Food = Energy + Life

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Howdy!

This morning I started the day with a 60 minute total body power workout. But first I had one of my new Raw and Gluten-Free Glo Bars for energy…

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They are a secret for now…I am still testing them! :mrgreen: I’m so excited though!!!!

It takes a long time to get a bar perfect and I accept nothing but the best. I hope to have it nailed down in a couple more trials! I also tested out my newest piece of equipment for the bakery…

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I’m a bit scared of this machine, I’m not going to lie!!!

Back to the workout…

My continual goal is to stick with strength training and stretching in addition to my normal cardio workouts. So far I have been able to keep it up, but it does take constant effort not to just skip the strength + yoga/stretching aspect of it! I really don’t enjoy strength and stretching that much, but I do like being strong and not having to rely on knee sleeves anymore, so I will keep at it. If you notice me going long times without mentioning S + S, yell at me!!! ;)

1) CARDIO:

A brisk 3 mile run around the neighbourhood. The sun was just rising and it was crisp and glorious outside! The air smelled like SPRING!

The run:

  • Distance: 3 miles
  • Time: 28:12 minutes
  • Avg pace: 9:24 min/mile

I still need to figure out how to locate my split times on Dwight! I also want to figure out the feature called ‘Mark and lap’. If I understand correctly, mark and lap allows the watch to automatically begin a new lap each time I cross a pre-marked point along my route. I want to mark Murder Hill. In theory, I would be able to compare my murder hill times across runs to see if I am improving my speed. Eric and I tried marking the top of murder hill the other day, but I don’t think I did it right…I still have a good 35 pages to tackle in the manual so hopefully once I do that, and install the software I will have a better sense of what I am doing with it!

2) STRENGTH:

I followed my run with a bunch of squats and lunges. I did 50 squats and 50 lunges (on each leg) all with my weighted bar (22 lbs). Legs were shaking like leafs!

3) STRETCH:

I capped it off with 20 minutes of Yoga for Strength over at Yoga Download.

Killer workout. I haven’t had a tough workout like this in a week!

Sketchie was watching me from up high! Creeeepy.

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Post workout I had a delicious juice:

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In this juice: 1 beet, 1 cuke, 1 piece ginger, 1/2 lemon, 3 carrots.

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After working the morning away, it was time to eat again.

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Crisped Potato, Chickpea, and Carrots with Homemade Ketchup

Ingredients:

  • 3 Yukon Gold potatoes, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup of cooked chickpeas (or beans/lentils)
  • 1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chia flour (optional)

Directions: Throw all ingredients except cooked chickpeas into a wok and cook on medium heat for about 1 hour, stirring frequently. Throw in chickpeas at the end of cooking to heat. Serves 3.

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Chia flour is simply ground chia seeds and it gives the taters a healthy omega-filled coating!

Homemade Ketchup:

  • 2 heaping tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon almond milk, unsweetened
  • small pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon – 1/2 teaspoon agave nectar, to taste (optional)

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This lunch was fabulous!

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I don’t eat potatoes too much, but when I do get a craving for them I must have them!!

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Along with a grapefruit…

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Refreshing.

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This afternoon I am preparing for my meeting with the director of the organic farmer’s market tomorrow! I need to make sure I have all of my paperwork in order and some samples ready to be tested. If everything works out, I will be moving full speed ahead with hiring 4-6 energetic & passionate people to help me sell Glo Bars at the market on Saturdays. I will also be designing a large vinyl sign + other marketing materials, and purchasing a canopy tent! Busy and fun times ahead. I have a feeling this summer is going to be crazy!

Tonight I am hoping that Eric and I get to Costco to get our wetsuits and start talking about our TRY-A-TRI training!!! I feel a bit scared because I have no idea where to begin. Anyone know of any beginner websites with training help? I also realized that our TRY-A-TRI is ONE WEEK after my Toronto Women’s Half Marathon on May 30th! Should be interesting. ;)

Updates:

Today’s Question- If you could do only ONE form of exercise the rest of your life what would it be and why?

Ideas:

  • Biking
  • Working out at the gym (on any equipment)
  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Rock climbing
  • Trail running
  • Walking
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Sport (e.g., volleyball, hockey, basketball, etc)

I think I would have to go with trail running. I did a bunch of trail running last summer and I loved it. I can’t wait to get back into it this year.

HAPPY TUESDAY!

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Tami April 13, 2010

i searched every where for an advance beginner tri program and I think that the Idiots Guide to Triathlon training is the best, I have all the workouts on my computer if you are interested. many of the beginner programs are for people who do not currently exercise.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2010

Eric doesn’t currently workout.. and since I will be training with him, I am going to be training at his level (whatever he is comfortable with)! So I think a beginner’s is best :)

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Foxy April 14, 2010

Belly dance. Dancing to me doesn’t feel like a workout, just like fun. I am a belly dancer and burlesque performer, and I also do some Nia in between. Love dance!

Great blog, thanks Angela! Your recipes always look amazing

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Jamie @ Tearaveler April 13, 2010

I would have to say ice hockey! I love it and it is the best full body workout =) but yoga is right behind it on my list!

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Heather (Heather's Dish) April 13, 2010

wow, your post was CHOCK FULL of great stuff! i love the workout…that sounds like exactly what i was planning on doing today :) plus that’s great news about the farmer’s market and hiring some people to work it – you’re gonna take over the world! :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2010

When I went to publish it I was like WHOA this is so long! haha. So much for shorter posts today!

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Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker April 13, 2010

Definitely running. I love getting on long stretches of road and just going. It clears my mind, and it makes me feel invincible!

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 13, 2010

Definitely running!!!!
Your lunch sounds SO good!!! I swear I could eat potatoes every single day and never get sick of them. Especially when I have some ketchup!

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katie April 13, 2010

Hey! I cannot believe it has taken me so long to consistently read your wonderful blog! you look freaking AWESOME. congrats on the tri thing! thats so exciting! LOVE Your fresh juices!! so healthy. I would def BIKE the rest of my life-bc my knees would hate me if i ran and im a terrible swimmer! haha!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2010

Thank you! :) Your blog is great too! I am going to try carrot fries soon by the way.

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Elle @ Acquired Tastes April 13, 2010

I would hate to never be able to do yoga again – I just wish it was less expensive now so I could do it more often!

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Meghan@traveleatlove April 13, 2010

I would either do yoga or hike in beautiful settings, if I had the opportunity to do so everyday. I love running to an extent, but my body doesn’t!

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Carly @ The Road To Health April 13, 2010

Definitely hiking. I love being outdoors, it is so soul soothing :)

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Keri@unlazykeri April 13, 2010

Definitely running! Nothing gives me the same feeling of accomplishment. But it would also be a sad, sad life without hiking.

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Allie (Live Laugh Eat) April 13, 2010

I didn’t know you got a dehydrator!! That baby is on my wish list. I’ve been meaning to email to ask what you do with your test batches of Globars…or the ones that don’t turn out ‘right.’ Do you save them for yourself? Throw them away (gasp)?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2010

Eric brings them to work! They are always tasty, just not perfect!

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Rachel April 13, 2010

Dance!

I love love love to dance. All forms!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2010

ohhh how did I forget about dance!? Love it. Great idea.

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Kate April 13, 2010

I would definitely say yoga for sure but I’d also want to do hiking. Something outdoors. If I never spend another minute in the gym, I won’t be sad. ;) The older I get, the more I want to be one with nature. :)

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Ashley April 13, 2010

That’s a three way tie between hiking, walking, and pilates.

Hiking and walking are relatively the same though. Since I can’t run I walk. I’d take real hiking over paved walking any day though!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2010

How about hiking to a beautiful spot at the top of a mountain followed by pilates? Amazing, no? :)

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Jessica @ How Sweet April 13, 2010

HOmemade ketchup sounds amazing! My hubby would probably love it. I would choose walking. It can be done anywhere and you can change the intensity on your own.

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Lisa April 13, 2010

What a hard question!!!! Swimming is my first love. That would be my first choice I guess. Hiking is a close second.

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Morgan @ Life After Bagels April 13, 2010

I am so into that homemade ketchup!

I will say swimming – one because I did it last night, and two because I have so many joint problems that if I was limited to only one form of exercise it would have to be the one that was easiest on my joints

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Ashley April 13, 2010

There is a restaurant in boulder that makes THEE most amazing ketchup ever. I know for sure there is basil in it and possibly a little rosemary or other spice. I literally could eat it as a cold tomato soup! Thanks for the vegan oats shout out! :) Sooo exciting about the tri. For the past 2 years doing a tri has been in the back of my mind. I will definitely get there at some point! I’ve been swimming like a mad woman lately and loving it.

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Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) April 13, 2010

I love hiking — it’s fun because it’s exercise BUT you’re also able to be social. Plus I usually bring a picnic and any form of exercise that incorporates eating is good to me. :D

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Julia @ British Bride April 13, 2010

Can I pick skiing? Either that or running and swimming!

Love your blog btw! I have just started my own:

http://www.britishbride.wordpress.com – random musings, healthy living, my wedding! Hope you enjoy as much as I enjoy yours. X

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Diana April 13, 2010

Definitely working out at the gym. I just like how it makes me feel and I’ve seen a lot of progress since I started going. :)

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Therese April 13, 2010

Although I currently run a lot more, I’d have to say swimming. Swimming and I go waaaay back. Not competitively but being in the water. I’m sure there’ll be some laps coming up in the future if I can find a place with a pool that has decent hours!

You got an Excalibur?!?! I’m trying to convince my boyfriend to go for one but he keeps eyeing the cheaper ones instead… :(

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Chloe (Naturally Frugal) April 13, 2010

That homemade ketchup looks great, I’ll have to try it with stevia for the boyfriend. Can’t wait to hear more about the new bar!

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Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday April 13, 2010

I’m jealous you had good weather this morning. I woke up intending to go for a run but it was raining. I had to go to the gym instead :(

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Jil April 13, 2010

Mmm those potatoes look awesome! One form of exercise…probably swimming. It is truly a full body workout!

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Lauren @ Eater not a runner April 13, 2010

I’d have to say running, feels so good and is cheap too ;-)

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nut April 13, 2010

I think u are amazing. In the past I was a runner. Now I am a walker. IN the far future, I would like to be able to do what ever I am fortunate enuf to do. Be thankful for your health!!

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Morgan April 13, 2010

I would walk because I consider hiking and walking to be the same! it’s kind of like killing 2 birds with one stone. I would miss swimming too much though. wow, this is tough!

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Mary April 13, 2010

I would jazzercise! Love it. Great workout.

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Sarah @ THE FOODIE DIARIES April 13, 2010

i think pilates bc it’s definitely my favorite–but then would i not be able to walk anywhere?? haha

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Sarah R April 13, 2010

I would also choose walking. I think so many times people get caught up in intense cardio and don’t realize the benefits (physically and mentally) of simply walking.

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Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty April 13, 2010

I never thought about making my own ketchup! Have I told you lately how brilliant you are?! hehe

My workout of choice would be ZUMBA… hands down.. I LOVVVVVVVVVVE IT!! Such a fun workout too!!

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Life Lite April 13, 2010

Oooh I want an Excaliber! I’m asking for a dehydrator for my birthday but I don’t really foresee one of these beauties happening.

The Huz and I were just talking th other day about making homemade ketchup because most of the bottled versions have so much HFC in them. I’m liking your recipe!

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Katie @ Health for the Whole Self April 13, 2010

I would say any kind of outdoor running because it’s the perfect way for me to appreciate nature and get totally lost in my thoughts – simultaneously! :)

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Juli April 13, 2010

Oh to go HIKING every single day! I used to live in Wyoming and I loved to get out on the trail and kick my butt climbing up a steep trail! It’s the best when you reach your destination and get to look out on a great view, then recover on the way back down. Alas, I live in Louisiana now and there is not much on the scenic trails. Unless I want to get carried away by mosquitos or melt into the ground with the humidity :(

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Erica April 13, 2010

Wow! I just came across your blog and am in love with it! I love your story. I am trying to cut all processed foods out of my diet, but just love desserts too much!
Homemade ketchup sounds amazing! May have to try that sometime :)

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Meg April 13, 2010

i’m so excited for the reveal of your gluten free glow bars!! i can’t wait to try them :)

if i had to choose one exercise to do for the rest of my life it would be yoga. why? because it doesn’t discriminate, anyone can do it at any age and with any condition. you can decide what intensity you want to do it at and it has so many health benefits! you get to de-stress and tone yourself at the same time too.

i really enjoy the 5 tibetan rites exercises, they’re really cool and a hard workout. google it, it’s really cool!!

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Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries April 13, 2010

Being outside is great, but I’d have to be boring and say the gym. You can do so much all in one place. Hard to beat it!

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Miranda April 13, 2010

This is what I used as a guide for the first 5 weeks or so, now I am just doing my own thing working on my swimming technique, and running outside for 30+ mins, and I do spin classes already but my hope is to get my mnt bike cleaned up to start riding outside.

http://home.cogeco.ca/~geordiem/triathlonottawa/training.htm

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Noelle April 13, 2010

I would volleyball for ever!!!! I love that sport. Now that I have moved somewhere new it has been hard finding a league.

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