Monday, February 25, 2008

Hyannis 10K RR

Well I have my first race of the year under my belt, and the best I can say is that I perservered!

My first 5K went beautifully and as planned, but the second 5K the lack of training and miles showed. I was pretty footsore and tired by 5 miles, and felt every extra pound I'm dragging.
The second 5K ended up 10 minutes slower than the first 5K which is not the kind of split to put up. I ended up DFL for the 10K, first time that has ever happened to me in a race -- but it was no doubt deserved.

Still, it was a fun, lovely day. We had breeze and sun and around 30 degrees when we took off -- hard to tell what to wear and I had clothes coming off and going back on throughout the race. I'm happy its done, and ready to actually train for the next race -- probably a 5K, maybe even Groton in April. I'm also hoping to get my sister to join me for this race next year.


Saturday, February 23, 2008

Recipe of the Week - Chickpea Hot Pot

(as modified from

1 large yellow onion, chopped
a splash of olive oil
a couple pinches of salt
2/3 cup uncooked bulgur
1 14-ounce can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
4 cups vegetable stock
1 cup orange juice
1 1/2 cup cauliflower, trimmed into small trees
2 cup fresh baby spinach, chopped
1 1/2 cup fresh chopped asparagus
zest of one orange
salt and pepper to taste
1T bouquet garni
1 cup water (if necessary to thin)

In a large pot over medium-high heat saute the onion in the olive oil along with the salt - for a minute or until the onion begins to soften a bit. Stir in the bulgur. Stir in the chickpeas and the stock. Bring the ingredients to a simmer. Cook for another few minutes, it should start to thicken. Taste to see if the bulgur is cooked through, if so add the orange juice. If not, simmer for a couple more minutes before adding the juice. Stir in the cauliflower and the kale as well - simmer another few minutes, until the cauliflower is just tender. If the stew is on the thick side, thin with a bit more water or stock. Taste, and add salt if necessary. Serve garnished with a drizzle of olive oil and red onions.
Serves 4 - 6.

(Serving 6 = 3 points/serving)

Just enjoying a bowl now, after shoveling 8 inches of snow. I need to pack and then I'm off to Hyannis for my 10K. I'll be back tomorrow with a report!


Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Foot cramps

I have always gotten them, mostly when swimming, but occasionally other times. I eat well balanced meals, with lots of fruits and veggies, so I feel like I get all the essential vitamins and minerals. I rarely wear heels. So why on Monday afternoon did I get such intense foot cramps in the pool that I had to quit my swim after only 900 yards? They came in *waves* which is a recent development in the word of my foot cramps. Any thoughts on what I need to add into my routine/do differently?


Sunday, February 17, 2008

Welcome to the Grand Illusion (with apologies to Styx)

I've been fooling myself. I cannot ignore the WW program and expect to lose weight. I cannot eat with impunity because I still cannot eat *properly.* I still have -- and will always have -- an eating disorder. For the rest of my life I will always have to weigh and measure. For the rest of my life I will have to think about every bite. For the rest of my life I will have to be accountable for what I put into my body.

It's not all bad though. I know that the program *works* and that if I keep doing it properly, I will have success. I also know that I can do the program properly. So instead of fooling myself, I have to do what I know. Some days are going to be painful. Some days I'll be faced with choices I don't want to make. But in the end, I'll be healthier, fitter, faster, and more content with myself.

The plan is simple, really:

1. Back to veggie eating, with fish mixed in. I feel healthier doing this, for some reason.
2. Journal, journal, journal.
3. Don't give in to cravings -- grit my teeth, say no, and they will eventually be banished.
4. Figure out the balance between work/life/training. Know it may require constant adjustment as well as constant vigilance.
5. MOVE. I have a 10K next Sunday which I am walking -- but I will be out there moving. Once I get past that event, I need another goal, and a training plan I can live with.
5a. Become one with my bike. Its time to really put cycling in the forefront of my training, especially if I want to race at Pumpkinman in October.
6. Have Faith in myself.
7. Don't forget my various support networks.
8. Use visualization and mediation more.
9. Remember the skinny jeans!

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Recipe of the Week: Chana Masala with Spinach

1TB curry paste (Indian)
1 TB chopped garlic
1 sliced onion
2T tomato paste or 3T sauce
1 15oz can chickpeas with some of the liquid reserved (1/4C)
1T lemon juice
1t red pepper flakes
4C fresh baby spinach

Heat the curry paste with a little oil in a hot pan. Add the garlic and onion. Cook until onion is clear. Add tomato paste/sauce and stir. Add chickpeas, lemon, pepper and cook until heated through. Add spinach and slowly stir through the chickpeas until wilted and cooked.

Serve over rice, bulgar or plain.

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