Saturday, July 30, 2011

Health blogs

Reading a bunch of health food blogs lately and I see that a lot of people don't drink dairy anymore. They have eggs and cheese but no milk or half and half. Rice, almond and coconut milk seems to be the trend. Next up I think I should try coconut milk.

One of the blogs I read is, myfitspiration with Hanna Curlee and Olivia Ward from The Biggest Loser. Totally addicted to that show but that is a whole different post.

Check out Well + Good NYC they have a feature where they photograph the contents of fridge. (Refrigerator Look Book)

This is what got me started on the diary free look of life. I am glad I am trying something different. I am actually very happy with the Almond Milk. They are also big on smoothie's and green drinks. Which sound good but something else to add to my routine.

Pros and Cons of smoothies? Anyone?

Friday night is alright for fighting.

My friend L and her hubby were visiting from North Carolina and it was her last night so we did dinner and a movie. Went to Bostons Gourmet Pizza I had the Mediterranean Salad with Salmon. Delicious! I am getting better at making the smart choices when I go out. We went and saw Harry Potter 7 part 2, again.

Came home right after because I was so tired. The whole drive home my lips were itching. Now I am wondering if I have a food allergy. This started BEFORE dinner,my lips were feeling weird then, so I don't think it was dinner.

My contacts were killing me. I got home and threw out my contacts. I really need to wear my glasses for the next week or so and let my eyes rest. But its so hard to run/work out wearing my glasses. I guess I am just used to wearing contacts. Although people do it all the time so I just just STFU and wear my glasses.

Just had 2 bowls of cereal for breakfast and a banana. I had it with rice milk. The rice milk was great with the cereal but not my coffee. I think I will stick with the almond milk for the most part. I need to run and get some more tomorrow when I am near Trader Joes.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Dinner and other stuff

this morning on my run I was thinking about how satisfying I find it to run and then take the same road on my way to work. there is a definite sense of accomplishment. Each day I run further. That is my goal, run further every day. I know the speed will come as I improve my stamina. I started a few months ago struggling to run for 30 seconds. (unknown distance) but now I can run 5 min and a least half a mile. I started in April, give or take and now it's the end of July and I have kept up the running even in the heat. Granted I know have to wake up at 5 am to get it done before the heat gets too bad. That makes me feels so good. It's amazing that I hate to wake up but I have been waking up to run. I still can't get over that. Because that is definitely not me. Who is this strange person and what have you done with the real Ree!

Cucumbers and sprouts are the best toppings for sandwiches. I am out of sprouts and forgot to get some at the grocery store when I was there after work. so dinner tonight is a steak sandwich with cucumber and the yogurt I didn't eat at lunch. I have some cherries for dessert in a bit if I want them. Also some Blue Diamond Almond Nut Thins Cheddar Cheese. Never had these before, the Hint of Salt ones are good. So I am hoping these are as well.

That's it for now. Seriously thinking about running again tomorrow morning.

Fiber and my morning run

Back to logging food. I find it's the best way to keep me honest. I am not really counting calories but just watching the quality of food I eat. I follow South Beach but I have found that when I fall off the wagon it's for carbs so I am trying to add more to my diet. The healthy kind of course ;) Yay for Whole Grains!

I picked up some Kashi Go Lean the other day. I had it for the first time this morning. It's really very good. I was afraid that the "fiber twigs" wouldn't taste good but it was delicious with a bit of almond milk.

I am totally hooked on the almond milk for my coffee. Not as creamy as half and half but a much better flavor. I picked up rice milk as well and I will try that next. Trying to find healthier alternatives to milk and dairy. Some places I don't mind avoiding dairy but I gotta have animal milk cheese. It's pretty high in fat (and protein). Life is all about finding balance.

Actually woke up at 5 ish went for a run with my neighbor. I almost bailed but I could have sworn I heard noises on her side of the house (it's a duplex) so I didn't want to bail if she was already awake. 1.83 miles in 29.45 minutes. I did the first mile in about 15 min however on the way back there is an "oh shit" hill, that kills me. Since I didn't run at all while I was on vacation last week. It was painful. My legs were feeling it but I run a little further everytime. I am slow but I am doing it and that is what counts. Or at least that is what I keep telling myself.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


I moved to a very rural area and now have a 50 minute commute. The drive isn't so bad it helps me to unwind on the way home. However going to the gym sucks. I detour to Newington from Farmington work out then still have 30+ minute drive home. The sad thing is iI notice that my muscles start to cramp after being the car for so long. I don't go to the gym on the weekends because it's a 30 mile drive . If I have plans in the area I try to stop by after the gym. However that doesn't always work. I definitely was not getting the best out of my membership.

My new place is great and there is a little super market and there is a 24 hr gym next door. This is 2 miles from my house and 24 hrs. I looked at the membership last week and it's more than Planet Fitness but the proximity makes it so much better. And to be honest, it's a lot nicer inside than PF, has nicer equipment, classes. Definitely worth it. On the way home I cancelled PF and joined Anytime Fitness. I got my key card today.

I am planning on waking up early and running on my street. (my street is pretty long, I can do a 1.75 mile run down and back) I may double up on cardio tomorrow and go back and check it out a bit more. I need to call and make an appointment with the trainer and get an orientation on the machines.

As much as I hate waking up early in the morning I feel great when I start my day off with a run. I had only done a few weeks before vacation week and well, I didn't wake up at 5 am the week on was on vacation. I am slacker what can I say ;)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Finally a post with content

I have been really good about getting up twice a week with my neighbor and run with her. That is until I had a week off and it was the hottest week of the summer. No working out, no running. That's okay. I will start back up when I go back go to work.

I recently moved to Colchester and my gym was in Newington (almost 20 miles away) I was doing pretty good on going regularly. But I know that when I have late nights at work I don’t hit the gym. I go home to take the dog out then sit on my butt watching TV. There is a gym that is so close to my house and is 24 hrs a day. It’s about $40 a month which is double what I was paying but I think it is far more realistic that I will go to this gym when the weather is bad or I have late nights. I can run home, take the dog out, change and then hit the gym. It’s actually really nice and has nice equipment. I like the idea of doing stuff locally. The last town I lived in, I lived there 5 years and did nothing locally. This town makes me more relaxed. A lot more rural than I am used to but I find it so relaxing and peaceful.

I have been drinking a lot of iced tea lately. Unsweetened. This is the stuff. I am addicted.

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I am hooked on cooking shows lately. I like Bitchin Kitchen and Mexican Made Easy. Bitchin Kitchen is funny. I like her. I think we could go out for a few beers. Mexican Made Easy makes everything so delicious. Since the only Mexican food I know how to make is what my mommie made its nice to have alternatives. The host is actually from an area in Mexico where my mom used to live. Baja. My brother was actually born there.

So the 5k I did was on July 9th. Here are photos. I crossed the finish line! My friends and I were dead afterwards. Here is proof!