Two Lives, One Lifestyle


Return to the Gym by Katie
April 12, 2010, 11:36 pm
Filed under: Dinner, Elliptical, Katie, Salad

I kept myself busy this morning checking things off of my to-do list.  Keeping really busy makes time fly and I was anxiously awaiting a follow-up appointment with my surgeon!  Check out my new inspiration-covered notebook from the cutest little shop, wordshop. With thesis finishing and job searching, daily and weekly to-do lists are a must and I was sick of writing on ripped up paper scraps that I always ended up losing.

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Follow-up results??  Woo hoo! I can do aerobic exercise and “light lifting, but nothing over 50 lbs.”  Do I look like I lift over 50 lbs? My incisions are SO small, I thought about posting a picture since they are seriously the size of a staple but decided it might make some people squeamish.  Oh, and he told me to start eating more fats to experiment.  Clearly that meant a cookie from Whole Foods.

As soon as I could, I went to the gym to ellipticize.  I didn’t want to go balls to the wall on a long run or anything, and stuck to the gym just in case I had any sudden pain.  I felt great for the most part, but toward the end my side felt cramped. It went away fast though so not too worried about it.

My fridge was pretty empty so I hit up Whole Foods after the gym.  WF after the gym is tough! Before I went in, I told myself to buy ONLY what I needed for dinner tonight.  I did a good job, and just ended up with one extra item: an oatmeal cookie for $1.09 that I ate in the car.  Post-gym fuel?

Dinner is served. Spinach, cucumbers, thinly sliced red onion in seasoned rice wine vinegar.  You don’t even need oil, it’s so good.

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And a semi-impulse buy (took me 15 minutes of walking around to pick which impulse idea I wanted) of bison-quinoa meatballs.  They were on sale for $2 off in the prepared food case.

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See the quinoa in the meatballs?  It’s good we don’t call beef meatballs “cow meatballs.” By the way, why do we say beef instead of cow but use the real name of chicken, salmon, bison, etc to describe those foods?

I also made some oven-baked sweet potato rounds.  They were super sweet, I didn’t even need honey (my fave sweet ‘tato dip). I dipped the balls in BBQ sauce- yum yum.

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So far neither the cookie nor the meatballs are giving me any problems.

I also had a glass of this wine.  It was on special for 1/2 off at Wilbur’s, making it $6. I really loved it, it was so light and refreshing.  It would be perfect to sip while watching the sunset over a lake during the summer.  Not like that’s my ideal setting to drink wine or anything. Fair trade is a bonus!

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Here’s the description Wilbur’s gave in their email:

Vinedos de la Posada was the second Fair Trade Wine to come out of Argentina. It was founded with the sole mission to preserve the tradition of small, family-owned vineyards, and the workers that care for them. This wine is 100% Pinot Grigio from the La Rioja province in Argentina. It is light straw in color with fresh lemon and peach fruit aromas. Bright tropical fruit flavors burst onto the palate with hints of green apple and floral notes. This is a crisp and refreshing Pinot Grigio that would pair great with fresh fruit, mild cheeses or seafood dishes.

On a less delicious note, my feet are so gross. Not like dirty gross but dry gross. I love wearing flip flops and sandals and as soon as the temperature is over 50*, I’ll have them on.  I noticed in the extremely terrible lighting of the doctor’s office that my feet look like those of an elderly lizard.  Good thing this was a Christmas present:

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Wow this stuff smells strong! At least it’s refreshing?  I’ll be trying to remember to moisturize my feet every night and let you know how it goes.  Some nail polish would help too.  Though I’m thinking I’ll save an actual pedicure for post-marathon since I don’t want to lose all my callused blisters and start blistering all over again (mmm glamorous).

What was the best part of your Monday?

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7 Mile Run on the Windsor Locks Canal Trails by Kelli
April 12, 2010, 6:23 am
Filed under: Eggs, Kelli, Run, Workout

Hi All!  I hope you had a lovely and restful weekend and are ready for your week.  I slept in this morning, per usual, and am currently boiling two eggs for breakfast.  Hard boiled eggs have been my go to breakfast lately since they are fast, easy, tastey, and full of protein!!  I also did the PILE of dishes that had acumulated this weekend that just never got done.  This makes me feel very accomplished and I don’t think I should have to go to work 😀

Yesterday I went on a 7 mile run on the Windsor Locks Canal Trails.  I have had a lot of issues with long runs lately.  I have had trouble finding a nice pace, my hip hurts, lots of “negative nancy” thoughts creep into my head such as “Why are you even trying?  This is never going to happen.”  It has been very disheartenting and I had no idea how to stop it.  Yesterday there were no negative thoughts, I found a nice pace after about a half mile, and my hip felt great (possibly because of new shoes!!) The trail was BEAUTIFUL and goes right along the Connecticut river.  There were lots of families out ofr bike rides, and other runner enjoying a jog along the river.  It was a very zen run and there were lots of positive thoughts a-flowin 🙂  Here is the breakout of my run:

Mile 1: 11:25

Mile 2: 11:23

Mile 3: 11:37

Mile 4:  11:43

Mile 5: 11:41

Mile 6: 11:55

Mile 7:  11:57

I was happy with my pace and felt good the whole time.  I think one of the problems lately has been that I start out every run too fact, at a 10-10:30 min/mile pace.  When comparing myself to MYSELF and no one else, that is way too fast.  I don’t know why my body cannot go faster, I really don’t.  I train HARD and push myself, but really no matter what my pace does not go down.  I am ok with it though.  I love to run and I don’t go out there and hit the pavement to prove anything to anyone else.  I run because I think it is incredible that my body is strong enough to run THAT far without walking.  Its a great feeling 🙂

I hope you all have a great Monday!!  On the books for me is work (boo!), 4 mile tempo run at Golds, and GROCERY SHOPPING!!  I never got around to doing that last week!  OOPS!  Currently we only have eggs, a bag of carrots, and some almond milk!!  HORRIBLE!!