Monday, March 29, 2010
The first recipe I made was Parmesan-Crusted Stuffed Chicken. We actually had this Sunday night. It was fantastic. Instead of the stuffing on the side, I made mashed potatoes. And we also did not have the asparagus inside the chicken. We had corn on the side instead. But the chicken was fabulous! I would definitely make this again.
The other recipe we're going to try is a Four Cheese Pasta Florentine. With spinach, cheeses and pasta, this one looks very tasty! I'm already excited about the lunch left-overs.
I also made a fun dessert this weekend. The recipe was from my old reliable Betty Crocker cookbook. Good ol' fashioned Banana Bread. The recipe made 2 loaves. I left one plain and the other I added chocolate chips to. Yum!
After all this great food, I better get to gym, asap!
Sunday, March 28, 2010
I was busy working out every day this past week. Here were my workouts:
Bike 30 min / 11 miles
Treadmill 15 min / 1 mile
Bike 30 min / 6.5 miles
Bike 30 min / 8 miles
Treadmill 25 min / 1.6 miles
Jog 1 mile (Outside!)
Walk 15 minutes
Treadmill 32 min / 2 miles
Bike 23 min / 5 miles
Treadmill 33 min / 2 miles
Bike 20 min / 7.2 miles
This week I start mixing jogging with walking on the Treadmill. The workout we're following has only had us walking so far. And by walking, I mean walking as fast as you can without jogging. So I think I'm ready for the next step. I've also starting doing a lot of arm weight workouts too. To get me stronger for when I dare to start jumping in the pool... which will happen soon. Really.
I've decided to sign up for a couple of 5k road races this summer, before the Triathlon. I even tried unsuccessfully to get my company involved with the Chase Corporate Challenge. Our GM didn't want any more "commitments" for the station, so I was turned down. All I wanted to do was get a team together to run the 3.5 mile race. I personally don't think it was a huge commitment, and it might have encouraged people to get in shape (and to perhaps go along with the weight loss challenge that the station supports?...) but... it wasn't to be. At least I tried. I'll find some other races to run instead. The other 243 companies from Central New York that compete in the race need not worry about us this year.
I've also decided to have a yard sale in April. We have a basement full of potential yard sale treasures. And I know I have a lot of work to do to get ready for it. The neighborhood next to ours has an annual sale, and it's huge. So I'm going to piggy-back on their weekend. I noticed last year that a lot of homes in our neighborhood did just that and they had a lot of success. So here's hoping we lighten our load so we don't become Hoarders. And maybe we'll make a few dollars in the process!
Sunday, March 21, 2010
I got a new decorative flag today. That poor flag post has been bare since the fall. I kept meaning to get a Christmas one... and a winter one... but it sat empty. But now I have a spring/summer one. It goes well with the house. And will look nice once we can put bark mulch down and finish cleaning up after winter. And once the wrinkles come out too. I should probably iron it...
And Alex picked out a nice new plant for me today too. To replace the one he "broke". He accidentally killed the plant that used to live on top of the microwave. I like the palm tree. And it requires minimal care, just the way I like 'em!
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
According to my new "coach", I'm doing everything right so far. I've picked the "easy" Triathlon (referred to as a "Sprint Triathlon") for my first one. He also mentions that it's perfectly normal to spend more time on the running and the biking, since those distances are longer than the swimming in the actual race. He says that the goal for the swim leg of the race should be just to finish it. Don't worry about speed or time or even about stopping and catching your breath. The main goal is just to finish. I like that advice! I'm not quite as concerned about it as I was at first. I know how to swim, it's just a matter of working on technique and endurance. But for now, I'll just worry about finishing.
And speaking of finishing, the author also says that the main goal of any one's first Triathlon should be to "finish with a smile on your face". I like that.
In other news, the much anticipated refrigerator arrives tomorrow. I have 3 coolers ready to house our food until the new fridge is up and running. And you can bet I'll be posting photos of the new arrival.
Tomorrow Alex has a playoff basketball game. If they win tomorrow, they go to the finals on Sunday. I can't go to the game tomorrow because I'll be waiting for the fridge. Eric has to work all day tomorrow, so he won't be home.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Did everyone have a great St. Patrick's Day? We had a nice ham and some boiled cabbage for dinner. The house smells like dirty socks now. After dinner, Alex and I went to get Shamrock Shakes at McDonalds. Yum!
30 min bike /6 miles and 30 min treadmill / 1.8 miles
30 min bike / 6 miles and 30 min treadmill / 1.8 miles
30 min bike / 6 miles and 15 min treadmill / 1 mile
31 min bike / 6.5 miles and 30 min treadmill / 1.9 miles
I've also added some weight training to my arms. Still haven't jumped in the pool yet. But I will... soon... really! Soon.
Monday, March 15, 2010
It's going to be another busy week for us. There's a Track Meeting on Monday, Alex's last basketball practice on Thursday, YMCA workouts almost every night and poor Eric has to work on Saturday. At least there are signs of Spring in the air and the sun is setting later and later...
Sunday, March 14, 2010
We've been looking for a couple of weeks now and today we made the purchase. With the Energy Star rebate (and a 10% off to boot), it helped bring the cost down.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Today on our morning show, Donny Most was here! He gave a really great interview. He's in town for "Doo Wop Rocks", a fun musical. You never know who's going to pass through Syracuse!
I tried to post this photo the other day. I took this on my drive home. (I know... distracted driving...) It was so beautiful though.
This is a Wilbur Update. Sausage sandwiches. Alex and I had this for dinner the other night when Eric was out with Kelsey. It was delicious! Wilbur sure tastes good...
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Here are my workouts so far this week:
20 minutes elliptical, 20 minutes treadmill
22 minutes bike (4 miles), 20 minutes treadmill (1.3 miles)
25 minutes treadmill (1.5 miles), 15 minutes bike. with hills! (2.5 miles)
I'm thinking I will try to start getting in the pool this weekend. I've been hesitant to get in the pool (hesitant as in I don't like to swim....) But it's inevitable. I will need to start soon.
Work has been crazy busy the last few weeks. Well, the last few months really. I can't wait to take a few days off... in April! More on that another time though.
I had a couple of images to upload, but blogger doesn't seem to want me to load them tonight, so I'll save them for another post. So much to look forward to, huh??
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010
We joined the YMCA the other day. Alex and I went last night. I worked out in the fitness center and Alex played basketball in the Gym. It worked out perfectly. We got there around 8:15pm, the crowds were minimal. There was "open" Gym for kids under 17. The fitness center had about 6 or 7 people working out. It was the perfect time to go. I did 4.7 miles on the stationary bike. (I rode for 30 minutes.) And it felt great. It was a good evening. We're hoping to make this a Friday night tradition. And soon maybe Eric will join us too. He might have agreed to go with me tomorrow morning... I'm going to attempt to get into the pool for the first time in years.
I'm hoping to get to the Y at least 3 days a week to get ready for the Triathlon. During the other days, I can run/walk/ride my bike around the neighborhood. But it will be good to swim and lift weights at the Y, or go on bad-weather days for some exercise equipment usage.
I wanted to tell you all about a great tea I discovered last week. I love it! I drink about 1-2 cups a day. It seems to be keeping me away from the afternoon coffee, which I think is a good thing. I love the flavor. And I bet it would make a delicious iced tea during the summer.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Here's the website for the Triathlon. It's in Surry, NH, on August 7th. I've already found a 22-week work-out regime for us to follow. Which means I still have a couple of days of "lounging" (aka: being slug-like) before the fun begins. Well, not really. Today I did a great 20 minute walk during my lunch break. Which I will try to do as often as I can, to help with the training. We're both very excited about our new adventure and plan on keeping each other motivated for the next 5 months so we can complete our goal.
And of course, you'll get to hear all about our progress right here on the blog. First thing we're going to do is register so there's no turning back. That will be tomorrow. Then I'm thinking of joining the YMCA so I can have pool and weight/equipment access. I noticed that our YMCA even offers Triathlon Training. I will most definitely look into that when I join.
Wish us luck... we're going to need it!