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Traveling Blues

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I've never really understood why business people dislike traveling for work. My father was constantly off to different places for work when I was a child, I always wanted to be alongside to explore. It is because of this, I have always had a love of traveling. This week my husband and I are off for work in the deep south. Per usual I planned ahead with healthy vegan options (honestly some unhealthy ones too) and made an excel spreadsheet. Then I packed a medium-sized cooler of options that may not be available in all areas to suit our vegan needs. All was good for the first day of traveling to Kentucky to visit Mammoth Cave. Unfortunately it was then when I finally found out what it means to have "the traveling blues".

Mammoth Cave is located in Kentucky, which is gorgeous. We purchased tickets for a tour and took a few hours spelunking underground. Then we went above ground and did some major hiking around the grounds. We didn't realize there was such opportunities for hiking above the grounds. Thankfully we took along a few things such as pureed strawberries (for kids - have you seen those? Amazingly good), apples, English muffins from hotel in the morning and peanut butter for a nice snack.

The first issue began when we ate dinner at a Mexican Restaurant in the area. We ordered a few things that were on the vegetarian option menu and then we specially requested to have no cheese on anything - no dairy at all. Yeah, maybe we mentioned it three times to many because we got so much cheese on things. Our Salad had Parmesan cheese, bean burrito had 3/4 filled cheese and a tbsp or two of beans only, and then we were unsure about some of the other ingredients that may have been hidden. We had taken it back to our hotel so we weren't able to send it all back. We just shrugged it off and then tried to pick around everything.

Now that we are in another state and hotel, we thought we would have a little better luck. We placed all our vegan snacks and drinks (such as coconut milk) in our fridge and happily went about our work. Now we have found out that the fridge doesn't even work. Our fridge stinks and our food is spoiled and we are stuck in the middle of no where as far as vegan options. haha Guess this what happens when you get the "traveling blues"...

Life goes on and hopefully I'll be running outside in a slightly warm temperature. I'm hoping the temperature and run will clear my mind and the bad smell from our fridge.

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NATPLUMMER 2/29/2012 9:38PM


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IRP1114 2/28/2012 4:48PM

    Aww Sorry to hear your food was ruined by the bad fridge. I hate the feeling of not being in control of my food like that. Hope you find some yummy vegan options soon! Have fun with the rest of your travels.

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7.79 Mile Run!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

If only you could have seen my "happy dance" yesterday. It turned out to be a partially sunny day so I got this wild and crazy idea to go ahead and run to meet my husband at work. It's a longer trek than normal but I decided it was time to test my foot again on a long run. In total it ended up being 7.79 miles. emoticon

I kept a rather easy pace goal of anything around 11min/mi. I wanted to make sure that I didn't overdo it because I'm just getting back into the swing of things, breaking in new running shoes, and it is cold outside. Brrr I did a great job for my first long run training as you can see by the chart from my Garmin.

After the run I was doing fine. I suffer from hypoglycemia (means I have low sugar levels) so I did have to have a soda after the run. It's something my doctor told me to do since it spikes my sugar up fast. Normally I'm not a soda drinker, just when I need a fast pick up with sugar. Then I was just fine the rest of the night - simple trick of 1/2 a soda to make my post-run perfect! I was hungry though, which I guess is normal after burning off more than 500 calories.

My food: Breakfast: Normal Oatmeal - I'll spare you the boring photo.

Lunch: I tried the carb-overload method since I knew I was going to be running. I ate some leftover freekeh, two homemade baked (no oil) falafels, two tiny pieces of pickled turnips, and an apple & 1 tbsp peanut butter. Yum! I was so full afterward but man was I happy that I had it before the run.

Snack: 1/2 Energy Gel and 1/2 Mug Root Beer Soda

Dinner: Homemade (no JPNS curry cubes) Japanese Curry with potatoes, carrots, onions and edamame. There was also leftover white rice. I didn't have the stomach for it as much but I managed to have 1/4 c rice and 3/4 c curry. Perfect.

Snack: Herbal Blueberry tea and freshly popped on stove popcorn.

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SUGIRL06 3/5/2012 7:27PM

    Great run!! I try to keep soda in the fridge at home for after very long runs too. I get a little sick feeling sometimes from not having enough sugar or just being too hot so it always fixes me up!

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KITTYROXX 2/24/2012 4:32PM

    Great job on the run!

I get super hungry too hours after a long run. It's like I'm fine for awhile and then BAM! I need food ... NOW! It's a good thing I don't live in the country or I'd be chasing cows with a fork in my hand on my long run days.

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IRP1114 2/23/2012 2:55PM

    Woohooo : )! So glad you are getting back into your runs again! It must feel good. All your food looks yummy too! emoticon emoticon

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RADFEN 2/23/2012 2:49PM

    Awesome! I worry about hypoglycemia when I start running further. I only have an issue now when I run at faster speeds on the treadmill during the week. So far it hasn't been a problem with my weekend runs, but I am not running quite as far as you do.

Your food looks great!

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NATPLUMMER 2/23/2012 2:40PM

    Great run!!
Alas, it will be a while before I'm back to running that far.

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 2/23/2012 2:30PM

    Congrats on the awesome run!! Your food looks delish!

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Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Today I am going to remind myself of the ashes that we put on our foreheads while hitting the cold, hard pavement. The sunshine keeps peeking through the clouds, so I'm determined to get out there and do a long run. I'm going to take it easy though, nice slow pace since I'm still working my foot back to a healthy status.

Yesterday wasn't so great for me. My girlfriend had a birthday so I decided that I would make her a lovely batch of double chocolate cupcakes with frosting and sprinkles. (vegan of course) The only problem was the cupcakes were so tempting I ate one while still warm. Then if that were not enough, while frosting little dark gems, the frosting ended up too runny and no more powdered sugar in sight. Grrr So it was an adventure. I ate so much frosting I even got a little stomach ache. Then my snacking didn't stop there, I ate pretzel sticks last night without portion control. Oops! I have to learn to have things around the house and not eat them - it's one of my weight-gaining issues. Yep, still in progress mode.

On a positive note, I made the husband two different kinds of pancakes for Shrove Tuesday. (Double Chocolate Brownie Pancakes and Red Velvet Pancakes) Thankfully I managed to not eat them and go for something a bit more healthy. I had some leftover Millet, Tomato Mixture with two homemade baked (without oil) falafels. Yum! It was so delicious!

Randomly thinking... I never showed you the new running shoes (which I hope to test out again this afternoon). I had two different pairs. I got the first two pairs and they looked amazing but they were not the right size. I just couldn't get either size to fit perfectly so I had to decline on the model.

As I mentioned before I went ahead to the store and purchase another pair for walking but they then turned into running shoes. They look a bit more chunkier but I believe they are going to handle the hard work I demand them to endure.

As a bonus, I managed to purchase two new running shirts too. They are both perfect! Please ignore the messy bed, I was going to make it right after I took the photos. I was just too excited to wait!

So I'm looking forward to starting Lent (that sounds strange but it's true). I plan on fasting from Processed Snacks (aka junk food). I don't eat that much of it but lately it has been seen in our household quite often - so I think it is the perfect thing to give up since it is something that we are enjoying right now. Every time I look at junk food now, I can be reminded of my sins. Such a wonderful season. Is anyone else giving anything up?

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NATPLUMMER 2/22/2012 3:00PM

What model did you end up with? Too bad the Noosa's didn't work.
Cute tops. I love long sleeve running shirts.

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IRP1114 2/22/2012 2:47PM

    Love your new shoes! Glad you are back on track. Yesterday happened to be a crazy day for me too! Couldn't even remember everything I snacked on to track this am! Oh well new day today ; )!

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KITTYROXX 2/22/2012 1:11PM

    Oh my goodness, you posted two things in this blog I can never resist: cupcakes and new running gear (would the pair complimentary or contrasting, hmmm...).

As for the cupcakes, if you enjoyed the sugar (followed by salty ... always a cycle, right?!), then it was worth the splurge. Every day is a new day and blank slate. :)

P.S. I am totally with you about getting sweets out of the house. I confess that when people gift me candy, I tend to "regift" them to others!

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SKEETER45 2/22/2012 12:59PM

  I think this is real neat

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Shrove Tuesday

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Gasp! It's been such a long time, 6 days! So long not to be on SP! After my foot injury, I really feel into a lazy lull. It was really hard not working out in the great outdoors or at the gym. Any sort of pressure was really putting a damper on any workout longer than a walk up and down our house stairs. Thankfully I think my foot is pretty much healed. After about 3 miles running, I start to feel the pain a bit but not as bad as before thank goodness. So, for now I'm slowly getting back into the swing of working out again. This last 3-day weekend was very nice, we even had time to sit outside and play with the neighbors daughter. So much fun but so much energy! It was great! We managed to only fit in a Saturday workout but then we got into other things that used up energy. Saturday we worked on our computers at the coffee house about half a day then we went shopping for a gift for a friend's birthday. Sunday we managed to make it to the Art Museum to walk about for four hours looking at Ancient European art. Then on Monday we managed to spend about 5 hours walking around the zoo looking at all our favorite animals (which happens to be all of them). Such a great time!

Normally Monday is our day off but the weather was really bad (snow, rain, clouds, dark threatening looks from the skies) so we decided to make today our "no-workout" day. My husband is trying to make me stick to the one-day off plan so that I don't overdo it like normal. (aka the foot injury) So tomorrow I'm hoping for better weather and a good workout. Hooray! It's a good day for the beginning of lent season.

Zoo Trip - tropical flowers to brighten your day

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2WHEELEDSHARON 2/22/2012 12:35AM

    Nice flowers! Nice weekend, sounds abfab.
I hope your foot and the pavement have a grand reunion!

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MATEYMATE1 2/21/2012 10:11PM

    Nice blog good on your hubby making you take one day off a week. Once you discovered exercise it is very hard to stop I am talking from experience so well done male partner.
Keep up the good work you are going great.
Hugs Syl

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NATPLUMMER 2/21/2012 8:05PM

    Yes, do take it easy on your foot.
Pretty flowers :-)

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Working It Out Inside

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

It's been a while since I blogged last, I've just been lazy without any real excuse. It's been about a week since we really worked out, so maybe I just didn't have too much to report. Oops. On a brighter note, my foot is feeling better most of the time. Occasionally I have a slight pain but that is very minimal so I'm thrilled. On Monday the husband and I got outside and tried to run our normal distance. My husband's knee/leg started to hurt around 1.5 miles so we had to turn around. I feel bad for him but then on my greedy side, I was disappointed because I was feeling great and wanted to run longer. At least I can honestly say my foot was fine afterwards, just a minor pain. Thankfully I think the new shoes and rest served as the best solution. (even though I was grouchy the entire time) emoticon

Last night it was snowing again and the sidewalks are still covered in snow (why don't people have to shovel them here?). So, we chose to stay inside working out while our homemade pizza dough was rising. (We don't celebrate Valentine's Day so we chose to make vegan pizza at home.) We did the entire Aussie Beach Bum Workout - it works the tums, bums, arms and etc. I'm not a fan of exercise videos (we all have our preferences), but this one was kinda fun. It's easy but at the end of each section you definitely feel your muscles being worked. Then I did this 11 minute video that mimics zumba. So much fun! It really works out the core and hips. This morning my hips are actually feeling a bit tight. Just thought you all might want to have some fun too. I posted the entire workout videos on my blog: You can access them there too.

What are your favorite workout videos?

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2WHEELEDSHARON 2/16/2012 11:37PM

    Glad to hear the foot is coming along. A friend recommended a pilates type workout with a resistance band dvd and I'm falling in love with it. The instructor is super adorable. the beach bum workout sounds good too.

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NATPLUMMER 2/15/2012 3:53PM

    Glad your foot is feeling better.

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SHIROIHANA 2/15/2012 11:59AM

    WTG on the run! Am glad to hear that the foot is doing much better. Have never heard of Aussie Beach Bum Workout. I wasn't an exercise DVD fan myself until I discovered Insanity last year. I also love that it gives a calendar, which is great for me because I love following a schedule. Makes me feel more organized. Have a nice Wednesday!

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