Friday, April 29, 2011
Chunky Vegetable Salad with Lemon-Cumin Vinaigrette
Who says you need lettuce for salad? Seems more often then not my salads these days contain none. The first time I made this salad I changed up quite a few ingredients I didn't have the kidney beans so I just doubled up the chickpeas. I didn't use jicama in either one but I know it would be good and will use it the next time. The key is the dressing... I love, love, love it!!! I really like cumin although I gotta say it smells like BO. I never realized this until one of my sons pointed out and now I can't use it without that thought going through my head but it. This is a great salad that you can change up based on what you have on hand.
1/3 cup chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/3 cup kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup shredded carrot
1/4 cup chopped jicama
1/4 cup chopped apple
1/4 cup sliced red bell pepper
1 tablespoon sliced celery
1/4 cup chopped cucumber
and 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
juice of 1/2 lemon, (I used lime)
2 teaspoons olive oil,
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar,
1 teaspoon ground cumin,
pinch each sugar and salt;
drizzle over salad and serve
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Wishing all of you a happy Easter! Easter is a little different around here this year. We are not doing the usual family brunch so it feels kind of funny. We are however having dinner to celebrate my son's 17th birthday which is tomorrow. He is being honored tomorrow night at an awards ceremony at the 40th Annual Jefferson Foundation High School Art Exhibition at the Arvada Center.. It features more than 400 works from 23 different Jefferson County High Schools, Josh has been told he has taken 2nd place in his division, as well as having another photo displayed. One of the girls in his class has taken 3rd place and his teacher is having a solo exhibition! This is his award winning photograph! Have I said recently how proud I am of him?
Jelly Bean 10k
I can't help myself...I LOVE jelly beans!
I couldn't run without the jelly beans...this actually isn't the first time I've run on Easter and used jelly beans for a boost. :) So I set out and miles 1 and 2 just kind of sucked. Everything felt hard my legs felt heavy. Thinking maybe my legs are tired from the 1:30 bike trainer session yesterday.
1 11m 22s
2 11m 00s
By the start of mile 3 legs felt a little better and I was warming up. Gloves came off and I'm stating to feel better ...a few jelly beans at the 3 mile mark and head up a hill on mile 4
3 11m 13s
4 11m 40s
Going up the hill I start to get tired again...but soon I'm headed downhill and feeling better again. A few more jelly beans at mile 5 and I start to think my time is pretty good and even though this isn't a "real" race I could maybe have my fastest 10k time ever. So hit mile 6 pretty hard I don't even look at my time because I just don't want to know, I just keep going until I see 6.2 miles and I'm pretty much giving it all I got at this point. I really feel like I could not have gone much farther especially at this pace but lucky for me I don't have to I'm done!
5 10m 57s
6 10m 31s
7 02m 04s
Total 6.2 miles 1:08:47 11:05 average! I killed my previous 10k times! (Previous race times were from 1:14 to 1:18) So I'm pretty happy with that, no I'm really happy with that! Thanks so much to Jess at Run with Jess for putting this together. It was fabulous fun and just the kick I needed to get me out there this morning! Now I'm going to have to rethink doing the Boulder Boulder again this year and see if I can get a "real" PR.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Two dozen cupcakes is a lot of cupcakes!!! As you may remember I won the random drawing for doing the Cupcake marathon. These were sent to me Fed-Ex from the Sugared Bakery They arrived just as I was about to leave for work so I quickly opened them and took a dozen with me. Yes a cupcake for breakfast. I consumed far, far to many cupcakes over the next 2 days. They were wonderful! The frosting was so fudgy good you can not imagine they were also had a raspberry filling...oh yea...
Can I just say that I'm really glad the Jelly Bean virtual race does not have any food prizes, nor does it require me to consume jelly beans, although I'm guessing they will be consumed.
Training and goal update
1. Swim! Get to the pool at least 2 times. Went Monday am going tomorrow and may try Saturday too for a longer swim.
2. Track food better this week. I've tracked all food 3 out of 4 days so far. In Fact the 4th day I tracked most of the food just not all of. Now this doesn't mean I ate that great or stayed within calorie range just that I tracked it and can't say.."I was good this week how come I didn't lose any weight?"
Workouts have been ok a little shorter then I would have hoped on some but getting them in. A really nice run this morning. Just felt strong and it seemed easy always a real plus!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
This is what they had to say about it at Colorado Bicycle Rides
The climb up Lookout Mountain road is difficult, but it is only 4.5 miles long and it flattens out in sections.Only 4.5 miles...LOL! But before I get to that I have the a metric century the Community Classic Bike Tour up in Loveland which includes some decent climbs too. So needless to say I need to work on my climbing. Yesterday when I headed out I intended on riding a road that I had seen on my last ride.
You can see how the road kind of winds up.
It's a new road that connects Indiana to Hwy 72 and is almost 3 miles of climbing and is virtually unused. It almost killed me.
On the way up there was one bike in front of me and I passed a guy, not a young guy either, walking up with his helmet on (complete with horns) and his skate board. I'm sure like me he thought it was a lot more fun going down then going up, and I said as much. When I got to the top I was spent. I was kind of shaky and quickly ate some of my snack, almonds, kashi and dates. It had been awhile since breakfast. I was extremely thankful to have brought it as I got a bit of a late start, just after 11 and then got stopped only minutes in to my ride by my son and his step-mom which lead to about a 20 minute conversation and delay.
Now the good part...I get to go down that hill. Oh yea...much more fun... I admit to applying the breaks a few times. I saw a top speed of 42 which for me is fast...very fast...and of course causes thoughts of crashing, but the road was so smooth and with no traffic it was fantastic.. and then I turned on to another road and whoaa can you say headwinds? Which then turned into cross winds when I turned. But it wasn't long before the worst of that was behind me. All in all it was one fantastic ride I ended up with almost 25 miles and an average speed of 13.84 which I was thrilled with.This is the elevation profile for the ride. I believe this will be a great training hill and plan to do it often....maybe I can even try to do it twice...although I might want to have 911 ready on my speed dial. Saturday night my oldest son headed off to Prom....wow they grow fast.
I'm so proud of him.
I wrapped up the weekend with a pretty good run. Even though I wasn't really feeling it I managed to do 5 miles at a pretty good pace of 11:23. Now if you were to look at my log for the last couple of weeks it would be glaringly obvious that I've not been to the pool...I will change that this week. I'm going to start setting a some weekly goals for myself and that shall be number one this week. This weeks goals 1. Swim! Get to the pool at least 2 times. 2. Track food better this week.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
I have to say I thought this was pretty good. The boys ate the soup, they didn't love the egg rolls but this was not my best batch either although they look really pretty and tasted fine to me. I believe I will make this again and if nothing else well it introduced me to bok choy which I had never used before and now will be using a bunch! Really very easy to make, hardest part may be the clean up.
1/3 cup sake ( I just steamed over water)
20 frozen Asian dumplings (any variety)
5 cups (40 oz) canned low-sodium chicken broth
1 bunch bok choy, stem end trimmed 1/3 carrot
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped (I forgot this but think it would be good)
1. In a medium saucepan, heat the sake (water) until simmering. Add a steamer insert and then the frozen dumplings, and cover. Steam until they're tender, about 10 minutes.
2. In a large saucepan, bring the broth to a simmer. Meanwhile, thinly slice the bok choy and carrot into 2-inch julienne strips. Add the vegetables to the broth and cook until crisp-tender. Add the steamed dumplings and cook 1 minute more.
3. Serve the soup drizzled with sesame oil and garnished with cilantro.
Egg rolls I really don't have a recipe for these. I just chopped whatever veggies I had cooked them a little, I think I added a little soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and maybe some hoisin sauce. It's all veggies right?
Wrapped them up sprayed with olive oil and baked...easy and delicious! The first night I made them by themselves I ate the whole batch...I think I had 6 of them!
Dinner is served! Yummy!
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Q: Doctor, I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true?
A: Your heart only good for so many beats, and that it... Don't waste on exercise. Everything wear out eventually.. Speeding up heart not make you live longer; it like saying you extend life of car by driving faster. Want to live longer? Take nap.
Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?
A: No, not at all. Wine made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine, that mean they take water out of fruity bit so you get even more of goodness that way. Beer also made of grain. Bottom up!
Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?
A: Well, if you have body and you have fat, your ratio one to one. If you have two bodies, your ratio two to one, etc.
Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?
A: Can't think of single one, sorry. My philosophy is: No pain...good!
Q: Aren't fried foods bad for you?
A: YOU NO LISTEN! Food are fried these day in vegetable oil. In fact, they permeated by it. How could getting more vegetable be bad for you?!?
Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?
A: Definitely not! When you exercise muscle, it get bigger. You should only be doing sit-up if you want bigger stomach.
Q: Is chocolate bad for me?
A: Are you crazy?!? HEL-LO-O!! Cocoa bean! Another vegetable! It best feel-good food around!
Q: Is swimming good for your figure?
A: If swimming good for your figure, explain whale to me..
Q: Is getting in shape important for my lifestyle?
A: Hey! 'Round' is shape!
I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
1953/2231 Julie Taylor Arvada CO 46 F 1111/1340 45 to 49 101/126 2:33:42 11:44
Friday, April 8, 2011
Ok the crazies have set in….this morning on my way to work I was wondering if it would be possible to fit in training for a fall marathon with the 70.3 at the beginning of August. Then I yelled at myself WHAT!!??!?!? Ok maybe it was actually WTF!?!?!? I've always pretty much maintained that I would/could not do a full marathon or a full ironman and this thought truly came out of nowhere, NOWHERE!!! My mind was just wandering and that is where it went. Scary…at this point I truly have no intentions of checking if this is possible…
Half marathon coming up Sunday. Weather looks like this…
By the way as I write this at 7:40 p.m Friday the temps are around 70! I've been lucky enough not to have any really bad weather for a race I hope to continue this. Temps look fine but I really really hope to stay dry. I'm a little concerned about my Pie in the sky goal. My last tempo run yesterday was rough. I'm hoping the excitement of the race will carry me faster. I believe it's a pretty flat course so with any luck it will be a little easier then the R'n'r in October.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
What you'll need
•1 medium to large cooking onion, chopped
•3 large cloves of garlic, chopped
•1 tablespoon olive oil
•2 cans (or one large can) of dark kidney beans, drained and rinsed.
•1 can of low-sodium corn kernels, drained and rinsed
•1 large (28 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, keep the juice(I used diced fire roasted tomatoes)
•1 can pumpkin puree
•1 cup vegetable broth (or beer of choice)(I used chicken stock)
•1 tablespoon smoked paprika (or regular)(I used regular)
•1 teaspoon black pepper
•1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
•10 to 15 sage leaves (optional) (I just added some dried sage)
1.In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat and add the onions and garlic. Cook until onions are tender.
2.Pour in the pumpkin puree and vegetable broth (or beer). Mix. Pour in the can of whole tomatoes (with the juice). Mix again.
3.Then add the kidney beans and corn kernels. Season with the paprika, black pepper, and salt.
4.Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. You'll want to use a spatula or mixing spoon to crush the whole tomatoes a bit. Keep them chunky, but try to crush each one a couple times to distribute evenly.
5.Then lower the heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for 45 minutes. Again, stir occasionally.
6.Add in the sage leaves (I rubbed mine a bit with my fingers to get the flavor out before dropping into the pot). Cook at a low simmer for another 15 minutes