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Not “diet”, who likes diets? We see it as a punishment these days…especially with crash diets, extreme diets, lots of extreme diets. A lot of these diets are either…too low in calories, put you on a bland program and expect you to know how to “spice things up”, give you too many or too little options, put you on special foods (weight watchers for instance…their ice cream is not bad tasting though).  Lean cuisine, Healthy Choice….they are healthy until you read the ingredients and see all the processed things and dyes put in it and sodium used to preserve it….not good for the body.  After years of running the one thing that I learned was that diet effects your performance.  Eat too much you get fat, eat too little you lose weight and run out of energy, eat too many processed foods within your calorie limit and you run like crap, eat cleaner food in your calorie range and you run better.

So I want to eat healthier.  One of my attack plans on motivation is caloriecount.about.com.  You can sign up to get feedback from a Registered Nutritionist/Dietitian for $10 bucks a month. You receive weekly updates and suggestions, very motivational…and the community is motivational as well.

I was told to increase my protein intake, I guess I was still eating like I was marathon training lol. I havnt lost any of the weight I gained yet but I do notice I have more energy and I dont want to sit infront of the fridge every hour because my meal wasnt satisfying.

Another attack plan I just stumbled upon is to go off of this website about clean eating ideas if your under a tight schedule: 100 Days of Real Food. They have literally…100 ways to make things, like toritllas and zucchini chips and tips and tons of things.  And if you go to their facebook they have a 100 days of real food plan.  But I know what some people are saying….”100 days and thats it?” or “too many/not enough options!!!” so what? take a look at it…a good look at it, try some stuff out, substitute ingredients. I plan on trying this to see how much my energy increases and if I can actually lose those few extra pounds I gained.

Ok so I also promised a recipe….I have off work today so I decided to try out this banana egg white pancake recipe.  Best part is that it’s stuff you would probably have on hand already.

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 medium Banana
  • 1/3 cup of egg white (or 2 egg whites from an egg)
  • 1 tsp. of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar (or 1 packet of truvia)

Directions:

Heat up skillet! Mash Banana in a small bowl. Mix in cinnamon, vanilla extract, brown sugar. Make sure you MASH up your banana good!

Mix in the egg white, mix mix mix! Pour into skillet, for me it came out pretty watery, I dont think I mashed the banana well enough or used a bit too much egg white (I might use 1/4 cup next time).

Cook on medium-high (not too high!) until the top isn’t horribly liquid (or if you have a cover use it!) Then flip it! MAKE SURE YOU REPAM! because I forgot.

The other side will cook super fast, so it will be done in a jiffy. You can put syrup, cottage cheese, yogurt, anything on top. I chose apple butter, because I put that on my pancakes.

My Verdict:  Tastes like bananas and then eggs….well duh! It was the most deceiving thing ever because I was expecting pancakes lol.  But it was still pretty damn tastey…like banana fosters…french toast…mmmm cinnamon…ok your probably hungry now so why not try it?  It tasted good enough that I would make it again 🙂

Yesterday I had a track meet in one of the most shadiest places I’ve ever been to I thought I was gonna get shot or something. I ran a 3k, hit my PR time, ran without inserts for the first time in months  and with no spikes as my calves are KILLING ME (I have planters faciitis)

Night before, prerace meal got invaded by the pink Domo. (I still don’t have my camera battery, I just have my backup camera)

Spaghetti, edamane, veggies, and canned tomatoes.  Pretty cheap (edamane = plant protein for non vegheads out there)

This morning…2 hour long run of 14 miles.  Afterwards….the best breakfast in the whole entire planet…I mean you can’t make blueberry pancakes without fresh (or frozen!) bleuberries, it just ain’t right!

I also added cinnamon and brown sugar to the mix.  I also used strawberry preserves instead of syrup, I honestly cannot handle the sweetness of syrup.  I might as well TRY and post a recipe, I don’t know how long I cooked anything for or how much of the stuff I put in.

Blueberry Pankcakes:

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Krusteaz fluffy pancake mix (or any pancake mix that spells FLUFFY!)
  • 1/4 cup-1/2 cup of blueberries (somewhere in that range)
  • 1 tsp of brown sugar
  • cinnamon
  • 1/4 water (for the mix, less water for thicker pancakes, more water for thinner pancakes)
  • 1 Tbsn strawberry preserves

Directions:

  1. First you need to turn on your stove and ready your pan with Pam or butter, a stuck pancake is a sad pancake.
  2. Mix the pancake mix and water together until mix is not clumpy and lumpy.
  3. Add blueberries.
  4. Pour the batter into the pan, sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon ontop.
  5. I don’t know how long I left the pancake sit there, it was probably 5 min.  But the middle was still moist so I put a lid ontop to cook the top.
  6. Take a spoon and loosen the pancake once you think its ready to flip, slide the pancake onto a plate.  Place the pan upsidedown ontop of the plate and flip it so that the pancake is now in the pan.
  7. Now cook the other side, this shouldn’t take as long as the first side.
  8. Now slide the pancake back onto the plate, get your strawberry preserves and spread some ontop.

As for the budget challenge…well I havn’t really spent anything, but I need gas BAD. I’m so scared to know what gas prices are now lol