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good eats

I’ve seen multiple meal suggestions of an egg/avocado combo – fried egg on toast topped with avocado, soft boiled egg mashes up in a bowl with avocado, etc.  I’d always thought love eggs, love avocado, not crazy about the idea of them together.

I finally decided to try it a few days ago … yep, it’s seriously good!!  I had it for lunch again yesterday, this time topped with a bit of Trader Joe’s cowboy caviare.  Oh.my.tastebuds.goodness it hit the spot!!!

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no sugar – I made it!

I succeeded in my “no sugar February.”  My hubs asked this morning what I had planned for today.  Nothing!  In reality, I want to continue to not have sugar on a regular basis. Yet I do want the freedom of enjoying dessert when we get together with friends, the occasional out for ice cream, etc.  I’m a firm believer in enjoying things in moderation!

It was simply good for me to prove to myself that I could set a goal like this and keep it.   I’m thinking of saying “no chips” for my next goal – not that I eat chips often, but when I do, self control flies out the window. I love salt.  I’ll have to think about that one.

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no sugar update

I posted in early February about my plans to not eat sugar for the month of February.  After the 1st few days, overall it has been easy.  Valentines Day was tough because of the amount of candy my kids came home with, and last Sunday when friends came over for dinner and the wife brought an amazing looking sugar cookie topped with icing, apples and drizzled caramel … I almost caved!

I have caved 1 time – I got together with a new neighbor last Friday morning, and she had made a Paleo banana bread with chocolate chips for us to enjoy.  I didn’t want to be totally rude, so I had half a piece. It could have been worse though – because being Paleo there was no sugar in the bread – just the chocolate chips.  And it was good! I need to get the recipe to make in March! :)

I think my husband has been quite surprised by my self control (because let’s be honest – I’m not typically self controlled around opened junk food!).  Last week before he opened a 2 liter Coke he asked if it was ok or if it’d be too hard for me not to have any.  I told him it was FINE.  He gave me a look and opened the Coke.  The next morning I laughed so hard when I looked at the bottle …

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he used a big ole Sharpie to draw a line to mark how much Coke was gone – he says it was 100% to be funny – but I do think he was trying to help me be accountable and to see if I really am staying true.   As I said, he’s been surprised :)

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no sugar

Friday night, I was up late waiting for my husband to get home from a work trip.  As I was eating my THIRD Reese’s Cup from our stash in the freezer (we took stole our favorites from our kids’ Halloween candy and put them in the freezer for our own private stash!), I made the abrupt/drastic decision to not eat sugar for the next 30 days.  I looked at my calendar and realized February 1st was the next day, so decided no sugar for the month of February – yay for a 28 day month!!! :)

I’m doing it partly to prove to myself (and my husband) that I simply CAN do this.  I’ve also been saying for months that I’ve wanted to drop “a few” pounds. I’m hoping this will be the kick in the pants to make that happen.  Side note – I was on my high end of my normal weight when I got back from a month long road trip with my kids this summer, and was on my way to getting back to normal-normal when I got injured, so I have stayed on my high to really high end of normal.  I’m ready to be on the low side of normal!!  I’m tired of thinking and wanting – ready to DO.

So no sugar February!!

I had to catch myself twice already yesterday when I took our middle child to a birthday party.  She ate all the nasty icing off the top of the cupcake and then left the yummy looking cake part. Normally I’d have popped that in my mouth, but NOPE!  Then on the way home, she asked me to open a pack of gummies from her party favor bag and normally I would have swiped 1 for myself before I handed the package back.  So do you see the theme – I steal sugar from my kids on a consistent basis.  Awesome, Mama.

When I told my husband my plan, he did say “What about the Super Bowl??” My response – there is no sugar in chips and dip!!!!  I’ll be just fine :)

I’ll post of my progress! And I’ll post if I can tell a difference in my waist line! – after I recover from the chips and dip tonight during the Super Bowl :)

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a kick

I’m on a motivational kick – or high – right now.  Or surge. Not sure what to call it, except that RUNNING is going well FINALLY.  I get nervous that tomorrow it will tank again. But for today, I’m excited.  And I’m motivated.

January was one of my best and most consistent months since I started keeping track of things.  Every aspect of training has been going well.  My legs are tired, but seem to be adjusting well to added volume.

I ran 111.5 miles for the month (to reach my goal of 1000 miles in 2012, I only need to run 83 miles/month).  I did not take more than 1 consecutive day off.  My pace is moving in the right direction.  So yes, I’m encouraged! And excited!

I’ve also been asking myself what can I do to be a better runner?  My aforementioned new running partner will help – she’ll push me and not let me dog it on our runs together.  I am also trying to be more conscience of what I eat.  With 3 kids, meal times can be crazy and I often don’t get a good breakfast or lunch myself while feeding them.  I then tank in the mid afternoon and make poor decisions on what I do eat.  I am working on eating a solid breakfast and lunch, to get the good calories, and to feel better as the afternoon progresses.  Other thoughts are swarming through my head, but let’s take it 1 step at a time.  January was good.  Here’s to February being even better!  

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sluggish

I had a great run Saturday (just over 11 miles at an 8 minute pace).  It made me so excited for the upcoming HALF thinking my goal really is attainable.  Monday I felt good on a tempo run. Tuesday I felt sluggish – what should have been an easy run felt HARD.  I took yesterday off to time the team on a sweet track workout in the rain (subnote – they ran GREAT – nailing their ambitious goal times I set for them!!!).  I thought I’d feel great today and planned to get in some miles.  I just wasn’t feeling it.  My legs felt heavy and I overall felt just plain sluggish and only ran 4 miles.

Several thoughts …

Looking at my running log, I’ve had 4 great weeks since 2 weeks off from my ankle sprain.  There’s a lot of wisdom in every few weeks, backing off a bit.  Maybe my body is telling me I need a lower mileage week.

I’ve also realized over the past few weeks how I need to pay careful attention to what I eat during the day. My tendency is to not eat enough during the day (unintentionally as I get busy with the girls, etc) and then be very hungry post-run and eat a huge dinner.  Not good!  I’ve been working to make sure I stop to eat a good breakfast (such as eggs and toast or homemade granola with added flaxmeal) and a substantial lunch.  That makes a big difference in how I feel during my afternoon runs.

I think the combo of those 2 things is why I’ve felt sluggish this week.  My brother talks about this on his blog as well – how some days you just don’t have it and that’s okay.  It’s part of running!  But I will say, I’d take his sluggish days ANY day!!! :)

I’m leaving tomorrow night for a quick overnight cross-country trip to Atlanta.  Thus, I won’t be able to run tomorrow unless I go early and Saturday’s running won’t add up to much as I dash around the race course.  So now, at 10:20pm I’m debating if I’ll wake up at 5am, pump (joys of nursing a baby), and run with some guys that always push me and make me laugh, or if I’ll sleep in.  I need the run.  Do I need the rest?  I think I’ll feel better if I run.  Hope I don’t regret it!

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glucosamine

When training for the Jacksonville and Boston marathons in 2008, I faithfully took glucosamine pills.  I was amazed at how well my body held up to the training and 2 marathons in 9 weeks and figured the glucosamine may have had something to do with it.

Fast forward to now.

I totally forgot I had taken this Shaklee glucosamine supplement until the other day when someone asked me if I had ever taken glucosamine.  DUH!  I had definitely wondered why my knees had felt so achy lately after long runs.  I haven’t been taking glucosamine this time around!  So, I plan to call mom in just a bit and order some (mom is a Shaklee distributor) and hopefully it will make a difference.  I’m pretty confident it will.  In 2 places above I have a hyper-link to the glucosamine I have taken.  Here’s a Wikipedia article if you want to read more.  You can also buy various glucosamine supplements at the grocery store or health food store.  I’m biased to Shaklee due to their commitment to high quality.

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