Kit Kats, Goals, Guests and Yoga

8 04 2010

Kit Kats!

I know I generally call you guys “loves”, but I thought it would be cute to call you something food chocolatesque.  Kit Kats sounded like it worked :smile:   I kind of like it and really LOVE Kit Kats.  I’m sure you’re shocked.  It’s been so long since you’ve heard me say I “loved” a food :lol:   I think I’ll try to go a whole week and call you something food related.  This could be fun because, well, I’m really cheesy like that.

Lots to say today so let’s get to it, yo!

I’ve been thinking a lot about this summer coming up and what I’d like to accomplish.  Last summer, Mr. KD and I were in the process of closing on/moving into our home.  It was a wonderful experience, but the summer was consumed with talks of interest rates, PMI, down payments, etc.  Eck.  In addition to this, it literally rained ALL summer.  If you’re from New England, you can back me up on this.  The number of nice days could be counted on two hands.  We had so many weekends full of cooler weather and rain.  And then – POOF – it was Fall all over again.
So, it’s quite easy to see why I’d like to make this a killer summer.  Therefore, I decided to make a list of things I’d like to do and accomplish.  I thought I’d share with you because I know you are SO interested in my goals.  And, even if you’re not, it might inspire some of you to make a plan of action for yourself!

Without further ado….

1.      I’d like to run outside more.  This is a tough one considering I work out so early.  It’s pitch black outside, which doesn’t make for great running conditions.  I know all you hard-core runners out there push through it in darkness, rain, snow and sleet, but that’s just not for me.  I’m 5’2” and little.  I’d be really easy to abduct.  I think I’d rather run in the sunshine when people are around.  Plus, I think my mom would be REALLY mad if she found out I were running by myself in the dark.  SO, look for me to run on Saturday mornings when I can find the time :smile:

2.      Sign up for my first race = CHECK!  I was thinking about this today and realized that I ACTUALLY signed up to run a 5K like I’m even a runner.  I’m excited, but the thought of it gives me total butterflies.  Moving on…

3.      Go on hikes.  I’m not really sure about the details on this one, but it’s something Mr. KD and I have talked about and it sounds like fun, so why the heck not?

4.      Cook more summer-inspired recipes.  What can I say?  I’m from Massachusetts!  We have beautiful summers, but the winters tend to drag on and on and my recipe collection certainly reflects my love of comfort food.  I want to start making diverse salads and light dishes!

5.      Attend the Healthy Living Summit.  I just noticed today on Caitlin’s blog that the Healthy Living Summit dates have been announced.  It will be held in Chicago on August 13 – 15th.  I so desperately want to go!  There are not many details out yet, but is anyone else tossing around the idea of going?  If so, email me and we can totally be hotel roommates to cut down on costs!

6.      I originally only had 5 goals, but an extra one is always important for good measure!  I want to go to the beach more!  I have SO many beaches at my disposal in the summer and sadly, the older I get, the less I seem to utilize them.  I’m hoping to put a stop to that this summer and simply stop to feel the sand beneath my toes :smile:

I hope to work toward these goals in the coming months.  If I don’t make them happen, I’m not going to stress over it, but I’m going to give them all my best effort.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, I want to ask you all a favor!  Next weekend, I am heading up to New Hampshire for a girls’ weekend with my college roomies.  You’re jealous, aren’t you?   You should be :wink:   I really want to use this as a time to disconnect from the world and focus on my gf’s.  SO, I’m looking for guest bloggers!  Who’s up for it???  If you’ve always thought of starting your own blog, this could be the perfect time to test the waters.  If you already have a blog, share your favorite recipe or the reason you decided to start your blog in the first place.  Get creative, people!  You can truly write about anything, so long as you keep it clean :wink:   I talk to you guys all day long about fitness and food, but I have many other interests including fashion, sports, celebrity gossip, stopping childhood obesity, MAC makeup, high heels, beer, sweatpants, cozy fires, FEMALE EMPOWERMENT etc, etc.  As you can see, I’d enjoy reading a post on just about ANY topic, so long as it was charismatic! 

If you’re interested in being a guest blogger, please email me at lindsay@theketchupdiaries.com.  Please include your name and a blog – if you have one. I’d like to receive all posts by Wednesday, April 14th.  This will give me time to sort through them all and determine how many I’ll need to fill up the days I’m gone.  Don’t leave me hanging, folks!  I know you’ve got something to say to the blogosphere!  And, please, if you’re thinking of writing something and can’t get it to me until the 14th, at least let me know of the topic so I can do some pre-planning.  You didn’t think my Type A was going to let you wait ‘til the last minute, did you?!?

Let’s get on with our normal discussion, shall we? 

Mr. KD and I were up BRIGHT AND EARLY to tackle some yoga.  I’m still trying to sort my thoughts on it to be honest.  I have a hard time letting go of the old school mentality that you have to sweat like a beast to get in a good workout.  This is why I’m a cardio lovin’ fool.  The more I sweat, the better I feel.  Even though running always seems like a drag in the beginning, the “rush” I get at the end is SO worth it.  I’m not sure if it’s exactly runner’s high, but it’s SOMETHING.  I feel invigorated and ready to tackle the day, which is the reason I’ve refused to give up my cardio sessions while doing P90X.  As I told you yesterday, the yoga is 90 minutes long, so there is no way I can fit both in.  I know that great workouts come in all forms and that is the main reason I am trying out P90.  I would be the first to tell an inactive person to make fitness “fun” and then force myself to grind it out on some boring piece of equipment just to get the feeling after the fact.  I’m a hypocrite in this area, but at least I can admit it.  So, keep this in mind when I give my yoga review.

At first, we performed a bunch of combinations.  For all of you who have never tried yoga, combinations are a series of fluid movements that you continue doing for a certain amount of time.  They included the Warrior pose, downward dogs, planks, etc, etc.  Dang – this part went on and on and it was TOUGH.  I was sweating and found it really challenging.

The second half of the workout consisted of static poses.  This was also tough, but in a different way.  I didn’t sweat nearly as much, but my muscles were being challenged like crazy!  Have you ever tried to hold your extended leg in the air for 60 seconds?!?  So hard!  My muscles were shaking uncontrollably!

I enjoyed challenging my body in a different way.  However, I didn’t get that “accomplished” sensation after the fact.  I will say that I definitely felt calmer during the entire day.  I’m not sure if is because of the yoga itself or the fact that I wasn’t rushing to the gym to rush back home for the second part of my workout.  It was refreshing to simply wake up, head downstairs and begin. 

I also understand that a huge part of yoga is about being in the zone and freeing your mind.  This is nearly impossible next to Mr. KD, who is a wisecracker like no other.  He made me giggle on more than one occasion.  On top of this, I had a hard time zoning out when I couldn’t always contort my body properly.  I also found it hard to relax when it hurt.  I danced for many, many years and this brought me back to ballet work on the barre.  Forcing your body to look graceful and composed when every inch of it aches is very, very difficult!

I bet a lot of people feel this way the first time they try yoga.  Can anyone back this theory up?  I knew it was going to be a mental and physical challenge.  That’s exactly what it was.  I’m excited to continue practicing it and, hopefully, watch my flexibility improve.  I also think that Mr. KD and I got all of our laughs out-of-the-way today, so next time we can focus on being more in the moment.

And I’ll tell ya another thing.  I’m sore.  Already.  I’m feeling sore in the back of my shoulders, so I’m actually not sure if it was from yesterday’s shoulder workout or from holding my body weight this morning.  It could be a little of both, which is okay with me!

Tomorrow is Legs & Back.  Bring it!!

Now let’s talk about the food, which is always my favorite part :mrgreen:

I did so well with my food today.  I was completely satisfied all day.  I know it’s only my fourth day on P90, but I’ve already given up my morning protein shake.  I just wasn’t feeling the 5 meals a day thing.  I do fine on four.  I found that when I was having the shake, I was hungrier throughout the rest of the day.  I could be making this up in my head, but since I’m all about listening to my body, that’s exactly what I’m going to do!  I don’t think I need it.  I’m not hoping to look like a fitness model, so I think I’m just fine eating the way that I do.  I will, however, try to incorporate more protein into my diet and you’ll probably see the protein powder making appearances in my day-to-day menus.

For example, in today’s Green Monster!!

I mixed:

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 handfuls of spinach

 Topped with some chia seeds for fun!

You guys – I am LOVING these chia seeds.  By the time I got to the end of the smoothie (which I ate with a spoon), they were slightly gel-like.  It was fun having them crunchy in the beginning and then as a fun gel-like substance at the end.  I’m a total fan.  And not for nuthin’, but I like the GM better with vanilla protein powder. 

For lunch, I packed up the remainder of the Rosemary Chicken with Zucchini from the other night.

For the record, I think I made a fail with the rosemary.  I didn’t chop up the “twigs” enough.  I bet if I had done that, the flavor would have been a little less strong.  Regardless of my feelings for rosemary, Kelly’s combination of olive oil and mustard is OFF THE HOOK on these veggies.  Seriously.  I can’t believe how simple and delicious this is at the same time.  You guys know I’m all about simplistic, unpretentious food!

Snack time was ah-mazing. 

Mr. KD picked up some oranges at the store the other day and they are just PERFECT.  I love citrus fruit in the nice weather.  I know that oranges are one of the only fruits that is actually tasty AND reasonably priced during the New England winter, but they just don’t excite me in January as they do in April!

And do I really have to talk more about this yogurt?  I HAVE to find the plain, 2% kind.  There will be some added fat and calories, but the sugar will still be low.  I want to give it a try!

Dinner was simply a repeater from the other night.  We had turkey meatballs with spaghetti squash.  Mr. KD announced that these were the best turkey meatballs I’ve ever made.  Score! 

Yes, that is a regurgitated photo, but it looked exactly the same.  Scout’s honor.

I hope you guys have an excellent Thursday evening!!  I’ll chat with you tomorrow, my little Kit Kats :mrgreen:

And, don’t forget to think about becoming a guest blogger!!

Question of the day:  Tell me 5 random facts about yourself.  C’mon, just play!

  1. I have a slight chip in one of my front teeth and the dentist insisted on fixing it one time for me.  I put up a fight and insisted that it made me ME.  It’s still chipped to this day, thankyouverymuch.
  2. I have a very loud and very contagious laugh.  It’d make you laugh too.  I just know it :smile:
  3. I have small feet.  Only wear a size 6!
  4. I love James Dean and get a new calendar of him for my cube every year from “Santa”.
  5. I think Good & Plenty is the worst candy ever made.  This is followed closely by NECCO wafers.  Something tells me only the New England folks will know what those disgusting things are!





Happy Spring!

20 03 2010

We made it, folks!  While I was already saying goodbye to winter yesterday, now we can officially wave it SAYONARA!!! 

I am in the BEST mood because of it.  I love winter through the holidays.  I can’t imagine being anywhere warm on Christmas day.  But after the New Year, things go downhill for me until we hit spring. 

Unfortunately, it’s supposed to be cooler (in the 50′s) and rainy for the next couple of day, but that’s okay.  It IS spring after all.  Rain is only a natural part of spring and as long as there are no white flakes falling from the sky, I’ll be okay with it.  I just hope the rain doesn’t last too long and we’re able to enjoy more days like yesterday and today!

Now, it’s time to alert the press because I slept for 9 hours last night.  CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!?  I certainly couldn’t.  I guess my day of errands really took a toll on me!  I got up and had a killer workout on the treadmill. 

Wait – before you yell at me, let me explain!  I know it’s a Cardinal Sin to hit the treadmill on a gorgeous morning like this one.  The problem here is that I don’t have a Garmin to track my progress (I really, really want one) and while I live in a quiet neighborhood, it’s right off of a very busy road.  It’s really a bad road for running.  So until I figure out a safer route, the treadmill is just the best way to go.

Generally, I have to get to the gym right when it opens on a Saturday or the treadmills fill up instantly.  NOT TODAY!  Due to the nice weather, I was about the only nut that got on a treadmill and I felt like I had the whole place to myself.  Ahhhhh, perfect running conditions!

Since I woke up later, my body was already asking for breakfast.  To keep it quiet until I finished my run, I snacked on a Fuji on the way to the gym.

I busted out this workout, which we’ll call the Saturday Burner.  This was a combo of higher speeds (for me) with small doses of a slow jog/fast walk to break up the time.  I love workouts like this because, well, I really don’t like to run.  At all.  I’m not sure if you guys knew this about me, but it’s true.  I run because it makes me feel good when I’m done.  I feel so accomplished.  I also love what it does for me physically.  It keeps me in my jeans, while allowing me to not feel controlled by my food.  But for that entire time I’m on the treadmill, I’m not a happy camper and am counting down the minutes until it’s over.  That’s just the way the cookie crumbles, folks.  Sometimes, you just have to suck it up and do things you don’t necessarily love to achieve the things you want.  So, a workout like this keeps my mind thinking and it keeps me focused on making it to the next walking interval.  It seems less painful this way.

Time Speed
0 – 5 4.0 – 4.7
5 – 7 6.3
7 – 9 6.5
9 – 11 6.7
11 – 13 6.5
13 – 15 6.3
15 – 18 6.0
18 – 20 4.5
20 – 22 6.4
22 – 24 6.6
24 – 26 6.8
26 – 28 6.6
28 – 30 6.4
30 – 33 6.0
33 – 35 4.5
35 – 37 6.5
37 – 39 6.7
39 – 41 6.9
41 – 43 6.7
43 – 45 6.5
45 – 48 6.0
48 – 50 4.5
50 – 51 7.0
51 – 52 6.8
52 – 53 6.6
53 – 54 6.4
54 – 55 6.2
55 – 60 4.7 – 3.3

Total Mileage: 5.88

I came home and whipped up my first ever GREEN MONSTER!!  I have been DYING to try one of these and keep forgetting the main ingredient: fresh baby spinach!  I know.  It sounds weird.  But you HAVE to trust me when I tell you there is no spinach taste involved.   All it does is provide awesome nutrition (well, duh) and thicken the shake so it is milkshake-ish.  You read that correctly.  It’s so thick, it could almost pass for a milkshake.  Do I have your attention now?

Green Monster Smoothie

  • 1 cup unsweetened, vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein
  • enough spinach to fill the top of your blender

Pulse away until a creamy shake is created.  Pour into a glass and viola!

Obviously enjoyed with a Dunkin’ iced coffee!  I love all coffee, but it’s just so exciting when it’s time to make the switch from hot to iced!

Seriously, kids, try this smoothie!!  So delish.  I chose to use a whole scoop of whey.  Others will use half a scoop and then use an entire banana.  It’s up to you.  I could taste the banana flavor a lot by only using half.  This thing basically tastes like a banana and peanut butter milkshake.  I’m not lying.  See for yourself!  This is DEFINITELY my new favorite springtime breakfast (oats obviously still own fall/winter!) :smile:

If my dad is reading this right now, he’s gagging.  He doesn’t understand how people can drink things that are weird colors like blue and green.  Haha.  The green of this smoothie is definitely as pretty as it is disgusting.  If that makes any sense :wink:

I tried to take one picture from my front door to show you how nice it was out, but I don’t think it truly captured it.  I’ll share anyway.  It’s still too early for people’s yards (including ours…look at that brown grass!) to start looking nice, so you kind of lose the effect!

 

All right, kiddos, I’m off to shower and start my day.  I’m not sure what the afternoon holds and if I’ll be home to blog lunch.  Tonight, Mr. KD and I are off to dinner and a movie with some friends of ours.  We’re going to their house first to check it out.  Mr. KD has been, but I have not and I’m dying to get up there!  They’ve been to our house at least three times and I have yet to make it to theirs, so I’m pumped! 

I think dinner is at PF Chang’s.  Sooooo excited!  We’re then going to see Alice in Wonderland in 3D and it doesn’t start until after 9, so we’ll be home late (They live 45 minutes away).  I’ll definitely be blogging about dinner tomorrow morning with breakfast.  Granny needs her sleep, you know!  Hopefully, I’ll chat with you guys for lunch.  If not, have a FANTASTIC first day of spring and I’ll chat with ya tomorrow!!

Until we eat again…