Splintless

8 Fri, 2011 § 2 Comments

I have been cringing at the weather warnings all week, so I did not want to bike to work yesterday.  I desperately needed a mid-day break though & wanted to try a yoga class that had come highly recommended.

Fortunately I brought my new (trail) running shoes & decided to run the 2.5-mile jaunt to FACW to the most intense Ashtanga flow class I have ever taken.  I liked it though!  So much so, I went again today for a mid-morning break with a co-worker.

I felt worked & got in a great sweat yesterday afternoon…but still had to run back to the studio.  Even though I still felt ok, I knew it wasn’t the smartest thing to run that many miles without building up to it first, so I did force myself to walk part of the way back.  I love these shoes by the way.  Should I tell you more about them?  Maybe I’ll work on a review over the weekend.

I gently stretched my calves repeatedly & even iced them for a few minutes after climbing last night for good measure.

Today: no shin splints. 🙂

Phew.

Did you catch we also bouldered last night?  I was so drained after my run & yoga, I thought I would just spot Dave.  My lunch bowl of quinoa, basil & toasted pine nuts was delicious but didn’t fill me at all.  After chomping down a Fruition bar, I had just enough of an energy burst to pull on a few of my projects.  What can I say?  I guess Spring has me revved up to be ACTIVE!

However, face-pelting hail & a cruel headwind during the bike ride in this morning de-revved me a bit.  Looks like this weekend will be all about gym workouts & Spring Cleaning!

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Is the weather as fickle where you are as it is here?  What are your weekend plans?

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Just Sweet Enough

14 Mon, 2011 § 8 Comments

Sugar is sneaky.

It appears sweet & harmless.  A little here; a little there…it won’t hurt.

If you know me at all by now, you know I am pretty strict about avoiding refined sugar.  Recently it has been creeping in though, initially in one of my favorite dark chocolate bars with sea salt [thank you, Dave for tempting me with a 12-pack – oh yeah, those babies are gone ;)].  Honestly, I do not fret this too much.  Dark chocolate is generally lower in sugar than many other sweets.  A small piece may even be good for those daily indulgences which I am a fan of, though I do prefer raw chocolate sweetened with agave – [but who wants to spend $6 for a chocolate bar every time?!].

My cravings have become a bit more of the addicted nature though – when you crave it first thing in the morning, it is likely due to a sugar crash – & I have found it more difficult than usual to turn down offered sweets.  I have even reached for Dave’s sour licorice straws, which are SWEET!  [Normally much sweeter than I can handle.]

Sugar makes me feel lousy, so I want to nip it in the bud before it really takes hold.  Rather than sticking myself in a NO SUGAR mindset, because restrictive mentalities have a tendency to harbor negative connotations, I have decided to focus on the positive.  I can indulge daily — the type of indulgences I enjoy & feel good about eating.  By allowing myself a modest, healthy & delicious indulgence every day, I do not feel restricted, can look forward to it & not feel the need to binge.

Saturday, I perused the aisles of New Frontiers looking for cookies, chocolate…something I would feel ok about putting in my body & still leave me satisfied.  Unless I wanted to splurge on my favorite raw cookies, nothing was fitting the bill that day.  I grabbed a few bulk ingredients [which saved us some spending $$] & opted to throw something together at home.

The beauty of this is I simply started throwing ingredients into the food processor while dinner cooked & adjusted it to suit my taste.  This is on the LIGHTER side of sweet, so feel free to add maple, agave – whatever sweetener you feel good about eating.

These tasty treats hit the spot for me.

Carrot Cake Crispies

  • 2 medjool dates, pits removed

Chop in food processor & add remaining ingredients.

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup crispy rice cereal
  • ample sprinkling of cinnamon
  • dash of ginger
  • dash of cardamom

Pulse to combine before adding final ingredients.

  • 2 T shredded coconut
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 T coconut oil, melted
  • 1 T tahini

Pulse until just combined.  Press into a parchment-lined dish & put in freezer until set, 10 minutes – 1 hour.  Remove from freezer & cut into 1-inch squares.  This made about 12 squares.  I like that they did not freeze solid — they were still soft with just enough crunch.  I think I will leave them in the fridge after they set up though to keep them on the softer side.

These little crispies are full of simple, clean ingredients — I was actually surprised they turned out so well — they are a perfect, light treat & would be amazing with a coconut icing.  Now that I know how simple [a.k.a. not scary] it is to toss this stuff in & process, I’m excited to explore other flavors & make crispies often.

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What kind of sweet tooth do you have?  Do you like sweet sweet or just sweet enough?

Mid-Week Sweat

10 Thu, 2011 § 4 Comments

I asked Dave for workout suggestions before bed Tuesday night.  On the fly, he whipped out this quick workout that woke me up & got me going Wednesday. He is good like that — see how he spotted this rope swing to get in a quick pull up workout in Thailand? 😉

Back to AZ: the idea was to fit it in my early morning routine, hit various, specific muscle groups & prep my body for climbing after work.

 

6 sets of the following:

  • prisoner squats x 25
  • santana push ups ~ 20 seconds
  • dips ~ 20 seconds
  • hanging L/V “sit” ~ 10 seconds

This workout wasn’t brutal, but I was surprised how fatigued everything became only part way through — my poor triceps are weak!  Dave also “challenged” me to complete 200 more prisoner squats & 100 desk push ups throughout the workday.  Jeez, this guy.  😉  It felt good to keep moving throughout the day though & be warmed up for climbing.

I am sharing a few of my workouts lately just to show how easy it can be to fit in a workout, even if you only have a short amount of time.  Keep in mind though, short workouts need to be intense to be effective, so really give it your all.

I also wanted to tell you about my SIMPLE lunch that was SO DELICIOUS.

Dave was kind enough to make extra jasmine rice Tuesday evening for me to pack in my lunch.  I tossed in chickpeas, hemp seeds & toasted sunflower seeds; drizzled it with a little flaxseed oil & sprinkled a touch of sea salt.  It was amazing slightly chilled.  I will be making this again…soon.

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What is your favorite type of workout?

30*F!!

4 Fri, 2011 § 2 Comments

8:00 a.m. & 30 degrees Fahrenheit.

Wahoo!

Never thought I would be excited about 30 degrees, but after -23* windchill this week, I am ecstatic.  We will be sitting poolside in no time. 😉

To celebrate this heatwave, I want to [re]share one of my favorite past photos from my walks with Eisley.

good morning sunshine

I miss you Spring.  As much as I am embracing the present, I long for your return.  Thank you for the teasers earlier this month.  Can we please have more of those 50*F days?  Pretty please??

I am embracing this beautiful day by taking a long lunch & going for a run or doing an interval workout — I think I spotted a park nearby.

I have not been as active as I feel good about this week; though I have fit in a couple morning workouts, walked to/from work/bus one day [BRRrr] & hit the climbing gym twice in the evening, it has just not been enough.  I will be making a game plan over the weekend & starting to take Eisley for a short run in the mornings again [more for her benefit than mine, but I definitely get something out of it too ;)].

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Were you hit with snowmageddon?  We did not get snow — just the wind.  Are you still fighting the blizzard?  Are you finding ways to stay active amidst the cold freezing temperatures?

Start the Work-Week Right

23 Sun, 2011 § 7 Comments

You know I am crazy & will sometimes wake at 4:30 to get a workout in before catching the bus.  Some mornings this does not happen though, so I like to fit a lunch workout into my day.   I might go for a short run, hit the climbing gym for an hour, fit in a playground workout at the nearest park or just go for a walk — my deodorant has been keeping up too. 😉  Even if I do get in my 4:30am workout, I love breaking up my day with movement & fresh air during my lunch break…even if it just means walking around downtown.

During your lunch break or in between classes consider doing any of the following:

  • Go for a run
  • Find the nearest park or school & do a workout using the playground equipment.  Sometime I will do a full HIIT [high intensity interval training] workout; sometimes I just jog there & do sets of pull ups & hanging knees raises.
  • Walk around the block or window shop if you work near any quaint, local shops.
  • Is there is a gym nearby?  Drop in for a class you have never taken or lift weights.
  • Bike to/from work/school to relieve some of the stagnant feeling of sitting at a desk all day.
  • Balance your day out with a yoga class.  Check for lunch or specific weekday specials at a nearby studio.  There is a studio downtown offering $5 drop-in on Wednesdays I cannot wait to try this week.
  • Make a date with your camera.  It will get you moving a bit & switch up your mindset by stimulating those creative juices while you walk around.

[David Finch]

Whatever you do, love your body & love yourself by moving.

I promise it feels so much better than sitting in the break room.

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How do you spend your lunch break?  Ever make it an “active” hour?

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