Wednesday, May 04, 2011
First, thank you for all your kind comments on yesterday's blog. I'm trying to get back to everyone individually, but if you don't hear from me it's probably a senior moment.
I think I look good in the bikini - sucking that stomach into the ole backbone, of course - but smokin? Well, all I can say is thank you for seeing something in me I don't see (and no, I'm really NOT fishing for compliments).
I cut the tag off the electric blue top (told you those were really bad photos) & wore it for DH, who noticed it & complimented me. Thanks again!
So yesterday was a weird day of eating. I usually plan out my meals the day before, but for the first time in a long time I didn't. A while back I made a spinach sweet potato frittata. It was awesome, but I kept putting the leftover portion in my plan & then eating something else instead.
Finally I ate it for breakfast yesterday. And it was still awesome - and really, really filling. So filling I wasn't hungry when lunch rolled around. I've found I really do better if I don't skip meals even if I am hungry, it's a couple of weeks before TOM, so I decided to indulge in a power bar instead if my planned salad. I knew I had an intense session of ST coming up.
But wouldn't you know my honey stinger order arrived almost as soon as I finished? People rave about their protein bars, and I admit that I was really tempted to try one after my workout, but I stuck with the strawberry protein smoothie i'd planned.
The only reason I decided to indulge in the power bar in the first place was because I'd had a fair amount of veggies in breakfast & would be having a fair amount in dinner too.
Most of the time I stick to the plan, but sometimes I do eat weird - but always try to make sure I get in enough freggies if I do. It worked for me yesterday - no cravings at all.
So I'm trying to work my core a bit more. Right now I'm doing core exercises every time I use the bathroom. At the moment, I'm doing an exercise where you get into plank position, walk your hands out as far as you can with good position, then hold it for 10 seconds, then walk your hands back to the starting position. Killer!
Looking for some variety; things that just take a minute or so. Any favorite core exercises that are out of the ordinary?
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Altho the photos are so bad not sure if you'll be able to give me an opinion. Was feeling very tired & out of sorts & decided to do some retail therapy after grocery shopping & a trip to the library.
I bought some of these thinner hangers at Target the other day . . . I've been meaning to try them forever. The original plan was to go back there & get some more, but I ended up at Marshalls instead, and lo & behold they had a bunch at the checkout line. Cheaper than Target.
This are felted, they're thinner than plastic hangers, keep your clothes from falling off them, and take up less room in your closet.
Am on the fence about this top, but I think I want to keep it after seeing the photos. This wrappy-style (which you probably can't even see) seems to be all the rage lately. My gold dress is like that, and they had tops exactly like that with v-necks, which is more flattering to me, but the material would be shredded in minutes by the animals. I think this material will stand up to them.
With a belt.
This dress isn't anything exciting, really, but I bought it for wearing around the house. Just wanted something comfy & light -- last year by the time I went looking, they were all gone. The price was certainly right ($19).
Young professional on-the-go with the jacket (if you ignore all the grey hair, of course).
It's amazing how you can change an outfit with a few items of clothing or accessories -- the belt, the jacket -- things I already owned. I'm really, really good at finding things that will go well with something I already own -- even years later.
Play with your clothes! Shop in your closet!
I bought this dress a while back. I like it a lot, and really love the color -- it's a deep green, which brings out the green in my hazel eyes -- only thing I don't like about it is the fat I get hanging over the sides around the bra area. Wish I could figure out how to tighten that up -- I know, you can't see it in the photo cause I have my arms bent.
Trust me, it's there. It hangs over the sides of my bras, too. Annoying.
And the p'iece de resistance . . . the bikini. I like this picture. It doesn't look great from some angles -- like the back or the side. I took some side photos but decided not to share. I tried to take some back photos but couldn't get the angle right.
But I really do have to hit that core some more this month. If I could just feel energized! If it would stop being so gray & rainy all the time! I know, whine, whine, whine, yawn.
Take that, Valerie!
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.
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