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A 2 breakfast day

Friday, October 14, 2011

Already had my oatmeal; planning pancakes as second breakfast cause I didn't get them before my long run yesterday - mostly because I didn't initially plan a long run yesterday.

It's been a busy week & I really wasn't quite sure where I was going to squeeze in that long run. I had my WW meeting yesterday & a few errands to run afterwards (sadly, the boots i'd been eyeing at Marshalls were gone). Thursdays are always a busy day.

But when I got home & the rain had mostly stopped & TOM hadn't yet arrived it seemed like a good opportunity. Despite the fact I'd only had about 5 hrs sleep the last few nights & I'd done an interval run the day before & really just had lots of exercise & not enough rest lately.

I told DH he would walk the dogs on my long run days but I've had to do them during the week for the last 3 weeks so I've walked the dogs, too.

It wasn't a bad run, but it was a very slow run. Even for me. I actually started to speed up a few times butthen reigned myself in: long runs aren't about getting faster, they're about building endurance.

I was tired. When I looked at my distance the first time it wad 8 & 1/2 miles. By 9 miles I was happy to call it quits. I felt I could certainly have gone farther, but was happy not to have to that day. And I spent some time thinking about how nuts marathoners are.

The good news is while I felt occasional twinges in my hip & knee, nothing major. I iced my hip a couple of times when I got home as a precautionary measure & it's fine. Swimming really seems to have helped it.

I even made dinner . . . garlic pasta . . . altho I let the pots soak - they've already been washed this morning. I've done some runner's yoga & some foam rolling this morning too. I've actually got quite a bit to do today, but for now I'm gonna be a couch potato & watch Gray's Anatomy.

For everyone who wanted the black bean burger recipe . . . a) it's from Clean Eating magazine & I couldn't find it online & b) I'm sure you can find plenty of spark recipes for them but here's the gist of it:

1 can black beans
1 cup cooked brown rice
2 tbsp canned pumpkin
Some chopped onion
A bunch of spices

You're supposed to just mix it all together but I purred it in my food processor. I think it would be better not pureeing it - maybe mash the beans & then just mix everything together.

The good news is next week is a recovery week & I'm so ready for that!

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DISPATCHER04 10/14/2011 6:52PM

    LOL, I have weeks like that sometimes, where although I haven't had as much rest, I've got tons of energy. I try to go with it as long as I have the energy--and rest later, when I feel I need it. ;)

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TEMPEST272002 10/14/2011 10:51AM

    Glad to hear that the hip has calmed down. Even on my 5k runs it occurs to me that marathoners are nuts! But wouldn't it be great to be one? lol

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*ERICA* 10/14/2011 9:48AM

    Wow you were busy yesterday!

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NATPLUMMER 10/14/2011 9:32AM

    Good job getting the run in. If you think you can go farther then you've been going slow enough. I'm glad the swimming is helping the joints. I want you in good shape for the 1/2.
Sounds like a nice start to the day.

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/14/2011 9:04AM

    Nothing like swimming for great overall fitness. Wish I could find a good pool nearby. If you don't buy at Marshalls when you see the item, chances are good it'll be gone. But I know you are doing a reward program that doesn't make that possible. Also, when I said my veggie diet is boring, it's because it is mostly raw at this point. I plan to do this for another week or two before adding more interesting stuff. My body is starting to respond nicely. Have a fun weekend. Glad your hip pain is subsiding.

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An almost aha moment

Thursday, October 13, 2011

So yesterday for lunch I had a home made black bean burger. First time I had it I tried to used romaine lettuce instead of bread, but the leaves weren't big enough & frankly it didn't work too well.

Yesterday I just plopped it down on the plate, squirted it with some mustard & topped it with half an avocado, sliced. And it was yummy.

And that was my aha moment: I'd definitely rather have the avocado than the bun. Of course, in a perfect world I could have both . . . but I digress.

But since I didn't have that bun, I decided I could have some garlic bread with my veggie chili for dinner. It's from Alexia, only 130 calories for 2 slices - which is plenty for me - but when I tracked it later, I realized I'd forgotten to track that avocado . . . whoopsie. Which is why I call it an almost aha moment. I would have been so much better off with baked sweet potato fries.

Still, normally I'd have cheese on my chili & I didn't.

And in the scheme of things, 2 small slices of garlic bread mean nothing. Just not real happy with where I'm at right now. Digressing again.

Back to the subject at hand. A healthy lifestyle journey is about a never-ending journey about what REALLY satisfies you.

So what REALLY satisfies you?

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JAXMOMMY 10/13/2011 12:58PM

    Good choices! It is all a journey, not a destination! Please do share your black bean burger recipe! I am liking the Arnold's Sandwich thins when I feel the absolute need for bread! Many brands out there right now.

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NIKI778 10/13/2011 11:55AM

    I am with you I would rather have the avocado than a bun. I would rather have avocado than sour cream on most mexican food, and often put it on my homemade nachos. Yesterday, for a snack I was munching on some cucumber slices, with no dip and I has an aha moment, realizing how much I enjoy the taste and texture of cucumber. I was proud of myself in the moment because I feel like my body is really starting to enjoy the food that it needs!!!

Comment edited on: 10/13/2011 12:00:40 PM

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NATPLUMMER 10/13/2011 9:20AM

    You know I'd rather have a bun (or a bagel would be even better ;-) than avocado. :-)
Alexia has some awesome stuff. I do like cheese on my chili but if I have to choose, I'd rather have onions and a lot of hot sauce instead.
Today I will be very satisfied with my leftover turkey and cabbage for lunch and another scrumptious bagel (with almond and peanut butter) for dinner.

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TEMPEST272002 10/13/2011 9:17AM

    I quite relate to this. Over time, I've realized that I was just stuffing food & that I don't actually like junk food... but I keep forgetting this lesson. Thinking that I want some taste sensation or another - but when I cave to it, I don't actually enjoy it like I thought I would.

What really satisfies me? Like Don, getting outside and being able to enjoy the world through this body. Like you, making healthy food that feeds me on many different levels. The trick? Remembering all of this when the cookies are calling me.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/13/2011 9:11AM

    I'd like the black bean burger recipe too, if you don't mind sharing. I would have been happy with the avacado instead of the bun, don't know about the prices of produce in your neck of the woods, but I got one avacado, ONE, a measley ONE for a $1.29, absolutely ridiculous, but that's what really satisfied me yesterday.

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4DOGNIGHT 10/13/2011 8:49AM

    At least you are paying attention! I would love a black bean burger! Do you have a recipe?

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DDOORN 10/13/2011 8:30AM

    Being healthy enough to hop on my bike and ride through the lifting morning fog and immerse myself in all the splendor of autumn!


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Weight loss is like falling leaves

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

2 in one week!

I was sitting here this morning, thinking how pretty the changing leaves looked. Just as we look so good when we lose weight; and even more important, how good we FEEL when we lose weight.

But it's work that has to be kept up with. I raked for an hour yesterday, front & back . . . but you'd never know that looking out at my leaf-strewn yard this morning. Just like it's a never-ending battle keeping up with our new healthy habits.

It's damn hard work, too. Just like living a healthy lifestyle.

It's also very repetitious work. I don't really enjoy raking, but it has to be done. Just like tracking isn't necessarily fun . . . or weighing & measuring . . . but it has to be done.

Yesterday was incredibly busy, but I did get another guest pass & did pilates & got in a swim. I feel sooooo peaceful after I swim . . . and just tired after the raking. Give me a good workout & I'm a happy gal . . . cleaning in general? Ugh!

But it has to be done. Sure, you can pay someone to do your cleaning for you; in fact, for the first time ever, as I type this, there are people cleaning the main living areas of my home (it was a gift from DH).

You can't pay someone to lose weight for you. Or maintain your weight loss.

I'm sure I thought of a few more insights when this occured to me this morning . . .

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JAXMOMMY 10/13/2011 1:07PM

    As others already said... Awesome analogy! I just wish my leaves would keep falling and not seeming to fly back up on me! LOL! It is damn hard work! Swimming makes me feel relaxed and peaceful too!

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TEMPEST272002 10/13/2011 9:08AM

    Great analogy. Working out in the yard always gets me thinking about these things too - about the monotony of certain tasks, about the seasons moving on regardless, about clearing away the old to bring in the new.

So you went and got another guest pass. Sounds like the swimming is really appealing to you. Are you leaning towards getting a full membership now?

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/13/2011 9:07AM

    Great analogy. It made me think that with winter approaching everything lies dead and dormant for the season, so we must be ever mindful and be extra busy during the cold months, so we can blossom in the spring.

emoticonFall is my favorite season. emoticon

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DDOORN 10/13/2011 8:28AM

    Yep, we're all in this "living a healthy lifestyle" thing for the long, long haul! :-)


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NATPLUMMER 10/12/2011 8:13PM

    Great analogy!!
Congrats on the cleaning crew. That is a wonderful gift.

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KALISWALKER 10/12/2011 1:22PM

    Great insights! Losing and maintaining is a life long journey.

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RUNJEWELRUN 10/12/2011 1:05PM

    Love the insight! I love swimming :)

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Hurts so good

Monday, October 10, 2011

Yup, my back is really feeling yesterday's workout - in a good way. It's a good sore; the sore that lets you know you've worked your body.

I suspect it was actually the swimming. It's been 4 months since I swam. I wasn't swimming hard, using it as a cool down, nut they had those leg floats & kick boards at every lane & I used them for several laps.

I take the kick board & hold it under my butt so I'm sitting up right in the water & then use my legs in a bicycle motion. That didn't make me sore, but it's a good workout for your legs. Usually I'll do a few laps just hanging on to it & flutter kicking but I didn't yesterday.

Then I take the leg floaters & do a few laps using just my arms in the breaststroke. I suspect THAT is what got to me.

I stashed a banana in the car for afterwards. Sometimes swimming makes you ravenous; sometimes it doesn't. Hit the spot & it was time for lunch when I got back home anyway.

Running is funny that way, too. Sometimes I'm starving afterwards & sometimes it suppresses my appetite. We went to the all you can eat sushi place after my long run friday. I had 3 rolls (20 pieces) of maki & 3 pieces of sushi. Ifthat sounds like a lot, it is. It was really more than I wanted, but I wanted to try the 3 rolls - and since they charge you extra for anything you leave over . . . let's just say I was glad I was fasting the next day.

I wasn't uncomfortable, but I was most definitely full. The waitress brought 2 spoons for DH's ice cream, but I didn't partake. No interest. Besides, it wasn't chocolate. Ice cream doesn't hold a lot of interest for me if it's not chocolate.

This week is going to be slightly crazy & I'm still kind of scratching my head on when I can get back to the fitness center & when I can squeeze in my long run.

Sometimes hurting is a good thing; sometimes it isn't.

Do you remember the last time you hurt so good?

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RATFINKROB 10/12/2011 11:25AM

    I have never found the exercise that suppresses my appetite. Walk, run, bike, skate, lift weights, swim, they all make me hungry afterwards. I have to really watch my portion control after a hard work out or I will eat every thing in sight. Sounds like you had a great work out. Just have to love that good sore!

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DDOORN 10/11/2011 5:07PM

    Good sore...love it! Pain that makes one smile! :-) That was my 60 mile ride on Sat. Although not much pain, just gran fatigue...OOF, but felt good to push myself.

Wish I could find some activity that SUPPRESSES my appetite...ugh...everything ramps it up!


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SLIMMERJESSE 10/10/2011 11:26AM

    Yes, that kind of soreness is awesome. Good for you!

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NATPLUMMER 10/10/2011 11:17AM

    Yay for some good soreness!
I don't like ice cream unless it's chocolate or coffee and even then it's not a big draw.

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NIKI778 10/10/2011 11:15AM

    Great blog!! I need to incorporate some swimming into my workout routine. I hurt good right now, from a new strength workout I did yesterday, using a tube while doing squats and lunges, didn't feel like it was any harder, but boy oh boy do I feel it in my glutes today!!! I want Sushi!!! I love Sushi, I wish we had an all you can eat sushi place (or maybe I don't). My oldest daughter wants to try sushi, so maybe this weekend I will take her...

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/10/2011 8:29AM

    Ice cream definitely doesn't hold my interest unless it is chocolate and has lot of nuts.

Good job on the swimming, that's great cross training to mix with all your running.

The last time I hurt so good, hmmmmm, let me see.... It's been so long I can't remember, maybe I need to feel the body a good one. I did have some moderate aches after shaking my bon-bons at Zumba last week.

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WALIDGAZALA 10/10/2011 7:58AM

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Has she ever heard of turbo fire?

Sunday, October 09, 2011

I went to the rec center I'm thinking of joining (seriously, it's not just a gym, it's sort of a family center). Man, I feel so good . . . it's been a really long time since I swam. Not since Vegas.

I tried out a class. Now, I must say I didn't particularly like the class or the instructor. It was kickboxing, but it was lime 40 jabs, 40 kicks, 40 uppercuts, 40 squats . . . zzzzzzz. Boring! But a really good workout.

I chatted with one woman before the class, who's been a member for a year, & she loves it. At the end of the class she told me to have a good vacation - I mentioned I wasn't joining yet since we were going out of town.

Then I chatted with someone else from the class in the locker room . . . she also loves it, told me some interesting stuff & also told me to enjoy my vacation! Are they paying these people? Have earbuds on them & telling them what to say?

After the class I swam. A very nice pool, just wish there were more lanes - altho I didn't have to share. Before the class I might have had to share.

I'll probably do another guest pass & then join when we get back. One of the women I chatted with told me the other kickboxing instructor is excellent & they now have water Zumba that people are raving about. They have enough classes so I'm not worried about finding some I'll like better.

And my hip wasn't bothering me at all! In fact, I realized that it started really bothering when I wasn't swimming. Swimming is such great cross training! I could run at the park & cool down with a swim. Maybe it's just what I need to get thru my HM training.

Yes, I'm excited about the possibilities!

And it's SUCH. A glorious day! The leaves are really turning! I'm wearing shorts! Hope your day starts as well as mine has.

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NIKI778 10/10/2011 11:21AM

    OMG, that sounds like the most boring kick boxing workout ever. I haven't tried turbo fire yet, just started doing turbo jam this year, and I love, love, love it. You coiuld have probably got up there and taught a better class than her. LOL. Hope you have a great vacation!!

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NATPLUMMER 10/9/2011 1:43PM

    Yay for a good workout!! Super YAY for the hip feeling good!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/9/2011 12:56PM

    Sounds like fun! And, hey, did I mention that I hope you have a fun vacation?

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