52 Photos, Week 10

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Apologies for being a week behind! Time to get back on track…

This week’s story: I’m borrowing an Instagram selfie that I posted on Facebook yesterday because the story is just good. After my lunch break yesterday I rode my bike back to work for my first ever commute via bicycle! The weather was just a little chilly but the sun was out and I couldn’t resist. One leg of the trip is just about 2 miles and at my very leisurely pace it only takes about 15 minutes. Until the weather warms up, I’ll probably stick to the lunch time routine, but it’s a great way to get some very organic exercise. After reading this article on NPR, it made me realize how important that really is. My life is only going to get more complicated from this point forward, so I want to build these lifestyle habits now! 

(Also, I’ve quit my 52 Drawings Challenge. I’m challenged enough. Meh.) 

Sustainability (Part Two)

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I’ve written about sustainability before. You can read my first go round with it here. Simplicity and sustainability are ways of life that I hope to always cultivate. It has been fairly apparent that in my work life I should focus on a schedule and on commitments that are simple and sustainable. Naturally, I’m uncovering that same message as I “rehab” (if you will) my health.
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Progress (4)

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Pounds Lost This Week: 1
Total Lost: 14
Pounds Left to Goal: 36

This was the week of being snowed in. This was the week of making a bad choice and then trying to overcompensate. This was the week of not really having a plan. This was the week of understanding that I need to change “UGH I’m trying to lose weight which means I have to be a hyper-vigilant hose beast,” into “I’m cultivating health, for my lifetime, and these are the choices I’ll be making in order to do so.” 

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Eat and Run

I just finished Eat and Run by Scott Jurek.

The last lines of the book are among the most powerful and I want to share them with you. If you are trying to lose weight, or win a race, or get your degree- every journey matters.

You can be transformed. Not overnight, but over time. Life is not a race. Neither is an ultramarathon, not really, even though it looks like one. There is no finish line. We strive toward a goal, and whether we achieve it or not is important, but it’s not what’s most important. What matters is how we move toward that goal. What’s crucial is the step we’re taking now, the step you’re taking now.

Everyone follows a different path. Eating well and running fee helped me find mine. It can help you find yours. You never know where that path might take you.

-Scott Jurek, Eat and Run 

Living It

Despite my best efforts to avoid it, this is quickly becoming a weight loss blog. I don’t really want it to be. But, it is such a big part of my life right now that it is hard not to talk about it, think about it, blog about it all the time. That is partly the problem. I am a whole person. I am a person who likes to read, and sing badly, and play cards, and shop for shoes and none of that has anything to do with losing weight. Part of my whine last time was that sometimes I just want to feel like a normal person, not a weight losing person. Just a person.

However, part of the person I want to be is a healthy person. I want cooking yummy meals from whole, fresh foods to be part of my daily routine. I want biking and running and hiking to be like breathing. It is just what I do. But, since it is not already what I “just” do, I have got to practice. That means until it becomes natural, it has got to be deliberate. If you know me, you know if I am doing something deliberately then I am talking about it. Now, I am blogging about it.

I have read some great books lately that have helped me understand health as a way of life. I read Born to Run by Chris McDougall cover to cover in about three days and it left me hungry to run, hungry to explore, and hungry to challenge my body. I picked up Eat and Run by Scott Jurek, an ultrarunner featured in McDougall’s book and I will probably wrap it up just as quickly. Jurek is a vegan and weaves narratives about clean eating and recipes deftly through his stories of training and perseverance. In the middle of a chapter, I couldn’t stand it any longer and put the book down to do an hour of yoga. Reading about people moving makes a person want to move.

I have enjoyed the journey of transforming the way I cook and eat. Here are a few pictures of some of my latest meals.

Slow Cooker Beef Gyros

photo (6)These were good. Not great, but good. The meat didn’t taste as “Greek” as I wanted, but it made enough for leftovers and the homemade tzatziki was delicious.

Eggs Benedict Burgers

photo (3)Scenes from my first stab at poaching an egg. Not too bad. Not that pretty, but it didn’t affect the taste at all.

photoMy attempt at hollandaise sauce were much worse. I used this recipe but cut it in half to avoid using an entire stick of butter. Maybe that was my problem. Either way, I’ll probably try to find something pre-made next time because overall, this meal was great and definitely worth trying again.

Paleo Pancakes

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photo (2)I’m not going to link to a recipe here because every one you find will say the same- mix together one egg and one banana. Add mix-in of your choice. The real gig with these was getting them flipped over. Make your cakes small and cook on low heat. I burned one side of every pancake I made, but it still tasted somewhere in the neighborhood of fried banana bread. I used blackberries and they didn’t need any syrup

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Lastly, here is a photo of my big, beautiful black bike- Hank the Tank. Fatty loves Hank because he can rub his cheeks across the tire spokes, and I suppose if you are a cat then that feels wonderful. At least someone is getting good use of it because my ass has not touched the seat since I rode it around the parking lot of Walt’s Bike Shop. Boo and hiss.