Wednesday, December 21, 2011
I had originally anticipated going through the Biggest Loser cookbook. But somehow during the move it broke. I'm serious...the book just fell apart and broke. I will have to buy a new one.
Until then I have ventured on the challenge of cooking "without pretty pictures" and instructions via Spark Nutrition Tracker. I must say, I love the gorcery list as this makes life a breeze. I have also noticed that it is best to wrap your head around "tomorrow's" meal rather than find out that the meal takes 4 hours when dinner is served in less than one.
Today's Spark menu was pretty good. Breakfast was "supposed" to be an oat bran bagel (1 slice) with butter, strawberries and milk and coffee...
I read "coffee"
but, as I am learning to eat breakfast again I bought the Sara Lee's Everything bagel and as I still gag at the thought of butter on my bagel I put on Laughing Cow's Garlic and herb wedges (35 calories a pied...less than the 105 tablespoon of Philly f.y.i.)
I didn't take a pic as I thought it was pretty self explanatory.
Lunch: Spark says "cottage Cheese; Peanut butter Sandwich; carrots with Russion Dressing; Apple; Water with Lemon.
again it was pretty self explanatory. I made the creay peanut butter on ONE slice of bread, cottage cheese and ate some veggies but I don't know what the heck Russian Dressing is so I left that alone. and I didn't do lemon in my water either. These things would normally send me into a frenzy (I know, crazy right?) as it's like a missing puzzle piece. But, I'm moving on here.
Dinner....oh sweet dinner. I've been looking forward to making this today.
Chicken Marsala atop Whole Wheat Spaghetti; Broccoli; Cottage Cheese Topped Pineapple; Herbal Tea
I printed out the recipe for the chicken marsala and it looked pretty easy. I thought a nice salad with broccoli would be good too. So we went to work.
First you brown the chicken, set aside (easy, got it) as the recipe called for lemon juice in the stock and I had lemon olive oil, I just browned the chicken in lemon olive oil....
set aside the chicken and make the sauce....don't panic!! As my girls didn't even want the IDEA of marsala wine in their sauce I just doubled the broth.
Looking good so far, right?
My Nikki helping me with the salad...and at this time I had the whole wheat spaghetti boiling in a pot.
Now, I let the sauce simmer for about 10 minutes and then added the chicken back in and let it sit and simmer for about another 10 or so minutes.
At this time Nikki says to me "I need a plate for tonight's cheer social...serving about eight people" I looked at her. Really? How did I not know this.
Cheer got my marsala and a salad. LOL I did "taste" some of it...daaaang it's good
When I dropped off the food I was nervous, but then I was well...surprised There were boxes and boxes of pizza, desserts, and more pizza boxes...crazy! So, hopefully people don't get too "put off" by my healthy choice of dinner. LOL
OHOHOH!! I have received several request on the recipe of Spaghetti Tacos. Okay, Here's the deal. The show iCarly did like this 15 second thing where Spencer mentions they are having spaghetti tacos for dinner. It took off!! Kids all over the US start wanting spaghetti tacos....even mine. So, are you ready?
crunch taco shells
spaghetti of your choice (mine prefer alfredo sauce, show calls for meat sauce)
put spaghetti in warmed taco shells
anyhows, Nikki and I walked today as it was beautiful. 30 minutes worth up to the store and back...why drive when you can walk? and after I make ANOTHER chicken marsala dinner for US, I will finish painting the living room.
and maybe laundry. maybe.
Until then, I shall hopefully chat with you tomorrow. I've got to think of some goodies for Christmas dinner...so far I'm in charge of stuffed mushrooms and a couple of pumpkin rolls...I think I need a veggie tray !! LOL
Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
today I thought I would begin trying out some of the Spark foods on the tracker. I had avoided this before because I am a "straight from the recipe" visual type of person. When there are no pictures and step by step instructions of how to eat my foods, I get turned off pretty easy.
However, seeing as I've been on stage one for nearly two years, I thought I would try this out.
So, i went waaaaay over calorie intake today and I'm not gonna make any excuses to ya.
But I will say I started with dinner. It was "spicy white bean soup with rice" okay...fine...
It called for .5 cups of white beans and I put in a can which came to about 2.5 cups. FYI...don't do that. (remember the waaaaay over calorie intake??)
But, to help my fellow sparkies out there who ever try to do menus I thought I would provide some feed back and pics.
I made it with Dole Ultimate Ceasar kit and a Golden Delicious apple in leu of applesauce.
It wasn't bad. I fed the girls spaghetti tacos and I'm pretty sure I'd rather have that...buuuuut, it wasn't bad. I'd make it again :o)
well, it's almost midnight folks (whooops...after) and I promised my oldest I would treadmill with her tomorrow.
so...let's all go do this...get up move it shake it burn it kick it, push it pull it pound it burn it! (oh, I already said that)
Love it :o)
Monday, December 19, 2011
My fi'excee came over last week and asked/told me that he wanted to work things out. He did not want to lose me and things would change. I did what any normal irrational soul would do. I ran to the courthouse and filed the papers.
It's not that there isn't love there. After a quarter of a century love was never the issue. He wasn't happy with me that day and it was extremely stressful. I would have never gotten through the day without Cutiepie actually as she kept me "company" even via text while I was going through this. I can never thank her enough.
Strange we seem to get along better for the most part now. I think he's really trying to quit drinking and his personality seems to reflect it. We talk a lot and it's nice, but like I told him. After so many years I just feel like we are more friends than a couple. For sure there is a lot more than one could put their fingers on to "fix". I think Tina Turner sang it best "it's time for letting goooooo"
Everyone but one person has done fabulously at avoiding sides. And what I mean by that is pretty self explanatory. It's one thing to support a person or another, and even occasionally do a bit of name calling (goodness knows I have!) but there is ONE person that I will leave nameless (his m*m) whom after 25 years does nothing but bash! It's awful and I don't mean just for me. I do feel bad for t as sometimes he just wants someone to listen. "hey had the girls over for dinner...." "including her?? WHY?!" I realize it's probably the I dunno, protective gene or whatever...but really. Just be there for him lady and quit making him feel crappier than he does! Gah...
OH! so, I've been thinking of my New Year's resolution already. Another friend of mine made a wonderful suggestion of "finding me" this year...and I thought. "I wanna run" I really do. I've missed it and slacked off so this is the perfect time to start it. My resolution will be one run a month ... there is a color run in July that I would LOVE to do! You wear a white t-shirt and every 1K "they" throw color on you...LOL I can't WAIT for that one. Depending on when my BIL gets married I will either do the July 8 in Seattle or July 28 in San Fran. I probably will be going to San Fran...which is okay cept I'm doing the Bay to Breakers in May there. LOL
So hopefully by next week I will have the year of runs planned out on here. Exciting huh? LOL
For my exercise today i did cleaning and painting. Really...a lot. I will show you! I owe ya pics of my place anyhows...ready?
As you all know I found the $7 gallon of pink paint for our kitchen. I went back to Wal Mart to get two gallons of a nice neutral beige that would be oh so pretty to compliment the pink.
I ended up with....
I call it peach. My oldest and youngest call it orange. so our apartment is now a Sherbet and probably guaranteed to scare away anything containing testosterone.
when you first walk in the door this is what you see:
I love the color myself...all bright and cheery as opposed to the dull grey/white that surrounded us before. As you go down the hall you will see the laundry on left, bath on right and three bedrooms. There is a little nook to the bedrooms that I keep my curio cabinet and Ms. Kate decided this would be cute to do in pink too....so we did.
Back at the front door...look to the left and you will be in the dining/kitchen area.
As you can see our dining area contains NO dining table. Only a piano, computer station, the lovely whiteboard (my favorite piece! LOL) Someday it will contain a cute table ... maybe.
My kitchen was in the process of being cleaned...so excuse the mess...
back at the front door we look right...this is my living room... My favorite piece here is the book shelf that I can't wait to add to!! (blurry pic)
and above my hot pink slipcovered loveseat are some pretty cool girlie pics...we haven't finished paining the living room yet (haven't started) so that's why the color isn't right. It will be cute with the peach I hope.
Well, that's it so far...that is our place. totally girlie and not ever anything I would have been in before as a married gal. LOL Next will be pink hair !! Like the esurance gal!! why? because I can, duh? LOL
Girls are on break (sortof) from school but not their activities. I get to sleep in at least! ceeeept, i think I will use the time to try out the treadmill in my pjs tomorrow! woo hoo! I'll let you know how that goes. Gots to start my training!!!
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Well, I went to run today. I did. Went to find my running pants when I realized that my girls after years of listening to their 80s momma said "oooooooh we DO love leggins..." Of course the leggins are my running pants.
Other than that I have slaced....I mean really slacked. I haven't been a good leader on my team (sorry) and I haven't been on here very much cept to comment some blogs and what not. I definately haven't worked out other than to move, school, and clean. I DID however, stare at my Hip Hop Abs for like an hour wonder what day would be good to start. LOL
I am starting this weekend.
School is out. I did horribly this semester, but am sooooo proud of my girls for attaining honor status despite T's & my separation. We have decided to call it quits. I did cry ( in Science with my oldest sitting next to me...it was um.....yeah.) and I am so ready to use exercise to beat the crap out of this emotional b.s.
I can't wait. I really can't
I will go naked if I have to down to the cabana and work out...well, I won't though because I think my daughter's band teacher lives in this complex and that might be a bad first impression.
Oh Oh!! I sat and figured out some budget stuff today while my Kate was performing for some schools. I am going to do The Biggest Loser Cookbook for the next two weeks. Yeah, I realize that "Julie and Julia" already did this and that's fine...I want to try out all these recipes...they look so good. So I will try them out, hopefully pics and stuff and blog it. I can't start til Monday though as I have to take my girls to San Jose for an all weekend cheer competition. It's gonna be a doooooozer of a weekend!!
On that note I have to be up in a few hours sooo off to hit the showers...See ya Monday!
and don't let me forget batteries for my talking scale...it died...hence the error messages.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
The duplex flopped, they picked another canadate.
Then the townhouse.
The house was too expensive and couldn't get me an answer.... so,
here we are in Rocklin. My Katie cried. She didn't want an apartment and she didn't want Rocklin. I told her it was just for a year (hope) and that we WOULD be moving back to Lincoln as soon as possible and that it would NOT affect her schooling. Other than that the girls seem to be adjusting okay. We all have our bouts of moodiness but quickly work through them together. I'm not going to lie...it really is already more peaceful. Kind of like when he goes on a deployment. and...I do sometimes miss him. Not enough to shave yet though.
The people here are pretty nice. We pulled up with the Uhaul and there were like, 5 guys ready to help us. Total strangers who are our new neighbors. Every time we showed up with a Uhaul, they would show up to help us unload. It was really kind of cool. the managers of this place got us in here in ONE day. One. She said she had never done that before but when she heard our plight, she just HAD to try. We are in a little disabled unit which I love because the hallways are wider and the bathrooms are a touch bigger.
As I am in the last 4 weeks of school (today) I still have boxes EVERYWHERE.. Whenever anyone of us ask where something is it's "in a box....somewhere" LOL But no one has time to really unpack yet.
I still have uber amounts of essays, algeblah, and final studies...
As for workin out....that would be moving, right? LOL
All in all, it's an adjustment. As this is a 3 day weekend I have put my mind to getting the place in order. We will have while walls and our party couch for awhile as I am managing deposits and whatnots, but it willc ome together. I somehow will find a hot pink couch and maybe some nice shelving units...
I'm just hoping the living room is big enough for me to work out in...otherwise this is gonna be intersting! LOL
Have a great 3 day weekend everyone!
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