JAMIRBLAZE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JAMIRBLAZE JAMIRBLAZE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958482 ...It's been awhile. I've been pretty busy. Ran the first summer 5K race last month. Next one is tomorrow. It's on a lake for most of the run, but also partially on concrete instead of asphalt, which I'm not a fan of. I may wait to review until I finish the series. <BR> <BR> I've started Hal Higdon's novice 2 HM program for my next half on Monday. Half #3. It calls for running 3 days in a row which I did this week, but I may switch around the rest days to run less days in a row. Due ... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 08:27:45 EST Friends of Lake Louisa State Park 5K - 5/23/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935820 So I signed up for this race partially because it's held by the same race group who is doing my summer 5K series, partially because the guy's best friend wants us to do a HM there with him and partially because I wanted to go to Lake Louisa State Park to check it out. Of course, I happened to also forget that Clermont is one of the hilliest areas of Florida. <BR> <BR> As I haven't raced in awhile, am not at my best race weight and had only run once outside before this time, I didn't really ... Thu, 28 May 2015 16:54:14 EST Busy, Busy and Eatingwell's Peanut Noodles with Shredded Chicken & Vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928660 Happy Friday! Things are going well, scale is going in the right direction, etc. Just got some days to get through where I need to keep on track. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, I'm heading down to Disney, meeting my bestie, and going into town for the Beauty & the Beast musical (my favorite Disney movie - ever). Then back to Disney for dinner and such. Sunday is carpenter bee killing and moving more wood for our poor trash guys to pick up. Then I have a short week. Wednesday afternoon, I'll leave... Fri, 15 May 2015 13:03:57 EST Lumberjill? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926848 Frustration (with myself, the process, the scale), but pushing forward. <BR> <BR> Just as we were meeting, the guy bought a house with some issues - charm, an interesting neighborhood, but issues. One of which being the heavily wooded property - not just with any trees, but with some of the most scraggly, crooked, barely alive trees that I have ever seen. And the trees that are in the best shape are super, duper close to the house which in a state with tropical weather is not a good thing.... Tue, 12 May 2015 09:36:05 EST Progress?; Upcoming Races http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923635 With renewed energy, I have been working in bringing things back together. The scale crept up still a bit but now seems to be back on the downward slide. Nutrition is better, but I'm working on it. I have made better choices and passed on more than I had been. Working on Refuse to Regain. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I have been working on putting my race schedule together for the coming months of 2015 and the beginning of 2016. As it stands right now: <BR> <BR> -Friends of Lake Louisa State Park... Wed, 6 May 2015 11:05:57 EST Confession Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919563 The month of April has been the pinnacle of six months of struggling with maintenance. April has seen vacations and a bout with illness that really knocked me down. Work has been the busiest that I have been pretty much ever. I've had the lowest fitness minutes for a month that I have had in a very long time. I haven't weighed for this week yet, but I'm 2-3 lbs over range. Which means that I am 7-8 lbs over goal. <BR> <BR> Unacceptable. <BR> <BR> What this really means is that I have b... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 08:58:51 EST Busier than a Bee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899331 Have been super, super busy lately. Work is INSANE and keeping busy at home. I have some recipes to share reviews on soon. <BR> <BR> I have 6 days off in a row coming up soon. Will try to stay active and keep eating (the hard part for me) in check. Desperately need time away from the office, but dreading what it will be like when I get back. <BR> <BR> Loving the flexibility of no HM/race training. Been doing different things, but still trying to do 2-3 shorter runs per week at a faster... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:11:47 EST Vegetarian Spinach Enchiladas, Allergy Season, Time Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891112 I have reviewed before Eatingwell's Vegetarian Spinach Enchiladas ( <link>www.eatingwell.com/recipes/vegetaria<BR>n_spinach_enchiladas.html </link> ), but didn't have a picture. So viola: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1047759923.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Some yummy Florida strawberries and a tasty veg dish for lunch on Sunday. Doubled the recipe in a 9x13 and added less cheese to the filling, added some extra spice and topped the dish with the extra cheese to make ... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 12:38:17 EST Neighbor, Technology, Shaking Things Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886076 Dear Neighbor: <BR> <BR> This weekend, when you ran/walked past my house a couple of times and saw me smiling at you while doing yard work, I hope that you didn't think that I was amused at your journey or mocking the overweight woman doing intervals. Instead, I hope you felt the positive energy and encouragement that I was sending you. Instead, I hope you felt how much that I was cheering you on. Instead, I hope that you know how much your efforts inspired me to do 50 minutes of HIIT af... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 08:51:47 EST Run Disney's Princess HM - 2/22/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881891 Per my last blog, I met my goal and my semi-realistic goal with a 2:25:13 finish. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Except for being a very crowded race and being expensive, it was a really great race. The Expo was fun (though the Dooney bags and Run Disney shoes sell out ASAP - not that I wanted to buy any, but I like to look at pretty). Got there before official opening, so I avoided the crowds. So busy and crazy when we left. Something like 25,000 runners in the HM, so yeah, pretty crazy. <... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:47:39 EST HM #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879406 This weekend is HM #2 - Disney's Princess HM. Instead of winging it like last time, I followed a modified schedule and reached out for tips here. Increased my mileage during the week, tried to really run the LSRs slow, and the like. I wasn't as consistent as I would have liked to have been due to a couple of bouts of illness (stupid sinuses), but I did what I could. <BR> <BR> Realistic Goal: Finish upright, run my own race the entire 13.1 miles and feel better than last time. <BR> Semi-r... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 12:51:57 EST White Turkey Chili http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877315 Roasted a turkey breast for sandwiches the other week and saved some turkey for Taste of Home's White Turkey Chili ( <link>www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/white-tu<BR>rkey-chili </link> ). Super simple, tasty and filling. Each serving is about a cup. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l450881103.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My only mods were a bit of extra seasoning, more cilantro and some more green chilis. I also skipped the sour cream. It was a little mild for our tastes, b... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 09:44:20 EST Tales from the Fitting Room & Portuguese Kale & Red Bean Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869275 ADARKARA posted a great blog yesterday about the randomness of sizing, seen here: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868630 </link> . Randomly enough, I took off early for errands yesterday, including a stop at the mall. I was suckered in by good discounts to try on pants in a brand/store where I know that I have issues fitting into the pants due to the cuts. I grabbed my normal size 4 in a style that promised to be "relaxed in the hip and thigh" ... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 10:02:06 EST Serbian Chicken & Eggplant Soup/Cookbook Recommendation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860987 Another Eatingwell soup picked by the Guy. I'm not such an eggplant fan, but I'm trying (this week, I made an Indian eggplant recipe and it was delicious). Recipe here: <link>www.eatingwell.com/recipes/serbian_c<BR>hicken_eggplant_soup.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l813757118.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This one was tasty except the eggplant was a little assertive to me. I think I should have sprinkled with salt and drained some of the bitter juice fi... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:28:47 EST Bavarian Leek & Cabbage Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852701 Another Eatingwell recipe, but a new one from the year's first issue: <link>www.eatingwell.com/recipes/bavarian_<BR>leek_cabbage_soup.html </link> . The guy and I went through their new recipes just after the New Year, and he picked a variety of soups. This is the first one that we tried. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1177174957.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I like to cook soup a day or two before eating, generally, as I think it is one of those things that improves w... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:00:45 EST Mindful Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848409 As we have powered through the holiday season and the beginning of the year, many of the maintenance bloggers have documented going through the Beck program. I was totally unfamiliar with it, so I read their blogs with interest, and as I mentioned when I was looking forward to 2015, the mindful eating part really struck home. <BR> <BR> It's not a hard concept - sit down, slow down and pay attention to every bite. <BR> <BR> But it's something that I struggle with. So often, I eat what is o... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 09:25:04 EST Mount Dora Half Marathon 12/21/14 Race Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837914 If you've never been to Mount Dora, FL, imagine rolling hills, lakes (including Lake Dora), quaint shops, foodie type restaurants, antiques and a lot of charm. Hills aside (more on that later), a great place to run, and this was a great race. <BR> <BR> I have to admit that I am a little biased in my review of this race. One, it's 15 minutes from my new home. Two, my guy is friends with one of the co-race directors who is a fast, fast, fast natural runner who along with his wife (another f... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 10:26:50 EST Thinking about 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835320 2015 will be here in less than two weeks...and I'm still wondering where 2014 went. I have no idea, but time is flying. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I've been thinking a lot about where I would like to go with my journey this coming year. I've been struggling with maintenance, and due to my move, I don't have a reliable way to weigh right now, but I bet I'm more toward the top of my range. <BR> <BR> But this is what I have been thinking: <BR> <BR> Fitness Goal 1. Finish my HM in February better th... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:11:30 EST Happy Thanksgiving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823380 Happy Thanksgiving to all US-based Sparkers! <BR> <BR> So this year, I have a lot to be thankful for. I met a great guy, met my goal weight, am well on my way to completing my first formal HM, etc. I'm actually am having two Thanksgivings - one with his family on Thursday and one with mine on Friday. Ought to be a lot of good times, hopefully, though his family is less stable than mine. May be interesting. <BR> <BR> After a few weeks up a couple of pounds post-break and vacation, I'm ba... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:47:49 EST Planning... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816234 Spending some downtime at work in between appointments planning meals for the next few weeks. I loathe going anywhere like Walmart after Thanksgiving and usually only make it to the regular grocery store. The crowds and the frazzle is too much for me when I have to get stuff done. So I'm working on about 6 weeks of meals and such. I'll be inventorying what I have and deciding on holiday baking when I'm home tonight. That way I can make one big trip to Sam's/Walmart this weekend and be do... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:46:09 EST 2014 IACP Univeral Adventure 5K Run/Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805752 This event was run by Track Shack (but was not one of their races); they also ran the Miracle Miles 15K. This was my 3rd race with them, and I can't say that I'm impressed. They are running a couple more that I want to do, but we'll see. I also know that they marked a race short earlier this season, too. <BR> <BR> The good was that I had a decent race. Given the crowd, my break and the twisty course, I'm happy with a 31:07 gun and 30:11 chip time. Not a PR which was my 28:47 gun and 28:... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:07:40 EST Under 144 and Weekend 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803232 So apparently, I lost close to 2 lbs overnight - just under 144 this morning. More scale lies, but probably my weigh in today was close to the truth. Adjusting and moving on. <BR> <BR> I pretty much have mentioned the lies so one, I don't freak out and keep perspective. And two, so other people can see the ridiculousness of being too tied to the scale. I try to just use it as a tool - as feedback. Since I'm on a downward trend, I'm doing something right (unless I'm moving below my bottom... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:32:43 EST Scale lies & other rambles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802699 Thursday through Sunday, I was in New Orleans. I had some piggy moments, except on Sunday when I got back to normal. I only got one organized exercise session in, but did tons and tons of walking and spent way too much money. I loved the city, but had a hard time finding too many veggies, but largely kept my indulgences to things that are not easy to find at home. <BR> <BR> Before I left, I was around 142lbs after my break. I vowed not to step on the scale for a few days to allow for th... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:55:17 EST Some clarity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798003 I feel like I need to clarify some points on yesterday's blog - mostly as I gain more perspective and think more thoughts. Pesky how those happen, eh? <BR> <BR> One, I took a break with a finite length. I knew yesterday would be back to the routine, and it has been so. I'm stubborn and a control freak enough to be able to reign myself back in - I know not everyone is like that, so maybe a break wouldn't have the same benefits for everyone. I need moderation - not everyone is like that or... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:52:51 EST Took some time off.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797438 Last week, I was done. I was beyond burnt out. I was really tired, worn down, not motivated and over it. I just wanted to lay in bed and read and not do much else. So I took some time off. I didn't really track food (and overate) and only did one real workout - a 5 mile maintenance run on the treadmill on Saturday. <BR> <BR> I saw a number that I did not want to see on the scale this morning. <BR> <BR> But! I feel so much better! The rational part of me knows that I didn't gain 8lb... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:48:42 EST So Saucony Guide 7's Got Me Out of Bed... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791642 But not for a run. Lazy morning on a rest day, and I did NOT want to get up for work. So I check my email, and Amazon has my running shoes half off! Woot! I have been monitoring them to get a second pair or two when the price dropped, so I ordered two pairs. But I had to get up to double check the size, and once I was up, I got ready for work. <BR> <BR> The Guide 7s have solved most of my toe issues and have helped with my knee issues (along with K Tape), but I've had my current pair sin... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 10:12:23 EST October? Already? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791123 October is typically my favorite month, but seriously, how is it October already?! This year is flying by. But I'm happy for Halloween, cooler temps, fall squash, etc. Been working on getting my weight down a bit to have some holiday "wiggle room." <BR> <BR> This past weekend, I finally reached that milestone that I had been working towards. I ran the half marathon distance - 13.1 miles. No race, just wanted to see if I could, and I did in 2:40. It was pretty miserable toward the end, ... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 12:33:48 EST Miracle Miles 15K 9/20/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784638 Impulsively, I signed up for a 15K this past Saturday a week before. A friend was doing it, and I was able to con the guy into signing up with me. We, for the most part, run 10-ish miles most Saturdays, so no problem, right? <BR> <BR> Sigh. I was unhappy with this race and my performance in it for a few reasons, some controllable, some not. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, Miracle Miles 5K/15K was held in downtown Orlando and benefited one of the local hospital's NICU. I have an old high school friend... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:49:58 EST The Skinny Fork's Healthified Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli and a couple of other new recipes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777264 This weekend, I tried the Skinny Fork's Healthified Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli: <link>www.theskinnyfork.com/blog/healthifi<BR>ed-crock-pot-beef-broccoli </link> . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1310933926.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was tasty, though not terribly "Asian" tasting to me. I added a bit more broth than I should have and it ended up being a little soupy. I also added some siracha and a pinch of red pepper flakes because I like things spicier and thr... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:33:00 EST Weekend Run, new Camelbak hydration belt, new UA compression capris, and eek! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775753 Started back pounding the pavement this weekend. Looks like the obstacles that have been impacting my runs have been conquered, and I hope to be back on the usual Saturday long run schedule. Did 8.25 miles. Tried the Gatorade Chews again with success - two packs, one blue, one orange. I took them out the night before and placed them in a baggie and that seemed to make them less sticky. <BR> <BR> This is my new hydration belt: <link>www.amazon.com/dp/B008Z7AEAG/ref=wl_<BR>it_dp_o_pC_nS... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 09:47:02 EST Eatingwell's Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766838 Last week, I made one of my staples for lunch. Eatingwell's Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta: <link>www.eatingwell.com/recipes/creamy_ca<BR>jun_chicken_pasta.html </link> . Filling, two servings of veggies and a nice amount of protein. It's pretty easy to make as long as you prechop all of your ingredients. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2023813765.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The only real modifications that I make to this one is that I use plain Greek yogurt instead of ... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:18:38 EST Shaking Things Up, Honey Stingers, Take 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762772 Little bummed today as the guy left this morning for Atlanta to visit a good friend. I would have went with, but late August and September are the busiest times at my job, so no go. I probably could have, but wouldn't do that to my coworkers. Really only missing one night with him, so not that bad. <BR> <BR> Plus, it will give me a chance to get my house together. We've been talking moving in together, and it does make a lot of financial and practical sense. Since I've determined that, ... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:45:37 EST Robin Williams, Back to Road Running and What Can Go Wrong.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758178 I was saddened to hear that Robin Williams had died last night. He was one of my favorite actors, truly funny and talented, and I regret that I never got to see one of his live shows. Let this be a reminder to all of us that tending to all of our health - physical and mental - is needed for true wellness. A healthy mind and a healthy body go hand in hand. <BR> <BR> This morning, the guy and I were back on the road. Did just over 3.5 miles at a decent pace. I noticed that it was taking i... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:22:20 EST Gatorade Prime Energy Chews - Fruit Punch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757689 My guy has been nursing a muscle injury for the last couple of weeks, so for my long run this weekend, I figured that I would sleep in and then run the loop of his neighborhood a couple of times for around 9 miles while he rode his bike and kept me company. No drive, and I wanted to run in the light as it's semi-rural road with intermittent lighting and black bear county. I started later at 7am. It was hot and since I wasn't going so far, I didn't modulate my pace as much. I made it two ... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:31:47 EST Eatingwell's Turkey Kofta with Tahini Sauce and Curried Zucchini & Couscous http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754960 For a couple of dinners this week, I made two Eatingwell recipes. Turkey Kofta with Tahini Sauce ( <link>www.eatingwell.com/recipes/turkey_ko<BR>fta_tahini_sauce.html </link> ) and Curried Zucchini & Couscous ( <link>www.eatingwell.com/recipes/curried_z<BR>ucchini_couscous.html </link> ). I rounded out the meal with mixed greens dressed with a light vinaigrette. Two new recipes as part of shaking up my routine. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1781638416.jp... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 09:14:59 EST Summertime Blahs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753484 Full confession: I've not been feeling the healthy eating or the fitness so much lately. I've been doing it, but it's been lackadaisical with too many allowances here and there. I've been rounding down instead of up on my food tracking, dialing in workouts, skipping workouts, etc. Some of the missed workouts have been due to factors beyond my control, but plenty of it was. Some of it has been the blahs. While many of you are enjoying the outdoor time, this is the worst time of the year ... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 08:57:50 EST Eatingwell's Sausage-&-Quinoa-Stuffed Zucchini http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749681 This week for lunch, I've been eating Eatingwell's Sausage-&-Quinoa-Stuffed Zucchini ( <link>www.eatingwell.com/recipes/turkey_sa<BR>usage_quinoa_stuffed_zucchini.html </link> ) paired with a non-recalled nectarine. Yum. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l982583862.jpg"> <BR> <BR> (These are cut horizontally so that they fit into the plastic ware that I take to work.) <BR> <BR> I used Publix's Hot Italian Turkey Sausage for these because I like spice. I think t... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:59:30 EST Some Thanks and Clif Shot Bloks - Black Cherry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748953 First off, thanks to everyone for their comments, goodies, messages, etc. lately. I've been a bit off my game, so I've not responded to everyone as I would like, but know that it was all much appreciated. <BR> <BR> This past Saturday, we eased back into long runs with a slightly over 10-miler on our usual trail. Pretty decent run that came together nicely. This time, I chose the Clif Shot Bloks, Black Cherry flavored. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l17669333... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:41:44 EST Portland and Such... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746251 I made it back from Portland/Oregon adventures last week. Unfortunately, the jetlag and everything caught up with me, so I've been a little out of it since. Headaches have steam rolled me, but my weight is more or less intact and easing back into my workouts. My comfort margin is a bit slimmer, but I'll be working that down soon. <BR> <BR> We started off driving down to Crater Lake National Park after landing in Portland with a stop in Roseburg (which was a nice launching point). <BR> <B... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:14:17 EST Flying Tomorrow to Portland http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736115 This work conference has sneaked up on me. Frantically wrapping up loose ends before we fly out tomorrow to Portland, OR. The boss and I are heading to Crater Lake and then the coast over the weekend, and then we'll be in Portland for the week. Went to Target and got some preportioned packaged snacks and planning on finding a grocery store to pick up a few things while we're there. Also, will be tracking as much as possible, only having a few indulgences that I can't get at home and the l... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:09:27 EST Gu Chomps Energy Chews Strawberry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734428 This past Saturday, I ran 12.25 miles on my rail-to-trails route. Decent run, but I was dead by the end of the run. Anyhow, in my continuing quest through sports fuels, I tried Gu Chomps in the Strawberry flavor. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l777135423.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1287096871.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Flavor - Tasty. Not as good as the Stingers, but better than the sport beans. Didn't taste super artificial, but i... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 09:42:10 EST Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728907 This past weekend was another adventure in trying new things on my runs. I should say that this was probably my worst, roughest run ever. And I ended up almost in tears, but I learned a lot of lessons (more on that below). <BR> <BR> Anyway, this week I tried Honey Stinger's energy chews in Orange Blossom. The package comes with 10 chews for 160 calories: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l446591695.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l169901... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:13:56 EST The weekend is almost here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727049 Happy Friday! So happy the weekend is almost here. <BR> <BR> Jason's Deli has opened near me, so I met a friend there for dinner. Half a sandwich and some fruit makes for a decent dinner. Happy to have another place with some good options, and most of its nutritional info online. <BR> <BR> Budget cuts have meant that we have to say goodbye to some of our part time staff, so we're having a pizza lunch. I brought salad and low cal Italian dressing to round out the meal. Plan is for lots ... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:48:55 EST Eatingwell's Chicken Sausage with Potatoes & Sauerkraut http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725657 Eatingwell's Chicken Sausage with Potatoes & Sauerkraut is one of my go-to recipes for lunches: <link>www.eatingwell.com/recipes/chicken_s<BR>ausage_sauerkraut.html </link> . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l792785599.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's easy and quick to make, tasty and seems to improve over a couple of days - but this is definitely for someone who does not mind the assertive flavor of the sauerkraut. Filling, a serving of veggies and rounds out nicely wit... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:33:45 EST Jelly Belly Sport Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724110 Last weekend's 10.5 mile run and recovery was killer, so I went out and bought all manner of sports fuel type things in assorted flavors to eat on the run to see if they helped. <BR> <BR> This week - Jelly Belly Sport Beans in the black assorted flavors packaging: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l254652376.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l995396149.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1331235365.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I took... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:25:33 EST Friday - Yay! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721946 Happy Friday everyone! Our summer has not slowed down as much as usual at work, so I'm still working for the weekends. Friday is always great. <BR> <BR> Parents arrive for a visit tonight with the family dog. They're coming to meet my guy. I think it will go well, but for most of my dating life, I've lived pretty far from family. So they've never really have met any of my boyfriends. We're meeting at a delicious pizza place, so at least the food will be good. <em>4</em> <em>334</e... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 08:52:08 EST Wednesday. Friday is coming! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720486 Happy Hump Day! Two more mornings until the weekend! <BR> <BR> Keeping up morning workouts. Yesterday, hit the gym (victory!) for some quality ST and this morning did another 4.25 miles. I weighed before and after the run, just to see, and even though I drank 16+ oz of water, I lost a pound on the dot. <BR> <BR> Yes, even before 7 am, central Florida is hot and humid. <BR> <BR> I made beef stew yesterday in the slow cooker. Used canned stew for tracking as it is very similar, but bette... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:22:02 EST Is it fall yet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718971 My long run did not go as well as planned - hot, humid and crampy. But, as always, I'm constantly learning how to improve, so it was an excellent, but rough 10.5 miles. Some lessons: <BR> <BR> One, I'm going to have to finally give in, and try some sort of fuel on the run. I bought some gummies to try. Sport beans are also on the list to be tried. I kind of really dislike the concept of gels, but may end up trying those as well. <BR> <BR> Two, I need to re-evaluate my gear. I have a h... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 09:29:12 EST Happy Friday the 13th! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717186 TGIF! It's been a long, long week. Leaving work a little early today to go to my hometown for the weekend for Father's Day. Hanging with my family and the best little puppy ever (well, really, a 12 year old chihuahua who is a demanding little love bug). Taking some shortbread for my dad, but fruit and my baked oatmeal breakfasts and some of the rice casserole to balance out some of the eating. Committed to tracking. <BR> <BR> Long run planned for Saturday. Hope to do 12 miles, if I can... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:27:54 EST Work, morning workouts, nutrition clean up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715916 Monday, a friend found out that he is being let go from a place that I am very familiar with. The reason is really a pretense for driving him out, and I've been trying to be supportive. While I support the mission of the place and its sister organization, I'm really quite disgusted with things. Cronyism, backstabbing, ethical ambiguities and the like are rife. And some things are happening that make me quite upset on behalf of the friend and the people that the organizations are supposed ... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:35:18 EST