Friday, February 1, 2013

February Goals

I just want to say, I almost stopped at McDonald's after work, but didn't.  Those golden arches were calling my name.  They wanted me to get some golden, crispy fries.  I fought the urge saw all of the cars in line and just drove by.  I'm really glad I skipped it.  A large fry has 500 calories and 25 grams of fat!  They are not that good to be worth all of that!  I make better fries!  So, I went home and had a salad and some Lentils and Rice on a tortilla.

I forgot it was February!  In working towards making my goal weight, I lost 4.6 lbs in January!  My goal is to lose at least 4 lbs a month, so that will be my first goal.


1) Lose at least 4 lbs.  I will just keep tracking using Weight Watchers Points Plus and trying to eat as healthy as I can...most of the time.

Never know who you'll see!

2) Work out at least 3 times a week.  Despite trying to follow a running plan, I am still struggling with running on a treadmill.  I need to just DO IT and stop whining about it (but that won't happen)!!

Oh, Pinterest

3) Try one new recipe a week.  Already on top of that, with the Lazy Lasagna recipe I concocted.  It turned out pretty good and now I have healthy food for almost a week!

Eggy will get my coffee now.

4) Continue with no caffeine.  I have not had coffee for three days.  This is the longest I've gone without any caffeine in years!  I'm still tired, but it's been easier for me to fall asleep at night.  I don't want to use non-caffeinated soda as a crutch either.  I just don't want any of it.

I think those are doable goals for a short 28 day month!

What are your monthly goals?

Ode to My Cat and Lazy Lasagna Recipe

In his usual napping spot.
When I was younger, my grandparents had a Himalayan named Leon.  He was so mean and would chase me around the house when my Grandma would go downstairs or leave the room!  I later found out he would do the same thing to my cousin.  But, my Grandma loved him.  Leon was always on her lap, getting his pet on, or getting brushed.  I never really liked cats for this reason.

Fast forward to years later, Kevin insisted that we get a Siamese cat.  It had to be a Siamese.  I was adamantly opposed to it after my experience with my Grandma's cat.  They were similar breeds and I figured similar temperaments.  He asked if he found one could we get him?  I finally gave in and said yes, thinking nothing would come of it.

Eggy use to jump in the pantry and sit in boxes when he was smaller.

Well, weeks later he called me at work and said he found one in Milwaukee and wanted to make sure it was okay still.  I begrudgingly said fine.

Can't wait to open his Christmas present.

When I got home to see him, he was the cutest, most adorable little kitten!  He had giant ears and a little cry that sounded like a baby.  To this day he talks to us, which is a common siamese trait and I love it!

Needless to say, he grew on me.  Every night, he would fall asleep on my lap and I would carry him to bed with us.  Every day I looked forward to seeing him when I got home.  He was really friendly as a kitten, but as he grew older he became...not as friendly to strangers.  I think he is just guarding his territory and I now understand why my Grandma's cat was so unfriendly to us.
Photo-bombing my pic of all of the sauce I bought for 46 cents each.

I am quite obsessed with my cat.  There are about 100 pictures a day that I take of him that I don't post to Facebook and about 100 times I restrain myself from talking about him.  People always ask, "How's Eggroll?"  I let my fiancĂ©'s sister borrow an old phone and she messaged me, "I can't believe how many pictures of Eggroll are on here."  I texted her back, "I can!"
Sleeping in his new favorite blanket my mom got him me.
As with any pet, they make our lives better.  Both Kevin and I know that we need Eggy just as much or more than he needs us!

Lazy Lasagna

I saw a recipe on Pinterest (where else!) of a fancy looking wrapped lasagna.  I don't have time for that, so I just modified it to this.

16 oz Farfalle noodles or your favorite
16 oz your favorite jar spaghetti sauce
8 oz sliced mushrooms
4 cups kale, torn into pieces
22 oz fat free cottage cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1/2 tsp italian seasoning
1/2 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375. Cook the noodles per boxed instructions.  While that is cooking, slice the mushrooms, and kale.  Put into large bowl.  Add the cottage cheese, spaghetti sauce, italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.  Mix until it is all covered in sauce.  When the noodles are finished, drain, and add to the bowl.  Mix everything together and put in 9x13 pan.  Cover evenly with mozzarella cheese.  Bake for 30 minutes, or until cheese starts to turn a golden brown on the edges.