Let’s get started

Tomorrow is the first official day of my triathlon training plan.  I found a basic plan from a website and I am working within that plan.  Here is what the first week looks like:

Tuesday – Run 15 minutes

Wednesday – bike 5 miles

Thursday – swim 200 yards

Friday – off day

Saturday – run 15 minutes

Sunday – bike 5 miles

All of that seems pretty achievable to me!  We went grocery shopping this weekend (to several stores) so the kitchen is stocked with good food.  We found out that sadly the guy we were buying our meat from no longer sells at that store.  There were some technical issues with the transportation. :(  However, we did find some of it at Publix – it’s just more expensive there.  We also found some other good looking options (not necessarily local though) at Publix.  We picked some up and we’re going to try it.  We found some pretty good local chicken at Fresh Market too.

Anyway, one of my favorite bloggers is doing a food journal challenge.  I think I’m going to give it a try.  June 1st seems like as good a time as any.  I’m not sure what format I’m going to take just yet but I’m thinking I’ll start a different twitter account to do it.  Maybe then I can snap some cell phone pics with the journal too.  This way, I’d still be able to journal at work too.  Anyway, I’m off to enjoy a husband made dinner tonight! 

May 31, 2010 at 6:28 pm Leave a comment

What I’ve been up to lately…

There has been plenty of this

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Which I turned into this (veggie stir fry to which I added shrimp, peanut sauce, and brown rice on the side)

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Some of this

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Days where I looked like this

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And time spent trying to use these (ugh, swimming is hard!)

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However, there has also been some of this (Blue Moon!!)

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Some of these (homemade by me carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese and icing with pecans)

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And some of these!  It’s definitely Cookie Friday at my house today🙂

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3 Minute Oatmeal Cookie

adapted from this recipe and this recipe

1/4 cup regular oatmeal

2 tsp whole wheat flour

1 tsp brown sugar

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

2 tbsp water + 1.5 tsp ground flax to make a flax egg

1 tbsp maple syrup

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tbsp shredded coconut (sweetened)

1/2 tbsp mini chocolate chips

Mix the water with the flax seeds to make a flax egg.  Let it sit in a small dish while you prepare everything else.  Combine the dry ingredients including the oats, brown sugar, flour, baking powder, and cinnamon.  Add the wet ingredients on top including the maple syrup, vanilla extract, and the flax egg.  Mix well.  Add in the coconut and chocolate chips (or whatever you have around that sounds good to you!) into the cookie dough.  Microwave for 60 seconds.  Plate and enjoy!

Life is definitely good right now🙂

May 28, 2010 at 6:05 pm Leave a comment

Just a quick note

I have been super busy lately but wanted to give a quick update.

 

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The husband and I have been riding the bikes quite a bit.  We haven’t done any riding on public roads, just on paths and trails (paved trails).  We have plans this weekend to do a loop in an isolated area that doesn’t have much traffic.  I pulled the map and the route is about 7 miles!  When we’ve been riding, we’ve done (by my calcs) about 5 miles and tomorrow we have a longer ride planned (about 6 miles) so I don’t think this will be too far of a stretch.

For the running, I’ve been slacking on my gym time on the treadmill.  I did join a local gym yesterday and did about 11 minutes of HIIT running.  It was SO SO hard!  I know biking has been keeping me “in shape” but the running is a different beast.

For swimming, the husband and I went to the lake this weekend and I did a little swimming.  I can tell that this is going to be much much harder than I expected.  I was so winded after swimming a rather short distance.  I haven’t done any pool workouts yet but I have one planned for Thursday.

Be back later with more updates.  It’s past my bedtime. **yawn**

May 18, 2010 at 10:20 pm Leave a comment

Update on the meat front – good news!

So today when I got off work I went to the gym and completed my HIIT for the day.  Today was supposed to be lower body but I was lazy this weekend and so I did HIIT and some lower body work.  Anyway, when I got done, I went by the market where I’d heard the Tamworth Farmer was selling meat products.  PS here is the market if you are in middle Georgia — Mia’s Heath Food.  The guy happened to be there at the time too!  I didn’t get a chance to talk with him because he was helping other people but I did buy some products.  Here’s what I got:

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Grass-fed beef and 2% Greek Vanilla yogurt.  Both of the products are from local sources and both from “humanely” treated animals.  How much was this?  The yogurt was $6.50 for the 32 oz container and the beef was $5.99 for the 1 lb package.  Yes, these prices are higher than what you can find at the grocery store but I really think it’s worth it.  Here is how I compare it:  the beef is about 4 servings (4 oz each) so it is $1.50 per serving.  You really couldn’t buy a cheaper hamburger (that’s that quality) for less than $1.50.  Yes you could buy some other meat at the grocery store for cheaper but it wouldn’t give you the same peace of mind.  That’s how I feel anyway.  With the yogurt, it has about 8 4 oz servings in that container, which comes to a total of $0.8125 per serving.  That’s well worth the price for such good yogurt.  I’ve already sampled the yogurt and I can vouch for it’s yumminess!

Here is a close up of the beef label:

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And a close up of the yogurt label:

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Anyway, I’m excited to try the meat tonight for supper.  I’m sure the husband will be very happy!  I haven’t had a hamburger in a good long time too🙂

May 10, 2010 at 5:34 pm Leave a comment

My quest for humanely raised meat

In March of 2009, I read about a challenge that Jenna was having called Meatless in March.  Before this, I had never considered being a vegetarian.  I didn’t really understand why someone would want to or have any desire to try it.  However, after reading about it, I decided to try.  My husband was not very happy about it.  He loves his meat and really hated that he would have to try to cook around me or not get meat for dinner.  But I held up through about 90% of the challenge.  There was one weekend that we went to New Orleans and I had some crab and some sausage.  I learned a lot during that time, including understanding what it was like from the perspective of a vegetarian.  People look at you funny sometimes, restaurants don’t always have good choices, you don’t really know if some things have meat in them, you have to really read labels, etc.  However, after the challenge was over I started eating meat again and didn’t really look back. 

Fast forward to December 2009:  it was the day after Christmas and I was eating leftover Christmas ham.  The husband and I decided to watch a movie on Demand and just happened to pick Food Inc.  This movie really opened my eyes to the factory farming industry.  I was grossed out (and eating a piece of ham at the time).  I didn’t want to eat meat anymore.  I know it was possible since I’d done it before but I seriously thought about being a permanent vegetarian.  I later (about 2 weeks later) decided to be a pescetarian.  This is someone who does not eat most meat but does eat seafood & shellfish.  This seemed like a good compromise to me and one that I could actually maintain.

Well that was over 5 months ago and I’ve still being eating this way.  My husband has gotten used to this for the most part and doesn’t complain too much.  He’s still not a fan though.  At this point, I’ve been doing more research on where we get our dairy and egg products and once again I’m a bit grossed out by how much of them are factory farmed too.  I was even prompted to think about veganism.  However, this just doesn’t seem like something I can maintain.  So, I’ve been doing research on local animal products and local meat. 

It has been really hard to find anything good around me.  I live in a medium sized city but there are a lot of rural areas around where people have cows, chickens, and other animals.  The problem has been in finding places that are reasonably priced, near enough for me to travel, and getting info on the Internet to find these places.

Here are a few of the resources I’ve used thus far:

This article from the Huffington Post is a good place to get started:  Avoiding Factory Farmed Food

This website may also have some information when looking for places locally:  Local Harvest

This website is a little hard to read but has some good information:  Pick Your Own

After my research, I have managed to find a place near me that offers some good choices.  When I found them today, the store they sell in my area was already closed so I am going to check them out Monday.  Here is their site:  Tamworth Farmer.  I am really excited to see what I can find out!  I’ll be back later with an update.

May 8, 2010 at 11:43 pm Leave a comment

Sundried Tomato and Cottage Cheese Muffins

This week has been quite busy!  I haven’t really had much time at all to update my blog.  I did have a little time to browse around the Internet looking for delicious recipes though😉

During my time browsing, I came across this recipe from Kalyn at Kalyn’s Kitchen.  Cottage cheese and egg breakfast muffins.  She is a food blogger who focuses on South Beach diet friendly foods.  I liked the look of the recipe but I didn’t have any almond meal and didn’t want to buy any.  So I kept looking and found the original recipe from 101 Cookbooks.  The original also uses almonds but she grinds them to make the flour.  Then I had a bright idea!  Instead of using almonds, I could use oatmeal!  I decided to give it a try and see what happened.  What happened turned out really good!  Somehow the muffins reminded me of grits but the taste was really good.  Even the husband approved :) 

Sundried Tomato and Cottage Cheese Muffins

1 C low-fat cottage cheese
3/4 C parmesan cheese
1/4 C whole wheat flour 
1 C quick oats, finely ground in the food processor
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes (I used less as it was all I had)
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 400F degrees.  Place muffin liners in pan and spray with cooking spray.  If you have silicone baking cups, they would be best.

Combine all ingredients and mix well.  Spoon into prepared muffin cups.  Bake 10 minutes or until muffins rise and are lightly browned.

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Recipe notes:  The muffins stick to the liners when they first come out of the oven.  You may need to let them cool completely before you try to remove the liners.  They can be served warm or at room temperature.  Since I made mine in a mini muffin pan, I got about 30 muffins.  If you use a regular muffin pan, you should get about 9 muffins.  These are really great to grab on the way to work in the morning and eat in your car.

May 8, 2010 at 11:14 pm Leave a comment

Tri-ing something new

I have a lot of things on my life’s to do list.  One of them is complete a triathlon.  It’s a really scary fitness goal for someone who is basically couch potato right now.  I do exercise and I’ve been doing quite well the last few weeks but I wouldn’t say that I have a good fitness routine set up.  BUT, I’m hoping to change that.  Here is what I want to do:  Cue scary castle music from Mario – the soundtrack of my life lately.  Thanks husband.

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This is a sprint triathlon distance.  It involves a 400 yard swim followed by a 13.6 mile bike ride followed by a 5K run.  The only race I’ve ever done before this was a 5K that I did back in February for my birthday and I walked that race.  I can’t really run for more than, oh, 2 minutes.  I haven’t tried real swimming in a few summers.  My experience with a bike is only a little better.  My husband and I own some cheap department store bikes that we take out to our town’s “riverwalk” and ride around on the weekends.

But I hope to change this!  My husband and I bought some bikes yesterday from our local bike store.  Here is what I got for mine:

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This is a Specialized Vita.  Not a road bike, it’s considered a hybrid.  However, it’s as close as I was willing to go for the time being.  After doing a ton of research on it, I think this is basically a road bike with a flat bar.  I also asked them to put some hand rests (I don’t know what they’re called) on there too since I struggled with that on the dept store bike.  The bike had to be ordered because I’m short and needed a small size so it should be here in about a week and we should be able to pick it up on the 12th.  I can’t wait!!

In the meantime, I’ve been working on the running thing.  I’ve been doing some HIIT workouts body for life style.  I’ve also been doing the body for life weight training workouts.  I’ve done any swim training yet because I don’t have access to a pool.  However, I have called around and found a gym that has a pool where I can workout.  Still waiting on husband to get onboard before I actually purchase the membership.  I purposely picked an event that is pretty far away so I’ll have plenty of time to train before hand.

So there ya go!  I put my goal out there for anyone to see!  Hopefully this will help me stay accountable to myself for my goals.  That and telling everyone I know that usually works for me🙂

May 2, 2010 at 12:55 pm Leave a comment

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