Saturday, February 16, 2013

I am a TRI-er Now!

This weekend I am participating in a triathlon of sorts... and one that I am thoroughly enjoying.

Joanna is hosting a triathon from Friday, February 15th through Sunday, February 17th, wherein the entrants are to take part in a yoga session, go for a run, and do some baking.  You can read all about it on her blog Joanna Runs.


I have done yoga twice this past week. I borrowed a couple of DVDs from the library and tried them both.  They are both Hatha yoga, and being a newb that doesn't mean anything to me, but it might to you if you are yoga-savvy.  I didn't care for the first session... too many eye exercises and breathing before the movements started... but I did find out that I love the CORPSE pose and the deep relaxation at the end of the session.  I almost fell asleep.

Then yesterday, as part of this triatholon, I tried the second DVD. It was more to my liking and again, I loved the deep relaxation at the end. I actually looked up at the tv screen once to see if the DVD had stopped because it felt like I had been laying there idle for so long.


Our run today was the ususal 5km around the neighborhood... the sun was shining so brilliantly and warmly through our windows this morning... just beautiful. The Captain asked if I would be willing to run a bit earlier than we normally do so he could be home to watch the opening draw of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts on tv at 11 a.m.   That is a national ladies curling competition in Canada and for curling fans, a very big deal!

So we had breakfast by 8:15 and were out the door at 9:30.  It was sunny and beautiful but there was a really strong wind coming from the S.W. - about 35 kmp - and it was into our faces for much of the first half of the route.  But in spite of that, we finished in 35:12 which is a good time for me.

My legs are feeling really strong lately and I wish my breathing was easier... that is what holds me back. Great to be out there though and it was a good run.

W3 R 35:12 @ 10.5/1 W3
stretch 10 minutes

Not the best picture to show off my new bobbed hair.

He loves this FRS Healthy Defense.

After peeling off our jackets and shoes and drinking some water, I made us each a smoothie with some FRS Healthy Defense.  I won 5 cases recently in a giveaway and we both really like it.  The Captain's smoothie was made with one bottle of FRS, a banana, and a scoop of vanilla whey protein powder... I made mine with powdered egg whites instead of the protein powder.

Love the color... and the taste.


I decided to make a batch of peanut butter cookies, using a very simple, flourless recipe. It's been a while since I made cookies and I am now at the point with my new food plan where I know they won't tempt me at all, so I thought it might be nice to make some for The Captain... who has not given up peanut butter or sugar!  I made them with Adams natural chunky peanut butter and he seemed quite pleased... ate 5 of them almost immediately....  Guess that is his way of participating in the BAKE leg of the triathlon.

|Peanut Butter Cookies
makes 22 cookies
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. Cream the peanut butter and white sugar together.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla and mix well.
  3. Scoop dough with a 1 Tbs measure and make golf ball sized mounds and place about an inch apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Lightly flatten each with a fork.
  5. Bake for 10 to 11 minutes at 325F.
  6. When they come out of the oven they will be soft so leave them on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
Per cookie.
Weight Watchers P+ = 3.
Calories 111; Protein 3g; Carbohydrate 11g; Fat 6g; Fibre 1g.

I cooked the first batch at 350 F but I think the bottoms are a bit dark... not burned but dark.

The second, smaller batch was cooked at 325 F and they look more like a caramel color.

So what fun stuff are you up to this weekend?

Are you taking part in Joanna's Triathlon?


  1. Now thats my kind of tri!!! Ill have to go check it out!!!

  2. I could totally do this kind of Tri! No swimming involved!
    Thanks for sharing Elle!

  3. I adore exercising in the morning, it feels so good to get it out of the way first thing! If you do it after breakfast, it's such a great way to digest! :D

  4. I love that you recapped! Thanks for participating!

  5. Fun - I like that & those cookies - well, my love of cookies! :)

    The weather is finally nice for a couple days so enjoying it here before it gets yucky again! :)

  6. That sounds like my kind of triathlon! I recently made some flourless peanut butter cookies and they were awesome! So peanut buttery! And hey, my yoga for runners book has a little table in it that might be handy for you... I'll tweet a pic of it!

  7. Hey! This is a tri that I could do! Sounds like so much fun. We're spending the weekend with family and spending a lot of time playing outside!

  8. What a fun idea:) Nothing much going on this weekend for me. Kind of nice to just relax:)

  9. Yoga, run, bake? That sounds so fun! :)

  10. Very cool! This sounds awesome!! I love that picture of you, Elle - you look so pretty! Your hair looks really good as it is growing out. Thanks for sharing about your Tri- what a fantastic idea. :)

  11. That's a great idea for a triathlon! Love the new hair, too!

  12. what a super clever idea1 so much fun and congrats on becoming a tri-er!

  13. What a neat idea for a tri! I wish I wasn't so far behind and had gotten to participate in that.

  14. Now that is my kind of tri! I need to do this!

  15. I love your tri. I am going to go and do one of those myself! If only all tris were like that!


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