Thursday, March 27, 2014

Meatloaf Wednesday!

Today I want to share one of my favorite recipes with you! My mom bought me the Biggest Loser Family Cookbook a while back and it does have some great recipes. We used to watch Biggest Loser all the time and the recipes in the book are from the contestants on the show.

One of my favorite in the book is the Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf. I have made some changes to fit what we like and I also double what the recipe says that way there are leftovers for lunches.

Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf(my way):

1 1/2 cups Old-Fashioned Oats
1 cup fat free milk
5 tbsp buffalo wing sauce (or more to taste) - I use Frank's Red Hot
2 lbs ground turkey
1 cup finely chopped celery
1 cup finely chopped sweet onion
4 large egg whites
1/2 tsp salt
5 oz crumbled reduced-fat blue cheese
Olive oil spray

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and spray two loaf pans with olive oil spray
2. Mix together the milk and oats, allow to sit for 3-5 minutes (until the oats start to get soft)
3. Add wing sauce to milk and oats mixture, stir together
4. Combine oats/milk/wing sauce mixture with ground turkey, celery, onion, egg whites and salt and mix
5. Add blue cheese and gently mix
6. Evenly distribute mixture between the two loaf pans (should be about 3/4 of the way full)
7. Bake in oven for 40-50 minutes
8. Remove and cut each loaf into 8 pieces and serve

Once the meatloaf is done, I usually cut two or three pieces per person. I then top with a little extra buffalo wing sauce or reduced-fat ranch (per the persons preference). Serve it with a side of sweet potatoes, salad or rice.

I used to make this every Wednesday, hence Meatloaf Wednesday!, but I hadn't made it in about two months. Last night I made it and it was delicious. I cannot wait to have some leftovers for lunch today!

Do you have any favorite weekly dishes? Hope you have a great day friends!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Pinterest Coming to Life and CNNiReport

I have been wanting a bib/medal hanger for a while now, and saw some that I really liked on Etsy, but didn't want to spend $50 on one as that would end up being $100 for two (one for me and one for Andy). I also found some on Pinterest that seemed easy enough, so I decided that we would make them!

Yesterday afternoon we hit up Michael's and got two wood plaques, two colors of acrylic paint, sponge brushes and a paint pen. They didn't have they type of hooks that I wanted (L shaped hook), so we went across the street to Lowe's and got some hooks there. The total cost to make two was about $40.

We got home and we were excited to start our Sunday project! We set up a folding table in the garage and covered it with a big trash bag to keep the table safe of paint. Then we set our wood plaques on two solo cups, that way you can easily paint the edges of the wood without having to pick it up. We did three coats of paint as the wood soaks up the paint. Then we drilled little holes and screwed in our hooks. After that I did some writing on the top and we were ready to hang them!

I am so happy with how they came out, through I do not have the best handwriting, they still look great! It was also a lot of fun to go through the bibs and medals that we have and remember all of those fun races, we cannot wait to add more this year!

Plus these are something that we made together instead of buying, and we saved $60!

And, as an added bonus, while we were at the gym yesterday morning, I got an Instagram notification from a producer at CNN. She was working on their CNNiReport and wanted to use one of my pictures of the tumbleweeds from last week. Well, it made CNN! Here is the link, and a little screen shot of their website (though she should have said March 18th instead of March 28th, since that hasn't happened yet, but still, pretty awesome!)

Hope you all have a wonderful Monday!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Races for the Year!

When I woke up Sunday morning I was in the mood to workout and was also excited to plan races, since we had just finished our first of the year Saturday.  I was excited to workout in my new Lululemon goodies, which was great. But, I was up an hour and a half before Andy, so I did some race planning before we hit the gym.

I found out that The 5k on St. Pat's Day was actually the first race in a series called the Colorado Springs Grand Prix of Running. There are six races that you have to complete to finish the series. Well, one down, five more to go!

We are going to do the long series, which includes a 5k, a 5 miler, three 10ks and a 10 miler. O goodness, what am I getting myself into? There is also a short series which is five 5ks and a 10k, but I want to push myself. So, long series here we come. Now, on to training for me so I don't make a fool of myself haha.

There are also some races not part of the series that I want to do. So far we have 16 races for the year, including two possible half marathons!!! If all goes well, maybe there will be a marathon in 2015?!?! Here's for hoping!

And now I leave you with something to make you laugh/smile. My little subdivision made Buzzfeed. You see, we had a very bad dust/wind storm all day yesterday which resulted in my neighborhood being covered in tumbleweeds. Take a look, the picture second from the bottom, that is my next door neighbor's house, the guy must have been standing in my yard to take the picture.

Have a great day!

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Leprechaun must have struck, because I am back!!!

Hi friends, I am back! Sorry I have been MIA for the past two months. Between moving to Colorado, finding a house/getting moved in, work and life, I was just in a blogging rut. But now I am back and I have some fun things planned in our future! I have planned out our races for the year, and might ad some more (but more on that tomorrow) Today, I want to share our fun Saturday!

We saw a commercial last week for the St. Patrick's day goings on in Colorado Springs, and Friday we decided to sign up for The 5k on St. Pats Day. The race was Saturday morning and over 2500 people registered, that's a good amount! We had a lot of fun on the run. It was the first time that I have run outside here so I was nervous because everyone says it is so hard to breath here. Well, I knocked two minutes of my last 5k time, so I was happy with it!

After the race we hit Lululemon because we had about an hour before the parade started. Let me tell you, I think I have found a new love! There clothes are so comfy both in and out of the gym (I put my new outfit to the test in a workout yesterday, good stuff). The only draw back is that Lululemon is a bit on the pricey side, but as a treat to ourselves we each got a new outfit, plus anything green was 20% off (yes, that little green in the band on my capris made them count for the sale)!

I have browsed their website a million times and never purchased, but I am excited that I picked some up. I cannot wait to add to my ever growing workout clothes collection... I mean work clothes (lets be real, I work from home so gym clothes and work clothes are one in the same). And am excited to add a bit more Lululemon to that collection.

After that, we stepped outside just as the parade started. I am used to the St. Patrick's Parade in NYC as there is where I grew up and that is probably the biggest St. Patty's parade there is, but it was nice to have a parade to watch. It was a lot of fun with lots of groups, from bagpipes and Irish step dancers, to local high school marching bands, dog rescues and 4-H clubs. We had so much fun and I cannot wait to do it all again next year!

Since Saturday was so busy, Sunday consisted of a morning workout, breakfast, some errands, laundry and lots of relaxing. We also caught the new show Crisis on NBC last night. We are now fans and I cannot wait to see what happens next week!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend? Anyone else do anything fun? Happy St. Patrick's day to all my Irish friends and family out there, and even if you aren't Irish :)

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Happy Birthday Momma!

Today is my moms birthday and I wanted to wish her the best day! Wish I could be there to celebrate with her, hopefully next year! I can't for our next visit! And now for some great pictures! 

 When my mom was a baby with my grandma! 
 Me and my mom when I was a baby! 
Last mother's day with my momma! 

Happy Birthday Momma! Have a great day!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Finding the Time

I will be the first to say that I really enjoy running, but it is not always easy to find the time to fit a run in. There are days where I will make excuses to not run: "its too dark", "its too cold", "I'll just hit snooze one more time". Then I will say I will do it after I get off work, and that doesn't happen. Dinner needs to be made, dog need to be taken care of, I am sleepy, whatever the reason, it usually doesn't pan out.

I am sure we have all been there, and it doesn't do anyone any good. There were times towards the end of last year where I would go a few weeks without getting a run in, and I don't want that to happen this year. So, this year I have vowed to stop making up reasons to not get out there, and I am hitting the pavement!

I know people who have no problem getting up and running a few miles at 4am, I am not one of those people. I do no like running when it is pitch black out, mostly for safety reasons. And also because at 4am it is usually well below freezing in my area and that isn't enjoyable for me. Whats the point if you are dreading every step?

So, now I have started running on my lunch break! That is one of the perks of working from home, I can sit in running clothes all day and its doesn't matter (and my husband will attest to the fact that this regularly happens).

I have 30 minutes for lunch, and that is the perfect amount of time to get in some miles and make it back home for work again. I usually come in, decompress for a minute, make some Nuun, and then its back to work for me. That afternoon run makes the rest of the day go by faster and I feel better. I always feel better after a run, so I don't know why I ever make excuses not to do it. Silly me.

Do you have trouble finding the time? When do you fit in your run?

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Jawbone Up24 Review

A while ago I did a post on the FitBit Flex vs the Jawbone Up. I knew I wanted one, but didn't know which was best for me. Well, on Christmas morning my husband surprised me with a Jawbone Up24! This is the newest version, it wasn't even out when I did my comparison. I was so excited and have been wearing it every day since Christmas!

The Up24 comes in two colors, onyx (black) and persimmon (orange). I got the persimmon and love it, I am a bright color kinda girl! They also come in three sizes, so you get just the right fit. I got the large and it is great, a little lose but fits just fine. I think the medium would have been too snug and would bother me throughout the day and night.

That's right, you wear this baby all day and night. During the day it tracks your steps and activity, and also allows your to log your food/drink intake and your mood throughout the day. Then, at night you set it for sleep mode and it tracks yours sleep. I love both modes because it makes me much more aware of what I do during the day and how I sleep. You can also view your trends and see your most active/inactive days and sleep.

Lets talk more about the two modes.

In awake mode your step and fitness get tracked throughout the day (most people should strive to hit at least 10,000 steps a day). It is great because it gives you real time updates since the Up24 made the improvement and it now syncs directly to your phone instead of plugging it in, as long as you have an iPhone. This was one of the drawbacks of the Up so I was excited for this feature. You can set it to vibrate if you have been inactive for too long. I have mine set to buzz me if I have been inactive for an hour. You can also set it for the start and stop of a workout that way you get credit for those more active times (even if it not a walking/running based activity). It is great and it really makes you aware of how active or not you are during the day.

In sleep mode it will tell you when you fell asleep, when you woke up and how you slept. It shows your deep sleep and light sleep along when when and how long you woke up throughout the night. I really like the sleep tracker because I find myself going to bed earlier because I want to hit my goal for the night, which is much better than staying up until midnight watching crappy TV. You need enough sleep to be able to function well the following day (about 8 hours a night for most people) and I want to be able to hit that goal every night (and I usually do!).

Needless to say, I am in love with this little gadget! I think everyone should have one because it helps you live a healthier lifestyle, and who couldn't stand to be a little more healthy? It makes you more aware of the little things throughout the day and makes you want to strive to beat your own goals which is great in my book!