Monthly Archives: May 2012

May Week 5 and Summary

On Sunday, we had a little Memorial Day/Pool Party in which I totally blew the whole no sugar goal.

Maybe we should have cleaned the pool prior to the party…

I thought that I could make some Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries and not eat a whole ton of them.  Well, that would have worked if I had not had about 1/2 cup of filling leftover.  I ended up eating most of the leftover filling and a couple of the strawberries at the party (probably about 1.5 tbsp of powdered sugar total).  However, the next day I ran an 8K, so I am not beating myself up too much over this.  There were also a couple of instances of a portion of something I ate this week that had a small amount of sugar added, such as some balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing, but they were almost negligible amounts.

To recap this month: A glass of raspberry lemonade, not very delicious pecan pie, and some very delicious cheesecake stuffed strawberries were my cheats over an entire month.  I think that is pretty good!

This experience has helped me to get over the occasional sugar craving, which is something I have battled since starting to eat healthier.  On to the next challenge!

June: Reading

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May Week 4: No Sugar

Again, I did really well this week!  Sunday I cooked some Crockpot Gingered chickpeas with Spicy Tomato Stew  (from Cookin Canuck) for a party, which were complimented a few times.  I cooked an excellent Roasted Tomato Soup with broiled cheddar (from Smitten Kitchen) for my weekly small gathering of friends on Thursday.  I even bought ramekin mugs for this cooking adventure!  On Saturday, I made a Green Goddess Grilled Cheese Sandwich (from TasteSpotting) and paired with some leftover tomato soup.  The grilled cheese was a bit heavy/rich, next time I may reduce the amount of cheese and avocado or maybe just split it with a friend.  The end of May is imminent!  Next post will the last few days of May and a recap.

 

And here is a pretty picture that has nothing to do with anything!

Too early for me!

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May Week 3: No Sugar

I forgot to keep up with my food diary most of the week.  Since this was just something for me to help keep myself accountable, I’m not too broken up about it.  This is one of the reasons I probably wouldn’t do calorie counting.  Even though I didn’t keep up with the food diary, I managed to avoid eating any refined sugar and sugar substitutes this week!  I haven’t even been craving sugary foods, which I thought would be an issue.

I have also signed up for a 8K in a week!  This race will be the furthest I will have run.  I am hoping to get a 4 or 5 mi run in this week before the race.

Again, since this is a boring post, here is a pretty picture.  I took this on Cumberland Island, GA while on a hiking trip.

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May Week 2: No Sugar

Another week of reduced sugar consumption!  Last week I had a little less control over my eating choices as I was gone to a meeting for three days.  However, I only slipped once with some pie.  Here’s what happened.

I left for my meeting Tuesday morning, stopping for an egg muffin from the land of the golden arches along the way.  I missed lunch and the social was providing a not-quite dinner.  In my opinion, we were led to believe that there would be something more substantial than finger foods/hors d’oeuvres but we ended up being served about 1 cup of chicken or shrimp grits.  That is not what I would call substantial.  I also missed breakfast the next morning, so by lunch on day two I was rather hungry.  After having a (too) sensibly sized lunch provided by the hotel/conference, the pie was staring me in the face.  I don’t even like pecan pie, but I was planning to work out later and needed some quick energy/calories.  Result: not very good pie, even for pecan pie.  However, I did get my work out in!

Here’s a picture of something cute to make up for the boring story

Juvenile Great Blue Heron

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Quick pics

A few pictures that I’ve taken recently that make me happy.

Soft Pink Rose

When we moved in, there were a fair number of plants that were decided to be undesirable.  Nandina?  Absolutely gone.  Crepe myrtles?  Soon to be gone.  Roses?  Useless plants, thorny, not kept up, growing in the blueberries.  Most of them were cut out.  This little one with a few stems survived the carnage, mostly because it wasn’t planted with the others.  It might be a keeper, at least for a while.

Everyone likes the scent

A cute little green lynx spider hanging out in the rose.

Gardenia

After we moved in, one of the plants I wanted was gardenia.  It has been one of my favorite scents for several years and they are a rather attractive flower too.  It turns out that the sad little chopped-up bush near the back door is a gardenia!  It is a large shrub that they had trimmed like you would a boxwood (which is another plant they had planted).  It either needs to be moved to another area or will just need to be dug up and thrown out.  I am also going to look into the possibility of rooting a cutting.

You’re not a hummingbird!

We saw this little guy at the nursery when picking out some plants to replace the Nandinas.

Not a very Super 8 Motel

I took this picture last year coming back from Florida.  I am not sure if I like it better in color or B&W.

 

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April Race – Dirty Girl

Dirty Girl!  I was kind of excited about this race.  It is a mud/obstacle run for women that donates a portion (2.5%) of the registration fees to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.  There were about 6,500 women who signed up to run this 5K.

If you might not have noticed, I am a planner.  Or, at least, I strive to be an organized individual.  For my races, I’ve been making lists of what I need to take and pack and lay out my stuff the night before the event.  Now, I invited my sister along to join me in this run.  My sister likes to plan all the fun stuff, like matching uniforms, shirts, accessories, and the people who will be going.  I knew she had invited a few people, but didn’t know there was going to be almost a dozen other girls on this team.

My sister is late to almost everything.  She was late for her own birth.  For our 1pm wave, I told her that we needed to be on the road at 9 am.  This time was very thought out.  Given the location of the race, the amount of people that were going to be funneled to a very populated area (traffic), walking distance, registration lines, stuff stowing time, 20 minutes for my breathing treatment, and general fiddling around I thought that 4 hours might lead to a stress free outing.

The first hint of trouble: on the road at 9:30
The second hint of trouble: sign on interstate “All lanes closed due to accident”

I had anticipated getting to the event around 10am at the latest, with picking up one of her friend.  We ended up getting to the event at 11am, 2 hours before our wave time.  There were no signs anywhere that lead to the event.  There was no confirmation of registration at the registration booth.  The staff/volunteers would look at our ID, write down our name and the next bib number then send us on our way.  Anyone could have walked up and given their ID and walked away with a bib and t-shirt.

Also, there was no bag locker.  All we were told was that “something happened there” and no one could store their bags there.  Luckily one of the other girls on the team had family there to watch and they took care of all of our bags.

The run wasn’t a fun as I thought it would be.  A lot of it was running back and forth on a gravel parking lot, which was pretty hard on the feet and not at all visually interesting.  The obstacles were easier than I had hoped, I wanted some challenge to conquer.  There were three water stations along the way and one had run out when I ran past.  I actually went by twice, cause of the back and forth nature of the path.

Due to the car being so far away from the event, I had to do my breathing treatment 2 hours before the race.  Either due to taking the medicine so early, or that it just didn’t work, I was unable to run much of the race.  This is not fault of the race/event, just something I am going to take note of for future events.

Summary:
No signs/volunteers leading to the event
No way to ensure that someone registered for the event
No bag storage and no explanation as to why
Poor course design
Water bearers not keeping up with demand

Would I do this event again?  If they stayed at the same location, probably not.

Finish time: 42:30

Side Note:

My goals for April seemed to be falling apart, and it was one of the ones I was most excited about too.

In fact, my fitness goal for the year (run or cycle in a race every month) has me sad for May.  I had the options of cycling in a race, running an 8K, or participating in a duathlon?  I don’t feel that I will have cycled nearly enough for a duathlon!  I bought a trainer for my bike, I will be putting it together this week.  I know, not the best option, but I don’t want to ride by myself and I don’t have anyone who isn’t insanely busy to ride with me right now.  So, I am left with running the 8K at the end of the month.  I guess that means I need to start running again!

EDIT: PICTURES!

My sister and I posing with dad before leaving for the race

My sister had some shirts made up for us

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May Week 1: No Sugar

May Challenge is going to be a little different, as it is not broken up into different weeks.  For May, I am keeping a Food Diary to keep me accountable on reducing the amount of sugar I take in.  While I have done the South Beach diet, this is not quite that.  I am not removing fruits or vegetables with inherent sugar, just cutting back on recipes and processed food with added sugar.  And, no, I am not going to be posting my food diary.  That seems unbearably boring to read.

I had one little cheat this week, a mixed drink with Simply Raspberry Lemonade.  I did have a moment of weakness when I walked past a Cinnabon, but I kept walking away.   Just to throw in a picture of something I made recently, here are some baked eggs in tomato cups!  The recipe is from Eat Yourself Skinny, my only complaint is that they take forever to bake.

Baked Eggs in Tomato Cups

Steamy!

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