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Thursday, October 14, 2010

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Okay, so maybe I have had a little too much caffeine for today but I really don't care... haha Lately I haven't been writing first of all because I haven't really had too much to say (sorry, nothing new really happening) and secondly because I'm not sure how many people actually read it... So, I'm trying it up again to see if there is support through the blogging here or not. haha (Note: I also write a Japanese blog so I'm usually on there too - takes a little more time but very encouraging too.)

Anyways, I just wanted to comment to those of you that love their morning java that I have tried a few things out with my grounds. I read that it was good for drinking and a whole slew of more things. So, I tried it in the shower today! Yay! Coffee aromatherapy in the shower - nothing better!

I tried it on my hair as a rinse/conditioner. I'm not sure if I will be doing this method again. It does make a mess of your shower and does take more time to clean out. I have thick, long hair (which lately is coming out??? emoticon) so maybe that is why it took longer to get out. haha I was even finding some grounds in my hair after getting out of the shower. Oh well, it did smell good.

Next, I tried it as a body scrub for something special. We are running a few times a week still - around 5-10 miles each run- so my skin has been dry and a little lackluster from all the sweating and abuse that comes with running. Anyone else have this problem? So, I tried it as a scrub and I am deeply impressed! It worked amazingly! I would do it everyday if I had the time to do so! It works similar to the expensive items on the market today and is free - considering that I drink it just about every morning.

Thirdly, I tried it on my face as a scrub. Running and crossing-training 6-7 times a week can seriously leave the skin dry and a little less than perfect. So, I used it on my face and again am thrilled! It smelled so good and loved the results! Seriously, my face hasn't felt better in a long time! Additionally, it is completely vegan! Yay!!!!

So, if you are a coffee lover like me - try it in the shower and let me know what you think! emoticon Cheers!

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LITTLEFIREFLY 10/21/2010 9:13AM

  I use sugar as a scrub all the time...especially for my hands/cuticles in the cooler months....guess now I get to try coffee!

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CHARLIE2213 10/14/2010 2:53PM

    great ideas! i will definitely try the body/face scrub!

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IRISHLASS2012 10/14/2010 11:47AM

    Points for creative recycling. I've only put used grounds in my roses or compost heap. Enjoy your java!
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HOTTMOMOF2 10/14/2010 11:47AM

    I have never thought to use coffee in other ways but drinking it. I am definitely going to try it as a body scrub, my skin is so dry through the winter months. Thanks for the info, I'll let you know how it goes!!

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Working it out in the week of Sept 13th

Monday, September 13, 2010

Another week down in our 10-mile run training program. We completed our 3rd week on Saturday with an intense 8-mile run. Thankfully it was a cooler day (thanks to the gorgeous Autumn weather we are having a little early this year), and we were on track once again. We decided that since it was our first time to run 8-miles in total, we would commemorate our adventure with going to a park to run our long run this week. Firstly though, we drove by the local CVS store to look for some energy bites but unfortunately they did not carry any. We did discover PowerBar Energy Gel Blasts. They were on sale (maybe because they were 'new') and we purchased a small bag for .66 USD. There is about 1.5 servings in each bag. Basically it is like a sugar spiked gummy that has a gel inside. We ate three each. It didn't give us energy right away but maybe it was slowly responsive for the energy in our 8-miler. Ran the entire time (no stop lights) and felt wonderful. It is amazing how far 8-miles really is when you are running instead of driving in a car. It gives us a new appreciation for the invention of the vehicle for longer travels!

This week we are uptaking our fourth week in the ten week program. This involves an easier week of the chart below. We hope to finally get back into lifting more weights while also sticking to our yoga/pilates workout on cross-training days. We are seeing some changes (yes, already!!!) with our legs - they are getting more defined and muscular. Very Happy about that!!!

Monday: 5 mi @ 70% MHR
Tuesday: Cross-Train
Wednesday: 5 mi w/ 4 mi@ LT pace
Thursday: Cross-Train
Friday: 6 mi w/ 4 mi @ 65% MHR
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: Rest
Total: 16 mi

In addition, I started to read "The Spark" and am loving most of it. There are parts where I feel that I have already gone past the knowledge of what it is trying to put across however it is entertaining. It is very motivational too! Right now, I highly suggest it for anyone trying to lose weight. If the book ends as well as it begins, I plan on purchasing it for a friend of mine too.

Here's to another week of exercise, health, and happiness to all! emoticon


Back in Pace

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Yesterday we got back on track and put on our running shoes. The last few days we had some house guests, so we were not able to stick to our normal active lifestyle. Then on Monday, I had a terrible sinus infection, so I slept half a day. Then maintenance staff came to fix some things in our household (which we have been waiting to get done for over 80 days). So busy! Thankfully we decided to get back out and start our training program to jump onto the schedule again.

Wednesday it was gorgeous outside - chilly but still picture perfect. Sunny with around 70 degree weather is the best running weather! After a a short 1/2 mile warm-up we ran 5 miles without any stops. The hubster was feeling his knees hurt a little but that was from standing at work the whole day (which he usually doesn't have to do...). I was feeling great though! Since he is usually faster than me, it was nice to be in front of him for once. ^_^ We took our pace as were supposed to and went ahead at around an average pace of 11:06. The last 1/2-1 mile we really kicked it out and were going around 9/mile. It was just a great run! Nice to get back into it.

This week's Plan:
Wednesday: 5 mi w/ 3 mi @ LT pace
Thursday: Cross-train
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 8 mi w/ 6 mi @ 60% MHR
Sunday: Rest
Total: 17 mi

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Step it Up Again

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Welcome Back Everyone from the long weekend vacay! Here in Cleveland it was a rather nice weekend, slightly cold but nonetheless enjoyable. My Brother in law decided that he would come along with this roommate for the extended weekend. Thankfully they all decided to go to Cedar Point for a day in the sun (slash that), rain. I decided that it was in my best interests to stay home as I had a sinus infection and wasn't feeling the whole - man day out thing.

Instead, I decided to relax at home alone with our two furry babies. They were happy for the extra attention, at least there were no complaints. Mid-afternoon I decided that I was going to go ahead and head off to the gym. I'm not one of those people to run outdoors alone (at least in OH), so I chose the gym instead. Funnily enough, the gym was completely empty so I had free rights to everything in the gym. A athletes dream come true!!! I found the Travel Channel with closed captioning on and started with my warm-up routine of 10 minutes. Then I was off for over an hour and a half running. My goal was to run around 6 miles start to finish. Even though there were two other people that came and went (one being a child that changed the channel to Sponge Bob after I said he could), I was working hard at keeping focused. After six miles I decided that I was in a groove and I wanted to run another mile just for kicks. Loved the last mile, it wasn't as hard as I was first thinking it would be... I was running a slower pace than normal according to my training program so distance wasn't as much of an issue.

7 miles + a warm-up later, I decided that it was time to cool-down since my ankle was starting to feel a little tired. It was a great run and workout! Love it! Don't you just love days like that?

Then went home and started to make homemade spaghetti for all the guys coming back.

The next three days were incredibly busy with showing the guys around the city. Church, three homemade vegan meals a day, a hiking trip, and so on added to no running. We had planned on getting into our training program after the guys left on Monday, but, we were feeling under the weather. Actually, I took a fourth of a dosage of sinus medication and I slept for half a day. Then on Tuesday we were so busy trying to get our maintenance people to fix some repairs which took about three hours at night time. We can say that we have a new water heater but can't say that we did any exercise. booo....

So, after a few days off, I'm ready to jump back into the training program. I'm slightly disappointed in myself but I know it is something that had to happen. Even though I am trying to get healthier and lose weight, it does not mean that I'm going to drive myself crazy over some missed days. After all, I'm trying to form my life instead of just try to lose those extra pounds that just won't come off.

Tonight, 5 mile run in the 60 degree weather we are having... Looking forward to bringing out some fall exercise clothes! Yay! Wind breaker really needed on a day like today! Cheers to those that are getting back into the swing of things too.

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SUGIRL06 9/20/2010 12:23PM

    Wow a great 7 mile run! And things happen that get in the way of a workout. Sounds like you were super busy and its important to spend time with those loved ones! Well worth it.

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GBSLIM 9/8/2010 1:52PM

Hope you feel better soon.

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Cross Over Cross-Training

Friday, September 03, 2010

Yesterday was a hectic day.... I guess we all have to have one of those here and there, right? Well, hopefully mine was just yesterday because this weeks training sessions were not the greatest.

Anyways, we had to wait for our maintenance department to come (they've skipped their last six appointments in four months, so we had to wait) before we could go do anything. We had intended on running to the gym to get in a workout before we had to go to two of the greatest places in the world - aka Trader Joe's and Whole Foods Market. Unfortunately they took longer than expected (while only getting one of the four things done) and our time was wasted. Since we have guests coming this weekend, we had to make sure we purchased our groceries last night. So, grudgingly, we went and didn't get our cross-training done. We hope to switch our cross-training day to today and not think about yesterday. We do lots of yoga normally, so it shouldn't disrupt our rest day before our big run tomorrow. I hope. emoticon

emoticon Food was disrupted yesterday also which I'm not thrilled about since it was all my fault. Then this morning we decided to go to Krispy Kreme which we really have banned from our lives for the last few months. Normally when we go there I am able to manage to just get a coffee and be happy. This morning though, I fell into the sugar induced pull of Apple Harvest Donuts. Thankfully when I tasted them (yes, sadly, I ate two!), they were not as tasty as normal apple cider donuts. I did notice though that the specialty donuts are much smaller than the normal donuts. Actually, we were looking and the special harvest donuts were the same size as the mini's. haha Wonder if they have less calories? Guess I'll have to check that out since one donut is around 300 calories! Yikes! That's a lot, especially since I try to eat only around 1200 calories a day!

I hope to keep strong and not let these two wrongs let my entire plan go done.

emoticon Plus note: I believe I lost a pound! Yay!!!

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SUGIRL06 9/20/2010 12:21PM

    WAy to go on the pound! And OMG I Love Krispy Kreme but I don't know where one is anymore:( Just like we don't have a trader joes or a whole foods. Ok, I'm gonna go pout now. LoL! I do notice sometimes that the "specialty" thing isnt as good as the regular stuff. Just stick with what you know!

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BEACH_BUMM 9/6/2010 5:17PM

    I definitely stay away from donuts. If I don't I could probably eat 6. emoticon

thankfully I don't remember when I had a donut last.

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