Happy Hump Day!

For some reason – this week has gone verrrrry slowly.  I, for one, am glad that this week is half over!

I was able to sleep in today – I was more tired than I thought.  I started the morning with Kashi blueberry waffles with a little light cream cheese and some strawberry jam.

For lunch, it was off to meet the hubby at a local Mexican restaurant – Rudy’s, downtown.  I think I made a pretty good choice – tortilla soup with shrimp.  Granted, there was cheese and sour cream involved, but not too much.  (And, I didn’t do too bad around the chips and salsa either!)

Rudy's

It was delicious – I get it every time I go to Rudy’s.  It fills me up and it isn’t too much food.

After lunch, it was off to the store to get some cleaning necessities.  I have to prepare for my *very small* apartment to be filled with high school girls on Friday.  (Why did I agree to that??)

Swim practice number one went well.  They’re getting shorter and shorter.  Saturday is the big day!!

Swim practice number two was crazy – I was coaching the little ones.  A 4 year old, five year old, 2 six year olds and a 7 year old.  Try watching them for an hour and fifteen minutes – while worrying about them all drowning.  I don’t get paid enough for that!  (They’re adorable, though!)

For dinner, it was Rachael Ray’s shrimp jambalya over grits.  The husband and I like to try a new recipe ever week – he chose this one this week.  I try to avoid eating too much shrimp because of my high cholesterol, but I guess I didn’t plan enough today.  Oh well – I’ll just avoid them for a couple weeks or so.

Jambalaya

Sorry for the picture quality – I didn’t realize it was blurry until I actually saved it.

In case you were wondering, here’s the recipe – it can be found in the November issue of “Everyday with Rachael Ray”:

2 T flour

8 oz okra – thawed and patted dry

6 T butter (I reduced this to 2 – replaced two tablespoons with olive oil, omitted two completely)

3/4 C quick cooking grits

1 onion

1 green bell pepper

1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes

1/2 t cayenne pepper

1/2 pound medium shrimp, chopped

1.) Coat okra with flour, salt and pepper

2.) Cook okra over medium-high heat (RR suggests cooking in one tablespoon of butter – I used olive oil) until golden brown – 3 to 5 minutes.  Take out of the skillet and set aside for later.

3.) Bring 3 cups of water to a boil, add grits (I stir as I pour them in to prevent clumping) and cook until thickened – approximately 7 minutes.  Stir in 4 tablespoons of butter (I only used 2).  Season with salt and pepper.

4.) Meanwhile, melt 1 tablespoon of butter (again, I used olive oil) and cook onion and the green pepper until brown – approximately 10 minutes.  Stir in tomatoes and cayenne.  Bring to a boil and cook (while stirring) until mixture slightly reduced – approximately 5 minutes.  Lower heat to medium and add the shrimp until cooked – approximately 3 minutes.  Stir in okra and season with salt and pepper.

5.) Serve over grits.

Overall – it was pretty good.  The hubby said it was a keeper.  The onion I had on hand was moldy (gross!), so I had to omit it.  I just used some onion powder instead.  We also added some extra creole seasoning (approx 1 T) and some andouille sausage that needed to be used.  The recipe tasted good enough without all of the extra butter.  I couldn’t believe it asked for SIX tablespoons!  I loved the grits.  I need to remember to use them more often.  I’m still not sold on okra completely – it is a strange veggie (it’s a veggie, right?).  It’s all slimy.  Now I have to find another use for the rest of the bag…  🙂

No green monster today – I did miss it!  I think I’m starting to see the benefits.  My hair feels better.  It might just because I have a new hair dryer that actually works.  🙂

Alright – time to finish “Top Chef”.   Does anyone else hate when they put these reunion shows in the middle of a season??  G’night!!

It’s Tuesday!

Tuesdays are generally my really long days.  I go non-stop from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm.  Today was a little bit longer – kind of.  For some strange reason, my professor believes that if she starts an hour late (due to a meeting), we need to go an hour later.  Ugh!  That means we had class until 8:10 tonight.  That makes for a long day.

However, my day got a little “shorter” when I showed up to observe a social studies class and there wasn’t a class to be seen.  It was a testing day for the sophomores – so the seniors (who I observe) didn’t have to come in until later.  So, I talked to my teacher (who is also my professor) and we went over the plans for the next lesson I’m going to teach.  I was able to head home and work on some homework.  It was a nice break.  🙂

The day started off with a Fiber One blueberry muffin and a yogurt.  I was surprised at how delicious the muffins are.  They are a bit small, but pairing it with a yogurt is perfect.

Lunch was awesome – a baked chicken breast with a bit of lemon-pepper marinade, some peas and edamame and a little bit of rice.

Lunch!

It was nice and filling.  I didn’t even need anything sweet. 🙂

I was off to class after lunch.  It was pretty painful.  I was watching the clock the entire time.  It’s a bummer because I love the content – LOVE IT!  It’s a comparative politics class.  (Yes, I’m a nerd.  I know!)  But, my professor is terrible.  He just talks – no outline, no notes, nothing.  It’s frustrating.

After class, I decided to have a green monster to hold me over until dinner.  It was a good one – spinach, kale, Juice+ chocolate protein powder, flax seeds, banana, peanut butter and a little bit of honey.  I managed to keep the size down a little bit.

GM2

But, here’s a word of advice – if you plan on swimming, don’t drink one of these bad boys before you go.  It’s not a good idea!  It just sat in my stomach.  Oh well!!

I did swim with the girls today.  They got a kick out of it – they kept correcting my strokes and telling me what to do.  One girl just laughed at me the whole time.  I love it.  At least we can keep it fun.  🙂

Workout:

200 Swim/200 Kick/200 Pull

8 X 50 on 1:00 (choice)

3 X 100 on 1:40 (I was supposed to do 6 – I was too tired!!)

8 X 25 on :30

3 X 25 sprints – from a start

1 X 150 cooldown

In the end I wish I was able to do more – but I was so out of swimming shape.  And, on top of that, my asthma was acting up and I didn’t have my inhaler.  I hated not being able to do what the girls were doing – but I guess I have to consider that they have been training all season for this.  I was proud of myself for getting in.  That’s the most important thing, right?

I left the girls and headed to class.  It was long.  Boring.  Long.  Boring.  I just wanted to go home.

I got back home and realized I didn’t take ingredients out of the freezer to thaw – and I was way to tired and hungry to wait.  The husband and I settled on a Bird’s Eye frozen meal.  It was pretty good.  We added a bit of ricotta cheese.

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We’ll just have the shrimp jambalaya tomorrow.  I just have to remember to take the okra out of the freezer!

Alright, off to finish “The Biggest Loser” (They’re in DC!  I miss that city so much!) and to find out of my old high school passed a referendum – which included a pool!  (We didn’t have one at all when I was in school)

G’night!!  🙂

 

Monday is almost over…

*sigh*  Another Monday gone and I was actually fairly productive.

I enjoyed a *huge* green monster as a mid-afternoon snack.  It was full of yummy things: spinach, kale (fresh from the garden), protein powder, strawberries, flax seeds, banana and a little bit of honey.  I served it up in my Safehouse glass from the night before my wedding.  🙂

Green Monster

I couldn’t even finish it – it really was huge!  The picture is deceiving!

After finishing my monster green monster, it was off to high school swim practice.  I didn’t end up swimming with the girls today.  Maybe tomorrow – they’ve been bugging me to get in anyway.  After I put in my time at one pool, it was off to another.  I was in charge of the little ones today.  It is challenging and fun at the same time.  They’re so carefree – I love it!

I decided to call it an early night and left a little early – I’m still not feeling 100%.  I was able to get dinner ready before 8!!  It was a small victory (we normally eat around 9).

We enjoyed meatloaf (homemade), garlic mashed potatoes and some sugar snap peas.  It was a very yummy dinner – one of the husband’s favorites.  🙂

Meatloaf

Time to enjoy some tea while watching “Definitely, Maybe” on HBO.  G’night!

(I’m not even going to bother watching the baseball game – I think I’m bad luck for any team that I’m cheering for.  Boooooo Yankees!)

I Can’t Believe It’s November!

It was certainly an eventful weekend.  My sisters were back home from school for the weekend.  It is always nice to have the whole family home.  It’s just like old times.

Yesterday wasn’t the greatest day – I missed spin, again.  I wasn’t feeling well at all.  I probably should have just gone.  *sigh* Oh well.

I spent most of the morning working on lesson plans for class.  I’m not going to miss those when I’m an actual teacher.  I understand that I’ll still have to do some version of a lesson plan, but they won’t have to be three pages long!

I was off to my parent’s house to watch the Packer v. Viking game.  It was disappointing – but they gave a good effort when they finally woke up in the second half!  Just a thought – what was with the camera focusing on Favre blowing snot rockets out of his nose?  And, it wasn’t just once!  It was multiple times!  Gross.

Dinner was at a Chinese restaurant.  I did pretty well – not the best.  I stuck with soup and just ate a few bites off of the other plates.  My family loves the fried, sugary sauced entrees.  Blech.  (Okay, I like them too – but they’re terrible for you!)  By the end of the night, I felt really gross.  I hadn’t eaten well all weekend.  I think my body is finally starting to kick my butt for my poor diet.

Today was the perfect opportunity to change.  Breakfast consisted of a Fiber One muffin and some yogurt.  While eating, I saw Oh She Glows post about “Back on Track Week”.  It looks like it’s exactly what I need.  🙂

I think I’ll get some of my veggies/fruits in through a green monster in a little bit.  I think Jackson needs a nice long walk too – but, he does look really cute sleeping right now.   And, I’m even flirting with the idea of swimming with the girls today.  It’s their last week of practice – unless someone makes it to the State Championships next week!

This week’s dinner menu:

Monday – Meatloaf w/ mashed potatoes  and green beans

Tuesday – Shrimp Jambalya (courtesy of Rachael Ray)

Wednesday – Teriyaki Stir-Fry

Thursday – Chicken breast, brown rice and veggies

Friday – Spaghetti Dinner with the swim girls.

 

Have a great Monday, everyone!

Happy Halloween!

Well, today went pretty well.

I started the day with waffles with a little bit of cream cheese and strawberry jam.  Afterwards, it was off to the salon to get my eyebrows done – they were an absolute mess!  I met the hubby at home after his spin class (in hindsight, I should have gone with him) and we enjoyed a green monster consisting of spinach, kale, flax seed powder, Juice+ chocolate protein powder, milk and a banana.  It was delicious!  About an hour later, I decided to eat lunch – I didn’t know when I would eat again.  Lunch consisted of a Lean Cuisine.  Is it the best choice?  Not really, but it works.

And then, it was off to the swim meet.  It was Varsity conference – the second to last meet.  I was greeted by all sorts of temptations – puppy chow, cupcakes, pizza and Oreos.  Gosh, I wish I had the metabolism of  a high schooler again!

I will admit it here – I did succumb to a slice of pizza and a cupcake.  I was hungry and the cupcake was given to me by a parent.   It’s no excuse, but I’ll accept it.

The husband and I had dinner with his parents – Buffalo Wild Wings.  I chose the naked tenders – perhaps the healthiest thing on the menu?  I haven’t looked up the stats – I should do that!  I did succumb to a few pieces of candy.  I restrained myself as much as possible – three fun size bars.

After returning home, it was time for some Yogi Green Pomegranate tea (yum!) and – unfortunately – two cookies.

So, in all, not the greatest day, but a lot of chances to be really, really bad that I didn’t take.  Time to get some shut eye.  Still not feeling that well – really uncomfortable.  I think that is absolutely the worst.

Going to spin in the morning – my first time in a gym for weeks.  EEK!  Weeks!  Gross.  I just disgusted myself.  Well, I need to start somewhere, right?