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 🙂

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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!

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 🙂

Uphill

Downhill

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.

Post-fuel:

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.

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!

low and slow that is the tempo

I talked to one of my yoga instructors Monday after class and told her about my sinus issue and how it was difficult to only breath through my nose during poses. I asked her for future reference if it was okay to breath through my mouth. Her advise  to me was, “you should never breath through your mouth, it’s your body’s way of telling you to slow down”. Do you know how hard it is exercise and not breath through your mouth?

Did I slow down? No. The very next day I went to athletic conditioning and did 60 minutes of grueling adult gym class. It was a decent workout and I put in as much effort into it as I could. I’m glad I went, but I knew Friday’s long run would have to be a bit slower. I took her advice yesterday to a slow flow class instead of vinyasa. It’s Probably what I needed but It’s so hard for me slow down!

Pre-yoga meal, otherwise know as breakfast:

 A  bowl of yummy cereal

  •  3/4 cup mom’s best mallow oats
  • 1/2 cup wheat-fuls
  • 1/2 cup mixed berries
  • almond butter (it’s in there somewhere)
  • sprinkle of cinnamon

Why did I have marshmallows for breakfast? I really don’t know, it just sounded good 🙂

 After yoga I ran some errands, got my makeup did and met the hubs for lunch at Panera. I have a new piece of makeup I’m dying to show you all!

I ordered from the pick-two menu.

  • asian salad
  • 1/2 tuna salad sandwich on honey wheat
  • small apple

When it came time for my evening  sixty-minute run I was tired and tried to talk myself out of it.  I wanted to do nothing , but everything at the same time.

In case you’re wondering, yes I went to the gym with a glamorous face.

Here’s what was going on in my mind.

what if I continue to get sicker?

what if I over train?

I can always make up the run on Monday

blah, blah, blah…

I decided to suck it up and head to the gym. I ran for a total of 5.34 miles on the treadmill, a little slow for my taste but I’m okay with it. It went kinda like this.

Warm-up 30  minutes starting at 13:00 minute mile, gradually increasing to a 10:00 minute mile.

Once I got to the 10:00 minute mile, I decided to do some hill repeats.

The first repeat was at a 6% incline for 2 minutes. Die.

Then,

!% incline for 2 minutes

5% incline for 2 minutes

1% incline for 2 minutes

5% incline for 2 minutes

1 % incline for 2 minutes

5% incline for 2 minutes

After the hill repeats (about 15 minutes) I gradually decreased my pace by 2 every 2 minutes.

I wanted to take my time and considering the hill repeats were hard I feel like I got in a productive workout.

My plan is to start doing hill repeats once a week to increase leg strength and get ready for the very hilly Geist Half-Marathon in May.

Dinner

 

 Tilapia fish tacos with green chili salsa from Arizona, and a sour cream cilantro lime crema.

Two very small glasses of Rex Goliath wine. Does anyone else like Rex? I’ll be working all weekend, have a great one.

Maria

Ice and wine: not to be mistaken with ice wine

Despite the storm on Tuesday L.a and I made it outside for a wonderful walk. We  I acted as if I were ten and did some slipping and sliding on the ice.

Uggs to keep my toesies warm.

Zebra rain boots for extra slidability, of course.

My old Canon PowerShot A590 from 2008 does a decent job of taking nature photos. I dug it out of the box and am currently using it until I get a new one, can you believe the thing runs on batteries. Ha.

Breakfast: Was a fried egg, toast and two morning star sausage links.

After breakfast I did a Dave Farmer podcast, 75 minutes total in the comforts of my cozy blue room.

 I love this paint color in case you’re wondering its Laura Ashley in Summer Nightfall.

This was the first time I was able to do all 75 minutes of Dave. I’m starting to feel stronger in my yoga practice. Rather than just doing the poses I am the poses. A little too deep?

Any who,

Lunch: Was a mashup of whatever I could find in the fridge.  Check out this mashup http://djearworm.com/.

A tempeh sandwich with munster cheese and jam, sweet potato chips, cabbage and a shared plum.  I cooked the tempeh and cabbage in low sodium soy sauce and sprinkled the cabbage with sesame seeds.

Since L.a and I both had a snow day we took it easy watched mindless television, worked on a puzzle and made some granola bars. Look for recipe on Thursday!

The hubs was kind enough to drive me to the YMCA after he got home from work. I ran an easy 40 minutes on the treadmill and covered just under four miles. I’m enjoying the timed runs so far. It’s definitely a different way of thinking and I don’t feel as rushed. Pre-run was a homemade granola bar.

After we got home Mr. apron made some fish with white wine, butter, basil and tomatoes. I baked the sweet potatoes in evoo with cajun spices, paprika, chili powder and a dash of salt and pepper.  Brussel sprouts have been on my mind for a couple of weeks now. I wanted the flavors of the sprouts to come through so I steamed them in water and added a small pat of real butter and a dash of salt.

 

 A mocktail while cooking.

The real stuff with dinner.

The wine was super sweet and I probably wont buy it again but I’m not gonna waste it. I’m just sayin.

Ok now that January’s goal of less than three desserts per week is over I’m going a little crazy over here.

marshmallow. check

chocolate. check

graham cracker. check

Simple and delicious.

Have a wonderful day, stay warm and don’t forget about the party!

Maria

In a pinch? A fresh off the treadmill glow!

This is going to be a really random post. Part this blog to express myself and talk about things I love. A few of those topics in no particular order.

  • food (well duh)
  • health
  • fitness
  • family
  • love
  • yoga
  • fashion
  • makeup

I was reading Kaths post the other day about organization and noticed that her makeup box compared to mine is tiiiiiny. Now I don’t know about you all but my makeup stash is twice that size.

Just to add to that stash I went shopping for lip gloss and ended up walking out of Sephora with this.

 Iv’e read really good things about NARS especially their best selling blush in orgasm (where do they come up with these names?).

http://www.allure.com/beauty/2010/06/2010_readers_choice_awards#slide=6

Allure describes it as a pinky peach color (pinch)? A fresh off the treadmill glow! Count me in!

After getting home and experimenting with the products, I thought to myself “Did I really need all of this”? Of course not but I did need lip gloss remember and that was whole reason I went to Sephora in the first place.

Anywho,

The blush is awesome, the lip gloss not so much. It leaves glitter stains! Ugh, what’s a girl to do!?  So I guess what I’m trying to say is, don’t buy this lip gloss, stick to what you know. I think I’ll be taking everything back and punching the blush separately.

Do you have a favorite lip gloss? Have you ever tried buxom?

Now for the rest of yesterday meals:

Snack: 6:00 pm

Small sbux coffee (not my fave but it did the trick) and a small apple, while waiting for L.a’s choir practice to be done.

Dinner: 8:00 PM

The wine was only $5.99 a bottle at Whole Foods. It was very good. I had one glass while cooking and another with dinner.

 

The photographer went a little crazy.

Clearly I was enjoying myself.

Okay that’s enough!

 

Chicken quasadillas with salsa, pea avocado (I’ll explain later) and tortilla chips on the side.

His plate

Her plate 

 If you look real close you’ll notice the burnt edges. actually they all turned out that way on one whole side I just flipped them over so you couldn’t see it. Note to self: Learn how to use the broiler

They tasted really good though thanks to some awesome tortillas and hot salsa, both from AZ.

 

 

 Still no dessert waiting for Wednesday nights dinner outing.

Maria