I <3 Vacation

3 05 2010

Loves!!!!

It has been entirely too long!  I’ve missed you like WOAH.  I apologize for taking the weekend off, but with the various birthday celebrations going on around here, it was just too much to worry about the blog.  I took pictures off and on.  Sometimes, it just doesn’t feel appropriate to bust out a camera.  Know what I mean? 

On Friday (Wow – has it been that long?) Mr. KD turned 30!  On the same day, my Dad turned 60!  And, this all happened a day after my birthday!  Crazy, right?

Needless to say, it was a weekend of complete indulgence.  I’ve eaten cake, pecan pie and fried chicken with the best of ‘em!  Here’s a quick photo recap of some highlights.

Friday: Lunch at Bertucci’s!  Rolls, oil, side salad, roasted eggplant panini

A friendly game of mini golf:

And, because there was no one else on the course, we obviously decided to take pictures with some characters.

“‘Cuz this is Thriller….Thriller night.  And no one’s going to save you from the beast about to strike”

That evening, we dined at Mr. KD’s parents’ house.  We indulged in fried chicken, dumplings, corn, broccoli and chocolate cake.  It was decadent, filling and delicious.

On Saturday, we were pretty lazy during the day.  I got my hair done and came home to watch the Bruins.  We went out to dinner with my parents that evening to celebrate my dad’s birthday.  We wound up at a local pub and I had veggie pizza.  It was pub size and I ate 3 slices.  It really wasn’t the important part of the evening, so I didn’t pay much attention to it. 

The superstar of the evening was this pretty lady:

Oh, yes, that’s a pecan pie :mrgreen:   I haven’t had one since last summer at a family BBQ.  Mr. KD knows my dad & I are suckers for this dessert, so he picked one up for us.  I topped mine with vanilla ice cream and it was outrageous.  Worth.Every.Calorie.  Some things just are, ya know?

Yesterday, I was able to pull off a surprise dinner for Mr. KD.  I invited his closest friends, his parents and my parents.  Everyone was waiting for him at the restaurant when we arrived.  It was such a fun evening!

The guests:

My food:

Salad with vinaigrette, stuffed shrimp with mixed vegetables and homemade whipped potatoes

Sorry about the poor photos.  The restaurant was very dark.  I didn’t eat all of this, but I made quite the dent.

More chocolate cake.  Yes, they sung to Mr. KD and everything.  Don’t you just love birthdays?!?

The happy, stuffed couple:

That about wraps up the weekend, my friends.  As you can see, it was completely over-the-top.  I’m okay with it, as we had a lot of celebrating to do, but I could NOT wait to return to normal today!!

As soon as I opened my eyes, I knew I had a date with my Forerunner.  Unfortunately, it was raining outside, so I took it to the gym with me and hit the treadmill.  I’m not sure how far I ran, but I had an average heart rate of 161 (kind of low, actually) and burned 422 calories in 45 minutes.  L-O-V-E this thing! 

I’m going to save up and purchase the foot pod that will also sync with the watch for indoor training.  The pod attaches to your shoestrings and is able to track the “distance” you run on a treadmill.  So needed for winter running!

Before we move on from the Garmin, I HAVE to tell you about my run on Saturday morning!  It was a record for me: 4 miles in 36 minutes.  Yes, you read the correctly.  I don’t have access to my exact splits now, but mile 2 was under 9:00!!!!  I was BEAMING at the end of it.  I continue to amaze myself :grin:  

After today’s run on the treadmill, I tackled a new P90X workout with Mr. KD: Shoulders, Triceps and Chest.  It was a killer.  We had to perform push ups in a variety of ways, which were all extremely difficult.  Of course, I had to do most on my knees, but I was still feeling the burn.  I’m sure I’ll be sore tomorrow!

After working out, it was time to refuel with some breakfast!  I whipped up one egg, one egg white, a slice of Arnold flax & fiber bread spread with peanut butter and topped with 1/2 banana

Lunch was a two-parter.  Before heading out for some errands around noon, I grabbed a Green Superfood Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bar by Amazing Grass.

This was the last bar I had to sample from the pack that the company sent me.  I’m so glad I saved this one for last because I absolutely LOVED IT!!  The chocolate was smooth and the peanuts lent a slight, salty crunch.  The peanuts then gave way to a subtle sweetness, which was a combination of all the good stuff in the bar (dates, berries, etc).  It was way yummers.  If I see these in the store, I’ll definitely scoop some up.  I love knowing that these bars help me get in some much needed fruits and veggies on-the-go!

Lunch 2.0 consisted of some carrot fries and a veggie burger slathered with a laughing cow.

Snack: 2 dates

Truthfully, even though I ate a good amount today, I almost felt like I had to force myself to eat.  It’s humid and hot here, which generally stunts my appetite.  I wasn’t really in the mood to cook with the heat, so we enjoyed a very simple dinner tonight.

Baked potato topped with Bush’s vegetarian baked beans.  On the side, we enjoyed roasted broccoli.  Yummers.

This might not look like much, but the potato was HUGE and beans are always filling.  I’m sufficiently satisfied now :smile:

Okay, kiddos, I’m off to cheer on the Bruins and Celtics again!  Gosh, I just love vacation!!!

Oh, and a special note to all my fellow bloggers: I apologize if my commenting is sub-par this week.  It is hard enough for me to sit in front of the computer for my post – nevermind read through the monstrosity that has become my Google Reader.  This week was about a mental break and that’s exactly what I’m taking.  A HUGE part of this is saying no to any and all things computer related.  I hope you understand!!

Chat with ya’ll tomorrow :smile:

Question of the day: Do you continue to amaze yourself with your workouts?

I think the most motivating aspect of working out is seeing an improvement in yourself, which is why I’m so glad I have the Garmin now.  I used to struggle with a 10:00/mile and now I’m crushing that time.  It feels awesome!!!  I’m completely amazed and so proud of how far I’ve come!





And, I’m Off…

16 04 2010

Hi….um….Lemonheads?  Will that work?!?  It’s my last day for nicknames and I can’t think of anything!!  :sad:   Does that mean I FAILED at this quest?

You’re probably wondering what I’m doing here, huh?  I thought I was going to have 3 guest bloggers lined up, but it looks like it’ll only be two, so I figured I’d say goodbye to my favorite peeps before I head up north :grin:

Very simply…

Today’s workout went well.  I was slightly timid on my run because of the knee and didn’t push it as much as I could/should have.  It didn’t hurt at all while I was running and I was able to bust out 4 miles.  Mr. KD and I completed the Legs & Back portion of P90 again this morning.  This is a great workout that really gets your legs burning!  My knee was okay for the most part, but there were definitely a few times where it just didn’t feel right.  I’m so unimpressed by it, honestly :evil:

After out workout, I had another protein shake before hitting the shower.

Since I’m off today, I got a bunch of stuff done around the house and packed for my trip.  After that was all said and done, I settled into the MOST decadent breakfast known to woman.  Seriously.  It was the best batch of oats I’ve ever eaten.

I decided that since I’m on a mini “vacation”, it would only be proper to kick the weekend off with a dessert-like bowl of oats.  I knew I wanted it to be sweet and something I would never make myself on a normal day.  I definitely wanted to step it up a notch and found inspiration in a jar of maple butter I had leftover from Easter (I mixed it with butter for the cornbread). 

The only ingredients are: Organic Maple Syrup and Inverted Organic Maple Syrup.

I’m not exactly sure what the latter means, but I can tell you it is lights out.  You have to enjoy really sweet things because it’s basically solidified maple syrup, which makes it somehow sweeter if you can imagine that.  A little definitely goes a long way.  This is a good thing because while it’s a natural source of sugar, it’s STILL sugar.  Once I found this puppy, I knew exactly where my bowl of oats was headed!

In the mix:

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/4 oats
  • 1/4 almond milk
  • 1/4 water
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed
  • 1/3 cup cottage cheese
  • Dash of vanilla
  • Pinch of salt

Toppings:

  • 1/2 banana
  • Maple Butter (Melted in the microwave for 1 min and drizzle on top)
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp chocolate chips

Do I actually have to put in words how good this was?  Good.  Because there aren’t any.  It was so, so, so delish.  It’s definitely not a breakfast that I would have on a regular basis, but I can tell you it was worth every splurge calorie.  Holy delish!

In fact, this was so filling that it held me over through lunch.  Starbucks sent me a coupon for a free drink due to my upcoming birthday :smile:   I happily obliged and stopped over to get a tall skinny cinnamon dolce latte (unpictured).  Heavenly!  I had this around noonish on my way to the mall where I picked up Mr. KD’s birthday present (shh!) and some summer scents from Bath & Body Works!

Do you change your scents with the seasons?  In the winter, I’m an amber and vanilla girl.  In the summer, I’m all about coconut lime.  This year, I also bought the new vanilla coconut smell.  It smells outrageously good!

At around 3:00, I got home and heated up last night’s leftovers and tossed the remainder of the pork onto the plate, as well.  I didn’t eat the whole thing, but came pretty darn close.  It was a protein feast after my carb overload this morning!

Okay, I am officially unplugging for the remainder of the weekend!  Can’t wait to chat on Monday!  Have a safe and lovely two days!!!

Question of the day:  What’s the best breakfast you’ve ever created?  Or, if you’ve never created anything spectacular, spill on the best you’ve had!





Teryaki Baked Tofu

15 04 2010

Hey there, Mary Janes!! 

(Quick poll: Do you like Mary Jane candies?!?  Do you even know what they are?)  

 

Just look at those delicious, nutty little things!  My Mom and I L-O-V-E these suckers and are the only two people I know that do!  We also like Bit O’ Honey and the Squirrel Nut & Caramel candies.  Chances are, you might not have heard about those either, but they’re delicious.  I promise you :grin:  

And, that’s about the most excitement we’re going to have on this post tonight.  Sorry to be lame, but I’ve got some things to do before heading out to New Hampshire tomorrow, which are leaving little time for blogging tonight.  The number one thing, obviously, is hanging with the handsome guy sitting next to me on the couch.  AND, the Bruins are on.  Priorities, folks, priorities!

Speaking of him, he asked that I print a “retraction” (yes, you read that correctly) regarding Tuesday’s post.  If you recall, I said he pretends to like working out with me, but looks slightly annoyed with all of my “Whoo’s” after jumping squats.  He claims this is not the case and he enjoys my enthusiasm!!  Well, look at that!  I must be rubbing off on him.  Either that, or it’s too early for him to put up a fight :lol:  

I am proud to report that I ENJOYED YOGA THIS MORNING.  It’s true.  You heard it here first.  

When we woke up, I felt lethargic and groggy.  I think I’ve developed allergies this season and have been waking up with a slight headache.  A run generally knocks this feeling right out.  I didn’t think yoga would have the same effect.  I’ll be honest and admit that I almost whined to politely asked Mr. KD if we could skip it.  Thankfully, I came to my senses and we headed downstairs. 

Mr. KD and I both noticed SUCH an improvement from one week alone.  I’m by no means a yoga master, but the combinations seemed to move more fluidly.  And, at the end of this series, my entire body felt tingly as though I had just been given a full body massage.  I thought to myself, “This is what yoga is supposed to feel like.”  Am I right?  

I still think this particular workout is a little too long.  Ninety minutes is a long time for yoga, but at the end of it, I felt relaxed and ready to start my day.  I also felt as though I had worked out, which was a huge deal for me.  As I’ve told you, I equate a long, sweaty session on the treadmill with fitness.  So, it was a pretty big deal to realize that I had just given my body a great workout.  

The knee felt great too.  I’m going to try to run tomorrow and bust out legs & back.  I’ve noticed it feeling better on the stairs since converting to flats, so I’m going to try to work it tomorrow since I’m taking this weekend off (Gross, but I promised you guys!). 

Now let’s talk about FOOD! 

I want to send a quick “thank you” to Kathleen, who commented on my post about hunger strikes.  She said she aims to eat 5 – 6 small meals a day at about 300 calories a piece.  I used to try to live by this rule and, somewhere along the line, I guess I kind of forgot about it.  It’s the simplest piece of advice that we all know, but it hit me like a ton of bricks all over again.  I was down to 4 small meals and, clearly, that wasn’t cutting it.  Today, I bulked up to 5 meals (added back in that protein shake) and felt so much better! 

As stated, I started off with one scoop of protein powder mixed with water after yoga:

 Breakfast consisted of 1 cup of almond milk, 1 cup Kashi Puffs cereal, handful walnuts, ~ 1 tbsp raisins and ~ 1 tbsp dried cherries.  On the side, I had some fruit.

 

I think it’s pretty safe to say that cold cereal, raisins and dried cherries were MADE for each other! 

This held me over well (thank you, walnuts) and I was stoked to dive into my sandwich today.  It started off as a plain, turkey sandwich until I discovered that I had one remaining Laughing Cow cheese wedge in the fridge.  TOTAL SCORE!  I also decided to use up the remainder of the turkey and packed in 4 slices.  This thing was HUGE!  I also added a little light mayo.

 

On the side, I packed up some baby carrots and hummus.  I didn’t eat all the hummus.  I packed a crazy amount.  I must have been on hummus overdrive last night!!  I probably ate half. 

 

Snack time was held between 3:00 – 3:30, i.e. my lunch held me over!!!!!!  I indulged in ½ apple (not pictured – leftover in work fridge from yesterday) and a Pineapple Chobani.

 

I’m pretty sure I hear angels sing whenever I open one of these containers. 

I get starry-eyed just thinking about it.  

Dinner was so easy, so nutritious and so fantastic.  I started with an extra firm block of tofu that had been pressed.  I diced it up and tossed it with soy sauce, honey, garlic powder and sesame seed oil.  I got the idea from Kristin on this post.

I baked it for 25 minutes until is got nice and crisp.  While it was cooking, Mr. KD whipped up some brown rice.  It was all served with some delicious, roasted brussel sprouts.  I’m pretty sure I’m in love with brussel sprouts now.  They haven’t surpassed broccoli, but they’re quickly becoming my # 2!!

I also sprinkled the tofu with some sesame seeds.  Way tasty!  Tofu is a food that I enjoy, but understand if some can’t get over the texture.  I’m glad I like it though.  Great source of low-cal protein!!

 Side note before I leave: There were supposed to be five of us heading up to NH this weekend.  We were all college friends and don’t get together nearly enough, so this weekend was a big deal for us.  Unfortunately, life got in the way and two of us had to back out.  So bummed.  But, the great news is, my friend Jen from work decided to come last minute!!!  Woo hoo for quartets!  I expect a weekend of laughs, ice cold beers and some good eats.

 I’ll be chatting with you guys on Monday!  Oh, how I’ll miss you, but it will feel good to UNPLUG.  No blogging, no Facebook and no tweeting.  I’m going rogue :wink:  

Don’t forget to stop by and check out the guest posts!!!

 Question of the day:  Do you like a candy that everyone else thinks is weird?

 I’ve confessed mine to you already: Chocolate Tootsie pops and Mary Janes!!