Crunchie Lunchie

February 19, 2010

I know I said that I wasn’t going to blog most of my meals now, but I was particularly proud of the lunch I packed today. A normal lunch for me is last night’s dinner leftovers thrown over some plain spinach or rolled up in a wrap. This morning I took the extra 3 minutes to chop up some different veggies to include, and it made a world of difference!  This may sound like such a basic thing, but it got me excited about my colorful, crunchy salad!

I was all ready to apologize for the poor quality and lighting of the photo, but looks like my phone did a decent job!  Love my droid 🙂

My salad contained:

  • Spinach & spring salad mix
  • 1 chopped bell pepper
  • 1 chopped carrot
  • some low-fat feta cheese
  • 3 slices of turkey breast (deli meat)
  • 1 tsp EVOO
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar

In other news, I’ve noticed a surprise on the scale this week.  Since the new year, I was working out a TON, sometimes 3 hours a day, but my weight has stayed stable (at about 5 lbs heavier than my normal weight, which is 25 pounds heavier than my healthy weight). But now for the past 2 weeks, I’ve done little more than my 1/2 marathon training (and heck, I missed last weekend’s long run!), and I’ve lost 4 pounds!

I know that there was some buzz around this Time article last year which showed that exercise does not cause weight loss. My reaction to the article was “DUH!  If you do something to make you hungrier, but do not control your calorie intake, you will eat more!”  I assumed that this article was irrelevant to my life because I knew how to watch what i ate. But maybe I was wrong. Maybe I am sneaking in more foods when I work out excessively. Or maybe I’m not refueling enough and that’s messing with my muscles. Either way, I am going to experiment with shorter, more intense workout sessions.  I believe SOME exercise is essential to weight loss and maintenance.  And even if it weren’t, I would still work out because there are a bajillion other healthy benefits, and I’m finally at a point in my life where I love it! So I still plan on following my training plan and adding other fun workouts (BodyPump, BodyStep, spinning, 30 day shred), but I won’t do more than 90 minutes a day.

That is all.  Happy weekend all!

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Costa Rican Squash

February 18, 2010

So, I clearly cannot keep up with blogging all of my meals whilst working. It’s fun and I may do it from time to time, but for now I have a new approach. This year my husband and I have been trying a new fruit of veggie every week.  Should be manageable to blog about our produce adventures, right?

Meet… the Costa Rican Squash!

Yes, the bottom looks like an ugly, lumpy butt.

The inside looks like a pear!

Upon googling “Costa Rican Squash,” I chose this recipe from the first hit. It’s basically chopped squash, corn, and onion with a little bit of milk.

Ah, TJ’s classic labelling.

Finished product!  It was pretty good, but bland. I’ll definitely add some crazy spices if we try this again.

We also used this delicious sauce to marinate some cod.

It came out pretty tasty!

The big picture.

In conclusion, the Costa Rican squash made for an interesting side dish, but it wasn’t delicious or interesting enough to become a staple in our home.

In other news, I am a superstar!  I got up at 4:40 this morning for a 6 mile run!  Even with all of my preparations last night (laying out clothes & gear, preparing some pre-run fuel, going to bed early), I wasn’t sure if I would really do it.  But after one tiny “snooze” hit, I did it!  I’m pretty sure someone will give me some kind of medal today.

Tonight is my orientation for Big Brothers, Big Sisters.  I’m so excited – I really miss volunteering and kids.

Quick morning post

February 12, 2010

I can use 15 minutes of internet “quota time” at work for blog sites, so here goes!

I did NOT get up for my 7 mile run this morning. I woke up several times between 2-4am, afraid I would oversleep my alarm, which was set for 4:30. Then I woke up at 5:30 and realized I DID oversleep my alarm.  Actually, I had set the time, but hadn’t moved the switch to “on.”  If I were smart I would’ve gotten up & worked out anyway, but I was frustrated that I wouldn’t have time to get in all 7 miles, and I ended up sleeping until it was time to get ready for work 😦

For breakfast I ended up eating the pre-run snack I had prepared the night before, and my usual cereal:

1 slice whole wheat toast with 1 tbsp almond butter & 1/2 a banana, and 1c Kashi Go Lean with almond milk, ground flax, cinnamon, and the other 1/2 banana.  And my standard green tea & water 🙂

I also packed a lunch and snack to bring to work:

Leftover salmon from last night over romaine, red bell peppers & broccoli, with a splash of evoo & balsamic vinegar. And a DELICIOUS homeycrisp apple.

Self explanatory. I might skip 1/2 the fruit and the cheese, depending on how hungry I am.

GOALS FOR TODAY!

– Run 7 miles tonight. No. Matter. What.  Hopefully I can watch the Olympic opening ceremonies if I get there early enough to snag a TV!

– Be honest with my food, both here and in my calorie counter. I’ve found that I nibble A LOT between meals, and this photo thing is making me more conscious of it. Don’t want to lie to the blog!

Goodbye Snow Break

February 12, 2010

Looks like I’m going to work tomorrow!  I’m not unhappy about this – I need the structure 🙂

After posting before I was feeling worthless & restless, so went to gym for an hour of low-impact cardio (bike & elliptical)

Post workout snack:

Tofu & bell peppers sauteed in bit of Trader Joe’s Gyoza dipping sauce, with a very lopsided apple.

After a few more lazy hours (seriously, what DO I do on lazy days like this?), dinner!

Salmon w/ mushrooms & lemon juice, steamed broccoli & Trader Joe’s Harvest grain mix. I also had an ice cream sandwich.

Off to bed!  It’s early, but I’m getting up VERY early. I’m scheduled for a 7m long run this weekend, but the hubby and I will be in NYC for a mini-vacay, so I doubt I’ll get it in.  As such, I’m waking up at 4:30am so I can do it tomorrow morning.

Oh well!

February 11, 2010

I didn’t even make it one full day as a food blogger!  It takes a lot of time and energy to post about every meal – I have a lot of respect for the ladies who do it everyday!  Here are some things I learned whilst food blogging for 2/3 of a day:

  • I often sneak nibbles without even noticing.  If I grab a few tostitos, do I take a photo of it?  The photos made me more conscious of the in-between-meals bites I may grab and forget to track.
  • Making food pretty is fun
  • I drink too much wine!  To be fair, it’s unusual to be snowed-in like this in Washington DC 🙂

I had another snow day off work, so I kept photographing, but I am too lazy to type out the details.

Last night’s dinner:

Imagine several more wine glasses and some kiwi fruit, and that was my night 🙂

Today’s bfast (along with a “proof of life” style newspaper):

My brave, handsome, scruffy husband shoveled-out our cars!

While he shoveled, I did a Jackie Warner workout dvd (well, I got it through OnDemand cable). Lunch was leftovers

Then I had a yoplait light strawberry yogurt and a chai tea with a splash of almond milk and 1/4tsp agave nectar. I am not a very creative writer – can’t imagine I’ll keep up this blog!

Late lunch

February 10, 2010

My run went alright.  I was supposed to do 5 miles, including warm up, 3 miles at 12:00, and cool down, but I ended up taking walk breaks.

Sorry I’m not so good at the image stuff yet!  About 50 minutes into my run I had 2 Gu chomps:

Lunch was very late – around 4:30.  What a weird day I’m having!

When I got back from my run, my husband had made some mac & cheese!  I had a cup with some homemade salsa on top, along with a salad (romaine, 1/4c. pomegranate seeds, 1/2oz almonds, spray of evoo, splash of vinegar) and my standard post-run chocolate milk.

Hello world!

February 10, 2010

Hi there, I’m Shannon!  Welcome to my blog! I titled my blog “Food Runs” because I’m not sure if I’ll end up writing about food, running or both. Lately I’ve been inspired by many “food blogs,” in which people (usually women around my age) discuss their nutritional and fitness goals and progress. While my goals aren’t exactly the same as theirs (many of them are very fit vegetarians), I find them incredibly inspirational.  Listed below are some of my favorites.  Please keep in mind that there are TONS of other amazing food/fitness blogs out there, but I cannot read most of them at work because my company’s network filters out anything that looks too much like a blog based on the web address.

http://ronisweigh.com/
http://www.healthytippingpoint.com/
http://ohsheglows.com/
http://fitnessista.com/
http://www.bobbimccormick.com/
http://www.livelaugheat.com/
http://lilveggiepatch.com/

While I love reading these blogs, I always figured that I don’t have time to create my own. But today I finally have a snow day thanks to the multiple blizzards we’ve had in the Washington DC area in the past few weeks, AND I happened to make an aesthetically pleasing breakfast, so I figured I’d give it a shot, if only for a day.  Here goes!

Breakfast:

I usually eat one of two healthy breakfast options every single day, but in honor of the snow day and my pancake loving husband, I decided to make a treat.

Well, since I’ve done NOTHING except eat pancakes and create this blog today, I’m off to get in a 5 mile tempo run on the dreadmill.  (I’m training for a 1/2 marathon, but I am slooooow.)