Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Pet Weight Translator

Thanks to Chandler, I got pretty much zero sleep last night. Chandler isn't exactly a small cat, and for some reason, he's been wanting to sleep on the bed lately. I swear, he takes up more space than I do:
He actually looks kind of small there, but don't let that fool you. Jerry and I were joking about how much space he takes up, and Jerry went in the bathroom to weigh him. The last time we weighed him, he was 23 pounds. Yesterday, he was 25! I Googled "cat BMI calculator" and found this website that gives you a human equivalent to your cat's weight. So if Chandler were me (a 5'4 woman), he would weigh 363 pounds.
I don't know how Chandler got so big--our other cats weigh less than 9 pounds each. Anyway, I just thought that translator was pretty fun!

Today was my boys' first day of school. I got them ready to go, and then walked to the bus stop with them. While they were waiting for the bus, they spent the entire time fighting:
Play fighting, but still trying to throw each other to the ground. Typical boys.

Once they were on the bus, I was very tempted to play hooky from my scheduled run, but I knew I would feel more "worthy" of relaxing later once that was done. The plan was to run eight miles, and I chose to do it on the treadmill because it's much easier on m knees, and I'm still scared my knee injury is going to reappear. I really didn't feel like watching The Biggest Loser, so I decided to start watching Nip/Tuck from season one. I loved that show!

I decided to do the eight miles as a progressive run. A progressive run is just where you start out comfortably, and then gradually increase your pace over the course of the run. So I started at 6.0 mph, and then each time I hit a mile, I bumped it up by 0.1 mph. The last half-mile, I just wanted to be done, so I bumped it up faster and faster.

I kept thinking of a million excuses to quit early, but I stuck it out. And of course, I'm glad I did. But I was pissed when I saw that I forgot to shut off my Garmin while I checked my e-mail (notice split #9)...
Actual time was 1:14:20 (9:09/mi average)

When I was done running, I showered and decided to go to Sam's Club. My membership expired in March of this year, and I wasn't sure if I was going to renew--every time we go, we spend a small fortune. But when I was shopping for things like meat, nuts, dried fruit, etc, I was paying a small fortune at other stores, so I decided to renew my membership today.

I probably spent more money today than I would have all summer if I'd still had my membership... but this will last us a long time! I got snacks and lunch stuff for the kids for school, meat to portion out and freeze for dinners, lots of nuts (including a bag of Castachios--a mix of cashews and pistachios, with salt and pepper--yum!), and a bunch of other stuff.
That is what $275 looks like at Sam's Club (and that doesn't include the membership fee, which was $40)!

By the time I got home, it was already 1:00--I had a quick lunch and then tried to catch up on e-mail, which was my original plan today. Cleaned up the house a little, and the boys were home at 4. Time flies by when the kids are at school! But they had a good first day, and I made goulash (at their request) for dinner.
I am 100% sure this is not "authentic" goulash, and I have no idea what goulash is supposed to be like, but this is how my mom always made it (except she used ground beef, and I use ground turkey):

1 onion, chopped
1 lb. lean ground turkey
1 (14.5 oz) can of petite diced tomatoes
2 cups of water or beef broth (I use broth)
1 Tbsp. sugar (this is what makes this taste like "goulash" rather than just spaghetti to me)
8 oz. uncooked spaghetti, broken into thirds (I use the Smart Taste brand)

Heat a pot over medium-high heat and spray with cooking spray. Add the onion and cook for a couple of minutes. Add the turkey and cook until the turkey is browned, then drain the fat. Add the tomatoes and broth or water, and the sugar. Bring to a boil. Add the spaghetti, reduce heat to medium, and cover. Cook until all the liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes. My kids LOVE this!


I almost forgot that my new weekly goals start today. Here is what I'm going to work on this week...

Food--Replace my nighttime snack with tea.
Fitness--Do Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred twice.
Misc--Back and tie my sweatshirt quilt.

20 comments:

  1. I'm on day four of 30 Day Shred and I may have been a titsch curse-y at Jillian this morning. But I'm pretty sure she's used to it, so I think we're ok.

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    1. Lol I swore at Jillian PLENTY during 30 Day Shred! I believe I said "are you crazy?!" many times as well.

      Hope you like 30 Day Shred, Katie! The 20 minutes goes by SO fast!! If you ever wanna try Insanity, I'd be happy to lend you my copy!

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    2. Ha! I laughed out loud when I saw this comment! I've got a few of Jillian's DVDs and swear at her often! The 30 Day Shred swearing was accompanied by "what?!", "are you freakin kidding me?!" - BUT it seriously works!

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  2. Hey Kate have you seen this post yet? Its called Hey Fat Girl. Its a tribute to runners. Thought you might enjoy this, I know I sure did.

    http://flintland.blogspot.com/2012/05/hey-fat-girl.html

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  3. I make my own version of goulash too! The only differences are I use elbow macaroni, I don't put in sugar, and instead of broth I use V8 juice.

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  4. Interesting goulash! My dad used to make it with macaroni and either tomato or mushroom soup mixed it. (Looking back now, I think we made this when we where low on cash, hahaha).

    Great post!

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  5. I can't join any club because I will buy unnecessary things, just like at Target!

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  6. My cat likes to take up the whole bed too - makes sleeping difficult. Thanks for the pet weight translator.

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  7. OMG my sister's cat weighs 22lbs and I'm definitely sending her this information! Too funny!

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  8. Honey, that is not goulash! goulash has peas in it and egg noodles - at least that's what was in the Polish version we made when i was growing up!

    I have fat cats too! My boy Calvin -RIP- was pretty active and we never over fed him, still topped out at 18 lbs. We don't over feed the current cats and don't give them wet food. Lucy is a lazy scardy cat so I get that, and she's got to be 20 lbs, but our newest, LiLi, was tiny when we got her and is now a chub too. she does get table scraps but that's meat, fruit and cucumbers - the cat loves cucumbers - and she is very active so it's sort of a mystery with her.

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  9. Love a good Shred with Jillian. Your boys look like mini Jerry's!

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  10. I call Sam's the $100 store because you can't spend less than $100 there. I want those castachios!



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  11. lol, thanks for the pet weight site, I looked up my dogs, and passed it on to the girls at work. We enjoyed looking up our various pets.
    I just did a Jillian DVD the other night, she is quite the trainer!
    Our family adds paprika and uses macaroni with a little dollop of light sour cream on top when serving. It's always a winner!

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  12. My mom used to make ghoulish all the time. I love tomatoes, bu I don't like that dish.
    I had a bad diet day yesterday. Doing better today....

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  13. LOL on the cat weight. Some cats just are bigger. I had 2 cats that were totally different. One got wet and dry food and had free choice all day long and stayed very thin. Her maximum weight was 8 pounds, but mostly stuck around 6.5.

    My current cat gets portioned out food every day - no treats - and still maintains a weight of 11 pounds and is a bit of a big girl.

    Kind of like people, I guess :D

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  14. I do the Jillian Michael's 30 day shred as well as her Shed and Shred DVD and I love it. They are only 25min long but you get a good work out. She explaines proper form and has advanced and begininer moves. I am excited to hear how you like it.

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  15. One day I am going to finally unwrap my 30 day shred DVD and actually do it :)

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  16. Hmmm... Pet weight translator... Interesting! My vet always says, "She is starting to get on the heavy side..." I think it's hard to compare just a couple of pounds for a small dog when that's not that much for us! My dog drank a leftover mixed drink sitting on an end table and we had to take her in the next morning. They told us it was equivalent to like 18 shots. That scared me to no end. They/I thought she would have brain damage. Luckily, she does not. It's an interesting perspective.

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  17. Lmao I love how Chandler's looking like dont judge me on that picture.

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