About Rachel L.

I am 28 (almost 29) years old. I am a transportation engineer by day and a budding athlete by night. I have spent this year trying to finally reach a healthy weight and have lost 50+ pounds! I live in Tampa, Florida with my boyfriend, sister, dog and two cats.

Weekly Workouts: April 14, 2014

Previous Weeks of the LiveFit Trainer program:

Since the previous week’s workouts were more difficult than we were used to, Pete and I decided to repeat Week 5 of the LiveFit Trainer program. We did that with Week 1 and it really helped our confidence with the program and workouts. So when we made the decision to repeat Week 5, I knew that it would only be beneficial for us. It also gave us a chance to figure out which workouts took too long to fit in the extra 30 minutes of cardio afterwards. The only bad thing about last week is that I totally slacked off on the #FFAprilAbs challenge. I will need to work harder on my planks this week.

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Monday – Cross Training + Strength Training + Easy Run

  • Elliptical – 1.12 miles, 12:00 minutes
  • Strength Training – Back (53 minutes)
  • Easy Run – 1.84 miles, 25:02 minutes, 13:35 min/mile avg. pace, 153 BPM avg. HR
  • #FFAprilAbs Plank – 1:00

Tuesday – Cross Training + Strength Training

  • Elliptical – 1.08 miles, 12:00 minutes
  • Strength Training – Chest and Abs (79 minutes)
  • #FFAprilAbs Plank – 1:20

Wednesday – Cross Training + Strength Training

  • Elliptical – 1.08 miles, 12:00 minutes
  • Strength Training – Legs (101 minutes)

Thursday – IOA Corporate 5k

  • 3.11 miles, 36:33 minutes, 11:45 min/mile avg. pace, 173 BPM avg. HR

Friday – Cross Training + Strength Training

  • Elliptical – 1.10 miles, 12:00 minutes
  • Strength Training – Arms and Abs (65 minutes)

Saturday – Cross Training + Strength Training

  • Elliptical – 1.05 miles, 12:00 minutes
  • Strength Training – Legs (76 minutes)
  • #FFAprilAbs Plank – 1:20

Sunday – Cross Training + Strength Training

  • Stationary Bicycle – 2.33 miles, 10:00 minutes
  • Strength Training – Shoulders (41 minutes)

The first time we did Week 5, Pete and I didn’t do any sort of warm up before our strength workouts. We were trying to focus on doing the cardio afterwards like the LiveFit Trainer program suggested for Phase II. We realized that this really didn’t work for us. Since our workouts are usually later at night, we found that the cardio warm up helped to give us the energy we needed to really push ourselves during the strength workouts. That was one of the big things that we changed during our second time through Week 5.

Monday's Run

The workouts were definitely easier the second time through them and I was grateful that we decided to repeat the week. On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, Pete and I were able to work out together. He didn’t start work until Thursday last week. I have found that I really prefer doing my strength workouts with a partner. It gives me a chance to talk about the exercises and push myself a little bit more.

On Thursday, I headed over to Orlando with a few coworkers. My company has an office in Orlando that was participating in the IOA Corporate 5k in Downtown Orlando. Our Orlando office invited several of us to come over and join in the festivities. I was shocked that 18,000 people were running a 5k on a Thursday night … and it wasn’t even a Disney race! Ha! The race itself was very well organized and was a lot of fun. One of my coworkers ran her very first 5k and she did a fabulous job!

Progress Photo

I ended up shifting the rest of the strength workouts around a little bit because of Thursday’s race. I am not a huge fan of going to the gym on Sunday or working out for seven days straight (fourteen days if you count last week) but I didn’t want to try to double up on a legs day again. We tried that once and it wasn’t any fun. Besides falling off the planking everyday bandwagon, the only other thing that I really wished I had the energy for was another run last week. Hopefully, this week I will be able to run more than 2 times.

How did your workouts go last week? Did you watch the Boston Marathon yesterday?

Spinach Bacon Breakfast Cups for #SundaySupper

Happy Easter! I don’t know about you but I always seem to get really nostalgic around the holidays. I find myself reminiscing about all the things that my family used to do. I love spending time with my family on the holidays but our traditions have changed over the years. Whenever I reminisce about Easter, my thoughts always return to the Easter egg hunts we used to have.

Spinach Bacon Breakfast Cups

My sisters and I would always wake up earlier than normal on Easter Sunday in an attempt to scope out the locations of the eggs. Of course, my dad was usually awake when we got up so we didn’t really have a chance to do that. It never actually stopped us from trying though. The worst part was having to wait for my mom to wake up before we could officially start the hunt. She was the Easter Bunny’s helper so she always slept in.

When my mom finally woke up, we would run around the house grabbing eggs, chocolate bunnies and whatever else the Easter Bunny had left for us. Once all of the eggs were collected, it was time to sort the candy and gifts. As much as I love chocolate, I can’t stand malted chocolate. My sisters and I would try eggs until each of us ended up with exactly what we wanted. There was always plenty of black licorice jelly beans for my dad to munch on while we sorted our candy.

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Once we were done, we had to hurry up and get ready for church. My sisters and I were in the church choir and Easter was always a big holiday for us. After the service was done, we would head out to brunch. We were all starving and ready for something quick and easy to eat. Most of the time we would find ourselves at a restaurant near the church that was having a special holiday menu. Sometimes we would just head home to make eggs, bacon, and hash browns.

An easy breakfast recipe in your back pocket is essential to have during the holidays especially if you are trying to take care of a millions things at once. My mom and dad always seemed to have something going on while they were trying make breakfast for us. These spinach bacon breakfast cups are simple, delicious, and absolutely perfect for Easter brunch. I call this creation a breakfast cup because they contain all of my favorite breakfast foods … eggs, bacon, spinach, hash browns, and just a touch of cheese!

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Spinach Bacon Breakfast Cups

by Rachel L. Wright

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Keywords: bake breakfast bacon eggs spinach

Ingredients (6 breakfast cups)

  • 1 large baking potato, peeled
  • 6 strips thick cut bacon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves, chopped
  • 6 large eggs
  • a pinch of salt, to taste
  • a pinch of ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Shred the potato into a pile on a clean work surface. Squeeze the excess starch and moisture out using paper towels. Set the dry, shredded potatoes aside.
  3. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon strips for 4 to 6 minutes. Remove the bacon from the skillet and place on a paper towel.
  4. Add the olive oil to the skillet. Place the shredded potatoes into the skillet and cook for 4 to 6 minutes.
  5. Evenly coat a muffin tin with cooking spray. Line six of the muffin cups with a slice of bacon. Divide the potatoes evenly between the six muffin cups. Top the potatoes with chopped spinach. Carefully crack each egg onto the spinach. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the top of each cup.
  6. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until the middle of the eggs have set.
  7. Carefully, remove the cups from the muffin tin and serve immediately.
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