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Take That, Weekend!

It’s Monday – which means that Danny and I stuck with healthy eating (with treats in moderation!) all weekend! I haven’t stuck to my calorie count on a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in a looonngg time, so I’m pretty proud of us.

I really hesitate to say that I stuck to my “diet” because I don’t look at it as a diet. A diet, to me, is something that sounds negative and means restricting yourself. A diet is something that can’t be maintained over long periods of time without feeling restricted.

I prefer to say “healthy eating” which to me means sticking to my calorie count by getting in enough fruits, veggies, dairy, lean proteins, and whole grains. But it also means, treats in moderation. I think when I deprive myself, I just crave it more. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with an occasioanal treat – as long as I don’t go overboard.

Last night, I was craving Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food (which we have in the freezer), but I had already had two Tootsie pops as my treat, so I know it wouldn’t have been the best choice to make. So, yes, I denied myself the ice cream but only because I had already had a treat. And once I got back to reading my book, I forgot all about the ice cream. I’m not saying to always deny yourself, but sometimes distracting yourself works.

I stuck to a calorie count of 1450-1650 all weekend. 1650 is a bit on the high side for me, but according to my BodyMedia Fit, I still burned more calories than I consumed, and I worked out this weekend.


This morning, I had Kashi oatmeal topped with one teaspoon of peanut butter.

I also tried out the Special K protein drink mix, and I really like them. It’s a nice change from water, and only has 30 calories and 5 grams of protein.

Today’s Workout

  • 1.63 miles treadmill
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes
  • 1.37 miles treadmill

I went to the fitness center and ran on the treadmill before and after BodyPump today for a total of 3 miles. I am also happy to announce that Danny and I won our first week of the Fantasy Fitness League! Each team that won received one point. So, although other teams also won a point, we beat the team that we were up against this week.

Danny and I worked out a combined total of 20 times this week. Another team worked out a total of 26 times! If they keep that up it means that the week Danny and I are against them, we have to beat them! That’ll be the week to up our workouts. Hope your ready Danny… :)

After the gym, I dropped off some clothes for a friend of a friend. I cleaned out my closet and dresser about a week ago, and had tons of clothes to get rid of. I hold onto things forever even if I haven’t worn them in years. I finally decided to keep only what I truly wear, and had four bags of clothes to give away.

I couldn’t part with any of my race shirts though. I gave them their own drawer.

I honestly never wear any of them. Ever. But I feel like they all have memories attached to them so I can’t get rid of them.

After dropping the clothes off, I stopped at Mariano’s and made a salad for lunch.

Along with my salad, I made a stuffed pepper with brown rice, spinach, and feta cheese.

A perfect lunch.

I have plans to make spaghetti squash with roasted broccoli and marinara sauce for dinner. I know that I can’t get Danny to convert from normal spaghetti to spaghetti squash, but I do know that he’ll be willing to eat a smaller portion and add more veggies. It’s all about making healthy substitutions and taking it one day at a time!

  • What does “healthy eating” mean to you?
  • Which would you rather give up: pasta or chocolate?
  • What healthy subsitutions do you make?
  • What do you do with all your race t-shirts?


Filed under Breakfast, Fantasy Fitness, Fitness, Lunch, Working Out

Couscous Stuffed Peppers

Yesterday, I spent all day looking for a new pair of shoes. I must have went to at least seven different stores.

I have been wearing my old Nike running shoes for BodyPump and exercise classes. They have 500+ miles on them, and I think that they could be adding to my foot and calf pain. I received a pair of Asic GT 2160s for Christmas, but I am saving those for when I can run again.

I finally found a pair of shoes at Dick’s Sporting Goods. They were a little more than I planned on spending, but I was so sick of shoe shopping by that time and was glad just to have found a pair.

I bought Brooks Adrenaline GTS 11′s. I know that they are running shoes, but the guy at Dick’s recommended them, and they were on the list I found of good shoes for plantar fasciitis.

I also bought SofSole Aiir insoles.

Hopefully new shoes and insoles will support my feet better and help to get rid of the pain.


Last night for dinner I made couscous stuffed peppers with a recipe that I loosely followed from Health magazine. Their recipes called for orzo and arugula, but I used couscous and spinach.

CousCous Stuffed Peppers

Makes: 1 pepper


  • 3/4 cup prepared couscous (I used Near East Garlic and Olive Oil Pearled Couscous)
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1 tbsp. of feta cheese
  • 1 red bell pepper, halved and seeded
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cook couscous according to package directions. Set aside 3/4 cup of couscous.
  2. Add spinach, feta, salt, and pepper to couscous; stir.
  3. Season inside of pepper with salt and pepper to taste. Fill peppers with couscous mixture.
  4. Put peppers into a baking dish and cover with foil. Bake until pepper is tender, about 35 minutes. I removed the foil and broiled my pepper for the last 5 minutes.


I don’t know why I never thought to cut the pepper in half and stuff in rather than cut off the top and stuff it. It’s so much easier to eat!

We watched my niece overnight yesterday because my brother and sister-in-law went to a wedding. She is such an angel cutie pie, and attracts so much attention because she is always so happy and just smiles at everyone. We took the kids for frozen yogurt last night, and she probably made about five friends when we were out because she’s such a McCutie.

I had more of a sweet frozen yogurt this time instead of a fruity yogurt. Although the brownie pieces and hot fudge were delicious, I prefer the strawberry and mango toppings. This is weird because candy and I are best friends forever. We even have best friend necklaces. You know, I have one half of the heart necklace and candy has the other half.

My stepmom is running the Shamrock 8k right now, and then we’re all meeting up for lunch. Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Questions of the day:

  • What shoes do you wear to exercise?
  • Do you have different shoes for different types of exercise?
  • What are your plans for the day?


Filed under Dinner, Family Fun, Recipes


♣ Happy St. Patrick’s Day! ♣

Are you wearing green today? I’m not. I don’t think that I own any green clothing. Green’s not really my color.

I took the day off of the gym today. It’s so beautiful outside today that I’m hoping to squeeze in a walk later. Walking doesn’t bother my calves as much as running does. But we have a busy day, so we’ll see if it happens.


I wasn’t super hungry this morning, so after my coffee, I just had some fruit.

Later in the morning, I was hungrier, so I made another spinach and feta egg white omelet with peanut butter french toast.

I don’t like the crust, so I take it off of the bread, but then when I cook the french toast, the sides get soggy. So, I have figured out a way to cook the sides of the french toast so that they turn golden brown.

I’m crafty like that.

While eating, I read my two new magazines that came in the mail – Health and Cooking Light.

I found a couple new recipes that I want to try, including this one for orzo stuffed peppers.

Why haven’t I ever thought of putting orzo into a pepper?! It looks delicious.

I tend to stick with recipes that only have a few ingredients. I like to cook, but I don’t like it to be too time consuming, especially when no one in my house eats the same thing. I did find a couple of recipes, though,  that have quite a few ingredients that I would like to try.

Questions of the day:

  • Do you stick to easy recipes? Or do you like cooking more elaborate meals?
  • What’s your favorite thing to cook?
  • Any recipes to share?




Filed under Breakfast

Cookies Make Granola Better

Waking up early sure has its advantages. I managed to get my son an allergy shot, visit the girls at the gym, go to Ulta, and go to JC Penney all by 10:30 am. Maybe I should try that waking up before the sun thing more often.


I packed a few snacks to bring since we’d be out most of the morning. My son and I shared a Honeycrisp apple. Is that gross or not? Is it normal to share an apple with someone? Like you take one bite, I’ll take one bite.


I bet you can’t guess what I had for lunch today. Ha! If you guessed a stuffed pepper, you are totally wrong! I had a stuffed pepper with feta. Okay, okay – you were right. I did have a stuffed pepper. But in my defense, I did say that I was probably going to eat one everyday for months to come.

The rice mixture before being stuffed into my pepper:

I also had carrots and pretzel sticks with hummus.


Bear Naked and Dr. Sears Family Essentials recently sent me a few goodies to try. Yummm….goodies. And after lunch I was craving something sweet, as usual, and since I have pretty much depleted my kid’s Halloween candy supply, I broke open these babies:

Bear Naked Soft-Baked Granola Cookies in Double Chocolate. Anything with the words “double chocolate” in it is worth trying. These cookies are so good – chocolatey and soft. And they have just enough granola in them that it isn’t overpowering. My son loved them and actually stole the rest of mine. Listen kid, do not steal your mom’s chocolate.

And how cute is this packaging:

It has a spot to write your name. And you better believe that I wrote my name on them. Writing my name makes them all mine, right?

I love that they have 10g whole grains and no high fructose corn syrup. And only 130 calories per cookie. Awesomesauce.

My son tried the Dr. Sears Cool Fuel bar in double fudge brownie. I have actually been a fan of Dr. Sears for a few years. I used to order my kid’s the fish oil vitamins because I was worried that they weren’t getting enough Omega-3s, you know brain food, because they aren’t big fish eaters.

And guess what these Cool Fuel bars have? That’s right – Omega-3s. And eating a chocolate fudge bar is way better than taking a vitamin.

I actually ate half of this bar because my son wasn’t loving the thick texture too much. I liked it. Chocolate is good. Even though it’s a kid’s bar, I think it would be a great snack for after a workout. Plus, 5 grams of protein.

Doesn’t my hair look dumb in that picture? I think it’s sticking to the velcro on my coat. I’m classy, I know.

The cool part about the Dr. Sears Family Essentials – they will donate a complete meal to a needy child through their Two Healthy Kids initiative. Double awesomesauce.

On today’s agenda I have something really cool – I’m going roller skating! Every few months my son’s school has a roller skating party. When my son was younger, he used to like to skate with me, but now that he’s older I just embarrass him.

Well, now my younger son is old enough to skate, so I can skate with him. And I am talking about old school roller skates, like with the orange laces. No Rollerblades for me. And I still can’t figure out why my son doesn’t think I’m cool.

Do you like to roller skate or Rollerblade? Or do you like to sit at home and eat cookies?


Filed under Lunch