Yearly Archives: 2012

Running Sunglasses Review

You know how there are some people who just cannot go without sunglasses?  I’m not one of those people.  Sure, I have a pair or three, but I often forget to bring them with me when I go places.   I know that in my mid 30s, I should probably make more of an effort to wear sunglass when I’m outside to protect against wrinkles, so when Sunglasses Shop offered to send me a pair of running sunglasses, I was definitely game to try them out.

Sunglasses shop is based in the UK and offers all kinds of different sunglasses from designer sunglasses like Oakley and Ran-Ban (I’m not going to lie, I wish they offered me those) to motorcycle glasses and even skiing googles.  Even though it was coming from the UK, the order shipped pretty quickly.  They offered me a pair of the SXUC sunglasses and I chose the black matte color.

These came the other day and I was able to try them out during a walk with Murphy this afternoon.  While I wouldn’t really wear these as fashion glasses, I think they’d work fine for running.  They seemed to stay on my nose really well, although I wish the nose bridge was made of something more rubbery than hard plastic.  They blocked a fair amount of light without being too dark, which was nice.

Sunglasses front

I’ll definitely try to remember to bring these with me on runs.  Although they aren’t big lenses, you can see that they definitely protect a good bit around the eye which I think is helpful for preventing wrinkles.

Sunglasses Shop would like to send a reader a pair of the same glasses.  All you have to do is like them on Facebook and leave a comment telling me that you did so.  I will pick a winner on Wednesday, January 2nd.

Happy New Year’s Eve Eve!  I’m meeting a friend to see Djanjo Unchained.  I have tomorrow off.  It’s kind of awesome that it feels like Sunday night (and is), but it’s really kind of like Friday night.

Disclaimer: I received these sunglass for free to review.  I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

The Difference

In hindsight this was sort of stupid, but when I signed up for Weight Watchers, I didn’t weigh myself.  I had been to the doctor (side note: I don’t know how much having a baby costs, but NOT having one is going to cost me about $1300 and that’s with insurance covering a large chunk of it.  Lovely.  Serious salt in the wound, right?)  a few days earlier and I just used that weight.  That was dumb because I was weighed in the middle of the day with my clothes, including shoes, on.  I think I rationalized that number being higher because of those reasons and I didn’t want to step on my home scale and see that same number.  So, I don’t know how much weight I’ve actually lost in the past almost two weeks.  I’m estimating that the number that I saw at the doctor was about 2 lbs higher than normal, maybe 3 and I am down 2 lbs from that, 5 lbs from the original number.  See, dumb, right?

I’ve really made an effort to count every single thing that I’ve eaten and whereas my meals have basically stayed the same as they were before, I’ve made a huge cut back in my snacking.  Seeing how it added up was a major wake up call for me.  I was always pretty frustrated because I felt like I ate pretty healthy and I couldn’t lose weight but now I totally see why.  I thought it would be interesting to compare everything that I’ve been eating since joining Weight Watchers with what I would have eaten before.

Breakfast:

Breakfast burrito

This was a breakfast burrito and a cup of coffee.  It’s pretty much exactly what I would have eaten before.

Morning snack:

Grapefruit

Grapefruit.  Before, I would have had something carby, like some sort of granola bar probably, maybe yogurt.

Lunch:

Barley salad

Jelly beans

Looks ugly, I know.  This was this barley salad that I’d make earlier in the week (recipe came from the PDQ vegetarian cookbook) over some spinach with a tiny bit of Annie’s Green Goddess dressing.  Afterward, I had a small amount of jelly beans.   Like breakfast, this is very similar to a lunch I would have had before.

Afternoon snack:

Fage cherry

I know the container says it’s pronouced “fay-eh” but I still say fage like rhymes with age in my head.  Again, similar to what I would have eaten before.

So that was the work day.  Really the only big difference is that I had fruit in the morning instead of a more carby snack.  The real changes begin when I get home from work.  I got into the habit of snacking either as soon as I got home or while I was making dinner.  I would eat maybe some spoonfuls of leftovers or some crackers or something like that.  It didn’t seem like a lot but I was probably adding a good 200+ calories to my meal, maybe more.

Dinner:

Fish dinner

This is an awful picture, but this is Trader Joe’s frozen Hake en Papillote with roasted broccoli and about 1/3 of a russet potato, also roasted.  This was the first time that I bought this particular fish and was unimpressed with how little fish was actually in the package.  It was mostly veggies and a sauce, both of which were good but the piece of fish was tiny.

I would have made a similar dinner before.  However, I probably would have gone back for seconds.  It’s really true that your body doesn’t register fullness for a while.  I am always still hungry when I finish eating, but lately, I’ve been ignoring the feeling and it goes away after a while.  I did, however, have a dessert.

Frozen yogurt wheels

Don’t let the “greek frozen yogurt” label trick you into thinking these are any different than Skinny Cows.  Again, a similar dessert that I would have had before.  After dessert, I played on the computer, talked to my brother and watched tv for a few hours before I went to bed.  In the past, I definitely would have been munching again, maybe on some cereal, but I fought the urge.

This was a total of 28 points, by the way.  I actually only get 26, but I’ve been fine going over by a few points each day.  They give you extra weekly points that you can use like that or you can kind of bank for a special meal.  I’ve been doing a combination of both.

It’s been very eye-opening to see that the incessant snacking was what was holding me back.  Now, I guess I could just not do that and not pay for Weight Watchers, but it’s been helpful in keeping me accountable for everything.  I think this program is going to work.  I am hoping to be back in my skinny jeans (which fit, but they are a little snug) in about a month.  Then hopefully we’ll try the baby thing again and they’ll be too small for a different reason.

Quiet Christmas

When I tell people that I’m not doing anything for Christmas because I don’t celebrate it, a lot of people will ask me why I don’t do something anyway, why I don’t take the time off to spend my family even though I don’t celebrate the holiday.  And the answer simply is because they live far away.  Jason’s family lives closer – about two hours – but he didn’t have the day off so we celebrated with them last weekend.  I mean, sometimes I go visit my family.  I think I went to DC last Christmas, in fact.  For a while, I thought about going to visit my father and stepmother in Florida (my stepmom does celebrate) but Jason’s schedule didn’t allow it and I didn’t want to go without him.  Anyway, that was a very long-winded way of saying that I had a very quiet Christmas.  I also used the word “celebrate” way too many times.

I decided, however, that I needed to make a nice Christmas breakfast.  Nice Christmas breakfast = egg scramble.  Special because there is a potato in there.  It’s the little things, right?

Egg scramble

Egg Scramble
Serves 1

Ingredients

1/2 small russet potato, diced
1/2 small green pepper, diced
1/4 tomato, diced
1/2 cup egg beaters
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste

1.  Coat a pan with cooking spray and cook potato for about 10 minutes on medium, until soft.  
2.  Add diced pepper, and cook an additional 5 minutes or so.
3.  Add tomatoes and spices and mix.
4.  Add egg beaters and cook until done, about 2-3 minutes

I should always put a potato in my eggs.  After eating and hanging out with Jason for a while, I decided to give Murphy a Christmas present and take him for a run with me.  Really, I wasn’t intending to but he saw me getting ready and demanded to come.  Let me tell you, my dog is my best buddy, but he’s not my best running buddy.  I don’t know if it’s because he’s a boy, but he has to stop and sniff everything.  And when I say stop, I mean fully brace his legs so he cannot be moved.  This happened approximately 2700 times on our two mile run.

Lee murphy

Someone is camera shy.

I might have taken a Christmas nap before indulging in a traditional meal.

Chinese food

Totally serious.  I have had Chinese food every year on Christmas like forever.  We went the healthy route this year and got the majority of our entrees steamed.

Chinese food2

We split a veggie and tofu soup.

Tofu veggie soup

And two entrees – steamed shrimp with veggies and steamed tofu with veggies.  I requested white sauce on the side instead of the normal brown that comes with it.  I like it better.  Don’t tell me there’s chicken broth in it.  Ignorance is bliss.

Steamed chinese food

Add a little rice and you have a nice Christmas dinner.  Hope you had a Merry Christmas if you celebrate or a Merry Tuesday if you don’t.

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