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So this was definitely an interesting week.  Between the new dog and my husband’s knee surgery, things had to get shifted around quite a bit.  But overall, it didn’t turn out too bad.

Monday – No workout.  Sat at the hospital all day for surgery.  Whee.

Tuesday – 3 miles on the treadmill (1.5% incline) at 10:26 min/mile.  Not my best pace, but got the miles in anyway

Wednesday – No workout.  Absolutely exhausted from all the craziness going on here.  Unless you count taking the dogs out every 5 minutes in the sub-zero temperatures a workout.

Thursday – Same as Wednesday!

Friday – 6 miles on the treadmill (1.5% incline) at 10:05 min/mile.  I was pushing for that sub-10:00 min/mile but wimped out for a minute and it caught up with me.  This was also the wonderful day that I wore non-running socks for my run and ended up with two blisters that are STILL driving me crazy.  GRRR.

Saturday – 3 miles on the treadmill (1.5% incline) at 9:57 min/mile.  I was planning on doing a 6 miler to make up for some of the workout rescheduling, but then realized that two 6 miler days in a row right before my long run was probably not the best idea.

Sunday – 12 miles on the treadmill (1.5% incline) at 10:40 min/mile.  The first 7 miles kind of sucked (general tiredness/stiff/achy) but around mile 7 I got into the zone and felt much better.  I also had to split it into 10 miles and then 2 later because I had a retirement dinner to go to and didn’t plan my day out well.  Oh well… miles under the belt!  And a good dinner too…

Tomorrow my husband goes back to work, so then it’ll just be me and the dogs.  I’ll be picking my P90X stuff back up on Tuesday.  Or should I say, basically restarting it since I didn’t really have a chance to dive in in the first place.  There was just absolutely NO WAY I was going to be able to run AND do the P90X workouts this week with everything going on, so I went with the running.  Looking forward to getting my butt kicked again!

I’ve really been craving some good pad thai lately but I always like mine a little spicier than I find in most restaurants.  So tonight I set out to make my own spicy pad thai…


  • Nasyoa extra firm tofu
  • Peanut sauce
  • Hot sauce
  • Peanuts
  • Water chestnuts
  • Chinese noodles (the crunchy kind)
  • Noodles or spaghetti


  • Slice and press the tofu to get as much water out as you can.
  • Begin by sauteing the tofu in the peanut sauce and hot sauce (to taste).
  • Once tofu browns, add peanuts, water chestnuts, and crunchy noodles and continue sauteing.  Begin cooking your noodles/spaghetti
  • When noodles are done, drain and add to saute pan.  Mix and serve (you may want to add some extra peanut sauce so it’s got more moisture to it).

My husband and I both loved it.  I was worried at first that it was going to be too hot, but the heat was perfect.  And now we have leftovers for tomorrow!

Uugh… I need to go run my 6 miles for tonight and I am SO TIRED I can’t even make myself stand up.  Between taking care of my gimpy husband and two dogs for four days straight, 24 hours a day, I am BEAT!

Somebody carry me down to the treadmill and lace my sneakers up for me?

A few years ago (before “The Biggest Loser” became a hit), I got a Bodybugg armband.  I used it for about 2 years and loved it.  However, after using it for this long, I no longer need to continue wearing it – I’ve learned how many calories I typically burn on any given day.

So rather than having it gather dust in my closet, I’m looking to pass it along to the next person who can benefit from this useful tool.  Pictured here is my whole Bodybugg setup – complete with original boxes and manual.  It also comes with the wireless uploader cable, and extra armband.  NOTE: When I took this picture, I had the digital display (watch).  Just before I stopped using it, I wore the watch to rugby and lost it in the field (dang).  So that isn’t included anymore.  But I would highly recommend getting one to go along with it (can be purchased separately at the Apex website).

I am looking for $75 or best offer.  If you are interested, please leave a comment here with your email address and I will get back to you ASAP.

So my husband FINALLY did it!  He got his ACL repaired yesterday.  He partially tore it playing football his senior year of high school.  They went in and scoped it out to fix it up, but he then went and tore it all the way in 2004 – once again, playing football, but this time just for fun.  Well, after he tore it in 2004, he never got it fixed again.  So he’s been on it for 6 years like that and had gotten to the point that he no longer HAD an ACL or meniscus, and now has minor arthritis in his knee from the instability.

He’s been unable to do so many things since the injury and had gotten to the point that he just accepted inactivity as part of life.  However, then I came along and screwed that all up.  There’s so many things we (some are just me) want to be able to do together – rollerblading, ice skating, skiing (I have to teach him), running (that’s the one that I want to do, but he’s not so sure of – ha!), and more hiking.  But without getting his knee fixed, those were never going to happen.  At 31 (and in generally good health), you really shouldn’t be so limited.

So he went in at 10:30am yesterday but didn’t get wheeled off to the operating room until 1pm.  I got to see him in the recovery room at 4pm (the surgery itself takes about an hour and a half).  And they wheeled him out to the car at 5:30pm.  It’s amazing they can do this, in and out, in one day.  We’re lucky he didn’t have to get this done 20 years ago.  I’m sure it was much worse then.

So now he’s in an immobilizer for a week and on crutches.  I kept warning him when I had my broken ankle that he better be nice to me because his turn would be coming soon.  Now it’s here!

So I’m keeping everything going around here – cleaning, cooking, taking the dogs out/walking/playing, etc.  It’s kind of nice because I feel like I never do this stuff normally.  I feel so domestic.

Anyway – here was dinner for tonight:

This was my first attempt at making soup from scratch (minus the vegetable broth).  It came out pretty decent!  It’s a work in progress…


  • About 5 red potatoes, cut into chunks
  • About 12 carrots, chopped (I used 12 because they were small)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 large leeks, chopped and rinsed (rinse AFTER chopping)
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • Oregano, thyme, basil, salt, bay leaves (3)
  • 1 bag egg noodles (no yolks)


  • Boil the potatoes and carrots (in enough water to cover them) until just beginning to soften
  • Add all other ingredients (except noodles) and let simmer
  • A few minutes before serving, add noodles and cook until tender

And of course, after I made it, my husband wasn’t hungry.  Now I have a TON left over.  The amount above would probably serve about 10-12.

I am so stoked.  Tonight was my first double-digit run and I was so nervous.  I had an 11 miler scheduled for tonight and I was psyching myself out all day.

Here’s the breakdown…

  • Distance: 11.02 miles
  • Time: 2:04:26
  • Pace: 11:17 min/mile
  • Location: Treadmill, 1.5% incline

This was my first run using any kind of food.  I had the strawberry GU Chomps and loved them (product review to come).  There’s 8 in a pack (180 calories total).  I ate the first “chomp” at mile 3, and ate one every mile thereafter.  Why mile 3, you ask?  Because there were only 8 in a pack and I knew I could handle the first couple miles without anything.  I wanted to be able to spread them out throughout the whole run to give myself reasonably consistent levels of electrolytes, etc.  So by starting at mile 3, I had one for every mile that was left.

I definitely noticed a difference using them.  Right around the end of each mile, I felt my focus starting to wane.  But at each mile marker, I popped one and had a couple mouthfuls of water and immediately felt like I had more energy and better focus.  Placebo?  Who knows?  The point is, I felt better.

So, wohoo!  I’m psyched!  I’m starting to feel like I’m actually training for a marathon.

The only times I had to stop were when:

1) Our new puppy came down into the basement (followed my husband) and tried to jump on the treadmill.  I had to hop off and grab him quickly to escape puppy peril. (he’s fine)

2) Apparently our treadmill automatically shuts itself off at 100 minutes (first time I’ve been on for that long).  So I had to hop off, flip the switch, and hop back on.

I forgot to take a picture, but here’s the recipe anyway!

  • 1 container Chobani strawberry greek yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 3 frozen strawberries (you could probably omit these or use fresh, but I liked it with the frozen ones – it made the smoothie cold)
  • 1/2 cup skim milk

Put in cup and blend (I used the immersion blender because it was a lot easier than dealing with the whole big blender.)



  • 340 Calories
  • 1g Fat
  • 3mg Cholesterol
  • 128mg Sodium
  • 67g Carbohydrates (mostly from the banana – 31g – and the yogurt – 20g)
  • 7g Fiber
  • 20g Protein (hooray!)

On a side note, since this has so much protein in it, I was able to have it at about 9:30 this morning (yay for vacations) and it’s now 2:30 and I’m only just getting hungry again.  Definitely keeps you full for a while.

I finally tracked down some Chobani greek yogurt!

My awesome vegetarian friend introduced me to it the other day and I went nuts trying to find it.  I went to the grocery store by us and scoured the yogurt section for about 30 minutes (they must have thought I was nuts) and there was NOTHING!

So tonight, I went to visit my friend and stopped at the grocery store by her (the same chain, just 30 minutes away), and it was EVERYWHERE!

This will definitely be a good protein replacement.  I also got the Brown Cow and Stonyfield Farm (Oikos) brands, so I’ll try each and see which I like best (product reviews to come).

I just read an interesting MSNBC article (found here) that hit pretty close to home.  I just recently transitioned myself over to vegetarianism, yet still crave chicken (or the six crab cakes that are still sitting hidden from my husband in the freezer) once in a while.  I was never a big meat eater, but over the last few months, every time I would eat meat I would get a bite or two in and then start thinking about the fact that I was chewing on a carcass.  Mmmmm… yummy.

So I decided not to eat meat anymore because that thought really kind of grossed me out.  I already didn’t eat pork (never liked it), and rarely touched red meat (except for the very occasional – as in once a year – steak), so it was really just poultry and seafood (mainly crab) to cut out.

Most of the time I don’t have a problem.  I never ate much meat anyway, so I don’t really miss it.  But sometimes I really just want that chicken dinner I used to make that was soooooo good (and my husband loves – which is saying something because I’m not the best cook).  I’ll have to try making myself a plate with just the sauce and pasta sometime.

So far, I haven’t succombed to my chicken cravings.  But I’m having a hard time finding protein substitutions.  I like firm tofu, but I have no idea how to cook it or what brands are good.  I have a little container of cottage cheese in the fridge, but that has been untouched so far.  The other night I went to the grocery store with the sole purpose of getting Chobani greek yogurt (yum!) and the store by me didn’t carry it (although their store 30 minutes away does.  Grrr…).

Really what I do any time I even think about food is go into the kitchen and inhale a whole bunch of peanut butter.  I justify it by saying that it’s a good source of protein.  But I know it’s an even bigger source of fat.  And in the amounts I eat it, it’s not exactly healthy.  Uugh, why do you have this hold on me, peanut butter???

Hmm… Now I want toast with peanut butter…

Anyway, I’m going to have to do some exploring of good alternative protein sources.  I know there are some vegetarian readers out there (do I have readers??) so if you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

I’m stealing a project from Kate (Twenty Six to Life) and starting my own Project 365.

The idea is to document a year in your life (and improve your photography skills!) by taking a picture a day.  I won’t post them on here every single day – I’ll do them in batches.

Our big story of the day was our new dog.  So to start us off… here’s Rocket!

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geonerdette at gmail dot com


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