Two Lives, One Lifestyle


Antsy, Hungry, Sad: A Taper Story by Katie
May 27, 2010, 9:43 pm
Filed under: Burger, Cravings, Katie, Marathon

I didn’t believe it when the Team in Training coaches told us that we would feel antsy during taper.   But it’s happening.  I ran for 30 minutes this morning and then after work, I really wanted to run!  I’m restraining myself based on all sorts of recommendations.

With moving, finishing a thesis, and preparing for the marathon, my stress levels are… not low.  I’ve cried a few times this week over really dumb things.  Point #2 in our taper info: you might feel depressed with the drastic reduction in exercise (exercise=endorphins).  Yes.  Why are they all so right?!  Deep breath.

Also, I would really like a cheeseburger now. (Hunger does not automatically adjust to the lower activity level but I’m obviously eating as I’m hungry.  There is a good chance of slight weight increases during these 2 weeks my sources say.)



Nutty Fries And ShroomY Burgers by Katie
April 21, 2010, 11:19 pm
Filed under: Burger, Dessert, Dinner, Katie, Mushrooms, Run

I’d seen parsnip fries on a few blogs and didn’t think much of it but when I saw the parsnips that Angela of Oh She Glows made…. they went to the top of my list.  I bought 2 parsnips (the checker-outter lady had to ask me what they were) and prepared to be impressed.

Parsnips sort of look like white carrots- though some are the size of carrots that ate too many cookies.  Check out the size difference.

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So what did Angela do that intrigued me so?  Coated the parsnips in almond butter and peanut butter. There are few things that don’t taste better with nut butter.

For both parsnips, I first melted (microwaved for 20 seconds) a heaping TBSP of almond butter + 1/2 TBSP olive oil.  I tossed the sliced parsnips with this mixture until it was all coated.

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I left out the peanut butter because I forgot it in my desk drawer. Yes, my desk at work.  The fries baked at 400* for about 15 minutes before I tested one.

They were a bit smooshy still so I hit them with the broiler. Oops, make sure you watch them in the broiler! A few got extra crisp.

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The final product, with a little drizzle of honey because honey and nuts go together like milk and cookies.

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I have to be honest though.  I don’t know if I like parsnips!  I’m not the biggest carrot fan and the taste of parsnip is basically the taste of carrot I don’t like, magnified.  Sorry about that description- vegetable flavor is tough to put into words.  However, the crispy nut butter coating?! Genius.  I will absolutely try this on sweet potatoes.

For some green, I cooked 2 zucchinis with some chopped tomato and a drizzle of Italian dressing.  There was probably about a 1/2 TBSP of dressing and it coated everything well without being greasy.

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While I cooked it started to thunderstorm.  It really doesn’t rain much here and sometimes I miss it! It’s hard to justify staying cozy inside watching a movie (or Law & Order SVU) with a glass of wine when it’s sunny outside. I opened the sliding door to let in the fresh rain air and listen to thunder.

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The most delicious and easiest part of dinner was a simple Portobello burger.  Portobello mushroom cooked in a splash of olive oil and balsamic, onions sautéed in the same, and creamy goat cheese.  Yum yum yum- SO easy and simple too.

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This morning I decided to switch my workouts to the AM instead of the afternoon and I loved having my evening free to enjoy cooking and eating!  Breakfast is always the same anyway, so why not give myself more time to make dinner?

My runs this week have varied between 20 to 30 minutes, as an active recovery week.  My belly is still really sore, I can’t lie down on my stomach and after sitting for a long time I feel pain.  Not good! So the “active recovery” is a reasonable way to keep myself in shape while not getting inured.

Now I’m off to watch Law and Order SVU, drink some wine, and eat some of this chocolate.

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Do you like to work out in the morning or afternoon better? Or does switching it up help fight boredom and monotony?



Monday Meals by Katie
March 29, 2010, 11:09 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Burger, Dinner, Eggs, Katie, Lunch, Run

Monday morning started out with nausea and extra laying in bed trying to think happy (non-throw-up) thoughts.  Don’t worry, it’s definitely my gall bladder and not anything else that causes morning nausea. 😉

Much later than usual, I had a simple just egg + egg white omelet and toast with Heather’s jam.  Thankfully, it sat very well.

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For lunch I heated up leftover curry chicken and brown rice from the weekend.  I used to hate leftovers growing up but I’ve come to appreciate them so much cooking for one.

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About an hour before I wanted to run, I had an afternoon snack of toast and honey.  Great Harvest whole wheat is so soft and tasty.  Since I don’t usually get through an entire loaf very fast, I store it in the freezer.  Nonetheless, it toasts up like fresh, soft bread.

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I tried some new socks out for running.  The ones I usually wear are reinforced in the arches and causing major blisters. These Nike ones are super thin and low on the ankles- both pluses for me!  And no blisters formed! Right now on my arches there are blisters on top of blisters but no new ones today.

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My socks were great but my run was just so-so.  The first 2.5 miles felt great and then my stomach started to act up in addition to side pains.  Usually the old Gladys gall bladder doesn’t bother me unless I’m eating but maybe she was angry since the surgeon was poking and pressing her all morning in the consult.  I walked the last mile and it was a rather lovely, enjoyable almost 70* night.  The sun was setting over the mountains so really, who can complain about that??

Post-running and shower, I toasted up a head of kale rubbed with oil and vinegar, sprinkled with salt. Before:

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After- shrunken down and crunchy.  I looove them.  I shared with my roommate and Jorge and they seemed to like them too.

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For dinner, I tried a Dr. Praeger’s vegetable burger on a sandwich thin.  I liked it but didn’t love it… maybe they will grow on me?  The sweet potato fries were clearly delicious.

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So does anyone else think Dr. Praeger is kind of a creeper in this picture??

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I’m enjoying some pinot grigio with my roommate now and off to bed soon.  What’s your favorite veggie burger? I should probably just start working on my own recipe… though my mushroom cream cheese burger is pretty delish!



Mushroom And Cream Cheese Burgers by Katie
March 3, 2010, 11:26 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Burger, Cookies, Dinner, Green Monster, Katie, Lunch, Mushrooms, Original Recipe, Run

It was just your standard day over here-

Oats for breakfast (1/4 c oats + 1/2 banana + 3/4 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk + handful of frozen blubies + coconut + PB blob)

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Leftovers for lunch- beans, peppers, potatoes, brown rice.  Topped with guac and salsa come lunchtime.

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Lunch and snacks- I actually didn’t eat my snacks cause someone so graciously placed a bag of Smartfood right next to me.  Needless to say, I ate at least a serving or two.

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The weather has been unbelievable and perfecto for running.  Heather asked why we exercise today and I thought about how my reasons for exercising have varied over the years.  I’ve viewed running as a way to get in shape for sports, a way to keep myself relaxed and sane, and as a way to burn calories, sometimes one reason greatly outweighing the others.  Head over to Heather’s Dish to dish about why you exercise.

Along the same vein, training for the marathon has been changing the way I think of running.  I’m all about my pace and heart rate and rarely look at calories.  I’m thinking of food as fuel more than anything else, which is leading to some of the most balanced eating I’ve ever done.  For example, after a run, I think about what I should eat for my body. Not what I should (or shouldn’t) eat for weight-loss; not what would immediately taste delicious (aka French fries and ice cream).  I eat when I’m hungry and try to eat something balanced cause half of the time, I’m going to run within a few hours or I just ran.  Have your views of food ever varied due to training, or maybe due to something like pregnancy?  I’d think that would be another time in life that the food quality would really be front and center.

Speaking of running, today was a 30 minute run, and I went with negative splits.

  • Mile 1– 9:55
  • Mile 2– 9:48
  • Mile 3– 9:34
  • Last 0.2– 8:19 (I have the need for speed)

Tangent off. 😉

After my run, I drank a green monster (bunch of spinach + vanilla almond milk + 1/2 a frozen banana) and caught up on my Tweets.  The important things.

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The last time Kelli visited (last MAY?!), I ate a mushroom-cream cheese burger that was to die for.  I’m sort of embarrassed to say that this burger has been on my mind since then and this was my first attempt to recreate it.  A girl can dream [about food] for 9 months right?

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I started sauteeing a bit of onion and garlic in olive oil, and then added about a cup of these frozen mixed mushrooms + 2 fresh button mushrooms.  I added a splash of soy sauce and then remembered Kelli’s burger- and added some steak sauce! I added probably 1 Tbsp of each.  After the shrooms were good and cooked, I tossed them into the food processor with 1 TBSP of cream cheese and a few crackers.

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I sprinkled in a teeny bit of this gouda.  Lots of grocery stores have these mini cheese samples, and are perfect for sampling, especially when you cook for one.

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After grinding it all together, I made a patty and fried it in a bit of butter.  Meanwhile, there was some garlic broccoli cooking (olive oil, garlic, and broc until it’s bright green).

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The finished product, with a couple goat cheese crumbles.  Looks close to a real burger, no?

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The insides- even more beef-like.

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Huhg jass pile of broccoli.

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And the sweet potato fries that inspired it all.  Thought process- I want sweet tater fries, what goes with fries? Burger! I have no meat. Mushrooms!

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Now, I’m going to relax with a GS Cookie (Samoa) or two and some Malbec. 🙂