7 Deadly Sins- Gluttony

Traveling to Vermont this weekend. Hectic week at work. Crazy weather. New nephews. What do all these statements equal?  No running.  No running for four days straight.  To be honest, I hadn’t done anything remotely active from Wednesday of last week until today.  Woof. In order to pay for these sins, I did what every good little girl should do: I repented by going out on a 7 mile run today.

#proof

Getting back to the weekend, Chris and I stayed with friends in one of the most amazing places I had ever seen. It was an entire home left the way it was intended to be, an artifact of 1972. Each nook and cranny was filled with antiques and unique items. Chris couldn’t help but comment that you could visit this place every weekend for a year and still discover something new each time you visited. Some of our favorite finds included a gentleman’s cookbook from 1962, offering about 16 different recipes to cook eggs; even ones that included “meat jelly”. Please someone explain to me what meat jelly is? Maybe I don’t want to know….

Throughout the weekend, I wasn’t very good at being healthy but I WAS very good at sleeping, being a bum, and being way too indulgent. Seriously…I ate an entire bag of cheddar Ruffles potato chips in the land of healthy, organic, green food.

Regardless, Chris’s and my favorite destination to eat at was the Green Goddess Cafe in Stowe, Vermont. The food was so fresh, the gluten-free bread tasted gluten- filled, and we were stuffed like sausages after we each consumed a single sandwich and a cup of coffee.

Coming back to Boston meant treating our bodies with a little more respect. In doing so, I ate one of the most fulfilling meals that I’ve had in months, all thanks to a little article I read in Real Simple magazine. The recipe consisted of four items: 1 egg, 1/4 cup cooked quinoa, 1/4 cup chopped avocado, and 2 slices of smoked salmon. With the exception of the salmon, the remaining items were heated up on the stove top, along with cayenne pepper and a dash of salt. The fat and protein kept me filled until lunch!! That my friends, is entirely unheard of. Well, I mean, I had a banana as my morning snack too, but usually breakfast and snack time never keep me satisfied until lunch!
The rest of the day consisted of a veggie-laden salad with panko-crusted chicken, a granny smith apple, and half of an avocado.  I may or may not had two squares of chocolate as well, but knowing me, I did a pretty darn good job of eating today.

Food and Fitness News:
Want to know what 200 calories looks like among different items of food? The photo evidence is pretty scary. Check out WiseGEEK’s article here.

Let’s chat, shall we?


How do you make yourself feel better after a Fitness Fail?
Did you do anything fun this weekend?  What do you think I should have for dinner?

A Snow Day Recipe!

Hooray!  One of my favorite days of the year! The first snow day!  The best part of this Nor’easter is that it comes on the heels of our school holiday vacation. To be honest, I’m a little worried about heading back to school because I have been getting so much sleep, its criminal. Thanks to all the hustle and bustle of my regular life, I typically get about 6-7 hours of sleep during the work week. School vacation? I’ve been averaging about 10. Yes, you read that right TEN hours of sleep. I’ve never felt better.

(The snow accumulation thus far in our windowsill.)

Today I have two big goals: 1. continue reading “Daring Greatly” and 2. to go to the gym, as it is only a mile away from our apartment. I’m still in so much pain and can barely walk from something I did while exercising the other day. My calves struggle to stretch out, hurt when I flex them, and as a result, I’ve been shuffling around the apartment in compression sleeves! If the pain doesn’t subside by this afternoon, the only workout I’ll be completing is a pool workout. I haven’t experienced muscle soreness like this in all of my half/marathon training and I think it was from a 25 minute spin bike workout!

Anyway, let’s get back to the food, shall we? Weight Watchers strikes again with one of my favorite recipes from their app. Introduce yourself to the Baked Pasta with Butternut Squash and Ricotta. Its delicious and so easy to make!

Adding ground chicken or beef will also increase the taste and protein in the meal (although remember to add about 2-4 more points dependent upon your serving size.). 

Enjoy!
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Want to make mojitos at home?

You can!!! Its so simple!

Let me tell you how… You are going to need…

1. A muddler. A muddler is this metal stick thing with rubber on the bottom.  I just looked up its definition on dictionary.com and apparently its also a person who creates muddles aka a disorganized way of thinking.  It is also a type of fly used in trout fishing.

Neither of those are correct. Its a bartender’s tool used to muddle, or pestle, or mash fruits, herbs, or spices in order to release their flavor.

In this case you need a muddler to release the Mint.

2. So ok. You need a muddler, ice, and fresh mint. Got it. Put them together and muddle.  Honestly the muddling is the best and most exciting part.

3. Add Lime juice.  We decided to go the lime juice in a jar route.  You could do fresh lime juice.  Our recipe suggested using two teaspoons, although I’m sure you could lime it up to taste. 

4.  Add the mixer, which…is Rum. Pure unadulterated rum. No spice please.  Just a shot for the nice girls. 

5. Add the sugar and spice.  Except not the spice.  Just the sugar.  Or simple syrup, or melt sugar to make a simple syrup. or splenda.  I used splenda to taste.  BF used sugar.  2 tablespoons of sugar, or sugar to taste.  Go hog wild.  Its easy to just mix and go.

6. And finally, add your club soda…as much as you please.  Tall glasses stacked with ice are preferred over wine glasses and no ice because you forgot to fill your ice tray before trying to make-your-own mojitos.  Oops. 

7. Repeat. As often as necessary.

Breakfast waffles!

I told you that I’m a Red Sox Runner…. A pic of me and the bf at the game last night.


Ok, let’s move onto the breakfast waffles; a low calorie, totally filling breakfast!  I wouldn’t recommend this before a long run, but I certainly eat this most mornings (which helped to contribute to my recent 5 pound weight loss).  The recipe is courtesy of self.com

Ok so first you take 1 multigrain breakfast waffle.  Obviously you toast it. (115 calories)

Then combine a half cup of lowfat cottage cheese (90 calories) with your choice of 2 tsp of nuts.
I went with pecans (roughtly 45-50 calories). 
Cut up your choice of 1 whole fruit. Apple, pears, banana; whatever you want!  I decided on two apricots.  Did you know that 1 apricot is only 17 calories!!! Two is only 34!! 
Then top with your favorite spread: butter, honey, or sugar free syrup!  I went with the sugarfree syrup because I love it with all of my heart no matter how unorganic it is.  
Then combine!  My photo here does not make it look very appealing so I’ll show you what it would look like using pears and almonds and photographed by Self.com.
P.s. I love their Drop10! Challenge recipes.  Muy delicioso! 
So total calorie count isssss…..  approximately 285!!! plus the calories of your topping…so for me it was probably around 320-340 calories with the syrup!! Hip hip hooray!!!  Believe me when I say its a lot of food! I have to put it in a bowl to eat it because its so much!
Happy Friday!  I’m off to New York State again.  Family love times, fair love times, college friends love times.  Back Sunday!
Not to mention…I will be attending a tribute concert that my sister is singing in, for Geoff Armlin, who I mention in my blog page: Team in Training, The story of Geoff.

100 calorie snacks

I’m sneaking in a quick post on the second to last day of the school year!  My computer is still down for the count, but I can’t wait to share the newest recipes I’ve been eating with self.com.  I also have a recovery training schedule I have constructed and will continue to run, crosstrain, build muscle mass, and lose weight since I’m taking this summer off from work!! 

Here is a picy of Megan and I from the weekend!  No rest for the weary (or for the super outgoing). 

In the meantime, Here is the article from WebMD…. and below I’ve added three of their recipes/ideas out of the 25 they have listed.

First we have a cheese quesadilla…

It’s about 100 calories of goodness if you sprinkle an ounce of low-fat chedder cheese on one corn tortilla (i.e. I believe they mean a taco shell).

Secondly, there’s a fro-yo fake out s’more…

Put two tablespoons of chocolate or chocolate marshmellow frozen yogurt on two graham cracker squares and voila!!!

Finally, we have a frozen banana pop.

Slice a banana in half (or several so you can stock up) and stick in a popsicle stick.  Coat each banana half with 1 ounce of low-fat plain yogurt.  You could probably even get fancy and coat it with other flavors of lowfat yogurt and still just hit the 100 calorie mark.

How awesome!! Definitely check out the site because they are great ideas that will leave you satisfied in the meantime.

Happy almost summer!  Hopefully I’ll be back to blogging fulltime soon!

Little meltdown of love and experimental tuesday

FYI- Donations for team in training close tomorrow at 5 p.m.  If you want to donate…now is your chance!!

Ya anyway, I have been having a bit of a meltdown lately about all this tapering.  Sure, I’m running just as long in just as many days, but the intensity of the runs has significantly died down.  I have also been a little bit more….emotional….then in the last couple of weeks. TO TOP IT ALL OFF, my birthday is on Friday and it’s not even something I’m thinking about.

WHO AM I???

I am Lauren.  And I am tapering.  I have taper madness.
Weight gain, Tearfulness, Melancholy, Low Energy, Fatigue, ADHD, High Energy, Bird Poop.

I emailed Becca about what was going on with me, and this was some of her response.

Hey Lauren!!
That’s why I started sending out my pre-marathon emotional emails, because it is SO SO SO common. It’s a hell of a journey, but honestly, nothing in the world (except having a child) compares to crossing the finish line in a MARATHON.. Think about the fact that TWO (as in 1.. 2..) of the population will EVER run a marathon!!! Here is another article I have, I cut and pasted the most important parts!
Preparing to run a marathon not only requires physical preparation but also an emotional and spiritual preparation. Marathon preparation occurs over many months with the anticipation of running a  specific marathon in one particular city.  For beginning runners, understanding the process in which beginners prepare for marathons both physically and mentally, will ensure a more smooth transition and guaranteed success at passing through the marathon finish line.

Beyond physical training, the beginning runner will endure emotional and mental preparation prior to a marathon. While for most runners, the goal is not to win the race but, instead, to simply finish.   Especially during the first marathon, the runner will undergo a transformation, both spiritually and mentally, as they experience the achievement of a goal which few are able to a achieve.  Working the body into a state in which endurance, over a long period, is appreciated while maintaining mental awareness. This is most often attributed to imbalance of hormones.

It is normal to experience intense emotions before a marathon. Many athletes feel very anxious and most feel some degree of anxiety. Anxiety can be related to inadequate race preparation.However, they should try to interpret these feelings to mean that they are excited; marathon are by its very nature uncertain, and even the most confident athletes still have a degree of anticipation regarding how things will turn out. It is possible to feel anxious but to interpret these feelings in a motivational way as being ready to perform. Anxiety can be a good thing!! Lauren- you are READY!

She’s right.  I’m ready.  I have to keep telling myself that.  Plus, I really have the best cheerleaders ever…those new and old!  If you have tips, I welcome any and all to get me through these next two weeks!!

I decided to go out today to see what it felt like to do an easy run.  About 5.5 miles with a little walking sprinkled about.  My hamstrings were feeling a little bomb from that Frog Jump workout on Toneitup.com

First, let’s look at me taking pics of me with my Iphone.  First, here is moi pre-run.  Idk why it’s red up in here.

Ya, I know I know, I shouldn’t be complaining, but I’ve never felt confident about me body, especially my stomach…and the last few days I’ve felt like a hellaphant.
Then…after 5.5 miles in the heat and sunshine.  I looked like this:
After a beautious run, and some smart eating today (Green Monster Smoothie for breakfast, tortellini with chicken sausage, goat cheese, broccoli, and butternut squash for lunch, almonds and an orange for snack) because I cried so much last night, I tried out my EXPERIMENTAL TUESDAY SMOOTHIE!
Not sure how I really felt about it…the broccoli kind of reminded me of almond butter when all was said and done…but it included:
3 strawberries
1 handful of broccoli
3 chunks of frozen mango
several blackberries
1 orange
1 cup of almond milk
tiny splash of strawberry crystal light

I know it’s interesting, I know its good…but this run and experimental tuesday, along with some sweet texts and trying to focus on my birthday first…has really helped me to focus on the important things.  Like, my awesome life!

I made food!

As you know, I’ve been changing my eating habits in order to incorporate a healthier and happier lifestyle.  Because its school vacation week, I’ve had the luxury of sleeping, eating, and running at my leisure.  With all this time, I’ve come up with some really stellar recipes to share with the cooking challenged, such as myself.  I call this first recipe: “I’m out of a lot of ingredients eggs”

Here is what it does require: Multigrain bread- 2 slices
                                              2 servings of egg beaters or however much you think is enough
                                              A splash of milk- I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk
                                              A sprinkling of cheese- I used my dijon ale soft chedder cheese
                                              A smidge of ground pepper 
                                              Optional- A boatload of chia seeds

Don’t let the chia seeds fool you.  The meal was pretty “kick donkey” in censored terms.  I also paired my breakfast with my bottle of Ethos water ala Starbucks from when I went to the Marathon.
Next we have: “Lauren just learned that pasta tastes awesome and can be good for you”
The ingredients:
1 serving of pesto tortellini (I bought premade. You can make your own, fancypants out there)
1 apple chicken sausage cut up
2 handfuls of spinach
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 serving of honey goat cheese
=
AWESOME!
Heat up the tortellini, i.e. boil it
cut up the chicken sausage and put it in a pan with the spinach.  Cook for a bit.
Add the olive oil
Put it all together in one bowl
Add goat cheese and stir until melted.
EAT!
 And last but not least we have Barbara’s Peanut Butter Puffins.  The best thing ever.
I left them off of my original grocery shopping list but went back to the store this morning after I cried all night about not having my puffins!

Oh man.  I couldn’t help myself.  I opened the box at a stoplight.  Oh well, I justify it by the fact that I was on my way to the gym to do five miles of speedwork.  5, 1 mile repeats at 7:45 min/mile pace with 1 minute rest breaks in between.  I was a sweaty mess.