Eggs + Tomatoes

Hi Friends  🙂
 
Going back to my movie review yesterday, I did want to make one “warning” – the beginning of the movie shows a 12 year old girl who wants to get (and ends up getting) liposuction. Those scenes were hard to watch (ok I didn’t watch, I covered my eyes until  Jason told me I could look) – I could never work in health care, I cannot watch any type of surgery (real or fake!). 
 
It was a beautiful day in MN today! But the forecast shows that it will be cold again this weekend – boooo!!!!! I never made it to Running Room to get refitted for shoes, but I’ll go Friday night. Friday is a rest day for me so I’ll have plenty of time after work. 
 
Thursday night I did get out and run 3 miles – it felt great! I went to the gym and it wasn’t super crowded. The only problem is that my left knee really started to hurt about  a mile into my run — I’m hoping new shoes will help. It almost feels like my knee is full of fluid? I stretched and foam rolled after my run, but it still feels kind of strange. I will definitely need to monitor that!

For dinner, I knew I wanted eggs  🙂  When do I not want eggs? So I went to my fellow egg-lover friend Matt’s blog and used his recipe for Eggs Baked in a Spicy Tomato Sauce.


 
Click here for the recipe. I followed the recipe, although I didn’t blend the sauce, I left it chunky! – and I reserved a bunch of the sauce in the fridge and only made 2 servings with the eggs (I only had 2 ramekins and now it is ready for breakfast in the morning!)
 

 
I never was a big fan of tomatoes or salsa with eggs, but I am starting to love it more and more. Matt this tasted fantastic! Jason loved it too and it was a very satisfying meal. And seriously, any meal with a runny egg is a good one!

I hope you have a Happy Friday! I’ll leave you with a picture of my sister Myra’s new dog:

His name is Peter Sam and is named after a train from these stories.

 Myra, her husband Tyler and Peter Sam live in Texas so I will not get to meet Peter Sam for a few more months  😦
 
*What are your plans for the weekend?
 
*Do you have any pets? What are their names?

Enjoy your weekend! ~ Holly

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Killer at Large

Hi Friends!

I hope you’re having a great day 🙂

I wanted to mention a documentary that Jason and I recently watched:

If you have a Netflix subscription, please check out all of the instant play documentaries on there. I have found plenty that I want to watch over the next few weeks. Killer at Large is all about the obesity epidemic, and the movie was quite good!

We hear from different experts (including Michael Pollen – the author of the book I am reading), farmers, teachers, athletic directors and lunch ladies. The movie discusses many different ideas as to why our nation is as overweight and obese as it is, starting with advertising to kids, what corporations get government subsidies, school lunches, vending machines, the food guide pyramid, etc.

The part I didn’t like (or maybe I just wasn’t paying attention enough) was when they showed a Northeastern city (I can’t remember the name) that received some sort of grant to make their city “healthy” – so they paved walkways and made bike lanes, businesses gave benefits to employees who walked/biked to work, they had info centers about nutrition, they gave certain restaurants “seals of approval” if they had good menu choices (fresh produce, decent portions, etc). All of that seemed great, but at the end they said that they needed $15 Million dollars to continue the project but they only received $150,000 – and they emphasized that it was such a disaster that they didn’t get the $15 Million – that was for one small city! Again, maybe I misunderstood, but that seemed ridiculous!

I made it to the gym last night and I need new shoes. Badly. I realize that the shoes I have are almost a year old and have tons of miles on them – so tonight I am going to go get refitted and a new pair of shoes. I did get 5 miles completed:

The guy next to me on the treadmills kept singing along to his headphones – but he didn’t say the swear words, he would say the word “beep” – I tried to not laugh and he was too into his workout to notice me at all!

I came home and fixed myself a smoothie. Usually I have a smoothie for breakfast, but this works out so well after going to the gym –

Blueberry Flax Oatmeal Smoothie

4 ice cubes
1 scoop protein powder
1 TBSP ground flaxseed
¼ cup old fashioned oats
¼ cup blueberries
½ banana
1 cup vanilla soy milk

And I thought I’d bring back the Big Mac glass (to go with the movie review, makes sense, right?)  🙂

Afterward I tried making my own Cashew Butter – it worked OK in my Magic Bullet, but it took forever to get even close to the consistency I wanted. So I’m not going to bother putting up pictures until I get something figured out. I have a freezer full of raw nuts from Trader Joe’s with the intention of making my own nut butter – I guess I need a food processor perhaps?

*What is the last movie you watched? Did you like it?

Recipe Fail: Eggs to the Rescue

Hi Friends 🙂

The weekend is almost here!

Have you ever seen someone that you SWEAR you know – but you can’t figure out from where? There is a girl at my gym that I have seen twice now – and I know I know her, but I can’t place her. Did I work with her? Is she one of my sisters’ friends? Or does she just look like someone I know? If I see her again I will ask her, even though I feel really creepy just thinking about doing that.

Has this happened to you? How did you deal with it?

Since I’m trying to keep track on the blog, here are my treadmill stats for the day:

On Wednesday night the plan was to make dinner incorporating a new recipe from this cookbook:

The recipe is called Roasted Cauliflower with Dates and Pine Nuts.

Sounds good, right? Here is the picture. I thought it looked really delicious:

And here is how my attempt turned out:

It turned out horrible. I burnt most of it because a glass fell (as I was putting clean dishes away) and a piece of glass fell near my foot, cut through my sock and into my foot. At first I thought I only cut my sock but then I looked down and saw my bloodstained sock and ran upstairs to get a bandaid – it took me a while to hop on one leg up the stairs (didn’t want to stain the carpet, but I did anyway) and then by the time I got downstairs the sauce had burned and there was nothing I could do. AAHHHHH!!

I needed something for dinner, so I turned to my stand-by: EGGS. I made a eggs benedict type of dish, almost like a deconstructed spinach omelet (who has been watching too much Top Chef? ME!) It only used 4 ingredients:

Tomatoes

Garlic Gold Olive Oil

Spinach

Eggs

Salt/Pepper (on the show 5 Ingred Fix, salt/pepper is a freebie, so it doesn’t count!)

First I roasted up my tomatoes in the Garlic Gold oil:

Then I wilted my spinach and cooked my egg. All together now:

I love eggs and I love any excuse to make them. Even if it involves wasting forty minutes on a recipe that ends up burning on the stove. 😦

What do you do when a recipe doesn’t turn out quite right? Do you try to fix it or do you pitch it and move on? For me, if it burns or way overcooks, I pitch it. Otherwise, I put on a happy face and eat my meal anyway.

Have a great day!

Holly

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Super Easy Roasted Chicken

Hi Friends!

Yesterday was another freezing day here in MN – temps were -7 when I left for work! Boo!

I really want to get outside and run, but it is too cold and I am too much of a wimp! So I headed to the gym for a quick run:

Afterward I spent some time foam-rolling (focusing on my IT bands mostly – they sure feel sore!) and stretching, along with some pushups, planks, squats and lunges (my “quick” strength workout moves).

I want to show you probably the easiest dinner I have made in a long time:

Easy Roasted Chicken Breasts with Veggies

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a baking dish, combine a bag of veggies (could use baby carrots or broccoli/cauliflower or a mix of all 3) and toss with 2 cloves of chopped garlic and about a teaspoon of oil.

Take 2 chicken breasts, rub with some oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper, and place on top of the veggies. Roast for 35-40 minutes.

Super easy and really delicious. I have made a whole roasted chicken in a similar way, but this is easier with just the chicken breasts instead of the whole bird.

What is an easy meal you like to prepare when you are short on time? Usually I make eggs/toast if I am in a rush, but this one might be a close second.

I was looking through some old magazines yesterday (am I the only one who keeps almost any magazine?):

And I picked up an old Cosmo with Christina Aguilera on the cover from 2006 (yes it was that old!) – maybe I thought of her Super Bowl performance?

Anyway, one of the articles is called The Simple Secret to Happiness and it talks about how to “feel calmer instantly, improve your mood and make your life more enjoyable”. Here are a few points :

  1. Buy memories instead of things (go somewhere and experience something vs. buying actual things)
  2. Do a digital detox – for a day or a whole weekend
  3. Instead of spending time thinking about what you wish you had, be thankful for what you DO have
  4. Think happy, positive thoughts
  5. Streamline your schedule
  6. Simplify your home: clean, organize, and get rid of as much as you can (you don’t need it!)
  7. Before “shopping, pigging out or otherwise overindulging” – think about whether doing so will really help you or will it hurt you in the long run (make you feel bad, increase your debt load)

Obviously an article (or even a book) cannot list all of the “secrets to happiness” – but what do you think of the list? Is there anything you would add? Anything you would take out? I personally really like #6 — we have been working on this and it feels good to donate things and to have a clutter free home. I don’t think that is the “secret to happiness” but it definitely helps me keep calm, which in turn makes me happy!

Enjoy your day!

Holly

Training Plan & The Return of Pumpkin

Hi Friends 🙂
 
Yesterday was a rest day. A glorious rest day!
 

 
I filled out my training calendar – for Grandma’s Marathon in June– it is ready to go. Next week “officially” starts our 18 week plan. I’ll have 2 “short” runs (3-5 miles), 1 “medium long run” (5-10 miles) and 1 long run (starting at 8 and building to 20 miles) each week. In addition, Sunday will be my crosstraining day (yoga, biking, or elliptical) and on Tues and Thurs I will do strength training after my run. Nothing too vigorous, I want to get through the 18 weeks injury free. Monday and Friday are 100% rest days.
 

The plan I will follow is Hal Higdon’s Novice Marathon Plan. This is the same plan I followed last year. I don’t feel “ready” to move up to intermediate. Maybe next year 🙂
 
Jason ordered Run Less, Run Faster – which is a book I read about on N Her Shoes. I think that type of plan work well for him because of his work commute/schedule. If he reads it (and I read it!) quickly enough, maybe I’ll do it too. For now, I’m trusting Hal 🙂
 
After work yesterday I decided to make one of Averie’s Microwave Banana Oat Cake. It was so delicious on Saturday that I decided to make another one. But I tried switching it up with ¼ cup pumpkin and ½ banana (instead of 1 whole banana), lots of cinnamon and nutmeg.
 

 
IT WAS SO GOOD!!! I think I was on pumpkin overload in November but now I’m ready to slowly add some back into my meals.
 

 
No need for any peanut butter on top or anything. Please, check out Averie’s recipe and give it a try! It is so easy!
  
So delicious!
 
*How do you plan your workouts? Do you like to train for events or do you just choose a workout each day?
 
*Are you a pumpkin fan year round or only in the Halloween/Thanksgiving time of year?
 
I also wanted to say thank you to Christin at Purple Bird Blog – she told me the secret to replying to comments so they are emailed and they appear on the blog 🙂 Thank you Friend!

And thank you to anyone who checked my blog yesterday and saw it had been “deactivated” and then checked back later. I do appreciate anyone who takes the time to read my blog. I was so pissed yesterday morning — and I still haven’t gotten an explanation. I’m glad they realized their mistake and reactivated it somewhat quickly.
 
Enjoy your Tuesday!
 
Holly

Green & Gold Breakfast

Hi Friends 🙂

How sad that the weekend is almost over! It always goes by so quickly (same with summer in MN, it never sticks around long enough).

So I finished 5 miles yesterday morning – and it was tough! Usually anything over 3 miles is a challenge (and hello 10+ or 15+ are super challenging for me) but I pushed through.

I took a few walking breaks, but generally my pace was 10 min/mile with a 1-2% incline. I’m happy with that on the treadmill for now, but we’ll see what my pace is once I start running outside. It was actually “warm” (30+ degrees!) this weekend, but there is still plenty of snow and ice and SLUSH on the sidewalks. No thanks.

I did have some IT band pain today, so I foamrolled for a while and that seemed to help. I also did some strength training at home (basic stuff like squats, lunges, planks, pushups, etc). Saturday afternoon we went to the Mall of America and it was a total mobscene. I have mentioned on the blog previously that I get easily overwhelmed in large crowds, loud, noisy places, etc so the MOA trip was not the greatest. But it was nice to walk around for a while and pick up a few gifts.

As part of my Feb goals, I tried a new recipe this morning! Spabettie’s Spinach Pancakes.

I blended up the flour, spinach and egg in my Magic Bullet:

I cut down the recipe and used ground oats instead of rice flour, but they still tasted pretty good! I ate them with a fried egg in between, and to be honest anything covered with a runny egg tastes amazing!

Thank you Spabettie – the best part was how GREEN they turned out! (So with the GREEN pancakes and GOLD runny egg — should I cheer for the Packers today?)

Today’s plans include fun things like laundry, vacuuming, cleaning, dusting, etc. But I hope to get some reading in as well. I’m plugging through Love & Respect

The idea of the book is quite simple: the author describes how husbands want respect from their partners and wives want love — and in arguments, it almost always boils down to the husband feeling disrespected or the wife feeling unloved. The author talks a lot about conflict resolution which is wonderful information for married couples, or anyone for that matter. We all fall in to conflict at some point – whether at work, at school, with our parents/siblings, spouses, significant others, friends, etc. Knowing how to share your views/opinions/complaints in an effective matter is something that everyone needs to learn.

Alright I’m off to start some chores around the house! Maybe I’ll turn on the Super Bowl while I’m folding laundry 🙂

*Are you watching the big game today?

*Are you good at resolving conflict? Do you tend to avoid it or do you confront it head on?

Enjoy your day!

Holly

The Magnificent BALT

Hi Friends!

***Note: a few of you asked me about Grandma’s Marathon — it is a regular 26.2  mile marathon, Grandma’s is a restaurant in Duluth, MN who is the major sponsor of the race. Click *here* for more information***

 Thanks for all the recipe ideas – I am definitely going to try some of them soon.

First up, a “new recipe” to me:

Gina’s Amazeballs (click for original recipe)

I made these for Jason, who has been working long long hours, so I thought he’d appreciate having some more snacks at work.

I used oats instead of coconut, but they held together really nicely!

I went to the gym tonight and ran 3.5 miles on a 2% incline. I caught up on some Real Housewives — and I read (I can’t remember where) that there is a Miami season coming out soon? Anyone else hear that?

I felt really good after my run but I was ready to eat! Enter The Magnificent BALT:

 Bacon. Avocado. Lettuce. Tomato. B. A. L. T.

I had it open faced with carrots roasted with cinnamon. This could be one of my absolute favorite meals. I could eat this every day!

Tonight I’m going to start going through my cookbooks:

I picked up a bunch of them from the library – I am excited about 5 Ingredient Fix and Veganomicon. I am not a Vegan, but I appreciate their recipes because they do not contain dairy (something Jason and I do our best to avoid) and their recipes are fairly “clean”. And although I love roasted veggies, sometimes you need a little variety in how to prepare veggies, dontcha think?

1. What is your favorite veggie? I definitely love sweet potatoes, but carrots come close behind – maybe because they are orange as well???

2. Any fun plans for the weekend? I am heading out to Mall of America to do some birthday shopping for our niece, and maybe (maybe) I’ll watch some of the Super Bowl on Sunday. Are you going to watch? Who are you cheering for?

Have a great weekend,

 Holly

New Muscles

Hi Friends 🙂
 

 
I’m glad you all liked the dumb bear. That is all I have to say about that!
 
Here are today’s stats from the gym:

I ran 2.5 miles today on an incline of 2-2.5. I sure feel different muscles working when I run on an incline — it was tough! And once again I had no tv — between 5-6pm the gym is hopping. But I don’t like to run too late in the evening or it affects my sleep — so every day I will take the gamble of whether or not I get a tv.

After my run I completed the Week 1 Workout of Gina’s Winter Shape Up — those T-pushups are killer!!! I loved it.
 
I can’t wait for the RHoBH reunion tonight!
 
Good night!
 
Holly

The Real Housewives Helped Me!

Hi Friends,
 
I hope you’re having a great night!
 
I just got back from the gym – I ran another 3 miles. Like I wrote yesterday, these evening posts will only highlight my marathon training runs. It keeps me accountable and I can keep track of any changes that I make or any issues that I have. (AKA these posts are probably more helpful to me than anyone else!)

This time I got a treadmill with a working tv 🙂  The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills make the time go by so quickly!

By the way, my “official” Marathon training schedule won’t start until the week of Feb 13 – for now I am just running 3-4x per week to get used to the coming schedule. I don’t want to push myself too much because I really haven’t been running consistently in months.
 
I will be following Hal Higdon’s Novice Marathon Training Plan – the same one we followed last year. I don’t feel ready to move up to Intermediate just yet – maybe in 2012 🙂 

Good night!
 
Holly

The First Three Miles

Yeah, yeah, I take a month long break from blogging and now I have 2 posts in one day. I won’t do this every day. I might not even post every day. No pressure. The point is to have fun and to have a place to be creative and write. These running/marathon training posts will be short and sweet 🙂

*Thanks again though for the nice comments this morning (and the nice emails too) – I appreciate them all!*

So with Marathon training comes lots of running (I’m sure you all figured that out, right?) and I want to use the blog as a way to record all of my training runs. So, I may throw in an extra post once in a while just with some info on my run. Here are my stats for today:

Yep, the dreadmill. There is no way I’m going to go running in this:

3 miles seemed to drag on. Usually running at the gym goes by quickly because of the little TVs attached to the treadmills, but not today:

Boo!!!!!

Good Night!

Holly