Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Little Things: Dora

Workout: 20 minute weights + 20 min interval session

Guess who had a little Christmas surprise: me!!! I am back to my normal weight and my goal jeans actually fit me loose!!! Fist pump & woo-hoo!!!

I've been trying to watch my sugar intake, and by "watch" I mean - no sugar in my morning coffee :(

After all, let's be real here, it's the holidays and I'm in Damage Control mode. Not much I can do when there is food EVERYWHERE. Trying to get my veggies in and holding off the sugar monster as much as I can is helping. How about you, what are your damage control tips?

Also, I'm crushin' on the short workouts. They add a pep to my step and make me feel GRRRREAT! Plus, I'm trying to mix it up throughout the week to fend off boredom - yay!

Speaking about crushes, guess who has a little Dora crush?

That's right bloggies, Abacus does!

It's just so funny to see Abacus get all excited about my BB's toys. He loves 'em, can't get enough of them actually. It amazes how much my little lab is like a toddler.

My BB and him are fascinated not only by her toys, but by all of the following:
  • my Dulci's dog food (my poor Cocker can't eat without someone lunging at her food)
  • shredding paper (any kind, but toilet paper seems like an added bonus)
  • opening and closing doors (yes bloggies, they are both very proud of this ability)
  • pushing others out of the way when there's food involved
  • trying to counter surf (a certain electronic device may(or may not) have been involved - lesson learned)
  • making a run for it, no matter what that it is!
It's chaos, but I love it!

What chaos are you lovin' lately?


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

WIWW: Confessions

Work It Wedge Wednesday: ~40 min Insanity Cardio Balance video

That's right folks, today is all about confessions:
  • I'm Catholic and I just realized that I haven't gone to confession since I got married. I didn't even "go," the priest came to my dressing room and told me it was time for confession. I asked Richard if that happened to him, he said no. Our priest actually mistook his older brother for the groom, so my brother-in-law confessed in his place. Random - I know!
  • I haven't worn "big-girl" clothes to work since last Thursday. It's finals week so no one is here, plus I haven't had any meetings. No Meetings = I get to wear jeans and my favorite shoes. I can wear these every.single.day and have no problems with it.

  • I broke down and bought my first pair of work-flats last Thursday. It happened at lunch time when, what I thought was a wedge ended up treating me like a heel. Must find a better way of screening these so-called "wedges"!
  • I've been retaining water like CRAZY! My wedding ring has never felt so tight, don't know if it's a lack of water or what? Must.drink.water.
  • My scale has been very unkind to me this week. It was up 4-5 pounds two days in a row. I was sad! I am sad. It's back down to 3-4 today, but I think all the sugar and the "12 fattening days before Christmas" have caught up to me on Day 10. I'm trying to do damage control right now, but containing the Sugar Monster is a tough battle! How are you doing?
  • Today, we made S'mores at work. The sugar high was glorious, until it was no longer a high!
  • Today, I wore my pre-prego "goal" jeans in hopes that it would deter me from having an extra S'more. I was wrong, I ended up having 2 S'mores because "Hey, my jeans still fit!"
  • I had signed up for http://ebookfling.com/ a while ago. It's a nifty service that connects you to people who may want to share a book that is lend-able. You can buy or earn credits by lending books as well. Credits are much cheaper than some e-books so it’s a good investment! I actually just got my first request so I’m going to start reading the Hunger Games. I have 14 days, I can do this :) What are you reading these days?

    On a good note, I'm actually starting to exercise on a more consistent basis. This is what I've done last week:

    DayWhat I did
    ThursdayNothing :(
    FridayNothing :(
    Saturday40 min walk with doggies
    Sunday40 min walk with doggies
    Monday30 min yoga + 20 min interval cardio session
    Tuesday20 min intervals cardio session
    Wednesday~40 min Insanity Cardio Balance video

    Never mind, I thought I had worked out last Thursday and Friday - things are back to normal I guess! I really am going to try exercising tomorrow, I'm shooting for 5 this week :)

    How about you? What did you wear to work today? Did you work it out today?

    Oh yea, one last confession for the day: I have a short attention span and now I can blame the INTERNET:


    Wednesday, December 7, 2011

    Work It (Wedge): Office stairs ed

    Workout: 1 round of 7 sets of office stairs + 15 min brisk walk

    Sometime during the night I "conveniently" managed to place my pillow over my phone alarm. Darn it! Another missed AM workout!

    I thought, "no biggie" I worked out yesterday, have been eating well and cutting out my late-night snacks - go me. The only problem: a Nutella attack at work!!!

    The horror!!!

    I gave in to a serving (or more?) and got myself ready for a round of climbing office stairs. Usually, I'd go for a walking break - but I'm a desert gal and it's in the 40s today. You couldn't pay me to walk outside right now ;) Pay me you did for that 15 min brisk walk across campus!

    How do you handle little office foodie "indiscretions"?

    Also, in an effort to not dress like a college student I'll be making Wednesdays - Work It Wedge days. I wore this outfit today:

    Hubby says I dress like a grandma sometimes. Agree?

    Grandma - maybe? Goober - definitely!

    Personally, I really like this outfit - the colors, the warmth factor - and the star of it all: comfy wedges!

    The Wedges! I've made an executive decision and only plan on buying wedges for my office attire. Heels tend to hinder my walking breaks and I've never really gotten into flats - I'd rather buy some comfy sneaks instead. What are your faves?

    If you have any inspiration photos or wanna send me a pic of what you wear to the office, I'll feature it on my blog. Should be fun, no?

    ADios :)

    Tuesday, December 6, 2011

    Little Things: Dill Breakfast Casserole

    Workout: 20 min interval run + 20 Minute Core Workout

    So last night was no silent one, but at least there were no angry BB cries!

    It never fails, as I laid my head down to rest on my pillow - my BB decided to start crying. It never fails! The good thing is she went back to bed, but it just seems like something is making her uncomfortable and I can't seem to get it right!

    Do you have kids? Have you found the optimal solution for their nighttime attire?

    On to today's yummilicious little thing:

    The easiest breakfast casserole on the planet!

    Dill Breakfast Casserole (makes 4 servings)

    • 6 eggs
    • 1 cup milk
    • salt and pepper
    • 6 T cream cheese
    • lots of dill (any of your favorite herbs)
    • 4 pieces whole-wheat bread
    1. Mix the eggs + milk + salt and pepper in a casserole dish of your choice
    2. Mix the cream cheese with your favorite herb blend
    3. Spread 3 T on two pieces of bread and cover both with the remaining bread
    4. Cut the cream cheese sammies into 1x1 in pieces
    5. Add to casserole dish, cover in plastic and store in fridge overnight
    6. In the AM, preheat oven to 375, remove plastic before cooking the casserole for 45 min
    7. Enjoy
    This was good! There are so many ways to play around with this recipe that I can't wait!

    I'm always rushed to make breakfast in the morning, so making this on Sunday and having it 2-3 days of the week is not that bad. Plus, each serving is about 300 calories #doublescore

    Too bad it looks like my dill herb plant didn't make it. Instead I have a lot of mint and the basil has managed to invade the old dill pot!

    Know any good mint recipes?

    ADios :)

    Monday, December 5, 2011

    The Salad Case: Breast Cancer and Lemonade

    Workout: None :( -running on coffee-fumes

    Yes, kids -> sleepless nights.

    Last night was a crazy one filled with angry cries in the middle of the night. My little BB was not a happy camper! A second cup o'joe and some walking breaks have given me some added energy today, but I can't do much about the bags under my eyes - those just give me away!

    How do you handle sleepless nights?

    I know, I know - look at me. Sliding right in, not even mentioning the fact that I've been MI(Blogging)A for close to a month. I don't even know where to start.

    Maybe here?

    Turns out, I had a little lemonade cancer scare a last month. I went in to my annual exam one Friday morning, thinking nothing of it. I was devastated, walking out of there with orders for my first mammogram and a diagnostic ultra-sound in my hand.

    Devastated. So many emotions, no words!

    My doctor wasn't too worried about it. She described it as small, soft and moveable but wanted to get it checked out since I have a history of breast cancer in my family. The test was scheduled for the day before Thanksgiving and we were close to TWO weeks away.

    I won't lie, I cried like a baby that weekend and didn't know if I could wait that long. Anytime I caught a smile from my BB, a glance from RC, a call from my parents, a laugh with my brother or a text from my friends - you name it, I nearly broke down and cried.

    Thoughts of things that I needed to do, to be prepared for; to take care of my BB; to not be forgotten; to pass on my love...

    Even as I write this, tears fill my eyes - I'm not prepared.

    I was blessed to have been reunited (through facebook) with a high-school buddy who is a breast cancer survivor. She's absolutely amazing and provided so much support that weekend. I will be forever grateful.

    I'm also blessed to have a very pro-active husband who got me into an appointment that next Monday.

    I'm sure you've heard that mammograms are the worst, but really - it wasn't bad. The lady tech was amazing and showed me all the pictures and told me I did have fibrocystic breasts but she couldn't find anything on the first shots. They did the ultrasound (that tech was not as nice), then did two more shots of my left breast with a sticker over the area where we felt the lump. Those shots showed a little bubble, almost painted-on which gave her a clear indication that it was grease/oil cyst.

    Relieved, anyone?

    That weekend made me think about so many things, but nutrition and lifestyle choices took on a whole new dimension; not to mention - my whole relationship with God! I kept thinking of this very special lady and how she described Jesus as this spirit who provided tremendous comfort and support. I found that so beautiful. I'm most blessed to have Him in my life.

    I know, not your standard sugar talk over here - but that described my last month. Anything but standard!

    I saw this today, and would have probably done the same thing given the situation.

    I will keep her and all the women out there dealing with this terrible disease in my prayers.

    All in all, Thanksgiving flew by along with my BB's flu-shot reaction, some friends and family, too much food, Christmas decorations and the realization that I married Mr. Grisswald himself. I am very thankful!

    I'm also very thankful for this healthy-living blog community and for this blog. I hand't really taken the time to think about that whole breast cancer scare and some of the things I "learned" that weekend quickly fell off my radar. Writing this post has made me remember the WHY I write this blog in the first place.

    Healthy living is something I choose to do, for so many reasons. It's not just something I can "say" I do, it's a lifestyle - something that requires me to actively make that choice. Every.single.minute of this beautiful thing we call life.

    Have you ever dealt with anything similar to this? When was the last time you performed a self-breast exam? Wanna brag about the last healthy choice you made? Mine would be quitting this never-ending post to try and catch some zzz's. Let's hope there are no angry cries tonight :)

    ADios :)

    Tuesday, November 8, 2011

    Little Things: Wen!

    Workout: 30 min weights + 20 min interval run

    Yay, doing good on the exercise front and ok on the healthy eating. Our schedules are still a little off, so glad to squeeze this one in :)

    Plus, my BB has an ear infection - these are never fun. She didn't have any other symptoms, just grabbing at her ear and a cough that just won't go away. I guess everything is related so we're hoping this round of prescribed antibiotics does the trick!

    On to today's little thing: Wen!

    Have you heard of Wen hair care? Seen the infomercial? Been tempted to call in the next 30 minutes?

    I was!

    I did some review research and after reading there may be "impostor" web sites, I bought it from QVC. I was hesitant to try, but this picture did me in.

    I figured any soul with three labs could be trusted with my hair!

    Here's a quick video on the product I ordered:

    Wen Cucumber Aloe Cleansing Conditioner - Video

    I've tried it twice and I love the tingly scalp feeling and the scent. My hair feels pretty good, but I'll write up another post after I'm done with the bottle.

    Would you try this? Would you let the lab puppies push you into it?


    The Salad Case: Picture this!

    A day late, me? NEVER! Of course, one might say my motto is "better late than never." I say it's a good motto, so here ya go:

    Monday's Workout: 30 min Short Flow for Athletes yoga  + 20 min interval run

    So guess what, I got my run on Saturday AND this AM!!! Go me... go me (said in the oh-so-cool hip-hop tone)!!!

    I recentlly read this article Olivia Munn's Hilarious Take on Ex-boyfriends and Fat Jeans and it made think of question my own attitudes towards my "fat jeans." Who cares if they haven't been washed in ages, right? Well, I guess Ms. Munn does so she relies on the scale to tell her how she's doing.

    I have some marker jeans that tell me whether or not I'm on the right path. I usually don't wear them because when I'm good, they're too loose on me (silent yay) so I guess they don't get washed too much. She may have a point, darn it!

    I do weight myself every morning, though. I try not to let the number get to me if it's not on "my side" that morning - but it is a good reminder. For example, it's showing me at 2+ of my "target" weight this week but all my clothes are fitting well.

    I blame Halloween and the Salted Caramel Mocha's that I've enjoyed since I met them in SF. Checking in ever morning helps me step back and see if I need to lay off those treats a little bit!

    How about you, do you rely on your scale and/or fat jeans to let you know how you're doing?

    Oh yea, picture this: 2 salad cases splattered all over the floor. Maybe not such a nice picture, but that is the life when I share it with this guy:

    Puppy Abacus! Don't let him fool ya - he's one mean counter surfer who apparently doesn't discriminate against spinach, broccoli and carrots. Luckily he went for the two plastic cases and left the two glass ones alone.

    I didn't get to take a snapshot, but here's what was in the mix this week:

    • handfuls of spinach
    • roasted broccoli and carrots
    • 1/4 cup crispy garbanzo beans
    Not my most savory, but it'll do this week :) Have a good one bloggies!!


    Friday, November 4, 2011

    Hey Dude: All Star Ed.

    Workout: none :(

    Hey Dude, I'll say it before and I'll say it again:

    You know you're old when the oldies radio station starts playing songs that came out when you were in your teens!

    Seriously, when did this song become an oldie?

    When? I ask. When did they start playing my music on the oldies station???

    I actually hadn't seen the video in so long, I completely forgot that it was on the Mystery Men sound track! I haven't seen that movie in so long. I was actually a junior in college when it came out, but I probably saw it sometime later because I was too busy salsa dancing my junior year to go to any movies! Good times!

    Have you seen this movie? Have a favorite super hero? I do believe my favorite one was The Spleen [aka Pee-Wee Herman]! He was hilarious!

    Check this out for some of the most memorable lines. You'll have a fun time!

    Any plans for this weekend? I'm so looking forward to it because:

    1. Daylight Savings Time is this Sunday - an extra hour of glorious sleep!!!
    2. Neighborhood BBQ should be fun
    3. We get to relax from the hectic work schedule this week :)
    4. I'm planning at least one cardio session this weekend!

    To quote the The Blue Raja:

    May the forks be with us!

    ADios :)

    A Natter: Rico Suave!

    Workout: 20 min interval run + 20 min yoga session

    Friend: "I've been trying to cook all my meals on the weekend!"
    Me: "That's a really good idea"
    Friend: "Yea, we have different schedules sometimes and he [the husband] won't cook until I'm home."
    Me: "Wow"
    Friend: "Yea, and it's not like we don't have anything to make. He just likes to wait til I come home, he's all into that emotional crap"
    Me: "Yea, you and RC should hang out - you'd be bffs!"
    Friend: "Why"
    Me: "His friends at work came up with 'funny' lines about their relationships; his contribution, 'You knew what you were getting into, I ain't no Rico Suave'"

    So yes my bloggie friends, I did not married no Rico Suave!

    We always kid because RC is not very vocal about his emotions, he prefers to "show me" through all the stuff he does for me. He does do A LOT, so I can't really complain and feel very blessed to have a non-Rico Suave in my life :)

    How about you, is your SO a Rico Suave type or more of an "actions speak louder than words" type?

    One of today's "actions" involved letting me use the treadmill while he went running outside - what a fella!

    So my workout week looked like:

    M: 20 min yoga
    T: nothing :(
    W: 25 min weights
    Th: 20 min cardio run
    F: nothing :(

    I'm going to have to get at least one cardio session in this weekend, so I'm going in with that mindset.

    On a good note, I did meet my goal for the week in November's Viva La Resistance Challenge. Go sign up if you haven't  already :)


    Wednesday, November 2, 2011

    Work It: Fast!

    Workout: 25 min weight session

    Turns out RC's work schedule is in reality a non-schedule. I hate these times cause it turns everything upside down and inside out!

    Remember how I said I couldn't get myself to sleep early enough, well I take it all back. Having to stay up past 11 has been terrible, and it's only Wednesday!

    The good thing is my wonderful RC has volunteered to take the BB to daycare so I can "work-out" after enjoying an extra half-hour of sleep. If only I could actually get up in time, though.

    Instead, I squeezed in a 20-minute core workout yoga session on Monday and a fast-paced 25-minute weights session this morning.

    I know I walk a lot, but I really need to get in an interval session PRONTO! How do you squeeze in exercise time when you think there's no time?

    On to this week's salad case - which was a TOTAL FAIL!

    That's right, it was so bad I had to empty the contents and pick up some brown-rice sushi at school! I guess it's the newest fad in the student cafeteria, and it's actually quite good. What are some of your surprisingly good and convenient foods?

    I also scored some green mango tea from Ross, I think they discontinued this flavor so I will be enjoying these bags while I can :)

    Off to work bloggies, have a good one!


    Friday, October 28, 2011

    Hey Dude Fridays!

    Workout: 30 min weight session

    So yes, being a creature of habit - I did NOT work out on Thursday :(

    I can also go by the name Winnie these days, as it seems the jar of honey roasted almond butter has taken a severe hit. It's my kryptonite, what can I say - what's yours?

    Despite all this, and the fact that I stayed up way too late watching the World Series game that did NOT go my way, I was so happy I actually got up and worked out this AM! I may not have gotten the interval run in, but I felt good :)

    I had the TV on, secretly hoping to find something good to watch so I could stay up even later (I know - bad me) I caught the last minutes of this little gem:

    Hey Dude!

    I know, it totally ages me - but I used to love that show! I would always watch it during the summer when my parents would splurge and order us some cable! I was the queen of VCR programming during those summers, let me tell ya! Why didn't I think of inventing the DVR?

    I thought Ted was dreamy!

    I can't remember if I wanted him to "romance" Brad,

    or go for Melody?

    BTW, I must confess - I rocked this bang look for a couple of years.

    Me + Aqua Net = good times!

    It WAS God's gift to bangs, all the way into the early 90s!

    Reminiscing about these times made me think of making Friday's "Hey Dude Friday's". I'll just pick something at random from the past and write about even more random things like how I picked up hair and style tips from the Bar None Dude Ranch lovely ladies!

    I must also confess, I tried to record the series on my DVR - but I wasn't quite quick enough to do it before it disappeared from the menu!!! Don't you hate it when that happens?

    Did you ever watch this show? If so, where you team Brad or team Melody?

    Have a great weekend!


    Wednesday, October 26, 2011

    Work It Out: baby steps!

    Workout: 55 min Cross Training for Athletes Yoga

    In an effort to meet my goal of working out M-F this week, I set up the following plan:

    M: 30-35 min yoga + interval run
    T: 30 min weights + interval run
    W: 60 min yoga
    Th: 30 min weights + interval run
    F: 30 min weights + interval run

    I thought the longer yoga session might give me a bit more motivation to get up and go on Thursday - I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow ;)

    The workout today was really good, I just love the way yoga makes you feel strong :) Are you a wannabe yogi like me?

    When I went to San Francisco, a couple of girls actually went outside of the lululemon store to practice yoga. The weather was beautiful, but it was downtown SF which is not the cleanest place in the world. I loved how they knew enough to go out there and just do it, not sure I would really like an audience though. Would you?

    My BB on the other hand, she loves an audience - specially now that she's taking her first baby steps!!! I'm so blessed :)

    ADios :)

    Tuesday, October 25, 2011

    Little Things: Pan Scrapers

    Workout: 30 min Jackie Warner Circuit weights + 20 min interval run

    Can I say that I am lovin' the 20 min interval runs. They go by so fast and I feel as challenged as I want to on any given day. They typically look like this:

    The beauty of it is, that you can switch up intervals as much as you want and even throw in some jump roping, lunges, power squats, etc..

    I used to get really bored thinking I had to run for a full 50 minutes to get my cardio in, but intervals have come to the rescue. Are you an interval person? If so, what are some of your favorite routines?

    On to today's "little thing": my AWESOME pan scrapers!!!
    I don't know how I lived without them before? Seriously, these things are so handy and they get into every nook and cranny you can think of!

    A couple of months back I read this article regarding some potential issues with non-stick cooking. I made the switch to all cast-iron/stainless-steel/ceramic cooking and haven't looked back. I even gave away all my non-stick pots and pans. I couldn't do cast-iron cooking without these little handy scrapers!

    What's funny is, for years - I tried to get my parents to buy into the whole "non-stick" idea. The transformation into turning into my parents has officially begun, people!

    Do you find yourself realizing that you're turning into your parents, too?


    Monday, October 24, 2011

    The Salad Case: Repeat!

    Workout: 35 min Sweaty Flow to Wring Out Toxins  + 20 min interval run

    Hi Blogies :)

    Well this morning was a great workout and I've come to the realization that I'm pretty consistent about being inconsistent. How do you like them apples???

    I'd say about the last couple of months (minus the week after the SF vacay), I've been extremely good about working out M-W (go me), then hitting the snooze Th-Su (boo me).

    I blame it, or me - on my inability to go to sleep earlier than 11pm. I'm fine M-W, but as soon as Thursday comes around - those < 6 hour sleep nights just do me in. Lets see if this new "revelation" helps me go to sleep earlier tonight. This week's salad case is a mirror image of the one last week, the combo was so good I couldn't resist a repeat case!

    The Coconutty ed. contained the following:

    • couple handfuls spinach
    • 3 handfuls roasted veggies: broccoli, butternut squash, carrots
    • a handful of almonds
    • a sprinkling of unsweetened coconut (yum!)

    Again, the roasting of veggies adds so much flavor it makes the weekend prep work so worth it!

    Today, I came across an interesting article about Kirsten Dunst trying to dress more according to her age. Seriously, when did she turn 30? I still see her as the little girl on "Interview with a Vampire" (a movie clearly ahead of it's time with those heartthrob vampires) or the cheerleader on "Bring it on".

    Kirsten Dunst: Melancholia and Shopping

    Her thoughts, along with some of the harsh comments that followed, reminded me of my little inner struggle of whether or not to dress up for work? One thing that struck me were the comments about Jennifer Aniston not dressing her age. I love the way she dresses casually and the way she rocks some of those outfits at 40+ or at any age for that matter. Do you guys think she's age inappropriate?

    As far as work goes, I'll go a couple of weeks of "dressing up", then decide it's a jeans and nike's type of week. I do think I've settled on the importance of dressing up - now it's just a matter of follow-through!

    Do any of you guys have any tips for following through goals that you've set for yourself?

    Have a greet week!!!


    Tuesday, October 18, 2011

    Little Things: Breast Cancer + Lemons

    Workout: 20 min interval run

    Sabotage, it reared it's ugly head once again.

    I headed to bed around 10 but just "HAD" to watch the finale of Most Eligible Dallas. I wanted to know what their deal was:

    It was such a cute episode, too bad he had to ruin it because he "luvs" the ladies! Doofus!

    I also couldn't sleep because I was trying to do a self-breast exam. I added the task to my list after reading about Giuliana yesterday morning, I'm sending her a little prayer. Thanks for highlighting this issue Julie @ pbfingers.com!

    You see, about ten years ago my Aunt Rosa passed away WAY before her time due to breast cancer. It's still so surreal because it happened so fast. She actually went into remission but it came back. She is still very much missed by her family.

    You'd think this would make me a stickler for checking every month, but I am terrible at it. In fact, I can't remember the last time I did. It was partly due to breastfeeding, since they are almost a different species of breasts - it's hard to feel anything. Well, it's been 5 months since I stopped, so I really don't have a good excuse.

    Another problem is that I have no clue what to look for or what a lump feels like. Do you know what to feel for?

    Well, after some googling this interesting picture popped out:

    Who knew a breast is like a lemon and lump is like a seed?

    This comparison helps some, but it's still confusing.

    Then you have to take your monthly hormonal changes into account, and that adds another level of complexity.

    Last night I thought I felt a pea, but then it'd blend away. Luckily, I have my annual exam this month and my breasts should be "normal" by then so I'll be asking many a questions.

    The frantic googling for something that I may or may not have felt made me realize the importance of being consistent with your self-examinations. You need to know your breasts so you can pick up on anything that doesn't belong there.

    Are you good about these self-exams? Any tips?

    In the words of Mike in the Morning (my local DJ in the AM), "Ladies, check your bumps for lumps!"


    Monday, October 17, 2011

    The Salad Case: Coconutty ed.

    Workout: 40 min Continuous Flow Yoga + 20 min interval run

    Jason does it again, he sets up a practice that really makes you feel strong after you finish. Even if you can't yet handle all the poses! I end up doing a lot of planks when I realize that I can't go all pretzel-ie and such - true story, the man turned into half a pretzel today. 'Twas most impressive!

    Yes, I know it's been 3+ weeks since I've written on this lil' blog. I might credit it to the sugar-induced comma that I fell under in that beautiful San Francisco fog! No one could identify me as the culprit who may have enjoyed one too many of these little gems:

    I can vouch that the Salted Caramel Mocha is highly addictive, so proceed with caution!

    RC had as many (if not more) as I did while we enjoyed all that SF has to offer, but it was so cute seeing him justify the little indulgence. You see, we were in CA. In CA, they actually post the calorie content and he was none too happy about the 420 per/grande tag! So he thought and thought, "and surely a tall, nonfat, half the syrup, no whipped cream would bump it down to the 200cal range, right?" Maybe it didn't have all the yummy glory, but he could handle it.

    He's going to be thrilled to know that thanks to the online nifty calculator, he can add back the missing half of the syrup and still be at 220! Who knew no whipped cream = 80 cal saved!

    I really wish Texas would get on the bandwagon and make businesses post calorie content on their menus. It may not be 100% accurate, but it at least gets you in the ball park.

    Does your state post this information? Would it make you think twice about enjoying a grande salted caramel mocho with whipped cream?

    Now, back to the regularly scheduled blog post - my salad case!

    The Coconutty ed. contained the following:

    • couple handfuls spinach
    • 3 handfuls roasted veggies: broccoli, butternut squash, carrots
    • a handful of almonds
    • a tablespoon of homemade red pepper hummus
    • a sprinkling of unsweetened coconut (yum!)

    I roasted some butternut squash and carrots last night and they tasted incredible! 35+ min at 375 and so much flavor. The coconut and almonds really played well with the sweetness and brought everything together. The hummus was a last minute deal because I had left the jar in the fridge at work over the weekend and *fingers crossed* I was hoping it was still edible since hummus has a short shelf-life. Why hummus, why???

    I know I've been MIA and posting sporadically, but I'm really going to try and buckle down so I can be more consistent in general! I have a couple of ideas that I really want to follow through on, so here's to getting things done!

    Do y'all have any problems with consistency? Any tips on following through?


    Tuesday, September 27, 2011

    Little Things: Vacation Time

    Workout: 40 minute weight-session/jump rope interval sessions

    Yay, I got up two days in a row and worked out! I couldn't be prouder :)

    In fact, I actually went back to bed after the alarm and then made myself get back up. It's amazing how a workout in the AM can give you such a burst of energy!

    Even though I didn't listen to my PM alarm because I was watching my Boys get an ugly win (a win is a win). What's your football team?

    In other non-interesting news, work is hectic because I'm going to Oracle World next week. So exciting! I've never been to it before, but it's in San Francisco so it wasn't to tough of a decision ;)

    SF, SD and DC are actually RC's favorite cities, so of course he wanted to go with me. I also think he slightly panicked at the thought of being home alone with our BB for an entire week. He's such a great father, he would have been fine - but it's still good to know I'm needed around our casita!

    Question is, what to do in SF with a baby/toddler? Any ideas?

    What are your favorite cities? Next vacay? Places you'd recommend one should go!!!

    So ADios

    Monday, September 26, 2011

    The Salad Case: Lazy, ed

    Workout:  Non-Stop Vinyasa flow + 20 min interval run

    To say "I've been lazy," is an understatement. Seriously, I was caught in cycle of laziness you could not imagine!

    It all started last Wednesday, when I stayed up too late watching some crack-type TV. Not sure if it was, RHWONJ, or Most Eligible Dallas. Whatever it was, it was a crappy show.

    Bloggies, I hate to tell ya - but I am a Crack TV junkie!!!

    Well, staying up late gave me an excuse to not work out Thursday morning.
    Evening photography class + planning my BBs baptism provided the excuse for Friday morning
    BBs baptism provided the excuse for Saturday and Sunday mornings (we all know you need to recover after you host a party at home, right?)
    Being plane lazy + crack TV watching @ 10 pm each night were my excuses for the rest of the week.

    Do you have any secret crack-tv shows?

    I got into a bad cycle, the only saving grace was that I was eating relatively good and was crazy busy! Not to mention that I literally carried my BB all day on Saturday. She may have a "slight" case of separation anxiety and the party didn't help too much, either!

    All-in-all, the Baptism was beautiful and we felt so blessed:)


    lack of exercise + late-night tv watching = sleeping problems + more stress -> lack of exercise

    The cycle just keeps on repeating itself!

    Today, I hopefully stopped it and I'm even making a point to set the following alarms on my phone:

    * 9PM - stop all web surfing/general pc items
    * 9:45PM - start getting ready for sleepy time

    How do you avoid this cycle? What are some of your wind-down sleepy time tips?

    ADios :)

    Monday, September 12, 2011

    The Salad Case: A rut!

    Workout: 30 min Jackier Warner Circuit + 20 min interval run

    To say I've been in a workout rut is an understatement! Seriously, between the stomach and actual flu I have not wanted to go near a set of weights, much less the dreaded treadmill!!! What's a gal to do?

    Just do it!

    Nike had it right!!! It felt so good to get this workout in, I just hope I can remember this feeling the next time I'm tempted to not set my alarm!

    Like I've said before, I think the whole nutrition deal boils down to the little tiny choices you make each day.  For instance, I didn't feel like cooking last night, but we decided on paninis and chips. Simple enough for a Sunday, right?

    We headed to the store for some supplies and who knew our health food store didn't carry Doritos? Apparently, RC did! We tried these chips instead.

    They were pretty good too, plus I could actually understand their ingredient list. I guess choosing where/when to shop actually makes a difference!

    Then, as I was making the panini's  I started prepping my salad case for the upcoming week and I said to myself, "Self, why not add a salad to our dinners?" Self listened and the salad added some crunch and loads of flavor which led to a big decrease in total chips consumed - double score!

    To avoid another rut of the "warm salad" kind, I went with an actual cold salad. I wanted to switch it up a bit, plus there was no roasting involved!

    In this week's case went:

    • couple of handfuls of romaine lettuce
    • shredded carrots and zuchinni
    • cucumbers
    • tomatoes
    • feta cheese
    • garlic olive oil dressing:
      • 1 part white vinegar
      • 2 parts olive oil
      • dash of McCormick's garlic & herbs seasoning
      • 1/2 lemon
    Getting yourself out of a rut is not so bad after all!

    How do you deal with ruts?


    Thursday, September 8, 2011

    A Natter: Ciggy Talk!

    Workout: none :(

    Me: Hey!
    Co-worker: Hey!
    Me: Hey, you know that vapor cigarette that you use, how do you like it? [ed note: I was sitting at my cube when this big puff of smoke came out - I couldn't believe he was using it in the office]
    Co-worker: It's pretty good, I like it.

    Me: Would you recommend it, my Dad's trying to quit and I was thinking of getting it for him.
    Co-worker: Yea it's good. It makes you taste better and smell better. [ed note: I got what he was trying to say, not sure if he picked up on what he actually said?]

    Me: Cool, I'm going to look into it. [ed note: yes, I probably say cool way too much]
    Co-worker: I'll send you some info of the one I got.
    Me: Awesome! Thanks! [ed note: no, I'm not a surfer dude - but I've been told I sound like one]

    So yes, my Dad is trying to quit again. He's tried and succeeded a couple of times, but somehow always ends up back at it. We got him the nicotine gum, but he somehow misplaced it a couple of months ago.

    Here is the info that was provided:

    This is the kit that I have bought over the last 2 years: https://www.cignot.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=KIT-510-NBX . I highly suggest getting it as a manual instead of an automatic since it’s easier to use. You also need to buy a bottle of juice located here https://www.cignot.com/category_s/24.htm . I usually get a VG menthol flavored one but that’s what I like, so you just have to browse through them to see what would be best. If you have any questions let me know.

    Have you guys heard of having any success with these? Any random tips that I can pass along to my Dad?

    On another note, guess who starts her photography class??? I'm so excited, can't wait - I kind of feel like a kid going back to school again. Have you guys ever taken a "self-help"-type of course?

    Can you see the excitement?

    I SO SO SO need the photography help (and probably other types of help)!


    Tuesday, September 6, 2011

    Little Things: Double Whammys!

    Workout: none :(

    I was riding the "getting back on the fitness-wagon" theme last week, bloggies. Riding so high - then last Tuesday happened! I don't know if it was the carrot-overload or what, but something wasn't agreeing with my tummy!!

    I was decommissioned for the next couple of days and subsisted on Sprite, toast and a cup of Campbell's soup.

    I was slowly easing back into food, then I started getting a sore throat a couple of nights ago. Now I'm a congested mess with that oh so "sexy phlem" type of voice.

    Let me sing for ya! After all, it may be the only time I don't sound like nails on a chalkboard when I sing. Ok, I'm not that cruel so I'll spare ya the horror!

    After being told I was an old lady for not wanting to take the 2hr+ drive to Ruidoso and the lake, I buckled down and so glad I did!

    Fear not fit bloggies, my recovery didn't deter me from consuming my fair share of Labor Day junk food!

    There was a yummy avocado cheeseburger + a hot dog + chips + hot coffee drinks (gasp!) + chocolate-y heaven! We went up to Ruidoso, NM for a fun day of shopping, eating and playing by the lake. The temperature was a much cooler 60s and we had a blast!

    After all the hustle on Sunday, it was good to settle into a healthy, home-cooked meal last night. I just couldn't master the energy to get up and workout this morning. I must start tomorrow!

    How about you, how was your Labor Day?


    Tuesday, August 30, 2011

    Little Things: Carrot-cake pudding!

    Workout: 20 min interval run + 20 minute core yoga workout

    I was very proud of myself this morning because I almost talked myself out of the workout. I only got six hours of sleep but was feeling ok so I did it anyway and I felt good. Up until around 8 am when my body was screaming for caffeine.

    Why do I do this to myself? My body needs more sleep!!! Hopefully I'll start learning this lesson! Any tips?

    Last weekend I made the mistake of buying a 5lb bag of carrots. It's Tuesday and I think I'm all carrot'ed out!   Thanks Sam's - thanks A LOT! What's a girl to do?

    Make some carrot-cake pudding in a jar:

    1/4 c pecans
    1/4 c raisins
    3 roasted carrots, pureed
    splash of water
    splash of vanilla
    dash of cinnamon, optional
    2 T chia seeds

    I pureed the pecans first, then added reconstituted raisins (raisins + water nuked in the microwave for a minute.). I added the carrots, vanilla and cinnamon and pureed some more. Then mixed in the chia seeds.

    It was good! I served it for breakfast over a whole-wheat sandwich thin two day's in a row.

    However, I've had carrots in my salad both days. Plus carrots in some egg-rolls I made last night (BTW, did you know you can bake egg-rolls instead of frying them?)

    Carrot overload!

    Sam's - I love some of your deals, but I'm steering clear of any 5lb bags of produce from now on!

    Do you guys suffer from any veggie overload?


    Monday, August 29, 2011

    The Salad Case: I'm back!

    Workout: 30 min Jackie Warner weights power circuit + 20 min interval run

    It never fails, anytime I think (or say) "I'm back" I always think of George Costanza. In honor of him, here's a special treat:

    It works the same for "I'll be back," but that one's a gimme. Are there any movie/tv lines that you always think of when you say something?

    I know, I've been SO SO SO inconsistent with the working out/eating healthy -> not posting about it that  I don't even know where to begin. It hasn't been terrible but there were some unmentionables that shall remain unmentioned. Cough*chocolate b-day cake*cough!

    Last night, as I was prepping for this week's Salad Case and roasting away I had a little thought - "It's a shame all this hard work can be undone in an instant (or several).

    One of the things Jackie recommends is to have a list of reasons why you don't want to be fat with you to help you make the right choices. One of the things on my list would be to not let all this hard prep work go to waste! What would be on your list?

    BTW, I'm pretty much done with Jackie's "This is Why You're Fat" book and fixing to start writing the review this week. I've already incorporated some recommendations into my daily routine, I just need to be consistent about it.

    Back to today's case:

    • couple of handfuls of spinach
    • roasted veggies: eggplant, red peppers, carrots, purple onions
    • 1/2 cup roasted chickpeas
    Don't you just love my photography skillz??? I work in a dungeon (there's literally no windows) and I fought hard for my office space to only use half the lights - there was too much glare and the people wanted it! 3 out of 15 people fought me on it, but we've compromised :) but now I can't use the flash setting without cluing people in to knowing I take pictures of my lovely salads ;)

    On that note, I'm very happy to announce that I have signed up for the following:

    Whoop! I can't wait!!! I'm sure you can't either, must be tough looking at my pictures sometimes!

    Then there's pictures like these, that aren't that tough to look at!


    Friday, August 19, 2011

    Fitness Fridays

    Workout: None :(

    After getting back on the fitness wagon last Sunday, I've done the following:

    Sunday: 20min run + 30 min walk + 20 min yoga
    Monday: 30 min weights + 20min run
    Tuesday: 60 min yoga
    Wednesday: 30 min weights + 20min run
    Thursday: none
    Friday: none

    Last 2 entries = not so good!

    This is attributed to my sleeping schedule, or lack there of it! Both nights I've just gone to sleep way too late and had no energy to get up and work it out! I really have to force myself to to sleep earlier, that will be one of my goals next week!!!

    I usually like to not work out on the weekends, but I'm just going to have to make an exception.  I foresee a couple of runs and a yoga session in the near future.

    On the reading front, I actually started Jackie's book from the beginning.

    This Is Why You're Fat (and How to Get Thin Forever): Eat More, Cheat More, Lose More--and Keep the Weight Off by Jackie Warner: Book Cover

    I'll do a full book report once I'm done, but I am loving it so far! Very straightforward, plus she hits the nail on the hammer when she says "Sugar is the devil!" She makes an excellent case and presents the results in a way that is easy to understand.

    Seriously, I know how bad it is but somehow conveniently forget when there's Corner Bakery blueberry muffins in the break room. There were no such muffins yesterday morning, I assure you!

    She recommends trying to limit added sugar to 5g per meal, what? 5 g? Is that even possible? I'm afraid the answer is yes!

    Starting today, I'm trying to follow that recommendation M-F, but be more lax on the weekends. Lucky for me tomorrow is a Saturday, hehe!

    She also recommends adding in some foods that I already eat, like eggs and oatmeal. Oatmeal is my goto late-night snack, which can be a problem when I'm really not that hungry and I start adding stuff in. Imagine milk, nut butters and/or raisins! These calories can quickly add up!

    What's a girl to do when the late-night snacks come a knockin? Jackie Warner to the rescue!!! She recommends a mix of decaff green tea + a fruity/herbal tea to combat what she calls an "oral fixation".

    Tea < Oatmeal, my friends!

    I've tried it before, but let's see if I can stick to it! Could y'all stick to tea for your late-night snack?

    Have a great weekend!
    ADios :)

    Monday, August 15, 2011

    The Salad Case: Oops!

    Workout: 30 min Jackie Warner's Routine A Circuit 1 Weight Lifting session + 20 interval run

    Yayyyy, I actually got up to workout this morning. Whoop!

    I only got about 6 hours, but it was the good quality sleep kind so I didn't awake cursing myself for having set the alarm. 'Twas a good morning:)

    I hadn't lifted weights in 2 weeks so this workout was just what the doctor ordered. The only thing is, I kept having to reread the description to decide if she meant to pick one Circuit (from the available 3) for Routine A, or if you had to do all 3 circuits to complete Routine A. I'm so confused!

    According to Jackie Warner, these routines should be done at a fast pace with no rest in between sets and it should take about 30 minutes. If she means all 3 circuits, there is just absolutely no way. It takes me 30 minutes just doing one circuit. Do you know what she's talking about?

    In terms of healthy eats, I'm trying this new thing of having pre-workout snack  followed by breakfast before work and I'm liking it. I used to get to work starving, so I thik this change just works better.

    However, today I was famished by 11 so I had an early lunch. An hour later, I remembered that I forgot to take a picture - I even packed the good camera and everything!

    So as a back-up, here's a picture of the one I had a couple of weeks ago but never posted!

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    Today’s looks kinda different, picture it with the following mix:

    • 3 handfuls of spinach
    • 3 handfuls roasted veggies: broccoli, carrot, eggplant
    • 1/4 cup leftover rice
    • 1/2 leftover filet medallion (Texas Roadhouse is good!)

    There's some Sunday night prep-work that always goes into packing these cases and last night it made me think. I should really try to remember all the hard-work that goes into a healthy lifestyle before I choose to waste it away on silly indulgences.

    Jackie ( I mean Mila Kunis) might be onto something when she says losing weight is all about will power! How do you feel about that?

    I know it's a lot harder for some people to loose or maintain their weight, but in my case I would have to agree with her. For me, it's the little choices I make each and every day that add up to the big picture (or weigh-in)!

    Off to pump up that will power!!!


    Sunday, August 14, 2011

    The Weekend Report: a Birthday Baby!

    Workout: 20 min run + 30 min walk + 20 min Vinyasa Core Workout

    I honestly can’t remember the last time I worked out! I want to say I was going on 2 weeks and I felt like the Blob!


    We got to sleep late after a double-feature of Just Go With It and Fireproof, which was on TV and we decided to watch it. If you haven’t seen them, they both get A+ recommendations from this lady :)

    I woke up a little sluggish and immediately regretted having told Richard that I really wanted to go running in the AM. I tried to play it off and just go straight to the walking portion of our morning, but someone called me out. I’m so glad he did! It inspired me to do some core work, and this 20 minute short little level 3 video kicked my abs in the bootay!!!

    I think I may be the sweet’s temptress in our little duo! How about you, are you a gas or a break pedal type when it comes to healthy living? I am so lucky to have a husband that is so supportive of our fitness goals! Go RC, go RC, go!

    To top it all off, this weekend was EXTRA, EXTRA + EXTRA special! Our little BB turned ONE!!!

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    A Birthday Tutu + a happy BB girl was called for!

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    As well as a homemade Tres Leches Birthday cake and doting parents!

    Seriously, where did this year go? It’s been year of getting to know our little blessing and filled with a love I didn’t know was possible.

    It was a memorable whirl-wind type of weekend and I am so grateful!!!

    What were you grateful for this weekend?


    Thursday, August 11, 2011

    A Natter: Bloggy blues?

    Workout: Wait, what is that?

    [The scene: 11 pm last night.]
    Me: I need to go to sleep, I want to get back into the fitness swing of things...
    Me: I'm pooped, Vegas was fun - but it's so nice to be back at home...
    Me: Routines are good, who ever said routines are no good?
    Me: I could retire in Vegas, there's so much to do there...
    Me: But what if we invest in a condo and they end up running out of water by the time we're ready to retire?
    Me: What would we do if we run out of water here?
    Me: We live close to the river, but I doubt we could drink that water...
    Me: It's a good thing we live in an area close to the water table, maybe we could just build a pump in our backyard.
    Me: But what if everyone else around us did that, would the land just collapse?
    Me: We'd be screwed.
    Me: I really need to set up one of those emergency back-packs to be ready to go.
    Me: Just in case the zombie's attack.
    Me: Why can't I go to sleep.

    [The clock shifts to 12:00 am]
    Me: I'm instituting the "it's past midnight so no workout in the am" rule.
    Me: Alarm is off, had a handful of raisins, Lightning Bug is on.
    Me: Sleep, let's do this!

    Yes folks, how do I go from I’m pooped to zombies attacking and needing to prepare for that? I think I need to start some quiet time, or some routine before sleepy time. I'm just afraid if I do this I'm going to open up the flood gates and I'll never get any sleep. How do you guys wind down?

    As you may have picked up, we just got back from Vegas. Mind you, a trip to Vegas with a baby - but we got through it and actually had some fun. Among the activities:

    • California Pizza Kitchen, when are you coming to EP?
    • Touring the Pawn Stars shop, apparently they are now only there while they film.
    • H&M Overload (3 floors too much - I didn't buy a thing :( ). I tend to freeze up when there are too many options.
    • Buffet Heaven at the Mirage :)
    • Baby play time from 2-4:30 AM - yes, please :(
    • Enjoying the swimming pool with the BB :)
    • Getting to know my Apple Ipad during my BB's nap time - got one for work and I'm liking it :)
    • Meeting a playful baby dolphin and wandering through the Secret Garden.

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    • Town Center in Las Vegas - an awesome place for the kiddos. My BB got to crawl around and we met a PILF  (Parents I'd Like to Friend) couple - wish they lived in EP. Made me realize that "dating" never stops - booo!!!
    • Whole Foods, I missed ya!!! Glad I got to visit you, though - your salad bar always mean good times!
    • Outlet Mall Shopping :) True Religion, nice to meet ya!
    • M&M + Coca Cola store shopping!

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    • 20 minutes in one of those water massage machines - very worth it :)
    • Baby play time from 2-5 AM - yes, please :(
    • Strolling through the C Gates while trying to get my BB to sleep and EVERYONE watching = good times. We kept running into another couple doing the same thing, they could have been potential PILFs since we were on the same flight - I'm too shy so I didn't say anything.
    • Home Sweet Home :)

    In a nutshell, we ate, shopped, walked, saw some family and did some fun stuff, ate some more then walked back and started all over!

    The walking offset the eating, so I was shocked that I was pretty much around my happy weight when I got back.

    Plus, I got to think some about this blog and decided to keep at it. I missed it! Sometimes I felt like I just scrape together whatever I could for a post, so the quality was definitely lacking *cough* pictures *cough*.

    I want to make it a better blog for me and for anyone that might be interested in reading it. If there are any bloggies out there still reading this, I’m taking bloggie requests.

    Please let me know if there is anything that you’d like to see more of? Like my attempts at learning how to take better pictures?

    Or more doggie pics?

    What’d ya say, definitely more doggie pictures. Can’t say no to that!

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    Monday, August 1, 2011

    A Beautiful Legacy!

    Writer's block? More like blogger's block, I think?

    Even as I write this, I'm not sure where to start or what I want to say. Sorry bloggies, I think I'm at a loss for words so I'll try to keep it short and simple.

    A couple of weeks ago a dear friend of my best friend was murdered in Cd. Juarez, his name was Jorge Dieppa and he was a beautiful man.

    Unsupported allegations have come out against this good man and I just wanted to say, NO - he was a very good man and his legacy speaks for itself.

    I had the pleasure of meeting with him a few times, but I can't say I knew him well. What I can say is that there are a lot of people in this world who are better people for having known him.

    There were so many facets to his life: husband, father, brother, uncle, pastor, mentor, translator, theologian, instructor, karate black-belt, master of the sword and he excelled in all of them.

    I was so inspired by the outpouring of support and love from the community he lived in. It was truly incredible. Martie, his loving wife, was a pillar of strength for all. She has a faith in God that I can't even begin to describe, I can only say that I felt it - you could not help but feel that love.

    So there it is bloggies, there it is. I'll try to get back to regular blogging and I know this is probably not the "bloggiest" topic but I kind of felt compelled to write it. Have you ever felt that way?

    To honor Jorge, make sure to go forth and seize the day. What a beautiful legacy!

    ADios :)

    Wednesday, July 20, 2011

    Work It Out: Jackie Warner Style

    Workout: Routine A, Circuit 1 of Jackie's weight-lifting program + 20 min interval session
    This Is Why You're Fat (and How to Get Thin Forever): Eat More, Cheat More, Lose More--and Keep the Weight Off by Jackie Warner: Book Cover

    Talk about shaking things up, this lady kicks bootay!

    I was first introduced to her through Shape's feature on her Power Circuit routine. I loved it and still use it from time to time. Today's routine was no different, tough with another serving of tough on the side!

    Have you ever done any of her workouts?

    I actually just bought the nook book but haven't started it yet, I'm still trying to get through Franklin's autobiography. I did scroll through and am trying the workouts, including the treadmill interval workout. It's only 20 minutes but you're alternating speed and incline so you never get bored, you don't have time to. Plus, you're supposed to do it every work day and I've gotten a great burst of energy both days - we'll see how it goes.

    I'll do a full review of the book once I get around to finishing it. Have you read it? Any thoughts?


    Monday, July 18, 2011

    The Salad Case: What's This?

    Workout: 40 minute walk

    Yes, I've been MIA! Not really sure why, just kind of needed a break.

    The week after I posted my July??? post, things just went a little downhill on the whole health front. It wasn't haywire, but it was close! Let's just say, I fell into the work trap and now I'm struggling to get out!

    The good news is that the last couple of days has shown me that I CAN make good choices while still enjoying my foodsies :)

    Then on Friday, I read this article and reassessed when and how I was eating. Typically, here's my eats schedule:

    5ish - wake-up + exercise
    8ish - breakfast
    11:30ish - lunch (usually salad + protein)
    2:30ish - snack (usually yogurt or edamame)
    5:30ish - dinner
    8ish - late night snack (usually milk + oatmeal)
    10:30ish - sleep

    Not too shabby, but could still use some improvement.

    What's funny is that on Friday I had some pizza for lunch and the whole 'best-time-for-carbs-is-lunchtime" mentioned in the article turned out to be true (at least for me)!

    With that in mind, let me introduce you to my little friend:

    The whole-wheat rotini, the star of today's warm salad case which contained:
    • 1 cup cooked whole-wheat rotini
    • 2-3 handfuls spinach
    • roasted veggies: eggplant, broccoli, onion, green bell pepper, asparagus
    Mixin' things up never tasted so good! Ok, maybe it did - but this was scrumptilious!

    I also tried having breakfast one hour after waking and I was amazed at how hungry I really was. How did I ever make it to 8? I need to listen to my body a little more I think. I'm also making some changes to my schedule and we'll see how they go:

    5ish - wakeup + exercise (pre-workout snack)
    6:30ish - breakfast
    11:30ish - lunch (usually salad + protein + carb)
    2:30ish - snack (usually yogurt or edamame)
    5:30ish - dinner
    8ish - where's my snack? (I'm going to try going late night snackless, YIKES!)
    9:30ish - sleep

    The big one for me is going to be sleep by 9:30ish. I've been able to scale it back from 11:30 to 10:30ish and have noticed more energy, but I'm still kind of tired for the most part. Any tips on getting myself to sleep earlier?

    Also, any favorite pre-workout snack ideas that y'all like? I've thought about yogurt, a handful of trail mix or toast, any other ideas? I just want something light but good enough to power me through my workout!

    ADios :)

    Tuesday, July 12, 2011

    Little Things: Tag Lines

    Workout: 15 minute hot-legs workout + 15 minute no crunch ab exercises + 2.25 mile hill run

    Ok, I feel much better after working out this morning! I felt like such a slacker from yesterday!

    I read somewhere that it's good to change your workouts, but it's sometimes repetition is key. What do you think? I myself have been doing this same routine for 2 or 3 weeks so I think it's time to change it up. Any online total-body workouts that you might recommend?

    In a totally unrelated topic, today's Little Things edition deals with tag lines. Among some of my other nicknames, my nickname at work is Natasha.

    Sidenote: My theory on why "Natasha" is that it's after the spy on the Rocky and Bullwinkle show. See, when I first started at my job I worked for one department but had to work in another, so they thought I was a mole! I'm now working for the other department, but they still won't confirm my theory.

    Oh well, I guess Natasha isn't so bad - plus, I have my own tag line now!

    Apparently, Swiper stole the "Ah man" from me!

    It's the funniest thing cause I sound EXACTLY like him, it's uncanny! I also say it ALL.THE.TIME!

    In college, I got my roommate to start saying "Dude". Ha ha! She was none to happy with me but we still had good times.

    What's your tag line?