The Hungry Woman

by Joanne on April 9, 2010

Friday.  This week flew by.  I’m not sure I want my life to FLASH before my eyes like that. 

Today I had an extra 45 minutes in bed and then Shane and I ran 5 miles.  Last run before SHOW TIME!   It was 46 degrees.  I wore light gloves and a head band for my ears.  A long sleeve shirt with a rain jacket to cover and long pants.  Luckily, it had stopped raining.  When we went to bed last night, it was falling in bucket loads. I noticed we must have lost power for a short time because the microwave and oven clocks were flashing “S E T  C L O C K”.  It couldn’t have been too long because the house alarm didn’t go off. 

The Bike:  I wasn’t able to pick up my bike yesterday because the person who was suppose to do my fitting was busy.  BUT… he did have time to help Ted pick out his new bike.  So we both are scheduled for our bike fittings on Saturday.  I won’t ride mine until after my run but I was sure looking forward to bringing it home and staring at it. 

my bike

Breakfast for today was standard weekday fare of oats, protein shake, and fruit.

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I intend to be more careful about the foods I eat today and tomorrow so whatever food it is, I can justify it’s nutritional benefits in fueling my run.  I’m not a dietician nor am I a nutritionist, but I’ve worked with trainers, I’ve read a lot about sports nutrition and I pay attention to my body so I can put some common sense into my eating. 

Ted and I are attending a Benefit for a good friend tonight so, using common sense (snicker, snicker), I’ll be drinking red wine (more antioxidants in red), but one glass limitAlcohol interferes with glycogen and carbohydrate metabolism in the liver.  The result is depleted endurance. I’m allowing myself one glass tonight and (sniff, sniff) none on Saturday.   

HOWEVER… the following was my Thursday morning activity and the last of  “simply satisfaction” eating.  I had a craving and I went with it.  Not that an omelet is bad by any means, but the Italian Long Hots? ….not a good choice when intending to engage in aerobic activity.  I won’t go any further with that one.  

Thursday morning I changed things around in both workout and eating categories. 

My workout was wishy-washy because I went into the gym intending to do a 3 mile run.  I started with a very fast 1 mile, continued on to finish 10 minutes worth on the treadmill then changed my mind and decided I’d rather cross train. I ended my 30 minute aerobic session with 20 minutes on the elliptical.  I doubled up the weight workout to complete back, triceps, shoulders, and abs and that took 45 minutes.  Shane and I then went on a 3.3 mile walk/jog (pace 13 min. mile). 

My breakfast was a treat.


It must have been the article I wrote on EXAMINER Tuesday that had me craving eggs.  I created one of my HUNGRY MAN WOMAN omelets.  I did eat all the eggs but just couldn’t finish the tortilla. 

Hungry Woman Omelet:


  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 6 asparagus spears – tough ends broken off and chopped up
  • 4 grape tomatoes – sliced
  • 2 pre-cooked Italian Long Hots (certainly not pre –run food!) – chopped
  • 1 tsp dried, minced onion
  • 1 cup Eggbeaters:  Add pinch of salt and pepper and a little sprinkle of garlic
  • 1 1/2 oz Fat Free Feta Cheese
  • 1 Low Carb Tortilla


Heat the oil in the pan over medium heat.  When oil is hot, add the asparagus, tomatoes, long hots, minced onion and let cook about 3 minutes.   Add the Eggbeaters and let cook until just slightly runny on top.  Sprinkle on the crumbled Feta cheese. Flip the omelet over so it’s folded in half and continue to cook about 1 more minute. 

Toast the tortilla if desired and serve with the omelet.  Top omelet with salsa and serve with fresh fruit on the side (pineapple, strawberry, and raspberries).


Foods to limit two days before a race are high fiber foods.   Beans, bran cereals, broccoli and other items may cause gastrointestinal discomfort.

Do you measure your food?


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  • At 2010.04.09 07:20, Judi said:

    Love your new bike, I bet you are excited to get it home! I just tried cycling out this week with the kids and would love to have my own bike some time soon!

    I didn’t know that about limiting fiber foods prior to a race!

    Good luck on your race!
    .-= Judi´s last blog ..Saddle sore =-.

    • At 2010.04.09 11:25, Joanne said:

      I think it just boils down to a matter of personal preference. If you’re used to eating high fiber foods and it doesn’t cause discomfort or any extra bathroom trips, then it’s fine before an event.

      • At 2010.04.09 10:14, Lori (Finding Radiance) said:

        I am green with jealousy over that bike!! Funny, I eat the same things during race times, including broccoli and oats the day before and the day of events! I think my body is so used to then that I never have any ‘issues’ knock on wood.

        I measure most things, because my eyes are very much bigger than my stomach. I do not really measure fruits and veggies, but all grains, fats, and meats get weighed because a little extra can mean a lot extra. Nut butters in particular.
        .-= Lori (Finding Radiance)´s last blog ..Injury update and thank you! =-.

        • At 2010.04.09 11:26, Joanne said:

          I’m about 1/2 and 1/2 in measuring. By this time, I pretty much know portion size by just a glance.

          • At 2010.04.09 11:05, Ana (AnActive Adventure) said:

            Girl what a nice looking bike!!! OH and your food has me drooling, such artistic pics I like 🙂 I know how you must be feeling about not being able to drink wine on Saturday *sigh* With the workout plan I am doing I can’t have alcohol for 30 days!! It is very sad not being able to drink some vino!!

            Lately I have began measuring the food I eat, I like doing it because I can figure out the amount of calories I am taking in. By measuring food I can see if I am eating too little or too much, and it can be controlled… My inner control freak always shine through, haha!

            Happy Friday 🙂
            .-= Ana (AnActive Adventure)´s last blog ..Making the Cut =-.

            • At 2010.04.09 11:27, Joanne said:

              Thanks. I’m already craving my Friday Happy Hour wine and it’s not even lunch time.

              • At 2010.04.09 11:58, kalli@fitandfortysomething said:

                i know what you mean about just wanting to stare at the bike! i had to bring mine back to trevors to get a few adjustments so i am sad… bike again!
                no i do not measure my food……
                did i read above you are already craving happy hour wine? come on over! i am always craving wiine 🙂
                .-= kalli@fitandfortysomething´s last blog ..What is in a Name =-.

                • At 2010.04.09 13:57, Joanne said:

                  I’m on my way….CA here I come (I wish!)

                  • At 2010.04.09 12:25, Shannon (The Daily Balance) said:

                    your omlette looks incredible! and all your photos are gorgeous! I measure my food when I’m following a recipe, but otherwise, I typically “eyeball”
                    .-= Shannon (The Daily Balance)´s last blog ..Clean freak or stinkball? =-.

                    • At 2010.04.09 13:57, Joanne said:

                      Thanks. I still eyeball when following a recipe. I’m always in such a rush.

                      • At 2010.04.09 14:40, Nicole, RD said:

                        Exciting about your bike!!! 🙂

                        I think you’re right about alcohol. I am going to be very conscientious of my intake over the next 5 weeks to ensure this half marathon goes well!

                        I don’t always measure my food, but I am good about cutting food and serving food as a recipe indicates. Like if a lasagna makes 12 pieces, I take 1 piece of 12 🙂
                        .-= Nicole, RD´s last blog ..Loose Flexie =-.

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