Monday, November 9, 2009

I Play Sports Now!

Hi Everyone!  Hope you had a great weekend! I needed to unplug this weekend, although I miss not posting when I do! 

But, I had a fun time hanging out with the husband and daughters and the weather was beautiful so we got in a lot of outdoor activity.  I was able to get in both my runs – Saturday was 2 miles and Sunday was 3 miles.  After my runs, I joined the hubs and daughters for soccer drills and basketball. SO FUN!!! 

The best line of the weekend comes from the husband:  I can’t believe you play sports now;  this is great!!!

Yes, it’s true.  And I can’t believe it either!  I have never been one for playing sports.  Throughout my entire childhood, I hated sports.  With a capital H.   I especially hated gym class.  I always felt like the biggest, clumsiest and most uncoordinated girl in the class.  I felt embarassed and often feigned illness so I could sit on the sidelines.  It makes me sad to think that I may have missed out on so many good times, but I can’t get those years back.  Now, there will be no more sitting on the sidelines for me!  I’m not saying I will try out for some women’s sport team (I’m still laughably uncoordinated!), but I can run around with my family;  up and down the basketball court, back and forth on the soccer field and not feel like I’m going to die of a heart attack.  Being healthy and fit feels fantastic!

Before all of this outdoor fun, I started off with some tasty eats.  I have not been feeling breakfast at all lately.  Nothing seems to excite me and I'd happily eat a Chobani every morning, but I know that gets boring after a while.  I rummaged around and found this box of Triple Berry Bran Muffin Mix from Trader Joe’s and thought it would be a nice change…


These guys are hi –test!  One little muffin packs some serious fiber…



They contain a blend of whole wheat flour, wheat and oat bran, rolled oats, ground flaxseed, cranberries, blueberries, raspberries and some spices.  You need only add eggs and water and bake…


Perfect with coffee…


After church, we stopped home for lunch.  I was getting pretty hungry, but didn’t want to overdo it before my run.  I settled on a Health is Wealth Chicken Free Patty on an Ezekiel Hamburger Bun with a slice of asiago and spinach and a sweet Gala…


I let that digest a bit, then it was off to the trail/park.  The training schedule called for 3 miles and part way into the first mile, I was wondering if I was going to make it!  My legs felt weak and sluggish, but as soon as I hit the end of the first mile, I talked myself into the rest and finished stronger and faster than how I started out.  Why is that first 10 minutes so rough sometimes?!

We came home near dinner time and we were all starving from our outdoor fun.  Pasta was on my brain!  I made Angel hair with Ricotta, Zucchini and Asparagus.  My serving was huge…


Trust me, there was a ton of angel hair under those veggies!


I was full, but couldn’t help snagging a few more forkfuls while clearing the table because it’s pasta and I have a hard time with a “normal” serving of that!

Before I go, I wanted to share a few things with you all.  First, this coming week marks my One Year Blogiversary!!!  Wow, I can’t believe it’s  been a year!  I have a special GIVEAWAY planned of lots of goodies from my favorite place/home away from home (can you guess?), so stay tuned for that!  Also, I have some changes to the blog in the works.  It’s been a long time coming and I’m so excited about it!  There is so much more I would like to do here and I’m looking forward to being able to add more of my personal touches(recipes pages, FAQ’s, etc.) to the blog.  I am humbled by the fact that you all come here to read and as much as I blog for myself, I also try to provide information that you would be interested in hearing about or seeing.  As I’ve said before, I am always open to suggestions, so if there is anything that you would like to see more of (or less of – like my dopey attempt at trying to be funny!), please feel free to let me know!

Have a great day, everyone!


The Incredible Shrinking Family said...

Happy Blogaversary ! And silly question - HOW do you get your apple slices so darn thin ??? I have really good knives and i can slice onions, tomatoes and meat so thin you can read through them, but for some reason I cannot slice an apple as thin as you do. Kuddos for that culinary skill !

Lori said...

Did you ever think you would become a budding athlete? Makes you realize how many limitations we put on ourselves when we are capable of so much!

Anonymous said...

Congrats! I can't wait to see the upcoming changes. And I can't wait for the give-away! I am so jealous of your "favorite place"!

Angie All The Way said...

Oh this post is full of all sorts of excitement!! I MISS MISS MISS soccer so much! I always felt that I "couldn't" play again after my injuries for fear of re-injuring. I am slowly getting my confidence back though. Ya just never know!

Oooooh blogaversary!!! Giveaway?!?!! :-D

Diana said...

Yay for the 1 year anniversary! Congrats! :)

Graze With Me said...

Happy one year!! Can't wait to see the changes.

I was the same girl in middle school and high school. Gym was the worst part of my day. I hated that it was required!

Joanna Sutter said...

Happy Anniversary! And thanks for sharing your journey with all of us. You are amazing!

A Daunting Tale of Scale Warfare said...

Everything looks so yummy!

Congrats on coming up on one year :) Youve done an amazing job keeping up with it. So many blogs sort of slack in the first year (ehhh hmmm mine for two) and then catch their grove, so bravo!

TJ said...

Happy One Year Blogiversary!!! :) Very cool!

I have a hard time with pasta portions too. Ever try Fiber Gourmet brand? I just ordered some online. I'm making some this week. :)

Anonymous said...

Hooray for not sitting on the sidelines anymore!

The BSI challenge is ricotta cheese - you should enter your recipe! If you go to my page, I've updated the BSI Rules page for this weeks hostess.

Happy Monday!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the one year blogiversary! That is great!

Also, your dishes look so yummy! I'm going to try those muffins and chicken free pattys. I love muffins and they make a quick and easy breakfast and snack.

Tami said...

Congratulations on the one year anniversary of your blog. It is great to hear that you are no longer on the side lines just watching. Participating is so much more fun. I have been thinking about starting my own blog and I am wondering how much time each day you spend on your blog?

Jenn said...

Marisa, you are such an inspiration! I can't wait until I can say I play sports, too!
congrats on the blogaversary!

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

You play sports, run, & eat great food! You are awesome!

Have a great week, and Happy Blogaversary! :)

fittingbackin said...


That pasta looks amazing! I was never one for sports- just dancing and tennis! i want to take up tennis again!

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

Congratulations, I really enjoy your blog and read it daily. Love, love the photo's of your dishes.

Wendy said...

Great Job Marisa!

and Happy Blogaversary!

Kelly said...

I was a sports hater too. Now I realize I just have to find the right sport for me. :-)

Speaking of fiber, my carb check bagels have 19 g of fiber per bagel. Yikes!

And that pasta looks divine.

Marisa (Trim The Fat) said...

Thanks for the congrats, everyone!!!

ISF - I have a goofy way of cutting apples. I never core it, instead I slice off the 4 sides so you get 4 chunks with flat bottoms. Easier to cut that way!

Lori - LOL! NO, never thought "athlete" could even be part of my vocabulary! You are so right about limitations!

AngieAllTheWay - You can do it, girl!!

TJ -never tried Fiber Gourmet. Looking forward to seeing yours!

Biz319 - Oooh, I'll have to check out BSI this week!

Tami - more than I should probably! I'm a little "slow" with techie stuff sometimes, but ideally, it's about 1 1/2 hours a day (split up). Writing and posting takes me close to an hour. It's definitely a commitment, but you can make it what you want. I only post 1x a day which I think takes longer to configure than maybe posting a couple short ones a day. Give it a try! It's really fun :)

Anonymous said...

Happy blogaversary!

That bran muffin mix looks like something I would like. I've been eating my own "bran muffin" concoction so much that it is time for a change.

Heather said...

I soooo need a TJs closer to me so I can shop there. :(

***Happy Blogiversary!!!!****

Can't WAIT to see the changes!!!!!