Daily Archives: October 18, 2012

Holy Schnikes

You know what’s good? Life. That’s what’s good.

I was a Class A rebel last night by staying up a good 2 hours past my normal bedtime. I might have hit snooze one too many times this morning, and had a more difficult run, but it was worth it.

Morning Workout

  • 3.7 mile run
  • Ab Ripper X Workout
  • 100’s Ab
  • Stretching

Another sweaty workout that has left my body feeling like a rock star.

A rock star in cheetah-print flats, that’s what!

Today’s Outfit:

  • Fuchsia Shrug Top: Express
  • Skinny Belt: American Eagle
  • Khakis: American Eagle
  • Cheetah Flats: Bandolino (DSW)
  • Black & Gold Bracelet: J.Crew
  • Earrings: Hunk

This morning while I was waiting for my computer to start-up, I was flipping through the October edition of Runner’s World Magazine, and came across a tip on how to fix impatience.

If you read last night’s post, you’ll remember that I only lasted 25 of the 90 minute P90X yoga workout. I immediately decided to cross that workout off the list, but after reading the advice in Runner’s World, I changed my thinking and didn’t want to give up that easily.

“THE FIX: SET MINI GOALS Newbies tend to get discouraged by their “slow” progress (remember?). Have your friend focus on increasing the time spent running each week. At first, this may be just a minute or two, but these increments will grow. There’s nothing quite as empowering as being able to run longer and farther.”

While this advice is geared specifically towards runners, it can easily be translated to any aspect of your life, whether it revolves around working out or not. How am I going to incorporate this into my yoga workouts? Easy. I’ll gradually work my way up to the 90 minutes. So I did 25 minutes this week? Okay, next week I’ll aim for longer, whether it is an additional 10 or 20 minutes, all depending on how I feel.

Change, change, change. My body is changing, my mood is changing, and my breakfast is changing. Well, kind of. Don’t be fooled, I’m still going with the Mango Overnight Oats, but this morning instead of the typical raspberries on top, I went for the fresh blackberries that were in the fridge.

While it was a nice change, I still prefer the raspberries. The blackberries didn’t produce enough of a flavor punch for my liking. In the future, I think placing the blackberries on the oats the night before would be better, as I’m thinking the juices from the blackberries would settle into the oats more. That or frozen blackberries. Add that to my shopping list for this weekend.

Speaking of change, my man Obama is the next street over giving a speech in the park. I don’t talk politics. I know who I want to lead us, so I really could care less about the debates and so forth. As much as it should interest me, I have no say in what decisions are made once a new President is elected. I can only cast my vote and hope for the best. Seriously though, how am I supposed to focus and get work done when Obama is in my hood?! 

Afternoon Workout

  •  1.5 mile run
  • 10 minutes elliptical
  • 10 minutes additional cardio

Lunch

What’s that you smell for lunch? CHANGE. Again, holy schnikes Lewis. In an attempt to not eat the same exact meals every day, I spiced it up today with Gorton’s Grilled Tilapia on a bed of broccoli and brown rice.

This meal was delicious! With 15 grams of protein and 2 grams each of carbs and fat in the tilapia, this was a great post-workout meal.

Tonight I have a hot date with my best friend, Allie, where we’ll be cooking dinner together and catching up. She just got back Monday from her Orlando vacation, so I’ve been missing her quite tremendously. I’m excited to hear all about her time under the sun!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Care Package

Last week I told you guys that I bought a lot of random peanut buttery goodies for a project I had in the works. That special project was all part of my thank you to a handsome Floridian for sending me P90X and pretty earrings.

Since he received his package, I’m now allowed to share with you the treat that I made for him.

Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cup Pretzel Bites and Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cup Pretzel Sandwiches… Talk about a tongue twister!

Reese’s PB Cup Pretzel Bites and Pretzel Sandwiches

My best friend Lisha made these for our group of girlfriends for Christmas, and since I knew the hunk loves peanut butter, I thought this would be a great treat.

First preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a cooking tray with wax paper and place your pretzels on top. I chose the square pretzels but the regular pretzels could work too. I love the look of the circular chocolate on the pretzel square. Next, I placed a mini Reese’s PB cup on each pretzel. I also put Pumpkin Hershey kisses on the pretzels too, but I ended up eating all of those since I wasn’t sure how he felt about pumpkin.

Ready for the Heat!

When the oven has reached 350 degrees, place your tray in the oven for 1-2 minutes, or until the chocolates have melted a little bit. You don’t want them to melt too much or you’ll have a chocolate peanut butter swamp to work with.

Almost Ready!

When you feel that they’re ready to be taken out, let them cool for a minute while you grab your candy pieces to be placed on top. You can put M&M’s on top, flavor of your choice, but I decided to go with the peanut butter theme and placed Reese’s Pieces on half of the mix, and placed a pretzel square on the other half of the batch.

Drooling!

After you’ve finished your pretzel bites, you can either let them cool on a rack or put the tray in the fridge to harden. When they’ve harden, dig in! I might have stolen a few pretzel bites! I cannot resist chocolate and peanut butter. Oopps! 🙂

Also into the mix went a bag full of Peanut M&M’s that I grabbed from the M&M store in New York City. I filled it with the hunk’s favorite colors, red and blue, and threw in my favorite color, purple too. I included a postcard too that the girls helped me pick out.

Care Package!

I hope he liked his thank you. And I also help it didn’t all melt in the Florida heat! I’d include the picture he sent of himself with his goodies, but I think I’m going to be selfish and keep it to myself don’t want to embarrass him.

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Where’s That Rusty Spoon?

I won’t bore you with the rest of my afternoon. I need to jump to the good stuff.

Day 4 of P90X is Yoga. I HATE yoga. Like hate hate. As in, I’ll punch you in the face I hate yoga. I can’t just “be.” If I’m working out I like to move it move it. You want me to do push-ups for 30 seconds, okay easy. Well, not easy, that shit’s hard, but I’ll soldier it out. Ask me to hold warrior 3 for 30 seconds, no thanks. Rather choke myself with a rusty spoon.

So when I found out the yoga workout is 90 minutes long I was already looking for that rusty spoon before I hit play. I know some people swear by yoga, and I won’t knock it, actually I will, and I’m gonna. Yoga is awful. I don’t care if you love it. I hate it. I don’t care how many people tell me running is boring and not fun and so difficult. Okay, good, now you feel my pain when I think about yoga.

I could probably handle 30 minutes of yoga, but just like mini golf, my ADD kicks in.

Do you guys love yoga, or do you suffer through it just like me?

So I put my big girl pants on and started the yoga workout. Within 5 minutes I was sweating and my mind was wandering more than the dirtiest of minds, which I might also be the owner of.

I started thinking “I can’t do this.” Then I remembered how I’ve posted all of those motivational quotes on pinterest that say, “Don’t say can’t” yadda yadda yadda. Shit why the hell did I post that motivational crap? So I corrected myself and said I don’t wanna do this.

My mind started wandering. Then I recalled Mike’s phone call earlier about him being in the liquor store and I started cracking up. Then on one pose where my head was dangling, I got light-headed and thought I should eat something.

So I went to the kitchen and whipped up some PB2, toasted the butt of the bread (love butts, ps have you seen mine?), and then topped it with a sliced naner.

Damn That’s a Big Butt

Then I went back to yoga and thought, “that was stupid, I’m gonna puke during downward dog.”

I toughed it out for another 5 minutes. ADD came back. I wandered the house. Did another 5 minutes. Then stopped. I knew it wasn’t happening. A 90 minute workout would have taken me 3 hours.

Am I embarrassed I lasted maybe all of 25 minutes? Hell no. I tried it and it wasn’t right for me. I highly doubt that skipping the yoga exercise will keep me from achieving the body I want. It allows me a day to do the cardio heavy workouts I love doing at the gym. And it easily frees up my Wednesday nights for friends. Aka fro-yo for dinner with Lindsay. That sounds WAY better than 90 minutes of yoga.

What did I do instead? Well I made my 2 ingredient pumpkin muffins. This time, I went crazy and threw in cut-up pumpkin Hershey kisses.

Boom!

And a 3 ingredient pumpkin muffin is born.

Mix it All Together

Unless you’re 1 of 4 lucky winners who gets a muffin topped with brown suga, then you get the 4-ingredient pumpkin muffin.

3-Ingredient Pumpkin Muffin

  • Box of Cake Mix – I prefer Spice but only had White on hand
  • 15 oz can of Pumpkin
  • Chopped up Pumpkin Hershey Kisses

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray or line a cupcake tin and pour the batter into each tray. I pour mine about 3/4. I like ’em big
  3. Let cook for about 25-30 minutes
  4. Shove in mouth

I felt the need to reward myself for completing 25 of 90 minutes of yoga. Don’t all applaud at once. Excuse me while I go stuff face.

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