Monthly Archive:: September 2012

I am not going to update you on my training for the half marathon next week because I just can’t talk about it. I have been working with my health coach who had me do a breakfast challenge this week which resulted in a terrible mood all week. Each day I was to eat a different food and record how I felt ( full, how soon I was hungry) mostly I was pissed all week until I got hungry and drank my green smoothie.  For me, that can take until 1 pm.  So  I officially apologize to everyone for how I acted in the morning. (Except to the jerks on Metro North. you deserved it). I am a huge fan of the green smoothie.  I [&hellip

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I had my first experience with a food swap this month and it was wonderful. Here is a picture of the box i received.  My vegan guardian angel Eleni, introduced me to these wonderful vegan snacks. I have a treat everyday since the box arrived. I will definitely sign up to do it again next month and now that I have the time line down, be a little more inventive. To show what a small world it is, Eleni read that I ran at the Philly half and as it turns out, she was there!  She was a volunteer handing out water at mile 3. If you are interested, here is the website to the vegan food swap. http://www.theverdantlife.com/p/vegan-food-swap.html &nbsp

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I am in week 11 of my half marathon training and its all about my shoes, my knees and the foam roller. Since I am running 9 plus miles on the long runs on Sunday, my knees are killing me.  The pain made it so I had to stop running and start walking.  I have done a lot of reading on runners world and diagnosed myself as having a case of runners knee. So I am resting this week, no running until Saturday and doing stretches and quad strengthening exercises.  I doubt I will make it until Saturday without running. I should be running 3 miles today and I am already feeling itchy not doing that! I read that your shoes can be part of [&hellip

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Do you believe in signs?  I do. Here is my most recent experience and here is how it validated that belief. Earlier in July I had a medication reaction that landed me in the hospital overnight. I was half asleep and in my dream I saw my grandfather who died when I was in my 30s. I have not thought of my grandfather in so many years. When I woke up it stuck with me and I pondered it for so long. Why would my grandfather come and visit me when I was so sick and worried? I was questioning the powers that be – Red Thomas?  Really?  That’s who you send? My grandfather was a really tough guy.  He was an orphan at 16 [&hellip

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I ran the Philadelphia Rock and Roll half marathon this morning.  I still can’t believe it happened but the medal and the muscle fatigue prove to me that it did. I am one very grateful person this evening to the city of Philadelphia for a great course and the people at the  Rock and Roll Marathon series for running a great program.   There were lots of support everywhere and as it was as advertised perfect for first timers. I would also like to thank my race sherpa, Chuck who was amazing and understood why I burst into tears right before the race and never offered to take me home and forget about the whole thing because I probably would have taken him up on [&hellip

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This is my second posting for What We Ate Wednesday. Tonite’s dinner was Cajun Salmon, Oven Roasted Potatoes (Olive Oil and Rosemary) and Peas. I also have a new vegetarian cookbook.  My mother found it and sent it to us.  We mentioned to her that we were now eating a vegan diet (includes fish).  So, it was a surprise when we received it.  There are a lot of recipes that look amazing, which includes both vegetarian and vegan versions.  It’s available on amazon.  http://www.amazon.com/Rose-Elliots-New-Complete-Vegetarian/dp/1402778953 The tags at the top of the book, are markers that my wife, Phyllis, placed after finding recipes that she really liked. Those will be featured in a later post

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      I am on week 10 on my training plan and I have to say it has done me well.  I would recommend it but it does lack the human factor. Here is the note I received  today .  no warm fuzzies here: Rest Day  Take a rest day, or do some cross-training such as walking, biking, swimming, elliptical training or strength training. Rest days are when your body recovers, and builds muscle and fitness. Some runners undermine their training plans by exercising too much on rest/recovery days; don’t be one of them. TODAY’S TIP Science has proven it: Listening to music while you run can reduce your perception of effort and elevate your mood. Runner’s World has collected playlists from the nation’s [&hellip

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This has been a very busy week full of lots of moves forward personally, professionally and fitfully ( is that word?) I had my first session with my health coach, Robin.  I was anxious, of course, stepping into the unknown always make me anxious, but it was great. We will be working together over the next 6 months working on the health goals that I have worked out with her.  She helped me articulate goals that I didn’t even know I had and put some in perspective. So the cover of Fitness Magazine is off the list for now, just kidding. I have kept up with my half marathon training plan and my workouts. I am adding chia seeds to my green Smoothies now to [&hellip

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This is my first posting on What I Ate Wednesday. The food that I am preparing fits into an interesting category.  It’s a hybrid of a vegan who eats fish.  It’s Pescetarianism, but as a vegan.  It’s a gluten free, dairy free and egg-free.  It makes it more challenging to have meals that are not only interesting, but also delicious. So, let’s get right to the meal that I made.  It was grilled Mango Coconut Mahi Mahi, Fried Rice with Peas and Steamed Broccoli.  I have had this before and it was amazing.  I will be posting pictures.  This means that I need to work on my plating skills and also how best set it up to take a picture.  This is the first attempt. [&hellip

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