Monday, February 18, 2013

Anti-Munchies Trick

Tonight all I want to do is eat.  My solution?

eating peas with chopsticks

Eating peas…or corn…or beans…with chopsticks.  I get the satisfaction of putting something in my mouth (thatswhatshesaid) but it takes foooorrrreeeevvvverrrrrrrr and staves off the obsession that could potentially lead to a binge.

Crazy?  Yep.  But it works for me!  Do you have a trick for beating the munchies?

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Valentine’s Date In

Instead of braving the crowds on Valentine’s Day – a holiday neither of us are crazy about anyway – we decided to stay in and do one of our favorite things – cook!

Jason picked up a couple of giant filets an we made this awesome coffee rub for them:

filet

While they were finishing in the oven, I dumped a bag of frozen brussels sprouts in the pan after I steamed them in the microwave.  here they picked up some of the pan drippings and got a little crispy.

brussels sprouts

I also was craving some mushrooms and onions, so I sautéed them with some olive oil, some Worcestershire, and some red wine.

mushrooms and onions

One of my gifts to him says it all:

I'm a Keeper

Hopefully you Muggles will get the reference!  What did you do this Valentine’s Day?

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Domestic Date and Backtracking

Friday night we wanted to stay in and cook but had to run a few errands beforehand.  We were out a lot later than we realized we’d be, so we decided to do a quick-ish dinner instead of starting from scratch like we initially intended to.

First off, my boss gave me a piece of salmon from her lunch that she no longer wanted (not as weird as it sounds).  I knew I wanted to make a salmon cake appetizer with it, so I threw some stuff together:

salmon cake ingredients

the salmon, a couple tablespoons of light mayo, some fresh-grated pecorino romano cheese, some red onion, adobo sauce, and this quinoa mix:

quinoa

In hindsight, I should’ve just gotten plain quinoa and added a smidge to the salmon, because this ended up being mostly quinoa with a little salmon inside – I had to add some extra stuff to help my cakes stick together.

cake binder

Some cornmeal, soy flour, and cornstarch later, I got ready to pan-fry.

salmon quinoa cakes

They turned out pretty tasty, and I have a better idea of how I’ll fix it in the future!

salmon quinoa cakes

While we cooked, we sipped a super-adult beverage.

fiber and red wine

Nothin’ like some red wine with fiber.  Mmmm-mm.  The main course was tilapia stuffed with crab – a quick-grab entrée from the grocery, since we were eating late already.  I also roasted some zucchini and Roma tomatoes in the oven and added a little more cheeeeeeeese on top.  Smile

tilapia, zucchini, tomatoes

It ended up being a really good combo and was ready relatively quickly!  And it allowed for leftovers for brunch.

brunch eggs and quinoa cakes

We went for a run this morning, and instead of trying to push myself for 30+ minutes or 3+ miles, we backtracked to Week 6 of C25K.  While I struggled a fair amount, the intervals were much easier on me and allowed me to fight through the trouble instead of just getting discouraged, overwhelmed, and giving up like I have been.  I feel a lot more confident after today’s run, and we “celebrated” with some scrambled eggs with salsa and leftover salmon quinoa cakes.

I’ll actually look forward to the next run now that I’ve come to terms with backtracking and know I’m capable of succeeding at the intervals!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Running Woes

So what have I been up to lately?  Some experimenting in the kitchen with the fella:

turnip greens with bacon

(turnip greens with bacon),

scallops with homemade pesto

(scallops with homemade pesto),

“hot crash” sweet potato with cayenne and spices

(“hot crash” sweet potato with cayenne and spices).

But I’ve also been doing a lot of running.  Jason and I have completed the Couch-to-5K program (my sophomore effort) and have been working on building endurance.  Over the Christmas holidays, I developed some crazy upper respiratory bug that sidelined me for a week or two, and I haven’t been the same since.  I’ve had a couple good runs, but I’m having to take waaaaay more breaks than I was in late December, and my endurance just isn’t there.

Today was the last straw; I was really in need of a stress-busting GOOD run, and I couldn’t make it 5 minutes without walking.  Then, every time I tried to pick it back up, I got side stitches and stomach cramps.  I made it about 2 miles of unplanned run/walk intervals, but in between being a huge crybaby and pushing myself too hard, I hyperventilated every time I picked up the pace and finally gave up.

So what does one do in this situation?  Bitch and moan on social media, of course.  I finally broke down and asked for advice on Facebook, bracing myself for the influx of “try this” and “you’re not doing this right,” even though I thought I had exhausted all efforts.  I did receive a lot of suggestions I’ve tried, but I think I need to give those options a more fair shot now that I’m REALLY concerned and motivated to fix this. 

One of the most intriguing pieces of advice I received was to build back up slowly after being away from running.  Seems obvious, right?  But I didn’t realize it was to this extent.  The gal who shared her story said that if she has to take time off from running, she has to start back building up a quarter mile or so each day, starting with a mere 0.25 miles.  After my December crud was cured, I didn’t build back up to where I had left off, I just tried pushing to get back to that point.  There have been a few days since where I felt really good, but for the most part I have to stop and walk a good bit due to fatigued lungs and legs or tummy pains.

Another thing I’ve tried to focus on is eating the right thing at the right time, and the only way to figure it out is trial and error.  In order to avoid a huge tummyache, I’ve been eating a more brunch-like meal, running on my lunch break any time around 1-3pm, then eating lunch or a heavy snack in the afternoon at work.  I’m still trying to find the balance between too much and too little food beforehand, because apparently I’m very sensitive to both.  Screw trial and error, man.  Annoyed

If you’re a runner, did you have any issues like these getting restarted after taking time off?  What’s your best solution for side/stomach pains?  I’ve heard “two breaths in, one breath out” from a couple of people – that seems difficult to focus on, but I’ll try it!