Archive for February, 2012

Spinach from the Garden

Last year, I had the hardest time growing spinach.  This year, the spinach leaves are bigger than my hand!  I like to pick them from the garden for an impromptu breakfast or snack.  They’re also great added to salads and the juicer.

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I decided to post this podcast once I finished it, just so I’d have it up here.  It’s for the third workout of Couch 2 5K’s Week 5.  Remember that in Week 5, there are three different workouts, not the same workout repeated three times.  Therefore, I had to make three separate podcasts with the voice from here.

For this workout (if I manage to get to it, let alone survive it), you warm up 5 minutes, jog 20 minutes without stopping, and then cool down 5 minutes.

I used music from Michael Bublé, Glee, Tangled, and TobyMac.
Running Week 5C

Warm Up
Haven’t Met You Yet
Lady is a Tramp

Jog (20 min.)
When Will My Life Begin
When I Get You Alone
Bad Romance
Start Somewhere
Born This Way

Cool Down
I Dreamed a Dream
Somebody to Love

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My original podcast for Couch 2 5K’s Week 2 was made of Christmas music.  Here’s a non-Christmas version.  I used music from The Little Mermaid.

The 6 intervals are for 90 minutes of jogging and 2 minutes of walking.  There is also a 5 min. warm up and 5 min. cool down.

The voice telling me intervals that I used in my podcast came from here.

Running Week 2 Little Mermaid
Warm Up
Fathoms Below
Main Titles
Part of Your World

Under the Sea – R1
Part of Your World (Reprise) – W
Poor Unfortunate Souls – R2
Les Poissons – W
Jig – R3
Kiss the Girl – W
The Storm – R4
Fireworks – W
Destruction of the Grotto – W con’t
Tour of the Kingdom – R5
Wedding Announcement – W
Eric to the Rescue – R6

Cool Down
Eric to the Rescue con’s.
Happy Ending

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Rolling a Ball of Yarn

The last time I tried to roll a ball of yarn, I had a tangled mess.  Luckily this time, I kept everything in a circle on the couch and it worked out well.  It did shed all over the place, though.

Thanks to my brother for the yarn!

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Jogging Update – Feb. 19

I don’t know what happened, but jogging has not been happening lately, at least not since the beginning of this month.  It started to gradually go as I was only doing jogs on weekends, because I didn’t want to get on the treadmill and the only time I could go jogging out of doors (for my schedule, the weather, traffic, etc.) was on weekends.  Then, I got a bad head cold, which I’m still getting over.

Yes, I feel a bit out of shape.

Yes, I think I’m avoiding doing longer runs (for me, 8 minutes of jogging without stopping is a long time).  I’m really avoiding thinking about jogging 20 minutes without stopping (Couch 2 5K’s third workout for Week 5).

I knew when I started Couch 2 5K (again) that I didn’t know how far I would get.  I sure didn’t get very far the first time.  Still, I was surprised that I got to Week 5.  I think having podcasts with my own music helped.

What do I plan to do?  Once I’m completely over this head cold, I’m going to restart Couch 2 5K.  I’ll go back to Week 1 (remember that it’s three workouts per week) and do one workout a day.  Then, I’ll go straight into Week 2 (and so forth and so on).

Since I did Christmas music for Week 2, I did a new playlist with non-Christmas music.  I’ll post the playlist soon.

As I get past Week 2 and into slightly longer jogging intervals, I might need to start spacing the jogs a day or so apart.  I’m considering doing yoga or cardio/strength training workout videos in between jogging days.  We’ll see.

Anyways, I want to exercise on a regular basis again.  I want to progress in my jogging so that I can jog 5K without stopping.  It’s taking forever and I wish I were in the shape I was in 5 years ago.  I guess if I keep at it and get myself eating a bit healthier foods, I’ll get there eventually.  It may just take a while!

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Garden Salad

Here are some of the greens (butterhead, romaine, Farmers’ Market blend, kale, spinach) from my garden that I picked for a lunch salad.  I added chunks of mozzarella, some sliced carrot, and some fajita chicken.  No dressing was needed!  Yum!

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I decided to make some bean and cheese breakfast tacos.

  • Tortillas (I used a 10-pack)
  • Refried beans (I used a can)
  • Shredded mozzarella and cheddar
  • Salsa!

After slightly warming the tortillas so they wouldn’t break when I folded them, I put a little of everything on them.  I spread out the beans to go on all 10 tortillas.

I folded them in half and placed them in a plastic food container lined with aluminum foil.  Then, I stuck them in the freezer.  Warm them up for about 90 sec. (for two) and you’ve got a great breakfast!

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