Thursday, August 19, 2010
It was my turn this week to try something new from Cooking Light, my all-time favorite food magazine. It never disappoints. Well, it did once, but that is a different blog about chocolates cakes that should NOT look like crepes! I digress. I needed a refreshing sounding dinner, so I fixed up a coconut rice dish and a salmon topped with refreshing yoghurt. I tweaked the recipes for things I had in the house. It is a fast recipe, taking about 35-40 minutes counting all prep.
I had just a little more Arborio rice (a white rice that is good for risottos) to use up. So I used it instead of the jasmine rice that the recipe listed. I toasted it lightly and then added red pepper flakes, lite coconut milk and a smidgen of water. It cooked (covered) for about 20 minutes. Once it was done, I was supposed to add diced rep bell pepper. I did not have any, so I added a diced fresh tomato right at the end. It sat in the rice, covered, until dinner was ready. (About 140 calories for a 1/2 cup cooked)
While it was cooking, I made the yoghurt sauce for the salmon. Basically I mixed together some Light Greek Yoghurt, juice from one lime, tomatoes, peaches, fresh parsley and cucumbers. It was super refreshing, perfect for the 100F degree weather we were having.
The last part of the recipe called for fresh salmon. I grilled it with just a touch of lime juice, salt and pepper. Pretty simple! I wanted to fancy up the plate, so I sliced some of the cucumber and placed it on the plate. I also added some fresh peaches. I served the salmon on top of the cucumbers and then topped off the salmon with the refreshing yogurt sauce. (About 275 calories for 1 fillet and 3 tablespoons of sauce.)
All in all, a nice dinner for a hot summer evening. Still need to get a small outside table so we can enjoy dinner on the porch. (I've been saying that for 7 years now!)
And you? Any tempting recipes for hot summer evenings?
QUOTE: "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." ~Martin Luther King,
MANTRA: Faith. Fit. Focus.
TRI-ing: A total of 99 days to train.
Today is Day 83. Days til race #1: 16... UYYYYY
Training: 6K run. ~5K walk.
PHOTO OF THE DAY: This splash of orange on my mountain is as refreshing as any great summer dinner!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
In two days, two firsts!
Yesterday I spent the day with my 24-year old daughter, the one who started me on this particular path of TRI-ing. She is the one who knows quite a bit from her experiences but we have not had a chance to do much together in terms of passing the information on. But finally yesterday, we decided to meet at a lake so she could "supervise" and coach me in open water while I used my wetsuit for the first time. I had not worn the wetsuit that she had used last year because it still felt a bit snug around the neck and I was worried that I would not be able to have sufficient range of motion. I had wanted her to inspect it before I made a fool out of myself at the real race... I could just hear the jeers in the back of my head "Hey, did you see that lady... She looked like a sausage in her wetsuit. Doesn't she KNOW??" So, I wanted my daughter's critical eye and believe me, she would let me know! "MOM!!??"
We met at the lake at about 10, perfect for this very hot day. As I got the wet suit out, my daughter gasps and laughs, "Mom! THAT is NOT my TRi wet suit!!!"
"What? Whose is this? Are you sure?"
"Yeah, Mom. That is my wet suit from middle school when I went to that summer camp at the lake."
"OMG!!!!!! Really??? Dang! Well, let me try it on anyways."
.... I get it on. Get the zipper up... and...
"HEY Mom! It's fine! It's actually a little big in the arms." (Here is where I think she has become a little more kind to me because that might have been a SLIGHT (!!) exaggeration on her part... but I'll take it and it fit well enough to do the practice swim.)
Then I notice that the buoys seem awfully close to the shore. I read the signs and find out I can't go beyond the buoys lest I want to risk getting plucked from the water by the lake police. I ask the guy in charge and find out that indeed I would get in trouble for going beyond the two-foot mark where the current buoys are floating. DANG! And we paid to get into this park. Oh well. My daughter had a back-up plan and we went up to Vancouver Lake (about 45 minutes away) where she had practiced with her team last summer. The weather was fantastic and she coached me for sighting and better form. I have a long ways to go in form but I did about 45 minutes in the open water and enjoying the fact that when I wanted I could just float with the wetsuit on. Kind of a fun feeling! And I picked up lots of good information and feedback from my daughter.
And today.. another first. I had taken my "how-to-fix-a-flat" class a couple of weeks ago but I have never actually fixed a flat. I decided that fixing a flat for the first time on the side of the road was not a brilliant plan so I practiced in the living room today. DH was there as a back-up coach. I followed the GREEK (!!!) directions that I got from the class and managed to only bang my knuckles on the rim a few times, get grime on only half my face and, fingers crossed, I did not CAUSE a flat in a perfectly good tire! I'll know later today when I take my little trekster out for a spin. I just did the front tire today. I'll take on the back tire tomorrow. I was imagining doing this process while in a race with adrenaline coursing through my body. It won't be as easy as it was today, for sures, but at least I know I can do it now.
In two days, my brain cells got a a good workout. I keep learning that I can do more than I thought I could. Another benefit about this journey, I have to do some good problem solving and critical thinking. I LIKE imagining my little brain cells with little tiny weights, pumping their own iron! Feels healthy!
And you? Any good new firsts recently?
QUOTE: "Get excited and enthusiastic about you own dream. This excitement is like a forest fire - you can smell it, taste it, and see it from a mile away." ~ Denis Waitley
MANTRA: Faith. Fit. Fitness.
TRI-ing: A total of 99 days to train. Today is Day 82. Days til race #1: 17...It's getting REALLY REAL!
Training: Open-water swim.
PHOTO OF THE DAY: (SP connection acting up and not permitting to add one yet... )
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I can distinctly remember writing in several places here on SP that I am not a "goals person." I think I stated this on a poll, in blog comments on pages and in my own blog postings. I guess I have to take back those words. If I look at my page I see several spots where I say early on that I was shooting for a big race (my tri) quite early on. I have been tracking my goal for weeks now, ticking off the days of training with 100% consistency. Hmmm, for a person who does not do goals, that seems rather odd.
Having my TRI up there ahead of me has been a major motivator. When I have not felt like eating the most nutritional foods, when I have wanted to just skip a day of activity, when that feeling of wanting to be a slug all day was gnawing at me, I would see the TRi glowing at the end of that tunnel, persistent in its ability to remind me that I had promised myself I would run the race and being a slug was not going to help me get any closer to even starting that race let alone finishing the race.
Well that's all fine and dandy, but what happens when the TRI is in the rear view mirror? Then what? Do I stop there? Answer: No way! I've been bitten by the '"event" bug. In the past week or so I have had a flurry of signing up for events for the next year: another TRi in Seattle later in September, a charity bike ride in October and last night, propelled by that little seed that I planted a few days ago about a half marathon, I signed up for my first HM in June 2011. I find myself cruising the sport calendars for more triathlons, bike rides and other fun events. I'm looking now more at how to support charities with some of my events. And I am looking for just plain ole fun events. I was excited by two events my neighbor mentioned last night..
As I marked up my calendar with all of those dates, I realized that these new events are serving a fantastic GOAL POSTS for me. Out there ... down the road... I can clearly see the way. Off in the distance are the events serving as very solid goal posts. They shine as bright reminders of what my ultimate goal is: my health. They mark the trajectory from here to "there." I have moments of not always wanting to do what it takes to stay healthy and then I remember my goal posts... and I straighten up, line myself up and shot for the middle of the goal posts.
So I take it back. I guess I am a goals person. My ultimate goal is to enjoy my health. My goal posts are the events I have signed up for in the close and more distance future. I'm a little slow on the uptake sometimes but glad that I finally figured this one out!
And you? Do you have something that serves as your GOAL POSTS? Something that you shot for as you move towards your ultimate goal?
QUOTE: "The most wasted of all days is one without laughter." ~ e e cummings
MANTRA: Faith. Fit. Focus.
TRI-ing: A total of 99 days to train. Today is Day 81. Days til race #1: 18...It's getting so REAL!
Training: 25-mile bike ride..in the heat! I was famished after this one! Tried an electrolyte tablet in my water.. ICH!!!! I'm going to have to figure something else out. That was nasty.
PHOTO OF THE DAY: My mountain at day break...
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Saturday was packed! Thank goodness I did not know it when I started.
After a quick breakfast, I worked close to five hours in the garden, digging, cleaning, dodging new gopher holes, pruning etc. I had only planned to do some mowing but I was on a roll. Even managed to clean the entire driveway of leaves and such.
Then my daughter showed up with the moving truck. Since she had her two car accidents, she can't actually pick up much weight at all so she organized boxes and her boyfriend and I moved her things. That was another chunk of good physical activity. I then met her a few hours later in Portland to unpack. We did that pretty quickly and then walked a while to go get a bite to eat. I was famished and had a superb dinner! I enjoyed a fantastic beet salad, grilled vegetables (eggplant, onions, asparagus, zucchini, radicchio), yummy bread and a lemon curd dessert with marion berries topped off with an espresso. We were pretty stuffed so we walked for another hour after dinner.
When I finally got home, I felt like my feet were throbbing. The first thing I thought was ... "they feel like I just did a half marathon." So I looked up how many miles are in a HM and found that it is about 13 miles... Then I looked at my pedometer and I see that I logged close to ten miles. No wonder these feet want a massage!!! Hmmm and 10 is super close to 13, right?!
Then I got to thinking again. Lately, I have been wondering if I should consider walking a half marathon or even a full marathon. I'm not ready to run an HM or FM . The 5K for my TRI is doable with my post-op feet but I think anything longer running is still not in the cards. But walking... hmmmm.. maybe just maybe.
I think this packed day confirmed that I have a newly planted seed, a half marathon seed. And THAT has me quite excited.
And you? Have you seen how much movement you actually do each day? Have you had days when you have actually logged a 5K, 10K, HM or FM??? Isn't that cool!
QUOTE: (I can't believe how timely these quotes land in my box each day... This is the one that arrived today and I just now read it... How serendipitous is this!)
"If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes." ~Andrew Carnegie
MANTRA: Faith. Fit. Focus.
TRI-ing: A total of 99 days to train. Today is Day 79. Days til race #1: 20...
Training: Plenty of heavy work today... plus some extra mileage.
PHOTO OF THE DAY:
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