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surprise!

so i got in the scale this morning. 135.2. lost .8 pounds. i have never been so shocked by a loss. i didn’t feel skinny. i cardio is the one thing that actually makes me feel skinnier, but i’m trying to be better about mixing it up with weight training.

speaking of cardio–i did 4 miles today under 38 minutes and it felt great. i’ve decided taking days off and varying my workouts is the key to good runs.

here’s a little look at what i ate today–

breakfast:

best breakfast of my life. for realsies.

oatmeal with bran buds, peanut butter and a banana; ww english muffin with butter and a fried egg. and i ate it in bed while watching pretty little liars. life is good.

lunch:

in process....

mmmmm.....

it’s simply a 4 oz. can of tuna, half an avocado, a little light mayo, scallions and garlic powder in a ww pita with some delicious ketchup.

then i had leftovers and this happened:

i love ketchup. no shame.

onto dinner:

look at those photography skills.

garlicky riced cauliflower (left over from dinner last night, i’ll post that recipe soon), baked tofu with garlic powder and sweet potatoes cooked in the microwave then sautéed with rosemary and thyme. the cauliflower was meh, but the sweet potato…..LOVE. so filling and warm and wonderful.

good day all in all. i was productive, ate healthy and had a good run. that’s pretty much all you can ask for!

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bad blogger

sorry i’ve been such a terrible blogger lately.

i mostly just felt like i’ve had nothing to say.

i’ve been in winter break hibernation mode. i’ve been reading trashy teen novels (for school). and i’ve been really entirely boring. except that i learned to make omelets, which i’m actually really excited about.

but i’m on track with le weight loss–i weighed in at 136 last thursday, which means apparently i lost 2 pounds last ween. what? i still don’t really believe that’s true.

but yes. i’ve recommitted to this blog. to recording my thoughts about health and weight loss and everything else that happens in my day.

speaking of the day…..today i ran 4 miles, when i set out to only run 3. and it felt great. and i feel back to normal (i’ve had a really annoying nagging sickness for the past week or so). my head feels normal so i feel like i can finally think again.

finally!

mid-day: what i’m eating

so i decided to weigh myself this morning as tonight i have a date (!) and there will be drinks involved. and nothing makes me as frustrated as a dehydration-induced false weight. so yeah the scale said 138. back to pre-holiday weight! what up?

i’ve officially decided my goal weight is in the 125-128 range. and i want to get there by the end of the school year in may a.k.a. bikini season. soooooo yeah let’s get sexy up in here!

so here’s what’s gotten into by belly so far today

breakfast: whole wheat english muffin with peanut butter, a banana and fage total 0% with some bran buds mixed in and a touch of honey. sorry breakfast is always boring.

lunch (so far): bruschetta! i finished my bottle from trader joe’s (sad face) so since this will not be making an appearance again soon, i immortalized it’s deliciousness with a photo.

sorry this is the worst photo ever posted on a food blog

then i was off the the gym/whole foods to pick up healthy yummies for the weekend.

my run was awesome and i ran 5 miles in 47:25. go me!

after i got home i snacked on a pear, some tofu from yesterday and a wee bit of yogurt dip with carrots. yummy. but now i’m counting down the minutes until dinner. SO HUNGRY. i’m planning on some simple (whole wheat) pasta with olive oil and parmesan and steamed broccoli on the side.

then it’s date time. yeah, i’m a little nervous. i haven’t been on a like date DATE in a year. this should be special.

so how IS real life going?

i’d have to say….pretty swell.

it’s winter break so i get to read a lot of fun books in preparation for the upcoming semester and lay around thinking about going to the gym!

just kidding, i actually have been doing well fitness-wise. yesterday i ran 4 miles straight in under 40 minutes. wohoo!

then i dragged my butt  to the gym again today (after laying in bed for a few hours debating health vs. laziness) and did a 5k in 29:03 and 30 minutes on the treadmill.

both runs this week have been really awesome and i’m feeling almost back to normal after the extended holiday celebrations.

however, i’m having one of those weeks when i want to eat EVERYTHING. it doesn’t help that my lovely roomie brought me back a (hello kitty!) advent calendar from oman, complete with chocolate.

but i think i have managed to keep my eating under control, just on the higher end of calories i allow myself. think 1500-1600 a day. sometimes you just need to eat.

breakfast: whole wheat english muffin with natural peanut butter and a banana

lunch: 3 spaghetti squash tacos topped with scallions and fage 0% plus a salad of spinach and baby romaine topped with goat cheese, scallions, my amazing garlic expressions dressing and a sliced up pear (i only put about half the pear on the salad and i chomped on the rest plain). also yes, i LOVE scallions.

dinner: baked (sorta) tofu and garlic/balsamic vinegar brussels sprouts

this dinner was a little bit of an adventure. i got the idea for the brussels sprouts from this recipe: http://www.theschellcafe.com/?p=2183, which my family made for christmas.

i simply sautéed the sprouts with in olive oil with garlic until they were browned and tender. about an hour before dinner (i.e. when i got hungry) i sliced up a package of tofu and put it in a bowl to marinate in trader joe’s soyaki sauce a.k.a. my absolute fav.

i was determined to bake my tofu, but i didn’t pat it off enough before i started marinating it so even after 12 minutes in a 350 degree oven they were still soft so i used my brussels sprouts to fry them for a bit to crisp them up.

i plan to use the rest of the tofu on salads and sandwiches etc. throughout the rest of the week 🙂

delicious and filling if i may say so myself!

real life: day 1.

so now it’s time to get real. back on track. weight loss mode. in this vein–i weighed myself this morning. as my friend sara says, it’s always better to know. and the scale said 139.4. so let’s round this up to 140. or 141 to be safe since i had a few lovely mimosas last night.

last time i weighed myself i was at 137.6. so yeah, i’m considering that a success. i spent 10 lovely days not thinking about calories or weight loss, but i ran almost every day and also took long walks with my mom. while my sister was home we ran 5.25 miles continuously, which is the farthest i’ve ever run without walking by over a mile. and the cool thing was we started out aiming for a 4 mile run. and then went further. for fun. what?

so today it’s back to the real world. i’m still on winter break for a few more weeks but it’s time to start tracking calories, gymming it up (almost) daily and blogging about it. so welcome back me!

and oh yeah–those resolutions. i’ve decided my “official” resolution is to be healthier and happier in 2012. because i firmly believe we control both those aspects of our lives. but i thought up two more resolutions last night.

me on new year's eve. hint: i'm the brunette.

1. read for fun every night before bed. i used to do this religiously, but now i’m much more likely to watch some streaming netflix or just ponder the day. but reading relaxes me and helps me go to sleep faster and better. plus i have a huge stack of books next to my bed that need to be read.

2. make sure every time i interact with a friend of acquaintance i ask how their day is/how work is going/what’s new with them. i have a friend from work last year who is truly one of the most caring individuals i’ve ever met, and one of the ways she shows this is by truly making an effort to see how the people around her are doing. and i really appreciated it when she would take such an interest in my life, so i want to try to emulate that in my own relationships.

and just because this is going to be the longest post ever (sorry), my time at home was wonderful. well mostly. i loved being able to actually spend substantial time at home, unlike last holiday season when i had the pressure of two jobs keeping my trips short. very short.

i baked with my mom, wrapped about 90% of the presents under the tree and celebrated a high school friend’s wedding. i’ll be honest though–after about a week of constant family time and holiday business, i kind of wanted to gouge my eyes out. i’m the type of person who needs alone time to remain sane. normally running would do this for me, but i was running with my sister since she was home too. which was actually really nice, and it was great to have her there keeping my pace steady and pushing my to go further. but i missed my sanity-preserving solo runs nonetheless.

so come december 30th, i was ready to go home. so i thought. then when it came time for me to get on the bus, i almost cried. yeah, it was weird. coming back to real life is sometimes hard. but necessary.

one last thing–this day of eating?

breakfast: banana, whole wheat english muffin with peanut butter and fage 0% with bran buds (best discover ever, thanks mom!)

lunch: spinach and mixed green salad with dried cherries, scallions, crumbled goat cheese and garlic expressions dressing (shoutout to mom again, best salad dressing ever), trader joe’s bruschetta on 2 slices of italian loaf with more goat cheese on top, and maybe some carrots dipped in cilantro and chive yogurt dip. can you tell i went grocery shopping yesterday?

dinner: spaghetti squash tacos, which were waiting patiently for me in the freezer. isn’t it nice how food does that for you?

gotta get down on friday.

friday weigh in. yay. 137.6. i’m actually really pleased. technically it’s the same as last week, but last thursday i went out for a few cocktails and consequently was dehydrated when i got on the scale friday morning.

in other news, i’ve had a bomb ass eating day. oatmeal with sliced banana, buttered whole wheat english muffin and strawberry nonfat chobani for breakfast, hummus and carrots plus my favorite portabella gardenburger sandwich (with a little mayo, red onion and feat on another ww english muffin) for lunch and steamed broccoli and some of a whole foods 365 pesto goat cheese tomato pizza for dinner. YUM.

my run was blah, but i got through it and i’m really proud i finished the amount i set out to do. looking forward to my rest day tomorrow though!

tonight i have a get together with some people from school to celebrate the end of the semester. i’d honestly rather be in sweats watching love actually and baking the delicious treat i have planned for this weekend. but i’m sure it will be fun and since i won’t be out in milwaukee again for a while it’s good for me to try new things.

which leads me to the shocking realization i had this week that i’m totally one of those people who will only go out once a weekend max. because i want to cook up yumminess and have a good run. wow i’m becoming boring and old. it just takes so much effort to put on makeup, do my hair and put on a real outfit! but i digress…….

on tuesday I GET TO GO HOME. FOR 10 DAYS. well 8, since i’ll be traveling for a day on each end, but i’m really excited. i really need some time at home to figure out my plan for next year. and just relax and enjoy the holidays 🙂

which leads me to…..my plan of action for the christmas-danger-time.

basically, i’m just planning on running most days when i’m home in michigan. the weather forecast doesn’t look too ominous so barring and ridiculous snow/ice disaster i’ll be able to get exercise in every day.

other than that, i want to make a point to fill have of my plate with veggies at most meals and stop eating treats when i’m truly full.

but honestly, it’s christmas. and my sister’s birthday. and i have my first high school friend’s wedding to go to. and new years. and the ROSE BOWL (go badgers!). so i’m just not going to weigh myself until january 6th, and hope by then i’ll break even. no sense in beating myself up during a time of the year when i have so much to celebrate. i want to be able to enjoy my break without stressing over every little calorie, while maintaining a balance with my health.

why running is awesome.

so i’m not really sure what to write about today–i’m having leftovers for dinner, doing nothing fun (aka finishing my last final paper) and in general not feeling too fancy. probably because i’ve been wearing sweats, glasses and zero makeup for about two weeks now. thanks grad school.

so. i’m writing about why i love running. i never thought i would think about loving running, let alone write it. in a blog.

i literally hadn’t run since my 9th grade p.e. teacher forced me to do a (very slow) mile until this august. now i’m planning on doing a half marathon in september.

so how did i get here?

well i discovered running is awesome for these reasons:

1. it makes me feel like a boss.

2. it’s a handy excuse to be outside in the 4 months a year milwaukee has  bearable nice weather.

3. running = meditation/alone time/emotional breakdown time (yes, i have cried on a run)/general sanity.

4. unlike most things in life, i actually keep getting better at it.

5. it makes me more confident i can escape muggers/rapists/kidnappers/serial killers. i literally thought about this today on the treadmill. like “oh yeah, i can run so fast now i’ll definitely never be murdered.” yes, i know.

6. it drastically changed my body for the better.

7. i am truly tired at the end of the day and sleep like a baby.

8. as much as we complicate it–it’s simple. one foot in front of the other. repeat. just run.

spaghetti squash tacos.

so i’ve been having a little adventure–going vegetarian during the week. i LOVE meat, but hate cooking it. i refuse to touch raw chicken (and i actually don’t even like chicken enough of spend the money/effort cooking it) and i generally don’t want to spend the money on seafood or red meat.

also my parents have made me really picky about the meat i eat–they buy theirs exclusively from the farmer’s market and when i’m home we only go out to eat at places with grass-fed/farm-raised yummies.

long story short i’m constantly in search of yummy, unique veggie friendly recipes. i can only eat tofu stir fry so many times.

so needless to day i was really excited she my friend meghan texted me last week about the awesome spaghetti squash tacos she had just made. yes, my friends and i text about things like spaghetti squash. cool, i know. while i had already done my major cooking for the week i was eager to try this magical healthy mexican food.

i adapted my version off of this one i found on all recipes.com (my bible) http://allrecipes.com/recipe/spaghetti-squash-tacos/detail.aspx.

i headed to whole foods and got yellow corn taco shells, refried beans, tj’s light mexican cheese, scallions and a fancy schamcy taco sauce to jazz it up.

um. delicious. this is definitely going to be my standard mexican mean form now on. i stuffed the taco shells a little too much, so by the last taco it was pretty soggy. but it actually really didn’t bother me. SO. YUMMY. wohoo! i’m going to have it again tomorrow night as leftovers and freeze the rest of the batch.

typical "i couldn't wait to take a picture before eating" half devoured dinner photo

also i went running today and it was one of the best runs i’ve had in a while. i’ve been little lost/distracted with school and life things. so i went to the gym today determined to run a 5k without walking breaks. and i did! in 29 minutes and 26 seconds.

then i walked .4 miles and ran another mile. AT A 9:13 PACE! which is the fastest i’ve ever run. yay me! this makes me optimistic for my weigh in on friday since it felt really natural to be running that fast soooooo hopefully that means the scale will be down.

in other news my brother-in-law just texted me asking for gift ideas for my sister so i will be spending the afternoon shopping for her! yay! definitely in the holiday spirit.

also……the most exciting news of all……a week from now i will be at home! celebrating christmas/my sister’s birthday/winter break!

needless to say, i’m a very happy alice.

workout?

so here’s todays dilemma. i’ve been exhausted for the past few days. i mean really truly, i-can’t-get-off-the-couch, tired-to-the-bone exhausted. i’m not too surprised, last week i had a final paper due–which came with the usual stress and sleep deprivation and i did not treat myself very well over the weekend (i.e. i barely slept 8 hours between friday and saturday nights). i ran friday, sunday and monday.

bahhhhh i’m tired. boo hoo. i’m feeling a lot better after 10 hours of sleep last night, but the new question for the day is to workout or not workout?

i have class this evening and i could go the the gym after for a short 30 minute elliptical session. OR i could walk the 2 miles to school instead of taking the bus. i’m less keen on the second option since it will be sunset/twilight/dark by the time i’d be walking (which is like 4:30-5, thanks wisconsin).

i’m trying to vary my workouts a little so it’s not all running all the time. however, i don’t want to over stress my body and i’d like to have a nice long awesome run tomorrow.

sooooooooo to gym it or not to gym it?

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