Monthly Archives: October 2009

Fishy Burger

I managed to squeeze in an hour and a half nap. I am a big time napper. Always have been. I used to get made fun of a lot in college for always sleeping between classes. Okay and maybe a little bit during. After I arose from my beauty sleep, I went to Kroger to pick up the ingredients for next weeks meals (holla! still following the meal plan!) and get some additional items for tonight’s dinner.

And what was on the menu for this lovely Sunday night? A burger and fries. In My Tummy style, of course.

A salmon burger on an Arnold’s Sandwich Thin (which my Kroger only sometimes has. Have I mentioned my disdain for this particular Kroger? But it’s literally next door to my house, so I continue to shop there and complain about it.) with zucchini and carrot “fries”.



For the fries, I used baby carrots and half a zucchini. I tried to make them sort of uniform in size. I used my Misto and sprayed them with Olive Oil and then coated them with Emeril’s Essence. I baked them for about 30 minutes at 425 degrees.

My mother bought me the salmon patty yesterday at Whole Foods. I just put it in the George Foreman for about 5 minutes.

I liked the fries, but was iffy on the burger. I like fish a lot, but apparently don’t like my burgers to taste fishy. I don’t like them to taste beefy either; I guess I just like them to taste like vegetables which really contradicts the idea of a burger, I guess. In any event, the salmon patty was only so-so. I still ate it though.

While I was at the grocery store, I sort of had a revelation. I am always trying to get Jason to eat more like I do and it kind of occurred to me that I might be pushing too hard. While I like to look at ingredients and try to stay away from unpronouncable things if I can, maybe it’s too drastic for him. Not that he eats badly; he eats what I cook a lot of the time, but I am not sure if he actually likes it. It occurred to me that maybe it’s better to make small changes and have them become the norm, rather than overhauling everything at once. So, I bought him some frozen stuff that wasn’t too calorie laden and some individual bags of Baked Chips (not gonna lie, I’m sure those will find their way into my mouth) for him to take for lunches. If he doesn’t like something uber-healthy like plain greek yogurt, is it better to get him a Yoplait that does have sugar or HFCS but is still yogurt? Is it all or nothing or a lesser of two evils. (A moot point because he doesn’t like yogurt.)

How does your significant other eat?


My friend Joan and I set off for the Silver Comet Trail around 8:30 yesterday morning to do the 10 mile run. I was having a lot of trouble getting into it. My legs felt heavy and sore and I was cursing myself for doing those squats and step ups the day before. At the 5 mile point, I had a GU and that did seem to give me a burst of energy. Miles 5-8.5 were probably the best of the run. I got into a groove and felt fine. But I guess the sugar rush wore off when I had 1.5 miles to go. I just felt drained of all energy. The last mile seemed to take forever! But we managed to finish. I didn’t have my Garmin on but I imagine we were running about a 10:45-11 mph pace. Fine with me for the long run.

On the drive home, I kept feeling like my skin around my chest was stinging. When I got ready to shower and took off my sports bra, I saw that there had been some major chafing going on. Weird thing was, it was only on the left side. I think that after I saw what it looked like, it started to hurt more. Psychological reaction maybe? Anyway, I couldn’t wear a bra for the rest of the day. I do have some Body Glide, but didn’t even think to use it because I have never experienced boob chafing before! I don’t know if it was the specific bra I was wearing, or just that I’m running more mileage, but holy hell, not fun. It feels much better today though.

My mother and I did some shopping and then she wanted frozen yogurt. We decided to try a new yogurt place in Decatur that I’d never been to called The Yogurt Tap. This is sort of the best thing ever. (Well, besides Yoforia which holds a near and dear place in my heart.) They had six different kinds of yogurt on the wall and you just got however much you wanted.

Then you go over to the toppings bar and put on whatever toppings you want. They weigh the yogurt at the end and charge you by weight.


I got original and caramel apple yogurt, topped with strawberries, kiwi, cinnamon toast crunch and chocolate chips. My eyes were a little bigger than my stomach, though, and I didn’t finish it all.

After yogurt, my mom and I walked around a really big and nice Whole Foods for fun. She loved it. Like mother, like daughter, right? My mom actually said that she didn’t understand when people didn’t like to go to the grocery store. Me neither.

I just dropped my mom off at the airport and I’m debating taking a nap or walking the Murphster. He’s chilling on the back stoop and seems content so the nap might win.

Meet the parents

In anticipation of a busy weekend, I managed to squeeze in a lunchtime workout yesterday. I did 10 minutes on the elliptical to warm up and then:

2 sets of 12 squats
2 sets of 12 pushups (against a bench thing)
2 sets of 12 rows, 15 lbs in each hand
2 sets of 12 step ups, 5 lbs in each hand, both legs
2 ab moves (I don’t know what it’s called)

I’m glad I got it done, because by the time I got home from work, Jason’s parents were already here. We chatted for a while and his mom and I went to Loehmann’s to see if they might have any dresses for her for our wedding (they didn’t.) Then we picked up my mom who’s flight landed around 6 and went to dinner at Seasons 52.

I’m obsessed with Seasons 52. I feel like I have so much freedom there because everything is healthy. I don’t have to scout out the most healthy thing on the menu. We started out with a tomato flatbread for the table. I had the Shrimp salad for my meal. And for dessert, a shot glass of pumpkin pie. Yum. Not sure if everyone else appreciated the healthiness of the menu, but I liked it. Everyone got along really well and there was no awkwardness at the table. When we got back to our house, we opened up a bottle of champagne that my boss bought me back in June when we got engaged. I had about 3/4 of a flute. I don’t really like champagne unless it’s mixed with juice.

I’m about to go run 10 miles. I feel sort of bad about leaving my mom here, but I need to get it in. I’m really not in the mood to run, but it’s about 55 and cloudy out, so maybe it’ll feel good once I get into the groove of things. One week until the race!

Two mistakes

I did my 5 mile run today and it was not the best run. I attribute it to two mistakes that I made:

1. I had a crap day at work yesterday. I was extremely stressed out about something pretty much all day. After work, I went to this USA Today (we’re one of their clients) event at the High Museum with three co-workers. The event had appetizers (I had two mozzarella balls and some bruschetta) and free alcohol. And that, my friend is the numero uno reason that my run sucked. Wine. Throughout the course of the event, I had about 2.5 glasses of wine. I know that I can’t drink and then run the next day, but it made mingling easier and after a difficult day, I felt like it was warranted.

Except that my run sucked because of it. I don’t know why that happens. I wasn’t hungover; I didn’t get drunk last night or anything. I felt fine all day (except still stressed) but when I ran, I felt the alcohol from last night.

2. I was hungry when I got home. We had some Baked Ruffles and I shoved a handful into my mouth right before I went running. And wouldn’t you know it, I got a cramp about a mile into the run. Bleh.

But even though it wasn’t a particularly fun 5 miles, I still got it done. This is actually my last 5 mile run before the race. I mean, I have to run 10 this weekend, but next week will be taper week, where there’s a 4, 3 and 2.

Mi madre is coming to visit me this weekend. Actually, she’s coming to visit Jason’s parents. They live 2 hours north of us and they are going to drive down to ATL and we’re all going to have dinner. I picked Seasons 52. When I chose it, I forgot that’s where I took my mother the last time she was here, but I just love it so much! And it has a variety of different foods to choose from so I thought that everyone would be happy. Wish us luck with the meeting of the parents! Not sure if I’m going to be taking any pictures at dinner; my [future] in-laws know about the blog, but my mother does not.

Back to the regularly scheduled randomness

I guess my random way of blogging is attracting some readers, so I’ll keep it up!

I’m a little behind here, but behold Tuesday’s dinner: Crispy Chicken with tomato Jam and Braised Green Beans.

The recipe is found here for the chicken but I believe it’s from Weight Watchers magazine. (which we get sometimes at work).

The green bean recipe is from Eating Well Magazine (heart) and is found here.

This was really good, but way more labor intensive than I am used to on a Tuesday night. It’s pretty though and Jason thought the baked chicken tasted just like fried chicken.

This is going to be short because I have to go to work. I don’t normally post in the morning, but I wanted to show off the chicken dinner before I forgot about it!

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