Archive | December, 2009

Red Flags

29 Dec

I may or may not have started my day with a little bit of freshly-squeezed spiked OJ:

I don’t even LIKE orange juice that much, but man, fresh-squeezed Florida OJ is delicious! That should’ve been my first red flag that today’s food and beverage consumption wasn’t going to be so great.

I wasn’t feeling my diced apples and yogurt for breakfast:

So I ate half, then traded the rest for the very potent rum cake in the office kitchen. Yeah, there’s red flag #2 for those keeping tally at home. The bottom of the cake was absolutely saturated in rum (not that I’m complaining).  I should’ve taken a picture of it… but I’m not ready for the entire office to know that I’m a food-photographing freak.

Did I mention that all morning I was craving eggs and bacon? Red flag #3….

And lunch? Well, I decided to try out Amy’s Medium Chili:

Complete and utter fail. I (usually) like chili, but this just had a funky taste. Maybe it was the jalapenos in it, but I was not a fan. Ladies and gentlemen, that’s red flag #4.

I ended up tossing the chili. And what did I eat for lunch instead you ask?

Oh yes, yes, I did. Well, minus the pickles and ketchup and tomato and onions and whatever else they put on it. Just bun, burger, cheese, and lettuce. Did you know a regular cheeseburger at McDonalds is only 300 calories? Well, now you do. And wanna know something else? It was worth every bite.

The Hungry Monster was definitely shadowing me today. When I got home from work, I was ravenous and I proceeded to eat what felt like the entire contents of the refrigerator:

Morningstar Farms Sausage Dog, leftover green beans and leftover sweet potato casserole (that was sadly not tasting so great, so it got tossed after a few bites). I also scrounged up some broccoli casserole and two red velvet cake balls. Needless to say, the Christmas Dinner leftovers are now kaput. At least I don’t have to work about them anymore.

After a nice long bath, I felt it was time to atone for my sins.

Over at Oh She Glows, Angela has extended her Whittle My Middle challenge for another month. I’m joining in this month because I was so impressed with her results. Here’s what I did today:

  • Plank: 1:00 seconds (arms bent)
  • Side plank: 30 secs. on each side (arm bent)
  • Plank with elbows on stability ball: 1 minute
  • Stability Ball Jackknifes: 15 reps
  • Stability ball roll out:  20 reps
  • Plank Rotations: 45 seconds

Oh, Angela, you evil woman, you.

Random Thought

29 Dec

I wish that my Garmin Forerunner could sync with the treadmill, so that I can track those workouts better. Surely I’m not the only one that wishes it could do this..

If it can, please tell me.

Thank you, Stacey! Turns out all I need is this little guy:

Garmin Indoor Foot Pod Accessory for Forerunner 305

Just Another Manic Monday

28 Dec

To start my day, I stepped on the scale this morning.

That POS told me I’d gained FIFTEEN POUNDS in 2 days. Impossible. I’m just assuming it’s batteries are nearly dead because that’s just ludicrous.

So, if that wasn’t stressful enough…  Now that I’ve finally recovered from Wedding PTSD, its time to start the mortgage pre-approval process.  And I’m sure once we finish and recover from the whole home buying experience, it’ll be time to start thinking about babies. Its a never ending cycle of anxiety and stress.

Whoops, I got a little off track. ANYWAYS, we finally got all of our paperwork together, and I submitted it to our loan consultant this morning. I spent the rest of the day anxiously awaiting her response. I didn’t realize how nervous I would be. Most of the day I was expecting her to come back and say we couldn’t afford anything (although I know we can). Paranoia definitely ruled my day.

Breakfast was some overnight oats:

1/2 c. oats, 1/2 c. skim milk, 1 scoop protein powder. I wasn’t feeling them at all, so I barely even ate half.

And lunch was a new favorite:

Campbell’s Select Harvest Beef with Roasted Barley Soup. This stuff is so delicious and filling. And I totally forgot how good plain ol’ Saltines taste in soup. I love soup on a cold day!

And then there’s snacks. I love snack time:

It was the first time I’d ever tried a Lara bar, and I was very impressed! It really did taste like a peanut butter cookie 🙂

After work, I met up with a friend who is trying to get into running. We ran 1/2 miles, then walked 1/4 mile. During our third half mile, we came across a darkly-lit sidewalk construction zone. Needless to say, that didn’t end well. My friend skinned her knee. I was surprised that, for once, I was the one that didn’t get hurt! I always seem to fall down or run into things.

While I was out for the run, I got two emails from our loan consultant. Although we didn’t get approved for as much as I hoped we would, we still got approved for a pretty decent amount. We’re going to start house hunting immediately and we hope to find something by February or March!

By the time I got home, I was starving, and the in-laws were taunting me with Chinese food. I knew that was a bad idea, so instead I steamed some brown rice and broccoli and cooked a Morningstar Farms Asian Patty:

(Wow, sorry about the super yellow picture!)

Morningstar Farms Asian Veggie patties have long been a favorite of mine. It’s been awhile since I bought them, and I was really craving them in the store the other day. We’re making a huge effort to quit eating out and instead eat at home. We’ve got to save every penny that we can to buy a house!

And dessert? Why homemade Peppermint Bark of course:

I swear, that stuff is laced with crack.

I just want to say that I am so proud of myself for photographing ALL of my food today. It’s one of my New Years’ Resolutions that I’ll be posting about later this week.

Hope everyone started their week off on the right foot!

Snack Attack!

27 Dec

At any given time, I have about 5-10 various snacks in my purse. Why do I do this? So I don’t go insane and eat something crappy when the hungry monster strikes. Also, I’ve found if I don’t have a good, nutritious snack before an afternoon/evening workout, I perform like crap.

I normally re-stock my snack arsenal about once a week. The usual suspects include: Lara bars, Luna bars, Zone bars, Kashi bars, and Fruit & Nut bars. At this current time, my purse is stocked with the following:

  • 1 Kashi Pumpkin Pie Bar
  • 2 Lara Bars
  • 2 Amazing Grass Super Food Bars
  • 2 Stretch Island Fruit Co. Bars
  • 1 Kind Fruit & Nut bar
  • 4 Packets of Amazing Grass Super Food
  • 1 Packet of Amazing Grass Wheat Grass
  • 2 packets of Starbucks Via Medium Roast (This girl needs her caffeine).

So what do you keep as a go-to good-for-you snack?

A Week In Workouts

27 Dec

I tried to workout a lot this week, being Christmas and all…

Sunday 12/20 – 3 mile run & planks

Monday 12/21 – Rest

Tuesday 12/22 – 2.5 mile hill workout on treadmill

Wednesday 12/23 – 5.1 mile bike/hill workout & abs

Thursday 12/24 – 3.96 mile Galloway run

Friday 12/25 – 20 minute walk

Saturday 12/26 – 1.15 mile warm up run, 45 minute circuit training, 20 minute cool-down walk

Circuit Routine:

  • Circuit 1:
    • Squats with 50lbs on the bar; 12 reps
    • 50 crunches on ball
    • Tricep pulldowns; 12 reps
    • Plank
    • Repeat
  • Circuit 2:
    • Single leg lunges with back leg raised; 12 reps each leg
    • 25 reverse crunches
    • Chest flys, 12 reps
    • Side plank
    • Repeat
  • Circuit 3:
    • Weighted calf raises, 50
    • 50 twisting crunches on Bosu
    • Upright row, 12 reps
    • Extended plank
    • Repeat
  • Extra fun:
    • 25 walking lunges
    • 100 bicycle crunches

Sunday 12/27 – Does cleaning the house like a mad woman count? I’ll probably take the dogs on a 30 minute walk after dinner….

Hubby’s Christmas Present

26 Dec

Behold, the T-Fal Beertender.

He’s happier than a pig in shit.

I must say, this thing is super cool. It holds a 5-liter mini keg, and keeps it nice and frosty. I’m looking forward to scouring the internet for various brews that carry the mini kegs. I can’t wait to use it during football seasons!

Christmas Recap

26 Dec

There’s only one way to start Christmas break, and that’s with a candy cane in your Starbucks:

I knew I was going to need a little pick-me-up to do all the cooking that needed to be done for Christmas. Since my mother and sister-in-law both had to work on Christmas Eve, I was in charge of Christmas Eve Dinner. I went the simple route with homemade potato yeast rolls and pot roast with potatoes and carrots:

As an appetizer, I put together some puff-pastry wrapped brie and crackers:

Considering it was my first time cooking a holiday meal for the entire family, I was really pleased with the results. We spent the rest of the evening sipping on wine and opening presents with my niece and nephew. They were both really into it, and its a great reminder of how fun Christmas actually is 🙂

My mother-in-law and I decided to make homemade peppermint bark as a sweet holiday treat. We wrapped them in the cutest little cellophane bags, and used them as place tags:

The table before dinner:

After dinner, Brandon and I took the dogs for a much needed walk. It felt so good to get up and get a little exercise. I felt so crappy from all the food. We hopped in the car a little later and drove around the corner to this neighborhood that has amazing lights. I wish I would’ve brought my camera! Note to self: ALWAYS have camera with you!

I knew we’d get up this morning and get a hardcore workout in, so I planned my breakfast accordingly. I made some oatmeal with 1/2 c. of pumpkin:

I think I used too much pumpkin because it ended up tasting more like baby food 😦 So, breakfast take 2 was granola, skim milk and 1/2 a sliced banana:

MUCH better. We ran to the gym (since it’s only a mile away), and then did some pretty serious circuit training. It felt awesome! The walk home in the 50-degree weather was really nice too.

Time to veg out for the Harry Potter marathon we’re having today! Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!