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Rainy Day Blues & The Baby Food Diet?!

17 May

Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day (preferably when I can sleep in, thanks).


This pouring rain is not conducive to my productivity today.  At all.  Since my attitude is crappy, I knew I needed something really yummy for breakfast:

The answer was a yogurt mess with vanilla Greek yogurt, a crushed-up chocolate wafer, a banana, and some coconut.  For some reason, I do not like my bananas cold, and I left my banana in my lunchbox in the fridge for too long L  When it’s cold, it gets too mushy, and it makes me think of baby food.  Not appetizing.  It’s okay if I cut it up and mix it into yogurt or oatmeal though.

Speaking of baby food, have you heard about this new baby food diet craze?  Supposedly it’s the newest “rage” among the Hollywood Starlets dying to be thin.  Creator Tracey Anderson claims this “cleanse” allows the crash dieter to lose 5lbs in a week without “suffering”.  I guess it all depends on your definition of suffering. While I love oatmeal, fruit smoothies, sweet potatoes and bananas, eating them in a pureed form a la Gerber is vomit inducing at best.  One of the suspected followers, Jennifer Aniston, released a statement regarding the rumors:

“I’ve been asked lately, ‘Jen, what’s this baby food diet all about?’ I kept thinking, ‘That’s the strangest question ever.’ Sorry, but the last time I had baby food, I believe I was one. I’ve been on solids for about 40 years now.” (Source)

Keep in mind, this diet was created by Gwyneth Paltrow’s trainer – the same woman who believes women should never use more than 3lb weights. I would definitely take it with a grain of salt.

Would you try the baby food diet?  What crazy fad diets have you tried in the past?

I considered the Master Cleanse before the wedding…. But then I remembered: I like food.

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Treadmill Survival 101

13 May

I don’t know why, but I’m in a really good mood today.  No particular reason and I’m really hoping that nothing happens to mess it up.  It’s nice to be in a good mood.

Maybe it was the oatmeal, almond butter and banana I had for breakfast:

Or the chicken stir-fry for lunch:

Or picking up my race packet for Marty’s Run 5k:

Or maybe the Yogaberry I’m munching on right now:

Either way, I like it, and I want to stay in a good mood.

Here in Florida, it’s getting to that time of year where running outdoors becomes torturous (at best).  While I despise running on the treadmill, I hate it a little bit less than humidity (and bugs, can’t forget the Florida bugs).  Problem is: it takes me a little while to build up my treadmill tolerance.  When I don’t run on the treadmill for a long time, the hatred thickens.  I remember how boring it is, and I consider running outside again.  But running outside is miserrrrrrable.  It’s a Catch-22.  I can’t win.

Instead of diving in head first to the treadmill this year, I think I’m going to wade in and see if that approach works better.  Throughout the summer, I still like to do one run a week outdoors, but that leaves 2-3 runs a week on the treadmill (stab me in the eyeball please).  For the remainder of May, my goal is to do one run per week on the torture track, with the others outside (with copious amounts of bug spray).  For instance, I thought I was going to fall off the treadmill and die of boredom during my 3.0 miles in 34:30.  While it wasn’t what I would consider to be a bad run, it still had much to be desired. Come June, I’ll do two runs a week for the first two weeks, then from there on out: most of the runs on the treadmill.  And then comes the boredom.  Here’s my tips for beating boredom on the treadmill:

  • Music: You all know I love my playlists.  Whenever I’m fighting boredom or having motivation issues, I always combat it with a new playlist.  Try putting your old school summer favorites on it.  My current picks: “Ice, Ice Baby” (Glee Cast Version) or Mariah Carey’s “Always Be My Baby”.
  • If you don’t like music, hit the treadmill during your favorite TV show.  I once managed to get an entire hour of running in on the treadmill by watching an episode of NCIS.  That, my friends, is an absolute miracle considering my (lack of an) attention span.
  • Pick a routine: intervals, speed work, hills, whatever.  Setting the treadmill on 1.0 incline and 6.0 mph and going is really boring (nor is it doing you any favors).  Speed up, slow down, increase and decrease the incline, whatever you do, make it interesting!
  • Don’t be afraid to take walk breaks.  Last night, I busted out the speed thinking I was Super Woman, and quickly realized that I am not that fast.  I took a few quick walk breaks, and it made all the difference for me both mentally and physically. 
  • If all else fails, go to a crowded gym and people watch!  Surely there’s got to be some interesting characters to focus on. 

The art of distraction is key for me on the treadmill.  Hope my tips help!

The Intoxicating Smell of Cookies

8 May

Confession:  I may or may not have been a little intoxicated when I posted last night.  Whoops.

Today has been one of those days where if something can get complicated, it WILL get complicated.  We spent 2 hours at the bank doing something that should’ve taken 5 minutes.  Then I took my mom to get a new phone for Mother’s Day.  She changed her mind about 15 times, then finally went with the first one she picked.  Its been a long day.

But at least it started with a croissant with almond butter and a banana:

And right now, there’s two batches of cookies sitting in the kitchen:

Mmm.  I love when my house smells like fresh-baked cookies.

Speaking of houses, I got ridiculously excited about this today:

We have a mailbox!  Yay!

Sunburn & Spice Cake

2 May

How on Earth do Sundays always go so fast? I can’t believe its 9 o’clock already!

I met up with Lauren again this morning for a run at the UNF trails. Before I left the house, I munched on a croissant with almond butter and a sliced banana:

We ran 3.56 miles in about 42 minutes.  It was brutally and miserably hot.  I don’t know how I’m going to keep my running base up over the summer!  We did 5:1 intervals and Lauren kicked my butt.  She’s a little faster than me, and running with her is a challenge.  But its good for me 🙂

Afterward, I went the pool (with mimosas):

And now?  I’m burnt to a crisp.  Except my legs are still snow white 😦

And we had quesadillas and salad for dinner:

And I baked this little Spice cake:

We’re heading to bed to watch The Time Travelers Wife.  I’ve been wanting to see it for quite some time now.  I read the book a few months ago and I absolutely loved it.  I hope the book doesn’t let me down.  Have a great evening!

Crack Bagel

29 Apr

I hate my job sometimes.

I really do…

…Especially when marketing reps come into the office toting goodies from Panera, Dunkin’ Donuts or the like.  I hate it even more when my own co-workers turn against me and suggest we get our own goods.  I try and try to resist, and lately I’ve been so strong.  In the past month, I’ve turned down: baked French toast, various fruit cobblers, donuts, take-out from our favorite greasy spoon, Chinese food, and a pancake casserole.  But today?  I just didn’t have the strength or willpower to refuse.  I could hear the Panera Asiago Cheese bagel singing my name in a sweet little harmony.

Oh, sweet baby Jesus, it was worth it.

For lunch, I had some of last night’s leftovers:

This Chicken-Broccoli-Cheese-Rice-Curry-Everything-but-the-Kitchen-Sink-Casserole is a recipe from my friend Kate that she always raves about and brings to work for lunch at least once a week.  I had a minor freak out when I put it in the oven and realized I forgot the fat-free mayo.  I had intended to replace the mayo with greek yogurt, mostly because I abhor mayo.  In my post-gym hunger-stricken insanity, I forgot one of the main ingredients.

Side note: I have a hatred for most condiments actually (weird, I know).  When I see mayonnaise, to me, it looks like what would come out of my ass if I had liposuction.  Disgusting huh?  And now you know why I don’t like mayo.

Back to the recipe.  Upon realization that I’d forgotten this crucial ingredient, I paced the kitchen frantically.  I texted Kate to see if the casserole was going to suck.  Sadly, she thought so.  I apologized to Brandon profusely in advance for my sub-par dinner, and I insisted my feelings would not be hurt if he didn’t eat it.  I even offered to make him a sandwich instead.

Lo and behold, it didn’t suck.  It was actually pretty good!  So good that we barely had enough leftovers for us to bring for lunch today.

Last night I hit the gym for some strength training punishment.  I did the same routine as last time, and I’m planning on doing it again Sunday.  If I can get in 4 days of running and 2 days of lifting a week, I consider it to be a massive success.  Lately, I’ve been doing great with the running, and per usual, struggling to fit in the strength.

How many times a week and what types of workouts do you have include to feel as though you’ve had a successful workout week?

UNF Nature Trails

24 Apr

It is a BEAUTIFUL Saturday! We’ve been spoiled with so many beautiful weekends in North Florida lately.  Its fantastic, and I wish it was like this all year long!  Okay, 11 months of the year.  I’d like a month of cold 😉

Thanks to Twitter, I made a running date with Lauren for this morning.  I’ve been dying to hit the UNF nature trails, but I’m paranoid to run in strange places by myself.  You always hear about runners getting killed on trails, so I’m a Paranoid Polly!  I know, I probably need to quit watching so much Law & Order SVU.  Whatevs.

To fuel my run, I ate peanut butter toast, a Fuji apple (my favorite kind!), a big glass of OJ:

Then I drove the 15 minutes to the UNF campus and parked at the nature trails:

Lauren showed up a few minutes later, and we agreed to try 5/1 intervals.  I’ve been really considering switching to the Galloway method for my long runs.  I feel like running straight through is so hard on my body, and this run only further supported that thought.  The trail was beautiful and nicely shaded, but it was a little muggy outside.  We did two loops for about 4.21 miles in 54:40.  We could’ve gone faster, but sadly, my stomach decided to wage war against me.

I’m so excited for the rest of the weekend.  We’re having a couples dinner at La Nopalera tonight, and a big girlfriend brunch/mimosa-fest at Billy’s tomorrow morning.  Can’t wait!

The Longest (2) Mile(s)

21 Apr

My run tonight was brutal.

Now that I’m back from my strength training hiatus, I forgot how hard it is to run when you’re stiff and sore from a good lifting session. I plodded along for 2 miles (24:01 – 12:30/11:31) and every step was a reminder of my hard work yesterday.  As soon as I got home, I grabbed my foam roller for relief:

I rolled my quads, my hamstrings, my calves, and my IT bands.  Oh, sweet, painful relief.

At least my day started out nicely:

I scooped out the second to last tablespoon of almond butter, and we all know what that means:  Oats in a Jar tomorrow!  Woo hoo!  If that’s not reason enough to get up and go to work (cause my oatmeal and almond butter are in my desk) then I don’t know what is!

Even though it’s warmer outside, I wanted soup for some reason at lunch:

I tend to avoid soup in warmer months.  Shocking, I know. I can’t imagine I’m the only person who does that 😉 But I always love a good beef and barley soup. With it, I had a cheddar biscuit from Red Lobster.  A dozen of them showed up in the office kitchen during lunch and I could not resist.  I haven’t eaten at a Red Lobster in probably 15 years, but goodness, those biscuits are GOOD!

After our run, I came home and made my Mom’s Red Beans & Rice and Cornbread Casserole:

While I’ve promised not to share the Red Beans & Rice recipe, I can share the Cornbread Casserole recipe:

  • 1 Box Jiffy Cornbread Mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1/3 c. milk
  • 2 packets of Splenda
  • 1/2 c. sour cream

Mix it all up, spread it in a 8×8 or 9×9 pan, and bake in the oven at 400 for 20 minutes.  Enjoy!