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Brittny, what makes your blog different than other running blogs?
Running brings harmony to my life – physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. I used to weigh a lot, but now I run a lot. People can relate to me, because I have been overweight and I know the struggles to lose weight through running. I always have a goal in mind – to be better, faster, and stronger – and that’s something everyone can relate to, no matter what fitness level they are. I care about the overall health of myself and others. My purpose is to motivate people, and I try to do that through my blog by posting pictures that inspire people to move and eat better. You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. Oh yeah, and I’m in college, studying nutrition and biochemistry! Yes, I’m a glutton for punishment.
Are you vegan or vegetarian?
I was vegetarian for 3.5 years. I recently made the amazing decision to go vegan in December 2011! I eat mostly raw vegan foods, but I still enjoy some cooked foods daily.
Who is Taco Runner? Does he have a blog?
He was my boyfriend from May 2010 – January 2012. I talked about him a lot on my blog posts during that time and wrote a blog about our breakup explaining everything. You can read that HERE.
Do you have a training plan you recommend?
Yes. I actually devised my own marathon training plan here. Disclaimer: I do not stick to it on most days. My schedule is hectic, so I try and go with how I feel. Bare minimum, I run 1 long run, 1 short fast run, and 1 middle length mid-tempo run. Mix in some strength training a few times a week in there, and you are golden!
I’m a beginner. Actually, I don’t even know where to start. Do you have any tips?
I envy you. I’d give anything to go back and re-live my moments of my first race or my first long distance run. SOAK IT ALL IN. Here is my Guide To Becoming A Marathon Runner.
Do you have a meal plan for weightloss?
Ultimately, you need to cut calories and exercise if you wish to lose weight. Taking small steps each week like eliminating sodas, fried foods, ice cream, and red meat will help ensure that you keep the weight off for good! I did not lose 70 pounds overnight. It happened in 2 years, by making small changes. Personally, I became a vegetarian, gave up ice cream, fried foods, ate less chocolate, and processed foods. You can do it, I promise!
Without knowing your food preferences, allergies, and special dietary needs, it’s hard to give a one-size-fits-all meal plan. I do encourage whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and non-meat protein. Daily, this is what I typically eat:
- Breakfast: Quinoa (or steel cut oatmeal), agave nectar for sweetening, frozen blackberries, greek yogurt, almond butter, and dried fruit.
- Snack: Organic pear.
- Lunch: Kale, sweet potato, garbanzo beans, salsa.
- Snack: Homemade whole grain bread w/cinnamon and agave nectar, almond milk.
- Dinner: Butternut squash, mushrooms w/garlic and onion, kale, sweet potato, garbanzo or lentil beans.
- Dessert: Greek yogurt, dried fruit, almond butter
If I eat too much for dinner, I’m not usually as hungry in the mornings. But I never ever leave home without some breakfast in hand. So, I will make a protein smoothie: kale, vegetarian soy protein powder, chocolate almond milk, and frozen blackberries.
What vitamins or supplements do you take?
I don’t take any supplements for weight loss or endurance. I take 2000 I.U. of Vitamin D daily for my deficiency/hair loss problem. I also take 1 Omega 3, 65 mg of Iron, Super B complex, and Calcium.
Where did you get your Garmin?
I’m glad you asked! I scored my Garmin from Heart Rate Monitors USA for super cheap. The watch came in really quickly, and it was brand new. Don’t pay full price when you can get it this cheap.