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


Smokey Mountain Run

 Hey y’all sorry I’ve been MIA for a while.  The hubs and I got home from Gatlinburg, Tennessee Sunday night around 11:00PM. Ever since then I’ve been trying to catch up on laundry, grocery shopping, and bill writing. You know all the fun stuff in life that has to be done or else the sky just might cave in.

Any who, we had so much fun in the Smokey’s I wanted to blog about it every night but when your 21ooft up in the mountains reception is not very good. Here are a few pics and highlights from Aunt-T’s birthday vacay.

The inside of our two-story cabin, complete with five bedrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen, breakfast nook, family room and game room. Plenty big enough for eight people. I spy a brown furry animal. BEAR!

The view from our cabin overlooking the mountain range.

There were so many nooks and crannies to explore inside,  look what I found!

Chocolate…SCORE!!! I had a few M+ M’s, blue being my favorite and 2 mini snickers bars.Do you have a favorite M+M color? Or am I just corky!?  The snickers bars were just meh, I think I’ll stick with the good stuff. Dark chocolate Endangered Species.

After we all settled in and had dinner we threw our swim suits on and jumped in the hot tub.

Saturday morning I woke up refreshed and went on my scheduled 45 minute run. The whole group was supposed to join me but I only managed to grab two of the crew. Mr. Apron and our new friend Tyrone were good sports 🙂



After the run I did three sets of 20 push ups and 2o dips.

Total run: 45 minute loop on hilly terrain

Distance: Not sure? Maybe 2 or 3 miles, due to the conditions.  I need a Garmin, desperately 

Elevation: 2168 ft. My lungs did not fail me. I actually felt pretty good.

 Temp: 42° Feels Like: 38° Humidity: 62%

Pre-fuel: The previous nights dinner. I didn’t feel like eating before the run a rare idea for me.

Whole wheat spaghetti with mixed vegetables and ground lean beef. I only had a small amount of meat, I tried to grab more of the veg.  A simple side salad drizzled with raspberry wine vinaigrette. Beverage of choice was a little vino rojo.


A bowl of Kashi with soy milk topped with a medium sliced banana, 1 tbsp Nuttzo and a sprinkle of chia seeds.

A good work out can be done anywhere, you just have to creative. Who knows you might even make a new friend along the way.

Wednesday night, party night (WIAW)

I’m having a party with Jenn at Peas and Crayons every Wednesday night!

Peas and Crayons

What I ate Wednesday is way to share with y’all everything I ate on Wednesday and hopefully get you involved too. Feel free to share something  about a favorite food you had on Wednesday or any other day during the week. I’ll either be showcasing a few of my favorite meals, or giving a full Wednesday recap. Since I’m already a day late, I’ll show you what I had yesterday

First up breakfast:

Sweet or savory? Pancakes or eggs? Coffee? definitely coffee. Breakfast could possibly be my most favorite meal of the day. I wake up for the sheer pleasure of starting the day our right with a fabulous meal.  Other times I wake up stumble to the kitchen prepare a little somethin somethin and tow it back to the room with me.

 French Toast

One slice of bread dredged in a beaten egg with a splash of soymilk. Topped with 1/2 grilled banana, 1 tbsp nuttzo, a dab of pumpkin butter and sprinkle of apricot granola. And a cup of joe of course.



75 minutes of hot vinyasa left me wanting protein and apples. Yoga was…uneventful. Maybe I should have been concentrating more instead of letting my mind wander. It’s so hard to be still sometimes. Ya know!?

Egg sandwich

A fried egg between a toasted english muffin topped with one morning star sausage link and a glob of Sadie’s salsa. On the side was a handful of Food Should Taste Good Chips in their Olive flavor, new for me. A sliced apple with Stoneyfield apple cinnamon yogurt (also new) for dipping. Both the chips and the yogurt were very good. I highly recommend them.


The hubs and I had another date night at the YMCA. I think he’s the one dragging me to the gym now, instead of vice versa. He ran two miles and lifted weights while I ran a slooooow five miles on the treadmill. It took way longer than I care to admit to run five miles. It’s not that I felt heavy or sluggish just a little wore out. Maybe 75 minutes of hot yoga is not such a good idea the same day as long run, you think? After our date we picked up L.a and went to a small Mexican establishment near our home for a fundraiser. The restaurant gave back 15% of our meal to L.a’s school.

Gauc, salsa, and chips shared among the table 

 Vegetable burrito with a side of refried beans

Look at all that veg! I was so hungry I started eating before taking a pic. oops. The burrito came with rice but I requested beans instead for the added protein. I was so surprised at how fresh and clean the vegetables tasted, definitely not frozen. The flavors were mild and comforting.

The night ended with a little


and a small glass of vino.

If you’ve never had Toblerone run out and get some now, or ask for some for Valentines Day. In my opinion the original is the best but any variety will do.

 Nite. Tomorrow’s Friday!

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.

Not your average pb+j

Lunch today was a pb+j on some Breadsmith multi-grain bread. So chewy.

Half of a bartlett pear…my favorite variety, green beans, peas, andWisconsin jalapeno cheese. The cheese was a leftover gift from a recent wine and cheese party.

The star of the show

this guy

and this girl, that is now empty 😦

Nuttzo is a mixture of peanuts, cashews, almonds, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, and flax seeds. The president and founder of Nuttzo is a woman by the name of Danielle LiVolsi. She wanted to create a nutritious food for her two young children. Nuttzo is organic, full of Omega 3’s, crunchy, and all around just good. Local folks foods is a family owned and operated food retail establishment. They make all their products including, jams, sauces, and mushroom patties with locally grown produce. All the products are natural with no artificial ingredients. Local folks foods can be found at Indiana farmers markets, health food stores and online.

The next time you think of pb+j, make it fun, use local ingredients, and be creative.