Archive for April 30th, 2011

April 30, 2011

Splits, Seeds, and Sloppy Joe’s

Helloooo!

Did anyone else get chills/butterflies watching the royal wedding!? Before their kiss I had massive butterflies in my stomach LOL. 

Me and my mom also noticed Kate and her had almost the same dress!

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Ok ok, not exactly the same but it does have some resemblance! Me and my mom joked that Kate got her dress idea from my moms dress. ;)

After gushing over Kate’s dress and how absolutely stunning she looked I set my Garmin on the windowsill to load and hung out with Chippy in the backyard while waiting for it to do its thang. That’s the one downside of a Garmin.. you have to wait for it to locate satellites before it can be used! No biggie though, I still love it <3.

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I spy with my little eye, Chippy!

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Love these trees in our backyard:

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This is Chippy’s favorite part of all:

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Going inside!!!

After coming inside, my Garmin was locked and ready to go so I hit the pavement.

It was gorgeous out. The perfect running weather. Warm and a bit breezy, very refreshing. Before I set out I had set a goal with myself to run negative splits, aka when you run each mile faster than the other. I’ve never been able to run a consistent negative split run but today I had set it in my mind to run 3 negative splits (3 miles).

I ran from my house to the entrance of the park..

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Began on my first loop around..

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Had a brief encounter with the ‘PR hating hill’ aka the hill that causes you to not PR by 5 seconds!!

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In the right hand corner of the photo is actually an old military plane that my dad had and donated it to the town for the veteran park.

Began to loop it around coming up on mile 2..

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And finished up a few miles later with..

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3 MILES IN 27 MINS!!!

I didn’t even stop to walk once!! SO SO proud of this run. It’s the fastest I’ve ever ran 3 miles.

And if you’re wondering, I ran negative splits!!

They are glorious.. just look at them in all their glory:

  • Mile 1: 9:20 min/mile
  • Mile 2: 9:12 min/mile
  • Mile 3: 9:00 min/mile

Heck yessss!

By mile 3 my pace would drop to around a 10 min/mile so I wasn’t very sure if I would end up running my last mile at lower than my second but I did! I dropped down in the 8 min/miles during the end because I was sprinting which helped me reach my goal of running negative splits.

I had to push through the whole time and just remind myself how awesome it would be when I could come home and be so proud that I ran negative splits. And it helped that I could brag about it too hehe. I thought to myself, “there’s no way I’m going to run 2 negative splits and then die out on the 3rd.” It worked.

I usually end up my runs with a slow/dying crawl but having it in your mind to run negative splits helps you finish strong. I had to keep reminding myself in the beginning though not to go all out so I could save my energy to run faster later on. I kept thinking, “slow down!!! you don’t want to run a 8:30 min/mile for the first mile and then have to really haul ass for the next 2!!” LOL. Although it is super hard to run negative splits, the reward afterwards is even better. I feel so strong and powerful! Next time I want to try and dip down in the 8 min/miles for my last miles.

I walked .30 miles home..

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Love this tree..

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Whenever I buy my own house I’m going to plant 20 of these trees all around my house. I love them so much. Maybe I’ll even get really crazy and build a tree house in one so I can live in it! hehe.

Once I came home I refueled with cantaloupe + White Chocolate Wonderful.

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The juicy cold cantaloupe was juuuust what I needed after my sweaty and rewarding run. Peanut butter was there for some protein + carbs + fat.

Then I began to garden!

Gardening 101: Planting Your Seeds In Preparation To Be Planted Outside

Remember how I said I went to Home Depot the other day? Here’s what I picked up:

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It looks complicated but it’s just a water system for my seeds. Basically, you plant the seeds and they can self water themselves. I bought this so I can plant my seeds –> have them sprout –> then plant them outside. I was thinking by doing this I might have a better chance at getting some good growth on them before sticking them outside.

I also found some organic soil!

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Hopefully this works pretty good? Honestly, I don’t know much about soil or what works to help makes things grow the best but I saw organic, and that’s what I want for my garden, so I picked it up. My main goal is just to keep everything as wholesome and clean as possible, with no pesticides, etc.

I also picked out some new seeds to round out my garden. Here’s what I got:

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  • basil
  • beefsteak tomatoes
  • romaine lettuce
  • cucumbers
  • carrots
  • scallions (green onions

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  • zucchini
  • watermelon
  • green beans

I love that everything is certified USDA organic to boot! I always makes sure the label is green (even with foods) because that means all the food (or in this case, seeds) are organic. If you ever see USDA organic with a black label, that doesn’t mean it’s all organic.

I planted as per instructions and it seems to get doing pretty good! I don’t see any seedlings sprouting yet but it’s only been a day lol. I also made the mistake of planting too many in one little ‘cup’. I didn’t realize until after planting a few rows that I didn’t have to use all the seeds in the pack. Doh! Oh well, just a little snafu but I consulted my mom because I was stressed I’d have no seeds sprout (lol) and she said I should have no problem so we’ll see. :)

Can you guess what plants these are from the seeds?

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Those are cucumbers..

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These above are romaine lettuce! Weird huh??

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These burnt looking seeds are scallions!

I was shocked to see how many seeds look SO different from what they grow into (obviously).

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I tried to use companion planting and plant like seeds that will grow well next to each other.

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From left to right: basil, tomatoes, 2 row of carrots, and 2 rows of cucumbers.

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Left to right: romaine lettuce, scallions, zucchini, green beans, watermelon, and more romaine.

I left them to sprout by the window.. aka on one of my photography stations.

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The clear plastic on top produces a green house effect.

I think this is a good spot since there’s a lot of windows to offer sunlight!

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I also started my strawberry hanging plant that I got from my little sisters fundraiser.

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That’s going to produce strawberries!! Ewwwwww it looks narly. haha.

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This was pretty easy to do. Just filled it with soil, planted the ‘seeds’ and filled with more soil + watered. I put rocks on it to hold it down firmly since you can’t hang it until about 10 days or until the strawberries are starting to grow. I can’t wait to see all my seeds sprouting!!

Now that I have all my seeds sprouted I feel so much more on top of my ‘gardening game’.

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And I need to get some cute gardening gloves!

I got starved after working on the garden for so long + my run so I made a quick and delicious lunch.

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Simple Sloppy Joe’s Julie’s

Adapted from Clean Green Simple. Serves 1.

  • 1/3 cup uncooked lentils
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp marinara (or tomato sauce)
  • 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/16 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • few dashes of Tabasco (hot) sauce
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 tbsp BBQ sauce

Directions: Cook lentils according to package. I did 1/3 cup lentils + 1.25 cups water and brought it to a boil then simmered it until all the liquid was absorbed. Meanwhile, mix together all the ingredients for the sauce. Once the lentils are cooked, add the sauce to the pot and stir well for about 2-3 minutes or just until heated through. Serve on a whole wheat bun, bread, on top of a salad, etc.

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Mmmm I loved this! It was very simple too. Took to time to prepare except wait for the lentils to cook. I love the hint of sweetness from the maple syrup and then the hit of spiciness from the hot sauce + red pepper flakes. I love spicy food so if you don’t either omit the red pepper flakes or hot sauce (or use less) but I suggest keeping it as is because the sweetness from the maple syrup + tomato paste help tone down the hotness.

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Doesn’t look nearly as good as it tastes. Promise. ;)

I had mine with some strawberries + cantaloupe.

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I find that when I crave a lot of fruit my body is telling me it wants more water!

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Perfect lunch to refuel.

Oh, and look what came in the mail..

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My amazing grass shaker!! I have been wanting one of these for FOREVER and when I went on their site and saw they were selling some + samples of wheatgrass for only $10 I just had to get one. I <3 it.

In the shaker went this:

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Mmmm. Super yummy and definitely had a hint of creamsicle to it. I want to buy a tub of this stuff! It’ll be perfect for the Summer season and isn’t as heavy tasting as the chocolate flavor. I bet it’d taste amazing in tropical smoothie and VOO! It didn’t taste earthy at all.

Moving on to this morning, I had some downright crazy VOO.

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Oatmeal raisin cookie VOO with a tiny slice of crumbled homemade cinnamon swirl raisin bread + a drizzle of maple syrup. Hey, it’s the weekend. ;)

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Can you spot the VOO?

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Hehe.

Wow! This turned into a looong post. Looks like I better wrap it up!

I hope you have a great Saturday in the sunshine (hopefully!).

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