And the Winners Are...(2.13.2009)

Using the Random Number Generator, the winners of the Country Bob's Giveaway are:

#24 - aron

Congrats guys! Please send me an email with your contact information and I can forward to Al at Country Bob's, who will be sending out your prizes. Thanks to everyone for playing. I think I am going to do another one of these giveaway things in a few weeks because it was fun. :)


Last week, I completely slacked on my running and vowed to pick it up this week. I have done something every day, but for some reason, my motivation is seriously lacking.

So far this week, my workouts have looked like this:
  • Monday - run 3.4 miles outside (33 mins)
  • Tuesday - Jillian Michaels 30-day shred workout on Exercise TV (Oscar and Lucy had vet appts tonight which zapped most of my night)
  • Wednesday - Jillian Michaels 30-day shred workout on Exercise TV (have no good excuse...should have at least made it to spin class for some cardio)
  • Thursday - run 4 miles treadmill (40 mins)
I know that isn't horrible, but I feel like I should be doing higher mileage or at least some interval training. I do have to say that Jillian Michaels is no joke. Her workouts are tough and I love that they are free on demand!
Back to running, Kevin and I have decided to run a Valentine's 10k together this weekend. How romantic, right?! ;)

The information is below for any locals who may be interested. This race is put on by the Baltimore Road Runner's Club and the price is right.

Valentine’s 10K
Saturday, February 14, 2008 at 8:00 AM (Loch Raven Reservoir at Morgan Mill Road)
This low-key 10K is out-and-back through the beautiful Loch Raven watershed along the rolling hills of Loch Raven Drive. And this year we get to actually have it on Valentine’'s Day!
Registration race day only, at the venue. $2 for members, $6 for non-members.


For dinner last night, I made Spicy Shrimp Pasta and Steamed Broccoflower.

What the heck is Broccoflower, right?
It was the same consistency of Cauliflower, except it is green like Broccoli. Tastes the same as Cauliflower too.
For the pasta, I used this Spicy Cajun Linguine from Pasta Alley that I bought after seeing it here.
First, saute garlic, shallots, parsley and shrimp in approximately 1.5 tablespoons of EVOO. Once the shrimp is no longer opaque, set those aside since you dont want them to overcook. Add the sliced zucchini to the same pan and cook up for about 5-10 mins over medium-high heat.

Eventually deglaze all the brown goodness in the pan with some chicken broth. (White wine would be better, but I didn't have any.) Simmer for about 5 mins. Add shrimp, chopped tomatoes, salt, pepper, cayenne, and pasta back to the pan. Mix it all together and top with grated parmesan.Voila!

New Product

I found these cute mints at Trader Joes the other day. I drink coffee, so they are perfect to keep at my desk and pop in before meetings to ensure I don't have dragon breath.
On the side of the tin, it says "3 mints = 1 cup green tea* based on polyphenol content". Works for me. 3 mints = 10 calories and they have no artificial flavors. They are sweetened with Cane Sugar and Honey Granules.


What are your plans for Valentine's Day? If you are single, in a relationship, or especially if "Its Complicated" - I would love to hear whether or not you like to celebrate this holiday.

Personally, I think it is just a good excuse to do something special for the one you love, but I definitely don't make a HUGE deal about it. We are running the 10k in the morning and then I am making dinner. We may also go to a movie or just out with friends. Nothing major. I didn't think we were going to be exchanging gifts, but Kevin gave me two early Valentine's gifts last weekend. New running shoes and a gift certificate for a massage! :)

Oh and it's Friday the 13th. Muuuaahhhhh.


VeggieGirl February 13, 2009 at 9:23 AM  

Congratulations to the winners!!

Don't be hard on yourself, girl - hang in there with the workouts!!

Happy Friday the 13th!! :-D

Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point February 13, 2009 at 9:45 AM  

i think youre doing great with the workouts!

Anonymous February 13, 2009 at 9:55 AM  

omgoodness! I can't believe it! thanks you so much! I can't believe I won! yay =)

That brocoflower is like a hybrid between broccoli and cauliflower.. how neat!

aron February 13, 2009 at 11:55 AM  

WOOOOOO :) so exciting!!!!

great job on those workouts!!! dont be so hard on yourself... you ARE doing things!! you will get there :)

Anonymous February 13, 2009 at 12:38 PM  

The Valentine's day 10K sounds fun. Maybe this will help get you motivate to add some mileage. You are doing great.

tfh February 13, 2009 at 1:20 PM  

I'm going to have to look for those mints! Wondering if they have the caffeine content of green tea...

Your Valentine's Day plans sound fun. Have a great day! We don't do much because it's not that big a deal to either of us, but it's always nice to have an excuse to eat chocolate.

Erica February 13, 2009 at 1:33 PM  

Hey girlie ;) That broccoflower looks nuts! I wish it had a different taste than cauliflower! Dinner looks very yummy. I think we're going out to din din with my parents for V day!

MacDuff February 13, 2009 at 1:57 PM  

You know, it's weird. My motivation has been lacking this week, too. I don't know if it's because I overdid it last week, or the weather, what. Who knows.

We're doing dinner in this year, but it's going to be indulgent as all hell. The rest of the weekend is going to be a blur...who knows.

Kate February 13, 2009 at 4:35 PM  

Well first, din din looks fab! Second, I am celebrating V-day for the FIRST TIME in a relationship! Quite excited actually...but not a clue what we're doing b/c he's being secretive. I guess we'll all ahve to wait and see! Hope yours is wonderful:)

Matt February 13, 2009 at 7:04 PM  

No plans here! I'll be doing the single thing!

I've never seem that broccoflower before. I'll have to pick some up if I see it!

ChickPea February 14, 2009 at 1:31 AM  

Cool! Broccoflower! I am way jeal.

Sarah (lovINmytummy) February 14, 2009 at 1:33 AM  

The race should be a nice addition to your workout roster!

I want to try that broccoflower or cauliolli or whatever it is ;)

Good luck on the 10K!

Anonymous February 14, 2009 at 7:56 AM  

I love coloured cauliflower. Last week was orange and this week is PURPLE. It makes me overly excited :)

Happy Valentines! That sounds like the perfect day plan to me. Enjoy the 10k!

Every Gym's Nightmare February 14, 2009 at 4:00 PM  

we are staying in a hotel downtown and going to my fave restaurant, im excited!

That broccoliflower is awesome looking.

Kelly Turner

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