Something of a Summary

From whenever to now.

So I’ve been dealing with a few issues, from a sore foot stemming from the attempt of my loving Boxer to hurt me so that I would be forced to stay home to a bout of the plague.  As a result my workouts have been, well let’s just say, less than stellar.  In fact my longest run in a very long time occurred on the treadmill (shudder).  On the plus side, it was 10 km and had one of my co-workers stunned when he left the gym and came back to see me still plugging alone.  Big up for me!

Because of the crappy weather and really awful footing, the few runs I’ve been able to do at home have been slow and somewhat short.  I’ve focussed my workouts at work on running and the odd session on the elliptical.  When having to choose between a run and weights…I think we know which way I go.

Now in an attempt at development, I make sure I add in hill and speed work while on the treadmill.  I’m still slower than molasses uphill in the winter but hey, I’m a work in progress.  I’ve already got a killer speed workout planned out that I am actually a little excited to do.  So weird (see previous sentence).

Where I live, it’s a tiny town of less than 800 people and as a result, there isn’t much in the way of sidewalks.  So I either run on the shoulders of main roadways which are graded and rough to deal with at the best of times, as in summer, or I run on the side streets of the little enclave that I live in.  The problem is that the roads are dirt and don’t get salted so they get a nice layer of ice under soft snow.  It’s like running on loose sand even when the roads have just been cleared.  I have spikes but they are kind of cheap and not exactly adequate for my needs.  For some reason, I look at the $80 price tag on Yaktraks and shy away.  I think that I’m going to have to buckle down and get something better than the spikes I have from Costco.  Yes Costco.  Of course Costco.  I have a problem with that place what can I say.

Even though the running has been lacking I’ve still been talking the dogs for good long walks so I’m getting in some exercise.  And a few yoga sessions to round it out.

But since I don’t have much in the workout department, how about the food department?  I’ve been feeling lazy and lacking motivation getting to the grocery store so there were days when my fridge looked like it belonged to a 20 year-old bachelor with more booze than food.  In my defence it was white wine and beer and which obviously needs to be kept chilled.  This forced me to be creative and find my foodie mojo.  Here are a few of the highlights:

One night I took a whole chicken, rubbed it with olive oil and sprinkled it with salt and pepper, stuffed the cavity with chunks of apples and roasted it at 350 degrees on a bed of chunked apples and onions.  Serve that up with some roasted sweet potatoes and you’re living large.  There may have been a glass of wine; to make room in the fridge of course.

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For some reason it keeps turning on it’s side.  It was tasty no matter what the angle.

Another night I took some salmon portions, put them on a piece of parchment paper and sprinkled them with salt and pepper before I topped them with peeled segments of grapefruit.  I closed up the parchment and baked the pouch at 450 degrees for 20 minutes before adding them to a bowl of cooked sprouted quinoa, more grapefruit, and some slivered almonds.  I then drizzled the whole mass with orange olive oil.img_0322

Normally I’m not a huge fan of salads but I made a couple that were not too bad.  One was a bowl of baby spinach, goat cheese, and cashews with a vinagrette of orange olive oil and marmalade.  Simple yet yummy.img_0208

Another salad I threw together was some baby arugula, sliced apples, goat cheese (yes I love goat cheese and I bought a huge pack from Costco), with pecans and a vinagrette of apple cider vinegar and olive oil.

I have been turned onto this mix of baby pea greens so I took an entire container, dumped it into a bowl and topped it with goat cheese (are you surprised), left over pork chop, sliced apples, pecans, and apple cider/maple syrup/olive oil vinagrette.  And yes that photo is of a salad bowl.  I ate out of a salad bowl.  A nice salad bowl if I do say so myself.  It’s a tiny bit of class.  Hey I’m single and live alone except for a bunch of animals.  The fact that I’m using something other than a mixing bowl is a big step up for me.img_0359

And because I have a total sweet tooth, one night I sauteed two sliced bananas in a little pat of butter (but I have also used coconut oil…I mean I could use coconut oil).  Once they were brown, I added a teeny splash of rye and once that reduced, poured it over a bowl of greek yogurt, scattered some pecans, and a drizzle of caramel. I’d like to think the healthy outweighed the not-so-healthy.img_0354

Another night, I made hot chocolate and mixed in a good dollop of peanut butter and blended until smooth.img_0200

I will admit there was one night that didn’t go exactly as planned.  I had a steak in the fridge and was thinking about slapping it into my cast iron skillet on the stove.  Now the sear is not as good as it could be and I was thinking about what gets hotter.  Then came to me: my wood stove of course, burning merrily away to keep the chill at bay.  So I threw the skillet in there.  Oh it got hoooooooooot.  I’m not sure if I burned the cure off or if it was just glowing red.  I took it out and put it on top of the stove then added a splash of oil.  Now I like to think that I’m not a complete idiot.  But in my pursuit of that perfect sear, I forgot about a little thing called smoke point.  Or rather ignition point because that oil went up almost instantly.  So I stood there staring at the flames burning in my skillet then was distracted when my Boxer Piper leapt off the couch behind me and ran to the front door, bowling over furniture as she did.  Well I wanted hot and I had hot so I tossed the steak into the skillet and threw it back into the stove.  On a side note: I need new oven mitts because those ones burned almost all the way through.  I opened the stove and using long tongs, I flipped the steak, only getting minor burns on the knuckles of my right hand when they brushed the roof of the stove.  I’m not sure how long I waited before I took the skillet out and moved the steak to a plate.  The skillet was still burning so after I thought for a second, I grabbed the handle and went to the back door, stopping once to change hands, and then tossed it into a snow bank outside.  The steak was okay and I’ve since reapplied the cure  so it wasn’t a complete loss.  And hey I didn’t burn my house down.

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It seemed like a good idea at the time…

Have you been hit with the winter blahs or dealing with minor yet troublesome issues?  How have you been coping?

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17 thoughts on “Something of a Summary

  1. I was just thinking the same thing…she put peanut butter in her chocolate! Weekend plan. All the food looks good and you reminded me that I should get a cast iron skillet. It’s not a standard kitchen item in france for some reason. Probably need more animals too lol!

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    1. It really is a perfect post run drink. Protein from the milk and peanut butter. Ummm antioxidants from cocoa…ya that’s it. I used to shun the cast iron as old fashioned and then I saw the light. Love mine. But, correct me if I’m wrong, it seems that copper is extremely popular in France? Here in Canada it’s a high end luxury item. Or at least where I am. How would the Queen feel about sharing her kingdom? Or should I say queendom?

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      1. I will try the drink this weekend! Yeah, copper is popular but expensive as well here so I just buy the cheapest Teflon junk. I think I can order a cast iron skillet from amazon. I don’t think I can really introduce anyone into Koko’s realm right now! Not sure she would approve but I do miss having dogs. Maybe someday…

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  2. Hey,
    How is it going? Wait, I read this, so I know how it is going. LOL. Are you going to make a purchase on new spikes soon? — cheap skate . lmfao. Luckily for me, our snow went away (for now), today was semi warm out and very sunny! I loved it, and it makes me eager for spring and summer. I haven’t done any real cardio for the last 3 -4 weeks (possibly longer) , been avoiding it, on purpose but then your post give me nightmares about it and it haunts me until I do it. >.< fucking cardio. lol. Lately my one knee has been bothering me, noticed this during squats and lunges today, I had an injury to that knee a LONG DAMN TIME AGO, but I think I am going to invest in a knee brace for it, in hopes it might help — I don't think it is anything serious, but I am not a Doctor.

    Have you been taking medicines for the pain in your foot? or icing it? I surely hope it gets better. Thanks for posting your lazy cooking skills, I LOVE them 🙂 Didn't know you weren't a salad person. I am going to try the dessert at some point, because it sounded good reading it. Honestly, all of it sounded good, something that gives me ideas when I am being lazy and don't want to go shopping.

    The winter time does take away some of my happiness, but I try my best to find something to keep my mind off of it, otherwise I get lazy and start to not really do my best work in the gym.

    Shay-lon

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    1. Yes I am going to get some real spikes. I also need some real winter boots. It’s on my ever growing list of things to do. I used to have just awful knee problems and wore a few different braces until they strengthened. I thought I could never run far because of them but it turns out I was just weak. However, I did have a physiotherapist tell me that if deep lunges and squats hurt, then don’t go down so far. I may have to get my knees looked at again because they’re making some weird noises. No pain just noise. I should be icing my foot…
      I’m glad I can add to your lazy menu. I’m a big fan of easy meals.
      At least the dogs like the snow so I have no excuse to at least get outside a bit.
      Cheers

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      1. When is soon? should I remind you everyday, lol… probably should so, they get moved up on the list. Did you like wearing braces? did they work? why so many different kinds? Yes, the therapist is right, I tell people that all the time, hopefully you don’t need surgery, omg.. that would be scary. I have a coworker who needed knee surgery.. she said it was hell but now it is decent.
        I have heard of people’s heels making weird noises when they run and I have had my knees make a weird noise every now and then as well. I like easy meals as well, especially since I meal plan.

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      2. By the time I get them it’ll probably be summer. I didn’t mind the braces. I had different ones for different activities or used vet wrap which is a self adhesive bandage. It was good for the feeling of stability but I haven’t felt like I needed one for a while. I had some pretty serious damage done to my knee and ankle so I’m usually really careful about how much I push it. I wish I could stick with a plan but I’m something of a finicky eater.

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      3. Oh okay, so it will be awhile then? Understandable, I was looking at some braces on Amazon today and they weren’t too costly, but was reading reviews as well to get an idea of what others thought. Yeah, I have been trying to be careful with my squats lately because of my one knee.

        How has MyFitnessPal been coming? have you been daily logging?

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      4. I did actually do some looking so hopefully I’ll be showing off new spikes soon. I found that for every day walking a simple neoprene brace was good but anything with lateral movement I’d switch to one that had pieces on the outside to keep everything steady.

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      5. Ahh okay, yes, I was looking at the neoprene brace on Amazon, it was a good price and had good reviews. I specifically looked for those that were for weightlifting/powerlifting. I am eager to see the new shoes 🙂

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