Running in Skirts

hello friends.  just wanted to check in, although i am feeling really crappy.  i spent all weekend up visiting family, which was fun but stressful at the same time.  there was lots of good food on saturday for my cousin’s graduation party – including homemade stuffed cabbage and homemade kielbasa (omg swoon!) and my mom made a homemade tray of chocolates:

so i tried to make good food choices, and didnt walk away stuffed, but i definitely could have done better.  oh well – you win some, you lose some.  yesterday was my great grandfather’s 99th birthday!  most of the food didnt appeal to me, so i had a little bit, and then had some snacks in the car.  by the end of the night i could tell my body was craving vegetables!  the bf and i went to sam’s grill where i housed a small veggie quesadilla and a big plate of grilled veggies.  i felt so much better after that!

today has been totally blah. i just walked in the door about 20 minutes ago, and ugh am i irritated!  i just want to go for a run… but i was feeling totally dehydrated, and knew that i wouldnt eat dinner until 10pm…  so i opted to stay home.  hopefully tomorrow will be better!  it’s been forever since i’ve gone for a run… i need to hop back on that band wagon, stat.

So its been quite a week, huh?  I wish the sun had come out more than once, but cest la vie.  We’ve had some pretty good eats this week… I stopped by trader joes on Monday to get my groceries for the week – check out this loot!  I was pleased – I hardly ever get all my groceries from TJ’s, but this week I gave it a shot, and it wasn’t any more money than I would have spent at the acme!  The bf doesn’t understand why I insist on TJ’s, but I (like most of you out there) like understanding all the ingredients that are in my food!

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Anyway:  some fruits + veggies: eggplant, zucchini (my fave!), naners, tomaters, and an asian stir fry mix that has some peppers, onions, squash, water chestnuts, baby corn, etc.  This was pretty good, but I could do without the water chestnuts, etc and next time will prob just stick to my usual peppers&onions.  (oh and check out those naners – they were huge and only$0.19 a piece!

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Main courses:  frozen chicken breasts, marinated pork tenderloin, asian marinated beef slices, three cheese ravs, and mozz cheese

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And the rest of it:  soyaki (soy sauce + teriyaki!) sauce for our stir fry, which was ok.  A little too sweet maybe… some of the best tomato sauce from a jar that I’ve ever had (reminded me of my mom’s!), whole wheat spaghetti, Israeli couscous, and OMG edamame crackers.  These are ADDICTING, and I highly recommend them. 

Dinner this week was ehh.  Monday I tried roasting the eggplant and made “eggplant parm” ravioli… I tossed the ravs with half the roasted eggplant, the delicious sauce, and some chopped mozz cheese.  It was pretty good.  I could do better with the eggplant, but Robert loved it, so that was good at least. 

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Tuesday was a pretty easy stirfry, which was pretty good… like I said, the sauce was kind of sweet. 

Wednesday was a great surprise – my uncle was in town and he took me out to dinner!  We went to this little Mediterranean place in the middle of nowhere, and I tried babaganoush for the first time!  WOW!  I might even like this better than hummus!  My main course was Monday’s dinner, only with pasta instead of ravs.  And I ate my uncle’s side of string beans for dessert :)  he thought I was crazy.  (oh and two little glasses of some delish white wine!)

 Yesterday was my favorite dinner this week:  marinated pork tenderloin with Israeli couscous mixed with veggies – the zuch, the rest of the eggplant from Monday, and some yummy maters.  I was a little disappointed bc I usually cook all my rice, etc in chicken broth but completely forgot!  So it was a little bland, but I just added a drizzle of butter+garlic for flavor, and topped it with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and it made all the difference!  I made the pork for Robert, and had a few pieces, but I was mainly interested in my couscous and veggies.  I went back for half a bowl of seconds… Super yum!

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Working out this week was sort of a bust.  My legs had still been bothering me since my road race on Thursday, and I was just feeling so blah!  Yesterday I went for my first run in a week, and couldn’t get into it.  I ran/walked for a half hour, but I wish there was more running and less walking.  Oh well!  I’m just glad I got nice and sweaty at least once this week J   oooo and I did buy some new shorts at city sport last night – pretty colors, and a zipper pocket.  For 10 bucks!  Gotta love it.

Tonight I’m meeting my gf’s and their bf’s for drinks outside in manayunk, soaking up the dry weather while we can! (mind you, we’re not soaking up the sun – it went back behind the clouds, booo)  the rest of the weekend is chock full of family parties – we’re celebrating my cousin’s 8th grade graduation, and my great-grandfather’s 99th birthday!  This man is like the energizer bunny!  Here is a pic of the whole gang last year!  Can you believe there are 4 generations in this picture? 

 

 

What’s on everyone’s agenda for the weekend? 

hello friends,

i’m still fighting with myself over not going to the gym yesterday… i just was not in the mood to muster up the energy to run!  luckily i’ve gotten in the habit of changing right into my gym clothes, so after i had a chat with my mom i could at least manage to do some exercises at home!  i ended up doing two workout tv “videos” (gotta love on-demand exercise tv!) one was yoga, and one was pilates for legs.  i liked both of them, i just felt so stiff that i couldn’t get the most out of the exercises.  but i was glad to at least move around a little bit! 

i’m working on not feeling guilty about things though.  if i’ve picked up one thing from bethenny frankel’s book so far, it’s that you shouldn’t be beating yourself up over your choices.  the most important thing is to take care of yourself.  i’m slowly coming into this habit… but it creeps up on you when you least expect it, so i am trying to catch myself with my fat talk, and guilty talk/thoughts.  it’s hard work!

(speaking of fat talk, check out that link above.  caitlin at healthy tipping point is starting “operation beautiful,” making it her mission to put healthy, happy thoughts into women’s heads – and i think we should all join her!  i know i will be :) )

anyway, i will update again later with some yummy pictures from my trip to trader joe’s on monday… and the yummy dinner that i made with all the goodies!  in the meantime, have a good afternoon! :)

how do i get out of this horrible rut?  i got home late from work and just want to relax.  how do you all stay motivated?

hello friends!

hope everyone’s weekend went swimmingly.  this weekend was spent bumming around, reading, napping, cleaning.  oh and we ran into an old friend from my last job on saturday night and ended up having a fantastic time!  we went to a place in wayne, pa that’s known for its beer menu (robert is such a beer snob :) )  and sat right next to these two guy that i knew (and had 3 glasses of wine!) , then went outside where there was a jazz festival and we danced in the streets until it was time to go see the hangover… which of course caused us to laugh until our faces hurt.  it was a fantastic evening, and i hope you all had a great weekend too!  otherwise this weekend was spent reading naturally thin by bethenny frankel – so expect a full review shortly! 

anyway, back to business.  food shopping tonight – here’s what’s on the menu:

monday – eggplant parm ravioli.  rachel ray has a great recipe in her latest magazine, but robert decided that was too much work haha.  so pretty much i’m getting the frozen ravs, roasting some eggplant, and tossing with some sauce.  let’s see how this goes!

tuesday – beef stirfry.  again no real recipe, just beef + all the fresh veggies that i can convince robert to eat + soy sauce + brown rice.

wednesday – pesto chicken packets courtesy of my gf rachel ray

thursday – pork tenderloin (prob already marinated, etc from trader joes) and israeli couscous with all the leftover veggies from the rest of the week (eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, etc)  yum!  this is the meal i am looking forward to the most (mainly just for the couscous!)

sunday – linguine con vongole - i have been craving this forever!  maybe i will even get fancy and buy clams in the shell somewhere…. 

 

anyway that’s all i’ve got for now… hopefully later this evening i’ll be able to go for a run – my shins have been killing me after my first outdoor run last thursday :-/  fingers crossed!

what are you making for dinner tonight?

so i ran my first race!  it was only a mile, but it was a big step for me.  i felt anxious all day because i thought robert was going to be at class, and i wasnt sure if i’d make it out of work in time for the race, and the race itself was being held by the bryn mawr running company (aka freaking hard core runners!)  so i was freaking out.  but i got out in time, and robert’s class was cancelled (it made me super happy when i turned the last corner and saw him waiting for me!) and i made my one mile in 12:40.  woot!  i could have gone a few seconds faster but the finish line was a little confusing and i started walking before i got there.  whoops!  i think i might have been the only person to run the mile instead of the 5k (except maybe one hard-core dude who must have been trying to PR), so i guess that means i got first?! or last, haha.  ohh well – it was fun anyway!  i think my favorite part was when i realized that somehow a car had gotten on the road behind us and i was running in the middle of the road and he couldn’t get by!  silly minivan. :-P

this race is part of a three-race series, and i’m hoping to run the 5k for the next two times.  that was another thing i was nervous about… when i first read about the race they said that the race would start at 7pm, and awards would follow at 7:25.  ahh!  i can hardly run 2 miles in 25 minutes, let alone 3.1!  but yesterday really set me at ease, and i saw that a lot of people were running up into the 40 minute mark, so i breathed a sigh of relief.  i am getting excited to run in a race again!  less than a month now :)

part of our registration fee included one free beer at the local bar.  there were a few other runners there, and when they said they would need to collect my bib for me to get a free beer i had a mini panic attack.  eventually i decided that i would just buy my beer in exchange for my bib back – and i wasn’t the only one!  i didnt feel as crazy once the other people were keeping their numbers too… i had a nice little chat with another runner who said it was his second race and that it was worth the extra $4 to keep this little memento.  i’m glad someone felt the same as i did!  eventually we convinced the owner to let us get the free beer and keep our bibs anyway.  what a cool night!

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well thats all the excitement that i can handle for right now… off to plop in front of the tv and watch game 7 of the stanley cup finals with robert!  go penguins :)

ok ok so we’re just going to pretend that 5 day hiatus didnt count, kapeesh?  nothing exciting happened, and i dont feel like recapping the food.  (although i did bring robert to flemings on saturday, thanks to jenna for letting us in on their happy hour secret!  we split the calamari, crab cakes, shrimp, and carpacchio, and i had a basil lemondrop (omg so good!) and the white cosmo.  it was a great night!)

anyway, so let’s pretend it’s monday.  here goes:

monday:  we finally got those damn swedish meatballs all cooked and eaten!  theyve been on the menu for 3 weeks now!  i had a portion of meatballs, and a larger portion of egg noodles.  i swear i could live on egg noodles!

tuesday:  baked salmon brushed with evoo, salt+pepper, steamed broc and brown rice.  all drizzled with a balsamic+agave reduction (hmm robert wasnt a fan of the vinegar smell permeating our apartment haha – but it tasted yummy!)

here’s the picture of robert’s dish – my picture didnt turn out as well.  maybe we have another budding blogger on our hands?!

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wednesday:  my new favorite way to eat pesto sauce… courtesy of rach, of course.  but instead of sausage + mozz balls, the boy is going to eat regular sausage and i am trying the sundried tomato chicken kind!

thursday: dinner is up in the air.  i am running my first race on thursday (a one-miler, but i’m excited anyway!) so we will probably grab something quick afterwards.  i am way excited for my race!

anyway so this morning started out like all other mornings… yogurt + kashi + fruit (blueberries) + tea.  i was ready to gnaw my arm off by lunch, and i was so excited to eat it!  i packed my lunch today for the first time in a million years (our new client has crappy food options.  blech.)  i had a whole grain pita stuffed with sabra red pepper hummus, feta cheese, 2 slices of turkey, tomatoes, and spinach.  it was so yummy!  and i had my dad’s “famous” cabbage salad on the side… which is basically chopped cabbage and italian dressing.  it’s so good – and its even better when it has time to marinate, so it will be especially scrumptious later this week.  i was starving again around 3pm, so i munched on some snacks – carrot sticks and a string cheese, and a kudos bar.  i usually dont eat all three (i pack them because you’ll never know if i’ll be craving salty or sweet) but i was so hungry!   and then on the way home i was starving again!  i didnt think i ran that far yesterday!  (19 min).  i stopped at trader joes to get the rest of my groceries for the week.. what a mistake going in there while i was starving!  i walked out with mostly snacks – 2 bags of rice chips (salt and pepper.  my fave!) 1 bag of unsalted pb pretzels, and one bag of choco covered pretzel crisps.  i’ve been dying to try these!  in between doing my laundry i was able to settle down with some real housewives and a small plate of all three.  i knew dinner wouldn’t be until later, so i didnt feel too guilty for splurging!

hmm still dont know how to rotate my pics!

hmm still dont know how to rotate my pics!

oh and my beverage of choice this week is a huge gallon of unsweetened mint tea from TJ’s!  i tried a snapple for the first time in a while at lunch today (desperate times, desperate measures) and it was SO GROSS.  i threw it out.  it wasnt worth the 210 calories.  blech. this tea is so delicious, and is perfectly wonderful without any sweetener!

dinner was the salmon above, and dessert was a few more of those delish pretzel crisps:

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yum yum yum!

anyway, thanks for letting me slide over the weekend ;-)  this has been a good week, and i can’t wait til thursday!  what’s your fastest one-mile pace? mine is like 8.5 (or so says my nike+)… i guess we’ll see what it will be on thursday!

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