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I am a former career girl and am now a stay-at-home-mom to 2 amazing little girls. Exercise and "dieting" have never been easy for me. But now more than ever, I am determined to adhere to a more active, healthy lifestyle. I am not dieting - just making smarter, more natural food choices. I want to set a great example for my girls. I starting running last year with the Couch-to-5K running program. I've lost over 35 pounds since last year and I want to lose 60 more. I completed my first race (a 5K) in October and I running a 10K by this summer. My long-term goal is ultimately to run a half-marathon in 2012. I've created this blog to put it all out there and most of all - to keep me honest. I include a tested recipe & inspiring workout song on each post. I am also hoping to inspire and be inspired by you! I would love for you to join me for this journey and become an official follower of this blog!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


The same letters that spell "tired" spell "tried".

I do love the holiday season. I think this is mainly because my mom really made it feel so special to me growing up, so I have fantastic memories.... and now I can't wait to do that for my girls. 

But lately it's been tougher. There have been many more activities (daytime & nighttime) going on than I've had in the past, and I also have one more child in the mix. On top of that, I now need to make sure to get in my cardio sessions as well as making sure to have the extra time for healthy whole foods.

I know I can't do it all (even though I really want to). My house still isn't fully decorated. I fell of the wagon a bit food wise this week (this includes pizza, coffee cake, lots of tortilla chips and guac! - it hasn't been pretty!). My husband was about ready to explode if I didn't get the house better organized/de-cluttered. And I am late getting this post out (largely because I've been de-cluttering :).

But I've done some good things too (besides all of the mom stuff of course). I've worked out consistently. My physical therapist allowed me to start running again super gradually - I've gone a few times (alternating running and walking a few minutes at a time for 20 minutes total. My leg is still sore so I can't increase it yet). Because that isn't much of a workout, I still did the stairmaster for 30 minutes to try to keep my endurance up. Also I've made time for myself, not only working out but socially - something I sacrificed in the past.

I do have to say I've been overwhelmingly tired. It truly is really hard to try to fit "everything" in and still have some alone time, but I've made sure for the most part to fit the most important ones in - so there isn't a domino effect. 

I am not taking off more to bite than I can chew - especially after reading a recent NY Times article on the topic. And I am not volunteering for things I know will overwhelm me even more. 

For instance I've really wanted to update the look and feel of this blog. It's one of the big things on my "to-do" list. I want to make the format better so there is a separate tab for recipes, and so it's easier to comment and subscribe etc. This one will have to wait until early in the new year - but I am looking forward to doing it!

Weigh-In Update- I weighed myself on Monday and I lost the 1.5 lbs I had gained back during my cardio-free forced weeks and also have lost one more for a total of 21 pounds since July. However I think I probably gained 5 pounds back based on what I've eaten above already this week. I am going to have to have a fairly clean rest of the week and am hoping to just maintain for next week!

Please help me out by answering the following question either in the comment below or on the facebook page (see right)....not only so I know people are reading this but because I truly need the help!
How do you avoid going overboard (food wise) during the holidays?

SONG THAT KEPT ME RUNNING (REALLY!) THIS WEEK: "F**K YOU!" Cee Lo Green (explicit version). PLEASE NOTE- This song is not for the faint of heart :). I also (dare I say) love to work out to the Gwyneth Paltrow /clean version of the song called "Forget You" from Glee. 
RANDOM TIP OF THE WEEK: Incorporate cinnamon into your diet. Sprinkle on anything from cereal, oatmeal, yogurt (like I did below) coffee etc. The health benefits are huge from this little spice and it's a great anti-inflammitory. 
THIS WEEK'S RECIPE: Greek Yogurt with Pumpkin & Cinnamon as well Chicken Stuffed with Spinach, Feta, and Pine Nuts

Greek Yogurt with Pumpkin & Cinnamon 
Fage was on sale at my grocery store - therefore I bought alot. I do think it is the best greek yogurt by far even though it's expensive. I was getting sick of my usual combo of the yogurt, berries and a little raw honey so I came up with the below concoction and it was delish!

One small Fage Fat-Free 6 oz yogurt
3-4TBS fresh canned pumpkin (make sure it's just plain pumpkin not filling and the ingredients are only pumpkin!)
1.5 tsp Agave syrup
.5 tsp Cinnamon

Chicken Stuffed with Spinach, Feta, and Pine Nuts

I made this from September's Cooking Light with one slight adaptation. I'm always looking for a new chicken recipe and I will definitely make this again since it was pretty easy.

NOTE: I am so sorry that this is an ugly picture! I usually try to make the food look better but I was so hungry that night that I started eating before I remembered to take the picture :)
4 servings (serving size: 1 stuffed chicken breast half)

5 ounces fresh spinach, chopped
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
1.5 teaspoons fresh thyme, minced
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth

1. Preheat oven to 350°
2. Heat a large nonstick ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add spinach to pan; cook 1 minute or until spinach wilts, tossing constantly. Place spinach in a colander; press until barely moist. Wipe pan clean.
3. Combine spinach, cheese, nuts, thyme, juice, and garlic. Cut a horizontal slit through the thickest portion of each chicken breast half to form a pocket. Stuff 3 tablespoons filling into each pocket. Seal with wooden picks. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.
4. Heat oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 3 minutes on each side or until brown. Add broth, and cover pan. Place pan in oven. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until done.
APPROXIMATELY...CALORIES 297 ; FAT 11.6g (sat 3.4g,mono 4.4g,poly 2.4g); CHOLESTEROL 111mg; CALCIUM 131mg; CARBOHYDRATE 3.4g; SODIUM 493mg; PROTEIN 43.3g; FIBER 1.2g; IRON 2.7mg 


  1. I am already feeling the holiday pull of food and drink sucking me in. I am hoping to allow myself to have one treat at every function/party, but just one. I figure if I can keep exercising (hard to do when it is 6 degrees at 5 AM)then I can allow myself one. Any other tips would be helpful!!!

  2. This is a struggle for me too. I try to eat more slowly to truly savor the taste of what I am eating and drink tons of water to keep me full. I have also found eating snacks mid-morning and mid-afternoon help to fend off the munchies when I get home from work. LOVE your blog and how open you are. You are an inspiration to me. I also completed the couch to 5K this year and ran my first 5K in September right before I turned 35. With the cold weather setting in, I have found it harder to remain committed but I dusted off the handy treadmill this morning and did 30 mins of run/walk intervals. It felt great. Keep up the good work.


  3. Wow, great job Kel!!! You seem to have found the secret to staying fit! The hardest part that I have found is to control your thoughts. Its so easy to let your body or mind trick you into thinking that you can't accomplish something, but you have to put those thoughts out and move on. Remember why you are doing this and concentrate on that instead. Keep up the good work!!!

  4. you are an inspiration, I feel the holiday "cheers" don't help me with weight gain. I also feel rushed so not taking time to eat right.

  5. oh and btw, this is a big PS...tell your husband to cut you some slack!!!

  6. I joined a challenge at my gym "Maintain Don't Gain" and they are running it through Jan. It has helped me stay accountable since Nov. 1. I've lost 10 lbs somehow. LOL I think for me it is OK to taste those holiday treats we all love so much but it is important to remember to keep moving/active to compensate. Or at least that is what is working for me so far. Fingers crossed I keep up with this until the end of my challenge.