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M.I.A.

MISSING IN ACTION!!!

That has been me for the past several days as I had an extra long 3 day weekend because I took Friday, 3/12/10 off from work! 

Have you missed me!?!?!  =)  I hope so as I missed you guys. 

Well I have a lot of ground to cover so let’s get to it………. 

FRIDAY, 3/12/10 

My day started out like any other work day as I had to get my daughter up, ready, fed and to school on time.   

 

After that was done I headed straight to the gym to take advantage of the extra time I had that morning so I could make up for missing the gym earlier in the week and did the following workout: 

  • Sit Ups
    • Bicycles
      • 3 sets of 50 reps
    • flutter kicks
      • 3 sets of 20 reps
    • frog crunches
      • 3 sets of 25 reps
    • knees up crunches
      • 3 sets of 25 reps
    • Sides
      • 3 sets of 50 reps
  • Shoulder, Chest & Triceps 
    • Bench Dips
      • 3 sets of 15 reps
    • Lateral Raise
      • 3 sets of 10 reps
    • Overhead Press
      • 3 sets of 15 reps
    • Overhead Cable Triceps Extension
      • Missed (Machine Broken)
    • Plank
      • 3, 1 minute poses
    • Stability Ball Leg Lift
      • 3 sets of 5 leg lifts each side
    • Stability Ball Push Ups
      • 3 sets of 20 reps
  • Treadmill 
    • 3 Mile Run
      • 31 minutes
        • Mile 1 – 5.7mph
        • Mile 2 – 5.8mph
        • Mile 3 – 5.9 to 6.0 mph (last-minute 7.0-7.5mph)

Just under 2 hours later I was heading home and finally had my big bowl of Frosted Bite Size Mini-Wheats and a glass of orange juice for breakfast.   

Breakfast

A few hours later we (my husband & I) headed out along with his mom to do some shopping and get lunch.  We hit the following stores: 

  • Ross
  • Marshall’s
  • TJ Max

I found a really cute “Irish Girl” t-shirt that I planned to wear to my parent’s St. Patty’s Day party on Saturday as well as pair of jeans that made me look super skinny so I of course couldn’t pass them up! 

 

We then had lunch at BJ’s Restuarnat as my Mother-In-Law was craving “pizza” and I had told her how good theirs was.  I had my usual lunch special that included a big bbq chicken salad and a bowl of amazingly good tomato basis soup…….YUM!!! 

Lunch1

Lunch2

We then headed to Target & PayLess Shoes before heading to pick up my daughter from school and then home. 

Soon after getting home I got cracking on dinner as the prep work usually takes me a bit.  An hour or so later we were dinning on homemade pizza, which included mushrooms, onions, green peppers, sausage, pepperoni and cheese on top. 

Dinner

Lots of vegging on the couch in front of the TV occurred after dinner! 

SATURDAY, 3/13/10 

We were all pretty early this morning just before 7:30a.m. as I think we were anxious to get out and enjoy the beautiful day ahead as the sun was shinning brightly, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and it was pretty warm at just under 60 degrees! 

It wasn’t long before I was heading out for my Saturday morning run and even though it was a bit windy I enjoyed every minute!  =)  About 35 minutes (couldn’t run to fast with all the wind)and 3 miles later I was back home enjoying a bowl of Multi-Grain Cheerios with sliced banana and a glass of orange juice for breakfast

Breakfast

We then headed out to the stores again today to see if we could find a pair of Converse white canvas shoes that I really wanted, unfortunately several stores (Ross, Marshall’s & TJ Max) later we had found lots of Converse shoes but not “white” ones!  =(  So we headed to Target who has the One Star Converse line to see what they had and found a white pair but they didn’t look so hot on me, but my husband convinced me to try on black pair and I feel in love.  And, luckily I found a Size 5 Youths that fit me so I saved $10 on them too.  The white pair I really wanted will have to wait until I can afford Converse All Stars

While on the way home from our shoe escapade we stopped and had lunch at Wendy’s.  I enjoyed their taco salad with all the trimmings.  

Lunch

My salad was yummy and very filling as always!  I know there are more calories & fat in there then would be preferred but considering I am eating at a Fast Food joint I think this is a pretty good choice for me.  I leave out the sour cream and only use 1/2 the dressing to keep things low. 

We relaxed at home for a bit before heading to my parents house for their annual St. Patty’s Day party!  =) 

 

I immediately headed for the fresh homemade Irish Bread upon arriving and had a genourse size piece!  I then proceeded to eat the following throughout the rest of the night: 

  • Corned Beef & Cabbage
  • Sheppard’s Pie
  • Chips & Dip
  • Cup Cake
  • Chocolate Fudge Cake f/Too Jay’s
  • Mint Chocolate Brownie

SORRY NO PICTURES, I completely forgot to take some!  =( 

I did lot of rounds amongst all the family member and friends that were in attendance before departing a little after 9pm for home as I was pretty tired and read to hit the couch. 

SUNDAY, 3/14/10 

 

Thank’s to Day Light Savings we woke up at 8:30a.m. this morning instead of 7:30a.m. and like many of you felt pretty off cause of it throughout the day! 

Do you agree that Day Light Savings is still necessary???  My husband doesn’t think it is and I think I might agree despite the fact that I do like it being lighter out longer. 

Soon after waking I had to drop my daughter’s friend who spent the night off at home by 10:00am.m so she could attend church so me and my daughter headed to 7-Eleven to get some coffee & donuts (she didn’t have any coffee of course).  Of course I forgot my camera a home……..I had an apple fritter and part of a chocolate covered donut along with a medium hazelnut coffee for breakfast.  NO, it wasn’t very healthy but I haven’t had a “bad” breakfast in a while so I think a treat was in order or at least that is what I told myself!  =O 

We headed to the grocery store after we had our sugary treats and then home for a healthy lunch that included a huge bbq chicken salad

Lunch

It kept me fueled for several hours while I attended to light house cleaning and lots of laundry.  Then a bit after 6pm I got cracking on what ended up being an AMAZING dinner though it took a little longer to make then expected as we didn’t end up eating until just before 9pm…..=O 

Say HELLO to one of the juiciest and most flavorful steaks my hubby has made to date along with a super sweet baked sweet potoate that was loaded with Carmel sauce, brown sugar and marshmallows on top and lots of asparugus

Dinner

I then watched the Food Network until I passed out on the couch and woke up after midnight………YAWN!

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WEEKEND TIPS!

50 Ways to Cut 500 Calories a Day

33. Ice-skate for 1 hour and 5 minutes and burn 516 calories. (Or go inline skating and slash 562.)

34. Tap your foot. Your skinnier friends are probably fidgeters, who burn up to 350 calories a day just by tapping their feet or being restless. Try it for a few days. Walk around while you’re on the phone, or tap out a tune with your hands or feet (in the privacy of your own office, of course).

35. Be the hostess with the mostest. Go grocery shopping for 1 hour, put away your groceries, spend 2 hours cooking a fabulous holiday feast, set the table, and serve. Then toast yourself for the awesome 640 calorie-burn. (A glass of Champagne is only about 106 calories, so you’re still ahead.)

36. Go window-shopping. Whether you buy anything or not, an afternoon of walking around and trying on clothes can torch 548 calories.

37. Hit the pool. Do 1 hour of laps or 55 minutes of jogging in the water to burn 500 calories.

38. Stroll your way slim. Spend an afternoon pushing junior from the giraffes to the sea lions at the zoo (or around the aquarium or museum) and burn 523 calories.

Blown Away

 

Not by the music as shown above (just couldn’t resist this picture, I love it), but by the WIND on this “finally starting to get nicer weather” weekend as we were graced with upper 60’s, clear & sunny skies and what they called gentle winds here in Central Florida this weekend!  =)  

However, I wouldn’t call them that if you were outside running as they didn’t feel “gentle” by any means………=O  Luckily, my morning runs were still very nice despite this fact.  Just much SLOWER then I would have prefered, but you can’t control “Mother Nature”!  

So as you might have guessed my weekend began with a lovely early morning (9am) 35+ minute 3+ mile run on Saturday, 3/6/10.   

After returning home I took a quick shower and then headed out to the grocery store, stopping at Dunkin Donuts on the way to pick myself up a quick breakfast and medium “hazelnut” coffee.  I tried out there new veggie egg white breakfast flatbread sandwich that was topped with cheese.   

Breakfast

To my surprise, it was very good and I will definitely have one again in the future if I am running late like this morning!   

I got home just before 1pm from the grocery store despite getting there early this morning (just after 11am) as I spent extra time surveying all their sales for the day that included some of the following:   

  • Aunt Jemima’s Frozen Pancakes (BOGO)
  • Baby Back Pork Spare Ribs ($2.29lb)
  • Kellogg’s Breakfast Cereals (50% Off, Saturday & Sunday Only)
  • Quaker Instant Oatmeal (BOGO)
  • Quaker Granola Bars (BOGO)

For those of you that aren’t familiar with my local grocery store, Publix, they are well-known for doing BOGO (Buy One Get One Free) sales every week and I LOVE THEM!    

The extra time spent while grocery shopping today was well rewarded as I ended up saving a total of $37.01, that included the following savings:   

  • $5.00 Competitors Coupon
  • $1.75 Vendor Coupons
  • $30.26 Publix Special Price Savings

So as you can see sometimes a little extra time spent browsing the sales flyers, collecting coupons, planning out your shopping list and looking at the sales posted at the grocery store can pay off BIG TIME!  =)  

On to lunch, which was no surprise for a Saturday.  I had a big southwest chicken salad.   

Lunch

It wasn’t as good as usual because I was all out of  cherry tomatoes and did buy any at the store as they were a little pricey this week.  They always add a little sweetness so with them missing the salad just did not taste the same or as good…….=(  

The rest of my day was spent doing laundry, going to Target to get a gift my daughter’s friends whose Birthday Party she was attending this evening and then getting my daughter ready for the party.  

Once she was dropped off I went home to spend some quality time with my hubby during the 3+ hours we had “alone”.  We hung around the house for a bit.  Than we ventured out to eat dinner and ended up at Sonic as my husband just couldn’t stand to eat at any of the other fast food joints and we did not have enough time or $$$ to eat out at a restaurant. 

We each had a hamburger and onion rings. 

Dinner1

Dinner2

We both enjoyed everything to our surprise as our last visit to Sonic did not go so well……..so I guess not eating at someplace for almost a year can do that and the fact that I LOVE “real” onion rings helps! 

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On to Sunday, 3/7/10

My day started early again, just before 8am as my daughter woke us thinking she saw a “flee” on our dog.  It ended up being a black piece of something???   

I guess I could have went back to bed but the dog was then antsy to go outside so I did that and after that I was pretty much awake at that point so I started on my long list of things that needed to get done today that included the following (but not limited to these of course): 

  • House Cleaning (bathrooms & dusting)
  • Laundry (whites, reds/pinks & towels)
  • 3+ Mile Run in 35+ mintues
  • Make Red Chicken for dinner later in the week!
  • Start & Eat Dinner (Baby Back Ribs)
  • Prep Lunches & Snacks for the week!

 While performing all the above throughout the day I ate the following: 

Breakfast

This was purchased yesterday at the 50% OFF all Kellogg’s Cereal event at my grocery store and I can’t tell you enough how much I love this cereal and I HIGHLY recommend anyone else to try it! 

Lunch

I wanted a spinach & mushroom omelet for breakfast this morning but I didn’t have enough time to make it before my run so decided to have it for lunch instead.  IT WAS AS GOOD AS IT LOOKS!  =)

Dinner

They (RIBS) were good as always!  I love pork of any kind……pork chops, ribs, pulled pork, etc.

My bed came early tonight as it was a very full & tiring day, YAWN!

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WEEKEND TIPS!!!

50 Ways to Cut 500 Calories a Day

 

23. Check the number of servings in a dish. The calorie count on the menu for Shrimp Fried Rice may say 350 calories per serving, but what’s set in front of you may actually contain 4 servings. Split it with three friends, and save 1,050 calories.

 

24. Beware the healthy-food trap. People let their guard down when the menu is full of healthy fare, underestimating calories by as much as 35%, research by the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab shows. You’re also more likely to order drinks, sides, and desserts with up to 131% more calories when you have a healthy entrée. Skip caloric sides—a cookie, chips—to save 500-plus calories.