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Goal Keeper: The Fifth Element

February 13, 2011 2 comments

The only way that you can keep your goals is if you keep yourself accountable – not only to yourself but to those around you. That’s why I post my goals on here, that’s why I update my Twitter. Even if no one responds, I feel as if I have an obligation to keep my goals.

Whether good or bad, I’m going to try to check-in on Sundays to go over who my goals when the past Sunday to Saturday. Also, let’s see how long I can come up with cute “number” phrases for the post title.

Random Fun Fact
The Fifth Element, aside from being boron, is a super sweet science fiction movie with Bruce Willis and an extremely cute Milla Jovovich with hunting gear orange hair. Our cat is named Leeloo after her character in the movie!

2011 Goals
1.) Lose 13.5 pounds (from 113.5 to 100 pounds)
Current Weight: ~109 pounds
This was taken Saturday morning. I’ve got some serious super motivation now from signing up for lots of races! I bought Jillian Michael’s Six Week Six Pack DVD and some hand weights from Meijer today and we’ll see what she’ll all about. I watched it today (and didn’t work out) just to see what I was in for. I do many of the moves already with my trainer, so I think it’ll be a good video to work along with at home (as long as the husband isn’t there to watch me!).

2.) Work out five times per week.

  • Sunday: 5k in the morning!
  • Monday: 40 minutes on trainer (morning)
  • Tuesday: 40 minutes on trainer (morning); 2.5 miles (treadmill, afternoon)
  • Wednesday: 5:30pm work out with Sarah (1 hr)
  • Thursday: 45 minutes on trainer (morning); 3.25 miles (treadmill, after work)
  • Friday: Off day!
  • Saturday: 4 mile run on treadmill (morning, 46 minutes, 11:30 pace)

3.) Run a 5k
Done! Completed on 2/6/2011 with a time of 30:48.

4.) Run/bike a duathlon
Thinking about signing up for the Willow Metropark Duathlon. I am actually going to start to look for some duathlons later in the summer… because of some big news I’m dropping below!

5.) Eat meat only once per day or not at all.

  • Sunday: 1
  • Monday: 0
  • Tuesday: 0
  • Wednesday: 0
  • Thursday: 0
  • Friday: 0
  • Saturday: 0

6.) Eat dinner out once per week or not at all.
This week, since I had planned on the disastrous soup not being disastrous and lasting for more than one meal, we ended up eating out twice: Wednesday night at Great Plains Burger Co (very good bean burgers) and Friday night at Gourmet Garden (veg lo mein!).

7.) Volunteer with Earthworks Urban Farm in Detroit and Growing Hope in Ypsilanti.
I’ll be waiting until Spring to start working on these.

8.) Have my own garden in a Project Grow community garden.
Still haven’t heard from Project Grow…. this goal is on hold until then! It’s out of my hands right now whether I can complete this or not.

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I’ve signed up for the Free Press Half Marathon!

otherwise known as, I get to run across an international border and through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel under the river.

I’m crazy, but it’s okay. I’ve got 8 months to add 8 more miles to my longest run. Totally do-able. :):)

Also, I’ve been practically meat-free the entire week, save for the ham & cheese soufflé I had at Panera a week ago (they didn’t have the other kinds left, boo hiss…). What’s funny is that we went out to Great Plains Burger Co. for dinner on Wednesday night and I remarked to Tim, while eating my black bean burger, that it has been so long since I’ve had a real hamburger, that I can’t accurately remember what it tastes like. I’m sort of excited about that!

Goal Keeper: Fantastic Four

February 6, 2011 1 comment

The only way that you can keep your goals is if you keep yourself accountable – not only to yourself but to those around you. That’s why I post my goals on here, that’s why I update my Twitter. Even if no one responds, I feel as if I have an obligation to keep my goals.

Whether good or bad, I’m going to try to check-in on Sundays to go over who my goals when the past Sunday to Saturday. Also, let’s see how long I can come up with cute “number” phrases for the post title.

2011 Goals
1.) Lose 13.5 pounds (from 113.5 to 100 pounds)
Current Weight: ~110 pounds
This was taken this morning when I woke up. It’s been between 108.5 and 110 this past week. With the 5k today I wasn’t sure exactly how much I should work out before hand…. and with my birthday this week we ate out a bunch more than we normally do. Oh well. Back on track today AND tomorrow.

2.) Work out five times per week.

  • Sunday: off day
  • Monday: 6am workout with Sarah (1 hr), 5k at the gym (evening)
  • Tuesday: 40 minutes on trainer (evening)
  • Wednesday: Pull-ups, push-ups, bicycle crunches, plank-ups, leg press, leg extensions, and 5k at the gym (afternoon)
  • Thursday: 2.5 miles outside (!!!) (evening)
  • Friday: Birthday! Off day 🙂
  • Saturday: 60 minutes on the trainer (afternoon)

3.) Run a 5k
I have signed up for a 5k on February 6th in Novi, MI.

Monday’s 5k was my fastest yet, coming in at 33:04, which is probably the fastest I’ve done it in. I’ve been started at 5.3mph and going up by .1mph each quarter mile (the treadmill has an oval of lights that when it’s complete it is a quarter mile) and keeping it at 6mph once I reached it. So that makes my fastest timed mile at 10 minutes. I ran again on Wednesday, but I kept it at 5.5mph the whole time.

I really surprised myself on Thursday, leaving work only about 10 minutes early to bundle up and run outdoors for a little while. The cold air wasn’t as difficult as I had thought it would be.

My 5k is today (as you can tell probably I start writing well ahead of time) so hopefully that is going well 🙂 My goals were to finish, to not be last, and to hopefully be under 35 min.

Upcoming Races
Shamrocks and Shenanigans 5k March 13th in Ann Arbor, MI
Warrior Dash: July 30-31st in Flushing, MI.

4.) Run/bike a duathlon
Thinking about signing up for the Willow Metropark Duathlon. I still haven’t signed up for this since I am not fully convinced that I can run two 5ks on either side of a bike ride. I need to talk to Tim and his friend about signing our century team up for Race for the Cure though, so we can start fundraising – I want one of the sweet jerseys!

5.) Eat meat only once per day or not at all.

  • Sunday: 1
  • Monday: 0
  • Tuesday: 1
  • Wednesday: 1
  • Thursday: 0
  • Friday: 1
  • Saturday: 0

6.) Eat dinner out once per week or not at all.
This didn’t work out so well this week, haha. We went out for Chinese food on Wednesday night… who knew it was going to be Chinese New Year?? Lucky us 🙂 I love that the Chinese restaurant we go has actual Chinese people dining in it, that must mean something good, right? 😀

Friday was my birthday (big 2-5!) and we finally got to go to Yotsuba. I think it’s the best Japanese restaurant in Ann Arbor… also the staff is mostly all Japanese from what I can tell by listening in on their conversations.

I also went out on Saturday night with my friend Bryan for dinner 🙂

7.) Volunteer with Earthworks Urban Farm in Detroit and Growing Hope in Ypsilanti.
I’ll be waiting until Spring to start working on these.

8.) Have my own garden in a Project Grow community garden.
Still haven’t heard from Project Grow…. and it still isn’t May yet. Waiting so long for this is going to be super difficult. I did find out this week that the full plots are about 750 square feet…. hopefully its a square or else I don’t know how else I will plan it.

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Super Bowl 5k Update!


Today was the 5k! Finally!
I was up at 6am… not really sure what to eat, so I had a banana and some coffee. The long sleeve shirt we got for the race at the packet pick-up yesterday is awesome, it’s the wicking type, so I used it in my layers.

We left the house around 7:30am and drove out to Novi. Got there around 8 and hung out in the car for a while. Got out, stretched, jumped around a bit to try to keep warm. It was around 25F.

I was pretty far back in line so I got a nice walk to the start line at 9am. In the end, it wasn’t as bad as I thought. Not too cold. I was actually able to pass a lot of people (and that’s not counting just the walkers!) and since it was my first time running in a group I thought it was really nice to get with a group I could pace myself with.

I didn’t bring my HRM or watch, so I really had no clue how fast I was going (I think this was actually a good idea – if I had worn it I would’ve been obsessed with checking it every five seconds).

My clock time was 33:06 and my chip time was 30:48!! Holy crap! That’s a 9:53 pace! I am officially amazed.

Happy Anniversary!

January 27, 2011 1 comment

Well, it was yesterday. Tim and I have been married for three years!

Last year we went to the Gandy Dancer for our anniversary, and this year we headed out to the Grange. We’ll have to find a “G” restaurant again next year too:)

My apologies in advance for the iPhone pictures, it’s all I have and the lighting is a little low there.

Awesome paper flowers!

Our waitress said that these are handmade by a cousin of the head chef. Such a good idea for the winter when fresh flowers are much more expensive.

Two ways to win me over? Serve different types of bread each time I come in and put the butter in adorable little glasses.


Chorizo sausage, blue cheese, dates
These are amazing. I had them at the first Slow Food meet-up I went to and I was ridiculously skeptical at first, since I had never had chorizo, blue cheese, or dates, even separately, let alone all snuggled up together on a little skewer. One of the things I love about this place is that it surprises me with flavors I wouldn’t think I would like. It’s an odd mix of spicy, cheesy, and sweet, but it pairs together very well.

Tim got the Michigan white bean soup, with ham hocks and fried onions. I had a taste of that (and also convinced him to try a chorizo skewer) which was very yummy. It was a little bit like grown up pork and beans. Also, Tim thought that a date was a nut. No joke.


Duroc pork tenderloin, heirloom polenta, greens, and a balsamic dressing
I don’t think I said this earlier, but this meal was the first meat I’d had since last Friday. I’m of the opinion that I chose wisely. Grange tries to source as much of their ingredients locally as possible. Much better than any pork tenderloin I had tried to make, that’s for sure. This was also my first experience with polenta, which is appropriate since the Take Home Chef episode I watched before dinner had polenta in it. …and you can’t go wrong with braised greens!


Filet, Heirloom Polenta, Braised Greens
I had every intention of ordering this, but then Tim decided on it… so I chose the pork. I tried a bite of it, and it was really good (and cooked the way he asked), but I think I made the better choice.


Lemon cake pudding, Calder’s Vanilla Ice Cream
Awesome. I love anything vaguely resembling lemon bars and lemon filling. This was not really a mousse, it had some substance to it and a bit of a give when you touched it, but it was not too solid. A little more pudding-like at the bottom. The ice cream was a nice side, too, and exactly the right amount for someone lactose-ly challenged such as myself.


Coffee Profiteroles, Calder’s Vanilla Ice Cream
Alright, so we had to ask our waitress and then Google it to figure out what the heck a profiterole is. It’s a cream puff. A yummy one 🙂

In the end, it was a long yet very productive anniversary day.
5:15am- wake up
5:45 to 6:30am – on the bike trainer (with Chef Curtis Stone!)
6:30 to 7am – food for the day: Tim’s coffee/breakfast/lunch. My breakfast and lunch.
7am to 7:30am – shower, get dressed, leave for work
8am to 5pm – work
After work – post office, blog, another ride on the trainer (35 min) because all the treadmills were taken 😦 then a shower and off to the above dinner.

Hopefully today will be just as productive.

Short Hair Again!

January 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Got my haircut today at the Aveda Institute (teaching school) in Ann Arbor. It’s only $16 for a haircut, which is pretty sweet, along with free tea and coffee… I just can’t rationalize going some place else. It smells really good there too.

My hair just keeps getting shorter and shorter. I also had my iPhone at the ready to show off that sweet Emma Watson haircut pic to the girl. I also like when I pick something too hard for them and the teacher ends up cutting most of my hair (the normal haircuts at the other Aveda place around the corner range from $41 to $82 depending on the level of the hair stylist, so I figure I’m really getting my money’s worth if the teacher does most of the job!)