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Pylometrics and Pita Chips

1 Apr

After tossing and turning most of the night, I was finally able to get a few hours of deep sleep in the early morning hours.

Woke up famished.

Breakfast: coffee x 2 (half and half, cinnamon), 2 eggs, 2 slices Mack’s Flax, 6pz fresh OJ. Ended up only eating 2/3. Eyes bigger than my stomach apparently. Usually it’s the opposite.

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A few clients and group classes later…I was dying for some lunch:

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Taco salad part 2, this time without yogurt or chips and with 1/4 avocado. And lots of hot sauce.

And another cup of coffee to get me ready for my own workout. For simplicity’s sake I’m following the p90x “Classic” order.

Workout: Plyometrics. Let’s just call it jump squats and jump squat variations…for an hour. I can honestly say this is my favorite of all the p90x workouts. Plyo is just my thing. I threw in a couple burpees at the end because I love those too. (please don’t smack me)

I drank coconut water during the workout. Staying hydrated helps keep energy up and alleviates muscle cramps/Charlie horses that may show up later.

Post-workout snack: cucumbers, red pepper hummus, nutritional yeast, and a handful of homemade pita chips.

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Speaking of, you should totally make these right now.

Whole Wheat Pita Chips

  • Whole Wheat pita bread – look for one with simple ingredients.
  • 1 tbs avocado or olive oil
  • Sea salt

Cut into strips or triangles. Toss lightly in oil. Spread into cookie sheets in an even later. Bake at 325 for about 8-12 minutes. Let cool. Try to stop at 1 small handful.

Dinner: Grilled chicken breast, steamed broccoli + carrots, 1 wholegrain Wasa cracker with 1/4 avocado and about a tsp of cream cheese.

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I find that I need a protein-heavy dinner to avoid the late night snacking. I’m also eating dinner later these days, around 7:30, which helps. I’m in bed my 9:30 most nights, so I don’t have time to get hungry enough to raid the kitchen between dinner and lights out.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday Things + Strawberry Shortcake Recovery Shakes

31 Mar

Lately I have been feeling overwhelmed and on a rollersoaster of emotions. Life is changing fast and in big ways. I need an outlet, so I have decided to tweak this blog back to its original intention: a daily food/fitness/life diary.

Today began conference week at the kids’ school. After realizing they get out early all week, adjusting my appointments and clients to fit everybody’s schedules, and still struggling to figure out how to balance it all over next week (spring break), and all on top of everything else, I found myself close to banging my head against the wall. But I think *knock wood* we have it all figured out. Whew. Times like these GOOD habits become necessary habits. Yoga on Sunday = calm clarity on Monday 😉

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Breakfast: egg scramble (1 whole, 3 whites, diced bell peppers, 1 very small link left over chicken+fennel sausage, 1/4 haas avocado), oven roasted red potatoes. Not pictured: coffee with 1 tbs half and half, dash cinnamon.

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Lunch: Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich with roasted red pepper hummus, lettuce, tomato, schmear avocado because it will go bad….!
On Mack’s Flax Sprouted Bread.

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Snack: Mini peppers, more hummus. I could live happily for a while on nothing but peppers + red pepper hummus. And avocados.

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After I managed to get the house spotless top to bottom – this gorgeous spring weather is SO energizing! – I took a mocha break. Normally I reserve treat coffees for the weekend, but sometimes you just need a little extra comfort, you know?

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Because of the school schedule and in light of the fact the kids already had to spend some time in the gym earlier, I’m opting for home workouts this week. My good ol’ buddy Tony can always be counted on to bring the sweat.

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I honestly forgot how hard P90X can be. I mean, I haven’t touched these dvds since ’09. After completing all 90 days thankyouverymuch. But I workout. A lot. Heavy. Still…

After an ungodly amount of push-ups and pull-ups and core work (I found myself thinking is this what my clients feel like?! ARRG) I knew I needed a killer-delicious shake to get me to dinner:

Strawberry Shortcake Recovery Shake

  • 1 scoop AT “Birthday Cake”
  • 4 large frozen strawberries
  • 6-8oz almond milk
  • 1-2 Tbs coconut milk

Blend.

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This shake kept me full for quite a while. Which was good, because we walked the dog and weeded the flower beds all afternoon. In the sun. Am I dreaming?

Dinner: A simple and veggie-heavy taco salad (extra lean local sirloin, kidney beans, taco seasoning, spinach, romaine, organic frozen sweet corn, sautéed peppers and onions, olives, hot sauce, plain Greek yogurt, a literal pinch of extra sharp cheddar). And a small handful of homemade oven baked lime+salt corn chips.

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Now I’m finishing up the day – blogging all this – and sipping a big mug of Bigelow Sweet Dreams tea.

G’night!

And goodbye March.

Weekly Round-Up

8 Mar

The week was jam-packed between work, school, and soccer. I planned and shopped accordingly.

Breakfasts:

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Avocado and basil are my thing right now. Possibly because I am so ready for summer already.

Lunches:

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Sandwich bread: Mack’s Flax. Wrap: Ezekiel. Sprouted life!

Snacks:

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Since the husband and I have gotten back into lifting pretty seriously, via Staring Strength (my bible from way-back), a lot of our snacks were ON Gild Standard Whey and water in shaker bottles, green smoothies, the occasional latte, and quick veggie-chicken mini meals (Starbucks Chicken and Greens is amazing!)

I will get into this more later: the buddy-system, healthy competition, and fitting in workouts no matter the schedule or circumstance. We had a very successful first week and are looking forward to week 2. I am documenting it all and will post everything here soon 🙂

Dinners:

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Not pictured: pepperoni pizza. For kids. And husband. I am not opposed to a whole pizza for myself. I could eat cold pizza everyday and never tire of it. Kind of sad it’s gone, actually. We ate on the pizzas for about 2-3 days. Had turkey burgers twice, once with salad, once with tomato-basil soup, and ended the week with Philly cheese steaks and fries.

Bonus: Girl Scout cookie season!

As the mother of a young girl – who hopes to join a troop this fall – I am so totally supportive. Also because Savannah Smiles make me smile. Little bites of southern sunshine.

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Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!

Coming Soon:

  • Whole Wheat Mushroom Arugula Pizza
  • Planning, Shopping, and Prepping 
  • Starting Strength

TGIF

22 Dec

Just kidding. The days of the week mean nothing to me.

Oh, Friday.

Holiday madness.

Spare time? What’s that?

Up with the sun, gotta get that workout in. Christmas parties and delicious eats and drinks everywhere! No excuses. At least not today.

3 Rounds

  • 50 jumping jacks
  • 20 jump lunges
  • 10 jump squats
  • 20 weighted squats (40lbs)
  • 100 high knees
  • 10 burpees
  • 40 mountain climbers
  • 25 push-ups
  • 60 second plank hold

OOF.

Breakfast: Coffee with half & half

French toast

Mixture: 2 eggs, splash of 2% milk, dash of sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

The “toast”: Dave’s Good Seed, small banana, peanut butter, chia seeds, maple syrup.

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Lunch: Huge salad (romaine, red cabbage, spinach, tomatoes, green onions, carrots, cucumbers, sunflower seeds, and mozzarella). Salt, pepper, and a splash of olive oil+red wine vinegar for dressing.

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Dinner: French Bread Pizza. To celebrate the not-end-of-the-world. Also, Friday is pizza night. Everybody knows that. And more salad, this time with avocado.

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Dessert: Again, we were celebrating. Cold Stone on a cold night. Nothin’ beats it! 😉

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Mine: Founder’s Favorite (sweet cream ice cream, caramel, brownie, pecans, fudge), Mikayla: Cotton Candy ice cream (guh) AND Crunch Bar pieces. I gagged a little. Max: dark chocolate ice cream and gummi bears. That’s my boy.

G’night!

No Excuses Here

11 Jul

I’m in Ellensburg. I’ll soon be headed to Missoula, MT. Surrounded by beer, sugary iced coffees, and tempting gas station eats. I will be strong.

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Mostly. How could not have drinks and BBQs with friends? Pssh. Rude.

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Even though it’s ridiculous hot and this heat is making me ridiculous extra super dramatic, I’m still working out.

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Before you start being all judgey, let me explain. I did this workout. No water bottle. Want to know something? This vodka bottle worked better than any water bottle I’ve ever used for this workout. Really makes you focus on your form. Imagine how sad it would be if you dropped it. It’s heavy, too. Totally justifies laying in a kiddie pool for the rest of the day.

Also, I had this for breakfast:

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2 whole eggs, 2 tortillas, 1/4 avocado, 1/2 tomato, salsa, dollop of Daisy. It was good. I scarfed it before the heat zapped my appetite.

I like Ellensburg, mostly.

BUT

I love my friends here unconditionally.

And that makes the heat bearable.

Looking for a Quickie?

4 Jul

I know you’re all getting ready for BBQs, cocktails, and fireworks, but how can you NOT have time for a quickie? Core workout, that is. Get your minds out of the gutter. I mean, really.

(So Totally Not) Painless Core Quickie

60 seconds each exercise

  • Elbow Plank
  • Left Side Plank
  • Right Side Plank
  • Bicycles

Repeat 2 more times.

GO!

Hurry! Before the burgers catch fire!

Since I have zero plans tonight (omg am I cool or what?) I’ll most likely end up spending the night improving this lovely little blog with a scaredy-dog shivering under my feet. At least I can see the fireworks show from my porch.

I’m celebrating freedom. Beer is totally allowed today.

Happy 4th to all!

Coming Soon . . . and Today’s Workout

15 Jun

Big things are happening in my kitchen this weekend. Like, huge. And I’m not just talking about the ridiculous messes I’ve been making. Run around the block and do your burpees, kids, ’cause you’re going to want to indulge a little this week.

While you wait, you can keep yourself busy with a brutal workout that will leave you simultaneously loving and hating me. You only need your body, so no excuses. Enjoy!

Bodyweight Beatdown for Beginners

20 step ups

60 seconds mountain climbers

60 second plank hold

50 alternating lunges (25 each leg)

25 pushups

60 second bicycle crunches

25 full squats — Never, never, never let your knees go past your toes. Push off with your heels.

90 second wall sit

30 triceps dips

REPEAT.

**Remember to push yourself, but stop immediately if you feel faint, dizziness, chest pain, nausea. Warm up, cool down, stretch. Above all else listen to your body!** For more complicated workouts/exercises I will post videos and/or pictures. Feel free to ask if you have ANY questions.

Or, you can do what I did this morning:

Warm up .5 mile jog/run

3 Rounds for Time

10 Burpees

20 Kettle Bell Swings (I use 35lbs)

30 V-Ups

40 Full Squats

50 Double Unders (jump rope)

10 Minute cool down and stretch

Then I showered, put my face on, and walked to my daughter’s elementary school for the Field Day BBQ. I was starving. It was delicious.

Boca burger (with mustard, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles), whole wheat bun, bean+corn salad, grapes, oatmeal chocolate chip cookie, and chocolate milk. Did I mention I was starving?

Wonder how many trips I can make to Trader Joe’s this week before breaking the record. Is there a record for that? Hmmm.