Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Apparently it's safety day at the railroad... in case anyone wanted to know!

On another note, I went for a run today.  My training group starts Thursday with the following levels:

Level One
20 Minutes - Run 1 Minute / Walk 2 Minutes

Level Two
20 Minutes - Run 1.5 Minutes / Walk 30 Seconds

Run .5 Miles x 4

Run 2 Miles

Looking at these levels, I was sure I would place myself in level 1 however, decided to go out for a run to test level 2.  I honestly didn't think I could do it.  I can easily run 1.5 minutes but with such a short break I was not sure I could run 1.5 minutes over and over again.  I DID IT!!!  It was difficult but not too difficult :)  WOOHOO!!!  Level 2- here I come!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day Run :)

I have to take a moment to brag about how beautiful my running route is...
Okay- I'm done :)  Training starts Thursday with CARA!  It feels so good to be running again!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

30 by 30!

Well my birthday is officially over after my finally birthday celebration with friends last night.  I'm 25 which is crazy old!  I made a list tonight of 30 things I'd like to do by the time I'm 30 :)  Here is to 5 fun years trying to accomplish this list!!!

Thirty by Thirty!
May 19, 2016

1.     Run a 5k
2.    Run a 10k (Wrigley Start Early- April 2012)
3.    Do Bike the Drive with my mom (May 2012)
4.    Run a 15k (Hot Chocolate- November 2012)
5.    Run the River Bank Run (May 2013)
6.    Run a marathon!!! (Chicago Marathon- October 2014)
7.    Join a running club
8.    Weigh 128-132 pounds
9.    Take a hot yoga class
10.  Take tennis lessons
11.  Take swimming lessons
12.  Live in the same place for at least two years
13.  Become a vegetarian for lent
14.   Speed date
15.   Go geocaching
16.   Give blood regularly
17.  Take a photography class
18.   Get my masters
19.   Have an emergency fund
20.  Be debt free
21.  Cook every recipe in at least one of my cookbooks
22.  Go on vacation by myself
23.  Eat dinner with strangers
24.  Read every book I own
25. Walk through a corn maze
26.  Go on a ghost investigation
27.  Get a dog
28.  Go on a silent retreat
29.  Volunteer at the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
30.  Go on a movie tour of Chicago

Rainy Sunday...

It is a crazy, rainy day in Chicago today.  I woke up, went to WW, and caught a bus just before the downpour began!  After WW, I went to church which was nice with the rain and thunder in the background.  Walk home... not so nice!  My dress was soaked!
After I got home I made lunch, a "breakfast" quesadilla.  So easy and yummy!

All I did was make up the Mexican Egg Scramble without adding the cheese.  Then I plopped the egg scramble into a tortilla, covered it with 1/4 cup of cheese, folded it in half and put some EVOO on top of it.  Finally, I put it under the broiler for 3 minutes on each side.  MMM!
9 Points+

If you live in Chicago, have an amazing day of book reading, Wii playing, and Netflix watching :)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Quarter Century Birthday Bash!

As of May 19, I am officially 25 years old.  Last week I celebrated with my mom and this weekend it was time to celebrate with my friends!  Off to Carnivale we went!

Delightful drinks...

Amazing appetizers...

Fabulous fish!

Decadent desserts...

I had an excellent birthday to say the least :)  Thank you ladies!

Mini Park Ave Pizza!

6 Points+

1 Smart and Delicious Multi-grain wrap
2 T. sun dried tomato hummus
Veggies (I used zucchini, green peppers, and sun dried tomatoes)
1/8 cup feta cheese
Sprinkle of Parmesan cheese
Sprinkle of mozzarella cheese

Spread hummus on the wrap and top with veggies and cheese.  Bake at 425 for about 8 min.


I feel the need to announce two things.........
1) Today is the PERFECT day for a run.
2) High Fiber Oatmeal with 1 T. of White Chocolate Wonderful PB is the most amazing breakfast in the WORLD!  LOVE IT!  7 Points+

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Mixin' Things Up!

I had a fun WW meeting on Wednesday!  We were so chatty that we never even got to the topic of the week.  One guy said something that I thought was interesting.  He said that when he started WW he would pack for the week.  He would make the same lunch x 5 and store it in the fridge or freezer.  After awhile he started to mix things up and he tried never to repeat things.  This made eating fun for him and he also said he would like to think that he was constantly tricking his body.  One day he would have more points than he was supposed to, the next day less, etc.  Some days he would eat a lot in the morning and other days he ate his biggest meal at lunch.

I thought this week I would try to switch things up a bit too and get out of my routine.  Today I had my lunch for breakfast, my breakfast for lunch, ate two snacks (normally I don't snack), and made a super yummy egg scramble for dinner.

One amazing thing I discovered today that I now LOVE are bagel thins.  Take 1 bagel thin, top the halves with 1 wedge of Laughing Cow (any flavor), and top each half with one sliced tomato.  That's two veggie servings and amazing goodness!  The whole bagel prepared this way is 4 points+.

For dinner I prepared one amazing bagel thin and a Mexican Egg Scramble.  The recipe is below:

On the stove heat up some sliced orange, green, red, and yellow peppers along with 2 spoonfuls of Trader Joe's Hot Salsa (in tubs near the hummus).  After the veggies have cooked a bit, mix in 2 eggs and 3 T. of egg whites.  Scramble as always and towards the end add in 1/4 cup of TJ's light Mexican cheese.  6 points+ and SUPER filling!!!

10 Points+ for the whole meal :)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Apple and Banana Breakfast Bowl!

I got this idea from Une Vie Saine and mixed it up a bit!  First I microwaved an apple on high for 90 seconds (next time I would peel it first though), then I poured myself a bowl of Banana Nut Cherrios.  I topped the Cherrios with the apple slices and a sliced banana.  Then I poured in 1/2 cup of almond milk and sprinkled cinnamon on top.  MMM!

If you're doing WW it's 7 points with 2 servings of cereal and 4 points with only one.  I made 2 but then didn't finish my bowl!

Have a wonderful Saturday :)