Friday, September 28, 2012

Cuties



Oh and here's a picture of my hubs and pup. Yeah I know. They're cute.

Heaven on ma heels!

So you may have seen if you follow me on Instagram (@samsmithgriffin) that I got some new shoe insoles for my running shoes.

Until I can afford to go get fitted for a nice pair, I've been wearing some asics brand shoes that I've had about a year. That's what made me look into insoles, having used them for a year. I got some dr scholls active series insoles for women (duh). They were $20 at walmart and I had a $5 off coupon (thanks grandma).

....Holy hell, why didn't I do this sooner? First off, after taking the insoles out that came with my shoes I wondered how in the hell I had been running on those. They were flimsy and stupid and I'm mad I didn't investigate sooner. I don't think I'll keep the standard insoles in any shoes from now on. It was like I had been running on worn out cardboard.

The smaller women's version fit perfectly in my shoes so there wasn't any cutting to do. I was surprised, my shoes are 7 1/2 and the insoles are supposed to fit into at least an 8.

I ran on them for the first time this week, and not only could I run faster but I also ran longer! My feet were evidently taking a beating before and I didn't realize it.

If you haven't checked out your insoles, do it. It's definitely worth it.Your knees, shins and ass will be grateful that you did.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Lunch

I don't know how jell-o is making this sugar free chocolate stuff taste so good, but they are, and me and my husband both are shocked.

Lunch today: 1 serving pasta I made last night and 1 jello snack. And I'm stuffed! It's crazy to think a small meal like that used to not even put a dent in my hunger.

Hubs is at home sick today. So I told him I'd make him whatever he wants for supper-- he chose crescent rolls, breaded pork chops and homemade Mac n cheese....Jeez. Gonna have to to watch it with the Mac n cheese!!

pasta concoction


Last night I was in the mood to cook. I didn’t want a Smartones…which was sort of all we had in the house. My husband works evenings at a hospital and dinner is up to me/only for me these days. My go to meal is pasta because I’m picky when it comes to meat.  I’m not a vegetarian, but I’ve been borderline my whole life.  With pasta you don’t have to worry about gristle, fat, blood, whether it’s been cooked enough (or too much) and cutting it. Sawing a hunk of meat apart kind of grosses me out sometimes…I didn’t cut up my own meat until I got to college (thanks mom) because otherwise I wouldn’t eat it. Off my meat rant, pasta is my favorite. Especially the cheese kind.

I got home from work around 5:40, got some laundry going and straightened up the house, changed into my gym clothes, and did the at home circuit workout from a program I’ve been doing all of September (see previous post September). And sat down for a few minutes to watch E! news.  I found out Rob and Kristen are living together again, that Pamela Anderson got kicked off of DWTS and wondered what I was doing with my life…so I got off my ass and went to the gym to do week 4 day 3 of C25K. I killed it! The past two times I thought it almost killed me…so this was progress. 
By this time It’s 7:45 and I’m starving.  So I swing by Kroger on the way home and got these things:
(Ingredients)
  • Container of Nature Sweet brand sunburst tomatoes (cut in halves)
  • Bag of frozen cheese ravioli (Kroger brand mini round ravioli with cheese)
  • Bag of frozen peppers and onions (Kroger brand recipe beginnings 3 pepper and onion blend)
And I got home and combined them with these things I already had:
  • Frozen cut green beans (1 cup)
  • Garlic (2 cloves, finely chopped—I used a garlic press)
  • Olive oil (1 tbs)
  • Homemade pesto sans the Parmesan cheese (1 tbs)
(let me explain about the pesto—since it was frozen the cheese wasn’t added yet—and so I decided to just not add the cheese. So it’s basically “vegan pesto”- basil, oil, pine nuts and garlic)

(Directions)
I put a large pot of water on the stove and while I waited for it to boil I put a tablespoon of olive oil in a hot skillet. Next I added the entire bag of peppers/onions. After those got soft I added the garlic and the tomatoes.
Next I put the green beans in the boiling water for maybe two minutes, and transferred them into the skillet too.  Next I boiled the pasta—which took maybe a couple minutes-it rises to the top when it's done. Next I drained the pasta and added it to the skillet as well. 
At this point, I figured I’d need a sauce but I didn’t really want to drown this pretty concoction in anything… so I just added a tablespoon of pesto I had in the freezer and stirred it in really well.  It turned out great. I had it for dinner and then measured and packed the rest up to have for meals the rest of this week.

Deets: Makes 5 servings (1 cup each) at 320 calories



Tuesday, September 25, 2012

steel cut oats

Today’s post is on an awesome recipe I tried for the first time a couple weeks ago.
I was anxiously awaiting cooler weather down here in Arkansas (I was three ish weeks early on that), and I decided to try a steel cut oat recipe.

It should be noted that I’ve never liked oatmeal.  My mom never made it for me and I only made it for myself once from a packet while in college. It was always so gooey. And just thinking about it kind of makes me dry heave.

But since I’ve been making conscious choices about what I eat (which is a lot harder than I once thought), I figured I would try it again because of its nutritional qualities and I figured it’d keep me fuller longer than breakfast bars, fruit or cereal. AND this recipe is made in a slow cooker —so I wouldn’t have to do much except pour/stir/eat.

Here goes.
Ingredients:
1 cup steel cut oats (aka Irish oatmeal) this makes enough for 4 people
4 cups water (follow directions on package for how much oats you used)
1/3 cup dried cranberries (you could use any dried fruit)
3 apples peeled and cut into slices (I’ve used red and golden delicious—both worked well)
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup pumpkin
Non-stick cooking spray or slow-cooker liner
Topping ideas: brown sugar, pecans/walnuts

Directions:
Spray your slow cooker with non stick spray—or even better, line it with a slow cooker liner for way easier clean up (this is what I do with this recipe and when making cheese dip—I don’t have the time/patience to scrub!)
Pour all the ingredients into the slow cooker and stir. Put on low and cook for 7-8 hours.
(if you let it cook any longer, the apples will turn to mush)

I was surprised; the texture was different than instant oatmeal.  The husband liked it—even had second helpings.  It did need a little sugar, but I just topped it with brown sugar (that I measured (1 tbsp), I didn’t go crazy) because I thought it’d make more of a difference on top than mixed in. Will be making this again!

Deets: Serving size is 1/4 of recipe, 253 calories per serving, 2.6 g fat, 53 g carbs, 9.5 dietary fiber, 21.5 g sugars, 7.5 g protein,12.5 % iron, 15.5% Vitamin C, 76.5% vitamin A.

Friday, September 21, 2012

craving large amounts of nutella

I want to be like this kid today. I'd have a sick grin plastered on my nutella covered face too, if I didn't have a conscience.

Photo courtesy pinterest.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

redo

Me and the hubs are talking about using our days off together around my birthday to redo/decorate parts of the house. I've made a HUGE list, of course, and have narrowed it down to dealing with the living room and the kitchen. Deets on the plans will come later, and after the redo I'll post before (if I can remember to take them) and after pics. Here's some small ideas I have: huge painting for the living room that will be made by the griffins, tiered tray for the kitchen to hold the massive amounts of fruits and vegetables I buy, and cork boards inside the kitchen cabinet so my fridge doesn't look like we already have kids.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

september

This is the workout schedule I've been following for this month. So I've been doing these workout(s) plus running (jogging?) 2-3 times a week-ish. I'm exhausted. And I think I need an 'off' day, but I don't wanna miss a day of this ...just so I can know I finished something. So, I'll persevere and wait for October 1 for a day to do nothing.



Also-- credit for this workout design goes to backonpointe.tumblr.com
And here's my progress so far:
I keep that cutie^ at my desk with a sheet of stickers like a 5 year old. Whatever! Makes me feel like I've accomplished something ...and gives me a reason to buy stickers.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

vacation photos

I could write an essay about all the great stuff we did in St. Louis. Instead, I'm going to just tell you that if you ever go, visit these three places:
1. Rooster's (crepe restaurant)
2. The zoo. It's free. No excuses.
3. A cardinals game. And try to get tickets to a box. (You're excused if it's not baseball season)
4. And if that's the case, go to Niche or it's sister restaurant Taste. (awesome food, crazy inventive drinks)

These photos are in no order, thanks to the blogger iPhone app.

First night there--in the elevator at the hotel <3
BJ's dessert at Niche 
My savory crepe at Rooster's
Brew Master tour at Budweiser 
Production line at Budweiser 
Reptile house at the zoo
Drink menu at Taste 
View from our box (round building was our hotel)
Slider's at Mosaic
My husband at Rooster's 
My dinner at Niche, first time to have Brussel sprouts (they were awesome)
Rooster wall art 

Beet salad? It was okay. I'm unsure about beets. 
My cute husband after his first cab ride that turned out to be a confusing disaster. 
More Rooster wall art. 
Fresh beer! 
Me at Taste.
Beer tour detail. 
We shared an ice cream cone at the zoo. We were that couple. 
BJ's tuna tartar at Mosaic 
St Louis Science Center. I think it's a reproduction.
Cupcakes from a Food Network Cupcake War winner. That's bacon on the top left. Holla!
Beer tour, where the hubs is actually looking at the camera. 
My drink at Taste (sidecar)
St Louis Art Museum. Beautiful! 
One of my favorites at the St Louis Art Museum. 
My chauffeur for the drive up. 
Sporting my $3 Budweiser sunglasses while waiting on the hotel shuttle. 
My dessert at Niche--peach pie (locally grown peaches!)
BJ's drink at Taste--Zombie Killer. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

holla

Did w4d1 of c25k guys! That's the furthest I've ever gotten, because I always give up before then --out of either frustration or boredom. I have ADD when it comes to exercise, and have to keep finding different stuff to do.

Anyway, back to w4d1. I ran 4 minutes/walked 2/ran 6/walked 3/ran 4/walked 2. I didn't think I was going to be able to survive the 6 minute run. Seriously y'all. I have to be distracted with YouTube makeup tutorials or pretty little liars to not want to die during runs. It was excruciating. And I will do it again later this week.

So holla at ya girl, she's acting like a runner.

Here's what I made myself for dinner tonight. Too bad the hubs works the evening shift, huh! (cheese tortellini, broccoli, green beans and homemade pesto)

Sunday, September 16, 2012

wedding shower. thankful it's not mine.

Shannon is getting married!!! It's always great when you get to see your friends finally be happy!

I had a blast working on her cupcakes for her shower tonight (see photo below) and I got real excited making that bow on her present. More excited than I should've, probably. Too bad my day job doesn't consist of making cupcakes and bows! (maybe someday!)

So happy for her and soooo glad I don't have to be the person everyone is staring at tomorrow, I was so anxious during my pre-wedding showers/parties.


Saturday, September 15, 2012

14 days of crap

The past two weeks have been shitty. Just plain shitty. Fortunately, it's only been shitty in the parts of life that are containable, so it hasn't leaked into the most important parts. My home life and how I feel about myself are in the best shape they've ever been in, and I plan on working my ass off to keep it that way.

However, when it comes to actually working my ass off (exercising) or my job (gasp!) sometimes I just wish I could curl up under my desk with a bottle of vodka in a hoodie and take a drunken nap. Whatever, don't judge me. I know I'm not the only one.

I won't go into extreme detail, but here goes: (BEGINNING OF RANT)


As for the job part, it's just been a lot of stress and anxiety packed into a short period of time. Unusual for my job, thank goodness. Nothing dramatic, I still have fun and I like my job. But when people make things harder on you because you're dependable, it makes you want to commit murder. I'm learning that adults suck and are just as irresponsible as a 17 year old, responsibility knows no age.

As for the working out part, I AM KILLING IT. Literally. (Not counting the work I've done since I started in May...) There hasn't been a day in September where I haven't busted my ass. I can see I'm slowly getting back to the shape I was in when I was 19 or 20. (Okay, maybe 23... pre-grad school shape) Strength-wise at least, I could probably kick your ass. Holla! The shitty part: Is the scale reflecting that? Well no. That'd be a perfect world! I'm working my ass off but the lying whore of a scale has decided to not make the past two weeks seem progressive at all. Gotta keep on trucking, eff the scale!

Other stuff that has added to this shitty 2 weeks includes any number of things, from burning my thumb and pointer finger with a hot glue gun (more like a volcanic glue gun) to having next to no energy for anything except showering and sleeping because I've been too busy focusing on other people. (Which, let me clarify here before you go assuming-- doesn't include my husband (or dog)  I would take care of my husband before I take care of myself, all day every day, without thinking twice. It's the secondary people who won't leave me the hell alone that I'm sick of) Also? The dog (howling S.O.B basset hound) next door is about to get a visit from animal control if the neighbors don't do something. (END OF RANT)

Yes I'm healthy (seriously, I have the blood work to prove it), I have a good job, a great husband (who sent me flowers last week--see the picture!!) and a safe place to live. And I'm grateful for all of that. Very grateful. Sometimes a couple bad weeks just try to bring you down!










Here's to tomorrow bringing on a new week, and may the odds be ever in my favor.


This just made me laugh: