tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-82847311741929074132013-05-30T01:09:57.517-05:00Hannah LivesLive Fit, Live Fed, Live HappyHannahhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07826316246643683510noreply@blogger.comBlogger145125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8284731174192907413.post-38691086543196223032013-01-21T10:14:00.001-06:002013-01-21T10:14:54.958-06:00What I'm Working on Part Deux<p><i>{I logged on to write a post for the first time in almost a year, and I found this in my queue from March, 26 2012. I loved my attitude of not being too hard on myself, and am vowing to bring it back, so as a reminder to myself, I am posting it anyway...}</i></p><br /><p>The last time we spoke I wrote about the things that I needed to work on in order to lose the extra weight I've been carrying around for the last few years. I have been working on them, and I was successful for a few weeks. But progress has been at a standstill for the last two weeks.</p><br /><p style="text-align: left;">Truth be told, I was doing really well on eating breakfast, eating every couple of hours, getting sleep and drinking water. But (heeere come the excuses...), my work schedule completely changed. I was working 7a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the rehab, and then 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. (sometimes 12 a.m. like last night) at the restaurant. I was leaving my house at 6:15 a.m., and not getting home until midnight(-ish) every night! It was exhausting! I had absolutely no time to add in exercise like I had hoped, and had no time to cook. I somehow managed to pull together salads, veggies with dip, fruit, and snacks for my morning shifts, was eating dinner when I got to the restaurant, and still making my protein smoothie for breakfast. So while my eating wasn't horrible, I was sleep deprived (averaging 4 hours per night), not drinking nearly enough water, and obviously not working out.</p><br /><p style="text-align: left;"><br /></p><br /><p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8227/8401594143_60dc19c435.jpg" width="480" height="320" alt="DSC_0034.JPG" /></p><br /><p>And my schedule is switching every week. So this past week I have worked mostly night shifts, and overnights. Which screw with my routine, and mood like no other. But alas, spring break at the restaurant is coming to a close in 2 weeks and I can drop down to working 2 days per week (instead of 5), and I should have a set schedule at the rehab starting in May (fingers crossed), so my schedule should be more predictable with a two-week rotation.</p><br /><p>Right now, I am just trying to enjoy what I have got going on. I need to just go with it instead of focusing on everything I am doing wrong, and the fact that the scale hasn't moved in my favor in 2 weeks.</p><br /><p>I also need not be so hard on myself for not blogging regularly. I thrive on routine, and I just don't have one, so something has got to give. For now it's this space. Because as much as I need the outlet, I also need sleep. Working 70-75 hours per week plus trying to meal plan/cook for myself and Boomer, sleep, do laundry, brush my hair, clean house, and put one foot in front of the other is enough for now.</p><br /><p>I need to not be so hard on myself. It isn't all or nothing, my best is enough. And when I am resting on my laurels, I will know. But right now? I know I am not resting on my laurels. I am doing what I can, when I can. And that is enough.</p><br /><p>This week I am working/busy at the beginning of the week<i>,</i> and then I am out of town for a girls weekend Friday, Saturday, AND Sunday. I can't remember the last time I had two days off in a row, much less and entire weekend! I am beyond excited! The last several years we've done the Lutsen thing. But, do to life and relationship changes amongst our group O' friends, we elected to do a girls weekend, in a fabulous sweet, in a hotel, in the city! Believe me, there will be plenty of drunken debauchery, only better!! It is going to be an EPIC weekend!!</p><br /><p>Exhibit A: Skittles Vodka</p><br /><p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8218/8401593849_3fffe07c6a.jpg" width="480" height="320" alt="DSC_0066.JPG" /></p><br /><p>Exhibit B: Jolly Rancher Vodka (via my friend Mel)<br /><br /><br /></p><br /><p>BA.NA.NAS</p><br /><p style="text-align: center;">.<img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8094/8402685378_e44074c0e7.jpg" width="480" height="320" alt="DSC_0072.JPG" /></p><br /><br />Hannahhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07826316246643683510noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8284731174192907413.post-71314729211139878552012-03-07T12:34:00.001-06:002012-03-07T12:43:08.792-06:00What I'm Working OnHoly Wednesday! I cannot believe we are halfway through the week! I feel like I have gotten nothing done that needs to be done! Although on Monday I was able to complete a couple of errands before work, only to get a text from my boss letting me know I didn't need to come in (for the dinner shift at the restaurant). So I was able to go back out and do some grocery/necessities shopping. I dropped a whopping $200 bucks at Target between groceries (for the week plus tons of staples), and some clothing type things. We haven't been grocery shopping in over a month, so we have been living on freezer, and pantry meals (an a few to many meals out) lately. I also found some brown loafers that I think will be good for work, but they were $25, and that's a little steep for Target shoes, so they may go back.That and Boomer thinks they are "old-lady-ish," I haven't made up my mind yet.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="DSC_0026.JPG" height="377" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7209/6816144698_df9d0ccfe0.jpg" width="480" /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><i>Are we ugly?</i></div><br />I've been thinking about this post for a long time. Ever since I decided that this was it. This is the time I was going to lose the weight, and stick to it, no matter how long it took. And I resolved that it was going to take a while, and I was going to be ok with it. I figure the best way for me to do that was to start slow. Especially because right around the time I was examining my behaviors, and habits, I was offered a new job. And seeing that I am a creature that thrives in a routine, and with structure I was very wary that my efforts would be thwarted by the new stresses of a new job. What I didn't expect was that it would help!<br /><br />I decided to start with small goals instead of overhauling my whole lifestyle. In the past I have said ok, on Monday I'm gonna start working out 5 days a week, eat 10 servings of veggies, and only chicken breast, turkey breast, seafood, whole grains, and no sweets. That may work for some, but not for me. So I started with the things that I thought would have the greatest impact.<br /><br /><u><b>1. Eating Breakfast</b></u><br />You hear it all the time. That breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I knew that, you knew that, pretty much everyone who has ever thought about losing weight has read it somewhere. And what they say is true, it fuels the fire. It breaks the fast. It jumpstarts your metabolism first thing in the morning so that your body doesn't think you are starving it, that way it can efficiently burn calories, instead if storing them as fat. On Friday, I <a href="http://www.hannahlivesblog.com/2012/03/that-time-there-was-no-post.html">mentioned</a> the fact that I was never a breakfast eater. And that I am making a more conscious effort to eat within and hour of waking. And that even though I still don't wake up starving, due to the fact that I can sometime eat pretty late at night, I am drinking my breakfast via protein smoothies. It doesn't feel like I'm eating a big meal when I am not hungry, but it is enough calories that my body knows I'm eating.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;">I am loving on this particular smoothie that I've been eating about 4 mornings a week. And it legit tastes like a chocolate peanut butter milk shake! And clocks in at about 384 cals, and 36g of protein!</div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="IMG_2340.jpg" height="480" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7198/6962263177_65bb539407.jpg" width="336" /></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><u>Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie</u></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">-1 Scoop <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0014NWP1E/ref=oh_o00_s00_i00_details">Vanilla Whey Protein Powder</a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">-1/2 of a frozen Banana</div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">-1 Tblsp Cocoa Powder</div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">- 1 Tblsp Creamy Peanut Butter</div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">-1 Cup skim or unsweetened non-dairy milk</div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">-1/2 tsp Xantham Gum</div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">-3 Ice cubes (add more if you like yours icier)</div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">~Place everything in the blender, and blend until smooth. Pour and enjoy!~</div><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><b><u>2. Eat Every 2-3 hours</u></b></div><br /><div style="text-align: left;">This is another one of those things that I knew I should be doing, but didn't. I just didn't understand how eating every couple of hours would help me lose weight. I understood that it would keep my metabolism going, and burning, but I didn't understand how my body knew what it should be burning. Until I saw <a href="http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/jamie-easons-livefit-phase-1.html">this video</a> about Jamie Eason's Live Fit Trainer. She basically goes on to say that when your body is fed consistently throughout the day your body releases the stored fat it's been holding on to "just in case." And if you eat too little, and burn to much your body goes into fat-storing mode, thus, weight gain. I have been doing a much better job of eating every couple of hours, especially when I am at work because I make sure to pack all of my snacks. Believe it or not it is harder for me to eat every few hours when I am at home, because I don't want to leave my cozy basement to go up to the kitchen for food. I know it's working because when I do eat breakfast, and my snacks, I find that my body is hungry every 2 hours or so. Which makes it easier!</div><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><img alt="DSC_0019.JPG" height="214" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7194/6962262573_d7ce2769e4.jpg" width="320" /> <img alt="IMAG0423.jpg" height="240" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7189/6816144090_0610f6e99a.jpg" width="320" /></div><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><b><u>3. Getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night</u></b></div><br /><div style="text-align: left;">The truth is I am a sleeper. But I am also a night owl. Which doesn't always go hand-in-hand. Sometimes I am up until 3 in the morning, only to have to wake up at 7am. And then when I have a day off, I will sleep for 11 hours. I know it isn't the best for me, and so I am making more of a conscious effort to go into my bedroom, turn off the lights, laptop, and phone 8 hours before I need to be up. Inevitably I will fall asleep within 30 minutes or so. I have found that 7 is a good number of hours for me, and so I usually end up getting right around that, sometimes a little more. Now I just need to work on not hitting snooze 3 times!</div><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><b><u>4. Drink More Water</u></b></div><br /><div style="text-align: left;">My new CamelBak water bottle is a savior! I bring it EVERYWHERE! And I LOOOOVE the bite valve, there is something so convenient, and soothing about it! My water intake has increased exponentially since getting it, it still isn't as much as I should be drinking, but it's a lot better than it was, which is def a small win!</div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="201203071232.jpg" height="300" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7190/6816144330_1456678337.jpg" width="300" /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0019DA7GO/ref=oh_o05_s00_i00_details">Photo Source</a></div><br /><div style="text-align: left;">So those are the 4 things I have been working on last week, and this week! I would say that I am doing pretty well, and having lost 5 pounds is definitely motivation to keep going. I plan on adding on a few more mini goals every two weeks, and compounding my new healthy habits until I am the ultimate, healthy, strong, She-Woman!</div><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><i>Sources: <a href="http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/jamie-easons-livefit-introduction.html">Jamie Eason's Live Fit Trainer</a>, <a href="http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=676">Sparkpeople.com</a></i></div><br /><br />Hannahhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07826316246643683510noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8284731174192907413.post-24589874867813849502012-03-03T16:57:00.001-06:002012-03-06T22:56:51.478-06:00Birthday Cake and RoutinesUgh.... I am Sooo tired it ain't even funny. I feel like I've been up for days. <br />I am currently at the restaurant waiting for my shift to start, after working the 7-3:30 shift at the rehab. I am going to crash hard tonight. I am tempted to go drink a giant latte, but I've already had one today, and even though caffeine doesn't have that much of an effect on me, I don't want to risk not falling asleep tonight!<br /><br />So I'm just gonna tough it out for now. I'll probably get off around midnight, if all goes well. And I still don't have a set schedule at the rehab yet (for the next couple weeks), so I have yet to figure out my routine. Which is proving to make meal planning more difficult, becausr I don't know what days and times I will be home for cooking and prepping. Which means that my eating hasn't been nearly as good today as it has been most of the week. <br /><br />Also go listen to Chris Brown and Rihanna's song "<a href="http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Di5K7U8YMb3c&amp;v=i5K7U8YMb3c&amp;gl=US">Birthday Cake</a>." It is nasty, and catchy, and dirty, and nasty. I love it, and I hate that I love it. It leaves me with a moral dilemma. I hate Chris Brown for laying the smackdown on Ri-Ri, but I really like most of his music, especially his older stuff! Do I stand my ground and never listen to this nasty gloriousness again, or do I judge the man by his work and not his character?<br /><br /><b>Eats from the last two days</b><br />The last of my delicious winter grapefruits,&nbsp;Smoothies, Turkey muffins/Brown rice,/zucchini! ** This is obviously not all that I've eaten in the last 48 hours, just all I have pictures of.<br /><br /><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/-3k-wbWPSigs/T1Kj5Y825JI/AAAAAAAAAt0/4Vs300xA2Og/1329073838624.png" /><br /><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/-MGPlCpEnjL0/T1Kj55d3gzI/AAAAAAAAAt8/Ik1OIRFZTiM/1329605516993.png" /><br /><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/-1rO9qad15ac/T1Kh4gt-ugI/AAAAAAAAAtk/cAP3-VfSx38/IMAG0413.png" /><br /><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/-hG85Vd1-D-g/T1Kh5ei50HI/AAAAAAAAAts/FKYd314E9EQ/IMAG0424.png" />Hannahhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07826316246643683510noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8284731174192907413.post-42984736253870051072012-03-02T12:42:00.001-06:002012-03-02T12:50:59.443-06:00That Time There was No PostWould you believe that I had a whole post written up on Monday, that I thought I posted... but didn't?<br /><br />And would you believe that this silly program I write from (Ecto) is supposed to save my post every two minutes, but it didn't?<br /><br />I didn't realize until late Monday night that it posted the title but not the post. And then life got in the way with training for my new job, and I wasn't anticipating how <i>exhausted</i> I would be from it all that I have yet to have time to sit down and write another post. I am off tomorrow evening, and I have a post in my head that I want to write about what it is I am doing differently this time to lose weight, and stick with it. And what are the things that I have a better handle on, and what are the things I need to reeeeally work on.<br /><br />But one of the I am going to quickly mention is that I need to work on eating more often. You will always hear weight lose, and nutrition experts saying that if you are trying to lose you weight you must, must, must eat breakfast to jump-start your metabolism first thing when you wake up, and keep fueling the fire every couple of hours throughout the day. This is something that I need to work on in a serious way. I have never eaten breakfast. Never, in my whole life have I consistently eaten breakfast. I'm a night owl, so back in my primary school days I was up late at night, and would wake up at the last possible minute for me to be on time to school. That, and the fact that I would eat late at night before bed, I never woke up hungry. So I would be up at around 6:30-7a.m., and not eat until lunch time around 12:30-1p.m., and then because I always had extra-curriculars after school, I wasn't eating dinner until around 8p.m. I would then go to my dance lessons, get home around 10:30p.m. and need a snack around 11 p.m. because I was hungry after 4+ hours of exercise, with 2-3 hours of homework ahead of me! And things have continued in that pattern after high school, and after college. And now that I have been working nights mostly, my eating schedule is still confusing, I can't wrap my head around calling it "meal 1, meal 2, meal 3" and not breakfast, lunch, and dinner.<br /><br />But with my new job, and working more days, I have gotten more of a handle on my meals. So as much as my week has been absolutely bat shit crazy, I am doing so much better with my eating this week. I'm still not very hungry when I first wake up (although I am definitely <i>hungrier</i> than I have been, and I <i>need</i> to eat within an hour of waking), I am remedying that by having a protein smoothie for breakfast. It feels less like food, but I am making sure they have enough calories that it feels like a meal, and keeps me full for a while. Also the plus to that is I put it in my to-go tumbler and drink it during my new 45 minutes commute to work, so I can only need to get up an extra 5 minutes to measure, blend, pour, and rinse!<br /><br />I have lost 4 el bees this week, and I am really happy about. I'm taking this one step at a time. All I've done differently this week is focus on what, and when I am eating! And it works!<br /><br /><u><span style="font-size: medium;"><b>This Weeks Eats:</b></span></u><br /><u><img alt="20120227-140708" height="308" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7200/6946966673_56e84bc084_b.jpg" width="400" /></u><br /><br /><u><br /></u><br />I'm finding a bit of a routine with my food, which is just fine with me! Especially with breakfast, lunch, and daytime snacks it takes the guess work out of it, which makes it so much easier for me with meal planning, and ensuring that I am eating enough! Smoothies for breakfast. Apple and nut butter (preferable Justin's Chocolate Hazelnut Butter) for a.m. snack. Some kind of green salad with chicken, or salmon or tuna salad with carrots and crackers for dipping for lunch. P.m. snack is usually veg with hummus, or yogurt and granola. And then if I'm home for dinner I am at the mercy of Boomer, and whatever recipe I am dying to make, or if it's a late night, take out (Papa Murphy's deLite pizza, or something from the restaurant I work at).<br /><br />I did enjoy an epic night of bingo, and (<i>a very</i>) happy hour with my coworker/lover/friend, and more friends! It was phenomenal! And an indulgent lunch, and dinner while helping a friend move on Thursday! But I was working hard! I deserved it!<br /><br />I am planning on focusing on my food again this coming week, and reigning in my cheat day to, well.... 1 day. And then adding in exercise the following week. I am still trying to figure out what my schedule is going to be like with the new job. And especially because it is spring break at the restaurant it is getting crazier every week.<br /><br />That's it for now, hopefully I will be back tomorrow with a short(-er than this) update! If not, have a great weekend!<br /><br /><br />Hannahhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07826316246643683510noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8284731174192907413.post-1581675692487921392012-02-26T17:29:00.001-06:002012-02-26T17:45:09.047-06:00The First DayI'm impatient. Like, reeeallly impatient.<br /><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="201201311434.jpg" height="323" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7048/6787089752_16d61ff944.jpg" width="271" /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://encrypted-tbn3.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRhwIWXnF7SzKiwsUT6q4e06yzo3OlMsRy8Eb16O869rZG88YLphg">Source</a></div><br /><div style="text-align: left;">Which is part of the reason why weight loss has never stuck for me. I need results to stay motivated. And I need them <strike>yesterday</strike> now (I also need to learn to not eat so much cheese, but that's another story)! I need to learn to have more patience, I need to learn to stick with things. And I have thought long and hard about what I am doing with my body, and my life, and I have learned a lot about myself.</div><br /><div style="text-align: left;">I learned that I am really sick and tired. I am sick and tired of saying tomorrow, and of making excuses. I am sick of being scared of going to the doctor, for fear of what they'll tell me. I am sick of my mother worrying about me, and the high likelihood that I will become diabetic if I don't get my health in check.</div><br /><div style="text-align: left;">I am tired of skipping out on things because I am fat, and embarrassed. I'm sick of not wanting to go out with my girlfriends because (even though I have no interest in picking up guys) I don't want to be looked at as the fat friend. Even though I am.</div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="201202212255.jpg" height="237" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7041/6933205045_aa6bccf3e5.jpg" width="425" /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.someecards.com/confession-cards/i-i-love-pretending-that-i-don-t-care-about-my-weight">Source</a></div><br /><div style="text-align: left;">I want to grow up a bit. I want to hit rock bottom and turn it around and have some amazing success story. But I haven't, and this is no success story (not yet).</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br />But the cold, hard, can't-deny-it-anymore truth about why I can't/won't/don't lose weight is, I'm scared. I have spent years crafting and perfecting the funny friend role because I couldn't be the pretty friend... Will I lose that role along with the weight? I'm scared I'll start my weight loss journey, and never leave the house because I obsess over everything I put in my mouth. I am such an all or nothing person that I worry I will never find a balance. I'm scared I'll have to stop drinking with my friends, I'm 24, that's how we bond (not ALL the time- stop judging). I'm scared that I won't be fun anymore. I worry that my body doesn't have a healthy/happy weight. What if the weight my body naturally falls into is 200 pounds? What if the only way to maintain an ideal weight is to constantly be working at it, counting calories, and spending hours at the gym, instead of enjoying life? What if it isn't possible to permanently maintain a 100+ pound weight loss. I'm scared I'll lose my armor. That thick shield that protected me from the world. I'm scared I'll fail... again. I'm scared I'll succeed. What if I lose the weight, get to what I think is my "ideal" body (working with what I got, because ideally I'd look like <a href="http://twitpic.com/qfsk3">this</a>, but that ain't gonna happen), and I'm still unhappy? What if I can't do it?</div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="201202212252.jpg" height="237" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7188/6787089200_6569fe76d5.jpg" width="425" /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.someecards.com/somewhat-topical-cards/oprah-weight-loss-tv-funny-ecard">Source</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: left;">The truth is I can do it. I just have to decide to do it. And no more doing it for the wrong reasons. I've always set out to lose weight for a specific event, or that weekend, to look good in front of those people, to fit into that dress, to wear a two-piece swimsuit for the first time in ten years (although the whole two-piece thing is an added bonus). I have come to learn that that kind of thinking isn't what is going to help me make a lifestyle change.</div><br /><div style="text-align: left;">I can do it because I want to do it for life. I can do it because I want to change my habits, and improve my health. I can do it because I don't want my mother to worry about me anymore (she will still worry, just not about my health). I can do it because I want to set an example for my nieces, and nephew, and future children. I can do it because I want to be proud of myself. I can do it because I want to set a goal and reach it. I can do it because I am not going to under estimate my abilities anymore.</div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>I CAN DO IT!</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: -webkit-auto;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: left;">It will be a bit of trial and error, but I know what, and how I need to eat. I know what I need to do. I just have to put it all in motion. I'm not letting anyone (especially myself), or anything get in my way. It will be hard work, and it will take some time to figure out what will work for me, and to fight the all-or-nothing tendencies I posses. I didn't put on all this weight in 6 months, and I shouldn't expect to lose it that quickly. But I will stick with it, and make this weight loss, a permanent lifestyle change!</div><br />Hannahhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07826316246643683510noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8284731174192907413.post-20989709317702316762011-10-21T23:18:00.001-05:002011-10-21T23:25:54.347-05:00Smashburger Hits the Twin Cities<p>If anyone knows me, they know I love a good burger. It isn't something I crave often, and it isn't something a dream about, but when I want a good burger, I want a good burger. And because I am somewhat of a burger snob it isn't something that I order out that often. I would much rather thoroughly pick my meats (80/20 lean/fat ratio), bun (soft egg bun), and toppings (bacon, blue cheese, mushrooms, and caramelized onions topping the list) and cook them to my specific liking, to ensure the perfect burger experience!</p><p>So when I received an invitation to attend the preview night for the new <a href="http://www.smashburger.com/location/minneapolis/St.Paul">Smashburger in Highland Park</a> (a St. Paul neighborhood) I thought about saying no. But, if anyone knows me, they know my significant other LUHVES burgers, any way you serve it, it will be eaten. And I would surely be shot for turning down such an opportunity. So I accepted, and off we went.</p><div style="text-align: center;"> <img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6169/6267864113_165fd80c1f.jpg" width="480" height="392" alt="DSC_0026.JPG" /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"> <a href="http://www.smashburger.com/">Smashburger</a> is your basic fast casual restaurant with reasonable prices. Smashburger's namesake is their signature certified angus burgers that are "smashed" on the flat top grill. But they also offer a selection of chicken sandwiches, salads, a hand-crafted black bean burger (which can be substituted for any of their burgers), hot dogs, sides, and hand-spun Haagen-Dazs shakes, malts, and IBC Root Beer Floats.<br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div> <img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6213/6267864403_0932376652.jpg" width="480" height="320" alt="DSC_0030.JPG" /><br /> </div><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">You can order the burger patty in 3 different sizes (small smash, smash, or big smash), and pick from one of their already formulated burgers, or create-your-own. We chose the BBQ, Bacon, and Cheddar burger. Their signature Smashburger, bbq sauce, applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, and haystack onions on an egg bun.<br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><div style="text-align: center;"> <img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6060/6268389230_74b99c0320.jpg" width="480" height="320" alt="DSC_0042.JPG" /><br /> </div><br />We also decided to get the burger that was specifically formulated for us, well not us, as in me, but us as in Twin Citians. The Twin Cities burger is topped with garlic grilled onions, swiss cheese, cheddar bar cheese, lettuce, tomato, and mayo on an onion bun.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><div style="text-align: center;"> <img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6167/6268389990_29bc3d8cdb.jpg" width="480" height="320" alt="DSC_0045.JPG" /><br /> </div><br />The BBQ, bacon cheddar burger was good, but the real star was the Twin Cities burger! It was so good! Garlicy, and slightly sweet onions, the ooey gooey melted mild swiss, and sharp cheddar worked perfectly together! But I am telling you the onions MADE the burger!<br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><div style="text-align: center;"> <img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6217/6267864893_784e457801.jpg" width="480" height="351" alt="DSC_0051.JPG" /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">We also got several sides.</div><br /><div style="text-align: left;"> <img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6180/6268390452_923a8dfe52.jpg" width="375" height="294" alt="DSC_0041.JPG" /> </div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Fried pickles with buttermilk ranch. Yum. My favorite side of the night. Crispy, not greasy at all, and pickle-y.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6240/6268389528_39b190be2d.jpg" width="439" height="292" alt="DSC_0047.JPG" /><br /> </div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div>The Rosemary fries were good in theory, but they lacked some flavor.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;"> <img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6098/6268390318_100122c909.jpg" width="387" height="258" alt="DSC_0054.JPG" /> </div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">The rosemary sweet potato fries on the other hand were delicious. Second favorite of the night. Crispy, crunchy, sweet and savory!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6162/6267865187_39a3ae48de.jpg" width="407" height="258" alt="DSC_0056.JPG" /><br /> </div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div>The chili cheese fries weren't good at all. They use the same fries as they do in the rosemary fries, but the chili tastes canned, and there wasn't enough cheese.<br /> <div style="text-align: left;"><br /> <img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6177/6267864757_e0040841dc.jpg" width="429" height="238" alt="DSC_0061.JPG" /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">But the Veggie Frites were reeally good! Flash fried carrots, asparagus, and green beans, served with buttermilk ranch. They were a little greasy, but nothing a little napkin dabbing won't fix! They are tender without being flabby, and slightly crisp on the edges! If I had kids that said they didn't like veggies, this is what they'd be eating!</div><br />We also got to try some of their Haagen-Dazs shakes, which is what I was really holding out for! They were thick, and rich, and creamy. But I will take ice cream any way I can get it, and Haagen-Dazs tops my list of grocery store ice creams.<br /><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">All in all we really enjoyed our meal at Smashburger, and are already planning our return. I am so glad to finally have one in the Twin Cities (even though they chose the less hot twin). There are 8 locations in the Twin Cities Metro area, and if you are looking for a good, quick, and reasonably priced meal Smashburger is a great place to go!<br /><br />Thanks to Becca, and Smashburger for the invite, I can't wait to make my second visit!<br /><br /> </div></div></div>Hannahhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07826316246643683510noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8284731174192907413.post-28897639851714479332011-10-11T12:55:00.001-05:002011-10-11T13:02:01.363-05:005 Months Later...<p>I didn't want to show up out of the blue (i just typed blew... fitting, because I blew it) and give you a run down of the last 5 months of my life after ditching you. Because I like you read blogs, and get to know people, and start to think of them as my friends (if you don't I don't want to hear that I am the only creeper out there), and I hate when I get attached to a friend, and then they fall off the face of the earth.</p><p style="text-align: left;">People who do that are crappy friends. So, I am coping to the fact that I have been a crappy friend. But people change, and if you disagree with that then let's just say that people can try <i>really hard</i> to change the habits that they know can hurt themselves and the others around them. So that's what I am going to do, try <i>really hard</i> to win back your affections, and be a better friend. That is what we are after all, friends.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6180/6235189292_1db3e13a48.jpg" width="480" height="372" alt="DSC_0163.JPG" /></p><p>As a <i>thank you</i> for being awesome friends and coming back to see me (which you obvi have since you are reading this), I have come bearing yummy gifts. This was a dinner I made up this week. I'm working on eating better right now, and I really had a hankering for chili but after watching <i>Food Inc.</i> (which was, um... scary) last week I'm trying to cut down on my meat intake, so I made a vegetarian chili. Vegetarian, not Veggie. I didn't have a lot of veggies in my fridge, but I did the best I could with what I had. It was tangy from the beer, slightly sweet from the pumpkin smokey from the cumin and chili powder, and a little spicy from the cayenne and chili flakes, and I think it turned out pretty dang delicious. You get lots of protein from the beans, and served over a little brown rice, with cheddar, and greek yogurt on top with a wedge (or half of a pan) of honey cornbread, you have got yourself a winning meal to share with a friend, that makes a really great, <b>"Thank You!"</b></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6226/6234665577_9b2c4ed312.jpg" width="480" height="358" alt="DSC_0166.JPG" /></p><br /><p><span ><b>Vegetarian Two-Bean Chili</b></span></p><p><i>Serves: 4</i></p><p><i>Time: 20 minutes prep, 1 hour cooking</i></p><p>2 Tbls Olive Oil</p><p>1/2 Large Onion, diced</p><p>2 cloves Garlic, minced (or microplaned)</p><p>1/2 tsp salt</p><p>1 1/2 Tbls Cumin</p><p>1 Tbls Chili Powder</p><p>1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes</p><p>1/2 tsp Dried Oregano</p><p>1/2 tsp Paprika</p><p>1/2 tsp Cayenne</p><p>6 oz. can Tomato Paste</p><p>1 Cup Pumpkin Puree</p><p>28 oz. can Crushed Tomatoes</p><p>12 oz can Beer</p><p>1 Cup Water</p><p>15.5 oz Can Red Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed</p><p>2 Cups (about 2 15.5 oz cans) Black Beans, drained and rinsed</p><p>1 1/2 Cups Frozen Corn</p><p>Salt and Black Pepper to taste</p><p><br /></p><p>Warm oil in a large soup pot over medium-low heat, saute onions for 3 minutes</p><p>Add garlic, and 1/2 tsp salt, saute until onions are soft and almost translucent, about 3 minutes</p><p>Add all of the spices, and stir allowing oil to draw out flavor and toast spices, about 2 minutes</p><p>Add in tomato paste, and pumpkin puree, making sure to scrape up spices off the bottom of pot, increase heat to medium-high</p><p>Add in beer, allow to cook for 2 minutes</p><p>Add in crushed tomatoes, and water, bring to a simmer</p><p>Stir in both beans and corn, season with salt and pepper to taste (I used approx. 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper)</p><p>Turn down heat to low, cover (crack lid to keep from bubbling over) and simmer for 1 hour stirring occasionally</p><p>Serve hot with brown rice, shredded cheddar, plain greek yogurt, and avocado slices</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6225/6235189606_5af686f9bf.jpg" width="480" height="479" alt="DSC_0170.jpg" /></p><br /><p>Oh... And, if I didn't tell you already, <b>Thanks!</b></p>Hannahhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07826316246643683510noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8284731174192907413.post-19015553564007999192011-05-19T14:54:00.001-05:002011-05-19T14:57:52.310-05:00Orthotics Will Straighten Out My Life... I mean, Feet<p>I've had a busy last couple of days, I had meetings, and more meetings, my mom went out of town, and asked me to watch Pherroshus. I had an appointment with my podiatrist, a quick grocery trip, a haircut for P<a href="http://www.hannahlivesblog.com/2011/02/rough-day.html">herroshus</a>, car trouble, and today's (car trouble related) depression. But let's start by looking at some food pictures!</p><p><b><span style="font-size:180%;"><span style="font-size:18px;">Food</span></span></b></p><p><b><span style="font-size:180%;"><span style="font-size:18px;"></span></span></b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large; "><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5149/5737930460_7cdea72889.jpg" width="480" height="309" alt="DSC_0001.JPG" /></span></p><p><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large; "></span>Tuesday's breakfast. 2 over-easy eggs, 3 pork sausages, whole wheat toast, and fruit salad, with an iced coffee.</p><p><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2620/5737929534_d965aca017.jpg" width="480" height="350" alt="DSC_0009.JPG" /></p><p>Tuesday's dinner. Cheese tortelloni with sauteed cremini mushrooms, spinach, and shrimp, in a cheesy cream sauce. And a big glass of iced tea.</p><p><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3566/5737929192_d33b7d1ca8.jpg" width="480" height="440" alt="DSC_0020.JPG" /></p><p>Wednesday's breakfast started out as a leftover fruit salad protein smoothie and iced coffee, drunk through my <a href="https://opensky.com/carrotsncake/collection/stainless-straw-bundle">new stainless steel straws</a>. But I had three sips, and decided that it was gross, and I didn't want to drink the smoothie because I really wanted something savory. So, I gave it to Boomer, and I reheated some leftover pasta.</p><p><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2632/5737379277_1ebe357f87.jpg" width="480" height="315" alt="DSC_0022.JPG" /></p><p>Which looks weird and gloopy, but I promise it was delicious. I also enjoyed a side of blackberries, because I have this thing where I need to have fruit with every meal.</p><p>Breakfast today was a mushroom/spinach/cheese omelet with 1 egg, and 2 egg whites.</p><p>I have spent most of the week so far outside because the weather has been so amazing! It has taken forever for it to warm up and stop raining, and I am so excited that I can say it actually feels like spring, in fact it's starting to feel more like summer. We may have skipped the spring this year.</p><p><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3555/5737930164_c437ac3255.jpg" width="480" height="374" alt="DSC_0028.JPG" /></p><p>And I'm hanging out with this guy while my mom is out of town.</p><p><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5144/5737379631_e83799efdb.jpg" width="412" height="480" alt="DSC_0032.JPG" /> <img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2561/5737929830_845c08677e_z.jpg" width="539" height="351" alt="DSC_0010.JPG" /><br /></p><p>That is the same dog in both pictures above. It is just his before and after shot. Because his undercoat is so thick it gets matted really easily in his armpits, around his face, and legs. So if my parents aren't <i>really</i> diligent about brushing him (which isn't easy because he <i>hates</i> it), when we cut his hair he gets a buzz cut. I think he is embarrassed, and loves it at the same time. He doesn't like his picture taken when it's this short, but he loves sun-bathing like this. Weirdo.</p><br /><p><span style="font-size:180%;"><span style="font-size:18px;"><b>Workout</b></span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:180%;"><span style="font-size:18px;"><b></b></span></span>If you have checked the new <a href="http://www.hannahlivesblog.com/p/work-it-out.html">"Work It Out"</a> page, you know that that is where I am recording my completed, and planned workouts for each week so I can keep track of it all in one place. You also know that on Tuesday I took a 45 minute yoga class via ExerciseTV On Demand. And Wednesday, I ran 2.46 miles with a run/walk ratio of 90/120 sec. in 42 minutes.</p><p><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3348/5737931642_d6b1abbc64.jpg" width="480" height="426" alt="DSC_0014.JPG" /></p><p>Today is a rest day. And I plan on doing just that. Resting. B-Money and I may take a walk with the dog, but that's about it.</p><p>I really wanted to talk about injuries today. Being a dancer, I started experiencing shin splints in high school. And because I was so hard-core I just danced through the pain, no resting, no icing, no compressing, no R.I.C.E.-ing. So they never fully healed. It was to the point that whenever I was just walking around my shins would hurt, and pretty soon I hated walking anywhere. When I wanted to start running I knew I had to address the pain and do something about it so that I felt well enough to run/walk for more than a block. So I starting icing, wearing compression sleeves, and bought new shoes. It helped, a lot, and I have been able to run, and walk with minimal pain. But I started to experience some pain in my arches, so I decided I should go see the doctor. I always get nervous when I get 2 injuries that could be connected. One injury causing another, is bad news bears.</p><p>*********************************************************************************</p><p>I made an appointment, and 3 days later I was in my podiatrist office getting an exam. The told me I had flat feet (which I knew), and that I have a tendency to over pronate slightly (which I figured, given the flat feet), they also told me that shin splints are quite common in flat footed people because not have an arch means I have virtually no shock absorption in my feet, which means my lower legs are taking the brunt of the force. He said that they may never fully heal, especially because I've had them consistently for almost a decade, but I just have to do my best to keep them from getting any worse. Sufficient rest in-between high-impact workouts, ice, compression socks during and after high-impact workouts, and anti-inflammatories. He also said that I have weak ankles (mostly my right), and weak tendons from multiple sprains, which is making my heel stick out. So he is having me fitted for custom orthotics that will correct my ankle alignment and bring my heels back underneath my ankle, and give me some arch support.</p><p><br /><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2562/5737931870_d0bc963652.jpg" width="468" height="480" alt="Screen shot 2011-05-19 at 2.35.56 PM.png" /> <a href="http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.orthoticshop.com/image/foot-pronation-diagram.jpg&amp;imgrefurl=http://www.orthoticshop.com/over-pronation-insoles/&amp;h=508&amp;w=484&amp;sz=58&amp;tbnid=yFsmYQuO0OQ0UM:&amp;tbnh=230&amp;tbnw=219&amp;prev=/search%3Fq%3Doverpronation%2Bdiagram%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&amp;zoom=1&amp;q=overpronation+diagram&amp;usg=__BBy0_TPZCVbp6biTX8aZySusNy4=&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=DXHVTciiMIWT0QHHto2aDA&amp;ved=0CBoQ9QEwAA">Source</a></p><p>Basically I am crooked, and it is throwing off everything in my body. He says that they should help with the arch pain, as well as the shin splints, as long as I keep icing, and compressing, and cutting down my workouts by 10% every time it hurts more than usual. It will even help with my tight hips, because once one thing is not in line the whole building starts to fall apart. So soon my legs will be perfectly stacked on top of my feet, and I will be almost pain free. I am also guessing I will be about 2 inches taller, have a college degree, and be debt free once I'm straightened out. ;-)</p><p><span style="font-size:130%;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><b><i>What do you do when you have an injury?</i></b></span></span></p><p>-I read as much as possible about my aches and pains, and try to figure out what it could be, I also ice the inflamed, and heat the achy. If nothing else works I go to the doctor. I have a phobia of going to the doctor, and having them tell me nothing is wrong, or there is nothing they can do. Ahem... remember <a href="http://www.hannahlivesblog.com/2011/01/biting-bullet.html">when I had pneumonia</a>?</p><p><br /></p><p><i>Disclaimer: The above advice, and wisdom is from my personal experience, Google, my general physician, and my podiatrist, and what works for me. I have no real knowledge of anything, except how to switch majors 13 times, and drag out your bachelor's degree so that you never graduate. If you have an injury do what you need to do, wether it be see a witch doctor, physical therapist, or psychic. Take my words with a grain of salt. I know nothing.</i></p>Hannahhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07826316246643683510noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8284731174192907413.post-8575686983730997922011-05-16T14:46:00.003-05:002011-05-16T14:56:24.865-05:00Easy Runs and Peanut Butter Fingers in my Dreams<p>Late to bed, and late to rise is <a href="http://www.hannahlivesblog.com/2011/04/playing-catch-up.html">a pattern in my life</a>. And so are weird dreams. I find that the later I get to bed, the weirder my dreams get. Last night I got home from work around midnight, stayed up dilly-dallying until I got tired, and went to bed around 1:30 a.m. hoping to get up around 10 a.m. for my training run. But Boomer got home around 2 a.m. and woke me up. We stayed up until 3 a.m. talking and listening to music, and watching music videos on our cell phones (yes, we do this regularly). Once Boomer fell asleep I couldn't, so, I was up until 4 o'clock this morning.</p><p>I had a dream involving visiting Costco, eating samples until my belly was full, and purchasing 3 bags of Almond Rice Pops, because they haven't been there the lat 2 times I've visited Costco. I also had another dream involving <a href="http://www.pbfingers.com/">Miss Julie of Peanut Butter Fingers</a>, her husband, and her dog. I lived in the Orlando, FL area (which is nowhere near my Minneapolis neighborhood) and we were buddies. In my dream I went on a walk with her, her husband Ryan, and their dog Sadie. It was uneventful, but strange. By the way, she is nicer in person (via my dream) than on her blog! Not to mention the dream I had Saturday night, after a late night of drinking, and games at my girl's night potluck, where all my friends were talking about how terrible my food was, and that they would not be inviting me to any other gatherings if I was bringing food (in real life they love my cooking... I think).</p><p>You know a girls needs to get a hobby when all she dreams about is food, and the people she reads about in blogs. Don't judge me for being a big fat loser. I hope to get to bed at a reasonable hour tonight (I work again, so reasonable is 12-1a.m.), and avoid dreams about people I've never met, and food I wish to eat.</p><p><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:x-large;">WORKOUT</span></b></p><p>2.13 miles in 36 minutes. Including 5 minute warm up, and 5 min cool down. Avg pace 16:54/mile. 90 sec run/ 120 sec. walk.</p><p><span style="font-size:130%;"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5142/5727763710_f838c593bc.jpg" width="480" height="373" alt="DSC_0143.JPG" /></span></p><p>Boomer came with me on this run, for the first time since my first training run. I find that I push myself more when Boom Boom is there, because subconsciously I don't want to disappoint B-diddy. Which is backwards because the only reason Boom comes with me is to support me. This run felt easy, which was a nice change from my last 2 training runs. It was especially nice because this is the first jump in the run/walk ratio. It motivates me to keep at it since it f<i>eels</i> like it's getting easier. And I am happy with the pace that we kept! The weather didn't hurt either!</p><p>We decided we wanted to go all the way around the lake today since the weather was so nice (I usually just do a third, and back), so we ended up walking an extra .31 miles in 6:16 minutes.</p><p><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5065/5727207633_5de7b27b4a.jpg" width="480" height="320" alt="DSC_0140.JPG" /></p><p>After that we stretched by the lake, and had a photo sesh.</p><p><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5145/5727763016_24e9bfff0f.jpg" width="480" height="372" alt="DSC_0159.JPG" /><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5121/5727748492_d0a4087c29.jpg" width="497" height="331" alt="DSC_0154.JPG" /><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2135/5727206533_6c524a6547.jpg" width="480" height="264" alt="DSC_0152.JPG" /></p><p>Look! It's downtown Minneapolis!<br /><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3580/5727206879_d4d810eb8d.jpg" width="480" height="221" alt="DSC_0157.JPG" /></p><p>Doesn't this photo remind you of a "Senior Picture"?<img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5102/5727207281_d7fa55012b.jpg" width="480" height="320" alt="DSC_0151.JPG" /></p><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:x-large;">LUNCH</span></b><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:x-large;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:medium;">Lunch (aka my first meal of the day... I told you I woke up late) Was a 6" Subway sammy. Turkey and Pepperjack cheese toasted on Wheat with lettuce, tomatoes, cukes, bell peppers, pickles, and honey mustard. Wtth a gallon of water. 'Twas delicious!</span></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal; "><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3531/5727209089_74104b1367.jpg" width="480" height="360" alt="IMG_0631.JPG" /></span></span></b></div><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:x-large;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal; "></span></span></b>A quick run to Target Boutique (in my best french accent) for ice packs, and band aids in preparation for the pain I will be putting myself through. And then the Bucks for Vanilla Soy Iced lattes.<p><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2160/5727764554_e76a959d8c.jpg" width="480" height="391" alt="DSC_0165.JPG" /></p><p>Now I am home, on my patio, blogging and icing my shin while Boomer Gardens! My wireless has never worked outside, and that fact that it is right now is making me really happy! This is seriously the life! Back to reality in approximately 1 hour when I have to shower and get ready for work... Work is so inconvenient sometimes.</p><br /><br /></div>Hannahhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07826316246643683510noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8284731174192907413.post-21194653010075366632011-05-14T12:01:00.001-05:002011-05-14T12:03:45.646-05:0023 is the New 15<p>Remember when I was talking about <a href="http://www.hannahlivesblog.com/2011/05/stifling-self-doubt.html">stifling self-doub</a>t. Yeah well, now we have another problem. I woke up bright an early (well, for me) this morning, and got my butt to the lake for a wog. And before I get to far into my story...</p><p style="text-align: left;">Dear people I live with,</p><p style="text-align: left;">Yes I know it is raining. But I appreciate that you feel the need to tell me that what the weather is like in your incredulous tone whenever I'm leaving the house in my running gear. Not really though, because it makes me feel like you are questioning my ability to see water falling from the sky. I watch the news, I check the weather, I have eyes. They work great. And I have seen rain before, I also assure that as big of a "rhymes with witch" as I am, I will not melt when met with precipitation. You are underestimating my humanity, and my sanity -which I am almost positive I lost the day I signed up for my 10 mile race,but that's besides the point- and I do not appreciate it. But thanks for the forecast.</p><p style="text-align: left;">Love, Hannah</p><p>Anyway. Now that that is off my chest. Since talking with my BIL (Brother-in-law), and seeing him again last night at a birthday dinner, and hearing that I've inspired him to start running again, I've felt the need to get my butt in gear. So I made sure to be up before noon to get my wog in before my day of errands, and prep before the night ahead of me. Even though it was raining, and hovering around 45*, I put on my sports bra (which I am coming to thank my lucky stars that I found so early in my running journey), laced up my sneaks, and got myself out the door. Last night before bed I told myself that if it wasn't raining I would work my way around the entire lake walking, and jogging as much as I could handle, but it was, so I stuck to the 15 minutes out, 15 minutes back routine I've been doing for 2 weeks now. During a walking break in the first leg of my morning wog I heard an approaching group of people, as the first few passed me I realized it was a group of teenage boys on some sort of training run, once their entire group was in front of me their coach turned around, and it was none other than my high school crush... AWK.</p><p>My initial confidence, and pride that I had been feeling for actually getting out and doing my wog for the second time this week in the rain quickly dissipated, and my cheeks got hot with embarrassment. Which was a lot of embarrassment, because I was freezing! Suddenly I was a 15 year-old again. I immediately turned around, and headed in the other direction, while watching them closely making their way around the other side of the lake to make sure I wouldn't run into them again, only face first this time. I don't think he recognized me because my back was to him, my hood was up, and my stature is considerably larger than it was the last time I saw him back in high school. But I can't shake the embarrassment. And I can't shake being embarrassed for being embarrassed. I never considered the fact that I would run (figuratively, of course) into people I knew way back when, while making my way around the numerous lakes in my city! But being a towny (I use this term loosely since my "town" has a population of over 370,000 people), I have to face that fact. Especially because I live in south Minneapolis, which is a very small community considering how large it is (does that make sense?). It is guaranteed that you will see at least 3 people you know (or knew in a previous lifetime) anytime you go to a south Minneapolis lake in the months of May-September (depending on the weather). And chances are, while I am coasting along in complete oblivion of the world around me in my "Runner's High" (aka trying in desperation not to pass out, and drown in my own sweat) sprinting (dragging) my way around Lake Calhoun, there are bound to be people who will see my jiggly bits jiggling. I'm thinking maybe I'll just run circles around my house instead. Well, at least until my jiggly bits stop jiggling.</p><p><b><span style="font-size:180%;"><span style="font-size:18px;">Workout:</span> <span style="font-size:100%;"><span style=" font-weight: normal;font-size:12px;">1.69 miles in 30 minutes. It was more walking than running because I forgot to put on my compression sleeves, my shins hurt, really bad. And so did my pride.</span></span></span></b></p><p><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3513/5718865729_c5439a1f27.jpg" width="480" height="413" alt="DSC_0004.JPG" /></p><br /><p><b><span style="font-size:130%;"><span style="font-size:14px;">Breakfast:</span> <span style="font-size:100%;"><span style=" font-weight: normal;font-size:12px;">Cinnamon raisin bagel thin, lingonberry preserves, cheddar, a slice of deli ham, and a fried egg. A very berry Chobani Champion, with blackberries. Along with a 50/50 mix of Coconut Water, and O.J.</span></span></span></b></p><br /><p><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2143/5719426070_6728390f17.jpg" width="480" height="365" alt="DSC_0014.JPG" /> <img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2595/5718866241_c74e6935a0_z.jpg" width="515" height="343" alt="DSC_0013.JPG" /></p><p>Enjoyed while icing my shins to numbness.</p><p><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2442/5718866005_1c226876fe.jpg" width="480" height="297" alt="DSC_0007.JPG" /></p><br /><p>The plan for the rest of the day includes a quick trip to the grocery store (my fourth this week), and quite a bit of cooking before heading out for an exciting girl's game night in! </p><p>Have a great weekend er'body!!</p>Hannahhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07826316246643683510noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8284731174192907413.post-57068307032336250692011-05-12T18:57:00.001-05:002011-05-13T14:39:55.816-05:00Stifling Self-Doubt<p>Well hello there! Howsitgoing?</p><p>I have <a href="http://www.hannahlivesblog.com/2011/04/wogging-with-jiggly-bits.html">mentioned</a> before what I thought my biggest hurdle would be in training for my <a href="http://www.hannahlivesblog.com/2011/04/guess-what-i-just-did.html">10-miler</a>, and today I want to talk more about that. Let me start by telling you that I am a dweller. I dwell on the negatives, and the what-ifs, and I freak myself out with self-doubt, and worry myself sick. I know this about myself, and I try to embrace it, and then overcome it, because I have come to terms with the fact that I can't change it.</p><p><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2798/5714110777_7cd75a491d.jpg" width="480" height="360" alt="IMG_0261.JPG" /></p><p>I am well aware of the fact that my biggest obstacle in my training is the self-doubt. Growing up I thought I could do anything! And most things came easy to me, I did have this strong fear of failing, and disappointing the ones that I love, but that changed in high school. During my senior year of high school I failed my first class ever. But instead of beating myself up about it, and making myself sick like I normally would have done, I forgave myself for my bad choices, and realized that failing is part of the journey. Sounds healthy, right? Well, this realization brought on an irrational fear of failing at <i>everything</i>. Whenever something started to go well, I found myself saying, "Hannah, you're probably gonna screw up this next thing, it's only a matter of time until you mess up again." I am a firm believer in self-fulfilling prophecies, and by me just having these thoughts, I had already screwed myself.</p><p>Since then college has been a struggle for me, so has balancing a checkbook, finding a job, and getting healthy. I start out by deciding to make a change, doing all of the research, getting all of the tools, trying, and then quitting because I don't believe I can turn it around. And I don't believe the people around me believe I can turn it around.</p><p>Running <i>has</i> to be different for me. I have been hesitant to tell people in my "real life" about my race. A few of my friends know (the one that told me about it, and a friend I was trying to recruit to run with me), and Boomer knows. But that was it. I didn't want to tell my family, because I was so scared that they would scoff at my attempt, or tell me I'm crazy, and not believe I'd be able to do it. But I told my eldest sister last weekend, and she is probably one of the most supportive people I know (she takes after our mom), and I'm not scared to disappoint her. She had the reaction I thought she would, she was proud, and excited for me, and even a little bit envious (I'm trying to get her to register with me). But her husband (my brother-in-law), I was scared to tell him. He has some very firm beliefs, and values about sports, what makes a sport, nutrition, and the like. He doesn't consider dance to be a worthy sport, or physical activity (a sport that I devoted 13 years of my life to), he thought I was running my family (financially) into the ground, because competitive dance is not cheap. I love my brother-in-law, I know he cares for me, but sometimes I worry about what he <i>really</i> thinks of me. I think as a person, and a person with values he thinks highly of me, I think he knows I have a good head on my shoulders, but I also think he thinks I'm a bit of a screw up. He is on of the people in my life that I am scared to disappoint.</p><p><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3409/5714672660_065ce0494b.jpg" width="480" height="266" alt="DSC_0237.JPG" /></p><p>But last weekend, after telling my sister, I told him. His was very proud of me. And was excited for me, and immediately launched into advice for me about running (he was a track star back in his hay-day), he even offered to do training runs with me. He even warned me that it wasn't necessary for me to run long distances to lose weight, that just being consistent (3-4 miles, 3-4X's a week) about it would help me get to my goal. And when I said to him that running 10 miles wasn't about the weight for me (although it is something I'm keeping my eye on), it was more about setting a goal, and achieving it. He seemed even more excited! He told me that I can do anything, and achieve anything I want as long as I am willing to put the work in. When I told him I was terrified, he reminded me to never let fear get in the way of something I want, because fear is only going to keep you away from discovering new passions. Although he never outwardly said he was proud of me, having that conversation, and hearing how eager he was to help me, and the way he looked at me really lit a fire under me. I want to prove my naysayers wrong, and I want my brother-in-law to always be proud of me. And knowing that I have that support, knowing that I have an experienced runner (and loved one) in my corner to help me, and guide me is going to take me far.</p><p>He doesn't know how much his approval means to me. But it means the world. I have newfound strength to get out there, push myself, test my limits, and not be scared. I refuse to let self-doubt get the best of me. As long as I put in the time, and log the miles, and believe in myself, I will get there!</p><p><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2565/5714111627_7aca877532.jpg" width="480" height="360" alt="IMG_0384.JPG" /></p><p>So in an effort to silence "the voice" that creeps into my mind everyday when I hit the trail, and look across the lake watching all the other runners run, and says, "there is no way you will ever be as athletic as those people, and there is no way you will ever run 3 miles non-stop," I am taking it one step at a time, one minute, at a time, and reminding myself that no matter how fast, or how far I go, I am doing something good for my body, and doing more than I was doing last year, and I am going to be proud of that.</p><p><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2154/5714110623_34d49175b6.jpg" width="480" height="320" alt="DSC_0178.JPG" /></p><p>I am also looking for new ways to distract myself while running. Something else to focus on, so that I'm not focusing on how far I've gone, how far I have to go, my lungs exploding, or the 70 year old man that has lapped me twice already.</p><p>Here are the methods that I think will help me in silencing "The Voice":</p><ul> <li>Focus on the good that I am doing, whether I'm doing it well or not, at least <b>I am</b> <b>trying!</b></li><br /> <li><b>Distract myself</b> with something else, new music, a friend to chat with.</li><br /> <li><b>Be proud</b> of what I have accomplished! Whether it's the miles I've put in that week, or that day!</li><br /> <li><b>Prove "The Voice" wrong</b>! Whenever I hear that nagging, just prove it wrong! Show it who is boss!</li></ul><p><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2549/5714671230_febf82c746.jpg" width="480" height="360" alt="102_1382.JPG" /></p><p>Do you have any more techniques for me to squelch the self-doubt?</p><p>*************************************************************************************************************************************</p><p>While surfing the webs, and trying to catch up on blogs I discovered a new <a href="http://www.runningoffthereeses.com/">blog</a> last night, and stayed up until 4 a.m. reading back posts. She is funny, and real, and I want to be her friend. So, Cely, if you read this, call me! You should go read her blog too, I promise you'll love it! But the point is that she listens to audiobooks while she runs! I'll admit that I have considered it, but I am such a visual person I didn't think that I would really know what was going on in the book if I wasn't reading the words. But I get so lost in books I think it would be a good thing to silence "the voice". So, today I paid $23 to download the <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAudiobook?id=325754366&amp;s=143441&amp;uo=4">audio version of a book</a> that is probably $10 in paperback, and vowed to only listen to it while running. And I hit the trails (for the first time in a week)!</p><br /><p><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3411/5714671040_517b7e9705.jpg" width="315" height="480" alt="Screen shot 2011-05-12 at 6.43.11 PM.png" /></p><br /><p>It helped! I didn't not once hear "the voice" in the back of my head screaming that I was crazy! I didn't hear it at all! I was so focused on the story, and not missing anything that I didn't once think I wasn't capable! I did walk more than I ran, and my shins started to hurt so bad at one point that I had to sit down at a picnic table for a while. But I covered <b>1.45 miles in 27 minutes.</b></p><p><b><br /><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2014/5714110989_e10212c85c.jpg" width="480" height="446" alt="DSC_0235.JPG" /></b></p><p>When I got home I was starving, so I threw together a huge lunch!</p><p><br /><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2529/5714111361_8454f28b42.jpg" width="480" height="328" alt="DSC_0239.JPG" /></p><p>Leftover brown rice and salmon cake over baby spinach, romaine, and cherry tomatoes with the last drips of TJ's Champagne Gorgonzola vinaigrette, and a little plain greek yogurt blended with garlic.</p><p><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3577/5714111187_4c599f151b.jpg" width="480" height="383" alt="DSC_0242.JPG" /></p><p>I bought Thomas' Bagel Thins this week after drooling over <a href="http://www.pbfingers.com/2011/05/02/hooray-for-may/">Julie's bagelwiches</a> for weeks! And they're good, they aren't bagels, but they're good, and for 100 calories, it satisfied the craving. But then again, I've never had an authentic, chewy, New York City bagel. Along with my salad I had a cinnamon raisin, Muenster, lingonberry preserves, and pear bagelwich inspired by Julie! It was as good as it looked on her <a href="http://www.pbfingers.com/">blog</a>!</p><p><br /><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2693/5714670864_3f1403c679.jpg" width="480" height="345" alt="DSC_0244.JPG" /></p><p>And now I am lounging, job hunting, reading, and watching Wheel of Fortune (sidenote: anyone have Comcast, and get switched over to Xfinity? I didn't ask them to do it, and I hate it). I am also craving another bagelwich, and thinking about going out for another walk so I can listen to <u>Something Borrowed</u>.</p><p>There is something wrong with me.</p>Hannahhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07826316246643683510noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8284731174192907413.post-28976505809795355842011-05-10T16:03:00.000-05:002011-05-10T16:04:43.144-05:00What I Did This Week<p>I'm working on a much longer, much more emotional, much more motivational post.... But it won't be done for much more time (I know it isn't grammatically correct, sue me). But I wanted to say hi, and let you know I have not run since last Wednesday. In fact, I have done not a lick of exercise since then, and I am not proud of myself. I have been slacking off, and it's time to cut it out. But for now, here is what I did do this week....</p><br /><p><br /><br /><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2432/5707784315_30bd902c2b.jpg" width="480" height="435" alt="IMG_0647.JPG" /></p><br /><p>Stats from my run on Wednesday<br /><br /><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2210/5708351406_484cff5c82.jpg" width="451" height="480" alt="IMG_0650.JPG" /></p><br /><p>Started a new book<br /><br /><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3481/5708350002_0c2fdb5886.jpg" width="464" height="480" alt="IMG_0649.jpg" /></p><br /><p>Post run tropical smoothie!<br /><br /><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3250/5707784913_702f848a62.jpg" width="480" height="386" alt="IMG_0655.JPG" /></p><br /><p>Trader Joes' Orange chicken, brown rice, and green beans<br /><br /><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2112/5707785217_52d555c5c2.jpg" width="480" height="270" alt="DSC_0074 - Version 2.jpg" /></p><br /><p>Helping with <a href="http://www.hannahlivesblog.com/2011/05/happy-birthday-audrey.html">Audrey</a>'s Spa themed birthday party<br /><br /><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2482/5707785589_6d153c38b2.jpg" width="480" height="320" alt="DSC_0185.JPG" /></p><br /><p>Making s'mores on the fire pit</p><br /><p>There was also some work, a birthday breakfast for one of my really good friends, doing my sister's hair, and a raging game of kickball with the neighborhood kids! My abs, quads, and calves are killing me today! Who knew kickball was such a workout?! I don't ever remember being sore the day after a recess time game of kickball in 4th grade!<br /></p><br /><p>I slept most of the day today, don't judge me. It was a late night. I'm gonna go run some errands now, and then make use of a <a href="http://www.groupon.com" title="Groupon">Groupon</a> for dinner tonight! I'll be back in the morning with a run stats post, and a weigh-in update! Have a great night ya'll!</p><br /><br />Hannahhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07826316246643683510noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8284731174192907413.post-24883124702373158562011-05-08T17:43:00.001-05:002011-05-08T21:11:53.347-05:00Happy Mother's Day!<p>Happy Mother's Day to all the fantastic moms out there! Especially mine...</p><p><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2092/5701408744_e4a201fa88.jpg" width="456" height="292" alt="nana with gkids.jpg" /></p><p><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">(Nana with 3 of the 5 grandchildren)</span></p><br /><p>Dear Mom,</p><p>You are one of, if not the strongest, most determined, resourceful, generous, and loving people I know. I thank you for everything that you have given, taught, and sacrificed for my sisters and me. Your hugs, tears, love, and support has not gone unnoticed, and is never taken for granted. Thank you for giving me the tools to know that I am capable of doing, and achieving anything that I set my mind to. Thank you for letting me know that I have your support whether my choice is right or wrong, and thank you for letting me know the difference. Thank you for allowing me to make my mistakes, and giving me the guidance to learn from them. Thank you, for being you.</p><p>Love,</p><p>Your Daughter</p>Hannahhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07826316246643683510noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8284731174192907413.post-49037432281041564212011-05-04T20:48:00.002-05:002011-05-04T20:49:34.314-05:00Happy Birthday Audrey!<p>Today is my niece Audrey's Birthday. She is eleven years old today, and I just wanted to take a moment to wish her a very happy birthday!!</p><div style="text-align: center;"> <img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5269/5689071522_271aa3bb92.jpg" width="253" height="480" alt="HPIM1261.JPG" /><br />Audrey on her 7th birthday</div><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Happy Birthday Boog!! I can't believe you how big you've gotten, and I am very proud of the young lady that you have grown into! I look forward to watching you grow into the woman I know you will be! I love you!</b></div><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal; "><b>Love, Your Auntie Hannah</b></span></b></div><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><br /> <b><br /></b><br /></div>Hannahhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07826316246643683510noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8284731174192907413.post-58680355059196153812011-05-04T20:06:00.001-05:002011-05-04T20:17:08.065-05:00Vitamin D, and a Fresh Coat of Paint<p>Hola! Let's get this done!</p><p><span style="font-size:130%;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><b><span style="color:#393CD1;">Tuesday's Workout:</span></b></span></span> .94 miles easy walk around Hiawatha</p><p>Yesterday was a GORGEOUS day in Minneapolis. It was sunny, and warm most of the day. There was a slight breeze, but I'm not gonna complain considering Monday it was 34*. I woke up late (per usual) and ate my riblet, potato, and corn leftovers for breakfast.. No it wasn't breakfast time, or traditional breakfast food, but it certainly broke my fast! And then Boomer and I decided to take advantage of the weather, and take a walk. During my couch-to-5K training I'm only run/walking 3 days per week. The other 3 (I take one rest day each week) I cross train (yoga or strength training), or I'll just take a walk to get my legs moving. So we went for a walk, and thought we should take Pherroshus with us. So we headed to my mom's house, grabbed the pup and off we went....</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5230/5688408975_ee19a70660.jpg" width="480" height="360" alt="IMG_0604.JPG" /></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5145/5688979060_d66d30d79c.jpg" width="480" height="360" alt="IMG_0605.JPG" /></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5066/5688407397_f97ef76d77.jpg" width="480" height="316" alt="IMG_0618.JPG" /></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5061/5688979554_bd5e694bab.jpg" width="480" height="360" alt="IMG_0610.JPG" /></p><p style="text-align: left;">With all the snow, and rain we've had most of the lakes, and the creek are flooded. The water has flooded the marsh habitats lining the lake, and has make it's way up the shore and flooded this section of the walking path.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5110/5688406713_8159341454.jpg" width="480" height="360" alt="IMG_0615.JPG" /></p><p style="text-align: left;">The beach is also mostly underwater. The lifeguard chair in now in the lake, when there is usually about 15 yards of beach between it and the lake. But look at that sky!</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5306/5688977940_9ff6bb2e74.jpg" width="480" height="431" alt="IMG_0619.JPG" /></p><p style="text-align: center;"><br /></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5186/5688978642_4c58a16a81.jpg" width="480" height="360" alt="IMG_0607.JPG" /></p><p style="text-align: center;">A Heron nesting</p><p style="text-align: center;"></p><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5270/5688979320_76021a4a26.jpg" width="354" height="480" alt="IMG_0628.jpg" /><p></p><p style="text-align: left;">Random dude fishing in the creek... weirdo. There is nothing in there home dog. Unless you're trying to catch bait...</p><p style="text-align: left;">We covered about .94 miles, dropped the pup off, and headed home. I did 40 minutes of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Body-Bethenny-Frankel/dp/B002W6ZXOS">Bethenny Frankel yoga</a> On Demand hoping to stretch out my tight muscles that are currently suffering from <a href="http://sportsmedicine.about.com/cs/injuries/a/doms.htm">Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness</a>. It didn't work. This yoga was much more akin to yoga sculpt, and yoga flow. We held some poses for a few seconds but never exceeding a minute. It did stretch me out a bit, mostly because I skipped some flow to hold certain poses for longer. But I was schweating by the end. Bethenny is a Yogi Beast. I love her more now than ever before, and I didn't think that was possible. If I have never professed my love for her before, allow me to do it now. I love Bethenny (Frankel) Hoppy.</p><p style="text-align: left;"><b><span style="font-size:130%;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="color:#13D12A;">LUNCH</span></span></span></b></p><p style="text-align: left;"><b><span style="font-size:130%;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="color:#13D12A;"></span></span></span></b><span style="color:#41D135;">I drop</span><span style="color:#13D12A;">ped Boomerang off at work and headed to Subway for lunch.</span></p><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color:#13D12A;"></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(19, 209, 42); "><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5303/5688408111_10701f9f77.jpg" width="480" height="343" alt="IMG_0630.JPG" /></span></p><p style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(19, 209, 42); "></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(19, 209, 42); ">I ordered a footlong 9-grain honey wheat with turkey and pepperjack toasted, lettuce, spinach, tomato, cucumber, green bell pepper, and fat-free honey mustard. It was delicious! I ate half the sandwich, along with half of my harvest cheddar Sun Chips, and unsweetened iced green tea.</span></p><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="color:#13D12A;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">After lunch I got a <i>much</i> needed mani/pedi! I thoroughly enjoyed my pedicure whole enjoying a snack of some apple slices from Subway.</span></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"> <div style="text-align: center;"><br /> <span style="color:#13D12A;"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5106/5688977700_cc158d68bf.jpg" width="480" height="360" alt="IMG_0632.JPG" /><br /></span><br /> </div>After heading home I blogged, read some blogs, and then enjoyed the rest of my lunch for dinner with a <a href="http://leinie.com/berry_weiss.html">Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss</a>. It is one of their year round beers, but I thought it would be most appropriate for summer, it was very fruit, and tasted like BeerJuice. That sounds like BeetleJuice. "BeerJuice BeerJuice BeerJuice!"</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="color:#13D12A;"><span style="color:#000000;"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5108/5688977152_5f768b48d6.jpg" width="354" height="480" alt="IMG_0634.jpg" /><br /></span></span><br /> </div>Boom-O got home from work and was hungry and made some nachos. Organic white corn tortilla chips, cheddar, chicken, romaine, avocado salsa verde, and sour cream. I helped myself to a few!<br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"> <div style="text-align: center;"><br /> <span style="color:#13D12A;"><span style="color:#000000;"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5263/5688407669_3a82d7bc2d.jpg" width="480" height="301" alt="IMG_0640.JPG" /></span></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="color:#13D12A;"><span style="color:#000000;">Yesterday was a pretty great day in my opinion! I used to really not enjoy going for walks, but as I've been doing it more over the last couple of weeks I've grown to love it! I am especially loving it this week because the weather has improved exponentially, and so has my mood!! I was in a serious funk Monday night after the <a href="http://www.hannahlivesblog.com/2011/05/someone-get-bobby-flay-on-phone.html">softball game and Soul Daddy being closed</a>, but Tuesday... man. All I needed was a little sun, and a fresh coat of paint! Which got me thinking....</span></span></div><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(200, 51, 105); "><b>Does the weather impact your general mood, and level of happiness? Are you happier in warmer months, or cooler months?</b></span><br /><div style="text-align: left;">-- Yes!! I am a crabby, no fun, lame-o, balloon buster during the winter! I need vitamin D in the form of sunshine to make me a happy girl! And I generally prefer warmer temps! My disposition is infinitely more sunny in the spring and summer months!</div><br /><br /> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="color:#13D12A;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="color:#C83369;"><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: normal; "><b><span style="color:#2240C5;">What was the best part about your day?</span></b></span></b></span></span></span></div>-- My walk with Boomer and Pherroshus! It is quickly becoming the best part of my week!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>P.s. My family would really love it if you friended me in </b><a href="http://www.dailymile.com/people/HannahLives#ref=tophd"><b>DailyMile</b></a><b>. They worries about my social skills sometimes, and are always happy to know I am making friends. There is even a fancy little doo-hicker over on the left you can send me some motivation right from this page! If you do, I'll send you a cookie.</b><br /><br /> </div><br /></div>Hannahhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07826316246643683510noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8284731174192907413.post-86040637164849831322011-05-03T21:44:00.001-05:002011-05-03T21:57:15.778-05:00Someone Get Bobby Flay On The Phone!<p><span style="color:#3A39FB;">Yo! I hope everyone's week is off to a good start!!</span></p><p><span style="color:#3A39FB;">My wireless has been down for almost 24 hours, and I really wanted to post when it started working again, but alas, no time. So let's play a little catch-up.</span></p><p><span style="color:#3A39FB;">So, yesterday after my Elvis Smoothie, I showered and headed out to watch Boombastic's softball game. The weather didn't get any warmer. And I was a whiny, pouty, crabbykins about it. It was still 34* on the 1st of May and I was sitting outside, wrapped in a Mickey Mouse blanket, trying not to freeze to death. I'm still bitter about it. Boom Boom was nervous AAAALLLLLLLL day about the game! Truthfully I was sick of hearing about it, but I was excited to get out there and root for my team! And my Boo hit a single! Woot!</span></p><div style="text-align: center;"> <img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5241/5686010680_48567f4d93.jpg" width="480" height="217" alt="IMG_0556.JPG" /></div><div style="text-align: center;"> [Meet the Devils]</div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(255, 58, 36); "><b>EATS:</b></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="color:#FF3A24;">After the game (tied 10-10), we were starving and wanted to get dinner from</span> <a href="http://www.nbc.com/americas-next-great-restaurant/"><span style="color:#FF3A24;">America's Next Great Restaurant</span></a><span style="color:#FF3A24;">,</span> <a href="http://www.souldaddyrestaurant.com/"><span style="color:#FF3A24;">Soul Daddy at Mall of America</span></a><span style="color:#FF3A24;">. Did you ever watch that show on NBC. I was obsessed, and became so invested, and excited for the restaurant to open at #MOA! Well, the finale was Sunday, and the winner Soul Daddy was opening on Monday!</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="color:#FF3A24;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="color:#FF3A24;"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5061/5686011496_599f3d2592.jpg" width="480" height="295" alt="IMG_0589.JPG" /><br /></span><br /> </div></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="color:#FF3A24;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); "><span style="color:#FF3A24;">Unfortunately, they experienced such a high volume of customers (a 2 hour wait at it's peak) that the kept running out of food (I'm watching #thevoice right now, and instead of food just typed music...), so they closed</span> <b><span style="color:#FF3A24;">3 hours early</span></b><span style="color:#FF3A24;">! I was bumbed, and mad, and irritated! Didn't they know that it was gonna be really busy on opening day?! I mean, it was a national television competition! What did they think was going to happen!? They said they were going to try to better prepare themselves, and reopen Tuesday at 11 a.m., and stay open until they ran out of food. I'll probably try some other day, but... Whatever. I'm mad. I might call Bobby Flay and complain. And p.s. the fried chicken didn't make it back on the menu. I really should call Bobby Flay.</span></span></span></div><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="color:#FF3A24;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); "><span style="color:#FF3A24;">We were starvin' marvin by this time, and opted to go next door to</span> <a href="http://www.tonyromas.com/"><span style="color:#FF3A24;">Tony Roma's</span></a><span style="color:#FF3A24;">. Boomer had never been, and I could care less what I was gonna eat, as long as I ate. IMO it was a little overpriced (but I was at the Mall of America, where everything is a little overpriced), but it ended up being pretty good. I ordered a starter salad with balsamic vinaigrette.</span></span></span></div><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color:#FF3A24;"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5264/5685442243_94ced9c170.jpg" width="480" height="356" alt="IMG_0590.JPG" /></span></p><p style="text-align: left;"><span style="color:#FF3A24;">There was a hair in my salad, which for me is no big deal. I work in food service, and have for almost 10 years, stuff happens. But because I work in food service, and there is a hair in my food, I examine it carefully to make sure it isn't my own. It wasn't, not to mention it was buried in the bottom of my salad, and no matter what you say, if a hair falls out of my head, and into a plate of food in front of me for no more than 3 minutes (I had JUST started eating), there is no way it is going to wiggle itself down into the bottom of the bowl, with just a little bit sticking out. The manager on duty dropped off out drinks from the bar, and since she was there already I politely mentioned the hair, and just asked if I could have a new one. She said yes, brought one out, and proceeded to tell me that all their kitchen staff where hairnets, and are very careful, and it rarely happens, but she would take it off my bill... No apology, and a passive aggressive way of saying to me that it was probably my hair. I work in food service. You aren't fooling me. I mastered that tone.</span></p><p style="text-align: left;"><span style="color:#FF3A24;">Anyway... I then got Rib tips, garlic mashed potatoes, and corn on the cob.</span></p><div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="color:#FF3A24;"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5230/5686011248_c06c2890aa.jpg" width="480" height="360" alt="IMG_0594.JPG" /><br /><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="color:#FF3A24;">Yum. The ribs were tender and meaty, the sauce was sweet, smoky and vinegary, the mashed potatoes were smooth, and buttery. The corn was eh, but it's the corn's fault, not Tony Roma's. I pulled all the bones out of the ribs, smooshed my potatoes, and scraped all the corn off the cob. It was soo good, and exactly what I wanted! I only ate about two-thirds of it, because I was saving for dessert....</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="color:#FF3A24;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="color:#FF3A24;"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5142/5686011962_2fb846c292.jpg" width="480" height="212" alt="IMG_0599.JPG" /><br /></span><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="color:#FF3A24;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); "><span style="color:#FF3A24;">GELATO from</span> <a href="http://www.paciugo.com/"><span style="color:#FF3A24;">Paciugo</span></a><span style="color:#FF3A24;">!!! This place opened up in the mall not too long ago. And while I love Freeziac fro-yo, and Haagen Daz for my cool dessert choices in the mall, I love me some gelato, and was real excited to try their fancy flavors! They offer straight up cups of gelato (and you can get multiple flavors in one cup), gelato in a cone, gelato shakes, gelato sundaes, affogato, and something they call sparkling shakes! Boomdawg and I split a Medio (medium) cup of 4 flavors!</span></span></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="color:#FF3A24;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); "><span style="color:#FF3A24;"><br /></span></span></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="color:#FF3A24;"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5247/5686010440_f5bd11dfd7.jpg" width="390" height="480" alt="IMG_0597.jpg" /><br /><div style="text-align: left;">We chose: Organic Maple Caramelized Bacon, Brown Sugar Waffle Cone, Cappuccino, and Chocolate Orange Saffron!! They were all thick, dense, creamy and smooth! The Chocolate Orange Saffron was a little too orangey, it over powered the other flavors, and that's all I could taste. But, the other 3 were heavenly! And the Organic Maple Caramelized Bacon had little bits of salty bacon in it. It was fantastic, I promise!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); "><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">Yesterday was a fun, busy, and delicious day, but this post has gotten long! Until tomorrow lovelies....</span></div></span></div><br /><b><span style="color:#B53FFB;">When you're at a restaurant and get food that isn't right (according to how you ordered it), not good, gross (hair, foreign objects, etc.), or something else goes wrong do you say something, let it go, or reflect your experience in the tip?</span></b><br /><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal; ">--- I'm pretty understanding when it comes to service, if the food takes a while and it's busy, or if it comes out of the kitchen wrong if it's outside of their control. I'll definitely say something (not making a big deal about it) expecting the problem to be corrected. But Boomer HATES when I "complain."</span></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal; "></span></b><br /><br /><b><span style="color:#B53FFB;">Do you prefer ice cream, fro-yo, sorbet, sherbet, or gelato?</span></b><br /><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal; ">--- I don't discriminate. Cold, and creamy? I am all over it!</span></b><br /><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div>Hannahhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07826316246643683510noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8284731174192907413.post-6894954404326613542011-05-02T16:28:00.003-05:002011-05-02T16:34:01.758-05:00Light-Headed Legs<p>Good afternoon friends!</p><p>I hope ya'll are had a great weekend!</p><p>My weekend was uneventful. My sleep schedule was all out of whack, so Sunday I slept until 3:30 p.m., got up, showered, dressed, and went to work. Work was reeaally slow, but I got a 17-top at 9:40 p.m. (20 minutes before close), of out of towners wanting to just sit and have a couple drinks, so I let them. If I was gonna be at work, I might as well make money! So I didn't leave until after 11:30 p.m., which was not as late as I was expecting! Cha-Ching!</p><p><b><span style="color:#941890;">Breakfast... which was more like lunch because I rolled out of bed around 11:30...</span></b><b><span style="color:#941890;"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5108/5681644222_5479121a1f.jpg" width="444" height="314" alt="IMG_0540.JPG" /><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5021/5681644908_258c7d31f3.jpg" width="410" height="313" alt="IMG_0542.JPG" /></span></b></p><p><b><span style="color:#941890;">2 over easy eggs, hashbrowns, 2 sausages, and 1/2 a whole wheat strawberry muffin with lingonberry preserves, and a side of pineapple. I also had a small glass of orange juice, but I literally had a sip before I was over it.</span></b></p><p>The weather in Minneapolis is less than stellar. My theory that waiting until May to train would be perfect because it would be warm enough everyday for me to not make excuses, but I was wrong. It was 34* today when I was ready to head out for my wog. THIRTY FOUR DEGREES. That is 2 degrees above freezing. It was lame. But I knew if I didn't go today, if I didn't start today, I would keep putting it off, keep putting it off, and then I would look at the calendar and realize there was no way I was going to have enough time to train. And then I would quit, and fall into a downward spiral of self-loathing, self-hatred, embarrassment, and self-destruction. And I'm not down with that. So, I did it. I don't regret it yet, but that's because my toes are still at the "so cold they're numb," stage and not the "OMG, WTH was I thinking, my toes are on fire," stage.</p><p><b><span style="color:#00C628;">Workout: 5 min warm-up walk. 60 second run, 90 second walk, repeat until 30 total minutes. I lost track of the time a few times, but I tried to make up for it by addign on 10 seconds of running every time, as well as running the last 1:30. And, drummroll please....</span></b></p><p><b><span style="color:#00C628;"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5102/5681078285_47fe036b55.jpg" width="480" height="360" alt="IMG_0543.JPG" /></span></b></p><p><b><span style="color:#00C628;">My very first Garmin Picture!! I got my Garmin on Friday, and have been holding my breathe until I could use it! It made my wog much easier to keep track of, especially because I am wogging according to time, not distance. I completed 1.79 miles in 30:15, which is about an average 16:00 minute mile. But my max speed was a 9 minute mile, which is cray-cray! This wog actually felt good. I was never too out of breathe (my lungs did start to hurt around minute 20, but I think it was the cold air), and even though I was freezing, and my legs went all numb and light-headed (can legs feel light-headed?), it was doable. And as long as it warms up (it is</span> <i><span style="color:#00C628;">supposed</span></i> <span style="color:#00C628;">to), I should complete my workouts with ease this week.</span></b></p><p><b><span style="color:#00C628;"></span></b>After my wog with Boom-Boom (who basically told me my workout was too easy), I made us smoothies for lunch.</p><p><b><span style="color:#FF9116;">Lunch: I was going for a chocolatey, peanut buttery smoothie. Something that tasted like a Reese's peanut butter cup, but I added too much banana, and not enough chocolate. So Boomtastic, and I decided it was more of an elvis smoothie!</span></b></p><p><b><span style="color:#FF9116;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color:#000000;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></span></span></span><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5105/5681078669_887524d4ab.jpg" width="360" height="480" alt="IMG_0547.jpg" /></b></p><p>(Ignore my lizard hands, and chipped nail polish please)</p><br /><p><span style="color:#FF9116;"><b><u>Elvis Smoothie for 2</u></b></span></p><p><span style="color:#FF9116;"><b><u></u></b></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(255, 145, 22); "><b>1 Banana, frozen</b></span></p><p><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(255, 145, 22); "><b></b></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(255, 145, 22); "><b>2 Tblsp crunchy peanut butter</b></span></p><p><span style="color:#FF9116;"><b>2 Tblsp Vanilla protein powder</b></span></p><p><span style="color:#FF9116;"><b>2 tsp cocoa powder</b></span></p><p><span style="color:#FF9116;"><b>2 Tblsp Chia Seeds</b></span></p><p><span style="color:#FF9116;"><b>1 Cup milk</b></span></p><p><span style="color:#FF9116;"><b>4 Ice cubes</b></span></p><p><span style="color:#FF9116;"><b>Put it all in a blender, and Whirl until smooth</b></span></p><p><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(255, 145, 22); "><b>This smoothie was good, but not what I was craving...</b></span></p><p>Afterwards I stretched a little (probably not enough), enjoyed my smoothie, uploaded pics for this post, read blogs, and watched Dr. Oz (do you like The-Oz? I love him, did you see today's ep.? The Dukan Diet sounds like a crock!).</p><p><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5025/5681079107_077c97d11d.jpg" width="360" height="480" alt="IMG_0550.jpg" /></p><br /><p>I'm about to hop in the shower, and get ready for Boom-diddily's softball game. And probably find something else to eat... But I will leave you with this hottness until next time...<img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5109/5681079821_979f19a98e.jpg" width="310" height="480" alt="IMG_0549.jpg" /></p><p>(yes, I do spill on myself on a daily basis)</p>Hannahhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07826316246643683510noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8284731174192907413.post-15951301361465619352011-04-30T14:31:00.001-05:002011-04-30T20:27:55.472-05:00On a Totally Unrelated Note...<p><font color="#FF32FB"><b>Workout:</b> 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 <a href="http://www.officialroyalwedding2011.org/">#royalwedding</a>, 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,</font> <i><font color="#FF32FB">and</font></i><font color="#FF32FB">rainy. I might do some Jillian in my living room, but I doubt it.</font></p><br /><br /><p><font color="#2C2CFB"><b>Breakfast:</b> 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.</font></p><br /><br /><p style="text-align: left;">Since I should have posted at least 2 more times this week, and I <a href="http://www.hannahlivesblog.com/p/work-it-out.html">should be exercising right now</a>, let's talk about something totally unrelated....</p><br /><br /><p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5181/5673445062_3c89be4748_z.jpg" width="519" height="346" alt="DSC_0198.JPG" /></p><br /><br /><p style="text-align: left;">Have you seen that video? No? Well, now it's story time. The first time I heard <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-lazy-song/id394571295?i=394571489&amp;ign-mpt=uo%3D2">"The Lazy Song" By Bruno Mars</a> 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.<br /></p><br /><br /><p style="text-align: left;">Then I fell off my soapbox, and got <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4G1L8lV6LQ">jiggy with it</a>. 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.</p><br /><br /><p style="text-align: left;">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 (<a href="http://twitter.com/#!/HannahLivesBlog">follow me</a>). [Sidenote: Remember when MTV actually played music videos? I remember running home from the bus stop in elementary, and middle school to catch <a href="http://www.mtv.com/videos/misc/318538/counting-down-the-top-trl-moments.jhtml#id=1598862=1598862">TRL</a> with <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carson_Daly">Carson Daly</a>'s baby face (not to be confused with <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee9SCW91urE&amp;feature=relmfu">Babyface</a>).] 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 <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a41s4IMyamQ">L.O.V.E.</a> Let me show you why...</p><iframe width="560" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/fLexgOxsZu0" frameborder="0"></iframe><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />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.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Hannahhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07826316246643683510noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8284731174192907413.post-26728133570455073812011-04-28T00:00:00.003-05:002011-04-28T21:05:11.212-05:00Wogging with Jiggly Bits<p style="text-align: left;"><span style="color:#3557FC;"><b>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!</b></span></p><p style="text-align: left;"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5228/5663633854_022b4f364a.jpg" width="448" height="336" alt="IMG_0384.JPG" /></p><p style="text-align: left;"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5061/5663633394_847685b525.jpg" width="382" height="479" alt="IMG_0402.jpg" /></p><p><b><span style="color:#D13DFB;">Workout: 2.44 mile walk around Lake Nokomis. It was freezing, and windy, and my legs went numb! But I finished! Hooray!</span></b></p><p>I have (kinda) started my <a href="http://www.hannahlivesblog.com/2011/04/training-plan.html">training plan</a>. 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....<br /></p><p>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 <u><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Run-Your-Butt-Off-Breakthrough/dp/1605294047/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1303966104&amp;sr=1-1">Run Your Butt Off!</a></u> ).</p><p>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 <i>never</i> do that!" But here I am, trying to do it.</p><p>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.</p><p><br /></p><p>A few more things:</p><p><b><span style="color:#DC312C;">Books I am reading...</span></b></p><p><b>For running information:</b></p><p><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5106/5663634020_dfa5da687f.jpg" width="480" height="432" alt="DSC_0007.JPG" /></p><p>This <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Run-Your-Butt-Off-Breakthrough/dp/1605294047/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1303966104&amp;sr=1-1">book</a> 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!</p><p><b>For running sarcasm, fun, and a good laugh at myself and every other runner out there:</b></p><p><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5183/5663063993_d2e96ec6df.jpg" width="480" height="453" alt="DSC_0009.JPG" /></p><p><u>The Non Runner's Marathon Guide For Women</u> by Dawn Dais. I started reading this book on <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Nonrunners-Marathon-Guide-Women-Training/dp/1580052053/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;s=books&amp;qid=1303966056&amp;sr=8-2">Amazon</a>, 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!</p><p><b>For new lighter recipes:</b></p><p><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5309/5663065047_c4892633e9.jpg" width="480" height="364" alt="DSC_0005.JPG" /></p><p>I have only thumbed through this, but the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Best-Cooking-Light-All-Time-Greatest/dp/0848730615/ref=sr_1_11?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1303966168&amp;sr=1-11">reviews</a> 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 <u>Run Your Butt Off!</u> (RYBO).</p><p><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color:#009900;">Let's do some recent eats:</span></b></p><p><b><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5223/5663632898_868323c899.jpg" width="480" height="292" alt="DSC_0089.JPG" /></b> <b><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5187/5663632706_db0ddda52c.jpg" width="480" height="353" alt="IMG_0526.JPG" /> <img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5026/5663063783_096d673b9b.jpg" width="480" height="408" alt="IMG_0511.JPG" /><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5064/5663633058_3f565cb8a9.jpg" width="480" height="431" alt="IMG_0440.JPG" /> <img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5188/5663633224_53526fc4b7.jpg" width="480" height="362" alt="DSC_0010.JPG" /></b></p><br /><p><b>What things do you do to get you over that mental hump, in anything you do?</b></p><p><b></b><b><span style="color:#DE32CF;">-- 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.</span></b></p><br /><p><b>Read any good books lately? Please share!</b></p><p><b></b><b><span style="color:#DE32CF;">-- 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!</span></b></p>Hannahhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07826316246643683510noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8284731174192907413.post-975101860037907392011-04-22T23:03:00.001-05:002011-04-22T23:09:27.565-05:00The Training Plan<p><span style="font-family:Georgia, serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;">I cannot express how excited and terrified I am for </span><a href="http://www.hannahlivesblog.com/2011/04/guess-what-i-just-did.html"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;">my race</span></a><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;">. I told someone about it yesterday, and they asked me if I was going to win... Um..... sure, yeah, I'm going to win.<br /><br />Winning and finishing is that same thing right?<br /><br />As long as I finish (conscious) I'll consider that a win.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /></span></span></p><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family:Georgia, serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;">I'm starting with the </span><a href="http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;">Cool Running Couch-to-5k Program</span></a><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;">. 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.</span></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family:Georgia, serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family:Georgia, serif;"> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5266/5644836205_6d81c530d8.jpg" width="374" height="480" alt="Screen shot 2011-04-22 at 3.56.31 PM.png" /></span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:Georgia, serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5104/5644836455_e8f33424ce_z.jpg" width="380" height="597" alt="Screen shot 2011-04-22 at 3.56.14 PM.png" /></span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:Georgia, serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5061/5644836857_676fc7d2c6.jpg" width="391" height="480" alt="Screen shot 2011-04-22 at 3.55.50 PM.png" /></span></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;"><br /></span></div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;"><br /></span><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family:Georgia, serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: 16px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;">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 </span><a href="http://www.the-fitness-motivator.com/10-mile-training-plan.html"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;">plan</span></a><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;"> 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.</span></span></span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family:Georgia, serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:Georgia, serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5187/5645401434_27b1a79bf2_z.jpg" width="620" height="469" alt="Screen shot 2011-04-22 at 6.01.35 PM.png" /></span></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;"><br /></span></div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;"><br /></span><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family:Georgia, serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;">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.</span></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"> <span style="font-family:Georgia, serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;"><br />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!</span></span></div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;"><br /></span><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family:Georgia, serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: 16px; "><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;">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!</span></b></span></span></span></div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;"><br /></span><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family:Georgia, serif;"><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal; font-size: 16px; "><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;">Do you think I am at risk for overuse?</span></b></span></span></b></span></div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;"><br /></span><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family:Georgia, serif;"><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal; font-size: 16px; "><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;">Am I over thinking this?</span></b></span></span></b></span></div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;"><br /></span><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family:Georgia, serif;"><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal; font-size: 16px; "><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;">Am I crazy?</span></b></span></span></b></span></div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;"><br /></span>Hannahhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07826316246643683510noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8284731174192907413.post-5306715707091919432011-04-19T02:23:00.007-05:002011-04-19T04:36:07.621-05:00Guess What I just did...<div style="text-align: left;">I registered for my first race ever!</div><div><br /></div><div>On September 25th, 2011, I will be running the <a href="http://www.womenrunthecities.com/">Women Run The Cities</a> 10-Miler! I am really excited, and really freaking nervous!!</div><div><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 292px; height: 184px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JozfNnH03Rs/Ta1Ddl1ZuKI/AAAAAAAAAeE/PsPye16xWl4/s400/Screen%2Bshot%2B2011-04-19%2Bat%2B2.23.08%2BAM.png" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5597204087542757538" /></div><div>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!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div>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 <a href="http://www.hannahlivesblog.com/2010/11/to-women-that-inspire.html">going to run</a> 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).</div><div><br /></div><div>But after talking with Micaela, I realized I was being a wuss, and learned some very important things...</div><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 91px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-g52g0EnBTBw/Ta1DRVUP4qI/AAAAAAAAAd8/jIpitFg5Hmw/s400/Screen%2Bshot%2B2011-04-19%2Bat%2B3.09.12%2BAM.png" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5597203876950303394" /><div><ol><li>I need take <a href="http://www.nike.com/nikeos/p/nike/en_US/?&amp;ref=">Nike</a>'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.</li><li>I don't have to be an athlete to be a runner... I just have to run.</li><li>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. </li><li>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.</li><li>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!</li></ol><div>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. </div></div><div><br /></div><div>So, here goes nothing!</div>Hannahhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07826316246643683510noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8284731174192907413.post-71400562773138239462011-04-13T09:06:00.009-05:002011-04-13T09:41:30.472-05:00Happy Birthday Pherroshus!!<div><div style="text-align: left; ">Hey guys!</div><div><br /></div><div>So today is a very special day!</div><div><br /></div><div>Today is my favorite person's birthday!</div><div><br /></div><div>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.</div><div><img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Qo5F-v6V8zE/TaWwx4ZrECI/AAAAAAAAAdM/PJSBAve-HHs/s400/DSC_0120.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5595072483077853218" style="display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 400px; height: 320px; " /></div><div>Happy 2nd Birthday <a href="http://www.hannahlivesblog.com/2011/02/rough-day.html">Paw-Paw</a>!</div><div><br /></div><div>Love, Hannah</div><div><br /></div><div>And the second thing that makes today a very special day is we find out who the winner of the<a href="http://www.hannahlivesblog.com/2011/04/one-coconut-water-is-lifesaver-giveaway.html">O.N.E. Coconut Water Giveaway</a> is! I had so much fun being able to host this giveaway, and I want to thank <a href="http://www.onedrinks.com/">O.N.E. Coconut Water</a> 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!!</div><div><br /></div><div>But without further a due, the winners are...</div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div></div><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-brHGqMcymCQ/TaW1argc5fI/AAAAAAAAAd0/XFBYM2QoFi4/s1600/Screen%2Bshot%2B2011-04-13%2Bat%2B9.22.54%2BAM.png" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 372px; height: 106px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-brHGqMcymCQ/TaW1argc5fI/AAAAAAAAAd0/XFBYM2QoFi4/s400/Screen%2Bshot%2B2011-04-13%2Bat%2B9.22.54%2BAM.png" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5595077582037771762" /></a><br /><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IsAOZrLUink/TaW1XV4WLPI/AAAAAAAAAds/M6sJIKLoF4s/s1600/Screen%2Bshot%2B2011-04-13%2Bat%2B9.23.52%2BAM.png" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 68px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IsAOZrLUink/TaW1XV4WLPI/AAAAAAAAAds/M6sJIKLoF4s/s400/Screen%2Bshot%2B2011-04-13%2Bat%2B9.23.52%2BAM.png" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5595077524692806898" /></a><br /><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6E6EOZB2MgA/TaW1Uo0-E6I/AAAAAAAAAdk/UZpSikEvsmk/s1600/Screen%2Bshot%2B2011-04-13%2Bat%2B9.25.36%2BAM.png" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 338px; height: 105px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6E6EOZB2MgA/TaW1Uo0-E6I/AAAAAAAAAdk/UZpSikEvsmk/s400/Screen%2Bshot%2B2011-04-13%2Bat%2B9.25.36%2BAM.png" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5595077478239310754" /></a><br /><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-x3z7FNHSMyg/TaW1QluWncI/AAAAAAAAAdc/k47Rb61fEVM/s1600/Screen%2Bshot%2B2011-04-13%2Bat%2B9.26.13%2BAM.png" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 114px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-x3z7FNHSMyg/TaW1QluWncI/AAAAAAAAAdc/k47Rb61fEVM/s400/Screen%2Bshot%2B2011-04-13%2Bat%2B9.26.13%2BAM.png" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5595077408686775746" /></a><br /><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GmLPf5infI0/TaW1MUhBx5I/AAAAAAAAAdU/BYcK55a2SNA/s1600/Screen%2Bshot%2B2011-04-13%2Bat%2B9.26.31%2BAM.png" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 226px; height: 72px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GmLPf5infI0/TaW1MUhBx5I/AAAAAAAAAdU/BYcK55a2SNA/s400/Screen%2Bshot%2B2011-04-13%2Bat%2B9.26.31%2BAM.png" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5595077335348004754" /></a><div style="text-align: left;">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 <a href="http://www.onedrinks.com">O.N.E. Coconut Water</a>, and they will get your cases out to you!!!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Thanks everyone for entering! Have a great Wednesday!</div>Hannahhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07826316246643683510noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8284731174192907413.post-47041485245600940012011-04-07T03:54:00.006-05:002011-04-07T16:06:07.749-05:00Rainbow Gooey Butter Cookies<div><!--StartFragment--> <p class="MsoNormal">*<i>Make sure you go check out my <a href="http://www.hannahlivesblog.com/2011/04/one-coconut-water-is-lifesaver-giveaway.html">O.N.E. Coconut Water Giveaway</a> and enter. Now. I'll wait.</i></p><p class="MsoNormal">I made some cookies yesterday.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">They were good.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">They were a riff on my friend <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/paula-deen/index.html">Paula Deen’s</a> recipe. And because of a certain <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/">someone</a> I’ve developed a habit for rainbow sprinkles.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">But there are worse habits to have, right? I’m not going around the neighborhood kicking puppies or anything.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">This post just took a morbid turn, I apologize.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">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.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">I also really like gooey, cream-cheesy, sugary, goodies.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p> </o:p>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.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">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 <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">very</i> good idea.</p> <!--EndFragment--> </div><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 309px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TWWsJC9b7l0/TZ18mB3la9I/AAAAAAAAAc4/WlnBZexCXdQ/s400/Gooey%2BButter%2BCookie%2BCollage.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5592763305042471890" /><div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><!--StartFragment--> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><u><span style="font-size:14.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;">Rainbow Gooey Butter Cookies</span></u></b></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><u><span style="font-size:14.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;"></span></u></b>Yields: approx. 24-1.5 inch cookies</p><p class="MsoNormal">Adapted from: <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/chocolate-gooey-butter-cookies-recipe/index.html">Paula Deen's Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p> </o:p>1-8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened</p> <p class="MsoNormal">1 stick butter, softened</p> <p class="MsoNormal">1 egg</p> <p class="MsoNormal">½ tsp vanilla extract</p> <p class="MsoNormal">1-18 oz. box of Super Moist Yellow cake mix</p> <p class="MsoNormal">2 Tbls rainbow sprinkles</p> <p class="MsoNormal">1 Cup Confectioners sugar</p><p class="MsoNormal"></p><ul><li>Cream together room temperature butter, and cream cheese until smooth</li><li>Beat in egg until fully incorporated</li><li>Add in vanilla extract, and beat until combined</li><li>Dump in cake mix, and mix until fully incorporated, dough will be sticky-don’t fret!</li><li>Fold in sprinkles until even distributed</li><li>Wrap tightly in saran wrap and set in fridge to chill for at least 1 hour</li><li>Preheat oven to 350*, and place confectioners sugar in a bowl and set aside</li><li>Once chilled, remove dough from fridge, unwrap, and scoop about 2 Tablespoons of dough per cookie, and roll into a ball</li><li>Place dough balls in bowl of confectioners sugar, and shake (in batches) to coat</li><li>Place sugar coated cookies on an ungreased baking sheet, and bake for 12 minutes until puffed up, and slightly golden on the bottom</li><li>Allow to cool on baking sheets, and Enjoy!</li></ul><p></p> <!--EndFragment--> </div><div><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-55SvSE9gYKo/TZ185mDuvFI/AAAAAAAAAdA/rI7msz_XXH8/s1600/DSC_0110.JPG" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 312px; height: 400px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-55SvSE9gYKo/TZ185mDuvFI/AAAAAAAAAdA/rI7msz_XXH8/s400/DSC_0110.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5592763641174604882" /></a><div style="text-align: left;">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?</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div></div></div>Hannahhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07826316246643683510noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8284731174192907413.post-81397126670901068682011-04-05T13:13:00.007-05:002011-04-05T22:32:18.504-05:00O.N.E. Coconut Water is a Lifesaver + Giveaway<div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div>After being so busy with work, and <a href="http://www.hannahlivesblog.com/2011/03/time-doesn-stands-still.html">being a typical early-twenty-something</a> the last couple of weeks, I have re-learned the importance of hydration.<div><br /></div><div>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.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div>This is where <a href="http://www.onedrinks.com/">O.N.E Coconut Water</a> comes in.</div><div><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 318px; height: 320px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TYmd9MedD-U/TZtiHW49tVI/AAAAAAAAAcg/JylQhKM-m14/s320/Screen%2Bshot%2B2011-04-05%2Bat%2B4.45.23%2BAM.png" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5592171240853714258" /><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div></div><div>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!</div><div><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 313px; height: 157px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5-dz67UTR5o/TZtjfbiU_MI/AAAAAAAAAco/8rtep9bGxaE/s320/Screen%2Bshot%2B2011-04-05%2Bat%2B4.44.56%2BAM.png" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5592172753929436354" /></div><div><br /></div><div>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)!</div><div><br /></div><div>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!</div><div><br /></div><div>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!!</div><div><br /></div><div>There are 3 ways to enter:</div><div><ol><li>Leave me a comment! Say anything you want!</li><li>Follow me <a href="http://www.twitter.com/hannahlivesblog">@HannahLivesBlog</a> on Twitter and tweet: "Enter to win a case of @OneCoconut at @HannahLivesBlog and get hydrated - http://bit.ly/hB14jE" Leave a comment telling me you did so!</li><li>Follow <a href="http://www.twitter.com/onecoconut">@OneCoconut</a> on Twitter! And, leave a comment telling me you about it!</li></ol><div>Contest closes at 10p.m. (CDT) on Tuesday April 12, 2011. Winner will be chosen via <a href="http://www.random.org/">random.org</a>, and announced on Wednesday April 13, 2011.</div></div><div><br /></div><div>I hope you are feeling lucky!</div><div><br /></div>Hannahhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07826316246643683510noreply@blogger.com43tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8284731174192907413.post-72861843073068042792011-04-04T14:05:00.011-05:002011-04-04T14:55:09.094-05:00Playing Catch-Up<div style="text-align: left;">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. </div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-decorations-in-effect: none; "><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-M1B3nXgiL44/TZoaJG4AW2I/AAAAAAAAAbY/iVRXjMHwS6U/s1600/DSC_0371.JPG" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"></a></span>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.<div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div>Here are some ways I have thought to help with getting in a routine:</div><div><ul><li>Blogging when I get home from work at night</li><li>Forcing myself out of bed a little earlier in the afternoon to hit the gym</li><li>Making most of my blog-worthy recipes on my day off</li><li>Try to have at least 2 days off each week</li><li>Spend more time outside, soak up the sun, and relax</li></ul><div>Enough with the talking. Let's see what has been going on outside of work:</div><div><br /></div><div>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!</div><div><br /></div><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 240px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-P5RNCmoex8g/TZobgQEe_VI/AAAAAAAAAcI/612_8PjtifY/s320/IMG_0400.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5591812128217431378" /><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 240px; height: 320px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-eRaEKyXR8JQ/TZobYHd618I/AAAAAAAAAcA/DiGuHPxpR0c/s320/IMG_0394.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5591811988469241794" /></div><div><div style="text-align: left;">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 <a href="http://greenmonstermovement.com/">Green Monsters</a> so that I know I am getting fruits and veggies in!</div><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 240px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-k1FzNeT50Ls/TZobJOTlJoI/AAAAAAAAAb4/Tx69qWgQF-g/s320/IMG_0380.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5591811732606887554" /></div><div><div style="text-align: left;">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!</div><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 257px; height: 320px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hhgwrlN5VG8/TZoa_Jsd_DI/AAAAAAAAAbw/3BeiUJ_tmWo/s320/IMG_0374.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5591811559570406450" /></div><div><div style="text-align: left;">I've enjoyed a few <a href="http://thechiclife.com/2010/11/chocolate-chip-dough-balls-success.html">Cookie Dough Balls</a> from my freezer, and iced milk...</div><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 233px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qRgXyychXZs/TZoa2FItK8I/AAAAAAAAAbo/9l4hgyGs_mU/s320/DSC_0389.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5591811403727842242" /></div><div><div style="text-align: left;">I've done some work on my inspiration board...</div><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 214px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-VF2rB0wdta8/TZoaTiJBTZI/AAAAAAAAAbg/_rnNasVlLCg/s320/DSC_0374.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5591810810218368402" /></div><div><div style="text-align: left;">I ate a GIGANTIC Strawberry! It was huge! Like the size of a tennis ball, huge!</div><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 214px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-M1B3nXgiL44/TZoaJG4AW2I/AAAAAAAAAbY/iVRXjMHwS6U/s320/DSC_0371.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5591810631100554082" /></div><div>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.</div><div><br /></div><div><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 198px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Kh_sMiIm4iA/TZoZ44Bxr3I/AAAAAAAAAbQ/WFRZUxp9eXg/s320/DSC_0057.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5591810352237096818" /></div></div></div><div>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!</div>Hannahhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07826316246643683510noreply@blogger.com4