Feeding the Beast Monday

May 23, 2011 at 8:03 pm

This morning I ate part of my breakfast (half of a bagel thin with almond butter and banana slices) and drank my usual two cups of coffee before walking the boys to school, 2.3 miles in my Vibrams!


I wanted to be pre-fueled so that as soon as I got home I could head out on my run (NOT in Vibrams…not ready for that yet).

Here is me being goofy on my back porch before my run:


I was trying to show off my guns, so here is a close-up:


Since I hadn’t run in a week I wanted to try to get in 7 miles (the longest distance I have ever run). I passed two friends on this run (Hi Tanya and Carrie!). I passed Tanya at about a mile and a half into my run and we were both so hard-core that we didn’t even stop to take a picture. We just yelled at each other in passing.

I took a short breather at the Snell Isle/Coffee Pot Bayou bridge (of course) at about 2.75 miles.


I turned around at the bathrooms at North shore Park (3.5 miles), and on the way back I took quite a few short walk/drink breaks. Probably every 1/2 to 1/3 of a mile I had to take a sip. It was so stinking hot! I passed my friend Carrie right next to St. Raphael’s which is right where I had passed Tanya. Weird. By the time I passed Carrie I was at about 6 miles and dying.

But I made it home and got a total of 7 miles of running in. The stats are on my “Still Running” page.

While I cooled off I ate the other half of the bagel thin, this time with almond butter and blueberries on top, and drank my third cup of coffee.

After showering and checking e-mail, blogs, etc., I made a humongous salad.

Chad made dinner last night, which was barbecue chicken, mac & cheese and broccoli. There was a little bit of mac & cheese leftover and Chad told me, “You can dump it on your salad tomorrow.”

He knows me so well.


New flowers too!

So here is where I fed the beast. Not the overeating beast. The obsessive exercising beast.

I needed a couple of things from the grocery store so I decided to bike there. And take the scenic route. It was like a compulsion. I had the thought, “I need to go to the store. I could bike there.” And then I couldn’t NOT bike there.


Yes, that’s the same Snell Isle/Coffee Pot Bayou bridge pictured earlier on my run. So I rode to Publix via Snell Isle and Coffee Pot Boulevard.


Don’t you always think that YOUR baby is the best looking and smartest one in daycare?

Here’s what I bought:


All of that easily fit into my saddle bags with room to spare. I put the ground turkey, cheese (on sale), and veggies in the insulated middle section of the bag with a couple of freezer packs that I had brought from home.

On the way home I took the more direct but MUCH less scenic route of 40th Avenue, just to compare the time and distance. Here are the stats:

garmin bike may 23

The first lap was from my house to Publix via Snell Isle. The second lap is from Publix to my house via 40th Avenue. Quite a bit longer going through Snell Isle, but I would always go that way if I had the time. Much less traffic and road debris and much more scenic.

The whole trip from when I left my house to when I got back to my house was right around one hour. My ice packs were still totally frozen. Biking to the grocery store gives me that same sense of satisfaction that running (or biking) to the gym gives me. It’s functional. The car stays home. Love it.

So, part of the reason I needed to go to the store was to get a few things to make dinner. I was making my favorite Ratatouille Sloppy Joes from Clean Eating magazine. I’ve made this recipe several times (here and here for example) and it is a total favorite around here.

It seems so meaty, but look how many veggies it has:

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Here’s a comparison of the amount of veggies vs. the amount of meat in this dish (and the meat even has all of those onions an garlic in it bulking it up in this picture):

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The finished product:

My Fascinating Life Caroline Calcote-RatSloppyJoes

Dinner for the boys and me:

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Here is the recipe (click to see larger).

sloppy joe recipe-1

Yes, Chad, I know that the internet boogiemen will be here any minute. I just have to say that Clean Eating is my favorite food magazine. Everybody should buy it.

I substituted ground turkey for bison and also squash for zucchini (because that’s what we got in our CSA share this week). Also, I usually just put a few shakes of Tabasco sauce in instead of cayenne pepper. I served it on whole wheat pasta instead of on buns. Seriously unbelievably good.

While I was cooking, Chewie was on drop patrol as always.

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I know he at least got a bite of squash. I was multi-tasking and emptying the dishwasher while cooking.

After Chad got home from work we went on our family evening walk (1.6 miles).

So total exercise for today:

Walk 4 miles
Run 7 miles
Bike 7 miles

Not too bad. It doesn’t really seem excessive. No double digits. I’m good, right?

What about these:

womens half confirm

rock n roll half confirm


Superb Saturday

May 21, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Warning: this post has 400 photos. Sorry.

My birthday got extended! Yesterday afternoon my BFF Val came over and brought me a belated gift (her birthday was in February and my gift to her was also a few days late…whatever).


It was a gorgeous Vera Bradley beach towel!


I’m sure this towel will be in photos on the blog all summer. And doesn’t it distract your attention away from the serious shoe problem I have in my foyer?

Thank you Valarie! XOXOXO

My boys were up and out of here by 4:30 a.m. this morning. They are going on a school field trip to St. Augustine on a bus and they won’t be home until late tonight. They didn’t wake me up, thankfully. I woke up on my own around 7:30 and got up, made coffee, and lazed around thinking I had forever until I was going to bike to my 10:30 Bodyflow class. At about 8:15 I remembered that I had to go pick up our CSA share this morning! So much for having forever and being lazy. I didn’t even have time to eat anything.

As soon as I could get dressed and pour the remainder of my coffee in a travel mug I was on my way downtown to the Saturday Morning Market. This is our last farm share for this season. Sniff sniff. And next Saturday is the last Saturday Morning Market until October. Wahhh.

It makes it seem like an inexorable heatwave is coming and we should all remain indoors until October. Well the heatwave IS coming, but we’ll be out in it for the next five months.


When I got to the Market it was right at about 9:00 a.m. and Sweetwater Organic Community Farm wasn’t there yet. So I wandered around to find something to eat. It didn’t take long.



It was beyond awesome.


I wandered around some more and all these great hats really caught my eye.


I love hats. They had lots of other eco-type stuff also.


I ended up buying something there for my Mom, my sister and myself. I’m going to keep it a surprise until we go to Hilton Head in August.

Finally Sweetwater got all set up and I got our LAST share of veggies.



Since I had waited around at the market for so long I was worried about getting back home in time to be able to ride my bike to the gym and make my 10:30 class. But on my drive home I passed LEGIONS of bikers. It made me seriously want to get on my bike, so I was determined to NOT drive my car to the gym. I just really hurriedly crammed all the veggies into the fridge, got all my gym/biking/riding all over Northeast St. Pete stuff together and biked to the gym. I made it before my Bodyflow class started!

I made a conscious decision not to bring my yoga mats because I didn’t want to have to ride downtown and all over the place with them on the back of my bike. So I had to use some of the gym’s mats.


They were actually pretty nice mats. Oh, and the Vibrams went with me to the Saturday morning market, through Bodyflow, and through biking over 20 miles all over town today. I wore them on our family evening walk last night (1.6 miles) with no problem. They definitely make your feet tired, but no pain.


Bodyflow was actually really cool with the Vibrams. They were no impediment at all. They are just so neutral and highly flexible. It really is almost like wearing no shoes at all.

When I left the gym my next destination was the Trek store.

On my way down 4th Street I saw several of these neon-orange bikes next to city benches, so I stopped to get a closer look.


Turns out to just be guerilla marketing.


At 54th Avenue I cut across from 4th Street to 1st Street so I could get on that awesome 1st Street bike path that I keep talking about on the blog.


In minutes I was at the Trek store.



I had some birthday cash to spend and knew just what I wanted.


Accessories for Star!

A little spot to stick my camera and keys:


Serious saddle-bags with an insulated center bag.


No more wearing a backpack everywhere I go!

So my next destination was a live painting art show being held next to the St. Pete Museum of History, which is right at the Pier. I biked down 1st Street, cutting over to Coffee Pot at Coffee Pot Park. My ubiquitous photo of the Coffee Pot/Snell Isle bridge:


Pelican Island.


There was a parade today downtown, and I basically got to see it on Coffee Pot Bayou as all the parade floats went right by me.



At Vinoy Park the waterfront bike path was fenced off for Taste of Pinellas, so I had to ride through the parking lot. Taste of Pinellas is too expensive for me to just go to by myself (but would be okay to spend that money if doing it with friends or Chad). So I just rolled on by.



My destination was a FREE event.


It was really cool, because not only was it an art show, but all the artists were actually painting (or doing whatever it is they do) so it was fun to talk to them and see them creating.


I hope Hugh didn’t scare you there. Just so you know, I asked all the artists if I could take pictures before doing so.


I thought Cal would LOVE this stuff:


cog guys

This guy was complaining about being hot and being in the sun. I asked if he had on sunscreen and he said he didn’t need any. I told him those were famous last words!


His artwork was very cool, though.


I was pretty much starving by this time, since all I’d had all day was coffee and that spinach bun, so I bought lunch from a vendor at the art show. I ordered the “healthy option.”


It was more of a “veggie sloppy joe” rather than a burger, but I was impressed because it was totally home-made, not some frozen veggie burger


It was a mixture of rice, beans and corn. The cole slaw was also very good and obviously home-made. This lunch totally hit the spot.

This was my view while I ate lunch, sitting in the shade:



I really enjoyed seeing all the artwork and talking to the artists. Besides being FREE, another thing this event had over Taste of Pinellas was this:


REAL bathrooms. No port-a-potties. Yay!

So then I was off from downtown, heading back north.


I decided that I needed a few things from Publix, so I went back by Coffee Pot Park and back up 1st Street to hit Northeast Publix.


Which hummus did I buy?


After shopping for a few things I really felt like I could still ride a while, so I just continued going north on 1st Street as far as I could.

Here I am stopped in the traffic lane at the corner of 1st and 62nd Avenue with Riviera United Methodist Church in the upper left corner of the picture:


I still kept going north and finally, after crossing 79th Avenue Northeast, I came to this:


What? An unexplored bike trail.


Before I knew it I was on my way to Weedon Island.






It was farther out than I had intended to go, but I was having so much fun that I wanted to make it to the cultural center. I turned around there and headed back towards 1st Street. There were signs everywhere saying “No bikes on the hiking trails.”


And right next to that this cool bike rack:


When you are biking, you notice every “Share the Road” sign. I don’t think I had EVER noticed these signs before I started biking.


Soon I was back on my usual 62nd Avenue route where everything is overly familiar. Like the water-treatment facility.


I have always found this sculpture disturbing.


Like Teenage Mutant Ninja Dolphins or something.

So soon I was home and I’ve been chilling ever since in my quiet, empty house. Well, I do have Chewie to keep me company.

Once I got home and relaxed I realized how tired I was! That was a long day. I biked over 22 miles!

garmin bike may 21

Lap 1 was to the gym.
Lap 2 was from the gym to the Trek store.
Lap 3 was from the Trek store to the art show.
Lap 4 was from the art show to Publix.
Lap 5 was from Publix to Weedon Island to home.


Again, I’m sorry this is so long! It’s my blog. I get to be self-indulgent.