Archive for March, 2010

Silver Medal for Me

Hey there!

Wow, I can’t believe there are just a few more minutes until we can turn the calendar to April 2010. This year isn’t taking it’s time…that’s for sure. Have any tricks up your sleeve for tomorrow? =]

Today California honored Cesar Chavez with a holiday. No school para me. I slept in way past my scheduled alarm, and then made a bowl of latte oatmeal:

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1 1/4 cup water

2/3 cup rolled oats

1/2 T instant espresso powder

1 /2 T ground flax

1/2 tsp. pure vanilla

bittersweet chocolate chips, almonds & a splash of 1% milk

It gave me that little buzz I needed to get pumped up about my final workout of my Move It in March Challenge. My roommates and I decided on a spin class to take together. Usually we have to leave extra early in order to get a bike…but that wasn’t the case this afternoon. It seems as though everyone else was taking a vacation from exercise.

We warmed up by running 1/2 mile together around the track before the 30-minute class. Then I ran on the treadmill for another 20 afterwards [2.2 mi.] + 1/2 mile cool down around the track.

Move It In March Results

Days of Exercise: 24/31

Run: 14.0 hrs. [~91 miles]

Spin: 5.0 hrs.

Other: 4.25 hrs.

Looking at the results, I am pretty pleased with how much I moved. I am a little disappointed about the 7 rest days [1 entire week], but think that I worked pretty hard during the three weeks I did exercise. My goal was to move more during the month of March. I didn’t have anything to measure my results against, so that would be something I would change if I do such a challenge again. I am proud of myself for pushing myself to run faster, as that is something I haven’t concentrated on in the past; I have certainly witnessed my strength – especially in regards to speed – increase this past month. 

Are you working on any fitness goals currently?

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An hour later, after picking up paperwork for a prospective new condo, I came home starving. Enter lunch:

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Wrap a la Homemade Hummus, Cucumber, Tomato & Baby Spinach 

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0% Greek a la Homemade Granola & Strawberries

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…and cookies [x2].

Have you had Lu European Biscuits? They are a favorite of my family. We prefer the darkest of the dark, of course =]

After my late lunch, I got ready and joined the masses in the streets downtown “celebrating Cesar”. It felt odd lettin’ loose on a Wednesday afternoon, but what the heck. The rest was history…

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March 31, 2010 at 10:30 PM 8 comments

Give It A Whirl

Hi again! Lucky for you, I can’t complain about a lot at the moment as I am blogging from my comfy bed [which now is bedded…after two days], with the soothing sounds of James Morrison. I enjoyed my Tuesday just like any other Tuesday Saturday. After my banana berry waffle, I was craving a Green Monster for lunch, so I pulled out the blender…and it stayed out the remainder of the day; I ended up using it a total of three times today!

Blender Round 1

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Mmm…Dark Chocolate Milkshake. Fooled ya! That would be my delicious Green Monster a la: 1 banana, 1/2 cup frozen berries [raspberries, blueberries, strawberries & blackberries], 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/2 T ground flax, 1 humongous handful of fresh spinach, and ice.

I then got an intense craving for p.nut buttah:

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Whole Wheat Toast a la PB & Raspberry Jam

After lunch and running a few errands via Green Monster energy, I came home and rinsed out the blender for round two.

Blender Round 2

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After working for a hummus company [summer 2008] and being spoiled by both my mom and dad’s homemade hummus, I am never amazed by any tubs I bring home from the store. Today I decided to give making my own a go. I basically made the recipe up as I went, so it didn’t turn out to be blue ribbon quality [I’m thinking more tahini, more acidity, more zing!]…but it’s definitely edible : )

Healthy Hill’s Hummus

1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed & drained

2 T tahini [sesame paste]

1 T olive oil

1 T seasoned rice vinegar

4 T water

juice of 1/2 a lemon

1/3 cup chopped parsley 

3-4 minced garlic cloves

salt to taste

I gave my hummus a taste test with half of a huge carrot for an afternoon snack and then I was off to the gym. Today’s time spent at the gym was a complete 180* spin from yesterday’s weak workout:

  • 1 hour spin class
  • indoor track run [1 mi.]
  • arms + stretching

2 x 12 lat pull downs @ 40 lbs.

2 x 12 seated row @ 40 lbs.

4 x 12 “weights to chin” w/ 12 lb. bar

4 x 12 bicep curls w/ 12 lb. bar

2 x 12 tricep extension w/ 12 lb. bar

Dinner was Sunday’s leftovers: stir-fried tofu, brown rice, broccoli & carrot + sesame seeds & sesame oil [sesame 3x in 1 day!].

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Blender Round 3

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That you might ask is banana soft serve! I know it doesn’t look like much, but holy yum! For those of you ice cream/fro yo lovers, like myself, you must try this ASAP.

To make: Freeze your overly ripe bananas – the longer the better – that didn’t get invited to your most recent oatmeal party. Place however many bananas into a blender – I’d say 1 per serving – and blend away! You don’t have to add a thing! I didn’t freeze the banana for long enough tonight, hence the runnier texture, but with a dollop of PB&Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams, I couldn’t find a spoon fast enough.

Talk about a healthy dessert. This soft serve would be delicious with an encyclopedia’s worth of toppings.

There ya have it…today’s blender excursion. I hope ya’ll will give these recipes a whirl in your blender! Well, my contacts are getting drier by each word I type. Must turn off my light. I’ve got classes a holiday to prepare for!

Night,

Hillary

March 30, 2010 at 11:57 PM 10 comments

Tuesday…Saturday Style!

Good morning…and good afternoon to my East Coasters!

I had a feeling I wasn’t going to get around to posting yesterday. It was a super-sized Monday, I tell ya. I just kept thinking about the fact that once I got through it, I would have 3 days to relax. I know what you’re thinking, it’s only Tuesday. Well, due to California’s non-existent budget, they can hardly afford to keep their CA State students in school, so I have two furloughed days [Tuesday and Thursday], set around Cesar Chavez Day – a California holiday. It is really nice to have a “weekend” during the middle of a week, but the reality of furloughs is an awful awful thing. My college tuition has skyrocketed and I am getting less instruction [~10%]. No bueno!

Anyway, after 4 classes, studying for my exam, and 1 required lecture, I forced myself to go the the gym. It was the last thing I wanted to do after a long day, but since I didn’t exercise Sunday [like I said I would], I was at least going to make an attempt at something.

I knew from the start it wasn’t going to be an Olympic workout. I felt as though I had a brick inside my small intestine [quite the picture, huh?]. I could only find enough energy for 20 minutes on the Elliptical and 20 minutes [2 x 1 mi.] running around the indoor track. My body is not programmed to exercise at 9:00pm.

I treated today as if it were the weekend: I slept in [until 8:30am], fixed myself leftover waffles and an iced coffee for breakfast before cleaning the kitchen and doing work blogging in my pajamas.

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Toasted Banana Waffle with a dollop of 0% Greek, Fresh Strawberries, Almonds & Agave-Honey Syrup

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Iced [decaf] cafe au lait to cut the sweetness – so refreshing!

Going to go make the most out of my weekend…

Hillary

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March 30, 2010 at 10:21 AM 3 comments

P.NUT Buttah

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& apple

…just one of those food couples that are meant to be together.

March 28, 2010 at 7:57 PM 10 comments

Morning Food

Mornin’!

Boy, oh boy… I think a quiet Sunday morning accompanied by an extra scrumptious breakfast is deserving of a spot on my Top 10 Favorite Things list…if there was such a thing ; ) The fact that one of my roommate’s guests was asleep on our couch wasn’t going to stop me from getting into the kitchen to make waffles at 9:00am. I made a variation of Sinless Saturday Sunday Waffles:

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1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

2 T ground flax

1 T baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1 1/2 cups 1% milk

1/4 cup canola oil

1 mashed banana

1 egg

…topped with a dollop of 0% Greek, coconut, toasted pecans & real maple syrup.

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In other news, I made enough bread to end world hunger in my Elementary Foods lab Thursday. I got a few puzzled looks from passengers as I rode the bus home with a backpack full of Honey Whole Wheat Bread, perspiring the scent of sweet yeast.

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Speaking of Elementary Foods…I have my second exam in that class tomorrow. I feel like all I ever talk about is test, after test, after test – story of my life. Monday is going to be a killer day:

10:00am: Organic Chemistry

11:00am: CA Cultural Landscapes

[Lunch + Study]

2:00pm: Exam

4:00pm: Food Safety & Sanitation

7:00pm: Required lecture about safety I must attend before registering for classes – ugh.

Doesn’t look like there’s going to much time for exercise, so I better get in some moves today. Just 4 days remaining of my Move It in March CHALLENGE!

Let’s talk breakfast!

  1. What’s your favorite breakfast?
  2. Do you have savory or sweet a.m. taste buds?
  3. Coffee? Tea? Juice?
  4. Little meal? Big meal?

Shower me with visions of sugar plums pancakes and pastries dancing in my head…

Hillary

March 28, 2010 at 9:43 AM 9 comments

Lend A Hand

I would be forever grateful if someone, anyone, could help me finish the pain-staking process of transferring my blog and installing Thesis 1.6.

What I’ve done so far:

– Purchased Thesis Theme 1.6

– Purchased 1 year of self-hosting from Blue Host.com

– Transferred my domain name

– Installed WordPress (?)

I am really clueless about what to do next. I think I need to transfer my content from WordPress to Blue Host, as well as install my new theme. You don’t know how much I’d appreciate your help, as this is becoming one huge stress.

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend,

Hillary

March 27, 2010 at 9:16 PM 6 comments

Today, Tomorrow & Yesterday

Good morning guys & gals! It’s Thursday, so you know what that means…I don’t have to rush out the door to go to campus today. Clearly, I didn’t earn another A for effort yesterday. I was absorbed by academia all.day.long. Class. Study ServSafe. Class. Study Servsafe… I think it’s safe to say that the exam went well. I buzzed through all 90 questions in about 40 minutes. It ended up being a day of small snacks – including my last Element Bar – but I didn’t forget to celebrate Waffle Wednesday : )

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2 Van’s Multigrain Waffles + Crunchy PB & 1/2 Banana …with 1% milk – mmm!

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I had a great workout last night. I must’ve done something right because I was exhausted afterwards – I barely had enough energy to shower and put myself to bed – and am really sore today.

Work It out Wednesday

strength [I used a set of 10lb. weights.]

  • 4 x 10 bicep curls
  • 4 x 10 ‘weights to chin’
  • 4 x 10 tip-toe squats
  • 2 x 10 bicep curl lunges
  • 2 x 10 triceps dips
  • 1 x 10 arm raises

20-minute treadmill run [2.3 mi.]

  • 4 minutes @ 6.6mph
  • 6 minutes @ 6.8mph – incline 2.0
  • 10 minutes @ 7.2mph

30-minute spin [11 mi.]

indoor track run [1 mile @ 8:55]

stretching – ahhh! [note to self: do more often.]

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I was able to keep my eyes open a tad longer to skim through my new April issue of Fitness that arrived in the mail.

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Look who I found! It’s the adorable Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats.

I also stumbled across this Running Clip Tip:

“Shortening your stride by 10 percent may reduce the impact on your legs and decrease your risk of shin stress fractures by 3 to 6 percent, according to a study from Iowa State University in Ames” – Fitness Magazine.

This may explain why I have minimal to no pain in my legs and haven’t suffered any major injuries from running; I’ve got the stride of a midget.

Anyway, now that my morning is already half over, I need prepare for class. School 12:30 – 5:00. Gym. Clean up house for guests! Yep…that’s the plan.

Have a great day!

Hillary

March 25, 2010 at 9:29 AM 13 comments

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