Thursday, December 9, 2010

Call of Duty

I bought Mike Call of Duty for Wii as an early Christmas present.

I think my marriage is over. Ok not really. But this is what our evenings look like now. Boys will be boys.

See my kitty kitty sleeping next to him! He's that gray and white blob by his head.

Monday, December 6, 2010

My First Race - Great Santa 5k

Hi, my name is Jamie and I officially ran a 5k.

I never, ever, I mean seriously NEVER thought about running a race until last year. In fact, I felt like running was the worst possible exercise for me. I hated it, I despised it, I LOATHED it. I was the kid who after a half a lap around the track in school was GASPING for air and thought I was going to die. BAH.

And then the 20's board came into my life. I'm not sure what even made me go to the message boards after being on Weight Watchers since 2005. I don't know if it was because I was overly bored with facebook and needed new entertainment or what. But I started reading about all of these girls who were running. They loved running. They loved running so much, that they made me want to love running. So I started C25K. Yeah, I was one of THOSE newbies who had to ask about this C25K several times before I figured it out.

I never actually finished C25K. I got through about week 7 and figured I had gotten the jist of it. I stopped running for the summer while I did P90X. A knee injury and a few pounds later, I signed up for a race in April. I figured it was just what I needed to start running again.


And I kept putting off running. I know myself, I would have put off running until March 15th for my April 2nd race. So...what did Crazy Lo do? Got online on November 19th and signed up for a race on December 5th. Yeah...I gave myself 2 weeks to get ready for a 5k.

I spent the 20th on the trail by my house running as much as I could. I did a total of 4 miles that day, maybe running 2 miles with walking in between. I jumped on the treadmill the following week, and ran 2 miles straight without walking. And then Wednesday, the 1st came. I decided I needed to see how close I could actually come to running 3 miles. I warmed up for 5 minutes and ran 2 miles again. (I'm incredibly shocked at just how easy 2 miles are.) Then the treadmill stopped because I didn't set the time long enough. So, I had to restart. With the abrupt stop, I walked 1 minute, and started running again. I ran another 1.2 and it was ROUGH. I started to panic at this point, wondering how I was going to run outside, in December, in MISSOURI, without freezing or passing out.

Saturday came and we went to Gribbles Running Sports to pick up my packet. I also picked up a head warmer and some gloves to help me fight the cold run I had in front of me the next day. I did have some friends to distract me on Saturday night. We went to Gojo's Japanese Steakhouse (If you ever come to KC you MUST try this place) to celebrate a friend's birthday. I was exhausted for some reason and in bed by 9:30. I set my alarm for 7 the next day, and thought happy thoughts until my slumber.


Sunday morning I woke up with that excited, nervous, so-easy-to-wake-up feeling, and started getting ready. My stomach was doing all kinds of twists and turns, but I drank some water and ate a tablespoon of Peanut Butter. We stopped at Quik Trip on the way out of town so I could grab a banana. We got to the Johnson County Community College WAY too early, and I did the pee-4-times before the race thing. My husband rubbed my neck and told me to stop being so nervous. I looked at him and said, "Do you know what the temperature is outside?" Seriously, what was I thinking? Oh, I know. On that day in November when I signed up for the race, Global Warming was in full swing and I didn't consider what the temperature might ACTUALLY be in December when our heat wave moved on.


I started flipping through my iPod to figure out what I would listen to during the race. And I settled on LMFAO. :) Upbeat, funny, good stuff.


We all lined up outside, and within a few minutes we were off. The beautiful thing about this race was that we didn't have to wait outside before the start. They had a nice, warm gym for everyone to stretch and warm up in. When I started moving, I instantly lost all of those nervous feelings, and started running with a smile. I have no IDEA why, but I smiled a majority of that race. I was so HAPPY to be running. I remembered a year ago when I called my husband and I was so proud of myself for running an entire mile. He wasn't all that impressed, but who knew 1 would turn into 3? This is huge for me folks. And I have to say a huge thank you to Mike for being so supportive all week. He skipped a free ticket to the Chief's game to watch my race.


I had a steady pace, remembering all of the advice on the message boards. Don't get excited and start off too fast, find someone else who is running a good speed and try to focus on them. BREATHE.


And then the first hill came. This was one of those DOH! moments when I realized I hadn't run on anything except flat ground. These weren't huge hills, but they were more than I was used to. Regardless, I kept my pace and pushed my way up the first hill. I must say, hills are completely worth it on the way down. Ahhhh what a great feeling and opportunity to catch your breath. There were 3 or 4 more hills, one towards the end. This made the ending nice and speedy because we were so excited to be over that last hill.


I saw the finish, and my husband out of the corner of my eye. I picked up my speed a little bit and finished with a smile.


My goal was to finish in under 45 minutes.


I finished in....






35:10.4



WHAT?!?!?!?!?!

Hello there Runner's High, it is so very nice to finally meet you.

I found my husband, received my "good job" and we headed in for a fabulous breakfast of Biscuits and Gravy, Pumpkin Bread, Eggs, Fruit, Potatoes, and other delicious things.

I could get used to this race stuff.

Here is a post-race pic. And yes, I really did wear that shirt. :)



~Crazy Lo~

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Wine Club

Even though I'm not drinking at the moment, I promised a post about the Wine Club I joined. When I get some weight off, I may begin incorporating some wine back into my life, but sadly, for at least the next month this is the only wine review I'll be able to write.

You're in luck though, I've tried 3 so far!

First I'll tell you a little about the club. I received an invitation in the mail to join a wine club. This is called American Cellars Wine Club, or Vinesse. I googled and did a little research to make sure this thing was for real. Turns out, it is. There are mixed reviews much like any other product, but I must say I'm pleased. They send me 6 bottles of wine every other month. Each bottle is under $15 and I pay some shipping. If I like something, I can buy extra bottles at a nice price.


With each bottle of wine, they send you a tasting sheet. Each sheet gives a little story about the wine, tells you the grape composition, grape source (where it is grown), Aromas and Flavors to look for in your tasting, aging vessels (oak barrels, steel tanks, etc.), when to drink the wine, and the tasting panel score from the test group.The first wine I tried was 2009 Knoll Haven Winery California Chardonnay. This one cracked me up because I was advised to eat KFC Original Recipe chicken. Of all foods, they want me to eat KFC. I opted for pork Chile verde instead. The wine was fabulous with food, way too strong without food. The Aromas and Flavors I was supposed to look for were Golden Delicious Apple, Cinnamon & Tropical Fruit. I could definitely taste each if I focused and "looked for" one at a time.

The other two wines I tried were 2009 T. Cassidy Wines California Merlot and 2009 Alderwood Creek Vineyards California Sauvignon Blanc. I took these bottles to Iowa for the early Thanksgiving with my Uncle and Grandparents. I LOVED the merlot. I have hated merlot my entire life, ok, my entire DRINKING life. But I couldn't get enough of this stuff. (This may be why I convinced my entire family to go to the Fireman's Charity Dance at the legion in small town Iowa. Whatev, we won a case of motor oil in the raffle.) I think the reason I loved the merlot was because not only did it taste good with food, it tasted good after dinner as well. It wasn't as dry as other merlots that I've tried, which is probably why I liked it. I think what made it tasty to me, was that there was a hint of toasted almond (according to the flavor sheet.)

As for the Sauvignon Blanc...
Shit was nasty.

So there you have it. If you like wine, and you're stuck on white zinfandel (I'm not hating, I love it too!) you should check out a club. And I'm all ears if you find others you like. I will be sipping again someday.

~Crazy Lo~

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wanna know what Chief's Stadium looks like on Club Level?

My amazing job gave me tickets to a pre-season game to the newly renovated Chiefs Stadium. And even better, to the club level with all the rich peeps. While this post is super late, I still want to share because it was a very cool experience.

I hate that this picture is blurry of Mike and me, but if you look closely you will see a double rainbow behind us!

This is in the ladies restroom on Club Level. Fancy shit right there.

Bar Area

Equipped with carpet, seating, and a fireplace. Oh, and don't mind the chef walking in the picture.

50 yard line


Me, Drunk, With a fountain. I'm notorious for taking drunk pictures with fountains. At least I'm not IN the fountain this time.




So there you have it my wonderful blog readers, this is the VIP experience with Crazy Lo at a pre-season Chief's game. Now, if I could ever kiss enough ass to get reg. season tickets to a Raiders or Denver game, I'd have some serious bragging rights.

~Crazy Lo~

Muh Bike & Muh Trail


When the weather started to cool off and it was light outside past 5:30 PM, I decided to take full advantage with my beautiful Specialized Myka mountain bike. I need to name her one of these days. (Open to suggestions!!)

I hit the trail a couple of times for about 10 miles each time. I love riding my bike, because it is one of those surprise calorie burners. No, I'm not surprised I burn calories riding my bike, I'm surprised how MANY calories I burn versus the way my body feels while I do it. I actually ENJOY riding my bike. I don't feel miserable the whole time I'm doing it. And then bam, over 600 calories in under an hour.

Here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure. Oh, and daylight savings can kiss my ass because I miss riding after work. I plan on getting out there this Saturday if the wind and temps aren't miserable.
AND if you are ever in the Kansas City area and would like to ride a fairly flat trail, check out Little Blue Trace Trail. It is pretty!


~Crazy Lo~








Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wine Club

Sooo...I joined a wine club. And tonight I tried my first bottle of wine while uploading pictures from my camera. These pictures included things like...when I actually used to work out. Hmm..I should try that again. They also included pictures of my first wine shipment.

But you see, the pictures took so dang long to load that I drank a glass of Chardonnay, which was kind of strong, and polished off Pork Chile Verde.

So now I'm tipsy off one darned glass of wine and sleepy.

I promise to have an exciting review to you, with pictures, very very soon!

I also promise to post the Snickers Pie recipe (WW friendly!) I promised a few of you on the boards today.

♥♥♥♥ Crazy Lo ♥♥♥♥

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Weekend Adventures in Kansas City - Episode 1

I've been a bad blogger lately, but I want to share some of the fun things I've been doing around the city lately. The weather has been perfect, and I've been taking full advantage.
A couple of weeks ago, I met up with some girlfriends and headed down to the Country Club Plaza for the Plaza Art Fair. We sipped on some wine and hung out in my girlfriend's apartment before we walked to the plaza. Being down there makes me remember why I always wanted to move to the city. Maybe I can convince Mike to move closer to the city someday.
Here are the four of us in her cute apartment.

We stopped at Quik Trip to buy some beers for the walk to the plaza. Classy, eh? This picture finally captures my name. 'Tis I, CrazyLo!

I was absolutely in love with some of this art. Unfortunately, my pocketbook disagrees.















I think the highlight of the evening was running into some shoe buyers from NYC for one of those fancy ass places (Chanel, Prada, I can't remember) who said we were the nicest ladies in KC. Why? Because we didn't give him a dirty look when he asked if one of us had a lighter. Shame on you KC ladies, where is your Midwestern hospitality!?















We finished the evening with an adventurous walk home through some allies and a fun little slide at the end to reach our friend's apartment. Oh back ass ways, how you make me feel so adventurous. Here's the little walk way and our "slide."


The next morning I woke up to go to Teen Club. Teen Club is a non-profit organization I have been with since it's birth. Since 2004 we have been providing a monthly activity for Teens in the area with disabilities. Most of the teens have Down's Syndrome or Autism. We do arts and crafts, field trips to cool places around KC, cooking, dances, etc. This week we did some texture art, which meant everyone got MESSY!!!

See Messy Hands exhibit A:

And B:


And a few of the end products:

We played games and "hung out" until lunch time. These kiddos love stacking cups and they have a much steadier hand than I!

For lunch we had a baked potato bar. I wish I had taken a picture of my baked potato. I can't say it was at all Weight Loss friendly, but it was SO good. Mine was loaded with chili, cheese, onions, bacon bits, oh and CHEESE. Delicious.

I love doing this every month. This is one of the girls who have been coming to Teen Club since the beginning. I had a few of them hand out bubbles and programs at my wedding.

Speaking of Weddings... I attended a wedding Saturday night at Stonehaus Winery in Lee's Summit, MO. It was so beautiful and the wine was tasty! I never miss an opportunity to take a picture with Mike when we're all dolled up.

We left the reception to go to Houlihan's and grab a bite to eat and some flavored Long Island pitchers.

And then things got kind of crazy. Lee's Summit was having Oktoberfest and our friends wanted to go. We went to downtown Lee's Summit and of course, found the liquor store. I think my friends were so excited that they could walk the streets with alcohol Vegas Style, they wanted to take full advantage. I loved this guy's hat and overall style, so I asked to take a picture with him. I don't know how I manage to get these random pictures. Liquid courage I suppose. Funniest part is he let me come behind the counter for this photo op. Classy again, yes?
The night ended shortly after this for me. It was a long day and those Long Islands were the end of me.
Fall has just started, so there shall me more adventures in KC coming to a blog near you soon.


~Crazy Lo~

Thursday, September 16, 2010

OCD Tendencies: #1 - List making


So I'm a list maker; I truly enjoy making lists and discovering things about myself.
Today's list is a list of the silly obsessive compulsive tendencies I have. These are things I laugh about. Not things that give me true anxiety. But my husband laughs at me and thinks it is silly I even notice.

1. I must chew evenly. If I snack on something, i.e. Cheez-its, I must chew one on the right, then one on the left. If I end up with an odd number, I have to start over. Otherwise I feel like a cat with a whisker cut off, I have no balance.

Mmmm Cheez-its.
2. If I get a song stuck in my head, it usually involves numbers. Anyone remember the good ol' chorus, "867-5309eeeeine"?? Or "1, you're like a dream come true, 2, just wanna be with you, 3, girl it's plain to see, you're the only one for meee." In all honesty, I don't care for either of these songs. But they have numbers and they get stuck in my head for days. (I'm sure anyone reading this will enjoy them inside their brains today as well. You're welcome!)

3. I am a germ-o-phobe. I will not touch door handles with my bare hands. I will lift up the bottom of my shirt and display my awesome stomach to open the door if I have to. (That awesome was indeed sarcastic.)

4. Remember the chewing evenly thing in #1?? I take it a step further. When I chew gum, I have to put one on each side of my mouth and chew until the new burst of flavor is gone on each side. I will then merge the two pieces. I bet you're wondering how I handle the situation when I'm faced with bubble tape.

5. This one isn't totally uncommon. I eat clockwise, and I eat one thing at a time. Unless something is MEANT to be totally mushed together like a casserole, I don't especially care for my food touching. I always eat meat last.


So there you have it. This is a short list about me. I'd love to hear what everyone else's silly quirks are. The main thing is, we have to laugh at ourselves and enjoy the little things that makes each of us an individual.


~Crazy Lo~

Thursday, September 9, 2010

PITY PARTY TABLE OF 1 PLEASE

I have runner's knee. I'm more annoyed than anything because the doctor said this:


1. Women walk funny. I have to change the way I walk.

2. I have to walk up stairs, one at a time, with one leg leading so I don't bend or put weight on my right leg while it is bent.

3. I have to do a bunch of stretches. (Whatev, they'll probably feel good.)

4. This is the pity party one: No more P90X, running, elliptical, stair climbers, etc for a while.


I can ride my bike or swim. That's about it. I'm not sure about Yoga yet. I can still do my arm workouts. So I will have to design a new program in the next week and figure out a new routine until this knee heals itself.


The good news is, I suspected for the last week and a half that the P90X workouts weren't doing me any favors as far as the health of my knee goes, so I rode my mountain bike on Little Blue Trail the other night.


Two positives came from this riding experience. The first being that the trail was GORGEOUS. I got out of the house, out of my dark basement where I usually torture myself with grueling workouts, and enjoyed nature. The temperature was high 70's with a nice breeze, the sun was out, and the view of the ride was truly beautiful. There were so many people out riding and running the trail, I felt like I wasn't alone out there. (But also wasn't overcrowded with people like I would feel at the gym.)


The second positive is that I burned 947 calories in an hour and 15 minutes. HOLY SMOKES! That is like 200 more calories than a good P90X day! And it was a steady workout. I never felt like I was going to die or like I wasn't enjoying the ride. I think I'm in love.


So...the best thing the doctor said was that I can still ride my bike. Thank you 30 year old hungover doctor.


There is also one bonus positive. My friend, Angela, saw on facebook the other night that I had gone riding. She emailed me yesterday and wants to ride with me! She's been wanting to for a while, but neither of our husbands want to go on the "easy" trails with us. My husband enjoys the actual mountain-type trails, which I'm terrified of. I don't find squeezing my bike through two large trees or jumping rocks and fallen trees with a 30 foot drop next to me as an enjoyable experience. I see it as a suicide attempt. Especially with my...graceful ways. I mean really, anyone who knows me, knows I'm a huge klutz.


So no more of this tough girl routine for a while, but I'm not going to quit exercising or improving my body. I'm going to get through this very minor setback and come back stronger. And maybe, I'll find this as a blessing in disguise with this whole biking thing. I will post picture of the trail soon.


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Mmmmm Fish

I'm finally working on my healthy habits again after being on a bit of a hiatus. We had a fabulous vacation and anniversary, but that is all over now, time to focus.

Last night I tried a new tilapia recipe to make this little fishie fishie a bit more interesting. I found a recipe for Broiled Tilapia Parmesan. Umm can I just say YUM? Let's make that a TRIPLE YUM! I think this topping could probably go on any fish to be honest. Maybe even chicken.


Ingredients
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon celery salt
2 pounds tilapia fillets

Directions
Preheat your oven's broiler. Grease a broiling pan or line pan with aluminum foil.
In a small bowl, mix together the Parmesan cheese, butter, mayonnaise and lemon juice. Season with dried basil, pepper, onion powder and celery salt. Mix well and set aside.
Arrange fillets in a single layer on the prepared pan. Broil a few inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the fillets over and broil for a couple more minutes. Remove the fillets from the oven and cover them with the Parmesan cheese mixture on the top side. Broil for 2 more minutes or until the topping is browned and fish flakes easily with a fork. Be careful not to over cook the fish.

This comes from allrecipes.com and the nutrition info is pretty good.

8 Servings.
203 calories
11.4 grams of fat
0.1 grams fiber
23.5 grams protein

Very point friendly. I substituted the butter for margarine and used fat free mayo. I also used reduced fat parmesan cheese. This would probably decrease the nutrition info a little bit.

I have leftovers tonight and am going to pick up either an eggplant or a squash on the way home. I will let you know what I do with it.

Happy Eating.