Teach Me How to Swim

Things I learned today:

1. I do not have time to eat, swim, and shower during my lunch break. Duly noted.

2. Mom may have been right about not swimming after you eat.

More on that later.

First,

Lunch

I had another True Delights, this time in granola bar form. I say Quaker sticks to the granola bars and forget those jokes of a snack they call a cafe square.

These were the toasted coconut banana macadamia flavor. (What, is there a prize for the longest name?!) Still a little sweet for my liking, but a huge step up from the last one I tried. These are weird though- I had two: one was disgusted and tasted like fake banana flavor, and the other one was pretty good. Hmm.

true delights bar

Then more vegetarian meatloaf. Goodness gracious. This is the last time you’ll see this. It’s finally finally gone. It looks a little gross I know, but I had to do something to change it up a bit since this is the 800,000th time I’ve eaten it. I dumped some mashed sweet potatoes, pasta sauce, and roasted red peppers on top. lentil loaf

As much as I despise mixing my food together, this was actually really good. The sweet potatoes moistened up the on-their-last-leg lentils pretty nicely.

veggie loaf and sweet potatoes

Swim Time

After I crammed some food in my face, I dashed over to the pool to get in a swim.

I admit it; I don’t like swimming when everyone else is swimming. I don’t like sharing lanes with lots of people. I don’t like feeling like I need to swim faster, or slower, or stop, or don’t stop just to stay out of people’s way. I swim for me, not them, so I hate when they interfere. I admit I’m being a pool snob, and it’s not really a big deal- I put on my big girl panties and swim anyways, but it’s more fun to whine about it 🙂

It’s the clearly the most crowded before and after work, so I figured I’d try in between. Yeahhh I told I was bad at math- my lunch break is not long enough for that. Nice try anyways, Heather.

To make matters worse, as I walked into the pool area, there were two ladies standing in the pool chit-chatting, with one lane in between them. As I went to grab a kickboard they started giving me nasty looks and whispering.  Uhh, really?

Turns out they thought it meant a class was starting. Apparently by telling them no, I was just there for a swim, I really meant “Hey let’s hang out and chit chat.” They kept asking me how to use the float-y dumbbells and when different classes were and what exercises they should do based on this and that injury and blah-di-blah-di-da. I was polite at first, answered what questions I thought were appropriate, then continued swimming.

I kid you not, the one lady tapped me on the shoulder to stop swimming to ask me more questions!!!! In my head I said “While I’m at it, should I teach you how to swim too?” But I didn’t say it out loud because I’m not ugly like that. And they’d probably have said yes.

Needless to say, I probably got a whopping total of 500 yards in. Oh well, at least it was entertaining.

And now I know lunchtime is not the time to swim. No time to shower, and momma was kinda right- swimming after eating may not make you drown*, but it might make your tummy hurt 😉

*K, theoretically, it could, but come on now

Buns of Steel…or Spelt

A somewhat possibly embarrassing fact about me is that I’m obsessed with the Today Show. For real. I can only catch the first few minutes before work, so I record it. All 4 hours. Everyday. (Cough cough loser cough cough.) That’s not to say I actually watch it all. In fact, I delete many of them unwatched. But just the idea of being able to turn it on in the background while I’m making breakfast/dinner/homework/etc is comforting.

I go into work late Mondays so I was actually able to watch some this morning. The husband came down right as Paula Deen came on. I think we were mostly paying attention because she was being a hoot (seriously, more than one part of this segment will more than likely end up on The Soup) but her sons made a pretty good looking burger that the husband really really wanted.

So I made him Paula Deen-inspired burgers for dinner. (Is he spoiled or what?!)

I used the basic idea behind the burger but just used whatever I had on hand instead. And I hate burgers so I decided to make mine using a slice of eggplant.

After put together the husband’s burger, I decided I wanted something more interesting than a slice of eggplant.

eggplant slices

 

I chopped up the eggplant and sauteed it with chopped zucchini and garlic. After it cooled down a little, I zapped it in the food processor to break it up a bit, then stirred in some bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic, cumin, pepper, and a bit of egg substitute. Then I made a patty just like it was a burger and sauteed it.

eggplant burger

Inevitably there was a little leftover, so I made some “meatballs” for another night.

burgers and balls

I didn’t really measure anything but here were the sauces I used:

Ketchup- ketchup, red wine vinegar, cumin, cayenne pepper, Worcestershire sauce

Herbed Mayo- olive oil mayo, basil, thyme, rosemary, lime juice

burger bun

I didn’t have any hamburger rolls, and a good burger needs a good bun. I searched around for some recipes that didn’t take two days to make, but didn’t love any of them. I finally decided to use this Taste of Home recipe and tweak it to my satisfaction. 🙂

Spelt Kaiser Rolls

(The amounts are strange because I did not want anymore leftovers!!!!)

1/2 package active dry yeast

1/2 c warm water

1/2 T sugar

1/2 T Splenda

~1/16 c canola oil

1/2 t salt

1 c bread flour (or all purpose)

1/2 c spelt flour

1/16 c egg substitute

1/2 tsp cold water

Poppy or sesame seeds

Dissolve yeast & sugar in half the warm water. Let sit 5 min. Add in the rest of the water, Splenda, canola oil, salt, flours, and egg substitute. Mix together to form dough. Knead on floured surface until smooth & elastic-y. Place in greased bowl in warm area to rise ~1 hr (I heat the oven up for a minute then turn it off and stick the bowl in there).

After rising, remove from bowl and punch down dough. Form into rolls. Let rise again ~30 min. Top with egg substitute & water mixed together, then sprinkle with seeds. Use scissors to cut “cross” pattern in top of each roll (to get that “kaiser” look).

Bake 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees.

 roll dough dough rising dough dough rolls unbaked roll

Finally all baked:

fresh baked kaiser roll

 

Finally I put the burgers all together with the buns, mayo, ketchup, patties, some romaine lettuce, and a sautéed red onion.

red onion

Check out that gourmet burger.

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Of course what goes with burgers but fries?

burger and fries

I almost fully baked a potato in the microwave, then chopped it into wedges. I dredged the wedges in some egg substitute, then coated them with panko bread crumbs, rosemary, basil, and pepper. Tossed them in the oven to get a bit crispy, and done!

crunchy french fries

 

Pilates

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it on here or not, but occasionally after a long run, my back is the sorest muscle in my body, not my legs. I’m thinking I either run like crap or my core is really weak and it’s getting tired of holding me upright 🙂

Either way, it’s been awhile since I’ve been to Pilates, so I figured it was time! This is the best class. I love how I can miss it for ages and come back, and it’s still exactly the same. Of course as soon as I thought that to myself tonight, the instructor went and threw something new at us. But it was a great class!

 

The rolls were awesome. I have to say I was a bit proud. I grabbed another one as soon as I walked in the door from Pilates. Yum! Gotta go watch some DVRed House now!

Bike Tire Changing

Mission accomplished: I changed my first bike tire!! There’s probably a better way to do this (or at least explain it), but here’s how I did it.

– You’ll need the following: tire, tube, tire levers, air pump (If you’re just changing the tube you don’t need a new tire)

tire changing supplies

1. Remove wheel from bike. (I put my bike upside down to make it easier)

– You’ll either need to loosen bolts or use quick release lever, depending on your bike

– Carefully remove chain from gears when removing back wheel. Watch your fingers!

bike upside down remove wheel

bike wheel

2. Release air from tube. I just used the valve cap to push down the center of the valve, but I’m sure there’s probably a more technically correct way to do this.

remove air

3. Use tire levers to help remove tire from rim. Wedge first lever under tire to pop out edge- then attach to wheel spoke. Place a second tire lever under the part that’s pulled out from the rim, and run it along the edge of the entire tire. You should then be able to remove the tire from the rim.

tire levertire lever

use tire levers

4. Gently pull tube out of tire. Patch or replace with new tube if needed.

remove tube

5. Put tire back on wheel by putting one edge of tire back on rim, then use fingers or tire levers to push second edge back in place. (Honestly, this was the hardest part for me)

put tire on

6. Re-inflate tube slowly, watching that the tube isn’t being pinched under the edge of the tire. Use a pump that will actually work, not one like this.

inflate tire

7. Put wheel back on bike.

new tire

Look how smooth that tire is!!

8. Ride like the wind.

I only have one new tire so far, so I put it on the back wheel so I could use it with my indoor trainer! The original tire was so knobby that it wouldn’t work on the trainer- rubber would go flying and it was super, super, super loud.

I’m so excited to finally be able to use it! (It’s still pretty loud but that’s ok.)

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One step closer to a tri-ready bike! Next up- another tire. Then pedals!

I went to a bike maintenance clinic last year after I realized too late that I didn’t know anything about fixing a bike or how anything on a bike worked. I took notes but of course I lost them. I’m keeping an eye out for another clinic so I can get a refresher. I highly recommend learning basic bike maintenance- you never know when you’ll need to use it. (Like in the middle of a triathlon).

Any tire-changing tips?