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Archive for the month “June, 2012”

June Foodie Penpal Reveal

So let’s just start off by saying how awesome this Foodie Penpals dealio is.

Check out more information about this cool idea from the mastermind herself, Lindsay, on her website at the Lean Green Bean.

This month I was paired up with Marina who’s on twitter @5starmarina. She’s a reader and a sweetheart. She expressed an interest in starting up a blog about her Paleo adventures and starting her CrossFit program. I encouraged her to definitely think about joining the blogging world and putting in her 2 cents. I hope she does! I’d faithfully read all her posts. Winking smile

I didn’t know much about the Paleo/primal regimen before talking to Marina. She described it as being completely clean eating so I did some research on it because it sounded so intriguing. I picked up that the paleo diet really embraces eating healthy fats which I thought was pretty awesome and different from traditional diets. Marina asked me if I’d be willing to try out some of her foods and treats. I loved her enthusiasm about it so I gladly gave her the go ahead to send me whatever goodies she’d like.

Everyone always comments about how exciting it is seeing that box on their doorstep waiting for them; it’s so true. As soon as I saw that box by my door, I knew what it was and I couldn’t wait to open it! Truly exciting!

I broke into the box like a little kid. My roommate was there (I had previously explained to her how the program works) and she was excited and eager to see what was in the box too.

I immediately gave Marina props for somehow knowing my favorite color is green when I saw the green tissue paper. I read her card first which mentioned her desire to create that blog. Do it, Marina. Open-mouthed smile

Then I found these yummy goodies.

Brad’s Raw Chips–Sweet Potato: These were very different. Very interesting. My roommate and I both tried it. I have no way of explaining it. When I took my first bit, it tasted bland, but then I picked up on the sweet potato taste. I was like, “there it is!” Good job, taste buds.

Zico–Coconut Water: I guess I don’t like coconut water. I’ve heard of coconut milk. I may have to try my luck on that. I may just not like any coconut drinks at all.

Larabar: cherry pie and banana bread…smelled like banana bread. I love foods that have a limited amount of ingredients. That means it’s good for you. Thumbs up

Ghiradelli–Sea Salt Soiree (how yummy does that sound?): My roommate and I both approved. Winking smile

Namaste Foods–Gluten Free Brownie Mix: Ahhh…this was my favorite item out of everything in the box. Thank you, thank you, Marina! I loved that it was hands-on ish item–one where I could make a mess in the kitchen. I love baking but haven’t done much of it compared to how often I did before I started college.

I find it crazy that the mix is free of gluten, wheat, nuts, corn, soy, dairy making you wonder, “what does it have in it?? Just 7 ingredients: evaporated cane juice, tapioca and sweet brown rice and arrowroot flour, dutch cocoa, salt and xanthan gum.

At the beginning of this month I joined @Powercakes in her #JunePowerMealADay challenge. When I made these, the day was designated to #DontFearTheFat. Healthy fats are…well, healthy, don’t ya know? I’d like to say I waited to bake these on that day for that reason but I’m not that cool. I do think I did a cool job of highlighting that I #DontFearTheFat with these brownies, though. The recipe called for 3/4 cup of oil. I used 1/2 a cup of EVO and decided to substitute the other 1/4 with avocado. I just used the rest of the avocado I had leftover from the previous day, so I’m not sure what the exact measurement of that was. (Probably 1/3-1/2 and avocado.) I made sure to mix in the avocado real good.

The result was so delicious–that is an understatement, actually. I loved the end product. The brownies were so dense and moist and chewy and healthy! Healthy brownies? Right… Winking smile

Kyle tried them and approved. I asked him if he could tell there was avocado in it–negative. I fooled even myself. Success!

Can’t wait to see who I get paired up with next month and thanks again, Marina!

Have you guys heard about Foodie Penpals? Have you signed up for it??

“Magic Seeds”

I have a new staple in my life. Chia seeds.

Ch-ch-ch chia. You remember that annoying late night infomercial, right?

Not what I’m talking about. This is what I’m talking about.

The little I knew about the chia seed was enough to make me want to look more into what makes this seed so much cooler than other seeds like flax. Flax is still cool, though. We’ll give flax seed one point. Chia gets two in my book, though!

I wanted to research more about why this seed was as “magical” as its been referred as. Do research. Always do your research. Always know what you’re talking about. I’m gonna go ahead and make that my motto now. Winking smile
With that said, I figured I’d share this wealth of knowledge that I, as I chia seed expert, now possess. Open-mouthed smile

Yeah, we think about chia pets when we hear ‘chia’  but what’s cool (and there will be a ton of cool things…heads up) is that the seed was used hundreds of years ago–way back before the the chia pet craze–by the Aztecs and Mayans as a way to keep up their endurance and energy levels while hunting. Ingenious sons of guns. They somehow figured out that the seed is filled with so many nutrients. It’s highly rich in soluble fiber, omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, calcium, potassium, and it provides an abundance of antioxidants.

Each individual seed is surrounded by a case. When the seeds are hydrated, the coat swells up and turns gelatinous-like.

Endurance runners actually use these seeds because of their ability to absorb water easily, lengthening hydration and the retention of electrolytes. I’ve  actually been putting about 1 tablespoon into my 20 oz water bottle, squirting lemon juice into the mix and adding a little bit of stevia. It makes for a yummy and interesting lemonade.

Another cool fact about seeds…you don’t just have to eat the seeds plain to benefit from their nutritional value. They are so versatile and take on the flavor of whatever you combine them with. You can eat them in oatmeal, blend them into smoothies, throw them on peanut butter toast, even make jam with them.

I finally tried a recipe over at PowerCakes‘ blog. I’d been wanting to make chia jam filled power muffins for the longest time and I finally got around to making them. They’re relatively easy to make. I followed the recipe exactly…except I used regular flour instead of coconut as the recipe called for…but the batter turned out pretty thin. I threw a banana into the batter and mashed it up pretty good. That helped hold the batter a little more and resulted in super moist cupcakes!

Here’s the recipe. Find it here on PowerCakes’ site.

For the jam:
  • 1 1/2 C frozen or fresh fruit of your choice (I made mixed berry chia jam)
  • 1/4 C chia seeds
  • 1 T water
  • Stevia to sweeten (if desired…the fruit may already be as sweet as you want it to be)
  • If fruit is frozen, place in the microwave for 2 minutes.
  • Add fruit into a blender.
  • Pour blended fruit back into a bowl.
  • Stir in the chia seeds, water and stevia.
  • Place in refrigerator for 1-2 hours to cool off and thicken a bit.

For the muffin mix:
  • 3/4 C flour
  • 1/4 C protein powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 C applesauce
  • 1 C almond milk (any milk of your choice)
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • A few packets of stevia (sweeten to taste)
    • Banana for a more moist, sweeter muffin
  • Mix all the dry ingredients
  • Stir in wet ingredients
  • Line a pan with cupcake liners and fill bottom with batter
  • Spoon chia jam into the middle (~1 T)
  • Smooth over the remaining batter to fill out each muffin
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 min

Such a delicious result. I’ve eaten them to power me before and after workouts! Thanks again, PowerCakes.

Have you tried chia seeds? Ever own a chia pet? Winking smile

Upcoming Happiest 5K Ever…

It’s Friday. Awesome. It’s actually not that exciting for me because I don’t have any fun plans for the weekend. Just work…at both of my jobs. Lame.

Next weekend is mine, though. I get to run the Color Run in Kansas City next week! I’m SO EXCITED about it and literally counting down the days until the run, as you can see by the countdown on my sidebar. Open-mouthed smile

I got an email early this morning about the pre-race info and got all pumped up for it all over again. I felt like going out and running 5 5k’s!

Did you catch that “Kansas City will be the BIGGEST Color Run event [that’s ever been] had!?!” I did. So stoked and so glad that I’m going to be a part of that huge group along with Kyle.

This will be my second 5k. I ran my first one back in March of ’09 and did really good for a first race without really even training for it. I placed 3rd in the female age group of 18-21. I had just turned 18 the month before, actually, and the thought of competing against 21 year olds was so intimidating. I beat them out, though, cause that’s what I do. Winking smile

With my handsome brother who also placed in the male division.

Regaining my humility, now, I feel like the 2 years since that first race have affected my performance and running capabilities. I have bad runs and good runs like all runners, but I feel like most of them are bad ones. That may just be me being my own worst critic but it’s a not-so-good feeling.

The Color Run is known to be the “Happiest 5k on the planet.” That’s so adorable, right? Doesn’t it look like these ladies are happy? Open-mouthed smile

The run isn’t timed because time doesn’t matter–you’re just supposed to have fun. Time always matters to me, though. My bad, but I can’t shake that–probably never will. I’m so competitive with myself. Honestly, if I weren’t running this with Kyle–who told me about the run–I’d be focusing on completing the 5k with a goal time in mind.

I know I’ll be running it at a slower pace than I’m used to so Kyle and I can reach the finish line together. I’m alright with that, though. I’m pretty sure he hasn’t trained hard for anything like this probably since he graduated high school, so it’s cool to see him working as hard as he has for this run. This being his first 5k! Aww yeah! I’m glad I’m gonna be able to share that with him. Hopefully he gets hooked and we can compete together in all sorts of races in the future. That’s not too much to ask for, right? Although, running can be quite expensive. Those entry fees are no joke.

Maybe it’s love…

There are races all through August so go to the Color Run website and check for a city near you. Definitely consider it! I haven’t ran it yet but I know it’s gonna be a run to remember!

Have a good weekend–one better than mine! Winking smileThumbs up

Runners’ Code

1. Harden the f@#! up
2. Follow your feet
Your mind can be your best friend on some runs and your worst enemy on other runs. It can inject your body with confidence and determination, giving you a good run. Or it can make you believe you’re in pain and need to stop and give up or you may die. In either case, keep those feet moving–they’re getting you somewhere. Side note: if you do give up at any sign of pain or fatigue during a run, you may want to strongly consider incorporating Rule 1 in your life overall.
3. Don’t lie to yourself
Don’t pause your time when you slow down and start walking only to resume timing when you resume running. Your body knows your time, pace and effort. You’re not fooling your body with altered data but congrats on boosting your ego.  You obviously have some work to do according to Rule 1.
4. Ignore the idiots that say you shouldn’t run unless you’re being chased
They’re idiots and need to find out what Rule 1 is ASAP.
5. If you’re out running in weather that’s anything less than fair, you’re a BAMF
You know those runners who wake up in the morning and upon seeing dark, grey skies and water pouring from the sky, decide that will make for the best run ever? Yeah, those runners love a challenge and are a prime example of what Rule 1 means.
6. It doesn’t get easier, you just go faster and further
If you’re letting it get easier with shorter runs and/or slower paces, then think about working on Rule 1.
7. Work on Rule 1…literally
Strength training is important for a runner because it strengthens your muscles, making you less prone to injury and it also improves endurance and performance. Do it.
8. No playing leap frog
If you get passed, it’s not personal, just accept that the person passing you was much faster and stronger than you in that race/run/event. Don’t try to pass them up (only to be passed by again–multiple times) because you won’t be able to keep up and will just throw off your pace. Especially don’t do this if the person overtaking you is a woman. Just deal with it and refer to Rule 1.
9. Obey the rules.

Pic source

How Cool is the Human Body?

The human body is an amazing powerhouse that is capable of so many great feats.

I’m thankful to have a fully functioning body that allows me to do the things I do. I’m thankful that running is one of those things. There are a ton of features in our body that make us essentially born to run–one of the major ones being the legs. My legs have seen their share of bug bites, crawling fire ants, scratches, bruises, blood, fierce poison ivy, shin splints and combined miles of walking, cycling and running. They have yet to let me down. Every run I go on–whether it’s my best run or the most pathetic run ever–the complex system of ligaments, tendons, and sinewy muscle enclosed in my legs always does its job. A runner’s legs are truly invaluable. I try to remind myself how awesome my legs are–how awesome legs are in general. Winking smile

Moving away from the awesomeness that are our legs, I read an article the other day about the running capabilities of humans compared to the rest of our animal counterparts. We all know that most mammals can out-sprint a human but when it comes to distance running, us humans have it in the bag. Score for us. Thumbs up Scientists can safely say that humans are able to outlast a horse in a 26.2 mile marathon. Throw in the other endurance runners in the animal kingdom:  dogs, wolves, hyenas and antelope. Yep, we’re capable of outlasting them too. (Source)

How crazy, right? Crazy enough that I’m tempted to go sign up for a marathon! Alright, pulling in the reins…I’ll do that soon enough but now isn’t my time. Until that time comes, though, I will continue to take advantage of the awesome things the body is dexterous enough to take on. Open-mouthed smile

Pic sources: Greyhounds, wolves, hyena, antelope

Haters Gonna Hate

Today, Foodie PenPal pairings were revealed! Got my email sent to the person I’ll be sending a box of goodies to and responded to the email of the person I’ll be receiving a box of goodies from. So excited! That’s a post for later, though. Winking smile

Boys and Girls, we’re gonna address courtesy and respect today. More specifically courtesy and respect on social media. I’ve read about it on other blogs before and I feel strongly enough about it that I’ll post about it as well.

Apparently, there are “annoying” people that tweet or post pictures on FB of their clean meals, workouts of the day, progress made…all that fun, encouraging stuff. The problem with that is that there actually isn’t a problem with doing that. Those people are by far being “annoying.” The ones that truly are being annoying are the ones that come crashing in saying how annoying and unnecessary it is for people to do that. I’m pretty sure no one is forcing them to click on a picture or read a post or tweet…pretty sure. It’s interesting too that those same people don’t notice how they obsessively post about technology, work, drama, their dogs,…things important to them. Nobody is rudely commenting to them how annoying that may be!

I do it, too, sometimes. I get it.

I don’t think those party poopers realize that the people posting those things are doing it for a reason–they’re proud of themselves. What is wrong with that? And is it a problem if while they’re showing to everyone how proud they are, they happen to inspire someone to make a change in their lives for the better? Oh right, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

They may also be forgetting that anyone can post whatever they want on their personal account. If you get get flagged for something inappropriate and stupid…well that’s another issue. Seriously, though, it’s a personal account…why criticize or discourage someone from sharing their thoughts on their own. personal. account? (My bad for all those grammar mistakes there. Open-mouthed smile)

I’m surprised this hasn’t happened to me…yet. I guess I’ll have to start tweeting pictures of every single thing I eat each day. Winking smile I’ve seen others experience it, though, and have read about peoples’ thoughts on receiving those kinds of comments. I’ve mostly read about people feeling embarrassed about posting pics and updating their progress, and they stop doing it for a while. Then they realize they don’t really care what others think or say. If you’re working toward a goal or trying to accomplish something, you should associate yourself with people who will support you. You don’t want to keep around those that needlessly tear you down and belittle your successes. There’s a ton of groups and people out there in the world of social media that want to hear about your progress and encourage you to post pics of your yummy, healthy creations! It’s an awesome huge network of support that I’m still exploring myself.

Here’s my point:  it’s downright disrespectful to try silencing someone about what they want to post about. It’s not okay at all. There are unfollow and unfriend buttons for a reason. For those that have received nasty comments or if you ever do in the future, don’t let it affect you or embarrass you. Keep that drive going. You’re getting somewhere. Those naysayers obviously aren’t.

I’ll leave you with this, you awesome people, you:
Don’t bore your haters…you’re the one that keeps them entertained, so keep the pics and posts coming!

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Gotta love progress…

Random thought: Can’t believe we’re almost halfway done with 2012. Wow.

So, Kyle and I were successfully able to get through the first full week of P90X! Pat on the back for the both of us. That deal is no joke. It’s hard work but boy if it ain’t the hard work that’s giving me the results I’m seeing, then I don’t know what it is. I mentioned last time that I didn’t feel sore the morning after my first day of the program (chest, shoulders and abs). I had spoken too soon, though. I noticed later that day that my upper body was definitely fatigued. I want some more of that!

Day 2 was plyometrics.  I wish I could define plyometrics as an exercise that does all sorts of fan-freaking-tastic things for your body. Winking smile More technically put, though, it’s a “method of training for power or explosiveness.” (source) I feel like I have a love/hate attitude towards plyos: I did not enjoy getting my butt kicked but at the same time it was satisfying knowing I had given the routine my all and completed it to the best of my ability. I knew my body would benefit from it…it just wouldn’t feel like it at first. I definitely understand how important it is for runners to incorporate plyometric workouts into their training. It works to improve balance and improve speed and agility–three elements necessary for running.

Yesterday (Day 6), we completed our first kenpo workout. Kenpo is an American system of martial arts that uses crazy combinations to create a high intensity cardiovascular workout (source). It was one of the more enjoyable workouts but it did get intense during some parts. I’m not sure if I was having an off day yesterday but I just seemed to be the most imbalanced and uncoordinated person ever. (It’s important to note that balance and coordination are key to kenpo so…fail for me.) Kyle definitely looked 10 times more graceful from my point of view. We had fun and that was the best part (aside from getting a fantastic workout, of course)! Obviously, we were pros in the art of street fighting after that workout, so we thought it’d be fun to go out and get in some fights. Instead, we just beat up on each other for a little while. I love my workout partner. Red heart

I’m on the right delivering the blow…obviously.

Now, focusing more on the strength training aspect of P90X, I’m excited about the “muscle confusion” method that is the principle of the program. It’s true, if you keep doing the same reps with the same weight your body and muscles are going to accommodate to the repetition. The P90X system calls for a switch up in your strength training. That way your body avoids plateauing and you see results. I think it’s awesome that I can honestly say in the week I’ve followed through with the program, I’ve seen results in the muscle/definition department. My arms are killing it! I love it. Kyle himself is getting some beastly leg muscle definition. The boy’s got some fine legs. Winking smile

Today is our choice of Rest or X-Stretch day. Who needs rest!? Well I do, but I’m definitely looking forward to finding out what x-style stretching is like, so I can’t wait to do that later this evening. I’d like to go for a run as well but I think I’ll just go on a nice long walk with the puppy. It’s my “rest” day anyway….

I almost forgot it’s Monday. Have a great and productive week!

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