J’aime Les Oeufs

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The French have an obsession with eggs.  It might not be as high up in the ranks as butter, wine and stinky cheese but, trust me, eggs are up there.  In quiches, omelets, deep yellow brioche breads or served sunny side up with asparagus for dipping, the French love it all.  And in recent years, I too have developed a liaison amoureuse with these suckers.

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Besides the olfactory hallucinations I have of brewed coffee while on my weekend morning long runs, the second thing I begin to crave several miles in are my over-easy eggs and rye toast. I questioned whether this was even a healthy thing for me to indulge myself in every weekend as I’ve heard that eggs can raise your cholesterol.  The good news is that there’s TONS of research that shows that eggs are actually an extremely healthy, whole food and its not an “indulgence” at all.

Here is an article and brief video about the importance of eggs in the diet of athletes and how they actually DON’T raise your cholesterol.  So crack a few and enjoy!

How to Eat Like a US Olympian

Advantages of Eating Eggs- Competitor.com Video

 

Bike Ride with the Boys

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I was invited to join what I THOUGHT would be a long bike ride along A1A on a Monday evening.  I’ve ridden my bike along this road plenty of times and felt that it would be relatively safe.  A1A is the highway that parallels the ocean here in South Florida and there is no cross traffic because all vehicles must move either north or south not east and west (unless a millionaire is trying to back out of his ocean-side mansion’s driveway, of course.)

Once it was explained to me that I was mistaken and that I would, in fact, be riding my bike through the traffic of down-town Fort Lauderdale at 8pm at night, I was less than amused.  I didn’t back out of it, however, because I was committed to following through with this crazy idea.  Oh, and did I mention that to top it all off, I was the only woman on this bike ride?  ‘Cause I was…

Well, I got through it and was treated to a beer and some pizza with the guys at the end of those perilous 16 miles.  I went up I don’t know how many bridges and across I don’t know how many traffic stops and I almost didn’t clip out of my bike pedals in time while on Las Olas Blvd. I would have fallen on my ass in front of a strange group of male cyclists had it not been for the grace of God.  And had I fallen, they would have decidedly concluded that “this chic can’t hang.”

But, I most definitely CAN hang…  LOL ;-)

 

Going… Going… Gone!

I LOVE Vietnamese food.  I always leave feeling satisfied and know that what I ate was relatively low in fat and healthy.  Proteins are cooked in savory broth, with fresh mint, crunchy veggies, and spicy peppers.  What could be yummier than that?! Plus, pho noodles = carbs.  And you know I LOVE my carbs.  ;-)

Delish!

These Kids…

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As a high school teacher, you don’t get many gifts for the holidays as compared to elementary school.  One very special gift I received, however, was a tin of home-made cookies with this hilarious note written on an index card taped right to the top.

This kid makes me laugh on a daily basis!  What is there to “put up with”?  This is the stuff that makes my job so much fun. <3 :-)

Getting Centered

Today it was difficult to get out there and run. I’m both exhausted and lazy… but these are the rewards I must remember when I find myself wanting to take a day off.

Firstly, I feel so much more energized.  True, I was exhausted when I came home from work and almost passed out on the couch.  True, the LAST thing in the universe I wanted to do was anything physical.  But it is ALSO true that once you force your body into motion, you begin to realize that most of our day to day exhaustion is emotional or mental and not physical.  I have more energy after having run 4 miles than if I had slept an hour.  Go figure!

Secondly, I got some outdoor time.  Most office jobs (or teaching jobs, for that matter) don’t allot for time outdoors.  We spend most of our time breathing in the same stale air under artificial lighting.  I’ve even had two jobs in which I worked in offices without windows!  Can you imagine not getting a glimpse of sunlight for 8 hours of every day?!?!

After my run, I walked across the street to the beach and enjoyed this view.  I saw a little girl chasing small water birds whose species I don’t know, a flock of prehistoric looking pelicans flying across the darkening sky and a sailboat with some very lucky passengers pass by close to shore.  What could be better than that?

#RunnerProblems

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As far as feet go, I have to say that mine look pretty good for a runner’s.  I have a few healing blisters and rough spots here and there but, other than that, I make sure that they stay in pretty decent shape.

Despite all of my precautionary measures to trim my toe nails extremely short, however, it appears as though my second toe nail will be falling off…  It has stopped growing and has formed a delightful little bubble that is now hollow when tapped.  Yuck!  I’ve lost this toe nail before so I know all the signs.  (sigh)

So long, my friend.  The personal record I got that caused this to happen was totally worth it.  All I ask is that you stay attached long enough for your replacement to grow a decent amount behind you.  I don’t want to look too gross in flip flops.  ;-)

Quick-Fix HEALTHY Huevos Rancheros

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As I’ve said before, I’m a creature of habit.  And that could not be more true than in the way I eat.  On a day to day basis I will have a green superfoods/ protein powder shake and a peanut butter granola bar for breakfast.  Its easy, its fast and its portable.

Thats fine while I’m at work and need to sip and eat between putting out fires with kids or co-workers but, sometimes, on days off I just need to eat real food.  Last Tuesday after a long bike ride, I came home with a hankering for some real breakfast but I wanted to still eat healthily.  Here’s what I came up with using 3 simple ingredients I had in my fridge. The results were delicious and totally crave-able.

Ingredients:

2 eggs, fresh salsa and some arugula

2 eggs, fresh salsa and some arugula

Directions: