Panzanella, King of the Salads!

Salmon Panzanella Salad

A week or so ago, Living Social had a deal in which you spent $10 and received a $20 coupon to Whole Foods!  I just couldn't resist.  Last night after work, I walked the mile to Whole Foods with a shopping list in hand. For whatever reason, I had been craving panzanella salad all week, so I decided to go with a recipe from Ina Garten, a sure winner! I also wanted to add salmon so here's my take o . . . Continue Reading »

Locus of Control

Even though it's a lot of work, I love graduate school and I love my grad program.  Last week for one of my classes we focused on creating a learning assessment.  Through various assessments I was able to gather both my learning style and better understand other aspects of my personality that contribute to my learning. One assessment called the "Locus Of Control & Attributional Style Test" was . . . Continue Reading »

Some Early Fall Favorites

1. Fall colors (source) 2.  PUMPKINS -- in all different forms! (source) 3.  Pumpkin Pull-Apart Bread (source) 4.  University of Iowa Football 5.  NFL (source) 6.  Dunkin Donuts Coffee (thank you Keurig and DD K-Cups) 7.  Victoria's Secret Sheer Love body products (I know this has nothing to do with the fall, but I love this new scent) 8.  Del Ray Art Festival (coming up this wee . . . Continue Reading »

Weight Watchers CORE Plan

Biggest Loser Challenge Week 1 Starting Weight: 226.6 pounds Week 1 Weight: 224.8 pounds Total Weight Lost: 1.8 pounds Woop Woop!  1.8 pounds lost!  A great first week.  Last week I really focused on counting my calories and feel good moving forward. (source) As I wasn't able to type up my weekly plan yesterday it game me the opportunity to look at what I ate on Monday without a plan.  Wit . . . Continue Reading »

Hodge Podge Monday

Today's post is rather hodge podge as there is so much I want to share.  First off, who has seen this commercial?  I cried the first time I saw it and it still gets to me every time... It's really a beautiful take on life but it makes me happy and sad all in a one minute commercial.  Darn you Lowes! This weekend was a lot of fun but also consisted of a lot of hard work.  Friday night Neal and I . . . Continue Reading »

Amish Market Giveaway

This morning I met up with my Aunt Danielle at the Annapolis, Maryland Amish Market. Before going inside though, my rock star Aunt taught me how to fold a fitted sheet!!  Checked that one off of my bucket list!! After our sheet session we headed inside for breakfast at the Dutch Market Restaurant.  The key to having breakfast here is being there when they open at 8:30AM.  By 9:30AM there . . . Continue Reading »

Only 9 More Weeks?

Yesterday I received the most startling e-mail... We are only 9 weeks from Black Friday!! AHHHH!  I'll be honest, I had a small panic attack as I haven't even thought about the holidays yet.  They creep up on me every year and every year I think to myself, "self, next year you're going to start saving, prepping, and shopping in September/October for the holidays".  Well now is my ch . . . Continue Reading »

Super Food!

When did it get so dark in the mornings?  Today is my day off, from workouts, and I thoroughly enjoyed "sleeping in" until 6:30AM.  I actually could not figure out what that noise was at 6:30AM until I realized that my alarm had been going off for 5 minutes.  I feel awake and refreshed though... ready to tackle the day. But first, a little cup of joy... My mornings have forever changed with the . . . Continue Reading »

My Scaleless Summer

This summer I tried out a Scaleless Summer, where I put away the scale and focused on what I was putting in my mouth instead of focusing on the number on the scale.  I started out the summer weighing 217 pounds.  About a month later I went to the doctors and weighed in at 213, totally forgetting that I wasn't suppose to look, but was really excited about my weight loss.  My plan to fill half of my . . . Continue Reading »

I Want To Be The Biggest Loser

Staying motivated is an extremely important part of losing weight.  Back in 2006-2007 when I set out to lose weight, I had loving friends and family around me to support me, but my biggest motivator was actually the show The Biggest Loser.  Tonight, season 12 of the Biggest Loser, Battle of the Ages, starts.  Over the next 3-4 months, we will watch as these contestants work their butts off, li . . . Continue Reading »

Cleveland Rocks!

This past weekend Neal and I went to Cleveland, OH to visit Neal's sister Jill and her husband Rob. We set off on our adventure after work on Friday, hitting the road at 5:17PM. The drive up to Cleveland wasn't bad at all, but the Pennsylvania Turnpike at night is a little scary.  Neal and I split the driving in half, getting us into Cleveland at 11:59PM. Neal was a champ, driving the last leg . . . Continue Reading »

Learning a New Hobby

Yesterday started out with a 2 mile run with Neal.  We've been really good about training and wake up bright and early on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday to do our runs.  Although we're running 12 minute miles on a 2:1 interval ratio, I feel great about the beginning of our training.  We'll get faster and we'll increase our intervals. Wednesday's Calorie Breakdown Breakfast: 295 ca . . . Continue Reading »

Cereal Wars

I have learned so much about myself these past two days, just from counting my calories on myplate.com.  Yesterday I started out the day consuming way more calories than planned and learned a lot about the effects of buying foods that tempt me to overeat. Yesterday I consumed 2150 calories total and burned 464 calories at the gym (30 minutes of spin), bringing me to 1686 calories.   Here's the b . . . Continue Reading »

Mexican Turkey Meatloaf

Lucky Charms... why do you do this to me?  This morning I decided to pour myself a bowl of Lucky Charms instead of having a bowl of oatmeal as planned.  I poured myself a bowl of cereal and enjoyed every ounce of that sugary goodness.  I enjoyed it so much that I served myself another half bowl. (source) As mentioned yesterday in my weekly plan, I am tracking my calories this week with MyPlate, . . . Continue Reading »

Counting Calories

Happy Monday Everyone! Hard to believe that this will be my first full week of work in over 2 weeks.  Vacationing in Iowa gave me a two day work week two weeks ago and then Labor day gave us a 4 day work week last week.  Back to normalcy I guess, and hopefully weather wise too!  I'm not sure if I can take any more earthquakes, hurricanes, and flooding. Last night, after watching the Redskins beat . . . Continue Reading »