I think we should take a break.
It’s not you, it’s me.
I need to focus on my studies.
Once the semester is over, I’ll be back!
Don’t forget about me!
I think we should take a break.
It’s not you, it’s me.
I need to focus on my studies.
Once the semester is over, I’ll be back!
Don’t forget about me!
Yesterday was Wednesday. So I tried to remember to take photos of my food all day. Thanks to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting this fun link up every week.
As I said in my last post, it’s been a really busy week!! I’ve hardly had the time to blog at all. It’s not that I haven’t thought about it. I’ve planned the posts in my head, but finding the time to sit down and write is hard. Too many other things have been taking precedence lately.
The day started with a kale shake, of course. (I forgot to take a photo, so this is actually an old one)….
Busy day at work!! So I hopped over to the Food City across the street to make myself a salad from the salad bar. Apparently there was some shifting during transit. My cheese and sunflower seeds ended up mixed in with my berries. Eh. That’s ok. I ate it anyway.
After a busy day at work, I didn’t feel much like cooking. There’s not a whole lot easier than grilled pork chops, corn on the cob and (instant) mashed potatoes. I love the Idahoan kind. (Baby Reds are my fave). They are so easy and really do taste like real mashed potatoes.
And of course, I couldn’t resist snapping a photo of the interesting sunset out my window with the sun peeking out behind the storm clouds.
And I’ll throw in a pic of the kids …. they love bath time….
Oh, and I signed up for another Diet Bet!! I needed a little extra motivation to get my body ready for bikini weather.
What I love about Diet Bet is – it’s not on the honor system. They verify your starting weight and and your final weight with pictures. And they ensure that you are taking a new picture each by giving you a new word to hold. (I thought my word was very fitting …. I love sunflowers)!
You also have to take a picture of the scale with the number on it, but I’m not posting that photo.
So I’ve got 28 days to lose 4%! It’s on.
If you want to join a Diet Bet, new games are starting all the time Or, start your own game! www.dietbet.com
Once again, I’m a little late in posting my weekend shenanigans. Better late than never, right?? I need to get better at transferring the pictures from the phone to the blog. I always plan out the post in my head, but never have time to follow through the way I want to.
So this past weeekend was supposed to be a productive weekend. We didn’t have anything planned, but I did have a few very important things on my To Do List. (Taxes being one of them!!)
But as always happens, if there are things I don’t want to do, I will find a way to put them off. On Saturday morning, I thought waffles were a great way to procrastinate…. These are Protein Oat Waffles.
Don’t get excited and ask me for a recipe. Even though they look pretty, it was a HUGE waffle fail!! I found a recipe for pancakes made with oats. You were supposed to put the oats in a food processor to make them into a fine flour. I skipped that part thinking it wouldn’t matter. Oh, it mattered!! That step was in there for a reason.
I, of course, still ate mine after I smothered peanut butter all over it. But the hubs and the kids weren’t too crazy about the consistency. Oh well. Back to the waffle drawing board.
For lunch, I made a hard boiled egg wrap in a Flat Out.
Have you tried these Flat Outs? I love them!!
Eventually I ended up taking care of my chores. And to celebrate, Hubby and I went out for a date night. Well, a ‘Not Quite Date Night’. We ventured down the street to a neat little place called Double Dogs.
We had to take one kid with us. The other kid was spending the night at my Mom’s house. She prefers to keep them one at a time.
And a date night with a little person is not quite a date night.
And it meant we had to share our fried pickles with her.
And then we had to deal with her fits. She is definitely a two-year old!
But my California Buffalo Burger was delicious. Here’s the description: A low-fat Buffalo burger patty topped with fresh spinach, tomatoes, red onion, Dijon mustard, our signature lime sour cream and Provolone cheese.
And I shared my fries with the little one.
On Sunday I was able to get the taxes prepared, filed and put away!! Yay. That’s always a chore I hate doing. Even if we do get a little money back, I still wait til the last minute to do it because I hate the process so much!!
That was what was Marvelous in my Monday …. even though now it’s actually Thursday. Oops.
Question of the Day: What chores do you hate doing that you put off??
… in theory. Why? Because I am now CPR certified!!! That was actually my first time going through a certification class. Sure, the hospital taught us the techniques when we brought the babies home, but that was only infant CPR. Now I am officially certified in adult CPR. AND I know how to use the AED machine! (which is super easy – just turn it on – it’s dummy proof!!)
I was really kinda dreading the class, knowing I would have to practice on dummies, but it was fun.
What led me to sign up for the certification class, though, was the fact that when I went to register for my ACE Fitness test, I realized that I couldn’t even register for an exam until I had the CPR certification. I knew I had to be certified before I took the exam, but I didn’t know I had to be certified before I could even register for it. So I panicked. I needed to find the closest class available.
I had to wait another 3 weeks before the class was held. I was so afraid that the test spots would fill up in the meantime. I had already missed out on the closest exam date held in Knoxville. I was already going to have to drive to Chattanooga to take the test now.
But now that it’s over, I am officially signed up for my ACE Fitness Test. It’s just slightly less than 6 weeks away. So I better get cracking!!!
Do you remember me telling you about the Diet Bet I was doing? Well, Wednesday was the last day. We needed to submit our final weight by midnight. The deal was we had to lose 4% in 4 weeks. And I am very happy to report that both hubby and I made it! I only had to lose roughly 5 pounds, and he needed to lose around 10.
Here’s a little secret … I actually woke up on Wednesday morning and was 0.2 pounds over my goal weight. I knew the numbers had to be exact. So what did I do? Well, I only had yogurt for breakfast, yogurt for lunch and then went for a hot and sweaty run after work. It was 85 degrees outside. (And it was also only 3 days after the Half Marathon, but my legs felt great.)
That did it. It put me under the goal! Was it cheating? I don’t think so. I also don’t think I should have lost $25 over two-tenths of a pound when I had legitimately lost 4.8 pounds already. Plus, my original weigh-in was at night. So it’s actually only fair that I weigh at the same time of day. Right?
I received the confirmation email that our $25 bet turned into a $44 winning. Yay. Not too shabby. So how did we celebrate our win? With a burger and fries. LOL
So what did I think of the Diet Bet? I thought it was quite motivational. And I think I might do it again. But the next 5 pounds won’t be as easy to lose. It also helped that I was (sorta) training for the Half Marathon. Maybe I need to find another race to train for in the coming month. (What?? I can’t believe I’m saying that!)
One thing I didn’t tell you about the race was that was the FIRST time I ran in my brand new shoes! Yes, it was a huge risk. But I knew if I ran in my old shoes I would definitely get blisters. They give me blisters even on a short run. I knew they wouldn’t last for 13.1. So I visited a local running store a week before the race to get fitted for new shoes. We tried on a number of different brands – Adidas, Asics, Brooks, Saucony, etc. But the minute I put my foot in the Mizuno Wave Prophecy, I knew they were the ones!! I asked the shoe guy if it was crazy to buy a brand new pair of shoes a week before the race. He said not if it’s the right pair! Hmm. Interesting. Well, these were definitely the right pair!!
If you’ve never actually had your foot measured and evaluated at a specialty shoe store, I highly recommend it. I’d always just ordered my shoes online. I always ordered a Size 7 because that’s what I wear in every other pair of shoes. But did you know that you should order a 1/2 size up on a running shoe? I didn’t know that. Part of the problem with the old shoes is that they were too tight!! No wonder they gave me blisters. I also thought I was an overpronator, as most people are. So I would specifically search out the shoes that were good for overpronation. But that was wrong, the shoe guy told me I have a neutral foot. So I needed a neutral shoe. I had no idea!!
These are the most expensive shoes I’ve ever purchased! But in my opinion, they were worth every penny. They carried me through the race with no issues. I was also told that these shoes will last twice as long as others because it doesn’t break down. So that’s worth the extra money too. If you have a neutral foot, I highly recommend the Mizuno Wave Prophecy! I think I’ve found my new favorite shoes.
Questions of the Day: Have you ever raced in brand new shoes? What is your favorite brand of running shoe??
Well the big day finally arrived, ready or not. And I was not. Well, not as ready as I should have been. I knew I should have been training more, running farther. My longest training run prior to the race was 6.5 miles.
I had been looking forward to this race for months. I was determined not to let the lack of training or this sinus congestion keep me out of the race.
So I got up early, took my Mucinex-D before the race (which did not help at all), ate my oatmeal, and drank 1/2 cup of coffee. I left the house around 6:40am to drive downtown. I had a couple of friends who were also running the race, but we just agreed to meet in the corral.
The race started at 7:30am in downtown Knoxville, next to the famous Sunsphere.
There were over 5,000 people there for 3 different races – 5k, Half and Full Marathon.
The weather was PERFECT! In years past, it’s usually cold and foggy or drizzly, but this year it could not have been more perfect! It started out at 56 degrees and only improved from there.
The first 3 miles went great as we wound through campus onto Neyland Drive. Just after turning left on Kingston Pike, I took a quick bathroom break. There was a short line and I knew if I didn’t go then, the line would be longer at the next one. I was feeling really good as we turned into Sequoyah Hills and ran the length of Cherokee Blvd. I was happy with my 10k time at 1:01. The 7-mile mark is just at the base of the Noelton Drive hill. Imagine the tallest, steepest hill you’ve ever seen, and this one is taller and steeper. My strategy going in was to walk the hill. I even ate my GU while I walked up the hill. Sure I could have run it, but then I would have worn myself out and there’s still 6 more miles to go after that!
I felt a jolt of energy at the top of Noelton Drive, as we turned left onto Kingston Pike. I don’t know if it was the screaming crowd of people or the GU kicking in, but I got my second wind. I was still feeling good as we entered the Third Creek Greenway, and when I saw the sign for 9 miles, I thought it was wrong. I didn’t think I had gone that far yet. I started smiling. Only 4 more miles left.
And then WHAM! I hit the wall. Around the 10-mile mark, my knee joints were killing me. I feared my IT band would start flaring up as it has in the past. I just kept pushing through, but stopping to walk more frequently than I wanted to.
Those last 3 miles were pure HELL. I even stopped looking at my watch. I was no longer concerned about my time. Going into the race, I wasn’t expecting to PR. But I secretly wanted to try for it. At this point, though, I just wanted to finish. I just wanted this race to be over. Why did I think I could run 13.1 miles when I haven’t trained more than 6.5??????
And then I could see the stadium in my sights. There is no better feeling than crossing the finish line of a race! And this race ends on the 50-yard line of Neyland Stadium at the University of Tennessee! I’ve been in those stands many times, so it’s an awesome feeling to be on the field after such an accomplishment.
Only 3 minutes behind last year’s time. How is that possible?? Now I’m thinking – just imagine if I’d pushed a little harder on those last 3 miles. Just imagine if I’d had a few training runs at 8 or 10 miles. With a tiny bit of additional effort, I could have beat last year’s time.
So then I started wondering …. when’s the next race?? How soon can I try this again?
Here are my split times:
Mile 1- 9:24
Mile 2- 8:48
Mile 3- 8:58
Mile 4- 11:42 (included the bathroom break)
Mile 5- 10:29
Mile 6- 9:33
Mile 7- 10.02
Mile 8- 11:36 (included the walk up Noelton Dr)
Mile 9- 10:25
Mile 10- 11:06 (it just goes downhill from here)
Mile 11- 12:10
Mile 12- 12:06
Mile 13- 11:36
I’m always curious about what people are listening to while they run. And I’m amazed at the number of people who didn’t have headphones at all. For a short run, I usually let my mind wander and think about the things on my To Do list. But for a long run, the only thing getting me through it is my music.
I spent a few hours on Saturday perfecting my playlist. Here it is:
1. The Delta Saints – Company of Thieves
2. The Delta Saints – Death Letter Jubilee
3. The Delta Saints – Liar
4. The Delta Saints – Voodoo Walk
5. The Delta Saints – Swamp Groove
6. The Delta Saints – Boogie
7. The Delta Saints – Bird Called Angola
8. The Dirty Guv’nahs – Baby We Were Young
9. The Dirty Guv’nahs – Brown Little Bird
10. The Dirty Guv’nahs – Blue Rose Stroll
11. The Dirty Guv’nahs – It’s Dangerous
12. Big Head Todd & The Monsters – Resignation Superman
13. Zac Brown Band – Chicken Fried
14. Zac Brown Band – Make This Day
15. Matt Nathanson – Faster
16. Matt Nathanson – Modern Love
17. Beastie Boys – Make Some Noise
18. Beastie Boys – An Open Letter to NYC
19. Beastie Boys – 3 the Hard Way
20. Beastie Boys – Ch-Check It Out
21. Beastie Boys – Time to Build
22. Shinedown – Diamond Eyes
23. LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem
24. Kanye West – Stronger
25. Foo Fighters - Best of You
26. Switchfoot – Stars
27. Skillet – Awake and Alive
28. Shinedown – Cyanide Sweet Tooth Suicide
29. Shinedown – Sound of Madness
30. Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire
31. Halestorm – I Get Off
32. Slipknot – Before I Forget
33. Eminem – Lose Yourself
Yes, I realize it’s a WIDE range there. Rock, Country, Metal, Rap. But they all motivate me in one way or the other. I made sure the harder rock songs kicked in around mile 7, which is when I would need a little more motivation.
I timed it almost perfectly. Eminem sang to me during the home stretch, but then the playlist started back at the beginning and The Delta Saints brought me home.
I was so glad hubby was there to watch me cross the finish line. And I don’t know if Little Bit understood what I had just accomplished but she seemed really excited for me.
As soon as I got home, I knew the best thing for me was an ice bath. No, it doesn’t feel good.
For dinner, we met my Mom, Aunt and Cousin at the Cracker Barrel. My post-race dinner included spicy grilled catfish, fried okra and green beans. YUM!!!
And now that I write this 3 days later, I’m feeling really good. I was really stiff the day after, but the DOMS are completely gone now. Might even go for a run tonight. (In the 85 degree weather)!
Question of the Day: Which race should I do next????
Wow – has it really been 3 weeks since I posted??? Sorry, guys. Life has gotten so crazy lately. Plus, the germs have been running rampant in my house. Hubby is just now getting over a virus he’s had over 2 weeks!! I managed to get the crud, too, just before the big race. (I’ll get to that later).
I’ve been taking pictures and constructing blog posts in my head, they just never made it to the computer screen. In fact, when I logged in just now, I realized that I had 3 working drafts for 3 different posts that I never finished. Oops. Part of the problem, though, is that when the pictures don’t upload quickly or WordPress is being difficult, I just walk away.
So I’ll try to catch you up quickly, through pictures:
One thing I’ve been doing every weekend is making protein waffles!! The kids love waffles, but I hate buying the frozen kind with sketch ingredients.
So I’ve been having fun with some recipe testing! Once I perfect the recipe, I’ll post it.
The first batch was vanilla, and the second batch used chocolate protein powder! Yum!
I did enjoy a Girls Night Out one weekend! Half price sushi and $10 off bottle of wine at the Stir Fry Cafe on Saturdays! Gotta love that!!
My weekends have mostly consisted of a lot of studying …..
… And eating!! Since everyone in the house was sick, I made a pot of Chicken Noodle Soup, which lasted for days.
I love salmon. It might be my favorite food. I also attempted to make mashed cauliflower, but it didn’t turn out so “mashed”. It looks like rice on the plate. But with a little garlic, salt and pepper, it tasted pretty good.
Homemade Chicken/Black Bean/Spinach Enchiladas. Even the kids devour these. A pan like this lasts for days.
Being sick meant we spent a lot of time on the couch….
…. watching movies together…. We watched ‘Wreck It Ralph’ (twice!), ‘Hotel Transylvania’, and some other random Redbox find that wasn’t that good.
But THIS weekend in particular, I was getting ready for my Half Marathon….
I woke up on Monday with horrible sinus congestion, but I was determined not to let it stop me from running the race. So I asked all my FB friends what their best remedy for nasal congestion was. Half said Mucinex D and the other half said a neti pot. So, I decided to do both!!
That Mucinex D really works!! It didn’t completely dry me up, but enough where I didn’t feel like my head was in the clouds.
So Saturday, we headed downtown to pick up my race paket from the Expo….. I was starting to get a little nervous.
I chose Trader Joe’s spinach tortellini as my carb-loading pre-race meal. Yum.
I’ll save all the details of the race for my next post. (Which I promise not to take quite as long to post)
Here’s the starting line…. The temperature was 54 degrees. It was the perfect day!
I was hoping and praying my new shoes would carry me to the finish line! Yes, I said BRAND NEW shoes! I know that’s totally crazy, but that’s just how I roll.
And after the race ….. boy, was I glad it was over.
The first 10 miles were awesome, and the last 3 were pure hell. But I made it, congestion and all. And only 3 minutes behind last year’s PR!
Final chip time: 2:19:18. I’ll take it.
Stay tuned for the details. It was a GREAT race. I’m already wondering when my next one will be!
So that’s what’s marvelous in my Monday.
The weather was simply gorgeous this weekend with highs in the 70′s both Saturday and Sunday. I couldn’t resist the opportunity for a long run. We took the kids to my favorite park. Hubby let them play on the playground while I ran.
I had to keep reminding myself that I am running a Half Marathon in 3 weeks!!! So far, this run was my longest to date: 6.5 miles. I guess I’m not too worried because I also did the same thing last year. I focused on more anaerobic training rather than long runs and I got a PR! So I figure now, if I can run 6.5, I can 13.1. Right?
But I’ve got a small dilemma in the shoe department. These Asics are fairly new (since Christmas). I like them ok, but after about 4 miles, my feet start to hurt. And they rubbed a huge blister on my toe. So that’s not going to work for the marathon. But I’m afraid if I buy a new pair now, I’m not going to have time to break them in before the race. Or I could wear an old pair with a hole in the toe. EEK – what would you do???
I was so excited to try out my brand new heart rate monitor!! I ordered the Polar FT4 after seeing more than a couple of bloggers using this one. I had a Timex brand, but the chest strap would never consistently pick up my heart rate. So this was my first run using the Polar. I’m converted. This one is WAY better. There was still a period of time (about a mile or so) where it didn’t detect my heart beat. I readjusted the strap, wiped off the sweat, and a few minutes later it started working again. I love how it displays the time and the calories burned at the end. And it also keeps a training log so I can go back and look at my workouts. Now that’s pretty cool!
When the run was over, hubby and the kids met me in the parking lot with Subway in hand. We found a nice spot in the grass to lay our blanket and
devour eat our sandwiches. I was starving!!!
This month’s featured $5 footlong sub is the buffalo chicken! One of my favorites. Hubby and I always split a foot long. The kids are hit or miss whether they will eat Subway or not. Luke likes the bacon, egg & cheese on flatbread.
Not my favorite pic here but the only one we got of me and the kids. Ignore the red face and dried sweat…. and little bit has jelly all over her face.
My 7-year old spent the night with a buddy, so hubby and I enjoyed a semi-quiet house on Saturday night. He grilled us some salmon while I opened a bottle of wine. Aaahhhh…… relaxing!
Sunday was a busy day. So busy, in fact, I never took a single picture! I am happy to report that I finished my Anatomy & Physiology class. I got a 95!! Yippeeee!
So that was my Marvelous weekend. No green beer. No St. Patty’s Day celebrations. Nothing too wild. Just food, fitness and fun. (and a little studying)!
I’m hoping for more days just like that. I need the warm air and the sun for my mental health!! Winter is so depressing.
From WordPress: It’s phonoegraphy month, and what do we love to photograph with our cameraphones? Food. So why fight it? This week’s theme is “lunchtime.” In a new post created for this challenge, share a picture that says LUNCHTIME.
Ok, if ever there were a photo theme that was right up my alley, this would be it!!!
My typical lunch is a salad …. so here are a few of my favorites from the last week…..
This one was featured on my What I Ate Wednesday Post on 3/13/13 ….
Posted this one on Instagram (katiedaisy921) ….
This was a catered lunch at work from Jason’s Deli. With grilled chicken, organic field greens, grapes, feta, nuts, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, raisins and apples, it’s the perfect mix of ingredients for a filling lunch.
From my What I Ate Wednesday Post on 3/6/13….. deer meat and hard boiled eggs make this a protein-packed salad!
This is my very favorite salad of all time. There’s a local place called Brown Bag, which caters our work lunches frequently. It’s a very basic salad – spinach leaves, mandarin oranges, blackberries, shredded parmesan cheese with this amazing homemade poppyseed dressing. They have the biggest blackberries I’ve ever seen. And their grilled chicken just melts in your mouth. So so yummy!!!
And here’s one of my faves…. Salmon with sriracha sauce ….
I love sriracha sauce!!! It might be my favorite thing to put on …. well, anything, not just salad. But it’s awesome on salad!!
Ok – I’ll stop there with my homage to salad. Just know, I could probably post 100 pictures of salads in this post. I love them. I eat them almost every day.
Question of the Day: what is your favorite thing to put on a salad??
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Wednesday. My favorite day of the week. Why? You get to see what I ate today.
I know some people use the WIAW post to share pictures of the food they’ve eaten this week or over the weekend. But I take the ‘What I Ate Wednesday’ title very seriously. This is literally what I ate on Wednesday …. Most of this was posted on Instagram (katiedaisy921), so if you follow me, you’ve probably already seen all these pictures …..
So today was Day 2 of the Fitfluential Diet Bet. And I am very motivated to keep it up right now. So I started the day with one of my famous Kale Protein Shakes. These are seriously my favorite breakfast. High in protein, high in vitamins, and very filling. YUM!
I sipped on it in the car. Thankgoodness for heated seats or I’d be an icicle by the time I got to work drinking that frozen shake.
Despite the cold temperatures, it was a beautiful morning.
We took a client out for lunch today. This particular client works in an area where there aren’t a lot of restauarant options. Since it’s standard practice to ask the client where they would like to eat, I have to just go along with the decision. The client chose O’Charley’s, which is probably one of my least favorite restaurants.
I immediately jumped on the internet to check out the nutritional data.
Good thing I did, too. The salad I would have ordered, the Chicken Apple Spinach Salad, had over 1,000 calories and 71 carbs!! Yikes! So instead I got the California Chicken Salad, a half order with the dressing on the side.
And you know what? It was actually really good. I would order that again. Now, I don’t mean I am going to drive to O’Charley’s just to get that salad. But if someone forces me to eat there again, I know which salad I’m getting!
I was really craving a sweet snack this afternoon. Thankfully, I had this Trader Joe’s dark chocolate bar in my desk.
No, I didn’t eat the whole bar. I had one little square, I swear.
I really wanted to get a long run in this afternoon. But today was the one day of the week when the temperatures dipped down in the 40′s (while the rest of the week was supposed to be in the 60′s). So I opted for an inside workout today, so I can save my run for a warmer day.
Max Interval Circuit was the video I chose for today. I think I sweated more in just the warm up than I would have if I’d gone running!! Insanity is no joke! That’s tuff stuff. But I loved it!!
After the workout, it was time for some dinner. I was starving!!
Usually, I will make tacos on Tuesday night (just because I love alliteration and ‘Taco Tuesday’ has such a nice ring to it.)
But we didn’t do the tacos on Tuesday and my kids were asking for them. So I turned my taco into a salad.
This was so quick and easy …. the time it took to make was just the time necessary to brown the ground chicken.
Here’s the ‘before’….
And the ‘after’ …. with ranch dressing and sriracha squeezed on top.
And here are my kids eating their double decker tacos. I swear, neither one of them can keep their shirts on. LOL
Well, there you have it …. Wednesday’s eats. I also managed to drink about 60 oz of water today. I was shooting for around 80 oz, but didn’t quite make it. I am proud that I didn’t have any snacks after dinner. I had gotten in a bad habit of spreading some Trader Joe’s cookie butter on a graham cracker (or two) before bed. But since we started the Diet Bet, I’m going cold turkey on the cookie butter!!
Questions of the Day: What did you eat on Wednesday?? Have you tried Insanity? And what is your favorite bedtime snack??