Coconut Lime Shrimp Skewers.

I made these last weekend for my dads birthday dinner, I just didn’t really get a chance to post the recipe this past week between working a crazy busy week, and spending time with Ashley before she went to Boston on Wednesday with her mom before their cruise from Beantown up the Eastern seaboard to Atlantic Canada, (you all know how the busy life goes!! ūüėČ )

Any way here we go with the recipe.

Ingredients:

– 1tbsp minced fresh ginger

– tbsp minced garlic

– 1tbsp freshly grated lime zest

– 2tbsp fresh lime juice

– 1 14oz can coconut milk

– 1.5lbs large shrimp (approximately 40-45 shrimp) peeled and deveined

– 0.5tsp coarse salt

– 2 lime wedges for squeezing

– 0.5 cups sweetened shredded coconut

– 1 large yellow or white onion cut into medium-sized squares

– 1 large green or red pepper cut into medium-sized squares

– 0.25 cups extra virgin olive oil

– wooden skewers

 

Preparation:

-In a medium to large mixing bowl combine first 6 ingredients making sure all the shrimps are immersed in the liquid mixture.  Cover bowl and chill for anywhere between 1 and 24 hours.

-Soak wooden skewers in water for about an hour-two hours to moisten the skewers to minimize burning of the wood.

-Pre-heat a grill to 450-500 degrees.

-Arrange shrimp and onion and pepper squares on skewers (how much you want on each skewer is up to you)

-Cook assembled skewers on hot grill until flesh of the shrimp has turned pink and becomes slightly charred (about three – five minutes per side, however times can vary from grill to grill).

-Lightly brush each side of the skewer shrimp, onions, and peppers included to prevent sticking to the grill.

-Remove skewers from the grill, and assemble on a serving platter and garnish with coarse salt, squeezed lime juice, and shredded coconut.

-Serve and enjoy!

 

 

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Happy Cooking!

-Ben-

2013 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon.

I’m officially a MARATHONER!!! ¬†As you may or may not be aware yesterday (May 26, 2013) I completed my first ever full marathon here in Calgary, AB at the 49th annual Scotiabank Calgary Marathon weekend. ¬†I completed the marathon in a time of 5:42:06.

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The time I finished with was honestly a bit longer than I had been hoping for, but honestly the fact that I set a goal to complete this wonderful race, and followed through on it was an overwhelming feeling of self-worth, and gratification I can’t even begin to put into words.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first 21.1 Km/13.1 miles were some of the best KM’s/miles I’ve ever run in all my years of running. ¬†I started the race off at a slower more controlled pace, and was conserving my energy for the latter stages of the race. ¬†Sadly at the beginning of the second half of the run I developed a wicked case of stomach cramp wich unfortunately lead to more walking and un-scheduled bathroom stops than I had initially bargained for costing me about 40-45 minutes in the end. ¬†However despite these unexpected setbacks I had probably the most fun I’ve ever had running a road race in all my years of running, and for the first time in a long time I feel like I was able to pace myself, and run my race. ¬†Also to my extreme excitement I had zero problems with my problematic right knee that has been operated on 6 times.

One of the biggest and best sources of support I had yesterday came from Ashley and our dog Diesel travelling around to different locations along the course to cheer me on in person, as well as having my dad, and step dad at the finish line with Ashley and Diesel to cheer me on and cheer me on very very very loudly the last couple hundred meters and crossing the finish line, and yes the water works were on in full force as I was coming down those last couple hundred meters, and across the finish line both from the pain my stomach was in, and from the pure satisfaction and enjoyment I was experiencing in that moment.

The course had a wonderful mix of hills, and flat stretches, constantly keeping me challenged, and keeping me wanting to push myself harder, further, & faster.

Probably the hardest part of the race for me was keeping myself in the zone and focused for that length of time especially as I was running alone just me and my 89 song playlist on the iPhone, consisting of upbeat and fast tempo songs I had ranging from The Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi, to Kenny Chesney. This time also made for some great thinking time, to think about such things as what all I would be writing in this very post, to will and do I ever want to run another full marathon, and the answer to this question is…. most certainly yes, but will it be this year, or will it be next year; this remains to be determined.

Below are some of the pictures of my big day!

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me on the left only yards away from the finish line!

me on the left only yards away from the finish line!

 

yes the water works were on in full effect post race!

yes the water works were on in full effect post race!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

me and my coveted Marathon Finishers medal!

me and my coveted Marathon Finishers medal!

 

My "other" take home souvenier from yesterdays marathon: a massive blood blister on my big right toe. sorry I had to show it, lol!

My “other” take home souvenir from yesterdays marathon: a massive blood blister on my big right toe. sorry I had to show it, lol!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank-you each and everyone for taking the time and having the interest to read about my first ever marathon!

Love always

-Ben-

 

May Long Weekend in Pictures

This past weekend was Canada’s May long weekend in celebration of the life of Queen Victoria. ¬†With our long weekend Ashley and I as we have the previous 4 years drove from Calgary to Vernon, British Columbia to visit my soon to be 91-year-old grandpa.

I would like to share with you all some of my favorite pictures from our weekend in Vernon, and near by Kelowna, British Columbia.

Ashley and our Margaritas at lunch our first day at Little Tex in Vernon.

Ashley and our Margaritas at lunch our first day at Little Tex in Vernon.

 

My delicious fresh and HUGE Taco Salad at Little Tex, in Vernon.

My delicious fresh and HUGE Taco Salad at Little Tex, in Vernon.

 

We saw 2 movies this weekend.. Star Trek into Darkness, was AMAZING! Iron Man 3, despite our best efforts we were bored silly.

We saw 2 movies this weekend.. Star Trek into Darkness, was AMAZING! Iron Man 3, despite our best efforts we were bored silly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What would a stay in a hotel be without a little coffee and Baileys in the morning? haha!

What would a stay in a hotel be without a little coffee and Bailey’s in the morning? haha!

 

Grandson, and Grandpa!

Grandson, and Grandpa!

 

Ashley and her Grandfather in-law!

Ashley and her Grandfather in-law!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashley and I at Mission Hill Family Estate Winery, in Kelowna, BC.

Ashley and I at Mission Hill Family Estate Winery, in Kelowna, BC.

 

Essential road trip snacks.. Zico chocolate flavored coconut water, and a banana.

Essential road trip snacks.. Zico chocolate flavored coconut water, and a banana.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you all had a great Victoria Day long weekend those of you in Canada, and for all my American friends… Happy Memorial Day weekend this upcoming weekend.

-Ben-

Race Medals

With the next addition to my race medal display hanger coming up in 24 days when I run my first¬†EVER¬†marathon, I’ve spent a lot of time lately looking at my old race medals and I’ve decided I want to share them quickly with all of you!

2012 Medals:

2012 Canadian Derby Edmonton Marathon, Half Marathon Finisher medal.

2012 Canadian Derby Edmonton Marathon, Half Marathon Finisher medal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012 Stampede Road Race, Half Marathon Finisher Medal

2012 Stampede Road Race, Half Marathon Finisher Medal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012 Calgary Marathon Weekend, Jugo Juice 10km Finisher medal

2012 Calgary Marathon Weekend, Jugo Juice 10km Finisher medal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010 Medals:

2010 Calgary Marathon Weekend, Downtown Sports Clinic 10km Run Finisher medal.

2010 Calgary Marathon Weekend, Downtown Sports Clinic 10km Run Finisher medal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2009 Medals:

2009 Calgary Marathon Weekend, Astra Zeneca 5km Finisher medal.

2009 Calgary Marathon Weekend, Astra Zeneca 5km Finisher medal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know that there aren’t many medals but they all hold very special places in my heart and my running journey that has led me to be able to compete in my first EVER¬†full marathon this month in 24 days.

Thank-you for taking the brief time to read this post and check out my medals.

Happy Running!

-Ben-

The Ninja!!

Last weekend Ashley and I bid our old conventional blender farewell and welcomed our brand spanking new Ninja 3 speed blender into our family. ¬†Now I will admit I used to be skeptical that a blender could be that much better than a traditional 4 blade blender, but I am here to say… Yes, yes it most certainly is.¬†IMG_2833

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The centre blade pillar blends food and liquids while crushing ice and other frozen objects in mere seconds and with no annoying chunks of food of ice left to go in your drink.

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Creating the perfect smoothie to go alongside that morning coffee has never been easier or more fun in our home. ¬†Cleaning the Ninja is just as easy as making that perfect drink. ¬†All I do is put a small squirt of liquid dish soap into the blender fill it 1/4 – 1/3 full of warm-hot but not boiling water, close the lid ¬†put it back on the blender stand and blend on speed 1 for about 5-7 seconds then pour out the soapy solution. then a quick simple wipe out with a warm wet clean dish cloth and you’re all set for the next blending session, I just remind you that these blades are RAZOR sharp so please be careful when handling the blades.

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For those of you who have one of these AMAZING kitchen appliances I’m sure you agree that this is one appliance no house can go wrong with having. ¬†If you’re thinking of getting one… GO GET ONE…NOW!!! You won’t regret it I promise.

Happy Blending!!!

 

-Ben-

#BostonStrongCalgary . A Week After: A Run For Boston.

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Thanks to fellow blogger “Pavement Runner” I am taking on the task, no responsibility, no wait… honor of organizing a “Boston Strong” run in Calgary Alberta, Canada on Monday April 22, 2013 at Edworthy Park in Calgary.

The idea was created by Pavement Runner and can best be summed up as follows:

A run for us to unite and show our strength.
A run for those that were unable to finish.
A run for those that may never run again.
A run for us to try and make sense of the tragedy that has forever changed something we love.

This was an honor I couldn’t pass by. ¬†As an avid runner, and as of next month a Marathoner, this is a tragedy in both the running community and just in civilization that has bent me but will not break me. ¬†If anything this tragedy is only making me stronger as both a runner and a member of society.

The tragic events of this past Monday April 15, 2013 at the 117th Boston Marathon rocked me on a somewhat personal level as a good friend of mine, her dad was less than 100 yards away from the blast sight when the first explosion erupted, and his wife was a spectator around the finish line. ¬†Thank-God they are both alive, safe, and doing well back home in Calgary. ¬†Sadly though many others both runners, and spectators were not nearly as lucky as my friends parents. ¬†Organizing this run on this upcoming Monday evening is just one way in which I am paying my respect to those who in one way or another didn’t make it out so well, and may never lace up their sneakers again, also on May 26th my run at the 49th Calgary Marathon I will be running and completing my first marathon not only for myself, but also for all those who couldn’t and will never again finish a marathon.

More details on my “Boston Strong Calgary. A Week After: A Run For Boston” #BostonStrongCalgary can be found on the Facebook event page ¬†http://www.facebook.com/events/447003238722105/

Further details on how this initiative came to be by Pavement Runner along with a list of all the runs that are popping up for Monday April 22 can be found  http://pavementrunner.com/boston-strong-city/

Thank-You all for taking the time to grieve for those lost in this tragedy and to read this post, and I hope to see as many of you as possible in the Calgary Area, and other cities taking part in this great cause on Monday!

-Ben-

Accountability Diet week 1.

So here I am One week into my “Accountability Diet” and I am already down 7 yes SEVEN pounds. ¬†That means I have only 3 lbs left to lose to reach my weight loss goal.

Now I won’t lie I didn’t eat every meal or every snack as clean as I wish I would have, but what I did do this week was I was 110% honest with myself with everything I consumed both food and drink.

I am currently tracking my food consumption on both http://www.sparkpeople.com and “Jillian Michaels slim down” app on the iPhone, as well as tracking all my physical activity.

All the details of what my “Accountability Diet” entails and requires can be found here on my blog at http://www.eatinglivingrunning.wordpress.com in the post: “Accountability Diet”.

If you use Spark People friend me username: ELRBEN and you can see my progress there or if you’re on instagram follow me at: @BenELR or check out what I’m eating with the hashtag: #accountabilitydiet

Thanks for taking the time and interest to view my progress, and please check back next Monday for my next update on the diet!

-Ben-

Jillian Michaels Maximize Your Life.

This past Saturday night I went with Ashley, and her mom to the Calgary stop on Jillian Michaels Maximize Your Life tour. ¬†If you’ve never seen Jillian Michaels in person I’ll tell you this… Jillian is¬†HUMAN, she is down to earth, calm, and she shows a soft and even sensitive side all while still projecting that “Hardass” and no BS persona that has made her famous or as she puts it at times infamous on T.V.’s “The Biggest Loser”.¬†IMG_2763

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During her 3 hour minus 15 minute intermission show, Jillian talked about topics such as diet, fitness, emotions, food shopping tips.  But one of my favorite parts were the points where she drew on her personal life and some of the experiences she has encountered in her personal and professional lives.  She shared with us how as a child she suffered from weight problems, eating problems, failed relationships which have led her to a happy fulfilled life with her life partner Heidi Rhoades and there two children, to jobs she hated so much she tried to get herself fired from.

What I found most fascinating and helpful in addition to really truly seeing that even Jillian Michaels isn’t perfect, was learing about some of the ways that food manufactures disguise items such as added sugar and how there are over 40 different names for added sugar products according to the US FDA. ¬†This fact both scared and disgusted me. ¬†Also having it reminded to me the age-old thought that if you can’t pronounce the ingredient you probably shouldn’t be eating it.

Another fascinating point that had never really donned on me prior is that even items that according to their nutritional label have 0 calories, they still probably have a caloric value greater than zero depending on how much of that product your consuming.  This is all based on what the ingredients of the product are, and if the caloric value of a serving is .4 calories/serving or less the food manufacturer is by law allowed to round the total caloric value down to zero, (be aware of this misleading fact).

Also Jillian drew on some of her big topics from her books and workout DVD’s.

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I am saying this not only cause she’s my second/back up wife, haha, I am also saying this as someone who’s very interested and up to date on nutrition, fitness, and overall health; this was the best live speaking event I’ve ever seen, and I highly recommend seeing her if you have the opportunity on this current tour of hers, and if not at least reading her books. ¬†Tickets and tour dates can be found on her website at http://www.jillianmichaels.com .

Allow Jillian Michaels to help you Maximize Your Life!

-Ben-

Accountability Diet.

As you may or may not be aware yesterday I signed up to compete in my first ever Marathon running race here in Calgary at the 49th annual Calgary Marathon on Sunday May 26, 2013.

In honor of this almost achievement I decided yesterday that starting today for the 55 days until the Calgary Marathon I was starting what I have named the “Accountability Diet”. ¬†On this diet I am hoping to lose 10 lbs between today (April 1) and race day (May 26).

Now “what is the accountability diet?” you ask…. ¬† Now let me ask you this… How many of us have ever started a calorie counting diet and cheated on how many calories we’ve consumed daily? ¬†If you have dieted and never cheated then I sincerely congratulate you but for the rest of us out there I am here to share with you how I am gonna do this this time.

For this diet I am using the free diet program available on-line at http://www.sparkpeople.com . ¬†Now I have used Spark People on different occasions and experienced success on it, but each time I will admit I have cheated on my calorie counting, but this time I’m doing EVERYTHING 110% honestly. ¬†One of my biggest faults in the past has always been to alter my foods to ensure my calories fall within my caloric range, but this time I’m documenting everything and everything 100% accurately even if it pushes me over the high-end of my caloric range.

This is a view of my day of eating today on www.sparkpeople.com (yes both good and bad choices but 110% honest).

This is a view of my day of eating today on http://www.sparkpeople.com (yes both good and bad choices but 110% honest).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I would also like to acknowledge other diet and fitness tracking sites such as http://www.myfitnesspal.com .

If you too happen to be a Spark People user please friend me username: ELRBen .

Also please check back every Monday from today until the 27th of May to read about my progress from week to week.

 

As always thank-you for taking the time to read this post.

-Ben-

 

Ps. I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend this past weekend.  Me and my family thoroughly enjoyed our holiday weekend.

Welcome Home Diesel.

Last Sunday (March 24, 2013) Ashley and I officially welcomed the newest member of our little family, Diesel a 9-year-old pomeranian-maltese cross. ¬†We adopted/took him over from Ashley’s mom as she was looking to find alternate living arrangements for the little fellow as he is believed to be suffering from “Cushing’s Syndrome” which is a disease caused by excessive cortisol which is usually caused by a tumor in the pituitary gland. ¬†This disease can lead to a lack of control of the bladder. ¬†I say “he is believed to be suffering from” because we are still awaiting the lab results from the vet from yesterday. ¬†If Diesel is found to have Cushing’s Disease we can and will have him begin medication right away, and hopefully the medication will begin to alleviate many if not all of the symptoms almost immediately. ¬†While the meds can’t reverse the symptoms or disease they can absolutely make life more manageable for owner and pets alike.

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Diesel has been coming over to spend almost every weekend this year, so that just made the choice that much easier for Ashley and I to adopt him last weekend.

 

 

 

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As you can see…. Diesel loves sleeping with us on our bed, and yes I’m including him in “our”, haha!

Another fun thing for Ashley and I with having a dog has been shopping for him and his stuff at PetSmart.

One thing I’m definitely being reminded of in having a dog is…. “It’s a dogs world, and we’re just living in it.” haha!!! ¬†Around here just as I’m sure it is in your house if you own a dog, the dog/s call the shots.

Anyway this little guy has made me over the moon happy and I just can’t give him enough love and attention. ¬†Needless to say if you’re following me on Instagram or Twitter at @BenELR you will definitely be seeing a lot more of Diesel, and reading more post that involve him here on my blog.

Thank-you for taking the time to read this post, and may your dog bring so much love and happiness into you and your family’s life.

-Ben-