Five Friday Faves

Friday is here! I have many things to be grateful and thankful for this week. However, I have to talk about what a wonderful day it has been so far. For starters, this morning, Santosh and I were able to run on the national mall together. Something I would have not thought we would have done when we first started dating. We are both healthier and in better shape now then when we met! Here are pictures from our run this morning:

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Following our run, I walked from the Lincoln Memorial to Open City through Rock Crrek Parkway where I had the best breakfast ever! It is one of the greatest places in the city and they make the best lattes! Here’s my view along Rock Creek Parkway and my latte from today:

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From Open City, I walked home, in which I reached over 18,000 steps for the day.  What a day and it’s not even over!

On top of this wonderful day, I have the current favorites this week:

  1. Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon Training. I used this training when I ran the Rock & Roll 1/2 in Philly last year and it helped so much! Having a laid out schedule and plan is really up my alley.
  2. The Crow Girl. If you’ve read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Series and enjoyed them, this book is for you!
  3. Boom Chicka Pop Popcorn. I LOVE popcorn. These bags come 6 in a pack so that you can take it to work with you like I do and get to enjoy popcorn all day everyday.
  4. Think Thin Bars. I have a big sweet tooth and these help to taste so good without any of the sugar or guilt I would have in eating them. They have 20g of protein in one bar and are Gluten Free.
  5. Orange is the New Black. The new season is back! I cannot wait to watch it with Santosh. Last time we watched the whole thing in 3 days.

 

 

 

 

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It’s a Maniac Monday… 

Ok it’s not really a maniac Monday, only when it comes to the metro. Metro is shutting down parts of every line for the next year (which means it’s virtually impossible to get to work in a decent time) and soon I’ll have to work from home as I won’t have a way to get to work. 

Aside from that, I had a great weekend! I went to NJ to see my niece, Haleigh’s dance recital. I got to spend time with my family, which is always great and see my niece dance. 

She did awesome! It brings back so many wonderful memories for me of how much I enjoyed it and how I need to find more dance classes in the area. On Saturday Haleigh and I got to paint pottery at this fun place called Family Clay Time, where you paint a piece of pottery and if you want to drink/eat out of it, you have to put it in the kiln. So we will get them in a week. I’m super excited. We both picked mugs. Here they are below: 


Who do you think picked the Princess Mug? I almost considered that one. 

Once they come out of the kiln, they will be very bright in color and have a nice glaze to them. 

I came back to DC yesterday afternoon and immediately went to the grocery store so that I could do… Yep you guessed it! Meal prep! 

Now that I have a system, it’s getting faster. Picking what to have for the week usually is the toughest and then once that’s decided, I go to work! 

Here’s the finished product below:


This week I made:

  1. Granola Bars (they have become a staple!)
  2. Coconut oil granola
  3. Southwestern quinoa
  4. Sweet potatoes with corn
  5. Chicken Breast
  6. Salmon
  7. Regular Quinoa (seasoned with garlic powder, onion powder and Pink Himalayan salt)
  8. Cottage cheese

June is in Full Swing! 

Hello! I am back from my hiatus. It has been quite a month! I got to visit with my friend Sarah, I went to Jamaica,Turned 30 and my boyfriend threw me an amazing surprise party! May was an amazing month. Turning 30 hasn’t made me feel too different yet, however it has forced me to really think about what is important to me and what I want to continue to do. One of those things is this blog. I made up excuses daily as to why I shouldn’t write/what I had to say wasn’t important/etc and was the sole cause of there being no posts until now. 

And now I’m back! This weekend I ended up teaching for the first time in three weeks (due to work, travel, bday events). Saturday we took care of some errands, went for a run (in addition to me teaching) and purchased air purifiers from Target, which are making a big difference already. I’ve been experiencing a lot of issues with the air quaility and the air conditioning. 


Me in my Saturday errand/workout attire. 

Sunday I taught as well and we went to visit Santosh’s parents in Springfield. Sunday night is meal prep so of course I prepped and measured our food for the week while Santosh did the laundry. Here is the end result:


What’s in there? From left to right:

  1. The Oatmeal Cranberry Bars I make all the time. Recipe is here but I alter the recipe by using 3 eggs instead of 2 and closer to a cup of canola oil.
  2. Cashews measured and bagged. 
  3. Babybel cheeses portioned off. 
  4. Cottage Cheese (new favorite)
  5. Alexia Southern Sweet Potato Blend (They come in the frozen aisle and only take 5 minutes to heat up!)
  6. Earthly Choice Southwestern Quinoa (They also are in the frozen aisle and take 4 minutes to heat up!) 
  7. Chicken breast (I buy a rotisserie chicken from Giant and portion it out with the quinoa for the week)
  8. Brown rice seasoned with garlic and onion powder cooked in the Rice Cooker. 

Does meal prep make a difference? For us I think it does! It allows us to save money and it also allows us to both make healthy choices. For me, it’s a lot easier in the morning to grab the containers out of the refrigerator and just go. Everything I eat now is high in protein, lower in carbs and mostly gluten free. 

Originally, we both did gluten free for health reasons. However, I’ve found with recent foods I’ve tried to eat (homemade NY style pizza in NYC) that my body cannot process flour and I have a sensitivity to it. My father, sister and cousin also all have gluten sensitivities and allergies so it’s not just something I can chalk up to my stomach not agreeing with something. 
At the end of the day, I feel better with the food choices I make now which has also attributed greatly to my weight loss. 

Do you meal prep? What do you find works best for you during the week? 

Five Friday Faves!

Helloooo Friday! I am so happy it is finally here! This week has been a ROLLERCOASTER and Friday could not come soon enough. Here are my Five Friday Faves this week:

  1. My Spinach Smoothie recipe. I’ve been making this smoothie this week to drink on the way to work and I am loving it! Here is the recipe:
    • 1 cup of Spinach
    • 1/2 cup of blueberries
    • 1 cup of protein powder
    • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
    • Ice cubes
  2. Hiring Cleaners. Once a month, we have a cleaner come to clean the entire apartment. They came today while we were at work. Coming home to a clean apartment is worth every penny paid.
  3.  The Rosie Project Book. I read this book so quickly! It was really funny. Now I’m reading the second book in this series The Rosie Effect.
  4. The Goldbergs. If you haven’t seen this show, watch it! It’s based in the 80’s in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the entire cast is hysterical!
  5. Starbucks Vanilla Soy Lattes. These are my treats to myself in the morning on the way to work. The soy doesn’t make me sick and there is enough expresso to fuel me through work!

What are your friday faves? Share them!

 

Nutritional Check In & New Goals

About a year ago I decided to hire a nutritionist. My reasons were two fold:

  1. I wanted to learn more about nutrition and how it factors into overall health and weight loss (fitness is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise) 
  2. I wanted to lose more weight and tone up. 

I went on the Internet and searched for a while and found Jaime. Reading the reviews of her clients sold me immediately. Her site can be found here Nutrition CPR

When I started working with Jaime, I eas training for my first half marathon last October (the Philly Rock & Roll 1/2). She helped me to fuel for each run and workout without feeling like I wasn’t being deprived or starved. 

Since I’ve been working with Jaime, I’ve lost weight, toned up and also gained a considerable amount of knowledge about carbohydrates, sugar, protein and gluten. Gluten is a particularly sensitive issue for me since my sister and father both have Celiac disease (as well as multiple cousins and extended family). I have cut out all the majority of gluten (pasta, bread, dressings, sauces, etc.) with the support of Santosh who had also been on board. It’s been a process but I have to say I have seen the benefits of it for both of us. More importantly, I feel a LOT better. 

With my 30th birthday approaching, I reached out to Jaime ( I try to talk to her once a month) to tone up more. Our conversation gave me the following goals for the next 6 weeks: 

  1. Limited sugar. Read the ingredient list and if it’s one of the first 5 ingredients it’s a no go. Which also means: 
  • No additional sugars in syrups, sauces, drinks, etc. 
  • Limited to NO alcohol
  • Eat lots of protein (it makes you fuller faster before eating carbs)
  • Watching the carbohydrates: limited potatoes, limited rice, etc. Read labels to see the carbohydrate and sugar content. 

Cook at home as much as possible and.. Drink lots of water. 

So I have my work cut out for me and I’ll be checking in with Jaime and also writing down my process here. I’m also going to be on MyFitnessPal so I can see my meal intake each day. Seeing the numbers in front of you helps.

Do you have nutritional goals? What are they? I’d love to hear them! 

      Hey Spring… You Can Come Out Now..

       
      It’s Tuesday, April 5th and it’s 28 degrees outside! Where is spring? I’m ready for warmer weather where it’s the perfect balance of warm but not DC Summer’s hot. 

      This weekend was a lot busier for me that usual (which I’m not complaining about!) I went and took yoga on Saturday with my girlfriend Kristina at Epic Yoga and then went to a first time home buyers class with Santosh. Yes we are getting everything ready to start looking! I’m excited and nervous (but a good nervous) at the same time. I then went up to friendship heights with my girlfriend Kerie and got all new makeup at Mac. I really like it it’s just a new adjustment to put on new makeup and get into a new habit of using this makeup compared to my old one. 

      This was my second attempt at doing it myself (compared to the woman who did it in the store):

        
        
      Sunday, Santosh and I went to visit Santosh’s parents, ran errands and came home to prep for the week. I baked the oatmeal cranberry bars (which have become a favorite of ours) and the oatmeal no bake bites. I also tried for the first time one of Santosh’s mom’s recipes and it turned out so well! 

      The recipe includes: 

      • 1 onion
      • Cumin
      • Puréed Tomatoes (1 can)
      • Turmeric
      • Dal Masala
      • Salt & Pepper
      • Lentils 

      Sauté the onion in a pan with a little olive oil and cumin until the onion becomes clear. Add in the puréed tomatoes, turmeric, dal masala and salt and pepper. If you have lentils that cook really quickly, add them directly into the same pan. If you have lentils that cook longer, put them in the rice cooker and once cooked, add them into the pan for a few moments. 

        

      Cooking this weekend reaffirmed for me how much I enjoy cooking and how important it is for me to continue the habit of doing it. I am going to make an conscious effort to keep my word to myself and Santosh for us to cook. 

      What habits do you notice that you would like to keep or change? 

      It’s Finally the Weekend!

      Saturday morning in sweatpants with my cat lady coffee mug (while Maddy sits next to me supervising) allows me to slowly reflect on the past weeks events.

      This week was challenging week on many levels with many late nights spent at work. That being said, I have a new perspective on ways to better myself both professionally and personally starting with time management and focusing on myself! I am grateful for the support of the new group of people I’m meeting through Life Hack Bootcamp. We had our first phone call on Thursday and it was so nice to hear other points of view and share about my crappy week and see ways to improve for the week to come. With this new community and course I can’t wait to see what I can bring and learn over the next eight weeks!

      It randomly snowed here Thursday night/Friday morning. Thankfully there were no delays and it didn’t stick to the ground or roads (that’s when it really becomes a mess to drive and metro in DC!). I have to admit it was really beautiful to look at:

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      Last night Santosh and I went out for dinner at Sequoia which is this beautiful restaurant on the water in Georgetown. Our dinner was fabulous!

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      We hadn’t been there since last April when my wonderful friend Katie married her husband Steve at the same location! This is a photo from her wedding day last April which I think is a perfect snapshot of our relationship:

      View More: http://bethtphotography.pass.us/katiestevemarried

      Today I am looking forward to a run (yes a run) outside and then some downtime for reading, lifehack bootcamp homework and my new blog class homework.

      What will you do with your Saturday?

      Love is Around Each and Every Day

      I am so happy to be sitting on my couch while the snow is falling outside, eating my very quick take on Breakfast Enchiladas (corn tortillas with eggs and cheese on top):

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      The trick to keep the shape is to fill the tortilla and roll them over so they don’t break from the weight of the eggs and stay in the shape of the enchilada. I love cheese so I added some to the eggs and sprinkled the rest on top to make it look just like enchiladas without the heavy sauce.

      Okay weekend recap!
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      I apologize for the hiatus..

      and for my very long post which is brought to you while riding the very unpredictable metro train. Work and life have gotten busy! These last few days have been a perfect example of me needing to schedule out time to be able to blog. 

      What’s happened since I last posted? Well the Super Bowl has come and gone, which I dedicated my set to with all of the artists being only those who performed at the Half Time show. Here it is:

         

         
      It was such a fun set! For the actual Super Bowl Santosh and I went to a Super Bowl party and I made sweet potato hush puppies pictured here:

        
      The recipe was modified from a recipe found on FitMenCook. I used:

      • 7 sweet potatoes
      • 1 tub of crumbled goat cheese 
      • 1 red onion 
      • 4 egg whites 
      • 1 box of Panko breadcrumbs 
      • Salt and pepper to taste 

      The key is to bake the sweet potatoes first in the oven for 40-45 minutes at 400 degrees. Let them cool. Mash them up and add the onions and cheese. Roll them into small balls and dip them into the egg whites and Panko. Place them onto a cookie sheet. Place them in the oven for 30 minutes. They were a huge hit! 

      Work has been really busy and when I get home at night I honestly don’t want to touch a computer to blog but I will be better about this as I can post from my phone (case and point right now!) 

      Until tomorrow 🙂 

      When in Doubt, Blog it on the Metro

      The last few days have been been busy and i fall asleep each night realizing I haven’t posted. That’s a resolution I’m going to work on changing. But today’s post is brought to you courtesy of the daily delays of WMATA.

      Monday I went to yoga with my one of my best girlfriends at Epic Yoga located in DuPont Circle and then we got lunch at Jose Andres’ new place Beef Steak which was quite good and reasonably healthy. Monday night I had a seminar with Santosh and didn’t get home until 11, but despite the time still put chili in the crockpot, which turned out to be quite good!

      Tuesday (aside from being only 12 degrees when I left for work) was really busy! I hit my 10,0000 steps even before I got to class to teach. Metro caused me to be about 15 minutes late to class but my customers waited and we were able to do the cardio portion of the class before we had to leave. This was the cardio portion of my (which helped me burn about 500 calories!):