Holla for a Dolla… or more

Some horrible horrible news.

So on Saturday I went to that awesome Pilates class by the crazy Marxel, I was dripping in sweat the whole time sometimes you think he’s kidding but he’s not. A lot of the class is pelvic thrusts – weird I know, but try holding a plank, doing 10 pelvic thrusts and then 10 knee to elbows each side then repeat… x4 or 5 in a heated room. Insane.

Sunday I got the great idea to go for a run, and it was going to be my easy 5 mile loop, but then on a whim I decided to run up into Bel Air because I didn’t like the way my pants felt and was too embarrassed to be seen (I ran in this lulu lemon need for speed capris and it wasn’t working, I like bare legs). Of course I somehow had enough energy to run the entire 6 miles of hills, got back and did a quick stretch because I was so excited I had had such a great run.

Monday, my hips felt very very tight and almost painful. I would sit down and study for about 4-5 hours at a time, and when I stood up it felt like my joints weren’t joints but rocks. I had a hip injury in the fall and it was absolutely zero fun. Happened the same way, I decided to run anyways and then didn’t stretch enough and it was a recipe for disaster.

So Tuesday I went to an easy yoga class. 

And todayy I went to the gym and went on the ERG. which is rowing-talk for ergometer (those weird rowing machine things). I was the weakling on the rowing team in HS and on a whim decided to row a 2k (a standard fitness test, in rowing we had one once every 3 weeks) and did really well! I was so surprised. I had so much motivation and just did not give up. Felt sooo great.

Also, didn’t know if I said this but I’m going to Cabo in 3 days….

 

 

 

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Also, didn’t know if I said this but I’ve been making PROTEIN PANCAKES AND IT HAS BEEN AMAZING.

This morning I made them for DMO and he was so happy (I actually don’t know if he really loved them and maybe just to humor me because he’s a little picky of an eater)

Recipe:

1 scoop protein powder (I use gold standard whey vanilla all natural)

2 egg whites

a big scoop of flax

half a banana mashed

dash of cinnamon (big dash)

dash of salt (small dash)

heated up 1t of olive oil on skillet and made the pancakes like they were real!!!

Once down, spread 1T of Almond butter between the three and served with two sliced strawberries :) 

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And then I took a picture of DMO working while he wasn’t watching… The pancakes made him super focused. 

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And another pic of my new headband because I love it so much. As I said, mine was the freak at the store (one of a kind) but this Lululemon headband seems similar. 

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And then I took a picture of my shoes while I was on campus because I was feeling hyper and they looked kind of cool in the light. Today I was really proud of my fitness gear.

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And a picture of my ERG screen :)

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Celebrating

I have been celebrating being a woman for the last 9 days… It’s been super busy and I have had almost zero computer time

First Sara brought me a homemade juice in a big old mason jar to work so I had to take a selfie.. ignore the little boy look…

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Then we made delicious dinner – kabocha MASH, salmon and grilled asparagus/onion

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Becky was so excited she starting seizing

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I played risk for the first time with dmo it was way too much fun – he’s the funnest teammate ever we have never played board games together in 3 YEARS and now its all I want to do

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He discovered a new juice place and we had breakfast there. He’s so cute. I love Santa Monica (where he lives) so much. Its young, energetic, very active and everywhere you look is a new juice place (and yogurt place and spinning studio :))

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I bought some new lulu swag and haven’t taken it off since – this headband was one of a kind at the store. the employees didn’t even know where it came from but its perfect because I can wear it during the day and when I’m trying to look cool in yoga class

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I freaked all my insta followers out with this picture of us making beet chips – they were amazing. We made them last night except I have been peeing the color of beets all day and it is really scary.

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I made this delicious dinner tonight – grilled chicken, kabocha wedges, grilled broccoli and onions

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And discovered this new tuna salad – one can of no salt added tuna, 1T non fat greek yogurt (plain) and 1T whole grain mustard – tastes SO naughty and SO delicious. I added 3 chopped kalamata olives, onion and 1 roma tomato. On top of a bed of spinach. Perfect. Oh and chickpeas.

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I went for an epic run – I really was not feeling the run but then just went for it. I listened to Lauryn Evart’s newest playlists on spotify and basically danced through the 6 miles.

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In terms of exercise — I’ve been really good recently.

 

Sunday to Sunday:

Ran last Sunday 3.7miles

Monday stairs and weights

Tuesday off

Wednesday ran 4.4 and did pilates

Thursday C2 yoga class

Friday sculpt class

Saturday Marxel insanely hard pilates

And today ran 6!

 

Lets see how long I can keep this up….

I’m going to Cabo on Saturday and its finals all week. But I want to keep posting!

National WOMEN Day!!!!

Happy national women’s day!!!!

Ideas to make your day shine:

(in order from cheapest to most expensive)

  • Sit up straight
  • Take a brisk walk during your lunch break to Starbucks (only California lovers, Chicago sorry) and get a green tea or a caffe misto
  • Take a yoga class
  • Make dinner with your girlfriends
  • Drink wine with your girlfriends
  • Get cocktails with your girlfriends
  • Go to happy hour/dinner with your girlfriends
  • Get a manicure/haircut/spray tan
  • Buy some new lululemon boogie shorts (maybe just me)
  • Buy a brand new luli fama bikini
  • Go to Mexico

To celebrate my national women’s day, I took a yoga class and am now drinking a delicious coco caffe while I write this post and wait for my bosses to come to work.

Tonight, I am going to make delicious dinner with my lovely roommate and drink wine with Sara. Tomorrow I am going to buy a new bikini for Spring Break :)

Recent foods:
Back on bananas – I’m obsessed with these fruits. I don’t know why but for some strange reason  I have this idea in my head that they aren’t that good for you. Maybe just not that good for me – sometimes they slow me down (internally) and they just don’t have that excitement of  a delicious crisp apple or big strawberries or round blueberries. Idk what it is, but right now they’re back in my diet and I’m loving them. I incorporated them into breakfast – covered in cinnamon with a big spoonful of almond butter, flax and more cinnamon and some frozen blueberries with 2 hard boiled eggs (I try not to eat the yolk). Yum delicious and light. So happy.

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Salad new fun – some new additions: kalamata olives (from TJs, about $3 a jar and super salty and delicious). Also, I’ve been making a tuna salad. I took half a can of tuna and mixed in some whole grain mustard (the type with the little balls) and a dollop of my greek yogurt. It tastes so naughty and the yogurt just ups the protein. Awesome.

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Me and love – early morning funny. Me and my sisters (except Frances) have a message thread on facebook and I took this one at 7am to send to them. Cute :)

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Last night we pan seared cod with a little teriyaki, sautéed some bok choy with mushrooms, and cut up half a kabocha squash and baked for 25 min at 350. After 20 minutes or so we took it back out and put a thin glaze of bragg’s amino acids and honey on each one. They look very seasoned but a little went a loooong way. Great dinner.

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Inspiration for an awesome weekend!

  • Friday I ran 3.7 9:30 miles
  • Saturday ran stairs and did some freestyle yoga around the track
  • Sunday I took off
  • Monday I went to a C2 yoga class.
  • Tuesday I went to a C2 yoga class before work and a sculpt yoga class after work
  • Wednesday ran 5 miles
  • Thursday I went to C2
  • This morning took a sculpt class!

Hopefully get some fun workouts in this weekend (maybe run to the beach? Santa Monica Stairs? Hiking!?)

What fun workout plans do you have this weekend? Is the weekend usually a bust for you or your best workouts of the week?

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Delicious healthy dinner ideas

Some delicious healthy dinner ideas:
Stuffed mushrooms – they look loaded but it’s all healthy.
We sautéed spinach, onions and garlic. Then when that was nice and saucy we added about half a cup of nonfat Greek yogurt to the skillet for about thirty seconds then separated the mixture into two huge portabellas and baked them at 350 for 15 minutes. We grilled broccolini and skirt steak and served everything together. Yum I love steak but we only cook it once every couple weeks! Great treat. I could only eat half of what was on my plate.

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This weekend we also twisted up the salmon. Spread a thin layer (about half a tablespoon) of trader joes pesto across the top and halved cherry tomatoes before we cooked it.

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Tonight was meatless Monday and we made a dinner any college student could make for really cheap!!! Eggplant "pasta" with homemade sauce.
Becky sliced up a little less than a full eggplant (<$2) into thin strips, salted them and laid them out to dry. Two hours later I dabbed off the excess salt and squeezed out the water. The eggplant at this point should feel limp and very noodle-like.
We later were thinking we could've just let them dry out sans salt because there was still a good amount of salt absorbed into the eggplant.
We sautéed cherry tomatoes, several handfuls of spinach, mushrooms, loads of onion and garlic with a splash of almond milk (<$2 for sure in total). Simultaneously we sautéed the eggplant noodles then combined when both were hot , eggplant crispy and tomatoes squishy.
Garnished with a handful of arugula, nutritional yeast and a sprinkle of Parmesan. So good, light and also filling! I was a happy clam

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February Increase

In February:

28 total workouts
6 days off
Ran 7 times – 30 miles
C2 yoga 9 times
Pilates twice
Sculpt yoga 4x
Weights in the gym 4x
Stairs twice

Here comes muscle march!!!!
Goals:
Run ten miles per week
Stairs once per week
Weights once per week
One sculpt class per week
Lots of yoga

Smoothie in a bowl aka supergod

I just made a delicious smoothie in a bowl. I am so happy and full and feeling great.
I put in:
Half a frozen banana
A handful of frozen blueberries
Big handful of spinach
Huge handful of kale
Three ice cubes
One scoop vanilla whey protein
Sprinkled with flax seed and cinnamon
Amazing

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Also look at this funny thing on vitacoco. My friend spilled his vita coco all over his car and it has smelled like fermenting something for a couple months now. Like a fungus. It’s disgusting! But they warn you…

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Also Chrissy Teigen’a adorable pup (from her Instagram)

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Green Salads – make them fresh!!!

Yesterday I found this bracelet my sister gave me for Christmas four years ago. She made one for each of the five sisters, and I think I’m the only one that hasn’t lost it. Anjali mudra is a gesture of gratitude. It’s simple and beautiful!

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My namaste mat also came! My Instagram got like fifteen likes :)

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So yesterday my friend sent me a picture of the nutrition facts of her trader joes salad. They weren’t bad. Dressing definitely added alot of sodium and sugar, but was still only 90 calories (I say only because usually processed dressings are in the upwards of 200).

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The scariest thing was the length of the ingredients list. There were a bunch of things that who knows what they are, yet the salad is still quantitatively “okay”. Whole foods in their most pure form will keep you fuller for so much longer. For many people, the time it takes to prepare your own salad from scratch just isn’t there.
On Mondays I like to prepare for a busy week if I know it’s gonna be hectic by chopping up salad stuff like peppers, onions and tomatoes because I know these can be the most time intensive. Or I just do it the night before. Then in the morning, I massage kale with about a tablespoon of olive oil and throw on the veggies. I bring balsamic vinegar in a little bag and am ready to go.
I eat the same salad almost every weekday:
About two cups of kale
One tablespoon olive oil massaged in
1/4 bell pepper
Onion
Handful of halved cherry tomatoes
Balsamic vinegar
Cracked pepper

Other random additions depending on how I feel:
Sunflower seeds
Craisins
A can of no salt tuna
Arugula
Nutritional yeast
Edamame
Avocado
Kalamata olives!!!

These come in anywhere from 195 calories to 400 and taste so much better than ones you need to buy in plastic.

They are delicious and wholesome. Keep me full for at least 3 or 4 hours!!!

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Early Morn UCLA and creative fish

Thursday night dinner was unbelievable. We dethawed black cod (for two, it was about $6) so $3 a person. Made one sweet potato into fries ($0.69), some kale chips and brussel sprouts (probably $1). In total the meal was less than $5 per person. And it was incredible.

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Next morning I made myself get up before work hit the track for some stars and go to the gym. Fridays are really important workout days because they set the tone for the rest of the weekend!!! And if I’m at work from 8 to 6 I gotta get it in early.

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My university is so beautiful. It was such a great morning workout. I killed the track in about 24 minutes (15 flights) and had a 8 minute mile run warmup there. Me and Sara got off work early and sprinted to the 530 sculpt class at core power. We challenged each other to only use 5 pounders (as opposed to 3 pounders, in a hot yoga class, tricep dips with crescent pose lunges is very difficult) and we had so much fun doing it.
Scratch happy hour – sculpt instead. Best decision.
Dinner was well deserved – fresh tilapia.

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