Monday, February 06, 2012
Oh my! I can't believe it has been about 6 days since I actually blogged here. The weather has been amazing and I have been taking advantage of it. I've been running over 6 miles about 3-5 days a week. It's great! Last night I even made a PR on my 5K, and with a sore right foot. On a plus note, I think I found a pair of running shoes that totally scream me. Hooray! I'll keep you updated when I actually purchase a pair. I haven't made a final decision but am getting close. It's so funny that two years ago I would just pick whichever one looked cute but now I'm looking for practical and cute! Thank goodness name brand companies are making running shoes in different colors, finally.
I've been eating about 90% fresh fruits and vegetables with 10% other miscellaneous. Everything has been 100% vegan. I've been taking photos to share with you but have been lazy and not showing you. Here are some examples:
Eating Out at the Flaming Ice Cube: Vegan Burger with a side of Black Bean/Corn Salad
Popped Sorghum Snack:
Mushroom & Mixed Greens Steamed over brown Rice w/ Steamed Side Carrots, kimchi rice and 1 umeboshi Dinner:
Flour-less Chocolate Chip Cookies Snack:
Steamed Mushrooms with Steamed Chard, Kale and Mustard Greens, Liquid Smoke October beans, and Brown Rice Dinner:
Banana "ice cream" (pureed frozen bananas) with a few sprinkles (shared with husband):
Homemade Pumpkin Spice Bread: (seriously, you can make your own too- there's no excuse available unless you don't have an oven)
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Today it was sunny with only a light overcast at times. It was amazing to think it is still January, at least for a few more hours and we had a day of 60 degrees! Gorgeous! I'm still beaming with the Vitamin D my body stole from the sunshine rays today. The pooch and I went on two walks, when did the sun start getting up before 9AM? Then the husband and I actually got out and ran, well he had to bike because he has a knee pain that he fears will come back. Hehe, he just thinks about it and it hurts. (A little crazy but hey he has to be if married to me...)
Pictures to come tomorrow! For now I'm serving the hubby (hope he doesn't get too used to being served - oops) Wheat-Free, Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.
Today I ate better and my headache was mostly gone. Thank goodness! Sometimes just waiting it out and eating healthy works best. My left leg is still hurting in one muscle. Sorry Shanti66, I have no idea what yoga muscle it was that made my leg hurt, it was just a guess. If I knew though, I would definitely be coming to you for advice. Sounds great, restorative yoga - how rewarding! On the bright side, my right ankle is feeling better after the rest. Hooray! I managed to push through the leg pain and run over 6 miles. I have to get the exact time and distance from the watch still.
Hope everyone is doing great! I appreciate all the lovely comments from everyone. They really make me smile.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Monday are always hard, aren't they? Just when you are getting into your weekend groove then Monday comes around and really screws everything up.
This morning I woke up to a 2-3 pound increase in weight over the weekend. I gave a dirty look to the scale and then started my day with the normal healthy breakfast. It was oatmeal, chiaseeds, flaxseeds, brown sugar, and a little cinnamon. Today we started up a new coffee that is a dark French roast since we ran out of Christmas Peppermint Coffee. Then about two hours later I had a snack of Emergen C Immune Boost (bought it for the hubby when he was on his trip but he didn't remember to drink them), zero calories and then also a nice cuppa.
I tried to get into some more work but unfortunately my head started to hurt on the right side of my head. I'm blaming it on the tax papers that I was trying to get done in between some research for work. But, I guess that is just a sad attempt to get out doing them. haha
I ate lunch which was homemade kimchi mixed with brown Japanese rice. Then I had some baby bok choy lightly sauteed with sauteed tofu on top. (I use spray oil instead of lots of oil.) Then I drizzled a little Okonomiyaki sauce on top...
Even though my stomach was hurting the entire day due to the headache, I made myself eat a good amount of food. It's something that I am trying to remind myself to do, eat properly no matter how I feel. I had a herbal tea called "Sleigh Ride Sugar Cookies" - no sugar and a lemon zest Luna energy bar. Yum!
Finally I got to making dinner after we went to purchase some necessary groceries of more Jazz apples, pineapple, artisan lettuce, and a few other things. Yum! I love seeing the colors on the conveyor belt at the stores, makes me feel so proud. Dinner was simple: More kimchi brown rice, steamed kale with a little furikake on top, steamed carrots, Mock Vegetarian Duck, a umeboshi and a little tomato/onion appetizer.
Even though I didn't get to exercise today (since my head has been really hurting), I am trying to keep the calories above 1200 calories. I had some Mini Pops (basically air popped sorghum grains), water and another cuppa.
I'm hoping my head feels better tomorrow so I can get to exercise again. My left leg hurt the entire weekend after doing some yoga after a run on Thursday but now it's starting to be just okay. I'm falling apart it seems today but I'm sure Tuesday will be nicer.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Finally the day has come that my hubby comes home from his business trip. He is never going to leave alone again. (just kidding) I'm thrilled to have him home once again, it gets a little quiet around the house when he's not here - but I have to admit it is easier to clean up after just myself.
This morning I woke up to my morning wake-up telephone call, which I'm always happy to get when he's gone. A little outdoor activity with the furry baby and then I finished cleaning our oven. I used the spray stuff in the evening and then I had to clean it the rest of the way this morning. Then I made breakfast. I always make the same oatmeal, the same way. But this morning the microwave decided to have a mind of its own. Grrrr Doesn't that just make you mad?
For Australia Day I added some Weet-bix to my oatmeal for more fiber and a crunch. Yum!
Tired after cleaning the oven, I retreated to my home office where I did a little work that was important. Then I got to my duties as a housewife. When I got on vacation I always like to come home to a perfectly clean house, so I wanted to make sure that when the hubby came home it would be the same way. So I cleaned the entire upstairs just for him. Plus it probably needed it so I can't complain. I tried out some new chemical based sprays to get away some lime and rust from our nasty water here. I'm slightly afraid of them though. haha
(My husband said I looked like I was going to rob a bank... haha)
In no time it was lunch so I had leftovers again. I'm going to be thankful when the hubby gets back so he can eat some leftovers so I don't have to anymore.
But, I'm thankful I have food on my table, so I'm not really complaining. I also ate a jazz apple. Yum!
Next I got into cleaning the first floor. That's the hardest part because I have to clean the kitchen and that means lots more hands on cleaning of the floors. (I do it by hand because it gets cleaner - I'm strange, I admit it.) Again, I admit that I took a ten minute nap, so tired from all the cleaning. I have to give it to people that are housekeepers!
Finally I went to the gym. My legs are a bit tired from this last week so I wanted to make a shorter run for today. I still need to put together a better schedule for running so I don't tire myself so much. I love running though, I can't help it when I see a treadmill. So, I ran just 3 miles. I started at 12 min/mile and then was done to 8:40min/mile the last mile. Hooray! Keeping focused on the goal really helps me stay on the treadmill running at such a fast speed for me.
I got home and was a little hungry (strange for me after a workout) so I ate some Trader Joes' Edamame Thin Crisps. They taste like Japanese rice crackers and are so tasty!
Now I sit writing and drinking a mug of tea while I wait for my husband to come home in a few minutes.
How was your day?
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