Thursday, October 27, 2011

Two Speed

Today after work Ryan and I headed to the YMCA for a little gym session. I did the following workouts -
*3 sets of 12 reps of bicep curls using a pair of 5 lb weights
*3 sets of 12 reps of incline bicep curls using a pair of 5 lb weights
*3 sets of 12 reps seated row with 25 lbs
*3 sets of 12 reps seated lateral pulldowns with 25 lbs
*10 minutes on the elliptical

After we got home and showered we met up with Alex at Kickstand, one of our favorite burger places in Charlotte.

I ordered the "two speed" - cheeseburger with bacon and cheddar cheese with a side of sweet tator tots.

If I would've taken an after picture it would've shown an empty tray.

Nice to have burgers back up on the blog :)

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Steakhouse at my house

I didn't want to have chicken tonight. Sorry defrosted chicken breasts thawing out on our kitchen counter.

Sometimes making dinner is a tedious task for me and I was dreading making it tonight. Until I got the great idea to bring a steakhouse dinner to MY house.

I stopped by the grocery store and after $20 Ryan and I had quite the feast.

Ryan grilled his and her steaks for us while I prepared the rest of the meal.

I boiled and the chilled some shrimp for some shrimp cocktail.

I threw some biscuits into the oven for a warm and tasty side dish.

Each meal had a baked potato with butter and sour cream, a perfectly cooked steak, and a Caesar salad with Parmesan ribbons and freshly made croutons.

Sometimes staying home for dinner isn't too bad.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

making homemade bread

after stumbling upon Macheesmo's blog, and seeing his "no knead bread," I knew I had to try to make my own loaf of bread.  I gathered up the ingredients and got ready to start the process.
Basic No Knead Bread Loaf (from Macheesmo's blog)
(Makes a large loaf or two small loafs)
*4 cups flour (2 whole wheat and 2 bread flour)
*1/3 tsp active dry yeast
*1 2/3 tsp salt
*2 1/6 cups water

Whole wheat flour, bread flour, yeast, and salt

First you mix all of the dry ingredients in a big bowl.   Then you add the water and use your hands to mix it together. 
Cover this loosely (I used a towel) and let rest on the counter for at least 18 hours.
This is what you get after 18 hours.  After letting it raise for 18 hours you get to let it raise for another 2.  Scrape the dough out of the bowl onto a floured counter service.  Form it into a ball and put it on a towel, seam side down, that has been dusted with flour. 

Preheat your oven to 500 degrees.  Make sure you preheat your pizza stone as well.  Once the oven is nice hot, add your bread ball to the stone and put it away for 45 minutes.  Don't forget to add a few slits on the top of the bread in order to vent it.  After it is done baking let it rest for at least an hour before cutting.
Waiting to be cut

This morning we had some of our freshly baked bread as toast along with our eggs and bacon.  I put some butter (what appears to be a lot) and a drizzle of honey.  Delicious!

17 weeks

this morning  I woke up dreading doing my run.  I hadn't run since Wednesday and knew I had to get one in.  I lounged around in bed catching up on Twitter and Facebook while snacking on a 100 calorie mini Clif Bar (chocolate chip flavor).  After noticing the temperature outside was hovering around low 40's I definitely did not want to head out to go running.  I saw that Ryan was getting ready for his 5 mile run so I figured if he could do it, so could I.  We headed out on different running routes .. he literally turned right out of the house while I turned left. 

I finished the first mile in 8:23 minutes and realized I was probably going a little too fast.  I took a 2 minute walking break after 15 minutes, and finished the 2nd mile around 17:20 minutes.  At this point I realized that I probably shouldn't have been running "so fast" and wasn't feeling all that great.  I got a cramp on my left side and got worried about Baby C.  I told myself to run until the 27:00 minute mark and I could take another 3 minute walking break.  The rest of the run averaged right under a 9 minute/mile pace.  I even saw Ryan finishing up his run while I was trying to finish my last 3/4 mile.  I finished strong at 8:48 mile/min pace.
  • 5.0 miles - 44:00 minutes
After sitting on the porch with Ryan for a little bit to cool off, I told him to take my week 17 pictures.
Here they are in all of there sweaty, running girl glory:
 Long sleeves and capris during the 45 degree run
 There's the baby bump!
The baby bump is definitely noticeable now from the side view.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Doctored up Mac n Cheese

Today during my lunch break I headed to the gym. It was rainy and cold out during my walk, which made me proud of myself for heading out to the YMCA instead of staying indoors.

At the gym I ran for 20 minutes and walked for 1 minute as a cool down. Total miles = 2.25

Then I worked out shoulders by doing the following exercises using a pair of 5 lb weights:
- 2 sets of 12 reps of side raises
- 2 sets of 12 reps of front lateral raises
- 2 sets of 12 reps of overhead press

I quickly ate my lunch upon arrival back at the office ... I was starving!

I made some of Trader Joe's "reduced guilt" frozen macaroni and cheese but doctored it up using some grated Parmesan cheese, hot sauce, and freshly ground salt and pepper. Delicious!

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Smoothie to go

Some days I believe the only vegetables and fruits I ate are from being blended in the form of a smoothie, especially now that I'm pregnant. Let's face it - vegetables aren't on the top of my "cravings" list.

This morning I decided to make myself a smoothie to go, complete with a serving of vegetables (spinach) and a serving of fruits (banana).

What's better than eating, I mean drinking, your food on the run?

Cheers! Here's to hoping to a good day, aside from all of the rain, and working out during lunch.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Back in the gym

Yesterday Ryan emailed me and asked if I wanted to hit up the gym with him after work. Since I had taken a brief hiatus from the YMCA the past few days I figured it would be a good idea.

He headed down to the weights area and I jumped onto a treadmill once we got there. I decided to implement walking with my running to get used to the pattern for the half marathon.

I walked for 1 minute, then ran for 9 minutes. I continued this pattern for a full 30 minutes and finished with 1 minute of walking as a cool down.
*3.28 miles in 31 minutes (9:27 min/mile pace)

I guess my dinner didn't cut it last night cause I woke up starving this morning. I made myself a breakfast sandwich to go.

English muffin, 1 slice of Colby jack cheese, 1 scrambled egg, and some strawberry jam. Delicious!

Looking forward to a week full of gym visits :)

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Monday, October 17, 2011

16 weeks + 1 day

I'm officially 4 months into this pregnancy.  The past few days haven't been the most pleasant but I'm glad this Monday is going well so far.

This weekend I suffered from a 36 hour headache, threw up and felt nauseous for over a day, and didn't complete my long run for half marathon training.  Things don't always go as planned; sometimes you just have to adjust accordingly.  Instead of 10 miles on Sunday I ran 3 miles and felt good about it.  I'm just glad I'm feeling better today and no longer have that terrible headache.

Back to this being a great day ... Today is one of those days where it only took 5 minutes to drive to work and find a parking spot (and accurately parallel park).  I even managed to sit down at my desk 5 minutes early ... gotta love being here at 7:55 :)  Not a bad way to start my week!

I've definitely noticed an increase in the belly size.  Ryan is excited that you can actually tell I'm pregnant now.  At times I still think it looks like I just gained some weight, and that strangers can't really tell that Baby C is hiding out in there.
I'm really fortunate that all of my jeans are of the "ultra low" variety.  I haven't had any trouble yet finding clothes to wear out of my own closet and am still holding out on buying any maternity clothes.
Two more weeks until we find out if Baby C is a little girl or little boy.  I can't wait.  Until then I'm free from any doctor's visits.  

Friday, October 14, 2011

Library visit

Today during lunch I finally made it to our local library downtown. I checked out a few books and look forward to getting back into reading more.

I spent the rest of my lunch break reading and eating a cheese and veggie sub from Jersey Mike's.

As a mid afternoon snack Alex was kind enough to pick us up smoothies from Smoothie King. I went with a tired and true favorite, Angel Food. I chose the "skinny" option and elected not to have turbinado added and saved 100 calories. It's a delicious blend of strawberries, bananas, soy protein, non fat milk, vanilla, and honey.

Hopefully it'll help fuel my after work run. And yes that's on my work computer.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

sweet potato soup recipe!

I haven't been feeling 100% lately and the non-stop rain in Charlotte hasn't helped.  Last night I decided to make myself some soup using the leftover vegetables in the refrigerator.

Creamy Sweet Potato Soup - adapted from Simply Recipes

1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped celery (about 1 stalk)
1/8 cup chopped carrot (about 1/2 carrot)
1 cup chopped sweet potato
1 minced garlic clove
3/4 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup Half n Half
1/2 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tbsp butter
1/4 tsp cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste


1 Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add chopped celery, sauté about 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 2 minutes.
2 Add sweet potatoes, carrot, chicken stock, cinnamon, and nutmeg; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
3 Using immersion blender, blend ingredients until desired consistency. 
4 Add half and half and maple syrup and stir over medium-low heat to heat through. Season soup to taste with salt and pepper.

Serves 1 hungry girl.
Vegetables cooking away

Finished product ... check out all of that butter!  Paula would be proud :)

The soup was exactly what I was looking for ... hot, soothing, and tasted like fall.  I paired my soup with a toasted croissant with extra pads of butter.  Looking forward to making this again! 

Monday, October 10, 2011

15 weeks + 1 day

Baby Chalmers is now the size of an apple!  I had another doctor's appointment this morning and got to listen to its heartbeat.  Always a good sign to hear that everything is still going well in there.

I also asked what my weight was when I first went back in August (since I'm convinced our digital scale is waaaaay off what it should be).
  • sometime in March I went for an annual appointment - 107 pounds
  • 8/15 - 111 pounds
  • 10/10 - 116 pounds
I guess I haven't gained as much as I thought, but the past couple of days my clothes have definitely gotten tighter.  I'm holding out as long as I can before delving into the world of maternity clothes.

I chased Ryan around Charlotte on Sunday for our 6 mile half marathon training run.  I still managed to run at a faster pace that I've been used to lately (he finished about 4 minutes before me).
  • 6.01 miles in 52:36 minutes (8:45 min/mile pace)
  • I took a walking break for 2 minutes at 3.5 miles and 1 minute walking break at 5.25 miles
I managed to run 3 times in the past week.  I've been feeling some cramping after a few of the longer runs and don't want to put the baby under any stress.  I'll probably hold back on some of the last weeks of half marathon training.  Plus I've still been so tired lately that running more than 3 miles at a time seems daunting.
 like the vintage bathroom that our office currently uses?
 I always look like I'm concentrating so hard to take these pictures.
There's a good bump picture for all of you non-believers :) 

Friday, October 7, 2011

Break from tradition

When Ryan and I lived downtown and across the street from Dunkin Donuts, we would get breakfast there every Friday morning. I would always order the egg and cheese croissant sandwich and an iced coffee. It was our little tradition.

Now that I commute every morning to work (I drive an entire 2.5 miles) I don't have the luxury of Friday breakfasts with Ryan at DD. This morning I decided to create my own breakfast sandwich using a croissant from Costco (one of the perks of having my parents in town ... Access to their membership card).

I added a slice of white cheddar cheese and a fried egg along with a smear of jalapeño jelly. Delicious!

Happy Friday everyone!!

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

one off the list!

today marked my 500th mile this year!  After running 5 miles on Tuesday, I knew I only had 2 more miles to go until I reached the big 5 - 0 - 0.  Even though I was super tired today I laced up my sneakers and ran around my neighborhood for a couple of miles.

19 minutes later I had run 2.26 miles (8:24 pace).  I'm glad one of my New Year's resolutions is now off the list.  Maybe next year's running goal should be to run at least 600 miles ... gotta keep it interesting :)

Monday, October 3, 2011

14 weeks + 1 day

The baby is now the size of a lemon!  Big things are happening with Baby Chalmers this week.  I guess I'm officially in my 2nd trimester (although I kept thinking I was last week).  From Baby Center:
Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb!

I've tried to keep up with working out this past week and managed to go to the gym quite a bit during my lunch breaks.  I swayed slightly from my half marathon training plan (unknowingly) and did 6 miles on saturday.

I've been trying to keep my runs slow and steady and not over-extend myself.  I walked for 1 minute, then ran for 14 minutes, and kept this up until my 6 miles was reached.
  • 6.06 miles in 58:59 minutes (9:43 min/mil pace)
This morning was another cold day in Charlotte ... I made sure I bundled up and even managed to look more professional than normal for work.
Weight gain this week has been 0 from last week.  So far I think I've gained approximately 5 pounds total during pregnancy.
 I'm still wearing all of my same clothes ... no maternity clothes for me!  Jeans are Lucky Brand "Sweet n Low" size 25 (0) and the blue striped top is from Forever 21.  Comfy light brown sweater is from Banana Republic and shoes are brown cords from TOMS.
 Ryan and I have been trying to play lots of fun music for Baby Chalmers.  Lately I've been on a jazz quick and the Louis Armstrong radio station is constantly on Pandora.