Monthly Archives: February 2011
Scott snapped this picture of Abby and I snuggling during my morning coffee!
Work went by quick today!
Lunch was a nice break. I snagged a turkey and provolone sandwich from the hospital cafeteria.
And paired it with a black cherry chobani – so yummy – a nice mix of sweet and tart.
After work, headed to the YMCA to teach my Monday night aerobics class. I got there early and had time to put in 2.75 miles on the ellipitical – again on the cross country option.
The workout tonight was. . .
Run alternating with high knees
Squat with front kick
Running arms with weights
3 -way jump squat (hip width squat, shoulder width squat and plie squat)
Skipping around room
Touch toe and then bring knee to opposite elbow
V-sits with weight
Football players – run like running through tires
Set of 10 reverse fly, upright row and shoulder press
We do each circuit twice and take a one minute water break in between each circuit. I was very sweaty when we were done!
Came home, heated up leftovers for dinner.
Salad, chicken parmesan, and a piece of garlic bread. YUM!
Now, I am tuckered out – so it is off to the couch for some snuggling with my honey bunnies. G’night!
So, if you have been following along, you may remember that I set the following goal for myself last week:
Katie’s Goal for this week: Eat something in addition to the caramel skim latte (CSL) for breakfast.
I was actually suprised at how well it went. I was afraid that adding calories at the begining of the day would make it harder for me to stay on track for total calories throughout the day. NOPE! It actually helped! Eating a little bit more for breakfast, help me get to lunch and not be starving, so ate less at lunch. Then, because I didn’t overeat at lunch, I would be hungry for my afternoon snack, which would then get me through my workout and to dinner – again not starving! Eat a normal dinner, without my normal 2nds, and even have room for some dessert! Awesome. I ate dessert every night and still lost 2 pounds this week. By far, a banana is the easiest thing to add to my morning latte, but I am hoping to further expand my breakfast as I continue to work on this goal.
Now, week 2!
My goal for this week is to get a fitness assessment at the YMCA.
The YMCA is really nice, they will do a full fitness assessment, including measurments, body fat/muscle analysis and a fitness eval, all for free! The problem is I have always been too embarassed to do it. . . it’s hard to get on a scale in front of another person, no matter what your size or weight! But, I have always wanted to do it and thought it would be a good goal to do this week! Many thanks to Tina from Carrots’N’Cake for inspiring me to do this via her own ‘Lose the Dough’ challenge.
My plan will be to do it this week and then in about a month (begining of April) repeat it. I think that will be good motivation to up my workout game!
Have you ever done a fitness assessment?
I have officially been blogging for 1 week!
Here were my goals for my blog that I posted on day 1. . .
- Daily photographs of what I am eating – to assist in my never-ending quest to improve my health
- Record of daily exercise as I continue to train for my 3rd marathon in May
- Cute pictures of my dog, Abby
- Documenting life and the adventures that come with it!
So far, so good. . .
Here are some things that happened this week,
- Since this is something new to me, I have had highs and lows with this blog
- HIGH: Having someone comment on my blog post and seeing that other people are checking it out
- LOWS: Trying to figure out all the ins and outs of my blog page
- Taking pictures of my food, made me make healthier choices and pay more attention to portion sizes
- I lost 2 pounds!
- I had 2 people ask me, “Did you just take a picture of your food?”
- I really like to blog – it is more fun and time-consuming than I thought it would be
- My husband is being really great about it – before we sit down to dinner, he will ask “did you get your picture?” and I just found out he has been reading it too!
- It’s hard to remember to grab the camera for daily occurrences
- It’s fun to get those pictures of things that I normally would not take a picture of
- I have a whole new respect for the blogs that I love to read on a daily basis and the work and dedication that goes into their daily posts
I am looking forward to week 2 and beyond. Thanks for reading!
Breakfast on this Monday morning was quick and easy.
Now off to play with this little one.
Have a good Monday!
Abby helping with clean up!
Ready for the oven
Just out of the oven
Finished product. . . of course I had to have 2 pieces!
Tonight we headed out for a game night. Some of Scott’s work friends invited us and another couple over. I promised to bring dessert.
I found this recipe for fudge lover’s cream cheese cake on Betty Crocker’s website and knew I had to give it a try.
Abby helping with clean up
Kate working on clean up!
Just out of the oven.
Fudge Lover’s Cream Cheese Cake
- 1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist Yellow cake mix
- I box (4 serving size) chocolate instant pudding and pie filling mix
- 1 cup hot water
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 t vanilla
- 4 eggs
- 1 pkg cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 container for Betty Crocker frosting
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray bottom of 9×13 pan with baking spray with flour.
In a large bowl, beat cake ingredients until well blended. Pour into pan.
In another large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and egg until smooth and creamy. Stir in chocolate chips. Spoon by tablespoons evenly over the top of batter. Using a table knife, swirl filling through batter.
Bake 40-45 minutes of until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely for about 1 hour, Spread frosting over cake. Store covered in fridge.
Last night, Scott and I drove to my parent’s house for my little sister’s birthday. Yesterday was her 23rd birthday!
We started with some yummy bread with parmesan cheese olive oil.
Then, I started on dinner. Laura really likes my Chicken Parmesan that I make, and requested that for her birthday dinner.
Pounding the chicken breasts thin with a rolling pin
Dipping and breading
Dinner also included salad with my Mom’s homemade thousand island dressing and Dad grilled texas toast. YUM!
waiting for dinner. . . wait did you take the picture, I wasn't ready!
smiles, much better
Laura and Abby pre-dinner
Dessert was the best part. .. Mom got a variety of mini desserts from Byerly’s, which we all shared.
Of course I had 2nds!Jenny and EllieCan I open them now??Mom and Ellie
Got back to Mankato late last night and headed right to bed!
Got up this morning, my latte was out of my mug from a half marathon back in January.
Then, headed to the YMCA for a treadmill run. I was that person who was waiting by the door for the YMCA to open at 10am, so I could be assured a treadmill spot. I had my pick of all the treadmills and put HGTV on the TV closest to me. It was a good morning for a run, felt pretty good through it all. Ran just over 10 miles in about 1 hr and 40 minutes.
Showered and hit the couch for some lunch .. . same as yesterday. Chili with yellow pepper slices and baby carrots. Added a few white chocolate covered strawberries.
Now, that post run fatigue is setting in. Off to watch some TV, snuggled on the couch with Abby! See you later tonight. We are headed out for a game night with some of Scott’s work friends. Hope you are having a great Sunday!
1 pkg chicken breasts
1 egg, lightly beaten
Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
1 jar of spaghetti sauce
Mozzarella and parmesan cheese
Place chicken between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and flatten to 1/4 inch thickness using meat mallet or rolling-pin.
Dip chicken in egg and dredge in crumbs.
Heat olive oil in skillet, add chicken and cook until browned and chicken is cooked through.
In a large pot, heat spaghetti sauce. As you brown the chicken, place it into the sauce when done.
Serve over pasta, if desired, sprinkle with cheese.
This is the start to my perfect Saturday morning. My caramel skim latte and the laptop, sitting on the couch, catching up on some TV from the week.
skim milk into the frothermmm espressoperfect!
Oh ya, of course without this little one, it wouldn’t be “perfect”
I added a fiber one chocolate and oats bar to keep it simple and light for my workout later this morning.
I am not a morning person, so I have never been good at exercising right away when I get up. I love Saturdays because it gives me a chance to have some breakfast, wake up and then head out for a workout before lunch. I think that is my favorite time to fit in a workout. With my work schedule I usually have to fit it in before dinner, which invariably delays dinner until 7 or 8pm, much later than I think either me or Scott particularly enjoys. Other than delaying dinner, working out after work is usually good for me because exercise, specifically running, is my stress reliever, and is much appreciated after a long day at work. It helps me to be a much happier Katie for when I come home to Scott at night, something I KNOW he appreciates – even if it means delaying dinner!
Anyway, today I got to the YMCA to hit up the treadmill for a long run. . .
It was beautiful outside with the snow but pretty cold this morning, 1 degree!
I wanted a long run, but wanted to go easy on my knee too. I am not usually at the YMCA on a Saturday morning, so I was hoping it wouldn’t be too busy and I could snag a treadmill but no luck. There were NO treadmills open and it looked like people weren’t getting off anytime soon. So, I switched it up and hit up the elliptical for 75 minutes. I used the cross country ski option. It was a good interval workout and I was sweaty!
After a shower I was ready for some lunch. . .
Chili and some yellow pepper slices. It was the perfect lunch for this snowy day.
Last night my husband surprised me with some of his awesome white chocolate covered strawberries, so we had a few after lunch.
Obviously Abby would rather being playing. . .
alright, I give up on you guys.. .
Now off to the grocery store to buy some ingredients for a dessert I am making tomorrow. Our game night that was cancelled last weekend because of our blizzard, has been rescheduled for Sunday, and I promised to bring something yummy for dessert.
Later tonight we are heading to my parent’s house in Maplewood to celebrate my little sister’s birthday. I will be making my “light” version of chicken parmesan. And birthdays always mean cake! Have a good Saturday. 🙂