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When 6 Miles Feels Like 60

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Here is a little recap of yesterday:

I woke up bright and early, as usual, and started my day with a bowl of none other than…overnight oats:

My mix-ins included raw cacao powder, sunwarrior vanilla protein, strawberries, and peanut butter.  It was so tasty, and I really like the combo of the rich chocolate, peanut butter, and strawberries.  It was kind of like a reese’s peanut butter cup with jelly on it 🙂

6 Miles

After the sun was up and my food was all digested, I contemplated on weather or not I would run.  I skipped out on my run yesterday, and thought maybe I would just do my run in the afternoon.  I chatted with my mom and because mom’s always (don’t tell her that) know best, she convinced me to do the run and get it out of the way because afterward I would feel energized and accomplished.  So, I set out!  I didn’t have a particular path in mind so I ran all over downtown Indianapolis, and let me tell you…this was the longest 6 mile run of my life!  At least it felt that way.  My legs, particularly my hamstrings, were very tight, I felt like I couldn’t pick up any speed throughout the workout, and I had to keep stopping because of stoplights.   Not an ideal situation.

Even though the entire time I wanted to stop and go home, I kept going!  I finished the 6 miles!  Was it my best time?  Not even close, but I did it.  Even though I completed my 6 mile goal, I still didn’t have that “I’m on top of the world!” runner’s high afterward that I usually get, and I kind of didn’t feel that great about the entire experience, so again…I called my mom who had just the right things to say.  She reminded me that I was the only one setting these lofty goals for my self (to increase my speed), when I increase my mileage, at first it is about endurance and logging the miles rather than doing these new miles as fast as I can, and she reminded me that I didn’t stop when I wanted to, I plowed through and stuck it out to the end.  Basically she made everything better again…thanks Mom 😉

So, there you have it.  Running (for me) isn’t always fun, isn’t always easy, and doesn’t always feel good…until I take a step back from the situation and look at what I have accomplished.

I did it!

 

After my run, I then showered, got ready for the day, made myself a quick smoothie and was out of the door to volunteer at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, study a little BodyPump, and meet with one of my bosses at one of the gyms I am teaching at.

Almond Crusted Fish

I then came home and Brian and I did our little boot camp workout plan, cleaned ourselves up and I made us something pretty tasty to eat.

Roasted broccoli, green beans, and red onion along side almond meal crusted pollock.  Honestly, it was so good.  It was one of those meals that is gone in less than two minutes without any breaks taken for breathing.  The fish was simple.  I got the idea from one of my friends a couple of weeks ago, and had been dieing to try it ever since.  I simply too the pollock and dipped it in egg white on both sides, then dipped it in plain almond meal.  I baked it at 400 degrees for 13 minutes.  So fast. So simple. So delicious.  I’m not even exaggerating.

Naked Chopsticks

We then headed out to a sushi restaurant called Naked Chopsticks to celebrate our friends being done with pharmacy school forever!  In just a short amount of time, they will have their hooding ceremony (just before graduation) and they will be doctors!  I can’t believe it.   It has been a long 6 years, but we are so proud of them 🙂

Caitlin is a pharmacist!

Melissa is a pharmacist (she is the second one from the right)!

Tori and Kegan

Brian and I

Brian and I love this restaurant, so even though our dinner was delicious, we made room for one roll to share 🙂  I think just about everyone at the table ordered the famous Playboy roll that comes out on fire and has a slightly spicy flavor.  It is one of my favorites.

She is lighting the Playboy

Unflamed playboy

Brian chose the Fire roll for us to share, and honestly, I am not even sure what is in it, but it tasted good 😉

This is definitely the “fun” kind of sushi that doesn’t taste like raw fish at all.  A lot of the rolls have cooked fish in them, so I would say that this place is definitely a good place to introduce someone to sushi.

Today

Considering it is Saturday, I set my alarm pretty early so that I could wake up and go running before pilates class, however, I severely overestimated what time the sun would come up so it looks like I will be going for my 3 mile jog after pilates.

My mom and dad are coming into town today to take me to lunch for an early birthday celebration, and I have absolutely no idea where I want to go….Hopefully I think of something before they get here!

Have a great Saturday!!!

Questions of the Morning:

  • Do you like sushi?
  • If you do like sushi, do you get the traditional rolls, or the “fun” rolls?  What are some of your favorite flavors?

 

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Creative Protein Ideas

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Good Morning!

This morning I headed out bright and early to another BodyPump class.  I know it is best to give your muscles a day of rest when training, but last night at the Les Mills new release launch event we only did half of a BodyPump class…and I wanted the full thing, so I came back for more today.  I must say…the new shoulder track is killer!  But in a good way 😉

I had a startling experience this morning.  It was dark as I walked out to my car this morning.  Finding my car and remember where I have parked is always a little bit of a challenge…even in the day light.  So, this morning I walked out to my car, and I looked down and noticed that a hub cap was missing!!

Now, before I left for the cruise I had two missing hub caps.  While I was gone, my parents kindly replaced them for me, so when I looked down to see no hub cap my hear dropped.  How did this happen?  I couldn’t remember hitting any curbs lately.  I was baffled…until I looked at the body of the car and realized it wasn’t mine!  My car was parked next to this car, and they were both a similar color (and it was dark!).  I was sooo relieved that I had not lost a hub cap.  What a  dramatic way to start the morning!

Breakfast

After BodyPump, I headed home and it was time for breakfast.  A little overnight oat action is what I decided on for today.  Or should I say “in the morning oats” because I didn’t actually prep them last night.

Today’s mix-ins were half an apple, 2 tsp of homemade peanut butter, and Sunwarrior Vanilla Protein Powder.  It certainly hit the spot!

Protein Powder Ideas

Lately, I have been finding all sorts of ideas and recipes for protein powder.  Spark People has a list of 15 new ways to use protein powder, which definitely got my recipe creating brain thinking.  The recipe that intrigued me the most?  The protein cookie!  I am going to have to create a recipe for that.

Here are some of the ways I use my protein powder to make it a little easier to incorporate protein into my diet without having to eat a ton of meat.

Overnight Oats

Regular Oats

Smoothies

Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Homemade Protein Bars

 

Question of the Morning:

  • What are some of your favorite ways to use protein powder?
  • Have you ever walked up to the wrong car and thought that it was yours?
  • Have you ever lost your car in the parking lot?

Early Morning Workout

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I went to an early morning workout class today.  I used to be the girl who ONLY worked out in the morning, but sometimes life changes the schedule a bit and there are opportunities to workout after sun has risen,  but I must admit, I love the feeling of having my workout done before 8am! 🙂

Then, it was time to come back to the puppies, shower up, and eat breakfast (which happened to be another bowl of overnight oats! …I just can’t get enough of the stuff!)

I then headed out to Starbucks to meet with a friend from Butler!  What a great way to spend the morning.  Because the Starbucks was right next door to Whole Foods (literally…right next door), I couldn’t not just go in to look.  Of course, whenever I go in to just look…I come out with something.  Luckily, they were things I was planning on putting on the grocery list this week…so now I will just remove those items from the list and the expense from the budget.  It all balances out 😉

The items were on sale too, which makes it even more ok!

I just finished off a plate of roasted veggies and cheese as a light lunch/noon-time snack, and now it is time to play in the kitchen.  Let’s see how I do at avoiding the temptation to try my concoctions one too many times.

Hello Kitty Plate!

 

I hope you are all having an amazing Thursday and are getting ready for the weekend!

 

Today’s Question:

Do you prefer to workout in the morning or evening?

I can workout anytime, but I feel that when I get it done in the morning, I am more productive throughout the rest of the day…it just gets me going!

Calling All Easter Recipes!

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I need some Easter inspiration…but first we will talk about Breakfast.

Breakfast this morning was a bowl of overnight oats:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup Chobani 0% Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 scoop Sunwarrior Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • a dash of cinnamon and about 3/4 cup water

This morning I then added, chopped pear, and 2 tsp of peanut butter.  The cinnamon and chocolate really complimented each other well making for a delicious breakfast 🙂

Easter Recipes

For Easter, most years, I make some sort of fancy dessert.  I really enjoy the creative process of picking out the perfect recipe and design, getting all the ingredients, making a tasty baked good, and then decorating it like a work of art (at least it’s art to me!).

 

In the past I have made chick cupcakes:

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I have made the classic bunny cake:

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And I have made the traditional carrot cake:

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All three were delicious, but this year, I am fresh out of ideas!  My mom and I are planning on preparing a brunch for everyone at my apartment, but I don’t know what I want to make.

I know that I want to make another special baked good this year, something that takes a little bit of skill, and uses some of my creative juice that I have flowing.   Also, my mom and I are looking for menu ideas.  I would have to say though, that my tastes differ a bit from the rest of my family’s when it comes to “healthifying” certain recipes.  They tend to enjoy things a bit more decadent than I do, but we have to meet somewhere in the middle.  I want to have a brunch menu to impress, but I don’t want it to make everyone feel completely weighed down afterward.

 

So here is the part where I ask for some help!

 

Does anyone have any delicious, secretly healthy, or beautiful and impressive baked goodies that I could make for my family on Easter??

 

I love getting creative in the kitchen, healthifying my own recipes, and seeing how they turn out, but I would love to hear what you all have tried 🙂

 

 

Hemp for Breakfast

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What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word “hemp?”

For me, the first thing that comes to mind is bracelets made of rope-like material, incense, hippies, and marijuana.  Yet, when we go to the health food store, “hemp” is showing up everywhere in the form of milk, seeds, protein powder, and oil, and it is praised for it’s health benefits.

Foods Alive, a local company that offers a variety of whole food products including raw flax seed crackers, flax and hemp oils, super food dressings, and an organic line of super foods, sent me a package of hemp seeds to experiment with in the kitchen.

Based on my research, here are some of the health benefits of hemp seeds:

  • High protein seeds
  • Easily digested
  • Contain all 9 essential amino acids
  • Strengthen the immune system
  • More essential fatty acids than flax or any other nut or seed oil (which are important for hair, skin, brain function, the heart, and so much more!)
  • They have the perfect ratio of omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids (about 3:1)
  • They won’t make you fail a drug test (they don’t contain THC)

 

Nutiva.com has a great answer as to how hemp is different from marijuana:

Q. What is the difference between hemp and marijuana?

A. Marijuana and hemp both come from the same species of plant, Cannabis sativa L., but from different varieties. There are different varieties of Cannabis, just as Chihuahuas and St. Bernards are different breeds of dogs, Canis familiari.

 

Hemp Nutrition Stats (based on 2 Tbsp serving):

Calories:  84

Fat:  6.85g

Carbs:  1g

Protein:  5g

 

Hemp Breakfast

This morning, I added it to my overnight oats to get some healthy fat and protein into the mixture.

Hemp Protein Oats

I mixed everything together and let it sit and thicken up in the refrigerator.  When everything was nice and creamy, I removed the oat mixture from the fridge and added one cup of blueberries to the mixture.

The mixture was delicious.  The hemp seeds are soft on their own, but they added just a slight nutty crunchy texture to the otherwise smooth oat mixture.

 

Keep a look out for more recipes featuring this amazing super food!

 

What new foods have you tried lately!?

 

Hemp!

Get it Done Before I Go

Yesterday, I just had a feeling that it was going to be a great day, and it was!  Brian came and visited me at work first thing in the morning and brought me some pretty fall flowers 🙂

What a sweet guy!

 

After work we had our cake tasting, and I must say the cake was tasty.  We were given a slice of her most popular cake…French vanilla and chocolate fudge with a raspberry filling.  Even though Brian and I both scarfed down our samples, we still weren’t 100% satisfied with the flavor and the frosting.  We were both really hoping for the “WOW!  This is the best cake I have ever had!” effect, and we just didn’t have that.  On the positive side, we really liked her personality, we liked that she built the business on her own and built her own test kitchen attached to her home, the business is literally her baby and we can tell how much it means to her, and she talked with us about her competition within the industry.  On top of that, her prices are really affordable too.

 

Deciding on our cake was going to be something that I was initially planning on leaving until after I return from the cruise.  After talking with this cake lady, she really made it seem like the cake is something that we need to decide on now!  So, today I am going to scramble and try to make at least one more appointment before I leave so that we can compare flavors and prices.

 

Breakfast

This morning, I woke up with a pretty bad headache.  About once a month I get these headaches and there is nothing that beats them accept for a prescription that I have been given.  The only downside is that the prescription really makes me feel weird and a little dizzy for the rest of the day, so I did not do a workout first thing in the morning.  If I start to feel better then I would love to go on a bike ride or do something active later in the day!

Because I wasn’t feeling 100% I was craving some sort of bread this morning, so I made myself an egg white english muffin sandwich made on a Thomas Light Multi-Grain English Muffin.  It was delicious, needless to say.

Today, I have the entire day off from work so I am hoping to accomplish a lot of things that need to get done before I leave next Saturday!  I can’t believe it’s coming so soon!

Top Things About Fall

This morning, I woke up early with Brian to help him review for his exam.  This will be the last monthly exam of his that I am here for!

Breakfast was a delicious fall apple with peanut butter and coffee 🙂

After Brian was off to his exam, I went on a 4 mile run and then completed a workout that was Pinterest inspired!

Because I ran 4 miles, I skipped the 100 jumping jacks and the 10 minutes of running at the end, but I did everything in between.  The leg lifts were hardest for me!

 

It seems like I have been talking a lot about the seasons, but I love season changes and I just can’t help it 😉

The crisp fall mornings lately have reminded me of all of my favorite things about fall.

Fall Favorites:

Boots.  If I had my way, I would have boots in every color, height, ankle boots, you name it.  I love books 🙂

Fall decorations (even though I didn’t put any up this year!!)

Mom’s “Fall Mix”

Bright colors on all of the trees

The crunching noise when running or walking through fallen leaves.

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The smell of turning the heat on for the first time in the house (this is a weird one!)

Scarves…I love being cozy!

Pumpkin…everything 😉

Garlic Pumpkin Pasta

Pumpkin Buckwheat Bowl

Pumpkin Muffins

What do you LOVE about this season???