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Hola! Is anyone else ready for the weekend?! I am. I know I just got back from Florida, but I am so not ready for “work mode” yet, UGH. I am still in Florida mode and work is NOT in my FL schedule 😉 Monday I got home at 2ish and worked until 4 and came home and hung out with Jason and Twix. Yesterday I worked until 4 and studied throughout the day for my Staff Sergeant Board. No news to tell of Monday and Tuesday really. Except for the fact that I was so ready to get back into somewhat of a routine. One week away from home and I was thrown out of my “norm” -freely and loving it, of course. So Tuesday morning I woke up and made my yummy mix of oatmeal plus an individual size Benefiber (tasteless!) and an icy coffee!

I was CRAVING this meal! I tried to duplicate it once in FL, but *sigh*, no Bees Knees or Almond milk in sight. Bummer. There is a woman at work who is retiring and the Maintenance Squadron held a Pot Luck for her with all kinds of YUMMY food! I was a good girl and, knowing how much I splurged (and loved every minute!) in FL, I decided to nab some carrots, celery, broccoli, and cauliflower with about a TBLS of low-cal ranch for dipping. For the main course I had a heaping bowl of HOTTTT chili with some oyster crackers and I shared a home-made oatmeal chocolate chip bar with Jason – sooo goooood! 🙂 (by share I mean I gave Jason UNO bitO)

I hit a PR yesterday!!! I ran 6(.3) MILES in 60:06!!! I was not too concerned with timing. I was more focused on hitting that 6 mile mark and I DID IT!!!! I wanted to see how I felt and if I could even run, a 10K (on the treadmill). This is officially the farthest I have EVER run! I have used a treadmill for all of my runs thus far, however, I do intend to hit the open road a few times here soon. Also, my fiance’ told me today that they hold 5K and 10K (ETC) races in Afghanistan!! So I am looking forward to getting my run on in the desert. 🙂 Stay tuned in April-July time frame for updates!

I have really been wanting to try TOFU so last night Jason agreed to try it with me. Jason cooked dinner while I studied. He did such a great job with the tofu. He seasoned it with a Blazin’ Cajun Rub we got at a festival over the summer, A1 sauce, Worcestershire, Lowery’s, Garlic Salt, and S&P. Then he cooked the tofu in extra virgin olive oil. The outside of the tofu was crispy and the inside was tender and smooshey. It had a weird texture in the middle like…a….a soggy french toast! But the flavor was delish so I got over the texture fast. On the side was a California Medley of broccoli, carrots, zucchini, squash, and cauliflower (seasoned) and some chicken broccoli rice. Turned out FAB!

I give TOFU two thumbs up! I will definitely eat this again.


Jason and I had to be AT WORK at 3:30 A.M. I woke up at 2 (WOAH BABY!) and had my usual oatmeal and I had a cup of hot coffeeJOE because it was FREEZING up in this mother! Brrrr! I worked all morning and studied in between because my BOARD was today!!! I am pleased to announce that I GOT PROMOTED!! :):) You can now refer to me as “Staff Sergeant Kolesar” – EEEKK!! I have waited 4 years to get out of the “Airman” range. I DID IT!!! I was super nervous all month about this promotion. I mean, I know I deserve it and I work my buns off, so the evidence is all there. I just hate interviews and being in a room with (3) superiors with lots of questions about ME and MY opinion. Talk about some anxiety building up -PHEW! But, I made it through and surprised myself! I hate when I have self-doubt about things that I know I am damn well capable of doing – Grrr, it’s frustrating. I chalk it up to a fear of FAILURE. Then I suck it up and do what I know I can do and kick that fear to the curb!! 🙂 Movin’ on up! Woop Woop!

Now it’s time for din din and a celebratory cocktail (or 2 ;)). Here is a sneak peek at dinner:

Jason made porkchops dipped in egg (scrambled) and Italian bread crumbs and fried in 1.5 TBLSP EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) and a green bean casserole with 2 cans green beans, 1 can cream of mushroom soup (low sodium), and crumbled saltines on top and baked! Looks good! I am so glad Jason can cook 🙂 Top this meal off with some vodka OJ (screwdriver) and it’s a wrap!

Hope you all had a great Hump Day!



Get your fitness on!

Somebody’s got a case of the Monday’s! But, it is not this girl! 😀 This morning was the ushe as far as breakfast and work are concerned. I woke up at 5 a.m. and made and iced coffee with vanilla Almond soy milk and a T of agave and for the main course I made my favorite oatmeal combo. I have yet to drift away from this mixture -YUMMY! Work was the same ol’ same ol’. Got there at 6:30a.m. for the morning meeting and safety briefing and then did computer based training all morning. I had a trail mix Cliff bar before I hit the gym for a run at lunch. I ran 4 miles in 38:21, not too shabby!

I stretched and left work for the day. I had a dermatologist appointment scheduled, but I rescheduled so I could veg with my boo-ski and kitty and take a much-needed NAP! For lunch I had some fiber crackers with cottage cheese for an appetizer. I decided to make a tuna melt. I grilled an entire can of tuna in water on a single piece of whole wheat/high fiber 45 calorie bread and added a piece of sharp cheddar cheese. I also microwaved some leftover sour cream potatoes that Jason made over the weekend (and they were BOMB!). I ate the appetizer, potatoes, and 2 bites of my tuna melt and I was stuffed to the brim!! My eyes are bigger than my stomach, obvi. Then it was nap time. At 5:30 p.m. Jason and I headed to the World Gym. I sweat my buns off at Body Attack and Jason pumped iron! 😉 We got all cleaned up and I started packing for my trip to Florida. Jason decided to test his skills on another sushi roll and it turned out PERFECT!! It was cold and I think the riced had time to “firm up” in the refrigerator. YUMMMM! It was so good, he made 2!!

That was the appetizer. For the main course, Jason grilled BBQ chicken and green beans. The chicken was really juicy and delish!

I love when Jason cooks because he is GOOD AT IT and I know he enjoys it – usually :). I am stuffed and about ready for bed. We have to be AT WORK at 4 a.m. because I am leaving on a trip to Florida at 7:30a.m.. EARLY!! woo doggy! Well, bloggypals, I will keep you updated on the sunshine and nice weather when i get to the sunshine state tomorrow! Have a great night! 🙂 Toodles!