Good Afternoon! Things have changed a bit around here, but the important thing is that there is change in the form of me actually posting! Since last check-in, the school year finished, and summer craziness ensued which included trips, races, family get-togethers, a wedding of the century, and beach beach beach! Also, we got a special visit from one of my “best good friends” to quote Forrest or Bubba (I’m not sure which!). I knew this summer would be crazy, so I decided to keep myself focused on fitness that I would sign up for a half-marathon. I finally pulled the proverbial trigger back in April/May-ish and registered for the Virginia Beach Rock ‘n’ Roll. I’m a little militant (if you can imagine for those of you that may know me!) when it comes to following a schedule especially since this is my first time running anything over a 5K. I looked at this busy girl training schedule for inspiration but eventually ended doing up something of my own…
Saturday – Easy 3 miles
Monday – 5 miles
Tuesday – Gym/Weights (no cardio)
Wednesday – Yoga or nothing at all (usually ended up being nothing at all! HA!)
Thursday – Long Run Day ( I start at 5 miles and increased a mile a week until I reached 13)
Friday – At-home weights
I also walked dear, little Roscoe as much as possible but definitely on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays.
Anyways, I was definitely flagging in my motivation when I got a lovely little present in the mail.
I think I was driving someone a little crazy saying “I’m not timing myself. I don’t have a watch. I’m just running for fun!” 😉 This thing is very sweet and has a heart rate monitor and all these bells and whistles than I haven’t figured out yet. Tonight’s assignment is to figure all of it out, so I can use it on my lite run on Sunday. When all this serious, half-marathon race is over, I think I’ll take a bit of a break and give myself time to focus on the busy, learning time that is coming as I prepare to go back to working mom teaching a whole new grade levels with lots of students. Doing multiplication this year! Yikes!
With that being said, it’s time to tackle the to-dos of the day before the day is gone! Here is a yummy-looking (attempting this afternoon) diabetic friendly blueberry muffin recipe…
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons Splenda sugar substitute
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1 cup fresh blueberries (or frozen, thawed and drained)
3/4 cup nonfat milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 teaspoon grated orange rind
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a medium bowl; add blueberries, and toss to coat. Make a well in center of flour mixture.
2. Combine milk and next 5 ingredients; add to flour mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.
3. Spoon batter into muffin pans coated with cooking spray, filling two-thirds full.
4. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden.
5. Remove muffins from pans immediately, and cool on wire racks.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6