5-miler and kitty in the catnip.

Okay, it’s too cold even for me to run outside at below 30 degrees!  I feel silly going to the gym just to run, but I wanted to have it over and done with.  Had a snacky of dates and almond butter that I made the other day.


Hit the treadmill for 5.2 miles today!  I did a sprint (for me) of the last 1/2 mile at 6.7 mph!  Go me!

I was sta-harving when I came home!  Made another ‘crepe’ with thinned out bisquick.  It worked out really well.  For the filling, I mixed some vanilla greek yogurt with canned pumpkin and spices.  I really could have only used half of the filling, but I was hungry LOL!  Topped with some cranberry sauce.


I proclaim it delicious!

I found this on the washer today:


It’s Pixie’s catnip.  Normally this pot is out of reach for her and we dole out her treat, but I had watered it yesterday and set the pot on the washer so it wouldn’t drip all over everything.  I forgot about it, and someone found it.  I don’t know if it will ever recover.  Pixie even tore some of the roots out of the soil – she is such an addict!

A surprise box arrived for me today from Mezzetta! It had some fixin’s in it for easy holiday entertaining.  One of the jars was this:


I decided to incorporate it into lunch with some savory oats!


Bottom layer of cooked oats, then topped with an egg, some Cabot cheddar and chopped sundried tomatoes.  I stuck it under the broiler.  My first time with savory oats and they were really good!  I liked the seasoning of the tomatoes, too, with garlic, herbs, and spices.

Here is the first ornament feature from our tree:


It’s a french horn, which is the instrument I used to play (and have college degrees in).  I began collecting horn ornaments I think since high school maybe?  This one combines my love of all things sparkly and glass.  Amazing that is hasn’t broken over all these years.

We futzed around trying to decide what to have for dinner.  No protein thawed out.  John wanted to go out for his football dinner tonight, but he either wanted Chinese or the fish fry cafe.  I really, really did not want either of those 2 things for dinner, so we stayed home and will try again later in the week LOL!  So, I microwaved a sweet potato and topped it with pan fried broccoli and a bit of cheese.  It was pretty tasty, and quite a departure for me.


Kind of missed more protein, though.  Today ended up being an accidental vegetarian day 😀

Hot 100 update:

1. Duathlon.  DONE!!!
2. Limit the number of eggnog lattes this year to 2 or 3.   I have had 1 so far.  Doing good.
3. Keep a redline of weight in mind to not go over during the holidays.  I am at redline now, which is down from last update.
4. Complete the New Rules of Lifting for Women.  DONE!!!!

5. Enjoy time with family during the holidays.  Spent Thanksgiving with family
6.  Better organization of time to be productive.  Not so great here.

7.  Do some freelance writing.  Lame

8.  Run at least 2 more official 5K races this year.  1 down, 1 to go – it’s December 5th or bust!

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21 thoughts on “5-miler and kitty in the catnip.

  1. Jody - Fit at 52

    Congrats on the treadmill run!!! I do 4 of my 5 cardio days in the gym so I am used to it! Looks like a lot of success on your 100 update too! There is still time!

    Hey can you come cook for me??? I am so bad at it & you create such yummy stuff!

    OMG on the catnip! 😉
    .-= Jody – Fit at 52´s last blog ..GIVEAWAY for Large Tote Bag! =-.

  2. Susan

    Ugh, I can’t do the outdoor running anymore. I wanted to be tough this winter, but it just becomes no longer enjoyable when it dips below freezing. Having the appropriate gear would probably help, but I can’t justify spending the money when I already pay for a gym membership!

    Yay for savoury oats! Sundried tomatoes in it sounds awesome!! Must try that 🙂
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..A Speedy Start to December & A New Set of Goals =-.

  3. Pippa

    Ooh, I had to laugh about you posting a picture of catnip and sundried tomatoes in the same post, Lori, because sundried tomatoes … oooooh … they’re just like catnip for me, LOL! I can swoon just from snipping ONE into my salad.

    And I laughed about the “accidental vegetarian day” – I’m a closet vegetarian, it’s my natural preference, though some chicken and eggs sometimes find their way into my diet.

    Good luck for the week, and thank you so much for your encouragement.
    .-= Pippa´s last blog ..1 December =-.

  4. Fat[free]Me

    LOL at the catnip – bet it grows back OK, that stuff is tough!

    Wow at the 6.7 sprint and am with you on the indoor running at the moment. The cold air hurts my chest. Ow.

    Your food always looks sooooo GOOD, yum.
    .-= Fat[free]Me´s last blog ..Weigh In Wednesday =-.

  5. Alison

    Hey Lori! It definitely gets tough trying to run outside this time of year, I find myself on the treadmill more than usual too.

    That cat nip plant pic is hilarious, that’s one of this “wish I was there to see that” when kitty was going at that plant!
    .-= Alison´s last blog ..Don’t You Eat that Yellow Snow =-.

  6. debby

    Like Pippa, I saw the words catnip in the title and the picture of the dates, and I wondered if you meant the dates were like catnip to you! Can’t quite get my mind around savory oats…the sweet potato thing looks delish, and love the ornament–I better get a move on!
    .-= debby´s last blog ..Flashback…or Motivation =-.

  7. Diane Fit to the Finish

    Wow – that sprint time was amazing! Congratulations. That ornament is so beautiful. I had one that was similiar that I’ve had since I was married and my 6 year old broke it yesterday “showing” it to the 2 year old brother. I wanted to cry, but I just told him it was okay. (Even though it really wasn’t.)
    .-= Diane Fit to the Finish´s last blog ..Where Is Your Focus? =-.

  8. Fran

    That’s funny, my sister played the French horn when she was young too. I myself played a bugle (don’t know if it’s the same in English, it’s a bit bigger than a trompet)

    Usually it’s not so cold here in Holland, this morning during my run it was 44 degrees, the wind made it cold (seems to be the story of my running life: wind 😆 ) I will see what this winter brings but I’ll try to keep running outside as I hate the treadmill 🙂
    .-= Fran´s last blog ..A day in my life: Tuesday December 1st 2009 =-.

  9. Shelley B

    GREAT RUN on the treadmill – love your “push yourself” sprint!

    That catnip picture tells such a story – did you notice Pixie acting crazy before you saw the plant? I’ve only given my cats dried catnip – bet they would love the fresh!
    .-= Shelley B´s last blog ..Another Benefit to Weight Loss =-.

  10. Karyn

    I haven’t bought catnip for my kitty in years! Maybe a nice Christmas present idea for her?

    I have never heard of savory oats. Is it how they are prepared?

    I have a lot of those “forgot to pull out the chicken days” LOL Miz! So we have quite a few accidental vegetarian days. Not so good where hubby is concerned. He is a true carnivore!! LOL 🙂
    .-= Karyn´s last blog ..Only 30 days left–Hot 100 update! =-.

  11. Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty

    Holy YUM!!!!!!!!!!! I’m going to try the date with almond (or peanut butter) that looks beyond amazing!! 🙂

    I just found your blog, and signed up for emails, so I’m looking forward to reading more!!

    Come visit my blog anytime!! 🙂
    .-= Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty´s last blog ..YOU GUYS ROCK!! =-.

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