Saturday, January 16, 2010

I’m still here

Hello!  It seems like I’ve been gone forever and I’m sorry to be MIA lately!  I think the new site is juuuust about there.  Just a few more little things and it should be presentable at least.  I hope.  I spent most of today working on it and it seems that I can’t focus on anything else BUT this site!! aaah!  I’ve been dreaming about it.  Must get it done so I don’t get too behind on school, geez.  Chris has been a huge help so far since I pretty much don’t have a single clue, and I’ve been begging, bribing, pleading for him to help finish!  I can’t understand why he’d rather watch football . . . hehe  I hope to launch it sometime next week *fingers crossed*


In other news, the Eat In Month Challenge is still going good!  I have to admit not going out for frozen yogurt sometimes has been a killer, but we are saving quite a bit of money.  Chris is doing really good because he usually buys lunch about 3x/week.  I’ll let you know specifics & my full summary at the conclusion of the challenge :)


I’ve tried a few more of the Glo Bars and I’m afraid I didn’t eat them all soon enough.  There isn’t an expiration date, but I wouldn’t leave them out longer than a month, and either place them in the fridge or freezer for longer keeping.  I should have realized this :(  When I took a bite into the Classic flavor again, it just tasted off and I was so bummed.  But, I did try the Present flavor and it tasted really great!  All the warm spices had more pronounced flavor than the first one I sampled.  I can say though that the texture of these bars is superb.  Nice and formed, crunchy yet airy, not too sweet and full of great ingredients.  Sure looks tasty . . .



The only other thing is most of the time when I have a bar it’s for a snack.  These bars mostly have calorie counts in the range of 200 or more.  I wish there was a mini version since I have a hard time just eating half :)


I also ran my second 5k race this morning!!  It was for the Chefs For Kids Program at my work (UNCE).  I’ve been trying to run more, and it’s slowly but surely getting somewhat easier. 

Last night for dinner I had some leftover Polenta Mushroom Casserole topped with spinach, an egg and micro’ed egg white.  Such an easy and cheap dish to make! mmm



The race started bright and early at 7am!  Thank goodness the weather is decent here, or I would have been a frozen popsicle.  I started out with a sprouted cinnamon raisin bagel with 1 tbsp peanut butter and jam, a micro’ed egg white + water.


Here’s some shots of the race . . .

Stretching . . .


Warming up . . . I also ran down the course a bit.  It really helps to get the lungs going before, since I don’t do well with the cold air.


Waiting . . .


And we’re off!



There was even a Chef running!!


I ended up finishing it in 27:57 which was a bit better than my first 5k at 28:36.  Very slow, but progress!  


Had to bring some coconut water for afterwards :)


Of course they had tons of goodies to eat!  I had 3 glasses of water and 1/2 a blueberry muffin.


Can you believe I placed 2nd in my age group?!  Must have not been very many in my age group lol


When I got home I made a bowl of oatmeal to warm up and then I made a smoothie with the immersion blender, and 1/2 grilled cheese on GH Dakota for lunch.

This one had a scoop of whey, NF milk, chia seeds, 1/4 banana, spinach and frozen blueberries. 



Most of the day has been spent working on the site, hopefully it will be ready next week!  I should get some more studying/research done this weekend and other boring house chores, maybe a bike ride? :)  I’m thinking spaghetti squash is on the menu tonight, just haven’t quite figured out what I want to do with it . . .

Other menu items will include:

  • lasagna rolls
  • kabocha & black bean burgers
  • crock-pot roasted chicken with pesto veggies & potatoes

Hope you all are having a nice long weekend if this is your time off!



Dave Mulder said...

What is GH Dakota?

Anonymous said...

your new site looks great! I like it a lot!
congrats on running the 5K... i hope I can do it one day! :)

Sana said...

Congratss!!! LOL at the chef :)

Can't wait for the new site.

Anonymous said...

GREAT job on your race girl!!!

Shannon said...

Congratulations on the run! I think that's great time and a well earned 2nd place!

I can't wait to see the new site!

MelindaRD said...

Awesome job getting second. our pics make me miss Vegas. I like your polenta casserole. Sounds pretty tasty. I just got the same immersion blender (AKA the stick) and I can;t wait to use it. It is away now since we have limited space, but it will make an appearance soon in our kitchen. Can't wait to see the debut of the new site.

Gina said...

Congrats on the race Kristen, that's great. And second place? See, you're becoming a runner in no time!

I won some GloBars in a giveaway a while ago and I'm still enjoying them. I agree with you that it's hard to just eat half, smaller portioned ones would be a nice idea. They are very tasty.

Can't wait to see the new site. I need some ideas for my own, which I plan to do SOMETIME this year...

Sybil Hebert, RD said...

2nd place in your age group?! That's amazing!
Love your blog btw... looking forward to the new site...!

MelissaNibbles said...

Congrats on the race!

The Glo bars look similar to a Luna bar. I wonder why hers are more caloric than a Luna. More ingredients I suppose. They sound great though!

RunToTheFinish said...

second place how exciting!!

thanks for the mushroom recipe link, I'm all over that

tam said...

Yay to ya race good for you, O so can't wait to be able to run again! Looking forward to seeing the new site x x

Gina said...

Hey Kristen!! Of course you can make my granola! That's so great that you will be sending it to Haiti. I'm taking the lazy way out and just donating money. I'd be happy to have you make my granola for everyone over there :) Thanks so much.

Corinne said...

Oh my gosh--congrats on the race place! Woo-hoo! So exciting!

Gina said...

OHHHH!!! Ok, well that actually makes a whole lot more sense. haha. Sounds like a fantastic idea.

Have a great night :)

Anonymous said...

Great job with the race!
2nd place! Look at you becoming the runner!
I really want to try glo bars since I am always reading Oh She Glows.

Kasey said...

Congrats on placing in the race! I wish I could get into running.

Also, I nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger award on my blog! Have a great week :)

Anonymous said...

Congrats! 2nd in your age group is a HUGE accomplishment!

I've been wanting to try those GLO bars, they look amazing!

Can't wait to see the new site!

Michal said...

Congratulations on placing second in your age group thats awesome! I want to run a marathon someday.. maybe not even a marathon just a race. I cant wait for the new site.

Brittany said...

Roasted Spaghetti Squash topped with Roasted Veggies & Tofu in a Curry Peanut Sauce sounds amazing. I'm going to save the recipe!

Congrats on the 5k - it looked like a lot of fun.