Weekly workout recap + Menu Link up

Happy Easter Sunday!

We’re looking forward to a potluck with friends this evening.  We’ve hosted Easter the past few years, so I’m excited that all we have to do is show up with a salad.  Not a bad deal!

I’ve switched into 5k training mode, so I’m continue sharing my workouts the next 6 weeks.

Heading out for Thursday Track

A little disclaimer: I know some of you really like the workout details, but I also realize we’re all at different places in our running/fitness journey and comparisons are not always helpful.  I run half of the miles as some of you, and more than double that of others. And then there are many of you who don’t run at all, or choose to stay fit with yoga or Crossfit.  There is not necessarily one right way, as long as you find something you enjoy!

With that said, here’s my week in training:

Sunday: 9 mile run (8:45 pace) + 20 minute strength (push ups, squats, lunges)

Monday: 45 minute strength

Tuesday: 8 mile interval run (2x mile at 6:30, 2x 400s) am + pm taught spin (1 hour)

Wednesday:  30 minute ARC + arms/core

Thursday: 8 mile run with 3 rounds of 10×15 seconds of sprints with 15 second recoveries (new to me workout, but effective!)

Friday: Off

Saturday: 2 run (7:50 pace) + taught spin (1 hour) + 6 progression run, final mile 6:50 (43:41)

I just realized I am signed up for a 4 mile race next Saturday, too!

Moving on to the menu plan…


The sugar detox challenge begins tomorrow… eek! I think I’m ready.  I actually ran out of dark chocolate this week and resisted the urge to get more. I did find a few other sweet things around the house, but not as much as usual and I started practicing the increased protein/veggies which has really helped!

I know it’s going to be tough, but I’m excited and ready to do this.  Here’s the plan for dinners (with leftovers for lunch most days, and eggs/oatmeal/fruit for breakfast):

Sunday: Easter Potluck with friends

Monday: One of these delicious salmon recipes, Sweet potatoes and Massaged Kale Salad

Tuesday: Caramelized Onion Frittata (or this Crustless Quiche) + roasted asparagus

WednesdaySplit Pea soup in the crock pot

Thursday: Chipotle Goat cheese stuffed chicken, Brown rice or Barley, and Carrot Beet Salad

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: Breakfast for dinner or out to eat

My 3pm dark chocolate replacement plan is apples/cheese, veggies and guacamole, almonds/apricots, and/or hard boiled eggs and berries.

We’ve also been using Mila (ground chia seeds) on everything lately- oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies.  You all know I love chia seeds, and pre-ground is even better… no seeds stuck in my teeth! Thanks to Marney for the bag!

Mila seeds are a great source of Omega 3s, antioxidants and phytonutrients.  You can find more about Mila here, or in the sidebar, as she is a sponsor this month.

I’m excited that Marney joined the sugar challenge, too!

Finally, I’m kicking off my monthly newsletter this week with some of the best foods for a spring detox.  If you’re interested, you can subscribe here.

For those of you in the sugar challenge, do you have your plan of attack?





47 thoughts on “Weekly workout recap + Menu Link up

  1. I love following you!! Question for you- are you a coffee drinker? I know some sugar detox plans call for eliminating coffee. I drink at least four cups a day (I need it with four kids that can keep me up at night). I am in desperate need of a sugar detox. I’ve already tried to start since Friday, but fell off the wagon a bit yesterday when I scarfed down three sugar cookies after an 18 miler. I look forward to reading more about your training and menu planning:)!!

    • Hi Michelle! I am not a big coffee drinker… probably have it 1-2x a week. But I only put milk in it, no sugar, so it’s not an issue for me. You can keep coffee for this detox, just not the sugar. 🙂

  2. The goat cheese looks and sounds really good. I’m also a big salmon eater so I can always see myself eating that.

    As far as detoxing the sugar, coming off my vacation I’m hoping it will be a bit easier since I’m not on vacation and can cook my own foods. I don’t know if I mentioned, but I’m diabetic so I often shoot myself in the foot when I eat refined carbohydrates even more so then pure sugar like ice cream. Anyways-I’m excited to get back tomorrow!
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  3. Bringing just a salad sounds like my idea of a nice potlock, ha ha! I always try to snag that one 🙂 I’ve always noticed with sugar that I go through phases, I’ll either be on a kick craving it or I’ll be on a salt crave. I should pay better attention to how I’m creating those triggers!
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  4. Great workout week! I have already started a no sugar and no processed food plan. I am going to be a little relaxed for today with Easter but tomorrow I’m right back at it.

    Great workout week! Next Saturday I run my first non-virtual race. An 8K! Reading posts like this keep me motivated. I try not to compare because I remember that you have run long distances and I’ve just worked up to the 8K recently.

    Anything with the word chipolte has to be delish.
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  5. It’s so funny that I was craving salty foods before I signed up for the sugar detox. Now all I want is sugar! The mind is a complex thing. 🙂

    I just realized that one of my planned meals for the week has brown sugar in the sauce. I’m sure it won’t be missed if I take it out entirely.

    Salmon is on our menu too! Christine’s options all sound delicious!
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  6. I think just the thought of sugar detox made me crave it yesterday-I hope I do better today. Though I see a big Easter basket of chocolate sitting in front of me….. I’m NOT going to give up caffeine and sugar in the same week, so I’m sitting here drinking a cup of sugarless coffee-yuck 🙂 I went to the store yesterday and stocked up on fresh fruit and have already prepped so I can eat it as needed. Good luck to all of us!!

  7. I am going shopping today for raisins, almonds, and plenty of good fresh fruit to keep myself sugar-free for the week! Yesterday on my long run I savored my Shot Bloks. I think there is seriously something wrong with me that what I will miss most are the processed “energy” foods.
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  8. I think that I am as ready as I will ever be. I have already warned everybody around me that this is either going to be really good or really bad;)

  9. I’ll have to check out those salmon recipes . . . I’m always looking for new ways to make it. I made another massaged kale salad the other day–I can’t seem to get enough! Have fun at the potluck, and Happy Easter! Good luck as you kick off the sugar detox!!
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  10. Laura,

    What do you use for fuel on long runs?? I usually use honey stinger waffles pre-run and honey stinger or chomps on the run. Not sure how to fuel my runs if I am cutting out sugars.

    As far as my plan of attack for the week, I’m hoping cocoa roasted almonds, fruit and natural nut butter will suffice for my sugar cravings. I’ve already quit using the “pink stuff” in my coffee, switched to lemon/lime infused water vs Crystal Light and gave up sweet tea for lent but I still use sweetened creamer in my coffee. I’m planning to replace that with the almond coconut milk blend. Fingers are crossed that I can get my diet reset once again!!

    • Pre-run, I’d try oats, or banana and natural pb, or even a sweet potato. During your run, you can use dried fruit or I’ve even used date-nut balls (like larabars). Sounds like you have a great plan for the week. Congrats on all the changes you’ve made already! And cocoa almonds are a great idea… mmmm.
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  11. Every time I read about your training runs, I am simultaneously so inspired and envious, haha. Ahhhhh, ooooonnneee dayyy. Thanks for linking again–I hope you’ve been enjoying the things you’ve tried! 🙂
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  12. First of all, THANK YOU for doing this sugar detox challenge. Once I committed to it, I started paying attention to the added sugar in all the stuff I normally eat, and I was ASTOUNDED. There’s so much sugar in everything! Knowing is half the battle…

    My plan of attack… finding sugar free alternatives to all my favorites. I replaced my vanilla almond milk with unsweetened almond milk, found wheat thins without any sugar, scrutinized the labels on the salsa jars at the store, and I even bought some dates so I can make some energy bars that are sugar free.

    You might have saved my life! Thanks again!
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  13. I couldn’t wait for tomorrow and started today with 32oz of green juice – and once I had all that happiness in me there was no going back. I am downright giddy but haven’t meal planned as well as you have, so that’s what I will tackle tonight, although I can only plan two or three days ahead, I never know what looks good at the market or what we are all wanting.
    I know that I plan on having a big green juice (and maybe a beet juice a couple times) and on making a Mila fruit and veggie smoothie everyday. I look forward to seeing everyone’s meals on IG and getting some ideas from everyone else.

  14. So excited for the sugar detox challenge! I think it will be a good thing for me, my body will thank me for it!

    My plan is the fact that I told my Fiance so he can help hold me accountable!
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  15. Looks like a very healthy & yummy week for you! I just started rummaging through my cupboards a while ago to weed out the sugar and see what I can eat. But I just got back from vaca last week, and my fridge is all whack. I don’t have nearly enough fresh stuff. Really need to get to the store to plan some healthier stuff, so I don’t end up eating crackers and peanut butter for dinner or something.

    Before I signed up for the challenge, I was really nervous. But because I had so much sugar this weekend thanks to Easter my birthday, I feel ready. I am SICK of sweets!
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  16. My menu for this week looks quite a bit like yours, except no split pea here and we will be eating lots of chicken. I will probably eat banana nut oatmeal and egg whites with spinach and mushrooms or overnight oats for breakfast, leftovers or prepped meals (chicken, sweet potato, green beans) for lunches and very similar combos for dinners (chicken or salmon, brown rice or sweet potatoes, and broccoli, asparagus, or green beans.) Snacks are usually apples with almond butter, rice cakes, whey protein, cottage cheese with carrot and celery sticks, hard boiled eggs,almonds and dried fruits. My hardest part is my coffee, I usually use organic vanilla agave and milk. I bought unsweetened vanilla almond milk for use in some recipes and tried that to see if it is an adequate replacement for this week but wasn’t really excited about it. I am sure after the first day I will get used to it though. Thanks again for hosting the detox I can’t wait to see how great I feel by the end of next weekend!
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  17. Yep, SO ready for sugar detox! I think I ate some just because I felt I ‘should’ and didn’t even really enjoy it. It’s amazing how sweet carrots taste when one is not eating sweets.

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