Shakeology 30 day challenge

I started a new challenge two weeks ago. It’s called the 30 day Shakeology challenge!

Shakeology is a protein powder with  many other nutrients such as chia seeds and maca powder. In the past two weeks I have noticed a slimmer waste and bigger biceps.

Todays shake was a SIAB smoothie in a bowl.

Mango madness!
1 scoop chocolate Shakeology
1C mango
1C ice
1/2C spinach
1/2C water
1/2C coconut milk
Topped with
1/2 cliff granola bar: white chocolate macadamia nut
1/2 small banana
1tbsp coconut
1tbsp better n peanut butter

I’ll keep you updated on the Shakeology if your interested in it let me know 🙂


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?


Pretty powerful

If you had to choose one word to describe what makes you powerful, what would it be?




 I am Strong because being strong means to be physically, mentally, and spiritually fit. I try to live a balanced life through yoga, kindness and inspiring others to do the same. Encouraging play time like my Birthday 5K is just one example. If I can help at least one person everyday than I know I’m doing my job.
For more on the story follow the link!!!

A family that runs together stays together

Hey y’all I can’t believe its months since my last post!

Here are a few photos from my last couple of races.

Indianapolis 500 Mini-marathon May 7,2011

Finish 1:51:46
Pace: 8:31 Place Overall: 4646  Place Gender: 978

This was a surprising personal best for me. I thought and felt awful the whole 13.1 miles. Amazing how your body acts under pressure. I will never forget the time 1.5.1

Geist Half-Marathon May 21, 2011

Official Time: 2:00:29
Division Place: 53
Gender place: 244
Overall: 854

Another personal best! And just two weeks later.

 Phoenix, AZ  Leisure mountain hike June 7, 2011

And last but not least my very favorite run of the year…

Maria’s Birthday 5-K  July 30, 2011

As you can see running makes me smile 🙂 The time was irrelevant the only thing that mattered was the sum 20-30 family members and friends that showed up.

I wonder if I’ll have enough time to train for one more race? or will wait until next year. What are your running/workout goals for the remainder of 2011?

Paint your food in color


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

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?

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.




Fruit  ( tomatoes are a  fruit , right?)

Dairy (TJ’s peanut butter cream cheese)

Beverage of chose was a gingerberry kombucha. So good!

See ya

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 



Happy Cinco de Mayo

a day in the life of my stomach…


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.


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.


Chocolate covered pretzels.

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