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The Club Can’t Even Handle Me Right Now

It’s Amanda‘s fault, really.

On the Saturday night of the Foodbuzz Festival, under the influence of good friends, good food and good wine, Amanda was feeling especially fun and silly and kept saying “the club can’t even handle me right now.” Pretty much ever since, I’ve been obsessed with this song.

I am responsible for roughly half of that video’s YouTube views. I’ve had that song on repeat all morning. Oh, well. At least it’s a break from the Christmas music I’ve already entirely immersed myself in.

That’s a lie. Now that I brought up Christmas music, I have officially switched back to my Pandora Christmas station.

I have such a problem.

This is a fairly food-free post (as many have been lately… hmm…), as I went out for drinks last night and just went home afterward and made one egg with a piece of toast.

Exciting.

However, the drinks were especially exciting because I was meeting up with a friend I hadn’t seen since middle school! We found each other on Twitter and realized we were living in the same city, so we made plans. Ahh, the powers of social media.

Anyway, I was definitely only capable (or desiring) of having one beer (a Napa Wheat) last night, so waking up bright and early this morning for the gym was no biggie. The strength class I took was one of the hardest I’ve taken in a while. It was pretty high intensity for a strength class! (Read: I loved it.)

I haven’t been craving smoothies all that often lately, given the cooler weather, but there was no question in my mind this morning that I’d be having a SIAB for breakfast. It just felt right.

Enter: a new take on the Mocha Coconut “Frapp” smoothie.

Into the mix went:

  • 3 ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 heaping tbs nonfat plain greek yogurt
  • big handful fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 scoop Jay Robb’s Chocolate Egg White Protein Powder
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 packet instant coffee
  • 1 capful coconut extract

On top:

  • ~3/4 tbs warmed coconut butter
  • big handful Shredded Oats

The egg white protein powder was new to me, as Mark let me try his, and I liked it a lot. I don’t know if I would personally purchase an egg white protein powder, though, considering how much protein I get from eggs otherwise. I think whey protein powders might be best for me.

Since I used chocolate protein powder, there was no need for added cocoa today, which meant that the smoothie maintained a green color, which somehow always makes me feel a little healthier. It’s all in my head, obviously. I know the spinach is there whether the smoothie is green or not.

Tuesday Morning Workout

5 minutes elliptical trainer warm-up

45 minutes strength training

35 minutes elliptical trainer (30 min high intensity + 5 min cool down)

What song is stuck in your head this morning?

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Thursday Already?

It’s been an odd week.

Between taking last Friday off, spending the weekend away, and taking Monday off while in LA (not to mention the time change on Sunday!), it’s been hard to keep up with what day it is.

It’s also been exhausting. I don’t know if it feels like the end of the week has snuck up on me or if it feels like it’s been one extremely long week for about… oh, a month now.

A little bit of both.

Even though I was tired, I was pretty determined to get to strength training this morning. So, I did, plus 40 minutes on the elliptical. Despite being tired, I’m very happy to be back in a routine.

…I respond well to structure. I’m like a well-behaved kindergartener.

After my workout, it was smoothie time!

I pulled a Monica and tried her favorite protein powder: Cherries Jubilee. I liked it a lot!

Into the mix went:

  • 3 ice cubes
  • handful fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • heaping tbs nonfat plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 packet Spiru-tein Cherries Jubilee
  • 2/3 frozen banana
  • 1/3 cup frozen cherries

On top:

  • drizzle warmed coconut butter
  • handful Shredded Oats

As much as I enjoyed the flavor of the new protein powder in this smoothie, I’m not sure it completely filled me up. Fortunately, someone brought muffins into work, so I helped myself to a blueberry variety.

Lunch came soon enough, though, and I was pretty excited about the veggie-packed meal I’d put together that morning.

Into the mix went:

  • 1 heirloom tomato, chopped
  • leftover zucchini, sliced and sauteed (about 2 zucchini’s worth)
  • ~ 1/3 cup black eyed peas, cooked
  • 2 leaves basil, ripped into pieces
  • drizzle olive oil (probably about 1/2 tbs)
  • salt & pepper to taste

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to eat it hot or cold – and it was good both ways – but I decided I preferred it cold. It tasted like summer!

I only ate about 2/3 of the salad, as it was a lot of food. I saved the rest; perhaps I’ll be able to incorporate it into another meal.

No need to get into it, but I had a pretty crappy afternoon. By the time dinnertime came around, I wanted to make something entirely effortless (but still healthy).

The result? Scrambled eggs and improvised Sweet Potato Hash Browns.

The eggs were nothing special – two eggs with salt, pepper and a little grated parmesan & romano and low fat shredded cheddar.

The potatoes, on the other hand, were a keeper.

I sauteed about 1/8 onion (diced) in a little butter, then added about 1 cup roasted sweet potato chunks and sprinkles of rosemary, salt and pepper. Once everything was entirely sauteed, I also added a little grated parmesan & romano.

I came up with a winner there. I’ll be making that combination again!

Okay… time to pass out. Goodnight!

Thursday Morning Workout

5 minutes elliptical trainer warmup

45 minutes strength training

35 minutes elliptical trainer (30 min high intensity + 5 min cool down)

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Back to Normalcy

I’m skipping over Monday and Tuesday, just for the time being, because some of the many, many pictures I took are currently on a camera that… well… I left at home.

So for now, I’ll just skip ahead to Wednesday and hope you don’t mind when I do a little time traveling.

I started yesterday with… wait for it… boot camp!

I think San Francisco was good for me. In case you haven’t heard, that place is hilly! I did a ton of walking. In fact, the only times I took any kind of transportation were when I took the BART to the hotel from the airport and vice versa, and when Foodbuzz provided bus transportation to and from the Food Fare.

Anyway, the point is that I think all of that walking was good for me. Though I did feel twinges of pain in my achilles tendon at random points throughout the weekend, I can now safely say that the creaking seems to be gone and I haven’t really felt any pain in days.

So, yesterday morning began with my usual 45 minutes of boot camp and 40 minutes on the elliptical trainer… and I cannot tell you how happy this all made me.

Since I’m still craving lots and lots of fruits and vegetables, I started the day off with a smoothie in a bowl. 🙂

Into the mix went:

  • 3 ice cubes
  • a huge handful of fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • heaping tbs nonfat plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries

On top:

  • drizzle warmed coconut butter
  • handful Go Lean Crunch! Honey Almond Flax

Ahh, it feels good to be back in the swing of things.

On Tuesday night, I prepped for meals during the week by roasting some pre-chopped (thank you, Trader Joe’s, for making my life easier!) sweet potatoes in the oven for just under an hour at 350 degrees.

This made lunch on Wednesday very easy. I sprinkled about 1 1/2 cups roasted sweet potato chunks with cinnamon and nutmeg and separately sprinkled about 2/3 cup black beans with cumin, salt, pepper and garlic powder. I also brought another little container of nonfat cottage cheese.

I warmed the potatoes and black beans each in the microwave for about 2 minutes, then layered everything together to make a warm mess of a lunch.

For dessert, I had my one and only ( 😦 ) Frog Hollow Farm pear from my Foodbuzz swag.

Seriously, this was quite possibly the best pear I have ever had. So juicy and flavorful!

Things were a little too hectic on Tuesday to have Tea Tuesday, so Kim made me some tea on Wednesday, instead. This week, it was Thousand Mountain Jasmine Tea.

This tea was definitely one of the most aromatic teas I’ve ever had. It tasted like it smelled (like flowers), and I love that. Fortunately, it also offered a pick-me-up, which I sorely needed. I’ve been pretty exhausted lately!

I also snacked on one of the new Larabars, Chocolate Chip Brownie, which I saw and immediately snatched up while I was in San Francisco!

I loved this new bar. It tasted like dessert. Quite possibly my favorite Larabar to date?!

That’s a big statement.

Before I went home, I had a friend date and ended up having more tea! After this past weekend, I wasn’t much feeling the normal “go out for drinks,” nor did I even feel up for a restaurant dinner, a fro-yo outing, or anything else of the like. In short, I was kind of no fun. Fortunately, Michelle felt similarly, so we ended up getting together at…

The Coffee Bean. Around 7pm on a Wednesday.

We’re old ladies, basically.

I tried a new-to-me tea, the Winter Dream. It was delicious and smelled so good (like Christmas!). However, it was caffeinated and I had big plans to crash early, so I only had a few sips.

Sadly, I didn’t last long (sorry, Michelle!). My body was telling me it needed to go home, and I couldn’t do anything but listen.

As soon as I was home, I warmed up some leftover Berkeley Vegan zPizza (on wheat crust).

It was kind of nice not to have to do anything for dinner except stick it in the toaster oven.

Mark then made me some more tea (decaf peppermint this time), and then I crashed. Hard. I needed sleep!

Wednesday Morning Workout

5 minutes elliptical trainer warmup

45 minutes boot camp (wooo!)

35 minutes elliptical trainer (30 min high intensity + 5 min cool down)

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Dark and Early

Today has been a busy, busy day!

It started bright (actually, dark) and early at 5:30am, when I headed to the gym to get in some cardio and strength training. I had a lot to do before work, so I had to get out of the gym on the early side – thus the very early start to the day!

It kind of didn’t occur to me that I’d need a bag big enough to fit my laptop until I was falling asleep last night and had one of those “oh $#*!” moments that had me wide awake for a few minutes before I realized I could make a last minute stop in the morning.

After the gym and and before this last minute stop, I fueled up (as one always must before a shopping excursion) with a Pumpkin Pie Smoothie.

Yes, you heard that right.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Into the mix went:

  • 3 ice cubes
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup nonfat, plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • dash ground cloves
  • dash ground nutmeg

On top:

  • ~3/4 tbs warmed coconut butter, drizzled
  • handful Go Lean Crunch! Honey Almond Flax

It was like having dessert for breakfast.

Not a completely foreign concept in these parts…

Then, off I was, determined to find (in 15 minutes or less) the perfect bag to a) serve as a carry-on, b) hold my laptop, phone, hopefully camera and other essentials, c) be stylish enough to have with me all weekend, d) be affordable, and e) be comfortable enough to carry around all weekend.

Nothing like having high standards despite having waited for the last minute.

Somehow, I actually managed to pull it off.

Check this baby out:

It’s huge! I put my iPhone in the picture just so you’d have some perspective.

Ridiculous. But perfect!

I couldn’t resist going to the Starbucks two minutes away, which is a treat on its own, but then I was surprised with…. wait for it…. HOLIDAY CUPS!

Kept it simply with a regular ol’ drip coffee with soy milk.

Gotta love the irony of the holiday cup with the palm trees in the background and the fact that its 93 degrees in LA today.

Thursday Morning Workout

35 minutes stationary bike (30 min high intensity + 5 min cool down)

45 minutes strength training (tough this morning!)

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Tea Tuesdays

It has been raining in LA for days! Last night, there was even some lightening and a little bit of thunder. I loved it.

Monday night ended like this…

(I think the black and white effect adds a certain… je ne sais quoi, no? No? Oh, okay.)

When the rain continued but the sun decided to come out to visit on Tuesday morning, we were treated to this:

In my opinion, a rainbow is generally a pretty good omen. And, in fact, it appeared just an hour before I got some really wonderful news that I’ve been waiting and hoping for. 🙂

I started my day out yesterday with a five mile run, which was neither planned for nor, sadly, a good idea. The good part of the run was that I needed and appreciated the time with myself, and the run allowed me to zone out and really clear my head. Unfortunately, zoning out meant that I ended up running further than I had planned. So, while the zoning out was good for my soul, it was definitely not good for my achilles tendon. I went into it thinking I was all healed, but halfway into the eventual distance of the run (aka, 2.5 miles out from my apartment), my body begged to differ.

Sigh.

At least I got to come back to a yummy smoothie.

It was a Mocha Coconut kind of day, you know what I mean? Plus, I figured all of the colors in the sky would make up for an entirely brown (in appearance, anyway) breakfast.

Into the mix went:

  • 3 ice cubes
  • big handful fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 heaping tbs nonfat plain greek yogurt
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 heaping tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 packet instant coffee
  • 1/2 tsp coconut extract
  • dash Splenda

On top:

  • ~3/4 tbs warmed coconut butter
  • big handful Puffins

It may not have been pretty to look at, but it sure tasted good!

Aside from the added cucumbers, lunch was pretty brown, too.

I covered two slices of the multigrain artisan bread from chili night with hummus and topped them with sliced mushrooms and one piece of light cheddar cheese split across the two pieces of bread. I put it all in the toaster oven on broil until the cheese melted… and then I devoured it.

The hot lunch was pretty welcome on the drizzly day.

Also welcome on a drizzly day? Tea!

One of my co-workers, Kim, is something of a tea connoisseur. She makes tea for herself daily and often graces one of us with a cup, as well. With this in mind, she came up with a great idea for KWH: Tea Tuesdays! So, every Tuesday, Kim will kindly be treating me to a cup of tea… which means I’ll be able to share with you the tea of the week.

This week, we enjoyed My Morning Mate. This tea was absolutely perfect for the gray afternoon and the energy slump I was starting to feel, as many people do around 4pm. I could taste the hints of chocolate as well as the spices, and the perk I felt in addition to the treat for my tastebuds was more than welcome.

Plus, isn’t the actual tea pretty?

(source)

I’m excited about this new KWH weekly installment!

Tuesday Morning Workout

5.03 mile run in 1:05:18, technically giving me a 12:57 min pace*

*However, I kind of caught every single traffic light on my route (no, seriously), so I’m pretty sure I was actually at my average 11-something pace. If not, I blame it on the achilles tendon.

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Downtown

I set out to run a 5K this morning, especially since I ran six miles (5.97, whatever) on Tuesday, but I felt so good while out today that I took a detour and decided to extend my run.

It was fantastic! I decided to run through the downtown area close to where I live, which I’d never done before. I’ve walked it, certainly, many a time, but running it is a completely different story.

LA, for those of you unfamiliar with the area, is an interesting city. You’ll be on an entirely suburban-feeling street, and then you’ll turn the corner and you’ll be in a metropolis. It’s crazy.

Anyway, until today, I’ve always stuck with the suburban-type streets, save a few busy streets thrown in here and there – but certainly nothing full of pedestrians or with any kind of downtown vibe.  Therefore, it was really fun to run in an area with such a different feel. Sure, I had to field a few street lights and watch out for all of the hot coffee-bearing people (I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think, “Ten points for the old lady!” a few times…), but I loved feeling like I was a part of something.

Plus, I love driving around my area and looking at the streets, thinking, “I’ve run this!” So, I now have a new area down. Woo!

Though it was a cool and cloudy morning (love those), a post-run smoothie was still definitely in order.

I knew this was going to be an ugly smoothie, but I still went for it. I was feeling strawberries and pineapple and that was all there was to it. Awful brown color be damned!

Into the mix went:

  • 3 ice cubes
  • big handful fresh baby spinach
  • 1/3 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup frozen pineapple
  • 5 fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbs nonfat plain greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop Greens & Whey protein powder

On top:

  • ~3/4 tbs warmed coconut butter
  • handful Go Lean Crunch! Honey Almond Flax


Can you tell I’m still really obsessed with my new table? It just photographs so nicely!

Lunch was almost a disaster. I realized, just moments before I had to leave my apartment this morning, that I hadn’t even thought about lunch. I quickly peeled and cut a carrot and threw that and some snow peas into a baggie and headed out the door, figuring I’d make a sandwich with the stuff we had in the office kitchen…

… except I arrived to find that the office kitchen was all out of most sandwich supplies! Thankfully, I was able to pull together a whole wheat sandwich thin and a piece of Monterey Jack cheese, but what really saved the day was Lauren coming through with some hummus.

Open-faced…

All closed up, which is how I ate it…

It ended up being a pretty awesome lunch for something that came together in pieces!

Snack was supposed to be awesome, and was one I’d been planning all day.

Looks promising, right? A banana and a spoonful of Nutella? Hello, happy tastebuds!

Unfortunately, it didn’t really work out as planned. The banana ended up being basically mushed and brown from about the part where you stop seeing the edible part of the banana, down. So, I ate about a third of the banana and also only ended up eating about a third of the Nutella, as Nutella is a bit too rich to eat on its own.

I know, I was just as disappointed as I know you’re feeling right now.

It’s okay, though, because my spirits are still high; I have a fun project tonight!

Thursday Morning Workout

4.38 miles in 52:39, giving me an 11:54 pace (lots of hills today!)

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Meet Mark

Such a busy weekend. I’ll have to bring it to you in installments.

Remember, a while back, how I said I had to say goodbye to someone near and dear to my heart?

That someone was my beautiful roommate, Mamito.

For privacy and safety reasons, I couldn’t tell you that at the time, especially because I couldn’t tell you that I’d be living alone for a month. I am not, however, living alone anymore…

My new roommate has arrived!

Meet Mark.

Back when we were young and innocent (well, you know), he was one of my best friends in college.

We were kind of silly back then.

Okay… we’re still kind of silly.

We were trying to recreate our beauty from the glory days.

You’ll probably see him pop up on KWH every so often!

Anyway, we first reunited this weekend when we went out for dinner with his dad on Friday night. I was treated to some yummy pasta with veggies and marinara and more than one glass of Sauvingon Blanc.

Unfortunately, I had the same allergic reaction to this wine that I had to something else (I suspected the dark chocolate-covered edamama, then) the night before my 10K last month. I couldn’t sleep for hours because my heart was pounding so hard.

Fortunately, rather than stressing out about what I had to do the next day, I was able to allow myself to embrace the situation. I watched a few episodes of some TV shows I’d saved on my DVR and waited for the feeling to subside, at least slightly. I was able to be flexible as I knew that I could either postpone or shorten (as it would get hot quickly and early the next day) the long run I had planned for the morning.

Happily, I didn’t wake up too late and I managed to squeeze in 3.38 miles before it got too hot to feel comfortable running anymore. I also paced pretty well, fitting it all into 38:11, giving me an 11:17 pace. 🙂

I followed the run with a delicious smoothie, of which I shared part with the new roomie, a loyal KWH reader who was curious as to the taste.

His & her’s:

It was a tropical smoothie. Nothin’ you haven’t seen before!

We followed the smoothies (and a serious shower, on my part) with a trip to the Farmer’s Market.

Signs of fall are getting more and more abundant. 🙂

That picture is like Christmas in a veggie pile!

See the sunshine splashed across the produce? It was such a beautiful day! I’ll even forgive it for being so darn hot.

My favorite part of the trip was a stop at the new honey stand (of course).

Is that a perfect Saturday morning, or what?

Saturday Morning Workout

3.38 mile run in 38:11, giving me about an 11:17 pace.

 

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