Archive for December, 2009

An Endless Saturday Morning

I’m convinced it’s Saturday. Everything tells me so…

1) My mom made a huge breakfast this morning before my brother had to catch his flight home to Montana. See ya in May, bro! My mom’s best meal is breakfast by far.

(Veggie Frittata – Potato, Zucchini, Tomato, Scallions & Cheese)

Morning Glory Muffins – Apple, Carrot, Pecans & Coconut

Tropical Papaya & Kiwi with Lime

Thanks, Mom!

2) I’m still in my PJs @ 2:30pm.

3) I haven’t showered or exercised!

4) I’ve done nothing notably productive.

5) Colbie Caillat & Amos Lee are keeping me company on this dreary, wet day.

Hoping to squeeze in another 40 on the treadmill and then get ready for my “date night” with Court!

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Don’t miss out:

My 1st GIVEAWAY!

My 10 GOALS for 2010

See you next year decade!

~ Hillary

December 31, 2009 at 2:45 PM 5 comments

10 in 2010

It is the last day of first decade of the 21st century. Where did the decade go? I can remember ringing in 2000 just like it was a day or two ago – scary. I’ve enjoyed reading many blogger’s aspirations for the upcoming year. I have created resolutions for new years in the past; this year I thought it would only be appropriate to make 10 goals. They might not all get a check mark, but why not reach for the stars. Here’s what I hope to accomplish this year…

Hillary’s 10 GOALS for 2010

1. Smile more.

It makes the world a better place.

2. Get a J.O.B.

…to support my Starbucks and Trader Joe’s addictions.

3. Run my 3rd half-marathon & set a personal record (sub 1 hour 59 minutes).

I am aiming to run at least 1 half-marathon each year I am in college.

4. Get more involved with the Nutrition & Food Science Association on campus.

I am currently a member, now I need to actually participate…

5. Practice yoga.

I am guilty of not always stretching after a run or workout, and miss my flexibility from years of dance. I have a feeling yoga could do wonders.

6. Learn how to parallel park.

I have a small car and have been driving for 4+ years. There’s no excuse.

7. Visit Starbucks less frequently.

It owns my bank account =/

8. Get certified as a Nutrition & Wellness Consultant.

This is expensive and requires additional studying, but I would love to add this to my resume!

9. Take a (digital) photography class.

It would be best if I had a Nikon Rebel first ; )

10. Bake more often and for others.

Too many recipes, so little time.

I think 2010 is going to be a fabulous year. I plan to fill it with many adventures and lots of laughter, and hope you are able to do the same.

Live Well. Love Much. Laugh Often.

December 31, 2009 at 8:40 AM 8 comments

Dinner & A Movie

Hi Friends,

Happy Hump Day! Well, wait…isn’t it ‘Friday’ for some? Anyway, before I left to go help with prep for a catering event, I had a filling bowl of bran. It kept my belly happy all morning, but after a few hours of slicin’ and dicin’ in the kitchen, I was ready for some lunch. I picked up a bite to eat at my local gourmet grocery store.

Wrap w/ Pesto, Provolone, Roasted Veggies & Lettuce

Kettle Krinkle Cut Salt & Pepper Potato Chips

I was freezing all morning, and couldn’t seem to make myself warm. I thought a hot drink might do the trick. After walking around Target for at least an hour with a tall decaf latte from Starbucks, my body’s blood was warm again. One of my favorite things is shopping by myself at Target. I don’t know what it is about that huge department store, but it is just calming.

Despite feeling sluggish the rest of the afternoon, I crawled onto the dreadmill before dinner for a walkin’ workout.

40 minutes @ 8.0 incline [10 minutes each @ 3.6, 3.8, 4.0, 4.2mph]

I finished up with a few weight exercises using the 8lb. set – it felt great to squeeze in some strength training. I’ve been slacking.

My family surprisingly ordered a pizza for dinner. I cannot remember the last time we did such a thing. My dad made a salad to go with. Pizza is not a favorite of mine, but I could deal for one meal ; )

It was nothing special: ricotta base, pesto, tomatoes, sundried tomatoes and chicken (which I ended up picking off). Currently watching Benjamin Button – pizza & a movie night, I guess. Don’t miss my 1st GIVEAWAY!

I’ll be back tomorrow, the last day of decade, with my goals for the new year…

Take care!

~ Hillary

December 30, 2009 at 8:58 PM 2 comments

GIVEAWAY for a Healthy New Year

Yes, you read that right.

I am doing my 1st blog GIVEAWAY!

I want to help get your year off to healthy start with a small gift:

  • January 2010 issue of SELF Magazine, a great read for the gym
  • 3 pairs of athletic socks, perfect for your new exercise goals
  • Equal Exchange Organic Green Tea, to get your metabolism in gear

HOW TO ENTER:

Simply leave a comment below with one of your health-related resolutions for the new year.

You have until January 1st @ 11:00am to enter.

Extra love from me if you TWEET about the giveaway : )

December 30, 2009 at 4:44 PM 24 comments

…and the livin’s easy.

Evenin’!

I am currently hanging out with my mama, enjoying tea and the calming tunes of Pandora while my dad and bro are seeing Avatar. I enjoyed a peaceful, carefree day. I had nowhere to be, no extravagant meals to eat, no appointments…just me time. I picked up the house, did laundry, and ran a few errands around town in the rain. Before heading out, I sliced this mouth-watering permission; it was sweet & crunchy, perfectly ripe for eatin’.

There wasn’t much in the house to make a lunch-like meal, so I had small snacks throughout the day. My dad made a great salad before leaving for the movie with his new salad tools [red bamboo bowl, pepper grinder, dressing] he received for Christmas.

  • Romaine Hearts
  • Grilled Chicken
  • Avocado
  • Red Onion
  • Croutons, handmade by my mama
  • Snow (a.k.a. Parmesan)
  • Fresh Pepper
  • Delicious Roasted Hazelnut Vinaigrette, “rich & earthy”

Well, no other news to report. I have a catering job in the a.m., but just might be able to squeeze a post in. Hope you’re enjoying another short week.

~ Hillary

December 29, 2009 at 8:18 PM 1 comment

Back to Basics

Mornin’!

After an event-FULL holiday week, I was ready for a simple bowl of oats for breakfast. No more huge brunches please : )

  • 1 cup H20
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 apple
  • walnuts
  • cinnamon & honey
  • splash of low-fat milk

Today is nothing but cleaning, errands & blogging. Speaking of…

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To a tasty Tuesday,

~ Hillary

December 29, 2009 at 10:16 AM 5 comments

Oh-M-G!


This afternoon I dug into my box of Element Bars that Santa brought me. I might have designed them myself in his ‘workshop’, but it was still a splendid surprise to unwrap them from under the tree. This company is genius! Although there are some pretty tasty granola/energy bars in the markets today, who wouldn’t want to create their own personalized bar?

My Creation:

  • Core: Chewy – nut (almond) butter meets hearty oats & flax
  • Fruit: Dried Apricots
  • Nut: Almonds
  • Sweet: Brown Rice Syrup – it is absorbed more slowly providing sustained energy
  • Boost: Immunity – don’t want to get sick!

I told myself I would only eat half, but there was no way I was going to leave the other half alone in a drawer – it was that good! I’m really pleased with the entire bar – the texture, flavors and appearance.

There are just a couple cons I can think of: 1) the bars are expensive, 2) each of my bars has 13 grams of fat…at least it’s healthy : )

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Yesterday I mentioned there was one final holiday tradition left that involved food. Today was Doughnut Day! I know what you’re thinking…how exactly does fried white flour and sugar fall under the category of nutrition? Well, it doesn’t. A few years ago, my uncle started a new tradition in our family of making homemade doughnuts one morning for all the cousins that were in town for the holidays. So, once a year I indulge in the best-darn doughnuts there are: old fashioned, coffee glazed, cinnamon sugar…just to name a few.

Even though I only eat doughnuts (or sticky buns, as was the case today) once a year, they are still doughnuts…so I’ve incorporated another tradition of going for a pre-sugar feast run. Today’s happened to be a sluggish 45-minutes.

Sorry I don’t have proof of what I tell ya. Got to work on my evidence, don’t I?

Well, the house is in post-holiday stress disorder, which means I can’t think straight until everything is in it’s place.

You’ll be hearing from me soon,

~ Hillary

December 28, 2009 at 8:39 PM 2 comments

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