Tag Archives: blog maintenance

Off The Grid

Just a quick post to say hi! I know I’ve been off the grid for the last 24 hours or so and now, unexpectedly, I will likely be for another… unless I somehow find the time to sneak a post in. I’ll admit, though, that that’s doubtful. In short (I’ll explain when I’m back), all of my plans just went up in the air and I’m scrambling to reschedule!

I hope you all have wonderful New Year’s Eves!

1 Comment

Filed under Blog Posts

Busy, Busy Day

Before I get to anything else – I’ve gotten notes from a few subscribers that they’re not getting email notifications of my posts anymore. For the rest of you who are subscribed: have you had this problem lately? Please let me know!

Anyway.

Today has been crazy! Within half an hour of arriving at work, I had a mini banking crisis that required me to leave work and rush to the bank. Given the bank’s close proximity to my office and the major suckage that is LA traffic, I decided that walking to the bank would be a smarter and faster move than driving. I think I forgot that even though 90 degrees is a lot cooler than 113, it’s still pretty hot.

So, yea. I regretted that decision.

Anyway, the rest of the day has been pretty busy at work since. I like that feeling, so it’s been a good day!

I started the morning off at the gym, per usual, with 40 minutes on the elliptical and 45 minutes at boot camp. The instructor, like last Wednesday, had us do three sets of eight one-minute, high-intensity circuits… and, once again, kicked. my. butt.

Seriously. It was brutal. I basically did more than glisten, and there was a point where I managed to make myself feel pretty nauseated. I think it was all the up and down movement (that’s what she said). I wasn’t even sure I had the energy to follow class with the elliptical, but I ended up being okay.

I came back to a de-lish bowl of overnight oats…

Into the mix (last night) went:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbs nonfat plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tbs ground flax seed
  • dash cinnamon
  • ~1 tsp Splenda

On top (this morning) went:

  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 1 tbs cinnamon raisin peanut butter

Yum!

Lunch was the rest of the leftover Autumn Chicken Salad (that link now has updated pictures because I’m a blogging dork and care way too much about these things) atop a bed of lettuce.

I actually added another big handful of spinach after I took the picture. I felt like my lunch needed a little more green! This, at least, was a decision I did not regret.

I brought some honeydew melon for dessert.

All together now…

Sadly, though, the honeydew melon was a bust. It just lost its flavor sometime in the past two days. It was also kinda mushy. Fail.

So, I broke into two of these little guys instead:

(One was consumed before I remembered to take a picture. Whoops.)

Has anybody else felt like it’s been Thursday all day? I hate that.

Wednesday Morning Workout

5 minutes elliptical warmup

45 minutes boot camp

35 minutes elliptical (30 min high intensity + 5 min cool down)

2 Comments

Filed under Blog Posts

Craving Chocolate

I took yesterday off from training, partially because I had other important things going on and partially because I could just tell my body needed another day off. Both my knees and ankles were feeling rough after Saturday’s run and I am not about to hurt myself before this race. It’s important to listen to your body!

I was back in action this morning, though. I hit the treadmill to run three miles, two for which I increased my usual speed by 0.5 miles/ hour. It’s not much, but it made the run feel like more of a challenge. With the race coming up this Sunday and given my less-than-stellar run this past Saturday, I felt as though I needed, this morning, to do something to both challenge myself and get myself back in the game. It worked. 😉

Oh, and it kicked my butt! I love that, though.

While this isn’t usually the case, I came back from the gym absolutely starving. This can probably be attributed to the fact that the only real meal I ate yesterday was brunch, followed by random snacking throughout the rest of the day.

To satisfy my growling stomach, I made a fantastic raspberry smoothie at home.

I’ve made a very similar smoothie before, but here’s what went into it..

Into the mix went:

  • 3 ice cubes
  • handful fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbs nonfat plain greek yogurt
  • 1/3 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries

On top:

  • “drizzle” (more like “a few clumps”) (~1/2 tbs) coconut butter
  • handful Go Lean Crunch! Honey Almond Flax

I had packed a salad for lunch today, but I then spent the morning craving soup. This is likely because it is gray outside and cooler than usual. So, when I found out that some friends at work were picking up lunch from Panera, I piggy-backed and ordered a bowl of chicken tortilla soup with a multigrain roll.

Sadly, I was underwhelmed. While it tasted good and while I really do love Panera… really? This is hardly a “bowl” of soup (compare it to the size of the bread!), and the bread was kind of burnt. I was unimpressed and would definitely think twice before ordering take-out from them again.

My afternoon snack (which I was more than ready for!) thankfully didn’t disappoint. I was craving chocolate and my stash of Luna Bars came to the rescue.

It tastes almost as decadent as it looks. My only complaint is that it was gone way too soon. 😉

Speaking of chocolate, my favorite chocolate-covered blogger is hosting a giveaway of the new Larabar flavors! Given that I’m kind of dying to try them (and can’t find them anywhere), I’m entering her giveaway… and you should, too!

Oh, and in blogging maintenance news, I’ve updated my blogroll. In looking at it this morning, I realized that I was missing a bunch of blogs that I love and read regularly. Whoops! All fixed now.

10K Training Day 36 (yesterday)

Rest Day

10K Training Day 37

5 minutes elliptical warm-up

3 miles on treadmill (1 mi @ 5.0 & 2 mi @ 5.5) in 34 min + 5 min cooldown

35 minutes elliptical (30 min high intensity + 5 min cooldown)

1 Comment

Filed under Blog Posts

We Have a Winner!

Anyone notice any big changes?

We have a winner! The new tagline for KWH 2.0 is “…Life is sweet.” I hope you all like it. I feel it encompasses many aspects of this blog and seems very fitting.

Thank you to all who submitted! Amusingly enough, the winner was… my sister. Congratulations, Sam! Next time, I need more of you to enter so I don’t have to bake for a relative. 😉

Anyway, last night’s dinner involved the re-introduction of some of my favorite frozen foods into my diet. While I like to use fresh produce whenever possible, I’m a like to keep certain frozen products around for when I’m pressed for time or really just don’t feel like putting in the work to prepare anything. It helps me to eat healthy even when it would otherwise be all too easy to make excuses.

Last night was one of those nights during which I just didn’t have the energy to expend upon making dinner. As such, I scrambled some eggs with salt, pepper, pamesan & romano and threw some frozen vegetables in the microwave.

I’m a big fan of this stuff. I especially love the potatoes in these, as when mixed with scrambled eggs, they are reminiscent of hash browns. Green Giant also has a bunch of other vegetable medleys. This one is about 100 calories, full of veggies, easy and full of flavor. Just what I needed last night.

All I had to do was scramble the eggs, throw them on top of the vegetables, and squirt some ketchup on top. I ended up with this yummy, nutrient-packed, and effortless concoction:

It’s no culinary masterpiece, but it hit the spot.

Then came something I was really happy to bring back into my life: Skinny Cow cones!

While I can’t rave about the ingredient list, I do love being able to treat myself at the end of the day with a dessert that feels decadent but won’t undo my hard work at the gym.

Oh, and the best part is the chocolate surprise at the bottom of every cone. 🙂

1 Comment

Filed under Blog Posts

Contest

Now that I’m no longer forced to be sugar-free (yay!), I need a new tag line. “Living life sugar-free” just isn’t going to cut it anymore. I want to know what you guys think the tag line should be!

To that end, I’m hosting a contest. Please leave a comment with your submission of a new tag line for Kaitlin With Honey, using key words that you think describe the theme of the blog.

While I won’t necessarily use one of the suggestions as my new tag line, I am certainly hoping to. If I do end up choosing one of the submissions to use as my tag line, I will announce the person behind the submission as the winner. Should I not find one I wish to use, I will use an automatic number generator.

Either way, there will be a winner! The prize is very KWH-appropriate. Once the winner has been chosen, I’ll ask the winner to let me know what his or her favorite kind of cookie is. I’ll then KWH-ify a recipe for that kind of cookie, bake a dozen of these cookies with my KWH-ified recipe, and send the batch to the winner.

Sound like a deal?

The contest period will end on Thursday, August 19 at noon PST and I’ll announce the winner later that day.

By the way – by submitting a tag line suggestion, you are giving me ownership of the tag line and you will in no way, shape or form have any rights to my blog or its contents.

15 Comments

Filed under Blog Posts

Major Changes: A New Chapter

So. Yesterday was… a whirlwind. I have a bit of an announcement.

At an appointment yesterday morning with a family doctor whom I have long known and trusted, I learned that I am not likely sugar-intolerant. Despite a previous diagnosis by a doctor in CA, my doctor in CT believes that I have something else altogether.

I’m not going to go into details, but my doctor is focusing on a different – and thankfully very curable – diagnosis. Nothing is definitive yet, but we both believe that this is the actual reason for my discomfort.

The reason the previously apparent sugar intolerance was so easy to believe is that quite a few of the “trigger foods” that would make me feel ill were ingredients that are often combined with sugar.

Anyway, I don’t think this is actually going to influence the blog all that much. I’ve learned a lot from cutting sugar out of my diet, and I would like to continue living a low-sugar lifestyle. It just won’t be absolute. I feel much better throughout the day when I’m not consuming a lot of sugar, so I’m not looking to consume a diet full of unnecessary sugar.

However, this news also comes with a lot of relief. It gets pretty stressful to have to read labels on every single food item and to have to ask every restaurant if there is sugar in any part of a meal I’m ordering.

From now on, I’m simply going to focus on a healthy and active lifestyle filled with good, whole foods and progressing fitness goals.

I will still be experimenting with ways to cut or altogether remove sugar from my cooking and baking, though not every recipe will center upon that concept.  I will, however, always KWHify. KWHifying will just now focus more on the “making it healthy” aspect more than that of “making it sugar-free.”

That doesn’t sound like much of a stray from the norm, right? I’d like to think this simply means I’ll be broadening my reader base a little bit.

Please feel free to leave comments or send me emails with any questions. Otherwise, here’s to a new chapter in KWH!

2 Comments

Filed under Blog Posts

Strong

I went on my first run this morning since spraining my ankle. It was hot and it was tough, but it was glorious.

There’s definitely a part of me that can still break out into “fat girl mentality.”(Note: I use the term “fat girl” negatively for a reason – because it’s a mentality that comes with a negative outlook from someone who can’t see beyond it. I believe this is a way many overweight and obese people feel about themselves. I do not condone calling people fat or using that word negatively at all.). Anybody who’s ever been overweight before can probably understand. Every time I start a run or some kind of workout that doesn’t come naturally to me (as boot camp and the elliptical trainer now do, for instance), I feel this small seed of doubt that I can actually do it. As I start the run, I wait for the point at which my body is going to tell me I’m just not capable of doing it.

Of course, this never kicks in. What does kick in is the exhilarating feeling of strength. I realize how very capable my body is and how much I can do because both my body and my mind are fit, strong, and capable of so much more than I ever thought possible.

I remember being a kid in grade school who absolutely dreaded the mile and had to walk it while my classmates lapped me with 5-minute times. Now, I’m sure as heck not running anything close to a 5-minute mile, but I can now go for miles without any desire whatsoever to stop and walk… and that, my friends, is just wonderful.

Check out the Bondi Band! This was my first time trying it (ironically, it came in the mail the day after I sprained my ankle) and I absolutely loved it.

I kept today’s run fairly easy, in part because it was my first run back after an injury and in part because it was hot, hot, hot. I ran about 3 sometimes hilly miles and enjoyed them thoroughly. I won’t lie, though – those treks uphill were harder than I remember them.

Running offers great thinking time. I made a few decisions while I was running. First of all, I’ve decided I don’t think I need to bore you all with meals made of leftovers or the really simple dinners. Last night consisted of sauteed squash and mushrooms topped with two eggs, and I don’t think those pictures (or even the recap I just gave you) are worth the wasted space on the internet. Obviously, I’m still learning how to run a blog, and this was something both my mom and my friend Claire suggested. I think they’re right.

Perhaps more importantly, I’ve decided not to run the half-marathon in October. I realized today that I don’t think I’m ready to push myself that hard in training and that I want running to be a fun release, not something that stresses me out. I’ll still be doing another 5K and I’m really looking forward to the 10K. I am going to focus on training appropriately for this 10K and I’m going to give it the attention that it deserves rather than treating it as practice for a half-marathon.

I have the rest of my life to run a half-marathon. I may run one in December and I may run one in 2011 instead. We’ll just see where life takes me.

Anyway, while I won’t be boring you with last night’s eats, I do want to share my awesome breakfast from this morning.

Inspired by one of my absolute favorite bloggers, Meghann at The Inner Workings of a College Graduate, I made an altered version of her Cannoli Cereal.

Into the mix went:

  • 1/3 cup part-skim ricotta
  • 1 cup cinnamon Puffins
  • chopped strawberries
  • blueberries
  • ~ 2 tbs nut granola (recipe coming sooooon!)

A perfect, refreshing post-run meal.

Lunch, a few hours later, was another Crack Wrap.

Pictures, since yesterday’s didn’t come out.

Gooey, melty, cheesy… yummy.

Off to the winery! 😀

7 Comments

Filed under Blog Posts