Grilling out!

Hello friends!

Thank you all for your encouraging words yesterday, I know I will be able to stick to it!

Is it just me or has this four day week, been longer than normal five day weeks!? Goodness!  Luckily it’s Friday and I have a hot date tomorrow afternoon with this pretty lady, Jamie!

I haven’t seen her since last summer when we went to her kids’ birthday parties.  I cannot wait to catch up with her :).

Another thing on my agenda for tomorrow is my long run, EIGHT freaking miles, oy.  I haven’t decided if I want to run it out side or on the treadmill yet. Any suggestions?  I think it might be a little chilly and windy tomorrow morning, so I might just have to suck it up and go to the gym.  On Wednesday, I ran five miles at the gym in 44:28, and it felt like a piece of cake. It was the greatest feeling to know that these longer distances are getting easier for me to run, I keep telling myself, “it’s only one more mile, you can do it!”  It also helped that there were tons of people at the gym on Wednesday for me to watch, aahh I love people watching.

I wanted to hit up the gym yesterday and get in another four miles, but as I was driving home my hip started to ache and I decided with eight miles scheduled for Saturday I better take it easy.  So instead we decided to grill some hot dogs and veggies, it was 66 degrees!

In an attempt to be good/healthy, I filled my plate with salad and some grilled veggies, then as I started to eat the hot dog I decided I really wasn’t in the mood for a bun, haha.  So I got rid of it.

It was still just as good :) Baby steps to get back on track.  Today for lunch, I packed some grilled veggies and a nice big salad, mm mmm mm!  Hopefully the weather keeps cooperating so that we can shy away from the casseroles and pastas and start grilling outside more.

Well I hope everyone has a great Friday!

Cheers!

What little steps have you taken to get back on track?

Makin’ some changes

Hello friends!

Wooooot, it’s almost Friday, too bad I woke up today and thought it was Friday, oh well at least it is going to be a beautiful day today.

Well folks I’ve been slowly but surely falling off the healthy eating wagon, and back into my “eat whatever I want because I am working out” habits.  This really needs to stop, I refuse to gain back the weight I worked so hard to lose 6 years ago, but I fear that if I do not make some drastic changes I will fall back into bad habits.

A few changes I will be making, I am swearing off beer, completely and totally done with it.  Beer has so many empty calories and although I drink it for the taste, I don’t need it in my life.  I will have the occasional glass of wine, but no more beer.  I am also giving up sweets, not forever, just until I can get back on the healthy track.  This mini cupcake is my last, good thing it was amazing.

 

 

My momma brought these back from her trip to NY this past weekend.

My mom also suggested I get some chia seeds and put them into my salads and yogurts to keep me full longer, so I will be making a trip to good ol’ Trader Joe’s this afternoon in search of some chia seeds.

That was last night’s dinner, courtesy of my wonderful mommy.  We call it Havij Polo, or Carrot Rice. It is soooo good :), but I feel like I say that about all of my mom’s dishes. Tonight we are having a few friends over for a nice relaxing night of food and apples to apples :)  Should be good times.

I hope everyone has great weather like we do here today! I am sooo ready for spring!

Cheers!

Anyone else been falling off the healthy eats wagon recently. 

Midweek Confessions

Hello friends!  
Happy Wednesday! Time for another edition of my Midweek confessions.
  • I’ve been feeling very lonely when my whole family goes snowboarding and I can’t go. I want them to have a great time, but I secretly (not so secretly now) wish warmer weather would come so we can all do stuff together again, I miss them.
  • I really miss my close friends from high school. Don’t get me wrong I love all of my friends, but with Bethany and Warren so far away I feel like a part of my heart is missing. (Sappy I know, sorry these are my confessions).
  • With four weeks until my half marathon, I am getting more and more anxious and nervous that I won’t be able to run 13.1 miles, sometimes it keeps me up at night.
  • All I want to eat all day/everyday is those darn birthday cake Oreos.
  • I want to start doing renovations on our house again. Sick huh? I actually enjoy doing that stuff.
  • I really want to sell my Natural Illusions photo prints at a craft show.
  • I need to get back into the routine of being a housewife. I’ve been slacking, I need to start cleaning during the week and couponing again.  I seem to have veered away from all of that since I started my new job/since my accident.  I really love doing those things, gotta get back on it.
  • Being on an elevator with someone I don’t know freaks me out. I hate awkward silences, they make me uncomfortable.

What are you confessing this week!?

Weekend Eats

Hello friends!

Back to reality, man I wish every Monday was a holiday, but then I guess eventually I would say the same thing about every day of the week. This past weekend was a pretty good food weekend for me, I loooove good food weekends, haha.

Friday during lunch a few of us ladies in the office decided we wanted to go out to lunch.  Everyone had been craving sushi and although I am not a huge fan of it, I decided to go along anyway and try new something new.  I started out with a plate of familiar foods, veggie everything, other than the fake crab in the California Rolls.

Then I ventured back and decided to try a few other rolls.

still not very adventurous because all of those were still pretty safe, California Roll, Spicy California Roll, and a sweet potato roll.  That was until my friend Sarah said that I had to try two new rolls, one that had real crab in it and another that had salmon.  Well I didn’t get a picture of them, but I promise I ate them.  The one with crab had a large piece of crab on top of a bed of rice, with some sort of sauce on it, delish! The other roll was a salmon tempura roll, whaaaa, it was amazing. Thank you Sarah for making me try them.  I don’t think I will get more adventurous than that, as in I don’t think I will ever actually eat anything raw, but hey I tired something new :)

That night, Erik was going to a goodbye party for someone at work, so it was dinner for one.  I decided to make mini pizzas with the Foccacia bread that we still have in the freezer, and holy cow was it thebomb.com.  Simple yet hit the right spot :)

And then, Saturday afternoon when I was hanging out with my sister, we discovered the most amazing cookie in the ENTIRE world, I’m not kidding.

BIRTHDAY CAKE OREOS! WHAT!? These taste exactly like a birthday cake, they even have sprinkles. I’m not kidding when I say they will change your life. I could eat then entire box, but I didn’t I’ve just been slowly sneaking a few in everyday :) yummy!

I hope everyone has a great day, and go out and get yourselves some birthday cake oreos… seriously…

Cheers!

Have you discovered anything new that you want to share?

 

George Washington 10k

Hello friends!

I was going to save my 10k recap for tomorrow but I am so proud of my achievement that I couldn’t wait!  I signed up for this race a few weeks ago, and had been trying to get someone else to run it with me.  At first I didn’t have much luck, most of my friends hate running :(, until I called my friend Brandy (who is also running the half marathon), and she signed up right away!

I woke up very early Saturday morning, mainly because I really couldn’t sleep anymore. I don’t really know why I was so nervous to run this 10k, perhaps it was because I had a goal and I was determined to beat it.  Armed with a good luck hug and kiss from my hubby I headed over to Brandy’s house.

We got all of our stuff together, and Sean drove us to the metro, were we went one stop and arrived in downtown Alexandria.  I had brought over some Clif Shot blocks for us to snack on before we started our race.  We decided to have the Tropical Punch one before the race because it has caffeine in it.  Tropical Punch was delish.

Just a little thought on Shot Blocks: personally for me, these are best before a race.  I tried to eat some during the race and it was quite difficult.  I think I will stick to Gu energy gels during a race.

We were at the start/finish line about 30 minutes before race start time so we decided to go inside to warm up a bit.

Fast forward to the start of the race, we both had butterflies in our stomachs.  You see we both ran the Marine Corps 10k back in October, with similar times, both over an hour.  Our only goal this time was to finish the race in under an hour.  Back in January I ran 6 miles in under and hour (56:08), so I knew I could do it, but I wanted to beat that time as well.

The race started and Brandy and I were keeping a nice eight minute mile pace, but I was afraid I would burn out.  I hit my first wall at mile marker TWO, it was awful, I didn’t think I would be able to finish the race.  Before we hit the third mile we saw that people had already begun to turn around and were on their trek to the finish line?! That might have been enough to push me through.  Mile 5… “ugh I am totally not going to make it”, that is when I started telling myself something Erik says to me, “anyone can run one mile, you can do it!” I pushed through and finished the 6.2 miles in under an hour, with an awesome time of 54:32(PR)!!!

I was ecstatic! Brandy and I both finished around the same time.  I texted Erik and told him my time and he was proud of me too (he was going snowboarding, so he couldn’t come to the finish)!  Our friend Sean (Brandy’s husband), came and took us out to breakfast at Austin Grill in Alexandria.

I got an English muffin with 2 eggs covered in spicy queso, and potatoes on the side.  It was very good, but also very heavy, I could only eat one half of the English muffin and a few of the potatoes before I felt like I was going to pop.

It was an awesome day, and when Erik got home we headed over to my mom’s house to hang out with my sister and cousin, I wasn’t up for much of anything at that point.

Either was Ella! haha.

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Cheers!

What did you do this weekend?

Disney On Ice!

Hello friends!

Oh man, last night was awesome. I love Disney, everything about it, it just makes me so happy.  Let’s get down to bombarding you with a million photos (I took 153 photos last night, but don’t worry I won’t be showing you all of them, #sorryimnotsorry.  We were super excited (mainly me).

well and my sister…

Lauren and Anya were pretty excited too!

We had awesome seats (thanks Lauren, and Feld Entertainment :) )

We were about 10 minutes late, so I don’t know who was on before Aladdin and the Genie, but oh well, I guess that means we will have to go again someday :)

After that, the cast of Finding Nemo, naturally all the little kids around us were yelling and screaming (totally cute).

Mickey came out afterwards, and danced with Minnie and gave her a rose, he is such a charmer.

The Cast of Beauty and the Beast….

Then one by one, all of the Disney princesses came out and danced, cue little girls screaming….

Cue little boys screaming and getting excited for Buz and Woody :)

Then my sister almost lost her mind when they came out and started singing and dancing to “It’s a small world”.  Apparently riding the ride at Disney 7 times, with “scary dolls”, freaked her out enough that she was not a fan of this performance.  I thought the light show was pretty.

ahh I just love Mickey and Minnie. I hope that when we have kids and they are old enough, Disney movies don’t lose their charm.

99.9% of the people at the Verizon Center proceeded to scream and cheer when Mulan came out on the ice.

The Incredibles!!!!

They concluded the show with everyone’s favorite, The Lion King.  And I would be lying if I told you I wasn’t one of the people screaming from excitement when Rafiki came out on the ice.

and then again when Timon and Pumba came out.

Grand Finale!!! ahh it was so good.

I’m not kidding, if you have children you MUST go and see this show, it is spectacular :)  I mean come on, 100 years of Magic!? :)

Have a great Friday! I am mentally preparing myself for my 10k tomorrow morning! Wish me luck!

Cheers!

Ever been to Disney on Ice?

Southwestern Stuffed Peppers

Hello friends!

How is everyone doing today?! Well I hope. I’m glad you guys liked my midweek confessions yesterday, I do believe I will be making them a weekly thing :)

I want to share a pretty bang-o-rang recipe with you guys.  I told my hubby, all I wanted for Valentine’s day was for him to come home form work early and cook dinner with me :) It was awesome!

Remember the last time I made stuffed peppers, and I almost cried because they were so bland? Well, I decided to suck it up and try my hand at stuffed peppers once again, and they were a hit!

Southwestern Stuffed Peppers (Via Real Simple)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 scallions, thinly sliced, white and green parts separated
  • 1/2 pound ground beef chuck (or ground turkey)
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 4.5-ounce can chopped green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 ounces Monterey Jack
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 4 large bell peppers, halved lengthwise, ribs and seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt
  • salsa, for serving

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 375° F. Cook the rice according to the package directions.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the scallion whites and beef and cook, breaking the beef up with a spoon, until no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the corn, chilies, cumin, cooked rice, ½ cup of the Monterey Jack, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon black pepper.
  3. Arrange the bell peppers, cut-side up, in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish or pan. Divide the beef mixture among the bell peppers, add ½ cup water to the dish, tightly cover the dish with foil, and bake until the bell peppers are soft, 30 to 40 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with the remaining ½ cup of Monterey Jack, and bake until browned, 5 to 7 minutes more.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt and ¼ cup water. Drizzle over the bell peppers and top with the salsa and scallion greens.

One serving is one whole pepper, aka two halves, I wish I could have had more.

Luckily, I made enough so that both of us could take a serving to work.  I shared mine with Sarah and Rose, they loved it, and we decided that I was going to make some for the ladies in our office and bring them for lunch in a few weeks.

Have a great Thursday!

Cheers!

What is the best thing you ate this week?

Midweek Confessions

Hello friends!

We had a wonderful night last night, and the stuffed peppers we made were out of this world!  I will share those with you tomorrow, but for now my friend Erin has done this in the past, and I wanted to join in on the fun, here are my midweek confessions…

  • I hate it when men’s dress pants are so short that when they sit down you can see their leg, even if they have long socks! Ew, get longer pants please (unfortunately I could not find a picture of this online, to share with you guys).
  • Erik and I watch too much television- New rule in our house, we have at least ONE day of no technology at all, and only watch tv twice a week, (Once for Glee, New Girl, and Raising Hope) and once to catch up on other shows.
  • Also I have read almost all of the Berenstain Bears books.
  • I have been eating too much, this needs to stop.  I might get back on the Weight Watchers track, just so I am more aware of what I am shoveling into my mouth.
  • I did not work out at all last week, which makes my previous confession even worse.  I did pay for it this past weekend at my race.  I will not make that mistake again.
  • I ate two bagels on Monday….. before 1pm….  Told you I’ve been eating too much.
  • I think I am addicted to endorphins, you know the feeling you get when you run or workout hard?  When I failed at life last week, I was in a terrible mood, and now I know I NEED to work out.  I guess it is the best thing to be addicted to :)
  • If you are mean to my sister, I will RUIN you.
  • I bite my nails, it is disgusting and it needs to stop, this only happens when I get bored and don’t have nail polish on.  Note to self: paint nails tonight!

What are you confessing this week?

Love the Run You’re With 5k + Giveaway winner!

Hello friends!

Happy Valentine’s Day, although I am not really a big fan of Valentine’s Day, I will still spread the love :) Let me begin by reminding you all that you only have a few more hours left to enter my Fit Approach Giveaway! DO IT! :)

This year, we decided that we were going to run the Love the Run you’re with 5k in lieu of gifts and going out to dinner.  It was my first official 5k race, woot, another task off of my 101 list.

It was cooooooold, and the course had us running up a massive hill right off the bat.  Oh did I mention it snowed the day before… Why does it always snow before one of my races? I was happy with my time, but disappointed with how hard it was for me to run it, granted I ran faster than I ever have but still, it was a struggle.

I shouldn’t be too surprised though, because I took the entire week off from running/working out of any kind, well other than the 4 miles I ran on Saturday.

I have another race, a 10k, on Saturday and I am determined to work hard during the week so that I can PR this weekend, (current 10k PR = 1:4:33).  My good friend Brandy, who is also running the Rock & Roll Half Marathon, also signed up for the race! I cannot wait, weather.com says it should be 50 degrees on Saturday!

I hope everyone has a great day! Don’t forget.. enter my giveaway :)

Cheers!

What are you’re plans for tonight?- We are making dinner together, we are going to attempt to make Stuffed peppers again, new recipe this time. Wish me luck :)

Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?- We use the day to spend some more time together, sometimes we are go go go all the time, it gets hard to slow down.  So that is what we do, slow down and spend time together :)

Update: The Fit Approach Sweat Pink Giveaway Winner is………………………….

 

ERIN from The Story of Us

Congrats, I love you love to sweat pink :) P

lease send me your contact information so I can forward it to Alyse.

Ball Mall Crawl

Hello friends!

Man what a busy weekend! Get ready to be bombarded with pictures.  Saturday night was awesome, we went out with some of our very best friends to celebrate Richie’s birthday.  This was the third annual Ballston Mall Bar Crawl, let me explain.  There is a mall in Ballston, that has 10 places where you can buy alcohol, the object of the crawl is to stay indoors at all times.. Mission accomplished, these pictures are not in order.. sorry, my phone died so I couldn’t take a picture at every place..

We had an entire section reserved for us at the I {heart} Thai place in the food court of the mall:

My lovely lady friends @ Bailey’s

The line at I {heart} Thai

Blurry, but love it still @ Chevy’s, where I found out that Whitney Huston was dead :( and I slipped in the bathroom.

Kelly and I.. Inside joke.. don’t ask :)

Sake Bombs at the end of the night @ Sushi place

Patti’s Arm, because she did not have an official Ball Mall Crawl shirt

Kelly’s Arm, I drew these on her arm.. she also did not have an official Ball Mall Crawl Shirt

Also taken at the Sushi place.

Warren flew in from CHICAGO just for this event :)

At Noodles & Co. Pad Thai noodles :) YUM

It was a hilariously awesome night, cannot wait to do it again next year :) And Happy Birthday Richie :)

Have a great day!

What was your weekend filled with?

Have you ever been on a bar crawl?- We had a few in college as well :)

Cheers!

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