Saturday, May 31, 2014

Fast Food Kind of Day

I hadn't planned on checking back in until tomorrow (another Making Fit Happen post comin' at ya!), but I actually managed to snap pictures of most of my eats today, so I thought I'd share. And don't let the title fool you... My kind of "fast food" most certainly doesn't come from the drive thru!

Today was all about quick and easy healthy eats. No time to be gourmet when someone's yelling for mommy every 10 seconds, and daddy's not around to help!

Breakfast: I started the day with a few of those Vegan Oatmeal Cookies that my big girl and I made last night. I wanted something fast since we had to rush out of the house to make it swim class - or so I thought. We got there at 8:50 only to discover that there were no classes this weekend. Ooops. I guess I should read more than the subject line in those emails they send out...

Lunch: After some grocery shopping that included a trip to Whole Paycheck, I mean Whole Foods, I whipped up this little meal in just a few minutes.

2 - 365 brand veggie dogs (new find today!)
ketchup & mustard
avocado
Engine 2 sprouted grain tortilla (plant strong!)


strawberries, blueberries, raspberries & kiwi - oh my!

There was some snacking in between - mostly some handfuls of Kashi Go Lean Vanilla Graham Clusters. (I am a serial cereal snacker...)

Dinner: Hmmm, what can I have that mostly cooks itself and allows me to make the kids some dinner at the same time? (Insert horribly blurry photo, taken while simultaneously calming a screaming 20-month-old.)

Super firm cubed tofu (lightly pan fried in some soy sauce)
Steam-in-bag California blend veggies
Top the whole sh'bang with some more low sodium soy sauce
I feel like the whole day went by in a flash! (Did I mention that I was awoken by a hungry toddler at 4:50 am? Yeah, I've been in a haze all day.) I may have fallen asleep in the rocking chair at 7:30 with my baby girl...

One more kid to put to bed, then it's off to bed myself! Stop by tomorrow for a recap of how I've been fitting in fitness while daddy's away. (You know you don't want to miss that!!)

What's your favorite healthy "fast food"?

Friday, May 30, 2014

5 Things Friday:1st Edition

Happy Friday! :)

I'm not usually one to jump right on the bandwagon (as evidenced by the fact that I had a "dumb phone" until early 2012 and I literally just got HD-DVR today!)...but I'm going to jump in and participate in this 5 things Friday thing. So without further ado, here are 5 things I'm loving this Friday:

1) The new blog design! It totally captures my personality, and the things that are most important to me - family and fitness! Huge thank you to Pamela at The Posh Box for turning my vague ideas into a great design.

2) My new Skechers GoWalk2 Super Breathe shoes. I had one thing in mind when I ordered these: summer vacation in Savannah! We love to walk everywhere while we're on vacation (and love to take walks in general), but for obvious reasons, it's not comfortable to have socks and sneakers on all day when it's 100 degrees outside. I had seen my sister wearing these last year when we went to Disney World, and I really wanted them. Our upcoming 1-week vacation to Savannah was the perfect excuse for me to buy these. The foam on the inside of the shoe is similar to a yoga mat. They're super comfy, and great for standing at my VariDesk at work too!


3) Smoothies! Are you picking up on the theme here? Summertime in the south! I've been making a lot of smoothies in the morning, and packing them in a shaker bottle in my lunch bag. I worked from home today, so I was able to make one this afternoon for a yummy snack. This one was ugly, but very tasty


- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 2 tbs Nutribiotic vanilla brown rice protein powder
- 1 big handful of spinach
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup of frozen berries

4) Vegan oatmeal raisin cookies - and spending quality time making them with my 5 year old. She was really into it tonight, and we really enjoyed each other's company. It was a reminder that I really need to slow down and make more of a conscious effort to do things just with her....

I adapted this from a recipe my sister sent me a while ago for vegan oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. (Not the sister with the Skechers GoWalk shoes; the other sister. Ha.) I mostly stuck to the recipe, but left out the chocolate chips because I didn't have any on hand, subbed in raisins, upped the oatmeal a bit, and added some flax for extra nutrition.


- 2 large mashed bananas
- 1 1/4 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/4 cup of shredded coconut (I used reduced fat because it's what I had on hand)
- 2 tsp vanilla
- ~1/4 cup of ground flax (I didn't measure - I just tossed some in!)
- ~1/3-1/2 cup of raisins (no measuring here either)

Just mix and bake for 10 minutes. So easy and so tasty! Not to mention they're healthy enough to eat for breakfast (only about 100 calories apiece!). I am totally eating 3 cookies for breakfast tomorrow. It will feel so naughty, but will still be good for me. WIN!

5) Sauvignon Blanc. I used to be a straight up Pinot Grigio girl, but I've been hooked on Sauvignon Blanc for several months now. And let me tell you my friends, mommy needed this glass of wine at the end of day 3 of daddy being away!


And that's a wrap! I'll be checking back in later this weekend to recap how I've been "making fit happen" during daddy's business trip. (Teaser: it's challenging!)

What are you loving this Friday?

New Blog Design

New blog design by The Posh Box.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Get Out of the Way, Life!

This whole week is a "Making Fit Happen" post in the making! Daddy had to go out of town for work and won't be back until the end of the weekend. Do you know what this means?? No running for Mommy!! Aaaahhh! Running is my sanity. It's my time to be alone with my thoughts. Oh, and it burns a crap-ton of calories too.

When I found out yesterday that Daddy would be taking off this afternoon, I thought, "I'll just get up at 5 and squeeze in a run before work." Not only did I not get up when my alarm went off, but I overslept and didn't get out of bed until 6:15. (Trust me, 6:15 is late in this house.) Once upon a time, I did all of my training in the morning. I used to get up at 4:30 am even on Saturdays, bust out a 10-miler and back home before anyone else was awake. But that was when I only had 1 kid. Now I have 2. Something about adding a second child to the house took away my ability to get out of bed before I absolutely have to...

I inhaled this tasty bowl of chia oats with almond butter immediately after getting out of bed. That's how I roll.
I spent the entire day beating myself up over not getting up to run, and thinking (ok, obsessing) about how I can squeeze in some running later this week. I finally just had to get over the fact that running wasn't happening today, and just focus on the things that I could make happen. Like today's scheduled Focus T25 Speed 1.0 workout which I completed in between bath time and bedtime for the littlest munchkin.

Boom - done by 7:45.
In between 1 year old bedtime and 5 year old bedtime, I hopped on the spin bike for half an hour. I don't ride often anymore, but this thing is always a lifesaver when life or the weather prevents me from running. (Fun fact: I used to be a certified Spinning instructor and teach several classes per week. Pre-kids of course. No time for that anymore...)


After the second round of bedtime, I even decided to throw in some 21 Day Fix Upper Fix for good measure. Overcompensate much? Clearly still mad about not running. I even thought about hiring a babysitter for an hour tomorrow to go for a run. Too much?? Sigh...

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On a more positive note, I have finally decided that it's time to stop talking and start doing - I'm finally going to be studying to become a certified personal trainer!Something that I have wanted to do for a very long time. It's an investment (both money and time) and will only be a side job / hobby, but I'm really excited about it. I hope to train some clients in-person and also eventually start training clients online. And it's about damn time I started investing some time in pursuing my interests. I tend to get lost in the daily grind and obligations.

Do you have other interests that you invest in?

Would you ever consider hiring an online personal trainer?

Monday, May 26, 2014

Making Fit Happen: Memorial Day Weekend 2014



Happy Memorial Day! I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend as much as I did!

This post is the first in what (I hope) will be a series called Making Fit Happen, dedicated to fitting in fitness while on vacation, travelling for business, or when life just gets in the way.

The family and I went away to Greenville, SC for the weekend, so I did a bit of planning and rearranging of workouts....

As planned, it was an active vacation anyway. One of the reasons we love Greenville, aside from the beautiful scenery, is the walkability." We love that we can park at the hotel upon arrival and not get back in the car again until we leave, while still being able to hit all the attractions in between.

In addition to walking everywhere every day, I squeezed in 30-35 minutes of running each morning after breakfast. With 2 kiddos, we're usually up and eating breakfast by 6:30, so while everyone was continuing to wake up and ease into the day, I headed out to for a jog. I was a little bummed the first morning because I forgot my headphones, but honestly, who needs music when you can listen to the rush of the waterfall and take in the scenery?!










I could totally get used to running through this park every day! Sunday was supposed to be my off day from exercising but I had to take advantage and run anyway.

All of my T25 week 1 workouts were complete before we headed out of town, with the exception of Sunday's stretching routine, so I packed the laptop and my DVDs. Easy enough to set it up in the room and get it done! I did this stretching routine prior to my jog. Best. Decision. Ever. I felt nice and loose, and definitely was able to run a bit faster than the day before.

There will surely be another Making Fit Happen post toward the end of the week, as life is just about to get in the way. Just found out the hubby has to be away Wednesday through Sunday. Gasp! How will I fit in my long run?!

How did you "make fit happen" over the long weekend?

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Mommy Time + T25 Week 1 Thoughts



Hey there! I'm coming at ya from beautiful downtown Greenville, SC - on a mini-vacation with the fam.


I took the day off yesterday and brought the kiddos to school for a half day before we headed out of town, so I was able to have a few hours of mommy time! You'd think I would have started the day by sleeping in a bit, but no - I was up at 5 am getting my T25 on in the living room with daddy. (Week 1 recap and thoughts coming below...)

I dropped the kids off at school around 7:45 and did a few errands, and of course stopped for an iced americano at Starbucks. I had decided to move my long run up a day so I could get it out of the way before our trip, so I headed out the door around 9 with the intent to run 8 miles.

My legs were definitely feeling the 5 am lower body workout, but even still, I felt pretty good when I started off down the street. I had a pretty good clip going for the first 4-ish miles, averaging about 9:18/mile. Right about the 4.5 mile mark, I started to fall apart. My legs felt dead tired, and I kept talking myself into and out of just running 6 miles instead.

Right around 5.5 miles, I stopped for a minute to stretch my legs, which was an excellent decision! I'm not sure I would have even finished made it to 6 miles if I hadn't stopped.

I felt a bit refreshed after that, and ultimately ended up splitting the difference and running 7 miles - albeit much slower than I would have liked.

Lesson learned - do NOT do Lower Focus and a long run on the same day!
It was getting pretty hot out by the time I finished, so a nice cool shower felt pretty amazing afterward.

About an hour before I picked the munchkins up, I got a call from a dear friend that I haven't seen in 6 years. It had been a a few months since we had talked, but as usual, it was like no time had passed at all. It was refreshing to talk to her for a while (45 minutes!), and it was a great way to kick off the long weekend.

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So I made it through week 1 of Focus T25! The only thing I haven't done yet is the stretching video which is on the schedule for tomorrow.

If you're not familiar with T25, here's a quick description from Beachbody:

What is FOCUS T25? 

  • In-home workouts designed to deliver an hour’s results in just 25 minutes a day.
  • The latest creation by fitness expert and former track star Shaun T—who brought the world INSANITY®. 
  • Fast-paced routines that are jam-packed with dynamic, hi-intensity moves designed for maximum efficiency and effectiveness. 

The program is split into 2 5-week phases: Alpha and Beta. Here's the schedule for week 1 of Alpha phase, along with my thoughts about each workout:

Monday: Cardio - "Wow - I can't believe how sweaty I got in just 25 minutes!"
Tuesday: Speed 1.0 - "This workout is no joke!"
Wednesday: Total Body Circuit - " Holy sh*t - that was HARD!"
Thursday: Ab Intervals - "I have never sweat so much doing abs before!"
Friday: Lower Focus + Cardio - (I skipped the cardio since I ran.) "Oh my God - my legs are gonna give out!"
Saturday: Off - you're supposed to use this day to record your stats. (Since I'm training for another half marathon, I still did a short run today.)
Sunday: Stretch (haven't done this one yet, but soooo looking forward to a full 25 minutes of stretching!)

These workouts are intense, but the beauty is that they are over in a flash! Perfect for a busy mommy like me! And there are modifiers for most exercises, making it great for all fitness levels. So far, I would say I highly recommend it. Everyone can find 25 minutes in their day.

Have you tried any new workouts lately?

Thursday, May 22, 2014

I Hereby Quit the Scale (Kind of....)



Hooray - today is my Friday! We're headed out of town tomorrow and I couldn't be more excited. I am in need of a change of scenery and pace for a few days.

I was up late last night watching The Americans on FX, so no 5 am workout for me today. I opted to stay in bed until 6 and save the working out for the evening. I woke up to breakfast all ready for me in the crockpot! I ran out of maple syrup so I subbed in agave instead. Didn't notice much of a taste difference since the bananas have so much flavor, which actually makes me wonder if I should spare myself the sugar next time and scrap the sweetener altogether...

I loooove the oatmeal "crust" on the top. Mmmmm!
I added about 1/2 tbs of extra virgin coconut oil to my piping hot bowl of oatmeal. I just recently discovered the joys of coconut oil. A little goes a long way, and it lends such great flavor - not to mention it makes my oatmeal that much more filling. I felt pleasantly full after breakfast.

YUM!

Perhaps the most important part of my breakfast....

Daddy picked the kiddos up from school today and I headed straight to the salon after work for a trim before our mini-vacation. Always a treat!

Today's workout was T25 Total Body Circuit after I put the littlest one to bed at 8. This is the workout I was supposed to do yesterday, but I got myself all f'ed up... The hubby did this one yesterday and warned me that it was going to be tough. I'm not sure that tough is a strong enough word! By the end I had sweat dripping into my eyes. Surely a sign of an effective workout! I did sort of an "active cool down" afterward with some 21 Day Fix Pilates Fix. After all that, I'm toast!

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Switching gears now.... For the last several years, I've had this habit (some may call it a bad habit) of weighing myself every day. After losing 30 pounds in 2006, I constantly feel like I'm one bite of a cookie away from gaining it all back...

I mentioned before that I gained a few pounds after reducing my mileage post half marathon and injuring my back shortly thereafter. I think about those pounds every time I look in the mirror, and I have even been afraid to step on the scale at times out of fear that the number may have gone up even more. Ridiculous, right?! I exercise daily, I eat very well, I feel fit and strong. So why do I let that number bother me so much?

So let it be known...

I hereby quit the scale.

Well, kind of... I've been participating in a 21 day challenge centered around clean eating, daily exercise, and drinking lots of water. The challenge also focuses on measurements rather than weight - a much better indication of progress! My measurements are going down, even though my weight is staying the same. And focusing on the measurements has helped me to not feel compelled to weigh myself every day. Will I step on the scale again? Of course. But I won't do it daily, and I won't take it as the one and only measure of my fitness. (File this under "Things Easier Said Than Done"...)

What are your thoughts on weighing in? 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Wait, it's only Wednesday?

Evidently I woke up in some kind of time warp today. Either that or I was subconsciously trying to will the extra long weekend to come sooner rather than later...

I hopped out of bed (or stumbled, rather) just after 5 am for a date with Shaun T and Focus T25. After jumping, sweating and gasping for air for the past couple workouts, I was happy to pop in the Ab Intervals DVD.


So 2 things.... 1) This was no easy workout! I was gritting my teeth and still working up a good sweat. 2) This was actually supposed to be Thursday's workout according to the schedule. I had no clue I was a day ahead of myself until much later in the day...

Lucky for mommy, both kiddos slept until about 6:30. Such a rare thing in this house. Even daddy stayed in bed later than usual, so I got some quiet time with my 2 favorites - coffee and breakfast!

Despite it's blob-like appearance, this protein breakfast cookie was delicious and filling!
I was totally scatterbrained trying to leave the house this morning. I must've run back inside 3 or 4 times to grab things I had forgotten before I managed to make it out of the driveway. I totally forgot my massive water cup with the straw. Boo. But it was a good excuse to sneak in some more exercise on a gorgeous before I started the workday - a 30-minute round trip walk to one of my favorite coffee shops for an iced coffee and a liter of water that I refilled numerous times throughout the day.

With all this working out (T25 plus half-marathon training), I've been starving! I've been making a conscious effort to pack more snacks in my lunch bag and eat more calories. It seems counter intuitive given that I'd like to drop the couple pounds I gained while injured (total "vanity pounds", I'll admit), but it is definitely doing the trick. Less is not always more! Anyway... with my enormous appetite, I ended up eating everything I packed for the day by noon. Oops.

A sad looking lunch at my desk. Vegan potstickers.
After lunch, I ended confusing the heck out of my co-workers due to my thinking that it was Thursday instead of Wednesday. Right around the same time, a text message exchange with my husband led me to realize that I had started the day with the Thursday workout instead of Wednesday. That disappointing moment went you realize you are actually one day farther away from the holiday weekend than you thought...

Dinner was on the table in a flash tonight! Tip: cook up a big batch of brown rice over the weekend to use for lunches and dinners throughout the week. All I did was top the brown rice with the some drained and rinsed black beans, and heat it in the microwave for about a minute and a half per bowl. Throw some salsa, tomatoes and avocado on top and voila! Dinner is served.

Good carbs, protein, and healthy fat - oh my!
The littlest one was not interested in going to bed tonight, so I ended up rocking her until almost 8:15. An 8:30 pm run was not exactly what I had in mind...but I take what I can get. On went the running shoes, and off went mommy.

I bounded out the door (or so I thought) feeling pretty good. Runkeeper updates me on my pace every 5 minutes, and I was surprised at the 5 minute mark when it told me I was running a 10:40 mile. What?! I felt like I was going much faster than that.... So I decided to pick up the pace. At the 10 minute mark: 10:50 pace. WTF?? How can that be? Part of the time warp I woke up in? Wondering if the GPS went a little haywire tonight because there is also no way I was running a 6:52 for the last .05 miles either...


Looking forward to the REAL Thursday tomorrow, since it puts me one day closer to my extended holiday weekend! We're headed to South Carolina for a relaxing, but active family mini-vacation.

What are your plans for the holiday weekend?

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Rolling with the Punches

Well, turns out what I thought was a sick toddler is actually a teething toddler! She's already got a mouthful of teeth, but she's got a couple more coming in. Needless to say, no one is sleeping and everyone's cranky. Oh, and those 5 am workouts? Not happening. I haven't been skipping my workouts entirely, but to say that I'm having to be flexible is an understatement.

Luckily I adjusted my half marathon training plan last week, so today wasn't a running day for me. But I did do a little T25 and a little 21 Day Fix. 25-30 minute ass-kicking workouts are a busy mommy's dream come true!!

Much as I'd like to hang out and write some more, I gotta get to bed! 5 am comes quick!


Monday, May 19, 2014

Happy Monday (No, really!)

What's cookin'? Nothing gourmet in this house, that's for sure! Mondays are all about quick and easy...

New Whole Foods find!
...but healthy of course!


I thew together some roasted zucchini and yellow squash tossed with garlic salt and pepper as a side dish. Nothing fancy, but it worked. And I even had time to prep tomorrow's breakfast while the squash was roasting. Boom.

Despite broken sleep and a toddler with an upset tummy, I managed to get out of bed at 5:00 am for my first day of Focus T25. (More about this later in the week...) I had an audience during my workout, but I guess it wasn't exciting enough to stay awake for...


T25 Cardio was no joke! I was dripping sweat when I was done, and I felt amazing! 25 minutes of all out effort, and done before you know it. I went off to work feeling accomplished, and ready to take on the world.

I was dragging by mid-afternoon, but I managed to rally this afternoon for a decent 4-mile run too after I put the aforementioned (pictured) sleeping beauty to bed for the night. I'm in the beginning stages of training for my end of August half marathon. (More about that at a later time as well...)

And now here I am, eating Kashi Go Lean out of the container, watching last night's episode of Mad Men on Amazon Instant Video, and drinking sparkling water. All in all, not a bad start to the week.

How was your Monday?

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Busy B's

Busy day yesterday in the B. household! I really had to carefully plan and time everything we did, including my long run.

I opened my eyes at 6:15 am (such a treat!) and realized that the kids were not up yet. Rather than put my head back down on the pillow, I raced to get up and hopefully enjoy my first cup of coffee in peace and quiet. No such luck - kiddo #1 beat me to the living room.

We had to head out, like most Saturdays, around 8:30 to get to swim class. Both little B.'s take swim class at 9:30. I do "mommy and me" swim class with the little one, which is a surprisingly great arm workout!

I'm trying to be very conscious about drinking more water these days, especially days I go running, so I grabbed this monstrous cup to filled with water on my way out the door.


Immediately after swim class, I dropped the older kiddo off at her best friend's house to play. She's known this little girl since she was about 2 and a half, and we know her parents well enough that I was able to drop her off and go about the rest of my morning, which consisted of spending too much money at the grocery store and feeding the littlest munchkin some lunch.

Munchkin #1 had a second play date in the afternoon, so I shuttled her over there and spent 2 hours there with her. I'll admit, I wasn't super psyched about spending 2 hours of my afternoon (my precious running time!!) over at my daughter's friend's house, making chit chat with someone I didn't know... But it turned out be surprisingly enjoyable. Great conversation with another friendly, interesting mommy. New friend - nice!

After all that, I still had to do my long run. Runners out there will understand when I say I had to... I got off to a much later start than I would have liked....


My run wasn't my fastest or most pain-free run of late, but it was very enjoyable and strangely relaxing. The sun was shining, the temperature was just right, and I had all sorts of thoughts and ideas running through my mind. Not sure why, but I feel like the creative juices are really flowing lately. (A product of boredom, perhaps? Or maybe a result of having created this new outlet for myself?) None of the ideas in my head were work-related, in the traditional sense. But maybe they could be work-related in the future if I put some time and energy into them...

Needless to say, the time went by fast. I intended to run 7, but this happened instead:


By the time I got back, it was time to make dinner and get the little B's ready for bed. It really was go, go, go all day! Here's to relaxing today, on this rainy Sunday!

Friday, May 16, 2014

When Planning Fails...

As the saying goes...

Failing to plan is planning to fail.

 
Well, today I had a plan. And it still failed.

Plan: Get up at 5am and get my 21 Day Fix on.

Fail: Turned my alarm off and closed my eyes. Got up at 6 and was still so tired, I could barely open my eyes. Surely a side effect of having a 20-month-old sleeping in my bed (and kicking me in the face) the night before. At least I had planned and prepped this delicious bowl of overnight chia oats. Easy enough to open the fridge and grab a spoon with my eyes half open.
 
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 sliced banana
1 tbs raisins
2 tbs chia seeds
cinnamon to taste
1 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tbs maple syrup

Mix and refrigerate overnight. Enjoy straight out of the fridge in the morning.

Plan: Do my second 21 Day Fix workout after putting the little munchkin to bed (plus tack on the first one that I missed in the morning.

Fail: Munchkin screamed and cried at bedtime, and mommy didn't emerge from her room until nearly 9pm.

Plan: Put the older munchkin to bed and do BOTH of my workouts that I still hadn't gotten to.

Fail: 5 minutes into the second workout, my DVD freezes. Must be my crappy laptop acting up again, so I stop it and restart. Take 2 - freezes in the exact same spot. I decide the universe is telling me it's time to rest.

Oh well. I tried.


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Crockpot Love

TGIAF! I'm so ready for the weekend. I've been in a bit of a funk this week, and not sure why. And of course with 2 kids and a full-time job, who has time for that?!

Speaking of not enough time, I've been really loving the crockpot this week! I swear - it's mommy's best friend. Sometimes I forget about it for a while, but then when I use it, I get kind of obsessed with it. Who doesn't love a meal that cooks itself?

First up in the pot, was this delightful oatmeal that I prepped on Tuesday night. It is hands down my favorite at-home breakfast. The oatmeal comes out so creamy and fluffy! Recipe below...


Crockpot Banana Oatmeal
2 cups old fashioned oats
2 bananas, sliced
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/3 cup raisins
1/4 cup maple syrup
splash of vanilla
cinnamon to tasted
4 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk, poured in last (highly recommend Silk - it results in the creamiest oats. Trust me. I've tried all the other brands!)

The first time I cooked these oats, I used the low setting overnight but it resulted in slightly overcooked oats. So now I use the keep warm setting and cook them for about 10 hours.

Today, I prepped some lentil taco "meat" in the Crockpot. Sooo good! I can't take credit for this recipe though. I used this recipe from Food.com. Again, the recipe calls for 8 hours on high, but I have to use the low setting, or just cook it for less time. One very important thing - don't use red lentils! They will come out mushy! Brown lentils are perfect.
 
 
With all the time I saved on cooking dinner tonight (and with a little sweet talking to get my husband to put both kids to bed), I was able to set out for a run before the sun went down. It was a perfect running temperature - 60 degrees and breezy. I had a pretty enjoyable 5 mile run at a good pace (9:10). I did have one creepy dude run up beside me and try to talk to me...TWICE! First time that's happened to me around here. It just made me run faster!!
 
In other news... look what came in the mail today!!
 

Super pumped to start Focus T25 on Monday. The hubby is even going to get in on the action with me! A 25 minute workout will be perfect for this time-starved mommy!

Time to hit the hay, and get up and do it all over again!

What's your favorite time saving trick?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tuesday Bluesday


Blah. That pretty much sums up how I felt all day today.

I reluctantly got out of bed at 5:15 this morning to squeeze in some exercise (today was Upper Fix day on the 21 Day Fix). It's tough to get out of bed that early, but it's nice to have some uninterrupted time to workout, and it (usually) makes me feel much more awake an productive! Although today, it didn't work for me. Still felt tired and blah when I was done.

Baby Girl (20 months) woke up at 5:25 yelling, "Mommy?!" Rather than trying to get her settle back into bed and/or throwing in the towel on my workout, I brought it her out in the living room where she lounged in the princess chair, watching and waiting. Then came the highlight of my morning - breakfast (sad, I know).


Today was breakfast cookies! I'm all about making breakfast the night before to save myself time in the morning. I made 2 versions last night - protein cookies for mommy and daddy and regular cookies for the girlies. Quick recipe:

Protein Breakfast Cookies (makes 2 servings)
1 cup oats (either old fashioned or quick)
1 mashed banana
2 tbs natural peanut butter
1 tbs honey or maple syrup
2 tbs ground flaxseed
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (I prefer Silk)
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbs raisins
Cinnamon taste

Mix well and press into 2 plates. Cover and refrigerate overnight. You can either eat it cold or heat it up for 45-60 seconds in the micro.

After that lovely breakfast, the day just...was. It wasn't particularly bad, but it wasn't particularly great. It just was. Blah.

I left work with a tension headache (that I still have), picked the girls up, and came home to make a quick and easy dinner of BBQ tempeh. (No picture. Still getting back into the swing of this blogging thing.)

By the time I got the littlest munchkin settled in bed it was after 8, which meant mommy got a late start on her run. I set out around 8:15, and I could tell from the start it wasn't going to be a great run for me. And it wasn't. I struggled just to break a 10:00 mile, when just a couple weeks ago I ran a 10k at an 8:57 pace. It was disappointing, but my body was sending me pretty clear signals that I need some rest! And, oh my shins!
 

Lucky for me, my blah day is ending on a bit of a high note... I just stumbled upon Pearl Jam 20 on VH1 Classic! HUGE HUGE fan here!!

And with that, I'm off to get some much needed rest! I leave you with a random question:
 
Do you ever have days when no matter what or how much you eat, you're still hungry?? What do you do on those days - continue eating or try to ignore it? I may or may have had one of those days...

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

So hard to believe that today was my fifth Mother's Day as a mommy! How did I get to be 31 with a husband, 2 kids, and a mortgage? Didn't I just finish 8th grade? Moving on...

It was an early start in our house today. No sleeping in for me. But lucky for me, my 19-month-old baby girl loves to spend her first 5-10 waking minutes snuggling up to me. I'll take it - even at 5:45 am on a Sunday!

I'm not sure what possessed me to put them on today, when it was 68 and drizzly in the morning, but I put on some shorts to go out to breakfast. Anyone who knows me well knows that this is a BIG deal. With the exception of exercising, I never wear shorts. I officially "quit" shorts when I was about 15. Too self conscious. But 3 years of living in the south have worn me down. I gave in and bought 3 pair last weekend. And oddly enough, I feel much less self conscious wearing shorts and the like now at 31, after 2 babies, than I did at age 15. Dare I say I even LIKED wearing them?!



It was Mommy's choice for breakfast today, so we went to a local bagel shop and deli where I ordered my favorite - a huge bowl of oatmeal with raisins and brown sugar. (Such an exciting life, huh?!) I'm loosely following the 21 Day Fix eating plan, so I downed some Raw Protein mixed with almond milk before we left. It's a little grainy and a tad tough to mix, but most vegan protein powders are so it didn't bother me. The coffee flavor was pretty good.

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The rest of the morning was spent playing in the park and shopping at Sam's Club. (Mommy's work is never done, even on Mother's Day!)

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I was feeling pretty unmotivated to work out. I had a bit of a "hangover" from yesterday's 7-mile run. I was not well hydrated for that one, and I paid the price almost immediately afterward in the form of a major headache. After several glasses of water, I managed to rally for a run this afternoon. Unfortunately it was anything but pleasant. Sore legs, a slightly upset stomach, blazing sunshine, and humidity. Less than ideal conditions for sure. I was slow and I only ran 3.7 miles (my usual minimum is 4)...but better than no run at all!

Finally, after my run, I put my feet up and relaxed, as I should on Mother's Day! I think it lasted all of 2 minutes before one or both of the girls need me... Such is mommy's life! :)

Hope all the other mom's and moms-to-be out there enjoyed the day as well!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Mommy likes...

Well, here it is - my first blog post since 2010.

I thought I'd start with a few of my favorite things. In no particular order:

  • Cooking & Baking: From Monday through Friday, cooking feels a bit like a chore after a long day at work. But on the weekends, cooking is a leisure activity for me! I love to create vegan versions of classic foods and experiment with creating my own recipes. I also love making vegan baked goods - particularly scones and biscuits.
  • Breakfast: I. LOVE. BREAKFAST. It is by far my biggest and most enjoyable meal of the day. In fact, I could (and sometimes do) eat breakfast for 2-3 meals a day. If you stick around this blog, you'll be seeing lots of breakfast photos, I assure you.
  • Running: I love running, but I don't like to run. Let me explain... I don't really like the act of running. I have to talk myself into it every single time. But yet I love running because I love the me time! I enjoy being alone with my thoughts for a while; getting lost in my music and the scenery. And I especially love the sense of accomplishment that comes along with finishing a long run. I have run 4 half marathons, 1 10-mile race, and a 10k race. I recently signed up for the first ever Hotlanta Half. It looks like a great course!
  • Circuit Training at Home: Once upon a time, I was a complete gym rat. The gym was my second home (arguably my first home). I would be up before the sun, working out and often teaching Spin classes. When I was 32 weeks pregnant with my first, I was told to stop exercising because she was measuring small and I was having a hard time gaining weight. And just like that, my relationship with the gym was over. After she was born, I went back to working out, but not the way I used to. I quickly discovered that I needed to be efficient with my time and squeeze in workouts whenever I could. Even driving to the gym would be a waste of precious minutes that I could be curling free weights or doing jump squats. So I built up quite a library of workout DVDs and never looked back. Currently, I'm on round 2 of the 21 Day Fix. The workouts are incredibly efficient and easy to fit into the day, at just 30 minutes long.
  • Wine: Not much to say here, other than I love a good glass of wine! I am by no means a connoisseur, and I often go for whatever's on sale. I used to be a Pinot Grigio girl, but right now I'm all about Sauvignon Blanc.
So now you know a little bit about what Mommy likes, and what you'll likely be reading about here if you come back (and please do).

Goodnight!