A New Vegetable, Another Virtual 5K, a Drenched Dog, and More!

I’m chugging along, folks. At the beginning of the month, I was down four pounds, but then the other day, I was up five. Losing weight isn’t easy, but I’m not giving up!

That’s a post-workout selfie from this morning. I’ve had a very healthy weekend. I took that picture at my gym after using the Arc Trainer, a piece of cardio equipment I hadn’t used since before the pandemic started.

It’s a great calorie burn. During my 45-minute workout I burned over 1,000 calories!

I also made a quick trip to the store today, checking out a supermarket in my area I had never been to before. It’s a middle eastern market, so there was lots to explore, but I pretty much went in and out. I did find some adorable tiny forelle pears that I’m excited about. They’re one of the smallest varieties of pears – three fit in my hand!

Fun fact that I just learned: Forelle is the German word for trout, and the Germans, who first cultivated this variety hundreds of years ago, called them trout pears because their skin coloring reminded them of rainbow trout.

I’ve also been keeping up with my meal prep. Tonight I made a giant stir-fry (chicken, onions, peppers, eggplant, and mushrooms) and had enough for this evening’s dinner, plus three additional mid-week meals.

Yesterday, I met my friend Jim for a masked, five mile hike through a huge park that ended on a dock overlooking a lake. JJ had a wonderful time!

His joy turned to misery later that day, though, when I gave him a bath. Not his favorite activity. Fortunately for us, JJ is pretty dang cute when he’s forlorn.

And since I’m showing pictures of JJ, I might as well share this one, of JJ in his Halloween costume – he’s a garden gnome! That was a gift from his Auntie Lynn. Thanks, Auntie Lynn!

In other healthy news, I ran my third virtual 5K race in a month last weekend. It was the Go For The Gift 5K, benefiting an adoption charity. JJ and I ran it together in our neighborhood, and I planned the route so it would end in a nearby park, where I snapped this post-race selfie with JJ on a play structure.

This race felt OK. It’s bizarre to be running in a ‘race’ all by ourselves, but that’s the way it’s got to be right now, and I like that I’m inching back into racing. My time for the 5K was 35:24. I uploaded my time onto the race website, where I was 6th place out of 13 participants, but runners have all month to sign up, run, and upload their times, and I’m probably won’t head back to see how I stack up, because I just don’t care.

Read about my other recent races: two virtual, and one in-person, through a corn maze!

One last thing to mention: There’s a new vegetable in town! Introducing… baby cauliflower!

This is very similar to baby broccoli, which is also called broccolini, except it’s cauliflower, and not broccoli. There are long, thin, green stalks, with small, white cauliflower florets at the ends. Every part of it is edible.

  • Fun fact #1: Baby cauliflower is sometimes called caulilini.
  • Fun fact #2: Baby cauliflower is not actually a young cauliflower that’s harvested before it matures, as the name suggests. It’s a separate variety that’s a non-GMO hybrid between cauliflower and Gai Lan, another cruciferous vegetable that’s sometimes called Chinese kale.
  • Fun fact #3 (tangentially related): From Modern Farmer: “From one species—Brassica oleracea—we get a truly astounding variety of vegetables. Napa cabbage, bok choy, romanesco broccoli, Brussels sprouts: those are all the same species, just achieved by cross-breeding again and again to come up with something different.” 

So far I’ve only seen baby cauliflower at Trader Joe’s, so if you’ve seen it elsewhere, speak up in the comments section! I sautéed that whole bag in a little bit of butter, and ate it as a side dish to a spinach and Parmesan omelet.

It’s tender, and tastes like cauliflower, although perhaps a bit milder, and the stalks are more broccoli-like. I loved it! It made me wish I had a Trader Joe’s closer to my house – I picked up this bag at the TJ’s that’s near my parents’ house after I visited them.

A new week is starting. I’m going to fill it with good choices!

Keep it up, David!

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One Response to A New Vegetable, Another Virtual 5K, a Drenched Dog, and More!

  1. shelteranimaladopter says:

    Thanks for the update, David! I don’t comment too often but I always check your blog! I hope you have a good week.

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