I just got back from 20 minutes of swimming this morning at my local pool. Probably 15 minutes of swimming, considering how much time I actually spent just standing in the water at the end of each lap trying to catch my breath. Lousy, I know, but at least I actually got to the pool to swim a little!
I’ve been taking swimming lessons because I never learned how to swim properly when I was a kid. This is the second time I’ve taken lessons as an adult – the first time was a few years back with my sister and we basically just spent most of our time fooling around. I will say, it helped at least in teaching me how to float on my back and do the survival back stroke, the one that makes you look like a frog swimming on its back!
Now my main problem is mastering the breathing technique. I’m the only person who still keeps coming up gasping and choking, swallowing heaps of water and just generally forgetting how to exhale underwater. Aaargh! But I’ve been watching a few videos online and trying to figure out what my problem is. Hopefully, I’ll get better at this! Fingers crossed!
Soft Boiled Eggs:
Now, I’m guessing this won’t really qualify as a recipe since soft-boiled eggs are so easy to make! But I had a crazy phase last week of eating soft boiled eggs, especially with my poor tender teeth from a visit to the orthodontist, so I just had to share my favourite dish of last week with you. Probably not a good idea to eat too much of this though as it can get pretty cholesterol crazy with all the yolks! But then who doesn’t love yolks? I, for one, am not a fan of the egg-whites only club. I love yolks too much – they’re the best part of eating eggs!
Three to four eggs
Fresh crusty bread
Pre-boil water in a kettle. Add water to your pot of eggs and let boil on stove on a high to medium heat for about three to four minutes. Remove pot from kettle and drain. Fill your pot with cool water and let eggs sit within as you crack each egg into a small bowl, using a spoon to dig the white flesh out from the shells. Mix in half a teaspoon of soy sauce and season with some cracked pepper. Serve with bread and enjoy!
So it’s Week 9 in my half-marathon training program and I’m feeling really good. Sore but good!
After slacking off in the past two weeks, I’m glad to report that I’m back on track once more! And it’s all thanks to having finally putting out my training process in the blogosphere! READ MORE
I’ve been to the orthodontist to have my braces tightened once more. This time, he’s added some connecting bands to help close the last few gaps remaining and estimates it’ll take another two or three more visits before it’s time to get these metal bars off! I’ve mostly forgotten about my braces over the past year, but right now, so close to the end time, I’m starting to get impatient and I just want them off ASAP!
Usually I’m pretty okay about eating right after a visit to the orthodontist except for the occasional time where it takes a day or two of eating soft food. But this time, with the addition of the connecting bands, I haven’t been able to eat much over the past five days. So I’ve gone back to my usual menu of soft foods when I first got my braces… and decided to make cauliflower soup for dinner! READ MORE
Today, I wanted to blog about my first eight weeks of training for a half-marathon/potential full marathon!
Late last year, I posted about having a Fitbit and how it had a great impact on me, fitness-wise. It helped pull me out of my fitness slump of last year and got me moving again just so I could hit 10,000 steps every day. At first, I started slow, just going on walks, but I got impatient with walking and soon started running again. That was when I started to enjoy running once more and before I knew it, I was surfing the ‘net, looking at my favourite fitness blogs and scanning their running posts. Through the Peanut Butter Fingers website, I randomly clicked on Hal Higdon’s Marathon Training Plans to have a look at how hard a half-marathon training plan would be. READ MORE
The day after visiting the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls, we went on to the Argentinian side!
I’ll be honest here. When my friend first proposed visiting Iguazu Falls while we were in Argentina, I wasn’t too keen on the idea. The trip from Argentina to Iguazu was pretty pricey, especially as they’ve set a much higher price for foreigners, and I was hesitant to spend a lot of money and at least two to three days of our precious time in South America visiting a waterfall. After all, once you’ve seen one waterfall, you’ve seen ‘em all, right?
So it was with a little bad grace that I agreed to come along on the Iguazu Falls trip. We took a plane from Argentina to Iguazu (I can’t remember how much we paid now but I do remember blanching at the price), dumped our things at our hotel and hired a taxi driver who would drive us back and forth between the Falls for the next two days. As we were only spending two days there, we agreed that we’d head over to the Brazil side first, with passports in hand. I was still thinking, ‘yeah, waterfall, whatever.’
And then we got to the falls. And we saw this.
I’ve seen heaps of people posting their pictures of home-made zucchini noodles and I’ve been keen to try making some of my own. The noodles always look so delish and the recommended sauce seems to be pesto, which I can eat out of the jar, it’s so yummy! READ MORE
Before I start on the third book in my self-help books series, what do you think of my new blog design? Isn’t it pretty? It’s all thanks to Rashi Birla of Bucket of Squash! Go to her website and check out her awesome blog and her portfolio – she’s a designer extraordinaire!
We’re still in the midst of working out some of the kinks so the site’s not completely ready yet – but the main design is up and I can’t stop checking out how elegant and beautiful everything looks!
Now to book three of the self-improvement books series, which is:
Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman – Love Your Enemies: How to Break the Anger Habit and Be A Whole Lot Happier. READ MORE