We’ve moved on from the snow to ice. This city is shut down. Even derby practice has been canceled all week! In case you were wondering, ice is significantly less fun than snow.
Peachtree St. (the main drag through Atlanta) is literally a sheet of ice. No joke – this dude was ice skating down the street.
This is 2 blocks from my condo.
Being trapped has done a lot for productivity – I have gotten 2 big deliverables done for work, changed my sheets, hand washed dishes (I always put off doing hand wash-only dishes), worked out everyday, done laundry, and some other random “to do” items.
I did get out on Monday night for some fun. Atlanta was in par-tay mode! 🙂
Picture taken by random guy on the street:
Last night I made some rockin’ roasted sweet potatoes. I couldn’t take a picture, but my sister requested that directions be posted. Here you go, Alli:
Lavender Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- 1 Giant Sweet potato
- 1/4-1/2 tsp Dried lavender blossoms
- 1/2 tsp Dried rosemary
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 T EVOO
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Chop well-rinsed (I don’t peel mine) sweet potato into 1/2 in cubes and spread out on foil-lined baking sheet. Toss with herbs, salt, and EVOO.
Roast in oven for ~40 mins, tossing once at 25 min mark. Remove and enjoy!
Many people begin running for weight loss. One of the common stories I see is that of people signing up for a 5K as motivation to begin running and drop a few lbs. I don’t think this article is necessarily referring to those people – this seems more related to longer races or more competitive racers – but it is an interesting read and can provide some perspective.
- Your body needs more calories when you’re seriously training. This is not the time to cutting to under 1,500/day .
- Strength training shouldn’t be a focus while training. Muscle burns fat, but lifting seriously can exhaust you and add more muscle than is ideal for a race.
- Endurance require some carbs. Losing weight does not. Eat more protein if you are trying to lose. Sub in some carb-cals for the protein when you are in training.
- Many of the fitness magazines are highlighting the awesome weight-loss results you see from cardio intervals. True story. Just don’t make these the bulk of your workout if you are trying to run a marathon – they aren’t a substitute for a long run.
- “Fasting” workouts are when you workout first thing without any food on your stomach. In theory, they burn straight fat rather than burning off carbs first. I’m not a fan of these in general (it can also mean muscle breakdown as you body struggles to fuel the workout), but you especially don’t want to do this for longer/endurance runs.
What are your thoughts? Can you focus on weight loss and training? Anyone a fan of the fasting workout?
Speaking of… I’m off to the gym! Gotta do what you can to warm up. 🙂