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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!

I Should Buy Stock In Boca

16 Apr

Happy Friday!

I’ve been having a hankering for Mexican lately. There’s this fantastic place in Jax Beach called El Potro, but we all know how fattening Mexican can be.  So I bring you my Vegetarian “Beef” Layered Enchiladas:

  • 1 bag Soy Burger Crumbles
  • 1 can enchilada sauce
  • Corn tortillas
  • 1 cup Fat Free Mozzarella
  • 1 packet taco seasoning

I suggest using tortillas a hair smaller than a round casserole dish.  This way, the cheese and sauce can drip down the sides.

“Brown” your soy crumbles and follow directions on taco seasoning packet.

Spray a round casserole dish with cooking spray.  Place tortilla on bottom of the dish.  Spread a layer of your taco meat over tortilla.  Place another tortilla on top.  Pour some enchilada sauce on tortilla.  Repeat until you run out of meat/tortillas.  Pour remaining sauce on top of everything.  Spread Mozzarella all over top.  Place in oven at 450 for 20-25 minutes (or until sides are bubbling).

Enjoy!

I ate leftover enchiladas for lunch yesterday, and they were kickin’.  Since I was in Hungry Hungry Hippo mode yesterday, I had a snack plate a little while later:

My plate consisted of fat-free cottage cheese, baby carrots, and roasted red pepper hummus.  It gave me enough fuel to go on a (slightly) longer run last night.

Typically, I run 3 miles after work.  On a few occasions, I’ve gone further, but it just seems so difficult to run anything more than 3 after work.  I know I can do it, and I really just need to stop being a weenie.  My new goal is to get to the point where running 5 miles after work doesn’t seem like such a daunting task.

Last night, I headed out for the “Big Loop” around the neighborhood.  Its about 4 miles, with plenty of options to make it longer.  I ran a solid 3.5 miles in 41:00.  Not too shabby, especially considering I felt a little pukey half-way through the run.  I finished it off with a .75 mile cool down walk.

Needless to say, my run left me STARVING.  Let me just start by saying that my husband has strange taste in food.  He LIKES Hamburger Helper.  He specifically asked me to buy it last time we went to the grocery store.

I, on the other hand, am not a fan.  Typically, it is entirely too salty for my taste.  But, whatever.  I gave in on one condition:  I get to make it vegetarian.

Boca Soy Crumbles to the rescue! Side note: I really should buy stock in Boca.

And because I’m back on the “Eat-As-Many-Fruits-And-Veggies-As-Possible” train, I steamed up some sugar snap peas.  All in all, it wasn’t that bad.  Still a little salty, but not as bad as it is with ground beef.

Since it’s Friday, we’ll probably go out to dinner tonight.  With that in mind, I had some vanilla yogurt with chopped pecans and coconut flakes mixed in and a banana for breakfast:

Confession:  on days when I know I’m going to be having a naughty dinner, I definitely try to be a lot lighter with my meals beforehand.  Call it what you will, but it helps my sanity.

Do you have an coping mechanisms for “naughty” meals?

Wednesday Guilty Pleasures

15 Apr

I must say, I loved reading everyone’s ridiculous splurges!  Good to know I’m not alone.

Yesterday when I got home from work, I walked in the mess known as our bedroom.  It was covered in clothes that needed to be hung up or put in the laundry basket.  We’ve been ridiculous lazy about putting up clothes lately.  I even sat the Hubs down and told him we need to cut it out.  But before I tackled the daunting task, I munched on some homemade banana bread:

And since hanging up mass quantities of clothes is tiring, I was too lazy to cook a real dinner.  Okay, that’s sort of a lie, but I knew the Hubs wouldn’t be home til later than usual.  And he wanted pizza.  And I gave in to him:

At least the big ol’ salad I had on the side made up for it.  Yes, I justify my choices.  Don’t pretend like you don’t.

We spent the rest of the evening sippin’ on red wine and watching Modern Family & Cougartown.  They’re my Wednesday night guilty pleasures.  Even the Hubs loves them too.

I’m going back to eating as many fruits and veggies as I can every day.  I feel so much better when I take that approach to eating.  Step 1: Breakfast.  Today, I enjoyed:

  • 1/4 c. old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 small banana sliced
  • 1 tbsp almond butter

Yum!  I got really excited when I realized that I’m almost to the end of my almond butter jar.  Oats in a Jar soon!  It’s the little things 😉

I just want to take a moment to acknowledge the end of one of my favorite fitness blogs, Ash Is Fit.  Ashlee and I have discussed the pressure associated with being a food/fitness blogger on multiple occasions, and I completely understand and support her reasoning behind her decision.  I, too, struggle to come up with content at times.  Sometimes, I wonder what I get out of this.  Other times, I get jealous of other bloggers.  I think we all do.  Would I love to quit my job and blog full-time?  Hell yes.

But I stop to remind myself: As bloggers, we tend to show the “best” sides of our lives and I think the bad parts get left out a significant portion of the time. We don’t see the bland, boring things in each others’ lives.

But at the end of the day, I do this because I enjoy writing.  If I can’t come up with anything to write about, then I don’t post.  I enjoy the interaction.  I’ve made some great friends through the blogging community.  I’ve been given support when I needed it, and been there to support others’ in their journeys as well.  That is why I do what I do.

Wanna Know What’s Awesome?

3 Nov

Kashi Pumpkin Pie bars are what’s awesome.

For real. This bar is amazingly awesome. I love pretty much anything and everything pumpkin. I also love granola bars. Where could this go wrong? It’s like a match made in heaven. I think its right up there with chocolate and peanut butter. It’s just THAT GOOD. I highly suggest you drop whatever you’re doing and go to the nearest grocery store and buy some.