Apr 18, 2011

Spring One On Me

I’m now on Formspring! I plan on doing a Q&A post once I get enough responses. Seriously, ASK ME ANYTHING. My running, family, school, ED, nothing is off limits. And it’s completely anonymous, so don’t hold back.



As if you couldn’t tell, I’ve been getting bored with my breakfasts pretty quickly lately. Not that they aren’t absolutely delicious, because they are, I just want to switch it up more.

So, my latest endeavor has been into the world of Pizzerts a la Katie. My first attempt Sunday night did not turn out that great, but I ate it regardless. Why waste?! (We’ll just ignore the fact that I also forgot that the pan was hot and I burned myself pretty bad. SO fortunate that I don’t have a blister right now. Heat + metal + skin = ouch!)


Yes, I even added Christmas sprinkles. Topped with So Delicious vanilla coconut milk yogurt (new at my Kroger!) and mini vegan chocolate chips. Luckily, the next morning I had a better idea of what I was working with and, with my alterations, made the most bomb-diggity Pizzert evah:


Double Chocolate Chip. I added cocoa powder, flaxseed meal, and mini vegan chocolate chips and topped it all off with protein frosting (2 T vanilla protein powder, cinnamon, water). Like with most of Katie’s recipes, the possibilities are literally endless. Expect to see more of these in the near future. They are HUGE. Literally the size of my outspread hand. I was satiated for quite a few hours before delving into my on-campus snacks.

Basic Pizzert

- 1/2 c whole-wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- sweetener (I used 4 tsp Truvia)
- 1/2 c water or milk
- 2 T applesauce (or coconut oil, pumpkin, canola oil, banana, etc)
- 1/8 tsp salt
- spices and extracts, as desired

Mix everything together and pour into a greased pan. Cook in an UNpreheated oven at 430deg for 12 minutes. Allow to cool for at least a minute or two before transferring to a plate (or else it will fall apart), or just eat out of your pan! Serves 1 or 2 depending on if this is a meal or a snack or if you just feel like sharing or have a big appetite.

I have another Katie-inspired recipe in mind for sometime later this week. I just know that you’ll all be on your toes waiting to see what it is.



Monday marked the beginning of the last 2 weeks of classes (plus finals week = 3). Last night I finished up the last of my readings (that I know of) and so now, other than my exams/tests and a few quizzes, I’m done and get to take it pretty easy for the next month until summer classes begin. That’s not to say that I’m just going to be sitting around the house. I am in training after all. And I would love to be able to see my friends more while I can and now that they are finishing up at their respective universities as well.

It actually snowed all day today. In the middle of April. With only a few week left until May/most people’s summer vacations begin. How is this fair?! Michigan, thou art a heartless b*@$%. I had to dig my winter boots and winter coat out of storage this morning with a very pouty face.

I’m still making very good headway on my 40 in 400 list. Nothing has been completed yet, but, then again, quite a few of my goals involve multiple days. Today marks the actual 400th day from my 21st birthday and things are looking good so far to get things completed on time. As if I can tell over a year out, right? But I truly do have every confidence in myself to complete each and every one of those in plenty of time (as in, not waiting until the week before to check off half the list). There will, for sure, be some crossing out involved before April is over. 100% Guaranteed.



This weekend, due to bad weather conditions, I traded in my run for my first shot at Jillian Michaels’ Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism DVD that I got in the mail last week. I bought this DVD because I really like the other Jillian DVD I have and Carrie highly recommended this one. I loved it. There are 7 circuits I think and all are pretty intense, but short so that you aren’t stuck doing the same thing for very long, which makes it easier in my opinion. You really don’t feel like you’re moving for almost an hour and you do so many moves it’s insane. Can’t wait to try this again on the next bad-weather day.

Since Michigan is basically a woman going through menopause, it has been deciding to switch between beautiful sun, rain, and snow for the past week and it seems to be continuing into this week as well. I check the forecast religiously and decided to swap my run tomorrow with my yoga today and went out for a chilly 4 miles.

Mile 1: 8:51
Mile 2: 8:40
Mile 3: 8:23
Mile 4: 8:19

Look at those awesome splits! I don’t think I’ve had many runs where I truly get faster each mile before. I think it helped that I was thinking about all of those people that competed in the Boston Marathon earlier today (which I followed on my Twitter feed in between classes). Can you believe the winner broke the world record?! Too bad it doesn’t count. Something about needing to begin and end in the same place and a few other silly rules.


Did you watch/follow the Boston Marathon today?

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  1. Pizzert! Brilliant!

    I didn't watch the Boston Marathon, but I did see the London Marathon yesterday. I think the main reason the Boston times don't count is because it's mostly downhill - because it doesn't finish where it starts, it isn't the case that what comes up must come down, so there's a big drop in elevation which is a massive advantage.

    Your own four miler was amazing, by the by - getting faster every mile is fantastic, especially when you're starting out at a good pace initially!

  2. I'm going to skip the formspring and just ask you in a comment: What do you carry with you for your "on-campus snacks"? I'm curious to know as I'm working on trying to figure out things that work for me - and Larabars, though tasty, don't fill me up at all too much date not enough nut.

  3. Daniel -
    To be honest, I'm still working on figuring out how much food I need given how long I'm gone during the day.
    Most of the time, I grab a baggie of baby carrots, an apple or banana, a sandwich, and a granola bar or cookies or some other little treat. Nothing that needs refrigeration or a microwave and that's fairly small and durable because it has to be in my backpack all day.

  4. i LOVE PIZZERTS!!!! Ahh pure bliss !SO happy you like the DVD- i LOVE the workout- def better than 30 day shred in my opinion!

  5. I've never made a pizzert before! It looks delish :D

  6. Hi Ellen, I absolutely love your blog :) I can't wait to make a pizzert with that protein sauce idea! I think I should buy a better flavor first (umm vanilla brown rice protein powder? nahh!). Which kind do you use?

  7. Molly -
    I have Genisoy Vanilla. I really don't like it that much, so I've been including it in basically everything so that I can use it up. I have my eyes set on some Sun Warrior Vanilla next, I hear that it's great!
    And welcome to my blog, glad you enjoyed reading so far. I have another pizzert-modification post coming this week that you should be sure to tune-in for :-)

  8. I've never made a pizzert before, it looks like I'll have to try it out!

  9. Isnt so delicious coconut yogurt delish? I love their ice cream and am obsessed with cookie dough flavor!

  10. Kate -
    That's my favorite flavor too! With Turtle Trails as a close second. I wish that my store carried more of their varieties.
    I wasn't a HUGE fan of the coconut milk yogurt, but it was a great improvement over one line of soy yogurt that my store has :-P No as much of a weird aftertaste.