Archive | July, 2009

Just One of Those Days…

31 Jul

I don’t know what it was about today…

I have just had the hardest time finding motivation today. I managed to get quite a bit done though: mailed two rebates, took out the trash, did the dishes, deposited a check, blogged a recipe, vacuumed the apartment, and returned books to the library. Even though I’ve checked some tasks off my minimal to-do list, I feel so lazy. I’m definitely feeling the effects of being unemployed. Hopefully I’ll find a job soon (or start making some money off of my blog). Wouldn’t that be nice? To get paid to blog and write? Oh, how I wish…

Since it’s Friday, its weigh-in day. 134. I didn’t gain or lose since last week. It doesn’t surprise me considering I ate like total crap on Monday and Tuesday. I have 15 more days to get tight and toned before my boudoir pics. My b-pic to-do list looks like this:

  • Get a fake tan from a bottle
  • Buy shoes
  • Pack
  • Buy curling iron
  • Buy Bump-Its
  • Trial run for hair

It’s about the only to-do list I have going on right now.

I’m still debating whether or not I want to go the gym tonight. I thought about running 3 miles outside, but I really don’t feel like it. I’m sore from doing the FitSugar Full Body Circuit, cycling 7.25 miles and spending 10 minutes on the elliptical yesterday. Maybe it’s time for a day off. We’ll see. I might completely change my mind when the Hubs gets home. He might motivate me to get off my ass.

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Breakfast Biscuit Balls

31 Jul

Ingredients

    2 c. Whole Wheat Flour
    1 packet Splenda
    1 tbsp Baking Powder
    8 tbsp Smart Balance, Smart Balance Light Buttery Spread, cubed
    1 tsp. Salt
    3.4 c. Skim Milk
    12 slices Butterball Turkey Bacon
    2 c. Egg Beaters Egg Whites
    1/3 c. Colby & Monterey Jack, Shredded

Directions

Fry bacon in skillet with Pam or other non-fat cooking spray. Let cool. Dice bacon into small pieces.

Scramble eggs in skillet (no milk).

In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together. Cut butter into mixture until it begins to look like cornmeal.

Make a well with flour mixture and slowly add milk into the middle. Knead dough with your fingers and add milk when necessary.

Add eggs, bacon and cheese. Mix. Clump together into 10 balls and place on cooking sheet. Cook at 400 for 12 minutes.

Note: You can also use biscuit mix, like Bisquik, instead of making biscuits from scratch.

I’m Back!

30 Jul

After a quick little hiatus, I’m back to the blogging world. I spend Monday and Tuesday in Jacksonville helping my mom paint her new house. Let me tell you, painting is a WORK OUT. My shoulders and arms were so tired after two days. When I got home, all I wanted to do was take a nice, long, hot bath. I kept reminding my mom that I’m going to remember this for when I buy a house.

We also got to go to Target. I didn’t buy a single thing. I’m so proud of myself. I used to be such a compulsive shopper, but being unemployed has definitely helped curb my spending. I feel like rewarding myself for my financial responsibility. I might just blow $15 on these fantastic shoes from Wet Seal for the boudoir session in August:

You can’t tell in the picture, but the heel is so tall! It’s easily 4+ inches. I’m short, and I definitely need something to make my legs look longer.

Speaking of the boudoir shoot, I’ll be doing my own hair. So whatever I choose, it needs to be easy. I’m thinking something like this:

I’ll have to do a few practice runs to make sure I can do it. Shouldn’t be too hard though. I might even buy those silly little Bump-its to give my hair some extra oomph in the back. I’m wondering if they actually work and if they’re uncomfortable. Opinions?

While in Jacksonville, I also got to spend the evening with some fabulous ladies during book club! The book we discussed was The Book Thief.

I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book, as I’m a die-hard chick-lit fan. I was surprised by it. The first half went fairly slow, but the second half flew by. It was a great example of historical fiction. I learned a lot about Nazi Germany. It had a very interesting perspective on that lifestyle. It was nice having some girl time. I can’t wait to move to Jacksonville so I can host book club.

I ate horribly while I was gone too: KFC (Grilled Chicken) AND TACO BELL (Chicken soft tacos)! Nothing fried, but still. Even grilled at those places is awful. Not going the lie: it was so tasty. I was really impressed with KFC’s grilled chicken. I got the BBQ grilled chicken fill up box. It came with a breast and wing, corn on the cob (or a side of your choice), a biscuit, and a drink (which we all know I got a Diet Pepsi). So tasty! Want to try some? Here’s some KFC coupons.

I also ate cookies and candy because my mother’s house is always stocked with goodies. I was pretty bloated when I came home. I spent yesterday chugging water and eating clean in an effort to cleanse myself.

Last night I decided I needed to suck it up and start running outside again. I ran my 2.81 mile loop around the neighborhood. It was definitely different. I started out nice and easy. Then towards the end, I met back up with my hubby. I still had some energy left, so I picked up the pace. I felt strong, but my legs feel a little sore today. Running on the treadmill is very different from running on the pavement. I miss running outside though. I tend to throw on my headphones and zone out outside. On the treadmill, I’m checking the time and distance every 30 seconds. It was nice NOT knowing exactly how many seconds I’d been running the entire time. Several minutes at a time would pass without checking my watch. Which brings me to today’s question:

How often do you look at your watch/clock during a run or cardio session?

3 Long, Miserable Miles

26 Jul

That’s what my run was: 3 long, miserable miles. I just didn’t have my mojo today. I fueled up, hydrated and took it easy, but it just wasn’t happening. I really wanted to get 4 miles in. Oh well.

Splits:
11:44.6
11:45.7
11:31.8

Yuck. Definitely not my best performance. I just keep reminding myself: at least I ran 3 miles.

Tonight, I need to pack for my trip to my mom’s in Jacksonville. I’ve got pulled pork in the crock pot for dinner, and salad and green beans to go with it. Yum!

Snack attack!

26 Jul

My pre-run fuel:

  • 2 Honey Maid low fat graham crackers
  • 1 Fiber One vanilla yogurt
  • 1 medium sliced Fuji apple

Nom nom nom!

Weekend Links

26 Jul

New Shoes!

25 Jul

My hubby needed some new running shoes, so we made a trip up to Sports Authority. He got some nice, new Adidas. While we were there, I decided to see if they had my Brooks Adrenalines on sale. Lo and behold, they did! $59.98! Plus, we had a $25 off a $100 purchase coupon. Sweetness! We each got a new pair of shoes for a total of $120. Needless to say, we’re pleased.

Since my current pair still have several miles left on them, I don’t plan on using these for awhile. I’m hoping to not have to pull them out of the box until late September, early October. I still want them to be fairly fresh when I run my first half in November.