Fun Food & Fitness Friday

Today, we'll kick things off with fitness first, then we'll move on to my favorite topic...food!

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I consider myself an pretty inexperienced runner.  I don't have a lot of experience with fancy training methods, and I haven't spent countless hours calculating my lactate threshhold.  Frankly folks, I just don't care.  I think enough at work.  Please don't also make me think too hard about running, or I'll quickly hate it.  So, not only am I inexperienced, I'm also lazy.  Keeping these things in mind, I found the perfect training tool online when I started my 15K training plan.

The McMillan Running Calculator is a beautiful tool that requires very little thought.  You tell the calculator your time for a recent run, submit the info, and the calculator will tell you your projected finish times for every race distance known to man.  It will also tell you your optimum training paces for every type of run (recovery, long, easy, tempos, intervals).

If you're me, it will tell you that based upon your recent time at The Boilermaker, you will finish your marathon 20 minutes PAST your pie-in-the-sky goal time.  This is bad news.

Wow.  I just had a serious reality check.  We'll talk about that later though.

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Have you tried yoga yet?  I have, and I'm not very good at it.  But I want to get better.  But I'm cheap.  But I know it's good for me.  But it's boring.  But it's great for runners.  But I'm not very flexible yet.

Enter an affordable, versitile, affordable, fun (did I mention affordable?) way to do yoga in the comfort of your own home--just you and your computer.  Yogadownload.com has also just started offering 20 minute classes for free, and I love me some free.  They also have pose guides for your viewing pleasure, and you can even download yoga vids onto your iPod so you can do yoga anywhere!  I think I'll try yoga in the tofu aisle at my international market.  We'll see if that'll get me kicked out again.

If you do a little searching, you might also be able to find a coupon.  There were a few kicking around last month, but I haven't checked yet this month.

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How about a one-stop shop for all of your fitness needs?  I love one-stop-shops.  From what I can tell, Fitness Depot is exactly that.  One of the things that caught my eye on the Fitness Depot website is the Classic Sit Disc.  Has anyone tried one of these?  I'm really curious, but I'm cheap (see above), so I don't really want to shell out the money if they don't work!

Onto FOOD!

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Have you guys tried Clif Kid Twisted Fruit yet?  If not, you must immediately go to the store and buy some.  I am not really a fan of processed foods in general, and I don't eat many things from packages these days, but these have proven to be a convenient "emergency" snack for my desk drawer.  I had a difficult time finding the little guys, but they were so worth the search and rescue mission (I had to go to 3 different stores to find them).

These are like Fruit Roll-Ups, but better by like 500%.  They are organic, contain very few ingredients, and they taste so good!

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If you buy them from Drugstore.com right now, you can get the variety pack for a total of $22.48 (including shipping).  That is only $0.94 for each one, and that is a bargain (I paid $1.49 each for mine).  Drugstore.com is also running a special right now where if you buy one of their items that automatically has free shipping (see selection here), then they'll ship your whole order for free!  So, maybe in addition to the Clif Twisted Fruit, you also need some De-Luxe Shea Butter (the cheapest item on the list at $9.99)--you'll get both items for $26.48...it's like getting the Shea Butter for $4.

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Keeping in the realm of healthy versions of packaged foods (since my week has been a little crazy), I am in love with Garden of Eatin' Multi-Grain Tortilla Chips with Everything.

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I can't even convey in words the deliciousness of these chips.

I can, however, tell you that a mere 10 minutes ago, a coworker caught me with the bag tipped upside down, greedily pouring the last of my remaining tortilla chip crumbs into my piehole.  And I didn't even care that I got caught.  I was like, "whatevs...these chips are the shizzle."

Or something along those lines.

Sadly, I couldn't find any online stores to purchase these chips.  They should be fairly easy to find though, since I picked them up on sale at my "regular" grocery store.

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I love me some ice cream.  When I first found this ice cream in the regular grocery store, I did a happy dance in the freezer aisle.  Not only because it was on sale, but because I always get excited to see manufacturers moving towards creating packaged foods that are closer to "whole".

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So the deal is that this ice cream is creamy, delicious, and void of any fillers or yuckiness.  I really did enjoy it, but I won't be buying it on the regular because a) it's very expensive unless it's on sale, b) ice cream tastes better to me when I eat it in moderation, and c) I recently experienced Gena's "life-changing banana softserve", and it lived up to its' name.  More on that life-changing event in a future post!

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I hope that everyone is enjoying their Friday!

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