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Time to Start Packing

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I woke up this morning with a sore butt and thighs.  The Jeanette Jenkins video that I did yesterday was called Booty Boot Camp, but while I was doing it I didn’t expect myself to be sore the next day….I guess I was wrong.  I always love the feeling of being sore the day after a new workout because it really feels like I worked myself hard!

 

Still, being sore is no excuse to skip a workout so I found a new video to do today.  I found a 20 minute Active Sculpting video on the Exercise TV web site for free.  Before completing a video I completed the following:

  • 20 Burpees (example here)
  • 20 lunge blasts (do a lunge then switch legs back and forth three times then lunge again)
  • 20 side by side shuffles touching the ground before switching to the next side
  • 30 reverse crunches
Breakfast
I didn’t even take the time to shower or change my clothes before making breakfast.  I made myself a coffee smoothie to supercharge me through my to-do list today.
The smoothie included bananas, spinach, coffee, and cocoa powder 🙂
Packing
The big TO-DO on my to-do list today is my packing dry run.  On October 22, I am flying to London to begin training to be a Fitness Director on board a cruise line for just under a year.  It will be an amazing opportunity and I am so excited to finally begin.  The negative??
I can basically bring one suitcase.  I have a hard time bringing one suitcase when I go home for the weekend.  Now, the bag is very large, but packing is always such a daunting task.  This dry run will be good though because I usually wait until the very last minute to pack and end up forgetting something, hopefully this will totally eliminate the stress of packing 🙂
Does anyone have any tips about packing the most items in a minimal amount of space??

Frittata First

Tonight’s dinner was simple, semi-impressive (at least to me), tasty, and something that I like to call a “method meal.”  To me, a method meal is a meal that can be made using the same directions but semi different ingredients creating a completely different taste!

 

I made my first frittata inspired by yet another Hungry Girl recipe.

Spinach Zucchini Frittata (this would also make a great breakfast!)

Makes 4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 2-3 cups spinach
  • 1 cup red pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup zucchini, chopped
  • 1/2 cup canned corn
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat mozzarella cheese
  • non-stick cooking spray
  • Salt, pepper, and red pepper
Preparation:
Preheat the oven to broil.
In a medium to large mixing bowl break and scramble all 4 eggs.  Add in salt and peppers to taste.
Put a medium sized oven safe skillet over medium high heat on the stove and coat with non-stick cooking spray.  Cook the garlic in the pan for about 1-2 minutes.  Add in the spinach and cook for about 3 minutes or until totally wilted.  Remove from skillet.
Add more non-stick spray and cook the red pepper, corn, and zucchini for about 3 minutes until soft.  Once soft, add the spinach back into the pan.  Spread the vegetables to cover the bottom of the skillet and pour the eggs on top.  Swish the pan back and forth to make sure that the eggs get under the veggies.  Allow to cook for 3 minutes.
Sprinkle the cheese over the top of the egg mixture.  Place the entire skillet in the preheated oven for 3-5 minutes or until the frittata is firm and slightly peeling from the edge.
Cut into four pieces, serve and enjoy!  This frittata tastes great with a little sriracha hot sauce on top 😉
**I think that this could definitely be made into a “Mexican Frittata”…I’ll have to try that out next time!
***Funny story…I thought that I purchased can corn, but I actually purchased hominy instead.  I have always wondered what the difference between hominy and corn is and now I know!  I can’t really describe it other than the hominy seems more starchy and tastes like a corn tortilla…anyways it still tasted great in the recipe, but I think that regular corn will be better.
Tonight is one of my good friend’s birthdays and I haven’t seen her in a while so Brian and I are headed out for a bit to catch up and wish her a happy birthday!

Starting Out Hard!

Today is one of those days where I don’t work until the afternoon.  I was able to wake up when my body was ready, around 7am.  Not only was I ready to wakeup but I was ready to workout hardcore!

Since my 14 day free trial is over at the gym I was using with Body Pump, I thought that a run would be in my best interest…especially since I am running a 6 mile race on Saturday morning.

I didn’t map my run before I headed out because I went on a route that I am pretty familiar with.  Based on previous run times I think I went between 5 and 6 miles.  I then came back and did some ab exercises superset with push-ups.

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For some reason, push-ups are always so hard for me!  I ended up doing a total of 20 push-ups non girly style, which was hard work for me!  Doing them as a superset made it much easier for me to approach 20 real push-ups.  A superset is when two different exercises are performed right in a row without a break in between.  This is great when you are on a time schedule or are just impatient like me and you don’t want to wait between sets to complete the next.  It’s kind of like exercise multi-tasking. And I LOVE multitasking 😉

Yoga Pose of the Day

Today’s yoga pose is:  Standing Forward Bend

This move is actually hard for me because I have and have always had very tight hamstrings.  A variation on this move is to use a block under your hands in order to keep legs straight.  I did not have a block so I tried to keep my legs as straight as possible!

Benefits of Standing Forward Bend:  Strengthens the feet, knees, and thighs, stretches the hamstrings and calves, improves the function of digestive and reproductive systems, opens the hips and groins, stimulates the liver, kidneys, and digestive system, relieves menopausal discomfort, headache, insomnia, and fatigue, alleviates discomfort from sinusitis.

Breakfast

Ok, so I took a little break from my smoothies this week, but today it’s back!  I couldn’t part from them long, so today a coffeerific mocha peanut butter spinach banana smoothie was the way to go.

Blogging Issues

Ok, so I made a little mistake and didn’t realize that if I began deleting pictures from my media library that they would delete from every page and post that they were on, so if you go to my About Me page or many earlier posts they are photoless…but don’t worry!  I am trying to fix it 🙂

Other Interesting News:

Happy Thursday!

Yoga Pose is Back!!

Body Pump on Monday’s doesn’t begin until 9:25.  There are definitely pros and cons of having it later in the mornings.

Pros:

  • Not worrying about setting an alarm clock
  • Plenty of time to eat breakfast before
  • It is light out and I can ride my bike
  • I can get a couple of things done before class
Cons:
  • I feel a little like I have to wait around for class
  • I miss a good portion of the Today show
  • I really like waking up and banging my workout out first thing
Pros and cons aside…it was still a good and challenging class.

My Body Pump set up

Yoga Pose of the Day 
It’s back!  Sorry about the weekend long hiatus, but Yoga Pose is back and ready for action!
Today’s pose is Upward-Facing Dog
**That is my Bic Band in my hair…and I love it!   Really, they don’t slide around.
Benefits of Upward-Facing Dog:  Strengthens the legs, buttocks, torso, shoulders, arms, and wrists, opens the chest increasing lung capacity, stretches the shoulders and back, lengthens the spine and opens the abdominal cavity, stimulates teh digestive and lymphatic systems, improves posture.
Lunch
I then made myself a little smoothie bowl for lunch. Chocolate Peanut Butter to be exact, with a little spinach and banana thrown into the mix.
Work Fashion
And now I am off to work for a couple of hours….this is another one of those days that really feels like three because it is broken up so weird!

You Snooze You Lose

This morning’s workout was a sweaty one!

When I was at Butler, I used the elliptical all the time as my go-to form of cardio.  Since I have been graduated, I have found running and spinning to be my usual cardio sources, but today I decided to do one of my elliptical cardio routines.

Although I love the facility I have been doing a 14 day trial on, I do not love the ellipticals.  Every time I changed the direction my feet were going or the resistance the whole machine would reset!  Talk about annoying…I was still able to make it a worth while workout.

After the elliptical, I did some crunches on the exercise ball, push ups, lunges, and a plank on the exercise ball.

While watching the news as I was ellipticalizing, they had a segment about hitting the snooze button on your alarm clock.  Apparently, hitting the snooze button is bad because we then have the opportunity to fall back into a deep sleep which then causes us to be startled by the next sound of the alarm going off causing us to feel really bad when we wake up rather then rested and refreshed.

Honestly, I think I hit the snooze button almost everyday.  I purposely set my alarm earlier than needed so that I can hit the snooze button.

Are you a snooze button user? Do you set the alarm early on purpose so you have time to snooze?

Breakfast

After my workout, I came home to shower then made a smoothie (even though it is actually really cold outside) for breakfast.  I made a blackberry peanut butter banana smoothie:

  • 1/4 cup frozen blackberries
  • 1/2 medium frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened Almond Breeze
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1 Tbsp peanut butter
  • pinch of xanthum gum
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Splenda packets
  • 4 ice cubes and water for volume
I hope you all have a wonderful Friday!

It’s Finally Here!

Good Morning!

I have exciting news!!  The Winter 2011 Vera Bradley Catalog is available online.  You are probably wondering why this is such great news.

Well, about 5 months ago, a sorority sister sent an e-mail over our list serv that Vera Bradley was accepting applications for models for the winter catalog.  I always apply for random performance opportunities and things of that nature, and me being from Fort Wayne (where Vera Bradley was founded and is located) got me really excited about this possibility.  I applied stating my relationship with the company as being a friend of one of the marketing copy-writers.  We were in Beauty and the Beast a few years ago in Fort Wayne’s community theater, so I sent him a brief e-mail to let him know that I was using him as my reference.

I hadn’t heard anything for a while so I just assumed that they had millions of applications and wasn’t surprised that I didn’t get picked until….I got an e-mail saying they were very excited to use me in the catalog!

Brian and I headed up to Chicago for the day to shoot on Navy Pier.  We arrived early so we were able to watch other girls have their photos taken, talk with the girls in charge of the shoot, and really soak up this amazing experience.  Everyone was just wonderful to work with, and I hope that I am able to stay connected 🙂

Here's my photo!

That pose was harder than you think, they literally would count to three and I would flale (is that a word?) my legs up and out while smiling, holding the bag in a good viewing position, without spreading my legs too far.  Honestly, it was a lot more tiring than I expected!  I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

 

Breakfast

Moving on to the usual.

I started off with a chocolate covered strawberry smoothie.

Later this morning I am off to Body Pump…again (I think I’m addicted!) and I will show you a yoga pose!

 

Have a great start to the week!

Camel and Pump

Yoga Pose of the Day is back!  Today’s pose is Camel.

The physical benefits of Camel are that it stretches the thighs, torso, chest shoulders, and throat, strengthens the legs, pelvis, and lower back region, opens the hips and hip flexors, aids digestion, stimulates circulation, increases spinal flexibility, and improves posture.

After teaching Cycle Core yesterday, I thought that a good hip flexor and ab stretch would be the perfect start to the day.

Breakfast

For breakfast, I originally wanted to use up the rest of the raspberries that my mom brought over from the Amish farmer’s market on Friday… but they were bad :(.  Instead I made the same smoothie as I did on Monday with strawberries.

Workout

Later this morning I am going to try my first Body Pump class.  I first heard of this class by reading about it on other blogs, and then I realized that I knew someone who used to teach it!  I have been wanting to try this upbeat, intense, strength training class for quite sometime now so I will be sure to let you know how it goes 🙂