Saturday, January 28, 2012

Another 2fer

Reporting in for my 3rd 5k in 2012!  Woot... and January isn't even over yet:-) 

On January 28th I completed 5k for the virtual Freeze Your Thorns off 5k, the fun above pic there, and:

The Securian Winter Run is the kick off for the St. Paul Winter Carnival.  A couple weeks of outdoor winter festivities to celebrate what Minnesota is known oh so well for.... WINTER!

The run was done outside on the streets of down town St. Paul and since I was going to be doing the virtual one I figured why not register for a live one & do another 2 for 1:-)  It was in the 20's and sunny.  I'm finding that is the perfect weather for running, I even worked up a sweat!  I must confess that it was more of a winter walk for me!  Down town is much more hillier than I ever thought so I did a few little spurts of running but walked it for the most part.  Which means that I still finished about the same time as I did on the first one of the year, a little under an hour.  I'm hoping as I amp up the running I can run more and finish sooner in the future 5ks!

I am still camera shy so no pics of me to supply here but here are a couple to show I was there participating.  First we have Securion Man:

He started off each leg of the run.  There was a Marathon, 1/2 marathon, 10K & 5K.  Yeah, he's a brave soul to be wearing that outfit I say!  LOL... 

Here's my number and fun stuff I got for participating:

The neon green stamp there on my number is the proof that I completed... I guess... LOL!  They had to do that so I could go through the line to collect my so called SWAG.  We got a winter carnival button and a Securion Winter Run mug that says "Embrace the Brisk".  The carnival buttons are sort of your ticket in to the winter carnival festivities each year so that's fun.  I'm not really in it for the stuff but it's fun to get a little something I guess:-)
Earlier this week I walked home from work, which is walking out of down town so there were hills galore, and then I did this 5K with more hills so needless to say I have some muscle soreness today.  It's a good kind of sore at least, not anything painful.  It's the kind that tells you that you are doing something good so I will definitely take it!

I was wanting to get under 55 minutes this time but there was a big hill to walk up in the end that I needed time to recover from so no running into the finish for me but maybe next time!  The next 5k is Feb 11th so I'll continue my running program until then!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Jovial Joys of Juicing

Jenny Matlock

Hello my jolly alphabet loving friends, today is being brought to you by the letter J and let's just get right to it cause this may be a little lengthy with pictures and stuff:-)

So I've decided this week was going to be a healthy, clean eating sort of week.  This was in order to cleanse out a snacking habit I've been unable to kick and to get in some use of my juicer that I got for Christmas!  It's not anything fancy, just a Black & Decker juicer but it does the job.  I didn't want to just drink juice however so I made a few veggie dishes, where I'm improvising on the "J" being in their title so I could fit them in here..... what, I have juice for J so the rest are just freebies;-)

Now juicing, what do I think about it?  Well, my first thought is that there is a lot of prep work for not so much output and there is a lot of waste if you don't find some use for the pulp that is left behind.  I wanted to find use for it however, since I'm just getting started I tossed it this go round.  The actual juice has been tasty and I really like to put a lemon in everything:-) 

The first juice I made this week looks like this:
Pretty ain't it?  These juices don't really have a name but here is what's in this one:

10 strawberries
8 carrots
1 small zucchini
4 celery stalks
1 small beet
1 apple
1 lemon

Multiplied by 2 cause I made a double batch:-)  I'd say there was about 48 ounces or so of juice out of that.  Celery and carrots are definitely the biggest bang for your buck juice wise!  The others didn't offer up quite as much for their quantities.  This was a tasty juice, didn't mind drinking it at all!

Here is the next one, not quite as pretty I'm afraid:

Now this one is 3 medium carrots, 1-2 cups of spinach and 1/2 lemon.  What you see there is the amount of juice begotten:-)  Don't let the cover fool ya either, this one was tasty also!  I never thought I'd like carrot juice but it ain't bad!

Last but not least is this cavalcade of goodness:
Ok, wait... don't mind that crock pot quite yet cause I'll get to that later but all those fruits & veggies you see there are the ingredients that came together to render this jug of joy juice.....

Yeah I know it doesn't look like much in comparison to all those ingredients but this one is ok taste wise also and I'll be drinking it for the next 2 days or so... depending on how many glasses I do a day.  This is probably 40 ounces or so worth & here's what's in those ingredients up there:

8 large carrots
1/2 large beet
1/2 turnip
1/2 parsnip
5 celery stalks
5 radishes
1 apple
1 cup strawberries

Ok, again that is multiplied by 2 so I could double the batch and that explains why it looks like so much more than what's in the picture.

I was going to get all fancy and show you what each ingredient looked like after it was juiced and the amount of juice it produced but that would be a ton of pictures and I didn't want to bog this down with all of that so I'll just show you this one to get a feel for it.  This is about 8 worth of pulp and the juice it gave out:
The little bits of green you see is the celery that went before:-)  All in all the juicing has been interesting.  Is it something I'd do often??  Probably not because I don't like all the prep and waste so I think the green smoothies are a little better in that respect.  There is prep work for those also but you are drinking the pulp in those and not wasting it.  I do have to say that the juices have been a little more on the sweet side.  I always seem to feel like I need a little something more in the smoothies besides fruit & veggies... maybe it's lemon, carrots or celery!  I seem to enjoy those flavors in the juices:-)

Ok now the bonus is some veggie things I made to eat for dinner cause I just couldn't go without chewing all day.... LOL!  These next 2 don't start with J but they are jumbled, jostled and juggled as they are prepared so just go with it... LOL! 

The first is Crispy Baked Kale.  Now kale I've always seen as something restaurants use to decorate or garnish with, never did I think people actually ate it!  I eventually learned, in my teen years, that some crazy folks did and now I've become one of them:-) 

There it is.  It's pretty too isn't it?  That bright green and all.  It's actually a little darker, the lighting just brightened it up a bit.  This is a very easy recipe from Sparkrecipes.  You just take a bunch of kale, cut out the spine, rip it into bite size pieces and then drizzle a tblsp of olive oil, squeeze on some lemon juice, add in some garlic (in my case lots!), then some sea salt and red pepper flakes.  Mix it all up, bake at 400 for 10-12 minutes, then mix it again and let it bake for another 5 or until it's as crispy as you want it.  This was delish!  I loved the lemon with the spicy flavor (I did add quite a bit of both cause I do like spicy).  I would definitely make this again and next time add in a few other types of greens even!

Sparkrecipes called Stir Fried Carrots, Parsnips, Turnips how perfect!

Them up there would be the main components.  They don't look so tasty to me, which is probably why I've never eaten them.  But here they are again all cleaned up and ready for the jostling:  

Now what I will say here is that the recipe lists all sorts of spices but I believe that the measurements should be teaspoons rather than tablespoons cause I followed what they had listed and it was too much for me.  It could be because I don't really care so much for basil, rosemary, thyme and oregano... or at least not in those amounts anyways.  I would say that you could add any sort of seasoning you want here, I probably would have been much happier with just the garlic, salt, pepper and maybe a dash of the others if any of it.  So here was my dinner:
The kale there no longer looks so pretty but it was tasty.  The lemon was left over so I squeezed a little more over everything for some added flavor.  The stir fried root veggies... yeah I just couldn't finish those.  Too much on those spices. 

Waste not want not though right??  Or maybe I should say something more like "There are starving kids in Africa!"  That's what my mom always said when I threw away good food.  I didn't throw it away though cause it wasn't bad, just over spiced.  Instead we turned it into dinner for tonight:

That there my friends is Cabbage and Parsnip Soup, and it's what's in the crock pot way back on that juice ingredient picture:-)  It may not look pretty, or good even, but it was tasty and I'll be finishing it off the rest of the week. 

What's in there you ask?  Well the stir fried veggies that didn't taste so swell, with all their seasoned glory, and then we added in 1/2 a head of cabbage, some diced tomatoes, come kidney beans, some potatoes, onion & veggie/chicken broth just to give it a little juice cover.  Then it cooked in the crock pot all day long. It was great!  I added a little pepper but really the seasoning was good, I just wanted that little kick:-) 

I'm a soup and stew lover in the winter, what can I say.... they've shown up a lot in these alpha-blogs... hope you've given some a try cause they've all been GREAT!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Italian Night

Jenny Matlock
I have whipped up some Italian goodness in my kitchen today for dinner and I'll be sharing it with ya here since we are on the letter I this week:-)
I've tried brussel sprouts a few times now, mostly frozen but more recently I had some fresh ones.  I have to say that I always think the frozen ones taste like they are dirty.  They are like little tiny cabbage or lettuce heads that someone froze before thoroughly washing them or something... LOL!  So recently I tried fresh ones and they were oh so better!!  No dirty taste at all!  I'll have to buy them fresh more often but in the meantime I have some frozen ones to finish up and tonight I made some Italian Brussel Sprouts:
Now these are frozen so they don't look the greatest cause they do get a little softer than the fresh ones do when you cook them up.  Basically all I did here was boil them, strain them and then added 2 tbsps of fat free Italian dressing and 2 tsps of Parmesan cheese.  Mixed them babies up and chomped away.  They weren't bad but they did still have that dirty taste.  I'll have to try it with the fresh ones for sure.  This is another recipe I found on Sparkrecipes, gotta love them when you're just looking for something quick:-)
Ok, that recipe was made on a whim.  The main course was Italian Sausage and Vegetable Stew.  This was delish!  This recipe came from a Pillsbury book called Lotsa Pasta!  It's one of those cheap little books you find in the grocery store by the registers and magazines.  It's from 1999 however so I'm not sure if you'll still find it out there... LOL!  So I'll pass on the recipe here:
1 lb bulk turkey or regular Italian sausage
2 (14.5 oz) cans Italian-style stewed tomatoes, undrained
2 (14.5 oz) cans beef broth
1 15 oz can red kidney beans, drained, rinsed
1 (9 oz) pkg. frozen corn
1 small zucchini, sliced
1/2 tsp dried oregano leaves
3 oz (3/4 cup) uncooked small shell pasta
In a dutch oven, cook sausage until browned, drain.
Add all remaining ingredients except pasta.  Bring to a boil.  Add pasta; cook over medium heat for 15 to 18 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally.
That's all there is too it, when it's done it looks like this:

Ok, first I must confess that I used medium whole wheat pasta shells rather than small ones.  They didn't have small wheat ones at the grocery store and I wanted to go a little healthier:-)  I also put in and extra tossed in a little extra pasta cause I didn't want it to be too soup like.  I went with almost double on the pasta.  I didn't have Italian stewed tomatoes, just plain ones, so I added in Italian seasoning along with garlic & onion powder to jazz those maters up:-)  I sliced the zucchini real thin like in the food processor so you couldn't even tell it was in there... for those of you who aren't veggie fans:-)  This was easy and awesome and definitely one to add to the 'must make again' list!  Yum....


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

H is for Healthy Eating!

Jenny Matlock
Today my alphabet loving friends we have the letter H.  I decided to throw caution to the wind this week and go crazy with 3, count them... 3, recipes!  All 3 of them were quite tasty, definite keepers, and they were brought to me by Sparkrecipes:-)  I have to say that I love looking through there for new stuff to try.  Most of the recipes are easy and low cal of course.... well for the most part, there are some that are a little high for me:-) 

So what I have for you all this week is Honey Balsamic Chicken Breast
Click on the link for the full recipe but basically you season some chicken breast, fry them up in a pan and then put them aside while you make the yummy honey balsamic vinegar sauce right in that chicken pan.  Then you drizzle it over and dig in!

Now I wanted to add a veggie but something different and when I was trying to look for some H recipe ideas I typed in hash as one of my searches, just to see what would come up.  My mom used to make great hash when I was a kid and I've been wanting some.  Anyways, I ended up finding a more curious thing called Radish Hash Browns!  Here is the before and after:

They look so pretty at the beginning don't they??  Then, sorta like they died.  I guess they sorta did... LOL!  Don't let that 2nd picture fool ya though, they aren't burnt & they were great.  That's fresh from the stove there, they are still steaming:-)  This were very simple also.  Click on the name back there to get the details but I put a bag of radishes in the food processor and made them look like that first picture.  Then I put a 1/2 an onion in and did the same.  Sauteed the onion and then added the radish, cooked for about 8-10 minutes and added in the seasoning at the end, mixed & there you see it on the plate:-)  

We had to stop at the grocery store today before I was ready to cook, just so I could restock on some pummelos (I adore them, you can click on the name for a link to explain them... don't be thrown off by how it's spelled there... different places seem to spell them differently:-)  While we were there I thought, hmmmm what else can I make with dinner.  I grabbed a bag of lentils cause I wanted to give those a try someday so I figured I'd get some to stick in the pantry but then I thought, hnmmmm I can check out Sparkrecipes on my iPhone (cause they have an app for there!) so let's see if anything sounds good that I may need more ingredients for!  Low and behold I came across Honey Baked Lentils!

I haven't really eaten a lot of lentils in my life.  In fact, I've only had them once... that I can really recall.  I figured they'd be a good fit here, especially since it involved honey like the chicken:-)  For this recipe, just click on the name back there, you could either bake them or cook them on the stove top.  I went for the stove option cause that was 40 minutes, whereas the oven option was an hour to an hour and a half.  I didn't want to wait that long:-)  So you just put all the ingredients in a pot, mix them up, and let them cook until they are soft enough.  That's all there is to it:-) 

All 3 of these recipes were great!  Now what really worked was to mix the lentils with the radish hash browns and a little Frank's Hot Sauce (cause I really do put that shi* on everything:-)  That just gave it a little extra.... kick!  Then a bite of chicken and all was right with this dinner:-) 

There it is, the yummalicious meal that was brought to you by H.  Yep, still working through the leftover paper plates from Christmas:-)  I like to wash dishes so after things were dished up the plates from above were in the sink waiting to be bathed:-)

I would say that these recipes are all recommended.  Even if you think you don't like radishes or lentils.  I didn't eat either of them really.  The only time I've had radish was when it was sliced real thin in a salad.  I once tried to eat a whole one and found it not to my liking but once they were cooked like this they lost the bite they seem to have and they were tender and tasty.  The lentils were great took, a nice fill in for a starch in the meal.  I know they aren't a starch but they sorta had the consistency of one... if that makes sense.  Basically, don't balk until you try it... you may think it's great;-) 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Deliver Us From Evil

We are entwined by temptation
in all shapes and forms.
A very intricate castration
may return us to norms.

But they whisper to us sweetly
to keep us real close.
We needn’t leave them completely
if we could limit our dose.

Like a babe in the womb
we become so dependent.
Stay too long, it’s your tomb,
your addiction the attendant.

The time for change is now
break free from the spell.
You have the power to disavow
and send them all packing for Hell.

This poem was influenced by one of the photo's chosen by Mir for the Eve To Easter Challenge so I dedicate it to all the ladies involved, and to those fighting the fight of any addiction:-)

Monday, January 9, 2012

11 Times 2 About Me

So there's been this fun tagging game going around here in blogger land and I've been tagged by Debby over at Weight Loss and God Whispers.  She's also my buddy on the Eve to Easter Challenge, for those of you reading that are participating in that:-)

Here are the rules:
1. post these rules.
2. you must post 11 random things yourself.
3. answer the ques­tions the tag­ger set for you in their post.
4. cre­ate 11 new ques­tions for the peo­ple you tag to answer.
5. go to their blog and tell them that you've tagged them.

11 Random Things About Me:

1) I like to write poetry.  This blog was actually started for that reason so all of the stuff before June of 2011 is related to that.  I try to still add that in now a days but the end of the year is hectic so once the New Year starts I have to gear up to that creativity again.  Keep a look out if your interested, or take a look at past stuff:-)

2) One of my only favorite things about Winter is that the pummelos are in season!  I love these citrus fruits:-)  They are fun to eat and delish!  I've talked about them in the past and people have often asked what they are so here is a picture that Wal-Mart posted on Facebook recently:

Look, don't you just want one??  They taste like a mix between a grapefruit and an orange.  If you wait until they are ripe enough, the softer they are the better it seems to be to me, then they have the right amount of sweetness to offset the bitterness and they are yummalicious! 

3) I have 24 tattoos and I date a tattoo artist.  I've been dating him for about 2 & 1/2 years and he's done 5 of my tats so he by no means influenced me and it was just a coincidence that it's his job.  We actually knew each other in high school reconnected:-)  I'm the type of person though that you'd never guess I had them unless you got to know me.... or I wore flip flops &/or capris or short:-)

4)  I also have 12 piercings.  9 are in my ears so those people see.  The others you only know if I tell you they are there or open my mouth enough... which again doesn't happen until you really know me... which brings me to...

5) I'm very shy and introverted in person.  Once I get to know someone and feel comfortable that all changes, depending on how comfy I feel, but until then I'm quiet and observing.  You learn quite a bit about people when you're that way:-)

6) I've been the overweight one all my life and it's held me back somewhat in life.  Well I should say I've allowed it to cause obviously not all overweight people have the issues like I do.  Ok, the real reason though that I point that out is because I did gain something good from it.  Several things actually.  I have a great sense of humor, it's pretty difficult to truly offend me, I'm a great observer so I learn a lot about people from how they act and talk... usually I'm pretty spot on, I don't judge a book by their cover, and I'm very empathetic.... well that part isn't always good but most of the times it is:-)  So basically things like blogging and Facebook are right up my alley.... LOL!

7) I don't know how to swim but once while I was on vacation in Jamaica I jumped into the ocean from a 25, or so, foot cliff!  It was AWESOME!!  I shot right back to the surface like a bobber drug down by a shark and released... LOL!  I had a t-shirt & shorts on and the impact of me hitting the water actually force my shirt up so that it came off!  When I surfaced the Jamaican guide was there to had my my shirt & a life jacket... quick like!  LOL!!

8) I have set a goal for myself to be able to run a 5K before the end of 2012.  The goal is to actually run during one but the more and more I say that the more & more I want to be able to run it all, or the majority of it! 

9) I've signed up for over 10 5Ks, & 1 7K, so far and I'm contemplating 2 5K obstacle course type runs.  The first 5K was on the 1st:-)  I'm walking them now but soon I'll be able to add some running I just know it:-)

10) I'm very open minded and always try to see both sides of any story.  I may not in the beginning, see both sides that is, but usually once I calm down I rationalize things and see both sides.  Which often leads me to feeling guilty a lot cause for whatever reason, be something my fault or not, I always try to take the blame.... which brings me to...

11) I was baptised as Catholic and when I was little went through First Communion and all of that but my family has never really been religious so we don't practice, or follow, any religion.  I do believe there is a higher power, I'm not sure who or what it is but I feel that it's out there.  I'd say I'm a little more spiritual than religious... if that makes sense.  Although I don't really get all spiritual either.  It's more of just a feeling of what's right and wrong and some one's always watching you as you make those decisions.  Yes they do judge but they are a fair judge and the things that happen in life are brought on you by the decisions you make and the paths you take, it's not really luck or Karma but I often refer to it as such cause it's just easier that way:-)

Debby's Questions for me:

1)  TV show you never miss.

There are so many to choose from!  I have 3 TVs that actually have DVRs to capture shows each day of the week so that I can watch them.  I'm a little addicted to TV.  Although it's much less of an addiction than it used to me cause I don't get so frantic if I do miss an episode of something.  Mainly because now a days I know it will eventually come out on DVD and I can catch it then or there are several spots on the internet I could try.... LOL!  I like a wide variety but my favorites are Dexter, True Blood, New Girl, Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Mike and Molly... just to name a few:-)

2)  Favorite author/book of all time.

I don't really have a book that I'd read over and over again but for authors I do like to try to read all things written by Sherrilyn Kenyon or Christine Feehan.  I am behind on them however, cause I've been trying to broaden my horizons... LOL!  I have a goal to read 100 books & see how long it takes... I'm not a fast reader because I read off & on, not routinely at all, so it's just a way to make me read more cause I do like to do it I just don't always make time & this makes me make time:-)

3)  If you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Well, I'd like it to be somewhere I haven't already been and I do have a fascination with rain forests cause of all the cool and beautiful things you can see so it would either be somewhere like Brazil or Rio.  I have always wanted to go on an African safari also so Africa would be another option.

4)  Favorite color.

Purple, definitely!

5)  Your most annoying habit.

To myself or others?  LOL....  I'm not sure really.  For my boyfriend it's that I cut him off a lot when he's trying to talk.  To my defense though he often takes these pauses that make me think he's done.... LOL!  I'm not really sure what else, I'd have to ask around.  The most annoying one for me is I procrastinate a lot!  Especially if I am playing on the Internet, be it from my iPhone or the computer.  Oh, that's another annoying habit of mine for my boyfriend... I am on Facebook and playing games & such on my iPhone A LOT!! 

6)  Home school or public school.

Which did I go too or which do I think is better?? I went to public school and while a lot of them aren’t so good now a days, or the kids aren’t always so good, I’d have to say I’d prefer public school over home school. Well, I have to take that back cause I think if you have the right type of parent or adult supervision for homeschooling & there is a program involved where you are socialized with others that experience could be much more rewarding. I’m more into the arts, any kind of arts…. I love creativity, and a friend I know does homeschooling with her child and part of their deal is they get together with other home school children in their area once a month for extra curricular activities that involve things like going to musicals, plays, shows, museums, so on & so on. I would have loved that type of hands on learning and public schools (or at least those in my area) just don’t have the money for that.

7)  Sunshine/Rain/Snow/ favorite weather.

My favorite weather, like the type that I could live with day in & day out, would be sunny, blue skies, maybe a few clouds, no humidity, maybe in the lower 70’s. With evenings being a little cooler so I could still wear my favorite hoodies & sweatshirts:-)

8) Big Purse/ Little Purse/ Diaper bag/ No bag?

I guess I’d say medium purse? Ok, maybe it’s big. It depends really, I have a friend that sells purses so I get good deals (nothing over $65 usually and they are look a likes & such) so I have my fair share (ok, more than my fair share:-) If anyone is interested in having a purse connection I can hook you up with her, she sends emails sometimes with what she has or will look for things if you have requests. She’s an awesome lady. Of course she’s located in Minnesota but she may be willing to ship things if the order is worth her while/cost to do so… I could inquire just let me know:-)  In comments or just hit the email on my profile page and send me a note.

9)  Favorite exercise?

Right now it’s walking, cause it’s what I can get myself to do routinely. I do like to use the Wii and it’s different programs, like Zumba and such, but now that I have people living with me again I don’t really have the space for it anymore.

10) Favorite drink?

The healthitically correct answer would be water here right?? Yes I made that word up:-) I do drink an awful lot of it and most of the time it’s all I drink but alas, it’s really not my favorite thing to drink, it’s more of a habitual drink I guess. My favorite soda used to be Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper. It was yummy. First of all diet Dr. Pepper almost taste like regular Dr. Pepper (I swear, try it if you haven’t) so that’s a plus and then the cherry vanilla flavor gave it a sweetness that made me feel like I was having a dessert treat:-) I haven’t seen it around lately, unless there’s one of those fancy mixology type soda machines around and they have it as an option. On the alcohol front I love a good, fruity, slushy, drink (like a blended margarita or something along those lines)… preferably in a nice sunny, tropical location but I’ll take it where I can get it I guess… in moderation of course:-)

11) Are you afraid of dying?

I’m not so much afraid of dying as I am of the process of dying. When my time comes I just want it to sneak up and take me, then we’re good. If death is gonna play with me for a while before it takes me, well that I am afraid of!  I'm also afraid of that process when dealing with my family... I'm not sure anyone wants to suffer so I like to believe they feel the same & want it to sneak up on them but I don't wish it for anyone cause what if it happens and I am to blame for wishing it??  Yeah, my mind thinks in weird ways I know:-)  My dad did go quickly, so did my grandparents on my mom's side, but my grandparents on my dad's side had medical issues that they dealt with.  Not sure if any of that is a sign for me but I am doing what I can to live healthier so I do live longer than they all did:-)  My mom is still living but she's only 58 and now a days, if you are healthy enough, that's just a little over the 1/2 point:-)

Whew, that's that!  I am a wordy one:-)  Now I'm supposed to pick fellow bloggers to answer some questions that I make up however, a lot of those I follow have already done this.... a time or 2 even.  I'd like to try to pick some that haven't so that may take a little while to figure out.  I'll work on that and the questions for a part 2 post:-)  That's breaking the rules a little I know but I have a little rebel in me:-)

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Chicken on the Run

Time for the week 1 update and week 2 goals.... Wooo Hooo!

Well I don't think I initially made any weekly goals per say.  I mean, I planned to stay under 1400 calories and drink at least 128 oz of water daily and that I did.  I also planned to start the running program and do some walking 5 days out of the week.  Those things I did.  I'm not sure I got that detailed but those are the plans every week... for a while at least:-)  I did try the stair runs for a couple days but find those a little hard on the legs with the new running so I'm going to give it a little while before I do that, maybe just do a flight or 2 here or there.  I do still walk down 10 flights twice a day, 5 days a week. 

So here is some info on the running program I'm doing:

You are expected to follow a schedule & do 3 walk/runs a week.  So this week it was a warm up walk then some interval running & walking and then a cool down.  I'm assuming that will be the routine each week but the amount of time for each, & maybe the repetitions, will change as time goes on. 

Day 1 was a test of endurance for sure.  That first minute of running I thought I'd never catch my breath, whew!  I had to stop for a few seconds to do so and then resume with the walk.  After 2 minutes of walking there was another run, which went much better.  Day 2 seemed to be a little more difficult for some reason.  I didn't actually have to stop but I was tired and cranky so that probably had a lot to do with it.  I do have to say that once I got home I felt a lot less cranky:-)  Day 3, man that one was hard.  I think my problem this day was I was trying to run too fast.  Brad's recommendation is to run slow... you want to run at a pace that is a little bit more than a fast walk.  He says this is actually better for you and in the long run does less damage to your body (joints & such) and burns more fat.  Hey, slower... I'm all for it!  They say slow & steady wins the race so I guess that means that you may not have the best finish time but in the long run you have better overall results than those that rush to the finish line.  So true in so many ways really:-)

So week 2 of the running/walking schedule starts... well I'll probably start Tuesday.  We'll see how it goes, I'm gonna run real slow like & my goal is to not have to stop moving throughout each day.  The run time is kicked up a notch so we'll see how that goes!

Oh, I did have another goal but it's a year long one & that's to get to 650 miles by the end of 2012 so here's where I'm at with that:

Running goal for 2012
I think I'll set a new goal for the 2nd week & that will be to add in some strength training.  I haven't really done much of that to date & I really should.  I have some hand weights and one of those bands right now so I'll do some things with the arms for sure.  The legs are getting their work out for now:-)  Let's make that a 3 day a week plan also! 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Garlicky Goodness

Jenny Matlock

Our beloved Alphabe-Thursday has returned after a little holiday hiatus and we our now on G my friends.  My G recipe this week is Garlicky Pork with Basil.  I do adore me some garlic!

This recipe comes from Betty Crocker's Low Fat Low Cholesterol Cookbook.  It was pretty simple and pretty tasty.  I don't usually have a lot of luck when I cook pork but this worked well:-)  I'll share the recipe here...

3/4 pound lean pork tenderloin
1 tsp vegetable oil
1 tblsp plus 1 tsp dried basil
1/4 cup chicken broth
1/8 tsp ground red pepper (Cayenne)
4 cloves garlic, crushed 

Trim the fat from the tenderloin and then cut it into 8 pieces.  It says to use 3/4 of it but I just used the whole thing & cut it into a few extra pieces.  You are supposed to then flatten each piece to 1/4 inch thickness.  Yeah, that I didn't have luck with so mine is a little on the chunky side:-)  You cook the pork in the oil over a medium-high heat for about 3 minutes, turning once, until brown.  Then stir in the remaining ingredients.  I used olive oil rather than vegetable and of course more garlic:-)  I used less basil but only because I read the recipe wrong & only used 1 tsp.  I do have to say that was enough for me though on that spice.  You mix all that up and then heat until it comes to a boil.  Once it does you reduce the heat, cover & simmer for about 5 minutes or until the pork is done.

This came out pretty flavorful and because I was limited on time I just heated up some sweet potato tots and broccoli & cheese to go with it.  Here are the pics...

I'm using some left over paper plates from Christmas there... saving on some dish washing time too... LOL!  There is a plate as a whole & then an up close pic of the pork.  It was quite tasty.  This is definitely a keeper recipe, quick and easy and can be paired with many a side dish or even flavored with many a different spice!

Monday, January 2, 2012

2 in 1

The first 5K for 2012 has been completed!  It was a balmy 20 some degrees here in Minnesota and there were several hundreds of us natives out there enjoying it with a run.... or walk:-) 
I completed the Polar Dash today

Yay me!  It went well, I even sped up so that I wasn't the last to finish amongst the 5kers!  There were some that were running/walking 10K and/or a 1/2 marathon so I of course finished before them... at least;-)
I'm also using this 5K to fulfill the virtual New Year's 5K

I feel like it's cheating a little using a walk I was already doing but it works until I get more in shape for these walks:-)
I walked this 5K.  I hope to run in the future once I get some training in but for now I'm walking and that's miles in towards my 650 mile goal along with exercise for calories to be burned so SCORE! I finished this walk in under an hour and wasn't last so I made my goal there also.
I finished in 54 minutes, burned about 525 calories, walked 5K of course and my pedometer said that was 3.6 miles... there was a little extra walking to & from the car & such:-)  That also ended up in 8658 steps, give or take again for the little extra walking.  I end with this final picture of my Polar Dash number and finisher's award....

Now it's time to hit Brad Gansberg's running program so that I can be ready to run some of them that I have planned for the year!

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