Next Race

April 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

For me, training for some goal, like a race, is always so much more inspiring than just working out. Don’t get me wrong, I love the stress relief and endorphin boost of a regular workout, but I’m more dedicated when I have some ultimate goal in mind.

My duathalon. Texas. In July. HOT and muggy! 2003

In college, I did a duatholon (run, bike run) and last November I did my first half marathon. But, I have been inconsistent with working out ever since I stopped having a race on the horizon to get ready for.

Enter Tough Mudder.

My friend, Megan, and I after the San Antonio Rock and Roll Half Marathon. November 2010

I saw some info about this race this year, but the one in Austin fell in the middle of finals (damn you, quarter system and law school), so I couldn’t do it. But, my friend had asked me if I might want to do this with him next October. We’ll be in the throws of Practice Court (kindly referred to as “Law School Boot Camp”), but we wanted to have something keep up motivated to work out and train. And something to look forward to besides just the end of Practice Court!

So we decided to sign up in hopes that we can start to train over the summer and then maintain during Practice Court. Hopefully, we’ll be able to encourage each other to keep it up. And maybe even get a team together.

This race is 11 miles with obstacles along the way. So I’ll have to train by running and by doing this nifty little workout. Hopefully this will make sure I’m getting more resistance and weight training in than I normally do.

I also love the good “think” time that running provides and it will be oh, so needed during Practice Court. I’ll keep you update on the workouts. Keep me accountable, please!

It looks super fun! Anyone ever done one of these? What did you think?

Challenge Accepted

April 13, 2011 § 2 Comments

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face… do the thing you think you cannot do.” 
-Eleanor Roosevelt

I had to eat my words today. Not too tasty. In doing so I found my next fear to conquer.

The other day, I told you about how I’ve been working on overcoming my fear of water. Well, over last Sunday’s family dinner, I had been telling the boys about how I don’t like being scared of things and letting my fears beat me. Today, after class I saw one of the boys, Scott, and told him I was looking to buy a road bike for the summer. I decided that riding a bike the 9 or so miles into town for work this some from where I’m living and back would be great exercise and would help me really embrace my summer outdoors.

Trek 1.1 WSD. A decent entry level road bike.

I also once did a duathlon (biking and running), and I trained for a triathlon with a friends, but didn’t end up competing. But I’ve always wanted to. So, I’ve been wanting a road bike for awhile so I could ride with friends (excellent social exercise) and maybe even ride in the MS150 one day.

But, when I told Scott about it today, he asked me if I was getting a mountain bike. My response? “Nah…I’m kinda scared of mountain biking.” He immediately responded, “what about not being scared?” Crap. The Sunday Dinner Boys listen when I talk?! I knew I loved them.

He was right. Cody liked to mountain bike and I tried with him once, but I sucked at it and I was quite perturbed that after taking spin classes at least twice a week and Cody never working out, he still kicked my butt. So, maybe the real truth is that I’m not scared of mountain biking. I’m just pissy that I’m not good at it. And because I wasn’t any good, I had to walk. A lot. Maybe I never gave the mountain biking a real chance.

So, challenge accepted. When the opportunity to mountain bike presents itself, I’ll take it. I don’t have to enjoy it, but I should give it a legitimate chance.

But, I’m still not buying another bike. One is enough for at least a year!

Fitness 2010

March 3, 2010 § Leave a comment

If I haven’t already told you, I’ve decided that I’m getting in shape this year. Yeah, yeah, I know…I pretty much say that every year. But, somehow, its a little different this year. The whole thyroid problem was diagnosed just over a year ago now, then I started law school madness, planned a wedding, and tried to lose weight and succeeded a little. Who says you can’t do it all!?! Pshhh (by, the way, have you noticed that I like these little asides? And yes, I just used an aside to tell you how much I like asides. I’m special.). Anyway, this year, its just about being fit; not thin in a wedding dress, but just about feeling as good as possible in my own skin without going to crazy extremes. Just being the best version of myself! So, every once in a while, you’re going to get little updates on here. It’ll keep me accountable, and I can share healthy recipes! Its a win-win.

Current workout plan: I started P90X yesterday. Is it weird that I already feel like my arms are more toned? Yeah, I thought to too. I push-upped and chin-upped myself into a coma yesterday. Then, I did the plyometrics DVD today and pretty much did jump squats, jump lunges, jump whatever forever. Note to Tony Horton: I am not an effing rabbit. Ok? Thanks. While if definitely got my heart rate into the 170s and I burned over 400 calories, I wasn’t drained the rest of the day and the weather was just so absolutely beautiful that I couldn’t help but want to go running. When the weather is like this, its just so mind-clearing and enjoyable; especially after the first 20 minutes or so. I feel like I just kinda forget that I’m running and putting my body throught hell, and just focus on the music and start thinking about life, love, and the pursuit of happiness (oh…oops, that was the Declaration of Independence). But, it was a great 3.3 mile run so the goal is to slowly increase the distance. And frankly, I feel like running is just soooo good for my legs! They do start looking better when I run on a regular basis; sorry, to be so frank, but hey, the goal of working out is to feel better about myself, so I might as well take note of it!

Now, on to the healthy cooking portion of our programming.  I’ve decided to pick one breakfast, one lunch, one dinner and one snack to cook every week. I’ll pick the weekly fave and share! Most serve four, which is nice, becuase I can eat on them all week but still take my friends up on dinner nights, etc. This weeks featured healthy recipe: “Souffle Stuffed Chicken” mmmmmm. Yum-O!

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (12 ounces) Stouffer’s frozen spinach souffle, not thawed
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/4″ thickness
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • optional garnishes include: 1 tablespoon chopped parsley, Lemon slices, parsley sprigs
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Cut the spinach souffle into 4 equal pieces.
  2. Top half of each whole chicken breast with one piece of souffle. Fold half of the chicken over the filling and fasten the edges with wooden picks.
  3. Then, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic adn cook for 3 minutes, or until golden. Discard the garlic. Add the chicken breasts to the skillet and cook for 7 minutes per side, or until well-browned on both sides.
  4. Remove the chicken breasts and place in an oven-proof dish. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted in the thickest portion registers to 170 degrees and the juices run clear.
  5. While the chicken is baking, add the broth, lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper to the large skillet. Heat to boiling. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the sauce is reduced about 1/2.
  6. To serve, remove and discard the wooden picks. Arrange the chicken on a warm serving platter, and spoon the sauce over the chicken. Garnish. (I just poured the sauce into the baking dish, that way, all I had to do was cover the dish with foil or a lid to store in the fridge!)

Hope you enjoy it!

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