Overnight Oats!!!!

So my morning is hectic, I’ll give you the morning routine… (Yes, it’s saved to my iPad notes OCD style…)

5am: alarm goes off across the room to avoid a comfy snooze
5:15-5:30am: 2 cups of coffee, Kimbo outside, set out food/water for Kimbo, change into workout clothes
5:30-6:00am: Kinect workout 
6:00-6:30am: switch laundry, unload dishwasher, make girls’ lunches, prep Bill’s breakfast, 3 notes for my 3 favorite people
6:30-7:10am: girls up, girls dressed, brush teeth, hair done, their breakfast, out the door for the bus, eat something to nourish me through my run from 7:10-8am. <——– this is where Overnight Oats enters. I need something with carbs, something fast, and something that won’t upset my stomach while I run. 
This is amazing. Not like a little amazing, but the most delicious, most nutritious ridiculousness you have ever eaten. And you make it the night before and it’s just sitting and waiting for you in the morning. Awesome. 
In a glass canning jar:
1/2c steel cut oats (Benefits)
2T chia seeds (Benefits)
1 scoop of protein powder (I use isolate 100 calorie powder with no sugars or carbs)
     Shake these three vigorously.

Add 1/2c almond milk, I use vanilla unsweetened
Then toppings, I use 1/4c cranberries.
     DO NOT SHAKE, yes I know it looks like it needs stirred or shaken, IT DOESNT, trust me, you’ll thank me in the morning. Put in the fridge, in the morning take our, NOW stir, eat half!!

This recipe makes 2 servings, I just scooped out half in the morning into a bowl, left the other half (confession: I ate the rest tonight, it’s that good), and has 353 calories per serving. And honestly it was amazing how great it made me feel, totally energized. 

Tomorrow, I have to be to work at 6am, this does not make my morning routine run smoothly, but it’ll work out. 

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers & Meeting my Nike Fuel Goal

This is my luck… Finally warm enough and the sun is out for my morning run and it’s pouring down rain… Damn. So, did my Nike+ Kinect training then ran on my treadmill and read other peoples blogs. 

Me + My Treadmill = Sweet Sweet Love

I hit my Nike+ Fuel Band goal tonight for the first time too!!! The goal in 3500, and at 8pm, I am sitting at 3930+. Woo hoo!

So tonight, the hubby and kiddos wanted Fried Potatoes & Eggs. And I made Quinoa Stuffed Peppers and they were delicious.


1T oil
1 red onion, finely diced
1 large shallot, finely diced
2T minced garlic
1 medium zucchini, grated
1c corn
1c cooked quinoa
3 large bell peppers, any color (I prefer red)
1c cherry tomatoes, halved

Sauté onion and shallot in oil for 3-5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until your kitchen smells amazing. Add zucchini, corn, quinoa & seasonings of preference (I used Johnny’s, but I use it on everything). Cook until heated through. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Meanwhile, cut peppers in half lengthwise. Divide the filling between the 6 halves and place in a casserole or baking dish. Top with cherry tomatoes. Bake for 25 minutes. (113 calories per half). As far as family friendly, the critics agreed to 0/5 stars, the hubby nor the girlies were interested in even trying it. 

Unexpected Rest Day & Crock Taco Chicken Bowls

So this morning I woke up to Dr Who’s Tardis noise… Why you may ask? Two reasons… One, my phone was plugged into a charger that in turn was not plugged into an outlet therefor my phone was dead and my alarm did not go off at 5am. Two, my daughter’s cell phone text tone is that Tardis’ noise. Thankfully my mom is a riciclously early texter and had sent my daughter a 6:30am ‘good morning’ text. So this morning was an unexpected rest day. Thankfully tomorrow is my scheduled rest day, so swapping was no biggie. 🙂

Instead after work, swimming some laps was the only workout of my day. 🙂 It feels so good to swim my stress away after work. 

Stretching my caloric intake over the day seems to be working really well, with several small meals I plan out my eating much better and am much less tempted to eat junk or a bunch of food after dinner. Today had a whole wheat bagel for breakfast (I was running late remember), at ten I ate the chicken broccoli rice casserole I made Sunday, at noon I had a chicken breast and cottage cheese, at three I had a rice cake with peanut butter, dinner I made crock taco chicken bowls and ate it in a whole wheat tortilla. Yum. Which made me think about food blogging… Maybe adding recipes here and there and figuring up the calories. 

3 whole frozen chicken breasts

1 can black beans
1 can of corn
2T of garlic
1 jar of salsa
1c uncooked brown rice
1c water
1T cumin
1T chili powder
Add to crock pot in order listed above, I don’t even stir mine, set on low and leave for 8 hours. After 8 hours, separate chicken with fork. Eat plain, or in a tortilla. So good.
The critics (my picky family), The Hubby gives it 4 stars out of 5, and both the kiddos approved and had second helpings. They all had cheddar cheese on theirs as well. 🙂

The Weekend

It was a long week this week. Work has been super busy and pretty hectic, helped my dad and grandpa place my grandma in a long term care facility in the town they live in while fighting her insurance company and the facility about her payment, and stress at home. So Friday evening, alone with Bill, couldn’t have come soon enough. 

Saturday, we went to the ski hill I grew up on to try to teach Bill to ski. On the way up we swung by Starbucks, a perfect way to head to the ski hill, skinny soy vanilla venti latte and a delicious feta spinach wrap. Yum. 

The snow was perfect, the hill almost empty (it’s a small yet perfect hill) and the sun was out. Great day in the snow. Bill did not enjoy skiing, but it was so nice to be out. I ended up doing several runs with an old family friend and it was great catching up with her. 

Kimbo was not going to let me sleep in this morning, but really just wanted someone to nap on… What a pretty, spoiled, rotten girl she is.  

Where did the week go?

What a week… Work has been crazy busy and that makes everything seem crazy busy. Have I mentioned how much I love my job? Don’t get me wrong about the crazy busy, I do love my job, I love what I do, I love the feeling of helping people, I love to feel depended on, but sometimes it’s exhausting. Especially when I start to feel like I’m the staff social worker too. 

Running has been going well, feeling good and building my base to start marathon training the first week of February for Couer d Alene. I am still faithfully playing my nerdy Kinect Nike game, and love it. And with the girls in swimming lessons Tuesday & Thursday, there is no excuse not to swim. 

Thankful that tomorrow is Friday, and jean day… Wish casual Friday meant “wear your yoga pants to work”. Ha. 

Welcome Monday

After a sad recovery from the 49ers loss and a long busy weekend with four children and there neighbor children, I welcomed Monday. 

But this morning, woke up with a twelve year old boy on our floor and a eight year old boy was in the living room before my coffee was even brewed, so needless to say my perfected morning routine was less than routine… So instead I went to work early and left early after the boys were brought back to their mothers house. My run felt okay, as they always do for me after work and meetings and stress, but nonetheless I got it in… But the better part was my awesome Nike Kinect game, I seriously am a total nerd about it. 

Read an article tonight about a lady, Meg, that was killed by a drunk driver while out running. Meg left behind a husband and three children. Truly heart breaking. Tomorrow my miles will be for Meg. 

Freeze Your Fanny 5k

And I did freeze my fanny, even in my new cool Mizuno gear. Race was here in the valley and a frigid 22 degrees. 

And today I also registered for the Run or Dye 5k with a bunch of my coworkers and Bill, should be a great time. 

I Run Because She Can’t

My new Nike+ band came today! I haven’t used if enough tonight to give a fair review… So more to come. Instead, with a race just two days away, I put on my Care to Cure necklace, that I always wear during races, along with Huntingtons Disease blue Care to Cure band, it doesn’t mean a thing to anyone else but it means something to me. I run, and I continue to run because of my Grandma Penny. She died at the age of 62 from Huntingtons Disease. Most everyone has never heard of it, and likely because you don’t know a family riddled with it. Huntingtons Disease is a genetic disease, my maternal grandmother had it. There is a 50/50 chance that my mom has it, if she does have it, there is a 50/50 chance My sister or I could have it. If my mom does not have it, there is 0 chance my sister or I have it. If I had it, it would not mean my sister necessarily would, she’s got her own 50/50 chance. The disease itself is much like a cross between early onset progressive dementia and Parkinson’s. The earliest symptoms are often subtle problems with mood or cognition. A general lack of coordination and an unsteady gait often follows. As the disease advances, uncoordinated, jerky body movements become more apparent, along with a decline in mental abilities and behavioral and psychiatric problems. Physical abilities are gradually impeded until coordinated movement becomes very difficult. Mental abilities generally decline into dementia. Complications such as pneumoniaheart disease, and physical injury from falls reduce life expectancy to around twenty years after symptoms begin. My grandmother was diagnosed at 52. There is no cure and no treatment to slow progress, just treat symptoms. There is a test, to find out if you have the disease, but it’s a very personal decision for everyone in my family. I have an aunt that has been tested, she does not carry the bad gene, therefore her daughter and two grandchildren do not have any risk of being a carrier. No one else in my family has been tested. When we were at the genetic counselor appointment just after her diagnosis I remember her saying, “the stronger and healthier you go into this disease the better off you are”. 

I run because she can’t. When I am running and feel weak, her memory is my strength. 

Trying a Little Yoga

So, still obsessed with my Nike+ game… But I won’t bore you with that again. Completed my tempo run, have a 5k Saturday, so no long mileage this week.

But, I after reading an amazing blog post post, I did some yoga, and honestly it felt great. Check it out here.

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