Thursday, December 16, 2010
Yesterday was my first day to actually run with my new nano 5g and Nike+. Granted it was really cold outside so I had to run on the treadmill but unlike our Garmin, it actually calculated the distance and time. I'm a little confused though about the difference in time and also distance. The time was off by a few minutes and the distance was off by about .3 miles. That is a long distance for runners so I have to get that fixed. I have read that you can calibrate the system after each run, but I haven't quite figured it out yet. It was supposed to ask if I would like to calibrate it after the run (according to the instructions) but I didn't get asked. Anyone had to deal with that before?
I'll get used to it more and more. It is different than my ipod shuffle though since it is a little more weight and goes on the arm instead of being clipped to my outfit. I like the idea of the TuneBand that I purchased as an armband but again I have to get used to it. It has a silicon case that attaches to a band - which is nice because I read in some reviews that serious runners found that their nano shorted out so I was freaked. Some of you told me it was never a problem but I become attached to things easily so I would go crazy if it shorted out in a day or two. haha I'm crazy, I know... The thing about this band is that there is a hole for the Nike+ receiver but it sticks out. Since I have short arms, I found that the receiver was hitting my skin a lot when they were bent to run. I pushed it up but I don't think I had it tight enough to stay in place up higher. Gotta work on that too.
As promised, dinner from yesterday we have the wonderful Veg Fajitas with Seitan. It was the most wonderful thing! Nom nom nom I will place the photo here in a few hours.
For breakfast, my husband got his wish and we had donuts. Ugh! I really don't care for sweet things in the morning or throughout the day but what can I do when the husband asks for weeks. Gotta give in sometime. So, we had the probably not vegan Krispy Kreme Donuts for the Holidays. (I'm trying to tell myself it was 100% vegan to make myself feel better, but not sure if that is going to change anything.)
For lunch I packed my husband a lovely bento with the leftover Fajita stuff so I was left with nothing. I decided that it was a soup day since it was only around 22 degrees outside with windchill. Threw together a lot of veggies such as fennel, swiss chard, onion, garlic, carrots, celery, leftover rice (that was too hard to eat normally), hijiki and probably something else that I am forgetting. Add some veg stock that is vegan and tada, lunch!
Tonight for dinner we might have leftovers again and some of the soup that I made too much of at lunchtime. I always seem to start out with a normal amount and then cook for an Army. I blame it on my German background since we are always cooking for tons of people. haha Oh, well, at least we can eat it for a few days. We also have some leftover homemade whole grain bread from yesterday and also some veggies for a side dish. Yum!
Yesterday we also had a little peanut butter (natural from Trader Joes) on a slice of homemade whole grain bread and Nico (Coconut Water) that was the flavor of mango. Yum! If you have never had it, it is wonderful! Fat Free, like 60 calories for a full container and refuels the body after workouts even better than water!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
So, finally after 26 minutes of waiting in-line at the post office last night we were able to get the parcel before they closed. Our mailman was early (surprise surprise) getting back to the post office for the day. We also say one of our neighbors picking up a parcel so we're guessing we are not the only ones with the issue of the mailman not coming to our door. Doesn't he know that he could have burn off like 20 or more calories walking the ten extra feet to our front door? Okay, so maybe not everyone thinks about that like me.
Anyways, we finally got my NikePlus!!! Yay! I'm so working off some calories by jumping up and down. I plugged it in last night and was going crazy for a while because I couldn't get it to work properly. I'm still under the weather a little so I think my mind is still in a fog a little. Thankfully the hubster finally found an article online (love you internet) and we were able to set up the sync from iTunes to NikePlus.com. It's seriously not as easy as those five page manuals that are given with electronics today. I must have looked like a crazy person running in the house trying to track my first run with it and then running to the computer. Always a show for the neighbors - I'm sure it makes them happy. (Just wait until we get the Wii! Neighbors can cancel cable tv now!)
I'm so excited about getting the NikePlus because not only can I do a lot more with the Nano 5g (like health podcasts for free) but I also have a personal trainer. I love the fact that the NikePlus is supposed to tell you throughout your workout how you are doing. In addition, when you press the center button, it will tell you your pace, mileage and time you have been running. So thrilled! The Garmin that my husband has does tell him the mileage but he can't figure out how to get it to tell him things just yet. Oh, electronics...
Another great thing about NikePlus.com is that users can actually sign up for challenges and get free training pdf charts. I have signed up for the half marathon and am going to test it out. I have run a half marathon but I want to be able to increase my time and not be so tired afterwards- less fatigue would be very nice.
So, on to the goodies.
I weighed in this morning and again I saw that it said 118.6. Yay! It has been flipping around 118.2 to 118.6 on regular days I don't workout. Then on days I do work out it goes to around 117. My weight loss is very slow, even though I do eat properly, so I'm glad that this pound loss has occurred. One pound at a time!
It's still snowing rather hard and the weather states it is around 4 degrees - yes, that's a single digit and supposed to be... *long sigh* I have a rule that I don't run outdoors unless it is above 30 degrees. So, that means to the treadmill tonight. But, thankfully I have a new running playlist that I downloaded (for free) on iTunes. I'm thrilled!!!! I hope to run 5 miles tonight. I believe that is what the challenge said on NikePlus. Maybe I will throw in a little weight lifting too but probably not much.
Food today so far has been delish! I had a mixture of rice with swiss chard & Hijiki for breakfast along with a half grapefruit - love TX Ruby!!! Snack was a little Whole Foods Hummus Sampler of about 4 tsp of hummus with Thin Cakes by Suzie's. If you haven't seen the Thin Cakes, I highly suggest looking for them. It is like a modern rice cake made from whole grains and flaxseeds. nom nom nom
Lunch: Simple veg broth and lentil soup. I'm still a little under the weather so I'm going for simple but savory. The recipe is actually for Vegan Sausage and Lentils. I made the recipe a few days ago. But, I have been making veg broth and then placing a little of the sausage and lentils into the broth. It makes for a wonderful light version of lentil soup. mmm
Dinner: Grilled Veggies Fajitas with Seitan. Yum!!! It is one of the easiest recipes but so great! My husband loves the spinach tortillas from Trader Joes while I get the Whole Grain one. These are a little high on the calorie scale but I love the taste and they have no preservatives.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Since last Friday I have been so overly excited to get my last birthday present that I was told would be here on Tuesday, December 14th. Since then I have been prepping my run for tonight so that I could use my Nike Plus Sports Kit. My husband paid for the box to get here today so I knew it would get here...
So, as I sat watching the mailman (okay, maybe it was a little stalking through the window in plain sight), I watched him step out of his little truck, place the mail in the mailbox, then I watched him drive off. Stunned, I looked around waiting for him to come back, I thought maybe he made a mistake, surely, and would come back around. Nope, nothing happened after five minutes. So, I took to getting all dressed up (it's 16 degrees) and went to the mailbox. Yep, there it was, a "We Missed You" slip.
So, how can the mailman "miss" me if I am sitting there waiting for him to come to my door? We live in a community, so there are about 12 boxes in total in one main key-entry only box. So, I didn't run out and jump him for my box right away. Seriously, I'm stunned! How could he not do his job that we paid extra for him to do?
Called up the main postal office and they didn't feel bad at all. They said that I could go out in the 16 degrees and chase him down. Sure, if I had a car and didn't have to work inside the house I would love to spend the entire day chasing down the mailman. But, that's not the case. They said they would talk to him again about him not delivering the mail (yea, it wasn't the first time they said). But, how is that going to help me? Apparently, I have to wait until tomorrow now and hope that he delivers it then.
grrrr... usps... all I wanted was the box so I could have a little extra fun tonight in the gym. Mr. Mailman, do you know how hard I work out and how this little bit excitement was going to make me happy? so sad.... and disappointed....
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