Saturday, February 27, 2010

Birthday Girl

We went back to Twist, a fab restaurant that a friend introduced me to a couple weeks ago. We ordered some sushi and a few tapas plates so we could sample a bit of everything. Going along with the tapas theme, they also do miniature desserts there, and I finished off the meal with a red velvet cupcake alongside a perfect little scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

E was grooving to the music. For being a trendy restaurant, it was surprisingly toddler friendly.

Even though we feasted Wednesday night, the workouts stayed on track this week. I have one more year left racing in this age group before I move up to the next (which is even faster), and I want to rock it!

Monday: 4 miles @ 7:31/mi, 35 mins elliptical

Tuesday: off

Wednesday: off

Thursday: 6 mi @ 7:38/mi

Friday: 6 mi @ 7:44/mi

Saturday: 8 mi run w/ the stroller @ 8:47/mi

Sunday: thinking maybe half and half- 30 min run w/stroller, 30 min elliptical? Or a rest day? We’ll see how dead the legs are feeling from today

Unlike most sports, female distance runners tend to get faster with age. I'll need to step upmy game if I want to place in my age group at local races.

What age group is generally the most competitive where you live?

Saturday, February 20, 2010


I had a blast this weekend, but totally over did it. I'm ok with that. I knew the weekend would involve a lot of food and drink, and I let myself enjoy it. I got back on track once we got home, so no harm done.

I did go 4 days without working out, which I was a pretty bummed about. I brought my running gear and expected to run at least 1 or 2 times, but Mother Nature had other plans for me. So much snow was mounded up on the sidewalks and roadside there was nowhere to run safely. Old me (pre-E) would have gone out anyway, running farther out in the road dodging ice patches and traffic. So NOT worth the risk. Again, 4 days off is an exception, and it won't make or break my race next month.

Picking back up where I left off in the "Keeping it Real" series, this is what a typical weekday of eating looks like once M leaves for a trip.

Friday 2/19

Liquids at the office: 56oz plain water

7:40 am
Medium macintosh apple, light coconut cream yogurt, Kashi Trailmix bar, venti black coffee from Starbucks

I was sooo tired this morning from catching up on things all week, hence the ginormous coffee. Still feeling the Starbucks buzz a couple hours later, I was done with coffee for the day

Progresso Light Chicken Rotini soup, Kashi Trailmix bar (yeah, I really like these), 3 dark chocolate Hershey's Kisses


Quick workout before getting E from daycare.
6.2 miles in 45:56

Finally, I'm starving!

Garden salad mix (on a regular dinner plate), 1/2c imitation crab, 1/2c soy "cheddar cheese", 2 tbsp bacon bits, drizzle of Ken's Steakhouse Light Vidalia Onion salad dressing ( I lurve this dressing), Thomas's 100 cal english muffin, 1 tbsp light margarine

From our freezer stash, a homemade, low-fat banana chocolate chip muffin (about the size of a large plum).

Made with bananas, King Arthur's white whole wheat flour, egg substitute, Smart Balance butter blend, Splenda, baking powder, semi-sweet choc. chips

Still catching up with my hunger from eating light earlier in the day, I warmed up another muffin

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Mazel Tov

My father-in-law, the Lutheran minister, performed the ceremony for the Catholic bride and Jewish groom. He simply referred to one single deity "God" throughout and made both sides happy. Normally not a compromise he'd make, but he's known Josh as long as he's known M.

They finished the ceremony with the traditional breaking of the glass. That's when the party got rolling. Josh and Valerie are the last of the NY crew to get married and did it with style.

The funeral…well it was a funeral. Not much to say about that. It was the shock like the passing of M's Uncle Rick, so the mood was different this time. More like a family reunion.

My mother-in-law also threw a first birthday party for E. I don't think we could have crammed any more into the weekend!

Flying The Friendly Skies

We made it to NY and back. On airplanes.

Phew. What a relief.

The airline added a few extra flights to reposition planes ahead of the storms in Atlanta and New York, so we had no troubles traveling either way.

The extra light loads meant everyone on board was in great spirits. The flight attendants fawned over E and chatted-up the two of us. We met a really sweet one from Brazil who was telling us about her travels with her 2 year old daughter.

Some pics from the ride home

E explaining the safety features of the Boeing 767 to her daddy

Wiggly worm

When we arrived back to Atlanta the Captain noticed we were standing on the cold jet bridge waiting for E’s stroller. He was concerned about how long it was taking, so he went down to the baggage area himself to get it for us. The 767 Captain. How nice was that?!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Wednesday Eating

Liquids for the workday: 54 oz total (that's grape Crystal Light in there)

small Pink Lady apple, light yogurt, Kashi trail mix bar, and a tall black coffee from Starbucks

Starbucks is strong! Didn't need more coffee after the first cup.

Campbell's V8 Butternut Squash Soup, Maple Nut Clif Bar

Kashi trail mix bar

8 mile run @ 7:49/mile

parmesan crusted organic chicken breast, seasoned brown rice, steamed broccoli w/ tsp light margarine. 1/2 small sweet potato with 1 tbsp of light margarine (split it with E)

I think the cornbread mix was too old. The muffins tasted like hockey pucks and we threw them all out after the 1st bite

Kashi dark chocolate oatmeal cookie

and since it was so tasty I followed it up with a second one

And another snack
decaf raspberry green tea and 2 squares Ghirardelli chocolate

Monday, February 8, 2010

Tuesday Eating

Liquids for the workday: 64 oz total

light yogurt, small macintosh apple, peanut butter crackers, 16oz black instant coffee

another 16 oz cup of coffee followed after the 1st was done

Healthy Choice Salisbury Steak w/ green beans, Maple Nut Clif bar (currently my favorite flavor)

So not filling....

Snack Not pictured, a small honeycrisp apple eaten on the way to a meeting

70 minutes elliptical (varying incline & resistance), 10 minute core routine

roast pork tenderloin, cranberry sauce, seasoned brown rice, steamed mixed vegetables, 1 tbsp light margarine

My plate on left, M's plate on right

sugar-free pudding cup

Kashi dark chocolate oatmeal cookie

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Monday Eating

Liquids for the work day (64oz)

Breakfast: light yogurt, small macintosh apple, kashi bar, 16oz black instant coffee

..and there was a second 16oz cup of coffee after the first one was finished

Snack: peanut butter crackers

Lunch: Progresso Light Chicken rotini soup, small honeycrisp apple, Thomas' english muffin w/ 2 tbsp Skippy peanut butter

Dinner: chicken breast w/ capers & lowfat lemon piccata sauce, roasted brussel sprouts, herbed brown rice and quinoa

My plate is on the left, M's plate is on the right

His portion really is larger than mine. The size of the plates helps fool you though, doesn't it?

9:00 Snack: decaf raspberry green tea, 2 squares Ghirardelli chocolate

Exercise: Nothing. We did our taxes instead. Another chore off the list!

Preface to "Keeping it Real Week - My Take on Healthy Eating"

This was more of an undertaking than I expected. I'm a grazer which made for a lot of pictures.

You'll see how this busy, health conscious mom eats. I'm not advocating it's what you should be eating. Far from that! What's important is trying your best to do right.

Photo-journaling your food is even more powerful than seeing it in print. The high and low points become quite obvious. I hope to make some manageable refinements by the end of this.

Let's lay the groundwork first:

  • I'm 5' 2" and have a healthy BMI of 19.6. I'm settled in my "happy place", meaning I'm in maintenance mode now. To keep feeling my best, the goal is not to fluctatuate more than a few pounds in either direction. I mainly rely on how my clothes fit as a gage, but also weigh in each morning and watch for trends.

  • I don't count calories, just make balanced choices with a focus on high fiber, nutrient rich foods. Guestimating, I eat around 2,000-2,200 calories a day.

  • I have a desk job. However, I'm almost always on my feet at home chasing after the little one and taking care of the house. Plus I'm following this training schedule to prepare for a half marathon.

  • I don't measure my food. When I started paying closer attention to my diet years ago I did. I'm pretty good at eyeing portions now. Scale is lost in some of the pictures and I'll list a serving size in those instances.

    Check in tomorrow for the first post in the series.