Saturday, April 30, 2011

On a Totally Unrelated Note...

Workout: None. I was going to walk yesterday, and today, but the weather isn't cooperating. Yesterday was up at 4:45 a.m. to watch the #royalwedding, and went back to sleep for a FOUR HOUR nap It was accidental, but it felt good. By the time I got up the weather was kinda cold, and windy, so I put off my walk until today. Not realizing that today would be equally cold and windy, andrainy. I might do some Jillian in my living room, but I doubt it.

Breakfast: I usually only post highlights of my meals here on HL. Mostly because I haven't mastered the food porn thing, my meals are usually pretty boring, and I haven't gotten over the self-conciousness of whipping out my camera and taking pics of my food at every meal... especially because the people I live with don't know about the blog. The reason I am telling you this is because breakfast today was most definitely a highlight. And because it was ugly, and I am shy, I didn't take a picture..... But imagaine, sausage, 1 egg + 1 egg white, asparagus, onions, and a Swiss Laughing Cow cheese all scrambled together. God, it was good. I had it with grapes, whole wheat toast, and OJ/Coconut water.

Since I should have posted at least 2 more times this week, and I should be exercising right now, let's talk about something totally unrelated....


Have you seen that video? No? Well, now it's story time. The first time I heard "The Lazy Song" By Bruno Mars I was appalled. It's a song all about being lazy, and not doing anything, and just laying in bed all day. I mostly felt that way because I am in the thrawls of an internal battle about getting a full-time job, or a second part-time job, getting back to school, paying off my debts, eating better and getting active. I resented him being able to sing about not doing anything all day. And I felt that he had a responsiblity to his young impressionable fans to be a role model, and not be an advocate for inactivity and obesity.

Then I fell off my soapbox, and got jiggy with it. It's a catchy song, it isn't his responsibility to teach our kids about ambition, and health, and let's face it, it's darn catchy (did I say that already?). It's a fun song.

And then last weekend I went out for a friends birthday (Happy Birthday Ricky!), and saw the music video. I don't watch music videos. Unless it's an artist that I obsess over, and await their next single, and stalk them on Twitter (follow me). [Sidenote: Remember when MTV actually played music videos? I remember running home from the bus stop in elementary, and middle school to catch TRL with Carson Daly's baby face (not to be confused with Babyface).] So, when I go out, I am transfixed by the giant T.V. screens playing music videos. It was there that my like for "The Lazy Song" turned into full blown L.O.V.E. Let me show you why...

You feel better now don't you?! You're welcome.P.s. If you are a child of the 90's/2000's please click on all of the links above.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Wogging with Jiggly Bits

Monday's Workout: Gorgeous 1.5 mile walk around Lake Hiawatha. It was a pretty great day weather wise! And I had Pherroshus, and Boomer with me!



Workout: 2.44 mile walk around Lake Nokomis. It was freezing, and windy, and my legs went numb! But I finished! Hooray!

I have (kinda) started my training plan. I'm walking this week, getting myself mentally prepared for the workouts to come. I think the biggest things I have to overcome in the upcoming weeks are mental. Getting over my shyness of wogging (walking/jogging) around the lake, around other people, looking at me, watching me, laughing at me....

I know they aren't really laughing at me, but like I said, I'm mental... I mean, IT'S mental. I just really need to get over myself, and focus on what it is I am doing. I know that all the people around the lake aren't paying any kind of attention to me, they are there to do what they do, but there is a level of self-conciousness involved starting to run out in the open. Me wogging around, with all my jiggly bits jiggling, and such. I also know that they aren't laughing at me for walking as slow as I run. Sarah, Leslie and Bud told me to do it (the authors of Run Your Butt Off! ).

My other mental wall is believing I can actually do it! Walking around Nokomis today I looked at Boomer and said, "I can't believe I'm doing this. I can't believe I am attempting to ultimately run 10 miles!" Boomer was more than amazing, and helped me think I could do it. But, even just walking 2 miles, and looking across the lake at the path that I had yet to cover it was so overwhelming. I don't know how many times I drove around that lake watching runners, and thinking, "I could never do that!" But here I am, trying to do it.

I keep telling myself that whether I do it or not is totally based on the level of effort I put in. And I am putting the effort in. I've already made the decision. There is no going back.

A few more things:

Books I am reading...

For running information:


This book has proven to be full of great information, and a great training plan! I want to delve further into this in a separate post, but I think this book is going to be a great reference point for me over the coming weeks!

For running sarcasm, fun, and a good laugh at myself and every other runner out there:


The Non Runner's Marathon Guide For Women by Dawn Dais. I started reading this book on Amazon, and thought it was well written, funny, and realistic. It has an every-woman's view on running. Only funnier. It makes fun of the insanity that it takes to be a marathoner, and the cold hard reality that goes into being a runner. The blisters, the chafing, the early mornings, and the desire to punch your trainer in the face are all out in the open for you to read!

For new lighter recipes:


I have only thumbed through this, but the reviews and the pictures alone have me sold. Bring a culinary school drop-out, I learned a lot about cooking with tons of butter, oil, and salt, and I need to learn to bring it down a notch. Especially after learning everything that I have from Run Your Butt Off! (RYBO).

Let's do some recent eats:

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What things do you do to get you over that mental hump, in anything you do?

-- I look to a loved one for encouragement, or break down whatever it is I am doing into doable steps so it isn't so overwhelming.

Read any good books lately? Please share!

-- My library is opening on Saturday after and extensive remodel, I cannot wait to check it out and bring home some books that I didn't pay for! So let me in on what you love!

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Training Plan

I cannot express how excited and terrified I am for my race. I told someone about it yesterday, and they asked me if I was going to win... Um..... sure, yeah, I'm going to win.

Winning and finishing is that same thing right?

As long as I finish (conscious) I'll consider that a win.

I was planning on getting my legs used to the movement by walking every day this week. But the midwest weather hasn't been cooperating. Rain, hail, or snow every day this week. It's got me bummed, stressed, and overwhelmed. And has me in Type-A, OCD, planner, worrier, freak-out mode.

There are 22 weeks from Easter Sunday to race day. Before registering I did some research and figured it would take about 20 weeks to safely train, at a level I thought was doable. And after some serious down and dirty research, I have devised a strategy.

I'm starting with the Cool Running Couch-to-5k Program. It is based on the run/walk principle, which I think is ideal for me (and any beginner), especially because of my shin splints, and my lack of running skill.

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Once I have successfully completed my Couch-to-5K program, I will take on the following 10 mile training plan, which starts at 3 miles. It has me upping my running from 3 days a week (6-9 miles/wk), to 4 days a week (13-25 miles/wk). I will probably be continuing the run/walk program through my 10 mile training, and hopefully building up to run it non-stop. The plan that I am following has the days I am not running as rest days, but I will be cross training those days, alternating between weight training, and yoga. I want to be able to tone up while doing all of this new cardio, and yoga to keep my muscles loose, and to try to stay a step ahead of DOMS. All of my runs the first few weeks will be followed by an ice bath, and once my legs get used to running, ice baths will be reserved for after long runs.

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This gives me a 19 week training program. Which gives me about a 3 week cushion should anything go wrong. I plan to walk (fingers crossed) next week, and then start the C25K program on May 1st.

Are you bored yet? I am so overwhelmed now. Do you know how long 19 weeks is? Oy! I am almost set to go! I've got 3 running related books in my to-read pile, compression sleeves for my shin splints, and next week I want to go for a shoe fitting and gait analysis! I am trying to be as prepared as possible for this! I want to avoid, injury, and unnecessary pain as much as possible! So I need your help!

Is there any advice you have for me? I know there are much more seasoned runners out there, and I need all the help I can get! Whether it's training, equipment, cross-training suggestions, I am open, and willing to try/read/do (almost) anything!

Do you think I am at risk for overuse?

Am I over thinking this?

Am I crazy?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Guess What I just did...

I registered for my first race ever!

On September 25th, 2011, I will be running the Women Run The Cities 10-Miler! I am really excited, and really freaking nervous!!
After a long (albeit drunken) talk with good friend Micaela (who is a phenomenal woman, and runner) and watching the Boston Marathon yesterday I decided to take the plunge!

I don't talk about it a lot on the blog, but I has a slight obsession with running, and runners. But I don't actually run. I would love to, and one of my major life goals is to finish a marathon. I have talked about getting into running for years, but haven't gotten further than week 2 of the Couch-to-5K program. I told myself, and even advertised on the blog that I was going to run the Valentine's Day 5k this year, but I made that decision before realizing that I had a (huge) dance competition that day, and I wasn't going to be able to do both. After that realization, signing up for a race fell to the wayside, for one reason or another (i.e. lack of time, weather, self-doubt, my weight, shin splints).

But after talking with Micaela, I realized I was being a wuss, and learned some very important things...
  1. I need take Nike's advice, and Just Do It! No excuses, I have to just get up, and start walking, then running, and hopefully the rest will come.
  2. I don't have to be an athlete to be a runner... I just have to run.
  3. It's ok to start out slow. It's been months since I have worked out regularly, and hearing that it is ok to start by just walking a couple of miles a day before even starting a run/walk program puts me at ease.
  4. Spending the money on the race will help push me to get going. I am poor, I can't afford to just throw away $40.
  5. I'll have a running buddy, and buddies make it better. Right now I don't have anyone to run, or even work out with! And I know from past experience that committing to working out with someone totally holds me accountable. And with Micaela (who lives over an hour away) moving back to the Twin Cities in 2 weeks, and I am geeked to run with her!
Fundamentally these are all things that I already knew. Having someone close to me, who has experience in the sport reiterate all of these things makes it more feasible, and relaxes me about it. But we are our own worst critic, and I hate to fail/disappoint myself and others. But I think I will regret not taking the risk more than never trying.

So, here goes nothing!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Happy Birthday Pherroshus!!

Hey guys!

So today is a very special day!

Today is my favorite person's birthday!

Over the last 18 months this little guy has made such an impact on my life, and has taught me so much about life, love, and loyalty.
Happy 2nd Birthday Paw-Paw!

Love, Hannah

And the second thing that makes today a very special day is we find out who the winner of theO.N.E. Coconut Water Giveaway is! I had so much fun being able to host this giveaway, and I want to thank O.N.E. Coconut Water for the opportunity! This is the biggest giveaway I've ever had, and I hope that all of you new readers stick around for what is definitely a good time!!

But without further a due, the winners are...

If you ladies will e-mail me at hannah [at] hannahlivesblog [dot] com with your full name, and mailing address, I will forward that to O.N.E. Coconut Water, and they will get your cases out to you!!!

Thanks everyone for entering! Have a great Wednesday!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Rainbow Gooey Butter Cookies

*Make sure you go check out my O.N.E. Coconut Water Giveaway and enter. Now. I'll wait.

I made some cookies yesterday.

They were good.

They were a riff on my friend Paula Deen’s recipe. And because of a certain someone I’ve developed a habit for rainbow sprinkles.

But there are worse habits to have, right? I’m not going around the neighborhood kicking puppies or anything.

This post just took a morbid turn, I apologize.

The point is, I really like rainbow sprinkles. They are happy, and colorful, and make me wish it was my birthday. If i had kids this is probably the treat I would send them to school with to share on their birthday. But I don't have kids, so I'll just have to eat them myself.

I also really like gooey, cream-cheesy, sugary, goodies.

So if you like super sweet, cream-cheesy, ooey, gooey goodness, that are a little more of a cakey, chewy cookie, than a crispy, chewy cookie, these definitely fit the bill.

The ingredient list is short, and the product is a very sweet, gooey, cakey cookie with a crackled surface, and fun rainbow interior! And they couldn’t be easier to make! It would be a very good idea to make these. A very good idea.

Rainbow Gooey Butter Cookies

Yields: approx. 24-1.5 inch cookies

Adapted from: Paula Deen's Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies

1-8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened

1 stick butter, softened

1 egg

½ tsp vanilla extract

1-18 oz. box of Super Moist Yellow cake mix

2 Tbls rainbow sprinkles

1 Cup Confectioners sugar

  • Cream together room temperature butter, and cream cheese until smooth
  • Beat in egg until fully incorporated
  • Add in vanilla extract, and beat until combined
  • Dump in cake mix, and mix until fully incorporated, dough will be sticky-don’t fret!
  • Fold in sprinkles until even distributed
  • Wrap tightly in saran wrap and set in fridge to chill for at least 1 hour
  • Preheat oven to 350*, and place confectioners sugar in a bowl and set aside
  • Once chilled, remove dough from fridge, unwrap, and scoop about 2 Tablespoons of dough per cookie, and roll into a ball
  • Place dough balls in bowl of confectioners sugar, and shake (in batches) to coat
  • Place sugar coated cookies on an ungreased baking sheet, and bake for 12 minutes until puffed up, and slightly golden on the bottom
  • Allow to cool on baking sheets, and Enjoy!

I have said "ooey, gooey, cream-cheesy, sugary, blah blah blah," approximately 1,200 times in this post. That has got to count for something, right?

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

O.N.E. Coconut Water is a Lifesaver + Giveaway

After being so busy with work, and being a typical early-twenty-something the last couple of weeks, I have re-learned the importance of hydration.

I constantly have water with me, I drink it all throughout the day, and it is the last thing I do before I go to sleep, and the first thing I do when I wake up (right after running to the little girls room). Especially when I'm really busy, or partaking in a lot of alcohol. But sometimes, water just doesn't cut it. Sometimes I need something more.

This is where O.N.E Coconut Water comes in.

I have been drinking O.N.E. Coconut Water for almost a year now, and it is a lifesaver! Coconut water is a natural sports drink that contains five of the essential (and naturally present) electrolytes we need during rigorous workouts, with less sugar than a sports drink, and fruit juice. It also hydrates better than water!

And it tastes delicious! It comes in four flavors, regular, mango, pineapple, and (my personal favorite) pink guava. They also have smaller sized juice boxes whose flavors are more geared towards children as a better alternative to fruit juice boxes, and sports drinks for active little ones! I have tried all four flavors of O.N.E Kids, and they are all good (raspberry lemonade being my fav)!

I attribute O.N.E. with getting me through tough workouts, long weekends, and illness (when I had pneumonia in January O.N.E. was the only thing I could keep down). It is also a big factor in my weight loss thus far! I love this stuff! And I first got the chance to try O.N.E. Coconut Water because of a blog giveaway, and I am so excited to share that the nice people at O.N.E. are giving me an opportunity to share my love for their products with you!

Courtesy of O.N.E. Coconut Water I will be giving away five (5) cases of O.N.E. Coconut water to (all) 5 of my fantastic readers!!

There are 3 ways to enter:
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Contest closes at 10p.m. (CDT) on Tuesday April 12, 2011. Winner will be chosen via, and announced on Wednesday April 13, 2011.

I hope you are feeling lucky!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Playing Catch-Up

Let's play catch-up. Another week (or more) had passed, and while I do apologize, I haven't exactly been sitting on my bum avoiding you. I actually struggle with this on a regular basis. Every couple of weeks I get in a routine that works for me. A schedule that allows me to work, eat right, exercise, blog, sleep, and get everything done on my to do list on a regular basis. But then my schedule changes (usually I end up working more), and that routine goes out the window.

And then the soul-searching begins, and I try to figure out what it is I am doing wrong, and thinking there has to be a better way. And trying to figure out a new routine. But I work nights, and it can be really tough for me and my sleep schedule, blogging routine, and exercise regime. I end up working from 5p.m.-12 a.m.-ish, get home, get a second wind, go to bed around 3 (or 4) a.m., and I'm up around noon.... (I'm one of those people that needs 9 hours of sleep to function) and Oops there goes my day. At that point I shower, eat, do a load of laundry, and get ready to leave for work. It's an ugly cycle, but I am going to work on it.

Here are some ways I have thought to help with getting in a routine:
  • Blogging when I get home from work at night
  • Forcing myself out of bed a little earlier in the afternoon to hit the gym
  • Making most of my blog-worthy recipes on my day off
  • Try to have at least 2 days off each week
  • Spend more time outside, soak up the sun, and relax
Enough with the talking. Let's see what has been going on outside of work:

It's spring! I walked to mi madre's house, and took Pherroshus for a walk on Saturday. We went along the creek, and around the lake. The creek is completely melted, and the lake is almost thawed! And there is life, the Mallards are home!

With my schedule being a little crazy, and backwards, my eating is out of wack! I haven't been cooking nearly as much as I would like, so I've been trying to start out my days with Green Monsters so that I know I am getting fruits and veggies in!
I made a trip to Trader Joe's (twice!), AND Whole Foods this week! I got some goodies. Sunflowers to brighten my life, Sunflower Seed Butter to feed my belly, Dark Chocolate Almonds to feed my soul, and TJ's Very Green Supplement to nourish my body!
I've enjoyed a few Cookie Dough Balls from my freezer, and iced milk...
I've done some work on my inspiration board...
I ate a GIGANTIC Strawberry! It was huge! Like the size of a tennis ball, huge!
And I was "in" a wedding, along with my friend Jess! My friend Julia got married a little over a week ago to a really great guy. The three of us have been friends since 3rd grade, and I love them so much! I say I was "in" the wedding because it was a small courthouse ceremony (so no formal wedding party) and dinner, but the reception is in August.

Along with all that I've been working 6 days a week, and trying to work out 3 days a week. I'm working on getting my schedule in check, and hopefully we will be getting back to normal around here soon!