Thursday, August 13, 2009
So to sum up - stayed within cal range yesterday and this morning I got up and did a longer run (to help set myself up for success this weekend allowing shorter runs) and upper body and core ST. I took lots of pictures on my run cause it's my favorite route and I wanted to share! :) Today's Bento is similar to yesterday and the day before but no more hard boiled eggs so there's more cottage cheese instead. Also I put a couple little shreds of parm on top of the broccoli to pretty it instead of furikake.
SO! FIRST! Yesterday's Bento! And Furikake!
That's only the one tier, the other was cottage cheese/nectarine/hard boiled egg/chocolate again. That salsa is called "California Fiesta - Three mild peppers" flavor... can't remember the brand, but the peppers in it are like sweet bell peppers but the flavor is a medium spiciness as well so it's really good. :)
Those are the two kinds I have -- Yasai and Katsuo. There's also other kinds... off the top of my head there's Ebi (shrimp) kind as well... but anyway! These two are VEGGIE and BONITO flavors.
The Yasai Fumi Furikake breaks down like this:
Ingredients: Sesame Seed, Carrot, Spinach, Pumpkin, Celery, Japanese Mustard Plant, Potato Starch, Sugar, Salt, and Seaweed.
Nutrition Facts: 1 tsp (3g) - 10cal, 50mg sodium, 2g carbs (less than 1g sugar), 0g protein
Katsuo Fumi Furikake -
Ingredients: Shaved Bonito, Sesame Seed, Sugar, Salt, Soy Sauce (water, soy bean, wheat, salt), and Sea Weed.
Nutrition facts: 1Tbsp (7g) - 30 cal, 1g fat, lessthan 5mg chol, 180mg sodium, 3 carbs (less than 1gfiber, 2g sugar), 2g protein
Obviously the Katsuo (my favorite) has more going on than the first one, but note the serving size is different for each one for those nutrition facts!!! So we're talking still 10cal per tsp (1Tbsp = 3 teaspoons - for yasai 10 per tsp, for Katsuo 30 per Tbsp), Katsup is slightly higher in sodium and actually has some protein content from the bonito shavings.
BONITO IS A FISH - in case you didn't know! :D
Anyway - that is my lesson on Furikake for the day.
Now my run!!!!!!!!!
To describe overall -- it starts in a park, goes through a historic/pretty neighborhood, down the "strip" near campus, around campus, and back to the park. :D
Here is my start in the park:
Some of my favorite parts of the park:
Trail through the trees!
My favorite bridge -- this is actually looking backwards and you can see the river - when I am running on that path through the trees it overlooks the river to the right. Sooooo pretty!
After the park is over I must cross a fairly busy street and the next notable thing is the LIBRARY! :)
I LOVE the library and I actually need to return a book - didn't take it running with me. DARNIT! hahaha
Now, after the library I turn and go up the most windy steep hill evarrrrrr. Here's the windy hill sign with a neato amphitheater of some sorts in the background which I have no idea what is used for....
There IS an alternative route for this windy steep road, which is a steep trail with some ancient tall stairs...
I opted for that route today and after the stairs discovered it was rather overgrown... this log that is in this picture looking back had to be stepped over and I was almost sitting on it in the process! YIKES!
Then I'm running past gorgeous houses!!!! This is probably the most notable and it is on my next corner:
I also liked this one that was covered in ivy!
The next is a loooong straight stretch through the strip and campus.
ROLL TIDE!!!! The cleansing tide that is... ? what? hahahaha It's always weird to go to a college town and see what business names are made to exploit/support the local sports team....
This is mostly the view after passing the few businesses like the Cleansing Tide:
Next to the quad:
This one actually crests a slope so you can see the rest of this road going off in the distance because after this it's down a bit and then back up to the corner.
But! To the right you get to see first - THE STADIUM!
The President's Mansion!
Million Dollar Band Camp!
WOOT - that was fun to see them out there. I really wanted to join them.
This is where I USED to go to the gym -- the University's Rec Center.
Well -- there is a period here where I stopped taking pictures cause I was getting beat and it's just more campus stuff nothing exciting.....
Oh but throughout campus they have these markers:
There are apparently a couple of different trails -- see this one says East Trail. I don't really know what each trail entails, I think I run across two different ones because they each have different distances... but still, I think it's kinda nifty. :)
FINALLY THE PARK AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was beat. And sweat in my eye. hahahaha.
I did take my sharkies! And water! All used up.
What's your favorite run and why??? :D
BONUS: This run gets more fun during football season if I run before a football game I get to run through all the mobs of people in the stadium/quad area, etc, that are tailgating and getting pumped! :)
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I went over on calories last night.
I KNEW I went over -- and it was because of ice cream and chocolate.
I wasn't going to track it because I was ashamed of having done it and I knew I was over and I just didn't want to look at it......
BUT I DID.
And guess what? I actually only went over by about 150 calories and considering I burned over 1000 cal through exercise yesterday, that is NOT too shabby. Could the content have been better? SURE. But now that I've faced facts and actually looked at it, it has lifted the big dark burden of guilt and shame from "I WENT OVER ON MY CALORIES OH NO ASDHASOEHATSO"
I took today off -- I slept in (I really needed it cause I only got like 4 hrs of sleep the night before), which made me miss my window of opportunity for cool weather to run in, and then when I got up I noticed that the sides of my lower legs (kinda up from the ankle on either side) were a little sore. I think it's from the trail running knowing I had to run on a more unstable surface, I'm sure my feet were turned at different angles than usual. So I just decided I'd make a restful morning of it.
I watched Biggest Loser Australia online and relaxed. :)
I made another Bento as well! It's ALMOST the same as yesterday - I did take pictures but they're at home. I also photographed the furikake I have so I can share that with you, too. :)
The difference today is that I put the rice and chicken on one side of the tier and put this AMAZING NEW SALSA I got on top of them and just sprinkled the Yasai Fumi Furikake over the broccoli. The salsa is like... California Three Pepper? or something like that? I can't remember the brand -- I need to enter it into my tracker because I'm just using other salsa's and multiplying until it's similar to the calorie count, but it is reallly delicious. The other tier is the same, although I cut some of the nectarine slices in half to be able to pack it a bit differently. Tomorrow will probably be very similar as well since I batch cooked the chicken and the broccoli and the rice. :) But I love these things so it's no biggie for me to eat them for a while in a row. It's been nice to be able to enjoy some rice again -- before this I haven't had rice in a while! Also my DH hates broccoli. HAHAHA :D
Well that's all I've got for now. :)
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
So -- Bento is defined on Wikipedia as "a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine." To read a whole lot more about the history, yaddayadda visit the full Wikipedia page here:
The appealing things about bento to me are:
1. Portion Control from the size of the bento box
2. Time and attention to making an attractive meal (AND CUTE! KAWAII!!)
3. The concept of balance!
Here are a couple of other links that are useful for those interested in bento - they are both blogs by bento makers that share recipes, tipes, and answer FAQ's :)
I got into it a while back and for a time was making a bento nearly everyday! :D Not always super cute, but I was doing it... I even stormed a SparkTeam called Bento Buddies but... I haven't even LOOKED at it in AGES... hahaha. :P I've been watching a community on livejournal in which people post pictures of their bentos lately and it's been slowly working on me making one again. SO!
Here's what I made today!
First my box - yes it has a bunny on the top and matching bunnies on the bag - my sister brought it back for me from Japan:
And my LUNCH!
The top tier is Cottage Cheese w/ a sliced Nectarine, a hard boiled egg and a Hershey's Bliss Dark Chocolate. :)
The bottom tier is Steamed Rice, Broccoli, and Garlic and Herb Marinated Chicken Breast cooked in a skillet w/ nonstick spray. MMMMM. In the bottom photo there is an added sprinkling of Yasai Fumi Furikake on the Rice and Broccoli -- this is a seasoning made with dried veggies, sesame seeds, and Nori (seawead) mainly. Just to make it a little prettier. :)
The nutritional Value of this box is: 497 cal/ 12g fat/ 51g carbs/ 50g protein !!! WOWIE! :)
P.S. -- the rice and broccoli looks a LITTLE darker in the picture than it actually is, but yeah -- that's the seven grain rice blend and it definitely got a darker red color throughout after it was cooked. It looks gorgeous and I tasted it and it tastes good. :)
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Feeling pretty rockin after a great workout this morning -- an awesome row with the women's 8boat. ALTHOUGH - we did have at least one sub... and they swapped my position... I'm assuming it'll be back ot the regular lineup once everyone is there... but it was awesome.
We rowed all 8's for quite some time and while it was pretty rough and rocky at parts, there were also a few beautiful strokes in there that were just so nice it's worth working for. :)
Then I headed over to a park I've never been to cause I needed a new place to run and this place had trails. After searching online for trail maps and not finding anything I was like, screw it, I'm going anyway.
I had no idea where I was going, but I have a pretty decent sense of direction and tried to stick to one direction out so I could come back the same direction and know in the grand scheme of things where I was... and it worked.
I have to say - I FELT SO FREAKING COOL running through the woods! And there wasn't a soul out there to contradict my mental image of myself looking awesome and hardcore. HAHAHAHAHA :D I have no idea how far I went, I'm gonna estimate it for my shoes tracking sake at like... 3-3.5 miles? somewhere in there? But yeah I honestly have no idea. It was really fun, though. :) WOOT.
So right now I have rice in the rice cooker...
Chicken on the stove (sorry no picture)
And drinking a super awesome smoothie...
So anyway -- I'm really posting pictures cause there are a couple from my recent trips I wanted to share. :)
Here's that top that I was telling you about of my Grandma's:
Well -- first the pants-suit hahaha :)
And just the top:
Me and my brother about to go running:
I think I mentioned before the giant robot sleeping statue thing that I ran by before on campus at UA???
Here we are napping together... :)
At the flea market ZOLTAR told me that while hard work pays off in the long run, laziness pays off today and to RELAX! :) HAHAHAHA
This one's blurry but I like it anyway cause I was trying to take a picture of me and Henry and we got the giggles...
A nonblurry one as game night lasted into the wee hours of the morning!
We made delicious homemade pizza the next day! To be fair, MIL made the dough and sauce, I cut peppers and stretched dough and assembled. :)
That's all for now!!!!!!!!!!!! PEACE! :)
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