Friday, March 18, 2011

Feeling a Little Green But Great!

I had an awesome yoga class earlier today (Thank you Nancy!).  It was a class that focused on lots and lots of stretching with a little bit of meditation.  It was exactly what my body needed.  For the first time my body feels like it has recovered.  There were a couple weeks in a row where i wasn't giving my body a rest day in between runs.  I would run 4 days in a row and then take an exercise class on day 6.  Needless to say my body was 'feeling it'.  Today my legs feel great and I did a 3.14 mile run at a relaxed pace (11 1/2 min mile).  I stretched really well afterwords and I feel physically great and confident for tomorrow's race (ok I have a few tiny butterflies but nothing major).

I purchased some metallic green hair color for my race tomorrow. It's going to go with the green theme of me wearing my Saint Patrick's Day shirt.  It's supposed to be 40 degrees tomorrow brrr....(unlike the 70 degree weather we have today - I've been wearing my flip flops today :-)  however I will warm up quickly.

Nervous and excited.  I'll finish! No matter what!


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Cupcakes oh my!


Made some cupcakes for my son M~'s  birthday.  It's hard to believe that his birthday has arrived again already. Where does the time go?  Last night I stayed up late making cupcakes.  I must say I did nibble just a little bit but then I stopped myself.  Today was the first of two birthday parties and I survived by eating only one cupcake and giving away the rest ( I did save a few specifically for my husband and two boys but not one extra).  In case you don't know cupcakes are my kryptonite.

Smucker's Low Sugar Reduced Sugar Strawberry Preserves, 15.5000-Ounce (Pack of 6)The cupcakes were made from a boxed cake mix and I used applesauce instead of vegetable oil in the recipe ( I was hoping to make the cupcakes from scratch but I ran out of time).  I cut out a section out of each cupcake and I put a scoop of low sugar strawberry preserves.  The frosting was a homemade sinful butter cream frosting.

8 Weigth Watchers Points

Besides cupcakes I wanted to have some healthy snacks so I had whole wheat crackers, bananas, sliced monterey jack cheese, grapes, organic low fat microwave popcorn, wheat pretzels and a pumpkin pudding (in addition to the usual gold fish crackers and apple juice).

For the Pumpkin Pudding:
2 29oz cans of pumpkin
6 TB Molasses
10 TB Maple Syrup
2 TB unsalted butter
2 TB Pumpkin Pie Spice

Mix all the ingredients in a microwave safe dish.  Microwave for 6 minutes (plus or minus depending on your microwave).  Stir and place in refrigerator until cool.  Tastes just like pumpkin pie but with less sugar and hardly any fat.

Enjoy!


PS - Love Saint Patrick's day!

Here's a cute and fun Irish Ditty (may not be suitable for little ears):


Monday, March 14, 2011

For The Love of Food!

One of my on line friends from Peertrainer commented on how they are addicted to sugarless gum and want to kick the habit.  Oddly enough I  purchased some sugar free  gum a week ago and I can see how it can be addicting.  There are flavors like: Key Lime Pie, Strawberry Shortcake, Chocolate Mint etc...  I must say it's novel to be able to get the flavor of something and not have any calories (there are actually 5 calories compared to the usual 8 according to the brand I purchased).   Those of you who know me are probably shocked that I purchased sugarless gum.  I prefer for myself and my children to only have gum with sugar (yes you read that correctly).  Artificial sweeteners in general are a big turn off to me.  I prefer to ingest only all natural ingredients if any. 

So why did I purchase the sugar free gum you ask?

Because I feel like I'm a bubble that's about to burst.  I've been eating well for so long (with an occasional splurge of course) I'm feeling the urge to just eat what ever when ever even if it's not healthy and even if I'm not hungry.  Perhaps it's time to try some new foods?



This week I have three celebrations.
1.  A play date on my sons 2nd birthday that will have healthy options and cupcakes. (my major weakness - don't know if I could stop at just one).
2.  A family birthday party  with healthy options in addition to a decadent ice cream cake from the local dairy bar.
3.  A celebration after running my first 5k that will include drinks and some appetizers or a burger.

I hope to make it through this week being more diligent in staying within my points range.  I can/am allowed to have some splurges within reason.  It's the staying within reason I'm worried about.  I would like to lose a few more lbs instead of staying the same weight week after week.

No matter what!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Crazy or Fun?

Today was a good day.  I went to my Butts and Guts class this morning; got the mountain of clean laundry folded (with some help from my husband); took my son K~ to his ice skating lesson and registered for the Warrior Dash.

Perhaps you have done the Warrior Dash?  If so any tips are welcome.

Some of my running partners decided to sign up for it so I figured (while feeling very scared) Why not?  When else am I going to get the chance to run this type of race/course with my running partners or anyone for that matter? 

The course is three miles long with 12 obstacles.  One of the obstacles is jumping over fire at the end so I'm hoping the mud I'm going to need to crawl through will keep me covered when it comes to not getting burned or catching on fire (ok the fact that I just typed that has me a little worried).  Generally speaking because I am a mom there are things I just won't do while I have young children: skydiving, bull riding and riding a motorcycle.  I usually risk ases things that are physical and how that will effect me being able to take care of especially my youngest (who will be two this week).  If I were older and my kids were grown then all bets are off when it comes to skydiving etc.... 

If I have the flu it's a major problem in my household while having young children.  Everything comes to a stop.  No trips to the grocery store, no cooking (a bowl of cereal perhaps).  Sure my husband can help out when he's not working but it's tough on both of us between the two boys.  I can only imagine if I broke something or had a major accident how hard that would be on my husband and boys.

As I'm typing this I wonder what I should wear to this event?  For eye wear I can't wear contacts so I need to wear my glasses and I am blind without them.  Perhaps goggles over my glasses?  It sure will not look pretty but if it will keep my vision in tact so be it (I'll think about it some more).  I'm also not going to wear a brand new pair of sneakers to this event or the best clothes I have either (I don't have many anyways with all the weight I lost).  

I went online to see their advice for training and this is what I found http://www.warriordash.com/faq.php# :

 How do I train for Warrior Dash?

  1. Day one: run as far as you can. Go home.
  2. Day two: do the same thing.
  3. Find the dirtiest pond in your neighborhood and snorkel in it - in your slippers, without goggles.
  4. Practice your climbing and crawling skills at your local jungle gym. Ignore the small children and parental glares.
  5. Do not shower or shave for weeks in order to obtain a true Warrior look.
Seriously though, your best bet is to do plenty of running leading up to the race.


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The dash isn't until June so I have some time to prepare.  This race has a waiver that needs to be signed by the way.  My goal.....

Finish the Warrior Dash no matter what (and without injury)!