Sun-Dried Tomato and Parsley Pesto

I made food all by myself tonight ūüôā (See above title)

So I went out and purchased all the fun ingredients…

The Ingredients

Here’s the thing….someone didn’t actually read the instructions beforehand and didn’t realize she needed a food processor. ¬†Someone also didn’t want to drive the whole 5 minutes to her parents house because she was already in pjs. ¬†So…..

Blender- not a Food Processor

And Ta-Da!  Turned out kind of pretty right?

Sun-dried Tomato and Parsley Pesto

It took me around an hour (mostly because of the blender thing) but I think it could’ve gone much quicker for an average cook…at most 30 mins.

I think it was good, just a a little too sweet for me. ¬†I couldn’t finish my whole bowl because of that but I’ll probably have some tomorrow at lunch.

Recipe from New Vegetarian Cuisine by Linda Rosenweig.

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End of Jan!

So…here we are 1 month in!

I went to the gym 15 times this month! ¬†This is the most I’ve ever been in a month so I feel pretty proud of that…especially since I actually worked out every one of those days. ¬†Boo Yah!

Today I had a delicious Harvest Salad that included chicken, couscous, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, currants, sunflower seeds, and creamy basil dressing. ¬†Really good! ¬†I like that I’ve become more willing to try new things. ¬†Which brings me to another thing…

I’m getting ready to train for a 5K as we all discussed earlier this month! ¬†March seems a little close for me but I feel that I can be ready for May. ¬†So I asked the best runner I know- my sister Danielle ūüôā ¬†She is going to help me put together a training calendar. ¬†She recommended looking up “Couch to 5K” as a good way to get started training. ¬†I’m going to have to take a look…

I had a great talk with her last night and its pretty cool because she is into a lot of the stuff I’ve been getting into. ¬†She has been using myfitnesspal and says she is concerned with how much sugar she gets in a day too. ¬†So she sent me an ebook called “I Quit Sugar and got clean, got well, lost weight, and became a much nicer person” by Sarah Wilson. ¬†The book explains what to do week by week to cut out sugar. ¬†I think I’ll give it a try!

One other thing I have been thinking about is doing the gym’s “90 Day Challenge” it is mostly used for weight loss but it can also be used to set other goals. ¬†Basically you meet with a trainer in the beginning and they detail a plan for you over the 90 days. ¬†I will get workouts to do and will meet with the trainer in a group every once in a while during those 90 days. ¬†Its all about accountability and guidance and I think both of those would really help. ¬†I’m not sure though…what do you guys think, should I try it?

Avocados- My Newest Favorite Food

I have been eating avocados at least 2 days a week for the last 3 or so months and I love them!  The biggest downside is that they never seem to last very long and it seems nearly impossible to not have a ton of brown in them when I slice them open.

But…discovered through pinterest was a wonderful website that has a bunch of tips, tricks, and recipes for avocados! Go ahead and check out How to Slice, Store & Eat an Avocado from thekitchn ¬†I am a little skeptical about the desserts but I may give some of them a try one day!

Aguacate / Avocado

Wish mine looked like this!

I went grocery shopping alone today (and picked up some avocados) and I’m pretty proud of everything I got. ¬†Lots o’ fruit and veggies (um can I tell you how much I love Blackberries? ¬†I love them A LOT). ¬†I even bought ingredients for a recipe that I intend to try without Andrew as he is always busy at night. ¬†It is a recipe from a vegetarian cookbook I got awhile ago from a neighbor so I’m very excited to try some of the stuff in there.

I’ll keep you updated on how my meal turns out in the next couple of days…

Plan for Tomorrow

I am going to bed within the hour.

Tomorrow I will get up at 5:30 and be to the gym by 6.

I will do a quick half hour cardio session then be back home before 7 (I know its weird…but tomorrow is not a hair washing day so I go home to shower and fix up my hair…sweat is just water folks, my hair isn’t thaaat dirty!)

7-7:20 I will eat breakfast and have coffee.

7:40- Leave for work.

I decided that if I post what I plan to do, I will be more likely to do it. ¬†Mornings are always sooo hard for me but I can’t work out in the afternoon because of my piano lesson (yay!).

Today was good- did the Kickboxing Jam class again and managed to convince a friend from work to join me! ¬†I noticed that after 4 sessions I am able to keep up much better with the instructor. ¬†By the end I was drenched in sweat and felt like I had a great workout. ¬†I feel like I’m finally getting to a point where I feel encouraged about working out and feel really great after each session (even if i’m sweating).

On a random note…I’ve noticed a change in my legs. ¬†Now, I don’t look closely at my legs too often so I don’t know how long ago the change started happening but I think all the squats and lunges of however many months are really paying off! ¬†I see some definition and a part I used to hate by my knees is almost completely gone. ¬†I legitimately can’t believe it but it makes me feel really good to notice that sort of thing and to be able to feel that its mostly muscle now.

Other positives- feeling great about the piano and art lessons I’ve been taking. ¬†Andrew’s mom talked me through painting a bird (Put a bird on it!) and it turned out soooo much better than I thought it would. ¬†I also feel like I’m really taking to piano which I never thought would happen…but I’m really really enjoying it. ¬†I’ve even been feeling really good about work and I have started going out for lunch with co-workers instead of going home all the time.

Basically- I’m on a super positive kick these last few weeks and I really hope it keeps up for many many more ūüôā

I’m Back First!

We are losing steam with our blog!  Oh no!

However…I don’t feel that I’m losing steam with my goals. ¬†In fact, today I was very proud of myself… I had almost talked myself out of going to kickboxing today but I talked myself back into it! ¬†That has been happening a lot more lately which I think is a great sign!

I even tried out another new class yesterday- Barefoot Definitions. ¬†I didn’t think I’d like it as much as I did because its all about toning your core through ballet-like moves. ¬†There is a lot of toe pointing and balancing but I enjoyed it because it didn’t take that much coordination. ¬†The only downside was that I didn’t feel like I got an amazing workout after…I was just a little sweaty. ¬†Also, it did get slightly repetitive. ¬†I will for sure try it again next week though!

Tomorrow I’ve got either Cardio Jam or I may try Zumba… we’ll see.

As I sit here drinking Andrew’s Portillo’s Milkshake…I’ll share food progress. ¬†We haven’t made any food lately but part of that is because Andrew is so busy and I don’t wanna make food alone because I am not a very good cook…

I’m sill doing ok food-wise. ¬†Today I tried a Grilled Vegetable Sandwich and it was very yummy. ¬†Also I got a few people at work hooked on the Myfitnesspal app since I’m still using it almost everyday! ¬†Pretty cool ūüôā

Actually almost excited to keep working out for the rest of the week!

How To Lose Weight All Day Long

How To Lose Weight All Day Long¬†— Of course another Yahoo Health Article ūüôā

This article just has a bunch of good tips for how to schedule your day- fitness and food-wise. ¬†I won’t post the whole thing here but I will post what I would like to try- if only for a day!

6 amР20 minutes of cardio before breakfast.  I would be able to manage this before work if I get there at 6 and leave before 7

7:30 am– Breakfast. ¬†ALWAYS eat breakfast! ¬†The article says “The alarm clock also wakes up ghrelin, the “feed me” hormone made in your stomach. Ignore ghrelin and your body will produce even more, eventually making you ravenous.”

10 amРsnack time!  I usually eat Greek yogurt or almonds.

12 pm– Eat lunch. ¬†Article says “Galanin, another hunger hormone that makes you crave fat, rises around lunchtime. However, dietary fat causes you to produce more galanin, which then tells you to eat more fat. ”

3:30 pmРLast chance for coffee!  Drinking coffee after 4 messes up your sleep.

5-6 pmРStrength training and any additional cardio.  This is nice because this how my schedule has been going anyway

7 pm– Dinner time.

9 pm– Have a snack. ¬†Article says “Enjoy a carb-based bedtime snack, such as a serving of low-fat frozen yogurt. Nighttime carbs create tryptophan, which helps your brain produce serotonin. This feel-good chemical triggers your body to make melatonin, the sleep hormone. ”

9:30 pm– ¬†“Power down” turn off the tv and computer (so i’m failing right now…) so your brain will start to relax before bed.

10:30 pm- Go to sleep. ¬†This is usually my goal…but rarely happens.

Pretty good schedule!  Not trying it tomorrow because I have my Kickboxing Jam class in the afternoon but may try it out on Thursday!

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Quick update on progress- had a great workout on Sunday and a great Kickboxing session today. ¬†It occurred to me that I have improved in Kickboxing over this time because I don’t get nearly as tired or as red as I did when I first started taking the class!

Food-wise I’m doing okish. ¬†Today we were out of food so I went and bought one ¬†of those microwave three cheese rot inis from walgreens…um it was delicious but super bad for me. ¬†It really reminds me of college though (tells you how my eating habits were then…). The rest of today was good just because Andrew made hard-boiled eggs (he kind of failed and they turned out to be soft-boiled…) and for dinner he made a garlic chicken breast that was pretty yummy. ¬†What would I do without him???

 

So I Want to Workout but…

Snow

HA! ¬†Snow is the best excuse ever. ¬†We all go out of work at 2 today which was fantastic! ¬†I should’ve gone straight to the gym though because roads were still pretty clear. ¬†It could be that my neighborhood just hasn’t been addressed in a while…

Convince me to workout.  And go!

Progress Update…since Saturday

So its been awhile since I’ve updated on what I’ve been up to.

Well… Saturday was intense! ¬†I only just got feeling back in my arms after that workout! ¬†So I focused on my arms and chest and some abs (i’m trying to do some core stuff every session). ¬†One thing I’m enjoying that Andrew helped me with are stretches before and after the workouts. ¬†I never really stretched before (probably bad) but it feels like a really good way to start and end. ¬†After the stretching I did many dips, pushups, and bench presses and I’m really impressed I stuck through it!

I ended up running into my Kickboxing instructor who was very obviously surprised to see me there on a Saturday…ha!

I did not workout on Monday but I did go to Kickboxing on Tuesday (even though I tried to convince myself not to and to just go next Saturday…). ¬†As always, that was a good workout. ¬†He made us flip a tire…10 times. URGH. ¬†Its neat though because the kickboxing program just got picked up all around the U.S. and because it started here they are getting a TON of new equipment and soon the room will look like a real kickboxing studio (or so he says). ¬†I am excited about that though!

Skipped out a gym today but I started reading a new book in a Starbucks by myself. ¬†2 pretty big things for me! ¬†I also practiced piano for 2+ hours because I just got a new book for my piano lessons that start tomorrow ūüôā ¬†Very yay!

Food…hmm. ¬†Doing good! ¬†My snacking has consisted of almonds, blueberries, apples, and snap peas with hummus (love love love). ¬†I’ll admit, I have had a handful or 2 of caramel popcorn from the holidays. ¬†The other day I had a delicious Kashi Mushroom and Spinach Pizza (saved half of it for the lunch the next day).

I have had 2 guilt free meals- On Friday night I had an amazing Blue Cheese Burger (blue cheese-my biggest weakness!) and blue cheese chips. ¬†On Saturday night after the Espn fiasco we went to Wildfire for a FREE dinner (Andrew’s summer boss sponsored it). ¬†This dinner consisted of amazing appetizers (yes goat cheese dip), chopped salad, salmon and steak and mashed potatoes and veggies (brussel sprouts patrice!), and then of course fancy ice cream sandwiches for dessert. ¬†There was NO way I would’ve skipped any of that meal:-P ¬†Sooooo good.

For the rest of the week- plan is to work out tomorrow, friday, and saturday or sunday.  It will happen!

Being Happy With Who You Are

So…I love me some Yahoo News.

Here is a fun, inspiring article (mostly pictures) about Singers Who Love Their Bodies.

You have to be inspired by people who are proud to be who they are and don’t care what other people say. ¬†I could get into a long rant about standards in today’s society and yada yada and so on… but I won’t. ¬†This can be just plain and simple: stand up against society’s idea of beautiful. ¬†Stand up for you and feel good about it.

I think that this is my ultimate goal- to just be happy with me and the wonderful way I look.

I’m behind…

I have a bunch of updates but it has been pretty crazy since Saturday.

Poor little Espn is sick…and because of it he has peed on my bags and my bed. Ickk but I still feel bad for him ūüė¶

Espn

I had to leave him at the vet last night and I’m picking him up sometime this morning. ¬†I think even little Maeby missed him because she let out these mournful meows this morning after she was fed. ¬†*sigh*

Anyway, I’ll do a real update later today to catch you all up on the last few days ūüôā

Update…just got a call from the vet. ¬† Espn has a fever so they want to keep him a few more hours ūüė¶ ¬†urgh.