Monday, May 02, 2011
Wanted to share some of the food I'm enjoying lately - and one bomb.
First, there's the banana soft serve - thus is not new, but it might be new to you. Peel a very ripe banana & then freeze it 24 hrs. Put it in a powerful blender, add a splash of whatever milk you drink (I use almond milk), blend, & voila! It's like ice cream. I use 3 bananas for me & DH & it makes a nice big bowl. Sometimes I add a scoop of protein powder. Yesterday I chopped up half a chocolate peanut butter bar & added that after blending - that's definitely only an occasional treat! For WW. it's basically 0 points! And healthy! But tastes like a treat!
I've also been making sort of a waldorf salad with tuna: celery, cut up apple, madarin slices, 1 tbsp walnuts, tuna & 2 tbsp mayo (yup, you read that right!). Wasn't really sure I'd like that combination but I'm enjoying it.
And the bomb? Brownie in a mug. It sounded so good, but the reality . . . The first version I tried was 1 egg, 1 tbsp peanut butter, 1 tbsp water, 1 scoop protein powder. Mix it all up in a mug & microwave 1 minute.
I did eat it, but it was nothing like a brownie & not something I thought i'd do again.
But then I searched spark recipes . . . there are quite a few recipes for it. One added some oat flour. Aha! I thought. That must taste more like an actual brownie. Only sadly not.
There are a lot of variations on spark recipes if you want to give it a whirl.
But try the banana soft serve. Trust me on this. I know it doesn't sound like anything special, but it really is. Today I'm going to try some with some protein powder & peanut butter as an afternoon snack.
Sunday, May 01, 2011
Friday I read a blog I really wanted to comment on, but yesterday's blog got so long I decided to wait a day. Someone had made a comment that if you couldn't run a HM in under 2 1/2 hrs you should stick to shorter races until you're faster - or not bother at all.
This is the sort if comment I would've expected to see maybe 20 years ago, but thankfully you don't see it a lot anymore. Most runners are very encouraging, even when they're way faster than you.
I also personally think it's a load of crap. I know many of my running buddies, even the faster ones - which is most of them - would agree. I just wanted to write this blog so that other penguins like me don't take comments like that to heart.
If you want to run & you enjoy it there's absolutely no reason you shouldn't race even if you're slow. If fact, there are reasons you should:
*Setting goals will help motivate you
* Racing will help you push yourself
*Racing will give you more confidence
*It's great exercise
Now, to people who keep telling me I'm not that slow . . . well, I believe in calling a spade a spade. I came in 128 out of 138 runners. Obviously I wasn't the only one that ran thru the mud . . . yes, I'm slow, but I AM improving & I'm thankful I haven't been last yet.
Let's see, the head of my running group won both the 10k & the 5k. Geez, how do people do that? He had like 6 mm pace!
I went for a limping recovery run today. My knee didn't bother me til I ran . . . it definitely effected my gait & I was only planning a short recovery run anyway, plus I'll be taking next week off running anyway. It didn't bother me yesterday & it doesn't normally bother me . . . hoping it's just some aftereffects from running thru that mud.
Oddly enough, I had a slightly faster pace than my last easy run anyway. The human body can definitely be weird!
Saturday, April 30, 2011
So, remember last week when I signed up for a group run at the location of today's race, but parked in the wrong lot & went the wrong way & never met up with the group?
Today was almost a repeat! Parked in the wrong lot in what I thought was plenty if time & then went the wrong way. Eventually I realized it, turned around (praying I was going the right way) & started walking . . . fast. I eventually saw a few people headed that way & had to break out into a jog. Got there with a couple of minutes to spare, but being a small race, they did start a few minutes late - thankfully.
I met up with a woman from my running group & chatted with her a bit.
It's a nice, flat course that runs along the Hudson so at least it was pretty, even tho it was a bit chillier than forecast - but still really good running weather. They announced before the start that some of the path was under water & they would have to divert us, adding about 1/10th to the course (with my unintentional warmup I probably ran at least 7 miles plus probably walked another mile).
My first mile was 10:30 according to my watch, and the second was about the same. I deliberately slowed down at mile 3 cause I wanted something in the tank at the end. And then there was the detour . . . I wasn't expecting to do a trail run today, much less a sneaker-sucking-mud detour. That really slowed me down.
At the turnaround I found at least I wasn't last, tho close to last & a few people passed me soon afterward. I walked to dig out some sport beans, then got it in gear again.
Back thru the mud.
Walking thru the second water station, dug out a few more sports beans, then I began to shifts gears again. I was really trying that last mile . . . I even passed about 3 people I'd been trailing a while . . . no official time yet, of course, but I crossed the finish line somewhere around 71 minutes. I wasn't last (it's a small race, probably less than 100 doing the 10k), but there were only a few stragglers behind me & I cheered them on.
A long time ago I said I wanted to do a 10k in 70 minutes . . . I might have actually been able to do it if it weren't for that mud!
For a small charity race, we actually got a lot of goodies. A pasta dinner last night, where we met one of our neighbors who were signed up & got to know them better. They're both WW members, too, as it turns out, and the wife has been running about as long as me & been on a plateau almost as long. Small world! They were doing the 5k & I found them & chatted with them a bit after my race. DH signed up, too, since it was a worthy cause, but had no intention of even walking - he didn't come with me.
We also got long-sleeved tshirts (not technical tshirts), peanut m&ms, a fiber one bar & some cheese filled pretzels. That's the most goodies I've gotten from a race so far!
My husband got a bonus recently (no raise, tho) & my portion was just enough to buy a H2o friendly iPod shuffle - it's a waterproofed iPod shuffle - my el cheapo waterproof mp3 player already bit the dust. I haven't been able to try it out in the pool yet cause it was inexplicably closed Thursday, but it's awesome to run with. So tiny & light! The regular iPod shuffle isn't very expensive & I'd definitely recommend it. I know, I-stuff coming out of my ears!
I watch other people while I run . . . I'm really trying & they're running rings around me and they make it seem so effortless . . . really, I seem to have only 2 gears: slow & slower. Some are my height & a whole lot heavier & they still run so much faster - I'm always in awe of that!
Still, I'm quite pleased with how it went - other than the stress of trying to get to the start in the beginning!
Oh, and for NATPLUMMER & HALFFAST: I made myself matzo brei for breakfast. Simple carbs? Check. A little fat? Check. Protein? Check. Actually seemed to work pretty good. I did a banana & a chocolate GU before my "warmup" - probably didn't really need the GU since it took just over an hour, but better safe than sorry I figure.
It's actually been just a little less than a year since my first 5k . . . if you think you can't do a 5k, you probably can't. But I'm here to tell you if you think you can, educate yourself, & train for it, you most definitely can! 2 years ago I couldn't run a mile to save my soul.
Friday, April 29, 2011
I am a girly-girl. Always have been. Yet I don't get the hoopla about "the" wedding - didn't about Diana's, either. I haven't seen the news or the dress yet, tho obviously I will before day's end.
And I didn't grow up planning my wedding. I wasn't planning to be married any time soon. Maybe it was my low self esteem; maybe it was the idea that my looks were never quite good enough as planted by my parents. I am not blaming them, altho it sure sounds like I am. Ultimately no one can make you feel bad except your own high expectations of yourself.
So there I was, fresh out of college and the first among my friends to be engaged.
I didn't turn into bridezilla. I didn't care a whole lot about the details & let most of the work fall to my mother. I didn't even really care about the dress. Really, you only wear it once, so what's the point?
Looking back, I suspect, again, that my parents planted some ideas in my head. Like after 3 college educations & 1 wedding already, they really didn't want to spend more than they had to. And so when they suggested I wear my sister's dress, I agreed. Truth was I hadn't really come into my own in terms of style yet.
Only problem? My sister is 3" taller than me, and was also, not surprisingly, thinner than me.
And do I can relate to both Diana & Kate. There was a lot of pressure on me to fit into that dress, & let me tell you it was close but I did it. For probably the only time in my life I met a weight goal in the time frame I set out for myself. Failure was not an option.
With 25 years hindsight, tho, I want to tell all those brides-to-be that it isn't really all about the dress. Of course you have every right to look pretty, but please don't do so at the expense of your happiness. This should be a happy time, a time of celebration - not a time to beat yourself up and make yourself crazy.
Forget about sizes. Forget about what other people say or think. Choose something comfortable that makes you feel like a princess. And above all, remember it isn't all about the dress. It's about a celebration of sharing your life with your loved ones.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Nope, I haven't fallen into a can of nuts. I'll get to the point after sharing the funny dog story that sparked this blog.
When we lived in TX we had 2 oak trees - one in the front, a live oak, and a red oak we foolishly planted in the backyard thinking we'd get changing colors - which we did, only you don't get the right weather for the brilliant reds we get up here in the NE; we got muted reddish-brown instead.
What we did get was acorns. Lots & lots of acorns. And the fruits from our magnolia tree (altho I still really miss that magnolia). Dogs like acorns. Heck, dogs like pretty much anything they can get their mouths around & some things they really can't get their mouths around.
Like acorns. Chester would often get them stuck on his teeth. I had to unstick them for him on more than one occasion. Sometimes he'd get them stuck on both his upper & lower teeth at the same time, and would look around nonchalantly with his mouth stuck open as if I couldn't see the great big acorn he'd been trying to gobble.
So the other day, right after Easter, I'm walking the dogs. I glance down, and Lola has her mouth partially open. It isn't particularly warm & I think maybe she's picked up something on one of her paws.
I feel all her paws & can't find anything, altho she looks almost in pain - I should have realized that wasn't it, since she's usually quite vocal if something is hurting her.
We continue walking a bit, me watching her, with her mouth still partially open - until she spits out a (thankfully) wrapped Hershey's kiss. Why she didn't just gobble it I'll never know. It was pretty funny, but maybe you had to be there.
Still, it got me thinking about all the little extras we take, sometimes thoughtlessly & sometimes while just ignoring our own behavior, cause if we ignore it it didn't happen, right?
Like how I thought I'd smear just a bit if peanut butter on my protein bar. A little extra protein, right? As if a little smear really gets you any more protein! I didn't do it. Or how I might just pop a few chocolate chips in while adding them to my husband's oatmeal. I didn't do that, either, but I thought about it & I've done it in the past & will no doubt do it in tbd future at some point.
These little white lies we tell ourselves only hurt one person - ourselves!
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