10k, more running, cooking

Today I completed my first 10k!

It was tough. My goal was to finish in an hour and 30 mins. And I did! 17 sec under actually. Along the way I had to stop and walk to catch my breath. But I’m proud of myself for this achievement.

More races are in my future for sure!

In fact I have committed myself to running more consistently once school lets out. It is my ultimate personal goal to be an avid runner.

So I was strolling through Instagram (follow me @jazch) and saw that Bryant Terry has a new cookbook out. Afro-Vegan brings African, Caribbean, and Southern flavors to the veggies! How fantastic! My personal goal #2 is to cook more and experiment with more flavors. AND…blog about it!

I have plans I tell you! Plans!


In the meantime I will drool over this book, study the ingredients, and make mental notes.

Eat well! Be well!

Running…An Epiphany!


(My new sneakers. They are the Under Armour Apollos)

Today I had an epiphany

Running has always been a huge challenge for me. I’ve been running inconsistently for about 3 years. I’ve always approached this exercise with much trepidation because I feared that I wasn’t, or would never be good enough. Though I’d pull myself out of bed to hit the treadmill, or pavement, I was always doubtful. Consequently, my running experience would not be successful and I would not push myself any further.

After my very successful run this past Friday and Saturday I had a moment of self reflection. What was different? Friday’s run was in the gym and Saturday was outdoors on a beautiful day. So not necessarily environment. I posted to Google+ and Facebook before each run so we can say accountability had something to do with it. But not mostly. Maybe those things motivated me to lace up my sneakers. But what pushed me to finish my goal of running a full 3 miles and completing a 5 mile run/walk (mostly running) work out?

Today I was in a Black Belt Librarian workshop. Google it. It is a real thing. LOL! But the presenter said something that made me stop mid thought and sort of inhale deeply and go all bug eyed. Peripheral opponents. Peripheral opponents. These are the things that we are thinking. They may be worries, fears, or doubts. But these are the things that block us from completing, or even starting a challenging thing. We allow all the peripheral opponents, or negative self-talk discourage us.

I remember having run work out and the whole time I would compare myself and my slow pace to avid runners and their fast pacing. Or being completely self-conscious. Or thinking unreasonable things like people are laughing at me because I look completely silly. But when I tuned all those opponents out I was able to focus on my goal. Most importantly I was able to tune in to  my body! I was able to correct poor posture and readjust my breathing because I made myself aware of me.

Now my recent feats may be small to some people. But when you struggle with a challenge for so long and then you defeat that challenge, no matter how big or small, you feel AMAZING! LOL! So I plan to change myself talk and be aware of those peripheral opponents and block them out before they discourage my progress.

Be well!

Yoga and Other Things

Well that was fantastic!

After that yoga practice I feel like I can conquer the world!

And with that energy I’ve registered for a 10k run. Tomorrow I will wake up and think “What have I done?!” But what is done is done. I may not run the whole 6.5 miles, but I am determined to at least run the majority of the race.

Now this snow needs to let up so I can get some outdoor runs. Until then training will happen in my gym on the treadmill.

I’m so motivated!

Stay tuned for more updates.

Did you follow this afternoon’s practice? How do you feel? Have any training tips? Please share.

Live well! Be well!

Snow Day…Again!

We have gotten ponded this winter! But as long as I have a snow day I’m quite alright.

So I’m going to take advantage of  my day off with some Yoga!

Join me today at 1pm for a wonderful Vinyasa Sequence.

There are three practices in the series. We will start with Yoga Flow. Detox Yoga will follow. And we will end with Freedom Yoga.

It will be tough, but we can do. Prepare now and “meet” me on the mat at 1pm!

Live well! Be well!

Going Back to Green

Hello all!

Can you believe I have some free time? Well I thought my car was about to do some crazy stuff so I took some time off work to take it to the mechanic. Turns out nothing is wrong with it. Well nothing that will stop it from driving. So here I am. Just completed an assignment. Roaming the webs and looking over some footage that I created in iMovies.

I have been playing with the idea of creating video content. Eek! Scary thought. I am a huge Youtube watcher. There is a video for just about anything on the Tubes. For years I have been encouraged, inspired, and motivated by some fabulous Youtubers. These people pour out all their energy to create useful footage for folks. Some love them others hate them, but they are not deterred.

Simply fantastic!

So maybe I will not be a fabulous web personality, but I’d like to get involved; however little, in this movement. I have things I’d like to share. Hopefully I can build a community who would like to listen. Ultimately, my goal is to learn. I do not know it all. I want to be able to connect with people who can teach me something new.

In this video I talk about some of the green products that I use in my house. I have always been green conscious, but I have laxed a little. So recently I have decided to return my focus to living as green and earth conscious as possible. Clearly, consumption is NOT at the core of green thinking. In fact, I believe spending less is quite possibly the greatest act of green thinking. Think about it. Spending less means less use of emissions, and less paper and plastic waste. Most of all, you save money! However, as I am returning to green, I am not that savvy. Of course I want to get into making my own products, but as a busy young professional and grad student, homesteading does not fit into my lifestyle just yet. So I’m taking small steps to becoming more green. Typically I prefer local over big box stores. But I sometimes have a hard time rebelling against them because they carry the products that I need. So I work within my options.

I say all this just to say, I’m learning. Or relearning because I’ve forgotten everything. I’m no green certified maven that got all the answers. But I am a librarian so research is my thing. And as I learn I share.

So enjoy the video.

Share your thoughts. What changes are you making to be more environmentally conscious? Can you offer some practical tips?

Live well! Be well!

Snow Day

Well hello! I know. I know. I have neglected Vegetarian Lifestyle. Shame on me.

I’m here now so…

It has been a snowy night and day in Baltimore. Thankfully I have the day off so I don’t have to brave the messiness. Normally I’d go to yoga, but decided to hangout around the condo. After being shocked out of my sleep by a text message from a friend at 8:30 this morning, I stayed in bed for about an hour mildly conscious just being a bum. I finally grabbed my iPad to check Youtube for some detox yoga videos.

I came across a jewel!

Yoga with Adriene is a really cool, down to earth YT channel. Adriene is easy going, but she challenges her yogis to push a little to get the full yoga experience. I quickly added three sessions to my YT playlist, rolled out of bed, grabbed my yoga mat, and turned my living room into a studio. And what an experience! So glad I did it.

I started with a 20min Morning Yoga session

Then I went onto a 20 min Flow Yoga Vinyasa Sequence

I planned to to complete the Detox session, but I decided to stop and give my body a rest. That Vinyasa sequence was a refreshing challenge. I may do the detox later today.

After yoga I settled down with a cozy cup of coffee and a delicious everything bagel egg sandwich.


Eat well! Be well!

What’s in My Kitchen?

I had yesterday off. So I did my favorite pastime, grocery shopping! For reals, I love going grocery shopping. I’d do it for people if I could.

So what did I get?

First stop Whole Foods.


I got a package of organic power greens, walnuts and raisins, and organic strawberries. I could have gotten these items from Trader Joe’s where I did this weeks shopping, but I like these specific items that are sold at Whole Foods. Picky much? Yes. Yes I am. Besides I had to go to Whole Foods to pick up a vitamin supplement. I have been slacking in this area. Shame, shame. So I decided to get on a good foot. These vitamins by Mega Food are vegan friendly made to supplement a vegan diet. I’m not vegan, but I need all of the nutrients that are packed into this tablet. Specifically iron and B12.

They are a little expensive. Even the sale price for $38.99, marked down from the original $48.99, is steep. But this is my health. I’d rather pay this much now than face major hospital fees later.

Then I headed to Trader Joe’s. Well, I got a cup of Starbucks decaf first, then I went to Trader Joe’s.


I got the bulk of my groceries from Trader Joe’s this week. I alternate between Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s depending on what of my favorite products that I need most.


This week’s grocery list:

(Starting from the top photo)

Frozen edamame, frozen pineapples, frozen Very Cherry blend, frozen Blueberries, frozen sliced leeks, a red onion, shredded carrots, zucchini, squash, cucumbers

(Second photo)

Multigrain bread, a bag of gala apples, almond butter, super fruits jelly, tempeh, baby bella mushrooms, cauliflower, coconut milk, bran flakes, kale, grapes

And of course I could not help but creating fabulous meals. For lunch I had a fresh green salad.


and for dinner I found a fabulous recipe for beet burgers from my favorite site Sweet Potato Soul. I did a few things different, but the meal was just as tasty.


Stay tuned for my recipe and a complete breakdown of this meal including the honey glazed heirloom carrots.

Eat well! Be well!