Wednesday, September 20, 2017

F Game Event: First Frenzy



For our First Frenzy in our new house, we held F day! Abe wore a Festive Frisbee shirt and Frayed pants, while I wore Forest green and put N in a Forest-themed onesie.

Decor
Discs - a Few Focuses (one that's Faded), Flash,Flow, FD, Fuse, Force

Games
For Sale
[star]Fluxx
Fluxx
Forbidden Desert
Forbidden Island

Drinks
Fairly Fresh water From the Faucet

Franzia
[Forgotten Fresca]
Fresa Fanta Floats

Food
Four egg (Farmers hen house Free-range) Frittata with Fresh veggie and Feta
Faux Flaouna with Filo dough, Fennel and Fenugreek seeds, and Feta
Fava bean Falafel
Figs and other Fresh Fruit
Fondue
Fig newtons
Fuji apples
Frozen French Fries
French bread with Fromage (from France!) and Fig spread
Fiesta lime black bean crackers
Fudge mint cookies
Funyons

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

10k Training Week 4/8

Workouts

Monday: Tap class (60 min) + swim 500 yards

Tuesday: Run 2.45 miles (15:46 pace, 70* and headlamp-ed, 9:15 pm)

Wednesday: Speedwork tempo run 2.45 miles (14:09 pace, 64* and dark, 9:00 pm)
Goal: 2 miles @ 13:40
Actual: 13:42, 13:40

Thursday: Rest day

Friday: Bike trainer 3.6 miles (10.8 mph, 58 rpm)

Saturday: Yoga (15 min)

Sunday: "Long" run 2.0 miles (16:20 pace, 63* and sprinkling, 12:00 pm)

Total swimming: 500 yards
Total biking: 3.6 miles
Total running: 6.9 miles
Average daily steps: 10,763
Weight: +34 (no change)

By the end of the week, I think I was starting to come down with a cold that was making its way around the house (N had it last week, Abe over the weekend, and now early this current week I'm feeling it), so nothing felt appealing in terms of working out, including doing a real long run. It was supposed to be a cutback week anyway, though not quite that far!  

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

E Game Event: Endings


Rather than a game "night" (since that wasn't working so well with the baby's sleep - or rather, non-sleep - habits), we did this one Earlier in the day. The Event served a dual purpose to celebrate the Ending of our current residence, shortly before we bought a house.

Discs for decor
Element
Evidence
Epic

Games
Escape
Euchre
Exploding kittens

Drinks
English breakfast tea
English rose cocktail
Elixer
Elderflower lemonade
Espresso

Food
Empanadas
Eggplant bacon
Eggs
English muffins
Endive and Escarole salad from Epicurious.com
Euphoria Chocolate Company chocolate bar (made in Eugene!)
Eclaires
Einsteins Everything bagels
Eggos

Monday, September 11, 2017

10k Training Week 3/8

Workouts

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: Treadmill run 2.0 miles (15:00 pace, 0.5% incline, 7:15 pm)

Wednesday: Bike trainer 2.4 miles (9.6 mph, 60 rpm)

Thursday: Speedwork run 2.5 miles (13:54 overall pace, 82* and blue skies!, 7:00 pm)
Goal: 2 x 0.5 @ 10:45
Actual: 10:37, 11:01

Friday: Stroller run 2.0 miles (15:59 pace, 73* and mild, 4:00 pm)

Saturday: Rest day 

Sunday: Long run 5.05 miles (3.05 with stroller + 2.0 without) (15:49 pace, 70* and sunny, 12:00 pm)

Total biking: 2.4 miles
Total running: 11.55 miles
Average daily steps: 12,829
Weight: +34 - lost 1 lb

Friday, September 8, 2017

Friday Five: My Favorite Vegan Ice Creams

Linking up today with Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy foFriday Five 2.0

I've talked at various points in the past about going vegan, rather than merely sticking with eating a vegetarian diet. (My 18 year anniversary of going vegetarian is coming up in a couple weeks!) Basically, all my reasons for not eating meat apply just as much to dairy and eggs - but it's been much harder, emotionally and logistically, to give up eggs and especially dairy. 

One such hurdle has been ice cream. I've tried many various vegan alternatives over the years, and they're ok, but I've never found one that's totally great. But now, the big ice cream companies are coming out with their own versions! And although I do think there's value in supporting the smaller vegan-focused brands, there's also something to supporting big brands like Ben & Jerry's or Haagen Dazs who can have more resources behind the development and also take it mainstream. 

Both of those brands are currently in my freezer, and I'm thoroughly enjoying their ice creams (or rather, "frozen desserts" - FYI if you're looking for these, they're generally under the sign for novelties, near but not actually in the ice cream section. I presume for legal reasons they can't actually be marketed as ice cream.) as post-run treats. (Please be assured this post is not in any way sponsored, but if either company wants to send me free non-dairy frozen dessert, I'll certainly take it, cause even when on sale this stuff is not cheap!)

What I've personally found to be a pretty universal truth about non-dairy ice creams is that the add-ins are more important than the base. Though many alternative milk bases have been tried (for example, So Delicious has cashew milk, almond milk, and coconut milk options, and Ben & Jerry's is an almond milk base), is it possible to make a creamy plain chocolate ice cream that actually tastes and feels just like dairy ice cream? I honestly think the answer to that is no. 

BUT! Is it possible to make a decent chocolate ice cream base and throw in an amazing chocolate fudge or caramel swirl (don't need dairy for those!) and make it fantastically delicious? Yes! I think that's what really appealed to me initially about trying Ben & Jerry's, since they're all about the add-ins, anyway, and that works no matter what the base is.

Haagen Dazs seems to have believed in that truth as well, and don't even have a consistent non-dairy-milk base. Their base revolves around the flavor and appears to primarily be sugar water with flavor. But it works; for example the chocolate flavor is mainly cocoa, and the coconut flavor of course starts with coconut cream.

I think these two mainstream brands have really hit the mark with their new lines, and I'd highly recommend trying them. (Except their coffee/mocha flavors, because I can't in good conscious recommend coffee flavored anything in its grossness.) But in particular, these are currently my favorite flavors.

Editing post to add proof of enjoyment
from dinner tonight.

5. Ben & Jerry's chocolate fudge brownie - Under the "add-ins matter" theory, this one is a bit plain. But they have done a decent job with their almond milk base, so it's still pretty good, and reasonably reminiscent of the dairy version of the same flavor. 

4. Haagen Dazs peanut butter chocolate fudge - I'm not always a fan of peanut butter in ice cream, but this somehow works! 

3. Haagen Dazs coconut caramel - Unlike the non-dairy lines that use coconut milk as a base for all flavors (which never quite works in my opinion, since it's such a strong flavor that's hard to hide no matter what it's supposed to taste like), this one is intentionally a strong coconut taste, and deliciously so.

2. Ben & Jerry's caramel almond brittle - The crunchy brittle really takes this to the next level and fits squarely in the realm of B&J's ability to create the perfect combo of add-ins - but sadly this one is nearly always out of stock at our Target! 

1. Haagen Dazs chocolate salted fudge truffle - This is the first Haagen Dazs non-dairy flavor I tried, not quite knowing what to expect. It's astonishingly good. If this were the only ice cream I could eat for the rest of my life, I think I would be ok with that. 


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

H Game Night: Heaven Help Us, Hillary; or Happy Holidays Hour


I'm way behind on, well, basically everything, so here's a game night we did back in December. This is also from the time period I've lost photos from, so you get another picture of N in lieu of the food.

We almost had to cancel because of the snow storms, but fortunately a few people were able to safely make it over. It was still a bit of chaos since we were trying to do this in the evening with an infant who ought to have been sleeping. But still fun!

Games
Herstory
Heart
Hanabi 

Drinks
Hot chocolate
Horchata
Hawaiian punch
Hard cider

Food
Hummus
Hot sauces
Horseradish sauce
Harrisa sauce
Hashbrowns
Hushpuppies
Hazelnuts
Honeydew
Hot pocket (Homemade! from Happymoneysaver.com) filled with Hickory smoke haricot beans, Hominy, and Havarti cheese and Harrisa sauce
Hoisen sauce
Herb bread
Haggen daaz 

Monday, September 4, 2017

NROLFW Phase 2 Week 4 & 10k Training Week 2/8

Workouts

Monday: Run 2.0 miles (16:37 pace, 95* and seriously wtf is it so hot, 8:00 pm)

Despite the heat, this felt pretty good! Even though my easy pace is relatively ridiculously slow, it felt good to go out on a nice relaxing run. Dealing with a calf/achilles issue, but overall my body is starting to remember how to do this. 

Tuesday: NROLFW phase 2 workout A (40 min)

Thursday: Stroller run 1.35 miles (16:41 pace, 82* and surprisingly pleasant, 5:00 pm) + bike trainer 4.55 miles (10.9 mph, 58 rpm)

Friday: Speedwork run 3.2 miles (14:13 overall pace, 70* and very sunny, 9:30 am)
Goal: 4 x 0.25 @ 9:45
Actual: 9:38, 9:45, 10:12, 10:21

So, uh, I should probably work on more consistent pacing. 

SaturdayNROLFW phase 2 workout B (45 min weights + 15 min intervals), incl intervals (+ add'l 5 min) on bike trainer (3.55 miles, 10.6 mph, 56 rpm)

Sunday: Long stroller run 4.0 miles (17:08 pace, 68* and sunny, 9:00 am)

This felt good for my second-longest (other than Bloomsday which was barely even half-assed) run since baby - and with the stroller no less! This was almost a negative split, with the second mile the slowest.

Total biking: 8.1 miles
Total running: 10.55 miles
Average daily steps: 12,855
Weight: +35 - lost 4 lb! 

I really don't feel like I'm eating that much better to all of a sudden lose some weight. But, what I have done fairly consistently the past week or two-ish, is (1) drastically reducing dairy, and (2) trying to keep sugary sweets to right after exercising. The latter in particular seemed to be key when I lost weight previously.
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