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recap: week 2

time for another check-in!

this morning i weighed in at 196.8 from 198.6 last week!

strengths this week: i am getting in work-outs almost every day.  i’m continuing to follow the run your butt off plan which suggests four workouts, but i have been going for longer walks on my off-days.  unlike when i was studying for the bar, i’m also just walking a lot more generally – i park several blocks away from the building where i work and am also up and about more as we move into warm weather. doing a little better about drinking water, especially when i’m sitting at my desk at work where i always have a full cup….and i found some diet snapple and pink lemonade mix-ins at the back of my pantry so i enjoy one of those occasionally as well to mix it up.

challenges this week: pollen. sun. heat.  i’m such a warm weather wimp. you’d think after living in NC for 15+ years i’d be able to handle it.  and it’s only april!  eek. so far the pollen is what has been getting me the most as it gets all screwy with my contacts.  BLEH. i might start moving some of my workouts inside so i can transition easily when it gets for real hot and i am forced to head inside to the gym.  i have also had some late night calorie add-ons that i could have avoided – beer, snacking while watching tv, having a snack when i get home late after drinking beer.  i think my goal for this week is that when i have a late night craving to give in but only with something that is at least still decently healthy (fruit, apple sauce, yogurt, almonds, etc).

farmer’s market spoils.

after a long walk with my friend L on saturday morning, i wandered over to the local farmer’s market.  i happened upon this post on vegan yum yum a few days ago and have been itching to try some fried green tomatoes ever since.  i didn’t realize that a grocery store or even our local co-op wouldn’t have green tomatoes, so after looking at several stores, i’m glad i found the prettiest lookin’ green tomatoes at the market.  i also splurged on some chevre goat’s milk cheese to top it off.

the recipe is delish and easy on the calories.  LOVE LOVE LOVE it. and making it again soon!

i’m on the hunt for more vegetarian recipes – not because i really want to be a vegetarian, but because i think mixing in more creative veggie recipes will likely result in us eating more veggies and less fat.  this was an exciting start!  here are some good veggie blogs i’ve found….

Vegan Yum Yum – all vegan recipes, good place to find replacements for your favorite recipes that have eggs or meat

Post Punk Kitchen – also all vegan recipes, i want to try the mango fried rice and the red lentil thai chili

Veggie Belly – good recipes with international flair from someone raised vegetarian

my new friend, kale!

i don’t have time to write much as chores, catching fire (second hunger games book!), and bed are CALLING MY NAME before an early start to my work day.  but i have to share the most delicious recipe.  my little sis C who is a creative cooker and uses local foods and goes through spurts of vegetarianism made this for me when we were at home one weekend a long time ago, and i remembered i had the recipe saved in my gmail box and decided it was time for a revival!

kale is what we like to call a superstar vegetable – full of nutrients.  this recipe makes for a very filling soup.  i substituted beef broth for vegetable broth (mostly because i realized didn’t have veggie broth in the pantry when i got home).  i also didn’t make the croutons but ate the soup with a few sesame crackers i had on hand.

Cannellini and Kale Ragout

Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 1 1/2-inch-thick slices Italian bread, crusts removed, each slice quartered
  • 1 teaspoon plus 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 5 cups (packed) thinly sliced kale (about 1 large bunch)
  • 1 14 1/2-ounce can vegetable broth
  • 1 14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes with green pepper and onion in juice
  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini (white kidney beans), drained
Preparation

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add bread and 1 teaspoon thyme; cook until bread is golden on both sides, turning with tongs, about 2 minutes total. Transfer croutons to bowl; sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Add remaining 4 tablespoons oil, garlic, and crushed red pepper to same pot; sauté over medium heat 30 seconds. Add kale and broth; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until kale wilts, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes with juice, beans, and remaining 1 tablespoon thyme. Cover and simmer 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle ragout into shallow bowls. Top with croutons and serve.

YUM YUM YUM.
 
as a mid-week check-in:
 
i’m doing fine with the week 2 exercises – i don’t find myself getting too winded although i do notice that i have way less energy when i run at the end of the day instead of in the morning.  it’s always so hard to get out of the bed in the morning, but it is certainly worth it when i get a good workout in and start my day off right.  i need to be more conscious about stretching – while not such an issue at this stage, i want to develop good habits and i KNOW i should stretch.
 
and this week’s eating…..meh.  i had a lunch meeting the other day and even though i only ate half my sandwich and half the fries i got with it, i definitely overate and had much richer foods than i have been having of late (for example, delicious brie drenched the fresh roasted turkey).  bright side: on another day, i might have unloaded the whole sandwich and serving of fries in one sitting!  other than that, the week has been pretty typical, i’m being more conscious of my food choices, but not cutting out treats altogether.  i need to add drinking more water each day to my list of goals – i used to be good about constantly keeping my water bottle by my side and i’m going to get back to it.
 
and…i leave you with a hillary meme.  who run the world? girls.

rules of the road.

today, i woke up a little late (sleeping in after a late night out celebrating positive bar results!) and then headed over to a nearby parkway for a walk with one of my favorite law school buddies. we are both trying to exercise more and i enjoy the time catching up, too. we walked about 3 miles in less than an hour and are meeting same time, same place tomorrow!  long weekends are nice because it is a lot easier to fit in exercise.

i want to share with you a little about my fitness and healthy eating plan and the tools that i am using to achieve it!  thankfully, there is so much on the internet these days, that i don’t think i will ever be at a loss for ideas for new workouts, yummy recipes, and the like, so now it is time to put in action.

getting fit plan:

to get fit i’m going to use a fitness plan/book from runner’s world called Run Your Butt Off. the basic idea is that running is one of the most efficient ways of losing weight, and if you build up your time and mileage in the right way, you will learn to enjoy running and won’t burn out quickly. there are 12 stages, starting with week 1, where i am walking 4 times a week for 30 minutes each, until week 12 where i’ll have built up to 30 minutes of running 4 times a week.  as the book suggests, i’m starting slow, and even when i’m “running” it will be a slow jog.  i will extend some stages if needed so i don’t move on to the next stage before i’m ready.

i’m logging all my eating and exercise on My Fitness Pal. they have an app for my iphone which is super helpful, because i can input food throughout the day instead of waiting until the end of the day.

other tools:

  • this blog. while i don’t have much of a readership, i’m hoping that blogging about my healthy living journey will motivate me to stick to it.  i’ll try to blog as often as possible and include how i’m feeling, where i am with my workouts, good recipes i’ve found and other healthy eating tips, and anything else that is going on in this life of mine. my schedule is a little crazy at times over the next month with a work trip and conference which will keep me super busy for a few days, my cousin’s wedding, and family in town to celebrate my graduation and mother’s day.  hopefully with some thoughtful planning ahead of time (and probably some trial and error), i’ll be able to keep my workouts and eating in line.
  • friends, friends, friends, and my super hubby. everyone gets bored with exercise once in a while and setting a date to exercise with a friend will probably be necessary at times to get my butt out the door.  i’m planning to do two of my workouts each week with either a friend or my husband.
  • blogs & pinterest.  i’ve been scouring the internet for healthy recipes and inspirational weight loss stories and have found some GREAT tips, yummy recipes, and really encouraging blogs by others who have gone on a weight loss journey and come out successful at the other end!

  • changing scenery.  i have a couple of walking/running routes near my house, but there are also several other spots – a couple near work, one park where i’ll be meeting my friend often, and a weekend running route at a forest trail at a local university about 5 miles from my house – where i’ll be working out to keep it interesting.  when it gets too hot in the summer, i’ll likely have to do at least some running on either the indoor track or a treadmill at the campus gym i use.  i want to train myself to run outside because i’m intrigued by the possibility of running races in the future, but north carolina humidity ain’t conducive to outdoor running on the hot days of summer.
  • other workouts. i’ll be keeping fresh with occasional tennis (i played in high school, and haven’t lost the fundamentals but don’t have the sharpest game to say the least) and classes at the gym i go to (zumba, kickboxing, etc.).

well, that’s all for now, folks.  other than my walk, i’ve been cleaning house and cooking all day in preparation for the easter weekend, so it’s time to put my feet up with some hot tea and trash tv.  fashion police or 16 and pregnant?  tough choice, we’ll see where the night takes us.