Lessons Learned:

  • No matter how long you’ve been apart, good friends always fall right back into a comfortable rhythm when reunited.

IMG_1670  Me and the college roomie

  • Sometimes the best part of an unexpected delay (between wedding and reception, in an out of town location, for example) is finding yourself sitting in a locals bar, drinking Harp and eating loaded French fries, watching soccer with your hubs and college roomie, dressed to the nines.
  • My husband truly does make the best pancakes. He is the Pancake King.
  • I’m a little self-conscious about my food blog when the first thing the bride asks you (after not seeing you for YEARS) is “Was the dinner good? Does it meet your food blogging expectations?” Uhhhh….. LOL
  • The Droid Eris navigation tool is a thousand times better than Garmin on the back roads of Gettysburg. It re-navigated us three times around traffic without even a whimper.
  • If you can successfully mask the taste of cottage cheese, it makes a wonderful addition to foods as a protein booster. 🙂

Here’s The Recap


Headed straight home from work (no gym) to knock out some errands before my guest arrived. I bought grocery items while the hubs vacuumed and cleaned the bathroom, then I mopped the floors. Hubs headed out to Relay for Life, I walked the dog and awaited my guest.

My college roommate (also Kellie) came to stay with me. I made lemon roasted chicken, garlic rice pilaf, and steamed green beans for dinner and we just chillaxed.


Woke up late, ate cereal, lounged around, and finally got ready, had the most amazingly delicious and fresh sandwich ever (homemade whole grain, sliced ham off the bone, lettuce, tomato, red onion) and headed to Gettysburg for a wedding (another Kellie, also from college, was getting married). Got stuck in traffic, was late to the wedding…but saw the vows! LOL Headed over to the reception site only to find the reception didn’t start for 2.5 hours (despite all the wedding paperwork saying “immediately to follow…”. Used the power of the Droid to find a local bar (O’Rorke’s) and hang out, drinking beer and splitting an appetizer (hubs and roomie vetoed me on healthy and ordered loaded French fries!) while watching soccer and awaiting the wedding reception. Headed to the reception – good times had by all! Had a big salad, 1 stuffed shell (it was meh) and ½ a chicken breast (it was meh) and green beans almondine. Headed home late to let my poor puppy out, watered my garden in the dark, and crashed.


Had delicious husband-made pancakes for breakfast, got my roomie back on the road towards Jersey, and then started doing all my vegetable prep for the week, making bread, and prepping to have the in-laws over for dinner. Nabbed an onion bagel+ low fat cream cheese for lunch (delish). Had dinner w/ the in-laws (slow grilled pork roast, mashed potatoes, steamed green beans and shrimp cocktail), walked the dog, watered the garden, and crashed.

That brings us to Monday….

Citrucel on the way to work – 7:45 a.m.

Breakfast – 9:15 a.m.

Some of Dave’s raisin bran, ½ banana, milk – I don’t know why…the raisin bran was calling to me last night while I was packing my breakfast!


Snack – 10:30 a.m.

Quickly, and sadly, realized I didn’t pack any fruit to snack on today. Sad. No snack for you!

Lunch – 12:00 p.m.

Clean eating egg salad on whole grain, veggies for crunch (cukes, grape tomatoes, carrots and peppers)


The clean eating egg salad was actually really good…I’m not a cottage cheese fan, but can’t deny the protein powder of it, so I’m always excited to find uses for it where I can’t taste it.


Lessert (Lunch Dessert) 1:50 p.m.

Small amount of dark chocolate M&Ms. Yes, I organize my M&Ms by color. Thanks.


Snack – 3:45 p.m.

Clif Mojo. How I love thee. You taste like a sinful chocolate treat, but provide me with nutrition.


Exercise – 4:45 p.m.

Mixing it up a little – I enjoyed the Oxygen workout immensely, and just as I had started it, Gina released her Summer Shape Up 2010 (SSU 2010).

So now that I’m totally bored with the Oxygen workout…onto Gina’s!

I am mixing up a couple of the days to accommodate my schedule, but basically here’s how it’s going down:

Monday – Strength

Tuesday – Speed

Wednesday – Stretch

Thursday – Strength

Friday – Speed

Saturday – Stretch

I don’t normally work out 6 days a week, so this will be unique for me. I’m hoping I can find the time! With summer here, it seems our free-time is jam-packed. Luckily some of Gina’s workouts aren’t super-long 🙂

Week 1 – Day 1 – Strength Workout

5 minute cardio warm up (stair mill for moi today)

3 sets x 12 reps per set

I did these as straight sets today because the gym was super-busy and I didn’t have the luxury of doing circuits.

  1. Bent-over fly
  2. Side lying lateral raise
  3. Ultimate toe touch
  4. Incline bicep curl
  5. Cable row
  6. Reverse crunch on bench
  7. Stability ball back extensions
  8. Weighted ball crunch

25 minutes low/moderate intensity cardio (elliptical for moi)

1h20m @ gym = 532 calories burned

It was god-awful hot in there again today….I wish they could figure out how to keep it cool when it’s hot outside!

Home to walk the pup + water the garden….hubs is cookin’ tonight, as usual for Monday.

Dinner – 7:30 p.m.

Filet mignon (we swap between beef and venison for ‘steak night’…tonight is BEEF!), steamed broccoli, pasta tossed in olive oil

Cool Links

50 Healthy Foods for Under $1/Pound

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