Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Daily Eats...


has been on vacation! I've been in OKC and didn't have any time to post what I ate every day.

I went to OKC to run my first half marathon. My body used a ton of calories (energy) during those 13.1 miles and I did allow myself to cheat that one day, which was probably a bad idea. I ate a ton after the run, but I'll tell you more on that later. My metabolism must be going crazy right now because I seem to be much hungrier than the normal. My taste buds and appetite still would rather be on vacation that dieting again. Oh well... I still have work to do!
Today was my first full day back in STL and I've made horrible choices. I skipped eating something for breakfast, had a protein bar as a late lunch, an iced decaf sugar free vanilla soy latte as an afternoon snack, teriyaki chicken with edamame and carrot sticks for dinner..... followed with flattened banana and peanut butter (too much peanut butter) for dessert. And I might have even popped a few nuts in my mouth during the day (those little suckers add up fast!). Oops.

Tomorrow is a new day and I will be making better choices.
*****
My parents treated me to several wonderful meals while in OKC. I didn't get a photo of everything, but here are a few shots I took with my phone...

Jimmy's Egg is my favorite breakfast joint in OKC. Dad picked me up from the airport and took me there where we had lunch with my Mom while she was on break from work.


I ordered a 2-egg Pineapple Express Omelette (2 eggs, ham, pineapple, and cream cheese)
with cottage cheese and fresh fruit.





Oh, yes! We also went to Jimmy's Egg for brunch the day before my half-marathon.


I had a 2-egg omelette with bacon (major splurge!), avocado,
and cream cheese with cottage cheese and fresh fruit on the side.

My Aunt Amy purchased my ticket to the Pasta Dinner the night before the marathon so I could hear her speak. They dished me up a huge plate of spaghetti, salad, breadsticks (turned those yummy things down kindly), 2 3-inch sandwiches from Quiznos, and a chocolate chip cookie from Carl's Jr., along with bottled water. I gutted the sandwiches and put everything on my salad. After I scarfed that down I ate the chunks of tomatoes from the spaghetti sauce (LOVE tomatoes!) and broke off a couple tiny pieces of the cookie. I gave the remaining cookie to my Dad. He loves chocolate chip cookies!
I'm so grateful I was able to hear Amy speak. It was a memorable evening!


I don't know if I could ever get tired of Jimmy's Egg. Yes, I did eat there
3 times at 3 different locations in 6 days.
After spending a couple of hours at the spa, my parents took me to lunch.
I ordered a 2-egg omelette with ham and swiss cheese
along with cottage cheese and fresh fruit.
It was AMAZING!!!


Thank you for treating me, Mom & Dad!!!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Snoozing...

At this time tomorrow night I should be all tucked in bed fast asleep resting for my big day. Sunday, April 25 is when I'll be running my 1st Half Marathon. There are a million thoughts spinning through my head right now. It's incredible. Anyways, I'm currently thinking that I should call it a night so I can get up early tomorrow morning. Good Night!

Slacker

It's been a really long time since I've posted about anything. I'm sorry I've been such a slacker. I haven't had much of anything to report.

I've just been doing the same ol' stuff day in and day out. The usual for me is sleep, eat, work, play with my pup, find time to hang with the hubster, workout/run, and play on facebook. That pretty much sums up my life right now.... It's BORING!
Oh, I have been applying for jobs, but that's as exciting as it gets. I'll keep you posted if I hear anything.


Friday, April 16, 2010

Drinkable Dessert




Mmm... I created a new dessert tonight.


Homemade Cocoa + Sugar Free Raspberry Torani syrup

= Raspberry Truffle in a cup!

Monday, April 12, 2010

FREE Starbucks Coffee



Starbucks
This Thursday - bring in a reusable tumbler and we'll fill it with brewed coffee for free. If we all make the switch from paper cups, we'll make a difference. One person can save trees, together we can save forests. Go here: http://www.starbucks.com/thebigpicture to learn more about the impact we can make together.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Health & Fitness Expo


David and I went to the Health & Fitness Expo today at the Chaifetz Arena. It was packed with runners picking up their registration packets (bib number, time chip, t-shirt, etc) and loads of vendors selling running products. You could find anything and everything you'd ever need for running. Plus, there were several booths with food samples. I'm quickly learning that runners like to eat... A LOT. My favorite food booth was Cabot cheese. They handed out samples of their 1% cheddar and 1.5% pepperjack. The pepperjack is my favorite. I do LOVE me some cheese... especially since a large portion of my diet consists of cheese. I also enjoyed sampling a Larabar today. Those are something I'd have to be super cautious about eating because they really are THAT good.
Note to self: Never buy Larabars in bulk at Sam's because they'd be gone within a week.


So... my first expo was basically awesome. Not only did I gain an extra boost of inspiration and excitement, but I scored a few neat items.

Yes, I bought myself a couple of half marathon gifts....
now I'm really committed.
Hahahaaaa..... = )

Ready or not, OKC... This girl is comin' to run!

Daily Eats

4/10/10

B: Coffee (2 shots espresso, 2 pumps sugar free white chocolate Torani syrup, 2 pumps sugar free caramel Torani syrup, 4 oz. unsweetened soymilk, hot water), 2% Greek yogurt with 1/2 banana, a 3 Tbsp. quick oats, some natural creamy peanut butter, and 3 pumps sugar free vanilla Torani syrup (YUMMO!!!)

I made the hubster a yummy breakfast of 3 eggs with
2% cheddar and 1/2 a pork chop. Delish!


S: Iced coffee (3 shots decaf espresso, 2 pumps sugar free white chocolate Torani syrup, 2 pumps sugar free caramel Torani syrup, unsweetened soymilk, ice, and water) and 1/2 frozen banana with some roasted salted pecans. So good!

D: Pork chop and chef salad... I'll probably have a late-night snack soon.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Daily Eats

4/9/10

B: Iced Coffee (2 shots espresso, 2 shots decaf espresso, 3 pumps sugar free white chocolate Torani syrup, 2 pumps sugar free caramel Torani syrup, 1 1/2 Tbsp. half-n-half, water, and ice), boiled egg, 3 giant strawberries, 2% string cheese, some peanuts and cashews

L: Tuna salad, 2% string cheese

S: Iced Coffee (4 shots decaf espresso, 5 pumps sugar free chocolate Torani syrup, a splash of peppermint extract, unsweetened soymilk, water, and ice)

D: Peaches & Cream Jello Salad, 2% cottage cheese, strawberries and a bit of Cool Whip, and I might have eaten a few small bites of a cookie (they've been in the freezer for months)... (my stinkin' emotions got the best of me tonight)

It was NOT a good eating day because of my stinkin' cookie bites and I ate too many nuts (too much fat). Tomorrow's mission = EAT MORE LEAN PROTEIN!

Robbed in the Ghetto


Disclaimer: I'm in a foul mood and this isn't very nice. Don't say I didn't warn you.

David's medical school is located in the ghetto... where our car was parked and broken into today. Have I mentioned that I hate Saint Louis?

I worked hard back in the day to be able to have this nice car. Now, I shop at Goodwill, shop at Aldi, don't eat out or go to movies, and practically starve myself half the time because we don't have a nice fancy income. And now I'm stuck with another bill....

Shattered glass... everywhere!

We keep a case of water in the trunk so we don't feel the need to stop at a convenient store every time we're thirsty (because those little expenses add up). Apparently the robber was either thirsty or they thought we were completely ridiculous for keeping water in the trunk of our car. They threw it out all over the street and in the grass. Take a look....
Dave called the St. Louis police and they said they'd have to call him back. When they called back it was just a dispatcher on the phone that took a "statement" from David and supposedly that's all they needed to file a report. Glad to see our tax dollars hard at work by dismissing situations like this in order to fight the real crime of "eating donuts" or pulling over people with their windows tinted too darkly.

It really ticks me off that someone would break into a car for a car stereo. In case you're wondering... Yes, the face of the stereo was out of sight in the glove box. They took a chance at breaking into our car. Sadly, they didn't even finish the job. I mean, they had plenty of time to throw our water all over the street, but the idiots forgot the remote and the case for the face. Idiots! If you're gonna commit the crime... do it right the first time! Better yet, just take the whole dang car. My deductible is the same amount regardless of the damage. So if there's ever a next time (which I'm sure there will be because this car is a magnet for disaster!!!), please do me a favor and just make the car disappear.
Thanks.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Turkey & Veggie NO-Pasta Lasagna


Ingredients:
1-2 pounds Ground turkey (depending on how meaty you want your lasagna)
1-2 cans tomato paste (1 for each pound of meat)
2 cups (16oz) 2% cottage cheese
2 large eggs
1-8oz bag shredded mozzarella cheese
Assorted cooked veggies
(I used a steamer bag of broccoli, cauliflower and carrots; asparagus, green/red peppers, zucchini, squash, mushrooms, etc. would also be good)
Spinach leaves (I used 1/2 a bag of the washed and ready to eat stuff... got it on sale for $1)
1/2 cup water
Italian Seasoning


Directions:
In a sauce pan cook the turkey meat.
Add tomato paste to turkey, stir well
Add water and simmer for a couple of minutes, stirring occasionally
Add spices (Italian seasoning and I added a bit of salt to bring out the delicious flavors of the tomato paste)

In another bowl, .....

Add 2 eggs

Add cottage cheese to the eggs and mix until blended thoroughly

In a baking dish, add some of the meat mixture

Add some spinach leaves, cottage cheese mixture, and 1/2 the mozzarella

Add steamed veggies (I used broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots)
Then you can add more meat mixture, spinach leaves, cottage cheese mixture, tomato slices, and mozzarella. Get creative... the layers don't have to be perfectly organized.

And it's into the oven...

30 minutes later = )

YUMMO!

I think this was super quick and easy to make.
It tasted great and was healthy for us too!

Enjoy!

April Showers


We had a nice storm here in Saint Louis yesterday. David got caught in it without an umbrella.

Daily Eats

4/8/2010

B: Iced Coffee (2 shots espresso, 2 shots decaf espresso, 2 pumps sugar free coconut Torani syrup, 1/2 pump sugar free almond Torani syrup, 2 pumps sugar free chocolate Torani syrup)

L: 3oz. pork chop, boiled egg, and 2 (giant) cheese cubes



This egg was perfectly boiled. I just can't stand it when
they get those dark rings around the yolk. Yuck!


D: Turkey & vegetable no pasta lasagna (93/7 ground turkey, tomato paste, seasonings, cottage cheese, eggs, mozzarella cheese, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, spinach, and tomatoes) and Peaches 'n Cream Jello salad (sugar free peach jello with no sugar added peaches, 2% cottage cheese, and crushed pecans)



Snack: 2 celery sticks with peanut butter, 3 strawberries with a dab of cool whip, 4 cheese cubes, and a few nuts


Daily Eats

4/7/2010


B: Iced Coffee (2 shots espresso, 2 shots decaf espresso, sugar free Torani syrups, unsweetened soymilk, water, and ice)


L: Edamame, string cheese, and lime cottage cheese jello salad


Snack: Iced Coffee (2 shots decaf espresso, sugar free white chocolate Torani syrup, sugar free raspberry Torani syrup, half-n-half, water, and ice)


D: Pork Chop, Greek Salad (spinach with feta, kalamata olives, and greek dressing), 3 cheese cubes


Dessert: 3 sugar free popsicles @ 16 calories each


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Decreasing Digits



... And I'm NOT talking about the scale or pant sizes this time.


My medical school countdown shows that my husband will be a doctor in 401 days.

Hip Hip Hooray!!! We're almost in the 300s!

20 FREE Photos


Walgreens is offering 20 FREE 4x6 prints today. Order online and use the coupon code PRINTS20. I can't pass up FREE so I scroll through my iphoto and print photos for scrapbooking. ENJOY!
Oh, and the 50 prints for $5 is also a GREAT deal. This means you could get 70 prints for $5 today. That's wonderful!!!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Daily Eats




My time is up with "Daily Eats," but I feel I should keep it going a while longer for accountability purposes. The little splurges of sugar I had during the weekend triggered something leaving me with an enormous sweet tooth. I guess it's not smart for a former carbohydrate addict to have an occasional carbohydrate just like it isn't smart for a former alcoholic to have some alcohol or a smoker a cigarette... you get my point.



I enjoyed 2 sugar free popsicles today and that still didn't satisfy my sweet tooth. Luckily I'm a crazy person that keeps a hefty stock of pantry items.... especially a tower of sugar free Jello. = )
Here's my dessert for the evening and it was loaded with protein. Not only did it satisfy my sweet tooth, but the protein and fat satisfied my tummy for hours.

Lime & Cottage Cheese Jello Salad

Ingredients:
1 pkg. sugar free lime Jello
1/2 (or 1) can crushed pineapple, drained and rinsed
1 small carton 2% cottage cheese
1/4-1/3 cup chopped pecans, optional

Directions:
Prepare Jello according to package directions.
Chill until thickened slightly (60-90 minutes).
Add pineapple, cottage cheese, and pecans and beat until frothy on top.
Chill until set.

* I used 1/2 can of the pineapple because an entire can has
too many carbs/sugar for my liking.


David is NOT a fan of cottage cheese so I made him his own Jello dessert. He had a bowl of sugar free orange Jello with my leftover pineapple and some mandarin oranges. YUM!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Greek Scramble


I wanted to detox today from all the junk I consumed this weekend (running 12 miles made me believe it was okay to enjoy some wedding cake... the scale proved me wrong today... NOT cool!). For those who are interested, my "detox" is basically a liquid diet including protein shakes in place of meals, Crystal Light, broth, sugar free jello, sugar free popsicles, herbal tea, and tons of water. I made it to about 5pm and I was absolutely starving. The aroma of the food David was preparing for his dinner just put me over the edge. I ended up eating a small portion of steamed edamame and 2% cottage cheese. At about 8pm I was starving again so I made some scrambled eggs. I used one whole egg and some liquid egg whites. I added some things to it and came up with Greek eggs. It was too good not to share.
= )


Greek Scramble

Ingredients:
Eggs (I used 1 whole egg and some egg whites)
Feta cheese
Kalamata Olives
Spinach
Greek Dressing, optional

Directions:
Scramble the eggs
Add feta and stir until slightly warm
Place a few spinach leaves in a plate or bowl
Place egg mixture on bed of spinach
Add a few kalamata olives
Top with a little Greek dressing, optional

Serve and Enjoy!

OKC LandRunners Run


On Saturday, April 3, I ran with the OKC LandRunners along part of the Memorial Marathon route. It was a wonderful experience. I took this little video with my nano after the run.


I'll apologize in advance for my spaciness (yes, I made that up). I become cloudy and can't think clearly after those runs. LOL! Running 12 miles uses a lot of glycogen and I didn't have much fuel left in me for my brain to function properly. You'll see what I mean.... Hehee...
Just be sure to never tell me anything important or expect me to make any big decisions after a run. = )

3 weeks!!!

McCoy Ladies

I mentioned in my last post that David and I stopped by his parents place on Saturday night after Randy and Jenn's wedding. I was still in my wedding attire so my MIL wanted to take some photos.  They don't ever get to see me dressed up... especially when there's a dress involved.  
Me with my Sister In-Law (April) and my Mother In-Law (Donna)
April, Me, and Donna
We are so goofy!
April, Me and Donna being silly!
Me
Me with Aunt Amy
She's absolutely amazing and is my biggest inspiration!  
We'll be running our first half marathon together on 
April 25, 2010!

Easter Weekend


Easter weekend was a whirlwind of fun for me. I just wish it hadn't gone by so quickly.

Here's a bit of information about what we did...

Thursday (April Fool's Day!)-
Drove to OKC; dropped off my wedding rings at my jeweler so they could be resized; purchased a puppy sling from the pet boutique (photos coming soon!); David joined up with Randy for the Bachelor party; I saw my fav bro in-law at his place of work; drove up to my parents home; relaxed and had an enjoyable dinner with my fam; My Dad announced his retirement at work today. ; )

Friday (Good Friday)-
Celebration breakfast (Dad's retirement announcement) at Jimmy's Egg; shopping with my Mom (I got new running shoes at my favorite New Balance store) and made a couple great purchases; Starbucks with Mom; got ready for rehearsal dinner; drove to Iron Star in Norman; ate a delicious meal with the wedding party (David, my husband, was the best man); drove back to my parents place to get a few short hours of sleep.

Saturday-
I woke up at 4:45am, threw on my running clothes/gear, drove to downtown OKC and was there by 6am; Started running at 6:37am with the OKC LandRunners Club; Ran 12 miles along part of the OKC Memorial Marathon route; drove back to my parents where I got ready for Randy and Jenn's wedding; drove to Norman with David; went to La Baguette to meet up with Randy and pick up cakes; then off to the old train station where the wedding was held; Wedding; went to Red Coyote to pick up my prize t-shirt for completing my morning run with the LandRunners; went to the in-laws to see them for a bit; headed back to my parents for dinner, laundry, and packing; and finally sleepy-sleepy time


CONGRATS TO RANDY AND JENN!!!

Sunday (Easter)-
Woke up and had breakfast with my parents with my folks (my Dad makes great eggs); the long, boring drive back to STL (8 hours!)

Here are a few photos for your viewing enjoyment...

My delicious plate of food at Randy and Jenn's rehearsal dinner at
Iron Star in Norman, OK
Jenn putting on her cake topper
David, Kevin, and Randy (the Groom!)
This is where the wedding took place.
R&J and J&R M&Ms... Too cute!
I caught the photographer in action. Holly and I went to HS together.
She's awesome!
Randy needed some assistance. = )
Almost married!
I sat in the very back so I could work the music.

Yes, I like feathers in my hair! = )

David and the Matron of Honor
I had a few bites of this Italian Cream Wedding Cake and it was sooo good!
This chocolate cake was sinfully delicious!!!

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