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I don’t give a kraut if you are Irish or Not…

Because in my world, you can eat like you’re Irish everyday!

St Patty’s Day may be over, but I am still getting requests for my corned beef reuben recipe! That’s okay with me…..you can make these fabulous corned beef reubens anytime you are feeling a little Irish!

I make these every year and have loved this recipe for as long as I can remember. It is simple, the beef is tender, and the flavor work so well together. I hope you love it!

Katie’s Corned Beef Reuben Recipe
Ingredients:
-Prepared Sauerkraut
-Marble Rye Bread
-Sliced Swiss Cheese

For the Corned Beef:
-3 bs corned beef brisket +spices that accompany beef
-1 large white onion, peeled and cut into quarters
-1 Bottle of Apple Cider Beef (I use Angry Orchard)

For the Sauce:
-1 cup mayo
-1 large garlic clover, grated and pressed
-1.4 cup ketchup
-2 Tbl sweet pickle relish
-1/2 tsp onion powder
-Salt and pepper as needed

Preparing the brisket:
Layer onion on bottom of crockpot, laying brisket on top (fat side up). Sprinkle with the pickling spices that accompanied beef. Pour beer over beed and cover, cooking for about 12 hours on low. You want brisket to be able to be shredded by fork when done cooking, so cook until it does. Shred when done to serve.

Preparing the sauce:
Mix all ingredients together and keep refrigerated. Trust me, it tastes so much better than the bottled thousand island dressing.

Putting it all together:
Butter one side of each slice of bread and top with the cheese, sauce, sauerkraut, and beef. I use a panini press, but you could use a regular frying pan. Serve with chips and a pickle and get ready for your family to ask for seconds!

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Week 7 & 8: Obsession Update

Since I had taken so long to post my week six wrap up, I decided to wait until today to post a recap of Week 7 and Week 8. Sometimes it’s nice to change it up a bit, yeah?

Can you believe I just said WEEK 8???? Holy smokes! I am ONE month away from completing this program, and that will be a huge win for me. 80 day is a long ass time, and like I’ve mentioned before, I had some serious doubts if an 80 day program could keep my attention. Good news: it clearly has!
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So Week 7….for some reason my motivation this week was a little lackluster. I survived Murphy’s Birthday Party (yes, my dog) where there was pizza, and I said NO to some seriously delicious treats at a Bingo Fundraiser I attended with my Mom. My meal prep was on point…..check out my fridge that week! Week 7 ended with me feeling really great!

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I was beyond sore during week 7, more so than usual, so I made sure to really utilize my foam roller and my love for Lush Bath Bombs. My schedule was so hectic I couldn’t get into my sports chiropractor for some dry needling or a massage, but you better believe I’ll be making sure they happen this week. These bath bombs though….throw one in the tub, light a candle, grab some personal development to read, and you have a nice relaxing little time.

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I’ve mentioned this several times before, but the single most important thing to use when doing this program is the performance line. The pre workout, post workout recovery, and overnight recharge formulas help my muscles so much. Those of you who aren’t using it are feeling pains you don’t need to. Trust me on this!

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And then there was Week 8…probably my favorite lifting set up of the phase. I love doing 2x15s because I love feeling that muscle fatigue and really having to dig deep to push myself. I honestly have loved the majority of the workouts this phase, and even the ones I didn’t love as much I still liked, I just disliked a move or two. Workout wise, I killed it and feel strong AF.

Nutrition wise….ugh. I was a hot ass mess! I slipped up on our themed night at the kickboxing studio because one of my coaches had made macarons (you guys know how I feel about them)….I wasn’t even mad, they were delicious! Then I fell victim to one of the leprechaun trash treats I had made (whoops), and since I was making corned beef reubens for St. Patty’s Day, I had one, too. So there’s that….a few slip ups, but nothing that I am beating myself up over.

 

Since it was Week 8, it was a refeed week, which was on Wednesday, the same day the macarons happened. This time around I avoided the vanilla wafers and enjoyed the chickpea brownies for several of my carb servings. I also had a bagel with salmon and spinach and a big fat ol cheeseburger! I’m thankful refeed day is only once every two weeks, because the day after I was so sluggish and felt like garbage. All that white flour and sugar will do that to you.

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Hey, beauty!

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about where I get my groceries and how much I’m spending on my groceries each week. Honestly, I’ve been spending pretty much exactly what I was spending before I started this program, which is about $40 a week. You guys see what I eat…..I’m not skimping on food!

I shop mostly at Aldi, Whole Foods 365, and Earthfare, and I’m just strategic in how I shop. I check the grocery store ads, I focus on one or two main proteins, and I buy in bulk if I can. Having a list helps, and so does going through your pantry before you shop to make sure you aren’t buying what you already have.

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I love Whole Foods 365…if there’s one by you, check it out!

Tomorrow begins the start of Phase Three….my final THIRTY days in this program! I can’t wait! Here’s my meal plan for the first week of the phase!

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Did I tell you guys that my final week in the program aka PEAK WEEK, I’ll be at an all inclusive resort in Mexico????? That will be interesting.

Off to meal prep! Hope you’ve had the best Sunday!

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Leprachaun Trash

I know….that title is so appealing, right? Sometimes you shouldn’t change up a good thing and just need to call it what it is.

I shared earlier in the week on my Instagram that I had made (and eaten) leprechaun trash, and immediately I was bombarded by private messages for the recipe. I don’t blame you…it looks pretty and is super tasty, and both kids and adults alike love it.

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Here’s the easiest recipe in the world:

Katie’s Leprechaun Trash

Ingredients:
-4 tablespoons butter
-5 cups Lucky Charms cereal
-1 10.5oz bag of mini marshmallows + 2 additional cups
-Rainbow Sprinkles

Melt butter on low heat in a large pan, adding in bag of marshmallows until completed melted. Add in remaining marshmallows, allowing them to melt partially, then mix in cereal and stir until completely coated in the marshmallow mixture. Pour into prepared 9×13 pan and press into pan evenly. Sprinkle immediately, then allow trash to sit for about 2 hours before cutting.

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Easy, right? And very similar to a Rice Krispie treat!

I hope the leprechauns in your life love them!

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O’Kramer for a Day

I’ve always been a fan of St. Patty’s Day.

Back in the day it was all about drinking…..I would hit up every St. Patty’s parade, spend the day at the bar enjoying green beer, and acted like a complete foolish leprechaun. I’m not Irish….not one bit….but I was on March 17th!

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The Old St Patty’s Day Katie

These days St. Patty’s Day is totally different, and I couldn’t be happier! The holiday for me is all about one big event that I am in charge of, the Shamrock 5k and 15k race, which is put on by my running club, Summit Athletic Running Club. I still get to rock green and put an “O” before my last name so others think I have a little Irish in my blood….so I am a happy camper.

This year the race was a little bit earlier in the month of March and took place this past weekend. Thank heavens! Originally it was scheduled to take place when I was scheduled to be in Jamaica, so I was happy we could move the date around and I could be there.

I’ve talked about my running club before, and I can guarantee I will talk about it again. It is a club that I am very proud to be a part of, not only as a runner, but as their Membership Director. Of course I think everyone should join us! We are fabulous! If you ever want to come to a meeting, let me know….I’d love for you to be my guest! (P.S. We serve pizza at the meetings…..we all know how I feel about that).

The Shamrock 5k and 15k is a race that has a very special place in my heart, so I was thrilled when I was asked to take over it prior to it taking place last year. Back in January 2013 I attended my very first SARC meeting, attending with major nerves since I knew absolutely no one and did not know what to expect from the club. All I knew is that I was relatively new to the area and wanted to find some people who shared my love of running. I also had a very lofty goal that year to run 31 races (you can read about that here ), and I was hell bent on achieving it.

The very first race I ran that year was the Shamrock 5k and 15k. Not only was it my first race of the year, but my first race as a SARC member and my first SARC race. Of course I rocked a tiny hat and some green! Since I was just returning to the world of running, I knew that I would be slow and was worried about the cold weather, and I was happy when one of my BFFs, Whitney, agreed to run with me. Fortunately for us, my two biggest cheerleaders, my mom and dad, drove up to brave the cold and support us, even making signs. It meant the world to me.

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During my red hair days

Fast forward to this year, which was my first year running the race completely by myself (Last year I Co-Directed with a fellow SARC member who was retiring, which helped me get my feet wet with directing a running event.) I had a lot of emotions with the race this year, mostly because I knew my dad would not be there physically to support me. Anything involving running gets me emotional…that was our thing. He is so missed.

Race directing is so much more involved than a lot of people think. Last week I felt like I was living, breathing, and eating Shamrock, and my friends and family can attest to that….I was MIA! Following up on permits, police officers, porta potties, food sponsorship, bobble heads for the award winners, volunteers…….there is a lot involved to make sure the day goes off without a hitch!

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Our bagpiper was phenomenal!

I decided to bypass my complete leprechaun costume this year (yes, I have one) to pay homage to my original Shamrock getup, a tiny hat and faux leprechaun tuxedo. Something about doing so just made me feel a little bit better, which may sound a little weird, but it’s true. I found an amazing faux leprechaun tuxedo that was perfect for the day….several people actually thought it was a real tuxedo! I also contacted my favorite hat maker, ChikiBird, who has made several custom hats for me in the past, and purchased a special little St. Patty’s Day leprechaun hat. Look how cute it was……..

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Our crowd this year was awesome! We had 665+ runners join us at Woodridge High School in Cuyahoga Falls to run the 5k or 15k, and I’d like to give a shout out to the weather for being so kind to us….it was perfect running weather! I couldn’t have been happier with how the event with, and I think everyone had a great time! I was super proud of Whitney for running her first 5k since having Baby L….she did great!

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Whit and I before the race

These events could not be the success they are without the many amazing volunteers who help behind the scenes. Many were up before the sun came up to help get things set up on the course, and some were with me until the very end of the day, which was about 5pm…..a long, long, long day. I had two very special volunteers assist me this year….my mother in law, Diane, and my incredible mother, Sherrin. It was wonderful having them both there to see the behind the scenes activity, and I was so happy my mom could be with me to help me if I had an emotional moment or struggled.

Thank you to everyone who ran, volunteered, donated and supported not only me in this event, but SARC. Your kindness, generosity, and enthusiasm for running is so greatly appreciated! I have to give a special shout out to Earthfare, who donated food for the event (and happens to be one of my go-to favorite grocery stores), Eat N Park…who provided their signature Shamrock cookies and coupons for the runners, Acme Fresh Market, who hooked us up with water for the runners, Giant Eagle for the bananas, Winking Lizard for their delicious soup, and Bumble Bar, who provided their gluten free bars for those who aren’t fans of the gluten. Our event couldn’t have been possible without you!

I know my dad was with us in spirit Sunday….. I like thinking that….it definitely helps me get though the difficult moments. Dad, I hope you had fun cracking jokes about my outfit….because I know you had them.

Mark your calendars now….next March you have a date with me to run the Shamrock 5k and 15k!

I’m off to get ready for Jamaica! Keep sparkling, my friends.

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Yes, I’m just really tall. 

 

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