Showing posts from 2018

Morning Attempt at 5K

I used to be able to walk a 5K every morning in 45 minutes when I lived in NoHo, played Ingress, and was maintaining my weight between 160-170lbs (ish). After a … conversation over the weekend and much nagging, I have been taking Pluto out with me. Zoe doesn’t do cold and she doesn’t walk as fast as she did 3-5 years ago.

Monday: I was determined to find a 5K route that would also be a bit of a workout and avoid traffic. I opted to up the difficulty and go for elevation and a new route instead of lapping around the block 3 or 4 times. We went up to Peter’s Hill and I got a gorgeous view of the sun hitting the city. Google did the auto pano thing, so that worked out.

Tuesday: Ugh. Just ugh. Woke up later than usual, decided to take Pluto for a 20-30 minute walk instead of going the distance. Google Fit says my morning walk was 32 minutes and 1.35 miles. Jiminy cricket. I am so freaking slow.

Wednesday: No dice. Was still sore and exhausted from the evening at Fenway.

I didn't even …

Menu plan Monday: Keep It Going

Well, color me surprised. An impression was made after doing the 3-Day Refresh. We feel a bit lighter and our brains aren't in total revolt anymore. We planned some of the meals out on the train yesterday, now I just need to go grocery shopping or have someone do it for me.

Meatless Monday: Veggie Stir-fry - of the dinner meals from last week, H found this one to be the most flavorful and relatively filling.
Veggie Stir-Fry (serves 1)
Chop 1 clove of garlic, ½ inch of ginger, 1 cup of green beans, 2½ large carrots (reserve the other half carrot), and 1½ red bell peppers.
Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the garlic and ginger. Stir frequently for 1–2 minutes.
Add green beans, carrots, bell peppers, ¼ tsp. sea salt, and 2 Tbsp. vegetable broth.
Cook for 5–7 minutes more, or until the vegetables are tender-crisp.
Set aside to cool for 20 minutes, then divide evenly between 2 food storage containers.Tuesday: One-Pot Pasta Primavera with Shrimp - (via Epicurious) I'll be subbi…

42 by 43

Can I lose 42lbs by the time I'm 43? 

The weight has kept creeping up on me, despite weight training. At one point I hit my almost interim goal weight and decided to be happy between 165lbs and 170lbs, allowing for water weight and the monthly ups and downs that come from being a woman, but then the creep started and never stopped.

When I started weight training last September, I told myself, and my trainer, that I could be happy at 180lbs if the majority of it was muscle. In 9 months of consistent work, I never got below 192lbs.

I definitely got stronger, increased stamina, and my back pain went away almost completely, so I was very happy about that, but the Costco-sized muffin top and backfat rolls were not going anywhere.

I've gained a few pounds since I stopped going to the gym regularly, thankfully not as much as I predicted.

This week I'm going to hopefully jumpstart things with some clean eating and the Beachbody 3 Day Refresh. We have an agreement that I can eat the…

What’s wrong with being a do-er?

I’m coming to the point where I tell myself, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Being a do-er means that shit gets done. And I get things done.

I’ve had this rant rattling around in my head for almost two weeks. The biggest critique that they came up with is that I am do-er and not an achiever. And that’s apparently a bad thing. Who the FRAK else is going to get shit done?!? You need do-ers. People who are conscientious and hard-workers and not just out for their own ambition and climbing over and on the backs of others. People that make things happen in the background so those so-called achievers shine. People with a work ethic and humility and who don’t mind just getting the work done so they can pay their bills and maybe have some mental and physical energy left over for their hobbies.

Where is this rant coming from? I sent my resume into one of those places that is supposed to help you write it better, well, they tell you everything wrong with it so you will pay them to write it and make it bett…

You Don’t Have to Take My Word For It

I have flown through a few episodes of LeVar Burton Reads on my commute, and it has made it so much more enjoyable. If you happen to follow me on twitter, you know exactly how I feel about Boston drivers. And yes, I know that I am so very late to this particular podcast party. Flip side, I get to binge, which is how I have been consuming most of my media lately.

Yesterday morning I got caught up in: Seriously, transported to the Sedona desert, which happens to be a bucket list travel destination.

This morning's treat was Black Betty:

I now need to track down the rest of her talking animal stories.

And yesterday's evening commute was: which introduced me to Octavia's Brood so you know my to-read shelf just got longer.

I'm actually looking forward to my drive home tonight

If you listen to this podcast, what are some of your favorite stories?

Menu Plan Monday: Out of Time

Unfortunately, not R.E.M nor Denzel related. I just don’t have enough time in the day to get things done. I need a few clones of myself. So here I am, taking a few minutes at the end of the work day, before I start my commute, trying to scramble on menu planning and debating the energy-draining thoughts of driving my commute, grocery shopping, and then cooking dinner.

Eff that.
But rather than order out (so tempting!!!), I decided that it was worth my time and sanity to have someone else grocery shop for me.
Instacart is worth my sanity this week: — Annette (@daNanner) May 21, 2018
With my daughter still restricted to a FODMAPS diet, I had to pick things that everyone liked and wouldn't require me to be a short-order cook like I have been for the last few weeks. For the record, I try to stick to Paleo/Paleo AIP. She's FODMAPs, and he's Keto.
So - here's this week's FODMAP/Paleo/Keto Friendly Dinner Menu
Monday: Primal Jambalaya
Tuesday: Br…

40 Days of Clean Eating – Part 2

Days 11-20
I continue the cannibalization of my blog and social media (mostly G+ for this second post).

11. “Ghetto-Fabulous” Claim Jumper Jerk Chicken and Sweet Potato

I was craving sweet potatoes, so I went with my homemade (sometimes ghetto fabulous) version of Claim Jumpers Jamaican Jerk chicken and sweet potatoes (baked, only the sauce from the chicken). Added some red and yellow peppers and instant happy mouth and tummy.12. Cedar- Planked Salmon & Halibut

This is how you feed three people with very different tastes and preferences. Orange-Ginger Salmon, Lemon-Dill Halibut, and plain planked salmon.13. Primal Jambalaya - The Gateway Meal

Modified Primal Jambalaya ( Used sweet Italian (turkey) sausage and okra, no cauliflower. The child unit doesn't like shrimp, but I'll probably toss some cooked shrimp in for tomorrow's lunch.
14. Curried Shrimp and Spinach

15. Chicken Tandoori
"But Mom, it's not red like Trader Joe's. "

40 Days of Clean Eating - Part 1

I didn't want to completely re-invent the wheel so I scavenged my blog and social media posts for recipes with photos. Almost everything here should be able to prepped and cooked within 30 minutes or less.
Days 1-10
Spinach FrittataMy omelets always tend to get messy, so I learned to cover the pan and let the steam cook the top instead of trying (and failing) to flip them properly without breakfast falling on the floor. This is filled with Crimini mushrooms, diced onions, garlic, baby spinach and a yummy shaved cheese blend of Toscano, cheddar and aged Parmesan.

Grilled steak and brown butter thyme butternut squash
What do you eat after donating blood? Coffee-rubbed (TraderJoe'ss coffee and garlic) grilled steak and brown butter thyme butternut squash. Mmmm butter. Kerrygold so it's all paleo compliant.

Recipe:Butternut Squash with Browned Butter and ThymePan roasted brussels sprouts and squash with chicken sausage (Whole 30, pg 286)

Eggplant heavy Ratatouille (Whole 30 pg 28…

TBB Asks: Love Edition


Every Day is a New Day

To make new mistakes or fix yesterday's

I told myself "February's Goal - No Unnecessary Spending."
I wasn't going to spend any money this month (on shopping) and that I was going to get my budget under control.

I told two people so that I could be held accountable. I also did a shitton of shopping at the end of January for everything I thought I might need in February, canceled my  Amazon Subscribe and Save products for the month (we're backlogged two months and running out of storage anyway) and paid off a bunch of bills.

And then I went to Target two mornings in a row. I blame a post I saw on FB for planting the idea. I mean, it's semi-justifiable shopping. I was in some serious need of B-Vitamins after the SuperBowl, and there was a coupon. And with some other stuff going on, I've been emo-eating brown sugar pop tarts at work, so I bought a box because that's cheaper than buying singles at work every day. And Thermacare. This cold is killing my…

Dogs & Depression: How Pets Alleviate Anxiety

This is a guest post written by Nat Smith, community member. Rover is the nation's largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.

Depression and anxiety persist by pulling you into downward spirals. Symptoms like fatigue, social withdrawal, and the inability to concentrate actually fuel the depressive episode that brought them on. This is why, in addition to medication and therapy, treatment often includes “disruptors.” These are relatively simple habit changes that can break the cycle.

Of course, these changes aren’t easy to implement. When you’re at a low point or subsumed in panic, do you really want to stop and take a deep breath? The recovery process at its best is often described as “two steps forward, one step back.”

Mental health professionals are thrilled to uncover new forms of supplementary treatment. As current research uncovers the mysteries of canine therapy, scientists are finally beginning to understand the unique connections between pets, anxiety…

January 2018 Project 365 Recap

All of my photos for January 2018 were taken using my current phone (and the camera that is always with me) - a Google Pixel 2XL and edited using Snapseed. I was going to compile this post using Storify, but with their impending demise, it was suggested that I use Wakelet. So far, I like it. There are 31 photos being pulled from Instagram, so give it a minute.

Menu Plan Monday: Battle of the Home Meal Kits

As mentioned previously, using a meal kit delivery service to stay Whole30 compliant isn't the easiest thing to do without some forethought and planning. On Instagram, the Whole30 account was touting their partnership with Blue Apron, so we thought we would try them out.

It's been one thing after another with Blue Apron...
Sign up for #blueapron because #whole30 approved. Then they make it difficult to add #whole30 recipes to order. WTF — Annette (@daNanner) January 17, 2018

but the food finally arrived and we started Sunday night.
May be luck of the draw, but one appreciable difference between @blueapron and @plated is the amount of dishes that need washing created during prep. — Annette (@daNanner) January 28, 2018

Menu Plan for Week of January 28 - February 3, 2018
Sunday:Blue-Apron Chicken and Orange-Kale Salad (Whole30)
#blueapron Chicken and Orange-Kale Salad. This must be the month for me to try new things. I usually sub in spinach for kale. The orange made a huge differ…

Podcast Anniversary: Rebecca & James Hicks & The Roomba From Hell

About a year ago I got to have a great conversation with some old-time friends of a friend (long story) - Rebecca and James Hicks on The Geek Questioner Podcast. Rebecca is the author of the webcomic "Little Vampires".

This week we interview the dynamic duo behind the Tiny Little Vampires web comic and geek out over all manner of things. From a close encounter with Carrie Fisher to space vampires, rogue space probes, superhero TV shows, games like the Witcher 3, summer homes in Rivendell, living in the Cars universe, and more!
Have a listen and don't mind the giggling:

Spaghetti Arms and Fire Legs

No, this post is not about a new recipe nor a new dance.

Better Living Through Chemistry

I am currently thanking the scientists who came up with NSAIDs. And to whoever figured out that caffeine + painkillers = easing of a migraine. Today's breakfast chaser was a venti long shot flat white and 2 Aleve. The pressure in my brain has subsided enough that I feel alert for the first time all week and almost energetic enough to try this.

Just skip ahead to Tom Holland at 1:44. Why can't I stop watching this?!?!? I really can't.

Having energy and clarity of thought is so energizing. I didn't realize how much energy the low-level headache I have had all week was draining me. Didn't help that I started the week slightly depleted from the weekend and it went downhill from there. And now I feel like dancing!

Pixel Buds - An Alternative Review

I've been using the Pixel Buds for the last few months, and I have to say I'm largely impressed. But let's get the negatives out of the way first.

Menu Plan Monday: Tired of Being Tired

I am officially tired of winter. More than that, my SAD is kicking in hard, despite 8-12,000 IU of Vitamin D nightly. I started writing this post on Sunday, had the draft, found the links to the pretty recipes (need to remember to do that again for next week), and here it is Wednesday, and I am dragging ass. You can check out my Fitbit stats if you don't believe me.


That sloth from Zootopia is moving faster than me this week. Not only am I moving slowly, but I'm also thinking slowly. I have enough energy to do the bare minimum, and even that's a stretch.

But anyways, here are the beautiful things I shall be cooking and inhaling before passing out each night this week.

Menu Plan MondayCherry Tomato Chicken Parmesan with Zucchini and Basil 

Cod en Papillote with Broccoli, Quinoa, and Chimichurri (so much more elegant than calling it Packet Fish with Chimichurri Sauce)

There was some quinoa left over, excellent breakfast mixed with blueberries and coconut cream. I was…

Here's What a Tired Type-A Personality Looks Like

I just don't have the energy to be a perfectionist all the damn time anymore. From a conversation with a friend:
I'm going to treat this like Whole30. I'm a failure (according to their standards), but that's ok, this is what a work in progress looks like ... Scratch that, I am not a failure, I am not a perfectionist.

I've been slacking. Not quite the procrastination bug, but something like that. More like the "I don't know where to get started" bug. I jumped on the Passion Planner bandwagon, got my Staples Arc folder (and now I found another one that's more perfect), and printed out the first month. Here we are in week three, and I am still looking at other's planners at least once a week and going to the tips section of the Passion Planner website to see why I am having so much trouble "getting it." I mean, pens, washi tape, post-its, color coding, the list goes on and on. Where is a practical, no-nonsense, non-artistic person suppo…