Sunday, May 1, 2011
Hope everyone had a beautiful weekend!
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Here's my weekend recap...on Thursday I ran the Thirsty Third Thursday 5K, I started out the run with my husband's co-worker, Marci, and after the first mile we parted ways. After a 9:30 first mile, I ended up passing a ton of people (which made me feel really fast!) I finished at 25:39 and even got to sprint it out at the end.
We got to spend some time with our friends SJ and P and their adorable baby Logan on Saturday. It was Pete's birthday last weekend and since we didn't get to see him then, we wanted to stop by and wish him a happy birthday this weekend. Happy Birthday Pete!!
Of course we dyed lots (and lots and lots) of eggs this weekend. The girls loved it, and asked me several times already this week, when we can dye eggs again...
Saturday was my Mt. Penn Mudfest 15K. I woke up on Saturday morning with a swollen ankle (I had fallen at the grocery store, ha!) and had to run to the grocery store in the pouring rain to get a wrap for my ankle. It rained up until 9:30 and cleared up just in time for the 10am start. Needless to say it was definitely a MUDFEST complete with 50 million hills and 3 stream crossings. It was cold, it was wet, and it was a blast! My friend Charlie ran it with me and finished 24th overall, his dad placed for his age group as well! I finished 245 out of 700 or so, so I was pretty happy with my results.
The family all dressed up for Easter (baby monster ruined her outfit right before this photo...honest, she's usually wears clothes!)
Happy birthday middle monster!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
1. I love to cuddle. I sometimes bring baby monster into bed with me just to cuddle with her, and middle monster has a habit of coming into our room at 6am and climbing into bed to cuddle with her daddy. Cutest. Thing. Ever.
3. My favorite healthy "diet" food is Greek yogurt. It has such a healthy punch of protein and calcium, what's not to love? My girls also happen to love it, so I must induldge secretly...during naptime :)
Hope everyone has a fabulous week, and congrats to everyone who ran the Boston Marathon yesterday!
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
My baby monster, PJ, and the cutest Log Man!
It would be too much to ask if all the kids looked at me at the exact same time, haha.
Now it's time for me to introduce, Triple Tangent Tuesday! TTT is where I share 3 completely random tidbits about myself. I stole this from quite a few of the many blogs that I read. Please feel free to do the same on your blog or in comments...just so I don't feel like I'm talking to myself :)
1. I ran cross-country in middle school and high school and qualified for states my senior year. I wasn't super speedy, but I certainly loved it. I was even the team captain my senior year.
2. I cannot survive without coffee. I set my coffee maker to brew it for me in the morning and have a cup immediately upon waking. Even my kids know about my caffeine habit. In the words of monster O "mommy can't start the day without her coffee." I blame my father for this shameful addiction.
3. I am kinda obsessed cupcakes. I love baking them and I love eating them. I can't help myself either, when I see any article of children's clothing with a cupcake on it, I'm compelled to buy it. I'm sure by now my friends are sick of me force feeding them my cupcakes, haha.
Oh, and I want to give it another go with the whole weekly goal deal, I find it gives me lots of motivation to post my goal online. My goal this week is to run 20 miles and swim twice this week. (Losing another pound wouldn't hurt either...)
Hope you all are having a beautiful (rainy) day!
Saturday, April 2, 2011
And check out my super rad (and adorable) cheerleaders...
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Now on to the fun stuff! I've officially registered for the 5K Fools Run on 4/2, Mt. Penn Mudfest, a 15K that I ran pre-kids and LOVED, with one of my best friend's hubs on 4/23, and the Warrior Dash, a 3.5 run littered with obstacles, in June. Unfortunately, I also got some bad news, my dad who had planned to run both the first and last run with me, is no longer able to run, instead due to some health issues he can only really train in one sport, and since he and my mom push some serious pedals together, the choice of biking is obvious. I'm bummed about my dad to say the least, but I'm also super looking forward to all the racing fun ahead!
Also, I'm mulling around the idea of a marathon....yikes! Think I should do it?
Hope everyone is doing well...bring on spring!!
Monday, February 28, 2011
I mean, OMG. I still have 15 lbs to lose and I have never really gotten into swimming. What was I thinking!?
Well, I guess I was thinking that there is a huge difference between training and just working out. Training is when you work towards a fitness goal. I'm not merely working out anymore, I'm training. I like the sound of that.
Details? It's the Philadelphia Women's Triathlon. It's a 750Y swim, 17 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run. I'm so excited to start training for this. For the next few weeks I'll just be getting some base training in, I need to start swimming and amp up my biking. As far as the running, I'm training for a 3.5 warrior dash in June, so I've already been running a fair amount. I am so excited that my good friend, A, and I decided to do this as our fitness goal. We both will be turning 26 in July, and this event is July 10th, so this will not only be a challenge for us, but a way to celebrate our 26th birthdays!Anyway, enough of that for now, I'm sure I'll be talking about it pretty much non-stop for the next few months. A, let the fun begin!
Another thing to make official, I've lost 12 lbs since the beginning of the year...yahoo! And am officially back to my pre-pregnancy weight. I'm so happy to get 12 lbs (almost as much as my 5 month old weighs now!) off my body. I can already feel a difference in my running, a 10 minute mile pace is not a stretch anymore, in fact my dad and I ran 3 miles yesterday morning at around an 8 minute mile pace. It feels great to be getting back to my pre-baby body. Only 15 or so more pounds to go! (Or the rest of the pregnancy weight from the Big Monster.) Hope everyone had a great weekend and here's to another fit and healthy week!
Thursday, February 17, 2011
This is what I look like after 5 hours of sleep.
Alright, enough woe is me...onto my YAHOO!
Yesterday I ran my first 5K in about 2 years! It was on the dreadmill of course, because with the girls, unless I go to the gym, I can't fit a run in Monday-Thursday with chunky hunk's long work hours and with mini monster's sporadic sleep schedule in the early am hours. So it was tedious running in one place...but at least I got to watch some Sex in the City while I was running. Anyway, I did it at a super slow pace (10:11/miles) but I am still super proud of myself. I am signing up today (TODAY) for my first 5K since 2007...my dad and I are running together and I can't wait. We did make a small bet on who could finish faster, so I guess after I get a few more base miles in this month, next month I have to throw in some speed work and hills, but hey, I'm back baby!
...well almost. Happy Thursday! Weekend is almost here!!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
I'm so sorry, I've been a bad blogger! I sincerely apologize for my extended absence, I've had a tough few weeks. I am emotionally and physically drained right now, which explains my lack of new posts. I have had both the stomach bug and a pretty terrible cold in the past 2 weeks and of course, so have my kids. AND we're potty training. YIKES.
On top of being sick, I've been having one of those moments in my life where I've been questioning my goals and the decisions I've made. I love being a mommy and a wife more than anything in the world but sometimes I feel as though I may not be cut out to be a mommy to 3 under 3. I know that this is the hardest job I've ever done in my life, caring for and molding 3 beautiful, crazy, happy, little girls. Sometimes I question if I've made the right decision to stay home and take care of them...shouldn't I be out working? Doesn't society tell me that women don't belong at home anymore, they belong out in the real world? I don't know why I've let comments and opinions of people I don't care about get to me this way, but sometimes I've just had enough. Stay at home moms certainly don't get enough credit, we work hard and at the end of the day, I'm completely and utterly exhausted. I guess I've reached my decision, yes, I am proud to be a stay at home mommy. PROUD. It's what I'm cut out for and what I'm meant to do. What in the world could be more fulfilling then watching my 3 monsters grow and develop into 3 beautiful young ladies? Nothing. I just needed to clear my head and realize how important my job is, no matter what anyone says, what I do matters, it matters to me, my children and my chunky hunk that works so gosh darn hard to support us.
Ok, now that I've cleared my head (sorry it took 2 weeks to do so!) I feel as though I can get back to focusing on health and fitness. Which, by the way, I still have been focusing on, just not as much as that big question rumbling around in my skull. I'm beyond ecstatic to say that I've lost 10 lbs since the first of the year! I know it's not a ton, but hey, for me, it's a great step. I'm so proud of myself for eating healthy, cutting down on empty calories and getting some great exercise in everyday. How have your workouts been going?
So onto goals...my dear friend and fitness enthusiast, A, has suggested that I set not only a fitness/weight loss goal, but also a blogging goal. So my goal is to write a new post at least twice a week. It's not a ton, but I know how busy I get during the week with the monsters, so it's something I believe I can do. Also, my other goal, is to lose a pound this week and run a total of 12 miles. Last week I did 9, so I think I can jump to 12. Onto my promises...I promise to stick to my aforementioned goal of posting twice a week, as well as adding in the at home workout I blogged about 2 weeks ago, stay tuned! Hope you all had a great Valentine's Day and a healthy beginning of February!
Sunday, January 30, 2011
*Babysitting one of the cutest babies on the planet.
*A great treadmill workout at a semi decent pace.
*Celebrating my best friend's bday...happy 26th E!
*Having great late night fun with my hunk and his best friend, D.
*Trying on a bridesmaids dress and going out to lunch with some great gals.
*Having a movie/pizza night with my lovely little monsters and the chunky hunk.
*Eating a delicious breakfast with my parents.
*Shopping for groceries with only one monster in tow (heaven!)
Ahh. Anyway, I apologize for not posting the workout that I had promised earlier in the week...but I will post it soon! Hope everyone had a wonderful, restful, relaxing weekend.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
"Big lettuce, big carrots, tomatoes like volleyballs..."
One of the chunky hunk's and my favorite meals, whether we're dieting or not is the BIG SALAD. It's a great way to get in 2 or more servings of veggies, a serving of lean protein, and even a serving of dairy.
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There are so many different varieties and ways to make a big salad, it's so much fun to get creative with your meal. So, with no further adieu-here's your big salad.
BIG Chicken Salad
Makes 2 servings
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
3 cups fresh spinach
1 cup chopped romaine lettuce
1 cup chopped red leaf lettuce
1 cup shredded carrots
3/4 snap peas
1/2 cup brocoli
1/2 cup cauliflower
1 cup shredded cabbage
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup fat free croutons
Place chicken breasts in a medium stockpot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and let boil for 2 minutes, turn heat down to simmer and cook 15 minutes or until done. Drain and let cool. Dice chicken and marinate in balsamic vinegar at least 2 hours.
Place lettuce and all the ingredients but the garnish in a large bowl and mix well. Serve on two plates, top with garnish, marinated chicken, and dressing of your choice.
Without dressing: 406 calories/serving
And just because I can't resist showing off my monsters, this is Big Monster, holding my new favorite salad dressing. 90 calories per serving, so even if I use this, the entire salad is still under 500 calories. Yahoo!
Enjoy your snow day!
Monday, January 24, 2011
Week #2 Goal:
1)Get at least 10 miles of running in this week
2)Add a new workout move to the blog every week
Hope everyone had a great day!
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
And in light of this article, I feel as though I should set a new goal for this week. I'm not only GOING to lose another pound this week, but I'm GOING to make my workouts count more and add at least an hour a week of pumping iron into my workouts.
What's your weekly goal?
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
White Bean Chicken Chili
1 cup water
1 cup chicken broth
2 large chicken breasts
1 can garbanzo beans
1 can navy beans
1 can cannelini beans
1 hot pepper of your choice
1 large bell pepper
2 tbsp. chili powder
2 tsp. hot sauce (or more, we used 4 tsp.)
Place chicken in a large pot and cover with water and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Allow to boil for 2 minutes, turn down to low, and let simmer for 15 minutes or til done. While chicken is cooling, pour the beans into a crock pot, slice both peppers into small sections and add to crock pot. When chicken is cool, discard broth and shred or dice into bite-size pieces, add to crock pot. Season with the chili powder, S&P and the hot sauce. Stir well and let cook for 3-4 hours on high or 5-6 on low.
Makes 4 servings.
405.6 calories per serving
Monday, January 17, 2011
I've decided I want to be a fit and fab mama, not a fat and flabby mama. In order to do so, I need to drop a few...or 20...pounds. Enter the 60 day slimdown, a group of facebook friends who have all decided to ditch the overly processed, stick to your thighs type food, hit the gym a bit more, and slim down to become a healthier version of ourselves. The slimdown started last week, but since my entire household came down with the bubonic plague stomach flu, I didn't get a chance to write until now.
I've wanted to write a blog for a long time, so I figured this was my chance! Even if only my mom no one reads this blog, at least I will have completed one of my many goals to do before I turn 30. This blog will be a chronicle of my weight loss journey. I'll be sure to include exercise tips, weight loss advice, lots of healthy recipes, and of course, I'll pepper in a few stories about my crazy little girls.
So far I'm down 5 lbs in 2 weeks. I feel great! Although there's not much of a change in my appearance...I feel like a new, sexier, sassier Kt. Changing my diet and adding in more exercise has made me sleep better, have more energy and feel happier. And really, isn't that what everyone wants? I hope you'll join me in becoming a fitter, happier, healthier person!