Monthly Archives: January 2010

Lead Legs

I finished my 8 mile run about an hour ago. I was seriously dragging and my time shows that.


I attribute my slow time to the following factors:

1. I picked an extremely hilly route.
2. I drank a little bit last night. Not a lot, by any means, but I typically don’t drink at all before my long runs.
3. I ran too soon after I ate lunch.
4. It was just one of those runs.

Here are my mile splits:

1 – 11:36
2 – 11:22
3 – 11:50
4 – 11:03
5 – 13:18 (there was some walking here)
6 – 11:15
7 – 12:36 (more walking)
8 – 12:09 (more walking again)

It’s not the fact that I was running slowly that made the run crappy; I just never got into it. Oh well. Maybe this means my next long run will be great. I will not pick this route, that’s for sure. I actually stopped at Target between miles 2 and 3 to get some Gatorade and some sort of food to fuel me through the run. I thought I bought G2, but turns out it was regular ol’ Gatorade. I actually prefer to use GU or some sort of gel when I run because I find that if I’m chewing something, I have the tendency to choke on it. Apparently I cannot run and chew at the same time. They didn’t have GU though, so I bought those Powerbar Gel Blasts. I like these better than other chewy brands because they aren’t as sticky and don’t get stuck in your teeth. And hey look, you can click here for a free sample!

I had a busy, but fun weekend. I got to see a lot of my friends. For various reasons, I didn’t really socialize much in January, so it was really nice to see everyone. Last night, we went to No Mas Cantina for dinner. Check out my friend with his pitcher of margarita!


I did not partake in any margarita action and had a Corona Light instead. I just have a very hard time justifying the calories in a margarita. I’ll have one on occasion, but last night was not that occasion.

I did partake in the chips and guacamole. I just cannot help myself at a Mexican restaurant. I always end up eating way too many chips and then am not even that hungry by the time my meal comes around. Last night, I ordered the enchiladas de espinaca. They were good, but I wasn’t crazy about the cream sauce on top. I should of asked for them without that. Dinner was good, but two of my friends and I felt kind of sick afterward. I don’t know if we just ate too much, or it was too heavy or what, but I felt like I had a big rock in my stomach.

After dinner, I stopped by The Bookhouse Pub to have a drink with another friend who was celebrating his birthday. I was not really in the mood to drink anymore, but I sipped on a glass of wine and chit-chatted with people for about an hour and went home. Fun times, fun times!

Now it’s time for blog, cook, laundry which is the working girl’s version of GTL. Aww, I miss Snooki now. I don’t know what to do with my Thursdays anymore.

For dinner, I made Baked Tofu Bites. I’ve had this recipe bookmarked forever and realized that I had all of the ingredients to make it. Surprisingly, I even had sesame seeds. I didn’t use Liquid Smoke. I don’t like it.


It’s a keeper. The tofu was chewy and flavorful and it was incredibly easy to make. I love it when I find a good tofu recipe.

Well, I gotta get to the laundry portion of BCL. Have a good Sunday night.


Massage Day

Jason and I had our couples massage yesterday. They had a room with two massage beds and we got our massages at the same time. Jason had never had a professional massage before and he really enjoyed it. I told my masseuse that I’d never had a deep tissue massage and was a bit concerned about it hurting. I said that my left shoulder/upper back had a knot in it and it’d been bothering me for a long time. When she was massaging me, she said that she didn’t really feel a knot where I’d described but that my neck was extremely tight and that was probably what was causing my shoulder pain. I have really bad posture and I am pretty sure that this is the reason that my neck was so tight. I have also been told (by a chiropractor that was doing free back checks at a previous job) that I have slight scoliosis. I think the masseuse went kind of easy on me because it really didn’t hurt that much. Although, today my upper back is tender to the touch!

After the massage, we were trying to decide where to go to dinner and I remembered that Jason had a gift certificate to Tamarind Seed. I think I’ve been to this restaurant three times and I have really enjoyed the food each time. I had some sort of white fish with a shrimp and basil topping.


After dinner, we met up for drinks with some friends at Amuse. Although we didn’t eat, their menu looked good. Our friends did eat, and I can safely say that this restaurant has good french fries! It’s a new spot and is definitely on our list to go back. After drinks, we ended up a party. One of my friend’s friends just moved into a house that was probably less than a mile from our house, so we decided that it’d be fun to stop by. I had a good time but somehow a bunch of Doritos found their way into my mouth. Funny how that happens. I have always had a soft spot for Cool Ranch Doritos.

We were up and at ’em again this morning looking at houses with our realtor. We looked at five properties. We didn’t like the first three. We were all about the fourth one at first. It was small, but very cute. However, when we saw the fifth house, we were in love with it. It was big, a 3/2, with a bonus room with a fireplace and a big backyard for Murphy. My thing with houses is that I’m all about location. I don’t want to move to the suburbs. At least not at this point in my life. I feel like right now, I have friends that live and do things in town, and while in five years I might not have that (or care about it), I do now. This house is kind of getting into the suburbs, but still pretty close in.

Murphy is eating his bed again. I think that those of you who said he is doing it for attention are right. Murph’s a blog hater.

The weather today has been craptastic, so I decided to do my long run tomorrow when it’s forecasted to be warmer out. I guess I have to go shower the dog with attention. And actually shower.

Feeling better, albeit somewhat disappointed

I feel much better today, physically and mentally. I was completely stressing myself out about the possibility of being stressed out! Yep, that’s totally like me.

In the now. In the now. I need to remember that.

Like a lot of you, I get a little panicky when I don’t work out for several days. I was just itching to get some sort of workout in, so I went to the office gym at lunch. I did an easy 2 miles on the treadmill at 5.7 mph and then The Fitnessista’s Winter Shape up workout. I did the beginner circuit. I only had enough time to do it twice though.

It looks like we’re back to square one with our house hunt. We found out that the house that we were interested in doesn’t have central air. Umm, we live in Georgia. I think it’s a deal breaker. It’s disappointing, but I just don’t want to settle. The sellers seem kind of shady too. On their disclosure, it said there was central air, but then when we specifically asked why there was a window unit in the kitchen, they said that there was only central air in the addition, not in the main dwelling. We could ask the seller to put it in and have our offer be contingent on that, but I just don’t see that happening. I don’t know.

Argh house hunting is hard!

I made myself a healthy dinner, but it wasn’t that great. This is the first thing that I’ve made from the Fast Fresh Food cookbook that wasn’t that great. It’s Louisiana style tilapia with Hoppin John Style rice and it was pretty bland. And yes, that’s frozen broccoli with very processed cheese sauce. My name is Lee and I still eat some processed food! It’s a green veggie at least.


Not posting the recipe because I didn’t feel that it was worth it. The fish looks pretty at least.


Tilapia was super cheap at Kroger. I got two pieces for $2 and some change! According to the Monterrey Aquarium Seafood watch app, farmed US tilapia is a good choice.

Just Breathe

I skipped my other run. We went to look at that house again and when we got home, I fell asleep on the couch. For 4 hours. Umm, oops? I woke up an hour and a half before the gym closes and to pouring rain. I’m trying to tell myself that if I slept for that long, my body needed it and not to push myself or I’m not going to get rid of this cold. I just have a hard time knowing that I’m training for a race and I haven’t run since Tuesday. Although, in the grand scheme of things, skipping a 3 and 4 mile run isn’t that big of a deal, is it? I know that I’ve skipped training runs in the past. Obviously, I have conflicting thoughts.

Buying a house is scary. The next step in our process is to make an offer and that scares the crap out of me. If it were up to me, I’d just rent forever because it’s not so permanent. But I know that financially that’s stupid and also, our landlord had mentioned something about wanting to put our townhouse on the market in the Spring anyway. I have fear of house commitment, apparently.

After looking at the house and talking to our relator for like an hour about the buying process, Jason and I went to Mediterranean Grill for lunch. I had a cup of Lentil Soup and a Fettoush Salad. For dinner, I could not figure out what I wanted, so ended up with one of my local Greek yogurts and a sweet potato. Random.


The yogurt was kind of the best thing ever which leads me to believe that the nutritional data is wrong. There is no way that it only has six grams of fat. I mean, they don’t have a USDA nutritional facts label on the stuff, so what would prevent them from just guessing? How does a local farm or business test nutritional information, anyway? I’ve never thought about that before. It was mighty tasty though. As for my sweet potato, I started putting nut butter on them a couple years ago and I highly recommend it.

I’m not very good at living in the present. I am constantly thinking about the future; looking forward to certain events or dreading them. I guess that’s normal in a way. But right now I’m completely stressing myself out by thinking of all this stuff that’s supposed to happen this Spring – my father’s surgery, buying a house, running a half marathon and our wedding. I know it’s good stuff (besides the surgery) but it just seems like so much. I need to just focus on the now. Right now, at 7:19 on Sunday night, I’m not dealing with any of these things. I’m sitting at my dining room table typing a blog entry. I’m doing laundry. I’m thinking about a meal plan for the week. I don’t need to be stressing out about upcoming stress. I’m just harming myself really. I need to just breathe sometimes and I forget that.

Hitting the [Nyquil] Bottle

Can you believe that I’m sick again? I just had a cold three weeks ago and now I have another one. I honestly think that my immune system is down because of all the stress that I’m dealing with. There is also something going around. It seems like every single one of my friends has been sick this month at some point. I would have taken a sick day, but I had a big project to work on. I am the only graphics person at my job. While that provides some job security, if I’m not there, no one can do my job for me.

The news about my father is not what anyone had hoped for. His treatment did not work. The cancer is still there. He will have to have his entire bladder removed. But there is a silver lining, if you could call it that. The cancer is contained in his bladder; it hasn’t spread to any other organs and it hasn’t invaded the wall of the bladder. So, hopefully when the bladder goes bye-bye, all the cancer will go bye-bye too. It’s a difficult surgery with a long recovery period, but from what I’ve read and what my father has told me, after he recovers, his life will be back to normal and he’ll be able to do everything that he could before.

He doesn’t know when the surgery will be. I’m assuming in February or even the beginning of March. If I were him, I’d want to schedule it right away. Fortunately, my parents happen to live about 45 minutes from Johns Hopkins which has one of the best urology departments in the country.

I’ve been on Jason’s ass to go to the doctor for a physical and I’d like to stress how important that is for everyone. My father found out about his cancer during a routine physical. He had displayed NO SYMPTOMS. Who knows how much it would have advanced before any symptoms would have presented themselves. Ignorance is not bliss. It’s a pain in the ass, especially when you feel like you’re a healthy person, but going to the doctor for routine checkups is very important.

*steps off soap box*

We did go to the gym last night and while it made me feel a bit better mentally, it didn’t do much for me physically at all. I did the elliptical for 30 minutes and basically felt like ass the entire time. (Don’t worry, I wiped it down well). Fortunately, this is an easy week in my half marathon training plan. I’m only supposed to do two 4-milers and one 3-miler. I did one of the fours on Tuesday and hopefully I’ll feel better and be able to at least get in the other four this weekend.

I had Alison’s favorite for breakfast – spicy oats. This is only the second or third time that I’ve tried this and I’m always impressed. Unlike 99% of the food blog world, I’m not that big of an oatmeal fan. I eat it on occasion, but I never wake up craving oatmeal. But spicy oats are really like an egg sandwich, which I do wake up craving, with oats instead of bread. I used a package of some sort of TJ’s instant oatmeal and put scrambled eggs, laughing cow cheese and Franks on it all. Yum.

Stressed out

Sorry for the lack of posting. I’ve been extremely stressed out. Wedding planning, house hunting, worrying about my father’s health and on top of it, I have a cold and a cavity.

I should know tonight whether my father’s treatment worked. He is awaiting a phone call from his doctor. But, from the pathology report that they sent him, it does not look good. I’m just having a bad week all together. I’m going to go to the gym and see if that makes me feel a little better at least physically.

Lotsa Nut Butter

Hey peeps. I’m going to make this short because I’m going to attempt to go to bed before 11. I’ve been staying up until past midnight for the past week or so and losing that extra hour really takes a toll on how I feel during the day.

Can I interject and say that Murphy is currently eating his bed? Do your dogs do this? I guess it’s the ultimate chew toy. All of his other toys have seem to fallen into a dog toy abyss.

Anyway, it’s hard for me to go to sleep sometimes because Jason doesn’t get home from work until around 11, sometimes later, and I wait up for him so we can talk for a while. Some days, it’s really the only time that I see him. He said he has to work late tonight though, so I figured I might as well get some extra shut eye.

I thought I’d share some interesting grub that I had last night and today. Last night, I combined a half of a frozen banana, some frozen cherries and some Fage 0% yogurt and came up with sorbet!


Sorbet or a really thick smoothie.

I decided to step away from the egg sandwich this morning and make an oldie, a protein pancake. Not the best picture; I don’t think I was fully awake.


A protein pancake is really easy to make. You just combine the following in a food processor:
1/4 cup cottage cheese
1/4 cup egg beaters
1/4 cup oats

and then cook it like a pancake. It is a bit eggy tasting, but I like it and it kept me full for a long time. I topped it with almond butter. As I did with the sorbet.

For dinner tonight, I had a box of tofu that needed to be used up. I like tofu a lot but I always suck at cooking it at home. I always gravitate towards making stir-fries with a soy sauce based sauce, but decided to try something different this time. Behold, tofu stir fry with peanut sauce!


I dry fried the tofu and then put it in a pan with a bag of frozen veggies. I made this peanut sauce and added it to the pan and let it simmer down for about 5 minutes.

I really recommend the dry frying method of cooking tofu. The pieces were chewy and not as soft and bland as they normally are. I didn’t marinate it like the recipe suggested because I was tight on time (gotta get to the gym) but I’m sure it would have made it even better.

I just realized that all three of these food pictures have some sort of nut butter in them. I don’t even normally eat that much nut butter. Guess I got my healthy fats for the day.

Going to bed with 16 minutes to spare.