Frozen Berry Cloud

Hi Readers!
 
What a lovely day! I finally got my workout schedule all figured out: Well, I have this week figured out!

Sun: Fire 45/Stretch 10
Mon: Fire 45 EZ
Tues: Run 2 miles (AM) HIIT 20, FBB Strength (PM)
Wednesday: OFF
Thursday: Run 2 miles (AM), HIIT 15, FBB Strength (PM)
Friday: OFF
Saturday: Run 2 miles, Core 20/Stretch 40

 

I decided on having 2 full rest days. If I decide to do anything extra on those days, great, but there is no pressure. I’m already nervous about following this schedule the second week of August – my sister/niece/nephew are coming up from OK to visit us. What do you do when you have company over? Do you still make time to work out? I know that week will be a challenge for me.
 
I forgot to post a pic of my lunch earlier today. Here is my grilled chicken salad with Poppyseed dressing:
 

 
Minestrone soup:

 

 
So delicious. What do you like to eat for lunch?
 
Dinner was the always delicious Tilapia, brown rice and green beans:

Yes this is the same pic from yesterday — I ate my dinner too quickly before I had the chance to take a pic, but you get the idea!

Best part of the day: dessert/post workout snack:

Mixed Berry Cloud

You will need:

 3/4 cup almond milk

 1 cup mixed berries

 a small pinch of each to thicken it up

Throw it all in a blender (or a magic bullet in my case):

And here’s what you get:

I didn’t blend it completely, that way there were chunks of berries still inside. It is a freezing cold fruit sorbet. Thanks Susan for the recipe — it is adapted from Hungry Girl.
 
Tonight the plans are cleaning up the house, getting some TurboFire in, and getting to bed early. I stayed up too late last night and I’ve been dragging all day as a result.
 
Question of the day: When do you go to bed at night? I try to get to bed before 10pm because it takes me a while to fall asleep.

Wise Yoda Is

Hi Readers!

I loved reading the comments about favorite treats! The brownies lasted through the night and got packed up for J to take to work. I love having a kitchen smell of chocolate though!

Breakfast today was the usual GM:

Almond milk, pb, whey protein, chia meal, ½ banana, handful of blueberries:

I’m having a great lunch: minestrone soup with a grilled chicken salad. So satisfying. I love soup/sandwich and soup/salad lunches. They really fill me up!

Tonight I have a million things to do, including finishing up my 10 mile/FBB/TurboFire training plan. Thanks everyone for the tips!

HEAB is hosting a give away on her blog (for a bottle of avocado oil!), check it out! She is hosting it for Jessica, who has a blog Give Away One Thing A Day, where she has daily giveaways, and the winner is then asked to pay it forward by giving away an item of their own. What a great idea!

A friend gave me some great motivational quotes today, and I thought I’d share them with you! (Thanks Kim!)

The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places.Will Rogers

You don’t drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.Edwin Louis Cole

And some more of my favorites:

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results. Albert Einstein

Do or do not…there is no try. – Yoda

(source)

That’s for you Jason.

Angela has a page with great quotes, check it out!

Question of the day: What is your favorite quote? I love motivational quotes, but funny movie quotes are fun too!

Have a great day,

Holly

The Missing Banana Truck

Hi Readers!

I am so happy to see that I am not the only one who goes to so many grocery stores on a weekly basis. (and I’m also glad to see that I’m not the only one who has had odd results from VOO – I should just stick with the original recipe!) Here is where I go for grocery supplies:

Cub Foods (regular grocery store): basic cooking things (sugar, salt, almond milk, eggs, some produce, snacks for J)

Trader Joes: more produce (sweet potatoes, bagged lettuce, etc), granola bars, vitamins, almond butter, peanut butter, jam, frozen meals (orange chicken, egg rolls, frozen veggies, frozen brown rice, frozen berries), soups, bread, clif bars, larabars, trail mix

Healthy Ways (local health food store): protein powder, larabars, chia seeds, chia meal, flaxseed

Target: paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, etc), trail mix packs (only Target has the certain brand I like!), bottled water

Our Target did get produce, but not much. I was a little disappointed when I got there – they had 1 aisle of produce: grapes, blueberries, raspberries, bagged lettuce/spinach and baby carrots. Eek. I didn’t even see bananas! Now, this was their first day with fresh groceries, so maybe the Banana Truck didn’t make it up to MN yet. I’m hopeful!

I’m still working on my training schedule, does anyone have any tips? The running plan is only 3 days per week of running, FBB strength plan is only 2 days per week and then I wanted to sprinkle in a few TurboFire workouts throughout the week.

What is your workout schedule like? Or do you like to go with the flow and decide each day?

Lunch was really good today, I had a bowl of this soup:

And a sandwich made with turkey, veggie cheese and green peppers on whole wheat.

Look how gooey the veggie cheese got!

Dinner was equally amazing. I made Paula Deen’s Baked Tilapia. You know what that means: BUTTER.

 Here is the tilapia before it went in the oven.

I also made brown rice and some steamed veggies.

Here’s my plate:

So good.

I have brownies in the oven.right.now. I made them for J to take to work – pray for me that I don’t eat them all as soon as they are done!

Question of the day: What is your favorite treat? I love brownies, cookies and ice cream. And pie. And cake. Ok I love them all but I’d have to pick brownies as my favorite. Especially when they are really gooey on the inside.

Have a great night!

Holly

First Attempt at VOO

Hi Readers!

Last night I decided it would be the perfect time to try out Angela’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Vegan Overnight Oats. I had to make a few changes, I omitted the raisins (didn’t have any) and I used chia meal instead of chia seeds (didn’t have any seeds!). I was hopeful that the recipe would still work.

Last night:

 I whipped them up, just like Angela suggested.

This morning:

 I thought they would solidify more (?)

In the glass with some maple syrup on top:

It seemed pretty thin:

 (those were all the chunks from the bottom)

It was ok. I think the chia seeds would give it a better texture than the chia meal. I am picking up more seeds today and will give this another shot. It smelled absolutely divine. And I ate it anyway! I will try again later this week.

I updated my blog roll last night – if I missed you, please let me know! I’d be happy to add you to the list. I love finding new blogs to read and learn from.

J and I recently signed up for the Medtronic TC 10 Mile Race in October. Our last race was a Half Marathon in July (before that it was our marathon!) and I’m excited for a shorter race. I am working on a training schedule that can incorporate running, TurboFire and strength training. I recently read this book (FBB for short) and will use the workouts in here as well:

I’ll do a more thorough review of this book later on today. I need to reread a few parts and get my schedule all figured out. I’d love to get some feedback on it as well. FBB is all about lifting weights (and not the pink “Barbie doll” weights). The author writes about how strength training is key in getting the body you want.

I’m ready for my TurboFire workout, then I am off to our beloved Target store, which recently added fresh groceries. I can’t wait to see what the store looks like! For now I shop at 3 different grocery stores and it would be great to only have 1 or 2. Cross your fingers that Target has everything I need!

Question of the day: Where do you shop for groceries? Do you have to go to a few different stores to get everything you need?

Enjoy your Sunday!

Holly

Fresh Fruit & Family

Hi everyone, how is your weekend so far?

Mine has been great, mostly because I spent most of the morning and afternoon with my sister in law D and soon-to-be aunt in law E. We have so much fun together.  E is getting married to Uncle M next year, so we got to talk about all sorts of wedding stuff. She brought her books/magazines and we talked about colors, flowers, dresses, food, cake, songs, etc. Everything. It was fun for me because J and I had a small wedding with just family, and then six months later we had a huge party/reception for friends/family. With E’s wedding being so large, it is definitely fun to help plan and share ideas.

But the best part of the day (except for seeing my niece Lil D) were these:

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Can you believe those cinnamon rolls?

They reminded me of her:

 (source)

How about these delicious cherries, strawberries and almonds:

Or, can you believe these beautiful grapes and peaches?

They were all bought from the Minneapolis Farmers Market (which I have sadly never been to, but I am planning on going next week now!). All of the fruits were so delicious.

I had 1/3 of a cinnamon roll, and a small plate full of fruit. And a bunch of almonds. They were delicious and had some type of crunchy coating. Yum.

After hours of wedding talk, I finally came home and played some Mario Kart on the Wii. I didn’t do well (no surprise) but I actually had fun (what a concept, right?)

The rest of the night should be pretty low key for J and me, I’m planning on putting more features on the blog, updating my blog roll (if you haven’t told me you’d like to be included, please let me know!), updating TurboFire, etc. Oh and I also have to DO my TurboFire workout for the day: 20 min Abs, 40 min Stretch. Should be a great workout!

Have a great night!

Holly

Movie Review & Mimosas

Hi Readers!

Last night J and I saw Inception. I loved it! I love Christopher Nolan movies (Batman Begins, Memento). He just seems to bring something new and fresh to the movie world. I won’t spoil the movie for anyone, but I do highly recommend it. I did have to pay close attention (but that goes for any movie that I watch) and there are times when I was confused, but it all made sense as the movie progressed.

And I forgot how much I like JGL. I remember watching Angels in the Outfield 100 times over when I was a kid. From your comments yesterday, I guess I’m not the only one!

The theater we went to is outside of Minneapolis and it is called the Showplace Icon Theatre. It is a huge, beautiful theatre. The upstairs balcony is VIP seating.

Check out these seats/love seats:

Yes there are little side tables for drinks and food (sorry for the blurry blackberry pic). There is a restaurant/bar in the balcony as well, so you can order food/alcoholic drinks to watch during the movie. (Even if you order your food 2 minutes before the movie starts, they will bring it to you during the previews) How sweet is that? The upstairs/balcony area is 21+ so you know there won’t be any little kids running around up there.

If you go to a movie showing after 7pm, the entire movie theatre is 18+. It may cost a bit more (our tickets were $15 each) but it is worth it to KNOW there won’t be any 13 year olds laughing or talking (sorry kids!).

You buy your tickets online and reserve your seats – you get to pick them out!

They have a location in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and in Chicago too. I’m sure there are other theatres like this out there. Have you been to a movie theatre like this?

Breakfast this morning was eggs and toast.

One egg on a piece of Ezekial toast. I like to eat it stacked up like this, so I can break the egg and all of the delicious yolk can soak the bread. Yum.

I’m off to run some errands, and then I am meeting up with my sister-in-law and soon-to-be  aunt-in-law for brunch. I’m bringing Mimosas and that is all I needed to know! After that I have a date with TurboFire and I’ll be working on more features for the blog.

Question of the Day: How are you spending your Saturday?

Have a great day!

Holly

Date Night

Hi Readers!

I know my last post was just a few hours ago, but I wanted to post about our fabulous dinner date. J and I try to have a date night a few nights per month. We’ll usually go out to dinner, go to a movie, or just stay home and take a walk together. Either way it is quality time spent together.

Tonight we went to TGIFriday’s (not our usual choice) because we had a coupon. Yes, sometimes our budget speaks louder than our tastebuds! They have a new line of menu options that use Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum Sauce – so we knew we had to try it out.

(By the way my husband love love loves Captain Morgan). Look what we have hanging in our house:

Haha and yes that is hanging in the main stairway.

I ordered the Caribbean Chicken with double veggies instead of rice:

I ended up eating one of the chicken breasts and half of the veggies.

J ordered the Captain Morgan Caribbean Conga-Line Chicken Sandwich:

It looked so good. Check out all that avocado! And it came with sweet potato fries. Somehow I refrained from eating all of them. I had 2.

I try to not eat at restaurants too much because there are so many hidden calories (not to mention it gets expensive). When I do go out, I want to get something that makes me feel good (not bloated and stuffed to the gills). I thought I would share some of my Restaurant Eating Tips. There aren’t very many, but I think they are pretty helpful. Do you have additional tips to share?

  1. Do your research. Choose the restaurant BEFORE you go and check out their menu online. This way you can make a decision before getting to the restaurant and being influenced by smells, specials or your friends/family!
  2. Check out the “diet” menu. This should really be labeled “Normal Food for Normal People”, not “diet” food. I’ve heard Cheesecake Factory’s diet menu is actually labeled “Weight Management Menu”. Are they trying to shame people out of ordering from there? But really, check this part of the menu out. They usually have lower calorie options because they are closer to what REAL portions should be!
  3. Choose meat/veggies over a burger/sandwich. Unless the sandwich is served on super wheaty, grainy, crusty bread, to me those calories aren’t worth it. I’d rather get a nice piece of protein and some veggies, because eating those types of meals make me feel good and they make my body look good. I will also ask to sub extra veggies instead of foods I don’t really want: rice, baked potato, french fries, etc.
  4. Ask for sauce/dressing on the side when able – or sometimes I’ll ask for half the amount of sauce, etc. Make requests – but be nice about it. Smile, be polite and be kind.
  5. When you get your plate, decide how much you are going to eat, and eat only that much (or less). I don’t know about you, but I grew up in the Clean Plate Club and I have a hard time determining my satiety. I try to eat only half (or less) of my restaurant meal. Usually I will divide it up on my plate, eat my half and then ask for a to go box.
  6. TAKE YOUR TIME. This goes for eating at a friend’s house or at your own house! Along with the Clean Plate Club I belonged to the Scarf Your Food Down As Quickly As Possible Club (or SYFDAQAPC for short). Now I take a bite and actually chew it (what a concept, right?) before taking another bite. Sometimes I put my fork down between bites to use up time so that my brain can catch up with my stomach.

Question: Do you have any restaurant eating tips you like to use?

Next J and I are going to see Inception. I know, I feel like I keep writing about this, but I’m so excited to see it. Tomorrow I’ll post pics of our nice theater that we go to. The last movie I saw was Eclipse (which was kind of a disappointment to be honest…)

Question: What was the last movie you saw in the theater? Did you like it? Why or why not?

Have a great night everyone!

Holly

Taco Friday

Hi Readers! I hope you’re having a great Friday!

I am really sore from my TurboFire Sculpt dvd that I did yesterday. It was only 30 minutes long and used a resistance band (which usually isn’t as effective for me versus hand weights), but holy moly my biceps and triceps are burning today. I love it!

Breakfast this morning was the usual GM:

Snack was mixed nuts and some strawberries, and here’s lunch:

Oh.my.gosh. These are the best steak tacos I have ever eaten. I have no idea where they come from. A co-worker of mine asked me a few weeks ago if I wanted tacos for lunch, I said yes, and then he left. He didn’t ask what kind I wanted, how many, nothing.

Fifteen minutes later, he emerges with a little bag for me and said the total was $3. I paid him and opened the bag and found the 2 most wonderful tacos ever. They come with lime wedges, greens (not sure what this is?), onions and sauce.

I have no idea about calorie content, fiber, fat, anything. I have no idea what the sauce is. I asked my co-worker and all I got back was a shrug. I asked a different co-worker (who also gets these tacos) and he told me that they are made by some woman who sells them from her house. You have to call and place an order and then go pick them up.

So I don’t know where these tacos are from, who made them or where to get them. All I know is that they are delicious and they are my way of celebrating Cookie Friday.

Tonight is date night so J and I are going to see Inception at the “really really nice movie theater” – I’ll take some pics so you can see what I mean. I need to get a TurboFire workout in after work and before we take off for dinner. Busy night!

Question of the Day: Do you celebrate Cookie Friday (or in a different form like Taco Friday)? Is there one meal/snack you really look forward to all day? I really look forward to my morning smoothie because I’m hungry in the morning!

The Beauty of Blogs

Hi Readers! 🙂
 
Today I finished the TurboFire HIIT 15 minute workout. I know, 15 minutes sounds short, but this is pretty intense. I followed it up with a 30 minute sculpting routine and I am feeling good now!
 
My afternoon snack was a MIM. (Muffin in a Minute!) I saw the idea today on The Art of Kaztronomy 

I used the original recipe, except I used ground chia meal instead of flax meal.

Fresh out of the microwave:

Out of the mug and onto a plate:

 It tasted very much like a bran muffin — would be good with some PB spread on top!
 
After TurboFire I made dinner.  
 
Dinner: Chicken/pasta/veg with a side of green beans (Thank you Trader Joes!)
 
 Lots of beautiful veggies!
 
Tomorrow night J is taking me to Inception – have you seen it? I’ve heard it is really good but kind of confusing? I need to make sure I pay attention!
 
I was thinking today about what I want my blog to become, and I realized I need to just go with the flow. Every day I think of something new to write about, or a new tab I want to add to my menu of options. I need to just take it day by day and enjoy the ride! I am already overwhelmed with the amount of comments and emails I have already received and I cannot wait to see where this goes.
 
I first started reading food/healthy living blogs about 4-5 months ago. I stumbled upon a few healthy living blogs. These women were all strong, fit and healthy. I found it motivating to read about their lives, their exercise and food habits and I started implementing changes in my own life.
 
I had recently lost some weight with Weight Watchers, but I never really knew much about food. What is healthy? What is unhealthy? How much is too much? How much is too little? Seeing photographs of food and reading why certain foods are good for you truly helped me gain a better understanding of what I should be eating throughout the day. I was training for my marathon at the time and I was clueless about what to eat and how to fuel my body. I learned a lot from the blogs and I hope readers learn from my blog as well!
 
So do we really need another food/healthy living blog? Of course! The more ideas and motivation we get from blogs, the better off we will all be. Another reason I loved reading blogs is because they detailed accounts of actual people. Look at the beauty you can find in food and in feeling healthy. Today I read Live Laugh Eat  which had beautiful pictures of a dragonfruit – who knew they were so beautiful?!

I’m working on my workout dvd reviews, they should be up later tonight!
 
Question of the Day: What makes a good blog? Would you like to be included in my blog roll?

Top Chef and Salsa Chicken

I love checking my email first thing in the morning to see that readers have commented on my blog. That really means so much to me! And I know that with time, this blog will get better and better. I am always open to suggestions as well, so feel free to leave me a comment!

First things first: TOP CHEF. Who watched it, are you a fan?


Who do you like so far?

I’m having a hard time with this season, usually by now I have a few favorites (last season I really liked Kevin (with the beard) and Jennifer right away) – but this season it has taken me a while. I liked Angelo at first, but he was so cocky that I started to not like him anymore. I do like Kelly and Kevin, and I am starting to like Andrea more and more.

What did you think of the duck testicles?

Ew. I loved how they showed Padma and Michelle Bernstein taking a bite and everyone stood around and watched them eat that dish. Haha.

I missed Work of Art – too sleepy. I’ll catch it this weekend. I love their “Tim Gunn” guy on that show – his voice and appearance reminds me of a cartoon – he just can’t be real!

His double breasted suits are the best!

Breakfast this morning was the usual: Green Monster

In the mix: 1 cup almond milk, ½ banana, 1 handful spinach, 1 TBSP chia meal (ground up chia seeds), 1 scoop whey protein, ½ TBSP peanut butter

All mixed up in the magic bullet:

J has a GM with me each morning too, but he gets a little extra food:


I’m such a nice wife for making his breakfast every day, no?

I had to get gas this morning so I grabbed a coffee and wow do I feel the caffeine in me today! I have been weaning myself off of diet pop, so pretty much any caffeine really shakes up my body.

For a snack I brought some mixed nuts and green grapes, and here’s my lunch:

salad with chicken

a small piece of my leftover Salsa Chicken

That is one of my favorite recipes, and it is so easy:

Salsa Chicken (as I get more recipes, I’ll add a recipes tab up top)
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 jar salsa
½ can black beans, rinsed and drained
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Coat baking dish with non stick spray.
Arrange chicken breasts in dish, try to leave some space between them.
Cover chicken thickly with salsa.
Sprinkle on black beans.
Cover dish tightly with foil.
Bake 35-40 minutes.
This tastes great by itself, or served over brown rice.

I think I will continue to post a recipe on Thursday morning, since I will be inspired by Top Chef the night before. 🙂

I’ll be posting my workout DVD reviews later today, be sure to check back!

I updated my “running tab” last night, with details of my first marathon, check it out!

Question of the Day: What is your favorite TV right now? Do you like reality shows more than sitcoms/dramas?