Friday, May 06, 2011
Wow, it has been ages since I blogged!! I am still here, just mostly tracking food/exercise minutes and reading message board threads that I am subscribed to. There doesn't seem to be enough time in the day for everything I want to do and I have been trying to limit my computer and cell phone time a little bit. Interestingly, my husband's phone dropped 6 stories at work yesterday and broke, so he is waiting for work to give him a new one. I told him it will be good for him to unplug for a little while. ;)
OK, so on to the title of this blog. I left Costco on Sunday with a brand new Vitamix. For those of you who do now know what it is, it looks like an ordinary blender but it is so much more. The thing actually COOKS soup in 5 minutes, juice with nothing left over to throw away, and even makes ice cream. It came with a huge recipe book. Well I sound like an infomercial. Sorry. Anyway...I had been eyeing it for a while and found out that an area Costco was going to have demonstrations there last week so I went to check it out. After we watched the guy make juice, soup, ice cream and a virgin margarita, we thought about it and my husband decided we should get it as an early Mother's Day present. All in all, I love it and am glad we got it even though it was a bit of sticker shock. I have been using it every day and am excited to try so many of the recipes! I figure it will be a good way to add veggies to the little one's diet too.
Do you have a Vitamix? If so, what is your favorite recipe?
P.S. Sorry for the sideways shot. I have no idea why, but when I e-mail a photo from my iPhone it turns out sideways even though the pic is taken the right way.
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
OK, so...I have not been to the gym in several days and was looking forward to going to my Body Combat class last night! But my daughter, the Houdini, had other plans. :) She decided to escape from her crib yesterday afternoon, which sent us in a panic to Babies R Us for babyproofing items and night lights, and then when we came home it was time to convert the crib to a toddler bed.
I fed her dinner while DH converted the bed. It was after 9 when she went to bed. She was quite tuckered out and THANKFULLY went right to sleep. I then collapsed on the couch with a glass of wine to calm my nerves (which I have decided counts as a serving of fruit).
So that was my night. How was yours?
Monday, April 04, 2011
Saturday was the Monument Avenue 10k in Richmond. I ran it last year; it was the first (and only) 10k I ever ran. It is such a fun race!! I ran with my husband and brother-in-
Ironically, we were all in Richmond this past weekend for another reason (celebrating my father-in-law's retirement) but did not run the race. It was kind of bittersweet for the three of us to be there and not run. My MIL asked if we wanted to go watch the runners. None of us did.
My BIL tore his ACL last year shortly after the race, and although he has since recovered and has been running a bit here and there, he says he is not ready for a 10k. My husband also has not been running much lately. As for me - I get on the treadmill every once in a while and can usually make it about 10 minutes at a time before wanting to stop. Last week I read Coach Nicole's post on the DailySpark about her first half marathon. ( www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=how
Right now I feel the same way about running as she did when she started out. It's hard, and it's boring. Interestingly, the fact that it's hard is what makes me want to do it. Running is truly what helps me take those pounds off. It taxes my body like no other exercise I do. I can FEEL that I got a good workout when I run. As for the boring...well, I don't know. I am such a social exerciser. I enjoyed the 10k race because there were so many people there running by my side. I don't have to actually talk to anyone when I am running (in fact I prefer not to since it's not easy to breathe anyway) but the fact that others are running allows me to people watch to take my mind off the fact that I can barely breathe and it helps me pace myself.
It seemed like Saturday was a big day for races. Not only was there the race in Richmond, but I kept seeing posts on Facebook of people running 10Ks in various cities. It made me get that itch to run again. I want to do another 10k, and I do not want another year to go by in between. (I did also run a 5K in June, so thankfully it hasn't quite been a year since my last race.) I want to eventually run a half marathon (not sure about a marathon). I want to overcome my feelings about running and truly LOVE it. It took Coach Nicole a year of running regularly before she actually enjoyed it. Maybe that is what it will take for me.
I think my problem is consistency. I go through a phase where I do a lot of running because I set a goal:C25K, a 10K, 1 5K. When I do not have a goal, I stop concentrating on running and do other forms of exercise. Then my body kind of "forgets" and I have to retrain it. Maybe it's time to do the C25K over again. Does anyone know of a C25K podcast with GOOD music? The one I used years ago (Robert Ulrey) had horrid music. :)
Thursday, March 10, 2011
That burger I had last night, I mean. My stomach hurt when I got home. It's the next morning and I still feel have that "I ate something greasy, salty, icky" feeling. This is a good thing. My body is reminding me why I don't eat this way very often anymore.
On another, healthier, note: My neighbor received 50 strawberry seedlings yesterday and brought over a few for me. She was sucked in to buying them from an ad she received by e-mail some time ago. "AMAZING strawberries! As BIG as peaches!" it touts.
Not only do I have concrete for a yard, I also am totally clueless when it comes to growing anything. I have one plant in the house (besides these strawberries). It is an aloe plant and I worry about it every day. It is hanging in there but quite droopy. I don't know the first thing about growing strawberries. Can they be grown in a container? Full or partial sun? Is it too cold to bring them outside right now? She planted and brought them over in a smallish/ medium-size pot. There are three seedlings that look like they will get quite big. I will probably need to repot them. I'll be doing some research today, or maybe I'll call a nursery. If anyone knows how to grow them and could offer some tips, I would so appreciate it! :)
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Tonight my hubby's coworkers invited us out to dinner after work. The place we are going is a burger place. It is one of those where burgers cost double what they should and you can choose from all sorts of fancy toppings (peanut butter burger, anyone?) Seems like a fad going on right now. Anyway,I don't think they have any salads there. I am going to be in trouble with my food tracker, so I need to eat really, really well for lunch and get my exercise in for the day.
I am off to feed the baby and head to the gym. Have a great day, Spark buds!
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