Friday, February 10, 2012
Thanks to the Foodies Unite & Crunchy People teams I have been inspired to try some new foods. Warning, some of them are a little ... silly.
1) Napa Cabbage. This is a soft leafy cabbage. I've really enjoyed it, but my two favorite applications were as an addition to soup (pour super hot liquid on top) and a fast stirfry with tofu.
2) Tofu. I admit, I bought it and then stared at it in the fridge for a few weeks. "You bought me, now what?" it seemed to accuse me. I really enjoyed it in the aforementioned stirfry (gigantic pile of food, 200 calories). I'm now staring at the next block and pondering my moves. Alton Brown has a recipe for "Bar-be-fu" in "I'm only here for the cooking" (his first book) that I think will be the next trial.
3) Skim Milk. Yes, I know, skim has been around forever. But you've got to understand - I grew up surrounded by dairy farms in upstate NY. We would bring a pitcher over to the farmer and dip it right out of his holding tank. I've been a 1% for a few years and finally decided to splurge on a 1/2 gallon of skim to see if I like it. I do. (Now I just have to stay out of the cookie jar.)
4) Cauliflower. Was never a big fan...actually let me rephrase. The only ways I had it and liked it were either covered with cheese sauce, or deep fried. Since neither of these are exactly healthy, they were definitely 1x per year treats. However, I had been reading alot recently about roasting. Well it worked for the sweet potato and I thought I would try this. Nope. Still not a big cauliflower fan. Cauliflower is such a nutritional powerhouse, I really want to like it, but ... meh. My last hope for enjoyment lies in trying mashed.
Next up on the list: Quinoa. Which as my Spanish Professor Mother informed me is pronounced "Kin-oh-ah" not "Kin-Wah" I purchase $0.88 worth today at the healthfood bulk section. (I know, don't break the bank!) I'm hoping to use it as a rice "replacement" Fingers crossed.
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Just a quick one today: I dont know who to believe, the machines at the gym or the SparkPeople computer.
I did 32 min on the Elliptical: 84 calories according to the machine, 462 according to computer. It only registered 1.5 miles but I know when I run on the road I can cover 2.5 miles in 35 min. And the elliptical I ran the whole time, but on the road I usually have to take some walking breaks.
Then I did 20 min at a pretty fast pace on the recumbent bike: 4.5 miles, 132 calories according to the machine, 338 according to the computer. No idea how fast I bike normally - I've never tracked it before.
I'll take my 52 minutes, but the machines seem way too low (calories and distance) and the computer seems way too high. Thoughts Sparkers?
(As I posted yesterday, I banged up my knee a little at the House of Bounce. I still wanted to get my exercise in, but I didnt think the joint could take the pounding of a run. I think it should be better tomorrow.)
Thursday, February 02, 2012
Really having a hard time getting myself motivated today. Change of weather (only 40 instead of 50 - in FEB!) very grey clouds, and I'm tired of the nutrition report telling me that I'm not eating enough calories. If I'm not hungry, I'm not going to eat any more.
Finally my mental trainer/ coach dragged me out of the house.
"Look, you said you wanted to explore a new route. We'll go over the hills and you can walk it. No running, I promise." (I wonder if the route tracker takes elevation into account?)
So I walked. I focused on keeping the pace fast so it wasnt a complete exercise washout. But I'm just so blah. I'm still feeling unmotivated. I tried reading some motivational blogs, but that just makes me feel like more of a loser.
Tomorrow I'm going visiting and I've mapped out a new route at their house. I'm going to bring my bike and hope that a change of scenery and method bring some inspiration.
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