A few days ago we found Thai coconuts on sale at our Whole Foods Market (usually they are very expensive) so we splurged and purchased one. We used to be fully raw vegans so a nice ripe Thai Coconut is the perfect reminder of our days eating only raw vegan foods. If you have never had the pleasure of this wonderful tropical delight, I highly suggest splurging on one too and trying it out. Thai coconuts are the ones that are white on the outside - you can find many videos online that help you learn how to open one up easily if you are a newbie. These little gems can just not be compared in the least to those round ones we grow in America.
Here's our Smoothie Recipe from this Morning: (makes 2-4 servings)
10-12 ice cubes
1.5 cups raw thai coconut milk/juice
1 c. mixed berries (we had frozen in the house)
1 tbsp flaxseed
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/4 tsp agave nectar (you can use any sweetener)
1 scoop EAS Soy Vanilla protein powder
Blend until smooth and enjoy in the wonderful scent and taste!
If you have read my blogs entries even at least once in the last two weeks, you will know that I am training for my first ever 5K! It is a big accomplishment for me sine I've never been able to run even one mile without huffing and puffing it before stopping to a halt. (and that was during my tennis playing days) The last few weeks have been all about learning how to run, which sounds easy but has many different aspects that I never knew about before starting up running with my experienced husband. It took time to learn how to breath correctly, roll my feet the correct way and setup my body to a relaxed state without compromising my posture. Never in my dreams would I have thought that all of these things would make a difference between a tennis player and a runner. It is a great learning curve that I have had to overcome and am still learning more daily. Thankfully I am blessed by God in my adventure and have seen a great difference in my hard work. Just this week my husband and I have seen a decrease in our running times. (My husband does hold back a lot so that he can run alongside me - bless his heart!) Last night we got down to 31 minutes and 38 seconds! Hurray! Our goal is to finish the 5K race on Thanksgiving day and try to get 30 minutes or under so we are well under way to our successful Turkey Trot!
For me, I'm the type of person that loves to try out new foods and this includes meal plans generated by dietitians. As I was reading a few blogs I came across this website that had a wonderful section containing meal plans for all sorts of eating needs or wants. Each plan has a seven day menu that includes recipes and calorie counting. This is similar to S.P.'s menu plans however everything is laid out in pdf form and can be printed off easily. In addition, the foods in eaten each day are generally inexpensive and can be found easily at most stores. I have a problem with S.P.'s menus because there aren't enough choices and the items are rather expensive when you get everything added together for one week. Check out this fun Canadian site in French and English at: en.chatelaine.com/english/food/artic le.jsp?content=904909
This last week was a real test of my will and dedication due to it being a "woman's week". My motivation and willpower to do just about anything was null but that didn't stop my husband and me from getting out there and hitting the pavement. Thankfully we have just about a week until our Turkey Trot 5K run and it kept me getting out there and running. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy running, it's just the power over cramps is much stronger than my willpower to want to sweat it out in 40-50 degree weather. Thankfully the week is over and my results are not terrible - it just leaves room for more improvement this week.
Pounds Lost: .5 pounds! This week was not the week to be losing weight, I have found out. My daily calories along with exercise were fine however the weight scale has decided to stick to its' guns just one more week. I am stuck at the plateau of the 140's which I plan on getting over this week.
Total Time: 0 Minutes! Weight lifting has been a downfall in our household again this week. It was my intention to get to the gym more frequently however my husband had pinched a nerve in his back so he was unable to get to the gym. His pain left me at home working non-stop around the household doing chores and taking care of his back. We were thankfully able to run since it didn't hurt his back however the weight-lifting and sitting was the problem. We were able to log in around 60 minutes of yoga which is just as good as lifting weights.
23.78 Miles Run! We actually ran less this week due to my husband getting hurt and my own personal pain. Thankfully we were able to get out most days and run our 5K distance. We got our time down again on Saturday and are just about 1 min 30 seconds from our goal for our Turkey Trot. We are extremely excited about our accomplishments and hope that the newly discovered cross country course will not slow us down in the least at the 5K. This week our goal is to run a little more and speed up our time for the race in ten days!
Our second week was not the most accomplished however it just gives us more room to improve this week with our running and lifestyle change!
Firstly, I would love to thank everyone for leaving lovely comments with encouragement and tips to make my adventure of completing my first 5K go off without too many hold-backs. I do have much to learn but thankfully I have my experienced husband and all of you here at S.P. to make the day go wonderful! I'm looking forward to the Turkey Trot in 14 days! Wow! That is just two weeks away - gotta get training some more.
Yesterday was Veterans Day and both my husband and I had off from work. We decided to check out a runners store about thirty minutes from our house and then enjoy a nice 5K distance run through a natural reservation near it. Again, I am not a runner but used to be a seated tennis player. Running is a whole new sport for me as it everything that comes with it. For tennis, clothes have always been a little pricey but when you are a member at an indoor tennis court training center and retired professionals teach you one can only expect slightly higher prices. I was amazed to find out that these high prices have been carried over to running stores. Now, I am loving the running experience but there is no way I am paying around $170 for a shirt to sweat in while running. Sure, that sounds like a reasonable price for a pair of running shoes but the shoes were the cheapest product in the store. Am I crazy, old-fashioned beyond my years or does it sound a little strange to everyone else? Is there really a difference between my cheaper running clothes and these "professional" products in the store?
Our run was thankfully more successful than our trip to the running store. We were able to run our 5K in 32 minutes and 15 seconds. It was much colder today and the wind was very strong so we are not complaining about the time we took to run our 5K. Our goal right now is to run the 5K in 25-30 minutes at the race.