Never have I ever…

Hi y’all! I’m high up in the mountains in a beautiful cabin with wonderful peeps. The hubs and I made it safely around six last night. We had a family style pasta dinner then played a litte “never I have I ever‚ÄĚ, in the hot tub ūüôā Today we are going to do some activities on the strip and maybe see a Dixie Stampede. But first up is a group hike, and a little muscle workout. Sorry for the lack of pics, no good reception here. Have you ever been to Gatlinburg? Is their anything you recommend doing while I’m here? Happy Saturday!

Blog love

On my home from work tonight I immediately noticed something wrong with my car. I pulled over at the nearest gas station,¬†stepped out of the car ¬†and examined the driver’s side tire. What did I find you ask?

A flat tire!

I called the hubs and interrupted his dinner at the China Buffet where he immediately¬†put down his fork¬†to come to¬†my rescue. Well maybe not immediately, I think he made one more trip to the buffet first ūüôā

Anywho,

He replaced the old tire with a spare in a quickness and I was back on the road in no time flat [flat…get it¬†{hee-hee}]. Do you know how to change a tire? Apparently I don’t,¬†and¬†to be honest I¬†really have no desire to learn, is that such a¬†bad thing?

By the time I made it home it was nearing 9:00PM and still hadn’t had dinner. Of course I could have skipped dinner altogether but where’s the fun in that. If I don’t eat a little somethin¬†somethin before bed, I can’t sleep.

I made a one egg burrito with 1/2 cup veggie soup mixed in all tucked into a low-carb tortilla. A side of or regular tortilla chips for comfort rounded out the meal. [Love me some tortilla chips]

And shhh don’t tell I also had a graham cracker with 4 banana slices and 1 tbsp Nutella for dessert.

I watched a little bit of The Jersey Shore (another shhh don’t tell) and decided I should better utilize my time. I turned off the tube and walked into my make shift yoga¬†studio {my most favorite room in the house } and¬†did¬†60 minutes of¬†Power Baptiste yoga with Dave.

I’m looking forward to tomorrow and vacay, but before we can leave I¬†have to:

  • run
  • pack
  • shower
  • eat ?
  • buy a new tire

Wish me luck!

In the mean time here are a few blogs I’m loving now.

Janet planet living

Kiss my broccoli

The novice chef blog

(never home) maker

I would also like to give¬†a big “Thank You”¬†to everyone who reads my little blog

If you ever have any questions, comments or suggestions feel free to shoot me a line.

Namaste,

Maria

Mojo, Wine, and Cookies

Tuesday’s workout was so much fun. I did 60 minutes of Athletic Conditioning and then 45 minutes of hill repeats on the treadmill.

Before I get to Tuesday’s meals here’s a quick blurb about Athletic Conditioning:

After graduating nursing school in 2005 and gaining a TON of weight I knew something had to be done. The first thing on my, ‚Äúto buy‚ÄĚ list after getting a job was a gym membership. I had always been a runner but didn‚Äôt have (or make?) the time while in school to run or workout. I eased my way back into the gym by doing 30 minutes session on the elliptical, 30 minutes of weight machines and about 10 minutes of abs at the end. Once I felt strong enough and confident enough I took my first group fitness class, Turbo Kick. ¬†It wasn‚Äôt until about a year later in 2006 that I started taking Athletic Conditioning. Before that I would walk by the class peek through the window hear loud music and watch the class do amazing things. I quickly decided I wasn’t ready for that haaaarrrrd¬†level of physical activity, and would go on my merry way. To be honest I was a little scared! Can you imagine a beautiful blonde, super fit, and pregnant at that shouting out drills? When I finally stepped into class, I immediately fell in love with the structure and comradery the class brought. I may not be a professional athlete but for 60 minutes once a week I can pretend. J Every week is different, every week is challenging and that‚Äôs the whole point! ¬†So many times we get used to repetition we forget to push ourselves. ¬† Compared to yoga [my other love] athletic conditioning is a very much in your face approach. You do what’s asked of you and try your best because someone makes you accountable. Athletic conditioning and yoga are different in the best possible ways.

Who or what makes you accountable?

Pre-fuel AKA breakfast:

1 cup honey nut toasty O’s, 1/2 cup wheat-fuls, 1/2 cup frozen berries, 1 cup 2% organic milk, 1 tbsp Nuttzo¬†, ¬†and 1.5 tbsp unsweetened shredded¬†coconut

Post-fuel AKA lunch:

Simple salad with 2 handfuls of chopped romaine, 1 hard-boiled egg, celery, cherry tomatoes, 2 tbsp gorgonzola, and 1 tbsp of green goddess.

On the side a small orange, 1 serving of TJ’s multi-grain crackers, 1 tbsp of garlicky hummus, and a glass of sparkling water (not shown).

My lunch also consisted of a Voskos greek yogurt that I saved for a snack around 6:00.

Mr. Apron had dinner made and ready by the time little apron and I got home from choir practice.

Spicy chicken nachos with Late July¬†Mild Green Mojo multigrain snack chips. I wish I could say I loved the chips but they were just meh, they reminded me of Doritos.¬†Not saying anything bad about Doritos, they just had that thick powdery seasoning on top, ya know? If you want to try them for yourself¬†¬†they’re on sale at whole foods (2 for $5.00).

I topped my mojo nachos with gauc, and shredded cheese. The chix and lettuce were so good I went back for seconds.

A small glass of Natale Verga Prosecco rounded out the meal. The hubs and¬†I found¬†it over the weekend for only $10.00 a bottle, It’s quickly becoming my new favorite sparkling wine. [great taste and bubbles]

Dessert: Oh yes I did!

Dos galletas¬†out of¬†a hugh jass box of cookies given to us from my mom ūüôā

Happy What I ate Wednesday!

Confessions of a runner part III

I often forget how old I am.

Case in point, take yesterday’s post.

I got so excited about this upcoming weekend and our trip to Gatlinburg, TN¬†to celebrate Aunt T’s 30th. I accidentally referred to this picture of¬†¬†her and I, as a celebration of my 30th B-day. After thinking about it on my way to the gym, I realized the pic was actually¬†taken on my 31st birthday this past July.

If you ask me for my age, I may or may not stop to think about.

Age is really just a number anyway, right!?

Shake your bon bon

Today’s agenda:

  • Athletic conditioning
  • 45 minute treadmill run
  • Shower
  • Lunch
  • Hair cut
  • Chauffeur the little apron to choir drama club, and choir (she‚Äôs a star)
  • Get a little crafty
  • Update i-pod

Breakfast:

Mucho carbs

1 cup honey nut toasty O’s, 1/2 cup wheat-fuls, 1/2 cup frozen berries, 1 cup 2% organic milk, 1 tbsp Nuttzo¬†, ¬†and 1.5 tbsp unsweetened shredded¬†coconut

A cup Two cups of joe [best coffee evah!] Coconut Bon Bon. I found this little bag of¬†coffee for $1.95 at the Breadsmith¬†two weeks ago. I can’t get enough of it.

The Little Apron and I have a fun craft planned this evening with some WILD zebra print!

Last night before bed I read a little bit of InStyle and would you believe their was an article about Tory Burch in there?

The woman is amazing did you know she is a philanthropist and started her own foundation in 2009. The Tory Burch Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides economic opportunity to women and their families in the United States. She helps entrepeneurs like herself¬†¬†with the support they need to succeed, even when traditional banks won’t.¬†

Woman power

Speaking of woman I have big plans this weekend to celebrate my dear friend Aunt T’s 30th Birthday.

This is us celebrating Mr. Aprons 30th.

This is us celebrating my 30th.

Now it’s her turn ūüôā

¬†We leave early Friday morning for Gatlinburg, Tennessee. A group of about 14 will be sharing a cabin in the Great Smokey Mountains. Lot’s of shenanigans to be had

Have great Tuesday!

Oatmeal pancakes

Do you have a case of the Monday’s?

Did  it rain all day where you are?

Did you miss today’s run?

If you answered yes to any or all three questions than I feel your pain.

In an effort to cheer up my mood I¬†searched for¬†the brightest plate, mug, and place mat I could find. Once I had¬†the dishes in place I played around in the kitchen and ended up¬†trying a new recipe. I originally reached for the pancake mix, but to my surprise I only had a about 1/2 cup kodiac cake mix [not enough to go around].¬† After digging¬† in my¬†pantry¬†I ¬†found a bag of Bob’s Red Mill Oat Flour with a recipe on the back for OATMEAL PANCAKES!!!

They take a  bit more time and effort to make, but you can always make them the night before and store them in the refrigerator. They can easily be reheated in a microwave for a quick grab and go breakfast. If you have the time to make a batch during the weekend layer them between parchment paper and store in a zip-lock back in the freezer.

Oatmeal Pancakes

Makes about eight 4-inch pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk (low-fat)
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup quick cooking rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup oat flour
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 egg whites

Directions:

1. Heat water until hot, stir in oats and cook until done, about 5 minutes.

2. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl then add the cooked oats and milk, stir to combine.

3. Add egg yolks and oil, stir to combine.

4. Beat egg whites until stiff peak forms, then fold into batter.

5. Cook pancakes on hot griddle making sure not to burn.

Hey mama!

Last night Mr. Apron and I met up with our dear friends Jeff and Joyce for our annual Valentine’s Day double date.

[Mama Carolla¬īs villa was built by the RH Shelborn Company in the 1920¬īs as a model home for a new style of homes to be built o the Indianapolis north side. This California Stucco design incorporates a Mediterranean style with a little touch of Spanish and Italian, and can be seen in several houses throughout the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood.]-taken directly from website.

¬†Mama Carolla’s¬†is¬†our favorite Italian restaurant. In my¬†opinion it has¬†some of the best Italian fare in all of Indianapolis.¬†Mama Carolla’s is¬†a family run establishment and although Mr. Carolla no longer cooks¬†you can be sure to find him at the patio door¬†greeting every customer with a warm smile.¬†You can’t miss him¬†with his white fluffy hair, happy belly,¬†and¬†almost always sporting a red¬†wool sweater. He’s one of the cutest old men I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet.

Mr. and Mrs. Apron

Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Joyce sporting the sultry eye.

The girls

No boys, just warm crusty bread with a little olive oil.

Italian wedding soup.

I hardly ever order soup at restaurants because they usually seem to be heavily salted. Not this one! The soup was divine!!! Meatballs, and tiny noodles in a light broth.

Main course: Spinach ravioli mmm!!!

Fresh pasta squares filled with a cheesy spinach mixture, covered with a creamy pesto sauce.¬†¬†Mr. Apron ordered the same thing which rarely ever happens, I guess it looked too good for him to pass up. I really¬†need to¬†make¬†my own pesto sauce someday, it’s so flavorful and versatile.

After dinner¬†the four of¬†us¬† walked¬†across the street¬†to the LGG:¬†Locally Grown Gardens¬†in search of some SUGAR PIE. Chef Ron [whom you can see in background]¬†makes all of his pies from scratch¬†using only¬†the best natural ingredients. The LGG¬† is a year round farmers markets, restaurant and bakery. He¬†sells¬†seasonal produce, local honey, artisanal chocolates, and fresh¬†dairy. The refurbished gas station reminds me of a¬†Parisian market, filled with rows and rows of fruit and veg. Sadly I’ve never been to Europe, I can only imagine that’s what it would be like. You really should check out the LGG website and read Chef Ron’s awesome bio!

A slice of SUGAR pie shared with Mr. Apron. The pic doesn’t do it justice people.

A Flaky crust and creamy middle, what’s not to like?

The perfect ending to a wonderful evening.

blue moon full moon

‚ÄúWe runners are all a little nutty, but we’re good people who just want to enjoy our healthy, primitive challenge. Others may not understand running, but we do, and we cherish it. That’s our only message‚ÄĚ.

John J. Kelley Olympic marathoner

Blue mile training program week five:

Pre-fuel: 0700 3 dried apricots for a burst of healthy carbs.

Post-fuel: 9:00ish? Nova lox with tomatoes, capers and red onion on a whole wheat bagel thin. A small cup of Einsteins neighborhood blend and a few pieces of fruit shared with Cassie.

Today’s scheduled run was to be: 60 minutes or 6 miles easy, finishing steady.

I stayed up way to late last night (thank you coffee, and full moon), and because of it I woke this morning I didn’t feel rested at all.¬†¬†I wasn’t sure how the lack of sleep would affect my run, but once I hit the pavement all signs of fatigue vanished.¬†¬†Maybe it had something to do with the bone chilling air or the fact that I had someone to run with who¬†shared my pain. My core felt well insulated with an undershirt, technical shirt and vest but my arms nearly froze off. I thought¬†I was going¬†to suffer from frost bite.

Early on into the run I¬†was introduced to¬†one of the Blue Mile’s mentors. He seemed to have the same pace as I so we decided to run together. After talking with him for a while I discovered his normal pace¬†is¬†usually¬†around 8:15¬†whereas mine is a measly 10:00 minute mile. He was gracious enough to let me hold him back but to my surprise we were clocking 8:45!!!

The great thing about running with someone faster than you is the motivation of becoming faster yourself.

We ended up doing 6.6 miles in 60 minutes.

Woohoo!!!

I’m one tired little runner now, time to rest and recover. Part of tonight’s recovery ritual will be a tasty Italian dinner with friends.

Happy long-run Saturday,

Maria

  

 

  

and the winner is…

Congratulations to Brittney at brittfit! For winning TFA’s first giveaway.

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She just won a bottle of Nars nail polish in Orgasm (peachy pink with gold sheen).

(Borrowed photo)

It all started with a little post about MAKEUP,

 [Nars Fashion Icon kit]

and how to get a fresh off the treadmill glow.

I hope to make The Fitted Apron more than just a blog about healthy living but too also include my passion for fashion, BEAUTY ((both inner and out)), and the practice of yoga while still keeping things light and witty.

Congrats again Britt e-mail me your info.

Maria ūüôā

P.S

I’m not affiliated with Nars’ in any way shape or form nor did they¬†bribe me.

wait until the sun comes up…

Four little things that make my job easier:

First up is the cafeteria.

Twelve hour work days can be mentally and physically taxing. Nurses require both stamina and strength, but more importantly nutrition. ¬†If I don‚Äôt have time or forget to pack my lunch I know a mixed green salad is just a few floors away. If I get hungry at 4:00 in the afternoon and can‚Äôt wait another four hours to eat again, I’ll head to the cafeteria and buy¬†a healthy snack. A piece of fruit, veggie sticks, soymilk, or a kashi bar¬†are my usual suspects.

On a normal day I prefer to eat breakfast before work but this morning I wasn‚Äôt very hungry. I have no problem eating dinner when it‚Äôs dark outside but when it came to today’s breakfast I assumed wait until the sun comes up. ¬†I‚Äôm¬†having a hard time eating at 6:00 AM, when everyone is sleeping and the sun hasn’t risen. Spring can‚Äôt come soon enough! ¬†¬†Once I got hungry around 9:00 and was able to sneak away for a few minutes I hit up the yogurt/oatmeal bar.

One side of the yogurt bar.

Second half of the yogurt bar.

Lots and lots of oatmeal.

Topping galore

 Second is the gift shop.

If my day gets a little hectic and I find myself in need of some retail therapy I can escape to the gift shop during a lunch break. I’ve found some really nice  pieces of inexpensive jewelry, hand bags and home décor at ours. The gift shop is also full of information; they carry a wide collection of magazines like Martha Stewart, Rachel Ray, Glamour, Self and Real Simple.

Of course you can’t forget People and US weekly, hey; I have to get my pop culture and fashion news in somehow.   Do you have a favorite nonsense mag?

Third is the endless supply of cheese and crackers.

Last but not least are the wonderful people I work with.

What makes your work week easier?

 

This breakfast kept me full and satisfied until 2:00 PM

My bowl and rawther large cup of hot hot coffee.

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • scoop of vanilla yogurt
  • sprinkle of granola
  • spoonful of mixed berries
  • three strawberries
  • 1/2 small banana (from home)
  • peanut butter

I brought my own plastic silver ware and napkin from home, that I tucked into my new lunchbox. The lunchbox was a Valentines Day gift from my mother-in-law, so cute!

The weekend is almost here!

I have a long run, yoga session, and a special dinner planned. I need to catch up with all my blog buddies and see what their up to.

See ya, when I see ya ūüôā

Maria