Christmas Prep and a Marathon

Well, I was doing great following Weight Watchers again until a 5 pound box of chocolate showed up at work. I’ve been a disaster the past week. I need to just throw that stupid thing out. I am now telling myself after the holidays I am for real getting back on track. I kind of have to now; I signed up to run a marathon in April. The weird part is I was sober when I signed up. Regardless, I’m excited and I am running as part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. This is a great cause and I hope that everyone reading this can find an extra $5 , or whatever you can spare, during this holiday season to donate and help me reach my goal of raising $1,600 for  the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. You can make your donations at: http://pages.teamintraining.org/nc/rnrrlegh14/toreyschaefer

Thank you in advance!

As for my holiday preparations, I don’t really have much to do in the first place so I am way ahead. My family isn’t much for getting together or exchanging gifts so I have bought the necessary cards (I swear I am putting them in the mail tomorrow) and wrapped my cat’s presents. Christmas Eve night we will be joining Victor’s family for a fiesta de Navidad. We are scheduled to go to my dad’s Christmas morning at 10 am to give the boys their gifts and spend some time with them but, I see that ending approximately around 10:07 am, if it even happens.

Otherwise, my life has been creeping along at a steady pace. I did read book I really liked the other day. I couldn’t put it down; I read it in less than a day. That usually doesn’t happen. The book is called Lie Still by Julie Heaberlin. The book follows a woman as she deals with the lingering effects of a date rape that happened to her in college and the subsequent murder of the date rapist . It is not an overly serious book; the topic is presented in a palatable manner. I highly recommend it.

I hope everyone has a happy holiday and I will leave you with some pictures from our vacation to Asheville and the Biltmore Estate.

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So bad at blogging and Weight Watchers

Seriously, I am really bad at this. I get very excited and tell myself I’m going to keep up with a blog then I just stop doing it. I think about it but just don’t do it.

Anyway, the last time I posted I just got back from skiing. We are now gearing up to head back to Asheville this weekend but not for skiing. We are going to visit the Biltmore Estate for their Candlelight Christmas. I am very excited. Asheville (including the Biltmore) is my favorite place.

We have our daytime tour scheduled for 1pm so we will head up Saturday morning for that. We will do the tour and wine tasting then head back after dark for the Candlelight Christmas.

The fact that I have been a terrible Weight Watcher has held my excitement for the weekend at bay. I have knowingly avoided the plan as well as the gym. I actually ate half a pumpkin pie yesterday. About 3/4 of the way through, I realized what I was doing and still didn’t stop. I went to the gym today and have never been so scared to step on the scale. Luckily, I hadn’t gained as much as I thought but, I have gained over 10 pounds and I am miserable.

I don’t know why I punish myself like this. I was so close to my goal and I just give up. I have done this with so much in my life and I need to make a change! I actually sucked it up and decided to get back on track after watching (oh, this is hard to admit) The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Yolanda Foster was at her daughter’s photo shoot. She told her daughter that she knows it’s hard to eat salad everyday when you want something else and it’s hard to go to the gym 6 days a week. I liked hearing this because it is hard work and sometimes I don’t think people understand that. I feel they think I’m “just a gym person” or “just a healthy eater”. It frustrates me and I appreciate Yolanda saying that and giving her daughter that credit and acknowledging her efforts . She then asked her daughter if she felt it was worth it and she said that it was difficult but when she was in front of the camera enjoying what she does she felt it was worth the work. Even though I’m not a model, I have to stand in front of the mirror everyday and I am definitely happier when I am in shape.

Anyway, enough of this episode of “How Reality TV Influences Me”. They dryer has just stopped so it is now time for me to be a real housewife.

PS. Here are some pictures from that ski trip I said I would post.ImageImageImage

Back from Skiing

Skiing was so much fun! I have to say I’m a natural, Victor not so much. We took lessons first thing in the morning. We took a break for lunch and then 2 short water breaks during the day. The rest of the time we were skiing.

I didn’t have too much trouble picking up the basics. After a few hours on the slopes Victor was doing great also. We stuck to the smaller slope for a while. Eventually, we moved on to the bigger slope we had to take the lift up to go down. My first time down the bigger slope I was going so fast. I finally stopped at the bottom and my legs were shaking. It was such a rush. The first time Victor made it down that slope without falling I was waiting at the bottom and someone came flying by me. When I turned around, I realized it was him. I was so proud, but could not stop laughing.

Unfortunately, my camera wouldn’t turn on. We bought a disposable camera on our way up the mountain. 1-hour photo developing seems to have become obsolete. We are now waiting a week to have our pictures developed. I see us buying a new camera in the near future. The camera did get dropped in the snow once. I am hoping it didn’t ruin the film. We will know in a week.

We both are looking forward to going again before the season is over!

Job Interview

I am currently working part-time. I love my job and wish it had the potential to become full-time, but it doesn’t. I need to be making more money and have benefits.

I had an interview for a new job today. It would be full-time and I would be eligible for benefits in 90 days.

I feel confident in how the interview went however, I had asked how many positions they were looking to fill and they told me 4 or 5. This concerned me because the job interview I was invited to today was  job-fair style. There were so many people there.

The job fair ended at 3pm so at 3:15pm I sent a thank you for the interview email. I really hope that this made me “stick out”. I am very anxious but all I can do at the moment is sit and wait and continue to look for jobs.

I HATE JOB HUNTING.

Turkey Stuffed Cabbage Leaves

I had some left over ground turkey I needed to use last night. I found this recipe for turkey stuffed cabbage leaves and thought it was worth a shot. I am so glad I tried the recipe. They were AMAZING! I finished off the left overs for lunch today. I got the recipe from the Weight Watcher’s website. The picture is of the ones I made. The white specks you see on mine is the left over turkey I couldn’t fit in the leaves that I browned and threw in the sauce. The sauce was so good I used a slice of bread to soak it all up.

Here is the recipe…I highly recommend them!

Ingredients:

  • 1 head green cabbage (medium)
  • 12 oz uncooked ground turkey breast
  • 1/2 cup uncooked onions, diced
  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice, regular or instant
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp table salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 28 oz canned diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup fat-free chicken broth

Instructions:

  • Remove 8 outer leaves from cabbage; place leaves in a large stockpot. Add enough water to cover leaves; set pot over high heat. Bring water to a boil; boil until leaves are pliable and soft, about 10 minutes. Drain; when leaves are cool enough to handle, cut off thickest part of vein from bottom of leaves, leaving leaves intact.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine turkey, onion, rice, egg, garlic powder, cinnamon, salt and black pepper; mix well.
  • Place a small amount of turkey mixture (enough to fit in the palm of your hand) onto center of each leaf. Fold in sides of leaves and then roll up tightly from one end to other, making sure filling is fully covered by leaf.
  • Pour a small amount of tomatoes into stockpot so a thin layer covers bottom of pot. Place cabbage rolls in pot, packing them tightly to prevent opening during cooking; pour in remaining tomatoes and broth. Set pot over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer; reduce heat to low, cover pot and simmer 45 minutes more. Remove from heat and serve hot. Yields 2 stuffed leaves and about 1/4 cup of sauce per serving.

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Tonight I try tofu!

13.1 Training Plan

I have decided to start following this 13.1 mi. training program. I already can handle 30 minutes of cardio a day, I need a challenge and a goal.

I have committed to not skip or (my MO) skimp on the daily training for the entire month of February. I joined a group on Weight Watchers online that will keep me accountable.

This training will cover the cardio I want to do each day. I will continue to do my strength and toning stuff too. I did legs yesterday, arms today, and I plan to work my core tomorrow then rotate those 3 every day.

I am a little nervous though that working my muscles is going to impede my weight loss. I honestly would like to see a lower number than build muscle.

New Snack

I am a huge fan of Corn Nuts. So when I came across this recipe I made it immediately. I was too anxious to make it that I don’t think I let the beans dry out all the way first so they are a little chewy but still good. I love spice as well so next time I think I will add more seasoning or maybe use ranch dressing power…oh the possibilities!

I took the time to count every bean (230) so I was able to calculate the Weight Watchers points per serving.

Enjoy!