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I’m High

4 Mar

How’s that for an attention grabbing headline? πŸ˜‰

So I haven’t exactly been keeping up on my New Year’s goal of updating my blog more often lately. But at least I’ve been spending my time wisely while I’ve been away. I started Crossfit!!! (This is where the “high” part comes in.) I’ve been doing it for two weeks now and I’m already hooked. There is a certain “high” that comes with doing it because you push yourself beyond the limits that you thought possible. I figured this out real quick last week when I couldn’t do a pull up and I left the gym in a terrible mood because I couldn’t get my “high.” I’m an addict. πŸ˜‰

Another aspect of Crossfit that is different from a traditional workout is all the encouragement you get from everyone else at the gym. I said to the hubby the other day as we were leaving the gym, “People here are sure fans of the high-five.” He laughed and said, “Well since you never played sports, this is a new concept to you, but that’s what people do.” HA HA! I stand corrected and now I am apparently a fan of the high-five as well. πŸ™‚

p.s. In case you’re not familiar with Crossfit, here’s a handy video to show you what an ass kicking it is.

In other news, I made a yummy, quick, and healthy dinner tonight using a bunch of random veggies from my CSA box – Green Curry Fried Rice.

Start by sauteing whatever veggies you want to use. I used onions, mushrooms, broccoli and mache. (To be honest, I’m not 100 percent sure of exactly what mache is, but it’s some kind of green that keeps showing up in my CSA box, so I keep using it. :-))

Meanwhile, in a second pan, scramble four eggs (two per person) and then add some pre-cooked brown rice to make a sort-of fried rice. (I used Trader Joe’s microwave brown rice.)

Then in the veggie pan, add a jar of Trader Joe’s Thai Green Curry Simmer Sauce, plus enough coconut milk to thin the liquid so it covers all the veggies.

Heat the sauce through.

Then spoon the egg and rice mixture into bowls and cover that mixture with the sauce. Stir it all up and yum!

Snapshots From The Weekend

29 Jan

Hey y’all! How was your weekend?

Here are some snapshots from my weekend.

Yesterday, I did yoga for the first time since my surgery. I was a little wobbly on some of the moves, but overall it felt GREAT to be exercising again. My muscles thanked me. πŸ™‚

It was a beautiful weekend here, so we took the kids to the park yesterday and today. We had some wicked Santa Ana winds on Friday (I’m talking shaking the whole house windy), but the one positive of Santa Ana winds is that they blow out all the clouds, so that means it’s super sunny.

I went to Micheal’s today to get some supplies for a little DIY art project for our dining room. I was inspired by this photo from Make Under My Life.

I’m going to do my prints in a bright orange though because I really need a pop of color in here. The inspiration photo also has felt flowers on it, but I’m going to do a stencil instead.

I’m going to recreate this circle print from the lamp onto my canvas.

Now I’m off to watch The Help.

Peace out!

What Do You Eat?

26 Jan

As a vegetarian, I get asked all the time “What do you eat?”. I got asked this question today, in fact, which is what inspired this post. So here’s what I made for dinner tonight:

It’s part of my “Make It Up As I Go Along” series. πŸ˜‰ It’s tempeh, red onion, garlic, cumin and greens sautΓ©ed in olive oil. My CSA box has encouraged many creations from the “Make It Up As I Go Along” series, since I always have to find creative ways to use up my veggies.

Other things I eat for dinner that are delicious and meat free:

Garbanzo beans in Trader Joe’s curry simmer sauce over brown rice (if I have greens to use up, I will add them in with the beans and sauce. It’s yummy!)
Black Bean Soup (click here for recipe)
Lentil Stew (click here for recipe)
Breakfast for dinner with a veggie scramble (whatever veggies I want to use up combined with eggs)

Speaking of food, I’ve been doing my diet for about two weeks now and I’m down five pounds! The best part though is that after avoiding sugar for two weeks and eating every 2-3 hours to keep my blood sugar even, I feel great! I have so much more energy and I don’t get “that 2:30 feeling” in the afternoons anymore. And when I come home from work, I still have energy to do stuff, rather than just planting my ass on the couch. πŸ˜€ Now I just have to make myself remember this feeling forever whenever I see a dessert that calls my name. Avoiding sugar makes it easier to avoid sugar though. πŸ˜‰ Meaning if you don’t eat sugar, you don’t crave it.

Next up on my health “to do” list is taking my exercise to the next level. Up until this point, I’ve just been doing walking and easy hikes, but I finally feel like my body is adequately recovered from my broken leg and I can start to push myself more.

Hooray for feeling fine and healthy!

More Or Less: 2012 Goals

4 Jan

May I present to you…

My 2012 resolutions Goals: (presented in a handy, easy to remember “more or less” format. πŸ˜‰ ) p.s. I hate the word “resolutions” – so clichΓ©, no?

Exercise More
Hike More
Ride My Bike More

Eat More Vegetables – I’m already on my way to meeting this goal, thanks to my CSA box. Check out my haul from this week:

Spinach, Lavender, Lettuce, Collard Greens, Pears, Apples, Potatoes, Pomegranates, Acorn Squash, and Rutabaga.

Find more recipes for my repertoire – new year, new meals! My same old, same old recipes are feeling kind of tired.
Update this blog more often
Focus on getting more blog readers

Go to bed early more (OK, I just added “more” to that one to make it fit. ;-))
Get up early more (Yep, did it again.)
Get more organized in the morning – I ALWAYS feel like I am running around like a mad woman every morning. Instead of sitting down with a cup of coffee and watching Good Morning America, as I would like to do, I’m standing at the kitchen counter, stuffing my toast in my face as I pack my lunch. Not a good way to start the day!
Read more
Stress less – I want this to be the year of focusing on what is REALLY important to me and not worrying about the rest. Perhaps a lofty goal, but I’m gonna go for it! πŸ˜€

I heard that you greatly increase your chance of completing your goals if you make them very specific, such as “I’ll lose 10 pounds by March,” but, frankly, those kind of goals just stress me out, so that would mean I am NOT accomplishing the stress less goal. Besides, I think if I work on my exercise and eating goals, then weight loss will just come naturally as a result of those goals. That’s my stress less way of looking at things. See, already accomplishing things! 😎

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Anyone have tips for being more organized in the morning? I lay out my clothes the night before and select what I will take for lunch the night before (just pack it in the morning), but I still feel crazy. Perhaps my biggest problem is that I find it very hard to get out of bed in the morning, so consequently, I don’t have much time.

Kicking Off The New Year Right

2 Jan

Tomorrow marks the end of Christmas vacation. πŸ˜₯ But at least I can say we have made the most of our time off!

On New Year’s Eve, we headed up to Hollywood for a matinΓ©e of Wicked at The Pantages Theatre.

It was awesome! I was definitely tearing up during parts of it. Plus the Pantages is a gorgeous venue, so that made it extra special! After that we headed home to ring in the New Year with a little champagne and some New Year’s Rockin’ Eve on the tube.

Yesterday, we kicked off the New (healthier) Year right with a hike and veggie-filled lunch at Panera. This was the same hike we went on during Thanksgiving weekend and my leg was much stronger than it was then, just over a month ago, so I was pretty happy with my progress.

Today, we had a once in a lifetime experience – we went to the Rose Parade. And I say once in a lifetime because we are never going back again. πŸ˜‰ Seeing the Rose Parade is one of those things that is very nice to say you have done once, but in my (and hubby’s) opinion, it is simply not worth the hassle when you can easily watch it from the comfort of your couch. We had grandstand seats, so we didn’t have to camp out overnight to get seats, but we were seriously crammed into those seats like sardines! I was literally straddling a rather large man who smelled like his last shower was… well, not today. 😯 Complaining aside, the floats were beautiful! And as a former band geek, I enjoyed and had great sympathy for those poor kids walking miles in those hot band uniforms. πŸ™‚ Here are some photos of the festivities:

Smiling through the pain of sitting in the bleachers.

Trader Joe's Float - one of my faves.

Some band geek love - Wisconsin Badgers Band

AIDS Foundation Float with Liz Taylor's face in flowers. Very cool!

My fave float! It was called "If Pigs Could Fly" and the pigs were so cute!

And now I’m off to prepare for the workweek ahead. Blah! 😦

p.s. Still working on my New Year’s goals list (and, yes, I’m calling them goals instead of resolutions). Will post later this week. πŸ˜€

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I have to ask, what are your goals for 2012?

Thanksgiving Weekend: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

26 Nov

The Good:

Yesterday, the hubby and I went on a hike – my first one since I broke my leg. πŸ™‚ I had done this hike PBL (pre-broken leg) and thought it was too easy, so I thought it would be a good one to start with while I’m still rehabilitating. It was definitely not as easy as the first time I did it. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but it was kind of a wake-up call as to how weak my leg is still. It was a 2 mile hike and my leg started to get sore about half way through. It was still fun though and a great way to work off some of the damage we did on Thanksgiving. Plus it was a BEAUTIFUL day out!

Hubby taking in the scenery

Hardest part of the hike - climbing this hill

I made it to the top!

View of beautiful downtown Irvine πŸ˜‰

Toward the end - hubby was quite a ways ahead of me at this point. I was getting tired.

The Bad:

Our Thanksgiving meal. 😦 The buffet we went to was less than impressive. I was not expecting it to be as good as what we would have made at home, had our house not been a disaster area, but I did have high hopes that it would at least be good.

Round One: Beet Salad, Shrimp Cocktail, and Smoked Salmon on a Bagel with Cream Cheese

Best thing on this plate was the smoked salmon. The beet salad was supposed to have goat cheese too, but there was literally one piece of goat cheese in my entire serving. Shrimp cocktail was pretty much tasteless.

Round Two: Bread and Butter, Sweet Potatoes, Mashed Potatoes, Wild Rice, and Mahi Mahi

Best thing on this plate was the mahi mahi. The sweet potatoes were not a color I’ve ever seen from any sweet potato. They were OK, but nothing to rave about. Mashed potatoes were bland. Wild Rice was also just OK. Bread and butter was, well, bread and butter. How can you really mess up bread and butter?

Round Three: Pecan Bar, Chocolate Cake, and Pumpkin Bar

Best thing on this plate was the pecan bar. The chocolate cake was just OK. The pumpkin bar was not very pumpkin-ie at all. I didn’t even finish it, so you know it was bad when I didn’t finish something pumpkin on Thanksgiving.

The Ugly:
I ended up getting sick from the buffet. 😦 But luckily after a little nap, I was feeling well enough to watch my FAVORITE Christmas movie – Christmas Vacation. This part should actually be filed under “The Good.” πŸ˜‰ I never get tired of this movie. So many great quotes:

Where do you think you’re going? Nobody’s leaving. Nobody’s walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We’re all in this together. This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here. We’re gonna press on, and we’re gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny fucking Kaye. And when Santa squeezes his fat white ass down that chimney tonight, he’s gonna find the jolliest bunch of assholes this side of the nuthouse.

Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?

We’re kicking off our fun old fashion family Christmas by heading out into the country in the old front-wheel drive sleigh to embrace the frosty majesty of the winter landscape and select that most important of Christmas symbols.

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What did you do this Thanksgiving Weekend? Did you hit up any Black Friday sales? I love to look at all the ads on Thanksgiving morning, but I personally think that Black Friday business is for crazy people. πŸ˜‰