Ten in 2010

Social networking is awesome. In 2009, I made a lot of new friends through Twitter and Facebook and blogs. One friend, Lori of RecipeGirl, with the support and encouragement of Twitter friends has started a challenge for the new year. One quick side note. I’ve met Lori in person. She is beautiful both on the inside and outside. She was actually one of my tablemates that encouraged me to ask Rocco DiSpirito out. :PLori’s challenge is Ten in 2010: Ten Weeks to Healthy in 2010. I’m always up for joining groups and have some goals I want to reach this year, so I jumped right in. It’s so open and really there are no rules. You pick your own goals. As of this writing, there are over 230 participants from all over the world. See the list of participants HERE. Anyone can join! You should too!

My Goals

  • Lose my vacation/holiday weight gain. Really it’s mostly holiday. I didn’t really gain anything on vacation. I think wearing a bathing suit every day kept me motivated. I gained an embarrassing number of pounds since I returned home smack in the middle of the holiday season.
  • Eat vegan at least 3 days a week. Last year I successfully ate vegan on Tuesdays for my Vegan Tuesdays. Some days easier than others. This year I want to expand it to three days a week, but rotate the days depending on my schedule. There’s nothing like being stuck in the Dallas airport on a Tuesday trying to find vegan food.
  • Participate in the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart. Starting on January 1, I’m participating in the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart. Check it out! There’s lots of recipes, information, and a meal plan. Once the 21 days are over, I’ll start my 3-days a week vegan eating.
  • Train for my half-marathon. Every year I run a half-marathon, but don’t train for it. This year, because I don’t want to be in pain for a week, I’ve actually decided to train for. I’m pretty fit, but not much of a runner. I may even try trail running this year!
  • Re-commit to yoga. Last June I started attending evening yoga classes, I stopped going in November and want to start up again. It makes me feel great!

I go to the gym very early in the morning before work. I usually just grab a bar and eat it on the way. Here’s a great recipe for you to try. Chia seeds (the same ones as Chia Pets) are a great source of omega fatty acids and contain a bunch of good-for-you minerals and vitamins. They actually have more antioxidents than flaxseed and are an excellent source of dietary fiber.

Raw Chocolate-Chia Energy Bars

From the January 2010 issue of Vegetarian Times.
  • 1 1/2 cups pitted dates
  • 1/3 cup raw unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup whole chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup raw slivered almonds
  1. Purée dates in a food processor until a thick paste forms. Add cocoa, chia, and extracts. Pulse until all ingredients are combined. Add almonds and pulse until nuts are chopped and well-distributed.
  2. Place a piece of parchment paper on work surface and transfer date mixture to it. Using your hands, press mixture into a 1/2-inch-thick rectangle. Wrap tightly and chill overnight.
  3. Unwrap block and cut into 8 bars.

Nutrition: 195 calories, 5 grams of protein, 8 grams of total fat, 7 grams of fiber.


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23 thoughts on “Ten in 2010

  1. Where do you find chia seeds? Because I just discovered the Larabars – oh those are good – and it would be fun to make my own. Good luck on your quest!

  2. These look delicious! I’ll probably make something similar into little bites for snacks on my bike rides, those nasty gels and gus just arent cutting it for me any more!

    Good luck with the training!

  3. Awesome!
    Great goals, good luck with them.
    I have some chia seeds too, just haven’t used them yet.
    I was pretty good at doing a belly dancing routine on DVD for quite a while until we had a death in the family and I never did it again.. I really should try to start up again, I did feel more flexible and energetic.

  4. Here’s to a healthy new year! I was just reading about chia seeds in O Magazine. I’ll have to see if I can find some so I can make these bars. I love dates and these sound like a great breakfast.

  5. Wow, I’m so impressed that you run a half marathon without training. That’s crazy!

    Good luck with your goals. I have no doubt you’ll achieve them!

  6. Wow ! You have lots going on ! I would like to partecipate but I’m afraiid not to be brave enough !! I’ve never seen chia seeds I’m going to check what they are ! Ciao

  7. Megan, I found chia seeds just at my local grocery store in their natural foods section.

    Wendy, good luck in 2010, I have a feeling you’ll do great. (I should join the 10in10 bandwagon! Maybe I’ll just do it secretly. ;)

    And the bars look great. I need to get some dates (and not with Rocco!)

  8. I’m totally with you on the yoga thing- I had been going to classes 2-5 times per week, and then my studio dropped my favorite class, a 90 minute Hatha class followed by a Yoga Nidra meditation… and it was one of the only classes that worked into my crazy work schedule :(
    Anyhow, it’s time to get back on it!
    Happy new year, and good luck with your goals!

  9. Love those goals and such a great plan! I can’t believe you can just run a 1/2 marathon…that’s amazing! Sorry, I can’t stop giggling imagining everyone sprouting Chia pet hair after eating Chia seeds. – mary

  10. Your goals are fantastic Wendy!!! I too am hoping to get back into running and train for a couple of half marathons this year. If all goes as planned, once of them will take me to the west coast too.

  11. I think your plan sounds pretty stable. I am psyched for 10in10, too. I haven’t posted anything about it yet, but I am constantly thinking about it and the goals I want to achieve for myself. Good luck!

  12. Your resolutions are so inspiring! I picked up chia at Whole Foods so I can make these (anything with chocolate that’s sort of healthy has my attention).

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