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Pre-Planning Involved

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Last night, Brian and I relaxed with one of our guilty pleasures…The Bachelorette.  I think that my two favorites are Sean and Arie…Ryan on the other hand…makes me think of Gaston.  Some of the things he was saying last night just made him sound like he thought that he was THE coolest guy… “I’m a catch…”  well, if he is such a catch, then why hasn’t anyone caught him??  Oh the drama…!!

Breakfast

My go-to breakfast these early mornings has been baked oatmeal.  They are great because you can make them the night before you need them, or a couple of days in advance and just store them in the fridge.  I like to eat a little bit before my workout for energy, and then finish the rest in the car on my way to work.  The baked oatmeal cakes are hearty, and filling, which is perfect after a good sweaty workout.

For now, these are great, but I will admit that I do miss the variety of a smoothie, egg whites, and overnight oats.  Looks like I will just have to look forward to those meals on the weekends!

Workouts

Another thing that I am having to adjust and get used to is my new workout routine.  Because I teach in the mornings, it is easiest for me to do my strength workouts in the mornings I am not teaching, or right before or right after my class, but it is a little bit harder for me to fit my running into the morning routine. Currently, I am training for a half marathon in September.  Now, I know that is quite a ways away, but I want to improve my speed and I want to be as prepared as possible. I find that with a little bit of planning, anything is possible.

So, on Sunday night, I planned my workout schedule (color coded of course), along with Brian’s so that we could enjoy the maximum amount of time with each other after work.

Here is the weeks schedule:

  • Mondaybootcamp workout at the apartment
  • Tuesday–Teach 6am spin class, do arms workout directly after, run 4 miles after work
  • Wednesday–Teach 6:30am Yoga Sculpt, run 7×400 on the track before class
  • Thursday–Video tape attempt #2 of Body Pump at 6am
  • Friday–Strength training workout before work, run 3 miles after work
  • Saturday–Run 8 miles
  • Sunday–OFF!!

Let’s see how well I stick to the schedule 😉

Question of the Morning:

  • How do you fit working out into a busy weekly routine?

 

A Little Bit of Everything

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Hello!

Today has been a jam packed day for me.   I have been doing a little bit of everything! After getting some things done around the apartment this morning, I headed off to volunteer with a local arts organization.  Today, I basically just got a tour of the facility and introduced myself at their bi-weekly meeting.  Wednesday, I get to head back to the organization to actually get my hands dirty and help them put the finishing touches on a fundraising event coming up.

After volunteering, I came back and changed my clothes so that I could head to the gym and teach a mat pilates class.  At first, I must admit that I was a little nervous.  I haven’t taught pilates in about a month!  But once I started teaching, everything was fine and I didn’t have any hesitations 🙂

I then headed outside to attend the new BodyPump release!  It was a short class with only four tracks because my gym was doing a back to back launch of BodyPump, RPM, CxWorx, and BodyCombat.  I only stuck around for BodyPump, but the music was great, the atmosphere was amazing, and everyone was completely “pumped.”

It was perfect weather to do the workout outside.   The breeze was like a giant fan..

Last year, Brian ran a 6 mile race with me on the 4th of July, and he told me he wanted to do it again!  Today, was Day 1 of his training program.  We did a little boot camp style weight program then went for his first of many jogs.  What a great way to spend time together!

Nice and sweaty!!

After all of that activity, it was definitely time for dinner.  I quickly baked up some tofu (recipe to come soon!) and steamed some green beans.  Lately, it seems like quick meals are the name of the game for me.

Even though I don’t have a full time job yet, I am still super busy…which I like.  I am constantly substitute teaching fitness classes, meeting with people about future career plans, and applying for jobs.  What can I say, I don’t like a lot of down time.

I hope you all had a great Monday, now I’m off to bed!

Sorry I’ve Been Gone

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Hello!  This is my first official week without nannying or teaching group fitness and only working at my retail job,  My goal is still to post 2-3 times a day, and I have been slacking lately!  Not by choice though.  I am still adjusting to my schedule and figuring out when and where I can post.  I just realized today that the mall has free internet, but it is a bit slow and unreliable so I may be heading to Panera during my lunch breaks.

By the time I got everything up and running during lunch today, I realized I forgot my camera in my locker at the store…so lunch went undocumented.  For breakfast though, I sucked down a coffee smoothie as I made my undocumented lunch because I was just too tired to make it last night.  Hopefully I will get a little more used to things throughout the week and be able to get more things accomplished.  I was able to workout this morning though (my favorite time to workout!).  I did a pilates video on Pilatesanytime.com.

There is a weird shadow behind my head...don't know why

Lunch was basically the same as yesterday, so you didn’t miss out on much.  However, I did get a diet coke today because I was sooo tired today at work.  I did go to bed early last night, but not early enough.

I usually do not drink pop (do you say pop or soda??) on a regular basis, but there are times when I have the occasional carbonated diet beverage.  I know that pop isn’t good for you, but I am a strong believer in “everything in moderation.”  Heck!  You can even overdose on water.

Work Fashion

Decided to dress it up a bit for work today

 

While at work today, the Jimmy John’s people came to visit us and gave us a ton of mini sandwich samples.  They even had veggie!  After work, I was starving.  Brian picked me up since it was raining and he was starving too, so luckily I had stashed two of the samples in my bag for a little snack to tide us over until dinner.

Once home, I immediately changed into comfy clothes.  The rain just made me feel chilly, and being on my feet all day made me want my slippers 🙂  It felt good to be cozy!

Dinner

Last week, when Sarah and Jeremy took me to Qdoba, I was inspired to recreate one of their queso burritos in a healthier way.  For the queso sauce I adapted a recipe from Hungry-Girl, used brown rice, black beans, roasted summer squash, and whole wheat tortillas.  The result…a delicious and filling burrito!

Queso Burrito–Healthy Style

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 tsp dry taco seasoning mix
  • 3/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened original Almond Breeze
  • 2 wedges of Laughing Cow Light Original Swiss Cheese
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp reduced fat cream cheese at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese
  • 1/8 tsp chili powder, or more to taste
  • 2 La Tortilla Factory low carb high fiber tortillas
  • jalepenos
  • 1/2 cup black beans, heated
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1 small yellow summer squash
  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice (1/4 cup uncooked)
Preparation:
First, cook the brown rice either boiled or in a rice cooker.  Then, preheat the oven to 400º.  When the oven is heated put sliced lightly coated in olive oil summer squash on a pan.  Sprinkle with cumin and garlic salt.  Roast for 10-15 minutes or until tender.
While rice and squash are cooking prepare the sauce:
  • Add almond milk, all three cheese, chili powder, taco powder, and cumin to a pot.  Add 1/4 cup water and bring to medium low heat.
  • Stirring frequently, continue to stir until smooth and sauce-like consistency.
After the queso, rice, and squash are done briefly steam the tortillas.  I put them in the top of my rice cooker!  Seriously, the thing worked like magic.

Steam 'em til their soft!

Then, it is finally time to load up your burrito.  The ingredients were added in this order:  rice, black beans, queso, squash, jalepenos, spinach, and salsa (I took the picture without salsa so you could see everything else).

That's one healthy burrito!

This recipe makes exactly 2 servings with a little extra queso for later.
I do have to say that I am so proud of Brian.  I told him what the menu for dinner was and he said
“can I make some guac??”
“Well of course you can make some guac!”
Because he had learned exactly what to do in order to make guac, he didn’t even ask me a single question.  He simply got to work in the kitchen and the next thing I knew there was tasty guacamole sitting at the table ready to eat.  It was so good I forgot to take a picture…oops.
At least I know that Brian will be able to eat baked chicken and guacamole for the next year without needing my assistance.
Now, I am headed to Fort Wayne because, as the queen of odd jobs, I work there tomorrow.  I am excited to see my mom, and after work we are going to see The Help!  I haven’t read the book, unfortunately, but I am still super pumped 🙂
Tomorrow, I promise to post more often 😉

Jam Packed

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I tried something new today!

I usually put Splenda in my smoothies for a little extra sweetness.  Steiner, the company I will be working for on the cruise, has given me some homework to research clean foods, toxins that enter the body, and other things of that nature.  While researching, I made the decision that once I was done with my box of Splenda, I would be switching over to stevia.  I had never tried stevia before, but when I was a Good Earth Natural Foods there was a jar full of little packets for 6¢ each!  I couldn’t beat that, so I picked up two.

I put it in a blueberry spinach (or green monster) smoothie this morning, and it tasted great!  I only used one packet because I wasn’t sure how sweet it would be and it was perfect.  Looks like I will officially be saying goodbye to Splenda…as soon as that box is gone!

 

Jam Packed Day

Today, I am working for Emmis again fitting children with bicycle helmets.  Right after that I have a sewing lesson.  For graduation, my grandma got me a great sewing machine to use on projects.  Now, I have sewn a couple of times in my life and my freshman year in college I actually was in the costume shop almost everyday sewing costumes for the lyric theater production, but I am not an expert!  I have an idea of what I would like my first project to be, so I’ll keep you posted on the progress! I am also attending a BodyWorks class with a friend tonight, I am usually a morning worker outer (other than the classes I teach).  Then, I am going straight to watch the Bachelorette with my girls!

 

Now, how do we handle days like today, where it seems like we are constantly racing from one point to the next?  What I do is I make a timeline for the day.

  • Emmis 9:30am-3pm
  • Eat an early light dinner 3-4:30pm
  • Sewing Lesson 4:30-6pm
  • Go home and change 6-6:45pm
  • BodyWorks at LA Fitness 7-8pm
  • Bachelorette with the girls 8-10pm
That is very scheduled and doesn’t leave much wiggle room, so another thing I do to prepare is get my clothes ready the night before, bring everything I need with me (computer for blogging, sewing machine, workout clothes, granola bar) so that if things run over or I don’t have free time I will be able to work through it.
Now, let’s conquer our busy Mondays!

Unpredictable Schedule

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It is Monday!  I started the day off by sleeping 30 minutes past my alarm.  Lately, I have been sleeping past my alarm and I think it has to do with the fact that my schedule this summer has been so unpredictable.  I love how I am always doing something different, working with different people, and am always busy, but when it comes down to it I am a creature of habit and I love routine.  Even though I slightly overslept, I still had time to fit in a 4.5 mile run, walk Bella, and make banana bread!  I will attribute my productive morning to me thinking I had to be at work an hour earlier than I actually did…thank goodness for that!

This morning, I actually had scheduled to run 4 miles.  I planned a route in advance, and then after running it I tracked the distance on mapmyrun.com.  It is such a useful resource, and I found out I actually ran a half mile longer than I planned…oops 😉

For breakfast, I had yet another smoothie bowl.  This morning it included:

  • 2/3 frozen banana
  • 1/2 packet of Swiss Miss diet cocoa
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1 pinch xanthum gum
  • 2 packets of splenda
  • 1 splash of vanilla extract
  • water and ice cubes for volume
  • 1 TBS peanut butter
It was creamy, sweet, chocolatey, and peanut-buttery.  I topped it with the last date bar.  Those things lasted forever!
I am off to fit children with bicycle helmets again today, but this week should be fairly easy compared to last week.  I am ready to get things done that I have been putting off.
Question of the day:  Do you function better on a regular schedule, or do you like flying by the seat of your pants and having something change everyday??  I prefer a schedule 🙂