Stadium Workout + Philly Sandwiches

Quick Notice: I slept 6.5 hours last night. I went to bed at midnight and tossed for about half an hour I suspect. Pitch black, complete silence and a lot of deep breathing.

Better than crashing on the couch, at least. :)

Now, to business!

I got my butt kicked by a serious stadium workout today. Again, it’s totally Ashley’s fault

What is a stadium workout?

Well, every football field – even our team-free field at WSU – has to have a place for people to sit for the game (or track event, in the case of my school): the stadiums.

A stadium workout requires the exerciser (me) and her exercise buddy (Ashley) to climb the stadium seats, either by walking, running, skating or sprinting.

Yes. I said sprinting.

And, yes, I sprinted. Ugh.

According to my running program, Wednesday’s are for hills. I have spent one Wednesday on the incline treadmill, one on an actual hill and one climbing seats at Cessna Stadium.

I suppose a stadium is a type of hill… like a really steep hill with fissures between footings… an evil, steep, metal hill with trash everywhere.

(And a skinny girl urging me to get to the top, push off my leg, just one more step…!)

Stadiums are hard. No joke.

After a quick two-lap warmup, some hip circles and leg throws, Ashley and I sprinted a half stadium, sprinted a left-leg lead half stadium, and then a right-leg lead half stadium. (She did much better than I, but I hung in there.)

Then we jogged a lap around the track before “skating” up the seats. Skating? It is basically like lunging back and forth from leg to leg up the seats. It does suck as much as it sounds like it sucks.

And then we did it all over again.

She made me jog another lap and increase my speed to match hers at the very end. Holy cow was I pooped after that workout.

(In other news, Ashley and I are – for some reason, I don’t know – looking for a 5K to run this fall. Know of any fun ones in Wichita, Kan., coming up?)

Unfortunately, I am still 133 pounds 450 calories burned later. Every other day or so, my weight changes from 133 to 134 or 135. I know it’s water, but, still, it just needs to keep going down!

My goal: 120 pounds by January 1st. (My anniversary is the 2nd!)

What I want most, however, is to have a leaner look. If I weigh 130 pounds for the rest of my life, I’ll be happy as long as the look of my body is muscular and lean.

I have a while yet… but, since last week, I have cleaned up my eating habits! Counting calories is still impossible, but at least I’m in the ballpark now. :)

Dinner Tonight: My Something Like a Philly Sandwiches!

I think I’ll try a marinade next time…

Oh! And lemonade. I’m not giving up summer yet!

Stadiums – yes or no? Yes, but only because I know they’re good for me. I’m arguing for barefoot hills next week!

What did you eat for dinner tonight? If it was also a Philly Sandwich… wouldn’t that be creepy?

(Unless, of course, Husband is reading this… And then it wouldn’t be creepy because he totally ate the sandwiches I made tonight. I watched him do it.)

GRE Word of the Blog Post: fissure n. – crevice (Study, study, study! On Friday…)

Zomg it’s hot. And sandwiches.

Well, I’m not leaving my house unless I absolutely have to. No running.

It’s bloody 109 outside and getting hotter. Breaking records kind of hot.

Not leaving.

Oh, no.

No no no no no.

Instead, I’ll have leftover Pork Chops Florentine and eat cherries like a crazy person (which I’ve been doing for two days).

I was also very studious this morning! And I have come to a new conclusion about math: I enjoy Geometry to the extent to which I hate Algebra.

So  I suppose math is still awful, but geometry is not quite as awful.

I am also up to the letter “M” in my GRE Vocabulary book! I will be a literati by my test date.

Unfortunately, there is only so much math and vocab I can take in one setting. I had to take a break. I decided to blog…

… about a new sandwich recipe! :)

Italian Turkey Sandwiches
Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup  chopped onion
  • 2   oil-pack dried tomato halves, drained and thinly sliced
    (I can never find these at the store so I have yet to use them.)
  • 2 cloves  garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon  dried Italian seasoning, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon  olive oil
  • 1/4 cup  snipped fresh parsley (I use the dried variety.)
  • 1/4 cup  snipped fresh mint (Ditto.)
  • 2 tablespoons  lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon  Worcestershire sauce
  • Dash  pepper
  • 4 (6- to 7-inch)  French style rolls, split horizontally (Or your favorite roll or bread.)
  • 1 6-ounce package  very thinly sliced turkey ham, smoked turkey, or ham (Or your favorite meat!)
  • 2 medium  tomatoes, thinly sliced (I only needed one.)
  • 1/2 cup  shredded mozzarella cheese (2 ounces)
  • Pepperoncini salad peppers (optional)

Directions
In a small saucepan cook onion, dried tomatoes, garlic, and Italian seasoning in hot oil for 3 minutes. Add parsley, mint, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper; cook for 1 minute more.

This sauce mixture should be used for the sandwich and remain unchanged because it is AMAZING. Of course, with the tomatoes, it might be even MORE amazing.

Everything after the sauce step can be changed to whatever you enjoy most about sandwiches. See below.

To assemble, spread sauce mixture onto bottom halves of rolls. Top with meat, tomato slices, and cheese; add top halves of rolls.

Arrange sandwiches in a shallow baking pan. Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree F oven for 7 to 10 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Serve with pepperoncini peppers, if desired. Makes 4 servings.

Make-Ahead Tip: Prepare sandwiches. Wrap in foil and chill up to 8 hours before baking.

Nutrition Facts: Calories 385, Total Fat 11 g, Saturated Fat 3 g, Cholesterol 30 mg, Sodium 1114 mg, Carbohydrate 52 g, Fiber 1 g, Protein 21 g. Daily Values: Vitamin A 10%, Vitamin C 52%, Calcium 17%, Iron 29%.

And by “see,” I mean “read.” I completely forgot to take pictures.

For Husband’s sandwich, I used pastrami, and for mine, I used smoked turkey. He ate one of mine and both of his…

If you plan on sharing these sandwiches, make extra. The sauce is too amazing to share!

skinnyshae: Blog Explorer

I have been a horrible blogger in the online community. I apologize.

To make up for my lack of communication across the Interwebz, I went exploring. :)

Here are a number of awesome things I found…

1) It’s Dana’s (@ my little celebration) “bertday.” Gotta love her!

2) Run Street has an entire page for slackers: The Slacker’s Guide Series. “How to Stick to a Running Program?” Yes, please. Guide me!

3) My friend from THE VERY FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL EVER (Kindergarten), Sami Jo has a great blog just celebrating the things she loves like air conditioning units. Check out Samiwaslike!

4) Betty from The Betty Life loves all the same things I do. She just does them better. :) Her health and diet tips and recipes are AWESOME. And she travels!

5) I posted some Natural Food Remedies from one of my journals a bit ago, and upon reading it, the Savvy Sister commented her thanks, and gave me the opportunity to stalk her blog. I  L.O.V.E. it. Read her about page for some SERIOUS good feelings.

6) Swanson Health is looking for bloggers to review some of their products for FREEbies. I so totally want to do that. However, who knows when I’ll have time to review :( Stupid GRE.

6 1/2) Math is still impossible. That’s not blog related, but it is true. Sigh.

7) A Foodie Stays Fit posted a few days back about trying to get back her “workout mojo.” Since I often lose that thing, I decided to add her to my reader. If she’s got the tips, I’ll eat them up!

8) Another blog I stole from Dana :) Hungry Runner Girl, I am a big fan. I love all types of food, even if someone else has to cook them for me so they taste good, but I’m not the biggest fan of running. She loves both! It’s craziness!

Does it feel weird to only have eight things? Yes.

Because of yoga, I enjoy things that come in 3s.

But, because of attempting to work out and count calories, I enjoy things divisible by 10. (Also because of studying for math. Tens are the only things I can do in my head.)

Eight things feels odd, but I need a little disruption in my life so odd I shall be!

Check these bloggers out kids. Help me make peace with my lack of exploration. :)

Skinny shopping list

Today is grocery day! Another chance to save money, use coupons and still eat healthfully.

Let me tell you… Not easy, but I’ve got to do it, and I usually don’t do the best job. I just keep trying.

I found a skinny shopping list – the groceries of skinny people – to “follow” on my trip today. I wonder how well I’ll do…

Skinny Shopping List
Apples… are full of fiber and uber delicious. Similar to the sugar boost of a large candy bar, apples can boost your energy while filling you up with enough fiber to keep your full for far longer than a Snickers. Pears have more fiber, but “they’re ripe for half an hour!” (Eddie Izzard). Both fruits are rich in pectin, which lowers blood sugar.

I pick up five or six green apples every shopping trip. Better or worse than red or pink? I’m not sure. Green apples are sweetly tart!

Berries… are high in fiber and packed with antioxidants. Naturally sweet and filling, berries are great for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between. Plus, Women’s Health Magazine once advised that you should stuff your face with them.

Berries are expensive and do not come in portion sizes that I desire. For instance, a package of blueberries QUICKLY rots from the bottom up. If I do not eat ALL of the berries (huge package) the same day I bring them home, I cannot eat any of the berries.

Crunchy veggies… such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and cabbage, are low in calories, high in fiber and full of potassium and calcium. Green leafy veggies are loaded with calcium – some even more than milk.

Broccoli and cauliflower are pretty much “banned” from the house. Husband hates broccoli, and I hate cauliflower. I’m willing to eat as much cabbage as I possible can, though. LOVE cabbage. Green cabbage on the list!

Mushrooms… blech! Low in calories but unfortunately disgusting. No mushrooms in my house!

Nuts… awesome! Protein, fiber and healthy fat found in almonds, walnuts and peanuts! LOVE! However, I cannot keep nuts in the house for very long. Husband covers them in peanut butter for double the yum and devours them in one setting. All of them.

Have you ever fed a behemoth? It’s hard. (Behemoth is one of my GRE words!)

Oatmeal… We have oatmeal, I just need a recipe for oatmeal that doesn’t taste like cardboard.

Beans… are not glamorous, of course, but they are super nutritious. Dana @mylittlecelebration puts them in brownies! My next mission in baking? Putting protein and fiber filled beans in something sweet and sneak feeding it to my family or husband.

Beans on the list!

Quinoa… is too expensive for my wallet, but it is a protein-filled whole grain of goodness! No quinoa for us this week.

Fish… is on the menu at least once a week at our house. Easy to flavor and quick to thaw and cook. Check out my baked tilapia! It’s so yummy.

Our frozen store is running low. Tilapia is needed!

Lowfat yogurt… is filled with all the good things you’re supposed to get from dairy products. Buy plain or Greek yogurt and sweeten naturally with berries or nuts.

Husband and I tried Greek yogurt… twice… and we really wanted to like it, but it’s just so gross. We have Yoplait Lite! in the fridge. No yogurt this trip.

Eggs… Oh. My. Goodness. I love eggs. Eggs are good with everything, just like apples or crackers. Spicy eggs, sweet eggs, savory eggs, you name it, I’ll eat it. And we’ve only got three left! :( Eggs on the list.

Olive oil… should be used to cook everything. It’s just that awesome. But we’re stocked so no olive oil for me this week.

What’s the first step?

Finding recipes/food that we’ll eat for the next two weeks, and then I will gather my coupons, make my list and go hunting for the best and healthiest deals.

Wish me luck! Update when I get back from the store.

skinnyshae no motivation

Motivation Meter: Low

Absolutely no motivation to workout today.

None.

Not even a little bit.

Sigh.

After a rough week of working and teaching and my car breaking down and finances and studying and STRESS, I’m pretty anxious. It’s only Thursday.

Ugh.

I’m not anxious about the prospect of my workout, as I have been in the past. I’m simply anxious, hyped up, extremely alert (sans motivation or commitment)…

And I can’t shake it.

On Monday at my appointment, I asked the doctor if I was supposed to feel so up and down and stop and go all the time like I’m on an emotional roller-coaster of sappy television commercials and depressing public service announcements with sad puppy faces.

She said it had to do with age, not necessarily with the low dose birth control I’m taking. Although, that helps. Hm.

Apparently, once you get older and if you never have kids, the feeling of being SO emotionally involved in every little meaningless thing goes away.

I’m so excited for getting older. (After you give birth, it comes back…)

We agreed that the feeling that I am currently feeling – hypersensitivity and extreme awareness – is annoying, but there’s nothing I can really do about it.

Fabulous!

I so enjoy feeling like an unmotivated anxious stressed out bum student/employee for NO reason whatsoever. At least, none that are good enough for me.

Update (about my weird rib): Had it all my life. My mother informed me that I just have a big one, and my little brother has one too. Go figure.

Good news: I do want to workout.

Somewhere in the back of my mind, my little fitness monster is munching her energy bar and stomping around my head trying to figure out why I’m not moving.

Sorry fitness monster!

skinnyshae didn’t get her power bar today

Instead, she ate cookies.

Yeah. Cookies.

(Note: I just tried to make that into a Haiku. Couldn’t do it. That’s how blah I am. I’m so good at those!)

No motivation and an extreme need to eat sugar… or salt. I want some nachos. Or pizza. Or French fries.

Yep. It’s one of those days.

When “dieting,” one should not deprive oneself or one will binge!

I am not technically depriving myself. I’m just too hyped up to eat anything substantial like an apple.

Apples are hard to eat, unless you cut them up, of course. But breaking the skin with my teeth, ripping off a hunk of apple flesh and munching until it’s pulpy enough to swallow doesn’t sound… easy.

I need easy food today.

Eggs? Eggs are healthy. Protein. Cholesterol, yeah, but what of it? Scrambling eggs doesn’t sound too hard.

I could put them in a pita.

Hm.

Do you have motivation today? No. Shaun T. says I have to DIG DEEPER!  Well, if he
wants some of my crazy, I’ll dig it out and give it to him. I’m sure the inhabitants in my house will appreciate his taking it off our hands.

Dinner Tonight? Shooting for tacos. Easy.

Update: I had eggs. Not as awesome as hoped. Must be the mood thing.

Clean bill of health!

On Monday, I went back to my doctor to get this checked out. (Caution Male Readers!)

For the past six weeks, I struggled to reduce the (overly) large amount of caffeine I drink on a daily basis by MORE THAN HALF.

Well, I did it!

My doctor told me she could really tell I cut back on the caffeine, and then she said that I had to keep it up.

I believe her exact words were: “And not a pot of coffee a day.”

And she said it with a “doctor glare.” You know the one.

Weird thing: We discovered I have one big rib on the right side. It’s just larger than all my other ribs. (I checked.) Fantastic.

I promised. Of course, I might have to break that promise come August.

School is soon! I’m excited, but only because I need to accomplish things. I need to accomplish papers and speeches and teaching.

Ugh. I’m not good without school, I suppose!

Unfortunately, with school comes Ramen Noodles and all-nighters, which leave me too exhausted to workout.

I’m gonna get fat. Boo.

Currently, my workouts and diet are going… OK.

Dieting is just no fun, and daily I learn that I eat too much by counting calories. Counting calories is impossible.

I did Pure Cardio of Insanity today, and it went well. I pushed my body until my legs went out and I fell on my butt.

Twice.

Yeah, I went back for more.

And I died! (Eddie Izzard)

Well, my computer is acting weird, and I have studying to do… Hate on the GRE with me!

Also, I have a gross giant zit on my face. I would show you but the picture wouldn’t turn out right.

Insanity Fit Test… 1… 1.1… Second Insantiy Fit Test 1

Well… what would you call it?

:)

Since I decided to do Insanity Month 1 again before moving on to Month 2, for which I do not feel ready, I have two extra fit test days. Remember?

Why not?

My First Fit Test
Switch-Kicks: 71

Power Jacks: 43

Power Knees: 80

Globe Jumps: 6

Suicide Jumps: 12

Pushup Jacks: 15

Obliques… thingys…: 30

Second Insanity Fit Test
Switch Kicks: 73

Power Jacks: 50

Power Knees: 80

Power Jumps: 20 (I have no idea why these are not on the other days… but, YAY! 20!)

Globe Jumps: 8

Suicide Drills: 16

Pushup Jacks: 20

Low Plank Oblique: 49

I also figured out the correct names. :)

I’ll post measurements later today. I have so much to do! And I cannot reweigh myself until Sunday when I go to my mother’s to do laundry. We really need to buy a new scale.

Things I’ve noticed:
Studying is not fun anymore.

Seeing my friends once a month is NOT kosher.

Memorizing more and more words makes you forget the words you learned first.

Counting calories is impossible.

I should stop eating meat… except fish.

Multivitamins are awesome.

Finding simple recipes for food is hard.

Drinking enough water daily is actually quite easy, if I would actually do it.

I am never eating cookies again, and I am not allowed to carry vending machine-ready money.

I desperately WANT Top Styler but refuse to pay for it if it’ll ruin my hair.

Sandwich for lunch? I believe so.