Monday, March 22, 2010

swam a mile

I haven't felt like I've had much to blog about recently...I haven't been in "blog mode"...

But, I realized this morning that I swam a mile on Saturday. I made the yards to miles conversion (well, Jesse did...and I looked it up online :)) This was a big marker for me. I also swam with Barracuda goggles for the first time---aa-mazing! They are wonderful. Crystal clear, no fog, fit so nice and don't dig into my face. Wonderful.

That's all I have. If you swim at all, you should check out Barracuda goggles.

Sunday, March 7, 2010


I love goals. Sometimes I think I just love the idea of what could happen if I reached this certain goal. Of course, I always love meeting the goals I set. All too often they go unmet though. So, here are some goals for this next week that have been thinking about...

-wake up at 5am Monday - Friday, so that I can read my Bible before work and depending on my work schedule that day, get a workout in (or house work ;))
-don't skip or skimp on any workout this week (last week of "base training")
-feed my body with good, clean whole food that it needs to recover and function
(I already have a goal set to lose 6 pounds by March 27th...)
-drink my daily dose of ACV
-don't be lazy with housework
-treat each patient with excellent technique and care for their overall well-being

There we go...I'm excited for the week--the sunny weather definitely helps me! :)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Meat...a "man's meal"

Here is proof that I do a) buy meat and b) buy red meat. I feel bad for Jesse sometimes since we have all these vegetarian meals. I've gone like two weeks without buying any meat. He doesn't complain and he also enjoys eating "clean" and healthy, but I still feel bad.

I've never real known much about meat--let alone "clean" meat. (grass-fed, non-hormonal meat). So I'm standing a bit lost in front of the stinky meat counter at Whole Foods. This is where I meet Matt, the meat guy. Matt told me about skirt steak...though it was a bit fatty, I was sold.

I made a simple marinade that consisted of olive oil, salt, garlic powder, and parsley (looked it up online!). The plan was to marinade it for a day--turned out to be two. :/ So, my only complaint about the meat is that it was suuuper salty!! It was good, though. J loved it! :) He grilled the meat, along with yellow squash and zucchini outside, steamed some broccoli, and made yam (sweet potato) baked fries...all while I rode my bike. It was a wonderful dinner. Oh, and my wonderful husband washed the dishes, too while he was cooking away!

Rode 45 minutes tonight on my trainer. My rear side is getting used to the bike seat. I'm just havimg some issues with the outside of my left foot--I must be pushing outward too much. I keep getting these sharp pains on the outside of my foot--only 2-3 times in a ride, but it hurts and it's annoying. I'm going to go to a bike shop soon to get fit...that should help, I'm sure!

I'm feeling back to normal health wise...and now Jesse is getting it--ugh! I'm bummed out. I hope it doesn't last all weekend! I love weekends!!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Ironman 70.3 Steelhead training has started...

Jesse and I started training last week in order to participate in Ironman 70.3 Steelhead (half ironman that is in Michigan) that will be July 31st. Jesse is my coach--he's a good one. :) There are many things that I love about Jesse, but this is one--I love being active and healthy with him. I'm glad we're on the same page with this--well, almost the same page--I might be a bit more "hardcore" about some things (aka ACV, meat...), but we balance each other out!

We are currently developing our "aerobic base" for the next week and a half or so--swimming, biking, and running at a lower intensity, but increase the volume. I've stayed fairly consistent and generally, I'm feeling good. I have been having some knee and hip issues, so I've had to substitute the elliptical or stairmaster for runs a few times. I have been focusing also on stretching and getting my body healthy, so that I can enter the bulk of our training healthy. I really want to start consistently doing yoga. I'm real bad at it and it seems so hard to fit in my schedule. I think I need to make this a priority in order to stay healthy.

Speaking of healthy, I've been plagued by this cold that does not want to go away at all! Since Sunday, I have been low energy, coughing, blowing my nose, sneezing, and sounding like a man--I'm done! I just want to be well! So, I've been getting extra sleep, getting my ACV and green tea in me, increasing vitamin C...all the good stuff.

Training keeps me pushing my body to fitness. Training keeps my mind sharp. Training helps me be disciplined in many areas of life. Training gives me connection points with my patients in the clinic. Training gives me lots of goals--along the way and on race day--that I get to strive after, and hopefully achieve. Training brings me closer to my hubby.

I really do love it and I'm glad to get back in the swing of things.