This Day On April 30, 2006

Happy Friday everyone! So today is a special day for me because 4 years ago today I married this man:

This is my favorite wedding picture of us!

I can’t believe it has been 4 years and I can honestly say that I love Keith more today than I ever have! He is my best friend, my rock and my life. Without him…I can’t imagine! So let me take you through that day…in pictures!

Wedding programs

Haha...we're MARRIED!

My gorgeous cake!

We were very nice and didn't shove the cake into each other's face!

KISS KISS!

A toast to a happy life!

Showing off my wedding bling!

BYE!

Today we are heading to Dallas, to spend the weekend with Keith’s parents. Keith and I had a long distance relationship for about a year. He was in Dallas and I was in Austin. So this weekend we plan to revisit some of our old favorite places we used to frequent when dating! VERY EXCITED! So I will not be posting this weekend because I want to focus solely on Keith and his family. But I have 2 AWESOME guest posts lined up for you…so come check and have a HAPPY HAPPY FRIDAY!

Food, Food and more FOOD!

CHECK THIS OUT!!!! What an awesome chart!! I thought you guys might enjoy this!

 Apples
Protects your heart
prevents constipation
Blocks diarrhea
Improves lung capacity
Cushions joints
Apricots
Combats cancer
Controls blood pressure
Saves your eyesight
Shields against Alzheimer’s
Slows aging process
Artichokes
Aids digestion
Lowers cholesterol
Protects your heart
Stabilizes blood sugar
Guards against liver disease
Avocados
Battles diabetes
Lowers cholesterol
Helps stops strokes
Controls blood pressure
Smoothes skin
Bananas
Protects your heart
Quiets a cough
Strengthens bones
Controls blood pressure
Blocks diarrhea
Beans
Prevents constipation
Helps hemorrhoids
Lowers cholesterol
Combats cancer
Stabilizes blood sugar
Beets
Controls blood pressure
Combats cancer
Strengthens bones
Protects your heart
Aids weight loss
Blueberries
Combats cancer
Protects your heart
Stabilizes blood sugar
Boosts memory
Prevents constipation
Broccoli
Strengthens bones
Saves eyesight
Combats cancer
Protects your heart
Controls blood pressure
Cabbage
Combats cancer
Prevents constipation
Promotes weight loss
Protects your heart
Helps hemorrhoids
Cantaloupe
Saves eyesight
Controls blood pressure
Lowers cholesterol
Combats cancer
Supports immune system
Carrots
Saves eyesight
Protects your heart
Prevents constipation
Combats cancer
Promotes weight loss
Cauliflower
Protects against Prostate Cancer
Combats Breast Cancer
Strengthens bones
Banishes bruises
Guards against heart disease
Cherries
Protects your heart
Combats Cancer
Ends insomnia
Slows aging process
Shields against Alzheimer’s
Chestnuts
Promotes weight loss
Protects your heart
Lowers cholesterol
Combats Cancer
Controls blood pressure
Chili peppers
Aids digestion
Soothes sore throat
Clears sinuses
Combats Cancer
Boosts immune system
Figs
Promotes weight loss
Helps stops strokes
Lowers cholesterol
Combats Cancer
Controls blood pressure
Fish
Protects your heart
Boosts memory
Protects your heart
Combats Cancer
Supports immune system
Flax
Aids digestion
Battles diabetes
Protects your heart
Improves mental health
Boosts immune system
Garlic
Lowers cholesterol
Controls blood pressure
Combats cancer
kills bacteria
Fights fungus
Grapefruit
Protects against heart attacks
Promotes Weight loss
Helps stops strokes
Combats Prostate Cancer
Lowers cholesterol
Grapes
saves eyesight
Conquers kidney stones
Combats cancer
Enhances blood flow
Protects your heart
Green tea
Combats cancer
Protects your heart
Helps stops strokes
Promotes Weight loss
Kills bacteria
Honey
Heals wounds
Aids digestion
Guards against ulcers
Increases energy
Fights allergies
Lemons
Combats cancer
Protects your heart
Controls blood pressure
Smoothes skin
Stops scurvy
Limes
Combats cancer
Protects your heart
Controls blood pressure
Smoothes skin
Stops scurvy
Mangoes
Combats cancer
Boosts memory
Regulates thyroid
aids digestion
Shields against Alzheimer’s
Mushrooms
Controls blood pressure
Lowers cholesterol
Kills bacteria
Combats cancer
Strengthens bones
Oats
Lowers cholesterol
Combats cancer
Battles diabetes
prevents constipation
Smoothes skin
Olive oil
Protects your heart
Promotes Weight loss
Combats cancer
Battles diabetes
Smoothes skin
Onions
Reduce risk of heart attack
Combats cancer
Kills bacteria
Lowers cholesterol
Fights fungus
Oranges
Supports immune systems
Combats cancer
Protects your heart
Straightens respiration

 

 
Peaches
prevents constipation
Combats cancer
Helps stops strokes
aids digestion
Helps hemorrhoids
Peanuts
Protects against heart disease
Promotes Weight loss
Combats Prostate Cancer
Lowers cholesterol
 
Aggravates 
diverticulitis
Pineapple
Strengthens bones
Relieves colds
Aids digestion
Dissolves warts
Blocks diarrhea
Prunes
Slows aging process
prevents constipation
boosts memory
Lowers cholesterol
Protects against heart disease
Rice
Protects your heart
Battles diabetes
Conquers kidney stones
Combats cancer
Helps stops strokes
Strawberries
Combats cancer
Protects your heart
boosts memory
Calms stress

 

 
Sweet potatoes
Saves your eyesight
Lifts mood
Combats cancer
Strengthens bones

 

 
Tomatoes
Protects prostate
Combats cancer
Lowers cholesterol
Protects your heart

 

 
Walnuts
Lowers cholesterol
Combats cancer
boosts memory
Lifts mood
Protects against heart disease
Water
Promotes Weight loss
Combats cancer
Conquers kidney stones
Smoothes skin

 

 
Watermelon
Protects prostate
Promotes Weight loss
Lowers cholesterol
Helps stops strokes
Controls blood pressure
Wheat germ
Combats Colon Cancer
prevents constipation
Lowers cholesterol
Helps stops strokes
improves digestion
Wheat bran
Combats Colon Cancer
prevents constipation
Lowers cholesterol
Helps stops strokes
improves digestion
Yogurt
Guards against ulcers
Strengthens bones
Lowers cholesterol
Supports immune systems
Aids digestion

Do you have any miracle food cures?

Thursday Smiles

YAY! We made it past Wednesday! Now I feel like the week is officially on the decline! 🙂 Sweet! Workout this morning was great. I did a speedy 5 miles at 7:30 pace (8.0) followed by 45 minutes on the elliptical. Once again…happy workout = happy Kelly!!

Dinner last night was another new invention!! I am getting creative these days! haha! I wanted stuffed chicken breasts…so I…um…STUFFED EM!

FETA STUFFED CHICKEN BREASTS

  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta, sun-dried tomato flavor
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 Tbsp. capers
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves, chopped
  • 4 (4 oz.) boneless skinless chicken breasts

Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, stirring, 3-4 minutes until soft.

Remove skillet from heat and transfer onions to a small bowl. Stir in the basil, feta and capers.

Cut a horizontal slit in chicken to form a pocket. Stuff 1/4 of the cheese mixture into each chicken breast.

Return skillet to medium-high heat and add a tad more olive oil.

Add chicken and saute for 6 minutes. Carefully flip chicken over and cook for another 6 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

What do you think? I know it sure tasted good! 🙂

PSST…Have you check out my How I SHOP tab? I recently added some new products that might be of interest!

Yesterday I was going through some old papers and cleaning up my desk and I found a sticky note where I had written down the following:Trying to be perfect actually hinders your chances of being excellent.” I LOVE that quote and it is something I need to remind myself of daily. I struggle with trying to be perfect that I sometimes fail to see that I can be excellent! I want to be the perfect runner, the perfect wife, the perfect cook, and the list goes on. But I can’t be perfect because perfection is impossible! I need to throw out the perfection scale and focus more on being simply the best I can be (flaws in all) and recognize the excellence in that! A daily struggle…but quotes like this help me remember!

Do you think the above quote is true?

Thank You

Keith and I officially have the best neighbors! We got really lucky and have a GREAT street. All of our neighbors are friendly, take great care of their homes, and are super generous! Case in point, last week our neighbor from 2 houses down stopped by to bring us fresh lettuce, green onions, spinach and cilantro from his garden. Not only that, he told us to just to help ourselves to his backyard garden whenever we wanted! How great is that! So far we have been loving the totally fresh homegrown produce we have been getting! So to say thank you, I baked! He and his wife have two small boys (4 and 6 years of age) and I thought some cookies were definitely in order! 

I made peanut butter chocolate chip cookies (gluten-free of course…but ssshhh I didn’t tell…sneaky Kelly) and I think I have officially made friends for life with 2 little boys!! 🙂 

PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES 

  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (this is where I substituted gluten-free flour)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup natural chunky peanut butter
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chocolate chips (I used about a 1/4 cup of mini chips)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F; spray two baking sheets with non-stick spray. 

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. In another medium bowl, with an electric mixer on high-speed, cream the butter and peanut butter. Gradually beat in the brown sugar; add the egg and vanilla, beating until fluffy. With the mixer on low-speed, gradually beat in the flour mixture until blended. Stir in peanut butter chips. 

Drop the dough by generous tablespoons onto the baking sheets, forming 12 cookies on each sheet; with back of a fork, lightly press each cookie to flatten in a checkerboard pattern. Bake until lightly browned on the bottom, 12-15 minutes. Cool completely on a rack. 

Yields: 24 cookies (2 cookies per serving) 

CALORIES 180; FAT 8g (5g saturated fat); CHOLESTEROL 24mg; SODIUM 205mg; CARBOHYDRATE 22g; FIBER 1g; PROTEIN 5g 

Would you like one?

 

How do you say “thank you?” 

Oh and check out this article on the 50 Germiest Places in the World. It is really interesting!

Wednesday…Why Do I HATE Thee?!

Hey guys…it is Wednesday! I don’t know why I hate Wednesdays so much but it is like as soon as I open my eyes I am hit with this annoying…”UGH It’s Wednesday” feeling! What is wrong with me?? How can I be so chipper on Mondays and then be such a Wednesday hater?! Any suggestions to convert me to a Wednesday lover would be GREATLY appreciated! 🙂

So even though it is Wednesday I did manage one awesome workout. Guys I am not going to lie…that workout yesterday kicked my butt! I was hurting like no other today. So as a recovery I did a chill 10 miles at 8:35 pace. I needed a slower long run to work out the lactic acid build up. Whenever you are REALLY sore the best thing you can do is MOVE…and move I did. 🙂

Dinner last night was a new creation that I did based upon several recipes I have seen for pizza casseroles. My protein craving hubby was craving some “man food” and so this definitely fit the bill. Plus I love casseroles because you can assemble them advance and then just pop them in the oven when you are ready to cook. Since Tuesdays tend to be busy for me, that is exactly what I did. I put this together in the morning and then it was easy to just pop in the oven that night! (Jessica…I feel like this recipe would do you proud! haha)

PIZZA CASSEROLE

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (8oz) package of mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 (4oz) can sliced black olives, drained
  • 1 (15oz) jar pizza sauce
  • 5 oz. turkey pepperoni slices, cut in half
  • 3-4 oz. low-fat mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups cooked pasta (I used gluten-free macaroni noodles)

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.

Brown beef, onion, garlic over medium high heat. Drain off excess grease. Add mushrooms, olives, pepperoni and pizza sauce. Cook until heated through. Mix in pasta.

Pour into a baking dish sprayed lightly with nonstick spray. Sprinkle with cheese.

Bake for 20-30 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Serves: 6

357 Calories; 13.3g Fat (4.3g saturated fat); 72.9mg Cholesterol; 658mg Sodium; 29.4g Carbohydrates; 6.0g Fiber; 0.2g Sugar; 27.8g Protein

MAN MEAT MEAL....ARG!

What “Man Meals” do you make?

Sleep Tight!

Here are some interesting “sleep-for-thought” tips! Forget what your mom told you: A glass of warm milk before bed might actually keep you up, rather than lull you to sleep. See, the protein in the milk will boost alertness–and unless it’s skim, the fat will slow your digestion, making your rest more fitful. Not exactly the best shut-eye remedy. (Sorry, mom.)

Nothing makes it harder to fall asleep than knowing how important it is to fall asleep. So when the pressure’s on, try chowing down on one of these snacks before bedtime to ensure some serious shut-eye; they’re all hand-picked and approved by the Eat This, Not That! nutrition team. These 8 sleep-better foods and drinks have been shown to induce feel-good relaxation chemicals, calming your nerves and slowing your racing brain.


NONFAT POPCORN
Pop a bag half an hour before bedtime: The carbs will induce your body to create serotonin, a neurochemical that makes you feel relaxed. Skipping the butter-fat will slow the process of boosting those feel-good chemicals, and, as mentioned above, will also slow digestion in general.


OATMEAL WITH SLICED BANANA
Sleep is inspired by the hormone melatonin, but stress or excitement can disrupt melatonin’s release. Bring your brain back down to earth by whipping up a bowl of instant oatmeal and topping it with a sliced banana, which is rich in melatonin.

Related: Something else that helps you sleep: A good workout, early in the day.


1 CUP OF PLAIN YOGURT WITH 2 TABLESPOONS MIXED NUTS
Scientists in Slovakia gave people either 3 grams each of two amino acids (lysine and arginine) or a placebo and asked them to deliver a speech. Blood measurements of stress hormones revealed that the amino acid-fortified speakers were half as anxious during and after the speech as those who took the placebo. Yogurt is one of the best food sources of lysine; nuts pack tons of arginine. Because both contain alertness-inducing protein, you’re best off eating this combo a few hours before bed (or even at midday, before a big, stressful presentation at work). It’ll reduce the residual stress you feel later in the evening, meaning you won’t replay your day over and over again in your head as you try to fall asleep.


A PILE OF SESAME SEEDS
Sesame seeds are one of the best natural sources of tryptophan, the sleep-inducing amino acid responsible for all of those post-Thanksgiving turkey comas. Hold off on the turkey sammies, though-the protein in the turkey might offset the tryptophan’s benefit.


A HANDFUL OF PRETZELS
Pretzels are a low-calorie, low-fat source of carbohydrates, which will make you feel sleepy, but won’t pack on the pounds or give you belly-aching indigestion.


1 GLASS OF WINE
It’s called a “nightcap” for a reason–a glass of wine really does take the edge off. University of Toronto researchers discovered that one alcoholic drink caused people’s blood vessels to relax–but two began to reverse the effects, so limit your intake. Relaxed blood vessels means lower blood pressure, slower heart rate, and greater ability to relax in general.


A 4-OZ GLASS OF UNSWEETENED CHERRY JUICE
Cherry juice has serotonin-inducing carbohydrates, which will help relax you. Down the cherry juice an hour before bedtime, in case you feel a small jolt of energy from the sugar. There’s not enough to keep you up all night or destabilize your blood sugar levels.


RED BELL PEPPERS
Researchers at the University of Alabama fed rats 200 milligrams of vitamin C twice a day and found that it nearly stopped the secretion of cortisol, a hormone released in your body when you’re stressed. Calorie for calorie, red bell peppers give you more vitamin C than any other fruit or vegetable.

And for more great advice like this, head over to Eat This Not That!

What tips do you have for falling to sleep?

I’ll Take A Tuesday!

Good morning peeps! Did everyone get through their dreaded Monday? Hope so! And here’s wishing everyone a HAPPY HAPPY week! So today I did a workout I copied from this awesome runner!

  • 1/2 mile warm up @ 7.0
  • 3 miles @ 8.0
  • 1 mile recovery jog @ 6.5
  • 3 miles @ 8.0
  • 1 mile recovery jog @ 6.5
  • TOTAL: 8.5 miles

I followed that up with 15 minutes on the elliptical and I am already feeling it!!! HELLO LEGS! 🙂 Awesome workout…definitely try it! 🙂

I sadly do not have pictures of dinner from last night…my computer crashed…dang it…and so I am using Keith’s and his is like 1900’s SLOW!!! Seriously writing this post is taking a lot of patience on my end (definitely NOT my best virtue and I am being tested big time) so uploading pictures is definitely not going to happen! Thankfully my computer is still covered under warranty and someone is supposed to coming to the house within the next day or two to fix it. Sheesh…so until then I leave you with this: AHDJDJFJGIKGHIRHGINK*&%(%(DENFKDFN!!!!!! Catch my drift?! haha! 🙂

But where was I, oh yes, dinner! Dinner was easy…mahi mahi (that I baked with lemon pepper seasoning) with fresh steamed asparagus…it was pretty…ah…use your imagination! 🙂

Today’s agenda is just work, more work and uh… more work! Good thing I like my job huh? Tuesdays always seem to be busy days for me. I guess Mondays are not popular “meet with your nutritionist” days…hum…wonder why! But Tuesday always seem to be pretty popular! 🙂 haha!

I want to talk a little bit about negative commenting on blogs. I want to know how you handle it when people leave you nasty words.  I personally just try to roll with it and try not to take it so personal. Having a public blog does open you up to public opinion and sometimes those opinions are not the nicest. While we (as the recipients) may not have control over the comment we DO have control over our reactions. I think people who leave hurtful comments are really just angry and upset with themselves and are therefore finding external things/people in which to express that anger towards. It doesn’t make it right but on some level it actually makes me feel sorry for that person. I have gotten my fair share of negative comments and sometimes they definitely hurt. But I try to remind myself that I AM a good person and just because someone is taking their anger out on me doesn’t mean I am to blame.

How do you deal with rude comments on your blog?

Team For Kids

Hey guys! So I have exciting news! I am been talking with New York Road Runner (NYRR) Team For Kids and I am going to get the AMAZING opportunity for them during the NYC Marathon this November. I qualified for the NYC Marathon back in January and was then shocked to receive a call from this organization asking me to help spread their mission for youth programs across the country! They agreed to let me be a part of their amazing mission even though I did not need charity entry into the marathon!

NYRR Team For Kids provides free or low-cost school and community-center based health and fitness programs to children who would most likely otherwise have no access to regular physical activity. Their programs currently serve nearly 100,000 children each week in more than 400 schools and community centers in New York City, nationally, and in the Cape Town region of South Africa. Does this sound like an organization that I would LOVE to be a part of, or what?! It is a perfect fit!

Over the coming months, I am going to be blogging about this amazing organization and once I get into marathon training mode (late August) I will blog my training workouts that I will be getting from online coaching from Team For Kids.

Today I urge you to go and check out their website and see what amazing things they are doing around the world to help keep kids active! Or check out this video  http://blip.tv/play/gfkr059YAg to watch Team For Kids in ACTION!! This is a cause that is so near and dear to my heart and I know all you awesome readers will support me and Team For Kids!

Just Another Manic Monday!

Happy Monday! My favorite day of the week! YES! I honestly crave and look forward to Mondays…not sure why but I do. I used to be a Monday hater back in the day but over the years I have definitely changed and now I think I can honestly say that Mondays take the cake in my book!! 🙂

Workout: 11 miles…hollar for me! I ran pretty even splits averaging about 8:16 pace. NICE! I have my beginning running group in a few hours that usually acts as my cool down run of about 3 miles. Happy Runs = Happy Legs = Happy Kelly!

HOORAY FOR MONDAYS (and good runs!!)

So dinner last night was awesome (if I do say so myself) and it was EASY! Now who doesn’t love that? I took frozen chicken breasts and shoved them in the crockpot with a large jar of salsa, a can of black beans and a can of corn. Let it cook all day and then it shreds beautifully for tacos! Sweet! Towards the end of the day I wasn’t craving chicken so I sauteed a few shrimp and had shrimp tacos but I got all the yummy salsa/bean/corn mixture from the crockpot and some fresh cilantro…so good! Keith LOVES chicken and he made quite a dent and now there are only a few tacos left! haha! Check out of mine and Keith’s plates:

My Shrimp Tacos..wow I obviously love onions!

Keith's Tacos!

Moving on: Whole Foods, I love you! Aside from the obvious reasons to love Whole Foods I have another one for you!!! Yay! Whole Foods is introducing a new campaign called “Celebrating Your Choices” that is going to be a series of shopping lists and information for those people on special diets! According to Whole Foods, “[they] believe that food should bring pleasure along with good health, and these guides are intended as a resource to help everyone experience as many healthy, natural food choices as possible.” Now how cool is that?!?  The special needs lists so far include: Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Low Fat, Low Sodium, Soy, Sugar Conscious,Vegetarian, and Wheat-free. To find some of these special needs grocery lists along with recipes, links, tips and more go here!

And lastly, for those of you who didn’t read blogs this weekend (good for you) here’s what you missed:

Why do you think Mondays get such a bad rap?

Sunday Cleaning!

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope everyone had a good Saturday! The weather is fabulous here and soaking up tons of Vitamin D has definitely been on the agenda! 🙂 Today is a clean day (blech) but it needs to be done. So here’s my to-do list: 

  • Laundry
  • Dusting…we seriously have some dust bunnies up in here!
  • Vacuuming
  • Sweeping (note to home builder: whoever decided that stark white tile in the kitchen was a good idea was WRONG!)
  • Toilets

UGH..have I mentioned that I HATE cleaning?! I mean I truly hate it! But once I get through that I am going to log some major hammock time! 

So last night I think I officially failed as a healthy living blogger! haha! But whatcha gonna do? I was craving the heck out of a Hot Pocket. Don’t ask…but I went with it! I have learned that sometimes you just have to throw caution to the wind and go with the cravings! 

Pizza Lean Pocket!!

 

And yes...I enjoyed every cheesy bite! haha!

 HAPPY SUNDAY!!