Archive for June, 2010

I have a stressful week coming up, and I’ve started it with a Sunday night — sleepless. I don’t know why. 😦

That being said, this will be short. Here’s what’s happening this week:

Saturday: Did Power Yoga and walked the pup — per the Summer Shape Up 2010

Sunday: Did Core Yoga because I won’t have time on Wednesday…walked/sprinted the pup (sprinted because we got caught in the rain! ACK!)

Monday: Strength and 20 minutes of cardio….walked the pup

Tuesday: Speed and walk the pup…doing tons of prep for very-stressful-wednesday in the evening

Wednesday: No exercise. Bad meeting schedule at work (things are actually OVERLAPPING this day), and have to run home from work in the p.m., walk the dog, throw my pre-packed snacks in my bag, and head to a baseball game with friends (the tix include beer and wings…and i hate wings. so i’m taking food!)

Thursday: Another stressful schedule day, plus a hair appointment at 4:30 and an insanely-late strength training + cardio session. I’m hoping hubs can walk the pup and make dinner this night. We’ll see.

Friday: Speed day but probably won’t have time…will walk the pup instead and then head to baseball AGAIN (free tix!) with hubs and father in law after work

Saturday: Run all my errands in the a.m., decide on something easy to make for the pool party and make it, then head to pool party at 3pm for the rest of the day/evening

Sunday: In-laws coming over for seafood feast — try to fit in my Power Yoga for last week.

Monday: Finally get to enjoy some me time. I’m really hoping to do notadamnthing this day. Gym’s closed, and I may just take the day off totally.

Anyway, that’s how things are shaping up…we had a wellness day at work today so I have some things I want to post…but they’ll be intermittent! 🙂


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Heeeellloo! 🙂

Pretty average Thursday, aside from the (relatively mild) migraine I’m battling. I’d love to just lay down in a dark room – but I’ve been dreaming about that since 7am! Isn’t meant to be, today!

Citrucel on the way to work 7:45 a.m.

Breakfast 8:15 a.m.

Early brekkie today because I was go-go-go to meetings all morning.

Bowl of red berry, ½ banana, milk

Snack 10:45 a.m.

Kashi Dark Chocolate Cherry


Lunch 12:30 p.m.

My co-workers were kind enough to pick me up my scrumptious taco salad at the farmer’s market today….while I was on a conference call. LOVE the co-workers! 🙂


Snack 3:45 p.m.

½ a peanut butter clif bar (found in the depths of my purse. Is that gross? Oh well.)


Exercise 4:45 p.m.

My head was rockin but sometimes exercise helps so I thought I’d give it a go.

I warmed up on the stationary bike for 5 minutes, then dove into my strength routine for today, per the SSU 2010:

3 sets x 12 reps

Lunge & Lift

Pile Squat

Side Leg Lift (with 10 front circles and 10 back circles each)

Stability ball hamstring curl (2 sets with both legs on the ball, one set with 1 leg)

Frog Crunch

Bosu Calf Raise

Leg Extensions

Prone Glute Lift

Made it through my strength work out with my migraine, but I definitely increased my rest time to prevent the head pounding.

For my cardio I kept it simple and did hills on the treadmill at a brisk walking pace. 20 minutes

1h20m @ the gym = 492 calories burned

Hubs walked the pup for me, and it rained today so I headed home to prep dinner, and pack my grub for tomorrow. Oh, and cut up an incredibly ripe cantaloupe. Mmmm…

Dinner 8:00 p.m.

Late again because Hubs had an evening meeting. We had leftover spiced roasted chicken thighs, roasted potatoes, and salad. I combined all of the above into a monster salad– hubs ate it like a normal meal 🙂


I’m off to rest…here’s hoping my migraine is gone tomorrow! My poor co-workers worked in the dark today so I wouldn’t have to deal with the fluorescent lights!

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So…couple of things:

1. I barely slept a wink last night. Stressed, too hot, dog was walking around, etc…I’m tired and it’s 9:30, so this has to be quick.

2. I normally write my posts at work while I’m taking a break…no breaks today…thus, no witty post 🙂

Citrucel on the way to work – 7:45 a.m.

Breakfast – 8:30 a.m.

whole wheat blueberry waffles with real maple syrup…and I forgot to photograph before digging in!


Snack – 10:30 a.m.

Greek yogurt (I had one more cup of this brand…I’d had dozens of coupons for it!) with really-amazingly-delicious-in-season blueberries. The same ones that made my green monster magical earlier this week.

IMAG0144 Lunch – 12:00 p.m.

Leftover lemon roasted chicken, leftover green beans, brown rice. Not much to look at, but tasty and filling.


Snack – 3:45 p.m.

The other 1/2 of my white chocolate / macadamia nut clif bar


Exercise – 4:45 p.m.

Still working on the SSU 2010 – today’s focus was Stretch

I stopped at the gym on my way home and did 20 moderate minutes on the elliptical, stretched my back/hammies briefly, and then headed home to do Yoga for Runners.

Finished up to the tune of 256 calories burned. Measly, but the yoga felt good 🙂

Walked the pup for about 20 minutes, but it was HAWT here today and she wasn’t feeling it. Neither was I, to be honest.

Dinner – 7:45 p.m.

Mmmm….. grilled herbed shrimp, risotto with peas, and garlic sautéed green beans


Going to do a little Outlander reading, and then off to bed!

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Good morning all! I don’t know that today (Tuesday) was any more magnificent than any other Tuesday…I just really really love alliteration in my blog titles. 🙂

I am in a good mood though, so let’s focus on the good!

Citrucel on the way to work – 7:45 a.m.
Breakfast – 8:30 a.m.

Green monster! This is the best one I’ve made. I think the freshly-frozen banana and the in-season blueberries did it.

My green monsters always fill my large blender bottle + ½ – ¾ of my small blender bottle. What the heck? I brought my large one to work for breakfast, and will ask DH to pull my small one out of the freezer at lunchtime so I can eat it as my post workout snack. Probably should’ve brought them both, but I had too many bottles to carry at that point!

In the mix:
*  ¾ c. milk
*  ¼ c water
*  2 heaping cups baby spinach
*  1 frozen banana
*  ½ c. fresh blueberries
*  8 ice cubes
*  ½ c. oats

I’ve been making my monsters at night, freezing them, and then placing them in the fridge before I go to bed. It saves me a ton of time in the morning 🙂

Those of you that do the green monster thang….does it ever fit in your travel bottle?? If so…what kind of bottle do you use? LOL

Snack – 10:30 a.m.
Kashi Dark Chocolate/Cherry 🙂


Lunch – 12:00 p.m.
Fresh sliced ham, slice of turkey breast, slice of provolone, and leaf lettuce on whole grain bread, veggies (peppers, tomatoes, carrots), and some pretzel sticks

Snack – 3:45 p.m.
New Clif flavor (for me) – White Chocolate Macadamia Nut! I ate half 😉


Exercise – 4:45 p.m.
I started Gina’s SSU 2010 yesterday with a strength day. It went really well – but doing my strength before my cardio kicks my bootay. I climbed on the elliptical after my 5 minute stair mill warm up and 30 minutes of weights and I’m not gonna lie — I was TIRED. I’ve done it before but I always give it up because it’s so hard. LOL

Thank goodness the plan only called for moderate activity!!

I feel good today (not sore) so that’s a plus.

Today’s schedule calls for speed. I’d have loved to do her Option #1, but it’s so stinking humid and hot here, and I’m a pansy, that I knew it would result in a crappy workout. Plus it was running…and…well….this left hip and I are at odds as to whether running is actually GOOD for us. 🙂

Option #2 was out due to scheduling at the gym (spin class) so I went with Option #3 – with a twist.

Gina’s plan recommends 30 minutes of SWEATY cardio.

Well, okay.

The best cardio I get is interval training.

So I decided to go with 20 minutes of intervals on the stationary bikel + 5 minute water / keep-heart-from-leaping-out-of-chest break + a mix of the following from option 1:

*  Walking lunges for 30 seconds
*  Bench Push-ups for 30 seconds
*  Tricep Dips for 30 seconds
*  High knee skips for 45 seconds
*  Squats for 45 seconds
*  Butt kicks for 45 seconds

Run through the drills twice 🙂

Finished up with some stretching for my back, hamstrings, and hips (desk work tightens me up every day!)
50m @ the gym = 342 calories burned

Headed home to slurp down the rest of my green monster from this morning, walk the doggle, water the garden (and harvest mini peppers! ROCK!), and make dinner

Dinner – 8:00 p.m.
Late dinner tonight – hubs had an evening meeting for work.

We had spiced roasted chicken (which I had to keep an eye on because – oops – I neglected to purchase meat with skin/bone!), macaroni and cheese, and cauliflower.

I also tried my hand at making some corn fritters with the leftover corn from Sunday. I’m not much of a corn person, but hubs loves them in ‘fritter form’ 🙂

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Lessons Learned:

  • No matter how long you’ve been apart, good friends always fall right back into a comfortable rhythm when reunited.

IMG_1670  Me and the college roomie

  • Sometimes the best part of an unexpected delay (between wedding and reception, in an out of town location, for example) is finding yourself sitting in a locals bar, drinking Harp and eating loaded French fries, watching soccer with your hubs and college roomie, dressed to the nines.
  • My husband truly does make the best pancakes. He is the Pancake King.
  • I’m a little self-conscious about my food blog when the first thing the bride asks you (after not seeing you for YEARS) is “Was the dinner good? Does it meet your food blogging expectations?” Uhhhh….. LOL
  • The Droid Eris navigation tool is a thousand times better than Garmin on the back roads of Gettysburg. It re-navigated us three times around traffic without even a whimper.
  • If you can successfully mask the taste of cottage cheese, it makes a wonderful addition to foods as a protein booster. 🙂

Here’s The Recap


Headed straight home from work (no gym) to knock out some errands before my guest arrived. I bought grocery items while the hubs vacuumed and cleaned the bathroom, then I mopped the floors. Hubs headed out to Relay for Life, I walked the dog and awaited my guest.

My college roommate (also Kellie) came to stay with me. I made lemon roasted chicken, garlic rice pilaf, and steamed green beans for dinner and we just chillaxed.


Woke up late, ate cereal, lounged around, and finally got ready, had the most amazingly delicious and fresh sandwich ever (homemade whole grain, sliced ham off the bone, lettuce, tomato, red onion) and headed to Gettysburg for a wedding (another Kellie, also from college, was getting married). Got stuck in traffic, was late to the wedding…but saw the vows! LOL Headed over to the reception site only to find the reception didn’t start for 2.5 hours (despite all the wedding paperwork saying “immediately to follow…”. Used the power of the Droid to find a local bar (O’Rorke’s) and hang out, drinking beer and splitting an appetizer (hubs and roomie vetoed me on healthy and ordered loaded French fries!) while watching soccer and awaiting the wedding reception. Headed to the reception – good times had by all! Had a big salad, 1 stuffed shell (it was meh) and ½ a chicken breast (it was meh) and green beans almondine. Headed home late to let my poor puppy out, watered my garden in the dark, and crashed.


Had delicious husband-made pancakes for breakfast, got my roomie back on the road towards Jersey, and then started doing all my vegetable prep for the week, making bread, and prepping to have the in-laws over for dinner. Nabbed an onion bagel+ low fat cream cheese for lunch (delish). Had dinner w/ the in-laws (slow grilled pork roast, mashed potatoes, steamed green beans and shrimp cocktail), walked the dog, watered the garden, and crashed.

That brings us to Monday….

Citrucel on the way to work – 7:45 a.m.

Breakfast – 9:15 a.m.

Some of Dave’s raisin bran, ½ banana, milk – I don’t know why…the raisin bran was calling to me last night while I was packing my breakfast!


Snack – 10:30 a.m.

Quickly, and sadly, realized I didn’t pack any fruit to snack on today. Sad. No snack for you!

Lunch – 12:00 p.m.

Clean eating egg salad on whole grain, veggies for crunch (cukes, grape tomatoes, carrots and peppers)


The clean eating egg salad was actually really good…I’m not a cottage cheese fan, but can’t deny the protein powder of it, so I’m always excited to find uses for it where I can’t taste it.


Lessert (Lunch Dessert) 1:50 p.m.

Small amount of dark chocolate M&Ms. Yes, I organize my M&Ms by color. Thanks.


Snack – 3:45 p.m.

Clif Mojo. How I love thee. You taste like a sinful chocolate treat, but provide me with nutrition.


Exercise – 4:45 p.m.

Mixing it up a little – I enjoyed the Oxygen workout immensely, and just as I had started it, Gina released her Summer Shape Up 2010 (SSU 2010).

So now that I’m totally bored with the Oxygen workout…onto Gina’s!

I am mixing up a couple of the days to accommodate my schedule, but basically here’s how it’s going down:

Monday – Strength

Tuesday – Speed

Wednesday – Stretch

Thursday – Strength

Friday – Speed

Saturday – Stretch

I don’t normally work out 6 days a week, so this will be unique for me. I’m hoping I can find the time! With summer here, it seems our free-time is jam-packed. Luckily some of Gina’s workouts aren’t super-long 🙂

Week 1 – Day 1 – Strength Workout

5 minute cardio warm up (stair mill for moi today)

3 sets x 12 reps per set

I did these as straight sets today because the gym was super-busy and I didn’t have the luxury of doing circuits.

  1. Bent-over fly
  2. Side lying lateral raise
  3. Ultimate toe touch
  4. Incline bicep curl
  5. Cable row
  6. Reverse crunch on bench
  7. Stability ball back extensions
  8. Weighted ball crunch

25 minutes low/moderate intensity cardio (elliptical for moi)

1h20m @ gym = 532 calories burned

It was god-awful hot in there again today….I wish they could figure out how to keep it cool when it’s hot outside!

Home to walk the pup + water the garden….hubs is cookin’ tonight, as usual for Monday.

Dinner – 7:30 p.m.

Filet mignon (we swap between beef and venison for ‘steak night’…tonight is BEEF!), steamed broccoli, pasta tossed in olive oil

Cool Links

50 Healthy Foods for Under $1/Pound

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Hey all!

I made it to the lab today for my fasting blood work (just for a physical!). I hate medical facilities. They make me uncomfortable and feel like I’m going to pass out.

I’ve never been hospitalized for anything, but I have extreme difficulty visiting anyone in a hospital-esque setting. *shudder*

Anyway, I survived my blood work, and headed to work, so this a.m. looks a little weird. In addition to being paranoid about medical facilities, I’m also terrified of passing out after blood work. LOL I know, bizarre. They don’t take that much blood!!

Tiny bottle of OJ (shot glass sized) – 8:05 a.m. (leaving the lab)

Package of dried pineapple – 8:05 a.m. (leaving the lab)

Citrucel on the drive to work – 8:15 a.m.

Breakfast – 8:45 a.m.

Small bowl of peanut butter puffins with milk + the remains of a green monster from last week that’s been frozen/thawed/frozen entirely too many times. LOL



Headed to the farmer’s market at lunch to replenish my stocks…I’ll have a house guest this weekend, so I did my weekly shopping today rather than making another trip on Saturday.

I picked up green onions, sweet onions, broccoli, tomatoes, fresh made/sliced ham and turkey (for sandwiches), and milk from the local dairy 🙂

I bring a cooler bag with ice packs in it, and I use that to store my milk and lunch meat when I go to the gym after work…it works just fine! The veggies can usually just sit out 🙂

I also got lunch….

Lunch – 12:00 a.m.

Taco salad strikes again!

I am insatiable today. Starved even! Trying to tame it, but it isn’t working. LOL

Had a second pack of dried pineapple…nom.



1/2 a Clif bar


Well after yesterday’s amazing feat of stupidity on the part of my knees (with Charlie horses in them!) I am a wee bit sore today in that area. I’m thinking there won’t be any more leg work this week.

I did go to the gym and did a moderate pace 30 minutes of cardio (rather than my HIIT…was worried about my knees) and abs:

Exercise Ball Pass-Over 3×15

Side Bends with Dumbbell 3×15

Reverse Crunches on Bench 3×15

Planks 3×60 sec

55 minutes @ the gym = 356 calories burned

Went home and retrieved the pup and took her for a 30 minute walk

Dinner – 7:45 p.m.

On my own tonight for leftovers, because the hubs went to a meeting.

Leftover stroganoff, big side salad (spinach, leaf lettuce, tomato, pepper, cucumber, carrot, red onion with red wine vinaigrette) and a piece of homemade bread with margarine (was hungry for it and it was fresh!)


  • Cooking up the roasted lemon chicken for tomorrow night’s dinner tonight so I can just re-heat tomorrow
  • Icing my knees again tonight. All hail BioFreeze and ice!
  • Might prep the guest room tonight for my college roomie who will arrive tomorrow evening…need to decide which aspects of the house need cleaned before she gets here, and which can wait until after she leaves. LOL Once you’ve lived with someone in a 10×12 dorm, you no longer feel obligated to have everything sparkling and perfect when they come visit you. hehe

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Rolled out of bed a little later than I’d wanted (didn’t get to stop and have my  fasting blood work done) but made it to work on time. 🙂

It was rainy/cloudy, and my bed was the perfect temperature. Too much temptation!

Citrucel on the way to work – 7:45 a.m.

Breakfast – 8:30 a.m.

I was starving this morning, but was excited for my breakfast: Dannon Greek Yogurt w/ Honey, banana, peanut butter puffins


(Supah-sweet breakfast! LOL)

I ate them individually rather than mixing: yogurt, banana, then puffins. Yum, and filling too!

I’d never had the Dannon greek yogurt – it was okay…but I think I just don’t like yogurt with honey in it. It isn’t my thing.

At 10:30 I decided to take a break and walk 4 blocks to the post office (we needed stamps at home). It was humid, but nice to get out of the office for a bit!

When I got back I had a small snack…

Snack – 10:45 a.m.

1/3 of this ThinkThin bar. I had a coupon for it so I thought I’d give it a go…but eh. It’s a little too protein-bar-processy tasting for me, I think. I won’t be finishing it.


Lunch – 12:00 p.m.

Tuna salad (relish – we’re out of celery!, onion, salt, pepper, tuna, and greek yogurt) with whole wheat baked crackers (I love these things….3 ingredients!) and some veggies for crunch (peppers, carrots, tomatoes)


I love albacore tuna the best, but since there are so many warnings about it, when I make my tuna salad I mix one can of albacore and one can of chunk light together….I like to think it minimizes the risk. LOL It makes enough for 2 lunches, as well!

Snack – 1:45 p.m.

Obviously didn’t pack enough for lunch, and I discovered I had grapes in the work fridge. Grapes were then consumed. 🙂


Snack – 3:45 p.m.

I was insanely hungry by the time snack time rolled around. Definitely needed more for lunch today!

peanut butter  + low-sugar strawberry jam on whole grain

Exercise – 4:45 p.m.

15 minutes warm-up on the stationary bike

I haven’t had time to look into my next foray after the Oxygen full body workout, so my plan was to finish out the week with it.

For something a little different I went with 3 sets of endurance reps (15 per set) with a lighter weight. I also did the sets 2 exercises each  before moving onto the next exercise, instead of moving through the circuit like I had been.

The problem? I got charlie horses in my knees on my last set of pile squats.

Man does that hurt!!!

So much so I dropped the rest of my lower body exercises for today, and am sitting here with ice packs on my knees.

I’m a mess. LOL

Pile Squat 15 lb dumbbell 3 x 15
Bent Over Row 10 lb dumbbells 3 x 15


Alternating Dumbbell Curls 12.5 lb dumbbells 3 x 15
Flat Bench Chest Press 15 lb dumbbells 3 x 15


Seated Shoulder Press 12.5 lb dumbbells 3 x 15
Seated Tricep Extension 15 lb dumbbell 3 x 15


Cross-Bench Pullover 12.5 lb dumbbell 3 x 15
Cross-Chest Dumbbell Curls 10 lb dumbbells 3 x 15


Abductor Machine 180 lbs 3 x 12
Adductor Machine 195 lbs 3 x 12

Note the temper tantrum about not being able to do legs there at the end with the hip exercises. LOL


1h10m @ the gym = 430 calories burned

Headed home and managed to walk the pup before my knees froze up on me

Dinner – 7:45 p.m.

Grilled bbq boneless pork ribs, jasmine rice, grilled corn on the cob with herbs and a little real buttah


Can you find the ‘dirty dozen’ in an organic alternative in your town?

I can’t. Grapes, strawberries, peaches, bell peppers, celery, nectarines, cherries, and pears, are nowhere to be found in an organic option. It makes me sad – as the hubs and I talk about children I’d really love to limit my pesticide intake, but when I can’t even get those foods pesticide free…what gives?!

And naturally, they’re all the most delicious fruits and whatnot. 😦

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