The Morning After

Exhale…

Happy Friday! It is the day after and the hype of the Christmas holiday is over.

I’m chillin big time this morning and I am also feeling unusually sluggish. Ugh! ¬†Yesterday I indulged in crap that I don’t normally eat (mac & cheese, apple pie, and cookies) and… I sipped on two drinks (vodka with a splash of mango grapefruit juice).

My body is not used to the sugar, white flour, cheese, and stuff, so I am not feeling my normal energized bunny rabbit self. ūüė¶

Between the diet and all the running around, I decided to rest this morning. I don’t think a gym workout would have been best.

This morning my heart is full of joyous memories from spending the day with my family and friends. The joy and the love I feel on Christmas is priceless and has nothing to do with receiving gifts.

Quality time with my family and friends, laughing, playing games, watching movies, and getting up-to-speed on everyone’s’ life is heart warming. Images of genuine smiles and twinkling eyes are priceless!

My favorite moment was the look on my mom and my aunts faces when they each received a copy of their own photo book. The photo book was 21 pages of unseen photos of the grands, great grands, nieces, and nephews.

The remaining aunts ( 6 of 9) are well over age 70 and are not on any of the social networks. ¬†The younger generations often share photos and events online, but the elders don’t get to see them, so we put them together in a book. ¬†Their ooh’s and ah’s were the highlight of my day. Absolutely priceless!

The past few weeks were hectic but worthwhile, so I thought I’d share some of those moments with you. ūüôā

What’s next? ¬†Something I rarely get to do.. a midday nap!

Enjoy the day! ūüôā

 

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What Sacrifices Are You Willing To Make?

My older brother and I are blessed with my dad’s DNA. ¬†With absolutely no effort, and for most of our lives, we remained long and lean. ¬† Daddy’s DNA was also passed along to my 30 something year old nephew.

Put us in a line up wearing only undergarments and the similarities, including our veiny arms, big ears, lean legs, and long bony, funny toes, and you know we are family.  LOL!

Great DNA combined with 30+ years of running has kept me lean.

For most of my life, the implication has been that my physique was only attributed to DNA, which is false.  The results are from consistent running, martial arts, gym work,  and a well-balanced diet.

In my early twenties when I enjoyed washing down cheddar cheese Combo’s with an Orange¬†Slice soda, I still ate my fruits and veges. ¬†Oh wow!¬†¬†I wanna puke just thinking about what’s in that stuff. ¬†Yuck! ¬†Nasty!

When age 40 rolled around, my highly active metabolism slowed its roll. ¬†I could do something that I could never do before, even when pregnant with my 24-year old…. GAIN weight and inches.

These days, I’ve taken my diet to a complete new level. ¬†I am not perfect, but most days, I eat clean, avoiding processed and sugary foods.

I spent about four hours in the kitchen today.  Cooked my butt off, but that is what I have to do to remain committed to my fitness goals.  Four adults live in our home.  Me, hubby, our son (10) and my mom (80).  I cook for the family and I cook for myself, which means more time in the kitchen.  By the way, the zucchini cakes were delicious!!  I found the recipe on Pinterest from A Teaspoon and A Pinch.  Kudos girl, the recipe is easy and worth the time!

Here’s what I either prepared or cooked this afternoon or before Tailor’s football game yesterday.

Do you want to improve your overall health?  Do you want to fit into those old jeans tucked away in your coset?  Well what are you willing to do?

  1. How committed are you?
  2. Are you willing to spend extra money for fresh produce?
  3. Will you make time to pack your lunch for work every day?
  4. What favorite foods are you willing to give up or modify?
  5. Are you willing to wake up with sore achey muscles from a challenging work out?
  6. Are you willing to read the labels on the food you buy?
  7. Most importantly, are you ready to give up all the quick fixes that promises to do what your will power cannot?

If so, then you are probably ready for a lifestyle change because that is truly the answer. ¬†When you take better care of your body, you feel better from the inside out, not the opposite. ¬†Your mind becomes more fit and you’re able to see life clearer and often make better choices.

Today and yesterday, I sacrificed a great deal of time preparing for the week because I plan to succeed at my fitness goals.  With the exception of  tossing meat that is already marinating, on the grill tomorrow, my cooking is done for the week!   I have all that I need for eating balanced meals throughout this week.  Like everything else in life, preparation is everything.    Heeeey!

Y√°ll please keep it moving!

TTYL


Living Through The Disappointment

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All credits for this cool image go to Read, Love, and Learn! Thank you!

Ugh!!! Disappointed is an understatement! I missed CrossFit today. Long story short… team pictures and football practice for my son.

I read this quote on Pinterest and literally laughed out loud. Why? It says to “do something” about the disappointment and I did.

I’m sipping on a glass of 337 and relishing in three tiny cubes of Panama Organic Extra Dark Chocolate! ¬† As my dad would say, “Salute!!”

Sweet dreams!

Oh wait! ¬† Real quick… For the women who have not tried CrossFit, check out this cool video!¬† If I can do CF at 48, so can you!!!

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My daughter took this picture last summer (August 2012). I was about one month into CrossFit. A¬†combination of eating well and consistent CF, nets amazing results. Footnote… When I’m not doing CF, I’m running on average 7-10 miles 4-5 days a week.


8-Ball Mouth Watering Squash

During the summer, I don’t usually spend much time planning dinner.  About an hour or so before 5 in the afternoon, I peek in the fridge to see what is grillable. My only plan is to light up the grill and avoid the stove and the oven.

Today after perusing through Pinterest and looking over my healthy eating board, I became inspired. ¬† I craved for something a bit more creative– Something different from the norm, so I decided that after picking up my son from camp, that I would visit my favorite roadside market; Reed’s Farm Market.

I didn‚Äôt feel like dealing with the traffic and lines at Shoprite and knew that Reed’s would have fresh produce that I could toss on the grill. ¬†I brought zucchini, Jersey tomatoes, cucumbers, red and sweet onions. I also brought two beautiful 8-Ball Squash! ¬†Cool right! ¬†This attractive round squash has the same flavor (to me) as the more traditionally shaped squash (zucchini), but the shape inspires creativity. The roundness of it screams, “stuff me!” Already I have ideas for the next ones that I buy.

8-Ball Squash

8-Ball Squash

I wasn’t certain about how to cook them on the grill, so I did the following:

– Thoroughly wash

– Cut into round slices

– Place on a large greased cookie sheet

РMince 8-10 (I didn’t count) garlic cloves

– Drizzle with olive oil (next time I will brush both sides with garlic roasted olive oil)

РDouse with freshly ground black pepper (I didn’t measure)

РSprinkle with Cayenne (I didn’t measure)

Toss in the oven‚ĶYES THE OVEN! ¬†It wasn’t hot today and the air conditioning was on, so it wasn‚Äôt too bad. I broiled them on low for about 15-20 minutes

The result? They were too soft. I like squash with a slight crunch, but the flavor was intense.  Also, next time, I’d sprinkle the squash with a tad bit of garlic roasted cheese (I buy from the Shops at Smithville), but you can probably find it somewhere in your home town.

Before the oven

Before the oven

My  second experiment was broiled tomatoes. Yup! Ohhhh My Gooooodness!  If you love, notice I said, LOVE tomatoes, you have to give this a try.

Beautiful ripe tomatoes

Beautiful ripe tomatoes

– Thoroughly wash 1 large (Jersey) tomato

– Slice the tomato into medium-sized circles

– Place on a large greased cookie sheet

РCoat with minced garlic (I didn’t count)

РOlive oil? (I can’t remember, but think I drizzled a little on)

– Chop a handful organic fresh baby spinach

– Grind fresh black pepper

Toss in the broiler (on low) for about 20 minutes

Mouth Watering

Mouth Watering

 

Hurry and eat the veggies while they are warm.  The flavor is amazing!!  Hubby, my son, and my mom, all especially like the tomatoes.

Now, I have to figure out how to cook them on the grill.  If you know how to please do share!  Several hours later, I’m still licking my lips!

Talk to you later!

Thanks for visiting!


First Run in 2013

I have come to believe
that caring for myself is
 not-self indulgent.
Caring for myself is an act of survival.
Audre Lorde

Finally!!!¬†¬† Today I completed my first run of 2013!¬†¬† According to my MayMyRun application, my last run was on Thanksgiving last year.¬†¬† My son would put me in the chair-of-shame!¬† Lol!!¬† The urge to run never left.¬† Procrastination, time, and the holiday season simply got in the way.¬† I’m not making excuses, because I love running, but once time permitted, the weather did not.¬† Okay, so enough with the excuses.

 

Distance:     7.41 Miles
Time:             1:13:50
Pace:             9:58 Min./Mil.
Calories:      1010

 

The past week my body has tried to fight off this nasty flu that has so many people sick.  Wednesday my body ached. An old fashion dose of warmed Cabernet and sugar (brown) did my body well.  I woke Thursday morning feeling refreshed.

Thursday… no aches, but later in the day a slight cough started and the throat tickled.¬† I repeated Wednesday nights treatment.¬† Friday afternoon (yesterday) the sniffles and occasional sneeze set in.¬† Last night I conceded and took official cold medicine.

Other then the sniffles, I felt half decent.  The temps were mild, for January, so I set out to run.  I ate so many oranges this week, my skin should have an orange undertone.  Lol!

Anyway.¬† Before running this morning, I knew that I need some good fuel.¬†¬†I wasn’t hungry so I made a fabulous smoothie using a recipe I found on Pinterest on Dr. Patel’s Diet page.

 

Kiwi, mango, pineapple, banana, spinach, avacado, flax seed, water, and ice, all waiting to be blended!

Kiwi, mango, pineapple, banana, spinach, avocado, flax-seed, water, and ice, all waiting to be blended!

I filled up two very tall beer glasses with this delightful recipe!  Hubby and I enjoyed!

I filled up two very tall beer glasses with this delightful recipe! Hubby and I enjoyed!

This smoothie was refreshing!¬† I did not reveal the ingredients to hubby until he tasted and approved the drink.¬† Ha! Ha!¬† That’s the only way to get folks to try something “healthy.”¬† Anyway, the smoothie was packed with nutrients and provided the necessary fuel for my run.

I set out to run for an hour.  Given my two-month lapse in running, I figured I would complete 5 Р6 miles.  Although the temps were warmer than normal, there was still a bite in the air at 11:30 a.m.  But I settled into my run nicely.

No goals this morning…¬† I didn’t care about time, distance, or pace, I simply wanted to marvel at running outside and breathing in the crisp, cold, January fresh air.¬† I know the fresh air and the exercise would ultimately help my body.

Todays run was perfect and I look forward to another run tomorrow.¬† Sunday’s temps are forecasted at 56 degrees, which makes for out-door running.

I am a little stuffy now, but overall I feel well.¬† Tonight before bed I’ll take a cold remedy.¬† All I want to do is survive this nasty flu season.

Since it is near bed time… sweet dreams!