I Throw My Hands Up In The Air Sometimes

Because I am ELATED that this coat fits me, muscles and all!

anthro coat

Not only that, it doesn’t restrict my range of motion hardly at all!! Hooray!!!!

anthro coat

Remember, I’ve been stalking this coat since OCTOBER!!!!! I resisted the first sale price of $188, still a little steep for me. Plus it was right after Christmas, if you know what I mean. But last week, they dropped it again, and I snagged it for less than $100. Bonus: I feel like I’m ready to travel to Narnia at a moment’s notice.

I’ve actually had it for a few days, but I had to wait for it to be cold enough to wear. Hahahaha!! Take that, polar vortex!! :)

So I was up early to go to breakfast with Kevin James. We planned to go to Hash, but sadly they have their hours posted incorrectly online — they don’t open until 8AM. So we settled for Panera.

power breakfast bowl panera paleo

I just couldn’t do bread this morning, so I tried the Panera Power Breakfast Bowl, and I asked them to add bacon. It was just okay, in my opinion, but at least I feel good after eating it. I think plain turkey tasted a little weird to me before 9AM. Also, I should have known this, but the bacon wasn’t hot. It was just like bacon bits. That makes sense, but it was still kind of a bummer. Oh well. Nothing some coffee won’t help.

So I’ve been feeling LOUSY since Friday’s night’s competition. Two days in a row of toes-to-bar plus a lot of overhead work didn’t do my shoulder region any favors. I have been so tight, and it hurts to move my arms suddenly. I’m most comfortable if I am sitting slumped and with my shoulders squished in. Not cool. I went to CrossFit on Monday (and totally sandbagged it) hoping that I would feel better after moving around. Nope. So I took yesterday off, and I’m finally starting to feel mostly better today. They were so bad that it was bothering me to play piano. That’s ridiculous!!!!!

nike training club yoga

While I was languishing at home, I noticed that the Nike Training Club app had some updates, including a new yoga workout. So I gave it a try. 45 minutes is a little too long for me, but it felt (mostly) good to stretch it out. I couldn’t quite do sun salutation with my bum shoulders. I like using the app because it’s faster than turning on a dvd. Patient much????

Don’t worry, the puppies kept me company. Here are B&P being tortured by the cats that like to camp out on our porch furniture:

They have such a hard life!!!

What’s the longest it’s ever taken you to recover from a workout? Pretty sure this it for me. I never want to do t2b again!!!!!

Have you ever read the Chronicles of Narnia? Which is your favorite book or character? No, the movies absolutely do not count, especially not the newer versions. I probably read each book easily 10 times before the age of 18. The Magician’s Nephew and The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe are my two faves.

P.S. This corduroy vest from Anthro is also a good fit for CrossFit muscles. Let your biceps roam free!!! Sizes medium & up are left.

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Mini Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Via Bundt Cakes & Whatnot

It’s a good day to bake a cake!

Mini Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Via Bundt Cakes

Recipe adapted from Cooking Light

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened  1 can of pumpkin puree
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup 1% low-fat milk  unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons instant espresso granules 1 Pumpkin Spice Via Packet
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Mix ingredients and bake @ 350 for 22 minutes in a mini bundt pan. If you were using a regular, bundt pan I would bake 35 to 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely on a wire rack.

I checked these at 15 minutes, and I thought they were going to be a total flop. But 7 minutes later, they turned out beautifully. The consistency reminded me of the Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Brownies I made last month. Although the knife did come out clean, they definitely seem very gooey when you eat them so if that’s not your style – you won’t like them. :)

I was reorganizing the bookshelf in the living room and ended up picking up one of my favorite books. I LOVE Calvin & Hobbes. The funny part is that I was introduced to Calvin & Hobbes by a (precocious) child I babysat when I was 12-13.  I have a nice little collection, and they still make me laugh. I should make Kevin read some with me — great Date Night idea!

I pulled out Nike Training Club after not having used it for a while (July 22 according to my progress tracker), and who did I see?!!

Just my bff KaraGoucher, and Paula Radcliff too. Okay. They got me. I’m going to do some workouts so I can unlock Paula & Kara. I chose to do Razor Sharp, a 30 minute workout that included about 5 minutes of plank time + strength + plyo moves. It was fun! The Nike Training Club app is FREE and has a TON of workout options. I think it would be a great alternative for people who just finished up Boot Camp with me. :) Most of the workouts can be done with only dumbbells. A few call for medicine balls or kettlebells, but you can usually pretty easily sub the moves a little bit to create an at-home version. Go download it!

I’m seriously bummed about my Reeboks. While we were in Breckenridge, I noticed there was a hole in my right shoe. :( I thought maybe it had happened while we were trail running. But now it’s gotten worse, and I can tell it’s due to the construction and material. And there’s a hole starting to grow in the left shoe too. I track my mileage on DailyMile so I know that I only had a little over 250 miles on these shoes when the hole appeared in the right shoes. Now I’m a bit over 300, but my Nikes have always made it to 500-600+. I stretched the last pair maybe a littler longer than I should have, but nothing was bothering me. But I guess I’m going to have to buy new shoes again already. I chose my normal size, and they don’t feel tight at all. In fact, if anything, they feel looser because I could slip my feet out without untying them!

So I think next time I’m going back to Nike? Or I’ll perhaps try Mizunos?  I should probably decide soon since I have a half marathon coming up!

What shoes are you wearing these days? I’ve been in Reeboks, and Kevin currently has Nikes.

What’s your favorite comic? Calvin & Hobbes. :)

Turn Up The Tunes

I had a new cereal this week that I thought you should know about.

I thought it was going to be SUPER exotic with the almonds, pumpkin seeds, flakes, & clusters. In fact, I was still fooled after the first day, thinking that all the good stuff had sunk to the bottom of the box. Such an optimist. 3 days into it, I think it just has an underwhelming amount of goods. Mostly flakes. It’s still good, but I’ve been measuring out just a cup because I feel the calorie count is a little on the high side. Kevin got a banana flavor that I think is mostly just a repackaging of their old Banana Nut Crunch. But what am I to say? It worked on us!

Today’s WOD:

Well, my workout energy has been low this week. I think I’m still on birthday/anniversary cake hangover!! Is that even possible!?!?! So I decided to try this experiment from One Fit Foodie. The general idea is that you choose a set a moves and perform As Many Rounds As Possible for the duration of the song.

Here’s what mine looked like… No need judge the music choices. I don’t really have music on my phone so I had to rely on Pandora. Otherwise there’d probably be some Enrique.

Loca - Shakira

Cupid Shuffle

It Girl – Jason Derulo

Waka, Waka - Shakira

Call Me Maybe

Not sure why I have that weird Bambi look, but I chose it over the smile for you guys.

I was surprised that I only made it through about 2 rounds per song. Even a bit less on the burpee broad jumps round!! It took a little planning — I scribbled out ideas while I was doing a little warm-up walk on the treadmill. I browsed through and found a bunch of the moves on the Nike Training Club app (FREE!!! AWESOME!!!).

Afterwards, I jogged it out and did a few random sprints.

I actually found some decent avocados so we’ve been enjoying them with little taco salads.

Here’s a nice idea I found while Kevin was being responsible and paying for our groceries:

That, my friends, is straight from Diabetic Living! But it’s a good idea, especially for people who really prefer not to drink water.

What’s your favorite workout music? I mostly listen to Pandora stations, but I should put music on my iPod because I’m a chronic skipper and the commercials cause treadmill rage!

Favorite cereal? I’m wishing for those PB Cheerios back in my life.

Healthiest cereal? We’ve been eating a lot more eggs & oatmeal lately because I’m not impressed with most cereals. But this week Kevin has been dragging me to work like a half hour earler — those are cereal days!!!

Fried Egg BLT Sandwiches + Overrated

Kerchoo!!

Kevin and I spent exactly 15 minutes outdoors last night and both managed to pick up some weird, intense allergy twitch! Lame! I’m starting to feel better this evening (after my workout!), but Kev-Kev still seems to be suffering. I don’t even think he’s exaggerating because his eyes look so sad. Awwwwa! Just because they’ve been watering all day.

I tried to cheer him up with extra bacon.

Fried Egg BLT Sandwiches

I stumbled across this one over on Cooking Light.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 (1-ounce) slices focaccia bread, toasted
  • 1 cup packed baby arugula
  • 4 applewood-smoked bacon slices, cooked, drained, and halved crosswise
  • 4 (1/4-inch-thick) tomato slices
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil to pan; swirl to coat. Crack eggs into pan; cook 2 minutes. Cover and cook an additional 2 minutes or until whites are set or until desired degree of doneness. Remove from heat.

2. Place 1 focaccia slice on each of 4 plates; top each serving with 1/4 cup arugula, 2 bacon slice halves, and 1 tomato slice. Sprinkle tomatoes evenly with salt and pepper. Top each serving with 1 egg; garnish with additional freshly ground black pepper, if desired.

Corrie’s Clues: We used the Udi’s bread we had on hand, turkey bacon, and little mini tomatoes, and they turned out awesome. I also used a thin layer of Melt so the bread wouldn’t be super dry.

No forks allowed!!! It was a pretty hefty sandwich, but we managed!

Earlier…

I ate breakfast-y food all day. Isn’t that what happens when you run out of food in the fridge? Good thing we went to the store tonight because we were down to our last egg. We hadn’t been on a decent shopping trip since we got back from Minnesota. It was a little chaotic, and then with the holiday weekend thrown in…

PB2 & Honey sandwich, blueberries, and some Better Oats.

Snacking:

Guys, I hate this to break it to you, but Chobani is so overrated. There. I said it. I’m never getting a sponsorship from them. Lol.  FAGE IS SO DELICIOUS. Even Kevin James has a strong preference for the brand, and almost acts like it’s a treat. Let’s be real, I think the only things on the list of “real treats” in his mind are apple crisp and carrot cake. My only complaint is I wish they came with mini spatulas so I could scrape every last lick out of there!!!!!

Raisins + Sunflower Seeds. I saw this snack idea over on Vitamin G, and it’s the perfect little thing for when I’m starving while I’m making dinner after the gym. I tried it tonight, and it definitely helped tide me over. Plus:

Raisins are loaded with antioxidants and cardiologists believe that snacking on them regularly may help lower blood pressure. Sunflower seeds are loaded with vitamin E and other heart and skin-healthy nutrients.

Almost…

I almost caught Boyd on camera doing one of my favorite little tricks of his…

He’s a little blurry, but look at him! He drapes the body pillow over his back and brings it over by our feet when we’re sitting on the futon at night. He wants to hang out with us! What a cutie.

Today’s workout: 3.22 miles running + Nike Training Club The Edge 30 minute workout.

How do you sneeze? Loud? Soft? Do you say something? I get teased at the office for having dainty sneezes, but they may have changed their minds after today’s allergy outburst!
What health food do you think is overrated? I’m not hating on Chobani. It’s just not my top pick, but the internet seems to love it. Haha.
Sandwiches are not overrated. Do you have a fave you’d like to share? I want to try this one with Fried Egg, Ricotta, and Argula. Also my entire Pinterest board: Make Me A Sandwich.

 

Denver Date Night: Double Soups + International Love

Thursday is one of my happy half days!! I spent the afternoon cleaning the kitchen and sweating it out in the gym. I was so lazy, I did a 3.60 mile warm-up. I know that doesn’t sound so lazy, but it just meant I wasn’t ready to really move it! When I finally got my act together, I mixed up running at a 4.0 incline (8:14 pace) and a Nike Training Club workout.

This Hopscotch to Curl move is my new favorite. You should probably try it! I love double-tasking moves! It was part of a bonus workout I earned. Nothing I love like a workout that earns you badges and extra workouts!

Strawberry milk to refuel! I accidentally dropped the straw in the box after my first sip! What newb!

We decided to take it easy on date night this week since we ate out in the airport and whatnot this weekend so we went “cheap” at Panera.

I love my double soups!! Black Bean + Chicken Sonoma Stew. This is the third time I’ve ordered that soup. And I’ve picked out every single pea every single time.

Guess what? We chose Panera because of its key location — across the street from the library!

We had a hot date reading travel books and vacation dreaming! Don’t you love his hot socks? They’re my fave!

And we came prepared! Did you expect any less? Kevin bought me Jelly Bellies for the first time ever! I’m sure it’s the first time I asked, but still! They were awesome.

Day after Valentine’s Day they had new Hershey’s Kisses out! With coconut. Like we could resist that. And they were so delicious. I’m forcing Kevin to take them to work tomorrow so I don’t finish them off!

I couldn’t resist looking at the DR book! I love looking at the tips for tourists!! Hehe. They make me giggle. The only thing I’d seen was the monument. Ah, the wonderful monument. I was too busy with my M.Ed and my long distance boyfriend to be taking beach trips!

Luckily, the international travel section is in a low traffic area!

These were our top picks. I’dreally like to go to Austria someday and see/hear all the nerdy music stuff.

Plus this paragraph won my heart:

Ahhh… emotions about coffee.

Kevin: “What so like people all over the world like coffee?” Uhhh… yeah. Someday I will win him over to love coffee! I’ll never forget that was Grandma Mary Kay’s only concern about us getting married. Haha. He’ll drink a mocha when pressed, but can barely finish off a Tall.

What city/country would you most like to visit? Vienna, Greece, Ireland, and Spanish-speaking countries are high on my list. I also really want to go to D.C. I’ve never been!

Favorite vacation you’ve ever taken? Probably visiting the States when I lived in the DR. Lol. That sounds hilarious, but I missed Kevin. Not to mention the shopping! ;)

Favorite Jelly Belly flavor? Man, I loved those Juicy Pear Jelly Bellies.

Related Fun Article: Most Romantic Places to Kiss Around the World

 

 

 

 

 

Good Things Really Do Come to Those Who Sweat

Or at least that’s what Nike Training Club told me at 9:05 this morning!

I got up a little earlier this morning to start my 2012 right!

The Power Up workout was part of the recent (I think it was recent – I don’t update my apps with any degree of regularity) update to the Nike Traing Club program. It was a killer workout, and even had a few new moves which is always a surprise for a veteran at-home exerciser. I was particularly a fan of the Jumping Woodchop move. I love mixing cardio with weights for a good burn!!!

Before heading to church, we scarfed some French toast topped w/cranberry sauce. I didn’t use any maple syrup (sugary + I’m not a huge fan), and my cranberries were extremely tart. I was making little sour faces the whole time, but I was in too big of a hurry to do anything about it.

Why the rush? Today was our first day teaching Children’s Church!!!! I kept thinking to myself,”Wow, there’s no better way to start the New Year than teaching kids about the Lord.” And we only had one child bleed. Seriously. Small mishap with a fruit skewer. :)

After church, Kevin James dragged me on one of his manly project errands. He needed some boards to do some work around the apartment. I just left him to it while I de-Christmasfied the blog.

Later on, we took advantage of our free afternoon and hit up our gym. Check what it looked like on January 1!!

Not a JJ in sight! We were there around 4PM so perhaps we avoided the rush.

Treadmill: 5.58 miles in 43 minutes (7:42 pace)

Jump rope: 12 minutes

Stairs: 2.04 miles in 15:32

We didn’t play on New Year’s Day!!! Kevin worked hard too and had some fun playing with the TRX bands.

Boyd would like you to know that he has made a resolution not to be so grumpy when we put him to bed. Be looking forward to a lovely growling video.

Wanna hear mine? I’ve been thinking about my 2012 goals for WEEKS!! But really most of them are just continuations of what I’m already doing. I decided to put them in the blog so I can look at them next year at this time.

  • Run a marathon. You know it. 2012 is the year, my friends. If for some reason, I don’t end up in an actual race, I’ll go out and do it on my own. You know I have that kind of staggeringly ridiculous self-discipline.
  • Why not run 2,012 miles while I do it?
  • “Run” up Pike’s Peak with my dad & Kevin. Oh yeah. Have you noticed all the stairs in my training lately? This is assuming Dad makes it to Colorado this year.
  • Try swimming (sometime soon!) and Crossfit (sometime later). I just need the ugly one-piece to start on the former and the guts to try the latter. Okay, and I think Crossfit is generally pretty expensive so I’ll wait till our current gym membership expires.
  • Finish the laborious process of obtaining my Colorado teaching license. So close, but it’s taking forever.
  • Either get my NASM personal training license and/or find a sweet education or fitness related job.
  • Visit my friends and second home in the Dominican Republic. Subgoals of that are to resist tanning and brush up on my Español so I don’t miserably embarrass myself. Also, visit Kristy, Sean, & James!
  • Not leave my house with sweats on unless I’m going to the gym. With the exception of pink velour when traveling.
  • Work on the blog.I have a little commitment to myself to keep it up for 3 years. No promises after that unless I’m making the millions… or at least getting a few headbands for free!!
  • Own my first piano. Keyboards don’t count.
  • Read the Bible in a year. NT with Kevin James, and OT on our own.

Also, I’d like to stay this cute. And to never stop eating cereal in bed.

If you made resolutions, get cracking!!!!!!!!! I’m always available to send obnoxious “Are you working out?” texts.

Cranberrry Applesauce Oatmeal Pancakes Make Snowy Days Bearable

Today’s workout:

11 minutes running (1.30 miles) – 10 minutes of Nike Training Club Heartbreaker workout – 11 minutes running (1.40 miles) – 10 minutes of Nike Training Club Heartbreaker workout – 11 minutes running (1.45 miles) – 10 minutes of Nike Training Club Heartbreaker workout – 11 minutes running (1.30 miles) = a total of 5.45 miles and I unlocked the Cyclone badge in NTC!!

Dinner was totally and completely amazing.

Kevin’s success with the fresh cranberry sauce left me feeling a void in my life of cranberry recipes. A plus is that they seem so festive!!!!!! I was shocked when Kevin agreed to the idea. You know he doesn’t like to deviate from “normal” recipes. He did force me to make chocolate chip pancakes on the side. Spoiled!!

I don’t have the proportions for you, because I didn’t measure anything but I used eggs, skim milk, unsweetened applesauce, old-fashioned oats, Truvia, baking powder, baking soda, lemon juice, and vanilla to create these little masterpieces. Just do what feels right till the batter looks “pancakey.”

I used an old Cooking Light recipe to make the cranberry syrup which really hit the spot! It looked so good that Kevin cheated and put it on his chocolate chip pancakes. Gross.

It snowed a lot today.

Aren’t my high heel tracks darling? Good thing my husband provides curb-to-curb service! Heaven forbid that I be forced to wear practical footwear.

I can’t believe I stood outside n the cold the extra minute it took to snap this picture. Don’t I look cute in my new old coat? Kristy just sent it back to me. I used to have it like 5 years ago before I spent three lovely sunny winters in the DR where I didn’t need it!!!

Look what I spied at the grocery store tonight! Festive Pretzel Crisps?!! I said no for today, but if I was having company those babies would be in my cart!!!

Okay. So that looks gross. I’ll admit it. But totally one of the best lunches I’ve ever prepped ahead of time. I wanted to put it in the blog so I would remember it. I baked up some chicken breast (mostly because I don’t like to touch it) and cooked up some brown rice. Then I chopped up an onion, a red pepper, and some celery. I cooked the veggies in the frying pan with the chicken and some soy sauce. Finally, I added the brown rice and some leftover pineapple tidbits I had in the fridge. Toppe with coconut — it was so delicious. For some annoying reason, Kevin doesn’t like pineapple in things like this (or pizza, chicken teryaki, etc.) but I think I won him over just a little!!!!

I have it totally stuck in my head to make this DIY wrapping paper wreath from You Are My Fave! I am obviously not going to attempt this crafty project without a friend (did you SEE my handmade bow last night!) so I’m trying to talk my running buddy into it. Little does she know that when I ask someone to craft/cook with me, it’s usually because it’s something where I have zero skill and I just mean “make this for me while I watch and I promise to keep you entertained and well-fed.” I think my mom might be on to this one…  (another really cool DIY wreath made of brown paper grocery bags).

By the way:

I got my body fat tested last night as part of initiation at my new gym. Unfortunately my body fat was NOT 22.5. I would’ve taken that and run with it.

It was a whopping 26%. I got tears in my eyes when I saw that. I felt like I was on Biggest Loser on the day where they have to go to the doctor who tells them how their weight is affecting their health. My only consolation is that the trainer told me my percentage would be really skewed if I’d had a lot of caffeine prior to the test. Ha. I just finished drinking a Diet Coke, and I tend to drink a lot of coffee at work. So I want to test it again sometime in the morning.

This chart of average body fat percentage made me feel a little better…. Only a little since I consider myself fit and an athlete. Lol. Okay. Athlete might be a stretch. Haha.

The good news is that I get a free personal training session, and…. I’m SUPER excited about this. I get to meet with a nutritionist. Wooohoo! That’s like my dream. You better believe I’ll be armed with a book of questions!  I’ve long struggled with the balance of eating enough but not too much when running 40+ miles per week. I can’t wait to hear what she has to say.

Super thankful that tomorrow is Friday!!!! I didn’t take a half day today due to travelling/being really swamped at work so I’m really looking forward to my 4 golden hours tomorrow.

Have you ever had your body fat percentage tested? I hope it wasn’t as traumatic for you. I was guessing I was about 22-24 so I don’t know why I took it so hard. I had to immediately call my mom to find out what hers was because I know she gets it tested at her gym. Can you believe Kevin’s is lower than mine. I know it’s typical for guys, but sick, right? I literally try 7x as hard as he does! And I probably eat 17 fewer cookies each week!! :)

Do you have any great recipe ideas for cranberries? I need to research their healthiness. I’m assuming they have some sort of healthy super powers. You can just tell by how COLORFUL they are. I’d love to find more ways to use them.

Have you done any holiday crafting? Totally dying to, but I feel too guilty since we are still living surrounded by unpacked boxes!! Someday!