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!


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).

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!

Bacon & Brie Anyone?

Have you considered this combination before? I was thinking about it all day before coming home, why had I not thought to mix these! Yet another awesome recipe from Eat, Live Run. If you haven’t visited the site before, I highly recommend it. I have never made a recipe I didn’t thoroughly enjoy.

Not only Brie and bacon, but my favorite leafy vegetable, kale!

Garlic sautéing in the oil from cooking crispy bacon, one of the best scents in the world! Full recipe here.

Much to Ben’s dismay, I might have thrown in some whole wheat spaghetti instead of white. I think I have eaten whole wheat pasta for so long that I actually prefer the taste to white pasta. Anyone else agree?

Apparently those two days in a row of working out really exhausted me, since I seem to have already taken my rest day today. So much for saving that for the weekend!

On that note, I need your motivation! Join me on Daily Mile! I love seeing everyone’s workouts, it’s not just for running either, you can record any workout here.


It’s a Gold Star Day

Remember my Gold Star challenge?

It was a little depressing during the month of December, but I’m back on it this month. If you know me, you are aware that I might just have this a slight enjoyment of buying new clothes, accessories and home decor. Okay, full disclosure, I might actually own every single candle from Anthropologie, but that’s only the beginning.

So, if you recall, I receive a gold star for every week that I do at least five workouts accompanied with either weight loss or following my allotted points exactly. After I earn the first four stars I finally get to open (and wear) a dress that I purchased a couple of months ago (I know, I know, yes, I did buy it, but I couldn’t let it disappear, now could I?).

So I am super excited to tell you I am halfway there! I earned my second gold star of 2012 this week. I think this plan does work to incent me, because the ONLY reason I actually ran in eight degrees yesterday AND did a second workout was to complete the week for a gold star.

Would this work for anyone else out there who has a healthy living goal? I would be happy to share my chart. 🙂


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 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!