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Happy Birthday Kim!

Today is my sister Kim’s 24th b-day!

Happy Birthday Kim! 

This woman is my best friend and I am so blessed to have her as my sister!

Today was a day where I felt so tired…why does it always seem like Tuesdays are harder than Mondays?  I started my day with a great 4 mile run on the hamster machine (the treadmill). 

Todays fuel was:

Breakfast – Almonds on the car ride before hitting the gym, waffles with yogurt and a kiwi after the gym.

Lunch = Mushroom Boca burger (not the greatest tasting 😦 ) on an Arnold’s thin, cottage cheese, carrots w/ dressing, and a peppermint patty for desert.  There was also half a chocolate chip cookie that went un-documented.  Opps!

Dinner = Kate’s version of Chicken Pot Pie

Here’s what’s in the Chicken Pot Pie:

1 cup cooked brown rice

1 chicken breast poached, shredded

1 cup carrots

1 cup green beans

1 cup mushrooms

1 can of Cream of Chicken soup

Cook everything then mix it together with the soup and cook for about 15 mins at 350 degrees.

I then added some parmesan cheese, salt and pepper for seasoning.  It’s a great meal that can be easily changed with different veggies and meats.

Time to go pack my lunch and gym bag for tomorrow…Good night!

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Crazy Few Days…

Hey Everyone!

Sorry for the MIA recently…things have been just crazy!  I’ve been working, running, partying, and eating!

Here are some nice highlights from the past few days:

  • I ran 9 AMAZING miles on Saturday with Christina.  We are totally going to rock the Marathon! (Is it too early to be so confident? 🙂 )
  • We celebrated my sister’s b-day…it’s actually tomorrow but it’s easier to get together over the weekend.
  • I ate the largest piece of pizza in my life!

(I have a great picture of “the boy” enjoying his piece of pizza but was told that I’m not allowed to post any pictures of him without his approval…needless to say that picture didn’t get his approval. :))

After a week of eating a bit more “relaxed” today was back on track day!  It’s amazing how great you feel when you eat better.

Here are my eats:

Breakfast: Granola bar for the road before my workout, then a lovely combo of cereal – kiwi – yogurt.

Lunch: Rye bread with Almond butter and Cinnamon, cottage cheese, corn, peppermint patty

Pre Dinner Snack: Honey Mustard Pretzels

Dinner: Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Peanut butter, syrup and cinnamon

Desert: Cranbran Vitatop

I need your help!  This Sunday is “the boy” and mine’s 1-year anniversary.  I can hardly believe that an entire year has gone by with this amazing man.  We are trying to figure out what to do to celebrate…and I am wondering if any of you have any great ideas?  We have both the Chicago and Milwaukee area available to us…please help!  Also if you have any great gift ideas I wouldn’t mind hearing them too… 😉

PS. Don’t forget to check out the weekly verse!

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Work Waffles

So after having the great waffle breakfast yesterday morning I decided that could be easily something I could make at work…and make it a bit healthier and lower in calories. 

It worked and tasted just as amazing as yesterday!

Two Archer Farm Flax Seed waffles – 180 calories

1/2 a container of Honey and Almond Yogurt – 45 calories

Apple (heated for a minute in the microwave with cinnamon sprinkled on it) – 60 calories

Total – 285 calories

I think tomorrow I’ll be trying a few different yogurt flavors and fruits…the creativity wheels are spinning. 🙂

My workout this morning was a favorite of mine.  A great 45 minute hill walk that has different speeds and inclines that really has you moving.  I’ve had the workout for a while in my binder and I like to do it at least once a week.

So how did I do on my food plan today?  Not so good…I was doing great until post dinner snacks. 😦  Kim made really yummy mini banana muffins with chocolate chips mixed in. 

I couldn’t tell you how many I had.  I was doing so great until the muffins.  It’s a downfall of mine.  I have a hard time with portion control if I don’t measure my food out I’ll just keep eating and forget all that I’ve eaten before.  Anyone have some great tips on how to get my portion control under control?  🙂

I have a dentist appointment in the morning so that means getting up extra early to get my 3.5 mile run in…so I better get my things packed and set for the next day!

Have a great night!

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5 Miles

How was your weekend?

Mine started off with an AMAZING 5 mile run Saturday morning with my friend Christina.  We are both training for the Kenosha Marathon in May and the Princess Half Marathon in March.  It’s great to have a running buddy to keep me motivated.  I’ve completed a half marathon before but never a full.  This is my third attempt at training for a full.  I’ve been sidelined by foot and hip injuries every time I’ve gotten over 13 miles in my earlier attempts.  I hope the saying is true that the 3rd time is a charm!  I’ve learned that my body can only handle 3 days of running and lots of stretching.  Our bodies are amazing things that if we don’t listen to them they will surely force us to listen. 🙂

I’ve struggled with trying to get my eating figured out this past week.  Recently I have had no wish to eat any meat like chicken, pork, or beef.  Every time I went to think about eating meat I imagine animals getting tortured and my stomach turns into knots.  I have been alright with shrimp and seafood…it’s just the other meats that I can’t seem to eat.  I don’t know if this is a permanent change or not but I surely have to make sure I’m getting the correct nutrition to make it through my runs.  I’m also trying to see that if I eat three meals of about 4oo calories each and then a snack of 200 if that will help stop my snacking and excess calorie consumption during the day.  As a result I tried something new for breakfast this morning…

Apple Cinnamon Waffle!

Fiber One Pancake Mix Waffle – 200 calories

Light Vanilla Yogurt – 60 calories

Heated Apple with Cinnamon – 60 calories

Peanut Butter – 180 calories

Total – 500 calories

Ok, so a little more than what I wanted but I think with a few changes this might be a nice breakfast to have.  It kept me full well until lunch time.

I’ll keep you posted on how the calories go for the day tomorrow.  Hopefully this will be a nice way to keep my accountable and motivated. 🙂

I still have to figure out what lunch will be tomorrow and my alarm is going to go off bright and early at 5am so have a good night!

Also…don’t forget to check out the verse for the week…it’s a great one!

Question of the day: Have any of you experienced the loss in desire to eat meat?

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Tetanus Shot Fun

Yesterday I had a regular doctor’s check up and everything was going great until my doctor asked the dreaded shot question…”When was the last time you had a tetanus shot?”.  I’ve been out of high school for 10 years in June and I realized that I couldn’t remember the last time I got the shot.  So I said “I have no idea”…the next thing I knew I was pulling up my sleeve to receive this wonderful shot.  I had already gotten the flu and the H1N1 vaccine this winter so what can one more do to me?  I knew this shot hurt but I thought it was when you received the injection that it hurt…boy was I wrong!  I felt great until driving home last night and that’s when I felt it.  It felt as though I had gotten punched in the arm.  This morning I couldn’t raise my arm higher than my shoulder without some discomfort.  I have a red hard bump over the injection site.  I’m guessing this is what they say when getting a tetanus shot hurts. 🙂 

My run this morning was really difficult with the pain I felt in my arm.  Every step I took and swing I made of my arm caused a little shot of pain in my shoulder area.  Needless to say I completed my 4 mile run with walk breaks included to help ease the discomfort.  I’m hoping things will be better by Saturday…I have 5 miles planned. 

On a higher note…dinner tonight was a success!

Meal: Shrimp Scampi (I got the recipe from Cooking Light)

Result: 3.5 stars out of 5 starts

Ingredients

  • 2  teaspoons  olive oil
  • 28  large shrimp, peeled and deveined (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 3  garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3  cup  Sauvignon Blanc or other dry white wine
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4  cup  chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1  tablespoon  fresh lemon juice

Directions

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp; sauté 1 minute. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Stir in wine, salt, and pepper; bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook 30 seconds. Add parsley and juice; toss well to coat. Cook 1 minute or until shrimp are done

Result

Next time add more lemon juice and garlic. 🙂

Well I have a few things to finish up before bed…but I’m curious have any of you gotten a tetanus shot recently and was your experience the same as mine?

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New Year…New Goals

What does 2010 have in store for you?  I’ve been thinking about 2010 these past few days and a few things I would like to carry out this year.  Working as an analyst has caused me to realize that the goals I set need to be measurable in some way…otherwise how do you know if you succeeded or not?  So here are mine…

2010 Goals (as of Jan 12th)

1. Complete a Half Marathon (registered for the Disney Princess Half Marathon March 7th)

2. Complete a Full Marathon (registered for the Kenosha Marathon May 1st)

3. Complete a Triathlon with my sister.

4. Loose 20lbs…strive for a 2 pound loss a month.

5. Cook my way through my cupcakes cookbook and any other cook book I so choose after completing the cupcake book.

6. Have a family dinner at least once a month with not only my family but also Jeff’s.

7. Triple the amount of money I have in my savings.

8. Create at least two blankets for Project Linus.

9. Memorize at least one Bible passage a week.

It looks like I have a nice variety of goals throughout the year…health, hobby, family, financial, and volunteer focused.  Sounds like a nice well-rounded year to me!  🙂

Checkout the new tabs…a Workout one that documents my workouts as I prepare for my races and my weight loss goal and a Bible Verse one that gives the weekly Bible verse.

I have to go pack my lunch for tomorrow and pick out my clothes. I like to prep before bed so I don’t wake up thinking about all the stuff I have to get done and rush around.

Goodnight!

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Tonight’s meal was a great one!  A while back I had picked up some Pork Tenderloins and placed them in a freezer for just a night like tonight. 🙂  When I was flipping through my Taste of Home Cookbook one recipe stood out to me…Pork Tenderloin Diane.  It was a nice and simple recipe and something that I had all the ingredients in my kitchen.

It required me to cut up the tenderloin into smaller pieces:

The add some seasoning to the pieces: (Seasoning of choice and suggestion Lemon Pepper)

Then cook the pieces in butter 🙂

It only took about 5-10 minutes each side.  After all the pieces were cooked the recipe had you add lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and mustard to the pan and butter remnants.  Then use that as a dipping sauce.

The result:

DELICIOUS!  This is a recipe that I will be making again.  The sauce had a nice mustard lemon taste to it that was perfect with the meat.  Plus the meat wasn’t dry!  YEAH!

Don’t worry I didn’t just have meat for dinner…Kim made broccoli as a side dish.  Of course someone joined us at the table…

And I figured…if we are eating our veggies Toby should as well.  He is a growing kitty after all…

Guess what…He Liked It!

I still have to figure out what to have for date night tommorrow…I’m thinking something along the line of fish.  I’m going to go and consult my Taste of Home cookbook for a great idea!

Goodnight!

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