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 @!

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?