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.


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.


Do you see what I see?

pom arils


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

Digg This

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

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.


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 🙂

store crazy

I went a little crazy at the grocery store(s) today.

I picked up a Whole Foods flyer on my way home from work last night, to see what kind of coupons they had.  Every once in a while I’ll make a trip to Whole Foods with no particular grocery list. I like to use the coupons that come in flyer and purchase items I know I can and will use. This is a good way to try new foods, and save money on a few staples.

My purchase of 24 items came out to be $66.85.

I could have stopped at Whole Foods, but no, I had to go to Trader Joes and see what they had. You see I enjoy going to the grocery store. It gives me inspiration, it’s kind of like shopping for clothes (well almost). I ended up walking out of  TJ’s with another two bags and a bill of $58.15 for 25 items.

$66.85+$58.15=$125.00 for 49 items that’s about $2.55 per item. This is how I rationalize it.

For three people this will last about one and a half weeks. I know organic foods may seem expensive but if you put it in your budget, use coupons, and buy things in season it’s not so bad.

Heres what I got.

Pero, microwaveable mac and cheese for the kiddo (how fun), reduced fat brownie mix, rice, granola bars and fusilli. Pero is a caffeine free instant beverage good for after dinner drinking. I’ve seen Kath post about it, when I saw it at WF I decided I would give it a try.  Did you guys ever try no pudge brownies? I liked them better than the Trader Joe’s version.

Anywho, lots of yogurt to satisfy the taste buds of everyone in the house. Natural chicken, tofu, tempeh, sardines, vegetarian sausage links.

Fresh and frozen veg and fruit, bagels.

Pantry staples, beans, spaghetti sauce, vinegar. Do you see the Joe’s O’s?

 Beer, wine, tea, juice, and energy bars.

Cant wait to make some fun dinners and lunches. 

Today’s workout

20 minute walk on the treadmill while reading Health magazine. Love it! It has lots of good recipes and healthy tips.

After reading the magazine I watched Ellen while running 5 five miles on the treadmill in 51 minutes. I’m happy with it.

Then…decided to catch up on all things glamourous, so I read this,

  while climbing the stairmaster for 20 minutes. Do you ever go to the gym and just wanna read some magazines and take your time?

Post-fuel lunch:

A yummy nuttzo peanut butter sandwich on oatmeal bread smeared with apple butter and sliced banana. On the side; sweet potato chips, veg and a clementine. Washed down with a glass of almond milk. Whilst at the grocery store I grabbed an honest tea to tied me over before lunch. It was cheaper thansynergy kombucha, buy one get one free.

Still need to unpack hmph.

Does anyone plan on watching American Idol tonight?

 Not a huge American Idol fan, but I kinda wanna see what J-Lo will be wearing.

mid week run…

I’m in my fourth week of training for two half marathons. I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday and I still need to get in three runs before Monday.  The last time I ran was Sunday evening as the sun was setting in the cool Sonoran dessert. I will not be running outside today, too icky, and just plain cold. My plan is to run five miles on the treadmill, after my 9:15 work meeting. I like the YMCA closest to my work, it has big windows and is bright and airy.


A simple bowl of wheat-fuls with almond milk. Their not joking about the ful part, the cereal was a bit heavy. I also had a cup of joe

Love the mug, the coffee not so much. Taste like bitter water, yuck :(. I miss my Pumpkin coffee from The Fresh Market.

Todays agenda:

  • Office Meeting
  • Treadmill run
  • Shower
  • Trip to my favorite grocery store (Whole Foods)
  • Lunch
  • Unpack
  • Dinner

Happy Hump Day! 🙂

Maria TFA