Wednesday, January 04, 2012
So on December 31st Tom and I got together and did the Resolution Run. We walked it. I was teasing him about keeping up with me but forgot how long his strides were. We talked a lot. Probably more than we've talked in the past few years. I don't know guys. He relapsed on drinking a bit ago and I think it hit him like a ton of bricks....he checked into treatment and therapy and for the first time in a long time, I see a glimmer of someone I married so long ago. It's been nice.
This is us...we walked it in 45.06 (5K)
He's been asking for more and that's AWESOME cept I am gonna want to try and RUN one of these! LOL
Oh! and we all signed up for the gym. yup! As we live right across the street fro mit and been oggling it for a while, we signed the whole family up and have been hitting it pretty consecutively. I took the last two days down as I was coming down with a tummy issue, but we are going again right after I drop the girls off at school. I really love that he is not letting his back get in the way. I think maybe he realizes that this could HELP his back and again...I am just ....well, I'm a hoping!!
California Fitness has a lot of classes too that my daughters and I are thinking of tackling. Yogas and spin oooooh and Zumba. Now all we need is time.
Applied for a few part time jobs today. I've decided to take a break from school. Yes, it is 90% in part of him asking me to, and 10% because I'm broke. LOL D3's cheer will be advancing to travel next year to Vegas or LA, I need new aids as they have been broken for ahile (so I can't hear the teacher's anyhow right now) and we are hoping to buy a house. In the meantime, i'm looking for a similar major in online classes and Tom is helping me by calling around. His reasoning is that just because I CAN drive with my eyesight, doesn't mean I SHOULD. So, do the necessary driving and etc etc. Point taken.
Oh yes....on a somber note. I've been noticing a lot of drama on Spark lately. People saying mean things and judging and hurtful. I know none of my Sparkies do that and I thank you for that. However, be aware and maybe help others be aware....fear is fueled by ignorance which leads to hate. Hate kills. Nikki's cheer team lost their tumbling coach to bullying over New Year's Eve. He took his own life. I don't think he realized how many people cared as he only felt the stabs of jeers and hatred from others. He was only 19. He could have been my child.
I only "preach" this as I notice people seem to find it easy to criticize or judge via text, email and online....There is no face to put it to and this makes it easier to ignore a face when they get in groups. Can you imagine the feeling of mortification? Of the hurt or anguish one must have to endure to accept and enforce eternal silence as the only option to another's cruelty? One word....one look can change everything. So, I resolve to every day say or do one nice thing. Even if it's tell a punk'd out green and blue spiked hair, pierced body person that I like their shoes.
It's been kinda hard...they only have 3 more practices before their 2 more competitions this month and it's easy to see this weights heavily on everyone's mind.
Rest in Peace young child.
I made a chili today. The recipe called for cinnamon. ugh. I can't fix it. it's gross and I must toss it out. LOL I mean it's baaaaaaad. I think Top Ramon sounds good.
Never put cinnamon in your chili...despite what the recipe says!! LOL
Okay, I think that's it. There's the ups the downs the workouts and meals.
Still rambly I know....but I have to go...I'm hungry!!
My future holds:
Video for Jumpstart challenge tonight
workout tomorrow am at the gym.
HOPEFULLY the Whole Foods 5K run this month (depends how broke I am...)
I hope all of your holidays were good and the new year brings everyone what they are looking for: no matter how big or small your dreams may be!!
"Give Peace a chance"
(from PETA site via Bing Images)
(John & Yoko from www.mog.com)
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Normally I do a reflections blog then a Resolutions blog, but I have a big resolution this year. One run a month. This coming from someone who still hasn't completed the C25.
So clearly I must complete the C25 while doing this.
This is what I have thus far:
December 31st : Resolution Run Sacramento, CA
appropriate, I think. My oldest and T may walk this with me. Or I just may run and meet them at the finish line. LOL
January 22nd: Whole Foods Running School, Roseville CA
I don't know which run to do on this one...go big at 13.1 or medium...hmmm.
February 12th is a 5K in Auburn CA....It's a CHOCOLATE RUN!! When i mentioned this to my girls I ended up paying $77 in registration fees...what girls will do for chocolate!! LMAO
March of course will be a Shamrock run. in Folsom
April pages wouldn't pull up yet...but I know I saw a couple...
May: Bay to Breakers, San Francisco
Did it last year and can't wait to go again! 1st "run" I've ever done!!
July has the Color Run. Either July 8th in Seattle but more than likely July 28th in San Francisco.
September: Miners Ravine run (no details yet)
but Sept 28-30th at Lake Tahoe there are some events too I may consider...oooooh. There'd be a reason for Lake Tahoe!!!
October: TBD (either a pumpkin run or...)
November had a few but my interest went to Apple Hill Harvest run :o) Another place I've wanted to go since we've been here...but there are some Turkey trots (I always think of turkey poop) to check out too...
and back to December...
I've also joined the iRocklinrun group on Facebook which I guess also do one run a month so if I absolutely can't afford anything or just want an extra boost...
There it is....Now to commit.
Actually. Now to clean the test site once known as my apartment from the baking fiesta for Christmsa!!
That and I drew a writer's blank....Oh Oh!! T is picking me up to register at 24 hour fitness. He's really trying. I had told him even if we got back together I would never marry again LOL...it was a harsh conversation to say the least, but I dunno...we'll see.
Oh, I will have photos of the fam here next time I get on...
Now, really...that's all.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
"Remember how I said I’d rather be with someone for the wrong reasons than alone for the right ones? I’d rather be right. It’s gonna feel good to stand on my own.”
Amanda Jones, Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)
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)
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