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)
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!!!
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