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January 2014


Stick With It

How is it already the end of January already??  Although Tony and I are more than happy to see it go – from the snow and the frigid arctic air.  I look longingly at our gazebo and wish of warm weather.  I love coming home from work and hanging out with Tony outside – it’s one of my favorite things.

So when I got in the car yesterday to go to the gym and it was 27 degrees, I didn’t even wear a winter coat – I just put on my Chicago Bears fleece and I was good to go.  Yesterday was shoulders and abs.  Shoulders are my weakest muscle by far.  While I can do 220 pound leg presses, um, let’s just say I grabbed the 5 pound weights for my shoulder exercises, shall we?

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The strength took me 20 minutes and then I walked on the treadmill for 40 minutes on an 8% incline.

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I had a Balance Bar before working out and a coffee.  Guess what?  We are back to breakfast tacos!

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I have to tell you though, after doing legs the day before yesterday, walking 4 miles on an incline the day before yesterday and 2.5 miles yesterday, my legs were so sore!  I was so happy to get to the pool at lunch.  I use one of these floaty things and lay on my back and just use my legs to get back and forth for the first 10 minutes – it takes out all the kinks and I feel like a new person when I get out of the pool.

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Work was actually steady busy yesterday – I love that because the day goes by so much quicker.

On Sunday night I made Chicago style roast beef for dinner.   We love our meat on the rare side, so we pull the roast out at 125 degrees.  Another reason to have meat so rare, is that when you have leftovers, the meat doesn’t get tough.  I decided to make Italian beef sandwiches for dinner last night.  I put the roast in the freezer for about 15 minutes so that I could get really thin slices of meat.  Tony bought some au jus from the store over the weekend.  I just brought that to a boil, removed it from the heat, and added the thin sliced beef for a few minutes until it was heated through, but still super tender.

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I may have added a bit of sriracha to my sammie.  On the side is tempura asparagus and poblano peppers.  Yum!  I still have a good pound of beef leftover, so I think I may turn that into chili over the weekend.  I was telling Tony that we have so much food in the house, that I plan on making my meal plan from my pantry, freezer and fridge!  I still have a whole ham, chicken breasts, bay scallops, shrimp and ground sirloin for protein – I am sure I can come up with a meal plan based on what I have in the house, and maybe spend $15 on fresh veggies and fruit this week.

So Tony and I were talking about one of our favorite dinners we had at Trader Vic’s a few years ago.  I quickly pulled out my phone to find the post to remind myself what I ate that night, and was shocked to see this picture.  This was the fall of 2009.

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It’s kind of like when you gain weight, you don’t even notice it until your pants start to not fit and you find yourself getting into a bigger and bigger size.  I was probably around 185 pounds then.  The same goes when you lose weight slowly.  You don’t see any changes day to day, but then all of a sudden, you look in the mirror and see this:

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That’s me at 160 pounds.  Since I am only 5 feet 2 inches, 25 pounds makes a pretty big difference.  While I didn’t get my act into gear until June of last year, my mantra going forward is “Stick With It.”  I may not see many changes from one day until the next, but I know if I stick with it, I’ll eventually get the results I want.  Slow and steady wins the race!

I have my stats, but can’t access them – I think I have a virus on our home computer and Tony’s going to run a virus scan on it – I have all these pop-up ads and it’s driving me insane.

Updated – Stats for the Day:

  • 1589 calories, 49 fat, 241 carbs, 95 protein, 11 fiber
  • 20 minute shoulders/abs
  • 40 minute walk, 8% incline 2.55 miles
  • 30 minute swim at lunch
  • average blood sugar 127

I work at Zeal tonight – so when it’s a double work day, that means a workout rest day for me.  My body needs the rest today.  And if I find myself at Goodwill at lunch time, I have no idea how that happened.

I am excited to try T25 this weekend though!  Shaun T’s new workouts – each one is only 25 minutes long.  I’ll see how it compares to Insanity.

Alright, time to get my shit together and get out the door.  I have a recipe for grilled pineapple salsa for you tomorrow – perfect balance of sweet and heat – can’t wait to have it on my chicken tacos for lunch today.

Make it a great day!


Simple Fried Pork Egg Rolls

Yep, third day in a row I got my ass up and to the gym.  I have to say, just after a couple days it’s easier to get in the mindset that NOT getting up is not an option.  And it was 0 degrees when I left for the gym – I barely needed a winter coat!  Although 3/4 of the way to the gym is when the sun comes up and it’s blinding at times!

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On tap was legs and calves.

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That routine took me just over 20 minutes, then I walked on the treadmill for 30 minutes, 8% incline for 2 miles.  Um, I may have had hat head, hence the White Sox hat.  (Kitch, don’t tell your Dad I am a Sox fan!)

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My daughter posted on Instagram that she made a bunch of smoothie packets (way to plan Hannah!) and it reminded me that I hadn’t made a Green Monster in a while.  My blender is actually in my office kitchen, so I just brought the ingredients and made my smoothie about 9:30.   I used 12 ounces of unsweetened almond milk, so all together, this was a 24 ounce smoothie – this took me over 30 minutes to drink!

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I was actually looking forward to my lunch time swim, until I realized I never pulled it out from the day before to dry.  Um, it may have been frozen in the side pocket of my gym bag!  So Plan B – another 30 minute 2 mile walk while watching The Chew.

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And, not shockingly, I had more lasagna soup for lunch – this time with a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese!   I love it that my friend Louise is trying to catch up on my making of this soup – I believe she’s on batch #16!

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When I was meal planning last week, I realized I had leftover cooked white rice, which meant one thing – Tony’s amazeball fried rice.  I bought some egg roll wrappers the last time I was at the Japanese grocery store, so egg rolls and Tony’s fried rice made the menu. 

I found a recipe on Pinterest for Fried Pork Egg Rolls – while not exactly her recipe, it inspired mine.  While you are at it, go check out her blog – she’s got some good shit on there!

Pork Egg Rolls (makes 12 egg rolls – 160 calories, 22 carbs, 10 fat, 13 protein)

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1.5 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • pinch of sugar
  • 2 cups of prepared cole slaw mix
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 2 tablespoons Classic stir fry sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sweet and sour sauce

In a skillet, cook pork, breaking it up, until cooked almost through.  Take off heat and stir in remaining ingredients.  Let cool about 10 minutes.  Using an egg roll wrapper, put about 2-3 tablespoons filling on the wrapper, use water to seal the edges and roll up.  I just put fresh oil in our deep fryer, so these were light and crispy.  I, of course, would have loved to add some sriracha or sambal golek (sp??!!), but Tony doesn’t know why everything has to be spicy!

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I only ate one egg roll because I knew I was going to eat ALL of Tony’s stir fry – so fricken good!  I could eat Tony’s stir fry every single day and never get sick of it.  And he’s used to me adding a few dashes of sriracha to mine!

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Stats for the Day:

  • 1820 calories (had some wine, but I counted it!), 44 fat, 205 carbs, 77 protein and 22 fiber
  • 53% calories from carbs, 26 from fat and 20 from protein
  • 30 minute 2 miles before work
  • 20 minutes legs/calves
  • 30 minutes 2 miles at lunch
  • average blood sugar 115

Alright – off to the gym again – make it a great day!


Modernist Cuisine at Home

Obviously, it’s no secret that I like to cook.  Cooking for me brings a level of comfort that is hard to explain.  I love the whole process of meal planning, grocery shopping, chopping vegetables, etc.  I have often said that I don’t feel like my day really starts until I get home from work and get my hands Bizzy in My Kitchen.

So when I was contacted to check out an eBook called Modernist Cuisine at Home, I was immediately intrigued.  I soon realized that this e-publication is an off-shoot of Modernist Cuisine:  The Art and Science of Cooking that was published in 2011.  This is THE cooking encyclopedia – six jam packed volumes, but also at a steep price: $475!

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While I am sure that is any chef’s dream to own that set of books (all 2,438 pages!), it just doesn’t work for me, because there are lots of things I don’t cook with and I don’t bake very much.  And as much as I do read cookbooks as a novel, that would be like ready The Harry Potter of all cookbooks!

So what is the Modernist Cuisine at Home all About?  It’s an award-winning eBook by Nathan Myhrvold and Maxime Bilet.  As an interactive eBook on, it features 1600+ beautiful photos, 416 recipes, and easy step-by-step guides to creating wonderful dishes you and your family will enjoy.  “Not to mention, this is the only digital version of this title. To give folks a taste test, there’s a free section that includes a chapter and some tools unique to the digital version (the print version retails at $140+).”

You can view different chapters, and if you decide to buy it, it’s yours for only $4.99.  Step-by-step instructions and beautiful photography.  Check out this mac n cheese!  And you can also check out all their other food category eBooks here.

And I love the way the recipes are laid out – you can scale a recipe, it has instructions in both metric and ounces.  Um, turns out math isn’t my best subject, so this alone is extremely helpful to me!  And you can add the recipe to a shopping list – you can just “undo” any ingredient you have on hand to have a customized grocery list – how cool is that?

Did I mention the photography was amazeballs?

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I was just telling Tony that while I loved getting magazines in the mail, I can almost always find everything I need online – so these eBooks may fill my food magazine obsession – only in electronic form! And at the cost of slightly over 1 cup of Starbucks coffee (um, unless you are like my boss who gets FOUR extra shots of espresso in hers!) the small cost for recipes you’ll use is totally justifiable.

Alright, here’s a quick recap of yesterday before I head out to the gym.  Can I just say I am happy that it’s 3 degrees this morning! 😀  Yesterday’s start to the day was just a tad chilly!

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Yesterday was back and biceps.  I did a 15 minute warm up, then the workout took me 25 minutes, then I finished with 25 minutes on the treadmill at 8% incline.

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I had this balance bar as my pre-workout meal – holy cow is this one delicious!

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I ended up making a couple more whole wheat pastry flour pancakes for breakfast – this time I added a bit of poppy seeds.  While I don’t think this breakfast is as filling when I have egg whites and more protein, the Balance bar is so filling, I didn’t end up eating this until nearly 10:00 a.m.

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When my Mom and I were out and about last Friday, I picked up this container at Goodwill for only .49 cents.  I love it!  This normally retails for $8!


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It has an inside container too:

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When we were at Mariano’s, I saw this Asian broccoli kale salad that looked so good.  I am trying to give kale another try.  Turns out that I’ve been eating the center part, which I guess is where all the bitter flavors are.  This had dried cranberries, a zippy Asian dressing – so good!  I need to see if they have a recipe for it on their website.  I felt like Roz with my bento type lunch!

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Dinner was one of Tony’s favorites – Zataran’s red beans and rice with smoked sausage.  So simple, all cooked together in two cycles of the rice maker.  Dinner was ready when I got home – loved it!  I did add baby spinach to mine, and of course, some hot sauce!

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I finally watched last week’s Biggest Loser – I think makeover week is my favorite episode!  I think Rachel is going to win it all – although David is a close second.  I didn’t even recognize him without his beard!

Stats for the Day:

  • 1485 calories, 62 fat, 162 cars, 79 protein, 22 fiber
  • 42% of calories from carbs, 36% from fat and 20% in protein
  • 40 minutes cardio before work
  • 25 minutes back and biceps
  • 30 minute swim at lunch
  • average blood sugar 112

Time to get this show on the road – make it a great day!