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The Boys Area

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Good Friday Mornin’!

The weekend is within reach, and I can hardly wait!  This morning, I was actually able to sleep in.  I must say, not having a 4am wakeup call was pretty glorious.  Usually, I complete my workouts in the morning before work, but today I am going to complete my long run for the week…after work.  Wish me luck!


I woke up in the mood for almond butter, and since we had a ton of almonds…I made some!  It seriously took less than 10 minutes.  Yummm!  10 minutes to warm, creamy, homemade almond butter…sign me up!

The next thing on my list of things to eat this morning was a smoothie bowl.  I miss eating these throughout the week because I eat half of my breakfast before I workout or teach and half in the car after, and smoothies are a little bit difficult to split up.

This was an almond and blueberry smoothie (almond milk, blueberries, and spinach to give it a nice blue green hue!).

I have made blueberry smoothie with spinach before, but I have never seen a color like that!

The color of my breakfast reminded me of those crazy colorful ketchups.  Even though they tasted just like regular ketchup, I always expected them to taste different…like grape or something.


Anyone else expect a funky flavor to accompany the bright color?


Moving on…

Last night I taught a 30 minute functional core class, but beforehand I wanted to complete a legs and core routine.  Actually, I wanted to attend Body Pump, but sometimes I know that I just need to focus on my individual muscle groups so that I can work to lift heavier in Body Pump!

So, I arrived at the gym already to go with my iPod strapped to my arm, and my workout routine in hand. I have gone to the weight room…often called “the boys area”, several times in the morning before work and never thought twice about it, but today when I was at the gym in the evening during peak hours I got nervous.  The entire room was filled with guys and one other girl, and I was intimidated.

I slowly walked around the room, seeing what equipment I needed and where it was placed, thinking the entire time that the room full of big, muscular guys was wondering what the heck I was doing in there.  At first, I wondered why I felt this way.  I had been in there so many times before so, this anxiety just didn’t make sense.  Then, I realized that the only time I had completed a workout like this was with someone else.  Having someone else with me instantly gave me confidence in the past.

Then, I had a reality check.  No one was judging me, no one was wondering what I was doing there, no one cared about me….except for me.  I realized that if I acted confidant, than no one would even question my presence in the “boys area.”

I simply changed my attitude, acted confidant, and completed my workout.  It. felt. good.

Question of the morning:

What was your workout today?

Today, I am doing my long run and I am a little nervous because I am doing it at the end of the day rather than the beginning.  Does anyone have any tips or pointers for completing a long run at the END of the day???

No Show

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This morning, I was scheduled to sub teach a spinning class, but no one showed up!  With the beautiful weather outside and the Indy 500 occurring this weekend, I can’t say that I blame people for not wanting to be indoors.  Since I was already at the gym and everyone in my class was a no show, I decided to make the best use of my time and did a strength training workout focusing on chest, back, abs, and I finished off with a good and much needed session of foam rolling.

I then headed home, made myself a smoothie, put on my bathing suit, and headed out to the pool to soak up some more rays.

Today’s smoothie included a bit of frozen peaches and bananas, Greek yogurt, protein powder, water and ice, spinach, and a touch of peanut butter.

Cold and refreshing!

Some friends showed up at the pool a couple of hours later.  Matt, one of our good friends getting married this summer, was heading out on a run, but didn’t have anyone to go with. So, I quickly threw on a running outfit, laced up my shoes and headed out for a quick 2 mile run with him.

It was very hot, and we chatted the whole time.  So, even though it was only two miles, it still felt like a good workout!  We ended up completing the run with a pace of 7:55…not too shabby!

After that, it was back to the pool and time to hydrate.

Yesterday, I bought myself a little coconut water treat.  This was my first experience with Vita Coco and it was very tasty!  Instead of just trying the regular flavored coconut water, I decided to try Tropical Fruit.  While I did enjoy the flavor of the Tropical Fruit Vita Coco, I think I would like the regular better.  I really enjoy the taste of coconut water on it’s own, so I think for future reference I will either choose plain or chocolate 😉

We then laid in the sun, read magazines, and just relaxed for the rest of the day.  Eventually, I was in need of some cooler air, ice water, and dinner.

I made a delicious batch of Spinach Salmon White Wine Pasta, not only as a tasty dinner but for part of a fun project that I am working on.  More details to come later…

I hope you all enjoy your Memorial Day tomorrow!

Who Needs To Shower?

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It is 4 in the afternoon and I still have yet to shower…to me, that speaks “summer.”

After taking things slow this morning, I headed to the gym around 9am for a 40 minute workout and a short arm workout.

This workout is from  I really enjoy this elliptical workout because throughout the workout I manually have to change the settings, the direction I am pedaling, and my speed.  It really keeps me on my toes, but allows me to watch the Today show at the same time 🙂

Busy Body Elliptical Workout

Time Level Directions RPM
0:00-5:00 3 Warm Up
5:00-6:00 5
6:00-7:00 5 Backward
7:00-9:00 7 Forward No Hands
9:00-11:00 10 Hands 135-145
11:00-13:00 6 Backward
13:00-15:00 8 Forward 145-155
15:00-17:00 6
17:00-19:00 6 145-155
19:00-21:00 6 Backward
21:00-22:00 6 Forward No Hands
22:00-24:00 10 Hands 135-145
24:00-29:00 8 Backward
29:00-31:00 8 Forward 145-155
31:00-34:00 8 No Hands
34:00-35:00 5 Hands
35:00-40:00 3 Cool Down

My arm workout was 2 sets with 7.5lb weights of:

  • 15 bicep curls
  • 10 tricep kickbacks
  • 15 upward rows
  • 15 tricep pullovers
I then came home to take Bella on a walk and hang out with Brian who was home on his lunch break!  It was nice to see him in the middle of the day instead of just for dinner at night 🙂
For lunch:
It’s grocery week so the cupboards and fridge are getting bare…so I threw together some cottage cheese, green beans, broccoli, red pepper, carrots, and celery to dip in peanut butter.  Simple and delish!  I am definitely getting my produce fill 😉
I then decided to do some wedding stuff and put stuff in the old binder.  I have a giant pink “look book” binder that I have categorized with:
  • Bouquet/Flowers
  • Reception
  • Budgeting
  • Stationary
  • Ceremony
  • Hair
  • Dresses (Mine and Bridesmaids)
  • General
I also have a list of web sites that I use as tools too:
It is a good sorting tool for me, because I see so many things that I like in magazines I need to put all of the things I like in one place so I don’t get overwhelmed.  I also like to circle and make notes on the various pages, otherwise I usually forget what I liked on the page in the first place.  I attempted to do this outside…but that lasted about 10 minutes…the sweat on my legs made things a liiiitle messy.
After doing wedding stuff, I decided to bake some Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.  I always use the “Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies” recipe from Quaker oats.   I figure they make the oats, they should know how to make a great tasting cookie with the oats!
Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (Original Recipe from
  • 1/2  cup (1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4  cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2  cup granulated sugar
  • 2  eggs
  • 1  teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-1/2  cups all-purpose flour
  • 1  teaspoon baking soda
  • 1  teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2  teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 3  cups Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
  • 1  cup raisins

Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats and raisins; mix well.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time Time: 08 min
Brian will be happy to snack on these while we watch a movie later tonight.  I am really excited for this weekend because for the first time in what seems like forever, we don’t have anything planned!  So, tonight we are going to take full advantage of that, stay in, eat a cookie or two, and watch a movie.
In a couple of weeks I will be heading to Michigan for a family reunion.  There is a silent auction of homemade goodies every year, and the project I am working on would be so cute with little custom labels.
Does anyone have a good website with free and cute label templates in multiple sizes?