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Breakfast and a Fitness Plan

I went to the grocery store yesterday and was all excited to get some more diversity in my breakfasts. But this morning, all I wanted was my usual avo and egg on toast. That’s because the combination is just too good for competition.

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Just look at this yolky perfection.

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This + coffee + CNN New Day = my daily morning routine. Too bad it’s freezing outside now, so it’s getting harder to get off the couch and ready to head out to work.

I don’t think there is much hope for me switching out the breakfast menu anytime soon, but I added a little bit of diversity today.

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Grapefruits are so great, I’m not sure why I’ve dispelled them from my grocery lists in recent times. Maybe because I used to eat oats with blueberries and half a grapefruit every morning and that’s the only combination I associate it with. Or maybe because Dave hates grapefruit, which is pretty damn close to being a deal breaker, if you ask me.

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Also, yesterday, I made a fitness and meal plan. November has to be all about sweating and eating right and sticking to a routine before Thanksgiving, an international conference trip, and the holidays throw it all off again.

The next week will hopefully look like this:

Friday: Kinetik Class
Saturday: Hike
Sunday: 3 x 10-minute miles
Monday: Kinetik Class
Tuesday:  3 x 10-minute miles
Wednesday: Kinetik Class
Thursday:  3 x 10-minute miles
Friday: 3 x 10-minute miles

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Return to the Stove

I know, I know — zero posts for nearly two months, what gives? Well, now that I have a quarter of a year at my new job under my belt, spending more time on my fitness and healthy eating goals may be justified again. And chronicling said pursuits, of course.

What have I been doing aside from working? Well….

My brother visited in October for 11 days and we explored New York, D.C., and State College together. All explorations were naturally accompanied by great food.

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This was a Turkish restaurant by the UN. Such a great night.

… Dave and I ran a 50-mile relay race with five friends. It was an amazing experience — the weather, the beauty of central PA, the company, the running. I am hooked on this event and want to do it every year we live here.

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This is me passing the baton, a shiny purple wrist-band, to my team mate. Who knew that volleyball jacket from 2001 would serve me so well? This was the third chilly-weather race I’ve done in it.

(That guy, by the way, was the best team mate ever. He ran 6-minute miles and volunteered to take the most difficult legs. Definitely made up for my 11-minute mile pace….)

… I indulged in everything fall — Pumpkin beer, apple cider, haunted houses, pumpkin pie/ice cream/lattes, and of course, pumpkin carving.

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We created these beauties with our friends the night before Halloween.

… And, I did very little cooking. I was bad. If I cooked, I just used old recipes I already had. Busy-ness will do that to you. October was seriously insane. So was September. But the insanity isn’t going to stop anytime soon, so it’s time to step it up!

I have a new fitness plan that plans out my fitness priorities from now until I turn 30 (June of 2015). Essentially, this means I have progressive running goals assigned for each month plus an additional exercise priority, like swimming, biking, fitness classes, or Yoga. The plan is to work out six times a week with one rest day.

Then, at the beginning of each month, I actually map out how I will be exercising on each day. This month, I will be running 3 times a week, shooting for 3 miles each time at a 10-minute pace. I expect to reach that closer to the end of the month. Right now, I’m still slow as a snail.

This month, my supplement exercise, if I can call it that, is fitness classes at Kinetik Fitness. I went for the second time tonight and it kicks my butt. I love it though. It’s totally different from what I would do on my own and also from any other fitness classes I’ve done. Each class is different and members never know who will be teaching on any given day and what they will be asking you to do. The workouts combine cardio and strength training and are often done in circuits, with partners, etc.

And, since I’m talking about stepping it up, I also am focusing on cooking new things again. Tonight, I made not one but two dishes without recipes. I know making up dishes may not necessarily sound appealing, but I really want to get very good at intuitive cooking. If there is such a thing.

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The first meal — our dinner for tonight and lunch tomorrow — is a cauliflower/broccoli/potato casserole. All I added to the vegetables was almond milk, garlic salt, pepper, and Trader Joe’s vegan cheese.

Maybe it’s because I was super hungry from my workout, but this was delicious. I went back for seconds for sure.

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The second dish — our dinner tomorrow and lunch Thursday — is a shrimp curry. I was pretty proud of this one since it was my first real attempt at making curry myself. Basically, I was at the store, contemplating buying the glass jar of curry sauce, but the ingredient list turned me off. Too much unnecessary stuff. So this is a basic mix: coconut milk and curry powder.

The other ingredients are: olive oil, shrimp, red and green peppers, paprika, garlic salt, and garbanzo beans. I later added brown rice to let the curry soak in and make it very, very tasty for tomorrow evening.

Here’s to November, fitness, and home-made food!

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Night-Runs Have a View Again

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I finally got to enjoy the rolling hills of Central PA again during a night run! I tried to document my view, but the picture is shaky for obvious reasons. Hey, I tried.

I did 6 miles right after work. I’m definitely getting faster, which is super exciting. I think I finished in slightly under one hour, although I’m still not really timing myself.

My favorite part of the run was around 4.5 miles, when my knees started looking up, I was running uphill against the wind, and my nose running was out of control (yuck). There was this Asian man pushing his bike up the hill, and when I passed him, he turned around and gave me a huge smile with a thumbs up. It was so sweet!

When the hill evened out, he got back on his bike and passed me, but then he got off again at the next hill. The road I was on was pretty uneven, which resulted in me passing him three times and exchanging a wave for his thumbs up. Definitely took my mind off the struggle.

My knees loosened up around mile 5 and I enjoyed the last mile more than the fourth mile because the wind was gone and I was going downhill for a wile. I finished with a sprint and it was still light out when I got back at 7:30 pm. Good running times lay ahead as it stays light out later and later.

Also, after dinner and stretching and some Teen Mom 2, I made chocolate covered strawberries to bring to work tomorrow.

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