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R.I.P. Little Sony

My camera has finally gone kaput. 

RIP little Sony Cybershot.

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You have served me well… until, well, you didn’t any more.

This means I am in the market for a new camera.  Any suggestions for an easy to use yet awesome camera that will last longer than 2 years and take awesome pictures for the blog???

Since starting HH,HM I have really gotten into taking pictures of everything.  I whipped that baby out to take pictures of absolutely everything.  Larry teases me because there are over 1,000 pictures on the memory card that I just can’t bear to erase.  It’s always funny when people go through my camera to look at the pictures.  I get some rather strange glances when they get to the multiple pictures of the same bean burger or grilled salmon.  I mean who takes pictures of their dinner like they are afraid they are going to miss it when it’s gone?!?!?

Speaking of salmon, this was last night’s dinner.

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Arugula, Asparagus & Salmon with Blackberry Glaze from Clean Eating Magazine.

I can’t tell you the exact recipe because of copyright issues, but I will tell you that this was such a simple meal perfect for a scorching summer night.  The base was a handful (or two) of arugula and some steamed asparagus.  I then baked the salmon until it flaked, and topped it with a blackberry glaze made of crushed blackberries, soy sauce, honey. and orange juice.

This has me thinking though.  You could recreate this dish in so many ways.  You could use any kind of berry to make a glaze using similar ingredients and toss it over chicken, shrimp, scallops, tofu or even by itself over greens for a simple salad. 

Hmmm…  I saw some cherries at the grocery store the other day.  I’m thinking we may be having a cherry glazed something for dinner one night next week 😉

In case you are wondering, I did not eat the salmon.  For my protein, I used  a TofuSteak from Helen’s Kitchen.

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I found these while browsing the organic freezer section of my local Kroger.  They were pretty tasty, and after visiting their website, I think I’ll definitely be trying more of their products in the future. 

Helen’s Kitchen encourages a Simple Health Lifestyle that:

“… is about making smart choices and enjoying a balanced nutritious organic diet that tastes delicious and is easy & quick enough to prepare so that I have time to enjoy an active life with family & friends.”  [Source]

Sounds like my kind of company! 🙂

Yesterday I put myself through a grueling hour on the treadmill.  I absolutely hate running on the treadmill.  I think this is why my running mileage goes down in the summer time.  It makes me feel like a gerbil in a ball.

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I once heard someone call it the Revolving Apparatus of Death and I couldn’t agree more. 

However, I made myself do it anyway.

I wanted to run 5 miles, and although it was cooler yesterday at a whopping 97 degrees, I just couldn’t go running outside.  I warmed up with a quick 5 minute walk.  Then ran approximately 46 minutes until the mileage hit 5 miles exactly.  Not a minute more.  Not a minute less.  To cool down I walked for about 9 minutes while I watched Rachel Ray discuss perfect fitting bras and panties.  It was a total of 5.55 grueling miles.  

It was not the best run.  It may have been one of the worst ever.  But, hey!  I did it!  And without tears! 

Today I’m going to hit up the gym for a BodyPump class and to do an easy 30 minutes on the elliptical.  No Revolving Apparatus of Death for me today.  Maybe not for a very, very long time! 😉

What are your plans for today?  Any tips to make a treadmill workout easier???

~Jen

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Shaping Up with a Kardashian

Hello, friends!  It’s awfully strange to be writing a post around lunch time, but that is the true beauty of being a teacher–  summers off! 😉

I had planned on sharing with you some beautiful pictures of the Salmon & Mock Tuna Melts that we had for dinner last night.  However, Larry needed the camera for work today, so I’ll have to post those later this evening.  Trust me!  You do not want to miss these recipes!  Especially if you are newbie vegetarian and you’ve been missing tuna sandwiches 🙂

Yesterday was day 1 of my 60 day Healthy Habits Fitness Challenge.  I decided to do a workout routine that I found in last month’s Shape Magazine.  June’s issue featured Kim Kardashian on the cover, and included one of her workout routines created by Gunnar Peterson

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You can find Kim’s workout on the Shape website by clicking here

I thought this was the perfect workout routine.  You can do up to 5 circuits, and each circuit takes about 10 minutes.  This makes it ideal for days when you can only do about 30 minutes, or for days when you have more time and can do 50-60 minutes.  Best of all, you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own  home!

My heart rate was elevated throughout and I worked every muscle in my body.  I’m not sure if I love it quite as much as the Yvonne Strahovski workout, but it was a good change of pace.  I was a sweaty mess by the end. 🙂

Where do you find your workout routines???  I find most of mine in Shape magazines and on other blogs. 

Today I plan on going to the gym to run about 3 miles on the treadmill (yuck!) and to do some ab work. 

I really enjoyed reading your comments on Healthy Habits you would like to adopt.  If you haven’t already left a comment telling us your goals, please do!  It’s so helpful to know that there are other people out there working toward being their healthiest self!  Also, I would love to hear how day one and two have gone. 

Remember to check back later this evening for the Salmon & Mock Tuna Melts recipes! It will probably be a little after 8 PM.  🙂

~Jen

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Enchiladas Sin Carne

Buenos Noches, amigos! 

I just got back from taking a short two mile run with Larry around our newly paved track.  Two miles doesn’t sound like much, but considering that before he walked in the door I was ready to put my PJs on and climb under the covers, I think it’s a pretty amazing feat!  😉

I didn’t get much sleep last night.  The dogs kept waking me up and I don’t think I fell into a deep sleep until about 15 minutes before my alarm went off.  Well, maybe not, but the screaming alarm at 5:45 AM did make me want to cry big, fat alligator tears.

To top it all off, when I left for work the puppers were nice in cozy in my bed sound asleep!

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Today wasn’t too shabby for a Tuesday.  We spent a lot of time outside and my shoulders got a bit toasty on the playground.

Today’s lunch was leftover Avocado & Pinto Bean Enchiladas from Dreena Burton’s Eat, Drink and Be Vegan (hence the meatless enchilada Spanish title tonight).  The leftovers may have been even better than the original dish. 

Last night I made Larry ground turkey enchiladas. 

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I made my own “meat” out of mushrooms, beans, onions, and cashew pieces.

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It was out of this world!

I have absolutely no desire to ever eat meat again after discovering so many delicious alternatives.  I truly believe that I like these enchiladas far better than any meat version I have ever tried.

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HERS & HIS

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HERS 🙂

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His and Hers to clean up…  ugh!  This is seriously the only downfall to making a meat and meat-free version of each meal.  But it is well worth it, and it makes both of us very, very happy 🙂

Tonight I plan on sleeping really well and waking up super refreshed.  I’ve been playing around with the idea of getting up early to go running before work.  Do any of you workout before going to work?

I’ve tried this before, but I find it especially hard to get up at 5 AM.

Any tips for getting used to a routine of early morning workouts???

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Dirty Little Vegan

Let me just say that this Memorial Day weekend has started off strong!

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(Doesn’t this picture just take your breath away?)

No, we didn’t pack up the dogs and head to the beach or river.  We didn’t even go out of town. 

But that is the beauty of it. 

We stayed in town and are enjoying a nice, relaxing weekend at home together.  I can’t even tell you the last time we did that… or the next time we’ll get to do it again!

Yesterday, after blogging and catching up on some reading, I spent some down time on the couch.  I watched the movie Precious, which I must say I did not enjoy.  A little too sad and slow.  I then watched a good 2 hours of the Food Network!  I learned how to make Braised Red Cabbage (which I will be making after my next trip to the Farmer’s Market), Apricot Oat Bars, and Stone-Ground Grits with Gruyere.  I decided I’d had enough of the boob tube when I saw Duff Goldman and Geoffrey Manthorne from Ace Of Cakes eat Rocky Mountain oysters.

I then went for a treacherous 6.6 mile run in the blistering sun.  It was the toughest run I’ve had in a long while.  It really didn’t feel that hot when I left the house, but the heat was intensified by my black pavement running path.  It took me 1 hour and 1 minute to run including two walking breaks, and a stop at the Cultural Arts center for water.  That’s an average of 9:24 minute miles, which isn’t too bad considering I thought I could literally to burst into flames during 5 out of the 6 miles! 

Boy was I glad I ran those miles when Larry and I feasted on these babies as an appetizer at dinner!

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After lounging by the pool for a couple of hours, we headed to Sticky Rice for dinner. 

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And yes.  We ate half a bucket of tater tots dipped in a spicy ranch type dressing.  They were melt in your mouth good, and I do not regret one single bite 😉

For dinner, Larry had sushi, and I ordered the Dirty Vegan Noodle bowl.  I was ecstatic to find so many vegan meals on the menu!  That is just not something you ever find in the suburbs. 

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This description simply does not do this dish justice.  It was chock full of tofu, veggies, edamame, cilantro, and sprouts served over udon noodles.  A little spicy, a little nutty, and a tad bit sweet.  Perfection in a bowl.

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It was seriously the best dinner I’ve had while dinning out in a LONG time.  I could only finish about a quarter of the bowl (the tots may have had something to do with this!), and I can NOT wait to have the leftovers for lunch this afternoon.  🙂

Today Larry and I are planning on heading to the pool until it is time to come home and get ready for our friends’ little girl’s first birthday party.  I plan on swimming laps for cardio and then doing some serious poolside reading 🙂

Enjoy the rest of your weekend! 

~Jen

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Weather, Work and Politics

Happy Memorial Day weekend everybody!

The weather looks a whole lot better than what they were calling for today. 

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I’m starting to think that being a meteorologist is the way to go.  You get paid to guess at the weather, and you don’t even have to be right! ;)  Thursday they were calling for it to be 73 degrees with scattered showers.  Last night they were saying it would be cloudy and raining on and off all day.  Now:

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Hopefully it will stay this way and Larry and I can go to our new pool for the first time!  ;)  We went running by it the other day and watched the swim team practice.  I can’t wait!

I want to take a minute to explain why I haven’t been posting every day the past few weeks.  At first I wanted to apologize, but then I realized that a simple explanation might do

I love to write this blog.  It has brought me so much happiness.  I have a more positive outlook in life and feel less stressed (most of the time!).  It  has been therapeutic for me.

This being said, there are some days, after a long day of work and daily to-dos, that posting would just be stretching myself too thin. On those days, I have to make a choice.  Some of those days I choose to write, and I feel myself relax, and I’m happy I did it.  However, on others, I choose to relax with Larry and take a day off.  That feels pretty good, too!

This week was SOL testing week, and work was pretty crazy.  Have you ever tried to keep a class of 22 eight  year olds silent for 3 hours, five days a week???  Talk about exhausting! 

Thank goodness testing is over now, and we can go back to a somewhat normal routine.  My goal is to get the kids outside as much as possible.  We are going to do a lot of Project Learning Tree lessons.  These kids need to be outside in nature, moving and being active.  Not stuck in a classroom, being silent, and filling in tiny little bubbles for hours on end.  I could go on and on about the demise of public education in America, but I won’t bore you with politics today 😉

Today I plan on going for a 5 mile run, followed by a thorough house cleaning, Target trip, and possibly a little Memorial Day sale perusing at the mall.  When Larry gets home we are going to the pool and then out to get some sushi :) 

Anyone know of any great sales happening this weekend? 

Happy Saturday!  Drink Responsibly and Wear Sunscreen!!! 

~Jen

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Lovely Lady Lumps

Happy Hump Day Everyone!!!  We’re half way there!  I know that the oh, so wise elderly advise you not to wish your life away, but I can’t help but to live for the weekends!  😉

I took yesterday off (as many of you may have noticed) from both working out and blogging.  I was DEAD BEAT.  I was tired the very minute I crawled out of bed, and it never eased up.  Usually when I wake up tired, it simply takes getting up and moving around to make me fell alert and active.  This was not the case yesterday.  Guess that 9 mile run on Monday took more out of me than I thought. 

Today was a pretty usual Wednesday.  I taught the kiddies about producers, consumers, and decomposers.  We also practiced our division.  Did you know that 35 divided by 5 equals 458?!?!?!?  I’ll be re-teaching this lesson tomorrow ;) 

Anywho, I’m back and ready to roll!  This evening,  Larry and I are planning a 5.38 mile run.  Our schedules don’t typically allow us to work out together anymore, so I’m super excited!  I don’t think he’s as eager to run the distance as I am, but it will be nice to spend the time together 😉

I did a little research after my last long run to see what could be causing my knees and hips to ache right around mile seven.  Besides the obvious pounding of joints for nine miles, here’s what I discovered.

  • Increasing your mileage too quickly can cause knee pain.  It is easier on the joints if you gradually increase your mileage by 10% each week.  I dropped the ball on that one.  I went from running approximately 10 miles a week to a total of 20 miles last week!!!  That’s a 100% increase!  No wonder my knees are hurting!
  • Runner’s Knee is one of the most common overuse running injuries.  It is described a dull, aching pain under and around the front of the kneecap.  It is also often painful to walk down stairs, kneel, squat, or sit with your knees bent for a long period of time.  It can be caused by any of the following variables.
    • Malalignment of the kneecap
    • Complete or partial dislocation
    • Injury
    • Excessive training or overuse
    • Tightness, imbalance, or weakness of thigh muscles
    • Flat feet

  • Because women have wider hips, they are more likely to suffer from Runner’s Knee.  Go figure, right!!!  (No pun intended)  Because of these lovely lady lumps, ladies, we have greater angling of the thighbone to the knee, which puts the kneecap under more stress. 
  • Strengthening your core and leg muscles can reduce Runner’s Knee and alleviate pain in the hips.

So it is safe to say that for me, I have a case of Runner’s Knee that is caused by: 1) increasing mileage too quickly, 2) excessive training too quickly, 3) tight muscles, 4) weak core and leg muscles, and 5) my child birthin’ hips 😉

To alleviate this pain and prevent future pain, I need to back off the mileage for a while, stretch more frequently, and improve my strength training routine.

Although I’ve always known that having strong core and leg muscles helps build running strength, I’ve never been consistent with strength training.

I am a bit of a cardio junkie.  I feel like if I am not sweating, and I’m not out of breath, then it is not a workout.  I like to feel my heart pumping hard and my lungs expanding rapidly.  I like to feel the sweat drip off my forehead.

Because of this, strength training typically goes to the wayside. 

If I want to become a better runner I must add more strength training to my workouts.  Beginning tomorrow, I will try to follow a workout schedule that balances three to four days of running with two to three days of full body strength training and core work.  From this moment on,  I pledge to be a cardio junkie no more!!! 

How do you balance cardio, strength training, stretching, and core work??? 

 

~Jen

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Monday Runday

It was back to work for me today after a week long vacation we teachers like to call Spring Break.  Boy, did this Monday business hit me hard.  After six hours of sleep last night, no break during the workday, and 23 incredibly lethargic third graders, I was ready to go home, curl up under the covers, and go to bed.

But I didn’t. 😉

Meg and I went on another long run, and today we ran 9.06 miles!!!!  A new record distance for me!!! 

Here are the stats from Meg’s new Garmin.

Time: 1:38:7 (there are a lot of stoplights in the city)

Average Pace: 10:49

Average Speed: 5.5 MPH

Max Speed: 15.8 MPH!!!!! Wow!  We were bookin’ it!!!!

Get a more detailed map of this run here.

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This one was a bit easier than last Monday’s run, though toward the end my legs felt like lead, me knees ached, and my hips felt like they were stuck.  Any suggestions for easing up on these aches and pains???  I feel like breath-wise I always get into a comfortable rhythm and could go on forever, but my joints are what hold me back.
 
I know I will have no trouble falling asleep tonight!  I’m going to make this post short, so I can go make dinner before I die of starvation!  We’re having soba noodle stir fry, which I found a recipe for in last month’s Clean Eating Magazine.  I think after this long run I deserve a little Edy’s Slow Churned Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream for dessert, don’t you think?  :)   
 
What is your favorite light ice cream???  I’m always on the lookout for cleaner options. 
Have a wonderful evening…  only 4 more days till Friday!  ;) 

~Jen

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