Today is the day before opening day fishing and it is COLD and raining. I kept Sophia out of school to take her up to see the flowers at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festal. I’m still in rest week letting myself heal up a bit before I kick it up another notch. Anyways, I spent most of the morning waiting for it to warm up a bit, but it wasn’t happening for me. I let Sophia know I was getting ready to go and she was stoked so we both suited up and out the door we went. It was raining and windy, but we had a nice chat together and the experience really solidified the idea that Sophia LOVES to run with me, because I don’t think most people in their right mind would choose to run outside in this kind of weather… It was a good diet day. Not much else to report. Here are the details:
I made the BEST frozen yogurt in our Vita-Mix blender tonight. I tell people all the time how awesome the Vitamix is, but I really don’t think most people really “get it” because they only look at it as a smoothie machine and forget that it is also able to cook soup and freeze ice cream and frozen yogurt!
Here is what I did: Add 1 pound frozen strawberries, 1 cup vanilla yogurt (you can use greek yogurt but it has a texture I do not like in this recipe so try it at your own risk), and 1/8 cup Splenda. All you do is put everything in the vita-mix and blend until it is thick and smooth. The Vitamix blends the berries so quickly that as they are chopped and stirred they freeze the yoghurt making a delicious sweet creamy frozen yogurt.
I’m planning to make this with frozen pineapple and coconut soon! This is an awesome healthy recipe the entire family (including the kids) LOVED! High in protein and fresh fruit makes it a great way to cap off the day! For me losing weight is not easy, and I am an ice cream LOVER so this recipe is a BIG winner in my house. I know the Vita-Mix is expensive and that a lot of people have a difficult time justifying the expense but it has become an appliance I use nearly every day and I do not regret for one second my purchase.
If you are trying to lose weight or just eat healthier by making smoothies you should try The Smoothie Diet. It’s a great way to get started and the kit also comes with kid friendly smoothies, gluten free and diabetic friendly recipes, an exercise guide, and a healthy eating guide.
Yet another rest day running with Sophia. I am forcing myself to be patient and slow down… I know I could go flat out again and feel great. For a day or two… But rest is important and I am making sure I get it. t is imperative that i eat well and get plenty of rest . Running damages muscles and rest is when you rebuild them and get faster. I had another GREAT nutrition day and got in a easy run with Sophia. Best of all this is the first time in a while that I have posted my blog post up the same day it happened. I have several good recipes I’ll try to share today. I had black bean and quinoa tacos, stir fry, a smoothie, fresh juice, and some awesome homemade frozen yogurt. I’ll try to get some recipes up real soon!
Today was a LONG day at work. I got home about 10PM and was tired, but feeling quite good after a few easy days. Unfortunately, it was COLD, windy, and raining hard. Nothing like a 10:30 PM run in 39 Degree weather with a 20 MPH wind to help you kick it into high gear. I am very happy that I am at a point now where I feel natural getting ready to run regardless of the time or weather. In fact I am starting to look forward to it as a time to unwind from my day and get a chance to think through lifes problems and day dream a bit.
Good news today, my 1 mile pace was 9:55 a new personal best for me! The last .15 I walked as a bit of a cool down before I went back into the house, but it was too cold and nasty for much more of a cool down and I was chilled so I headed in quickly. Its awesome what a little rest does for you. I had a chiropractor appointment this morning and had solid nutrition all day with 2 juices, a smoothie, and a big vegetarian burrito to eat. I think I was a bit dehydrated, and need to make sure I stay on top of that. Otherwise, it was a GREAT day! Just a couple more easy days before I am back at it again. 🙂 Seattle Marathon is calling my name and I am 100% sure I will be ready. I just need to stay healthy!
Today is day two of my recovery week. I ate very good today with 3 juices, a bit of Pad Thai and chicken Satay, and some baked cod. Today was a long day with work and bible study, but I got through it and when i got home Sophia was raring to go for a run. I was really tired today so we took a very slow mile loop and then hydrated well. I am glad I moved my rest week forward a week because I am tired and I feel like I need the rest.
Updated With New Resources 8-17:
Sadly after several years of availability the Jason Vale book I linked to is no longer posted for download on his site. However, I have updated this post with several free (at the time of this update) juicing e-books available on Amazon because I do not feel right about posting his work on my site for free. I’ve worked hard to give you several options I think you will like.
Juicing is GREAT for your body!
Anyone who knows me knows I live a healthy lifestyle! My friend Shane from running on Juice turned me on to juicing a while back and I have been hooked on juice and smoothies ever since. I think people are curious about juicing, but are afraid to try it out, and I think that’s just silly. You have not lived until you have had a glass of fresh apple juice with NOTHING in it but pure apple goodness! That’s all it took for me. The best news is that it is just the beginning. I have regularly made juices with 7-10 ingredients and when you start doing that you can get some truly amazing flavors, in about the same prep time as it would take to make toast and cereal.
7 Pounds in 7 Days
If you don’t know I am a HUGE fan of Jason Vales 7 Pounds in 7 days and lost 10 pounds in a week drinking nothing but fresh fruit and veggie juice and I felt GREAT the entire time. In fact, I still drink juices or smoothies nearly every day as part of my diet plan.
Lots of people worry about being overly hungry on this kind of diet and I can assure you I was never hungry. In fact, on many days I failed to drink all of the juices in my plan because I was completely full. It was a bit of a cultural adjustment getting used to consuming so much produce, but the change was totally worth it.
My Favorite Juice Recipe:
Yesterday I made “Spring is in the Air” and it was amazing! This juice has 3 apples, 1 orange (peeled), and 1/2 a pink grapefruit (peeled) and juiced together, then blended with 8 strawberries, a banana, and a handful of ice. the wonderful thing about juicing is it is so easy to change a recipe so you always get something you will enjoy. Anyways, I could go on and on about the benefits of juicing and I probably will at some point… But for today I just wanted to make sure people knew about the free e-book and had a chance to get a copy because the recipes I have tried so far were awesome!
This recipe originally had 2 apples, but I upped it to 3 because I thought it was too tart. The wonderful thing about juicing is it is so easy to change a recipe to make sure you always get something you will enjoy. Anyways, I could go on and on about the benefits of juicing. For today I just wanted to make sure people knew about These free resources I’m about to share.
4 Free Juicing Resources
Mondays run is the forst day of a recovery week. I have been really stressed out at work and it was time for a res. I was starting to feel some aches and pains in my back and legs and I was waking up still a bit tired. This was a nice easy 1 mile. enough to keep busy and work me but not enough that I was overly tired after I was done. My other focus this week will be on nutrition. Details below:
Today was the first time I have let Sophia go with me for a Long Slow Distance (LSD) run with me. She has been such a trooper with runs up to 3 miles that I though we could head out for 5 and see how she did. If it got to bad we could always call mom to come get her right? So, out the door we go… I was keeping her speed in check knowing we had a LONG ways to go today. Sophia was REALLY excited about running all the way to the fruit stand as as I plodded along she was racing all over the place hopping over logs and playing. About 2 miles in she fell on her bum, and we had a short break while I convinced her this wasn’t the end of the world and we talked about how important it is to be careful and pay attention when you train if you don’t want to get hurt. After about 2 minutes she was off again with no complaints. At the turn around point she was still going strong so we kicked up the pace a bit… and headed home. I feel bad because I accidentally turned in towards the house at my 3 mile turn shaving .7 off and hosing her out of her first 5 miler. 🙁 Still, she got 4.25 miles in, she had a ton of fun and went out to play while dad showered and relaxed! I am kind of curious how far she will run before she complains even a little bit at this point. today she really did slow me down a bit, but my knees and back are hurting a bit so I think it was good to slow down and just have fun. Next week will be an early recovery week to give my body some time to heal after 16 consecutive days. Overall I feel fantastic, but I also know I am going to hit a wall if I don’t slow down and rest. A normal training cycle would be 3 weeks on 1 week recovery, but since I am still adjusting I am going to do a couple 2 week on and 1 week cycles to make sure I get enough rest and recovery time. All my runs next week will be 1-2 miles and I’ll be focusing on nutrition and stretching. 🙂
After a long week I was ready for a short fast run. Sophia and I suited up and headed out the door at a fairly good pace. However, less that 100 yards from the house she stopped to pick up a piece of trash and told me all about how bad littering was. I applauded her commitment to the environment and encouraged her to continue on. About 15 paces later she found a Wal-Mart bag and I knew it was all over… from that point on we both stopped to pick up everything we found around our 1 mile loop. I was a bit annoyed at first because I was ready to run, but her saving the earth song brought a smile to my face… I wonder how much nicer everything would look if everyone who ran took a day a month and picked up their usual loop? Mine looks pretty good right now!