing!!
    I love half marathons!! To me they are the perfect distance... not too long, but just long enough ;-)

    You and Tony will do great!

  • At January 17, 2013 at 4:31 PM, Blogger Jolene said…

    Wow he looks awesome, as do you!! That is so great, that you are both training together!! I loved doing that with M! And congrats on the online services, that will be awesome!!! Can I be a guinea pig? ;-)

  • At January 17, 2013 at 9:38 PM, Blogger cindy said…

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