It’s a Wrap!

June 3, 2009 at 5:45 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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I’ve had a semi-productive morning so far!  I vacuumed, did some other cleaning, and then hit the mat for some exercise! Have you guys ever used Exercise TV? They have a ton of videos. I did one of their 10 minute ab workout videos and then this 20 minute KILLER arm workout. I definitely only half- did some of the moves. But I tried and my arms feel slightly jelly-ish now. Pretty dang good.

Around 11 I started feeling a little hungry and knew I couldn’t wait till lunch so I dug out a Trader Joe’s Trek Mix granola bar:

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I love these bars. Big chunks of dried fruit that has a yummy tart taste against the sweet coating of the bar. And they always do the trick to get me through until lunch! I want to try to make my own bars soon too!

After my workout and shower, I decided it was time for some lunch. James had an egg sandwich for breakfast this morning which made me really want an egg wrap for lunch!

I used these Trader Joe’s wraps:

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FINALLY I found a wrap I feel good about eating and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg!! I was so happy to find these. They have a great hearty taste thanks to the oats and flax and they’re only 120 calories which means more room for extra fillings and toppings!! Love me some variety. Plus they have 5g of Fiber and 4g of Protein. Hello!

I also used this salsa on my wrap that James and I got at Amazing Savings (discount organic grocery store!) in Asheville last weekend:

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Yay for ingredients I recognize!! Gotta love real food.

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In the wrap:

  • 1 egg + 1 egg white, scrambled
  • Salsa
  • Spinach
  • Mustard

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With a salad on the side for some extra greenage. Spinach topped with Texas Pete, Balsamic Vin and a little scoop o’ hummus because I love hummus as dressing. yum.

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And of course, a little lunch dessert, because really what would life be without dessert??

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Fig Newman. Man this are good. I also got these at Amazing Savings for 2 bucks! Makes it taste even sweeter 🙂

Okay gotta run to the post office and maybe Whole Foods to buy some new vitamins! I’ve been taking James’ in the mean time but I’m afraid the men’s formula will make me grow hair on my chest. Not so attractive.

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You Spin Me

March 24, 2009 at 1:18 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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Hey all!

Sorry for the lack of posting this weekend. I have to say, it was full of some fun times! Saturday night we ended up going to a sushi/thai restaurant to celebrate my acceptance to law school and I got a spider roll and miso soup. It was really good! I LOVE miso soup!

Then Saturday morning we went to the breakfast place that is at the farmer’s market and I got an egg white veggie omelet and ate half of a delicious buttery biscuit. Seriously how did I miss out on biscuits for the first 20 years of my before living in the South??

Sorry no pics. Maybe one day I’ll be brave enough to take them in public!

Tonight I tried my first spin class! I went with a co-worker who is just crazy about spinning and she had some extra passes to her gym so I thought “Why not?” I had been wanting to try it since everyone seems to love it so much!

So what did I think? Well…it wasn’t as good of a work out as I was hoping. I’m sure this has a lot to do with the instructor and the fact that I had no idea what 30-40% resistance felt like to me etc. The first half of the class was pretty intense and I was wondering if I would make it the whole hour but the second half was kind of blech. And boy are those bike seats unkind!! That part was PAINFUL! I understand why people wear padded shorts!!

When I got home, I threw together something quick and filling.

I broke up about a 1/3 block of tempeh, some frozen spinach, mushrooms, onions, marinara sauce, BBQ sauce and worstecire sauce and some cider vinegar. It may sound like a weird combo of sauces, but it works. It’s basically the combo you would use to make sloppy joes.

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Gotta love it staying light so darn late!!!

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With some cheese sprinkled on top. Very yum. Now I have my heart set on a couple rice cakes with PB and chocolate chips on top. mmm..

I promise I have a good recipe in the making! I actually have it in the oven RIGHT NOW! It takes 3 hours to bake!! WHOA! I’ll share what it is and the recipe tomorrow.

In running/injury news: I RAN 4 MILES ON SUNDAY!!!! 4!!!!!!!! and my highest pain was a level 2!!! It was amazing! I could not stop smiling when I finished. Seeing as just a few days before I could barely run 2.5 without having a level 6 or 7 of pain…this was HUGE! I’m healing!

Now I’m exhausted. Time to relax. Have a good night!!

Frittata for one, please!

March 20, 2009 at 1:10 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments
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I love rainy nights! We’re having a nice little storm here right now and I’m happy I don’t have to go anyplace!

My appointment with the orthopedist was fine. He didn’t really tell me anything I didn’t already know. I have IT Band Syndrome, I shouldn’t push through the pain, and I probably shouldn’t run the half marathon next weekend (whether I do or not remains to be seen). He showed me how my right quad was smaller then my left which may have contributed to my IT Band problem. Crazy! I have no idea how that happened. He said that I should start out slow, running 2 miles at a slow pace. This was actually encouraging because he was telling me I could run! He also prescribed some physical therapy which I will make an appointment for tomorrow.

Other things I am looking into for my knee:

1. An IT band strap

2. A foam roller

Anyone have advice on any of these?? I can’t find a foam roller anywhere!! I may order one online but I’d love to have one sooner then that. Suggestions?

I did have a nice work out this evening though. I ran to the gym, did 40 minutes on the elliptical and then ran home.

Once home, I made some dinner for one!

I made myself a frittata in a little pan we have that’s perfect for one person to make eggs in.

First I sauteed some mushrooms and spinach, then I poured 1 egg + I egg white (whipped) over that. I let it set for a little while on medium heat then added some lite Mexican cheese from Trader Joe’s.

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I like frittatas better then omelets because there is more surface area which means more bites!

I also had a soy dog on a piece of whole wheat bread on the side that I grilled on the George Foreman (hence why it’s so flat!)

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And of course an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie for dessert! mmmm….

TOMOROW’S FRIDAY!!! YAY!

Mission find a foam roller will go into effect tomorrow at 5! Wish me luck!

Do you like rain storms?? I think it’s a good excuse to stay in and watch a movie…even though most times I don’t need an excuse 🙂

Rollin’ On Up

March 12, 2009 at 1:14 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments
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Hello all! Is everyone enjoying this amazing weather? I am!! Too bad it’s supposed to be rainy the rest of the week 😦 Ah well!

Swimming is going really well for me so far! I have swam the past 3 days and my knee is feeling just fine! Yesterday I was getting a little bored just aimlessly going back and forth so I decided to write out a little work out plan for me for today:

Pool Workout

  • 8 lengths freestyle
  • 816 lengths alternating freestyle and backstroke
  • 60 pool step leg kicks
  • 16 lengths favorite stroke
  • 60 seconds treading water vigorously (x 2)
  • 60 seconds of high knees with hand to opposite knee
  • 4 lengths sprints
  • 60 pool step leg kicks
  • 12 lengths favorite stroke
    Then I did about 400 crunches in different positions. My legs are tired but I miss a good sweat session!! I am thankful there is an indoor pool I get to at least get some cardio in. I really feel like staying off the elliptical and staying off of running (obviously) is helping to heal my knee which makes it all worth it!

Well this has been a delicious day, I have to tell ya. I made a glorious salad to bring for lunch today. It was so good lookin I just had to show you a picture!

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  • spinach
  • kidney beans
  • yellow squash
  • celery
  • carrot
  • TJ hummus
  • salt + pepper

Ahh I looked forwad to this salad all day and it did not disappoint! There is nothing that makes me happier then a big salad filled with tons of different vegetables. 

Tonight’s dinner was inspired by some eggplants that we had gotten from the reduced price produce cart at Harris Teeter. When I saw Kath’s recipe for eggplant rolls that she had found in this month’s Shape magazine I knew we HAD to make it!

Our inspiration:

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Kath mentioned that she couldn’t really taste the ricotta so I whipped out my secret ingredient:

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Sundried tomatoes! These babies totally made the dinner, in my opinion. I mixed some of these into the ricotta + spinach mixture.

  1. Slice up eggplant and roast at 425* for 20 minutes.
  2. Spread ricotta mixture onto each slice of roasted eggplant (mixture contained ricotta, spinach, chopped sundried tomatoes, garlic pepper, salt and pepper)
  3. Roll up eggplants and place seam side down in a pan.
  4. Spoon marinara sauce over the roll ups and sprinkle with cheese (we used a Lite Mexican Blend that was on sale!)

Optional: Sprinkle with red pepper flakes

 

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(note the half with a lot of cheese on top! That’s all James)

5. Bake at 375* for 10 minutes then broil on high for 6 minutes if you like that crispy outer layer!

I put a few of the rolls on top of some whole wheat pasta for James.

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Check out that delicious crispy cheese action

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I put some on top of spinach for me.

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Like I said, the sundried tomatoes totally made this filling for me. It was like stuffed shells only healthified! I could definitely taste the ricotta filling and the smooth texture of that with the chewy texture of the roasted eggplant was fantastic. Did I mention the sundried tomatoes made this meal?  James said this was his new favorite! He said it was very “gourmet.” And it was so easy with minimal clean up! I love that!

Check out our beautiful flowers we got at Trader Joe’s this weekend: 

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Now it’s time for more West Wing. This show is SO AWESOME! I’m so glad there are so many seasons. It makes me so happy. What ever will we do when we’re done with it?! I don’t even want to think about that day…

What is  your favorite TV series?

Mine is definitely Law & Order: SVU with West Wing as a competitor…

Sunny Morning

March 7, 2009 at 9:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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Ahhh! It’s so beautiful outside! And I feel like I’ve already had such a nice and productive day!

I started out today with a delicious and filling breakfast: 

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 Egg scramble with mushrooms, spinach and light shredded cheddar cheese:

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 Plus some TJ’s Euro Yogurt + sliced strawberries + TJ”s High Fiber cereal:

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Check out that awesome natural light!!!

James and I spent the morning going to the farmers market which is always fun. With this nice weather, the market is bumpin again! We found a cool new vegetable to try out and I can’t wait to see what it tastes like!

I also got something I should have gotten a looooong time ago:

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NEW SHOES!

I got the Asics Evolution 4.  They’re motion control because I have really flat feet which makes me overpronate. I was previously running in the Asics Evolution 3 so I know these will be winners! I also did the running on the treadmill test at the store where they slow down your feet to see if they’re staying straight and I was all nice and aligned in these babies!

I calculated it the other day and I had run over 1000 miles in my old shoes!! Could be why my knee started acting up..the guy at the store said shoes are only good for 500-700 miles. Woops.

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Those are my running shoes resting on top of my new Runner’s World mag!! This weather + new shoes has me ITCHING to go run. It’s just not right to go inside to the gym on a day like this.

On the agenda:

  • Ellipticize
  • Yoga
  • Vacuum
  • Laundry

Off to test out my new shoes!

 Edited to add: Just turned on the tv and the CSI:NY that is on is all about marathons!! Evil!!!

Kitchen Sink Casserole

March 5, 2009 at 1:39 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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This casserole is not for the faint of heart.  James and I were going to have mahi mahi tonight but, unfortunately, the fish did not defrost in time. Oh well! Always tomorrow night!

So while we were contemplating what our dinner alternative would be, James broke out this lovely appetizer spread:

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He got a whole wheat baguette which was sliced, toasted and drizzled with EVOO. He also got some little containers of stuff from the olive bar (artchioke hearts, olives, sundried tomato, mushrooms) at Harris Teeter. They didn’t even charge him for it! Score!

I knew we had some fat free refried black beans and the tortillas we made the other night.. Plus James got a whole bunch of tomatoes and avocados from the discount produce stand at HT so I was thinking burritos! Then James suggested we make a casserole like this one. We went a little crazy with everything we put in it though!!

Layer 1: homemade tortillas

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Layer 2: TJ’s Refried Black Beans

Layer 3: Ricotta + defrosted chopped spinach

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Layer 4: Broccoli

Layer 5: Tomatoes

Layer 6: Corn + sautéed onions

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James’ half had 3 layers of tortillas + more ricotta and less tomatoes.

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(Left half is me right half is James)

After being cooked in a 375* oven for 50 minutes:

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Honestly, I filled myself up on the appetizers!! But I still managed to have a little piece 🙂

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Post picture I put some plain yogurt, Texas Pete and homemade guac on it.

The combo of the ricotta/spinach layer and refried black beans worked surprisingly well! And the corn was such a good addition. It was kind of a last minute throw in and I’m so glad we did! Corn always gives the perfect amount of sweetness.  It definitely made this dinner.

I love doing casseroles like this because James and I can customize each side. Perfecto.

It’s finally going to start warming up here! I am looking forward to going for a run tomorrow (finally!!). I ended up having another elliptical day today…which was okay because it was about 15* outside. But tomorrow, it’s on. Just me, Toby and the pavement.  I really really hope my knee feels okay! I did a little yoga while waiting for the casserole to be done. The rest of the plans for tonight include relaxing, taking T-man out one last time and going to bed!

What’s your favorite kind of casserole to make? There was an article on npr.org about a new kind of casserole. They had some cool recipes and twists on old favorites! I think casseroles can be anything you want them to be…comforting, light and fresh, smoky with deep flavors, Mexican, Italian, Indian….so many possibilities!

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There was also this article about spam. Okay seriously…this stuff sounds disgusting but the guy who writes this article RAVES about how amazing spam is and all the different ways you can eat it!! Did you know Hawaii eats the most spam of any state??

Goodnight!

Veggie Pot Pie

March 4, 2009 at 1:35 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments
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There’s really nothing better then some comfort food when it’s snowy and chilly outside .  James had said a while back that he wanted to make a pot pie and tonight seemed like the perfect time to make it!

My sister and I actually made this recipe for Thanksgiving, as a vegan option. It was de-veganized tonight, though and we used some different veggies.

Changes made:buttermilk

  • Canola oil based butter used instead of Earth Balance
  • Cultured buttermilk used instead of soy milk (and we had no regular milk)
  • Veggies used: Broccoli, carrots, celery, onion, corn
  • Whole Wheat Flour used

 

James showing his approval:

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Pressing out the crust into a circle:

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James putting the crust on top of the pie:

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We made this in the best pan ever because it can go from stove top to oven which equals less clean up which is always a good thing:

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The final product:

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My piece:

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Spinach salad with tomatoes, cucumber, chickpeas and balsamic vinegar:

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With the rest of the iced coffee drink James handed me the second I walked in the door from work..that’s what I call service.

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I ended up giving about half of my crust to James. I was in it for the filling. I really cannot even express how delicious and satisfying this is. It has a rich and buttery taste (I guess from the cultured buttermilk?), with the corn and peas giving it some sweetness.

James quickly informed me that the leftovers  would be gone by the time I get home from work tomorrow. Good to know.

Now we’re watching The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Okay James is watching it…I glance up occasionally.

I did a workout on the elliptical before going to work today. I can’t decide whether I want to try to run tomorrow or give my knee another day of rest.  It felt better today but still hurt occasionally, especially going up and down stairs. I’m inclined to want to just ellipticize one more day. I would much rather skip running one more day then risk being out for the count for weeks and not be able to run my half marathon in March!! We’ll see what happens…

How cautious are you when you feel pain? Does it significantly alter your workout or do you “run through the pain” ?

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