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I Have Lost My Mind Again!

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Yep, I have decided to train for another half marathon this year!  For those of you who don’t know, I finished my 1st half-marathon this past February.  Some of the ladies and I finished the Disney Princess Half-Marathon (so much fun by the way!!).  We didn’t go for time, as we just wanted to finish! Here is a pic of all of us afterwards.  

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After I crossed this off my bucket list, I realized that I was hooked…  So when my friend, Ana, mentioned running the Atlanta Half, I immediately said, “yes, please!”  I have always wanted to run the Thanksgiving Day half-marathon, so I can really earn my Thanksgiving feast!  Yes, I said feast!  Dietitians have to splurge sometimes, too… ūüėČ And here we are a little over 9 weeks out from the race!  So, here is my training schedule:

Week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
1 (9/17-9/23) Strength Train Cycling Rest Run 3 miles Cycling/Run 3-4 miles 5 miles Rest
2 (9/24-9/30) Strength Train Cycling or Run 3-4 miles Strength Train Run 3-4 miles Cycling/Run 3-4 miles 6 miles Rest
3 (10/1 – 10/7) Strength Train Cycling or Run 4-5 miles Strength Train Rest Cycling or Run 4-5 miles 7 miles Rest
4 (10/8 – 10/14) Strength Train Cycling or Run 4-5 miles Strength Train Rest 8 miles Rest Strength/Cross
5 (10/15-10/21) Strength Train Cycling or Run 4-5 miles Strength Train Cycling/Run 3-4 miles Cycling or Run 4-5 miles 10 miles Rest
6 (10/22-10/28) Strength Train Run 5-6 miles Strength Train Cycling/Run 3-4 miles Run 5-6 miles 12 miles Rest
7 (10/29-11/4) Strength Train Run 5-6 miles Strength Train Cycling/Run 3-4 miles Rest 13 miles Rest
8 (11/5-11/11) Strength Train Run 5-6 miles Strength Train Cycling/Run 3-4 miles Rest 14 miles Rest
9 (11/12 – 11/18) Strength Train Run 6 miles Strength Train Cycling/Run 3-4 miles Rest 12 miles Rest
10 (11/19-11/22) Strength Train 3-4 miles REST RACE DAY!!!      

I tried to come up with a realistic schedule that was specific, yet flexible.  We did the Kaiser Permanente Corporate run/walk last week as sort-of a kick-off to training. We did the 5k in 33 minutes. That wasn’t too bad, but I want to improve my time for this half. Tomorrow is cycling/3-4 mile run day!  I put cycling on there as my cross-train day because I feel as if cycling really helped my endurance when running at Disney.  

Writing this blog post will help keep me accountable for my training.  I am typically pretty good at keeping a regular workout schedule, but sometimes there are just “other” things to do ūüôā  

Let the countdown begin…

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Cooking Trumpet Mushrooms

This was a new adventure for me tonight!  I had never cooked trumpet mushrooms before, but they were quite easy.  I saw them at the Cobb Farmers Market and had to buy them.  I found the recipe at http://simplerecipes.me/sautee-king-trumpet-mushroom/. It was delicious!!!!

 

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The bag of mushrooms ūüôā

Slice up the mushrooms.

Saute the mushrooms with:
3 cloves garlic crushed
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1/3 bunch fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon butter (I used 1 tsp olive oil instead)
¬Ĺ tablespoon soy sauce


Finished product!

Happy National Mushroom Month!

September is National Mushroom Month!  Mushrooms are my favorite veggie, so I am super excited about an entire month dedicated to celebrating them. They are packed with great nutrition and are the only vegetable to naturally contain vitamin D!  When mushrooms are exposed to light, the amount of vitamin D increases (just like humans).  There are more varieties being offered in grocery stores that have been exposed to light.  Vitamin D plays a vital role in helping the body to absorb calcium.  Therefore, it is a key player in bone health.  It is recommended to have 600IU of vitamin D every day for most people (800IU if you are over 70 years old).

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Easy Sautéed White Button Mushrooms

Makes approximately 2 1/2-cup servings

1 tsp olive oil

Juice of 1/2 – 1 lemon

3 garlic cloves, crushed

1 8-oz package of white button mushrooms

Instructions:

Heat oil in pan.  Add lemon juice and crushed garlic.  Mix together.  Add mushrooms.  Sauté until mushrooms are tender, about 8-10 minutes.  Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts – Sauteed Mushrooms

Some information from this post provided by: http://mushroominfo.com/all-about-vitamin-d/ 

Nutritional Benefits of Veggie Pizza

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I went to Bella’s Pizza in Smyrna last night for an open mic night and had their personal sized Ultimate Veggie Pizza with no cheese. ¬†First of all, it was huge! ¬†But more importantly, it was delicious!! ¬†Since I am lactose intolerant, I tend to stay away from dairy products. ¬†I don’t know if you have ever had a cheeseless veggie pizza before, but they are quite tasty. ¬†The pizza had marinara, tomatoes, crushed garlic, spinach, olives, onions, artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, mushrooms and red and green bell peppers on top. ¬†Granted it did not have a whole wheat crust, but as long as half of our grains are whole throughout the day, we are meeting the USDA Dietary Guidelines recommendations…

This pizza really was a nutrient powerhouse:

Marinara and tomatoes – heart healthy lycopene and vitamin C

Olives – Healthy fats

Crust – Energy giving carbohydrates

Garlic – Allicin, manganese, vitamin B6, fiber

Spinach РVitamin K, C, A, iron, folate, calcium 

Onions – Phytonutrients, vitamin C, fiber

Artichoke Hearts – Fiber, vitamin C, folate, magnesium

Mushrooms – Selenium, only veggie source of vitamin D, B vitamins

Red and Green Bell Peppers – vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B6, folate, fiber

If you have not tried a cheese less, veggie pizza before, I would highly suggest it!  Not only for the taste, but for the nutritional benefits as well.  Enjoy!

Photo from http://www.chelleszone.blogspot.com 

EWG’s Good Food on a Tight Budget


Going grocery shopping can be a daunting task, especially when you are trying to find the best priced items that are healthy at the same time. ¬†Lucky for us, the Environmental Working Group has done some of the work for us. ¬†Their new guide, Good Food on a Tight Budget, came out recently and it lists the¬†the top 100 foods according to a balance of “food prices, nutrients, pesticides, environmental pollutants and artificial ingredients.” ¬†The guide also offers other benefits, such as recipes and tools for tracking food prices. ¬†A great resource when planning your shopping list!

EWG’s Good Food on a Tight Budget.