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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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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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

 

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.

Target, Tory and Tuesdays

Hello Tuesday!

I much prefer Tuesday’s over Monday’s, but Wednesdays are my favorite day of the week. Yesterday was a hectic day, you know one of those days when nothing goes as planned.

First I missed body sculpting so I decided to run on the treadmill for 40 minutes. Not Bad

Then I decided to take  a Turbo Kick class which to my surprise was actually a Zumba class. Not Bad

Had lunch with the Little Apron. Awesome!

Picked up a prescription at the pharmacy (little cold).

Bad…very bad! It took them 2.5 hours to get my prescription filled!!! Ughh

After all the madness the day ended up on a good note thanks to this…

{Organic ribs and chicken from The Fresh Marked seasoned with Penzeys  BBQ 300 and topped with

Neelys BBQ sauce. Sides included whole saffron basmati rice and veggie casserole.}

and this…

A skinny cow chocolate truffle popsicle. Sooo good and satisfying. I’m not so crazy about the Hubs beer choice but it was cold and complemented the dinner well.

Today’s agenda consists of:

~Having a good day

~Making good choices

~Cleaning the fridge

~Athletic conditiong

~View Tory Burch’s fashion show live!

~Target trip {Missoni for Target (Can’t wait)}

But first… a little fuel.

Whole wheat pancakes with chia seeds, flax meal and banana.

Topped with a little more nanner (1/2 medium total), couple spoonfuls of blueberry yogurt, drizzle of honey, and a sprinkle of Bear Naked fit granola.

Two questions for the day: What’s you favorite day of the week and why?

What’s your favorite beer and would you reccomend it?

Peace

Paint your food in color

Morning

It’s a cloudy rainy day here in Indy. Hopefully it clears up by tomorrow morning.

Depending on the weather I may wear,

Shorts? Pants? Tights?

Long sleeve? Short sleeve shirt?

Perhaps an umbrella? 🙂

to tomorrows mini-marathon.

So many choices, and so much to do today. Wouldn’t it be great if we could stop the clock to get some work done or even rest!   I feel like I have so much to do but no matter how hard I try nothing seems to  get done. Ughhh!

okay, okay, this is not a itch-fest, I’m just sayin.

Today’s agenda:

  • First things first, 500 festival mini-marathon  expo  (so excited)
  • Buy a new watch (lost mine)
  • Pick up a few grocery’s (pasta)
  • Bake some goodies (distressor)
  • 20 minute run (warm up the legs)
  • Rest (must must do)

I’m not the type of person who like to sit still for more than an hour. Go figure.

Breakfast this morning was heavy in carbs but lighter than yesterday’s Maria bowl.

Isn’t it pretty?

Swirled pancakes

  • 1 serving of kodiak cakes
  • topped with 2 tbsp lfv yogurt
  • 1 tbsp homemade raspberry sauce {warm berries in a sauce pot add a small amount of water and a pinch of sugah)
  • 1 tbsp sunflower nut butter
  • 1/2 small banana

After applying the toppings take a knife and swirl away.

May your day be full of color

Maria bowl

Good morning! Good morning!

Only two more days till the 35th running of the Indianapolis 500 mini-marathon!

For the next couple of day I’ll be putting the finishing touches on my training:

I plan to get in:

  • lots of water
  • one more yoga session
  • plenty of rest
  • good food
  • gear check

After working the past three days (12 hour days) and having so/so breakfast I knew today a big bowl of cereal of was in order.

May I present you with the Maria bowl

3/4 cup brown rice cereal

1/2 cup strawberry yogi crisps

1/2 cup soy milk (all that was left)

1/2 cup almond milk

Topped with:

1/2 small banana

1/2 cup mixed frozen berries (warmed first)

1 tbsp nuttzo butter [you can learn more about nuttzo (here)] I  think that was one of my very first post! cringe!

sprinkle of chia seeds and coconut

On my way to a new yoga studio, flourish yoga, to get my Vinyatha on!

Have a great day 

and

P.S

Happy Cinco de Mayo

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 🙂