Took Michael and Emily for a run this morning. I have always tried to include them in some form of exercise. I want them to have a life long love of exercise. I want them to think of it as fun. I want them to enjoy the challenge and be proud of their strong bodies. They have joined me on runs before – usually one or two miles. It has been a while though. I wanted to take them today for the fun of it. I also wanted to work them hard. We’ve been having some discipline issues lately, especially with Emily. I was thinking that perhaps if we keep her busy and physically active, her attitude might improve. I hope so, I am running out of other ideas.
So, we ran. We ran from our house 1/2 mile to Fair Oaks Ranch School. Once there (The last little bit of that run is up a pretty steep hill.) I let them rest/play on the playground while I ran one lap. Then they joined me for a lap, then played, then joined me for 2, then played, ran one with me, played again and then finished strong with 2 more laps. Actually, Michael did 3 that last time. First one didn’t count because he whined and complained and ended up walking most of it. After all that running we played a little while longer on the playground before heading home, where we ran the downhill parts and walked the big uphill. All in all, I figure I ran about 3.5 – 4 miles and they ran two. Not bad! Especially when you think that they were playing in between laps. That counts as exercise too!
I ran 2 miles again yesterday morning. Still tough, but I managed to do the same route in 2 min less than the day before, so yay! 🙂
Took today and tomorrow to rest. Will have to do something Sunday to meet this week’s challenge goal.
As I was going through Michael’s backpack this afternoon I came across the monthly lunch menu sent home by the district. The back always has a little newsletter with healthy tips and a recipe highlighting a fruit or vegetable that is in season. I find this kind of funny, or sad maybe. One side of the paper has healthy eating tips, the other shows the menu of what they are feeding the children. Super healthy items like: pancake on a stick, butttermilk bar, hot dogs, chicken sticks, shrimp poppers… ugh.
How nice it would be if I could only stop packing lunches and send my kid to school each day to eat a healthy, wholesome meal. Not going to happen anytime soon. 😦
Anyway, the newsletter had a recipe for Asparagus Guacamole. I LOVE guacamole. LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I can make an enormous bowl and eat it all, no problem. However, it’s kind of fattening. Yes, it is a healthy fat and I’m good with that. But still. Now, I was hesitant to think that asparagus would make a good substitute for avocados, but since I happened to have a bunch of organic asparagus in my fridge that I didn’t have plans for I figured it would be a good experiment. Oh. My. Gosh. I have to say, this stuff was super simple and super yummy!!! I ate half of it immediately and it is taking a lot of willpower to let the other half chill in the fridge. Because I cooked the asparagus first, the guac came out hot. I’ve never eaten hot guac before. but I tasted it just to see if it was going to be even remotely similar and my goodness, it does! Granted, it tasted like hot guac. But it was so good I couldn’t stop myself. I ate a bunch. So now, I am impatiently waiting for it to chill so I can try it cold. I thought I’d share the recipe with you while I wait:
- 10.5 ounces fresh, trimmed or frozen, cut asparagus. (I just used what I had… 15 stalks or so? Didn’t count or weight them)
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons lime or lemon juice
- 2 tbsp canned green chili peppers, chopped
- 1 tbsp onion (I used the dried flakes)
- 2 tsp tomato paste
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp white pepper (I used seasoned pepper)
- Cook asparagus. Drain well, pat dry. (I put it in a covered casserole dish with 1/4 cup water and microwaved it for about 6 min.)
- Place in blender. Add remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth.
Dip will become less thick upon standing and will need to be stirred.
Let me know if you try it!!!
I got up this morning to run before Ed left for work. I’ve been thinking that’s my best opportunity to exercise, but quite frankly, I do NOT want to get out of bed! He made it a little easier on me by decided to go run too. Of course, we couldn’t go together and leave the kids in the house alone! But just knowing that he was getting up earlier too and getting out there to run inspired me. I ran 2 miles. Well, I ran 1 mile, then ran/walked the 2nd. It was hard, I felt so out of shape! But when I got home, I felt so good for having gone!
Up and energized, I made the kids breakfast burritos… sauteed some spinach and carrots (finely shredded and diced) in a wee bit of coconut oil until they were nice and soft. Threw in some eggs, pea shoots and micro greens and scrambled it all up. Heated up some refried beans, added a little cheese and threw it all in a whole wheat tortilla. Made pina colada smoothies to go with and they were set. What a healthy breakfast!!! The kids were excited to see something new and they devoured them. Yay!
The best part about my run this morning was the feeling after – One of the main reasons why I haven’t been running lately was total lack of motivation. I no longer want to run. Used to be that I craved my runs and I’d be really grumpy if I went too many days without a good, long run! But now, I can’t seem to find that desire anymore. Running used to make me feel good, but I seem to have lost that feel good feeling. Well, a few hours after my morning run, I noticed I had that little endorphin high that I used to get. I felt great! I felt energized and I wanted to move! Yay! So happy to have had that feeling again! It’s just the motivation I needed to try and drag myself out of bed again tomorrow!
ha ha ha … not that I would normally call what I did exercise, but for the purpose of the challenge, and more importantly, for the purpose of getting me back in the habit, I exercised! This morning I did a yoga video. Not nearly as relaxing as usual when you have 2 little ones trying to do it right next to you, but hey – it was cute to watch and they are learning a healthy lesson 🙂
Then, because that wasn’t quite good enough, when it was time to pick up Michael from school we decided to walk. I walked the first (uphill) half mile there trying not to step on the whiny toddler who was begging me to pick him up. I walked the 2nd half mile home with same whiny toddler on my back. That’s got to count for something, right? And man! It was hot!! When did that happen? Had to give the kids popsicles when we got home – they were all red faced! (healthy, fruit popsicles, of course!)
This heat is reminding me that shorts season will be he sooner than I thought. Better keep up with the exercise if I don’t want to be hiding in jeans all summer.