Wednesday, February 3, 2010
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A lovely picture that truly shows the meaning of track. Yes, this is what we looked like the entire time. And this is only the 1600 (1 mile) race! I'm the one on the far right (in last place), and my two friends C and B are ahead of me. I'm not going to say their names because I'm not sure if they would want them on the blog. This exact order was the way our mile races were for the entire season. C in the front, then B, then ME. We'd usually get times within a few seconds of each other. OK story time!
So I've known B since freshman year, and just became close friends with C last track season, sophomore year. We stuck together at practice, and even though we all have our specialties (C and I like the 3200M, B likes the 1600M), we always run together. Yes, sometimes we (er… I) fall back during track workouts, but I'm the one who helps them during tough long runs. We all help each other, and if we're all feeling bad on a particular day, we all complain to each other! They're some of my best friends, and I could totally imagine us running with our baby strollers 10+ years from now! Random, I know, but aren't all running relationships a bit random? :D
Check out the guy in the gold shorts! Dayyyum his legs are so strong! I know from experience that running DOES NOT give you legs like that. More like this…
That's more like it. That's supposed to be a twig, by the way. Oh, the limitations of clip-art. To make up for that pathetic-ness, here's the world's easiest recipe.
Peanut Butter Energy Balls:
- 1 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- ¼ cup finely chopped nuts (or dried fruit, or chocolate chips)
Mix all ingredients together, adding more maple syrup if the dough is too dry, and more oats if it is too sticky. Roll into balls and refrigerate until, uh, somewhat firm. They won't get super firm, so youre best bet is to eat them while they're still cold. Now wasn't that the easiest recipe ever?
Friday, January 29, 2010
First off, this is an obelisk...My obelisk isn't in Egypt, though. It's at a forest preserve. Yes, smack-dab in the middle of the forest. The preserve is very confusing, ya know, with different colored paths and stuff. I've gotten lost many times while running. But the obelisk always signifies that the run is almost over. It's worked for XC races, long runs, etc. Whenever I'm on this trail, the obelisk is my BFF. It's like it says "Yay! Go Courtney! You can do it! Just a little bit more!" And it's nice. :) So yes, the random obelisk in the forest is my "special place". Thankfully, the rest of my running buddies feel the same way about it, so I'm not totally crazy. =D
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Later, we went to California Pizza Kitchen, where I had a yummy slice of sourdough bread- CPK has the best bread! Then I ordered the field green salad. It had lettuce, slices pears, candied walnuts, and a dijon vinagrette. I ordered mine topped with grilled salmon. It was delicious!
This was much needed- banana royale cake. So. So. Good.
That's more like it. It definately lived up to all the hype- it was great! I can't really think of anyone who wouldn't like this movie, as it has something for everyone. I personally liked the jellyfish bugs. If you don't know what I'm talking about, go see the movie. Right now. =D
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Price: $1.69, pretty typical for Greek yogurt
Nutrition: 120 calories/6 ounces, 36% DV protein
Ingredients: Nonfat milk, evaporated cane juice, natural vanilla flavor, cultures
Taste: Very creamy, not as tangy as most yogurts. The vanilla flavor comes through, but is not too strong. A good balance.
Stirability: When it's separated (liquid on top, solid on the bottom), it can be difficult to re-stir it. However, this rarely happens, and normally it is smooth and creamy.
Price: $2.09, but is often on sale
Nutrition: 110 calories/5.3 ounces, 30% DV of protein
Ingredients: Organic nonfat milk, organic sugar, organic vanilla flavor, cultures
Taste: Much tangier than Oikos, with not as strong of a vanilla flavor.
Stirability: Separates often, but stirring it will solve the problem. Not as creamy as Chobani
So the winner? It's obvious- with a better value, more protein, better flavor, and better consistency, CHOBANI! =D
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
I wrote an essay for school about why we eat meat. It's for English class, so it's more opinionated than informational, but maybe y'all would like to read it! I still need a title... opinions/critique are most definately welcome. Here goes...
Why do we eat meat? It’s something we’ve all considered, or at least wondered, whether we’re high-raw vegans or frequent diners at Outback Steakhouse. I’m not going to try to convince you to stop eating meat; I eat it too. But why? If all the livestock suddenly disappeared from the earth, would we survive? Of course we would! This is the 21st century and in America, food is everywhere. In impoverished nations where meat is the food source, there is just cause to eat it. The entire reason we started eating meat in the first place was its accessibility. But now, all food has nutrition labels, everyone has their own preferences, and if you want something specific, chances are good you can easily find it at the grocery store.
If you were given the choice between a steak and a block of tofu, you would probably pick the steak. It’s been scientifically proven that our flavor preferences are more or less determined in childhood. If Mom used to give you a chocolate-chip cookie after you cleaned your room, then you probably like chocolate-chip cookies. If you always got a peanut butter sandwich on Wonder bread in your lunch bag, it’s no wonder you think wheat bread tastes like cardboard. Likewise, the foods you dislike are decided during childhood, too. I, for one, cannot drink fruit punch because I saw another child vomit it up at a birthday party when I was three years old. I know somebody who dislikes macaroni and cheese (the epitome of kid food) also because of a bad childhood experience. And I bet you’ve seen the baby food commercials which claim that babies who eat vegetables will continue to eat them as they grow up. The same is true with meat. We tend to make choices based on what we know, and what we know we will like. A child growing up in a vegetarian household will develop a taste for tofu just as one in a meat-eating family develops a taste for steak. The vegetarian child never craves steak, nor does the meat-eating child crave tofu.
But if we develop our flavor preferences during childhood, why is meat such a prominent part of our diets? Because it has a healthy reputation. We all need protein for our bodies to function properly. But how much do we really need? The USDA’s food pyramid states that we should eat approximately five ounces of meat per day, which is about the size and thickness of two decks of cards. Do we even need this much? Some theorize that the five-ounce recommendation was developed by meat processing companies to encourage sales. But even with this recommendation, have you ever seen a five ounce steak on a restaurant menu? Me neither. Portion sizes are out of control, and no matter what the food pyramid says, it is incredibly difficult to estimate exactly how much meat you’re eating. Even if you eat six ounces of protein per day instead of the recommended five, you’ll end up eating twenty-three pounds more per year than you (supposedly) need. Not only can too much protein be unhealthy, so can too much fat. Unsaturated fat is good for you, while saturated and trans fats are not. Saturated fat comes from animal flesh. When you eat it, it is digested to become fat on your body. Even if you purchase the leanest cut of meat, it still has some degree of saturated fat in it. However, foods like yogurt, nuts, and beans can all be purchased with no saturated fat. And these foods often contain healthy unsaturated fats, plus vitamins and minerals that meat lacks. Meat does, of course, have some nutrients in it, like iron, but so do beans, eggs, and leafy green vegetables. So, all things considered, why do we continue to eat meat if there are more nutritious alternatives available?
And that's it. =)