Brussels sprouts leaves

I tried a new vegetable: brussels sprouts leaves. After trimming off the baby brussel sprouts on a giant stalk, I was left with a big pile of the leaves. These too are edible.

They looked like, well, blown up leaves from the brussel sprout. I was amazed at how much came off of the plant.

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I just sliced it into ribbons and cooked it down with some olive oil and a hint of garlic. It cooked faster than I expected, about the same time it takes to cook kale.

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Sometimes trying new dark leafy greens can be a little bit scary, but these were great. It tasted sweet and not sulfur-y, and not bitter at all. I liked it! If you need a quick substitute for slow cooked collard greens but don’t have the time, these leaves could do the trick. I had it as a side dish one night and put the rest in veggie noodle soup the next night. If you ever buy brussels sprouts by the stalk, look for one with lots of leaves because you’ll get more veg for your buck.

Mileage Report

Last week I ran 12.5 miles and walked 6 miles. My goal last week was go 4 miles during both of my mid-week runs and I only did that once. My goal for this week is to do some ab exercises every day and then conquer 20 miles!

When was the last time you tried a new food?

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Weekly Mileage

Last week my total was 34 miles – 26.5 miles of running and 7.5 miles of walking.

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Yesterday it snowed and this was the weather when I started running. I never would have imagined I would go out and run in that weather. I survived so unfortunately I have no more excuses.

Should I run when I’m sick?

Shoot. I officially have the first sickness of the season. Everyone around me at work is sick too. I am scheduled to run 11 mi this weekend – my last long run before the half marathon race. I was actually still planning in trying to do as much as I could tomorrow even if it meant walking/crawling the whole thing. Then I did some googling and found this and many other articles that said the same thing: if you are experiencing below-the-neck symptoms you should not do it. I’ve got head symptoms (sore throat, ear pressure, stuffy nose) but also achy joints & muscles. My cutoff was going to be fever: if I had a fever then I wouldn’t run. But now the experts are saying no no.

I’m worried about what’s going to happen to my training. I don’t know when I’d find the time to do 11 miles during the week. Should I do the 11 miles next Saturday, one week before the actual marathon? I don’t know enough about physiology to know if I would recover enough.

Thinking about weight gain

Now that I have been writing in this blog, I notice that I go through cycles that repeat approximately every 3 months. For like two and a half months, I feel great about myself, I’m on track, eating well and exercising regularly. And then something happens and I fall into the dumps and feel awful. Then I have to get back into my routine and write it down and complain about it until it happens.

I want to get out of this routine but I don’t really know where to start. Right now I’m in a down cycle. I let everything go to pieces during the month of August and gained 5 lbs – the heaviest I’d been since January. Two of those pounds came off right away and but the scale has stayed consistent at +3; not within the daily fluctuation range. Many people fluctuate within 3 lbs from day to day, but it’s not normal for me. Again, I hate knowing that this is the highest number I’ve seen in months. It’s making me anxious and depressed, which makes me want to eat and not exercise – a dangerous combination.

Another thing: I read books. I know things. I’m smart. A part of me is now worried that it’s a problem for me to distressed about three freaking pounds. I am upset that the pounds I worked so hard to lose are now back on, thanks to circumstances which were totally within my control. I’m angry for letting myself down. I’m having trouble letting it go so that I can move on and re-center myself. Where is the line between realistic concerns vs disordered behavior? I guess my relationship with food and health hasn’t improved as much as I thought.