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A Spring-Like Weekend

13 Jan

We had amazing weather this weekend, and I really took advantage of it.

Yes, we take walks in the cemetery.

Yes, we take walks in the cemetery.

I think I mentioned here before that the one problem with our new house was the lack of sidewalks around the neighborhood. Lucky for Frank, we’ve figured out a solution. It turns out that there is an entrance to the Spring Hill cemetery only half a mile from our house, so we’ve been taking advantage of it every time we get the chance. The cemetery is huge and has lots of hills, so it’s perfect for long walks. It may seem kind of weird to walk in a cemetery, but it’s actually very peaceful and seems to be a popular route for walkers (there are lots of garbage cans for Frank’s waste bags). Don’t worry, we’re very respectful and stick to the walking paths.

Frank certainly enjoyed it. When he yawns, it means he's having a good time.

Frank certainly enjoyed it. When he yawns, it means he’s having a good time.

After our walk, I got to work on this weekend’s January Cure challenge: Tackling the kitchen. As it turns out, the kitchen was the part of the house that I picked for my ‘big’ goal for the challenge, so I was excited to get to work. I started by moving everything from the counter-tops to the dining room table:

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Then I got to work scrubbing the counter-tops, cleaning out the fridge and wiping down the cabinet fronts. Once the initial scrub was done, I re-organized everything on the counter-tops and re-organized the inside of the cabinets. Ok, you know how to clean a kitchen so I won’t go into too many details. Here’s the finished product:

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The funny thing is, I know how to clean a kitchen too, but it’s incredible how dirty a kitchen can get when you only “surface” clean it. I definitely will keep this in mind next time I do my daily kitchen cleaning. The worst part was the refrigerator — wow. After this challenge is over, I’m going to make a list of things that need to be done daily, weekly, monthly and annually — that refrigerator is going on the monthly list. I guess you just don’t notice  how icky it gets until you take everything out and start scrubbing. After all was said and done, I got a smile on my face every time I walked into the kitchen. I love having a clean home!

Now that the kitchen has been tackled, I need to get another “big” project for the remainder of the challenge, so I’ve decided to tackle our storage spaces. We have a pantry located directly outside of the kitchen that has become a dumping ground, and despite having shelves in our basement, everything is just tossed down there. So my goal is to get those spaces under control. I think once all is said and done, this challenge is going to make such an improvement on our home.

The other task for this weekend was to shop for ingredients and make a nice meal. I put that off to do sometime this week, because Zach wanted to get out of the house for dinner last night.

The weather this weekend was top notch in Huntington. I mentioned our Saturday walk (I wore capris and a light jacket!) and then on Sunday, I had a training run planned with a few friends. I wore a running skirt and a light jacket and felt great the whole time. Yay for nice weather in the middle of winter! Frank went with me on the run:

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He’s not the best training run partner, but I know he appreciated the exercise. So far, half marathon training is going super well, so I’m grateful for that. After the training run, my healthy and productive weekend gave way to a dinner out (hot wings – yum) and some couch time with the husband and The Golden Globes.

Question of the Day:
How was your weekend? 

 

Microwave Fiesta Quiche for One

23 Apr

Good morning! Boy, do I have a lot to share with you. Work is still busy, busy, busy — I’m doing two jobs still and it only promises to get busier because starting in the next couple of weeks I’m going to be training the replacement for my old position and then a new assistant for myself — so yes! Busy times! Not to mention, I’ve been raising this guy, who is growing like a weed:

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Despite the fact that I feel like I’ve not been working out nearly as much because taking care of Frank is a full time job, I have been taking him on several walks a day, so I am moving. It all evens out!

I did get a nice run in on Sunday morning/afternoon. I woke up earlyish, and I could see myself sitting on the couch like a lump all day, so I pushed myself to put on my running clothes and get out there. So glad I did! I ended up doing 5.13 miles, which is my longest run this year!

My artsy 2 mile water break photo.

My artsy 2 mile water break photo.

And in food news, I’m currently working hard to get back to healthy eating habits. As I mentioned before, I signed up for Weight Watchers and then yesterday, I joined Sarah’s Diet Bet  — the current pot is at over $7,000! The way Diet Bet works is you bet a certain amount of money — Sarah’s bet is set at $35 — that you can lose 4% of your body weight in a month. That’s 6 pounds for me, and as money is my greatest motivator, I’m determined to do it!

This morning I developed a little breakfast that I’d love to share with you. It’s based on this recipe. I’m in love with things you put in a mug and microwave. I just think it’s the neatest thing ever! Last night for dinner, I made Cowboy Quesadillas, so I had leftover black beans, corn and tomatoes in the fridge so I decided to make this recipe a bit of a fiesta:

Microwave Fiesta Quiche for One

by: Kristy

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Ingredients: 

1 egg + 1 egg white
1/2 whole wheat english muffin (or bread of your choice)
1/4 c. black beans, corn and tomatoes (I just rinsed a can of each and stirred them together in a container)
1/4 c. shredded cheese of your choice (or a tablespoon of cream cheese)
1 Tbsp butter

In a mug or a bowl, melt the butter in the microwave and swirl it around to coat. In a separate bowl, mix egg and egg white — pour into coated mug or bowl. Then tear the english muffin into bite sized pieces and chuck those in. Add black beans, corn and tomatoes and then cheese. Stir everything together and microwave for about a minute. If the egg is still runny, microwave in 30 second intervals until solid. Top with salsa or ketchup. Enjoy!

This was an awesome breakfast and set me back 9 WW points. Let me know if you try it!

Question of the Day:
Have you been exercising more or changing your eating habits in preparation for summer? Would you ever join Diet Bet? 

I’m Back! (sort of)

11 Apr

Well, hello there! Long time no talk to.

I have a pretty good reason for not blogging for over a week, I promise! But, I’ll get to that in a minute. First, I want to tell you that I haven’t been slacking on my workouts. Last week, I ran over 10 miles, which was good for me, and I’ve been going to Crossfit. Frank the puppy has been making getting the workouts in challenging, but we’re adjusting, and I’m walking him like crazy so hopefully the walks count as exercise.

Plus, we play lots of tug of war!

Plus, we play lots of tug of war!

 

But the reason I’ve not been blogging as consistently as before is pretty exciting: I got a promotion at work! I know I’ve mentioned that I had been taking classes in Accounting here, but recently the Business Manager at the library where I work resigned, and despite the fact that I haven’t actually finished my Accounting degree, my boss has agreed to give me a shot at the job, and it’s a pretty good move up for me. I’ve been so terribly busy lately adjusting to the new job and still covering my old job while they hire someone that I just haven’t had much time to blog. However, I promise that I’ll be back on Monday. I just need a few more days to get my ducks in a row.

Question of the Day:
Will you promise to still read my blog if I take a few more days off? 

Life with Frank

29 Mar

I’m a girl who likes to have a plan, and a schedule.

Turns out, when you adopt a puppy, all of that goes out the window.

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Frank and I had a little photo session this morning. As you can see, he got the memo about how to look at the camera, while I’m just staring off into space!

This week has been rough, to say the least. We “adopted” (I guess acquired is a better word for it, haha) Frank on Thursday of last week, and Zach and I both took Friday off work. So, we had several days with the pup where we didn’t have to leave him unattended for long. However, by Sunday I was freaking out about leaving him in the crate all by himself while we were at work. Luckily, Zach and I both come home for lunch every day, so we’re able to take him outside, feed him and play with him before he has to go back to the crate, but he’s so little that any time away from us is detrimental. Seriously, even if I put him on the bathroom floor while I shower, he cries when I have the shower curtain closed because he can’t see me. On one hand, it’s awesome that he loves us so much. On the other, I wish he’d be a little more independent. I hope it will come with time, but I sure am glad it’s Friday! Zach is off today, so Frank is home with him, and after this we have two interrupted days with him before it’s back to the crate.

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But he is such a good puppy! We’ve had a lot of puppy training advice and we’ve been trying to follow it all carefully. He barely has any accidents in the house, but I mostly attribute that to the fact that he has a very regular feeding schedule and we are good about taking him out every couple of hours. As much as he seems to hate his crate, he has never once used the bathroom in it, so he’s got the idea that he’s not supposed to pee where he sleeps. He definitely knows the word, “No!” and he will stop what he’s doing when he hears it. Also, the awesome thing about his need to have me in his sight at all times is I can get up to clean the kitchen or whatever I need to do, and he’ll play nearby where I can see him. We’ve only had a couple puppy-chewing incidents, but one was my very favorite sports bra, so that was kind of a bummer. My fault though! I left it on top of the towel draped over his crate (we dry his paws with it), and he pulled the towel down during the day and managed to pull the bra into the crate.

It’s been hard to get workouts in with Frank. Since I’m not sleeping through the night anymore (the worst), I don’t get up the in mornings for workouts, and in the evenings Zach has had some work meetings. Luckily, Courtney offered to puppy sit one evening so I was able to get a run in, and I did make it to Crossfit one morning. This weekend is supposed to nice and I have signed up for a few Crossfit classes as well.

All in all, having a puppy is pretty hard work. Now, I don’t want to offend any moms out there, I’m not claiming that having a puppy is like having a baby, but it definitely gives me an idea of what it might be like to have a baby — getting up multiple times in the night, coordinating schedules so somebody is home with the baby, operating on little to no sleep, constantly keeping  an eye on him — it’s hard work!

But, I love his adorable little face so much, and hopefully I’ll get a great running partner out of it at the end of this growing up phase!

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Question of the Day:
Have you ever taken care of a small puppy? Do you think it’s hard work, too, or am I being a wuss?