Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Recommitted, Week 2

This was my second week back on the WW program.  I was out of town visiting my family for a few days and definitely indulged.  And the scale reflected that {no gain, but only a slight loss of –0.2}.  I weighted in on Tuesday this week {instead of my regular Monday weigh in} because I was still out of town on Monday morning and wanted to wait until I was home to use my own scale. 

Week 2 {05.23.11 – 05.30.11}

Beginning Weight {05.16.11} = 150.2
Wk1 = 147.4
Ending Weight {05.31.11} = 147.2
Wk2 Weight Loss = –0.2

My daily allowance = 29 points
Weekly additional point allowance = 49 points

Monday ~ 26
Tuesday ~ 31
Wednesday ~ 30 
Thursday ~ 28
Friday ~ 42
Saturday ~ 48
Sunday ~ 37

I earned 49 activity points and used 43 of them
I exercised 6 of the 7 days {for a total of 9 hrs, 38 mins}
I didn’t use any of my 49 weekly allowance points
{My program is set up to use activity points before using my weekly allowance points}

  • On Monday after dinner my total points used was pretty low {I ate a lot of fruit & veggies that day including a big salad for dinner} so I enjoyed a big glass of milk with an ounce of cheese {yummy} and 3 cups of popcorn!  It really hit the spot :)
  • On Tuesday I treated myself to a Jamba Juice while getting a pedicure because I ran 5 miles without stopping to walk!!!  I earned that yummy treat :) and it was worth all of the 10+pts.
  • On Thursday we headed out of town to spend the long holiday weekend with my family.  I brought all the fruit & veggies I had with me so that I would have healthy choices for snacks/meals. 
  • While out of town I definitely indulged a little lot {some froyo with M&M’s, granola bars, cookies, mindless evening popcorn snacking while watching movies} but I managed to make healthy choices the majority of the time including cooking all meals and fighting the urge to go out to eat. 
  • I didn’t use any of my weekly allowance points again but I did use almost all of my earned exercise points.  The scale didn’t move as much this week, but I wasn’t expecting it to {I was actually thinking I was going to gain back what I lost the first week} because of all the indulging I did. 


*All opinions are entirely my own and are from my personal experiences only!

Love / Don’t Love {May 31}

LOVE ~ We {the husband, Lucy, & I} spent a few days out of town for the long Memorial Day holiday weekend visiting my family :)

DON’T LOVE ~ I found out mid-week last week that I was not invited back for a second interview for the position I interviewed for a couple of weeks ago :(

LOVE ~ On Thursday after a morning run I went to my first yoga class with my sis-in-law at our gym.  It was awesome and I felt so relaxed and rejuvenated afterwards. 

DON’T LOVE ~ I indulged way too much during the 2nd half of last week {while we were out of town}.

LOVE ~ On Friday we spent the day with my dad & step-mom out on Lake Oroville :)

DON’T LOVE ~ The cold weather.  While we were on the lake on Friday it was a mixture of sun & clouds, and windy.  I never took off my jeans or sweatshirt :(

LOVE ~ On Saturday we spent the day at my brother’s house for a BBQ. 

DON’T LOVE ~ It rained, no poured, almost the whole time we were at my brother’s on Saturday.  He had to bring his BBQ up on to his porch just to cook the food :(

LOVE ~ On Sunday we took a drive up to the top of Table Mountain to enjoy the views :)

DON’T LOVE ~ It’s suppose to rain more this week!

LOVE ~ Last week I had three great runs!  I planned only to run for 30 mins 3x’s but ended up running 5 miles on Tuesday, 3 miles on Thursday and 4 miles on Saturday --- all with NO WALKING needed!  And each run felt GOOD :)


What do you LOVE / DON’T LOVE today?!?

Monday, May 30, 2011

Meal Plan Monday {May 30}

We had a wonderful long Memorial Day Weekend spending time with my family.  

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Monday ~ Trader Joe’s Veggie Burgers

A quick & easy frozen dinner.  These veggie burgers are so tasty!  We enjoy them on a toasted Sandwich Thin with some taco sauce :)

Tuesday ~ Refried Black Bean Burritos

A favorite meal in our house and requested this week by the husband!  Another quick & easy dinner :)

Wednesday ~ Chicken Fried Rice

I saw a recipe for fried rice in one of my mom’s Weight Watchers books from the meetings she attends so I decided to make it this week ~ with the addition of chicken to make it a “meal”.

Thursday ~ Baked Shrimp with Zucchini & Feta {plus Eggplant} {scroll down towards the end of the post for this recipe}

We really enjoyed this last time we made it and we’ve been looking forward to having it again.  I’m going to add eggplant ~ I think its going to be great :)

Friday ~ Spaghetti

Nothing new … spaghetti on Friday night.  “Don’t fix it if it ain’t broken”.  We love pasta before running on Saturday mornings!

Saturday ~ Doggie Dash 5k in the AM with Lucy, Further concert in San Jose in the PM

  • Breakfast ~ Bagels
  • Lunch ~ Green Monster & Veggie Rice Bowls
  • Dinner ~ Sandwiches

Sunday ~ First day of intermediate training classes for Lucy

  • Breakfast ~ Bagels
  • Lunch ~ Green Monster & Soup {freezer}
  • Dinner ~ leftover spaghetti

*Don’t forget to check out the links … you never know what you might discover!  There are some GREAT food blogs & recipe websites out there :)

What’s on your menu this week?

I’m linking up at Organizing Junkie for Menu Plan Monday


Friday, May 27, 2011

Race Recap: Race for the Cure 5k {05.07.11}

Back on Saturday May 7th I participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5k along with my husband and my sister-in-law.  This was the 4th year in a row that me and my husband participated in this race {and my 5th time overall, since I also did the 1 mile walk in 2005}.  Last year we walked {me, the husband, the sis-in-law & the mother-in-law}.  After seeing so many participants dressed up and decked out in all types of get-ups, including tutu’s, my sis-in-law and I decided we wanted to make our own tutu’s to wear in this years race.  So, last summer we got together and got busy making tutu’s out of tulle.  They turned out super cute and we got to debut them at this years Race for the Cure!

The race starts & finishes at Cal Expo in Sacramento.  There are 1000’s of participants {over 25,000+ this year, the biggest year yet!} and parking can be a bit of a pain, especially with traffic backing up on the freeway.  Once we made it in the gates of Cal Expo, me & the sis-in-law jumped out of the car to pick up our packets while the husband parked.  It was also a good opportunity for me to get in some warm-up walking from packet pickup, to the car, then to the start of the race. 

After we got our packets, and made it back out to the car, we were able to spend some time getting our tutu’s on and taking a few photos.

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We made it over to the start of the race with plenty of time to stretch, and take more photos!!!

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CIMG6033The three of us; ready to Race for the Cure

The race had different start times for runners and walkers, which is a good thing because its crowded.  We discussed my running plan for the race {3x8:2 and then run to the finish} and before we knew it, it was time to start.  Like any big race, it takes a few minutes to get over the starting mat of a large and crowded race, but once we started moving we were able to get into a comfort pace. 

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We were able to keep a steady pace throughout the entire race, even when walking.

  • 3x8:2 {11:30, 10:42, 10:40} + run to the finish {10:30}

Official Results 3.10 / 36:07
Garmin Results 3.16 / 36:08 / 11:25 avg pace

This race has a huge expo afterwards so after grabbing some post-race snacks, and taking some more photos we headed into the expo to check out the vendors and free giveaways {and take more photos – its what you do when you’re walking around in a tutu!!!}

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Once we got home, I didn’t want Lucy to feel left out … so she took a photo with the tutu too!!!


I love participating in this race! It holds a special place in my heart as both of Jon’s grandmas battled breast cancer, as well as one of my cousins {all were/are survivors; Jon’s grandmothers passed away due to other illnesses}. 

“Breast cancer knows no boundaries!”

image Via the Sacramento Valley Affiliate of Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Facebook Page

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Three Things Thursday

1.  I’m a little behind on posting some race recaps for two 5k’s I did this month.  Three weeks ago I did the Race for the Cure 5k with my husband & sister-in-law where we wore tutu’s.  And last weekend I ran a local 5k fun run and I PR’d by more than 1:30 off my best 5k time {official results ~ 3.1 @ 31:55}!!! 

2.  I registered for the CIM yesterday {prices go up on June 1st}!  This will be my 2nd full marathon!  Training starts NOW since I’m in a “base building” phase right now.  I’ll be slowly building mileage for a few weeks until I start training for the Urban Cow Half and the CIM.  I’m going to stick to running three days a week, which I will talk about more later, and cross training 3-4 days a week.  Cross training is really helping my overall fitness and my running.  I definitely contribute my 5 mile run success from Tuesday {5 @ 57:27} to the increase in my overall fitness!!!

3.  This weather lately has been CRAZY.  One day its warm and nice outside, the next it cold and rainy again.  And its not just like that here in Norcal either … the weather all over the country is out of whack.  I wonder if our seasons are changing due to Global Warming?!?  All I know is that I was looking forward to some warmer weather for the Memorial Day Weekend since we’ll be out on a lake, in a boat.  But it looks like we’ll be settling for temps in the low 70’s and wind --- which is still better than rain!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Runner’s High

Yesterday I had a 30min run planned and I was excited to try out a new route that I want to start using once a week.  Its a loop that starts at our local park, loops around the neighborhood then back to the park to loop around the running trail there.  Normally we would just run the park trail {which is a 1.44 mile loop} but I am trying to limit my running time on softer surfaces because my shins get worse when I run on soft surfaces for extended amounts of time.  So I found a loop that is 2.5 miles that is half on the sidewalk and then half on the park trail. 

Me & the husband met up with the sis-in-law at the local park and started with the usual 10min WU {warm-up} walk after some dynamic stretches.  Once we started running {me and the sis-in-law; the husband went on ahead at his super speedy pace} we kept an easy pace and the time started ticking by as we were chatting.  Before I knew it we had made it half way around the first loop and were back at the park.  By the time we made it to the start of the loop we still had 2-3 minutes left of the planned 30min run and since we were so close to 3 miles we decided to keep running to the 3 mile mark.  Overall we were both feeling good and we were keeping the pace nice and easy. 

But once we got closer to the 3 mile mark we decided to keep going!  So we decided to make it back to the start of the loop for a total of 5 miles running.  We continued to keep a steady pace and then kicked it up at the end to finish strong.  Then we cooled down with a 12min walk and some stretching. 

Now, I’ve logged longer miles than 5 this year {back in January/February before the shin injury} but this was the first time I’ve logged that many miles without needing/wanting to stop and walk.  Maybe I had a good day, or maybe it was a fluke, or maybe I’m becoming a stronger runner --- either way I’m still floating on a runner’s high and it feels good :)


5.0 / 57:27 / 11:29 avg pace

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Return to Running: Week 10

This was my first week attempting to run 30+ minutes without walking.  When I woke up Tuesday morning I did not want to go and run in the cold & rain that we were experiencing here so I ran on the treadmill at the gym for the first time in long time.  I was skeptical about completing a full 30min run on the treadmill but ended up being successful, and feeling great afterwards.  Thursday’s run was in the afternoon and it had warmed up a lot since Tuesday.  It was a hot, rough run but I finished another 30mins without walking!  On Saturday we had a 5k fun run and I ended up PR’ing!  I was so excited and amazed!  It was a great day :)

Now that I’ve finished 10 weeks of “return to running” I think I’ll move on to “base building” for fall races! 

Week 10:  05.16.11 – 05.22.11

Monday 05.16 – rest / yoga?

Walk ~ 1.03 in 26:46 with Lucy 

Tuesday 05.17 – run 30min

Run {treadmill} ~ 4.5 in 60:00 {WU 10min walk, 1x30min run, 3x 2:3 {walk 2min, run 3min}, CD 5min walk

Cross train ~ 35min elliptical @ the gym {after running on the treadmill ~ nice & easy at level 5 to cool down from my run}

Wednesday 05.18 – cross train @ gym + class @ gym

Cross train ~ 80min elliptical, 55min Body Pump Class, 15min Ab Blast Class @ gym

Thursday 05.19 – run 30min

Run ~ 5min WU walk, 30min run, 5min walk, 2x 3:2, 8min CD walk {4.25 in 58:00}

Friday 05.20 – cross train @ gym


Saturday 05.21 – run 5k fun run

Walk ~ pre-race WU walk 0.43 in 13:01

Run ~ 5k race {3.13/31:51/avg pace 10:11 per Garmin – official results 3.1 in 31:55} --- NEW 5K PR!!!

Walk ~ 2.92 miles to & from Spring Festival/Chili Cook Off

Sunday 05.15 – rest / cross train @ gym

Cross train ~ 65min elliptical @ gym

Walk ~ 1.00 in 28:39 with Lucy

Total Mileage = 17.26

Recommitted, Week 1

For me, a “week” is always Monday ~ Sunday.  My “weigh-in” day has always been Monday mornings.  I always start diets on Mondays.  My meal plans always start on Mondays.  So, when I decided to recommit to Weight Watchers I started on Monday May 16th – which also happened to be the same day my mom started & the day of her first meeting {she is going to meetings and following the program online; I am only doing the online program and not going to meetings}. 

I’ve been on & off the Weight Watchers program many times over the years.  I know the program well and I’ve been successful many times.  For me, Weight Watchers is more about making lifestyle changes than it is about dieting.  I know what works  and what doesn’t.  By recommitting to the program I am able to get back on track and get my portion sizes back under control {one of my biggest weaknesses}. 

Week 1 {05.16.11 – 05.22.11}

Beginning Weight {05.16.11} = 150.2
Ending Weight {05.23.11} = 147.2
Wk1 Weight Loss = –2.8 lbs

My daily point allowance = 29 points
{M=29, T=31, W=28, Th=30, F=31, Sat=39, Sun=35}
Weekly additional point allowance = 49 points

I earned 46 activity points and used 21 of them
I exercised 6 of the 7 days {for a total of 8hrs, 29mins}
I didn’t use any of my weekly allowance points
{My program is set up to use activity points before using my weekly allowance points}

  • I was able to enjoy a few drinks {1 beer on Tuesday; 1 beer on Saturday; 1 beer on Sunday}. 
  • I attended a Chili Cook Off on Saturday and kept my samplings small {1-3 small spoonfuls per chili tasting, approximately 1 cup of chili total for 7+pts}. 
  • On average I ate between 7-13 servings of fruit/veggies per day {about average for me even when I’m not on WW}. 
  • I drank at least 8 cups of water a day. 
  • I had a few days where I wanted more snacks so I tried to remember to eat mindfully and enjoy low point or no-point snacks {most fruit & veggies are 0 points}. 
  • I was still able to enjoy lots of my favorite foods including a big pasta dinner with turkey meatballs, homemade sauce, and bread both on Friday night & Saturday night. 
  • I enjoyed popcorn {3 cup serving} twice and ice cream {1/2 cup serving} twice.  And I even pureed some fresh strawberries then froze them to create a granita and enjoyed that on Sunday night after a BBQ dinner. 



*All opinions are entirely my own and are from my personal experiences only!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Love / Don’t Love {May 23}

LOVE ~ On Saturday morning we ran a fun run 5k and i PR’d at 31:55 {official time} for 6th in my age group! 

DON’T LOVE ~ Even though Lucy graduated from her beginner training class on Sunday, she was still being very stubborn and still needs lots of work/practice especially since she begins intermediate classes in two weeks!

LOVE ~ I stayed on track with my recommitment to WW all week and I lost 2.8 lbs!!!

DON’T LOVE ~ That a “light” 16oz  beer is 5 WW+ points :(

LOVE ~ We had a nice BBQ on Sunday night {turkey burgers, corn on the cob, asparagus} and enjoyed some time relaxing on our patio :)

DON’T LOVE ~ The waiting game to find out if I’ll be called back for a 2nd interview for the job I interviewed for on Friday.

LOVE ~ The interview went well, much better than the last interview I went to!

DON’T LOVE ~ A few cars on our court and the court across from ours were burglarized last night, including my husbands truck.  Thankfully, nothing was taken from the husbands truck or our neighbors car!

LOVE ~ We finally finished Lawrence of Arabia.

DON’T LOVE ~ I fell asleep for the last 5 minutes of Lawrence of Arabia.  The husband says I didn’t miss anything!  That movie was soooo long!

LOVE ~ This afternoon I went to the movies with my sis-in-law to see Water for Elephants!!!  It was soooo good :)

What do you LOVE / DON’T LOVE today?!?

Meal Plan Monday {May 23}

Last week in my Meal Plan Monday post I talked about recommitting to Weight Watchers.  I had a very successful week back on the program {which I plan to post a weekly recap about tomorrow} and I’m feeling confident that this week, and the weeks to come, will continue to be successful.

We’ve got a short menu this week since its Memorial Day Weekend next weekend and we’ll be spending some time with my family so the menu for those days is still TBD. 

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Monday ~ Chicken & Strawberry Salad

Fresh Farmers Market romaine lettuce, chicken, fresh Farmers Market strawberries, feta cheese, & red onion with a creamy Italian dressing

Tuesday ~ Turkey Meatloaf Muffins 

Meatloaf is one of my favorite foods so when I saw these Turkey Meatloaf Muffins {that are only 2+ points each} I knew I had to make them ASAP. 

Wednesday ~ Polenta Pizza Stackers

These were so good last week that we decided to have them again {plus, we needed to use up the pizza sauce & cheese we bought for them last week}.  I added sautéed veggies {red onions, mushrooms, & zucchini} to my “stackers” and they were sooo good :)

Thursday ~ Colorful Cumin Quinoa Salad

I love finding new ways to use quinoa and this “salad” looks simple, easy & quick.  I can’t wait to try it & was very happy to find some mango at the store yesterday for 88 cents!

Friday – Sunday ~ TBD

BBQ’s, family time, taking my husband out on the lake in my dad’s new boat … its going to be a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!!!

*Don’t forget to check out the links … you never know what you might discover!  There are some GREAT food blogs & recipe websites out there :)

What’s on your menu this week?


I’m linking up at Organizing Junkie for Menu Plan Monday


Sunday, May 22, 2011

Getting to know you {05.22.11}


Getting to Know YOU is a fun little series over at Mannland5

If you want to play along then answer the questions and go link up HERE.

1. what's your favorite rainy day activity?

Getting cozy on the couch, preferably by a warm fire, either watching movies or reading :)

2. what time do you go to bed?

Since I’m an early riser, usually between 9-10pm.  I’ve been known to fall asleep on the couch, while watching TV, around 8pm --- and sometimes when I have insomnia I end up awake really late or wake up in the middle of the night for a few hours.

3. how many magazines do you subscribe to?

I only subscribe to two magazine {Runners World and Shape} but my Grandma gifted me two subscriptions a few years ago that she renews each year for me {Rachael Ray & Taste of Home}.  I am a magazine hoarder!  I have tons stacked up in our home office.  Some months I’ve been know to buy 5+ while grocery shopping.  But I get behind on reading them {because I like to read them from cover to cover} so I always have a stack in our dining room of ones that I need to read.

4. did you sell all your belongings because you thought the world was ending yesterday {Saturday}?


5. what's your beauty obsession?


6. if you could only wear one designer/brand for the rest of your life...what would it be?

Brand ~ Old Navy, anything from Kohl’s or American Eagle jeans.  {Those are brands, right?}  80% of my wardrobe is from Old Navy, the other 15% is from Kohl’s and 5% is from American Eagle {since those are the only jeans I wear}.
Designer ~ COACH {I just picked up my new Coach glasses this week and I LOVE them!!!}

7. what's your summer must have?

A new bathing suit and flip flops!  Good think Old Navy had their yearly $1 flip flop sale last Saturday since I needed some new ones due to the fact that Lucy recently chewed up my black pair.  I also scored two new bathing suits last week {one from Kohl’s & one from Old Navy --- surprised?  No, me either!}

8. do you make weekly dinner menus?

YES and I’ve been doing it since 2008.  I don’t that I could ever go back to not having a weekly meal plan!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Anniversary Trip to Yosemite ~ Day One {April 19}

Last year we spent a few days visiting Napa Valley wine tasting for our first anniversary trip {day one; day two; day three; day four}.  Neither of us had ever been wine tasting in Napa.  So this year we decided we would once again pick a destination we had never been for our second anniversary trip.  We chose to spend three days hiking in Yosemite National Park.  It was amazing and I can’t wait to go back.

Our trip started with an early morning wake up on Tuesday the 19th.  We did some last minute packing, loaded up The Pilot, and hit the road around 8:30ish with a few stops to make before leaving town. 

CIMG5823 In the car, ready to hit the road :)

After getting beer {necessity, duh} and gas we finally got on the freeway around 9am and settled in for a 3+ hour drive to Yosemite National Park.  Lucky for us it was National Park Week and we received free admittance to the park!  We had a very uneventful drive and before we knew it we arrived. 


Just inside the park we stopped to take a few photos of the rushing Merced River before reaching the park entrance gate.


We entered Yosemite at the Arch Rock Entrance to the park on Hwy 140, just outside of El Portal {where our hotel was located}. 


Our first stop after entering the park was Bridalveil Falls.  Once we found a parking spot we headed up the short trail to admire the beautiful water fall. 

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We got about half way up the trail before we realized that we were going get soaked from the mist so we headed back down to the car to put on sweatshirts and then headed back up the trail.  One advantage of visiting Yosemite so early in the spring time is that the falls are so powerful due to the high snow melt off.  In fact there was water running down everywhere all over the park as well as snow on a lot of the peaks and even patches on the valley floor in some heavily shaded areas.  It was gorgeous and I’m glad we chose this time of year for our first trip to Yosemite

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Our next stop was up the road from Bridalveil Falls to Tunnel View, a viewpoint of the Yosemite Valley just east of the Wawona Tunnel {which leads to the south entrance of the park}.  And what an amazing view it is --- with El Capitan on the left, Half Dome in the distance, and Bridalveil Falls on the right. 


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After taking some photos and enjoying the amazing view we decided to grab some snacks/lunch {we brought lunch for each day and lots of snacks for the trip} before heading down into Yosemite Valley.  After lunch we drove into the valley, stopping a few times along the roadside to take photos, and ended up parking just past Curry Village so we could hike up to Vernal Falls




We stopped at the Vernal Falls Footbridge that crossed over the Merced River to take photos before continuing along to the Mist Trial {which leads to the top of Vernal Falls and then onward to Emerald Pool and Nevada Falls before it meets back up with the John Muir Trial which leads to Little Yosemite Valley and eventually to Half Dome}.  The Mist Trail was actually closed but since everyone else was climbing over the gate to continue on the trail, we did too.







The Mist Trial is beautiful.  The first part of the trail is dry and a steady climb then you round a bend and start to climb stairs and end up in the mist of Vernal Falls.  The view of the waterfall is stunning.  I actually went back and forth about wanting to continue to the top of the falls from this point, but eventually the husband convinced me that I would regret it if we didn’t continue on.  





Once we reached the top of the falls I knew that the husband was right, if we would have turned around I would have regretted it.  The view was breathtaking.  We spent some time on top of the falls enjoying the view while warming up and drying off in the sun before heading back down the Mist Trial.  It was late in the afternoon so we didn’t have time to continue on to Nevada Falls so its definitely on our list of must-do activities for our next visit to Yosemite.













On our way back down the trail we stopped and took some photos at a viewpoint along the trial. 




Once we made it back to the car we changed out of our wet clothes and had a snack then continued driving around the valley, stopping to take more photos, before heading out of the park to check into our hotel in El Portal, just a short drive from the park entrance.  After checking in, we changed again then headed to the bar in the hotel restaurant for a drink and some dinner.  And then after a long hot shower, and a few beers in our room, we called it a night --- with the alarm set for a 5am wake up the next day, our only full day at the park.