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A Stellar Snowy Saturday

2 Feb

Today is great.

I usually don’t post on Saturdays, but I’m having such a great day that I had to check in.

Today started with an amazing run! The weather is treacherous here, so I had to run on the treadmill. I didn’t necessarily plan to do 5 miles today, but that’s what happened:

run

 

My gym’s treadmills only go to 42 minutes, so I had to start over. I watched The Lorax while I was running, and it was so cute!

I’ve never run that long/far on the treadmill, ever. I don’t know what came over me, but I was feeling great. I still don’t know how people like Janae from The Hungry Runner Girl do it, but I’m pretty sure she’s superhuman because she was running 10 miles on her treadmill while she was 8 months pregnant. I just get so…restless! Watching a movie helps.

After my run, I came home to shower quickly because Zach and I had plans! We had originally planned to go to the mall and the movies, but the weather looked like this:

snow

….so we decided to stay in town. Luckily, there is a different movie theater less than a mile from our house. First, brunch was in order:

brunch

 

Oh, brunch. Zach and I hit up Black Sheep Burritos & Brews, which we hadn’t done in quite some time. My very favorite part about their brunch is that for $8 extra, you can get all you can drink Mimosas or Bloody Marys with your brunch! We didn’t take advantage today, because I didn’t want to snooze through the movie. I did chow down on some Huevos Rancheros that was to die for and two cups of yummy coffee.

After brunch, we went to see Silver Linings Playbook now that I’ve finished the book. They changed a lot for the movie!! I liked the movie, but I was confused about some of the changes they made.

After the movie, we had a couple drinks and then went to get some orange juice so I can have mimosas later, since I missed out on them at brunch.

What a fabulous, snowy Saturday!

Question of the Day:
How’s your Saturday going so far? 

 

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Brrr!

1 Feb

Hello, winter. snow

I took this from the relative warmth of my office. It’s freezing out there! It snowed a bunch overnight, and there is ice everywhere. Do. Not. Like. What is it with winter not showing up until well after Christmas? I want snow in December!

I had planned to try out a new treadmill workout this morning to share with you all, but I just didn’t feel like trudging to the gym in the dark in the snow. Sorry! I think I’ll try to get a quick run in before Crossfit tonight. Maybe not the best idea, but I’ve got to log those miles! Speaking of logging miles, I’m ready to unveil my fun new mileage counter graphic that I made:

600 miles in 2013 January

In order to complete 600 miles in 2013, I will need to run at least 50 miles each month. I run just a touch over in January. February is a short month, so I’m definitely going to need to get those miles in. My hope is that I’ll be logging more miles when the nice weather appears, slow down a bit in the dog days of summer, and then pick it back up again in Fall. Running outdoors in spring and fall is probably my favorite thing ever, so hopefully I can cover a few extra to carry me through the dreaded treadmill weather (like today!).

I realized that while I made some New Year’s resolutions early last month, I didn’t really cover monthly goals. That’s something I’d like to talk about today. I think making smaller, more attainable goals helps you achieve your long term goals. So let’s get to my February Goals, shall we?

Run 50 miles. Pretty predictable, huh?

Attend Crossfit 2x/week. My original NY resolution mentioned strength training 3x a week. Crossfit fits into the strength training genre, so this will work out nicely for me. I’ve definitely noticed some new muscle definition that I didn’t have before I did the Jamie Eason LiveFit Trainer, and I’m glad that my strength training is evolving. I’d like to keep that going.

Stick with counting Weight Watchers points for the full month of February. This is going fairly well. However, I have noticed that some of my regular eats haven’t been fitting into my alotted Weight Watchers points very well, so I’ve needed to find some substitutions. For example, the microwave english muffin came into play again this morning:

breakfast

…and that’s not to say that a regular english muffin wouldn’t fit into my daily points, but I didn’t have any, and this has less points than two slices of whole wheat bread, and more protein, so it’s a better fit for me right now. This one turned out better than my last one, and it’s so easy to make.

Complete 4 books this month. My goal is to read 50 books this year. Last month, I finished 6, so I guess my goal is to read over 50 books this year! Last year I was able to finish 36, and I read so many great books that I wanted to surpass that this year.

Do a little cleaning each day throughout the week. This one is huge. I’ve gotten into the habit of leaving housecleaning until the weekend. While that’s a good plan in theory, because I’m not at work, in practice it’s kind of a bummer that I have so much to do on the weekends. If I would just keep up with the small bits of cleaning, I could just focus on the big things, like cleaning the floors, scrubbing the bathroom and dusting on the weekends.

Write 5 blog posts a week. Preferably Monday – Friday. I’ve been pretty good about this so far, so I’m sure I can reach this goal.

…I think that’s enough to focus on for this short month!

Question of the day:
Do you set monthly goals for yourself? 

Chili-Cheese Omelet

30 Oct

I know that we are all health-freaks over here, but who’s with me when I say, Chili Cheese fries are good, right? I avoid them most all of the time, but I can’t deny their deliciousness factor. I mean, what’s not to love? Yummy golden fries, smothered with spicy, salty chili and a thick layer of cheddar cheese!?

Ok, there is a lot not to love. Like the fact that the potatoes are fried in oil, the chili is just fatty meat covered in sodium-laced sauce and the cheese is most likely as processed as it gets.

This morning, I had an idea. I have some leftover (healthy) chili in my fridge from this weekend, and I thought, “I bet that chili would be good with eggs.” — and my newest creation was  born:

 

The chili was great: Carrots, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, peppers, onion, ground turkey and beans in a spicy chili sauce. Super healthy and delicious. Basically, I just beat up some eggs, poured them into the bottom of my non-stick skillet, then poured a little chili on top and sprinkled just the tiniest bit of cheddar cheese on top. Then I just cooked it up like a normal omelet, flipping it once. Yum!

I don’t know if this sounds weird to you, but let me assure you, it is DELICIOUS! You must try it next time you have leftover chili in your fridge. It was the perfect breakfast, paired with half a slice of the whole-wheat (vegan style) pumpkin bread I made this weekend and a cup of Costa Rican coffee, courtesy of my friend/neighbor, Ashley, who just spent a month in Costa Rica getting certified to teach yoga (you really must read about her experience, here.)

In other news, I am just sick about the damage to the Northern East Coast from Sandy, however, the hurricane’s effect on us was pretty desirable in my opinion:

It’s snowing! In October!

We didn’t get nearly as much snow as Western W.V. did (in the mountains, there is apparently over a foot and still falling!), but I must say I’m pretty pleased about it. Especially knowing that it is going to be 60 degrees and sunny this weekend, it’s kind of fun to have a taste of winter early. I hope everyone that reads this is safe and didn’t get too much damage. I know I’ll be spending most of my day reading the news to see what happened where.

Question of the Day:
Did you get any wacky weather from Sandy?