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I was just running…

Posted Jan 07 2010 8:01am

So, I’ve now completed Week 1 Day 2 of the Couch to 5 K Running Plan. I love and hate it all at once. I feel great to have worked out twice this week, and I’m not bored… yet. I’ve running in the AM and watching / listening to A MTV to quell my boredom. However, I’m not sure how long this not-being-bored will last. At least it’s a short workout and I might grow to love it as I continue to up my speed and incline and push myself harder. I feel empowered by the treadmill: I can run faster and harder than I thought and all those ticking numbers in front of me (distance, time, calories burned, etc.) push me to do a little more and then a little more again.

As far as diet goes, I’m doing okay. I watched Good Eats the other night and have focused on some of the points that Alton Brown made on his own recent 50 lb loss, including his smoothie recipe, slightly adapted for my own needs but just as good, I’m sure. His recipe below. My changes including eliminating the peaches and the juice and using almond milk instead of soy (almond is so much better.) Oh I also don’t refrigerate mine overnight. I don’t think it’s necessary. I love the part of the directions that says “until you achieve a vortex.” ha. I am also attempting to add things like avocado and oily fish.

Buff Smoothie
* 4 ounces plain, low-fat soy milk
* 4 ounces acai, grape, or pomegranate juice
* 4 ounces frozen banana
* 4 ounces frozen strawberries
* 4 ounces frozen blueberries
* 4 ounces frozen peaches

Combine the soy milk, juice, banana, strawberries, blueberries, and the peaches in the carafe of a blender. Cover and refrigerate overnight or up to 8 hours.

In the morning, or when the fruit is partially thawed, put the carafe on the base of the blender, start at the lowest speed and slowly accelerate to medium, until you achieve a vortex. Blend on medium for 1 minute. Increase the speed to high and blend for an additional minute. Serve immediately.

Posted in Weight Watchers Tagged: Couch to 5K, diet, Exercise, Recipes, running, weight loss, weight maintenance
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