Are you a newbie?

May 11, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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You may remember the post in which I wrote a few tips for a newbie runner training for a race.  It was inspired when my friend asked the facebook world if she could train for a marathon in a year.  My response: absolutely.  If this newbie can do it, any newbie can.

Just what is a newbie, though?  I use this word often because I feel it best applies to the way I feel in the midst of the healthy living blogs and in my own healthy transformation.  I’m a newbie runner, a newbie blogger, a newbie healthy eater.

I believe everyone is a newbie at some point in their lives.  It is best described more as a feeling and less as a status: being a newbie means you’re not totally sure of the task you’re taking on, but your excitement outweighs your fear and you’re willing to push forward to obtain your end goal.

I think you should always be a newbie at something, because if you’re not experimenting with life, reaching out and grabbing opportunities before they pass you by — you are stagnant.  You are a rock.  You are dangerously close to becoming a couch potato.

Often, we can start out as a newbie and quit before we reach the goal.  Let’s face it: being a newbie means always feeling a little uncertain, a little uncomfortable.  You have to rely on the fact that your goal (once realized) will be so fulfilling, it will be worth the wait and the effort.

It’s often easier to quit.

Don’t.  Don’t ever quit just because you feel like a newbie.  Instead, do the opposite: seek out someone you think is more accomplished than you and share your feelings.  I bet you doughnuts to dollars they’ll say, “oh, I felt like that all the time in the beginning.”  Why am I so sure of this bet?  Because everyone who has accomplished anything has been a newbie.

My subtitle now reads: a blog for the newbie in all of us.  I want you to feel this blog is a place you can come and share your experiences and learn from mine as well.  I hope you never feel I write to you in a way that is condescending or haughty.  Never should you feel I’m sharing something with an air of “I can’t believe you didn’t know that!”.

That’s a promise from me to you.  One newbie to another.

Now, let’s have a group hug and move on to my super exciting eats ;).

When you walk into the kitchen in the AM and this is staring at you, saying “eat me”, you don’t ignore it.

You eat one two pieces of “Sam-nana” bread for breakfast.  Wash it down with a Green Monster Smoothie, old school style: soymilk, spinach, frozen nanner, PB and protein powder.  Oh, yeah.

I used the whole rye bread to sandwich up some tuna, avocado and mustard.  The rye has a chewy, almost sourdough-esque quality which complimented the tuna and mustard.  Add in some mixed nuts (walnuts, pistachios and almonds), a lil leftover Real Simple mac’n’cheese w/ cauliflower, prunes (?? I don’t know how those got in there??) and strawberries and BOOM!  Lunch fit for a queen.

Pardon me, is that a strawberry or a small apple?

Check out the size of that berry beauty!  I gobbled it up shortly after taking the pic.

A funny thing happened this morning, haha.  *nervous laughter*  I got up at 6am and stumbled to the guest bathroom where my running clothes, shoes and other necessaries awaited me for my 3 mile run.  I stared at myself in the mirror for about 2 minutes, blinked, yawned and then crawled back in bed.

As soon as my head hit the pillow, it started to pour outside.  Good timing, no?

I’m not scared to run in the rain — when you’re training for a race, you need to get over a little wet and a little cold.  This morning it just wasn’t going to happen, though.  I think I’ll flipflopswitchswap my 10K schedule days around a little and maybe cross train tonight.  30 Day Shred, anyone?  My attitude is as long as I get the mileage in each week, the order doesn’t really matter that much.  It’s fine!

Just keeping accountable!

When was the last time you felt like a newbie?  Did you push through or give up?

Second Breakfast

April 21, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I feel like I have been awake for eleventy billion hours.  I know that’s not the case, it’s only because I have had laser-precision focus on all the tasks I’ve finished (thanks to my list).

I got up bright and early at 6 (I know this may not be early for other people, but when you A) are not a morning person and B) don’t have to be at work until 11 this is early.  Way early).

I fueled up with a half slice of Sam-nana bread while waiting for Jillian Michael’s to stop yapping at the beginning of the 30 Day Shred DVD.

I get it, Jillian.  You’re TV’s toughest trainer, blah blah blah.  I can’t fast forward through this segment — the DVD says it’s prohibited.  I wish the DVD had an option like some websites where I can agree to the “terms and conditions” of the Shred.  Yes, I agree you’re TV’s toughest.  Yes, I agree you’re going to shred my arms and abs.  Yes, I agree you’re going to make me sweat like a man.  Yes, I agree, you’ll tone and sculpt my bod.

I agree.  Now, shut it and let’s get to work :).

After a pleasant *sarcasm* workout, I was ready for breakfast.  One thing was on my mind:

TOAD IN A HOLE!  I think it’s because yesterday, elsewhere in Blogland, someone was talking about favorite Disney movies.  No, I know, Toad in a Hole isn’t a Disney movie.  I just feel like it should be.

That toad…

Didn’t stand…

A chance.


I skedaddled to a dentist appointment and then back to the casa for a serious study sesh for my Spanish exam on Friday.  Still nervous,  still worried, still clinging to my list for dear life.

I guess I should have made two Toads in the Holes, or maybe just put two Toads in One Hole (co-habitating Toads?), but either way, I was hungry when it was time to go in to work, so I took along a lovely co-pilot:

Green Monster Smoothie, please locate our coordinates.  Roger, that.

At this time, I’d like to give a shout out to the construction crews who placed big “Road Work” signs on either side of the street that goes from my neighborhood on to the main road, thus blocking all available views of oncoming traffic.  Thanks for providing the heart-pumping duck-and-dash across two busy lanes of traffic.  Woke me up WAY better than coffee.

Since I technically ate 2 breakfasts this morning, I made lunch a little lighter than usual.  Office watchers, remember how Kevin said he liked Pregnant Pam because they always ate together?  Well, not every meal, just second breakfast, first lunch, second lunch and first dinner.

Sometimes, I have days where I am just like Kevin…obviously, I am not like Pregnant Pam ;).

Lunch, consumed just moments ago:

Leftover Coconut Chicken Curry with Braeburn apple slices and carrot sticks.  Turns out, the Coconut Chicken Curry is better the next day.  Good to know.  However, I have no intention of staging a sleepover at Salaam anytime soon, so I’ll still be eating elsewhere.  I prefer food to taste good when I want to eat it — not after 24 hours incubation.

I was encouraged to eat any applicable meals with a spork, courtesy of Sam’s recent camping trip.  I was told it would change my life.  Oh, it did. 😉

Nah, it was just funny.

Off to rip through the rest of my day so I can keep studying and DOMINATE this upcoming exam.

What’s something you like to eat that’s better the second day?  Anything you make/order specifically so you’ll have leftovers?

Sam-nana Bread

April 20, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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I came home last night to this sight:

My first thought, “Sam’s in the kitchen.  Baking.  Awwww……some!”

That fabulous man had spotted some spotted bananas on the counter and declared it time to make Sam-nana bread.  Sam-nana bread is your basic banana bread, and I don’t know what he does to make it taste so good, but I never turn down the opportunity to have him whip up a loaf.

I do know he follow’s the Betty Crocker recipe for banana bread, which also, conveniently, is low fat and moderately low in calories.  Score!  Since I happen to know the baker pretty well, I also know he used all natural ingredients.  🙂

Since he had his hands busy, I got started on dinner:

A simple meal of grilled chicken marinaded with Caribbean jerk sauce with whole grain take-and-bake bread and a side salad of red/green leaf lettuce with blueberries, chopped walnuts, feta and Craisins.  I dressed the salad in EVOO and balsamic vinegar.  If you’re a little leery of adding fruit to a usually veggie salad, start out with fruits you know.  Strawberries, blueberries and mandarin oranges are all tasty and I think pair well with balsamic vinegar.  Don’t let hesitation keep you from an excellent flavor combo — what’s the worst that could happen?  You don’t like it and then you end up picking off the fruit?  Oh, boo hoo. 😉  Put your big person panties on and put fruit on your salad.

Dessert was, of course, Sam-nana bread.  Soooo good.  I had a piece.  Or two. 🙂

This morning it was go-go-go because I had class bright and early, so an easy-peasy breakfast of Trader Joe’s High Fiber O’s with a handful of blueberries, fat free skim milk and (you guessed it) — a piece of Sam-nana bread.  Toasted.  Heaven.

I have to admit things are getting a little hectic in my life right about now.  I realize I pile a lot on my life plate (I work full time, I’m taking classes, I’m trying to be a good wife-y and dog mother, I’m blogging, running…), so sometimes, things get out of balance and catch up with me.  This imbalance = stress.  Mega stress.

Let me let you in on a little secret; lean close.  Closer.  Okay: when I am stressed and life is out of balance, it is usually the ones I love the most that are on the receiving end of this imbalance.  My stress will manifest in short tempers, irritability, dissatisfaction and a constant feeling of always being one step behind with so far to go.

This is unfair.  I know somewhere, Sam is nodding his head.  He’s usually the one who gets the worst of it.  I always think how horrible it is that we often let our guard so far down with the people we love the most, and then we end up acting the worst towards them.  Again, unfair.

I started to feel this imbalance coming today after class.  I have a midterm on Friday, a vacation to pack and prepare for and a whole week of work and life to get through sanely.  I felt this imbalance even more while on the phone with Sam.  I was moving my car to another parking lot when a student walked out in front of my vehicle without looking.  I hate that.  It happens all the time and usually I just grit my teeth, but today, I let out a tirade.  Sam laughed at first, but the longer I went on, the less funny it became.  Poor guy was on the receiving end of some very misplaced stress.  (Sam, not the student — the student needs to go back to kindergarten and learn to look both ways.)

Here’s how I’m going to try and head off stress and therefore, keep my life in balance and my outlook healthy and upbeat:

🙂 After posting this, I’m going to get all my nerves out.  The “to-dos” are what makes my stomach nervous and twisted, so I need to get them in order.  Lists are a big thing for me, so I’ll be making a slap-dash list of all the things that need to be done between now and when that fabulous flight takes off this weekend for vacay.  I’ll just jot them down as they come to me — I’ll essentially barf them onto paper.

🙂 I’ll prioritize. Taking what I’ve put to paper I will recognize what is absolutely essential and what can wait.  I’ll also determine what I can ask help with.  I have an incredible husband who is always telling me if I let him know how he can help, he will.  I need to actually do that more often.  I know I’m not the only one who does this in their marriage.

🙂 I’ll schedule.  Taking my priorities, I’ll block off my time (realistically) and put those “to-dos” in a spot where they will get “ta-done”.  Exercise MUST be on this list.  It is important, it does not take THAT much time and it provides a break from the go-go-go pace.  Don’t let exercise go by the wayside.  You’ll feel clearer and more focused during your busy time with it than you will without it.

I will also share this schedule with people who need to know.  My life is not solely my own — it is a shared life, so I can’t go barreling through a plan and a life that involves other people thinking I can stick to my little list without letting anyone in on what I need to do and when I need to do it.

Then I’ll take a deep breath and get going.

I realize this might sound a little Type A to some people, and that’s fine.  Honestly, I’m a little Type A. When you are going going going, sometimes you have to stop and ask if everything you’re going for is something that fulfills you.  If you’re designating time for something that does NOT fulfill you, it is just clogging up your time pipes and you’re going to get even more unbalanced and stressed.  Everything I do fulfills me and I don’t want to chuck anything, so I brainstorm, schedule and prioritize.

It helps.

No, please excuse me while I rip into my PB and Grape J sandwich…

And salad, applesauce and banana.

I’ve got important work to do.

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