Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Running Program

So everyone in the world and their alien counterpart has heard of the Couch to 5K program. And I've done it, or tried it. But I hit week 4 and it's so confusing and I'm tired of running and following a plan. So I found a NEW plan. I have some great running books and this plan is from one of them. It's a lot more straight forward with 1 min or 2 min. I've already started and aside from this run this morning, it goes great. I have it available in excel format and some cheat sheets for a 5 minute walking warm-up and run or walk interval. No thinking involved!
At noted, the program is from the Run for Life book. It's a good book for women.
Very informative. I have other amazing books I love. I'll post those again.

Tortellini Soup & Cookies


This is my all time favorite soup to throw together. It doesn't take much time, it's 4 ingredients and so simple!
 
10-12 Ounces of Tortellini (this is Trader Joe's Spinach Tortellini. I like using fresh, not frozen.)
64 oz Vegetable Broth (Chicken broth works too.)
One or Two cans Tomatoes. I like diced, they are easier to eat.
3 handfuls of spinach leaves OR one frozen container of spinach. Fresh is better, but not always an economical option.


Cook 1st three ingredients to boil. Cook tortellini until cooked. (Yea, I said that.)
Add spinach, simmer until wilted.
You can make this Italian style or Mexican style depending on tomatoes used and additional spices.
I get 6 servings, around 3-5 WW points each, depending on the tortellini and broth combo. (This one is 4 points.)
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Tomorrow is another weigh-in, and for all fat girls everywhere, it's one of the most important ones -- the weigh-in after Thanksgiving Feasts. I'm doing great so I'm not worried. Whether I post a loss, gain, or stay the same, I am confident with the food choices I have made and the cardio workouts I have completed. Yes, sure, I can work out more, I can choose wiser foods, but it's a lifetime of change and I can't do it overnight.
I started making cookies for Christmas. Jason helps me roll them into balls. As in, I'm sitting on the couch typing this Blog and Jason is balling the cookie dough I mixed last night. He's a great help! I actually have a lot of willpower when it comes to cookies and cookie dough. My trainer told me I shouldn't make them and shouldn't eat any of them. I explained that I will eat cookies and that I have the willpower to not eat all of them. We were discussing Thin Mints. Jason will put Thin Mints away by the sleeve. And I'll eat two. I like sweet things, but honestly, I like bread more. A LOT more. So my PP goes to bread, not cookies.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Breakfast Burritos

I found this website a few weeks ago and decided the breakfast burritos were worth making. Jason had been buying the QuikTrip ones and even though they are $1.50ish, they are still loaded with sodium and bad cholesterol. So on November 4, Jason and I made 30 breakfast burritos. I put italian sausage in his.

So I ate my 10 burritos over the past few weeks and needed to make more. I made sure this time to get lower point tortilla (2 points each) and used more egg beaters then eggs (32 ounces of egg beaters + 4 eggs), and the healthier, 2% cheese.

My recipe made 19, 3 Point Plus Burritos.
$4 Tortillas
$4 Egg Beaters, Eggs
$1 Milk
$3 Veggies
$2 Cheese
Total = $0.75 cents a burrito.

The recipe I used:
1 Cup of Mushrooms
1 Green Pepper
1 Small White Onion
Saute in 2 tablespoons of butter.
Mix eggs/egg beaters (Supposed to be 18 eggs), with milk, salt & pepper to taste. Cook in large stock pot to "scramble"
Mix egg and veggie mixture together.
Chill in fridge for a while.
Mix in 2 cups of cheese. (I like mild cheddar.)

Have Jason roll you 19-21 burritos. He's an expert now.

I put them on a cookie sheet in the freezer. Once frozen I put them in ziplock bags. The best way to heat them (everything is already cooked) is to take one out the night before and put it in the fridge. Then heat for 45-seconds or so on each side. If you forget to take one out, I leave it to defrost on my desk from 7-9am then heat it 60-seconds or so on each side.

Edit - My Comment. Because for some reason I can't comment on my or friends blogs!
The first time I made these, I added too much milk and they were running. This time I also drained the fluid from the veggie mix that accumulated while cooking.
These were perfect this time. They are a bit hot to hold so I wouldn't recommended these while driving.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

219 Days - Wedding; Lifetime to go for weight loss though.

Today, another Thanksgiving Dinner. Ugh. All the food was yummy. And I figured out that Pumpkin Pie is a migraine trigger.

Yesterday I got to the gym to meet up with Dave. My back and "tonkles" hurt. (Tonkles = Talus area, Deltoid Ligament) I called it a tonkle because when I described it to Dave, we didn't know the correct body part name of the thing that hurt. It's the point where my foot connects to my leg, and it's above my ankle, or the Top, so Tonkle. :) And they both hurt. Yesterday and this morning. It was from all the miles I logged since that ligament is not used to walking so much. It hurts often - sometimes if I spend too much time in my steel toes for work it'll hurt.

Since my back was aching, we did lighter weights and a few planks.

The great thing about Dave is that I don't give him BS and he trusts me when I tell him that something aches. I have a tendency to tense up my neck with doing bicep curls. I don't know if it's my form or too much weight. Dave's working with me on it, but he's stumped too. But it's good... since I was aching from all the miles logged, he didn't make me stress it any more. :)

Today was a break from working out. Tomorrow I plan to do some DVDs and log a mile or so. I don't want to stress my body and I know I need to ease into it so I don't continue to have an ache in my deltoid.

Schedule for the week:
Sunday - DVD work out
Monday - PT with Dave
Tuesday - Rest Day (but lots of streching)
Wednesday - PT with Dave

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving

Ahh, the day that begins 6 weeks of Holiday eating. Cakes, cookies, pies, candy... it's the means to end all diets! But not this year! Not for Meghan!

I do have two Thanksgiving's this year, one today (Thursday) with Jason's mom, brother, and sister-in-law; and one Saturday with my family. Then it's a 4 week strict WeightWatcher plan and tracking before Christmas, New Years, and my Birthday!

Jason and I went to church today, and since it was such a great day, went to Creve Coeur Lake to get in our own Turkey Trot. Jason knocked out the full 3.7 miles, running Monday (my dog), around the lake. I got in 3 miles in the hour we were there. My legs are on fire now since I've spent the past two evenings on the treadmill.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Every day is a good day when you run

The treadmill has arrived!!!

I really am that excited to be running in my basement. I'm not much of a runner anymore and it'll take some training to get back into a solid groove. Last night I logged 1.2 miles in about 20 minutes. Tonight I knocked out 2.3 in 38 minutes.

We purchased the NordicTrack Commercial 1500 from Sears. I thought we were going to purchase it from the NT website since it offered free shipping and I found a 10% coupon. However, upon talking with the Sears' representative, we found out the C1500 was part of their Friends and Family sale and on sale for $1169. It was 10% off, and shipping, AND ASSEMBLY would be $70. SOLD. Note - NordicTrack wants $249 to move it to any room and assemble it. I should add that I already knew the unit weighed 315 pounds and was trying to figure out how Jason and I (and his techs) would get it to our basement. And yes, Jason and I are more than capable of putting a treadmill together -- but then I wouldn't have this picture of me running last night, instead I'd have a picture of 8,000 parts spread out on the floor.

What you don't see is that about 10 feet in front of the treadmill is a TV w/ Cable and DVD player. And two layers of gym mats for exercising to the TurboFire and other workout DVDs and of course, stretching after running.

Dinner tonight was the 6 pt Parmesan Breaded Tilapia (Sam's Club item.) They are very yummy. I don't eat it with Tartar Sauce though. Had a nice big salad too. I didn't eat all my points today. And I really really really really really want pumpkin pie. Am trying to figure out how I can have pie for breakfast.

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Other Man in My Life

Dave's the other man in my life. I started seeing him in June. Twice a week. Yes, Jason knows all about Dave. Tonight was workout number 32. The weight loss hasn't been there, but the inches have dropped off. You can see the difference, when I'm naked, in the dark. :)

Dave is great, he pushes me, sometimes I cry, sometimes I yell, sometimes my body shakes from doing so many planks. But it's good. I'm getting stronger. Since I am a vegetarian, I drink protein shakes too, at Dave's request.

Came home and had some battered (baked) cod (oh yea, I eat fish) and tartar sauce. Tartar sauce is 4 weightwatchers points for 2 tablespoons. It was worth it. I ate light all day preparing for yummy fish for dinner. I had a salad too, but that's a normal thing.

Next PT - Friday at 2pm. It's perfect. I can't overeat on leftovers for lunch! And since there's Thanksgiving dinners on both Thursday and Saturday, a Dave workout is perfect.

Treadmill delivery tomorrow at 8am. Treadmill run tomorrow night, and a Sam's Club run.