Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Meals for the whole week!!

Before I begin with the details, let me explain why this works for me.
My husband works the evening shift at a hospital (he’s an x-ray tech) so that he can go to school in the mornings. So basically I’m on my own for dinner every night.  I work Tuesday-Saturday at a museum, so Monday is my “prepare for the hell-ahead-of-me day.” I pack a few meals for me to either throw in my lunchbox for work or to heat up when I get home. Since I chose pasta this week…it will be my lunch. [yes, I have lost 26 pounds and I still eat pasta. Moderation folks!] If I eat anything heavy at night I usually feel nauseous. I also pack my husband’s lunches (usually) too, because it saves us money if he doesn’t eat out before work or use his payroll deduct thing for dinner at the hospital.
But this post is about my meals!
(Just FYI if you're wondering, I eat around 1400 calories a day and do better with the munchies if my lunch is more substantial...I try to keep it around 400 calories and budget the rest of the day around that....usually)
I bought a large package of this buitoni pasta. It was just under $6 and makes five 1 cup servings.  I boiled it and divided it into the 1 cup servings (330 calories each).
In case you're curious...

Divided into 1 cup servings.

 Next, I added different things to each of these containers so that it would seem like I was eating something different every day.  I get bored easily if I eat the same thing over and over. This stuff I just had at my house already, I just raided my cabinets/fridge to find things to make it more interesting. So I used: reduced sodium green beans, some Mrs. Dash stuff, some homemade pesto (in the little green lidded container--it doesn’t have cheese in it, less calories) some reduced fat “parmesan” cheese, some pasta sauce, and some frozen mixed vegetables (from a massive bag bought at sam’s—thanks mom).





So I made one meal have pesto, vegetables and green beans mixed in. One with red sauce and veggies on the side, one with only pesto, etc.  I write down everything I put into the Tupperware onto a sticky note next to the container so I can keep up with how many calories is in each meal. This makes it super easy to put it into MFP later.
After I got done I realized I had forgotten about my cherry tomatoes so I cut some of those in half and added them to the container that just had pasta/pesto.







Yes that's a Digiorno shredded cheese container that I now use for my lunches. ^

Last, I made two broccoli slaw salads (the bag makes three @ 25 calories each—yes 25!) and put some balsamic dressing (30 calories for 2 tbs) in a condiment container with it so that the salad wouldn’t get soggy by the time I ate it.  These were for if I was still hungry for some reason, there would be no reason to eat junk with/after my lunch.


There ya have it folks. If you have any ideas for lunches/calorie counting, please email me (samsmithgriffin@gmail.com) or post a comment! I'm always looking for new ways to stay motivated, and changing things up seems to do that for me.
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Thanks for reading y'all!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

date night

Went to Ristorante Capeo in Argenta Saturday night for my birthday dinner. It was great!! We got some bruschetta to start--it was amazing! I got tagliatelle pasta and Beej got the lamb shank. I had a really great dirty martini, and a glass of merlot. And then for dessert we had what else, tiramisu!! Also, I got carded. Holla!

We had planned on going to see Breaking Dawn part 2 afterwards but I just wasn't feeling it! So we went back home and rented some Red Box movies.

What a night, what a night!


Getting ready to leave! 


Making a mess in the bathroom getting ready. I own too much makeup.



Back at home, about to watch some movies! 



On Sunday we went to my parents house and my mom made my annual birthday meal! BBQ chicken, mashed potatoes, broccoli and cheese and crescent rolls! And she made me these amazing cupcakes!! Aren't they adorable? Turning 26 was pretty fun! 

Thanks for reading guys! Love ya mean it. 

Friday, November 23, 2012

birthday wrap up

Woke up to a totally adorable birthday situation in the kitchen.

My husband did some planning this year!! To bgein with, he called McDonald's earlier in the week (who CALLS McDonald's?! haha) to see if they would be open on Thanksgiving during breakfast--because for whatever reason that was what I have been wanting for breakfast for AWHILE now...so why not have it on my birthday? Well they wouldn't be open, so he made me a sausage cheese biscuit for breakfast! 

While he was cooking I investigated the stuff on this kitchen table and there were three presents, a batch of mimosas, and a cupcake for me! He even made the "eat me" "drink me" "open me" tags like in my favorite Disney movie, Alice in Wonderland. I LOVE THIS MAN.

He got me a throw blanket I mentioned I wanted a week or two ago, a hot pink heart rate monitor watch, and a spi belt to hold my phone while I run. 

We had some fun, and then he had to get ready to leave for work...Boo.  

So I went to my parents house for Thanksgiving and there were MORE presents waiting for me! Wahoo!

My parents got me a iPod shuffle to wear while I work out, and my name was put on the back! It's crazy small.  [They also got me some Nike dri-fit workout clothes, but I got those early so I could wear them in my first 5K.] After I finish this blog post Ima load my shuffle up with some tunes!! My sister gave me a Lennox champagne flute to match the other one we got when we got married--we got a lot of utensils and plates but only one champagne glass from the china we registered for. She also gave me a pretty cowl she knitted.  She's a pretty bomb knitter. ha. Bomb knitter. 


After BJ got off work we went to the 10 pm Black Friday event at the Walmart where we live. We wanted the 32" TV but when we got there, around 10:30, they were already gone... so we bought a voucher.  It's supposed to be here by Christmas, but I hope it doesn't take that long! It's for our bedroom and I am so excited we finally splurged and got one! 



Here's the pumpkin swirl cheesecake I brought to my parents house. It was, amaze-balls. In my sister's words, "that cheesecake is heaven."

There are not many things in this life that I excel at, seriously. I am so aware of this. But desserts? Desserts is not one of the things I suck at. I kick ass at baking and making desserts and concocting dinners.  :) 


Brought my hubs some thanksgiving food to his work!

^^Right up there is the best husband in the universe who drove me to Ulta after our Walmart trip...where I ended up buying a $10 hairdryer, a blush and an eyebrow pencil. What a sad haul right? Nothing I saw there (in my budget) really screamed BUY ME and so I didn't.  That's how it's supposed to be right?! 

Decorated for Christmas today, trying out my new  HRM watch tomorrow (and it's bday dinner night...) update soon! 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

thanksgiving/birthday plans

Today I’m just going to be a blog-post-hoe.  I finally got my Liebster award post up, which took so long to do because I don’t really ever sit down at a computer to post to this blog. I actually hardly ever sit down at a computer period (except my desk at work). Ever since I finished my thesis it’s like I try and avoid the thing. I do it all from my iPhone with the Blogger app (which recently updated and doesn’t suck as bad as it used to), and that’s the only reason ya’ll ever hear from me.

[The following three paragraphs are a rant. Beware.]
I hope I can convey to you the weird mood I’ve been in.  I don’t know if it’s because of the time change and it seems so effing late when I get home from work—which really wears on me, or if it’s because my birthday falls on Thanksgiving this year and I HATE IT WHEN THAT HAPPENS. It shouldn’t be a big deal, I know that, but it is. I hate it and it is annoying to share your birthday with a national holiday.
What’s more, is that since my husband works at a hospital he works on thanksgiving/my birthday. He also works on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and I’m sincerely depressed about it.  I’ve been having a pity party for myself about all of this, and I’m sick of myself at this point. I’m supposed to be an adult and understand that not everything works out like you want it to.
He’s working so hard. Full load of college courses on top of his full-time job.  One of those classes being organic chemistry. I’m impressed with him and so proud of him and grateful that he’s working himself to death to benefit us in the future. BUT OH MA GAH the lack of time together is wearing me down. We’re both tired of it. Needless to say we’re both counting down to Christmas break.

I had to edit a lot of that ^ because at first it was WAY TOO DRAMATIC. You’re welcome.

Now onto birthday plans!
Since Beej doesn’t work until the afternoon, I get to spend the morning with him. I think I get to open a present too! Wahoo! After he leaves for work I’ll load up my contribution to Thanksgiving dinner and the pup and then head to my momma’s house for dinner.  I plan on leaving there and bringing BJ a real Thanksgiving dinner at his work that night, because otherwise he’ll have hospital Thanksgiving food and that’s it (and that’s just wrong), because his family decided at the last minute to do finger foods. Then that night, I may go buy us a new flat screen for our bedroom. I’ve never done the whole Black Friday thing though, so I’m a little nervous.
Friday we’re going to put up our Christmas tree, and then that night we go to his grandma’s for a finger-food-tastic Thanksgiving…
Saturday night BJ is bringing me to Capeo! I’m soo excited. I’ve wanted to go there for years. Seriously, years. And then Sunday we’re going to my parent’s house to have my annual birthday meal …since I didn’t get to have it on my birthday due to it being a national holiday where you eat something specific.  My usual birthday meal: BBQ chicken, mashed potatoes, broccoli and cheese and crescent rolls.  HOLLA!
SO as soon as my husband gets off work on Thanksgiving night we’ll have Friday-Sunday together.
And I can’t convey to you how very happy that makes me.

Other updates:
I signed up for a 5-6 am Bootcamp at my gym in December. I'm crazy.


Got my hair done Monday, Before (left) After (right). She curled it. I love my hair girl.

This is a picture of me and BJ at my friend's wedding in October.  My bra is showing. Did you notice? Ugh.


I made this skinny-fied buffalo chicken pizza last week.  It was amazing!!

i got an award! holla!



So I was nominated for an award! Yay! I would like to thank those ladies that nominated me:
Susan at Susan Today
Jennifer Adams at Just Jenn

I apologize for the amount of time it took me to post this, I hope it brings traffic up at everyone's blogs!



Apparently, there are rules:


 If you were nominated, post 11 things about yourselves.

 Then answer the 11 questions the person who nominated you created.
 Create 11 more questions to ask the bloggers you decided to nominate.
 Choose 11 bloggers to nominate with less than 200 followers.
 Make sure and let these people know you nominated them! No tag backs, so don't nominate   someone who nominated you. 




11 things about me (this is where I forget who I am and struggle to come up with something to put here)

1.My sister introduced me to my now-husband. She had us go bowling with her and her (now ex) husband. I wore a hoodie. Yuuup.
2. I didn't cut up my own meat until I got to college, because I wouldn't eat it if I had to cut it... so my moma did it for me. 
3. Sometimes I think getting my master's degree was a waste of time.  
4. I'm not really good at folding laundry. My husband folds t-shirts better than the people that work at the limited. And he doesn't even have to use the board thing. (I used to work at the limited)
5. My first and still most favorite job I've ever had was working at a Merle Norman in my hometown for the most amazing woman.
6. I have a purse and planner addiction.
7. I am NOT a morning person, although I would like to be.  I evidently don't want it enough to try very hard I guess.
8. I used to make fun of people who loved their dogs like children. Then I got a dog.
9. I got pick-pocketed in Rome on the Subway. I had just been to the ATM-they took like 250 euros from me.
10. I have turned into an extreme homebody/introvert since college. It's a good thing, most of the time.
11. I'm still depressed Harry Potter is finished.

11 questions from the ladies who nominated me (a combo)
1.  What is one of your life goals?          Go to france/london/spain with my husband.

2.  If you could be anything, what would you be?
     I'd own a cupcake truck.
3.  What is your favorite animal?
     A Cairn Terrier Named Jeffery Griffin
4.  Are you a clothes, hair, or makeup girl?
     Makeup.
5. Who/What is your Biggest inspiration?
     Her name is Amy Minger. She's my BFF. The list is too long to try and put to words, but for many reasons she makes me want to think for myself more and keep on dreaming!
6.What was your first job?
    I sold makeup at a Merle Norman in Stuttgart. Best job!
7.What is your least favorite cleaning activity?
   Mopping and sweeping the effing floors.
8. Do you have a favorite adult beverage, and what is it?
    Dirty martinis, Shiner bock, red wine.
9.Who inspires you to be healthy?
    My amazing thoughtful handsome husband and Brandi Laughlin
10. How much television do you watch?
     Not a lot really, I DVR anything I want to watch. But with my husband working at night I do watch more than I used to.
11. What one food could you not live without?
       Pizza.

11 Questions for the nominated blogs: 
1. Are you an early bird or night owl?

2. Where would you like to travel to? (anywhere in the world and any time period!)
3.  What book as a child did you love the most?
4. What do you struggle with? (meant to be a broad question)
5. If you had three more days to live, what would be the first thing you did?
6. Do you talk on the phone or text more?
7. What was the address to the first email account you ever made?
8. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? What do you want to be now?
9. What are you currently obsessed with?
10. Are you: team Edward,  team Jacob, or team I don't care?
11. When was the last time you read a great book? What was it?

11 Nominations!
I tried to find people who hadn't been nominated yet, if for some reason I've re-nomiated you, my bad!

Amanda at Some Crafty Life
Janice at Bellalotte 
Lachele at Duff's Wife
Diane at Just Simply D
Connie at Changing Connie





Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Things that made me want to exercise tonight.

1. I'm like less than a pound away from being in the 150's
2. I'm waiting to hear about a possible job
3. My effing birthday is on thanksgiving
4. My husband works on thanksgiving
5. I'm grumpy.


The end.



Sunday, November 11, 2012

my very first 5k ever

(the night before.)

I've been sick since last Saturday November 3rd. I woke up at 4 am (adjusted fall back time) because I was in pain--my throat felt like it had gravel in it. I got up and got some water and took a Walgreen's version of Tylenol cold and the only cough drops we had in the house were those numbing ones. ugh. last resort usually. 

So I'm laying there trying to get the pill thing open and BJ (hubs) wakes up and asks if I'm okay and immediately falls back asleep. Pretty sure before I could even answer he was back asleep. Whatevs. He needs some rest. Love you homes!

I wake up feeling like hell on Sunday. That afternoon I go to my mom's birthday lunch at Cheddar's in Little Rock and then go back to being a zombie once we get home.  Monday--same story only worse. I feel like road kill. (exact words to hubs)

(Oh--and Dayquil, for some reason, works but always makes me nauseous...so that's how the next few days were spent. )

Tuesday, still sick as hell with drainage, stopped up nose, body aches, etc. So I call in to work.  I probably should've called in Wednesday too--but  I went into work because that's what I do. I laid down on my lunch break and tried to rest some. Didn't really work out but that's another story.

Thursday I was a snot factory. Friday, I was finally seeing some relief. I could breathe as long as I kept blowing my nose.
In total, I went through two NEW boxes of Kleenex--one at my desk and one at home. Plus some from an old box and toilet paper. Ridic. My nose--well. You can probably guess.  MY NOSE BURNED. It was rubbed raw. I seriously put Vaseline on it in attempt to help it with peeling. Vaseline. Yes. 

Anyway, back to when I'm feeling better. Mid-day on Friday I felt a lot better, still an itchy throat, but that's totally doable. 

Leave it to me to get sick the entire week before I do my first 5k.  I mean, I get another fearless streak and I finally sign up for one and then I feel like hell all the way up to time.  Sounds like me.

I haven't had an appetite all week. I haven't really eaten much. So I ordered pizza tonight. The night before. I ate four pieces of a large. Seriously. I don't remember the last time I ate that much of a pizza. Maybe college?  And I don't even feel sick from it...that's the weird part. For the past few months like 2 pieces is my limit--because I would feel sick if I ate any more than that. I think I literally needed some food. Hopefully I won't feel too sluggish tomorrow. Surely not. I actually feel great right now, it feels good to have food on my stomach.

Registration opens for my 5k at 930 ish, race is at 1015. BJ will be done with class in time to pick me up, so hopefully I can remember to have him take my picture.  I haven't ran in a week, I've been sick and haven't eaten normal for a week---so I'm curious on how it's going to work out. Update coming tomorrow. Or Sunday. Whenever I can find the time! 

(Sunday night)


I needed some sunglasses.
well.....

In short I finished in 39:49, which is great because I wanted to finish in under 40 minutes. Just barely, I know.  In the last little stretch a nice volunteer man told me my time and so I had to kick it in high gear. I walked a lot of it, and I'm not ashamed to say that.  I've come a long way from the beginning of this year, even just having the guts to sign up for the thing in the first place--plus I felt like hell before I even started--I'm proud of my time and of my fearlessness.
that's a long word. 


Back of my t-shirt--it was long sleeved! Awesome!


running route

Three complaints: one--part of the course was uphill, and I wasn't prepared for that, at all.  I guess I was naive and assumed they wouldn't put any hills in the course. I was wrong. Sad day.  Two--the water table was only .79 miles into the race, so that was annoying...I didn't want any water until like halfway through. and lastly, three--my most grievous complaint--one of the volunteers stationed a little over a mile in laughed at me, and asked if I wished I had done the two mile walk instead.  Literally.  Word for word. I am not making that up. I guess I was breathing weird (I was all stopped up) and in case the Kleenex wadded up in my right hand didn't give it away, I told him I was sick and secretly hoped he tripped or something later in the day. Ass hole.  Seriously. I wasn't even the last one, or even close to the last one...that's what I don't get. It hurt my feelings. And pissed my mom off. :)

I was happy I did it. I will be doing another one on December 1 with my BFF if I can take off work. It is the arthritis 5k in Little Rock. I think I need to start running outside more (which basically means I'll have to run in the dark, since the time has changed) because the cold air did a number on my already sore throat.

Afterwards my hubs took me out for a margarita and pizza at the only place in my town that has a real bar, because I live in Arkansas where we have something called a "dry county" ...and if a restaurant in a dry county wants to serve liquor they have to be classified as a private club and all sorts of shenanigans. SOMETIMES I MISS LIVING IN MEMPHIS. Okay all the time. If you can buy alcohol in your county, or even better--buy alcohol in your county on a Sunday--do not take it for granted.  Remember there's a girl named Samantha in Lonoke county in Arkansas wishing she could buy some beer on Sunday or walk into ANY restaurant and order an alcoholic beverage.  

Unrelated business:
Update: This drink is weird.  I was unaware that "green coffee beans" were a thing.  It tasted like a coffee flavored energy drink and I won't be buying it again. 

Hubs aced an organic chemistry quiz (SUPER HUGE BIG DEAL) so he got a surprise. Best wife award coming right up! 

Lastly, a lovely navy manicure I gave myself Friday night--it was the best nail job I've done maybe ever.  Too bad it chipped in like 86 places the next day, and so I peeled it off on Sunday. It was Ulta brand polish. I got it for free so I wasn't too mad, just wish I hadn't tried so hard to make it perfect. 
And yes that's a beer. I like dark beer. 



Post over.
Coming later this week: award post and nominations. It's really going to happen, I promise.

thanks for reading, love you mean it. 


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

chicken salad y'all

I made some chicken salad over the weekend. I used a rotisserie chicken from the deli at Walmart (I only use the breast meat) and the other ingredients are shown in the photo.
 I should've taken a picture of my lunch before I started to dig in (below), but hunger overpowers logical thought sometimes. It was yummy. I brought some toasted bread to put it on but decided just to eat it plain...crunchy bread probably wouldn't have helped my sore throat.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Where have I been?

Nowhere. Just my house. After an insanely busy week last week, I then wind up sick. (I guess it's that time of year!) Therefore, my little corner of the Internet has been neglected. But have no fear! I will return.

Here's a little update:

I have my first 5k coming up this weekend, so expect to hear about that. Oh and I have my award blog post to type! I need to get with it don't I!?!

My c25k ability has stalled at w7d2-- the 26 minute run. After doing the 25 minute run I couldn't get my mind to stop being difficult and let me run the 26 minutes. Someday, 26 minutes will be no big deal I hope. But the past week I had to take a couple walking breaks for water. I just hope to finish in under 40 minutes this Saturday. It's not an official timed race but I plan on using my runkeeper app to keep time.

I'm happy with myself. The past few days being sick has put me at a standstill with running and watching what I eat (mainly because I had no appetite, then I was insanely hungry). It gave me time to sit and think. Rather, lay and think.

Regardless of schedules and stuffy noses, I have now hit 22 pounds lost and can now run at least 20 minutes, probably more, without stopping--and that's really an accomplishment. I'm definitely proud of myself. And I don't plan on quitting!