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Tracking nutrition

13 Feb

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Oh to be a cat! Life would be so simple…

But as an athlete and a vegetarian, life isn’t as simple. You need to make sure that the food you are eating is making a healthy and useful contribution to the overall function of your body. There is so much food one must eat in the course of a day to maximize health and performance during a workout/training session.

I’ve recently started tracking my food on MyFitnessPal to see where I could improve. I also wanted some accountability. I know no one is watching over my account but you never know who may stumble upon my food log. I know, bizarre irrationality but hey, it works! Anyway, you can friend me on MyFitnessPal here if you have an account and if you don’t, you can still see my food log.

Now that’s over with, one source of nutrition I’ve been struggling with is protein. I keep craving sweets and I’m pretty sure it’s caused by a lack of protein. I had made Peanut Butter Protein Balls that I found on Desserts with Benefits blog. I loved them! I hid them from Mark so they were my little secret. Eventually he found them in the freezer. Anyway, I decided to try something new this week. I came across Recovery Rice Crispies on Pinterest and thought I’d give them a try. Mine did not turn out as firm or thick as the picture, but it’s tasty anyway. I’ll keep them in the freezer and that’ll keep everything together. Here is the recipe if you don’t want to be directed to another page.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups Rice Crispies
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1/2 cup Plain Oatmeal
  • 1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 scoop 100% Whey Protein Powder (any flavour, I used chocolate)

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 325 F, spraying a 9×9 baking pan with cooking spray.
Melt the butter and honey over the stove. Add vanilla. As you add the whey protein, keep whisking the mixture as you would to make an alfredo sauce.
Add the mixture to the pan. I drizzled some extra honey on top for extra “glue.”
Cook for approximately 10-15 minutes or until crisp.
Let cool then slice and serve.

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New year, new goals

8 Jan

Following my two month hiatus where I was totally consumed with work and Christmas shopping/preparation, I have some exciting news  to update you on!

First: Mark and I have committed to a vegetarian diet and mostly vegan diet. I have cut out most diary. I will only eat eggs that I buy from a co-worker who raises her own chickens. I am going to eat some cheese only if it is part of a recipe. Mark, on the other hand, cannot live without cheese or yogurt. He goes through a tub of yogurt every two days. So giving that up is a little harder for him. We’ve made that choice because of the health benefits stemming from a vegetarian diet. Along with that decision, we’ve also realized the environmental and ethical implications that come with being a vegetarian/vegan. Therefore we is also an eco-conscious effort to our diet change.

Second: at work, we are undergoing a location change. Our facility has been undergoing renovations in the last two years and we are now moving into our updated location. This means: A LOT of shelving books, shifting books, lifting boxes of books, and shelf reading Dewey decimal numbers. As a result, I come home exhausted. It’s been a little bit of a hindrance on this year’s training. So many nights I come home sore and not wanting to run, but I do and I’m proud of my motivation thus far (please don’t fail me now!)

Third: I am running a half marathon in eight weeks! I kind of lost track of time and assumed I had more time than I do but I don’t. So I threw myself back into training. I’m taking it slowly so I don’t risk an injury. I’ve got a long season up ahead and now is not the time to get injured. I’m looking forward to this run, we get a neat jacket in our race kit and a bowl of chili awaits all racers at the finish line. Yum!

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Once I get back into a regular schedule with work (when we open our doors to the public), I will come up with a training schedule for my Half Ironman in July. More information on that coming up also. I also plan on including successful vegetarian recipes. They will mostly be made  by Mark. He seems to have a knack for cooking!

Easter Road Trip to the North

8 Apr

Mark, Jeff and I made the long drive to Timmins Thursday afternoon.  We made the quick trip to visit family and friends as we don’t know when we’ll be able to back up north.  We had two lovely dinners with family and friends.  Friday night, we had my parents and Mark’s mom for dinner.  It was a completely vegetarian meal that was tasty and flavourful.

Saturday we had a bbq at Mark’s house. We also introduced Jeff to the outside. We tied him to a leash and he was very confused.

So as you can see, Jeff is our cat.  He is quite the character.  Only an indoor, apartment cat – we brought him outside while we bbq’d and he had so many distractions he didn’t know where or what to explore first. So this was the result in the car the next day on our way back to Ottawa:

He was pretty tuckered out. He slept half of the trip between Mark and I on top of the emergency break (I don’t know how comfortable that could have been).

So training took a bit of a back seat this weekend.  I did two work outs but they were not very intensive but I ran for 20 mins both days and did 20 mins of weight training.  I spent a lot of time with my mom so that meant shopping! I was impressed when I fit in a size 6 pants (yay me!). I bought a few outfits for work (as I no longer have any nice clothes that fit). I’m starting a three week placement on Tuesday so I would like to look presentable.

Two more days until the end of the 10lb shred.  Final weigh-in and measurements on Tuesday and I’m totally ready!