Excuses and neglect

Posted on March 25th, 2010

I apologize for neglecting the blog lately. Life has been extremely busy lately, I have not even been to the climbing gym in over a week, and struggle to even get my runs in, although I have managed to work in the last two days, but at the expense of not going to the climbing gym. I will make up for that tomorrow evening though and next weekend when I head back up to Arkansas for some more crag development.

I’m sort of sad I have been neglecting things lately because I have several blog ideas spinning around in my head, one of them will require a lot of time to work on, but the post will be good once it’s complete. It will be one all you aspiring raw foodies will love.

I have also been preoccupied with Career Coaching. I recently hired a Career Coach to help me find my vocational calling. I have known for quite some time that the work I have been doing full time is not what I am truly cut out for. So far my coaching has affirmed that and I now know without a doubt I need a career change… my well being and livelihood depends on it. I am looking forward to the ongoing coaching at what it will reveal about my true calling in life. I look forward to sharing more about this with you as well.

There is also other potentially exciting news as well, but it’s really way to early to share it, but it is partly why I have been so busy and neglecting the blog. But once I am able to tell you the reason I suspect you will be psyched for me! Anyway, enough with the excuses. One bit of news I can share with you is that I will be Running the half in the Big D Marathon on Sunday, April 11. This will be my third half marathon. I am looking forward to it. I am also looking forward to my first run over 13.1 this weekend. I will be heading out to White Rock Lack with a couple of other running friends to run 14-15 miles. They were only wanting 14, but I casually suggested 15, so we shall see what happens. Hopefully we all don’t break down at 13.5.

Well, I better get to bed now, it’s nearly 10:30 and I actually wanted to be in bed a half hour ago. So please forgive any typos or misspellings. I didn’t proof anything.

Mango Dwarfs, Stardeath Grapes and Flaming Strawberries

Posted on March 16th, 2010

Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips takes the stage during Denton's NX35 Conferette this past weekend.

Wow, I can’t believe I let an entire week go by without posting any other content. Life has been pretty hectic lately. Last week I think I only ran once and never even once made it to the climbing gym! I spent last Thursday – Sunday night at the NX35 Conferette in Denton, Texas. It was quite amazing. Flaming Lips, Midlake and StarDeath and White Dwarfs headlined the festival. But anyway, on to the smoothie recipe.

This was another little “accident” because I thought I was out of bananas, but turns out there was a batch hiding in a canvas grocery bag sitting on the counter. After  three nights of being up late going to shows I found myself scrounging for fruit Sunday morning before church and rummaged up half a bag of frozen mangoes, some frozen strawberries I stole from my roommate (Phillip if you are reading this I’m buying more) and some frozen grapes. So, I tossed them all in the Vita-Mix along with some hemp milk, agave nectar, vanilla extract, hemp seed powder and greens powder and then blended it all up.

The Recipe

  • 1/2 bag of frozen mangoes
  • small amount of frozen strawberries
  • hand full or two of frozen grapes
  • 2-4 TBSP of agave nectar
  • 1 small cap full of vanilla extract (note: my cap is very small)
  • Optional: greens powder and/or hemp seed protein*

* another option is fresh pinach, I made this smoothie twice already, second time was using fresh greens.

Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips during Denton's NX35 Conferette. The mini music conference (mini compared to SXSW) was where I spent most of my weekend.

Smoothie Tuesday: Nectarine, peach blast cacao smoothie

Posted on March 2nd, 2010
Photo from Wikipedia

The nectarine ranks amount my favorite fruits, I love the explosion of flavors! Sort of makes me wonder why I don't buy these more often.

This smoothie now ranks among my favorite. I still seem to be on this chocolate kick too, maybe it’s the two 16oz bags of cacao I recently purchased. But, this one turned out to be pretty amazing I think. Next time I will probably try it without the cacao, because I think it will be equally as delicious.

The Recipe

  • 1 ripe peach (pitted, leaving the skin on)
  • 2.5 oz of frozen peaches (1/4 of a 10 oz bag)
  • 2.5 -3 oz of frozen mangoes (or about 1/4 of a fresh one)
  • 1 banana
  • 2 TBSP of raw honey (or agave for 100% vegan)
  • 2 TBSP of cacao powder

Combine all ingredients into a blender and whiz until smooth!

A random though just popped into my head… I should create a page listing out my favorite smoothie recipes. So, look for that in the hopefully near future.

And, on a side note. I might be running the Dallas Rock and Roll Half Marathon in two weeks. I will be sure to post if that happens. It will be hard to work in another long run before then though since I will be out climbing in Arkansas this weekend, but seeing how I just did 13.1 last weekend I think I will be okay getting in an 8 mile run sometime next week.