Monthly Archives: August 2013

How Many Days til Fall Begins?

It’s 24 to be exact. Or I guess I should say, how many days until it feels like Fall? It has been a scorcher (highs in the mid-90s) all week, and this chick is just about done with it. I just want it to be cool for a few hours in the morning and evenings! That’s all I ask.. Oh, Missouri, how I loathe you sometimes.

What’s made it even worse is that my beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte has already returned to Starbucks (I found out this morning), and I just can’t bring myself to go get one when it’s 92 degrees outside.

Made with soymilk, of course!
Made with soymilk, of course!

Maybe this weekend when it’s only 89 degrees outside, I’ll be more in the mood to give the Pumpkin Spice a go (*sigh*)… Although, if I can hold off, I can guarantee it will be 10x more amazing and delicious on a cool morning while wearing a sweater and boots! But ya know, this is Missouri. It could happen sooner than I’m thinking. Fingers crossed!

Lunch

Lunch today was a good one! I was super hungry before I left my office and cravin’ eggs! Breakfast for lunch sounded amazing, so I grabbed the carton of eggs out of the fridge right as I walked in the door and got a hot skillet sizzling.

I’m a big fan of the Pam Olive Oil spray for scrambling eggs, so a quick coating of that was all I used to cook my lunch today. Then I whipped 2 eggs with a splash of soymilk and some salt & pepper. While these started cooking, I found a can of mixed veggies in the pantry and decided to toss them into the mix. It was comprised of diced potatoes, carrots, celery, corn, and peas. I let these stay on the heat long enough to heat through and then topped the scramble mix with a touch more pepper.

IMG_1818Having a hot lunch was a great change of pace, and it was delicious! I had a whole wheat Bagelthin on the side with some apple butter smeared on top.

IMG_8076Mmmm APPPPPLE BUTTTER. Yes, I love the stuff! If it was socially acceptable, I would eat the stuff with a spoon out of the jar. Ok, I maybe snuck one spoonful…or two.

After lunch, the day flew by and I arrived home to a needy dog. So I leashed Mac up for his normal 1 mile post-work walk before I headed to Jazzercise.

photoI was so sweaty and hot from our walk, that it took me a good 5 minutes to get into these snug workout clothes. Which the struggle, in turn, made me hotter. So I was roasting today! But I was happy to be headed to my favorite place anyways.

Jazzercise

I love me some mid-week Jazzercise lovin’! My classes always put me in a great mood plus give me an awesome work out. Tonight’s class was fairly low-key with only 2 students. I think everyone else has started their Labor Day weekend early! One of my very devout students brought me some of her garden fresh veggies. I have some of the best students!

photo(1)I’m so excited that tomorrow starts the long weekend, and I’ll have time to cook up these beautiful squash! The cucumbers will be made into a yummy salad and also just sliced up to eat on their own. I can’t get enough! And I’m definitely eating one right now along with my dinner. At least it’s a healthy addiction!

So any healthy recipe suggestions for the spaghetti squash? I typically bake it and then eat it with a little marinara sauce or by itself with some seasonings. I would love to try something new this time!

Time for a little more bridal shower crafting. Here’s the peek into what I have been doing. My fingers are slightly sore from tying so many tiny bows! Hint: The shower theme may or may not be a Bridal Tea Party!

photo(2)See you all in the morning! Get excited for Friday!

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5K Training…Round 2

Well, it’s official folks. I’m training for my second race! And it’s going to be a fun one.

The Glow Run 5K

My friend Carley (an old friend from college and KD sorority sister) and I have decided to run the Glow Run 5K together on Sept. 14! This will my second race (I’ve only recently become a ‘runner’!) and Carley’s first! She a race virgin, and I’m so excited to run this fun race with her.

It’s a night time race, starting at 8 PM, and apparently incorporates lots of glow sticks and neon running shorts with crazy designs. I’m gonna rock this. For reals.

So, because of this news, my 5K training has begun again! I don’t think I’ve ever really gotten out of running shape since my first race last April. At least to tackle a 5K, that is. My daily Jazzercise classes keep my endurance up enough to be able to knock it out fairly easily. But, I’m OCD about being prepared and ready, so this morning kicked off with a 3.1 mile interval run on the treadmill at the gym. I was lucky and got stationed right in front of a TV with my favorite news station on, so the time passed extra quickly!

Workout

I started out with a 3 minute incline walk, starting with speed of 3 and slowly moving it up to 4.5 until I felt awake enough to start running. Something about 5AM makes my body tense, and I cannot jump into a cardio workout for the life of me without a few minutes of walking. Maybe my quads have to be woken up slowly and gently like grumpy cat?

620x400x31_495709.jpg.pagespeed.ic.olWjbuNMaZI then kicked the treadmill up to a speed of 6 (10 min. mile) and used that as my base and resting speed between my faster sprints during the 3 miles. It looked something like this:

  • 2 minutes at Speed 6
  • 2 minutes at Speed 7
  • 1 minute at Speed 8
  • 2 minutes at Speed 6
  • 2 minutes at Speed 7.5
  • 1 minute at 8.5
  • 2 minutes at 6
  • 2 minutes at 7

I repeated these intervals for 3.1 miles which I hit around the 28 minute mark so this definitely had me sweatin’ like a fool! Something about counting down 1-2 minute intervals during a treadmill workout make it go by so much faster than trying to simply run a certain distance. I then had about 20 minutes before I needed to head home, so I did some light cardio on the elliptical while I caught up on my social media for the day! Overall, it was a great endorphin boost for my morning!

Breakfast

Breakfast was wayyyy too rushed this morning and took me about .65 seconds to throw together in my bag as I was running out the door!

Breakfast Grab-n-GoClif Bar + Greek yogurt + Berries = Yummy and Nutritious!

This was my first time trying the Coconut Chocolate Chip Clif Bar. And I will definitely be buying it again. I love me some coconutty-chocolatey goodness early in the morning! The Clif Bar plus my Greek yogurt left me full of protein and fairly content. So I saved my berries for a mid-morning snack.

Berries!Don’t they just look perfect? Well they tasted exactly how they look. They were sweet and made me happy amongst the chaos of work!

I’m now poking around my kitchen looking for lunch…what’s in store for today? I have no idea. Indecisiveness at its best.

Tonight will be featuring more bridal shower crafting (hopefully with a sneak peek photo!), a hot walk with Mac, and a Jazzercise class at 6:45.¬† Hope your Thursday is going well! We’re almost to the LONG weekend!

Another Hump Day Comes to an End

As Wednesday comes to an end, I’m sitting here with a busy and tired brain. It has been a long day! But this evening away from my normal Jazzercise class has left my head spinning thinking of the upcoming weekend!

Upcoming Nuptials

My long time girlfriend, Katie, is getting married at the end of September, and her personal and family & friend showers are this weekend! Saturday is her personal shower followed by a spa day with all of us bridesmaids. Then Sunday afternoon is the big family and friends shower. I am in charge of the shower favors, games and the game winner’s gifts. This has been a large undertaking for the most uncreative and non-crafty girl in the world!

So tonight has been a blur of cutting ribbon, constructing favors, and wrapping my personal gifts for the bride. My kitchen table is a wreck! Pictures to come on Friday night. I’m a little ashamed to show what little progress and how big of a mess I have made up to this point!

So let’s back up…

Lunch

Lunch today was weird. After working out this morning, I was starving for lunch way ahead of my normal schedule! My tummy was loudly growling while I was sitting at my desk. This rarely happens. I left a few minutes ahead of schedule and arrived home ravenous! I threw together a spinach mixed salad with radishes, snap peas, and a couple sweet peppers.

Salad!!
Salad!!

I scarfed down this salad as I reheated some veggies I steamed for dinner last night.

Leftover broccoli and carrots. Delish!
Leftover broccoli and carrots. Delish!

It was a veggie kind of day, I guess! And after all the vegetables, I was feeling oddly full. I knew I needed some good protein for staying power til dinner time, but I couldn’t even find one thing in the fridge that sounded appetizing. I quickly walked Mac and came back inside to assemble this.

Cottage cheese and turkey bagelwich!
Cottage cheese and turkey bagelwich!

Sounds weird, tasted amazing. I bought some bagelthins over the weekend and had been meaning to try one. Perfect opportunity! I smeared about 1/4 lowfat cottage cheese on one side and 2 turkey slices on the other. It was creamy and very satisfying! Plus tons of protein and healthy carbs. Win, win!

photo(23)I think I might’ve discovered a new fave today in this bagelwich. I hate dry sandwiches, but I also hate wasting calories on condiments like mayo. So this was the perfect solution!

And yes, you’re thinking “Yet again, she’s eating dairy and is lactose-intolerant.” Yup. It happens just about daily. Cottage cheese and yogurt are eaten daily in my diet. Cheese on occasion (like yesterday!). And things like ice cream happen just about never. Some dairy products just seem to make me a whole lot sicker than others!

Does anyone else out there with lactose intolerance experience this? I have also found that white cheeses are easier on my stomach than heavier yellow cheeses. Just takes some trial and error – that’s for sure!

I’m going back to frantic crafting time. See you all tomorrow!