Cold Front Finally!!!

We finally had a “Cold Front” blow in on Saturday, 10/17/09!

I cannot tell you enough how “happy” it made me to wake up to COLD weather and how “thrilled” I was to be able to turn the A/C OFF (at least for the next several days as mid to high 80’s will be returning by Tuesday)!  =)

This morning I was able to take my time  as I did not have to worry about getting outside before it got to HOT out………..so I made a pre-run breakfast, which consisted of a 1/4 of a Cliff Cranberry Apple Cherry Bar & 1/2 a Pear, plus a glass of water.

Pre-Run Breakfast

Pre-Run Breakfast

I then suited up for my scheduled 50 min. “endurance” run out in the cool weather as I didn’t get outside until after 10am and by that time it was in the 60’s.  Check me out in my cold weather attire that my husband insisted I wear as I was just going to wear my capri’s, a tank & a zip up sweatshirt over top but he loved the pants on me so I wore them. 

Me Before My Cold Run!

Me Before My Cold Run!

Remember my husband has not seen me at this weight in the past as we met when I was around 230 pounds so to him I look really skinny, however to me I think my legs look a bit BIG in these pants, but I humored him, as he kept telling me how good I looked, isn’t he the sweetest!?!?!

My run was GREAT and it actually lasted almost an hour as I took the long way home.  I also sprinted at the end, though it was tough as the “wind” was blowing me back.  Upon my return I had a glass of cold milk as my post-run fuel.

Post-Run Fuel

Post-Run Fuel

Quickly after the above was chugged down I took a nice “warm” shower, got ready, then picked up my daughter from her friend’s house and headed for the Grocery Store………….an hour+ later we were on our way home and I was officially starving! 

Once all the groceries were put away I made lunch for everyone.  Me and the hubby had salads.  My daughter had spaghetti & meat balls.  I had my own creation of a Southwest Chicken Salad that had the following in it:

  • romaine lettuce
  • celery
  • cucumbers
  • carrot strips
  • cherry tomatoes
  • corn
  • black beans
  • popcorn chicken (from Publix Deli)
  • a little cheese
  • multi-color torita strips
  • Newman’s Own Southwest Dressing
Lunch

Lunch

I love this “go to” salad, I always have stuff in my kitchen for it!

The rest of day was spent just lounging around the house.  I did do one load of laundry but that was it.  While hanging out I munched on the following Snacks, as I was feeling very “snacky” all weekend. 

Snack1

Snack1

Snack2

Snack2

Around dinner time I put together a lovely pizza for all of us to enjoy and I had a Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale while I did so and then another one after dinner as well. 

Whole Pizza

Whole Pizza

Saturday 10.17.09 & Sunday 10.16.09 - Beer

Not much was on t.v. so we pretty much watched “Animal Plant” together until bed time……..

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Not so LAZY Sunday, 10/18/09 arrived with quite a chill in the air as it was in the low 50’s!  =O

My TO DO LIST for the day consisted of the following:

  • Breakfast (Pumpkin Pancakes)
Pumpkin Pancakes (Step 1)

Pumpkin Pancakes (Step 1)

Pumpkin Pancakes (Step 2)

Pumpkin Pancakes (Step 2)

Pumpkin Pancakes (Step 3)

Pumpkin Pancakes (Step 3)

Pumpkin Pancakes (Step 4)

Pumpkin Pancakes (Step 4)

Pumpkin Pancakes (Step 5)

Pumpkin Pancakes (Step 5)

Pumpkin Pancakes (Ready To Eat!!!)

Pumpkin Pancakes (Ready To Eat!!!)

  • Clean House
  • Lunch (Fettucine Alfredo w/Broccoli
Lunch

Lunch

  • Laundry
  • Dinner (Beef Stew)
Beef Stew Prep

Beef Stew Prep

Beef Stew Cooking

Beef Stew Cooking

Dinner

Dinner

While I was doing “all” of the above my husband & daughter were hard at work (NOT) doing the following:

My husband playing the xBox!

My husband playing the xBox!

My daughter playing the computer!

My daughter playing the computer!

My dog watching me in the kitchen!

My dog watching me in the kitchen!

Luckily, I was able to join them in late afternoon and again in the evening……..in which I promptly layed on the couch with my feet up!

TIP OF THE WEEKEND!!!

pumpkin

Pumpkins Offer Great Health Benefits

What will it be this year: Spooky face or smiling face? When most people think of pumpkins, it’s carving that comes to mind. But instead of wondering how to carve your pumpkin this year, perhaps the question should be “roasted or sautéed?” The bright orange orb you love to carve deserves much more than a night of glowing glory, followed by a date with the dumpster. Pumpkins are brimming with great nutrition and promising health benefits.

Although it looks quite different from the familiar yellow vegetable you’ve often enjoyed alongside your favorite main dish, pumpkin is also a type of squash. The tough outer skin and sweet flavor of pumpkin are the distinctive trademarks of a squash harvested during cooler weather, often referred to as “winter squash.” Other winter varieties like acorn squash, butternut squash, banana squash, and buttercup squash can be prepared in the same way as pumpkin.

No Tricks, Just Nutritious Treats

Pumpkins are packed with beta carotene, an antioxidant with properties that can help improve immune function and reduce the risk for chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. A cup of cooked pumpkin has only 50 calories and nearly three grams of fiber, making it the perfect healthful addition to your autumn meal. Even better, while the flesh of the pumpkin packs nutritious power on its own, there’s a good reason not to toss the seeds. Promising research suggests that the oil from pumpkin seeds can inhibit benign prostate growth.

 pumpkin pie

 

Beyond Pumpkin Pie

While it seems that “pumpkin” and “pie” always end up in the same sentence, there are many other ways to enjoy pumpkin. Pumpkin’s naturally sweet flavor lends itself easily to pies, cakes and custards; however, pumpkins also make great savory dishes, too. Pumpkins can be cut into chunks, peeled, roasted and dressed with a bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper for a simple, tasty dish. Pumpkin seeds, also called pepitas, can be purchased ready to eat, or you can easily roast your own in the oven with a light toss of olive oil and your favorite combination of spices.

While all pumpkins are edible, the smaller “pie” or “sugar” pumpkins are the best (and most manageable) for cooking. Bypass the big pumpkins stacked outside of the market, and search for a 2-5 pound pumpkin in the produce section near the other winter squash. If you’re not up to cutting your own pumpkin, the canned version makes an excellent stand-in, and is also a good choice when it’s not pumpkin season. To add a powerful health punch, drop a generous scoop of canned pumpkin into plain pancake batter. Canned pumpkin swirled with chicken broth, a bit of fat free half and half, salt, and pepper makes a delicious soup.

Use your imagination to create a healthy pumpkin recipe that ventures beyond the ordinary. It’s easy to surprise your family by cooking pumpkin instead of simply carving it!

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  1. October 19, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Your legs look great! They don’t look big AT ALL

    • October 19, 2009 at 6:21 pm

      Thank you for saying that………=) I guess to me they do as I haven’t worn that tight of pants in FOREVER so it was a big scary for me.

  2. October 19, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Your southwest salad looks great!

    I love pumpkin pancakes, too! So nutritious and filling!

    • October 19, 2009 at 7:54 pm

      Yeah, it is my favorite salad next to BBQ Chicken! The pancakes were ok, came out kind of un-cooked in the middle…..hopefully I will do better next time.

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