Two Lives, One Lifestyle

Grown-Up Grilled Cheese and Pollan by Katie
March 16, 2010, 11:25 pm
Filed under: Dinner, Katie, Soup

I’ve been pretty MIA around here, huh?  After a visit home and being surrounded by friends and family, I’m always a little withdrawn, reflective, and sad.   However, it took moving so far away to really realize how much I value home!!  Once I’m done with school, I’m really hoping to find a job within driving distance of my family (or to live at home for awhile if I don’t have a job ;)).

My last supper at home- Dubliner made with stout (so creamy), pierogies boiled and then browned in butter and onions, chicken sausage from the farmer’s market, & spinach.

Unrelated to that, my appetite has been bizarrely low due to some digestive system issues that will hopefully be figured out this week.  On top of that, I either strained a muscle or irritated a tendon in my left leg so I’m taking it easy on the training front.  All in all, that makes for some boring blogging!

In better news, I am making my way through The Omnivore’s Dilemma and it is blowing my mind!  I’ve read smaller articles and some of In Defense of Food (a vegan guy let me borrow it once while we were on a 5 hour train ride, and gave me a delicious vegan blueberry muffin too. How’s that for subtle convincing?) which had piqued my interest.   My book appetite is voracious and once I start reading a book, I almost don’t stop until it’s done.  So since I usually don’t have a whole day to my leisure, I don’t read many books anymore.  A full post on that is in the works.

Tonight, while I sat reading some more I snacked on this new yogurt I found. I realized it was made locally with local milk and everything! Yay, Pollan would be proud.. and I am too!

You can see how thick and creamy it is.  The honey variety was lightly sweetened and was thicker than plain yogurt but less tangy than Greek yogurt or Siggi’s.  I would definitely buy it again.

For dinner, I kept it simple- grilled cheese and tomato soup.  Well, grilled gouda cheese + fresh basil (local) + tomatoes.

I tried to have a Girl Scout cookie for dessert but it tasted “off” :(. I don’t like when my appetite is low and weird!  Well, off to read more Pollan!!!

Glass, glass, kitties, kitties, glass and kitties by Katie
February 17, 2010, 11:20 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Dinner, Eggs, Katie, Lunch, Run, Snacks, Soup, Yoga

I’ve read about YogaDownload all over the blog universe although I’ve hesitated to try it out because a) I’m very inexperienced with yoga/ do not know pose names and b) I’m so inflexible that yoga frustrates me.  I actually get stressed during yoga..?

While Kelli has been noticing increased hip tension, my calves are Tight with a capital T.  Oh hi, marathon training!  I decided that a free 20 minute yoga for runners download would be worth a try.  It was a good way to wake up, I worked up a sweat in just 20 minutes, and it stretched just about everything (except my calves!).  Onto the whole point of the story: yoga downloads play in iTunes… as I was relaxing in savasana (looked that up, I’m a cheater), the download ended and iTunes shuffled to a song by DJ Assault that rhymes with “Glass and Kitties.”  YouTube it, definitely made for a good laugh at 6:45 AM ;).

After such a hilarious start to the day, I enjoyed scrambled vegetables with eggs.  The veggies always outweigh the eggs.  Broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, 2 eggs.

And toast with my mom’s jam.  Don’t make me choose favorites between my mom’s jam and Heather‘s jam.

During the AM I snacked on a juicy, delicious orange.

Leftovers for lunch again- I’m getting brave and photographing in my office.

After work and before a workout, I had a half PBJ with Heather‘s strawberry jam- thank you lady!

I got in a 30 minute run and remembered to wear my heart rate monitor. I have been running between a 10-10:30 pace on the treadmill and this keeps my heart rate around 160- 165, which feels okay for me and is close to the “suggested easy range” though still a little high.  I can talk (or mouth the words to songs on my iPod) at this level though.  Yesterday, when I ran outside my heart rate was this low but my pace was faster than on the treadmill.  Interesting? Afterwards, I foam rolled my calveit hurt but felt sooo good.

Post-workout, I failed to photograph dinner- fish tacos and a marg with my roommate. Yum!!  Time to prep more letters for Team in Training and work on a fun guest post that will be revealed tomorrow!

Just keep runnin’… by Kelli
February 8, 2010, 8:36 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Food, Kelli, Marathon, Protein shake, Snacks, Soup, Spinning

Hi lovely blog people! Oh man, I am in a GOOD mood today! I finally heard from my TNT mentor and am getting the training schedule soon! Until I get the training schedule for the CT chapter I will be following Katie’s Denver schedule.

This morning started out lovely (as ALL Monday mornings do) by sleeping in until almost 7:30 🙂 I feel really lucky and blessed that I get to do this on Monday mornings!! I makes me refreshed and ready to go for the week! After waking up nice and late I made some green sludge

1 cup almond milk, 1 naner, 1 handful spinach, and 1 scoop protein poweder. Unfortunately I spilled the first one all over the counter (what a way to start out the week, huh?). So I made the whole thing all over again and had to consume it at my desk since I was running late. I also enjoyed a vegan chai tea latte which I picked up at Whole Foods this weekend. This was an excellent find!! One cup latte, 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk, 1 minute in the microwave and I was in HEAVEN.

Work was good today. I had enough work to keep me nice and busy, but no pressing deadlines that stressed me out. At lunch I enjoyed some roasted brussel sprouts. Here is a picture of my days eats

Roasted brussel sprouts for lunch, some pistachios, and 2 clementines. This was great fuel for my first day of marathon training!

After work I headed to the gym for a 30 minute run on the treadmil in the “cardio cinema”. The cardio cinema at Golds is a dark roomfull of treadmils that has a huge movie screen in it. Tonight they were playing “Remember The Titans” and it made my run go by quickly. I kept steady at an 11minute/mile pace and I was glad to see that my heart rate did not go above 180. I know 180 seems really high, but thats just my heart and how it works! I can’t believe I completed the first run of the first week of training for my first marathon! So crazy to think that in 20 weeks I will be running a marathon! AHH!

Usually I take 6:30 spin on Mondays and I have been having some trouble with the fact that I won’t be able to take it anymore. After my run I went passed the spin room when class was about to start. I spotted an empty bike in the back (the ONLY empty bike in the room) and decided to hop on. My legs felt great and I knew I wanted an hour of quality time with Christine (my fave instructor!) It was a great decision and I felt great after class!

I pretty much broke every speed limit on the way home because I was STARVING. I got home and had some left over brie (and by left over I mean I hid some so that I could enjoy it by myself later 🙂 ) while I heated up a bowl of Amy’s low sodium veggie lentil soup

Dessert was a mug of Rocky Road! Yum! I like to eat ice cream in a mug because it keeps my portions in check.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Monday! How does everyone out there like to start the week??

An Alex Weekend by Kelli

Hey bloggies!  I missed you all while I was away this weekend!  Stephen and I spent a great weekend in PA with my family.  I love visiting my nephew, Alex!  Its amazing how much he grows and develops each time I see him.  He is running around, talking A LOT, and trying all kinds of new food!  I was especially excited when I saw him eating asparagus 🙂  Maybe we have another future foodie in our family 🙂

Here are some great pictures of him from this weekend…

He is so freaking cute!  I am trying to upload a really cute video of him “running” down the stairs, but no go so far.

Another great treat of the weekend was going to The Bull Run Inn!

The Bull Run was “the bar” in college and Katie and I have spent MANY nights there drinking beer, eating wings and sweet potato fries, and creating awesome memories.  Whenever you go to the Bull Run you need to get Bull Dip!  Its a spinach dip with cheddar cheese on top served with garlic pitas, and its INCREDIBLE!

We had a great lunch at the Bull Run with the whole fam including my Aunt, Uncle, and cousins!  The rest of the weekend went by in a blur, and I totally forgot to take a lot of pictures!  We got back late last night and I plopped right into bed…

This morning I woke up and tested out my new Immersion Blender!!!!  While we were in PA we did our Christmas gift exchange (since the snow ruined our trip before Christmas).  My brother had my name this year and got me the blender!  I was excited to try it out on my protein shake this morning…

1 cup almond milk , berries, 1 nanner, 1 scoop protein, and spinach.  I was SO impressed with this blender.  It was easy to use and blended everything perfectly.  I HATE when I sip a random spinach leaf that did not fully blend, and that didn’t happen at all!

Lunch was some Amy’s veggie lentil (I found a low sodium kind!)

And for a snack I packed some raw coconut, walnuts, and dried papya

After work I headed to my favorite 6:30 Monday night spin class!  I haven’t made it to this class the past few weeks due to some later nights at work.  Unfortunately, if I don’t leave my desk by 6:15 then I can’t get a bike.  Class was awesome!  Just as hard and amazing as I remember 🙂

When I got home I was starving.  I made an egg white puff with mushrooms, avocado, spinach, some swiss cheese, and some hot sauce.  I had some toast with Stephen’s grandmothers homemade raspberry jam!  I swear, she has ruined all other jams for me forever.

It really hit the spot 🙂  I hope everyone had a wonderful Monday!!!

Hump Day! by Kelli
January 21, 2010, 5:58 am
Filed under: Bikram Yoga, Breakfast, Eggs, Kelli, Lunch, P90X, Snacks, Soup, Workout

Sorry I flaked out on a post last night! I got home from Bikram around 9 PM, ate the egg roll the husband surprised me with (he knows all my weaknesses 🙂 ), showered, and PASSED OUT! This week is REALLY dragging and it feels like I’m dragging right along with it. Does anyone else feel like that this week? I think it’s this dreary, rainy, and COLD new england weather!

Yesterday when I woke up I was craving anything but a protein shake! They are delish and everything but I wanted some variety. So I went to another go – to, eggs! I decided to create a little variation though and make a breakfast burrito (sans lots of cheese and sausage).

1 egg, some carton egg whites, shallot, mushroom, and handful of spinach

I melted a little bit of cheese on a tortilla and put the eggs on top

and wrapped it up! It looks big, but there are lots of egg whites and lots of spinach! I was amazing!!!

I then got to packing up the rest of my food for today. Does anyone else sometimes feel like this is a full-time job in itself? I love doing it and I love having food on hand at work to act as weapons against my temptation to hit the vending machine, but man does it take up a lot of time!

Lunch: Amy’s veggie and lentil soup
Snack: apple with almond butter
Dinner to eat before Bikram: cucumber salad with eft over tempeh and quinoa sprinkled on top 🙂

After work I headed to a 7PM bikram class. I have noticed the last few bikram classes that I have had a hard time getting ALL the way through the class without sitting out a few postures. I think I finally figured out why. I have been practicing bikram regularly for about 3 months now, and felt that I was getting pretty good. I started looking around the studio to see who was doing better than me, and who I was “out doing”. This is NOT a good yoga state of mind. I started to get competitive and was pushing myself way beyond my limit in the first few postures. By the time we were half way through the standing series I felt like I was going to pass out or vomit (lovely, I know). So last night I decided to just watch myself and push myself in MY way. Everyone’s practice is different and I think I finally realized that last night. I made it all the way through the class without having to sit out, and still felt challenged and like I was pushing myself. I stayed centered and listened to MY OWN body. I hope I can apply this lesson to the rest of my life as well 🙂

I am off to do the Shoulders and Arms DVD for P90X! Have a great Thursday!!!

Workin Hard by Kelli
January 18, 2010, 9:11 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Dinner, Food, Kelli, Protein shake, Soup

Hey all 🙂  I hope you had a great Monday!  Per usual, I slept in a little this morning.  I went to bed feeling a bit under the weather last night, and woke up feeling just as bad.  I can always tell when I am getting sick when I have little to no energy.  To top that off I had almost zero appetite today.  Boo 😦  I still managed to drink a protein shake this morning…

The usual suspects are found in this smoothie.  1 cup almond milk, 1 nanner, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, handful of spinach, and lots of cinnamon.

I went to work feeling just, blah.  Luckily as the day went on my energy went up, but my appetite was no where in sight.  I never do this, but I ended up skipping lunch (because I just couldn’t eat it) and just snacking on some apricots and nuts.

I came home and wanted some warm and soothing for dinner.  I had some butternut squash cut up so decided to make some soup…

Cubed butternut squash,  some shallot, minced garlic, and S&P.  All boiled together for 20 minutes in 2 cups all natural chicken broth (low sodium) and the rest water.  When everything is done boiling dump off some of the liquid (how much depends on how thick you like your soup.  If you like it super thick like us, dump almost all the liquid out).  Put into a food processor, puree, and enjoy 🙂

I am off to bed.  I have no energy again, boo 😦  I hope you all had a good Monday 🙂

Care packages and the “11 foods you do(n’t) eat” by Katie
January 10, 2010, 7:46 pm
Filed under: Food, Frozen yogurt, Katie, Lunch, Soup

What a productive day!  John and I went to the (fancy pants) Cherry Creek area of Denver because I had two things on my mind: eye liner sharpener and frozen yogurt.  I also found some fun little gifts to send to another friend of ours- Katie C, or ktc as I text it.  She had a rather awful week and as I am pretty far from my friends geographically, I feel so helpless when I can’t just give them a hug after a bad day.  Since words can only do so much when someone loses a relative or breaks up with a boyfriend or anything painful, I like to think of a little care package as a hug in a box!

In college, we were roommates all 4 years (and with Kelli + 4 other girls senior year!) and we were known as “The Katies.”  Since she doesn’t know about the blog yet…

  • Chocolate with a love poem inside

  • Happy tea

  • Funny book

  • Cute tissues

Between all this shopping, I had my lunch in reverse- fro yo first and soup second.  This was my first experience at chill-in. My bowl with plain yogurt, lots of raspberries, and some brownie crumbles.

John’s bowl with pomegranate sorbet, kiwis, and pineapple.   So perfectly tropical, it would be fabulous to eat this on a beach.  Someday…!

After we walked around the mall for awhile, John wanted Cinnabon.   No thanks.  Even though I’ve always known they must have tons of crazy-ass chemicals and shuggah, they always smell sooo delicioso.  This time, I was surprised that I didn’t even want a bite, it actually looked rather unappealing. Weird?  I guess my taste buds are changing it up!   He said: “aren’t you going to take a picture of what I eat?”  So for your viewing pleasure..

We stopped in at Whole Foods so I could grab the chocolate + tea for the care package and I ended up getting some soup that reined me in with the name and smell. Some sort of Hungarian cabbage soup with a tomato base.  I love cabbage and sauerkraut!

Speaking of cabbage, I came across this article in NY Times called “The 11 Best Foods You Aren’t Eating” which includes beets, cabbage, swiss chard, cinnamon, pomegranate juice, dried plums, pumpkin seeds, sardines, turmeric, frozen blueberries, and canned pumpkin.  Well NY Times, why jump to conclusions?? Give me some credit, cause I most certainly do eat these! The only one I don’t think I’ve eaten recently is sardines.  They suggest smashing sardines and schmearing on toast.  Uh, gross.

Also accomplished today: an almost finished copy of my manuscript which will likely become a published paper someday me hopes (too many qualifiers in the statement?) and successfully transferring files from my old and dying computer to a brandy-new Christmas gift external hard drive (thanks John!).

For dinner, we are going to rectify the severely-lacking Asian-inspired dinner of yesterday by going to Thai Basil, which we KNOW is great and reasonably priced. I’m assuming my pictures won’t turn out since I refuse to use flash.  My BlackBerry camera is already enough to make you suffer through, I won’t add in the creepy flash.

Have a great Monday!