Posts tagged ‘dance’

July 12, 2011

Das Boot

Yesterday morning I woke up at 6am and decided to head out for a run… I completed 4 miles in 35 minutes and came home and did the 10 pound slimdown yoga video. If I don’t get my workout done in the morning its likely it wont happen!

After a quick shower I whipped up some protein oatmeal. Because everyone likes hot oatmeal after a sweaty workout in 100 degree weather, right?

In the bowl: 1 packet of strawberries and cream oatmeal, 1/2 smashed banana, 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 scoop cake batter protein, 1T chia seeds and the other 1/2 of the banana sliced. SO GOOD.

Side Note: I’ve had this bowl for 10 years 🙂 Isn’t it perfect?

I cleaned the entire apartment yesterday (which is small) and it took me all day. I clearly have ADD. I took a break for lunch and grocery shopping!

Leftover sloppy joe, an ear of corn cut of the cob and romaine lettuce

I have to remember to only stick to my list when I go grocery shopping on the bike! I almost hit about 8 people on my way home because the weight of the bags steered me in every which way direction. Whoopsies!

I threw dinner in the crockpot and headed to a free fitness in the park class. The flyer said it would be a hip hop class…When I arrived the teacher explained that the hip hop teacher couldn’t make it but she would be happy to teach modern dance. I was cool with it…or so I thought. WORST WORKOUT EVER. I couldn’t even call it a workout. She had us prancing around, rolling around in the grass and crossing our legs like a butterfly. I left 25 minutes into the class and snapped a picture of the prancing while running away.

Not my thang.

On my walk back home I noticed there were pieces of paper all over my car.. I walk up and bam.

I’m booted. Seriously Hoboken? Ticket me and boot my car. Thanks for ruining my day!!!

Thank goodness dinner was ready when I got home. The crock pot saves me once again.

French Dip sandwiches on whole wheat buns and a side of roasted zucchini.

I get A LOT of searches on my blog for Pot Roast so I thought I’d share this recipe because it couldn’t be ANY easier.

Pot Roast in the Crock Pot


  • 2 lb Chuck Roast (trim the fat (but not all of it)
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Lipton Onion Soup packet
  • Add all ingredients to slow cooker
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours
  • Pull apart beef for sandwiches
I topped Adam’s with cheese and poured a little extra sauce on the sandwiches since I didn’t have enough to dip them.
I don’t like to toot my own horn but….beep beep. These were good!
Dessert was something that was definitely on my agenda tonight since I was SO angry about my car.
Graham cracker spread with natural peanut butter, dark chocolate chips and sugar free cool whip. Might be seeing this one quiiite often.
I have a long to do list to tackle today…and more brown bananas so I’m thinking of making banana cupcakes! Who wants some?

QUESTIONS: Has your car ever been booted? Have you ever taken a modern dance class?

January 8, 2011

My gym smells like BACON

You know what’s cool? My gym is surrounded by restaurants… PF Changs, Brio, Japanese Steakhouse, Philly Cheesesteak’s, Cadillac Ranch, Gordon Biersch and some other Mexican restaurant I can’t remember how to spell. So when I leave the gym and I smell bacon, fajitas and fresh bread I daydream about strangling whoever thought it would be a great idea to put a gym in this type of environment. OK maybe that’s a little extreme – But I would like to give them a little piece of my mind.

While at the bacon infused gym I tried a new class (new years resolution)! Unfortunately, I was not a fan – but stuck it out for the full 60 minutes. Do any of you take Zumba? Maybe I didn’t enjoy it because I was the youngest one there by at least 20 years… It was a Friday night at 5pm so I guess people my age had better things to do (enjoy a cold beer & bacon cheese fries from Cadillac ranch). For those of you who have never tried Zumba it’s a latin aerobic dance class. The instructor was a little cooky… and everyone in the room just looked so uncoordinated. Basically we were all just flailing arms/legs, “popping the booty” and “doing the hoochie mama” for 60 minutes. Yes, my 50-year-old instructor was using these exact terms. If you all have had positive experiences PLEASE let me know and maybe I will try another instructor. But, for now I can say I’ve tried it and I don’t plan on going back! After my Zumba session, I forced myself downstairs to the cardio room to run. I like to feel sweaty when I leave a gym so I ran for about 25 minutes and then headed out back into the bacon-y breezy parking garage.

Yesterday I promised a NO oatmeal breakfast day… I added a teeny tiny bit of oats. Sorry, I just couldn’t resist! I got the idea from Chocolate Covered Katie to make a breakfast pizza or a “pizzert” as she calls it. This was soooo incredibly delicious! If you’re looking to get out of your normal breakfast rut, I HIGHLY suggest you try this. Here is my version of the pizzert.

Breakfast Pizzert

Serves 2

  • 1/3 cup of whole-wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • sweetener (i used 2 1/2 packets of splenda)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons of unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • dash of cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg (any spices you want)
  • A handful of blackberries (or whatever fruit/nut/chocolate choice you would like)

To make:

1. Mix everything together and pour into an olive oil misted pan.

2. Cook in a UNpreheated oven at 420 degrees F for 10-15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

3. Decorate your blank canvas!

Better ‘N Butter Peanut Butter with sliced banana.

Good thing I live by myself (this week) because I have the other half for tomorrow morning! I’m thinking of toppings now…

When I left the house this morning…It looked like a snow filled sky.

But, we barely got an inch. Boo 😦

The girls and I watched Toy Story 3 today. I love Disney movies but this is by far one of my favorites. I let them make their own pizza for lunch (my breakfast inspired me!) while I snacked on carrots and hummus – and that was about it…Easy Breezy Friday.

Lunch today:

Brown rice, black beans, sautéed spinach, green beans, zucchini and sliced tomato. I was bummed I forgot my avocado this morning to add to my bowl but I’m sure I had enough healthy fats in the Olive Oil I used to saute my veggies (not to mention the PB i eat on a daily basis).

Since I was early to Zumba, I stopped in Anthropologie (which is also in the shopping center). This is always bad news and I will admit I was afraid once I stepped in here I would never make it to the gym. All of their kitchen items are SO fun and pretty!

Everything is so perfect…and expensive! See those Flower measuring bowls? $48! I clearly couldn’t afford those so I headed over to the sale section.

I ended up with these two… It doesn’t excite me as much as my new lasagna pan – but I only spent $8 so I’m content. You can never have too many pretty dishes 🙂

Does anyone eat the shirataki tofu noodles? They look like this.

The entire bowl has 30 calories and 2 carbs or something crazy like that! I get my noodle fix, my thighs don’t get any extra carb cushion and we’re all happy 🙂 You can buy these at Whole Foods near the Yogurts. Tonight I made an easy “Spaghetti and Meatballs”

The “meatballs” are from MorningStar – I honestly can’t tell the difference between these and the real ones. The sauce is just some crushed tomatoes and basil. I think everyone should try these noodles at least once – Can’t knock it until you try it!

Dessert was another handful of these.

I wonder if they have the white version too…I’d like to mix them together!

I think I’m going to do a “Favorite Friday” every week. Since this is my first week I’m going to start off with 10 of my recent Favorite’s instead of just a couple.

This weeks Favorite Items:

Fruit: Honeycrisp apples – I’m usually a fuji girl but these have been on point lately!

Workout: Zumba… kidding 😉 Spinning – I always enjoy a 60 minute spin class (as long as there is good music!)

Shoes: Bailey 3 button Uggs – This week they have to get the award… They have kept me warm and dry and are reliable unlike my missing running shoe from yesterday’s workout debacle.

Website: – Even though I can’t afford anything. I like to just add things to my basket to make it feel as if I’m shopping

Movie: Life as we know it. Well, I only watched one movie this week… But, I’m a sucker for romantic comedy’s and I would see it again. Plus, Josh Duhamel is HOT.

Grocery Item: Better n Butter Peanut Butter – SHOCKER!

Store: Anthropologie – Obviously.

Workout Clothes: Under Armour Capri Tight – love love.

Cookbook: Cooking Light – Serves Two

Song to Run to: Bob Sinclair – World Hold On. This is always my favorite 🙂

What are your current weekly favorites!?

I’m going to end tonight’s blog with one of my favorite quotes…

“It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there…If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is… all around.” – Love Actually

Even in potatoes 🙂 *picture courtesy of my dad*

I’m off to the Georgetown vs WVU game with my brothers and cousin in the morning… GO WVU! I hope everyone has had a great start to their weekend. ♥