Did you know…

The fabulous Nancy tagged me to do a “10 random facts” about myself and tag 5 others. Her facts were so good that I knew the pressure was on to come up with some interesting stuff. Well here goes nothing:

1. I have loved Keith since I was 15! I know many of you know this story but for my new readers, there you have it. Keith is 11 years older than me and when I was 15, skinny, brace-faced, and gorgeous (rrriiiggghhhttt) I was smitten! Finally at the age of 25 I married him! 🙂 Something to be said for persistance huh?

2. I still sleep with a teddy bear. Yes I do! My mom bought me this white teddy bear when I was in 6th grade. I remember it was from Victoria’s Secret. There was some promotion like buy X amount of dollars worth and get the bear for $10. It was around the holidays and my mom got me one. I still sleep with it to this day! Keith jokes that if I could only take one item from my home that would be it. He’s right! haha!

3. I never once snuck out of my house. I hear stories from people all the time about their crazy youth. Sneaking out, beer, drugs, parties, etc. Well I can honestly say that I never once snuck out of my house, I was always home by my curfew, I didn’t even try my first beer until my freshman year of college and I wasn’t a wild child. Right mom? Feel free to leave a comment verifying this! 🙂

4. I love TV Marathons. I do. I admit…I can easily get sucked into those Saturday and Sunday afternoon marathons. Case in point yesterday I totally got sucked into I Shouldn’t Be Alive.  Keith and I had it on all day and we totally go into it. In fact, that is how we got into Top Chef. It iced over in Austin about 4 years ago and we were stuck inside. We watched an entire season on Top Chef that day!

5. I have a girl crush. I know you all know my extreme love for Peyton Manning but I also have a girl crush. Guesses anyone? (Allena I know YOU know!) Keri Russell. I have seriously loved her since Felicity and I will admit that I will buy any magazine I see with her picture on it! In fact I own all 4 seasons of Felicity on DVD and I have no shame in admitting that I regularly bust out Felicity Marathons!

6. I don’t really like sweet potatoes. Gasp! I know. I really like the skin of a sweet potato but I am not much for the pulp. I can’t exactly put my finger on it but it just doesn’t speak to me. I would much prefer a regular potato. Food blogger blasphemy, I know. Please don’t hate!

7.  I have always secretly wanted to be blond. Le Sigh…I have very DARK brown hair so I don’t ever see this being a reality for me. But a girl can dream! 😉

8. I’ll take a Lexus! My dream car is a Lexus IS 250…gorgeous! Keith keeps me telling me…one of these days! hehe!

9. I hate to bake! I am not a baker. I hate to measure and be precise and baking just takes too much science for me. I like to just throw things together…maybe I am just not patient enough. But I am really not one of those people who enjoys baking. Now I DO like me some raw cookie, cake, brownie, etc. batter! In fact I have seriously made cookie dough with absolutely zero intention of actually making cookies! What? You don’t do that?

10. Fender Bender Queen! Yup, I started driving when I was 17 (12 years ago) and in those 12 years I have managed to be in 10 minor car accidents. (or that is at least all the ones I can actually remember!) But in my defense 2 of those were not my fault…meaning 80% of them were! OOPS!!!

Now I am suppoed to “tag” five other bloggers. I always hate doing this because I can’t choose just 5 of you!! So how about you all just leave me a comment telling me one interesting fact about you!! Make ’em good! 🙂


Happy Monday

Happy Monday to YOU! I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend! We definitely did. Sorry I didn’t post yesterday but we had a busy fun day! We slept late (until almost 10:00…SERIOUSLY!) and so we got a late start to our day. But let me back up to Saturday night. Remember, we went to Moonshine and then to a comedy club with my mom and Jim. We had so much fun! We laughed a lot!! We didn’t get home and into bed until close to 1:00a.m hence the reason we slept so late on Sunday. We needed it! Here are some pics:

Me and my hottie hubby!

My mom and stepdad Jim...is this not the cutest picture, ever??

Sorry it's blurry we were having a hard time taking a self portrait with steady hands. Too much wine? haha!

My workout this morning was a tough one! I started with 20 minutes of a random (I have a bum knee HIIT) workout:

  • 15% incline @ 4.0 (2 minutes)
  • 1 % incline @ 6.5 (2 minutes)
  • 3.5% incline @ 3.5 (1 minute)

Then it was onto weights. And holy heck I am going to be one sore girl tomorrow. Here you go:

  • Dumbbell Chest Press (15 reps)
  • Dumbbell Flys (15 reps)
  • UFC’s: 30 reps (no weight)
  • Front Kicks: 15 reps each leg (no weight)
  • Skull Crushers (15 reps)
  • Narrow Presses (15 reps)
  • V-Tucks: 30 reps (no weights)
  • Bicycles: 30 reps (no weights)
  • Dumbbell Hammer Presses (15 reps)
  • Reverse Dumbbell Presses (15 reps)
  • Sissy Squats (15 reps each leg)
  • Front Dumbbell Lunges (15 reps each leg)
  • Triceps Kickbacks (15 reps)
  • Nose Crushers (15 reps)
  • Ab Hold (3o seconds)
  • Windshield Wipers (30 reps)
  • Renegade Push-Ups (30 reps)
  • Dumbbell Flys (15 reps)
  • UFC’s (30 reps)
  • Jump Squats (15 reps)
  • Narrow Presses (15 reps)
  • Reverse Posterior Raises  (15 reps)
  • Dumbbell Twists (3o reps)
  • Single Leg Jackknives ( 15 reps)

I know this looks like a lot but once you get moving it flows! This entire workout took me about 75 minutes. (not including the 20 minute HIIT) This was a workout from Jackie Warner. Girlfriend is TOUGH! 🙂

Dinner last night was another fun one! I will admit that I do subscribe to the Hungry Girl newsletter. Although I usually don’t make a lot of her recipes because they do call for a lot of fake ingredients but I actually made a hungry girl recipe last night using REAL stuff and it was really good! I like hungry girl’s concepts and ideas and I think that usually you can take her recipes, make substitutions, and still come out with some healthy dishes.

Hungry Girl Sloppy Joes (with some Kelly changes)

  • 1 lb. raw extra-lean ground turkey (I used lean ground beef 98/2)
  • 5 small hamburger buns (I used gluten-free Udi bread instead of buns)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell peppers
  • 1 cup canned tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup canned no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (I omitted this completely)
  • 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. dry steak seasoning blend
  • dash salt

Spray a large pan with nonstick spray, and bring to medium-high heat. Add turkey to the pan. Spread the meat around in the pan to break it up a bit.

In a small dish, combine salt and steak seasoning. Sprinkle this mixture over the meat, and continue to stir meat in the pan. Once the meat has browned, reduce heat to medium. Add onions, peppers, Worcestershire sauce and vinegar to the pan. Stir, and then continue to cook for 5 minutes. Add tomato sauces and paste to the pan and stir well. Reduce heat to low, and cook the mixture for an additional 5 minutes.

Toast the buns, if desired. Put 1/5th of the mixture on each bottom bun, and then finish off with tops of the buns.

MAKES 5 SERVINGS:  Calories: 271, Fat: 3g, Sodium: 835mg, Carbs: 32g, Fiber: 3g, Sugars: 8g, Protein: 31g

Sloppy Kelly's! haha!

Do you ever make Hungry Girl recipes?

How do you feel about Hungry Girl?

Laugh It Up Saturday

Happy Saturday morning everyone! I hope everyone enjoyed their Friday night!! We had pizza night…this seems to be a running tradition in the household a la Kelly &  Keith. We got a little adventurous and made our own pizza crust. We used Matt’s recipe with a few tweaks to make it gluten-free. Basically I just used gluten-free flour instead of the whole wheat flour. It was great….thanks Matt!!! Then for dessert I did something different. I took two caramel rice cakes and put cool-whip in between and then froze it for  few hours. It was quite tasty. A quirky spin on an ice cream sandwich. 😉

Super Cute Friday Night! HA!

Then Keith and I watched an interesting movie: District 9. This was without a doubt one of the strangest movies I have ever seen. I am not sure that I would recommenced it. haha!

Have you seen this movie? What did you think?

Tonight Keith and I have plans with our favorite couple. Who? My mom and stepdad, Jim! They are the most fun and Keith and try to get out with them at least once a month! We start to feel mom and Jim deprived when we go longer than that! haha! My mom is quite literally my best friend and Keith and Jim are like two peas in a pod too! So it works well…they are the BEST! We re going for dinner at Moonshine! Keith and I have never been there before so we are excited. Check and the menu and tell me what to get! Then later we are headed to a famous comedy club in Austin, Esther’s Follies, for  night full of extreme laughing!!! I am so excited! I love to laugh!

Do you like comedy clubs?

What should I order tonight at Moonshine?

What fun plans do you have for tonight?

Fruity Friday!

WHAT A WEEK! I can honestly say that I am thrilled it is Friday! Thank goodness! I am ready to de-stress, make new goals, have some Kelly & Keith time. Then come Monday….look out peeps…that annoying Monday lover will be back in FINE form! bahahah!

Please tell me all your exciting plans for this weekend!!

But I can’t leave you without some awesome health knowledge, now can I? Speaking of, if you missed it you should really go check out the article I posted yesterday afternoon about The 5 Biggest Health Myths. It is pretty hysterical in it’s own way. But today…let’s talk about fruit! It is no doubt that usually in the summer I find myself craving fruit. I eat substantially more fruit in the summer than in the winter. So with that said, how about a list of the Top 15 Healthiest Fruits!

1. Apples – 1 medium apple (80 calories, 0 g fat): An apple’s 3 g of fiber help you meet your fiber goal of 20 g to 30 g daily. High-fiber diets can lower heart disease risk;

2. Apricots – 3 apricots (51 calories, 0 g fat): A good source of beta-carotene (which is converted to vitamin A by the body), providing the equivalent of 35% of the RDA for vitamin A;

3. Bananas – 1 medium (105 calories, 0 g fat): Bananas are a great source of potassium, which plays a key role in heart health and muscle function. Plus each one has 2 g of fiber;

4. Blackberries – 1 cup (74 calories, 0 g fat): This fruit boasts a whopping 10 g of fiber in a single cup;

5. Blueberries – 1 cup (81 calories, 0 g fat): Blueberries help prevent and treat bladder infections by making it hard for bacteria to stick to urinary tract walls;

6. Cherries – 1 cup (84 calories, 1 g fat): A good source of perillyl alcohol, which helps prevent cancer in animals. Heart-protective anthocyanins give cherries their color;

7. Grapefruits – 1/2 fruit (39 calories, 0 g fat): A good source of vitamin C and a compound called naringenin, which helps suppress tumors in animals;

8. Kiwi – 1 medium (46 calories, 0 g fat): Just one little fruit packs a mean vitamin-C punch (74 mg) and an impressive 2.8 g fiber;

9. Mangoes – 1 mango (135 calories, 1 g fat): A single mango has enough beta-carotene to cover your RDA for vitamin A while racking up 57 mg of vitamin C;

10. Oranges fruits– 1 orange (61 calories, 0 g fat): One orange provides an impressive 50 mg to 70 mg of vitamin C, 40 mcg of folic acid and 52 mg of calcium;

11. Papayas – 1 cup, cubed (55 calories, 0 g fat): Loaded with vitamin C (86 mg per cup), a healthy dose of fiber (2.5 g) and a sprinkling of beta-carotene and calcium;

12. Purple grapes – 1 small (113 calories, 0.9 g fat):Offer three heart-guarding compounds: flavonoids, anthocyanins and resveratrol (green grapes are not rich in them);

13. Prunes – 1/3 cup, stewed (87 calories, 0 g fat): Prunes’ famed laxative effect is no mystery: There are 5 g of fiber (both soluble and insoluble) in just 1/3 cup;

14. Raspberries – 1 cup (60 calories, 0 g fat): Teeming with 8 g of fiber per cup, they also boast vitamin C, ellagic acid and anthocyanins;

15. Strawberries – 1 cup, sliced (50 calories, 0 g fat): Strawberries have high levels of ellagic acid and anthocyanins, and are rich in vitamin C (95 mg per cup) and fiber (3.8 g per cup).

What’s your favorite summertime fruit?

5 Biggest Health Myths

Hey guys…okay I apologize in advance is this article offends anyone but I thought it was worth posting. It is called 5 Biggest Health Myths That You Haven’t Heard Before.

5 Biggest Health Myths That You Haven’t Heard Before

by Kavan Wolfe

Here are five fitness myths that are doing serious damage in western society:

5. Walking is the Best Exercise

Best in what sense? Lowest impact? No, that’s swimming. Most enjoyable? No, that’s sex. Can do it anywhere? No, you can’t do it in a car, and almost anywhere you can walk you can also run. So what gives?

Sure, walking is great when you’re 80 years old, and you have to start somewhere if you’re so completely out of shape that a light jog will give you heart attack. However, there’s no reason that most people cannot or ought not to be doing something more intense.

4. Skinny = Healthy

Healthy means you have the stamina to run 10 or 15 kilometers, the strength to lift your body weight, and the flexibility to bend over and put your hands flat on the floor with your knees locked. This has nothing to do with whether your ribs protrude from your skin. Unfortunately, in a society where obesity is so prevalent, people have begun confusing the anorexic physique with the olympic physique.

3. Lifting Weights will Add Bulk

The way the magazines tell it, half an hour in the gym twice a week will turn you into Hercules. This is laughable. The average man is incapable of gaining more than about 5 pounds of muscle in a year without steroids, hormone injections, creatine and colon-stretching amounts of protein. The average woman can expect even more limited results. Making it sound like bulking up is the natural effective of lifting some 10 pound dumbbells is a horrific insult to every diehard trainee out there. You don’t accidentally put on muscle. You have to well work for it. Besides, you’ll be amazed at what swapping 5 pounds of fat for muscle will do for your looks.

2. Weight Loss Diet Plans

It’s not that any particular diet plan is bullshit, it’s that they’re ALL bullshit. If you eat fewer calories than you burn, you will lose weight. The laws of physics make it so. Whether you eat carbs or protein or fat, whether you go over or under your weight watcher’s points, whether you eat Jenny Craig certified food or chili dogs, it’s all irrelevant. All that matters is Calories In – Calories Burned = Calorie Deficit. For every 3500 calorie deficit, you’ll lose at least one pound, not counting water.

This is not to say that all combinations of food are equally healthy, just that if you burn more than you eat, you will lose weight no matter what you eat.

1. That’s Not Food You’re Eating

Much of what’s eaten in the modern, industrialized diet is not food, but synthetic, food-like substances. If it comes in a package and has ingredients you don’t recognize, it’s synthetic. White flour and anything containing it is synthetic. Corn syrup is synthetic. White rice is synthetic. White sugar is synthetic. Most cheese is synthetic. Frozen dinners are definitely synthetic. And you can bet that anything you eat at a fast food restaurant will also be synthetic. So are all sodas and much of the sugar-water that masquerades as fruit juice.

Many of these synthetic non-foods are devoid in nutrition and packed with salt, sugar and fat. If you want to be healthier, try eating real foods! You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel, how much more energy you’ll have and how much easier sleep will come.

Real foods include:

  • Fruits, vegetables and their juices (with no added sugar or preservatives)
  • free-range, organic meats, fish and eggs
  • Milk and natural cheese
  • Organic, all-natural whole-grain breads and pastas
  • Pepper, chilies, rosemary, thyme, sage, garlic, marjoram, basil, oregano, cloves, coriander, parsley, cumin, turmeric, mustard, bay leaves, tarragon, fennel, etc.

Flavoring real foods with spices and herbs will produce far healthier, tastier dishes that the fat, sugar and salt infused factory-food that oozes from supermarket shelves.

What do you think of this article?

A New Day. A New Attitude.

Happy Thursday everyone! Well it is a NEW DAY and I am here with a NEW ATTITUDE! I can’t say that I won’t get frustrated, upset or down in the coming months but I can promise you that I am going to try! I am not going to stop blogging! After the enormous support I got from this amazing community these last 2 days I feel more renewed than ever. You all helped give me a little confidence back and helped me to remember that I am more than what I gave myself credit for. So thank you for bringing sunshine into my life these last few days. I sincerely am touched by each and every one of you who chimed in. And I found some lurkers! Don’t be shy…comment! I love to meet readers! 😉

So let’s talk about what the future holds. I am currently looking for a new Physical Therapist. The doctor I was seeing did not work out. Let’s just leave it at that. But before I find another PT, I am going to officially get an MRI on my knee so that I can know 100% EXACTLY what is going on down there! BUT…I can’t get one until after August 1st. Why? Our insurance year starts on 8/1/2010 and Keith and I both think it would be smarter to wait until the new year so that whatever we have to pay out-of-pocket for the MRI goes towards our yearly deductible. There is not point in having in now and have it apply towards this year’s deductible when there are only 2 weeks left in our year. Make sense? But first thing in August I will have one and definitely let you know. From there I will have my primary care doctor recommend an orthopedic PT for me.

In the meantime I am just going to do what I can, stop when it hurts, try to smile and ICE a lot! Today I was able to handle 6 miles at a slow pace. I was on the treadmill and kept it at 6.5 the whole time. The knee feels good and I just have to keep telling myself that at least I can work out..at least I can work out…at least I can work out! 🙂

Dinner last night was actually very simple but very good! I was craving a big old salad. So big old salad I did! I had spinach, egg, bell pepper, cucumber and blueberries. I topped that with a Quorn “chicken” patty and I was H-A-P-P-Y!

Aint it pretty?

I might be eating this again real soon!

Do you find yourself craving salads in the summer?

In the health world, do you like tomatoes? I LOVE THEM! In fact I can eat them like apples! so here are a few tomato tips: when buying, look for firm, deeply colored and blemish-free tomatoes that feel heavy for their size. Store stem-side down at room temperature, away from direct sunlight. And whatever you do, don’t put them in the fridge: cold turns the flesh mushy and drains tomatoes of flavor. Buy only what you’ll use within a few days.

Do you like tomatoes?

Keith HATES them…more for me!

I Am Amazed!

Oh. My. Gosh. I don’t even know where to start! I guess first I need to say THANK YOU (from the bottom of my heart) to every single person out there who gave me such words of encouragement yesterday. I spent most of my day responding to emails that so many of you sent me with your own stories and your own words of wisdom. I was completely blown away by it all. So many of you had some AMAZING stories to share and it just made me realize that we all struggle and we all recover. Sometimes we learn more about ourselves and in the end we are better for it.

Prior to yesterday, I was sincerely thinking about not blogging anymore. Mainly because I figured that without my marathon running I didn’t have anything to offer you guys. I didn’t really see any value I could bring. My life is not all together that interesting. I don’t have kids, I don’t make gourmet recipes (although some are quite tasty :)), I am not on the verge of getting married, I don’t really do anything special…I am just me. And I struggle with the concept of “me” and the fear of being ordinary. And running made me feel like I wasn’t ordinary and that I had something to offer. Something to bring to the table, something that made me somebody unique. And I figured that without that, why would anyone want to come to my blog to read simply about me.

So many of the emails I got were from readers telling me that if I needed a break then I should take it but please don’t stop the blog. I was floored! I mean really?! I didn’t realize that so many of you didn’t really come to my blog for the running…but more for me. Who I am. Apparently, I have quite the sense of humor and make you guys laugh. A few people told me that my attitude towards Mondays (and my apparent  love for the day) made them smile and not dread Mondays as much. A lot of you said that my positive attitude radiated through my blog and I actually inspired quite a few of you just by being happy. And in the end, I would rather inspire someone through my positive attitude for life than by running. So again THANK YOU for the perspective. Truly.

I also am happy to say that I did contact the ING New York Marathon board and I can defer my entry to next year due to this injury. So that actually makes me very excited because now I feel like I have 15 months to be smart, rehab, and run NYC in 2011. I have a goal again and I feel grounded.

I know it is going to be hard work. I know my recovery is not going to be easy and may at some point even require surgery (although I am going to do everything in my power to avoid that!) But I know I am strong. I know I am a fighter and I know that very rarely do I ever quit. I am tenacious (right Dad?) and I will do this. I will be a better person for this and I will be okay. I also want to take the next few months to understand that without running I am still unique and special. That running is just something I do, but running is not who I am. That will take a lot of work to separate the two. But I feel like my mental healing will be just as (if not more) important than my physical healing. I tried to run today and only made it about 3 miles before the pain started. In an effort to be smart, I stopped and stretched and will be heading to Body Pump at lunch.

Thank you all. I love you all. And I truly hope that I get to meet a lot of you next month at the Healthy Living Summit in Chicago.