Two Lives, One Lifestyle


No Such Thing as Leftover Sushi by Katie
March 23, 2010, 12:05 am
Filed under: Breakfast, Dinner, Eggs, Frozen yogurt, Katie, Lift, Mushrooms, Protein shake, Run, Snacks

Once John awoke from his slumber on Sunday morning/afternoon, we went house hunting.  SIKE!  We did walk around the Highlands neighborhood and go through a few open houses though- it’s fun to see what’s out there.

After lots of walking, we were both ready for some food (though it was my snack time and his lunch time).   This is John’s post flip omelet- he is a good flipper.

His cooking skills are a work in progress so he told me his strategy is to get really good at one thing and then learn one more thing, and on and on.

I made a Greek yogurt, banana, & peanut butter snack.

Peanut butter tastes so sweet compared to the tart yogurt (and there is no sugar in the PB).

For dinner, we tried to get sushi again.  I started with a seaweed salad and not sure what the issue was but I could not manage more than 3 bites of the rolls.  I felt so nauseous and full and in pain.  It sounds pathetic but all I wanted to do was get in bed.

Well, after a yogurt + frozen blueberries + granola breakfast (and some Irish soda bread I munched in the car), I got a phone call that might explain my issues.  My gall bladder is broken :(.

By broken I mean it isn’t pumping out bile to digest foods as it should.  The recommendation is for surgery.  With my thesis defense and marathon coming up, this is kind of a bummer but life doesn’t always happen how we plan it now does it?

[I had a turkey sandwich + Cold Stone Tart ‘n Tangy yogurt for lunch but my camera was forgotten.  Impressed with the yogurt!]

After work, I fit in a quick run before it got dark- my legs were feeling heavy!

  • Mile 1: 9:40
  • Mile 2: 9:28
  • Mile 3: 9:10

Glad I pushed a bit for those negative splits. I made a green monster right after with this Terra’s Whey protein sample that was on sale.  The flavor enticed me…

I wish I had tried it just by itself for comparison but I wasn’t a huge fan of it in the monster.  Maybe it was the somewhat weird flavor combo- almond milk + banana + spinach + bourbon vanilla?  It was very sweet too.

For awhile, I was staying right on track with the Fitnessista’s Intro to Iron plan but ever since I was home last weekend, I fell off the bandwagon.  I jumped back on tonight!

  • Overhead press: 3 x 15 with 12-lb dumbbells
  • Dips: 3 x 12
  • Stability Ball Push Ups:  3 x 15
  • Lateral Raises: 3 x 15 with 8-lb dumbells
  • Cable Tricep Extension: 0- cause some guys are machine hoggers

In the ~2 weeks of slacking, I noticed my arms were not as firm.  That’s sadly fast but also great motivation!

I tried to eat the sushi from last night for dinner.  Um.  Don’t do that.  The rice was dried out and crunchy and the eel wasn’t sweet and soft anymore but more like dead eel on the beach.

Instead- whole wheat penne with mushrooms and tomato sauteed with garlic and a splash of red wine.

Oh and parmesan on top of course.

The less than normal appetite (seriously, that is way less food than usual) is bothering me but hopefully this gall bladder is the culprit. Nothing sounds all that appealing.  Every time I think of food, I start to think of how much pain I’ll be in afterwards and it’s a real buzz kill! I like food!  Anyone out there ever had gall bladder symptoms or surgery and have some good tips??

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Hockey, Beer, and Sushi by Katie
March 2, 2010, 12:28 am
Filed under: Beer, Breakfast, Dinner, Eggs, Katie, Lift, Restaurant, Run

This morning seems ages and ages ago.  Friday night feels like it was weeks ago but the weekend flew by overall.  Isn’t time funny that way? Was your weekend slow and relaxing or did it go by way too fast?

Sunday afternoon involved hockey game watching of course!  And beers.  Because when you go to a bar at 1 PM, what else would you do?  Colorado bars always have an impressive beer selection on draught.

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I tried the newest New Belgium addition- an IPA.  An IPA is very hoppy (lots of floral/earthy smell and a distinct bitterness) and while I enjoy tasting them, they are not the type of beer you can drink all night- not that I ever do that ;).

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However, New Belgium is rarely disappointing so I decided to try the Ranger IPA.

Thought #1: WOW this smells so good, lots of hops though!

Thought #2: Hmm this isn’t overwhelming at all, well balanced.

Thought #3: Loving the lack of a really bitter aftertaste that most IPAs have!

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Overall impression- this was probably one of the most drinkable IPAs I have tried.

There were also some nachos split among us but no picture documentation.  My appetite has been so strange lately.  I’m either starving every single hour or I go for wayyyy longer than usual with no desire for food.

After the hockey game (congrats Canada), I fell asleep for a little.  Thanks, beer and nachos, thanks :-P.  John and I made a late dinner, I enjoyed an egg sammie with spinach.

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Yellow plate, yellow eggies, yellow lighting.  Sleep!

On the go this AM, I ate another eggy delight: WF breakkie burrito of the veggie sausage variety. SO GOOD.  This lasted as long as possible, I ate little bites.

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Lunch was also out and about, at Noodles & Co. but no picture!  I’ve been the worst at remembering my camera lately!!

Yet again, dinner was out too.  It was the kick-off of the local restaurant week AND a friend’s birthday.  How was I NOT to go out?  To start, I shared a vegetable roll + 1/2.

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For my main course, I had two sushi rolls: Philly and Scallion Yellowtail.  The tempura roll that looks insanely good was actually not mine, but I snagged a bite- ahhhhmazing.

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The Philly roll is hated on all too often but the cream cheese + avocado really balance well with the huge amounts of wasabi I add.

Last but not least, a chocolate martini.  For weeks, my roomie + boyfriend + me as the third wheel have been enjoying Monday martini night at the Chocolate Cafe.  Well guess what? They’ve been perfected in-apartment and are delish.

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Oh oh, back the bus up, there was a run and a lift sesh today!  Once upon a time, when I played soccer, I had the nickname “Speedy McMetzy”due to ridic mile paces and my love of sprinting (I still love sprints, this marathon pace is hard for me).  The first week running with Garmy was quite a shock, since I somehow I thought I was still running around an 8:00 minute mile pace.  Well today, something was going on in my legs (no ‘roids, I promise):

  • Mile 1- 8:30
  • Mile 2- 8:24
  • Mile 3- 8:20
  • Rest of the 30 minutes- 9:05 (up a hill)

It was shocking! The weirdest part was my heart rate barely differed from my heart rate on Saturday.  However, this was 3 miles versus 10 miles, and I would put money on the fact that after a few more miles at this pace, my hear rate would start to rise.  But hey, it was fun while it lasted.  AND negative splits.

Alright, that’s it from me!  Night bleople (blog people?).



To-Do Today got Done by Katie
February 26, 2010, 1:50 am
Filed under: Dinner, Katie, Lift, Whittle My Middle

So I should start making to-do lists everyday.  It kept me on track.  You know when you are sitting there Twittering away and refreshing your Google reader?  Then once you come up for some air/ real-life contact and you remember the other 19382 things you meant to be doing?  Enter the to-do list!  I definitely should have set up my March budget (mint.com) tonight but I hate budgeting so much.

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I felt like an Energizer bunny.  Right after my run, I had a piece of bread with PB and honey and headed to the gym for Fitnessista’s Intro to Iron back and biceps.

  • Seated Row: 3 x 15 @ 45 lbs.
  • Lat pulldown: 3 x 15 @ 55 lbs.
  • Stability Ball Ys and Ts: 2 x 10 of each with 8-lb. dumbbells (8 lbs was too much!!)
  • 21s: x 3 with 12.5-lb. dumbbells
  • Stability Ball Back extension:  3 x 10
  • Hammer curls: 3 x 15 with 12.5-lb. dumbbells

While I’ve been super diligent about the arms, I stopped doing leg-centric lifting.  It was way too hard with all the running.  I am however doing twice-a-week leg extensions with my toes pointed slightly outward to strengthen the inner quads.  The doc suggested this last week to help balance the 4 quad muscles and prevent knee pain.  Women usually have more dominant outer quad muscles cause we have those child-bearing hips.  Well some do, I just have a big rib cage. Between my lowest rib and hip, there is just 2 or 3 inches.

My appetite was so low today.  I’m sure it’ll come back with a vengeance tomorrow, per usual after a non-hungry day.  Dinner involved vegetables!! Finally!  Broc and mushrooms and onion..

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Add in some whole wheat angel hair and pesto!

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I don’t eat pasta very often because I keep eating and eating and eating it but it doesn’t fill me up very well.  That’s what the veggies are helping with.

Topped off with requisite grated parmesan and mom’s hot peppers (that weird colored blob).

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After dinner, I ran around crossing off this and that on my list.

Still left:

  • Mop- it’s warming up over the next week which is going to just cause tons of mud so I figured I would wait
  • Pick 5280 restaurant: it’s restaurant week and I can’t decide!!
  • Budget… yeah yeah
  • Send Canada letters:  Does anyone know what letter postage from the US to CAN is??

Sleepy time now, so I can bust through another to-do list tomorrow!

OH YEAH! I started doing Whittle My Middle with Heather.  Though the Fitnessista weight lifting plan includes ab moves, I am so lazy about doing them (always have been lazy about ab work).  I’m hoping having a WMM buddy will keep me on track.  Anyone else want to join in and keep each other honest??



Stretch, ice, roll, repeat by Katie
February 21, 2010, 9:56 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, Elliptical, Katie, Lift, Snacks

Usually, as soon as I wake up, my mind starts going- I start forming to-do lists for the day, planning out a schedule, deciding on eats, etc.  Today, I blocked it all out and let myself sleep in with John (he is a natural at sleeping in).  Last night, we went to Elway’s as I mentioned.  Idid not take any pictures because I felt like I’d look like a tourist that had never been to a a classy restaurant.  I’m still a bit weird about taking picture while we are out in general, and this felt especially awk.

When we arrived, a valet was sprinting to the door before I could open it myself (they have complimentary valet parking) and the same thing happened for every door we approached.   Since I don’t have pictures, I won’t talk for too long but the service, the drinks, and especially the FOOD was excellent.  You’ll be seeing some leftovers tomorrow night ;).  There is NO WAY we would have been able to have soup, salad, entrees, and dessert here for $52.80 on any other day… I love restaurant week!

After our exhausting outing of being catered to our every need (I hope you sense my sarcasm :-P), sleeping in was essential.  Now that I know John loves oats too, it’s a go-to breakfast for us.  Look what I found!!  Almost empty PB jar!!

After scooping out a heaping TBSP for John, I added banana oats and a few spoonfuls of Greek yogurt (whatever was left in the container).  Doesn’t it kinda look like whipped cream with chocolate sprinkles??

I worked on tons of fundraising things for TNT and then hit the gym for a short, light elliptical workout followed by tons of stretching and foam rolling (and a tri/shoulders lift sesh). My knees have been in a bit of pain so I’m icing them as I type.  Overall, I’m surprisingly not sore but I want to keep it that way so I’m being sure to do tons of post-run stretching, foam rolling, and icing.

After my workout, I ate half a bagel broiled with some tomatoes and parmesan.  It was good but not great, I was starving though and there is little to no food options at this house!

For dinner, we went to El Camino’s which we are really liking lately due to their cheap (and good) happy hour deals.  We had one marg with chips and salsa, but our waiter forgot our chips and salsa so when he eventually brought them, he also brought another round of margs for free.  Helloooo Sunday night!

I love Mexican food a LOT, all the spicy cheese-covered goodness, but I was way more in the mood for a salad.   The spinach salad was really, really perfect- whole spinach leaves, tomatoes, chopped egg, just enough queso fresco, cranberries.  I love when restaurants make something the way it would be made at home- not covered in cheese and dressing.  I’m still a little confused that I was craving spinach as opposed to a quesadilla.. maybe my tastes are changing? Or I just knew I was low on vegetables for the day.  Either way, it was delicious and I don’t feel terribly full like usual after eating Mexican.

We just had a pudding cup for dessert..  Sometimes, I love the treats John has on hand that I rarely buy ;).

Alright, off for some reading, snuggles, and an early night!



Meatless Monday Quickie Veggie Stir Fry by Katie
February 16, 2010, 12:12 am
Filed under: Breakfast, Dinner, Katie, Lift, Lunch, Mushrooms, Run, Snacks

Well hello! One advantage of using the blackberry for photos was flexibility of posting at any computer.   I’ll try to make up for fewer posts with better pictures and better content ;).

I woke up looking forward to my leftover pancakes!  To add staying power, I topped it with some banana slices and peanut butter before microwaving and everything got nice and melty!  No syrup necessary… okay, little bit of syrup.

When Jorge asked me what I was doing for lunch, I didn’t even realize it was noon- hooray for Monday morning flyin’ by and a stick to the ribs breakky.   I had brought a frozen Kashi delight but the microwave was broken!  Not going to lie, getting out of the office sounded great too.  Going somewhere off campus for lunch means a decent 10-15 minute walk and it feels good to stretch out and have come real, live human friend interaction.  Love the blogs and the twittering [and the work?] but need some face-to-face time.

We went to Cilantro Grille and I ordered 2 fish tacos- seasoned fishies, avocado, shredded cabbage, mango chunks, red onion, sprinkle of cheese.  Very delicious.

Pre-taco time, I had some of this totally fresh pico that Jorge ordered.  It looks like Heather’s bruschetta! The salsa tastes almost as good- some cilantro instead of basil, and probs less oil + more vinegar?

It came with rice and black beans, which I covered in mango/ scotch bonnet hot saucey.  I like this little place because everything is SO fresh and they make it when you order it.  The portions are perfect and leave me satisfied without feeling like I’m going to pass out in a food coma on my desk.  Last but not least, the prices are completely reasonable.

This meal held me over well too! Around 5:30, I ate a bit of leftover Ashley’s fruit and nut quinoa and it powered me through an effortless run! Seriously, the 30 minutes at a 10 minute mile felt effortless.  I suppose this is a great thing!  Throughout the run, I focused on how my foot was landing- I’m trying to reduce my heel striking and improve my technique.  It felt fine during the run and cool down walk but after I stepped off the treadmill, my calves were soooo tense as in even standing hurt.  Lots of stretching made it all better.

On Saturday, when I was being a high-energy, endorphin-addict spaz, I did a random arm workout.  My little cheat sheet was forgotten and I ran around doing whatever piqued my interest.  Today, I got back on track with the Fitnessista Iron Intro Plan, Day 1.

  • Overhead press: 3 x 15 with 12.5-lb dumbbells
  • Dips: 3 x 12
  • Stability Ball Push Ups:  3 x 15
  • Planks: 4 x 30 seconds
  • Lateral Raises: 3 x 15 with 5-lb dumbells
  • Cable Tricep Extension: 3 x 15 with 20 lbs

After the gym, I hit up the grocery store for some essentials and saved a  TON of money with coups, like ten bucks. No joke!

I came home and felt like a big bowl of stir-fried veggies, as they were missing from my life all weekend.

Broccoli + cauliflower + onion + mushrooms + peas + tomato + pineapple, cooked with a few shakes of soy sauce, a couple TBSPs of peanut sauce, and sriracha.  I let it all simmer together on low heat while cooking brown rice.  Meanwhile, since I was starving, I had 2 leftover bruschetta (sadly it’s all gone) and a sliver of the Dominoes my roommate and company ordered.  They concur that the new and improved version really is improved.

I’m going to drink tons of water now so I don’t feel too salty from the quick stir-fry.

Some chocolate might happen from the care package my dad and stepmom sent.  I was probably most excited for the hair ties: my thick hair and sweaty mess workouts cause me to stretch them out and break them constantly.



Just Flying By by Katie
February 9, 2010, 10:23 pm
Filed under: Green Monster, Katie, Lift, Lunch, Protein shake, Restaurant, Run, Salad, Snacks

Oh my goodness, it seems every hour of my day is filled with something [usually] awesome going on and it is making time fly.  I’m all for rushing into spring- warm weather and finishing my master’s? OKAY!

I started eating part of my lunch around 11 (and I ate those oats at like 7 AM- holy cow what a holdover): small salad with spinach, avocado, invisible cherry tomatoes, and Goddess.

Before I got to part two of my lunch, some friends asked if I wanted to head to Noodles and Co. [When I opened that web page to link it, I thought the noises from the site were coming from my stomach. Dinner time anyone?] I had a small Indonesian Peanut Saute with grilled chicken, covered in Sriracha & a tomato, onion, cucumber salad that didn’t really have any dressing on it for some reason.

I went to the gym kind of late so I had half a Luna bar since my stomach was rumbling and ran 40 minute at about a 10:20 pace.  I’m going to try to stick to The Fitnessista’s Iron Pumping Plan unless it really interferes, so after my run, I did tris and shoulders- fave!!

  • Overhead press: 3 x 15 with 12-lb dumbbells
  • Dips: 3 x 12
  • Stability Ball Push Ups:  3 x 15
  • Planks: 4 x 30 seconds
  • Lateral Raises: 3 x 15 with 8-lb dumbells
  • Cable Tricep Extension: 3 x 15 with 20 lbs

The highlighted numbers are increases from last time!  Post workout, I made a Green Monster that was actually good– thanks for your comments!  It contained:

  • Big handful of spinach (I think adding way too much was my mistake last time)
  • 1/3 c. kefir
  • 2/3 c. water
  • 2 Tbsp. Jay Robb Chocolate Whey protein powder from a sample packet
  • 1/2 a frozen banana

I had plans for an interesting dinner (featuring the 2-for-1 ingredient of the week- shrooms) but it might have to wait until tomorrow.



Marathon Training is Here! by Katie
February 7, 2010, 3:52 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Coffee, Katie, Lift, Run, Shoes

I finally made it to the gym and tried out my new sneakers!  I ran for 30 minutes at ~9:50 pace.  This is slower than my typical pace for a short distance but it’s officially training time so I am trying to aim for a pace I could consistently do over time and many more miles.  Also, my heart rate tends to get pretty high and I would like to work on lowering it so I don’t put too much stress on it.   For the marathon, I want to aim for 10 minute miles, which I think is doable.  I am working on making a training schedule spreadsheet which I will post- feedback and tips welcome.

My beat up old sneakers, duct-taped together so the padding on the heel doesn’t come out.

Soles torn up by rocky hike adventures this past summer.

After the run, it was back and biceps day.  I’m going to try to stick with upper body lifting as long as I can unless I am too exhausted or short on time.

  • Seated Row: 3 x 15 @ 40 lbs.
  • Lat pulldown: 3 x 15 @ 50 lbs.
  • Stability Ball Ys and Ts: 3 x 10 of each with 5-lb. dumbbells
  • 21s: [7 lower half, 7 upper half, 7 full] x 3 with 10-lb. dumbbells
  • Stability Ball Back extension:  3 x 12
  • Crunches on a ball with a 12-lb. weight over my chest: 3 x 15
  • Hammer curls: 3 x 15 with 12-lb. dumbbells

After the workout, I stopped by Starbucks for coffee- I have been drinking it everyday for probably the past 3 weeks and didn’t yesterday.  It popped into my mind as a possible contributor to yesterday’s headache?  I also had some pumpkin yogurt (so obsessed) with a sprinkle of granola.

Backtrack… breakfast was banana oatmeal.  I asked John if he wanted an egg sandwich or oats for breakfast (he had to work this AM so I made him breakfast) and was pleasantly surprised he said oats.  For the two of us:

  • 3/4 c. oats
  • 2 c. water
  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 1 egg white
  • cinnamon
  • PB and flax seeds and butterscotch chips

John’s roommate’s dog Truck was patiently watching in case I dropped anything. He is too cute; a German Shepard and lab mix:

Alright, time to shower, lunch, and make some Super Bowl snacks.  My aunt made gumbo in recognition of New Orleans.  I’m in charge of dessert- not sure what I’ll do yet!