Friday, November 11, 2011
Exercise: 4 mile run, 8:43 avg pace, 2 mile walk
1. On our way to Vegas to deal with a family emergency. A downer of a road trip :(
2. My dad had knee surgery last year and had a pulmonary embolism in April which is super common after surgeries, especially at an advanced age. Well, he got another blood clot today while on a business trip near Vegas so we're on our way to give some moral support to my mom and dad.
3. Also, Music Man's parents live in Vegas which is amazing! Because it's 11/11/11 everyone and their mother are getting married, hoping for some luck with gambling or watching the fight tomorrow. There are no hotel rooms available so we're having an impromptu slumber party. It's wonderful to have family out thete and I am so thankful for them!
4. I had an amazingly social week and I can't even begin to tell you about it because my focus is on pops.
5. Here are some pics from the past week
Friday, November 4, 2011
1. Little Man is 18 months today so we went to his well baby check up. He's doing awesome (this is what I'm thankful for today) above average height, below average weight and pretty great verbal skills. These days his favorite things are bubbles, bananas and books and he requests each multiple times a day. Also to be added to that list are trucks, trains, balls and cookies. Don't worry, I don't stuff my child with cookies, he thinks it's a cracker or any kind of snack.
2. We're having a little charity garage sale for my Mom's club so I got rid of almost all of our baby stuff. I had no problem giving away all my maternity clothes since I won't EVER fit into them again, even if I am pregnant. But sorting through the baby clothes and toys made me a little emotional because I don't have a baby anymore and I'm not sure if I'll have another. It goes by too fast.
3. We're also having a little bake sale at the garage sale and I have spent the day baking banana bread, chocolate chocolate chip mini breads and chocolate chip cookie scones. Totally unhealthy yet totally tasty. Hopefully it all sells because I cannot have all this sugar in my house. But it was fun baking and Little Man got his first taste of batter (pre egg)
4. I'm going to attempt a double digit run this weekend. It's been way too long and I'm looking forward to more than an hour of alone time.
5. Ok, it's Friday and it's movie night. Have an excellent weekend!
Thursday, November 3, 2011
I very rarely run/walk because when I'm running as soon as I start walking my legs think they are done and just stop. But I was just feeling it today and I really enjoyed the pace. I guess I need the slower pace because my son refuses to sleep like a normal human being and I am exhausted. But I won't get started on that because it'll get all depressing up in here.
Luckily I surround myself with moms who assure me this ish is normal and Little Man is normal and EVERYTHING is normal and I just need to chill out and have a glass of wine, so I'm having 3 for good measure ;) So today I am thankful for all the moms I surround myself with. xoxo, ladies.
On a lighter note, I made a really yummy sweet potato pie yesterday. It was easy, tasty and pretty darn healthy. If you're looking for a sinful recipe for this sweet treat, Google Paula Deen, I'm sure she has one.
This one is low fat and sweetened primarily with banana. Yum
3/4 c ww flour
1/4 c oat bran
1/4 c light margarine (I used Earth Balance Organic)
1/4 c ice water
1/4 t salt
mix flour, bran and salt and cut in the butter. then add in water by the T until you get a sandy texture that barely holds together when pressed. Press into ball, wrap in wax or parchment and refrigerate.
2 smaller sweet potatoes peeled, cubed, cooked and cooled ( I boiled mine with a little cinnamon) about 2 1/2 cups
1 very ripe banana
1/3 c brown sugar
1 t vanilla
3/4 c milk substitute ( I used almond but will use coconut next time)
1/2 c egg sub or 2 eggs
1 1/2 t pumpkin pie spice
1/4 t nutmeg
1/4 t ginger
1/4 t salt
Preheat oven to 350. Roll out dough thinly to fit in pie pan. I had some left over and made a few tiny tarts
for lunch. For the filling I just put everything in the blender until smooth and just poured it in the crust
and baked for 40 minutes. Check it at 30 and 35 just in case your oven is different. It's ready when a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Serve with vanilla Coconut Bliss, yum yum, enjoy!!!
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Exercise: 5 mile run - 9:53 avg pace, 5 mile bike ride
I spend a lot of time complaining and taking the wonderful things in my life for granted. I've seen so many of my fave bloggers writing about what they are thankful for this month and I'm hopping on the bandwagon. It's just a nice reminder of the good things.
I am so thankful for the weather in my part of so cal. I was thankful for my cool and breezy run this morning and baking with the doors open.
What are you thankful for?
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Music Man is at a concert and right now is the most relaxed I've felt in over a week. Vacation was amazing but more of a party than relaxing. I'll post some pics tomorrow.
I did get a few runs in. We were staying on the island in Havasu and there is a 3.5 mile bike loop in the middle so I ran it nice and easy Friday and Sunday. Taking it easy for the past few days was amazing and after today's run I feel no fatigue in my legs at all. I think it's the first 5+ mile run I've finished and not been the least bit tired. I honestly felt like I could run a marathon today. Rest days are awesome.
Unfortunately I took it a little too easy for the amount that I ate and my clothes are feeling a bit tight. I have to get super serious about a pre holiday shape up. I can't believe Thanksgiving is only 3 weeks away! I want to set goals but I feel like I set myself up for failure when I do that. I just want my jeans to fit comfortably again so I need to keep track of what i eat which means probably tracking points again.
My fitness regimen is pretty spot on. I do cardio 6-7 days a week, 3-4 of which are running. And I do some sort of strength training 2-3 days per week. There's always room for improvement but I honestly feel that my exercise routine is awesome and it's the eating I need to reign in.
I guess I will set a goal of tracking my points starting tomorrow and if the scale doesn't budge I can scrap it next Sunday if I want.
What are your health and fitness goals for November?
Thursday, October 27, 2011
We're just over an hour away from our final destination and it's been a pretty peaceful drive. The bad news is that Little Man has been having some nighttime sleep struggles due to lingering sickness and teething but the good news is that he happily played with toys the first half of the drive and has been asleep ever since.
I am feeling about 90% better, I still am a bit congested but I have to tell you that Mucinex DM and Oscillococcinum knocked this sucker out quick. The r&r helped out as well. Music Man took care of all the last minute trip details and put Little Man down for a nap yesterday which allowed me 3 solid hours to lay in bed dozing and reading.
I am reading a great book so I was able to sit still, something I often have trouble with. The book is "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot and it is incredible. It's a non-fiction page turner that I've devoured. It's the biography of a woman that died of cervical cancer, well actually, its the biography of her cancerous cells and how they've affected her family and YOURS. I don't know how to attach a link, so Google the book and I can only imagine you will find the story as intriguing as I have.
Have a wonderful rest of your week!
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
I have so much to say but I'm really sick, 100* temperature and all. Ugh. Our whole family keeps giving it back and forth to each other. I had my flu shot so this must be a crap cold. Please wish me luck that I get over this bug as quickly as the previous ones because vacation begins Thursday :) :(
Saturday, October 22, 2011
2.I was so looking forward to running again today but I suffered a tragic vacuuming accident that has left me with a bum right knee. I was pushing the beast of a vacuum and twisted my knee just a bit and suddenly my knee was sending shooting pains up and down my leg. No bueno. I've been icing it and staying off it and I am happy to say it is feeling much better.
3. Instead of a run or elliptical session I did a low impact 45 minute workout with a ton of punches, easy jumping jacks and lots of arms and abs with a few light squats and lunges.
4. I urge you to buy candy corn because making it yourself is traumatic and the 3 dollars for a bag is worth it. The end result is pretty cool and people seem to be impressed, but the burns on the palms of my hands tell the real story.
5. Instead you should spend your time making enchiladas, poached apples, or something that may not kill you in the cooking process.
Hope you are having a lovely Saturday!
Friday, October 21, 2011
This is so cool! 2600 year old image of a woman giving birth was found near Tuscany. Oldest yet in the western world. Pretty awesome!
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
New Shoe Day!!!
I'm feeling a bit under the weather but got myself off the sofa because I've been in dire need of new shoes for a few weeks. Unfortunately my local running store is open random hours and today was the first day I had free time to get over there. Luckily I knew exactly what I wanted so I was in and out super quick. A woman even commented about my quick shopping.
Now that I've worn Newton's for a year I know I'll never wear anything else so the decision was easy. If you ever think about trying Newton's I highly recommend them. I swear, as soon as I got my first pair my pace decreased by 10 seconds instantly. I did choose a different style today though. I'm all about crazy neon.
And now I'm off to rest. I need to get better right quick ;) Vacation in a week!
Have a great week!
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Yoga has become an integral component of my workouts as of late. I've been having some lower back pain so I'm trying to stay away from my normal crunches and extensions and focusing on more core stabilizing moves and poses. I stopped doing yoga in favor of more intense weight workouts and I've really missed it. Thankfully, I've already noticed my back feeling better. Score for yoga.
When practicing yoga in a studio the session usually ends with a few minutes of meditation which is not something I normally work into my practice. But I've decided to do it for 5 minutes following my workout the past few days and I've really enjoyed it. I haven't found enlightenment after 2 days but I have found that I really enjoy a few minutes of absolute peace and quiet.
Having 5 minutes of peace and quiet has been great this past weekend because with the boys being sick all week and then getting sick myself, I feel like I've been much busier. I make all the meals, clean, and then run errands throughout the day and make it to the events and appointments I can. After Little Man is in bed I put in the last loads of laundry, fold what's in the dryer, do moms' club stuff and then it's 9:50. Yay, 10 minutes of relaxation before it's time to prepare for bed. But don't take that as a complaint, it's just been busy and it's been amazing to have a 5 minute respite midday to rest and recharge. For me, the 5 minutes of meditation is akin to a nap. I highly recommend it for new moms and moms of young children.
The meditation I do is an easy one I learned about 8 years ago when I was living in the OC. My friend and I would drive up to LA to take these awesome and challenging meditation classes in Brentwood, not far from UCLA. Challenging and meditation seem to be somewhat polar but going from never meditating to 90 minutes of it can be difficult, especially on your rear. So they teach this technique prior to the class so if you ever need to get centered during that 90 minutes, you have a means of doing so. These days I often go through it when I have a hard time getting to sleep. It usually works like a charm.
Chakra Meditation- Relaxing the Chakras
1. root/ base of spine
3. solar plexus/ chest
6. third eye/ brow
7. crown/ top of the head
I do this in corpse pose but you can also do it in seated lotus pose or some variation of it.
1. relax each body part starting at the toes and ending at the crown; drop your shoulders, relax your face and brow, breathe from your diaphragm.
2. starting at the crown imagine warmth drawing through your body going through and warming each chakra, stopping at the base of your spine. Feel the energy and warmth there and take 5 deep breaths
3. move the light and warmth up to your navel, feel the energy and take five breaths.
4. continue through the remaining chakras ending with the crown, take 5 breaths and then let the warmth spill over the rest of your body.
I set a timer for 5 minutes and do it until my time is up. Yesterday I actually set my timer for another 2 minutes because it felt so amazing. I'm liking this meditation stuff ;)
Hope you guys enjoy this!
And here's a photo of Little Man with his new obsession courtesy of Daddy. He woke up this morning and from the monitor I heard a rustling of sheets and then " Tane, tane!" (Train, train).
Music Man couldn't resist getting this set yesterday and Little Man is absolutely smitten.
And I got featured today, yay! So please go and say hi to Kim and perhaps browse some of her mouthwatering recipes.
Now I'd like to extend the same offer to you guys because it's so much fun. I'd love to know more about my readers and for you to all get to know each other. If you are interested please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me who you are, where you live, what drives you, what your goals are for the coming year (fitness and otherwise), your favorite food or recipe, favorite workout, what you would do with 5 hours of free time or anything else you can think of. Please include a photo and your blog address if you have one so we can all go stalk your blog ;)
Thanks again, Kim!!!
Friday, October 14, 2011
1. The boys have been struggling with colds and flus all week, but now it's my turn. Ugh. I've spent all day on the sofa feeling sorry for myself.
2. Luckily we got to go to Santa Barbara for the day yesterday. We spent the first part of the day at the zoo then walked around, shopped and ate. It was excellent.
3. BBQ Seitan Pizza is awesome! Made it just like bbq chicken pizza with shredded gouda, red onions and a sprinkle of cilantro. YUM
4. Post pizza I got dressed up and went out on the town for our monthly mom's night out. As a stay-at-home mom dressing up is a rarity; I feel good if my workout clothes match and I don't have stains on my shirt. I also got to rock the bag Music Man brought back for me from NY.
5. We also went to Costco this week. NEVER go to Costco hungry
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
This weekend was basically two rest days, and it was awesome. Even though I had another rough night with both my men sick and cranky I woke up yesterday morning refreshed, feeling like I could run a marathon. A marathon wasn't in the cards because sick Little Man joined me, but I did get in a timed mile sandwiched by about 2 easy miles. And the timed mile? 7:38 with the jogger; so happy.
I've been pretty productive the last few days even though I felt like I was doing twice as much on half the sleep. I had been wanting to plan a whole week of meals so I did that Sunday and actually stuck to the plan. We've been having super yummy dinners that Little Man really likes, super awesome because he hasn't been eating much since he's been sick.
Sun- Jambalaya with shrimp, andoiulle and chicken
and banana bread 3 ways for dessert
Mon- Butternut mac n' cheese
Tues- Roast pork, sweet potatoes and
Wed- Bbq seitan pizza with gouda and red onions
Thurs: Veggie burgers and oven fries
Fri: Meatloaf and rice pilaf
Sat: Chicken fried tofu and mashed potatoes
Sun: Lasagna or eating out, haven't decided yet
The butternut mac n' cheese was amazing and I highly recommend making it.
I cooked my pasta (whole bag brown rice penne) and separately steamed a TJ's bag of cubed butternut (2 cups?) that I diced in some veggie broth.
1/2 of it got mixed into the pasta and the other 1/2 got pureed with the small bit of veggie broth (1/2 cup?) and a dash of coconut milk until it resembled baby food.
I made a dark roux with 2 T butter and 2T ww flour, added in the puree and about 2 T of Parmesan and let cook on medium while stirring.
Then I added in 1/2 c of light shredded cheddar slowly and stirred until creamy. I added in another dash of coconut milk, nutmeg, allspice and about 1/4 tsp each of s&p and took off the heat.
I mixed the pasta and butternut with 1/2 c light shredded cheddar then mixed the sauce into it.
I poured everything into a sprayed 8x8 glass dish, topped with another 1/2 c cheddar and baked at 350 for 20 mins covered and 10 mins uncovered.
This was enough for 5 huge adult entree servings (500 cals) or 8 pretty big side dish servings (300 cals). I'm not sure of the other nutritional facts but I think there are 8 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber per each sinful side dish serving. Pretty nutrient dense for mac n' cheese and even the tiny tot loved it.
Hope you're having a great week and I'll let you know about any other memorable meals.
Sunday, October 9, 2011
It has been such a lovely weekend mini break. We walked for hours around the beach and little streets. We did some window shopping, looked at art and did a lot of eating.
I wish I took more photos, but alas, did not. The second photo is of a 9/11 sculpture just dedicated in Laguna. I thought it was so beautiful, especially with the gorgeous back drop.
Hope you had and continue to have a great weekend!
Friday, October 7, 2011
Little Man doesn't really understand why Daddy is gone but he does know he's not around. He often goes to the studio or the bedroom, knocks and then ways "Daddy?" over and over.
Because Little Man knows what a plane is I thought it would be brilliant to teach him that Daddy left on a plane. Not so much. We are in the flight path to an airport so every time a plane passes Little man points to the air and says "Daddy plane." Sometimes he gets really upset. It's so sad.
Thank God Music Man will be home tonight and hopefully Little Man won't be so confused by the planes.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Exercise: 5 mile run 8:48 avg pace yesterday, 4 mile run 9:25 avg pace today
So I killed my run yesterday. It was another run split by a playground stop so it was 2.6 at 8:56 and 2.5 at 8:39. I'm extremely pleased especially because Little Man and I had another rough night. He was up from 1-2 in pain from teething. Then again at 5. It's pretty heartbreaking because there's not much I can do besides drug him up and I try to avoid the drugs when I can. I'm not opposed to pain relievers at all I just want to use them when he really needs them, like as a febrile fever reducer or for ear infections.
I got to teach the Fit Mommy class again this week and I was totally unprepared. But I still loved it and was able to lead a 40 minute class pretty seamlessly. I would say about half the exercises were the same but I added in some yoga poses to change things up. It was really fun again and everyone said they enjoyed it. One of the new mothers asked where I taught which I totally took as a compliment. I'm thinking more and more that group fitness instruction might be something to look into when Little Man starts preschool.
I met another mother runner at the playground today and we exchanged numbers and talked about running together next Thursday. I love the idea of having a running companion because I've always been solo but I'm really insecure about my pace. What's an average pace to run with people? I don't want to slow her down but I think it would be worse to exhaust myself. Also, if I have to hold a conversation I'm thinking my comfortable pace might drop considerably. Ha, it sounds like a first date. "Should I just be myself?" I guess I'm just overanalyzing and I should just focus on enjoying myself.
Music Man comes home tonight and we're going to spend the weekend in Laguna.
Have a great weekend!
Here's a pic of Little Man and his Aunt Nami vacationing in Laguna.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
We started off the day with a special fall treat. Pumpkin pie oats with Greek yogurt.
A yummy celebration because:
Little Man is 17 months old today! I remember when I thought it was crazy that I already had a one year old and soon enough I'll have a two year old. Will it ever not feel crazy? I'm sure by the time I come to terms with Little Man growing up we'll probably have another Little Dude or Dudette ;)
I found this post from October 4th last year and it's amazing to see the changes in Little Man. Also crazy that I was 40 pounds heavier than I am now and was running double digit mileage! I'm barely doing that now and I need to get a move on.
Monday, October 3, 2011
So far so good. We've had a busy few days and it's been great; lots of little outings to the play ground, farmers' market and various stores. It's nice having such full days, Little Man doesn't have time to get grumpy and naps pretty well. Win win.
So an awesome thing happened a few days ago. I was reading one of the blogs I follow and I saw this post and half jokingly commented that I'd like her to pace me to a sub 25 5k. What's funny is she agreed! Luckily we don't live that far from each other so we're trying to find a 5k that'll work for both of us. I think it's super cool and hopefully mutually beneficial.
Here are a few photos just for fun
Hope you're having a good Monday.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Well when it's all written out it looks like all I did all day was exercise but the bike and walk were so leisurely I still needed a workout. I did some intervals on the elliptical and then a mostly leg and ab workout. I need to chill out on my arm and shoulder workouts.
I just look at that picture and think "GUNS" which would be cool if I were a body builder or something. Some definition is fine, but if it's that defined in a fuzzy picture it may be time to back off. ;) That's cool though, I've decided October is for focusing on abs and lower body. I need to trim up the hips, thighs and butt.
Music Man is now in New York having a drink at a wine bar. I know he's had a stressful day with traveling and lugging all his music equipment around but I have to admit I'm a little jealous. I'm dying to go to New York in the fall. Wear a jacket, go see the leaves, my idea of Heaven. Oh and sleeping in would be awesome too. The week should be fun though.
I have a lot of events planned for the week to keep Little Man and I occupied. We'll get to see kids and friends 1-2 times a day at play dates, exercising with other moms and My Gym. I might even go to Laguna Friday to see my Mom and some friends. And before I know it, Music Man will be home safe and sound and, perhaps, have a few days off.
I get a little weepy when Music Man leaves. And I know it's just a week but he's already been gone for 3 months out of the 9 months this year. I like having him home, I get lonely and tired when it's just me with Little Man 24/7. We don't have any family or much of a support network in LA so some days can get overwhelming and those days I miss him even more. Now that I'm involved with my moms club I feel much more positive about future business trips. It's getting better, but still not easy.
Now I'm off to watch some TV, finish folding laundry, and maybe to bed before 11.
Have a great night and a great week.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Exercise: 6 miles 9:22 avg pace
Awesome run considering it was fueled by brownies and a bottle of wine. It was split in two by a play ground stop after mile 4.
Another short post today because I'm phone blogging and, also, Music Man leaves tomorrow.
Sidenote- Little Man tried to put himself to bed again tonight. I had to give him a bath though, he's a dirty bugger.
Have a great rest of the weekend.
*I'm not sure how the photographs work in mobile Blogger, but it's just a photo of me and some new specs.
Friday, September 30, 2011
It was a perfect day and so far a perfect evening. Little Man and I did some finger painting, made a hand print sculpture and then took a bike ride to the park. Pretty awesome. Then...Little Man put himself to bed. He was cranky during dinner, I couldn't even get him to eat an oven fry, which is his favorite. As soon as he got down from the high chair he ran to his bed and tried to climb in. So we just put him to bed, dirty clothes and all. No bath. And he's been sleeping ever since. Mother of the year? It was pretty amazing though ;)