Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Chicken with Pasta and Veggies

I have no idea where my parents found this dish, but it's something they could get me to eat and it does make a lot so woo-hoo! leftovers :-)

2 T butter
1 T olive oil
3/4 cup chopped onions
3/4 cup chopped carrots
3/4 cup 1-inch red bell pepper strips
1/2 lb slivered cooked chicken
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
2 cups diagonally sliced zucchini
2 large tomatoes, peeled, seeded and diced
1/2 cup chicken broth
salt and pepper
Rotelle pasta
2 T parmesan cheese, 2 T Romano cheese

Heat 2 T butter and 1 T olive oil in skillet.  Add onions, pepper, carrots, chicken and parsley.  Cover and simmer 10 minutes.
Add zucchini, tomatoes, broth, salt and pepper.  Cover and cook 15-20 minutes, or until all the veggies are tender.
Cook pasta, combine with veggies and chicken.  Add cheese on top.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Random Sunday Musings 4/27

Another Liebster nomination, again no 10 blogs to nominate.  What can I say, I read the blogs I like and connect with.  My reading list is growing, but I don't have 10 blogs to nominate that haven't been nominated already.  But for fun, here are my answers to the questions Danielle posted.
  1. If you could run any race in the world what would it be? If money was no issue, right now I'd love to do a major race in Scotland.  The Inverness running festival encourages people to wear something to represent their clans.  I'm clan MacLaine.
  2. What is the best race you’ve run so far? Eugene half
  3. What is your favorite book? To Kill a Mockingbird
  4. Favorite TV show? NCIS
  5. Is there a skill or talent you wish you had? I always wished I could roll my r's
  6. Favorite Disney character? Princess Anna - everything about her screams me
  7. What’s the best job you ever had? I've had two since college, and I'll pick the one I'm working now
  8. Is there a food you just can’t stand?? Raw meat, it HAS to be cooked, and no sushi
  9. What’s your favorite, can’t live without piece of running gear? A good running bra that doesn't chafe
  10. What’s the one tip you would give to a new runner. Don't compare yourself to other runners, compare you to you

Sunday: 30 minutes yoga

Monday: rest

Tuesday: 30 minutes yoga

Wednesday: 30 minutes Pilates

Thursday: rest

Friday: rest - I wanted to be a slug so I was a slug, and watched Boston again

Saturday: 1.25 miles, 1 hour yoga for flexibility

Thursday, April 24, 2014

A Fall 5K

I hope those of y'all registering for Disney got your race(s).

The only goal I have this year to run a 5K this fall.  My focus right now is on yoga and weight lifiting, with one day of running only.  I bought two more yoga DVDs so now I have a good selection of workouts to do at home.  I did yoga for my back Tuesday and felt it could've been a longer workout, but I'll just do two yoga routines when I do that one.

I found a potential 5K in October, so I've signed up for the newsletter and for alerts regarding registration.  Registration was open, and a lot of the half marathon spots were taken, but the first round of pricing is still available for the 5K.  Registration opens up again June 1, and I have it circled on my calendar.

It's the morning of the OU/UT game, and they encourage runners to wear those school colors if they support the teams.  I'd be different and wear CU gear.  I don't support OU and even though family went to UT, burnt orange looks horrible.  Black and gold looks so much better, especially with Ralphie emblazoned on the front.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Where in the World?

Is Carmen Sandiego?  Please tell me some of y'all watched this show :-)

Well she sneaks around the world from Kiev to Carolina,
She's a sticky-fingered filcher from Berlin down to Belize,
She'll take you for a ride on a slow boat to China,
Tell me where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Recipe for Italian Sausage

First of all, how 'bout Boston?  I was getting worried at the end and I really had to keep my nails away from my teeth.  Oof!  Congrats to Meb.  I teared up during the anthem too.  I felt bad when the pack overtook Shalane, but I've seen enough races that I was expecting it.  She still set a PR, and she did a really good job.


My family doesn't really have a title for this recipe, it's not complex to make, but it does use multiple pots and pans.

First thing, remember to thaw out the sausage.  I left for work without taking it out of the freezer so I had to use the hot water technique to thaw it out.

1 pound sweet Italian sausage
1 red bell pepper
1 carton of sliced mushrooms
Penne pasta
Olive oil

Remove the seeds from the red bell pepper, cut the pepper into cubes, place in a baking dish and drizzle with olive oil.  Bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes.

Sauté the mushrooms in olive oil, parsley, basil, thyme and garlic (I use the minced garlic from the spice aisle for this recipe).  Remove from pan.

Add more olive oil to the pan.  Crumble the sweet Italian sausage and sauté.  Remove from the pan.

At the same time, cook penne by instructions on the box.

When all is done cooking, combine in a bowl and serve.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Random Sunding Musings 4/20

Happy Easter!  Any special plans?  I'll be heading out for an Easter lunch, then back home to relax, watch Once Upon a Time, and get ready for the work week (already?!?!).


Sunday: 30 minutes yoga

Monday: rest

Tuesday: Combo of corework with Jillian Michaels and Gwen Lawrence

Wednesday: 40 minutes yoga

Thursday: rest

Friday: 1.5 miles

Saturday: weight lifting

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Playoff Hockey

It's that time of year :-)  Playoff hockey.  My Wings almost didn't make it, but they did.  They're playing the Bruins in the first round, and the first game is tomorrow.  I was watching the Penguins/Blue Jackets last night and there had already been 6 goals before the clock hit 3 full minutes into the 2nd period.

Anybody out there hockey fans?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Where in the World: Tallinn

Another port of call on my family's 2005 cruise around the Baltic.  The first full day was at sea, so the second day was when we were at Tallinn.  Tallinn is the capital of Estonia, which borders Russia.  The picture from last Wednesday is of the Nevsky Cathedral.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Salmon with Pesto and Puff Pastry

To combat all the great bad food I ate this past weekend, I decided to have salmon on Sunday.  Even though all the food this weekend was delicious and such a treat, I can't eat food like this very often.

I find salmon to be very filling, so I don't need much, but I need the accompanying food to be light.  Another Giada recipe I like is a dish of baked salmon with puff pastry.  It's easy to make and it doesn't take long to cook.


Puff pastry.  I cut the pieces however I feel like cutting them
4 to 6-oz pieces of salmon
Sliced almonds
Tomatoes, sliced


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

On a foil-lined baking sheet, place the puff pastry and salmon, being careful to make sure they are not touching.  Sprinkle each piece of salmon with 1 tablespoon of sliced almonds.  Bake for 10 minutes.

To serve, place each piece of puff pastry on a plate and top each one with 1 tablespoon pesto (I'm a lot more generous with the pesto.  I love pesto).  Top the pesto with 2 slices of tomatoes, and top the tomatoes with the salmon.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Random Sunday Musings 4/13

The first part of this week, I was good and kept up with my workouts.  Then my mom came on Thursday, and I certainly haven't been good diet wise.  We've had Mexican food, Blue Bell ice cream, French pastries, breakfast tacos, and BBQ.  It's so much fun when people visit because I get to eat out and since I cook at home most of the time, it's a treat to get Mexican food and BBQ :-)  I even took her to see blue bonnets.

Allie showed off for my mom, which was great because I didn't know what she was going to do.  She hid at first, like all cats do, but she came out from under my bed pretty quickly and made her presence known.


Sunday: yoga

Monday: rest

Tuesday: 1 mile --> Upped the speed but couldn't get a good running rhythm going

Wednesday: weight work

Thursday: walked a mile+ with Mom

Friday: rest

Saturday: 1 hour walk with Mom - the weather was gorgeous!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Weight Lifting Can Be Fun?

I put a question mark in the title because for the first time, I'm actually having fun lifting weights.  I hated lifting weights when I was younger because I wasn't seeing any kind of benefit to it.  I would take the training exercises handed out by my high school coaches, complete the workout, and not see any kind of progress over the summer or winter.  So what gives?

I'd shrug off weight lifting and focus on my sports skills.  I never took weight lifting seriously because if those routines weren't going to help me build strength, why do them?  It wasn't until I worked with a personal trainer my senior year of high school that I started building strength, especially in my upper body.  For the first time, weight lifting was working for me.  Even after I left to go to college, I'd resort back to what I'd done with my trainer because again, the weight routine I had in college wasn't working for me.  I'd go through the schedule with my teammates, and not see any progress and I wasn't sore while others were.  I'd try to hit the weights over winter break but I was limited with 6 weeks and vacations thrown in.

So finally I'm having fun lifting weights and doing yoga.  I'm seeing progress, and I've started a journal to keep track of what I'm doing and what weights I'm using.  Case in point is the dumbbell bench press and dumbbell goblet squat.  When I started the Strong Curves exercises, I was doing them with 10-pound dumbbells and slowly worked up to 12 then 15 pounds, and now I'm ready to try 20-pound dumbbells.  I also need to buy a set of weight lifting gloves to protect my hands.  Last Saturday was a little challenging so I need to invest in a pair.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

I Failed at Flexibility

Remember those fitness tests we had to do in middle school once every year?  The beep test, push ups, sit ups and the flexibility test?  You know... this one?

That awful awful awful flexibility test.  I think I failed it all three years.  By the end of eighth grade I had played 5 fall seasons of soccer, 5 spring seasons of soccer, 1 winter season of soccer, 1 summer season of soccer and 1 spring season of lacrosse.  My hamstrings had every right to be as tight as they were.  I dreaded that day in gym class and to this day I really wonder what the point of it is.  None of those tests measure if someone is healthy.

Fast forward 16 years and I'm finally starting to do something about my tight hamstrings.  I picked up this Rodney Yee DVD for flexibility.  It turns out it's for beginners, but that's OK because I'm starting at square one anyway.  I much prefer this DVD to an actual class because I'm not out of my league when it's just me.

My finger tips can actually touch the floor after all the forward bends and that is considerable progress.  Before, in regular yoga class, my fingers would be hanging in the air, inches off the floor, with no hope of improvement.  I like this flexibility stuff, and I'm looking out for other yoga routines to help my tight muscles.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Random Sunday Musings

This week seemed quite long, and I would like to do Thursday over again.  On Thursday I was almost raging mad because I had another issue with my apartment, making it 3 since Feb. 1.  The first was my water tank was leaking, which maintenance fixed, the second was water leaking through from the unit above, even though my neighbors were there cleaning it up (is there no sub flooring and/or insulation between us?), and this time the drain in the dish washer was plugged.  Oy!  Then I lost my CBS shows because the news felt the need to report on all the hail some cities got Thursday night.

The one thing that made me smile was a Simon's Cat clip he released Thursday morning.  If any of y'all have cats, I'm sure this scenario is all too familiar, and funny.

Allie does this every night, and sometimes in the early mornings.  When she crash lands on the bed, it's not the softest of landings.


Sunday: yoga

Monday: rest

Tuesday: weight lifting

Wednesday: yoga

Thursday: rest

Friday: 1.25 miles

Saturday: weight lifting 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Weight Lifting

It seems like my weight lifting regimen is working because after a quick PT appointment last week, my therapist said my knee is feeling good.  I'm not just going to jump back into running more with that comment, but it was really nice to hear it.  I'm trying to get two weight lifting sessions each week, and my focus is on multiple muscle groups every time.  When I worked with a trainer in the past, each 30-minute session would be focused on one group, but I like incorporating all of them.  That way I can get all the muscle groups multiple times a week.

I hit the weights on Tuesday, and this is what the session looked like:

Dumbbell goblet squat, 15 pounds, 3x12 reps
Bicep curl, 15 pounds, 3x12 reps
One arm tricep row, 15 pounds, 3x12 reps
Dumbbell bench press, 15 pounds, 3x12 reps
Shoulder press, 12 pounds, 3x12
Sit ups, 5 pounds, 2x12 reps
Seated hamstring curl, 60 pounds, 3x12 reps
Back extensions, 5 pounds, 3x12 reps
Calf lowers - PT exercises - body weight, step up on both feet, slowly lower on just one foot, 2x6 reps (working my way up to 3x15 reps)
Side planks, 2x20 seconds

Ankle weights:
Hip flexor, 10 pounds, 3x12
Inner quad, 8 pounds, 3x10
Standing side leg raises, 10 pounds, 3x15

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Gracie's Chicken

This is a recipe my mom got from a Giada show, but we leave out some of the ingredients, mostly the chicken stock.  I find when I make the dish, I don't need that ingredient.  The actual recipe isn't called Gracie's Chicken, but we call it that because of this girl:

When my mom first started making this recipe, it must've smelled good because Gracie wanted the chicken.  She was surprising forceful for a 7-pound cat, especially around (any) food, and my dad was trying to keep her at bay with his foot.  She nipped his foot out of frustration and we've called it Gracie's Chicken ever since.

Mix together:

1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar
2 T Dijon mustard
2 T olive oil
2 T fresh lemon juice
2 chopped garlic cloves --> I roughly chop them so they're easy to take off the chicken once it's baked
salt and pepper to taste

Marinate bone-in chicken breasts for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours
Roast/bake, in a baking dish, the chicken with the marinade at 400 degrees for 1 hour