Austin Marathon Recap
I ran the Austin Marathon on February 16. I want to say it sucked, bad, but the more time that passes, the more I realize it was what it was… a long tough run.
I had an amazing experience running the St. George Marathon that I expected a similar experience at the Austin Marathon. It wasn’t. It was the exact opposite.
The half marathon runners started the race with us, and that made it hard to settle into a pace. I spent my energy weaving in and out of runners for an hour and a half. Exhaustion slammed into me once the half marathon runners split from us, and exhaustion at mile 11 is not fun.
It also didn’t help that I was burping GU, and water was sloshing in my stomach. It was disgustingly humid, and hills were scattered throughout the course. The humidity caused an insatiable thirst, and my sodden clothes clung to my body.
After mile 17, I stopped choking down GU, and decided to forgo any additional fuel. I wonder if I could have run faster or pushed myself more, but honestly in the moment I couldn’t give anymore.
Even though I wrestle with the idea of registering for a redemption race, I think it is time I give up running marathons, at least for now.
Now I’m going to:
Enjoy running instead of dreading it.
Build back the muscle I lost during marathon training.
Engage in workouts that don’t take hours to complete.
Allow my knee to heal from an overuse injury.
Worry less about getting enough fuel and water to sustain my runs.
I began building back muscle with this home HIIT workout. Enjoy.
Finding the right way to eat for your body is tricky. With so many diet books on the market, it can get confusing and frustrating. There is no one diet that works for everyone.
There is only one right way to eat for your body, and that comes down to what you can sustain for the long run and what fits your lifestyle.
It is up to you to figure out what works for you. These four steps will help you discover the best way to eat for your body.
1. What are your goals? What is it that you want to achieve? Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to gain muscle? Do you want to do both? It’s important to define your goals because it makes a difference in how you plan your diet.
If losing weight is the goal, a lower carbohydrate diet might work best. If putting on muscle is the goal, a nutrient timed higher carbohydrate diet might work. And if losing fat and building muscle is the goal, a carbohydrate cycled diet might be best.
Of course, the base of your diet should be real, unprocessed foods with a balance of healthy fats, carbohydrates, and protein (macronutrients), but how you manipulate those nutrients will make a difference in the outcome.
2. Experiment. Figure out what works for your body by experimenting with different nutrition plans. Every body is different. Our hormones react differently, the amount of muscle mass we have is different, and our environment is different.
Perhaps you don’t do well on a lower carbohydrate diet, but would benefit from carbohydrate cycling. The only way to know if a specific plan works for your body and lifestyle is to experiment with it.
3. Stick with the plan. Stick with the diet for at least 4-6 weeks. It will take that long for your body to start showing changes, and for you to determine if the plan is working. After that time, tweak the macronutrients if needed.
This could be in the form of eating more carbohydrates and less fat or eating fewer carbohydrates, more protein and fat. Then stick with it for another 4-6 weeks.
If the diet is hard or unsustainable, then you need to plan a diet that works with your lifestyle.
4. Measure your progress. Now that you have identified a goal and established a plan, experiment with the diet and record your progress. This will provide motivation and help you see the overall picture.
Finding the best way to eat for your body takes time. It’s easy to get frustrated with the process and want to quit, but stay with it, and don’t give up. It’s liberating to know what works for your body and what doesn’t work.
What do you find most difficult when it comes to planning a diet? Do these steps seem doable? Is there a step you would add to this list?
I love looking at elaborate and beautiful cake and cupcake designs. I consider it art. They’re even fun to make, at least until the stress hits you. Because honestly, it takes a lot of time and attention to detail to turn out those cakes.
Now that my kids are older, I realized I don’t have time to make intricate cakes and cupcakes. I prefer to go the quick and easy route, and try to complete my baking and decorating within an hour and a half. I like to save the detailed cakes for special occasions, such as my kids birthday.
Today’s cupcake tutorial is just that, quick and easy.
I used an offset spatula to frost the cooled cupcakes. If you don’t have one, use whatever you have like a butter knife. The frosting doesn’t need to be perfect.
I took a piece of paper, folded it in half, and cut a small heart along the fold. Then I placed the paper lightly on top of the cupcake with the heart in the center of the cupcake.
I sprinkled sanding sugar on the exposed frosting, and then carefully removed the paper.
I repeated the steps for the remaining cupcakes. I love how simple it was to decorate these cupcakes. This is also a cute design for a cake.
The cupcakes and frosting I used are both gluten free and low carb. And the best part, they actually taste good. Of course, the sanding sugar is not low sugar. I didn’t mind that small amount of sugar.
It has taken me almost two months to come up with a recipe that didn’t result in a dry and bland cake. I will share the recipe and another cake design soon.
If you’re looking for other Valentine’s Day cake ideas, here are links to my Valentine’s Day Kit Kat Cake, my Chocolate Valentine’s Day Cake, and my Pink Ombre Petal Effect Cake. All three cakes are quick and easy to decorate.
Happy Valentine’s Day