Monthly Archives: March 2010

Long Day

I am done moping now. Sometimes I just need to get it out of my system and my way of doing that is by writing it down. Or by whining to Jason, but that never feels as cathartic! This day has been long. My dog is not feeling well. He has some sort of growth on his groin area that just appeared out of nowhere. Jason took him to the vet yesterday and they gave him a cortisone shot and some topical spray and sent a sample of the area to a lab. He seems like he’s in pain today. The vet said that the area might be really sensitive since they had to shave the hair and everything. He seems like he can’t walk more than a couple feet without sitting down, like it hurts him to stand. I’ve spent the majority of the work day worrying about my dog. We’re supposed to find out the lab results in a few days and the vet said to take him back if the cortisone doesn’t help at all. I wish he could talk and tell me what’s wrong – I can’t tell if it hurts, itches or is just uncomfortable.

Poor baby dog.

Aside from that, I forgot to do my photography homework. Okay, more like I kept putting it off. Usually the homework is to take a certain type of picture, but this week’s was to print pictures on different paper and honestly, I didn’t want to buy a ream of photo paper. Whatever, it’s not like a class that I get graded on. I know how to print things. Hell, I work in printing! I still felt guilty about it!

The problem with photography class is that it’s over at 8. So I got home, did P90X and am sitting down to dinner at 9:30! So, how’s P90X going, you ask. So far I have done the chest and shoulder dvd, the ab ripper x dvd and the shoulders and arms dvd. It’s a good workout. The DVDs are an hour but they’re really not because there is like a 10 minute warm up. The number one thing that I noticed so far is that I HAVE to buy heavier weights and a stronger resistance band. I only have 5 and 8lb weights at home and while they are okay for some of the moves, they are way too light for others. I think I’m going to buy some 10 and 15s. Jason and hope to one day have a home gym and quit crappy LA Fitness, so I’m just thinking of buying weights as a contribution to our future.

I’m pooped. Long day. I hope my doggie is better soon.

Confession time

I have two confessions. One, I totally made muffins and ate them on Passover. Don’t tell my mother. Not that she’d be surprised; I’m not religious at all. (You’re not supposed to eat bread. See Morgan’s blog for a much more in-depth explanation.)

I am sort of proud of myself because I took a whole wheat muffin recipe that I had on my computer and altered it so much that it didn’t resemble the original recipe at all and it still was good! That never happens.


Makes 10

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 Trader Joe’s Carrot Applesauce Crusher (they’re like squeezy applesauce. It make a little less than a half cup)
1 tsp canola oil
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup sugar free maple syrup
1 cup vanilla almond milk
Trader Joe’s superfruit spread

Pre-heat oven to 375. Mix dry ingredients in bowl. Mix wet ingredients in separate bowl and then mix together. Grease muffin tin with cooking spray. Fill each muffin about half of the way and then put about 1/4 cup of TJ’s fruit spread on top. Then cover with a little bit more muffin mix.

I didn’t get a chance to post last night’s dinner because I was sitting around being a total moody mope. That’s confession number two. But we’ll do dinner first. Jason made chicken fajitas. I’m not exactly sure what he did, but everything was really good.


I made mine into a salad.


The only thing that I would have changed about this meal is that Jason was very heavy handed with some Mexican hot sauce. I like spicy foods but I actually had to pour myself a glass of milk after eating this salad!

So, confession number two. I took these before pictures for the P90X and got in a terrible funk because of the way I look in a bathing suit. I know I’m supposed to love my body and all of that, but sometimes I just don’t. My stomach is weird looking and not flat. I think it’s from years of being heavy. I mean, I guess it is. But I was never that big. At my heaviest, in college, I probably weighed 175. I’m 5’7. So while I was overweight, I don’t think I was so big that my skin should have lost elasticity. So, I moped about this for like half an hour. Do you have body image funks? What do you do to get past them?

I’m going to post about the actual P90X workout later this evening.

Murphy’s a TV Star

Murphy is famous! Check it out.

School Lunch

I spent a good two hours this morning watching Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution on It got me thinking a lot about the school lunches that I had as a kid. I don’t really remember lunch in elementary school that much. I really just remember that there was square pizza on Fridays and everyday you could chose chocolate or white milk. And you could order ice cream on Fridays. I’m sure there must have been more to it than this, but that’s what I remember. I’m pretty sure I drank the chocolate milk every day. In middle school, the cafeteria was priced by item instead of by meal. I remember getting a lot of pizza and french fries. And lemonade. They had a soda machine in the cafeteria but it wasn’t turned on until after school. In high school, I don’t think I ate a single meal in the cafeteria. We had something called Open Lunch and we could leave school for lunch. My high school was located right next to door to Giant (a grocery store) so when we were underclassmen and didn’t drive, we usually got food from there. I do remember getting hummus a lot, but I also remember getting plain bagels and grape soda. When I was old enough to have friends that drove, we went to the mall for lunch.

I went to public school and from what I am remembering, the lunches were pretty abysmal. I can’t tell if they are better, worse or the same now. A couple of things about my childhood lunches seem to stand out to me. First of all, why didn’t we have water? If I remember correctly, in elementary school, the only option was milk. If you offer a kid chocolate or white milk, which do you think they are going to choose?? Secondly, why were there soda machines in the school at all? Even if ours weren’t turned on until after school, is that option really necessary? Not that drinking Countrytime Lemonade is any better, but still.

I worry a lot about how any future children that we might have will eat. I probably worry too much about it. I just don’t want my kids to follow the Standard American Diet and not be able to identify vegetables. But at the same time, I don’t want them to feel like they have to sneak eat “bad” food because they aren’t allowed to have it.

Jason and I were talking about childhood obesity. Back when we were kids, there were like one or two heavy kids in each grade, nothing like you see now. I’m sure that a big part of it is that kids are inside now with video games and the computer and everything. I spent a lot of time outside as a kid. I rode my bike around the neighborhood for hours with other neighborhood kids and spent a large chunk of time outside. And I didn’t really live in a good neighborhood either. I didn’t realize that at the time, but we moved when I was eight because of it. So is childhood obesity mostly from lack of movement, or from the food that kids are eating? Is the food really that different than when we were kids?

Anyway, that show was right up my alley. Although I thought it was funny that the executive producer was Ryan Secreast.

I had a dinner that Jamie Oliver might approve of. Well, probably not because it was pretty low-carb. (Don’t worry Jamie, I had carbs earlier in the day.)


This was really good. I steamed some broccoli slaw and mixed it with Trader Joe’s seafood blend (shrimp, scallops and calamari), pasta sauce and goat cheese. Then I added some crushed red pepper. I felt like I was eating a big plate of pasta. Well, sort of. You know this would actually be really good with a little bit of real pasta too.

Atlantans – Murphy is going to be on the news tomorrow morning. Tune into 11alive in the 6:30 or noon hour to see him. He’s going to be on the Try It Before You Buy It segment. If you’re like me and have no intention of waking up at 6:30 (sorry teachers!) or don’t live in Atlanta, I’ll post the link tomorrow after it’s on the 11alive website. My little tv star.


I have just been bumming around all day and honestly, it’s been great. This is the first weekend in two weeks where I haven’t had to wake up at the butt crack of dawn for a race. Of course, I still managed to wake up very early but it was nice to not have to. Jason and I decided to walk up to the Morningside Farmer’s Market with Murphy. It’s about 1.25 miles each way. I took my camera.

I live near a drive through liquor store. Yes, really. No, I’ve never used the drive through part but sometimes taxis drive through with Emory kids inside. I’m assuming they’re college kids (and we live right near Emory), I don’t think I’d ever have a taxi take me to a drive through liquor store after age 22! I have no idea why it’s called Pitch & Putt. It’s actually way less shady than it looks.


Even though it was 45 degrees out, there were signs of spring. Finally.


Murphy enjoyed sniffing every single patch of grass on the way to the market. He’s saying, “Stop trying to take my picture. Can’t you see I’m investigating smells? Geez.”


Murphy says things like that a lot. Although Jason and I have to talk for him. We really do talk for him all the time. We got to our destination and I was unimpressed.


Every time I go to this market, I am not impressed with it. There were only like 6 tents and one sold vegetables and the rest sold things like soap and nuts. So we left. On the way home, we ran into this guy, who parks his truck in the same spot every Saturday and Sunday morning and sells produce. I’ve never bought anything from him. I always say that I am going to next time.


Pancakes were on the menu for breakfast. I used this Quaker Oatmeal pancake mix, vanilla almond milk, chopped up raspberries and a few chocolate chips. I wanted to sneak some chia seeds in there, but decided against it. I didn’t tell Jason that I used almond milk until he finished eating. Ha.


I decided to try out one of the P90X cardio dvds tonight as my exercise for the day. I did the KempoX which is kickboxing. Back when I lived in Maryland, I used to do a lot of kickboxing classes at the gym and really enjoyed them. I don’t know why I stopped; my current gym offers them. Although my current gym’s classes suck. I liked this DVD. There was one sequence of 4 moves that I could just not figure out so I ran in place while they did that. I am not what you’d call coordinated.

The DVD was good and the hour passed quickly. I think the strength ones are going to be MUCH harder for me. I do need some help with recovery fuel. Normally, I sort of ignore the need to refuel and only eat if I’m hungry but I think I should eat no matter what. The question is, what do I eat? What do you eat as a recovery food?

Wedding Shape Up Plan

I just made a wedding-shape up training plan in iCal. I’m going to do the P90X in the suggested order but I’m going to substitute running for the cardio DVDs. I’ve consulted a few people who have done that and they said it worked out well for them. I was going to start the DVDs today but it’s just easier for me to start on a Monday so that’s what I’ll do. I am going to put them into the DVD player to get a general feel for what they’ll be like this weekend. I plan to take before and after pictures. I am hesitant to post them because right now I’m not so comfortable with how I look in a bathing suit and don’t want the entire interwebs to see me! But if there is a big change, I most post pictures for comparison. We’ll see.

I just want to say that right now I’m okay with what I look like. If my measurements are the exact same come June 26th, that is okay with me. I will not be upset or mad at myself. I am at currently at a healthy weight. I could stand to lose 10 pounds, but my BMI is normal right now. I’m not concerned with the number on the scale so much as I would like to gain muscle tone, especially in my arms. I don’t have much upper body muscle at all. Part of that is just my body makeup. I have a hard time putting on muscle in general. My mother also has no upper body strength. But another part of me is that since certain moves are very hard for me *coughpushupscough* I just don’t do them. I know, I know.

So that’s the plan for the next three months. If anyone wants to see my actual workout schedule, I can email it to you, but I can’t imagine that it’d be interesting! I’m eager to see how it pans out. After the wedding, who knows? Maybe I’ll train for another distance race again. After the wedding seems so far away, but like my half-marathon last weekend, one day it’ll just be a memory too. Weird.

After work today, Jason and I went to the gym. He has been diligently following the Couch to 5K plan and is on week 5. I am very proud that he’s kept up with it and am excited to run a 5K with him at the end of next month. I did 4 x 400 at 6.7mph with 3.5 walks in between. My ipod was completely dead when I got on the treadmill which made for a boring half hour.

We had TJ’s pizza dough in the fridge that really needed to be used and went back and forth about whether we were too lazy to make homemade pizza. There was nothing else in the house that I really wanted, so I decided to suck it up and make the pizza. It was worth the extra effort.


This pizza had tomato sauce, sundried tomatoes, goat cheese, mozzarella cheese and spinach. Yum. I’m going to catch up on blogs and maybe watch a Netflix DVD. We have The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. I heard it kinda sucks though.

Back to it

My post-race workout hiatus is over. I packed a bag to take to work in case I felt like working out at lunch and turns out that I did. I was kind of stressing out about wedding related stuff (nothing in particular, just getting a bit overwhelmed) and felt like a good sweat session might help. Indeed it did. I did a 25 minute Fit Sugar Elliptical Workout and then the following upper body moves:

• decline pushups (on my knees) – 3 sets of 12
• chest press – 25 lbs, 3 sets of 12
• shoulder press – 20 lbs, 3 sets of 10, 1 set of 8
• bent over rows – 10 lbs, 3 sets of 12, each side
• one arm tricep extension – 7.5 lbs, 2 sets of 10, each arm
• 21s, 20 lbs, 2 sets of 21

I have a feeling this is nothing compared to the P90X. It arrived today and I think I’ll start either Friday or Saturday. I’m still trying to figure out a schedule where I can incorporate running into the program. I’m not sure if I have to do the workouts every day to see results and also how strictly I have to follow the nutrition plan. I also don’t have a chin up bar. I can’t do a chin up anyway. I just hang there! Can anyone do one?

I set up a flickr account if anyone is interested. Actually, it’s really old, but I started putting some newer pictures on it recently. Click here if you want to see it.

Sorry, this is a boring post! I am not feeling very writerly tonight. Yes, I know writerly isn’t a word.