Quick Tuna Tartare and a Three Mile Run

So, as you can see, the blog re-design is complete. I’d like to thank, Lindsey, at Smitten Blog Designs for all her help! I’m happy with how everything came out! It’s been good to focus a little bit on the blog. After a few years with school, it’s nice to get back to something I started so many years ago and see where I can take it.

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While I may not have kept up my blogging, I definitely have been focused on cooking – more so in the last six months than ever before.   If you have a minute, please check out my Instagram page. You’ll be able to see the proverbial fruits of my kitchen labor. It’s funny. I actually looked back a few weeks ago. I can’t believe how changed my food looks from my days in the Rockville Centre Avalon (although, unfortunately, my kitchen is exponentially smaller!). It does remind me of how much practice, time, and dedication I’ve put into becoming a better home cook. I will say that most things taste pretty awesome these days. But, you’ll have to take my word for that!

You will see that I spend an awful amount of time lately working on small plates and appetizers. I like the idea of small plates. I always have a hard time making food choices so it helps to have a little bit of everything. It can be hard to cook for one. I’m not a huge leftovers person. And, let’s face it. I’m a foodie. I like interesting food. So, I find small plates are easier from a portion control perspective and create minimal leftovers to deal with.

Last night, I made a super easy tuna tartare. I diced some tomatoes, cucumber, shallot and green onion which I salted and mixed with the juice of one lemon and one tablespoon of soy sauce too. Then, I added in my cubed sushi grade yellowfin tuna and mixed slowly. I served this on some corn tortilla chips that I coated with a thin layer of sour cream and guacamole. It’s a quick dinner (because it can be served with corn tortillas if you want larger portions) and is the perfect appetizer if you had guests over. If you like tuna, give it a try.  It’s definitely not something to be afraid of.

Working out… where should I even begin? God, I’d love to turn back the clock and be in the shape I was a year and a half ago or even a year ago. It’s hard to not beat yourself about it. But, what are you going to do? It won’t change anything. Are any of you out there in the same boat? I just have to start again. I think it definitely helps when you’re going through a hard time. There is an innate motivation to get out of the house, put something in your own control, and go get the body of your dreams.

Last night, I did a three mile loop along the East River under both the RFK Bridge and the 59th Street Bridge. Astoria Park was beautiful especially at sunset. It made me excited for the warmer weather. It’ll be the perfect place.

I looped back around on 28th Avenue which was not as scenic as I would have liked due to the construction. So, I’ll have to try out some new routes later this week. I was pretty slow and averaged only about 10:30 min/per mile. I’ll try to get that back down to my normal 9:10 min/per mile over the next month or so. Then, I’ll work up to ramp up mileage.

Enjoy the rest of your afternoon!

Katie

NYCRUNS – Queens Half Marathon

Happy Friday!

Since my last post, I’ve graduated from Fordham University with my Master’s degree.  I’m so happy to be finished!  I wish I would have been able to get that elusive 4.0 but I’ll settle for the 3.91.  You win some, you lose some ;) !

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It’s sort of unsettling when you finish something like a graduate program.  School really helped anchor me during a time I needed it.  And, it really gave me a personal goal and purpose (plus, I loved learning new things).  On the flip side, it took such a huge chunk of my free time.  From applications to completion, it’s been roughly two years which is quick… I suppose.  But, it really replaced cooking, blogging, working out.

I’m definitely the sort of personality that excels when I have a lot to keep me busy.  I also thrive when I have a task, a due date, and then the next task.  I don’t think I realized this until I was in school and working at the same time.  Now, I have the time off and I’ve sort of struggled to stay focused at work and at home.  I need other goals.

So, it’s time to really make this blog into what I want it to be.  In the last few months, I’ve been living a gluten free lifestyle.  It’s been challenging but has improved a lot of my symptoms which was caused by lymphocytic colitis.  And, I’m happy to say that I don’t have to take anti-inflammatories anymore.

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For those out there who are struggling with various gastrointestinal issues and allergies, I can say that once you know what to avoid and how to make food more accessible it really is pretty easy to stick to certain elimination diets.  And, you’ll feel better doing it.  I swear it can be easy!

Working out has been harder for me to stick to.  Maybe, it’s because I see more immediate results when I eat something good or bad.  I’m not sure.  But, the goal of my own personal project is to really find a way to incorporate working out to be a real part of my day to day.  Not all or nothing.  Not all for a period of time.  I want this to be a manageable component for the rest of my life.

To kick start my efforts and in celebration of my move back to Queens, I signed up to run the NYCRUNS Queens Half Marathon on April 12.  It’s two loops of Flushing Meadows Park.  It should be a great race and my fourth half marathon.  (I can’t think of a better way to embrace my 31st birthday either!)  Here’s the map of the race.

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That’s all for today.  I hope everyone has a great Friday and is ready for the snowstorm!

Take care,
Katie

Obsessed with Pineapple

Long Monday (and a very happy birthday to my Dad!).

It’s always tough to start right back up at work after having the weekend filled with school.  My finals and presentations went well.  I have a small take home test and paper due this week and then I’m home free!  Plus, I’m only four days away from the beach with two of my best friends.  Can’t wait!

Tonight, I did a 3 mile run from the Seaport to Battery Park. The weather was awesome! Run was good, relaxing. My Achilles is still tight but it’s getting there. So, I can’t complain.  It’ll take a few runs to feel my best.  I’ve been struggling with a sinus infection so I haven’t worked out too much in the last week and half.  But, I’m finally feeling better!  And, this run showed it! :)

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I should never go grocery shopping hungry.  I get such random things.  But, I did find something good!  At Whole Foods, I found this brand of organic spices called Healthy Earth Seasonings. I figured it’s organic and gluten free so why not give it a go? I used the Maya Coffee Earth Blend on Filet Mignon beef skewers with pineapple. I baked them at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes. Then, I ate with some guacamole and corn salad. All in all, it was a success.  Very easy and quick.

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Hope everyone has a great start to the week!
Katie

Going Gluten Free

Finals weekend is here! Then, I have only one semester to go! I’m definitely looking forward to finishing up and having more “me” time to workout, cook, and blog!

I did get some news this week. So, I’ve been going to a GI doctor over the last few months to address some continuing stomach issues. He recommended an upper endoscopy and colonoscopy. I bit the bullet and went. Everything looked good but the pathologist did find a microscopic form of colitis called lymphocytic colitis. Most experts feel that this is some sort of autoimmune issue but there isn’t anything conclusive. A lot of people recommend dietary changes before staring meds – steroids or immunosuppressants. So, that’s the route I’m going… which means no gluten!

As I try to stick to paleo, eliminating gluten isn’t so restrictive but does take some work to figure out and get used to. And, it will take some work to figure out what works to make my stomach and immune system better!

For dinner tonight, I made a bruschetta with diced tomatoes, onion, garlic, salt and pepper. I added a little balsamic vinegar and lemon juice. Then, I grilled up a piece of chicken and served with spinach. Easy breezy… and gluten free!

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Happy Friday!!
Katie

30 Day Challenge

Update:

It’s been busy. God, I can’t even believe it’s almost August. I’m almost to the end of the summer semester. Finals are in mid-August. Then, I have only one semester to go! It’s been a lot of work this past year and I can’t wait to be finished. It’ll be sweet to be a Fordham Alum.

Outside of school and work, I’m in the middle of a 30 day challenge. It’s not exactly a “paleo” challenge per se. It’s more of my own challenge. It’s a challenge to…

  1. Eat healthy. Cook more. Pretty paleo.
  2.  Save money. Get in the subway… no cab.
  3. No drinking for 30 days.
  4. CrossFit. Be consistent.
  5. Basics… Early to bed. Early to rise.
  6. Read more.
  7. Make a plan and stick to it.
  8. Develop better habits.
  9. Think positively. Glass is half full. Live and let God.
  10. Take care of myself and put faith and trust in the process. Everything will work out how it’s supposed to.

I thought it would be tough. But, I feel really good.

I started a new CrossFit gym this past week. Crossfit NYC: The Black Box has two locations one in Chelsea and on the UWS. They offer a ton of class levels and times which is great. And, they also offer flexible membership options. I’m pre-registered for the brand new Reebok gym opening in Union Square this September. So, this was a great opportunity to work on getting back in shape and gear up for the new gym.

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Last night’s workout was tough. We focused on back squats, burpees, and wall balls. I’ve been running so I feel fairly fit but when you do workouts that you’re not used to…it feels like you’re the most unfit person on the planet. Let’s just say I’m very sore today.

Tonight, I’m going to stretch and rest. And, I’ll be trying to make some cauliflower mashed potatoes with filet mignon.

Happy Wednesday!

Katie

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