Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ripped in 30 Week #2

Before I begin, I am going to whine a minute.

I just burned the poo out of my right hand while cooking dinner!  One of Jillian’s recipes called for roasting fish in the oven in a pan (part cooked on the stove and part cooked in the oven). After I was finished preparing my food, I forgot that the handle on the pot was hot and I grabbed at it to put it in the sink. Oh. My. Gosh. My first and second fingers turned white instantly. Thank GOD I had an extra tube of radiation burn cream. Hope it helps!

2nd whining comment – Week 3 of Jillian is kicking my butt and I’m only on day 2!  If I sit too long, it’s hard to stand.  She has completely killed my inner thighs.  Good grief.

Alright whining over! Now onto my recap of Week #2 of Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30….

Total lost for the week: 2 pounds – total 5 pounds lost so far. I also started on Monday (TMI guys, I know) but I did fairly well during the week!

Day #1

Wake up at 5 a.m. – Jillian Ripped in 30 DVD Week 2 Day 1
No run after work – I got out WAY late and I met a friend for coffee!


Breakfast: 1/2 cup of oatmeal, 1/2 apple, 1 tablespoon walnuts

Mid Morning Snack: Other 1/2 of the apple


Lunch: Subway Veggie Delite and a Homegrown Tomato

Confession - Ok so this was one of my terrible mess up days.  A girl came into work with more candy than I’ve ever seen before in my life. I should have taken a picture.  No lie, she had an entire cardboard box full along with a few bags. It was awful.  Don’t read this….Hah! I had 4 tootsie rolls, a miniature milk way, sixlets, strawberry candy, and 1 Hersheys chocolate mini.  Wow. Yeah…bad.


As if all of that sugar wasn’t enough, I met a friend at Books a Million and had an Orange Dreamsicle Frap.  Lovely.

I skipped Jillian’s snack of Pop Chips and Cottage Cheese because I obviously far exceeded those calorie requirements with the above… :0)


Dinner: Zesty Shrimp Veracruzana


Day #2

Wake up at 5 a.m. – Jillian Ripped in 30 DVD Week 2 Day 2
4 mile run after work


Breakfast: Cottage Cheese and Pineapple

Mid Morning Snack: Apple


Lunch: Salmon and Blueberry Salad

Pre-Run: Banana


Snack: Chips and Salsa


Dinner: Mediterranean Pizza


Day #3

Wake up at 5 a.m. – Jillian Ripped in 30 DVD Week 2 Day 3
5 mile run in the rain after work


Breakfast: Wheat Bagel with Fat Free Cream Cheese

Mid Morning Snack: Peach


Lunch: Mango Chicken Salad

Snack: Kashi Bar/Banana (Was supposed to be sunflower seeds and watermelon – I decided to change it because I had neither item in my house and didn’t feel like going to the store)

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Dinner: Mahi Mahi Tacos and Grapes


Day #4

Wake up at 5 a.m. – Jillian Ripped in 30 DVD Week 2 Day 4
4 mile run after work


Breakfast: Sweet Potato and 1 Turkey Sausage Link

Mid Morning Snack: Apple


Lunch: Turkey and Avocado Wrap; Fresh grown Tomato/Cucumber; 1/2 cookie (cause my boss twisted my arm! Hah!)


Snack: Pear and String Cheese


Dinner: Nut Encrusted Chicken with Green Beans and Rotel

Sweet things: Tootsie Roll Pop and 2 small cookies
I was still hungry so I had a banana! :0)


Day #5

No workout – rest day. I ate WAY too many calories on this day!!!


Breakfast: Oatmeal with Apples and Walnuts; 1/2 cup grapes

Mid Morning Snack: Apple


Lunch: Izzos – Roll your own burrito; Whole wheat with chicken, onions, tomatos, salsa, and lettuce; also, 1 serving of chips and salsa


Snack: Lara Bar – Peanut Butter Cookie Flavor


Dinner: This was BAD. We had a church event that we made little sandwiches for – I had a lot.  I also had celery and carrot sticks as well as a few tootsie rolls. I’m addicted to those darn things.

Even so, my overall calorie count for the day wasn’t terrible, so I didn’t feel so bad. I think all of those little peanut butter and jelly sandwiches helped me on my long run the next day…just a theory! :0)


Day #6

Wake up at 5 a.m. – 8 mile run with my running group


Pre-Run: Cliff Mojo Bar and 1 GU during the run
Post-Run: Small slice of watermelon – I came home and CRASHED on the couch until lunch!

When I woke up, I was so zonked I felt confused. I had a banana while I fixed my lunch and that helped wake me up!


Lunch: Chickpea Burger with Celery and Carrot Sticks; Jamba Juice Mango Mantra Smoothie (homemade)


Dinner: O’Charleys Cedar Planked Tilapia with Asparagus and a side salad with no cheese or croutons


Sweet things: Skinny Cow Cookies and Cream Bar (We heard that a new frozen yogurt place opened up near us so we drove there – about 20 minutes away, only to find out they weren’t open yet!  ugh! So I had a skinny cow bar instead!)


Day #7

Rest day!


Breakfast: Ezekiel 4:6 English Muffin with 1/2 banana and 1 tbsp Almond Butter


I ate all the fajitas before I remembered to take a picture!  Whoops!


Lunch: Mexican restaurant after church – I had chicken fajitas with no cheese! :0)  I also had fruit and a few chips/salsa


Snack: 1 Tootsie Roll (the last of them) and a small box of Dots


Dinner: Nut Encrusted Chicken Breast with Green beans and rotel

I helped a friend book all the restaurants for her Walt Disney World Honeymoon in December – we worked on it for about 2 hours on Sunday night. After she left, I was in a Disney depression so I ate 1/2 of a Mickey Mouse rice crispy treat! Hah!


Sweet things: 1/2 Mickey Mouse Rice Crispy Treat


Ok so that’s the end of week 2!  Somehow in all of that madness, my body still found some way to burn 2 pounds off!  Yay!

Week 3 recap will be up sometime next week! :0)

Also, stay tuned – I have an exciting giveaway opportunity from Everyday Health coming up!! :0)

Monday, June 27, 2011

I’m in I’m in!!

Guess what guess what guess what?!


I was chosen from the Houston Marathon Lottery for the 40th Anniversary of the Houston Marathon (2012)!!!


I’ll be running January 15, 2012 in Downtown Houston!



The race starts by my “2nd home” – Minute Maid Park!  Yipppeee!!


I’m so excited to tackle 26.2 miles again….this time, it will be with my Superhero friends! :0)


(We are nerds but it’s ok! :0)

My previous Marathon experience was so fantastic, I’m super excited to try my hand at it again!

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The race map kind of intimidates me so I’m not going to look at it anymore! Hah!

I booked our hotel today, also!  If you remember from prior posts, Inn At the Ballpark is my most favorite downtown Houston hotel.  Well, after today, I was so frustrated with IATBP, I didn’t think I’d ever stay there ever again. I recovered from that feeling of course and I’m ok now! :0)  They left me on hold for 15 minutes waiting on the reservations line only to find out that she left for lunch…um ok?? That doesn’t scream FIVE STAR HOTEL to me thank you very much! When she did call me back, she sounded frustrated on the phone – I’m sure she received phone calls all day long about reservations for January.  Instead of telling me that they can’t book for January yet, she sent me to the Houston Housing Authority – why, I’m not sure.  I abruptly called IATBP back and she finally told that they aren’t offering online reservations for January and she can’t do it over the phone for me, either – she also told me to check back in a few weeks.  So, sadly…I opted for another hotel down the road.  I’m not waiting a couple week for the other 23,000 people to take all of the Downtown hotel rooms. Oh well. Life goes on.

Back to happy again…………………………..I’m just glad I got in the race!  We are planning on going up on Friday night so we can watch the Olympic Trials the day before the Marathon!!

I. CAN’T. WAIT!!!!!

Olympic Trials Marathon Houston TX Logo

Anyone else in?! Maybe we can have a bloggers meet up before the race!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Beat the Heat 5K

Saturday morning, my friends an I ran Kayla’s (Running Through Life) Beat the Heat 5K!


With our bibs before the race!! :0)


Aren’t they cute? Kayla did a good job!!

(I hesitated in posting the video below because they caught the funkiest screen shot of me…seriously?!?  LOL I’ve changed it but they said it could take up to 36 hours for the change. Thanks YouTube. Thanks a lot.)

Ah well – just watch the videos and enjoy!

Here’s a little “mid race” recap!!

Here we are at the end of the race! Sorry for the “Blair Witch” type feel! I was running and it was kinda hard to hold the camera still! :0)  Also, the sprinkler attacked me!!!! Hah!


Woohoo!  Felt great to run that fast!  Haven’t done that in a while!  This was a “test run” for our upcoming 4 mile race on the 4th of July. We keep setting goals for ourselves – we’ll see how it turns out! :0)


After our 5K, we finished running our long run at a much slower pace!  We were scheduled to run an 8 miler so that’s what we did!  We definitely took the last part much slower!  We also enjoyed a gorgeous rainbow across the lake!


Well, all except for this part. Amanda had the great idea to sprint the shadows and jog the sun.  I’m sure we looked rather amusing to those passing by in their vehicles! :0) 

Hope everyone had a great day!!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Ripped in 30 Week #1

Here we go again.


I completed Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30 DVD back in March/April.  I attempted to follow the meal plan that came along with the video – however, I didn’t stick to it near as close as I should have.

Even though Marathon training has ended, my eating habits have not, which has made for a very unhappy Karen! 

So, here I go again….back to Jillian’s Ripped in 30 – only this time, I’m following the Meal Plan a lot closer!  I still add fruits/veggies in-between for snacks and I have at least one small sweet thing per day, but my overall calorie intake has diminished greatly!

I’ve combined Jillian’s Ripped in 30 DVD along with my regular running routine just to make sure I stay on track!

Here’s my recap from Week #1:

Total lost: 3 pounds (told you it was bad…I’m thinking this was the “excess” from all of the extra weight I was holding onto and extra sugar I was eating!)

Day #1

Wake up at 5 a.m. – Jillian Ripped in 30 DVD Week 1 Day 1
4 mile run after work

2 eggs, scrambled and 2 slices of wheat bread, toast


Lunch:  Turkey and Avocado Spinach Wrap (FAVE!!!)


Snack: Apple Banana Smoothie (which included a scoop of protein powder)


Dinner: Turkey Kebabs

Sweet things: I ended the day with a Vegan Whole Wheat Chocolate Cupcake from Oh She Glows. Ahhh-mazing. Seriously really good!!!!

Day #2

Wake up at 5 a.m. – Jillian Ripped in 30 DVD Week 1 Day 2 
No run


Breakfast: Chobani Greek Yogurt mixed with Almonds; 1 banana


Lunch: Grilled Sirloin Steak Salad


Dinner: Chicken Satay – NO CORN! Ignore the corn….this is a picture from the first try of Ripped in 30. I now see why it didn’t work! HAH!  Veggies I did eat on try #2: Green beans and spinach

No snack – I had an Oncology Nurses meeting and I ate a bit at the restaurant – side salad, a roll, and a few bites of the fish dinner – it was FREE I couldn’t pass up free food!  I took the rest home with me to use at a later time! :0) I also had a few bites of dessert, of course – it was bread pudding!

Even with my extra nibbling at the restaurant, I still managed to stay very close to my calorie limit for the day! 

Day #3

Wake up at 5 a.m. – Jillian Ripped in 30 DVD Week 1 Day 3
3 mile run after work


Breakfast: Gluten Free Blueberry waffles with 1/2 banana and 1 tbsp of Agave Nectar


Lunch: Mexican “pizza”



Snack: Cookies and Cream Lara Bar

Post Run: Coconut Water and a handful of Blueberries


Dinner: Black bean Chili – this has a very unusual taste to it but I like it! :0)

Day #4

Wake up at 5 a.m. – Jillian Ripped in 30 DVD Week 1 Day 4
4 mile run after work


Breakfast: Almond Banana English Muffin – I realize this photo looks a little gross but this recipe is oh so yummy!  Jillian’s breakfast called for an English Muffin with almond butter – I added 1/2 a banana and a drizzle of Agave Nectar!  YUM! (This is a photo from a previous attempt at making this! I used toast instead of an English Muffin!)

the veggie pita

Lunch: Hummus and Vegetable Pita

Post lunch, I was kinda hungry so I had an apple, a fresh cucumber, and a fresh tomato!


Snack: Jillian’s snack called for Turkey Jerky. I had Greek Yogurt, almonds, and an orange. :0)


Dinner: We ate at O’Charleys. I scoured the menu to find the lowest calorie options. I came up with Fish and Asparagus! It was really good!


Dessert: Apparently the wait staff felt bad for our “long wait” (I didn’t notice) so they brought us a free dessert! OMG. I had 4 bites – 4 amazingly yummy bites. Caramel pie. To.Die.For.

Day #5

Break from Jillian’s Ripped in 30 (I take Friday as a “rest” day)
2 mile walk after work

Breakfast: Oatmeal with Apples and Almonds


Lunch: McAlister’s Tortilla Soup in a bread bowl (once again, I scoured the menu for the lowest calorie options!) I was bad, however. I had TWO glasses of sweet tea. I just can’t resist McAlister’s Sweet Tea!!!!


Snack: Blueberries and Strawberries (was supposed to be a hardboiled egg with an apple)


Dinner: BBQ Chicken and Black bean Burrito – I tweaked this recipe a bit – my husband is doing a low carb diet, so instead of BBQ sauce, I used a low carb, lower calorie sauce.


Dessert: Skinny Cow Ice Cream Bar

Day #6

Wake up at 5 a.m. – Jillian Ripped in 30 DVD Week 1 Day 5
12 Mile Run with my running group

Pre-Run: Cliff Mojo Bar and water

During Run: 1 GU

Post Run: Chocolate Milk


Brunch: Egg White Wheat Wrap (FAVE!)


Snack: 1/3 cup of Hummus and Carrots


Dinner: Honey-Lemon Marinated Chicken Breasts with Spinach

Dessert: 1 Peach / Handful of chocolate chips :0)

Day #7



Breakfast: Multi Grain Cheerios with Almond Milk and a Banana


Lunch: Subway Veggie Delite


Snack: Strawberries and Blueberries


Dinner: Bahama Rice Burger on a wheat round with salsa and avocado

Dessert: I was BAD (but it still didn’t mess up my calorie count). My father in law asked me to make chocolate chip cookies for our father’s day get together. Of course I had to taste one while I was cooking them, then I had to taste one once they cooled off, then I had one at the party! BAD! :0/ I also had a small piece of cake and a small piece of blueberry cobbler.

That’s it!  The end of week #1!! I’m well into week #2, so once Sunday comes around, I’ll post another update!  Even with all of my little “tweaks”, I still managed to drop 3 pounds! :0)

Have a fabulous weekend!!!

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