Thursday, December 29, 2011

5 Day Weekend!

Today is the start of my five day weekend. I was up bright and early so I could go to the grocery store before all the crazies got up.  Before I left I had some baked pumpkin pie oatmeal for breakfast:
I mixed together some plain greek yogurt and apple butter to put on top

When I got back from the store I played with the pup for a bit, took him for a walk and then decided to go for a run.  Probably not the best idea since it was about 30 degrees out.  I bundled up pretty well, but it didn't keep my hands and my whole face from going numb for about the first mile.  I ran about 3.5 miles and then was in need of a nice hot shower. By then Matt was home from work for lunch!

I had a big spinach salad with everything I could find in the fridge on it. Grapes, Turkey, Kashi pilaf, carrots, broccoli, snap peas, craisins, blue cheese, hummus...yum.  And followed it up with a peice of cliff bar and a square of dark chocolate.

May sister and her fam are coming in from Pittsburgh late tonight so I'm on my way to the mall to look for gifts for my neice and nephew....because I couldn't possibly procrastinate any more.  Then Matt and I are going out to dinner and are going to work on pickin up some supplies for new years eve.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Cut Day

Today I was back to work....but only for 2 days!! During this in between week, there is basically nobody at work.  I had some work to do, but definitely not a full day's worth.  Thanks to my awesome boss I got out a couple of hours early and headed to the gym! Unfortunately I'm sick yet again.  This time it's more in my throat with a nasty cough. I managed to get in about 25 minutes of weights and 45 minutes of light cardio so that I wouldn't start coughing uncontrollably. 

When I got home I started thinking about what I want to make for New Years Eve. Matt and I have people over every year, so I like to make a few things for people to snack on.  I want to try something different this year.  I don't want to go overboard, but I want to have one sweet, one savory and some veggies.

This little diddy caught my eye on cooking light's website:

Date, Walnut and Blue Cheese Ball

It got really good reviews on the website and seems pretty easy to make. Hopefully mine will look just as pretty. For the sweet I'm thinking of making these:

Chocolate Covered Katie's Pumpking Cream Cheese Bars

With all that food research I was getting hungry.  I cooked up some fish for Matt and I and put mine in a big salad.

One more day of work until my 5 day weekend!!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Time To Get Moving!!

Hope everyone had a good Christmas! I took a little break from life the past couple of days and boy did I love it! I hung out with my family and ate lots of Chrismtas goodies and did not workout.  Today I was back to the gym and so happy to be running.  I hopped on the treadmill and did a 5 mile interval run.  I started out with a ten minute warm up and then alternated 1 minute sprinting and two minutes running, then switched it around and finally finished up with some incline intervals.  When I got home I made some lunch and rested for a bit before Matt and I met up with our friend to go rock climbing!

After dinner (sorry no picture I was completely preocupied about what was coming next) I got to try out my amazing Christmas gift from Matt to make us some dessert.  This past summer we went to a place at the beach that made softserve like "ice cream" out of frozen bananas that they put into a juicer like contraption.  I was in love.  It tasted just like ice cream, but with half the calories and you could mix in fruit, chocolate, peanut butter ect.  Wellll I open my gift from Matt and he got me the machine that makes them!!!!   So today was our first attempt at using the machine:

First we froze two bananas cut in half overnight.  Then we took them out of the freezer fifteen minutes before using the machine along with some berries we santed to mix in for flavor.
Then we put them in the machine and started the magic!

YUM!! I also mixed in some peanut butter

I appologize for my appearance :)
I have a feeling this machine is going to be my best friend this summer!