Nick

Kara

5.26.2011

A turn around on the bike? & QUINOA!

Since I'm not running this week, and took off on Monday, I swam yesterday (when I usually do a spin class) and did a spin class this morning. It was a different instructor and WHOA!!! totally different experience. The Wednesday class was an overweight instructor and full class but I never felt like I was getting a real workout and looking around, I wasn't looking at fit people either. It wasn't motivating and I felt like anyone could do this class.   Back to today, it was great! I was working it. Instead of 10 or 11 miles in the 40-45 minutes I got done 14.5, it was a great workout, mostly doing sprints (never done them), riding in the 2 and 3 position (learned positions today) and sprints "jogging." I'm into going to that class again!  I've only ran 5 miles this week and I got a deep tissue massage. Recovery week and I'm enjoying it. I'll start running again next week at some point, maybe.  After today's spin I am feeling a bit better about the Olympic distance but I will decide the week of the race (if I can, I didn't really look into it).


Let's talk about food. I've been doing well counting calories and using fitday. It is still crazy to see that I'm deficient in Vitamin D and Calcium on a regular basis - I use supplements for these. My goal is under 1800 calories and it hasn't been that difficult but it's amazing to see that I was probably eating more like 2200-2500.  I haven't been starving or denying myself but I have been a bit tired. We'll see how it goes.

I saw this link from HEAB's blog for Desi's millet porridge and I made it into Quinoa porridge for 3 this morning easily. First I followed Heather's directions to make Quinoa Flour then followed Desi's millet porridge recipe. Yum!!

1/2 cup ground quinoa
1 cups water
1 cups unsweetened almond milk (I used coconut)
splash of vanilla extract
maple syrup to taste
pureed squash




Follow Desi's directions - they are really good.
Boil the water and milk then slowly stir in the quinoa - stirring constantly. Continue to stir till it thickens then pour into the bowl and add toppings - I used a pureed squash cube and 1/2 T maple syrup, cinnamon and flaxseeds ground. 


I also made this last night to go with dinner - coconut roti using ground quinoa. No pictures but check out the link! 

Race pics. Niceeee.
Where is mile 13?

Thank god that S**ts over!!

Why am I not in bed?

Dear God. Am I done yet?

I think I just pooped my pants.

6 comments:

  1. Your race pics are great! Sometimes it's nice to have some that actually show how hard you were working!

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  2. Natalie, those pictures are making me drool! I MUST make the quinoa version asap! And adding squash? You unknowingly have unlocked the key to my heart. Seriously good idea. :)
    xo Desi

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  3. The spin class you just described sounds like a proper class. My dvd is like that - really hard work!
    Good idea for the quinoa.
    Great pics - even funnier captions!
    Enjoy your rest week.

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  4. Just a thought....if you're getting outside during the day you probably aren't deficient in Vit D! And love the captions....hilarious!!!

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  5. You certainly look like you are working your tail off in these! The captions crack me up!!!

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  6. I'll have to try the pouridge.....what a great way to sneak in some squash for Ethan ;-)

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