Monthly Archives: January 2012

Holiday Monday

What a Sunday… Though we ended up extending the playoff run with a win over the Houston Texans, the Baltimore Ravens made it a difficult win and I’m pretty sure shaved a few years off of my life ๐Ÿ˜‰

Aside from the sloppy game my Sunday was filled with some of my favorite things

Running an awesome 9 miles – I had 11 planned but got started a little later than expected and needed to meet at the boyfriend’s house at a certain time.

Trying out a new recipe (which I’m still tweaking so look out for it later this week) for protein pancakes

Chocolate chia protein pancakes with a smear of Crofter’s jam and banana (half on the plate to be photographed because the other half was quickly scarfed down)

And making a new puppy fren ๐Ÿ˜€ Scarlett!!! She loves beer

and snuggles!

Today has started off splendidly with a “fried” egg/2 egg white and toast with best life “butter” spread and Crofter’s jam

I’m now posted up at the local B&N (along with tons of high school students and tutors talking calculus…) tackling more job applications and some school details with these snacks to tide me over until lunch.

I am beyond excited to have finally found the new Chobani flavors at the grocery store this weekend!

What does everyone have planned for this holiday Monday?

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Move It Monday: Half Marathon Training Plan

So this week marks my first rest week in my half marathon training plan so I thought I would take the time to layout the plan that I’m following to tackle a ~2 hour race this May.

I’ve only completed one other half marathon last October at the UnderArmour Running Festival in a grueling 2 hours and 18 minutes and that was with minimal training (bad idea…). Prior to that race I completed a 5k with Mom and was generally hot and cold with running. The real turning point came when I FINALLY got my first pair of Brooks running shoes (Thanks Dad!) and was able to run pain free – after that I was hooked.

Per Dad’s advice I looked up a training plan fromย Runner’s Worldย and mapped out my runs.ย I started off strong and motivated but that quickly faded with the summer heat/humidity and an out of control work schedule. The plan was pretty straightforward with your week broken down between a couple of easy runs either a speed or tempo workout and a weekly long run. The training plan provides an attainable progression from week to week and, as long as your putting the appropriate work in, totally prepares you for whatever distance you’re looking to conquer. I totally recommend using this tool as a starting point to help fellow racing newbies ๐Ÿ™‚

With this half marathon I used the Runner’s World training plan as inspiration while also working in some weight lifting from NROLWย and some yoga. The first month was a lesson in perseverance for real … Yes my bum is burning from lifting weights yesterday but it’s time to pound the pavement. I took that attitude (to an extent – I didn’t want any injuries to sideline me) and made it through.

So my weekly runs look a little like this:

Sunday = long runs

Monday = REST! *I’ll usually try to do some foam rolling or at home yoga to recover*

Tuesday = easy run

Wednesday = easy run

Thursday = speed or tempo work *always hard but so worth it in the end*

Friday = easy run

Saturday = REST!

Without any set weight lifting regimen, this training plan is pretty flexible to change around with your real life schedule. I find it harder to shuffle around workouts when I’m juggling running and lifting but that’s another post for next week.

Where do you guys get your training plans/advice? Who else has used the Runner’s World training plans? I am by no means an expert at running or training/preparing for races but I’m slowly figuring out what works for me and would love to hear what other options are out there ๐Ÿ™‚

Picture Perfect

Just some recent activities … That is all.

Hope everyone’s having a lovely weekend so far. It’s time to settle in for some playoff football! Woo ๐Ÿ™‚

Vegan Cornbread

Hey Hey Hey!

After wallowing in my own funk last week, this week feels like sunshine and unicorns and rainbowsย or maybe just partly cloudy …

As I mentioned before Alex as Debbie Downer = Alex turned Baker in the kitchen. So here is recipe #2 for the week.

Vegan Cornbread

For a turn of events, my younger brother was on a mission to clean out the fridge full of leftovers. The last tupperware container to tackle was full of a tasty turkey chili made by Mom and you certainly can’t have chili without cornbread (tortilla chips do come pretty close thought ;). Without any eggs in the fridge I opted to try out a vegan twist on my usual recipe.

Yield: 6 mini loaves or 10 slices

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total time: ~25 minutes

Ingredients

1 c whole wheat all purpose flour

1 c cornmeal

3 T sugar

2.5 t baking powder

1 t salt

black pepper

chili powder

1/2 c unsweetened apple sauce

1 c almond milk

~1/4 c vegetable oil *I used just a little less than that because I was finishing what was in the bottle*

~1 c yellow corn *I might have mixed in a lot more .. I love a chunkier texture for my cornbread*

Instructions

1. Preheat your oven to 400F. Spray ย your miniloaf pan or whatever baking pan you are using with non stick spray.

2. Combine all dry ingredients in medium bowl. Combine all wet ingredients in separate smaller bowl.

3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Fold in the corn kernels – Don’t overmix!

4. Pour into your baking pan and bake for ~20 minutes

Enjoy a slightly spicy, super moist partner to your next bowl of chili ๐Ÿ˜€

Turkey chili with whole wheat pasta - leftover mess bowl

I’m super excited to rock the red at tonight’s Capitals game against the Pittsburgh Penguins (booooooo!)

How do you like your cornbread – chunky or smooth?

Cleaned Up Coconut Rice Pudding

So here is one of the recipes I promised the other day – ย a cleaned up version of a comforting favorite ๐Ÿ™‚

*I will totally add pictures tomorrow as I am currently at the boyfriend’s house and without my camera cord – womp womp*ย Edited to add:ย Wow … thought I snapped more pictures than I did … I guess I was too focused on eating the end product. Oh well ๐Ÿ™‚

Coconut Rice Pudding

Yield: 6 – 1/2 c servings

prep time: ~45 minutes (if cooking rice)

total time: ~60 minutes (if cooking rice) or ~20 minutes if using leftover rice

What an awesome way to make use of leftover plain brown rice! Enjoy for dessert or as a great alternative to your bowl of oats in the morning. Feel free to substitute any of your favorite whole grains!

Ingredients

1 c brown rice

1/2 c sugar

1 c unsweetened almond milk

1/2 can of light coconut milk

splash of vanilla extract

1 serving of Vega Vanilla Chai

2 oz of coconut flakes

sprinkle of cinnamon

chopped almonds

Instructions

1. Cook brown rice per instructions or use 1 cup of leftover brown rice

2. In a medium saucepan combine almond milk and light coconut milk. Bring to a simmer and whisk in sugar and vanilla extract.

3. Add the brown rice and continue to cook for another 10 minutes to soak up all of the coconutty goodness ๐Ÿ™‚

4. Once the rice mixture has reached your preferred creaminess remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Mix in the Vega Vanilla Chai, coconut flakes, and cinnamon.

Edited to add:ย *WARNING – The Vega Vanilla Chai will give your final product a slightly greenish hue so if you are color sensitive with your food feel free to substitute your favorite vanilla flavored protein powder*

5. Garnish with chopped almonds and enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

This recipe reminds me of my grandma’s arroz con lecheย she would make for us during winter … but more exotic and vegan ๐Ÿ˜›

Green but good ๐Ÿ™‚

Now to finish the night with some The Biggest Loser and a #fitblog chat. Have a lovely evening!

What’s your favorite childhood dessert?

Still Alive

I promise I haven’t fallen off the face of the Earth – just into a little lump of self pity and bad moodiness.

But that has passed and I will be back tomorrow with recipes (yes plural!)

I guess dwelling in a cloud of yuck brings out the baker in me …

Look out for a how to post and a snapshot of my weekly workouts later this week. Trying to be a goodย decent blogger and stick with those resolutions I’ve set but hey don’t they say that it takes about 28 days to form/break a habit…

Have a lovely evening!

Chilly Wednesday

Hello all! How has your Wednesday been?

It’s finally starting to feel like winter outside with chilly weather and some flurry action in the area. Today has been a pretty relaxing day at the house – just some tidying up around the house and organizing in my room to attend to.

Eats from the day:

PB&J oats with coffee

Veggie patty, roasted green beans, fuji apple, and honey chobani

Snack time!

Carrot/tomato pasta, balsamic drizzle, italian turkey zucchini pattys and more roasted green beans

Cookie dough ice cream with a crumbled Berger cookie ๐Ÿ˜€

I’m trying to use up a 2 pound bag of green beans so they will be making frequent appearances over the next few days ๐Ÿ™‚

Before tackling my plates of dinner I had an awesome 5.5 mile tempo run with alternating miles at an incline while watching the Devil Wears Prada. It was scheduled to be a 6 miler but I never find that I need the full extra mile to cool down – I’d rather save that distance to go a little harder with my tempo or speed workout.

Now the rest of the evening will be spent finding some new nook material, digging into my new issue of Cooking Light, and waiting for some new Modern Family

What’s your take on cooling down after a run?ย I’ll definitely take some time to walk it out after running but it’s usually about half a mile.

Plan of Attack

Hope the first Monday of the year treated you well.

Last night was all about hanging out and watching football – shout out to the Ravens for being the AFC North Division Champs!!! I ended up staying up past my bedtime so today was just another lazy day kicking it with the boyfriend and some friends.

We ran some errands which involved a new nook from Barnes & Noble because mine wasn’t fully charging… and ended up at Chipotle ๐Ÿ™‚ with some friends for dinner. The night was rounded out with some good old fashioned duck pin bowling. I’m used to the regular big ball bowling so this was a fun miniature version.

Now I’m back at home getting ready for the rest of the week with some meal planning and workout scheduling – This will make it so much easier to keep on track with my fitness and health goals for 2012.

Did your football team make it into the playoffs?ย I’m beyond excited to see what team is coming to Charm City on the 15th ๐Ÿ˜€

Bring it on 2012!!!

I hope everyone had a safe and happy celebration last night and aren’t hurting too much this morning ๐Ÿ˜‰ I decided that I wouldn’t get too crazy this year because I had big plans for my January 1st.

The new year started off with an epic 10 mile run – on the basement treadmill instead of the great outdoors to to get some quality reading time/ensure that I won’t get run over or inured ๐Ÿ˜‰ (already on the 3rd book in the series The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Next)

Schweaty and loving it ๐Ÿ™‚

With the new year comes new goals/resolutions/aspirations and, as I was reading around the blogging world, I was really intrigued by how everyone decided to set goals for themselves in 2012. In particular I was inspired with how Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Pointย easily broke down her resolutions and totally made them feel attainable.

The process of starting with broader aras of ย life and then deciding on the big or small details really hit home with me and that’s how I’m going to tackle my plans for the new year.

*Fitness/Health

1. Run a sub 2 Half Marathon ( a PR!) during the Maryland Half Marathon in May

My training was pretty sporadic for my first half in October of 2010 but I still finished in 2:18 so with better dedication to my current training plan (which started after Thanksgiving) I plan to dominate this upcoming race!!!

2. Complete the New Rules of Lifting for Women

In my Senior year of college I only made it to about halfway through this weight lifting program but was really happy with the results that I saw and how I felt about my health so this time around I plan to finish it out strong with a pull up or two ๐Ÿ˜‰

3. Continued focus on eating clean and eating intuitively

My eats as of the end of this year were a little sloppy – I would start the day off right with some awesome breakfast and snacks but as the day went on I got lazy/busy/stressed and lost the clean eating focus. I think a renewed effort with actually planning out meals will help on that front. I’ve also become more aware of how my emotions affect my eating so with the new year I’d like to be able to recognize my emotional triggers and then deal with those stressors in a more positive way (no more late night mindless snacking)

*fitfoodnerd Blog

1. Consistently post at least once a day.

I will make a better effort to carve out some time in my schedule to devote specifically to my little space on the interwebs ๐Ÿ™‚

2. Quality content

I’d like to focus on finding my voice and sharing my nerdy passion for food and fitness with at least 1 “focused” post a week (whether it’s about an awesome power house super food or a new to me workout – I want to share useful information with whoever’s reading)

3. More recipes!

This goal goes hand in hand with my renewed focus on eating clean – when I cook from scratch I know just how healthy and clean my eats are so stay tuned for 1 new recipe a week. I’ll be covering the gamut from breakfast, soups, salads, desserts, etc.

4. Attend at least 1 blogging conference

I was really excited to see that fitbloggin’s 2012 conference is in my backyard – a super convenient way to (hopefully) experience my first blogging conference.

*Professional

1. Begin taking prerequisite courses to become a Registered Dietitian!

This is my top focus for 2012 and a huge life change for me ๐Ÿ™‚ After a shake up in my career at the beginning of December I had to sit down and re-evaluate how I wanted to spend the rest of my professional life. I quickly came to the realization that food would always be a constant in my career (I LOOOOVE food!) and I’ve seen and experienced the transformative powers that healthy and clean food has in a person’s life – so without hesitation (ok … maybe a little) I decided that I would begin taking courses at a local community college with the end goal of transferring to the University of Maryland – College Park to earn a degree in Dietetics and eventually become a Registered Dietitian!

2. Find a job that allows for all of #1 to happen!

I think first and foremost a job that provides a stable income with flexibility would be awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

Whew – that was a lot of words so a special thanks if your still reading! Now with all this positivity I’m totally ready to tackle whatever this year throws my way – Bring it on 2012!