Fish Sticks?

Did you grow up with fish sticks for dinner too? We probably had them once or twice a month and I loved them! I know, most kids turn their nose up at fish, but I was a fan. Especially with lots of tartar sauce. I mean, when you order Fish & Chips in a restaurant, it’s not too different, now is it?

I decided to make the grown up version from Ancient Grains for Modern Meals for dinner tonight, Sesame-Crusted Fish Sticks with Yogurt Remoulade. I have loved everything else I’ve made from this cookbook so far, but this one was a little disappointing. I mean, it was good, but I expected it to be better. I think the one thing that might have made a difference is the sesame seeds. The recipe noted that unhulled would be best, but unfortunately I only had the hulled version. I’m wondering if that is the case since the coating was overall tasteless with the hulled. Oh well. Dinner is not always going to be a winner. 🙂

Clearly, I didn’t do the best job documenting my eats this week. Let’s just say that a little something called Fourth of July in the middle of the week happened. I might have overindulged. Obviously Eva’s Berry Pie was involved.

This was our first year staying in Boston for the fourth and therefore my first viewing of the Boston Fireworks. Normally I’m not into attending fireworks. I know, I’m lame, but big crowds of people and waiting around all day are not my thing. Conveniently we now live very, very close to ideal firework viewing now so I was game. About 10 minutes before, we headed out to the bridge to watch the show.  About 1 minute in, it started to sprinkle, and then it started to downpour. And honestly, it was the most fun ever. Everyone was just out laughing at the fact that we are all getting soaked together in the pouring rain while watching an awesome fireworks show. I loved it.

Sadly, I did not manage to get a picture of the fireworks. BUT I did get an after shot of the fireworks. Wow, so glad no one told me I had smeared mascara all over my face. Thanks Ben.

Just so beautiful.

In other news, I’ve started a new workout log on the blog. Sorry, but this was actually a selfish need. This week, I finally started to get back in the gym and do a strength workout. I used to be really good at strength training, and it made such a difference, also helping me be a more balanced runner. Running, without strength training is a path towards injury (at least for me). I love recording my runs on DailyMile, but it isn’t as efficient for recording my strength workouts so here it is.

I had read somewhere that a “reward” for completing a workout can be recording it. I didn’t realize that this was actually something I enjoyed until I caught myself the other day immediately updating my daily mile log after a run. And then I realized I do that every time! I know, I’m a genius. You should be jealous.

So what was my actual workout results this week:

  • Mon – Run 3m – Check
  • Tues – Cardio & Strength Check
  • Wed – Run 6m Half that
  • Thurs – Run 3m & Strength Rest
  • Fri – Rest Rest
  • Sat – Run 11m Sort of, I made the 11, but there was definitely some walking involved. 
  • Sun – Crosstraining or Rest 30 min stationary bike & 30 min strength done 
And onto the week ahead:
  • Mon – Rest
  • Tues – Run 3m
  • Wed – Run6m
  • Thurs – Run 3m & Strength
  • Fri – Rest
  • Sat – Run 12m
  • Sun – Crosstraining/Strength

Wish me luck!


Sunday Routines

Here we go…eight breakfasts and eight lunches done again, along with one Sunday night dinner. So what are we having this week?

For Ben, breakfast yet again, Creamy Farro with Honey-Roasted Grapes. I’m so happy I’ve finally found something successful for his breakfast! And for lunch, romaine, shredded rotisserie chicken, cucumber, bell pepper and a scoop of hummus and tabouli.

This week I’m having steel-cut oats with chia seeds, and peanut butter, something new. And my salad of the week…romaine, olives, chickpeas and avocado. Fascinating, I know. 🙂

I think I’m putting quite a dent in trying out all the recipes in this cookbook. Check out my favorite cookbooks and recipes here.

This recipe was very tasty, easy and quick to throw together, Dahlia’s Fragrant Chicken Fingers (although I used turkey, either works fine). Served with a side of baked sweet potato fries.

So I didn’t hit every single half-marathon training week 1 target, but I feel pretty good about what I did accomplish and hoping next week is even better. Now, if only my eating was better. Let’s not go there.


  • Mon – Yoga – Done
  • Tues – 5 x 400 @5k pace – Rest
  • Wed – Run 3m & strength – Rest
  • Thurs – Rest – 3m total including 5 x 400 @5k pace
  • Fri – Run 3m Ran 2m
  • Sat – Run 5m Done, and against some major wind gusts!
  • Sun – Strength Done
So what’s next?
  • Mon – Run 3m
  • Tues – 30 min tempo
  • Wed – Run 3m & strength
  • Thurs – Rest
  • Fri – Run 3m pace
  • Sat – Run 6m
  • Sun – Strength

What’s your workout plan this week?