Monthly Archives: October 2009

Burnout

I was all set to follow my meal plan and have Baked Shrimp with Feta for dinner. But, I didn’t get home until like 7:30 and I realized that the frozen shrimp I bought was not peeled and I just didn’t want to deal with it. So I had a tortilla pizza with salad instead. And pumpkin ice cream. Oh, pumpkin ice cream, I don’t think I can buy you anymore. 12 servings in that container, my ass. Actually that’s a pretty accurate statement; the 12 servings probably did go to my ass. Ha.

No pizza picture. You all know what they look like. Today was rainy and yucky out. I worked about an hour late and went to the gym after to run on the treadmill. I did three miles. It wasn’t the greatest of runs. Not sure if runs on the treadmill ever are though. For one, my chafed boob still freakin hurts (i never know what to say – breast sounds too formal, but boob sounds stupid. What do you say?) when I have a bra on. (Yes, I still am wearing a bra to work, but the bouncing of running on the treadmill was irritating.) I don’t know what to do about this. It needs to heal by Saturday. I’m supposed to do a short run of 2 miles tomorrow and that’s my last run until the race. Should I skip it if the area is still chafed?

Besides my chafing issues, I’m also experiencing some training burn out. This always happens to me right before I run a half marathon. It’s like once I starting running upwards of 18 or so miles a week, I just get burnt out. And then I always stop running after the race and lose my endurance. It’s especially hard now that it’s getting darker earlier. What can I do to keep myself motivated? I guess sign up for another race but there aren’t really that many in the winter.

Mr. Murphy was just complaining that he hasn’t been featured on the blog in a while. So, here he is:

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Attention ATL (and some casserole)

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This doesn’t look that appetizing, but Jason just referred to it as “amazingly good.” The recipe can be found here but I’ll type it out for you so you don’t have to search.

Cheesy Baked Rice

2 teaspoons SmartSpread
1 medium yellow onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup brown rice
1 jar (4 ounces) roasted red peppers, drained
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 cup shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a 1-1/2 quart casserole dish with cooking spray.

In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté until lightly browned, about 8 minutes.

Add broth, rice, roasted red peppers, and black pepper. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer until liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat.

In a medium bowl, combine rice mixture, spinach, and mozzarella. Spoon into prepared casserole. Sprinkle parmesan on top. Bake until top is golden, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately.

Serves 4

I forgot the parmesan cheese topping, but otherwise followed the directions. Although it was delicious, it took nearly an hour to make, which was sort of a pain for a Monday night.

So, I’ve been thinking about trying to arrange an Atlanta blogger (or reader) dinner for a while. I keep seeing other bloggers do it in their cities and it seems like a fun thing to do. I know that there are at least 5-6 of us in the ATL. Maybe a Friday or Saturday night in November? Let me know if you’re interested!

Fishy Burger

I managed to squeeze in an hour and a half nap. I am a big time napper. Always have been. I used to get made fun of a lot in college for always sleeping between classes. Okay and maybe a little bit during. After I arose from my beauty sleep, I went to Kroger to pick up the ingredients for next weeks meals (holla! still following the meal plan!) and get some additional items for tonight’s dinner.

And what was on the menu for this lovely Sunday night? A burger and fries. In My Tummy style, of course.
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A salmon burger on an Arnold’s Sandwich Thin (which my Kroger only sometimes has. Have I mentioned my disdain for this particular Kroger? But it’s literally next door to my house, so I continue to shop there and complain about it.) with zucchini and carrot “fries”.

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For the fries, I used baby carrots and half a zucchini. I tried to make them sort of uniform in size. I used my Misto and sprayed them with Olive Oil and then coated them with Emeril’s Essence. I baked them for about 30 minutes at 425 degrees.

My mother bought me the salmon patty yesterday at Whole Foods. I just put it in the George Foreman for about 5 minutes.

I liked the fries, but was iffy on the burger. I like fish a lot, but apparently don’t like my burgers to taste fishy. I don’t like them to taste beefy either; I guess I just like them to taste like vegetables which really contradicts the idea of a burger, I guess. In any event, the salmon patty was only so-so. I still ate it though.

While I was at the grocery store, I sort of had a revelation. I am always trying to get Jason to eat more like I do and it kind of occurred to me that I might be pushing too hard. While I like to look at ingredients and try to stay away from unpronouncable things if I can, maybe it’s too drastic for him. Not that he eats badly; he eats what I cook a lot of the time, but I am not sure if he actually likes it. It occurred to me that maybe it’s better to make small changes and have them become the norm, rather than overhauling everything at once. So, I bought him some frozen stuff that wasn’t too calorie laden and some individual bags of Baked Chips (not gonna lie, I’m sure those will find their way into my mouth) for him to take for lunches. If he doesn’t like something uber-healthy like plain greek yogurt, is it better to get him a Yoplait that does have sugar or HFCS but is still yogurt? Is it all or nothing or a lesser of two evils. (A moot point because he doesn’t like yogurt.)

How does your significant other eat?

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