Monday, January 25, 2010


(You have to say it like Gretchen says Tamra's name when she's drunk on The Real Housewives of OC--Tam-RAH! keen-WAH!)

I have to say something real quick. I have to say something real quick. WAIT--I have to say something real quick.

Oh, that's not how normal people start conversations? I've been absorbing too much freshmanocity today while teaching. That's how they start a conversation.

But I have to say something real quick.

Quinoa, au naturale

I had quinoa for breakfast today and it was delicious. Heavens opened up, lights shined down from heaven, and it was delicious. I've been eating savory quinoa with whatever veggies/meat/cheese/spices are on hand but this was the first time I tried it for breakfast, a la Martha "pole dancin'" Stewart. She had a segment on MS the other day about making quinoa for breakfast--cooking it in milk rather than water, serving with cinnamon, fruit, or honey. I liked it a lot. I cooked it in skim milk and ate it with a light dusting of cinnamon sugar. I think next time I'd skip the milk (it didn't make a huge difference) and I'd like to try it with some fruit or brown sugar. It was a lot faster than cooking steel cut oats and pretty filling.

I made a new week's resolution (get it?) to try to be in bed by 9:00 every night this week. Not to be asleep by 9:00, just body in bed. Failed last night, but that shouldn't be a reason to quit, right? To my credit (and the hubs'), we were fast asleep by 10:00 so the 9:00 thing wasn't so bad. I figure if I can get in bed by 9:00 I can fall asleep by 10:00 or 11:00 and then I can resume my morning running. I all but abandoned that in the last week. First I got all excited about running at night while watching my shows, but it's too hard to stick to a night exercise routine. Too many variables. The morning is consistently lonely, dark, and cold. But it's consistently free.

I decided (even though today wasn't a running day on the ol' half-marathon skedje) I'd get myself out of bed anyway for goodness sake. I got up and tried a new core workout routine I found through another blogger I follow. I just spent five minutes looking through Youtube for it, and of course I can't find it now. It's very basic. I know myself and I know if I have to spend a lot of time on something it will last exactly 2.3 days. It went something like this:

Group 1:
10 full situps
10 bridges (in dance we called these "butt ups")
10 overhead lunges
Do all three in order, then repeat until 10:00 is up.

Group 2:
10 pushups
10 squat curls
Do both exercises, repeat until 10:00 is up.

20 minutes total. Not too shabby. I have zero plans about how often I might want to do this, but I wanted to try it today to see how I feel. I feel good, like I used my muscles, and bad like my muscles are out of shape. Oh well. I am thinking it might help my running if I do a little resistance training on my non-run days. Not so much I mess myself up, but maybe a few days a week. Last week was a big wake up call when I spent two hours teaching the ladies their dance routine (essentially a basic jazz routine) and all of my "wiggle" muscles were sore. I've spent all my time focusing on my running which is cool--my legs are in great shape, but my middle wiggles because of gravity and not because I'm workin' it. You know?

I really do like being awake before the rest of the family--pouring the cereal in peace is a good deal. I think I'm going to try to create a consistent waking routine. TRY, I SAID. We'll see how it goes once I start dancing again this week.

As far as running, I'm going back to what worked for me with the first half marathon--good ol' Hal Higdon. I'm still technically very novice anyway. I know Hal worked for me for the first one and the schedule I created on Runners' World wasn't the best fit. It's hard for me to devote more than an hour to running on any given day in the middle of the week (which means I need to keep at or around 5 miles). I know I'm no Olympian. Just keepin' it real. I think the other schedule is much more comfortable for me.


  1. I love me some keen-WAH, however it's stuck in my head as a savory side dish (like rice) and never thought to use it for breakfast. I might have to try this during my detox alongside my steel cut oats and compare/contrast. The hard thing is I can't use sugar to sweeten.. so I'm thinking steel cut oats are gonna taste better? We'll see!

    Also, your workout sounds a little like Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred. If you can get your hands on a copy, try it out.. it'll kick your butt and it's only about 20 minutes long too!

  2. Wow, what a great effort at working out, I need to do more reps and all of this that you are doing, so inspiring. I am currently training for a half marathon and need to run a bit more - the big day is coming soon!!

  3. The Real Housewives of OC reference was absolutely, totally lost on me.