Saturday, March 31, 2012

Fear Factor

I know I am not supposed to play with my food, but when it has tentacles, how can I resist?


Hehehe.  Last night Dan and I ordered Thai.  I was feeling adventurous, so I ordered Yum Talay:

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Yum indeed. 



I don’t know why, but this was not what I was expecting.  Of course, I ate the shrimp, crab, and calamari no problem.  The baby squid were hard, but I pushed through.

However, I had to draw the line at the mussels. 


Somehow, when they don’t have a shell they look so much worse.

Just go ahead and sign me up for Fear Factor.  After this training I am good to go. 

Other Eats







I was a lazy bum and didn’t run until I got home from work.  I had really good intentions of running 10 miles, but somehow only ran 3.  Looks like the 10 miles will be pushed out to Sunday again.

Thought for the day

Points breakdown

Daily points (31) + Activity Points (6) – Eating Points (38) = -1

Weekly points (49) + Mon (1) – Tues (8) – Wed [0] – Thurs (11) – Fri (1) = 30

Friday, March 30, 2012

Greetings from Vermont

No, I am not in Vermont.


But, I did receive a foodie pen pal package from Vermont, more specifically, from Christa over at Livin’ a Little Life!  Christa is a WW leader and a runner – this is a match made in heaven folks. 


I told her I wanted something local, and boy did she deliver!  I don’t think it gets any more local than maple syrup!  Can’t wait to bust that out on some pancakes. 

I’m also super excited about the salad dressing – planning on adding that to my SuperPower Greens soon!


I have already put the dark chocolate bar and the syrup to good use, by making The Fitnessista’s Amazeballs


I slightly modified the recipe: into a food processor I put 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder, 1 tbs of almond butter, 1 tbs of fig butter, 2 tbs of shredded coconut, 1 tbs of syrup, and 1/2 of the chocolate bar, ran the processor for about 1 minute, then rounded into 4 balls. 


Oh my.  I planned on saving these for my pre-workout fuel in the morning, but there was no way that was happening.  I ate two as soon as they came out of the food processor and two before I went to bed.  Sigh.

I won’t make these again unless I have 12 points to spend. Hehehe.

To see the Kansas City care package that I sent, head over to My Indulge.

If you want to participate in the program (you don’t have to write a blog just love food) click on the button below:

The Lean Green Bean

Other Eats

So happy that parfaits are back in my life.


Lunch was leftovers from the night before.  The hash needed a little more flavor, so I added some mustard and rooster love. 


Dan and I ended up at a new-to-us restaurant Fresh Grill.  They won us over with the picture of the salad and their outdoor seating.


The menu looked awesome and I could not decide on what to order.  I finally went with the half salad half sandwich combo.

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The food was great.  I plan on returning soon – maybe for their breakfast or their yogurt bar.


Thursday = sprint day = 3.3 miles in 30 minutes = one tired Racheal

Thought for the day

it's friday, i'm in love. quote.


Points Breakdown

Daily points (31) + Activity Points (6) – Eating Points (48) = 11

Weekly points (49) + Mon (1) – Tues (8) – Wed [0] – Thurs (11) = 31

Thursday, March 29, 2012


Big Momma has a new pair of glasses!


I haven’t had glasses since I was in high school when my dad called me Poindexter. 


See the similarity?  Hehehe.

I have been a strictly contacts girl for years, but some recent allergy issues have me scratching my eyeballs out every afternoon.

I ordered my glasses through a company called Warby Parker and had such a great experience with them that I thought I would share the process with you.  They are an online company (although they do have a few locations in the US).

I went to their website, picked out 5 pairs of glasses to try on at home, they sent me the glasses (completely free of charge), I picked the ones I liked and sent them back (again, free of charge), ordered the pair I wanted, and voila, now I have my own pair.  The whole process took about 2.5 weeks.  I like this company because:

  1. They have great customer service.  When I called to ask a question a real live person answered the phone and was very helpful.  They also have replied to my emails in less than 5 minutes.
  2. They are relatively inexpensive.  My glasses (frames and lenses) were  $95 – which I will get back from my insurance company.
  3. They are charitable.  For every pair of glasses you buy, they donate a pair to someone in need!  (Check out their stories here.) 

It doesn’t get any better than that.  I already have my eyes on another pair – and possibly a pair of sunglasses.


Breakfast was a little desperate.  The only green items left in my fridge was a container of guacamole that expired on March 8th. 


I giggled out loud when I read “Avocado’s Number.” That is freaking hilarious. Maybe my dad was right in calling me Poindexter. I risked the expired guac on some scrambled eggs.  Very tasty.


I didn’t get a chance to eat the grapefruit until I got to work. 

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Super messy.

I was the tuna curry girl again at lunch. A great pantry – freezer standby.

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On my way home from work, all I could think about was fig butter.  When I walked in the door I immediately made myself a fig butter snack.


Dinner was a very different experience.  We had savory oatmeal salmon hash (click *here* for the recipe).  I was a little hesitant, but am of the “don’t knock it til you try it” mindset.  It ended up being super good.    I am picturing other combos of savory oatmeal in my future – maybe guacamole oats?



Plus 2 more cookies (4) and a tbs of fig butter (1).


A beautiful outdoor run.  Here is my RunStar Ap Summary from my phone:


My speed slowed a few times to take pictures,


smell the flowers,

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and try to catch a dog who was rolling in road kill in the middle of 58 highway.  I wasn’t successful. 

Thought for the day:


Points Breakdown:

Daily points (31) + Activity Points (9) – Eating Points (40) = 0

Weekly points (49) + Mon (1) – Tues (8) – Wed [0]= 42

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Not so Kool

Sometimes a story is too funny not to tell – no matter how embarrassing it is – as is what happened to me yesterday.

I should start by saying that during pharmacy school I did a month long rotation in the kidney transplant unit at St. Luke’s hospital.  During that time I saw the devastating effects of kidney disease and the horrible process kidney transplant patients have to go through. Since then, I have been super paranoid about my kidneys. 

So, you can imagine my concern when I woke up yesterday morning and my urine was the color of cherry Kool-aid. 

Not kool. 

Immediately all the causes for hematuria (blood in urine) flashed through my head.  The most obvious were a urinary tract infection or a kidney stone – but I didn’t feel any of the other symptoms those conditions would cause.  It could have been caused by muscle breakdown – I did go on a long run on Sunday, but nothing I haven’t done before.  And, if my muscles were breaking down, I would hope I could feel that. 

I emailed Meg and Chessa (my friends from pharmacy school) and texted my sister (who is a nurse practitioner) to ask if I should go to the doctor. Of course, they all insisted I go and were so sweet and helpful with advice. 

To be honest, I was very scared.  I felt fine, which to me meant it probably wasn’t something simple like a UTI.  The big “C word” was resting in the back of my mind all morning. 

I got into my doctor’s appointment in the early afternoon and did the whole urine sample thing.  As I was sitting in the exam room my phone buzzed.  It was my sister.  She sent  a text that said, “Are you sure you didn’t just eat a bunch of beets last night?”

GAH!  Seriously?

I have eaten canned beets my entire life, but have never seen red urine.  But, the night before I ate two entire fresh beets.  Did you know those dyed your urine?  I didn’t.


I felt like the biggest loser in the world when I explained my beet discovery to the nurse practitioner, who had just walked in with a baffled look to tell me that yes, my urine was red, but no, it didn’t have any red blood cells in it. 

She almost fell out of her chair laughing. 

She took my blood pressure to “at least do something” and then we talked about running.  She recently ran a half marathon herself!

Unless I am on death’s doorstep, I am never making a same day doctor’s appointment again.

Damn beets.



Breakfast was based around my craving for more fig butter.  I needed something fast, so I made a sliced apple sandwich.  Although tasty, this would have tasted much better with Swiss/ Laughing Cow cheese.


Lunch was a lemon Parmesan kale salad with left over baked tilapia from the night before.



Throughout the day I snacked on crinkle cookies, which were just as soft as when I took them out of the oven.  This recipe is a keeper.


Last night I visited my grandma in the hospital after work, so I had zero time to make dinner.  As I was driving home at 8 PM with a growling tummy, I remembered Applebee’s Weight Watchers menu and their car side to go service. 

One phone call and 3 minutes out of  my way was all it took to have a somewhat healthy dish (grilled dijon chicken and portobellos with extra broccoli [12]) in my hot little hands. 


Those people at Applebee’s know what they are doing. 

I also took one bite of Dan’s fiesta lime chicken, which somehow turned into 1/6 of his dish (6), and ate one more tbs of fig butter (1) before I went to bed.

I didn’t run because I was scared I was dying of kidney failure for a good part of the day, and because my last day of rest was last Tuesday.

Thought for the day

Points Breakdown

Daily points (31) – Eating Points (39) = -8

Weekly points (49) + Mon (1) – Tues (8) = 42

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

It’s a Jungle Out There

I feel like my back yard went from brown to bright green overnight, thanks to the large amounts of steroids grass seed, fertilizer, and rain it has seen in the past few weeks.
Poor Dan had to mow it and bag it last night. 
While we were in Weston, we saw this beautiful tree.
I took pictures of it so I could figure out what type of tree it is and buy one for my yard.
Then, when we got home I saw that the little trees in our backyard were flowering!  But ours are even better because one of them has a little bird’s nest in it.  No little eggs yet – but fingers crossed!
This is our first Spring in our new house, so I am excited to see what else blooms.  The pergola has a beautiful flowering vine growing like crazy right now. 
I am going to Google how to keep that thing under control. Any advice would be much appreciated. Smile


Brace yourself – I ate a lot yesterday.
Dessert first – while Dan was taking on the back yard, I was taking on the kitchen.
Obviously the kitchen won.
I made crinkle cookies following *this recipe*.  Although they were very messy to make, they were 2 points a piece and really good. Even better on top of some frozen yogurt.  
I took breakfast to a new level by combining a green monster smoothie and overnight oats.  I slightly modified *this recipe* – I threw a bunch of kale, 1.5 tbs of chia seeds, 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder, a banana, and 1 C of almond milk into the blender.  I then mixed the blended mixture with 1/3 C oats and let the bowl sit in the fridge overnight. 
This bowl was legit and tasted legit.  Although I appreciated the flavor profile, I would not recommend this to someone who is a picky eater.  However, it was great fuel to get me though the day.
Lunch was leftovers from the night before atop some super greens with a not-very-good salad dressing. 
Snacks were something old (greek yogurt with peaches) and something new (fig butter). 
The fig butter was awesome and tasted a lot like the inside of  a fig newton, but taking only 1 tbs out at a time will require some self control.
For dinner I roasted some beets (cut ends off, drizzle in 1 tsp of oil, wrap in foil and bake at 425 for about an hour) and baked some tilapia marinated in lemon pepper sauce, seasoned with Cajun seasoning, and dotted with my favorite rooster
Combined with left over quinoa – this was an amazing meal. 


Yesterday morning I ran a beautiful 3.5 miles as the sun came up and then did the YouTube arms video I did a few weeks ago.
My cousin let me borrow her 5 lb. weights, which are a large improvement over a can of soup and a jar of spaghetti sauce. Thanks Amanda!  The added weight made my arms feel like noodles by the end of the 20 minutes. 

Thought for the day

Points Breakdown

Daily points (31) + Activity Points (9) – Eating points (39) = 1
Weekly points (49) + Mon (1) = 50
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