I’ve been everywhere…

Girl Scouts, work, workout, eat, sleep, repeat.  That’s been my week.  And now my parents are in town, so it’s all of those things and entertaining them…

Cookie season is in full force, check out the Girl Scout Cookie Fiat.  I had to go to the Girl Scout store 3 times this week (good thing its REALLY close to my office).

 

We got 2 new girls this week, so they needed uniforms and all that jazz.  I need to go back Tuesday, because the store was out of American flags.  Really?  How do you run out of something that goes on every uniform?

I’m still keeping up with the journaling, always do.  It’s the blogging it part that i’m not so good at, lol!

Wednesday

B1: Morning Glory Muffin with coconut oil
B2: squash pie
S: cucumbers
L: vietnamese chicken salad at Le Soleil.  It was ok, I put a ton of sirracha on it.


S: apple, Adora disk
D: ultimate enchilada casserole with a twist (I used zucchini and mushrooms in mine instead of beans)
S: morning glory muffin with coconut oil, almonds

Thursday

B1: Morning Glory Muffin with coconut oil
B2: squash pie (recipe coming soon)
S: roasted vegetables
L: chicken with bacon and roasted veggies.  Odd combo but it was tasty and filling.  Not sure why I decided to throw bacon in there on my way out of the house, but glad I did.


S: pistachios
D: ultimate enchilada casserole (added extra zucchini and some spinach to mine)
S: cooked apple, raw mixed nuts

Friday

B: eggs, bacon, Adora disc
S: apple and pistachios
L: jerked chicken, sweet potato, broccoli
S: banana
S: celery and carrots and hummus
D: smoked stuffed pork tenderloin, fresh green beans with bacon, salad
S: GF morning glory muffin with coconut oil

Randomness about me

June tagged me, so here you go….

The rules of this post:
1. Post these rules.
2. You must post 11 random things about yourself.
3. Answer the questions set for you in their post.
4. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
5. Tag those people.

Eleven random things about me:

-I have to have Q-tips
-I love lemons and will eat them out of my tea or water, the dentist told me to stop. Dan always hates when I do it anyhow
-Missy and Chanel, my kitties are both adopted, 1 year apart. Missy is 12 this year. I got them both in college.
-I am a Girl Scout leader and I don’t have kids
-I’m not sure Dan and I will have kids
-I was president of my sorority in college
-I never wake up wanting to run on race mornings, it’s the opposite. However on long run mornings, im usually pumped and ready to go
-I hate olives. Dan loves them
-I want a dog but we are too busy for a dog
-I have a scar on my shin from a botched softball slide into 3rd base. Tore my pants, my socks, and my leg apart because the base was buckled wrong into the ground
-I had a drill-bit in my hand for almost a week about 4 years ago, before it could be surgically removed

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1. Favorite Color: Purple or blue
2. What’s your favorite season? Fall
3. Do you have any pre-race superstitions? Superstitions? No. Rituals, yes.
4. Favorite food: Too many to name, lol.
5. If you could run a race anywhere, where would it be? Hawaii
6. Would you be doing a different career now, if you knew back then what you know now? Yes
7. How many states have you traveled to? Probably 20.
8. What’s one thing that scares you? That whatever is medically wrong with me is something major and just hasn’t been discovered yet
9. Where is your favorite place to workout? Outside near water
10. Would you want to live forever? No
11. What’s the best piece of advice you have received? That’s really hard to say.

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Favorite time of the day? Sunrise
What is your favorite meal to make? Anything grilled, love grilling
Glass 1/2 full or glass 1/2 empty?  depends on the day/situation
Last picture taken on your phone? Girl Scout Cookie Fiat
If money was no issue how many races would you try to do in a year? One a month
Car, Truck, Van, or SUV? I have a car, but i’ve had trucks most of my life
Do you take part in any water sports ? Does tubing count?
If you’re walking down the street and find a $100.00 bill what do you do with it? Buy myself something nice unless I know who it came from or saw someone drop it
Favorite non sports related thing to do? family and friend time
Have Pets? Yes What kind? 2 cats
Last movie you went to a theater to see? Honestly it was probably a year ago.  I don’t like going to the movies because it never costs us less than $40 for the 2 of us to go.  That’s with me only having a movie ticket.

My 11 questions:  

1. How long have you been blogging?
2. Why did you start blogging?
3. Would you live in your hometown again?
4. Would you clone your pet if money isn’t an object?
5. What’s your favorite restaurant?
6. What is your go-to snack?
7. Hot or cold weather?
8. More muscle, faster runner, or weigh less? What would you rather be?
9. Favorite Girl Scout cookie?
10. Favorite drink?
11. Do you believe that everything happens for a reason?

I tag Nicole C, Heather I., Kristen G., Lindsay C., Lisa and whomever else wants to play 🙂

Things I like Thursday: My mom is awesome

Congrats to my mom who is 1 year back at goal.  She didn’t keep the weight off the first time on WW, sidetracked due to the death of her mother.  She got back on and made goal Jan 24, 2011, which ironically was my grandmothers birthday.  The 2nd time, which stuck, was done in meetings.  Her total loss between 2006 and now is over 50 lbs.  (mine is around 40 lbs)

Her initial loss with Weight Watchers was on the old program, she lost by counting points and walking.  Her 2nd and final loss was right when Points Plus came out in fall 2010.  She lost by doing Points Plus, run-walking, strength training, and some cross training.  She still does everything she did to lose, just eating more P+ values.

She still tracks, works out, and attends meetings weekly, which I believe is key to her success.  She’s seen what works for me, is really the structure she needs in her own life.  Accountability is key.

Her first before and after is here. The before is December 2006, the first after is December 2007.

Here is a photo of us December 2011.

She’ll run her 3rd half marathon this weekend, which is also her 3rd in a year.  That’s pretty awesome.

Do it for life

Gold’s Gym tip/encouragement wall

My tip:

The Biggest Loser isn’t real.  You can’t workout all day every day, you probably don’t have a chef or a celebrity trainer.  Eventually you will have to return to real life.  Then what?  Real people don’t have the time to commit to that and why would you want to?

Don’t do anything to lose, that you aren’t willing to do for the rest of your life.  Make it a LIFESTYLE change

Don’t diet,  don’t excessively work out, don’t deprive or restrict.  Do what is livable.  80% of people gain their weight back.  Don’t be part of that group.  Change for the good in a way that you can stick with FOREVER!

Recipe Review: Morning Glory Muffins

I’m not really a muffin person, but I was looking for something grab-and-go for the weekdays.  This fit the bill was tasty and healthier 🙂

Gluten Free Morning Glory Muffins

Source:  Food.com, serves 12

1 cup any type gluten-free flour (white flour works if you can eat it)
1 teaspoon xanthan gum (must use if not using regular flour)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 cup splenda (or other sweetener)
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
1 cup carrot, grated
1/4 cup raisins
1 Mcintosh apple, diced (I’ve used different types)
2 eggs (or half cup egg beaters)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon orange extract
1/4 cup soymilk (I used coconut milk)
Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Mix dry ingredients.

Mix wet, then add into dry.

Fill cups to about 2/3 cup full. (I can’t follow directions, lol)

Bake for about 22 minutes. (I baked for 30)

The result is a snack that is packed full of fruits and veggies, could add nuts if desired.  Great with a smear of coconut oil on it 🙂  They aren’t pretty, but they sure are tasty.  I like this recipe because the muffins are almost all fruits and veggies, there is very little batter.  Not exactly like the ones my mom used to make, but close.  I’ve made this version twice already, think next time i’ll experiment adding different fruits and veggies.

These could  be made paleo if you use almond or coconut flour.  They also freeze very well.

1 muffin is 2 Weight Watchers Points Plus made with my modifications.  If you use different eggs, flour, milk, etc. your values may vary.

If using for a breakfast, i’d suggest pairing with a protein source to make it go further.  I’ve been using them for snack/dessert.

Food journal challenge-Monday

B1: Morning Glory Muffin (should have had protein source too)
B2: squash pie (recipe coming soon)
S: cucumbers
L: chicken and roasted veggies. Not enough food 😦
S: apple
S: apple, almond butter, Adora disk
D: eggplant parm, spinach salad, green beans, chicken breast
S: morning glory muffin with coconut oil, almonds

Don’t usually do 2 regular size apples in a day, but I misjudged how filling the squash pie and my lunch would be.  Didn’t want myself to get too hungry and it’s what I had.  Gotta do, what you gotta do 🙂

Recipe Review: Eggplant Parmigiana

Another “oldie but goodie” that i’ve been making for about 5 years.  The website isn’t around any more (but my paper copy is, hehe!).  I love that this version has a kick to it from the cayenne pepper.

Source:  Shades of Jaim recipes

Eggplant Parmigiana

1 spray(s) cooking spray
1/3 cup(s) seasoned bread crumbs, Italian-style*
1 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder
1 medium uncooked eggplant(s)
2 large egg white(s), lightly beaten

SAUCE
1/2 can fire roasted tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
6 oz water (measure in tomato paste can)
pinch of cayenne
1 T fresh minced garlic

3/4 cup(s) (shredded) part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 8×8-inch baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
Combine bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning and garlic powder in a medium-size bowl; set aside. Remove skin from eggplant and trim off ends; slice eggplant into 1/2-inch-thick slices.
Dip eggplant first into egg whites and then into bread crumb mixture. Bake eggplant on a nonstick cookie sheet until lightly browned, about 20 to 25 minutes, flipping once.

While eggplant is in oven, heat sauce ingredients over low heat in saucepan.

Place a layer of eggplant on bottom of prepared baking dish, then add 1/3 of tomato sauce and 1/3 of mozzarella cheese. Repeat with 2 more layers in same order. Bake covered until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbling, about 30 minutes. Slice into 4 pieces and serve.

We ate last night with roasted chicken (done in the crockpot) and a spinach salad.

*If you need gluten free, you can use gluten free bread crumbs.  I choose to use flax meal instead.  I don’t really like to use gf bread products.

The NI is really going to depend on your cheese and what you use for breading.  As I made the recipe, a serving is 4 Weight Watchers Points Plus.  I’ve also made it before where I added meat (spicy sausage usually) to the sauce for a few extra points and more protein.  I think Dan prefers it that way.

B1: banana and adora
WO: weights and bike at gym
B2: celery, carrots, ham
L: giant bacon, egg and veggie scramble
S: apple, peanut butter, dk chocolate
D: eggplant parm, spinach salad, chicken breast
S: morning glory muffin with coconut oil (recipe coming soon)

Date night

Saturday was a total lazy day for both of us.  I couldn’t get the temperature in the house right on Friday night, so I kept waking up and messing with the thermostat because I was hot, then woke up freezing!  I got rest, but not as much as a I needed.

I spent the day getting things back in order at home and catching up on things.  Dan spent most of the day lounging and napping since he stayed up really late on Friday night. 

I can’t honestly remember the last time Dan and I had a real date night.  I can remember some attempts, but I didn’t make it to the end of the evening of some, due to getting sick.  I made it through the whole evening this time 🙂 

We set out for downtown Austin at 5.  First stop, Garridos.  I love their food and all but 2 items on their menu are gluten-free.  Another plus was that I had a Groupon, I LOVE Groupons.  Excuse the crummy photos, apparently the point-and-shoot doesn’t do well in a really dim restaurant.

Started off with the crab-guacamole.  It was really good, but super small! 

I had the Snapper. Wasn’t impressed with the plating on my fish or the fact it was on top of a tostada which was on top of everything else, that was kind of odd.  It actually looks more like fish tacos!

Dan had the Steak Vaquero.    It was really tasty, I actually cleaned his plate when he was done and ate the last few bites of the steak and the rest of the veggies.  Didn’t try the potato cakes.

We both liked our food, but Dan wasn’t a fan of the potato cakes or having his photo taken.  

Next stop was the Paramount Theater to see comedian Bill Burr.  I love the Paramount, it’s really old, historic, and beautiful (same architect/builder as the Majestic in San Antonio).  It was fabulous and I liked the guy who opened for him too (no idea what his name was).   I love comedy shows, although I hadn’t been to a live one in quite some time.

Afterwards we came home, had dessert, and watched some tv before calling it a night.  It was just one of those days I needed.  Snail’s pace slow and relaxed.

B1:  Half GF bar and Adora
B2:  2 mini quiches
S: carrots, celery, and hummus
L: zucchini-walnut souffle
S:  apple and peanut butter
D:  snapper, vegetables, salad, crab guacamole, tortilla chips.  Tastes of Dan’s steak and veggies.
S:  Nada Moo vanilla with dark chocolate and raw mixed nuts

Crash

I only thought last week and the beginning of this past week were crazy.  That was only the start.

Thursday was another 14 hour work day, but the kind that went by fast and gave me the warm fuzzies.  I had a wonderful time attending, presenting, and networking at the conference in Grapevine.  I had 2 presentations and then sat on a panel at the end of the day.  I was pleased with how everything went!

What I wasn’t pleased with is that I didn’t get on the road until 6 pm.  I thought momentarily that I would just suck it up and pay out of pocket for another night at the hotel.  Plus Adam Hood was playing in town that night and I would have loved to stay and see him at that venue.  Instead, I got on the road and tried to focus on just getting home safely.  Stopped in Temple for a small dinner and to buy lunch for the next day (I knew i’d have no time to make anything on Friday morning).  I got home just after 10 pm, I was exhausted. 

The exhaustion continued into the next day.  Had I not needed to take the vehicle back, I probably would have stayed home from work.  I put in a full day in the office, I was so busy I barely noticed being beat.  Old boss wanted a private lunch with a few people, so I ended up going out with them unplanned.  Wasn’t a fan of the restaurant or my food.  Hate when that happens.

By time I got home from work, I could barely function.  I took a nap, to prepare to go out to San Marcos to see Adam Hood with Dan and some friends.  I woke up, ate the Chipotle that should have been my lunch.  I was still dead to the world.  I told Dan I just wanted to go back to bed.  So he went out, I went to bed.  I was that tired.

Despite the hectic crazy end of the week, I’m not going to forget about the food journal challenge…

Thursday

B:  3 eggs and banana
S:  apple and mini Lara bar
L:  I couldn’t eat the catered BBQ lunch (well, I wasn’t just going to eat meat), so just like last year, I went and got take out.  Freebirds carnitas salad with guacamole (because it’s necessary).  I’d never eaten at Freebird’s before, I liked it.  They had even more choices for toppings for your burrito, taco, bowl, etc.  I was giddy that they offer grilled jalapenos, roasted garlic to name a few…


S: fruit cup (mango, strawberries, and kiwi) and cobb salad.  Believe it or not, 7-11 has a really nice selection of fresh healthy foods.  I tossed the dressing, it’s not really car friendly, but as I found out going down the highway, neither is salad in general.  I should have mixed the meat in BEFORE I got into the car.  I accidentally flipped the tray that had the chicken and bacon all over the place.  Sadness, because it was tasty chicken and bacon 😦


D: 2 Chipotle crunchy tacos.  1 chicken, 1 carnitas.
S: carrots

Friday

B1:  Adora disc and banana
B2:  last Chipotle taco (steak) which had become soggy, mixed with scrambled eggs.  This was pretty much heavenly.  Seems odd, but it was so good!


L: chicken zucchini bowl (veggies and chicken good, hated the sauce) at Food Shui.  Apple


S: raw mixed nuts, dark chocolate
D: Chipotle bowl with chicken (picked up the night before, was intended for Friday’s lunch)

Aside

Run around Wednesday

There was lots of running around, but none of the workout variety.

Yesterday was a crazy day.  Left the house at 6 am, drove 3.5 hours.  Then in and out of the car all day long (minus my lunch meeting), then rush to the hotel, check-in, then business dinner.  After that it was time for bed!  YIKES!

B1:  roasted veggie scramble, Adora
S:  Mini Lara bar
B2:  egg and bacon on corn with tons of hot salsa and pico at Taco Cabana
L:  Sonoma Salad from McAllisters
S:  2 baby apples, pc chocolate
D: salad with oil and vinegar, pepper crusted filet, sauteed mushrooms, giant sweet potato

Meltdown Monday

Monday was a pretty laid back day.  I slept until 6, when Dan woke up for work.  I got dressed, worked around the house, went to gym, WW, and then to have lunch with Dan and his coworkers.  Yeah, I showed up in my gym clothes with no makeup in Georgetown.  Georgetown is not like Austin, where coming from a workout is completely normal.  I’m sure he was embarrassed.  I made 2 grocery store stops and then home.

When I got home, I roasted some veggies in my crockpot to store for later (I froze half of them).  I filled up my whole 6 quart pot with veggies from the clearance section at Sprouts.

3 bags of broccoli and cauliflower, 1 tray fajita vegetables, 1 package of mushrooms, and then 2 cups of carrots (from my fridge).  Cooked on low with a package of Ranch dressing powder (check brands for gluten) and EVOO for 4 hours.      It reduced the veggies in volume A LOT! 

Three 1.5 cup servings went into containers to mix with eggs for a breakfast option, the rest went into the freezer for another time.

I got into catching up on emails, blogs, work, etc.  Before I knew it, it was 6 pm!

Monday night dinner didn’t go so well.  I made a new recipe for spaghetti and meatballs which I thought was amazing.  It turned into my lashing out at Dan for not eating his dinner.  I should know better, the only spaghetti and meatballs he will eat is his mom’s.  I think as soon as he saw green stuff in the meatballs (fresh parsley) he was done.

What made me more upset, is that i’d already portioned his leftovers out into a container with pasta for him to eat on Tuesday night when he got home from his first day of school.  I ended up having to throw it away, because i’d already contaminated that serving with gluten.  UGH!

Not your typical grandma’s meatballs

Source:  Caveman Strong 

Meatballs:

1 pound of ground beef (I used venison)

1 small onion, grated or very finely chopped

2 tablespoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

3 tablespoon minced fresh parsley

2 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro

1 egg
For the sauce

2 tablespoon olive oil

2 medium onions chopped

4 garlic cloves minced

2 teaspoon of ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

pinch of cayenne

1/2 cup freshed chopped parsley

2 cups of crushed tomatoes (organic, least amount of ingredients)

1 cup of beef broth
Instructions

Meatballs: In a bowl, mix the beef with all ingredients. Roll into 1-inch balls and set aside.

Sauce: #1 Heat olive oil in the bottom of the saute pan. Add onions and cook over medium heat for 8 to 10 mins, until tender and translucent. add the garlic, cumin, pepper, cayenne and parsley and cook for 5 more minutes to blend the flavors. stir in the tomato sauce and beef broth and bring to a simmer.

#2 Brown the meatballs in a pan over high heat with a little oil. Then add to the sauce, cook for 15 mins.

*I really liked these.  I would make this again for myself for lunches or for my parents, which I am sure would like it.  In fact, I forwarded them both the recipe.  My dad recently chose to go Gluten-Free due to a Dr’s urging because of severe inflammatory issues.

Monday’s grub

B1: banana rolled in coconut, Adora disc

WO: short time bike to loosen my legs

L: Thai garlic shrimp (out with Dan and his coworkers).  It was large and delicious and I ate every last bite.  Didn’t eat the soup that came with it, I was sure it was thickened with some sort of flour or starch.


S: apple and raw premium mixed nuts.  The nuts were on sale because they had Christmas packaging at HEB.  Do I care about the package?  No!!!


D: venison meatballs, veggie kabobs, over spaghetti squash, EVOO.
S: little banana and fresh ground PB

I very rarely eat 2 bananas a day, but I wanted something sweet and Dan had just finished off the last of the clementine’s from my parent’s tree 😦

It was a productive day, but it didn’t really end well.  I was still upset about dinner when I went to bed.  I once again suggested to Dan that he needed to start participating in meal planning (which he doesn’t currently do).  He agreed it was a good idea, hopefully this time he will sit down with me and say what he wants 😉  Ugh, boys!