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I Heart Veggies

12 Dec

I haven’t talked about #Elf4Health on the blog in a few days, but I’ve definitely been following the challenges!

I have a great new elf, Kim (you can find her here), and she’s been pretty awesome about tweeting at me and keeping me on task. I may have mentioned that I’m feeling a bit under the weather lately, so it helps!

Today’s challenge was to eat 3 servings of veggies before 2:00 PM. Now, I am the queen of the veggie breakfast scramble, but with the addition of cardio into my daily LiveFit Training, I was running late this morning and totally forgot about the challenge.

almost called it a wash until some leftovers appeared in the kitchen at work from a party last night. There was a big green salad with carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes that looked really good, so I loaded some of that into my to-go container from breakfast and carried it home for lunch, where I loaded up on the veggies in my fridge:

veggie overload

A salad topped with a lentil veggie burger (the salad also had carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes), roasted brussels sprouts from last night, and raw broccoli with a side of cheese. Yum! So, I definitely had my 3 servings before 2:00 PM! Success!

The above image was created by me in Gimp. I’m trying to teach myself to use it, because I can’t afford to pay someone to redesign this blog when I need it. As you can see, I have quite a bit of work to do!


In other news, the LiveFit trainer workouts are getting pretty intense. I’m turning into a pro of the weight room…with some help. The guy who works the early shift in the weight room has basically become my new BFF. He doesn’t shy away from showing me how to do the exercises I’m doing wrong, and this morning he was my spotter. I had to do 5 sets of bench press: The first set as a warm up, three regular sets of 8, and then one negative set of 3-5. Uhhh, I had no idea what a negative set was before today!

Negative Set: A negative set loads the weight beyond your maximum and only performs the exercise in the muscle lengthening (or eccentric) movement. 

FUN! That’s what a negative set is. I did my warm up set with just the bar (45 lbs), then loaded it with 10 more pounds for my regular set. For the negative set, we put another 10 on (65 lbs!!), and started at the top of the movement. The goal was to lower the weight as slooooowly as possible, and then he would raise the weight again for me. It was awesome! I felt like the strongest girl in the world!

Question of the Day:
Have you ever done negative training? 

Don’t Snack Before Dinner: Go For a Run!

24 Oct

Yesterday when I got home from work, I was pretty hungry. I had a whole organic chicken in my refrigerator that I was planning on roasting, and pairing with mashed red-skin potatoes, roasted veggies and gravy (I’m practicing in case I have to cook Thanksgiving dinner this year). As soon as I got home, I prepped everything and threw it in the oven. All the yummy smells made my tummy rumble even more, which made me think about snacking.

I wanted to save my appetite for dinner, so I thought to myself, “Hey — Running suppresses my appetite, and this chicken has to cook for about 50 minutes….”

So, I strapped up my laces and hit the road.

So glad I did.

I don’t know what the weather has been like where you live, but we have had a perfect fall. I’m glad, because it’s my favorite season and last year we didn’t get much of a fall at all.

I was going to do my usual 3 mile up and back, but I got bored about 1 mile in and made a right hand turn. I ended up running through town instead of the park, and it was a much needed change of scenery.

Oh, and dinner was incredible:

Roast chicken (don’t worry, I didn’t eat that skin), mashed potatoes and roasted butternut squash, carrots, broccoli and few Brussels sprouts.

I’m absolutely obsessed with Thyme lately. I’m putting it in everything.

Question of the Day:
What’d you have for dinner last night? 

Weekend Eats

13 Aug

Still sleeping not-so-great, still having not-so-great runs. Think they are related? Hmmm 😉

I thought I’d use this post to share some of the yummy food I had this weekend. I cannot for the life of me remember what I made for dinner on Friday night (that’s what I thought about while I was laying awake in bed in the wee hours this morning), so I’m going to start with Saturday morning.

I woke up feeling not-so-hot, probably due to the fact that Zach and I met some of his friends out pretty late and then ended up meeting up with another friend. We were out later than usual, and I still wasn’t sleeping so well. I decided I wanted to make something different, so I whipped this together:


I chopped up some green peppers, onions and a potato, and sauteed them in my cast iron skillet (which is my favorite thing on earth, by the way). Then I sprinkled on some cheese and cracked two eggs on top and threw it in the oven for about 5-8 minutes.

Oh. my. goodness. was this delicious. I served it up with a slice of whole wheat toast. Yum.

Saturday was kind of….blah. I ended up taking a rest day from exercise because I was so tired from not getting enough sleep. I ended up taking a three hour nap in the middle of the day! I don’t know if I’m a little sick or what, but you would think a three hour nap would be refreshing…nope. I was still so tired throughout the day. But, we decided to meet up with some friends anyway to go to the annual Ribfest happening down by the riverfront: 

Ok, not the healthiest meal, but it sure was delicious. I got the three bone sampler, which came with potato salad, baked beans and a cornbread muffin. The cornbread muffin was more like dessert, but I wasn’t complaining (I ate Zach’s, too). It was pretty good, but I wish we had stood in the longer line to get Carolina Rib King. Though our friends were keeping the party going, I was feeling too run down to go out, so instead Zach and I headed home to watch a movie. On the way back to the car, I made him stop at Tropical Moon so I could get some frozen yogurt:


I got the mountain blackberry flavor, and added fresh fruit, including….more blackberries! It was really good, but I think the craving was just a craving, because I was too full from the Ribs to finish it.

The movie we watched was Wanderlust with Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston — it was quite funny! I hope you check it out if you haven’t.

On Sunday, I woke up not feeling great (again!), so I didn’t get around to running until late afternoon. I cleaned house, made some breakfast, and went with Zach to get some new work clothes (for him). Then I decided I had really better get a run in, considering I’d already skipped a training run on Saturday. Here’s how my first week of half training went:

Since I wasn’t feeling so hot on Saturday, I had planned to combine Saturday and Sunday’s run into one long 8 miler, but I ended up not feeling great on Sunday either. 😦 I did end up doing 5.5 miles, so I ended up 2.5 miles short of my goal for the week. It’s not the end of the world, I’m sure I’ll have better weeks. I do need to figure out why I’m feeling blah though – I suspect allergies. Are anyone else’s flaring up a lot right now?

After my run, I made lasagna for dinner, and it turned out really well. When I make lasagna, usually I just throw a bunch of veggies in a bowl, mix in ricotta cheese, mozzarella and spices. Then I layer it with sauce and the noodles. Easy as pie (why is that a saying? Pie is kind of hard to make…):

Yes, I put corn in my lasagna. I had some leftover from something I made, so I threw it in. It was very yummy. After a relaxing Sunday evening, I thought for sure I would sleep well, but I think maybe I was too anxious about it, so I ended up tossing and turning all night 😦

To top things off, here’s what I had for a nice desk breakfast this morning:

Scrambled eggs with cheese and sriracha on a whole-wheat wrap, cottage cheese with blackberries and a cup of green tea (still no coffeepot!). Yum!

Question of the day:
What was the best meal you’ve had recently? 

Regrouping after a weekend away

16 Jul

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. As I mentioned in my last post, I went camping! It rained a little, but overall it was a great trip. I plan on recapping it tomorrow because today I have a lot to talk about.

Sometimes when you go out of town for the weekend, it’s a bummer to come home and go straight back to work because (at least for me) the weekends are the time you catch up on everything around the house. Since Zach and I have another weekend trip coming right up, I was determined for that not to be the case this time. We hit the road from the campsite as early as we could so we could get home, get things done and relax a little too!

Once we got home and unpacked the car, I immediately took all of our wet, dirty items to be washed (we use Zach’s sister’s laundry, luckily she lives right next door and she is nice enough to let us) and then we had some lunch. I didn’t want to sit around for too long, but I did catch up on some blogs before heading out to do the grocery shopping.


I read some blog posts while snacking on some (delicious) cherries, and a s’more I made in the microwave (due to the rain, I didn’t get a good S’more fix while camping, so I improvised)

I did my grocery shopping, and I also hit up Big Lots for new pillows (it turns out one of my tents leaks, so my pillows got soaked over the weekend. Wet pillows are just gross, and it was about time for new ones anyway, so off I went). Turns out, they were having a 20% off everything sale, so I got a good deal. Hooray!After unpacking the groceries and doing some cleaning, I headed out for a 3 mile run. Another thing that sometimes suffers when I hit the road for the weekend is my workouts. I really wanted to make sure I logged something before the week began. I had a nice run, I ran a steady 9:45 pace for the first 1.5 mile and then did some walk/jog/sprint intervals for the last 1.5 mile.

Before and after baking

Next, it was time for dinner. One of my favorite healthy homemade meals is pizza! I make my own whole wheat crust, so it’s definitely no-guilt, even though I tend to eat an entire half of the pizza. I had these fresh banana peppers I got at one of the local farmer’s markets, so I cut those up to put on the pizza.

Zach went traditional, pepperoni and banana peppers on his half. I made my favorite: I skipped the pepperoni, and added brussels sprouts and kale, tossed in olive oil and garlic salt on top. If you haven’t tried this, I highly suggest you do. The kale gets nice and crunchy, and tastes so yummy with the chewy crust and gooey cheese. I also sprinkle some crushed red pepper on top, of  course.

After pizza and some television (Breaking Bad season 5! Yay!), it was time for bed. It was so nice to sleep in my comfy, dry bed after camping in the damp conditions the previous night.

I woke up this morning and I had to face something that I’ve been avoiding for weeks: It is my gym’s annual maintenance week, which means the gym will be closed all week! No! I count on my Monday morning Cardio Fusion class to jump start my week for fitness. Since I didn’t have that to jump out of bed for this morning, I ended up not doing any workout. It’s not the end of the world, but I definitely would have made it to class this morning if that had been an option. I hate maintenance week! I know it keeps the gym nice, but it’s a real bummer for a gym rat like me. 🙂

I got some more cleaning done, however, so this morning wasn’t a total waste. And I had time to whip this together before work:

Definitely one of my favorite breakfasts!

Basically: A bunch of sauteed veggies, one egg, two egg whites and a little cheese piled on top of a whole-wheat wrap. So good. Do you ever put peas into your eggs? It’s one of my favorite veggies to add into my scramble in the mornings because a) I love peas and b) they are very high in protein relative to most veggies, 5 grams for 2/3 of a cup. Also in the mix: Kale and green peppers. It was delicious!


One final note, I was thinking about doing a blog post once a week about pumping up my Financial Fitness. When I decided to get my health into order a few years ago, I went  through some significant changes, and recently I’m doing a similar overhaul with my finances. Do you think that would be interesting for you?

Do you ever make your own pizza? 

What is your favorite source of breakfast protein? 

Does your gym have a shut-down week? 

How do you regroup after a weekend away?

Would you be interested in a weekly “Financial Fitness” column?