Jess Finds Balance

My journey to finding a healthy balance with eating, exercise, and life in general

Not to Worry, I’m Still Alive and Well October 12, 2010

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Hi everyone. I’ve just been taking a break from the blogging. Last time I blogged, I was having a hard time getting back on track. While I don’t feel 100% back in the swing of things, I definitely feel confident that I am well on my way to getting back there. I’ve been doing a good job listening to my hunger and satiety signals and eating lots of yummy foods.

As an update for my half-marathon training (T-4 weeks and 5 days!), I finally broke double digits yesterday, running 10 miles in 1:33! That’s an average pace of about 9:20 minutes/mile, including walking breaks. I was hesitant to set a time goal for myself, but I’m starting to really belief that I can run a sub 2 hour half. It is a really tough course – I ran about 1/2 of it yesterday – with lots of hills in the middle. I think that from now on, I will do my long runs on the course so I can feel comfortable and get accustomed to the hills.

Tragedy did strike at 3.5 miles yesterday, though, when I tripped over a sprinkler camaflouged by the dust and rocks around it. I think that I might have strained/sprained something on the top of my foot, but running and walking don’t bother it. Only when I twist it in weird ways does it bother me. I did manage to continue the run without any pain, so I’m pretty optimistic that it won’t get in the way of my training!

I made an awesome Indian stirfry tonight. First, I wrapped a block of extra firm in lots and lots of paper towels, then put a plate (topped with four bowls) on top of it to squeeze all the water out. Then, I sauteed the tofu, cubed, in some hot sesame oil until it was browned on all sides.

Next, I added snow peas, chopped onion and sliced shitake mushrooms. Once that was soft, I added some chopped roasted kabocha squash (sliced and then roasted with olive oil and salt at 400 degrees for 20 minutes on each side – my fave!) until it was heated through. Then, I added lots of curry powder, ground ginger and some salt. I mixed well to coat the veggies in tofu in the spices and then added ~1/2 cup light coconut milk.


(Sorry for the poor picture quality. Dave put the camera somewhere and he isn’t home right now to tell me where it is!)

It tastes so delicious! I can’t wait to have leftovers for lunch tomorrow 🙂

I haven’t seen my kids since Friday, with Columbus Day yesterday and a professional development day today. I might even say that I miss my kiddos and am excited to see them tomorrow. Yay for three day weeks!


Asian Stirfry and a Swedish Flick August 21, 2010

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Considering that my stomach is still acting up, I took it easy with my eats for the rest of the afternoon. While watching Leap Year, which I found to be quite terrible, I snacked on a small bowl of cherries:

An apple with a tablespoon of almond butter:

Homemade whole wheat tortilla chips:

To make these, I heat up my toaster oven or regular oven to 375 degrees, then cut store-bought tortillas into triangles. Next, I spray a pan with some pam and layer the tortilla triangles on top. I don’t spray them or add anything, although I’ve done salt and paprika, both of which were delicious. I bake them for about 3 or 4 minutes, keeping a close eye on them, and take them out when they look golden brown.

For dinner, I’d been planning on making a Thai coconut curry stirfry that I was originally going to make on Wednesday, but with my stomach woes, I decided against a coconut curry sauce and went with oyster and soy sauce instead.

Veggies included:

  • shitake mushrooms, sliced
  • snow peas
  • roasted eggplant slices
  • chopped onion
  • zucchini
  • roasted kabocha squash

I added a bit of sesame oil to a pan over medium-high heat. I sauteed these for about 5 minutes, then added Nasoya cubed super firm tofu. Before cooking with these, I always try to get as much liquid out as I can by wrapping them in a paper towel and putting a plate on top to really express the liquid. Anyway, I added the tofu and let them brown.

Next, I added some oyster sauce, soy sauce and ginger to the mix:

Served over some brown rice:

I brought out the chopsticks…

…but also used this guy for back-up. It turns out I was able to use the chopsticks for my entire meal!

Dave & I are off to see The Girl Who Played with Fire. While my mom was recovering from surgery this spring, she read the Stieg Larsson books and highly recommended them. While we haven’t read them yet (they are waiting for me on the bookshelf!), we saw the first movie, The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo and absolutely loved it. It was a great mystery thriller. I liked the style of cinematography the used, which probably had something to do with the fact that it was produced in Sweden. Tonight, we’re going to see the second movie in the trilogy. Hope you’re enjoying your Saturday night!


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