About pegmyster

My name is Peggi and I am new to the blogging world. I have been married for 8 years to Neal and we have a almost 6 year old little boy names Lukas. I work full time in insurance, love to cook, love to hit the gym several times a week, but most of all I love to do half marathons as often as I can. I thought that this would be the best way to discuss my runs, workouts and also my cooking & recipes. I hope to help inspire other busy moms out there to get those sneakers on and also to create healthy dinners for themselves and their families!

Happy New Year!

Hey everyone! I have been having problems getting on here at work during lunch and then my computer was acting up at home. Figures…..but here I am. I hope everyone had a wonderful new year and has goals for 2012. Here are mine:

1. Read more
2. Train for a full marathon
3. Run at least 7 half marathons AGAIN
4. Get leaner

Not too many yet, but it is only January 2nd.

I want to share my workout from last Tuesday. I thought it was a good one and I felt really good afterwards.

Arms:
Tricep Extension Machine – 35lbs – 12 reps, 3 sets
Pushups – 12
Bicep Machine – 30lbs – 12 reps, 3 sets
Pushups – 12
Chest Press Machine (not the one I normally like – this one you have to do less weight) – 25lbs – 12 reps, 3 sets
Pushups – 12
Fly Machine – 30lbs – 12 reps, 3 sets
Overhead Row – 25lbs – 12 reps, 3 sets

Abs:
Leg Lifts – 12 count
Flutter Kicks – 30 count
Medicine Ball Twists (8lb ball) – 12 count
Repeated this 3 times thru

Cardio:
Arc Trainer – Incline 7/Level 25 – 20 minutes
Treadmill – Incline 2 – Speed of 6.5 – 9 minutes then to Speed of 7.5 for last minute – THIS WAS KILLER!

Then last Wednesday I came down with some stomach bug that took me out of work for the day and from my workout for Thursday. Bummer but I did hit the gym this past Saturday for a 30 minute Treadmill Speed Interval workout and that felt great. It was like I was never sick.

Today, I hit the gym again this morning. I tried a new cross-fit mini workout that I found – see below:

10 Sit-Ups
10 Push-Ups
10 Air Squats
You do this 10 times thru as fast as you can…..it is tough. I did it in 11:55!

Then I did my Elliptical Interval workout which goes like this:

Elliptical Intervals (done at a 10 resistance – the number on your left, the other numbers are for the crossramp – button on your right):

0:00-5:00 – 5
5:00-7:00 – 8
7:00-8:00 – 5
8:00-10:00 – 8
10:00-11:00 – 5
11:00-13:00 – 10
13:00-14:00 – 6
14:00-16:00 – 10
16:00-17:00 – 6
17:00-19:00 – 5
19:00-20:00 – 12
20:00-21:00 – 10
21:00-22:00 – 5
22:00-23:00 – 12
23:00-24:00 – 10
24:00-25:00 – 8
25:00-27:30 – 7
27:30-30:00 – 5

It is a really great workout.

I decided to include a pic from the holidays for everyone. Here is my husband and I on Christmas Eve.

Talk to ya’ll soon!

Is It Only Wednesday?

Only Wednesday, good God it sure has felt like a long week….I think I just want it to be Christmas already 🙂

Yesterday was gym day and this is what I did:

Arms:
Free Weights
5lb weight
Lateral Raises (in front of you) – 12 count
Side Raises (to your sides, duh) – 12 count
Bicep Curls – 12 count
Tricep Dips on Bench – 12 count
Tricep extension with 8lb weight (behind head) – 12 count
30lb Bar Dead Lifts – 20 count
** REPEAT 2 more times

Bench – Tricep Kickbacks – 12 count – each arms x 3
Machine – Chest Fly – 30lbs – 12 count x 3

Abs:
Captains Chair – 12 Count x 3
Bench Crunches Straight Up feet on bars – 100 count
Bench Crunches with feet crossed above you – 100 count total (changing your feet crossing at 50)
Bench Crunchs with legs on bench laying to side – 50 count on each side

Cardio:
Stairclimber – Fat Burner – 20 minutes
Treadmill – Speed Walk at 3 incline – 10 minutes

Thats it in a nutshell. Not much else was happening yesterday – I did make a really yummy dinner – baked zucchini with panko breadcrumbs and then turkey meatballs (homemade) mixed with Healthy Request cream of mushroom/cream of chicken soup and then served over a mix of ww pasta….yum!

Race Recap – Run Girl Half Marathon 12/11/11

Good Afternoon!
I thought I would bring ya’ll up to speed on my most recent race that I completed. The Run Girl Half Marathon is an all women half marathon put on by Tri Girl Sports. I knew I really wanted to do this race when I saw the medal aka “race bling” from last year. Take a look at this years medal, and tell me what woman would not want one of these. It is too cute!

Anyway……it really worked out in my favor that this race fell on a weekend when I was available. The time that I do have in December is little and far between, so I was psyched!!!

The race was held out in Deussen Park right near Lake Houston. I was really concerned because of how chilly the day was. When I left my house that morning it said that it was 42 degrees, but by the time I got the site it was 40. Add the wind chill in and I am sure it was about 35 or so when we started.

The run was beautiful, probably one of the most scenic I have run to date. It was a flat course with only a few minor inclines. There was one decline that I LOVED…..but don’t we ALL love the declines? It was a 2 loop course with the 2nd loop being just a tad bit shorter than the 1st. I have to say that after the first loop I was getting tired….but seeing one of my best friends Ashley at the turnaround just made me smile and push harder. For anyone who is a runner it means the world to have people you know out there cheering you on. Thanks Ashley for braving the cold and wind to cheer me on!!! Love Ya!

The people along the race route were so wonderful and god bless all of those water station crew, which even provided kleenex for our running noses!

All in all finishing this race was very exhilirating, I think because for me this was my 7th Half Marathon this year. My year was so productive and I really grew as a runner, so I am extremely proud of myself.

I am REALLY looking forward to 2012 – I already have 3 races booked, 1 in January, 1 in February and 1 in March – all half marathons. In between these races I plan on beginning my training for a full marathon. The plan is to run my first full in 2013.

For anyone who has running a half marathon on their bucket list I really push you to try and complete this. It is an AMAZING feeling when you cross that finish line at your first half, I know it was for me. You are tired and worn out but so full of excitement and emotion. If it is a goal of yours make it a reality, start training today, 1 mile at a time….you will be there in no time.

FINISH TIME: 1:58:20
AGE GROUP (30-34): 25/161 (top 15.5%)
OVERALL: 126/874 (top 14.4%)

Monday! Again?

Hi everyone!
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. It was another family event for us this weekend out in San Antonio….it really felt like it was just Friday and now Monday is here again….geez!

Thursday after work I hit the gym for my leg workout and cardio. This is what my workout consisted of:

Legs:
Hamstring Machine – 40lbs – 3 sets of 12
Leg Extension Machine (Quads) – 30-35lbs – 3 sets of 12
Abductor Machine (outer thighs) – 85lbs – 3 sets of 12
Adductor Machine (inner thighs) – 85lbs/90lbs/95lbs – 1 set of 12 at 85lbs with legs in normal position, and then 1 set of 12 at 85 lbs with legs extended out…..then the same with 90lbs and then 95lbs
Calf Raise Machine – 3 sets of 12 – 1 set with feet in normal position/ 1 set with feet turned inward & final set with feet turned out
Hack Squat Machine (45lbs on each side of the bar – so total of 90) 3 sets of 12…..I thought I was going to die!

Cardio:
Treadmill Speed Interval Run – (all on incline 1)
0:00 – 5:00 – Speed 6.3
5:00 – 10:00 – Speed 6.5
10:00 – 12:00 – Speed 6.7
12:00 – 13:00 – Speed 7.0
13:00 – 18:00 – Speed 6.3
18:00 – 23:00 – Speed 6.5
23:00 – 25:00 – Speed 6.7
25:00 – 27:00 – Speed 7.0
27:00 – 28:00 – Speed 6.7
28:00 – 29:00 – Speed 6.5
29:00 – 30:00 – Speed 6.3
Then I walked for my cool down for about 3 minutes…….

Overall, it was a wonderful workout and I highly suggest trying it. It will definitely make you drip sweat, but that is a good sign….means you are WORKING it!! Woo-hoo.

Have a good one!

It’s Thursday….

Happy Thursday Everyone!

Hope everyone is doing good as the end of the week gets closer. I know we are really busy at work with it being the end of month and end of year.

On Wednesday I made a great new recipe that I wanted to share with everyone. I am not typically a fan of tuna casserole dishes but this one was really good.

Chopstick Tuna Casserole
Ingredients:
1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup (I use Campbells Healthy Request)
¼ cup water
1 – 3oz can (2 cups) chow mein noodles
2 cans of tuna (drained)
1 cup finely chopped celery
½ cup slivered almonds (recipe called for salted, roasted cashews but I had almonds)
¼ cup finely chopped onion
Dash of pepper

Combine soup and water. Add ½ of the chow mein noodles (1 cup), tuna, celery, almonds (or cashews), onion and pepper. Place in a greased 8×8 casserole dish. Sprinkle with remaining chow mein noodles on top. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes.

Neal said it would be good with cheese in it as well, but as most of you know, if you cook a lot, typically it is better to follow a recipe exactly how it reads. You can always alter things later! We both actually had some of the casserole in ww tortillas…why? Because everything is better in a tortilla!! I use really great tortillas – there is a picture below. They are super soft and low in calories and high in fiber and the best part….they taste great!!!!

In this blog I also want to discuss my workouts in hopes that maybe it will give others some ideas for their own workouts. Typically, I work out on Tuesday/ Thursday/ Saturday at 24 Hour Fitness and then on Sundays I do an outside run.

Tuesday Workout

Arms:
Bicep Curl Machine – 25lbs – 12 count x 3
Tricep Extension Machine – 30lbs – 12 count x 3
Chest Press Machine – 25lbs (depends which machine) – 12 count x 3
Fly Machine (works chest and back) – 30lbs – 12 count x 3
Upper Row (hard to explain – I will have to take a pic) – 25lbs – 12 count x 3

Abs:
Chair – 50lbs – 20 count x 2
Bench – Normal crunches – 100 count
Bench – Crunch with feet above – 100 count (switching which way feet are crossed at 50)
Bench – Side Crunches (legs to right side) – 50 count
Bench – Side Crunches (legs to left side) – 50 count

Cardio:
Elliptical Interval Workout at 10 Incline – Resistance Levels Change from 5-12 – 30 min

Usually Tuesdays are always Arms/Abs/Cardio days and then Thurdays are Legs/Abs/Cardio. I will vary the exercises I do week-to-week with arms & legs to give my body a change.

Tonight is “legs” night so I will post that workout tomorrow.

Hope you all have a great day – go get a work out in or just take a walk!!! Keep those feet movin’!

RECIPE!!!

So far I have gotten responses from some of you about the recipe for the picture at the top of my page, so I will go ahead and post it below. I will also include this under my Recipe tab as well.

Chicken Bruchetta
(Chicken breasts are cooked as desired, covered with a slice of mozzarella, and served on buttered noodles with seasoned tomato & onion spooned over top)

Ingredients:
4 small tomatoes, diced
1 small onion, diced
1 cup Italian dressing
4 Boneless skinless chicken breast halves
Garlic salt
4 slices Mozzarella cheese
1 Box of spaghetti or noodles of your choice, cooked & drained
Butter to taste

Bruchetta: Mix diced tomato, diced onion and Italian dressing in bowl; set aside. NOTE: I did NOT use 1 cup of Italian dressing – that is WAY TOO MUCH……I just poured a little on for taste. The other option is using some olive oil and Italian seasoning – it is just as good and probably better for you.
Grill or bake the chicken breasts until done. NOTE: I always season my chicken with garlic powder, onion powder, a little salt, pepper & sage before cooking. I usually just do the chicken the pan with some butter (I use Parkway spray butter – no cals) until they are ALMOST cooked and then I pop the whole pan in the oven and add the slices of mozzarella to the top.
Serve the chicken breast with the Bruchetta over top and noodles on the side. It is EXCELLENT and you will not be disappointed. I ate this one before my 1st half marathon. YUM!

Hope you all enjoy this recipe…..it is easy and healthy, but also filling. I like to use whole wheat (ww) pasta, any kind. Let me know if any of you try this and what you think.

Later ya’ll!

Tuesday Headaches….

As you know today started out good…..don’t get me wrong it is still a good day but I wanted to talk about 18-wheelers!!! Grrrr, they make me so mad when I see them flying down the freeway going 70+mph…..and in the middle lane! Are you kidding me! Between those guys and people not signaling….What is your view on 18-wheelers?

Tonight is the Biggest Loser finale, and I am psyched! I have been watching BL for a LONG time and this is always the finale is always so much fun to watch. If you have never watched the show you really should – it is very inspiring and really make you want to try and do better. For those of you who do watch, do you ever notice you will be watching BL and you realize “I am eating dessert”, lol. I have done that so many times…it actually makes me feel guilty. The way that this fits in with the “headache” topic is the frustrating I feel when I see these contestants that have lost massive amounts of weight and then tell us they are in a size 4 when clearly they do not look that size! As a woman it is irritating. This is how the young girls of today end up starving themselves!!! My mom and I always talk about this and it gets us both up in arms. What is your view on this?

I won’t blog any more today because of the Finale of BL tonight and I also have my gym workout. I will see ya’ll tomorrow! Have a good one – bring on Wednesday!