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.

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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.

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Do you see what I see?

pom arils

pears

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

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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!

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 🙂

athletic conditioning is more than alright

The batteries in my 2008 piece of crap camera were dead this morning,  so I don’t have a pic of breakfast to share. In other good news I finally got a new phone, with internet access and a touch screen, yeah me.

Breakfast: ( use your imagination) 1 tbsp Nuttzo smeared on two slices of toasted rye, topped with 1/2 banana, pumpkin butter, and chia seeds. Simple, no? Filling, yes!

Today’s one and only workout was 60 minutes of athletic conditioning. Trust me, one class is all you need for the whole day. It’s kinda like gym class for grown ups on steroids. I’ve seen grown men cry, well maybe not cry but very close to it.

We did some old school stuff today.

  • shuffles
  • jumping jacks
  • burpees
  • running in intervals
  • sprints
  • punches
  • squats

It’s a great class to build upon stamina and endurance. We probably ran the equivalent of two miles so I made an executive decision to skip today’s scheduled run of 25 minutes. I may make it up later, or not, it just depends on how I feel. To be honest I’m not really worried about 25 minutes.

Anywho,

After class I had quick snack before running errands knowing I wouldn’t be eating a real lunch until after 2:00 pm.

During training my body requires more protein, having a shake within 30 minutes of a workout helps with muscle recovery and warding off 4:00PM hunger. Since it was chilly outside I warmed up the soymilk first then added one scoop of powder. I also had a blackberry surprise granola bar.

Lunch:

Left-over vegetable stoup from my mother-in-law. I think she’s trying to feed me? Seriously though it was very sweet of her to send me some food, who doesn’t like free food?  I added white rice and vegetable broth to the mix.

Fruit salad with 1/4 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt for dipping.

Herba mate tea.

This afternoon I watched a movie to chill, and get in a few movies before the Oscars later this month. I do work, I promise!

The Kids Are Alright.  Are they really? The movie was not at all what I expected.

 Mark Ruffalo is up for best actor in a leading role, loved him in 13 going on 30. Annette Benning is up for best actress and the movie itself is up for Best Picture. Next on my list Inception, has anyone seen it? Do you plan on watching the Oscars?

Dinner was a black bean burrito using the last of my Albuquerque tortillas 😦

Tortilla chips (nom, nom), lettuce and salsa.

Speaking of work I have to be there at 0700 so it’s off to bed for me.

g-nite

celebrating the beginning of a new week

Happy Monday!

It’s the last day of the month and ironically the beginning of a new week. As we say good-bye to January 2011 let us embark on a new week full of adventures and aspirations.

In honor of a new week…celebration pancakes.

These pancakes have been spotted all over the blogosphere and clearly I was inspired to make some of my own.

Batter up!

Sprinkles are calorie free. Right?

A girl can dream.

My cakes topped with 1/2 banana, 1 tbsp peanut butter and sprinkles. Plus a side of low-fat vanilla yogurt for dipping.

Lunch was a packed salad that consisted of lettuce, cabbage, carrots and a hard-boiled egg. raspberry yogurt, two clementines, 5 stoneground crackers, and 1 laughing cow rounded out the meal.

It took 20 minutes to remove a thick sheet of ice from my car windows before driving home from work.

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Light Snow                                                           Wintry Mix  Wintry Mix    Wintry Mix

Light Snow Tonight Tomorrow Tomorrow Night
Wintry Mix Wintry Mix / Wind Wintry Mix / Wind
26°F 22° 27° 23°
Feels Like: 17°                                                     Low High Low

Dinner was a late an I probably could have skipped it, but sometimes if I don’t eat enough before bedtime it affects my falling asleep.

 Comfort food.

 Scrambled egg with peppers, cabbage, dash of garlic, dash of cumin, S +P, and nutritional yeast. Of course I had a small side of chips and salsa, what can I say I’m addicted.  Sadie’s Salsa and Naturally Preferred Tortilla chips both seem to be lower in sodium than some other well-known commercial brands.

Dessert.

Easy mango bowl

  • 1 cup frozen mango (found at Trader Joe’s)
  •  1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tbsp granola
  • sprinkle of coconut.

I’m not really sure I can call this dessert because in my opinion it is so dang healthy. Is it possible to call something “healthy” dessert? I think so!

Speaking of desserts my goal for January was limit them to three per week. Overall I think I did pretty well, except for last night when I raided the cookie jar.Smh oh well.

seriously though have you had a chace to think about your goals for February?

December’s goal was to drink less coffee and diet coke and instead drink more water. Done.

January’s goal was to limit deserts to three per week. Done

February’s goal is to eat out less. In progress.

Buono fortuna!

Maria