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.

 

Nutcracker


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
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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?

Hey mock-a-rita

Ole! Ole!

Ole! Ole!

My great grandparents (all four) are from mexico and my grandparents (all four) are from Texas. Being Cinco de Mayo and all naturally we had a mexican meal for dinner. Mexican food to me is my go to comfort food. If I’m ever feeling down or ill, some good ole spicy mexican food makes it all the better. 

The hubs was kind enough to make chicken tacos per my request while, the little apron and I were at a girl scout meeting. Mexican food can be very high in calories and fat but just a couple of substitutions can make it healthier.

A few things that work for me

Chicken, shrimp or fish instead of beef

Smaller tortillas, preferably wheat and low-carb if available

Small sprinkle of cheese low-fat cheese or better yet nutritional yeast

Lots of lettuce and veg for added bulk and fiber

Only 1 serving of tortilla chips (about a cup)

My plate. One chicken taco seasoned with cumin, s+p, and salsa

On the side: extra lettuce, organic tortilla chips, spoonful of salsa and about 2 tbsp of guacamole. Didja know avocados are a good fat?

Beverage of choice: Mock-a-rita! [{otherwise known as vitamin water zero in a fancy margarita glass}] Yes this is a dry house until after the race 🙂

Dessert: Two girl scout cookies while at the meeting.

How did you spend your 5th of May?

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!

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 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂