Archive for November, 2010

Lots and lots and lots……..

………….of FOOD was eaten over the holiday weekend!!!

Turkey Sandwich

Thanksgiving Leftovers

Movie Theater Popcorn & Coke

The “all” above was eaten and drank while we watched the following on Friday night!  And, yes all by my self.

Which was AMAZING from beginning to end!!!!!!!!

Can’t wait for Part 2, though it will be so sad to see an end to such an amazing story that I have loved through the years and look forward to seeing every holiday season.  =(

McDonald's Chicken Nuggets

Sonic Cheesburger, Onion Rings & Coke

And, lots and lots and lots of RUNNING was done over the holiday weekend as well to make up for all the food put in my mouth!  =O

  • 3 miles in 40+ minutes on Saturday
  • 3 miles in 35+ minutes on Sunday

Hope everyone had a great holiday and nice long weekend! 

I know I did, wish I didn’t have to return back to the craziness so fast but luckily Christmas & New Year’s are fast approaching………=)

My family, Thanksgiving!

All of us at the dinner table!

Well here we all our at the Thanksgiving dinner table! 

Sure are a lot of us, huh???

20 in all, would have been more if my brother and his family were able to make it but they couldn’t this year.  =(

My aunt, Debbie, and uncle, Dennis, hosted everyone this year as they have the past several years.  They are amazing hosts on this their favorite holiday.  Check out the spread they had………..

Food Table

Dining Table

Everyone started arriving after 3pm and a bit after 4pm the turkey was done and ready for carving, which my uncle got right to doing as we were all ready to devour it……….

My uncle the turkey carver!

Than it was time to eat, so we all found our seats at the table for the fest ahead.

My seat at the table!

My seat was in-between my parents on the left and my cousin on the right.

A beautiful prayer was said by my aunt and then we got to EATING!!!

My Plate!

I know, I know…….it is PILED HIGH!  But that is the way we do it in my family and yes ate it all!  =O

And, as you might have already guessed dessert was “skipped” due to that………luckily I took a sampling of all the deserts home with me to try later today, YUM, mom’s homemade Pumpkin Pie, can’t wait!


I hope you all had a GREAT holiday and enjoy the rest of your weekend! 

I know I am and plan too. 

Going to hit the movies with my daughter, BFF and mom tonight.  My niece is coming over to spend the day with us on Saturday and then I get the entire day alone with my hubby (who has to work on Friday & Saturday) on Sunday.  =)

Oh, I almost forgot – – – I kicked off my day with a very long run on Thanksgiving morning!  I was only planning to head out for a 4 mile run, however after mile 2 I decided to head around the big circle loop that totals about 6.7 miles in all because it was such a beautiful day outside (cool sunny clear skies with a slight breeze).  AND, guess what!?!?!  I ran the entire thing NON-STOP, yep you heard correctly, non-stop!  I still am surprised.  That is the 1st time I have done that long of a run “outside” non-stop, yeah me!  =)  The entire run took approximately an hour and 25 minuts as I was not trying to go fast by any means.

Categories: Thanksgiving

While I have been away…..

…………I have been thinking about you and trying not to eat too badly during this Thanksgiving week!  =)

Wondering what I have been eating???  Here is a glimpse from the end of the last week through Sunday……….

Dinner (Thursday)Lunch (Friday)

Dinner (Friday)

Breakfast (Saturday)

Lunch (Saturday)

*Best cheesburger ever, by Johnny Rockets!

Dinner (Saturday)

Breakfast (Sunday)

Snack (Sunday)

Lunch1 (Sunday)

Lunch2 (Sunday)

*Only 1/2 of the above was eaten.

That covers my eats, well at least the ones I got pictures of that is!  Not great but not horrible.  I was able to stay away from the sweats for the most part lately so that is good, though I know that will change this up coming weekend……….=O


Unfortunatelly, I did not work out as much as I would have liked recently!  However, I did manage to make it to the gym on Friday night and outside for a 4+ mile run on Sunday.

I will not be able to make it to the gym again until this Friday (becoming a trend the past few weeks) but I plan to run Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

In fact, I ran 2+ miles this morning and it was beautiful outside, though the sun was in my eyes a lot………kinda of like how it is on my communute home every night now since the time change.  =(

Drive Home f/Work

Well, I apologize for the RUSHED POST but I am busy busy busy at work and all by myself so that is all I can do for now. 

I will try to take lots of pictures over the holiday weekend.  Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!  =)

No Pictures!

Well, I took lots of pictures last weekend.

However, no pictures were taken during the week as I was SO BUSY at work!

If I am to be honest with you I have been thinking a lot about my blog lately…….wondering if I should keep doing it!?!?!

NOT, because I do not want to continue doing it but because things have just gotten so hectic in my life (at home and work) that I just do not have the time I used to have to devote to it.

What do you all think???

Be honest, as you can see I haven’t been able to post nearly as often as in the past and I feel it will continue this way for some time!


In other news, despite my busy schedule I did manage to run and hit the gym this week.

On Tuesday, I ran 3 miles in the early a.m. before work and on Wednesday, I ran 2 miles in the early a.m. before work.

Than, on Friday I hit the gym after work for 60+ minutes.  I did around 45 minutes of abs, upper & lower body weights and then I ran a fast mile on the treadmill.


Well, I have already taken a picture of my Dinner tonight and will continue throughout the weekend so you have some to see on Monday.

Hope you have a great weekend!

I plan to as well and hopefully get some REST in there somewhere between chores and such……..=)

Categories: No Pictures!



I guess I could have titled this post……..”long over due”, since I am long over due on posting these days, however I felt that exhausted was more fitting as that is truly how I am feeling these days!

Especially, the past 2 weekends.

I have literally felt like I was ready to bed by noon over the past 2 weekends, which I tell you isn’t so great when you have a lot of things to do. 

Like grocery shopping, laundry, house cleaning, cooking, running, etc. on our To Do List.

Luckily, for me I woke up early on both days thanks to the “time change” last weekend and the 6am sunrise that came with it that gave me lots of time to check things off my list. 

However that also made me more exhausted and by the time I finished my list and had time for fun I was TOO TIRED to do so!  =(  As all I wanted to do is take a nap.

Hopefully, I will be able to make it to the long Thanksgiving break at the end of next week so I can relax over the 5 days I have off during that time.  Can’t wait, honestly!  As, I plan to spend as much “quality time” as I can with my family and MYSELF………=)


Despite my exhaustion I still managed to make it to the gym and run over the weekend.

The gym was hit on Friday night after work for about 60 minutes.  While there I did the following:

  • 15 minutes of Abs
  • 30 minutes of Upper & Lower Body Weight Machines
  • 10 minute 1 Mile Run (5mph to 7mph)
  • 5 minute Cool Down Walk (3.5mph to 2.5mph)

Than on Sunday morning I went for a run while the sun was rising.  I ran a little over 4 miles in just under an hour.  And, I am happy to report once again that I had NO Knee Pain………=)  I think my single leg “leg extensions” at the gym are finally paying off.


Well I may not have had time to post over the past several days, but I did find the time to take as many pictures as I could have what I have been eating so take a look………

Breakfast (Thursday)

Lunch (Thursday)

Dinner (Thursday)

Breakfast (Friday)

Lunch (Friday)

Dinner1 (Friday)

Dinner2 (Friday)

Breakfast (Saturday)

Whole wheat pumpkin muffin (made last weekend) warmed in the microwave with a little butter, YUM!

Coffee (Saturday)

Lunch (Saturday)

I love chili with LOTS of cheese and saltines, YUM!!! 



Tea (Saturday)


Cinnamon Rolls (Saturday)

 ……..the most AMAZING Cinnamon Rolls I have ever had!!!

My Mom-In-Law gets them from the Fresh Market and they are as good as they look I swear.  Believe me, I am not a  huge cinnamon roll girl but these are GOOD.

Dinner (Saturday)

Blurry pizza was for dinner…….just kidding! 

We had The Works pizza from Papa John’s for dinner.

Breakfast (Sunday)

Lunch (Sunday)

I was craving a chicken sandwich and the Tendercrisp sandwich from Burger King hit the spot!

Dinner (Sunday)

And, what better way to end the weekend then with a nice BIG T-Bone Steak and lots of great sides!


Guess that about covers things up through this week!

I will do my best to post as often as I can, but given my current schedule and the up coming holiday I may go a day or more without posting……sure you will forgive me and know how it is.


Since the middle of last week, when I posted on I Passed my test last Wednesday I have been overloaded with work and my desk looks like the above cartoon!!!!

Hopefully, things will settle by the middle of this week and I can get back on track with my posts but I wanted to drop you a quick note in the meantime so you didn’t thing I was M.I.A. or something.

=) Laura

Categories: Overloaded

I Passed!

Hey everyone, I will return tomorrow with a full post but I wanted to post a quick note to let you all konw that I PASSED my exam today and I am so happy to finally be done, WOO HOO!!!  =)

Categories: I Passed

Stomach Bug & Studying!

Stomach Bug

I apologize for the delayed posting as I have been suffering from a yucky stomach bug since Sunday afternoon that has left me very hungry and weak, as every time I eat I feel horrible after so I have been avoiding food!


I have also been trying studying for a work related exam that I have later this week during this time that hasn’t gone so well as you can image.

My stomach is feeling a bit better today, but not 100% so I am not eating anything that I feel would upset my stomach much………..

Breakfast (Tuesday)

Lunch (Tuesday)

There is a huge Tupperware bowl of Chili that I made on Sunday night sitting in the kitchen fridge that I would love to eat, however I know my tummy would not agree so I will forgo it for today and hopefully can enjoy it tomorrow, fingers crossed!

Prior to my stomach bug I ate the following over the weekend:

Lunch (Saturday)

Dinner (Saturday)

Lunch (Sunday)

Snack (Sunday)

I also ate several pieces of Candy!  Until Sunday when I stopped and haven’t had a piece since…….



In other news I was pretty active during the earlier part of the weekend becuase I did the following:


On Friday evening while my daughter was at Girl Scouts and my husband was at work I visited the gym for around 60 minutes and did the following:

  • 15 minutes of abs
  • 30 minutes of upper & lower body “core” exercises
  • 15 minute run (1 mile fast, than walking)

Than on Saturday morning I went for a 4 mile run.  I was scheduled to run 5 but opted not to since I ran a fast mile the night before, plus I was still pretty sore from that workout so I thought 4 miles was enough.

Overall the run was really nice and I am so happy to report that my knee did not hurt!!!  =)


Well that about wraps up things for now! 

I will be taking my test tomorrow so I will not be posting and I have TONS of work to do on Thursday in light of my absence tomorrow, but I will try to post as soon as I can.  =)

All Alone

In my office that is as everyone is out today so I am all alone and it is like an Ghost Town in here!

Reception Area



Spare Office

Boss's Office

Coworker's Office

My Office!

It is always nice to have the office to yourself for the following reasons:

  • It Is QUITE!
  • Less interruptions!
  • Get lots more work done!
  • Can listen to whatever I want on the radio!
  • Can dance around like a silly girl, ok “just kidding” about that one!  =O

However, after awhile the silence does start to get to you!  =(

Good thing I am only alone for a day and a half as I think I might go a little batty if it was longer, I do not know how people deal with such silence on a daily basis???


While alone I ate the following………..

Lunch (Thursday)

Office Candy

Breakfast (Friday)

Lunch (Friday)


As you can see I had a little bit of GOOD and a little big of BAD! 

It is all about moderation, though of course around the Holidays my “moderation” varies a bit:

  • Most of the time it is 75/25!
  • Somtimes it is 50/50.
  • And, during bad times it is 25/75…..=O


I missed the gym after work on Wednesday as I had a Report Card Conference with my daughter and her teacher so I will be hitting the gym tonight to do abs & core exercises while my hubby is working and daughter is at Girl Scouts. 

Than I plan to run 5 miles either on Saturday or Sunday morning.


In other news, I am THRILLED to finally report that it is starting to feel like Fall down here in Florida!!!

We awoke to temperatures in the mid 50’s this morning and currently it is…………

Current Temperatures


It is supposed to stay this way all weekend long too!  =)

And, I plan to be out in the beautiful cool weather as much as possible.

What weekend plans do you have!?!?!

I do not have any but chores and a little studying for a test next week, though I do plan to take my daughter to the park while I study since it will be so nice out.



November/December 2010

Power Surge: The Hidden Benefits of Exercise 

Long-Term Benefits of Exercise

You’re getting stronger. Those eight-pound weights don’t feel quite as heavy, because your muscular endurance is starting to increase, Bryant says. Ten reps is no longer a struggle; you can now do 12 or 13.

FIT TIP: Once you can do 15 reps a set, switch to a weight that’s two pounds heavier and go back to 10 reps (the last two should feel hard). Work your way up to 15 again and then repeat the process. By increasing the number of pounds you lift, you’ll sculpt and strengthen better and faster.

You’re blasting belly fat. After four weeks of regular workouts, your body is ditching flab and gaining muscle. Overweight people who took part in a four-week program of moderate aerobic exercise in an Australian study reduced ab fat by 12 percent.

FIT TIP: To trim your tummy, do fewer crunches and more planks: Begin on all fours, hands under shoulders, knees under hips, then lower forearms to floor and extend legs straight behind you, balancing on toes. Keeping abs engaged and back flat, hold for 30 seconds; do 10 reps three or four times a week. Limit crunches to no more than three sets of 15 at a time. Anything beyond that isn’t doing you much good, experts say.

You’ve got more brainpower. Working out activates growth-stimulating proteins in the brain that may help form new cells there.

FIT TIP: The more challenging your workout, the stronger your mental muscle. Aim for 30 minutes of vigorous cardio at least three days a week.

Within One Year of Regular Exercise…

Working out is way easier. “Your endurance and aerobic fitness can increase by up to 25 percent after eight to 12 weeks of regular training,” Gordon says. “In a year your endurance can more than double.”

Your heart rate is lower. Thanks to regular workouts, your heart is pumping more efficiently. For instance, if your initial resting heart rate was 80 beats a minute, it will have dropped to 70 or lower. The less work your heart has to do, the healthier you’ll be.

You’re a fat-melting machine. Your cells are now superefficient at breaking down fat and using it as fuel, Olson says. That means you’re zapping more flab 24-7.

FIT TIP: To keep your metabolism stoked, turn up the intensity of your workouts to burn more fat and calories. Raise the incline on the treadmill, run up stairs or hills, crank the resistance on the stationary bike.

You’ve cut your cancer risk. In a study of more than 14,800 women, those who had the highest levels of aerobic fitness were 55 percent less likely to die from breast cancer than those who were sedentary. Women considered moderately fit had about a 33 percent lower risk of developing the disease. Exercise may also help protect against endometrial, lung, and ovarian cancer, researchers say.

You’re adding years to your life.
Fitness buffs have better telomeres, the DNA that bookends our chromosomes and protects them from damage, which can slow the aging process, studies show.

You feel fantastic. Just four months of exercise is as good as prescription meds at boosting mood and reducing depression, according to a study at Duke University. Keep it up and not only will your life be longer, it will be happier, too!

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, November/December 2010.

Rain Drops

This morning I awake to Rain Drops on my window!

Rain Drops

But, that didn’t let that keep me from heading out onto the rainy streets for my early morning run…………

Though I will admit it made it much more difficult to get out of bed, the sound of it was so relaxing and just made me want to continue to snuggle in my nice warm comfy bed.  =(

Luckily, by the time I got outside the rain had dwindled to a light trickling so I didn’t get soaked.  However, since it took me a few extra minutes to get out of bed I had to cut a mile off my run so I only ran 2 miles in a little over 20 minutes.

Despite being a very short run it was a good one.  I didn’t feel sore or tired.  It would have been nice if I could have kept running but I had to get  home to wake up the little one and my husband so we could all get on with our “rainy day”.

P.S. – I also hit the gym for 60 minutes on Monday after work.  While there I did 15 minutes of abs and 45 minutes of upper and lower body weight machines.


Let’s review my EATS so far this week…….WARNING, they aren’t the best as I have eaten way to much candy this week!  =O

Breakfast (Monday & Tuesday)

Lunch (Monday)

Lunch (Tuesday)

Lunch (Tuesday)

Dinner (Monday)

Dinner (Tuesday)


I am not a huge candy person! 

HOWEVER, around Halloween I can’t get enough of the stuff for some reason.  I plan to bring the last of the candy into work next week so I can stop picking through it every night.


November/December 2010

Power Surge: The Hidden Benefits of Exercise

Post-Workout Benefits

Within One Day of Exercise…

You’re adding lean muscle. If you did a strength-training routine, your muscles are now starting to rebuild themselves and repair the microscopic tears that come with lifting weights, says Paul Gordon, PhD, director of the Laboratory for Physical Activity at the University of Michigan School of Medicine in Ann Arbor. Preliminary research shows that women respond to and recover from resistance training faster than men.

Your heart is healthier. One sweat session lowers your blood pressure for up to 16 hours.

FIT TIP: A vigorous workout is especially heart smart. Go for a run, hop on the elliptical, or take a dance class and your LDL levels will be lower than if you went for a brisk walk, according to research from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

You’re a quick study. You’re super alert and focused post-exercise. That’s because a good workout increases the flow of blood and oxygen to your brain, says Henriette van Praag, PhD, a researcher at the Laboratory of Neurosciences at the National Institute on Aging in Baltimore.

FIT TIP: After a workout is the perfect time to memorize a speech or tackle a tough project. Your brain is operating on all cylinders then, studies show.

Within One Week of Regular Exercise…

Your risk of diabetes goes down. The more you work out, the greater your sensitivity to insulin. That, in turn, lowers your blood sugar levels, reducing your risk of type 2 diabetes.

Your VO2 max, a measure of your endurance and aerobic fitness, has already increased by about 5 percent, according to Olson. Translation: You can go a little harder and longer than you could before.

FIT TIP: Step up your routine and your results will be even better. People in a Canadian study who did six workouts of four to seven 30-second sprints followed by four-minute periods of recovery doubled their endurance within two weeks. Plus, you can burn more belly fat by doing intervals rather than keeping a steady pace, other research shows.

You’re slimmer. Cutting 500 calories a day through exercise and diet will help you drop one pound a week.

FIT TIP: We’ll help you boost your weight loss with an easy, customized workout and eating plan. Want to trim your lower body, lose 10 pounds, or flatten your abs?

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