Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head
But that doesn’t mean my eyes will soon be turnin’ red
Cryin’s not for me
‘Cause I’m never gonna stop the rain by complainin’
Because I’m free
Nothin’s worryin’ me


Actually, there is something worryin’ me. Ben and I moved some furniture around on Sunday night and, since I haven’t lifted weights in ohhhh a year??, right now my body feels like it’s been hit with a sledgehammer! Damn you second-day soreness! 8O


Notes to self:

1. Commence strength training immediately. (In my defense, I did try and go to a Body Pump class at my gym last week, but the darn thing got canceled!)

2. Lift with your legs not with your back.


Because of the pain (and the rain!) I took today off from the gym to sit and moan in my sweats. Since I haven’t posted a workout here in ages though, I thought I’d tell you what I’ve been up to lately. The past two weeks I’ve been dominating the, dare I say FUN?!, 30-20-10 Workout!

30 Minute Treadmill Run (plus 1 minute on either end for warm-up/down)

Time Speed Incline
0-1 4.0 1%
1-6 6.5 1%
6-11 7.0 1%
11-16 7.5 1%
16-21 6.5 1%
21-26 7.0 1%
26-31 7.5 1%
31-32 4.0 1%
Total: 3.67 miles

20 Minutes Stair Stepper (the stepmill and I broke up again…)

Time Steps Per Minute
0-3 60
3-5 80
5-6 100
6-9 60
9-11 80
11-12 100
12-15 60
15-17 80
17-18 100
18-20 60

10 Minute Treadmill Walk (could just tack onto the end of the run, if you want)

Time Speed Incline
0-10 4.0-4.3 5-7%
Total: ~.7 miles

LOVE IT! Love it, love it, love it! The treadmill and stair stepper sections are each made up of intervals, so they fly by individually, and overall I’m moving around so much that I don’t even notice that the workout is an hour long.

I’m drenched by the time I leave too, which is how I personally like to gauge how successful a workout is. Actually I had to ax the last 6 minute chunk of the stair stepper section the other day because I was blinded by sweat…ok I was also super embarrassed that my shirt was 100% soaked…I had to get out of there!


At any rate, the rain demanded something super cozy for dinner, so I decided to go ahead and call tonight Trader Joe’s Tuesday and break out the Mac & Cheese.


Ohh yeah, baby. I went the hardcore freezer route this week!


This “reduced guilt” choice has 65% less fat and 25% fewer calories than TJ’s regular Mac & Cheese.


Which is what Ben got…LOOK AT THESE STATS!!! 8O


The mac & cheese was featured in TJ’s latest fearless flyer newsletter, and I knew I had to have it.


3.5 minutes and dinner was ready.


Love that! :D


Ok – this was NO Mom’s Classic Mac, but for frozen and reduced-guilt, it was pretty good!


The cheese was a tad chalky, and I could have used a little moresauce, but all in all the pasta was cooked really well and it had good flavor.


ps I like to jazz up my mac with chopped tomatoes. My Dad always did that when I was growing up, which I thought was gross at the time, but I can definitely appreciate the flavor combo now!


The Score:

Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt Macaroni & Cheese: 6/10. Good flavor but, you know – it’s reduced guilt macaroni and cheese!

In other news – Happy Fat Tuesday! :D I was kicking myself for not making a N’awlins-inspired dinner this week, but I plum forgot what the date was until Sunday afternoon, after I had grocery shopped for the week.

As I mentioned last night, New Orleans is probably my favorite city in the entire country, and Ben and I were actually debating driving down there for Mardi Gras this year! Alas, it didn’t work out, but there’s always next year to indulge in those sweet beignets…

let Bourbon Street take you away…

and realize that you can sleep when you’re dead (and maybe put on a little bronzer?!) ;)


Ohhhh gosh. Too bad “professional traveler” doesn’t pay the bills! ;)

Have a good night!