I decided I'm going to run a 10K, new books, new recipe (with pics)

Monday, January 31, 2011

A co-worker stopped by my desk on Friday and told me about the Rodeo Run coming up next month. I love the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo events but had no idea they had a running event too! Super cool news to me! :) I was thinking lately that I really enjoyed running the Komen Race and that I should keep my eye open for more 5K events to run throughout the year. After reading up on the Rodeo Run options I thought, well, I want a shirt and if I run the 5K I won't get one :( haha So that prompted me to wonder if I could do the 10K. I got a nice amount of feedback supporting the 10K, not one person suggested the 5K except my daughter who just said "THAT'S FAR!" haha She hates running and although has been on the track team at school just does not like long distance running. As of this week she decided no more long distance running for her and she's gonna go for the tennis team instead. I support any new changes as long as she's tried her best on the first one before she tries something else and stays active. That's my catch, if you're gonna switch, you have to stay active doing SOMETHING. On another note about my kiddos, my son had his baseball try outs for the spring season on Saturday and just playing one season has made him a whole new player! He played outfield but he didn't do very well. At try outs he showed 'em he can play infield and he hit every single ball that was pitched to him. Think this season will be a nice change for him and he'll have more opportunities to get more action INfield ;) Good Job Son!

So I've gotten through 2 weeks of the Get In Shape Girls workouts and they're awesome. With that included some HIIT on the treadmill and I think I owe yesterdays first day of 10K training success to those HIIT workouts ;) Thanks Kyra! I have not done any distance running since the Komen race in Oct. I ran with my daughter and she helped me run faster and take shorter breaks. That was the first time I had RUN a 5K and my time was 46 mins. So starting my 10K training yesterday I wanted to see how far I could run and how long it took. I found a nice steady pace at 4.5 speed. I walked a couple mins to warm up, walked a couple mins at mile 1 and walked a couple mins at mile 2. I ran 3 miles in 41 mins so to me that's 5 mins off my 5K run that was 3.5 months ago. I can't complain, I'm actually pretty proud of myself ;) My feet felt swollen and my hips ached a bit...I felt like it was time to stop. My hope is that I can gradually progress to run/walk the 6 miles for the event and I'm not concerned about time, I just want to be able to build my endurance/strength to be able to do it. I will alternate my workouts to include my ST workouts from the Get In Shape Girl.

Last week in one of our team discussions we talked about Squinklys french cooking where she shared a food blog with us. Now that I think about it, maybe it was Jenny since I know she's obsessed with food blogs ;) (love you Jenny) On that blog I found a yummy Stroganoff recipe that I wanted to try. It had like 1 tbsp of butter, 1 cup of sour cream, 1/4 cup of white wine, whole wheat egg noodles, 32oz mushrooms (woo hoo), onions, and a couple other things. I always sub sour cream for Fat Free Fage plain greek yogurt. Also, I wonder if my family noticed that this was a vegetarian dish. haha No one complained and everyone got filled fast! The recipe says it serves 6-8 and it was right! We served ourselves what we normally would eat but could only get through half. I put those portions away in the freezer and that's what I'm eating for lunch this week. SCORE! Here are a few pictures since I know we love food blogs :)


I love the smell of mushrooms & onions cooking together, mmmmm....

I sauted up some asparagas to add more veggies. Final product was delish!

Last weekend I was browsing in a book store and found a buy 2 get the 3rd free special. Guess what books I ran across!?
I saw this one first so I looked for a second...I haven't read it yet because the second book I found really caught my attention and I've been reading it all week every chance I get.

I could always use recipes to experiment with. I'm reading this one and I swear she tapped into my brain when she wrote it. Can I get royalties for that? haha j/k but that would be nice! Wish I'd thought to write a book first! In this book it's just the next step to teach you how to prepare food, throw things together, do away with recipes and know how to create good tasting food that YOU like. They're general basics and with that knowledge it's like mixing/matching your closet for what to wear...instead it's what to eat! :) When I look at recipes, they're more like guidelines to me. I hardly EVER follow one to the T. They usually inspire me to add or sub something. I make it my own! :) I highly recommend this book, especially anyone who is learning to cook or isn't very confident in the kitchen. Give it a whirl! I LOVE cooking!!

I got this one free :) Thanks Booksamillion!! haha I skimmed through it and saw some cool circuit training workouts that I wanted to have on hand. She's got menus and recipes but as much as I love Jillian, I don't want to follow her advice on food, I just want her exercise advice.

I did take progress pics and couldn't really see any changes. I finally loaded them on my computer but didn't have time to crop and put the blog together (it takes me a few mins to put my thoughts together on progress pics). I didn't want to just post pics, lol so look for that blog soon.
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  • JENNY448
    HAHA I've been mentioned in a blog I feel famous like Amber. LOL
    I wanted to try that recipe and haven't had a chance to yet...and yes I think I follow about 10 food blogs. :)
    Love all those books and I think you have great goals and I can't wait to hear all about them throughout the journey!
    3790 days ago
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    The strogonoff looks yummy! I also have Jillian's book. I have used some of her recipe's but I agree there is no way I could follow her diet plan for 30 days.

    Ok girl, we gotta help push each other! I'm running a half marathon in April, so we will have to cheer each other on.

    3791 days ago
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    Gotta love Kyra for kicking some butt!!! I can't wait to hear what she has in store for my friend that just mailed her check! I'm excited for her and think Kyra is just what she needs.

    Suzanne actually introduced me to Naturally Thin! It was a GREAT read!

    I agree with Amber about progress photos. Remember mine were from over 4 months and wow could you tell a difference. When I took them weekly I would get frustrated because I couldn't tell any change. I think when you are already at a good starting point you can't expect to see big changes all at once since you are healthy already.
    3791 days ago
    I'm famous! You mentioned me in a blog! Hehe! Sorry to say the Stroganoff was Jenny's, I think, but it sounds amazing! I'll be making it for sure!

    Bethenny is a cash cow. She has written a book about everything, but I love her! I'm glad someone, I think it was Kelly, recommended it to me!

    Progress photos are ususally hard to see a difference until months later in my opinion!

    Keep it up girly!
    3792 days ago
    I think your decision to do the 10k is emoticon
    Hope you have a great time training for it!
    Cheers, Loreen
    3792 days ago
    Woo hoo to the 10K emoticon
    3792 days ago
    Mmm that food looks yummy :)
    3792 days ago
  • SOXFAN76
    Good blog. Good luck on your goals.
    3792 days ago
  • KRISTI2661
    I want to be like you!
    3792 days ago
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