Just Can’t Stomach It

Hey folks! Hope your weekend is winding down nicely and that you’ve been having a blast like I have.

You know, I didn’t really mention it earlier, but I forgot to say just how excited I was to get that extra hour of sleep last night. I swear, sometimes even just that one little hour makes a world of difference!

Unfortunately, I forgot that along with that extra hour comes the 5:00pm darkness.

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I have since been totally thrown off and feel like I should be crawling into bed right about now. I wouldn’t go as far to say that I get depressed when the seasons change, but I definitely do feel the effects of it. What can I say – I like my sunlight!

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This afternoon, Jay and I had some homeowner-ish responsibilities to take care of, including a trip to Home Depot. We picked up some new trim to finally finish up some minor details in the kitchen, along with a new front door.

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We’ve had our eye on this door for a while now, and noticed today that it had dropped in price for the second time. It was officially time to sweep in for the purchase!

Whenever there’s a trip like today’s involved, there’s almost always a fun caffeinated beverage to accompany me. I made a quick pit stop at Starbucks on our way there and picked up a Skinny Peppermint Mocha.

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Unfortunately, it seems as though I just cannot enjoy the peppermint mocha anymore. As much as I loved it at the beginning of the season last year, I just can’t seem to stomach it after the whole sickness incident last year.

It was one of the last things I had consumed and now that’s all I can associate those flavors with. Blech! It’s such a sad thing, too, because I still have a really hard time thinking about eating one of my favorite Thanksgiving-leftover sandwiches. Hopefully I’ll get over that one because that is one hell of a sandwich!

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The rest of the afternoon consisted of some grocery shopping, some dancing for joy over our Jets victory (WOOT!), and a quick and easy dinner of soup and toast.

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I came across a leftover batch of my favorite, homemade Minestrone Soup in our freezer this morning, so I took it out to thaw for tonight’s dinner. I honestly cannot tell you how much I adore just thawing out leftovers. I really need to do this more often.

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On the side, we finished up the rest of our Garlic & Rosemary bread, toasted with a little butter.

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Just check out those chunks of garlic!

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Hey, at least we’re both sportin’ the garlic breath at the same time, right? Winking smile

Now I’m hoping to get in a good solid hour or two of studying before calling it a night. Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Questions for the Evening:

What do you prefer for daylight savings time: “falling back” or “springing ahead?”

Do you have any aversions to certain foods because of a past incident/illness?

Tackling The To-Do’s

Busy Bee…that’s me today!

Even though I’ve been working non-stop on this to-do list since I last chatted with you all, I still feel like there’s so much that still needs to be done. Eeeek!

Nonetheless, I did make sure to get one very important task crossed off the list…

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I will just say this: If you’re going to be at HLS this weekend, make sure to come and find me. Winking smile

I’ve got LOTS of these babies to give away.

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Once I finally finished up the double batch of sugar cookies, I sat down for a quick lunch of leftovers from last night’s dinner.

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Gosh, I just love how soup is that much better the next day.

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The bread is still nice and delicious, too. YUM!

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Now, I suppose I should get back to work on that one dreaded task on my to-do list that I’ve been putting off…

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Ughh, I really dislike packing. I’m so bad at it!

Question for the Afternoon:

What are some of your best tips for packing a suitcase?

RunKeeper Rocks My World!

Today, I planned on heading to the gym after work, but I just wasn’t feelin’ it; I had a headache, I wasn’t in the mood to drive, and I just didn’t feel like having to fight for a treadmill. Not sure what I was going to do instead for a workout, I headed home, trying to rack my brain for a different Exercise on Demand video I could do…

But on my drive home, I couldn’t help but admire all the beautiful landscaping all around me and I finally realized, “Hey, it’s a beautiful day. Enjoy it while it lasts and go for a run outside!”

So I did…and while I was at it, I discovered a brand new “toy” on my phone that I am SUPER PSYCHED to share with you all!!! :-D

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I forgot that when I got my new phone back in August, I had downloaded an app called RunKeeper, which tracks your running/activity stats. Since I just recently got back into running after my foot injury, today was the first time I’ve had the chance to use it. I simply carried my phone with me as a ran, checking periodically at my time while enjoying the beautiful scenery.

Once I was finished, I simply hit “Save Activity” and was then given a Google Map route of my run. Unfortunately, the GPS must not have picked up right away, so I drew in the part (in lighter red) that the program didn’t catch. I’d say that’s probably an extra 1/4 mile or less? But besides that, I am totally impressed with this app!

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NOT ONLY was my summary given to me over my phone, but as soon as I saved the activity, I was sent an email with a link to even MORE stats and information about my run:

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Yeah, you see that elevation change around mile 1? That hill is KILLERRRR! I really had no idea that this app could track so much information! If I had more time, I probably would have gone back out just so I could track some more info. :)

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Looks like I can save a couple hundred dollars on that Garmin I had my eye on! ;)

Breakfast

Rewind to breakfast, which brought back an old favorite…Pumpkin Oats!

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In the mix:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3 tbsp raisins
  • cinnamon & pumpkin pie spice

Topped off with some reduced-fat granola with raisins…

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It had been far too long…these babies were AHHHH-mazing! :-P

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Lunch

Today I finally finished up the last of my Minestrone Soup! It takes a while for one person to finish off an entire batch of soup. ;)

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Along with my soup, I brought the last of my beloved Kashi crackers, a crisp gala apple, and a Stonyfield Farms B-Well yogurt which I bought using one of my coupons from the Healthy Living Summit. I don’t usually choose Stonyfield yogurts because of their high sugar content, but this little guy is quite tasty!

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There may or may not have been a mystery cookie and a mini box of Nerds included at lunch today…I’ll let you decide. ;)

Not sure what’s on the agenda for dinner tonight? Once Jay gets home, we’re headed out to do our civic duty and VOTE, then take care of a few errands. One of which is checking out some new treadmills(!!!) :-D

Question for the Evening:

Do you use any stat trackers (i.e., Garmin, phone apps…) when you run/walk/bike/etc?

Goodies For The Sick One

I’m feeling rather lazy this evening…anyone else with me??

I’m gonna try to make tonight’s post a quick one, since I still have some dishes to wash, some laundry to do, and a sick hubby to take care of. Yes, poor hubby has come down with a crappy cold. He’s trying to blame it on me, but I told him no way. ;)

After work today, I decided it felt like more of a “mall day” rather than a “gym day.” So I actually skipped the gym, was totally ok with it, and did a little damage at the mall. I had an Old Navy coupon that expired today…couldn’t let that go to waste! While I was at the mall, I also picked up a little bag-o-goodies for “the sick one” to try to cheer him up.

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I think it helped. :) (Hopefully he’ll share with me…most of his favorites are my favorites too!) :shock:

Breakfast

Today’s breakfast probably looks similar to Tuesday’s:

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2 slices of cinnamon swirl bread, topped with some White Chocolate Wonderful PB, pumpkin butter, & banana slices.

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Forgive me for the lack of variety, but so far I’m the only one tackling this loaf of Trader Joe’s cinnamon raisin swirl bread, and that just cannot go to waste!

I also enjoyed some Pumpkin Spice coffee…x2. ;)

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Lunch

Leftover soup is the best!

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To go along with my leftover Minestrone Soup, I had an amazingly yummy, cheese-filed wrap. I simply spread one wedge of The Laughing Cow Light Mozzarella Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil cheese inside of a Tomato Basil LaTortilla Factory wrap. Then, since I apparently was feelin’ a little “cheesy,” I added another thin slice of some reduced-fat provolone. Total yum. :-P

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Can’t forget about the delish “golden delish” apple! ;)

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Immediately upon entering the mall this afternoon, I passed by a Starbucks, and thoughts of Pumpkin Spice Lattes started dancing around like sugarplums in my head. Getting one was absolutely necessary.

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So I sipped it while browsing around through Kirklands. They were having some awesome sales…I think I may need to head back this weekend! :shock:

Dinner

Suuuuuuper lazy tonight…

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I attempted to make some turkey + provolone rolls, however, the turkey that we have (while totally delicious) is not exactly of “rolling quality.”

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So they ended up being a little more like “stacks,” which I also filled with a little honey mustard.

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I ended up using a lot more turkey than I really needed…bad gauge on that one! I probably ate about 3/4 of the turkey on the plate…but I did eat ALL of this guy!

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Call
me crazy, but does this sweet tater not look a little like a pumpkin???

Just like last night, I topped it with a little butter, cinnamon, & pumpkin butter. It was just as good the second time around. :)

And now, I definitely foresee some pumpkin chip cookies on my radar!

Question for the Evening:

What makes you feel better when you’re sick?

Build Your Own Bootcamp

Confession: I was a super bad blogger today. :oops:

I did not pick up my camera once to take a photo of any of my eats. Fortunately, you guys didn’t miss much…

breakfast was a simple Chobani + Quaker Oatmeal Squares;

lunch included some leftover Minestrone Soup, Kashi crackers, & the crust off a corner piece of pizza (I was craving the carb-a-licious crust only!);

but it was my today’s “dinner” that really takes the cake…if you can call it that.

After work today, I had a baby shower for one of my co-workers, which I had a feeling was going to include some yummy treats. As expected, I was presented with a wonderful array of goods: cheesy, garlic Stromboli breads, cheddar and bacon toasts, crackers and cheese…

Oh, but wait, let’s not forget all the sugar-laden goodies: cupcakes, cookie bars, magic bars, banana nut rolls, candy of all varieties…

Yeah, it was pretty much like walking into this…how in the world am I supposed to turn that down??

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So tonight’s “dinner” was not exactly one of champions…unless, that is, you consider Stromboli bread and cookie bars nutritionally fulfilling.

And I’m not talking one or two cookie bars here folks. I’m talking multiple. Enough, in fact, that I am still uncomfortably full almost 4 hours later. Oooof. :oops:

I started to get upset with myself over it, but then I realized…

Hey, I’m human. It happens.

So I’ve chalked it up to a bad evening, and it’ll be back on track tomorrow! :)

New Workout Idea!

While reading through some old magazines this evening (I’m wayyyy backed up!) I came across an idea in Self for a “30-minute Build Your Own Boot Camp” workout. It sounds pretty fun, so I thought I’d share it with you all this evening!

30-minute Build Your Own Boot Camp

*Get a pencil & paper, a watch, a chair, & a set of dumbbells heavy enough so your 10th rep is difficult but not impossible.

*Warm up for 5 minutes, cardio of your choice.

*Do 1 minute of each of the following moves, pausing only to write down the # of reps you completed:

  • jumping jacks
  • push-ups
  • crunches
  • bicep curls with dumbbells
  • lunges
  • overhead press (holding a dumbbell in each hand, extend to ceiling then lower)
  • squats
  • planks
  • triceps dips on a chair
  • mountain climbers (in push-up position, alternate bringing one knee at a time toward chest)

*Repeat, trying to complete even more reps than you did in your first set.

*Cool down for 5 minutes.

I’m thinking this would be a great, full body workout when you’re pressed for time, can’t make it to the gym, or just get a quick burst of energy and need to let it out! ;)

I’m pretty sure my dinner of champions has something to do with my totally lethargic, lazy self this evening…I’m thinking it’s going to be an early night to bed (I hope!)

Homemade Minestrone Soup

Alright guys. Call me crazy, but I have another recipe to share with you all this evening! Hey, maybe this having a little extra “me time” will really do wonders for my kitchen creations. ;)

But first, let me share a couple quick highlights from today…

A delicious to-go bowl of Pumpkin Oats.

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In today’s mix:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup skim milk (ran out of vanilla almond…ohh the horrors!) :shock:
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tbsp raisins
  • cinnamon & nutmeg
  • Topped with some reduced-fat granola

Despite not having my vanilla almond milk, and not being able to add my scoop of peanut butter (since I was eating it at school…) it was still pretty darn tasty!

Workout

Yes! I got my sick little bee-hind to the gym after work today. I honestly, was not in the mood to go. To be perfectly honest, when I’m sick, I’m pretty much a baby when it comes to performing any sort of exerting tasks. However, I always try to remind myself that, as long as I take it easy, I will feel better afterward.

I completed my 45 minute treadmill walk workout, followed by an easy, 1/4 mile run. I wanted to run more, because I actually had the energy once I got started. Unfortunately, I don’t think the people next to me would have appreciated the continuous hackling and coughing coming from my treadmill. Oooof. Gotta love the side effects of a classic cold! :roll:

Dinner

After tonight’s dinner, I have determined one thing: I LOVE making soup!!

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Minestrone Soup, that is. ;)

You want in on this delicious, ridiculously easy recipe? Keep reading…

Start by cooking up some carrots, zucchini, onion, and garlic with a little olive oil in a large pot. Cook about 7 minutes, or until onions are tender.

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Next, open up a bunch of cans, and pour ‘em right into the pot. I really cannot tell you how much I adored the ease of this step!

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(Mom, Dad…are you proud of me? Look at me, buying store brand!) ;)

And of course, don’t forget your seasoning!

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Stir everything together and let them get cozy.

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Bring the soup to a boil…

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Then let it simmer for about 15 minutes, and before you know it, you’re left with an amazing bowl of Minestrone!

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Minestrone Soup

(Original recipe from Taste of Home Everyday Light Meals cookbook)

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 oz. each) vegetable broth
  • 3 cups reduced sodium V8 juice (4 mini cans = 3 cups)
  • 1 can (15 oz.) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, drained & rinsed
  • 1 can (14-1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup frozen green beans
  • 1/2 cup uncooked macaroni (I used ditalini, since it’s the only small pasta I had)
  • 1 tsp dried basil

Directions:

In a large pot, cook carrots, zucchini, onion, and garlic in oil for 7  minutes or until onion is tender. Add the broth, V8 juice, garbanzo beans, tomatoes, green beans, macaroni, and basil. Bring to a boil.

Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes, or until macaroni is tender.

ENJOY! :-P

Along with my Minestrone soup, I enjoyed a couple slices of a delicious creation made by the hubby. He modeled it off a bread that is served with some of our favorite salads that we order from a local restaurant.

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Starting with an individual sized Boboli whole wheat pizza crust, he coated it with some minced garlic, Italian seasoning, a little pizza sauce, and grated parmesan cheese. It cooked it in a 450 degree oven for about 12 minutes, and I must say…I think I’m going to buy more Boboli pizza crusts just for this. It was super yummy!! :)

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Now I’m off to grade some papers, and probably raid the candy corn dish. ;)

Question for the Night:

Do you ever try to recreate recipes from your favorite restaurants at home? Are they successful?