A Mixed Bag of Treats: Halloween, Workout Plans, & A Mantra

So yesterday was Halloween, Bruce and I hung out around the house and gave out candy to our about 20ish trick or treaters. The pumpkin we carved Sunday night:

 

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So last week went okay, I ended up taking the weekend off because I had a midterm.

Planned              
               
Type Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday  Sunday
Run (Minutes)     25 min 15 min 33 min    
Elliptical / Arc (Min) 45 min 50 min   20 min   50 min  
Class  Body Pump   Body Flow Body Pump      
Swimming              
Biking               
               
Actual              
               
Type Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday  Sunday
Run (Miles) 4.66 4.5 2.5 3.11      
Class Body Pump   Body Pump        
Swimming (meters)              
Other              
               
Total Miles this week: 14.77            

 

So the weekend was basically a write off but I have started this week off right.  I’ve already did my Monday and Tuesday workouts as planned. IT band was good throughout my run today but not so great now. It was freezing, dark outside, and it was a tough run! I was slow and this injury has really set me back speed wise. I find my motivation to run outside is not good on the weekdays, it’s dark when I wake up and dark when I get home from work. I hate these short days! I don’t know if my leg will hold up for the 11k race next week, I’ve got a few days to make up my mind.

 

Planned              
               
Type Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday  Sunday
Run (Minutes)   32 min   15 min 30 min 15 min  
Elliptical / Arc (Min) 45 min   30 min 20 min   45 min  
Class      Body Pump     Body Pump  
Swimming              
Biking               
               

 

Monday Mantra: Complete A 25 for 25

Last week’s second cooking mantra went great, I have tons of new recipes to share with you over the next few weeks so look forward to that!  I am officially back in love with cooking! I have been neglecting my 25 for 25 list so I am going to complete at least one thing on my list this week! Wish me luck!

 

Ever had an injury, how did you recover? I am losing patience it has been almost 2 months!

How do you run outside in the winter, any strategies? 

I am obsessed with reading about the NYC marathon training, if you are running it leave me a comment! I want to read all about it! That marathon is on my life goals list!

Halloween Weekend

I absolutely love Halloween, the parties, costumes, and of course candy! What’s not to love? The last few years we have attended different Halloween events around town, mainly Bat Dance and Mardi  Gras (George Street shuts down for this event). Both are very fun but this year the idea of going to a crowded bar and trying to get cabs for hours just wasn’t appealing, to us or our friends. So a few weeks ago everyone said they didn’t have plans and just wanted to do a house party so we offered to host! The party was last night and we went all out on the decorations:

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We even had some dry ice on hand for effect. Don’t worry the handler of the dry ice is a legit scientist!

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Bruce and I went as Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf!

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We had so much fun! Of course the most important aspect of any good party is the food. I used to buy lots of premade and frozen appetizers for parties. They’re always good but there’s nothing special about them! I always made my own cookies for parties so I decided this time to try making my own homemade appetizers. What always stopped me from doing it was the time needed to do it on the day of the party. I solved that problem by making some a few days before and freezing them. I made Eat Live Run’s Buffalo Chicken WonTons on Thursday and froze them. They were the biggest hit of the party! I could barely get out of the kitchen with them and they were gone. Everyone has asked for the recipe so if you are looking for a great party app make them! A little time consuming, but they are easy to make and so worth it! I also made candy corn sugar cookies also from Eat Live Run. So cute looking and really delicious as well.

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The other main thing I made with this adorable and yummy pumpkin cheese ball. The look was inspired from several pictures I’ve seen on the internet but the recipe I created myself, well mostly I just mixed things in that I had on hand!

Pumpkin Cheese Ball (serves many!)

  • 2 packages of light cream cheese
  • 2 cups old cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 red pepper chopped finely
  • 3 green onions chopped (save one stalk)
  • 4 tbsp bacon crumble
  • 2 turkey pepperonis quartered

Mix cream cheese, 1.5 cups of the cheddar, red pepper, green onion and bacon well. Refrigerate for at least an hour. Shape into a pumpkin like shape and roll in remaining cheese. Decorate with the green onion as a stalk and pepperoni for eyes, nose, and mouth! Refrigerate until ready to serve. I served mine with wheat thins but any crackers, chips, or veggies work! Everyone loved this one as well, plus it doesn’t have to be a pumpkin if you wanted to use it say at Christmas which I totally will be!

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What did you dress up as for Halloween?

How did you celebrate?

Any fun recipes you’d like to share?