Working Out: 2000 yards in the pool.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Working Out: 2000 yards in the pool.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
After yesterday's savory soup, thought I'd share a sweet treat with you: Ginger-Spiced Pumpkin Muffins. I experiment by adding dark chocolate chips, golden raisins or berries: cranberry, blueberry or raspberry.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
If I were to review my blog to determine the word I use the most, you might think it would be "exercise" or "fitness" but my guess is that it would be "food." I seem to write about food a lot and it's probably because food is such a big part of our lives.
White Bean and Kale Soup
- 1 Tbs. olive oil
- 1 small onion, halved and thinly sliced (1 cup)
- 3 cups chopped kale
- 1 small garnet yam, peeled and diced (1 cup)
- 1 Tbs. smoked sweet paprika, plus more for garnish
- 1 Tbs. curry powder
- 1 bay leaf
- 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
- 2 15.5-oz. cans great Northern beans, drained and rinsed, divided
- 2 Tbs. red wine vinegar
1. Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, and cook 8 minutes, or until lightly caramelized, stirring often.
2. Add kale, and cook 4 to 5 minutes, or until wilted. Stir in yam, paprika, curry powder, and bay leaf; cook 1 minute more, or until fragrant.
3. Add broth, and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 30 minutes, or until kale and yam are tender. Purée 1 cup beans with 3/4 cup water in blender or food processor. Add purée and remaining beans to soup. Simmer 10 minutes, then stir in vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle each serving with paprika. Serves 6.
Per SERVING: Calories: 165, Protein: 9g, Total fat: 2.5g, Saturated fat: 0.5g, Carbs: 34g, Cholesterol: mg, Sodium: 543mg, Fiber: 10g, Sugars: 7g
Monday, March 28, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Today I went for a 4-mile run and was a full minute-per-mile slower that what I averaged when I ran to Panera on Friday. I'm never quite sure what makes the difference from day to day, but at this point I'm thinking maybe when I'm running I should wear a baseball cap with an extra long brim and dangle a mini-bagel off the end of it.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Working out has to be fun; it can't be all work and no play. So today, when I was invited to join a group of women from my neighborhood for coffee at Panera, I decided to get creative. Instead of driving to Panera to socialize and caffeinate before my run, I had a better idea . . .
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Despite the gloomy, rainy morning, I pulled on my workout clothes and headed to my Monday morning spin class, just as I do every Monday morning. That class is among the toughest 50 minutes of my week and there are many Mondays I’d rather do anything than go to that class, but I go. Every week. Barring illness, injury or emergency, you will find me at that spin class, same place, same time, every week; legs churning, sweat flying, casting furtive glances at the clock every few minutes and wishing for that hour to end. But, when all is said and done, I’m always glad I went.
A friend recently asked me about motivation. To me, motivation is what inspires you to act or to make a positive change. It is definitely not a “one size fits all” recipe. People are motivated for different reasons. Some people want to achieve a specific goal, such as fitting into a smaller pair of jeans or weighing 20 pounds less by a certain date. For me, it’s more process-oriented. I like to see my performance times improve from week to week; I aim to swim harder, ride longer, run faster, and be the best I can be at whatever it is I’m trying to do. When I compete in a triathlon, I can’t control the field of competitors, but I can control my own performance and the only way to improve from year to year is to train hard for months in advance. Ultimately, I am always only racing against myself. To do this requires more than motivation; it also requires commitment, which is a whole different subject.
Being motivated to exercise is one thing; actually doing it is another. My workouts are scheduled in my calendar just like any other appointment and it is non-negotiable. To further improve my chances of success, I prep my gear the night before; I pack my gym bag, fill water bottles, and put it all by the door. My workout clothes are next to my bed so when my alarm goes off I can get up and change right into the appropriate gear for that day’s activity. Looking the part is half the battle; it puts you in the right frame of mind for the task at hand. Set a workout schedule and stick to it. If it rains on your running day, make sure you have proper gear to battle the elements or be prepared to take your show indoors. Also, don’t let those invites to coffee at Panera or a post-work happy hour divert you from your plan; either decline the invite or get your workout in first. Coffee can serve as a pre-workout boost (if you go easy on the bagels), but who wants to run after two glasses of wine and a plate of nachos?
So, once you make a commitment to yourself, then it’s time to work on the motivation piece so you can stick to it and see results. Here is my Top 20 list of what motivates me to keep going day after day:
1) Challenging myself.
2) Improving my race times, improving myself. Improving.
3) Anyone faster than me.
4) Passing the person in front of me.
5) My husband. Life partner and training partner. He inspires me every day to be a better person, and a better athlete.
6) Being a positive role model for my daughters.
7) The Iron Man (and other endurance races).
8) The Wall at Savageman.
9) Kick-ass female athletes like Dara Torres, Chrissie Wellington and Lindsey Vonn.
10) My friends (you know who you are).
11) Being more fit at 40 than I was in my 20s.
12) Rock hard abs (the quest for).
13) New adventures
14) The finish line; and the journey to get there.
15) Becoming stronger and faster.
16) Camaraderie among my fellow racers and athletes.
17) Excitement of the race, and thrill of the chase.
18) Eating everything I want (in moderation. Most of the time).
19) Having the blood pressure of a teenager.
20) Being healthy and feeling good.
What motivates you?
Sunday, March 20, 2011
I love my Vibram Five Fingers. I've had them for over a year now and I try to wear them as much as I can, though whenever I wear them in public I am guaranteed some strange looks and sideways glances. Braver souls actually stop me and ask lots of questions about my funky footwear.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Today was the first day of the next six months; the first ride of many . . .
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
When I was pregnant and fretting over the weight I was gaining, well-meaning friends would assure me that I would eventually lose the weight, but the key was to be patient and not put too much pressure on myself to lose it too quickly. The refrain I heard over and over again was "nine months up, nine months down."