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Drink baby drink!

Before I began… I’ll warm you: A long post ahead! 😀

Saturday night is PASTA night. I had an amazing seafood lunch in Alexandria with friends (sorry no pics) in addition to the carb comma the night before. So I wasn’t feeling hungry but I knew I had to fuel well to prepare for Sunday’s long run.

Tahini, soba, broccoli, onion, brussels sprouts and spinach. While cooking I snacked edamame (new love! ;))


simple stir-fry with olive preserve


Sunday morning 7 AM I was like them

what was I looking at? Weather.com because it was raining and I know I’m not an evening runner, so I check the website every 10 min to see when it will stop raining. I usually don’t eat breakfast before running but since the weather left me with no option…. let’s do breakfast first 😉


raspberries topped with greek yogurt and flax meal


half Udi’s gluten free bagel + cream cheese that I got in WF (first time)


Not a big fan 😦 I prefer LC more!


Udi’s bagel: it’s chewy, spongy and tasty. I wouldn’t say it’s like conventional bagel because of its lack of chewiness, but I like it. Its texture is between cake and bread. I had this half toasted and the other half later without, I like it more without toasting. Coco’s rating: 4/5.

At 10 AM, the sky cleared up. So I put my new running short! 😆 Now I feel like a real runner 😉

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I don’t know what moves I was trying to do… feel you can see my excitement.

oh… if you didn’t realize it… I forgot to take off the label… 😯

< 2 hours later… I finished 12 miles!!! It’s the longest run in my life and the longest run I’m doing to prepare for the incoming half marathon. And let me tell you… 2 miles up from last week’s 10 miles was HARD!!! I never got thirsty during long run (well, apparently not long enough) but yesterday I got it, I need to DRINK before, during and after!!! I was doing the before and after, but didn’t do properly the during. By mile 6 I drunk the whole bottle of vitamin water and ate two fruit straps.  Those gave me a good boost, but I got thirsty again in mile 8. By mile 10 I was really thirsty. 😦 It was not fun to do 2 extra miles feeling thirsty. Fortunately my mental strength pushed me to the end but I learned the lesson: drink baby drink!

Things to know about hydration (source)

1. You need to be well hydrated before you start your run or workout. If you start partially dehydrated, it only gets worse from there.

2. The color of your pee should be pale yellow, rather than clear or dark yellow. It should look more like lemonade than orange juice.

3. Electrolytes are lost along with fluid when you sweat. You need to replace these electrolytes through an energy drink, electrolyte solution or electrolyte tablets.

4. If you don’t replace electrolytes, particularly sodium, you won’t be able to absorb the fluid you’re drinking. This means that you could be drinking plenty, but not re-hydrating.

5. Dehydration leads to a loss of performance, cramps, digestive problems, and ultimately an inability to cool the body. These progressively worse problems will eventually stop you in your tracks.

6. Drinking too much plain water can also be a problem. Drinking lots of plain water can dilute the sodium level in your blood, leading to a problem called hyponatremia. This is why it is important to use a hydration product to replace electrolytes.

7. The term “drink to thirst” means that you should not drink just for the sake of drinking. You need to drink an amount of fluid that replaces what you’re losing in your sweat.

8. You may not actually feel “thirst” while running or racing. If you don’t ever feel the sensation of thirst, don’t make the mistake of stopping drinking completely. Continue drinking fluids in a moderate quantity to make sure that you’re getting what you need.


another things that I realized yesterday

  • Outfit matters. I was wearing cotton shirt, it got all wet and it was heavy.
  • Strength training. My legs weren’t tired but my upper body was. My arms and shoulder got very tired during the run and sore after the run. I haven’t done power yoga lately and I got the consequence. Somehow I don’t feel into yoga these days… but I know I need to do cross-training and strength work to have a balance workout. More on this later 😉

Post-run fuel: more bagel


I showed and laid down a while before getting to prepare lunch.

I roasted brussels sprouts


with salt, cinnamon and cocoa powder


spinach and mushroom sauteed in coconut oil


couscous and wheat berries



curried tofu with green peas and cauliflower


more edamame


it looks like a KERF meal, isn’t it?


A long nap, some work later… I went to a gym 2 blocks away from home. Yes, the strength and cross training thing stuck in my head.

vida fitness is a really fancy gym. It has a big variety of fitness classes (spinning, yoga, pilates, steps, body pump, etc), two stationary swimming pool (I was shocked 😯 when the guy showed it to me like “this is the pool”)


I did the tour and left the gym. I thought about it “seriously” during groceries shopping in Whole Food and went back 30 min later


I became a member 😆


yes, I know, I’m really COMPULSIVE or better said, I’m a DECISIVE person 😉

I heard a lot runners talking about the after long-run hunger. Well… since I started running, it never happened to me. I don’t know why. Since I’m a true believer of intuitive eating, I won’t stuff myself just because. So, for dinner I craved something simple.

I made Miso Soup from 101 cookbooks

firm tofu, chopped parsley


green onion, carrots


cooked and rinsed soba noodles


miso seaweed broth






The taste is clean and simple. Maybe in another day I would find it bland but that was all I wanted yesterday 🙂

Q1: Are you a compulsive or decisive buyer?

Q2: Are you a gym member? What do you do at the gym?



Filed under breakfast, dinner, lunch, review, running

Pizza, new pan and self-discipline

Let’s do the reverse order of the title 😉

Self-discipline. All people who know me well and I consider myself a highly disciplined person. I’ve been that way for many many years and I think it is a key factor that helped me to achieve what I’ve achieved. I’m proud of it. But there is a fine line between being self-discipline and over-achieving.  If a self-disciplined person becomes an over-achiever… it can be dangerous. I’ve been there once and I wasn’t happy.

Last weekend I talked to a friend who I respect a lot. For many, he is a successful man. He has a Ph.D in chemistry engineering. He is working at an international firm with a great career prospect. I wouldn’t doubt that he is enjoying his life. But unfortunately he is not. He thinks he still have a lot to achieve. He knows that phDs are not good at human relations, we spend too much time alone doing research, so he thinks he has to push himself to be good at it. I thought he studied chemistry because he liked it or he was good at it. No, chemistry was the only course he didn’t get As, so he chose chemistry to be his career. The idea of putting oneself into uncomfortable place all the time, trying to master what one is not good at is SHOCKING to me. Really? Is good to “harm” or push oneself this way? Am I the only one who thinks that we should enjoy what we have and do what we are good at?


I got a new skillet from the CSN store with their gift card.


Calphalon One Infused Anodized 9″ Chef’s Skillet with Lid

  • Diameter: 9″
  • Material of skillet: heavy-gauge infused anodized aluminum
  • Material of lid: brushed stainless steel
  • Material of handle: cast stainless steel
  • Oven safe



It’s smaller that I expected but it’s large enough for one person’s serving. Here I made a stir-fry of lotus root, onion and mushrooms in olive preserve.



The only cons about this pan is that it’s not nonstick, even I put more oil than usual, it sticks a little.

Thanks CSN people for letting me do the review 🙂


As I said last time, I found the best unconventional pizza combo and I had to make it again

Udi’s gluten free pizza crust with tomato paste, “cheese”

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shredded zucchini and broccoli

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be generous with basil



20 min at 450 F, ready to EAT! 😆




It’s DC restaurant week, I’m going to Cafe Milano with new friends for a 3 course meal tonight!! I’m excited! It’s going to be my first experience in restaurant week in the US. 😀


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More shopping! :)

#1 Enter my Heart Health giveaway

#2 Check out TCM #14 about Ginseng

I went to shopping AGAIN! hahahha……. Preparing to go home is so fun!!! I love buying gifts!!!! Oh well…. this time I got something for me too 😉


My original plan is to get lipsticks for Mom (yeah~~ I love her soooooo much!!!) but then I stopped at Abercrombie & Fitch, my favorite casual cloth store and got two 1/2 price tanks 😉


I got two Lipsticks for Mom


The two on the left are Dior Addict Color High Impact Weightless LipcolorIt’s a new sensory experience: the first lipstick with a “bare lips” feel plus ultra-vibrant color and optimal comfort.

The one on the right is for me. Dior Addict Ultra-gloss. Plumping volume spectacular shine. Lights! Camera! Lips! Straight from the runway, new Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss features a featherweight formula with a flash-plumping, “spotlight shine” effect. Hyaluronic spheres keep lips smooth and moisturized, while mirror-like micropearls reflect light in all directions for a dazzling finish!


I like pink, but she likes violent-plum. I’ve never tried Dior’s lipsticks, they were really good quality, moisturize and smooth, so I got her two.


I don’t usually wear lipsticks gloss because I find them too heavy and too shiny. But this one is absolutely amazing. It’s light, runny and the color matches really well to my skin. oh… btw, it’s Ultragorgeous Fuchsia 686.


and finally the two tanks that I got from Abercrombie & Fitch ($16.8 each, original price $30)


😆 I am cheap when it comes to cloth shopping for me …. I dunno… I just find A&F cloths too expensive, so I only buy them when it’s on sale.

Okay… my eats have been really lame because 1) I’m devoting all my creativity in research (trying to get some more progress before I leave), 2) I need to clean out the fridge. This meal is what I’ve been having everyday for lunch for the past 4 days :shock:.

Stir-fry soba noodles with broccoli, black fungus and chinese sausage.



Soba is great, Maggie likes it a lot too, check out her latest recipe! 🙂

Q: What’s your favorite brand of makeup?

Q: What’s your favorite lipsticks color?


Filed under lunch, review