Monthly Archives: August 2011

No wet dogs here

My dog hates the rain. I know a lot of dogs don’t love it, but Hadley takes it to a new level. Yesterday, I came home from work, and he was excited as usual to go for his walk. I put on my rain jacket (well Chris’s really, but it nice and big on me), and his mood went from let’s go let’s go to if we must. We got downstairs and were ready to exited the building when he started investigating the mat in the entry way. It was full of wet footprints. Well Hadley put two and two together, decided it must indeed be raining, and that he would not have anything to do with it. He turned around and headed right back to the elevators. I was happy there was a man there to see it, because someone got to share in my laugh at my crazy pup. When we got inside, he still rolled around on the couch like he does when he’s wet, just to make sure that none of the horrible rain managed to get on him. Silly puppy.

I may hate rain, but I love snow!

Since Hadley was most definitely not going on a walk, I decided to use the time to hit up the gym early. I was able to get in a crazy good workout. I continued on with my strength training, mixing it up a little from last week, but doing mostly the same workout. Then, I kicked my own tush on the treadmill. I made up the workout as I went along and rather liked it. Here’s what I did:

Minutes: Pace
1-2: 3.3 – warm up
2-5: 6.0
5-6: 8.0
6-7: 7.0
7-8: 7.5 pace
8-11: 6.0 pace – recovery
11-12: 8.0
12-13: 7.0
13-14: 7.5
Take a water break and repeat above from 14-28 minutes.
28-32: 3.3 – cool down

I was a sweaty mess when I was done! While I was foam rolling along, I received a nice compliment. A lady at the gym introduced herself as a trainer and complimented me on how I always work out hard. She then offered to train me, so the compliment may have been part of a the wooing process all along, but I still appreciated it. I would love to take personal training sessions, but that’s not in the budget. Perhaps one day.

My evening from there was lovely. Usually I’m not done with the gym until 8, but since I went early, I was finished before 7. I was able to use my extra time to fix up a filling lunch for today of lots of veggies, potatoes, and Indian simmer sauce stir fried together. Sodarnfilling.

The night ended in a good way: I popped Smartpop Popcorn and enjoyed it in bed watching American Dreams. I think popcorn and TV is my new favorite bedtime activity for those nights were Chris is working dreadfully late. That and of course cuddling with Hadley.

Hug me, kiss me, love me.

Wins v Fails

So you tell me, win or fail: I didn’t keep to my menu plan last night, because Chris came home surprisingly early from work and offered to take me out for Thai food.

I’ll go with win, because I am simply making my meal from last night tonight. Plus, I have left over pad thai for lunch. Double plus, I got to spend some time with the boy before he worked from home. What do you think, win or fail?

Other wins from yesterday:
– I fell in love with a new cereal for breakfast, Kashi Berry Blossoms. It is especially good a few dried cranberries are tossed into the mix.
– I took the time to read on our patio last night with a white wine spritzer (it’s really about 1/4 wine, 3/4 seltzer, which makes a bottle of wine last forever).
– I finally got really into my book, Little Women. I’ve been meaning to read this for ages, as it’s my favorite movie of all times. – Hadley carried his dirty tennis ball on his own to/from the dog park.
– I found the energy to clean both the kitchen and put away all my laundry.
– Chris and I are finally beginning to understand the hype behind Community.

And a few fails, because what’s up without down?:
– I woke up with that allergy-head-shovel-to-face feeling.
– My hair is dry beyond belief, and I’ve no clue what to do beyond wait it out.
– My favorite brown tank top got destroyed in the wash.

7 wins to 3 fails clearly equals a win for the day. Also, heavy cleaning counts as cardio, right?

What are the wins and fails of your day?

Week #1 Dinner Menu

Yea, yea – I haven’t been the best blogger ever. My pictures seem to never want to upload on Chris’s computer (yes, I really need to replace mine), and then I get sad that I can’t post pictures, and then I get frustrated, and then I don’t post. So today, sans photos, I am posting. Go me!

I often find myself running around more in the summer than in the winter. It’s just so nice out, all I want to do is be outside! This means I often find myself not cooking or not cooking as healthy as I do in the colder months. My attempt to remedy the situation? A dinner menu for the week! If I plan ahead, then maybe I can actually cook and cook healthy!:

Monday: Baked potato chopped with sautéed veggies and tofu in an Indian simmer sauce. Tuesday: Baked salmon over a Caesar salad.
Wednesday: Couscous with mixed vegetables, feta, chickpeas. Probably will throw in some tofu. Thursday: Rice bowl with tofu, broccoli, soy sauce.
Friday: Hopefully Chris will get out of work early and we can enjoy some Indian food on the cheap!

Weekly shopping list: Baked potato, green pepper, yellow onion, zucchini, yellow squash, baby carrots, cucumber, tofu, couscous, scallions, lemon, salmon, feta.

Let’s see if I can stick to my Week #1 Dinner Menu. If so, then get excited for Week #2. Maybe the computer will be agreeable, and I can post some pictures of my meals.