New PR!!!

Yesterday morning I decided to make another batch of my lemon poppy seed granola, this time adding not only the zest of on one lemon, but adding the juice of one lemon to the mix.  While this made it a bit more lemony, my co-worker suggested adding lemon extract, and I may give that a go.

Breakfast was a Chobani yogurt with some granola on the side.  I love, love, having big chunks of granola.  I shared this with a few people at work and they loved it too.  Changing lives, one batch of granola at a time. Open-mouthed smile

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Tony thinks I am doing to much by working out at lunch and doing Insanity at night.  But I have to say, other than a couple 5k’s, my lunch workouts are just really moving and a chance to get away from my desk – the stair master, walking, swimming.

I am as shocked as anyone that I’ve made it to Day 10 of Insanity.  I would have thought I’d given up by now.  But you know what?  I feel great.  I am not sore.  My knees feel good.  I think its all the stretching that’s been helping.  In any event, I wanted to see if I could kick it up a notch on my treadmill 5k.

Shelley and I are the same type of runner.  It takes us a while to get in the groove and to let our mind shut up from telling us to stop when we no our bodies can go forward.   My strategy was to start out at a 12:00 minute mile pace, and when I felt comfortable with that, every couple minutes I would bump up the pace.

I was watching The Chew, that show is growing on me actually.  Mario Batali actually made a frittata that looked pretty amazing.  Can’t even get away from food while I am exercising! Open-mouthed smile

I try not to look down at my time until the commercials, and when I saw at around 30 minutes that I was close to a PR, I bumped up the pace so that the last .2 tenths of my run I was running at a 7:42 pace to finish at . . .


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I couldn’t believe it.  I shaved nearly a minute of my latest PR of 34:02.  And I weigh 172 pounds people.  Can you imagine how fast I will go when I am 145?!!  I ended up walking for a cool down to make it a 45 minute workout.

I had somewhat of a haphazard meal plan this week.  I basically wrote down “ideas” instead of a concrete meal plan.  When I looked down to see what I was making for my boss and I at lunch I realized I had broccoli soup on our lunch menu.

It was 7:00 a.m. and I hadn’t made it yet.  No worries!  This is a super quick soup that came together literally in 20 minutes.

Broccoli Potato Soup

  • makes 4 servings (about 1.5 cups each)
  • 176 calories, 2 fat, 32 carbs, 5.7 fiber and 8.8 protein


  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 large potato (mine was 1 pound!) skin on, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (I used jarred)
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup of FF half and half
  • 1 head of broccoli chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • good pinch of crushed red pepper

Since I used jarred garlic, I added 2 teaspoons of the garlic, plus 2 teaspoons of the garlic water to a stock pot.  I added the carrots and celery, and let those cook about 5 minutes.  I added the flour, cooked an additional minute, then added all the rest of the ingredients except the milk, turned the heat to medium low and put a lid on the pot and let it cook for 15 minutes.

By then, all the veggies were cooked and I used my stick blender to puree.  Off the heat I stirred in the milk and let it cool slightly before putting it in a container for work.

I ended up making a ham and seriously sharp Cabot cheddar cheese panini on the side, grated a bit of the cheddar on top of my soup and had some fruit on the side.

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By late afternoon it was getting really stormy.  There were tornado watches, predictions for high winds and possible hail.  Tony called to see if I could get out of work a bit early – he said most of the people that died in Oklahoma were in their cars and had no where else to go.

I ended up leaving 15 minutes early, and got home just in time.  It was super windy, thundering, lightening.

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It lasted about 30 minutes, but then most of it went south of us.  We had a few more storms later in the evening, but they were quick and moved on.

I had forgotten to take out chicken wings from the freezer for dinner, and while I could have whipped up a pizza or tacos, Tony jumped in and suggested we go out to eat.  Um, maybe he didn’t want pizza or tacos?! Open-mouthed smile

We went to a place we haven’t been to in nearly 8 years.  Our last experience there was awful.  My food never came out, the owner tried to argue that my food took the longest so she wanted to serve the rest of the food first so as not to get cold.  What restaurant doesn’t serve all the plates together??!


So even though this place is literally a few miles from our house, we declared this restaurant dead to us, and we never went back.  A few weeks ago though, we got a flyer that said “new owners – check out our salad bar and ribs!”

Tony loves a good salad bar.  So we took a leap of faith and went there for dinner.  One of the first things on the menu that jumped out at me?  Liver and onions!  Both Tony’s parents and my Mom would be all over that.  Mom, I should take you there next time you visit!

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Every entrée comes with soup of the day, salad bar and choice of potato.  I got the chicken noodle soup – good, but a bit salty for me.  Tony got the cream of mushroom and really liked it.

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And for my entrée I got a grilled chicken breast in a light lemon sauce with grilled mixed vegetables.  I ordered a baked potato, but just brought that home to make a breakfast hash later.  I knew I still had Day 10 of Insanity to do when I got home, so didn’t want to overdo it.  And even though my eyes saw Pinot Grigio on the wine list, my mouth said “unsweetened iced tea.”  #winning!  Tony got the chopped steak and it was really good too.  We will definitely go back!

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It was starting to get stormy again when we got back home, so we had to have our desktop computer turned off.  I used our laptop and that worked out just fine.  I love that our grill is in the background of this picture.

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Just because its cardio recovery, doesn’t mean this is easy, but it is a nice break and I am not dripping sweat by the end, but I can feel just about every muscle. Open-mouthed smile

Stats for the Day:

  • 45 minute treadmill at lunch – 33:11 5k PR
  • 38 minute Day 10 Insanity – Cardio Recovery
  • 1752 calories, 58 fat, 224 carbs, 27 fiber and 94 protein
  • 51% calories from carbs, 30% from fat and 19% from protein
  • no alcohol

Right now I am finishing a batch of Chobani flax seed pancakes – a new version so if it turns out I’ll post the recipe tomorrow.  And I am going out to lunch today!  One of my co-workers and I are going out to lunch, we hardly ever go out since I go to the gym, so I am looking forward to it.

Make it a great day!


44 thoughts on “New PR!!!

  1. What a great job on your PR!! Nearly a minute, that’s impressive! 🙂

  2. I’ll actually work out twice most weekdays–in the morning I’ll do yoga, or some burpees and assisted pull ups to get things moving, and then after dinner I lift. Breaking it up helps me, because I can put more effort into what I’m doing at that time rather than trying to squeeze everything in at once.

    Great job on the PR! It looks like Insanity is a good complement to your running.

    • I think that’s what it is Elizabeth – I think I would die if I worked out an hour and a half at a time, but somehow breaking it up into two 40 minute workouts its okay.

  3. Congratulations on the running pace, you’re amazing! I don’t like severe wind storms, mostly because I don’t want to lose my power…I am spoiled that way.

    The soups sounds yummy (as all your cooking does).

    Have a great Thursday. I’m taking a vacation day just for the fun of it.

  4. Yum, broccoli cheese soup is my fave!

  5. WHOOP WHOOP ON THE PR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My sissy is gonna try instanity soon. You all inspire me. dunno why but the thought of doing exercise vids in my living room with my family gawking at me freaks me out. Dumb I know, oh well. I am so, so proud for you though!!! I am excited to see what weigh day says!

    Storms like that freak me out too. And we don’t have a basement anymore here, Even more freaky. I replay in my head where in the world would be the best place for me to hide in our home, still am torn between three places.

    I ordered a Paderno Spiral Slicer and I am super excited to try it with zucchini for ‘noodles’ instead of the same old spaghetti squash. I’ll let ya know….. 😀

    Have a great day Biz n Tony!

    • Oh, I work out in our back family room, by myself. I don’t need people watching my muffin top bounce up and down!

      No basement?? That’s the first place I go when storms get bad, while Tony stands on our deck and watches the storm. The bathroom is the best place to go – sitting in the bathtub. 😀

  6. Congratulations on your PR Biz! You’re getting stronger!

  7. YAY for a PR….You are inspiring!!

  8. Great job on your PR Biz! I’m not setting any PRs right now (I only seem to set them on the treadmill), but I am challenging myself to tackle the huge hill right out of our driveway as much as I can – lots of hill work, both running and biking! It’s TORTURE.

    • I am going to Virginia in July and my Aunt has a giant hill from the boat landing to the lake house – I plan on doing hill workouts while I am there. Hope you are having a great summer Errign!

  9. You are rocking with your 5k times, girl! Woot woot!

  10. Nice new PR! Glad you missed the storm. We got nothing really and today is gorgeous. Off for a bike ride to run errands.

  11. I’ll say it again- YOU ARE ROCKING THIS CHALLENGE! I have no doubt you’ll be coming home with some $$!! THat granola? Delish. I know I’ve told you before but I make a batch for my Dad pretty much every other week. I’ll have to double it up for father’s day this weekend. I watched the chew yesterday too. I wanted the frittata.

  12. Great job on the 5K PR!!!
    You are going to be done with the first month of Insanity before you know it!!!

  13. Weighting For 50

    Way to go on the PR Vat!!!! You are KILLING this challenge!! Have a great Thursday.

  14. WHoo hoo!!! Rock on with your bad self, Biz!!! Keep it up!
    And your sandwiches always make me crave bread in a bad, bad way. They look so crazy delicious!

  15. You are doing super, your treadmill times put me to shame…lol! I don’t have a tv near my treadmill so I look at Pinterest on my phone…ha! (Usually food too). Day 10 of insanity is great! That sandwich sounds so good. I’m confused…how can you run your laptop and not the desktop, won’t that get ruined in a storm too? Or was it unplugged?

    • Mr. BizMoto (Tony)

      I will take this one Biz. The laptop runs off it’s battery so it doesn’t matter if lightning strikes. The desktop runs on power that can ruin the computers power supply if lightning strikes. I spent many years selling power systems to protect computers from power problems.

      • Thanks Tony! I figured it must be running on the battery! I will remember that, as I always shut everything down just in case…but, I only have laptops so good to know 🙂 You may have opened yourself up to more questions….just sayin’ 😉

  16. I love The Chew! That is when I actually get to watch it:)

  17. Thanks Mr. BizMoto……I never knew that. Will turn off the computer for now on when I storm comes.

    Biz you are doing such a great job on your “Insanity” video’s!!! Keep up the good works. Have you heard of the new diet in the UK? Eat what you want for 5 days and fast 2 days (eating maybe 600 calories for each day) Peoples blood sugars and cholesterol go down and a lot of weight is lost….maybe type in “UK diet” going to check it out later.

    • Nope, I’ve never heard of that, but I could never eat just 600 calories a day – I would starve to death! Plus my diabetes RN Nicole ( recommends that even diabetics shouldn’t go below 125 grams of carbs a day. Not sure who that would work with only 600 calories, plus I love food too much. 😀

  18. Woo hoo on the PR. You’re kicking ass.

  19. Jenn@Cooking Aweigh the LBs

    I love that you’re changing lives with your granola, Biz. You crack me up! 🙂

    Uber proud of you and your commitment to Insanity and movement. You’re kicking butt and taking names!!!

  20. Congrats on the PR!! That’s awesome! 🙂

  21. Awesome, so glad the new exercise plan is still going so well for you!!! 🙂
    Crazy weather! Glad you are ok.

  22. I thought of you yesterday when Twitter started going off about the storms, glad you guys were safe. Congrats on your new record!!

  23. Congrats on the PR Biz!! That storm was nasty last night…but not as bad (in my area) as people were making it out to be! Relax people! lol

  24. Wow congrats on the PR! I don’t think I could run that fast!

  25. You rock!! Great job.
    I laughed at the liver and onions – that is so something an older person would like 😉
    I was SO over those storms yesterday – they made SUCH a big deal out of them!! I dragged in all my flower pots, herbs, outdoor pillows – etc and then all of a sudden I was sitting inside surrounded by beautiful outdoor plants and it was perfectly fine out, ha!

    Oh well, better safe than sorry, right?

    • I agree – the only good thing to come of the rain by us is that it got rid of most of the cotton wood that was all over our deck and grass – I hate those trees.

  26. wow its awesome. You Rock!!! Its really a great job! 5K PR 🙂

  27. Woohoo: congrats on the PR! Fantastic.

  28. […] was CLOSE.  I’ve always had a goal of doing a sub 30 minute 5k.  Like forever.  The closest I got was in June at 33:11.   I ended up having to sprint the final .2 tenths of a mile at a 6:37 mph pace!  […]

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