Sunday, March 9, 2014

Me vs. Running

It's no secret. I hate running and I will admit that I'm terrible at it - my endurance sucks and I can't even run in a straight line. The last time I ran "long distance" was in 2009 when a friend convinced me to run a half marathon with her... I quit halfway through training. Somehow, I found myself running today to prepare for my first 10km next month. Here's how I got sucked in peer pressured into it:

For the last two years, my father-in-law has been working hard for a healthier lifestyle. He has since gone from size 46 jeans to wearing size 32 jeans and has made it his goal to run a marathon. When he asked my husband, sister-in-law, and I to run with him at the annual Vancouver Sun Run, I decided to take on the challenge. Besides, if a 60+ year old man can do it, what excuse do I have? This afternoon, I laced up my running shoes and went outside to see how far I could go without stopping. I decided that 3km would be a good goal.
I turned my phone's GPS on and started to track my activity on RunKeeper
RunKeeper LadyTime: five minutes. Distance: zero point seven kilometres
Me: omg, that's it? that's all?

I kept running and was determined to reach my 3km goal without stopping. At 3km, I started to think... this isn't so bad, i still have some left in me. So I kept running. 4km arrived and I thought...five sounds like a nicer number... so i kept running. At 5km, I was getting into my groove and felt like I could still keep going. I just distracted my mind with thoughts about the delicious dinner that was waiting for me. 6km rolled around and I thought... i can't believe i reached 6! I can still keep going... 7 would be a nicer number. *pant* *pant* *pant* I was singing along in my head to the music blasting in my ear *areeeee you gonnnnnnaaaa -------- The music stopped. My phone died. I was pretty upset that I couldn't track my distance anymore especially since I was getting into a groove for 7km but the other part of me was happy it was over. 


As you can see, my pace started getting worse towards the end but i'm just happy I kept going! Now back to the barbells...

Do you enjoy running?

Monday, January 6, 2014

Winter Hiking Date at Capilano Canyon

Hiking in zero degree weather? Why not! Yesterday, my husband and I decided to do something new to get out of the house. Since we both work from home, we spend most of the week cooped up inside and rarely get to enjoy the outdoors away from the city. We decided on Capilano Canyon since the website mentioned many things to see along the hike, including the Cleveland Dam and a salmon hatchery. But really, the main reason we picked it was because it was labeled "easy" :P

"...one of Vancouver's main sources of drinking water and the area to the north of the dam is off limits to people."
There were very few people around which was nice and quite a change from hiking in the summer where trails are packed with hikers and tourists. In the beginning, I did get paranoid though. There was nobody around except for a lone "hiker" in front of us, not dressed in hiking gear, and........ hiking backwards, facing us. I started thinking about all the hiking tragedies in the news last year and one particular one that I read about just that morning. As my imagination starts to run wild, the mystery backwards hiker disappears into the woods and we see more people ahead of us. Phewwwwf!
At the salmon hatchery - admission is free and there are picnic tables around... a nice place to take a break in the middle of your hike.

After an hour and a half, we were back to where we started. It was still too early to catch the sunset but we got great views of the mountains and the sun peeking through the trees. I hurried back to the car as my milk tea with pearls was waiting for me for the hour drive back home. 

I realized that we are so blessed to have access to all of this - fresh air, hiking trails, tall trees, mountains, lakes, and more - that we should take advantage of it more often. Here's to more outdoor activities in 2014!

What would you like to do more of in 2014?

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Easiest Crinkle Cookie Recipe Ever.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year celebration filled with lots of love, laughter, and delicious food. All of our festivities ended today which is bittersweet - I'm sad that all the gatherings are over but happy to be back to somewhat of a routine. I had no sense of what day of the week it was for the last two weeks because of all the festivities!

Last year, I made homemade nutella sea salt fudge for friends and family as gifts and this year I made crinkle cookies! They are really easy (but messy) to make and I can attest to this as I overslept this morning from late night NYE festivities and only had one hour to prep, bake, cool, and package 50+ cookies!


The secret ingredient in this recipe is cool whip and i'm not sure who the original recipe creator is but whoever he/she is, is a genius! There are only 4 ingredients and the result is a heavenly smelling batch of cookies that are slightly crunchy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside. It was hard to stop "taste testing" them! 
DIRECTIONS: 
In a large bowl, use a wooden spoon to mix 1 box of cake mix (I like using this one), 8oz of fat free cool whip, and 1 egg. Once it is fully mixed, use a small spoon to drop cookie batter into a bowl of icing sugar and form into a ball. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool on pan for a few minutes then fully cool on cooling rack. Yield is about 50 cookies using a 1/2 tbsp to scoop out dough.

NOTES: 
- Make sure your hands are dusted with icing sugar before rolling the dough into balls as the dough is very sticky!
- Leave sufficient space between each cookie on your pan as it expands quite a bit. I learned this after making my first batch as the cookies all stuck together and made one giant rectangular "cookie".

MACROS: 9g carbs, 1g fat, 1g protein
*macros may vary depending on the brand of cake mix you use and the amount of icing sugar you use.

Enjoy!

What did you do for Christmas and NY? 

P.S - Remember my run in with a commercial shooting for Quaker's new Quinoa bars? I made the cut! Check out the commercial here. Leave it to the Asian to ask for a whole box! ;)