We burned through two DVDs of HEROES (that’s 6 episodes!!) in 2 nights.  Season 2 is really good so far, but I can see how people watching it on television would find it disjointing and slow.

 

My positive thinking yesterday morning actually produced stellar results — a few work-related things suddenly fell into place, AND I bought a new laptop! We talked about it, and Future Husband gave me the clearance to finance one (major monetary decisions are made jointly around here!). šŸ™‚ We’re both pretty excited because I currently borrow his laptop to blog, which isn’t very convenient–he needs it to STUDY and WORK!

 

So, in several days’ time, expect more timely AND more interesting posts! Yay!

 

Breakfast – Hawaiian Monkey Oatmeal Smoothie

 

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After my last attempt at a "liquid breakfast," many of you suggested I integrate oatmeal into my smoothie to keep me fuller, longerKath noted that this requires prep time because you have to make the oatmeal the night before (to allow it to cool).  However, I have a whole box of instant oats (Yuck! It was an accidental purchase) in the cupboard, and I figured I could get away without pre-cooking the oats.

 

What a delicious breakfast smoothie! The oats gave it a little CHEW (always fun!), and the contrast of the yogurt and milk with the pineapple was DIVINE!

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Ingredients:

 

  • 1/4 cup instant oatmeal
  • 2 pineapple rings
  • 1 small banana
  • 1 scoop (30 calories; 9 grams of protein) of ImmunPlex Bio Active Whey Protein Vanilla Flavor
  • 3/4 cup NF plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup skim milk

 

Thoughts of Preparing for the 15k and 1/2 Marathon

 

The countdown to my 15k and my 1/2 Marathon continues! Only 18 days until the 15k, and then the 1/2 Marathon is just ONE WEEK later.  I am getting VERY EXCITED!

 

I like the set goals for each race.  Sometimes, my goal is "to make it out of there alive"! If I’ve ran the course of the distance before, I strive to improve my time.  I ran the 15k last year, and it was a doozy.  I was under-prepared; plus, the course is 100% unshaded and it was about 90 degrees outside and VERY humid.  I actually hyperventilated at the end! My finishing time was 1 hr, 31 minutes–meaning I averaged 9:42 per mile (I think… I’m horrible at math!). 

 

My goal this year is to clock in at 1 hr, 26 minutes,which would make me closer to 9:10 per mile  (with a little wiggle room).  However, if I even beat my time from last year, I will be VERY happy! I remember I walked through most of the water stations, so this year I’m going to wear my CamelBak.  That way, I’ll have no excuse to stop for a drink! šŸ™‚

 

For the 1/2 Marathon, I just want to feel I did my best.  That’s not a quantifiable goal, but I’ll know whether I tried my hardest.  

 

What kind of goals do you set for yourself when it coming to races or working out? How much "wiggle room" do you give yourself when it comes to achieving your goal? Do you aim high, but are satisfied with a slightly lower achievement? Or do you shoot for a realistic goal and end up very pleased if you exceed it?

 

Have a wonderful day!

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