Create N Plate Future Visions

Self Care and Motivation

Hi guys! This post is sort of just me thinking out loud and sharing with you all what my thoughts and visions for Create N Plate are currently. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about trying to figure out where to go with this blog. If you’ve been following me for a bit then you’re well aware of that. I’ve been struggling with it and I honestly think that it has been that way because I believe that I should be doing more. I have passions and visions for so many things involving health and fitness but didn’t think I had the platform to do it. I was afraid of posting anything unrelated to recipes and food for a while because I fell into the habit of posting strictly recipes for so long. Then when I wanted to change things I didn’t feel as if I could because my readers “wouldn’t like it.” I began posting things for others and not for myself which ultimately led to me posting less and not feeling all that passionate about what I was posting.

I got to the point many times where i wanted to delete this whole blog all together. I kept telling Darrin that it was no longer something I enjoyed and just wanted it gone. But I couldn’t bring myself to actually doing it. Every single thing that is on this blog is what I have created. I have put a massive amount of time into creating the site, the photos, recipes, writing, etc. and I don’t want it gone. I realized that what I wanted gone was the stress that I created from not posting what I truly wanted to share with the world.

alsmithyoga

I no longer want to censor myself though. I want to make this blog something great. I believe in it 100% and I believe that it can grow into so much more to reach a larger audience of amazing people. I have began to do just this on Instagram and have already lost a decent amount of followers. Just weeding out the weaklings. Kidding, kidding. But really, I’m glad that people are unfollowing because that means that they’re doing what they feel is best for them just like I’m beginning to do. Things are changing and I want to begin to share more about myself and my life than I have before on here, Instagram, Youtube, etc. I feel as if that will give people the opportunity to connect with me more and see that I am more than just a recipe creator.

Healthy Lifestyle Blog

I’m all about connection. If I can’t connect with someone then I really don’t care to share my time with them. That might sound bad, but I would rather spend my time with people who lift me up and inspire me to stay motivated and happy. For example, I don’t have any desire to hang out with people who go to the bar every weekend (although if that’s your thing there is nothing wrong with that) because I simply don’t enjoy doing that and don’t click with most people who do so. If you’d put me in a bar at 11 p.m. on a Friday night I would be so uncomfortable and feel very out of place. I would rather hang out with someone who wants to wake up early on a Saturday morning and go for a bike ride followed by going grocery shopping at Whole Foods or something because that’s something that I enjoy and feel comfortable doing. For me it’s all about connecting when it comes to interests, beliefs (to an extent), and personality. I’m particular and it gives me the opportunity to share my life with well deserving people. Make sense?

Anyways, I feel like sharing more details of my life will allow you to not only feel like you connect to me but also allow me to connect with all of you and build relationships with you guys. I’ve met up with some amazing people that I’ve formed relationships with online and am always open to doing so. As long as it’s in a public place, gotta be safe!

I am also open to any suggestions that you may have for future posts, ideas, etc. I plan on still posting recipes and am hoping to share at least one each week but I have many other ideas too. I want to talk about veganism, being plant based, gluten, running, yoga, travel, and many other things within the categories of living a healthy lifestyle. Thank you all for being here up to this point. I hope that you’ll stick around for this next part of the Create N Plate journey as well!

Much love.

Half Marathon Training – Week 3

Create N Plate Half Marathon Training

Week three is in the books. Awesome! This was a great training week for me. I got new shoes, a new watch, and had awesome runs. I’m excited to share it with you and I’m excited to continue on this journey!

As a reminder, I’m basing my training off of Life In Leggings training plan but I have mixed some things up a bit to fit my own needs!

Sunday

Sunday was 8 miles. I love long runs the best so I was pretty excited about it. I set out and got it done. It was quite the roller coaster. I started off with a huge hill about 1 mile in that was pretty tough but really great to accomplish at the same time! I encountered two more tough hills near the end of the run as well. The hills slowed my time down quite a bit but I’m totally okay with it because I know that running hills is so beneficial to me overall!

The 4 middle miles were pretty awesome and effortless. I run on backroads through the woods and the leaves are on the trees finally so that gave me a ton of shade that was greatly appreciated. The last 2 miles were a struggle. I didn’t get up early enough and by the time I was finished with the run it was about 85 degrees!! I definitely worked up a sweat and was grateful for ice water after I was finished.

Distance: 8 miles
Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Create N Plate Half MarathonMonday

Rest day!! Woo. I really wasn’t feeling the need for a rest day today and I was going to just listen to the training schedule and chill out for the day. My mom asked me to go for a bike ride though so we went an easy 5 miles. Then I went for a walk with the dogs, did this yoga video, and jumped on the trampoline for a while with my sister. We’ve had a trampoline for years and it is still one of my favorite things to do!

Trampoline Jumping

Nothing was really high intensity today and that’s all that I was concerned with. My body feels good and I feel energized so that’s what matters!

Tuesday
Vegan Runners
This was an early one! I had a pretty busy day planned for Tuesday and I knew that I needed to get my run in before I did anything else. It was a really nice morning and I ran as the sun came up. I felt really motivated (and pressured) to get it done in a short period of time to make it to an appointment that I had at 6:45 that morning. I did it and it was great!

Distance: 3 miles
Time: 30 minutes

Wednesday

Today was a cross training day! I wanted to go biking but it was way too cold for that. Well I probably could have did it, but I decided to do a workout at home instead. I did this video from FitnessBlender. I love their workouts and I really think that it was a better choice than biking anyways!

Wheel Pose

I finished it off with yoga. I definitely enjoy practicing outside much better than inside but I’ll take what I can get!

Everyday I do yoga, but usually it’s my own practice which is why I don’t share much about it. But I can if that would be beneficial to some of you!

Thursday

Six miles to tackle! I had to do this run after work which is my least favorite. I prefer to get up and get things done. But that can’t always happen and I was determined to get this run in because I bought new running shoes and I wanted to try them out. I got the Mizuno Wave Hitogami 2 shoes which I plan to review later on next week after I have spent some time (and miles) in them. I did my first two miles with them and then stopped back home to get my old shoes and finish the remaining four. I was actually very pleased with this run and had fun! I just need to work on breaking in those new shoes.

Vegan Half Marathon Training

Distance: 6 miles
Time: 65 minutes

Friday

Today I received a Garmin watch and had 3 miles to do. This watch is a game changer. I am so excited to continue training with it and can really see myself improving so much more while using it. I ran this in my new shoes and it was the best run of the week. I enjoyed it so much more than I thought that I would. I don’t know if my new gear made me excited or what it was but I loved every step.

Garmin Running Training

I can finally share my pace now too. Yay!!

Distance: 3 miles
Pace: 9:25/mile
Time: 28 minutes

Saturday

This was supposed to be a rest day but I got an invite to bike with my friend. I rarely turn down any fitness related offers so of course I said yes. We did 15 easy miles and had a great time. I took it easy and didn’t push so I’ll just call it an active rest day! And afterwards yoga, of course!

Half Marathon Yoga

Thoughts

I am feeling so awesome after this weeks training. I feel as if I’m gaining stamina and continuously becoming more inspired after completing each day. My body is feeling great for the most part. I have some issues wit my leg still but it’s nothing that hinders my training. Very thankful for that! I’m extremely proud of myself for getting in each day of training. It required some early mornings and later evenings but I made it happen and that’s what matters!

I am also excited to complete this upcoming week with my new shoes and watch. I am interested to see how they affect my runs, if they do at all. I am grateful to have both of them and I think that using them this week will help me to stay motivated and excited which is so important for me to do well.

Happy, happy.

Chocolate Chip Banana Cookies – Vegan

Easy Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Earlier this week I shared this recipe with you guys. I wanted to keep the chocolate and banana theme going strong so today we’re going to visit the land of chocolate chip banana cookies!

Rarely do I ever make baked goods to share on here. I just don’t enjoy them as much as my raw ones usually. But every once in a while I attempt some baked foods. It’s so funny how much my tastebuds have evolved over time and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love the way that I eat because it makes me feel amazing and gives me the energy to go throughout my days in a positive way.

Let’s be honest though, as long as we’re eating plant based vegan foods, that’s all that matters at the end of the day. Right?!

Chocolate Chip Banana Cookies Gluten Free

Chocolate Chip Banana Cookies

makes 10-12 cookies

Cookies:
2 bananas
1/2 cup buckwheat groats
2 tablespoons maple syrup
3 tablespoons cacao nibs (or chocolate chips)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend together bananas, buckwheat, and maple syrup. Add in cacao nibs and stir. Spoon out batter onto cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

Icing:
1 cup dates
3-4 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons cacao powder

Blend together all ingredients until smooth. Spread evenly onto cookies. Top with more cacao nibs, if desired.

Serve, enjoy!

Gluten Free Cookie Recipe

Chocolate Covered Banana Blizzard – Vegan

Easy Vegan Ice Cream Recipe

Things are really heating up here in western PA. I’m sitting outside writing this right now. I just got done drinking a icy green smoothie and spraying the hose around the yard for Roxy to play in. Warm weather makes me so so happy. I can’t even begin to express how much I love it.

With the warm weather here I can finally eat frozen treats and not freeze while doing so! Yay for that, right?! I’ve made tons of blizzard desserts in the past but it’s been a while since my last one. I know that a lot of you really enjoy them (as do I) and I’ve been slacking!

This morning I figured that it was time to make another one so I asked Darrin what kind to make. There are so many possibilities that I couldn’t choose on my own so I went with his first idea; chocolate covered banana. Perfect!

This blizzard is so easy to make with just 3 simple ingredients. Yes three! You know how I’m all about simple recipes. It’s important to me. But it’s also important not to sacrifice taste which definitely wasn’t done here. This tastes like whipped banana soft serve and bites of chocolate dispersed throughout. So good!! The best way to kick off a new summer of delicious blizzard recipes!

Raw Vegan Ice Cream Recipes

Chocolate Covered Banana Blizzard

serves 1-2

5 frozen bananas
1 fresh banana
1 tablespoon almond milk
1/4 cup of crushed Nibmor chocolate (or your preferred chocolate)

Peel fresh banana and slice three pieces. Melt chocolate and dip banana slices in chocolate. Place in freezer to set up. Drizzle remaining chocolate around the inner edge of your glass. I used a 1 liter jar for this. Blend together remainder of fresh banana with frozen bananas and almond milk until smooth. Pour banana ice cream into your glass. Top with banana slices and coconut sugar if desired. Serve, enjoy!!

Raw Vegan Blizzard Recipe

Half Marathon Training Week 2

Week two is here is gone already and I can hardly believe it! This week was definitely a lot tougher for me than week one but I’m glad that it all turned out the way that it did! I’m getting into the core portion of my training and I’m loving every bit of it. The struggles, the smiles, everything!

Half Marathon Training Vegan

As a reminder, I’m basing my training off of Life In Leggings training plan but I have mixed some things up a bit to fit my own needs! Especially after this past week of craziness!

Sunday

Sunday was my first long run of training! Seven miles. I was super excited for it. I have a 6.5 mile loop near my house that is one of my favorites. I just tacked on an extra 0.5 mile and got in my 7. I love the route that I took because it’s back roads so it’s a quiet and peaceful run. I forgot how tough the two huge hills are that I had to tackle though! One is near the very beginning of the run and the other is near the end. The first one was the toughest for me! I did it though and effortlessly cruised through the remainder of the run. It was such a beautiful day for it too!

Distance: 7 miles
Time: 1 hour 17 minutes

Half Marathon Training

After my run I did about 40 minutes of yoga! It involved 2 minute plank holds, push ups, and various other strengthening exercises. I had a partner in crime doing her own special down dogs!

Monday

Rest day!! I did spend some time doing yoga and other stuff outside!

Create N Plate Yoga

Tuesday

Today was 4 miles. This was really fun and effortless for me! I had to go to work right after my run and it was really cloudy the whole time. But I got it finished in good time!

Distance: 4 miles
Time: 40 minutes

Vegan Half Marathon Training

My boyfriend bought a new bike on Tuesday and wanted to go for a ride that night. We did a nice 5 mile loop near my house. Loved it!

Wednesday

I biked 7.7 miles. It was a great day for biking and I wanted to do it as a warm up. But I didn’t want to stop and ended up with 7 miles. Whoops! I came home and did this ab workout followed by the Strala Strong class in the grass with the sun beating down. So many happy workout vibes afterwards! I took the dogs for a walk and Roxy enjoyed swimming! She always splashes me as well which is a nice way to cool down.

Roxnsticks Instagram

Thursday

I made an impulsive trip to NYC on Thursday. I had a 5 mile run planned but waking up at 3:30 a.m. and getting home at 2 a.m. on Friday morning just didn’t give me the time to make it happen. I did walk over 10 miles that day though and was pretty exhausted after that adventure!

Create N Plate NYC

Friday

I planned to make up my 5 miles from Thursday. I woke up too late since I didn’t get to sleep until after 2 in the morning and by the time I was ready to go it was over 90 degrees. I decided to postpone it until later in the evening. Throughout the day I went on a crazy long walk/hike with Darrin. I wish I would have tracked how far we went. But then I came home and started my 5 miles. I was so tired. My legs felt heavy. I knew that I was going slow. It all frustrated me and I stopped at mile two. I was so mad at myself but my body wasn’t feeling it and it showed.

Distance: 2 miles
Time: n/a

Saturday

Today was just an active rest day! I worked all day and then I went for a walk with Darrin and the dogs. It was Roxy’s birthday so we celebrated that as well! I definitely needed the time to recover and enjoyed it!

Dog Birthday Party

Thoughts

This past week my training for the half that I’m doing next month hasn’t gone as planned. On Thursday I was supposed to do a 5 mile tempo but took an impulsive trip to NYC instead. Then on Friday I was to do an easy 3 miles. I woke up late from being in NYC the previous day and by then it was too hot out to do it so I planned on waiting until evening. I set out that night and only did 2 miles before stopping due to frustration of training in general. My legs were tired. They felt so heavy. I knew I was going super slow and that frustrated me a lot. I quit because of it. I was super mad at myself for it. But my body was telling me no. I walked over 10 miles in NYC on Thursday and went for a very long hike/walk earlier in the day on Friday. My legs were tired and I needed to accept that. I needed to realize that it’s okay that I didn’t do exactly what I planned to do. Life got in the way and that’s okay. Today I set out for 8 miles and it was great. The beginning was tough due to a very large hill and the ending was tough due to the rising temperatures but I did it and it was a lot easier than the struggle I had with 2 miles on Friday. The struggles that I had today are things that I expected. Hills and hot weather I have come to terms with a long time ago. My legs being tired and running slow is something that I am beginning to work on accepting. Training is teaching me much more than how to run fast at long distances. It’s teaching me patience with myself and acceptance with the fact that I’m not always going to be able to do things as I plan due to a variety of circumstances and that’s okay. I’m motivated to do this and I’m trying the best that I can and that’s more than enough.

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