A Bit Behind

I know you’ve been on pins and needles waiting to find out things like:

  • Did Jess earn a gold star this week?
  • What is the salad of the week?
  • What is Ben having for lunch?
  • Where is the workout recap?

Well, don’t you worry, I will tell you all.

  • Did Jess earn a gold star this week? Nope, both on the workouts and the weight. Bummer. 
  • What is the salad of the week? Romaine, roasted beets, walnuts, chickpeas, olives and balsamic vinegar. 
  • What is Ben having for lunch? Orzo, spinach, kalamata olives, cotija cheese, rotisserie chicken and Italian dressing. Ben loves orzo!
  • Where is the workout recap? Oh here it is, running FAIL. 
  • Mon – Run 4 miles Done and felt great!
  • Tues – Strength Training Rest day #1
  • Wed – Run 3 miles & Cardio Cardio Circuit
  • Thurs – Strength Training Rest day #2
  • Fri – Cardio Rest day #3
  • Sat – Run more miles! Cardio Circuit
  • Sun – Run more miles! Jillian Michaels No More Trouble Zones, OUCH!
Question? What do you make when you want to spend minimal time, use few ingredients, eat healthy and possibly might ask your significant other who doesn’t cook to be the chef that night?
My go to is what I have deemed “turkey pasta”. I would love to hear about yours!
Turkey Pasta
  • 1 lb whole wheat spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 – 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 lb ground turkey breast
  • 28 oz San Marzano crushed tomatoes

Boil pasta. Sautee minced garlic in olive oil. Add ground turkey and cook until done. Add crushed tomatoes and simmer while pasta is cooking. Mix altogether. DONE.

Tonight’s dinner, a repeat, but delicious – Soba Noodle Salad with Sesame Vinaigrette from Beth’s Journey.

This is my new favorite place, The Salty Pig. Somehow I have been there three times and I finally managed to take a couple of pics. Love everything I’ve eaten there and an awesome wine list. Also, you can practically drink the olive oil, it is SO amazing.

Although this pizza almost made me, but I haven’t forgotten to release my workout plan, here it is…

  • Mon – Accidental rest day
  • Tues – Run 2m
  • Wed – Quality treadmill time
  • Thurs – Strength training
  • Fri – Cardio, including some miles
  • Sat – Run, run, run
  • Sun – Run, run, run

You know that I HATE the treadmill, right? Serious hatred.

Well, this morning I was loving it so I thought, for those that hate the treadmill as much as me, try this plan out (6.0 is my typical pace, so you might want to increase or decrease the MPH as needed.)

I did this with my usual 1% incline. Try it out and let me know what you think!

Only 987 More Miles

I seriously work way better “under pressure”. I’m really hoping not to follow my usual trend for this 1,000 miles resolution though. Can you imagine if I got to December and had left 500 more to go? Let’s skip that.

Saturday I literally had all day to get my run in, ALL DAY, and the time that I was to go out to run kept getting pushed later and later and before I knew it, no more time left in the day. Then comes Sunday morning,  I know I have a deadline to run in order to get home and ready for church in time, AND it is eight degrees out, but I made it! Does anyone else do the same thing?

Anyone else in Boston run outside this morning? I had some serious layers on, amongst them my brand new pair of Wunder Unders from Lululemon. I’ve always been a huge fan of Lululemon, I wish it was a little more affordable, but I have to say, their clothing really does hold up and doesn’t fade at all. I was a little skeptical of the Wunder Unders pants due to the snugness level (they are supposed to be tight), but they are amazingly comfortable. Definitely happy with my purchase!

Check out how scary I looked for my run this morning, hilarious!

After church Ben and I met up for brunch at The Otherside Cafe, conveniently located just 5 minutes from our place. I am such a fan of this restaurant, especially if you are looking for a variety of healthy options. If you are vegan or vegetarian there are also many options on the menu or easy substitutions.

I had the Diner Breakfast, two eggs scrambled, home fries, biscuit with butter and I selected the vegan sausage.

I especially enjoy this place during the summer since the outdoor seating allows for dogs to accompany their owners, and as you know I am obsessed with dogs!

If you are as obsessed as me, sign up for www.dailypuppy.com. Ben signed up on my behalf and I am very happy with my daily emails! Today’s is too cute not too share!

It’s workout recap time!

  • Mon – Run 3 miles & 15 min Stairclimber Ran 3 miles & 10 min on the Stairclimber
  • Tues – Strength Training Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 Level 2
  • Wed – Run 3 miles & Cardio Ran 3 miles & 10 min on Stairclimber
  • Thurs – Strength Training Miss
  • Fri – Cardio Miss
  • Sat – Run outside Ate Pinkberry instead
  • Sun – Run 2m & Strength Doubled up, 2.6 miles in the morning and this circuit in the afternoon
What’s in store this week?
  • Mon – Run 4 miles
  • Tues – Strength Training
  • Wed – Run 3 miles & Cardio
  • Thurs – Strength Training
  • Fri – Cardio
  • Sat – Run more miles!
  • Sun – Run more miles!

I’ll end this post with the dinner of champions. Ben wasn’t home for dinner and I wasn’t feeling the chilly walk to the grocery store so two sweet potatoes with earth balance butter and a beer. Perfecto!

Chances I’ll be hungry shortly after this, 99%.

Sunday Salads

How was your weekend? It was amazingly warm here on Saturday. Ben and I had a nice and easy run around our new neighborhood, couldn’t pass up the awesome temperatures in January.

So it’s Sunday and you know what that means! Time to make the lunches. As usual I’ll be having salad, but so will Ben this week. What do you have your lunch? Do you dine out or bring in your lunch? Anyone else have a routine like me on Sunday afternoons?

I often get asked how I actually keep my lettuce in edible condition for the week. I think the key is buying fresh (non pre-packaged) lettuce, chopping, washing and then drying with a salad spinner. I’ve seriously never had a problem with my salad greens wilting.

Ben’s salad of the week – green leaf and red leaf lettuce, shredded rotisserie chicken, lemon & garlic olives, cherry tomatoes and fresh mozzarella.

My salad of the week – green leaf lettuce, cucumber, kalamata olives, 1/4 cup hummus and 1/4 cup tabouli. If you ever need to make a quick and easy salad and don’t have dressing on hand (or want something healthy), add hummus and shake, shake, shake. Each leafs gets a nice hummus coating.

Dinner tonight was another round of Holiday Soup from Oh She Glows. You should definitely make this.

Complete with a mug of Godiva hot chocolate.

I’m pretty happy with my workout recap.  

  • Wed – Run 2 miles & more cardio Jillian Michaels Level 2 Ripped in 30
  • Thurs – Strength training Ran 2.5 miles on the treadmill
  • Fri – Cardio Jillian Michaels Level 2 30 day Shred
  • Sat – Run outside Ran 2.5 miles outside on a beautiful day
  • Sun – Strength training Jillian Michaels Level 1 Six Pack Abs

This week I definitely need to get some more miles in, 995 more to go in 2012!

  • Mon – Run 3 miles & 15 min Stairclimber
  • Tues – Strength Training
  • Wed – Run 3 miles & Cardio
  • Thurs – Strength Training
  • Fri – Cardio
  • Sat – Run outside
  • Sun – Run 2m & Strength

Time for bed, goodnight!