Foodie Penpals June 2012 Revealed

This month Dena at was selected to send me a package for the Foodie Penpals program. Dena sent me quite a few items that I’ve never tried before and have been wanting to test out and she was so sweet and sent my kids a couple treats.

I think my favorite thing so far is the Multi-seed crackers. I’ve been eating those at lunch with a little brie cheese and it is super yummy! My kids favorite was the blue suckers as their mouths turned blue.

I have also been wanting to try out agave nectar and tried that with the Superfoods hot cereal that she sent. Yummy! The only thing I have not tried so far is the Pearl Barley. I need to find a recipe that uses that.

I loved that she also sent an awesome whisk (which we used today to make pudding) and a cookie cutter for Breast cancer. Dena did not know that I LOVE to make sure cookies and this cookie cutter will be going in our rotation.

Thanks Dena! It was an awesome package full of new foods.

If you think you might be interested in the Foodie Penpals program, click the picture below.

The Lean Green Bean

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The waiting game and training

I have not posted for about 2 weeks due to health issues. I had posted about my hot flashes and how it makes me dread running. About 2 1/2 weeks ago it went from livable to unbearable.

I could not sleep, therefore, I was not running. I’m in the process of figuring out why I’m getting hot flashes and general hotness. It means multiple blood tests, urine tests, and doctor visits. Right now I’m in the waiting game. Waiting 2 more weeks so I can do more blood tests and another 24 urine test (no one should have to do that!) Then I have to wait another 2 weeks after that to see the specialist again.

I’ve decided that I’m not going to put my life on hold. I may feel like crap really bad, but I love to run or I used to when my heart rate cooperated. I’ve run a couple times and it was not pretty. But I’m signed up for 2 half marathons and would love to do a 3rd with my two running gals this fall and I need to start training. I’ve readjusted my goals as my training is now going to be 13 weeks instead of 15 and I’ll have to start out slow as I’m not feeling my best. It’s a good thing I had already planned on doing run/walk as my 3 half marathons are three weeks in a row.

I’m putting week 1 of my adjusted training plan out there so I have to stick to it – taking it easy and getting moving:

Sunday – off (my youngest boy turns 7!)
Monday – 2 mile run plus 1 mile walk
Tuesday – 2.5 mile run plus 1 mile walk
Wednesday – off
Thursday – 2.5 mile run plus 1 mile walk
Friday – off
Saturday – 4 mile run

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