Thursday, July 30, 2009
Here is what I order to stay low-cal:
- black grande iced coffee-zero calories
- shot of sugar free vanilla syrup-zero calories
- (leave room for milk)
- I add my own Silk French Vanilla Creamer-about 1/4 cup, a little more if I'm feeling vanilla-y.
Oh yeah, this drink is only $1.95 (before tax)!!
Y'all Stay caffeinated now, ya hear!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
- 8 andouille chicken sausage links
- 6 oz rotisserie chicken breast, shredded with forks
- 2 tbsp creole seasoning
- 1 onion
- 1 clove of garlic
- 8 oz chicken stock
- 16 oz water
- 1/2 C leftover spaghetti sauce I found in the freezer
- 20 ish baby carrots, chopped
- 1 can of corn, drained and rinsed
- 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 c brown rice
- salt and pepper to taste
1. The smell is wonderfully fresh and very summer-like
2. The oil absorbs into your hair VERY fast
3. It sure does make you hair soft!
Using it over time I hope to see a pretty big change, as that is what the other reviewers are saying- "it decreases drying time", "makes your hair very shiny and less frizzy", "protects from UV damage"... the list goes on! It's also a big hit with celebs!
Take a trip on over to http://www.moroccanoil.com/ to read about the awesome benefits from Moroccan Oil.
The bottle retails for about $35.
Yay for awesome new products!
Stuffed Chicken (stuffed with sauteed spinach, onions, and feta cheese)
*edited to include the recipe
preheat oven to 375
what you'll need:
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- feta cheese
- 3-4 large handfuls of spinach
- onion, diced
- salt, pepper-to taste
- Plus, 3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
when the oil is heated, add minced garlic
when garlic is fragrant, add onions and salt and pepper, just a little to taste, stir around so nothing burns- cook until onions are almost caramelized, then add spinach
stir around after spinach is added until the spinach is just wilted
remove from heat
pound your chicken (beat your meat!!) until it's pretty thin
spoon the spinach mixture into the chicken, then add the feta cheese-maybe a tablespoon or so for each breast and roll up and secure with toothpicks
place into glass dish with 2 tbsp of butter (it will melt into the dish-to keep it from drying out)
Cooking times vary so use your meat thermometer!
This was baked for about 30 minutes or until the chicken reached 165 degrees
You can really add any spices you'd like to this dish. It would be good with some cracked red pepper or some freshly chopped basil too!
I know your mouth is watering!!!
Sauteed Asparagus is my new favorite way to make asparagus and it's really easy!
- 1 clove garlic
- Asparagus-servings for 2-3
- olive oil
Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and when warm add the garlic. When the garlic becomes fragrant (3ish minutes) throw in the asparagus. Stir around in your skillet for 5 minutes or until the asparagus is a bright green! Remove from heat and enjoy or add to your couscous, like I did!
(I added green peppers to my mix because the pepper was going bad and I needed to use it!!)
Of course don't forget your glass of a light red wine or white wine-whatever floats your boat!!
Baked Sweet Potato, topped with 1/3 cup Greek Yogurt and a pinch of Kosher salt; Amy's Cream of Tomato Soup (1 1/4 cup) with 1 tablespoons of super sharp Vermont Cheddar Cheese and of course, freshly ground black pepper. DELISH!
Monday: I did a hardcore workout, and it brought back memories from my taekwondo days when ALL of my workouts wiped me out!! It felt MARVELOUS!!
I started out with a 30 minute treadmill run at a 9:00 pace, then for 5 minutes I ran at an 8.0 incline for 5 minutes-'twas a slow run, but it was a hill for crying out loud!
Then I hopped over to the stair stepper machine where I did 5 minutes at a level 9. I'm not sure what that means, but I think I climbed 25 flights of stairs.
Next I worked on my arms and legs:
- Pulley cable rows (3 x 12)
- Tricep dips (3 x 10)
- Overhead Shoulder press (3 x 10)
- Squat Press at 140 pounds (2 x 20)
THEN (as if that wasn't enough) I took the Cardio Sculpt Class at my Gym. WHOA!!!! Totally awesome class!!! First, the instructor was PUMPED to be there and his energy level was high-I like that. It translates well into a class. He wouldn't let anyone slow down either! The class is a wonderful mix of cardio, with light weight training for the ultimate fat burn! If there's an Equinox near you, I suggest you try the class!! I'm quite certain I saw sparkles, but it felt so good.
Coming out of the subway, I nearly fainted, so I grabbed a banana at the corner deli before hopping on the bus to head home. Thank God for NYC and it's endless supply of corner delis!
Happy sweating to you!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
I think also, when I eat bagels, the same feeling happens to me....swelling, puffiness, etc. Pattern: white flour + Salt. Back away Beene. BAD! I can't believe I would eat a bagel a day just a few years ago!!! Now, it's a bagel twice a month!
When I eat "bad" I feel mentally foggy. I can't read anything, can't think right, etc. Does anyone else get this feeling? This is why I am OCD about my nutrition, not just for training, but for my brain too!
Today's plan not exceed 1200 calories:
Ginger Lemon Green Tea
Green Monster SuperFood
Salad: spinach, onion, sunflower seeds, chick peas, boiled egg, 1 tbsp blue cheese dressing
Dinner: Steamed Veggies, Baked Chicken, Jasmine Rice.
Gym: Running 45minutes, Cardio Sculpt Class
What do you do when you eat badly and feel bad too?
I gave myself this past weekend to be “off”. I didn’t run or workout because I felt as if I needed a slight break. I don’t want to become burned out from running; the marathon is still 3 months away!!!
Friday, live in and I went to High Life Bar and Grill where they serve Japanese food as well as your usual bar classics. We ordered and shared the following: steamed vegetable dumplings, wok seared edamame, tuna and mango roll, salmon and cilantro roll, and a vegetable roll. A bigger plus is before 7pm, sushi rolls were half price!!! Cheap and tasty!
Next in our adventure we headed to our most favorite (new) bar: Dive 75. They have a fantastic Organic wine, candy is in dishes all over the bar, the jukebox is pretty good, and they have board games! to play! Brian and I started with Connect 4 (we tied) then moved to Scrabble where we couldn’t remember the exact rules for playing, so we stopped after my words were better than his. HAHA! This bar also has a fish tank and the fish like to stare. (Rude.) Alcoholic Beverages+ fish tanks=good conversation with the fish.
We got home and made some Morning Star Farms Spinach and Artichoke bites. YUM YUM!
Saturday, I slept in (usual) and woke up to a starving household. We headed over to Lenny’s and ordered breakfast/lunch: everything bagel, toasted, cream cheese; container of fruit and a black hazelnut coffee. I have an addiction to everything bagels. I am trying to stay away from white flour, as it is empty carbs, but throw an H&H bagel in there and it’s soooooo dang hard to resist temptation!
Live in and I had a nice little Saturday planned. Home Depot, Bed Bath and Beyond, if we have time! We made it to only Bed Bath and Beyond, where live in was grouchy (hungry) so we walked across the street for a quick bite. PJ Clarkes, has no “quick bites”. Their appetizer list is about 3 fried dishes deep. So we decided to share the turkey burger, with onion strings (mistake) and a salad. I opted to only eat ½ of my half and no bread, but I finished my salad and I had a handful of the onion strings. The burger was good-it had jalapeno mixed in but I doubt we will go back. The place was WAAAAYYY over priced.
During lunch (at 6pm, mind you) live in says we should go out for a fun dinner, Rosa Mexicana or Spice Market. Well, Spice Market was “fully committed” for the evening but my friend Melanie wanted to hang out in the Soho area. Live in and I strapped on our college party shoes, and headed out. We met Mel in the Soho Grand lounge where we had a few cocktails. Mel wanted to booty dance. Badly. In New York, to booty dance, you must pay at least a bijillion dollars when going to a “club”.
In the end we trekked over to Bleeker Street, found a bar that was playing loud music and settled in. Danced a little, sang out loud and OF COURSE proceeded to Pizza Booth at 2am. Pizza Booth is probably the best pizza in Manhattan, so I ordered an ENTIRE pizza. Why? Who let’s me make decisions? I’m paying for it now. Although I didn’t eat any that night, for Sunday lunch live in and I shared 3 slices and a salad. Pizza isn’t for everyday, nor is it for me when I am dehydrated because now I am all puffy and swollen. Today is detox day. I already feel a little better, but I am sssllleeeeppppyyy!!! YAWN! This is gonna be a long week!!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
- 3x 16 walking lunges with 20 lb dumbbells
- 3x 12 deadlifts with the 45 lb power bar
- 3 x 12 leg curls on the machine, at 60 lbs.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Actually, Live-In ordered IN a seafood dinner. That counts.
We ordered from our usual place, Haru. There isn't a Sekisui here, and there is nothing comparable to their sushi. Which is ok, because when I go back to Memphis, I appreciate it a lot more.
I digress, so Haru has ok sushi rolls and I am convinced that crunchies make everything better.
I ordered my usual:
- Avocado Roll, inside out with crunchies
- Vegetable Tempura Roll
- Yellowtail Scallion (I made no amendments)
- White Tuna Jalapeno Roll (added Japanese mayo and Crunchies)
WTJR was fantastic!! It needed some sort of "sauce" drizzled over it, but other than that, it was a firework explosion in my mouth!
Of course I was indecisive about what I wanted for lunch, per usual, so I ventured out of the cube and down to the street. I started walking towards Cosi, when I noticed Chipotle across the street. I thought, I've never been there, why don't I check it out?! I got in line and immediately decided upon the vegetarian something-either the burrito or burrito bowl. I didn't really want to 'up' my white flour intake for the week, so I settled with a Burrito Bowl. And dear Lord, I could not have made a better decision. There is nothing you can't LOVE: black beans, gooood; sauteed peppers and onions, gooood; lettuce and salsa, gooood; hot sauce, goood; guacamole, goooooooooooooood!
I was telling my friend Jamie that I went to Chipotle and her first statement was "They don't have anything healthy, go look at their website". Oh Contraire, young grasshopper, but this is indeed very healthy!
I headed to http://www.chipotle.com/ and I found their philosophy:
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Soon, we will be hittin' up each and every one of you for a donation to Best Friends Animal Society. It's also their 25th Anniversary; this couldn't come at a better time!
This November, Anna and I are running for all the helpless animals out there. They have no voice, so we are running to a place that gives every Animal a voice and a home: Best Friends Animal Society. If you have never heard of Best Friends, I suggest you hop on over to their website and read about their organization. This organization is responsible for rescuing animals during hurricane Katrina, taking in 22 Vicktory Dogs, and not to mention saving animals from being thrown away, tortured and abused. Their staff is amazing and talented. Their love goes way beyond their call of duty and they are truly everyday HEROES!!
It's also possible we can have a bake sale, or sell a virtual cookbook, or sell magic unicorns to raise money for Best Friends.
We will hound dog (hahaha get it!) you for your money, because it's for a damn good cause!! Plus, it's tax deductible. Double plus. To add one more plus, we will have a PayPal Account so you can electronically donate money.
Three pluses and Environmentally friendly, geeze, US Olympic Committee, give us a gold medal already.
Since it has been raining cats and dogs today, I really craved a hot delicious soup. I scooted my little toosh across the street to Europa Cafe and picked up a small cup of Potato Leek Spinach Soup (220kcal) to go with my 1/2 Grilled Chicken and 2 Eggplant slices. And, of course, I picked up a Pumpernickel Rye Roll to dip in the soup. My colleague gave me some Cherries and you can see where this is why I need a nap!!
Let's just hope this rain doesn't smack talk me today. Imma whoop up on it if it does.
Today, I plan on forgoing gymnastics because Joey gave me the most depressed face any dog could give a human as I was leaving for work this morning. After a 45 minute strength training session, I am planning on taking her for a run (weather permitting) or taking her to the pet store so she can window shop. It's true, she's got a wish list.
I hope your day isn't watered out!
I hit up live-in's 2 way and asked him what he was craving. And the typical boy/bachelor in him said "pizza". Ding! Tortilla pizzas!
Since we were out of tortillas, mozzarella, sauce and other various toppings, I journeyed to the local store and picked up 12" unbleached flour tortillas, Classico's Spicy Tomato and Basil Red Sauce, and some mozzarella.
When I got back to the hizzy, I stuck the pizza stone in the oven and cranked it up to 450 degrees and let the stone heat up (40 minutes) while I chopped up some toppings and whipped together a salad.
Yes, this is the same recipe as a few weeks ago, but since not everything was homemade, adjustments need to be made.
- 3-4 spoonfuls of the sauce (which needs to be heated lightly-5 minutes medium heat prior to putting it on the tortilla)
- Fresh Mozzarella Cheese-I cut mine into thin strips
- Chopped Fresh Basil (from my garden)
- Lay all the toppings on and bake for 7-11 minutes or until the cheese has melted and is bubbling.
- 1 slice Turkey Salami, diced
- 1 Slice Turkey Ham, diced
- Red Onion, diced
- Green Pepper, Diced
- Green Olives, Diced
Again, sauce, toppings, cheese, basil. You get the gist. Bake 7-11 minutes maybe a tad longer, until the cheese is bubbly and you start drooling on the stove top.
Normally, throughout the week, I tend to repeat meals because 1. I can perfect them and 2. it's easy that way. I will try not to most multiple food items, only if I have made adjustments.
Of course, how do you not have pizza without a glass of red wine and a salad?
I think this recipe will become a staple in my weekly menu!
Monday, July 20, 2009
I made it home around 6:30 and Live-In had plans to grill me dinner! Woot!
He grilled up eggplant and asparagus and Italian chicken. The chicken had been marinating in Newman's Own Italian Dressing for about 4 hours-the chicken was so dang tasty and juicy!!!
The eggplant was topped with goat cheese and basil (from our garden!!) and the asparagus was topped with some Parmesan cheese!
Dessert was a cannoli and a tiny cup of tiramisu from Whole Foods!
I had a glass or 2 of wine- Adobe Red: a blend (and maybe 2 glasses more on the plane!)
For lunch today, I need to add that my dinner became a salad: spinach, grilled chicken, asparagus, eggplant. I cannot count how many compliments I got on the salad just on looks alone. Plus, any salad that does not need dressing, is the best salad in the world, to me!
Happy Monday everyone-it's almost Tuesday!
So, lately, I've had a recurring nagging pain in my right knee. It's called Runner's Knee. It's not sore all the time, but it's a nagging pain that takes months to heal. My lifestyle does not support injuries.
Back in 2006, when Anna and I were training for St. Jude (Our first marathon), my IT band started to give me major trouble. I stretched, strengthened, iced, etc. On race day, I was in agnogizing pain and taking anti-inflammatories during a marathon of running causes the kidney to hold onto salts in the body, causing the body to swell. I was a swollen mess at the finish.
After the marathon, I consulted with (at my then job) the acupuncturist, Chuck Sullivan. I remember sitting in the chair waiting for the needles (expecting there to be immense pain) but there was no pain! Now, you can't move, because the needles are at certain points in the body, some of them being pressure points.
After my first session, I had some IT band pain, but the pain was definitely decreased. I went back for another session, and BAM. No more pain. I could run over 5 miles without IT problems!!! I was stoked-still am. Even the most non-believers have turned to acupuncture for help (my boss' boss). To this day, I've never had any more problems with my IT band!!!
So, back to the runner's knee. I made an appointment with Chuck Sullivan for last Friday and he worked his magic. I went for a run the next day and I am pain free in my knee!
I'm also having trouble with my right elbow (from using a mouse too much), but I know that will take more than one session. So, I shall be returning for more acupuncture soon!
Thanks, Master Chuck!
For any information on HOW acupuncture works, I suggest reading journal articles (PubMed) about the art.
Friday, July 17, 2009
- 1 frozen banana
- tee-tiny sploosh of soymilk ( like maybe a tbsp)
- .5 tbsp PB and Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The Chick'n Patties are deeeelicious! I love all of Morninstar's products and I've often said we should buy stock in them!
My top 3 favs are:
Joey joins us for dinner each night, staring and drooling over our food. Last night, she found a new spot to hide her mac and cheese:
- Seated pulley row-23 pounds
- Shoulder press-17 pounds
- Lateral Pull 25 pounds
- Leg Press machine 90 pounds
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Thursday, I took Beth and Edgin for an after work drink in Grand Central Station. This building is old as the dickens and the details are spectacular. The bars are popular after work venues because some commuters have a long commute home. Anyhoot, we went to Oysters Bar and had a nice glass of wine and a little snack of fried calamari and oysters.
Friday, I planned a super secret dinner at a totally awesome, hip place. This place is like no other. I didn't tell Beth and Edgin where we were going because I didn't want them to look it up. We went to La Esquina, in SoHo, and I'm not going to mention much because I want to take others there and I don't want to ruin the essence of the place. I will say it's a Mexican restaurant, delicious foods, hip ambiance.
Next, we went to The Volstead and met up with Melanie and Anna's boyfriend Adam. Oh yeah, Anna went to dinner with us, as well as Live In and his colleague.
The Volstead is a place where you go for a few drinks, but not to stay and party all night. Plus, they have FUNFUNFUN DJs so, we, DANCED!!!
Saturday, I had a tiny bit of a hangover, nothing a little coffee, bagel, fruit, and ibuprofen couldn't cure.
Brooklyn Bridge, scarfing down Brooklyn Pizza and Brooklyn Beer before we headed to the Museum of Sex. Yes, we did. It was interesting, one could say. Not a place to take your mother.
We *tried* so hard to go to Grimaldi's, but the line for the best pizza in New York was over an hour and a half long. Dang. So we went around the corner to a place called The Pizza. The pizza was delicious, but I thought the crust was too thin and it became a tad bit soggy from the sauce. My favorite pizza places are 1. Bleeker Street Pizza and 2. Cafe Daniello on 2nd Ave.
Saturday night, the Live In and I went to a restaurant around the corner, Ocean Grill. I love all of the BR Guest Restaurants, my MOST favorite being Blue Water Grill. I will need to dedicate 3-4 posts on it!
I ordered Crab Encrusted Mahi Mahi with Coconut Rice and I had a Roasted Beet Salad with Macadamia Encrusted Goat Cheese. Both dishes were good, but nothing to have again.
The presentation was beautiful though:
Central Park is a hilly B$#&* and I forget it every. single. time. My legs were sore/jelly by mile 6, but I soldiered on! I started out with the 9:30 pace group, but I think we ended up running a 9:00 pace, so I slowed down a bit and ended up with a 9:38 pace after the first loop. The second loop, I waited around for the 10:00 pace group and we ended up running most of it at a 9:45 pace. Even passerby runners, were looking at their pace watches and said, that's a fast 10:00. It sure was. I gooed, then finished by running the rest of the way home.
Post run, I refueld with a Green Monster (best refuel ever).
Tonight, we ate grilled BBQ Chicken, Corn and Zucchini Quinoa (from the NYT-link below) and grilled corn. Dessert is Mocha Almond Fudge Coconut Milk Ice Cream.
It feels so good to fuel properly.
I think all the cheese from the pizza did a number on my stomach-which is why I limit the amount of pizza I eat.
Love Is a Mix Tape! Thanks, Stacey for the read!
Edgin and Beth, I had a great time and I'm glad you guys came to visit!!
Link to Recipe: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/07/health/nutrition/07recipehealth.html?ref=fitnessandnutrition
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
- animal fat (mostly saturated) is solid at room temperature
- long chain fatty acid=stored in your arteries for blockage
- Medium chain, broken down and used for energy
- also supports immune system
- also found in nuts, seeds (pecans, macadamia, etc)
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
I had zero energy after I left strength training so I skipped my run and decided to please my inner fat girl. Tonight I wanted to attempt to make different type of pizza... a tortilla crust pizza. I saw this recipe in the newest edition on Food and Wine Magazine, and what did I do? I adapted.
Heat oven to 450 and stick your pizza stone in there for 40 minutes to get it nice and hot.
- 1 can crushed tomatoes-I used Fire Roasted Organic
- 1 can tomato paste
- 1/2 diced sweet onion
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- red pepper flakes
- fennel seeds (just a small pinch-around 10 seeds!)
- dried basil and oregano
- kosher salt
- freshly cracked pepper
heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. saute for 5 or so minutes. Add tomatoes, paste, spices and to taste. Heat, but only to meld the flavors. It will continue to cook on the pizza. Blend in blender to make a puree or use your immersion blender.
Chop whatever you want on your pizza-I made 2 margherita pizzas and 1 veggie (green olives, tomato, red peppers)/turkey bacon pizza.
Most importantly-USE FRESH MOZZARELLA!!! (Cut it into shreds though!)
Spoon sauce on tortillas (I used unbleached flour tortillas), lay your cheese down
cook for 8 minutes or until the crust is browning and just after the cheese melts.
for the veggie/TB pizza-put cheese down, veggies, then more cheese, then TB
again cook for 8 minutes
Remove from oven (and be careful)
Add chopped fresh basil to the top!
Try not to eat it all before you sit down!
This recipe was crafted by one of my bffs Stacey Garrett Logan. I've known her damn near since middle school. She knows a lot of crap about me, so I try not to piss her off.
- Mozzarella (fresh) cut into cubes
- red onion, cut into half moons
- green olives
- few gianormous handfuls of Spinach
- top with cooked crispy turkey bacon
Mix together in a bowl!
You really don't need a dressing for this. Just add some black pepper. (and Stacey typically uses black olives and artichoke hearts-but I had none of those items)
I'm planning on waking up early for a 45 minute run pre-work so I need to hit the sack about 2 hours ago.
Good night my healthy loves!
I promise I will work on taking more pictures throughout the day!
Yesterday I ended my day by hitting the gym right after work for some strength training. I focus on my entire body in strength training 4-5 times per week. When the ING New York Marathon is roughly 2 months away I will cut back, but not until then. I read all the time about Kara Goucher and her speed/strength/distance running, and hey, she's a hot momma and a fantastic runner-so let's do it!!
I always see some strangely shaped bodies while running in Central Park. Por ejemplo: yesterday I saw a very speedy woman with a 12 year old boys body. No lie. I know being fast is a goal, but if that body is the result, then thanks, but no thanks! I like my muscles with a side of curves.
Yesterday I did:
- 10 minutes on elliptical for a warm up (at level 3)
- single arm rows with 22 pounds 3x15 on each arm
- bicep rows (I know, I need pictures) 3x 15 on each side 17.5 pounds
- 20 squats with 25 pound bar
- walked the floor 4 times doing walking lunges
- chest press with 15 pound weights 2x12
- overhead press with 10 pound weights 20 times
- 40 crunches on the stability ball
- 40 twist crunches
- 20 leg raises (lying flat on back, raise butt off ground to work lower abs)
- 10 v-ups
THEN I went home and took my pokey puppy on a run. She got a little overheated so I had to take my run slow with her and we ran a little over 3.6 miles.
I came home to live-in making dinner...honey chicken, breaded with whole wheat bread crumbs, and baked in the oven, jasmine rice, and spicy green beans. I was pretty exhausted afterwards, so after 4 bites (from the carton) of CoMIC (Coconut Milk Ice Cream), I passed out!
This morning I woke up late (doh!) and was in a tad bit of a hurry so I had a quick bowl of Kashi Go Lean with CoM, banana and blueberries.
For lunch I had leftovers from dinner last night.
Snacks: 1.5 cups watermelon, 3 kashi crackers and 1 light Laughing Cow Swiss Wedge and 1 bottle Chocolate Soy Milk!
For dinner tonight, I am attempting a "low carb" pizza. It shall be interesting.
Training for tonight will be (weather permitting) 5 mile run (No puppy so I can get some serious pace training in) and of course, strength training. Go Muscles!!!!!
- 4 C watermelon
- 1 C organic pineapple juice
- 1 tbsp agave nectar
- 1 jigger vodka