Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The perfect PB&J

In my continuing quest to find One Thing I Like to eat for lunch every day, which the YOAD doctors recommend, I've been experimenting with peanut butter. I may have hit on it yesterday.

YOAD also suggests eating a teaspoon of cinnamon daily, so I mixed cinnamon into my natural peanut butter and slapped a tablespoon of it on one piece of Nature's Own Sugar-Free Whole Wheat Bread. On another piece I slapped a tablespoon of natural apple butter – apples, apple juice, cinnamon and cloves are the listed ingredients.

May I just say … yum?

And coming soon to the Middle of Nowhere will be more than eight pounds of steel-cut oats. In other words, breakfast for the rest of my natural life. My local Kroger stopped carrying them, and even stopped stocking McCann's quick-cooking oats, which Mr. Shrinking Knitter and I like better than Quaker Oats. I couldn't find them at the larger, better-stocked Kroger I went to over the weekend, either. So I hopped online and found a place to order large tins of steel-cut oats with a reasonable flat rate for shipping. [The first place I found had a great price for the oats, but charged nearly $15 to ship them!]

In the two weeks I've been loosely following the YOAD plan, I've lost three pounds and 1.5 inches from my waist. The three-pound loss is from last week to this week, and there's no rhyme nor reason for the big drop. I feel like I've exercised less and eaten more, but the stats are pretty much the same as they've been for weeks on end. Maybe it was just my turn. Heh.

PQ commented yesterday that I must be in pretty good shape to describe three miles as an easy run. I should have said that the training schedule called it an :airquote: easy :airquote: run. There's nothing easy about running three miles unless you're An Athlete. Which I am most definitely not.

[I turned comment moderation off, by the way. Until I start getting spammed. Again.]

But the run went well. I actually did four miles instead of three, again at a 5mph pace. The training runs will be getting longer as the next few weeks go by, and I need to find some longer stretches of flat road – not easy here in the mountains of Middle of Nowhere, WV. Today is a cross-training day and tomorrow's speed drill is a seven-mile run, which will be the longest mid-week distance since I started training. My first long run, five weeks ago, was seven miles. Progress!

Sixty days until race day.


Mary Christine said...

I will look into this YOAD. I weighed myself this morning and I am actually gaining weight!!! Yikes. I went out yesterday to run 3 miles and ran 4 instead and the first mile was uphill (same problem in Colorado, no flat stuff) into the wind!

Lori said...

You know, between you and Grumpy, I just may have to break down and get YOAD. The apple butter/peanut butter sounds interesting. I'm just afraid I would eat up a lot of apple butter on its own.

I know what you mean by airquote easy end airquote in terms of exercise. I can now do 10 minutes and it seems easier than at the beginning and it goes by "fast"* but a professional athlete, I'll never be. *if you type quickly, fast can become fats...

Good luck on your training today; it looks like it might be good weather for us for a change (minus fog).

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the scale victory! You must be adjusting to the YOAD "weigh" of life and now the scale can show you that its working. Keep up the great work :)

Farah said...

Are you following YOAD online or did you purchase the book? Can you tell me a little bit more about the book? I think you might have written about it in your previous posts, but I can't remember for sure.
Farah in CO

Farah said...

Oh, and my email address is farahgrissom@gmail.com in case you want to email me about it.