Friday, January 07, 2011
This is my supper tonight; It's become a stand by in our house, and is one of our favorite meals for "carbo-loading" before races.
8 oz. whole wheat spaghetti
Nonstick cooking spray
1 yellow onion, sliced thin
salt & freshly ground black pepper
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup evaporated skim milk
2 large egg yolks
1/3 cup real bacon bits (I use Hormel Real Bacon bits--they are near the salad dressings in a little pouch at the grocery store)
1/3 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to directions. Drain.
While the pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet over high heat. When hot, spray with cooking spray and add the sliced onion. Season with salt & pepper and saute, stirring occasionally until almost tender. Reduce heat to medium-low and add the garlic. Cook until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes more.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the evaporated milk and the yolks.
Add the bacon and the pasta to the skillet containng the onions & garlic. Mix well. Remove the skillet from the heat and add the egg mixture. Toss teh pasta to coat it, allowing the residual heat to thicken the sauce. Stir in the cheese, season with salt & pepper if desired. Serve immediately.
Makes 4 servings
Protein: 19 g
Carbs: 52 g
Fiber: 5 g
Sodium 584 mg
Thursday, January 06, 2011
I've always been a fan of the artist Pink, and last night I discovered a new favorite song to run to. It's ironic because it deals with a lot of the thoughts and feelings I had about myself when I was heavy, and some of those same thoughts still sneak in every now and then. The verse that really got my attention when I was 30 minutes in on the treadmill goes like this:
You're so mean
When you talk
You are wrong
Change the voices
In your head
Make them like you
Look how big you'll make it
Filled with so much hatred
Such a tired game
I've done all I can think of
Chased down all my demons
See you same
Pretty, pretty please
Don't you ever, ever feel
Like your less than
less than perfect
Pretty, pretty please
If you ever, ever feel
Like your nothing
You're' perfect to me
I recommend this song. Highly. It's called "Perfect" :)
Sunday, January 02, 2011
Let me start by saying that when I woke up yesterday and saw the forecast for the Twin Cities, I *might* have been rethinking this race. The race was at 11AM and the forecast said 9 degrees, 19 MPH wind out of the SW, and that it would feel like -12. YUCK!
I got ready in all my layers--a nike dri-fit 1/4 zip mock neck shirt, a Columbia fleece hoodie, and my "Running Room" windbreaker to keep out that wind. I wore a pair of base-layer running tights under my Under Armour Cold Weather pants; 2 pairs of smart wool socks, a performance face mask and winter hat, fleece gloves, and my YakTrax for traction.
As we walked over to the race village I really wasn't shivering (believe it or not) the only areas that were chilly were my fingers and toes. Needless to say with the temps that cold, we didn't arrive too early. Before we knew it, it was time to head to the starting line. There were lots of people jumping to try to warm up, and before we knew it, we were off!
It felt awesome to get the blood pumping and I was thankful for the YakTrax since we had lots of ice and snow to deal with! The first half of the race was uphill, and with the cold air that proved to be a challenge. I kept pulling my face mask down because I felt overheated, but the cold air proved to be tough to breathe in, so I'd pull the mask back up. Through the whole race I was comfortable. I was happy to reach the turn-around point because I knew that meant I'd be running downhill the whole way back. It felt great and I settled into a cruising pace. I ran without my Garmin watch so I only ran according to how I felt.
I knew when I crossed the starting line that the clock was over 2 minutes, so when I saw 30 as I crossed the finish I was pretty sure I had a PR--the hubs confirmed it for me later when we saw our results. 28:37!!!!
Here's the breakdown:
Average Pace: 9:13
Overall Place: 200 out of 972
Gender Place: 78 out of 614 women
Age Group Place: 20 out of 124 Females in the F30-34 Group
I passed 133 Runners in the overall category
I was passed by 29 runners in the overall category
I'll take it!
The added bonus for me was that I actually beat my husband. That NEVER happens; he's a lot faster than me. The difference is I've been running more lately, so I know not to get used to it. I will gloat for a little while though!
It was a great way to kick off 2011...I can't wait for the race season to get into full gear!
Monday, December 06, 2010
I was shocked when I opened up my email yesterday and had literally 50 spark emails for comments on my Spark Page. I'm truly honored to have been a featured Motivator of the Day. THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by to congratulate me.
I had a wonderful weekend...more snow here in Minnesota so it was a bit more challenging to get my workouts in. I did get to run outside on Friday which was great, and then did 4.5 miles on the treadmill yesterday. My next race is New Year's Day and it's only a 5K so I'm not too concerned about training for it. By February I'll be back in full training mode as the Earth Day Half Marathon is in April.
This is an extremely emotional time of year for me; tomorrow is the anniversary of my son's kidney transplant. Right now I'm reflecting on all of the blessings. Tomorrow I'll devote a blog to my son and his donor; my husband. I got to watch a miracle that day.
Thank you again for all of the spark love!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
A picture is worth a thousand words, right?
On January 1st, 2010 I made the decision that it was TIME. Time to get healthy. Time to lose the weight. Time to take time for me.
I started out slowly, just watching my calorie intake and doing my fitness DVDs in my living room. I had run off and on in 2009, but never more than 2 miles.
Gradually the number on the scale dropped. I mastered my 30 minute DVDs. I felt STRONG. I started running.
I built myself up to 3 miles. I decided it was time for a 5K. April 16th 2010 was my first 5K. I weighed 181 pounds and my only goal was to run the whole thing. I remember being worried about my size--so sure that I would be the BIGGEST one there, and that people would be wondering what this "fat" girl thought she was doing. You know what? There were people of all sizes. I was amazed my the camaraderie. People weren't judging each other, they were all there to run their own race. Some people were going to walk--my goal was to run. I did run the whole thing. It took me 32:28 to do it, but I felt AMAZING afterward!
On May 14th I ran another race...a little smaller this time (173), and quite a bit faster: 29:10
I ran another 5K in July (159 pounds) and started to feel the need to push myself.
I decided to sign up for a Half Marathon--me--the girl who less than a year ago weighed over 200 pounds
You know what? I ran the whole 13.1 miles.
I did a mud run and rocked it. It was a whole new level of fitness for me.
October 30th was my last race for 2010--the Monster Dash 10 Mile
I finished with a smile on my face.
If you would have asked me last year at this time if I would be RUNNING RACES. I would have laughed at you. If you would have told me I'd RUN a Half Marathon, I would have told you you were crazy. If you would have told me that I'd log 500+ miles training for these races, I would have told you that you've lost it.
I AM A RUNNER.
I'm excited to see what 2011 will bring.
I'm planning to run 3 half marathons for sure, maybe more. I'll be doing a 10K, a 7K, a 10 Mile, and MAYBE...just MAYBE...a FULL MARATHON.
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