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Puppy Love

Some may call it puppy love – but I know I’m in it for the long haul.

I’ve fallen in love with running.

Yes, that activity that used to plague me with a wave of utter dread and anxiety – it has become something that makes me excited to wake up in the morning.

As the girl who used to push herself to the extremes just to burn 100 more calories, do just one more mile, sweat just a bit more…I’ve learned to take each day with a grain of salt.

Every day I feel better, lighter, stronger, more energized, and one step closer to my inner peace. With every step of my feet, I feel the ground lifting me up and propelling me forward, clearing my mind and giving energy to every fiber of my being, from my toes to the top of my head. It’s as though everything around me stops for a moment to allow me to be in myself, spend some time for some me time. There are no deadlines, to-do lists, or responsibilities when I’m running – it’s just me, my mind, and the ground below me.

I’ve learned to be more in tune with my body. I’ve learned to listen to my body; when it tells me I’m hungry, or when I’m not hungry; the importance of knowing when to take a rest day, and when to do a tough workout. It’s all a matter of inner harmony – when you treat your body well, your mind and your body don’t disagree. You begin to work like a perfectly-functioning machine, your body and mind completely in sync because you’re giving your body what it needs. And what your body needs is good treatment: quality nourishment and balanced exercise.

I may not be a marathon-runner or a triathlete, but every day my body is becoming stronger and building its endurance to take me to where I want to go. I’m certainly taking baby steps, but every day I feel the difference. It’s all in the balance.

What are your thoughts? Do you have something that has taught you about inner peace?

WORKOUT:

Today’s workout was a bit harder than yesterday’s; I decided to up the time running since 30 seconds longer didn’t seem to difficult. Plus, I had just gotten a lot of sleep, so I was up for a challenge! My workout looked like this:

  • Treadmill workout: 5 minute warmup at 5.5, then 3 minutes running at 5.5 followed by 1 minute walking at 4.0 repeated 4 times; last rep, 4:40 at 5.6 then 5 minute cooldown at 3.5. Totals: 3 miles, 36 minutes, 455 calories (accuracy = negligible).
  • Stretching
  • Abs: 50 crunches, 30 with legs in the air, 50 with legs almost flat, 50 legs left/legs right, 1 minute traditional plank.
  • Arms: 20 bicep curls, 5 lbs. each arm. 15 lateral raises, 5 lbs. each arm. 30 tricep extensions, 10 lbs.

I felt so good through the whole thing, and even started singing in my head and dancing along – I don’t like listening to music when I run, but sometimes the rhythm reminds me of a good song. Today it reminded me of Imma Be, so I was rockin’ out for one rep – don’t judge :).

By the end, I was plenty sweaty and so proud of myself. It was nearly impossible to wipe that grin off of my face – I had done 3 miles! This is the first time I’ve been able to do 3 miles at once since my pre-vegan days (more on that another time).

One small step for Katelyn, one giant leap towards my 5K! The days are slowly approaching…as of today, I have 11 more days left to train before my first race. Ahh! 🙂 I am so excited.

Anywho, after my run I was plenty hungry, and since I had slept in, my whole morning was pushed forward. I didn’t have my favorite brekkie today, but instead I had Lunch for Brunch. You see, it was still early enough to be brunch (about noon), but I didn’t have anything breakfast-y at all – so it was Lunch, but for Brunch.

LUNCH FOR BRUNCH:

My mouth was watering like crazy by the time I reached the kitchen, so I pulled out the last piece of ‘Shroom Pizza along with some brussels sprouts, the last of the Sweet Potater, and Garlicky Beans.

Popped the pizza in the handy-dandy toaster oven and the nuked the rest (even though I hate microwaves), then dug in with hardly any mercy.

It was such a sunny, perfect day – can you tell? 🙂

After Lunch for Brunch, I showered and then got to the tasks at hand.

You may be wondering, “What’s the Hoodie Pile?”. Well, you should see for yourself.

Yes, that beautiful mountain has been sitting in the middle of my room for the past few days week. And I finally decided to clear out the top shelf of my closet to place them on, and in the process found a ton of old journals (dating back to when I was 8 years old..aww!) and a box of dried roses from when I was confirmed. I love going through old things.

What do you have in your “treasure trove”?

DINNER:

Then, it was time to make dinner! I was in the mood for squash (I love my orange vegetables), so tonight I made Spaghetti Squash Primavera with some asparagus, salads con avocado, and Quinoa.

Now, mind you, the Primavera was not very asthetically pleasing in the serving bowl, but on my plate it looked just like spaghetti! Tasted a million times better though, due to the fact that virtually any kind of squash will make my tummy happy.

Spaghetti Squash Primavera

Ingredients:

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • EVOO
  • 8-10 baby bella mushrooms, quartered or sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 large handfuls fresh baby spinach
  • 1 large tomato, diced

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Place spaghetti squash on a baking sheet/casserole dish (anything really works as long as its big enough) and cook whole in the oven for 50-60 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet, sauté garlic over medium heat in about 2 tbsp. EVOO for 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and sauté until they have reduced and mushroom liquid has seeped out. Cover and remove from heat.
  4. Using an oven mitt, hold the squash with one hand and cut squash in half with a long, sharp, toothed knife – do not cut it bread-style, be a daredevil and stick it straight in! It cuts easiest this way.
  5. Use a spoon to spoon out the seeds, then use a fork to coax out the “spaghetti”. Only the shells should be left when you are done.
  6. Return the skillet to medium heat and add “spaghetti”, spinach, and tomatoes. Toss and cover, stirring every few minutes until the “pasta” has reduced slightly and has moistened up and cooked more.
  7. After cooking and tossing for about 15 minutes, top with some vegan parmesan cheese, then serve and enjoy! 🙂

There’s really no way to go wrong with veggies in this recipe, so use whatever you have – broccoli, zukes, cukes, bell peppers, onions, anything! It would also be good with some marinara sauce, a bit of EVOO and salt ‘n peppa, or even some lemon juice. Let me know what you try! 🙂

DESSERT:

No meal is complete without dessert. Tonight, we finished the last few Chocolate Chip Cookie Cakes (sad face 😦 ), which were nuked (with love) for 1 minute and then devoured promptly (with care).

I love my ooey gooey goodness 🙂

Is your mouth watering yet? …You’re welcome! 🙂

Ahhh, time to go work on my summer reading! I got a giant wake-up call today when I got my schedule in the mail – and yes, I got every teacher I wanted with a perfect schedule of frees. I have 5th and 8th period free every day, giving me the best lunch period and the opportunity to leave school early or even go to work earlier every day (meaning coming home earlier!). Plus, on day 5 I don’t have class until noon. Oh, the joys of senior year 🙂

That’s all for tonight! See you in the morning lovlies 🙂

xoxox,

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Autumn in August

Hi lovlies! I apologize for no post yesterday. I was a busy busy bee, shame on me, and awfully tired to boot…I slept a little late today. Oopsie 🙂 So my day is a little delayed, but it is beaauuuutiful out, so it’s perfect for a run! I’ve come to really love running. But more on that later 🙂

Onto yesterday!

Yesterday truly was the epitome of a fall day. It started off dark and chilly with tons of rain, and continued and ended dark and chilly with tons of wind. But regardless, I absolutely loved this excuse to put on sweatpants, slippers, a comfy sweater, and sip some hot tea 🙂

In the morning, I had to wake up at 5:15 am to get in my workout, shower, get ready, eat, and get to work by 8 am. But let me tell you, I am not complaining! It was a great morning.

I hopped right out of bed (I slept in my workout clothes for extra security! Click here for more of my morning workout tips), hydrated, and got on the treadmill for my workout.

I’ve been reading lately about the benefits of interval training and Jeff Galloway’s run/walking method (as well as some great running tips I found here. thanks, Women’s Health!), so I decided today would be the day to try it. There’s no time like the present, right?

I based my workout off of this chart that I found on Angela‘s blog:

Run-walk-run ratio should correspond to the training pace used:
8 min/mi—run 4 min/walk 35 seconds
9 min/mi— 4 min run-1 min walk
10 min/mi—-3:1
11 min/mi—2:30-1
12 min/mi—-2:1
13 min/mi—-1:1
14 min/mi—30 sec run/30 sec walk
15 min/mi—30 sec/45 sec
16 min/mi—30 sec/60 sec

My miles are usually done on the treadmill at 5.4, which is about 11 minutes per mile, but I honestly don’t know how fast my fastest mile currently is. So, yesterday I used the intervals for 11 min/mi, or 2:30 – 1. My workout looked like this:

  • 5 minute warmup at 5.4
  • 2:30 at 5.0, 1 at 4.0 (repeated 6 times)
  • 5 minute cooldown at 4.0
  • Total: 2.5 miles, about 30 minutes
  • stretching
  • My classic ab routine: 50 crunches, 25 crunches w/ legs raised, 25 crunches w/ legs long, 25 side crunches on each side, 1 minute traditional plank.

Unfortunately, no arms yesterday – I was not going to risk being late for my first morning shift 🙂 I love going to work (gasp!), so I make it my first priority to look my best and be at least 10 minutes early. What can I say, I’m a go-getta 😉

I quickly showered after my sweat sesh and got ready, then went downstairs to make my favorite Bob’s Red Mill Creamy Buckwheat Cereal. As soon as I removed it from the heat, I put in a chopped Cinnamon Bun Katebar, mixed it in, and let it sit covered for a few minutes while I grabbed some fruit (1/2 a grapefruit, blackberries, and bluebs).

The result? Gooey, melty, warm cinnamon bun goodness.

No photograph could quite capture the gooey deliciousness that was my hot morning cereal – you’ll just have to try it yourself 🙂

I got driven to work on this windy, freezing, rainy morning (thanks Dad!), and had a great time! I met some more fun people, and I look forward to meeting the rest of the crew 🙂

As soon as I got home, my tumbly was grumbling and I knew it was time for some Shroom Pizza from last night along with a giant bowl of sautéed veggies, also from last night, atop some of my lovely kale:

Mmmm 🙂 I love my pizza. I still have a quarter of the pizza left for my lunch today. Now I’m getting hungry!

I spent the day relaxing in my favorite sweater, sweats, and slippers, and sipped some sweet, satisfying tea (woo alliteration! here I come, AP Lit!). When dinner came, I wanted something hearty and yummy, so I whipped up a sweet potato (my all-time favorite! I eat these straight up – there is no reason to enjoy sweet potaters with salt or butter…why would you do that when they’re so yummy sweet!), some Garlicky Beans, quinoa with sautéed vegetables mixed in (red onion, broccoli, red pepper, zukes, shrooms), and brussels sprouts. It was absolutely perfect, warm, and delicious for the cool weather we were having 🙂 Recipes will be at the end, lovlies!

The only way to eat brussels - roasted to perfection 🙂

Slight quinoa camera fail

Beans, beans, the magic fruit!....These tasted way better than they looked 😉

The mighty Sweet Potater!

By the way, all of you naysayers, sweet potaters are a Superfood! Yes, these little tubers are filled with Beta Carotene and Vitamin K among a host of a million other vitamins and minerals and do not make you fat! In fact, the sweet potato is not even in the potato family. Plus, the starches in yammies are slow-release, keeping you full, helping you burn fat, and helping to build muscle.

Stick that on your fork and eat it!

Of course, for dessert we had to have some of my Chocolate Chip Cookie Cakes. No meal is complete without dessert! Here’s some food porn for ya 🙂

Mmmm 🙂 There are just a few more for tonight, and we will be fighting for them! In this family, we treasure our desserts…especially my guilt-free concoctions. I had been feeling a little run-down last night from being up since 5:15, but the chocolate made me feel instantly better – chocolate could create world peace!

Okay, now for the recipes 🙂

How to Cook a Sweet Potater

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and place some tin foil on a baking sheet.
  2. Wash and scrub your sweet potaters, then poke 3 holes on each side.
  3. Place one of the poked sides down on the tin foil, then pop in the oven for 30 minutes.
  4. After 30 minutes, flip over and cook for another 30.
  5. Cut, slice, mash, or serve however you please! I like mine in a giant slice 🙂

Garlicky Beans

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans, or 3 cups, of your favorite beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tsp., or 2 cloves, minced garlic
  • EVOO
  • thyme
  • oregano
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 5 scallions, chopped

Directions:

  1. Saute garlic with a bit of EVOO in a medium saucepan over medium heat for 1/2 minutes, or until fragrant.
  2. Add the rest of your ingredients and continue to cook over medium heat until hot and steaming.
  3. Serve over some of your favorite grains, bread, or in a bowl like a soup! Mmm 🙂

How to Roast Brussels Sprouts

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Pour some EVOO into a rimmed baking sheet and sprinkle some sea salt, then spread it around my tipping the sheet all around.
  3. Halve the brussels and place them cut side down on the baking sheet, then drizzle with some more EVOO and sprinkle with some more salt.
  4. Stick in the oven to roast for 15-20 minutes, depending on whether you like them browned or not. I like them the darker, the better 🙂
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Simple Quinoa

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • Veggies of your choice, chopped (I used broccoli, red peppers, red onion, shrooms, and zucchini)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F, and place quinoa and water in a medium saucepan.
  2. Bring quinoa and water to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover, checking periodically and cook for about 15 minutes (or until all the water is absorbed).
  3. Meanwhile, place veggies on a baking sheet and toss and coat with some EVOO and some sea salt on the baking sheet.
  4. Roast veggies for about 15 minutes, then combine with the quinoa and serve. Enjoy! 🙂

Time for my run – see you after brunch, lovlies!

xoxox,

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