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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.



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

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

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