Posts tagged ‘skydiving’

March 31, 2012

Skydiving, landjäger, and paleo sliders!

It’s Saturday and I’m still in bed because it hasn’t stopped raining for a week. Doesn’t look like it’ll stop raining for yet another week, but next weekend looks promising! I can’t wait to jump again. After so much tunnel time, I feel like a brand new skydiver and I’m completely addicted again! There is sooo much space in the sky! No walls up there! And the skydives actually go as planned! Fascinating! The tunnel is such an invaluable training tool. I was able to get 12 jumps in last weekend and I thought I’d share a few pictures! All photo credits to Kelly Craig.

I’m sure I’ll be posting more photos and videos as the season goes on! Thank goodness we have a wind tunnel here now to get through the rainy days. I’m pretty excited to go fly tonight!

The downside of so much tunnel flying and skydiving has been that I’m way less motivated to work out. I haven’t consistently exercised in several months now and I can feel myself getting out of shape. It’s such a waste because I felt so amazing and so fit after months of daily intense activity and I am just letting it all go. I still LOOK fit, but I don’t FEEL fit. Every day I wake up thinking, I should really go to crossfit/hot yoga/climbing/running/skating today and then I never really make it out. I know that if I just commit to a few days, I’ll get into a routine again. So I am going to hold myself accountable to do that starting on Monday. 🙂

The upside of skydiving is definitely our close community full of awesome friends. One of them is actually a butcher and I got hooked up! I’ll never go hungry again! I’m going to try to do a post about him and the butcher shop in the near future, if he agrees to it. His shop only carries the highest quality local meats, including the best tasting 100% grassfed local beef I’ve ever had. He actually makes lard, tallow, sausages, and cured meats, all completely paleo! I’m planning on stopping by every week! This is how I found my new favorite snack, called the landjäger (I’m too lazy to describe it so I linked to wikipedia)!

Soft, not too salty, meaty, satiating goodness! This would be perfect for hiking/trail running! I had never even heard of this before, so ask your local specialty butcher?

The NY steaks I got were so giant that I had to cut one in half. Steak and eggs for breakfast! I poached the eggs this time and put it on some arugula and baby spinach.

 

I also grabbed some lean ground beef for burgers. I usually don’t season or do anything but shape the beef into a patty when I make burgers, but this time I was inspired to actually put some work into it. I added 1 tsp minced garlic, 1/4 cup chopped onions, 2 slices of bacon (cut into little pieces), 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp coriander, 1 tsp chipotle chili powder, salt, and pepper to a pound of lean ground beef with delicious results! These are my naked sliders! Heirloom tomato slice and a dollop of avocado for each mini patty! I was out of all lettuce or I probably would have wrapped them. Delicious!

 

September 11, 2011

Dinner at Staple and Fancy Mercantile

I did my first wingsuit jump yesterday as my 443rd jump! Skydivers reading this will all say “BEER!” and I will bring some to the BBQ on Tuesday. “First” and “beer” are synonymous in the skydiving world. I only had time to do one wingsuit jump, but it’s all I needed to know that I now have a new hobby. Or is it a sub-hobby? I felt a little like I did on my very first tandem jump – I had no idea what to expect and was super excited! There were so many things to think about, but I managed to not over-think and really enjoy FLYING. My childhood dreams of flight came true yesterday! It was rather calm and relaxing despite feeling like I had no idea what I was doing! My flight was only like 70 seconds long since I pulled high at 5.5k’, but still felt like FOREVER considering that my usual freefly jumps last like 45-50 seconds. So I’m definitely adding a wingsuit to my wishlist. I’ll post video in a few days!

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I also did a freefly jump before I had to rush home for my dad’s birthday dinner. I was sooo sad to leave before the BBQ started at the DZ! How many times have I mentioned that skydivers have the best BBQs? My friend actually built his own smoker!!! Then brought it to the DZ, put like 80lbs of meat in it to smoke for 15 hours, and made an event out of it. How awesome is that?!? He was also nice enough to pull some out for me early so that I could taste the brisket and pork before leaving. I would have loved to stay and eat more because I love smoked meat!

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There’s always drama at my family dinners, but at least the food is always good! We went to Staple and Fancy Mercantile, one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle. Well, it was one of my favorite restaurants until I converted to paleo and started avoiding the place. I’ve never ordered from the menu here because I always choose this option: “if you would like to avoid the trouble of ordering altogether, please feel free to hand your menu back to your server and let the kitchen prepare you a family style supper served in four courses for $45 per person.” It is an Italian influenced restaurant, which definitely means pasta. I asked the server if they could do grain and legume free, and what I got was mostly gluten free, but this is definitely not the place to go for a paleo friendly meal unless you take the fun out and order off the menu (I spied a few things that looked promising).

First course – Tapas style appetizers

  • Marinated Sicilian olives
  • Rockfish, chives, and aioli on crostini (did not eat the crostini)
  • Beef, anchovy aioli, poached albacore
  • Sardines with fennel
  • Geoduck salad
  • Fried oysters (did not eat)
  • Tomato, arugula, mozarella (took a bite of the mozarella)

Most of these were paleo friendly!

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Second course – Pasta

That dreaded word – PASTA. In my pre-paleo days, I used to LOVE pasta, especially filled pastas like ravioli and tortellini. I’ve found out since then that I don’t love pasta anymore. It’s way too filling in a bad way? So it had been a very long time since I had been faced with pasta on the table before me.

  • Pork belly ravioli in brown butter and sage sauce (I tried a few of them, taking the filling out of the pasta)
  • Gluten free rice shells with mussels in pesto sauce (Other tables got fettucini or something instead of the gluten free. I had a spoonful, I definitely don’t care for pasta anymore. The mussels were great and I don’t even like mussels!)

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Third course – Meat and Seafood

  • Grilled white fish of some sort (don’t remember), stuffed with lemon and oregano (I will be doing this at home!). I didn’t eat the white bean puree, just the stuff on top. Delicious!
  • Grilled pork loin (didn’t eat the corn, meat was perfect)

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Fourth course – Dessert
I think dessert is way more tempting than pasta. Especially really really really good desserts. Sugar, dairy, and flour filled desserts. I just can’t say no. But I definitely limited myself to a few small bites of each. I also noticed that my sugar cravings are almost gone – I was able to stop myself from eating most of it (good thing I had to share with 3 other people!) and it tasted VERY sweet. Almost too sweet.

  • Lemon cake with berries and sorbet
  • Ricotta cheesecake with figs – Hands down the best cheesecake I’ve ever had in my life. I usually hate cheesecake and this was amazing.)

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Sometimes you just can’t avoid non-paleo dinner situations and you just have to do the best you can. I don’t think I did too bad. Some dairy, some rice pasta, and a few bites of dessert. I also skipped the wine. I absolutely love wine pairings with multi-course meals. Makes the meal that much more enjoyable because the wine tends to really complement the food and open up the flavors. But I am striving to be 95% paleo and alcohol-free for 30 days. How many more days do I have? Just kidding!

I also ate 2 peaches and a Blueberry Muffin Larabar yesterday as snacks while at the DZ. I’m finally feeling less insatiably hungry. This morning I woke up without any sugar cravings and no desire to eat something right away!

I can’t believe it has been 10 years since 9/11. Like everyone else, I remember exactly where I was as I watched the second plane hit on the news. Remember how “United we stand, divided we fall” was the post-9/11 motto? What happened to that?? Because all I see are people divided by insignificant differences. It shouldn’t take a horrific national tragedy to bring people together, but that often seems to be the case. I hope I can do my part to change that.

August 7, 2011

A few perfect days full of my favorite hobbies

Continuing on from my previous post!

Thursday

As I had planned, I made it to my boxing and MMA workout classes. At the end of those two hours of intense cardio, I mentioned to the instructor how maybe next week I can do the next class, Capoeira, as well. He told me I should stay because it’s more fun and that I could totally do it. And so I stayed for a third hour at Axtion Club. I like how someone else’s workout of the day is my cool-down.

The Capoeira instructor is this gruff Brazilian guy who barks out “left!” “right” “NOOOO!!!!” etc. among various unintelligible words in Portuguese that I assume are moves in Capoeira. Mostly towards me because I was new and I’m not coordinated at all. Let’s not even get started on how I always confuse left and right! I had so much fun though and I laughed a lot at myself. I finally managed to get some smiles out of the instructor as well. Also, I can’t do a cartwheel to the right to save my life. I really enjoyed that everything is done to awesome music. I may not be coordinated, but I like to think that I have some rhythm. Anyway, he did tell me I did a great job for my first time and that he hopes I come back. Of course I will! But maybe after I watch some videos of capoeira on youtube with subtitles…

I bought my own gloves at Sports Authority. Why do they insist on making women’s gloves a disgusting bubblegum pink? Why not black? Or turquoise? Or lime green?

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I was super hungry between volunteering and the workouts, so i stopped by Whole Foods for some snacks! The 1/2lb of prosciutto only lasted 2 days… I’m so obsessed with prosciutto!

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I got some carnitas from the taco bar section. All paleo ingredients. I use all the ingredients in my own carnitas except for chicken stock. I will be adding some chicken broth to my next carnitas attempt because this was delicious!

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So I’m always looking for paleo friendly (i.e. as paleo as possible?) treats. I know a lot of paleo purists say you should quit everything cold turkey and not try to paleofy your favorite non-paleo foods, but I’m sorry, I cannot do that. Live a little! I LOOVE lemon tarts and I was sooo excited when I saw this at Whole Foods. Check out the ingredients! Not bad, eh? Not bad at all! Apparently that little thing is supposed to be 3 servings, but I ate the whole thing. Deliciously lemony! And I loooved the coconut in the crust.

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I saved my coconut for the end of my workout! Fresh coconut = 2394723974 times better than packaged coconut water. I could live on this stuff. Ok maybe not, but it’s the best treat ever after strenuous activity!

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Friday

I went climbing outside! My first outing of the season and I’m now so motivated to climb more. I was pretty tired from the night before, but somehow managed to climb a big wall. We went to Exit 38 off I-90.

Snacks! Pluots and cherries from my CSA bag (I’m so sad I’m out of them now), prosciutto, raw almonds, and coconut water!

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All the routes were 5.9s. I looove the feeling of real rock on my hands! Cool, textured, and rocky… love it! Plus there’s no tape telling me what to do, so I get the extra challenge of having to find my own way up!

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Saturday

I’m so happy that I’ve been keeping up with my goal to hike every Saturday! We went to Lake 22 because I wanted an easy hike after my really active week. It was just 5.4 miles with 1350ft of elevation gain. Nice and easy! I even made myself slow down a little to enjoy the scenery and the company of my two friends. I love seeing waterfalls and lakes on my hikes, can you tell?

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Sunday

Today was my designated rest day! And it was the best rest day ever! It was a beautiful day for skydiving. I hadn’t jumped in over a month and it felt soooo good to be back in the sky. Although I may enjoy flying in the tunnel more than skydiving these days, there’s really nothing like the first few moments after letting go of the plane. And the scenery!!!

I did 4 jumps and rushed out of the DZ to make it to a 5pm Bikram yoga class at my new studio, Bikram Yoga Everett. I could definitely feel my week off from hot yoga. It was rough at times and felt like the longest 90 minutes ever. I think the room was hotter than at my last studio too. I will review this studio in a later post.

Here are some pictures from the plane today. You can see the Puget Sound, the other jump plane, and Mt. Rainier!

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June 8, 2011

Carnitas attempt #2

Nothing but blue skies last weekend, perfect for some skydiving! I only did 4 jumps on Saturday and chose to spend the rest of the sunshine doing normal people things, like hanging out with my birds… More sun and more jumps this weekend!
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Strawberries = my favorite snack this week. They are SO good right now! Perfectly ripe! (On a sidenote, I’m pretty impressed with my iPhone’s camera, pretty much all the pics on my blog are taken with my phone.)
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Mukilteo Farmers Market – Every Wednesday 3pm-7pm. Maybe it’s because I’m used to the farmers markets in Seattle, but this was so underwhelming. There’s nothing that gets me more excited than farmers markets and I was sooo excited to see all these tents at the Mukilteo beach. But it was so small! Very little produce… I snagged some local raw honey and some beautiful red leaf lettuce. My mom bought a couple of hardy fuscias. I may or may not have bought some toffee after the guy snookered me into trying them…
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Carnitas attempt #2: Pressure Cooker Carnitas
After carnitas attempt #1, I’ve been dying to try making carnitas another way. I still haven’t picked up a slowcooker, so I found this pressure cooker recipe. I used a little olive oil instead of the canola oil and used water instead of beef broth (not possible to find canned beef broth without MSG in it at my grocery store!). I also squeezed in a little lime juice. I only made a third of the recipe just in case it wouldn’t be very good and I’m so glad I did!

After browning the meat and adding the rest of the ingredients:
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Pressure cooker!
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The final result was… mushy. I actually really liked the texture of the meat, just wish it had crispy edges, which I could have attained by keeping it on the stove longer with the lid off or putting it in the oven. I did not care at all for the onion and pepper mush that resulted. I think the serrano peppers were not the right kind of spicy for the best flavored carnitas. I did enjoy the flavor of coriander and cumin together (I had left out the coriander in my last attempt), but that was completely overpowered by the peppers. It was also screaming for some salt. So my journey to make great carnitas continues! Attempt #3 is coming up soon!

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My snuggly baby Maya! She is really the cuddliest bird ever. Like I always say, she’s more puppy than bird… must have been a golden retriever in a past life.
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