Friday, June 08, 2007

Affirmation ...

Aha! I'm apparently onto something.

Read this article on how to eat healthier on a budget. Although I'm not so sure the bullet points necessarily address eating healthy, just how to shop on a budget, which makes me believe the author was actually watching, like, Project Runway or something last night when she remembered, "Oh shit, I must write that damned article ..." and the rest, as they say, is history.

I was hoping for more:
  • Steam an entire bag of brown rice and bag it down into individual serving sizes which you can freeze. Thaw individual bags for half an hour, then microwave.
  • Cook a bag of black beans until nearly done on the stovetop, then place in a crockpot with fresh corn cut off the cob and a can of unsalted chopped tomatoes. Place half in freezer (once cool) and eat the rest throughout the week. Garnish with fresh cilantro ... it's so good!
  • Each week, buy three sweet potatoes. Bake in the oven and season with Tony Chachere's cajun seasoning spice, or cut into rounds and steam for 25 minutes. I love Paul Newman's Lite Ginger Soy dressing as an accompaniment.
  • Wilt fresh spinach in a pot on the stove and add chopped firm tofu the last 10 minutes. I always eat the whole pot because, hello, 3 big bunches of spinach wilted is like 5 bites for a soldier like me.
Whatever you do, avoid Sam's Club at all costs. It's the motherlode of trans-fatty acids and, really, who needs it?

1 comment:

Arkanzin said...

Great ideas, Robby-son!

Keep me updated with more ways to eat healthy and on a budget.

After tomorrow's 8 mile run, I shall peruse the wonderful veggies and fruits (not the people) at the Farmer's Market and pick up next week's groceries. This is my favorite time of year and I so love the Farmer's Market.

Tomorrow marks the start of my training* for the Tulsa (11/18/07) and Dallas (12/09/07)full marathons and the Memphis (12/01/07) half marathon.

Tomorrow also marks the official start of the "Permabelly V1.0, you really must go!" campaign. I got a jump start on it Tuesday when I went to run sprints with the Arkansas Road Runners Club (ARRC) over at Scott Field.

When I asked what the workout was, I was told 12 quarters with a 200 rest. Silly me thinks that sounds great. Run 100 meters and walk 200. 12 times?! Easy piesy!

I am, at best, a 10 minute runner. My PR with a 5K is at a 9 minute pace. Longer distances and my pace drops to 10 minutes per mile. So, with the ARRC, we began a "warm-up" at a 9 minute pace.

We then began our first quarter. I sprinted that first 100 meters like a champion and as soon as I reached the line, I slowed to walk the 200 meters. The funny thing was that the rest of the group kept going. It was then that I realized that a "quarter" was not a "quarter" of the track but a quarter mile sprint.

So, my goal at the Tuesday Night workout is two-fold: (1) get better and get faster so that I can, eventually, keep up with the rest of the group and (2) to lose Permabelly V1.0.

Goal 1 will take time. As I was told after the workout, "It's 92 degrees out here, there's no shade, and this is your first time out here. It takes time."

Goal 2 has begun. After my whirlwind tour of Middle America (Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Illinois over the last two weeks) and not giving a big god-damn about diet, I ballooned up to the most I have ever weighed. EVER. PERIOD. However, since my return and the first Tuesday Night workout, I have lost 3.5 pounds. Yay me!

In addition to training for the upcoming two marathons and the half-marathon, I am beginning a new set of ab workouts, 3X per week consisting of: 4 sets of 30 crunches and 2 sets of 25 crunches on an incline with weights. It's not much but it's a start.

Permabelly V1.0 is going down.

Sorry for the wordiness, I got on a roll but I am motivated about losing Permabelly V1.0.

*Training starts regardless of whether I actually do each of the races listed. I will do at least one and the realistic goal is Tulsa full and Dallas full as there is a three-week gap between those races. Running Buddy 1 said, "Let's do the Memphis Half Marathon, too!" I shall not be the party pooper!