Monday, April 16, 2007
Read a spark article about energy levels and exercise this morning. This is exactly what I've been going through over the past week... "Another area of frustration for the beginner is energy level. Most people expect to exercise the first few weeks and experience a shot of energy. In actuality, the opposite often occurs. Your body isn’t used to the added stress, which causes you to feel fatigued and even drained, especially if you overdo it. Don’t get discouraged; it’s natural to feel this way until your body adapts. As your body acclimates itself, your cardiovascular system will become more conditioned, causing you to have more energy and focus throughout the day. Your efforts will pay off."
Saturday, April 14, 2007
This recipe is so awesome that I wanted to put it in my blog. Give it a shot. Its so good! I have it on sprouted wheat bread with a slice of rice cheese, and its probably better than any hamburger I've ever had... though, to be honest, I can't really remember eating hamburgers aside from how I didn't really like them. Regardless... delicious!
Portobello Burgers RECIPE
4 large Portobello mushrooms
2 cloves garlic, sliced into very thin slivers
1 tsp. fresh rosemary or 1/2 tsp. dried, (optional)
1 tsp. fresh thyme or 1/2 tsp. dried, (optional )
1 1/2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1. Preheat broiler or grill.
2. Wipe mushrooms with damp cloth. Remove stems. With paring knife, make slits in tops of caps. Stuff slivers of garlic and herbs (if using) into slits.
3. In small bowl, whisk together oil and vinegar with salt and pepper to taste. Brush mushrooms with oil mixture. Place mushrooms, cap-side down, on pan and broil or grill until soft and brown, about 3 to 5 minutes per side.
Makes 4 servings.
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Saturday, April 14, 2007
Getting to the point where I have actually broken a sweat is a big deal to me. I am averse to doing anything where I have to perspire and possibly smell bad. I don't know what it is-- immediate thoughts are that I have good skin and I don't want to break out by sweating a lot, or I don't want to dry my hair and (very sensitive) skin out by showering twice a day. However, now that I type this I realize that exercise and proper nutrition will only help my skin, nails, and hair to become better. I know that from experience. I know I might start to break out a little bit when I start sweating DAILY... but it is only my body getting rid of stuff that is under all of these layers of lazy skin.
I remember back when I was a freshman in college. I had just lost my first 10 pounds, and my boyfriend at the time took me to this party for our friend. I dressed up, feeling great about my weight loss. He paid me one of the nicest compliments that night that I have ever gotten from a guy. I still remember him gushing, "Jesus. Your skin looks amazing!" I was so happy about that. I know I was glowing because I felt confident, but it was also the fact that I was exercising and had that ridiculous healthy glow everyone always talks about.
I guess what I'm saying is that I want that again.
I am starting to feel more energy from the small amount of exercise I've been doing, and that makes me feel like I can do more exercise without killing myself over the next week.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
This is going to sound really silly but I am happy that yesterday I bought a water bottle and new sneakers from Kohl's. They were both cheap--the bottle used to be 9.99 USD, and has an insert cold/freezer pack that runs down the center. I got it for 3.99 USD. The sneakers, AVIA Women's Running shoes, used to be 59.99 USD, and I got them for 29.98 USD.
I'm happy that I bought just the two things that I needed and nothing else, and that I bought good quality products instead of running out to Target and buying all kinds of junk.
I had been looking on Zappos.com for vegan running sneakers but they were just way too expensive and out of my budget. After my injury the other day, I felt that I should get new sneakers and they needed to be brand new so that I could be sure they would support my ankles. I tried to buy Saucony's, since those are my favorite, but I went for the Avia's because they were marked down so much and just a basic shoe.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
So, on my walk home from the office on Tuesday afternoon I took a nosedive on an uneven patch of sidewalk. Both of my knees are badly bruised (especially the right knee), and I'm really angry about it. Why do these things always happen at the most inconvenient times? At least it is rainy and horrible outside, so I'm not missing a nice walk...
I'm icing my knees every once in awhile, but mostly just resting them.
At least I have good news... I got on the scale this morning and I have definitely lost about 3 pounds in the last two weeks. Yay! It is working.
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