Couch to couch

Last night I did another day of Couch 2 5k. I had missed a couple days so I was actually hoping that I could do two workouts back to back. That did not work. I was pretty exhausted after the first workout. However, during the first workout the TV on my treadmill was turned to the Disney Channel. I watched the last half hour of Beverly Hills Chihuahua. I’m not joking. Just like a good Disney should, everything ended happily. I was quite surprised to see Piper Perabo and Jamie Lee Curtis in the movie though. Oh well. Anyway, although I didn’t get my “block” workout done, I felt awesome about completing another day of Couch 2 5k. 

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In other news, I’ve started swimming again and it is AWESOME! Pro Club has a Master’s swim team, so I can go to swim practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Thursday is stroke day and I haven’t been able to make it to a Thursday practice yet, but someday. I still need to get some practice in for open water swimming; it’s so different from pool swimming!

Sometime soon I’ll be making some fresh pesto since our basil is doing quite well. Some of the stalks have tried to flower, so I need to trim everything back and get new growth.

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First 12-mile ride

This past weekend Andrew returned from his most recent trip. We haven’t spent a lot of time together yet because he was pretty exhausted from all of the travel. However, we did spend Sunday morning together. He’s really excited that I signed up for my tri and we went on a bike ride this weekend.

bikeride7-14We did a 12-mile bike ride to make sure I could do one for the tri. We started off very slow because we were on a gravel road. Halfway through we moved onto the road and that felt so much better! I’m not a big fan of riding my road bike on gravel/dirt roads, so I was nervous about it. Our route was enjoyable and I can change so it’s road the whole time. I’ll definitely be doing it again during training. While I usually go about 18-20 miles in spin class, riding outdoors is very different. I’d like to get my time down to 45 minutes for 12 miles. I haven’t ridden outside very much, so I’m not sure if that’s a reasonable

Speaking of training, tomorrow I’m going to go to my first master’s swim team practice in Redmond. I’m pretty excited about that! I haven’t gone to a master’s swim practice since I lived in Colorado. A few weeks ago I was swimming more. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep up on some level. I love swimming, but I’m always nervous I’ll be the slowest swimmer and I’ll cause problems for the group.

Overall, I’ve been feeling good about eating and working out. Big yay! Maybe having a race to train for is good for me. We’ll find out!

Things I’m Loving Right Now

In an effort to put some positivity in my life, I’ve made a brief list of things I’m loving right now.  I didn’t want to write a novel-length comment on Kerri’s blog, so I decided to blog my response to her post about what she’s loving right now.

What I’m Loving Right Now

  • Swimming.  It’s fall, moving into winter and that means one thing to my body: swim season.  I’m so happy I’m swimming with BAM.  I’m not the fastest swimmer and BAM is so accommodating that it’s always fun.  Swimming is the one cardio that I absolutely love; it simultaneously energizes and exhausts me.  It calms me down from a bad day and pumps me up to take on the day.  I just got two grab bag Speedos and I’m way more excited than I should be for two new suits.
  • Dairy products.  For awhile I was drinking almond milk or coconut milk and not eating a lot of cheese.  This weekend that stopped.  I bought a gallon of skim milk and I’m over halfway through it.  I know some people can’t handle dairy, but my body loves it!  I think it missed milk.  I think I’ll keep coconut milk in my beverage rotation, but milk has a permanent place in my fridge now.
  • Being creative.  I have some thoughts running around in my head that I need to write down.  I’ve been thinking about things I want to make.  Plus, I have those coloring pages and some crayons that need to be used!
  • Being a tiny bit geeky.  Last weekend I decided to forgo my personal blog.  I backed up all the database info with it and I deleted my WordPress installation.  I have a different idea for what I want for my site and I don’t want a blog on the home page right now.  I’m still adjusting it and I will eventually put my blog back.  I didn’t geek out in a major way, but it did make me happy.
  • Pumpkin.  Last week I baked with pumpkin.  I loved it!!  I’m going to do more this week, guaranteed.  Well, that and I have an entire can that I need to use.  Yay! 🙂

Kitchen Adventures

My personal life, which has been very rocky recently, is getting itself back together.  I love what a little communication can do!  No, seriously.  The best pieces of advice EVER are “use your words” and “be honest.”  I’m feeling much happier, which means I can stop dwelling on things that aren’t going my way or are making me angry.  I’ll openly admit it, I’m a dweller.  I usually dwell on things that make me intensely angry or intensely happy.  I’m quite thankful my dwelling goes both ways.

I’ve been swimming again.  I love swimming.  And I love being coached.  It’s so nice to show up to a Boulder Aquatic Master’s practice and have a workout written for the practice.  Monday I swam after work and it was dismal.  My day had gone sideways pretty fast and I got out after 40 minutes, but at least I did something!  Tuesday I tried out the lunch practice.  It’s from 12-1 and pretty close to my office.  I really liked working out in the middle of the day (I think, I’ll have to try out a few more times before a final verdict).  Today I meant to go to practice this morning, but I couldn’t make myself get out of bed, so I’m planning on going this evening.  General consensus: YAY!

On to the Kitchen Adventures!  On Monday night I decided I was going to make two things that I could have for lunch and dinner this week.  I made Malisa’s Chili Mac and some chunky vegetable tomato sauce.  They both involve simmer time which left me free to do other things, like prep the ingredients for the next dish or watch G.I. Joe (*heart flutter* Channing Tatum).

Malisa’s Chili Mac is a recipe I stole from, who else, Malisa.  She used to make it when Ashley and I came over to her apartment for dinner because it was easy to throw together and we could sit and chat while it simmered.  There’s not much of a recipe, just a list of stuff to get and put in a pot!  For this version I used tomato sauce, diced tomatoes (no sodium added), kidney beans, mini-bowtie pasta (cooked to al dente), ground turkey (lightly browned), onions, corn, Serrano pepper, chili powder, and crushed red pepper flakes.  Throw everything in a stock pot and simmer for how ever long you’d like.  I simmered mine for 45 minutes.  It makes bunches, so I decided to freeze half.  We’ll see how that goes.

For the chunky vegetable tomato sauce, I just threw a bunch of veggies in with a jar of pasta sauce and let it simmer.  I have a bad habit of adding too many vegetables, so it might be wise to halve what I actually put in.  I put in 3 carrots, 1 onion, 2 cloves garlic (minced), 1 Serrano pepper, 1 bell pepper, 1 zucchini, frozen corn, 1 can diced tomatoes (no sodium added) and 1 jar pasta sauce.  Mix it all together and let it simmer while you make pasta.  I had a spaghetti squash I needed to use, so I though I would bake that for dinner.  It turned out to take a lot longer than I thought it would.  When it was supposed to be done, I was starving, so I had a turkey dog instead!  The squash did eventually bake and I have it in a tupperware all ready to be eaten tonight for dinner.  I also froze half of the tomato sauce, which I hope turns out well too!

Tonight, I have swim practice and then I plan on baking pumpkin themed things.  I really want to try this recipe for Starbucks Pumpkin Scones.  I had one over the weekend and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it!!  There may also be some pumpkin cookies or cupcakes in the near future.  I’m just so glad I like pumpkin.  Once upon a time when I was young and stupid I didn’t like pumpkin.  Those were dark times.  Squee for personal taste evolution! 🙂