Two Lives, One Lifestyle


Tomatoes and Rice by Katie
July 21, 2010, 6:01 pm
Filed under: Cravings, Dinner, Family, Grilling, Katie, Original Recipe

Simple, straightforward name for a simple dish.  This was my all-time, hands-down, ultimate favorite dish growing up.  I still love it, though I find it tough to decide on a single favorite now.  Outside of my family, I don’t know anyone or anywhere that eats this so let me know if you have because we are probably soul mates.

The steps are simple enough: find good tomatoes and dice them.

Then cover the tomatoes in Italian Dressing and refrigerate.

To make it “perfect” use Wegmans Parmesan Italian Dressing.  But of course with Wegmans far away from me, I can’t always achieve perfection.

The Newman’s Own just did not have enough zesty flavor for tomatoes and rice, though I like it in a salad context.

While the tomatoes marinate and chill, make white rice.  Another key to tomatoes and rice is white rice.  I prefer brown rice for just about anything else except this.  It’s the childhood favoritism coming out.

Finally, cover the hot white fluffy rice with the cold marinated tomatoes.  Enjoy.

To really live it up, have some grilled zucchini on the side.  This was my requested birthday dinner for many years (until I discovered Mexican food and margaritas).

The zucchini was marinated in ground pepper, salt, balsamic vinegar (nice caramelizing), and a really small touch of oil.

What would your “birthday meal” from childhood be?



Antsy, Hungry, Sad: A Taper Story by Katie
May 27, 2010, 9:43 pm
Filed under: Burger, Cravings, Katie, Marathon

I didn’t believe it when the Team in Training coaches told us that we would feel antsy during taper.   But it’s happening.  I ran for 30 minutes this morning and then after work, I really wanted to run!  I’m restraining myself based on all sorts of recommendations.

With moving, finishing a thesis, and preparing for the marathon, my stress levels are… not low.  I’ve cried a few times this week over really dumb things.  Point #2 in our taper info: you might feel depressed with the drastic reduction in exercise (exercise=endorphins).  Yes.  Why are they all so right?!  Deep breath.

Also, I would really like a cheeseburger now. (Hunger does not automatically adjust to the lower activity level but I’m obviously eating as I’m hungry.  There is a good chance of slight weight increases during these 2 weeks my sources say.)



What Do You Crave? by Katie
April 29, 2010, 12:18 am
Filed under: Cravings, Dessert, Dinner, Katie, Salad, Speed Work

Tuesday Night

If you worked at a grocery store and I made the following purchases (and only these), what would you guess I had for dinner last night?

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With a pack of corn tortillas, deli counter chicken labeled “fajita seasoned,” and pico, I headed to the register and the check-out guy was really talkative.  He brought up how he hadn’t had dinner yet (it was 8 PM) and I said something like “Well you can probably guess what I’m eating!”  No; no he could not.

So what’ll it be?

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Tacos of course.  Or maybe they’re fajitas?

I guess I could have been making a mini quesadilla.  In any case, maybe I just scared the guy by being so friendly.

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Chicken with peppers and onions, cooked frozen corn, pico, and Greek yogurt on top of warmed corn tortillas.  It took about 10 minutes to put it all together, which was great for 8:30 PM.  Easy but messy.

Running- Speed Work

Last night, I went to a Team in Training track practice and we ran 8 x 800 repetitions.  They aren’t a full out sprint but definitely not at a marathon pace, or a pace where conversation is possible.  I’m not familiar with track terms too but that’s about a half a mile, or two laps.  I did mine in around 3:55 each, almost all in negative splits (faster each of the 8 times).  I’m not sure what my time “means” or if it’s “good” so if any of your speedster trackstars out there have input, I’d be happy to hear it.

Wednesday & Cravings

Today equaled 14 hours at my school computer running simulations over and over and over.  You should see how much food I pack in the AM!  I’m on a really good kick right now so I’m going to go do more work (big time presentation tomorrow and Friday… as in I will either be told I need to make a LOT of changes or that I can go ahead and finish writing my thesis) while I wait for my sweet potato to bake.

When I finally left at 9:15, I debated rewarding my hard work with some ice cream… or maybe carrot cake…ooh!  As I drove from school to home (Whole Foods is one itty bitty turn into a parking lot along my drive), I tried to figure out what sounded most delicious.

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Suddenly I thought of spinach… what?

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After I thought about it more, at that moment, a big, fresh salad sounded AMAZING.  It sounded more appealing than ice cream.  Maybe I’ve been working too long!

I ended up not getting anything because I have enough food at home but I started to think of all sorts of vegetables and how good it all sounded.  Instead of shrugging it off due to exhaustion and crazy grad student mindset, I pondered cravings.  In this case, I wanted something rewarding to eat so my mind immediately went to sweets.  But then a quick flash of spinach and I realized that I couldn’t decide because it wasn’t what I was craving.

I think I assume that after a long day or a bad day or a tough workout I will crave ice cream or cake or cheese because I LOVE those foods. I make an impulse purchase and reward myself without considering what I really even want.  Those foods always still taste fantastic but maybe I’m not always listening to my body.  Does this make sense? Basically, we have certain indulgences we love so we assume we crave them all the time but maybe we don’t, maybe it’s just our conscious mind rather than a subconscious craving.  Like I said, it’s been a long day of repeating “FOCUS! FOCUS! FOCUS!” out loud to myself…

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