Runner’s High

Hello friends!

Yup, I have the bug again, that thing called the Runner’s High, it’s back.  I never really understood it, I mean I experienced it after my very first race, but it slowly faded, and I just ran because I liked it and I knew I had to in order to train for my half marathon.

But last night after work, I went to the gym telling myself, okay just start running and see how far you can go.  I wanted to run the 5 miles I missed on Saturday due to West Virginia’s lack of sidewalks and fitness centers, but I doubted myself.  I don’t know why I doubt myself, but hopefully someday soon I will believe in my running abilities, haha. I have 4 miles today, 2 tomorrow, and 4 on Friday before my 6 mile long run on either Saturday or Sunday, after this weekend all the long run distances are scary to me.  6.2 miles is the furthest I have ever gone, in my whole life, and that was back in October when I believe I was still high off of pain meds from my shoulder surgery.

I know I can do it, I can feel myself getting stronger.  The shorter distances, aka 3 miles, have gotten easier, I feel like I can run a 5k and maybe actually compete for a top prize (maybe), well that is my goal anyway.  I am planning on running 2 races before the actual half marathon in March, a 5k and another 10k.  I hope to improve on my times for both :)

I have been falling behind on my Jamie’s Eason workout plan, but I haven’t skipped workouts, okay I skipped a Leg workout a few weeks ago, but since then I haven’t.  Yesterday I did Day 26- Shoulders/abs, which is always a treat, haha.  And today marks the beginning of Phase 2, I am excited to start this phase because it seems that these workouts are going to kick things up a notch :)

I hope everyone has a great day, woot the week is half over!

Cheers!

I have no question today, soooo tell me something you are proud of this week :)

Unplugged

Hello friends!

Sorry I have been MIA from the blog world for a few days, we took a bit of a vacation and had no phone service (another task on my 101 completed).  I did take my laptop with me, but I was totally not in the mood to blog or be connected to the outside world, ha.  But I do have tons to share with you all today.  We drove up to Snowshoe, WV Friday morning

and arrived there at around 3:30 pm.  But not before I realized that I had forgotten my running shoes and I had planned on running 5 miles the following morning.  My awesome hubby got off at a random exit, which just so happened to have a Famous Footwear, woot!  I went inside and bought a new pair of my current Asics running shoe (in purple :) ).  Upon arrival Erik and I unloaded our car and headed up to the mountain to see if we could find Sunny and Diana.  It was windy and cold, but we walked around exploring for a bit before heading back to our “house”.

I was too busy working on my new project to take pictures of the house, or the food we ate, but really there was nothing much going on on the house or food front.  We had an amazing Korean meal on Saturday night, where we grilled Korean Bacon on an indoor grill, oh man it was soooo good.  Sunny and Diana did take some videos of our meal that night, so as soon as they send them out I will put them up here.

I woke up Saturday morning, and got ready to tackle my 5 mile run…. We went all the way up the mountain and into the information center to ask where the fitness center was and they told me they didn’t have one?! Excuse me, you don’t have a room in one of the lodges that has a treadmill and some weights?  WORTHLESS, no wonder all of you people are fat.  Sorry that was mean, but I was and still am very bitter about it.  There was nothing I could do, #1- it was too icy for me to run outside, and I was not prepared, and #2- there are no sidewalks up there.  There was no way I was going to run on icy curvy roads, no thanks, I like being alive.   So my entire day was spent sitting at the Starbucks in front of the fire reading my book.  At first I was not a big fan of this, but my book sucked me in and before I knew it, we were headed back down the mountain for food and a wicked awesome game of Catch Phrase.  I love everything about Catch Phrase, and because of my years and years of practice in college I am pretty good at it.  But I warn you, I do get a little sweaty, right Alaina? (we played the game at her Bachelorette party, it was intense).

Sunday morning was the same story, we headed up the mountain, after a delicious breakfast courtesy of Sunny, and I sat and read, while everyone else went snowboarding.

Aren’t they cute :)

I am happy to report that I did indeed finish my book, perhaps this year I will actually achieve my 12 books in 2012 goal.

Sunday night’s dinner was my lasagna creation, photo courtesy of Lauren

I made two huge pans of lasagna, and we managed to finish one of them between the six of us!  The other pan we took home and had it last night with my momma, sister and cousin.

Yesterday we drove home, unpacked, and headed over to my mom’s house to pick Ella up and have dinner with them.. but not before we discovered ANTS in our kitchen, and that our washing machine was leaking when we started a new load of laundry.  Welcome back from vacation, I guess… Needless to say I was not a happy camper this morning, when I had to spend my entire morning cleaning the kitchen and moving everything out of it.  I set up some ant traps, so hopefully that will remove our ant problem soon.

I plan on going to the gym after work today to run my 5 miles and do day 26 workout.  I will have to push my training back a bit, or take out some of my rest days in order to catch back up with my original schedule.

Other than my workout set back this weekend was amazing, and I am so glad to have gone with everyone :)

How was your weekend?

This happened yesterday…

Hello friends!

This happened yesterday…

Me: O my god!
Hubby: What?
Me: Try this!
Hubby: Wow!
Dorsa: So good right?!

Sh*t girls say….. nice….

Yup, I didn’t even realize I was doing it until after the words had already come out of my mouth.  I was talking about the Apple Cinnamon flavor of Chobani, because yes I finally found them yesterday!

I tried the Passion Fruit flavor yesterday and it was soooo grood :) I have never had an actual passion fruit before so I have nothing to compare it to, but I loved it.  Now the Apple Cinnamon flavor, seriously tasted like a delicious apple pie, I can’t get enough of it.  Today.. Blood Orange :)

So yesterday I was talking about my cooking rut, well I decided to go back to a classic “Do it again meal” last night for dinner.  Winner!

I put this recipe up here before but I will share it again, served it up with some Trader Joe’s sweet potato fries.  Last time I made it with frozen spinach, but this time I decided to use fresh spinach and it was even better than the last time I made it!

Greek Spinach Veggie Burgers

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. dried italian seasoning
  • 1 cup herb-seasoned stuffing mix
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 10-oz. pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled (2 oz.)
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns, split and toasted
  • Toppers such as crumbled feta cheese, plain yogurt, sliced roasted red peppers, and/or sliced red onion (optional)

Directions

1. In medium bowl combine oil, garlic, oregano, dillweed, and 1/4 tsp. black pepper. Stir in stuffing mix to coat thoroughly. Stir in egg, spinach, and 1/2 cup crumbled feta; mix well. Shape into four 1/2-inch-thick patties.

2. Heat a griddle or large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add patties. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side or until browned and heated through.

3. Serve in buns with assorted toppers. Makes 4 servings.

I made all four so that we could take the leftovers for lunch today :) ahh I cannot wait to eat it, I may or may not be taking lunch early today.

Sooo the gym didn’t happen yesterday.. Not my fault though.. I took my stuff to work with me, and drove straight to the gym after work, Erik was going to meet me there after he got home and changed.  But as soon as I walked into the gym, I realized that I had forgotten my shoes!? Seriously?!  Ugh I was so frustrated!  We live very close to the gym, but I knew that by the time I went home and got my shoes and headed back to the gym, I would have no time to cook dinner.. bleh. So last night, food won.  But never fear, I have my shoes today, and I can’t wait to work out!

Has that ever happened to you? What did you do?- I wish I can say that I went home got my shoes and headed back to the gym, but I fail.

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

Recent Grub

Hello friends!

Grub… please tell me that doesn’t make you think of the scene in Lion King where Timon and Pumba are teaching Simba to eat bugs?!

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No.. maybe… I love Disney movies, what can I say. Annnyyyway, today I will feature some of my recent eats :) okay so really just dinner last night and Tuesday night, but they were good, so they deserve to be shared.

Trader Joe’s has a lot of delicious food, that is a fact, recently I discovered a wonderful Green Curry Sauce.

I pan seared some chicken and yellow squash (separately), then combined them before adding this simmer sauce.  This sauce is incredible with the perfect amount of spicy curry kick.  I served the chicken, yellow squash, curry mixture over some white rice.  If you are looking for a quick midweek meal, grab a jar of this sauce and pour it over chicken :)

Last night, I wanted to put together another quick meal, Chicken, risotto, and rosemary bread (??).  Apparently we were carbo loading last night?

Once again Trader Joe’s to the rescue:

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And the bread is from the bakery Lauren’s boyfriend, David, works at, Bakery De France.  If you live in or around Rockville, MD you NEED to get some bread from there.  Seriously, this bread is amazing, it is a Rosemary Focaccia (my fav type of bread).  When David brought the bread to our house last week, he said it makes for an amazing mini pizza… slap some sauce and cheese on it :) You better believe I am going to do that sometime soon! Thanks David :)

So there you have it, some yummy eats this past week.  Sorry I have been very lazy on the cooking front this week, hopefully I can shake it off soon!

Have you ever been in a cooking rut?- Bleh, this week I really need a personal chef!

Recently I’ve been watching a lot of Television

Hello friends!

I hope everyone had a great Monday!  As I mentioned yesterday I had the day off, so I spent it catching up on some reading and watching tv.  Early in the day I was flipping through the channels and I found my #1 favorite movie

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Yup, I love everything about this movie, I’m not really sure why we don’t actually own it…. Hmm… birthday present anyone?  For now I recorded it so we can watch it until our DVR runs out of space.  Another gem that I was recently turn onto

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Yup.  I’m not really sure why I like it; I do like it when Abby Lee Miller yells at the stupid stuck up moms.  I have very strong feelings about parents forcing their children into sports and activities; if the kid isn’t having fun, and they don’t want to be involved in the activity then don’t force it.  Some people just don’t get it.

I have mentioned that my sister is a teenager… well she watches shows directly towards a teenage/young adult audience.  I am just going to go ahead and lump myself into the young adult category because if I don’t I feel slightly embarrassed that I am in love with this show.

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Ahh it’s just so good!  I feel like I should be watching CNN or the political debates, but quite frankly I don’t give a rats about the news, or politics.  It is always depressing, never really informative, and just makes me irate.  So I watch shows that make me laugh and are completely mindless.

This post has made me realize (come to terms with) the fact that I am in fact a teenage girl/small child at heart.  Oh well, whatever keeps me young J

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

What shows have you recently gotten into?  Do you watch Dance Moms, or Pretty Little Liars?

Feelin’ Good!

Hello friends!

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Currently, I am sitting my PJs, sipping coffee and watching The Sandlot (best movie ever).  The only thing missing is my hubby.  I got up this morning and headed out the door with Erik, unfortunately he was going to work and I was headed to the gym.  I completed Day 22 of Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer, and ran 3.5 miles.  The leg workouts are really hard for me because I feel like I am pulling double duty by running, all that means is more stretching for me :)

We had a great weekend, very peaceful and relaxing, well other than the 5 miles I ran on Saturday, haha. Yesterday, Erik went snowboarding with Sunny and Diana, so I had a date with my sister.  We got stuck in a car wash

and had lunch at Chipotle (bad idea/good idea).  Afterwards, we went back to my house and made cookies and muffins,

apparently my hunger beast is back.

while we were watching the muffins bake, Ava took this picture

and after seeing it Katie said, ” I look like an albino chipmunk about to raid a nut-house”. Yup Katie you do :)

We had a great day :)  And now I am off to cuddle with my little cuddle bug

Have a great day guys!

Cheers!

Do you have today off? If so what are you plans for the day?

Bam!

Hello friends!

I have had quite the fun weekend thus far, and it’s not even close to being over (I have Monday off, woot).

We wanted a relaxing Friday night so we had some friends over to play apples to apples.  Honestly if you have never played this game you must change that, it is a hilarious came.

Good times were had by all. Lauren and David came over earlier than everyone else and had dinner with us :) mmm Spaghetti!

Saturday morning we woke up with the intention of running our scheduled 5 miles, but decided sleeping in was the better choice, (read: lazy).  We did eventually (at 10am) roll out of bed and head to Costco with Lauren.  We spent entirely way too much money, and got an unreasonable amount of food, but it was time well spent, haha.  Still lingering in the back of my mind was the scheduled 5 mile run… We both avoided it all day, it just seemed like neither of us were really in the mood to run it.  For me personally, I was terrified that I wouldn’t be able to run the entire thing, and I would be disappointed in myself.

5:30 pm rolls around and after talking about going to the gym and running all day, we both decided that we should just get up and do it.  With my running shoes on, I said, “there is no way in hell I am going to be able to run all 5 miles.”

(Warning: Sappiness ahead)

But my hubby, being the incredible man that he is, said, “Nope, I know you can do it, because you are awesome.” And seriously, those words were the reason that I did it :)

I feel very blessed to have such an amazing and encouraging husband.  He believes in me, therefore helping me believe in myself.  Thank you hubby!

I am so glad we didn’t flake about working out/running yesterday, because I feel amazing today. I need to remember this feeling the next time I want to skip a workout!

Alright folks, I am off to do…. whatever it is that I do, haha.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Cheers!

I need advice, I get blisters on my arches, is there anything I can do or wear to prevent them?

Hangin with my sister :)

Hello friends!

This is my sister

okay so that was my sister like 16 years ago, but still that is my sister. She seems to think that I don’t talk about her enough on my blog :) sooo I am dedicating this post to her, because I am just that awesome (read: best sister ever).

Last night we hung out with my sister and had a great time.  My sister is 9 years younger than me, so it can be hard to relate to a teenager at times, but now that she is getting older we are becoming a lot closer :)  My mom and her younger sister are also 9 years apart, and when I was younger my mom had told me to wait until Ava was older and she would be my best friend, (very true).

I would like to take a trip with her, just the two of us.. I don’t know where we would go, but wherever it is, it would be crazy good times.

I have loved watching her grow into such a beautiful person, inside and out. :)

okay okay enough with the sappy stuff, we are quite a silly bunch when we get together.  Whenever we go to my mom’s house, we end up watching hours and hours of hilarious you tube videos, and taking goofy pictures of ourselves

She is the best. I love you sissy :)

There are you happy :-p (jk)

Are you close to your siblings?

I would love to hear from you, how many siblings do you guys have, how old?

My best friend is a genius (and so am I)!

Hello friends :)

I have a lot of random things to talk about today.  First off, the past few days, my blog commenting has been broken, welp I fixed it (hence the genius comment in the title).  I had to replace the comment.php file, something was corrupting it.  I am going to look at the code for the comment.php file a bit to see if I can make my comment section look prettier, but I will deal with it later :) For now I am happy it finally works.  So if you had commented on any of my last 4 blog posts, they haven’t been showing up, you can go back now and comment your little hearts out, just sayin.

Second, the past few days I was in a funk… a really bad funk, and I just couldn’t shake it.  Does that ever happen to you guys? You are just in a horrible mood and you don’t know why?! I hate it.  Well, I think I know what was wrong.. I am pretty sure I wasn’t eating enough throughout the day.  I have been working out hard, and burning tons of calories, and I hadn’t increased my caloric intake at all.. stupid…  Last night after work Erik and I indulged… we went to Five Guys for dinner.  I know, I know, it’s not the best way to increase my calories for the day, but I needed it (and I had been craving a burger all week). So that was fix #1- elevate blood sugar, check.

Fix #2 happened on my way home from work, I called my best friend Bethany, and talked to her for about an hour.  I vented, she listened, it was awesome… Also, I don’t think I have ever met anyone other than Bethany, who loves food as much as I do.. She was making this and pulled it out of the oven and said.. “This is the most beautiful thing I have ever pulled out of my oven.”  haha, love her.  After going on and on about food for approximately 30 minutes, we started talking about more serious things.. okay so not that serious, but she said something to me that I think might help a few people out there, it was about making decisions.

I have a hard time making decisions sometimes, as do a lot of people, but from now on this is the philosophy that I am going to base all my decisions on, (and I think it’s good advice). If you need to ask lots of other people for their opinion about a choice you have to make it probably isn’t right for you.  Does that make sense? Probably not.. Bethany had to choose between taking a job in Washington State or saying in Florida and working with her advisor. She went back and forth, and initially she accepted the job offer in Washington, but when she really thought about it she realized that in the past when she was faced with a hard decision, if it was something that she knew in her heart to be the best decision she would just do it.. no questions asked….  She noticed that taking this job offer was not something she was 100% sure about, so she turned it down and will remain in Florida ;) In the end she knows that staying and working with her advisor is the best thing for her chosen career path.

Long story short, if you need someone else’s (or a lot of people’s) validation that your decision is a good one, then know that it is probably not something you really really think is the best choice. Best friend = genius.. case and point :)

What are your thoughts on this theory? I would love to hear them.

Longest.Week.Ever

Hello friends!

Oh man, does anyone else feel like this week has been dragging?!  It is only Wednesday, oy vay! Last night was our clean eating cooking night, and I was nervous once again because my track record hasn’t been great, BUT… this meal was aaaahmazing.  No lies, the best homemade Chinese food dish I have ever made, sorry I forgot to take pictures.  But I will share the recipe with you :)  To make this meal even quicker than it already is, I used pre-cut frozen stir-fry veggies I had from Costco.

Sweet & Sour Chicken (via Clean Eating) Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/4 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 4 breasts), chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch chunks (about 1 cup)
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch chunks (about 1 cup)
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 fresh pineapple, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 1 3/4 cups)
  • 12 sprigs fresh cilantro, chopped (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice, optional

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger and pepper flakes. Place chicken in a large shallow dish. Pour soy sauce mixture over chicken, tossing gently. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 8 hours.
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and marinade and sauté for 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Add bell peppers and onion and cook for 5 minutes or until vegetables are slightly tender. Add pineapple and cook for 2 more minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve immediately over rice for a complete meal, if desired.

Nutrients per serving (1 1/4 cups chicken mixture; not including rice): Calories: 161, Total Fat: 1.5 g, Sat. Fat 0.25 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.25 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5 g, Carbs: 17 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugars: 13 g, Protein: 21 g, Sodium: 404 mg, Cholesterol: 48 mg

This meal took a total of an hour to make, because I cut up the chicken and stuck it in the fridge as soon as I got home, then took it out about 30-45 minutes later to cook.  If you use the frozen veggies, make sure to take the chicken out of the pan, before you cook the veggies, then add the chicken back in once the veggies are tender.

Also I need some help from my runner friends.  Is there a way to prevent my feet from getting blisters?  I get them in the arch of my foot… I have the correct shoe, according to the folks at Pacers, so that isn’t the issue.. please help! I have a 3.5 mile run tomorrow and a 5 mile run on Saturday!!!

Happy Wednesday, here’s to hoping the week starts picking up the pace :)

Cheers!

Has your week been dragging?

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