Do you see what I see…

 

Happy Friday!

Another week down, another weekend to look forward to. I woke up this morning with the intent on having pancakes for breakfast but changed my mind after I assessed my hunger level.

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Before deciding on breakfast I try to take into consideration, my hunger level, my work out, lunch time, and dinner plans. Since I knew I’d be hitting the gym in less than two hours, I decided on a small bowl of cereal with lots of fruit. Don’t you just love winter fruit! I picked up a couple of pears and 1 pomegranate at Whole Foods during one of my quick frequent stops. The grocery store to me is like a playground. I could walk around it for hours checking out all the wonderful interesting things I’ve never tried.

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Do you see what I see?

pom arils

pears

ancient grain cereal

strawberry yogurt

almond butter

almond milk

I also woke up having a hard time deciding on what kind of work out I wanted to do! What’s wrong with me? I’m so indecisive today.

My options are:

Yoga? Running? Weights? or Cardio kickboxing?

I would do all of them If I had the time! But instead I decided on weights and cardio kickboxing.

Two out of four isn’t bad.

Have a great day, whatever you decide to do Smile

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The beginning of the season

Functional training was a fun class filled intervals of moderate levels of aerobic intensity (jumping jacks, burpees, frog jumps) and weights. I think the class is good for improving my agility but I barely broke a sweat!? I decided to run on the treadmill for 40 minutes at a fat burning pace. It was a very sloooooow 3 miles but the kicker was the hills. 3 minutes each  at 3, 4, 5, and 6 level incline repeat for for at total of 40minutes.

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By the time I got home for lunch all I really wanted was something simple.

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A veggie burger on a bed of lettuce with carrot, chipotle hummus, and multi grain flax crackers. No salad dressing just a little mustard drizzled on the veg burger. Love me mustard!

Dessert was a fuzzy kiwi, skin and all.

After lunch I went shopping…and found an awesome sweater at the Gap for 13 bucks! I also visited two paint stores and picked up a ton I mean A TON of color swatches. After applying a small sample of grey from the other day I decided it’s too light and industrial like.

Dinner was open faced burrito

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Refried beans, sautéed kobocha squash {a first for me}, lettuce, and a dab of chipotle hummus, and guac. The only thing missing was hot sauce, we seem to be out of stock. Can you imagine the horror? I’ve heard so much good things about kobocha squash on other blogs but have never been able to find it. Whole Foods happened to have it and it was on sale for $1.49# It was very goooood. It’s like a mix of pumpkin and sweat potato.

Must get hot sauce today!!!

Mr. Apron and I had plans to grab a beer and watch a show after dinner.

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His: Flat 12 upside down blonde

Hers: Fountain square pale ale

I am by no means a beer connoisseur but I think my beer was a little too strong for me. The hubs’ flat 12 was a little more pleasing to my palette, sweat and smooth.

After  drinks we went to Clowes Hall and watched The Little Apron sing with the Butler Ballet.

 

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The Nutcracker

When: December 3, 2011 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Venue: Clowes Memorial Hall

A holiday family tradition, Butler Ballet is proud to present The Nutcracker where children and adults are dazzled and delighted by glorious scenery and costumes, spectacular dancing and magical moments. Twirl with the snowflakes and waltz with the flowers while waiting for the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker Prince. Enjoy Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score performed by the Butler Ballet Orchestra and the Indianapolis Children’s Choir under the direction of Richard Auldon Clark. The Nutcracker runs from December 1- 4.

Address: 4600 Sunset Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46208, USA


 

The show was amazing!!! All the kids from dancers to singers are so talented.

We got home very late, had a piece of chocolate and went to bed.

Today is Mr. Aprons Birthday Birthday cake Happy birthday Mr. A

Lot’s of fun activities planned.

See you soon.

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Sweet and Spicy Toasty

Last night after work I went for another walk! It was colder then the previous night but the walked seemed shorter. I took my phone with me and talked to my good friend Joyce along the way playing catch up. She is currently buying a home and today is her Birthday.

Happy Birthday Joyce!!!Birthday cake

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Don’t you just love friends that make you smile.

For dinner I had [drum role please] a…..SMOOTHIE. Yes it was cold, yes I’m crazy but hey I like them. They have just the right amount of sweetness to make it a dinner and dessert.

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  • Plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • Soy protein
  • Almond milk
  • Mango
  • Spinach
  • Topped with 1/2 nanner, bnpb and Kashi pumpkin spice flax

Thanks to Mr. Apron I woke at 4:30 AM to a blaring alarm clock playing some crazy random song, . Being woken up to a song has a weird effect on me, I much prefer the buzzard. I was able to fall back asleep until 6:15.

This mornings fuel was a sweet and spicy toast combo.

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fig jam (sweet) jalapeno jam (spicy)
banana banana
kashi kashi
cinnamon turmeric
bnpb (sweet) real peanut butter (savory)

 

Oh! I forgot to mention the bread was Sprouted rye from Trader Joes.

On my way to the YMCA for a functional training class, it’s a mix of weights and cardio activities that mimic everyday activities. Such a lifting groceries or kids, squatting to pick something up, or reaching. In my case at 4’11’’ I definitely have some reaching.

Happy Thursday!

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Let it snow, let snow…in November.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

After working inside all day for 12 hours I decided a nice cold walk was just what I needed. It felt so refreshing to breath in the cool crisp autumn air. Now I’m not one to enjoy snow or even cold weather for that matter but today was different. I think I’ll try to go on more walks this winter even if it a bit chilly outside.

Tonight’s dinner was one of my cold weather, after work staples.

Low-sodium tomato soup with the addition of spinach, veggie sausage, red pepper flakes and nutritional yeast. A few pita chips from Trader Joe’s rounded out the meal. So simple yet so delicious.

Getting ready for bed with a little light reading (Laura Ingals Wilder’s Little House part 1). I’m determined to read all of the Little House books and the Harry Potter collection before 2013.

What’s your favorite book series?

Cyber Funday

Hey, hey, hey!

I slept in until 7:30 today! It felt so good to get some much-needed rest. I woke with a craving for carbs cereal.

Mom’s best mallow oats topped with mixed berries, 1/2 banana, sunflower nut buttah and organic 2% milk. This bad little bowl kept me full until late afternoon.

A couple of hours after breakfast I hit up a hot Vinyassa yoga class, followed by a free 30 minute meditation class. Did you know you can incorporate meditation anytime throughout the day? It doesn’t have to be all complicated, just a couple of minutes of conscious breathing and a little time to yourself does the body/mind good.

I found a 15% off coupon in my goody bag from the Drumstick Dash to a place called Rag-o-Rama ( a very hip clothing thrift store). I decided to use it today and found a cute flowy blue dress and black leggings for only $18.00 bucks. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!!!

I finally worked up an appetite around 3:00 pm and made myself another pumpkin smoothie.

It’s much like the other one from Saturday except I added the banana to the toppings instead of the base. I also threw in a few pepitas from our Jack O Lantern.

After lunch I took full of advantage of cyber monday and bought FOUR long sleeve organic t-shirts for $12.00!!!

Check out their sale @ threadsforthought.com

We picked out a paint color yesterday, brought home a sample, and applied it to the wall. I think I like it! Maybe the fam and I will do some painting tonight.

Happy Monday

 

Weight for the turkey

Weight lifting was exactly what I needed! I had a great class using small weights with pilate style moves. I came home with a decent appetite and decided to use some leftover turkey to make a salad plate.

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The turkey was warmed with a small dash of yellow curry sauce. I added some dressing croutons and a few slices of pineapple. The flavors worked really well together. I even went back for a little more.

Lunch was not complete without a little somthin, somethin. This would be the other half of my breakfast coffee cake with a dollop of light whipped cream. Totally hit the spot!

Off to run some errands and find some treasures.

The day after

It’s a little cold and rainy here today but I wanted a cold smoothie anyway. The addition of ice makes me feel like I’m getting a little extra hydration. Which I definitely needed after two glasses of vino last night. I’m quite the wimp when it comes to wine, it makes my hands swell and makes me sleepy (boo). I wonder if organic wine would be better for me? Has anyone tried Three Wishes wines from Whole Foods? It’s only $2.97 per bottle! I might pick some up next week and give it a review.

Anywho, last night’s dinner was good but I’m so ready to eat my normal meals.

Todays smoothie was a simple berry/spinach blend.

1/2 cup mixed berries

1/2 cups spinach

1/4 cup non-fat greek yogurt

1/2 cup almond milk

and 3 ice cubes. All blended together, and topped with a small slice of berry coffee cake and 1 tbsp of better n peanut butter.

Excited to spend the day with the fam picking out paint colors for our dining room and doing a little Goodwill shopping. I just finished the book Sara Snow’s Fresh Living: The Essential Room-by-Room Guide to a Greener, Healthier Family and Home. She has great tips for the beginner to the novice greenie on everything from paint, to cleaning products to furniture.

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But first I have a workout date with my Aunt Caren at her gym, time to lift some weights.

Pumpkin pie smoothie

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!

I hope all of you are enjoying time with your family and eating good food.

Thursday morning started out with our annual Drumstick Dash,

a 2.2 mile scenic run through Broad Ripple to benefit The Wheeler Mission. This has to be our fifth or sixth time doing this race. The course can be either 2.2 miles or 4.5 miles depending on what you choose. This year we decided to run the short course with hopes of running the long course next year.

After the race we walked another 1/2 mile to the car, headed home and showered. We had a lovely lunch with friends and family afterwards. Do you prefer an early Thanksgiving dinner or a later Thanksgiving dinner?

I did a little zumba this morning with my sister in-law {Julia} and the Little Apron. Julia is having a second Thanksgiving dinner tonight at her house. I made a homemade pumpkin pie with whipped cream for the occasion.

I purchased a couple extra cans of pumpkin at Whole Foods for only $1.29 each…steal! So I decided to make a pumpkin Pie smoothie.

1 cup pumpkin

5 ice cubes

1/2 cup plain non-fat greek yogurt

1/4 cup almond milk

1/2 small frozen banana

2 dashes pumpkin pie spice

1 dash cinnamon

Blend all the ingredients together and top with granola a nut butter.

I topped mine with a little Kashi pumpkin flax and sunflower nut butter.

It’s a gorgeous day here in Indy! I even have the windows open. Getting some good fall breezes and little bit of sunshine.

Time to do some house cleaning and get ready for tonight.

Have a wonderful Saturday evening.

Thank you for reading!!!!

Maria

I like pina coladas

Ok so maybe it’s not pina coloda season, and maybe this shake isn’t the real thing but it sure taste like it.

I’m calling this one “The Pina Colada”
1 scoop Shakeology
3/4 C pineapple
1/4 C mango
1/4 cup spinach
1/2 small banana
1/2 C ice
1/2 C coconut milk
1/2 C water

Take a look at the glass, wishing I were in there. Maybe the hubs and I can make to the Beachbody 2012 Summit being held in Vegas? This SIAB transported me back to Las Vegas, the beach, warm weather and fun times.

You know I like my toppings! sprinkle of coconut, 1 tbsp better n peanut butter, 1/2 granola bar (cliff white chocolate macadamia nut)
Make this smoothie today! If you don’t have Shakeology I suggest using chocolate protein powder.

Check out it! Shakeology “The healthiest meal of the day”

http://myshakeology.com/esuite/home/mariabroaddus

Maria Broaddus

Independent Team Beachbody Coach