Sunday, February 12, 2012
It was cold today in NY. Seasonal, of which we have had precious few days. Which means when it does turn "seasonal" you are not emotionally prepared for it.
But I had dawdled enough. This run was not going to take itself. The wind put apples in my cheeks and icicles in my sinuses. (Which were nice enough to drip out and I had to wipe on my sleeve.)
My plans for a run were immediately modified to a walk, perhaps on a path through the woods I hadn't been on recently. The ground was uneven, treacherous for running, but excellent for walking and the trees would hopefully block some of the wind. I made my way from the house to the path and said to myself "10 minutes. You owe the Sparkers 10 minutes and then nobody would fault you for heading back indoors."
After 10 minutes my the heart started going and the internal thermostat started kicking out some extra heat...I just kept going. I'm just stubborn enough to want to reach the end of the trail and turn around point. The trees DID block the wind and while the animals were hunkered down in their own attempts to keep warm, the trees stood silent witnesses to my journey. A few flakes of snow occasionally drifted down, like dandruff.
Ok, that's just trite blech now. Point being, yes I finished the walk, total of 3 miles in 48 minutes. Felt great and the snow held off until 10 minutes after I got back to the house.
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.)
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