Did you miss us? We’ve missed you! While we’ve been away we’ve certainly been learning loads and have lots to share.
First and foremost, check out the goal counter at right. See that? Dexter is now at 85% of his goal… just 15 pounds away from 100 pounds and Lifetime Membership at Weight Watchers. WOW!
Also, I’ve been playing in the kitchen and have discovered some new recipes to that you might enjoy – my family and I have deemed them quite worthy of repeat appearances.
And Dexter and I have both leapt back into Training Team with Coach Mandy and the Sportsbackers, this time getting ready for Richmond’s biggest street party: the Monument Avenue 10k.
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Training Team the Second Time Around
Winter is has been an ungracious guest overstaying its welcome, but we are assured that spring is on the way. In the meantime, Dexter and I (and our fellow training team members) have run through cold, wind, snow, rain and generally miserable weather.
Sounds like fun, right?
Actually, it’s been a blast. Dexter and I are amazed at what we’re able to do. We definitely recommend the training team experience to everyone from novices to folks who’ve been running for years. The camaraderie, information and sheer accountability (because Coach Mandy will be looking for us!) is really irreplaceable.
As the African Proverb says, if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others. Considering that Dexter and I are plotting to take on our first half-marathon in November – and 13.1 miles is pretty far – we want to go with others.
Some cool things that the training team offers:
Injury prevention clinic – For people who are staying on dry land and are self-propelled, runners seem to have an unfair share of injury risks. Shin splints, sore knees, ankle problems, back problems, you name it, runners deal with it. The injury prevention clinics help address some of the most common issues and preventative measures.
Shoe clinic – the right shoes definitely cut down on injuries!
Nutrition clinic – What to eat and when to eat it when you’re training and running races. Hint: do NOT try out a new pre-run breakfast the day of the race. Bad idea…
Really, though, it’s all about the people. We meet such nice folks, and they are all incredibly inspiring. Like the amazing lady who has lost over 150 pounds, the lovely teammate who has lost 50 pounds as she’s reaching her 50th birthday, the father-son teams who are creating irreplaceable memories with these runs and familiar friends and faces from the 8K training team. Plus, there are our coaches – our incredible volunteer coaches who show up rain, snow, sleet or shine to cheer us on through the miles, make sure we don’t get lost and share really cool tips and tricks for newbies and veterans alike.
With all that, how could we not show up for training team? It would be like turning down a winning lottery ticket.
Some of our Incredible Coaches…
Recipe Round Up
All three of these recipes got rave review from me and the family, as well as several Weight Watchers members.
Stuffed Cabbage Casserole
Or as Dexter and I like to call it, Yummy Casserole. The word “cabbage” can be a turn off (at least for us) so we just like to focus on how good it tastes! Here’s the recipe, and do explore at skinnytaste.com while you’re there. Chef Gina has some awesome tips, and the website itself is Fab-ooooh!
Slow Cooker Lasagna
This one comes from the Weight Watchers website. At 10PP per serving, it’s a bit pricey, but the serving size is quite healthy. You could increase the number of servings and still get a nice lunch portion. Pair with a salad or other veggies to round out your meal.
By the way, I made this using Boca crumbles instead of ground beef. The points values did not change.
Soft Serve “Ice Cream”
This tasty treat idea was a great surprise. My boys ate it up then sped back to the kitchen, holding their bowls like Oliver Twist.
“Please, Mom, may we have some more?”
SCORE! Thanks fellow WW Member, Melissa, for the awesome idea!
3 to 4 frozen, very ripe bananas
1/3 cup nonfat greek yogurt
1 tsp vanilla
Flavoring of your choice
Additional calorie-free sweetener, if desired
Process bananas, yogurt and vanilla together until smooth. Add flavorings and sweetener.
Some flavor ideas include sugar free fruit pie filling, sugar free coffee syrups, unsweetened cocoa, PB2 powdered peanut butter flavors. The options are as endless as creating ice cream.
Scrape down processor at least once. Serve immediately. Refreezing does not improve the texture.
Dexter’s Dash to 100
I’ve had the distinct honor and pleasure to be a spectator in Dexter’s journey toward losing 100 pounds. He’s now closing in on it, just 15 more pounds to go. For anyone who wonders what happens when someone loses that much weight, here’s what I can tell you that I’ve observed.
Medications Diminish… Or Go Away Entirely. No more blood pressure meds, no more C-PAC machine, just a daily multi-vitamin. How amazing is that? With a dedication to self-care, we really can allow the body to heal itself.
Confidence Boosts. It seemed to me that Dexter used to accept what was available to him. Now, I watch in awe as he enthusiastically pursues what he wants in life. He really is making his dreams come true.
Opportunities Abound. It seems like every week (on our runs) Dexter is telling me about a new something that crossed his path. The people and circumstances that he’s now experiencing are broad, rich and multi-faceted. That’s not to say that his old world was black and white, but this new one is most definitely Technicolor in a Dorothy landing in Oz sort of way. And Dexter is (literally) running on the yellow brick road.
Dare to Step Outside the Comfort Zone. And try vegetables. Or a new hobby… like running. Or consider new adventures. The possibilities become endless.
I am looking forward to this next 15 pounds like you would not believe. Won’t you join me in rooting Dexter on to the finish line? It will be a rockin’ celebration when we get there!
No Matter What
We say it so often, and I’m here to say it again. Getting to goal is the opportunity to create the next goal. Because we are, now and forever, Not Done Yet!
Wishing you an awesomelicious day!