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Sometimes you have all the tricks…

April 30th, 2011 · 3 Comments · running

Sometimes you have all the tricks down, but your mind just says NO.

12 miles? Not so much. I need a running buddy so bad!!!

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Can fried food be healthy?

April 29th, 2011 · 20 Comments · favorite recipes, fish, side dishes

Not all fried food is created equal. Tonight I was on a mission to make fish and chips. I wanted REAL fried fish instead of the baked variety and with a little help from Cooking Light I learned that it can still be a healthful choice.


You need the right batter than will not absorb too much oil and the oil needs to be at the perfect temperature (too low and the fish would absorb too much oil, too high and it will burn on the outside before cooking on the inside). 375* is usually the sweet spot. Get your food thermometers out!

I used this recipe for fried catfish (using halibut instead) and it was incredible!! I loved not only the taste of the cornmeal crust but also the crunchy texture).


The fish was perfectly crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Not one bit greasy. Amazing!

My weird obsession with frying food just got stronger. Something about the oil bubbles… they mesmerize me and make me giddy. I don’t know… Rolling on the floor laughing


Baked truffle fries didn’t hurt either Winking smile [Coat sliced potatoes in EVOO and dried thyme, bake at 450* for 10 minutes, finish with a drizzle of truffle oil.]


Healthy-ish fish and chips. Mission accomplished!

Have you ever deep fried anything? I want more bubbles. 😆


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The couch potato syndrome

April 28th, 2011 · 43 Comments · Uncategorized

Can we talk about something non-food/fitness related for a moment? I wonder if anyone else can relate to something I’ve been noticing about myself lately…

I consider myself a pretty driven person. My mind is constantly occupied with a million things I could/should/am scheduled to be be doing. I make lists. I revise them. I add some more things. My calendar is exploding with activities. I have trouble falling asleep because I continue thinking about things I missed/could have improved on/should add to the calendar for tomorrow or the weekend.

And then I come home and become a couch potato. Wawawa

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Everyone deserves a break. Believe, I’m all for breaks! The problem is that I completely abandon all my previously committed responsibilities (although self-imposed and seemingly easily deferred). I mean EVERYTHING. Like dinner, gym, blogging, laundry, etc… and I just lie there uselessly, like a zombie for hours (PS-canceling cable has created a new addiction – Netflix streaming… which is worse because all the shows are available at the touch of a button).

What’s worse is that I continue feeling guilty about everything else that I should be doing instead. :( So it’s not a proper break because I haven’t really given myself permission to enjoy it. At the end of the night I get the post-binge feeling. I want a do-over… but I know that I can’t turn back the clock so I’m left with an overwhelming sense of regret and a self-promise to “be better” next time.

I know that a middle ground is the way (like making a proper dinner, hitting the gym, then watching an episode or 2… not 10)… but I can’t seem to be able to get off that couch and do the right thing!

Anyone else ever experience this? Thoughts on how to get out of the funk on days like that?

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