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Sexiest Man Alive and a Broccoli Overload

Mark this as VERY IMPORTANT:

People Magazine announced the Sexiest Man Alive late this morning and I am not pleased.

Okay, fine. Channing Tatum does look MARVELOUS in that beater, and tweed pants and freckled shoulders ensemble he’s rocking. I’ll give him that. I like Channing when he’s trim, but beefy Channing is not a sexy Channing. Sure, sure he stole my heart in The Vow, well by the end of the movie he did, but, Sexiest Man Alive? Nope. Not even close.

Oh hey, baby. Now THAT’S more like it. Gimme a piece of McDreamy! 😉 Sexiest Man Alive right there ladies and gentlemen. Don’t argue, you won’t win.

In all seriousness, who do you think should have taken the Sexiest Man Alive title?

Ever year I petition for Patrick Dempsey and every year I lose. That’s okay, he holds the title in my heart. Seriously though, hands off, he’s mine.

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Last night my appetite magically disappeared. By disappeared, I mean that after work, dinner consisted of a handful of Special K crackers and 1 White Choco-Chip Butternut Square. Yes, only 1. That’s all I ate from 5:30 pm until 10:30 am. No rumbling belly, no junk food craving. A spoonful of peanut butter wasn’t even appealing to me.

I typically get cravings for an entire jar of peanut butter when I’m full and still go after it anyways because I’m a fatty I treat myself. 😉

Nothing!

Woke up once during the middle of the night, had to go downstairs for something, walked by the kitchen and cabinets and the plate full of squares, and didn’t even have the slightest craving for anything.

The world MUST be ending. I’m telling you there are some weird things going on!

My workout was kick ass and I loved the burn I got from my core workout. That was easily the All-Star of today’s workout.

Wednesday’s Workout

  • 5 mile run
  • 4 sets of 15 stair push-ups
  • 1 minute plank and 30 second side plank holds
  • 2 sets of 20 mountain climbers
  • 2 sets of 50 heel touchers
  • 50  vertical toe touches
  • 150 crunches: 50 regular, left and right
  • 100’s Abs
  • 20 minutes interval on vertical elliptical
  • Stretching

I call this one my 50’s workout. 🙂

Kip even helped me with my stretching and foam rolling. That boy does NOT look amused. That or he’s just sad that he knows I’ll be leaving for work soon. 😦

Breakfast included a little twist on my usual Raspberry Mango Overnight Oats. This morning, I opened my snack drawer to see if I could throw more in the bowl and was pleased when my PB2 and flax-seed were looking right at me.

OH. MY. GOODNESS. This was pure heaven in my mouth. I wasn’t even that hungry but I still demolished this sucker in minutes. I just love my Chobani powerbowls!

After my afternoon workout, I still wasn’t hungry at all, but I knew that I had to eat something otherwise my workout would have been a waste if I didn’t properly nourish it. I’ve been neglecting my vegetables lately (shush I know) so I redeemed myself and enjoyed a plate full of veggies and several turkey roll-ups.

3/4 of my plate is broccoli. Holy Moses, I’m gonna be seeing green later, and I don’t mean the dollar bills either!

Tonight after work I have to make a pit-stop at my favorite store ever, Target for glitter nail polish a few beauty essentials, and then I’ll be tearing it up with my man, Tony Horton!

Laters baby. 😉

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First Snowfall of the Winter Season

It was SO nice to be back at the gym during my lunch hour. Monday I couldn’t due to babysitting and yesterday I came in late after voting, so today was my first day back in the gym since Saturday. I missed Gold’s! There’s just something about working out at a gym with other like-minded individuals. Sure beats a treadmill run in your basement or sweating your face off in your living room with Tony Horton!

During my gym visit I ran 1.5 miles before jumping on the vertical elliptical to bust out a 17 minute interval session. I played around with the inclines: 5, 10 and 20 and had fun mixing the order up. I honestly don’t know where my time went but I feel like several months ago I was getting a lot more finished during my lunch time workouts.

My appetite has been through the roof today so I was anxious to complete my workout and shower up so I could eat a healthy lunch.

Last week I mentioned that when it comes to home-made salads, the dressing makes or breaks it. When I dine out, the salads are extremely appetizing and that’s usually my go-to order, especially if fruit and nuts are included. I find that preparing my own salad at home lacks excitement. On a scale of 1-10 it doesn’t even earn a 1, so when I found a winning salad dressing in my fridge last weekend, the at-home salad excitement scale went up dramatically.

This salad was big and crunchy, and you can bet your peanut butter hearts that I demolished the entire container. Into the bowl went a bag of Veggie Lovers salad mix, diced cherry tomatoes, diced cucumbers and shredded Sara Lee Low Sodium Turkey slices. I tossed it in an Italian dressing and called it a meal!

Today is supposed to be the first official snow fall of the winter. Ugh. Go away winter! My phone alerted me around 4 that we were in a winter storm advisory, as we’ll be getting 1-3 inches of snow, sleet and freezing rain tonight.

Why can’t the first snowfall be pretty? The only times I enjoy snow is the first snow and also on Christmas Eve and Christmas, other than that, it can go away.

Are you guys a fan of snow?

I’ve lived in New England for 24 years and have only gone snowboarding once! Growing up between New Hampshire and Vermont you’d think I’d have gotten bit by the skiing bug, but it never happened. As a kid of course I loved building forts and igloos, having snow ball fights with my friends, and going sledding, but as I’ve grown up, those activities just don’t happen anymore and I find myself cursing snow.

I think this winter I’ll change that and bring back the little kid in me! 🙂

With all this snow talk I’m becoming excited for the holidays and Christmas. I think it’s completely necessary to start my Christmas movie watching tonight with my favorite, The Christmas Card!

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Terrific Thursday

Happy Terrific Thursday!

I’m so extremely excited to report that I’m down 1.7 pounds from last Thursday, and my jeans are feeling loser in the hips! Given the fact that my weigh-in day fell the morning after Halloween seriously freaked me out, so when I was expecting to see the numbers go up and instead they drastically fell, I nearly convulsed on the scale.

Thank you, thank you Tony Horton for kicking my ass into gear. It’s true what they say; you can’t expect to receive results if you continually do the same thing. By adding the P90X workouts to my running schedule, I’ve been able to not only get stronger and defined arms and shoulders, I also feel a lot better too!

I had been discouraged because I was sticking to the P90X schedule to a T (well, unless you forget about the fact that I don’t enjoy and refuse to do the yoga workout… hey no one’s perfect!) and wasn’t seeing results. I’m sure I was enjoying a few too many licks of peanut butter or “treating myself” for working out like a “beast” as I’ve been referred. So to see amazing results like that has put the biggest smile on my face. After rereading this, I remembered that Rome wasn’t built in a day, so your body won’t change overnight either.

Before I touch upon this morning’s workout and breakfast, I NEED to discuss this unbeknownst AMAZING piece of candy I tried last night for the first time.

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Snickers Peanut Butter Squared. Excuse me? Oh my god.

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Goodness I need to paint my nails!

I’m a big Snickers fan to begin with, but to throw in a smear of peanut butter in between the peanuty chocoately caramel goodness was too much… in a good way.

Move aside Almond Joy, Peanut Butter M&Ms, White Chocolate Kit Kat bars, there’s a new favorite in town.

I’m drooling over my computer, wishing that I had a bowl full of the Snickers PB Squared candies right now! Instead I’ll treat you to a bowl of my power breakfast.

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If you missed last night’s post, you’ll know that we had only 15 trick-or-treaters. Total buzz kill. With a bowl full of candy leftovers, I forced them to leave the house. My coworkers had similar ideas too because when I walked into the kitchen at 8 this morning, there was a freezer bag full of Snickers & Reese’s PB Cups. Looks like someone else doesn’t have candy willpower.

By 10 am when I went in to grab my bowl of overnight oats, all of the Reese’s were gone. I knew the vultures were going to pick those suckers out quickly! Even the trick-or-treaters always always always go for the Reese’s. There are plenty of peanut butter lovers out there, I love it!

This morning’s workout was a toughy but a goodie. I was up until about 11:30 last night talking with Florida’s Most Eligible Bachelor, and I don’t think I fell asleep until around midnight, so 5 ½ hours instead of my typical 7 ½ hours of sleep kind of knocked me on my side.

Morning Workout
• 3.5 mile run
• 3 sets of 15 stair push-ups
• 1 minute regular plank and :30 second plank holds on both sides
• 2 sets of 20 mountain climbers
• 100’s Abs
• 3 sets of 50 crunches; regular, left and right side
• 30 heaven touches… or toe touches if you don’t speak Allie
• Stretching

I’m feeeeeeeling good peanut butter babies. Plus it’s almost Friday!

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Don’t Smash Your Face

3 days of P90X are complete and I’m already feeling cleaner, healthier and more fit. If this is how I feel after a few days, I’m looking forward to how I’ll feel when I get deeper into the program.

This morning I was apparently roaring and ready to go at 4 am, as I woke right up, took 1 hit of my inhaler, and before I went for the 2nd hit, I remembered that my alarm didn’t go off. I glanced at my phone and realized it wasn’t 5:27 yet. Back to bed I went, and when that sucker did go off at 5:27, I took 2 hits, popped four of my Mexican jumping beans, and hit snooze for another 8 minutes.

Jelly Belly Sport Beans

Not sure if I went flying for 4 miles or running for 4 miles this morning. I was THAT quick. I hammered out an easy 4 miles while bee bopping along to my Simple Plan playlist. That run brought me back to my youth when my brother and I used to jam out to their first CD during our morning drives to high school. I felt so old whenever songs from their first album came on.

After my run I had enough time to do the Ab Ripper X workout. I love Tony Horton. True love. I knew he was my soulmate when he said, “like a pterodactyl backing out of trouble,” and my favorite, “don’t smash your face.”

Did you guys know he has a line on OpenSky? I’m putting this on my Christmas list.

That shirt belongs on me.

I also threw in a 1 minute plank hold. Like a boss!

You already know what I had for breakfast.

Happy hump day everyone. Now go get your hump on!

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I’m Messed In the Head

I spoke too soon when I said I was disappointed with day 1 of P90X. First I loss all strength in my arms and then I turned into a complete slug.

This afternoon I knew I had the plyometrics workout to soldier through so I fueled up with my garbage scramble for a late lunch.

Into the mix went:

  • Amy’s All-American Veggie Burger
  • 1 egg & 1 egg white
  • Broccoli
  • Shredded Cheese

Eating that Garbage

This is one of my favorite meals that I’ve created. It looks like barf but the flavors pop in your mouth. Fireworks in October. It reminds me of when I was living in Los Angeles and Brian and I attended a dinner party at his friend’s house.

The girls cooked one of the best meals I’ve ever had, and while most of the foods were from a farm, they surprised us by saying that the other ingredients were garbage picked. Yes I’m speaking in English. They’re dumpster divers. I should have known they were from the moment I walked into their apartment. I still went up for seconds. You won’t catch me diving into dumpsters, but don’t knock it!

I left work an hour early today, as I had signed up for spinning last week, but after yesterdays beast of a workout, I knew I wouldn’t be able to handle position 3 for an hour.

Day 2 of P90X consisted of Pylometrics and Ab Ripper X. I was supposed to do Ab Ripper X yesterday but I was so caught up in things that I didn’t have time to. I have to say, while I HATED Back & Chest, I LOVED pylometrics. Who loves pylo? No one. I must have been hit in the head a few times as a child.

Even though it’s called the hardest workout in the series, I genuinely thought it flew by and Tony Horton made me giggle so much that I almost shit my pants from all of his Tonyisms. “Halfway done, party’s almost over, what a bummer.” “Hamburger bad, fries bad, coca-cola bad, there I said it.”

After Pylo and Ab Ripper X, I whipped up a chocolate peanut butter protein shake with my new PB2 that came in the mail today!

I completely forgot I bought this last week so it was a nice surprise to come home to it. Back in Cali, Brian, my roommate introduced me to this stuff and I quickly became an addict. I’ve been debating on buying it for several weeks now, but the expensive prices steered me away for a bit.

Peanut butter is healthy in moderation, but the way I go through a tub isn’t so healthy, so it only made sense for me to spend the extra money for a healthier version. PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter is “made with premium quality peanuts that are slow-roasted to our specifications and pressed to remove the fat. All natural with no artificial sweeteners or preservatives. Same consistency as full-fat peanut butter with all of the roasted peanut flavor, but with more than 85% less fat calories.”

Nutrition Facts:

Serving Size: 2 Tablespoons

  • Total Cals: 45 calories
  • Cals from Fat: 13 g
  • Total Carbs: 5 g
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 5 g

SOLD!

While enjoying my recovery shake, I tortured myself in an ice bath to get the lactic acid out of my legs. So cold!

End of the Ice Bath

Now it’s off to paint my nails and catch up on my DVR. 666 Park Avenue and CSI:NY is on the line-up. Hope everyone had a great Monday!

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