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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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.

Vin nada hard enough

Vinyatha was not what I expected 😦

Vinyatha is a combination of vinyassa and hatha yoga.

The class was a little to slow for my pace. I know it’s good to slow down every once in a while, but today was not the day for me. I barely felt like got a workout. I didn’t even break a sweat!! I’m trying out a new studio that’s closer to my home but unfortunately only some of the classes are heated. I’m sure you can guess today’s class wasn’t.

I did however get in a good stretch and was able to clean up my poses. I can be thankful for that.

After class I met with a Shaklee representative to discuss their amazing line of vitamins, athletic nutrition, and green cleaning products. I’m thinking about selling the stuff that’s how good it is!!!

I wasn’t very hungry for many many hours [due to lack of physical activity], but decided to make a small salad, knowing that dinner wouldn’t be until very late.

Carbs

Protein

Vegetables

Fruit  ( tomatoes are a  fruit , right?)

Dairy (TJ’s peanut butter cream cheese)

Beverage of chose was a gingerberry kombucha. So good!

See ya

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 🙂

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…

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 🙂

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, “to buy” list after getting a job was a gym membership. I had always been a runner but didn’t 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’t 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’s 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 🙂

Happy What I ate Wednesday!