Showing posts from January, 2012


Disapointed with P90X

I borrowed P90X from my sister on a whim when I was visiting at Christmas and it's been sitting used in my suitcase ever since. But due to the extremely crappy gym at my hotel this week, and the fact that I don't feel safe running in the dark in Eureka (which is pretty sketchy) at 3:30 am, I finally tried it out this morning. I did the Cardio X. And honestly, I didn't feel like it was very hard. It started with yoga and then moved on to some boxing and core. I barely broke a sweat. I was pretty disappointed because I bothered to get up 3:30 to get in a workout before I headed to the hospital for a 13 hour shift where I sit all day. I am surprised because I've heard from so many people how much they love P90X. I'd love to hear what your experiences with it are.

Brownie Waffles: Darn you Rachael Ray

When I'm working at home I like to have daytime TV on in the background to fill the silence. This is turning into a problem because I keep seeing delicious, and not so healthy, recipes I want to try. Last fall on Rachael Ray I was introduced to the wonder of stuffing waffles, which I thought was the best waffle creation ever. And then yesterday she topped it- brownie waffles. They looked so good I thought about them all day, until I finally caved tried making them. Holy yum. They are so good, crispy on both sides with that wonderful brownie softness in the middle. They are horribly dangerous because they only take about 5 minutes from start to finish!

Rachael Ray's Brownie Waffles

I knew I didn't want to make a whole batch, because then I'd eat a whole batch. So I invented a single serve recipe. I apologize in advance for sharing because I know you will want these every day!

Kier's Slightly Healthier Single Serve Brownie Waffle

1/4 cup flour (I used half whole wheat)

Yoga is like data collection

Last night's little lesson at yoga was not the most poetic but it was amazingly effective for me. As we did some deep breathing to let go of the day and get ready for yoga the teacher said, "Tonight we are going to think of yoga as data collection. Notice what your body is telling you. Note it in your mind, and then move on."

I think this lesson struck a chord with me because it fits in perfectly with my resolution to be more mindful. To notice what is happening right now. It also targets one of my weaknesses, which is to over analyze. As soon as I notice something I can't help but try to figure out why it is happening and what I am going to do about it.

Instead, last night I found the power in simple observation. I felt my body moving through the poses and let it be what it was without judgement. Wow. As I lay in shavasana at the end of class I did an inventory of my body. Taking in a deep breath, I could feel this incredible energy pulsating in each body part as I f…

The run that almost wasn't (and the flight that really wan't)

So after I spent all that time coming up with a modified training plan last week, I totally almost blew it by not doing a long run this weekend.

I liked to do my long runs on Friday when possible because then I have more time on the weekend to spend with friends and family. But we got a lovely 8 inches of perfect snow on Thursday night into Friday. This meant that I just HAD to go downhill skiing on Friday. I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for snow this winter and I couldn't waste it. I absolutely didn't. I was on the first chair up and got fresh tracks in the powder. It was perfect- light, fluffy, and dry. There was no one there so I went non-stop all day. Heaven.

Then Saturday I woke up to find it snowing again. So when my Mom called and asked if I wanted to meet her at Pinehill to cross country, I, of course, said yes. It was also delightful. Last weekend was icy and fast, but yesterday was a day to slow down and enjoy the soft powder and lovely woods. We skied for…

How to Modify my Marathon Training?

I am following the Jeff Galloway Time Goal Training Program for Rome. It calls for a 23 miler on 1/28 and a 26 miler on 2/19

I know for sure I can't do 28 miles on 1/28. I am supporting a go-LIVE in Northern California for week, and I'm working 12 hour shifts everyday from Monday the 23rd through Sunday the 29th, and then have an 18 hour trip home to Maine on Monday. The other complication is that I am running the half marathon in the 26.2 with Donna on February 12, just a week before my 26 miler.

What to do?

Here's what I'm thinking, do a 13-15 miler this weekend (the 21st) to get in something longish which gives me 2 weekends of recovery before the half. Then push back the 26 miler to February 26. This gives me 2 weeks to recover from racing the half, but still 3 weeks to taper before the marathon.

What do you think? Will this work?

Baked Fish with Artichoke Pesto and Farro Salad

I have been in a cooking rut lately, so last night I decided to try one of the recipes I'd marked in last month's Fitness Magazine. The recipe Grilled Sirloin with Artichoke Pesto and Farro Salad was supposed to provide an energy boost. As soon as I saw pesto, I was sold. I don't eat beef so I switched the steak for some baked haddock. I just dipped the fillets in egg and then dipped them in panko, italian seasoning, and some lemon rind.

Don't be scared- the recipe has a lot of components, but you can do all of it while the farro and fish cooks.

This was a FANTASTIC dinner, which is good because I have tons left over, so I'll be eating it for the rest of the week! It reminds me how much I like whole grains like farro, and how easy they are to use.


So as I've said, I am turning into a real wimp when it comes to the weather. I did make myself run outside this morning in the snow, which would have been fine if it hadn't been for all the cars flying by me and showering me in freezing slush. But for the most part, I've been spending quite a bit of time in the house. Luckily, in my new house I'm finding all kinds of fun projects to keep me busy.

First up was the bedroom. When I shared a house with room-matesmy bedroom was jam packed with all the mementos of my life, but now I have a whole house to fill and so my bedroom was a little sparse. I decided to zen it out a little, adding decoration but not noise or clutter. It forces me slow down and relax when I'm in the room- perfect!

Next up was the bathroom and I went in a totally different direction. I was in such a rush before I moved in that I had most of the house just painted white, and I was ready for some fun. So I sponge painted the back wall of the bathroom to…

Cold and some gymnastics too

I am officially turning into a wimp. I used to not even look at the thermometer in the morning. I didn't want to know because it didn't matter, I just threw on my running clothes and went. But yesterday when I saw it was 2 in the morning, without the wind chill, I decided to go to the gym. Why does an hour on the treadmill feel like an eternity? But I did come up with a fun new workout that has a little bit of everything- slower longer intervals and shorter faster intervals. Here is my workout:
5 min warm up @ 6mph
4 x .25 mile repeats @7mph with .25 recovery @ 6 mph
4 x 1 min @6, 1 min @ 7, 1 min @8, 1 min @7, 1 min @6
4 x 1 min @ 9mph with 1:30 min recovery @6 mph
5 min cool down @ 6mph

I was a nice sweaty mess by the end, so I had to hustle home to take and shower and get dressed because my friend Breezy was picking me up at 11 to head to the UNH vs Penn State Gymnastics meet. I used to go every years because I went to gymnastics camp at UNH for years when I was younger, but my D…

Making nice with snow

I have forgiven snow for wreaking havoc on my trip home Thursday. We're friends again. All because I got to go for a wonderful cross country ski this morning. It was my first trip out on my xc skis this year because we just haven't had any snow!

I met my Mom at Pineland in New Gloucester this morning and spent a lovely two hours meandering our way through the rolling trails in the woods, and then I did another 2 hours of faster stuff by myself.  It was pretty icy because of the freezing rain we got yesterday, but they had done a nice job grooming. There was only one steep downhill where it was super icy and I was way out of control.  The snow cover was too thin for them to track the trails for classic skiing, so I was skate skiing. It was a good push to skate, because last year I did mostly classic. And I am sorry to say it running, but skate skiing is absolutely the best workout in the world. I skied for 4 hours and at the end I was as tired as if I'd run 20 miles, but I d…

Mother's Market and a Horrible Day


New Year's Resolution Check In

We're almost half way through January already (where does the time go) and I've got to admit, I'm already failing mightily on my New Year's Resolutions.

1. Be more mindful- I have totally regressed to my old habits of watching TV while eating. It's just too quiet and lonely in my house or hotel room. And work this week has been super busy, so I have wolfed down most of my meals at my desk while working. I have at least, done a better job being mindful in meetings and when talking to people.

2.  Get back to my feel great weight- I have been eating like the world is ending. Once you get on the sugar and fat train it's hard to break the cycle. Sunday I was totally thrown for a loop when I heard about my friend's mother passing, as so I turned to ice cream in the airport for comfort. Twice. One in each airport. And then Monday night I left the office late and ran into the grocery store- first thing I saw was a GIANT cupcake on the bakery clearance rack. So I had…

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