Weekly Workouts

I got off the blogging bandwagon just as soon as I got back on it. It’s okay friends, I finally have a plan to get back into this. I’m inspired. Again. And I’m back on the workout wagon also…it’s been a rough month and a half and the fact is my pants aren’t fitting me so well these days so it’s time to remedy that ish. ASAP.


Hubs and I both joined weight watchers. He has a tiny bit to lose for Army standards and well, I don’t want to be the fat bridesmaid in his brothers wedding that we’re both a part of in May. So, he joined through work, I joined online and I’ve been tracking for about a week. I’m feeling good about this all, I’m solidly inspired and him and I are supporting each other so it should be really good.

I signed up for the St. Michaels Half marathon – I have a whole list of races to do this year, but this is my first half marathon post baby. I’ve chickened out on the other two due to lack of training/discipline. So, I registered, and I’m really shooting for a sub 2:15:00 half marathon that I was so close to hitting before E.

So in an effort to hold myself accountable – here’s my weekly workouts….

MondaySpin  (done! 6:15AM this morning – great class!)
Tuesday – Pure Barre
Wednesday – Trainer Ride
Thursday – Trainer Ride
Friday – Pure Barre
Saturday – Pure Barre
Sunday – Run 3

heart rate monitor

I’m kind of excited – I received a heart rate monitor for Christmas and I finally figured out how to get it to work. So I was pretty pumped when i saw I burned 350 calories in a 55 minute Pure Barre class. I have 3 classes this week before my class package expires on Saturday (same day as the Polar Bear Plunge! I’m jumping into the Bay….in January….but I think Hubs is past having me committed.)


 How do you re-motivate yourself after falling off the bandwagon? Have you ever tried Weight Watchers? Any tried and true recipes?


A Weight Watchers Recipe Win

Last week, I had  a girls night in with Liz which involved some delicious enchilladas, some wine and a lot of girl talk.

I had originally suggested a weight watchers recipe that I saw on the weight watchers website but she wasn’t feeling pasta so we substituted and the enchilladas were a huge hit!

However, I went back to the pasta dish tonight – because easy dishes on nights when it’s just little man and I are key and this one was a big fat win. Not so much for Ethan but definitely for me. I couldn’t find the recipe so I improvised.

weight watchers spaghetti

Meatless Meat Sauce and Whole Wheat Spaghetti


1/2 box whole wheat pasta (I used spaghetti)
1 jar your favorite sauce (I used organic vodka sauce)
1/2 onion
2 cloves garlic minced (or 1 T garlic paste)
1 package tempeh – grated
1 T. Olive Oil


Heat pan with olive oil, garlic and onion for 3-4 minutes. Add tempeh. Stir until coated. Add sauce. Bring to simmer while stirring frequently.

Cook pasta according to directions.

Mix and top with cheese.


1 serving (~1 c. pasta & 1/2 c. sauce) = 6-8 Points Plus 


Nations Tri Training: Halfway!!

Dudes & dudettes…we are half way to triathlon numero dos.

I’m not sure I feel quite ready. But I still have like…five weeks or so…but holy goodness is time flying!!!

Which means four BRICK workouts left. Hopefully my next one won’t be as soup-y as this past Saturday. That was ick.

All in all, good week last week! Swimming is going…swimmingly. Running is still dragging me down BUT my 12 mile bike was awesome. Biking is quickly becoming my favorite sport, so I think next spring and summer will definitely be spent biking more – hopefully with a Century ride thrown in the mix at some point along the way!

This week…

Mondayrest (Hallelujah!)
Tuesdayrun 30 mins (actual: 35 mins)
Wednesday – swim 6×100
Thursday – Run 40 minutes
Friday – swim 6×100
Saturday – BRICK | 45 minute bike | 25 minute run
Sunday – 15 mile bike ride

Weigh In…

Last week was not a good week. I was closer to my starting weight than I’ve been. Too much wine and lobster and cupcakes when we were up north.

This week, I’m back down. Woot!

Last week…152.2
This week….151.2
Difference…-1.6 total


Meal Planning Monday

With hubs gone, meal planning has been necessary. I’ve been cooking things with leftovers to make it easier to prep Ethan’s lunches (which I usually do the night before).

So I decided to give my hand at sharing my meal planning ventures with y’all because well…why not right? Especially now that I’m really focused on trying to lose weight.

meal planning


Last night I prepped the macaroni salad – a recipe I found on weight watchers, 3 pp per serving (1/2 c. is one serving) so even if you go for 1 c. you’re not breaking the points plus bank.

macaroni salad

The recipe was super easy – we’ll see how tasty it is. Will follow up with a full review later this week!

The enchilladas I got last week at a meal swap that my moms group held (miraculously I found the time during Sunday’s nap time to make five dishes of stuffed shells. Yummmm.) and taco salads are an easy go to that give plenty o’ leftovers for both E and I.

I used to over think meal planning – thinking that all recipes that were worth it were complex. But that’s just not true. As a working mama, ain’t nobody got time for that. I like to find healthy recipes that a. don’t require a lot of prep. b. give leftovers (though not required definitely a plus) c. are something that E might eat. Which is sometimes a feat.

Do you plan out your meals each week? What type of recipes are your go-to’s? 


Detox Day 3: Case of the sweet tooth

Lesson: I have a major sweet tooth.

Like seriously ya’ll.

Today, was our 2 year birthday at work. So of course, there was champagne and cupcakes. ‘Natch. Especially in my company (if there’s two things we all love it’s cupcakes and booze.)

No biggie right? Only like 10 points I didn’t need to have.

But then, THEN when hubs was all like “I want to go get some fruit pops like I had last night” I was like Okay. Then! I got a BOX of ice cream sandwiches.

I should know better than that. Really. Like I don’t deprive myself at all, and don’t think that I’m going all crazy on you guys. I’m not. I just…am trying to get my wicked sweet tooth in control.

Other than that – the smoothie this morning was awesome. I had my salad at dinner with carefully measured out pasta which was more than enough. If i had restrained myself from that late night treat I would have been fine.

But no. My sweet tooth keeps getting the best of me and freaders, I need my points for this weekend as my department is going out to the ball game and in order to have a little more fun on the weekends? I like to be good with my points during the week. BUT!

I still have two days. And I know this hasn’t been a real detox in the traditional sense, but I’ve never really done good with that anyhow. But this is a quasi-detox in the sense that I’m not  gorging myself on two decent size slices of ice cream cake each night with many glasses of beer and/or wine with the family while playing scrabble.

So I’ll lay off the sweets tomorrow and Friday. I need to work on that little thing called self control. *sigh*

Tomorrow I’m going to go running in the morning will stick with the same dinner and lunch (salad and a little bit of pasta). I will be under 150 next week. I will be under 150 next week.

How do you control your indulgences?


A very Maryland weekend

A four mile run. Sitting by the pool. Crabs at Canter’s. Enjoy a nice Saturday night on the deck at Coconut Joe’s. It really was the perfect weekend.

Saturday for the most part was kind of m’eh. Hub’s friend came down to the area and hung out with us. We were kind of not exciting hosts after breakfast at Naval Bagel, but later in the afternoon, we popped over to Cantlers across the river. Amazing.

Personally, I’m still warming up to crabs. So instead of mashing things, I had a crab cake sandwhich (without the bread)

Hubs and his pal certainly enjoyed the crabs and I may have had one of them as well. I just don’t like to get my hands dirty with food.

Later, we went out to Coconut Joe’s and enjoy a few orange crushes. We opted to cab it there and back just for shits. Also because we knew we’d be drinking and well Orange Crushes are strong. Who knows how many it does (or doesn’t take) to be over the legal limit.

Sunday, hubs and I got back into running. Last week was rough and or…not exactly the most productive of weeks in terms of fitness but running the 4 miles yesterday morning definitely had me feeling good.

After our friend left, hubs and I got some work done (me overtime) and then laid by the pool. Hubs neglected to heed my sunscreen advice and is now as red as a lobster. It’s kind of funny if I hadn’t been there. Many times.

After pool time, we baked and cooked dinner.

By the way. This is a perfectly measured out meal. It was incredibly delicious and generally filling.  Whole wheat pasta, vodka sauce and a bit of chicken/sun dried tomato sausage with a side of blood orange italian soda. NOM. This whole weight watchers thing is making me much better about portion size.

total points? ~9 points.

Then. The best part?

I made these muffins. Many thanks to Beth for the recipe – they are AMAZING so ya’ll should definitely make them up!

Banana Zucchini Muffins

10 muffins. ~3 points+ (probably more since i used sugar)

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup white flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 medium banana, mashed
  • 1 cup zucchini shreds
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract (or vanilla)
  • 1/2 c sugar

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Combine all your dry ingredients in a large bowl. Stir ingredients together until well combined and set aside. Crack your two eggs into a separate bowl, beat, then add into wet ingredients. Stir until well combined. Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and stir well. Grease a muffin pan. Bake for 25 minutes or until a knife/toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for five minutes then

Seriously – recipe amazing. That’s the great thing about the blogosphere – the amazing recipes people share. I haven’t gotten great about creating my own recipes but eventually I will. When I have more time to experiment.

What’s the favorite recipe you’ve gotten on the internets?


Stupid Wall

Alternately titled “the one where I confess I’m an idiot”

So this morning I told hubs about my awesome loss this week. This morning when I stepped on the scale it showed me another 2 lb loss to put me at 134. So I went into the bedroom and told hubs.

I was like “this seems not right. But awesome! But not right.”

He told me to move the scale away from the wall.

I did.

I gained back those 10 lbs. Damn.

But! I still get a loss!


which is down from last weeks 143.1. But again, for being incapacitated with my foot and all, it’s still pretty good.

Last week: 143.1
This week: 136.0 143.0

Goal weight: 115
Total loss: -2

I contemplated not saying anything but then I figured next week I’d be up again and how the eff do you explain a 10 lb gain? Yeah. No.

Time to get my bootay to the gym! (not now, but tomorrow!)


Weigh In: Week 4

Five percent. That’s what I’ve lost.

This morning I stepped onto the scale and what did my wondering eyes see?

A number I haven’t seen in a few months. That’s right kiddies, I’m back in the 130’s. Just to clarify, though I realize I probably seem much more obsessive than I actually am, the reason being, is I am very much a numbers person.

Not sure how I did it. I’m pretty happy with it – probably from all that crutchin’ around last week with my foot being incapacitated and/or PMS water weight. The foot’s better now(ish) in the sense that I’m not on crutches but I wear an awkward space boot thing. Which isn’t so bad because I can get up and walk around. Unlike last week when I was pretty much bound to my desk all week because moving around was too much of a hassle. I find out next THURSDAY (as in two days before my half marathon) if I can race in my next two races.

As for last weeks goals? Wellp, the whole no meat thing is going really well. Not really missing it. I am still eating fish (I could never give up sushi. What can I say.) but in reasonable amounts.

Yesterday I decided to get out during the day and after I ate my lunch I went on a nice 15ish minute walk around the block. I had wanted to go to the gym this morning to get some time on the bike, but after going to bed at 1a for the second night in a row, that just was not happening. I’ll try again tomorrow.

Also, bigger news…I took last weekend off from drinking. I had a glass of wine at one point and one drink on date night Friday night but other than that I steered clear of binge drinking which is definitely for the best since it has long ago been decided that I am most definitely not 21 anymore. I reallly liked not drinking, I really enjoyed getting up and having my entire day to clean the house and put in a bit of overtime from home. I also really enjoyed that on Saturday night rather than drink, hubs took me out after his charity event he had all day for a milkshake downtown.

Anyhow so this week, I’m going to keep cutting back on the booze; I’m going to go workout 3 times on the bike since it’s probably all my foot can handle but I need to do something; and I’m going to still get even better about tracking points. Also, I’m going to not transfer metro lines. I work about a ten minute walk from metro center which is right on the orange line and saves me a transfer. Instead of getting on the yellow/green to Gallery place, I’m instead going to get the ten minute walk in. Last night it was a quasi run – I trip planned it so I knew I had to catch the 8:40 train out of metro center. I’m walking into the station with 2 minutes to spare and still the entire length of the red line platform to go. I hauled ass and barely made it as the people were getting off my train. But no waiting, no super long transfers late at night.

Anyhow, onto the numbers:

Last week: 143.1
This week: 136.0

Goal weight: 115
Total loss: -9 lbs

Previous Weigh Ins…

week 1
week 2
week 3


Weigh In: Week 3

Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.

Since i hurt mah foot, I’ve been sidelined.

As far as weight goes, this week, I stayed pretty much the same. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing considering I haven’t ran, haven’t done yoga and have been getting around on crutches. Thankfully, I have a doctors appointment on Friday afternoon so I find out what exactly I did to this thing and how long it’ll have me sidelined.

That being said, I have been focusing on eating better, you know since I was a complete boozehound last weekend and I gave up meat for Lent. Yeah, you heard me. I’m going back to veg.

Once upon a time I was a vegetarian, til I was about 20. Through high school. I cared about the animals and I don’t quite remember why I went back to eating meat, probably because collegiate vegetarian options. I’m excited about giving this a go. I’ve been trying to eat better..ish. Still. Now that I’m working 11-8 it’s definitely a struggle getting home at 9ish or so and cooking dinner. But I’m going to start planning things, using the slow cooker more, and in general, keeping it simple. The dinner I made last night was DELIS(sorry no photos). Hubs is giving the whole no meat thing a go with me, we’ll see if I go back 🙂

Tofu Stir-fry
1 extra firm tofu – cubed
baby carrots, sliced lengthwise (shredded carrots would have also worked)
1 bunch of broccoli
1 package whole wheat soba noodles
soy sauce + sesame soy vinagrette dressing

Fry up tofu and vegetables in fry pan or wok, add soy sauce and vinagrette.

cook soba noodles according to directions

Mix all together. add a bit more soy sauce (low sodium type ‘natch) and a little more vinagrette. stir til noodles are covered.


Last week: 143
Week 3: 145.1

overall loss: +.1
Pounds to go: 30.1


Weigh in…week 2

Confession: I’m not the greatest at tracking my food. Seriously, I’ve been on weight watchers for almost three weeks and I’ll go a couple days where I just kind of forget to track my food. Whoops? I know there’s a lot of critics out there, but the thing I like most about this whole tracking what I eat thing, is that it definitely makes you more conscious of what you’re putting in your mouth.

I am getting better though. I’m two weeks in. I find on nights when I have plans or when I’m not at home, I’m horrible at tracking my food. I am also awful about tracking any alcohol I drink. I’m not good at measuring out portion sizes. I’m still getting the hang of things as far as weight watchers goes. Remember this is all a trial thing, I haven’t fully decided if I’m going to stick with it past the three month period I paid for. I’ve never, ever been a big dieter, so what I’m really looking for is getting back on track in regards to healthy habits and I’m hoping that this is the kick in the bum I’ve needed for the past five years when I’ve fallen off the wagon, slowly but surely.

Of Note…

I did finally buy a scale this week – and a tape measure but I have not yet taken my own measurements. Go me? I’m trying to limit myself to once a week. I don’t want to become obsessive. But in regards to tracking my progress, I’m very much a numbers person. I chart things. I like excel documents. I’m kind of nerdy like that.

This week I am trying to…

*cut back on my midweek (all) drinking. As in maybe one drink if I’m out. At most. Those things are like FOUR freakin’ points in terms of weight watchers. And only on a day when I fit in a workout.

*Going to fit in 3 morning workouts this week.  Whether it’s the workout dvd i bought hubs for Christmas, 20 minutes of yoga, or a nice run… I will workout in the morning.

*Bring my lunch all five days this week. I learned last night that if I make my lunch at night, as I’m putting leftovers away, it totally saves me about ten minutes in the morning from frantically looking for a lunch bag/tupperware/preparing things, so I did that again tonight. WHAM! Two down. Also, I even brought snacks – a mid morning snack of oatmeal, and an afternoon snack of carrots and hummus. YUM!

Also! Hubs and I planned out our meals this week, which is always helpful. I stocked up on veggies, which I’m super excited about. I have some extra whole wheat pasta from tonight’s dinner so I look forward to cooking up some broccoli and squash to throw in there with a little sauce for lunch tomorrow. Nom, nom, nom.

I think making small changes is a total plus so next week – on Tuesday – I’ll let you all know how I did. 🙂

Starting weight: 145
End week 2: 143
Goal weight: 115