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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Amanda April 14, 2010

hands down = running! Running saved my life… I know this sounds dramatic but I was at a really low point in my life – so unhappy, I thought there was no relief in site. Than I started running and my opinion changed. I felt better about myself, it gave me alone time, I was able to solve all the problems in the world out there – just me and my sneaks!
TO this day when I don’t get at least 3 runs in a week I just feel off balance. I broke a few ribs about 6 weeks ago – after two weeks of no running I couldn’t take it anymore!!! I was running 2 weeks post break – shorter mileage, maybe slower but I needed to get out there :) Running for sure…

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Jeni April 14, 2010

I did my first tri a couple of years ago (in a freezing Canadian glacial lake!) and the wetsuit I used was nothing fancy. I thought about getting a tri-suit, but decided that my swimming skills were poor enough that it was not worth spending the money on a special suit. I bought a regular wetsuit at Canadian Tire, like one of the ones you would wear water-skiing, and it worked really well! Just make sure you can reach the zipper easily and the suit fits well. I love your blog and I hope you have a great race!

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Twisted Chicken April 14, 2010

I made this potato, carrot, chickpea dish last night for supper, complete with the tomato paste ketchup. It was delicious and so comforting. I ate the rest of it for lunch today and it was even better. Thanks!

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David aka GlowingBIL April 14, 2010

Volleyball (but you already knew that.. which is why it was first lol)

Great team sport.. can play relaxing for fun or step it up in competition. Play on the beach, grass or court. Great way to meet people and stay in shape and get all your frustrations out crushing the ball.

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Nicci April 14, 2010

If I had to choose only one form of exercise, I would stick to running!

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maria April 13, 2010

It would be tough for me to only stick with one exercise forever, but I’d choose running. It is just my favorite and the exercise I feel I reap the most benefits from, both physically and mentally.

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Fallon April 13, 2010

Yoga for the rest of my life would be fine and dandy for me!

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MarathonVal April 13, 2010

Definitely running, but I would sure miss yoga! Also, have fun with your Excalibur, I love mine and know you will love yours too! :)

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John April 13, 2010

I don’t know if anyone has brought this site to your attention but I hear this is a good one. I’m going to start using it next week once I decide on which Tri race to do.
http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/

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Susan April 13, 2010

You got a food dehydrator!!! Ohgosh, I would love to have one of those. More than a juicer or spiralizer or any other fandangled kitchen contraption.

I would choose weight lifting. I love trail running too, but I don’t think I could ever get bored of lifting weights!

Bookmarking that ketchup recipe…

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Stephanie April 13, 2010

definitely cycling and swimming. I am already an avid cyclist. I was born with rheumatoid arthritis, and as a result, I have to be extremely careful with my joints… so I could never be a runner. However, Cycling keeps me in great shape, and is an AWESOME workout.

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lindsay April 13, 2010

Yum, can’t wait to make the homemade ketchup!! I love ketchup. I could trail run the rest of my life. I love running and being nature. Totally agree with you.

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Lauren M. April 13, 2010

That’s a touch question you pose. I was a competitive runner for 8 years and I will forever consider myself a “runner,” but I just bought a mountain bike (check out this bad boy: http://www.cannondale.com/usa/eng/Products/Bikes/Mountain/Marathon/RZ-One-Twenty/Details/1275-0VL1-RZ-One-Twenty-1 ) and I really love it because it’s something that my boyfriend and I can do together. He’s not big into running and I tore my hamstring a few years back, but we will be able to mountain bike together forever and ever..even when we’re old and married. ;-)

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Jolene April 13, 2010

Walking for sure!!

I can’t wait to try the new bar!! I have tried every flavour so far, and love them all!!

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The Yoga Girl April 13, 2010

I would of course have to say yoga!

I am so jealous you got an Excalibur…I can only imagine all of the tasty treats ahead you are going to be making!! I definitely want to get one of them and have been reviewing all of the models to determine which is best.

Good luck with all the training! Can’t wait to try the new Glo Bar! Yum!

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