a day in the life of my stomach…

Breakfast:

1 serving of kodiac pancakes. These pancakes are great! Just add water! No eggs or oil!

Topped with 1 small banana, 2 tbsp Trader Joe’s peanut butter cream cheese (look it up), 1 tbsp apple buttah, and a sprinkle of chia seeds.

Kept me full: all morning, throughout and after 75 minutes of HOT vinyasa yoga. In class we worked on hand stands, and I can almost do one!! I  just need a little more confidence and better concentration. My teacher made a good point today, something along the lines of (strength is more than physical it’s also mental). Meaning be in the moment, focus on the now and allow your inner strength to shine through.

Lunch:

My very first Whole Foods salad bar. Lettuce, cabbage, artichokes, beans, quinoa, cauliflower, beets, peas, zucchini, blue cheese and avocado lime dressing, and an apple (from home).

I also purchased a sparkling water and a hugh jass roll. The roll was FULL of  nuts: pepitas, poppy seeds and some other things? I toasted it first, ate most of it and tossed the rest.

After lunch I had a 1:00 appt with my new hairdresser. To be revealed soon.

Second workout of the day was with the Little Apron and her school running club. It’s so nice to be a running mentor to 4th, 5th and 6th graders.

Dinner inspiration was pizza. Shrimp, onions and bar- b- que sauce were involved.

I sauteed 1 white onion in evoo, added 1 # of shrimp. 1/4 cup of bar- b- que sauce and 1/4 cup H2O.

Simmered for about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile I rolled out the dough (trader joe’s brand) and pre-baked it for about 7 minutes before adding the toppings. I think baking the dough first makes for a crispier crust. Once the shrimp/onion mixture was added I then topped it with pepper, garlic powder and a very small amount of mozzarella cheese.

Side salad of course.

And some very cheap white wine that was suprisingly good. Tisdale chardonnay all the way.

Dessert:

Chocolate covered pretzels.

Happy Wednesday! I’m on way over to peas and crayons 🙂

Dinner on a whim

Do you ever run out of dinner ideas?

That was us tonight, we couldn’t decide on take out or a home cooked meal. Tuesdays are always long with after school activities, we never seem to eat until after well after 8:00pm. I really really wanted  Chili Verde tonight but after much debate we decided to eat at home and save some moula, and calories. I’m so glad we did too, because it was a good one.

Meatless meatball subs

Warmed pita bread stuffed with meatless meatballs, spinach, nutritional yeast, and banana peppers. One smallish glass of Redwood Creek Pinot Noir in an Oliver Winery glass. I’m no expert when it comes to wine. I drink what ever taste good to me at the time. I really like this with one with its berry aroma, and the fullness you’d expect from a Pinot noir. Not sure where the hubs got it but I know it’s only $7.99 per bottle. Love it when on a whim dinners taste good and are figure friendly to boot.

Dessert:

Fresh pineapple topped with low-fat vanilla yogurt, pecans, coconut and a drizzle of honey. A cup of caffeine free pero to round out the night.

Night!

Sunshine, no rain just water

Despite the gloomy weather predictions, It never rained today!

Just plenty of sunshine 

The weather was so nice that my athletic conditioning instructor decided to move class outside. Whenever we go outside instead of staying in the gym the workout seems harder. It was a windy 60 minutes of 1/4 mile sprints followed by 1/4 mile jogs, shuffles, high knees, push ups, dips…etc. For every step I took forward the wind pushed me back two.

It didn’t help that my breakfast wasn’t fully digested either. I think I should to start giving myself three hours instead of two to eat before a workout, unless it’s a very small meal (1/2 breakfast). I know can break up breakfast by eating a little before and a little after, but it’s so nice to have one regular meal.

After class I jumped into the Y’s olympic sized pool.

I wish I could say I’m a good swimmer, but I’m not. The whole breathing thing just doesn’t work for me. Every once and while I like to get into the pool and just feel a little buoyant ya know?  After a few laps I ran a little bit. Yes! I ran in the water, and yes it’s good for your training!

The thing I dislike most about swimming is fa-reeezing water. Today the temperature was perfect, I actually enjoyed it. Dare I say sprint triathlon this summer?

Once home I made a big salad.

In the salad: two kinds of lettuce (iceberg and romaine), tomatoes, carrots and asparagus. [Started adding iceberg to my salads for extra bulk. What? I had to do something. I was going through one bag on romaine every couple of days.] I know just call me a rebel.

On the salad: free-range organic egg, freshly grated parm cheese, black pepper, blob of chipotle hummus.

After lunch I had a little down time before my next meeting and watched a movie called The Future of Food. Tsk tsk GMO’s, that’s all I have to say.

Next…

Apple toast crunch

Good Morning!

The sun is shining and it’s unbelievable. It’s so supposed to rain 6 out 7 days this week, can you believe it!?  It started raining Sunday afternoon and is supposed to rain all the way through Thursday.  We get a small break on Friday and then it’s rain again on Saturday. A little bit of rain everyday is not that bad, but how I am supposed to squeeze in an outdoor run?

When it comes to running outside I’m very picky!!

 No heavy down pour (a light drizzle is okay)

 Prefer > 40 degrees F

 Streets clear of ice

 And I never ever run in the dark alone

These are my own rules, they keep me safe and I’m not afraid to use them 🙂

I might go for a short run later this afternoon (after it rains),  but right now on my way to athletic conditioning  to get in one last endurance session.

Only eleven more days till race day!

My fitness goals this week are to streeeeeeetch, gain some strength in my legs, core and arms, and work out some muscle kinks.

I had the best bowl of cereal this morning!!! To get me started.

Apple crunch

Topped with

  • 1/2 small apple, peeled cored and chopped
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • sprinkle of chia seeds

Substituting my usual banana for an apple really stole the show.  I tossed the diced apples in a little bit of honey with a dash of cinnamon…muah!

A rawther large cup of hot caribou coffee (almost finished!), ironically I’m starting to like it.

May the law of karma be with you today.

Blue mile bunny socks

Happy Easter!

I hope you had a great Easter Sunday no matter how you spent it. My day was filled with family, food and fun.

 I ate lots of good food today!

  • Egg omelet with plenty of veg for breakfast.
  • Salads, fresh veg, fruit, and a small plate of dessert for lunch.
  • Purple monster smoothie with a purple jelly bean tossed in for dinner.

Yesterday as I was reading my e-mails I stumbled across the blue mile’s e newsletter. For those of you who don’t live in Indianapolis the blue mile is a store “committed to runners and walker at all levels of fitness”.  They carry everything from shoes and apparel to gadgets and accessories to get you started on walking/running program or keep you motivated. The friendly knowledgeable staff is a big plus as well.  In the newsletter are things like product reviews,

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  Endurox R4 Recovery Drink

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 Soleus 262 100-Lap Watch  

 and information on their upcoming store events.

What caught my eye the most was this:

[{Easter Sunday Fun at BlueMile in Broad Ripple, Camel and Fishers We’ll be open on Easter Sunday (in these three locations only) with a little Easter egg fun. Pick an egg out of the basket, and you’ll win a prize–including gift cards and merchandise. Our special Easter hours are noon to 5pm in Broad Ripple, Carmel and Fishers.}]

Now let me start out by saying I may be a little too old to hunt for Easter eggs, but ask me to reach into a basket and pull out an egg. Now that I can do.

Before heading home and calling it a day we [Mr. Apron, Little Apron and myself] stopped into the Fishers location to take a look around and see what the Easter bunny had left behind.

I chose the last pink egg and to my surprise I found a mr. Goodbar (peanuts…love) and a note that read:

Happy Easter! Free Socks!

Feetures! light are a multi-sport  performance sock with ultra light cushion and a seamless toe guaranteed to prevent blisters. The other cool thing about these socks are the eco-friendly packaging they come in and the company’s commitment to the National Forest Foundation. A portion of sales for each pair of socks is donated to the NFF.

It just so happens I was in need of a new pair of running socks. I tried them on as soon as I got home and gave them a quick two-mile run.  They felt great and fit like a glove!

 Thank you Mr. Easter bunny or should I say the blue mile…wink, wink.

What was your favorite suprise today?

Running and a dinner

Last night Jason and I had plans to go to dinner and a movie, but after being cooped up inside all day the last thing I wanted was to sit for two hours in a unpersonable theater. Instead of the movie we decided to take advantage of the weather and run a short two miles together, than proceed to dinner.

 In case you’re wondering the movie we were going to see was “Water for Elephants” with Reese Witherspoon and Rob Pattinson. Water for Elephants is probably one of my favorite books of all time. Did you get a chance to watch the movie? If you haven’t read the book I highly recommend it!

Can’t wait for another opportunity to see the movie when the time is right.

The weather was warm and a little humid with drips of rain in the air. I love the feeling of a short run. I like to run as fast as my body will allow, without worrying about time or distance.

In honor of Earth Day we tried a new restaurant that specializes in organic, locally sourced ingredients.

 Scottys Lake House was the perfect fit for the both us. Burgers and beer for him, conscious food for her.

I ordered the ahi tuna burger off the not burgers menu. $9.00 seemed like a big price tag for a normal (smallish) size burger, but once we started eating them we could  easily tell why. They were full of flava!

I didn’t want to eat all the bread but instead focused on the goods: garlic teriyaki seared tuna and asian cabbage slaw.

We ordered a basket of  house fries from the burgers bff menu, again smallish in size but not on flava! The thick cut fries came with three different sauces for dipping.

  • chipotle ketchup
  • garlic mayo

and

  • sun king beer mustard (favorite)

Neither one of was able to finish the fries, we did however finish our beers.

I had the Centennial Martyr Double IPA on tap that evening from thr3ewisemen. I could taste the honey and hints of Indiana flowers in every sip.

Centennial Martyr Double IPA
Color:
Amber to medium red 
ABV: 8.00% 
IBU: 92
Features: clover honey from hunter’s honey farm in martinsville, indiana and amarillo hops

After dinner we walked four doors down (literally) and tried another new establishment.

We were greeted by the young hip owner of zogurts with a friendly come on in. Even though they were closing in five minutes (didn’t realize until later), were offered samples and nutritional information on all ten flavors.

After a couple small samples, I opted for the Fat Trimming non fat chocolate yogurt. With only 80 calories per 4 oz serving it was treat I wasn’t going to pass up.

 Love culinary adventures!!! Especially when we get lucky and find good food.

Hope your weekend started out great 🙂

Apricots, Arnica and After

Hello, hello!

I woke up this morning and hit the door running.

I covered 5 miles around the neighborhood in a little over 50 minutes. Don’t know why I’m slow lately. The thing is I don’t really feel slow, maybe I’m just enjoying the ride and taking in the scenery.

 Or maybe I need to start drinking more water?

Water before

and water after.

A couple of apricots pre-run for some quick burning carbs.

Sun-maid apricots were given the “healthy fitness award” in 2008 by Fitness magazine. I used to use energy gels during long long runs, but now I think dried fruit my be better.

I took a rawther COLD bath to ice my legs, and then rawther hot bawth with bath salts to soothe my legs. Loving this new product made by EObath salts and arnica all in one. It tingled a little bit, but my legs feel great! Sturdy and strong!!

The aroma of the eucalyptus wasn’t very prominent, I’m a sensory kinda girl. Maybe I’ll add more essential oils to the water next time.

By 9:30 breakfast was calling my name and all I wanted was a big bowl of cereal!!!

Into the bowl went:

  • 3/4 cup Natures Path Flax (it’s on the bottom)
  • 3/4 cup Peanut Butter Panda Puffs
  • 1 tbsp of fresh ground peanut butter from kroger (easy on the wallet)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup mixed berries
  • 1 cup almond milk

Still trying to finish off this coffee , and still don’t like it…

Watching an episode of bethenny ever after {loved her book}, then it’s time to get some work done. Can’t wait to try the skinny girl margarita, and read her new book A Place of Yes.

Happy Wednesday! Don’t work to hard 🙂

Thunder, lightning and wacked out taste buds

The rain hit hard this morning around 11:15, just about the time I was on my home from the gym!

Thunder, lightning…not my thing.

 To be on the safe side I pulled over at a Starbucks and ran inside to wait out the storm.

Would you believe the electricity at Sbux went out right before I walked in? The power came back on very soon after but the cash registers weren’t working so I got a free coffee. [Score]

After about fifteen minutes and two firetrucks I hopped back into the car and drove home safely.

 I only had a few minutes to get ready before I had to meet LA for lunch.

Lunch:

Lunch was packed the night before: mixed vegetables, bland chicken and white rice all seasoned with low-sodium soy sauce, and red pepper flakes. (not shown)

After lunch LA gave a power point presentation to the class using the promethean board.  No, it’s not a white board, but it’s very similar. Kinda like a white board but on steroids. The presentation was about King Arthur, Queen Guinevere and the Knights of the Round Table. Didja know KA and QG had 25 children!? Excuse my French but wtf! Do you remember what your  fourth grade class was like? Mine definitely didn’t have promethean boards, more like chalk boards 🙂

When I got home from lunch I was still hungry… not enough nutrients.  My stomach and brain asked for pumpkin pie.

Pumpkin pie yogurt…that is

  • 1/4 cup pumpkin
  •  dash of pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • the other half of this mornings banana
  • tsp better’n peanut butter
  • sprinkle granola
  • drizzle of honey

The honey was a gift from Mr. Harmless, one of Mr. Apron’s clients. Harmless honey (his real name) is made right here in Indy and it is oh so good.

A cup of warm yerba mate tea.

This afternoon I got some house work done, sorted mail, and organized the spice cabinet.

Every good cook needs a convenient supply of herbs and spices. They’re a great way to add flavor and zest to any dish minus the fat and calories.

The hubs made dinner:

Bean burritos cuban style

He tried a can of Trader Joe’s cuban black beans, they were very salty yet bland all at the same time. How does that even happen? We agreed not to buy those again, from now on its pinto beans all the way baby.

In my two low-carb tortillas (11 carbs and 60 calories each), I added a couple spoonfuls of beans, lettuce, tomatoes and onions.

 Topped with a sprinkle of cheese and Franks red hot. On the side: whole wheat scoops with guacamole and salsa for dipping.

A glass of Shock Top was offered but after a sip I declined.  My taste buds must be out of wack!

 I traded the beer in for a glass of  vino rojo, and the beer was not wasted.

Lot’s of work to be done tomorrow: 5 mile run, girl scout phone calls, and some nursing continuing education.

Nite 🙂

Nutella blend

I woke up this morning to a cloudy rainy day 😦

Mr. Sunshine where did you go?

I also woke up hungry and decided to have something sweet. Insert: NUTELLA!

Toasted whole wheat english muffin with 1 tbsp of decadent Nutella, 1 tsp raspberry preserves, 1 medium strawberry sliced, 1/2 banana grilled, sprinkle unsweetened coconut, sprinkle of bear naked fit granola. Grilling the banana makes it softer and brings out more of the flavor.

This breakfast was definitely sweet, maybe a little too sweet? I think it was the  raspberry preserves that put it over the top.  Had I used strawberry jam I think the flavors would’ve meshed better. Still better than a doughnut without the tummy ache or sugar high.

More fresh market coffee. The Spring Blend puts a little pep in my step!

Todays agenda includes:

  • Athletic Conditioning (helps with speed and agility)
  • Organizing this crazy mess:

I purchased these letter trays at Target yesterday and thought they would make great mail sorters.

  • Lunch date with the little apron
  • A few calls to Einstein bagel and Panera bread  (in search of breakfast donations for an upcoming girl scout trip)

The rest of the day is wide open to make good choices.

Have you ever heard of Deepak Chopra? I’m almost finished with his book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga.

May good Karma be with you today!

Ten miles down

 

Today’s 10 mile run was actually quite fun.  It only took about a mile before I realized all the kinks and sluggishness had vanished.

The weather was perfect, sunny yet cool.

The Monon wasn’t too busy either it was filled with just the right amount of runners, walkers, and bikers.

I covered 10 miles in about 1 hour and 39 minutes, that’s about a 9.9 minute pace.

A little bit slow, but then again today was only practice, sometimes slower is better.

After my run I elevated my legs and let the blood run back to my core.

 

 

Post fuel: Otherwise known as the rest of my breakfast was a protein shake in a reusable Kombucha bottle.

Love using my empty kombucha bottles for water and such, oh so GREEN.

I packed this little snack with me knowing lunch wouldn’t be for at least a couple of hours.

1 cup almond milk, 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, and half a banana.

During training I usually end up eating about four times a day anyway. Smaller meals with more nutritional value. Having a protein shake within 30 minutes of a long run curbs my appetite, and I feel like the nutrients absorb better.

After a quick shower and a few errands I finally had lunch.

Sandwich: PB+strawberry jam on rye bread with sliced strawberries.

Salad: lettuce, spinach, onion, asparagus, sprinkle of walnuts, sprinkle of gorgonzola cheese, more strawberries , black pepper and a drizzle of honey.

 You already know I can’t live with tortilla chips. I dug into the almost empty bag of FSTG blue corn tortilla chips and added them for a little extra crunch.

Dessert:

¼ pumpkin, ¼ cup low-fat vanilla yogurt, and 1 tbs of bare naked fit almond granola.

Not much else happened today except dinner.

Over the weekend I worked at the hospital and I’m not sure why but it seemed colder than usual in there.  

I had a hard time keeping warm, and decided right then and there I’d be making a spicy soup for Monday nights dinner. 

Not sure what to call it yet.

It’s a mix between a sweet and spicy soup with added chicken, glass noodles, mung beans and shiitake mushrooms.

Seasoned with ginger, s+p, jalapenos, chili powder and lime juice.

It did it’s job! Warmed me up and helped with Mr. Aprons cold, even the little apron liked it.

 Time to rest and get some beauty sleep.

Nite 🙂