Oct 30, 2013

So What Wednesday....

I must admit that I told myself I would rotate around the Wednesday linksup so people wouldn't think of me as a linkup junkie.....but some weeks are more worthy of a '"So WHAT!" kind of a linkup than others, right?

I'm drinking a diet coke on a Wednesday.

I normally save my solitary soda splurge for one on the weekend while grocery shopping, but today was its day. Its gloomy and I'm cranky.

I have zero desire to cook dinners this week.
I wish I could pull a Ryan Seacrest and yell "April...OUT! Fend for yourselves people!"

My wi-fi didn't work this morning in the garage and would not load up Netflix on my phone.  I figured watching a show would keep me at a leisurely stroll on the treadmill rather than the normal music routine. Lets face it, I don't have 'leisurely-force-yourself-to-walk' kind of music.  Since I resorted to music to fill the void of staring at the garage wall, I struggled to keep my pace at a walk.  I wanted to say 'oh 3 minutes of speed work won't hurt,' but it turned into five minutes and then seven, and then well I give up on staying at a 'walk.' Oops
"No doctor, I didn't run....I listened to your medical advice and took it easy! Pinky swear!"

Tomorrow is Halloween and I have not bought a pumpkin this year. Evil mom aren't I?  I have zero desire to do 100% of the work to allow Hubs and Kiddo to steal all my hard-earned pumpkin seeds.  So we only have my plug-in pumpkin this year....(and store bought pumpkin seeds squirrelled away at work.)

Yeah, and this??

Should never have been invented. For the love of my butt and thighs, please make them disappear before they magically end up in my mouth.


Oct 29, 2013

On The Table: Chicken with Corn-Zucchini Salsa

Recently my one and only aunt was in town.
Seriously, I have only one aunt....who I get to see but once every year or so, when she visits from Kentucky.

Sandy deserves a shoutout for a moment since this is a health blog right?  Sandy is 58years old and has been meeting and surpassing her goals right and left this past year.  The chick has me beat by far! Skydiving, tattoo, and her biggest feat yet?  She just completed a 100mile bike ride. Woah.  I did a similar ride when I was 15yrs old with my dad and it kicked my arss, but here she is taking up bike riding in her 50's and to then complete a 100?

She left behind some goodies for me, in the form of three food magazines. She knows me so well, always on the lookout and trying new recipes.  So I inherited three Rachael Ray magazines.  I won't buy them personally because Rachael tends to do just multiple variations of burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, and pastas....all of which aren't big in our household due to carbs and the soy issue requires me to make most of our own bread and crusts.

But I did find one that was easy and fit more of our family style...a quick and easy recipe that ended up so easy I doubt I need to read over the recipe next time!

Rachael Ray's Original Recipe HERE "Grilled Chicken Cutlets with Zucchini, Corn and Cherry Tomato Sauce"

My tweaked version that involves things I had on hand is now renamed as:

"Grilled Chicken with a Corn-Zucchini Salsa"

  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 4 cloves garlic,minced
  • 3-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), divided
  • 1 lb of skinless chicken breasts  tenders (about 6)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 ears corn, kernels cut from the cob
  • 1 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and diced
  • 1/2 small onion diced small
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tsp of basil (dry)
  • mozzarella cheese to sprinkle on top.

In a small bowl, squeeze the lemon and combine with 2-3 cloves of minced garlic and 3tbsp of olive oil.

Place marinade into a quart size baggie and add in the thawed chicken tenders to mix and marinate.

In a skillet, with 1-2tbsp of olive oil, add in the fresh corn and brown.  Throw a dab of butter in there to help the browning and more flavor if desired.

Cook on medium until the kernels start to brown and soften.

Add in the diced zucchini and onions and continue to saute together.

Add in the red pepper flakes and any remaining minced garlic.

Cook until the zucchini is tender.

Add in 2tbsp of butter, be generous to make a sauce.  Toss in the basil and let simmer for 2minutes.

Grill the chicken for 3-4 minutes on each side, then transfer to plates.
Plate with two tenders, top with a generous spoonful of the sauce and sprinkle with a tiny amount of mozzarella cheese.  The cheese is just for fun and well cheese makes everything better anyway!

**The kids and I both loved this so much that we agreed that the corn-zucchini salsa should be made as a side dish by itself! I love finding a new vegetable to serve the family that is quick and easy!

Oct 28, 2013

Weekend: Slithery things and cheesecakes

Love blogging my Mondays' with Sami and reading about everyone's Weekend Shenanigans!
(its the one post that is more about family and fun instead of fitness and food....
granted mine tend to gravitate to food no matter what! ha!)

Sami's Shenanigans

I have to admit, my weekends are going to be bumped up a notch now that the In-Laws have arrived.  At least should make for interesting Monday posts, right?  I'm kidding, its not bad at all (yet) its simply an adjustment going from a family of four to six and a more cultural awareness.

1. Soccer Saturday of course!!  Everyone loaded up and watched Kiddo play, which was fun since its usually just LittleOne and myself while Hubs is busy volunteering.  Luckily Kiddo had a great game!  Hubs realized that he's actually moving stronger into midfield position (this is the first season Coach is using midfielding) but we both noted that he needs to work on endurance.

2. Fun was later had at a free Halloween outing for the kidlets.  The haunted hayride for the adults was overrun and the wait line was over an hour! Hubs was disappointed (ahem..I was relieved.)  The most 'fun' was when the bounce house deflated and collapsed on Kiddo.  He was one of the most mature one in the house and he ushered the little kids out of the house since they got scared.  I love how much his 'big brother' instinct kicks in even if his sister isn't with him.

3. Since Saturday's Halloween outing was a bust, I scoured the internet and found another local event.  Loaded up our new expanded family of 6 to visit Texas Natural Science Museum on the University of Texas campus for some science-geek fun for Kiddo and dressup fun for LittleOne. Kiddo got to manhandle puffer fish, lampreys, bonnethead sharks while LittleOne and I made a spider bracelet and ring.  Free fun that cost $15 in parking madness, but in downtown Austin that's not too bad!

4. Somehow our Sunday outing resulted in a gourmet cheesecake AND a lemon pound cake being in our house by 6pm.  This is not a good thing.

Oct 25, 2013

It's Friday and I'm awesome

Its Friday!!!

and I'm flat out exhausted! (and considering I only worked three days this week, I should be embarrassed to say that, but I'm not.)

In extremely sad, but timely news

Today is the last Queso Friday at work.
Our charity drive kicked butt this year with these events, averaging over $500 a week for local organizations.  I'm proud to say that I contributed a total of $12 over the course of eight weeks with six bowls of queso purchased and enjoyed for lunches.

This may or may not have been a reason for my lackluster losses this month.
(what losses? I had absolutely no losses)

But to counteract that sad lip, I do have something to smile about.

A week or two ago I joined at W.O.W. #23 with SkinnyMeg and talked about working out in the workplace, I got amazing viewers visiting my site (thanks linkup gurus!) but also wanted to post a brief update as I was quoted in the internal newsletter:

April had this to say about setting aside a specific amount of time for herself:
"Call it work stress, or time stress, but getting 45 minutes to focus on me, as April, is amazing.  I'm not 'mom, 'spouse,' or 'worker April,' but simply me.  Getting to do something for myself without distraction and interruption."

Yes Dean, yes I am.

I needed my own remarks as a reminder!  After this week of ZERO, ZILCH, NADA in the means of working out and even worse food choices, I need to read my own comments to know why I want ot keep going and pushing myself further and faster.

While I can't run until the doctor releases me, I am planning on jumping back into my 4:30am routine after a week off with some sitting bicep and arm work, and maybe some basic walking to keep me on my toes and not lose my routine anymore than I already have. 

Today is 9 days since my last run, and I've realized that I'm cranky without that time for myself and my knees are aching to get some movement!!

Perhaps I really can call myself a runner? 

Oct 23, 2013

So What Wednesday - Gif style

I find it only fitting to do the So What Wednesday with Life After I Dew this week of all weeks.

So what if…. 
1.Today is the first day I’ve had to truly relax after my surgery, but am at work already.

2. That I have scavenged around the building and scored some OTC meds because I’m an idiot and thought I was okay to not bring my pain meds with me.

3. That I have three days of work piled up from my absence and I’d rather close my door and take a nap at work.

4. That I have not meal planned beyond tonight’s dinner because my *In-Laws arrive tonight. (upcoming post) 

5. That I’m about to break up with my “coffee-club” at work and begin my own. 

And with that I leave you and head into Thursday hoping for a better day.
*may be necessary to re-read #4

Oct 22, 2013

On the Table: (V) Middle Eastern Rice w Black Beans and Chickpeas

This is one of the few recipes that is slightly ethnic for most tastebuds, that I actually have some guidelines for spices.  I do everything by smell, but this recipe was one that I found and notated as I went.

Hope it prompts someone to branch out of their norm.

Middle Eastern Rice with Black Beans and Chickpeas

1 tbsp olice oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup uncooked basmati rice
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground tumeric
1 tsp ground cayenne pepper
1 quart stock (vegetable or chicken)
1 1/2 lbs ground turkey
2 cans garbanzo beans (chickpeas) drained and rinsed
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 bunch chopped cilantro (optional)
1 bunch chopped parsley (optional)
1/4 cup pine nuts (optional)

  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in garlic, and cook 1 minute.
  • Stir in rice, cumin, coriander, turmeric, and cayenne pepper. 
  • Cook and stir 5 minutes, then pour in chicken stock. 
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 20 minutes.
  • If you need or want to add in some protein, originally I read to use ground turkey but I actually had some chicken breast to use up.
  • Poach or prepare chicken (or even use leftovers!) for chopped or shredded and add in with the rice and stock step.
  • Gently mix cooked chicken, garbanzo beans, black beans, cilantro,parsley, and pine nuts into the cooked rice. Season with salt and pepper.
  • For Hub's tastes I also added in extra cilantro and cumin, but added in saffron with the other spices.

Oct 21, 2013

Guilt and anger.

I will not step on the scale this week, I can't...I know its not real.

I haven't gotten to work out since last Thursday's morning run, and I swear it feels like I haven't worked out in a year with the bloat and blah I'm feeling today. I made the mistake of looking in the mirror and anger came over me, it hasn't been a week but I look and feel like I just wasted months of hard work and am right back to where I was six months ago.  Guilt and anger.

I can't push it and workout too much like I want to, but I got the kids to go for extra long bike rides yesterday for me to walk with them.  That counts for something right?

Its time like this that I wish I could do cleanse or detox things like the Advocare 24 day challenge or even the 10day things....but I can't.  I can barely swallow pills, and the idea of those horsepills repeatedly? Yikes!

I have a friend who just sent me a message for her new program, Plexus , never heard of it before and I'm not normally one for supplements or whatnot, but that email was received yesterday evening in the midst of a 'woe is me' moment regarding the bloat and exercise limitations.

So what do I have out there for me to jump back into this game?  Since I can't go extreme like doing a double workout tomorrow or even a single run, the answer has to be in a clean up of the food choices I've made. I don't know what it is, but when the time in the gym is limited, my brain seems to forget the food and portion control aspect of the lifestyle.

I'm pretty sure my October will be a month of gain at this point.  I'm not counting myself out for the month with 10days left, but I also have houseguests moving in this week.

My in-laws are moving in for a couple months...

Anyone ever try or heard about this Plexus stuff?
Any other suggestions on things to kickstart some movement on the scale?

Oct 19, 2013

Quirky Friday

Well so much for preparing my Five for Friday post early and having wonderfully sarcastic gifs and commentary.
Guess I'll just draft them up and not publish until the morning of now that it bombed on me.

So much for trusting my ipad posts, right?

My faves centered around soccer for kiddo, pumpkin anything for me, and other randoms that I fancied on Thursday night when I prepped my post. eh.

Instead I've spent my day racking my brain as to what exactly happened yesterday.  I had surgery under general anesthesia, but I don't even remember much. That stuff must be good, I remember being rolled out of my room, but I got nothing after that. I don't remember entering another room, or even the anesthesia doctor starting the meds.
I think the anesthesia nursed started it behind my head in the room? Its okay I suppose....its hard to think about a loss in time (might be the control freak in me?)

Disclaimer: I suppose blogging while medicated is not recommended.
and with this I'm out....
Enjoy your weekend lovelies!

Oct 16, 2013

Speed bump

I have found that I work best when given a challenge....
I'm too competitive and proud to ever admit defeat, so it works for me to have someone or something to compete with.  Not for any prize, just for the satisfaction of knowing I did it.

September was #GYSTS aka 'getting your $hit together September' and I met my goals.
October I deemed as 'Mileage month' with a monthly mileage goal of at least 50 miles (originally 60) completed.
And then I realized today is the 16th, the month is half over and it's just not going to happen. I was being a mom and dealing with a sick toddler for three days the first week of the month.  That means I missed my weekly goal of 12-15 miles  from the first week alone. Insert pouty lip :(
But I made up for it last week with my bonus run on Saturday night and I hit 18.46miles for the week?! Say what??

I think I looked like this after cooling off!
I have managed to average over three miles each day the week so far, so I will hit 12 after Thursday morning, but then an unexpected speed bump. Seems that a procedure I've been expecting got suddenly scheduled for Friday. This Friday! I'm not in an anxiety induced food binge yet, don't worry I'm sure I will attack some coffee and chocolate Thursday night before the sat begins at midnight.  Yuck.

I had texted a friend that I will just walk Friday morning since I can't drink any water or anything and she mentioned the 'C' word.....as in that I was crazy to think about working out mere hours before surgery. And she's right, I don't know how I'm going to recover I ought not push myself to be sore unnecessarily.
So I get to skip my Friday miles, and lay low for the weekend.
Here's the cincher though....I'm more scared of the following week. Will I be able to jump back into things? How much time off do I have to take? I really don't want to lose the momentum I've recently gotten.
(the procedure is fairly minor and typically done in some offices....but my body hates me and my *gyno would be more comfortable with me knocked out and monitored longer than most.) 
It's not boobs
Or lipo
Or anything fun.
Just one of the oh fun things of being a 37yr old woman.
 (feel free to email me if you have questions)

and yes, I've fallen hard for the gifs! 
 Since I don't do too many pictures, at least this livens things up, right?

Oct 15, 2013

On the Table: Baked Turkey Chimichangas

When I first joined Weight Watchers back in 2005 I found this recipe and I think I made it twice a month because it would last me an entire week in leftovers for lunch.  The original point value was 5, so they are likely 7-8 in PointsPlus.

Now?  I have a 9yr old who asks for me to make them!

*Recipe info in black is as it was originally given from a WW recipe site, and my edits are in red.

Baked Turkey and Jack Cheese Chimichangas
2 sprays cooking spray
1 pound uncooked ground turkey breast
14 oz fat-free canned refried beans
3/4 cup salsa (I used 1/2cup)
2 oz canned green chili peppers, mild, drained and diced (4oz diced)
1 tsp chili powder (paprika, cumin, garlic, pepper flakes)
1 Tbsp scallion(s), thinly sliced (I sauteed chopped onions instead)
1 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese (only 1/4 cup)
8-10 large burrito-size wheat flour tortilla(s)

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Coat a large skillet with cooking spray. Coat a 13 X 9 X 2-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Add turkey to skillet and cook over medium-high heat until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. 
  • Drain any excess liquid from pan and then add beans, 3/4 cups of salsa, chili peppers, chili powder and scallions. Cook until heated through, about 3 minutes; st
    ir in cheese. 
  • Meanwhile, wrap tortillas in foil; warm in oven for 10 minutes.
  • Assemble chimichangas by spooning about 1/2 cup of turkey mixture onto each tortilla; fold in sides and roll up.
  • Place chimichangas in prepared baking dish. Bake uncovered until tortillas are crisp and browned, about 20 minutes. 
  • Serve each topped with 2 Tbsp of salsa and 1 Tbsp of sour cream.
These are perfect for lunches, great for mealpreppers! I place the leftovers after cooling into a gallon baggie to lay flat in the fridge. I've never frozen them but you should be able freeze them similarly, or wrap in wax paper to freeze individually for your homemade frozen burritos. 

Oct 14, 2013

Weekend: Soccer and Sweat

Sami's Shenanigans

I actually look forward to this great linkup on Monday's! It seems to start my blogging week off on the right foot, even if I didnt have that great of a weekend.

But I did, so that helps. I've said it before, weekends are family time so I obviously don't do pictures too much.

Our Saturdays are primarily centered around soccer for now.  Kiddo is in his fifth year of playing and after this season it turns into select teams so he's working hard to get selected to stay on with the coach he's had for three years now. 11:30 games mean its basically breakfast and clean up then up to the fields.

For lunch I made a gorgeous salad with chicken fajita meat on top for Hubs and I. The kidlets? Yeah, they had chicken sandwiches and chips! What I wouldn't give for their metabolisms!

Saturday was a lowkey day, but the kids were exhausted and went to bed early.  This is rare so I took advantage of it and jumped on the treadmill to get some extra miles in. If you follow on Twitter or Instagram you saw my excitement...I ran my longest straight run and the fastest! 4.52 miles with a warmup and cool down and I still averaged a pace of 10:52 . Not too shabby for this newbie treadmill runner/wogger right? Let me enjoy this.

If anyone follows the news, Saturday night turned into a rare Austin event. It rained. A huge downpour of a rain that ended up flooding out the ACL concert. That's a first!

Obviously Sunday was rainy and gloomy, but that didn't stop the kids and I from hanging with the family.  Translation? LittleOne and I got some shopping done with my mom while Kiddo hung out 
with Grampa.

Great weekend.

Oct 11, 2013

Week Recap: 10/7 - 10/11

Well lookie loo, I actually blogged everyday this week? Its an October miracle!

I'm facing the reality that I'm not going to meet my October goal, missing so much in week1 set me back too far, plus I'll be out of commission for at least a week after next Friday (a simple procedure on the girly bits...but the idea of running does not sound fun!)

This week I battled a sinus or cold thing, in fact I'll be making an emergency pharmacy run to grab some generic allergy meds to get me through the day.  I gave myself Thursday as my 'rest or its going to kick your butt' day.

October 7-11
Monday: 3.6miles + Brazillian Butts
Tuesday: 2.82miles + P90X Arms and Shoulders
Wednesday: 3.76 + Insanity
Thursday : REST 
Friday: 3.28miles + P90X Plyo

Total mileage for the week: 13.46

My goal was for 15 which would have been the 2mile minimum on Thursday.

I may consider trying to get it in this weekend, but I'm not making any promises.  I am hopeful to get in some mileage all the way up to Friday before I head in.  Oh wait, I may just walk...I have to fast after midnight and that usually means water too, doesn't it? blah.

We have soccer this weekend and some family time set up for Sunday.

Its ACL or Austin City Limits Festival in Austin this weekend, so I'm getting out of dodge...

What is on your radar for this weekend??

Oct 10, 2013

Spam folder, its where the fun is.

I needed a laugh this morning, so I visited my email spam folder. Trust me, if you feel low or in a funk, just check your spam folder because the world  thinks much worse of you than you already do.

Because according to the interworld?
“Adriana” and “SexKitten” keep sending me messages with ‘Hey’ and ‘I miss you’….which is weird because the Adriana I know was in high school and a flat out snot, and the only kitten I know doesn’t speak English, or human for that matter.

I’m also special enough that not only am I in need of ‘slutfinder’, but I get free limited time access to find a local slut.  I’m stoked! I never get freebies!

But to help appease my mother or family I can share that I also am qualified to join a Jewish dating site.
1.       I’m not single
2.       I’m not Jewish

Oh wait, there we are, one for the special Christian people to ‘Mingle’

Why does everyone think I’m single?

Keep reading, April…surely there is someone who knows you better than that?

Yes, yes…there it is!  AshleyMadison, a site specifically designed for people to cheat on spouses.


I guess I’ll be all set after I take advantage of the online pharmacy sales and these ‘amazing skinny secrets’, but don’t worry I’ll have plenty of money for my dating Jewish and Christian and/or cheating life with my new cosmetic surgery that was funded of course by a surprise account found in Nigeria that a very nice young man is trying to help get to me.

Oct 9, 2013

Working out at work


If anyone has read along with this ride, you may have realized that I have my 4:30am workout time slot but also reference my 'midday' class or workout.  This is my wellness class at work, basically a few of us reserved a conference room with a projector and we rotate around videos that one of us has purchased.  We rotate between P90X, Insanity, Brazillian Butts, Jillian Michaels, TaeBo, you name it, we will try it!  This is encouraged at our workplace and this week we were asked to be included in our internal e-paper with some quotes, and I was 'sure' I can give a quick quote.

ruh roh....

Yesterday they came into our class with a camera?! Don't they know this is a room of now 8 women who are in workout gear?? Luckily we were good sports and they caught us BEFORE starting our class for the day.

We smiled, we flexed...

(I still hid my thighs and ghetto booty behind the poster)

I've had several people ask, and I'll admit it.
We don't have showers at work....ewww? 
Yes I sweat and on Insanity days, it is a solid sweat! But it is so worth the little redness and refreshed makeup.  I bring two washcloths to work, one for during the workout to mop up, but the other is my 'handshower' cloth.  And while its fundamental and basic, it gets me through my afternoon with a basic wipedown and washed face.  I eat lunch at my desk while letting my redness wear off and then freshen up the makeup to finish out my day. Voila!

Another key thing about my workout/wellness group is that  yesterday was also our measurement day.  We have it scheduled every three months to see our progress.  Having the group encourage each other on is so helpful, and having an employer who encourages and promotes 'wellness' in the workplace has been very supportive in 'spreading the knowledge!' 

Take advantage of your calendar on your phone and set up those measurement reminders! Or think of a way to get some activity in your workday?  While we do some intensive videos, we also can see a little walking group of men (who I suppose are too proud to do videos?) who now walk the parking lot during this same time.  We have a few people only come and do 30minutes since they only have 30minute lunch blocks. 

Admittedly on paper, so do I.
But my boss is awesome and says as long as my work is done and nobody is complaining then he's supportive of his employees being active (I think he secretly knows that it keeps us healthier and therefore at work more often than out sick, doesn't he?)

Oct 8, 2013

Introducing 'On The Table'

I mentioned it before about the re-organization and titling of some recipes, but never elaborated and felt maybe we needed some details.
(See, I told you that I may eventually get organized)

Rather than share a weekly menu, or commit myself to posting it regularly I thought why not share a recipe of 'what is on my table' that week.  I do meal plan, at least four dinners a week with the remainder open for 'free form' cooking or the off chance that Hubs will cook or leftovers.

I realized that I've been posting recipes for a while and some of acronyums that some may not be familiar with, so here goes!

GF - gluten free -  naturally or I've made modifications with oatmeal or rice flour. Nothing fancy because we aren't a GF house.

SF - soy free - my 2yr old daughter has a significant reaction to soy and we have eliminated it in most dishes.  Its more commonly snuck into packaged foods as a filler, so any commercial baked good likely has soy in it (its cheaper!)

DF - dairy free - either naturally dairy free or I've modified with almond milk.  Both my daughter and I are lactose intollerant.

LC - LowCarb - either naturally a lowcarb meal, or ones that I am able to make a LC option while the family eats the full meal. Example, salsa chicken tacos can be eaten in lettuce wraps or made GF with a portion of rice instead of flour tortillas.

V - vegetarian - I may indicate this on dishes that have a vegetarian option or tweak.  Like my lamb meatballs and eggplant sauce, the eggplant sauce is amazing by itself as a vegetarian meal since they are cooked separately.

Moroccan - These dishes are hard to write up since I do all my spices by smell or look.  The measurements are by nose/eye but I will try and show pictures as I do them.  Obviously they are favorites that I've managed to learn after several years of marriage! but Hubs is the resident authority on these dishes.

I will gladly update this listing if I find more reasons or need to notate for others.

Now, let's see what is 'on the table!'

Oct 7, 2013

Weekend Relax?

Who am I and where is the real April?  
Sami's Shenanigans

"Relax" is not in my normal vocabulary at all, and maybe others wouldn't call my weekend relaxing, but for me? Yep, I'm feeling pretty good about it. That or I'm still on my endorphine high from this morning's kick butt treadmill time?

psst, I actually ran a solid 24 minutes without a break or pause or even a 'omg I'm going to die' thought cross my mind!  Add in that my stupid wifi lost signal in the garage and I did this with Usher coming and going every two or three minutes to startle the crap out of me when I'm chanting or counting steps in my head instead and suddenly get a 'YEAH' thrown in my ear?  I'm surprised I didn't fall off the treadmill.

go me!

Our weekend was basically filled with soccer for Kiddo.  Friday after work and kidlet pickup, we headed over to Academy for emergency cleats.  The kid had another one of those instant growing-over-night events and from one day to the next, his cleats no longer fit him. And now my 9yr old officially is wearing shoes bigger than me.  I'm in a 8 running shoe and ear 7.5 in flats or sandals and such, and the child is now at the max size of kids at a 6, aka an 8 in womens. CRAZY.

Saturday morning was full of house projects starting with reorganizing the guest room in preparation for my in-laws extended visit (that is worth an entire week of posts) and cleaning.  Then off to Kiddo's soccer game for an hour.  He still plays half field this season, but next season will bump up to full field, which is a main reason I want him to start running more with me to build up his endurance more.  Anyway, a solid good game (2-1.)

Then a Target run which we know always ends up taking an hour despite only needing to run in for a single item?

Home for lunch. Proud of myself as I prepared leftovers for the crew of mexican lasagna, and I made myself a big green salad with tuna for protein.

A full grocery shopping experience rounded off my day with two kids in tow.  Needless to say, our dinner plans were basic burgers on the grill.

Sunday was much more laid back and with absolutely gorgeous weather. So gorgeous that I lost Hubs to the great outdoors so he could enjoy a nice ride (motorcycle.)  I forced the kids outside to ride bikes and I got a basic walk in.  Good thing, because we ended up splurging with Whataburger for lunch....my weakest moment this entire weekend, but oh so worth it!
It was still so beautiful out, I took the kids to a huge park for almost two hours before heading home at 3pm.

Sundays are our typical Moroccan dinner night where I try my best to do an authentic dish by technique.  This means it literally takes upwards of two hours to cook our main meal of the day, I started at 5:25 and we ate dinner at 8pm.  I did not time it well, but luckily dinner was a hit.

October goals:
With last week being a total cluster, I've already screwed myself in regards to my 50mile month goal.  Today is the 7th and I've only logged in two solid runs for a total of just under 8miles where I should be right around 12 to stay on pace for my goal.  I will have to find a weekend run somewhere in the month to really hit it.  Luckily as of today I'm still determined and hopeful.

(again...I could still be on a runner's high though)
(I specifically don't share on FB, but think its a riot that others do)

Oct 4, 2013

Color in Motion 5K Recap

This past Saturday was an exciting day for Kiddo and even me. Earlier this summer while I started getting back into the running and scouring the internet for inspiration and goals to set myself for. Living in Austin has its advantages with having way too many official runs available, so much that even across the room while I on my phone that Kiddo can see the ads on my phone for various fun runs.
 All out of my normal clean and simple runs, right? But I'm a good momma and listened to Kiddo, who had just turned 9yrs old in July. I agreed to let him pick a fun 5K to run if he would run with me, so the plan was made. He is too young for the Foam and Mud, so we ended up selecting the Color in Motion 5K.

Pay attention to the name here people, because if you don't....you end up feeling like a tool at the bib pick-up, trust me!  I won't waste anyone's time, but lets give some pointers to the race organizers:
  • There are several different named color runs, but the concept is the same.
  • It must be difficult to come up with a name that is different than one another when the concept is the same.
  • Austin TX is plenty big enough and has enough stores or locations to have bib pickup be different for each of these similarly named races.

Therefore, don't name yourself so close to ColorRun, don't schedule it exactly 2weeks after one another, and don't dare have pickup at the same precise location (which by the way, was very out of the way compared to the location of the run.)  You may end up with visitors all expecting a lot more swag with their pickup when they are confusing your race for the other.
Just sayin'

On to the race itself.
It was fun, the atmosphere was really relaxed compared  to timed races that I've been in. I'm not a chip runner, since I don't even call myself a runner, but this was much more relaxed and fun than those other races.  Everyone gathered at the starting 'area' since there wasn't any official start line that I saw.  There was an announcer on staffolding and he started throwing out extra bags of color to the crowd which was a cue for everyone to start coloring each other. Kiddo had a blast with this, in fact we ended up with an extra bag thanks to a woman who gave us hers in the parking lot.  So the crowd started moving pretty well, and I kept reminding Kiddo to stay by me, that it would be easier once the crowd thins out.

He made us walk pretty early on, but my hips were grateful since the route turned out pretty rough with loose gravel and big gouges in the road.  About one mile of it was in the weeds, which was bad for my allergies (my hands swell and burn) and Kiddo got cranky with everyone around us and me trying to keep him to the far right if we were walking.

But we survived, finishing at about 43minutes of mostly walking the route.  I'd say he actually ran only 1.25miles.  We chatted on the way home about what was wrong and if he'd do it again (because selfishly I really want this to be something for us together that his dad or sister doesn't join in, our mommy/kiddo thing) and he just complained about the gravel and grass, which I confirmed his issues myself.  So he is willing to try again if I can find him a street course.

I forgot to get any 'before' pictures by myself....but did get an 'after' to show my color!
Color in Motion 5K 9/28 

I found a local 5K on October 20th for myself to try and see what my time would be at, so local that I literally could be drive there and be back right about 1hour. Which means Hubs could handle LittleOne if in fact they woke up while I was gone, ha!

Oct 3, 2013

October Goals

This has been quite the week, a sickly kid, chaos at the pharmacy.....being subject to easy pantry access.  Basically anyone's sabotage for emotional and stress eating, right?  And it has been rough I admit.  I skipped my 4:30am wakeup call this morning because frankly knowing you are home for the day with a sick kiddo makes it hard to push yourself that hard.  The monthly 'friend' is also expected this week, so yep...its been a week of temptation to fall off the wagon in a serious way.

So instead, I'm trying to focus on NOT doing that, and seeing myself even better by the end of the month.   September was my month with #GYSTS and just trying to stay back on track in a serious way and it did help having a solitary goal or challenge in mind rather than just 'working out' and 'eating right.'

Lets say it together then,

"My goals for October are...."
  • Treadmill time and focus, my aim is for 3.5miles at least three times a week (M/W/F) and 2miles on the other days along with my arm routine.  This should result in approximately 14.5miles a week to hit 60miles for the month.  The challenge I think is more on my knees and legs than me mentally, so I'm prepared to ice and tape if necessary.
  • Attending my midday wellness class 5days a week rather than my usual 4
  • Bump up the water again, I started strong in September but it fell again midmonth.
  • And can I pretty-please finally fall down below the 150lb mark??
  • pretty please?
  • And find some new yummy recipes to try out, Hubs hasn't been 'wowed' with another new in a while.

So, anyone else set aside some new goals for the new month? 
Any new found websites f or yummy recipes to try? 

Oct 2, 2013

30day SHRED Results

As promised, I completed some new challenges for the month of September and while it wasn't hard at the time, I am grateful that it is over! ha!

Thanks to Amber at Crafty Healthy Mommy for coordinating or at least inspiring us to Get our $hit Together for September (or what we ended up tagging as #GYSTS)  it really did help having friends on the blogworld and Instagram encouraging each other on and venting together.

My goals for September included completion of the 30dayShred and a voluntary detox from coffee.
Honestly? The coffee was harder than Jillian!


I followed the plan although I was not motivated and in fact felt like I was going through the motions more than anything.  I got very bored with the same routine everyday for a week at a time or so.  I went into the program assuming it was 10/10/10 of each of the levels, but no, I didn't like that logical plan.

Level 1 = 8days
Level 2 = 7days
Level 3 = 10days
Level 2/3 alernating = 5days

The workouts being only 20minutes made me feel lazy, to the point that I started jumping on the treadmill for a quick mile before doing the video. It actually helped being warmed  up and it helped put me in the mood for a workout moreso than Jillian.

So admittedly I didn't simply do the Shred video as my only workouts, which I didn't plan to...but for the sake of before/after information it needs to be said that the Shred was simply a new workout to try IN ADDITION to my midday workouts and some treadmill runing.

While I did take before pictures, there is zero point in sharing since nothing is visible at all.  

August 31st / October 1:
Weight: 154.2 / 152.8 = 1.4 pounds
Bust - 34.5 / 34.5 = no change (thankfully!)
Waist - 28.50 / 27.50 = 1.0 inch
Arms - 11.50 / 11.50 = no change
Hips - 41.0 / 40.5 = .5 inch
Top of thigh (sadlebag) - 25.50 / 24.50 = 1 inch
Quad (4in above knee) - 21.0 / 19.75 = 1.25 inches
Calf - 15.0/ 15.0 = no change

Total inches? 3.75 inches
Total weight? 1.4 pounds

Pictures? I did take before and after....but there is nothing visible from my crappy cell phone pictures!  I'm not complaining, I obviously am more toned than I was. 

So now into October!!
My challenge this month?  MILEAGE!

Oct 1, 2013

On the Table: Skillet Salisbury Steak

Okay, so this is literally the only way I've enjoyed Salisbury steak, but I know its not authentic. Gordon Ramsey would roll his eyes and storm off, not even wasting his breath with me. But, you know what?  I got a 9yr old and 37yr old to eat a solid meal and I got in on the table on a weeknight.

So take that Gordon.


Skillet Salisbury Steak

Meat mixture:
1 lb ground beef
3-4 tbsp of breadcrumbs (I actually used my oatmeal flour)
1 tbsp of ketchup
3-4 dashes of worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp onion powder (optional)
1 tbsp of oil
1 tbsp of butter

1 small onion sliced to make rings
4-6oz of fresh mushrooms sliced
2 cups of beef broth
4-6 dashes of worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp of ketchup
black pepper to taste
1 tbsp of cornstarch or flour to thicken gravy

  • Prepare meat mixture and form into thick hamburger patties. 1lb made four thick servings and one child portion.
  • In skillet melt oil and butter and partially cook patties until no pink is showing on the outside. Remove from skillet.
  • Using same skillet with the oil/butter and remnants of the patties, add the onions and mushrooms to cook.
  • Cook onions and mushrooms until soft and golden. (approximately 10minutes?)
  • Add in the beef broth, Worcestershire, ketchup and pepper. Set to medium and cover skillet to cook sauce (about 20minutes)
  • Re-add meat into sauce and cook for 10minutes (this adds moisture back into the patties)
  • Remove patties and set aside.
  • Make slurry with the cornstarch and a couple spoonfuls of the sauce. Add into skillet and stir thoroughly.
  • Once sauce starts to thicken, re-add in patties, cover and continue to cook for 5minutes then turn off burner.
  • Allow patties to set for about 10minutes in covered skillet with burner off before serving.

I served ours with some leftover red potatoes, but traditionally serve mashed potatoes with it and green salad.
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