Sunday, February 28, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Lately, I've been really hungry when I get home and I don't like to eat right before my 6 pm workout. So I decided it was time to experiment with my afternoon snack. Usually I have a yogurt or string cheese and a pear, orange or apple. I saw some yummy looking Flax Granola at the store the other day and thought it would be a good addition to my afternoon snacks. Hawaiian pineapple, coconut and mango...YUM!
I also decided to give Kombucha a try because it was on sale this week. This stuff is a bit pricey so I figured I would take advantage! I was a bit nervous to try because of the stringy bacteria at the bottom, but it was surprisingly good! It had a little fizz to it and the gingerade flavor was refreshing. I drank most of the bottle throughout the afternoon (except the last bit!) I have to admit, I made me feel a little buzzed:)
I took a rest day yesterday because I was really headachey after work. We had left-overs for dinner, but I wanted to make something out of my CSA box, so we made Kale chips for the first time. They were so yummy...I may have had a heavy hand with the salt shaker;) The boyfriend described them like eating crispy, salty air...ha! I guess I expected them to be thicker...but they were yummy! My only complaint is that they really made our apartment stinky! We had to light some candles:)
My weekend plans include a homemade Indian-themed dinner with a bottle of white and a party at the Space Needle tonight...I'm pretty excited because I haven't been up it yet and it's cocktail attire! We made the marinade for tandoori chicken last night (holy crazy amount of spices!) and then we're making a curry yogurt cauliflower dish (cauliflower from the CSA box!) and I am going to pick up some garlic naan from Trader Joe's after work.
Saturday includes the usual yoga class, strength training with the bf and I'm hoping to get outside and run at least 2 miles...I am getting back into it slowly. We also have dinner plans with some friends. Sunday is Spring Cleaning...and maybe some restorative yoga and easy cardio.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I am totally a pants or crops kind of girls when it comes to working out. But then lulu came out with these super cute running shorts and I procrastinated on trying them, but couldn't pass them up once the price was cut! I wore them on Sunday for some cardio at the gym (elliptical, incline walking) and they worked out pretty well. The waistband is super soft on the inside and I love that it is wide...meaning it doesn't cut into my sides and make me feel uncomfortable. The side split was great for my large thighs. The built in underware gave me a wedgie when I tried running, so I stuck to walking. They stayed in place once I got a bit more sweaty...but I didn't try running again as its kind of embarrasing fixing my shorts at the gym! Overall I was pretty happy with them for other cardio, but I think I will stick to my crops or pants for actual running.
I had an apple and a pair in the afternoon along with my chocolate present (which was everything I had hope it to be!) I was still hungry when I got home so I had half a banana with almond butter before my yoga class.
I took the level 2-3 power yoga class tonight. It was pretty hard, but I felt like I worked a little harder...I think I am ready to add this class to my routine! Jaime, my favorite instructor teaches this class and I find myself going to 3 of her classes per week...she's great!
Mountain Flow Yoga is moving to a new location and thankfully it's going to be even closer to where I live! They start classes in the new space next Monday. Supposedly it is on the ground level with 12 foot ceilings and big windows. They are going to hold a rooftop yoga class in the summer when it's nice...can't wait for that! It is also located near a Cupcake Royale (could be dangerous!) I signed up for a 2 hour workshop on March 7, followed by a party to celebrate the new space...champagne after yoga is probably not the best idea, but I'm pretty excited about the new space and the workshop...did I mention I love power yoga?!
After yoga last night, the boyfriend and I ate the left-over chicken and risotto for dinner and then went to the new gym to lift back. We did about 45 minutes of back and I was pooped! I had a light snack of yogurt and a bit of smoked salmon and went to bed early.
I woke up this morning at 5:30 for Spin! I love that the new gym (Denali Fitness) has morning Spin. I felt pretty great throughout the class until about 45 minutes in...the final two songs were a joke...I was done! I listened to my body and took it easy during the final 10 minutes of class and I feel great now. I may even go back tonight for more:)
Monday, February 22, 2010
Friday night was interesting as we had plans to chaperon a sorority dance...I hope I never acted that ridiculous when I was in college...I'm trying not to remember! We had a glass of wine and a snack at the apartment before leaving for the dance. Then we had dinner and drinks during late night happy hour at the venue after the dance. I had cod served over a risotto. The risotto wasn't great and I didn't eat much of it...I was disappointed that I wasted a meal out there!
Saturday I woke up with a green monster and a 75 minute power yoga class. I went to the market across the street and got some bagels and breakfast items for later in the day. We had the bagels when I got home and proceeded to the gym for some light cardio and a chest workout. I feel like I am getting stronger already and it's only been a week of consistent lifting! After the gym we did some cleaning and made a yummy egg scramble with mushrooms, red onion, spinach, red pepper and feta. We had the scramble with a piece of oat bran toast and OJ.
At 4 pm I had my massage...and it was glorious! I requested more focus on my back and neck and that is exactly what she did! I felt amazing afterward. Every time I get a massage...I begin rationalizing how I can fit one into my budget once a week...but it never happens! I am trying to do them once per month as a reward for working out 6 days per week.
We stayed in to make dinner and watch the Olympics. Dinner was courtesy of Rachel Ray's 30 minute meals...however, it took us closer to 50-60 minutes! We made an orange balsamic glazed chicken with lemon risotto and steamed asparagus. IT was probably in the top 5 things we've ever made...I should have taken a photo! The risotto dish totally made up for my terrible risotto on Friday!
Sunday we went to the Farmer's Market and had lunch out. We picked up some farm fresh butter and cheese from Golden Glen Creamery (you can order their products online!), some ridiculously good smoked salmon and dinner items for the night including purple potatoes, leeks and a grass-fed rib-eye. The potatoes and leeks were awesome...the meat was really fatty and a bit tough (and we cooked it med-rare). I'm not totally writing the farm off, but maybe we will try a different cut next time. We had lunch at the local bar/restaurant where they serve organic chicken and burgers. I got a chicken teriyaki burger with sweet potato fires...yum!
We ended Sunday with 60 minutes cardio at the gym while watching the USA vs. Canada hockey game, made our dinner and watched more Olympic games. It was a great weekend!
Friday, February 19, 2010
So let's talk about mornings....I think I finally am into the groove of getting up early. I was doing great before my trip, struggled a little when I got back, but now am back on track. I completed 3 morning workouts this week...Tuesday 6am spin, Thursday 6:30am yoga and Today 6 am spin. I feel pretty great and am hoping to add in a Monday and Wednesday morning jog after another week of my current morning workouts...baby steps!
I finally joined a gym so I am able to take spin and lift weights again. I am pretty excited and have gotten into a strength routine with the boyfriend. I can't wait to see results! We are still playing around with our schedule a bit...switching between 6 pm and later evening workouts...I have to get the timing down for meals. I am thinking about splitting dinner up into two small meals where I have one at 6, work out at 7:30-8:30 and another mini-meal or a shake when I get back. I'm not sure if I want to be eating that late, so I will have to be strategic about the food. We like working out later because we are able to use the big room where all the classes are held for abs and stability moves (main space is pretty small).
Does anyone workout later at night...do you eat afterward? Who knows...maybe I won't even be very hungry and just have a glass of milk or something!
Any fun weekend plans out there? We are chaperoning a sorority dance tonight (I'm an advisor) at this fancy venue, kind of excited...I think it's going to be very entertaining! I'm going to yoga plus some additional strength training tomorrow. I also have a much needed massage scheduled tomorrow afternoon (Valentine's gift!) I don't have much planned beyond that...we may take a trip to the farmer's market and probably watch some Olympic action. There will also be a bottle on pinot noir in there somewhere:)
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
The menu was great, lots of salad, scones and sandwiches...even burgers with tea infused mushrooms! But the tea menu was the real highlight! So many varieties to choose from. I ended up with the house special which was a blend of black and green teas infused with vanilla...I could have drank another pot! Speaking of...check out their cute teapots below!
The Mad Hatter was reasonably priced for all the food you get ($35 per person, if I remember correctly) The menu also offers a $10 deal where you get a pot of tea and two scones of your choice (which would be plenty!) This would be very dangerous if I lived in NYC...I would probably make an appearance once per week just for the scones and tea deal!
I have many words to describe the drinks at Jacques Torres...this was the most amazing, thick, creamy, chocolaty, rich, delicious mocha I have ever had! The menu includes classic hot chocolate, mocha, and varieties of hot chocolate including peanut butter and a spicy chili mix. I was in need of warmth and caffeine, so I went with the mocha...and it did not disappoint! My friend also ordered a chocolate chip cookie and let me try a piece...I will say she only offered a small piece and I totally understood why...it was heaven! I wouldn't want to part with anymore...wish I would have gone back up to order another:)
Thick chocolaty goodness...note the chocolate is forming a nice skin on top...a sign of true yuminess! I savored every sip!
I just love the little chocolatier sign outside the shop!
The inside was pretty tiny and all decorated for Valentines Day. We managed to score a little table by the window with these charming little painting of birds! I really loved the decor, it was very warm and inviting...we could have sat there for hours!!
Enjoying every bite!!! Yes, we ate the whole pie!