Monday, January 24, 2011

Weekend Update

Just got back from a great weekend in Baltimore! David and I got to take Travis out to celebrate his 21st birthday, and all the Bmore homies showed up to make it an extra-special awesome time! Travis said it was a family reunion and that he had the time of his life! We went to a little local bar, Casey’s, and while it was a little cramped, we managed to take over a table and a corner by the door and party it up! Travis started the night with a pina colada at dinner (haha), then a shot of vodka straight when we arrived at Casey’s, then went beer for beer with the boys all night. He had a great time and sang and yelled and danced and fell in love with all the girls there, got a little sick at the end of the night (as to be expected) but we got him home safely and with great memories.  Caroline owes me pictures…
Had a lazy Sunday at Tara’s house with the whole group which was just what I needed, I miss those girls so much. David spent Sunday in a love affair with Scott and Hugo in the basement playing a made-up bottle cap game that was like the greatest thing ever invented to them. Several times one of us girls would poke our head in to check on them and there seemed to be more talking about the rules than actual playing of the game. Rules of which made absolutely no sense… “he got a blind raven!!!!! **massive giggling and yelling** “ So we stayed later than I initially wanted to, getting home to SOMD at 11pm, but it was worth it. I ate some great greasy food, totally chillaxed and got to catch up with my girls, and overall had a great Sunday. I agree that if we ever find a genie in a bottle, our first wish is to be able to teleport. On the drive home, David sang and air-drummed his little drunk self out through about 3 songs before muttering something about not being able to wait until he can play that game again with Scott and Hugo and how they are the most chill friends ever, and then passing out and sleeping the rest of way.
David was so sweet this Monday morning! I knew I’d be dragging getting out of bed this morning  and he had off today, so I woke up to him bringing me a cup of coffee in bed <3
So that was my ‘epic’ weekend recap, and now for some recipe/exercise updates as promised:
First, the stew recipe I promised. For me, red wine and tomatoey beef broth is a match made in heaven, so I loved this easy dish:
Recipe #1- One Dish Beef & Vegetable Stew
(I can’t remember where I found the original recipe, but I believe it called for lamb and white wine, and I used beef and red wine. It also called for everything to be cooked in a dutch oven, moving right from stove to oven. I don’t have a dutch oven so technically it turned out to be a two-dish process. Also, the main vegetables you need are the tomatoes and onions, all other can be changed as desired depending on what you like or what you have on hand!)
1-1.5 lb Stew/Lean Beef, Cubed
1 Small Onion, Sliced
1 Box Button Mushrooms, Halved
2-3 Stalks Celery, Chopped
1-1.5 Cups Baby carrots
1 Large Potato, Diced
1-2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
1 Can Stewed Tomatoes
1 Can Fat Free Beef Broth
1 Bay Leaf
1 Tsp Thyme
½ Cup Dry Red Wine
Salt & Pepper to Taste

In a large and deep frying pan with a drizzle of olive oil, brown the beef cubes on all sides (does not have to be cooked through). Set beef cubes aside in a 13X9 glass baking dish (or do it all in dutch oven if you have one) and add carrots, onions, mushrooms, garlic, celery, potato to pan to lightly brown. Once browned but still al dente, add to baking dish with beef. Pour in can of stewed tomatoes, wine, and spices, and mix around. Add beef broth as needed if not liquidy/“stewwy” enough. Cover with aluminum foil and stick in 375 degree oven for 45-60 minutes, stirring/checking on it occasionally.

The first night I made parmesan risotto (from a box) to eat with it, and another night had it over mashed potatoes. It would also be good over rice or egg noodles too! The stew itself is pretty low cal, if you trim the fat off of the beef and load the stew up with vegetables!

Recipe #2- Meatloaf Burgers -à A m a z i n g

(Recipe adapted from I only made a couple minor changes but the premise is that the burgers turn out ½ vegetable and 100% juicy and awesome!)

1 lb Lean Ground Beef
1 Large Green Zucchini, Grated
1 Small Onion, Grated
1-2 Tbsp Bread Crumbs
1-2 Egg White
1 Tbsp Tomato Paste
Salt & Pepper
Provolone Cheese
Rolls (I recommend Potato Wheat Rolls!)

When I did this, I only did it for half of the beef since I wasn’t sure if David would like it. The mix really turned half of a lb of beef into 5 decent sized burgers, while the other half only made 3-4 small burgers. Basically you just mix it all together with your hands, really making sure it will stick together well, and form patties. Not sure exactly how much zucchini and onion to use, I just eye-balled it so that the mix would be about half and half (or maybe a little more beef than veg), and use less onion than zucchini (like 25/75 % onion to zucc veg ratio).  I topped my burgers with more tomato paste and cheese and thought they were out of this world awesome!!!!!! And you are eating an amazing burger that is half veggie! So of course I ate two!

For the exercise, starting off from my where I left my post last week…

Free Body Step class on base! 60 mins (Note: I didn’t win anything this time)
Rest (Looked at townhouses)
Friday (Gym scale said 131.0 lbs):
Treadmill, total 45 mins / 3.7mi
Elliptical 30 mins / levels 5-11
The Firm ‘500 Calorie Burn’ Video 60 mins (sosososo sore after this one)
Body Step class on base! 60 mins
Played Kinect (Squats/Jumping/Kicking) 30 mins
Friday (Gym scale said 128.4 lbs!):
Treadmill, 5 mins walking 4.0mph incline 2%/25 mins running 5.5-6.5mph incline 2%/10 mins walking 4.0mph incline 5% ~ totaled about 3.7 mi.
Saturday (Drove to Bmore):
The Firm ‘Maximum Cardio Burn Plus Abs’ Video 50 mins
Sunday (Drove Home):
Rest as previously explained J
Monday (Today):
Rest- just going to grocery store.

I also ordered something called “Core Fusion” videos last week (Only $7-8 on Amazon). I heard good things about it- and I am expecting something like a pilates/cardio/yoga mix. I have always wanted to try pilates and I feel more comfortable trying it by myself in my own home before taking any related classes at the gym. I will do a review on it once I get them!

TTFN (lol)…

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Ice Ice Kitty

Brrr it is cold outside, and sheets of ice were covering the ground last night and this morning! David and I braved the freezing rain and icy parking lot last night to walk across the street to a friends house. Bill and Holly had just bought the condo right below the condo they were renting, and finally had everything moved in. It looked very nice, some things were upgraded, some things not, but overall very nice. They have two kitties, one of which I can't disclose the name (racist), but is the cutest thing ever. Very petite fluffy kitty with splotches all over like someone chased it around and blotted it randomly with different colors of brown, white, and black paint. But the cutest thing EVER- MITTEN PAWS! I love polydactyl cats!

We needed some mittens like that for our walk back home!

Other kitty encounters this week included Tuloose, another awesome furry friend that "head bumps" you to say hello. Tuloose resides at our friends Priscilla & Avram's condo, which is one of the newer built condos around the corner- very nice! All you have to do is get your forehead near Tuloose and he'll head bump you back. I love it, I am currently trying to teach it to Cake, but I guess seeing a giant forehead moving towards his face scares him away :-(

What Cake does like is his daddy holding him like a baby and letting him hold his treat bag like a baby learning to hold it's own bottle. Cake is so excited to hold the bag and nibble the edge, just waiting for daddy to open it up and give him some. Lol it's the little things that make me happy...

Back on the healthy girl bandwagon, I have officially lost 2 lbs so far. Contributing to the weight loss has been the following exercises, and quite a few lunches supplemented with these:
Big ol' salad with beans mmmmm. I am lucky that the cafeteria in my work building has a pretty good salad bar (although slightly expensive). As I discover new exciting healthy recipes, I hope to start sharing those as well. I will reveal in my next post the recipe for a stew that I have been eating on all last week, along with high protein mashed potatoes .

Thursday (finally getting back to the gym, and it wasn't as bad as I was dreading, scale said 133.4 lbs, yowza!):
Elliptical (Random hill mode, level 6) 40 mins
Treadmill, 10 mins walking 4.0mph incline 5%/10 mins running 5.2mph incline 0%/10 mins walking 4.0mph incline 5-10% ~ totalled about 3 mi.
Free Body Pump class on base! 60 mins (got to see old familiar faces of the base energy zone regulars/trainers and also won a food container with a lid that double as an icepack! Note: Was so so sore after this class...)
Rest/ Walked to lake to feed ducks
Monday (scale said 131.4 lbs):
Treadmill, warm up + 4 mins running 5.2mph, 1 min running 6.5mph/ repeat for total of 30 mins + cool down ~ totalled about 3.5 mi.
Wednesday (today):
Free Body Step class on base! 60 mins (maybe I'll win something else today!)

Besides feeling good about myself health-wise, I also got a nice surprise last week by being honored at work at the quarterly "PMA 299 All-Hands Meeting." These meetings are held by the Captain of the H-60 Seahawk Program which I support, and describe all the events that have been happening, upcoming issues to be aware of, introduction of new personnel, and passing out of team awards ("Top Hawk" awards). The meeting was held in the base theater in order to fit all of the 150 or so people that support the PMA. Well after all the team awards were passed out by each of the team leads, the Captain himself got on stage and announced he had "one other special award to give out for great work done on a high priority effort, so Kady Heck would you please stand up!" Aaaah and my heart was jumping around inside! I got all the different looks of appreciation, admiration, and jealously from my team members that I could secretly hope for :o) The Top Hawk Award now sits proudly displayed on my desk...

Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy New Year!

Hope everyone brought in the new year as fabulously classy as I did (minus a possible episode of tumbling down stairs and/or being soaked with champagne)! David and I spent the New Year at our good friends Kendall & Louie’s house, with a bunch of other great friends!
It was our second year celebrating with them. (Remember new years 2010?)
I’d like to think we really stepped it up for 2011.
More details to come, but first I wanted to document some upcoming ‘resolutions’ for 2011 (although I really hate making resolutions- I feel like I always have long term goals, not just on January 1st). Here they are:
1)     Blog more! I really enjoy the aspect of not only sharing pics, but being able to share the details, emotions, throughts, etc about what is going on in my life. That was the whole goal of this blog, right? And ideally, there should be some big wedding plans in the making come this year!
2)     Which brings me to #2 (which is actually #1), plan a wedding for Spring 2012!!!
3)     Get back on track eating right, and exercising more regularly!  I just can’t seem to find my groove again in this department, but maybe I can use the blog to help me stay on the right path. I also have a Spring 2012 event ahead…
4)     Better the condo! I had intentions of painting and moving a bunch of my stuff from storage into the condo, and it really has not happened yet at all. Phase 1 of this will be purging a lot of our (David’s) old stuff.
Check back soon!
Good bye 2010… good bye Redskins football season… hello Ravens playoff season!