Thursday, December 30, 2010

best motivator

This morning my husband was the best motivator I could ask for.  Although I wanted to stay in bed and not go to the gym, he forced me to get up and head to the Y with him.  I begrudgingly obliged, and although I had a really tough run I am grateful that he made me go. 

Thursday - walked for 1 minute as warm up, ran for 20.5 minutes, then walked for 30 seconds as a cool down
total mileage = 2.34 miles

Ryan and Sunny had made a deal earlier this week ... they would be allowed to drink every night of Sunny's visit only if there was working out involved as well.  I agree with that rationale since life is all about balance.  I am definitely not one of those people who indulge themselves without first making sure I put in my time at the gym.  Although my determination wavers quite a bit, its good to know that I always find myself back at the gym working out. 

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

and they said it couldn't be done

Sitting around with friends last night at Crave dessert bar, I mentioned that I planned on running in the morning and needed to go home.  Everyone laughed and didn't believe me since we had all been drinking casually since earlier in the evening.

I showed them all!  I made it to the gym this morning with more enthusiasm than ever and busted out the most miles I've done in Charlotte to date.

Wednesday - 1 minute walking warm up, 33 minutes 45 seconds running, 15 seconds cool down. 
total mileage = 4.01 miles in 35 minutes

I felt good and knew I could've run more if the treadmill would've let me.  Silly YMCA regulations and their time restraints on the treadmills.  After 35 minutes, the treadmill gives you a summary of your work out and instantly comes to a halt.  Looking forward to warmer temperatures this weekend for some possible outdoor running.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

going on 7 hours ...

I've had a headache since I woke up this morning.  I'm not big on taking medication unless absolutely necessary so I've avoided popping any pills, but at this point I'm miserable.  I didn't let my headache get the best of me earlier today and somehow made it to the gym.  Lucky for me I had Ryan scrapping all of the ice and snow off my car so I could actually drive it over to the YMCA. 

Between waking up a little sluggish and waiting for my car's de-icing, I didn't have as much time in the gym as usual.

Tuesday - walked for 1 minute as warm up, ran for 22 minutes, walked for 1 minute as cool down.
total mileage = 2.66 miles in 24 minutes

Although I ran less than last week, I was able to increase my pace.  The weather in Charlotte should be warming up later this week so I'm hopeful that I'll be able to run outside.  Fingers crossed!

Monday, December 27, 2010

too run down to run

After a long hiatus ... I'm back!

Belated Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.

Last week proved to be a really good running week for me.  I was able to run 5 out of the 7 days and hit a little under 16 miles. 

Monday - I alternated between walking for 2 minutes and jogging for 4 minutes for a total of 32 minutes.  Total mileage = 2.82 miles

Tuesday - I alternated between walking for 2 minutes and running for 8 minutes for a total of 32 minutes. 
Total mileage = 3.12 miles

Wednesday - I warmed up with walking for 2 minutes and then ran for 28 minutes, followed by a cool down of walking for 2 minutes.
Total mileage = 3.38 miles

Thursday - I warmed up with the usual 2 minutes walking then ran for 29 minutes, followed by a 1 minute walking cool down.
Total mileage = 3.55 miles

Saturday - Finally no treadmill!  Ran with Ryan around St. Petersburg for 28 minutes.
Total mileage = 3.05 miles

After traveling home yesterday from sunny Florida I was pretty worn out this morning when it was time to head to the gym.  My body was saying "No running today," but my brain was all about those miles.  Then I thought back to the large amount of snow that was covering my car and my lack of tools to fix that problem.  I stayed in bed with Honey and will make up those miles this week.

Thinking of running a half marathon in March ... thoughts?

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Sometimes ...

... you drink too much wine during girls' night and aren't motivated the next day at the gym.  Honey woke me up at 7am and after taking her out to do her business I figured I might as well head to the YMCA.  Another really cold morning in Charlotte (20 degrees) meant wearing gloves while driving and keeping my hood up around my head the entire drive.

Once at the gym I decided to stick with some cardio today.  I cycled for 21 minutes and did 4.0 miles.  Then I headed to the treadmill and set it on an incline of 0.5 and walked for 0.5 mile (7 minutes) then jogged for 0.5 mile (5 minutes).  33 minutes of exercise isn't bad for the morning after girls' night!

Now I'm enjoying a nutritious green monster made with vanilla soy milk, a handful of spinach, a whole banana, and 2 ice cubes.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

I couldn't resist

It seemed as though I had skipped today for a work out since this morning my legs weren't feeling up to doing very much.  After spending the whole day feeling sluggish I felt that I had to squeeze in a quick evening work out.  Once I found out that girls night got pushed back 30 minutes I knew I had time for Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred.  

The work out includes full body exercises, ranging from bicep curls to squats.  After each set of strength training you do cardio exercises (i.e.. jumping jacks) followed by ab work (bicycle crunches).  I love that I was able to get a quick and hard full body work out in less than 30 minutes.  

Now it's time for girls night with Lori and Sue!

monday, tuesday, and wednesday ...

On Monday morning I headed to the gym solo.  Ryan has opted to do P90x at home and will only be joining me at the gym during cardiovascular days.  Boo.

I worked out back doing the 3 same machines that I usually do:

  • seated row 
  • seated lat pull down
  • side bends with a 10 pound weight
I also ran for 2.52 miles on the treadmill (24 minutes).  During the first 1.5 miles I had the treadmill on an incline of 0.5.

On Tuesday I managed to pull myself out of bed and head out to the gym even though it was 17 degrees!  Knowing that I would have to fill up my gas tank after my work out, I cut my time at the gym short and just ran on the treadmill.  I increased my mileage to 2.75 miles and finished in 25:30 minutes.

Today I woke up with sore legs and didn't really want to head out to the gym.  Instead I did a load of laundry (work out clothes of course) and straightened up the house.  I made a couple of green monsters for myself and Ryan as breakfast #1 and then made us eggs and bacon for breakfast #2.  Sadly our food stash has been dwindling and each of us had 1 egg and 1 strip of bacon.  Very meager portions for such big eaters. 

Big news in my blogging world is that I finally bought  I have not done much with it yet but knowing that I own a website makes me giddy.  Further details on the progress of my site to come later.

Happy Wednesday!

Friday, December 3, 2010

happy friday!

There's something about working out in the morning that leaves you feeling so energized.  Today was my 5th day in a row of working out.  Hopefully I can continue this throughout the month even when the temperature gets down to the low 20's and the last thing  I want to do is head outside.

Today's workout included a return to legs.  I haven't really worked out legs since P90x so doing the following has already left me sore:

  • 3 sets of leg extensions
  • 3 sets of seated leg curls
  • 3 sets of leg press
  • 2.25 miles in 21:30 minutes
I'm looking forward to get a night with friends to celebrate Brandon's birthday, followed by more fun this weekend.  It's one of those days where I'll be staring at the clock in anticipation!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

let's get physical, physical

This was my 4th day of working out in a row!  Big accomplishment for someone who has not been feeling all that motivated the past couple of weeks (me).  I did 3 sets of biceps exercises, followed by 2.03 miles on the treadmill (20 minutes), then finished off my work out with 125 crunches.  I'm so happy that I didn't wait around to do my running outdoors ... it was another cold day in Charlotte.

I need to buy some more warm weather running clothes ... especially some ear muffs!

baby it's cold outside

It was my own fault for sleeping in yesterday and not getting up to go to the gym.  By the time Ryan and I were ready to work out it was past 5 p.m. and the sun had already set.  Instead of rushing to the gym during the busiest time there, we decided to bundle ourselves up and head outside for a run.  Boy was it cold!  The winds were strong and the temperature was low.  We barely finished our 1.1 miles around our neighborhood before we rushed back to our warm apartment.  December 1st marked the first day of my return to running after over a week off.  Should be a good month to get some mileage in (indoors that is).

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

on a roll ...

2nd morning in the gym and I'm starting to feel good about this whole working out business.

Today's workout included doing 3 different back exercises:

  • lat pull downs
  • low cable rows
  • side bends with 10 pound weight
After I was done in the weight room I went upstairs and did some cardiovascular exercise:
  • 15:15 minutes on the elliptical doing interval training (hard stuff!) for 1.25 miles
  • 10:15 minutes on the seated bicycle for 2 miles
For breakfast I had 1 egg sunny-side up, a couple of slices of tomato, 1/2 cup of fat free cottage cheese, and a mini whole wheat bagel with blackberry preserves.  

Tomorrow I think I'll start running again ... we'll see how that goes.

Monday, November 29, 2010

thanksgiving recap

Not only was 2010 the first year that Ryan and I celebrated Thanksgiving as the "Chalmers", but it was also our first thanksgiving in Charlotte.  With the high cost of travel to Florida for the Christmas holiday we knew that we wouldn't be able to travel to see our family for Thanksgiving.  We were fortunate that our friends were in the same boat and were available to spend the holiday with us.  

Brandon bought a ham, broccoli casserole, and pecan pie from Honeybaked Ham.  Pablo slaved away in his kitchen and made 2 pans of macaroni and cheese (one with bacon and the other with jalapenos and red peppers) and a gigantic vat of bacon mashed potatoes.  

I was in charge of the turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie.  Ryan helped me do prep work the night before and we got a lot of chopping and peeling out of the way.  Thursday morning we woke up and prepped the turkey and finished up the rest of the dishes.  By the afternoon the boys had arrived and the wine drinking had begun.  I made some deviled eggs and cut up some white cheddar cheese to snack on with some crackers.  

right out of the fridge

washing the bird 

quartered onions, halved lemons, and fresh rosemary inside with butter and salt/pepper on the outside

deviled eggs with finely chopped fresh jalapenos

Claire Robinson's Spicy Cranberry Chutney

the finished bird

pumpkin pie with homemade graham cracker crust and whipped cream

Sausage and herb stuffing (with added sage)

Whipped sweet potatoes with Brown sugar/pecan topping

my plate

We were ready to eat around 5:30pm and enjoyed all of the food we had prepared.  We sat around the table in silence, rapidly shoveling food into our mouths.  It was definitely not our classiest moment.  

and we're back!

After over a week of not working out I finally made it back to the gym this morning.  It was glorious!  Ok maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration, but the work out was definitely needed.  I played it safe and did 30 minutes on the elliptical (2.5 miles) followed by 15 minutes on the seated bicycle (2.5 miles).  The time seemed to fly by since I was watching HGTV and not paying attention to how long I was really exercising for.  I figured doing some cardiovascular exercise was a good way to ease back into a work out regime after having both a stomach virus and cold the past 2.5 weeks. 

Once Ryan and I got home from the gym I made us some green monsters using fresh spinach, frozen bananas, peanut butter, water, and protein mix.  Since it was such a chilly morning I figured eating some hot, steamy oatmeal was a good choice for breakfast.  I made our quick cooking oats on the stove top and mixed in some brown sugar and maple syrup.  Delicious, toasty, and heart healthy!  Ryan and I pinkie promised last night that today was going to be a start of us eating healthy and exercising more.  It's really encouraging to have such a dedicated work out partner.  I'm a very lucky girl :)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


I can't explain it, but I've been so incredibly unmotivated lately with writing (blogging).  I'm not sure if it has to do with the lack of excitement currently going on in my life or the fact that I was sick for almost a week with stomach flu like symptoms and couldn't even get out of bed, let alone blog.

Sigh.  As a segway to an almost real blog post I'll just post this picture of leaves.

Fall in Charlotte is unlike anything I have ever experienced before.  Being a true Floridian, the closest thing to fall was always temperatures in the low 80's with slightly less humidity than normal.  Palm trees lined the streets and those leaves never fell, unless there was a hurricane going on.

The air is crisp and the leaves have been slowly falling to the ground.  The leaves cover my car as it sits in the parking lot since I refuse to drive anywhere when I can walk instead.  The sun shines and the temperature hovers around the low 60's.  I've heard from fellow Charlotterians that Thanksgiving brings the winter season in and at that point there is no turning back til spring time.  Brr ... 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Dowd YMCA 5k

On Saturday Ryan and I ran our first 5k in Charlotte.  We woke up to temperatures in the low 30's and were not overly thrilled about our running conditions.  We walked a couple of blocks from our apartment to the light rail station and then took the rail over to the YMCA.  After picking up our timing chips we waited around inside the YMCA for the race to start.  The race began at 8 am and we began weaving in and out of the mass of kids that were running the race.

I finished the race with a chip time of 25:31 minutes.  I was happy with my time considering how cold and miserable I was the entire race.
running pants, 2 layers of long sleeve shirts, gloves, hat

Friday, November 5, 2010

3 days in a row ...

You could find me at the Dowd YMCA on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  Just trying to get my money's worth out of my new gym membership :)

On Tuesday I ran on the treadmill for 3.11 miles and finished in 28:25 minutes.  I was so overwhelmed by the size of the gym and the amount of people that work out there ... especially after 5:00p.  After finishing my run I decided to head home and save my exploring of my new gym for another day.

On Wednesday I increased my mileage and ran 3.27 miles in 30 minutes on the treadmill.  After the run I headed downstairs to the free weights area and did back and biceps.  It felt good to lift weights again, even though I was surrounded by huge dudes who were slinging around weights like it was their job.

On Thursday I decided to skip the running and do a different sort of cardiovascular exercise ... cardio dance.  The 45 minute class was non-stop dancing to various fast paced songs.  I definitely broke a sweat while dancing around the basketball court.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Freedom Park

Yesterday evening Ryan and I ran through an awesome local park, located only a few miles from where we live, called Freedom Park. We were finally able to run on trails, alongside a quietly bubbling creek, while faintly listening to cars on the streets nearby.  After 28:30 minutes we were finished with our 3.11 mile run.

I'm looking forward to running the next couple of days and taking Friday off in preparation for our race on Saturday morning.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Care Bear Stare!

Once we got our run out of the way on saturday it was time for more fun things.  We headed over to Mortimer's Pub to watch the UCF vs. East Carolina game.  After eating many wings and drinking lots of beer, UCF ended up beating those smelly purple pirates.
With another UCF victory under our belts it was time to head home and change into our Halloween costumes.

just 8 crazy care bears

10.2 mile week

Wednesday I skipped running and went to a body sculpt 45 minute class at the Y instead. 

Class DescriptionA head to toe workout using calisthenic moves and strengthening exercises with weights and tubes.

The class was full of lunges, squats, and all of the other leg work outs that I usually hate doing.  

On Thursday Ryan and I did a 2.25 mile run from our house to the Bank of America Panthers stadium and then back in 19:30 minutes.  

Friday we took the day off from running (I thought I was starting to come down with a cold) and instead spent my evening working on our Halloween costumes.

Saturday morning was chilly in Charlotte.  We waited until around 9:30 to do our morning run and were still pretty cold throughout the 2.25 miles.  My Garmin wasn't working so I couldn't see our exact time and had to look up our course on MapMyRun.  Those last couple of miles made my weekly mileage total be 10.2 miles. Not too bad considering we are still getting back into the whole running thing after taking a few weeks off cause of the move.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

running, backhanded compliments, and dinner for 1

I'm not going to lie, I had no motivation to do any exercise today.  After not sleeping well last night, waking up early for the first time in weeks, and then being away from home most of the day, I was pooped by 4:00pm.  I cleaned the house for over an hour and by 5:30pm I knew if I didn't get motivated to do SOMETHING then working out today was not happening. So I texted my friend Jeff (who conveniently lives less than 1/2 mile away) to see if he had run today.  He replied no but mentioned that he ran yesterday.  It's funny to me that new runners don't realize that it's ok to run back to back days.  I convinced him to do a short, easy 2 mile loop with me and 20 minutes later we were running around our downtown.

Pros of running around my neighborhood:
Change of monotonous treadmill running
Pleasant temperatures
Easy to track distance through mapping routes (or in today's case using my Garmin)

Cons of running around my neighborhood:
Occasional brick sidewalks
Construction on some sidewalks and roads
Rush-hour traffic with lots of traffic lights and crosswalks

I ran with Jeff while listening to my iPod.  Gotta love the random Jay-z, Phil Collins, and Joshua Radin songs I have on there.  After around 1.75 miles Jeff mentioned that he couldn't run anymore and was going to walk.  I nodded and proceeded to run my little butt off.  I passed the 2 mile mark and knew I had more in me so I managed to circle my block and neighboring blocks to tack on another 0.55 miles.

22 minutes = 2.55 miles

Once I was done running I came back home and noticed Honey needed (or wanted) to go outside.  She does what Ryan and I like to call a "Poop Sit," where she'll sit kind of lopsided/gangster lean style. While she was doing her business outside our building a couple of young guys walked by.

Kid #1: Is that a shitzu?
Me: No.  She's a Maltese/poodle.  (I thought to myself why the hell would some 15 year old want to know that?)
Kid #1: Oh.  I have a shitzu.  His name is Oreo.
Me: Oh.  Ok.  (seriously kid why are you telling me this?)
Kid #2: You know what they say about the dog looking like their owner?  Well you guys aren't that.
(kids walk away)
Me: (yelling down the block) I'm not sure who should be more offended, me or the dog.
Kid #2: Oh don't worry, you're cuter.
Me: Thanks?

After that comical banter between me and some teenagers, it was time to head back upstairs to make dinner for one.  Oh and don't mind the pictures ... I had to use my phone's camera since my real camera's battery is dead and the charger has been missing since the move.  It's probably hiding somewhere with our other iPhone wall charger that is also missing.  After taking the picture of the food, I ended up putting one tomato stack away for leftovers tomorrow after seeing the calorie/fat content of one fresh mozzarella ball (I used an entire one for those 3 multi level stacks).

chicken with fresh basil, alongside Caprese salad (fresh mozzarella, basil,  Roma tomatoes, balsamic vinegar & EVOO)

a glass (or 2) of Marlborough Sun, Sauvignon Blanc

The Ravenous Pig, Winter Park Florida

When people ask me what my favorite restaurant in Orlando is I always say The Ravenous Pig.  This restaurant is ridiculously delicious.  Ryan and I have eaten many lunches and dinners here and have never been disappointed.

For one of our last meals in Orlando we decided to have lunch at TRP.  Ryan ordered their cheeseburger and I had their duck confit sandwich.  Both sandwiches came with the most deliciously crispy shoestring french fries.  Along with my meal I drank a light and refreshing lager from Gainesville, Fl.

mmm mid-day beer

lots of condiments ... ketchup, mustard, mayo, hot sauce, and garlic aioli 

burger with blue cheese and roasted red peppers

duck sandwich with onion jam

Monday, October 25, 2010

and I'm back!

So the big news around here is that Ryan, Honey, and I moved to Charlotte, North Carolina.  We've been here a little over 1 week and love it so far.  We've already unpacked our boxes and settled in to our cozy home.  The weeks leading up to the move were not fun; when I wasn't packing up our belongings, I was saying (tearful) good byes to friends and family.  At no point was there time to work out ... OK maybe that's an exaggeration but there was definitely no desire to run or do any sort of exercise.
After a few days of being in Charlotte I walked over to the local YMCA and signed Ryan and myself up for memberships.  We haven't been part of a gym in a long time (since our LA Fitness days) so I was looking forward to organized classes and lots of cardio machines.  My first work out at the Y was on Friday.  I ran around the indoor track 27 times (each lap was 1/9 mile) to finish up 3 miles.  The walk to and from the gym is roughly 0.65 miles each way which makes a good warm up and cool down for indoor running days.

Today's work out was running on the treadmill for 3.15 miles in 30 minutes.  The first 10 minutes was on an incline of 0.5, then the next 10 minutes was on an incline of 1.0, finishing up the last 10 minutes back on an incline of 0.5.  Increasing the incline is no joke ... definitely makes the work out much harder (and slower).

The next few posts will have pictures of our new house, some Charlotte scenery, and some reviews on my favorite restaurants from Orlando.  Oh and hopefully a lot more posts on all of the running I've been doing.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Costa Rican breakfast ... for dinner

Last Wednesday after sweating my butt off during 80 minutes of hot yoga, I decided to make myself an easy dinner.  Since we are moving in less than 2 weeks (more on that shortly) we are lacking the time and motivation to do any grocery shopping.  I was able to find more than enough delicious ingredients in the cabinets and fridge.
brown rice, black beans, eggs, bacon, hot sauce

mmm eggs sunny side up

mix those beans and rice

so delicious!
While we were on our honeymoon in Costa Rica we literally ate beans and rice almost every morning for breakfast.  They would also serve eggs any way you want them along with some bacon or sausage.  Oh and you can't forget the plantains (I cheated and used the frozen kind for my dinner).  Not only was it an easy dinner (and lunch for the next day) to whip together, it was also a nice walk down memory lane.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

the lazy girl's workout

So ... it's no surprise that I haven't exactly been motivated to work out.  Once it became clear that I wouldn't be able to run the half marathon I had planned for in October, I couldn't stop asking myself what the point of running was.  I mean running was always my go-to for exercise but without a race scheduled all motivation gets thrown out the window.

Last week I decided to take matters into my own hands and signed up for 40 days of yoga for $40 at Orlando Power Yoga.  If running wasn't going to motivate me then maybe yoga would.  So far I've gone to 1 yoga class.  Good thing I have over 30 days left in my pass.  Hopefully I'll get to a couple of classes this week.

I've also taken a liking to cycling in the gym.  Sitting down and watching TV while working out?  What's not to love?  Monday I managed to cycle for 22 minutes, 7:36 miles, all while chatting on my phone with Julie.  Yesterday I decided to up the mileage (and effort) and in 25 minutes cycled 10:05 miles.  Much faster pace and definitely more sweat (gross, I know).

Although I'm viewing the past 2 days of work outs as "lazy" I have to remind myself that it's still better than not doing anything at all.  Hopefully the fall weather will bring out the running bug again. 

Friday, September 24, 2010

M.I.A. in MPLS

so here I am again, blogging after a long absence.  was I missed?  instead of trying to recap the last week or so I rather just talk about my recent trip to Minneapolis, MN to visit my fantastic friend Jacqui.  My friend Meghan and I travelled there early Friday morning and didn't return to Orlando until late Sunday night.  what.a.weekend.  Fun was had all around.  Oh and I'm just sitting at the airport waiting for my flight to Charlotte.  Did I mention I was a jet-setter?  no?  good, cause I'm definitely no such thing.
View of city

at the Twins game with Tony Oliva (famous baseball player)

inside brand new baseball stadium

the spoon and the cherry sculpture by the art museum

best buds

tailgating for the Vikings game

Vikings stadium

football babes

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

fun fotos

Since I didn't do a good job of blogging the past couple of days, I figured I would share some iPhone pictures I took Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

UCF Brighthouse Stadium - 9/11/10
couple of dogs watching the Bucs/Browns game - 9/12/10

delicious Spanish red wine - 9/13/10

roasted chicken, mashed sweet potato, spinach salad - 9/13/10

Friday, September 10, 2010

subway - fresh fit

I can't remember the last time I bought lunch while I was at work.  For the past 3 or 4 months I've been bringing in the same boring peanut butter and jelly sandwich as my lunch.  Sadly I ran out a bread a couple of days ago and have been finding interesting lunch alternatives; yesterday I filled up on snacks all day and never really had a lunch.  Today I decided to stop by Subway on my out of the mall during my brief hour break. 
seems like a lot of spinach

I opted for a 6 inch veggie sandwich on 9 grain wheat bread.  I chose provolone for my cheese and piled on the veggies ... I had to ask her for spinach two different times cause it didn't seem like she put enough the first time around, then some red onions, black olives, pickles, a little honey mustard sauce (no fat!), and oil and vinegar.  Yum!  Wish I would've sprung the $1.50 more to make it a 5 ... 5 dollar ... 5 dollar footlooooooooooong. 

Thursday, September 9, 2010

rain rain go away ...

Seems like the rain has been here all week (or all summer) and isn't thinking of leaving any time soon.

The rain has caused me to work out indoors twice this week and is currently preventing me from going to trivia at Tijuana Flat's.  Since I haven't had time at work to do my blogging (the nerve of my job getting in the way of mindless blogging) I decided to get some gibberish written while I wait for the rain to subside.

It is much easier for me to talk myself out of working out than it is to talk myself into working out.  For example, today would've been a good day to continue my indoor cardio routine except I knew I would be leaving Honey alone later in the evening while I went to trivia.  God forbid the dog is alone all day while I'm at work, while I'm in the gym, and then again while I'm out with friends.  So I had to choose what activity to cut out ... exercising was out of the picture faster than you can say "my dog runs the show."

In my defense (wow I didn't know I had to have a defense against myself) I did work out on Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • cycled 3.82 miles in 21 minutes (while I was reading Eat, Pray, Love)
  • ellipticized (made up word) 1.75 miles in 19 minutes (still reading Eat, Pray, Love)
  • ran on the treadmill 3.1 miles in 27:30 minutes
  • cycled 5.8 miles in 17 minutes (this time I brought down the new Runner's World magazine to read)
At least 40 minutes of cardio each day ... not too shabby.  I've also managed to be a vegetarian for the past 3 days ... mostly unintentional.  When Ryan is out of town I really hate making myself meals, let alone taking out a pack of chicken to defrost for just one person.  If the rain would ever stop I would continue my vegetarianism at Tijuana Flat's while ordering black bean tacos.  Mmmmm tacos.  Damn you Florida rain!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

random work post

My department at the bank I work for used to have over 100 employees in the Lake Mary location.  Two years ago we were told that we were being let go since they were no longer using our accounting system.  Since then employees have found other jobs or have been laid off in small, tortuous rounds every month or so.

Currently we are at 17 people (with one person transferring to another bank department on the 10th).  The point of all of this is to state how obvious it feels when one person is missing.  I was the first and only person here up until a couple of minutes ago (it's 8:05am).  Usually people try to get into work by 7:30am to leave at 4:30pm.  The fact that I was the only person sitting here for close to 30 minutes is unnerving and quite frankly, spooky.  Rows upon rows of empty cubicles with harsh fluorescent lighting shining down on barren desks is something straight out of a horror movie.  Or at least my version of a horror movie.

Anyways have a good Thursday everyone.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

tacos and total miles

Last night was Taco Tuesday at Sunny's house.  Some rowdy girls joined forces in eating delicious Mexican fare.  Along with myself and Sunny, Jaime, Bree, and Alimah were also in attendance.  Girl talk, lots of laughter, some tacos, loads of chips and salsa, and a couple of Dos Equis ... sounds like a good night to me.

Yesterday was the last day of August.  For the first time ever I have kept track of all the miles I ran during the month.  The grand total, which is not too impressive, was 47.06 miles.  24 days left until the Miracle Miles 15k and I still have a lot of training to do.  

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

no more p90x!

Saturday was day 90 of the p90x program.  I tried my best during those 12 weeks to really get into the program and attempt all of the exercises.  I think for the most part I did pretty well and even did my first chin-up ever.  Towards the end of the program I found myself substituting the cardio days for running.  I am a runner.  Or at least I try to be.  I don't really like jumping around or doing any other type of cardio.  I'm glad I gave a different style of working out a chance but I'm going to stick with running until I'm old and gray.

If people are looking for an exercise program to get them into shape then they should definitely try p90x.  The trick is to stay focused and not to cheat during any of the 60-75 minute work outs.  Following the eating plan would also be way more beneficial, although maintaining a healthy diet in general would help as well.  I'm pretty sure Ryan is going to keep doing most of the work outs from p90x and incorporate running into the rest of his exercise plan.  Who knows I might do some of it too.  For now I need to focus on my running goals and continue to do my own weight training during off days.  Let's get physical people!

friends in town + too much drinking = overall good weekend

Before jumping into a recap from this past weekend's festivities, I should probably start off with Friday.

Ah yes Friday ... how I love this special day in the week.  I had a half day from work and left the corporate world around 11:30am.  Once I got home I had a lot of cleaning to do since we had friends staying with us on Saturday night.  I was pleasantly surprised around 12:30pm when Ryan walked through our front door and said he would work from home the rest of the day.  Woo!  That meant having lunch with my husband (which we never really get to do).  We headed to Black Bean Deli and feasted on Cuban specialities.  I had roasted pork, black beans and rice, and fried plantains.  Delicious.  The rest of the afternoon was spent cleaning and around 5:00pm we finally got motivated to head outside for a run.

It was so incredibly hot and muggy outside.  Ryan and I struggled through 5.35 miles in under 50 minutes.  I was relieved that my long run for the week was done and I could focus on having fun the rest of the weekend.  We "raced" home ... ha ha sorry ... and got showered and ready for dinner at Season's 52 for Mike's birthday.  I love our little friend family (Bree, Mike, Chris, Ryan, and I).  After dinner we continued the celebration at Dexter's and had a couple (some had 5) drinks.  No one is judging here though.

While the boys all had their fantasy football drafts on Saturday, I had filled my day up with some other fun activities.  I had lunch at Cityfish with my friend Ralf and his girlfriend and mom.  After enjoying 1/2 dozen raw oysters and macaroni and cheese (truly a balanced meal), I headed to Wallstreet Plaza for the UCF tailgate/pep rally.  We drank and we rallied and there was pep all around.  I somehow managed to stay out the rest of the day/night and met up with Ryan and Co. at another bar downtown.  Good times were had by all.

Sunday morning was not pretty.  I fell asleep in all of my clothes AGAIN.  Sometimes jean skirts and tank tops are way more comfortable to sleep in than pajamas.  Really you should try it.  The morning improved when we arrived at Winter Park Country Club to play golf with Pablo, Alex, and Chad.  Although it was only 9 holes of golf we were all moving at a snails pace and took 3 hours to finish.  We rewarded ourselves with some late lunch at Dexter's (seems like we really like going here doesn't it?).

The rest of Sunday was spent on the couch with Honey watching television.  I like to call this my favorite way of winding down after a fun filled weekend.

Friday, August 27, 2010

speed racer

Maybe I shouldn't get ahead of myself and make my new nickname be Speedy Gonzalez, but yesterday's run was definitely faster than normal.  It might've had to do with the fact that it was hot outside and I wanted to get my run over and done with.  Whatever the reason was, I was really moving it around Lake Eola.  Ryan and I finished our 2.52 mile run in 20:15 minutes.  When I checked my Garmin at the 2 mile mark I had noticed we were on a 8:15 minute mile pace.  This is much faster than I usually run.  Once I saw we were close to our house I definitely started sprinting.  I felt great after yesterday's run and looked forward to refueling at Tijuana Flats for dinner. 

Thursday, August 26, 2010

mmm free and delicious

I like to read blogs while I'm at work.  There I said it.  As long as I get all of my work done (and don't overly look like I'm a huge slacker) I think my occasional blog reading is ok.  There are just so many out there to read!

I found Shelby's blog while I was catching up on Julie's blog this morning.  Anyways she mentioned a LARABAR giveaway and I loooooooooooove those things.  One of the ways to enter is by posting a link to her giveaway.

So here you have it LARABAR giveaway from Shelby

I've been lazy ...

and unmotivated ... and pretty much not interested in doing a whole lot of anything (ie. blogging, running, etc.)

I'm not sure why I've been in this funk but today is the day to come out of it.  The sun was shining this morning, the birds were chirping away, and I made the decision to stop worrying about things I cannot control and just go one with my life.

The work situation is still in limbo and every day I wonder when I'll be laid off.  It's not exactly the best work environment and since I'm here most of the day it ends up souring my mood all around.  Since I have no control over when I'll actually be let go it's probably a good time to stop thinking about it day after day. 

I haven't stopped working out completely but have definitely noticed a decrease in miles ran during the past 2 weeks.  After the 5k on the 14th I've only run 4 times.  Yesterday I managed to do some cardio and split 40 minutes between the bicycle and the treadmill. 
  • 20 minutes, 2.12 miles - treadmill
  • 20 minutes, 3.9 miles - bicycle
I'm looking forward to running again today with my favorite running partner (Ryan).  There should be a long run this weekend as well and by next week I should be back on the half marathon training plan.  Let's get motivated!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Celebration of Running 5k recap

This past Saturday I ran Track Shack's Celebration of Running 5k.  It was the 4th year that I participated in this race.  Looking back at my previous times makes me glad to know that I've become a better, faster runner.

  • 2007, 28:09
  • 2008, 26:28
  • 2009, 25:48
  • 2010, 25:31
The Celebration of Running 5k is the first race of Track Shack's running season.  There is usually an organized race at least once a month for the next 8 months held by Track Shack in various parts of Central Florida.  After having a summer off from racing (other than the 5k in July) I was excited to get back into running mode.  

The race itself went really well.  My only complaint was the miserable high temperature outside and humidity.  At times I felt as though I was running through a sauna.  Gross.  Regardless I managed to finish with a good time (10 seconds shy of my PR back in February).  
Crossing the finish line ... 

Like usual I wish I would've pushed myself harder.  Oh well I have faith that once it becomes cooler outside (and its not over 90 degrees) I'll be able to shave off some more time. Ultimately I would love to run a sub-25 minute 5k.  A girl can dream ... 

Thursday, August 12, 2010

another early morning

So I have a confession to make.  I did not do the shoulders and arms and ab work out from p90x when I got home last night.  After working all day and then going to Track Shack to find a good deal on some new running shoes (which I subsequently bought an older model of these Asics for only $40) I was way too tired to even think of working out once I got home.  So instead I hung out with Honey, made some dinner, and watched "So You Think You Can Dance."  Why didn't anyone tell me how awesome this show was months ago??  I just started watching it last week and tonight is the last show (I think).  Oh well I guess there is always next season.

To make up for my "laziness" last night I decided to wake up extra early today to do the shoulders and arms work out.  It usually takes 60 minutes to get through the entire program but I ended up fast forwarding each segment after I was finished with the set.  I also skipped most of the breaks in between.  Using a set of 5 pound weights I did the following exercises, alternating between shoulders, biceps, and triceps.

  • 10 minute warm-up/stretch
  • 12 alternating shoulder press
  • 16 in/out bicep curls 
  • 12 two arm tricep kickbacks
  • repeat
  • 15 deep swimmer shoulder press
  • 12 concentrated supination curls
  • 12 chair dips
  • repeat
  • 15 upright rows
  • 16 static arm curls
  • 10 flip/grip twist kickbacks
  • repeat
  • 10 seated shoulder fly
  • 16 crouching cohen curls
  • 12 lying down tricep extension
  • repeat
  • 3:30 minute cool-down/stretch
Although I didn't have time for the ab ripper segment, I still managed to get a good work out in.  

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

early morning run

Ryan is going out of town today and won't be back until Friday afternoon.  Since his flight isn't until this afternoon we decided to do part of our work out together before I left for work.  That required waking up a little earlier than usual to get our run in. 

We ran 2.4 miles in 21:30 minutes around Lake Eola.  I've been wearing my gigantic Garmin 305 a lot more lately and love being able to know exact statistics about each run.  After the run Ryan continued his work out with the p90x program for today (arms and ab ripper).  I plan on doing the same work out once I get home from work later today.

I haven't made any green monsters in a while and decide to bring out the blender this morning to make one.  I used the normal ingredients to make 2 drinks:
  • 1.5 cups of water
  • crushed ice
  • 2 handfuls fresh spinach
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 banana
  • 1 spoonful creamy Smart Balance peanut butter
Delicious!  Hopefully that will hold me over until my mid morning snack.  For now I'll continue to drink my coffee.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

fast run, fast dinner

Before I set off for my run today I decided to start the prep work for dinner.  I found a recipe on Epicurious for tilapia, and although I didn't have all of the ingredients, I decided to try it anyways with a few modifications.

Tilapia and Mashed Yams with Bacon-Thyme Breadcrumbs

  • 2 slices low sodium bacon, chopped
  • 1/3 cup plain panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 medium yams (red-skinned sweet potatoes), pierced all over with fork
  • 1 tbsp butter, divided
  • 2 tbsp light sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp dill
  • 2 tilapia fillets 

Sauté bacon in large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Transfer to small bowl. Add breadcrumbs and 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning and 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme to drippings in skillet; stir over medium-high heat until breadcrumbs are almost crisp, 5 minutes. Transfer to bowl with bacon. Cool (reserve skillet).  - This is the part that I did before running.

Place yams on plate and microwave on high until very soft, 5 to 8 minutes per side, depending on size of yam. Transfer yams to work surface. Cut yams in half lengthwise; scoop out pulp and place in medium glass bowl. Discard skin. Add 1/2 teaspoon dill, 1/2 tablespoon butter, and 2 tablespoons sour cream to yams; mash until almost smooth. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Sprinkle fish fillets with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Melt remaining 1/2 tablespoons butter in same nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add fish fillets and cook until golden brown on outside and just opaque in center, 3 to 4 minutes per side. If necessary, re-warm yams in microwave. Divide mashed yams among 2 plates. Top each serving with 1 fish fillet, sprinkle generously with bacon-thyme breadcrumbs, and serve.
finished product ... bad lighting like usual

After I cooked the bacon and breadcrumbs, I set the bowl aside and headed outdoors.  I ran 3.6 miles in 31 minutes.  Once I was done running I stretched, drank some water, cooled down enough to finally shower, and then finished our delicious meal.  On the side I cut up some grape tomatoes and cucumbers and drizzled them with balsamic vinegar and added freshly ground black pepper and some dried basil.  

This was a great recipe and the modifications I made actually worked out.  Way to go Chris for suggesting I use thyme instead of sage.  I had read online that there is sage in poultry seasoning so I used both spices in hope of a good substitution; they worked just fine.