Weekend, You Are Way Too Short

Sunday night again. Here way too quickly.

How was your weekend? Ours was great, last night we had dinner at Sweet Cheeks with friends and then drinks at Eastern Standard. Both delicious as usual. Have I mentioned how much I love drinks with egg white before? I know, sounds so weird if you haven’t tried this before, but so, so good. The first time I was introduced to a drink with egg whites was at Tryst in Beverly, MA. I’m not sure if they still have it, but it was a cocktail with earl grey infused vodka, lemon juice (or lemon with simple syrup?) and egg white. Still my favorite, but I did enjoy a Vin Amer Fizz last night, the house rose, apricot, egg white and champagne. Hmmm, Eastern Standard do you deliver by chance?

After a long fivish miles in the pouring rain on Saturday, I whipped up one of my oldest and most favorite salads (actually it has to be #2 favorite and Amanda you know which is #1). My friend Amanda shared this recipe with me a few years ago so I could make it on my own. I believe it’s known as Mr. Schmidt’s salad, but I will have to give credit to both since I can’t recall the exact origin. 🙂 Recipe at the end.

Both Ben and I hadn’t really been feeling well all week (I know run in the pouring rain yesterday not my smartest decision) so we decided to sleep in this morning.

I might have stayed in this comfy combo for far more hours than acceptable.

Neither of us felt like leaving the house to get something to eat, thankfully I had a few things to make brunch happen.

Scrambled eggs with TONS of cheese and spinach (had to have something healthy on the plate). Homemade hash browns and this awesome Maple-Roasted Bacon recipe. This was my first time baking bacon and it will definitely not be my last. Try this, so good.

We were pretty full, but after running errands and preparing our lunches and breakfasts it was already time for dinner.

This is very tasty, so many great flavors. I was reading up on big girls small kitchen post about the best salad toppers (of which I am very thankful for some new ideas to spice up my salads). I came across this recipe for Spicy Thai Beef Salad, it is a keeper!

Speaking of salads, if you are curious, my salad of the week is green & red leaf lettuce, edamame, hummus, red pepper and carrot.

Alright, let’s talk exercise, feeling good about this week again. I didn’t meet every day’s goals, but I felt the sore Achilles needed an extra day of rest anyway.

  • Mon – Run 3m Yes
  • Tues – 30 min tempo 30 min yes, tempo, not so much
  • Wed – Run 3m & strength 10 min elliptical & 25 min bike
  • Thurs – Rest Yes
  • Fri – Run 3m pace No
  • Sat – Run 6m 5.32m, so close, the pouring rain in my face started to get a little old towards the end
  • Sun – Strength Yes, thank you Jillian!
And, what to expect this week…
  • Mon – Run 3.5m
  • Tues – 6×400 @ 5k pace
  • Wed – Run 3m & strength
  • Thurs – Rest
  • Fri – Run 3m
  • Sat – Run 6m
  • Sun – Strength
As I am typing this I’m thinking about how that extra half mile tomorrow morning means 5 minutes less sleep. I know, only 5 minutes, but still!
Wish me luck!
Amanda’s (and Mr. Schmidt’s) Chicken Salad
  • Rotisserie Chicken
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Scallions
  • Celery
  • 3.5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
Shred chicken and marinate for at least a half hour. Chop up lettuce and other salad ingredients. Add dressing at the last minute (I usually use about half of the recipe).


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?

How Can I Make This Work?

I mentioned yesterday how I already managed to use my rest day. And then once again, I did not get up to workout this morning. Awesome.

Back up plan was to go home and complete my strength training after work. I came SO close to skipping out again. Then I remembered how much I love TV (I know, I should be embarrassed to admit that, but I just do) and how I hadn’t watched my favorite show yet, Biggest Loser. What’s better than working out while watching Biggest Loser? 🙂

I followed another one of the circuit workouts from Peanut Butter Fingers and it took me about 25 minutes. Those burpees are a killer!

Since I had already eaten most of my points allowance for the day, without a longer term workout I decided to keep dinner pretty light. I boiled a serving of soba noodles in vegetable broth and added slivered red pepper, shredded kale, garlic and fresh cilantro to the soup.  I added some heat with a pinch of crushed red chili pepper and Sriracha sauce. Nothing better than a large bowl of noodle soup on a freeeeeeeeeeeezing night.

I know you’ve been on the edge of your seats waiting for this week’s salad brigade. Are you ready???

Let’s get a close up of those chickpeas!

I spotted this recipe from Oh She Glows and knew I would be a fan. Rather than eating in a wrap form I added each serving to romaine and spinach greens.

Not only did I have a salad of the week, but also a special breakfast from Skinny Taste. Baked Oatmeal with Blueberries and Bananas

I was skeptical of one serving keeping me full until lunch, but I haven’t been hungry any day this week so far before lunchtime. Pretty impressive.

Okay, onto finding a treadmill workout for tomorrow morning that might help me hate the treadmill a little less. Have a great night!

The Blood Orange

Aren’t they pretty? I had forgotten about these until reading up on some recipes from How Sweet It Is.

I know I say this often, but you should probably make this, Citrus Crusted Tilapia with Blood Orange Salsa (except I used haddock instead). I’m not a big fan when a fish is “farmed” and that was my only Tilapia option. Is that weird, to not like “farmed fish”? I know I need to read up more on sustainable fishing and make better purchases. The haddock I bought was “gill caught”, I’m thinking that means it’s a better environmental choice, but I might be totally off. Any thoughts?

Loved this salsa, whether served with the fish or not. Delicious.

I was proud of my one personal creation this evening. I tried to re-create the brussel sprout salad I had the other night. This salad was healthy and just what I wanted on the side. Chopped brussel sprouts, a cup of grapes, slice them in half, 1/8 cup chopped walnuts, a tablespoon each of olive oil and Dijon mustard.

All together now!

Oh! I almost forgot. Breakfast!

I made these, Whole Wheat Pancakes, except I “veganized” them. Yes, I made that up, you’re welcome. Fat free milk = Vanilla soy milk and Eggs = Flax Seed Eggs.

This is my new favorite thing, one Egg = one Flax Seed Egg (1 tablespoon Ground Flax Seed + 3 tablespoons water, sit for 5 minutes). Comes in handy when you don’t have any eggs in your fridge!

I know, looks like sawdust, but does not taste like it, I promise. Pancakes served with Earth Balance butter and Maple Syrup.

I had these and a banana,  and they kept me full all the way through my four mile run during lunch time!


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!