Glowing Green Smoothie

A couple of firsts in this post.  This is my first posting of a recipe here, as well as my first attempt at making a whole foods green smoothie using our new Vitamix.  This is a rip of a Vitamix recipe that I can only find online.

I am pretty surprised at how full these make you and although the taste of this isn’t as delicious as say a berry smoothie, it’s certainly palatable and you can drink quite a lot of this for very few calories.


Glowing Green Smoothie
Servings Prep Time
7.5 Cups 11 minutes
Servings Prep Time
7.5 Cups 11 minutes
Glowing Green Smoothie
Servings Prep Time
7.5 Cups 11 minutes
Servings Prep Time
7.5 Cups 11 minutes
Servings: Cups
  1. Place water, romaine, spinach, celery, and optional ingredients, if using, into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Select Variable 1.
  3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 8.
  4. Blend for 30 seconds or until smooth. Stop machine and remove lid.
  5. Add apple, pear, banana and lemon to the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  6. Select Variable 1.
  7. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
  8. Blend for 30 seconds or until desired consistency is reached.
Recipe Notes

This recipe has been written for the Vitamix 5200 with Standard 64-ounce container. If you are using a different Vitamix machine or container size, you may need to make adjustments to the Variable Speed, processing time, and/or ingredient quantities.

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Rainy Day Inspiration :: You Must Believe In Yourself!

Photo Credit: Jennifer

Grasping for Motivation

This week I happened across some old posts that I had thought were long lost. I had written these posts from 2006 until about 2009 which covered the time period in which I lost the bulk of my weight and sort of transformed into more of an active and healthy lifestyle in addition to moving to the West coast.

As I was reading through these posts and copying them to my current site besides being somewhat entertained by some of the things I thought or had to say almost 10 years ago, I was struck with the number of details that had been lost over the years. For instance in my Year In Review 2007 post I made mention of running everyday for a while, which is interesting because I have found myself several times wondering what my routine was exactly back then. How it was that I dropped weight so quickly. Yet here it was archived the whole time.

New Motivation from Old Memories

Discovering these old posts made me realize that they are not just interesting to reread for nostalgia, but that they are also a new source of motivation. Finding these coupled with hitting a weight threshold I had set for myself has sprung me back into action pretty quickly.

Remember where and how you started

Reading through all these old posts was pretty inspiring. Knowing I was nearly 40 pounds heavier and was out running everyday is a pretty crazy thing to think about now. It’s pretty inspiring. So I am using these posts to keep me motivated by rereading a few of them each week.

I think it’s important that you keep track of your progress through writing. Weather it’s a blog, a paper journal it doesn’t matter. Something that you can look back at and reflect where you were and where you have been is important.

Use Thresholds

This was the other piece of the puzzle for me was that I had hit 208 pounds. Normally I try to stay under 205 as a guideline and would of course like to be nearer to 200 or below. So this was one of those moments where I thought to myself this is ridiculous. Reel it in, let’s get this thing back on the rails. It’s worked! Since seeing 208 on the scale two days ago, I have already dropped 2.8 pounds doing 20.4 miles in just 3 days using a combination of cycling and running.

These are just a few motivational factors I use to keep myself in check. There are obviously tons more that you could utilize including: inspirational quotes, before and after photos, other peoples stories or journeys and many others.  Leverage what you have and take a step toward your goal and your just that much closer.


Setting Goals For 2015

I have a confession to make.  I am a list maker.  I make lists for everything.  Meals, groceries, todos, things I want to post here about.  It doesn’t matter what it is, I likely have a list about it.  One of those lists is the subject of this post. Goals.  It’s nearly 2015, and with the New Year comes New Year’s resolutions.  And what is New Year’s resolutions?  You got it, a list!  

I am a list maker.  I make lists for everything.  Meals, groceries, todos, things I want to post here about.  It doesn’t matter what it is, I likely have a list about it.

As much as I am a list maker, I am also a goal setter.  Over the course of the past 7 years or so I have always set a few goals at the beginning of each year that I would use as a challenge.  It might be a 5k, or a 10k, or a half-marathon.  Most often in the past they revolved around weight loss and fitness.  This year contains some fitness goals as well, but it’s expanded as well into some other interests that I have, but really haven’t been making time for.  So this post is really nothing more than a conscious stream of things I would like to complete in 2015 in no particular order.
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Year In Review 2014

2014 is nearly over and with that comes slews of year in review lists of all kinds.  I have my own as well. Over the past six years or so I have created a montage of photos and videos from all the events and places we travel to throughout the year.  This year is no exception  in fact this years is a little longer than they generally have been in the past due to all the things I had to fit in.  Traveling abroad, my favorite team the Seattle Seahawks winning a Super Bowl, the Super Bowl parade and the celebrations all were a lot of fun.  It also included a lot of traveling, abroad as I mentioned earlier and several domestic trips to visit family and attend some incredibly beautiful weddings.

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CycleOps Fluid2 Bike Trainer

Powering Through The Winter

It’s time for a quick and long overdue update.

The weather has been pretty wild the past several weeks so I have only gotten in one ride in recent memory. It’s dark when I leave work, so it’s pretty difficult to even find the time to get out and get a ride in. So this week I broke down and purchased a bike trainer.

CycleOps Fluid2 Bike Trainer

I purchased the CycleOps Fluid2, a fluid trainer that is fairly expensive compared to many other fan and magnet trainers. I wanted the trainer to be pretty quiet as I will be training in my basement garage which is directly below the living room and kitchen in my home. I didn’t want the sound to penetrate the floor, or through the walls into the neighbor townhouses either.

I should get some pretty healthy use out of this with both the Ironman 70.3, as well as Seattle to Portland both coming up in 2015.

Once I have the thing set up and have put some hours in on it I will follow up with a little review.

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My girlfriend and I in front of Schonbrunn Palace

Back From Vacation

I have been pretty silent over the past several weeks and that was because my training took a hiatus while I prepared for and traveled to several countries in Europe.  Specifically England, Hungary, Austria, and the Czech Republic.

It was a really great trip with tons of history, memories and food.  Although we really didn’t try to specifically stay on a diet, my girlfriend and I actually managed to keep the same weight throughout our vacation or perhaps even lose just a little bit.  Most of the trip we were exploring the cities we visited and we often didn’t stop for lunch.  So breakfast and dinner were our only meals.  Add to that the fact that we were walking nearly eight miles a day I think we ultimately ended up breaking pretty even.

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