A frosty start this morning.

Frosty Start

It could been the middle of a blizzard for all I cared, I was getting out there today come hell or high water to play with my new toy!

New Toy

With a GPS strapped to my wrist I didn’t give two hoots about my route and just ran. I typically stick to a handful of routes that I know the mileage of so I know how far I went.

Free at last! Thank Garmin 405 almighty I’m free at last!

Last night after Zak got home I showed him my butt and how high it was from the floor (one inch) and begged for him to handle bedtime by himself and let me off the hook to slither into bed 9pm.

This, my friends, is why it’s almost 10am and I am typing this post in complete silence. When mom’s away, the children will play… with dad… until very, very late at night. I have no idea what time they went to bed (I didn’t ask) but they are still sleeping and I am not complaining.

So anyway.

A Juicy Lesson

November 6th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Breakfast - (14 Comments)

I had a run on the agenda first thing this morning, but I was feeling a little peckish so I ate half a MamaBar before I hit the pavement. Coconut oil is my friend.

Half a Mamabar

A balmy 34 degrees this morning. Cold Neck Lessons learned on Monday, I dug out my turtle neck this morning as well as my favorite pink knit cotton hat!

Pink Hat

Here and Now

November 5th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Breakfast - (16 Comments)

Up dark and early this morning for some one on one time with my yoga mat and my pal Dawnelle from Yogadownload.com.

Yesterday morning after my run I found myself thinking “I need to do yoga” and this morning as I was rolling out my mat I thought “I should be running”. This is one of those moments where I reminded myself to live in the moment and be truly present and focused on what I’m doing now, instead of what else I could be doing. How very yogi of me.

A Day of Calorie Counting

November 4th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Motivation - (23 Comments)

Today’s day of calorie counting began with a freezing bike ride to the gym. Well, actually it was 33 degrees so I guess it wasn’t exactly freezing. I’m such an exaggerator sometimes.

30 minutes on the treadmill with some speed work intervals (4 two minute sets at 9.3) thrown in to keep things interesting – a total of about 4 miles. I noted today what the calorie total said and it was about 450.

Treadmill dues paid, followed by a Very Cold (but this time welcome!) ride home for my first calories of the day.

A Free Glass with Every Jar

November 3rd, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Breakfast - (21 Comments)

Insomnia struck early this morning from about 2 until 4am. I slept in and got up when the girls did sometime before 8. I did yoga at home this morning with only a few interruptions for granola bars and one bonked head. A big shout out to Caillou today for baby sitting for about 40 minutes while mama got her downward dog on.

Caillou is not so great at preventing five year old’s from smashing their heads into things. Oh well, what can I say. He’s four – and he didn’t charge me.


November 1st, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Motivation - (18 Comments)

I’ve had one thing on the agenda for today: Recalibration.

After a week of brownie sundae’s, Halloween party goodies and Kit Kats, I channeled Brendan and Natalia today to help me fend off the sugar cravings that have started to try and sneak up to hit me on the head with a lead pipe, in the kitchen, by Colonel Mustard.

Oh no you don’t sugar. Nice try. I’ve got the dream team on my side!

Birthday Beet Juice

October 27th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Breakfast - (10 Comments)

Today’s work out was my favorite ride-the-bike-to-the-gym, 10 minutes on the elliptical, 10 minutes on the stair climber, 10 minutes on the indoor track doing speed work, ride the long way home and wonder how on earth a 45 minute work out went by so quickly.

In honor of Z-Man turning the big 3-2 today, I whipped us up a big glass of birthday beet juice. You know you want beet juice for your birthday breakfast – don’t try to deny it!

I don’t have any romaine and given I want to save my red leaf lettuce for something like oh… say… salad, I rocked out with these beautiful beet greens instead.

Warm Fruit Cereal

October 20th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Breakfast - (18 Comments)

Thanks to a surprisingly warm morning, I rode my bike to the gym today.

5 minutes ride there + 10 minute elliptical + 30 minute treadmill + 14 minute long-way ride home = an hour work out that only felt like 40 minutes. That’s just the way I like it.

Juice that is the same color as my counter top is the way I like it too. Aren’t hidden pictures fun?

Hidden Pictures

Zak made juice while I was at the gym and was waiting for me to return. I haven’t made juice in a few days and I guess he had to take matters into his own hands. Oh good! Make me some too while you’re at it!

Mango Madness

October 13th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Breakfast - (19 Comments)

Another Tuesday, another glass of green goodness. Today’s green juice was pretty typical. Romaine, cucumber, lemon, ginger, with the addition of a red bell pepper and some spinach. The orange-ish tint at the top of the glass was sponsored by the red pepper.

Green Lemonade with Red Pepper

Zak wanted to swim laps this morning so I stayed home with snoozing children and enjoyed a “rest day” while I folded and put away laundry, tidied up and swept and mopped the kitchen floor. I think I feel equally satisfied with my clean floor as I would have if I’d run 5 miles this morning.