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HIIT and Breakfast

Good afternoon! 

 It’s an absolutely gorgeous day up here in Washington!  I hope you all are enjoying some beautiful weather as well!

I woke up this morning determined to run.  I immediately hopped out of bed, threw on some workout clothes and headed for the door.  According to my workout plan, today was supposed to be an HIIT day.   HIIT means High Intensity Interval Training.  It basically entails alternating between pushing yourself as hard as you can, and jogging, allowing your heart rate to recover.  The purpose is to reach your maximum heart rate at a few different points throughout your workout, thus making you work harder and boosting your performance in the long run.  HIIT workouts also tend to be shorter than normal training runs, because the intensity is so much higher.

This was my first time attempting HIIT without a treadmill, so I was a bit wary at first, but it actually went quite well.  I warmed up by jogging for five minutes, then began intervals of 30 seconds of full out sprinting followed by 90 seconds of jogging, for about 20 minutes, followed by another few minutes of jogging (I wanted to get to a round mileage point!). 

Garmin Stats:

I walked home, downed a huge glass of water, and jumped in the shower to get ready for work. 

Once I was dressed, I ate some Barbara’s cinnamon Puffins cereal with almond milk.

Now, I am sitting on the ferry on my way to work, sipping on a delicious green smoothie that my amazing boyfriend made for me.

Pretty sure this one has almond milk, spinach, a couple bananas, an orange, and frozen strawberries and blueberries.  Pretty fruity!

The rest of my day/weekend is going to be spent at the hospital delivering food trays to patients, but I do have a fun recipe to share with you later tonight, so be sure to check back!

❤ Lindsay

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Beach Picnic

This morning Keenan, Arlo, and I woke up and immediately headed out of the house to get some chores out of the way.  We went and paid our rent, then went to Fred Meyer to stock up on some groceries.  Our food supply has been lacking lately, so we spent quite a bit of time at the grocery store finding the essentials.  Let me tell you, we now have an AMAZING fruit collection.  I’m stoked.

Since it was such a gorgeous day, we decided to grab some ready-to-eat food to eat down at the waterfront, picnic style.  I tried a new flavor of kombucha, Guava Goddess.

It was quite good.  Not quite as much bite as the flavor that I usualy get; probably because it doesn’t contain lemon juice.  If you haven’t discovered kombuca yet, I urge you to try it.  It has weird stuff floating in it, but it’s just cultures of good bacteria that will make their home in your gut and keep the bad microbes at bay.  It tastes like fizzy juice, I just wouldn’t recommend taking a direct sniff of the bottle (take it from one who knows!).

The main course of my picnic brunch was some brown rice veggie sushi.

I ate a little over half the container with some soy sauce and ginger.  I hadn’t had sushi since becoming vegan, so it was a nice treat to find some that I could eat!

While I ate my little brunch I sat on the stairs and watched my boys play on the beach.

May I just say that my puppy dog smells significantly like rotting sea life now?? Ew!  Time for a puppy bath!

When we got home, Keenan left for work, and I ate a few berries for some workout fuel.

My workout consisted of a circuit that I borrowed from Julie’s blog, and modified for my fitness level. (She is in wayyyyy better shape than I am!)  Then I went on a three mile run around the park.

Garmin Shot:

Today has definitely been a great day so far, now I’m off to make dinner.  One nice thing about being home alone some evenings is that I get to make dinner without having to worry about anyones tastes but my own! 

❤ Lindsay

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Runner Envy

Hola, mi amigos! How’s the weekend going??

Mine started out a little frantic. (Is this becoming a recurring theme??) I dropped my Blackberry Thursday night and after lasting me just fine through the last year, it finally decided to give up and give me the white screen of death. After shelling out $100 to the phone insurance company, I should have a new phone on Monday. Today, however, was not Monday. It was Saturday, I had to be up at 8, and I had no reliable alarm clock.

Last night when Keenan got home, around 2am, he set his phone alarm for me, and we went to sleep. We woke up this morning to Arlo puppy kisses, and I rolled over and asked Keenan what time it was. He checked his phone, and mumbled, “Oh crap.” We had slept in until 9. I promptly got up and starting scurrying around the house trying to get ready.

Luckily, I had tried to be a good girlfriend the night before, and had packed all my own food for today, plus Keenan had brought me some food back from the restaurant, so I was all set in that department. I was ready in half an hour, and made it to my ferry with no problem at all.

When I arrived in Seattle this morning, a surprise awaited me. I had completely forgotten that this morning was the Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon, and I entered Seattle to the sight of a bunch of people in spandex with big yellow signs on their chests. Honestly, I was so overwhelmed with emotion that I almost started crying. I was so jealous that all those amazing people were out there running their hearts out, culminating months of training, and living out their dreams. I wanted to be them.

I have been so frustrated lately with my crazy schedule, my complete lack of free weekends, and now having my boyfriend coming home in the middle of the night most nights because of his job. I’m trying to handle this stress as well as I can, but since I barely have time to run (my anti-anxiety drug of choice), it’s getting incredibly hard for me. I run as often as I can, but I itch for it every morning that I wake up and I know that I won’t have the opportunity. As I announced a few days ago, I am still planning on participating in the Whale of a Run on July 30th, and will be training as much as my schedule allows.  I’m also spending a considerable amount of time in serious thought about the direction I want to take my life right now, mostly career-wise.  Obviously, something needs to change.  I’m just not sure what, at this point.

Sorry, for my incredibly long rant.  I honestly didn’t plan on going that far into negativity town, but one of my favorite things about my blog is that it really does give me the opportunity to express myself, and anything that I’m feeling at a given time.  Thank you so much for your readership and support.  It means the world to me. 

On that note, let’s see what I took to eat at work today!

I downed a giant green smoothie for breakfast on the ferry this morning.  I made it myself, with coconut water, chai seeds, vanilla Sun Warrior, frozen blueberries, frozen strawberries, banana and spinach.  I added extra strawberries, so it was kinda brown, but EXTRA good!  I wish I’d had a chance to snap a picture!

My lunch was this amazing Mediterranean wrap that Keenan brought me home from the restaurant last night.

It was loaded with their delicious in-house-made hummus, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, red onion, and white balsamic dressing.

My salad for the day was a bit different than usual.

Spring mix, tomato, red onion, mushrooms, chickpeas, quinoa, and Goddess.  It was definitely a good combo, but adding a grain (well, technically a seed) to the salad just made it a bit too heavy for me.  I love my afternoon salads because of how light and energizing they are, but this one didn’t have quite the same effect.  Definitely a good choice if you want something a bit heartier than a basic veggie salad though!

My dinner was more quinoa, with kidney beans, frozen veggie mix (broccoli, caulifower, and carrots) and tamari.  By the time dinnertime arrived the veggies had thawed, and I just warmed it all up in the microwave, as usual.  It was a great combo.  Unfortunately, I forgot to grab pics before it was gone.  My bad…

Time for me to head home and try to go to sleep with my Ar dog, so I can try to have a slightly more sane day tomorrow.  I just have to keep telling myself, it’s almost Monday!  Keenan and I are both going to have Monday and Tuesday off.  I really excited to have a whole “weekend” to spend with my amazing boyfriend. 🙂

Hope you have a great night!

❤ Lindsay

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Sleeping In

Good evening!  I can’t believe how late it is already!  I slept in until 1pm again, so I guess 5:45 just feels early.  After doing the Shred plus four miles yesterday, I’m sure my body needed plenty of extra rest.

After waking up I quickly ate an organic plum from our CSA box, and Keenan and I took Arlo on a walk to the library to return some movies that we had borrowed.

When we arrived home, I popped the top on a Zevia ginger root beer, while Keenan made me a snack.

My snack ended up being two slices of toasted David’s Killer powerseed bread with sunflower seed butter.

I am seriously addicted to sunflower seed butter.  After I picked some up at Trader Joe’s last weekend I have been eating it on everything.  The other night I even had some tortillas rolled up with sunflower seed butter.  Yum!

Once Keenan left for work, I took off on a nice three mile run.

As sore as I was from my workout yesterday, I was feeling pretty sluggish out there.  Even when I would feel like I was running really hard, I would look down at my Garmin and realize that I wasn’t going all that fast at all, by my standards.

After completing my run, I walked home and made myself a green smoothie for recovery.

This ugly, but tasty treat included frozen strawberries, a banana, raspberries, coconut milk, vanilla Sun Warrior, chia seeds, and beet greens.  Spinach may be the most popular green smoothie green choice, but it’s certainly not the only choice.  Kale, chard, and collards can all be used, plus less common greens, like those from beets.  It doesn’t really affect the flavor, but it changes up the nutrient profile, plus keeps me from throwing away a major portion of the beets that I received in my CSA box.

I have a feeling that I am going to have an evening of cooking, vegging, and movie watching.  If you have any other suggestions of things for me to do while my boyfriend is at work, please leave a comment!

❤ Lindsay

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Dinner in Half an Hour

Good evening bloggys!  Doing well, I hope! 🙂

After I last talked to you, I grabbed a handful of cashews, and headed out for my run.

I decided to run around the bridges by my house.

I continued running around the park until I reached my goal distance of four miles, then walked home.

That is the first time I’ve run four miles since last year.  I felt incredibly strong the entire time, and I kept thinking how good it feels to be out accomplishing something for yourself.  That’s really probably one of my favorite reasons to exercise.  You never regret a workout.

When I got back in I made myself a green juice from a recipe I had seen posted on Katelyn’s blog earlier today.

This:

Became this:

 Juice always makes me feel so energized, and this blend was particularly light and refreshing!

Once my juice was gone, and I had relaxed a bit I set about making dinner.  I wanted something quick, easy, and nutritious, and this meal accomplished that goal perfectly.

Instructions:

1.  Put water on to boil for desired amount of quinoa, adding boullion to the water.  Preheat the oven to 400F.

2.  Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.  Put frozen green beans in a gallon-size plastic bag, along with a bit of olive oil and a minced garlic clove.  Shake until the beans are evenly coated in oil, then place on the baking sheet in a single layer, and bake for 20 minutes.  Add quinoa to broth, once it comes to a boil, then turn down low to simmer.

3.  Make Mmmm Sauce and set aside.

4.  Open a can of kidney beans, rinse, and set aside.

5.  Once the quinoa and the green beans have finished cooking, place some quinoa, kidney beans, and green beans all on a plate, and cover in Mmmm Sauce.

So delicious, but so easy. 

Nothing for me to do now, but sit back, cuddle with my puppy dog,  and wait for my boyfriend to get home from work!

Have a wonderful night!

❤ Lindsay

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Tortilla Soup and Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins

Happy Friday!  Hope you all had a swell day!

I started my day out nicely by sleeping in until almost 11am.  Keenan getting in so late every night has really taken a toll on my sleep schedule.  Either way though, I love to sleep in, other than the fact that I feel as if I’ve lost most of my day after I do. 

Once we were moving, we took off to do wash a load of our work clothes at the laundromat, and I took my car in to get the tire fixed.  I’ve been car-less the last few days because of a flat, so it was really great to get that taken care of.  For free nonetheless.  Gotta love Les Schwab! 

While we waited for our laundry to finish we grabbed some Subway from down the street.

 

Notice my little buddy chillin with me?

Yes, Arlo’s wearing a shoelace as a leash.  We forgot the leash and the shoelace was in the car.  I don’t mind looking weird once in a while.

After Keenan went to work I went off on a grocery shopping expedition for the meal I was planning for this evening.  I headed to Silverdale, where our brand new Trader Joe’s was having it’s grand opening!  The crowd made it impossible to check out everything as thoroughly as I would have liked, but I’m sure it will die down by the next time I go shopping.  After swinging by Safeway to buy the rest of the ingredients that I couldn’t find or access at TJ’s, I headed home to get busy in the kitchen.

I started out with jalapeno cornbread muffins.  They were actually originally intended to be regular cornbread, but I didn’t realize until I went to prepare them that I didn’t have an 8 inch baking pan.  However, I did have a muffin pan, so I decided to make an easy switch.

Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins (adapted from Fired-Up Jalapeno Cornbread in 1000 Vegan Recipes)

Ingredients

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal
2t baking powder
1t salt
1 cup almond milk
3T pure maple syrup
1 cup frozen corn kernels
1/4 cup olive oil
1 fresh jalapeno, chopped
cooking spray

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375F, lightly coat a muffin pan with cooking spray, and set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl, mix flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt, and set aside.

3.  In another mixing bowl, combine the almond milk, maple syrup, corn kernels, oil and jalapenos.

4.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and mix well with a few quick strokes.

5.  Spoon the batter into the muffin pan, and bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

6.  Enjoy!!

After my muffins were out of the oven, I decided to finally take off on the run I had been dressed for since before I went grocery shopping. 

Garmin Stats:

I did four laps around the park  at a pretty steady pace, though I tried to make sure I wasn’t slacking.  By the time I was done I was exhausted, especially seeing as 3.4 is about a mile further than what I have been used to running recently.  It’s gonna be so awesome getting back into shape for this race!

When I got back, I gulped down a big glass of water and got to work on the tortilla soup.  I may or may not have devoured one of the muffins as well.  About an hour later the soup was complete and ready for me to eat.  Be sure to check back tomorrow for that recipe.  It’s a great one!

Finally my dinner was ready!

Now I just can’t wait for Keenan to get home and enjoy some as well!  This is a great Southwest-style meal that I would highly recommend.  However, it is not for the weak of tastebuds.  All the hot peppers included in this definitely give it a kick.  Totally my style. 🙂

I’m about to spend the rest of the evening hanging out with Arlo and probably cleaning the apartment.  Such fun!

Have a great night!

❤ Lindsay

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I Just Wanna Run!

Hey!  How’s everything going out there?  I hope wonderfully!

I spent all day at work today (in between taking phone calls for patient food orders) trying to figure out some new ways to make living healthy more exciting for me.  I feel like I’ve fallen into a bit of a rut lately with my diet and working out, and I need some way to get myself out of it.  Without anything specific keeping me motivated my fitness is slumping and my food is getting pretty boring.

The first thing that occured to me was that…Duh!…I have a blog and readers that I need to keep entertained with what I’m eating!  If I’m bored with the food I’m eating everyday, how can you guys not be?  This week I am going to try to step it up a notch, and make an effort to prepare more, and more interesting, meals at home.  Check back in tomorrow night to see where that leads me!

Secondly, I remembered just how motivated I was to workout when I had something to work towards.  My adventures in running started because, a little over two years ago, I decided to sign up for my first 5K.  I ran on a somewhat regular basis for about two months preparing for the race and then slumped off again for the rest of the year.  The next year, I decided to sign up for the same race again, put myself on a strict training schedule, and blew my first race time (32:26) out of the water with 26:59!  That might not be a great time to some people, but for me, it felt amazing and set me off on a year of a crazy running obsession.  At the end of last summer I began training to run the Seattle Half Marathon, and even ran the full distance in training.  Unfortunately, I had to drop outof the race a few weeks ahead of time, because my schedule at work changed, forcing me to work every single weekend, as I still do today.  My work schedule has kept me from doing any races, but now I think it’s time to change that around, take a Saturday off of work, and run myself a race!

I believe I have decided to run the 4 mile Whale of a Run in Silverdale, Washington on July 30th!  I still need to look into taking the time off work before I will know for sure, but I believe that having a tentative date in mind will be the motivation I need to get out and run my butt off on a regular basis.  I will also take a page from my own book, and actually schedule my runs with myself, rather than leaving it up to chance.  I’m going to begin tomorrow with a 3 mile run, and go from there, mostly following the Hal Higdon Intermediate 5K Training schedule.  Wish me luck!

With that news, let’s get into todays eats!

I’m always a light breakfast eater, but this morning I was in such a hurry that I didn’t really have a chance to grab breakfast, so I just sipped on a Naked coconut water on the ferry, and had a Tazo Passion tea when I got to work.  By the time 2pm rolled around I was ravenous, so my PB&J was extra delicious.

This lucky sandwich actually survived the ride in my backpack today, unlike so many of its predecessors!

My second meal was, as usual, a lovely salad.

I don’t think I will ever give up my salad for work tradition.  They’re just too good, and healthy, and the energy that all that fresh raw produce gives me can’t be matched.  This was pretty standard: spring mix, Roma tomatoes, orange peppers, sprouts, chickpeas, and miso vinaigrette.

My evening meal was a nice bowl of Wolfgang Pucks Classic Tortilla soup. (Which may or may not have influenced tomorrow evening’s meal!)

 

It was good, but nothing too memorable. 

I am currently starving and almost home, so I am definitely going to be making myself an awesome snack when I get there.  I’m pretty stoked to get home and see my Arlo baby.  He spent last night at Keenan’s mom’s house (she’s madly in love with him), so I haven’t actually seen him since she stopped by and picked him up yesterday morning.  I miss him so much!!!  I know, I’m a crazy puppy mama.

What’s your favorite racing moment?

Honestly, mine was completing a 13 mile training run for the half marathon that I never completed.  At least I know that I would have been able to finish if I’d actually run it!

I hope you all have a wonderful night, and I will see you tomorrow!

❤ Lindsay

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