Foodies Unite: Dishing About Paleo


It’s been a few months now that I cleaned out my pantry and started from “scratch” in the kitchen. Kicking off my Paleo adventures and sharing on my blog! I am always on the hunt for new Paleo dishes, food items, and overall yummy foodstuff!

Last week I mentioned finding (in the freezer section) Salmon burgers at the Commissary. I also mentioned that I would try them and let ya’ll know what I thought – we’ll here it goes:

Sea Pack Salmon Burgers Review!

These patties come vacuumed packed in sets of two. They are lightly preseasoned. Grill ready – so you can take them from the freezer to the grill and you’ll have yummy Salmon Burgers in 10 minutes unless you’re like me and you like all things made on the grill to be a little – well, BURNT! Even though I have learned (from Robb Wolf) that burnt = carcinogens, I just can’t seem to help myself in letting things get a little charred sometimes! I think it adds flavor and apparently it adds toxins as well. (Grrr!)

Served on a bed of mixed greens w/ slices of a garden fresh tomato and sweet pickles!

 GRAPES!

Lately there have been the most delicious red (seedless) grapes at the Commissary. I buy them very regularly b/c they go fast in our house. HOWEVER, they sometimes weren’t lasting long b/c of over ripeness happening very quickly – even though I was keeping them in the refrigerator. I mentioned this on FB and my neighbor Joe (Pampered Chef consultant) told me what I needed to do in order to preserve their freshness.

Here is what Joe told me to do:

Remove them from the stems

Wash them in a salad or fruit spinner twice

Place in large Ziploc bag with a paper towel

Keep them in the fridge

 So – I’m 29 years old and just now learning this! I thought I would share just incase there were other people out there like me who just rinse the grapes and keep them in the perforated bag you buy them in!

Everyday Paleo – Food Review!

Last week (Final Exam wekk for me) I was all about SPEED and CONVENIENCE in the kitchen! Here is one of my favorite recipes from Sarah Fragoso’s book “Everyday Paleo

Pecan-Crusted Chicken

Served with Roasted Asparagus

Ingredients:

½ cup spicy brown mustard

2 Tbsp raw organic honey

1 Cup Pecans crushed

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

How To:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the mustard and the honey in a large bowl (you’ll be drudging your chicken in this later) set aside.

Toss the pecans in a food processor until they are finely chopped. Pour these into another large bowl (same deal) and set aside.

Take one chicken breast at a time, roll in mustard-honey mix and coat both sides.

Then roll in the crushed nuts – both sides. Place chicken in greased glass baking dish. Repeat for all the chicken. Bake for 45 minutes or until done.

Fresh out of the oven!

I like to use my Pampered Chef deep covered baker for this and I cook it with the lid on. This seems to make the chicken extra juicy. ALSO – my favorite way to eat my leftovers of this (the next day) dice the chicken up and toss in a salad. YUM!

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Time Flies When You’re Running!


This is how many weeks I have been training! Wahoo! Where has the time gone?

This will be a short post! I feel terrible taking so much time off from my blog when there have really been some exciting things I have been doing, learning and goals met!

I won’t bore you with the details of how busy life can be – we already know these things!

Well Shane is away for several weeks in Thailand so I had to drop out of my early morning group fitness class – which really bums me out because I was enjoying the moral we all were building and the friendships too! BUT – I have to say – I have been feeling eager to get back to my one-on-one thrashings with Jeanne! PLUS – I really enjoyed the time that we had chatting about life stuff, fitness tidbits and well – this might sound lame but… it was the only time I got “girl chit-chat” time in…no, really! (Lame, I know – I need to get out more!) So lets catch-up on where my training has gone!

The trail we run is called the Habu Trail - and these are Habu's in Sake! Supposed to be strong stuff!

WOOT Run – a few weekends ago Jeanne sent me a goal of 8:30 min pace for a 4mile run. I decided that I was running with the local Women’s running group (trail running that is) for that run. This was a paved trail and one that I have run several times but never that fast. I made sure to let my goal be known – keeping myself accountable for it! Then, I immediately set out to pace with the leaders of the pack! I was really just chasing after them for the first mile or so and then slowly closed the gap. These ladies kept me honest and I ran the 8:30 pace all the way up and down those crazy farm roads! Seriously – proud of myself!

Last Wednesday I was really proud of myself – I ran to the morning group session (the last one I was able to attend) at the Plaza Housing pool, did the swim workout with the group, and then ran home! Total mileage was a little over 8.5 miles and it took me roughly 1 hr and 30 minutes. I averaged a 10:43 pace with the run there all uphill and the run home all downhill!

This weekend I was running with the stroller (27lb monkey plus 20lb chariot) and I still made my LSR (8.47) in an 11 min pace! I wasn’t running it for pace I was just trying to survive it! I picked the beach run since it is the flattest place I know of around here and even though that meant making the loop 3 times – it was worth it! I headed out early enough that we were in the shade for almost the entire run!

Todaywas my first day back to one-on-one training! Jeanne was tough – my quads are smoked!

The workout:

800m run @ ¾ pace

20 Thrusters w. 18lb bar

400m run @ slightly slower than sprint pace

20 thrusters w. 18lb bar

200m all out sprint

and then we did it all over again working backwards and ending w/ a set of thrusters.

This is an example of a Thruster - I was not that bad-a$$ - I only had the bar and no weights added!

ME = Broke OFF!

Then this afternoon – still needing to get some mileage in since we are up-ing my overall weekly mileage – I headed to the gym for a treadmill run (needed to take it a little easy on my legs and we were in “black flag” conditions – so no outdoor PT allowed) – I ran 3.5 miles at an easy 10min pace. I really started to feel my quads getting tight at the very end of the run so I made sure and iced my legs when I got home! My longest run to date is still 9 miles – but I love that Jeanne gets me to reach a new distance and then we hang with that mileage and build a strong base there – so by the time I am adding even more distance to my longest run my legs are very ready for it! This has really been the key to keeping my legs injury free and my mental state where it needs to be as well! When you feel string and confident it shows in the LSR’s!

Nutritional Tidbits:

Hybrid Mini-Meatloaf

These came out so yummy tasty!

I have been trying to find ways to send my husband off to work with some Paleo approved foods and easy to eat, carry with, and reheat foods – so I had to get creative. Since my husband bikes to work her carries his lunch in a backpack that I am sure gets jostled all over the place. Enter the mini-meatloaf! I took the Everyday Paleo meatloaf recipe and my mother’s meatloaf and came up with a hybrid version that we ALL (including the monkey) really dig! This is not Paleo because I have added a few things – so anyone who is hardcore Paleo please skip over this recipe! ;o)

Ingredients:

2lbs Ground Meat (whatever you prefer)

½ tsp white pepper

1 pkg Dry Onion Soup mix

2 Eggs

½ tsp Marjaram

½ C. water

1 C. Almond Meal

1 tsp Basil

1 can Cream O’ Mushroom Soup

Sauce: Mix together ½ onion soup package w/ cream o’ mushroom soup, add water, pepper, marjoram, and basil – stir well, set aside.

Meat: Mix beef, eggs, almond meal and other half of onion soup mix together – blend well. Add large serving spoon scoop of sauce mixture to meat mixture – bland well. Add meat mix to mini loaf pan – these don’t expand much when they cook so you can really fill your more than mine – this was the first batch and I wasn’t sure – they can be pretty full but leave room for your sauce mix. Top with sauce mix. Bake in the oven (uncovered) at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Another snack we have all come to love is a recipe I took from Robb Wolf’s book and sort of tweaked it a bit as well but it is all Paleo still! I just have to work with what fruit is fresh here.

Cinnamon Fruit

The picture does this sweet treat no justice!

1 Orange – peeled, sectioned and chopped 1 Apple – peeled and sliced or diced 1 tsp cinnamon Mix all of the ingredients into a Tupperware container – toss to coat – put it in the fridge and it gets better and better the longer it all soaks!

Tuna Cabbage Salad

This is such a great snack or lunch!

This is by far my very newest and favorite creation. Again, I took the idea from Robb Wolf’s book about a crunchy cabbage salad and just made it my own!

Ingredients:

¼ head of cabbage

1 can albacore tuna – drained and fixed however you like (I added mayo sometimes or just Olive Oil)

1 whole carrot or 3-4 baby carrots

Sesame seed oil or poppy seed dressing

I like to start with the cabbage and toss it into my food processor with the top blade on shred. Then I add the carrot to the same blade – looks like coleslaw! Then I put it into the bowl I intend to eat it out of and add the tuna mix – stir well. Then I add in my sesame seed oil or sometimes I do a poppy seed dressing.

I devour this as a post workout lunch and I ALWAYS eat this with Plantain Chips! It’s truly not the same without it! You can really make this dish your own – add nuts or other veggies and make it a meal instead of a snack!

Miles ran so far this week = 5.25

Miles Ran TYD = 225.19

Getting to Know Your Body and Finding Balance!


I have been finding that there is no better way to get to know yourself (truly) than on the journey to better overall healthy living, eating and exercising! Since January I have truly transformed and I have the blog posts to prove it! My view of myself has changed and my view of my own abilities has really changed the most!

I used to just day dream about all the athletic things I wanted to do and vicariously live through the stories I would read in Runner’s World Magazine or Women’s Running Magazine. NOW, I am making my own stories – I am finding so much strength in my body and in my ability to stay focused.

I have Jeanne to thank for so many things…motivation, guidance, and partnership! It seems like just the other day I was meeting her for the first time in the lobby of Gunner’s Gym w/ all of my “Living Runner’s World” plans!

I also have all of my family and friends to thank as well. My family, even though they don’t comment much, I know they read and send me love in other ways! My friends keep up with me on Facebook mainly and send me their positive vibes for my goals! And then the best of all…this morning I was told by a woman at the group fitness class that I was the reason she was there, I couldn’t hardly believe my ears. She told me that she had been reading my blog a few months ago and it really motivated her. She is a mom of 2 (ages 4 & 6), active duty military and a wife. WOW – I inspired her! That alone makes me posting my pain, sweat and training all worth it! I will definitely try to make more time for this blog in the hopes that I can continue to motivate others.

 

School – Week 2

This marks week 2 in the summer session of school. Have I told you how crammed I am for time this session?! I am taking 4 courses and I have to divide my time up among them strategically in order to be more efficient and get all of my work done throughout the week. So I set my schedule up like this…

Mondays = Nutrition 100 (Rest Day)

Tuesdays = Financial Management 140 (Group Train)

Wednesdays = Psyc 441 – Learning & Behavior (Group Train)

Thursdays = Psyc. Of Sleep (Group Train)

Fridays = Rest Day and wrap up of all unfinished schoolwork.

Saturdays = Family day/Run

Sundays = Family day/Run

By the end of the week I aim to have all of my work done so that I can spend as much time w/ Shane and Nola as possible. So far that has worked out well but it is only week 2! By the time week 5 (MidTerms) rolls around I am usually a basket case!

In order to be able to stick to this schedule we all have to work together! I set some rules about the household tasks and everyone seems to be happy.

Mainly, I said – there will be NO cleaning by ME from Mon-Fri. If you need something washed you better do it yourself! I will cook but it will mainly be in the Crockpot so I can set it on a break from studying and then forget about it until it’s time to eat! (Considering there are only so many dishes that work in the Crockpot I do have to stop studying early some days to prep dinner.) Also, I set Sat OR Sun to be the house-cleaning day. Everyone helps. Shane and I basically just ask each other what we prefer to do that day (you want floors or bathrooms?) and go to it! All laundry is done the day we decide to clean (usually about 4 loads) and we take turns folding a load that is ready.

Life is much better now that we have set some boundaries on what gets done and when! I am so blessed to have a super helpful husband. He cleans without question – and he even does things the way I like them to be done so I’m not going into OCD shock afterwards! He always empties the dishwasher if he sees it needs it – and it usually does! AND he cooks whenever I ask him. He has no problem admitting when a recipe seems complicated – so sometimes I just prep everything and then he finishes. Either way – we work as a very good team and life is so much better now that I don’t feel like I am “expected” to do everything in the house on top of my personal goals with school and training. We established this set of rules shortly after Nola was born and I was at home losing my mind!


Reshaping – Where did my Ta-Ta’s Go?

Well – there is no good way to write about this so I am just diving into it! I have no boobs now. After breast-feeding I still had some boob-ish boobies but just a deflated version of my previous ones. Now, I am very very lean from eating Paleo and the more fat I lose the less boobs I have. I went online to try and find out what size I am now… and I am AA. So in other words, as I explained to my husband – “the reason why I need to buy more bras is because I have no boob to poor into the cup! So even the A’s require that your boob have some volume in order for it to fit properly into the cup of the bra.”

Well after breastfeeding there was no more volume. As my mother-in-law put it – they look like old tube socks! I went from (before prego) A to a full D while nursing and now to a AA. WILD, huh?

Me - Dec. 2009 - Nola was only 1 month old

Today! Nola is 19 Months!

I have totally come to terms w/ this fact about my new reshaped body. I am an athletically built person now…I don’t care about the boobs (especially since my ass looks amazing!) but what I care about is still feeling sexy and feminine in my underwear. I have been doing some googling on this matter and have found some great “petite bra” websites! LET THE ONLINE SHOPPING BEGIN! Lol!

Wish me luck!

Paleo Talk

I went through a little spell where I was really snacking like crazy (kitkat heaven!) and also still really laying on the cheese and dairy too. Shane and I discussed our interest in really doing Paleo the right way a few weeks ago and since have been doing really well. I went through a phase where I was really dropping weight again, I went from 130-ish to 125lb in two weeks but I wasn’t happy about it. I don’t want to lose more weight. I need fat for my body to use as fuel during my training (started reading Paleo for Athletes). I upped my protein intake more and also focused on healthier ways to refuel and since have come back up to my normal 127-128lb range.

I have been learning in my nutrition class about how the body breaks down food and all the interesting stuff about phytochemicals – which are the plant based nutrients in seasonings! It’s really interesting and as soon as my notes make more sense – less scribbly – I will share what I am learning! But until then – use lots of seasoning – it’s a good thing!

Training tidbits – my mileage is still at the 8mile LSR range and is starting to progressively get a little longer w. each weekly LSR. July will be when we really just start focusing on mileage! Until then, strength training is the focus. The bad thing about July is that it gets sooo stinkin’ HOT hear! I mean, melt your face off HOTTA! So I will definitely be maintaining my wake-up and workout at 5am routine until October sometime.

It is definitely super hard to do this group training from 5-6am and still find the time and energy for my other runs I need to get in as well as all the reading and writing this session is requiring. Life is very busy right now but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! After this session I will only have 3 classes left until I can graduate. September I will (hopefully) start substitute teaching at the DODD schools on base and I will be a few months closer to seeing what running 26.2 miles feels like!

Everyday Paleo by Sarah Fragoso (Recipe/Book Review)


Shane and I have been trying out new recipes the past week from a wonderful book called “Everyday Paleo” written by Sarah Fragoso. Through her FB page I have also found endless resources to other blogs by people who offer a wealth of information as well. I love this book because a mom and wife and athlete who is dealing with all of the same day-to-day stuff that I deal with. She offers great tips on how to get your toddler to eat this, teens, and even your husband! Sarah also offers up info on fitness as well as a 30-day meal plan and grocery lists in the back of the book! Makes it very simple!

So here is what we have been eating so far this week!

Egg Cupcakes

We topped ours with Salsa! YUM!


Ingredients:

10-12 Eggs                        1 green onion                        2 zucchini squash

8 slices of bacon            1 C. roasted red & yellow peppers

4 C. fresh spinach            black pepper to taste

How To:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease two muffin pans. Whisk all of your eggs along w/ your desired amount of black pepper in a big bowl. Put the green onion, zucchini, bacon, and peppers in a food processor and process until finely chopped but not smooth. Add this mixture to your eggs. Next, add the spinach into the processor, finely chop, and then, using a measuring cup, fill the muffin pans w/ ¼ c.  each. Bake the egg cupcakes for 20-25 minutes or until the eggs are set in the middle.

Spice Rub Slow-Cooked Chicken

(we served this w/ Cabbage salad listed below)

The chicken was so juicy! The salad had great sweet and tangy flavors! Delicious!

Ingredients:

1 white onion                        1 tsp sea salt                        2 tsp paprika

1 tsp cayenne pepper                                    1 tsp white pepper

1 tsp poultry seasoning                                    1 tsp garlic powder

5-6 lb chicken, rinsed and patted dry w/ paper towels

How To:

Cover the bottom of the slow cooker w/ the sliced onions. Mix all spices in a bowl and using your hands, rub the spice mixture all over the chicken. Place the spiced chicken on top of the onions in the cooker, cover and cook on low for 5-6 hrs. There is no need to add any liquid to the slow cooker – the chicken’s juices be enough. (However, I had to add juice – my chicken was smaller and didn’t create much stalk – I added one can of chicken broth)

Kids Love Cabbage Slaw

So easy to make!

Ingredients:

2 C. purple cabbage, diced                        1 C. cucumber, diced

1 shallot, diced                                    ½ C. Green Mango, finely diced

1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar                        2 Tbsp extra virgin Olive Oil

black pepper to taste

How To:

Combine all ingredients in a medium salad bowl, mix well, and serve!

(I couldn’t find Mango at the store or farmer’s market so I improvised with canned peaches and it was so delicious. I did think the shallot was a little over kill on flavor so I would do less or none next time.)

Savory Cauliflower Fried Rice

We ate ours w. a big juicy steak! Felt like mashed potatoes in my mouth...almost!

Ingredients:

½ red onion                        3 cloves garlic, minced                        2 Tbsp fresh basil

1 head cauliflower            1 Egg                                                            2 Tbsp coconut flour

1 tsp sea salt                        black pepper to taste                                    3 Tbsp coconut oil

How To:

In a large mixing bowl, add minced onions, garlic, and basil. Place the steamed cauliflower in a bowl as well, and add the egg, coconut flour, salt, and pepper. Using a potato masher, mash the cauliflower down to the consistency of rice. Mix all of the ingredients well. Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the cauliflower rice and sauté for 7-10 minutes or until the onions are tender.

Wild-Salmon Salad

Made for a great lunch!

Ingredients:

4 C. mixed salad greens            2 Cans Salmon (15oz)            1 Avocado, diced

1/3 c. roasted red peppers, diced                                                4 Tbsp sliced almonds

3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil                                                            1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

½ Tbsp dried dill                        Juice from ½ lemon                        black pepper to taste

How To:

Toss all salad ingredients together, drizzle on oil and vinegar, sprinkle on the dill and pepper, toss together, and serve.

Easy Steak Skewers

Ingredients:

2.5 lbs sirloin steak cut into 1-inch cubes                                    4 tbsp EV Olive Oil

1 Tbsp dried basil                        1 Tbsp dried Oregano            ½ Tbsp Garlic powder

cracked black pepper            1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper            1 red bell pepper, chunked

3 zucchini squash, cut into             1-inch chunks                                    3 cups cremini mushrooms

How To:

Place the chunks of steak into a large mixing bowl, add the extra-virgin Olive oil, and generously sprinkle w/ basil, oregano, and cracked black pepper. Add a pinch or two of cayenne pepper and mix well until all the steak pieces are covered w/ the spices. Take metal or bamboo skewers and turn to avoid burning. Cook over medium-high grill for 7-10 minutes, turning often.

We are following the 30-day meal plan and so far have been very satisfied! I especially like the section for snack and meal plans for kids!

I hope you all enjoy these recipes as much as we do! Even my husband has been in the kitchen helping to prepare these meals.

Fueling w/ Paleo Nutrition


It’s been a little over a week since I met-up w/ Jeanne. We took last week off for me to get back to the basics of why I love to run and for her do to some visiting/entertaining w/ family who are on island visiting!

The break was a well-needed one for me! I really liked not having to kill myself last week and just getting out and running…no agenda…just RUN! It really brought me back to why I am doing all of this! I’ve slowly been coming to the realization that the idea of “living life” and the actual act of “living LIFE” are two VERY different things.

For Instance…I remember when I got pregnant and I was all upset about the weight I was about to gain and the changes my body was about to go through…yet I was shopping for maternity clothes (and even wearing them) way before I needed to. My idea was that I would be miserable w/ this new body but my actions were saying something more like, “Where’s the baby bump already!?”

Another for instance…I remember having endless conversations w/ my mother about how I would BE after the baby – I would say, “I’m just going to be one of those vagabond moms who just throws their baby on their backs and keeps on truckin’ like nothin’s changed!” In reality…I was reading sleep books, passing up brunches, shopping and exploring fun and becoming a hermit for the first 12months of my child’s life so that she could be a “good sleeper.” Don’t get me wrong – I am very blessed; she sleeps 12hrs a night and still takes a 2-3 hr nap in the middle of the day at 18 months old. BUT it’s just that I thought I would be one parent and then in the action of living that part of my life I am a very different parent.

And I see these sorts of things all over my life. I used to say, “You don’t need a big car just because you have one baby! And then when Nola was 2 months old we sold the Toyota Raum and bought the Honda Spike…and now that she is 18 months old I am coming to the realization that kids only come with as many accessories as you are willing to tote around with you. Now…I am back down to the smallest car possible, the smallest stroller I could find, and a purse/diaper bag that never leaves my car.

So what does this have to do with my blog or running…well, the other day Shane, Nola and I drove to the local Air Force Base and ran in the monthly 5K (more on that specifically later) and afterwards I ran all the way home just so I could log my miles for the day. During that run I realized that all of these years I’ve spent reading about all these mother runners and female athlete’s who seem so driven and they go to such lengths to accomplish such amazing physical feats all the while living their lives. They fit in love, parenting, school, jobs, kids sports, etc, etc. and still maintaining DRIVE for themselves and their own goals. For so long now I have felt in the shadow of all the women I read about…thinking how amazing they are for doing all these things in conjunction w/ one another – so many balls to have in the air and smoothly juggle…

…and as I was completing my 7.6 mile run along highway 58 in Okinawa Japan I was thinking in my head how nice it is to not have my husband deployed anymore, about what to cook for dinner, about the two research papers I am in the middle of writing and about how well Nola has been adjusting to daycare – I slowly came to the realization that FINALLY the IDEA of who I wanted to be when I grew up and what I wanted my life to be like and the act of LIVING my life are finally in sync and I couldn’t be happier! I no longer need to be envious of the strong and ambitious women I read about because I am one of them – I am driven, I am wife, mother, college student and I am a runner!!!!!

Just got my book and L.O.V.E. it! Reviews coming soon!

Nutrition Updates:

I started on the Paleo journey April 12th, 2011. Weighing in at 132.6. Since then I have completed Robb Wolf’s 30-day Challenge in his “Paleo Solution” book and am feeling amazing. I am now much more confident in my ability to fuel my body – I am no longer going to be keeping the nutrition log on the blog for Jeanne to review. I will instead just be posting updated recipes that we try here at the house.

I never thought I would write about my relationship w/ food anywhere for people to read but I have to say – switching to Paleo and the experience/knowledge you gain from it are definitely worthy of passing on to other people. I am now a much more lean 130lbs and am not trying to loose weight. I eat portions the same size as my husband – mainly because my activity level is higher than his. Once he gets back into running and weight training he will be eating way more than me again. I have such a better appreciation for learning about and knowing my grocery store now too. Especially with living over seas, lots of people who want “specialty items” just order them off the Internet but I have had great luck with finding things I never knew the commissary had. I just wasn’t looking before.

FUELING YOUR RUN! Check my Tested Recipes page for details!

Let’s start with Breakfast!

Poached Eggs, 1/2 orange, strawberries, blueberries and bacon! - Learned how to poach eggs from Sarah Fragoso's blog - http://www.everydaypaleo.com

Brunch: Salmon Patties, small salad w/ orange and berries

 I added feta and balsamic vinegar to the salad. Keep in mind – though I am mainly eating Paleo – I am not cutting out dairy…yet!

Now some lunch!

Chicken Fajita Salad - Paleo Solution recipe

Cheese Burger w/ Salad and salsa on top - from Robb Wolf's book - Paleo Solution

And how about Dinner!

Steak, Steak Kabobs and Roasted Asparagus - Kabob recipe from Everyday Paleo

Leftover Kabobs and veggies on top of a salad the next day!

Tilapia, Roasted Green Beans and steamed Cauliflower

Training Updates:

Last week I ran a total of 21.43 miles, completed and PR’d in a 5K (time of 27:33) and maintained a steady 10min pace in my LSR for the week! YAY!

THE 5K: Shane pushed Nola in the stroller while I ran next to them. Wow – so nice to have running buddies for races and one of them be my little girly and I’m not the one pushing her! I was amazed when I rounded the last turn for the finish and realized I was about to PR and wasn’t even trying. I was actually chit chatting at Shane while Shane’s face turned red as he was gasping for air and driving hard for the finish. I remember the days when I was practically throwing up after a 5K race and Shane was all chatty and ready to run more. WOW – have I come a long way!

 

Today: Met w/ Jeanne at the gym. RAINING but we trained outside anyhow.

Jeanne’s: recap: Today – started with sore groin.  Completed 5 rounds of 100m sprints (fooled around with arm position, which shortened your stride, smoother and more comfortable for you to go with natural stride), then groin bothered you too much.  Completed 100 burpees.

Miles ran Y-T-D = 193.49

I have been icing my groin…never thought I’d blog that one either! Lol! Already feeling a little better but tomorrow will really tell me what I did to it.

I have a 10K coming up this weekend that Shane and Nola are going to be running with me! It will be on the hilly course of Futenma MCB.

Happy Homecoming!


WOW – what a week – the little one finally got into day care on base and the hubbs came home!

1st time together as a family after the 8 month deployment!!!!

My husband is finally home from Afghanistan. He was gone 8 months (almost) and had 5 flight changes or delays before getting back to us here in Okinawa, Japan. He arrived Tuesday morning and I still managed to get in all my miles this week and that morning before his arrival. I found that running 4 miles the morning he was due in really helped me work off the nervous energy.  Sunday night I made a huge sign (this is when we thought he was coming home Monday @ 7am) so that he would be able to see us easily in the crowd and know which direction to go. I had gone to the commissary and stocked up on my “Week Two” Paleo Items and was so ready for him to be home. I had picked out an outfit for this occasion and of course changed it like 20 times! I ran out and bought the little one a gorgeous dress and felt pretty prepared.

My awesome sign!

We all crowded under the pavilion – mostly wives and children but there were some parents there and other Marines anxiously waiting. After about an hour of standing around we finally see 5 white buses roll into the lot and everyone started to hoot, holler and cheer. I held up my sign above my head but the wind was making it hard to do. It had just started to rain right before they pulled in. Luckily my husband saw us (the sign worked perfect) because I was looking in the completely wrong direction for him! Shane came up carrying a little bear for Nola and his arms wide open for me! We hugged for a long time and semi made out (hehe!) and then we turned out attention to Nola. She was waiting patiently in her stroller not really knowing what to make of all the fuss and all these people in camo. Shane sheepishly handed her the bear and she graciously accepted his peace offering. I unbuckled her and she went right to her daddy! It was the best feeling ever to see that she wasn’t afraid of him or feeling at odds. YAY!

Paleo!

Nutrition Updates:

This week I have entered in to my 2nd week of the Paleo Solution 30 day challenge. I am finding that my recovery time is much better on this diet, my food cravings have pretty much diminished (even though I still indulge in chocolates!) and I feel great overall. I still get lots of questions from neighbors and friends wanting to know how in the world we are doing this – no carbs and all… and it’s really really simple.

I used to bake a French Loaf just so I could eat them…alone…all for myself! No joke! I was a breadaholic! …Hi, my name is Sarah and I’m a breadaholic…I’ve been clean for two weeks now…and I’m feeling like a new person…

Okay – so maybe I’m not that into bread but I am for surely addicted to sugar. I know I wrote about sugar addiction in my last post – but the more I get away from processed foods and refined carbs the more that I see I am still taking in lots of sugar and it’s more of a habit (i.e. addiction) than a really need in my diet.

So what have we been eating…well here it is:

Breakfasts:

–       Slices of thick cut deli ham (so yummy), unsweetened Apple Sauce w/ Cinnamon stirred in, and a handful of almonds w/ a glass of Fat Free Milk

–       3 poached eggs w/ bacon and a pile of diced tomato & avocado & Hot Tea sweetened w/ local honey

–       Scrambled Eggs w/ Sautéed zucchini and orange juice

Snacks:

–       Oranges

–       diced strawberries & blueberries mixed up w/ finely chopped nuts and coconut shavings, Zone Bars (protein and chocolate = yum!)

–       Jerky

Lunches:

–       Grilled burger patties w/ diced yellow or orange bell peppers and fresh minced garlic topped w/ cheese and salad greens and tomatoes

–       Chicken Salad w/ diced tomato, avocado, finely chopped almonds, feta, balsamic vinegar

Dinners:

–       Baked Salmon Fillets w/ Roasted asparagus

–       Stir fried steak (in low sodium soy sauce) w/ steamed broccoli and a side salad

–       Homemade Pork Curry

I have had to tweak my snacks or recovery intake because of my athletic activities but other than that this Paleo way of eating is always tasty and satisfying.

Training Updates:

Had to cancel on Tuesday with Jeanne due to Shane’s arrival but she gave my workouts for the week to do on my own. We meet back up on Thursday for our regular session.

Thursday: Wow – so last post I mentioned some crazy talk about not being pushed hard enough – or holding myself back (mentally) and I mean WOW – Jeanne broke me off!

The Workout – 10 rounds of 10 box jumps, 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, 20 sit-ups (varied to work diff ab muscles), 30 squats.

Example of Box Jumps

Resistance Band assisted Pull-up is the kind I do (except I cross my legs for safety)

I completed this workout in about 30 minutes and my legs and shoulders were shaking and on the way to the car (though I told no one) I felt a little pukey as I ate my banana!

Friday – I woke up SORE! My quads were still smoked. I went for my 4 mile run and even though I felt good throughout the run – when I stopped running is when the muscle tightness kicked. I was hobbling the rest of the day and took Saturday off.

Sunday – Got my long run in on the treadmill due to high winds and rain. I broke it up in 2.5-mile increments. In between I hopped off and did jumping jacks and pushups.

2011 Goals Update:

Got my substitute teacher packet turned in to the DODD school Friday. Got a call back today that there were a few documents that they changed the requirements on and I ran in to update my packet. The secretary said that they are extremely short on Substitute teachers here and will push my packet through (since May 1st was the cutoff for this school year). So please, everyone, keep your fingers crossed for me in the hopes that I get hired on! It’s been my plan for the last two years to be able to get hired on w/ the Department of Defense School system here (less competitive over seas for the positions) and then when we go back to the states – just transfer. Why haven’t I turned in my packet sooner? Well, mainly b/c Nola was not in daycare and the wait list for the on-base CDC (child development center) was very long. We were notified that there was an opening two weeks ago – got all the paperwork and shots done – Monday was her first day! This freed me up to be able to turn in my packet and be confident that if I were to get called in for a sub day I would be able to have a place for Nola to go. She has already learned two things in sign language – we are very excited about this! Anyhow, one more thing checked off of my 2011 goal list – see tab at the top of the website.

Miles ran this week = 18.85

YTD = 179.91