Lala Living

Quotable quotes
March 30, 2009, 5:09 pm
Filed under: Quotes

I was blown away by this quote yesterday:

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” — Mark Twain
And also thinking about forgiveness, lovely and fabulous Louise Hay says that forgiveness has nothing to do about the other person. The act of forgiving is actually releasing yourself from the pain and negativity of the past.

What an amazing way put it in perspective!


Who doesn’t love the library?
March 27, 2009, 4:30 pm
Filed under: Loves

I’ve been watching a lot of this


and this


lately on my laptop.

One of my favorite money-saving secrets is the library! They have a great selection of DVDs, and free is always the best price! Plus, whenever I go there, I get new ideas for projects I want to do and subjects I want to learn.

So what else do I currently have checked out?

This, this, this, this, this, and this… just to name a few.

PB & J Smoothie
March 22, 2009, 1:49 pm
Filed under: Food

PB&J Smoothie 1

I know smoothies are nothing new in blogland, as I see them popping up on many blogs we love. But this is my first post about them, so it’s definitely special to me. It was funny, I actually sat down, took one bite (yes, I like thick smoothies that need bowls and spoons), and immediately thought that I wanted to post about it!

For a long time, I would make a simple smoothie with just some sort of milk (unsweetened almond milk), plus frozen berries. Nothing fancy, but so very good.

Next, enter protein powder. Now, I know some people don’t like protein powders, and I can’t blame them. I would have never touched them at first, but I bought a BIG jar of the stuff when I lived in South Korea (teaching English… I’ll get more into that in a later post…), and found it can be a very tasty, easy way to add some nutritional punch and staying powder to some of my favorite dishes. (I promise to post about my favorite protein powder, too!).

Anyway, back to the smoothie… we still have four more notches to go…

Adding protein gave the smoothie a more complex taste. Not better or worse than my simple fruit and “milk” smoothies, but definitely a good alternative.

Next, an obvious addition, was nut butter (notch number three). At first I hesitated… I wasn’t sure if I would really be able to taste it without putting in a ridiculous amount. I was wrong!! Even just a tablespoon of the stuff is definitely present in your mouth, making it oh-so happy.

A few smoothies later, I decided to try adding spinach. I had seen this in blogs, and the nutritional benefits were tantalizing! A whopping handful of veggies snuck in my smoothie, adding vitamins, fiber, minerals, and a bunch of other good stuff? I had to try it… and I loved it! You definitely do not taste the spinach, and I put a LOT in.

Lastly, and what really made this a PB&J was… oat bran! Who would have thought?? I used just about three spoonfuls and it gave the drink a nice… well… how shall I put it? It brought the bread to the PB&J smoothie! Literally, this put the smoothie over the t-o-p, bringing me back to childhood PB&J sandwiches, updated and healthified for a 20-something lifestyle, all while adding an awesome nutritional punch. I think you’re just going to have to believe me and try it for yourself because I don’t think words really do it justice.

PB&J Smoothie 2

Here is a formal recipe, but keep in mind that smoothie recipes are incredibly flexible and can be tailored to your desires and tastes. Here’s what went into my version, that day:


  • 1 cup “milk” (unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1 scoop protein powder (vanilla Spiru-tein)
  • cinnamon
  • splash of vanilla
  • 1 Tbs peanut butter
  • 1 HUGE handful spinach
  • 3 Tbs oat bran
  • ~1 cup frozen fruit, or more (strawberries and peaches)

Basically, blend in the order listed above, saving the frozen fruit for last, to thicken the mixture. It makes one large smoothie (>2 cups), or two regular drinks.  Enjoy!

PB&J Smoothie 3

8K Training Program
March 17, 2009, 12:48 am
Filed under: Running

I give you my 6-week training program for my 8K race on April 26th. It is based off a modified version of Hal Higdon’s Intermediate 8K training program.  Basically, I slightly decreased the mileage and added in cross training that fit my life (yoga!).

My goals for this run are, first and foremost, to have fun! Second, it would be great to P.R., maybe even go below 50 minutes? But the race is going to be a lot of downhill in the first half, and then a lot of uphill coming back, so it isn’t my ideal race. Buuuuuut, I’m still really looking forward to it, and I’m going to throw in some fun longer hill runs in the meantime to prepare! My first 8K was run with little formal “training”. Rather, I basically training by running whenever I felt like it, which was fairly inconsistently. So my hope for this race is to make a training program (check!) and stick to it!

So, without further ado, here is my program:



8K Race







3 miles




30 min tempo run



Home Yoga,




3.5 mile run



4 miles


Run to Yoga


3 miles


Home Yoga,



6 x 2-min bursts

5-K pace


Home Yoga,



3.5 mile run


4.5 miles


Run to Yoga


3 miles


Home Yoga,



35 min tempo run


Home Yoga,



3.5 mile run


5 miles


Run to Yoga


3 miles


Home Yoga,



7 x 2-min bursts

5-K pace


Home Yoga,



3.5 mile run


5.8 miles


Run to Yoga


3 miles


Home Yoga,



40 min tempo run


Home Yoga,



3.5 mile run


5 miles


Run to Yoga


3 miles


Home Yoga,



3.5 mile run


3 miles



Home yoga


Run to



8K race!

A note on the terms:

Home yoga: A yoga DVD and sequence of my choosing, based on how I feel that day (probably no longer than 60 minutes).

Run to yoga: a 25 minute run (all downhill!) to the yoga studio by my house for a 1hr 40 min yoga class.

Tempo run: read about them here. Basically, you work up to a fast pace in the middle of your run.

2-min bursts: My take on 400meter speed work, minus the track! I’ll basically run at my usual pace, then run at a fast 5K pace for 2 minutes, then drop back down to my average speed until I recover. Then repeat!

Strength: About 50 minutes of various weight lifting and strength training exercises at the gym with my friend. I just finished a weight lifting class last term and it was awesome! I feel much more comfortable in a gym and have a better idea about how to give myself a good strength workout.

Yay! I’m so excited!

Chance to win!
March 16, 2009, 4:05 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Check out Every Gym’s Nightmare for a chance to win a year-long subscription to Fitness Magazine! Awesome!!

8K, baby!
March 16, 2009, 12:35 am
Filed under: Running | Tags:

I did it! I ran my first 8K road race today! Totally unofficially (based on my wristwatch), I ran it in 51:33, totally smoking my hopes of under 55 minutes! I know it’s not super fast, but it was the perfect pace for me at this point. The first three-ish miles were gently uphill, so I held a slow but steady pace for that part. Then, the last mile and a half was downhill! I LOVE running downhill because it’s so darn easy! I just increase my stride and turnover, letting gravity do all the work! Then the last 100 meters, I just gave it all I had. Soooo much fun! Plus, nothing can top the amazing runner’s high I’ve had ALL day long. Who would have known??

I’m also looking into another 8K run at the end of April, and I’m pumped to actually train for it (I didn’t really train for this run). I’ll be sure to let you know what my plan is!

For now, it’s back to studying for my final tomorrow… just one, and then I have a week and a half of spring break! Woohoo!

Happy Birthday
March 8, 2009, 6:40 pm
Filed under: Lala

Happy Birthday to ME!!! It’s my big 2-6, and I plan on fully celebrating all 23 hours of the day.

Happy Birthday, Lala!

Happy Birthday, Lala!