Archive for December, 2008

It’s a day off from work but not from working out.  We slept a little later, about 1 hour longer in bed but went down and pumped some iron. 

I bought a new protein to try and started with a pre workout shake:

Dymatize Elite Whey Protein Isolate - BANANA

Dymatize Elite Whey Protein Isolate - BANANA

It has a good clean taste, mixes very easily and is great for a low carb diet.

The workout today consisted of 40 minutes on the treadmill.  It was impossible to run outside. The snow was falling so heavily and it was 20 degrees with a wind.  So 4.5 miles for the last day of the year. I’ll total miles for 2008 later. 

Working the legs with weights which consisted of:

  • Walking lunges with 15 lb bar + leg presses, 180 lbs.
  • Leg extensions + dead lifts
  • Leg curls + seated calf raises
  • Yoga stretching and some ab work for about 10 minutes.

Shane and I walked and played in the snow for 55 minutes. Walking was ridiculous and we only managed 2.9 miles. The roads weren’t plowed, so the walk ways were impossible to get at.   This is our little snow bunny:


Thought I’d stick to a hot cereal breakfast since I had Beaters almost everyday last week.

  • 1/4 cup Cream of Rice
  • 1/3 Banana
  • Cinnamon
  • 1/2 grapefruit
  • few raisins
  • 1 scoop Elite Juicers Shake with 1/3 banana.




After breakfast was done, I began the carrot cake process. Next… the Diffused Olive Oil… just like we had on our travels.  I bought fresh rosemary – it smells SO wonderful. Sundried tomatoes – the dried kind not the ones in oil, and a huge elephant ear of garlic.  In the Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO), we have 1 rosemary sprig + 1 large sd tomato, sliced + 1 large garlic clove, sliced.




Tonight, we are having an early dinner with friends…as per Nancy’s comment yesterday. We’re looking forward to a meal at the Phoenician and hope to see more of the usual crowd.  It’ll be fun. 

Ted and I managed to stay up until 11:45 pm last year, then woke up at 12:10AM to find out we missed the ball dropping.  I guess we’ll try a little harder this year. The champagne is chillin’. 

Hey everyone… Happy New Year and best wishes for a healthy, happy one.


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It’s stormy but we have things to do.  Ted got a Blu-Ray DVD for Christmas so we want to get a DVD to test it out.  I lost my little “be clean with your dog” leash attachment this morning in the snow some where, so we need to get another baggy holder, along with more doggy food.   BUT… this is what we did for dinner…

See below with fire roasted salsa topping

See below with fire roasted salsa topping

Sausage-Cheese Patties   4 servings.* SEE NOTE BELOW.   Takes about 20 minutes to prepare. 30 or so to cook.

Approx. Nutrition: 328.5 cals. 17.7g total fat. 24.1 carb. 23.6g protein.

  • 3/4 cup Instant Oats
  • 1/3 cup Heart Smart Bisquick Mix (or use breadcrumbs)
  • 14 oz Gimme Lean Sausagegimmeleansausage1
  • 1/2 cup 50% less Fat Cabot Shredded Cheddar Cheese.
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 TBS soy milk
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary (dried) (1/2 TBS crushed fresh)
  • 1/2 tsp parsley (dried) (1/2 TBS chopped fresh)
  • 2 TBS salsa (or BQ sauce) * You may want extra for topping.

Preheat oven to 350F.  Line cookie sheet with foil and spray with non stick.  Mix together all the ingredients (try to let sit for about 15 minutes so the oats and Bisquick can absorb some moisture) and shape into 8 patties.  Place on sheet. Bake about 30 minutes until brown. Serve immediately with extra dipping sauce.  *If you are a meat eater, you can use regular sausage and STILL not have to cook it before hand.  It will cook just fine in your oven.

I served the patties on top of smashed broccoli-cauliflower.  Steam 1/2 cup broccoli florets with 1/2 cup cauliflower florets until soft. Add paprika, salt, pepper and a little rosemary.  Puree until smooth. 

and…. a side of roasted fennel:  slice 1 fennel bulb into 4 slices. Put into a foil lined baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil. Add a little salt and pepper. Bake at 375 F for 45 minutes. Same some of the green ferns to garnish your plate.

Fennel Bulb

Fennel Bulb

NOTE: The order that I recommend you prepare this dinner is 1. Get your broc-cauli cooking. 2. Mix the sausage mixture then let it sit while you prepare the fennel and get that into the oven. * I cooked the fennel at 350 for 30 min. and it was still very firm so I upped the temp. above to375 and 45 min. 3. Form your patties and put in oven. 4. Puree your brocc-cauli mix.   By the way – I was home at about 4:35pm and all the above was cooking/baking/roasting by 5PM. Not bad!

topped with fire roasted salsa

topped with fire roasted salsa

Tomorrow is a full day off. To have some fun, I get to begin work on a carrot cake. That generally takes me a bit more time than regular cakes but fun.  You can check out the recipe on the side bar.

To all – have a great night!

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Disappointment last night, no football. Should’ve known since Sun. was the last of regular season. So I went to bed REAL early. But was able to meet Mr. Sandman almost immediately. There is a lullaby about Mr. Sandman my dad used to sing to me when going to sleep:   “Come little Jody, run up the stairs, put on your nighty, say your prayers. Ride with Mr. Sandman, til daylight comes again. See all the wonders of Wonderland, in Dream Mans dreams.”  Think I got it right.

It was windy, windy, windy this morning. Wasn’t looking forward to going out for a walk in that weather, but we did it and the early morning went something like this:

Pre workout JAY ROBB chocolate shake.

Aerobics: 40 minutes: 20 running. 10 rowing. 10 ET

Back and Tricep work out. 4 sets x 12 reps.

  • Lat pull down and one arm tricep extensions
  • Rear Delts (cables) and bent over tricep kick backs
  • Upright rows (cables) and dips
  • Seated rows and two arm tricep extensions
  • Crunches 4 x 12

Shane and I walked – didn’t really pay attention to distance or time today, but it was about 2 1/2 miles for 35 minutes, give or take.

I was ready for a nice hot breakfast and made thick, rough oats.  1/3 cup oats + 1 TBS no sugar added dried cranberries + 1/2 of 1/3 of a banana.

1 Scoop JAY ROBB chocolate protein with 1/4 cup FUZE and the other 1/2 of the 1/3 of a banana.

1 apple. That apple was a sorry little piece of fruit. I kept dipping it in my oatmeal (too lazy to get up and get a knife to chop it) to some how get the soft, tasteless thing down.


So onto another busy work day prior to year end.  Hope you have a great one and if you have all this wind as well, hold onto the trees!


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As per Wikipedia….Gremolata (or gremolada) is a chopped herb condiment typically made of garlic, parsley, and lemon peel. It is a traditional accompaniment to the Italian braised veal shank dish, “Ossobuco alla milanese“. The citrus element in gremolata makes it an appropriate addition to seafood dishes.

Tonight for dinner, we had Roasted Halibut with Beets, Escarole and Dill-Citrus Gremolata.


  • 2 TBS olive oil (separated)
  • 1 tsp dill
  • 1 tsp fresh grated orange zest (keep this orange!)
  • 1 8oz can beet slices, drained and rinsed
  • 1 head escarole, cleaned, dried and rough chopped
  • 1 TBS minced onion (boo-hoo, had to used dehydrated!)
  • 1 orange (the one you used to get the zest from)
  • 1 12 oz halibut fillet (cut in 2, about 1 inch thick)

Preheat the oven to 450 F.  Let your escarole soak well in water, and when ready to use, pat dry.  Spray a baking dish with non stick spray or coat with oil.  Mix dill and peel in a tiny bowl. Place beets in a dish and add your dill and peel (gremolata), onion, sprinkle with salt and pepper, add 1 tsp olive oil, toss well.   Put the dried, chopped escarole in another bowl and sprinkle with salt, pepper and add 2 tsp olive oil and squeeze 1/4 of your orange over the escarole.

Spread the escarole on the baking dish.  Coat your fish with the juice from 1/2 of the orange, sprinkle with salt and pepper and place on top of escarole. Brush with 1/2 TBS oil and top with the beet mixture.

Roast the fish until opaque, about 10-15 minutes. *With the beets on top, it adds height to the fish so you must add time to cooking. My fish tonight took about 18 minutes.


Nutrition(approx): 292 calories. 16 g fat. 212 sodium. 13 g carbs. 24 g protein. 

I served this with steamed cauliflower with a little lemon-pepper.

dinner-0011 It’s football Monday but all my fave’s are out of the playoffs. Now I have to pick the next best.  My rational has nothing to do with where we live, and I know the Chargers made it so I’ll root for them.  Now I have to have a 3rd string back up.  Will have to let you know when I review, once again, whose in.

Have a great night.


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I was amazed at how easy it was to get up this morning at my earlier time!  What WAS difficult was running on the T/M.  But I did it for 3 1/2 miles, then opted for the ET for the last 10 minutes. 

For my weight work out, I chose chest and biceps today.

  • All exercises 4 sets x 12 reps.
  • Incline chest press + concentration bicep curls.
  • Standing chest press (cables) + hammer curls.
  • Pec cross overs + db bicep curls.
  • Flat bench flies + curls using the rope on the cable machine.
  • 4 sets x 10 reps: push ups + crunches

Although the weather station indicated 36 degrees, there was a wind so it was cool walking Shane. We jogged a little, but mostly walked for 30 minutes. 

Pre exercise protein:  Jay Robb Chocolate – 1 scoop + 4 L-Glut-amine

Post exercise and breakfast: Jay Robb Chocolate – 1 scoop + 1 scoop L-Glut-amine powder + 1/3 cup FUZE, water, ice and 2 strawberries.

1/3 cup of Cream of Rye + 1 chopped date + water + cinnamon, and a little peanut butter residue from Shane’s spoon full that I wrap around his Glucosamine pills.

1/2 Ruby Red Grapefruit.    Good CLEAN eating!


So it’s Monday!   It’s a short week for most of us and that’s a nice winding down opportunity from the hustle and bustle of the Christmas holiday.  I heard the retail sales were the worst – well, they can’t blame my family!  One of my favorite gifts was a 550 series Rumba iRobot cleaner.  It works great! Our house is quite big so we have to take it in 3 day intervals, cleaning just the main “hair of the Shane” rooms.  Lovin’ it so far!

That’s it for now – everyone have a super day and if you would be so kind, please let me know your New Year’s plans.  New Year’s Eve and what you do New Year’s Day.  By the way … if you’re superstitious, NO CLOTHES WASHING ON NEW YEARS DAY!


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Happy Birthday, MJ in Vegas

Since I wasn’t in attendance, no food pics…just special birthday wishes to some one very dear to all of us. This is a dedication blog to our Mary Jane in Las Vegas.

Happy Birthday, Mary Jane. The family members that were in the area gathered to send their best wishes and lots of love:























The sign says “Happy 50th Birthday, Mary Jane”!

Nicholas actually took a bite out of the sign. Unfortunately, no one was quick enough to get it from his mouth before it was swallowed.  Is that a good source of fiber? Hmmph. Have to look it up.



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Home Sweet Home

We arrived home yesterday after a long day and a half of travelling.  The icy conditions in PA had not disappeared in the AM when I tried to walk Shane. It was impossible.  We only went about 1 mile.  It rained non stop all the way home.

So it was a quiet day yesterday, unpacking, washing, putting gifts away, but Pam who is visiting from FL came over for dinner. She and Ted had a steak and I had baked Tofu, marinated in Maple Pom with Old Style Grainy honey mustard. I baked it each side about 20 minutes.

simple-foods-001We had steamed broccoli on the side. I added a slice of lemon and a little garlic to the broc. while steaming. 

Good to be back to “clean” eating.


Sunday at Home

 Waking up in our own bed. Ahhh.  Although there was a moment upon waking where I wondered where I was. Too much wine over the last 5 days.

Up at 5:45 AM to check out the weather conditions by jogging with Shane.  We went 5 miles, but had to stick to the side streets because the walk ways that were cleared had a little ice on them. That should melt today as it is in the 40’s. 

I couldn’t resist getting back downstairs and doing a little more. So I spent 20 min. on the ET, 25 min. doing weights – one exercise each body part, 3 sets x 10 reps.

  • Walking Lunges with 15 lb weighted bar across shoulders.
  • Chest press, 45 lb bar.
  • Bent over rows, 20 lb dumbbells.
  • Shoulder presses 15 lb db’.
  • Tricep push downs using the rope, 30 lbs.
  • Bicep curls, 15 lb db’s
  • Ball crunches.

I finished with 10 minutes of rowing.  The weights were lighter today as I was simply intending to prepare my muscles for the week ahead, back to normal, one body part focus per day.

The workout was rewarded by a nice breakfast:  simple-foods-002  Sauteed 10 pcs. of asparagus-trimmed, chopped + 1 cup baby spinach + garlic and onions + 3/4 cup EggBeaters.  Reduced Fat Feta, red pepper and salt added. Topped with a few sprinkles of hot sauce. Served on top of 2 thin slices of pumpernickel bread.

Today, Ted’s family are coming over to celebrate a late Christmas and Shane and I will make our selves scarce.  People who are unfamiliar with him get a little nervous and we want everyone to enjoy themselves so Shane will just have to catch up on last weeks workload with me at the office.

Have a great day!


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