Eat Run Lose

I eat, therefore I run.

school daze April 2, 2011

Filed under: fearlessness,music — eatrunlose @ 6:10 pm

so where have i been?

the year of fearlessness has begun and is in full swing. starting in january when i had surgery to better myself in every possible way (no, i did not have plastic surgery!). in february i was recovering from said surgery, so that was a wash. in march, i started back to school.

when i was going for my undergrad, i studied music. i am a vocalist. i love to sing at the top of my lungs and to perform and make a general fool of myself, and so make something beautiful come out of a person who did not think much of herself was astounding to me. but, somewhere along the line i began to resent music. it became too technical. i became depressed. i changed schools and moved across country thinking a fresh start would jump start my love of singing. it did not. i became even more depressed. i was going to school for my family, because it was expected of me.

so, i stopped.

fast forward a few years later.

right before husband and i were married i started to think about going back to school. i wanted to do something that interested ME. something that i wanted to learn, then the most unexpected thing happened. i gained inspiration from what could have been a horrible tragedy. my niece emma became terribly ill and ended up in nationwide children’s hospital. she was there from the end of october until the begining of december. after she was released from PICU, she went into a rehab unit. in this unit, she was assigned a to many therapists mainly a physical therapist, and a massage therapist. the later is what inspired me. i wanted to go back to school for medical massage therapy. it took me over a year to get my bum into a classroom.

but i am there know, and that has made all the difference.

oh, and emma? she is doing fantastic! she is running jumping climbing trees with her fellow 9 year olds. 

 

Favorite Workout Songs February 24, 2011

Filed under: addiction,music,workout — eatrunlose @ 4:21 pm

So I had this wonderful soul bearing post in honor of National Eating Disorders Week, however, I backtracked. I don’t think I am quite that ready to bare my soul at this time. So in honor of the fact that I have no recipe, no witty quips, no nothin’, I present to you my favorite songs to run/walk/samba/jump to (it’s ok to be excited).

Music is very important to me in my everyday life. I grew up listening to everything from New Wave to Punk, Pop to Brodway, Opera to Dance and beyond. When I study, when I bake/cook, when I drive, and especially when I work out, I love having music on. Having a song that gets you pumped up and excited gives you that extra little kick in your arse that you need to power thru when you so don’t want to be working out. This list is by no means conclusive because I have so many songs on my iPod (it’s an addiction people) but they are ones that I turn to repeatedly.

So here they are in no particular order…

  1. Queen Ann’s Revenge by Flogging Molly
  2. Rolling in the Deep  by Adele
  3. Tell ‘Em by Sleigh Bells
  4. F**k You by Cee Lo Green
  5. Raise Your Glass by P!nk
  6. Hammerhead by The Offspring
  7. Hey (Nah Neh Nah) [Milk and Sugar vs Vaya con Dios Club Mix]
  8. Kids in America by Kim Wilde
  9. The Bagel Song by Liquid Cheese
  10. I Know You Want Me by Pitbill
  11. Bourgeois Shangri-La by Miss Li
  12. Womanizer by Britany Spears
  13. Bam Thwok by Pixies
  14. Punk Rock Girl by Dead Milkmen
  15. Get Yo Sh*t by Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears
  16. Telephone by Lady GaGa & Beyonce
  17. Lone Highway by Phantods
  18. Ca Plane pour Moi by Plastic Bertrand
  19. Total Hate 95 by No Doubt & Sublime
  20. I’m Just a Girl by No Doubt

So get out there, dance and make a damn fool of yourself. What is the point of working out if you don’t?

(BTW, these songs are all available on iTunes…just sayin’)

 

mango springs eternal February 13, 2011

Filed under: fruit,general laziness,protein,smoothies — eatrunlose @ 6:34 pm

scout front, snickers back

it made it up to 45 degrees here today (gasp!). the 18 year old southern california me is shuddering at the fact that 33 year old me thinks its warm enough to wear capri yoga pants outside. husband and i took the dogs for a walk this afternoon, after a month and a half of doing nothing but sitting on their collective arses, they are a bit pooped. this makes me happy considering they are not whining to go out back every 5 minutes.

after our trek, i was very hungry, but not ready for an actual meal. considering how sweltering it was outside, a tropical mood struck. i needed to consume some protein, but nothing sounded good. while looking thru my fridge i found a mango, and greek yogurt which is lousy with protein, and quite tasty too. thus i give you my version of a mango lassi.

 

mango tango

  • 1 cup greek yogurt*
  • 1 mango
  • agave syrup to taste
  • a dash of water or orange juice

peel and dice your mango into about 1.5 inch pieces. throw mango, and yogurt in a blender and blitz. add juice as needed to help move things along. taste and add agave syrup to adjust taste as warranted.

 

 

 

 

*when choosing greek yogurt, choose a good quality one. look at the ingredients list, and the shorter the list the better. some of my faves are athenos and trader joes 2% greek yogurt. if you cannot find good yogurt, get plain american style yogurt and line a seive with coffee filters and drain all the whey (liquid) out until the yogurt is super thick. usually over nite does the trick.

 

cold day warm soup February 11, 2011

Filed under: soup — eatrunlose @ 7:03 pm

necessity is the mother of invention, no?

i had surgery about 2 weeks ago, and i am pretty restricted on what i can eat currently. while my husband pines for pizza this evening, i am pining for coconut milk. why coconut milk? because a can has been staring at me for the past month. i have also been craving thai food. specifically tom yum soup. considering i don’t eat chicken or shellfish, it’s a weird ass craving i know. but i love the balance of flavors in thai cuisine. the sweet, salty, sour and spicy all calls to me on a whole other level. i don’t have half the ingredients in my pantry to make tom yum soup, so with a thorough raid of my pantry and my ice box, i came up with this soup. slightly sweet from the coconut milk, sour from the limes, salty from the broth, and spicy from the curry powder and crushed chilies. yum indeed.

yum soup

1 tbsp neutral oil (vegetable or grape seed, do not use olive oil)

1 (32 oz) carton of organic vegetable stock (or organic chicken broth if you prefer)

1 13.2 oz can of organic light coconut milk (shake it up before you open)

1 small package of frozen spinach

2 cloves fresh minced garlic

juice from 1 small lime (or more if you like)

1/8 tsp red curry powder

1 tsp grated fresh ginger

pinch or more of crushed dried red chilies (optional)

cilantro for garnish (optional)

salt to taste

in a medium stock pot on low to med heat, add oil and garlic and heat until you can just smell the garlic. add curry powder and dried chilies (if using) stir until the curry powder darkens the oil and your kitchen smells like curry and chilies (love that smell!). add stock and coconut milk and crank up the heat to medium high. add frozen spinach (no need to thaw), grated ginger and heat until the soup starts to thicken. let simmer to give all the flavors time to mingle in the pot, about 4-5 min depending on the speed of your burners. when well heated and mingled, add lime juice and cilantro if using. taste and add salt if warranted.

slurp and enjoy!!

 

snow activity January 20, 2011

Filed under: video games,workout — eatrunlose @ 5:35 pm

 

 

this site greeted me when i came home from work today. it is the snow apocalypse. or, the snowpocalypse if you will

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

inevitably dogs who have been by themselves all day will mess up my kitchen floor after going outside and doing this (i could not get the other one in the picture). when it gets snowy, we cannot really take the dogs out for a walk, because i am so worried about their feets getting all cold and snowy.  so we have to come up with other means of exercise.

 

 

 

 

 

over the weekend husband and i purchased EA Sports Active for our PS3. i do have to say its pretty damn cool. both husband and i tried it out and it does work up a sweat! I was surprised. it comes with 3 sensors, one for each arm, and one for the right leg. there is also a heart monitor on the right arm sensor. From the EA website:

“EA SPORTS Active 2 with Total Body Tracking features an innovative wireless control system powered by motion sensors in leg and arm straps that provide complete freedom of motion. It also feature a heart rate monitor that provides constant on-screen monitoring, allowing users to capture intensity and optimize performance over time. Users are able to track and share their workout data online through automatic uploading from their online connected console to their personalized EA SPORTS Active profile. EA SPORTS Active 2 with Total Body Tracking makes working out simple, fun and effective wherever you are.”

the screen monitors your heart rate and tracks how hard you are working during your workout. you can create your own avatar, and you have your choice of a male or female trainer that specialize in their own types of exercise. there are 68 different exercises that you can use to create your own custom workout, or you can choose from one of the trainer generated routines. the scenery is changing, and the intensity changes as you go. with planks and crunches abounding, you definitely get your sweat on. check out the game here. you will not be disappointed.

 

welcome to the jungle January 16, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — eatrunlose @ 6:13 pm

one of the highlights of living in columbus, is that about 1 1/2 hour away from me is the most wonderful grocery store imaginable. it goes by the name of jungle jims. it is located in fairfield, just north of cincinnati (if you are familiar with the “big butter jesus”, its not too far down from there)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jungle jim’s has about every damn thing you could possibly want in one store, it is that massive. it has your everyday things, and it also has a huge international section, separated by country and region. i go there about twice a year to stock up on things that i cannot find in columbus, or that i have no desire to pay shipping on if i purchase online.

 

 

 

i get crisps and barley water for my brother in law, quality street chocolates for my sister, tea and all sorts of tofu for me, and on this last trip, a massive pez dispenser with the texas ranger hat on for my husband.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the produce section is huge, and everything looks so wonderful. the prices don’t suck. you would think that a store that massive would be expensive, but it is not. this trip my friend got a 40# box of sweet potato’s for $15! this is just a small part of what they have.

 

 

 

 

 

it is a massive maze of food and creepy, yet fun anamatronic characters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the natural food section is, like the rest of the store, huge and well stocked. i can get any type of vegetarian food that i can possibly imagine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

i am always sad when i leave, mostly because i have to pay. and i always have more in my cart than i ever mean to. i feel good though because i feel as though i have just walked a marathon when i am done.

 

i will be back. again and again.

 

happiness January 10, 2011

Filed under: fruit,protein,smoothies — eatrunlose @ 6:26 pm

is a smoothie done right.

i have been experimenting with protein smoothies, and i cannot lie, its pretty gross sometimes. i don’t understand why people claim to have the best tasting protein powder in the whole freakin universe (yes, some have made that claim…probably) and i, like the sucker i am fall for it. i buy it up and then i taste it…and i want to gag. then husband gets mad that i have tubs of gross protein powder that my dogs will not even touch (and that is saying a lot).

So I have taken it upon myself to create my own best tasting smoothie in the universe (…probably)

awesome smoothie

awesome smoothie

1 frozen banana (zap in the micro on 50% for 30 seconds if needed to soften up just a tad)

1/2 a 12 oz bag of frozen cherries

1 1/2 tbs torani sugar free black cherry syrup

1 c  organic vanilla soy milk

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (mine was soy)

drop in blender and whip up to desired consistancy and top with a bit of sugar free whip cream if desired.

enjoy.

 

 

 

 
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