Fitness with a Side of Food

Today was a Monday as far as food’s concerned :P.  I had a bagel and cream cheese from Starbucks for breakfast (eaten in the car, so it went unphotographed) and a double shot of espresso, to which I added one cup of almond milk.  I’m a total milk snob these days!

For lunch I had half of a ginormous baked sweet potato with about 1/2 cup of vegetarian baked beans.  The ingredients list was nice and short and in english ;), so I figured I’d give them a go.

The flavor wasn’t nearly as good as my usual “homestyle” Bush’s baked beans, but gave them a little life by adding about a 1/2 tablespoon of spicy brown mustard and  one tablespoon of ketchup :D.  Trust me it’s delicious.  If I’d had molasses on hand at work, I would have added about a teaspoon of that too!  There will certainly be more of these in my future!

Afternoon snackage was a peach!  I was so excited to have my first good peach of the year!  I had tried one or two a few weeks back and they were not ripe.  Good peaches are easily my favorite seasonal fruit!

Dinner was this Wolfgang Puck soup I discovered at the store. 

It was great, but the ingredients list was a perfect example of organic not necessarily meaning unprocessed!

It was a bit disappointing, but cooking wasn’t going to happen, it turned out to be a great soup (of the canned variety), and you can’t win ’em all, so it’s a compromise I’m willingly to make!

On to fitness.  Tonight I ended my exercise hiatus I’d been on since the horse debacle last weekend.  I took Kaya on a 3 mile walk and it went great!  It was by no means strenuous, but the cool part: I did the whole thing in my five fingers!! 

Vibram Five Fingers 😀

It’s the longest I’ve gone in them (in general and it was all on concrete sidewalks) and there was absolutely no discomfort!  One month in and I am very excited about these shoes and will keep you up to date as I work them into my running more and more!

On another note, I have decided to challenge myself to improve my upper body strength with a simple goal this month.  I would like to be able to do 50 push ups consecutively with correct form.  Katie over at Yes, I Want Cake is taking on 25.  Maybe this is a better choice :P.  But maybe if this month goes well, I’ll up the ante in August!  Or maybe I’ll still be working my way towards 50 in August :).

I know this isn’t a super balanced upper body strength training program, but the way I look at it, it’s better than nothing, and I tend to get burned out when I do full on weight training programs.  Weight training just isn’t my favorite thing to do, so I’m going to ease into it, starting with a small goal this time.

And lastly.  I’ve been trying to get signed up with a team to run the Wild West Relay from Fort Collins, CO to Steamboat Springs, CO. 

It’s a 200-miler with teams of up to 12 people!  One day while googling races, actually trying to find a half marathon to do in the fall, I stumbled upon this gnarly abomination of a race :P.

If I can’t get onto a team, though, I am going to do a half marathon in September or October, so I will keep you updated on that as well!  Keep your fingers crossed for me, because this would definitely rank in the top 5 most awesome things I’ve ever done and I’m really hoping I can find a team to adopt me!

Now I’m off to see just how many push ups I can do correctly!  Because between you and me, I don’t have the slightest idea what that number is right now ;)!

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7 Responses

  1. We eat plenty of baked beans as well.

    And, hardly anyone does correct push-ups–so good luck.

  2. If your team needs another person for that relay, give me a shout! I can lend a pair of legs 😉

  3. I would love to do something like this! Maybe next year….I’m going to be in the midst of marathon training at that time…sigh….but doing something like this seems like it would be such a cool experience. Love the name too!

  4. Yay for the push-ups!! I can’t wait for you to do 50 -that’s a fantastic goal!!!

    Also, my husband just ran his first race in his 5 fingers and LOVED it – makes me want a pair. Glad you are loving yours.

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