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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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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’sย 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/miโ€”run 4 min/walk 35 seconds
9 min/miโ€” 4 min run-1 min walk
10 min/miโ€”-3:1
11 min/miโ€”2:30-1
12 min/miโ€”-2:1
13 min/miโ€”-1:1
14 min/miโ€”30 sec run/30 sec walk
15 min/miโ€”30 sec/45 sec
16 min/miโ€”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,ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ofย sautรฉedย veggies, also from last night, atop some of my lovely kale:

Mmmm ๐Ÿ™‚ I love my pizza.ย 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 withย sautรฉedย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ย Recipes will be at the end, lovlies!

The only way to eat brussels - roasted to perfection ๐Ÿ™‚

Slight quinoa camera fail

Beans, beans, the magic fruit!....These tasted way better than they looked ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Mmmm ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚
  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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

xoxox,

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Busy Bee

Good morning lovlies! Hope everyone had a nice evening ๐Ÿ™‚

I had a pretty relaxed one filled with leftover kabocha squash with azuki beans, savory quinoa, and roasted brussels sprouts, my favorite! (halve brussels, preheat to 350F, place cut-side down on EVOO’d baking sheet, drizzle with EVOO and sea salt, roast for 15 minutes) Mmm ๐Ÿ™‚

This morning I woke up bright and early – at 6:15 am! – to check email, hydrate, and go for my run. At first I was kind of sluggy and not motivated, but then I turned on the Today show and started my workout. Since I’m training for a 5K (hopefully I’ll be able to do 5K by the race!), I did an endurance workout I saw online last night, but tailored it to make it a bit harder.

I did a 5 minute jogging warmup, stretching before and after, then repeats of 5 minutes running and 1 minute powerwalking, then a 5-minute walking cooldown. Total, I logged 30 minutes and 2.25 miles. Not bad! I felt good, so I’m going to keep up with the running/walking workouts and build up my endurance. Of course I stretched forever and then did my abs!

By the way, I do not have any fancy workout gear. I don’t like spending money on much other than a good pair of sneakers and running shorts, so this is my daily attire ๐Ÿ™‚

Watch I got at Target in the 3rd grade. No joke

With a "new" band ๐Ÿ™‚ 2 dolla velcro!

My sneaks ๐Ÿ™‚ Asics alll the way, baby!

The usual

On the Today show this morning, I was shocked by one of the stories – a girl named Phoebe Prince who had recently moved to a new town was being harassed by a group of kids in her high school, and couldn’t take it anymore, so she committed suicide. Sad, right? I felt awful for this girl, and couldn’t believe that kids could be so cruel. Normal emotions, right?

Well, a reporter came onto the show and talked about how a giant story had emerged that Phoebe had been a giant bully/harasser at her previous private school in Ireland, and had been on antidepressants for a long time, somehow making the harassment not as bad since she “already had problems”.

Now, where do people get off talking about a poor girl who just killed herself like that? Phoebe’s friends and family are probably completely distraught, and in all this madness, the people harassing her are looking for a way out with use of this story. It’s terrible.

What do you think of the way they’re handling this story?

I’m honestly pretty disgusted that people would try to compensate what they did by “victimizing the victim”. Read more about Phoebe’s story here.

Okay, enough with the sad. Onto happier things! ๐Ÿ™‚ My brekkie this morning was so yummy, filled with 1/2 a grapefruit, oatmeal, and tons of berries since I love them so much ๐Ÿ™‚

Of course, no morning is complete without some Yogi tea.

Time for me to go get ready for the day! I have a long list of things to do (yes, I make a list for myself every night before bed ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Have a good day everyone!! Try not to be too busy ๐Ÿ™‚

Question of the Day: What’s your morning routine like? How do you make it more efficient?

I look forward to hearing your tips ๐Ÿ™‚

xoxox,

Katelyn

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Living the Kind Life

Good morning lovlies! It’s (finally) a beautiful day! It’s already 80 and sunny, praise the lord.

So, last night after the mall I was so exhausted..kind of like a Mall Migraine. Do you ever get that? I always end up this way after shopping in real stores instead of online. Boooo. But I got this t-shirt! The picture from the last post was cell-phone-quality, so here’s some HQ for ya:

Go Vegan! with my main man, Porky the Pig

We match!

This Mall Migraine put me to bed around 9 or so, so unfortunately there was no dinner post for you lovely people. The menu was delicious! I whipped up some savory quinoa and kabocha squash with azuki beans with salads. To die for.

We have some beautiful heirloom tomatoes that we bought at the Farmer’s Market, but I can’t bring myself to actually chop them up and eat them! They’re so beautiful.

As you all know, I’ve been following The Kind Diet‘s Superhero plan as much as I can, so I’ve been adding in more whole grains as well as beans (beans, oh my!). And it is so yummy! I’ve been feeling so much better when I add more whole grains and beans to my meals, not to mention full for a lot longer.

Unfortunately no pictures (they turned out blurry from the steam, sorry loves), but I’ll give you the recipes as per usual ๐Ÿ™‚ These were absolutely scrumptious and I cannot wait until lunch when I get to have leftovers!

Savory Quinoa with Mushrooms and Spinach

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp. EVOO
  • 1/4 of a red onion, diced
  • 4 or 5 baby bella mushrooms, quartered (more or less to your liking. I like more ๐Ÿ™‚ )
  • 4 or 5 small handfuls of spinach lettuce (I don’t really measure)
  • 1 tbsp. freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley

Directions:

  1. Bring quinoa and water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat, covered. When boiling, reduce to very low heat to a simmer and let cook for about 30 minutes, or until all water is absorbed.
  2. While quinoa is cooking, heat a skillet and then add EVOO and onions.
  3. Sautรฉย onions until fragrant and near translucent, then add mushrooms, spinach, and parsley.ย Sautรฉย until mushrooms have reduced and browned slightly and spinach has wilted.
  4. When both quinoa and veggies are done, combine and serve! Yum ๐Ÿ™‚

These recipes are perfect for the fall and winter months when you want a warm, hearty meal, but I really enjoy these kinds of meals all year-round. I love me some warm kabocha squash in the middle of the summer! ๐Ÿ™‚

Kabocha Squash with Azuki Beans (Adapted from The Kind Diet)

Ingredients:

  • 1 Kabocha squash, washed and chopped into about 1-inch, large pieces
  • 2 (15.5-oz. cans) azuki beans

Directions:

  1. Place the beans in a large soup pot, then add enough water to cover the beans by 1 inch. Add kabocha squash and bring to a boil, covered.
  2. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and cook about 30 minutes, or until the squash is clearly soft and everything comes together when stirring (kind of like a casserole).
  3. Serve, and enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

That dish in particular was not very pretty, let me tell you, but it was the most delicious thing I’ve had in a hot long time.

Breakfast this morning was a giant plate of fresh fruit. I woke up awfully late and didn’t get to run, so I had a half a grapefruit with strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, cherries, and my detox tea in my favorite Pooh mug ๐Ÿ™‚ I forgot how refreshing just having fresh fruit for breakfast is!

I. love. cherries. And these were still attached! Awe ๐Ÿ™‚

Today is my day off from race training (so sore!), so I’m gonna do some yoga with my yoga-teacher Mom in our living room later this morning! Aren’t I a lucky ducky?

Then, I have orientation at work later this afternoon. I am so excited! I probably shouldn’t be excited for work, but I think it might be fun ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a beautiful day, lovlies!

xoxox,

Katelyn

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